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The Circle of Great Mystery Podcast Network

Aug 27, 2017

In this show Jeff and John-Luke reflect in conversation with Cassandra Varteresian on the relationship between body & soul, body & earth and Earth & soul; the interconnectedness of our physical selves and the how that impacts and/or is connected to the world around us.


Cassandra Varteresian, DOMP (Can) / RMT, has been in clinical practice for the past 17 years providing services for manual osteopathy and registered massage therapy in North Vancouver B.C.  Through her personal insight and clinical experiences she was naturally drawn to the study of animist traditions.  After 3 years of intensive studies as an apprentice of Rev. Ceann-luil  Seannair, Dr. John-Luke Edwards, she became an initiated Ceann-Iuil, Pathfinder and Aoghair of the Sagh’ic-Tire Dhream tradition. 




I Sing the Body Electric is a famous poem by Walt Whitman, one of the twelve poems, which comprised the first edition of Leaves of Grass (1856/67). In it, he celebrates the glories of existence, explores themes of the body, its parts and its whole, the interconnectedness of body and soul, the sensuality of the body, and equality and interconnectedness of us all (including between races.) The sensuality is prominently discussed to the degree that his publishers tried to have him remove it. In "I Sing the Body Electric," Whitman explores the physicality of the human body. In the first section, the speaker likens the body to the soul and argues that the body does just as much as the soul and in a way, the body is the soul—it does not corrupt the soul, as was a common Christian belief.

The song “I sing the Body Electric” is sung here by The London Gay Men’s Chorus, Published on Dec 23, 2016, From History at Cadogan Hall, June 2016, with the Orion Symphony Orchestra.

This was the showcase song at the end of the 1980 movie Fame, where it was performed by the students at the New York City High School for the Performing Arts. The song was written by Michael Gore, who was the musical supervisor on the film, and Dean Pitchford, who also helped Gore write the title song and the song "Red Light" for the movie.


Angel City Chorale (ACC) sing this spectacular version of the song called ‘Africa’ by the band Toto. After the song was released in 1982 by the rock band Toto, it soon became a number one hit – just like this version from Angel City Chorale, which has gone viral on the internet. One hundred and sixty members of the choir took the stage not only to sing ‘Africa’ but also make some awesome noises by using their hands and feet.

Angel City Chorale, or ACC is a Los Angeles choir conducted by founder and artistic director Sue Fink. It is a multi-talented, multi-cultural choir.

The group consists of 160 singers. It is recognized for its signature blend of musical styles and commitment to community, Angel City Chorale strives to give back to the L.A. community through song, donations, and volunteerism. Offering a diverse selection of musical material including classicaljazzfolk musicgospel, and pop. ACC performs twice seasonally, spring and winter, at the historic Wilshire United Methodist Church. In addition to its scheduled performances, Angel City Chorale has performed at venues throughout Los Angeles, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the former Kodak Theatre, the Nokia Theatre L.A. LiveStaples Center, and the Shrine Auditorium. Angel City Chorale is a California nonprofit public benefit corporation.


’Mind Body Connection’ by Spiritual Health Music Academy is available on Itunes and Spotify


“Your Tribe speaks English” is a body percussive piece by Kids&Us. Kids&Us uses a learning methodology based on the natural process of mother tongue acquisition, an infallible process which takes place in a specific, natural and spontaneous order.