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ENVISION THIS...an online radio show devoted to bringing the voice of visionaries to the public in a highly accessible format. Hey, isn't that what THIS show is all about?! Exactly. This evening your co-hosts, Merry and Burl Hall will discuss our vision for this show, the values and ideas that underlie our efforts, our successes and problems in manifesting this vision so far, the joys and problems of two technologically impaired people in this technological world, our exp
ENVISION THIS: Global Warming and other impending systems collapses are not problem humans need to “fix” but realities to which we must adapt and continue to adapt as they manifests in our locale.
Robert Wolff is author of Original Wisdom: Stories of an Ancient Way of Knowing, a blogger, and contributor at OpEd online magazine. Robert, now 91, was raised by his Dutch parents among the indigenous peoples of Indonesia. A psychologist and educator who has lived in Suriname and in Southeast Asia, he has taught at the University of Hawaii and currently lives on the Big Island. He writes:
“Wake up, people, we are not who and what you think. We are an integral part of All That Is, we are part of the great complex that is our planet...We may think we are not a part of Nature, but of course we cannot not be. We can put chemicals and batteries and metal bones in, or attached to, our organic bodies, but the essence of what we are is that we are part of Nature. We, and our works,are interwoven in the All of the planet. The one great ecology of the earth must include our plastic and other invented materials; even our invented ideas must be part of the All. Our man-made world cannot be other than a part of the planetary ecology...In the end, survival of our species trumps even the overwhelming power of corporations. We can find our ancient root-assumption again; it is still inside us. Accept that we are not exceptional, we don't own this planet but were born of this planet as one of the millions of other species. We are part of all Life. With all other Life we adapt as best we can to our environment as it is...The only scenario I can think of is a total breakdown: the manmade world crashes...For the first time since birth, we are free.”
ENVISION THIS...Weaving people and ideas into a community vision
Our guest, Lillian Lake, is a Community Visionary working to build community prosperity. She strongly believes "collaboration, cooperation and communication" is the best route to using limited resources wisely.” Lil works for community prosperity in Western Maine and also shares her thoughts and calendar of events through her blog at /www.lillianlake.com,.
lil works tirelessly to promote healthy, local and affordable opportunities. Her take on “local” is expansive and inclusive: “Local is more than miles. It’s justice, environment, sustainability, retreat. I connect people and ideas from diverse areas – public institutions, businesses, non-profits, farm owners and fishers.”
Lillian is a skilled and knowledgeable adviser, writer, and speaker on building community prosperity with a particular focus on local food systems. She works with communities and organizations by inspiring and leading them to build sound foundations. Working with many non-profit organizations, she has developed skills to cultivate and nurture donors and sponsors; plan events; develop new campaigns; and identify and cultivate corporate partnerships and sponsorships.
ENVISION THIS: humanity remembering our divinity and wholeness through creative pathways
Our guest, Zoe Hudson, invites us to explore creative pathways that help us “to remember our true selves, our longing for healing, heart-centered community, and harmonious relationship with our selves, each other and our Earth.” She is passionate about creating poetry, visual art, moving mandalas, and labyrinths that reconnect us to our wholeness. She has recently “created an exhibition on the sacred essence of Water, remembering our connection to water through visual art and poetry.”
Zoe has a background in Tera Mai Seichem and Metamorphic Technique and has a Foundation degree in Environmental Art and rural crafts, which has enabled her to weave together professional services of healing, creativity and nature. She has co-created with David Ash a CD in devotion to Mother Earth called “I Mother Earth”; co-founded with Sue Claire Morris “Healing Hearts and Landscapes”, a creative service of reconnection to the Celtic wheel, the Labyrinth and the Moving Mandala; and is also a proud member of Traveler's Joy based in Canada founded by Nancy Sherwood with a team of experienced practitioners and fellow pilgrims.
Join us as Zoe Hudson explores how participating in such creative arts transforms us into “co-creators of a more sustainable way of being.”
ENVISION THIS...A future that is already among and within us
A little role switching here...Our scheduled guest had to bow out for personal health reasons. This evening Burl will host and Merry will stand in as our featured guest.
Grandmerry Speaks: For some time now I have felt the need to integrate the wisdom being shared with us by our guests with my own emerging vision, passion, and mission. As our many and varied haloed guests have shared with us what they envision AND what they are doing to manifest that vision here and now, I have been enlightened to share a Universal "Secret," that I suggest is hidden from our view only by the veil after veil of paradox surrounding the Nature of Life, Truth, and Love.
I have been transformed by all that life and the wise voices on ENVISION THIS have taught me into a worthy Elder, which is why I now publicly claim my previously private family name: Grandmerry.
Please call in (646-652-2235) to share your perspective too, for we are ALL, without exceptions, both characters and authors of a grand story unfolding even as we speak and listen to one another. The future is ours--not for the taking, not for the giving, but for the sharing with ALL of creation.
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ENVISION THIS...communities where locally and sustainably grown non-GMO foods are traded equitably without corporate or government interference. Our guest, Bob St Peter, Executive Director of FOOD FOR MAINE'S FUTURE, a member-based organization with a mission to build a just, secure, sustainable and democratic food system for the benefit of Maine farmers, fishers, patrons, communities, and the environment, was unable to be with us.
ENVISION THIS...Basing your life, your work, your health, and your diet on the food wisdom of our ancestors
Our guest, Elli Sparks, embodies this vision Her biodynamic permaculture farm, where she has been increasing the carbon sucking capacity of her pastures with mob grazing, is called Sacred Foods Farm.The name comes from the research done by Dr. Weston A. Price and the book he wrote that collected together in one place the food wisdom of our ancestors.It is this wisdom that has helped Elli heal from rheumatoid arthritis and depression.
She was the co-founding member of the Richmond Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby. She is building relationships with members of Congress, their aides, and the local newspaper’s editorial board for the purpose of ensuring her own children’s health, security, and wellbeing.
Her children's stories, available from her in manuscript form, are “Papa, Tell Me a Story” about the time Earth very nearly lost her people and “If You Ask Your Congressman to Be a Climate Hero.”
In an article for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Sparks writes:
"Perhaps more than most issues, climate change is a spiritual challenge with a political solution that industry must implement. We will need elected leaders and captains of industry to ground themselves spiritually. They will need to act from a place of love, not fear. Free will, I believe, only works when it comes from a place of love. I'm guessing God would say that, too.&
ENVISION THIS: A hero that helps us confront the destructive paradigms of the Global Industrial Empire before we self-destruct.
Timothy Scott Bennett is the author of All the Above, fiction that helps us to acknowledge and confront the paradigms that underlie our conscious pursuit of Empire and our unconscious pursuit of economic, ecological, and moral collapse. With his wife, Sally Erickson, he also produced the film What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire that documents the harrowing facts of the present predicament of Planet Earth.
Sally Erickson is also an artist, psychotherapist, vegetable farmer, community organizer, leader at Blue Heron Education Association, and owner of a local and online business selling Vegibags. She embodies "Think Global; Act Local."
Their mission is to “help make clear and conscious the assumptions, taboos, denials, and orthodoxies of the dominant global industrial culture, so that some people will be able to break free of the confines and limitations of that paradigm.”
President Linda Travis, heroine of Timothy’s book, with many aware helpers along the way, becomes a true leader of our evolution through collapse of the dominant paradigm and leadership into truly mature co-creators within the limitations and natural abundance of Planet Earth. Our guests, Timothy and Sally, in their own ways, emerge as just such heroes in real life and time.
ENVISION THIS... utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing
Meryl Ann Butler designs her artwork to be healing for the viewer. Her fiber arts are uplifting. Her illuminated mandalas can serve to reconnect the viewer with their life purpose. She has been building labyrinths since 1992 that many have found it healing to walk. Her artwork is on view at http://www.merylannbutler.com where she is offering listeners free gifts!
Meryl Ann says, "Art is the medicine that heals the soul. Reconnecting with the Creative Self within offers an opportunity to bask in an oasis of peaceful comfort and then return to daily life, renewed."
ENVISION THIS...a group that provides many practical tools & skills for building resilience and community as a positive response to peak oil & climate change. Our guest, Lisa Fernandez, founded Portland Maine Permaculture Meetup in 2005 in order to gather together good people with a genuine interest in sustainable living and a “get out there and do it” attitude. The group now has over 1,221 permaculture advocates who are great thinkers and doers and a record o
ENVISION THIS...Curing chronic illness without the help of medicines
Our guest, Darryl D'Souza, is a teacher of natural therapies and also the author of a book BECOME HEALTHY OR... EXTINCT! that is available as a free download on his website www.becomehealthyorextinct.com. It is now being read in over 30 countries!
Darryl explains why the choices we make between the illnesses rampant in our culture and health are that dramatically important. A slew of illnesses spanning 14 years of his life led doctors to label him “a hopeless case.”
His own research into the metaphysics of the human body and experience with healing himself led to many breakthrough insights including the main reasons for chronic illness and an understanding of the workings of the human body that leads to health and happiness as well as symbiosis with Mother Nature.
WE APOLOGIZE FOR TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES THAT GARBLE THE HOST VOICES IN THE SECOND HALF OF THIS EPISODE. OUR GUEST'S VOICE REMAINS CLEAR THROUGHOUT AND HER INSIGHTS ARE IMPORTANT. ENVISION THIS... building energy-efficient housing, providing education on sustainability, and improving the housing conditions of the workforce through an affordable program This is the vision, mission, and passion of our guest, Emily Niehaus, Executive Director of COMMUNITY REBUILDS. "At Community Reb