Sisters: we are triggered and we are raw. Whether #ibelieveher or not, sexual violence and trauma has been blazoned in the media with little sensitivity or empathy, the very reason #whyididn’treport. Statistics show what my experience confirms, most of us have experienced this sort of violation and have been impacted by it in ways that affect our nervous system, our baseline sense of safety and worth, make us more vigilant, and the list goes on...
These are the very issues that brought me to this work as I gained knowledge and tools for my own healing. It was in addressing my own wounds that I found my strengths and my purpose, to emerge from the fire of trauma to support my sisters. To create safe spaces for women where my creativity, silliness, and capacity to sit with pain could be put to meaningful use. This was me Rise(ing) Up.
In the midst of all this ugliness, today was the best day to sit in circle with a beautiful and eclectic group of humans and imagine a better world together. We can resist that which destroys us or we can create that which nurtures us. Best strategy: do both.
Now more than ever I want to raise my voice and shout from the mountaintops…YOU ARE A QUEEN SISTER!!! You are sacred! You are worthy of respect!
Now more than ever I want to gather the SISTER QUEENS and support them in their own rising. Rising to say no to that which is hurtful. Rising to create a more beautiful world our hearts tell us is possible.
I want to inspire you and support you and fill your basket with tools so that you can bless your realm with your talents and your love and your vision for tomorrow.
There are three ways that you can join me in this mission right now.
which I created for you to help you through the coming weeks. This Royal Remedy is based on my training as a trauma-informed expressive arts facilitator working with trafficking survivors. My hope is that it will be part of your self-care as you navigate any resurfacing of memories, feelings of powerlessness, grief, anxiety, or rage that may be arising in these times.
Susan Sanelli Hammack