5 Minutes with Alanis Morissette


“In the face of patriarchy, it is a brave act indeed for both men and women to embrace, rather than shame or attempt to eradicate, the feminine.”

Maranda Pleasant: What’s something that is really important to you?
Alanis Morissette: We are in the time of the of the Divine Feminine. It’s this resurrection of the Divine Feminine. Not just in women. It is about embracing and embodying and evidencing the Divine Feminine in me, period. That’s showing up in the professional context. How can politics be rendered more driven by the feminine? How can commerce? How can retail? How can dancing? How can cooking? How can all of these day-to-day experiences for us have the feminine be infused into them? That’s my focus. It’s been really healing and terrifying and breathtaking at the same time.

MP: You talk about meditation frequently. How do you maintain your center in the middle of chaos? Do you have some sort of practice?

AM: I have two answers to that one. One is that sometimes I just don’t. I don’t always maintain my center, and then I feel the effects of that. As an attachment parent and a wife and a friend and a writer and a performer—the many hats that we wear, a modern woman these days wears about twenty hats on any given day—some days I just don’t. Some days I’m not centered and that’s just how it’s going to be. Other days, when I’m really losing it or I need to return, I have altars all over my house. I have a very special one in my room. I literally just sit down and light a candle.

I have a couple of books around, journals, pens, markers, crayons, incense, sprays, and oils that I’ve collected. I’m a bit of an alchemist sorceress. I’ve collected probably 1500 oils from around the planet over the last ten years. I’m kind of obsessed with the sensuality of it. Elaine Aron, who wrote all the Highly Sensitive Person books, she super validated my temperamental predisposition. I was able to come to see that my temperament and my approach and the lens that I saw life through was actually quite lovely and not freakish. I’ve been enjoying my own identity in a way that I was definitely taught not to.