Whole Heart Whiteness – Webex – June 16, 2020

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Whole Heart Whiteness

Webex – June 16, 2020

WHC skills for anti-racist white people

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What can I do? What should I do?

This is a time when many white people are looking for ways to address the tragedy and horror of racial injustice, but do not know where to begin. Sometimes even thinking about the subject is so painful that we can’t even begin at all—and yet we can’t live with ourselves if we avoid the subject.

Whole Heart Connection practices form a powerful basis for white-skinned people to bring their concerns about racial injustice from abstract values to practical embodiment. WHC skills guide us in establishing Group Heart space where we can support each other on a me-first basis into anti-racist healing work, internally and externally.

First, grounded and heart-centered WHC skills create a resilient healing context for connecting with the many feelings that come up when we approach a topic as painful as racism. For many white-skinned people, racial issues may bring up emotions as diverse as fear, confusion, despair, conflict, guilt, or rage (or other emotions). This can make it difficult even to get started on discussion, let alone action! Through WHC, we can begin to heal these initial “barrier emotions” not only in ourselves, but on a me-first basis within the collective. Results can be very dramatic!

As we begin to feel easier and more free and alive in our own bodies around these topics, we are able to consider from within Group Heart how we personally can step into our communities (and even our one-on-one interactions) differently, as powerful allies for healing and change.

“Except that Thea was teaching it, I didn’t really want to go to the Whole Heart Whiteness workshop. I had a lot of my own pain and struggle going on and could hardly imagine having the capacity to help heal the deeply painful and entrenched patterns of racism, whiteness and so on. I was afraid of being overwhelmed, of having to do emotionally really challenging work when I was already struggling. I was surprised to find that the workshop was basically the opposite of what I imagined.

I actually received so much healing and support; it was amazing! And I didn’t have to dig deeply into my own pain and suffering to do so. I just sat there, gently present, listening and healing and somehow, almost magically, I receiving the resources I needed to be with and transform my own pain. It was incredibly helpful.”

— Dawn Furfaro-Strode

About Thea

Thea Elijah is a white-skinned Jewish convert to Islam, and the developer of WHC. She treasures the growth that happens when we are working together for everyone’s health and justice.

Thea has been a student of Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture for over 30 years. She is the former director of the Chinese Herbal Studies Program at Tai Sophia Institute and the Chinese Herbal Studies Program at the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture.

Workshop Date

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST
(10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m PST)

Location

Webex

Tuition

Registration is free of charge, though we ask that you make a donation in place of a set tuition price.
The suggested donation is $75.

 

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