Barry and Maya Spector discuss their many years of offering an annual Day of The Dead grief ritual in the East San Francisco Bay--it's healing power for participants and for the facilitators. We discuss the fact that the underlying myths of America culture are collapsing and notice how that collapse is increasing the madness of human beings who inhabit industrial civilization. Without conscious grieving in a safe and supportive container, the madness can only increase, along with our sense of despair and isolation.
Carolyn and Erica Martenson discuss what it's like to be a millennial in the throes of systems collapse and climate chaos. What feelings emerge, what life skills must be learned, what brings joy alongside the despair?
Carolyn and Molly Young Brown, co-author with Joanna Macy of Coming Back To Life: The Work That Reconnects talks about the role of conscious people and conscious elders in activism. Conscious activism compels us to ally with indigenous people and all oppressed beings and allow ourselves to be taught by them. Until we do so, we will only be an "I" and not a "we." In addition, we cannot be conscious activists unless we are willing to utilize our emotions as a doorway to more skillful activism. Working with our emotions deepens our connection with our allies and allows us to view our adversaries with respect, compassion, and discernment.
Francis Weller returns to the New Lifeboat Hour to discuss with Carolyn the connection between grief and joy, what it means to have an apprenticeship with sorrow, and the difference our commitment to feeling our grief in a safe and support environment makes in our lives. What would our culture be like if we experienced that grief is our friend and that it is waiting to bring us many gifts on every level in our lives and communities? Don't miss this inspiring conversation with America's Grief Sage, author of The Wild Edge of Sorrow.
Carolyn and her team members Dean Walker and Ivey Cone share their excitement regarding their forthcoming online symposium, Active Love: Beyond The Eleventh Hour. Most exciting is the opportunity to join symposium presenters live online for questions and discussion with the presenter and with other participants. This symposium will be a launching pad for a much broader body of work to be intensified in 2017.
Andrew Harvey & Carolyn Baker, with Host Ivey Cone, look at the shadow of current politics and the new book Carolyn and Andrew are writing, entitled, "Return To Joy." How on Earth can we experience joy as the world burns? How can we be present with the burning and stay connected with ourselves, each other, and Earth? Over the years Carolyn and Andrew have collaborated tirelessly to address these issues, and according to them, they're just getting warmed up.
Louise LeBrun, founder of WEL-Systems discovery shares yet another lifeboat(s) for navigating these daunting times from a place of inner authority and the revolutionary reality that we cannot rely on the mind alone. We must develop a new and loving relationship with the body and the intuition.
Carolyn hosts energy activist, Nancy La Placa who returns to the New Lifeboat Hour to expose the delusions of clean coal and how the fossil fuel industry maintains dirty and expensive energy policies in the face of climate catastrophe. She also inspires us to take action even in small ways to slow the consequences of disastrous energy policies.
Carolyn and Mimi German discuss the journey of activism from initially waking up to full-blown activism to distilling one's activism into full-bodied, full-hearted living. Poetry, music, meditation, growing food, and total immersion in nature help us integrate our external activism with a long overdue exploration of the inner world, for indeed in a time of global crisis, there is nowhere to go but inward.
What is the difference between joy and happiness, and why is the difference important? How do we cultivate and experience joy in a deadened culture? The pursuit of happiness costs nothing; the cultivation of joy requires the work of mining the dark gold of the shadow and reaping its inestimable rewards. Carolyn talks about how light and dark travel together and need each other and how confronting the enemies of joy and shadow healing make vibrant living possible--even in a flatline culture.