The Healing Journey is a series born out of the reality that we all have our own individual path to healing. When we share our journey two things tend to happen, we often find freedom in sharing our stories and we always inspire others. There is power in speaking up and it is time to tap into that power.
The mission of The Healing Journey is to provide a platform for women to connect, inspire one another and empower each other. Together we will stimulate conversation, create awareness, healing and stand together knowing that each and every one of us are unique, gifted and powerful.
I’m so excited to introduce you to this month’s feature! Cue Kirk is the Tobagonian Canadian Poetic Empress, Dub Poet and Author. This woman is an absolute powerhouse. Her work is deeply rooted in her journey, community and spirituality. Cue is Rastafari and lives her life from a profoundly spiritual place. Cue’s inspiring life journey, devotion and passion for the Most High; Jah Rastafari, can be seen in her most recent book Alpha of Omega.
Cue Kirk is incredibly captivating and her story is nothing short of inspiring. Please join me in welcoming Cue to The Healing Journey.
Cue, for those who don’t know you, what is your story?
I was born in a beautiful garden on the Hill Top of Mont Zion on the island of Tobago to 3 families, 2 parents and 1 Love. Before coming to Canada, I was raised by my maternal and paternal grandparents and during this time I developed my love for writing and self-expression. I’ve always thought the world and nature was an interesting and special place, so I would write about it even as a child.
I moved to Canada in the mid 90’s and it was a huge culture shock to me, my first observation was that the houses were in lines and rows and not circles like I was used to so I continued writing, more now about home (Tobago), family and the love I missed. By the time I finished high school, I had a collection of poems describing my experiences in the world, and by 19 I answered the call to step on stage.
I started performing as a feature artist at Down One Lounge in Toronto and continued performing professionally at Ottawa in 2001. While in Ottawa I was blessed and humbled to win the 2005/07 CBC Poetry Face-Off & All Star Face-Off, and turned my attention to teaching the art of spoken word to high school youths. I’ve created and taught workshops at various high schools, knowing that these youth were no different from I, being faced daily with challenges and decisions that eventually define us as individuals.
I knew that my writing saved me during those times, so for me this was the best way to pay it forward. It wasn’t until I finally saw myself as a Daughter of Creation, an African and a Rastafari did I understand the purpose of my Test, Trials and Tribulations in life. For me, to know something means you have experienced it. The Most High Jah Rastafari and my experiences have taught me that we are Spiritual beings, connected to the Universe, the Most High and each other; so when I understood that the purpose of my journey in Life was to chant and teach I wrote about my experiences from this new perspective, as a Rastafari and complied my latest poetry collection Alpha of Omega. Since then, I have founded the AOC Dub-Theatre which showcases African and Indigenous culture through dub poetry showcases, and I’m completing my first dub-poetry album, Ah Home due to be released this fall.
When would you say your womb healing journey began?
My womb healing journey began after I ended a very long term relationship. I was already on a conscious journey living spirituality, learning and experiencing the energies that we intake and express when we share love and I noticed that it wasn’t balanced between us. So as my grandmother used to tell me, “what is for everyone else may not be for you” and I could feel that he wasn’t for me, so I left.
I began my conscious journey of celibacy which gave me time to acknowledge my womb space, her cycles, her moods and connection to the moon phases. This time I often call my “womb meditation”, because there were no distractions, no influence no wants, just time to feel and to understand the power her energy holds. During this time is when I gained a much respect for my womb and decided that going forward she should share the same space with someone who acknowledges, understands and respects her as much as I do. It was a beautiful beginning.
You’re a Rastafari, how has that influenced your womb healing journey?
Being a Rastafari has great influence over my womb healing journey. At the core of my way of life is acknowledging the balance of masculine and feminine energy that sustains us as individuals in nature and humanity as a whole. So I asked myself, what is my role as a wombman and feminine energy in this balance, and how can I express it in my day to day life. I realized through meditation that in order for life to sustain itself and continue, we need women in this world.
As wombmen, we literally carry the coming generations in our womb and as mothers we shape their consciousness through our nurturing and discipline. This is a beautiful gift and a great responsibility, that His Imperial Majesty showed me through His Livity and honor of Empress Menen. I was honored to have the responsibility to bring life and I was even more so surprised at how many years had passed that I didn’t realize my value as a wombman on this earth. So I give thanks to the Most High for that lesson.
You mentioned that how you perceive your womb space has evolved, how so?
Today, she’s more than just a part of my body serving a physical purpose. She has her own energy, her own power, her own responsibility and divine purpose. So I respect my womb more than I did before, because I know who she is now. We’ve spent time alone in meditation understanding each other, what is right and wrong for her, so I do my best to make the right decisions that honor who she is. The more I know her value, her purpose and the important role wombmen in general play in preserving humanity, the more I practice keeping her safe, keeping her healthy and honoring her divinity.
What work have you done in order to heal your womb/ body/ self?
My meditation and my writing have always been my best tools for healing. Whenever I face conflict between my physical and mental wants versus my spiritual needs I take time to understand the energies I encounter to ensure it’s the right one for her to engage in. On a more practical level I read books such as Heal Thyself by Queen Afua. With this I learned more about the connection between food and my body, so I became more conscious of what I ate, practiced fasting and routine meditation. I also started my Kundalini yoga practice as a conscious way to raise my feminine energy and bringing awareness to myself and my body.
You’re an international Dub Poet, what place has poetry had in your (womb) healing journey?
My womb healing journey takes centre stage when it comes to my poetry. I truly believe that my greatest lesson is learning my gift and responsibility as a wombman in this balance we call life. I write about her experiences, positive and negative, and the lessons I learned from them make me who I am today. I want to share this over-standing through my poetry with my sisters so they too can feel the same joy, respect and responsibility that I do. My womb awareness called me one day to write:
“The womb of woman unlocks the door to eternity
She carries it unknowingly in plain sight
Waiting for us to give birth to Faith, Courage, Over-Standing and Peace
Several generations of righteousness awaits once we realize that the only presence missing in the holy books is wombman
Yet they call us the Mothers of Creation
If it is so, then Honor us
If it is so then Sacrifice for us
If it is so, build Kingdoms for us
Because it’s through this devotion, that you will get closer to the Father
Because before there is Man
There is I-Mother”
This is an excerpt of my favorite lessons turned poem in my book Alpha of Omega, so I made sure it’s one that we also put it on dub for the upcoming album.
The Open Truth poetry workshops are beginning this month. Where did the concept come from?
Open Truth is a creative writing workshop that helps wombmen turn their experiences of tests, trials and tribulations into inspirational poetry. The concept came after learning of the death of a sister and reggae artist in the Rastafari community due to domestic violence. Like I, she was a confident wombman who inspired more people than she knew, but like I she also had her own pain that most didn’t know she experienced. Because my poetry has always been my way of battling through these tribulations, I thought that the best way to pay it forward and help heal other sisters who may be facing similar trails is to teach my greatest tool of poetry. My intention with this workshop is help others find the confidence within themselves to see the way through.
How do you allow yourself to feel through experiences? (When a feeling comes up how do you work through it?)
I find that our emotions express the truth of our hearts more than our mind or words do, so I surrender to them when they arrive. I allow the tears or the laughter to come and then I find the best words to describe the experience. Through that process I’m usually able to recall some other experience of the past or a lesson I’ve learned to get my understanding or find the strength to push forward. I allow my emotions to do their work, let my heart guide me through Life, and when I put those experiences to words I’m able to share my guidance with others who may be experiencing the same feelings. Finding time for silence so I can listen to my heart has always been key to feeling my way through the experiences life brings.
What is your message for anyone in the midst of or about to enter their healing journey?
When you’re faced with any challenge; find time to for the body and mind to be still, and stay in that stillness until you hear the voice that says “I Love you still”; or the one that reminds you that even when you have little or nothing at all, “the Earth is yours”, this is when peace comes. Silence and meditation have always been my best guiding tools though this journey, because it gives me the space I need to listen to my heart, hear her joys, frustrations, and especially her lessons so I can navigate through life. Through silence and meditation I’m able to acknowledge my womb space and my heart space as separate and equal parts of my spiritual being so during this time I’m also able to listen to their wants and needs so I’m able to give proper healing.
Do you have any messages for anyone reading this post?
Know that you are more that what you see in the mirror and that person you’ve never seen is a beautiful being; so get to know them. To you my reflection I say this;
“Let my utterance be like a blade to the seams that binds all your memories together
Let me reveal your true Nature and Spirit, that binds us all
let me show you your beauty because there is no one like you
Even your reflection lacks the twinkle in your eyes when you smile
So put away the mirror because it only shows you what you’re missing
And I’m here to tell you that you are missing those things because you don’t need them
Who you are is only disguised by what you look like
How good you are is defined by how much you are yourself once you realize your worth
And the love you share is defined by the results of your hard work, because it’s done with a pure heart and for all of our benefit
All this is done knowing you are a small thing
And that small thing is part of a lager thing
And that larger thing I choose to call Humanity, today
So set foot on your own journey to discovery
And when you find it
I will be there.”
– Reflection”excerpt from Alpha of Omega. Jah guide my loves.
Giving the utmost thanks to you, Cue, for sharing your art and your deeply inspiring journey. You and your work are gifts to this world. Thank you for being a part of The Healing Journey.
Want to connect with Cue Kirk?
Like to know more about Open Truth, Cue Kirk’s healing poetry workshop?
You probably don’t know this but Cue and I met way back in university and Cue is one of the people that encouraged me to write poetry and take the leap to perform my work. Poetry and the written word have been a huge part of my own healing journey so it brings me so much joy to co-facilitate this workshop with Cue.
Open Truth is about what we’ve been through and turning that into power. Healing and empowerment are threaded throughout this workshop series. You will learn tools to aid you in your writing and developing your performance skills. You’ll also have the opportunity to to sit with your emotions, be held in a safe space and supported by the community. For more information or to save your spot, click here.
Join us for BODY LOVE: A Womb Wellness 101 Workshop on September 16th!
Join Samantha Warren and I as we explore the topic of body love and share affirmative ways that we can work on our relationship with our bodies. Join us for gentle yoga, sharing in a judgement free and safe space, sisterhood, connection, Reiki and celebration of all of our magnificent bodies. This is going to be an epic journey. To find our more, click here.
Womb Wellness Program
Looking for support in your womb healing journey? Click on over to the Womb Wellness Program. This is a program that requires you to dig deep, to face what is stored in the womb and work with it to heal, release and receive. The program combines integrative health coaching, deep womb work and Reiki to support your healing. Read more…
Want to share your Healing Journey?
If you are interested in sharing your Healing Journey along with Cue Kirk and other powerful Goddesses, please email info(at)clarekenty.ca with “The Healing Journey” in the subject line and include a little about yourself and your story, or fill out the form below and I will contact you. Please be aware that The Healing Journey series is primarily about womb healing and womb wellness.