Dear highly sensitive seeker,
If your emotions are running your life, your career and relationships, you're not alone.
Many highly sensitive souls and life-long learners, like you and me, are going a bit stir-crazy. Without our usual routines, connections and creative outlets, it has become increasingly more difficult to digest new pandemic fears, isolation, sadness, frustration and unprecedented amounts of loss, piled on top of existing issues.
I believe that my one-of-a-kind blend of ancient wisdom and modern-day psychological expertise will provide you the innovative soulutions you've been seeking and will help spiral your energy up instead of down during these trying and uncertain times.
Old trauma getting triggered
Being cooped up is evoking old trauma for many of us. Sometimes, we're not even aware what exactly is getting triggered. It could be a traumatic time when similar feelings of being trapped or feeling scared overwhelmed us. For instance, I'm grappling with memories of the many years my family lived in fear under military rule, curfews and psychological manipulation that involved kidnapping, torturing or killing those who opposed. All this was happening when inflation skyrocketed, food was scarce and electricity and water were at times shut off.
Many relatives in my native Suriname are about to go through a bleaker Round 2 of food scarcity and economic turmoil, and it’s hard to helplessly watch all of this unfold, especially when dealing with my own issues.
I decided to do something about my worries and emotions before they snowballed. I successfully used the many SOUL AUTHORITY tools I’ve gathered over the years to shift my mind and life, and repackaged them to help others do the same. This is the end result:
HEAL LOVE LEAD with SOUL AUTHORITY: Tame Overwhelm and Take Charge of your Mind & Life during Uncertain Times.
This updated 8 week online course is rooted in earth-wisdom interventions that I’ve gathered over the decades and empowers by demystifying and balancing our powerful energy and emotions through ego-ecosystem alignments with the elements: AIR FIRE EARTH and WATER. Each intervention has been tried and tested on myself and in my professional work with gifted trailblazers and highly sensitive undergrad and grad students dealing with academic stress, performance anxiety, relational and family conflict, financial struggles, and personal and collective oppression and trauma.
The hand-picked ones in this course address the challenges that we are facing today particularly well and I’m offering this compact collection specifically to you—our nation’s most promising leaders—to empower you with a one-of-a-kind, solid skillset that will support your well-being and dreamlife as well as help build a brave, new sustainable world for future generations by establishing soul authority over your emotional well-being, mind, and creative work, trying times or not.
Bit of backstory: I spontaneously "downloaded" a crude version of this framework in a sweatlodge almost 20 years ago, before learning about the 7 sacred directions and all the ins and outs of the medicine wheel. It has evolved over the years and now consists of many layers and teachings that address the modern-day dilemmas we all deal with today. It has been a hit with students because its teachings align with and support socially-just, climate-conscious worldviews, are body intuitive, and can be instantly applied to resolve daily challenges in concrete ways.
Let's flatten the curve AND the playing field
One of the global breakthroughs that this pandemic breakout is promoting is that we are all connected, operate as one body and can make drastic changes that may be painful in the short run while we breakdown, but better and more aligned for the group as a whole in the long run. We are fortunate to be able to virtually connect and use our online connectivity for greater good. Not only to help flatten the curve, but also to flatten the playing field by empowering as many leaders as we can on this mission.
As a UC alum, I know how rewarding it is to be an integral part of a vibrant progressive campus amidst bright students, seekers and leaders who stimulate your mind and heart on a daily basis in service of others and the planet.
It’s the reason why I did my practicum training, pre-doc internship and postdoc fellowship at UC Davis, specializing in diversity issues and violence prevention. I loved creating safe structures for heated dialogue, and designed and offered programs across campus to dorm residents, students, admin, staff, campus police and churches in the community to promote cultural competence and sensitivity, and to prevent sexual assault, hate crimes and violence. I did this work on a regular basis for years, and also served as a first responder during intense times, like right after 9/11 to support Muslim students on campus.
During the last two decades, I have primarily worked with university students and faculty from UC and CA state campuses, like Berkeley, Davis, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, San Jose and Sonoma. I’ve continued to provide tune-up sessions and guidance online to graduates, now faculty at universities across the country, as well as piloted online intro to advanced courses like these with highly sensitive wise women ranging from their 20’s to 70’s, who got to see why I love what I do. They enjoyed connecting on a soul level and learning about their differences as well as their many commonalities.
The million dollar question
Just last fall, I had the good fortune to be part of a community event sponsored by the Mind and Life institute, which was co-founded by his Holiness the Dalai Lama. It was called Bridging Science and Wisdom: Connecting with our Shared Humanity, and led by one of my idols, respected spiritual leader and meditation teacher, Jack Kornfield.
This brilliant question was posed to the twenty-five community leaders, scientists, social entrepreneurs, academics, influencers, and psychologists present: what would help us to realize that we don’t need to work so hard to connect, because we are already connected through our shared earth?
So timely and on point, right?
There was an unanimous consensus that we are spiritually depleted as a society. I was delighted that nature wisdom repeatedly came up as the most recommended neutral contemplative practice to expand our minds and wellbeing, because it could serve as an adjunct to any other religious or spiritual practice.
I’ve discovered that not only does a practice informed by nature wisdom most powerfully and directly connect us to one another, it also most directly and intimately connects us to ourselves and our innate natural genius.
Mental rewiring: a top-down process
Just last year, Dr. Laurie Santos launched the online version of the most popular course in Yale's history, The Science of Well-being, to help reduce the high levels of depression and anxiety that not just Yale, but many universities experience. She emphasized, it is not enough to just know this material as intellectuals. It’s crucial to do the course exercises to successfully rewire our minds, brains and habits, and to integrate this knowledge into our everyday lives (check it out here).
While this is true, I’ve come to the realization that rewiring is a top down process and often leads to a never-ending battle, because our mind’s wiring is so weedy and entangled with dominant survival-over-surrender systems and processes.
Disconnected from our body, our mind lost its ability to function as an entity and ecosystem of its own.
Renaturing: a bottom-up process
Renaturing ourselves is a grassroots, bottom up process that works with our true nature and vital life force within a completely self-sustained ecosystem, our body. It conveys to us that we are inherently whole and perfect, and kept alive and healthy by our body’s wisdom, sane symptoms, and self-regulating mechanisms.
Our bodies are highly invested to function both as a well-boundaried, separate unit and, paradoxically, as part of the whole. COVID-19 is making it crystal clear that our individual health and well-being are directly tied to the health of the group, and that we are capable of equally investing in both.
Every human knows from lived experience that our bodies prefer to be in this optimal state of wellbeing. This is the core premise behind building a soul sanctuary in the course that will house your dynamic wholeness, parasympathetic peace, and elemental harmony.
And all that the emotionally short-circuited parts of ourselves need once this is done is some flicks at a hidden fuse box and soul fertilizer at the root level to reboot nature’s and our deepest human programming.
Boosting our immunity
As our soul authority and body’s energy and immunity get stronger, my decades of testing have shown that they uproot and push out weeds of invasive and toxic conditioning and mental wiring, much like a virus. We become less and less interesting as a host to negativity and dis-ease.
This process occurs naturally and with much greater ease than trying to tackle the problem from the top down.
“No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it" - Albert Einstein
In conclusion, remaining in a lifelong body vs mind vs heart vs soul tug-of-war is old school and makes us vulnerable to viruses and all kinds of mental, physical, emotional and spiritual dis-ease.
With the right know-how and tools, it's possible to get all of your energy and antibodies back “online” to regain and sustain your Soul Authority and a deep inner peace that’s aligned with the ways of the natural world.
I hope you are as ready as I am about embarking on this important journey together and helping ourselves, others and the world reconnect to our natural genius and highest expression of health with soul authority.
An overview of the course and all the information you need to enroll are provided right below.
Hope to see you soon in Soul Authority where leadership:
is organically re-natured and cultivated from the inside out and the bottom up.
takes root by setting up a protective soul sanctuary and summoning a dreamteam of elemental - AIR FIRE EARTH WATER - allies that will guide the healing and HARMONIOUS integration of your MIND BODY HEART SOUL.
demystifies your Ego-Ecosystem override patterns and offers concrete practices and guidance how to re-align these two parts of yourself so you can heal, love and lead with SOUL AUTHORITY.
Handy cheat-charts that support the transformational journey:
Testimonials from online course participants:
"The course was mind-blowing and paradigm-blowing and wonderful. It felt like putting my feet into a vast ocean. The learning and connecting with the elements helped me to move from what seemed in my head like a conflict of options into a more expansive and calm inner landscape that allowed wisdom, guidance and clarity to emerge."
"Loraine is the real deal, a one-of-a-kind, true healer. She is immensely gifted and overall just radiates with caring energy."
"Loraine is very thorough and you can really tell from how detailed and organized the curriculum is that she takes great pride in her work and greatly cares about helping the women she works with. She is very dedicated to her path of helping others."
"Loraine's gift is to connect so deeply with the soul that language waits in reverence as the spirit mends and unfolds to create new stories filled with possibility. I thank her from the bottom of my heart and beyond for her guidance and support."
"The way that Loraine guides us makes you feel that you can really trust her, not only because of her intelligence and wisdom, but because she really cares, and she is very honest about her own journey, that she is also flawed and struggles with similar issues still, and that she is just another human on this journey. She is relatable, very compassionate and patient. She is a true gifted healer."
"Loraine brings an extraordinary intelligence and spirit with a mastery informed by her personal and professional experience, her vision, and her intuitive knowing."
"Having a teaching background myself, I can say that the course was designed and structured masterfully."
"Each topic builds as the program progressed. I didn't feel like this was a classroom, but more of a journey. I couldn't wait until the next meeting or meditation to learn more."
"I have never felt as settled or at peace as I have since I have experienced this course. The old story of abuse is no longer my story. I’m completely free of it.”
"I was surprised at how moving this course was. Loraine helped me to go deeper, and clear past energy and blocks that I did not realize were there. Removing these blocks allowed my creativity as an artist to naturally and effortlessly flow and unfold in a much more joyful process."
"Most valuable was learning to ground my energy and emotions in a way that organizes them, as well as being able to disperse whatever is not mine. Allowing nature and my spirit guides to do the work of clearing space for more love and healing. It doesn't always have to be a fight or struggle."
"I appreciated learning how the elements help you ground so you can be open to learning from your spirit guides. This class doesn't have an ending. These lessons and tools help us evolve, shift, transform and heal as we live our life. We can use these skills to get more insight about ourselves in ANY situation that comes up."
"Despite being capable and confident, I had reached emotional dead ends while striving for success and wasn’t personally or professionally fulfilled. Loraine has guided me through a healing journey in which I’ve learned to trust and follow my intuition over my ego and uncover my soul’s purpose. Less burdened with outside expectations, I move through the world with more bravery and willingness to take risks."
Structure (dates: Jun-July 2020):
Each weekly module consists of a:
pre-recorded video presentation
a guided meditation
a set of shamanic journey instructions
a live zoom meeting (TBD: most likely on Mondays 12 pm PST)
alchemy actions steps and assertions
Students and life-long learners residing in CA:
If you have Anthem Blue Cross or Blue Shield, your group therapy benefits may cover Soul Authority (most plans - double-check with yours and find out what your co-pay is. It may be waived until mid-Jun 2020)
The cost of the program for non-insured students and life-learners, or for those of you living outside of CA, is $350 (sliding fee available).
Payment plan: it is possible to pay weekly installments of $44 or monthly installments of $175.