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John Michael Greer – The Retro Future: Looking to the Past to Reinvent the Future

February 18, 2018

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John Michael Greer discusses his book The Retro Future – Looking to the Past to Reinvent the Future.

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To most people paying attention to the collision between industrial society and the hard limits of a finite planet, it’s clear that things are going very, very wrong. We no longer have unlimited time and resources to deal with the economic and environmental crises that define our future, and the options are limited to the tools we have on hand right now. The Retro Future is about one very powerful idea: deliberate technological regression.

Technological regression isn’t about ‘going back’ – it’s about using the past as a resource to meet the needs of the present, and maybe the future too. It starts from the recognition that older technologies generally use fewer resources and cost less than modern equivalents, and it embraces the heresy of technological choice – our ability to choose or refuse the technologies pushed by corporate interests. People are already ditching smartphones and going back to so-called ‘dumb phones’ and land lines, and e-book sales are declining while printed books rebound. Clear signs among many that blind faith in progress is faltering and opening up the possibility that the best way forward may well involve looking back.

Previous interviews with John Michael Greer:
Beyond Collapse
Dark Age America
The Truth About Brexit
After Progress
The Long Descent
The Ecotechnic Future
Green Wizardry
Decline and Fall

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Mark Olly – The Way of Wyrd: Tales of an Anglo-Saxon Sorcerer

January 1, 2018

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Mark Olly discusses the novel ‘The Way of Wyrd – Tales of an Anglo-Saxon Sorcerer’. Written by psychologist and university professor Brian Bates and published in 1983, ‘The Way of Wyrd’ is the story of Wat Brand, a Christian scribe sent on a mission deep into the forests of pagan Anglo-Saxon England where he finds his beliefs shaken to their core. With Wulf, a wizard, as his guide, Wat is instructed in the magical lore of plants, runes, fate, and life force until finally he journeys to the spirit world on a quest to encounter the true nature of his own soul.

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Brendan Howlin – Modern Druidry

September 19, 2017

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“Have you ever thought that there must be a better way to live your life?” In his 2014 book ‘The Handbook Of Urban Druidry – Modern Drudiry For All’ and its 2016 follow-up ‘The Urban Ovate – The Handbook Of Psychological Druidry’, Brendan Howlin holds up a lens through which you and I, if we so choose, may reconsider the path that we are on. Distracted by rampant consumerism, browbeaten by scientific materialism, and fearful of a hostile world apparently plunging into chaos, a corrosive malaise is upon us in this still-new millennium, our lives stripped of meaning and purpose by superficial societies which deny the significance of either.

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Phil Escott – What is Awakening?

July 31, 2017

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From the New Age movement to the 2012 phenomenon, and across the spectrum of belief that is contemporary spirituality, in recent decades there has been a lot of talk about awakening. But just what is it, and how do you get there? Exploring Eastern mysticism? Meditating on a mountaintop? Becoming a hermit, hiding in the woods? It could be any or all of these, and also none. What if awakening is nothing like you’ve been led to believe? Like the ordeal of transformation through trauma, awakening can be difficult, unexpected, and at first, even unrecognised. Although sometimes sudden, it can also be slow, and often more subtle than expected. It may even take place at the moment of your death, but it is always incomplete. Typical traits such as the dissolution of desire and the death of ego may not transpire, and the hoped-for end of human faults and frailties may be an illusion.

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Engelbert Winkler – Getting High on Light

October 2, 2016

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Engelbert Winkler discusses the power and potential of light, and the development of the Lucia No.3 Hypnagogic Lamp. Light is essential to life, and it affects the brain and body in subtle and dramatic ways. But beyond warming our skin and growing our food, how many of us ever really afford it a second thought? Even the sublime beauty of the sunset all too often slips away unseen. Cutting edge research, however, is revealing properties of light which, although appearing to us as an unfolding paradigm, are in truth resonant reflections of insights and experiences that many of our ancient ancestors would have instinctively understood.

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Phil Escott – Holistic Health and Natural Healing

September 1, 2016

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Phil Escott discusses alternative approaches to health and healing, including some of the subjects raised in his book Arthritis – The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me. Modern medicine and mainstream healthcare are minefields of conflicting information and advice struggling to meet a constant stream of emerging threats and newly diagnosed conditions. For all that developed and even developing nations are today supposed to be living longer and better than ever, there are worrying trends in an entire constellation of chronic illnesses, and a disturbing decline in mental health. From diabetes to cancer, from autism to clinical depression, cases continue to multiply.

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Mark Olly – Revealing the Green Man

August 3, 2016

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On a journey through myths and legends, magic and folklore, we explore the mystery of The Green Man. From the time of the Celts and Druids, the rise of the Roman Empire, the Anglo-Saxon annals, and the descent into the Dark Ages and beyond, we meet with Robin Hood, Herne the Hunter, King Arthur, and many other colourful characters along the way. It is a tale pregnant with arcane symbolism, cultish rites, the perennial wisdom of ‘as above – so below’, and the final revelation of the Earth’s eternal cycle of destruction and rebirth.

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Mark Vidler – Sacred Geometry of the Earth

May 15, 2016

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Mark Vidler discusses Sacred Geometry of the Earth – The Ancient Matrix of Monuments and Mountains. From continent to continent across the globe, Mark Vidler and Catherine Young reveal that order is everywhere on Earth. On remote islands, soaring summits, and level deltas, they unveil natural topographic patterns related to pi, the golden ratio, and right-triangle geometry. And as the planet’s design emerges, it becomes clear that this hidden order in nature decided the location of ancient monuments the world over.

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Paul Devereux – Stone Age Soundtracks

April 28, 2016

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Paul Devereux discusses his book Stone Age Soundtracks – The Acoustic Archaeology of Ancient Sites. Until recently, almost all archaeological insights have been gleaned by looking at ancient remains. Now archaeologists are starting to think beyond the visual. One of the most exciting branches of the new multi-sensory archaeology is archaeoacoustics, the archaeology of sound. Ancient civilizations developed far more than fine artwork and magnificent monuments. In songs to their gods, laments for their dead, and the universal human quest for the supernatural, people also made some very strange noises.

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Colin E. Davis & Melissa Mari – Cracking the Codes of Cosmic Darkness: Part Two

April 16, 2016

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Colin E. Davis and Melissa Mari discuss their book Shadow Tech – Cracking the Codes of Personal and Collective Darkness. In the follow-up to our first interview we further discuss the nature of evil as a non-local force communicable across the energetic field which exists between individuals, groups, and entire species. It is the shadow side of the human psyche known down the ages as demons, evil spirits, and possession, amongst other things. It is viral and parasitic in nature, operating within the biological computer, the hardware of the body, and the software of the mind. Human culture, therefore, is like a computer network, and deep within it politics, economics, the media, and every tentacle of our tremulous civilization twists and tortures our subconscious. We are, however, not completely helpless. In acknowledging what ails us and summoning the courage to confront it, we have at least a chance of cutting out this cancer before it kills the host.

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