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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 be in service to the world at this time?   In this episode Amisha spends a morning with speaker, writer and change-maker Mac Macartney. Mac is the founder of Devon land-based learning centre Embercombe, and is the author of several books.   Mac speaks about living courageously and on purpose, connecting with our deepest love, our gifts and our responsibilities to walk the Twin Trail of inner and outer development and contribution.   Together Mac and Amisha speak about the complexity and challenge of living and working in community, the humble reality of being a human work in progress, and how to stay committed to the journey when the weather gets rough.   Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co
How can we thrive in the world as Highly Sensitive People?   In this episode Amisha connects with therapist, coach and Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) Cindy Barnes.   Cindy specialises in working with people who identify as Highly Sensitive or with having the trait of Sensory Processing Sensitivity. This is a scientifically verified, hereditary genetic trait shared by around 20% of the population.   Cindy explains what it means to be an HSP, the challenges of living with this trait and also the incredible benefits available when we learn to understand and provide for the particular characteristics of our nervous system. She also shares the results of recent research into the trait and some of the theories about the evolutionary purpose of this trait of high sensitivity in humans and other species.   Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co  
What innovation is needed now to steer us towards a beautiful future?   In this episode Amisha sits down with environmental entrepreneur and author, Ed Gillespie. As a twenty year veteran of the sustainability movement, Ed shares his perspective on where we stand today with regard to climate crisis and the sustainability of our major systems, examples of what has already been achieved and is already being done to change things for the better, and where he is placing his energy now to support that transition.   Together Ed and Amisha discuss ‘flight shaming’ and slow travel, little robot farmers called Tom, Dick and Harry, and the end of our civilisation. They speak about how and why the Extinction Rebellion movement is finding success where others have not, the pressure imbalance between individual citizens and the behaviour of governments and businesses, and how we might reconnect to create a fertile, fun-filled future for our planet.   “It ain’t just a techno fix. It’s not just about shifting an energy system into renewables. it’s not just about shifting from fossil fuels to green energy. It is actually about reimagining how so many of these systems can and should work… The size of the solutions have to fit the size of the problems. If what needs to be done doesn’t fit within commercial and political realities, then we have to change those realities.” ~ Ed Gillespie   Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co  
What happens when we let go and trust our voice?   In this episode Amisha spends time with transformational coach, consultant and singer of soul songs Lex Empress.   After a childhood spent “in the blackest dark”, carefully concealing her innate gifts, and an early career laced with the promise of pop stardom, Lex followed her intuition away from the path laid out for her and onto a new track all of her own - touching hearts and changing lives with the penetrating profundity of her one to one song sessions. From the boardroom to the beaches of Ibiza, thousands have come to sit before Lex and hear the song their soul needs now.   Lex shares with Amisha the journey to finally living and expressing her gifts through song, the leaps of faith and great silences along the way, and how she became her own medicine - singing herself sane.    “If you find the courage to express yourself, you are an artist… The moment you show up to create that’s it. Even if it’s not something being shared. Just the courage to express yourself. It’s enough. You made it!”~ Lex Empress   Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co  
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 
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