Working For the Good of All Sentient Beings
Beautiful day to all my fellow beautiful humans. It is my pleasure to know you, and have you know me.
My name is Kimberly Martin. I am a graduate student finishing my Masters of Women’s and Gender Studies in May 2019. I obtained my BA of Psychology, with minors in Religious Studies and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, from Guilford College University in 2015.
My current research centers carceral studies, criminal justice reform, trauma, and women’s autonomous rights and holistic well-being (mind/body/spirit).
Additionally, I am fascinated with East Asian religious and cultural practices. Since 2014, I have routinely spent time abroad in SE Asia, both academically and for personal enrichment, to better understand deeper spiritual practices and a way of life I feel has the potential to transform hearts and wars. I have recently returned from a summer abroad in Sikkim, India where I researched the humanity of their prison system juxtaposed against the modern day slavery system of the United States.
Currently (outside of writing a thesis), I find myself drawn to ancient Egyptian religious practices and the Cult of Isis, once the greatest threat to early Christianity. Alchemical secrets of the universe and goddess worship–gets me every time. I will make my first trip to Egypt in June 2019. I am completely stoked to visit the Motherland and feel her energy. I desire to unlock and remember the secrets of higher consciousness once common to these ancient civilizations before governments, greed, capitalism and war became our global norms. A return to nature–to the Mother–to all her deeply held secrets and wisdom is my deepest longing.
More personally–I am a complex, nuanced, diabolical, misunderstood, enigmatic phenom. I am the unexplainable, yet quite simple all the same. Occupying various liminal spaces in life, I have been many women in my short time here. More often, I struggled to make sense of them all, to explain and justify them…to excuse and apologize for…to carry on in a world that says you must be this or that, all things while no thing…never realizing they all simply needed integrating, not changing or disposing of. When I finally accepted who I was and the life I had been given as a gift, not a burden to carry, but a space to share with and uplift others, everything shifted.
It is my hope to partner with community organizations, sharing my gifts of spirit and my lifelong acquired knowledge base with marginalized persons/populations to help foster esteem, shift self-defeating thought patterns and invoke self-efficacy where motivation is lacking and barriers to success (both internal and external) have stifled growth and development. I feel deeply the suffering of the world, and while I realize I am small in the bigger scheme, I also acknowledge my responsibility to not only notice where gaps need to be patched with love, but to do the work in the trenches to heal those rifts. Your suffering is my suffering. My liberation only comes by way of your liberation.
There are those who imagine trauma as a burden of consequence, but in fact it can be transformed into crazy superpowers. My goal in life is to highlight the positive aspects that can come of living with and managing post-traumatic stress, whether you are a survivor of direct/indirect violence, racism, sexism, classism, or any other form of oppression. While it’s no simple task, I am learning every day I have ways of seeing and engaging the world that have the potential to change my world and the world around me. I hope to help facilitate that in others.
It is my desire that something I have lived and shared here will serve you. I harbor radical thoughts and quiet expressions, and sometimes none of it makes sense. Everyone won’t understand, and now I realize they don’t all have to. I have no wish to be anything more, than in service to humanity, in whatever way spirit guides me– intoxicating the world around me with light and love. Along the way, may we all touch that experience of freedom we all so deeply long for.
“What is it that never changes even though everything is changed? It is love.” (Soren Kierkegaard, Three Upbuilding Discourses, 1843)
In Light & Love…