Summary: A bi-monthly podcast dedicated to spirituality, sexuality, and sharing stories and practices that honor the soul ♥
"When you move so fast, where do you find that still point where you can remember you have this incredible participation in life, that your essence is that of absolute inseparability from life, that is the heart of love, that is this incredible universe and planet we are a part of." In today's show I had the great honor to see this amazing author, teacher, and guide Raïna Manuel-Paris. We cover what it means to truly listen and relate, the inherent truth of our being, I read one of my fave poems that she has written, lots about Love, how our inner world affects our outer, and some amazing stories and myths that bring a greater understanding to the heart work I know many of you do. Please give us a rating on iTunes and reach out with any questions and if you need nay heart support! Enjoy the wisdom held in this episode. "If you can not truly listen without an agenda, if you cannot truly connect to the other person, if you cant really hear what the other person is saying, if you cannot see who they really are in their heart, in their vulnerability, then how can you relate to that person. How do you relate and how can you bring love into the equation." Raïna Manuel-Paris, born in Paris, France, lived in England and then moved to the United States in her early twenties. Her love of transformational story telling has taken her from an MFA in Film from Columbia University to a Ph.D. in Mythological studies and Depth Psychology. She is a published writer of non-fiction, poetry and several scholarly articles, as well as a documentary filmmaker. Her understanding of what gives meaning to daily life has led her to her work with dreams, and to include meditation practice in her classrooms. She also speaks on several subjects including “Love: Primal agent of change”, “War, Trauma and Spiritual Transformation”, and “The Major Arcanas of the Tarot as a Sacred Life Path”. "The Cradle and The Crown" is her passion. It is a unique process she has developed over time. With it she helps people recover their natural innate joy and claim a felt sense of inner authority. She has been learning the frame drum, the ancient drum of priestesses, and Natural Horsemanship with the great teacher and trainer Chris Sobenes. "To come to a deeper understanding of the Self, and our connection to the Mystery, and Magic of this Life, one must embrace the relationship between ourselves and the world around us; one must have the awareness that we are part of the Natural World, not separate from it." God is a Black Woman Writer by Raïna Manuel-Paris God is a black woman writerher name is MayaToni and AngelaGod is a black woman writerAlice Walkersister outsiderGod is a wild woman writerOh Oh Oh what a numinous powerGod is a wild woman writer‘Cause Pale and Male is not foreverAnd you got to know Mirabai and Sylvia,And you got to know Emily and DjunaAnd you got to say YES and Halleluiah (x2) And god is a wild dancerA winter night shape shifterA new born cosmic dreamer‘Cause your mother needs a prayerAnd anything DEAD coming back to life hurtsBecause never having your own life hurtsAnd you got to love your fleshYou got to love your fleshAnd you got to love your hands‘Cause they won’tYou know they won’tThey would rather cut off your handsAnd tear out your heart if they canAnd sew up your lipsSew up your lipsAnd keep you silentYes keep you silentBut you were not born to be a slaveNo! No! No! Not a slaveTo history or familyBigotry, or Patriarchy,No! You were not born to be a slave And you got to say YES, and Halleluiah (x2)And the way forward is with a broken heartAll the way down to the wet ground of the heartBecause it’s all about loveIt’s always been about loveYour inside eyes, you must trustBefore it all turns to dustThey show you a new visionYour genius-heart-life-missionDancing like a maenad,And praying like a nomadGathering all the storms‘Cause you’ve never had a homeAnd there is no time to rewindThe trap of your embattled mindBecause it’s never been about making senseNo, it’s never been about making senseIt’s always been about making SelfO yes, it’s always been about making SelfGod is a wild woman writerAnd your broken broken broken heart is the healerAnd you got to say YES and Halleluiah (x2)
Today's show is a very special one, and I am super grateful for the fearlessness of this woman in sharing her story, wisdom and heart with us. Susanna is a longtime, devoted wild woman yogini, a Scorpio, and she shares with us poetry, wisdom about the goddess, her journey healing breast cancer and all the intensity that entails. I read some of her deeply moving writing, have a few laughs and a good time with my friend, and now yours, Susanna. Please enjoy the episode, learn more about Susanna's teaching and writing here. Follow us on instagram @artofloving and please contact me through my website at artoflovingyou.com. May God bless your heart and bring healing to those who are suffering.
Our humanness is the path to this great acceptance that we don't have to become something or (someone else) to be connected, to live inside the experience of Grace and I know our suffering is a part of that. Every road has its story. "Music is so transcendant and can break down a lot of barriers and walls. Grace is huge bc you haven't even asked for it but it's available. Even the biggest sinner is never far from Grace. When it comes to your run of the mill mistakes like ones I've made that's really good news. But it's almost like too big in a way, that Grace is so big it's available to everyone no matter who you are. Which I think for some people is a hard thing to wrap their minds around. Nobody is beyond Grace. God is always near. We are not abandoned that to me is encouraging and beautiful. Even in the midst of our own brokenness in a broken world, a very broken world, we are not abandoned. I believe in the endurance of the soul." - Ike Ndolo Growing up in Missouri as the son of Nigerian immigrants, the life of Ike Ndolo is a woven tapestry of experiences: hymns and Bob Marley, injustice and mercy, discrimination and acceptance. As a result, Ike has become a well-tested navigator of the human experience. He aims to share and guide you through stories that inform and even reorient your perspective. With deep and soulful gospel roots, Ike draws from new wave R&B and powerful, vocal-driven performances, calling on modern influences such as Anderson .Paak and St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Sprinkle in some synth beats and surprising deconstructions of his former style and this makes his newest album, “Shine,” a monument that musically mirrors the many worlds he walks through daily. Ike Ndolo released three singles in the summer of 2018, “Guiding Light,” “Your Table” & “Follow Me,” all of which are featured on his third LP, “Shine,” released on September 17th, 2018. Recorded at Gnome Studios in Nashville, TN in conjunction with Hardspeak Records. I am BEYOND excited to share this episode of Soul Crush featuring Ike Ndolo, an amazing musican and human of devotion. We get in to how music heals and transmits the energy of Grace, working with grief and spreading the true teachings of Christ. What a deep honor have a listen and find Ike's music on spotify, connect with him on his website and instagram. Subscribe and give us a rating on iTunes and find us on Instagram @artofloving.
In episode 11 of Soul Crush we receive great wisdom and inspiration from esoteric astrologer and kundalini teacher Kaypacha. I attended one of his retreats and have been following his weekly reports for abour 4 or 5 years, and he has had a big influence on my life and heart! We get into the shadow and closing of this Jupiter in Scorpio season, how to share before you're "ready", and how to be such a fearless truth teller in a world full of illusions. Find Kaypacha on his website to sign up for his weekly 'Pele Report', his programs and retreats. In this episode get into how we grow through relationship, and how we can become empowered to create what is needed, necessary, and beautiful. "In reality, as hard as it can be, there is this death of the illusion that births the resurrection to maturity, objectivity, wisdom... it's growing up. It's this Saturn in Capricorn, becoming more of an elder. So it's been a year of growth that has not been pretty. Intensity shows you what your made of. A lot of times we have to dig deeper down into ourselves for the resources, power, will, discipline, determination, the intensity is an opportunity for accelated growth." Kaypacha has more than 40 years of experience as an astrologer and spiritual practitioner. His approach to healing spirit, mind, and body through emotional release and Kundalini yoga utilizes astrology as a healing art. In addition to personal readings, he brings astrology to everyone through international lectures, experiential workshops, writing and teaching. He is the author of "The Pele Report", a weekly astrological YouTube forecast and numerous magazine and online articles. Using yoga, meditation and nature for self-renewal and natural law as his guide, his work brings balance, love, and joy to others and the planet.
On today's episode 10 of Soul Crush I have the good fortune to conenct with global thought leader, mystic keynote speaker, and tv host Alyson Charles. We talk everything form her main guru Jesus, channel in some sweet messages and mostly share a powerful time in the healing vortex with one another and now with YOU! It felt so good to receive this powerful woman's superpowers that stream from the supernatural into this very world we walk around. Find Alyson here on her site and instagram @iamalysoncharles and please find us on iTunes, give us a rating and reach out with any feedback or insights, I would love to hear from you. Find me on instagram @artofloving. More about Alyson - Alyson has been a leading pioneer in merging the worlds of consciousness and media, taking it to places it has never been before: she made history becoming the first person to ever perform on stage in the 25-year-history of the HBO Film Festival, where she guided a long-form meditation for over 10,000 peopleand regularly partners with and speaks at renowned global brands like The New York Times, National Geographic Channel, Tory Burch, Forbes, Art Basel, SAKS, ABC Radio, ELLE, SELF and others and now, through Alyson Charles Shamanic PR, she offers PR & branding services to clients making positive change for the world.Alyson’s entire life path, since birth, has been immersed in one facet of healthy, awakened living to the next – intensive studies and journalism with metaphysics, national champion athlete, division I college coach, advanced certified personal trainer, advanced studies and immersions in meditation, healing, journeying and mysticism with other global leaders, indigenous elders of Mapuche Pewenche Nation, Mapuche Lafkenche territory, and the Catarpe of the Likan Antay Nation of the Atacama Desert, Sufi, Celtic and Egyptian traditions, Maestro Manuel Rufino and the Golden Drum Center for Sacred Traditions, Power Path School of Shamanism, Peruvian sacred traditions taught by Tito La Rosa, initiated by African shamanic ancestral elders of Yoruba, Bantu, and Mandinka, the Tuscarora Natives, and Quetzalcoatl. Alyson has shaken loose from self-imposed limitations, shares her mastery of the art of playing big in full authentic glory and her story of going from suffering to surrender to service. Her on-going commitment to continued master studies, rites of passage and immersions in shamanism and mysticism, courageously exploring the ever-evolving highest potential and assisting countless people in reconnecting to their power has landed her as a leading global voice.
Happy New Moon in Leo friends! Leo stands for the Radiant Self and the courage it takes to live from the heart. I could not have imagined a more perfect guest to help inspire and teach us ways to keep unleashing our gifts into the world. In todays Episode of Soul Crush I have the good fortune to connect with Kim Krans. Kim is an artist, writer, musician and the creator of The Wild Unknown – a tarot deck, community and website featuring beautifully crafted handmade objects. We talk about everything from the creative process to the heart. Kim shares one of her favorite poems and gives amazing practices to help us keep creating and loving even in the face of fear. Find Kim and her new Journal at The Wild Unknown on instagram and online. Inside this clay jugthere are canyons andpine mountains,and the maker of canyonsand pine mountains!All seven oceans are inside,and hundreds of millions of stars.The acid that tests gold is here,and the one who judges jewels.And the musicthat comes from the stringsthat no one touches,and the source of all water.If you want the truth, I will tell you the truth:Friend, listen: the God whom I love is inside.- Kabir, version by Robert Bly
Happy Full Moon lunar Eclipse in Aquarius friends! On today's episode I have the great good fortune to spend time with The Soul Medicine Man, Jerome Braggs. We had many laughs and he has SO MUCH good SOUL MEDICINE for you. We get into his whole journey with the voice, sexuality, shame, re-writing and healing ourselves and our stories, and returning to the innocence that we are as a way to transorm our lives. Ifn him @jerome_braggs on instagram and on his website and on Facebook here. He shares amazing work around Healing Race Relations from a Mystics Perpective and true healing through self-love and discovery. "My greatest advice (which is also the lesson it took me the longest to learn) : Leave no part of yourself left unloved by you, nor still afraid." "Disease wasn't what was killing me. Fear, shame, and self-supression were. Disease was what saved me. Cause it made me wake up and heal." Please enjoy and leave us a rating on iTunes. Reach out to me @artofloving and my website for support and healing. Jerome Braggs, affectionately known as The Soul Medicine Man, is a gifted energy intuitive, channel, healer, transformational speaker, and spiritual teacher. In 2005, Jerome Braggs was diagnosed with AIDS and kidney failure, then given forty-eight hours to live. On his deathbed, Jerome had a mystical experience where he met his own Soul, and was told the keys to total healing and well-being: truly love yourself, and align with the soul. That experience led him to an awakening journey where he learned how to truly love himself, and align with the consciousness and vibration of his soul, which resulted in the miraculous healing of his body, and the transformation of his entire life into something delicious and flourishing. Today, Jerome uses his intuitive abilities, and the sacred wisdom he gained through his journey, to teach people around the world how to heal, live well, and flourish through the miraculous power of the soul medicines. Intuitively guided in the moment, Jerome’s messages are revolutionary, and delivered with a big dose of love, laughter, and soul.
In today's episode my soul crush is Jupiter in Scorpio and all the painful blessings in disguise we are asked to live through to learn the hard lessons in life. I share some words of wisdom from my friend and astrologer Heidi Rose Robbins on Jupiter in Scorpio and how I have been working with this energy as it is in my natal chart. I also share words from my sister and collegue Susanna Harwood Rubin on her experience navigating breast cancer, some poetry on grief by Jan Richardson and musings on explore the darkness, the shadows, and truth telling on the path of living in our Truth. For most of us this has been a challenging year to feel our ways through, adn still is. My wish is that this episode leaves you with some relief and connection to the Truth that we are all all One Body. That your feelings matter and can help create beautiful change and transformation, and that we are all saying YES to the surrender and resurrections we are asked to in this life step by step. May we dance with the darknes with more curiosity and compassion. Find me @artofloving for healing support, info. on retreats, workshops and join me in an online class this full moon. All info on my website here. Rate us on iTunes and send us feedback!
On this new moon in Cancer, my Soul Crush is spiritual teacher and author Mirabai Starr. We explore shame, the voice, being "too much" and "not enough", the marriage of contemplative work and social activism as well as how to keep showing up, even amidst our own pain and suffering. It was an honor and a joy to connect with Mirabai and I have a feeling you will LOVE her deep wisdom and years of devotion to the path of transformation through loss, writing and honoring the Divine Feminine. Find her on her website and Facebook and join her for a retreat or online course, you will receive so much Grace, I'm sure. Mirabai Starr is the author of the long-anticipated memoir, CARAVAN OF NO DESPAIR: A Memoir of Loss and Transformation. In her critically acclaimed new translations of the mystics and reflections on the unifying teachings at the heart of all spiritual paths, Mirabai uses fresh, lyrical language to help make timeless wisdom accessible to a contemporary circle of seekers. In 1972, Mirabai’s mother, father, and her younger brother and sister uprooted from their suburban life and embarked on an extended road trip that led them through the jungles of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, where they lived for many months on an isolated Caribbean beach, and ended in the mountains of Taos, New Mexico. There, the family embraced an alternative, “back-to-the-land” lifestyle, in a communal effort to live simply and sustainably, values that remain important to Mirabai to this day. As a teenager, Mirabai lived at the Lama Foundation, an intentional spiritual community that has honored all the world’s faith traditions since its inception in 1967. This ecumenical experience became formative in the universal quality that has infused Mirabai’s work ever since. Mirabai was an adjunct professor of Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos for 20 years. Her emphasis has always been on making connections between the perennial teachings found at the heart of all the world’s spiritual paths, in an effort to promote peace and justice. Mirabai speaks and teaches nationally and internationally on the teachings of the mystics and contemplative practice, and the transformational power of grief and loss. She is available for interviews, speaking engagements, workshops and contemplative retreats. She lives in the mountains of Northern New Mexico with her husband, Jeff Little (Ganga Das). Between them, Mirabai and Jeff have four grown daughters and six grandchildren. Mirabai’s youngest daughter, Jenny, was killed in a car accident in 2001 at the age of fourteen. On that same day, Mirabai’s first book, a translation of Dark Night of the Soul, was released. She considers this experience, and the connection between profound loss and longing for God, the ground of her own spiritual life.
"The connection to Spirit, coming from a culture that is so totally traumatized by religion, just having a different kind of connection and sharing that with people is such a gift." "That's part of life too, we fall apart. We die and then we are reborn again, these are the cycles. Same thing with sorrow to joy, joy to sorrow. This is the human experience, we're all having the same human experience and we can laugh about it too, and see how funny it is because it is quite ridiculous being a human. It's helpful to laught at it." – Lisa Levine In todays episode my soul crush is longtime friend and healer Lisa Levine. We share lots of LAUGHTER and get into the power of healing, writing our prayers and slowing down, the spiritual growth of parenting, the intensity of Kali, Amma the hugging saint, and the magic of motherhood as an energetically sensitive woman. Find more about Lisa below and on her studio's website here and instagram @maharosenyc and @maharosenorth. Please rate us on iTunes and send me feedback or just connect on instagram @artofloving and on my website. Lisa Levine MS LAc is a licensed acupuncturist, Reiki master, a natural healer and an artist as well as the founder of Maha Rose. The tools she uses are needles and moxa, touch, shiatsu, Reiki, guided visualization, the breath, laughter, and on very full moons- a song. She wants you to remember who you really are; letting go of everything that isn't serving you and connecting with your more radiant Self. She specializes in mental and emotional disorders as well as trauma and major life changes. She is available for acupuncture, reiki, bodywork and breathwork and group breathwork and laughter sessions. She also offers spiritual business coaching and consulting. Lisa completed her Reiki Masters with Padma Gonzalez in 2008, her Breathwork Healer Training certificate from David Elliott in 2009 and graduated from Tri-State College of Acupuncture in 2013
My Soul Crush on episode 4 is a gathering called Spirit Weavers. I'll explore what it means to me to walk the path of the feminine, Kundalini Shakti, the father wound, addiction, death and the beauty and power of women coming together to create, command, heal and awaken to our innate gifts and ways of serving this world in reverence to the Earth we walk upon. Spirit Weavers Gathering is a five day celebration of cultures past and present, a remembering and practicing of basic human skills to ensure the survival of the body and the soul. Farming practices, working with fibers, weaving, creating ceremony, sharing meals at night and dreams in the morning, the making of plant medicines- singing songs, together as a community- these were the common knowledge ways and part of the simple pleasures of a life lived in balance and harmony with nature. Let us gather together as Women and share our skills in remembrance of the beauty path and an honoring of our Ancestors. Please find us on iTunes and subscribe and give us a rating. Stay in touch with me on instagram @artofloving or on my website artoflovingyou.com.
On this Full Moon in Sag Bob and I discuss everything from the true meaning of sin to the difference between yoga spirituality and religion to the healing power of touch. Enjoy! Find us on iTunes and give us a rating and reach out to me on instagram @artofloving.
Episode two explores so many juicy topics with relational guide, herbalist and yogini Olivia Clementine. Many laughs and ways of dismissing the shame we can hold around taboo topics such as death, sex and God. Enjoy this new moon full of all the joys and all the heartbreaks this life has to offer! Follow us on instagram @artofloving and you can find Olivia @olivia_clementine and www.oliviaclementine.com.
Join us for a healing session on this Full Moon in Scorpio with soul crush of episode 1 – astrologer, poet, teacher and podcaster Heidi Rose Robbins. We explore poetry, how to use astology as a tool for self-knowledge, transformation, authentic compassion and self-acceptance, riding the waves of the divine feminine in a conscious way and using this time we are in entering the Age of Aquarius as a way to give the highest gift of our individual soul Self to empower the group Self. Heidi has a natural gift of connecting us to the light of the soul in a way that helps us to feel safe to explore our darkness and use it for the good of all humanity. Heidi and I share a similar love for beauty, freedom and a hunger to explore all the textures of love. We close with a juicy meditation resting in the lgiht of the soul. You can find Heidi at www.heidiroserobbins.com and on Instagram @heidiroserobbins. Please subscribe to us on iTunes and give us a rating! Find me for healing and connection at artoflovingyou.com and instagram @artofloving.
This is the introduction demo to Soul Crush.