Keely Meagan is a writer, activist, healer, rebel and visionary.
She is eternally grateful to Michael Jackson for showing us ways to effectively transform the world by waging peace with love; cultivating spiritual power; healing trauma; speaking truth to power; standing firmly in our whole, beautiful, complex selves, and never ever giving up.
Keely’s had a life-long commitment to justice and peace, participating in anti-racism organizing, Central American peace and justice education, fighting industrial devastation in rural New Mexico, and working for women’s empowerment.
Introduced to the art of radical transformation in Nicaragua, Keely worked as a translator in Managua after the Sandinista revolution. There she met and fell in love with a people who were fighting for their lives and creating a whole new way of being responsible for themselves, all their relations, and their form of government.
After a dear friend was shot and wounded by the U.S.-funded and -directed counterrevolution, Keely returned to the U.S. to work with the Nicaragua Network (the national solidarity organization) to stop the war. Although the Network helped prevent a direct invasion of Nicaragua, the U.S. succeeded in squashing that remarkable revolution through other means.
This tragedy launched Keely’s quest for truly effective ways to change the world.
But first she had to deal with a severe case of burnout and the PTSD she was experiencing from severe abuse as a child and an assault as an adult. For the next dozen years, she struggled to put one foot in front of the other, as she learned to heal herself through some helpful trainings. These included Nonviolent Communication (I have feelings and needs? And you want me to actually speak them?), PSYCH-K (changing pesky subconscious beliefs), Reconnective Healing (ooh, ah, wow! energy work), and Trauma First Aide (skills for rapid trauma and PTSD recovery which literally saved this gal’s behind).
These practices helped her transform the pile of coping skills, addictions and illnesses she had become over the years. She began to remember who she really was, and started to share these skills with friends.
Keely has a degree in survival from the prestigious School of Hard Knocks: it has given her a deep compassion for all who long to have their lives matter to the world. She is now a trauma recovery educator and writer passionate about getting life-saving information and skills into the hands of the people who need it the most.
At the same time, Keely became part of the growing natural building movement and authored Earth Plasters for Straw Bale Homes. She later co-founded the El Valle Women’s Collaborative with many other feisty gals with the goal of creating a thriving local economy in the heart of their home, a poor rural New Mexican river valley. Her favorite collaborative project is the “Name Your Price Thrift Store”, which is making basic necessities affordable for everyone.
Keely is currently working on her second book, Everything Is Possible: How Michael Jackson Changed the World and You Can Too. She spends far too much time fighting fracking, and not nearly enough time with her goats.
Photo credits: Marie Morohoshi, Jeanette Iskat, Arina Pittman and Monica Talavera