Welcome. My name is Helen Lowe and I'm delighted your journey has brought you here.
My work provides creative catalysts help that you map and navigate your unique ecosystem of belonging, so that you can more creatively and joyfully participate in the mystery of being alive.
My own story of belonging weaves together personal and professional narratives that have shaped Creative Catalyst. I offer a small bit of that tale here, as a way to introduce myself...
In my 20's, my education and love of theatre and movies 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. 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 storytelling company. In those years, my 'side' offerings expanded to include leading a variety of writing and guided meditation circles, facilitating workshops and retreats, and occasionally sharing my personal journey and insights via blog.
As I approached 50, my interest in the business of 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.
That's when 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." At the same time, we've developed disdain for more subtle, intuitive, and receptive yin energy or what we've come to call "feminine." This severing has created disastrous disconnection from ourselves, each other, and our planet. We have lost our truest sense of belonging. The 2016 U.S. election was a push to live and work in radically different ways.
Yes, my work had always been creative and often unconventional, and perhaps my lifestyle had been closer to sustainable than many, but I was not exempt from the patriarchal mentality that drives most of us to separate from our deepest belonging and cling to what is socially admired, materially proved, and financially profitable. I was afraid to let go of the patriarchy-approved image of myself as a creative entrepreneur and storyteller who partners with prestigious organizations that do big work in the world!
Thus began my adventures into the wilds of belonging, where I have been guided by forces that I can only call mystical to map the complex terrain of identity, safety, value, and freedom.
Today, my work focuses on guiding others in a process of mapping and navigating their own ecosystem of belonging, to heal their own sense of separation, and integrate healthy elements of yang and yin in their personal and professional lives. This is one way that I contribute to a more beautiful and whole-some world.