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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December 10th, 2017

Exploring the Flow State

an interview with Android Jones and Anson Phong

In this week’s episode Android Jones and Anson Phong speak with Jacob Aman about: Microdose Virtual Reality, merging visual art, music and dance into a visceral experience; unlocking our potential in the flow state; a wider cultural aperture with new media; an intimate marriage of body and technology; some beneficial and therapeutic effects of Microdose VR; dancing at the beat of your own heart; collective possibilities for virtual reality; creating creative conditions for the imagination; the crossroads of technology and radical paradigm shift; the real interest of cryptocurrency; the potential of blockchain to revolutionize democracies.

 

Andrew “Android” Jones is best described as a “digital painter”. Describing his work as Electro-Mineralism, Jones attributes his ability to create to the wonders of technology, crediting the planet’s resources for advancements in art production. He has become well known for his many layered, psychedelic works and live performances using a custom built digital set up. A long time member of the Burning Man community, Android has traveled the world exhibiting his work and has contributed to events on 6 continents.

Anson Phong is an animation pipeline engineer; operations system developer and web technologies expert. Phong brings over 15 years of programming and design experience in 3D rendering, web applications and interactive motion graphics.

Microdose VR

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December 3rd, 2017

The Magic of Vulnerability

an interview with Albert Flynn DeSilver

In this week’s episode Albert Flynn DeSilver speaks with Joanna about: stripped bare of identity; gateways into the stream of creativity; a calling from the world; the natural creativity of children; writing from the body; the magic of vulnerability; receptivity and love across species; another definition of success; praising our ancestors; holding the paradox of human experience; the sacred flow of being in the rhythm with the land; Dolores LaChapelle, one of the pioneers of Deep Ecology.

Albert Flynn DeSilver is an American poet, memoirist, novelist, speaker, and workshop leader. Albert has been practising meditation for more than twenty years and is known for merging the art of creative writing with evolutionary practice of mindfulness meditation. Albert is the founder of Writing as a Path to Awakening, which is about an embodied, inter-connected approach to creativity and writing – helping us reignite the joy, fun, spontaneity, and wisdom in our practice and process of writing. Albert currently teaches writing and mindfulness workshops at the Omega Institute, The Esalen Institute, Spirit rock Meditation Center and literary conferences nationally. His new nonfiction book, “Writing as a Path to Awakening” is based on his popular writing workshops by the same name.

 

“I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik

 

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November 26th, 2017

The Song of Our Soul

an interview with Jeff Nixa

In this week’s episode Jeff Nixa speaks with Joanna about: getting in touch with the core self; calling down the song for your life; the missing connection in many religious traditions; looking for an earth-honoring way; the spiritual amnesia of modern culture; resilience of full aliveness; being naturally yourself; “this is paradise”; what dream your heart wants to live in?; the courage of a fully alive heart.

Jeff Nixa J.D., M.Div., is a shamanic practitioner and the founder of Great Plains Shamanic Program, an array of healing, counseling and shamanic education services including one-on-one fire talks, seminars, university classes, outdoor retreats, and wilderness vision quests experiences. He is the author of “The Lost Art of Heart Navigation: A Modern Shaman’s Field Manual”.

 

“I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik

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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”.

 

 

“I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik

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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).

 

“I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik

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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”.

 

“I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik

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