Pouring Love – Interview with healer, spiritual counselor, and writer Julianne Victoria, juliannevictoria.com.
by Willi Paul, openmythsource.com
“I have studied and lived: classical mythology and language, historical linguistics, astrology, energy healing, philosophy and religions, and sustainable living.” JV
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Interview with Julianne by Willi
What are your principles?
Living in, by, and according to Truth and Love. By that I mean being an honest and responsible human being with myself and towards others. That encompasses a lot, but it’s so simple at the same time. It requires practicing self-reflection and self-awareness, and even self-criticism of my own thoughts and actions. I have to be truthful and loving towards myself if I hope to be truthful and loving towards others, including plants, animals, and the planet.
What are building blocks of personal happiness?
I’m not sure if happiness is something that can be built. I think happiness is always available to any- and everyone. It is a state of mind, seeing the good, the beauty, and the purposes or reasons for processes in life, even in what is seemingly bad. Even if there are things about ourselves or external circumstances in our lives that we don’t like, we usually have the option to make change, and sometimes all that change needs to be is a change of “mind”, or perspective. I touch on this further in some of my blog posts:
Change happens when you are not in control, right?
No, change is always happening! Heraclitus, the Ancient Greek philosopher pointed that out when he said, “The only constant is change.” When it comes to our personal lives, change happens too. Relationships start and end. There are births and deaths. Jobs get cut and new ones are created. Illnesses develop and healing happens. Many things in life cannot be controlled by how one person wants them to be. Being in control is about how conscious you are about a situation, and whether you allow yourself to react, or you choose to act. Change happens either way, and the only thing you can control is yourself.
How do you practice Karma Yoga? Is this a collaborative process?
This goes back to the first question. Practicing Karma Yoga for me is being an honest and responsible person in all that I do, and adding to that, seeing how my actions might affect others including the environment and the planet. And it is a practice, for none of us are perfect! Specifically, I try to live non-wastefully and sustainably. Until my recent move, I grew my own organic fruits, herbs, and vegetables, and had chickens for eggs. I also try to buy organic and local as much as possible. I’ve helped and adopted through animal rescue three amazing Alaskan Malamutes, two of whom would have been euthanized by most shelters. And then there is my work as a healer, spiritual counselor, and writer. It is my hope to be able to help others in some way in all that I do professionally and personally. Sometimes just smiling at someone is practicing Karma Yoga.
Is it collaborative? I hadn’t quite thought of it that way until this question. Yes. We do not work alone in this world. Everything is interconnected in this web of the Universe. The energy of one person’s action (karma) affects others, and so on, and so on. This brings up a more common meaning of karma: cause and effect. When people combine their efforts to do good deeds, greater good can come out of it.
Are you a healer? A preacher?
I do consider myself a healer. I’ve been a massage therapist for about 12 years, and though most of my clients would call it torture, it’s all energy work, whether it’s dense energy such as muscle fibers and fascia, or subtle energy of meridian channels and emotional trauma. I’m always working on the different layers of energy.
Being a healer also extends into my writing and spiritual counseling as those are avenues and tools for me to help others heal emotionally and spiritually. They are also ways for me to teach. I want to educate and guide others on their journeys, but not just tell them what to do. They have to make their own choices. I am more of a teacher than preacher.
Is classic mythology still a force for change?
Though I have a Degree in Classics, it has been a while since I’ve read any classical mythology. However, some ancient myths could still be guides for us to make change, or at least be educational in some way. For example, the Roman/Greek myths about Ceres/Demeter and Persephone could be used to teach about cycles of the seasons, farming, harvesting, and even lead to movements in sustainable living.
Classical myths taught people about life and living with nature before industry and technology. They could also bring us back to Nature.
Could Americans benefit from a little more asceticism? How could we learn it?
Asceticism can be seen in a couple of ways. It can be viewed as a religious or spiritual practice of self-denial or as a practice of cutting back and taking less to help benefit the society as a whole. On the whole, yes, I think Americans could benefit from a little asceticism. I don’t mean people should go on long fasts and deprive themselves of basic needs, but I do believe there are plenty of people out there who are incredibly wasteful. They eat more than they need to, buy more stuff that they may never wear or use, leave water running and lights on, drive to the corner store, etc.
Presenting the term “asceticism” might cause many to recoil and protest. A good way to teach it might be to present it from the other end, by showing how so much wasteful living takes much needed resources from others and how it throws money away. Unfortunately, money, more than compassion, drives a lot of people’s actions, but if teaching others ways to save money also helps to save our health and the health of our environment and the planet, then that may be one route to take.
For those already on that path, just doing your best to be aware of where in your life and in what ways you could be less wasteful. Little things add up. Just turning off the water when you brush your teeth and make a difference.
Keep in mind too that the energy and intentions behind our actions also has a karmic effect.
Can you describe what energy healing entails?
As I explained above, energy healing to me exists from the solid (tissue) level to the subtle. At the very subtle level, energy healing has been challenging to explain. Think of thoughts, emotions, and experiences as forms of energy, and energy healing works to change, transform, or remove any negative or out of balance energy that may be affecting someone. There are different ways to do this, from visualization exercises and chakra balancing to Acupuncture.
Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual energy cannot be separated. They are integrated and interconnected, and if possible, healing should be addressed from each angle.
How do you define and use alchemy?
I see alchemy as the ability to work with energy to bring about a change. I never thought of myself as an alchemist, but now that I’ve written my definition of it, I guess I am. Healing energy work is one way in which I use alchemy. Using intuition and clairvoyance when doing spiritual counseling and readings is also alchemy since I’m picking up on thought-imprints and emotions. And then there are the day-to-day interactions that are exchanges of energy. A kind sound wave of energy, such as “have a good day”, can bring about a positive emotional energy change in the recipient. Pouring love into planting seeds can energetically help create an abundant garden.
Is sustainability like a religion?
It can be. Sustainability is a system of beliefs and a way of life. If you take out the specific cultural and political aspects of religion, they all are trying to teach us how to be good people and live good lives. Religion brings together people as a group, and provide a community for their beliefs and way of life. A community of sustainable living is very similar.
Do we need new songs, symbols and/or myths for the Transition? Who are a few of your heroes?
Some may need them, some may not, as what resonates with one person may not resonate at all with the next. I do think a New Myth for the Transition is a great idea. Maybe something completely fresh will inspire many to embrace an Age of Sustainability.
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