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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 our individual creative freedom liberate others?   In this episode Amisha meets multidisciplinary metaphysical artist Kamau Abayomi. Kamau’s broad-ranging creative expression is a conduit for Maat energy - the ancient Egyptian goddess of harmony, truth, justice and balance. From his early years as a skateboarding teenage rapper in Oakland, California to over 15 years living in Bali, Kamau’s path through life has been one of creative liberation.   Kamau’s work with Maat energy seeks balance and harmony in creative forms. He has combined traditional Balinese dance with breakdance and rap elements in performance, and regularly puts Michael Jackson into his ecstatic dance DJ sets. Kamau speaks about his belief that the full spectrum of codes and vibrations must be available so that each person can seek and find their own access points to spiritual and creative growth.   “If we’re afraid of our own voice, our innate wisdom that’s connected to the higher aspects of our being can’t flow through.” ~ Kamau Abayomi   Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co  
What is wrong with a culture of fast fixes?   In this episode, Amisha meets sustainable fashion designer and lecturer, Michelle Lowe-Holder.   Michelle was inspired to relocate to England from America by the famously radical and innovative fashion design scene. It was here that she became interested in working with more ethical materials and practises and released her first sustainable fashion collection in 2010.   Michelle has most recently acquired a surprisingly detailed understanding of teen drug culture, as well as a collection of over 3,000 used nitrous oxide canisters. She has created provocative works of art from her glittering urban forage, which shock audiences by their scale.   Together Amisha and Michelle discuss the impact of fast fashion on our mindset and environment, how the ‘fast high’ of nitrous oxide exemplifies a worrying trend towards disposability and increased waste, and what we as individuals can do to counter such trends.   “We need to start changing our mindset about waste in general - how we can repurpose, how we can reuse and how we can value it and change the way we are thinking.” ~ Michelle Lowe-Holder   Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 
What does it truly mean to be Foolish?   In this episode Amisha meets professional Fool, Jonathan Kay. For the uninitiated, The Fool exists somewhere in the archetypal space between a clown, your inner child and a guru - and everywhere and nowhere at the same time. Tune in to experience Foolish ways of looking, seeing, being… and flying!   Jonathan has been a performer since a young age, travelling and performing with theatres and bands. Something mysterious happened to him in Winchester in the early 80s which led him to be touched by The Fool and his present life’s work evolved from there. He now teaches workshops and programmes, as well as continuing to perform and bring The Fool to audiences and initiates across the globe.   Together Amisha and Jonathan explore what it really means to make a Fool of ourselves. Jonathan draws on powerful, painful stories to give examples of the depth of his work with The Fool - which is essentially a spiritual practice for him.   “You have to have a contained box before you can see that you can play in this contained box and let yourself out. That heads towards self-consciousness, which heads towards consciousness and being open and out of prison.” ~ Jonathan Kay   Trigger warning: contains themes of suicide and torture Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co   
At a time of growing individual and global burnout, how can looking to nature's patterns inspire us to find more sustainable and harmonious ways of living?  In this episode Amisha meets with Anna Murray, co-founder of Patternity - a ‘conscious creative organisation’ working with pattern to inspire more curious, collaborative and connected ways of living.  Anna shares her journey with patterns, noticing how they play out in her own life and in the world around her, and speaks about how we can work with pattern awareness to create balance in our lives. During her early career in advertising, Anna became aware that something was very wrong with the way she was using her creativity. This sense of discomfort grew stronger and she began to hear a call to change direction. Anna speaks about the experience of taking a leap of faith to respond to this call and how her life has transformed as a result.  As an entrepreneur starting a new business, Anna and her business partner, Grace Winteringham, quickly came up against their own patterns and the patterns of the business culture around her. She tells how they were pushed to change, and to really live Patternity’s ethos of interconnectedness, beauty and balance. We hear how the two women repatterned their working lives and company culture to be in balance and harmony with natural patterns.  Together Anna and Amisha discuss the cycles that shape our lives on a personal and societal level, the bias we hold against slower, darker aspects of different cycles, and the gifts that come from tracking and tuning into our own cyclical nature. Anna tells us about her decision to approach life with more spirals and fewer stripes and what this means in her day to day life. “We have not been taught to value rest, we want to be in perpetual summer.” ~ Anna Murray   Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co  
How can we change the world by changing our consciousness?   In this interview Amisha meets author, investigative journalist and teacher of meditation Alan Clements. Together they explore the nature of meditation, consciousness, beauty and activism.   Alan shares the story of his enquiry into the influence of consciousness on consciousness itself, including what inspired him to study “the elements of consciousness that enhance its frequency, luminosity, liberty and enlightenment.” We hear about the shift from external exploration - through psychedelics, entheogens, diet and yoga - toward an internal exploration, which led Alan to Burma, to the Mahasi Meditation Centre, and his teacher there.   After studying mindfulness meditation in a Burmese monastery for over 20 years, Alan returned to the world of laypeople and now spends his days writing, running retreats and teaching what he has learned to others. He and Amisha speak about the challenges of studying meditation outside the controlled environment of a monastery, and how we can practise mindful intelligence as a way of being in everyday life.   Alan shares his beliefs about how monogamous commitment is the way of the future for loving relationships, and why abandoning polyamory allows us to reach greater states of freedom together than we can alone. He tells how - by holding the highest integrity of presence in every moment and encounter - we can each change the world right here, right now and one person at a time.   “The most important act of activism today is to be in emotional integrity in the most heightened way - where you are, with whom you’re with - and let that be the evidence, should you die, of the greatest gift you gave to the future of life.” ~ Alan Clements   Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co     
After two very full series and 52 episodes, our host Amisha Ghadiali shares some musings with our community during our series break. She talks about her ideas to get the community together in more face to face interactions all over the world, and a possibility of a matchmaking service for those looking for love!   She also shares about sacred activism, resilience, and presence. How to dance the twin trail, as we prepare for Series Three which we start recording in May and will be released in June.  Thank you to all of you wonders in our community for your beautiful hearts and commitment to the future. We are writing it as we speak, nothing is inevitable.  Join our community, become a patron, download our book and free ebook all over on our website - www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 
How can embodiment practises unlock our potential?   In this episode Amisha meets strategist, coach and facilitator Daniela Plattner. Daniela works with movement to unlock and unleash creative confidence.   Since playing footsie with Gabrielle Roth - the founder of 5Rhythms - as a child in a New York restaurant, Daniela has been on a profound personal journey with movement: finding her purpose in the place where her greatest pain and her greatest joy meet.   Daniela speaks to us about embodiment and movement: what it means to her, how it can transform lives and how we can incorporate it into our daily lives. She speaks about the deep integration that happens when we align our mind and body through conscious movement and how we can tap into the intelligence of our body to help us navigate decisions in our lives. Together Amisha and Daniela share stories of healing and releasing trauma through movement, visualisation and deep listening to the body.   “Through my greatest struggles and greatest joys I’ve again and again come back to the body as my greatest compass and an ally for navigating decisions and choices and life events.” ~ Daniela Plattner   Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co
How do the soundscapes of our lives influence us?   In this episode Amisha meets visionary listener, musician, educator and global citizen Aurelio. Now based in India, Aurelio grew up in Austria and has travelled the world studying the origins and functions of music.   Aurelio rejected book-learning in favour of finding embodied experiences of music in daily life around the globe. He speaks of the primal pulses and frequencies that infuse our existence from conception onwards and how these influence our cells, our sense of harmony and our social rituals.   Aurelio tells us about life and work at Svaram - a campus and community in Auroville, dedicated to experience of sound. He talks about the roles for music in our lives - both individually and collectively - and the findings of neurobiological studies into the effects of sound and music on our brain from our earliest moments in utero.   Together Aurelio and Amisha explore the ever-changing soundscapes of our lives; from the jungle to the city and from the womb out into the world.   “In most indigenous cultures there was a sound event that brought forth manifestation. At the beginning there's the unknown cosmic ocean and then something ignites and starts to throb. All of us come into incarnation in this fluid space where sound travels seven times as fast. We are exposed to pulsation for 9 months...We all have a pulse in ourselves.” ~ Aurelio   Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co
How many slaves are making your clothes?   In this episode Amisha meets author, consultant and social entrepreneur Safia Minney, who founded ethical fashion brands People Tree and Po-Zu. Safia speaks to us about modern slavery: all the ways it is hidden in plain view and what she and others are doing to change the broken system that perpetuates it.   Amisha and Safia discuss how the very fabric of our environments is part of a tangled web of human rights abuses and environmental degradation. We hear stories of some of the 41 million slaves worldwide who have been trapped in bonded labour, human trafficking.   As awareness grows around modern day slavery and legislation begins to come in, big companies are forced to account for the treatment of workers in their supply chains. However, more still needs to be done. Safia tells us how we can act to make a change, refusing to stay complicit in a polluting and abusive system where the human and environmental cost of high-street fashion prices is just too high.   “We need to find that appreciation for our food, for our clothes, for the products that we use and understand that these are not given to us. Nature doesn't give them to us free of charge- they come with environmental costs and they come with environmental risks and those risks are often borne by the most vulnerable people in the world” - Safia Minney   Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co  
How can we access and maintain a perpetual flow state of ease, abundance and inspiration?   In this episode Amisha shares a moment with consciousness researcher, serial entrepreneur and Co-Founder of the Flow Consciousness Institute Justin Faerman.   How would it feel to have a continuous experience of being effortlessly supported by life, knowing that all the resources that you need to thrive and experience exponential growth and success will flow to you with ease? In this episode Justin introduces us to the experience of flow consciousness and reveals some of the entry points we can all find in our own lives to tap into it.   Justin shares the foundational importance of learning how to tune into our intuition, shifting from a focus on the mind to a greater awareness of felt sense in and around our bodies. Together he and Amisha share their own journeys of learning to access and follow their intuition, as well as discussing some of the latest scientific research into intuition and consciousness.   We hear the story of how Justin came to be living and working with flow consciousness, his experience of sharing what he has learned with others and some of the obstacles people face on their journey to embracing flow consciousness as a way of life. He sets out the conditions - both internal and external - that can support us to step into flow consciousness, how to rewire our perceptions to achieve an ongoing state of flow and how we can perpetuate the experience once we have accessed it.   “We tend to only be consciously aware of the macro decisions - the big ones - but they make up the smallest percentage of the decisions we make each day. It’s the small decisions that make the most impact collectively.” ~ Justin Faerman   Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co  
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