To awaken is part of our spiritual and human nature. Evolution is built into our DNA and our soul. Join Rachel here as she unpacks the controversial term, "woke" and redefines it as "awakening into a radical compassion for and kindness to all beings, stepping into service to heal our families, communities, nations, and the planet.” Hear how, according to new laws in states such as Tennessee, Florida and Alabama here in the United States, she has taught seditious, divisive content for years in her university and spiritual classes and why. Her university courses have covered topics such as the historical harms of slavery in the United States, of authoritarianism in the former Soviet Union, and the systematic genocide of Native Americans, theft of their lands, and destruction of their cultures. Students explore in a deeply personal way the dynamics of racial injustice, war, genocide, and violence. Even in her courses teaching the spiritual cosmology of the mesa tradition from the Q’ero people of the Andes in Peru, these topics are never far from my lips. Rachel shares the trauma-informed, healing, ethical, caring and gentle way she leads her students into delving personally and in community into the harms of history and the present with the goal of finding inspiration, building compassion, resilience, and wisdom. She reclaims "woke" as not simply sociological and political, but spiritual.
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Destiny Lines: Sacred Activism for Peacemaking and Ending Violence
Healing is Peacemaking
Rachel Mann PhD
sacred activist | healer | spiritual teacher | social scientist