Why Regulating Your Nervous System Lets You Transform Our World

Why Regulating Your Nervous System Lets You Transform Our World

Do you feel internally safe and calm enough to create the transformation you desire to contribute to the world?

A crucial but hidden aspect of whether we can create healing change for ourselves and Earth is whether we have the internal safety and stability to do so.

Thus, current conversations about trauma and nervous system regulation are vitally relevant to our ability to renew the natural world.

If you see yourself as a change-maker, if you have experienced trauma, if you wonder why conflict resolution in our world seems stuck, or if you feel stuck in your own process of desired self-development, please listen to my current interview on the podcast with Dr. Cathleen King.

This interview is very important to me personally because Dr. Cat has been a pivotal mentor in my process of recovery from trauma and chronic illness. Her own recovery story and her message are potently relevant for anyone who seeks to be a healing presence to themselves and our world. 

Dr. Cathleen King is an expert on trauma recovery, inner healing, and how consciousness shifts create personal and collective transformation. She has the rare combination of in-depth doctoral-level education and training, over 20 years coaching others in the health field, and having gone through her own heroine’s journey of spending two decades of her life navigating debilitating illness. She speaks to transformation based on deep personal experience. In her youth she lived with poverty, family addiction and illiteracy, homelessness, and violence. In young adulthood serious illnesses kept her bed-bound for years. Learn more about her on the podcast page.

In our conversation, Dr. Cat and I discuss how nervous system safety is starting to receive much more attention in the health and spirituality arenas, but is a grievously missing piece in our environmental and social justice endeavors. If we seek to create healing for people and planet, we as individuals need to learn to regulate our nervous systems so we can achieve true conflict resolution. It is from the serene space of nervous system safety that we design creative solutions that bring regeneration to people and planet.

Dr. Cat explains that if you experience difficulty stepping into your calling, desired work, or goals, you likely have a dysregulated nervous system. She shares ways to orient your nervous system toward stability and optimal functioning.

When you are practicing nervous system recovery and regulation, you can surpass the us vs. them dichotomies that often break human society apart, and you can raise yourself above victim consciousness. Then you are in the powerful space of creative transformation, whether you aim to transform yourself and your life, your local community, or human life on Earth.

For humans and Earth,

Chara

Chara Armon, Ph.D.

 

 

 

 

I’m making a liberating choice & sharing it with you

I’m making a liberating choice & sharing it with you

Most of you on this mailing list found my work in 2014 and 2015 when I created the Healing Earth, Healing Self Telesummit. From 2016 onward I dealt with a series of health and household challenges that required me to step away from this work; they were terrifying but transformational and eventually I will share about them. Last August when I re-opened my online offerings as The School for Humans and Earth, I told you that I had chosen to do so using the name Helen Claire Harmon to differentiate my work with the School for Humans and Earth from my job in higher education.

What I have noticed in the past year is that I haven’t come to feel fully like “Helen.” It is a family name, so very special to me. And my given name, Chara, carries the awkwardness of being very frequently mis-pronounced. But the bigger issue is that I see that this effort to hide my spiritually oriented work for Earth from my conventional life as a college professor ultimately isn’t feeling like the best choice. In fact my contributions in both areas are similar and aligned. As both “Helen” and “Chara” I have the same values, priorities, and commitments, and some of the same colleagues.

At risk of encountering awkwardness with colleagues and students in higher ed who are not open to the spiritual foundations of my work in The School for Humans and Earth, I have decided to side with authenticity and wholeness and do all of my work as Chara Armon, my legal, life-long name. In case you’re wondering, my first name is pronounced similarly to ‘Charlotte,’ with an ‘sh’ sound. (‘Chara’ is a star in the constellation Canes venaticii and is the Greek word for ‘joy,’ though it is pronounced differently in Greek than the pronunciation my parents chose.)

As I make this choice and shift my website and social media accounts over the next couple of weeks, I feel naked, vulnerable, scared, but also more free and empowered than I have ever felt. I’ve never before given myself this much permission to be who I really am. As a spiritually and holistically inclined person who has worked in the ‘conventional’ world, I have always felt divided, closeted, and frightened of being ‘found out.’ But we are in a time when everyone needs to live their truth. People’s inner authenticity is a precious key to repairing life on planet Earth. And many thought leaders with both ‘conventional’ and ‘alternative’ authority have paved the way, from Martha Beck and Marc Bekoff to Lissa Rankin, Robin Wall Kimmerer, David Nicol, and many of the speakers featured on the Humans and Earth podcast, including Stephan Harding, Anita Sanchez, Bill Plotkin, and Cara Gubbins. What is quite amazing now is that many ‘conventional’ approaches are validating ‘alternative’ approaches: for example, we have medical studies confirming the value of acupuncture and scholarly articles discussing humans’ ability to directly communicate with animals. We’re in a time of bringing the divided conversations back together.

So, I’m giving myself full permission to both have an Ivy League Ph.D. and be a published scholar and excellent college professor, AND communicate with plants and other beings, facilitate transformation with flower essences, and serve as a thought leader for the process of co-creating regeneration for all life on Earth.

What is coming from The School for Humans and Earth are more e-courses and podcast episodes, the possibilities of some interesting exposure in news media this fall and winter, and an exciting online conference in early 2022 on how to co-create the healed, regenerated world we want to live in.

If you are in alignment with these offerings, I hope you’ll stay, watch The School unfold, and participate where you feel called. Please consider sharing The School’s work with friends, family, and colleagues. If the School’s offerings are not in sync with your perspectives and needs, now is a good time to unsubscribe from our mailing list.

My commitment to you is to bring my whole self to advocating for beliefs and actions that can regenerate our world. My commitment to myself is to no longer closet any of my aspects, but instead to offer my work for Humans and Earth with full transparency, trust in my mission, and a knowing of the great validity of working at this time on behalf of regenerating people and planet for the well-being of all life on Earth.

 

For Humans and Earth,

Chara Armon

To celebrate my choice to live in authentic transparency, I am putting my mentoring services on sale for 33% off the regular price for anyone who schedules in the next two weeks. Simply use the code HUMANSANDEARTH12 when you schedule an appointment here: www.humansandearth.com/mentoring

Are you motivated by eco-anxiety or eco-inspiration?

Are you motivated by eco-anxiety or eco-inspiration?

 

Do you worry that we’re facing disaster on planet Earth?

 

If you’re fearful about the future of humans and Earth, I’m offering you an alternate view.

 

Worry keeps us stuck. You can’t create, help or heal when you’re frozen in upset. Feeling concerned is valid, but staying in distress is disempowering.

We need to shift from Eco-anxiety into the empowered state of Eco-inspiration.

For half of the price of my regular mentoring sessions, you can learn 5 Steps to Move from Eco-Anxiety to Eco-Inspiration. Our 1-1 conversation will help you feel calm, purposeful, and inspired instead of scared about what’s happening on planet Earth. The consult comes with a pdf guide and e-book. You can sign up here.

I’m offering 15 consults at half of my regular price to help you shift from Eco-anxiety to Eco-inspiration. I believe you can move beyond your fears about the state of the world and into inspired contribution, whether your focus is at home, in your community, or on a larger scale.

Worrying about disasters keeps us in the energy that created them. A better way is to light up your heart and mind with the love for life on Earth that underlies your worry. Your loving inspiration allows you to then make an impactful contribution to regenerative solutions.

I’m here to support you in learning the 5 Steps to Move from Eco-anxiety to Eco-inspiration. Please join me and let’s start a Revolution of Eco-inspiration.

 

 

On the podcast this week is a beautiful interview with my flower essence teacher, Ameya Cohen of Woman Rising Mystery School and Gaia’s Essences. Hear Ameya’s insightful comments on the times we’re in and how plant medicine assists:

  • “Our return and connection to the Earth has to happen in order to create any kind of world that’s sustainable or thriving or serves the all and many.”
  • How flower essences work and why they support your true nature. “They are a gentle, beautiful way to work with the Earth and yourself. Every flower and every tree has specific wisdom that may relate to exactly what you are wanting to heal or expand into.”
Why Connecting to Nature Spirits is Important Now

Why Connecting to Nature Spirits is Important Now

 

Does it vulnerable, edgy, or strange to you to talk about nature spirits, or is it a welcome conversation?

Most of us don’t live in communities where there’s much–or any!–conversation about beings such as nature spirits. But to restore this planet’s health, along with human health, we need to return to collaboration with the beings who understand Earth better than we do.

It’s also joyful and revealing to communicate with the beings of nature–they are light, beautiful, and wise.

In the new episode of the Humans & Earth podcast, I talk about my recent conversations with nature spirits, why they became a forbidden topic due to the split between science and spirituality created by the Scientific Revolution, why it’s possible to embrace both spirituality and science, and how cultures around the world have acknowledged nature spirits.

 

Most importantly, I share:

  • What the nature spirits’ role is on planet Earth
  • 3 ways you can connect with and learn from them
  • And what I feel is the future of the human-nature spirit relationship.

 

A new monthly discussion group

I’m opening a new monthly discussion group on the first Sunday of each month at 5:00 Eastern.

It’s a place to discuss your explorations of your new, or upleveled, contributions to regeneration for people and planet. Anything you are trying at the personal, home or community level is a welcome topic.

It’s also a setting for questions and sharing about your forays into talking with and listening to beings such as nature spirits. You are welcome to bring any topic or question related to the human-nature relationship and ways we can restore this relationship, our planet, and ourselves.

To receive the Zoom link for our meeting at 5:00 Eastern on August 1, send $12 via PayPal to hch@humansandearth.com

I will facilitate discussion and Q&A.

 

The beings of nature are waiting to assist us with re-forming how we live on this planet. You can learn to engage with them, for your own good and the good of life on planet Earth. Please listen to and share this new episode to help us all move forward together.

 

For humans and Earth,

Chara Armon

Regeneration is Possible

Regeneration is Possible

How can you be a builder of regenerative solutions for people and planet?

 

Regenerative rancher Doniga Markegard is showing the way. A mother, naturalist, tracker, and permaculturist, and author of her eloquent memoirs Dawn Again and Wolf Girl, Doniga dedicates her life to restoring grasslands in California’s Bay Area while sequestering carbon and providing nutrient-dense food for people, and habitat to countless native species.

 

In this week’s episode of Humans and Earth, Doniga and I talk about building healing solutions. She explains how relationship with nature, and respectful mimicry of nature, are at the heart of her family’s regenerative ranching practices.

 

Although we have become accustomed to agriculture causing damage to our planet and our health, a different way is available. Agriculture, in fact, can reverse climate change and help to heal our soil, air, water, human health, and native species.

 

As you listen to Doniga’s insights, can you consider how your own field of work or contribution may cause damage for people and planet, but instead could create regeneration?

 

Doniga models how to make the transition from despair and helplessness to identifying the area where you feel passionate about contributing. Her focus on the healing potential of regenerative agriculture allows her to steward thousands of acres of land and contribute to the regenerative endeavors of global corporations and nonprofits.

 

Agriculture is one of our biggest global sources of carbon emissions and damage to soil, air, water, and health. If agriculture can become regenerative, what else is possible?

 

I believe regenerative practices are possible in every area of our life and work, and they gathering momentum. Where do you feel called to contribute?

 

 

Transforming Your Life & Work for Humans & Earth

Transforming Your Life & Work for Humans & Earth

What if your most joyous life is also the life that offers most benefit to humanity and Earth?

 

My guest this week on the Humans & Earth Podcast, Dr. Ray Anthony James, has experienced this. He transformed his own life from stress and misalignment to building a holistic business that offers life-enhancing Moringa products. Through the scientifically established nutritional and healing benefits of Moringa, and his regenerative Moringa farm in Jamaica, Ray creates well-being for himself, his family, his customers, and the people, plants, and ecosystem on the Moringa farm.

 

My sense is that more and more of us are feeling called to craft life shifts that nourish our well-being and the well-being of people, plants, animals, and our planet. Ray shares how this process occurred for him, and you’ll find his story fascinating whether you’re seeking similar shifts for yourself, or whether you’re interested in regenerative farming or the amazing Moringa Tree. The Moringa is a beautiful example of how one being can bring tremendous healing to people and planet.

I encourage you to ponder how your own life is feeling to you. If we feel out of alignment with our inner truth and Earth, we can shift. We are more creative and powerful than we sometimes realize. We can encourage one another to live ever more fully in alignment with what we believe is true, good, and regenerative. This is the path to creating regeneration for ourselves and all life on Earth.