abw TV: Duane Elgin on the Universe abw Radio: Mitchell Rabin on Sacred Stewardship 1-20-2019

This Week’s TV, Radio Shows & Blog for January 20, 2019
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elgin duane green festivalMonday, Jan. 21, 7pm EST:  Mitchell’s guest this evening is internationally-renowned writer, educator, media, activist Duane Elgin.

For more than three decades, he has defined the cutting edge in consciousness research, in the ecology movement, and in future studies. He pioneered the “Voluntary Simplicity” movement with his now classic book, titled by the same name, published in the 1980s.

The book provided an exploration of the practical and philosophical meaning of simplicity, as well as a comprehensive overview of the precarious ecological predicament of our planet. His current activist agenda is to transform the media, particularly television, which he sees as our greatest environmental risk factor because violent and materialistic programming has a devastating effect on human consciousness and behavior. Elgin has co-founded three non-profit organizations concerned with media accountability.

In addition to his famous Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a Way of Life That Is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich(1981), Elgin is the author of several other books, including Awakening Earth: Exploring the Evolution of Human Culture and Consciousness (1993), Promise Ahead: A Vision of Hope and Action for Humanity’s Future (2000), Living Legacies: How to Write, Illustrate, and Share Your Life Stories (with Colleen LeDrew, 2001), and The Living Universe: Where Are We? Who Are We? Where Are We Going? (2009).duane_elgin-640x250

Duane has worked as a senior social scientist with the think tank SRI International, where he coauthored numerous studies on the long-range future for government agencies such as the National Science Foundation.

He has also worked as a senior staff member of the joint Presidential-Congressional Commission on the American Future. He has an M.B.A. from the Wharton School, an M.A. in economic history from the University of Pennsylvania, and an honorary Ph.D. for work in “ecological and spiritual transformation” from the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA.

Tune in as these two thoughtful minds comb through some of the key assumptions made in today’s society, key areas of media black-out & what we can do about them. Duane was on A Better World Radio and we’re glad to now have him on A Better World TV.  Shot on location in Sebastapol, CA.

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mjr in jacketThis evening, Mitchell Rabin will speak of the attitudes and perspectives we generate which give us our orientation and posture in the world.  He offers a stance, a position he calls Sacred Stewardship.  No matter the context or content of our daily lives, how we construe and construct, structure the perception and belief, becomes the lens through which we see it, live it and appear to others, through it.  Through these, our health shows up as how we are seen by others.

Yes, the Earth is going through exceptional paces we confused humans are putting her through and we in turn suffer the consequences of our actions with her and 2017-11-16 pa fund-raiser 4each other.  The human world, or society, is also challenging our very species’ survival, what with our nonsensical fears running governments and financial systems to the collective detriment.  Yes, all this.  And of course, we do what we can to positively influence outcomes, everything we can.   Yet, we have no idea what the outcome will be—we can just do the best we can.  And today’s show is about who we are and how we show up in the midst of a God-given life on a beautiful Earth and what we say and do with the elements and gifts we’ve been given.  We will contrast content with the nature of our perception and the upholding of our values and virtues.

apollo shotWe’ll also talk about embracing our Shadow, acknowledging our flaws, our archetypal wounding and how we can transmute this into a strength. And amidst all of it, the great healers and life-savers of love, beauty, the cultural & healing arts, friendship and humor, help us navigate the rocky shoals of it all. He explores the depths of kindness and gratitude and how these not only bring joy to others but increase one’s own sense of being and quite literally, health.

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Pachamama Alliance’s Game-Changer Intensive
https://www.pachamama.org/engage/intensive Jan. 2019
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.

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This Week’s A Better World Media
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In this week’s Radio show, Mitchell speaks about Sacred Stewardship, a life-attitude toward Self and planet, Self and Life, that reflects what Mitchell feels is our richest place to come from in life in human form.  Come and enjoy a lively talk on this subject and how to influence with others through your own authenticity.
On A Better World TV this week is one of the leading voices in media and understanding the ecological precipice on which we currently stand, Duane Elgin.  Duane has to be just one of the most interesting people ever.  His background, spanning media, politics, science, ecology, the co-founder of the Voluntary Simplicity Movement and as a member of the Evolutionary Leaders Circle, Duane brings a depth and breadth to any discussion.
2018: It’s Been a Bumpy Ride!  Are We Not (very) Ready for Smoother, Kinder, Smarter Sailing….?!  You Betcha!
evolution of manReflecting 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), eco destruction garbagecooperate (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.
We 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 based on degree of coloration. 
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Yes, true, in the 21st century, humans haven’t evolved enough to transcend this utterly primitive perspective.. And surely there are economic and political forces that help to keep this alive and people polarized around such barbaric and petty matters to keep our minds off the more important ones like “Where’s the money?  We gave you trillions of tax dollars.  Where are they, whose wallets, and why?”  Or like, “why are humans waging war in the 21st century? and not settling their differences peacefully and rationally?”  If the U.S. were not perpetuating war as it does in many parts of the world, if we shifted from a war to peace economy, it would shrink instantly about 25%.  GREAT!!!!
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.
conflictSo 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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