The Numinous Podcast

Carmen Spagnola

The Numinous Podcast is a show about intuition, spirituality and the mystery of life. The host, Carmen Spagnola, is an intersectional witch and clinical hypnotherapist who has smart, soulful conversations with interesting people. The lineup is diverse, the topics are eclectic, and the people are down-to-earth (mostly). read less
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TNP223 Efu Nyaki on Healing Trauma through Family Constellations and SE
18-12-2023
TNP223 Efu Nyaki on Healing Trauma through Family Constellations and SE
My guest today is Efu Nyaki, a healer born and raised in Tanzania who works internationally facilitating trainings and workshops on trauma healing. I first heard about Efu through my friends, Patricia Petersen and Thérèse Cator who were each members of the inaugural BIPOC-only cohort of Somatic Experiencing (SE) Practitioner trainings. They recently graduated from that multiyear program and I couldn’t be more delighted to congratulate them on this tremendously wonderful achievement! 🎉 Finding a BIPOC practitioner of SE is getting easier in great measure because of the trailblazing work of today’s guest, Efu Nyaki.   Efu is a faculty member at the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute and also a professor of Systemic Family Constellations Therapy at the Hellinger Science Institute, and is also the founder of AFYA, a women’s holistic healing centre in Brazil. I’m delighted to welcome Efu to the show.   Find Efu's book, Healing Trauma through Family Constellations and Somatic Experiencing: Ancestral Wisdom from the Snail Clan of Tanzania Follow her on Instagram   Referenced in this episode BIPOC-only SE training in January 2024 Blog post on epistemic privilege and humility Patricia Petersen Counselling (incl attachment-informed couple counselling) Thérèse Cator - Circle of Reclamation   Sign up for my newsletter to be notified when my Level 1: Multidisciplinary Facilitator Training and Level 2: Metaskills for Trauma Sensitive Care training is offered in spring 2024   Tell me your thoughts on this episode! Leave me a voicemail or note at this link.
TNP222 Podcast Playlists for Special Interests 10 Years + 14 Themes
13-12-2023
TNP222 Podcast Playlists for Special Interests 10 Years + 14 Themes
This episode is a short retrospective of highlights from nearly a decade of The Numinous Podcast! Below, I've sorted ten years of episodes into 14 playlists. If you don't see 14 categories below in your podcast player show notes, click here to view them on the podcast website. Enjoy!   Intuition, Spirituality, and the Mysteries of Life TNP4: Love and Angels with Robin Arnold TNP5: Nature, Mind and the Mystical with J.B.MacKinnon TNP7: Spirituality + Recovery with Trinity Donnelley MacRae TNP9: Meditation, Channeling and Connection with Dr.Jonni Gray TNP11: Public, Private and Political with Louise TNP13: Spiritual Self-Esteem and Professional Integrity as an Intuitive Practitioner with Judee Gee TNP14: Carl-Greger on Spontaneous Spiritual Awakening and Direct Experience TNP16: Jenna DellaGrottaglia on Art + Intuition TNP17: Shakti Roumagoux: Catholic, Quaker, Engaged Buddhist TNP18: Arthurian Legend Leadership Lessons with Kent Osborne TNP22: The Vision Quest with Sparrow Hart TNP25: Findhorn and Facilitating Inner Knowing with Kate Sutherland TNP27: Shamanism and the Corporate World with Agneta TNP30: Kate Sitka on Intuitive Communication with the Animal Kingdom TNP32: Sex, Spirituality and Intuition with Lesley Stedmon TNP35: Carmen Answers Listener Questions, Part 1- Trusting Your Intuition TNP36: Carmen Answers Listener Questions, Part 2 - Trusting Your Pendulum TNP37: Carmen Answers Listener Questions, Part 3 - Common Questions About Intuition TNP41: Elle North on Tarot + Intuition TNP42: Mark Silver on Sufism and the Heart of Business TNP44: John Michael Greer on Mystery Teaching from the Living Earth TNP46: Mirabella Ponders the Mystery TNP50: Carmen & Ruben on Badass Backyard Spirituality TNP52: Humanism, Atheism and Optimism with Emrys Damon Miller TNP53: Astronomy's Mysteries with John Reid TNP59: Ritual + Magic with John Michael Greer TNP61: Healing the Abandonment Wound, Part 1 TNP62: Healing the Abandonment Wound, Part 2 TNP63: Healing the Abandonment Wound, Part 3 TNP64: {Special Episode} Learning to See in the Dark TNP72: Alexis P. Morgan on Witchcraft, Magic, and Liberation TNP73: Charlene Spretnak on Reclaiming Pre-Patriarchal Goddesses TNP74: Sacred Beekeeping with Nikiah Seeds TNP76: L'Erin Alta on Lineage and Legacy TNP77: Digging Deep with Forensic Archeologist Juliana Kabal Xoc TNP78: Niana Hierlander on the Uncommon Marriage of Celtic Shamanism and Catholic Mysticism TNP79: Layla Saad on Perspectives of a Black Muslim Woman on the Priestess Path TNP81: {Numinous School Tutorial} Your Intuition Questions Answered TNP82: The Eclipse, The Gleaners, and Ruben and I TNP85: Thérèse Cator on Shadow Alchemy and Life as Ceremony TNP89: The Journey of the Psychopomp with Cat Webb TNP90: The Celtic Golden Dawn with John Michael Greer TNP92: Sufism, Dreamwork and Belonging with Toko-pa Turner TNP96: Secrets of the Temple with John Michael Greer TNP98: Priestess, Shaman, Mystic, Scapegoat with Sarah Kerr TNP99: Monsters and Magical Beings with John Michael Greer TNP101: Layla Feghali on Plantcestral Medicine TNP102: Sarah Selecky and Radiant Shimmering Light TNP103: Witchcraft and Parenting Wisdom with Beth and John Threlfall TNP104: Magical Cookery and EcoFeminism with Danielle Prohom Olson TNP124: Elizabeth Brown on Dowsing and Causative Diagnosis TNP126: Controlled Remote Viewing with Laurie Lambert Williams TNP127: Moon Magic with Sarah Faith Gottesdiener TNP128: Scottish Folk Magic with Scott Richardson Reid of the Cailleach's Herbarium TNP129: Palm Reading with Helene Saucedo TNP130: Sigil Witchery with Laura Tempest Zakroff TNP131: The Twelve Faces of the Goddess with Danielle Blackwood TNP136: Maia Toll on Working with Plant, Animal and Crystal Allies in Troubled Times TNP140: Darius Mills on Hoodoo Manifestation Magic TNP141: Eric Tyrone - Get Woke in Your Dreamtime TNP144: Mimi Young on Intuition and Pandemic Plant Medicine TNP149: Spiritual Hygiene for the Holidays with Carmen Spagnola TNP150: Hekatean Witchcraft with Dr.Cyndi Brannen TNP158: Beyond Crystal Basics with Nicholas Pearson TNP159: Norse Ritual Animism and Seidr with Maris Bergrune TNP162: Entering Hekate's Garden with Dr.Cyndi Brannen TNP169: Sophie Macklin on Antifascist Folklore and Ungovernable Bodies TNP170: Flower Essences from the Witch's Garden with Nicholas Pearson TNP173: Creative Witchcraft with Natalie Rousseau TNP174: Sovereign and Supernatural - Manifesting Beyond Capitalism with L'Erin Alta TNP175: Ancestral Reverence and Seasonal Traditions with Thérèse Cator TNP176: Mimi Young on Animism, Numerology and Chinese Astrology TNP180: What Makes a Witch? with Carmen Spagnola TNP183: Journey from Maiden to Mother with Sarah Durham Wilson TNP184: Art and the Moon with Dana da Ponte TNP185: Trance, Dreams and the Collective with Carmen Spagnola TNP188: Fumbling Through...All Of It with Kael Klassen TNP190: Celtic Embodiment with Jen Murphy TNP191: Entering Hekate's Cave with Dr.Cyndi Brannen TNP205: Sophie Strand on Mary Magdalene and Miracles TNP209: {Special Class Recording} Connecting with Plants with Carmen TNP212: Shauna Janz on Ancestral Veneration in Child-Free and Queer Lineages TNP216: Success and Spiritual Leadership with Colette Baron-Reid TNP219: Take Down the Patriarchy and Take Back the Magic with Perdita Finn   Attachment, Human Relationships, Parenting, Families, and Cults TNP19: Monique Gray Smith on Ceremony and Sacredness with Children TNP29: Conscious Parenting with Colleen Adrian TNP31: Creating Community with Carolyne Taylor TNP33: Community, Autonomy and Forgiveness with Michael Phillips TNP39: Rachelle Lamb on Relating, Language and Poetry TNP40: Bethany Webster on Healing the Mother Wound TNP46: Mirabella Ponders the Mystery TNP49: Carolyn Baker on Grief and Love During Collapse TNP50: Carmen & Ruben on Badass Backyard Spirituality TNP51: Love in the Apocalypse with Carolyn Baker, PhD TNP56: Motherless Daughter, Mother: Sheila Webster TNP61: Healing the Abandonment Wound, Part 1 TNP62: Healing the Abandonment Wound, Part 2 TNP63: Healing the Abandonment Wound, Part 3 TNP69: Tiffany Joseph on Language, Land, and Everything Important TNP76: L'Erin Alta on Lineage and Legacy TNP82: The Eclipse, The Gleaners, and Ruben and I TNP83: Nora Samaran - The Opposite of Rape Culture is Nurturance Culture TNP84: Honouring Ancestors with Rachael Rice TNP86: Channelling Change with Jenn Richardson TNP88: Monique Gray Smith is Speaking Truth TNP103: Witchcraft and Parenting Wisdom with Beth and John Threlfall TNP115: Solara Goldwyn on Edible Landscapes, Sustainability, and Climate Dread TNP116: Matthew Remski on Attachment, High Demand Communities and Yoga's Culture of Abuse TNP118: Patti Elledge on Attachment, Grieving Together, and Mobilizing Outrage TNP121: Alexandra Stein on Disorganized Attachment in Cults and Totalitarian Regimes TNP138: Mara Cur on Hide Tanning and the Orphan's Journey TNP151: Oliver Choquette on the Intersection of Gender Diversity and Neurodivergence TNP153: Parenting a Trans Teen with Paria Hassouri TNP166: Cultivating Sisterhood at (Trans)Midlife with Aurelie Richards TNP172: A Love Note to Grievers with Angela E Morris TNP189: Recovering Towards Mothering with Taryn Strong TNP194: Portrait of a Marriage with Carmen & Ruben, Part 1 TNP195: Portrait of a Marriage with Carmen & Ruben, Part 2 TNP196: Portrait of a Marriage with Carmen & Ruben, Part 3 TNP197: Portrait of a Marriage with Carmen & Ruben, Part 4 TNP208: {Special Class Recording} Attachment + Contact Nutrition  TNP213: Parenting Beyond Power with Jen Lumanlan TNP218: Take Down the Patriarchy and Take Back the Magic with Perdita Finn TNP223: Efu Nyaki on Healing Trauma through Family Constellations and SE   Voices of the Global Majority (BIPOC - Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) TNP19: Monique Gray Smith on Ceremony and Sacredness with Children TNP47: Indigo Ocean Dutton on Saying Yes to Happiness TNP57: Homeless and Hopeless, to Unbounded Joy with Shayla Logan TNP65: Jessie Hemphill on Walking Between the Worlds TNP66: Aftab Erfan on Safe Spaces TNP68: Janet Rogers on Art, History, and Strong Women TNP69: Tiffany Joseph on Language, Land, and Everything Important TNP70: Sewit Thomas Jones on Language and Belonging TNP72: Alexis P. Morgan on Witchcraft, Magic, and Liberation TNP76: L'Erin Alta on Lineage and Legacy TNP77: Digging Deep with Forensic Archeologist Juliana Kabal Xoc TNP79: Layla Saad on Perspectives of a Black Muslim Woman on the Priestess Path TNP85: Thérèse Cator on Shadow Alchemy and Life as Ceremony TNP88: Monique Gray Smith is Speaking Truth TNP93: Queer Nature with Pinar and So Sinopoulos-Lloyd TNP95: Preparing with Quest with Patricia and Ashley TNP97: Ancestry, Funerals, and Writing at 4:30am with Leesa Renee Hall TNP101: Layla Feghali on Plantcestral Medicine TNP105: Tending the Threshold with Tannur Ali TNP106: Tending the Threshold with Aftab Erfan TNP107: Tending the Threshold with Aaron Ortega TNP110: Tending the Threshold with Desiree Adaway TNP111: Tending the Threshold with Bayo Akomolafe TNP114: Jessie Hemphill on Indigenizing Urban Design and Collapse Awareness TNP117: Monique Gray Smith on the What, Why, and How of Territorial Acknowledgements TNP120: Tiffany Śwxeloselwet Jospeh on Adaptation TNP125: Stephanie Papik on Inuit tattoos and Cultural Reclamation TNP137: Sharon Ross (Afrovivalist) on Emergency Preparedness TNP140: Darius Mills on Hoodoo Manifestation Magic TNP141: Eric Tyrone - Get Woke in Your Dreamtime TNP144: Mimi Young on Intuition and Pandemic Plant Medicine TNP152: Conscious Grieving with Taraneh Erfan TNP153: Parenting a Trans Teen with Paria Hassouri TNP154: Fuck Capitalism – But Wait, What is Capitalism Exactly? With Toi Smith TNP156: Elaine Alec on Calling Your Spirit Back from Trauma TNP174: Sovereign and Supernatural - Manifesting Beyond Capitalism with L'Erin Alta TNP175: Ancestral Reverence and Seasonal Traditions with Thérèse Cator TNP176: Mimi Young on Animism, Numerology and Chinese Astrology TNP186: Time as a Tool of Empire with Desiree Adaway TNP187: Sinking Into Sacred Truth and Giving It Voice with Velda Thomas TNP201: {AstroMagic Miniseries} The Magic of Mercury with Thea Anderson TNP211: Taraneh Erfan on Processing Anger TNP219: The Metaskills of Healing with Thérèse Cator TNP223: Efu Nyaki on Healing Trauma through Family Constellations and SE   Collapse, Dismantling Systems of Oppression, and Revolution TNP21: Culture, Colonialism and Spirituality with Josiah Neufeld TNP24: Grieving for Susan and Civilization with Michael Phillips TNP28: Communism, the Beatniks and the Guru with Michael Phillips TNP43: Miss Rosie Bitts on Feminism, Burlesque and Self-Expression (Or, Learning to Love Your Jiggly Bits) TNP49: Carolyn Baker on Grief and Love During Collapse TNP54: Nicole Foss on Navigating the Perfect Financial Storm TNP55: How to Build a Life Boat with Nicole Foss TNP64: {Special Episode} Learning to See in the Dark TNP65: Jessie Hemphill on Walking Between the Worlds TNP67: Confronting Whiteness with Rachael Rice and Marybeth Bonfiglio TNP66: Aftab Erfan on Safe Spaces TNP68: Janet Rogers on Art, History, and Strong Women TNP71: Kelly Diels on the Female Lifestyle Empowerment Brand TNP73: Charlene Spretnak on Reclaiming Pre-Patriarchal Goddesses TNP75: Jennifer Jacquet Asks, Is Shame a Necessary Tool for Social Cooperation? TNP82: The Eclipse, The Gleaners, and Ruben and I TNP83: Nora Samaran - The Opposite of Rape Culture is Nurturance Culture TNP85: Thérèse Cator on Shadow Alchemy and Life as Ceremony TNP88: Monique Gray Smith is Speaking Truth TNP93: Queer Nature with Pinar and So Sinopoulos-Lloyd TNP104: Magical Cookery and EcoFeminism with Danielle Prohom Olson TNP105: Tending the Threshold with Tannur Ali TNP106: Tending the Threshold with Aftab Erfan TNP107: Tending the Threshold with Aaron Ortega TNP109: Tending the Threshold with Rachael Rice and Bec Stupak TNP110: Tending the Threshold with Desiree Adaway TNP111: Tending the Threshold with Bayo Akomolafe TNP114: Jessie Hemphill on Indigenizing Urban Design and Collapse Awareness TNP115: Solara Goldwyn on Edible Landscapes, Sustainability, and Climate Dread TNP117: Monique Gray Smith on the What, Why, and How of Territorial Acknowledgements TNP119: John Michael Greer on The Long Descent TNP120: Tiffany Śwxeloselwet Jospeh on Adaptation TNP133: Permission to Grieve with Francis Weller TNP134: Decolonizing Scottish Highland History and Radicalizing Gaelic Folk Culture with Michael Newton TNP137: Sharon Ross (Afrovivalist) on Emergency Preparedness TNP139: Colonial Influence on Hide Tanning Past and Present with Mara Cur TNP143: Bear Hebert on Unlearning Oppression TNP145: Holly Truhlar on Tending the Threshold of Collapse TNP146: Carmen + Holly on Collapse Psychology and the Importance of Grief, Ritual, Accountability and Play TNP147: Tom Hirons Tracks Collapse and Meaning Through Poetry TNP148: Seeing Yourself Through the Apocalypse with Lindsay Tunkl TNP154: Fuck Capitalism – But Wait, What is Capitalism Exactly? With Toi Smith TNP161: Collapse in a Nutshell with Carmen Spagnola TNP168: Somatics for White-Bodied Folks Recovering Ancestral Wisdom with Marika Heinricks TNP169: Sophie Macklin on Antifascist Folklore and Ungovernable Bodies TNP171: Crystie Kisler is Connecting Land and Food TNP186: Time as a Tool of Empire with Desiree Adaway TNP193: How Much is Enough in Collapse? with Carmen & Ruben TNP207: {Special Class Recording} Fascism 101 for Collapse Times TNP215: Before Capitalism (from a European Perspective) with Sophie Macklin TNP218: Take Down the Patriarchy and Take Back the Magic with Perdita Finn TNP219: The Metaskills of Healing with Thérèse Cator TNP221: Waking Up to the Dark with Clark Strand   Grief, Death, and Mortality TNP24: Grieving for Susan and Civilization with Michael Phillips TNP49: Carolyn Baker on Grief and Love During Collapse TNP77: Digging Deep with Forensic Archeologist Juliana Kabal Xoc TNP84: Honouring Ancestors with Rachael Rice TNP86: Channelling Change with Jenn Richardson TNP89: The Journey of the Psychopomp with Cat Webb TNP97: Ancestry, Funerals, and Writing at 4:30am with Leesa Renee
TNP220 Empower Your Perimenopause with Dr.Kristin Schnurr
17-11-2023
TNP220 Empower Your Perimenopause with Dr.Kristin Schnurr
I have been a student in the most life-changing class about perimenopause for the better part of this year. Actually, it’s a telehealth group – a group of patients meeting monthly for online sessions – under the care of Dr.Kristin Schnurr, a naturopathic doctor who specializes in complex endocrine concerns including perimenopause and postmenopause. In this episode, we explore: • how long perimenopause lasts • how to know which stage of perimenopause you're in • why vasomotor symptoms (hot flashes and night sweats) can be more serious than we think • the connection between ACE scores and perimenopausal symptoms and so much more! Referenced in this episode: Read Dr.Kristin's full bio here. Follow her on Instagram. Get on Dr.Kristin's newsletter by visiting her website here: www.drkristinschnurr.com Dr.Kristin's Upcoming Therapeutic Small Group Programs: Empowered - Navigating the Perimenopausal Transition - This group would be a good fit for those of you still menstruating or if it has been less than one year from your last menstrual period. Sign up for her newsletter to be the first to know when registration opens. Emergence - An Exploration of Life After Menopause - For those of you for whom it has been 12 months since your last menstrual period. Sign up for her newsletter to be the first to know when registration opens. Beginning in January 2024 these groups will meet virtually every month for 12 months. Over the course of the year, you'll cover comprehensive and up to date information in a safe and nurturing space. The emphasis will be on listening to your inner wisdom as you make informed decisions in support of your own unique health. Registration opens November 20th, 2023 via newsletter mail-out. If you miss that deadline, email the office to get on the waitlist: office@drkristinschnurr.com   Self-Paced Course: Empowered - Navigating the Perimenopausal Transition (Coming Soon! Visit her website and sign up for her newsletter for the announcement)   Resources International Menopause Society The Menopause Society Daily Record of Severity of Problems tracking sheet ACE Studies information and quiz   Perimenopause Playlist of relevant Numinous Podcast episodes TNP165: Embracing Sovereignty at Midlife with Nikiah Seeds TNP179: Navigating Creative Drought and Change with Nikiah Seeds TNP164: The Astrology of Midlife with Danielle Blackwood TNP182: Reimagining Elderhood with Sharon Blackie TNP191: Entering Hekate's Cave with Dr.Cyndi Brannen TNP216: Success and Spiritual Leadership with Colette Baron-Reid TNP197: Portrait of a Marriage with Carmen and Ruben (Part Four) TNP173: Creative Witchcraft with Natalie Rousseau (this one is maybe indirectly related - I can't remember specifics but it feels aligned!) TNP217: Burnout and Recovery at Midlife with Annie Bray   Does this material resonate? Join us live! Check out The Numinous Network and come to the Peri/Meno Jams and AMAs Come hang out with us for The Spirit of Yuletide   Like what you heard? Give a little love to the podcast with a nice review!
TNP219 The Metaskills of Healing with Thérèse Cator
26-10-2023
TNP219 The Metaskills of Healing with Thérèse Cator
Wow, this is a juicy one. My dear friend, Thérèse Cator, is back on the show in this special replay of a session we co-led as a warm-up event for my Witches New Year Gathering happening on October 28, 2023. Thérèse Cator is a trauma-informed embodiment practitioner who specializes in helping people develop a connection to their bodies that promotes wellness and healing. Cator’s work provides an intersectional and decolonial lens that is rare in an overwhelmingly white and ableist somatics field. Thérèse is also the founder of Embodied Black Girl, a global community that stands for the embodied liberation of Black women and femmes and women of color everywhere. Embodied Black Girl is devoted to creating a safe space for to heal from intergenerational trauma, racialized stress and colonial conditioning in service of our individual and collective liberation and healing. Thérèse has been featured in Forbes and MindBodyGreen, and she has delivered workshops to major tech companies while maintaining her focus on Black women's and femmes' health. We've been friends since 2017 and over the years have been in trainings together as students, as well as co-facilitated and collaborated on projects. We often independently come up with new directions we want to take with our work, only to find the other was planning the exact same thing. And that's what happened here! We are each offering facilitator trainings in 2024 and we're here to give some insight into our shared philosophical approach. Referenced in this episode TNP85: Thérèse Cator on Shadow Alchemy and Life as Ceremony Sign up for Thérèse's newsletter on her website Find out more about Thérèse's background here Can academic reading be healing?, by Katherine Firth (the Routledge article based off Sedgewick's concept of "reparative reading")  Sedgewick's original essay on "paranoid reading" versus "reparative reading" TNP161: Collapse in a Nutshell   *** Learn more about the Metaskills of Collapse in my Collapse 101 course in The Numinous Network, or join us to experience our manner of approach for group facilitation.  Last call to get your ticket for Witches New Year! Recordings available to stream until Nov 7, 2023. Sign up for my newsletter so you'll know when my facilitation training opens in Feb/March 2024. Like this episode? Give it a review! As you can tell, I read them and they matter to me!
TNP217 Burnout and Recovery at Midlife with Annie Bray
19-10-2023
TNP217 Burnout and Recovery at Midlife with Annie Bray
I saw a meme that said, "If I am googling symptoms and the treatment says "mindfulness", I know there's no treatment for my condition". I laughed but...for real, can't we do any better than this?? Let's have a real conversation about the pervasiveness of burnout and the gaslighting of the wellness industrial complex. If you're a regular listener, you know we have a clear line of sight on patriarchy and capitalism and we have long been well aware that they're the underlying cause, as with white supremacy, ableism, all of it. Clearly self-help and meditation isn't enough. And yet, there is something to it, isn't there? It would be awfully ignorant of me to not recognize that a millenias-old practice probably has some merit. The benefits of meditation on our overall wellbeing and to support restoration of the nervous system are clear, (experientially if not always empirically). Here to muddle through this with me today is my friend, Annie Bray, a longtime meditation teacher and bodywork practitioner. She's also a somatic coach and one of our Guides in The Numinous Network leading monthly Polyvagal Theory-informed meditation sessions. Annie also studied with Joanna Macy, root teacher of the Work That Reconnects, and we invoke her as a muse in this conversation, reflecting on her spiritual leadership as a woman in later life. It's nice to reflect on those who've inspired us as we navigate our entrepreneurship in the wellness space. Annie has 20 years' experience as a manual therapist, plus deep study in trauma recovery, applied polyvagal theory, meditation, yoga and trauma-informed coaching. In her work, she aims to support folks to feel reliably well-met, relatively safe and free to engage with life meaningfully. Check out Annie's website here Learn more about Annie's 1:1 Somatic Coaching REORIENT: a 12-week meditation program for midlife caregivers, based deeply in both WTR and in attachment and polyvagal theory, set to run again in January, with increased focus on midlife caregivers dealing with burnout. Follow her on Instagram Referenced in this episode Joanna Macy Work That Reconnects Recent studies on burnout Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle, Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski Donald Winnicott's Good Enough Mother studies Lifting Heavy Things: Healing Trauma One Rep at a Time, by Laura Khadouri   Check out The Numinous Network to try Annie's class and more! Review The Spirited Kitchen on Amazon   Like this episode? I'd love your review! (Thanks in advance for taking the time 💖)
TNP216 Colette Baron-Reid on Success + Spiritual Leadership
13-10-2023
TNP216 Colette Baron-Reid on Success + Spiritual Leadership
🚨Alert! 🚨 Alert! 🚨This is a very special episode where my life comes full circle! I am unspeakably thrilled to welcome Colette Baron-Reid to the show. Colette Baron-Reid is a bestselling author of 15 best-selling Oracle card decks, with over a million sold worldwide and 7 books published in 27 languages. In fact, her iconic deck, The Enchanted Map, is the #1 oracle deck I've recommended for the past decade for people to develop their intuition and card reading skills. This interview is candid, it's intimate, and it's a very frank reflection on the lessons learned over a 30+ year career in spiritual leadership. We talk workaholism, we talk intergenerational trauma, we talk menopause... We talk about diversity, equity and inclusion in the spiritual self-help genre, and humility in the face of public scrutiny. We talk about diving deeper into shadow work and real, authentic repair. Join us for a fascinating portrait of a wise woman just getting started at 65... Colette is an internationally acclaimed Oracle expert, spiritual intuitive, personal transformation thought leader, business strategist, artist, and educator. She's the founder of The Oracle School Experience®, OraclePalooza®, and host of INSIDE THE WOONIVERSE, a weekly podcast series. She's a former EMI recording artist has been living clean and sober for the last 37 years. Colette provided numerous in-depth resources in this episode: References Visit Colette's website Oracle School Colette's membership site Inside the Woo-niverse podcast Know Justice, Know Peace by Dr. Deborah Egerton, Enneagram + Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility specialist Mindful of Race and Healing Rage by Ruth King Like this episode? Review the podcast! 🙏🏻
TNP215 Before Capitalism (from a European Perspective) with Sophie Macklin
09-10-2023
TNP215 Before Capitalism (from a European Perspective) with Sophie Macklin
This is a conversation about capitalism, and therefore about whiteness and supremacy culture. There is a bit of a record scratch moment when I say something that sounds pretty obliviously white, then correct myself. I like to leave the mistakes in because it's good reconditioning from perfectionism/whiteness. Enjoy! Sophie Macklin is an anarchist mystic who lived in California for fifteen years but recently returned home to England. She practises brythonic polytheism, antifascism, and devotion to an animate world, and specializes in topics related to radical history, anti-capitalism, antifascism, reclaiming the commons, anti-ableism, and exploring different ways of knowing. She’s an educator whose work has deeply impacted my own. I've invited Sophie back to the show to talk about capitalism and its accompanying attitudes around productivity, disability, and land use. In this episode, we’re talking about a period of history in England when we saw the end of access to common lands to the system of private property and land ownership which we now think of as normal. If you want to jam on Caliban and the Witch and the work of Silvia Federici, this one's for you! References Sophie is a presenter at my annual Witches New Year event – hope you'll join us! Silvia Federici Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body, and Primitive Accumulation, by Silvia Federici Horse Power and Magic, George Ewart Evans Follow Sophie on Instagram @sophiemacklin Join us at Witches New Year 2023 Review the podcast!
TNP213 Parenting Beyond Power with Jen Lumanlan
29-09-2023
TNP213 Parenting Beyond Power with Jen Lumanlan
My guest today is Jen Lumanlan host of the popular podcast, Your Parenting Mojo, and author of the book Parenting Beyond Power: How to Use Connection and Collaboration to Transform Your Family - and the World.    After attending Berkeley and Yale and following a traditional career path in sustainability consulting, Jen found that parenting was her toughest challenge yet. She went back to school for a master’s degree in psychology focused on child development and another in education, and trained as a Co-Active coach to share what she learned with other parents.   In the book, she shares about her own struggles as a child and a content warning here for bereavement and discussion of disordered eating. For my listeners who are people of the global majority, the book is written from the perspective of a white parent grappling with unlearning the use of dominance and other more subtle aspects of white supremacy culture. In this conversation, it does take a minute to get around to stating explicitly that white parents do not have the same parents as parents who are Black, or Indigenous or Asian or other oppressed identities. I want to assure you we do get around to that and also that it is front and centre throughout the book, and it’s handled with nuance. It’s an excellent book for folks who are actively seeking or maybe just starting to be curious about how to dismantle systems of oppression and unhook from supremacy culture and the use of dominance and coercion at the family and relational level.   Here's how you can get Jen's book through a gift economy approach: https://yourparentingmojo.com/book/ References Decolonizing Non-Violent Communication, Meenadchi Needy: How to Advocate for your Needs and Claim your Sovereignty, Mara Glatzel My Collapse 101 course is included with membership in The Numinous Network Stacy Lee Kong of Friday Things explains the coercive control at work in the Jonah Hill/Sarah Brady text exchange My social media post/explainer on coercive control Why Giving Choices Doesn't Work And What To Do Instead, Your Parenting Mojo Podcast Dismantling White Supremacy Culture in our Families, Amanda Gross White Supremacy Culture, Tema Okun Zawn Villines on Facebook and their substack, Liberating Motherhood: For mothers who are pissed off about sexism, household chore inequality, and endless misogynistic bullshit, and for the allies who want a better world for all of us How to Get Away with Parenting with Malaika Dowler Pervasive Drive for Autonomy, Tomlin Wilding No Self, No Problem: How Neuropsychology Is Catching Up to Buddhism, Chris Niebauer   Like this episode? Review the podcast!
TNP212 Shauna Janz on Ancestral Veneration in Child-Free and Queer Lineages
22-09-2023
TNP212 Shauna Janz on Ancestral Veneration in Child-Free and Queer Lineages
Shauna Janz is a facilitator at the crossroads of grief, trauma, ritual and ancestral healing. She is a queer cis-woman of northern European ancestry who has been facilitating trauma-informed workshops since 2008 to a wide range of audiences including within education, non-profit, hospice, business, government, and Indigenous settings, locally and internationally. The intersection of being childfree and ancestral veneration is fascinating to me because when we talk about lineage there’s an implication of continuance. I personally did have a biological child, but I doubt my child will have a child. So it’s interesting to cast my net a little wider when I ponder the question, Who am I becoming an ancestor for? And when I think about my spiritual practice of ancestral veneration, it’s interesting to think about whether I’m giving enough attention to ancestors I’m not directly descended from - the aunties, the uncles, the chosen family that my wayback people were connected to, the ones who supported my direct ancestors so I could be here now. Shauna is exactly who you want as a conversation partner to ponder these questions!   Notes ShaunaJanz.com @sacredgriefshaunajanz • Belonging to the World - Relationship and Ritual for the Heart of Grief starts Oct 4, 2023 • Elder Wisdom - Connecting with our Ancestral Ecosystems to Embody Love and Liberation starts Oct 9, 2023 with Tamira Cousett   • Trauma-Informed Grief Support - A Professional Development Workshop on Nov 9-10, 2023   Learning Through Loss, based in Victoria, BC ***   Review The Spirited Kitchen on Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Goodreads or Indigo Sign up for my newsletter
TNP210 RCCX Theory of Complex Illness
15-09-2023
TNP210 RCCX Theory of Complex Illness
This episode is for all the folks who are, for whatever reason, familiar with chronic illness, rare disease and/or autoimmune disorder. The Network was inspired by my work with clients living with chronic illness and rare diseases such as Sjogren’s disease, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, POTS, PCOS, and MCAS, specifically. RCCX Theory is a theory proposed by Dr. Sharon Meglathery that may explain overlapping syndromes associated with chronic illness. This mutation creates a stress vulnerability. In other words, a brain wired for danger and a body primed for stress. Co-inherited gene mutations of the RCCX module lead to overlapping “rare” genetic diseases and syndromes in families and individuals. This have catastrophic consequences in settings of severe acute, chronic, or prolonged stress, resulting in medical and/or psychiatric illness. Listeners who may find this episode particularly validating may have experience or be familiar with: • Post-Covid / Long Covid syndrome • Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) • Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) • Sjogren's Syndrome • Lyme • Vasovagal Syncope • Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) • Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (IBS) including Crohn's and colitis • Fibromyaligia • Rheumatoid Arthritis • Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) • Multiple Chemical/Mold/Electrical Sensitivities • Chronic Pain • other dysfunction involving the nervous system including gut biome Deep gratitude to Dr.Meglathery for her research on the RCCX module. We hope her work is carried forward by fellow scientists and advocates.   Notes https://www.rccxandillness.com Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/rccxandchronicillness https://medium.com/@elizabethnickson/reading-this-might-save-your-life-rccx-theory-the-vagus-nerve-and-the-end-to-43c9431a8df7 https://www.gro-gifted.org/rccx-theory-and-giftedness-a-promising-new-line-of-research/ https://www.healthrising.org/blog/2018/08/09/rccx-chronic-fatigue-fibromyalgia-eds-pots/ https://me-pedia.org/wiki/RCCX_Genetic_Module_Theory TNP151 Oliver Choquette on the Intersection of Gender Diversity and Neurodivergence Sign up for my newsletter
TNP209 {Special Class Recording} Connecting with Plants
13-09-2023
TNP209 {Special Class Recording} Connecting with Plants
What are the steps to spiritual communication with plants? Do we need to know a lot about horticulture? How do I know if I'm just making it all up?   In this session, I'm sharing a lightly edited recording of a recent Enrichment session I led within The Numinous Network on connecting with and communicating with plants. I'm offering this sneak peek because it's free Week in the Network from Sept 17-23 - listen in to find out more!   Notes   Plant Spirit Healing: A Guide to Working with Plant Consciousness, Pam Montgomery   Communicating with Plants: Heart-Based Practices for Connecting with Plant Spirits, Jen Frey   Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer   The Unlikely Peace at Cuchumaquic: The Parallel Lives of People as Plants: Keeping the Seeds Alive, Martin Prechtel   Edible and Medicinal Flora of the West Coast: The Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, Collin Varner   Luschiim’s Plants: Traditional Indigenous Foods, Materials and Medicines, Dr Luschiim Arvid Charlie,  Nancy Turner   Plants Have So Much to Give Us, All We Have to Do Is Ask: Anishinaabe Botanical Teachings, Mary Siisip Geniusz   TNP202 Maeg Keane on Connecting with Jupiter Review The Spirited Kitchen: Recipes and Rituals for the Wheel of the Year   Homework for this Lesson Reciprocity Ask your plant friend what they’d like. Maybe they want to be tended a certain way, maybe they want you to draw them. Stay with the question – at first they might say something like, I want you to take care of yourself, I want you to relax. That’s all good to know, but stay with this question of what you can do for them or offer to them until you get an answer that is truly something they want just for them. When you have the gift, present it to them. Spend time in this space, speaking aloud your gratitude. What do you notice in the days after?   Plant Limpia Plant bathing: It can be as simple as placing the plant in water, then sprinkling water on you. After you've cleansed yourself, keep a portion of the water and add to it an equal portion of vodka. Place in a spray bottle to cleanse yourself whenever you need to release energetic build-up (spiritual hygiene) or when you are preparing yourself for ritual (purification). Could also infuse a plant in water that is at least 100F, strain, then keep in the fridge until you want to use it. Add it to your bathwater at particularly meaningful times or whenever you’re in need. (Make sure it’s not made from a plant that can cause contact dermatitis).   Plant Dieting This is a way to really meld with the energies of a plant over an extended period of time. It will take several days or perhaps even weeks just to prepare all of the items you can with a single plant. Then, once all of the your preparations are ready, you would have a retreat day with that plant, ingesting it in all the ways. You will need to source a good beginner's herbalism book to learn how to make tinctures and oxymels, etc. Some recommendations would be: Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use Ava Green and Kate Bensinger's The Comprehensive Guide to Herbalism for Beginners: (2 Books in 1) Grow Medicinal Herbs to Fill Your Herbalist Apothecary with Natural Herbal Remedies and Plant Medicine   To undertake the ritual of plant dieting, first as your plant ally for a good date to enter into this day-long ritual. When the time comes, begin by eating some of the plant, then make a tea from leaves and drink. Then enjoy some tea made from the roots. After that, perhaps later that day, ingest a tincture. After that you might put balm or oil on your body, followed by some essence on your tongue, perhaps some medicine made of honey infused with the plant, then have an oxymel drink or other fermented version of the plant. Finally, do a trance journey to connect with the plant spirit in the Otherworld. Complete your ritual by thanking your plant ally and following any instructions they gave you.   Make a Plant Essence Flower essences carry the energetic imprint of a plant and are meant to be ingested. They address emotional symptoms, not physical.  Below are some basic steps to making a Mother Essence, Stock Essence, and Dosage Essence - some simple basic herbalism so you can work with a particular plant all month and notice how that not only deepens your understanding but also expands your intuitive awareness of this plant and others.  Begin by asking your plant ally when is the best time to make an essence with them. Mother Essence: Sterilize a two ounce bottle in boiling water. Fill a small clean glass bowl with about a cup of non-chlorinated water and place it on the ground beside the plant. Collect a few pieces of the plant and place them in the bowl. In order to preserve their pure essence, do not allow the plant parts to touch the ground. Ask the plant for guidance - is there any additional information they'd like to provide about how to make this essence with them? When the plant informs you the essence is ready, fill your two ounce bottle 40%-50% full with good quality brandy* (consisting of 40% alcohol by volume - ABV). Top it up with the essence water, using a fine mesh strainer to ensure no plant material enters the Mother Essence bottle. Your remaining essence water can be poured back into the ground at the foot of your plant, (and you can also take a sip of it, if you feel it's safe and the plant is edible). Label your bottle as Mother Essence and the name of the plant. Stock Essence: Fill a half-ounce bottle with 60% plain non-chlorinated water and 40% brandy, then add 3 drops of the Mother Essence. Label this bottle as Stock Essence plus the name of the plant. you can use the Stock Essence as a daily point of connection with this plant, trying a single drop on the tongue the morning of one day, noon on another, and night on the next. Journal anything you notice over the weeks, particularly your dreams and coincidences relevant to this plant and its teachings. This stock level of dilution will last at least a year, (some say up to 10 years if stored in a cool, dark place and in a dark glass bottle). Dosage Essence: Fill a clean, sterilized half-ounce bottle with 70% non-chlorinated water and 30% good quality brandy. To this, add 3 drops of the Stock Essence. Standard dosage is three drops on the tongue three times a day for a month. Notice any changes, synchronicities, messages and dreams. The dosage level of dilution will last for about 2 months. After that, gift the liquid back to the plants and soil. *If you would prefer not to use alcohol in your essences, you can use vinegar.
TNP207 {Special Class Recording} Fascism 101 for Collapse Times
04-09-2023
TNP207 {Special Class Recording} Fascism 101 for Collapse Times
Let’s talk about fascism today, friends. Why is it important? Because in collapse, authoritarianism always increases. Of course we don't like strong man dictators, military coups, or religious fundamentalism – we hate all the different forms authoritarianism takes. But the especially chilling thing about fascism is that doesn't just happen in the political sphere; it happens at the dinner table. Average people live under authoritarianism, often for generations, without it altering their daily reality much at all. The power struggles of dictators and regime changes might hardly make a difference. But fascism uses the populace and populist movements as part of its social control.  Fascism goes deeper and far beyond fear and military might to secure its stranglehold.  This episode is an excerpt from my online course, Collapse 101, which is accessed as part of my monthly membership subscription program, The Numinous Network. We have a Collapse 101 class lecture, followed by an AMA a week later, almost every month. In this session, I'm sharing about the hallmarks of fascism so we can be alert to some of the sneaky ways it wends itself into our lives.   Referenced in this episode: TNP161 Collapse in a Nutshell TNP193 How Much Is Enough In Collapse? with Carmen & Ruben The Rewilding Podcast with Peter Michael Bower, ep. 30: Collapse Care with Carmen Spagnola End Times/New Times: Numinous Podcast Episode Round-Up for Collapse Recommended Reading: Ecofascism: Lessons from the German Experience, by Janet Biehl and Peter Staudenmaier, published under the title, "Fascist Ecology: The "Green Wing" of the Nazi Party and its Historical Antecedents" (1996) On the Rise of the Right-Wing Mass Movements, (2014) The Undying Appeal of White Nationalism: Neofascism is the cultural, Artistic, and Ecological Movements (2014) The Return of Fascism in Contemporary Capitalism (2014) Economic Collapse and the Rise of Fascism, 1920-1933, A People's History of Modern Europe (2016) The Pagan and Occult Fascist Connection and How To Fix It, by Amy Hale (2019)   Note the difference in tone regarding America in just one year in the following three articles: Fascism Is Spreading — And It’s a Sign of Civilizational Collapse, Umair Haque (2022) How Many Collapsing Societies Does It Take to Teach the Same Lesson?, Umair Haque (2023) America’s Battle To Save Its Democracy From Trumpism, Umair Haque (2023)  Alternatively... If you want to end on a more upbeat note, here's a classic: Why Socialism? by Albert Einstein or Punching Nazis: Spiritual or No? by me, Carmen Spagnola
TNP206 Alexa Linton on Interspecies Relating and Healing with Horses
02-09-2023
TNP206 Alexa Linton on Interspecies Relating and Healing with Horses
In this episode we grapple with the questions, Can you ever really be in a consensual relationship with a being who depends on you for food? How do white supremacy culture and patriarchy show up in horsemanship? What does non-coercive horsemanship look and feel like? If you’ve read my book, The Spirited Kitchen, or you’ve been around my work for a while, you know that I come from a long line of horse people - a lineage that wends its way from southern Alberta and rodeo culture to the Scottish Highlands in the late 1800s where my wayback people bred, trained, and worked Highland ponies to labour in the coal mines and to build railroads. It’s been a long and complicated relationship between my family and horses. I am the first generation in as far back as we can remember to not have horses in my life on an everyday basis. It’s a profound source of grief for me. What has also been a source of grief is that for many of the problems I've supported my child through, (if you don’t know, I have a 19 year old with autism, ADHD, and mental and physical health challenges), the thing that seems to work best is time outside the city with horses.  And this is where my next guest comes in… Alexa Linton is an osteopathic practitioner with 15 years of manual therapy and energy work under her belt. She also works with animals using kinesiology, cranial sacral therapy, and intuitive communication. She also helps humans navigate pet death. As a horse steward, trainer and healer, Alexa has seen and experienced a lot of changes in the industry over the years but there is much further to go in uncoupling from systems of dominance. Her course, The Whole Horse Apprenticeship, and her show, The Whole Horse Podcast, are places of refuge for horsey people who no longer feel comfortable with coercive horsemanship. Check out Alexa's book: Death Sucks: A Straight-Up Guide to Navigating Your Pet's Final Transition Follow her on Instagram Equine Cranial Therapy Certification   Referenced in this episode: The Whole Horse Apprenticeship with Alexa and 25 guest instructors, including myself! (6 month program for horse lovers starting September 15th)  The Whole Horse Podcast  Taming Wild documentary created by Elsa Sinclair  Freedom-based Training with Elsa Sinclair  Emotional Horsemanship with Lockie Phillips  Relationship Horsemanship with Josh Nichol  Nahshon Cook Horsemanship  Balance through Movement Method (Pillar one mini course)  Horsemanship on Vancouver Island - Shannon Beahen (Humminghorse)
TNP205 Sophie Strand on Mary Magdalene + Miracles
31-08-2023
TNP205 Sophie Strand on Mary Magdalene + Miracles
Sophie Strand is a poet and writer with a focus on the intersection of spirituality, storytelling, and ecology. If you love Mary Magdalene and fondly remember Anita Diamant's The Red Tent, you are in for a real treat! Sophie's new book, The Madonna Secret, is a passionate retelling of the story of Mary Magdalene and Jesus, rewilding the Gospels with the forgotten voices of defiant and oppressed women, the nature-based storytelling of oral communities, and the embodied eroticism of a lovable rabbi with appetites and desires, doubts and shame, and a playful sense of humor. Plus, his awesome mom – aka The Virgin Mary – is a raucous and wonderful surprise, giving big time Baubo of Greek myth vibes, (who in my mind could be played wonderfully by Shohreh Aghdashloo of The Expanse fame). In this conversation, we talk about what it's like to write about miracles while living with an incurable disease, (Sophie lives with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a connective tissue disorder - something that many members of the Numinous Network are all too familiar). We also discuss animism, magic, patriarchy, and the realness she brings to the landscape and the characters of her novel. Sophie's poems and essays have appeared in numerous projects and publications, including Spirituality & Health, Atmos, Braided Way and Art PAPERS. The author of The Flowering Wand, she lives in the Hudson Valley of New York.   Purchase The Madonna Secret anywhere (and please do leave a review!)   Follow Sophie: SophieStrand.com Her Substack Instagram Facebook   References in this episode: older Dev Patel Louis Garrel  Golshifteh Farhani (Oh now that I see who she is, I LOVED her in that dystopian show, Invasion) young Javier Bardem article about Bruce Chilton Bruce Chilton wikipedia Honi the Circle Drawer Hanina ben Dosa Contemporaries of Jesus who were miracle workers Mary Renault Mary Stewart   Learn more about the Numinous Network Sign up for my newsletter and join us for Free Week, Sept 17-23, 2023 *** Have a question or comment? Looking for life advice? Need some witch wisdom? Maybe I can help – listen for my response in an upcoming episode! Click here to leave me a voice or written message.
TNP204 AstroMagic Miniseries ET Shipley on the Power of Saturn
08-07-2023
TNP204 AstroMagic Miniseries ET Shipley on the Power of Saturn
Et Shipley is a consulting professional astrologer, creative writer, and ritual strategist. She weaves astrology with other tools to talk about collapse, social justice, relationality, death and culture. Last year, I asked Erin to be a Guest Guide in The Numinous Network offering astrology workshops to help folks manage key moments. That has morphed into a seasonal offering we call the AstroJam - people gather with Erin to jam about the cosmic weather and all things magical and ritual to do with that. When I had the idea for an AstroMagic Miniseries, I immediately thought to ask Erin who she would recommend as guests - in many ways, you can thank Erin for working her magic there to make some very special connections and episodes happen for us!   Erin’s writing about astrology is always poetic and profound, gentle but unflinching, and always very useful. She has just the right vibe to help us really understand what it is that Saturn is trying to teach and to not be afraid of those lessons. Even if you’re still not quite ready to engage directly with Saturn after this episode, I know you’ll find it to be good preparation for the time when, eventually, Saturn calls you and you don’t have a choice anymore.   Referenced in this episode: Erin's approach to astrology Erin's Instagram: @etshipley Book a session with Erin or get on her newsletter Idola Stellárum talismanic adornment for devotion Kristin Mathis' new translation of the Orphic Hymn to Kronos (Saturn) Audio of the Orphic Hymn to Saturn Maeg Keane's podcast interview on Blackberry on the Herbs with Rosalee Podcast Rate this show on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen - thanks in advance!