Frequently asked questions
Why The Healing Collective?
The Healing Collective emerged from a desire to co-create spaces to capture and share traditional healing practices to redress racial and social harm and trauma. While systems of domination affect the majority of people regardless of ethnicity or culture, Black and Indigenous communities globally are the most marginalized and harmed by the dominant culture. Instead of viewing our communities as victims or recipients of charity, we affirm and honor their value as keepers of the wisdom and healing practices that will allow everyone to survive and thrive.
The Healing Collective's vision is a community of HEALED people enjoying ABUNDANCE and healing our world. Our mission is to harvest WISDOM from our own communities to equip members with TOOLS for healing and financial independence.
What are systems of domination?
Systems of domination or systems of oppression have been developed over generations by those in power in order to divide, control, and exploit the rest of the population. They redistribute resources from the many, for the benefit of the few. Wealth and power tend to be accumulated through the exploitation of labor of the working and poor classes and also the occupation of indigenous land and resources through violent state-sponsored means.
White supremacy, patriarchy, colonialism, imperialism, predatory capitalism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, ageism, adultism, religious intolerance, mass incarceration, and unjust legal systems, are all examples of systems of domination or oppression. These systems operate at the individual, inter-personal, organizational, institutional, and structural or systemic levels. It is impossible to dismantle systems of domination at the systemic level, without first addressing the ways in which we have internalized and adopted the features of these systems at the individual level.
Why center Indigenous and Black people?
Systems of domination affect people of all backgrounds, however Indigenous and Black people have the longest history of sustained, dehumanizing, and harmful oppression in the United States. However, Indigenous and Black people have also developed coping strategies and accessed ancestral wisdom and healing practices to help them survive horrendous systemic violence at the hands of our government and society at large.