Against Trauma Culture and Into Embodied Consciousness!


Regenerative Relating

I was touched, in the conversation last class, to hear about how many of us were on some level besieged by this economy in an ongoing way.

It distressed me and at the same time, opened me to a deeper need for something more.

Soemthing more than healing work that does not address what we are still against on a broader level, even as we work through our own personal trauma.


Claiming Our Place in this Movement

Can we claim our own place in this movement? Can we trust that there is no divide ultimately, between healing ourselves and healing the world around us?

There is a strange kind of urgency that I feel about learning to live in this kind of trust.  

I very much want to live with the question of – what is truly the best place for me in this world? Why am I here and what is the best way for me to be alive today?


Trauma Culture and Embodiment Activism

 Indian students of Saint Joseph Degree college participate in an anti-rape protest.

I started to write a bigger post about this last night but got a little overwhelmed by the broadness of the topic for me.

So today I am going to share some more limited thoughts about this instead.

The Beginnings of What it Means to be a Trauma Culture Activist.

For me the core issue here is a redefinition of both inner/spiritual work and social/environmental activism.


Finding Voice – In the Face of Trauma Culture

Excerpt from Feb 6th Online Gathering

Losing voice or losing a deeper part of our voice is an inherent part of trauma culture.

4 minute video excerpt from Feb 6th online gathering of “Coming Into Consciousness”.

How do we learn to go deeper as we learn to speak with each other? How do we make space within ourselves and in relationship to allow a deeper langauge to arise, so that we get underneath the ways that we often miscommunicate…

Bill St.Cyr

Finding Hope Amidst the Guns


Emma Gonzalez, Florida High School Student speaking out against the “BS” of the country’s inaction on gun violence. 

There are so many different things I could say about how gun violence is a part of trauma culture but I want to start with the sense of disempowerment that so many of us feel around this issue.


I want to start by saying that it doesn’t need to be so.

We have the power to change this culture. Yes, in the short run we are up against overwhelming odds and overwhelming obstacles.

But for many of us, we can take a breath into that overwhelm.


Finding Voice – Speaking Truth to Trauma Culture


“This image of me protesting travelled around the world. I was there because the slaughter of our people by police officers had opened my eyes.” Ieshia Evans

One of the core symptoms of trauma culture is the difficulty that people have communicating with each other. We see it in intimate relationships. We see it in family dynamics. And we see it in broader conversations that end up not being conversations at all.

I have over the last year, even begun to wonder if our language itself is traumatized.

To wonder if the words and speech that we use, is actually reflective of the trauma that is embedded in so much of the culture that we live in.

It would make sense, if you understand language and words not as something disembodied from experience but as vocalizations that are, at least meant to come from the heart and soul of who we are.


Post 1: Trauma Culture – The Loss of Self as a Core Issue


This site is based on an understanding, that at least here in the dominant culture of the US, we have lost a core part of our connection to the heart and soul of who we really are. And that the repercussions of that separation are much more intense than most of us realize.

This state of separation is so embedded within our culture, that many of us do not even know, what it is that we have lost.

Our culture deeply obfuscates this loss in a million different ways, by taking what has been lost and externalizing it. So the deeper need for a healthy selfhood, that we each carry, becomes channeled toward attaining something outside of oneself.


Post 2: An Exercise –

Out of Trauma and Into Embodied Consciousness


So for me, a core part of this whole process is about learning to hold places, that sometimes seem contradictory to the mind, alongside each other. 

This is a three part reflection related to that – holding acceptance and possibility in relationship to each other. It is one way to begin developing a practice of coming out of trauma culture/consciousness and coming into embodied consciousness.

1 – Close your eyes and just breath into the possibility of healing, of love or spirit or earth holding us all, of consciousness that is bigger than us, that can hold all of what we are going through and/or what we are all going through as a culture and society.

Just notice where you are drawn whether that is personal or social and take another breath and feel what it is like in your own body to be with this possibility….


Some Past Writings


Versus Politics???

I have been struggling with my new dual role as a dream and social activist.

It puts me in a place that is confusing at times. There is a core belief in our work with dreams, that change [READ MORE]

The Legacy of Martin

Luther King Jr

Good evening on this day celebrating the amazing legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr was not just an extraordinary civil rights leader but also an incredible spiritual teacher. His teachings about love, racial justice and nonviolence are teachings.. [READ MORE]

Dreaming as An Act

of Love and Defiance

To speak about “love and defiance” in relationship to each other, is a challenge.

For we tend to think of these two feelings and actions, as separate entities, each unto themselves...… [READ MORE]

My name is Bill St.Cyr. Welcome to this site!

More importantly, welcome to the movement against trauma culture and toward embodied consciousness.

There is a bridge that has begun to grow, between the world of inner practice and the world of social and environmental activism. A bridge that offers the possibility of transforming both of these worlds. A bridge that offers the possibility of transforming the broader culture of disembodiment and creating a culture of consent, nurturance and passion.

This site is my own offering toward that end and an invitation to join and co-create that world…

“When we say the Okanagan word for ourselves, we are actually saying

the ones who are dream and land together.”

Jeanette Armstrong


From Trauma Culture to Embodied Consciousness

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