If you don’t have a Shaman on speed dial, episode 2 of Packing for Crazy Town is for you.
I met up with Shonagh Home, Shamanic Therapist, Author, and Poet at her home in the Wilds of Suburban Seattle. A friend for a decade, Shonagh has talked me off many a ledge and pulled me out of a few holes, and in return, I do things she finds mysterious like connecting printers to WIFI, backing up your cellphone, and editing audio files…thus the title of this podcast. Ours is a friendship that works. And, as a “Medicine Wheel” student of hers for two years some years back, she also taught me how to find people’s totem animals, and do soul retrieval, so there’s that:)
NOTE ABOUT THE AUDIO: recording a podcast DIRECTLY INTO AUDACITY is a no go. It takes space and clips it out, so …If you’re an audiophile and want to hear Shonagh Home, please check out later episodes, and also stay tuned for “the Shaman’s Tech Support” launching in September.
One thing that attracts me to people, is a fascinating life arc, and in that regard Shonagh is no exception. The short version is “From Wall Street Wife to Martha Stewart on Mushrooms.” she’s written five books, my personal favorite is ‘Ix Chel Wisdom: 7 Teachings from the Mayan Sacred Feminine,’ a bite-sized (you can read it on a two hour flight ) chronicle of her transformation that occurred through her work with a Mayan priest and shaman. She is voracious researcher and prolific writer with a fearless social media presence, not to mention a fantastic Mother to two of my favorite girls, and an effortless gourmet cook, with an ironclad adherence to only the freshest, most organic ingredients brimming with cell-plumping probiotics. And she uses fuck as a modifier more than you might think, which I find endearing.
This podcast starts out with a conversation about the benefits of bee venom therapy (the beauty secret you’re in denial about,) and moves into the power of intention, affirmation, healing original wounds, words as wands, keeping your eye on the prize and staying out of the national crazy, healing the gut with ancestral foods, and staying close to the divine, and skipping the NY Times and TV in favor of Ancient Wisdom. We work through dark nights of the soul, shadow selves, the awesomeness of mid-life face slaps, and how to stay on your feet in whackadoodle times. Along the way, she recites two poems from her recent collection of channeled works ‘Poetic Whispers from the Green Realms,’ which all flowed out of her in one take, straight up rhyming. And finally, because looking good while getting our go-bag for crazy town ready is not nothing, I say: Shonagh, as exhausting as it will be to hear your daily regimen: let’s have it, sister.
More about Shonagh:
Her specialized private sessions and retreats are probing and revelatory, assisting clients to break chronic, self-defeating patterns, and move into empowered personal sovereignty. Shonagh is an international public speaker on the subject of visionary shamanic-spirit medicine, a voice for stewardship of the honeybees, and a teacher on the subject of Traditional Foods. She is author of the books, ‘Ix Chel Wisdom: 7 Teachings from the Mayan Sacred Feminine,’ ‘Love and Spirit Medicine,’ ‘Poetic Whispers from the Green Realms,’ and ‘Honeybee Wisdom: A Modern Melissa Speaks.’
You can find out more about Shonagh here: www.shonaghhome.com