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D HIROKANE PAYTON (they/them)
Born & raised in the Bay Area and currently settled on Ohlone Land, D is a genderqueer Japanese & Irish educator, Reiki medicine holder, community cultural worker, organizer, writer, film photographer, and abolitionist. Their goal is to use energetic medicine, education, self exploration, and visual documentation as tools of liberation, providing others with perspectives & experiences that build acceptance, radical compassion, interdependence, and self-determination. They are honored to be a student, actively listening and learning from their wise teachers and elders how to be in right relationship with our Mother Earth. They enjoy sharing these practices of veneration, respect, and offering they have learned from their teachers and guides with the greater community.
As a Reiki medicine holder, D works directly with Spirit to offer a clear pathway for others and their own inner healing. Raised with Buddhist and Shinto practices and impacted by the fragmentation of incarceration through both family lineages, D has dedicated their life to studying and healing their own trauma through reconnecting with ancestral traditions and practices. D holds great gratitude & reverence to be gifted with a Japanese Reiki teacher and practice and has dedicated self to share this medicine with our most vulnerable communities. They believe Reiki is a form of living reparations, and is indebted to share with those who may benefit most ~ houseless, queer, trans, Black, Indigenous, incarcerated, poor, and young folks.
Believing that intuition/inner knowing is stronger than any external message, D feels healing starts at home in the body, and that transformation of our world is possible when we dedicate ourselves to living in the fullness of our truth. D encourages the development of spiritual and cultural ancestral practices as a form of personal liberation and a way to actively push back against the systems and forces of capitalism, colonization, and imperialism and the ways they infect our personal lives.
D is honored to be an active participant amongst a variety of community groups and spaces:
-Long term mentor and friend to Bay Area youth and young adults
-Board member for Bay Area Girls Rock Camp
-Member at Moments Cooperative & Community Space