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.
Evelyn Rysdyk speaks with Joanna about: Bhumi Devi, a divine feminine being called Earth; a mythopoetic image for supporting Mother Earth; embraced by the Earth family and the Cosmos; a very tangible connection to the deepest ancestors; the longing for re-membering Nature and each other; the elder role of a spiritual tradition; the sense of caring in Nepalese culture; a joyful expression of the sanctity of life; the soulwork of changing our perception; celebrating the sensory world and the wider world surrounding it; altering our trajectory in a joyful way; the gift of gratitude to Nature.
Judith Blackstone speaks with Joanna about about: the natural experience of fundamental consciousness; trauma and the constrictions in our body; the ripening of our humanness; the increasing recognition of the importance of embodiment in contemporary spirituality; opening ourselves to a blend of love, awareness and physical sensation; the spontaneous arising of self-love deep within; “form is emptiness, emptiness is form” describes the permeability of consciousness; the gateway of the central channel; the healing property of fundamental consciousness; a lifetime of embodied exploration; her mysterious healing experience; a breathing meditation in the core of ourselves.
Nina Simons speaks with Joanna about: women, Nature and justice; guided by relational intelligence, delight and love; deep inquiry into racial equity; Nature is the Sacred; diversity and indigenous wisdom; an untapped resource, the capacity for women to grow each other into leadership piercing the shell of white privilege; diversity and resilience; the challenge of reimagining ourselves as part of this cosmic dance; transition into relationship economy; the nexus that makes us unstoppable; ritual creates relationship; imagining everyday the world we want.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.