Sunday, August 9, 2015

Crippling the Nervous System

Defensive Physiology:
In a nutshell, we live through our nervous system, and we know that the nervous system is connected to our immune, emotional and endocrine systems.

Our modern lifestyle promotes living in a chronic condition of stress and subjects us to an increasing array of environmental toxins. These two conditions are cited as primary causes for autonomic nervous system imbalance and resulting hormonal disturbances.

That is why, and how, this (mostly unconscious) chronic state of defensive living in our "fear-based" society,creates so much "dis-ease" (bringing on all the compensatory addictions, destructive dependencies, neurosis, gut issues, etc).

This "Walk Talk Dance Sing" clip features Dr. Jay Lepp...a brilliant wellness practitioner who clearly walks his talk, and made me recognize my deeply ingrained "identification with suffering," allowing me to make the shift to wellness thinking instead of illness thinking (which the medical system was strengthening in me). His guidance has switched my focus to "what works" instead of "what doesn't work," and of tremendous significance: "finding safety within."

 As per the film, here I physicalize the concepts to show/feel more clearly what is happening while living in this dis-eased state---how the body mind and spirit become suppressed and depressed, and lack integration/wholeness. Imagine this dance happening on a cellular level.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
― Marianne Williamson, author/teacher, "A Return to Love"

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Mr. Hashimoto: brought to life in "Walk Talk Dance Sing"

The illustrious "Mr. Hashimoto," whom you now see referenced often by many thyroid sites, actually made his debut in "Walk Talk Dance Sing."

Born entirely of my imagination, he is the personification of this autoimmune response, crafted and carefully presented as a metaphor in the film. By personifying this illness, it allows us to better understand the dynamics and layers to this "affair."

Here is the signature Mr. Hashimoto tune, brought to life by our film sound composer and hashi-gal, Jean Tejkel. This tune gets toes tapping, and definitely raises awareness.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

This thyroid disease film moves us forward...

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
― Rumi

If you have watched "walk talk dance sing," the acclaimed thyroid disease film, you might have noticed that I created two distinct sections in the film. The first half of the film deals mostly with "what is" and the victimization aspect of this "thyroid disease story," with the many symptoms, and struggles, and highlighting the corruption and ineffective treatment from "the system."

This was a conscious choice knowing that the viewers (many of whom would be non-thyroid patients) would need to understand the seriousness of this dis-ease in order to get energized and start paying attention to this important issue. It would also offer some solace and vindication of sorts to patients.

It is very real now. The world now knows.

The second half of the film looks at "the future" and "what shall be."  It was NOT at all helpful for me at this point to continue to belabor the rampant corruption and dysfunction of the medical/pharma system....although I really wanted to hover there for a long time.

However, from my years of experience, and that of the many I have spoken with, I have absolutely zero belief that the medical system is at all interested in, or capable of, my wellness, now or ever. It simply would not be a wise use of my valuable energy to continue in that direction.

I mean, do I seriously think this highly-intelligent collective of individuals is unaware of its actions? If so, will that staggering degree of ignorance and arrogance ever solve anything?

And beyond that, aren't we really interested in NOT CREATING all this "dis-ease" in the first place, and giving up the antiquated belief that this system has anything at all to do with health?

So my journey in the "more colorful" 2nd half of the film explores the modalities and concepts and beliefs I have adopted to unravel aspects of this affair in order to regain my vitality--putting me, "the former patient/victim," back in the driver's seat.

Here is what I have discovered in talking with viewers:

Those that connected most passionately with the first half of the film are still very much identifying with the victim, and all the suffering. While those that are connecting deeply with the second half are at a place where they are ready to let go of the victim and create a new story...and have in fact started to take new action.

To be clear, I was definitely stuck in the sufferer mentality for a long time.  I spent a lot of time being indignant and upset and enraged--emotions probably  not too uncommon to me pre-diagnosis. In fact, it was only while making this film and committing to the story as it "unraveled" before me that I was finally able to let go of my focus on "them/ IT/ the system," and started focusing on me and what I can do.

It took me some time to realize that my focus on corruption begets more corruption, suffering begets more suffering, "what's wrong" begets "more of what's wrong"...and the loopiness continues on and on. 

To put this into perspective, while editing the earlier sections of the film challenged my health and well being, I was relieved and actually felt better while editing the 2nd half of the film. I was "dropping the fight" and integrating the messages of loving kindness to build strength and vitality from within.

Neither of these sections of the story are "better" choices. They are just really good guideposts for understanding where we are at on our path. The first half indicates a "stuckness" in the role of victim, focusing on pathology--deeply ingrained for many with chronic issues. Whereas a strong emotional connection with the second half indicates a willingness to move forward now, and focusing on wellness. It is a distinct shift.

My guess is that if you are reading this right now, you are connected to wellness.

The world now changes.

And this is why the film is titled "walk talk dance sing": It is all about an evolutionary process from illness to wellness, victim to empowered being, silent to free.

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Our thyroid disease film screens to a very enthusiastic crowd!

The feedback from our premiere audience has been phenomenal! Truly awesome. The film and post-show chat is proving to be a really beautiful "forward moving" experience, lifting us out of the status quo "sick and tired mentality" (low depleting negative vibrations) and into a rich and motivated reality (high enriching positive vibrations). Audience members were chatting and sharing for over two hours at our premiere screening. As one gal pointed out, "Sharing is healing."  That certainly felt true with this group screening party.

If you would like us to screen at your venue or event, please be in touch. This "little Hashimoto's film is on a mission" and ...happy to share and evolve with your group! Thanks to all of you for rallying for "wellness!"

One audience member writes:
"Many thanks for holding this special showing. I enjoyed the passionate discourse of other people's experiences - both on the film and in person. Over the years I've learned of many alternative theories about the cause of Hashimoto's and suggestions for treatment, but I've never come across anything like the introspective considerations your film highlighted. Looking inwards for both the root cause and the treatment is a truly wholistic approach that offers an uncommon explanation for the myriad factors and individual nuances of Hashimoto's. For me, Walk Talk Dance Sing beautifully depicted the real and desperate struggle of Hashimoto's sufferers while offering hope for emerging into a future of health and happiness."

More audience feedback:

"It was a very thought-provoking film and I was engaged the entire time. I found something touching and inspiring in it, and I believe that's true for everyone who sees it.  After seeing this film, I think Donna is ahead of her time; anyone can make a difference in this world and Donna has certainly done that with Walk Talk Dance Sing.  It really moved me."

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Photo credit: Audience members at "Walk Talk Dance Sing" premiere screening, Feb 27, 2015.
Location: Birnamwood Rising

Thanks so much to our show sponsors: KastFitness Wear North America , Active Body Nutrition & Juice Bar WVAN , Mackie Research, and Balanced Roots Reflexology,

Monday, February 16, 2015

Canadian Film Premiere!

Our Canadian Premiere!

For immediate release:

The highly acclaimed film "Walk Talk Dance Sing" makes its Canadian Premiere Public Showing on Friday, February 27 at 7 pm, hosted by Birnamwood Rising in North Vancouver, BC.
Writer/Director Donna-Lynne Larson and guest speakers from the film will be in attendance. Plus, there will be wonderful door prizes!

Tickets are very limited. This is a free event.
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Saturday, February 14, 2015

My Affair with Mr. Hashimoto

Unraveling My Hashimoto's Affair:

Many of you have told me how much you have connected with the "relationship metaphor with Mr. Hashimoto," which is original to, and woven through, "Walk Talk Dance Sing"-- revealing the "romantic" layers to this health affair (swoon, ;) )  This seemed a perfect fit as I was crafting this script and looking for ways to "humanize this issue." I wanted to avoid stifling this issue further with a strictly "medical and technical heady 'numbers' experience." Instead, I chose to get to THE HEART of the matter using a creative narrative, with imagery that allowed for a more visceral viewing experience.

The "hashi-relationship" shows up in many ways in WTDS, including the relationship to "doctors and the system," relationship to the dis-ease itself, and our relationship with ourselves--highlighting where we experience the abuser/enabler dynamics of silence, "obedience," removal from society/isolation/dwindling confidence, self-loathing/guilt/shame, dishonesty, disconnection, pain, and fear. Leaving us with the burning question: where is the love?

I created this powerful metaphor of a relationship with Mr. Hashimoto as a means of elucidating how we initially "externalize" this health issue and remain dis-empowered. We imagine we are somehow "disconnected" from it, as though we somehow "caught a flu bug" or "it's a genetic thing to which we are powerless victims."

 As I see others offer their take on Mr. Hashimoto, I am compelled to preserve (and protect!) the original progressive WELLNESS intent and integrity of the metaphor and the message: this wellness journey is one of ENDING the relationship, recognizing/healing the patterns of "blame, anger, complaining, and co-dependency," and taking full ownership/responsibility for the relationship one has with ONESELF.

This is all about "evolution" and NOT remaining stuck in the belief that anything OUTSIDE of oneself is the cause or the answer, moving beyond the deeply ingrained "Damsel in distress" archetype.  As Dr. Gabor Mate so perfectly states: We are not to "blame" for our condition, we are not "at fault" here, we did not willingly/knowingly bring it on, but we are RESPONSIBLE (response-able)."

A "very passionate" viewer writes:
"This is the most awesome video! It touched me deeply! The presentation is ingenious & it drew me in further with each chapter!. By the end, I felt like I had connected with so much of the pain I held within the cells of my body which is no doubt a huge trigger for my Hashi's! Thank you so much!"

FYI: here is the tune, "MR.HASHIMOTO"
Walk Talk Dance Sing:
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Photo credit: Donna-Lynne Larson, writer/director, "I'm ready for my solo part now."--as shared by voice coach/therapist,  Julie Blue, featured speaker in the film, Walk Talk Dance Sing

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

How far?

From my many years of research, here is one brief chat between me and a doc (voice is altered). It appears I'm finding my voice....and the realization that perhaps autoimmune answers are not to be found under the med system umbrella...?
So, how far do we go? 

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