Whiteness as an embodiment

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This video is an edited version of a live webinar I created for the Authentic Allyship Coaching Group. Authentic Allyship is an approach to allyship that is founded on the idea that: allyship is NOT an obligation but a relationship.

[Please read the ‘Notes’ below for further notes on the content, including acknowledgments of inspirations/sources]

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This webinar tackles the subject of whiteness from the standpoint of Chinese/Asian energy medicine. Because of this, I feel like it might be useful to understand whiteness in a similar way to how energy medicine treats feminine and masculine energies (even though this is not my favourite language around gender).

In energy medicine, feminine and masculine energies does NOT mean that women are feminine and men are masculine. Rather, the terms feminine and masculine are used as descriptions, or even metaphors, for energies that everyone has.
 
I think of whiteness in a similar way: as an energy everyone has that we specifically label as whiteness when it is manifested in a way that is imbalanced and toxic.
 
I understand that ‘white people’ as we commonly know have become representatives of this toxified energy. Yet, we all have whiteness in us as we are all touched by colonialism.

NOTES:

In reflection, I noticed there were many images of cis-male bodies in the slides for this webinar and would like to acknowledge this. This partially had to with the availability of appropriate images of folks of other genders, as well as parts of the webinar directly speaking to white patriarchy, I think in the future I would like to be more proactive about having a more diverse representation of bodies as possible.

EXTRA READING:

Here are some extra readings in english on Hara that tie into the subject of this webinar.

In reading articles like these, I think it would be helpful to keep in mind that developing Hara is really about a having direct personal experience. While there are some ‘universal’ aspects of Hara, there is certainly no dogma, simply guides for inquiry.

Also, articles on energy medicine tend to not be the up to date on subjects such as colonialism or gender so I definitely recommend a sense of self-care and filtering when reading them.

“Out Of Our Heads – Philip Shepherd On The Brain In Our Belly” by Amnon Buchbinder (There have been some critiques of his work on flattening agriculture as a historical origin for the disconnection between mind and body but I find his work compelling nonetheless. It is very rare to have a Western writer have this much insight into mystical aspects of Hara.)
https://www.thesunmagazine.org/issues/448/out-of-our-heads

“The deeper meaning of Hara” by Bronwen and Frans Stiene
http://www.shibumireiki.org/index.php/blog/article/the_deeper_meaning_of_hara

“A Complete Guide to the Dantian Elixir Fields: Daoist Breathing Meditation Practices to Rejuvenate the Body and Mind with Qi Energy” by Robert James Coons
https://www.consciouslifestylemag.com/dantian-daoist-meditation/