Episode 65: Shamanism and Self-leadership with Dr. Carmen Roman

As we look into ourselves we seed the very transformations we desire to manifest in the world. So it’s worth noting, the deep work of healing our own wounds is often so ripe with potential to affect outward ripples of change.

In this episode I’m talking with Dr. Carmen Roman a bilingual and bicultural psychotherapist with 25 years of experience working in both Mexico and in California. She combines both cultures and both worlds in the work and specializes in creative expression as a form of treatment for sexual abuse, trauma, and immigration related stress. 

Carmen and I talk about the responsibility we all have to be present in the here and now. And how this responsibility, simply breaks down into: our ability to respond. This is self-leadership. This is liberation. 

It’s integral that healers, caregivers and change-makers find and cultivate healing spaces for themselves. Too often, we struggle to allow ourselves the space to be held, to dive deeply into and liberate ourselves from the hard, murky, ugly stuff. Yet we all know our wounds are the places most in need of our tending, healing and love. These are our entry points. 

Carmen invites us into her deep and personal journey, blending gestalt and transpersonal psychology she integrates spirituality, meditation and shamanic experiences. She shares that for her, it’s about the ability to stay in deep focus or concentration: in who she is and the impact her actions have on the world and herself. 

This is a beautiful discussion of what stepping into self-leadership can look like. In sharing Carmen’s journey, we bring to light a collective inward journey for many healers. Permission to dive deep with us. 

Quoted in the Episode:

 “We can be leaders in some aspects and we definitely can be a mess in other aspects.” Dr. Carmen Roman

“We can be leaders in some aspects and we definitely can be a mess in other aspects.” Dr. Carmen Roman

 “I needed to be willing to dive deep into the pain of who I was, in the shame of who I was, the dark part of who I was.” Dr. Carmen Roman

“I needed to be willing to dive deep into the pain of who I was, in the shame of who I was, the dark part of who I was.” Dr. Carmen Roman

 “We all have demons to face and we require a lot of community and love and support to face them.” Dr. Carmen Roman

“We all have demons to face and we require a lot of community and love and support to face them.” Dr. Carmen Roman

 “I cannot be free if I don't own my own deep emotions.” Dr. Carmen Roman 

“I cannot be free if I don't own my own deep emotions.” Dr. Carmen Roman 

 “Things happened within our lives that take us away from who we are. Our work is to remember and come back to those parts of ourselves.” Rebecca Wong

“Things happened within our lives that take us away from who we are. Our work is to remember and come back to those parts of ourselves.” Rebecca Wong

 “Shamanism helped to explain the unseen, the mystery, the dreams.” Carmen Roman  “It created a container for the that which couldn't be understood.” Rebecca Wong

“Shamanism helped to explain the unseen, the mystery, the dreams.” Carmen Roman

“It created a container for the that which couldn't be understood.” Rebecca Wong

 “We need space to let go of all of the hard, murky, ugly stuff. If we don't create that space, we're trapped inside. Holding ourselves hostage.” Rebecca Wong

“We need space to let go of all of the hard, murky, ugly stuff. If we don't create that space, we're trapped inside. Holding ourselves hostage.” Rebecca Wong

 “Connect to the darker places within you. To the rage. To the anger. To the sadness. Permission to go there.” Rebecca Wong

“Connect to the darker places within you. To the rage. To the anger. To the sadness. Permission to go there.” Rebecca Wong

Resources Referenced in this Episode:

Therapy Chat Podcast: What is Shamanism?

Where to find Dr. Carmen:

Emotions in Harmony 

Emotions in Harmony: Podcast 

Dr. Carmen's E-book My Mexican Shamanic training 

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