I’m so pleased to welcome Layla to the show, all the way from Doha, Qatar!
Layla is a Black Muslim woman who has lived both in the West and the Middle East and has an interesting perspective on blending Islam and Catholicism, cultural appropriation in spiritual practices, and what it’s like to live in a truly diverse and multicultural society.
Layla also shares what it was like when one of her blog posts critiquing the “6-figure” business coaching mill went viral and how that prompted a spiritual awakening.
We also explore the collapse of old forms that came with Layla’s self-initiation as well as the healing power of Reiki and her work to heal the Mother Wound.
Layla is not one to walk a single path or “stick to lineages” and she explains how she is synthesizing influences to create her personal spirituality.
We also jam about the overwhelming whiteness of most of the connotations that leap to mind with the word “priestess”.
Layla also confesses that she used to be afraid of big emotions like rage and even of the Wild Woman archetype. Update: she’s over it.
You can learn more about Layla’s offerings at wildmysticwoman.com
CORRECTION: At one point in the interview, I refer to Layla living in “the cradle of civilization” which is kind of an old-fashioned colonialist perspective that I need to decondition from my mind. In fact, there was an ancient Heiltsuk village discovered less than a day’s travel from my house, dated at about 14,000 years old – much older than the Kingdom of Kush, older than the pyramids of Giza, older than the Mesoamerican Olmec culture, much older than Plato’s Republic – very much older than most of what Westerners consider “civilization”. We’ve known for at least a generation that civilizations emerged simultaneously and, at this point it seems independently, around the world. I didn’t mean to erase the indigenous civilizations of the Americas or other parts of the world with that statement.