The Future Is Beautiful - Amisha Ghadiali

Amisha Ghadiali - The Future Is Beautiful

How will you create beauty in the world?

On this show we explore the weave between politics, spirituality, creativity and sustainability. The people, projects and ideas we meet here are challenging the dominant world story and creating a beautiful future.

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How do we meet our future during times of great change? In this special episode Amisha Ghadiali, our inspiring host, shares how we are evolving the vision of this podcast bringing into alignment its essence of community, truth and goodness with the potency and priorities of current times.  Time has come, where we seek to move away from the name ‘The Future Is Beautiful’ into something that will open up our community in new ways and make the wisdom of vision and creativity we share more accessible whilst addressing the polarity and challenges of our time. Amisha invites our listeners to meet this future with their suggestions for our new name. She talks about our new community app, to be launched this year; a beautiful space that embodies what we share on this podcast.  Amisha entices us to join our latest offering, ‘The Weave’; a nourishing recharging experience during this Autumn Equinox with special guests, including Richard Rudd and Mac McCartney.    She reminds us that if we wish to refine or redefine what it means to be a leader at this time or if we are simply seeking to find our ways of contributing and inspiring each other, use our privilege, our voice or our economic power in new ways, her Beautiful Leadership Immersion & Mentoring begins next week offering a space to explore ways to align and connect with our own essence by clearing subconscious patterns and planting new seeds of qualities that become part of who you are over the time. 

Sep 8

29 min 48 sec

How do we harmonise the complexities of being human whilst honouring ourselves as beautiful beings of nature? This episode is part of our collaboration with ‘Noisily Festival - Mind, Body and Soul’, where we explore the theme ‘We Are Nature’. This LIVE panel took place on 12th June 2021 as part of the Avebury pilgrimage. In this episode Amisha shares a conversation with Charlotte Pulver (E124), a modern day alchemist, Chris Park (E141), an active member of the order of ‘Bards, Ovates & Druids’, prolific beekeeper, enthusiastic storyteller and folklore wisdom keeper, Jimena Paratcha (E140) mother, community leader, conscious entrepreneur and horsewoman with 20 years of working in the social justice sector and Bruce Parry (E5) explorer, documentary filmmaker, author and indigenous rights supporter. Together they embarked on a beautiful pilgrimage in Avebury exploring how we can recognise ourselves as beings of nature and harmonise the complexities of being human by reconnecting with nature’s essence, its rhythms and wisdom. They share their insights into reasons why we have become disconnected from nature and the impacts this has on our humanness, cultures, communities, and on nature itself. We hear how we can honour our collective sense of grief and trauma that is offering the opportunity for us to find new ways to reconnect back to our land and our heritage. They reveal profound personal experiences and teachings from different cultures that have broadened their understanding of nature and inspired personal practices of connecting to their inner universe and their surroundings more empathetically. They explore how we can form ceremonial rituals and ways of life that awaken and ground our Youths in a sense of being that instills a knowing that we are part of something greater than ourselves. We learn that pilgrimages afford us spaces where we can step into meaningful, spiritual, liminal experiences where magic happens, where we can be inspired and marvel at the world and open ourselves up to receive the medicines of nature’s abundant gardens for restoration, transformation and belonging. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co

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Jun 24

1 hr 44 min

How can we embrace folklore wisdom traditions as life teachings and nourishing life strategies for the creation of a thriving world? In this special episode Amisha shares time with Chris Park, an active member of the order of ‘Bards, Ovates & Druids’ for nearly 25 years, a prolific beekeeper, enthusiastic storyteller and folklore wisdom keeper. He lives on an organic farm, and as a druid priest, he has worked as celebrant and teacher with schools, wildlife trusts, local authorities, mental health projects, communities, families and more, aiming to strengthen our connections to the natural environment and each other whilst building knowledge, skills & thriving community. Chris hosts ceremonies and gatherings around the U.K. and within a sacred grove at home. Most recently he co-created a bee-themed podcast ‘Living Beeing’ interviewing artists, musicians, bee-scientists, beekeepers and apitherapists together with friends Verity Sharp and Patrick Randall. Chris takes us on an insightful journey into the nature-based spirituality of Druidry, a tradition that survives in folklore and the stories of our landscapes, and evolves with generations. Being a priest and active member of Bards, Ovates and Druids’ has inspired Chris’ unique lifestyle and enables him to share inspiring creative strategies for creating thriving communities living in reciprocity with our natural world. Chris shares a flow of folk tales, song and mythologies taking us into ‘the other world’, the imaginary realm, where we experience magic, symbolism, mischief and exceptional power reminding us of the rich tapestry of life. Every traditional folk tale gives great traction into the natural world with themes, mottos and symbolism, trees, plants and animals, stars, rocks and spirits of nature. He believes such stories can be cathartic and restore our separated sense of connection to the natural world, to oneself and one's ancestry and bring forth a sense of well-being and belonging. Together they explore his work as a sustainable beekeeper and apitherapist. Chris shares that bees are ancient teachers reminding us of the cycles of life and the interconnectedness of our world with nature. In exchange for keeping them well and thriving, we receive their medicines of honey, pollen propolis, royal jelly from time to time, bee venom, wax and beehive air. We learn that putting down roots and drawing closer circles around our communities inspires a village sufficiency that is vital for our greater communities to thrive and keep on growing. And if we are not growing, then we must start growing food or plants or gardens, as they will bring us happiness. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

Jun 16

1 hr 29 min

How can simple ways of living in beauty and balance forge effective change in a turmoiled world? In this episode Amisha talks to Jimena Paratcha, mother, community leader, conscious entrepreneur and horsewoman. With 20 years of working in the social justice sector, Jimena is the founder of Action for Brazil's Children's Trust and a founding partner of Street Child United. An activist at heart, Jimena today focuses on campaigning for Fossil Free Sussex and Ecocide Law. She has been initiated into the Siddha Kundalini lineage, Nature Mysticism of Andean Peru and is currently studying Equine Facilitated Therapies. She is a Guardian of the Yawanawa and Tukano people of Amazonian Brazil, a partner of the Akasha Retreat Centre in Rio de Janeiro, a trustee of TreeSisters and a founding member of Friends of the River Medway. Jimena shares her story of origin and key steps of her life’s journey as a mother raising three children and as a generous activist supporting communities and addressing the growing environmental crisis. She reveals that her personal healing has helped her move from a place of embodied awareness and balance enabling heart-led choices reflected in her work with TreeSisters and Friends of the River Medway in Sussex, a project that weaves together practical, legal and sacred spiritual priorities to honour and care for the vitality of the local rivers. Amisha and Jimena explore the importance of motherhood and how living atuned to nature’s and our own inner cycles provides vital moments of calm that connects us to our inner voice and creativity.  We learn that growing practices of spaciousness and stillness will align us with our bodies intelligence, our feelings and physical sensations, rather than our intellect. This simplicity of being in our bodies is a powerful way to bring alive a gentle way of living in beauty and balance, from which we can activate more effective change in our local communities and society at large. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

Jun 10

1 hr 26 min

How can we sense and cultivate our intuition as a life skill that helps us foster thriving communities? In this special episode Lexy Alea Kay speaks with our host Amisha Ghadiali of this globally acclaimed podcast, The Future Is Beautiful, that weaves together Politics, Spirituality, Creativity and Sustainability offering us deep, insightful, unedited conversations with inspiring guests. Amisha has a gift of bringing people into connection with themselves, each other and the Earth. She has hosted many retreats, workshops, programmes and rituals around the world. She creates brave, tender and inclusive spaces. Amisha shares her insights into what it means to live in flow with one’s intuition and the abundant possibilities we open up when we cultivate this essential life skill. Her latest book ‘Intuition’ delves into 9 principles and 53 practices gathered to help us connect with and grow our intuition. Her latest offering ‘Intuitive Flow’ is a 4week journey that integrates themes of the book to help us create a deeper relationship with our inner world learning how to trust our intuition and to unfold life from that place.  Amisha’s offerings are underpinned by her desire to create spaces where we can connect with our own natural intelligence so we may flourish thriving communities that embrace us for who we are, that offer support and camaraderie with the challenges we face whilst honouring our cyclical reciprocity with nature. She tells us about the The Future Is Beautiful community app, to be launched this year, that albeit it being a tech space, is designed with the intention to lead us into a space as beautiful as a forest beautiful forest; a space of gathering, connection and redefining of priorities where we can share and receive each others gifts, insights and ways of life that can strengthen our communities. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

Jun 3

1 hr 23 min

How do we reveal and embody our magnetism and authenticity through our style choices? In this episode Amisha talks to Kerry Wilde, a Slow Fashion and Women’s Empowerment advocate who’s work harmonises Spirituality, Sustainability and Style. Kerry believes that dressing is a way to create a new culture of Authentic Beauty and loving Self-expression and that the future of fashion is rooted in the Art of Adornment and Soul Style. Kerry trained in Reiki, Yoga, Feminine Embodiment and Womb Healing. She is the Founder of Art of Slow: an online platform to educate and bring awareness to the frequency of our clothing, an ambassador for the Empowerment Collective, an initiative set to eradicate Slave Labour, and she recently launched the ‘Art of Womxn’ program. In this conversation Amisha and Kerry speak about the ‘art of adornment’ and ‘soul style’ as ways of dismantling insidious cultural beauty norms and myths. They explore how these can become powerful forms of authentic and emotive expression aligned with our personal values, spirituality and unique sense of beauty. Together the share insights into fast and slow fashion, and the impacts of these on beauty culture, planet and people. Kerry shares her awakening into style and adornment as spiritual practices catalysed by her personal experiences working in Fast Fashion, and raised as a mixed race woman in a white family. She talks about her explorations of somatic and embodiment practices for trauma resolution and for growing our felt sense of authenticity and intuition; powerful style guides that birth our magnetism. We learn that to fully transmit our beauty, royalty and serenity through our style means that we need to let go of misguided perceptions and masks we wear. Letting go of these, and the old pieces in our wardrobes, is a way of releasing constructed identities that no longer serve us; a way of aligning with our wellbeing and the essence of ourselves as we start to inhabit the natural harmonic place of resonance with who we are. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

May 27

1 hr 27 min

What would a new story of human progress look like if we reconnected with nature and worked with nature as partner? In this episode Amisha talks to Andres Roberts, a human development guide who’s vision is to reconnect us with nature. Andres brings together innovative approaches to leadership aiming to forge change that embraces the wisdom from ancient cultures and deep work with nature. He is the founding partner of the ‘Bio-Leadership Project’, co-founder of ‘Way of Nature UK’, and a guide to contemporary rites of passage that support deep transformation. Amisha and Andres explore the power of rekindling our lost relationship with nature and the potentiality it holds for carving out a new story of human progress where we live in reciprocal partnerships with nature, technology, engineering and human intelligence garnered from ancient wisdom traditions and the failings of extractive culture. Andres shares his experiences of guiding people on nature quests; formative experiences of observation and listening to nature that restore a sense of belonging and release us from culturally dominant patterns of separation. He shares his work with Bio-Leadership Fellowship, a community that brings together likeminded businesses and intelligence from all over the world seeking to foster a new culture of progress in reciprocity with nature and community based on five core stories that are emerging in the world. We learn that nature is our greatest teacher and a paradise that affirms the sacredness of life. Everything is in constant flow and changing, and tuning into life’s fluidity will ground us and provide the capabilities to be adaptable during times of upheaval and uncertainty. Nature guides us into understanding our vital role as part of the natural world. When we rekindle a connection with nature, a new intelligence emerges, a sense of wholeness, beauty and wonder grows, that naturally pulls us into visioning a more beautiful world. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

May 20

1 hr 3 min

How do we navigate the complex maps of cultural interconnectedness in times of crisis? In this episode Amisha talks to Shruti Ganguly, an award-winning filmmaker and published writer. Shruti was a member of Obama’s ECCO committee of 30 leaders and creators in entertainment, chairing its Asian Caucus. Her production company ‘honto88’ creates brave narrative and documentary features, series and branded content. She believes that culturally significant stories deserve to be represented with truth so they can connect and change the way we exist. Shruti is a co-founder of the Resistance Revival Chorus, a collective born out of the Women's March that brings together artists and activists to use music and joy as an act of resistance.  Amisha and Shruti speak about the devastating impacts of the pandemic on India rooted in the politics, spiritual and religious complexities of a country that is made of wonderful ‘chaos’, cultural and spiritual practices that have inspired an abundance of cultural interconnectedness across the world. They illuminate the reasons why the world’s largest democracy is failing, what that means for the world and the silver linings of community activism, crisis innovation, international support and courageous journalism that are emerging under the weight of this crisis. Shruti shares insights into living a creative life as a filmmaker navigating complex ideas and companies in a quest for truths that connect us with authentic voices and brave narratives. She speaks about the importance of working with good teams that can lead and support each other in reciprocity with kindness and empathy. She talks about her project the ‘Resistance Revival Chorus’, a global resistance movement bringing us into relationship with joy and activism through song. We learn that when the governments fail us, we, the people, can bound together and emerge with innovative solutions that eventually will become new systems that will protect and save even the most vulnerable people. Joy as resistance is one way for us to release anger and build joy and happiness. We just need to show up with heart.  Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

May 13

1 hr 12 min

How do we move towards truthful personal power during times of polarisation? In this episode Amisha talks to Diahann Holder, an international Soul Success and Radiance Coach, Conscious Entrepreneur and Spiritual Healer. Her own personal healing journey took her around the world learning and training within different esoteric healing modalities. Today Diahann supports female visionaries, leaders, creatives and entrepreneurs to form their unique soul “sauce” to forge positive impact in their lives and professional fields. She hosts transformational empowerment programmes and private coaching alongside retreats and events to awaken awareness within the body, minds and souls. Amisha and Diahann explore the idea that the polarised complexities emerging in our world today can no longer be held by our current personal and systemic capacities. They are a call for an archaic revival, a time for reclamation of ancestral wisdom and practices, and for embodying our truths. Diahann believes that by tending and nurturing our internal worlds we will equip ourselves with resources and embodied resilience needed to face external challenges whilst retaining our sense of freedom and joy. She talks about how by fiercely standing in our personal truths, we will flourish brave relationships that bring alive a sense of deep connection, shared values, courage and happiness. They share that doing what we can with what we have in the moment, and not spiritually bypassing intelligence that lays beyond our perceived limitation, is essential for birthing new visions of collective potentiality.  We learn that in order to flourish a compelling future with the greatest possible outcome, we need to learn to give to others by building upon the energy and feeling behind our actions for the greater good. Daily rituals, letting go of our seriousness and learning to trust in our own mystery will help us reclaim personal power ultimately enveloping us in our golden essence of life. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

May 5

1 hr 8 min

How do we unfold future culture from our imagination? In this episode Amisha speaks with Rob Hopkins, an environmental activist and writer. Rob is the founder of Transition movement, cofounder of Transition Town Totnes and Transition Network. He has written 6 books on environmentalism and activism, and was voted one of the Independent’s top 100 environmentalists. His podcast ‘From What If, To What Next’ explores how we can make our future visions reality. He is a director of Totnes Community Development Society, the group behind Atmos Totnes, an ambitious, community-led development project. Amisha and Rob explore the power of our imagination and spaces that allow us to vision the future. They reveal that we live in a survival mode culture designing imagination out of our lives causing its mass loss and collective fear of imagining the future in hopeful and positive ways.  Rob shares powerful examples from his latest book of how communities can de-activate this destructive way of being and step back into collective imagination. He talks about his work with Transition movement in Transition Towns, such as Totness, where communities are reimagining and rebuilding their world; setting examples of how we can imagine and build a new culture and tell a new story of positivity and hope for the future. We learn that in order to re-map our dysfunctional societies we need to re-activate our collective imagination. We need to give people a taste of a different future and spaces for exploring possibility. We need to re-imagine our relationship with technology, spend time in nature and with practices for quieting our minds, carve intentional time to be creative, to play and tell stories. The North Stars of our future are shining in the fine details we observe and in the ways we intertwine these. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

Apr 29

1 hr 6 min

How can we unlock purpose and new mindsets to forge ecological and systemic change? In this episode Amisha talks to Jessica Ferrow, a climate activist, entrepreneur and sustainability strategist. Jessica co-founded climate impact agency ‘Twelve’. They support purpose-driven businesses to unlock purpose and impactful responses to the climate and ecological emergency. Jessica is a mentor and advisory board member of Catalyse Change, a director of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership, co-chair of the Bristol Climate Leaders Group and a member of the mayor’s One City Environment Board, helping her home city Bristol achieve its ambitious net zero 2030 carbon targets. Together, Amisha and Jessica recognise a rising sense of urgency in the world for meaningful responses to the climate and ecological crisis. They explore how inspiring leadership and human connection can shift mindsets and forge purpose driven changes in communities and businesses. Jessica shares her passion for bringing climate emergency activism into boardrooms. Her heart-based leadership and transformative experiences guide businesses and organisations into unlocking their purpose, leadership and strategic responses to the climate and ecological emergency that serve both, communities and ecologies. She talks about Bristol and the inspiring challenges of it transforming into a carbon neutral city by 2030 considering systemic inequalities, climate justice and our interconnectedness with global communities and nature.  We learn that community initiatives and young people are setting admirable examples of leadership taking agency to navigate the complexities of our time by freely standing in their power and truths to solve the climate crisis. We can all activate our purposeful leadership by spending time with nature. Nature is the teacher that can guide us into epiphanies and mindset shifts whilst providing sanctuaries of solace that can help us find purposeful responses during this great time of upheaval. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

Apr 21

1 hr 16 min

How do we cultivate a life of deep listening and purpose? In this episode Amisha Ghadiali, our inspiring host, shares a stream of consciousness exploring the practice of deep listening, intuitive leadership and holding vision whilst embracing the complexities of our time in cultural systems of oppression. Amisha reflects on her journey of bringing alive visions often met with resistance revealing personal challenges of honouring her visionary and creative self. She shares insights into ways of cultivating self-trust and intuition whilst challenging the difficult aspects of unpacking our systemic conditioning that undermines our inner guidance.  She gives a rare glimpse into her practice as an Intuitive Therapist and the ‘Beautiful Leadership Immersion’, where spiritual leaders share unique approaches and insights on how we can nurture ourselves to become the leaders of our own lives. Amisha’s offerings are communities for learning deep listening, embodiment and intuitive practices that help us release self-limiting patterns and that activate transformation, so that we may freely forge new pathways for potentiality, creativity and pleasure in our lives. We learn that Amisha’s book ‘Intuition’ is a guide for sensing and exploring the deeper qualities within our being that reveal the wisdom of who we are and enable us to let parts of ourselves fall into their rightful places. Connecting with our intuition is a powerful pursuit of redefining ourselves, that nurtures seeds of possibility into the visionary gardens of the new world we are craving for. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

Apr 14

1 hr 5 min

How do we merge indigenous intelligence and modern technology to co-create better societies? In this episode Amisha talks to Lily Cole, sometimes filmmaker, writer, public speaker, supermodel and actor. She is an advocate for sociopolitical and environmental issues and a patron of the Environmental Justice Foundation. She co-founded Impossible: a technology company that solves social and environmental problems. Lily’s most recent book and companion podcast, ‘Who Cares Wins: Reasons for Optimism in Our Changing World’, is a rousing call to action that will leave you feeling hopeful that we can make a difference. Amisha and Lily explore the idea of co-creating communities that are powered by our commonalities, indigenous intelligence and modern technology. Lily talks about her personal observations gathered during times spent with different indigenous communities. She speaks of the intelligence rooted in egalitarian value systems of indigenous cultures, the reverence and understanding of the natural world, storytelling and spirituality as powerful offerings to modern society lacking collective values systems.  Lily shares her experience and challenges building Impossible, applying cutting edge tech to build a digital community and gift economy. Together they reflect that we don’t need expensive apparatus to encourage a shift of consciousness and the activation of generous community spirit. It is the combination of all instruments and skills available to humankind that will afford us the co-creation of new types of conscious consumerism and dynamic communities for the future.  We learn that listening to each other, taking small actions and making more conscious lifestyle choices aligned with our personal truths, are the mirrors of hope that will affect change of the mainstream and the political economic status quo, so we may conceptualise new outcomes for society. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

Apr 8

1 hr 9 min

How do we create a world in which everything is sacred?  In this episode Amisha talks to Clare Dubois, an environmentalist, social entrepreneur and inspirational speaker. She is the founder and CEO of TreeSisters,org, a global women’s movement leading social change and tropical reforestation. Clare’s holistic approach aims to activate collective cultural transformation and feminine leadership principles to restore our reciprocity with nature. In this uplifting conversation Amisha and Clare explore we can activate paradigm shifts away from dominant, extractive and patriarchal culture into a thriving reality guided by leadership with feminine principles and in reciprocity with nature. Clare shares that in order to flourish this kind of leadership we need to open up to our infinite possibilities and capacities as humans by falling from our minds into our hearts.  Clare talks about her awakening into mobilising women and environmental activism catalysed by a car crash into a tree that gifted her a unique vision of the future. She speaks of the challenges of being an activist for restoring feminine principles and nature in systems that devalue and destruct these. Her organisation Treesisters.org is a powerful antidote; a sisterhood with a call to action to restore our forests and feminine principles. It supports women to restore their relationship with life as an intelligence and history entwined with nature by listening to their deeper truths, redefining and embodying their sovereignty. We learn that we cannot create a new world with an economy that requires death of nature and subjugation of peoples. For a new world to emerge, old systems need to collapse. We need to slow down, listen to our bodies and honour ourselves as miracles in sacred relationship with life. We need to relearn what it means to be human by linking arms with sacred intelligence. That way we will plant beautiful forests for a reciprocal future. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

Mar 31

1 hr 9 min

How can we learn to live from the heart and rebalance the impacts of patriarchal systems? In this episode Amisha talks with Joseph Tenzin Oliver, a social entrepreneur and change activist, who has dedicated his life to influence and design new business models improved by humanitarian and ecological practices. From advising on megacity development to Artificial Intelligence, he has contributed to shaping our world for over a decade consistently pushing the boundaries.  Joe reveals his entrepreneurial paths as a changemaker with a career that covers many different industries and multi-potential themes. He describes living and testing life outside of systemic norms in arms with spiritual and life practices that transcended boundaries and conventions. Joe shares the unfolding of his unique way of life and his ultimate calling into service of helping others to create businesses and products that catalyse change and reconfigure our systems for the greater good.  Together Amisha and Joe explore their life changing experiences of grief and death as a constant life process that prepares us for crisis and a life lived from the heart. They describe these as a powerful initiation, where we meet vulnerability and resilience as skills that can help us build life and businesses drawing on the wisdom of compassion and love in service to humanity and ecologies.  They talk about male privileges, societal biases and generational brutalism that have constructed skewed perceptions of masculinity forming destructive norms of how we do business, design products and build society. We learn there is a sea change occurring with men are blossoming new brotherhoods. These are spaces where men purposefully teach men how to speak emotions and vulnerabilities; how to live their dreams from the heart and how to integrate histories of destruction, extraction and toxic behavior so the pendulum of change may swing to balance masculine and feminine for a wholehearted future. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

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Mar 24

1 hr 36 min

How can we walk the paths of tradition to become true collaborators with nature?  In this episode Amisha talks with Sam Lee, Mercury Prize-nominated and BBC Folk Award-winning singer, conservationist and curator. Sam is a folk music collector and specialist with a passion for wilderness studies and nature connection sharing and interpreting ancient oral music from Britain and Ireland. Sam works holistically in challenging the very nature of our heritage music in the 21st Century and he will soon release his 1st book about the songs of ‘The Nightingale’. Amisha and Sam explore oral folk traditions as initiations into a way of life in harmony with nature. Sam describes folk songs as the stories that hold the wisdom of our ancestors, the old stories that connect us to renovation, adoration and the essence of the land.  Together the talk about the unfolding of Sam’s calling into folk and nature’s song; a journey of intention, deep listening and experiencing nature from a sensory place with an activists heart. Sam shares his profound encounter with the beautiful song of the Nightingale, which led him to create an immersive and sensory pilgrimage where we can experience the concerts of this endangered bird species. It is an enchanting way to experience the birds in their habitat whilst bringing us into tune with nature’s beauty through folk song, fireside stories and community. In his new book, Sam gathers the stories of ‘The Nightingale’ giving insights into the bird’s significance in different cultures. We learn that nature is the cord principle of life and that the pandemic offers the opportunity for us to become its true collaborators by honouring our interbeingness and the wisdom traditions of song; by investing our money into its conservation, sustainable forestry and sustainable agriculture preventing vast habitat loss and population crash of species.  Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

Mar 18

1 hr 12 min

How can we make better choices with what we have and who we are for the good of humanity?  In this episode Amisha talks with Nasreen Sheikh, a survivor of modern-day slavery, social entrepreneur, human rights advocate and an international speaker. Born in a small rural village on the border of India and Nepal, she escaped forced marriage, child labor and extreme poverty risking everything to experience freedom. Today she runs several social enterprises working to eradicate modern-day slavery and advocating for basic human rights. Nasreen reveals her life’s path from her childhood living in underserved communities falling victim to modern day slavery, her escape from this ‘modern war’ into birthing her life’s calling as a global campaigner and budding social entrepreneur empowering women, girls and local artisans. Her work transforms the lives of many exploited by fashion sweatshop culture fuelled by our habits and systems of over-consumption. Carelessly designed toxic fashion supply chains, not only exploit humans, but pollute our rivers, our soil and our air, perpetuate sickness, disease and death. Nasreen shares that raising awareness of these destructive impacts and simultaneously securing basic human rights, such as nutritious food, clean water, shelter, health care, education, safe environment and access to technology in underserved communities will forge systemic and cultural change needed to create a future where we may collectively thrive. Together they explore the potency of good leadership, good technology and the cultivation of our intuition as essential support systems for solving the world’s biggest problems, to secure basic human rights and to form a new society, where we are active leaders and change-makers.  We learn that we have agency over our lives to break free from the conditioning of systems and cultures that don’t serve the good of humanity. Every small action and decision we make has impact and can be of service; whatever we choose will be our future. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

Mar 11

1 hr 37 min

How can technology and story expand cultural possibilities of the future?  In this episode Amisha talks with Sarah Drew, author, teacher and creator of visionary media. Sarah catalyses powerful blueprints for the future deeply rooted in the gnosis of the past. She is the author of the eco-feminist novel, GAIA CODEX, and a featured speaker at the graduate level and at Google, ABC Deepak Homebase, The Assemblage and Bioneers. She is currently a popular teacher and mentor for women worldwide on topics such as Feminine Wisdom and  Evolutionary Culture. Together Amisha and Sarah recognise the current season as a gift for regenesis, reclamation and reconnection into ways of being innate to our nature and grounded in infinite potentiality of our souls. It is a time to cultivate quiet practices that bring  us into resonance with awe-inspiring creativity, higher consciousness and Earth.   Sarah shares insights into her meditative writing practice that opens doorways to feminine wisdom and blueprints for the future through myths, stories, alchemy and science. Her eco-feminist novel ‘GAIA CODEX’, is a visionary activation into feminine wisdom as a collective experience in story form, a book club  in a tree planting sisterhood, and experiences in multiple media mediums. As students of goddesses and archetypes, they reveal that embodying feminine wisdom means to be aligned with our courage, our inner calling and potentiality so we can bring forth clarity of vision, creativity and beauty. It means to practice discernment that can be somatically guided, so we may cultivate ideas that enhance life for all. We learn that Virtual Reality can provide us with eye-opening and visceral experiences that give us more agency by growing our consciousness, empathy and communion with nature. Such fertile applications of technology are invitations for rewilding our evolutionary paths to remedy the extractive ‘hunger culture’ of our times. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

Mar 4

1 hr 17 min

How do you bring your idea to life and make disruptive change in this world? In this conversation Amisha talks to Miki Agrawal, social entrepreneur and founder of acclaimed social enterprises: WILD, THINX & TUSHY. She is also the author of the #1 best-selling books ‘DO COOL SH*T’ and ‘DISRUPT-HER’, a modern manifesto that questions & confronts thirteen major areas in our lives - money, career, relationships, friendships, the culture of owning “more stuff”, perfectionism, takedown culture etc - and disrupts them one by one. Miki shares her experiences of growing powerful businesses birthed as responses to social and environmental challenges, designed as solutions that disrupt cultural norms by moving society forward without band aids. She shares how she understands failure as revelation and her entrepreneurial paths as learning experiences that are about growing partnerships and business models that can be awesome spaces for exploring ground-breaking work, where we can celebrate the soulful parts of our existence and human experience.  Together they speak about take down culture that’s fired up by social media etiquette of shaming and perfectionism resulting in generations caught up in fear of stepping out, taking creative risks and leaps with new ideas. They reveal that the antidotes are innovations and social media conversations focused on celebrating and building community, human connection, belonging and wellness of body and spirit. Miki shares the story behind creating TUSHY, the company that has revolutionised how we poop by reducing use of toilet paper, and providing toilets to communities that didn’t have them.  We learn that we can reclaim our sense of agency, worthiness and creativity by unwiring our indoctrinations guided by the principles of the disrupter triangle, explained in Miki’s book ‘‘DISRUPT-HER’. They share that listening to our intuition, resting and healing is an investment that will see us act from a place of abundance, trust and solidarity and participate in equality and wealth formation. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

Feb 25

1 hr 15 min

What medicines may we use to restore our threads of connections with ourselves, each other and Earth? In this episode Amisha talks to Charlotte Pulver, a modern day alchemist and lover of the waters. Being born into a lineage of apothecarians, she has a background in natural healthcare, studying and practising various medical systems of healing for 20+ years. She has been hosting water ceremonies and pilgrimages and is currently writing a book on London’s springs and wells. Charlotte shares how her personal journey with nature’s elixirs and potions intuitively unfolded a life path into studies with various healers, Tibetan and Mayan medicine initiating her present work with mental and emotional trauma, and gynecology based on Mayan self care practices, Pranayama and meditation practices. Together they explore opportunities and examples for alternative healing traditions during the current pandemic and how the powers of allopathic and alternative medicines can work in synergy to support our health. Charlotte reveals her creation of an immune support packs for frontline workers bringing together alternative medicines and vitamin essentials that are available, affordable and that work. She shares her work with pilgrimages; prayers in motion and magical quests exploring the springs, wells and waterways of London. They are ways to learn the deeper meanings of ancestral and sacred places in the city whilst honouring our connections with the land through rituals of reciprocity. We learn that connecting with mineral rich water sources is deeply healing and reminds us who we are. The pandemic has raised how we view the world and our place within, and our capacity for radical transformation lies in embracing the unknown, our interconnectedness and bodies as a whole ecosystem like a forest. We have to be in right relationship with Earth by connecting to the roots of things, our intuition and our land, and take responsibility for our health with good soil needs, good food, good internal feeding, mineral rich watering and good immune support drawing from the Earth’s apothecary with reciprocity. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

Feb 18

1 hr 37 min

How can we re-contextualise our relationships and interactions in a time of post truth and late stage capitalism? In this episode Amisha talks with Alnoor Ladha, political strategist, writer and activist. Alnoor’s work focuses on the intersection of political organising, systems thinking, structural change and narrative work. He comes from a Sufi lineage and writes about the crossroads of politics and spirituality in troubled times. He was the Executive Director of The Rules (TR), is a co-founder of Tierra Valiente and a board member of Culture Hack Labs and The Emergence Network. Amisha and Alnoor contemplate our current moment of polarisation as an initiation into non-dualistic thought and being, where we face our personal role in the destruction, entitlement and victimhood paradigms of late stage capitalism, so we may become comfortable with its complexities and garner spiritual practice from its currents. Alnoor believes that our spiritual work accelerates our political work and that solidarity is not a political concept, but an embodied spiritual practice and a pathway to spiritual development. He reveals that in order to re-contextualise our dominant political and value constructs, we need to replace these with containers of deprogramming and contemplation, where our ideas can transcend traditions of ownership, growth, accumulation, destruction, and where we can plant roots in shared values, so our souls can do the work we being called forth to do. We learn that we have to take back responsibilities of meaning making, so that we may birth new stories and context moving beyond our belief systems of false gods. Synthesising wisdom traditions with Western technique may be the way to remove the psychosis of colonisation, hierarchy, domination and extraction; and to be in dialogue with our living planet and in practice of solidarity, contemplation, spiritual practices, meditation or work with psychedelics will guide us to become initiated into the bounty of life that we have been entrusted with. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

Feb 11

1 hr 30 min

How can critical situations give rise to a profoundly different world? In this episode Amisha talks to Dr. Melissa Sterry, transdisciplinary design scientist and complex systems theorist Dr. Melissa Sterry is recognised as a world-leading authority on the science, technology, design, and thinking that could help humanity to build a better world. One of the world’s most high profile futurists, Melissa specialises in futures in the built environment, utilities, manufacturing, engineering, design, publishing, media and communications, she has contributed to groundbreaking projects and publications. Amisha and Melissa explore possibilities for our future and how we can meet the challenges and potential of our time with a renaissance of science and creativity. Together they speak of how the adversity of current events is showing us our interdependence and forcing us to shed that, which is no longer working and to design solutions for cultural transformation and for a better life. Melissa takes us on an eye-opening journey of examples how nature and cultures inspire her insights into eco-mimicry and how her latest research weaves together complex systems of ancient myths with the science of the species. She speaks of fire science and the importance of ancestral understanding of our landscapes, nature’s elements and collaborations for coming years as our climate and our landscapes are adapting to dramatic changes and our relationship with our world is changing swiftly. We learn that AI provides profound ways to read changes to our global landscapes helping us understand what we are experiencing, how to work with it and how to build positive relationships with nature. She addresses climate skepticism and confusing theories on climate change and how our fear of change is showing up in divided humanity. She believes the less entangled in this fear, the better we will fuel future systems with vision, innovation and kindness inspired by our ancestors, in harmony with our natural world and guided by our North Stars. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

Feb 4

1 hr 48 min

How can values form our pathways into future society? In this episode Amisha talks to Mandeep Rai, a global authority on values and author of ‘The Values Compass: What 101 Countries Teach Us About Purpose, Life and Leadership’ taking us on a journey to 101 countries around the world, highlighting a single, unique value that has defined each nation's history, culture, and global influence. She has travelled to more that 150 countries and reported as a journalist for the BBC World Service and Reuters, amongst others. Amisha and Mandeep speak about how values form who we are, how they are the foundations that bring out the best in our different cultures and how they are a celebration of all the beauty we hold in our hearts. They share that we may change and adjust our values in small steps and in big shifts according to our life cycles. Mandeep’s book travels through a diversity and variety of values from allover the world guiding us to connect us with our own choice of values. She believes that when we become clear of our values we live from a place of integrity and depth necessary for stepping into true leadership. Together they explore how the current season during this pandemic presents the opportunity to assess and align ourselves with our values in order to contribute our gifts and talents. We learn that living authentically in our values is a gift of service to our communities. This presents an invitation to build a more equal society rooted in community, where we honour the values and cultural practices of our ancestors bringing these forth for the future care of those vulnerable in our midst, especially the elderly, who’s shoulders we stand on. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

Jan 28

1 hr 15 min

How can we initiate a culture rooted in the cycles of nature and life? In this episode Amisha talks to Ruby May, an educator, activist, coach and community leader cultivating a world in which cyclical awareness is integrated into the way we relate and create. The themes of empowerment and who we are beyond our conditioning are threads that weave between all her offerings. In this thoughtful conversation Amisha and Ruby consider lives lived guided by cycles that exist within and outside of our bodies; our hormonal cycles and the seasonal cycles of nature. We learn how solstices and equinoxes can be pivot points of reflection offering the opportunity to deepen our listening, stillness and the visioning of our future attuned with nature’s revelations. Sharing their personal experiences, they speak of the wisdom and insights we might garner when listening and entrusting life to these powerful rhythms. Ruby reveals her ways of living guided by her womb cycles and how it brings forth kinship with our bodies and connection with our creativity. We learn that this way of life offers fundamental pathways to break away from action-mode systems re-connecting us with our sense of play and different rest practices that activate our creativity and integrate our human experiences, especially our vital descend into our personal ‘underworlds’ of deeper layers of pain, grief and fear. Living attuned with cycles of life offers opportunities to shift our dominant culture re-channeling our values and resources into supportive community that understands the signals and rhythms of our bodies as deep intelligence that guides life and aligns us with nature; a culture that invites the power of vulnerability and intuition so that new archetypes may emerge amongst us with intention and presence. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co

Jan 21

1 hr 35 min

How can we cultivate embodiment of our intuition as lived experiences? In this episode Amisha Ghadiali, our beautiful host answers some of your questions. We put out a call for you to send in your questions so that they could be answered on the show.  Themes explored through these questions include: what makes an episode of this podcast beautiful, what are archetypes and how can they guide us, and what is the power of online communities.  We enquire if the word leadership is important in shifting paradigms and how to manage staying up to date and not overwhelmed in the age of information.  Amisha shares some of the processes behind her recently published book ‘Intuition: Access your inner wisdom, Trust your instincts, Find your path’, which is a guide of nine principles and over 50 practices that support us in listening and expanding our intuitive skills. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

Jan 14

48 min 16 sec

What power does beauty have in shaping our world?  "Beautiful leadership is a way of being in the world that honours why you are truly here, and what is possible. This is the leadership of now - of soul - of feeling into what this future call forth in us and in bringing yourself into alignment with this vision - so that you can embody it in this world in small and perhaps big ways. This is the time to not be a follower, but to dive deep into the gifts of your intuition, and bring what is in your heart alive, with courage and grace. Consider it more as becoming a leader of your own life, living with intentionality and the beauty of your soul. This creates ripples. We need you, this is our time." Amisha Ghadiali In this first episode of the year, our host Amisha Ghadiali, takes us on an inspiring exploration on why beauty is important and what happens if we open ourselves to live with this presence and grace, no matter what the circumstances. As we find ourselves starting the year amidst more lockdowns and fear, this episode shows us why beauty is important, and what it means to cultivate a reciprocal relationship with this aspect of our aliveness.  We explore the power of the way of beauty and the call to beautiful leadership. In the second part of this episode, some graduates of The Beautiful Leadership Immersion share their experiences of the first programme and what it means to them to be a beautiful leader.    "Beauty has the power to move us, to stop us in our tracks, to transform us.  Beauty is deep and layered. Beauty invites us into a space of possibility, creativity and imagination. Beauty allows us to notice where we are, where we have been and where we might go. Beauty embraces complexity, and the paradox of our humanity. Beauty cracks us open, captivates us and brings us to grace. Beauty connects us to the transcendent nature of our soul. Beauty loves the messiness, the process, the awkwardness, the imperfections. Beauty invites a recognition of the sacred and our interconnectedness. Beauty opens pathways to divine receptivity with the more than human world.   Beauty connects us to the power of our dreams. Beauty sustains us through our challenges and regenerates us. Beauty does not ask for certainty. Beauty leads us to wise decisions. Beauty is a path of intention. Beauty is an offering. Beauty is a whole approach to life."    Amisha Ghadiali    Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

Jan 7

50 min 17 sec

How can we cultivate our intelligence of intuition? In this special episode (our last of 2020), spiritual teacher Sally Kempton turns the mic and interviews our visionary host Amisha Ghadiali.  Sally Kempton was our guest on Episode 8 and episode 92. She is one of today’s most authentic spiritual teachers. She teaches devotional contemplative tantra—an approach to practice that creates a fusion of knowing and loving. Sally is the author of Meditation for the Love of It, a groundbreaking book on meditation, and Awakening Shakti.    During this past year Amisha brought alive a book ‘Intuition: Access your inner wisdom, Trust your instincts, Find your path’. The book shares nine principles, and over 50 practices for cultivating our intuition. In this conversation Amisha reveals her personal journey of forming a relationship with her intuition; the influence of her upbringing, the de-conditioning from her intellectual patterns, her wilder explorations and near death experiences, all of which guided her to deepen her understanding of the unseen worlds. She shares her learning experiences with teachers and mystics and eventually her coming of age moment in the presence of a tree arriving in a place of trust with herself, her healing modalities and her intuition. We learn that we all have intuition; an embodied intelligence of individual truths and trusts not guided by systems outside of ourselves. However the dominant cultures that forge our systems have somehow tricked us into thinking that we do not have this innate quality or wisdom within. The practices described in Amisha’s book gently guide us into ways of recognising, refining and cultivating this intelligence as part of our evolution;  ways of unleashing this intelligence as a compass leading us into a beautiful future. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

Dec 2020

1 hr 37 min

How do we create pathways into living our full humanity? In this episode Amisha speaks with Hop Hopkins, the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Sierra Club working to promote economic justice and protection to those most affected by climate change and environmental degradation. He has worked in the labor, the climate justice and the housing justice movement. Hop is an Arborist and a Master Gardener living in community and creating a network of residential food forests supporting the development of stable, human-scale solar self-reliant neighbourhood communities. Amisha and Hop explore listening to Earth as a practice of acknowledging our surroundings and our inner voices; an expansive opportunity for becoming conscious, compassionate and empathetic. They reveal how the pandemic, climate change and economy are interrelated and how the overarching system we live in impacts us all in its interconnectedness. They share how the global changes activated during the past year are an invitation to use our liberatory imagination in order to craft new governance and economic models, and new models of community support. Hop shares his personal experiences of living in a self-reliant community and the advantages of such a support system and sharing economy, especially in times of crisis and times of unlearning. He believes that fostering a culture of failing, learning and humility will help us form pathways into collective leadership rooted in sharing and self-governing communities where we may flourish into living our full humanity. This podcast is part of a collaboration with St.Ethelburga’s called ‘Listening to each other, Listening to Earth’. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co

Dec 2020

1 hr 17 min

How do we become spiritual anchors amidst the sea of change? In this episode Amisha talks with Richard Rudd, an spiritual teacher, writer and award-winning poet. All of Richard’s travels and studies coalesced into a synthesis ‘Gene Keys’ exploring the miraculous possibilities inherent in human DNA. Today Richard continues to teach and travel all over the world applying the ‘Gene Keys’ across many fields, from the practical to the mystical.  Amisha and Richard explore intuition as our higher wisdom intelligence that supersedes the fears we are sold and sidesteps the instabilities our systems impose on us. Its signals and languages connect us into the deeper intelligence held within our bodies; a vital skill for grounding and guiding us in our life choices during uncertain times.  Richard reveals that intuition led him to great adventures in his younger years travelling the world off the beaten track gathering a feast of experiences that opened up his lifelong spiritual exploration and realisation that life is magical, and that stretching ourselves into unknown places opens many unexpected doors. They speak about how his adventures of meeting people allover the world and the deeper studies of various spiritual teachings led him to creating ‘Gene Keys’; a wisdom school that offers a transformational journey designed like a labyrinth where we can move through different levels expanding our consciousness blossoming our gifts into purpose, love, peace and prosperity. We learn that we are living in a time of preparation for a new epoch, The Age Of Synthesis, where ancient spiritual teachings and lineages will interact with our playfulness and joy, so we may challenge and stretch them respectfully to gain fresh perspectives and embody them as earthly experiences and practices to uphold us and our future generations amidst a sea of change. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

Dec 2020

1 hr 27 min

What kind of world could we believe in and tend to through practices of deep listening? In this episode Amisha speaks with Kailea Frederick, a mother of Tahltan, Kaska and Black American ancestry. Her work sits at the intersection of climate justice, spiritual ecology and resilience thinking. Kailea is the Editor for Loam, a Climate Commissioner for the city of Petaluma, and a facilitator through her own project ‘Earth Is `Ohana’. She co-authored ‘Compassion In Crisis: Learning To Live in an Age of Disaster’. Amisha and Kailea talk about the practice of deep listening as way of being in dialogue with Honua, the trees, the rocks, the elements, ourselves and each other; a vital tool for navigating our complex lives whilst experiencing the discomforts, unpredictability and imbalances of climate change. Kailea shares practical ways of listening to Earth as a climate commissioner working on climate emergency frameworks translating data and charts, observations and climate transitions into guiding documents for crisis management during climate emergencies. Together they explore communities creatively coming together to forge ways forward by uplifting voices and narratives that offer new perspectives and grounding us in simple life, hope, resilience and spiritual practice. Kailea reveals the challenges of being a parent and together they explore the joys and the murkier moments of being a guardian during these times that do not promise safety nor balance, but nonetheless the rewards of personal growth and widening perspectives. We learn that deep listening is an act and gift of reciprocity that can help us shape spaces of shared values where we may find new formats of balance, common goals and a community moving towards the creations of systemic changes. They encourage us to observe the quiet revolutions inside our hearts so we can become the lightbearers of alternative perspectives that will guide the way. This podcast is part of a collaboration with St.Ethelburga’s called ‘Listening to each other, Listening to Earth’. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

Nov 2020

1 hr 24 min

How do we birth a new paradigm through transforming our story? In this episode Amisha talks with Rita Hraiz, visionary artist and a respected teacher of Ageless Wisdom and Esoteric Psychology. Rita is deeply versed in the Vajrayana aspect of Tibetan Buddhism and a student of Kalachakra Tantra. She is the designer and founder of Ethical clothing brand Mudra. Amisha and Rita explore how we can honour our radiance and authenticity through the style, materials and adornments we choose to wear and how the clothing and colours we wear effect us. Rita shares her personal journey of her spiritual awakening embracing her identity and creative gifts as a divine presence. She reveals her creation of MUDRA, a clothing brand that is rooted in the beauty of colour therapy, in materials and silhouettes that embrace women’s personal expressions moving past conventional conditioning and perceptions of shapes and sizes. MUDRA represents the essence of her heart. It is regenerative and low in waste production, it lets cultures and traditions flourish, encourages peoples gifts and skills in Nepal, Bali and India, and most of all it is a path that lets RIta unfold her own spiritual journey.  Together they explore the power of adornments as pathways to our authenticity bringing meaning to what we wear, opening up layers of our souls essence, forging deeper connection with divinity and presenting possibility for the reclamation of heritage. We learn about multiple prophecies that guide us to balance the divine feminine and masculine during these shifting times. It is a time where we may gift ourselves a relationship with our creativity and our stillness so that we may rise into healing and love for ourselves and each other becoming butterflies that dance in the power of each others radiance. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

Nov 2020

1 hr 44 min

How do we stitch a new garment that fits all of humanity and nature? In this episode Amisha talks with Sonya Renee Taylor, Founder and Radical Executive Officer of ‘The Body is Not An Apology’, a digital media and education company. Sonya’s creation as an award winning performance poet, activist and transformational leader unapologetically leans into radical self-love as a path of liberation. Amisha and Sonya explore the current collective moment where oppressive systems are exposed for their illusions designed to keep us separated from self-love by burying us in individualism, shame and separation. They recognise this moment of interdependence as an invitation offering us ways to make choices from a place of possibility; an invitation that may open us to the reclamation of our worthiness. Sonya believes that we have been systemically disconnected from our own sense of divineness, our sense of enoughness. She shares that we have to raise our consciousness as an act of reclamation to break free from the systems of hierarchy and enforced value categories that have relentlessly conditioned us to prove ourselves. Together they reveal that in order to participate in self-love we have to allow ourselves to be expansive. We have to find the courage to revisit our original stories and see how they’ve shaped our place of value. They share that radical self-love journeys move us into creation of intentional reciprocal and resonant relationships connecting us with the full tapestry of community in order to help us magnify the spectrum of our experiences of self-love. We learn that radical self-love is the fabric that will help us weather the storms of life. Radical self-love is the love that offers pathways to connect us with our soul truths so that we may participate in a vision for a collective future by contributing our true passions moving gracefully into the fullness of our humanity. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

Nov 2020

1 hr 24 min

How do we create structures with life at the centre of their being? In this episode Amisha talks with Pat McCabe ‘Woman Stands Shining’, of the Diné Nation adopted into the Lakota Spiritual Way of Life. She is an international speaker travelling to pray and to share her journey of remembering and listening for the way Home, back to the true nature of being Human Being. Amisha and Pat speak about how the beauty of our names reminds us of our uniqueness, our community spirit and encounters with the mysteries of Earth and life. They talk about Listening to Earth as a practice requiring us to acknowledge that different paradigms co-exist and that we have different ways of being human outside of modern world paradigms. Pat shares her personal stories and encounters with Mother Earth and how she transitioned from a place of deep intellect to a way of somatic knowing. We learn that Earth is always present if we listen and acknowledge ourselves as her beloved children. They explore how indigenous civilisations cultivated ways of knowing that bypassed intellect. We hear how they increased abundance and biodiversity creating ways to thrive continents as living organisms where humans were gifts of kinship that shared knowledge and cultural cross-pollination. They speak about how the loss of their elders during the pandemic means devastating consequences for humanity due to loosing their vital knowledge, language, teachings and ceremony. Pat believes that possibilities are humming in the air leading us into co-creation of new structures with life at the centre of their being. She has been called to lead change of our dividend paradigms with the world’s wealth holders to step from investments to restorations activating our radical self-love, self-trust and our freewill to transform money powers to serve the future of humanity and Mother Earth. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

Nov 2020

1 hr 20 min

Can the powers of our flowing minds expand our language of reciprocity? In this episode Amisha talks to Minna Salami, author, blogger, feminist theorist and lecturer. Minna’s blog ‘MsAfropolitan’ connects feminism with critical reflections on contemporary culture from an Africa-centred perspective. She is the author of ‘Sensuous Knowledge: A Black Feminist Approach for Everyone’, which explores universal concepts such as art, beauty, identity, blackness and womanhood with an Africa-centred, decolonial and feminist paradigm. Amisha and Minna explore the idea of beauty and how the poetry, language and willpower we receive from our rivers and from our natural world increases our sensuous knowledge, expands the volume of our integrity and flourishes the gardens of our beauty. Minna describes how the flow that shapes our rivers and the patterns of nature alongside them can inspire systems of power and governmental structures rooted in reciprocity. Minna believes that in the 21st century we are by default born into a multi perspectival approach that shapes our identities and knowledge into worldviews that are a golden opportunity to overcome the complex struggles humankind are facing. They speak about how our societies could utilise the wisdom traditions of our elders, especially our grandmothers as the antidote to the robotisation of our collective psyche during these current times. We learn that listening is beauty; that being present and the small things make us beautiful. They reveal that our complex identities are an opportunity for curiosity and inquiry to understand each other and the human species in greater depth; a powerful opportunity to embrace new perspectives and truths letting our minds flow like roaring rivers of reciprocity, integrity and beauty.  This podcast is part of a collaboration with St.Ethelburga’s called ‘Listening to each other, Listening to Earth’. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co

Oct 2020

1 hr 16 min

How can we keep showing up as active citizens of change? In this episode Amisha speaks with Jonathon Porritt, an eminent writer, broadcaster and campaigner on sustainable development. He was co-founder & director of Forum For The Future, UK’s leading sustainable development charity. Jonathon has been on the front line of environmental campaigning for more than 45 years. He’s been a member of the Green Party throughout that time, and has worked tirelessly to promote the solutions to today’s converging environmental crises. Amisha and Jonathon talk about the deeper, often unseen, realities that are unfolding during this time in our lives. They reveal how we are circling around tipping points and how the changes of our planet due to global warming are growing a sense of urgency for us to become active citizens in shaping our future. Jonathon believes that the solutions we need are already amongst us and that the energy we are investing in creating impactful climate change and social justice movements can be balanced by staying grounded. Together they share how Earth focused practices and a life lived in reciprocity with nature are essential in order for us to show up with authentic hope and not as ‘shiny optimists’. We learn that authentic hope flourishes in a realistic and science based understanding of the nature of the world and our impact on it. They explore how we can draw authentic hope from the life of funghi to form ideas for our progressive movements, and how principles of psychology of change could be accelerated by technology in moving us towards a balancing of systems of powers. Their conversations guides us not to sweat perfectionism and to understand our spiritual insights as an even more powerful call to action from our heartlands than that presented by political ideologies. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co

Oct 2020

1 hr 23 min

How will you create beauty in this world? Our 108th episode is a celebration of our beautiful conversations here at The Future Is Beautiful. For this special episode we have gathered your voices. We have gathered your stories of how The Future Is Beautiful has influenced you and brought tangible shifts into your life. With generosity you have shared what you have learnt and unlearnt from this podcast, how it has shaped your life in new ways and how it has provided insights and opened your hearts to how you will create beauty in this world. Amisha has been speaking with incredible people from all corners of this Earth for the past four years; people from different walks of life all sharing an abundance of life experiences, insights and inspiring visions opening our minds and guiding our hearts into new possibilities of how we may flourish a beautiful future. What started as a book has become a magnificent weave of community sharing conversations that explore the multiplex layers of politics, spirituality, creativity and sustainability. The people, projects and ideas we share and meet in these conversations are challenging the dominant world story and creating a beautiful future. Our intentions of expanding interbeing and tangible hope for a beautiful future with this cherished community and beyond, have been met by your reflections, your open hearts and minds with warmth and curiosity, in turn inspiring us to continue to share more life-affirming conversations with you all. A special Thank You goes to our patrons, each one of them a vital support to the backbone of this podcast with their contributions and their continuous enthusiasm that sees us flourish. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

Oct 2020

1 hr 39 min

Can Earth raise our consciousness into living lives of true reciprocity? In this episode Amisha speaks with Tiokasin Ghosthorse, member of the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation of South Dakota and a Sundancer in the cosmology of the Lakota Nation. He has a long history with Indigenous activism and advocacy, and is an international speaker on Peace, Indigenous and Mother Earth perspective. He is the founder, host and executive producer of “First Voices Radio”. In 2016 Tiokasin received a Nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.  Amisha and Tiokasin journey along a stream of consciousness guided by Tiokasin’s Indigenous cornerstones and his fluid interbeing with Earth and Cosmos. Tiokasin opens up a portal to the Lakota understanding of innocence and elemental consciousness that we can receive by Earth listening to us and teaching us to hear our hearts lessons through its abundant gifts. He reveals how we have constructed systems of fear that condition us to speak tactically, economically and anthropocentrically, instead of naturally. He shares insights into the world of Lakota language, an Earth language of indigenous intelligence embedded in verbs, motion and action that speaks to three dimensions, that knows no war nor gender, and is created to relate and not divide or exclude.  Tiokasin’s shares that the Corona virus is presenting us with 33 intelligences brought to us at this time to expand our consciousness and to see our future within the Earth. We learn that we can grow to understand the virus in new forms; a pathway to understand the tools and energy of the earth to grow our relationship to the cosmos, and expand us into beings that are guided by the gifts of the stars to live a life of true reciprocity.   This podcast is part of a collaboration with St Ethelburgas called ‘Listening To Each Other, Listening to Earth’. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

Oct 2020

1 hr 31 min

What can we do to honour those that hold the world together? In this episode Amisha brings together Manish Jain (E39), an un-educator, giftivist, writer and co-founder of the Unschooling movement in India, Bayo Akomolafe (E13), a poet, philosopher, psychologist, professor and curator of the Emergence Network and Charles Eisenstein (E98) a social philosopher, author and public speaker; three leading thinkers and visionaries seeking to understand and shape the fabric of our earthly communities in new ways. In this life-affirming conversation they share their observations and insights of what is unfolding in their respective cultures during the current season of change. As invisible ‘secrets’, rituals and mythologies that bind or polarise our communities are revealed, they invite us into exploration of how we might change our worldviews relating to death, education, power dynamics and trust.  They talk about how with care for community, village economies and mutual aid, we may form life experiences that counteract our sense of separation and the fragile hostile global systems we have constructed. They reveal our current transformation as an opportunity to ask new questions about how we hope to shape this moment and how we might grow new fields of trust honouring the exponential possibilities we could seed. Their heart-led approaches encourage us to envision these possibilities as sacred sanctuaries where we might encounter things that are greater than ourselves. Their deep bond of brotherhood invites our spirit of playfulness to seek out wilder forms of thinking and education, wilder forms of coalitions, wilder forms of communication and change to shape new patterns of interbeing. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

Oct 2020

1 hr 44 min

Can we condition ourselves to become progressive vessels that forge a regenerative future? In this episode Amisha speaks with Mark Stevenson, a ‘reluctant futurist’, author, broadcaster and expert on global trends and innovation. Mark is one of the world’s most respected thinkers on the interplay of technology and society, helping a diverse mix of clients, from government departments to corporates to NGOs become future literate and adapt their cultures and strategies. Amisha and Mark talk about perseverance, the possibilities for profound change arising from the pandemic and our need for future literacy. They explore the possibilities of change revealed by this unique moment of the pandemic; a moment that is a crisis of our hearts and a time of reflection where the impossible is possible. Mark shares his ways of staying fit, motivated and in balance whilst doing work that is bigger than him, work that effects system change with ministries, governments, powerful CEOs and investors. He believes that fitness teaches us that progress is slow and achieved with consistency Together speak of the idea that sustainable development is not simply about change, but about cultivating future literacy, and that artists can teach us ways to engage people emotionally with powerful tools that connect us to where possibilities bloom. We learn that sustainable change is founded in speaking to people’s hearts and growing our interconnectedness, and that with perseverance we can all effectively create transformation. This persistence of taking incremental steps in growing our visions is a fulfilling way to build long-lasting systemic change. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co

Sep 2020

1 hr 12 min

What future would we create if we reclaimed the language of beauty? In this episode Amisha talks with Alan Moore, author and business innovator. Alan believes beautiful businesses are the future. Described as ‘lovingly disruptive’, Alan’s life mission is to make every business on the planet as beautiful as they can possibly be.  Amisha and Alan speak about the essence beauty and how we can reclaim its language to create beautiful businesses, futures and cultures. They explore beauty as something that is wholesome and dynamic providing us with the opportunity to walk each other home with empathy, non-judgement, compassion and love.  Together they explore the idea that beauty and regeneration is a universal language, where each of us has a unique voice and a unique gift that is our sovereign land; a land that will provide the fruits for us to become good ancestors of a future where we don’t dehumanise and objectify human beings, and where we might reconcile myopia and colonialism. Alan shares his personal experiences of opening himself up to the possibilities of beauty that rose out of vulnerabilities and times of personal change. He talks about walking alongside businesses that are seeking to shift their lens away from systems of fear-based leadership and economies of scale into ways of doing where everybody thrives and grows.  Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

Sep 2020

1 hr 22 min

Can beauty and community be the anchors of our future? In this episode we speak with Amisha Ghadiali, visionary and host of The Future Is Beautiful, this globally acclaimed podcast that weaves together Politics, Spirituality, Creativity and Sustainability offering us deep, insightful, unedited conversations with inspiring guests. Amisha has a gift of bringing people into connection with themselves, each other and the earth. She has hosted many retreats, workshops, programmes and rituals around the world. She creates brave, tender and inclusive spaces. Cultural Futurist & Experience Designer, Annegret Affolderbach turns tables on Amisha talking with her about the podcast since its inception, the beauty of leadership, futurism and the possibilities of intuitive gardening. Amisha shares how the creation of this soul nourishing podcast has become an experience of insight, human connection and community that has guided and created new aspects of her. Annegret and Amisha explore how podcast communities are intuitive gardens with universal roots, spaces of co-creation and transformation that pollinate beauty and future possibilities. Amisha plants seeds for exciting visions for the podcast and for weaving together the community in new ways. Amisha reveals personal paths of 20yrs of stepping into different forms of beautiful leadership and honing her soul’s gifts into a multitude of offerings designed to be brave and inclusive spaces that connect us with our tenderness and intuition unfolding healing and embracing our wildness.  Her ‘Beautiful Leadership Immersion’, due to start 14th September 2020, is a timely offering designed for us to discover personal leadership alongside resourceful tools and unusual life skills that will form our anchors for the future. With a shared past in sustainable fashion, they consider values as ways of life that can shift our thinking away from consumerism and its damaging effects into experiencing fashion as personal style that walks the softer edges of activism. We learn about their experiences of keeping alive vision when our soul gifts lead us to create projects that step outside of conventions and ahead of time to cultivate new pathways for collective futures. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

Sep 2020

1 hr 25 min

What legacy do we want to leave as ancestors of the future? In this episode Amisha speaks with Sianna Sherman, an international yoga teacher, training tens of thousands of students and teachers, for nearly three decades. As the visionary of the Rasa Yoga, Mythic Yoga Flow®, and RITUAL, Sianna shares her voice in the way of community and collaboration. Amisha and Sianna speak about yoga as a practice that teaches us to become deeply human and how to bring our creative energy into the world; a practice that can guide us to remain open-hearted in the midst of conflict and build an authentic relationship with our whole being. Sianna shares her personal stories of rebellion and re-education, and ways to connect with nature and intuition that bring alive the multi-dimensionality of our souls pranic forces. Together they reveal how following the call of our souls is a radical and humbling heroic journey that will lead us to grow resilience, discover personal practices and ultimately forge paradigm shifts. They explore how current global upheavals are our calling to become participants in re-imagining and transforming our world collectively. They speak of how beautiful leadership can shape our future legacy where everyone receives the benefits, is uplifted and can thrive, and where we honour each other as the ancestors of our future. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

Sep 2020

1 hr 40 min

How can we form new patterns of behaviour to heal our racial bias? In this episode Amisha talks with Nova Reid, an anti-racism activist, TED speaker and author.  Nova uses her professional background in mental wellbeing to encourage mindset change working with organisations and individuals to improve systems of discrimination from the inside out. Amisha and Nova unpack how racial and unconscious bias are formed across generations and cultures. Sharing powerful examples, together they reveal the traumatic impacts of white privilege and daily microaggressions that take form in our systemically racist systems. Nova reminds us that allyship is the progress we need to seek and that we can unlearn racism and prejudice. She believes that by sharing our vulnerabilities and by showing up with our curiosity, joy and solid boundaries, we have powerful tools to create true allyship, and the foundations for breaking, healing and transforming our cycles of behavior necessary for Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

Aug 2020

1 hr 29 min

How can the essence of feminine leadership reinvent the world? In this episode Amisha talks with Nina Simons (E81) co-founder of Bioneers, Stephanie Mines (E72) founder of Climate Change & Consciousness and Zerbanoo Gifford (E6) founder of ASHA Centre; three female leaders, authors and visionaries that have been leading communities guided by wisdoms of the feminine, nature, science and social justice. In this powerful dialogue they reveal their insights and perceptions of the current times sharing their individual visions of leadership models for the future rooted in guidance by nature, the feminine and creative joy. With clarity of voice they draw on their generous life experiences providing us with a compass for discovering and cultivating endurance, perseverance and resilience during times of personal, cultural and systemic change. Their sense of sisterhood uplifts us into recognising that Mother Nature, our interconnectedness and our creativity will provide the joys and nourishments of spirit needed to enable us to create a beautiful and collective future. This podcast was part of a The Future Is Beautiful LIVE which took place on 3rd June 2020 called Leadership in creating the new normal.  Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

Aug 2020

1 hr 26 min

How can deep listening guide us into paradigms of love and healing? In this episode Amisha speaks with Lyla June, Indigenous musician, scholar and community organiser. They reflect on destruction of indigenous societies, indoctrination and economies of convenience. They speak of sacred practices and indigenous stories to guide our lives into compassion, re-skilling and self-love. This podcast is part of a collaboration with St.Ethelburga’s called ‘Listening to each other, Listening to Earth’. “We are sitting on the graveyard of vast, advanced, sophisticated, beautiful civilisations who we owe our very existence to oftentimes. Indigenous food scientists from thousands of years ago are what’s feeding the world today. We brought the world potatoes. We brought the world tomatoes. We brought the corn. We brought the world cacao. We brought the world vanilla, you know, all these things. We had diverse systems. We understood that diversity was the cornerstone of health, and, I guess prosperity.” Lyla June Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

Aug 2020

1 hr 31 min

Can we build a more beautiful world that centers our interdependence? In this episode Amisha speaks with Charles Eisenstein, social philosopher, author and public speaker. They examine Covid19, systems no longer serving our processes and possibilities it presents for deep-seated cultural transformation. They explore the rise of collective grief and its embodiment of the ‘death of the old world’. Together they embrace the potential of sharing economies to form a new paradise of interdependence as a future way of life. “We can build a more beautiful world. It is available to us. It’s begging us to step into its service. And when we do, when we bow into the service of this future, all kinds of synchronicities, and, and miracles can happen.” – Charles Eisenstein Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

Aug 2020

1 hr 16 min

Are wellsprings of beauty our living systems for change? In this episode Amisha speaks with Erin Dixon, Ashati Sakahikan. They speak of truth and reconciliation in light of the cultural genocide and impacts of intergenerational trauma on the wellbeing of Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island. They explore the power of the land, ceremonial gifts of culture, song and drumming as pathways of beauty that carry stories for healing trauma and for lifting collective spirit. Their conversation connects us to ideas of living systems as well springs for change fuelled by joy, intuition, sacred reciprocity and the magical shimmers of our waterways. “When we talked about the pathways of change and beauty that are happening, I feel like it comes when people are doing the work they came to do. Their waters, their pathways start to shimmer, that light starts to shimmer. A wellspring of beauty, in the sense of really listening to their gifts, listening to why they are here and taking action and movement from that place.” – Erin Dixon Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co

Jul 2020

1 hr 12 min

Can Earth be our guide in recreating ourselves? In this episode Amisha speaks with Rabiah Abdullah, traditional herbalist and community healer. They reflect on nature, spirituality and healing in reciprocity with earth considering ihsan : excellence as an alternative to perfectionism and egotistical leadership.  This podcast is part of a collaboration with St.Ethelburga’s called ‘Listening to each other, Listening to Earth’. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

Jul 2020

1 hr 23 min

Will our transformation be guided by the oceans? In this episode Amisha talks with Reem AlMealla, marine biologist and climate advocate. Amisha and Reem explore privilege, the daunting depths of the currents of change and the beauty that surrounds us for the potential of change. Reem reveals how she inspires change, the importance of standing in ones values and finding ones niche to rise beyond discrimination.Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

Jul 2020

1 hr 21 min

How can we be present to the challenging transitions that we experience in life? "We can be courageous enough to meet these moments of transition with presence. To let ourselves be transformed in relationship to that which is dying and being reborn within and around us. To trust in the wild unfolding. To find the beauty in being here." Amisha Ghadiali  In this episode Amisha shares a tribute to the life of her father, and explores death, grief and karma. She shares some of the ways he influenced her and the power in these profound moments. In the second part there is an expansive meditation practice on The Art of Deep Listening. We can only listen to others in relation to the ability we have cultivated to listen to ourselves. As we find ourselves here in this great transition that 2020 is offering to us, how can we find presence, grace and allow ourselves to be transformed by life itself? For more information about this episode, visit www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 

Jul 2020

1 hr 6 min