70 episodes

Conversations along the journey: ancestral medicines, ordinary magic, and the wisdom within us all. Hosted by Maura James McNamara.

Unbroken Chain Podcast Maura James McNamara

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0, 28 Ratings

Conversations along the journey: ancestral medicines, ordinary magic, and the wisdom within us all. Hosted by Maura James McNamara.

    Ep 71: Trauma and the Shadow w Emma Zeck

    Ep 71: Trauma and the Shadow w Emma Zeck

    Emma Zeck is a writer, mystic, complex trauma survivor, and recovery coach for womxn. She writes and teaches about self-love, social change, and coming into wholeness by embracing and becoming lovers with the shadow as much as the light. In this conversation, she shares some of the wisdom she has gleaned on her journey to break the generational wounds that deeply formed her early life. We talk about gaslighting, covert narcissism, dealing with feeling unsafe in your body, spiritual bypassing, and the intersection of privilege and healing. You can find her online at EmmaZeck.com and IG @emmazeck_. More podcasts where podcasts are found, MauraJames.com and IG @maurajames.
    [“Wild Time” - Weyes Blood]

    • 56 min
    Ep 70: Deconstructing Purity Culture w Emily Vino

    Ep 70: Deconstructing Purity Culture w Emily Vino

    Emily Vino is an artist, Human Design reader, and ex-evangelical Christian now helping women from all walks of life reconnect to their intuition and sensuality. Born out of her personal experiences dealing with sexual repression and shame in the church, Emily is currently developing a project about purity culture. She has started conducting informal phone interviews with others who have experienced its harm and together explore new ways to ground back into the intelligence of the body. In this vulnerable conversation, Emily shares her journey out of the church and into embodiment, undoing harmful programming around “virginity,” pre-marital sex, and patriarchy and reclaiming prayer, dance, pleasure, and the divine Mother along the way. You can find Emily’s healing offerings and illustrations at EmilyVino.com and HumanDesignPDX.com and on IG @emilyvino. She recommends following @themotherspirit for teaching on the Maiden to Mother myth. More podcasts and art at MauraJames.com and on IG @maurajames.
    [“Follow My Voice” - Julie Byrne]

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Ep 69: Alchemizing Suffering Into Beauty w Johanna Warren

    Ep 69: Alchemizing Suffering Into Beauty w Johanna Warren

    Johanna Warren is a musician, artist, and healer. Her newest album, Chaotic Good, came out on May 1. In this sweet and vulnerable conversation, we dive into the shadows and gifts of the creative life, touching on the karmic drives that inform self-expression, and how her understanding of her most challenging experiences has shifted as she has healed her body and spirit, releasing damaging beliefs and stepping into stories of magic and wisdom. From discipline to self-annihilation, musical ancestors to herbal wizards, this is a tender exploration of personal catharsis and the call to service as an artist. You can find her at JohannaWarren.com, her music at JohannaWarren.bandcamp.com and on IG @johahanna. More podcasts where podcasts are found, MauraJames.com and IG @maurajames.
    [“Rose Potion” - Johanna Warren]

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Ep 68: The Mycelial Tree of Life w Michael Stuart Ani

    Ep 68: The Mycelial Tree of Life w Michael Stuart Ani

    Michael Stuart Ani is a farmer, writer, and advocate for the protection of the environment. He has lived and worked intimately with some of the most remote indigenous communities of Central and South America and has been carrying the ritual steps of the Ghost Dance for decades. In the 1960s and 70s, he was the only outsider allowed into Mexico's Sierra Mazateca cloud forest where he developed a lifelong relationship with an entheogenic mushroom called Deshetō. He later spent 12 years with the Yanomami tribe of Venezuela, fighting epidemics. He is featured in the 1992 documentary, ”Yanomami: Keepers of the Flame” and wrote the book “The Ghost Dance: The Untold Story of the Americas.” In this fascinating and wide ranging conversation we talk about the sacred connection between plants and humans, cultivation of botanical medicines, the lineage of ritual, the fallacies of the modern approach to healing, ancestors, gods, and reclaiming our place in the weave of nature. You can find Michael at MichaelStuartAni.com and on IG @theghostdance. More podcasts where podcasts are found, MauraJames.com and on IG @maurajames.
    [“Ghost Dance” - Patti Smith Group]

    • 1 hr 40 min
    Ep 67: Reporting on Prison w Beth Shelburne

    Ep 67: Reporting on Prison w Beth Shelburne

    Beth Shelburne is a journalist who specializes in investigative long-form reporting on criminal justice and mass incarceration. Formerly a reporter with WBRC in Birmingham, AL, Beth left television news to focus full-time on amplifying the voices of those who are stuck inside the system and often silenced. Her recent essay on conditions inside the largest maximum security prison in the nation, “Angola’s Angst,” can be read in the Bitter Southerner. In this conversation, Beth shares wisdom from her friends and collaborators inside the system and honors the incredible odds they have overcome to develop emotionally and spiritually while imprisoned in a system not designed for rehabilitation. She taps her extensive knowledge of the systemic problems within the carceral state, and we discuss the pervasion of contraband, extortion and corruption, “tough on crime” culture, and three strikes laws (called the Habitual Felony Offender Act in Alabama) that can send people who commit non-violent offenses to prison for life.
    You can find Beth’s writing and documentary films at BethShelburne.com and IG @bshelburnebham. More podcasts where podcasts are found, on MauraJames.com and IG @maurajames.
    [“The World (Is Going Up In Flames)” - Charles Bradley]

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Ep 66: Anarchy & the Rise of Mutual Aid w Cindy Milstein

    Ep 66: Anarchy & the Rise of Mutual Aid w Cindy Milstein

    Cindy Milstein is an anarchist organizer and writer long engaged in contemporary social movements and collective spaces. She is the author of  “Anarchism and It’s Aspirations”, coauthor of “Paths toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations of Everyday Anarchism,” and editor of the new anthology “Deciding for Ourselves: The Promise of Direct Democracy.” For the past couple years, Cindy has focused on doing support work for the J20 defendants and others facing state repression, touring extensively with her latest edited anthology, “Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief,” and co-organizing the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair. Currently, Cindy co-organizes the Institute for Advanced Troublemaking and its Anarchist Summer School, and is honored, when called on, to do death doula and grief care. We talk about ways to step into the promise of anarchy in the crisis of our current times, the need for deep grieving in our culture of unnecessary losses, and the history of Mutual Aid projects past and present including the Zapatistas, Black Panthers, and Underground Railroad, among so much more.
    You can find Cindy’s writing online at cbmilstein.wordpress.com and on facebook and IG @cindymilstein. Her crowd-sourced directory of Mutual Aid Pandemic Disaster Relief lives at mutualaiddisasterrelief.org/collective-care/. More podcasts where podcasts are found and at MauraJames.com and IG @maurajames.
    [“Eclipse of All Love” - Linda Perhacs]

    • 1 hr 31 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

Reflekshun ,

Thank you.

Oh my God this has been such a healing experience for me. The 'From abuse to freedom' didn't so much trigger / confront me as release and relieve me from so many of my historic abuses and traumas.

Gave me a bird's eye, loving and compassionate viewpoint to some of my traumas and difficult truths.

Thank you everyone who is involved in this podcast. Truly you are aiding to save and heal so many lives. A true gift to humanity and gives a sense of hope that there is compassion and love in this world!

emree8 ,

Gracious and insightful

Maura’s gracious curiosity resonates in her kind voice. One episode provided me insight into the city which I live, and shed light into a wonderful organization called the Asheville Poverty Initiative and 12 Baskets Cafe. It was so inspiring at the same time humbling to a person of color and of privileged. Thank for sharing and keep being curious and connecting!

Lobsterbird ,

Heart-Opening Wisdom Sharing

i love Maura’s wild curiosity and deeply soulful storyweaving. she explores the complexity of spirit and humanity in a way that buzzes with energy and groundedness. we are blessed to be able to follow her on this journey to unite with other magicmakers in the world. thank you for sharing these enlightening experiences!

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