Memoir As Medicine: The Healing Power Of Writing Your Messy, Imperfect, Unruly (But Gorgeously Yours) Life Story

Memoir As Medicine: The Healing Power Of Writing Your Messy, Imperfect, Unruly (But Gorgeously Yours) Life Story

  Synchrodestiny got hold of me recently. I had just gotten off the phone with Esalen Institute, planning my first post-pandemic 5 day Sacred Medicine workshop at Esalen in May and a month-long Burnout Recovery For Health Care Workers & Therapists in the fall,...

Why You’d Be Wise Not To Trust Every Healer (Or Doctor or Therapist) Who Promises To Cure You (& 11 Tips From My Sacred Medicine Book To Keep You Safe From Harm)

Why You’d Be Wise Not To Trust Every Healer (Or Doctor or Therapist) Who Promises To Cure You (& 11 Tips From My Sacred Medicine Book To Keep You Safe From Harm)

*Trigger alert: Emotional, physical, sexual, and financial abuse at the hands of those we entrust to help us heal when we are at our most vulnerable. I used to believe that doctors were heroes, if not gods. My father was one of those doctors I idolized, and at...

2 Playlists To Support Our Burned Out Healers, Our Long Covid & Trauma Survivors, & Anyone Else In Need of Healing

2 Playlists To Support Our Burned Out Healers, Our Long Covid & Trauma Survivors, & Anyone Else In Need of Healing

Rise Up, by Lissa Rankin & her daughter Mira Klein, encaustic on wood panel 18 x 18 To say that this has been a hard two years is literally the understatement of the century. Unless you were alive during the Spanish flu of 1918 or one of the World Wars or the...

Lissa On The Beach
How To Fill Your Tank When You Get Anemic On Life Force

How To Fill Your Tank When You Get Anemic On Life Force

In my next book Sacred Medicine, I divided up the healing tools shared in the book (which will be published by Sounds True in Spring 2022!) into two categories- energy transfusions meant to fill you with life force when you're depleted, and trauma healing tools meant to plug the leaks or unblock where life force gets stagnant because of unhealed trauma. For those who are severely depleted, trauma healing may be premature. It's better to fill your tank before you dive deep into potentially triggering territory.

How To Begin Healing & Milk The Past Year For All It’s Worth

How To Begin Healing & Milk The Past Year For All It’s Worth

The pandemic is not over yet, and we have so much loss to grieve- lost lives, lost jobs, lost financial security, lost belief systems, lost school days, lost friends, lost feelings of safety, and lost social contact, in addition to things we needed to lose- like losing some of our racial, gender, socioeconomic, or sexual preference privileges or losing political leaders who do not wish our countries well or losing online influencers who do not respect science or truth or losing some of the mobility that is causing the climate crisis.

Who Is The “You” That Will Come Out Of Quarantine?

Who Is The “You” That Will Come Out Of Quarantine?

While making the final edits to my Sacred Medicine book, I asked one healer if she had a point of view in response to the question, "Why do horrific things happen to seemingly innocent people?" I explained to her that the question is relevant to the book because those who chronically suffer from physical or mental illness often seek answers to the question, "Why me" or "Why not her?" I told her that every answer I had heard thus far in my research fell flat from a post-2020 lens, and because I had a lot of respect for her, I was curious about her point of view at this point in our understanding (and lack thereof) of human suffering.

It Is Okay To Not Be Okay

It Is Okay To Not Be Okay

In the Healing With the Muse community, our intention is to alchemize uncertain times into creative gold for the purposes of healing and being “makerly,” leveraging both the joyful and painful experiences of our lives (the last year has been chock full of them!) into opportunities to write and make art straight from the raw, cracked open heart.

What Is The Muse – And How Can You Meet Yours?

What Is The Muse – And How Can You Meet Yours?

If you’ve been following what I write, you know I’ve done A LOT of writing about Covid, public health recommendations (including vaccination), and social justice and human rights lately. This is not my typical gig, but given the intersecting disasters we face, it’s felt more important than what I usually write about. That said, what I usually write about (Whole Health) is more relevant now than ever!

The Health Benefits Of Creativity (& Why We Don’t Need To Choose Between Conventional & Alternative Medicine)

The Health Benefits Of Creativity (& Why We Don’t Need To Choose Between Conventional & Alternative Medicine)

If you’ve been following what I write, you know I’ve done A LOT of writing about Covid, public health recommendations (including vaccination), and social justice and human rights lately. This is not my typical gig, but given the intersecting disasters we face, it’s felt more important than what I usually write about. That said, what I usually write about (Whole Health) is more relevant now than ever!