through Embodied Story Alchemy
“There is no greater agony
than bearing an untold story inside you.”
~ Maya Angelou
You’ve been through some stuff.
The story of your life has been full of highs and lows. The lows can be devastating.
And if you’re reading this, you are likely looking for help to fix or heal something. Chronic pain perhaps. Anxiety. Depression. Repeating patterns in relationships or your job that are either unsatisfying or maybe even downright toxic. Financial struggles.
You may have already tried lots of things to heal. Talk therapy, massage, Reiki, yoga or other physical practices, changing your diet, affirmations. There are countless ways to try to feel better and heal.
And yet, if you continue to struggle,
it’s likely that there’s something about your story that is unresolved, because unresolved issues from the past can manifest in countless ways.
This unresolved part of your story may be something you’re aware of and have addressed before but can’t quite get to the bottom of.
But just as often, it’s something you’re not even aware of that’s causing the issue you’re struggling with.
most of us have been taught or somehow learned along the way that we are not supposed to focus on our story. That we just need to put the past behind us, stop wallowing in it and “let it go”.
Or maybe we’ve been told, or tell ourselves, that it wasn’t really that bad. Other people have it so much worse, what do I have to complain about? So we keep sidestepping or bypassing what happened. But it just doesn’t seem to go away.
Or maybe it’s the opposite for you. What happened feels SO big, or SO overwhelming or intense that you believe that you can’t possibly heal from it. Or that no one could possibly understand or take the journey with you.
The things we keep locked deep inside,
either because we fear facing them or because we fear that we will be judged or ridiculed or dismissed or in some other way rejected, are the very things that show up as symptoms.
And sometimes this locking-deep-inside mechanism is unconscious. Maybe you don’t even have conscious memory of what happened. You have a sense that there’s something there, but you have no idea how to work with it.
You may have become a master at avoidance and diversion. Keeping super busy so you never have to just sit with yourself and your feelings. Putting your whole body and soul into things outside yourself … your family, your job, etc.
You may be struggling with addiction. Drinking. Unhealthy eating. Countless hours of Netflix or gaming. Shopping compulsively.
You’re probably pretty exhausted and overwhelmed.
“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”
~ Carl Jung
It’s time to end this brutal cycle.
It’s time to go there, because if you don’t go there, the there will stay there, and hold you back in all kinds of ways, making life so much harder than it needs to be.
And where is it that you need to go? Inward. Deep into your body and your emotions. Trusting that, by doing this, your body will lead you on a journey that will heal what needs to be healed, restoring you to the most joyous and magical version of yourself.
Yet it’s also common to have some reason for not “going there”. It’s often your higher wisdom that has been protecting you from going there until you have the resources you need to navigate your story successfully.
My process of Embodied Story Alchemy is a potent and sacred way to not only move past your story, but to turn the wounds into your greatest power and medicine.
It’s about meeting this story,
in your body, in a container of safety and strength, witnessing and holding you in the wholeness and beauty of who you truly are. This alchemizes the pain and suffering you’re currently experiencing into your greatest power and joy.
So please, stop trying to bypass your story. By doing so, you’re actually betraying yourself and this journey you’re on. Any rejection of your story is ultimately a rejection and abandonment of yourself.
Because your story was your soul’s plan, designed to be the catalyst to your growth and transformation into the biggest, most powerful version of who you came here to be.
I'm not going to lie.
This work can be difficult, because you need to get in touch with and be willing and able to feel the things that were too painful to feel in the past. You need to be able to fully meet and embrace your story. And it’s natural to fear and want to avoid this process.
I’m here to tell you that it is doable. And not only that, to NOT do it is to keep yourself stuck in this place of suffering you’re currently in. The only way out is through, and I know and trust the process and the journey through.
So I invite you to undertake this journey with me.
As a seasoned healer with more than 30 years experience I have the tools, skills and presence to accompany and guide you on this journey.
Whether you’re new to this work, or are an experienced healer yourself, I would love to go there with you.
I know and trust the road. I’ve been there, walked through the fire, and come out the other side. I can walk with you and guide you through the fire to the greatest, most joyful, most empowered version of yourself
Your story matters.
It matters because you matter, and what happened to you matters.
Your feelings matter.
Your health matters.
Your happiness and joy matter.
So please, go there. And allow me to guide you.
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“It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.”
~ Joseph Campbell
“Barbara has helped me change my life from the inside out and feel better than I knew was possible.”
~ Betsy, writer
“Barbara is completely present when she is working with me. I feel supported and respected. Her knowledge, experience and openness allow me to relax and listen to my self and let be. Her comments and questions come at just the right moment and guide without interfering. She knows how to journey beside me without ever taking over. I am very grateful.”
~ Penny, teacher
"I so appreciate the enormous level of integrity, clarity and continuity I feel in your work. I have felt deeply supported and anchored by the depth and breadth of your therapeutic skills and your healing presence. You gracefully and intuitively guide the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects together as a whole. The result is always a feeling of greater integration and expansion in all of these realms. Your respectful and gentle approach invites me to drop into myself and access subconscious levels of awareness in a way that I have rarely experienced with other practitioners. I have experienced so much phenomenal growth and integration."
~ Jen, bodyworker
“I have found the results of her work to be bordering on miraculous. Her work has helped with working out the kinks and frozen attitudes of life as my body “speaks” of past injuries and then allows that attitude to move into a new fluidity of self-correcting possibility.”
~ Lu, teacher
"I am enjoying an ongoing release and sense of peace and wellbeing that I have no memory of experiencing before in my life. It’s so amazing! … I am beyond grateful."
~ Kimberly, musician