One of the first regular events we held at the SheHive was a Saturday morning meditation group. I was pretty new to the practice, but quickly became fascinated by the patterns I started to notice during our debriefs. Women who sat next to each other – often complete strangers – would share similar images when they talked about what they had seen in their meditative states
My scientific mind wanted to write it off as the power of suggestion until one Saturday when, invited by the Facilitator to go to our “safe space” during a guided visualization, I found myself on the San Antonio River Walk. Surprising because my go-to safe space in any guided visualization had always been someplace completely different up until that point. More surprising, however, because I couldn’t remember ever having actually visited the San Antonio Riverwalk in real life. I had no clue how I knew I was there, but clear as day, I knew.
I didn’t have time to contemplate it for long though because the visual in my mind’s eye soon morphed into a cruise ship. I had been on a cruise ship before, but can’t say I had considered it especially “safe space” or comforting.
As the group was debriefing at the end of the visualization, I shared how odd the experience had been for me. When I mentioned the San Antonio Riverwalk the woman sitting next to me quickly jumped in. “I was just there!” She then pointed to her tennis shoes and continued, “These shoes gave me the worst blisters.”
Kim, sitting next to her, threw up her hands. “Uh huh, no. You know where you gotta go? On a cruise. My safe space is a cruise ship. I love cruising!”
Science vs. Well… Everything Else
Prior to founding the SheHive, I spent 25 years in corporate America and 21 in college between undergrad and graduate work. (Yes, 21… I changed majors A LOT). In all that time I learned a lot of stuff about who I am - an ENFP, a DiSC Di, an Ambivert, an Enneagram Type Three, a Divergent learner - and that my core strengths are Activator, Relator, Ideation, Strategic and Woo. I came to love assessment and scientific theory and evidence-based research that explains who we are and what motivates us.
As a non-religious person, it never really occurred to me that there was more to who I am or, maybe, more accurately, that it mattered. I considered anything not in a peer-reviewed, scientific article or whitepaper to be some “woogity bullshit” (actual quote).
But then came the SheHive and five years of amazing teachers that helped me discover that I am so much more than what science has learned to explain thus far. They taught me about energy and spirit and connection and stillness and presence - about physical empathy and what it means to be clairsentient. It fascinates me and fills in a lot of the gaps that I couldn’t quite explain about how I move about this earth.
I love that we are equal parts known and mystery. I love that there is always more to discover about what makes us… us.
One of my favorite teachers in the “woogity” realm is Dawn Whitehorn, a modern Shaman who led ceremonies at the SheHive in the past. Dawn has been busy launching a new venture – The Conscious Vessel – so we haven’t seen her for a while, but we recently reconnected and I asked her to consider coming back. I miss her Fire Ceremonies – a monthly ritual that includes a guided visualization that helps you let go of unwanted energies.
I’m thrilled that Dawn has agreed to return with a trial run of the Fire Ceremony starting this week. I hope you’ll take some time to come explore some of the “woogity” with me and Dawn Thursday night. I can’t wait to see what images we can conjure up together!
With much love and gratitude,
Ursula Adams, MSPOD