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Resources, Sexual Assault, Socal Justice

Supporting Black Survivors of Sexual Assault

TW: Sexual Assault mention, allusion to Lifetime Documentary series

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If you’ve been on social media the past few days, you’ve likely seen references to a Lifetime docu-series where Black women are speaking out about surviving sexual assault as girls.

Black women, Black Trans Women, Black femmes, and Black girls have higher rates of sexual assault compared to other people groups, going back centuries. The trauma is deep and it is ultimately at the hands of white supremacy. We must collectively support Black womxn and the organizations doing the work of supporting Black womxn survivors of sexual assault and abuse.

Sadly, there are not many that focus on the specific needs of Black Womxn, but I have collected some here, including two in development (please support them as there is obviously a great need!!).

If you are a Black womxn survivor of sexual assault or abuse, I have also included some resources below and will continue to add more. If you would like support on your healing journey, please contact me for reparations (free) services or recommendations to Black women I know who can provide healing services for you.

If you are a white person, please donate to support these organizations. It is important that we provide economic justice in the form of reparations (including directly).

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**ORGANIZATIONS**

BLACK WOMEN’S BLUEPRINT
– DONATE: https://blackwomensblueprint.ourpowerbase.net/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=4
– Sexual Assault Survivor Services: https://www.blackwomensblueprint.org/ending-sexual-violence
– Preventing Child Sexual Abuse Advocacy: https://www.blackwomensblueprint.org/child-sexual-abuse-prevention
Facebook :Black Women’s Blueprint

HARRIET’S DREAM
(Healing Center for Black Women – in development for 2019)
DONATE: https://www.gofundme.com/harriet039s-dream
Facebook: Harriet’s Dream

SPEAKING SPACES
Organization focused on preventing sexual abuse towards Black children
http://www.speakingspaces.org/
Facebook: Speaking Spaces Org
(This organization appears to be in development – I’ve reached out to find ways to support)

NATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF SISTERS OF COLOR ENDING SEXUAL ASSAULT (Not Black only)
– DONATE: http://sisterslead.org/donate/
Facebook: SCESA

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**RESOURCES/PEER TO PEER SUPPORT**

Self Care for People of Color after Trauma:
http://www.justjasmineblog.com/…/self-care-for-people-of-c…/

Black Sexual Abuse Survivors (Online Support System)
http://www.blacksurvivors.org/home.html

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[Note for transparency and accountability: I originally used an image of a Black girl for this post and the associated posts on social media. A friend pointed out that as a white woman in this context, that is harmful. I apologize for any harm done and have changed the image so I don’t cause any further harm.]

Card Spread, Free Your Voice, Personal Writings, Rituals, Spirituality

Word of the Year + Card Spread

The past few years, I’ve chosen a word of the year as my theme, instead of new year resolutions. It often encompasses my intentions for the year, how I want to live my life, and the direction I want to move in my purpose.

This year, I was inspired by Catrice M. Jackson of Catriceology to add 5 supporting words for my primary word. I took it a step further and made a card spread to find confirmation and divine support to guide me as I step into the themes of these words.

Copy of Word of the Year Spread

Empower
I chose the word Empower as my main word for 2019 because this past year has been a year of learning and healing, and now it’s time to step into the empowerment of all that I’ve learned. The supporting words I chose are related to areas of my life and work. These are areas where I want that empowerment to be a strong force behind what I do and who I’m becoming!

Healing
I desire my own healing work, and the healing I facilitate for others, to come from a place of empowerment. I strongly believe we all have the capacity to bring healing into our lives, but sometimes it helps to have someone alongside who has already been there and can hold space.

Embodiment
Embodiment is a strong secondary theme for me, and embodying lessons learned from a place of power is important for me in my journey right now.

Community
Relationships are incredibly important to me, and they inform my values and are a source of inspiration. The community I’ve been cultivating in my life is very important to me and my social justice values come from a place of community. I included this because I want to empower my community and be empowered by the people in my own community of friends and family.

Self
Even though this one seems straightforward, there are a lot of layers to this one. I want to empower my connection to my higher self, but I also desire to give myself the unconditional love and support I need. While relationships are important to me, my connection to myself has been growing over the past year, and I can sense I’m ready to step into a greater place of power in who I am and what I desire to co-create in the world.

Purpose
It’s time to put more focus and power behind my own work and my own purpose in the world. I’ve been going deeper into what that means the past year, and this year I’m ready to empower it into being in a deeper way as well!

After determining my words for this year, I was inspired to create a card spread with the purpose of receiving guidance to support me towards my goals, and I’m sharing it here for you to use as well! You can also use it to gain inspiration or confirmation for your words or themes for the year. I hope you enjoy it!

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May your voice be freed even more in the new year, and may 2019 be full of joy, peace, and abundant blessings in all forms! And so it is.

Lots of love,

~Marieke

 

Free Your Voice, Voice Work

Coming in 2019: FYV Coaching!

Introducing Free Your Voice Coaching!

This is not a typical life, business, or voice coaching program. This coaching program has some similar components, but is focused on healing your voice wounds and guiding you through all the elements of freeing your voice, including healing work, voice work, and akashic record sessions to help you dig deep and fully embody what you learn through practice.

Singing, spiritual connection, and voice work (especially when combined with energy work) are all transformational. They also require PRACTICE in order to become second nature. One Free Your Voice session can give you tools to support your voice, but can easily be forgotten without continued feedback instead of becoming second nature.

 
I’m ready to work with people who are passionate about sharing their purpose and calling with the world. My ideal clients are 100% committed to freeing their voice, and willing to do regular work to be empowered to heal their voices physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
 
These customizable Free Your Voice Coaching 3-month packages are available starting in January 7th, and will be limited to 5-8 people.
 
2-4 sessions/month including:
* Akashic Sessions focused on freeing your voice by clearing anything holding you back, healing any voice-related wounds, and more
* Free Your Voice sessions (energy healing/balancing and energetic voice work) customized to your goals and vocal needs
* Ongoing access to me for support
 
This program will also be available on a sliding scale, starting at $100/month for 2 sessions a month, including flexible payment plans.
Package options:
Mini Package: For smaller budgets or those who have already worked with me regularly
2 sessions per month (for a total of 6 – at least 2 Akashic sessions)
Messenger or text support
$300-900 sliding scale (Payment options available)
Spacious Package: For those who need a little more space in their schedule
3 sessions per month (for a total of 9 – at least 2 Akashic sessions)
Messenger or text support
$450-1,350 sliding scale (Payment options available)
Focused Package: For those ready to dig deep!
4 sessions per month (for a total of 12 – at least 3 Akashic sessions)
Messenger or text support
$600-1,800 sliding scale (Payment options available)
 
Contact me at hello@mariekeschwartz.com for details, or set up a free info call here to see if we’re a good fit: tofreeyourvoice.as.me/infosession
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Samhain Card Spread

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Samhain Blessings! This time of year is the time to honor and connect with our ancestors. Sometimes they teach us how we want to live, and sometimes they teach us how we do NOT want to live. Both are important lessons and we can express our gratitude for both types of lessons.

Use any Oracle or Tarot card deck of your choice, use the questions in your Akashic records, or any other divination method of your choosing ❤

Share your spread in the comments (or tag me on social media) if you’d like!
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Your body is a perfect temple…now

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[Image: A side view of a woman of color laying on a massage table. Marieke, a white woman with a fat body, is standing with her hands on the woman’s head as she gives her Reiki treatment.] PC: BKM Photography at Amber & Honey. Model: Linda Mortenson of Little Red Kit
[CW: Mention of weight fluctuations]
 
Loving yourself is a radical act, especially when that includes loving a body that is fat.


 
Over the past 10 years or so my body and I have been on quite a journey. I discovered the body positivity movement and that was one of my first forays into online activism and social justice. But it was deeply personal because I carried a lot of wounds around my weight and size. I released a lot of society’s expectations, family expectations, and rejected the diet industry. 


 
My body has fluctuated a lot since then as well. Pregnancy in particular started a rollercoaster of weight fluctuations. But through it all, I stayed pretty body positive. In fact, pregnancy and nursing gave me a lot of respect for what my body could do, despite some difficulties through both.


 
I’ve also fluctuated between loving my body, loving my body and wanting it to change, being okay with my body and wanting it to change, and moments of frustration that I’m at my highest non-pregnant adult weight.


 
This morning while in the Akashic Records, I heard “Love your body and it will turn to a deeper love of yourself”. It was a reminder that I need to love my body unconditionally. Treat it gently, take good care of it (regardless of my composition), do things that make me feel good.


 
The body is the container that holds our truest self, our energy, our vibrancy, and the way we connect with others. I have heard people use the idea of the body being a temple as a way to shame and say that we therefore need to spend all this time keeping it beautiful and pristine (meaning: eat a certain way and work out so you look like a model). But that’s a lie! Our bodies are beautiful, pristine temples ALL THE TIME. Yes, give it a good cleaning regularly, take care of it as best you can. But the main purpose of a temple is that it holds something sacred. It is what it contains that makes it a temple, not what it looks like. 


 
So, love yourself. Love the body that holds the sacredness of you. It is the perfect body for you at this moment. It may change as you change, and that’s okay too.
 
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