Spiritual appropriation and white privilege is (finally) seeping into the collective awareness. It’s about time! Now, how do we start the work to deprogram shamanism and other spiritual pursuits to find a healthy foundation of love, respect, and honor for all spiritual paths and cultures? Dive into this deep conversation between Lola and Sara Sophia Eisenman to help you discern where to “go” from here.
Update: In our recent posts about our own journey of deprogramming our spirituality and moving into one more in alignment with our own earth-connected indigenous heritage, we are actively reprogramming our language around the words we use. This original interview was titled “Decolonizing Shamanism” and that word is used within the interview. However, we do agree that the act of decolonizing is something that historically mistreated and marginalized groups are doing to reclaim their culture and identity.
What we need to, as people benefiting from Settler culture and institutions, is actively examine where we help maintain and continue to the systems of oppression and colonialization and work to deprogram those thoughts, behaviors and actions from our lives.
In this episode, you’ll hear:
- “We deserve to look through fresh eyes.”
- “How do we become enlightened and empowered within our own soul.”
- “The Power Reversal lives in all of us.”
- “To start decolonizing ourselves, we must shed the vibrations of victim and perpetrator inside each of us.”
- “I find that the old souls see each other across [dividing] lines.”
- “Build the roots deep before reaching out to ensure a solid foundation.”
- “Rarely does awareness come from the costume.”
- “You cannot be spiritual in this country if you don’t know the people who were here before the Europeans came. We have to honor the ones who are here, on this land, as the wisdom keepers of this land. They are the heartbeat of this land.”
- “Your body knows. We are served by dropping into the body for navigating our paths.”
- “My vision is that we begin to create new infrastructure, new narratives, new vocabularies to channel that energy for those that have true hearts to pour it into something [whole and earth loving].”
- “Every detail matters.”
- “Can we replace assumption with attention? May we dare to ask questions rather than make statements?”
- “A big part of our decolonization is simply listening.”
- “Healing is never one-sided. It does not come at you. It’s about you making peace with the present moment.”
- “If you’re going to say, “Yes,” say it with conviction and responsibility.”
- “We don’t always have to grow through damage.”
- “Our everydayness is a requirement.”
- “We’re all hungry for aliveness.”
- “You’re here by design.”