Digging in the dirt

20150828_143941-768x432“If you bring forth what is within you, it will heal you. And if you do not bring forth what is within you, it will destroy you.”   -Gospel of Thomas

I like to dig.

Maybe it’s a Texan thing.  I like to dig in dirt, rocks, water, ideas.  I like to dig into paper, mark-making with erasers.  I like to dig into a rigid diaphragm. I savor the pulsing area that is reclaimed.  This space that is left holding nothing…this space that is left holding everything.

I love to listen deeply here.

And because I feel as though I was born with a shovel in my hand, I have made it my life’s work…this digging into the different realms of being…emotional places, physical places, spiritual places, cognitive places.

Yes, I also like to plant.  Though, in my work…I prefer to help you with the shovel part of things…so that you can remember the empty area…the endless spaciousness inside of yourself.

And…..this is what it is like….me holding the shovel for you….

The Shovel and the Shaman

i gather the strength

of the wind in my hands.

i press it intoyourchestintoyourheart.

my hands are silent and wide.

i feel them sinking into your flesh, leaving a devastatingly tender path to your grief, to your joy.

it feels endless…

stars dripping from a night sky.

it is the grief of so many generations,

that settles quietly,


into your body.

it is this unspeakable place

of reckoning.

of you.

being in your skin, at long last.

and staying there.

About Denise Andes

I am a Neo-Reichian Body Psychotherapist, CRT, and LPC. My graduate background is from SAIC/Rush St. Lukes Medical School and the Bodynamics Institute of Denmark. I’ve had the gift of studying with Dick Olney, Peter Levine, Sandra Ingerman, and many others, two and four-legged, whose teachings continue to be a source of inspiration. As a shamanic teacher and creative thinker, I have woven eidetic imagery and shamanic healing over the past 25+ years into my private practice in Santa Fe, NM. I work extensively with developmental, shock/trauma, and self-acceptance issues.