Category Archives: shamanism

Lucina Stone “Santa Muerte” Novel #53

Lucina Stone, author of novel “Santa Muerte” and “Shattered Reality Podcast” listener.

 

On August 8, 2017, Kate Valentine and Fahrusha were proud to welcome listener and author Lucina Stone to “Shattered Reality Podcast”. She is the author of the Daniela Story series of young adult fiction. The first book of the series is called Santa Muerte and was inspired by our show “Shattered Reality Podcast”, and more specifically by the episodes dealing with Mexico. Lucina is an avid listener to our podcast. We are elated to have inspired someone to the degree that they felt impelled to write a series of books!

Lucina, from Morris County, New Jersey, was the 2016 winner of two awards of the prestigious International Latino Book Awards for Best Sci/Fi novel and Best New Author. Santa Muerte- The Daniela Story (Story Merchant Books Press, 2016 release) tackles diversity in science fiction and fantasy by using folklore and culture.  She holds a MA in Clinical Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.

On this episode we discuss the genesis of this novel. Lucina paid attention to her dreams, which gave her some ideas for the novel. Her novel is very inclusive giving important roles within it to women, Latinas and LGBT people. We here at “Shattered Reality Podcast” support inclusivity, especially as we are both women. Much of the story is about the relationship between mothers and daughters as cultures change through time and country, but there are some surprising science fiction plot twists that will amaze the reader.

Note: Fahrusha mentioned Carlos Castaneda, the Yaqui shaman Don Juan, and the female followers of Castaneda, but could not remember the name of the one whose books she had read and found intriguing. That woman was Florinda Donner, who was actually married for Castaneda for a number of years and member of a Nagual group that surrounded him, including also Taisha Abelar. “They were known as the witches, and two of them, Florinda Donner-Grau and Taisha Abelar, vanished the day after Castaneda’s death, along with Cleargreen president Amalia Marquez and Tensegrity instructor Kylie Lundahl. A few weeks later, Patricia Partin, Castaneda’s adopted daughter as well as his lover, also disappeared.” (From the Salon article by Robert Marshall.)

The novel “Santa Muerte-Book 1 the Daniela Story”

Dr. Michael Reddy, Songs, Family Constellations and Shamanism #51

Health, Happiness and Family Constellations by Dr. Michael Reddy

On July 11, 2017 Kate Valentine and Fahrusha welcomed Dr. Michael J. Reddy, Family Constellation practitioner to “Shattered Reality Podcast.” We started the show with two of the entertaining “Keynoter” songs that Michael has written and sung at several professional conferences to help set themes and introduce main speakers. They are both about current changing paradigms.

Then we turned to Michael’s practice of Family Constellation Work. As he says, “there are two kinds of trauma—the one you experience yourself, and the sort you inherit from parents and ancestors who could not clear it themselves.” This heritable form of trauma is supported increasingly now by epigenetics, but it remains present in and passes down through a psychic, trans-generational family system. He maintains that left over loyalties to unresolved issues in your birth family’s past can shape your life for the worse and that constellation work clears these. Michael credits the work with saving his life in 2008.

Michael’s book on the subject is Health, Happiness & Family Constellations, How Ancestors, Family Systems and Hidden Loyalties Shape Your Life and What You Can Do About It. To see what a constellation looks like, check out the 15 minute video at www.tinyurl.com/constellation3d.

Finally we discussed Michael’s 7 year apprenticeship with native and mixed blood indigenous teachers from 1986-93. One of these teachers was the late Sun Bear, a controversial Ojibwe elder who espoused sharing the traditional medicine with all races. Our co-host Fahrusha also had an interesting experience with Sun Bear when he visited the yoga studio she attended. In shamanic terms, successful constellations start to look like divination followed by sympathetic magic. Michael can be contacted through www.reddyworks.com, michael@reddyworks.com.
Dr. Michael Reddy and guitar

Dr. Stanley Krippner, Parapsychologist #35

Dr. Stanley Krippner, world renowned parapsychologist.

On July 26, 2016 “Shattered Reality Podcast” was delighted to present Dr. Stanley Krippner who spoke to Fahrusha and Kate Valentine about his studies in parapsychology. He has written and co-written a very impressive list of books and professional psychological papers.

We cover some of his work in dream studies. Beginning with his dream telepathy research with Montague Ullman and at the Dream Lab at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn and continuing with his work today with an amazing female dreamer in Arizona, Dr. Stan gives wonderful examples of powerfully psychic dreams that will stimulate you to journal your sleeping adventures for further contemplation.

Dr. Krippner also discusses some of his shamanic studies and his long-term friendship with Rolling Thunder, a colorful Native American shaman and cultural icon. He wrote a book about this called The Voice of Rolling Thunder with Sidian Morningstar Jones.

Dr. Stanley Krippner’s website can be accessed here for a list of his books and articles to read and more.

Andrew Chesnut and Santa Muerte #30

 

 

Andrew Chesnut, author of Devoted to Death, Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint
Andrew Chesnut, author of Devoted to Death, Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint

On May 10, 2016, Andrew Chesnut, Ph.D., author of Devoted to Death, Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint, joined Kate Valentine and Fahrusha for this thirtieth episode of Shattered Reality Podcast. He is the Bishop Walter F. Sullivan Chair in Catholic Studies and Professor of Religious Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University School of World Studies.

The worship of Santa Muerte is the fastest growing in the Western Hemisphere. Santa Muerte can be considered to be a religious syncretism between the Spanish European Grim Reaperess and the the death diety of the Aztec goddess, Mictecacihuatl.  She is widely worshipped by the very poor, drug dealers, prison guards, and the lovelorn. Devotees believe the Bony Lady to be the fastest and most efficacious miracle worker.

We also compare Santa Muerte to other folk saints both in the Americas and Europe and discuss the commonalties and differences as well as religious trends.

Andrew Chesnut appeared at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn on May 30, 2016. Sadly this venue has since closed.

Andrew Chesnut's book, Devoted to Death, Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint
Andrew Chesnut’s book, Devoted to Death, Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint

Michael Peter Langevin #25

Michael Peter Langevin, shamanic practitioner

 

On February 2, 2016, Michael Peter Langevin, an expert in South American Shamanism, joined Kate Valentine and Fahrusha for a lively discussion.  He is the author of three books, Spiritual Business, Secrets of the Ancient Incas, and Secrets of the Amazon Shamans and the former editor/publisher of Magical Blend Magazine.

We cover Groundhog’s Day, the meaning of Shamanism, herbal medicines, symbolic practices, and bringing Shamanism into your daily life through mindful traditions. Michael Peter tells us of how he entered this field through his family history and business of undertaking and his first trip to Macchu Picchu. The importance of Nature and its creatures is discussed as is the use of hallucinogenic plants and trance states.

February 2 is Groundhog’s Day, Candlemas and Imbolc. It is also known as a cross-quarters because it is half way between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. At this time of year one can clearly see that the days are getting a bit longer.

John B. Alexander, Ph.D. Lucky #13

John B. Alexander, Ph.D

On  June 10 2015, Kate Valentine and Fahrusha were pleased and excited to welcome John B. Alexander, Ph.D. to “Shattered Reality Podcast”. In the intro to our podcast “paradigm shifting” is prominently mentioned and Dr. Alexander is nothing if not a paradigm shifting individual! His life is so varied and fascinating that it would have taken many more hours to ask him about all of his interests.

Dr. Alexander has written an engrossing book, UFOs, Myths, Conspiracies, and Realities dealing with his adventures in attempting to find out from the inside what the government knows about UFOs. He contends that disclosure has already taken place, UFOs are unarguably real but humanity is asking the wrong questions. His book is comprehensive and well written with a great many dates and details. Dr. Alexander has written a number of other engaging books which can be accessed at his website.

Born in New York, Dr. Alexander entered the army in 1956. He commanded a Special Forces A team in Viet Nam and Thailand and started the Advanced Theoretical Physics Project studying UFOs while still in the Army. After he retired from the Service with the rank of Colonel of Infantry, he worked in the field of non-lethal weaponry at Los Alamos  National Labs. He has a Ph.D. in Thanatology, the scientific study of death and the practices associated with it, including the study of the needs of the terminally ill and their families. He is also involved with studying shamanism around the world. There is so much more we would have liked to ask Dr. Alexander. Hopefully he will come back to speak with us again.

Dr. Alexander and Fahrusha at 2016 SSE Symposium in Boulder, CO.