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

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November 19th, 2017

The Heart of Incarnation

an interview with Lee Irwin

In this week’s episode Lee Irwin speaks with Joanna about: we need a more complex theory and appreciation of reincarnation; the collective influence in reincarnation; writing about reincarnation in the West; reincarnation and resurrection; opening to a trans-temporal perspective; karma and living according to your values; participating in the deep imagination of the world; transmigration, reincarnation in a more-than-human world; psychedelics and the new spiritual syncretism; a deeper remembering of what it means to be human.

Lee Irwin is a scholar of world religions with an emphasis on Native American traditions, Western Esotericism, contemporary spirituality, and transpersonal religious experience – particularly as connected to dreams and visions. He is a Guiding Voice for the Seven Pillars House of Wisdom (Sufi International Order) and the Vicepresident of the Association for the Study of Esotericism. He has been a workshop leader and group facilitator for over twenty years, particularly in the areas of visionary cosmology and the development of the sacred human. He is the author of “Meditations on Christ”, “The Dream Seekers”, “Visionary Worlds”, “Awakening to Spirit”, “The Alchemy of Soul”, and “Coming Down From Above: Prophecy, Resistance, and Renewal in Native American Religions”. His newest book is “Reincarnation in America: An Esoteric History”.

 

 

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November 11th, 2017

A Language of Consciousness

an interview with Max Dashu

In this week’s episode Max Dashu speaks with Joanna about the chapter dedicated to the runes in her book “Witches and Pagans”: her newest book “Deasophy”, traditional images to contemplate and color; a broad range of meaning for the word “rune”; runes and ceremonial acts; cliches about the witches have basis in archaeological records; the origins of the word “heathen”; the modern reclamation of the Old Religion; Europe was wilderness; the mystics in the trees; the effect of language on the way we think; historic examples of the magical use of runes; haliorunnae, the women who commune with the ancestors; singing to remember.

Max Dashu founded the Suppressed Histories Archives in 1970 to research and document women’s history from an international perspective. She built a collection of 15.000 slides and 30.000 digital images, and has created 150 slideshows on female cultural heritage across human history. Dashu’s work bridges the gap between academia and grassroots education. Max Dashu is known for her expertise on ancient female iconography in world archaeology, women shamans, witches and the witch hunts; mother-right cultures, patriarchies and the origins of domination. Dashu has published “Witches and Pagans: Women in European Folk Religion, 700-1000” (Veleda Press, 2016). This book is Vol. VII in the 15-volume series “Secret HIstory of the Witches”, with two more volumes forthcoming. She has also produced two videos on dvd: “Women’s Power in Global Perspective” (2008) and “Woman Shaman” The Ancients” (2013).

 

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November 3rd, 2017

Small Acts Matter

an interview with Justine Willis Toms

In this week’s episode Justine Willis Toms speaks with Joanna about: the grace to keep the wonder and awe active in our life; imaginal cells coalescing together for tghe betterment of the planet; deep exploration and healing through psychedelics; Nature is all about fierce celebration; social and political engagement rooted in spiritual practice;  interviewing as a spiritual practice; the enlivenment of ecstatic singing together; bringing our fullness and gifts to the world.

Justine Willis Toms is the co-founder and executive director of New Dimensions Radio since 1973. She is the author of “Small Pleasures: Finding Grace in a Chaotic World” and co-author with Michael Toms of “True Work: Doing What You Love and Loving What You Do”.

 

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October 27th, 2017

A Holistic Economy

an interview with Helena Norberg-Hodge

In this week’s episode Helena Norberg-Hodge speaks with Joanna Harcourt-Smith and Jacob Aman about: a  deregulated global system, responsible for every problem we face; the economic shift in the West in the last thirty years; growing things organically is more efficient; millions of initiatives connecting producers and consumers; the great hope lies in the people’s movement; rebuilding face-to-face cultures and deep connection with Nature; everyday indigenosity; a decentralization that understands ecological and human realities;; creating a way of life where people and planet matter; we need a holistic view helping us to create political, community and personal change.

Author and filmmaker Helena Norberg-Hodge is the founder and director of Local Futures-Economics of Happiness. A pioneer of the ‘new economy’ movement, she has been promoting an economics of personal, social and ecological well-being for more than thirty years. She is the producer and co-director of the award-winning documentary “The Economics of Happiness”, and is the author of “Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh”, described as “an inspirational classic”. She was honored with the Right Livelihood Award (or ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’) for her groundbreaking work in Ladakh, and received the 2012 Goi Prize for contributing to “the revitalization of cultural and biological diversity, and the strengthening of local communities and economies worldwide”.

 

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October 20th, 2017

The Medicine is the Teacher

an interview with Dennis McKenna

In this week’s episode Dennis McKenna speaks with Jacob Aman and Christine Marie at the 2017 Telluride Mushroom Festival: the lack of cultural context for LSD in the 60s; the emergence of psychedelic consciousness through the mushrooms; fifty years of engagement with ethnopharmacology; psychedelics from a co-evolutionary perspective; plant intelligence emerging in the world stage; we are symbionts with eberything on Earth; the urgent need for non authoritarian, genuine, spiritual experience; the essential message from ayahuasca to Dennis; ayahuasca, beyond the biomedical model; intriguing perspectives at La Chorrera.

Dennis McKenna received his doctorate from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and is currently Assistant Professor in the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota. He is a consultant to several companies doing research in plant medicine. He has conducted extensive ethnobotanical fieldwork in the Peruvian, Colombian, and Brazilian Amazon and has recently completed a four-year project investigating Amazonian ethno medicines as potential treatments for cognitive disorders in schizofrenia. Dr. McKenna is also co-author of several books – among them,“The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss: My Life with Terence McKenna” –  and over 40 scientific papers published in peer-reviewed journals. He is well respected among his peers and maintains a reputation as a pioneer among entheogen and plant medicine scholars.

 

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October 13th, 2017

A Deep Unified Reality

an interview with Jude Currivan

In this week’s episode Jude Currivan speaks with Joanna about: a mystic and scientist walking between the worlds; the Universe, a coherent, unified entity; we are microcosmic co-creators; all reality has a purpose and a meaning; celebrating the diversity of oneness; children of Gaia; divine sparks of the cosmic fire; a dynamic, patterned in-formation of the world; the Big Breath; through the birth pains of a new awareness of reality; an ancient, poetic description of fractals; empowerment from a place of transpersonal awareness and compassion; consciousness and information are taking center stage.

Jude Currivan, Ph.D., is a cosmologist, futurist, planetary healer and author. She was previously one of the most senior business women in the UK, as CFO and Executive Board Member of two major international companies. She has a Master’s degree in Physics from Oxford University specializing in quantum physics and cosmology, and a Doctorate in Archaeology from the University of reading researching ancient cosmologies. She has traveled tomore than 70 countries, worked with wisdom keepers from many traditions, and been a life-long researcher into the scientific and experiential understanding of the nature of reality. The author of 5 prior books, her latest “The Cosmic Hologram: In-formation at the Center of Creation”, she is a member of the Evolutionary Leaders Circle, and lives in Wiltshire, England.

 

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September 30th, 2017

Sacred Soil

an interview with Robert Tindall and David Shearer

In this week’s episode Robert Tindall and David Shearer speak with Joanna about: the pre-Columbian Amazonian high civilizations that left their lands more fertile than when they arose; reintroducing ancestral wisdom in the 21st century; biochar, charcoal used for agricultural regeneration; the suppression of the indigenous ways of consciousness in Europe;  bridging the scientific and the indigenous views of the world;  biochar, biomimicry of fire;  “shamanic archaeology”; re-encountering the animistic, multidimensional mode of perception; a vision about the missed possibilities of the meeting of two cultures and the future; the Amazon women of the Amazon.

Robert Tindall, MA, is a classical guitarist, a long-time student of Zen Buddhism, an inveterate traveler, and the author of “The Jaguar that Roams the Mind” and “The Shamanic Odyssey:Homer, Tolkien, and the Visionary Experience”. Tindall works as a professor of literature, and divides his time between the San Francisco Bay Area and Peru. He leads journeys into the Amazon rainforest and to the Andean archaeological site of Chavín de Huántar to encounter the healing traditions there.

David Shearer, PhD, is co-founder and CEO of Full Circle Biochar, a clean technology company developing biochar products for global agricultural and carbon sequestration applications. He was chief scientist at California Environmental Associates and principal environmental scientist at AeroVironment Inc., where he worked in next-generation transportation, energy, carbon mitigation, and information technology. Dr. Shearer has a PhD in environmental epidemiology and a MS in environmental microbiology from the University of California.

They are co-authors, with Frédérique Apffel-Marglin – emerita professor of anthropology at Smith College and director and founder of the Sachamama Center for Biocultural Regeneration in the Peruvian Upper Amazon – of “Sacred Soil: Biochar and the Regeneration of the Earth”.

 

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