"Sometimes we cause more damage to our patients than we heal. And it’s not by using techniques that we aren’t trained in. It’s with our words.
Words can harm or heal, based on how we use them. A bodyworker will use a different technique on Ren 17 than a martial artist with different results; peace compared with very peaceful, i.e. death. Words as well can open us up to unlimited possibilities of healing and spaciousness, or close us down into a re-traumatized ball of powerlessness, as anyone with a family can tell you.
Racialized trauma is not a matter of if, it’s about how much. We all are impacted to certain degrees. If we are not aware of our unconscious implicit bias, we increase the probability of doing damage exponentially. If we aren’t aware, we can’t make different choices.
Not only are our movements in our world (QI) immersed in racist systems of oppression so inextricably we can’t see them, we inherit racialized trauma in our DNA (JING). Guilt is not helpful as it binds up our Qi so we can’t move and are powerless. Using our Spirit ( SHEN), we can bring the warmth of compassion and the light of awareness, into our shadows of shame. It is only then can we step into our practices truly aware of our interconnection (the Big Shen) and treat each other as we are One."