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.
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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.
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”.
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.
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.
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