Out of the Dark: Shining the Light on Shadows of Pre- and Perinatal Experience
At birth babies emerge from the relative darkness of the womb into the often too intense brightness of a busy delivery room. Their experience, however, often remains in the darkness of the unconscious mind. When our experience and memories are not reflected by those around us as little ones, they tend to be lost to conscious awareness, relegated to what Jungians call the “shadow.” Bringing unconscious shadow material to awareness enables integration and coherence, often resolving issues we have endured since the womb. This presentation explores some aspects of this journey and how we might shine the light more brightly.
Cherionna Menzam-Sills, PhD, ISMETA RSMT/E, RCST
Cherionna began teaching Embodied Embryology through somatic movement in 1997 as part of her doctoral studies in Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology, which led her to teach at Naropa University and the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute. She has trained extensively with pre- and perinatal therapy pioneers William Emerson and Ray Castellino and has taught Pre- and Perinatal Psychology/Therapy, Continuum, a mindful movement practice, and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy around the world, often with her husband, Biodynamic pioneer Franklyn Sills. Author of The Breath of Life: An Introduction Craniosacral Biodynamics, she is currently completing a second book, Spirit into Form: Exploring Embryology and Prenatal Psychology. Drawing on over 40 years’ experience as a therapist, Cherionna is committed in her work & life to embodied presence.