I got to speak to writer and professional hiker, Carrot Quinn, this past spring. Full disclosure, Carrot has been a good friend for over 10 years now, and I am so excited to get to have her on this podcast.
Carrot graciously shared a bit of her writing with us, a passage from her hike across the Brooks range last summer. This leads us to a discussion about risk and fun while hiking in remote wilderness areas.
The conversation then turns to what Alaska represents for her. Carrot was born in Anchorage and lived there until she was nearly a teenager. Carrot describes what childhood was like for her growing up in poverty with a mentally ill mother, and finding her father at the age of 20. She also describes her emotional connection to the Boreal Forests of the Anchorage area. Her new book The Sunset Route is about the story of her childhood and the time she spent in her 20s hopping trains in the continental US. We talk a bit about grief and trauma and how writing helps her put order to the chaotic experience of growing up, but also how it’s really hard for her to revisit that time in her life.
We talk a little bit about the concept of home, and how growing up with CPTSD has made it hard for her to stay in one place for long.
We then move towards a discussion of politics and privilege within the long-distance hiking community, and how white supremacy is the foundation of our modern wilderness system. This leads to a discussion about our current policies at the southern border and how our government devalues the humans that are currently dying in the deserts of Arizona and New Mexico.
This goes on to a discussion about why conservation and environmental movements must be lead by indigenous people and people of color.
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I recently sat down with Erin-Ashley Kerti to talk about what it takes to go pro at being a psychic. She related to me the story of how she came to her gifts reluctantly, having grown up in a very skeptical and scientific family. An undeniable experience led her to start exploring the visions she had been having.
We discussed whether everyone has psychic gifts (spoiler: they do), and her recommendations for budding psychics who want to hone their skills.
The approach Erin-Ashley takes will surprise you, her advice: have fun!
Erin-Ashley gave me the low down on the typical time frame it takes to develop your gifts enough to start charging for them, and why it is good for the world if more people start owning their gifts.
She also gave me her energy forecast for the next 5 years, and emphasized the importance of developing coping strategies so that you can still get clear messages during tumultuous times.
We ended our interview with a brief discussion of ethics.
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I finally have a new episode ready for you!! In this episode I have a lovely tender and sometimes emotional conversation with Stephanie Syd Yang. We talk all about creating healing for queer folks, how Syd started learning to work with the spiritual medicine of birds, and how she makes her bird essences. Syd shares her method for self-acceptance and how that helped her heal from a severe eating disorder. Syd is an incredible healer and you can tell just by listening to her how much care and presence she brings to this work. You can find Syd at: bluejaguarlove.com
If you are interested in the Samhain class I talk about at the end of the podcast find that here.
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Syd is a mixed race/Taiwanese American queer healer, intuitive artist and writer who weaves together magic, possibility and intention as an energy healer + intuitive counselor in the world through their practice, Blue Jaguar Healing Arts. As someone who lives with depression and anxiety, and has recovered from severe eating disorders, Syd’s work finds its resonance in the stories we each hold at the intersection of memory, body, sexuality and mental health. As a healer, Syd weaves together shamanic and earth-based practices that are grounded in Buddhist principles of interdependence, impermanence and karma.
Syd has been working with individuals and small groups for close to 20 years to support liberation and healing in life-affirming ways, rooting deep into their cultural, ancestral and indigenous practices. Syd
works with individuals as well as regularly leads workshops, community healing
circles and has been a group facilitator for over two decades, with a specific focus on grief, healing
ancestral trauma, sexuality + spirituality, body liberation and eating disorder recovery. Their most recent book, a memoir, “Release” — the fantastic and entirely true story of finding freedom in a queer, mad + mixed race body
“, will be available at the end of 2018. More at bluejaguarlove.com