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North Atlantic Books Podcast
39 minutes | Apr 28, 2015
Love in a Time of Cataclysm podcast with Carolyn Baker
59 minutes | Apr 28, 2015
Original Thinking: Remembering the Source of our Consciousness
14 minutes | Apr 7, 2014
Andrew Harvey and the Sacred Activism Book Series
In September 2013, North Atlantic Books launched the Sacred Activism Book Series with the release of Occupy Spirituality by Adam Bucko and Matthew Fox, The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible by Charles Eisenstein, and Collapsing Consciously by Carolyn Baker. In this podcast interview with Andrew Harvey, visionary, spiritual teacher, founder of the Institute for Sacred Activism, and cocreator of the Sacred Activism Series, Harvey discusses his role in the creation of the series and explains the concept of “heart in action,” a core tenant of Sacred Activism. According to Harvey, books in the Sacred Activism Series explore not only a vision of engaged spirituality, but offer practical ways to reach this common vision of enlightened spiritual activism.
15 minutes | May 2, 2013
Gregory Gibson’s New Vision for Gun Control
On December 14, 1992, Gregory Gibson’s eighteen-year-old son Galen was murdered, shot in the doorway of his college library by a fellow student gone berserk. The killer was jailed for life, but for Gibson the tragedy was still unfolding. The morning of the shooting, he learned, college officials had intercepted but not stopped a box of ammunition addressed to the murderer. They were also anonymously warned of the intended killing but failed to call the police. After years of frustrated attempts to find peace, Gibson woke one morning to a terrible vision of his own rage and helplessness. He knew he had to do something before he destroyed himself, and he resolved to discover and document the forces that led to Galen’s death. Gone Boy follows Gibson as he visits the gun seller, as well as detectives, lawyers, psychiatrists, politicians, and college bureaucrats— a cast of characters as vivid as those in a Raymond Chandler mystery. Hailed by the New York Times and others for its evocative style and courage in confronting guns, violence, and manhood in America today, this wrenching memoir speaks in the voice of a man struggling to turn grief and rage into acceptance and understanding. Gibson sat down with NAB's Culture community leader, Kat Engh, to discuss his new vision for gun control in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings, along with the numerous school shootings that have taken place since his son's death two decades ago, and his stance, which is neither anti-gun nor pro-NRA, might surprise you.
17 minutes | Mar 27, 2013
Green Medicine Expert Larry Malerba
The current U.S. healthcare system is in a state of extreme disarray. Americans are now seeking alternative and complementary medical treatments with fervor, spending more than $27 billion annually, for reasons including distrust of mainstream modalities. In Green Medicine, Dr. Larry Malerba—a leader in the field of holistic medicine for twenty year—uses clear language to explain the differences between the notion of medical “treatment” and the dynamics of genuine “healing.” In this episode of the NAB Communities Podcast, Malerba discusses some of the biggest problems he's observed in western medicine and outlines the benefits of switching to a holistic approach to healthcare. Also, be sure to check out recent articles by Dr. Malerba on holistic health.
8 minutes | Mar 12, 2013
Paul Lee Talks Organic Gardening
On sale today, Paul Lee's new memoir/biography, There is a Garden in the Mind has been hailed by Publishers Weekly as " part philosophy, part personal meditation, and part tribute to a man who was a transformational figure in the organic movement that began from small seeds in California and has now reached a global community.” We sat down to talk with Lee about his work with his former UC Santa Cruz colleague, English gardener Alan Chadwick, that helped spark California's organic movement and continues to inspire new methods and movements for sustainable farming and gardening today. There Is a Garden in the Mind presents an engaging look at the work and life of pioneering organic gardener Alan Chadwick and his profound influence on the organic farming movement. In this wide-ranging and philosophical memoir, author Paul Lee recounts his first serendipitous meeting with Chadwick in Santa Cruz, California, in 1967, and their subsequent founding of the Chadwick Garden at UC Santa Cruz, the first organic and biointensive garden at a U.S. university. Today, there are few who would dispute the ecological and health benefits of organically produced food, and the student garden project founded by Chadwick and Lee has evolved into a world-renowned research center that helps third-world farmers obtain high yields using organic gardening. But when Chadwick and Lee first broke ground in the 1960s, the term "organic" belonged to the university's chemists, and the Chadwick Garden spurred a heated battle against the whole system of industrial existence. Lee's memoir contextualizes this struggle by examining the centuries-old history of the conflict between industrial science and organic nature, the roots of the modern environmental movement and the slow food movement, and the origin of the term "organic." His account of Chadwick's work fills in a gap in the history of the sustainable agriculture movement and proposes that Chadwick's groundwork continues to bear fruit in today's burgeoning urban garden, locavore, and self-sufficiency movements.
10 minutes | Dec 6, 2012
Ellen Pearlman on Buddhism’s Influence on the American Avant Garde
ELLEN PEARLMAN is one of the founders of The Brooklyn Rail and is affiliated with nine Utne Independent Press Awards. In today's podcast interview, we ask Pearlman about her recent book, Nothing and Everything: The Influence of Buddhism on the American Avant Garde. Pearlman shares how the world—and life itself—became a legitimate artist’s tool in mid-century America, aligning with Zen Buddhism’s emphasis on “enlightenment at any moment” and living in the now. Simultaneously and independently, parallel movements were occurring in Japan, as artists there, too, strove to break down artistic boundaries.
18 minutes | Oct 18, 2012
Robert Steele: The Open Source Everything Manifesto
Ex-CIA agent Robert Steele has caused quite a stir with his book The Open-Source Everything Manifesto , and with an exceptional resume of over 30 years in espionage, he has exactly the kind of insider's knowledge one needs to write such a manifesto. He's formed some strong, yet undoubtedly knowledgeable opinions about the flaws in our current system, and it all goes back to the top-down process of decision-making and intelligence gathering. Hear about his vision for a more united, more equal government in today's podcast.
13 minutes | Sep 20, 2012
Victoria Zackheim on Approaching Death with a Dose of Humor
Is humor the key to opening up the conversation about tough stuff like death? Is there a place for comic relief in a time of grieving? Is it ok to look for the silver lining in loss, and can dark comedy really provide a healthy, natural approach to dealing with grief? Exit Laughing: How Humor Takes the Sting Out of Death author and anthology editor Victoria Zackheim shares her insights with these questions based on her personal experience and those of her fellow contributors, and more on today's NAB Communities podcast. "Dia de los Muertos" image by nanotx, via stock.xchng
0 minutes | Aug 22, 2012
Healing through Family Constellations with Francesca Mason Boring
“In Western thought, a 'story' is rarely considered a form of medicine… For many tribal people throughout history, that is what a story is: a form of medicine.” --Francesca Mason Boring, Connecting to Our Ancestral Past Expert Family Constellation facilitator, trainer, and author Francesca Mason Boring describes family constellation work as medicine in its indigenous sense. In Connecting to Our Ancestral Past, she draws on her Shoshone heritage, demonstrating that being receptive to our family’s memorized story helps alleviate trauma within family systems and individuals. She guides us through the age-old healing of family constellations and transformative rituals, showing us how traumas are resolved with group members chosen to represent relevant people and experiences. We were very pleased to have Boring recently speak to us about her practice of healing wounds of trauma passed down from generation to generation. Tune in to hear how using systems constellations as a tool to meet life’s challenges with an open heart can help “increase the flow of love in a family system.”
11 minutes | Aug 2, 2012
Dr. Robert Sitler on The Real Maya and the 2012 Prophecy
The Truth About the Relationship Between Modern Maya People and the 2012 Glyphs By Robert Sitler: Six years ago I published what was the first academic assessment of what has become known as the “2012 phenomenon,” a worldwide social movement that focuses intense speculation on the significance of the soon-approaching close of the 13th pik cycle in the Mayan Long Count calendar at the end of this year. Unfortunately, my 2006 article in the Religious Studies journal Nova Religio, “New Age Appropriation of an Ancient Mayan Calendar,” erroneously asserted that not a single Mayan hieroglyphic text made reference to the December 21, 2012 date. In fact, the now-famous Monument 6 text from the Mexican site of Tortuguero was already known to expert epigraphers at that time. Thanks to recent work by scholars such as Barbara MacLeod, Sven Gronemeyer and Mark Van Stone, we now have not only a thoughtfully crafted translation of Monument 6, but we also have a clue as to what at least some ancient Maya believed would happen in 2012. This text states explicitly that a war deity named Bolon Yokte’ will make a “display in the great return” later this year. Bolon Yokte’ is a being, or group of beings, that was present at previous major cycle changes in the Mayan calendar and who was later associated with famine and societal hardship in the colonial-period Chilam Balam books from the Yucatan. By Maudslay (Cyrus Thomas (1904) Mayan calendar Systems II) [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons As my follow-up article on the 2012 phenomenon went to press this past week (coming out in August in Nova Religio), a stunning announcement came from Guatemala’s Presidential Palace that a second Mayan text had been discovered with a reference to 2012. Apart from appreciating the wonderful coincidence of this text’s excavation precisely in the year 2012, I was relieved that my publisher allowed me to make a few last minute changes including this important find in my article. The newly discovered text, unearthed as part of a stairway of hieroglyphic writing in April and May, commemorates the arrival at a city now known as La Corona in Guatemala’s Petén by the famed leader of the massive urban center of Calakmul, Yuknoom Yich’aak K’ahk’. Unfortunately, the glyphs, deciphered by master epigrapher David Stuart, add little to our knowledge about how the ancient Maya viewed the 2012 date. The scribe merely makes reference to the date, placing
14 minutes | May 31, 2012
Robert Masters on Healing Relationships
Couples in the United States today now face a 40-50% chance of divorce. In Transformation through Intimacy: The Journey Toward Awakened Monogamy, Robert Masters argues for the need to reintegrate our spiritual and intimate lives together. Monogamy, he states, can be viewed as both a spiritual path and crucible for radical healing. Masters shows readers not only how to navigate the thickets of reactivity, conflict, shame, anger, fear, and doubt, but how to understand them in a new light so that a deeper level of relating to oneself and one’s partner becomes possible, opening new levels of trust, commitment, and love. Masters sat down with us recently for the NAB Communities podcast. Listen to what he has to say in regards to healing relationships in his book Transformation through Intimacy. Are you in a relationship? What do you think makes for a truly "intimate relationship?"
14 minutes | May 3, 2012
Lindy Hough Discusses the Joys and Perils of Grandparenting
According to a study by MetLife, about one in ten households headed by a grandparent has at least one grandchild living with them in the US. With record numbers of Baby Boomers settling into their roles as grandparents during a time of economic unrest, parents have much to gain from the help of grandparents in raising their children. North Atlantic Books co-founder and author Lindy Hough captures an honest yet tender panorama of grandparenting in the modern age with her latest anthology, Wondrous Child: The Joys and Challenges of Grandparenting. The 29 vivid essays written by grandparents and grandchildren from all walks of life will appeal to both grandparents, as a celebration of their place in the family, and new parents curious about how grandparents can contribute to their children. We sat down with Hough to discuss the issues that modern parents and grandparents face when they find they need to lean on one another more than ever before. Lindy Hough was born in 1944 in Denver, Colorado. She graduated from Smith College and earned an MFA from Goddard College. A journalist and dance critic, she has taught writing and literature in colleges and universities in Michigan, Maine, Vermont, and California. She co-founded North Atlantic Books with Richard Grossinger in 1974, and was publisher and editorial director for many years. She coedited Nuclear Strategy and the Code of the Warrior: Faces of Mars and Shiva in the Crisis of Human Survival and is the author of five books of poetry, including the recent Wild Horses, Wild Dreams: New and Selected Poems 1971–2010. For more information, visit her website at www.lindyhough.com.
10 minutes | Mar 15, 2012
Jeff Brown Discusses Soulshaping
Born in Toronto, Canada, Jeff Brown did all the things he was supposed to do to become successful in the eyes of the world. He was on the Dean’s Honor List as an undergraduate. He won the Law and Medicine prize in law school. He apprenticed with top criminal lawyer Eddie Greenspan. It had been Brown’s lifelong dream to practice criminal law and search for the truth in the courtroom. But then, on the verge of opening a law practice, he heard a little voice inside telling him to stop, just stop. In our recent podcast interview with Jeff Brown, author of Soulshaping, he explains what ultimately motivated him to leave his successful career in law to pursue his “innate image.” Offering guidance to anyone who is compelled to do the same, Jeff also explains concepts like "The Healthy Masculine" and "The Divine Feminine," and shares inspirational stories of his work with the Open Heart Gang. Intrigued? Tune in to Jeff Brown's interview on the NAB Communities Podcast and be sure to share it with others who may be searching for their soul’s purpose. Did you enjoy the interview? Connect with Jeff Brown HERE. BONUS: 3 things Jeff Brown would like readers to take away from Soulshaping: "That they do not have to hide their light under a bushel of shame; that each of them has a profound reason for being here in this lifetime, and that they can both excavate and actualize it, whatever stands in their way."
14 minutes | Jan 31, 2012
Jonathan Talat Phillips Discusses The Electric Jesus
Have you ever had a spiritual experience so powerful that you felt compelled to completely change your life path? That's exactly what happened for former media activist Jonathan Talat Phillips, who is now a co-founder of the alternative webzine RealitySandwich.com and the social network Evolver.net. We sat down with Phillips to discuss his new memoir, The Electric Jesus, and what it was like to rediscover the world as he knew it. A little about the book: When Jonathan Talat Phillips experiences a devastating loss as a countercultural media activist, he unwittingly starts on a mystical journey marked by underground ayahuasca ceremonies, kundalini awakenings, prankster spirit guides, extraterrestrial encounters at the Burning Man festival, and miraculous energy healings that reshape his skeptical worldview. Along the way, he chronicles the rise of an international movement that is trailblazing visionary ways to address our current planetary crisis through raised consciousness. To better understand his spiritual journey, Jonathan delves into his own Christian background, discovering the lost rites of the mystery schools. Uncovering secret “electric” meanings behind biblical symbols like the serpent, dove, and tree of life, he reveals how early Christians utilized a radical initiation process for harnessing divine energy in order to achieve gnosis, direct knowledge or experience of the divine. Jonathan suggests that these mystical symbols, which appear in spiritual traditions across the globe, offer a profound energetic roadmap and alchemical message for personal transformation, as well as a potential evolutionary shift for our world. Want more from Jonathan Talat Phillips? Check out his West Coast tour dates and catch him in your town!
18 minutes | Oct 27, 2011
Darrin Drda Discusses The Four Global Truths
When asked why he wrote his new book, The Four Global Truths: Awakening to the Peril and Promise of Our Time, author Darrin Drda said quite simply "I feel as though I was called to write the book." On our latest NAB Communities Podcast interview, Darrin Drda discusses his strategies for empowering people to live a more sustainable life as a spiritual practice. Want more from Darrin Drda? Check out his website at thefourglobaltruths.com.
11 minutes | Sep 28, 2011
Pranashama Yoga with Dashama
Yoga instructor and lifestyle coach Dashama sat down with us recently to discuss her new book Journey to Joyful: Transform Your Life with Pranashama Yoga. Tune in to find out more about what inspired Dashama to create her own unique brand of yoga and what it's like to work with students from all walks of life. Dashama overcame a serious autoimmune disorder and spinal injuries to become a living example of yogic vitality and peace of mind. Known for her spontaneity and playful approach to yoga, she teaches internationally and is the founder of the Global 30-Day Yoga Challenge, Perfect 10 Lifestyle Online Community, and Pranashama Yoga Institute.
11 minutes | Sep 7, 2011
Stephanie South for Jose Arguelles
Stephanie South, partner of the late José Argüelles—author of Manifesto for the Noosphere—joins us this week on his behalf to discuss Arguelles final work on the noosphere or what he conceived to be the next stage of human evolution. Tune in to hear more on the noosphere from its conception to articulation through Argüelles’ Manifesto. José Argüelles (January 24, 1939 – March 25, 2011) was an internationally recognized author, artist, educator, and visionary spiritual leader. He taught at Princeton, Evergreen State College, and the University of California, Davis, where he initiated the now-annual Whole Earth Festival in 1974. Arguelles’ The Mayan Factor: Path Beyond Technology is credited with introducing Mayan 2012 prophesies to Western culture.
8 minutes | Aug 17, 2011
Mark Stephens on Teaching Yoga
September is the official National Yoga Month (a national observance designated by the Department of Health & Human Services) designed to build awareness of yoga's proven health benefits and provide people with actionable guidance and tools to enhance their own well-being. This grassroots awareness campaign inspires both youths and adults to take responsibility for their well-being by focusing on prevention and healthy lifestyle choices. In anticipation of this year’s National Yoga Month festivities, one of our highly acclaimed yoga authors, Mark Stephens, author of the bestselling book Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations and Techniques, is coordinating several limited-time promotions to celebrate the power of the moving body. In September, students from Stephens’ yoga studio, Santa Cruz Yoga (located in Santa Cruz, California), will join together to participate in Yoga for Peace. On Sunday, September 18th, 2011 participants from around the world will unite for an invigorating practice of 108 sun salutations, as the yoga world's offering to further the UN International Peace Day. No matter where you practice yoga, take this time to join together and create peace in the world. Also during National Yoga Month at Santa Cruz Yoga, new students can buy one class and get the second free! Or, to help introduce yoga to those who don’t currently practice it, anyone who brings a friend to class will gain free access… and a free class for the newbie too! Since National Yoga Month is only a few weeks away, in honor of all the festivities, we’re excited to share this month’s NAB Communities Podcast: an exclusive interview with yoga aficionado Mark Stephens. If you’re a student, tune in to learn how to find the best teacher for your individual needs. If you’re an instructor, get teaching advice from someone who has trained over seven hundred yoga teachers. Enjoy!
14 minutes | Jul 18, 2011
Patricia Cori on the Wisdom of the Cetaceans
What if whales and dolphins truly do have a superior intellect, as many believe, and can speak to the human race? What would their message be? In November 2008, gifted clairvoyant and author of the critically acclaimed Sirian trilogy Patricia Cori was teaching a workshop in Jordan when a life-changing event occurred. A community of Cetaceans—“a choir of whales and dolphins,” as she describes it—interrupted her talk with a frantic plea for help. This troubling call evolved into the stream of messages for humanity that Cori reveals in her latest book, Before We Leave You. For the first time, we read the communications of the Cetaceans and their story of devotion and celebration of life on the Great Planet Earth. We are also given a glimpse of their role in the unfolding of galactic events throughout our solar system, and the message is clear: We must wake up and realize that our continued abuse of the environment is altering the course of Gaia’s progression to the next dimension. Without the whale and dolphin song—without these musicians who hold the oceans in balance—we risk our advancement through the ascension process for which our entire solar system is destined. Before We Leave You is a roadmap to that higher future and a pathway to global transformation. On this month's podcast episode, we sat down with Patricia Cori for further discussion on her experience and the important message from the dolphins and whales. Cori’s devotion to the whales and dolphins of this earth have led her to spend numerous hours at sea, sailing close to the whales and swimming with dolphins in the wild. A tireless animalist, her goal is to help humanity wake up to the plight of our oceans and to discover how we can unite forces to save them and restore the balance. To find out more about her SoulQuest™ journeys, which include swimming with wild dolphins, check out her latest activities on her website: www.patriciacori.com.
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