This article is an opinion piece. It does not replace medical advice, but it does encourage curiousity.
I know that title feels a little intense, but now that I grabbed your attention let me explain the evolutionary beauty of what a virus called Covid can do for a stunned nation, correction, world. I have been preparing for something like a superbug virus to hit humanity ever since I was drawn into the world of nature, herbs, homeostasis (or balance), nutrition, life quality, ancestral knowledge, miracles, magic, epigenetics, healing, energy and science. Yes, all of those wrapped up in one beautiful bundle of what we know as human existence. I do not approach health from politics. I approach it from my steadfast belief that we are all a part of this vast ecosystem and in that is where the ability to thrive, instead of survive, lies. I have a deep love for an entire universe that was meant to thrive together. Maybe this will be the time that humans finally fulfill their part to that equation. Maybe balance will become bigger than greed.
Sink or Swim
I have never believed it should be so hard to live. As an energetically sensitive soul I feel the world around me. I feel the suffering, I feel the pain. I feel the hopelessness. I also feel the excitement, the bliss, the utter beauty, the expansion and the love. The world continues to turn with all of it. As an adopted human, my fascination with roots and lineage has perhaps been heightened. I have felt wisdom coursing through my blood, but had no reference for it. It drove me to healthcare and world love. I wanted to ease the suffering. I wanted to elevate the quality of life. I wanted to honor this wisdom of my ancestors that told me life held an enlightenment beyond our cultural constraints. Fear has always repulsed me. The darkness around it has repelled me like a brick wall. I was told to tone down, not laugh so loud, be less, fit in. Lucky for me, I couldn’t do it and wouldn’t do it. This led me to take a good hard look at the culture around me that was working so hard to shape who I was to be, but adamantly refused. What I saw from a very young age was a linear fear-based system that thrived in status and control. I also saw the disempowerment of an entire species. I saw the evolution of people put into a system of rules and regulations that became a sink or swim paradigm. Most were either treading water nonstop to stay afloat and many sank, while a small percentage got a yacht. What kept people in the water? Fear. Corporations. 2-Party Politics. Big pharma. Greed. Debt. Sickness. Isolation. We have created a cycle of life that is spinning so fast it is virtually impossible to get off. You have to go harder and faster to keep up with everyone else. If you fall off, no one can help you because they have to go harder and faster to keep up with the rest. You are on your own. You are lost at sea.
Humans are unbelievably powerful. Think about how humans started out. We lived from a place of intuition, heart-centered, community support. We learned through our highly regarded elders and stories that activated our imagination. It took the whole village to make the world turn. What we learned from living in community were invaluable life skills not taught in a classroom. We became creative and resourceful when weather or circumstances shifted. We relied on the land, the plants, the earth to heal. The human body was revered and intentionally cared for. We have squandered the large majority of that power and intuitive guidance by following a system that preys on our fears, bases our healthcare in a mega industry filled with greed and corruption and puts us into a rigid school system reliant on a left-brained linear model. We learn to use the smallest part of a gigantic system of potential, which is our brain. Our life forces encompasses every aspect of our being. This evolution has put us in a place of severe imbalance and vulnerability. We have all been too busy and tired staying afloat to even question or disrupt the system.
The Great Surrender
What do I see happening with the covid evolution? I see a great surrender. A surrender we could never afford in a life that would be swallowed in a heartbeat. In that surrender comes trust. The trust I speak of is in humans. Humans that might finally be ready to band together for a universal cause. Humans that see the destruction and damage of what was “normal” life as we knew it. Humans that may be brought to their knees in the stark contrast between the gifting/kindness/love of strangers during this time to the lack of government support for those same strangers. Humans that see the true heros in their communities on the frontlines, fulfilling our hospital and basic needs. Humans that are snapped out of the state of stress that drove their lives and into a raw, real and vulnerable living that awakens their soul, in the dark times and light. Humans that have the time to take an inward dive and find their capacity to connect and care.
The Gifts of Covid
We have the opportunity to be intentional. This is how humans were made to thrive, with intention. Intention means care and care deepens our relationships. We have learned a life of avoidance so that we do not drown. Most of the time one more thing could be the weight that pulls us under. So we avoid hard conversations, we leave relationships, we react out of fear, we give up dreams to pay the bills, we lose ourselves to become a parent, partner, professional, we stay in relationships that were over long ago, we work jobs to have healthcare, we make decisions out of obligation and more. What if everything in your life became intentional? Close your eyes. What does that feel like? Every interaction, every action, every minute. This is an excellent time to take stock in how much of your life has been created out of intention.
I am thrilled to say that work and home life have collided, something we have spent years isolating from each other. During that process, our lives have gotten busier with more deadlines, appointments, commutes and stress. We have increased our environmental impact by creating an explosion of commuters. Environmental pollutants contribute to a decrease in cellular health, which increases disease. Stress is one of the biggest contributors to underlying health conditions. We have been distanced from our families at best because of time constraints, at worst because of emotional scarcity. This may add to children feeling more isolated and mentally unwell than ever before, contributing to some of the largest numbers of suicide and mass shootings the world has ever seen. The rigid lines we’ve formed to compartmentalize our lives are suddenly dissipating. Again, looking back to the beginnings humans worked and lived at home, on their land. I believe this could be the catalyst to a wonderful disintegration of the separation of work and family. We may have an epiphany that it’s possible when a virus forces our hand so why wouldn’t it be possible without.
People are gardening! Maybe it started out of a survival instinct, but maybe it will continue for the love of gardening and growing one’s own food, which means kicking those billion dollar corporations out of your mouth with their pesticides, chemicals, gmo’s, etc. This is part of your health revolution. This might just lead to bartering, crafting, creating and balancing. When we begin to use those parts of our right brain we open up a well of abilities and intuitions, which makes us more innovative and resourceful and that can bring a greater wealth than riches might ever bestow.
Birth is moving back to home. Y’all birth is moving back home! In 1900 98% of births were home births and as of the last statistical analysis 98% of births were hospital births, where births are routinely dominated and intervened with based on (guess what) fear and liability-based practices. Hospitals were already a dangerous environment filled with bacteria and virus, but this virus is changing the ability to birth with your partner and increasing risk to your newborn baby who needs to develop their immune system. So what can we expect with increased home birth rates? We can expect decreased medical interventions, increased immunity, better breastfeeding rates, less pelvic floor dysfunction and decreased postpartum depression rates with increased attachment and bonding. All of this information is available, but we have put so much trust into a for-profit system, it gets lost in the mix. Guess what all this means… a gentler society, a healthier society. Continuity of care is the most successful model for healthy pregnancies, natural labors/births and healthy babies who become healthy adults with stronger immunity. Do we still need the Western Medical System? Yes, of course. These medical advancements are life-saving. They should also be saved for the need for them. When they are not, they subsequently cause a cascade of interventions and complications in birth and immunity.
What we have here is a nation of underlying sickness that has been exposed. We are now looking at a medical system that is appropriate to save lives at times, but not to sustain lives and definitely not to prevent illness. We have given over our medical autonomy because we are a culture reliant on quick medical fixes, pharmaceuticals and insurance systems that create more imbalance. We are overworked, overstretched, disengaged, avoidant and disempowered in relation to our health. A system that you put your trust into has failed you. We are surrounded by a convenience culture to support the unsustainable lifestyles that have only ramped up, which in turn has become the root of underlying illness. Fast food, processed foods, stress, sugar, leaky guts, mental health, sedentary lifestyles, obesity. It has all caught up with us. Viruses will always mutate. It’s in their nature. The harder we try to control them by creating a “fix”, the stronger they become. Nature is a beautiful beast. What if we created something inside of us that could exist with virus? This is the blessing of the message we are receiving. It can become your priority. If we listen, we can be the re-igniter and director of the beautiful orchestra of balance, strong health and fulfillment that comes from our inside out, not the from the outside in.
I’ve been hearing about all the coffee, alcohol and boredom. Let’s look at this. I don’t believe it should only be funny memes and pushed aside. Have a laugh, but then explore it more. Numbing ourselves misses the whole point of a pandemic, the lessons and the opportunity. This is the level of “numbing” that we have had to engage in our lives to survive. We’ve had no time to explore the vast wonder of humanness. Stop waiting to “restart” life! Do you want to go back to the way it was? Do you think there may be a different way to live? A way that creates a balance and peace within that a pandemic cannot shake? Start planning to “revamp” life!
We are learning about what is most important in this lifetime, health. It takes something like a virus associated with a tragic death that shuts the world down. But guess what. We are napping! We are sleeping! Two of the quickest ways to health are sound sleep where your body can regenerate and repair, along with hydration. We are doing it because we have time to do it! It may feel unnatural to slow down, and if it does, take a good hard look at that. When we vibrate from a place of health (emotional, mental, physical, spiritual) we re-ignite our human again. This great surrender is a great opportunity to take the blinders off. Rather than wait to see if you might end up in the hospital, start caring deeply for your state of health. It’s a chance to feel how deeply you can go, how creative we can be. Turn off fear media that wants to prey on your stress. Find functional medical practitioners for information and support of homeostasis. We are made to heal. We are made to thrive. It is up to us to create the environment that supports our abilities. It’s go time!
Be curious about the message that being unproductive during this time is fine. I understand the sentiment, believe me I do. What I have to say is about a war, a revolution. Yes, take your time with your emotional process and be grateful that we can take that time. But go deeper, dig deeper because the fate of humanity and the earth is breaking through in these moments. We have an opportunity to not let things go back to normal. Ask yourself, was normal really working for you? For your family, your relationships, your health, your wellness, your emotional landscape, your capacity at enlightened fullfillment?
We are being reminded of the great ability of humans to be adaptable, flexible and fluid when not run ragged. I hope this wakes us all up. I hope we begin to utilize the time we have to look at an utterly broken and dysfunctional system that is not supportive in a time of crisis or even in our previous “normal”. Yes, this is uncomfortable. For some, much more than others. I don’t know of a time when great change happened without discomfort. I hope this becomes the fuel for you to want to help everyone out of the water and to truly believe that we can. How about we decide as a collective how that system and the people we hire through our votes can work best for the greater good?
Stay curious with your wellness, with information, with conversations, with politics, with news media, with the plight of people, with your own intuition. We can do this. I was born to believe in magic, the earth, humanity and you.
Lori Reising is the Host of The Raw and Wild Hearts Podcast,
as well as a Retreat Leader, Speaker, Pelvic Floor Therapist, Childbirth Educator and Transpersonal Hypnotherapist.
Join me for some easy and fun self-care tools for immunity and wellness that will increase your circulation, move your lymph flow, maintain a balanced structure and provide a mental health boost! With all of the emotional shifts, stress and restructures to work life, it’s important to take some time to check in and empower yourself on your healthcare journey. If you’re sitting or at a computer all day, prevention is key. Try one or all of these techniques every 1-2 hours to break up that strain on our body-mind-spirit. With all the talk of covid, we are rarely hearing talk about our immunity. You immunity is your best ally! Our bodies have a wonderful ability to heal, but we need to provide the correct environment for it. You are magical. You got this! Start with something small and work up from there! Click on the link below.
I hope you find some support in this video, as well as the love and care I am sending out to you and yours. xo
What a new concept this is! A date in quarantine, which of course means a technology date. Let me give you a little background on my isolation experience so far. I’ve been in it since March 23rd and I live alone with my amazing sidekick kitty Beezus The Brave. She’s the best gift I could possibly have right now! I believe there are pros and cons to every way quarantine manifests for every person. For me, it means extreme physical isolation. Shout out to technology right now. I would be writing from a whole different place without the connections I’ve maintained through video chats. They have provided solace and comfort with face to face interactions that are critical to my mental wellness. But when it comes down to our human need for intimacy and physical touch during a scary and grief-filled time, some of us are at a loss in that department as well. Are there times that I wish I could be frustrated with a partner or discovering new facets to our relationship that have manifested from constant contact? Absolutely. Are there times where I’m grateful for my solitude and extreme focus on my personal process? Definitely. Do I want to touch someone in a mutually intimate way? Ummmmm, YES. I should tell you that I hadn’t had as much as a glance from a potential date for the past 11 months. I was involved in a car accident, which produced daily pain and struggle. It’s super hard to get excited to do anything besides nap when in chronic pain. I also started The Raw and Wild Hearts Podcast and have pretty much dated her 24-7. Fast forward to now. Now I have asked someone out for a FaceTime date! I have intentionally moved it from a chat to a date for my own mental process. When it was a chat to see what this social media connection was up to, I planned to do about as much as I did in the picture above to prepare. Yesterday, my creative juices got flowing and I started to think about how I could actually view this like a date that I would have had in my life pre-quarantine, you know the kind that I would actually shower and get ready for. With that word swap I now have an excitement and anticipation for the possibilities. I plan to engage in my pre-date ritual as if I’m leaving the house to meet him. I will have a nice cold beer and candlelight ready for our time together to create the atmosphere I look for during an initial encounter. I will spend too much time searching for the potential in us. All in all, it will be a lovely evening spent with a new human and new perspectives to exercise my brain and emotions if even just for one night. No matter what way it ends, the shower and effort will do my spirit good…… Stay tuned to see my date face or maybe even a podcast episode to follow!!!
I am talking today with Morgan Wade, a somatic therapist and hypnotherapist specializing in intimacy and embodiment. We are in unprecedented times with a global pandemic shifting life as we have known it. I believe we are on the precipice of dropping deeper into a society based in community instead of currency and for that I am excited. We are seeing how humanity is rising up to a global crisis and frankly I am proud, but we are also experiencing very real levels of collective grief pertaining to such dramatic change, as well as personal grief and loss from the virus itself. I wanted to get to some real talk about grief for support and understanding. We will explore the language of grief that comes after the sudden loss of a person and how it can be an access point to raw vulnerability and spirit, how loss is human and moments of enlightenment can sometimes be found on a kitchen or bathroom floor and we also look at how grief can become our teacher. We touch briefly on the stages of grief, but more so on the process of finding meaning in grief. In the end, our conversation becomes a beautifully woven exploration of this earth school ride that we are all on together, in community in these human bodies and in our hearts. As someone who had spent many years of my life in grief, this episode means the world to me. I want to offer some support to the many people out there experiencing loss on any plane and to normalize the gravity of what they may be feeling. I also want to offer support to the communities of those very same people so they might be able to hold space a little more without fear. Morgan offers exquisite insights from all sides.
- Our history – a kindred spirit connection
- Morgan’s early relationship with grief
- Grief is human and universal
- We are all increasing each other’s bandwidth for holding discomfort
- Grief as a direct access to raw vulnerability and spirit
- The current layers of collective grief
- Moments of enlightenment on the kitchen and bathroom floor
- The gift of grief as a teacher
- Our innate medical wisdom to boost immunity
- The stages of grief
- Finding meaning in loss
- The earth school ride
- Who is your dream guest and why?
- Morgan Wade
- David Kessler & Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
- Molecules of Emotion by Candace Pert
- Molly McCord podcast episode
- Elizabeth Gilbert
- The Raw and Wild Hearts Podcast
Music by ate21
The fear release and meditation begin at 12:10 if you want to skip the conversation. Today my guest is… me. I made another hypnosis for you to use for abundance, money and trust around the economic changes and personal changes that may feel out of control right now. If you find yourself spiraling or incapacitated, I hope this will be a big support for you. I also share a fear crisis experience I just had with you all that many people can relate to during these times, along with my process for flowing through it into a place of greater expansion, elevation and enlightenment of my spiritual being. Remember you can come back and skip right to the hypnosis over and over. You can download it and access it at any time. I truly hope these are helping you all. I know they are helping me tremendously and I am living in a much more relaxed state during changes, which feels great because it helps me to believe in the greater good and that we will prevail.
I hope that you find some trust, relaxation and health from my words and the hypnosis track I have prepared for you. I will continue to release relaxation tracks here and on my Instagram TV so stay tuned for those. I will include shorter tracks over time. I encourage you to be proactive, informed, centered and engaged in community. Please drop a comment, like, subscribe, star rate, review and share this episode. You can help me increase immunity and healthcare by reaching more and more people in their homes. And continue to breathe, friends. We are in this together. Blessings.
- My temporary fear crisis
- How I moved the emotional immobilization through my body
- Look under your fear to examine and reframe it
- A cultural collapse of the illusion of control
- An invitation to rebuild systems with abundance and trust
- Accessing ancestral trust through catastrophic events
- Fear release and guided meditation @ 12:10
- The Raw and Wild Hearts Podcast
Music and Hypnosis by Lori Reising
Gabby Holt is the real thing. The Portland native brings a balance of shimmering vocals, dynamic guitar work, and a profound technical command of the stage to creating the next generation of anthemic rock music. Dropping her debut solo song and video for ‘Did I Make This Up’, Gabby spends the afternoon with me exploring the gift of emotion and pain, the vulnerability and all access pass in music, intuitive wisdom, raw connections to nature, how she started making major shifts for her body and cellular health and her process in music and in life. Gabby also shares how sobriety has helped her be present in her life, has made life psychedelic and brings a clarity within her relationship processes. And… get ready for two breath-taking acoustic performances by Gabby in the episode! You will be transformed by her pure voice and energy. So let’s get to it!
I have such a moving time with Gabby exploring the gift of emotion and pain, the vulnerability and all access pass in music, intuitive wisdom, raw connections to nature, how she started making major shifts for her body and cellular health and her process in music and in life. Gabby also shares how sobriety has helped her be present in her life, made life psychedelic and bring clarity within her relationship processes. We chat about her song Did I Make This Up and her video release on March 20th. The song relays her deep childhood wound with abandonment and how she has learned to separate what is hers and what is not in relation to all of her life. We are so blessed to take this deep dive with Gabby into past wounds, process work and discovering her magic in such beautiful and complex ways that I believe we will all walk away with excitement to dive even deeper into our own humanity. And… get ready for two breath-taking acoustic performances by Gabby in the episode. You will be transformed by her pure voice and energy.
- Our history – We’re in a music video!
- COVID-19 thoughts in the beginning
- Immune and wellness practices
- Wim Hof breath and Fire Breath in Kundalini Yoga
- Our innate abilities to heal, our magic
- Self-love practice
- *Special acoustic performance*
- Press Release – ‘Did I Make This Up’
- Nature enhances the vulnerability of music
- Exploring the gift of pain
- Gabby’s thoughts on how sobriety supports being present for her life
- The gut-brain connection for mental health
- The song is a doorway into abandonment experience
- “I love my therapist”
- The role of self soothing and ownership when being emotionally triggered
- “Sometimes things are tender and we are allowed to feel that way”
- *Special acoustic performance*
- The flow state of music
- Unplugging for creativity and stillness
- Who is your dream guest and why?
- Gabby Holt
- ‘Did I Make This Up’ music video
- Wim Hof Breath
- Fire Breath in Kundalini Yoga
- Dr. Joe Dispenza
- Brandi Carlile
- Tori Amos
- The Raw and Wild Hearts Podcast
Music by ate21
The fear release and meditation begin at 7:48 if you want to skip the conversation. Today my guest is… me. I wanted to share some thoughts on my personal experience with the abrupt life changes surrounding COVID-19 and how I was able to navigate them, as well as that the strength I found is coming from the power of people. Our communities are strong and they are shining their strengths greater by the day. I also felt like it was important to put out a fear release and empowerment meditation, especially in a time where surrender is our greatest ally. This is preventative healthcare. We must be the principal players in how we can help ourselves at a cellular level. As we move through these rapidly shifting spaces, it is in finding our center that will keep our immunity strong, our spirits high and our resilience available.
I hope that you find some trust, relaxation and health from my words and the hypnosis track I have prepared for you. I will continue to release relaxation tracks here and on my Instagram TV so stay tuned for those. I will include shorter tracks over time. I encourage you to be proactive, informed, centered and engaged in community. Please drop a comment, like, subscribe, star rate, review and share this episode. Help me increase immunity and healthcare by reaching more and more people in their homes. And continue to breathe, friends. We are in this together. Blessings.
- The sudden, unforeseen change in life
- My brief unravel into the dark
- Get under the fear
- Embracing community and support
- Feeling the power of people
- The stress effect on our immunity
- Seek out a practice of relaxation
- Play the track over and over
- Interrupt the stress response
- Fear release and guided meditation @ 7:48
- The Raw and Wild Hearts Podcast
Music and Hypnosis by Lori Reising
During this time of distancing, the HypnoBirthing® Institute has approved online classes. Please let your communities know that I continue to offer hypnobirthing classes online. Now more than ever HypnoBirthing® techniques are for life. This information is invaluable during a time when it’s extra important to pay attention to our bodies and state of stress and health. I am here for you. I also offer tailored online wellness and hypnotherapy consultations. Let’s lean on each other and be stronger together. Go to Book Lori for more information. To see what’s happening with the HypnoBirthing® Institute click here.
In love and care,
I will be releasing an impromptu and needed podcast episode tomorrow where I talk a little bit about the process of surrender in a time of incredible uncertainty and the power of community. Not only that, but I will be including of a brief hypnosis and guided meditation track to support your immunity and wellness during this time. It is an easily accessible track to help you center, even for brief moments, throughout these days.
Sending love and care,
Originally from Pittsburgh, Ben Harkins is a Portland-based comic. His unsweetened wisdom and deadpan delivery have made him an audience favorite throughout the PNW. His irreverent material attacks everything from the cost of groceries to the extinction of species. He was recently voted Portland’s Funniest Comic in Willamette Weeks Funniest Five. He is also the host of Dark Web Tonight a live video clip show every third friday at Kickstand Comedy Space. We will be getting down with my guest today where he gives us insights about finding his funny, using meditation for mental health, the puppets that are ruling his world, the perks of Portland’s comedy scene, what persistence in the pursuit of passion can do and so much more. You will get the treat of hearing some of his comedy, as well as some oracle card fun we had. It’s a journey so I hope you enjoy the ride with us!
In today’s episode we touch on mental health briefly and tools for navigating the journey. I just want to say that many cities and towns have resources available that you may not even know about. There may be hotlines, nonprofit programs or even school clinic’s where you can find therapist’s completing their school clinic to obtain their license. I’ve heard amazing things about our school clinic’s here in Portland. I am going to include a national suicide prevention hotline in the show notes. If you find yourself in a difficult place without the tools to navigate it please reach out. Community is here for you. We are hard wired for connection and can really thrive in that space! Let’s do this together y’all!
- Portland’s funniest as voted by the Willamette Week
- “I always wanted to be funny”
- Meditation for mental health
- Portland’s comedy scene
- Crafting in the morning
- The art of crafting puppets
- Masochism in standup
- Let’s get witchy
- Oracle card fun
- Persistence in your pursuits of passion
- “Figure out your goals and your motivation”
- Spontaneous vs. structured standup
- Who is your dream guest and why?
- Wooing Fortune Feimster
- Ben Harkins
- Fizbys Classroom – Ben Harkin’s puppet sketch
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- National Listing for Mental Health Counselors in the United States
- “Weird Al” Yankovic
- Fortune Feimster
- The Raw and Wild Hearts Podcast
Music by ate21