Welcome. My name is Helen Lowe and I'm delighted your journey has brought you here.
My mission is to reveal the awe-inspiring truth and beauty we are.
My work provides catalysts for seeing ourselves more clearly, experiencing ourselves more fully, understanding ourselves more profoundly, and living more joyfully. Group gatherings and individual sessions available via video call and in-person...primarily in Bellingham, WA.
We're each on a journey that can be expressed in a story. Creative Catalyst is where my personal and professional narratives meet. The following is a little of that story, as means of introducing myself to you...
In my 20's, my education and passions led me to Los Angeles and a career in film and television, where I created documentaries about music, culture, and travel. In my 30's, a growing hunger for wisdom and depth of purpose led me to Seattle, and a second career as a strategic storyteller for non-profits.
Also in that decade, my personal studies and training in integral theory, somatic psychology, the 'enneagram of personality,' systemic constellations, and mystical traditions increasingly dominated my interest; and I began offering the fruits of those personal explorations 'on the side,' through coaching and facilitating conscious communication and breath-work.
In my 40's, I relinquished my prestigious position leading visual communications at the largest foundation in the world to launch my own company. In those years, my 'side' offerings expanded to include leading a variety of writing circles and guided meditation, as well as facilitating workshops and retreats, plus occasionally sharing my personal journey and insights via blog.
As I approached 50, my interest in the business of big, organizational storytelling waned, but that professional identity felt safe, having given me 'social cover' for the less understood, valued or recognized contributions I'd been offering on the side, which I now wanted to pursue 'full time.'
Then, arriving as if on cue, the split in the United States (and all over the world) reached a crescendo, making shockingly visible our ancient human severing. For millennia we humans have cultivated a toxic bias for swift, aggressive action, and power-over—a highly distorted yang energy or what's perceived as "masculine" qualities of being. At the same time, we've developed disdain for more subtle, intuitive, and receptive yin energy or what we've come to call "feminine" qualities of being. Our collective disregard for what's perceived as feminine, in favor of what we call masculine, has led to a disastrous disconnection from ourselves, each other, and our planet. The 2016 U.S. election was the wake up call now screaming for us to heal divides in ourselves and our systems, to live and work in radically more holistic, generative ways.
Uncomfortably, I could recognize the effects of this split in myself.
Yes, my work has always been creative and never really mainstream, and perhaps my lifestyle has been closer to sustainable than most, but I was not exempt from the patriarchal mentality that drives most of us to cling to what is socially admirable and scientifically measurable...not to mention highly profitable. I was afraid to let go of the patriarchally-approved image of myself as a business owner, creative entrepreneur and storyteller who partners with prestigious organizations doing big work in the world!
Mercifully, once witnessed for what it is, the fear has become rather easy to feel...and feeling the fear loosens my grip on that limiting self-image, helping me heal the separation that's beneath it.
Today I am honored and humbled to support others who are ready to feel and heal their own splits, integrating healthy elements of yang and yin in their personal and professional lives, supporting our collective wholeness.
I hope you'll explore my offerings and perhaps contact me using the email form below to discern how we may collaborate in this human (r)evolution.