podcastSeason 4

EP 152: Decolonizing Your Mind & Spirit

By December 31, 2019 No Comments

Audio Producer

Juan P. Perez

Co-producer

Fatima Mookadam

Writer

Marley Richards

Dr. Rocio Rosales Meza is a Xicana intuitive, energy worker, healer, and coach. She has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and is a Reiki Master. She comes from a long line of healers from both her maternal and paternal lineages. Dr. Rosales Meza’s mission is to facilitate mental, emotional, and spiritual healing for Black, Indigenous, women of color from an ancestral and decolonial perspective. She does this work through using her training in psychology, her ancestral wisdom and medicine, and her psychic, empath, and intuitive abilities. Through her work, she guides women of color to break the cycle of the colonial trauma that is holding them back, that is keeping them stuck, and that is harming them in ways they don’t even know.

Dr. Rosales Meza works with women of color to uncover their blocks to healing and liberation so that they can reclaim their power through their intuition. She does this work through energy healings, sacred circles, virtual courses, and coaching. Dr. Rosales Meza is also a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a comadre, a community member. She is the first generation born on this side of the colonial border. Dr. Rosales Meza is proud of her culture, ancestors, and actively uses them as guides in her work.

Her parents are “immigrants” and her family originates from what is now known as Cuautitlan, Jalisco, Mexico. She is a native Spanish speaker and was raised in Santa Ana, California as the eldest daughter to a single mother. She is committed to her community and working towards collective healing and liberation. Dr. Rosales Meza is honored to be used as a vessel, to serve as a leader, healer, and teacher guided by Spirit and her ancestors.

We talked about:

Her liberation journey, after pushing through chronic pain brought on by colonialism and capitalism, started when she was pregnant. Becoming a mother and being entrusted with another life created shifts in her. Dr. Rocio is tapping into motherhood as a catalyst for radical change! Before that she bought into previous ideas of education – how to control children, how to school them, etc.  How being harmed my academia (abusing her body in order to achieve her PhD and become a professor) was mainly what created the shift.  Worked for two years in daily chronic pain and was still feeling guilty for not producing as much.  In recovery for a year or two after pregnancy. Saw her parents do the same thing – the colonial trauma she inherited.

The change that came after going on medical leave during pregnancy after being unable to function in that fashion. She was unable to just simply get some rest; felt guilty for taking the medical leave – even apologizing to her boss!! Colonial mentality!  It was now time to betray academia.

Influence, evidenced by the ways Dr. Rocio’s mother is reacting to these mindset shifts; Dr. Rocio is now healing for generations forward and backward.

Her desire for others to learn from her story of how she had to learn the hard way. To allow yourself to be free by getting some rest.  Rest is important. No need to prove our worth because we are worthy and we are enough.

How she shows up for her community – Now does live sessions on Facebook and Instagram.  Gets direct feedback of gratitude from listeners who feel that betraying academia due to her experience really resonates with them. Not sugar-coating her experience because she’s showing up as a mother who went through this.  Her main message: we need to decolonise from the idea of pushing through pain.  Therefore, we are not valuable because we produce things; we are valuable simply because we are.

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