The Midterms, California Fires, and ANOTHER Mass Shooting
How are you holding up? There is SO MUCH going on right now.
The tragic shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks (less than an hour from Venice) was incredibly jarring.
I worry that we’re not just becoming numb but already numb to these horrific and regular events of gun violence. When will enough finally be enough?
I grew up around guns. My dad has a collection comprised of his own firearms and ones he’s inherited from my late grandfather who was a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army.
Even though it was scary for me, it was very empowering to be properly educated as to how to safely use them for self-defense.
My hope is I never have to use one.
The 2nd Amendment is part of our constitution and I don’t foresee that ever changing - it’s woven into the fabric of who we are as a nation.
Having said that, it is so frustrating that we as a country cannot bring ourselves to implement laws requiring serious, comprehensive background checks, when the vast majority of the American people are in favor of them.
Thankfully, I do think that the power of the NRA is fading.
As a person who has suffered from anxiety and depression and has never been a danger to myself or others, I don’t think it’s right to paint all people experiencing mental illness as incapable of being responsible gun owners.
However, I do believe that more must be done to keep guns out of the hands of people who have a history of violence or have threatened violence.
I also don’t think that people need machine guns to hunt game. I understand that this is cultural, but even in Australia, which has some of the most formidable game on the planet (i.e. crocodiles), you are only allowed by law to use a shotgun for hunting or to defend yourself.
Did you catch the video clip of the father weeping over the loss of his first born son? It was brutal. He was so brave to speak out and be so vulnerable. His pain and grief were palpable. Again, how are we letting this happen over and over again?
I’m encouraged by the many newcomers to congress who are supporters of responsible gun ownership and enacting reasonable measures to ensure gun safety. So many of them are women AND women of color on top of that!
Congratulations, sisters! I am so grateful to you all for running and stepping up to serve our nation. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You all are giving me life and hope!
Moving forward, I hope that the Democrat party will look to these new congresswomen for leadership and guidance. Being a non-white woman in a racist, patriarchal society means you have to put up with a LOT of shit. And yet, women of color, especially Black women, have been leading progressive movements from the BEGINNING (see Audre Lorde, bell hooks, etc.)
Though it was nothing compared to election night in 2016, I did experience some anxiety last week as I watched the results roll in on the news.
While I was disappointed but not surprised that Beto O’Rourke lost to Ted Cruz, it’s so exciting that he came so close and that Texas is now a “purple” state along with Arizona and Georgia.
Speaking of Georgia, I’m still pulling for Stacey Abrams to win the gubernatorial race there against Brian Kemp. She would be the first Black woman governor and I have no doubt that she would be amazing.
Voter suppression is a huge issue and I’m so grateful to her for putting a spotlight on this very serious problem and its direct ties to racism. Keep fighting, Stacey!
Florida (shocker), is a whole other hot mess. We’ve literally been through decades of this state’s ineptitude when it comes to managing elections. Both the gubernatorial and senate races have no clear winner because it’s so close.
Though it is unlikely, I’ve still got my fingers crossed for Andrew Gillum to become the first Black governor of Florida. We’ll see how it all plays out.
OK, enough about politics.
Can you tell I’m from DC? I’m a little obsessed.
Unfortunately, in other deeply troubling news, the fires in California have also been terrifying and absolutely heartbreaking.
The air quality in Venice hasn’t been good for the past several days, but it’s NOTHING compared to what the people who have lost their homes, animals, AND lives in this inferno are going through.
A number of my friends who live in Malibu, Topanga, and the Valley have been displaced and don’t know even if they’re homes are still there.
I can’t imagine what it must feel like to not know if your house even exists anymore.
To my knowledge, the fires, all over the state, have yet to be contained.
I’m sending so much love and good vibes to all those who have been affected by this horrific disaster, including the first responders.
So, as you can see, I’ve had a lot on my mind. It’s all been quite overwhelming.
As you can already tell, writing is one of the ways I process information and traumatic events.
I’ve also relied heavily on my Jade Egg practice, breathwork, and other energy practices that support me in processing, digesting, and moving all this energy through my body.
To learn more about what a regular Jade Egg practice can do for your sexual health, personal, and spiritual growth, click here.
***Women of Color Healing Circle (WMN Space) 11/21 has been cancelled - enjoy your Thanksgiving!
The Next WOC Healing Circles will be at:
OSEA Skincare Studio in Venice, CA on 12/4 &
WMN Space in Culver City, CA on 12/20
Jade Egg Basics - OSEA Skincare Studio on 12/5
New Moon Magic Sisterhood Circle - Los Angeles 12/6
(exact location TBD & open to all Women)
Please follow me on Instagram @heatherrebeccawilson for regular updates on events and offerings.
Peace, love, and blessings,
PS - The jade egg has been the most powerful and transformational tool in my self-healing toolbox for dismantling internalized oppression. ALL women have embedded layers of trauma in their bodies due to growing up in a misogynist, sexually repressed, and culturally sex-negative society. Profound healing and unlimited power are available to you through cultivating a positive relationship with your erotic nature. The jade egg practice is a tangible, holistic, and empowering method that allows you to do just that. To learn more about the jade egg practice and the life-changing shifts it has brought to my life, click here.
PPS - Thanksgiving is coming up next week and I have a special surprise for you…keep an eye on your inbox!