Fierce Compassion with Lama Willa Miller

Enlightenment For All

Practitioners of meditation are often accused of navel-gazing, ignoring the problems of the real world. But with the rise of Engaged Buddhism and Ecodharma, it is clear that many practitioners are not satisfied with simply finding inner peace and want to use their practice to meet the needs of a hurting world. And in fact, Buddhism has had a long history of teaching fierce compassion - as evidenced by images of "wrathful deities." Compassion isn't just being nice; compassion is speaking truth to power and taking bold action.

Join us as we talk with Lama Willa Miller who is an expert in Tibetan Buddhism and Tantric practices, which are ways of working with the manifest. Tantra is a valuable tool for changemakers who are building a more just world and can offer ways of transforming the self for the sake of others. As the Bodhisattva vow says, none of us are free until all of us are free.

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Willa B. Miller, PhD is the Founder and Spiritual Director of Natural Dharma Fellowship in Boston, MA and its retreat center Wonderwell Mountain Refuge in Springfield, NH. She was authorized as a dharma teacher and lineage holder (lama) in the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism after completion of two consecutive three-year retreats in the nineties. She is an editor, author and translator and holds a doctorate from Harvard University in Religion, and is currently Visiting Lecturer in Buddhist Ministry at Harvard Divinity School. Her academic teaching interests include Tantra and the Body, Buddhism and Ecology, and Buddhist Contemplative Care, among other topics. Outside of academia, her teaching specialties include the body as a door to awakening, natural meditation (mahamudra), and heart-cultivation (lojong). She is interested in the practical integration of meditation into daily life, and has participated as an advisor in several scientific studies on meditation.

In This Episode

Michelle Alexander

Naomi Klein

The Shock Doctrine

Democratizing Wellness with Kerri Kelly

Who Is Allowed To Be Well?


Yoga, mindfulness, and all manner of "wellness" practices have become a big business. As western culture encounters the wisdom of other cultures, it often appropriates and co-opts that wisdom, with the result being that many of these mind-body wellbeing practices are now seen as the provenance of the wealthy and privileged. 

Kerri Kelly came to yoga after years in a corporate marketing career left her burnt out and disconnected. As she experienced her own personal healing, she started to ask deeper questions about who had access to these practices and what responsibility the privileged had to the rest of the suffering world. In this episode we discuss the ways in which wellbeing is intricately connected to movements for justice.

Kerri is the founder of CTZNWELL, an emerging movement to mobilize people into a powerful force for wellbeing for all. She spent seven years as Executive Director of the non-profit Off the Mat, Into the World and is currently on faculty. She is relentless in her commitment to elevating leaders, groups and projects to next-level social change makers through her work with The Catalyst Collective, an innovative consultancy designed for mission-based individuals, groups, and organizations that want to be successful and make a difference in the world.


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CTZN Podcast

Tattoos on the Heartby Father Greg Boyle

Homeboy Industries

Sacred Fire: The Dark Feminine with Vera de Chalambert

We're With Her

Most of the world's major religious traditions have been developed in and shaped by patriarchy. They emphasize masculine deities and male (often celibate) leadership. While efforts to reclaim the feminine aspects of divinity and spirituality have been underway for several decades now, in the past few years there has been an explosion of fierce feminine leadership in political, cultural, and spiritual arenas. Vera de Chalambert's essay "Kali Takes America" went viral in 2016 after the election of Donald Trump. Her exploration of the dark goddess Kali who destroys the world in order to save it anticipated the wave of female anger and activism that has arisen in the wake of the #metoo revelations. We sit down with Vera to talk more about the feminine divine, her darker side, and why all of us need this sacred feminine fire now more than ever. Vera starts off the interview with a powerful soliloquy that blew us away, and we're so excited to share her wisdom with you.

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Vera de Chalambert, MTS, is a spiritual storyteller and Harvard educated scholar of comparative religion working at the feet of the Great Mother. She offers healing process work and spiritual direction via Skype, writes and teaches classes on mindfulness in the modern world and the divine feminine. She gives talks and presentations around the world and was a speaker at SAND Science and Nonduality Conference in the US and Europe and Sister Giant in Washington DC. Vera holds a Bachelor’s degree in religion and literature and a Master's degree in comparative religion from Harvard Divinity School. Her healing work is informed by rich insights from both Eastern and Western philosophies. She is a graduate of Barbara Brennan School of Healing and a student of Jason Shulman's Nondual Healing work. You can find her online at

In This Episode

Mother Wisdom Speaks

by Christine Lore Weber

Some of you I will hollow out.
I will make you a cave.
I will carve you so deep the stars will shine in your darkness.
You will be a bowl.
You will be the cup in the rock collecting rain.
I will hollow you with knives.
I will not do this to make you clean.
I will not do this to make you pure
You are clean already.
You are pure already.
I will do this because the world needs the hollowness of you.
I will do this for the space that you will be.
I will do this because you must be large.
A passage.
People will find their way through you.
A bowl.
People will eat from you.
And their hunger will not weaken them to death.
A cup to catch the sacred rain.
My daughter, do not cry.
Do not be afraid.
Nothing you need will be lost.
I am shaping you.
I am making you ready.
Light will flow in your hollowing.
You will be filled with light.
Your bones will shine.
The round open center of you will be radiant.
I will call you brilliant one.
I will call you daughter who is wide.
I will call you transformed.

Psychedelics on the Spiritual Path with Katherine MacLean and Colin Pugh

Raising Consciousness

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Photo by Smart on Unsplash

Religious leaders of traditional religions are often skeptical of the short-lived mystical experiences that entheogens like psilocybin, ayahuasca, and MDMA can bring about, even though those who have taken these consciousness-altering substances often report profound insights into the human mind and soul. At the same time, many people who have used psychedelics eschew the rigid dogma of religious institutions. Scientists have thrown themselves into the mix of this controversial topic by showing how various substances can not only lower anxiety and ease PTSD, but also inspire qualities like forgiveness and compassion. Can spiritual practice and psychedelic use come together?

Katherine MacLean and Colin Pugh think so and join The Rising to discuss how these substances can, and should, be integrated with spiritual practice and community support - and how this can change for the better not only oneself, but the lives of others as well.


Katherine MacLean is a psychological scientist, teacher and meditator. In her academic research at UC Davis and Johns Hopkins University, she studied how psychedelics and mindfulness meditation can promote beneficial, long-lasting changes in personality, well-being and brain function. In New York, she co-founded and directed the Psychedelic Education & Continuing Care Program (, focusing on group integration for psychedelic users and training workshops for clinicians. She currently lives on an organic farm and is preparing to be a study therapist on the upcoming Phase 3 trial of MDMA for post-traumatic stress disorder. Learn more:

Colin Pugh is the organizer for the Brooklyn Psychedelic Society, a community dedicated to educating individuals on how to use psychedelics effectively and safely for personal and spiritual growth. Colin also has a strong interest in contemplative Christianity, Buddhism, psychedelics, and political change. He currently works as a freelance product manager and lives in Brooklyn, NY.


Changing our movements from within: Spiritual Direction & Movement Chaplaincy with Perry Dougherty and Ed Cardoza

Spiritual Care for Changemakers

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Photo by Smart on Unsplash

Social justice work isn't work that you go into just because you need a job or a paycheck. The desire to be part of creating a more just and equitable society is a calling from within as well as a manifestation of the interconnectedness of our world. Because people working on the front lines of justice so often bring their whole selves to the work, self-care and self-reflection are crucial tools for creating changemakers who can lead from a place of integration and embodiment of the values they most want to see in the world.

Movement chaplaincy is transforming our social movements by bringing spiritual care and guidance to activists. Through spiritual direction, an ancient practice of accompaniment that manifests across wisdom traditions, changemakers explore how they relate to themselves, others, and humanity. This, in turn, can help build healthier and more sustainable movements by growing self-awareness, strengthening relationships within organizations, and amplifying the impact those organizations have on the world. The folks at Still Harbor are on the forefront of this emerging field and join The Rising on Episode 15 to discuss the importance of this work that is changing the way we do social justice.


Rev. Perry Dougherty is the Executive Director of Still Harbor, Editor of Anchor magazine, and an Instructor at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Perry serves as a facilitator, chaplain, and spiritual director at Still Harbor. She has a background in corporate training and development as well as non-profit development, communications, and management. Perry brings an informed perspective on social justice, pedagogy, and learning, which she studied at Washington University in St. Louis in receiving her B.A. in Social Thought and Analysis with a specialization in the Sociology of Education. Perry is an ordained Interspiritual Minister by One Spirit Interfaith Seminary. She brings her personal and professional interests together through her service by exploring where creative expression and narrative meet spirituality and social justice.

Rev. Edward M. Cardoza, MA.Min. is the co-founder of Still Harbor. Ed serves as a facilitator, chaplain, and spiritual director at Still Harbor. Ed received a Master’s in Arts in Ministry from Saint John’s Seminary School of Theology in 2003. He completed a practicum in spiritual direction at the Center for Religious Development through the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In addition to serving with Still Harbor, Ed is also ordained in the Episcopal tradition and is priest-in-charge at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Ed serves on the board of directors for the global health non-profit Partners In Health, where he was the Vice President for Development for 6 years. He also serves on the board of Episcopal City Mission.

In This Episode

Adam Elenbaas, astrologer

Krishna Das

Deva Premal

Table Graces Reflecting Earth Charter Principles

Nuns on the Bus

What is Theopoetics? Centering Creativity, Imagination, and The Arts in Spirituality With Lakisha Lockhart and Callid Keefe-Perry

Creativity Can Dismantle Power


Western religious culture is often suspicious of creativity and imagination. (ARC) is seeking to change that. We talk with Lakeisha Lockhart and Callid Keefe-Perry about how they're seeking to bring academic theology and religious conversation out of the ivory tower and down to earth by collaborating with artists, poets, and activists. We also talk about ARC's upcoming conference and how you can be be part of it.


Lakisha Lockhart is a gregarious and playful scholar activist. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Boston College in Theology and Education researching play as a cultural signification for women of color, which can provide a space for agency and authenticity for these women both in the pulpit and the academy. She is Assistant Professor of Practical Theology & Director of STREAM Youth Theology Institute at The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. She not only believes in the power of play and embodiment in theology, but she actively advocates for the importance of the body as a locus of doing theology. She believes that “doing theology from and through the body allows us to see the other as they are, not as we want them to be. Play and embodiment provide hope for theological education.” She received her B.A from Claflin University, M.Div. from Wesley Theological Seminary, M.A. in Ethics & Society from Vanderbilt University and has been a Zumba instructor since 2012.


Callid Keefe-Perry is a proud father and husband. He is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and travels in the Ministry serving within and beyond that denomination. He is an organizational consultant, retreat leader, and teacher of discernment deeply influenced by both Quakerism and Ignatian spirituality. He is the author of Way to Water: A Theopoetics Primer, has been a public school teacher, is a performer and coach of improv theatre, and was the co-founder of a community theater in Rochester, NY. Academically his work is at the intersection of public theology with creative practices and their connection to education and spiritual formation. Organizationally he focuses on helping groups clarify their goals and make sure that their commitments to justice and equity become more than just aspirations and good intentions.

In This Episode

Join us the Theopetics Conference. Use coupon code TheRising to get 10% off.

The work of Rubem Alves

Mystic Soul Project

Hari Kondabolu


National Anthem by Jean Rohe






#ChurchToo and The Limits of Redemption With Gabe Stoutimore and Deb Helt

When Soul Care Turns Abusive

As women have revealed their experiences with sexual assault and sexual harrassment, #metoo has spawned the hashtag #churchtoo, where women and men are sharing stories of sexual abuse in their spiritual communities. Churches and other spiritual communities that promote values like community, connection, forgiveness, and reconciliation often leave the most vulnerable among us open to abuse.

Photo by  Ben White

Photo by Ben White

Today we welcome back Deb Helt as a guest host and speak to Gabe Stoutimore, who writes about religion and culture, as he recounts his own story of sexual assault and harassment at the hands of a clergyman. In Part 1 we hear Gabe's story. Next week we'll talk about the larger cultural question of what place, if any, spiritual values like forgiveness and redemption have in this moment. 

Gabe writes about faith and atheism. He holds a MA degree in Religion & Public Life from the University of Leeds and an MA in Religious Studies from the University of Bristol, both in the UK. His first book "I Guess God Thinks I'm Gross" is due for release in 2019. He lives in Menlo Park, CA and works at Facebook.

Deborah is a Los Angeles-based therapist and development consultant. She holds Masters Degrees in Urban Planning from UCLA and in Clinical Psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute. She currently splits her time between work as a Marriage and Family therapy intern and work as a fundraiser for high need cities and school districts throughout Southern California. Her clinical interests include postmodern narrative therapy, relational gestalt, interpersonal neurobiology and mindfulness. She is interested in exploring the role that therapists can play to support social movements. 

In This Episode

"If My #churchtoo Story Hadn't Happened, I Might Not Be an Atheist" in Relevant Magazine 

Surrendering the White Ego with Abraham Lateiner and Margaret Johnson

When We Stop Defending Our Egos, We Liberate Energy for Real Change

In a deepening of our topic from last week, we get into the nitty gritty of anti-racism as spiritual practice this week. With our guests Abraham and Margaret, we examine what happens when we let go of the goal of being "good white people," humbly acknowledge the our complicity in racist and white supremacist cultures, and settle in for the long haul work of enacting paradigm change within ourselves, our communities, and our culture. 

photo by  Ben White

photo by Ben White

Margaret Johnson is an activist, a healer, and a spiritual seeker. She cut her teeth working for social change in the Catholic worker movement, and is inspired by the work of the Ayni Institute and the Momentum organizing community in developing frameworks for strategic organizing while upholding relational culture. Margaret is a licensed massage therapist and a Kundalini yoga teacher, and has participated in several activist movements and organizing communities.

Abraham Lateiner works to create spaces for people with dominant power to experience the freedom of surrender. He has found that when such people experience the “power-with” that comes with aligning with movements led by people at the margins of society, they can learn how to support those movements in sustained, sustainable, and sustaining ways. That, he believes, would be a true freedom. He is part of the core team of Freedom Beyond, a decentralized network of small circles of people seeking freedom from white supremacy.

In This Episode

The Chalice and the Blade by Riane Eisler

Sacred Economics by Charles Eisenstein

Ethnoautobiography by Jurgen Werner Kremer and Robert Jackson-Paton


Shooglet on Instagram

Living in the Tension: The Quest for a Spiritualized Racial Justice by Shelly Tochluk


Anti Racism as Spiritual Practice With Jardana Peacock


Anti Racism is Ancestral Healing

Race and whiteness may be social constructs created centuries and generations long ago, but we have all been shaped by them in many ways, seen and unseen. Battling racism is not just a matter of thinking the right thoughts or believing the right ideas. To truly dismantle white supremacy, white people must be willing to look at the ways whiteness has shaped our sense of self-worth and identity. This is not just a political undertaking, but a spiritual one. It demands we go to the deep places of our own discomfort within ourselves and our ancestral lineage to begin to truly heal and transform the injustice of racism. 

Jardana Peacock is a spiritual teacher, writer, yoga teacher, and organizer in Louisville, KY. She is the director of Liberation School, a healing and spirituality school for changemakers that is the first of its kind located in the southern US, and the author of the “Practice Showing Up Guidebook,” an anthology for white people working for racial justice.

Jardana brings an incredible presence of humility and depth to this conversation and we get to talk to her about the ways in which she and others are working to bring healing, compassion, and care to organizing and activist work as well as learning how we can go deeper into our own anti-racist work.

In This Episode

Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown 

Crazywise the movie

Radical Nonviolence with Eric Stoner

Photo by Noah Berger

Photo by Noah Berger

Forces of Love

With antifa throwing punches at Nazis and navel gazers on mats far from marches and protests, it can seem difficult to find a way to work for justice that is both active and peaceful, fierce and loving. Nonviolence is a term in the common lexicon of social justice but it is misunderstood almost as much as it is used. Far beyond a passive pacifism, the philosophy of radical nonviolence actually requires an active commitment to "no harm" and is a way of embodying satyagraha, or "love force," a concept championed by Mahatma Gandhi.

In the wake of Charlottesville and continued appearances of neo-Nazis throughout the country, newly awakened activists are wondering how to effectively respond. We are at a critical moment in history when it's important to re-examine the principle of nonviolent resistance lest we play into the violent methods of the oppressor. Nonviolence isn't easy, especially when there are strong forces luring us into reactivity and aggression.

Eric Stoner, co-founding editor at and adjunct professor at Rutgers University, joins us on The Rising to discuss the nuances of nonviolence and how not only is it an effective tool of resistance but also the force that has fueled social movements all over the world.

In This Episode

Eric Stoner

Waging Nonviolence

Life After Hate

This is An Uprising by Mark and Paul Engler

Beautiful Trouble edited by Andrew Boyd & Dave Oswald Mitchell

"Why Civil Resistance Works" by Erica Chenoweth & Maria J. Stephan

Richard Rohr on Nonviolence

#MeToo & Toxic Masculinity with Juan Carlos Arean

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Photo by Edu Lauton on Unsplash

From Hashtags to Healing

The shadow of America's misogyny is coming to light as more and more women tell their stories of sexual harassment and assault. The #metoo trend on social media gave many survivors a platform to speak and, whereas women used to be doubted and even maligned, this hashtag points to a shift occurring in the collective as the capacity to both recognize our personal traumas as well as hear the stories of others expands.

But how do we move forward from a hashtag to real healing? The narrow view of masculinity that runs rampant in every realm of our patriarchal society - exemplified by the Harvey Weinsteins and Donald Trumps of the world - harms not only women and non-males but also our boys and men. How can we reclaim both the sacred masculine and sacred feminine? Juan Carlos Areán, an expert in domestic violence prevention and interspiritual minister, joins us as we reflect on the toxic masculinity pervading our culture and explore ways to heal the pain and trauma at a soul level. 

In This Episode

Juan Carlos Areán

Chelsea's blog

Mother Wisdom Speaks, poem by Christine Lore Weber

Season of the Witch with Amanda Garcia Yates

Magic is Decolonization of the Mind

Photo by  Yeshi Kangrang  

Photo by Yeshi Kangrang 

Witchcraft, astrology, tarot...magical pursuits have exploded in popularity over the last several years. Just in time for Halloween, we talk to activist witch Amanda Yates Garcia, also known as The Oracle of Los Angeles, to learn more about what it means to practice magic and how we can bring it into our work for justice. This is a deeply inspiring conversation about the power of imagination, dismantling systems of hierarchy with models of shared leadership, the hard work that is needed to make our dreams reality, the importance of being connected to the earth, embodiment and pleasure, and much more.

Amanda is a witch on a mission to re-enchant the world through the power of art and magic. She was raised in a magical family whose forebears include the famed psychic Edgar Cayce, and learned to cast spells and read tarot from a young age. Her work draws on the Western Hermetic Mystery traditions, embodied energy work such as Reiki and Holotropic Breathwork, Shamanic Healing Practices, and more. Amanda also has an MFA in Writing/Critical Theory and Film/Video from the California Institute for the Arts.

Amanda has organized public rituals to exorcise capitalism, devour patriarchy, and bind Trump, runs a monthly mystery school called Magical Praxis, and hosts a radio show called The Oracle Hour. She recently made a splash after being interviewed by Tucker Carlson of FOX news about her participation in the Binding Trump movement. In the interview, Amanda provides a grounded, practical explanation of magic and ritual, and a clear-eyed, heart-centered intention to use her powers to create a better world that cuts through the cynicism and fear of the interviewer. You can learn more about her work at, or follow her on Facebook or Instagram.

In This Episode

Amanda's interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox News

Bind Trump/Magic Resistance

Astrologer Demetra George  

Astrologer Chani Nicholas

Ancestral Healing with Kimi Kawabori and Alissa Fleet

We Can't Heal The Present Without Healing the Ghosts of Our Past

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The ancient Celts believed that this time of the year was one of " a thin veil between the worlds"- that is, our world and the unseen world of spirits. As we approach Halloween, we will be delving into some of the deeper spiritual currents behind the traditions that have influenced this holiday.

In this episode, Chelsea and Rebekah go full-on woo to talk to two women who are working to heal their own ancestral lineages through psychic, spiritual, and psychological modalities. How does the trauma experienced by our ancestors continue to affect us today? And how do we deal with the fact that our ancestors may have perpetrated the very injustices we are fighting today?

Kimi Kawabori has been able to see energies and spirits from a young age. As a descendant from Taiji, the whaling village featured in "The Cove," and daughter of parents imprisoned in the WWII Japanese Internment camps, she has a unique perspective on healing ancestral lines. With over 400 hours studying energy work, she love moving energy so people can live clear and empowered lives. You can learn more about her and work with her at

Alissa Fleet has been training in consciousness studies since 2001, including meditation, Buddhist psychology, engaged spirituality, family systems constellations, and shamanic healing. Her focus is how becoming conscious brings transformation for ourselves and our world.

In This Episode

The Cove, 2009 documentary

Evan Pritchard, Native American historian

The Spell of the Sensuous, by David Abram


Feed the People with Jennifer Bailey and Julia Fredenburg


photo by Chelsea MacMillan

photo by Chelsea MacMillan

Who doesn't love a potluck? Good food and good company have been bringing humans together for centuries. In faith spaces, we see church socials and communion, Passover seders, and celebratory feasts in almost every tradition. And social movements often begin with people opening their homes for meetings and planning sessions where nourishment is almost always necessary. Even in the so-called antisocial Internet Age, potlucks will most likely never go away. In fact, some folks are using the dinner table as a way to create safe space for the most marginalized among us and bring together people who don't see eye to eye. People of all colors, creeds, nationalities, sexualities, political parties, genders, etc. are invited to see and be seen, to welcome and be welcomed. In these uncertain and divided times, potlucks are revolutionary.

In this episode, we hold a (virtual) community roundtable with two guests who know a lot about feeding the people. Reverend Jennifer Bailey, co-founder of The People's Supper, and Julia Fredenburg, co-founder of Sunday Night Dinner, share their insights and stories from having hosted and organized hundreds of potlucks all over the country.

In This Episode

The People's Supper


Dream Defenders


Healing Justice with Kate Werning

Photo by Jerry Kiesewetter

Photo by Jerry Kiesewetter


These are urgent times. Overwhelm and burnout are not only common, but practically the norm for changemakers everywhere. 

How do we create social movements that are sustainable? How can we heal ourselves as we heal the world? A dramatic shift is taking place within the individuals and organizations that propel our social movements as activists discover that outer transformation is not separate from inner transformation. The blocks to our personal physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing often reflect the very systems of oppression that deny the wellbeing of the collective; transformation is necessary from the micro to the macro levels. When we begin to listen to our bodies and pay attention to our inner lives, true healing can begin.

We talk with Kate Werning, organizer and yoga teacher, about the path of healing justice, a realm that goes beyond self-care into radically embodied leadership and foments the creation of movements that are integrated, sustainable, and adaptable.

In This Episode

Kate Werning

Healing Justice podcast

Healing Justice Instagram

Whose Streets

POC Centered Spirituality and Activism with Teresa Pasquale Mateus

Photo by Jakob Owens

Photo by Jakob Owens

Transformation Will Come From the Margins

Meditation, mindfulness, sacred chanting and other contemplative practices have exploded in popularity over the past several years. Magazine covers are constantly extolling the “miracle of mindfulness” or touting the latest research showing how meditation changes the brain. There are countless Buddhist meditation centers and what seems like a yoga studio on every corner. Christian churches offer slow, meditative Taize chanting services and Centering Prayer groups.

Yet too often, the spaces where these practices can be experienced are overwhelmingly white and center white experiences. It often requires money and a certain familiarity with white, upper middle class norms to access meditation retreats, yoga studios, and other resources. We talk about how spirituality feeds activism and vice versa, but so many of our paradigms of both spirituality and activism are rooted in or interpreted through the lens of white culture.

We talk to Teresa Pasquale Mateus, a trauma therapist, yoga teacher, contemplative, and co-founder of The Mystic Soul Project, a non-profit organization that “seeks to bring forward a People of Color (POC) - Centered Approach to Action/Activism and Contemplation/Mysticism.” She is also the author of the book Sacred Wounds: A Path to Healing From Spiritual Trauma. 

In This Episode

Mystic Soul Project

Teresa Pasquale Mateus

Sacred Wounds

Desire and "I Love Dick" with Deb Helt

Our Desire is Revolutionary


If a progressive movement for justice is going to win in this country, we’re going to have to be willing to engage people’s deepest and most powerful emotions. Desire is one of those emotions that is often misunderstood, feared, and repressed but incredibly powerful when harnessed in a productive way. What does it looks like to get in touch with  our deepest and truest desires in our personal lives?

Our guest Deb Helt is a therapist and modern-day renaissance woman based in Los Angeles. She joins us to discuss the Amazon Prime series I Love Dick and its themes of desire and creativity as we explore how tapping into our unconscious desires can feed our movements.

In This Episode

I Love Dick (TV series), created by Jill Soloway

I Love Dick (novel), by Chris Krause

The Book of Joan (novel), by Lidia Yuknavitch

Interview with Lidia Yuknavitch in Bitch


Welcome to The Rising

Photo taken by Rebekah Berndt

Photo taken by Rebekah Berndt

Talkin' Bout a Revolution

What is The Rising? It's the longing we feel deep in our bones for the more beautiful world that our hearts know is possible. It's  the thrill that runs through our veins as we each step into our power and purpose to make that world a reality. It's the love and solidarity that binds us together as we fight for freedom and work toward justice. Rebekah and Chelsea are spiritual directors, intuitives, and activists who want to connect you to resources and practices that can inspire you to find your own sacred activism and sustain you during these difficult times of change.

In our first episode, Chelsea and Rebekah introduce themselves and tell you what you can look forward to.


In This Episode

Gloria Anzaldua, Light in the Dark/Luz en lo Oscuro

Miribai Starr and William Hart McNichols, Mother of God, Similar to Fire