Is a psychotherapist from Mexico City, dedicated to exploring the relationship between the body, the imagination and spirituality. As Director of Studies at the Instituto Macuil, which she co-founded in 2016 in order to offer a Transpersonal Education in Mexico, she develops programs that weave local indigenous Mexican wisdom and practices, together with expressive arts, into a particular transpersonal vision.
Her desire to develop a therapeutic practice that integrates psico-spirituality with conscious movement and creativity inspires her work. At the same time, she studies and practices traditional textile techniques with native Mexican women (Nahua and Mayan communities), with an eye on preserving and promoting native art work while simultaneously re-valuing the vast symbolic wisdom it contains.
After graduating from the “Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana”, she studied Freudian Psychoanalysis, Junguian Analytical Psychology, Existential and Transpersonal Psychology. She gained clinical experience in public mental health at the “Hospital General de México”, “Hospital Juárez de México” and the “Hospital Psiquiátrico Fray Bernardino Álvarez”. She has guided art-therapy, conscious movement and meditation workshops, and is working to get certified in Holistic Nutrition, Vijñana Ayurveda Yoga and as a Somatic Movement Educator in the School of BodyMindMovement.
Lecture «Involvement and evolvement, an indigenous Mexican perspective»
The idea that the soul expresses something of an individual´s essence falls within the modern classical perspective. At the same time, contacting and working with the soul is focused on a sense of «interiority», valuing «inside» and favoring introspection.
In contrast, from a Mayan indigenous perspective, the body – not the soul – is the most faithful expression of individuality and of a particular essence. Unlike the soul, which in addition to easily getting lost, is inherited and shared with several animals and atmospheric phenomena, the body is what must be created, and must find ways of expressing itself.
Indigenous wisdom teaches that the body is formed when the soul, which is more collective and less individual, folds over itself – many times – until reaching a particular form of existence. In this way, the eternal and formless plane in which the soul exists acquires dimension and form in an individual person´s life. It is as if, without the “as if”, the collective soul folded over itself and generated a crease. While we are alive and conscious, this particular crease is what we experienced as «I am».
From this perspective, the indigenous tradition of wrapping the body – and even objects – with colorful textiles and fabrics, takes on symbolic significance. It expresses, through the appearance itself and beyond, the importance of remembering that we are a crease of the soul… we are beings involved in and through our lives.
This knowledge is echoed in present day studies in embryology, where we learn that we fold into existence as the zygote divides into millions of cells, folding onto itself. Life begins when the cells roll inward to become a human form. In other words, in order to evolve we need to get involved.
This presentation is inspired by Mexican indigenous wisdom. More specifically, by its shamanic and artistic practices, which create metaphors for our understanding of life and its ongoing unfolding which we can call “evolution”.
Questions as to what it takes to get involved, or what does being involved imply in our era, as well as the differences and similarities between involvement and evolvement, will be addressed.