Season 2 Episode 16: Asia Suler
Amidst the craziness of spring up here there hasn’t been a lot of time for podcasts around here, but I was so very pleased and honoured to get to sit down with my guest for this episode, Asia Suler. Asia is a brilliant teacher and practitioner based in West Virginia, and the creator of One Willow Apothecaries. She has studied with several lineages and styles of healing, including Traditional Chinese Medicine, Dreamwork, Shamanism, and classical Herbalism, and now offers courses and teachings integrating all of these practices into her unique syncretic offerings. Apologies for the audio quality as Zoom was particularly glitchy on the day we recorded, but I hope you enjoy listening to this conversation as much as I enjoyed having it! You can find more about Asia and her work here, or follow her Instagram page for beauty, inspiration, and incredible content.
7 Jun 2021
Season 2 Episode 15: To Know Yourself is to Forget Yourself
I hope this finds you all well, and enjoying the movement and release of the liver/spring/eclipse season if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere! It certainly seems to be a time of great awareness and expression of energy, coinciding rather perfectly with the easing of restrictions in many people for a significant shift! (Not here in British Columbia…we are still very much restrained, but looking forward to movement soon!) Another wonderful conversation with Allison here for you, during which we explore: The importance of asking and exploring the big existential questionsAttempting to navigate the intersections of Buddhism and Shamanism (I think this will keep coming up…!) Exploring the meanings of words, both subconsciously and consciously, when exploring systems and their processesWhat a good use of power looks like The true purpose of coming into Knowing: to ‘forget’ the self, and move into service. One angle on ‘sacred wounds’ (let’s for sure mark this topic to come back to!)Please reach out if you have questions, if you just want to say hello, or if you have suggestions on potential guests for the show! We love it all :) Connect with us here: Allison Strickland: Website and InstagramCiel Grove: Website and Instagram
19 May 2021
Season 2 Episode 14: Choosing New Currencies
Hey there lovely people. We’ve been having some crazy technology issues in recording over the last while, but finally got things together to be able to have this fantastic conversation (minus a blip at the beginning where we had to switch to the ol’ school telephone…We’ll blame the moon, maybe). Not sure what was in the air (or my water) the day we recorded, but we took on some really big topics in this episode, including: - Exploring both the downsides AND benefits of Capitalism and our current system, and why that’s important to acknowledge. -How we use our personalities as our path and as a tool for awakening, and how they can trap us. -How scarcity mindset can be a place we stay, albeit unhappily, so as to avoid other feelings. -Why it’s essential that we extract ourselves from this system and stop abiding by its dictates and values. Preeeeeetty sure I’m going to piss people off with this one, and…pretty sure I’m okay with that. We need to be having difficult, nuanced conversations right now, and I hope you’ll experience this one with an open heart and mind, and send some feedback if you have it (positive or negative!). All the love, always. Connect with us here: Allison Strickland: Website and InstagramCiel Grove: Website and Instagram
28 Apr 2021
Season 2 Episode 13: Let's give Ciel some therapy.
Lovely humans! So happy to be back here in this space, and, apparently, using an entire hour of Allison’s life to get her to try to help me navigate the chaos in my life. Ahhh…it has been a time. A very good and potential-filled time, and a time with a lot happening as well. In this episode we explore: The realities of what ‘emancipation’ actually entails and requires Exploration of the unexpressed childhood emotions, and how this happensReleasing the idea of ‘heaven’ on the spiritual pathRelating nondualistically to the karmic experience …and, of course, so much more. Apparently when I’m in therapy and I just talk and talk and talk…. So much love to you all. Thanks for the support, big time.
12 Apr 2021
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Season 2 Episode 11: How to be an Adult, with David Richo
I first encountered David Richo’s work many years ago, amidst a period of my life where I was, admittedly, not much of a functioning adult. Crippled by fear and self doubt and seemingly unable to offer consistent presence to the people in my lives, I ordered his book, ‘How to be an Adult’ praying that there would be something sacred within its pages. I was far from disappointed. I can credit his writings (I went on to devour and apply the principles offered in many more of his works!) with some of the most significant shifts in my relational abilities and understanding of self, and I was overjoyed that he was willing to come on to the show to have a conversation.
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Season 2 Episode 10: Emptiness and Discovering Your Gifts
My teacher always told me that each person had three unique medicine gifts that they were to figure out in this lifetime, and that our gifts are just as variable as human nature in form and function. It has been my journey to come to know and practice my gifts, and now to help others in articulating and offering theirs too. We will certainly return to this topic in future episodes, I’m sure, but Allison & explore a bit of this topic in today’s episode, along with some other wonderful conversation: Exploring the value of emptiness in spiritual practice, and the difficulties inherent in approaching this topic How emptiness relates to the Divine Feminine, and offers answers for suffering What guides us to our soul, and, ultimately, to our gifts Yet another little tidbit of Ciel’s sordid personal past… Love you all. Connect with us here: Allison Strickland: Website and InstagramCiel Grove: Website and Instagram
14 Mar 2021
Season 2 Episode 9: Hope, Faith, and Chickadees
I have a most complex relationship with the idea and experience of ‘hope’, and Allison & I have had many conversations over the past few years about this complexity. I’m pretty sure this is the first time we’ve had one on air, however! Hope can be a beautiful and powerful energy to have in our lives, but I feel that if it is over-utilized or utilized in a ‘passive’ or disempowered manner, spending too much time in hope can be ultimately detrimental to our healing and personal awakening journey. In this episode we explore the purpose and power of healthy hope and faith, along with (of course) a lot more. It all comes full circle with the card pull we finish the episode with! Hope you enjoy x
13 Feb 2021
Season 2 Episode 8: The Wisdom of Stephen Harrod Buhner
I could not be more pleased or feel more honoured that the first guest in this space is none other than Stephen Harrod Buhner. Stephen Harrod Buhner has been an indescribable influence on my path. His books, perspectives, and basic nature are such an inspiration for me (and for many others I know), and his contributions to herbalism, human consciousness, spirituality, and ecological relations are, in many ways, unparalleled.
27 Jan 2021
Season 2 Episode 7: Claiming Responsibility, Moving out of Scarcity, and the D-Word.
Well hey there, everyone. What a fun conversation this was!I feel like a LOT has been coming through within this liminal space we are currently occupying—this space of being not what we were, but not quite yet what we are becoming...—and Allison & I explored several themes that seem to be popping up frequently: namely, responsibility, scarcity, and that big ol’ D-word, discipline. In this episode we explore:A philosophical basis for the prevalence of competition and scarcity-mindedness in our Western culture, along with some tips on how to move away from it. Shamanic tools for shifting our biological tendency to focus on the negative The REAL meaning of discipline, and how to practice it. (along with a lot more…) I hope you enjoy the conversation. All the love. xConnect with us here: Allison Strickland: Website and InstagramCiel Grove: Website and Instagram
16 Jan 2021
Season 2 Episode 6: What is Healing?
Hello friends, and happy holidays. I hope this has been a beautiful time for you all, and I wish perhaps especially that the Solstice and depth of this winter season has been clarifying and meaningful. It certainly has been for me. This is a great episode. Allison & I explore the idea of what ‘healing’ really is, and how that idea shifts depending on what system you’re utilizing. From the perspective of Shamanic practice, it is entirely possible that a person can pass away from this life and still ‘heal’, while a person may go through a life-threatening experience and remain alive but…not heal at all. Healing in this system is never about the abatement of symptoms as is classically thought in Western systems of medicine, but rather about the wholeness that may potentially be cultivated through the healing process. Hope you enjoy xx
28 Dec 2020