Future Primitive

Future Primitive is a podcasting website that presents intimate conversations with authors, visionaries and innovators from around the world. Listen to this community of voices who speak about our connection and partnership with the living Earth.

- Joanna Harcourt-Smith

July 3rd, 2015

Awakening to the Seed of Life

an interview with Stuart Sovatsky

Stuart_SovatskyIn this week’s episode, Stuart Sovatsky speaks with Joanna about: the entheogenic chemistries from the seed of life; the now aiming into the future: the seed-within-seed-within-seed… in all of us; amrita and DNA: the mysterious honey of life; a universe that creates loving relationships; the endless path of longing; pineal puberty at the core of spiritual traditions; towards a more complete map of human maturation; devotional intimacy; the primal religions and the awe before the mystery of life; enlightening inebriation of a soul-centered, embodied culture; thw world is a big faily; retrieving a worshipful mode in eroticism and lifelong relationships; yoga poses as full-bodied tumescences; the common ecstatic ground of all spiritualities.

Stuart Sovatsky, Ph.D. has degrees in religion and psychology from Princeton University and the California Institute of Integral Studies. A kundalini tantra practitioner since 1972, he was the producer of the World Congress on Psychology and Spirituality in India in 2008, which featured more than 400 delegates from 40 countries. A kundalini chant-master with the group Axis Mundi, he has counseled thousands of people worldwide on yoga and relationships. He is the author of “Worlds from the Soul: Time, East/West Spirituality and Psychotherapeutic Narrative”, “Your Perfect Lips: a spiritual-erotic memoir”, and his newest book, “Advanced Spiritual Intimacy“.

 

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June 26th, 2015

The Wisdom of Hypatia

an interview with Bruce J. MacLennan

Bruce MacLennanIn this week’s episode, Bruce MacLennan speaks with Joanna about his book “The Wisdom of Hypatia”.  He introduces us to Hypatia, a revered spiritual guide, scientist and philosopher, and a model of religious tolerance. Bruce explains to us the relevance of  the spiritual practices of Neoplatonism; retrieving the spiritual roots of the West, back to shamanism; three degrees of wisdom: Epicureism, Stoicism, Neoplatonism; the paradoxic journey to the inmost flower of the soul; feeling reverence for Nature: Anima Mundi, the Soul of the World; the compatibility of Neoplatonic and scientific worldviews; “the entire cosmos is a single living organism”; direct experience of interconnectdness through Neoplatonic practices; theurgy, the art of spiritual alliance; the spiritual path of Beauty and Love.

Bruce J. MacLennan, PhD, has been a student of ancient Greek and Roman philosophy and religion for more than forty years, and for the past twenty-five he has studied the relationship between Neoplatonic spiritual practice, Pythagoreanism, theurgy, and related subjects. In his professional capacity as a professor of computer science, Maclennan researches artificial intelligence, autonomous robotics, artificial life, artificial morphogenesis, self-organizing systems, and the mind-body connection, including the relation of the brain to consciousness and the collective unconscious. He has published several books and more than sixty scholarly articles, and he is invited regularly to give international presentations on his work. His newest book is “The Wisdom of Hypatia: ancient spiritual practices for a more meaningful life”.

 

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June 19th, 2015

The Doorway to Deep Connection

an interview with Carolyn Baker

Carolyn BakerIn this week’s episode Carolyn Baker speaks with Joanna about the planetary rite of passage we are in; how we can hold the tension of opposites and being love in action; grief, the doorway to deep connection; the power in our heartbreak; the importance of our connection with animals; when we live in love with the Earth; raising our kids for a resilient future; walking the path of sacred activism; another economy is possible; from grief into Earth guardian; helping young people to find their gift.

 

Carolyn Baker, Ph.D., is a former psychotherapist and professor of psychology and history. She is nationally renowned for her writing and workshops on emotional resilience in challenging times, as well as for life coaching for individuals and groups. Her books include “Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths for Turbulent Times”, “Navigating the Coming Chaos: A Handbook for Inner Transition”, “Sacred Demise: Walking the Spiritual Path of Industrial Civilization’s Collapse”. Her newest book is “Love in the Age of Ecological Apocalypse”.

 

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June 12th, 2015

The Tastes of Life

an interview with Marsha Scarbrough

Marsha_ScarbroughIn this week’s episode Marsha Scarbrough speaks with Joanna about the experiences that led to the writing of her book “Honey in the River”: Ifá, a religion of complexity; drumming and dance as meditation; meeting Yoruba spirituality; introducing the orishas; lessons of living polygamy; the diversity of relationship; living in balance ith the archetypes; embracing the tastes of life.

 

Marsha Scarbrough is a freelance journalist, who has had over 75 articles published in numerous national magazines. As a graduate of the Directors Guild of America’s prestigious Assistant Directors Training program, Marsha spent 17 years scheduling, planning and running the sets of major feature films; prime television series, movies of the week and network sitcoms. Her first book, “Medicine Dance: one woman’s healing journey into the world of native american sweatlodges, drumming meditations and dance fasts”, was named First Runner Up for the 2009 Zia Award by New Mexico Press Women as well as a finalist in USA Book News National 2007 and 2008 “Best Books” Awards and the 2008 New Mexico Book Awards. She wrote, produced and directed the award-winning children’s video “The Magic of Martial Arts”. Her newest book is “Honey in the River: Shadow, Sex and West African Spirituality”.

 

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June 5th, 2015

Horses: The Human Whisperers

an interview with Florian Birkmayer and Win Simon

Florian_BirkmayerWin_SimonIn this week’s episode, Florian Birkmayer and Win Simon speak with Joanna about equine assisted, therapy and learning programs: inter-species healing; the correlation trauma-addiction; horses, the human whisperers; the journey of healing; the gift of the unexpected, the calm and caring leadership; a presence-based therapy; a silent dance of participation; exploring new possibilities in equine therapy.

 

Florian Birkmayer, M.D. founded The Birkmayer Institute in 2009 to offer holistic person-centered psychiatry and seminars on a wide range of holistic topics to facilitate self-transformation. This approach has been inspired by C. G. Jung’s notion if individuation. His passions are Aromatherapy and Equine-Assisted Therapy. He received his B. A. from Princeton University and his M. D. from College of Physcians and Surgeons of Columbia University. He views himself s a bridge-builder between different medical worlds and works closely and respectfully with a wide range of healers.

Win H. Simon is the Executive Director of Southwest HorsePower, New Mexico non-profit organization, and the owner of WT Equestrian: Natural Horsemanship style horse training facility. She rescued horses and rehabilitated them both physically and emotionally. In the process she estudied Equine Assisted Growth and Learning (EAGALA) training methods for Equine Assisted Therapy. Win is the coordinator of various Equine Assisted Therapy and Learning programs in the Albuquerque area.

Equine Therapy: The Healing Influence of Horses

 

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May 29th, 2015

Awake by the Earth

an interview with Susan Murphy Roshi

susanIn this week’s episode, Susan Murphy Roshi speaks with Joanna about the offer we can’t refuse; how this ecological crisis is a crisis of indifference; we are gathering points of sentience for the Earth; recovering our indigenous, original awareness; our minds are in improvisation with Nature; the courage to respond from belonging; the whole world is medicine; we are expressions of Earth’s history; “mind is no other than mountains and rivers..”; what we are here for: love, a beautiful struggle to become congruent.

Susan Murphy Roshi is the founding teacher of Zen Open Circle in Sydney, Australia. Since 2003 Susan has also been leading regular seven-day sesshin and shorter retreats in Melbourne for the Melbourne Zen Group.

Susan Murphy is a writer, freelance radio producer and film director, with a special interest in place, dream, and the affinity of Dharma with aboriginal spirituality. She lectured in film for many years at the University of Technology, Sydney, held a five year Queen Elizabeth II Research Fellowship at University of Western Sydney, has co-written three books on film and numerous scholarly articles, and directs the annual Reel to Reel Buddhist-inspired Film Festival in Sydney established in 2003. She is the author of  the books “Upside-Down-Zen: Finding the Marvelous in the Ordinary”, and her latest “Minding the Earth, Mending the World”, a detailed, Zen-inspired response to the tremendous koan presented to the world in our life-times by the environmental crisis we all face in global warming.

 

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May 22nd, 2015

DMT and the Prophetic State

an interview with Rick Strassman

Rick StrassmanIn this week’s episode, Rick Strassman speaks with Joanna about: DMT, a natural psychedelic compound of the human body; the comeback of psychedelics studies; a controversial new project; the DMT space, a relational experience; the prophetic state and the DMT experiences; a broader view of prophecy; DMT, brain and spiritual influence in prophetic experience; going beyond cause and effect; psychedelics and the meeting of science and spirituality; theoneurology versus neurotheology: enlarging the discussion about spirituality; ethics and the relational, prophetic state.

Rick Strassman, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and president and cofounder of the Cottonwood Research Foundation. From 1990 to 1995 he performed the first new human studies with psychedelic drugs in the United States in more than 20 years, focusing on the powerful, naturally occurring compound DMT. He is the author of “DMT:The Spirit Molecule” and coauthor of “Inner Paths to Outer Space”. His latest book  is “DMT and the Soul of Prophecy”.

 

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