The Metaphysical Podcast
By Laura Kipp
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The Metaphysical PodcastMay 22, 2023
Seattle History: Cooperative Community Grains and Maia's Story
Maia shares a remarkable story about a young woman, a poet and mother, whose life was impacted profoundly by Cooperative Community Grains — herself. I was honored that she let me in, and will be thinking of her story often.
Maia was a pioneering member of Cooperative Community Grains or CC Grains in the 1970s, which was one part of the larger Seattle Workers’ Brigade, an all-womyn’s food distributor warehouse distributing organic and natural foods to co-ops, buying clubs and natural foods stores ranging from Alaska to Montana, centered in Seattle, WA.
It was part of the Alternative Economic System, and was a crucial link in developing the organic food industry.
Seattle was a huge part of the creation of the modern food movement, but so much of that has been lost to history.
The Seattle Worker’s Brigade, “A worker collective, that was worker self-managed and women-owned" was "explicitly anti-corporate, alternative, our motto was 'Food for People, Not for Profit.'
Alternative Perspectives: NYT bestselling author Author Bridget Cook-Burch, Your Inspired Story Mentor
We first serendipitously crossed paths by way of the red tent at the 2015 Parliament of the World's Religion, the year of the first women's assembly. When all these years later, I found her handout in a book and reached out, the exemplary Bridget Burch-Cook very generously agreed to share her stories and wisdom with me. Check out her work at https://www.yourinspiredstory.com/.
"Bridget Cook-Burch is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, best known for her riveting tales of transformation. Most important to her are the stories of individuals rising from trauma, out of limitation and into possibilities--even great leadership. Bridget’s powerful work has been showcased on Oprah, CNN, Good Morning America, and in People magazine, among many others."
Among other things, she is also the Executive Director of the non-profit SHEROES United, supporting people in overcoming trauma in the areas of human trafficking and domestic violence. With Your Inspired Story, she is a speaker and writing mentor, along with hosting Inspired Writer's Retreats.
Bridget, I can't thank you enough for encouraging me to forgive, confront my shadows, and share my story!
Alternative Perspectives: Unicole Unicron, Cult Leader
Please buckle up for a fizzy, technicolor, existential soulful adventure... Unicole (ze/zir) and I first crossed paths at Alienstock in 2019. We talk about the things that truly matter: the meaning of suffering, venture capital, and the struggles of starting a commune. Thank you Unicole for your deep wisdom and guidance. You have my puffy rainbow-striped alien heart and I'm so happy we're existing and sparkling on the same planet at the same time.
For treasures untold, please visit Unicole's Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/unicole
PNW Business Owner: Jenn Mason, Wink Wink Owner and Sex Coach
Hiya, what can you say when words fail: today's guest is uncommonly spectacular. Jenn Mason is living her best life and changing lives in Bellingham, WA and online. She worked for 10 years at a domestic violence and rape crisis center before starting Wink Wink and being elected to her local school board. Her "non-creepy" woman-owned, identity-inclusive sex shop makes the world a place I'm a little prouder to live in.
She focuses on pleasure after trauma and how to do better for survivors, including holding "hope for survivors that sex can be amazing and wonderful after they've experienced a violation," and recognizing that having a relationship with our own bodies and positive eroticism can be healing. What a hopeful message.
Please check them out, you definitely won't regret it:
Coaching Services: https://winkwinkboutique.com/pages/sex-coaching
Mentioned, Vibrator Nation the book
Other inclusive sex shops mentioned (but I still think Wink Wink wins for best name!):
Alternative History/Politics: Ian Wright and Dark Marxism
Guest Ian Wright is the author of the website Dark Marxism: Adventures in Marxist Theory https://ianwrightsite.wordpress.com/author/ianwrightsite/
This conversation is an intellectual, cerebral adventure that blends ideas around Marxism and Capitalism with spiritual concepts.
Listen to the first 50 minutes to hear a detailed explanation of Marx's real god, how we're sometimes like "enchanted rag dolls" with a few surprising questions at the end.
Introducing our guest co-host Chris Marshall! We can't thank our amazing, incredible guest Ian Wright enough for sharing his ideas. We are looking forward to seeing your book someday, hopefully sooner rather than later!
Metaphysical: PNW Healer Susy Parker Goins of Blue Light Healing
This episode was so fun! Have you ever wondered about the parallels between channeling and acting? Do you ponder the secrets of the universe? Check out this conversation with Susy Parker Goins of Blue Light Healing.
Please check out her podcast: https://bluelightninghealing.com/blog/
Book an appointment today for her many amazing healing services: https://bluelightninghealing.com/services/
In person events with Suzy!: https://bluelightninghealing.com/where-you-can-find-me/
Alternative Perspectives: Ian Brennan, Grammy Award-Winning Artist
Ian Brennan is a musician, producer, author, activist and educator who is truly rare and inspiring. He talks about how music is political, and how to elevate voices, even when no one is listening.
PNW Artist: Mark Anderson, Slam Poet and Author of Scarecrow Oracle
Mark Anderson is the author of Scarecrow Oracle, a book of poetry forthcoming from Korrektiv Press on May 20th, 2022. He co-founded the popular Broken Mic spoken word poetry series and has traveled the United States performing at open mics, poetry slams, taverns, coffee shops, and libraries. From 2017 to 2019 he served as Spokane’s poet laureate. https://korrektivpress.com/category/korrektiv-press/scarecrow-oracle/
Poets mentioned: https://www.amazon.com/Calling-Wolf-Kaveh-Akbar/dp/1938584678, https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/andrea-cohen
If you've ever been curious about slam poetry, we encourage you to check it out: https://www.eventbrite.com/d/wa--seattle/poetry-slam/. Mark will feature in Everett Poetry Nite in September: https://www.liveineverett.com/cal//everett-poetry-nights.
Seattle History: Mercedes Yaeger, Author of Market Ghost Stories
Market Ghost Stories
Absolutely fascinating conversation with Mercedes Yaeger, @queenanneroasters, author of Market Ghost Stories and AMAZING HUMAN.
Part 1: We discuss preserving historical context, the nature of ghosts, tools for perceiving the irrational world, hot beds for the exchange of energy, what resides beyond consciousness, work as ritual and the value therein, the excitement of the hunt, spirits which are not dead, manifesting seen energetic form, the fluid nature of time, parallel universes, Seattle’s trauma and it’s epic topographical alteration, disturbed cemeteries and the growth of an urban center over a deep sea of quartz. Additionally, Mercedes’ artistic family’s rich personal history with the market community.
Part 2: We discuss how death has recently touched us both personally, Princess Angeline- Chief Seattle's daughter, the ongoing injustices against the Duwamish people, the Black Lives Matter movement in Seattle and the new addition of 👻Market Ghost Stories! https://www.duwamishtribe.org/
Part 3: We learn about Harvey and Mae West from the market, and see her actual infamous hat! 👒We talk about an experience with the show Ghost Tours and discuss the moral complexity of people in history and how to portray them, and talk about the mortuary at the market, the 1918 pandemic and the current pandemic, and our emotions and concerns for frontline workers.
Part 4: ... my favorite part! We learn about Naughty Nellie (the ale and the person), prohibition, ghost madams, cross dressing, and we see the world's largest brothel built by the mayor. The history of prostitution and the red light district in Seattle is very compelling, and human trafficking which is still an issue in Seattle: https://www.atg.wa.gov/human-trafficking.
@Queenanneroasters, reveals that she is writing another book about this topic, and I can't wait!
Metaphysical: Michael Hall and Extraterrestrial Life
Michael Hall: The Paranormal Lawyer @ufoiteam
Part 1: Mr. Hall and I discuss how we met, the wonders of Alienstock, and the awesome work that UFOiTeam is doing.
Part 2: The ABDUCTION STORY and theories on what the heck the aliens are doing!
Part 3: We discuss how Mr. Hall's abduction affected him on a personal level, the intersection of religious faith and extraterrestrials (including what the pope has said about aliens and what the church might know), what aliens might want with us/be doing with us, and the significance of "red pilling" and the amazing times we live in now! @ufoiteam
Part 4: We talk about the future of humanity and the past, including Atlantis and a hopeful message for the future.
Seattle History: Margaret Bartley and the Seattle Worker's Brigade
Margaret shares that Seattle was a huge part of the creation of the modern food movement, but so much of that has been lost to history.
She was part of the Seattle Worker’s Brigade, “A worker collective, that was worker self-managed and women-owned.” It was "explicitly anti-corporate, alternative, our motto was 'Food for People, Not for Profit.' Decidedly counter-culture."
Margaret was a pioneering member of Cooperative Community Grains or CC Grains, a food distributor in Seattle in the 1970s, serving food co-ops from Alaska to Montana, as well as Washington State, when there was low-home and store-front rent, a higher quality of life, and many alternative and worker-owned options for healthcare, daycares, schools, bookstores, newspapers, as well as environmentalism and activism.
The Crisis of Democracy Book
By Jōji Watanuki, Michel Crozier, and Samuel P. Huntington
The Tyranny of Structurelessness
By Jo Freeman
Constructive Criticism: A Handbook
By Gracie Lyons
Pictured here: http://margaretbartley.name/CCGrains/Warehouse.jpg
Description: CC Grains, Margaret is sitting crosslegged in the very front, wearing dark glasses.
CC Grains, which was one part of the larger Seattle Workers’ Brigade. This photo was taken around 1976.
CC Grains was an all-womyn’s warehouse distributing organic and natural foods to co-ops, buying clubs and natural foods stores ranging from Alaska to Montana to Oregon, centered in Seattle, WA
It was part of the Alternative Economic System, and was a crucial link in developing the organic food industry.
Metaphysical: Belladonna Laveau, ArchPriestess
Episode 1: Conversation with the spectacular Lady Belladonna!
Belladonna is the ArchPriestess of the Aquarian Tabernacle Church and Dean at Woolston-Steen Theological Seminary, a professional psychic, and the founder of the Seattle Psychic Association.
Buy her books: https://www.store.atcwicca.org/home/search?keywords=belladonna%20laveau
The Aquarian Tabernacle: https://www.atcwicca.org/
Her school: https://www.wiccanseminary.edu/
Her website: http://belladonnalaveau.com/
Seattle Psychic Association: https://seattlepsychicsassociation.com/directory/belladonna-laveau/
Talk to her on Keen.com: https://www.keen.com/love-relationships/belladonna-laveau-aps/9095435
Thank you so much Belladonna!