TOPIC: From Systemic Racism, Trauma, Addiction, Incarceration to Recovery, Healing & Freedom
With Guest Kelvin Young of Kelvin Young LLC.
Kelvin Young’s story is soooo incredible that this episode of Triggers and Spiritual Medicine will leave you so inspired. From growing up faced with systemic racism to trauma that led to addiction and ultimately in prison where he journeyed into self-discovery that ultimately led him to his freedom, recovery, and the work he does now today in the state of Connecticut.
In the end Kelvin will share 3 tips on how to shift course NOW for those facing challenges with addiction recovery, trauma recovery and reintegration from incarceration.
About Kelvin Young
Kelvin Young is a recovery coach, recovery support specialist, certified sound healer and owner of Kelvin Young, LLC. He has presented around the country in diverse settings, yoga studios, retreat centers, conferences, high schools, colleges, prisons, addiction treatment centers, psychiatric hospitals and mental health agencies. Kelvin is the co-founder of Toivo, a DMHAS funded, recovery-focus, holistic healing center in Hartford, CT. Today, he coaches and publicly speaks on addiction recovery to people from all walks of life. Kelvin also facilitates private and group sound healing sessions at different locations throughout the United States. He is passionate about holding space for people to heal and is known for his warm, loving and down-to-earth way of connecting with people.
Vision: To break the unrecognized endemic of unresolved unhealed trauma & create sustainable systems for recovery, healing & empowerment.
Mission: To help others rediscover the power that lies within and to find that treasure buried in the depths of the shadows. To help them become their own superhero.
We hope by helping you connect the dots like a web, we can help others understand the trauma infection that impacts all areas of life – addiction, domestic violence, racism, homelessness, sexual abuse, chronic health issues, cancer, environmental issues, climate change and more.
We hope by highlighting these infected areas and what they share in common, a new perspective of solutions, healing, and resolutions can be birthed.
This is a NEW collaborative program with industry experts, survivors, who have figured out the “how” to heal the effects from their trauma breaking FREE from the chains that bound them in ways society said was not possible.
We’ll feature a different guest w/ each episode sharing experiences & solutions w/ the greatest epidemic of our times world – an epidemic of unrecognized unhealed unresolved trauma that is placing misguided burdens on our society, increasing rates of chronic illness, mental illness, & addictions & stressing an already taxed broken healthcare system ill-equipped to treat root issues because it is NOT profitable.
The Future of Reiki, Martial Artists, Spiritual Based, & Holistic Therapies in MA & USA
Your freedom to access or practice any of these therapies is being threatened with regulation.
What’s the threat?
The threat is coming from the private sector, organizations which stand to benefit by controlling from whom you can receive treatment, from whom you can learn any of these therapies, how you practice professionally, and what you teach.
That control can be gained by manipulating state governments that write licensing laws, ostensibly to protect the public from harm.
Do I have your attention? Are you ready to protect Reiki and other affected therapies?
Although this proposed bill affects ANYTHING that is deemed a holistic therapy or a spiritual therapy through “word or touch”, I am going to stick to my lane of knowledge in the realm of my extensive experience in trauma healing & recovery especially for domestic violence survivors and sexual assault survivors as well as spiritually based therapies such as meditation & reiki.
For more details on what is happening, please check out my prior post here.
If you teach or are a practitioner who uses other therapies such as
personal, business, spiritual coaching,
You are being called to TAKE ACTION
If you receive any of these therapies especially for/or a part of a:
PTSD, mental health or trauma
terminal illness, dementia, cancer
senior care, volunteer programs, homelessness
battered women’s shelter
or the like
Your access to services may become adversely affected … ACTION is needed NOW
Holistic healers are fighting “An Act Regulating Bodyworks,” the latest bill filed by State Sen. Mark Montigny (D-New Bedford) and Attorney General Maura Healey to allow authorities regular access to establishments they say are often fronts for trafficking.
I recently spoke with Rita Glassman who is heading up the lobbying efforts in Massachusetts to object to regulation of reiki that is beginning to sweep through many states in USA.
She and other practitioners from the National Health Freedom Action have been working to protect their right to professionally practice their respective modalities.
Montigny’s bill defines bodywork as a large swath of practices including touch, words or directed movement, from reiki to reflexology to meditation or martial arts.
For practitioners, you were you able to choose from among diverse practitioners and found the one you thought was the best fit for you.
When you started your professional practice, did you assume you’d always be able to practice according to your understanding your unique practice, without interference from your state government?
All of those choices will be taken away if we allow state legislatures to be manipulated by the private sector into requiring unwarranted licensing.
If you missed my prior blog post on what is happening, please click here to read it for information & background. Above all … please
More recently, Pamela Miles (Reiki, Medicine & Self Care), who was instrumental in helping bring reiki on the map in the medical community in NYC and has been featured on Dr. Oz has jumped on the anti-legislative board due to the dangers this widespread legislation poses to folks in gaining access to specifically reiki.
She wrote a fabulous piece on how the threat of regulating reiki would affect you that I will NOT redo as it is perfectly executed.
You can read her wonderful article here where she talks about
WHO stands to profit from this regulation,
how this regulation can affect you,
the reiki diversity,
the reiki spiritual practice,
what states are under attack NOW,
and what you can do about it.
Pamela Miles has been a national voice and featured on the following:.
Pamela has hosted multiple webinars and sent out numerous emails on how to address what we are faced with in regards to legislation. Her voice is one highly credible and respected in the industry.
You can listen to her recent webinar, Protect Reiki from Regulation, with Rita Glassman. You can access it here.
It is imperative that we start writing and calling legislators NOW to oppose this bill.
The MA attorney general has filed the identical bill in the house and senate to ensure its passage. It is going to take a miracle to stop it.
We need an army of practitioners to contact their legislator and senator to establish a relationship with them and to let them know how this proposed bill would affect their income and family. They are elected officials and they listen to their constituents.
Rita and her team has made it easy for us to take ACTION. It is all done for you to make it easy for you to help stop this legislation.
I STRONGLY suggest that you blind copy (BC) me on your emails to their legislators, so I can present all the letters to the committee it is assigned to at the public hearing.
You can bcc: your letters to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last year, Rita Glassman presented the list of over 20,000 who signed the an online petition she had created to oppose the legislation as well as copies of letters that were sent to legislators.
KEY RESULT: When NH tried to pass licensure legislation, they had a strong turnout of over 400 at the public hearing and over a thousand letters to legislators. They never filed another licensure bill for holistic practitioners. We need to do the same and just flood them.
WE NEED YOU.
If we learned NOTHING else from the election in November 2020, it takes the rise of us ALL. Please do NOT rely on someone else to take action. We can NOT do this alone. This does NOT only affect reiki, but other spiritually based practices as well.
To defeat this will require ALL of us to step up to the plate.
As for me, regulating these services will prevent folks in vulnerable communities I serve from gaining access to these therapies which in turn would harm my mission to break the cycle of abuse through healing the unrecognized unhealed epidemic of unresolved trauma that plagues our communities and over burdens our broken health care system.
Please share your thoughts and comments below in regards HOW this may or may not affect you. Thank you for reading.