MODEL OF BELONGING
JESSICA CUDNEY &
Founders of Way Of Belonging &
MindBody Therapy Practitioners
Jess and Michelle are canadian and american settlers of celtic decent. They are married, spiritual partners who have been on the path of personal transformation for more than 10 years and have devoted their lives in service to planetary healing. Upon meeting one another in 2015 Jess and Michelle experienced an out of body energetic unification and were initiated into a spiritual partnership that shook the foundations of everything they had previously known about themselves and relationships leading up to that point. Through an exploratory process of conscious, relational work they began to slowly peel back the layers of conditioning that kept them from showing up fully in their authentic truth and power. After the initial painstaking process of this phase they
began to heal and transmute their trauma imprints, unconscious generational patterns and soon developed relational tracking methods that would support their evolving awareness and needs. Since that time, Jess and Michelle continue to do healing work within their own lives and have developed a unique approach to personal embodiment and conscious relationality based on their own personal learnings, studies and trainings. They know first hand the kind of commitment it takes to show up in loving truth, integrity and transparency to do the healing work necessary for empowerment and change. Today they offer in-person or distant sessions in energy healing and embodied therapeutic mentorship for individuals and couples. They currently reside in and occupy the traditional territories of the Shakori, Eno, Sissipahaw, Occaneechi, Sapponi, and other indigenous peoples otherwise known today as the Piedmont region of North Carolina.
DIMENSIONS OF RELATIONSHIP
Self is the root or center of our existence and our relationship to self is foundational to belonging. It is here where we explore connections between the bodymind, heart, and spirit. It is within this dimension that we carry all of our stored memories, experiences, wounds, and inherent purpose. When we learn to cultivate our inner source, we are fed by the wellspring that is our essential nature. Turning our attention inward is the first step toward healing and understanding the power we have to contribute our greatest selves to the healing of our world.
Partnership is the dimension that provides us with our greatest reflection. We are tested most by the people with whom we co-exist intimately and are challenged to enter into the shadowlands of our lives where we learn to overcome the power dynamics that perpetuate dominance and disharmony. Through partnership, we are invited to confront the unconscious patterns of our conditioning so that we may heal and co-create synergy as a unified body.
Relationship to family is the dimension of experience that we are born into and is the context from which we inherit and absorb our very first imprints. We carry the living memory of kind and loving ancestors within our our DNA who we can connect to and reclaim our relationship with. Every family carries within it a particular energetic
lineage that has been passed down from generation to generation. It is through our family culture that we are given the opportunity to learn from our inherited wounds, begin the healing work of unraveling unhealthy generational patterns, and clear the karmic weight of our families. Through a conscious process of individuation, we honor our family constellation by making it our life's mission to transmute and transcend the traumatic legacy of our collective past.
Relationship to community is the dimension of our lives where we are given the opportunity to integrate our healing work in service to others and to step more fully and authentically into true power and responsibility. As we heal, our gifts are made known and it is a part of our sacred duty to offer them up for the sake of the whole. Within this realm, our, energy is no longer only about self-healing but contributing our best selves to understanding where we have come from so that we may be a force of healing on behalf of the collective.
Relationship to Earth is the foundation of true belonging and is the dimension of our lives that connects us to absolutely everything else. Our body is a microcosm of Earth and so we come to discover that our relationship to our bodies is reflective of our relationship to Earth. We are born of Earth and our entire livelihood and well-being are given to us by Her. Cultivating an intentional relationship with Earth through nature immersion, ritual and somatics has the power to invoke Her healing energies and elemental forces to renew and guide us in our life and work. Earth is our greater body and from this place of awareness, we are invited to learn from the living landscapes of which we are a part, to consciously co-create in harmony, and to take responsibility for her wellbeing with the same love that she demonstrates to us.
"In this day and age it can be frustrating and challenging to just be still - to quiet the noise, to reflect, to truly connect. Jess and Michelle give hope that a life full connection and transformation is not just possible, but accessible. We all feel lost sometimes. We’ve all felt pain, loss, and grief. We all yearn for something more but aren’t quite sure what for or how to get there. They are no strangers to the yearning for a meaningful life. In fact, their journeys with self, both challenges and triumphs, have lead them to each other and to this work. All that to say, they are doing the work themselves. When it comes to credibility, they are tried and true. All you have to do know this is look at the lives they are living. Each day, they rise with the intention to know and love themselves, each other, and this earth more deeply. They strive to build community with everything they do. Every moment, they are paying homage to this earth and to the spirit of humanity. "
- Allison Lindenberg
"Jess and Michelle have taken the time to Skype with my partner and I, offering guidance, support, and laughter, all the while relating to us in deeply real, human ways. As far as couple’s coaching, the magik in their guidance lies in their transparency around their own relationship and not being afraid to share it with the world. They've shown and proven to us that it is possible to have a beautiful, conscious relationship without the pressure of it needing to be perfect."
- Gabrijela Milas
"Working with Jess and Michelle has been truly eye opening for me. Their guidance and intuition has helped me discover many valuable lessons about myself. Each session I’m in awe of how they hold space for me, process my experiences, and transform my words into insightful and actionable steps forward in ways I never could have seen on my own. They have a wealth of knowledge, and over the course of our work together they have shared many relevant and valuable resources with me that have helped shape my thinking around my emotions and relationships. Further, they are just a pleasure to connect with. I started working with them somewhat serendipitously, and I’m so grateful for how everything has worked out. They are such bright lights, and I’ve loved learning more about their own life experiences and relationship. If you’re reading this you should definitely reach out to them – you won’t regret it!”
- Monique Gottlieb