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225: Preparing Emotionally for the Coming Chaos

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

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“The external growth of a budding economy is over. The focus on growth now needs to be on the inner world.” Carolyn Baker’s Navigating the Coming Chaos is a toolkit to prepare emotionally and spiritually for the collapse of industrial civilization now underway. First build an “internal bunker,” she suggests, to begin healing the fear, grief and despair that immobilize many people in our “culture of numbness.” From that foundation, she invites us to look at who our allies are people, places, possessions. Carolyn observes that many people experience a level of joy by doing this work (Episode 225). [carolynbaker.net]

 

BlipTV | Janaia’s journal Carolyn Baker on Navigating the Coming Chaos | iTunes | Audio

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202: Collapse of the Titans

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

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pm202_200.jpgLearn from the Soviets — personal relationships are the best currency, says Russian-born Dmitry Orlov, the author of Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Example and American Prospects. The American empire is following the USSR into collapse, he asserts, with financial collapse happening first, followed by commercial and then political collapse. Dmitry, an America resident for several decades, suggests lowering our needs and expectations and replacing money transactions with barter and exchanges. [http://www.cluborlov.com]

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Read in Janaia’s journal Meeting up with Mike Ruppert and Dmitry Orlov.

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196: Arrival of the Post-Petroleum Human

Friday, June 24th, 2011

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pm196_200.jpg“Petroleum Man is dead. Infinite Growth Man is dead. Post Petroleum Human is alive,” announced Michael C. Ruppert on May 22, 2011. Members of this emerging “species” know they must live in balance with the Earth, while remembering the lessons of industrial civilization.

The star and subject of the documentary film “Collapse”, Mike founded CollapseNet.com in 2010 to empower people to connect and relocalize. He’s the author of Crossing the Rubicon, and Confronting Collapse.

Watch his full presentation at Green Living EcoFest, May 2011: “Birth of Post-Petroleum Human.”

Watch Mike’s 2006 Peak Moment Conversation, “Pondering our Post-Petroleum Future.”

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Read Janaia’s journal “Mike Ruppert and Dmitry Orlov - presentations and conversations.”

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183: Navigating the Decline

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

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pm183_150.jpgThis time Janaia’s in the hot seat! In this interview by Jim Fritz on Port Townsend Television, she tackles corporate control and a dysfunctional system that profits from increasing unhealthiness and consuming the planet. She points to Peak Moment guests as models for the average family to gain genuine security. They’re withdrawing from the money system, growing food, and joining neighbors to prepare for emergencies. (www.peakmoment.tv, porttownsendtv.blogspot.com).

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178: Beyond Back Yard Sustainability

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

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pm178_150.jpgFour years ago (in episode 51, “An Experiment in Back Yard Sustainability”), Scott McGuire asked “how much food can I grow in my back yard to feed my family?” In this episode, we learn the results, and that food supply is not an individual project — it takes a community to feed one another. Scott’s garden later became a CSA (community-supported agriculture) for eight families.

Scott is a co-creative gardener — he asks the plants where they want to grow. When plants participate in the design of a garden, they build in energy meridians (like acupuncture lines in our bodies) for optimal vitality and health. (www.scottallenmcguire.com).

Listen to Audio. Read Janaia’s journal about taping this conversation, “Meet Scott McGuire, “Maniacal” Co-Creative Gardener.”

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177: Hooked on Growth - Meet the Filmmaker

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

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pm177_150.jpgDave Gardner’s upcoming documentary looks at modern society and asks, why are we behaving irrationally? There’s overwhelming evidence we’ve reached the limits to growth, yet we continue in our addiction. In searching for a cure, Dave starts with the need to tell different stories and shares examples from several folks he’s interviewed. He highlights an amusing segment which depicts a family’s impacts remaining in their yard! This “crowd-produced” film will also show activities at the community level which could make a huge positive difference. (www.growthbusters.org).

Listen to Audio. Read Janaia’s journal “Dave Gardner - a Conversation Destined to Happen” about taping this conversation.

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175: Time’s Up! An Uncivilized Solution

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

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pm175_150.jpgWhat kind of life do you want, and what are you willing to do to get it? Keith Farnish, author of Time’s Up! An Uncivilized Solution to a Global Crisis, sees industrial civilization as the most destructive way of living yet devised by humans. And it’s over: environmental degradation and depletion tell us it can’t continue. The system has myriad ways to make us believe we can’t live without it. But Keith believes we can - there are countless ways to move forward into contented, happy, and full lives. We can “disengage” and reconnect with the natural world, ourselves, and others. (www.unsuitablog.com, www.theearthblog.org).
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. Read Transcript. Read Janaia’s blog about taping this conversation.

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169: The Sacred Demise of Industrial Civilization

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

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pm169_150.jpgAs a historian, Carolyn Baker has a keen eye for current events that are indicators of the collapse we’re seeing all around us. But she’s also a former psychotherapist concerned about how we personally navigate the turbulence and find meaning within it. The author of Sacred Demise: Walking the Spiritual Path of Industrial Civilization’s Collapse, she describes the old story that isn’t working anymore (humans are separate from nature), and the new story we must live by for real sustainability. Her Speaking Truth to Power website is a rich collection of articles reflecting both collapse and preparedness action. [www.carolynbaker.net].

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155: Peak Oil - Adapting for Big Changes Ahead

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

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pm155_150.jpgWith a long-time eye to declining energy resources, Bart Anderson envisions a very different society in five years. The former editor of Energy Bulletin.net offers advice for post-oil living: Understand the problem. Prepare psychologically for big shifts and the unexpected. Find your niche and get good at it. See what your great grandparents did as a model for living well within limits. “Live poor and learn to do it well” as Bart did as a graduate student. Things will be very different, he said, but we’ll make it through. Listen to audio.

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138 The Twilight of an Age

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

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pm138_150.jpgIn his book, The Long Descent, John Michael Greer observes that our culture has two primary stories: “Infinite Progress” or “Catastrophe”. On the contrary, he sees history as cyclic: civilizations rise and fall. Like others, ours is exhausting its resource base. Cheap energy is over. Decline is here, but the descent will be a long one. It’s too late to maintain the status quo by swapping energy sources. How to deal with this predicament? He lays out practical ideas, possibilities, and potentials, including reconnecting with natural and human capacities pushed aside by industrial life. [www.thearchdruidreport.blogspot.com]
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