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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.

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116 Episodes
How do we become spiritual anchors amidst the sea of change? In this episode Amisha talks with Richard Rudd, an spiritual teacher, writer and award-winning poet. All of Richard’s travels and studies coalesced into a synthesis ‘Gene Keys’ exploring the miraculous possibilities inherent in human DNA. Today Richard continues to teach and travel all over the world applying the ‘Gene Keys’ across many fields, from the practical to the mystical.  Amisha and Richard explore intuition as our higher wisdom intelligence that supersedes the fears we are sold and sidesteps the instabilities our systems impose on us. Its signals and languages connect us into the deeper intelligence held within our bodies; a vital skill for grounding and guiding us in our life choices during uncertain times.  Richard reveals that intuition led him to great adventures in his younger years travelling the world off the beaten track gathering a feast of experiences that opened up his lifelong spiritual exploration and realisation that life is magical, and that stretching ourselves into unknown places opens many unexpected doors. They speak about how his adventures of meeting people allover the world and the deeper studies of various spiritual teachings led him to creating ‘Gene Keys’; a wisdom school that offers a transformational journey designed like a labyrinth where we can move through different levels expanding our consciousness blossoming our gifts into purpose, love, peace and prosperity. We learn that we are living in a time of preparation for a new epoch, The Age Of Synthesis, where ancient spiritual teachings and lineages will interact with our playfulness and joy, so we may challenge and stretch them respectfully to gain fresh perspectives and embody them as earthly experiences and practices to uphold us and our future generations amidst a sea of change. Links from this episode and more at 
What kind of world could we believe in and tend to through practices of deep listening? In this episode Amisha speaks with Kailea Frederick, a mother of Tahltan, Kaska and Black American ancestry. Her work sits at the intersection of climate justice, spiritual ecology and resilience thinking. Kailea is the Editor for Loam, a Climate Commissioner for the city of Petaluma, and a facilitator through her own project ‘Earth Is `Ohana’. She co-authored ‘Compassion In Crisis: Learning To Live in an Age of Disaster’. Amisha and Kailea talk about the practice of deep listening as way of being in dialogue with Honua, the trees, the rocks, the elements, ourselves and each other; a vital tool for navigating our complex lives whilst experiencing the discomforts, unpredictability and imbalances of climate change. Kailea shares practical ways of listening to Earth as a climate commissioner working on climate emergency frameworks translating data and charts, observations and climate transitions into guiding documents for crisis management during climate emergencies. Together they explore communities creatively coming together to forge ways forward by uplifting voices and narratives that offer new perspectives and grounding us in simple life, hope, resilience and spiritual practice. Kailea reveals the challenges of being a parent and together they explore the joys and the murkier moments of being a guardian during these times that do not promise safety nor balance, but nonetheless the rewards of personal growth and widening perspectives. We learn that deep listening is an act and gift of reciprocity that can help us shape spaces of shared values where we may find new formats of balance, common goals and a community moving towards the creations of systemic changes. They encourage us to observe the quiet revolutions inside our hearts so we can become the lightbearers of alternative perspectives that will guide the way. This podcast is part of a collaboration with St.Ethelburga’s called ‘Listening to each other, Listening to Earth’. Links from this episode and more at 
How do we birth a new paradigm through transforming our story? In this episode Amisha talks with Rita Hraiz, visionary artist and a respected teacher of Ageless Wisdom and Esoteric Psychology. Rita is deeply versed in the Vajrayana aspect of Tibetan Buddhism and a student of Kalachakra Tantra. She is the designer and founder of Ethical clothing brand Mudra. Amisha and Rita explore how we can honour our radiance and authenticity through the style, materials and adornments we choose to wear and how the clothing and colours we wear effect us. Rita shares her personal journey of her spiritual awakening embracing her identity and creative gifts as a divine presence. She reveals her creation of MUDRA, a clothing brand that is rooted in the beauty of colour therapy, in materials and silhouettes that embrace women’s personal expressions moving past conventional conditioning and perceptions of shapes and sizes. MUDRA represents the essence of her heart. It is regenerative and low in waste production, it lets cultures and traditions flourish, encourages peoples gifts and skills in Nepal, Bali and India, and most of all it is a path that lets RIta unfold her own spiritual journey.  Together they explore the power of adornments as pathways to our authenticity bringing meaning to what we wear, opening up layers of our souls essence, forging deeper connection with divinity and presenting possibility for the reclamation of heritage. We learn about multiple prophecies that guide us to balance the divine feminine and masculine during these shifting times. It is a time where we may gift ourselves a relationship with our creativity and our stillness so that we may rise into healing and love for ourselves and each other becoming butterflies that dance in the power of each others radiance. Links from this episode and more at 
How do we stitch a new garment that fits all of humanity and nature? In this episode Amisha talks with Sonya Renee Taylor, Founder and Radical Executive Officer of ‘The Body is Not An Apology’, a digital media and education company. Sonya’s creation as an award winning performance poet, activist and transformational leader unapologetically leans into radical self-love as a path of liberation. Amisha and Sonya explore the current collective moment where oppressive systems are exposed for their illusions designed to keep us separated from self-love by burying us in individualism, shame and separation. They recognise this moment of interdependence as an invitation offering us ways to make choices from a place of possibility; an invitation that may open us to the reclamation of our worthiness. Sonya believes that we have been systemically disconnected from our own sense of divineness, our sense of enoughness. She shares that we have to raise our consciousness as an act of reclamation to break free from the systems of hierarchy and enforced value categories that have relentlessly conditioned us to prove ourselves. Together they reveal that in order to participate in self-love we have to allow ourselves to be expansive. We have to find the courage to revisit our original stories and see how they’ve shaped our place of value. They share that radical self-love journeys move us into creation of intentional reciprocal and resonant relationships connecting us with the full tapestry of community in order to help us magnify the spectrum of our experiences of self-love. We learn that radical self-love is the fabric that will help us weather the storms of life. Radical self-love is the love that offers pathways to connect us with our soul truths so that we may participate in a vision for a collective future by contributing our true passions moving gracefully into the fullness of our humanity. Links from this episode and more at 
How do we create structures with life at the centre of their being? In this episode Amisha talks with Pat McCabe ‘Woman Stands Shining’, of the Diné Nation adopted into the Lakota Spiritual Way of Life. She is an international speaker travelling to pray and to share her journey of remembering and listening for the way Home, back to the true nature of being Human Being. Amisha and Pat speak about how the beauty of our names reminds us of our uniqueness, our community spirit and encounters with the mysteries of Earth and life. They talk about Listening to Earth as a practice requiring us to acknowledge that different paradigms co-exist and that we have different ways of being human outside of modern world paradigms. Pat shares her personal stories and encounters with Mother Earth and how she transitioned from a place of deep intellect to a way of somatic knowing. We learn that Earth is always present if we listen and acknowledge ourselves as her beloved children. They explore how indigenous civilisations cultivated ways of knowing that bypassed intellect. We hear how they increased abundance and biodiversity creating ways to thrive continents as living organisms where humans were gifts of kinship that shared knowledge and cultural cross-pollination. They speak about how the loss of their elders during the pandemic means devastating consequences for humanity due to loosing their vital knowledge, language, teachings and ceremony. Pat believes that possibilities are humming in the air leading us into co-creation of new structures with life at the centre of their being. She has been called to lead change of our dividend paradigms with the world’s wealth holders to step from investments to restorations activating our radical self-love, self-trust and our freewill to transform money powers to serve the future of humanity and Mother Earth. Links from this episode and more at 
Can the powers of our flowing minds expand our language of reciprocity? In this episode Amisha talks to Minna Salami, author, blogger, feminist theorist and lecturer. Minna’s blog ‘MsAfropolitan’ connects feminism with critical reflections on contemporary culture from an Africa-centred perspective. She is the author of ‘Sensuous Knowledge: A Black Feminist Approach for Everyone’, which explores universal concepts such as art, beauty, identity, blackness and womanhood with an Africa-centred, decolonial and feminist paradigm. Amisha and Minna explore the idea of beauty and how the poetry, language and willpower we receive from our rivers and from our natural world increases our sensuous knowledge, expands the volume of our integrity and flourishes the gardens of our beauty. Minna describes how the flow that shapes our rivers and the patterns of nature alongside them can inspire systems of power and governmental structures rooted in reciprocity. Minna believes that in the 21st century we are by default born into a multi perspectival approach that shapes our identities and knowledge into worldviews that are a golden opportunity to overcome the complex struggles humankind are facing. They speak about how our societies could utilise the wisdom traditions of our elders, especially our grandmothers as the antidote to the robotisation of our collective psyche during these current times. We learn that listening is beauty; that being present and the small things make us beautiful. They reveal that our complex identities are an opportunity for curiosity and inquiry to understand each other and the human species in greater depth; a powerful opportunity to embrace new perspectives and truths letting our minds flow like roaring rivers of reciprocity, integrity and beauty.  This podcast is part of a collaboration with St.Ethelburga’s called ‘Listening to each other, Listening to Earth’. Links from this episode and more at
How can we keep showing up as active citizens of change? In this episode Amisha speaks with Jonathon Porritt, an eminent writer, broadcaster and campaigner on sustainable development. He was co-founder & director of Forum For The Future, UK’s leading sustainable development charity. Jonathon has been on the front line of environmental campaigning for more than 45 years. He’s been a member of the Green Party throughout that time, and has worked tirelessly to promote the solutions to today’s converging environmental crises. Amisha and Jonathon talk about the deeper, often unseen, realities that are unfolding during this time in our lives. They reveal how we are circling around tipping points and how the changes of our planet due to global warming are growing a sense of urgency for us to become active citizens in shaping our future. Jonathon believes that the solutions we need are already amongst us and that the energy we are investing in creating impactful climate change and social justice movements can be balanced by staying grounded. Together they share how Earth focused practices and a life lived in reciprocity with nature are essential in order for us to show up with authentic hope and not as ‘shiny optimists’. We learn that authentic hope flourishes in a realistic and science based understanding of the nature of the world and our impact on it. They explore how we can draw authentic hope from the life of funghi to form ideas for our progressive movements, and how principles of psychology of change could be accelerated by technology in moving us towards a balancing of systems of powers. Their conversations guides us not to sweat perfectionism and to understand our spiritual insights as an even more powerful call to action from our heartlands than that presented by political ideologies. Links from this episode and more at
How will you create beauty in this world? Our 108th episode is a celebration of our beautiful conversations here at The Future Is Beautiful. For this special episode we have gathered your voices. We have gathered your stories of how The Future Is Beautiful has influenced you and brought tangible shifts into your life. With generosity you have shared what you have learnt and unlearnt from this podcast, how it has shaped your life in new ways and how it has provided insights and opened your hearts to how you will create beauty in this world. Amisha has been speaking with incredible people from all corners of this Earth for the past four years; people from different walks of life all sharing an abundance of life experiences, insights and inspiring visions opening our minds and guiding our hearts into new possibilities of how we may flourish a beautiful future. What started as a book has become a magnificent weave of community sharing conversations that explore the multiplex layers of politics, spirituality, creativity and sustainability. The people, projects and ideas we share and meet in these conversations are challenging the dominant world story and creating a beautiful future. Our intentions of expanding interbeing and tangible hope for a beautiful future with this cherished community and beyond, have been met by your reflections, your open hearts and minds with warmth and curiosity, in turn inspiring us to continue to share more life-affirming conversations with you all. A special Thank You goes to our patrons, each one of them a vital support to the backbone of this podcast with their contributions and their continuous enthusiasm that sees us flourish. Links from this episode and more at 
Can Earth raise our consciousness into living lives of true reciprocity? In this episode Amisha speaks with Tiokasin Ghosthorse, member of the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation of South Dakota and a Sundancer in the cosmology of the Lakota Nation. He has a long history with Indigenous activism and advocacy, and is an international speaker on Peace, Indigenous and Mother Earth perspective. He is the founder, host and executive producer of “First Voices Radio”. In 2016 Tiokasin received a Nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.  Amisha and Tiokasin journey along a stream of consciousness guided by Tiokasin’s Indigenous cornerstones and his fluid interbeing with Earth and Cosmos. Tiokasin opens up a portal to the Lakota understanding of innocence and elemental consciousness that we can receive by Earth listening to us and teaching us to hear our hearts lessons through its abundant gifts. He reveals how we have constructed systems of fear that condition us to speak tactically, economically and anthropocentrically, instead of naturally. He shares insights into the world of Lakota language, an Earth language of indigenous intelligence embedded in verbs, motion and action that speaks to three dimensions, that knows no war nor gender, and is created to relate and not divide or exclude.  Tiokasin’s shares that the Corona virus is presenting us with 33 intelligences brought to us at this time to expand our consciousness and to see our future within the Earth. We learn that we can grow to understand the virus in new forms; a pathway to understand the tools and energy of the earth to grow our relationship to the cosmos, and expand us into beings that are guided by the gifts of the stars to live a life of true reciprocity.   This podcast is part of a collaboration with St Ethelburgas called ‘Listening To Each Other, Listening to Earth’. Links from this episode and more at 
What can we do to honour those that hold the world together? In this episode Amisha brings together Manish Jain (E39), an un-educator, giftivist, writer and co-founder of the Unschooling movement in India, Bayo Akomolafe (E13), a poet, philosopher, psychologist, professor and curator of the Emergence Network and Charles Eisenstein (E98) a social philosopher, author and public speaker; three leading thinkers and visionaries seeking to understand and shape the fabric of our earthly communities in new ways. In this life-affirming conversation they share their observations and insights of what is unfolding in their respective cultures during the current season of change. As invisible ‘secrets’, rituals and mythologies that bind or polarise our communities are revealed, they invite us into exploration of how we might change our worldviews relating to death, education, power dynamics and trust.  They talk about how with care for community, village economies and mutual aid, we may form life experiences that counteract our sense of separation and the fragile hostile global systems we have constructed. They reveal our current transformation as an opportunity to ask new questions about how we hope to shape this moment and how we might grow new fields of trust honouring the exponential possibilities we could seed. Their heart-led approaches encourage us to envision these possibilities as sacred sanctuaries where we might encounter things that are greater than ourselves. Their deep bond of brotherhood invites our spirit of playfulness to seek out wilder forms of thinking and education, wilder forms of coalitions, wilder forms of communication and change to shape new patterns of interbeing. Links from this episode and more at 
Can we condition ourselves to become progressive vessels that forge a regenerative future? In this episode Amisha speaks with Mark Stevenson, a ‘reluctant futurist’, author, broadcaster and expert on global trends and innovation. Mark is one of the world’s most respected thinkers on the interplay of technology and society, helping a diverse mix of clients, from government departments to corporates to NGOs become future literate and adapt their cultures and strategies. Amisha and Mark talk about perseverance, the possibilities for profound change arising from the pandemic and our need for future literacy. They explore the possibilities of change revealed by this unique moment of the pandemic; a moment that is a crisis of our hearts and a time of reflection where the impossible is possible. Mark shares his ways of staying fit, motivated and in balance whilst doing work that is bigger than him, work that effects system change with ministries, governments, powerful CEOs and investors. He believes that fitness teaches us that progress is slow and achieved with consistency Together speak of the idea that sustainable development is not simply about change, but about cultivating future literacy, and that artists can teach us ways to engage people emotionally with powerful tools that connect us to where possibilities bloom. We learn that sustainable change is founded in speaking to people’s hearts and growing our interconnectedness, and that with perseverance we can all effectively create transformation. This persistence of taking incremental steps in growing our visions is a fulfilling way to build long-lasting systemic change. Links from this episode and more at
What future would we create if we reclaimed the language of beauty? In this episode Amisha talks with Alan Moore, author and business innovator. Alan believes beautiful businesses are the future. Described as ‘lovingly disruptive’, Alan’s life mission is to make every business on the planet as beautiful as they can possibly be.  Amisha and Alan speak about the essence beauty and how we can reclaim its language to create beautiful businesses, futures and cultures. They explore beauty as something that is wholesome and dynamic providing us with the opportunity to walk each other home with empathy, non-judgement, compassion and love.  Together they explore the idea that beauty and regeneration is a universal language, where each of us has a unique voice and a unique gift that is our sovereign land; a land that will provide the fruits for us to become good ancestors of a future where we don’t dehumanise and objectify human beings, and where we might reconcile myopia and colonialism. Alan shares his personal experiences of opening himself up to the possibilities of beauty that rose out of vulnerabilities and times of personal change. He talks about walking alongside businesses that are seeking to shift their lens away from systems of fear-based leadership and economies of scale into ways of doing where everybody thrives and grows.  Links from this episode and more at 
Can beauty and community be the anchors of our future? In this episode we speak with Amisha Ghadiali, visionary and host of The Future Is Beautiful, this globally acclaimed podcast that weaves together Politics, Spirituality, Creativity and Sustainability offering us deep, insightful, unedited conversations with inspiring guests. Amisha has a gift of bringing people into connection with themselves, each other and the earth. She has hosted many retreats, workshops, programmes and rituals around the world. She creates brave, tender and inclusive spaces. Cultural Futurist & Experience Designer, Annegret Affolderbach turns tables on Amisha talking with her about the podcast since its inception, the beauty of leadership, futurism and the possibilities of intuitive gardening. Amisha shares how the creation of this soul nourishing podcast has become an experience of insight, human connection and community that has guided and created new aspects of her. Annegret and Amisha explore how podcast communities are intuitive gardens with universal roots, spaces of co-creation and transformation that pollinate beauty and future possibilities. Amisha plants seeds for exciting visions for the podcast and for weaving together the community in new ways. Amisha reveals personal paths of 20yrs of stepping into different forms of beautiful leadership and honing her soul’s gifts into a multitude of offerings designed to be brave and inclusive spaces that connect us with our tenderness and intuition unfolding healing and embracing our wildness.  Her ‘Beautiful Leadership Immersion’, due to start 14th September 2020, is a timely offering designed for us to discover personal leadership alongside resourceful tools and unusual life skills that will form our anchors for the future. With a shared past in sustainable fashion, they consider values as ways of life that can shift our thinking away from consumerism and its damaging effects into experiencing fashion as personal style that walks the softer edges of activism. We learn about their experiences of keeping alive vision when our soul gifts lead us to create projects that step outside of conventions and ahead of time to cultivate new pathways for collective futures. Links from this episode and more at 
What legacy do we want to leave as ancestors of the future? In this episode Amisha speaks with Sianna Sherman, an international yoga teacher, training tens of thousands of students and teachers, for nearly three decades. As the visionary of the Rasa Yoga, Mythic Yoga Flow®, and RITUAL, Sianna shares her voice in the way of community and collaboration. Amisha and Sianna speak about yoga as a practice that teaches us to become deeply human and how to bring our creative energy into the world; a practice that can guide us to remain open-hearted in the midst of conflict and build an authentic relationship with our whole being. Sianna shares her personal stories of rebellion and re-education, and ways to connect with nature and intuition that bring alive the multi-dimensionality of our souls pranic forces. Together they reveal how following the call of our souls is a radical and humbling heroic journey that will lead us to grow resilience, discover personal practices and ultimately forge paradigm shifts. They explore how current global upheavals are our calling to become participants in re-imagining and transforming our world collectively. They speak of how beautiful leadership can shape our future legacy where everyone receives the benefits, is uplifted and can thrive, and where we honour each other as the ancestors of our future. Links from this episode and more at 
How can we form new patterns of behaviour to heal our racial bias? In this episode Amisha talks with Nova Reid, an anti-racism activist, TED speaker and author.  Nova uses her professional background in mental wellbeing to encourage mindset change working with organisations and individuals to improve systems of discrimination from the inside out. Amisha and Nova unpack how racial and unconscious bias are formed across generations and cultures. Sharing powerful examples, together they reveal the traumatic impacts of white privilege and daily microaggressions that take form in our systemically racist systems. Nova reminds us that allyship is the progress we need to seek and that we can unlearn racism and prejudice. She believes that by sharing our vulnerabilities and by showing up with our curiosity, joy and solid boundaries, we have powerful tools to create true allyship, and the foundations for breaking, healing and transforming our cycles of behavior necessary for Links from this episode and more at 
How can the essence of feminine leadership reinvent the world? In this episode Amisha talks with Nina Simons (E81) co-founder of Bioneers, Stephanie Mines (E72) founder of Climate Change & Consciousness and Zerbanoo Gifford (E6) founder of ASHA Centre; three female leaders, authors and visionaries that have been leading communities guided by wisdoms of the feminine, nature, science and social justice. In this powerful dialogue they reveal their insights and perceptions of the current times sharing their individual visions of leadership models for the future rooted in guidance by nature, the feminine and creative joy. With clarity of voice they draw on their generous life experiences providing us with a compass for discovering and cultivating endurance, perseverance and resilience during times of personal, cultural and systemic change. Their sense of sisterhood uplifts us into recognising that Mother Nature, our interconnectedness and our creativity will provide the joys and nourishments of spirit needed to enable us to create a beautiful and collective future. This podcast was part of a The Future Is Beautiful LIVE which took place on 3rd June 2020 called Leadership in creating the new normal.  Links from this episode and more at 
How can deep listening guide us into paradigms of love and healing? In this episode Amisha speaks with Lyla June, Indigenous musician, scholar and community organiser. They reflect on destruction of indigenous societies, indoctrination and economies of convenience. They speak of sacred practices and indigenous stories to guide our lives into compassion, re-skilling and self-love. This podcast is part of a collaboration with St.Ethelburga’s called ‘Listening to each other, Listening to Earth’. “We are sitting on the graveyard of vast, advanced, sophisticated, beautiful civilisations who we owe our very existence to oftentimes. Indigenous food scientists from thousands of years ago are what’s feeding the world today. We brought the world potatoes. We brought the world tomatoes. We brought the corn. We brought the world cacao. We brought the world vanilla, you know, all these things. We had diverse systems. We understood that diversity was the cornerstone of health, and, I guess prosperity.” Lyla June Links from this episode and more at 
Can we build a more beautiful world that centers our interdependence? In this episode Amisha speaks with Charles Eisenstein, social philosopher, author and public speaker. They examine Covid19, systems no longer serving our processes and possibilities it presents for deep-seated cultural transformation. They explore the rise of collective grief and its embodiment of the ‘death of the old world’. Together they embrace the potential of sharing economies to form a new paradise of interdependence as a future way of life. “We can build a more beautiful world. It is available to us. It’s begging us to step into its service. And when we do, when we bow into the service of this future, all kinds of synchronicities, and, and miracles can happen.” – Charles Eisenstein Links from this episode and more at 
Are wellsprings of beauty our living systems for change? In this episode Amisha speaks with Erin Dixon, Ashati Sakahikan. They speak of truth and reconciliation in light of the cultural genocide and impacts of intergenerational trauma on the wellbeing of Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island. They explore the power of the land, ceremonial gifts of culture, song and drumming as pathways of beauty that carry stories for healing trauma and for lifting collective spirit. Their conversation connects us to ideas of living systems as well springs for change fuelled by joy, intuition, sacred reciprocity and the magical shimmers of our waterways. “When we talked about the pathways of change and beauty that are happening, I feel like it comes when people are doing the work they came to do. Their waters, their pathways start to shimmer, that light starts to shimmer. A wellspring of beauty, in the sense of really listening to their gifts, listening to why they are here and taking action and movement from that place.” – Erin Dixon Links from this episode and more at
Can Earth be our guide in recreating ourselves? In this episode Amisha speaks with Rabiah Abdullah, traditional herbalist and community healer. They reflect on nature, spirituality and healing in reciprocity with earth considering ihsan : excellence as an alternative to perfectionism and egotistical leadership.  This podcast is part of a collaboration with St.Ethelburga’s called ‘Listening to each other, Listening to Earth’. Links from this episode and more at 
Comments (3)

Merlin Nation

this is a wonderful conversation. truly inspiring

Nov 11th

Maria Ray

So good!!!

Sep 6th

Manon Vis

Really inspiring episode. Thank you!

May 25th
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