Rachel Moriah Fiala
My work focuses on the integration of body, mind, soul & cosmos with a deep awareness of the wounding and vulnerability we carry as a result of trauma, violence and oppression.
My perspective comes from the often dark belly of my life experience, an abiding faith in our ability to heal and transform, and a deep desire to understand the human condition. I’ve spent the majority of my adult life working through a form of religious oppression that left me silenced, afraid, and easily overwhelmed. While I could take courageous steps to move forward, I was continually sabotaged by unconscious fears and patterns of disassociation that would ensnare me in isolation and extreme self-reliance. Alongside the process of transforming this difficult pattern I’ve cultivated a perception of life that is rooted in embodied healing, Buddhist dharma & meditation, depth psychology, and creative expression.
My life is also profoundly influenced by my father’s suicide. Although I was already working with vulnerable communities and teaching dharma & meditation, my sense of self was destroyed when he died shortly after my 32nd birthday. His death and my resulting inner crisis provided me with a richer understanding of the more frightening and destructive aspects of the human psyche, the psyche’s inherent impulse towards wholeness, and the vital role of creative expression.
I am a trained massage therapist, hold a Bachelor of Arts in Trauma, Healing & Spirituality, and have extensive experience providing spiritual and healing care to those living through addiction recovery, homelessness, incarceration and war trauma. My work focuses on helping individuals and communities investigate and process their living experience in ways that are insightful, liberating, and transformative while also cultivating fierce wisdom and compassion.
My professional background includes two humanitarian trips to Vietnam - first accompanying veterans on a healing and reconciliation journey and then caring for orphans and special needs children throughout the country. Most recently, I worked with The If Project to develop and teach an expressive writing program for incarcerated women. I also offered dharma & meditation instruction under the guidance of Rodney Smith of Seattle Insight Meditation Society and as a founder of Seattle Dharma Punx while training with Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society.