Initiation is a sacred part of being with the human experience and an art for our culture to reclaim in the emergence of our age. Through the medicine of initiation we get to witness our capacity, our gifts, and the potency of our potential in the world. It’s through initiation that we learn how to meet the edges of life and grow in flexibility, inner-resource, and discernment.
Karla embodies medicine of sacred initiation and essence liberation: the power of being true and non-hierchical with ourselves. I appreciate her voice on being with subtle addictions, moving through and navigating romantic distortions and navigating the life / death / life cycles of change.
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The Resurgence of the Sacred Feminine Mysteries: Honoring Our Cycles of Descent with Carly Mountain
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1:03:03Carly Mountain, author of Descent & Rising: Women's Stories and Embodying the Inanna Myth, joins the podcast to discuss the psychospiritual descent to soul and the wildly misunderstood sacred rites of passage that many women secretly experience. She emphasizes the importance of calling this wisdom back into the lives of women and normalizing the nature of both descent and rising as part of the feminine path. Carly explores the concept of sacrifice and the need to let go of certain aspects of ourselves in order to rise and embody our true selves. She also highlights the role of desire and pleasure in the journey of descent and rising, and the importance of compassion for ourselves and others as we navigate these transformative processes. Key Takeaways: The psychospiritual descent to soul is an initiation that challenges every notion we have of ourselves and our lives. The path of descent and rising is a humbling rite of passage that delivers us through the depths of our embodied subconscious to meet the seat of our own power and vulnerability. True desire leads us towards what we are supposed to be doing in life, but it also requires sacrifice and vulnerability. Rising requires us to be more truthful with ourselves about our capacity, needs, and desires, and to reach into communities of support. Compassion for ourselves and others is essential as we navigate the journey of descent and rising. About Carly Mountain Carly Mountain is a psychotherapist, women’s initiatory guide, breathworker and author of Descent & Rising: Women’s Stories & the Embodiment of the Inanna Myth. Her work has evolved over twenty years of working with sacred practice and space holding. She lives in Sheffield, England with her husband and two daughters. Website: carlymountain.com Instagram: carly_mountain
The Truth About Activating Your Spiritual Gifts: Introducing the Spiritual Awakening Series
30:43There's something that happens when we walk through a soul-level initiation: we discover that we may have extrasensory gifts. These gifts don't often feel like "gifts" at first. Sometimes they feel intense, like the veil is a bit thinner than we thought before. If you're like many people, you take to google to try and figure out what's happening to you. Perhaps you have dreams or premonitions about things that haven't happened yet. Perhaps you feel more sensitive to other people and environments. These experience may sound cool and exciting, but they are not always pleasant. They come with a tax to the body. It doesn't always feel pleasant to perceive the mixing of many people's energetic cocktails through your one little body. It's not always fun to wake up from dreams that feel prophetic, but a have a tinge of fear or darkness that we may not feel comfortable holding or working with. When discovering your spiritual gifts for the first time, it's really important to be supported. It's really important to have tools, technology, and wisdom in your corner for when the spiritual initiation takes you into territory you've never gone into before.
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Exploring the Complexity of Relationships and Belonging in a Changing World with Sarah Wildeman of Our Common
1:23:52In this episode with Sarah Wildeman of Our Common, we explore the complexity of relationships and our connection to land and place. We discuss how important it is to witness each other honestly, hold space for generative conflict, and allow ourselves to process harms that may occur within our community bonds. We also delve into the ways in which our relationship with the land can teach us new ways of connecting and being together. We hope this episode supports you in your inquiries into interconnectedness and the wisdom of understanding ourselves as part of a whole system, a wider web of relating. About Sarah Wildeman Sarah is a leadership & relationship dynamics coach, community-builder, and founder of Our Common - a coaching and consulting practice serving community seekers, community builders, and existing communities. Nearly a decade of community-living, and years of experience working and coaching in complex organizational dynamics, has equipped her to work with people to navigate nuanced relationships with authenticity and courage, empowering individuals and teams to get creative and create lasting change. Her work includes leading community conversation, running a re-villaging group, hosting nature-based retreats, and coaching with leaders, teams, and living-communities. Sarah grew up in a home focused on hospitality, and mutual-aid, where shared elements of life with friends and neighbours was considered ‘normal’. With her own young-family, she lived in intentional-community for close to a decade - including living on shared land with other singles and families while sharing meals, work, and chores etc. She's spent the last 4 years setting down roots in the BC Okanagan, where she and her family seek to live in alignment with their core-values of environmental stewardship, community-care, and local-impact, through small daily choices. Sarah brings a collaborative whole-system approach to all her work, making space for collective grappling, encouraging courageous action, and helping us to remember we're never truly alone. Find Sarah's Work: Instagram Website More Links: Autumn Study Group – Women Who Run with Wolves Thresholdkeeper Retreat, Mendocino, CA – 11/2 - 11/5
Sun Medicine, Earth Stewardship, and Finding the Courage to Rise after Descent Cycles
47:23Welcome back to the Kinspirit podcast! In this episode, we explore the concept of radical inherent belonging and the importance of living from a place of deep connection to the Earth. We discuss the role of the sun as an archetypal medicine and how it supports us in our journey toward our culture work. We also redefine the idea of Earth Stewardship, emphasizing that it goes beyond land tending and encompasses all aspects of our lives and contributions to culture. Key Takeaways: Living from a place of radical inherent belonging shapes how we love, create, and contribute to the world. Earth stewardship is not limited to land tending; it includes all aspects of our lives and contributions to culture. The sun's medicine supports us in our journey of ascension and helps us root deeper into the Earth. Embracing our mythocultural role requires a deep sense of belonging and connection to the Earth. Quotes: "We are always moving in and out of life, death, life cycles, which is why I feel so undisturbed that this medicine that is moving through Kinspirit is moving through its own life, death and life cycle." "The sun not only calls us forward, but invites us to get deeper and deeper in our sense of relationality with the larger order." "Earth stewardship is culture work. Every part of what we bring forth through our lives is Earth stewardship." "The only path to truly step into the expression of your culture work is to come from a place of radical, inherent belonging." Links Mentioned Creative Devotion Discussion Series – Santa Fe, NM – 8/25 Women Who Run with Wolves Study Group – Autumn Study Group Mapping Change, Shaping Futures: A Workshop and Intro to the Astrology of Your Culturework – 9/1 Storykin Small Group – Starts 9/20 Thresholdkeeper Retreat – 11/2 - 11/5
A Path of Heart: Initiated Eldership in our Modern Age with David Bedrick
1:01:49This week, David Bedrick, an elder dedicated to the work of Unshaming, joins me on the podcast to discuss what it means to step into the transformative potential of eldership. We explore the ache for elders in our culture and the necessity of imparted wisdom, courage, and insight. David shares his personal journey of finding his path and the role of elders in guiding and supporting him. Together, we discuss the quality of humility, the power of embracing the darkness, and the regenerative nature of forgiveness as a path of heart. About David Bedrick David Bedrick is an elder dedicated to the work of unshaming our culture and our world. He is the founder of the Santa Fe Institute for Shame Based Studies and the author of several books, including "Talking Back to Dr. Phil" and "17 Women's Stories of Hunger, Body, Shame and Redemption." David's upcoming book, "Unshamed," will be published in 2024. Summary: David Bedrick, an elder and founder of the Santa Fe Institute for Shame Based Studies, joins the podcast to discuss the concept of eldership and the importance of stepping into this role in our culture. He emphasizes the need for elders to embrace their path of heart and share their wisdom and experiences with others. David also explores the significance of humility, death, and regenerativeness in the journey of becoming an elder. Key Takeaways: Eldership is not just about age, but about embracing a path of heart and sharing wisdom with others. Humility is essential for elders, as it allows them to acknowledge their mistakes and share their experiences with others. Embracing periods of death and rebirth is a crucial part of the journey to becoming an elder. Regenerativeness is a key aspect of eldership, as it involves continually renewing and recreating one's own life. Links: David's Website David's Instagram Unshamed: Monthly Medicine
Welcome to the Kinspirit Podcast
2:57Hello new listeners! Welcome to the Kinspirit Podcast. Inside of Kinspirit, we are dedicated to the work of bridging the gap between the everyday and the sacred, exploring change, initiation, and crafting a better world. This podcast aims to inspire listeners to notice subtle shifts in themselves and in the culture that can lead to powerful outcomes and systemic change. By centering the soft body, the nervous system's need for sweetness, safety, and truth, this podcast explores how to integrate multiple dimensions and realities into crafting futures for ourselves and future generations. Through conversations with various guests, we will delve into concepts of cultural wholeness, the medicine of initiation, the seasons, and change. We'll be asking questions like, “How might we craft futures of wholeness? What does that look like, taste, feel like? What does it look like in our work? In our relationships with ourselves and each other, and in our relationship with the mystery and our myths? How can we allow wholeness to be centered in our human evolution and global creative processes? How can we craft a vision of the future that can hold all of us?" We hope these episodes to support you in your own inquiry into these questions. Thank you for listening. Enjoy.
Working with Pluto and Saturn Transits with Sabrina Monarch
1:23:40Daje welcomes listeners back to the Kinspirit Podcast after a brief hiatus. She shares her decision to move back to New Mexico after initially planning to move to California. Daje also announces changes to the Thresholdkeeper Retreat and introduces the guest for this episode, Sabrina Monarch, an astrologer and host of the Magic of the Spheres podcast. They discuss the themes of Saturn in Pluto and how to work with current Pluto transits. The conversation explores the concepts of soul fracturing, transiting high and low places, the somatic integration of different realms of reality (digital, physical, akashic), and how to become a reality artist. About The Guest: Sabrina Monarch is an astrologer, novelist, mystic, romantic, and philosopher. She hosts the Magic of the Spheres podcast and has a background in evolutionary astrology. Sabrina is known for her interdisciplinary and evolving approach to astrology. Summary: In this episode, Sabrina discusses the themes of Pluto in Aquarius and Saturn in Pisces and how they relate to our personal and collective experiences. She explores the concept of high and low places, how to integrate of different realms, the challenges and opportunities that come with these transits, and how to become a reality artist that can dance with the transits rather than become overcome by them. Sabrina emphasizes the importance of intentional participation and how astrology is here to guide us through these times of great change. Key Takeaways: Pluto in Aquarius invite us to explore the realms of the soul and the mind, and to integrate different perspectives and experiences. The transits of Pluto and Aquarius can help us seek breakthrough and higher perspective, allowing us to navigate challenges with more agency and wisdom. It is important to seek higher knowledge and expanded perspectives, while also acknowledging and integrating the shadow aspects of ourselves and our experiences. Pluto in Aquarius encourages us to be reality artists, actively co-creating our experiences and engaging life through multiple realms and dimensions. The integration of different realms and timelines requires a willingness to experiment with reality, while also grounding ourselves in the present moment. Links: Sabrina Monarch's website Magic of the Spheres podcast Sabrina Monarch on Instagram
Healing the Witch Wound with Ashley River
1:23:07Weaving a New Story of Courage, Power, and Purpose on the Earth Lately on the podcast, we've been transiting the realms of sacred rites of passage, thresholdcrossing and initiation. We've been exploring what it looks like to embracing our natural cycles of life / death / change / initiation and recognize the medicine that each of these stages offer us. In this episode, I sit down with my sister, Ashley River, Ceremonial Tattooist, Facilitator, Co-Founder of School of the Sacred Arts: A Mystery School for Ceremonial Tattoo and Co-Visionary of the Thresholdkeeper Retreat, happening on July 27 - 30 in the coastal redwoods of Mendocino, CA. We both met in Santa Fe, NM in a time when we were both transiting through powerful initiations that matured us and woke us up to deeper layers of the medicine, work, and vision we're both individually called to birth. Part of what has forged our friendship is the recognition of how terrifying it can be to step out into your work and medicine with past life (a present life) karmic memories of being burned, hung, tried, and exiled while putting your everything into birthing vision into the world. In this episode, we explore what it looks like to deeply surrender to the potent medicine our initiations invite us into. We talk about how the purpose of initiatory medicine is to lift us up into a higher beauty and an expanded capacity to step into our unique potential. I'm so excited to co-host Thresholdkeeper with my sister Ashley. You can find out more about her medicine, her School of the Sacred Art and our work together below: About Ashley River Ashley River is a multidimensional artist, ceremonialist, author, teacher, mystic, and threshold guide. She is the creator and teacher of a healing modality of ceremonial tattoo alchemy called Soul Tattoo®, the Author of Tending to the Sacred, and Messages from the Heart of the Divine oracle deck, Host of Weaving your Web podcast. co-founder of Feminine Voices retreats and School of the Sacred Arts school for Sacred Tattooing. Her work is a devotion to desire, feminine liberation, soul expression, and creative empowerment through the deep and wild evolutionary path. www.ashleyriver.co About Thresholdkeeper Retreat Thresholdkeeper is a midsummer, threshold-crossing respite for healers and medicine keepers in the redwood forests of Mendocino, CA taking place on July 27 - 30. This is a retreat for the ones who hear the unmistakable call to surrender to the wisdom of the Pysche's Song. It is for those who know that their life's work is to traverse the deep world – the liminal spaces of mystery, death, change, birth, and initiation – in order to gather the ingredients of the medicines they know will serve their people in these times of immense cultural change. Thresholdkeeper is for those who honor that the path of becoming is not rainbows and fairies, but the daily work of firmly walking upon rich, dark soil of a changing Earth. Learn more about Thresholdkeeper at the link below. https://www.thresholdkeeper.info/
Becoming Naked: How to Walk Through a Soul-Level Initiation
54:16I first heard the term psychospiritual descent to soul from Bill Plotkin, eco-depth philosopher and SoulCraft Guide who has dedicated the last 40 years of his life guiding people through nature-based soul descent. In the introduction of his book, Journey to Soul Initiation, he refers to himself as a "Cocoon Weaver", apprenticed by the archetype of Death. Reading Plotkin's work for the first time a year and a half ago was a homecoming of resonance. He languages the rite of passage of the psychospiritual descent to soul like no other I've read. In this episode of the Kinspirit podcast, I share five practical things to consider while moving through soul descent. If this episode finds you at just the right moment, I pray it supports you and reminds you of what's awaiting you on the other side. Mentioned in this episode: Women Who Run with Wolves by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes Descent & Rising: Women's Stories and the Embodiment of the Inanna Myth by Carly Mountain Nature and the Human Soul by Bill Plotkin Journey to Soul Initiation by Bill Plotkin Learn more about Thresholdkeeper Retreat: Thresholdkeeper is a midsummer, threshold-crossing respite for healers and medicine keepers in the redwood forests of Mendocino, CA taking place on July 27 - 30. This is a retreat for the ones who hear the unmistakable call to surrender to the wisdom of the Pysche's Song. It is for those who know that their life's work is to traverse the deep world – the liminal spaces of mystery, death, change, birth, and initiation – in order to gather the ingredients of the medicines they know will serve their people in these times of immense cultural change. Thresholdkeeper is for those who honor that the path of becoming is not rainbows and fairies, but the daily work of firmly walking upon rich, dark soil of a changing Earth. Learn more about the Thresholdkeeper Retreat at www.thresholdkeeper.info
Rewilding the Inner Landscape with Bethaney Wilkinson
1:03:06Rewilding is a concept that has gained much popularity in recent years as the pandemic has peeled back the layers of industry and challenged our global relationships with consciousness, our priorities, and our politics. There are many conversations to be had about rewilding our external lives through learning to garden or farm, by taking a closer look at how fast we're moving as a world, and by choosing to raise our children in ways that benefit their spirits and their wholeness. But what about this idea of rewilding the idea internal aspects of society? Our thoughts, our inner landscape, our conscious minds, our mental wholeness, and our souls? How can our ways of orienting to the world be benefited by rewilding the inner landscape of the soul? It felt incredible to sit down with Bethaney Wilkinson and discuss these things. While we didn't come away with concrete step-by-step answers, together we did ask some incredibly valuable questions that we hope will spur you on in your own relationship with these matters. About Bethaney Wilkinson Bethaney Wilkinson (she/her) holds space for change as a writer, facilitator, leadership coach and spiritual director. She is author of The Diversity Gap: Where good intentions meet true cultural change (HarperCollins Leadership), and hosts a podcast by the same name, which has been downloaded over a quarter of a million times worldwide. She is also the lead writer and curator of A More Beautiful Way, a blog and podcast series dedicated to slowing down, simplifying, and finding the Sacred in our everyday lives. She has dedicated more than a decade to exploring the intersections of community, racial justice, and social change—specifically in the organizational context. When she's not leading racial equity efforts for teams, or sitting with folks exploring their spiritual journeys, you can find her stewarding a one acre homestead called Cedar Wilde with her husband Alex and their two dogs, Isla and Bear.