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

May 20th, 2016

Psychedelics and Social Change

an interview with Charles Eisenstein

Charles-EisensteinIn this week’s episode a heart-to-heart conversation between Charles Eisenstein and Joanna: the mystery of gender; reclaiming a joyous cosmology; the complexity of psychedelics and systems change; holding each other in the bridging of psychedelics and everyday experience; a holistic culture is being born; Kennedy’s assassination, a moment of global reunion; psychedelics and the dissolution of the Western narrative; love as impetus for social change; the sixties planted the seeds of the future; a better education for a new reality.

 

Charles Eisenstein is a speaker and writer focusing on themes of human culture and identity. He is the author of several books, most recently “Sacred Economics” and “The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible”. His background includes a degree in mathematics and philosophy from Yale, a decade in Taiwan as a translator, and stints as a college instructor, a yoga teacher, and a construction worker. He currently writes and speaks full-time. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife and four children.

 

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May 13th, 2016

My Mother Crosses Over

an interview with Nora Caron

Nora CaronIn this week’s episode Nora Caron speaks with Joanna about: the path of the spiritual warrior; an unconventional childhood; stranger than fiction; exploring our gifts; trauma and sensitivity; healing the ancestral shame and guilt; acceptance and forgiveness in the face of death; another approach to cancer.

 

Nora Caron is a novelist and actress. Nora speaks four languages, has a Masters degree in English Renaissance literature, and is one of the three founders of  Oceandoll Productions, a film production company which produces uplifting and inspiring films. In September 2014, Nora received the Living Now Book Award Silver Medal for Best Inspirational Fiction for “Journey to the Heart”. She is the award-winning author of the “New Dimensions” trilogy which consists of “Journey to the Heart” (2013), “New Dimensions of Being” (2013), and “Jaguar Dreams” (2014). Nora writes monthly articles for the Australian magazine “Happiness & Wellbeing” and is the co-writer of the historical film “Wyoming Sky” currently in development in Hollywood. Nora is currently writing her first non-fictional spiritual self-help book.

 

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May 6th, 2016

Diversity’s Embrace

an interview with Mi'Jan Celie Tho-Biaz

Mi'Jan_Celie_Tho-biazIn this week’s episode Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz speaks with Joanna about: storytelling and social change; connecting the heart to the head to the hands; where intimacy resides; embracing the mess; the Prison Birth Project: banishing the inhumane practice of giving birth shackled; the gift of living in Brazil; the generosity of Mexican culture; the richness of slow traveling; the new social media and the oppression of the Black American community; the power of inter-generational community and society; reaching for the ancestral roots.

Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz, Ed.D. is a cultural worker, documentarian, Visiting Scholar at Columbia University and a Franklin Project Ambassador. Mi’Jan Celie has extensive practice in the fields of arts education and creative leadership, as well as 15 years of experience in multicultural curriculum design and instruction. As an independent community radio producer and host, she works in artistic and Native communities using the power of narrative as a transformative tool for social change.

 

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April 30th, 2016

The Teaching of Experience

an interview with Stephen Gray

Stephen-GrayIn this week’s episode Stephen Gray speaks with Joanna about: an all-embracing  journey from Tibetan Buddhism to the Native American Church; out of isolation, into reality; psychedelic medicines are non specific amplifiers; as present as possible, moment by moment; the importance of community and practice; trusting the now; the never-ending path; the special role of the Iboga medicine; the open-hearted, “don’t know mind”; rediscovering the use of cannabis in spiritual practice; MDMA, a gateway to the heart; Western elders can now teach from experience.

Stephen Gray is a teacher and writer on spiritual subjects and sacramental medicines. He has worked extensively with Tibetan Buddhism, the Native American Church, and with entheogenic medicine. The author of “Returning to Sacred World: A Spiritual Toolkit for the Emerging Reality”, he is also a workshop organizer, leader, and speaker as well as part-time photographer and music composer under the artist name Keary. He is also the editor and contributor to the forthcoming “Cannabis and Spirituality: An Explorer’s Guide to an Ancient Spirit Ally”. He is the co-organizer of the Spirit Plant Medicine Conference in Vancouver, where he lives.

 

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April 22nd, 2016

The Ancient Language of Connection

an interview with Robbie Holz

Robbie HolzIn this week’s episode Robbie Holz speaks with Joanna about: from breakdown to breakthrough; opening up to the love of Mother Earth; a life-changing encounter in the Outback; allowing the energy of love; a vital message to women; the ancient language of connection; the energy of sacred places; communicating with everything; plugging into the greater consciousness; feeling the voice of the soul; embracing the unwanted parts of oneself; changing with the planet, one choice at a time; the feeling of interconnectedness.

 

Robbie Holz is an internationally-respected healer and speaker. She is an author of the award-winning book “Secrets of Aboriginal Healing” and her memoir “Aboriginal Secrets of  Awakening”. Using Australian Aboriginal principles, she healed herself of hepatitis C, fibromyalgia, and treatment-induced brain damage. Robbie has also participated in ceremonies with Aboriginal tribeswomen in the Australian Outback. She is passionately committed to help people worldwide activate their powerful inner healer.

 

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April 15th, 2016

The Potential of Subtle Activism

an interview with David Nicol

David_NicolIn this week’s episode David Nicol speaks with Joanna about: the growing potential of subtle activism; supporting wisdom and joy in the USA field; precedents of subtle activism – Sri Aurobindo, the Big Ben Project, Dion Fortune’s Magical Battle of Britain; the strong role of Earth-centered spiritualities; global meditations and the dawn of a new awareness; the joy and nourishment of subtle activism; working with the qualities of our deeper nature; the healing potential of collective loving attention; the human species awakening to higher capacities; ways to engage with the Gaiafield Project.

 

David Nicol, PhD is co-founder and Director of the Gaiafield Project. His book “Subtle Activism: The Inner Dimension of Social and Planetary Transformations” is the first comprehensive academic treatment of the topic. He is also co-founder of BeThePeace, one of the world’s largest global meditation events that occurs annually on the International Day of Peace (September 21). He teaches on subtle activism in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program at the California Institute of Integral Studies and for the Shift Network. A former environmental lawyer from Australia, he now lives in Berkeley with his wife Kate and dogs Jackson and Peaches.

 

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April 8th, 2016

Magic is Everything

an interview with John Michael Greer

John Michael GreerIn this week’s episode, John Michael Greer speaks with Joanna about: discovering the convergence of spirituality and ecology; the circularity of reality; the world we live in is  a spiritual phenomenon; deconstructing the “you create your own reality” meme; the role of mystery schools; the beauty of limits; the dance of flow in balance; we are doing magic all the time; remembering the wider reality; doing one thing for the biosphere.

 

John Michael Greer is Past Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America, current head of the Druidical Order of the Golden Dawn, and the author of more than thirty books on a wide range of subjects, including peak oil and the future of industrial society. He is also the author of the popular blog The Archdruid Report. He lives in Cumberland, MD, an old red brick mill town in the north central Appalachians, with his wife Sara.

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