Inside The Network: Interview with Evolver SF's Magenta
This is the first in a series of interviews with Evolver chapter Sporeganizers, which is presented as part of The Evolver Network summer fund drive. The Evolver Spores are non-profit grassroots community hubs for catalyzing transformation in local communities.
Magenta grew up on a farm in rural Montana and spent her childhood wandering around the hills immersed in the language and patterns of nature. Thankful to have found her way to the land of freaks and edge-walking geniuses in the Bay Area, she works as an artist and activist, co-directing the sexy consciousness bomb that is Evolver Bay Area. Magenta is an experimental vocalist and designs clothing using recycled materials. She educates about the lack of sustainability in the textile industry, the importance of using natural fibers and dyes, and the beauty of female collectives, as entry points to understanding the impact our lifestyle has on the environment and our souls. She also trains people in psychic energy healing and shamanic journeywork, bridging new age vocabulary with research from cognitive and neuroscience, artificial intelligence, and the physics of light and electromagnetism. Check out her work at www.imaginationhealer.weebly.com. Check out her new album Mu Fa Or here: Hi-fi version: http://mufaor.bandcamp.com. Free mp3 version: http://www.detritus.net/wobbly/mp3s/allcreaturessing/
What do you find unique about The Evolver Network and why does it continue to inspire you?
Evolver is the place where I can geek out about all my esoteric and ecological and artistic interests, full tilt, with sexy smart open-minded earnest people, and apply all that knowledge and love to doing something useful in the world. I’m continually amazed at how in our Sporeganizer meetings, at Spores, and with the greater online community, we are waking each other up to a collaborative way of working together that is pure magic, love, and holding each other through a process of breaking through ceilings of awareness.
Why did you choose to become an Evolver Sporeganizer?
A friend of mine, now my life partner, had received in an ayahuasca vision that she was to start a living learning center combining art, science, and spirituality called The Sanctuary of ReAwakening Consciousness, or The SoRC. It’s a huge undertaking, and in learning what it would take to pull it together, we decided to collaborate with Evolver to bring together the other visionaries we knew, so we could learn how to do the financial pieces, the business logistics, etc. all together instead of everyone inventing the wheel on their own. This naturally led to helping with the Bay Area Spore.
What are some things you have learned through your work with Evolver?
Everything to *not* do when starting an intentional community. Many things I never imagined I would know about shamanism, karma, conscious language, psychic sensitivity, mushrooms, and polyamorous sex magic.
What would you like to see The Evolver Network do in the near future?
I’d like to see TEN bring a traveling dome to festivals, to share information about permaculture, alternative economy, diverse and traditional ways to work with entheogens and heightened states of consciousness, inspire people to deeply share their gifts, and to simply open up the grounded magic space that Evolver so elegantly brings.
I know some people don’t agree that working with the current political system is useful, but I think there’s potential for Evolver to bring conflict resolution and consciousness evolution to governing groups.
Can you tell us about your favorite event that you hosted?
Last summer we hosted a Rites of Passage Spore. We had a group ceremony for people to mark a rite of passage they were currently going through or had gone through in the past but not had the opportunity to celebrate. It was the most interactive, engaged Spore we’ve had, and we got many requests to do a regular ceremony. People marked everything from shamanic initiations to grieving lost family to coming into a new more aligned career path. We had a woman playing crystal bowls, someone playing didjeridoo, someone smudging everyone with different herbs, someone playing flute, and several people singing. It was great to have a ceremony that wasn’t in any one traditional spiritual path, so everyone felt included and grateful to have non-dogmatic sacred space.
What would be your best advice for new Sporeganizers?
Don’t be shy to ask for what you need to create your Spore. The people, resources, and connections will come.
Imagine it is twenty years from now: What is happening on planet Earth and how has Evolver been a part of it?
Grassroots communities with different foci have synched up with each other to form a resilient healthy infrastructure that has started to overgrow the corrupt political-social systems. Local connected culture inspires more people to express themselves through art, ecological restoration and permaculture. Technology has facilitated democratic decision-making that has stopped deforestation, reversed the obliteration of indigenous cultures, and enabled traveling peacemakers to share tools for living healthily and truly abundantly. Earth medicines are legal. Evolver serves as a template and fast reference point for healing individuals, communities, and ecosystems. It also models an economy in right relation.
What local projects would you like to see happen in the next few years?
Urban/rural exchange programs that reach diverse age/race/economic groups to facilitate consciousness expansion, earth connection, and healing.
I’d like to see ERIE, the Entheogenic Research, Integration, and Education group (http://www.erievision.org), become successful and provide strong evidence that the legalization of psychedelics is important and necessary and good.
I’d like to see the beautiful consciousness and solutions that are so dense in the Bay Area with many activated individuals and groups be shared globally.
The techies really stepping it up with their intelligence and applying it to global sustainability and harmony.
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