Emily Bruce provides a fresh perspective on her approach to wellness, and how her own alignment has led her to the work she does today. In additional to being a Radical Birth Keeper, Emily hosts The Fifth Element: a podcast for people seeking intuition and integration.
Be sure to read our enlightening Q+A with Emily below, and learn more in her recent En Root spotlight feature!
This month's theme is all about wellness. Tell us about how you define wellness, and how you stay committed to carving out the space for wellness in your life and work.
Wellness is being aligned with your body and the messages it's giving you. The physical body is the gateway to our intuition- that quiet place within you that just knows what do. I believe getting in touch with our mammalian, primal impulses to move, shake, and release trauma from our bodies would allow for more clarity, freedom, and fun in our lives.
At OutGrowth, we are committed to supporting the growth of others. What do you think we as individuals can do to pave the way for others to grow into their fullest, most fulfilled selves?
I think serving others has to start with healing our own nervous systems and trauma. When you can move out of the fight/flight/freeze responses that we so often live in, and into a life of embodied power, your gifts naturally overflow. You don't have to force events, or grasp for ideas, they come to you as a result of your journey.
Tell us about your most significant professional moment to date.
After graduating from The Radical Birth Keeper School last August, I was eager to "start my business", even though I really had no idea what I wanted to offer the world. I spent the next six months or so in a cloud of confusion, yet I trusted the timing of my life and the Universe. As I continued to follow my intuition, and only say "yes" to what was aligned with me, my path became clearer and clearer. The experience of watching my offerings organically unfold from a place of embodied alignment was such a stark reset from the mainstream message of forcing, hustle, and grind culture.
How did this experience change the course of your life, your career or your outlook?
This experience of being patient with myself and trusting in a bigger plan has helped me have more confidence and become more comfortable with failure. I used to live in fear of failure, but now I see most everything as a lesson that I can learn from. I think it also taught me that you need to listen to your own inner voice above all the rest of the noise. The world will tell you what you have to do, but you only you know what you need to do.
What is a step that each of us can take today to integrate wellness practices into our daily lives?
Spend time everyday connecting with your physical body. Put on music and dance - even if it's just to one song. If you have a monthly cycle, create a ritual around connecting to what your hormones are communicating to you that day. Fully feel your feelings and allow them to release from your body.
If you could go back in time and give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?
Everything is working out perfectly, and you're doing a great job. Nothing you do is a failure -it's all part of the journey.
What is your favorite quote or song lyric?
"Free from all old stories I've been told, I walk through the valley of my own shadow."- Gajumaru
Based on your experience to date, what are the top three career competencies that you believe are essential in 2021/2?
1) Self knowledge/self-awareness. The world needs unique, creative individuals who aren't afraid to be themselves.
2) Emotional intelligence. Far too many of us are walking around with our wounded inner child-self running the show. We need to be able to self-soothe, move through our emotions, and be able to regulate our nervous systems.
3) Creativity. Modern-day education is becoming more and more standardized, but our world is in need of out-of-the-box solutions to so many problems.
What's next? What are your next steps toward growth in 2021/2?
I am going to continue to take risks and trust myself above all else. I have a vision for what I want the world to look like, and I need to make big moves to bring that to fruition. I will continue to trust that my message will be received by those who need to hear it!
Emily is a radical birth keeper, postpartum space-holder, reproductive health educator, and astrologer who exalts women in actualizing their greatest potential. Through a blend of cosmic insight, somatic wisdom and mentorship, she uses conscious leadership tools to lead women out of victimhood and into power.