Seane Corn Interview
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Written by Edie Weinstein-Moser   
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What I feel happened, was that in their rejection of religion, they didn’t offer a clear substitute; any spiritual teaching. So I was influenced at a very young age by a cultural dogma of God. God was something that existed outside the realm of conscious experience; a God that only seemed to show up when you screwed up. Having such a strong sense of spirit, but getting all of these cultural mixed messages, I started to create the only way I could, to feel in control by creating all these ritualistic patterns.

I didn’t know how to pray. I didn’t have a sense of the bigger picture.  I didn’t feel that spirit within myself. This was how I started to understand that this was all very deeply connected, and how intrinsically connected the mind and body are. Without any connection with spirit, we are often left feeling out of control. We will do anything to be in the here and now. That was my survival mechanism to deal with my lack of spiritual guidance and understanding at that time. It wasn’t until I was older, when I was able to create for myself a relationship with God, that I could start to heal the energy in my body, and the anxiety and aloneness that I felt. The OCD started to dissipate, and I was able to heal myself of this need to create order in my physical and psychological makeup.

 That’s now a big part of my work: using the body to access deeper layers of stored emotional tension and creating an environment for people to do deep journey work in the moment, in the asana, and learn how to deal with passion and self esteem and intuition.

 Edie: So the dis-ease you experienced may have been a blessing in disguise, because it brought you to a sense of wholeness that you might not have discovered otherwise.

Seane: Absolutely. Any kind of disease can go in any direction. It can spin into madness or death or dysfunction or illumination. It really depends on the individual and their karma and willingness to go into the light in the situation, rather than into the dark. I could still just be a person suffering from OCD, and probably a bunch of other interesting psychosomatic expressions. Instead I was fortunate, and my karma pushed me in the direction where I could transform it into a tool and wisdom.

The OCD was a great vehicle for me.

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It also told me how important it is to raise your children with a sense of the profound, and with a sense of awe. I was an angry child. My parents said I was born just screaming. If anyone was being manipulated or exploited, I could be easily outraged as a child. I did not have an outlet for these big feelings. I didn’t get how sensitive I was. There isn’t a lot of guidance for children who are intuitive like that. I look back at it now and am so grateful for it and all it taught me. It also enables me to spot someone with OCD very quickly.

I didn’t have any cultural stigma that kept me from opening up to any kind of spirituality. That was the good news. My background is Jewish, and I definitely was aware that my Jewish culture had created certain superstitions. I had to work with it, and understand the culture better, the Jewish mysticism, and see the difference between the religious aspect and mystical aspect, and re-define what Judaism meant for me.

Edie: In the past few months that I’ve been practicing yoga and call it my healthy addiction, I have found that it makes me both physically and emotionally more flexible.


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