Welcome to Karma Compass, the totally unexpected and serendipitous outcome of my journey to find the center of my inner home. On my way to healing from a series of progressive and prolonged illnesses caused by working in toxic and traumatic work environments, I found a new dimension in my voice, leading me to pursue a life-long calling toward healing with the art and the written word as the primary vehicles for transformation. Karma Compass is the direct result of this divine guidance and intervention. I thank God for this inspiration.
Our creative process is to get right with ourselves so that we can feel right in the world. It’s that simple and that self-affirming. For women, in particular, have spoken to me about their journeys, some asking for help, others sharing their wisdom, usually a balance of both. Often there has been long-suffering, pain and untended damage of physical, psychological or emotional manifestations present in our lives. I’m only just beginning to understand the ancestral trauma transmitted to me. These wounds need attention, and they cannot wait another year, another month or even another week. We need healing, and we need it now.
Believing that health is a precondition for wealth–the ability to thrive and belong to ourselves–Karma Compass explores of how we can stay well and find repositories of strength and love in one another. Most everything you will find on Karma Compass is something we’ve tried firsthand, and which has proven successful in healing some malady of the body, mind or spirit.
Though the name may seem distant or foreign to some, I believe we all have our Karma to answer to, regardless to our faiths, our ages or our ethnicity. You will find healing from the Yoruba, Christian, Curandera, Jewish, Santeria, Psychotherapy, Chinese, Buddhist, Shamanism and the common kitchen, here. In short, if it works, we will discuss it. We do this to affirm our spirituality and our identities as whole people who want to be happy. We deserve to thrive. Let us begin!
If you’re asking yourself, “Who’s Edissa?” then I say, “I am a reliable witness to my own life.” I hold a degree in Education from Brown University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. I was born on a small island in the Caribbean and raised poor by hard-handed, fast-talking Latina women in New York City. I now look for ways to heal myself daily and to reconnect with a society that insists that I do not belong here. My identity, education and my countless experiences with enactments of violence and racism (internalized, institutional and personal) have birthed the vision of Living Artist Project, a co-created, inclusive and non-competitive space, where we all can thrive by igniting and supporting each other’s passions and creativity through our art and compassionate communication. This work is personal. Please, join me.
With great love and respect,