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Be The Change: Accessing Our Ancestors as a Force for Activism Using Focusing

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We find ourselves living in a time where demagoguery, tribalism, xenophobia, and racist, classist policy seem to be gaining ground across the world. How can we cope with the fear, anger, despair and helplessness we feel whenever we read the news? We know that Focusing can help us move from paralysis to action through embodied awareness. Focusing can also facilitate embodied connection with ancestors, who can listen to our distress, care for us when we’re depleted, comfort us when we feel hopeless and guide us when we need a way forward. Our ancestors can offer a wider perspective that comes from their own lived experience, and from having watched human history over time. Whether they were oppressors, the oppressed, or a mixture of both, their legacy can fuel us to challenge oppressive systems, within and without. When we work with ancestors using Focusing, our anger and heartbreak can be transformed into resolve and resilience to be the change we wish to see in the world.

Beilah Ross, LICSW, has been practicing Clinical Social Work for over 20 years, has been Focusing since 2006, and gained certification as a Focusing-Oriented therapist in 2009. She works in private practice with adults, couples and children, using Focusing and other experiential modalities to help her clients connect with body-centered wisdom.  She teaches Focusing to individuals and groups through community workshops. She has led workshops on healing inter-generational trauma using FOT, accessing ancestral wisdom with Focusing and is interested in running future workshops on how Focusing can support anti-racist action.

At the Arlington Center
369 Mass Ave. 
Arlington, MA

 Cost is $25 payable at the door by check or cash.