In this week’s episode David Luke speaks with Joanna about: the 2015 Tyringham Symposium, dialogues about the visionary experiences with DMT, a naturally ocurring chemical found in both plants and animals that has historically been prepared by various cultures for ritual purposes as an entheogen; the life-transforming, spiritual potency of DMT; humbled by awe; Dennis McKenna, the ecopsychological relevance of DMT; a forgotten, larger reality; naming the ineffable; languages from other dimensions; the enigmatic presences in expanded states of consciousness; divergent thinking and cultural evolution; new ongoing research about the nature of DMT experiences; similarities and differences between near death experiences and DMT experiences.
Max Dashu speaks with Joanna about: Staff-women, the völur; the oldest texts about female spiritual leadership in Europe; a window into the ancestral heritages of North: nine worlds in the Tree, the nine primordial women in Nature; a common cosmology from Siberia to Scandinavia; the first primordial seeress mentioned in the Völuspá; theories about the Vanir, Álfar, ethnicity, and conquest; “the first war in the world” between the Aesir and the Vanir, one of the core themes in the Völuspá; the demonization of the other and divide-and-conquer, the tools of patriarchy through history; strong parallels between the Norse and Vedic stories; the nectar of wisdom, the mead of poetry; the hopeful ending of the Völuspá; ancestral recovery work for the people of European descent.
In this episode poet Michael Brownstein speaks with Joanna about his newest book, “Let’s Burn the Flags of All Nations”: finding our way back to the sacredness of living on Earth; “Through the Looking Glass”; cultural identity without a nation-state; our longing for ecstatic community; patriarchy and the fear of the Goddess; a citizen of the sacred Earth; “Here Comes Kali Ma”; “The Jewish Poem”; meeting Her; “Trees Are My Favorite Kind of People”; making the borders between us transparent and open; rediscovering in multiple ways our common humanity.
In this week’s episode Alan Clements speaks with Joanna about: the origin of the global lay mindfulness movement; “wisdom for the world: mindful advice for all nations”, a forthcoming book of conversations with U Pandita; the beauty of unknowing and vulnerability; “how can I come off the altar of my dogma?”; becoming more human in the face of mortality and loss; humbled by the vulnerability of this deep interconnectedness; the ultimate insight of breathing meditation; the complexity of the Burma situation; World Dharma, a dharma without dogma, beyond religion, beyond belief.
In this week’s episode Anthony Ward speaks with Joanna about: an early initiation to the magic of flowers; flower altars for thew Dalai Lama; working with living beauty; “the momentary face of God”; the plants are calling us to appreciate the moment; flower power, flower children; a life-changing meeting with Maya Angelou; the Zen of floral arrangement; a ballet of flowers; the natural altars of Nature; a sacred gift; the ancestral flower meditation.