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The Revelation Project is both an individual and holistic movement that lifts the barriers from everything that keep women from being in love and from remembering that we are both human and divine. The Revelation Project Podcast explores alternative narratives to traditional patriarchal influences and investigates vulnerable and courageous topics that reveal the deeper truth. We believe that life is a revelation project and what gets revealed, gets healed.

The Revelation Project Monica Rodgers | Entrepreneur, Revelation Media LLC

    • Self-Improvement
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The Revelation Project is both an individual and holistic movement that lifts the barriers from everything that keep women from being in love and from remembering that we are both human and divine. The Revelation Project Podcast explores alternative narratives to traditional patriarchal influences and investigates vulnerable and courageous topics that reveal the deeper truth. We believe that life is a revelation project and what gets revealed, gets healed.

    Episode 34: Akilah S. Richards - Raising Free People

    Episode 34: Akilah S. Richards - Raising Free People

    I loved my conversation with Akilah S. Richards and walked away with a much deeper understanding of the value of unschooling in America. Conventional schooling is deeply rooted in colonization, industrial progress, and control over our personal autonomy.


    Akilah is passionate about mindful partnerships and parenting. Since 2016 she has hosted Fare of the Free Child, a lifestyle and parenting podcast about the connection between liberation, learning, and parenting, particularly among Black, Non-Black Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. Parents, educators, unschoolers, and entrepreneurs tune in weekly to connect about unschooling, deschooling, conscious parenting, and self-directedness. Discussions center around emotional wellness, learning and children, parenting, self-care, and self-love. The voice and work of this Jamaican-born, digital nomad have been featured on NPR, Forbes, NBC TV, Good Morning America’s blog, and in several literary and in-person spaces throughout the U.S., Jamaica, and South Africa. The TEDx Speaker, digital content writer, and facilitator’s highly-anticipated book Raising Free People: Unschooling as Liberation and Healing Work (PM Press), will be released in the Fall of 2020.



    “We can’t keep using tools of oppression and raise free people.” -Akilah Richards




    Unschooling is a life design choice but it’s also deeply linked to liberation and the idea of raising free people.
    Akilah’s children, Marley and Sage, had a consistent level of pushback when attending conventional school and at one point, Akilah and her partner Chris started to listen to what their children were saying.
    While the girls were accelerating academically, they were shrinking emotionally.
    They had stopped asking questions, which is a very “schoolish” thing.
    Akilah and Chris wanted their children to have agency and autonomy and the journey has revealed a tremendous tie into the work of liberation.
    Unschooling started as an experiment based on what Akilah and Chris knew was not working.
    This began a process of “mad question asking.”
    The way of the world is schooling - is our job as parents to acclimate our children to that?
    The idea of unschooling is to help your child create a trustful relationship to learning.
    The American Dream seems deeply entrenched in this idea of conventional education as the only way.
    Unschooling started as an experiment based on what Akilah and Chris knew was not working.
    When they left conventional education they discovered that there were many rewards - many freedoms with travel and finances that they had not previously recognized or been able to take advantage of.
    A lot of what we see as educational issues are really issues of human relationships.
    Unschooling creates an environment to question and unlearn.
    Questions are the path.
    Mad question asking brings us inward into the feminine - how do you want to feel?
    In our school system, children are rewarded when they comply.
    Parents worry about socialization, but socialization happens everywhere but school.
    All people are indoctrinated into the “system,” but when you walk around in a Black body there is another level of suppression of your personhood which is why creating safe environments for BIPOC children to learn and develop confident autonomy is so important.
    Unschooling isn’t just for rich people.
    The pandemic is offering us opportunities and parents are noticing a positive shift in their children.
    Covid is an opportunity to create a new normal in many ways including our relationship to education.
    Liberation comes with responsibility and accountability.
    It is time to decolonize our ideas of learning



    “The resistance is the roadmap, not a route to something else.”

    Links:
    Focus - Raising Free People™ NetworkPodcast - Raising Free People™ NetworkRaising Free People UnschoolPre

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    Episode 33: Jenna Arnold: Raising Our Hands

    Episode 33: Jenna Arnold: Raising Our Hands

    Jenna Arnold was first mentioned to me by a dear friend over ten years ago. She called me one night soon after meeting Jenna in New York City. “This woman is a force of nature and you HAVE to meet her!" I recall her saying.


    Fast forward, and while I have been following her on social media for several years, I recently noticed that she was publishing an important book about race. I asked for a copy, devoured it, and felt deeply excited about its content. I loved it because Jenna doesn’t try to simplify or dumb down what’s happening in the world and why. In it, she calls out middle-class white women to recognize where we unconsciously keep the systems of oppression in place and why. She further argues that if we were to awaken to our power and our willingness to be with difficult truths, we could quite literally change the future for all human beings. Jenna asserts that white women benefit from the very systems that oppress us, and we use our voting power to keep these systems in place because we won’t face where we have been complicit in the oppression of ourselves and others, and where our inaction has determined the current trajectory of this country. This is such an important book, and a powerful conversation- please listen in- I’d love to hear your thoughts.


    Jenna Arnold is the author of Raising Our Hands, an educator, social entrepreneur, activist, and mother who lives in New York City with her husband and two children. Jenna was one of the National Organizers of the Women’s March in 2017 and Oprah named her as one of her “100 Awakened Leaders who are using their voice and talent to elevate humanity." For her work as the co-founder of ORGANIZE—an organization focused on ending the waitlist for organ transplants in the US, Jenna was named one of Inc Magazine's "20 Most Disruptive Innovators" and the New York Times called it one of "the biggest ideas in social change." Jenna created the hit TV show on MTV, 'Exiled!' which took spoiled American teenagers to live with indigenous cultures around the world, and while at the United Nations, Jenna created multi-platform programming for MTV and Showtime with A-list celebrities like Jay-Z and Angelina Jolie. Jenna sits on the board of the Sesame Workshop Leadership Council and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Her first book, Raising Our Hands, is about how white women can stop avoiding hard conversations, start accepting responsibility, and find their place on the new frontlines (published June 2020).



    Jenna Arnold's grandmother was one of 90 who contracted COVID-19 in her nursing home and is only one of two who survived.
    Mindset is so powerful and important when it comes to what we are facing in the world at the moment.
    All oars in the water - we all need to put our oars in, and row in the same direction.
    The title of Raising Our Hands was so difficult to get to, and yet, so obvious. It symbolizes the way Jenna wants white women to remember that we all need to raise our hands and be counted when it comes to being antiracist and volunteering ourselves for hard conversations, truths, and paradoxes. "I’m guilty, but I’m also willing to learn." That the constant contradictions of who we are, the raising our hand emoji is a great way for us to relate to all the ways in which we need to make ourselves available to be with the truth of what is, in all of it’s complexity.
    We need to learn how to allow paradoxes to stand together and hold “the sacred AND."
    There is a genocide in this country that we do not talk about.
    Abraham Lincoln is the victor and therefore he got to tell the story however he wanted. We have to be careful throughout history of who gets to tell the story.
    When marginalized people are systematically abused, ignored, enslaved, and destroyed, they don’t get to tell a story anyone is willing to hear because it’s not a st

    • 47 min
    Episode 32: Rachel Dunham - Brand Vibration

    Episode 32: Rachel Dunham - Brand Vibration

    Rachel Dunham is often referred to as a creatrix, and while the term itself refers to a powerful female creator, I believe that a creatrix is also a woman who is gifted with intuition and the ability to tap into that which we cannot see in order to bring ideas and essence into form and energy.


    I was lucky enough to have worked with Rachel to create the branding for The Revelation Project, and was astonished when she revealed it to me. It’s a mark with multiple meanings that so captured the many angles of what The Revelation Project is.


    My logo is of two faces looking at one another, their outline creating a butterfly. The butterfly is a symbol of transformation; a story that is near and dear to my heart. The two faces represent self-love and the power of witnessing other women. Witnessing, or truly seeing another, and celebrating each other, are two very important elements to every interaction I have with all the women I serve through The Revelation Project. Rachel created an image that represents not only me but the many women the project serves as well as our power, our purpose, and our ability to become the most beautiful version of our true selves.


    Listen in as Rachel and I talk about mothering, female entrepreneurship during covid, business as a form of self-expression, the evolution of a brand, the importance of investing in your business, the energetics of branding, The Desire Deck that she is creating, and the mark she wants to leave on the world.


    *Show notes: *



    We use our businesses as a form of self-expression.
    Women charge a lot for their services but yet are not willing to put money into their own business and brand.
    Rachel believes that the best place to start with branding is within, at the core of who you are, and how you want to connect to the people you serve.
    Rachel created a journal to do the initial emotional branding work of who you are to help you get the clarity you need to begin.
    When we begin the process of starting a business, the first questions we need to ask are: How do we want to serve?
    How do we want to be known in the world?
    A brand is so much more than a mark, it is also an energetic vibration.
    If your brand and your message are created in alignment with the truth of the energy behind it, it’s going to resonate for others and attract them if they need your product or service.
    We are not our business. We inform our business, but it’s important that we not “be” our business.
    The Desire Deck is about helping women manifest their dreams.
    Links:
    Your Brand Therapy ®Facebook: Brand TherapyInstagram: Rachel Dunham (@yourbrandtherapy)Your Brand Journal - Your Brand TherapyThe Desire Deck

    • 50 min
    Episode 31: Margaret Klein Salamon - Facing Climate Fears

    Episode 31: Margaret Klein Salamon - Facing Climate Fears

    Margaret Klein Salamon, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist turned climate warrior whose work helps people to face the deeply frightening and painful truths of the climate emergency and to transform their despair into effective action. She is the founder and executive director of The Climate Mobilization, which advocates an all-hands-on-deck, whole society mobilization to protect humanity and the living world from climate catastrophe. Her book, Facing the Climate Emergency: How to Transform Yourself with Climate Truth, is a radical self-help guide for the climate emergency.


    I heard about Margaret through Humanity Rising and reached out for an interview when I heard her talk about the emotional disconnect we humans have in facing the climate crisis. I became deeply curious about the root cause of this and wanted to dive more deeply into revealing the answers.


    When I read her book, I was struck by one of the first paragraphs:



    “Inside all of us, a battle rages. It’s the battle between knowing and not knowing, between fully facing the truth — emotionally, as well as intellectually — and shrinking from it. We sense we’re in a climate emergency and mass extinction event, but we have a deep-seated psychological instinct to defend against that knowledge. The pain is shouting at us: “Everything is dying!” Somewhere inside, we know that humanity and the natural world are in peril. Indeed, we feel the horrors of civilizational collapse and the sixth mass extinction of species, in our bodies. Our minds attempt to shield us from this pain — we avoid, distract, deny, and numb ourselves. But these defenses work only temporarily: When we fail to process our emotions and mourn our losses, the pain takes on tremendous power. It follows us around like a shadow, and we become increasingly desperate to avoid what we know.”



    I often talk about our social training ground and our society’s obsession with avoiding our emotions. I’m struck by the parallels between our stunted ability to process our suppressed emotion and our inability to truly feel what’s happening to our planet.


    But I love Margaret’s attitude in this excerpt:



    “We — humanity — are putting together a team of heroes to cancel the apocalypse, to protect ourselves and the natural world from catastrophic collapse. You might not realize it, but you are on the roster. Your jersey is sitting in your locker. We need to figure out your position and get you into (emotional) shape. The first step is to show up to practice. We are waiting for you.”



    In Facing The Climate Crisis, Margaret also surfaces the teachings of Fromm, who postulated that the only reason people would not rise against the possibility of worldwide nuclear destruction was that they were already experiencing devastating destruction, internally. This validates my deeper knowing around our own unconscious self-loathing - the idea that it is unconscious makes me even more motivated to help us realize that the very symptoms we think are normal are actually not, and are, in fact, unhealthy and very destructive.


    There are so many symptoms of self-loathing. The very idea that any of us would not feel a measure of panic and deep grief at the reality we are facing is in itself a testament to how disconnected from our true nature we are. It also shows a deep disconnect from love and respect for ourselves and for others.


    Margaret shares the bottom line:



    “To solve the climate and ecological emergency, we must transform our destructive economy into a regenerative one, and we must do it at emergency speed. We don’t just need zero emissions in every sector; we need huge carbon drawdown projects that restore ecosystems and the soil. We need permaculture and food localization; we need an end to mass consumerism and endless growth; we need to give back half the Earth to nature to r

    • 48 min
    Episode 30: Coral Brown - Mythos and Meaning

    Episode 30: Coral Brown - Mythos and Meaning

    I’m thrilled to Introduce Coral Brown, who is known and loved in her local community and around the world.


    Coral is a mother, a dharma dweller, and a teacher of teachers. She is known for her integrative, lighthearted approach that fuses the energetic, creative energy of vinyasa yoga with her experience as a holistic counselor. Coral is a licensed mental health counselor and draws on twenty years of experience in yoga, philosophy, and holistic counseling to provide fertile, open space for the processes of healing and transformation.


    Coral’s teachings are fueled by the desire to reveal and cultivate the essence of our individual and collective dharma and instill it into every aspect of our being.


    Coral leads worldwide teacher trainings, retreats, and workshops. She is a regular contributor to Yoga Journal and has featured classes on YogaGirl.com.


    Listen in as we talk about yoga philosophy, chakras, the nine faces of the Goddess, Hindu mythology, our basic human needs, the principals of Shakti Shiva, and what’s happening in the world now, and so much more.


    In this episode, Coral shares more about her extensive studies in philosophy and yoga which have allowed her to access a layer of healing that goes beyond traditional methods. She explains that she was “blessed with depression,” and how this experience helped her to more deeply understand and embrace her own dharma.


    Coral shares her own dharma statement (statement of purpose) reflecting the values she holds:


    Truth, Compassion, Reverence, Commitment, Considerate, Ethical, Generous, Service, Respectful, Humility, Resilience, Perseverance, Mindful, Integrity, Loyal, Purposeful, Empathy, Faith.



    “I strive to mindfully live in alignment with my authentic self and to risk discomfort if it serves my personal evolution.
    In dealings with others, I will act with integrity and goodwill. I will be graceful, fair, conscious, and truthful.


    I will tenaciously continue to develop my skills and use them with humble confidence to raise the collective consciousness toward healing, fortifying, and integrating body, mind, and spirit. I will live what I love.”



    As a licensed holistic counselor, Coral is interested in supporting and enhancing the mind, body, and spirit of each client. She holds space and provides guidance and support that leads to personal transformation and integration. She believes that while this process takes courage, it can be lifesaving and life-changing. Her ideal client is someone who is ready to take the risk to fully embrace their strengths and their vulnerabilities in order to live a meaningful life.



    Aurobindo: "If there is to be a future, it will wear the crown of feminine design.”



    Show Notes:



    The Search for MEaning + Dharma and Shraddha - the understanding of our purpose.
    Shiva/Shakti and the integration of the masculine and the feminine.
    Mythos - the story of the people.
    The shadow side of our human experience can be integrated, healed, and whole when we can look at our imperfections objectively and give ourselves permission to embrace all aspects of our Self.
    The nine nights of the Goddess which include both masculine and feminine principals.
    Using the Gods and Goddesses as archetypes to understand aspects of the self.
    The Long Bag We Drag
    The Meeting of East and West
    Yoga as a practice to integrate the masculine and feminine within us.
    Start where you are.
    Yoga helps us tap into our parasympathetic brain where we can regulate and relax, where we feel safe, effective, inspired.
    Resources and Reference from Coral PDF
    Links:
    Coral Brown Yoga | Turnagain WellnessTurnagain WellnessAll That Matters | Rhode IslandMaster of You: A Five-Point System to Synchronize Your Body, Your Home, and Your Time with Your Ambition: Cate StillmanAnam Cara: A Book Of Celtic Wisdom: John O'DonohuePeaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop

    • 57 min
    Episode 29: Tracie Jae - The Quiet Rebel

    Episode 29: Tracie Jae - The Quiet Rebel

    Meet Tracie Jae, founder of The Quiet Rebel and 100 Voices- A Dialog on Race and Culture.

    Tracie is all about creating opportunities for conversations that shake things up, in the best way possible.

    100 voices is about creating a space for authentic and grace filled conversations that makes space for the awkward and the messy, but also follow a format that uses the power of questions to invite people to listen to each other.


    Her goal is to facilitate conversations that help others access personal transformation as it relates to dismantling racism. Using conversation as an instrument of change, especially now that the world has “cracked open”.


    Join us as we explore Tracie’s vision for what’s possible when we dare to create brave spaces for necessary conversations that might be messy and hurtful, but also revealing and healing!


    Listen in as she shares about her calling to dive more deeply into curiosity and asking questions as instruments of change and how asking questions and listening have become the pillars to her life’s work.


    Learn why we must create brave space vs. safe space for women and men to have conversations about race and privilege and why she blows bubbles as a self-management tool when she is having difficult conversions, and what they remind her to do.


    Laugh along with us as we talk about relationships, marriage, small talk and the situations in life that force us to self- examine.



    We can do things differently, and shake things up if we dare to have conversations that are difficult, awkward and messy.
    Disrupting the status quo does not have to be loud or destructive in the negative sense, sometimes it’s the quiet that makes all the difference-the listening.
    Talking about race might be triggering, but it does not have to be mean.
    We can be vulnerable and brave and come out on the other side but we have to be willing and we have to want to do that
    When we believe in our minds that we are entering a safe space, we believe that we can’t get hurt. However if we go into a brave space we realize we can get hurt and recover
    Beliefs about race both conscious and unconscious are formed within our families of origin, and so this is where the work begins.
    Many women who have attended the 100 Voices event have started to show up differently and have become activated positively by seeing their own privilege and how it has impacted their lives and how it’s different for others who have not had the same advantages.



    There are important questions at the heart of understanding ourselves, and most of us have failed to ask them.” - Tracie Jae



    More about Tracie: Tracie Jae believes the world can be a better place if we focus on human to human interactions. As the Lead Rebel of the Quiet Rebel brand, she creates space for authentic, grace-filled conversations about the things that matter most. Her signature event, 100 Voices, invites participants into dialogue about race and culture. 100 Voices and events based on its framework, offer a guided conversation that welcomes self- examination and a window into our humanity through other’s lived experience. Tracie is mom to 3 adult daughters and counts them as her greatest joys.
    Links:
    Quiet Rebel WebsiteAbout — Quiet RebelBook an Appointment with TracieFacebook - Always Tracie JaeInstagram • Quiet Rebel (@quietrebel.life)

    • 55 min

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It’s time

This spoke to me deeply. Turning 50 and releasing the BS is simply life changing. It’s evolution rewired. Thank you both for the conversation

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Compassionate Heart!

Monica’s compassionate heart shines through in every episode and illuminates our own. Grateful for your spirit and inspiration!

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Thought provoking

I appreciate these conversations. The willingness to be raw and messy. To explore in connection and support each other through thoughtful presence is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your voices and wisdom.

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