Episode #010: Radical Aliveness (w/ Esi Wildcat)
"I think the edge...for most people [is] actually participating in life.”
Hi friends! Welcome back to the Oscillator’s Stone. In this episode I’ll be talking about everything under the sun, moon, stars and satellites with Esi Wildcat, a somatic practitioner, spirit worker, bridge builder, and server of sugar and spice. I recently joined her group process container, The Human Slop: Eat Reality edition, which is a non-hierarchical, decolonial space designed to liberate us from cultural scripts and challenge us to feel the truth of who and what we really are.
We discuss our respective pseudonyms; the problem of generalising conversations about privilege; class consciousness; the fear of aliveness; the beauty and horror of being human; experiencing versus analysing complexity; the School of Radical Aliveness and its origins with Core Energetics; the implicit othering of diversity frameworks; aesthetic diversity versus experiential diversity; generative tension versus vapid intensity; living in Kardashianland; what it’s like to be an “oreo” and the emergence of ‘blerd culture;’ internalised narratives of oppression, and how they can hold people back; the Human Slop group practise and having no agenda; letting go of “the plan;” sharing contrapoints with peace and love; processing patterns beyond cultural scripts; cultural beliefs around blackness and whiteness; performative authenticity; confusing struggle for change; the diversity of values within diasporic groups; the Blasian takeover and Vikings Who Love Black Queens; the origins of the word fetish; being a meme huntress; cultural mythologies versus racial monomyths; being a Caribbean mutt; racialised trauma, and so much more.
Esi Wildcat is a Somatic Practitioner and Ceremonialist, an Ordained Priestess of Isis, a Shakta initiate and yogini in the lineage of Sri Vidya, certified holistic health practitioner, and interdisciplinary healing artist with over 20 years of expertise. Esi is passionate about conversations that create change, as a spaceholder for the primal emotions that often have no place in our contemporary world – grief, rage, despair, anger. Esi seeks to highlight the extraordinary in the ordinary – and how the power of presence in our lives can transform not only how we relate to ourselves, but the world around us. Her website can be found here.
For this episode, I asked Esi what kind of music she’s currently excited about, to which she replied, she’s really into the European folk group Dead Can Dance. The featured music can be found here.
Greg Dember . Cultural theorist, musician, and co-author of “What Is Metamodern?”
Ben Hennessy-Garside. Landlord, Liminalist, father, musician, and blogger
Josh Schrei. Mythosomatic process facilitator and host of The Emerald podcast
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Introducing 𝚆𝚈𝚁𝙳𝙲𝚁𝙰𝙵𝚃: A Course in Metamodern Magick
A mental health crisis. An ecological crisis. Disinformation and the “post-truth” world. Wealth inequality & manufactured scarcity.
Why worry about magick at a time like this?
What our world needs now more than ever is a mythopoetic revolution—a way of reconnecting with the planet and with each other. We need new ways to collaborate when solving complex issues. We need to return to what makes us human.
Performing ritual is one of the most crucial human things with which we have lost touch. Contemporary cognitive science has found that ritual behaviours evolved as an important evolutionary tool, one that has contributed to our ability to adapt and survive during times of abundance and instability alike.
If you know that you have a magick inside of you that can help to change the world, but you need a space where you can develop—alongside like-minded individuals—the discernment, intuition, and self-reflexivity needed to practise it…
…Then welcome to 𝚆𝚈𝚁𝙳𝙲𝚁𝙰𝙵𝚃.
𝚆𝚈𝚁𝙳𝙲𝚁𝙰𝙵𝚃 presents an opportunity for witches, philosophers, and artists alike to join forces in the exploration of metamodern esoteric philosophy.
Through group practices, historical analysis, guided meditations, and more, we'll dive into a multitude of mysteries, myths, and important inquiries--all of them designed to unlock ways of being that are all but lost to the modern human.
To learn more, check out this post, which answers the three essential questions:
Why learn about magic during a metacrisis?
What is the basic template from which a magickal practise is built?
How will this course approach the cultivation of magickal practise, and how will I know if it is right for me?
Check it out below~