Serendipity & Relationships (Talking Points Episode 5)

Episode Synopsis

In the 5th webisode, author and cultural icon Joanna Harcourt-Smith, host of the Future Primitive podcast, explores relationships, her history with Timothy Leary in her new book, and serendipity.

Guest Bio

Joanna was born high up in the Swiss mountains on a snowy January evening. She grew up in Paris and speaks 5 languages. School was boring but her curiosity about life was not extinguished by the dullness of the education system. Nature was her teacher, trees, horses, dogs and the ocean gave her a sense of belonging that she did not feel within her birth family.

Joanna turned fourteen in 1960, she was in love with Marlon Brando and Rock and Roll. During her adolescence she was torn between a desire to die and an intense love of life. Because she felt lost between despair and passion she wrote poetry and continues to do so up to this day. During the early 1960s she lived in Spain and wrote “The Little Green Book” an answer to Mao Tse Tong’s “Little Red Book”. The Book was published in 4 languages and widely sold in France, the Netherlands, England and Germany.

In 1968 moved by the music of the times and the spirit of revolution sweeping through her generation she emigrated to the United States. Her exploration of mind liberating substances led her to find Dr. Timothy Leary who was a fugitive from prison in the US. They became in love and were kidnapped by American authorities in Afghanistan and returned to California where Timothy Leary went back to prison to serve a sentence of possession of 00.1 grams of marijuana. During TL’s three and a half years in prison Joanna worked tirelessly to secure his release, she lived in San Francisco where she collaborated, published and distributed the 6 books he wrote in prison. In addition, Joanna traveled to England, Italy and across the United states lecturing about the imprisonment of Dr. Leary.

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Explorations into Consciousness

Episode Synopsis

Amy Lansky, former NASA computer scientist and author of the book Active Consciousness, talks about her primary influences; Barbara Brennan and Rudolf Steiner, healers and adepts who could see the etheric body. She discusses the importance of studying the Russian mystic, G. I. Gurdjieff’s work and his concept of the 4th way.

Guest Bio

Lansky has often been called an “intuitive scholar.” She graduated from the University of Rochester in 1977 with degrees in mathematics and computer science, and she received her doctorate in computer science from Stanford University in 1983. She did research work at several Silicon Valley institutions, including SRI International and NASA Ames Research Center, until she left the field in 1998 to pursue her interest in homeopathic medicine. This unusual move was prompted by the miraculous cure of her son’s autism with homeopathy. Since 2005, Lansky has been a student of Gary Sherman and Ellen Miller, the creators of a system of self-development and inquiry called perceptual integration. Amy Lansky is widely regarded as an expert writer and speaker on homeopathy.

What is Active Consciousness?

“Most of us use the term “conscious” or “consciousness” to denote the state of awareness when we are awake or alert, as opposed to asleep or simply unaware of what is going on. This is what I call “mundane” or “shallow” awareness or consciousness. Another feature that is commonly associated with the word “conscious” or “consciousness” is how we affect the world around us — that is, whether we “consciously” or “unconsciously” do things. For example, we might consciously move our hand, as opposed to unconsciously blink our eyes. This form of consciousness is more active (as opposed to passive), but it is still shallow or mundane.

When meditators access a stillness within them that is focused in the present moment — the Now — they also often access a deeper form of awareness. This depth awareness links them to their inner or higher Self — the part of them that perceives things from a higher and wiser perspective. Access to the Self is the goal of most meditative practices and yields what I call deep consciousness.

When a person uses deep consciousness to affect the world around them, they are exerting active consciousness. For example, using active consciousness, a person might enable their own body or someone else’s body to heal, affect the behavior of a physical object ( the behavior of an otherwise random device) and make wise and fortuitous choices that direct them toward their goals.” – Amy Lansky

“Amy Lansky’s new book is an inspiring and far-ranging investigation of contemporary consciousness research. In her program to spare us from the madness around us, she draws on Rudolf Steiner, Gurdjieff, Rupert Sheldrake, Dean Radin, and many others. She is also encouraging us to explore the transformation of our consciousness as a way to increase our peace of mind, happiness, and what the Buddhists call liberation from the wheel of suffering. Who would not want that?”
Russell Targ, author of Limitless Mind: A Guide to Remote Viewing and Transformation of Consciousness

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Homeopathy & Synchronicity

Episode Synopsis

In this wepisode we chat with author, Amy Lanksy, about how the Law of Similars explains the connection between synchronicity and homeopathy.

“The phenomenon of synchronicity demonstrates a key point — the universe may not be operating like a cold, meaningless machine after all. Instead, the reality we experience each day may be flooded with fields of meaning. ” – Amy Lansky

Guest Bio

Even as a child growing up outside Buffalo, New York, Amy Lansky sensed that the world was a bit more mysterious than it appeared on the surface. After many years working as a computer scientist, she now pursues her life passion—to uncover deeper truths hidden behind the veil of our consensual reality.

Lansky’s first book, Impossible Cure: The Promise of Homeopathy, explored an unconventional form of healing—homeopathy. It quickly became one of the best-selling introductory books on homeopathic medicine and is now used as a patient education book and textbook all over the world. In her second book, Active Consciousness: Awakening the Power Within, Lansky explores the mysterious realm of human consciousness. This wide-ranging book draws on her interest in paranormal phenomena, her expertise in alternative medicine, her meditation studies, and even her research experience in artificial intelligence.

Lansky has been called an “intuitive scholar.” She graduated from the University of Rochester in 1977 with degrees in mathematics and computer science, and she received her doctorate in computer science from Stanford University in 1983. She did research work on artificial intelligence at several Silicon Valley institutions, including SRI International and NASA Ames Research Center, until she left the field in 1998 to pursue her interest in homeopathic medicine. This unusual move was prompted by the miraculous cure of her son’s autism with homeopathy.

Since 2005, Lansky has been a student of Gary Sherman and Ellen Miller, the creators of a system of self-development and inquiry called perceptual integration. Amy Lansky is regarded internationally as an expert writer and speaker on homeopathy for general audiences. She has been featured at several conferences, her articles have appeared in leading magazines and online forums, and she hosted a radio show on homeopathic treatment of autism on Autism One Radio from 2006–2009. Lansky also served on the board of the National Center for Homeopathy from 2004–2011. For more information, see Amy Lansky’s vita.

Amy Lansky currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband Steve Rubin, and is an avid pianist, vocalist, and painter. She also enjoys needlework, swimming, and canoeing the lakes of Canada.

 

 

How do you experience synchronicity?

Talking Points is a 5 part web series featuring commentary on different perspectives of synchronicity. From the scientific to the paranormal to the playful, we explore different aspects of synchronicity and what role it plays in everyday life.

Episode Synopsis

East Forest, musician and sound healer, talks about how synchronicity helps him to connect and navigate a complicated world in which we’ve become disconnected from nature. Jennifer Palmer, writer/blogger, and co-creator of Time is Art, talks about her fascination with the phenomenon while other artists and musicians chime in.

Guest Bios

EAST FOREST is a musician and speaker providing concerts and workshops all around the world. The organic music is a unique blend of melodic-ambient soundscapes, ethereal vocals and 100% original field recordings that combine for a genre bending visionary listening experience. East Forest originated as the solo identity of Trevor Oswalt (“Oswalt” translates from German to “East-Forest”). With a foundation in ancient and modern “sound healing techniques” the auditory creations are simultaneously songs and “musical technology” — it is a kind of “Shaman-pop” that humbly hopes to serve as a guide to put a few cracks in the hypnotic spell of our modern life and help each of us rediscover a sense of self through introspection.

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What is synchronicity? (Talking Points Webisode 1)

Talking Points is a 5 part web series featuring commentary on different perspectives of synchronicity. From the scientific to the paranormal to the playful, we explore different aspects of synchronicity and what it means to people.

Ethnomusicologist, Alexandre Tannous, talks about resonance and vibrations and electronic musician and co-creator of Time is Art and musician, Katy Walker, talks about what synchronicity means to her.

Is synchronicity a measurable phenomenon that has something to do with intention setting, resonance, and vibrations? In the new film, “Time is Art” (coming soon) we explore why two or more events happening simultaneously without any causal relationship to each other can have a great deal of meaning and are not just random and coincidental. Is synchronicity a sign that we are on the right track?

“The phenomenon of synchronicity demonstrates a key point — the universe may not be operating like a cold, meaningless machine after all. Instead, the reality we experience each day may be flooded with fields of meaning. ” – Amy Lansky