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all that we are with amisha ghadiali (formally known as the future is beautiful)

Apr 7, 2022

How can we imagine and practice freedom in this time of limitations?

In this episode Amisha speaks with adrienne maree brown, a writer, activist and Black feminist. adrienne is the author of ‘Grievers’, ‘Holding Change: The Way of Emergent Strategy Facilitation and Meditation,’ ‘We Will Not Cancel Us’ and ‘Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good’ and many more important books that help us create transformative strategies and movement for our time. She is the co-host of the ‘How to Survive the End of the World’ and ‘Octavia’s Parables' podcasts.

Amisha and adrienne explore ideas on how we can come to imagine and embody a future in which we are free. adrienne shares that the visioning of our futures is a fundamental practice that can create alignment between our behaviours and visions. It is a way to grow our individual practices into compelling futures; futures that we want to be alive for, futures that are free and that can become large-scale community freedom movement. 

Together they acknowledge that we live in a time of spiritual awakening where we are learning to grieve. We exist in crumbling systems that can no longer continue if we wish to continue as a collective species. adrienne shares that rituals of grief and spiritual practices are a way to prepare ourselves individually and at a systemic level to let go of systems that we are embedded in and often comforted by. adrienne believes that we are closer to our free futures than we have learnt to believe and that the structures of western school education distract us from envisioning the kind of humans we need to be to participate in this future. 

We learn that in order to embody the visions for our compelling futures we must be willing to practise honesty and boundaries, allow ourselves to experience pleasure, make ourselves vulnerable and engage in relational learning to co-vision in relationship with others in our communities. We need to question the construct of linear time and imagine it as layered, moving in many directions, in cycles, something that is mysterious and therefore opening up possibilities for spiritual shifts and for what our actions could mean. 

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