Gaialogues Archive

gaialogue = communion with the living Earth

Our Gaialogues began in 2006 with the intention of exploring “what is it like to be in sacred communion with our living Earth?”  Through remembering ancestral lines of experience and vision that created cultures of wonder and awe, we see a universal spirituality and ethics emerging based on care and partnership for people and planet.  The seeds of future are to be found in the ancestral soul – the primitive soul. 

After 600 episodes, we continue to provide these intimate conversations to the public for free.  Listen and contribute to this community of voices who speak about our connection and partnership with the living Earth.

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        Future Sacred

        Julie Morley speaks with Joanna about: interspecies intersubjectivity; a life-changing meeting with Thomas One Wolf; the indigenous enphasis on right relations throughout the world; a beautiful cycle of attuning and revelation from the more than human world; the intimacy of interbeing; thinking in partnership with other ways of knowing; the two meanings of awe; retrieving the embodied sacred; a shift away from anthropocentrism into partipatory awakening; we need multicultural, multispecies cities; learning from crows and ravens; singing the radical song of enchantment.

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        Reimagining Death

        In this week’s episode Lucinda Herring speaks with Joanna about: recovering our relationship with nature is recovering our conscious relationship with death; trusting our intuition when planning for our end of life; other choices for after death care, more ecologically minded and more humane; a good after death is like a seed; allowing the river of grieving to move us forward; doing our work as a caregiver to ease the transition of dying; sacred listening in the moment of transition; transforming the fear around death; the sacred right to care for our loved ones after death is women-led; the Death with Dignity Movement; partnering with Nature when we die.

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        Women of Visionary Art

        David Jay Brown and Rebecca Ann Hill speak with Joanna about: Bringing together women of visionary art; tapping into the witch burnings; rising of the feminine energy; differences between visionary art and psychedelic art; the influence of indigenous philosophies in Western visionary art; psychedelic experience and ecological awareness; variety of responses of women about the creative process; boundary dissolution in art and psychedelic work; live painting, visionary women painting in community; visionary art is a catalyst and translation from numinous dimensions.

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        Spiritual Democracy

        Steven Herrmann speaks with Joanna about: William Everson and the poet as a medicine person; Whitman and being in love with the Earth; an arch of spiritual freedom, from William James to the sixties; the human shadow and the destruction of the environment; the influence of Native American spirituality in the founding of American democracy; the competing myths in the collective American psyche;; Herman Melville; “Moby Dick” and the foreseeing of same sex marriage; the early American poets and the liberation of Eros; the vocational dreams from Nature; practices for spiritual democracy.

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        The Wisdom of the Body

        Mary Mueller Shutan speaks with Joanna about: the body deva, the consciousness of the body; healing personal and transpersonal trauma, becoming aware of our cultural conditioning and reconciling with our animal selves; ancestral trauma and spiritual awakening; the impact of micro-trauma and the inner child; engaging with the wisdom of the body; healing the victim and the perpetrator within; remembering the continuum we inhabit; the central myth of our lives; an integrated spiritual awakening is an embodiment process; healing the connection between the heart, the uterus and the Earth; the root of who we are.

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        Team Human

        Douglas Rushkoff speaks with Joanna about: building our connection in solidarity with one another; being human is a team sport; the roots of our alienation; every medium we use is as powerful as a drug; the survival of the most collaborative species; the powerlessness of the powerful people; making a humane world; the submission of education to the market; the intrinsic value of being alive; restoring our dignity in a media landscape designed to manipulate our behavior; united we stand human; awe, the natural human state; standing up and finding the others.

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        Original Knowing

        Lyla June Johnston speaks with Joanna about: remembering our common indigenousity; forgiveness, the way home; healing the violence in Western cultures by grieving the ancestral pain; stopping the cycles of internalized abuse; a life-changing experience through prayer; ”; a delicate balance in commiting to leadership; the indigenous caretaking of the land; the Earth needs a nurturing human touch; two principles to cooperate with the land; Lila speaks two poems from her book “Lifting Hearts Off the Ground: Declaring Indigenous Rights in Poetry”.

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        The Magic of Fluidity

        Pavini Moray speaks with Joanna about: ancestral reverence, belonging and awe; the ancient human experience of being gender liminal; the magic of fluidity; disconnection from the land, disconnection from our ancestors; the eros of interconnectedness; dealing with transgenerational trauma; trans people and human evolution; taking responsibility for the Earth; re-membering the ancestral homeland.

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        Naming the Ineffable

        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.

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