What makes the ocean so powerful in Magick? Priestess, performer, international ambassador, and Witch Amikaeyla Gaston joins us to discuss how honoring the majesty of the ocean intensifies our Magick. As an extra-special treat, we include a few of Amikaeyla’s beautiful songs throughout the episode: “We Have Returned”; “I Like The Sunrise Con Bata”; “Yeye Chango”; “Wade in the Water.” Digressions include the ugly reality of bottled water, what if little girls were raised to be Witches instead of princesses, and the conclusion of the saga of Courtney’s dog and the pig next door. We apologize for a weaker than usual sound quality. We were working with some weak internet.
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Our Guest Today:
Amikaeyla Gaston is a force for change. Proclaimed as one of the “purest contemporary voices” by National Public Radio (NPR), Amikaeyla is a public keynote speaker, performer, educator, and author. She travels the world serving as a Cultural Arts Ambassador for the State Department and is the Founder of the International Cultural Arts and Healing Sciences Institute and co-Executive Director for World Trust Educational Services Organization. With over 25 years of experience in the Behavioral Health arena, Amikaeyla has been bringing together artists and healers of all forms and specialties to promote healing and wellness through her “Music As Medicine” utilizing the arts & activism. She leads corporations, universities, and organizations through cultural competency, restorative justice, and racial equity training designed to facilitate, engage and support people in exploring challenging conversations. She does expansive work with political refugees, war survivors, and at-risk populations worldwide and is often called into difficult scenarios to offer inter-cultural literacy and deep restorative justice work in support of transformative and peaceful solutions. Her international program of public dialogue is designed to allow different traditions and nationalities to gather and address issues concerning our communities at large. Her programming has been utilized by the Department of Health & Human Services, USAID, The American Psychological Association, SAMHSA, and the United Nations High Commission on Refugees, taking her around the world doing peace work in Israel, Beirut, Amman, Damascus, Palestine, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Nigeria and Sierra Leone just to name a few. Appearing internationally on Television, Radio, and Film with appearances on PBS, HBO and in the Sundance Film Festival, Amikaeyla is the winner of twelve WAMMY Awards for Best Jazz, World, and Urban Contemporary Vocalist, and is the proud recipient of the United Nations, Global Woman Award, the Voss Foundation Emerging Women Leaders Award, the Pioneer Award for Exemplary Leadership and Outstanding Service in Social Justice and Advocacy, and the International Hero for Peace and Forgiveness award. Her extensive studies with traditional healers and cultural artists around the healing effects of music led to the commemorative Golden Buddha performance at personal invitation by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in India.
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