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The Future Is Beautiful with Amisha Ghadiali

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Welcome to The Future Is Beautiful with Amisha Ghadiali. On this show we explore the weave between politics, spirituality, creativity and sustainability. The people, projects and ideas we meet here are challenging the dominant world story and creating a beautiful future. We share a new interview every Thursday.

Every one of us has ideas and personal experiences to share that can lead us to a brighter future. Our global future is created by all of us, together. The Future Is Beautiful is the start of a new conversation for making that happen.

How will you create beauty in the world?

Discover more about our book and podcast at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co
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How can we design for a regenerative future? “I like to think of the moment we are in like the Millenium Falcon in Star Wars; we need to go sideways to get through the window of opportunity before it closes.” ~ Amanda Joy Ravenhill In this episode Amisha meets Amanda Joy Ravenhill, Executive Director of the Buckminster Fuller Institute. Amanda shares her approach to navigating what she calls ‘the awkward era’ that we find ourselves in now. She talks about taking the long view towards a regenerative future, and introduces us to a dazzling array of projects - from agroforestry to kelp farming  - that offer win/win solutions to the intertwined issues of climate crisis, biodiversity loss, food security and economic security.  Amanda shares with us the remarkable story of Buckminster Fuller’s early years and his rise to prominence as a whole systems design thinker as early as five years of age. She also shares her personal story -  how growing up as a “third culture kid” and living in many different parts of the world during her childhood has shaped her work at the systems level, and how living in community nurtures and supports her in that work.   Together, Amisha and Amanda speak about the importance of metabolising the anger, grief and anxiety that is provoked by the crises we currently face on a global scale.  Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co   
How can we reconnect deeply to ourselves, our community and our planet? In this episode Amisha sits down with facilitator and educator Will Scott. At the time of this interview, Will was evacuated from his home and community in Sonoma County, California due to the wildfires that are raging there. He speaks about his personal reactions and responses to the crisis, as well as those of his community and others around them.  Will explains how many of the crises and imbalances we are facing have their roots in a lack of connection or relationship - to ourselves, to others and to the natural world we are a part of - and how marking and honoring life transitions with the support of the natural world can help us to reconnect.  Together Amisha and Will discuss privilege and inclusion, how community can hold, facilitate and help us to integrate transformative experiences into our daily lives, and how to better meet the wildness and vulnerability within ourselves and others.  Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co   
How can we help each other to become the sovereign leaders our times are calling for? In this episode Amisha connects with neuropsychologist, author and educator Stephanie Mines. Stephanie is the vision holder for the recent Climate Change & Consciousness Conference held at Findhorn, and is a champion and mentor for ‘Unprecedented Leaders’ working on the frontlines of climate crisis. Stephanie shares with us her personal story, from an early life impacted by trauma, a career as a trauma therapist and neuroscientist, to her present work of supporting and empowering activist leaders to address the pressing challenges we face. She explains why we must cultivate the art of deep listening - to ourselves and others- and how by doing so we can invoke the kinds of unprecedented leadership the times are calling for. Together Amisha and Stephanie share their experiences of initiation, inner alchemy, neuroplasticity and neural evolution. They discuss the difference between intuition and spiritual guidance and how we can recognise both.  Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co   
How can we radically shift our approach to working with complex challenges? In this episode Amisha sits down with Zaid Hassan. Zaid has twenty years of experience working with complex challenges. He’s co-founder of 10-in-10 - an initiative to tackle ten global challenges in ten years.  Zaid speaks about his work with 10-in-10 and their approach to tackling ten global challenges in ten years - working beyond silos and outside of what we already know. He explains why we must put power into the hands of the people who are being impacted by the complex challenges we face so that they can help design responses to them - turning their adverse experiences into a valuable resource. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co
How will we heal the disconnect between humanity and Mother Earth? “One of the greatest things that has happened with many people who feel cut off from love is they have stopped breathing. Listen to yourself breathing and begin to listen to your heart - because if you are not listening, you are not loving.” ~ Erena Rangimarie Rereomaki Rhöse. In this episode Amisha meets Maori elder and shaman Erena Rangimarie Rereomaki Rhöse. Erena shares with us her cultural concept of the earth as Mother and the cosmology and creation stories of her Maori heritage, speaking of the lived experience of connection to nature at the deepest levels of being. She speaks of the pressing need to acknowledge, love and honour our mother the earth and why we must even learn to love plastic. Erena speaks about the situation in New Zealand where people are turning back to the land, human rights being awarded to the River Whanganui, and the healing happening within Maori communities and with non-Maori New Zealanders. Finally, Erena explains what happens when indigenous elders from around the globe gather in one room, why these elders are gathering now and how the earth is working with us and through us all to heal herself. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 
How can we be truly present to ourselves, to each other and to earth in these times? In this episode Amisha meets Phap Linh a Zen Buddhist monk from Plum Village.  Phap Linh shares the story of his journey from the corridors of Cambridge University, via his ancestral French village, to being ordained as a monk at Plum Village, a meditation centre founded in France by the Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hahn after he was exiled from his homeland. He speaks about life in monastic community, the nature of commitment, finding joy in service and joining the Extinction Rebellion.  Together, Amisha and Phap Linh speak about how we can bring the experience of our interconnection into the activities of our daily lives. Phap Linh reveals to us how we can learn to see the sun in a carrot, and how much cloud is in a glass of water.
How can the wisdom held by indigenous communities help humanity evolve and heal? “Our work right now is to move around the planet and try to hold these pieces of people's hearts while they are opening. Our indigenous original cultures know how to walk through this - they have the prophecies that give us the instructions on how to walk through this.” ~ Jyoti In this episode Amisha sits down with internationally renowned spiritual leader Jyoti, who speaks about her early life as a woman waking up in the Southern United States, and how a series of calls, visions and sacred synchronicities led her to assemble a council of 13 indigenous grandmothers to wake up the world. Together Amisha and Jyoti speak about the ways that we can respond to the overwhelming crises that we face on a global scale, the indigenous prophecies of what is to come in the next decades and how to listen within to find our path to healing and to service in the world. Read more and listen to the episode on the blog, or through iTunes and Spotify.
How can we use our freedom to stand up for the oppressed? In this episode Amisha connects with Raki Ap. Raki shares the story of his life: fleeing West Papua as a child, growing up in the Netherlands and joining the Dutch army, and now living in political exile in The Hague.  Raki wants the world to know what has been happening in West Papua to West Papuans and what we as individuals can do to support them and stand up for their freedom. He speaks about the work he is doing in the Netherlands to inspire young people to act, to raise their voices and to feel empowered to speak out for those who are silenced by oppression. Together Raki and Amisha share personal stories of their experiences of West Papua and West Papuans, speak about reclaiming ancestral heritage and the root cause and impact of climate breakdown.  Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 
How can we hold awareness of the interbeing of all things in the face of crisis? “This evolutionary doorway that we have the potential to step through is about interbeing, and that means not separating anything out - not separating ourselves from each other, ourselves from the earth, the inner from the outer, the dark from the light. You can't step into that place without also doing this work of embracing all of it.” ~ Justine Huxley In this episode Amisha sits down with Justine Huxley, Director of St Ethelburga’s Centre for Peace and Reconciliation in London. Justine speaks about doing the work of deep adaptation in the face of complex global challenges and looming societal collapse. She speaks about her work at St Ethelburga’s with the younger generation, and her own feelings and experiences as an activist of several decades. Together Amisha and Justine speak about what it means to engage in sacred activism at this time, bringing together the regenerative spark of the younger generation with the resources and power of the older generation to tackle the challenges we face.  Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 
How can we stay grounded on our spiritual journey? In this episode Amisha is in conversation with author, teacher, Enrealment Activist and Grounded Spiritualist Jeff Brown. Together they discuss the dangers of dissociative spiritual practices, as well as the cultures and individuals that encourage these practises for individuals carrying unresolved trauma. Jeff shares stories of his own spiritual journey and the experiences that led him to his current practises of embodiment, ‘enrealment’ and integration.He explains why embodied psychotherapy holds our greatest hope for healing and self realisation, how he made a spiritual practice of betting on horses at the races, and the myriad problems with patriarchal spirituality. Together Amisha and Jeff discuss some of the ways we dissociate and absent ourselves in the name of becoming present, and how we can learn instead to hold on to the threads of ever more diverse realities. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 
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