Healers Podcast Interview w/Elizabeth Dehn

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"We all need healing, whether from a broken heart or a chronic health condition. Join self-help obsessed writer and founder of BeautyBets.com, Elizabeth Dehn, on a weekly spirit journey with the teachers and gurus who are transforming lives in unconventional ways. These modern-day healers will change the way you view the universe—and your ability to heal yourself.

You feel like you have it all together on paper—the job, the home, the friends. But something still feels like it’s missing. You think it must be possible to feel better than this, more joyful and energized, less anxious and uncertain—but you don’t know how. Fashion publicist turned NYC breathworker Erin Telford of has been there, done that and is here to help us uncover what’s missing on a soul level. She’ll also walk us through a breath exercise that you can do at home whenever you need grounding."

~ Elizabeth Dehn of BeautyBets.com

The Day I Realized I Was Enough

The Day I Realized I Was Enough

I finally realized I was “Enough” on October 22, 2016.  I was standing in a circle around a fire on retreat with my teacher.  Two days before I had felt a rush of shame come through my body.  The mean voice in my head that criticizes and judges me was strong.  I called myself out.  I admitted to everyone in the group that I was feeling small and comparing myself.  It felt good to say it out loud. 

 

We were offering prayers to loved ones of people in the group who were really sick or struggling or who had died.  Sprinkling sage, tobacco, corn, rose petals, pinon needles and other offerings to the Earth on the fire.  As I was listening to fellow friends and seekers talk about two-year-old nephews with terminal illnesses, sisters with brain cancer, and friends who died too young, a piece of my healing clicked in. 

 

“Who the f*ck are you to not be good enough?  (this is the voice of my encouraging inner football coach talking!)  People have terminal diseases and you in your healthy body with your bright mind and all your skills aren’t good enough?  What?!”

 

I was actually appalled with myself.  That I had created this tiny cage and put myself in it.  In that moment, it felt like blasphemy to have ever put myself down.  To have ever disregarded myself or disrespected my life.   And just like that, good enough was locked in.  It only took me 41 years to do it.  I’ve gone at this one hard in about a bazillion different ways.  It all mattered and it all added up to this moment.  Now, I can’t even remember why I wasn’t good enough.  Something about the color of my teeth or the lack of muscle tone in my thighs or how much I sit around when I should be doing something. 

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So Here's The Good News

So Here's The Good News

The last 13 days since the inauguration has felt like five years.  I’ve been rabidly glued to my news feeds wondering what this man is going to do next.

 

So, here’s the good news.  And you can take this or leave this.  I am consciously choosing to look at this experience as a global healing event.  I don’t think this choice is delusional or “being positive.”  I actually think of it as completely realistic.

 

The collective’s dirty laundry is being shoved into the light of day-all of the rage, grief, misogyny, racism, fear, xenophobia, patriarchal conditioning, rape culture, etc.  Everything unsavory is now in a steaming pile in the middle of the room for all to witness.  This is the collective shadow aka the dark, distasteful, hidden side. 

 

We all have our own shadow side-the parts of us that we have decided are “bad.”  The parts of us that are jealous, afraid, angry, wounded, sad, lonely, ashamed.  As a person, you make up part of the collective shadow.  Every icky thing we are seeing outside of us right now reflects the sum total of billions of people’s long standing internal pain and suffering projected onto the world stage. 

 

You can’t heal a wound that you can’t see.  The collective had to get to a tipping point that forces us to act.  We finally have a true opportunity to do let old structures fall away and create new ones that reflect our humanity and love. 

 

In the midst of these wacky times, I have never felt more purposeful or alive.  I see the most engaged, turned on, three eyes open, brilliant, tender, compassionate cavalry charging together and bringing support and all their full open hearts. It is a joy to see during the chaos. When your world gets turned upside down, you get to see what you are made of and we are made of some pretty amazing stuff.

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