Date: : April 2013
D.K Brainard is an astrologer, hypnotherapist, musician and writer with a worldwide audience and clients on six continents. His specialty is working with people to release deep emotional blockages and old trauma so they can have the energy and intentional focus they need to live their dreams.
The Spice Mistress is honoured to welcome DK Brainard as the focus of this month’s Pancha Q.
1. How do you begin your day?
DK: I’m usually pretty groggy to start the day. I’m naturally a night owl but I have two kids, age 6 and age 2, so I’m up early, like it or not. I’m a Pisces Sun sign – we’re famous for liking our sleep.
One of the reasons I like working at night is that the vibes are quieter. I’d love to live out in the country but that hasn’t been my path up to this point. So I tend to ‘feel’ the mental traffic of the city around me during the day. Then when night falls, it’s like….”Ahhhh…now I can tune in.”
All that said, I read The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron years ago and for probably about five or six years I wrote my morning pages almost every day. Once I get my son off to nursery school, I like to sit down on the couch with a cup of coffee and my notebook and check in. How am I feeling? What anxieties, fears, or preoccupations are hanging out in the back of my mind? Acknowledging these little mind-bugs and honoring whatever I’m feeling enables me to start my work day with a clearer heart and avoid bringing my own stuff into sacred space with my astrology and soul healing clients.
2. What’s one piece of life changing health advice you can share with others?
DK: We all have our crosses to bear in a lifetime on Earth. One tremendous gift astrology has given me is the clear understanding that we each have our own individual challenges and we are each subject to generational influences as well. I think you have to be careful with the mind-body holistic model of health and sickness. It’s easy to slip into blame: I have this health challenge; that must mean I’ve been bad in some way. But I do believe our health is so influenced by our emotional wellbeing. We live in an extremely stressful society and we haven’t really evolved fully into a form that enables us to cope with that stress – without really working at it.
So my one piece of life-changing health advice would be: Learn how to feel what you’re really feeling and develop healthy ways of expressing emotions out of your body. Jesus said, “Except you become as little children, you can’t enter the kingdom of heaven.” We are so rigidly trained to stuff our emotions and make up mental stories about them. The problem with this paradigm is that negative emotions get trapped in the body, leading to stress and degeneration and sickness. We can eat all organic foods and do yoga every day but if we aren’t dealing with the deeper soul level of reality, true health will prove elusive.
3. What’s one thing that gives you hope for the future?
DK: The communications revolution! There is so much wisdom available to anyone with an Internet connection (or even a library card). Our children are being reared in a way that is so totally different from the way children were reared even thirty years ago. They are being honored as the unique and powerful beings that they are and their gifts are being nurtured in a way that is totally radical. I look at my kids and their classmates – my daughter goes to the Waldorf school – and wonder what miracles they can do in the world as they grow up.
And even we adults who were raised in the old hierarchical, patriarchal, authoritarian style are changing and evolving and growing in ways that may not have been seen on this planet in many millenia. Even though there’s a tremendous negative influence on the psyche from mass media, the masses now have the opportunity to benefit from the world wisdom tradition in a way that was only available to the most privileged class not so very long ago.
4. Any lifestyle ‘Crimes against Wisdom’ (Prajnaparadha) that challenge you?
DK: Lack of self-love and self-respect. I grew up in a harsh, angry environment and here in the middle of my life I’m still learning how to love myself and accept all of who I am and forgive my weaknesses.
5. A moment of beauty that inspired you today?
DK: Watching my son swing on the swings at the park. “Push me up into the sky, daddy! I’m flying up into the clouds. I have wings!” I love the freedom of imagination and emotion little children enjoy. When kids experience joy, it’s like watching the Sun burst through the clouds and light up the entire world.
Thank you for the interview, DK. Om Shanti!
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