The Pattern That Connects
an interview with Nora Bateson
Nora Bateson is a media producer and educator. Her work includes documentaries, multimedia productions, magazine columns, and developing curriculum for elementary and high school students. Central to all her pursuits is the idea of utilizing media and storytelling to encourage cultural understanding, social justice, and environmental awareness. Ms. Bateson has a steadfast dedication to the possibilities of human evolution, starting with encouraging young children to see the interrelatedness of the natural world with that of the “human-made” world using all media.
Nora speaks with Joanna about the process of making the film , the concept of beauty for Gregory Bateson, story as a co-evolving relationship, art and beauty as ways of intimacy with Nature, the perception of life as a “dynamic web of interrelationships”, paradox, play, double bind, the ecological imperative of changing our way of thinking about the world…
"Gregory Bateson encourages us to not only look at the frame through which we see the world and others..but to ask the question "what is a frame?", and I think that's important because that's the piece that's going to push the understanding to a different level...expanding the context through which we see things, so that they are in a state of coexistence...and many things can be there, including paradoxes...are perfectly welcome to the party...
So much of this film is about the way that we think....Gregory held a sort of a credo: That we were under a great deal of threat as a species if we didn't change one of three things . One of them was population, which he didn't think we would really change. Second was technological progress, which he didn't think we would really be able to stop. And the third, it's the way that we see the world...that was the place where he saw that it could be a shift...and so, I took that really at heart...where is the shift in our thinking? What is he talking abut? what is a ecology of mind?...."
Death: A Natural Transformation
an interview with Camille Adair
Camille Adair brings with her more than twenty years of experience in the healing arts, workshop facilitation, hospice and health care. She is an active member of the hospice and palliative health care community, having served as a hospice nurse, educator and professional consultant. She is a pioneer in the field of sustainable health care, integrating medicine with the intimacy of the human experience.
Camille speaks with Joanna about the film she directed - SOLACE: Wisdom of the Dying -, what she has learned assisting people in the course of their end of life experience, our shared presence, the shadow dynamics of the care giver, death as a natural (transpersonal) process and shared tenderness…
"From my perspective, the more comfortable we become with death, the more comfortable we are in being really alive...and I think that we are actually handicapped about how alive we allow ourselves to be, so I think that is a really good thing...I think this could be a great journey, and I think the more fully we can go into being alive, the better...taking advantage of the present moment - that's something that I work on a lot, because it's really easy not to be present...and I think if we all take responsibility for ourselves, I think we would see mass of change; exactly what that change will look like...I think it's a beautiful mystery..."
Adventures with the Goddess
an interview with Tim Ward
Tim Ward is the author of the newly released Savage Breast: One Man’s Search for the Goddess. This is the first book that explores the Goddess from an explicitly male perspective, and how the loss of the feminine divine has affected men and women’s relationships. Tim believes it is in men’s enlightened self interest to work together with women to move beyond patriarchy, and this is the conversation he will engage his audiences in as he shares his experience of exploring Goddess sites and ruins of the ancient Europe throughout 2006-07.
Tim is the author of three previous books: Savage Breast: One Man’s Search for the Goddess, Arousing the Goddess: Sex and Love in the Buddhist Ruins of India (where he first encountered the Goddess) What the Buddha Never Taught (about life in a Thai Monastery), and the Great Dragon’s Fleas (his search for living Bodhisattvas). He has lectured in colleges and institutions across North America, and all of his books have been used as texts in various schools and universities. Tim has a degree in Philosophy from the University of British Columbia, in his native Canada.
Tim now lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife and their two children where he teaches communications courses for international development organizations in Washington D.C. and globally. (See www.intermediact.com for this very different side of his professional life).
Tim speaks with Joanna about his life-changing experiences with the archetypes of the Goddess and the rising awareness of our interconnectedness with the Earth, “what the Buddha never taught”, a new non-patriarchal relationship between fathers and sons, our responsibility in the creation of a new ecological society…
"It is possible: We have today all the technology and all the science we need to provide for an adequate life for all of humanity, to not destroy and eat the living cycles that replenish the fields, the trees, the animals, the fish in the sea...right now we are chewing these at such a rate that we will end up with barren seas, deserts, and treeless landscapes where once there was a rainforest...so we need to move these cycles from the destructive path towards ones that are lasting and replenish the whole planet, and we can do it... that's the real good news, but it will be big change, it will be every individual doing their part to bring humanity to aligment with the cycles of the Goddess...it's exciting to me because it's an opportunity to do this on a scale where we really can have some planetary impact
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