Vera de Chalambert on Interspirituality and the Dark Night of the Soul (#47)

Vera de Chalambert, MTS,  is a spiritual storyteller and Harvard educated scholar of comparative religion. She speaks and writes about spiritual culture, mindfulness in the modern world and the Divine Feminine and has been a speaker at the Science and Nonduality Conference in the US and Europe, Sister Giant in Washington DC and other gatherings around the world. Vera holds a Master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School where she studied comparative mysticism and a Bachelors degree from the University of Florida in Religion and Literature. Her work explores the meeting place of creativity, psychology and spirituality and is informed by insights from both Eastern and Western philosophies. Vera is a graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing and has been a student of Jason Shulman's Nondual Healing work. She is deeply influenced by Buddhist and Kabbalistic lineages and is a lover of the world’s great wisdom traditions. Vera's recent work has been on the topic of Holy Darkness and exploration of the Dark Goddesses associated with transformation and initiation found in the world's spiritual lineages, the most well known of whom is the Hindu Goddess Kali. Vera is a mother and a devotee of the Great Mother in all her forms. She is working on her first book on the Dark Feminine.

In this episode, we discuss...

  • The idea of god and contentment

  • The process of spiritual maturation facilitated by the dark night of the soul 

  • How current state of culture and politics reflecting the same maturation process 

  • The difference between self-improvement projects vs. the act of confronting pain

  • How the Shakti/feminine movement is directed downwards, into the world (mud) vs. other wisdom traditions that favor upward movement outside of the body (usually in an act to purify)

  • The future of religion and how the various religious and spiritual traditions compare to each other 

  • What is Interspirituality and current discourse surrounding religion and spirituality

  • Vera's article "Kali Takes America and I'm With Her" 

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