It was a profound lesson for me in how powerful this work is and underscored the care in which I needed to explain what to do if emotions come up too fast. Oh and I always keep my eyes open now!
Boy, until that question was asked, I hadn’t thought of this experience forever. But it does stand as an example of how certain mistakes can help us develop and advance our craft, right? (If you have a memorable example of this, I’d love to hear from you. Connect with me here.)
Of course, I could have really beat myself up about that mistake, but in staying close to my emotional intelligence (hell, it’s what I was interviewed about 🤓), I reminded myself that my work is unique and cutting-edge … I’m not a talk therapist or a doctor, a yoga teacher or psychedelic guide. Although in my master courses I draw from all those disciplines – embracing brain science, ancient wisdom practices, plant medicines in a therapeutic group setting. So I’m essentially the one codifying this multidisciplinary approach to emotional and trauma release. That mistake made me a better and more present facilitator.
And to put a bow on this, I just got an email from an enthusiast who wrote:
“Your work is more valuable than ever and way ahead of its time. Please keep on sharing this holistic medicine – that delicate dance between plant medicine and emotion – all in support of the ability to thrive in each moment that we are blessed with breath.”
– Jennifer L.
Wow, poetry – and a reminder to stay the path and see the “mistakes” as guideposts in our evolution.
P.S. if you want to read the full Authority Magazine interview, you can go here.