Nice to meet you
I am a mystic to my core. Growing up with a devoutly contemplative Christian family, I've felt I've been on a spiritual quest my whole life. At a young age, I learned that sexual trauma is a big problem in spiritual communities and secular communities alike. When the churches couldn't provide the sanctuary they promised for my friends and me, I listened to my guides and began to explore Christian texts outside the canon, especially the gnostic gospels. I found the Gospel of Mary when I was 19 and at my most chaotic. It transformed my life. The questions I began about prayer and the evil in the world led me directly to my first encounter with Tantra - a three hour eye-gazing meditation with a fellow follower of Mary, Andrei Knight, except he called himself a Tantrika. Ever since then I have been exploring the complementaries between pre-canonized Christianity - what is called the Way by Paul - and Tantra. I've devoted my practice to exploring these synchronicities and illuminating ways to respect the traditions in their cultural authenticity.
Since 2018, I've been licensed in Tantra Massage (Ayurvedic Acupressure) with Somananda Tantra School. That same year, I attended the Manchester School of Massage for Sports Massage. After the pandemic, in 2021, I opened my first Tantra studio in Bloomington, Indiana.
Currently, I am training to be a Tantra Teacher with InnerCamp and finishing my degree in Arts Management with a focus in Nonprofit Leadership & Management at Indiana University. In Fall 2022, I exhibited research on Tantra & the Polyvagal Theory at the Kinsey Institute's 75th Research Symposium. I am actively working with IU's Culture of Care on campus to promote healthy sexual practices that stop the cycles of sexual violence.
DEVIAPARÁDA KSAMÁPANA STOTRA
ALAS! I KNOW NOT EITHER THY MANTRA OR YANTRA,
NOR HOW TO WELCOME THEE. OR HOW TO MEDITATE UPON. NOR WORDS OF PRAYER TO THEE. NOR DO I KNOW THY MUDRã OR HOW TO LAY BEFORE THEE MY GRIEFS:
BUT THIS I KNOW O MOTHER! THAT TO FOLLOW THEE IS TO REMOVE ALL MY PAIN." - "MAY THE DEVI GRANT ME PARDON"
FROM HYMNS TO THE GODDESS
TRANSLATED FROM SANSKRIT BY
Heya. I'm Elizabeth.
My Promise to You
O'Neill SPEA, BS Arts Management
Focus in NonProfit Management
Tantra Massage Level 2
2019, Somananda Tantra School
Tantra Massage Level 1
2018, Somananda Tantra School
2023, Kinsey Institute
2023, InnerCamp Tantra
2022, InnerCamp Tantra
Somananda Tantra School
Manchester School of Massage
What's in a name?
Magdala Heals derives its name from Mary Magdalene's Aramaic title, "Tower". It's quickly assumed she was named this after the town Magdala, but no references are made in the New Testament to the town nor has any archaeological evidence surfaced to support this hometown claim. It would seem more in character that, how Simon was named Peter, which in Greek means "Rock", or John and James were named "Boanerges", which has been translated to "Sons of Thunder", Jesus bestowed Mary with the name "Magdala" as a reflection of who she was to the vision Jesus had for his ministry. Towers have a very strong presence. Towers are aligned, reliable, and signify a lot of power. While her presence in Christianity has been slut-shamed into remission, she was the one who could authentically replicate his healing. It is in her honor that I do what I do.
When I think of a tower, it reminds me of the spine. It is through this tower that the spinal cord serves as the electrical communication center for our nervous system. It quite literally is what connects our body with our brain and transfers the electrical currents that energize our physical body. Likewise, according to Vedic scriptures, through our spine travels two kundalini serpents: the two energetic polarities, masculine (+) and feminine (-) that wrap around each other in the shape of a double helix, kind of, exactly like a DNA strand. This symbolism of the serpents rising through our spinal cord describes the energy that fuels the spiritual and energetic bodies.