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Cells can only thrive in community; they need to connect with one another and will call on each other as allies. And, when a cell needs a certain molecule, it actually embraces that molecule; it actually reaches out and hugs the molecule. This embrace is a universal principle of design. Sondra Barrett speaks of the sacredness of our cells related to how humans evolved. “The divine spark needs a container. I began thinking, God had to be a biochemist, because how do you build the container? In one of the theories we were mud or we were hot seawater. To form the container the molecules had to come together (these fatty hydrocarbons) like mixing salad oil with water. You get droplets that contain some salt water. So way back when, in the molecular evolution of our cells, there had to be the container that creates a sanctuary. Since it is my inclination to translate [what I see] into sacred correspondences, I’m talking about life needing a place and that place is a sanctuary. [That, then begs the question] where do we create sanctuary in our own life?” This dialogue is a blending of the scientific study of cells with the mystical mystery they contain. We learn how they can be our teachers. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)
Sondra Barrett, Ph.D. is a biochemist who completed her postdoctoral training in immunology and hematology. She has developed both basic cancer research and supportive care programs while working with children with life-threatening illnesses. She has also studied the expressive arts, energy practices, and shamanism. Her photomicrographs have won awards from both Nikon and Olympus and have appeared in Scientific American magazine, Lawrence Hall of Science and numerous other venues and international publications. She’s presented many workshops using this art form as a touchstone for learning about health, science, and sacred symbology. She has been referred to as a cellular shaman.
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To learn more about the work of Sondra Barrett go to www.sondrabarrett.com.
Host: Justine Willis Toms Interview Date: 7/2/2013 Program Number: 3475
From Album: In Stride Artist: Oregon 2010 Cam Jazz #PRM7830-2
Opening Essay: Track 02 As She Sleeps Music Break 1: Track 05 On the Rise Music Break 2: Track 09 Petroglyph Music Break 3: Track 02 As She Sleeps (reprise)
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