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 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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May 15th, 2015

Born to Move

an interview with Kimerer LaMothe

Kimerer_LaMotheIn this week’s episode, Kimerer LaMothe speaks with Joanna about: how dance and movement are vital to our humanity; the movements we make are making us; new patterns of possibility; freeing our bodily selves; dance: attunement for a creative future; moved to care by Nature; religions as patterns of movements; dance as a practice of receptive creativity; ecokinetic learning; movement, another kind of meditation; aging, dance and neuroplasticity; the relational movement of love; dancing matter.

Kimerer L. LaMothe is a dancer, philosopher, and scholar of religion who lives on a farm in upstate New York with her life partner, two oxen, two horses, three cows, four cats, eleven hens, and five children. Kimerer is the author of numerous articles and five books, including “Between Dancing and Writing: The Practice of Religious Studies”, “What A Body Knows”, and her latest, “Why We Dance: A Philosophy of Bodily Becoming”.

 

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May 8th, 2015

Once Upon the Stars

an interview with Amy Edelstein

Amy EdelsteinAmy Edelstein speaks with Joanna about: a visionary, uplifting city; defining evolutionary spirituality; closeness to the stars; a new felt sense towards our environment; opening our consciousness to the big current; homecoming to the Divine; a warmer language for spiritual experience; bringing a grounding, freeing spirituality to younger generations; remembering the big picture: a world of possibilities; non anthropocentric, active receptivity; a fluid kind of leadership; the edge of her spirituality.

Amy Edelstein, author, educator, and public speaker is a powerful communicator of ideas and beliefs that can help us transform ourselves and the culture we live in. She teaches a spiritually awakened perspective and the significance of an evolutionary worldview. Her short programs and year-long trainings help individuals and group develop. Engaging, sensitive, and insightful Amy’s mission is to support as many people as possible to grrow beyond their own expectations. A Cornell University College Scholar, Amy has thirty years experience of contemplative practice, including a background in both Western and Eastern spiritual traditions, as well as in evolutionary spirituality, a contemporary philosophical perspective that connects individual transformation with a deep sense of responsibility for our collective future. She is the author of “Love, Marriage & Evolution” and “Great Awakenings: Radical Visions of Spiritual Love”, and is currently working on a third book about evolutionary spirituality.

 

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May 1st, 2015

Savage Grace

an interview with Jay Griffiths

jay griffiths photoIn this week’s episode, Jay Griffiths speaks with Joanna about: our essential connection to Nature; the innate nobility of children; an exploration of freedom; meeting the primal medicine; whales, dolphins and the Songlines of the world;  the people of West Papua bringing life  into song;Time is subjective and non linear; the core of Frida Kahlo’s philosophy; one of the most beautiful forms of communication; jay’s definition of home; the most miraculous thing.

Jay Griffiths is an award-winning British writer and author of “Savage Grace: A Journey in Wildness” – an evocation of the songlines of the earth and the wildness intrinsic to the health of the human spirit -, “Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time” – a polemic against the play-less, life-denying ways in which modernity sees time -, “Anarchipelago” – a story about the British anti-road protests -,”A Love Letter from A Stray Moon” – a fictionalised biography of Frida Kahlo – and “Kith: The Riddle of the Childscape” – a passionate, visionary plea to restore to our children the spirit of adventure, freedom and closeness to nature that is their birthright-.

She has written for the Guardian’s comment pages and features pages. She is a regular columnist for Orion magazine and has contributed to The Observer, the Ecologist, the London Review of Books, the Utne Reader, Wild Earth and Dark Mountain, among other publications.

 

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April 24th, 2015

A Deep Awake Life

an interview with Tim Freke

Tim FrekeIn this week’s episode, Tim Freke speaks with Joanna about: meeting the Big Love; connecting from deep I to deep I; enlivenment; a safe space for enchantment; natural healing as part of the awakening process; bringing each other back into beauty; entering the fluid state; the essence of all spiritualities; a beautiful, poignant, profound experience of connection; soul formation: a stream of experience maturing into form; a deep awake life.

Tim Freke is an internationally respected authority on world spirituality. He is the author of over thirty books that have established his reputation as a scholar and free-thinker. He became well known for his groundbreaking work on Christian Gnosticism with his close friend Peter Gandy. In his latest book “The Mystery Experience”, Tim presents a revolutionary approach to spirituality. He create a new language of awakening, which makes profound ideas simpler to understand, so it’s easier to experience a real transformation of consciousness. Tim runs Mystery Experience retreats throughout the world in which he guides people directly to an experience of oneness and all-embracing love that naturally arises in the “deep awake” state.

The Mystery Experience

 

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April 17th, 2015

Belonging to the Universe

an interview with Itzhak Beery

Itzhak BeeryIn this week’s episode Itzhak Beery speaks with Joanna about: childhood and shamanism; nature and imagination; a deep longing articulated through art; belonging to Nature and the Universe; our possible star origins; reconnection with ancestral memory; remembering another life time; memory as energy; retrieving the core of our being; ayahuasca: an ancient,complex medicine; training our deep perception; the keepers of the communal fire; the elegant music of the Universe.

Itzhak Beery is an internationally recognized shamanic healer and teacher. He was initiated into the Circle of 24 Yachaks by his Qechua teacher in Ecuador and by Amazonian Kanamari Pagé, among numerous elders of South and North America. The founder of ShamanPortal.org and cofounder of the New York Shamanic Circle, he is on the faculty of New York Open Center. He is the author of the recently published “The Gift of Shamanism: Visionary Power, Ayahuasca Dreams, and Journeys to Other Realms”.

 

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April 10th, 2015

The Wilderness of Language

an interview with Diana Slattery

Diana Reed SlatteryIn this week’s episode, Dianna Slattery speaks with Joanna about: xenolinguistics, new species of language; meeting the Other/s, presences larger than life; playing the maze game; communication with a living language; going to school in a different realm; the work of becoming more conscious of our human and spiritual possibilities; outer and inner support systems; the balance between taking risks and safety; healing with psychedelics; entheogens: at the beginning of a vast exploration; ex/plaining the visionary experiences; the essential religious impulse, without intermediaries; the freedom of forming the future, personal and collectively; the primal, wave-like language of energy; a living laboratory for human creativity.

Diana Reed Slattery was born in time to compile a full 60s resume: civil rights photojournalism, peace marching, communes. Social justice, self-exploration, and LSD went hand in hand. She went on to co-found an ecologically oriented K-12 school with working farm, dairy, livestock, and forestry that held the first renewable energy conference in Oregon. She later continued her career by founding, funding, and managing a series of not-for-profit organizations. In 1999, in an altered state of consciousness, she acquired a strange, alien script, Glide, beginning a ten-year psychonautics investigation of linguistic phenomena in the psychedelic sphere. Out of this solo – and secret – adventure came a novel, “The Maze Game”, a million words of session reports, software to work with the language, and a PhD in xenolinguistics. Slattery lives in california, and has presented her work at numerous art, technology, consciousness, and psychedelic conferences over the past 15 years. Her newest book is “Xenolinguistics: Psychedelics, Language, and the Evolution of Consciousness”.

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