Dear ones -

I used to think I was a pretty cheerful person. But in the last 5-7 years or so, there’s been a gradual shift into something distinctly more pessimistic and darker.

That’s not inherently a bad thing. We need to drop into the shadow and befriend the monsters. Light without acknowledging and honoring the dark can be just as unhealthy as living full-time in the dark.

Yet, time and again, I see how either-or does not offer us wholeness, only more fragmentation. We need the ‘And’ space: both light and the dark; mess and the beauty; physical and subtle; human and beyond.

Recently, I’ve been challenging myself to focus more on the positive, not because the challenges don’t exist and not in some head-in-the-sand kind of way; but because believing in joy as an orienting force in the universe gives us something to keep moving towards.

In the darkness, we compost and root; in the light, we grow and fruit.

In today’s podcast episode with Kari Hohne, you’ll hear a powerful and wise voice advocating for joyful living.

Kari is a dream analyst, artist, and expert on the eastern and western archetypes that inspire our dreams and oracles; including ancient astrology, Tarot's archetypes, and the Tao te Ching and I Ching. Through her website Cafe au Soul, her seven books, and her music; Kari taps into deep rivers of spiritual and transcendental wisdom while bridging the gap between an appreciation for nature and the spiritual journey.

(*Note: if you're used to watching the episode, this one is audio-only, per Kari's needs. Video will be back next episode. It is still posted on YouTube.)

You’ll hear us explore:

  • the wider, ‘second’ vision as the more objective of the perspectives available to us;
  • being one of many organisms alive on this planet;
  • what shamanism means to Kari;
  • the idea that our world is not worse, but rather the best possible expression available at this moment;
  • the ‘24-hr mind’ and dreams (including nightmares) as tools for awakening;
  • how ancient wisdom traditions like Daoism and the I Ching guide us to Nature as a teacher;
  • non-linear time;
  • the role of wonder in living joyfully;
  • technology and expanded consciousness;
  • fear and creativity;
  • the language of symbolism…

and much more.

Parts of this conversation stayed with me for a while after. I found myself chewing on those paradoxes at the heart of this human journey.

Join us around the fire to tap back into the joy and magic of being alive?

I hope you will <3


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Hi! I'm Kate - an intuitive, medicine woman, and guide for embodied Presence

I care with every fiber of my being that you, a creature of soul and soil, are trying to thrive in systems not designed for you. Where ancient wounds of disconnect, inherited traumas, and misalignments with our over-culture leave you feeling out of place, too much, or like a canary in the mine, I see invitations back deeper into your own aliveness; vital next steps to a wiser, more relational future. Let’s navigate your big questions and transitions together. I’ll support you living meaningfully in this world even though you may feel like you were designed for a different one. I’ll keep you orienting to the truth, heart, and essential wholeness of who you are at the edge of great joy and when you need your feet held to the fire of your own journey. You can see what I offer: and sign up to get a little bit of me, direct to your inbox!

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