We all need healing in connection with our body stories. Yet it is the thing we seek so much healing for - outside of ourselves and with experts. What if we are the only true expert on what our body needs to heal and wants to experience and what we need to do is simply LISTEN?
You can learn how to become the one to discern what is next for you on your healing journey. But you can't do that if you don't know how to listen to your body speak. If you can't hear your body speak, it is possible that there are parts of you that have gone dormant or are asleep as a part of a healing response. One by one we will begin to gently wake up the parts that are ready to awaken and invite them into beauty.
We have all spent a lot of time and money seeking solution for our experience with our bodies and spirits where we have been hurt, shot down, and closed off. We try SO MANY things and we get further on down the road but not quite far enough.
"It is time for the next revelation. Listening to your body speak while painting is our specialty at MUSEA, and we have practiced this for over twenty years. The focus on healing our bodies of sexual shame and opening up to more expansion has been on my heart for years. Based on the stories I am hearing about what is coming up for us, what is holding us back and what keeps us from fuller healing and pleasured lives - I am choosing to offer this experience for us. Let's move forward together."
"Eroticism isn’t sex; it’s sexuality transformed by the human imagination. It’s the thoughts, dreams, anticipation, unruly impulses, and even painful memories which make up our vast erotic landscapes. It’s energized by our entire human experience, layered with early childhood experiences of touch, play, or trauma, which later become cornerstones of our erotic life."
~ Esther Perel, Psychotherapist and expert on Relationships and Sexuality
Wouldn't you agree this is a wonderful way to start the New Year?!
Following registration, you will receive access to everything you need to prepare and get ready to paint with Shiloh Sophia.
For support and connection, there will be a private online classroom in the iMusea App. If you want to paint in real-time with other women, we will host daily Pop-Up Studio Sessions where everyone paints together and shares their work. Or you can paint as it works for you. Everything is recorded and yours to keep!
This includes our Temple Curriculum, Live Zoom Calls AND your focus on your health, rest, movement and food.
WHY PAINTING CAN BE SO CATALYTIC for Navigating Transformation
The truth is painting is very intense. It brings UP SO MUCH STUFF. Whole body awakening kinds of things that don't happen in other settings - because painting helps you FEEL IT and SEE it. Painting, especially medicine painting feels almost dangerous - but it isn't - it will however walk you to the quivering edge. It amazes me every time. The intensity itself can lead the way for the erotic, because sexual energy and creativity energy can feel similar but in different ways there is an opportunity for big change because there is big movement happening.
Why focus on the erotic when healing, in particular with sexual stories of recovery?
We are looking through the lens of the erotic, so we have something powerful to work towards, FEELING and being in TOUCH with that feeling. The idea that we could be whole healed erotic creatures inspires us to do the work of transforming our relationship with pain to one of presence, power and eventually, pleasure.
Must be age 21+ to participate and identify as a woman.
All skill levels are welcome, including not painting since you were a kid.
During TEMPLE, you are invited to gather together with women across the world to explore your innate sensuality through creative exploration.
We have more senses than sight, sound, taste, touch, feelings - so many more. Do you wonder what they might reveal? Has a part of you been sleeping and is ready to awaken?
Join SHILOH SOPHIA, Artist and MUSEA Curate to bring you an experience of aliveness to your entire body, energy field, and relationship with being in a body.
Intentional Creativity is a creative approach used by tens of thousands of people around the world to discover new worlds, reveal voices that have been silenced, claim affirmative frameworks, and invite imagery that is hidden in the internal landscape.
“For the erotic is not a question only of what we do; it is a question of how acutely and fully we can feel in the doing. Once we know the extent to which we are capable of feeling that sense of satisfaction and completion, we can then observe which of our various life endeavors bring s closest to that fullness.” Audrey Lorde, Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power
GO AT YOUR OWN PACE: We provide you with a LIVE and recorded gatherings.There will also be optional Zoom Circles for connection with fellow students and staff. We will share a detailed schedule with registered students.
Letter From Curate Shiloh Sophia
This is an invitation for us to work on, sensual healing, self-revelation, and a new orientation to your sexuality.
If you Google or look up sexual healing or healing from shame, there are so many books so many classes and so many teachers. I find it overwhelming and quite nuanced. Just like each woman finds her own pleasure, so nuanced...
Now I'll just say in advance that I am not an expert in this topic so I might not be the teacher for you. But in this process, it is less about what I'm teaching and more about the space, that I, as a Curate, hold for women on their journey of self-healing and embodying their own sensuality.
What kind of healing and what’s that got to do with the body?
Healing from trauma, inflammation, aches/pains, illness, grief, fear, shame, body shame, and perfectionism can live in the body often keeping us from the fullness of our innate sensuality and our deep connection with our sense of intuition.
When we are born, we come into the world with incredible faculties like consciousness, imagination, creativity, and instinct. When those faculties are not connected with our human capacities, we have a disconnect in other words …
When I talk about the things that you're born with I literally mean by grace. If you’re in a relationship with Creator, Mother, or Source you can say that those things arrived from the divine design or if you are a very organic agnostic animist, you can say it's how we're designed and the design we arrived in comes in with these preexisting faculties just as you have a nose, eyes, ears, and hands.
These faculties are like the spiritual essence of incarnation and when they're disconnected from the physical body, we experience challenges. And I know that we've been doing lots of work, especially over the past 35 or so years to connect soul and spirit but there are some basic missing ingredients that I'd like to bring into the recipe. Temple is where we are going to do that through a very feminine sensual painting.
ABOUT TEMPLE HEALING RECIPE
Temple is going to be a healing experience.
What it's not going to be, is my prescription for your healing. You are going to take the healing of your temple into your own hands. We are listening to our bodies instead of someone else's formula for recovery, expansion, and integration it comes from within.
If you are way deep into what you need to mend yourself, then TEMPLE might not be for you because there won't be individual people to care for you as you go through things, although the container is there to witness you in our private classroom.
If you are going through something with a guide or a therapist, you could potentially do this in addition and let them know that you're doing this. You could provide access to this course to anybody that you're currently working with because it's bound to open up some things. Because when we start to paint, we start to hear, see, feel, and know different things than when we've been talking about or doing bodywork or other types of catharsis, we've adopted to mend our gorgeous temple that is really requesting our aliveness to come into the center.
Discovering Pleasure by Shiloh Sophia
OUR 13 Senses are PORTALS of PLEASURE and PAIN
I will guide you in the painting process just like I traditionally do. It will be like the 13 steps for mending our relationship with our sensuality through the senses that we haven't been paying attention to.
Let's talk about this....
Pain and pleasure: Pain with our nose... is different than pain and pleasure regarding our urethra, right? They're different and they do different things, and they have different functions and they're different portals to the temple.
Most of us are mostly living through a handful of the senses but not really living to the fullness of what's possible, which then again connects with our innate intuition.
We will be focusing on some pain and some pleasure but only from the perspective of what you're now navigating and what might be preventing you from your own fullest expression for you and you use that in your relationships with others and yourself any way that you choose.
Connecting to spiritual faculties: My theory is that as we honor the senses of your body, I call it worshiping at the temple. As we worship, our senses start to come in alignment and achieve greater coherence, then we begin reconnecting the spiritual faculties.
With each painting step we ask different parts of the body different questions e.g., What does my body want to say to me now? and let them express on the canvas so that there's this clear awakening and interconnection between what we sometimes think of as dormant, sleeping, or stagnant parts of ourselves.
Visting memories: We're only going to visit memories to the degree that they arise for you in the process where you're almost just touching them and then asking; What about this memory is preventing me from moving forward into full sensuality? Is this something I can now release or recover from so that I can now go forward? We're only looking for the part of the trauma that is keeping you from going forward.
Somatic grounding container: The painting process is the somatic and grounding container that allows for the work to happen and become integrated. There's such an acute intelligence here that if/when you're specific with yourself because you are the inquirer and narrator, asking "only show me that which is preventing me from feeling this, knowing this, being this, healing this, and then let me paint that".
It's very specific because it is often a belief that resulted from an experience that's been ingrained and internalized over many years which sometimes results in shame, hiding or shutting down. Those physical impacts on the body, even though those are mental things, end up backing up physical realities and it's like a whole infinity that happens between what ends up happening and how you recover from what happens and what meaning was given.
Change the relationship: We can't change what happened, but we can change the relationship to what happened through focusing specifically on how what happened is keeping you from moving into your future in a way to be a fully turned-on sensual woman.
Nourishment and Connection: This course will have nothing to do with actual sex or actual partnership. This is all about your relationship to your own temple and listening for guidance at each place. For example, one of the places we're going to be with is the space of the belly button, which is our original red thread, our umbilical cord. It is also considered a sense in some cultures and in our culture here. When you allow belly button to speak, it's so astonishing what gets revealed because that space is about nourishment, Connection with Ma, Connection with Self, Original Flow of Information.
There's so much here in how we are humanly designed, how the internal anatomy, for example, of the breasts, whether you gave birth to children is directly connected with nourishment and your relationship to your body and to creation.
Repair, Refiring, and Rewiring: This isn't about anyone else but you and about doing the repair work that you can do, and I feel like that's what Intentional Creativity is really honing into. Yes, there are many books, there are many guides, there are many shamans, there are many healers I am One in Your Life.
The steps and recipe are from me, but the journey is ultimately you listening to your body fully through writing and access to the infinite intelligence you have as you paint with movement that it starts to be expressed through somatic sensations of refiring and rewiring.
Being aware and available to what the messages that your body has for you are and how we do that in the safest sacred way possible is through painting now and moving and being in circle.
I cannot promise this isn't going to bring up stuff that's difficult to unpack.
I cannot promise it's even going to work.
But I can promise that the heart of my intention is as pure as the sun shining on my face right now.
I so want you to have access to your own self-healing tools.
I so deeply want that for you, for me, and for all of us, and for us not to live our lives through our trauma.
I want to shift from that, have trauma recede and be a story in the past, and have the world you look out through be one of self-actualization according to your terms. I do feel that we can create that here. I designed this course just for you to turn your own system on. If you're feeling resourced enough as they say in the Recovery world these days, meaning well enough to participate in this, but the key of moving off other people's wisdom and into your own wisdom to turn yourself on!
One system - One stroke - One brushstroke at a time.
That's at the heart of the TEMPLE.
Because your body is a temple of an infinite palette and a capacity to transform past pain into future pleasure and in the moment present-ness to your full expansion that you're available at any given time in your life and that's what we do here, and I'll see you in class.
The thing is that while it seems that many parts of us have been dormant, they haven't left you. They are right there ready to be related with and to through sensual engagement. In a way, this isn't even that hard to do - it does take focus and practice. That is what this program is all about. Creating an experience where the healing that is ready to happen can happen.
The art studio of your own home is a great place to engage in experiencing your body as a temple. Will you take a risk and create just for yourself?
We spend a lot of time taking care of business and even practicing 'self-care'. But what about caring for the capacity to see, feel and experience life to the fullest? To truly taste food, see the moon, enjoy a kiss, wake up choosing your life again....