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

January 14th, 2017

The Conscious Use of Electromagnetic Radiation

an interview with Michael Blanshan

Michael_BlanshanIn this week’s episode Michael Blanshan speaks with Joanna about: researching the health hazards of electromagnetic radiation (E.M.R.) exposure on humans; the Santa Fe Alliance for Public Health and Safety; blanketing the cities with high electromagnetic signals without safe zones, a national issue; being conscious about using the new wireless technologies; the possibility of destroying the aesthetic look of the City Different; the exponential increase of electromagnetic radiation, an uncontrolled human experiment; the public right to a precautionary approach with electromagnetic radiation.

Michael Blanshan practiced as a traditional naturopath from 2001 to 2010. He was one of the founders of Doctors W.A.R.N. (Wireless And Radiation Network),  group of health professionals in Santa Fe researching the health hazards and risks of continuous E.M.R. exposure on human beings. He now devotes his time to research, education, and consulting, finding the most credible sources and archiving the best information on a number  of subjects. He is a representative of the Santa Fe Alliance for Public Health and Safety. He can be contacted at: michaelblanshan @gmail.com

 

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January 6th, 2017

A Love That Heals

an interview with Lee Irwin

lee-irwinIn this week’s episode Lee Irwin speaks with Joanna about: the Hermetic Christ and the diversity of loving expression; the spiritual freedom of joy; participating in multiple spiritual communities; towards a full integration of the Feminine in spiritual traditions; the Divine Feminine and the tradition of Sophia; the emerging horizon in spirituality; supporting creative change in these times of polarization; cultivating the state of “good mind and loving heart”; the play of reincarnation, free will and spiritual values;; fillin the cup of the heart in partnership.

 

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 Vice President 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. His books include, among others: “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 “Meditations on Christ”.

 

 

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December 30th, 2016

The Gentleness of an Ancient Ally

an interview with Stephen Gray

Stephen-GrayIn this week’s episode Stephen Gray speaks with Joanna about: reclaiming the wise use of a spiritual medicine and ally; cannabis and the rebalancing of Western culture; Santo Daime and Santa María, a return to the Earth Mysteries; the American demonization of cannabis; physical and psychic benefits of cannabis; becoming fully present to a wider reality through heart-centered intelligence; exploring cannabis and yoga; planting the seed of intention in a non-specific amplifier; in relationship with the plant, possibilities and cautions; moving forward with the regulation of cannabis.

 

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 medicines. The author of “Returning to Sacred World: A Spiritual Toolkit for the Emerging Reality”, he is also a conference and workshop organizer, leader, and speaker as well as part-time photographer and music composer under the artist name Keary. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. His latest book is “Cannabis and Spirituality: An Explorer’s Guide to an Ancient Plant Spirit Ally”.

 

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December 23rd, 2016

The Resilience of Joy

an interview with Jodie Evans

JodieEvansIn this week’s episode Jodie Evans speaks with Joanna about: Standing Rock, experiencing a supportive community rooted in prayer and ceremony;  an activism of yes, called to be a protector; a spreading web of spiritual connection; being part of the caring and peace economy; tapping into the power of Life; together we can re-member; active uprising of the feminine; finding answers in the space of vulnerability and connection; practicing how to be allies in the face of hate; change begins at home; calling back joy; a message from the Grandmother.

Jodie Evans is co-founder and co-director of CODEPINK and has been a peace, environmental, women’s rights and social justice activist for forty years. She has traveled extensively to war zones promoting and learning about peaceful resolution to conflict. She has published two books, “Stop the Next War Now” and “Twilight of Empire”, and has produced several documentary films, including the Oscar-nominated “The Most Dangerous Man in America” and Howard Zinn’s “The People Speak”. Jodie is the board chair of Women’s Media Center and sits o many other boards, including Rainforest Action Network, Drug Pollicy Alliance, Institute of Policy Studies, Women Moving Millions and Sisterhood is Global Institute. She is the mother of three.

 

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December 16th, 2016

Complexity is a Love Story

an interview with Nora Bateson

nora_batesonIn this week’s episode Nora Bateson speaks with Joanna about: The International Bateson Institute in Sweden, studying the complexity of life; the freedom of opening up to multiplicity; a lifetime of cultivating wisdom; articulating the ways of interdependence and interrelationship of life; science is not neutral; choosing complexity over reductionism; remembering the origins of a holistic science, the Macy Conferences; finding the intimacy within the complexity we live in; a love affair with Nature.

Nora Bateson is the writer, director and producer of the award-winning documentary “An Ecology of Mind”, a portrait of her father Gregory Bateson’s way of thinking. Ms. Bateson considers herself a professional interloper as she engages in conversations in different disciplines and with different audiences. One result of that is The International Bateson Institute, designed to bring together the sciences, arts, and vocational wisdoms to create a focused qualitative inquiry of the integration of life. Asking, “How we can improve our perception f the complexity we live within, so we may improve our interaction with the world?” Nora Bateson has also developed curriculum for schools in Northern California and produced and and directed an award winning multimedia projects on intercultural understanding. Her newest book is “Small Arcs of Larger Circles: Framing Through other Patterns”.

 

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December 9th, 2016

Holding the Light Together

an interview with Thanissara

thanissaraIn this week’s episode Thanissara speaks with Joanna about: Standing Rock, a historic gathering under the guidance of indigenous wisdom; standing up for the sacredness of Nature; a huge wake up call for all of us; a new kind of activism and community-based citizen resistance; feeling the wound of separation from the Earth; finding our way through the authenticity of anger; the planet need us to protect it; reclaiming the sacred feminine and healing the wounded masculine within us all; waking up to the aliveness and intelligence of the Earth; intimacy with all beings; staying tuned to the inner heart.

 

Thanissara started Buddhist practice in the Burmese school in 1975. She was inspired to ordain after meeting Ajahn Chah and spent 12 years as a Buddhist nun where she was founding member of Chithurst Monastery and Amaravati Buddhist Monastery. She was also co-initiator of events for children  and families at Amaravati. Thanissara has facilitated meditation retreats since 1989 and has an MA in Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy Practice from Middlesex University and the Karuna Institute in the UK. She is author of several books – “Garden of the Midnight Rosary”, The Heart of the Bitter Almond Heart Sutra”, co-author of “Listening to the Heart”, and her latest is “Time to Stand Up: An Engaged Buddhist Manifesto for our Earth”. She is a core teacher at Insight Meditation Society, MA, guiding teacher of Chatanooga Insight, TN and affiliated teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, CA.

 

 

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December 2nd, 2016

The Dance of Grief and Joy

an interview with Carolyn Baker

Carolyn_ BakerIn this week’s episode, Carolyn Baker speaks with Joanna about: understanding the context of the latest American election; Standing Rock, example of sacred activism; inner and outer activism; the safe circle; the five gates of grief; return to radical joy; the shadow magnet of our time; reconnection is a two-way street; we must resist the possibility of a 21st century fascism; the way of developing resilience.

A former psychotherapist and professor of psychology and history, Carolyn Baker offers life coaching for people who want to live more resiliently in the present as they prepare for the future. Her radio show, the Lifeboat Hour, airs on Progressive Radio Network every week. She is the author of, among other books, “Dark Gold: The Human Shadow and the Global Crisis”, and “Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths for Turbulent Times”. Her newest book, co-authored with Andrew Harvey, is “Return to Joy”.

 

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