Humans and Earth

Chara Armon

The Humans and Earth Podcast offers inspiration and practical resources for healing our planet and ourselves. We interview environmental regeneration experts, Earth-oriented wellness mentors, and spiritual teachers. It's time for humanity to collaborate with Earth to restore her flourishing and our own. Listen to gain support for your contributions to regeneration.

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56 You're Part of the Democracy of Frequency
25-11-2023
56 You're Part of the Democracy of Frequency
What does it mean to be part of the democracy of frequency?We all get to choose, in any moment, what frequency we are holding: rage or despair, joy or peace; fear or irritation, love or inspiration, discontent or gratitude. As we can learn from wise voices such as recent Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nargess Mohammadi, or others such as Nelson Mandela, Elie Wiesel, and Immaculee Ilibagiza, even when we are imprisoned in dire circumstances, we have a choice about what our internal energetic and emotional state is, and what we are then able to offer to the world. Tune in to hear how:Choosing our energetic state may be our highest contribution to healing our planet and harmonizing the human-Earth relationship. This is because life on  Earth operates as a democracy of interconnected lives, or a grand symbiotic system in which countless lives are intertwined, continually influencing one another via their frequency, decisions, and actions.Each of us gets to choose whether we are emitting muddy or dim light, or bright, vibrant, light that brings greater beauty and regenerative creativity to the world.You can curate your frequency and contributions through a 4-step process.This can be easy at times, and an uphill climb at others, yet it's not spiritual bypassing. I offer examples.The democracy of frequency and the options it offers you are likely going to be make or break in what happens here on Earth. Those who believe there’s still plenty of hope for humanity and the Earth are the ones who are opening pathway after pathway for us to live in harmony with one another and the Earth. Thanks for listening! Kindly leave us a review so more people can discover the show.Find Humans & Earth on Instagram at @schoolhumansearth https://www.instagram.com/schoolhumansearth/ Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SchoolHumansEarth You're welcome to email your thoughts to support@humansandearth.com
53 Being an Advocate for Plants: Paul Moss
26-05-2023
53 Being an Advocate for Plants: Paul Moss
Paul Moss is co-founder and executive director of The Plant Initiative https://plantinitiative.org  a nonprofit organization started in 2020 that works collaboratively with others to advance respectful treatment of plants. He is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Minnesota in the department of Geography, Environment and Society, where he is focusing on the relationship between people and plants. He has an undergraduate degree in biology, and masters' degrees in agronomy and marketing.Paul speaks about: His life-long connection with plants and respect for their sophistication.Plants as intelligent, responsive, and sentient beings, not objects, and the ethical issues these discoveries raise for human treatment of plants.The need for more people and organizations to advocate for the respectful treatment of plants, including in agriculture and the human diet.When we harm plants we harm ourselves, and when we help them, we help ourselves.How new scientific discoveries are leading us beyond our tendency to objectify and devalue plants, and books and talks to explore if you want to know more.Intuitive communication with plants.How cultural assumptions are way behind our actual scientific and intuitive insights about plants’ complexity and intelligence.Practical ways we can treat plants with respect, care, reciprocity, and gratitude and work toward creating a “worldwide democracy of all beings.”Thanks for listening! Kindly leave us a review so more people can discover the show.Find Humans & Earth on Instagram at @schoolhumansearth https://www.instagram.com/schoolhumansearth/ Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SchoolHumansEarth You're welcome to email your thoughts to support@humansandearth.com
49 Architects of a New Humanity: Rhetta Morgan
10-02-2023
49 Architects of a New Humanity: Rhetta Morgan
Reverend Rhetta Morgan is an interfaith minister, facilitator, artist and healer.  Her work encompasses the intersections of spirituality, creativity and activism, all rooted in an intention to work and live in a more just world. She currently facilitates Anti-Bias work for the Anti-Defamation League, leads The Ecclesia Fortify Circle, a group that supports activists to develop spiritual practices, and recently returned from South Africa working as facilitator and healer with Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity. Find her at www.reverendrhetta.com  If you want to be in service to love on this planet at this time, what can that look like? In this interview, Rhetta Morgan discusses how to do  the inner work needed so you can face domination in a potent way:In this tough time in our culture, it’s easy to lose touch with our vision for what we desire instead. Touching on awe can be regenerative for those who are feeling exhausted. “There is a way in which we can infuse the most difficult circumstances with a sense of power, awe, and sacredness.”We can face exactly where we are and how we feel, yet also take an empowered, compassionate, and visionary stance. This involves working with all of our identities, from victim to awe-maker, change-maker, and community nurturer.Wholeness and oneness are the lenses she finds most powerful: “It’s not about winning. The ‘right side’ is the ‘whole side,’ as healthy as we can get it.”It's time to believe in the legitimacy of your sense of mission or calling. “You’ve got to have a declaration: I am here to support this time! I am here to do what I can in this time.” Our ancestors and the planet require it. We must ask, “Who do I need to become so that I can answer that heart call?”“I like to imagine the electromagnetic field of Earth claiming me so that as I move, I move in service to her.”“I like to live as if it is possible for justice to be the way of the world…I am in the ‘yes’ of what is possible…We are called to stand before the ways culture works now and offer a different way.” Thanks for listening! Kindly leave us a review so more people can discover the show.Find Humans & Earth on Instagram at @schoolhumansearth https://www.instagram.com/schoolhumansearth/ Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SchoolHumansEarth You're welcome to email your thoughts to support@humansandearth.com
48 The Restorative Power of Endarkenment: Deborah Eden Tull
27-01-2023
48 The Restorative Power of Endarkenment: Deborah Eden Tull
Deborah Eden Tull is a Zen meditation and mindfulness teacher, author, activist, and sustainability educator. She spent seven years training as a Buddhist monk  and has been living in sustainable communities for over 25 years. She teaches engaged awareness practice, which emphasizes the connection between personal awakening and global engagement. Eden draws upon teachings from the natural world and an embodied understanding of animism. She is the author of Luminous Darkness: An Engaged Buddhist Approach to Embracing the Unknown and other books. Eden offers retreats, online courses, and consultations internationally. To learn more, go to DeborahEdenTull.com. If you’re an activist or a spiritual person, do you need ‘endarkenment’ as much as ‘enlightenment’? Hear Eden Tull explain in this interview why her answer is a resounding ‘yes.’In this conversation, Eden and I discuss: Why our ‘outer work’ of activism or contribution needs to be supported by ‘inner work’ that feeds compassion, resilience, and purpose. We are wildly creative beings who are meant to experience darkness “as the field of absolute rest and regeneration” that inspires our creativity.A ‘dark time’ can be a personal experience or an experience a people or culture are going through. It can be ‘dark’ as in ‘unpleasant,’ or ‘dark’ as in ‘mysterious, uncertain or visionary.’It’s counter-cultural to embrace darkness. But darkness includes beautiful halves of our reality such as the night, sleep, rest, interiority, sadness, wisdom, crisis, and fertile soil. Ignoring darkness within and without can be a mistake because suppressing or ignoring our grief or horror at the world’s suffering prevents us from acting in healing ways.Darkness can be a fertile space where we listen and discover creative solutions that are based in fierce compassion. “It’s in metabolizing our grief that we’re freed up to act in more constructive and creative ways.”How her book offers a structure for going into ‘dark’ spaces—whether meditation, open inquiry, or grief for a planet in crisis—and letting them be fertile instead of without life. Endarkenment can be a process of transmuting pain into vision and vitality.“We need to wake up more fully to our partnership with nature”—not by seeing ourselves as separate, but “by recognizing our innate oneness with the more than human world and Gaia consciousness…when we do this, we receive guidance and information.” Thanks for listening! Kindly leave us a review so more people can discover the show.Find Humans & Earth on Instagram at @schoolhumansearth https://www.instagram.com/schoolhumansearth/ Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SchoolHumansEarth You're welcome to email your thoughts to support@humansandearth.com
47: Shifting to a 'We' Culture: Nina Simons
13-01-2023
47: Shifting to a 'We' Culture: Nina Simons
Nina Simons is the co-founder and Chief Relationship Officer at Bioneers and leads its Everywoman’s Leadership program. Bioneers is a nonprofit that uses media, convening, and connecting to lift up visionary and practical solutions for many of our most pressing social and  ecological challenges, revealing a regenerative and equitable future that’s within our reach today.  Nina is a social entrepreneur who is passionate about reinventing leadership, restoring the feminine, and co-creating a healthy, peaceful, and equitable world for all. Throughout her career spanning the nonprofit, social entrepreneurship, corporate, and philanthropic sectors, Nina has worked with nearly a thousand diverse women leaders across disciplines, race, class, age, orientation, and more to create conditions for mutual learning and leadership development.  She is the author of Nature, Culture, & the Sacred: A Woman Listens for Leadership, and of Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart.Hear Nina discuss:“We are in a paradigm shift from an ‘I’ culture to a ‘we’ culture.” “We are collectively co-creating a new world.”“The Earth needs us all to be leaders now.” And hierarchical models of leadership won’t provide the restoration that is needed.Her experience of redefining leadership as non-hierarchical and collaborative so that it became a role she could accept. What humans and Earth need is a “full-spectrum leadership” that departs from patriarchal values and instead values both feminine and masculine strengths and contributions. This leadership honors bodily and emotional wisdom as much as rational thought.We need to recognize that vital forms of leadership include parenting, art-making, teaching…”There are probably as many expressions of leadership as we are human beings.”“The most inspiring leaders I know are those that can show up with vulnerability and not knowing, turn to each other for help, and exercise what I call relational intelligence. They’re helping create a culture where transformation is possible.” We all become leaders by supporting these skills in ourselves and others.Our whole culture is up for review and renewal. We need to nurture this within models of regeneration, not depletion of self, others, and our planet. “It’s not really our power we’re reclaiming, it’s actually the power of life’s energy coming through us.”Thanks for listening! Kindly leave us a review so more people can discover the show.Find Humans & Earth on Instagram at @schoolhumansearth https://www.instagram.com/schoolhumansearth/ Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SchoolHumansEarth You're welcome to email your thoughts to support@humansandearth.com
44 Regenerative Collaboration in Science and Spirituality
12-11-2022
44 Regenerative Collaboration in Science and Spirituality
We’re experiencing a revolution in our understandings about how life on planet Earth really works. Hear why collaboration is actually how things are meant to function on Earth, and why that’s good news for anyone who cares about healing our planet and human well-being. I talk about what this means for your sense of hope, your own thriving, and your experience of connection to the people, plants, and animals with whom you co-exist on this lovely planet we call Earth.In this episode I cover:New scientific findings that are identifying collaboration as perhaps the most vital aspect of how life on Earth thrivesEvidence of how human cultures have been leaning more into collaboration for the past three centuriesWhat this means for your well-being and for our joint work of restoring our planet and human well-being. Despite the messiness occurring on planet Earth, there’s evidence everywhere that we’re outgrowing mistaken stories of domination and hierarchy. This is a thrilling time to be alive as science and spirituality converge in conversations about how we can renew life on Earth by witnessing and encouraging the collaborations that are fundamental to how Earth’s systems function. Collaboration is a key to turning life on Earth from foundering to flourishing.It’s up to us which story we choose, and which story we live inside.Thanks for listening! Kindly leave us a review so more people can discover the show.Find Humans & Earth on Instagram at @schoolhumansearth https://www.instagram.com/schoolhumansearth/ Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SchoolHumansEarth You're welcome to email your thoughts to support@humansandearth.com
43 Choose Green Brain Over Red Brain
21-10-2022
43 Choose Green Brain Over Red Brain
Life on Earth is complex right now! Whether you are alert to refugee crises, signs of environmental damage and climate change, severe storms, health effects from air and water pollution, or social and political turmoil, you could make a list of a lot of things that worry you or even lead you to feel despair.But are the anxiety and eco-anxiety that have become normal our best response to the crises we face? Neuroscience and the history of activism suggest an alternative approach that’s more beneficial for us as individuals, and far more effective for healing our world. We’re learning that:·       Anxiety creates a freeze response in our brains that shuts down the optimism and innovation needed to solve crises. ·       People who bemoan social problems or environmental problems often make few or no contributions to solutions.·       Neuroscientist Rick Hanson describes the human brain’s state of anxiety, stress, and pessimism as the activity of our reactive (and more primitive) ‘red brain.’ Conversely, our ‘green brain’ state is our responsive (and more evolved) mode of confidently meeting challenges and enjoying life’s pleasures without getting stuck in the stress response. ·       We can see the effects of red brain and green brain play out in human history and the work of current activists such as Wangari Maathai and Boyan Slat.·       It may be fashionable to moan and complain in ‘red brain’ and talk about our dystopian future, but I challenge you to realize that actually we are designed to respond creatively to our world, not sit frozen in despair.·       If you want to suffer less and help a lot more, learn to curate your ‘green brain.’ Listen in to learn how.·       Living as much as possible in green brain allows you to be someone who assists with regeneration for people and planet, rather than someone who holds us back.Thanks for listening! Kindly leave us a review so more people can discover the show.Find Humans & Earth on Instagram at @schoolhumansearth https://www.instagram.com/schoolhumansearth/ Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SchoolHumansEarth You're welcome to email your thoughts to support@humansandearth.com
42 Blissipline for Thriving on Earth with Karen Lorre
07-10-2022
42 Blissipline for Thriving on Earth with Karen Lorre
Karen Lorre helps people release unconscious blocks so they can have priceless results. She is the best-selling author of three books, Chronic Pleasure, Effortless Enchantment, and Chronic Pleasure in Relationships. Karen’s work has been endorsed by Deepak Chopra, Bruce Lipton, and Gay Hendricks. She has had a lifelong interest in epigenetics, neuroscience, health, and spirituality. Karen is also an actress who has done over a thousand hours of TV, films and commercials. Earlier in her life, Karen went through intense emotional and physical challenges that doctors could not seem to heal. This led her to discover ways to transform her fatigue and pain into vibrant energy and chronic pleasure. She now lives a life of magnetism and miracles and teaches others how to do the same. You can access her books for free at  https://www.karenlorrecoaching.com/book-downloads  Hear Karen discuss:How she went from feeling that the world was too troubled for her to want to stay in it, to realizing that a focus on problems holds them in our reality.Her discovery that when you are solutions-focused, you continually encounter people who are bringing next-level solutions to the world and you see how you can contribute. Her exploration of sustainable and regenerative agriculture’s benefits and how she supports local farmers. How Blissipline took her out of serious chronic illness to her current state of thriving, joy, and mentoring others. “Blissipline creates a momentum” that lets you create from your desire rather than responding to the world from worry or fear.The best contributions arise out of love. People think worry and stress lead to creativity, but actually, if you’re feeling good, that’s when your opportunities appear. “I think, I love this planet. I love nature and want to support it any way that I can. I love seeing nature thriving.” And as you focus in this way, opportunities for your contribution become clear.How you can choose to be influenced by either the world’s ‘bad news’ or ‘good news,’ and how this affects your brain’s reticular activating system, your neuroplasticity, and your perceptions of life.What to do if this kind of conversation doesn’t feel ‘realistic’ to you.Thanks for listening! Kindly leave us a review so more people can discover the show.Find Humans & Earth on Instagram at @schoolhumansearth https://www.instagram.com/schoolhumansearth/ Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SchoolHumansEarth You're welcome to email your thoughts to support@humansandearth.com
40 Nature Communication as Cultural Repair with Saskia von Diest
01-09-2022
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. Thanks for listening! Kindly leave us a review so more people can discover the show.Find Humans & Earth on Instagram at @schoolhumansearth https://www.instagram.com/schoolhumansearth/ Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SchoolHumansEarth You're welcome to email your thoughts to support@humansandearth.com