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Remembering what it is to be human upon the earth // Story is medicine, magic is real, healing is open-ended and endless // Exploring the mythic journeys we undertake when coming to know ourselves through interviews with herbalists, story keepers, ancestral listeners, consciousness explorers, earth dreamers, and other wise folk.

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Remembering what it is to be human upon the earth // Story is medicine, magic is real, healing is open-ended and endless // Exploring the mythic journeys we undertake when coming to know ourselves through interviews with herbalists, story keepers, ancestral listeners, consciousness explorers, earth dreamers, and other wise folk.

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By Shayla Cherry - Dec 12 2019
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I have so much love and respect for this show and the woman who creates it. The intros and follow-ups that she records are often even better than the interviews themselves. She has amazing guests and doesn’t censor them the way that many shows do. Thank you, Amber, for compassionately informing the world.

Wish she would talk less about vaccines

By burqueporvida;) - Dec 12 2019
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I wish this podcast could be a place to get away from this conversation that alienates and divides people. As a person who does not share her views I would be more interested in this podcast if she invited a credible person who does not agree with her to discuss this topic. I fear this podcast will become an extension of Ambers instagram and lose what is so special and uniting about this podcast.

iTunes Ratings

609 Ratings
Average Ratings
584
12
6
3
4

Thank You

By Shayla Cherry - Dec 12 2019
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I have so much love and respect for this show and the woman who creates it. The intros and follow-ups that she records are often even better than the interviews themselves. She has amazing guests and doesn’t censor them the way that many shows do. Thank you, Amber, for compassionately informing the world.

Wish she would talk less about vaccines

By burqueporvida;) - Dec 12 2019
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I wish this podcast could be a place to get away from this conversation that alienates and divides people. As a person who does not share her views I would be more interested in this podcast if she invited a credible person who does not agree with her to discuss this topic. I fear this podcast will become an extension of Ambers instagram and lose what is so special and uniting about this podcast.

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Remembering what it is to be human upon the earth // Story is medicine, magic is real, healing is open-ended and endless // Exploring the mythic journeys we undertake when coming to know ourselves through interviews with herbalists, story keepers, ancestral listeners, consciousness explorers, earth dreamers, and other wise folk.

Rank #1: 55. Highly Sensitive People are the Psychedelic Plants of the Human Realm - Lola Pickett

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Empaths are trending right now; let’s dig beneath the surface into what it really means to be empathic and/or to have a highly sensitive nervous system, and then talk about the plant and fungal allies that can help us to relax, recalibrate, and ground.

IN THE INTRO:

  • The difference between empathic and highly sensitive people
  • High sensitivity is an evolutionary adaptation
  • Ritual is remembering

IN THE INTERVIEW:

Part I, Lola interviews me:

  • How I came to walk the plant path
  • My experience as a vegan postpartum woman
  • What fat does for our bodies- resilience and deep nourishment- and why it’s extra important for Highly Sensitive People
  • Remembering the intelligence that is woven throughout every cell in our body (not just the brain)
  • Overcoming the empathic tendency to shut everything out
  • Healing the legacy of highly sensitive/empathic ancestors making harmful decisions in an endeavor to self medicate
  • How psychedelics can help heal and empower HSPs
  • Reishi as an ally
  • The importance of touching something before ingesting it
  • Practicing the felt sense of our food
  • Making a game of tuning into and experimenting with changing the aperture of your sensory gating channels
  • Knowing your strength as an empathic person 

Part II, I interview Lola:

  • How Lola came into relationship with psilocybin mushrooms
  • Time is the most persistent illusion
  • Knowing that all is well, not as a bypass, but as the deeper reality of nature
  • The stark difference between altering your consciousness recreationally and doing so ceremonially
  • Tracing the motherline to find the medicine that belongs to you
  • Being deep in an ancient cave with the bones of your ancestors
  • Psychedelics, neurogenesis, and healing trauma

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Sep 09 2019

1hr 37mins

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Rank #2: 26. Ancestral Reverence as Devotion to the Earth - Daniel Foor

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Your body is your ancestor altar, how hungry ghosts affect the living, the earth as the repository of ancestral wisdom, & more...

In the Intro:

  • Cleatus B. Wright , January 20, 1929 - February 27th, 1929

In the Interview:

  • The hunger for our ancestors
  • The story of Daniel's first ancestral connection, and the healing that followed
  • The ancestors are the collective wisdom of our species in all its beauty and trauma
  • Time collapses when in communion with the ancestors
  • Not all of the dead are equally well
  • The deeply embedded alcoholism in my fatherline
  • Addiction as the hunger of the dead moving through the bodies of the living, and the act of taking the substance as a form of ancestral communion
  • There are very few personal problems- a look at unmetabolized ancestral pain and systemic injustice
  • The dead can change
  • Ancestral forgetting as a function of the damage wrought by colonialism
  • We don't arrive at healing by exiling those who commit harm: an approach for white folks wishing to address their slave owning/colonizing/oppressive ancestral legacy (rather than ignoring it or living in perpetual guilt)
  • The role of the ancestors in social and earth justice
  • The interweaving of ritual, genealogical research, and healing
  • Synchronicity 
  • They are shaking us awake in the burning house- the growing sense of urgency coming to us from the ancestors at this pivotal point in human history
  • The dead are in the earth, and the ancestors are animating the earth that is our bodies
  • Approaching activism in a more ritual oriented way
  • When a child is a returning of an ancestral lineage, mothering is my main form of ancestral reverence, and remembering that our children are the future ancestors of our further descendants
  • Are souls that die suddenly lost in limbo?
  • I ask Daniel a vulnerable question about my mom, who died in a car accident in November 2015
  • The most important way that we prepare for death is to be ethical and kind
  • Animism: living humans are just one kind of person / coming into relationship with the wider web of being

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Sep 06 2018

1hr 35mins

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Rank #3: 30. The Innate Intelligence of the Immune System - Cilla Whatcott

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Real immunity is not gotten from a pill or a needle- it’s not a one time thing that comes from outside us, but an ongoing process that develops over time and springs from the vital intelligence of the human body.

In the Intro:

  • Love + Immunity
  • The incredible complexity of the human body
  • The Health Helix

In the Interview:

  • How the death of her mother sparked a teenage Cilla's interest in natural health, and how a dream visit from her mom decades later led her to the work she's doing now
  • How modern medicine disempowers parents and dismisses the instinctive knowing mothers have about their own children
  • MAMA- no one loves or observes your child as much as you do. You are your child's healer. Trust yourself.
  • What happened in 1989 that shifted public consciousness around health & self empowerment
  • The false vaxxer/anti-vaxxer dichotomy
  • How homeoprophylaxis (HP) educates the immune system by echoing how nature works
  • We each have particular disease susceptibilities
  • What happened when I gave my daughters their first dose of homeopathic varicella (chicken pox)
  • The Pathogen v The Terrain
  • Microbes have been here a lot longer than we have and we must co-exist with them mindfully
  • The important healing work of fever, runny nose, and other symptoms and how suppressing these processes shuts down the vital force and drives disease deeper
  • Cilla shines some light on my constant childhood ear infections
  • The connection between immunity and emotions- boundaries, repression, and expression
  • The developmental leaps children make after being allowed to overcome disease on their own
  • Herd immunity cannot be created artificially 
  • The success that the Indian and Cuban governments have had with HP
  • Action steps for how to best support innate immune intelligence

In the Outro:

  • The three myths we assume are true when we talk about vaccines
  • Cell mediated v humoral immunity
  • The autoimmune disease epidemic
  • When measles came to my daughter's school
  • Our family's recent experience with pertussis (whooping cough)
  • A deeper look at herd immunity: chicken pox/shingles, pertussis, and measles

Links:

CillaWhatcott.com

My website MythicMedicine.love

Medicine Stories Patreon (podcast bonuses)

Vaccines, Autoimmunity, and the Changing Nature of Childhood Illness by Thomas Cowan, MD

Miller's Review of Critical Vaccine Studies by Neil Z. Miller

Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and the Forgotten History by Suzanne Humphries, MD and Roman Bystrianyk

The Vaccine Trade Off episode of the Wise Traditions podcast

High Dose Vitamin C for Pertussis webpage by Dr. Suzanne Humphries

The Medicine Stories Facebook group

Take my fun Which Healing Herb is Your Spirit Medicine? quiz

Mythic Medicine on Instagram

Music by Mariee Sioux (from her beautiful song Wild Eyes)

Oct 08 2018

2hr 5mins

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Rank #4: 4. Multidimensional Plants & the Fabric of Consciousness - Asia Suler

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There are countless medicinal plants and fungi out there, and among them are a special class of vision-enhancing gatekeepers to the Otherworld. These beings can expand our consciousness and allow us to perceive more than our physical senses can normally detect.

Asia Suler of One Willow Apothecaries is an herbalist, educator, and writer with a deeply layered, highly intuitive relationship to the medicine of the earth. Her incredible way with words and ability to convey complex subjects with ease have made her a highly sought after herbal teacher (lucky for us she has many online courses!). I love the plant haling and consciousness exploring aspects of our talk, but I also *really* love our conversational foray into living under patriarchy and why the nice girl trope has to die.

In the intro:

  • Bear medicine 
  • My ancient ice age grandmother & the Saami
  • Herbal Tip - drawing salves
  • "The center is the goal, and everything is directed toward that center"

In the interview:

  • How Asia’s full name is "a pretty perfect etymological encapsulation of what I ended up doing with my life”

  • Journeying to ancestral lands & how the ancestors are in the land (literally tho)

  • The fabric of the Otherworld: the limits of our senses, atomic space, the playground of consciousness, and dark matter

  • Dream visitations from the dead

  • Angelica: a visionary plant / opens portals of imagination / releasing trauma & coming in to our bodies

  • Reishi as a psychedelic, and the untapped potential of the subtle

  • Asia’s encounter with a creepy dude in the woods, #MeToo, and how being a nice girl is no longer a good evolutionary strategy for staying safe

  • Ghost Pipe as a tool for releasing ghosts

Links:

Asia's website, One Willow Apothecaries

Sylvia Lindsteadt

Rainbow Heart Beams Elixir

The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker (READ IT)

Mythic Medicinals herbals

Take my fun Which Healing Herb is Your Spirit Medicine? quiz

Medicine Stories Facebook Group

Medicine Stories Patreon

Dec 12 2017

1hr 38mins

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Rank #5: 38. Healing Our Indigenous European Ancestors - Lyla June

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Our task as European-ancestored people, seeing what's been hidden beyond our short-sighted view of history, and why healing isn't possible in the absence of love.

IN THE INTRO:

  • Who gets to claim their ancestors?
  • Healing broken lineages
  • Cultural appropriation & reparations

IN THE INTERVIEW:

  • How Lyla, raised to acknowledge only her Native American side, came to understand and honor her indigenous European ancestors
  • What happens when people hate their ancestors (and therefore themselves)
  • Making space for everyone's healing- permission to grieve all the ancestral traumas 
  • Going way back in time to understand colonizer/oppressor actions
  • Lyla's early experiences with sexual abuse, alcohol, and drugs and how they informed her perspective on restorative justice
  • Pilgrimage to the Sacred Motherland of Europe- "These mountains may have lost their people, but that doesn't mean they don't need ceremony"
  • Seeing through the thin wall of time that dominates our understanding of history & remembering that the vast majority of our ancestors lived before cultures and humans got broken
  • Indigenous languages are the sound of the land speaking through the people
  • Love is the only thing worth doing here
  • Where do we go from here? It depends on where we came from

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Feb 04 2019

1hr

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Rank #6: 42. You Are Your Own Healer: Earth Intuition & Self Knowledge - Asia Suler

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Asia Suler talks about how being in relationship with the aliveness of the earth brings us deeper into ourselves, healing within the complexities of chronic health conditions, working with the story medicine of flowers, and so much more…

IN THE INTRO:

IN THE INTERVIEW:

  • How plants bring us deeper into ourselves, and the kind of second sight that only comes when we tune into the aliveness of the earth

  • The cultural fallacy that spirituality and rationalism can't coexist

  • The chronic health issues that revealed to Asia her intuitive self and brought her to the plant path

  • We don't have to do it alone

  • When it comes to healing, the body works on its own timeline

  • One willow to rule them all: how one (ever-evolving) plant relationship can transform a life 

  • But literally on an actual physical, biological level, you are your own healer

  • Your pain, symptoms, ailments- everything is happening for you

  • The daily routine that keeps Asia's past chronic health issues at bay

  • The interplay between stress, the nervous system, and health

  • Being truly seen, and the difference between being seen by nature v being seen by humans

  • When you're given a book on a subject you've never heard of before and the truth it contains makes you cry

  • Finding the core flower essence for your multidimensional self

  • Bringing story medicine into your healing

LINKS:

Medicine Stories Patreon (Meet a Plant Ally guided meditation)

Mythic Medicinals Reishi Elixir - Triple Extraction

Asia's article Reishi: A Psychedelic of the Unseen

My interview on the Free Birth Society Podcast- the stories of my one unassisted birth and one midwife assisted birth

Medicine Stories Facebook Group

Take my fun Which Healing Herb is Your Spirit Medicine? quiz

Mythic Medicine on Instagram

Music by Mariee Sioux (from her beautiful song Wild Eyes)

and again here's Asia's FREE Opening Earth Intuition online course!

Apr 03 2019

1hr 16mins

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Rank #7: 3. Becoming the Medicine & Seeing the Wide Arc of Time - Sophia Rose

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There is a wider reality behind and beyond the everyday world, and Sophia Rose's approach to plant medicine and healing reflects this in myriad ways. From using herbs in dream work to incorporating plant smoke in ritual to connecting with departed loved ones through flowers, the natural world provides countless doorways into the unseen.

Sophia Rose is a clinically trained and magically minded folk herbalist, word weaver, and educator based in Austin, Texas. Through the long-running La Abeja Herbs and her new project Garden Party, her writing is medicine to the soul and her plant potions are medicine to the body for thousands of people worldwide. I am honored to bring some of Sophia's personal story medicine to more folks with this interview.

We talk about:

  • The archetypal energy of datura (moonflower)
  • We are holographic representations of plants
  • Dreaming with herbs
  • Working with smoke medicine
  • Seeing the wide arc of time
  • Sophia’s healing journey after a friend’s suicide
  • Intuitive grieving and grief as a sacred responsibility
  • Sophia’s radical reconceptualization of what death is
  • The last ancestor who had a whole heart
  • Your name is your first lesson
  • We work with plant medicine so that we can become the medicine

Links:

Garden Party

La Abeja Herbs

Music by Mariee Sioux (from the song Wild Eyes)

Mythic Medicinals herbals

Take my fun Which Healing Herb is Your Spirit Medicine? quiz

Medicine Stories Facebook Group

Medicine Stories Patreon

Dec 03 2017

1hr 6mins

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Rank #8: 8. Planetary Intelligence, Ancestral Resonance, & the Perception of the Heart - Stephen Harrod Buhner

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There is a vast intelligence in Nature, which both precedes and envelopes human consciousness. By opening our doors of perception- the heart, the senses, the nervous system- we can engage in communion with this field and come to know the world in which we are embedded as sentient, responsive, and ever-adapting, just as our ancestors did.

Stephen Harrod Buhner is an earth poet and the award-winning author of twenty books on nature, indigenous cultures, the environment, and herbal medicine. He teaches about the sacredness of plants, the intelligence of Nature, and the states of mind necessary for successful habitation of Earth. 

In the intro:

  • The attentive noticing of the soul
  • An herbalist's perspective on cold & flu
  • Empowerment & herbalism
  • Giveaway!

In the interview:

  • Stephen’s memories of his physician great-grandfather, and how DNA carries more than just physical information down through the generations
  • The tendency toward high sensitivity in plant people
  • Sensory gating channels & discerning meaning from the touch of the world upon us
  • The doors of perception & how psychedelics, or “neurognostics”, effect them
  • Plant perception and the neural networks in root systems- humans do not have a monopoly on intelligence
  • The function of psychedelics in the ecosystem, apart from and long before human use
  • The birth of James Lovelock’s Gaia theory and how real innovation & paradigm shifts can only happen outside of institutions
  • How we can recover the intelligence of the heart in the direct perception of nature
  • Visionary plant encounters & knowing plants through dreaming states
  • Aisthesis- the exchange of soul essence between two life forms 
  • The misunderstood nature, vast intelligence, and ecological necessity of bacterial & viral life forms
  • The age of miracle drugs is over, just as so many people are stepping into the world of herbalism
  • Herbs are much better able to deal with infections and disease than technological medicine is
  • Stephen’s opinion on whether or not humans, and the earth, will survive
  • What happened in the Great Flu Epidemic of 1918: “The thing we haven’t learned is the dangers of our hubris”
  • True self-empowerment v reliance on outside medical knowledge
  • The paradigm shift that happens when you realize that all around you are plants with exceptional medicine that you can learn to use
  • The process of eldering and the point when the inevitability of dying becomes predominant 
  • Herbal lineage, the march of generations, and young folks as the torch-bearers for the future of herbalism

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Jan 30 2018

1hr 50mins

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Rank #9: 13. Psychedelic Healing: From Microdosing to Transcendence - James Fadiman

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Safe, therapeutic, and sacred psychedelic journeys have the potential to enact profound transformation and healing on both a personal and a societal level. Many mistake these substances for party drugs, but their true medicine lies in the properly prepared and undertaken journey inward.

Scientists were just starting to understand the therapeutic benefits of LSD, psilocybin, and more in the 1960's when the many studies being done were suddenly shut down. Research is thriving again today, and we are beginning to understand their role in healing addiction, PTSD, anxiety and depression, and so much more.

James Fadiman has been at the forefront of this research for over 50 years. He is a writer and researcher with a PhD in Psychology and is the author of many books, including The Psychedelic Explorers Guide, which details how both journeyers and guides can create optimal conditions to have the best possible experience. Jim has also popularized the phenomenon of microdosing (taking tiny, sub-perceptual microdoses of psychedelic substances to enhance performance and treat ailments). 

In the Intro:

  • How Jim and I met
  • The amazing free resource Jim is making available to listeners

In the Interview:

  • That feeling when the future Ram Dass gives you LSD in Paris and changes your life forever
  • Ken Kesey, Albert Hoffman, Huston Smith and other heroes of mine who Jim knew
  • Why psychedelic research got shut down in the 60's and what was being researched then
  • How psychedelics work
  • How to have safe, therapeutic, and sacred journeys
  • Microdosing for: depression, colds, menstrual problems, asthma, allergies, stroke, and SO MUCH MORE
  • Dying is absolutely safe

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Mar 27 2018

1hr 44mins

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Rank #10: 22. You Are Magic & Fear is Never the Truth - Yaya Erin Rivera Merriman

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 In the Intro:

  • Books to live by
  • Mitochondrial meanderings
  • The deep ancestry of all humans

In the interview:

  • The sound of the thing you are called by, and choosing a name with multilayered meaning
  • From outcast to leader
  • What being the daughter of an immigrant taught Yaya about communication & self expression
  • When you realize you're magic
  • Making the radical choice to express the way you really feel (that way, if people hate you, at least they hate the real you and not a false impression of who they assume you are) (also, that way, you attract the exact right people into your life)
  • Why dreams are real, our favorite dream teacher/writer, & how to work with your dreams (and nightmares)
  • Fear is never the truth
  • Magic, nature, and layers & layers of ancestral depth ("I feel like I have an intact ancestral identity in a way I didn't even three years ago")
  • Healing chronic pain
  • Sensory overload and how "there's a lot of undeniably magical things happening all the time, but life is loud"
  • Navigating the world as an empath/Highly Sensitive Person
  • A lot of chronic conditions are due to long term nervous system overwhelm
  • Herbal body oiling
  • How a radical diet change healed Yaya's endocrine (hormonal) and nervous system
  • It's good to do things that our ancestors would recognize from their time on earth
  • Shapeshifting mythical archetypes & fields of consciousness
  • Discovering your own relationship with the plant realm

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Jul 31 2018

1hr 42mins

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Rank #11: 54. Lineage, Calling, and the Mythic Imagination - Sharon Blackie

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Myth is the power of place speaking, and the story threads that made meaning and held guidance for our ancestors can be found anew and re-woven for our times. When we tap into the mythic imagination, we remember the calling that brought us into the world.

IN THE INTRO:

  • Dreaming the ancient ways
  • Sisters of rock and root

IN THE INTERVIEW:

  • The Loss of the Voices of the Wells: the sacred contract between humans and the land, and how the desecration of women and the destruction of the earth are interwoven
  • The loss of lineage results in the loss of our stories
  • The sophistication embedded in ancient myths, and how we’ve been raised misunderstanding the old stories
  • Stories have an independent existence outside of the human mind and reside in the imaginal realm
  • A myth is the power of place speaking
  • The Otherworld is an overlay, interwoven with this one
  • How the heroic journey is killing the planet
  • Archetypes are universal, but expressed in myth through different cultural filters
  • The wise old woman of the world, and the Cailleach that informs much of Sharon’s work
  • Cultivating the mythic imagination & courting the world soul
  • The meaning of “calling”: every one of us came here to do something that matters
  • The stories that we loved as children hold meaning for us
  • Discerning coincidence from synchronicity
  • Grounding the imaginal realm
  • Bodyfullness v mindfulness
  • The root of the word “enchantment” means “to sing into”- becoming re-enchanted is singing yourself back into the world
  • Telling stories to the land, and the sacred responsibility to engage with the earth

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Aug 26 2019

1hr 13mins

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Rank #12: 52. Decolonizing the Mind: You Belong to Your Ancestors - Tamira Cousett

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Embodying the blessing of being a child of diverse lineages, being rooted first in our ancestral stories and second in our cultural narratives, embracing our inherent worth as we step into the work we came here to do, and so much more...

IN THE INTRO:

  • Imaginal remembering
  • How primal human posture has greatly diminished my pain
  • Gathering the stories of your elders

IN THE INTERVIEW:

  • Tamira’s childhood experiences with the unseen, and how that was (not) held in her family
  • We are accountable to our ancestors
  • The process of remembering and learning to be in daily, direct communication with those who hold the container for our lives
  • Being a bridge between our children and the ancestors- incorporating small ritual into our lives and sharing our peoples’ stories
  • Our children are the ancestors returning as the new faces of the lineage
  • The evolution of Tamira’s ancestral healing journey as a black woman in the south with both African and European ancestors
  • Seeing today’s -isms as rituals of disconnection that feed shame and hatred and anger, which further fuel racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, etc.
  • Remembering that black and white are not ancestral categories and stepping back to view the larger historical narratives of our people
  • The story of the harmonizing of two of Tamira’s lineages, one of West African descent and one of European- what was shown to her during the ceremony and how the healing changed her life (we cry)
  • Victimhood, blame, forgiveness, and how our redemption is tied into one another’s
  • Claiming first the identity of being a child of your ancestors before being anchored in the (very real and valid) identities the world assigns you
  • Ancestral connection banishes imposter syndrome- you belong with and to your people always, they’re holding the container of your life so that you can bring your medicine forward (and when we feel this belonging this we are much less likely to perpetuate cultural and personal harms)
  • Holding space for childrens’ grief, and the generations of unmetabolized grief wreaking havoc on our culture

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Jul 22 2019

1hr 15mins

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Rank #13: 45. The Deepest Magic: To Know Yourself, Know Your Ancestors

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You come from a long line of healers, midwives, songstresses, herbalists, dancers, birth-givers, artists, and wise folk. 

You are a direct descendent of powerful visionaries and earthwise geniuses, and their ancient knowing resonates today deep in your marrow.

These are not empty platitudes or the wishful thinking of modern spiritual yearners; these statements are genealogical fact.

In this episode I talk about:

  1. Why these statements are true
  2. How knowing our ancestors helps us to know ourselves
  3. 3 ways to connect with your ancestors

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May 01 2019

42mins

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Rank #14: 53. Healing Herbal Oils: How To Make and Use Them - Kami McBride

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Every woman throughout time has taken some kind of plant and some kind of fat, put them together and used it as medicine. Herbal body oils are the One Remedy to Rule Them All. And no one knows more about making and using them than Kami McBride.

IN THE INTRO:

IN THE INTERVIEW:

  • How herbal oils came into Kami’s life and immediately replaced petroleum based products
  • If you wouldn’t put it in your mouth, don’t put it on your skin
  • Kami’s favorite herbs for oil making
  • Mugwort as a deepening, driving, carrying herb
  • St. John’s Wort for bruises, burns, cuts, eczema, growing pains, inflamed skin, muscle pain, nerve pain, neck tension, spasms, back pain, insomnia, anxiety, relaxation, children’s health, smashed fingers and a million other things
  • How oiling nourishes and calms the nervous system
  • If the skin is dry, then the nerves are dry- this dehydration makes us feel agitated and irritated and anxious (and is exacerbated in summer and fall), “Oil is the antidote to nervousness”
  • The skin is an immunological organ- why oiling is so important for supporting optimal lymphatic and immune system health
  • Using oils with kids
  • Earlobe oiling! Game changer
  • Herbal oils for sleep support- goodnight insomnia
  • When you study herbalism you’re also learning about the earth and the human body
  • No one can tell you how much of an herbal preparation to take- even doctor’s dosage recommendations are guesses (know thyself!)
  • How herbal body oiling helps you develop deep listening to and knowledge of your body
  • Embedding self care into the culture
  • All the places where Kami keeps little bottles of oil for immediate access
  • How oils helped revive Kami’s ailing great aunt
  • The skin as a reflection of internal health
  • How making an herbal oil is different from making an herbal tincture

MAKING OILS:

  • Learning to make shelf stable and potent herbal oils 
  • How to know which herbs to use fresh and which to use dry
  • Preventing spoilage when making fresh plant oils: the 5 things to pay attention to (FLAHM)
  • Using alcohol in your oil making for greater potency and preservation
  • The most controversial of all oil making questions- should you solar infuse your oils?
  • There’s not just one way to make your herbal medicine- herbalism is vast
  • If you’re making a blend, should you make separate oils and blend later or just put all the herbs into one jar?
  • Should you oil your face? And our skin care practices
  • “Every woman throughout time has taken some kind of plant and some kind of fat, put it together and used it as some kind of medicine”
  • Why making your own oils will save you SO MUCH MONEY
  • Oils are the least amount of effort for the most return home remedy and are such an effective and easy place to start your herbal journey
  • All the first aid uses for herbal oils

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Aug 05 2019

1hr 22mins

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Rank #15: 39. Kitchen Herbalism: The Body Remembers - Kami McBride

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Herbalist Kami McBride is back to dive even deeper into the uses of plant medicine for long term vitality and well being. This time we focus on home & kitchen herbalism, which is both super easy/accessible to everyone and the most important way to utilize herbs for daily health. Win win!

INTRO:

  • Home herbalism is the best kind of herbalism
  • Put this spice (already in your kitchen!) on a cut to stop bleeding quick
  • Kami's fabulous book, The Herbal Kitchen, has a new 10th anniversary edition! Pre-Order now and get these bonuses:
    • The Turmeric Sessions Video Class
    • Pesto for All Seasons eBook
    • Kitchen Medicine Workshop
    • Herbal Kitchen Recipe Cards
    • Pre-order access to Herbal Kitchen chapter on Herbal Honey

INTERVIEW:

  • How simple kitchen herbalism bypasses the overwhelm many new herbalists feel (IT'S SO EASY Y'ALL)
  • Culture begins in the kitchen
  • Empowering yourself to take care of everyday illnesses and ailments at home
  • The magic that happens when women gather to make food and medicine together (with our uniques lineage of women standing behind us)
  • How Kami has her kitchen set up so that incorporating healing herbs into every meal takes no thought
  • Herbal sprinkles alone can change the whole food culture in a home
  • No one eats perfectly healthy at every meal, but adding herbal salts, vinegars, oils, honeys, etc. to each dish automatically and dramatically boosts the nutritional- and flavor!- content
  • Kitchen herbalism returns a vast diversity of missing micronutrients to the Standard American Diet
  • Digestion is literally the foundation of health, and an herbally oriented kitchen supports the flow of blood, energy, and oxygen to your digestive track at every meal
  • Evolving our medical care to the next level begins at home
  • Pesto is as sacred as the elements and is incredible for fighting colds & flu (and has endless possibilities beyond basil!)
  • Reawakening our senses & activating ancestral taste and scent perception
  • Why you need the bitter flavor in your life
  • Alchemy Oil, Chai Honey, and mind blowing Herbal Cordials
  • The best herbal food gifts to give for every occasion
  • Mega next level meal planning- taking 15 minutes to ask yourself what's going on with your/your living mates lives and health this week, and then planning meals and herbal condiments around that

LINKS:

Pre-Order The Herbal Kitchen now to get the bonuses!

My website MythicMedicine.love

Medicine Stories Patreon (podcast bonuses)

The Medicine Stories Facebook group

Take my fun Which Healing Herb is Your Spirit Medicine? quiz

Mythic Medicine on Instagram

Music by Mariee Sioux (from her beautiful song Wild Eyes)

Feb 14 2019

1hr 14mins

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Rank #16: 20. Herbalism, Menstruation, & Innate Knowing - Kami McBride

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In the Intro:

  • My number one herb book
  • My healing pilgrimage to the skull of a blue whale
  • I say somthing that's hard to say
  • Edible & Medicinal Flowers eBook
  • The dark places of the soul & sharing our stories

In the Interview:

  • The strong childhood memory, and teenage crisis, that started Kami on the plant path
  • Recalling the era when being an herbalist was an underground, misunderstood, frowned-upon thing
  • You never know where or when the seeds you plant will sprout
  • Bringing information to the culture so that it can later be mirrored back to our children (or loved ones) by someone other than us
  • Unspoken soul transmissions from the ancestors
  • How to extract ancestral stories from your living relatives (do it now!)
  • What you are seeking is also seeking you
  • We are downloading decades of ancestral information right now & it’s causing information overload- when do we know enough?- an ancestral strategy for simplifying our herb learning
  • You don’t have to know everything, too much information clogs the channels
  • Stepping into power as bleeding women
  • Healing menstrual shame & a look at the learned cultural practices of plugging and drugging (which, in the long run, just repress and create more pain)
  • How your blood & bleeding time reflects your state of health back to you
  • Aligning with the energy of your moon time- enhanced perception, clarity around boundaries, awareness of emotion
  • Menstruation is a truth serum
  • Sensitivity is what’s gonna save us
  • Women, exhaustion, and rest
  • One small change that has dramatically reduced PMS symptoms for many of the women Kami and I know (including me!)
  • Returning to our innate body wisdom 

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Jul 11 2018

1hr 29mins

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Rank #17: 6. Naming Your Lineage & Deeply Releasing Fear - Amy Mea Woodruff

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When she was 7 months pregnant, Amy Mea Woodruff's best friend was murdered by a stranger in her home. Amy speaks about this experience publicly for the first time, sharing the alternative grieving pathway she quickly carved out for herself as she sought to nurture and protect the life growing inside of her while simultaneously mourning the loss of her beloved soul sister.

Experiences from her past that had grounded Amy deeply into herself were an anchor throughout this process, including the conscious use of psychedelics and a longstanding practice of learning about and connecting with her ancestors. 

Amy (aka Daughter of the Sun) is a mother, craftswoman, land steward, budding flower farmer, and the founder and organizer of the Spirit Weavers Gathering.

In the Intro:

My experience with Spirit Weavers (from skeptic to enthusiast)

My first psychedelic experience

In the Interview:

Amy (Mea)’s two (& more!) names

Claiming your lineage and invoking your ancestors by speaking their names aloud

Amy shares the story of her best friend Cheree’s murder and her grieving and healing process

My and Amy’s journeys with forgiving the people who caused the deaths of our loved ones

Diving deep with Amanita muscaria & the time/space collapse (we also each speak about our relationship with cannabis)

Naming the land that raised us and listening to indigenous women

Amy’s feral childhood, Choctaw & Cherokee ancestors, and the wild foodways she grew up with

The challenges and rewards of founding and running the Spirit Weavers Gathering

Stewarding land and listening to nature

LINKS:

Amy's blog post expanding on this conversation and sharing photos of Cheree and of her ancestors

The Spirit Weavers Gathering

Alela Diane

Hawane Rios talk

Lyla June on the For the Wild podcast- On Resistance and Forgiveness in the Final Years of Patriarchy

Stay on the Spirit Weavers land in Southern Oregon via HipCamp

Music by Mariee Sioux (from the song Wild Eyes)

Mythic Medicinals herbals

Take my fun Which Healing Herb is Your Spirit Medicine? quiz

Medicine Stories Facebook Group

Medicine Stories Patreon

Jan 07 2018

1hr 50mins

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Rank #18: 23. The Profound Medicine of Healing Herbal Oils

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The simplest and most potent form of herbal medicine that I know, so easy to make yourself at home, so powerful and immediately relaxing... Herbal Body Oiling is an ancient, ancestral practice that the nervous systems of modern folk are in desperate need of.

For MUCH more check out episode 20 guest Kami McBride's FREE Healing Herbal Oils Online Workshop!

When we think about taking herbal medicine, we tend to picture teas, tinctures, or some other way of ingesting the medicinal benefits of the plant through the mouth. But the skin is our largest organ and is incredibly absorbent, with direct access to the nervous, lymphatic, and immune systems. By keeping the body hydrated with fat (oil) as opposed to water (like in lotion), we keep these systems nourished, running smoothly, and functioning at the highest possible level.

In this episode I talk about:

  • The simplest yet most profound form of herbal medicine

  • The healing effects of fat/oil on the nervous system

  • Carrier oils, fresh v dry plant infusions, how long to steep, etc.

  • Which fresh herb to use if you don’t have a garden & there’s nowhere to wildcraft

  • Medicinal specifics of lavender, calendula, St. John’s Wort, mugwort, and yarrow

  • Oiling for pregnancy, babies, children, and motherhood in general

  • Coming back into your self

  • Don’t get tripped up. Herbalism is your birthright. Just make an oil. Start where you are. It is enough. You are enough.

  • Scented plants = volatile oil content = antimicrobial action = longer lasting oil

  • Extending shelf life

  • Whole plant infused oils are much more medicinal than just adding essential oils to a carrier oil

  • The nervous system, being in a sympathetic dominant state (most of us are), and being an empath/Highly Sensitive Person

  • The lymphatic/immune system & breast massage

  • Self knowledge & being deeply familiar with the terrain of the only body you're ever gonna have

  • Practical tips & techniques for making herbal body oiling a part of your daily life

  • Oiling the face

  • Should you use heat and/or sunlight in herbal oil making?

  • The home remedy with the least amount of effort for maximum return

Aug 10 2018

1hr 1min

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Rank #19: 46. Sex, Trauma, Magic, & the Ancestors - Pavini Moray

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Remembering that our ancestors can guide us because they've done this all before, relating ancestral healing & communion to our sexually traumatizing culture, helping people without assuming that we hold knowledge of what it is they need, and so much more...

IN THE INTRO:

  • Lilac water

  • Creating apart from perfection

IN THE INTERVIEW:

  • The sweet vulnerability of praying out loud

  • Bespoken Bones and the magical process of naming things

  • Discarding the expert paradigm- “I don’t know what you need to know”

  • When jealousy is pointing you toward what you want to be doing

  • Navigating the pathway of harm to healing

  • Discerning the well from the unwell dead/ancestors

  • Trancestral healing & the blessings and the powerful magic of complex gender

  • The difference between our ancestors of blood and our ancestors of heart

  • Engaging trauma as an alternate state of consciousness in which deep healing can happen and potent gifts can come forth

  • Coming back into sexual wholeness

  • We’re living in a sexually traumatic culture

  • Sexual liberation is not a state we permanently get to, it’s a path and a process and a practice

  • Most of us don’t feel like we can bring our whole, authentic selves to our relationships

  • Shame, you know we talk about shame

  • The throughline of selfhood

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May 08 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #20: 41. The Dreaming Channel & Remembering Ourselves Home - Toko-pa Turner

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We are entitled to a (re)membership with the holy, the never-ending and ever-evolving wisdom of dreams, and guidance on the path of remembering ourselves home.

I forgot to mention this episode's Patreon offering in the intro, but check out the Links section below to access Toko-pa's Dream Recovery Kit ebook, designed for the individual who is feeling estranged from their dreams, this guide will help you cultivate a rich dream life. This kit contains guidance for dream recall, tips for overcoming blocks, exercises for deepening your practice, and ideas for ritual and dream incubation.  

IN THE INTRO:

  • Ancestral Voices, Women's Weariness, & the Illusion of Linear Time
  • Chronic pain
  • Dreamwalking

IN THE INTERVIEW:

  • A childhood in exile, a lost community, and finding belonging again
  • Being grabbed by the hair and dragged into the bottomless underworld
  • An incredible story about physical pain, a powerful dream, the grandfather who jumped from a train on the way to Auschwitz, and ancestral healing 
  • Healing is open ended
  • When a family must keep their stories secret in order to survive, and how that silence affects the lineage- "Nothing influences children more than the silent facts in the background" -C.G. Jung
  • The dreaming channel is always open- being in reciprocity with the world behind the world
  • We are literally made of story, and dreams are the original stories
  • Why we should not be down with OPI- Other People's Information
  • Dreams are nature pulsing through us, and incline us toward our unique medicine
  • The multiplicity of our coherence
  • Not all dreams carry equal weight, but there is no such thing as a throwaway dream either
  • Approaching a dream as if it were a wild animal in a forest
  • Heirlooms, the storying of objects, and what we reclaim when we make things by hand
  • To feed the holy that sustains us, give in a way that doesn't require any more taking
  • The meaning of Toko-pa's name (which was given to her at birth)

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Mar 07 2019

1hr 9mins

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