Thank you for joining us at Shakti Stories!
Shakti Stories is a mission to empower The Feminine for all people to flower and thrive.
What I mean by "The Feminine" is an internal principle that transcends gender, but can also be expressed through gender.
For centuries, women have been twisting and contorting themselves in various ways to fit into the norms & expectations of the world as we know it.
We are now waking up to all the ways that we’ve been limiting our deeper wisdoms or hiding aspects of our whole truth. The Feminine is not just "passive" and "receptive". Expressing more of our essence is not just about wearing long dresses or even dancing ecstatically in Bali. It’s about becoming aware of the true potential that we have in the body we reside in, wherever we may be. The Feminine is power, eros and aliveness.
Today’s greatest threat to women’s freedom is what Marion Woodman called the “addiction to perfection”. This “never good enough” mentality means that no matter how much we do, it is never enough.
Inspired by great leaders in the field of Feminine Psychology & Spirituality such as Marion Woodman and Sally Kempton and my teachers Dr. Ana Mozol, Dr. Leslie Ellis, Dr. Jalaja Bonheim, Toko-pa and Tami Lynn Kent I have created this podcast with the hopes of broadening our understanding of feminine psychology and growing together in our embodiment of purpose, passion and pleasure.
I invite you to use your own intuitive felt-sense with any idea offered to you to decide whether a certain practice or concept is of value for you at any given time. This podcast is in no way a substitute for mental health advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
Zoe Helene is an artist and cultural activist best known for coining and popularizing the term Psychedelic Feminism and founding the environmental feminism group Cosmic Sister (@CosmicSister). She believes a true balance of power across the gender spectrum—globally—is the only way humans (and non-humans) will survive, and she sees Psychedelic Feminism as a realistic, practical yet hopeful approach to a much-needed shift of global consciousness.
Zoe believes that ultimately, psychedelics are about kindness—to ourselves and to others, including non-human life forms, the world’s soil and air and waterways. It’s about doing our best to become the highest version of ourselves, first as individuals, then as larger socioeconomic communities, then as a species that’s over-running the planet. The journey starts with ourselves, then moves ever outwards. It’s our responsibility, as apex predators, to be in a healthy relationship with each other and with the Earth.
Zoe's work has been featured in Forbes, BBC Travel, Outside Magazine, DoubleBlind Magazine, Bust Magazine, Playboy, VICE, Broadly, Tonic, LA Yoga, New York Magazine, Boston Magazine, ABC Australia, Radio New Zealand, and many other top-tier media venues.
In this episode we discuss:
- the gifts of the goddess archetype Artemis.
- the need for wilderness and wildlife to be more core in our politics and news.
- why she advocates for our right to journey with sacred plants and funghi as a way to jump-start rapid cultural evolution.
- she explains what she means when she emphasizes our responsibility as Earth’s apex predator!
IMAGE AT TOP: Zoe Helene with Spirit Bundle. Zoe's matrilineal ancestors burned Cannabis, Greek sage (Salvia fruticosa), Cedar (Cedrus libani) and Lavender (Lavandula) in spiritual healing ceremonies. Photo by Tracey Eller (@traceyeller).