Most recently in Ukraine and in almost every nation around the world, we are experiencing the rising shadow of authoritarianism and increasingly violent rhetoric and conflict. Rachel speaks in this special episode of her podcast her reflections on the actions of Russia in Crimea, Syria and Ukraine based on the 15 years she spent studying the former Soviet Union with her BA in Russian Studies, MA in Soviet Studies and PhD in Slavic languages and literature. She weaves into her thoughts her understandings of how the shadow dimensions of human consciousness are being revealed from a spiritual, healing and shamanic point of view.

Rachel Mann, Ph.D., is a sacred activist, social scientist, healer and spiritual mentor. Learn more at

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