We look at the Oracle of Delphi — her place in history, archaeology, and the landscape of Greece. What kind of place is Delphi, and how did such an important oracle come to be there? What was the effect of the Oracle on the society and culture of the area, and the source of its spiritual significance? And what was the secret of the Oracle’s prophecies? The confluence of geology and geography were important for the founding and growth of Delphi in ancient Greece, but also essential to unlocking those mysteries in modern times. Finally we examine the competing metaphysics within the history of science, and how attitudes of skepticism and cynicism influence scientific research. Could it be that the various theories and attempts to unravel the mystery over the last hundred years may reveal less about the Oracle than about science and its cultural prejudices?
We continue our in-depth review of John Michael Greer’s new book, Mystery Teachings from the Living Earth: An Introduction to Spiritual Ecology, with an exploration of the last three principles of spiritual ecology, as well as some intense discussion about magic and initiation from an ecological perspective. What can we learn from ecology as a “science of systems” about the deep spiritual truths that guide our lives? Why do Greer’s explanations of the Laws of Cause and Effect, Planes and Evolution miss out on some key insights? How does magic really work, anyway? We explore those questions and more in the second part of this exclusive FF&C Pro two-part special.
We take a look at John Michael Greer’s new book, Mystery Teachings from the Living Earth: An Introduction to Spiritual Ecology, with an in-depth review of his Seven Laws of Spiritual Ecology. What can we learn from ecology as a “science of systems” about the deep spiritual truths that guide our lives? How do we embody the Laws of Wholeness, Flow, Balance and Limit in our spiritual practice? We explore those questions and more in the first part of this exclusive FF&C Pro two-part special.
Melanie Griffin, a former National Director of the Sierra Club, joins Jeff Lilly in an exclusive interview to share some personal reflections on her experiences working in the environmental movement, exploring the ways that science, technology, the economy and social media has shaped the conversation about ecology and environmentalism over the past few decade, as well as what the future of environmentalism might hold as a new generation grows up with the global warming crisis.
Tonight’s episode is the first part of a two-part special exploring alternative theories from outside the scientific mainstream and their evolving relationship with nature-centered spiritualities, as we seek a balance between modern science and a meaningful religious life. Approaching cosmology from the perspective of a spirituality grounded in nature and the Earth, we sometimes find ourselves considering what seem to be pretty strange theories, and they require us to think carefully and critically about both their scientific and spiritual implications.
In Episode 110 – Cosmology (Part I) – Embracing Gaia, we trace the history of the Gaia hypothesis from goddess-inspired conjecture into a testable hypothesis that eventually overcame mockery and ridicule to become the widely-accepted Earth system theory embraced by some of the most world-renown mainstream scientists of today.