A Lesson On Creating Joy with Jennifer Freed
Jennifer Freed, Ph.D, M.F.T. is a psychological astrologer who believes that your cosmic DNA serves as a roadmap for your life. Even when we are experiencing oppression from our societies, if we learn to embrace our past traumas, use our unique gifts to create change, and incorporate movement into our day each day, we can make joyful choices that allow us to show up for ourselves and others during times of hardship.
Jennifer Freed PhD is the best-selling author of Use Your Planets Wisely and a renowned psychological astrologer and social and emotional education trainer. She has spent over thirty years consulting clients and businesses world wide on psychological, spiritual, and educational topics. She has served as the clinical director of Pacifica Graduate Institute and is national consultant for EMDR (Post Traumatic Growth Therapies). As a regular contributor to goop, Jennifer has written over 23 articles on wellness and Astrology, and Jennifer has penned ten books relating to personal growth. She has also been interviewed for her expertise by the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Vogue. She is the monthly psychological astrologer for the Sex with Emily Podcast, the #1 Sirius show on sexuality, and she is also a monthly columnist for the Montecito Journal.
TOPICS DISCUSSED with Jennifer:
- How Jennifer got into Astrology.
- Working with teens and families, Jennifer often turns to astrology as a tool to help people better understand themselves.
- Understanding the connection between astrology and psychology.
- To Jennifer, astrology is a person’s cosmic DNA, which serves as a template or roadmap for their life. In addition, astrology can reveal social, culture, and family influences, but ultimately, she recognizes how the astrological aspects manifest is dependent upon a person’s free will.
- What elemental blend is and how you can live a fully expressed life by incorporating all four elements into your daily life.
- How to stay connected to your true nature.
- Her practice is one of relational astrology, which understands that we are interdependent and interconnected constellations, just like planets and stars in the galaxy. We all glimmer with unique combinations of gifts and challenges.
- As an experienced psychotherapist she also recognize past influences and traumas and how they may impact our relational dynamics.
- Why outrage can be joyful.
- It is our birthright to be free of trauma.
- How Jennifer defines joy.
- What is a joyful choice and how we can feel like our decisions matter in times of hardship.
- Jennifer’s new book, A Soul Map to Your Soul.
- Freed believes that our personal issues mirror what’s happening at a societal level. She calls it the patriarchal two-step.
- What visibility means to Jennnifer.
- How we can stay visibile in moments of opression while feeling safe.
- Jennifer’s sacred crew and why you need your own.
- Support is not silent.
- “To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – Buckminster Fuller
- “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House”– Audre Lorde
- Jennifer’s tips on how to channel joy in your life.
- Living a fully expressed, joyful life.
- When we are evolving we can become better leaders.
#LESSONUP FOR CHANGE
(4:40) No one has the exact same lesson plan. We all come in with gifts to develop, and we all come in with pain to experience and to turn into gifts.
(5:35) Pain is unavoidable, it’s part of being human, but it’s how fast we recover from the pain to turn it into something that’s useful and maybe even contributing to somebody else’s life.
(6:24) Resilience is the willingness to get help until you know that you have healed enough to help other people. So don’t give up. For me, if I’m in a lot of pain and I’ve gone to one therapist and they don’t work, I don’t stop there. It is our birthright to be free of this trauma. It’s our birthright. We didn’t create it. It was done to us, but we can create the outcome.
(9:58) Social media has given us an extraordinary outlet for a lot of thoughts and opinions, but it’s mostly self-serving. We talk to one another. Social movement the keyword is movement. We actually need to galvanize organize, catalyze each other and our problematic allies into the streets show up visibly and say no more. But movement is the key. And I move every day I dance. I move. If you’re in movement, you’re pretty darn happy. It’s when we’re paralyzed in fear, it’s when we’ve believed the lies that we are not in control of our bodies, that we get depressed.
(12:48) We know that to evolve, we have to become a partnership society in which we take accountability for our mistakes instead of justifying them in the name of some kind of elite supreme vision. We need to be partners. Now I gotta tell you, I believe that this assault is an invitation that we’ve been waiting to have to realize 25 million people in this country can walk out and call on each other to say, this is our body, our country, our time. Now we can’t debate it on a stage because that talky talk talk is not going to move the process.
(14:40) Organize, catalyze, make a movement. Stop tapping on the social media. It’s we the people not we the hashtags, not, we the handles. We’ve got to actually be embodied in this movement of joyful taking back what’s rightfully ours.
(17:24) We’re not safe alone. We’re only safe in numbers. We all have to stand up and be counted and you have to be really that person that will be counted as well. So if they come for you, Kim, I’ve gotta stand for you. This is not optional. Support is not silent. Solidarity is not silent.
(20:58) We don’t have the time to be unclear about what this bond of unity means.
(21:28) I believe that if everybody lived a fully expressed life, we would have a fully humane world.
(22:56) The biggest mistake people make is they identify with their problems, not their possibilities. We all suffer. We all have horrible things happen to us some more than others. The best revenge against all oppressive systems is to live a fully expressed joyful life. And that joy is our birthright and that when I’m in full self-expression, I’m naturally generous when I’m cut off or censored or living a truncated part of myself, I’m more self-referencing and more self-obsessed. So when I’m in full bloom, I’m giving, I’m loving. That is who I am. And that’s why the book is now because right now we’ve all got to live our fully expressed lives in order for our own happiness. But so that we’re overflowing and can give more joy to others.
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