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Practice You with Elena Brower

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Now displaying: March, 2023
Mar 18, 2023

Zivar Amrami is a healer and interdisciplinary artist. Born in the Midwest to an Iranian father and a mother of Norwegian descent, steeped from youth in Jewish mysticism, Zivar has a particular curiosity to that which unites and differentiates us from each other. As a photographer, therapist or circle maker, she peers beyond the layers of protection and unearths vulnerabilities and universal truths with grace. Zivar is a nurturer of women, creator of the Wisdom of Birth deck, a mother healing her own ancestral wounds. For strangers and friends, she bestows the innate gift of empathic witness. Zivar currently lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband and two children.

  • 0:42 – Introducing Zivar Amrami; Wisdom of Birth – 78 Card Oracle Deck of Guidance and Inspiration for the experience of Birth.
  • 2:30 – Engaging with birth in a more powerful way. Healthcare systems looking down on you and treating you inferior.
  • 6:00 – Reasserting boundaries in the hospital setting. Navigating spaces that are not in your best interest. Bringing awareness to the lack of advocacy for underprivileged people.
  • 10:00 – February 13 Kickstarter for Wisdom of Birth Deck; Using cards during and after birth as a tool for connecting to our story of birth.
  • 12:00 – Giving others the opportunity to feel witnessed and seen. When we are seen we are able to move through the world differently. Growing up on the edges.
  • 15:40 – Buying a camera, street photography in Peru. Portrait photography. Working 1-on-1 with people. Painting and using different mediums.
  • 17:30 – How do I honor this yearning to create and nurture my world while being a good mom to my children?
  • 19:55 – The story of meeting Zach
  • 24:40 – Zach Fredmen, The Epichorus, https://temenosnyc.com/
  • 27:30 – The energy of words that have been spoken for many centuries. Mantras, prayers, etc.
  • 29:55 – We often project onto our faith what we truly value internally. A study of children with stronger immunity with those with traditions vs those without. Belonging.
  • 32:00 – Making spiritual exploration an open and safe space for our children’s curiosities.
  • 34:55 – Ways open. The companionship of an art form.
  • 36:45 – @zivaramrami on instagram, Women’s circles & 1-on-1 offerings

Zivar is an artist, devoted to spirit and story. She offers private sessions online and in person and hosts womens circles in support of healing and embodiment. Zivar lives in Upstate New York with her husband and two daughters.

Resources

https://temenosnyc.com
https://theepichorus.bandcamp.com

Mar 11, 2023

Part 2 exploring binaries from ‘Transitory Nature’ and active meditative inquiry. A conversation on channeling intensity, sharing power and understanding our layers of awareness.

  • 0:42 – Part 2 of Sue Hunt; Transitory Nature: Breaking Binaries For Integrated Being
  • 1:30 – Hustle & Flow; How do we break this cycle? Healthy Hustle
  • 3:58 – Work and service; Examining the exchange of pranic reciprocity. Qualifying success.
  • 6:20 – Channeling intensity into the right activities. Using meditation to guard the misuse of intensity.
  • 9:40 – Examining the hustle narrative from childhood. Expanding our elevated capacity asks us to develop 3 qualities – attention, intuitive efficiency, and proper energy use.
  • 14:45 – 6th Binary – Root/Crown – Integrated Being;
  • 17:10 – The Root/Crown binary arises anytime our earthly issues demand action and clarity, but we instead employ debilitating avoidance.
  • 18:00 – Root connects us to bottom three chakras, earthly needs, basic needs, emotional needs; crown energy is the realized end of things.
  • 21:05 – The shift from the protection of power to the sharing of it is key to integrated success. The grounding down myth.
  • 25:00 – Groundlessness is when we’re eroding the walls that have kept us imprisoned. What interpersonal and intergenerational causes this feeling of groundlessness? Groundlessness as a catalyst for growth.
  • 27:30 – Understanding the escapist archetypes of our crown energy. The Intellectual; The Seeker; The Commercial Mystic; The Skeptic
  • 30:40 – Karma/Dharma; Self-will and Destiny; To create and sustain.
  • 33:30 – Developing awareness around the many layers of our understandings unlock what else is possible. The myth of self improvement.
  • 36:30 – The just surrender myth. Uncovering karma through your natal chart.
  • 38:30 – 9th Binary – Past and Future – Clairsentience; Presence and beyond presence. Are we present or are we fully open to so many different streams of information that aren’t just coming through our sense portals?
  • 41:15 – Meditation is where the binary gets resolved. The be present myth.
  • 44:40 – Avoidance isn’t always evil. Sometimes it’s necessary and safe. The time heals myth. Active meditative inquiry.
  • 48:40 – Through active meditative inquiry we can alter the expression of our structural inheritance with every thought, perception and action we take.
  • 52:30 – Christians love God, Buddhists love lists. Honoring the good and bad parts of our lineage.
  • 55:05 – Transitory Nature: Breaking Binaries For Integrated Being
Mar 4, 2023

Part I of a two-part conversation: on breaking binaries, freeing ourselves from reductive thinking and uncovering our own true nature.

On ‘Transitory Nature’ and exploring universal attributes of human consciousness. A conversation around pranic economy, and the expenditures of upholding binary worldviews.

  • 0:42 – Introducing Sue Hunt; Transitory Nature: Breaking Binaries for Integrated Being
  • 3:30 – 9 Binaries – Rooted in Reality – > 1) Private/Public; 2) Sick/Well; 3) Masculine/Feminine. Living Heart Action – > 4) Lack/Abundance; 5) Hustle/Flow; 6) Root/Crown. Higher Octaves of Consciousness – > 7) Attachment/Aversion; 8) Self-Will/Destiny; 9) Past/Future.
  • 6:00 – Solving the divide between Private and Public. Using energy to prop up conflicting identities.
  • 9:00 – Social engagement for younger generations; Roshi Joan Halifax; The Fruitful Darkness
  • 11:00 – Using witness ability to watch ourselves from the ceiling of all kinds of scenarios. Noticing these expenditures.
  • 14:00 – What voices in your head do you keep private? How do those voices encourage codependent behavior in the private realm? What private behaviors help me maintain equilibrium?
  • 17:00 – Defining Codependency – Losing the sovereignty in our central nervous system, seeking validation in private or public spaces.
  • 20:30 – Stop all gossip – an attempt to protect our own egoic projections. Stop pinning judgment, dislike, hatred or blame onto others. Stay very curious.
  • 22:30 – Redefining the collective as a blank screen. In finding agreement in a certain sentiment, we are seeking recognition in the reflection. Seeking sameness.
  • 26:00 – Take everything personally and take nothing personally.
  • 28:10 – Sick vs. Well – Pretending we are sick to get attention. Understanding commercial wellness.
  • 30:05 – ‘Healing as Wholeness’ myth – YOU ARE NEVER BROKEN. Subconsciously rooted in the sick/well binary of Broken and Fixed.
  • 34:00 – Modern rites of passage – Mark transitions with a goodbye, then with a hello.
  • 36:40 – Develop universal attributes of human consciousness. Continuously doing the inner work to excavate where manipulative femininity and toxic masculinity live within our own lives. 1) Creativity; 2) Discernment; 3) Intimacy; 4) Passion/Compassion; 5) Empathy; 6) Determination; 7) Sensitivity; 8) Intuition; 9) Equanimity; 10) Openness.
  • 41:25 – Lack/Abundance – Pranic Economy
  • 43:25 – Identifying anxious, lack-based abundant meta-dialog. Learning to grow our tolerance for ambiguity. Cultivating awareness and dismantling the binary between states of depletion and numbed out consumerism.
  • 45:20 – What is the dominant feeling attached to an urge to spend or acquire? What inner truth am I avoiding by ‘spending’ energy in this way? What are the qualities of the source from which I am about to consume? Is this a sustainable energetic exchange?
  • 48:20 – Consumerism as abundance; Why does the newness of an item make me feel better about myself?
  • 51:05 – Who said alignment isn’t scrappy? You have to get your hands dirty, you have to do the hard work, you have to fight for what you know is true.
  • 53:50 – Ask yourself, is my vision of alignment and personal success respectful to the growth and success of others? Am i putting the work in day in and day out when no one is watching?
  • 54:55 – On the deepest energetic level, do I steal from others or hoard resources? Consider coworkers, mentors, bosses, family, etc. Schedule unscheduled time for yourself.
  • 56:40 – Genuine abundance – a more fluid understanding of equality and symbiotic exchange.
  • 58:10 – Cultivating reaction-less neutrality. Curiosity for how we’ve reacted in the past.

 

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