The Humans and Earth Podcast offers inspiration and practical resources to support healing our planet and ourselves. We interview Earth-aware wellness mentors, environmental regeneration experts, and teachers of Earth-based spirituality. Each episode features podcast guests’ optimistic visions of how it will feel to live on a restored planet. We’re ready to co-create with Earth to help her heal. We’ll heal ourselves in the process. Tune in for support for your New Earth journey.
41 Experiencing Plant Essences
Do you know what plant essences are, how they differ from essential oils, and how to use them? And are you aware that energy or frequency medicine of this type is increasingly being documented by scientific research?
Tune in to hear:
Definitions of what plant essences are and how we can understand their medicine.How plant essences are helpful, and how they often come into our lives serendipitously. 3 stories about my recent experiences with plant essences.Suggestions about how you can benefit from plant essences and how to buy or make them.How working with plant essences is part of our collaboration with nature and part of how we can heal and empower ourselves.
40 Nature Communication as Cultural Repair with Saskia von Diest
Dr. Saskia von Diest has been communicating with various forms of nature for the last ten years, much of which she spent researching how intuitive interspecies communication can be used in agriculture. She holds a PhD in plant pathology from Stellenbosch University in South Africa, and her research has investigated subtle agricultural techniques and technologies that use sound, electromagnetics, catalytic substances and human intuitive abilities in decision making on farms. In 2021, she founded Ecofluency to consult, teach, and facilitate nature communication. As a South African of Caucasian and Indian descent, she is committed to healing the internal, ancestral and socio-cultural damage that privilege, sexism and racism cause in the world through her work of helping people connect to their more-than-human relations in the natural world. Find her at www.ecofluency.org
Hear us discuss:
Saskia’s definition of Ecofluency as “the science, the art, and the magic of communicating with nature” in ways that benefit all beings. Saskia's discovery: “I’ve not met a single person who can’t do it: it’s just a matter of willingness…all of us are born with this ancient skill of two-way dialogue with more-than-human nature.” Our intuitive abilities are just as much a part of us as our physical senses.How to have a collaborative and respectful conversation with an other-than-human being with Saskia's signature focus on ethics, boundaries, and safety for all participants.The support a person can gain from communicating with other-than-human beings, who often are “bigger, older, wiser, stronger, cleverer, and kinder” than we are and very willing to uphold us in our growth and contributions. The first insight she gained when she first experienced nature communication was “I don’t have to feel alone anymore.”Nature communication invites stepping away from the over-stimulation of our world, calming your nervous system, and allowing yourself to lean on powers that are greater than your conscious self. Nature communication is grounding and centering as it connects you to the network of life, which can feel especially good if you are experiencing loneliness. How hearing nature’s voices can alleviate your pain about the state of things in our world. How nature communication carried her through a spiritual/mental health crisis, and how it is an act of cultural repair.
39 When You Can't Save the Turtle
This is a story about a way to respond when you feel helpless to assist the natural world but want to feel more empowered. It’s about an endeavor to save a small turtle trapped in traffic, and how to proceed when your efforts to help don’t go as planned. Listen to hear how to respond to the world with your intention and frequency as well as your actions.
You can feel empowered knowing that you’re placing your energy and time in the service of your love for Earth.
This is about more than practical action: it’s also about ‘voting’ with your energy and your frequency by aligning with the intention of supporting life.
38 Transform Your World with Nervous System Regulation: Dr. Cathleen King
This interview is for anyone who is a change-maker, anyone who wonders why conflict resolution in our world seems stuck, anyone who has experienced trauma, or anyone who feels held back in your own process of inner shift.
Dr. Cathleen King is an expert on trauma recovery, inner healing, and how consciousness shifts create personal and collective transformation. She has the rare combination of in-depth doctoral-level education and training, over 20 years coaching others in the health field, and having gone through her own heroine’s journey of spending two decades of her life navigating debilitating illness. She speaks to transformation based on deep personal experience. In her youth she lived with poverty, family addiction and illiteracy, homelessness, and violence. In young adulthood serious illnesses kept her bed-bound for years. She is now living out her calling as an Oracle of Primal Trust to liberate others from trauma consciousness. She holds a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy with post-graduate training in orthopedic manual therapy and somatic movement and neuroscience. Her additional training has focused primarily on neuroplasticity-based healing methods and numerous brain limbic system rewiring programs. Find her at www.primaltrust.org and on Instagram at primaltrust_drcat
Hear us discuss:
Why do humans have a hard time treating one another and Earth with loving kindness? One reason is the emotional dysregulation most of us experience because we were never taught to care for our own nervous systems. Planetary healing depends on individuals regulating their nervous systems because creative solutions emerge from serene, regulated nervous systems, not panicked ones.If you are having difficulty stepping into your calling, desired work, or goals, you likely have a dysregulated nervous system. Hear about ways to orient your nervous system toward stability and optimal functioning.If we were all self-regulated adults, able to calm our nervous systems and respond instead of react, the way we would interact with one another and society would be completely different. “Peace on Earth begins in our own nervous system.” How to work with neuroplasticity, brain retraining and somatics as tools for personal transformation and world transformation. How do we move beyond us vs. them perspectives that maintain conflict among people, and go beyond the victim consciousness that underlies that oppositional view?‘Yelling at people about how wrong they are does nothing to create change…your nervous system needs to create a field of coherence to be able to have a conversation with someone with an opposing view.” We’re observing people with incoherent nervous systems yelling at one another without listening or reaching resolution. What’s needed is for people to feel safe internally in order to handle others’ different views and then look for solutions to conflict.Anyone who seeks to be a transformative presence in the world needs to cultivate nervous system safety.
37 Earth Care & the Language of the Heart: John Lockley
John Lockley is a shaman trained in the Xhosa tradition of South African shamanic culture. He is one of the first white men in recent history to become a fully initiated sangoma in the Xhosa lineage. He is the author of the book Leopard Warrior. Find him at johnlockley.com
Hear John discuss:
How he experienced the invitation to shamanism, why the path opens through invitation, not choice, and why his training was essential for the recovery of his health after years of illness. “Part of taking your power back is realizing, I am in complete control of my own healing.” How apartheid delayed his training, and what it has meant to be a white man trained in the Xhosa tradition.His Xhosa shamanic name and its indication of his role as a bridge between the spirit and physical worlds, and between the Xhosa African and western worlds.How he distinguishes between shamanic illness and soul sickness, why he believes soul sickness is now so common in the western world, and how he believes it can be healed. Ubuntu: ‘I am who I am because of who we all are.’ And what it means now for humans and Earth, given ubuntu's presence in world religions, not only African understanding. “We as human beings are the custodians of mother Earth—we have a responsibility to look after the plants, the soil…” “We have to learn the language of the wilderness in order to save the wilderness, and the language of the wilderness is the language of the heart.”
36 Don't Let What's 'Practical' Limit What You Create
Do you ever have the experience of suggesting a restorative, healing, or otherwise helpful idea and hearing someone tell you it sounds good but isn’t practical?
We don’t need to let our sense of what’s practical limit our creation of solutions to the problems people and planet are facing.
We are in a position right now on planet Earth where solutions are badly needed.
If you care about bringing solutions into being, it’s important to not let yourself feel shut down when others meet your ideas with the statement that they don’t sound practical. People are probably mistaken when they discount a visionary idea as ‘impractical.’Inspiration is valid: one of the main points of spirituality is to inspire us to bring into existence that which we value most highly. If you feel a spark of inspiration, don’t feel discouraged if others don’t understand your brilliance and claim you’re not being practical. Inventors, visionaries, changemakers, humanitarians, geniuses, and the quiet local-scale contributors and leaders who make things better in the world around them are NOT practical first and foremost. They are visionary and inspired first, and then they seek the ways to bring their inspired vision into practical existence.
We’re living in a time that needs YOUR inspired contributions. Believe in your inspiration and share your vision with those who are open to believing it with you.