My favorite label was given to me by my daughters when they were young. They called me a "deep-thought translator."
it made sense. I’ve always been that person who wants to get right to the deep end with people, and have very little patience for the superfluous (yet necessary) small talk. My husband used to say to me when I complained about how hard it was to make friends, “Keri, start with the weather.”
My other favorite labels have been bestowed upon me by readers, and I claim them fully:
A cultural provocateur
Labels are hard for those of us who don't easily fit in.
I do like to call myself a Wholeness Advocate—because my work is not about healing, or enlightenment, or any of those things.
It’s about wholeness.
It’s about bringing together our light with our dark, our masculine with our feminine, our yin with our yang.
And I mean this for us as individuals as well as for our world; I do not separate spirituality from politics (and I’ll stand on a soapbox for a pretty long time talking about why that is!)
The point is this—our world is hurting, and we need each other now more than ever.
In order to change the world, we have to change ourselves.
A BRIEF HISTORY
By my mid-30s I had worked hard, followed the paths and rules, listened to Authority, and engaged my boot-straps on multiple occasions. I’d done as I was told.
I turned to the world of yoga, self-healing, and personal growth. Here, I explored the spiritual world, which offered an alternate reality and an alternate set of rules.
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
Instead of being lulled to sleep, however, as I studied the spiritual text books and as I collected and eventually taught the themes I studied, something in me awakened.
I know now that what awakened was my own power.
My bargain for a quieter, gentler life had ultimately failed.
The power structure clearly states that we are not supposed to wake up.
RISE TO POWER
I’ve grown into my power. I’ve come to embrace that I’m not supposed to align with some existing paradigm, company, model, or structure in this earth. I’m supposed to challenge them. I’m here to question the hierarchies, the cultural conditioning, the gaslighting.
I’m here to propose we build something better.
I propose we build something better.
MORE POWER TO YOU
We did not come here to be a silent witness, a mere bystander, an enabler, or apologist for the ugliest aspects of our society. We are here to move the needle of justice definitively forward, not just watch it hopelessly wobble. In the words of Andrew Harvey, we are here to “transform this whole planet and all of its institutions, all of its arts, all of its sciences, into burning mirrors of love and justice.”