About Dany Lyne
Dany Lyne is an author, trauma intuitive, body whisperer, CranioSacral therapist, Reiki practitioner, teacher and artist. She is the author of RIDING THE WAVE: Tales of Transformation. Sometimes staggering, always rambunctious, the journeys described in her book illuminate the tragedy of the cycle of violence and the beauty of women riding the wave of transformation. She is the creative force behind WHO’S MAKING WAVES, a video series featuring the prophets hidden in the folds of Kensington Market in Toronto. Her writing, art and therapeutic practice are shaped by her continuing exploration of various indigenous healing technologies, yoga asana, meditation and as well as by her twenty-year artistic journey designing sets and costumes for theatre and opera across Canada, in the United States, England and Europe. She was the recipient of the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre in 2006. She studied opera design at the Banff Centre of the Arts and holds an MFA from the University of Victoria, an AOCA from the Ontario College of Art & Design and a DEC from Dawson College in Montreal. She has taught at the Ontario College of Art & Design and at the National Theatre School of Canada. She lives and thrives in Toronto and big, beautiful nature everywhere.
Dany Lyne’s Journey
My unique approach facilitates the gentle release of trauma and shock stored in the various tissues of the body including the organs. I focus on clearing the blockages interfering with core alignment on all levels: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. My method fosters the individual’s connection to Universal love, awakens their personal power, while uncovering and reinforcing their alignment with their life purpose.
My life made no sense to me until at age thirty-two I had my first memories of sexual abuse. Until then, I had been plagued by symptoms and behaviours for which I could find no cause: ongoing, serious conflict with my parents; migraines; deep, general unhappiness; inappropriate relationships; feeling raw and without protection; feeling lost and unable to get on track with my career and dreams. It was only after these memories surfaced (which I was able to confirm) that I realized that my consciousness had been split in two: my painful history of abusive, invasive childhood relationships had been relegated to a subterranean parallel track in adulthood. Until chiropractic care instigated a series of releases that set me on the long process of merging the tracks, I believed that my childhood consisted of a “normal” series of collisions between sadness and pain and moments of happiness and celebrated accomplishments. In the decade that followed my first memories, a decade that consisted of a sometimes harrowing, always intense, and overwhelmingly empowering therapeutic journey, I deconstructed the mythology of my “normal” childhood and integrated the newly retrieved facts about my childhood and adolescence into one life experience and one coherent, complete narrative.
Alongside my therapeutic journey, I manifested my life-long dream of becoming an artist. As the memories of abuse crashed into my consciousness, my artist self emerged. Rather than fall apart at the seams, coming to terms with this new version of my life-story sustained my passion and drive to create powerful images for the world stage through set and costume design. I transformed my anger into a most potent creative fire that compelled me to meet the challenges of establishing myself as a respected and productive theatre artist.
My two-fold healing journey integrated pain and creativity into one energetic potency and strength. In the context of my day-to-day work, I could not fall entirely into a victim identity. An energetic force was unleashed that supported me and cradled me. It seemed that for every memory of my abuse that I compassionately witnessed, an artistic offering would be given me attesting to the fact that the universe is striving for balance and equilibrium. As I welcomed the horror, terror, shame, grief, rage and excruciating physical pain into my consciousness, I was simultaneously suffused with an exquisitely beautiful, gentle, and loving energy that stimulated healing and creativity.
My perception and understanding of my body shifted. I became aware that my material body is shaped and anchored by four fundamental vital energy fields – the physical, the mental, the emotional and the spiritual. While various physical and energetic therapeutic modalities informed my path to integration, I intuitively explored my energy fields to discover and “read” my history. I explored my pain, and welcomed the discomforts respectfully and lovingly, compassionately paying attention to the inner voices that needed to be heard. I realized that I had the capacity to break the silence within myself! This direct, conscious contact with all my wounded selves broke the energetic seal that had separated my conscious mind from not only my wounded selves but also from the beautiful, strong, and heroic architects of my survival.
Over the last fifteen years I have increased my awareness and cultivated my well-being in collaboration with healers practicing a variety of techniques in the healing arts. Under their care and guidance, I have accessed my inner wisdom. Their approaches and therapeutic techniques and modalities ranged from CranioSacral therapy, Reiki, intuitive energetic healing, Native and African shamanic healing, transformational counseling, acupuncture, deep tissue massage, scar tissue work, reflexology, Shiatsu, chiropractic care, naturopathic medicine, psycho-drama and Thai massage.
I came to my practice as a trauma intuitive and body whisperer through caring for my dying grandmother. In the seven day process of her dying, I was able to see information and images in her energy-field as my hands were on her body; I also experienced incredible heat coming from her, even after her death. During this time I did not doubt or question the experience, though I had no name for it. Later, I came to understand that I had, essentially been practicing the age-old laying-on of hands, which describes Reiki. I studied Reiki over a period of three years with Rose Weinberg, CranioSacral therapy with Robert Harris at the Cranial Therapy Centre and studied with Dagara Elder: Malidoma Patrice Somé. I have been guiding others since 2006 in this exciting and fulfilling healing journey.