The Ethical Rainmaker
Heal Yourself to Transform Society
“...as activists...we really need to undertake our own healing as a way of transforming society. If we try to transform society from the level of consciousness that’s still traumatized and it’s reactive, then we are recreating the same patterns that have oppressed us.” In this episode, Michelle talks with Victoria Santos, a deep healer, community organizer, and brilliant facilitator who shares her self-healing journey after trauma and burnout. Listen as she shares wisdom around what we need to release and practice to serve a better society.
If our goal is to be in community and work with or help others, we must first work within ourselves - taking on the healing process to not recreate the patterns that have oppressed us. Healer, facilitator, and npo executive Victoria Santos describes her journey through personal trauma and burnout through community organizing and her holistic healing journey. We dropped a lot of references, so here are links for some of the content we mentioned in the show (and sign up for our mailing list to get ahold of episodes early and learn more about these topics):
- Michelle talks with Victoria Santos a deep healer, community organizer, facilitator, coach and npo leader
- Victoria is the Co-Director of Young Women Empowered, cultivating the power of diverse young women and is a Co-Founder of BIPOC Executive Directors of Washington State
- While she has practiced many modalities of healing, she studied grief rituals with Sibonfu Somé for 10 years, a Burkinabe author and teacher (her wiki, her site)
- We talked about the Science of NonDuality Conference, where Victoria interviewed Llama Rod Owens, Zhenevere Sophia Dao, Brenda Salgado, Kaira Jewel Lingo, Angela Hennessy - spiritual teachers focused on healing in very deep, committed ways.
- We mentioned Commonweal and its gathering that takes place annually in Bolinas, California
- “The quality of the intervention is directly related to the capacity of the intervener.” Otto Schumer
- Orland Bishop is a spiritual teacher and Los Angeles social activist Victoria collaborates with. She described his much used phrase “Sawubona” as translating into the larger question of “who do I need to be so that you could be yourself?”
- Victoria and Orland are working towards building a spiritual center near Los Angeles (There are many places to find Orland online, including here.)
- Gratitude to Tres Leches (and here) for letting us use their song “No Llores" throughout this episode!
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