These are some terms that we will be using in our activities and materials. There will be more.
Accomplice - A collaborator who shares the vision and goals for the process set herein.
Colonization - The action of entering peoples’ space and taking control of it either politically or culturally. Displacing a group of people from their own autonomous control.
Container - A space, whether virtual or physical, that has well defined dimensions (boundaries) and open space for processing ideas, emotions and tension in a way that is safe, transparent and accountable.
Dialectic - A specific type of dialog that involves two oppositional positions working within a logical framework to explore the tension between them with the aim of creating greater understanding and collaboration.
Dichotomy - A pair of characteristics that are naturally or artificially described as opposing each other. For instance male/female or east/west.
Energy - There is a universal life force energy that is part of us and everything that surrounds us. It is present in molecular bonds, it is part of light and mass electricity and magnetism. While energy is within us and part of us, most of us are not skilled in noticing it because it is not a sense that we typically learn to use.
Epigenetics - A phenomenon in which trauma creates changes in the shape of DNA molecules causing a change in their function. Unlike mutations or deletions, epigenetic changes are difficult to identify and are reversible. They can be passed on to offspring.
Gender Binary - Humans, as all mammals, are male, female or intersex which is an unusual combination of the two. Gender is a social system of coding males and females to be recognized and to perform expected roles within a given society. In truth, humans are more alike than different from each other, even along sex lines. Gender prompts us to classify males and females in ways that may separate and hurt us. We are in a situation now where cultural gender “norms” and expectations are treated as polar opposites, and have strict requirements, including punishment for failing to meet cultural standards.
Humility - A state of being grounded and connected to the Mother and the greater good.
Liberal/Radical - A dichotomy of philosophical or political approaches. A liberal mindset often entertains flexible approaches and negotiable boundaries, creating broad solutions that tend to please a wide range of people. A radical mindset determines the root of a problem via power analysis and creates targeted solutions based on achieving justice.
Medicine - A treatment for an ailment. We may think of using medical treatment for physical, mental or emotional weaknesses. Energeia uses a more expansive definition as we have learned from indigenous teachers. Medicine is whatever we use to define, address and repair ourselves, our relationships, our communities, and our cultures.
Polyvagal Response - The use of slow-breathing techniques that activate the vagus nerve can move someone out of panic or fight-or-flight mode and into a feeling of the safety of social engagement.
Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG) - Positive psychological change experienced as the tensions from trauma are released, leading to a higher level of functioning.
Reiki - A system of sensing and channeling universal life force energy.
Restorative Justice - Using accountability, dialog and amends, restorative justice practices focus on a holistic solution to harm. The priority is on strengthening community relationships and support rather than punishment.
Sacred Economy - Economics is a science that allegedly keeps track of and plans the use of finances and resources. In sacred economy, we recognize that money is simply a place holder for work. We recognize resources not just as raw materials to be used to create wealth, but as part of our support system and legacy. We recognize the value of time, emotional labor, relationships, and the need to conscientiously steward our whole environment for future generations of all living beings.
Somatic Response - The voluntary nervous system activating movement of some part of the body.
Trauma - The unresolved tensions from a violation that cause anxiety and may lead to PTSD.
Violation - An act of harm.