the feminine wound

I didn’t even know it had a name. I didn’t even know if other women felt the same way. I have done a lot of my own healing and acknowledging of this wound before I knew it was a collective wound. Centuries worth.

There is a feminine wound and it can’t be healed in a masculine, patriarchal setting. It begins by acknowledging that religion and empire harms and hurts women.

Keeps us bound in corsets of their choosing. Suffocating and unable to take deep breaths, we think it’s all there is. Because some people decided to interpret holy words in one way.

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Author of Eve’s Revenge calls it the original sin of being born female.

Did you hear that? The guttural ache? The knife through the heart?

That so-called church fathers gathered to debate if women even had souls. (Are we infuriated yet?!)

This is why I created Your Flesh is a Poem. Because before we can heal and find wholeness we must acknowledge the ache. We must recognize that which has hurt us so deeply to have affected centuries and decades of women.

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We address, acknowledge and dismiss what insults our very own soul. Unravel, reexamine what we’ve been told and conditioned to believe and shake free and cut the ties of these awful, suffocating corsets. Reclaim our god-given sacredness, lives, agencies, voices, bodies, and power.

And we will do this with art, journaling and creating self-expression pieces to process the wounds and the hurt and the anger we feel about this. We will dialogue and talk and think out loud, and share together as we begin to heal.

Then we get to reclaim and rediscover what is life-giving and what gives us true nourishment for integrated wholeness and embodiment and loving our whole selves.

Because I truly believe that your flesh is a poem and that the sacredness of your body and soul is not conditional.

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Full details are available here: bit.ly/yourfleshapoem.  The 5-week creative journey includes mentoring, a workbook, journaling reflections and prompts, weekly teaching, meditations, and yoga. On sale now for $59, or with a sliding scale. A $250 value, includes a 1-hour mentoring session valued at $50. You are welcome in this space and I want to remove any barriers keeping you from joining. Begins June 3rd and I’m so excited to invite you to this journey of healing and wholeness.

For a walkthrough of an outline of the 5-weeks, watch this video here: https://www.facebook.com/lorijoanneyoga/videos/433835430515376/

And part two with more logistics what to expect / time / cost etc.

 

 

Your Flesh is a Poem

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Your Flesh is A Poem is an Online Course:
A Guided & Creative Journey & Integrated Spirituality
of the Body Designed to:

+ CONNECT with the FEMININE HEART of GOD 

+ HEAL the RIFT BETWEEN YOUR BODY, HEART, & SPIRIT 

+ UNRAVEL CENTURIES OF CONDITIONING

+ RECLAIM YOUR LIFE, YOUR VOICE,
YOUR BODY,  & YOUR POWER, ALL DIVINELY GIVEN


Practical, creative, expressive & embodied. Engaging the senses, your heart & emotions, your body, your spirit, & your mind. Interwoven with some of my own personal art as well as other artists & my own journey, philosophy, & theology.

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This 5-week online course is truly a creative, art-inspired journey,
including mini art assignments, art appreciation including poetry, literature, fine art, photography, sculpture & more.  Journaling prompts, group sharing in a small intimate setting, spiritual practices, & embodiment practices to bring healing & wholeness & freedom,  live fully alive, & love your very own body.

BEGINS JUNE 3RD. SIGN UP TODAY FOR $99*

*$24 discount available for Lori’s Letter subscribers & sliding scale available based on need. 

DOORS ARE NOW OPEN

click here for full course details & registration

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Befriending My Body: A 5-Day Series

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Loving my body is healing for my soul.

Befriending My Body is a FREE 5-day email series of affirmations, simple embodiment practices, creative assignment, printable journaling pages, and breath meditation. Designed to bring heal the rift between body & soul and help you befriend your body.

Sign up today to get day one. Emails will be sent over 5 consecutive days following that.

You can sign up for the 5-day series here:

 

What people are saying:

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Integrated Soul Podcast Ep. 2 & 3 Shownotes

“What Happened” & “The Beginning of the End” Shownotes

In Parts 2 & 3, I continue my story about what happened.  I’m using my own voice to tell my story with the hopes that it will empower someone else to be free from the toxic, shame-based counterfeit religion and indoctrination that’s out there. (It can happen anywhere, not just in certain denominations. Anywhere there are people in power, there can be abuse of power.)

LISTEN HERE: anchor.fm/integratedsoulpod 

You can listen via the web app at that link or download the app to your smartphone to listen. If you use the Anchor app, you can even send messages or record a voice message for me that I can use in a future episode. I’m planning to keep it here in one place at the moment, though I am open to requests to distribute to iTunes. Leave a comment and let me know you’re listening! 🙂 If you have any technical difficulties let me know, I’m happy to help.


Quotes referenced on the show:

Life is never made unbearable by circumstances,
but only by lack of meaning and purpose.

-Victor Frankl


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In the book, What’s The Big Deal About Spiritual Abuse, Dale Fincher, President of Soulation defines spiritual abuse as (mis)using God’s name in vain:

“Misusing God’s name means claiming the intentions and character of God are behind the thing that men and women are wrongly doing. This is spiritual abuse. Whenever anyone is dehumanized, it is abuse. Whenever anyone is dehumanized in the name of God, it is spiritual abuse.”

The life-saving course on Spiritual Health that I referenced is by Soulation, with Dale & Jonalyn Fincher and is available, be sure to check out their books and their work as it is supremely valuable. (linked to Soulation.org)

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In Brian Zahnd’s most recent message The End is the Beginning from Dark Nights and New Dawns he describes deconstructing as a House Remodel/Renovation. Instagram: @brianzanhd Podcast: iTunes link Twitter: @BrianZahnd


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Healing Spiritual Abuse and Religious Addiction by the Linns

On Scripture & Spiritual Abuse:

Scripture is still often interpreted in ways that are abusive to women.

For example, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me”, “he must deny himself’ is a prideful refusal to surrender ourselves. However, […], for a woman sin is not pride, the exaltation of self, but a refusal to claim the self God has given.

Developmentally, if a woman or man has not yet been affirmed in her right to claim and assert herself, she should not be pressured to deny the self she does not yet possess. In our culture women are taught to be codependent. i.e. to deny their reality and their needs and scripture has often been used to reinforce this.

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Danielle Shroyer, on dignity in her book Original Blessing says:

“Targeting self-esteem is an easy way to get power over someone.”

“God never asks us to reject our human dignity. God calls us to live into it.”


Kathy Escobar on dignity & voice in her video Holding onto Power (it’s only 5 minutes, highly recommend watching.)

“the kind of power that Jesus was talking about is a path of humility but is also stepping into our dignity and our voice. Systems aren’t the greatest at helping people doing that. If people’s creativity and gifts and passions and all those things are set free, lookout! It will breakout, it is unleashed. Spirit unleashed, power unleashed.”


In the book, Healing Spiritual Abuse and Religious Addiction by the Linns,

“St. Ignatius understood that it is abusive to try to control another person’s spiritual journey.

“St. Ignatius understood that it is abusive to try to control another person’s spiritual journey. Unlike Ignatius, abusive parents or religious leaders use children or followers to meet their own needs for control and self esteem, rather than nurturing the spiritual development of those who look up to them.”

“Jesus never meant for us to use him or any other religious thing as an escape from the truth of our lives.”

“Christianity was not meant first of all to teach us doctrines, but rather how to process life.”


a healthy soul is an integrated soul.”

quote by Dallas Willard, in Soul Keeping by John Ortberg


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“The depth of the healing has to be equal to the depth of the wound.” by Jo Ann Bauer (Graphic from Stephanie Moors @stephaniemmoors)

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Bearing witness to the truth is rarely easy, especially when we’re alone in the wilderness. Brene Brown, Braving the Wilderness

(Brene’s acronym BRAVING of which Vault is one of them, referenced at the beginning of episode 2 are also from this important book)

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“Tell the story of the mountain you climbed.
Your words could become a page in someone else’s survival guide.”

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words and graphic by Morgan Harper Nichols


Music: Sung by Lori

  • My Tribute by Andrae Crouch
  • Liability by Lorde
  • Someday (original tune) by Lori Joanne Quick

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Links & Where to find me:

Thank you so much for listening, it means a lot to me! If you’d like you can leave a voice message or contact me if you’re interested in having a conversation on the podcast sometime!

LISTEN HERE: anchor.fm/integratedsoulpod 

The Integrated Soul Podcast Episode 1 Shownotes

“Something Is Not Right” Show Notes

In the first couple of episodes, I begin to share my story of taking my voice back after spiritual trauma and how that led me here. I’m using my own voice to tell my story with the hopes that it will empower someone else to be free from the toxic, shame-based religion and indoctrination that’s out there.

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Some of us find freedom and find new ways to connect to our faith and spirituality. This is my story.

LISTEN HERE: anchor.fm/integratedsoulpod 

You can listen via the web app at that link or download the app to your smartphone to listen. If you use the Anchor app, you can even send messages or record a voice message for me that I can use on a future episode. I’m planning to keep it here in one place at the moment, though I am open to requests to distribute to iTunes. Leave a comment and let me know you’re listening! 🙂 If you have any technical difficulties let me know, I’m happy to help.

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You’ll hear as I mention some of the symptoms I was experiencing that were caused by spiritual abuse and trauma.


Quotes referenced on the show:

re-examine all you have been told
at school or church or in any book,
dismiss whatever insults your own soul

~Walt Whitman

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(artist, unknown; poem by Walt Whitman)

He brought me out to a spacious place;
he rescued me because he delighted in me.

~Psalm 18:19


Music Appreciation

Excerpts from Brooke Fraser’s song, Therapy, helping me sound kinda cool. Here’s her official lyric video: Therapy.

Links & Where to find me:

Thank you so much for listening, it means a lot to me! If you’d like you can leave a voice message or contact me if you’re interested in having a conversation on the podcast sometime!

LISTEN HERE: anchor.fm/integratedsoulpod 

Surprise, it’s a Podcast!

Surprise,
it’s a….
….podcast!
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I keep calling my Podcast ‘my baby’ and here are some reasons why: 👶🏼

While the podcast itself was a surprise…everything that went on before and behind it was not. And that’s why it all made sense when it showed up as an idea at midnight on Sunday night.📝

It was a labor of love that developed into a podcast. 🎨

Everything behind it has been in the womb, so to speak.🤰

Nurturing and writing and creating and expressing and finding new ways and unearthing the words and unraveling and reinterpreting and I know the baby / pregnancy metaphor isn’t perfect…I’ve never been good at metaphors (lol)…but it makes sense in as close to words as I have for this.

 

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It is my labor of love.
It is the fruit and creative expression of the inner work of healing and recovery.
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And somehow it turned into a podcast.
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I guess I thought it would be something else…a video series or a something else.
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I had begun writing, on my blog over the past year+ and some of that same material will be included in the podcast.
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I’ve been in support groups and I’ve been telling my story in person and refining the words and the way I tell it for a broader audience. For the purpose of simply…telling my story in my own words. And with the desire that my story would set others free.

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So if you’d like to listen, episode one is available and I may get episode two done this weekend. I’ll keep you posted. After the first 2-3 episodes I hope to release it once a week or 2-3x a month. And once I tell this part of my story I hope to shift a bit and share more discussions on practical ways to nurture an integrated & embodied soul, and even begin to have some conversations with you. @anchor.fm allows listeners to record a short message or question. So let’s do this thing together! Thank you so much for listening!! 🎧

Podcast Shownotes:

Direct link to all episodes:

anchor.fm/integratedsoulpod

Please use the hashtag #integratedsoulpod on Twitter & Instagram