A letter from Clarinda Tusitala Braun for the Fence-sitters:
Forgive this seemingly pompous but I need to do this properly to give you the lens through which I see the miracle that is Joy KMT.
One of the perks of my career as a marketing consultant is that I've had the privilege of working closely with dozens (hundreds by now?) of authority figures and leading experts in their field- many of which are in the realms of health, psychology, spirituality. Some are university lecturers, clinicians, corporate trainers; most are notable speakers and/or published authors. In working with many of them, a deep and mutual respect and admiration for each other and our work would grow, and often invoices back and forth.
I've been in therapy in one form or another for 15 years or so. I battle with mental health as I've had deeply traumatic experiences, physical & emotional, on top of the ordinary stresses that come with being a mama of young children, a business woman, a brown Pacific Islander and all the daily white-centered B.S., cultural conflicts and painful generational trauma that comes with that. I have invested so much in therapists who have the qualifications, the success stories, the accolades- and overall I felt like I was getting the best of the best. Until I met Joy.
What is different about Joy, is that not only does she understand my plight as a WOC, as an indigenous person, as someone with a high-achieving/type A personality- but she she knows exactly how to respect, acknowledge and get to the other side of epic stagnation, internal conflicts, and high anxiety that is the huge saboteur to my efforts, coming from the background that I do.
Joy is not afraid of anything.
I don't think there's anything she's heard from her clients that has her feeling out of her depth! Everything I've ever shared with her- some perverted and graphically violent- has been met with a confidence, a knowing, a fierce witnessing and presence, a deep respect and a loving and non-judgmental holding of space for me to continue to share, and navifate through it. On the contrast, I've literally shared these things with other "experts" only to have them respond with "maybe I'm not the right fit for you."
One of the biggest things I've learnt from Joy is just how much I've been trained to gaslight myself- to silence myself- to downplay and dismiss, with constant self-attack disguised as "positive thinking" and "gratitude practice"' (which by the way has been perpetuated by many other therapists).
Joy has guided me to a deeper relationship and open communication with my ancestors, drawing from their wisdom and tools on a daily basis. She understands and respects my cultural needs and values, and the roles that they play in my healing.
Joy's work is like nothing I have ever experienced before, and since my time with her, I've actually finally learnt about where I'm at-TRULY. Not a synthetic, hyped up view of myself that only lasts as long as she's cheering me on- but an actual deep understanding of my reality. She's brought me to a place of having a loving, accepting, nurturing view of my past, a blissful present, and a future full of wonder and curiosity in what my ancestors have been busy curating for me.... to see clearly, in a grounded way, why all of that is worth fighting for. Why I should keep going. The clarity and sustenance I get from that and her specific tools and techniques is EVERYTHING.
If you're onthe fence about whether you work with Joy or not, then you should know that you're actually on the fence of whether you're REALLY going to do the deep work necessary for change... or just dance around it with other people (or not at all). Sorry ( to everyone else lol)... but that's just how I see it, and has been my actual experience.
Where would I be now, If I met Joy 15 years ago...
Joy- my wish and prayer for you is to see you surpass the fame, fortune and life of indulgence that even you envision for yourself. You and I both know that there are plenty of others in your "field" who enjoy that, but fall short with their skills and wisdom in comparison. Phew... I did not intend to throw so much shade in this but it's true!!!
You and your beautiful family deserve the world, and more.
Aloha atu Joy,
Founder of the Matriarchial Business, recently featured in FORBES Magazine.
"Before I worked with Joy, I had been bleeding for several years & needed emergency iron infusions due to chronic low anemia and my hemo going to 6, triggering organ failure & cardiovascular issues.
After one deep session with Joy, I stopped bleeding. No medicines, no physical interventions. Over the phone. I asked some people in a facebook group and a lot of people with similar experiences are saying it ended up being abnormal cells or something unnamed, and them needing partial or full hysterectomies. "
"Before working with Joy, I used so many mental health workbooks, listened to countless TED talks, went to therapy, but still felt alone and, quite honestly, just did not enjoy being alive.
I was also dealing with invasive habits and thoughts about myself and my passion project---- thoughts that lead me to giving up, settling when I needed to ask for more, and isolating me.
Listen, It's real simple, the quality of healing I receive from a Black healer like Joy is unmatched by any other kind of healer/therapist/friend. It's not something I can fully explain. It requires working with Joy and noting the difference yourself".
therapist, rest doula
of Black Dream Escape
"Joy Saved my life. My account was $-122. My rent, car note, baby daycare were due. I had no car insurance and expired id tags.
I went back and read our conversations about the field of miracles. Went to the lake and meditated on it. Felt the field take me from my head to my toes. I drove to the dollar store to use my last lil money to get some candles and sea salt.
By the time I got there I had $4000 dollars in my account. I paid my rent. I paid my homegirl's rent. I paid daycare, my car insurance, my tags and the money I owed folks. "
I know I talk about her a lot, but I don't think I do enough. I say a lot about Joy's babies, and I'm proud to be one of them. There are few out here who will give you back to yourself. They would rather keep and mold pieces of you to fit what they deem acceptable.
But Joy KMT is always going to point you all the way back inside yourself to your own power and expression. She's going to tell you that you're perfect just the way you are, and then she's gonna turn around and help you see that truth. She is the real life Professor X, Oya embodied, and a transforming generator who will put the battery in your back to get you to trust and believe in yourself and the miracles you can create and participate in in your every day life.
I hope to see y'all in this new class she's putting together, because we NEED it. I know Joy's babies because we all went from zero to a hunnit REAL QUICK after she showed us how to give ourselves the permission.
Rish De Terra
Producer of the 9 Minds Radio show, author of Root Babies, doula and student midwife
My life is a direct redirect of everything that Joy KMT has revealed and exposed to me over the last 3-4 years of me knowing her. Her accessibility, intention, care, and wisdom are unmatched.
She gives you back to yourself. She tells you the truth and she shames the devil. After being in her liberation and Miracles class last year I can say a year later I’m in a completely different place. I’m able to use my energy in much more useful ways in order to live the kind of life I want. She teaches you the power of vulnerability with yourself and the importance of building your own language with rage. I feel much more equipped to let things go and allow the blessings I deserve to flow in and they haven’t stopped since.
Her method of liberation science is one that is foundational and will bring substantial change to your life.
poet, singer, creator
"Listening to Joy is literally like hearing the voice of God. She channels through her. I'm always in awe everytime we talk."
Former SEEN editor, Mid-Atlantic Emmy nominated producer
“Through the course i was able to build muscle memory around my gifts. i feel more centered in this knowing. in my truths. i feel more joyful thanks to Joy.”
Dr. LeConte Dill, Practitioner. Urban Ethnographer. Poet, Professor. Play Priestess. Spelmanite. DST Diva.
“I was told to find joy. When Joy sent me an invitation, i was at a place of constant questioning of my value, my purpose, and my sanity. i couldn't seem to take full breaths.
she guided me through an experience i will forever be grateful for. we entered a realm of listening to my sweetest, most clear voice.
we went deep.
the work and play continues, and i have so many tools, languages and memories from our time together that i listen to as i move forward. breathing deep and rooted in my divine truth in order to fly.”
photo courtesy of Whitney Brown Photography
Jasmine Hearn performer, curator, director, choreographer, organizer, and teaching artist. 2019 Jerome Foundation Jerome Hill Fellow. Collaborator with Alisha B. Wormsley, Vanessa German, Holly Bass, Jennifer Nagle Myers, and Solange Knowles.
“Joy's voice is so present and fierce. i was led through an intensive process of reconnecting with parts of myself i cut off long ago. i'm operating with a new framework of magic and self-love that i never thought was possible for me. i left the class feeling full and intimate with the universe in a way i haven't felt for probably ten years. joy is a cosmic birthworker.”
“I am blessed to have joy guiding me through this life changing work. Joy helps me dive deep into the parts of myself that yearn for healing and tenderness.
everytime i work with Joy, i feel a heaviness lift from my shoulders because a new way of thinking has been given to me. it's not that i feel "better" but more enriched, full and like my true self. I can't recommend working with Joy enough!"