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Life and Work with Rocio Navarro

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rocio Navarro.

Rocio, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am a water healer. I was born and raised in LA. I’m the daughter of Mexican migrants from Michoacan, Mexico. I grew up in the city of LA, the northeast part of LA during the eighties and nineties at the height of gang culture in LA. Most of my upbringing and early childhood days were dealing with a lot of uncertainty and instability financially, emotionally, physically as well. Like many migrant families, the instability and the insecurity that I witnessed was alcoholism and a lot of violence, in my immediate family and my extended family as well. And what fermented that particular experience was the community violence that I also witnessed growing up.

I grew up in Lincoln Heights, which is a predominantly Latino community, with some Chinese immigrants as well. So, when I went to college, I experienced immense culture shock because I had essentially grown up in a monolith community. As a result, I ended up focusing in on sociology; that shock that I was able to experience became one of the bigger markers in my life. There have been many defining moments, but that was definitely one that shifted my focus towards human relationships relations and understanding them more in depth.

In addition to sociology, I also double majored in gender, ethnicity, and multicultural studies. During that time, as I was understanding more of the social dynamics and the inner complexities of how we as humans relate to the outside world, I was also deeply seeking how all of those systems interrelated within me. So identity politics became extremely crucial to my positioning in the world.

As I began to excavate that and to excavate the multilayered identities that I was learning to encompass and incorporate into myself, there was a lot of grief and anger, specifically anger, that showed up. And how I was able to channel that anger during that particular period of time was through political activism. Although that was an important channel, it was a more socially acceptable channel for the internal fire, the internal anger, to be processed through. And it became unsustainable over time.

I found myself really, really depleted. Another important marker in my life during my college years was getting really involved with an organization called Red Nation Student Alliance. This particular organization was focused on intercultural exchange with mostly indigenous groups in the United States and in Mexico. So, for five years, I was in charge of taking groups of students to the Yaqui reservation in northern Mexico, in Sonora.

I also witnessed my first sweat lodge in Lakota land on the Rosebud Reservation when I was 19. Which also became another marker in my life. These markers were all signaling moments in my life that became, what I call, “awakening moments.” So, that became an opportunity for me to remember that the invisible was something that I’ve always had a communication with since I was really young.

But I wasn’t taught, like many others were, to acknowledge it and to really harness it. I remember hearing the whispers of the grandmothers in that land, telling me that they were there protecting and guiding. During that process, during those five, six years, I remember just really percolating around indigeneity within my Mexican American identity, because, like many Mexicans and the heritage that I’ve come from, we haven’t acknowledged the complexities of identities in Mexico. Coming as migrants into the United States, there were other layers of identity that were also worth exploring and it became very confusing for me.

So, for me, it was about reclaiming: reclaiming that indigeneity, that connection to the land and to land ways. Those experiences really grounded me into the importance of cycles, into the importance of connecting to nature, into the importance of process, among many, many other things.

When I was ending my college years, I went through a severe sadness. My activism and my fire were not able to be sustained. And so I burned out: I was extremely suicidal during that time. By the grace of God and grace of Spirit, I was able to find ways and strategies by whispers of the invisible and the Spirit that guided me to gain support for me to slowly come out of that.

Another poignant moment during that time was my last “professional” experience in California was as a high school dean. And again, as a visionary of healing and change and transformation, I was not able to find the support systems to really catalyze the healing that I saw was needed between who we were servicing within the school and the outside community.

So, that took me on another bout of anxiety and depression. And it was at that point that the biggest marker in my life started to happen. I had a dream where a spirit guide came and basically told me, “You need to leave.” I remember waking up and hearing that dream so, so clearly. And I said I have to go. Within weeks, I bought a one-way ticket and joined a friend who was organizing a women’s retreat to the Yucatan region to visit all the sacred feminine sites. There were seven women from LA that I joined in that journey. And, essentially, it almost felt like they were there to usher me into this initiation that I was about to embark on. I had no idea how it would play out.

I knew very clearly that, although I was leaving everything behind (and as scary as that was), that leaving needed to happen. I couldn’t find any other solution, and I had to surrender and put my trust into something that was broader than me. It was a deep leap of faith with a very clear intention. The vision was not clear, but the intention was: heal, find my medicine, heal my wounds and heal the wounds of my ancestors.

I was ushered moment by moment, visiting all the sacred feminine sites with these seven women. And once they left, I was left to my own devices to listen to spirit and have a spirit guide me in. Essentially, I was led through the whole Mayan route down to Guatemala, where I ended up at a meditation center, where I would spend 10 months delving deeper into my myself.

And that was the beginning of this journey with water in many ways. I was living by this lake where there’s about 12 indigenous mind communities living there and three volcanoes surrounding this lake, and I was in bouts of silence for 50 days. And during that experience, I was able to uncover a lot of repressed, painful memories that I had suppressed in my psyche. Not only from early childhood, but I was also able to go into the moment of when I was in utero and feeling my mother’s experience when I was in her womb. And it took me even further to the point of conception, of feeling where my parents were emotionally and consciously in the moment that they were conceiving me.

I didn’t know at that time that that would become the framework of what I would be doing now. Having to go through that experience, those memories that have exceeded time and space have allowed me to face and acknowledge and learn to accept where I come from, to find beauty within that. To still find love and healing in the midst of it all. And to know that there’s something that happens beyond what we can see.

During those bouts of silence and in that process that I was immensely focused on awareness in self-reflection, not only was I able to uncover these memories, I was also able to experience the polarity of that. And I was able to go into these altered states of consciousness that I had not previously acknowledged in moments of my life that I have actually accessed. It gave me the space to be able to really integrate into my experience versus something that was “outside of me” or maybe not real. During those experiences, I was able to secrete DMT, and I still remember the day when that happened.

Also, while in that process, I was able to have all these visions and dreams where I was essentially in water. I’m constantly in water, constantly with people, and constantly birthing with people. I didn’t really know what that path was, what was leading me to the path that I’m on right now. And I was basically taking people through rebirthing experiences in water in those dreams and visions. Nine months after that experience, I came across the water path. I ended up getting called to live in this little surfer town in the southern part of Mexico called Puerto Escondido. It’s the third top surfing spot in the world. Little did I know that that’s what it was, but the ocean called me so deeply and it was there where I began to integrate a lot of the experiences that I had during silent retreat process.

It was also during that time I was living there that I was able to come across the water path. And when I did, I realized that it was the most direct path that I could use to take someone to experience these altered states that I had been able to witness. But also to gently embrace those parts of themselves that may feel unhealed, unloved, unacknowledged.

What I mean by direct path is that you don’t necessarily have to go through a bout of silence for 10, 15, 20 days like I did. Simply one experience in the water can open up the opportunity to delve into the ocean within you in the same way that I was able to experience it in the meditative states.

Ever since then, I’ve gone through so many different experiences of unfolding, of awakening, of healing, and water has become my life philosophy and the metaphor, the medicine, and the element that I use in my practice. As I began to unravel who I was, I began to really see who I am in the midst of this process of deep healing from the family system, as well as the cultural systems that I had identified with. As the process went, I had to gently remove myself from all of those markers of identity to really find my voice.

What has been beautiful in the process has been the interconnectedness of that. The interconnectedness of this process is that it’s not isolated. It’s not about you going up in the mountain and removing yourself completely, but rather that there is a symbiosis, an interconnection that happens in between. And so how that happened to me was as I was unveiling, unraveling, going deeper into my exploration, my professional development with this particular technique and this process was family work.

And as I had mentioned earlier, the work that I had done within the earlier parts of the silent retreat and the memories that I was able to uncover around conception, birth, and early childhood, I was able to bring that medicine to my family and understanding that the biggest wounds that we have as humans are related many times to our father and our mother.

That’s been the deepest healing that I’ve been able to do throughout this process. So, how I did that has still been a process of uncovering, but I guess the major crux of all of this was taking my father into the water. For me, the most important piece was the father archetype in my life. I have felt a deep wound with my mother. But my father was who I was most experienced a severing with early in childhood.

To be able to take my father into my arms and energetically hold the six-year-old boy who had witnessed the most wounding from a matriarchal, hyper-masculine system and for life to give him four daughters and for me to be one of them. To take him into the water and tell him that he’s healing and that he’s healed. And that the feminine is here to hold him and not hurt him… that was probably one of the biggest catalyzers in my life. And in his life and in the life of my family. In ways that are not tangible and immediately visible. But they’re there.

I realized that the more that happened and the more that I was able to forgive, I was doing helping to heal and forgive on behalf of the generations that came before me. It started shifting the family web in a way that I didn’t necessarily have to do anything more, except for taking the knowledge and share it with other people.
In the last six years that I’ve been working and developing this process, this technique, this path that I’ve been walking, the transformation that people I’ve been able to help have gone through has been immensely incredible, and deeply profound.

Water is a direct doorway because water is that element that connects us to everything. It’s the majority what this earth is made out of. It’s what connects landmasses across the world. It’s a majority of who we are. It’s what’s majority inside of our bodies. It’s from those fluids that we gestate within our mother’s womb.
Water is everything and I’m incredibly grateful to be able to walk this particular path with the gifts that I have in this moment of time. Globally, we are in the crux of rebalancing, where the feminine is rebalancing with the masculine. The masculine, that has ruled for so many centuries, and the feminine finally coming to a rising. And this particular sharing in the water is a piece of it. It’s the piece that can catalyze and create ripples for the feminine to stand in her power. And when I speak of the feminine, I’m not talking about the feminine in gendered terms. I’m talking about the essence of femininity in our being because feminine and masculine are dualities of life. And there’s a spectrum in between, of course.

Water will be such a pivotal medicine to heal the world.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Not at all: I experienced a lot of uncertainty and insecurity growing up. That pattern of feeling/lack of trust in life kept recurring in different areas of my life. In college, I went through deep anger and frustration and disempowerment. I knew there was something bigger, but I just couldn’t reach it or access it.

As a result, there was a severe sadness and frustration that I could not transform because I didn’t know how. When Spirit guided me through this whole process of letting go of everything I knew in the United States, going back to the motherland, and not knowing where I would end up, it was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done. I’ve done many incredible things and met so many interesting people, but letting go of what I knew and jumping into this abyss of what I didn’t know was the most incredible and scary thing I’ve done.

While I was traveling through the places where my family is from, I had to learn how to source within myself and for myself. Going through a process of healing requires dedication, it requires strength, deep amounts of faith, and a deep amount of surrender.

When we’re learning to heal, when we make the choice to authentically be who we are, it means letting go of identities we’ve previously sought comfort in, many times for survival, or acceptance, or for love. To be able to let go, to surrender, and to trust that no matter how much you let go, there’s still uncertainty and ambiguity in this process… the recognition of the pain we have sought to alleviate ourselves from in order to achieve who we authentically are, is the very thing we need faith, trust, and surrender to feel whole again.

In order to feel whole, to find our authenticity, there’s a moment where we have to come and confront the shadow and the pain, to be able to give it what it’s actually seeking, in order for it to be released and transformed. The only way the pain can be released and transformed is if we recognize it.

So, has this path been easy? Absolutely not. I was challenged in so many ways and I had to continually learn to trust in something broader and greater. I’m not saying that I’m perfect, absolutely not. But where I’m at compared to where I was? It’s vastly different. I’m a different person because of that.

I’m in a place that feels more like home than I have ever felt in my life. The challenges, what we’re not always taught, rites of passage and initiations in cultures across the world that allow for spiritual maturity to take place, we have not been taught that. But we have it innately in our cellular memory, so it’s not inaccessible.
What I would say to young women or anyone, really, who is ready to embark on this path of healing, is this: as they seek this healing, as they seek this path of transformation, know that it’s not going to be easy. What’s always on one side cannot be on the other: we cannot experience love if we haven’t experienced the polarity of it.

And in order to heal, we have to confront those things that have caused so much pain. In the beginning, it’s going to be uncomfortable. But the more that we face it and embrace it, we learn to accept those parts of ourselves that have been disassociated and neglected for many reasons. They become the catalyzers for us to be in complete integrity.

As you embark on this journey, the biggest message I would say would be to build your support systems around you; not where you’re depending on the support system for your personal growth, but so that you have mirrors to remind you of what is on the other side, and also to remember that the journey is not always easy.

That’s the Warrior Spirit that gets activated within that process. It’s possible because many have done it before us and many will continue to do it after us. We are the catalyzers for all of that. what has come before us is already there, we just have to be reminded of how to access that, and it’s not always going to be easy. And that it’s worth it.

Piece of advice to a young woman:

The overall picture is intuition.

What does intuition look like? How you seek intuition is to find spaces where you can pause and listen to your heart beating.

We have forgotten in a hypermasculine, patriarchal society that has doomed us for so many years, that the pauses, the reflections, the introspections…. the feelings are what guide and invokes the intuition for our life to be followed.

I would say to a young woman that is starting off: give yourself that opportunity, that space, that pause in between to really ask what your heart is yearning for.

Please tell us about Nammu Water Healing.
I use water as a medium. The element that gets channeled through me and through my work, through my essence I use water in many facets. One way is I take people into body temperature water, put them in a buoyant position and gently do stretches and movements that remind the body and the mind of what it was like to be in the mother’s womb.

Because there’s no compression of the body, the nervous system, the skeletal system, and the mind can actually relax in ways that most practices on land would not allow you to. Even if we’re meditating or receiving a particular massage on land, there’s an active part of the brain that is paying attention to the compression the body is receiving while on land.

What’s beautiful about water is that part of the brain gets some reprieve and relaxation because it’s not needing to focus on compression or weight. That allows the nervous system to work on deeper levels and because our bodies are majority water (70%), working with water is a chemical element that allows the subconscious mind, and the conscious mind to work and communicate with each other in really profound ways.

People have a myriad of experiences depending on what they are going through in their particular life: some have memories of past lives. Some have memories of early childhood they didn’t remember. Some have memories of when they were in utero. Others are able to simply quiet the mind.

It really depends on every single person and the process that they’re in. Because water is such a magnetic and mutable element, it has the ability to transform really quickly and to imprint messages. I look at the work of Masaru Emoto The Hidden Messages in Water, he shows scientifically what happens when you pray to water when you set an intention with water.

With people that I work with, there’s a process that I take them through. And it’s helping people understand or add more consciousness to the effect of water before going into the physical water and the water in their life. The water (in their life) is related to the subconscious and the emotional body. So having more awareness of how all of those things play out or are playing out in their lives, makes it freer for when we go into the water, we’re both channeling and activating the water to really enhance the healing process.

I also do a lot of group healings in the water as well and incorporate sound in those sessions. I use water in rites of passage and ceremony, ie for folks going through birthing experiences, and birthing couples so that they can connect to their babies.

I use this specific water technique to support each individual and the unique transformation that they’re going through, but I always connect it back to the healing of the family system. This has been the bulk of my work.

The other ways that I use water, predominantly in my work with women, has been vaginal steaming. I’m a vaginal steam hydrotherapist and I was trained under Steamy Chick (you should definitely follow her work, she’s amazing!) Using her technique over the last two years, I have been using water through vaginal steaming to support women’s reproductive health.

The uterus is the center of women’s emotional and psychic health. I also use that as a way to catalyze deeper healing and transformational processes.

The other piece to my work is immersive experiences: I love doing retreats connected to nature. I feel that it’s really pivotal to take people out of the element that they’re connected to and the habitual patterns that they’re in. It’s when we remove the person from the environment that they are able to see other parts of themselves that they have not seen.

So, a lot of my work is in connection to nature. I do a lot of my work in hot springs or in more remote places around the world. To allow the person to immerse deeply into their own healing process.

The things that set me apart is the immersive connection to nature. The application, the perception, and the integration of the family cultural systems is really important to my work. We are multilayered people, but we are just people that are connected to multilayered systems.

If we can acknowledge the systems and the cultural imprints that are affecting us, and bring them to our awareness, then we can work with them in a way that is far more empowering. It’s not just looking at you as the individual in your internal mind: what are the influences, the imprints, that have been generated over periods of time and how is your environment impacting them?

The other focus in my work is the somatic experience of the body as well as the emotional body, which is the most profound element. Those are the things that set me apart from most of the folks that 1) are doing water work and 2) other healing modalities in general.

I feel like the bouts of silence that I experienced early on is also that dance of silence that I work within the water that gives people that connectedness, that rootedness, in the silent spaces. I feel like that is something we don’t really have in our daily lives, that I’m able to bring in such a profound way.

With a background in Sociology and Gender, Ethnicity and Muticultural Studies, I carry that lense in everything I do, especially in my healing work. The last decade of my life I have been weaving and deeply studying Metaphysics, energetics, epienergetics, somatic and sound healing that I apply when working with water.

I’ve trained in different parts of the world several water healing techniques that have given me the basis of what I do. However, birth and women’s reproductive health has been something I have always been keen to since I was 24.

I have trained as a doula and used water healing to take couples to connect to their birth experience as they welcome their baby into the world.

I am also a certified Vaginal Steam Hydrotherapist helping wombs heal through the use of water and herbs.

I have a good amount of tools in my medicine bag and I used according to where the person is and what they are ready to explore within themselves.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve benefited from using?
To be sincerely honest this question often challenges me because a lot of the knowledge and information I have become aware of has been through meditation and many life experiences and intuitive knowledge. However, there have been many many circumstances in my life where books or references show up to validate and experience or piece of knowledge I had been feeling and sharing.

The most pivotal book at this time that shows the science behind the work with water, in general, is BLUEMIND by Wallace J Nichols. When I found out about his work, I was so excited that he is placing emotions, water, and science at the forefront of the human experience. This shows that the work with water that I am doing has a scientific basis to it as we understand more and more what happens to our brain when we are exposed to water.

This is why I say that we are in a rebirth of humanity. Water is coming again to remind us of where we come from and only then can we renew ourselves.

And the body of work through energetics and epienergetics is also what supports the work that I do with water. I’ll name a few:

Gabor Mate
Pam England
Donny Epstein
Anna Verwaal
In Utero documentary

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KC Katherine Casado, Dyana Valentine, Raquel Lemus

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