Michaela Daystar

Facilitator since November 1, 2013

Michaela Daystar
HeartScapes
Davis, California 95616 (United States)
P 530-204-0210

Biography

Michaela Daystar is a SoulCollage® Facilitator and Reiki Master Teacher/Practitioner in Davis, CA, working at the intersection of creative expression and transformational leadership.  Understanding leadership to be a process best practiced from the inside out, Michaela founded HeartScapes to coach groups and individuals in a variety of self-reflective processes to identify and transform internal barriers to fulfilling one's purpose.  Michaela spent nine years as Director of the Institute for Civic Leadership at Mills College in Oakland, CA, building the leadership capacities and commitments of undergraduate women in social justice realms through teaching, mentoring and community engagement.  As a trained artist and art historian, Michaela weaves creative practice throughout her work.  Seeking to deepen the creative and self-reflective aspects of her work, she trained as a SoulCollage® facilitator in 2013.  Michaela holds a B.A. in Art History & Community Arts from Mills College, a M.A. in Leadership for Social Justice from Saint Mary's College of California, and a Reiki Master Teacher/Practitioner certification from Reiki Focus in Davis, CA.

Description of SoulCollage® work

Finding SoulCollage® to be a powerful means for uncovering our innate wisdom and creative nature, I design SoulCollage® experiences that support people in connecting more deeply with aspects of their identity.  In particular, I am interested in the way SoulCollage® can reveal parts of ourselves that both support and hinder our resilience to change, making them accessible to us as tools for personal transformation.  I combine SoulCollage® with other modalities, such as the Immunity to Change process, story-telling and Reiki energy work, to provide unique and highly customizable experiences for groups and individuals in a variety of settings.  
 
I've woven SoulCollage® experiences in college campuses, spiritual communities, preschools, conferences, women's groups and one-on-one with clients.  A selection of the topics explored include:  
 
  • Leadership identity
  • Resilience to stress
  • Motherhood
  • Spiritual identity
  • Justice
  • Life story  

Personal work with own SoulCollage® cards

The first time I sat down to make a SoulCollage® card, I intended to represent my Inner Artist, or maybe the Archetype of Joy.  In other words, I wanted to make visible a beautiful aspect of myself I could feel proud of.  Instead, the card that insisted upon being made was a strange image featuring a disheveled, faceless man hunched and chained in a chair.  I was disappointed and frustrated, but put the card on my alter anyway.  In the morning, I woke with a knot in my stomach, and realized it was because of the important budget meeting I had that day with my boss.  I looked at the card I had made the night before and suddenly it spoke to me, revealing it's name and character:  "I am your Imposter Syndrome.  I am one who believes I am not worthy, who hides in the corner for fear of being discovered as the fraud I am.  I am one who is chained and immobilized by fear, unable to fully express myself."
 
I sat there for a moment stunned, then gently picked up the card.  I thanked it for revealing itself, and promised that we would work together to heal what is broken.  I then respectfully requested that my Imposter Syndrome stay home and not accompany me to my budget meeting, for which I would need confidence and belief in myself.  The knot in my stomach went away and the meeting was great.  Now, over 80 cards later, Imposter Syndrome is still one of the most significant to me, for how timely and appropriate it's appearance was.  The powerful experience of coming face to face with a part of me I was unaware of and yet was blocking me from standing in my power and brilliance was transformative, convincing me that SoulCollage® would become an important means for healing and growth in my life and, through me, in the lives of others.

Other Notes

Some questions to ponder:

What aspects of yourself are you curious about?

When do you feel most free to be yourself?  Who are the people with whom you feel most free to be authentic?

When you feel yourself most resistant to change, where in your body does that resistance live?

Which aspects of yourself do you keep hidden, from yourself or others?  Might you be ready to ask them what you can learn from them?  What would it mean to bring  them out into the light?

In Gratitude and Connection,

Michaela