Radical Embodiment is about challenging your own perceptions and perspectives. It is about questioning the layers of who you think you are and what you think you know and also honoring who you are and what you believe. This might sound contradictory, and in some ways, it is.
Life is filled with these contradictions and learning how to move between them is a potent skill. It teaches us to see the many sides and perspectives that always exist anywhere in life.
Radical Embodiment asks us to be strong AND flexible as we do the deep dive into how our experiences, genetics, society, culture, language and more have shaped who we are, what we believe and our perceptions. It guides us towards being curious about our own identity and to even question concepts like identity itself. It asks us to question how our language itself can divide us in ways that makes each of us an 'other' as opposed to finding the bridges that connect us.
Radical Embodiment asks us to dig into the very roots of how we perceive ourselves and others. This involves the external and actual physical markers all around us but equally includes the internal visuals and landscape we have created over a lifetime.
How do we meet ourselves? How do we meet others? How do our perceptions limit or support these meetings? Can you let go of what you think you know in order to experience something new? And then trust yourself to choose what to do with that experience?
Radical Embodiment is not asking you to let go of who you are but rather…let it grow, evolve and expand.
And all along the way, you are guiding this with your ability to choose or change perspectives. And while we are speaking about choice...this term (Radical Embodiment) is not attached to being called 'radical', 'embodiment' or anything else. The potency of it exists by your choice no matter what you call it. I chose the word 'radical' as it lets you know this is a different approach to the status quo. Indeed, the definition of 'radical' indicates something very different from anything that has come before it. And yet interestingly...the noun, radical, comes from the Latin radix or "root". The root of something speaks to its essence or nature of where it comes from. And so while the word 'radical' can be loaded with energies that people often want to steer clear of....the origin of the word itself asks us to look below and see what is underlying. For me, this inherently asks us to see differently...to look differently...to find new perspective. And then I feel the word 'embodiment' represents a multi-layered and active engagement of the person. That is why I chose the two words together to present this approach. All this to say...find the words that invite you in to do this work. Find the words that bridge you into your own empowerment and claiming of this. For me, words are only as useful as their ability to open doors and build bridges.
I believe that each of us can embody choice as we explore multiple ways of perceiving within ourselves and that by living forward into this, we support one another by example. New possibility emerges within us as individuals and then ripples out to how we choose to interact, how we speak and what we believe in collectively in our communities and beyond.