Your NameJenny Wood
Cohort AssignmentCohort C (Americas, In-Person Intensive)
1. What do you see as your primary work at this stage of your life?

Making a broader healing impact on the world. Practicing and modeling coherence and integration of my mind with my body and nervous system.

2. What role do you see as yours to play?

I have been trying to discern that for several years, and I am hoping that this program helps with that process. I sense that there will always be some element of healing in whatever I do.

3. What goals or aims do you have in regard to the above?

To find my next professional step. Again, I have been trying to discern what this is. Twenty six years as an acupuncturist has brought me fulfillment, but that structure feels too small to me at this point in my life.

4. Where do you feel your next arenas for personal growth are?

For me, personal and professional growth have always been intertwined. I am both excited and intimidated by the content I have read so far, as I do not have a professional background in ecological sustainability. So I will be practicing open-minded and -hearted curiosity, humility, kind honesty with myself and others, and confidence in myself to meet the challenges presented.

5. And for professional growth?

I am dearly hoping that the course brings me clarity about my next professional step.

6. What have you invested in to get you where you are?

I’m not quite sure what the question means. Of course I have invested in myself professionally through my education as an acupuncturist/herbalist, etc. I adore and pursue learning constantly. I have an ongoing commitment to self-awareness and personal growth.

7. What fields of learning and which thinkers have been important in your life?

Chinese/East Asian medicine - Taoism as it explains nature’s perennial cycles and the specific flows of elemental energy within all of us. This framework is the foundation for my life.
Buddhist teachings have also influenced me over the past three decades - Pema Chodron’s work on acceptance of fear and uncertainty has had a significant influence on me.
Yoga was important to me for many years, especially devotional Sanskrit chanting and mantra.
Trauma-informed healing and framework of viewing the world, including somatic experiencing (Peter Levine, Gabor Mate) is a current passion of mine that has profoundly impacted my life over the past year.
Rumi, David Whyte and Byron Katie always remind me to wake up and expand my consciousness!

8. Can you frame your philosophy or cosmology of life? What role(s) do humans play in it?

I believe/sense that everything in what we call the universe is part of one Whole, and that all things we see and sense are part of that Whole. Humans’ thoughts, both individual and collective, influence and perhaps even “create” our “world.” I believe that humans are here in Earth School (as Byron Katie says) to learn lessons and evolve toward greater heart connection with others and with the natural world, understanding in our bones the interconnection amongst all things and the underlying reality of Oneness. I also deeply hope that larger forces beyond my ken are supporting evolution/change toward greater goodness/loving vitality/heart connection among humans on our planet.

Date CreatedJanuary 31, 2023