A. Jorgelina Zeoli
Empathic Listener - Personal Growth Counselor
Music Lessons - Tai Chi Chi Instruction
Song-writer - Filmmaker
(Note regarding a recent newspaper article: She is NOT a licensed trauma therapist and does not offer trauma treatment.
The grant she has received from the Massachusetts Cultural Council
will be used to spread her message through film or video projects.)
Photo Kathy Chapman, 2011
Massachusetts, United States of America
Jorgelina Zeoli was born in Manhattan, New York and raised in Argentina.
In her early twenties, she began a concert career as organist under her father, Hector Zeoli, who had studied at The Juilliard School of Music. She also worked with her mother, Nenette Nogues, as research assistant on the field of Math Education. Jorgelina's work included editing a Mathematical Guide for Teachers that intertwined science, art and mysticism. Exposure to the process of her mother's creative writing prepared her for her own interdisciplinary writing decades later.
Jorgelina returned to the United States in 1979 with a scholarship to study at The New England Conservatory of Music. She brought with her flashbacks of the horrors of the Military Junta and a history of childhood losses, neglect and abandonment. (See The Flashback Series, Parts One, Two and Three.) Soon she began writing long letters to her sister Diana which unveiled a fantasy world where sadness and hardship were turned into lightheartedness. Writing felt to her like "taking dictation from a voice that made her laugh."
Jorgelina's love for her sister and the magical world of writing sustained her for years to come, counteracting a massive depression that during her last year in school led her to the edge of suicide. At the time she was living with her mother who by then had come to the States. Seeing Jorgelina in despair, Nenette walked into her daughter's bedroom, presented her books by Osho and said: "These books will help you find Peace, Jorgita." Her mother had pointed the way to the spiritual path, a turning point in Jorgelina's life.
Osho's poetic writing soothed Jorgelina's broken heart and led her into deep meditative states. She spent months immersed in reading and came back to a certain level of emotional stability having received no professional help and having taken no medications. She finished school, gave her senior recital and in 1986 began psychotherapy. This marked the beginning of a passionate search for healing, for self-knowledge, for purpose, for Truth.
In 1995, Jorgelina's beloved sister committed suicide and in 1996, broken with grief, she became music director at a UCC church. The pastor was a predator and Jorgelina's vulnerability made her an easy target. Churches eject victims of clergy sexual abuse. Jorgelina was ejected from her "church family." Her testimony during the investigation contributed to the termination of the ministerial standing of the pastor that took advantage of her. (See her memoir A field with a million crosses.)
Dianita's suicide had caused a sudden decline in Nenette's mental health which eventually turned into Alzheimer's. Jorgelina was her only caregiver. (See her memoir Alzheimer's, Journey of a Caregiver.) Out of work, caring for her mother, grieving her sister's death and the betrayal of trust by her pastor and her church, she hit rock bottom again. The suicidal impulses were back. Consumed by flashbacks of a life filled with tragedy, journal writing took over as she poured on paper her shattered pieces. (See The Flashback Series.). Then, through the cracks of Jorgelina's collapsing psychological structures, an inner voice said something funny and made her laugh. This was the beginning of a conversation that evolved and sustained her through the worst years of her life: Nenetita's Alzheimer's and confronting an institution that calls itself "The House of God" yet leaves its own victims out in the cold.
The written conversations with the inner voice opened up a magical world where Jorgelina's wounded inner child felt safe enough to cry, play, laugh and speak her mind. A magical world in which she felt held, loved, nurtured and comforted. A magical world that led her out of her despair, never taking medications. The inner voice turned into a Loving Inner Presence. Jorgelina has not felt alone since. The healing resulting from the interaction with this voice seemed miraculous, and she chose to name the voice, God.
Jorgelina's conversations with God became the foundation of her two-decades-long inspirational work about healing from trauma through the integration of psychotherapy, creativity, spirituality and energy healing. Her publications, music and film, under the umbrella Dawn of the Broken Heart, tell her life story weaving the heavy topic of trauma with threads of humor, poetry and art.
Dawn promotes the movement from helplessness, hopelessness and despair to hope, empowerment and inner peace giving a voice to multiple traumatized populations. (See The Way Out and Grief to soul evolution.)
Jorgelina Zeoli has given up her career and vocation as church musician. She lives in Rockport, Massachusetts, teaches Tai Chi and offers empathic listening and spiritual counseling.
In 2005, Jorgelina produced, directed and performed her show God on the Back Burner, Call of the Broken Heart, introducing her story to an audience for the first time. In 2006 she began self-publishing. In 2009 and 2010 came her two films. In 2012 came the video series Miracles, a Spiritual Journey from Despair to Hope.
The conversations with God began to wind down after Nenetita's death in 2010 yet continued to appear in short fragments, still needed to organize hundreds of pages into additional publications. Exhausted by the creative process, she wrapped up her story in 2017, publishing her three-part mini-collection The Way Out, esoteric journey of a trauma survivor. Part Four, Arrows of Truth, came in 2019.
Jorgelina's writings are organized in six volumes:
Volumes One and Two: The Flashback Series, Parts One through Seven
Volume Three: Magical Journey of a Trauma Survivor
Volume Four: Remnants
Volume Five: Ascension
Volume Six (in Spanish): Letters and Recuerdos de mi Argentina
In 2019 the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, accepted sixteen books and booklets by Jorgelina.
In 2022 the Foundation for World Healing, World Peace published her poem In the Breaking in their 2022 Anthology.
In 2023 she received a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.