On the verge, birthing anew.
“If you don’t first start with communities of support, then of course the brain is going to stop functioning
so well because the brain is a social organ. Relationships are just as important as brain processes.
And I feel very deeply that if we could make that clear to everyone,
we could have a shift in how we actually take care of each other.”
- Neuropsychiatrist Daniel J. Siegel in Crazy Wise
Project VIRGin is an evolution of Extinction Witness and incorporates that creative work, including Grief & Creativity forum and RIGHT WORK (WIP), whilst adding a Healing Circle that supports children, women, and men who are healing from sexual trauma - personal violation and/or violation of their watershed communities.
Grief & Creativity forum continues as support for those who identify as global citizens and endure awareness of the abstract yet very real global loss told in an estimated 75 to 200 species passing each day.
Project VIRGin honors those who are passing, appreciates those living, and celebrates those being born and yet to be born whilst helping to ensure that those living and yet to be may enjoy the bare necessities and comforts of thriving community.
We're working on updates to the project website and build of the healing circle community site. Included below is also an interview conducted after filming VIRGIN, November 2013. The interview offers more about the path and project intention. The film VIRGIN (2014/2017) was produced as part of my healing process and offers a good bit of the project vibe.
Closest to death is birth.
Earth's present transition, manifest in mass species extinction and global warming, is as natural a process as childbirth and spiritual emergence. When treated as a health crisis, Earth's transition becomes a crisis, as does childbirth when treated as a physical crisis and spiritual emergence when treated as a mental crisis rather than a natural, radically violent process that necessarily involves a death. Ideally, a non-physical death.
Like the heat that an infant experiences while passing through the mother's cervix and the purifying energy of Kundalini Shakti, wildfire is an example of physical violence that births anew. And some mothers, babes, trees, and spiritually emergent individuals do not survive physically. Feeling, heeding, and breathing through the pain whilst remaining centered helps ensure live birth. Ensuring safety in community while avoiding drugs that numb, distort, and misguide the pain, helps to ensure the pain is adequately felt and heeded with a clear intuition.
There is nowhere near closer to death than birth. This is why I tend the two as one.
Please be in touch for more...
many thanks and much love, meg
VIRGIN Interview 11.27.2013
"Virgin was a label of strength and independence.
Virginity was once a term of power."
- Palo Alto Medical Foundation
VIRGIN began as a spontaneous collaboration between artists, Clare Hedin, Suellen Primost, Megan Hollingsworth, and redwoods of what is now Oakland California. The filming is with thanks to connection made through Tree Sisters. And the original intent of the film production was to support Tree Sisters communications. The production of VIRGIN is with thanks to financial and/or creative contributions from the following:
Beverly Pitzer Markiewicz
Photos on this page:
'Without You' - 'Discovery Tree' and Megan Hollingsworth, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, photo copyright 2013 Jack Gescheidt.
'Merciful' - still overlay from VIRGIN. 'Merciful' is also featured at RONA16, hosted by Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA).