This gathering will use Pathwork principals (idealized self-image, automatic reflex, images) to explore the “master narrative” (cultural narrative of hierarchy) and how it is internalized as race-based images (our “inner white supremacist”). We will propose that these race-based images are embedded in the unconscious body-mind of both black and white bodies. Fundamental to Pathwork is making the unconscious conscious and increasing our capacity to be with the “worst in ourselves, without losing faith in ourselves.” Working with individual and collective avoidance, bringing race-based automatic reflexes to consciousness, and practicing image dissolution increases our ability to experience equality as a reality. “What is the truth?” “The true focus of revolutionary change is never merely the oppressive situation which we seek to escape but that piece of the oppressor which is planted deep within each of us and which knows only the oppressors’ tactics, the oppressors’ relationships.” AUDRE LORDE
Renee Whatley is an African American helper, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was trained by Carolyn Tilove and Lorraine Marino and has been teaching Pathwork in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh for close to forty years. Renee has been the Spiritual Director of Philadelphia Pathwork and has been instrumental in facilitating the birthing of the Pittsburgh Pathwork Region. Renee loves conducting Pathwork workshops, training Pathwork teachers. Renee’s work is infused with laughter, body awareness and a commitment to following the “lead of the lectures.” Until quite recently, Renee has held the distinction and the trauma of being the only African American helper. I think the count now is 3.
Kimberly Middleton is a Pathwork® Associate Helper, offering individual sessions and group classes online and in the Greater WDC area. She is a trained Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) Teacher, Kripalu Yoga Teacher (RYT500) and public health/health disparities researcher. To learn more, please visit her website https://path-of-compassion.org/ (Building resilience through Pathwork, Mindful Self-Compassion, and Yoga)