Working with Plutonian metaphor

There is an Inuit tale about the Skeleton Woman. Clarissa Pinkola Estes well-known book, Women Who Run with the Wolves, introduced the Western world to this beautiful tale. And many psychologists, analysts and spiritual teachers have worked with these beautiful metaphors and stories of embodiment.

If I may share some things from an astrological perspective, as Pluto is wrapping up its time in Capricorn, right in the heart of Saturn’s world, we are going through some interesting times right now! Right?! Ooph! I should say, I am wishing everyone well, as (at least among my friends and clients) many people are struggling with Covid fears, lack of sunlight (here in the northern hemisphere), cold weather and snow / ice and more!

With regard to Pluto in Saturn’s realm… I am wondering how long several things will continue. First of all, the disparity between the uber billionaires and the poorest people, even here in the United States is staggering! Socioeconomic inequity is terrible right now (and it seems like the mainstream media is doing a decent job of distracting people from that fact). That would be another one of Saturn’s deceptions – if things look fine of the surface, they must be okay… If I just work a little harder… If I can save another $1,000… and for what? What is the end goal?

The stock market always seems to go up. Yes, there are a few days here and there when investors are concerned by unemployment claims or the jobs market, but for the most part, wealthy people have been doing very well for themselves! How long can this continue? The housing market, post-Covid-2020 is bizarre! In the course of 6 months, at least here in Central Virginia, the price of a house jumped up by 40%! What?! I am curious about this current housing bubble. And praying it doesn’t pop like it did back in 2008.

Working with Pluto can also be a very rewarding time for doing inner personal growth type work. Sometimes it is best to work with someone on these types of goals. I offer long distance sessions if you are interested (let me know!). You can go to and click the schedule a session button. I do have free 25 min consults for new prospective clients.

For me personally, I am planning to use 2022 as a time to answer some difficult questions. Some of these questions come from the Skeleton Woman story. You should go out and read it btw if you haven’t already. It is moving! You can find the tale and some interpretation (by a Jungian analyst) here:

Here are some of the tough questions I am pondering:

What needs to die, so I can live more fully?

How can I connect with nature every single day?

What wants to live within me now? That I have not been giving enough life to?

I want to make time to feel my authentic yearning. What is it my heart desires? Can I make space for that?

And then, understanding my yearnings, can I ask for that? Can I appropriately go out and meet some of those needs?

I have established a potent baseline around embodiment, embodied wisdom and spiritual awareness (nothing too special tho). Can I pat myself on the back and be with the amount of work I have already done? Saying, “Good job, good job!” And then notice if there is a part of me being hard on myself. Having compassion and tenderness for any “should’s” or “I-need-to-be-doing’s” type of inner dialogues.

What if I have already established a state of harmony, comfort and inner peace? What if I am already there? Then these “tapes” of old messages are just weeds growing in my garden. I need to realize that I might already be there. My spiritual practice is becoming more subtle, more refined. Know that, what do I do with that information? I need to check in with my heart teacher, my root Lama (as a Tibetan Buddhist).

Yes, more good company. More virtuous conduct. Continue treating bodywork and trauma clients – and dedicate the positive energy which that generates! (Dedicate the merit.)

Thank you for joining me on this journey,

Kirby Moore

Brightness and Dullness

Hello friends and dear readers,

I am actually writing this blog post to share some of my less-than-bright news. Don’t worry! It is not anything bad. But I wanted to share that I notice the “Facebook effect” on my blogging – meaning I usually only write posts when I am feeling good, or feeling very inspired. Which sometimes translates to only posting once a month! Of course I am staying busy with seeing clients these days, and I am contemplating what to teach this upcoming new year. I am basically writing this post to inform you that I too am human, that I go through stretches of time which are difficult or at least lackluster. And I am doing the best I can in spite of everything!

So here is information about some times in this past year where things were less-than-inspired: I separated from my partner of two and a half years this past May and June. So this summer was interesting – I feel like I pushed really hard to get clients and work as a way to distract myself. Only now am I feeling like I can really move on from that. I am glad she and I are still friends and that it has now resolved amiably. But for a couple months there, it was very hard. I have been working with an awesome Somatic Experiencing practitioner around this stuff, which is so helpful!

Then, this past October, around the time Mercury was retrograde, I noticed myself being tempted to fall back on a previous past time of playing occasional computer games. For some people, an occasional outlet like this is innocuous and maybe even a necessary release and letting go. For me, if I am not careful, the dopamine hit I get from gaming can become addicting. So I would rather not fall back on those habits from the start. I think it was / is my reaction to the less socializing, less getting out and less good company as a result of Covid. I always ask myself, “What do I want to fill my life with? What do I want to put in my heart on a daily basis?” And in case you have been under a rock for the past two years… social distancing sucks! I was good at it for a while, but gosh it drags on me (right?!). Doing better now though and excited about several things coming up this and next month!

On to some brighter news: I am going to be teaching a class this coming February or March. I think it will be on gentle ways of working with the nervous system. As we say in the SE world, “How can we titrate this even more?” How can we make the chunks even smaller so they are easier to digest and integrate? How can we make this even more gentle?

So the upcoming class will probably be a series of 6 or 8 class meetings. In each class, I will go through two novel exercises and interventions. We will discuss reasons we might consider doing them, we will talk about their benefits and what state of the nervous system we should be watching for. There may even be the opportunity to try these exercises with each other. Watch for upcoming announcements! And of course always feel free to drop me a comment or to let me know if you might be interested in this type of class. 🙂

I am doing a little beach vacation after Christmas, so this is also something I am eagerly awaiting. I love the water element, the vast spaciousness of the ocean and sky, the cyclical waves and tides – and pondering how these reflect my inner states!

For me, 2022 is gearing up to be great. I hope it will be for you too! I also understand that many people are having a tough time now around the holidays, so I wish that you and all beings get the support they need! At the moment, I am taking new clients, even long distance people, so let me know if you want to get support from me!

Thank you for visiting!

Kirby Moore

Dynamic Somatic Bodywork, loving what I do!

Hello Dear Readers!

For anyone who hasn’t read much of my blog, and as a reminder to those who have, I offer a number of different bodywork and trauma-resolution modalities. I have been extremely fortunate in the teachings I have received and the compassionate empowered teachers and mentors I have worked with!

I offer Craniosacral Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Asian Bodywork, Massage, Trauma-Informed Astrology and I work with the Polyvagal System (similar to SE). Plus I offer Birth Process work (PPN work) as I love working with mothers and babies, and with the inner child of teens and adults.

Over the past 17 years, I have probably had my hands on 2000 bodies, at least. Doing that many sessions leads to incredibly refined proprioception in the hands – my hands can sense some wild stuff at times. I have surprised people, saying things like, “My hands are sensing that you no longer smoke, but you used to.” And they will be shocked and say, “Yeah, but that was 20 years ago!” (When you come in, be ready to go into deeper material for healing and repair!)

This work has also refined my heart. Some people (many of us actually) are having a terribly difficult time right now. As social distancing continues with Covid questions and concerns, our nervous systems are literally crying out for healthy contact and connection. I hope we ALL have some healthy connections we can lean into! Thankfully I am able to support people in shaving off layers of anxiety, being with whatever is incomplete, and allowing it to process through and discharge – or whatever is needed. And then with my Craniosacral skills, I can help the cranial bones (and rest of the body for that matter) catch up with shifts in the nervous system.

On a personal note, I was in a beautiful relationship for two and a half years that ended this past June. The dissolution / separation was mutual. She is incredible and has a warm loving good heart, but we were not the best fit. So I am now glad for the change – it was a difficult few months there though. I am mentioning this because I have come into a new relationship with my work. It has been nice to have one primary focus in my life – learning to work with different manifestations of trauma symptoms.

I spend at least an hour / day doing quality self care – meditation, yoga, Qigong and Tibetan Buddhist practice. I literally have to. Otherwise I will burn out really swiftly. This means I can be fully present to clients, no matter what they are going through. Of course, if appropriate I refer them out or recommend they also get additional support. I also get lots of support myself.

Having just completed all the requirements for my Somatic Experiencing Practitioner certificate, (YAY!!! it will be a few weeks or more before I actually get the certificate) I had to get lots of case consult and personal session supervision hours in that process. And it has been so helpful! I have learned so much in the past 18 months – I feel like I have leveled up several times.

The body wants to heal itself. The nervous system wants to heal itself. If we have intrusive thoughts or recurring nightmares, this might be the nervous system showing us what we have to heal and repair. But most of have huge resistance to this uncomfortable material! Ack – it can be so terrifying! But it can also be repaired (within reason and with a very skillful practitioner). We can move forward in life, we can increase our capacity, so the terror or fear that continues to arise will become more tolerable.

The light wants to come in. Can I merely get out of the way? Or do I choose to continuously stub my toe, over and over again?

Find a good practitioner or teacher to work with. You will be glad you did! It is time for us all to move toward greater clarity, potency and kindness.

By the way, I also do good work over long distance. Let me know if you want to give this a try!

Thank you for reading!


Dreaming of Dakinis

In the darkness of ascending water element,

moving to peak at Winter Solstice,

the rain stops, the clouds disperse, shining stars poke through,

the bright full moon radiantly illuminates the land,

then the Earth blocks the Sun, partially,

an evil omen as this eclipse lasts hours,

awaken early, do mantras, do potent practice,

to benefit all, known and unknown, seen and unseen,

the inauspicious light is capped with a lens of Bodhicitta,

of metta, karuna, equanimity and joy,

the eclipse can now bring benefit too, if you practice virtue,

choose the quiet, introspective path now,

it is time to go within, to withdraw, to contemplate, to review,

meditation will bring great benefit over the next month,

may we all dream of dakinis!

Extra-dimensional Somatic Experiencing sessions

Hello dear readers,

I am writing this post to detail how my personal Somatic Experiencing (SE for short) sessions are starting to tap into profound material. First a brief description of “What is SE?” Then I will mention a couple of auspicious dreams I had when I was first deciding whether or not to take the SE training. And finally, I will discuss how my current experience of SE is starting to look a lot like those incredible dreams!

Somatic Experiencing is: (this description comes from one of my mentors, Andrea Gage)

SE is a short-term naturalistic approach to the resolution and healing of trauma developed by Dr. Peter Levine and is supported by research. It is based upon the observation that wild prey animals, though threatened routinely, are rarely traumatized. Animals in the wild utilize innate mechanisms to regulate and discharge the high levels of energy arousal associated with defensive survival behaviors. These mechanisms provide animals with a built-in “immunity’’ to trauma that enables them to return to normal in the aftermath of highly ‘’charged’’ life-threatening experiences.

  • —  SE employs awareness of body sensation to help people “renegotiate” and heal rather than re-live or re-enact trauma.
  • —  SE’s guidance of the bodily “felt sense,” allows the highly aroused survival energies to be safely experienced and gradually discharged.
  • —  SE may employ touch in support of the renegotiation process.
  • —  SE “titrates” experience (breaks down into small, incremental steps), rather than evoking catharsis – which can overwhelm the regulatory mechanisms of the organism.

SE is a supplementary modality – meaning it can stand on its own for a few sessions, however it is designed to fuse seamlessly with other modalities – like psychotherapy, counseling, bodywork and even yoga or chiropractic work.

In my work, I am a licensed massage therapist, I have Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy training, along with Pre- and Perinatal Psychology (birth process work) training and more. So I use SE within the scope of practice of a licensed bodyworker.

SE is an expensive training to complete. To go through all 3 years of 36 days worth of training modules, and to complete the 36 hours of required supervision and case consult time, it can cost upwards of $15,000. This is not a cheap proposition! So it makes sense that 4 years ago I was on the fence about whether or not to start this training.

One of the deciding factors for me, was a dream I had when I signed up for my first info session (about SE). I dreamt that I was in another dream. And in this dream within a dream, I was doing SE and birth process work with a mother and baby. Like I was treating them – but in ways I had never seen up to that point.

Then when I paid for the first module ($900 for 4 days), I had another similar profound and touching dream! So at that point, I was thinking, these are amazing signs. I think I will try to see this training through to the end!

Fast forward to this past month… I have completed the SE training, working with amazing faculty members, along with incredible practitioners to complete my case consult hours and my personal session hours. I highly recommend Andrea Gage btw – even if you are not SE trained, she is very competent! Among other great practitioners.

I have been working with her for a couple months now. I have done a TON of personal growth work on myself up to this point – having been practicing and receiving bodywork since 2003 (CST, massage, rolfing, zero balancing, acupuncture and much more) plus completing several years of PPN (pre- and perinatal psychology / birth process work) training. Oh – and I am a dedicated Tibetan Buddhist practitioner (since 2005). So what I am about to describe is not coming “out of nowhere…”

In a recent session, I mentioned how it was hard for me to let go of someone in my life. After working through several other possibilities, she said to me, “is it possible you had a past life with this person?” And I said “Yes.”

Then when I described this past life – how I lost them in a past life but did not have time to grieve before I also died – she said it made more sense. And that we needed to go back into that past life (in my mind’s eye as it were), and do some SE work.

In other words, we needed to go back into that past life memory, and slow it down a lot, such that I would be able to actually grieve and let go of the person and allow that past life to have completion. WOW! WOW! WOW!

This is like those auspicious dreams I had 4 years ago… except they are starting to come true in my real waking life! Whoa!

Doing SE in a dream within a dream.

I am very happy to have gone through this SE training. So grateful to have met some incredible practitioners and teachers along the way! There are many trauma resolution modalities and many incredible teachers out there. You do not need to do SE to get these tools under your belt – it is one way, and it is a darned good tool. Plus, for me anyway, SE has opened up so many options and new skillful ways of offering treatment sessions. I understand the nervous system better. And I know when to apply which interventions to get someone’s system to move toward repair and greater wholeness. So so grateful for all my training and all my teachers!

Thank you for reading!

Kirby Moore

Somatic Experiencing and Astrology

about kirby moore: i have a busy private practice in charlottesville, virginia, where i offer process-oriented bodywork, somatic experiencing and in-person astrology interpretations. plus i offer somatic experiencing and astrology over distance sessions (using zoom). you can email me at kirby [at] to check on availability.

this post is about the benefits of using astrology to help guide bodywork and somatic experiencing (trauma resolution types of bodywork)

i practice western astrology. however, i have an eastern background. i have practiced buddhism since 2005 (officially taking refuge in 2006), and i started meditating with a zen teacher back in 2002. plus i love qigong and tai chi, along with studying elements of chinese medicine (acupressure, shiatsu, and 5-element theory).

i have been trained in various bodywork modalities – including visceral manipulation (working with the visceral organs to release stress and strain and occasionally the emotions that go with them), craniosacral therapy (working with the cerebrospinal fluid, the meninges of the skull, the ventricles and membranes of the brain; CST benefits many issues from depression and anxiety to back strains and headaches) and somatic techniques (Zapchen Somatics is a collection of easy to practice, playful exercises which help us to move toward well-being, and which sneakily support us to move toward fuller embodiment).

and more recently, well since 2012, i have been studying polyvagal theory, working with the vagus nerve (system) and somatic experiencing. so i am becoming trauma informed in the work and classes i offer. here is more on somatic experiencing: (this description comes from Andrea Gage, a very competent SE provider)

SE is a short-term naturalistic approach to the resolution and healing of trauma developed by dr. Peter Levine and is supported by research. it is based upon the observation that wild prey animals, though threatened routinely, are rarely traumatized. animals in the wild utilize innate mechanisms to regulate and discharge the high levels of energy arousal associated with defensive survival behaviors. these mechanisms provide animals with a built-in “immunity’’ to trauma that enables them to return to normal in the aftermath of highly ‘’charged’’ life-threatening experiences.

  • —  SE employs awareness of body sensation to help people “renegotiate” and heal rather than re-live or re-enact trauma.
  • —  SE’s guidance of the bodily “felt sense,” allows the highly aroused survival energies to be safely experienced and gradually discharged.
  • —  SE may employ touch in support of the renegotiation process.
  • —  SE “titrates” experience (breaks down into small, incremental steps), rather than evoking catharsis – which can overwhelm the regulatory mechanisms of the organism.

i have personally found SE to be most beneficial in that it opened multiple new doors, showing various tools and techniques for working with the autonomic nervous system and helping to restore wholeness after the disconnection of traumatic experiences. the fascinating part for me, is that SE teaches a model or template as it were, and if we are sharp and creative, we can apply this model to new situations, new symptoms and new clients. in other words, we can tweak techniques to be individualized to different clients, meaning that the 50+ techniques we learn in SE training can become 100’s of varied techniques when applied to different people or different symptom presentations!

knowing that once we start to gain compentency in SE (or other legit trauma informed resilience oriented modalities), we might have access to hundreds of variations and techniques, this creates quite the conundrum in healing work. there are many, MANY choice points in a given session. where do we go with the session? what direction would be most efficacious for them? how do i know where to start?

[as an aside, we almost always start with resources, we check in with a felt sense of safety (or lack thereof) and we gradually move toward more stability, awareness and self-regulation. but how do we do that? how do we even know which basic techniques are best for people?]

the beauty of SE is that we don’t have to know the answers to these questions. we can start with a little bodyscan, inviting the client to feel into resources inside (or outside) their bodies. often, if there is a pressing issue, it will show itself in sensation and we can start working with it from there. this is true whether is issue is a conflict with a co-worker or loved one, an emotional issue inside or an old pattern which is creating enough constriction (over time) to create chronic symptoms, etc.

[it should be stated, that if you have chronic symptoms of any type, especially if it involves pain, get it checked out by a medical doctor or appropriate licensed practitioner first. and then if they don’t know how to treat it, then come see someone like me. these idiopathic (unknown causes) symptoms are often psycho-physiologic in origin, meaning there may be some stuck energy or stuck emotions causing it (among other possibilities). once we rule out organic causes, then we can proceed with SE or other modalities knowing it isn’t something more serious underlying the symptoms. and then we can get on with the repair and healing asap!]

however, is there another way to seeing which choice points to go toward initially? yes, that answer can come about through knowing the western astrology birth chart, and then looking at subsequent timing aspects. if we chat with the client a bit about their chart and their history, then we can easily see how their chart reflects their personality, and we can see what obstacles or hindrances they are working with. and we will probably get a general sense of their capacity to handle this process-type work. we can even ask about how much personal growth work they have done on themselves.

once we know these things (a bit about their history, some of the big themes they are working on, and their capacity to do this deeper personal growth work) about a person, then the thousands of choice points in possible SE sessions can be refined down to just a handful of choices that would be best for them. WOW!

just to reiterate this potent fact – we can go from thousands of choice points down to a small number if we know the client’s astrology pretty well! we can see what blind spots they might be struggling with, we can see the double binds and the coupling dynamics start to show themselves pretty quickly.

i love offering this to my clients. a number of people have taken me up on it. i realize this offering is not common – SE is ahead of the curve. and then using psychological astrology plus timing aspects to see how to best apply SE is rare to find indeed.

let me know if you might be interested in doing this type of potent work. i have had success doing this work over long distance as well – it adapts well to zoom sessions! sure, doing bodywork in person is ideal, but somatic experiencing can still have powerful and transformative effects over distance.

i am currently offering a few distance sessions per week. if you live in central virginia and want to come for an in-person session, then use my scheduling software to come to my office:

Thank you for visiting!

Kirby Moore

Tools for a Resilient Tomorrow: a Series of Online Workshops

Hello Dear Ones,

I am excited to announce that I am leading 12 – one-day workshops from November 2021 through May of 2022. The title is Tools for a Resilient Tomorrow, however, once you start the exercises we will go through, then resilience can be accessed right now! If nothing else, we will introduce tools for moving toward well-being.

Space Within – painted by Zune

I am leading 12 days of Trauma-Informed, Resilience-Oriented training. We will cover basic tools and theory around regulating the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). This 12-day series will be spread over seven months and taught one day at a time.

We will start with basic tools, techniques, and theory, and gradually make our way into more intermediate techniques and ANS / trauma resolution theory. We will also discuss which tools are best for different states of the ANS. There will be ample time for practice and questions and answers.

This series is for anyone who wants to come into deeper embodiment – in their body, as a body. There are many benefits to embodying well-being: we increase our capacity to be with suffering (our own and others’), which in turn increases our compassion, plus we can start to reorganize our nervous system – gradually shifting out of anxiety loops and skillfully reducing trauma symptoms.

This series will be taught in small group format (6 – 10 participants). The format involves more didactic learning rather than doing process-oriented personal work (I will have referrals available for those who want to continue their healing journey). Beginners, bodyworkers, psychotherapists, astrologers, medical practitioners, social justice friends and more are welcome!

When: November 6th, 2021; from 9 am – 12 pm and 2 – 5 pm (the first day)

Where: this is an online workshop, on Zoom

Cost: for one day: $108, for three days: $295, for six days: $495; there are scholarships available for those with demonstrable financial need (with a preference given to BIPOC and people working in the social justice fields)

Contact Kirby to register or with questions: email Kirby

You can also reserve your spot by paying –

Venmo: @Kirby-moore-2 or click below to pay using PayPal:

Trauma Informed, Resilience Oriented Workshops (one day)

This fee covers one day of these upcoming workshops. There will be 12 days total – scroll to the bottom for another payment option. Let me know if you have questions.


You can also visit or for more info. (to be updated soon)

Kirby Moore, spring of 2021

About Kirby: I have been practicing Somatic Bodywork since 2005, with an emphasis on Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Polyvagal Work, Somatic Experiencing and Trauma Informed Astrology. I have a thriving private practice in central Virginia.

Beginning in 2003, I began my personal journey of healing, embodiment and spiritual growth with Reiki, Western Astrology and Tibetan Buddhism. Since then, I have increased my awareness of nervous system repair (tools, theory & techniques), along with learning the ins and outs of Autonomic Nervous System regulation.

This series will incorporate tools and theory from Zapchen Somatics, Somatic Experiencing, Polyvagal Theory, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and more. There will be ample time for questions and answers, along with practice time and small group discussion.

I love looking at the intersections of contemplative practice and nervous system regulation work, along with the overlap of resilience tools and Western Astrology. Hence my creation of Trauma Informed Astrology. If you have interest in any of these fields, I highly recommend you join us.

Future days of the series: Dec 11th, Jan 8th & 22nd (2022), Feb 5th & 19th (2022), there will be 2 days in March, 2 in April and 2 in May of 2022 (to be announced)

3 Days of Resilience-Oriented Workshops

This item covers three out of the 12 days of workshops. Let me know if you have questions.


I will send handouts and further info to all registrants closer to November 6th.

Thank you and do let me know if you have questions or comments!

Completed Somatic Experiencing Training

Hello Dear Readers,

Close to three years ago now, I was deciding whether the SE training was a good direction in which to go. SE is expensive. Unless you get a scholarship (or multiple for that matter), completing the entire training plus supervision / practice / personal session hours costs around $12,000. And that is just the tuition and fees (it wouldn’t count lodging or food or travel)… Obviously, if you want to explore this insightful, beneficial track – apply for scholarships! I actually got reduced rates on two modules due to the financial strain of the pandemic.

So you might see why I was questioning this decision! However, when I sent in my application in Nov of 2018, that same night, I had one of the most amazing dreams of my life. Then, about a month later, when I got accepted and paid for my first module of training, I had another incredible dream.

I have them written down. But suffice it to say, in one of the dreams, I was in another dream (dream within a dream) where I was doing a birth process work session plus SE on a client. And it was amazing! And I woke up feeling like I was definitely on the right path.

And now, three years later, I agree with that assessment! SE is not a miracle treatment. It is not a cure-all. Honestly, SE is best at working with shock trauma (accidents, injuries, falls, etc). With that said though, SE does give many tools which you can also apply to developmental issues.

SE opened so many doors for me, it introduced me to many new tools – and it showed me how to creatively come up with new ways to pendulate the nervous system (pendulation is not technically a verb – it describes the process going back and forth from trauma vortex to healing vortex, or from charge to discharge). And most importantly, SE taught me fundamental skills in identifying and working with various Autonomic Nervous System dysfunctions. Knowing if or where the nervous system is stuck (most trauma symptoms emerge due to stuck energy / stuck emotions or stuck threat responses, etc) is very important first of all. Then knowing which tools and interventions to use is also important. However, identification must come first.

So here I am. Wow! This is quite an accomplishment! I still have about seven hours of supervision time left to accrue. Which I am happy to attend. The case consult sessions are very beneficial for working with a certain issue.

I have had several people ask me, “So you did that, what’s next?” Great question. I have some long term dreams. I have a vision I would love to implement. But one step at a time.

For the moment, I am benefiting people in the Central Virginia region. Along with a few long-distance clients. I see about 15 clients a week – both in person and online. (If most of these are trauma clients, then 15 / week is a lot.) And I am starting to get busy – I am booking about four weeks out. Soon I will need a waitlist! I am most grateful!

I would like to start teaching soon. But we will need to see what happens with the pandemic. I would love to teach in-person! Nothing like online bodywork classes… Or I could wait until the Springtime and have about two months where the weather is perfect for outdoor classes. One right step at a time.

Thank you for your support! And thank you for visiting my blog.

Kirby Moore

Staying Sane In Spite of Everything

Hello Dear Readers,

Much dichotomy and polarization are going around these days. At least here in the U.S. (and judging from the world news, around the globe really). The double binds we find ourselves in – whether simply dealing with a small group of friends and family, or dealing with the school board decisions for our children… they are frankly overwhelming! Of course my nervous system is a wreck!

How can we stay sane and stable in the midst of everything? How can we take our level of activation down from a 7 or 8 (out of 10) down to a 4 or 5?

We need practices which open up spaciousness, which remind us that we are loved. We need to spend time out in nature, or gazing at the vast heavens (whether the vast blue sky during the day or the vast velvety blanket of the night sky).

Of course, time at the beach is one of the best ways to connect to the healing rhythms of nature – some people who are chronically anxious and insomniacs go to the beach and just conk out, sleeping with ease listening to the sounds of the waves. Noticing the connection between vast horizons (space / metal element), vast ocean (water element), the bright sun (fire), sand and dunes (earth) and the gentle breezes (wind / wood element), it is so soothing.

For those of us who don’t live near the ocean, there are still ways to deepen into vast stillness and spaciousness.

First of all, stop the holding-on-for-dear-life. Turn off the news for a few days. Or whatever is causing you angst that is optional. No need to get activated on your ride into work – maybe listen to a humorous podcast or a good book. What about that hobby you have been curious about for the past few years? Now is the time – pick up a paint brush, order some clay (to play with) or take a ceramics class!

Speaking of hobbies… when I get into a good settled place, and I start spending more time in nature, then I tend to start writing poems. Here is a Haiku I wrote this morning, gazing at the mist rising and spiraling off the lake nearby:

Dragon’s Breath Rises

Crisp Morning Sunlit Birdsong

Within Without Change

If there is something which I choose to do, which is ambiguous or which brings me down. Cut it out! We have literally never seen conditions like we are living through now. Mask mandates, huge divisions over who must be vaccinated and how young they can be and all the other political polarization around us. I would recommend being gentle, we can be more kind to ourselves! There are going to be days where we need to stress eat… or binge on Netflix, etc. Be gentle about it 🙂

Start a yoga practice – there are good online classes (I know many teachers who have been on youtube for the past 15 months). And definitely give yourself time to integrate and rest after a good yoga class – at least 5 to 10 minutes! This is where the transformation happens – in the resting down. Or take up a Qigong class or Tai Chi. Or commit to walking 3x / week. Do something that feeds you. And preferably takes you out in nature, under the vast blue sky.

Go see (or do it online) a therapist, a counselor, a mentor, a coach or even a somatic therapist (somatic experiencing is one place to start). We need more support these days. We need some good friends, good company, good contact! We need reminders of our humanity – compassion, nurturance, enjoyment. We need some good news!

Spend time with people who inspire you. Find out if you have any friends who are thriving despite this turbulent time. What is their secret? Maybe they don’t have kids. But they may limit screen time to two hours a day, or they go for a run every other day. Or they have a meditation practice which helps to center them.

I wish you good luck! As always, feel free to reach out to me. I am getting busier in my bodywork practice (in-person), however I usually have one or two long-distance sessions available each week. Even over long distance, I can resonate with clients and I have several who are hundreds of miles away, and a couple who are across vast oceans – and we still do great work!

May we all allow the clear morning sunlight of the natural state to shine through our thoughts, words and deeds!

Thank you for reading!

Kirby Moore

Early Fall Update 2021

Hello Dear Ones,

I had some big transitions the past few months, so I have taken some Me-Time to process and allow things to settle. Hence less posts on here. And I don’t think I am going to be teaching a Trauma-Informed Astrology class this fall. So far, I have 3 people who are “Maybe’s.” And I haven’t done much prep work… so I think it is best to let this one go. Do let me know if you are interested in classes down the road, see below for more on why.

And now I feel that I am moving forward with more ease and grace. I am excited that my bodywork (process-oriented, trauma-resolution, resilience-oriented) practice is thriving. I have people contacting me from over an hour away saying they heard great things about the healing facilitation I offer. Yay! Finally – 17 years of training is paying off! And it is true – the work I offer is very potent. The best of bodywork and somatic processing.

Speaking of the healing facilitation work… I have completed more training with Raja Selvam – this time looking deeper at Pre- and Perinatal Trauma (and working with Existential Trauma in general). So I have even more skills and competencies to offer, and not to mention assessment tools.

This training has been a very interesting journey as well. The more I learn about the physiology of emotions, and how early trauma lands in the body, the more I can correlate with astrology! So I am getting insights in Psychological Astrology, Medical Astrology and more – all while studying how early trauma affects the nervous system!

To clarify – my bodywork practice is thriving. My limit is about 12 – 15 clients / week (and if I am tracking trauma work – this is actually A LOT). And most weeks I get at least 12 clients in. So I practice self-care and spend time in nature, sometimes with friends. But I am really focusing on filling my container so I can stay present and healthy for my clients. I do the rare long-distance Somatic Experiencing session in there too. I love how this work can be done in person or over distance!

And of course, I am still seeing about 3 to 4 astrology clients / month. So that is staying fresh and current. I love unlocking the puzzle that is a new astrology chart. And then if I can combine that with the process work I offer, even better! Then we get quick insights into what clients are working through, what the past year or two has been like, and what the upcoming few months to year will indicate. Wow!

Soon – maybe later in the fall or spring of 2022, I would love to be doing more teaching. I have learned SO much about the nervous system in the past four years. And that on top of the Pre- and Perinatal Psychology training, Craniosacral Therapy and Polyvagal work, this allows me to offer unique and potent tools and techniques. Whether I am teaching bodywork or astrology, I think big things are coming. So I am curious about what this look like, and excited that I love what I do at the moment. Whatever happens, I will try to enjoy it 🙂

Thank you for reading and wishing you a pleasant and graceful end of the Summer,

Kirby Moore