Enjoy a sneak peek of our interview with Teal Swan below! You can read the full interview by picking up a copy of our Winter 2020/21 issue – click here to find your nearest stockist, or subscribe here to receive a copy direct to your door.
Awaken and Integrate
We interview Teal Swan
by Aisling Cronin
Interviewer: Paul Congdon
Teal Swan is a spiritual teacher and author who is widely known as The Spiritual Catalyst. Teal is renowned by spiritual seekers around the world for her popular video teachings on subjects like healing, human relationships, and raising the frequency of our minds and bodies.
She was a guest at one of our live gatherings back in 2016, and we were thrilled to have her back at Positive Nights recently, via a Zoom event. She had a wealth of information to share about how we can navigate current circumstances.
So I believe you’ve written a new book recently, called ‘Hunger of the Pine’. Can you tell us more about that?
I decided last year that I was going to do a novel for the first time. It’s book number six, and it was an opportunity to do two things. Firstly, I wanted to showcase my writing ability. When you’re writing a self-help book, you’re basically using words to explain things. It’s not the same as descriptive writing. I wanted to put myself on the map as a writer, not just someone who writes books! The second thing was, I wanted to use the characters in my book to put people into the perspective of youth homelessness. That cause is very close to my heart.
I would love to hear about your take on the current situation. Despite the challenges, a lot of people are using this time constructively: checking in with themselves, healing themselves, really being able to experience great breakthroughs … but then the restrictions clash against our free natures. How do you see it?
I think the ability to find good in this situation is very dependent on the economic situation people find themselves in. I’m acutely aware that for us to even sit here, having this conversation, is a luxury. Human consciousness is building up to meet with its shadow. People don’t necessarily like to hear that, because they say, ‘if you’re focusing on that, you’re creating it’, but sometimes, a huge overhaul is required for people to wake up and begin to live in alignment with their best interests and the best interests of those around them.
I remember during our live event a number of years ago, you made the point that we should make peace with our shadow. That’s where the gold is.
Yes, that is what I’m hoping people will do! Anything you see out in the world that you don’t like … use that as an opportunity to see that thing inside yourself. Look at partisanship, for example. We see a lot of separation going on out in the world, and social media is feeding that in a huge way. When we think someone is shut down and not listening, it gives us an opportunity to understand where we are not listening. Where have we become locked down in our thinking and beliefs?
Let’s seek to understand those around us, rather than convert or control them.