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johnson kurt speakingWed., Dec. 26, 6pm, EST:  This evening, Mitchell Rabin’s guest is renowned author, scientist and former monk, leader of the inter-spiritual Movement, Kurt Johnson.   

We will be looking at a series of extraordinary events the are coming up in the next few months in general and in NYC in particular.  We’ll also be discussing what we need to do to preserve our planet at this tenuous moment in human history.  We’ll look at systems, patterns, the meaning of the solstice and cycles we’ve been able to identify as well as tendencies of human nature, toward altruism, toward cooperation, in the name of the basis of survival and evolutionary growth.

Kurt is well known internationally as a scientist, comparative religionist, social activist and former monastic. With a PhD in evolution, ecology, systematics, and comparative biology plus extensive training in comparative religion and philosophy, he was associated professionally for twenty years with the American Museum of Natural History and also the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York City. Ordained in three spiritual traditions, he is widely regarded as the closest associate of Brother Wayne Teasdale, the founder of the modern “interspiritual movement,” and works also with the international Contemplative Alliance and Father Thomas Keating, founder of the Centering Prayer Movement. In science,

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Kurt has published over 200 professional articles and seven books on evolution and ecology. His popular book Nabokov’s Blues: The Scientific Odyssey of a Literary Genius (co-authored with New York Times journalist Steve Coates) was a “ten best” book in science in 2000 at Booklist, Library Journal, the Washington Post and HMS Beagle and “Editor’s Choice for 1999” at The Seattle Times. Johnson and Teasdale cofounded the international Interspiritual Dialogue association in 2002, which presented at the 2004 Parliament of the World’s Religions and then expanded to become the virtual Interspiritual Multiplex web resource. Today’s show will focus on altruism in an adaptive and evolutionary context, calling upon contemporary neuro-science which contradicts the idea of “survival of the fittest”  typically attributed to Darwin and which is an assumption that has permeated our cultural attitudes, beliefs and thinking, despite the lack of science to corroborate it.  So this will be de-bunked this evening and a more elegant, evolutionary tapestry of what is biologically accurate and spiritually possible will be offered, asserted and mapped for general consideration.

Kurt has been a guest on A Better World Radio several times over the years, back in the days of A Better World on Progressive Radio Network and since. Mitchell and Kurt serve on the Board of Directors of FIONS, Friends of the Institute of Noetic Sciences in NYC and have multiple weavings of pioneering activity together in the inter-spiritual and sacred activism space.

among other things, Mitchell discusses the meaning of the Winter Solstice and mental and as a result, historical patterns which tend to repeat yet healthiest would be to learn from our experience.

This is Kurt’s most recent article, published in Kosmos Journal. 

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winn_michael_webMonday, Dec. 24, 7pm EST:  Mitchell’s guest this evening is Taoist practitioner, teacher and alchemist, Michael D. Winn.  

As former President of the National Qigong (Chi-Kung) Association Michael Winn served two terms. This is a leading umbrella organization for all the different qigong and tai chi schools, teachers, healers, & practitioners in the U.S.

He is the Founder and Director of Healing Tao University summer retreat program (now at Heavenly Mountain in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mtns, near Asheville). The taoist quote.jpglargest Tao arts program in the west. Writer/editor of Mantak Chia’s first seven books. Michael was integral in establishing Chia as a Taoist teacher when he first came to the U.S.

Michael is well- known as co-author of the revolutionary Taoist Secrets of Love: Cultivating Male Sexual Energy with Mantak Chia, and others. He is also the author of many other qigong articles & book chapters.  He was Chairman of Healing Tao Instructors Association of the Americas for 9 years. It set standards for certification & ethics in the field.

Michael was one of the first guests on A Better World TV in 1993 and several times since on TV and Radio.  This is the latest interview, specifically on Taoist Alchemy.  Mitchell and Michael are old colleagues and friends, involved in spiritual disciplines and green business projects together for years. Mitchell has accompanied Michael on a couple of the China Dream Trips, once as his assistant tour director, hiking up to meditate and do Qi-Gong and other practices on the sacred mountains of China.  For more, go to:  www.healingtaoretreats.com

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Mitchell will be facilitating the next Game-Changer Intensive on-line starting Jan. 27. 
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mjr sitting teachingFacilitated by Mitchell, this workshop focuses on personal development, energy & stress management, life-purpose, healthy relationships and well-being. Creating leaders for a better, healthier, more aware and sustainable world for all is of great importance at this evolutionary moment. With a healing touch, broad knowledge and a playful humor, Mitchell is considered to be a leading edge speaker & teacher in the U.S. & abroad. He brings holism, compassion & human potential to another level.

mjr 2007 teaching group sivanandaThe group members are reporting about the depth of their experience, getting in touch with wisdom, compassion, understanding, empathy along with a fount of humor is heart-opening and inspiring. There is a true sense of building communities for the future from the inside out and building leadership are a few of the subjects explored in the workshop.

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This Week’s A Better World Media
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In this week’s Radio show, Mitchell speaks with colleague and friend Kurt Johnson.  Kurt and Mitchell are part of numerous projects together involving educating and uplifting consciousness about our ecological context as well as humanity’s evolutionary path, including both on the Board of FIONS and other related projects. It is a pleasure to have Kurt back on the A Better World airwaves.
On A Better World TV this week is Taoist teacher, practitioner and scholar Michael D. Winn.  Michael has appeared on A Better World Radio & TV numerous times over the years to share his extensive knowledge of ancient China’s Energy Science, as Taoist practice is best described as.  Michael runs the largest and most popular series of Taoist retreats in North America out of Asheville, NC as well as retreats in Europe, Central and South America.  He also offers the China Dream Trips where we go and climb sacred Taoist mountains all over China.  A rigorous and invigorating experience, one gets glimpses of the ethos of ancient China even in the midst of the industrially-thriving modern Chinese ambitiousness.
2018: It’s Been Quite the Year!
eco pollutionReflecting on this past year, from the environmental, social, economic, political justice points of view, I become nearly at a loss of words!  Of course, for every step forward, it appears to include 1-2 steps back.
My focus is on human evolution as stewards of our and other species and Gaia simultaneously. Within the larger landscape is of course the way we humans interact, communicate (or not), evolution of mancooperate (or not),  play, work, fight, govern, create, make art, love, laugh, satirize and overall self-express.  To accomplish this, we look at social interaction, economics, politics, science, cultural expressions and on.  It’s crazy to think that in the 21st century in general, and in 2018-19 in particular, the problems and challenges we have today are virtually the same as we had literally thousands of years ago, but added to and rendered more complex by the advent of technologies, scientific breakthroughs, the vast accumulation of wealth in the hands of a very few relative to the population and on.  So the problems have been compounded and aggravated, not lessened and simplified, even though the advent of the computer was said to be able to save us time and create more leisure.  Instead, it has cost us more time.  We can do procedures faster, but now we’ve become inclined to just do more of them.
conflictWe are still dealing with the perennial, archetypal conflicts between the genders.  This has become more complex because the entire definition of gender has been subject to major review and alteration, as it becomes more ‘fluid’.  We are still dealing with prejudice between skin color, deeming some better and others lesser.  We have geographical prejudice we to some extent, is tethered to color.  We have prejudice and judgment in respect to money and socio-economic class, “classism”, also related to “rankism”.  We have religious rancor, judgment by followers of one religion of another even though one of the tenets of most every religion is non-judgment.  Acceptance, understanding, love, compassion, patience, integrity, no stealing, violence, murder, etc. are also tenets, yet you’ll find not just a few members of virtually every religion violating these tenets.
So the problems are many, yet we have this interesting way as a species to adapt, to cooperate, to creatively and instinctively move the ball down the field through altruistic actions, attitudes and acts of kindness and generosity which bring us to a moment of reverence, inspiration and awe.
When we behold governance around the world, we see an uptick in fear-based politics, promoting divisiveness instead of unity.  We see some of the lowest behaviors and expressions of the human spirit, not dignified ones that would be exemplars for younger generations.  In short, our grandchildren are in trouble.
So in some important ways, 2018 I’d say has been a ‘bottom’ year, from which, in 2019, we’ve slightly steadied the ship for what I feel and believe will be smoother sailing.  I believe that 2019 is the year of the implementation of solutions.  Many are technological to sequester carbon and others to vastly reduce its output, as well as the other 41 greenhouse gases.  I think that social, political and economic justice’s scales are going to be better balanced.  I think that people—and Congress—are going to be stepping up and owing their/our own power and ready to make a difference.  I think we’re about to see a much-improved world. You thoughts? Agree?  Disagree?  I’d love to hear your point of view.  Email me at: mjr@abetterworld.net.
Read Mitchell on Huffington Post & Natural News
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For more than three years now, Mitchell, invited by Arianna Huffington, has been writing for the Huffington Post. The subjects range from how to deal with stress to Social Enterprise business, from challenging hydro-fracking to how to develop sustainability, green-thinking, and humanity in the new-paradigm corporation & society. For a list of all articles: www.huffingtonpost.com/mitchell-j-rabin
Then there is Mike Adams’ NaturalNews.com which is another place where I’ve published articles on Health, Stress, Total biology and Wellness, a site that tells so much about what’s really going on in our society, you really don’t want to miss it! Go to: http://www.naturalnews.com/Author_Mitchell_Rabin.html for articles I’ve written there.
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