In 2010 I began asking a core question: “How can higher consciousness help humans rise to meet our evolutionary challenges” in a series of live public conversations. In 2017, after over 100 episodes, I ended the series to focus on writing my book, A New Republic of the Heart: An Ethos for Revolutionaries.
In those 7 years I spoke with dozens of spiritual leaders, philosophers, scientists and activists to explore this question, probing it from every angle. Intending curiosity and vulnerability, being “more interested in what we don’t know than anything we already know”, new ideas were able to emerge and develop. Important new ways of being, thinking, talking and listening found expression and changed the public conversation.
Some conversations went viral, spreading awareness of new voices or new kinds of discourse, like those with Thomas Hübl, Daniel P. Brown, Cynthia Bourgeault, Stephen Jenkinson, Candice O’Denver Jun Po Roshi Charles Eisenstein and Jeremy Lent.
Some became classics, like those with Byron Katie, Michael Murphy, Jean Houston, Craig Hamilton, Ram Dass, Sharon Salzberg, John Hagelin, Sally Kempton, Bruce Lipton and Ervin Laszlo.
In every single conversation I attempted to go as deep as possible, and an amazing constellation of wisdom emerged. It ranges widely — from the deep ecopsychology of Bill Plotkin to the practical activism of Lynn Twist to… There are so many dialogues worth naming individually (but it would take too much space here.) You can get a sense for them by looking at the names and faces of those I spoke with below.
In 2019 I am launching a new podcast — Dispatches from a New Republic of the Heart. The leading edge of human culture has advanced, the pace of events has sped up, and the human predicament has intensified. It is a new conversation now.
So I will be taking the conversation further, with guests like Hanzi Freinacht, Nipun Mehta, Monica Sharma, Jamie Wheal, and Miranda Macpherson.
The Beyond Awakening recordings are now available only to supporters of the podcast. Find out more here.
With sincere care and in service of the future of life and evolution,
Candice O Denver
Diane Musho Hamilton
Brother David Steindl-Rast
The timeless conversations from the Beyond Awakening Series are a primary benefit in joining the community supporting the new podcast launching in November of 2019. The podcast will be widely available with most of the podcast player apps. It is being actively produced now and will be titled Dispatches from A New Republic of the Heart.
Please watch for it and subscribe from your favorite podcast player when it becomes available. I appreciate the many friends and rich community that arose around the Beyond Awakening Series. Let's grow our conversations and relationships to meet the demands of our crazy times.
The podcast is just one facet of our new work. You are also invited to join me and others to catalyze social experiments in truly "being the change" adequate to our challenges -- in the New Republic of the Heart non-profit community.