My name is Katy Morikawa. I am a web developer, graphic designer, artist, author, astrologer, lifelong mystic, philosopher, podcaster, unskilled woodworker, interior designer, plant lady, new eco-activist, cat mom, life partner to a local Floyd man, graduate of Blacksburg High School, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and the California Institute of Integral Studies.
I live on a gravel road in a small magical cabin I built with my partner, Michael. We are surrounded by trees through which we can just see distant mountains, sounds of crickets and cicadas in the summer, and family nearby.
THe Current Project
This is still emerging, but it seems to center around written posts, an audio podcast based on the written posts, and an interest in: the magical dimensions of an ensouled universe, better psychological and cultural maps for fulfillment, and academic and scientific curiosity with a shot of good ole common sense.
KATY MORIKAWA PODCAST
Freelance Web Developer, Graphic Designer, Virtual Assistant (2015-2021)
See more about this aspect of my professional life at katydidwebsites.com.
Co-Founder, Sales, Marketing, She-of-Many-Hats (2015-present)
The Workshop, Floyd VA. The business we launched in 2015 when I left Crenshaw Lighting is pretty quiet these days, but it accentuates our lifestyle, and we continue to draw inspiration from our mission: “Live simply. Leave a light footprint on the earth. Cherish beauty. Make by hand what we can. Protect nature, and especially protect the trees. Love our neighbors. Laugh a lot. Keep learning. Live long and prosper.”
Inside Sales, Project Manager, Marketing, Website (2010-2015)
Crenshaw Lighting, Floyd, VA.
Community Advisor (New in 2022)
Sustain Floyd is a local non-profit organization working to build ecological and economic resiliency in the Floyd County area of Southwest Virginia since 2008. I have known many of its founding members for decades, and my father is one of these. But only in 2021 did I get involved as the organization seeks to engage a younger generation. I have been particularly galvanized around the issue of recycling, which led to my part in Sustain Floyd’s presentation to the Industrial Design class at Virginia Tech: Household Recycling Problems for Industrial Designers. On January 19, 2022, I was formally nominated and accepted as a Community Advisor. It’s a wonderful honor and I look forward to years of engagement on sustainability issues in Floyd.
M.A. Counseling Psychology, Somatics (2009)
California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA
B.A. Religion (1993)
University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI
H.S. Graduate (1986)
Blacksburg High School, Blacksburg, VA – I’m dating myself by showing my graduating class!
The Mind Illuminated (2019-2020)
The Mind Illuminated: A Complete Meditation Guide by Culadasa (John Yates, PhD). Despite Culadasa’s scandals, and the fact that I don’t wholeheartedly embrace the goals of TMI or Buddhism, I really enjoyed the mental training. I don’t currently practice, but consistently worked at Stage 7 when I did. It continues to help in every area of my life.
Becoming Supernatural (2017 – 2019)
The mind-healing techniques taught by Dr. Joe Dispenza (Encephalon, LLC) in Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself and Becoming Supernatural came along at just the right time. I don’t embrace every aspect of Dispenza’s approach and I’ve never attended a workshop, but I’m grateful for his work.
Shamanic Astrology Certification (2006)
The Shamanic Astrology Mystery School, and its founder Daniel Giamario, taught me so much about human modalities, motivations, and mythologies. I remain indebted to Daniel’s work for enriching my understanding of human nature.
Kundalini Rising (1997 & 2003)
The first provoked by a health crisis and nervous breakdown, the second provoked by meeting a powerful soul mate at the healing center of John of God in Abadiania, Brazil. It took 20 years to integrate these experiences. This is the primary subject of my memoir, Doorways and Wings, which I also hope to finish finish in 2022 (I say “finish finish” because I’ve finished it about three times now. It’s been a bear).
The Seeker’s Life (1980-present)
I don’t mean to gloss the rest, but I have literally tried SO MANY things, as have those of us who caught the seeker’s bug early and never found a way to live without it. From the first time I plucked Siddhartha from my parents’ bookshelf, I have sought out truth and meaning. An incessantly independent mystic, I have dabbled and studied widely, but always in the end came back to the Great Teacher within rather than to any religion, guru, or community to serve as my guiding star. Well, there was that one cult that one time. lol!
I have tried to boil down the influences that have risen to the top and remain with me today. I notice that many of them happen to be works of fiction, but actually this relates to my recent discovery of the imaginal as a framework for accessing deep Truth, so it’s perfect!
- Love without End: Jesus Speaks by Glenda Green
- Cosmos and Psyche by Richard Tarnas
- Shamanic Astrology founded by Daniel Giamario
- Shamanism with Jade Wah’oo Grigori
- Greater Than the Sum of Our Parts by Richard C. Schwartz, PhD
- The Way of the Psychonaut: Encyclopedia for Inner Journeys by Stanislav Grof
- Becoming Supernatural by Joe Dispenza
- The Mind Illuminated by Culadasa
- The Soul’s Code by James Hillman
- The Practice: Shipping Creative Work by Seth Godin
- This Is Your Mind on Plants by Michael Pollan
- How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan
- Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake
- Marie Kondo’s KonMari Method
- Edgar Cayce
- Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
- The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkein
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
- The Expanse by James S. A. Corey
- The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson
- The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart
- Uprooted by Naomi Novik