You Are Not Alone-Embracing Vulnerability


A Community Conversation Acknowledging Trauma and Pathways of Healing

6:30 pm EST

$5 Donation

Listen to OMA panelists discuss their personal experiences with trauma, in which vulnerability is accepted and embraced as an important pathway of healing from pain and suffering. With this conversation, panelists will bring awareness of techniques and ways of healing from various forms of trauma, which many of us can benefit from.

Watch the recording of You Are Not Alone--Embracing Vulnerability

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YOU ARE NOT ALONE—We are all connected on this journey of healing, of both self and humanity, from our own individual traumas as well as our collective traumas. Embracing vulnerability will reinforce our journey towards healing, truth and transformation. 

“Vulnerability to me means courage to speak your truth & express your unique authenticity. It’s about stepping out of the control of who others want you to be and stepping into the freedom of who you were created to be. Your voice and testimony are important. You deserve to be heard. You deserve to belong.” --Angela Failor, Panelist

This panel conversation is part of OMA's Trauma program,  designed for the sharing of stories around our diverse life experiences, and exploring the connections among us all. Please join us in this online series as we continue our journey home to ourselves and to one another. --Callie Gropp, Moderator


Callie Gropp

6:30 PM EST: Opening/Introduction
Callie Gropp and Gail Hunter

6:40 PM: Presentation & Panel Discussion
Marilyn Carpenter, Erin Daquelente, Angela Failor, Gail Hunter, Mai Nguyen

  • Techniques for Healing: The Alexander Technique, Donna Eden Energy Medicine.
  • Panel Sharing:  Personal Experiences and Beliefs of Vulnerability as a pathway to healing from trauma.
  • Meditative Journey for Transformation and Manifestation:
    “December 21, 2020 is the date of the Winter Solstice- a transition of seasons, and a reminder of a “return to the light” in our environment. According to Astronomers, the great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn will also align on this date, allowing them to be visibly closer than they’ve been since medieval times, lighting up the sky to become what is known as the “Christmas Star.” This Grand Conjunction signifies the end of an era, a time where a shift in consciousness will encourage us to “change our lenses” of viewing the world, and return to the truth of the light we are.”

8:10 PM: Q & A

8:20 PM Closing & Final Remarks
Callie Gropp

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Let’s all drop the pretense that we are either normal, or abnormal...
We are all in the same support group: ordinary people who must deal with the struggles that come with being human. We all carry this heavy weight—a trauma, in today’s terminology. We all at the same time struggle to meet our basic human needs for connection, community, acceptance and validation among ones who share our culture and language, or not, for authenticity–the capacity to feel what we feel and to be in touch with our bodies and to express what we feel when we need to.

Fundamentally, that is the ultimate trauma, the disconnection from ourselves.

We want to dedicate this community conversation to people who long to tell their raw stories; who have numbed their tears and lost their pain; who look forward to the return of childhood days to be held by the embrace of love, regardless of their background and ethnicity.

In this series we believe that in the presence of compassion, healing is possible. Only with compassion can we bear our pain. In the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying the author says, whatever you do don't shut off your pain. Accept your pain and remain vulnerable.
--Mai Nguyen, Panelist

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