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August 25th, 2017

Addressing the Roots of Pain

an interview with Charles Eisenstein

In this week’s episode Charles Eisenstein and Joanna speak together about: expanding love to include all the people and beings of the earth; trapped in a narrative of hate; the seeming possibility of a change of consciousness in many people; addressing the situation instead of fighting the enemy; bringing empathy into politics; the joy of being useful; passing on the gift; the dance of mind and heart; psychedelics as emergency interventions; addressing the roots of pain; listening for a compelling narrative for humanity.

Charles Eisenstein is a teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. He is the author of “Sacred Economics”, “The Ascent of Humanity”, and “The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible”. His on-line writings have generated a vast following; he speaks frequently at conferences and other events, and gives numerous interviews on radio and podcasts.

 

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August 4th, 2017

Tamed by the Wild

an interview with Priscilla Stuckey

In this week’s episode Priscilla Stuckey speaks with Joanna about: mending the world; listening and talking to Bear; going on a journey with one’s helper; the challenge of expanding our worldview; trusting our own perceptions; from being takers to reciprocal relationship; the isolation of reductionistic materialism; learning lightheartedness; the circularity of nature and Spirit; reuniting consciously with what we knew as children; writing from within the connection.

Priscilla Stuckey is a writer and spiritual counselor with a passion for reconnecting people with nature; including their own natures. Her first book, “Kissed by a Fox: And Other Stories of Friendship in Nature”, won the 2013 WILLA Award in Creative Nonfiction. Her newest book is “Tamed by a Bear: Coming Home to Nature-Spirit-Self”. Priscilla received a Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA, in religious studies and feminist theory. In Oakland she founded an urban creek-based land trust and led creek cleanups and restoration projects. In Boulder she co-founded a local rights-of-nature group. She lives at the base of Sandia Mountain near Albuquerque with her partner, Tim, and their dog, Bodhi.

 

 

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July 28th, 2017

Changing Our Lives

an interview with Don Lattin

In this week’s episode Don Lattin speaks with Joanna about: why psychedelics are illegal?; the comeback of psychedelic-assisted therapy and entheogenic spirituality; Bill Wilson and his psychedelic experiences; an essential insight from ayahuasca; MDMA-assisted therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder; the double edge of psychedelics as socio-political catalysts; exploring microdosing.

Don Lattin is an award-winning journalist and the author of six books. His most recent work, “Changing Our Minds: Psychedelic Sacraments and the New Psychotherapy”, is the latest installment in a trio of books about the recent history and future prospects for finding beneficial uses for drugs and plants medicines like LSD, psilocybin, MDMA and ayahuasca. “Distilled Spirits: Getting High, then Sober, with a Famous Writer, a Forgotten Philosopher, and Hopeless Drunk”, and “The Harvard Psychedelic Club: How Timothy Leary, Andrew Weil, Ram Dass, and Huston Smith Killed the Fifties and Ushered in a New Age for America”.

 

 

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June 16th, 2017

Birthing a Future for Life

an interview with Bruce Damer

In this week’s episode Bruce Damer speaks with Joanna and Jacob Aman about: a gathering of hearts and minds exploring consciousness; using imagination for science; microtubules and the mind; finding the others in the field of knowing; a second Copernican revolution; a new model for the origin of life as a collaborative community; beyond strict Darwinism and supernaturalism; changing the narrative of separation, remembering our primordial belonging; Gaia’s greatest and most beautiful creation; from the Summer of Love to Burning Man; birthing a future for life in the cosmos; technology, biology, art and poetic tools; raising children for a sharing civilization.

Bruce Frederick Damer, PhD is a Canadian-American multidisciplinary scientist, designer, and author. Dr. Bruce Damer collaborates with colleagues developing and testing a new model for the origin of life on Earth and in the design of spacecraft architectures to provide a viable path for expansion of human civilization beyond the Earth. He began his career in the 19802 developing some of the earliest user interfaces for personal computers, led a community in the 1990s bringing the first multi-user virtual worlds to the Internet, and since 2000 supported NASA and the space industry on numerous simulations and spacecraft designs. He has spent 25 years chronicling the history of computing in his DigiBarn Computer Museum and curates archives of counterculture figures such as Dr. Timothy Leary, Terence McKenna and others. He currently serves as Principal Scientist at DigitalSpace; Associate Researcher in the Department of Biomolecular Engineering at UC Santa Cruz; Associate of the NASA Astrobiology Center; member of the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life, and Founding Director of the Contact Consortium.

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June 2nd, 2017

A Collective Initiation

an interview with Daniel Pinchbeck

In this week’s episode Daniel Pinchbeck speaks with Joanna about: a passionate inquiry about human transformation; looking for a deeper paradigm shift; a spiritual (r)evolution and initiation process for the human species; ayahuasca’s role in the cultural and spiritual shift; Tamera community, exploring a a new radical template for a new society; bringing Eros back into a conscious community; reaching a cultural tipping point;; Buckminster Fuller and the application of design intelligence to a more awake culture; traditional religions adapting to ecological regeneration; the crisis of human civilization as part of an evolutionary process; a great area of discovery: the untapped, psychic human potential; Trump, the ultimate manifestation of the shadow of a culture lacking initiation; harking back to indigenous cultures for wisdom.

Daniel Pinchbeck is the author of “Breaking Open the Head”, “2012” The Return of Quetzalcoatl”, and “Notes from the Edge Times”. In 2007, he launched the web magazine Reality Sandwich and cofounded Evolver.net with Ken Jordan, Michael Robinson, and Talat Philips. Daniel has been a speaker at conferences around the world, including DazedFest in London, Horizons in New York, Breaking Convention in London, and the World Psychedelic Forum. His newest book is “How Soon Is Now?”, a look at the ecological crisis as a rite of passage or initiation for humanity and proposes a “blueprint for the future” – how we must redesign our technical and social systems to avert the worst consequences of ecological collapse.

 

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May 26th, 2017

Goddesses, Fate and Ancestors

an interview with Max Dashu

In this week’s episode Max Dashu speaks with Joanna about: remembering other ways to live; “witch hunts” in Europe, the prehistory of our current socio-political situation; the Three Sisters spinning the webs of Wyrd; ancient Norse and German cosmologies and the curving nature of Time; the archetypal Tree and Well; the pan-global symbol of the holy matrix of Being; the Maidens on the sea of Knowledge; the Faery Faith and the ancestral religion; the break up with ancient knowledge at the time of Industrial Revolution;  language and recreating the future web of meaning.

Max Dashu founded the Suppressed Histories Archives in 1970 to research and document women’s history from an international perspective. Max Dashu’s work bridges the gap between academia and grassroots education. 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 just published “Witches and Pagans: Women in European Folk Religion, 700-1100”. This book is Vol. VII in the 15-volume series “Secret History of Witches”, with two more volumes forthcoming.

 

 

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April 21st, 2017

Imagining A Better Way

an interview with Kathleen Dean Moore

In this week’s episode Kathleen Dean Moore speaks with Joanna about: the circle of healing; falling in love with the grace of Nature; the greatest injustice in humankind’s history; stories of grief and wonder; the guiding force of environmental activists; integrity in action beyond hope and despair; approaching three crucial tipping points; Standing Rock, an outstanding example of extraordinary courage; the will to act with compassion; freeing our imagination for a better way; the joy of doing what is right.

Kathleen Dean Moore is a writer, moral philosopher (she holds a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado), and environmental thought-leader, devoted to an unrelenting defense of the future against those who could pillage and wreck the planet. As a writer, Kathleen is best known for award-winning books of essays that celebrate and explore the meaning of the wet, wild world of rivers, islands, and tidal shores – “Riverwalking”, “Holdfast”, “The Pine Island Paradox”, and “Wild Comfort”. Her new books are “Great Tide Rising: Finding Clarity and Moral Courage to Confront Climate Change”, and her latest, “Piano Tide: A Novel”.

 

 

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April 14th, 2017

Souls in Action

an interview with Chris Moore-Backman

In this week’s episode Chris Moore-Backman speaks with Joanna about: envisioning a movement of movements; the Gandhian iceberg, undivided love in action; satyagraha, soul-force; swaraj, reclaiming our full stature as human beings; the intimacy and authenticity of a nameless practice; the promise of a stronger, deeper activism; Standing Rock, witnessing a powerful expression of reparation; the Rosa Parks momnts; standing up with the dignity of the heart for a life-sustaining culture.

Chris Moore-Backman – scholar/educator, activist/organizer, theorist and journalist – has worked with a variety of human rights, peace, and social justice organizations, including the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Christian Peacemaker Teams, the Alternatives to Violence Project, and Right Sharing of World Resources. He has served on international peace teams in Colombia and Palestine, and is the producer of “Bringing Down the New Jim Crow”, a radio documentary series. “The Gandhian Iceberg” is Moore-Backman’s first book.

 

 

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April 7th, 2017

As The Witches Teach

an interview with Max Dashu

In this week’s episode Max Dashu speaks with Joanna about: researching the spiritual heritage of Europe; decolonization and the ancestral recovery work of Europeans and Americans; reweaving the web of culture; suppressed histories: women, peasantry, religious minorities; pan-European spinner goddesses, distaffs and Pagan women’s weaving ceremonies; a long history of domination of women, people and Nature; the earliest written records of patriarchal misogyny; the mythological encoding of male domination; the higher accuracy of oralture (oral tradition culture); the megalithic womb-tombs; the sacred mugwort and the underworld journey towards a secret, healing name; understanding the demonization of the Earth-based sacred traditions of Europe.

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 heritages across human history. Dashu’s work bridges the gap between academia and grassroots education. It foregrounds indigenous women passed over by standard histories and highlights female spheres of power retained even in some patriarchal societies. 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 just published “Witches and Pagans: Women in European Folk Religion, 700-1100( 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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March 3rd, 2017

Remembering Our Sacred Purpose

an interview with Glenn Aparicio Parry

In this week’s episode Glenn Aparicio Parry speaks with Joanna about: remembering that our thoughts come from Nature; an ecstatic dive into the waters of the Heart; asking four key questions; the egalitarian Native American spirit at the foundation of the U. S. Constitution; bringing dialogue to these polarized times; a collective initiation?; revisioning the linear concept of time; human language and biodiversity; original gratitude.

 

Glenn Aparicio Parry, PhD is a writer, educational consultant, international speaker, entrepreneur, and visionary whose life-long passion is to reform thinking and education into a coherent, cohesive whole. The founder and past president of the SEED Institute, Parry is currently the president of the think tank: The Circle for Original Thinking. Parry organized and participated in the groundbreaking Language of Spirit Conferences from 1999-2011 that brought together Native and Western scientists in dialogue, moderated by Leroy Little Bear. He has previously written about these experiences in a book chapter entitled “The Old is Now: Creating a Shift Towards Wholeness through Dialogue” (with Philip H. Duran); in “SEED Thoughts on Dialogue”, Revision Journal (winter 2004), “Native Wisdom in a Quantum World”, Shift (IONS Journal, December 2005), and in his doctoral dissertation: “SEED Graduate Institute: An Original Model of Transdisciplinary Education Informed by Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Dialogue”. He is the author of  “Original Thinking: A Radical Revisioning of Time, Humanity and Nature”.

 

 

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February 24th, 2017

The Magic of the Pachamama

an interview with Oakley Gordon

In this week’s episode Oakley Gordon speaks with Joanna about the masters of the heart; a dance of reciprocity; the man with the shining eyes; the aliveness of Nature and the Cosmos; a relationship of love with the Pachamama; seeding a future of greater beauty and love; the stars within us; the magic ingredient of intent; living the complementarity of opposites; two Andean meditations of energy with the Earth.

 

Oakley Gordon received his doctorate in cognitive psychology (the study of perception, learning, memory, and consciousness). For the past twenty two years he has been exploring the Andean Cosmovision under the tutelage of his Peruvian mentor and friend don Américo Yabar. In his trips to Peru Oakley has also worked with many other Andean paqos (mystic/shamans) and healers. He has shared the Andean Cosmovision with Western society through papers at academic conferences, presentations to the public, a few articles, an extensive blog, and several hundred experiential classes and workshops. Over many years of going to Peru to learn the Cosmovision, coming home to integrate it with his life in the West, and then teaching it to others, he has reached the point where he ould write this book, “The Andean Cosmovision: A Path for Exploring Profound Aspects of Ourselves, Nature, and the Cosmos”.

 

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February 10th, 2017

Remembering Eternity

an interview with Richard Maddox

In this week’s episode Richard Maddox speaks with Joanna: bridging the gap between mystical wisdom and the context of the modern world; what is enlightenment?; remembering the background of consciousness; a modern hero’s journey; our precious human essence; there is no separation; the Mystery shining through all forms; dyeing the cloth of the mind; the urge of the human soul; art as a mediation to higher consciousness; the merging of two infinities;; gaining a deeper identity.

Richard Dietrich Maddox grew up in the Midwestern United States and graduated with honors from Princeton University. After graduation he spent five years in Europe studying literature and preparing to teach meditation. He then taught meditation for two more years, before serving as the Vice President of Sales for seven successful high-tech startup companies. In 2005, he retired from the business world to concentrate on writing. Richard Maddox spent most of his life preparing to write “Remembering Eternity”,  his epic nine-volume enlightenment novel. The series tells the fascinating story of a modern soul’s search for enlightenment, for that most elusive of goals, perfect and permanent joy.

 

 

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February 3rd, 2017

The Depth of Psychological Activism

an interview with David Bedrick

David _BedrickIn this week’s episode David Bedrick speaks with Joanna: psychological activism; the social aspect of shame and shaming; bearing witness to the cultural psychic wound in the individual; the whitewashing of Martin Luther King; addressing the violence in the U. S. shadow in a healing environment; being an ally to the unheard and marginalized voices; waking up to internalized violence; the ancestors’ message.

 

David Bedrick, J.D., Dipl. PW., is a faculty member of the Process Work Institute and spent eight years on the faculty of the University of Phoenix. He speaks on the topics of shame, weight loss, social injustice, and alternative psychological paradigms. He is the author of “Talking Back to Dr. Phil: Alternatives to Mainstream Psychology”; he blogs for Psychology Today and the “Huffington Post” and counsels people internationally. His newest book is “Revisioning Activism: Bringing Depth, Dialogue, and Diversity to Individual and Social Change“.

 

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January 27th, 2017

A Love Deeper Than Words

an interview with Tim Freke

Tim FrekeIn this week’s episode Tim Freke speaks with Joanna: Love is how oneness feels; a pure, naked sense of being; the three maturations; awakening in the 21st century; a knowing before words; working for a better world from a deep acceptance; Walt Whitman, an ecstatic inspiration for our times; reaching oneness through our individuality; time to update an outdated spirituality; the key of paralogical thinking; know yourself and show yourself; a love that goes to each cell of the body; waking up through deep safety.

 

Tim Freke is a pioneering philosopher and respected authority on ancient and contemporary spirituality, whose work has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. He is the author of more than 20 books, which have been translated into 15 languages. He presents life-changing events internationally and on-line. His newest book is “Deep Awake: Wake Up to Oneness and Celebrate Your Individuality.”

 

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January 20th, 2017

A Good Foundation for Reality

an interview with Starr Goode

Starr_GoodeIn this week’s episode Starr Goode speaks with Joanna about: Sheela na gig, a mysterious female figure of sacred display; the healing and protection of Sheela na gig, from Medieval times to Paleolithic cave art; the primordial, revered symbol of the ever-renewing Life Force; the life-restoring, evil stopping powers of the displayed vulva in myth and history; the political and social reclamation of the word “pussy”; the contemporary emergence of feminist sacred art; sacred images for another order of being; the Dark Goddess and the renewal of life; reclaiming the sanctity of women’s bodies from the patriarchal mindset; seeding the foundation for a life-affirming culture.

Starr Goode, MA teaches writing and literature at Santa Monica College. She is producer and moderator for the cable TV series “The Goddess in Art” (available on YouTube). An award-winning writer, she has been profiled for her work as a cultural commentator in such publications as the L. A. Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal and the New Yorker. Her previous work on the Sheelas was published in “ReVision: A Journal of Consciousness and Transformation”, the “Irish Journal of Feminist Studies”, the three-volume encyclopedia “Goddesses in World Culture”, and in “About Place Journal”. A recent book, “The Art of Living: Falstaff, the Fool and Dino”, explores the power of wit and the importance of play. Her latest book is “Sheela na gig, the Dark Goddess of Sacred Power”.

 

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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 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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October 28th, 2016

A Consciousness Revolution

an interview with Jon Turk

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In this week’s episode Jon Turk speaks with Joanna about: the ecstatic joy of the wild; dancing the dance of healing in a prison; waking up with the deep wild; a friendship forged in the Artic; the power and magic within us; we need a consciousness revolution; a bike ride to the Dalai Lama’s birthplace.

 

For forty years,  Jon Turk has wandered through exotic and remote landscapes and returned to write and speak about his adventures, the people, and the environments that he has encountered. Jon was trained as a scientist and worked for decades in environmental education. Now, he is focused on storytelling as a way of raising awareness of cultural and environmental tipping points – and thereby seeking some level of sanity and sustainability in this oil soaked, internet crazed world. He is the author of “In the Wake of the Jomon: Stone Age Mariners and a Voyage Across the Pacific”, “The Raven’s Gift: A Scientist, A Shaman, and Their Remarkable Journey Through the Siberian Wilderness”, and his newest book “Crocodiles and Ice: A Journey into Deep Wild”.

 

 

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October 21st, 2016

The Founding Mother

an interview with Robert Hieronimus and Laura Cortner

robert-hieronimus-and-laura-cortnerIn this week’s episode Bob Hieronimus and Laura Cortner speak with Joanna about: honoring the Statue of Liberty as a symbol of compassionate enlightenment; Henry Miller and Bertrand Russell, two lovers of embodied freedom; the multicultural, goddess inspiration for the Statue of Liberty; retrieving human balance for thr future of the Earth; gender equality in early Gnostic Christianity; the direct influence of Native American Iroquois culture in the new American democracy; symbols are bridges between the conscious and the unconscious; meeting Jimi Hendrix and the enigma of the Great Seal; soul power in action, towards an engaged spirituality; remembering the American cultural heroines; Lady Liberty and the rising of Earth consciousness.

 

Robert R. Hieronimus, Ph.D., is an internationally known historian, visual artist, and radio host. His research has been used by the White House and State Department and published in the congressional record. His giant murals and painted artcars include the 2,700-square-foot “Apocalypse” and the 1,750-square-foot “We the People”, the Woodstock Bus, and the We the people Artcar. His weekly program, 21st Century Radio, is the longest running radio show on the new paradigm in the country.

Laura E. Cortner graduated with honors from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland, with a degree in English and a concentration in writing. She has coauthored previous titles with Robert R. Hieronimus including “Founding Fathers, Secret Societies” and “United Symbolism of America”. Their newest book is “The Secret Life of Lady Liberty: Goddess in the New World”.

 

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October 1st, 2016

A Listening Heart

an interview with Stephan V. Beyer

steven_beyerIn this week’s episode Steve Beyer speaks with Joanna about: medicine people, the primordial doctors; healing with courage in a sitting circle; ceremony, opening the heart and creating sacred time; the spiritual gifts of the talking stick; from a culture of punishment to one of restoration and responsibility; healing the harm of conflict, telling our stories; carrying the invisible talking stick; the way of transcending conflict; Wisdom through a listening heart; are you willing to be a clown for peace?.

 

Stephan V. Beyer, Ph.D., J. D., is a well-known writer and speaker on shamanism and spirituality. He is also a community builder, peacemaker; and carrier of council. He has been trained and certified in many areas of circle process, mediation, and nonviolence and has offered peacemaking workshops to a wide variety of audiences, from therapists to theologians, and at Montessori, charter, alternative, and public schools. He has served as a Lecturer in the Department of Criminal Justice at Chicago University, teaching undergraduate courses and graduate seminars in restorative justice and in the theory and practice of nonviolent resistance. He is the author of, among other books, “Singing to the Plants: A Guide to Mestizo Shamanism in the Upper Amazon” and his latest “Talking Stick: Peacemaking as a Spiritual Path”.

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September 23rd, 2016

Living in a Sacred Planet

an interview with Anne Baring

anne_baringIn this week’s episode Anne Baring speaks with Joanna about: person, Universe, and the alchemical vessel; the oppression of women under the patriarchal psyche; an ongoing collective consciousness awakening; a new masculinity emerging; the role of the cosmos in the collective awakening; Standing Rock, indigenous people defending the planet; the danger of mythic inflation in the religious lust for power; alchemy and Divine Wisdom; what is the signature of the Feminine; the sacrilege of war; a new cultural cosmology of no-separation; Mary Magdalene and the Cathars in a new light; healing the psychic wounds of our western culture; a new kind of relationship between men and women.

 

Anne Baring is a Jungian analyst, author and co-author of seven books, including, with Jules Cashford, “The Myth of the Goddess: Evolution of an Image”, and “Soul Power”, with Dr. Scilla Elworthy. Her most recent book is “The Dream of the Cosmos. A Quest for the Soul”. Her work is devoted to the recognition that we live in an ensouled world and to the restoration of the lost sense of communion between us and the invisible dimension of the Cosmos that is the source or ground of all that we call “life”. Her website is devoted to the affirmation of a new vision of reality and the issues facing us at this crucial time of choice.

 

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September 7th, 2016

Die heilende Revolution der Liebe

an interview with Dieter Duhm

Dieter_DuhmIn this week’s episode Dieter Duhm speaks with Joanna about: healing the collective trauma of humankind; a new culture based in trust; waking up the sacred matrix; Tamera, a non-violent life model for cooperation between human being, animal and nature; the divine world and a new, free spirituality emerging in community; dissolving the old war between the genders; Mary Magdalene, a numinous icon for the new culture; creating a new morphogenetic field for humankind; World Soul, where two souls love each other; the correlation between the healing of water and the healing of love; the fundamental substance of life.

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Dieter Duhm is a Psychoanalyst, Art Historian, prolific author and one of the leading figures in the 198 Students Movement in germany, Visionary and Head of the Department for Art and Healing in Tamera. The Healing Biotope I Tamera is a peace research project with the goal to create a model for a future society that is freed from hatred, lies, violence and fear. His newest book is “Terra Nova. Global Revolution and the Healing of Love.”

 

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August 12th, 2016

The Joy of a Blue Sky Mind

an interview with Richard Gentei Diedrichs

Richard_DiedrichsIn this week’s episode Richard Gentei Diedrichs speaks with Joanna about: a shard of pain in the heart; a seeker since a young age; growing compassion through embracing the inner child; discovering Alan Watts and the way of Zen; Western women and everyday Zen; a Dharma grandfather; “Living in Blue Sky Mind”; drinking from a wellspring of silence; joyful with all of life; “Cherry Blossom”, a novel about the edge of compassion.

 

Richard Gentei Diedrichs grew up in Los Angeles. He edited travel and health magazines in Seattle, worked as an editor at the schools of Engineering and Public health at the University of California, Berkeley, and then taught in public elementary schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. The author of four books, Richard was fully ordained a Zen priest in 1990 by Genki Takabayashi Roshi. Currently, he is a Dharma teacher at Daifukuji Zen Temple in Hawaii. His newest book is “Living in Blue Sky Mind. Basic Buddhist Teachings for a Happy Life”.

 

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August 5th, 2016

On the Trail of Ayahuasca

an interview with Dennis McKenna

Dennis_McKennaIn this week’s episode Dennis McKenna speaks at the Synergetic Symposium & Salon “Earth Consciousness and Lore of the Amazon”. These “Conversations on Ayahuasca, Ethnomedicine and the Biospheric Imperative” were held at Synergia Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Wednesday 6 April, 2016. Dennis McKenna describes in a candid and humorous talk the journey to La Chorrera with his brother Terence, and a lifetime of research and exploration of ayahuasca, the sacred brew of the Amazon.

 

Dennis McKenna is an ethnopharmacologist who has studied plant hallucinogens for over forty years. He is the author of many scientific papers, and co-author, with his brother Terence McKenna, of “The Invisible Landscape: Mind, Hallucinogens, and the I Ching”, and “Psilocybin: Magic Mushroom Grower’s Guide”. He holds a doctorate from the University of British Columbia, where his research focused on ayahuasca and oo-koo-é, two hallucinogens used by indigenous peoples in the Northwest Amazon. Dennis has been an adjunct assistant professor at the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota since 2001, where he teaches courses in ethnopharmacology and botanical medicine. He is the author of “The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss”.

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July 8th, 2016

Other Words from Other Worlds

an interview with Neşe Devenot

Nese_DevenotIn this week’s episode Neşe Devenot speaks with Joanna about chemical poetics; the Timothy Leary archives; Leary’s “High Priest” and Sasha Shulgin’s “PIHKAL”, reflecting on the meaning of te psychedelic experience; psychedelics and pushing the boundaries of language; the the new science of Ecstatics; nitrous oxide and Romantic poetry; Richard Doyle’s Ecodelics, the revelation of interconnectedness; natural, endogenous psychedelics; “The Joyous Cosmology” of Alan Watts, an early description of fractals; “anything that stops the flow of writing is wrong”; expanding mind, expanding culture.

 

Neşe Devenot is Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in digital Humanities at the University of Puget Sound, where her book project is exploring psychedelic philosophy and the literary history of trip reports. She is a 2015-16 Research Fellow at the New York Public Library’s Timothy Leary Papers and a Research Fellow with the New York University Psilocybin Cancer Anxiety Study. She is a founder of the Psychedemia interdisciplinary psychedelics conference and a founding member of the MAPS Graduate Student Association.

Psychedelic Humanities

 

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June 10th, 2016

Letting Nature Live Through Us

an interview with Joanna van der Hoeven

Joanna_van_der_HoevenIn this week’s episode Joanna van der Hoeven speaks with Joanna about: discovering modern Druidry; an unexpected ancestral connection; origins of the Celtic culture; attuning to Nature and the ancestors; Awen, the flowing thread to the Life Force; Nemetona and sacred space; Zen Druidry; the importance of summer and winter solstices; a new eco-spirituality emerging; sensual immersion in Nature; letting Nature to experience you.

 

Joanna van der Hoeven is a Druid and best-selling author. She was born in Quebec, Canada and moved to the UK in 1998, where she lives with her husband in a small village in Suffolk, near the coast of the North Sea. Joanna is a singer, poet, dancer and teacher. She has studied with Emma Restall Orr and the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. She has a BA Hons English Language and Literature degree. She is currently the Media Co-Ordinator for the Druid Network and is also the co-founder and a tutor at Druid College UK. She is the author of “Zen Druidry:Living a Natural Life, with Full Awareness”, “Dancing with Nemetona: A Druid Exploration of sanctuary and sacred space”, “The Awen Alone: Waking the Path of the Solitary Druid” and “The Stillness Within: Finding Inner Peace in a Conflicted World”.

Druid Heart: Living A Druid Life

 

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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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March 25th, 2016

Telling the Tales of Aliveness

an interview with Randi Ya'el Chaikind

Randi Ya'El ChaikindIn this week’s episode Randi Ya’el Chaikind speaks with Joanna about: we are natural born storytellers; the vital role of the witness; memory’s truth; revelations of the heart; out in the woods connected to the muse; a revelatory vision quest; called to be a Jewish shaman storyteller; Earth-based Hebrew wisdom; listening to the multiple voices of Nature; beyond healing lies creativity.

 

Randi Ya’el Chaikind, MPH has been an experiential educator, author, and therapeutic coach for more than 20 years, helping people heal and transform their lives through narrative and expressive arts. She specializes in nonviolent communication, empathic listening, and transformational storytelling. Randi Ya’El has a master of Public Health and currently is studying to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a focus on narrative therapy. She is the author of “Revelations of the Heart. A 49-Day Journey of Poems and Prompts to Write Your Way to Revelation.”  (You can order her book via paypal here)

 

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February 12th, 2016

Something is Afoot

an interview with Priscilla Stuckey

Priscilla StuckeyIn this week’s episode Priscilla Stuckey speaks with Joanna about: intimacy with the land; aligning our lives to what we live in Nature;  authoritarian roots of Western culture and the cooperative model of Nature; the feminist commitment to people’s own sovereignty; instinct, the inborn wisdom of Spirit inside each being; the loving awareness of Life flows through us all; a spirituality deeper than words; kissed by  a fox; the heart at the nature of things; our dear non human family; changing our cultural stories about Nature.

Priscilla Stuckey is a contemplative and writer with a passion for reconnecting people with nature. She received a PhD in religious studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and has taught graduate-level environmental humanities, feminist studies, critical thinking, and writing at Prescott College in Prescott, AZ, and Naropa University in Boulder, CO. When she lived in Oakland a threatened nearby creek inspired inspired efforts to preserve it, and she founded a small land trust and served as its first president. She has advocated for nature in other ways as well: through cleaning and restoring urban creeks, through feeding baby birds in wildlife rehab, and through cofounding a local rights-of-nature group. Her first book, “Kissed by a Fox: And Other Stories of Friendship in Nature”, received the 2013 WILLA Award for Creative Nonfiction.

 

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December 4th, 2015

A Larger Sense of Meaning

an interview with Nancy Ellen Abrams

Nancy Ellen AbramsIn this week’s episode Nancy Ellen Abrams speaks  with Joanna about the quest for a spirituality consistent with science; we are meaning-seeking beings; God as our collective emergent identity; the cosmic dance of dark energy and dark matter; a new origin story for a new cosmology; novelty and emergence; the need for a coherent, unifying vision; becoming good ancestors for our descendants.

 

Nancy Ellen Abrams is a philosopher of science, lawyer, and author. She and her husband, world-renowned cosmologist Joel R. Primack, developed a new visual language to express the big ideas underlying the new universe picture, which Primack helped create. Early in her career Abrams worked in the US Congress”s Office of Technology Assessment, where she invented Scientific Mediation, a method that helps government agencies make the wisest policy decision possible in the face of scientific uncertainty. She is the co-author with her husband of “The View from the Center of the Universe: Discovering Our Extraordinary Place in the Cosmos” and “The New Universe and the Human Future: How a Shared Cosmology Could Transform the World”, winner of the 2012 Nautilus Gold award for best science book of 2011. Abrams’ new book “A God That Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the Future of Our Planet”, pulls together science and spirituality into a radically new Big Picture for our time, with forewords by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and cosmologist Paul Davies.

 

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September 11th, 2015

Real Faith in Life Itself

an interview with Maya Ward

Maya_WardIn this week’s episode, Maya Ward speaks with Joanna about her pilgrimage to the source of Melbourne’s Yarra River: a journey in the spirit of reconciliation; a river that is a Songline; pilgrimage as a walking meditation with the land; widening perception with the Earth music; becoming as creative as the world; “walking the river helped me to feel the vastness of the world”; creating a new culture of community with the more-than-human-world.

Maya Ward was born in and has lived most of her life in Yarra River country. She has worked as an urban designer, permaculture teacher and environmental educator, public art designer, musician, performer, festival director, poet and writer. She now divides her time between inner-city Brunswick and planting trees on her block by the Yarra in Warburton. She is the author of “The Comfort of Water: A River Pilgrimage”.

 

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August 14th, 2015

Restoring the Soul After War

an interview with Ed Tick

Ed TickIn this week’s episode, Ed Tick speaks with Joanna about his newest book, “Warrior’s Return”: meaningful rites of passage in our society; main factors for joining th military; one of the main reasons that Vietnamese veterans do not suffer from PTSD; a poignant conversation with a Sergeant at the airport; heling the Post-traumatic Social Disorder; initiation to the inner warrior archetype; guiding and supporting the warrior’s return journey.

Honored for his groundbreaking work in the spiritual, holistic and community-based healing of veterans and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Dr. Edward Tick has been a psychotherapist for 38 years, specializing in working with veterans since the 1970s. He is the author of “Sacred Mountain”, “The Practice of Dream healing”, “The Golden Tortoise” “Wild Beasts and Wandering Souls” and the award-winning book “War and the Soul”. His latest book is “Warrior’s Return: Restoring the Soul After War”.

 

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June 26th, 2015

The Wisdom of Hypatia

an interview with Bruce J. MacLennan

Bruce MacLennanIn this week’s episode, Bruce MacLennan speaks with Joanna about his book “The Wisdom of Hypatia”.  He introduces us to Hypatia, a revered spiritual guide, scientist and philosopher, and a model of religious tolerance. Bruce explains to us the relevance of  the spiritual practices of Neoplatonism; retrieving the spiritual roots of the West, back to shamanism; three degrees of wisdom: Epicureism, Stoicism, Neoplatonism; the paradoxic journey to the inmost flower of the soul; feeling reverence for Nature: Anima Mundi, the Soul of the World; the compatibility of Neoplatonic and scientific worldviews; “the entire cosmos is a single living organism”; direct experience of interconnectdness through Neoplatonic practices; theurgy, the art of spiritual alliance; the spiritual path of Beauty and Love.

Bruce J. MacLennan, PhD, has been a student of ancient Greek and Roman philosophy and religion for more than forty years, and for the past twenty-five he has studied the relationship between Neoplatonic spiritual practice, Pythagoreanism, theurgy, and related subjects. In his professional capacity as a professor of computer science, Maclennan researches artificial intelligence, autonomous robotics, artificial life, artificial morphogenesis, self-organizing systems, and the mind-body connection, including the relation of the brain to consciousness and the collective unconscious. He has published several books and more than sixty scholarly articles, and he is invited regularly to give international presentations on his work. His newest book is “The Wisdom of Hypatia: ancient spiritual practices for a more meaningful life”.

 

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June 12th, 2015

The Tastes of Life

an interview with Marsha Scarbrough

Marsha_ScarbroughIn this week’s episode Marsha Scarbrough speaks with Joanna about the experiences that led to the writing of her book “Honey in the River”: Ifá, a religion of complexity; drumming and dance as meditation; meeting Yoruba spirituality; introducing the orishas; lessons of living polygamy; the diversity of relationship; living in balance ith the archetypes; embracing the tastes of life.

 

Marsha Scarbrough is a freelance journalist, who has had over 75 articles published in numerous national magazines. As a graduate of the Directors Guild of America’s prestigious Assistant Directors Training program, Marsha spent 17 years scheduling, planning and running the sets of major feature films; prime television series, movies of the week and network sitcoms. Her first book, “Medicine Dance: one woman’s healing journey into the world of native american sweatlodges, drumming meditations and dance fasts”, was named First Runner Up for the 2009 Zia Award by New Mexico Press Women as well as a finalist in USA Book News National 2007 and 2008 “Best Books” Awards and the 2008 New Mexico Book Awards. She wrote, produced and directed the award-winning children’s video “The Magic of Martial Arts”. Her newest book is “Honey in the River: Shadow, Sex and West African Spirituality”.

 

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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 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 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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March 27th, 2015

Born to Be Blissful

an interview with Joseph Chilton Pearce

Joseph Chilton PearceIn this week’s episode, Joseph Chilton Pearce speaks with Joanna about: what he considers his best work; the key for us to tap into our enormous potential; the radical importance of nurturing  human beings from the very beginning; the work of Michel Odent; special care of pregnant women; the possibility of ecstatic birth; beyond the fear of death: bliss and joy of the pure Spirit; the difference between joy and the state of bliss; the supreme, creative, expansive intelligence of the heart.

For nearly half a century Joseph Chilton Pearce has been probing the mysteries of the human mind. One of his overriding passions remains the study of what he calls the “unfolding” of intelligence in children. He is a self-avowed iconoclast, unafraid to speak out against the myriad ways in which contemporary American culture fails to nurture the intellectual, emotional and spiritual needs and yearnings of our young people. he is the groundbreaking author of transformative books such as “The Death of Religion and the Rebirth of the Spirit”, “The Biology of Transcendence”, “The Crack in the Cosmic Egg”, magical Child”, “Evolution’s End” and “The Heart-Mind Matrix: How the Heart Can Teach the Mind New Ways to Think”.

 

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

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