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How do you save a world on the brink of annihilation? What can be done to combat climate change, mass extinction, desertification, dying oceans, and other existential crises? Nature has the answers we need. The only way out of this mess is to come up with practical action plans that will bring human activity back into balance with nature and align every aspect of our lives more closely with the web of life. New scientific approaches like biomimicry and symbiotics are taking their cues from nature. In this podcast, we discuss real-world plans and strategies to protect the Earth's beauty and resources for future generations. We look at ways to derive inspiration from nature while touching on a broad range of topics, including health, economics, global leadership, culture, energy, urban design, agriculture, housing, education, transportation, and psychology. Our featured guests include planets heroes and visionaries offering state-of-the-art solutions to the most urgent global problems.

Nature Am I Dr. Victor Shamas

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How do you save a world on the brink of annihilation? What can be done to combat climate change, mass extinction, desertification, dying oceans, and other existential crises? Nature has the answers we need. The only way out of this mess is to come up with practical action plans that will bring human activity back into balance with nature and align every aspect of our lives more closely with the web of life. New scientific approaches like biomimicry and symbiotics are taking their cues from nature. In this podcast, we discuss real-world plans and strategies to protect the Earth's beauty and resources for future generations. We look at ways to derive inspiration from nature while touching on a broad range of topics, including health, economics, global leadership, culture, energy, urban design, agriculture, housing, education, transportation, and psychology. Our featured guests include planets heroes and visionaries offering state-of-the-art solutions to the most urgent global problems.

    Nature Am I, Episode 12: Blueprints for Sustainability (Marcin Jakubowski, Part 1)

    Nature Am I, Episode 12: Blueprints for Sustainability (Marcin Jakubowski, Part 1)

    This special episode of Nature Am I features Part 1 of a two-part conversation with Marcin Jakubowski (pronounced MAR-chin  Ya-coo-VOV-ski), the founder of Open Source Ecology.  In his inspiring 2011 TED talk, "Open-Sourced Blueprints for Civilization," which has garnered close to two million views so far, Marcin tells the remarkable story of how he developed the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS), a set of 50 of the most important machines for modern life. Through an open, collaborative process, he and a team of volunteer designers, engineers and builders have been developing and fabricating these machines, which include tractors, ovens, and circuit makers. All of the blueprints are open source, making them available to anyone seeking to build this technology for themselves. Part of Marcin's vision is to create prosperity at a local level by empowering individuals and communities with the skills needed to fabricate what he calls "democratic technology." Such technology can serve human needs, free people from material constraints, and unleash human potential.


    The machines that make up the GVCS are intended to be robust, modular, low-cost, efficient, and made from locally-sourced and recycled materials. Marcin envisions a process in which most, if not all, of the starting materials can be found in the "earth and twigs beneath our feet." His ideas point the way to a future in which all technology is sustainable, local communities are resilient and self-sufficient, garbage and waste are non-existent, and the population has the technical literacy needed for economic freedom, prosperity, and self-determination.


    Part 2 of this conversation can be found in Episode 13 of the podcast, to be released by the end of February 2021. On this episode, you will hear the following topics:


    5:27- Technology that serves human needs


    8:01- The product selection metric for the GVCS


    11:30- The open-source model applied to hardware


    12:55 Three ways that the GVCS can get built


    15:08- 3D printing


    17:58- Building an advanced civilization from dirt and twigs


    19:40- Three levels of recycling


    22:06- Lifetime design


    26:00- Open-source microfactories


    27:15- How to build it yourself


    28:03- The need for localized production


    29:13- Sustainable regenerative technology


    30:25- Economic localization and ecological integrity


    31:30- Natural law in ecological design


    33:13- Eliminating the waste stream

    • 37 min
    Nature Am I, Episode 11: Nature is God

    Nature Am I, Episode 11: Nature is God

    Here, we explore the relationship between Nature, on the one hand, and religion and spirituality, on the other, focusing on the concept of God. Topics include:


    1:13- Religion has failed to live up to its promise


    2:45- The growing trend of religious disaffiliation


    3:36- Why spirituality is misguided


    4:04- The concept of God


    5:04- The damage caused by dualism


    5:50- Wholeness in Nature


    7:21- Why the distinction between Nature and human makes no sense


    8:43- Experience your body!


    9:10- Creativity and desire


    9:41- Replacing spirituality with Naturality


    10:19- Creating paradise on Earth


    11:13- Fully aligned with Nature


    12:29- Experience the wonders of this world


    12:57- Nothing is "supernatural"


    13:51- Reversing the damage humanity has caused

    • 15 min
    Nature Am I, Episode 10: Yoga, Nature & the Body, with Joseph Le Page

    Nature Am I, Episode 10: Yoga, Nature & the Body, with Joseph Le Page

    Integrative Yoga Therapy founder and yoga scholar Joseph Le Page discusses the role of nature in yoga and the relationship between nature and humans. Our conversation touches upon the following topics:


    3:12- Knowing the true self (purusha)


    6:52- Lower mind (manas) vs. higher mind (buddhi)


    10:08- The need for spiritual culture


    11:34- Nature (prakriti) and spirit


    14:25- Seeing Nature in a new way


    16:10- Patanjali's view of Nature 


    18:41- Duality (samkhya) and non-duality (vedanta)


    20:04- The practice and qualities of samadhi


    21:45- Nature and the deity of creation (Ishvara)


    24:00- One enlightenment, many paths


    25:58- The essence of Tantra


    27:20- The purpose of living (dharma)


    29:04- The concept of kaivalya


    33:20- Kaivalya in the ecological movement


    35:12- The end of evolution


    36:50- Samadhi in the body (nirbijah samadhi)


    41:47- Becoming one with Nature


    43:52-Co-dependence in the ecological movement


     


    Excellent video of Joseph Le Page speaking about nirbija samadhi:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONh0U-VgEMg


    For more information about Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT):


    https://www.iytyogatherapy.com/


    YouTube channel for IYT:


    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0LXPRN8sEAybb0YNjSPM4g


     


     

    • 47 min
    Nature Am I, Episode 9: Naturality in the Age of Death

    Nature Am I, Episode 9: Naturality in the Age of Death

    In this groundbreaking episode, Dr. Victor Shamas shows you how to eliminate your fear of death and elevate your quality of life. He expands upon the practice of Naturality described in previous episodes and shows you how that practice can help you thrive in the challenging times that we are now facing. Here are the topics covered:


    1:09-  2020 Milestones 


    3:05- The Age of Death


    4:12- Two major impact of recent forest fires


    5:27- Is this the end?


    6:52- Quality of life


    7:50- Humanity has become "unnatural"


    9:59- Wholeness and the implicate order


    11:46- You are an embodiment of nature


    12:33- The illusion of separateness 


    13:24- Why you never need to fear death


    14:26- Law of Conservation of Consciousness


    15:16- The power of OM


    17:10- Thriving in the Age of Death


    18:17- How social media can radicalize us


    19:11- Realizing our true nature 


     


     


     


     

    • 20 min
    Nature Am I, Episode 8: Unpaving Paradise: A Conversation with Richard Heinberg

    Nature Am I, Episode 8: Unpaving Paradise: A Conversation with Richard Heinberg

    On this episode, Richard Heinberg of the Post Carbon Institute discusses strategies for increasing sustainability and building community resilience. He touches on many of his seminal writings, including his books,  Our Renewable Future, The End of Growth, Power Down, and Memories and Visions of Paradise, as well as his award-winning Museletter. Our conversation covered the following topics:


    Immanuel Velikovsky's World in Collision (4:30)


    Visions of Paradise (6:53)


    Paradise as connection to Nature (9:08)


    Global disturbances caused by unsustainable practices (11:09)


    The need for community resilience (14:09)


    Balancing global and local perspectives (15:56)


    Protecting information in a post-carbon age (18:39)


    How our energy use is destroying the natural world (21:00)


    Making society more sustainable (23:15)


    Shifting away from unlimited growth (23:54)


    Steady-state economies (27:14)


    Time banking and income disparity (29:14)


    Coalition-building (30:37)


    Making non-profits more resilient (32:52)


    Building community resilience (34:55)


    Opportunities for idealists (36:35)


    Practices and principles of sustainability (38:34)


    Profit vs. Beauty as sources of motivation (41:39)


    Learn more about Richard Heinberg and the Post Carbon Institute.


    Listen to other episodes of the Nature Am I podcast or read our blog.

    • 45 min
    Nature Am I Episode 7: Remaking the World through Nature Inspiration

    Nature Am I Episode 7: Remaking the World through Nature Inspiration

    Discover what it means and takes to remake the world. Find out the creative power inherent in the experience of nature inspiration, why such power is essential at this time in human history, and how you can cultivate it by learning how to embody nature fully. Here are the topics we explore in this episode:


     


    0:58- The need to remake the world


    1:27- Inspiration and creative power


    2:10- Embodying nature through nature inspiration


    2:33- The world is not as it appears


    3:18- Schrodinger on the myth of objectivity


    4:22- Bohm and Einstein weigh in on consciousness and imagination


    4:52- How the mind limits experience


    5:37- Nature as dynamic wholeness


    5:52- Bohm: Continuity is an illusion


    6:16- Analogy between perceived reality and a movie


    6:54- Re-creating reality at every moment (TD Suzuki quote)


    7:41- The dynamics of creation in the natural world


    9:06- Humans as the creative aspect of nature


    9:42- Embodying nature by transcending limitations


    10:56- Paradise and nature alignment


    11:24- The six qualities that give rise to inspiration


    12:04- Why experience nature inspiration?


    13:11- Stability and energy in nature


    14:14- How energy is building towards an enormous release


    15:16- Two ways to attain stability through energy release


    16:58- Showing the world the way to a more stable condition


    17:23- Accessing nature's wisdom


    17:54- Visionaries that offer a clear path to a stable, thriving way of life


     


     


     

    • 19 min

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