See the full newsletter here: Firelight - June 2014
Focused Glow: Deb Austin
“The dirt has been the raw material for the light in my work,” explains Deb Austin. The main focus in my therapy practice, and the lectures and workshops I’m privileged to present, is embodiment. Or as Marion Woodman says, the awakening of the light in matter, which is the essence of the Divine Feminine. But for the first 28 years of her life, due to childhood trauma, Deb says she was completely dissociated from her body, which became the whipping post for the emotional and physical traumas it held.
“Shame about how my body looked, ruled my life.” The tools and resources that Deb encountered in her personal search for healing and integration are the foundation of her work with others.
“The body isn’t a beast you starve and exercise to look a certain way,” Deb explains. But our culture and the media in particular perpetuate that view. Teenage girls today see over 600 images a day that have been photo-shopped to meet impossible standards of perfection, and she works with the consequences of that in her counseling practice. Dissatisfaction with one’s body is now “normative,” with more people than not reporting they are unhappy with their appearance. But healing our relationship to our physical bodies is vital. Without that connection, we are barred from our own authentic truth. “You can’t ensoul a body you hate.”
Back in 1985, Deb started out as a psychic. She soon discovered what was rewarding wasn’t forecasting what was likely to happen, but insight into why they feel what they feel and do what they do, the often unconscious motivation that inspires choices. This led her on a journey of discovery, studying Holotropic Breathwork, Carl Jung, Native American traditions, Reiki, craniosacral and other esoteric healing techniques. “This led me back to my own heart and my own body.”
Deb describes her work with clients as somatic psychology, which involves attuning to the emotional energy in the body, grounding in what clients feel, gaining insight and understanding as to why they feel it, and working to clear blockages and fears. She incorporates her training in transpersonal psychology with her intuitive gifts, astrology and bodywork. She has led women’s groups for 25 years on different themes, but tied to the healing of the wounded feminine, allowing vulnerability, and teaching the power of love. The new feminine includes the masculine. It is love in action.
Deb’s connection to Mara Evans led to her facilitating a workshop at the first Sophia Unfolds retreat four years ago. She will offer her third Sophia Unfolds workshop this August, with the retreat theme Beloved Body a perfect match for Deb’s expertise and passion. Bringing groups of women together for growth and transformation is essential. “You can’t heal in isolation, you need support. Mara and Andrea set the tone, creating a safe container and a rich context for deep experience.” Deb resonates with New Myth Works’ openness to divine inspiration to co-create, very different from a rigid patriarchal push, and finds it exciting with limitless possibilities.
When she is not working or learning, Deb loves to be in nature and work with the earth, appreciating the beauty of the earth. That and laughter. “If we’re not laughing, we’re not living.”
Deb's contact info: (248) 486-3066 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
By Sandra Finkel