421. Vera de Chalambert

Vera de ChalembertVera de Chalambert is a spiritual storyteller and Harvard-educated scholar of comparative religion. She speaks and writes about spiritual culture, mindfulness in the modern world, and the Divine Feminine and has been a speaker at the Science and Nonduality Conference in the US and Europe, Sister Giant in Washington DC, and other gatherings. Vera holds a Master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School where she studied comparative mysticism and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in Religion and Literature. Her work explores the meeting place of creativity, psychology, and spirituality and is informed by insights from both Eastern and Western philosophies. Vera is a graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing and has been a student of Jason Shulman’s Nondual Healing work. She is deeply influenced by Buddhist and Kabbalistic lineages. Vera’s recent work has been on the topic of Holy Darkness and exploration of the Dark Goddesses associated with transformation and initiation found in the world’s great wisdom traditions, the most well-known of whom is the Hindu Goddess Kali. Vera is a mother and a devotee of the Mother. She is working on her first book on the Dark Feminine.

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Transcript of this interview

Interview recorded Saturday, October 7, 2017.

Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.

YouTube Video Chapters:

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction to Buddha at the Gas Pump
  • 00:03:59 – Early Trauma and Developmental Gap
  • 00:07:01 – Early Memories and Incarnation
  • 00:11:30 – Feeling responsible for the collapsing world
  • 00:17:42 – Shaped by Elders and Teachers in our Culture
  • 00:24:25 – A Dissociative Experience and the Journey of Integration
  • 00:32:25 – Integration and Descent into Incarnation
  • 00:36:26 – The Integration of the Feminine
  • 00:39:27 – Seeking Perfection and Spiritual Experiences
  • 00:42:44 – The Earring from Kali’s Statue
  • 00:46:47 – Dancing with Kali
  • 00:51:40 – The Burning Process
  • 00:55:21 – The Profound Experience of Pain Transcendence
  • 00:59:58 – The Prayer and Transformation
  • 01:03:30 – Embracing the Unknown and Opening Doors
  • 01:06:36 – Unknown Teachers and Mentors
  • 01:10:05 – The Impact of Trump’s Election
  • 01:14:03 – Prophecies and Predictions throughout History
  • 01:17:59 – The Dark Feminine in Spirituality
  • 01:22:18 – Union with the Divine
  • 01:26:25 – Facing the Shadow and Collective Reckoning
  • 01:30:35 – The Universal Nature of Suffering
  • 01:34:54 – Kali, the Killer of Demons and Misconceptions
  • 01:39:07 – The Terrifying Beauty of Pure Reality
  • 01:43:12 – Shiva and Shakti in Us
  • 01:47:54 – Resting in a Deeper Calm
  • 01:53:10 – Embracing our Imperfect Humanity
  • 01:57:08 – The Ethics of Enlightenment and the Role of Spiritual Teachers
  • 02:01:23 – The Value of Surrender and Trusting in Deeper Intelligence
  • 02:05:40 – The Pleasure of Attending Conferences
  • 02:08:18 – Finding our Clearing