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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21st Century Zen

In this week’s episode Perle Besserman and Manfred Steger speak with Joanna about: the abuse of women by spiritual teachers in spiritual traditions; the importance of a grounded spirituality; uncovering misogyny in the spiritual arena; falling in love with a spiritual path; the treasure of real spiritual partnership; men overcoming the patriarchal conditioning; encountering the freedom of the moment; looking at Zen in a fresh way; back to the original message of the Buddha; spiritual composting; beyond the cultural trappings of a spiritual practice; spiritual community and practice in the 21st century; the core of the enlightenment experience.

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Indigenous Healing Psychology

In this week’s episode Richard Katz speaks with Joanna about: psychology might benefit from learning from indigenous people; a lifetime of learning among the First Peoples; psychology, diversity and social justice; connecting with the healing energy; spirituality as an everyday experience; humor in spirituality and psychology; healing is a journey; being open to the unexpected; respecting the Spirit; the four elements of human beings; the essence of science.

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The Skill of the Future

In this week’s episode Nora Bateson speaks with Joanna about: exploring the tension between settlement and migration; looking at the extreme polarization and fear we are experiencing; deep inquiry about possibilities; our participation in drawing boundaries in the collective ideascape; how to be part of the system’s change…?; the skill of the future; the relationship between learning and change; dignity is a shared experience; longing for new ways of living our interdependence; the willingness to enjoy the beauty of life and carry its pain.

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Connected in the Dreaming

In this week’s episode Edward Bruce Bynum speaks with Joanna about: the dreams that connect us to our families; oniric sharing and psi phenomena between family members; the possibilities of lucid dreaming; accessing the deep patterns and themes in dreams; symbolization and condensation in our dreams; dreaming as initiation for meeting the sacred Light; the discoveries of neurotheology; breathing and the blossoming of the inner world; the two streams of our souls; scientific discoveries in dreams.

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Visions for Change

In this week’s episode Martina Hoffmann speaks with Joanna about: the renaissance of visionary art and the growth of global consciousness; her early mystical and visionary experiences; sensing the Earth energy and the Spirit; her journey of incarnation; Nature as a sanctuary; living close to megalithic alignments; Awen and the sacred deer mythology; receiving inspiration through meditative movement; the challenge of painting ecstatic experiences; organic structures of consciousness as potential allies for change; opening our hearts to the Light that is always here; growing up with the beautiful Earth Mother energy and the African women; the blossoming of a new crearive phase; painting a visionary tarot. 

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Pregnant Nothingness

In this week’s episode Neela Bhattacharya Saxena speaks with Joanna about: Kali and the Black Madonna; the womb from which all creativity arises; dancing dualities; the wounded masculinity and the longing for the Mother; the ecological, psycho-spiritual consequences of a male-only Divinity; the mystical, redemptive darkness in Gnostic Christianity; the similarities between the Gnostic traditions and Tantric Buddhism; Mary Magdalene from a Tantric perspective; facing all aspects in us; Tantric ecology; the hunger to re-enchant the world; “Black Panther” and the foundational vibration; AI as Awakened Intelligence; the mystic river where all religions identities dissolve; recognizing that we are the heart of totality.

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The Revolution of Evolution

In this week’s episode James Oroc speaks with Joanna about: psychedelics and extreme sports; the psychedelic perspective and human survival; the role of psychedelics in the big cultural shift of the last decades; 5-MeO-DMT, a unique psychedelic medicine; the shadow side of the toad medicine culture; that ban on tools for sef-examination; from die hard atheist to modern mystic and entheogenic explorer; the pregnant zero point field; the universe as a giant, holographic, crystalline structure; the privilege of being fully present at this time in human history; the possibilities of virtual reality and digital art; the visionary culture festivals and the need for community.

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Finding Freedom

In this week’s episode Roshi Joan Halifax speaks with Joanna about: where fear and courage meet; healing the shadow in five human virtues; the survival of the kindest; a thread of consciousness across generations;  learning in the gap between kindnesses; the importance of a committed community; united by suffering and kindness; the humility of open-minded curiosity; to come alongside; the metacognitive perspective; the edge of empathy; radical inclusivity; the multiple threads that weave us together; meeting futility with radical optimism.

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The Swan-Footed Queen

In this week’s episode Max Dashu speaks with Joanna about: Diana, the demonization of folk religion through a Latinized filter; the theme of devil worship as a way of explaining Pagan belief and practice; Herodias, the mythologization of the female villain; Holda the beneficent, a great Nature goddess; Frau Berthe and the time of the Old Goddess; praying to the Good Woman, a divine power that gives blessings to human beings and land; the Swan-footed Queen and Mother Goose; a substratum of folk divinity superseded by patriarchal order.

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