Somatic Experiencing as Spiritual Practice, continued

Kirby Moore (the author) offers Somatic Experiencing sessions over distance and in person. He also offers Craniosacral Therapy, Birth Process work and Asian Bodywork in person. In addition, he offers Trauma-informed Astrology interpretations, both in person and over distance. You can go to for more or click here to schedule a session:

Hello again Dear Readers,

BTW this material is copyrighted by M. Kirby Moore. Please ask permission before copying anything.

To continue a thread from earlier… go back and read the introduction to this piece if you haven’t already, also published today. Click here:

As I was saying, Raja Selvam, one of my advanced Somatic Experiencing (SE) faculty members, seeks to fill in the gaps of SE – providing better tools for working with emotional trauma. SE is an awesome modality – however, trauma is a huge topic and SE is especially beneficial for acute shock trauma (accidents, injuries, falls, surgeries, etc). To use SE to benefit early or developmental trauma typically requires additional training and tools.

Raja taught us how to expand a challenging (or even positive) emotion in the body. (I had been doing some of this work using different methods from my Craniosacral Therapy and Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy training. But Raja’s methods are so efficient!) Many people, due to trauma responses, tend to resist feeling big fear, or big grief, or big anger, etc. For most of us, there is often a category of emotions (like fear or grief) that is more muted. This can happen for many reasons. This leads to us often trying to think our way through emotions, rather than really owning them and embodying them more fully. Maybe there is another defense mechanism which shows up to prevent us from feeling the big emotion. This is very very common. If you notice this in yourself, be gentle. Be kind, it can change, but it usually requires working with a skillful practitioner. There is hope, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Just be patient and persist gently.

When we expand fear for example, we have to be aware that freeze (immobility response) often comes with it. So we need to know how to bring someone up out of freeze as well. However, when we are able to expand fear in the body, our capacity to tolerate it increases. Our container for fear literally gets larger.

In a nutshell, what this is doing is expanding our capacity to be with our own suffering. Can I tolerate suffering easier? Without big resistance and other defense mechanisms getting in the way. Whether it is fear, or grief, or shame, or rage, etc.

If I expand my capacity to be with my own suffering without too much resistance – that can also make it easier to be present to other people’s suffering. This is where I am going out on a limb as it were – from here on out, this is my own hypothesis. Bear with me for a second on a tangent…

In Chinese Medicine (Taoism), it is known that if we don’t have much access to a particular emotion – let’s take fear again – then I also don’t have much access to fear’s opposite emotions. When we can’t be present with fear, we also don’t have much access to courage or fearlessness. Fear is the shadow emotion of the water element, courage, bravery and fearlessness are the positive emotions.

Likewise, this is true for every other element. Wood element – if we resist feeling anger, then we also resist feeling happiness and joy (we might discuss depression as a result of Wood element issues). Metal element – if we resist feeling grief, then we also resist feeling inspired and creative. The whole channel is muted as it were – the shadow side and the blessing side of the emotional spectrum.

To continue this analogy above, if we are able to be more present to our own and other’s suffering, that means we probably develop more empathy, more compassion. And this is where we start talking about spiritual practice. A very skillful SE practitioner (I am getting there myself, having practiced working with nervous system repair since 2012) can assist someone to open up muted emotional channels. Where there was resistance to being present with fear, now there is easier access to fear along with more courage as well. Where there was a preponderance toward worry, melancholy and obsession (Earth element), now there are better boundaries, more centeredness, grounding and easier connection with others. I feel that working with the Earth element themes are some of the trickiest – as the Earth element holds all the rest of the emotions (and bodily structure) together. Sometimes we have to work with the peripheral emotions before going for these deeper ones.

In Buddhism, one of the main goals of the path is to increase our compassion. To be more skillful in helping to alleviate suffering. And what I am describing with advanced SE work can help to do just that! I am very grateful to my teachers and the teachings I have received to be able to benefit people easier.

In conclusion, if we increase our ability to tolerate suffering, then we can be present to our own suffering easier. Then this might make it easier to be present to other people’s suffering as well. At this point, we may notice greater empathy or compassion arising. And then we are definitely on the path to becoming better human beings – whether we use an established religious path or not. This is why I mention that SE can possibly have some benefits, similar to spiritual practice.

This ability to tolerate suffering may come in chunks – first I might learn to tolerate fear easier (also resulting in more courage). And then I might have to work with shame for a bit, gaining clarity and understanding around that. Next I might work with rage and issues around personal power for a while. Once I can tolerate them better, I might find myself becoming happier and able to smile easier. Who knows how the process will go? What is important is that we get started 🙂

Thank you for reading!

Kirby Moore

An Intro to Somatic Experiencing as Spiritual Practice

Kirby Moore (the author) offers Somatic Experiencing sessions over distance and in person. He also offers Craniosacral Therapy, Birth Process work and Asian Bodywork in person. In addition, he offers Trauma-informed Astrology interpretations, both in person and over distance. You can go to for more or click here to schedule a session:

Hello Dear Readers,

I am writing this post to discuss how Somatic Experiencing (a trauma resolution, nervous system repair-oriented modality) can have additional benefits supplementing an established spiritual practice.

And just so my biases are out there, I am a Buddhist practitioner, on the Tibetan Buddhism or Vajrayana path. I was raised Christian and have a deep respect for authentic spiritual practitioners of any faith who are sincere and who look to grow and become better human beings. Obviously many people work to become better humans without having a spiritual practice – however you do it, Great!

Personal growth work and becoming a better human are some of the benefits of practicing Somatic Experiencing, SE for short. SE is a supplementary modality or a lens through which one practices psychotherapy, bodywork, yoga or other self-help / therapeutic modality.

In SE, we track the nervous system – where is the client in their autonomic nervous system responses (sympathetic or fight-or-flight-oriented, parasympathetic oriented – in this case dorsal vagal response meaning “are they in freeze?” or socially engaged, ventral vagus, alert-and-relaxed response)? If they have trauma symptoms, we gradually tease apart compression (trauma is typically a compression of time, space and resources). We add more time and space into the client’s process, and give their nervous system precious time to process and integrate, to re-organize and renegotiate these old stuck patterns. An SE certification requires at least a 3-year training, so I am oversimplifying things a bit here. But I want to point out that SE focuses primarily on repairing the nervous system.

So how can SE become a spiritual practice as well? I want to point out that it is probably best to follow an authentic and established spiritual path to begin with. SE is taught as a secular healing modality for therapeutic practitioners – whether talk therapists or bodyworkers (touch therapists). It is not taught from a spiritual or religious perspective. This idea that SE can also be used as a spiritual practice is my own.

In my advanced SE training (the final year is known as the advanced levels), I worked with an incredible SE faculty member – Raja Selvam. He taught us the SE advanced techniques, but also introduced us to additional topics and tools. Then I did additional training with him on working with Pre- and Perinatal Trauma. Some of what he said spoke to my Buddhist principles, and some of what he said even informed my practice of Western Astrology (but that is a story for another time).

In SE, Raja commented that there is not enough emphasis on emotional-trauma repair. SE works with sensations, images, memories, emotions, behaviors and even can help to clarify meaning (the “Why” questions). That is a lot about which to be cognizant. SE is often better suited for dealing with acute trauma (shock trauma – accidents, injuries, falls, surgery, etc). And Raja mentioned that we need additional training to work with developmental or emotional trauma, which I agree with. Thankfully I have some of that training with my PPN / birth process work training, along with additional training in working with the Polyvagal System.

Therefore, Raja set out to “fill-in” some of those gaps in healing emotional trauma for us. And I am deeply grateful for this! And in doing so, I realized that he was speaking the language of a spiritual practice in addition to profound healing modality.

Continued in the next post…

Takeaways from teaching Somatics

Hello Dear Ones,

I have begun teaching my Contemplative Somatics course. It is a great group and I love dropping into deeper embodiment (even though this takes times) in good company!

I love communicating (and not just verbally), that trauma happens and it can be repaired. There is light at the end of the tunnel, and in fact, most of us are stronger / wiser / more resilient for the experience.

One awesome aspect of teaching is consciously and explicitly creating a safe container. What do we need to feel safe?

In this particular class, my guidelines for safety are a powerful and compassionate introduction to the participants. Some of them received potent wisdom just from creating a structure of safety:

First, welcome. Welcome to who and how you are, welcome to your strengths and weaknesses. We welcome you thoughts and emotions.

Second, we agree to hold mutual support and cooperation toward each other. We are not in a competition in this class. There is not a “finish line” or a one-size-fits-all form of embodiment. We respect where we and each other are and wish for us all to move toward a win-win situation. We want to support each other and I as teacher will hold this intention – advocating for our best selves to show up (even as we might be with challenging emotions that arise).

Third, the guideline of choice. This helps to re-pattern any previous situations in which we were forced to do something. Without having an authentic “No”, we will never be able to get to an authentic “Yes!” Therefore, if you or your body object to doing an exercise, at least express that objection! Or you may want to do it a different way, or go slower, or do less. Or just lie down and take a nap instead. What would that have been like in high school? To object and say, “Nope, I need to lie down after a busy morning.”?!

Fourth, the guideline of self-regulation. Here I am referring to checking in with yourself. What sensations are arising? What pace do I want to move at right now? Can I slow down? Is that okay? Checking in with your body. And if something feels off, or confusing, please call a “Pause.”! Say, “Timeout, I am feeling kind of fuzzy.” Or light-headed, or head-achy, etc. That pause will be honored – if you need space, we will take space with you (and give you time to integrate).

Fifth, self-care. Can we all agree, at least while we are here in the class together, to practice good self care? Go to the bathroom if you need to. Drink water, have a snack if you need to. This is not a sit-rigidly-upright-as-I-lecture type of class! I want you to notice what feels good, what feels comfortable, what feels pleasant. Do more of that! Stop forcing yourself to override the desire to rest, stop pushing through regardless of bodily sensations. We are leaving the rat-race culture of Western life behind, even if only for 90 minutes!

Sixty, we discussed confidentiality. Anything that gets shared, any stories which arise, they will stay in the group. We have to get someone’s explicit permission before sharing about any else’s experience in the group.

These are what I brought to the group. They mentioned a couple other things that would help them feel safe, which is great!

Just creating this container of safety and acceptance is HUGE! It is often profound someone in the class. It feels good to me as facilitator. What is it like to sit in a group that is oriented toward true well-being? (Not merely paying lip-service to it.)

It is my intention to teach more classes this spring and summer. Let me know if you would like to be included on my email list!

kirby [at] mkirbymoore [dot] com

Thank you for reading!

Kirby Moore

Room left in upcoming Contemplative Somatics class

Hello Dear Ones!

I am letting you know that there is space for one or two more participants in this upcoming class. It starts Thursday – the 24th from 7:00 – 8:30 PM EST, it is an online class format.

We will do easy and fun exercises to drop down into the body, to come back into alignment and to move toward Well-being. Plus each class there will be a few minutes set aside for a meditation as well.

Bring your curiosity, your presence, your aliveness and we will gather with good company (on Zoom). There will be time for napping and integration as well (“in the napping is the learning” – Julie Henderson).

This class will meet every 2nd and 4th Thursday now through mid-June. 7-8:30 pm EST. I am asking for a $25 / class suggested donation ($200 total) but please attend if you need to pay less. I want to share presence with good company!

See for more info!

Let me know if you are interested by emailing me – kirby [at] mkirbymoore [dot] com

Hope to hear from a couple of you!

Have a good week,

Kirby Moore

One Very Important Detail in Working with, Treating, & Observing Trauma

In case you are new here, I (Kirby Moore) practice Craniosacral Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, and Birth Process work. I have taken advanced classes in working with the Polyvagal System, in addition to working with Pre- and Perinatal Trauma. I hold a Massage Therapy license, so my scope of practice is a bit limited. With that said, I have been practicing Emotional-process-oriented bodywork since 2005 (17 years now).

If you are experiencing unusual trauma symptoms, I would recommend you find a very competent practitioner – This is the SE practitioner directory.

You could also look here: (Kate White’s center for working with PPN challenges)

Or here: (This is a search list of resources for working with PPN trauma)

In working with trauma, we always do better by reaching out for support (even though it might be very difficult to do so) and working with a very skillful practitioner. Please reach out to one of these resources above if you need support!

(I offer in-person and long distance sessions on Zoom, by appointment only. You can schedule a free consult to see if we might be a good fit to work together here:

I am writing this after mentioning it to a few of my clients recently. For some people this is big information. Here is the important detail: when we have trauma symptoms (or any defense mechanism / survival tactic / coping strategy for that matter), it is often the case that that symptom goes back to an early wounded part. Whether we are talking about birth trauma, or early developmental trauma, there is probably a little one (wounded part) that is HIGHLY IDENTIFIED with that particular symptom. The symptom is there as a survival strategy. And if we attempt to get rid of the symptom without tending to the little wounded part, then the little one thinks we are trying to kill it.

To repeat that last part, the little wounded part of us (our early nervous system from that early time) created these challenging symptoms as a very skillful survival tactic. And that same little part is closely tied together with that symptom (survival tactic / coping strategy / defense mechanism). Therefore, if we attempt to get rid of the symptom without taking the little wounded part into account (wishing them well, having compassion and tenderness for them, etc), then that little part feels like we are trying to kill it off. Ooph!

And you know what? If we try to get rid of the symptom without tending to the little wounded part, then ultimately the symptom is going to get worse. (This makes sense considering the little wounded part thinks we are trying to get rid of it.) Keep in mind that early primitive nervous systems – that is very young nervous systems – cannot differentiate minor threat from significant threat. Everything is black and white, life or death, thriving or barely holding on for dear life. So trying to get rid of the symptom without tending to the little one feels like a life or death reaction. Hence the reason the symptom will get worse if we don’t attend to the little wounded part.

What would it be like if all doctors, psychiatrists, psychotherapists and people in the caring professions knew this?

This topic is a bit controversial (to play the devil’s advocate against myself). Research into pre- and perinatal psychology and other PPN topics has really only been started in the past 25 years (not a lot of time to create a solid foundation for these theories). Some people would argue that we don’t have to deal with early stuff to get repair and healing to happen. Yes, I agree! Thankfully we don’t always have to do depth psychology to get repair and transformation to occur. However, in some cases, this information will be very beneficial to the practitioner (and possibly even to the client).

I learned this from Myrna Martin – one of the primary educators in Pre- and Perinatal Birth Process work in North America. I did her training in British Columbia, Canada, however she did travel and teach more around the U.S. There was so many insights coming out each day (in those trainings), that I heard this piece, about trauma symptoms and little wounded parts, and I just wrote it down. It was only after doing more work with clients over the past few years that I have realized the gravity of this information.

Back to the topic at hand…

Basically what this comes down to is, if we have compassion for our little wounded parts, if we tend to them, tell them “that was then, this is now” (looking at how many resources and how much health I have now compared to back then), then we can gradually repair that early wound and the symptom(s) can start to improve as a result.

You may agree with this, or not. Hopefully it is able to benefit some readers.

I would highly recommend getting started down a healing / nervous system repair path – whether you choose narrative medicine, Craniosacral Therapy, Birth Process work, Somatic oriented work, counseling, etc. Hopefully it is a rewarding and insight-filled journey!

May we all lean into nourishing support!

Thanks for reading,

Kirby Moore

Daily Yoga Practice

Hello Dear Readers,

I seem to be practicing more yoga as of late. And I love the results that I get from it.

I heard a story recently on NPR (Ted radio hour) regarding (over) Work, Play and Rest. And I appreciate how the world is starting to realize that the rat-race, push-push-push, override-override-override patterns that we have in our corporate world, are not sustainable or healthy.

I think I have known that for most of my life. And the way that relates to this topic, is that I have been drawn to Yin Yoga, or more restorative yoga, at least for the past seven or eight years. In fact, I can recall a time in Hawai’i (which is where I was born and spent a number of years), where these well-tanned, well-muscled people were doing Hatha Yoga on the beach, in the sun. And I sat down about 100 feet away in the shade and started doing Svaroopa Yoga (much more restorative and supported than a standing Hatha practice). I got a few strange looks, because at least at that time, not many people had seen Svaroopa yoga. That was at least 12 years ago.

Sure, I had fantasies about being a famous, stretchy yogi when I was in my 20’s. I would see people doing amazing yoga here and there, but were they doing it for them? Or was it a bit of a performance? A status symbol? Look how special I am! Now, I am 42 and almost 43 years old, a bit wiser and more experienced. And certainly more aware of how rare a precious human rebirth is. And I have a much deeper appreciation of how beneficial it is to slow down and feel our organic healing rhythms!

So I am going to discuss some of my supportive practices – in the form of yoga. That would be Yin Yoga, 5 Element Yoga and Svaroopa Yoga.

I took my first Svaroopa Yoga class back in 2006 or so. There was a friend who lived nearby who had a large family room type of space, and she hired a teacher to come and lead classes for about eight weeks. It was awesome – walking a few blocks to a very supported, slower-paced, restful and rejuvenating yoga class! I ended up taking several classes there and benefiting from each one.

Svaroopa means “body bliss” if I am not mistaken. It is oriented to how can we have more support when doing yoga, how can we listen to what the body needs? For a time, I considered going to Pennsylvania for teacher training, but my vocation has taken a slightly different path (see my previous posts for more about my healing facilitation work).

I learned dozens of poses from my original Svaroopa yoga teacher (Joanne Wolf) and I am so very grateful. I am especially glad I learned the quick eight poses – there are four that we can do in bed (lying down) and four more that we can do in a chair. These have stuck with me, considering I use them at least once / week.

You can find out more here:

Then, in the past five years or so, I have learned more about Yin Yoga, or Restorative Yoga, or 5 Element Yoga. I put these names together, even though there are slight differences between each. But I think that each of them is all about slowing down, holding the poses for longer, getting a deeper stretch as a result, and opening the subtle energy channels a little bit more as a result.

My previous partner has a book by Sarah Powers entitled, “Insight Yoga.” In this marvelous book, the author discusses how to do yoga for each acupuncture meridian or organ system. For instance, there is a Heart / Intestines / Lung protocol or a Kidney / Bladder protocol (list of poses). She recommends holding the poses for 2, 3 or 5 minutes (gradually building up to holding the poses longer). There is a shorter list of poses in case you only have about 20 or 30 minutes, and there is a longer list, where you can spend up to 90 minutes working on a single organ / meridian system.

I love this book. Several times a month, I do the list of Kidney poses, or the Liver poses. And it is so beneficial. I feel more centered, more grounded and have greater clarity. I also find that my boundaries improve – and I become more spontaneous in a wisdom-mind sort of way. Like I just want to do and to be, rather than think about things.

I am calling this Insight Yoga practice 5-Element-Yoga, because of how she focuses so much on the individual organs and meridians. In fact, she even divides them up by element (similar to 5-Element Chinese Medicine). You can find out more here:

I hope you discover the practices which lead to greater alignment and clarity! If you are still seeking these out, you might want to investigate one of these yoga practices. Obviously, practice within your limits (don’t push too hard). And I would highly recommend finding a good yoga teacher to work with, especially if you are just beginning.

Thanks for reading!

Kirby Moore

Incredible Elderberry Syrup Recipe

Hello dear ones!

A friend just gave me a big bag full of Elderberries (they were frozen and on the stem). And I just made an awesome batch of syrup out of them!

Ingredients: At least 2 cups of Elderberries with stems mostly removed. Then I added filtered water, cinnamon sticks, Reishi mushroom chunks, whole cloves, organic lemon rinds, Osha root, turmeric powder, Chaga mushroom powder, organic lemon juice, local organic honey.

In this case, I made a larger batch, meaning it took me 90 mins to remove all the stems from the berries. Then another 90 minutes of cooking / simmering the syrup mixture. Then letting that cool a bit and adding honey… all totaled, from start to bottling took 5 hours or more. But I didn’t have to be attentive to the process the entire time.

Throughout this entire process, try to maintain clean (sanitized even) surfaces / tools, as we want to avoid mold getting in the syrup. The sweet honey acts as both a preservative (lengthens syrup life) and it might even act as mold food if many spores get in there. The boiling process will sanitize the berry mixture, just be mindful after that.

First of all, be very careful in taking the berries off the stems. The stems and leaves can be toxic (boiling them with the berries produces a little bit of arsenic), so try to get as many stems as you can out of the berry bowl. A few tiny stems doesn’t matter, as we are only taking a teaspoon or less of elderberry syrup daily as a cold remedy / preventative. I think freezing the berries can help with this process of berry / stem separation.

Then I put the berries in stock pot. I completely covered the berries in filtered water. Then I turned on the burner (gas burner in this case) to low / medium. As the mixture was heating up, I cut up the organic lemons, and then juiced them, keeping the juice separate for now. Then I put the organic lemon rinds in with the berry mixture.

Then I added the hard / larger ingredients – cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, Osha root and Reishi mushroom chunks. Once this watery mixture was boiling, I turned the burner down all the way to low / simmer. I let this simmer for one hour.

Then I added the powders / lemon juice – turmeric powder, Chaga mushroom powder and organic lemon juice. I stirred up the red juicy mixture and then kept it simmering for another 30 minutes.

Then turn off the heat and allow to cool for 45 mins with the lid on or until you can barely touch the pot without burning yourself (do be careful here!). Then strain out the berries, cloves, cinnamon sticks, lemon rinds, etc. Cheese cloth works well, as then you can also squeeze the messy mixture to get every precious drop of medicine out of it. I used a strainer with a fine mesh and then pressed it down with a large spoon to coax out more precious medicinal syrup.

At this point, you need to carefully add the organic honey. Stir it in to the liquid (already strained) elderberry syrup mixture. I would suggest adding one cup of honey for every 2 cups of syrup base liquid. Then allow to cool closer to room temperature before bottling it.

A friend suggested putting the syrup in an ice cube tray and freezing it – then you can use a couple of elderberry ice cubes each week! Brilliant! I am using small plastic containers to freeze it – that way it won’t go bad.

Because of the honey (which in this case acts as a preservative if you maintained a clean process throughout), I have heard that the finished Elderberry Syrup can last a few weeks in the fridge. I wouldn’t drink it beyond that point – hence you want to freeze some for later!

Good luck and let me know if you try it!

Thanks for joining me on this culinary, medicinal journey!

Kirby Moore

BTW Osha Root, a.k.a. Bear Root, is from the high mountains of the West (Rockies, Sierras, etc). I’m pretty sure it only grows above 7,000 ft, meaning it is very rare. Better to buy it from someone who you know is ethical about harvesting it (I think it is occasionally endangered). It is a very potent adaptogen for preventing / treating respiratory sicknesses. I got my Osha Root back in 2017 when I did my Birth Process work training out in British Columbia. Glad to be using it all up now and so grateful for the medicine!

Contemplative Somatics – an online series of classes

Hello dear ones,

I am excited to announce that I will be leading a series of online classes from late February through the middle of June. This class will be a small group setting – I am seeking a maximum of eight to ten participants, as we want this to a safe space and a space where it feels comfortable to share and connect.

I am looking to host a space where people feel safe dropping into greater embodiment, and where it feels comfortable to move toward well-being. Which is a brave thing indeed, and not a small commitment. Therefore, get in touch if you want more good company around you, and if you are willing to explore greater presence, compassion and possibly getting in touch with some vulnerable places inside.

Why this topic? Over the past few years (maybe even 10 – 15 years!), the more I have dropped into therapeutic spaces and groups, I have been appreciating how the world of meditation would benefit dramatically from more embodiment. Sometimes there is a harsh demarcation between meditation and somatic process-type work. And I see this as detrimental. We must be in our bodies if we are going to truly connect the clarity of the head (brain), the compassion of the heart and the potency of the pelvis. Spiritual bypass takes many forms – but one form is to continue to push harder! If a little is good, why can’t I get there faster with more? This is a common error and a cultural misunderstanding! Therefore, it is hard to get away from.

In this series, we will be operating from a space of “less is better than more.” We will discuss how “going slower will actually get us there faster.” However, as we gradually slow down and get in touch with healing organic rhythms, it can also bring up some uncomfortable stuff. There may be parts of ourselves that only feel safe moving along at a fast clip! So if you attend my class, be curious about possible resistance and be ready to breathe, to move and to be flexible in the face of old rigid patterns. In other words, only attend if you want to grow and stretch yourself, in unexpected and surprising ways (as we hold the intention of moving toward greater health and aliveness).

In a typical class, we will go through three embodiment exercises, with time for sharing and integration. Plus there will be time each week to start practicing meditation. There will be time for questions as well.

When: every 2nd and 4th Thursday evening, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm, starting February 24th and going through mid-June

Where: Online – Zoom format for now, if the pandemic improves, there will be space for a few people to join me in my large spacious office

Cost: suggested donation of $25 per class, pay what you are able to

To register: contact me at kirby [at] mkirbymoore [dot] com

Thoughts about classes (I want your feedback)

Hello dear ones,

I realize we are in the midst of several big things right now… pandemic numbers all over the place, wild astrological “weather,” etc, but I want to get your feedback if you might be interested in taking my class(es) this year (2022).

Several options… first, I am sitting with whether to focus more on nervous system repair classes or to also include astrology in that topic (and be more trauma-informed astrology in appearance).

Please fill out the polls below if you might be interested in any classes I offer. Thank you! At the bottom, you can leave your email in the feedback form to keep in touch!

If you are interested in any potential classes, and you want to be on my contact list if / when I offer classes, please fill out the form below!

Attending SE Advanced Touch training

Hello Dear Readers,

I just got back from Atlanta. Where 40 of us participated in this awesome training. SE stands for Somatic Experiencing – Peter Levine’s creation (modality) for helping the nervous system move back to resilience and coherence if it is disrupted by trauma. It is one of many forms of trauma resolution out there.

I have been participating in this training now for close to three and a half years. Thankfully Covid did not derail my training time too much (half of the modules – there are eight total normally – we done online).

In fact, one silver lining to the pandemic is that we got two extra days of training (and they were free – we paid for travel and lodging, but no tuition for this last weekend). Somehow, they normally include material about working further with syndromes, energy wells, global high intensity activation, working with the diaphragms and the viscera and touch in just 6 days. That would be a ton to cram into my brain in a week-long workshop!

For us, knowing we could not meet in person last year, we broke some of that up. The touch portion was peeled away for a later training.

Lael Keen led this training, and she is amazing. Humble, graceful, skillful, very knowledgable – she led us in spite of wearing lots of personal protection equipment (double masks and face shield). I learned a lot and / or was reminded of a lot of great wisdom. In my biodynamic craniosacral therapy training, some of the “nothing to do” approach was similar. We are listening and inviting the system to come into coherence. It was good to practice in person again!

Honestly, it would have been great to break this 2-day touch skills portion up into 3 or 4 days! We packed so much good material into a couple days, with the entire afternoon portions devoted to exchanging sessions (in PPE gear). So there was not quite enough time for questions – I approached Lael during a break to get a couple of questions answered. There were a few periods for Q & A, but there was no time to debrief or ask about the demos that she led – which were incredible (of course).

It was noted by one of my colleagues – “how do these SE faculty get volunteers to work with a specific topic or theme, and they somehow usually end up choosing people who definitely are in need of healing / nervous system repair.” As in, they often choose the person with worst symptoms. And the faculty members feel confident enough to work with this person in front of a large group of people. Very skillful and confident in their abilities! And the demos were amazing!

And now I have completed all of the requirements to get my SEP! I turned in my paperwork recently, and got my certificate via email within a couple days. I am so grateful to have participated in the process. I learned SO MUCH. I am now literally seeing clients with symptoms that two years ago, I would have run away from very quickly. You might say I leveled up several times in the past couple years. I love being able to benefit a wide variety of clients (and a variety of symptoms I must add).

I am actually thinking about becoming an assistant occasionally – the trainings go really well because there are usually a high number of assistants. That way, there is a high ratio of support people to participants. Plus as an assistant, we get to see new ways to discussing the material and get to see how different faculty members do their work.

I am an SEP now! Yay! Let me know if you want to receive nervous system support – I offer distance sessions and they are usually quite beneficial! You can check out my site and even schedule a free 25 min consult to see if we would be a good fit to work together:

Thank you for reading,

Kirby Moore