Somatic Writing is based on a simple foundational premise:
Whatever you've experienced in your life, (aka: your story) is one whole aspect of who you are. Paradoxically, there is also light within that remains untouched through any experience of trauma, illness, or loss. This, too, is one whole aspect of who you are.
From this vantage point, you are everything that has happened to you, which acknowledges the depth of your humanity, while also recognizing that you are more than what has happened to you. You are the story under the story, the eternal, untouched essence of the soul. Somatic Writing is a path of alchemy, an As above/So below experience, one that heals and integrates seemingly disparate paths and energies into one magnificent unfolding…your life.
We will be your guides as you write aspects of yourself home.
“Tanya, working with you was instrumental in finding the powerful story within me that wanted to be told. You are an absolute master at not only the creation of the book…but in helping me to release my fears that surfaced along the way. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
- Sandy Alemian, Author, Medium
"Tanya Taylor Rubinstein is the Story Shaman. Let us not use this word lightly. What she does, better than anyone I've met, is weave your calling, God's purpose, and the mundane trivialities of life into a vibrant tapestry, called story. These stories heal, inspire and ignite in ways you never imagined. When you receive the call to be with her, listen."
- Susan Crowther, Author and Editor
What’s the benefit of Somatic Writing?
Somatic Writing is a radically holistic, body-centered writing and speaking process that will gently and powerfully support you in breaking free from fear, shame, and unprocessed grief, as well as from limiting beliefs that have held you back in your writing and in your life. Once you have untethered your writing and speaking voice and called in your power, you will be prepared to write a story to share with others. Your ability to speak and write authentically impacts every single area of your life. It affects your ability to ask for what you want, set and hold boundaries, and earn your worth.
On a collective level, it allows you to write and speak from your essence, from your unique soul imprint and to live, speak, and write into your purpose here on earth. This process has the potential to heal the splits that confine you, silence you, or continue to suppress your power. As you are able to write, speak, and integrate stories inside you that are buried under unprocessed grief, loss, or shame, you will be empowered to make choices in every aspect of your life.
Both the philosophical basis and the practice of Somatic Writing is in creating inner and outer spaces of radical acceptance. This spaciousness of intention is in and of itself a holy container meant to endure the pressure of humanity's evolution, which is upon us.
Is Somatic Writing
Somatic Writing is for everybody who desires to become more empowered as a writer or speaker. Though it is primarily used to support you in writing and completing a book, it can be used to support anyone who is a writer or longs to write professionally or creatively.
It's a process that can work in tandem with any creative and artistic process. It's both a healing and awakening process that also stands on its own.
How can it help me?
Somatic Writing can help you identify, release and transmute stories, experiences, trauma, grief, pain, or shame that have been stored in your body and locked up your ability to freely express as a writer, speaker, and storyteller. It is related to power, how you hold and express your power, or not.
It's also very much about building resiliency and building a creative muscle and a writing practice that can support you in the long term.
How will it help me
write my book?
The freer you are, the more liberated your voice, body, and ability to express, the more compelling your story will be. One of the things that Somatic Writing does, is allow the nervous system to release and relax around emotional issues. It supports you around low-level anxiety that is so prevalent in Western culture, that sense of urgency can keep you moving too fast to really slow down and retrieve the real thoughts and emotions you want to convey.
It allows you to experience your feelings as you write in a container that encourages you to write into your emotions through the writing process itself and transform and transmute them by accessing your own inner wisdom and resources.
How are Somatic Memoir and Writing Programs different?
Most other writing programs, especially book programs, support someone in telling their story by working with them on outlines, themes, and structures. This is the traditional way of working.
It's how many book writing programs are set up, where only those who already have access to their voice can write their book or do their show. In this approach, there's an acknowledgment that there are many reasons why someone may not be able to write, have difficulty writing, or difficulty sustaining the writing because of the emotional connection that goes with it.
If they aren't able to free their natural voice, both in writing and speaking first, they won't access their more profound thoughts and experiences and get them onto the page. Whether in a university setting, a graduate school, or online professional writing programs, many traditional writing programs teach as if everybody's in the same place, and everyone has the same learning style.
Somatic Writing allows for a radically judgment-free, sacred container for you to actually shift and move emotional blocks in the writing itself. It helps you grow your resiliency and your practice as a writer to deeply root you in the kind of practice needed to write a more significant project.
Self-realization comes as a result of the process. It is emphasized first and foremost while also supporting you fully in completing your book.