I'm recording this message in audio and hope to transcribe it for our original Ideaschema Intuitive newsletter lists, which have gone through a lot of changes over something like a decade -- especially in the last eight years or so -- because of my and our encounters with invisibilized hardship affecting all our community spaces in ways of which most people are not aware.
This has brought us to new understandings of what neurological injury is; what severe disablement is; and how startlingly little information there is about how people's brains work when they encounter levels of extreme and invisible hardship.
This has come as a great shock to me over and over and over again -- because what I had to come to terms with was that all of the business modalities and structures I had learned to work in were dramatically excluding communities of the most severely affected people whose brains would require relational neurological repair in order to have any chance to engage with community groups or activities, media platforms, creative expression platforms, even just social media.
We have had to learn to do things very differently than we ever did them before.
This has extensively affected whether or not we've been able to engage with our email lists.
We eventually found our way to Substack after having a lot of trouble navigating Mailchimp.
Yet… Mailchimp holds a special place in our hearts. And it still occupies portions of my and our neurological material.
Whereas many people would simply move the list from one place to another, we have to build a bridge of relational neurology between the two platforms in order to avoid losing huge swaths of our memories and functions for interacting with those lists at all, if we were to do this in the way that I thought was normal and traditional in business circles.
Certainly, there are people who would say "there is no other way but this"; "if you do it in another way then you are doing it wrong." People have a lot of ways of talking about this.
We don't want to do our list subscribers a disservice.
We've also found that if we do things in the regular normalized way that we've been taught in business and marketing, we are inherently doing our list subscribers a disservice.
So we're not willing to do it that way.
It does seem to require some amount of explaining so that people following our content streams can understand what's going on.
Here's the plan thus far.
We are going to start bringing list members over from Mailchimp to Substack.
We've been sending out a lot of different messages over the course of the last few years to the Mailchimp lists: the original Intuitive list that was merged -- under fire -- with the Megan Makes Music list, the Ideaschema list, and the Idea Catalyst Kit list.
When you lose neurological function, you can be cut off from everything completely. If there isn't a way to find someone to help out or to hire someone to do the necessary tasks, people lose their entire livelihoods; people lose access to their business; people get wiped out this way.
We've been in the process of inventing new and better ways of proceeding. We hope that you'll be able to hang with us in this.
If you have questions you'd like to ask me, you can always email me directly at email@example.com.
The original firstname.lastname@example.org email address also does work, last I checked. (Yes, it must -- that's the one that the Mailchimp emails get sent from.)
You can find me and all of us at IntuitivePublicRadio.substack.com; if anything gets lost in the shuffle, you can always comment and ask for assistance.
You can also check out t.me/CommunityIPR, which is our public chat space on Telegram messenger; you can come and ask any questions, and we will do our best to support you in the ways that you need.
As we bring over email addresses to Substack, we are also going to be continuing intermittent (probably very occasional) posts to MailChimp.
It is not easy for us to post to MailChimp. It's actually ridiculously difficult. :-)
At the same time, we don't want to wipe out so much of our brain function that we cannot respond to or connect with the list members that we bring over to Substack.
If you are someone who has been subscribed to the original Ideaschema lists, the original Intuitive lists, Megan Makes Music, or the Idea Catalyst Kit…
…you will see emails from Substack, and occasionally you will still see the original format of the Mailchimp newsletters that have gone out in the past.
That will be part of our gradual neurological bridge that allows us to get well rooted in our processes on Substack to serve all of these original list members as well as the community that's been following us directly on Substack.
We will get to the point where it will be time to put Mailchimp to rest; I don't know how long that will take. It might be a while.
It depends on neurological function, basically. :-)
It's been amazing to learn what we've been learning from all these experiences.
It's been very encouraging to continue to be in contact with those of you who are following on those original lists.
It's been confusing for a lot of people -- what is it that happened?... and why is Megan now calling herself Max?... Or in other cases, who is this Max person? I thought I was subscribed to something having to do with Megan Elizabeth Morris.
A lot of people don't realize that Max is a short name that many call me now -- and many don't necessarily realize… depending on what emails they've been able to read, and what emails they may have missed in the challenges that we are all moving through this last decade or so…
…the ways that Ideaschema became Ideaschema Intuitive…
…and Ideaschema Intuitive became Intuitive Public...
…and our radio broadcasting has kept pace with that in ways that have been especially chaotically creative to track and be able to recognize in all of the different permutations that have emerged from this process.
That is also part of our learning of one another's languaging in the most severe circumstances.
We would all really like to know…
…What is it that happens to people who are suddenly traumatically houseless?
What is it that happens to people whose communications change in radical ways, or who become unable to communicate, or whose communications may become very intense or erratic in some way?
We all want to be able to support our loved ones, our family members, our community members, in ways that allow all of us to build strength and grow bonds of awareness and relational integrity with one another.
It's been very difficult because there is a lot of information malnutrition out there. There's a lot of gaps in what we need to know and what we need our communities to be aware of.
Radio Pública Intuitiva -- our Intuitive Public Radio -- has been organizing resources around this that I think will become much more apparent to you as you follow the Substack broadcasts, which include a lot of audio podcasts.
There will be more video coming up in the future again; we took a break for a while from video, but we're making plans.
There are a lot of text posts -- and for every audio or video release we put out in our public media, we have at least a rough initial transcript of that information.
Even if it is not on the platform, we have it and you can request it.
I'm going to be working to make that more obvious so that others can know that they can take advantage of it.
This is one neurological bridge, but wow... we have been building a lot of neurological bridges that make up another collective massive neurological bridge…
…from 2015 and 2016 when I experienced sex trafficking in Austin, Texas…
…after a lot of compounded severe injuries and very strange and complex health conditions…
…that we gratefully have a much more stabilized understanding of as a community, as the network of Intuitive communities that are all working together at these subject intersections.
I'm looking forward to sharing more of our story nutrients with you as you follow along.
To those of you who have been with us since Austin… and there are quite a lot of you who have been continuing to look at our newsletters when we've been able to send them out from Mailchimp…
…it means a lot to us…
…it means a lot to me…
…that you are still tuning in to find out what's going on.
I know that for many or most or all of you, it is because you are encountering your own hardships that look conspicuously like what we are reporting about from the front lines.
I want to do everything that I can to extend our network resources to you -- even if you might not know quite how to engage with this yet, or you might not know how to reach out to ask for that assistance.
We're thinking about you. I'm thinking about you. I'm glad that you're here.
And I am sending tremendous gratitude and blessings to you.
I think that's it. I think I got all the notes in. They were all stored somewhere in my body here. Good job, body.
Now I will get this recording ready to publish.
We are coordinating here to start bringing the lists over from Mailchimp to Substack.
Come and take a look. You'll get the emails soon, but you can in the meantime, browse to IntuitivePublicRadio.substack.com.
I hope your day is full of bounty… and abundance… and kindness… and caring… and connectivity.
I'm looking forward to sharing more with you soon.
Max Megan Elizabeth Morris, signing off.
Thank you for listening.