Vera de Chalambert joins Melanie for a conversation around the role of the divine feminine in our lives and practice.
Vera de Chalambert, MTS, is a spiritual storyteller and Harvard educated scholar of comparative religion working at the feet of the Great Mother. Her invitation is one of Embodied Presence: we are already what we seek. Her healing practice is heart-centered and based on the nondual approach. Keep up with Vera at healingawakening.com where you can find teachings, blogs and more.
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Nature of the Feminine (Opening) – Melanie and Vera explore the nature of the feminine which is reflected in our consciousness’s tendency to seek wholeness and connection.
“It is the nature of consciousness to seek wholeness. It is our destiny to find it everywhere.” – Vera de Chalambert
Path of Wholeness (13:30) – Vera discusses some of the practices and philosophies which have guided her along the path to a greater wholeness.
“How can I hold all of this ‘muchness’ that I am, that doesn’t fit into what I want it to fit into? How can I hold it all and say, ‘Yes, with all of this mess, I can still share my heart.” – Vera de Chalambert
The Body of the Mother (20:00) – What do the polarities of the masculine and feminine have to teach us? Vera explores the dualist nature of reality and how we can use that perspective to live more fully.
“Kali is meant to invoke the terror in your system. There is something about fear and the limbic system, it is so powerful. We want to use that shakti to awaken, we want to use everything in fact.” – Vera de Chalambert
Mirabai Starr shares her process of turning to the Divine Mother to navigate the emerging landscape that is life – How I Met My Mother
The Mother in Us All (36:50) – If God is manifesting through each one of us, then we are each becoming the mother of what needs to be born through our journey. Vera and Melanie discuss this aspect of the feminine that we are all coming into in our own ways.
Surrendering to the Mystery (44:30) – Vera talks about surrendering into the mystery of life and listening to our inner intuition.
Wisdom for the Journey (51:45) – Vera shares a piece of advice for young women to take with them along their spiritual path.