Benem’s Bio

Ashley Tula Benem
LMP, Birth Doula, Death Midwife, Minister, Priestess
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A Healing Point of View:

We have lived in a world of instant gratification and ease but the true destination of personal wellness is only reached by going one step at a time and knowing the path is different for every person. The key is to have as many tools in your toolkit as possible so that you are able to work on different issues as they arise in your life. Being willing to work on your emotional attachments to issues is as essential as an open mind.

Wellness is a path that has no destination. The number of steps is impossible to say. We keep moving forward enjoying the riches of the journey as we go.

People become disconnected from their external environment, which is a model for their internal world. When they disconnect for the outside, they disconnect from the inside and that leaves them functioning like a hollow shell. Nature is the true source of our energy body and if we disconnect from it we starve.

Why

It’s about helping people find their way back to their own fullness of being. The more whole people there are out there the better the world will be for all of us. It’s about building a world full of personal integrity, diversity without fear and realigning the human animal back into a healthy interconnection with nature.

People elevating their consciousness and awareness to allow them to fully participate in a human experience that is completely sustainable and symbiotic with the planet and all her species is the goal.

Background:

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My wide swath of training and experience allows me to resource from a diverse set of tools/skills and provide honest incites for forward movement on your path to wellness. 

Early in my life journey I had struggled with low self esteem, weight, fitness, emotional upheaval and spiritual disconnect. I had to overcome those things to become a grounded, engaging, funny, healer.  I trust my inherited gifts as a Seer, I practice what I preach, I live in my body, I listen and come from a place of the highest integrity.

My early training in Emergency Medical Services as an EMT gave me one end of the spectrum, while my licensure as a massage therapist and birth doula gave the other. I hold the middle with Shamanic studies, dance, permaculture design, gardening, sustainability, naturalist study and through initiation and certification as clergy in Earth based spirituality. 

I graduated from Brenneke School of Massage in Seattle in 2001. I am certified in Bodywork for the Childbearing Years (Pregnancy Massage) and I am a Birth Doula and a Death Midwife.