Category Archives: healing

Brain Dump: clear the chaos of the mind, make space for, well, life (video)

Hey sweet love!

I am really excited to share this video with you, because it’s crude, playful, and one of the MOST USEFUL things I do for my very active mind! I call it a Brain Dump and I explain it all in the video!!!!! I am using this exercise on the road almost every time I sit down to do any work, sometimes multiple times a day to get clear.

Sometimes the mind gets so filled with things that we can’t sort any of them out. At times all I can hear is a rotating to do list. Other times, all I can hear are days old regrets or relationship snafus I want to make amends on but with which I’m dragging my feet.

There are so many things that we “keep track of” inside our minds that just become clutter. The Brain Dump practice helps me really see what I am trying to navigate. It’s all about the holistic approach here, not just listing the to-dos that need to be done, but also writing down the emotional, spiritual, and creative swirling.

In short — take a stack of papers and the mission is to put whatever goes through your mind into written form so as to ease the internal running amuck and anxiety.

Lots of love and one song dance parties,
Sophia

Recommended dance tune song if you need one: World Is Our Playground by DJ Vice ft. Mike Taylor

If you need a more emotional quiet and moving gentle tune try this: You Don’t Have To Be Afraid by Kaki King

Music as Medicine with David Wilcox

Inspiring Interview with Singer Songwriter David Wilcox (and Sophia’s wife, Kim Fleisher)

As you know, my wife Kim and I are on the road. It’s been just over a month now and we are currently in beautiful Wyoming. We saw the biggest Moon halo I have ever seen! I invite you to tap in and invite this Moon to bless you. Here’s a sample prayer:

Mama Moon!!!
I welcome your blessings!
Inspire and fill me with new visions and possibility and relief from old constraints that keep me from my fullest expression in a compassionate and gentle way!
Ashe! A-ho! Amen!

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On the theme of INSPIRING we have a very special treat for you. Kim and I are doing some interviews with just a few of the amazing people we are blessed to be staying with and seeing.

Get excited — to introduce our first interview — I give you my remarkable wife Kim!

Hi!

We’ve been traveling for a little over a month now, and along the way we have the great privilege of spending time with brilliant minds whose works are direct expressions of healing.

We thought it would be beneficial (and fun!) for you to get a glimpse into the heads of these healers, learn more about how they do what they do, and hopefully be inspired to do stuff too.

Our first interview is with American singer songwriter David Wilcox. Sometimes referred to as a folk legend, David has recorded over 20 albums.

The opening song in the interview is called Open Hand.

He also does this cool thing he calls, “Musical Medicine,” where he invites listeners to share what’s on their hearts and then spontaneously creates an original, one-of-a-kind song for them as a response and healing-offering. I’ve seen him blow people’s minds and bring tears of joy and relief again and again and again.

This interview gets into Dave’s process of healing, including how to listen intuitively and respond to what’s in front of you. The interview expands on the parallels between Musical Medicine and bodywork / shamanism / healing and offers insight from all 3 of us on how to be present and truly support the people who come to us for healing.

Enjoy! And may this interview be dedicated to the ending of suffering for all beings . . .

Love,
Kim

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Isn’t she amazing?

Love,
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I Am Whole Just As I Am

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Hello loved ones,

This past weekend we had the company of a profoundly powerful new moon.

The themes I have seen repeatedly emerging are releasing shame and embodiment.

The first, healing shame is an intensive experience. It requires revealing, exposure, sharing, and intimacy. We carry ideas, stories, and beliefs that create a heaviness in our spirit. Shame creates isolation and then it demands more isolation. Here is my call to your tender spirit who is tempted to believe that you’re actually a piece of shit — you are not. You are a precious complex and beautiful being.

Which leads entirely into embodiment — embodying your precious, complex, and beautiful human being. Claim that. Claim that in the face of it being incredibly challenging and counter-culture. Claim it in-spite of your family’s expectations. Claim it by breathing deep in the face of fear. Claim the truth that grows love out of wounds. Claim your wholeness. Claim it right now. If you are willing say this: “I choose to believe in my wholeness and do what it takes to release the shame I have been carrying.”

Here is a medicine song to support and soothe you in your healing!!!

Your healing. My healing. Our healing. The healing.

Thank you.

Follow these links to find other insights on healing shame and read another story about shame and embodiment.

Blessings and mad wild grateful love,
Sophia

Medicine Songs: Stardust

Medicine stories and/or songs are deeply important to me. It’s absolutley the medicine of the feminine. It works our spirit and our mind through the subtle unconscious and speask poetry to the conscious mind.

I sing a lot in my sessions, workshops and in my own healing. I have since I was a littel girl – sang and sang. I sing songs that soothe me and I make up songs that seems to rise out of me or come out of the eathers.

I have begun to keep these songs that rise, I call them medicine songs, and I am creating a lullabye and medicine album. I made a rouch cut of 5 of the songs. I am going to share with with you, one at a time. THey are not mastered, they are not perfect, they are recordings to share so you can learn them or listen to them to receive thier healing. They are kinda raw, but I treasuer them.

This week I am posting a song that came to me after a day of sitting next to an fire – releasing my attachment to my ancestor’s, and thusly, my line of burden, gried, and self hatred. A powerful moment in my life, and at the end, this song arose. I have a recording of the medicine story, but I am having technical difficulties. I’ll let you know when I get it up.

Sometimes I get the tune and hum and then words come along, or they come together, and then I sing them over and over and they settle into themselves, I record them on my phone, and if I forget the words or tunes (happens 50/50 that I remember them) i listen to them again. I send the recordings to my freinds who cal when their sad. I teach them to the women in 13 Circles, and I sing them to myself, clients, family, friends, and partner.

 

Blessings!

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“isn’t the light of solstice supposed make things better – cause I kinda feel like crap” post

I have been returning to the same image since winter solstice, and craziness in my internal and external existence. Also known as, the thing I thought of when I was  loosing my mind and my heart felt sad and I was crying and confused, or doing something I didn’t know to navigate.

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I am in a cave. I am traveling into the deepest darkest place of that cave (winter), as I go my eyes adjust to the very dim to little to no light. Here, in this place, a match is lit!
SPARK! 
FLAME!
OOW – MY EYES!         – The illumination is SO harsh, and yet, so clear. What is shone cannot be ignored.

One thing light has been showing me is the subtle and yet real ways guilt has driven so many of my actions throughout my life. As well as the deep desire to be free from obligatory heaviness. I saw, illuminated before me, overall and lasting ease when my actions are given from a place of true authenticity, generosity, and light-hearted kindness. As I write this I wonder if I’m making it all seem so gentle, so let me clarify: sitting in the dark with the flame from my match showing me the lasting and exhausting results from my past habits, and inherited patterns, that seem unchangeable and life long is… well… painful. Excruciating even. I mean I am seeing the very things that are seemingly foundational, and in actuality have been at my foundation. I looked at my ceiling through my tears, and started the – “I want more than this, more than the cage I keep myself in.” So I dig into my faith and beg for guidance, forgiveness, and change. I say, “go ahead change my foundations because I am looking square in the face the results of the current foundation and I want something different.” I give myself permission to heal, and I do the silly things I am inspired to do, like place family photos on my alter and sing to them everyday. You see, this is a very specific light in the dark, and its allowing us see the things inside that still need to be healed.

So bring on the healing! Buckle up, cause if I know one thing, healing your foundations is a rocky time!

Oh and the touches everything for me, the cultural, and planetary things as well. The match struck at the depth of winter shows the foundations and our relationships to them: earth, culture, politics, money, relationships, you name it, so whatever manifestation is being illuminated, well… good luck?! :) Yea! Blessed kind luck!

“I am choosing to believe this is the best case scenario”
this one helps me when I am in the shit :)
another favorite is,
“I better be learning something huge, cause this sucks, so get me all the way through please.”

I am all LOVE and gratitude for you reading this, all the magic, and The Light in my life. Fer realz –  even if it hurts – I would rather see the mess then keep tripping over the same BS in the dark!