Launch of season 2 of the conscient podcast

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Hi there,

I pressed the ‘publish’ button for the second season of the conscient podcast on Thursday, March 18, 2021.

I then sent a notice on social media to help spread the word, which I invite anyone to amplify.

I now will start recording interview with guests, including some of the authors I quote in e19 reality. I’m open suggestions and invite your feedback. I put it this way in e19 reality:

I’m aware that my work has moments of incoherence, contradiction, unconscious bias, a bit of panic and some naïveté, among other things, so please feel free to challenge my assumptions, share your thoughts and join the conversation through conscient.ca

e19 reality, minute 41

I’m concerned at times that some of my words are starting to sound bit like ‘ecological mansplaining’ but then I was reminded of the quote by American writer Toni Morrison, in a 2003 interview for Oprah Magazine:

“I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game. This is the time for every artist in every genre to do what he or she does loudly and consistently. It doesn’t matter to me what your position is. You’ve got to keep asserting the complexity and the originality of life, and the multiplicity of it, and the facets of it. This is about being a complex human being in the world, not about finding a villain. This is no time for anything else than the best that you’ve got.”

Toni Morrison

This calmed me down.

I also tell people that I promised my children in e01 terrified that I would not panic, that I would experience life mindfully, that I would engage in rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented change and that we would never, EVER, lose hope for the only world we have…

It’s a tall order given the mess we have created on earth but I believe in the power of accumulated effort, which, when they come together (and they must), can break through any barrier. For me, the biggest barrier was coming to terms with reality itself. Through my zen practice, I came up with this observation:

More and more, I now see, and more importantly, I now feel in my bones, ‘the state of things as they actually exist’, without social filters or unsustainable stories blocking the way. 

e19 reality, minute 40

We’ll see where it goes. Thanks for your company.

Claude

Note: I could not have done this second season without the support of my wife Sabrina Mathews and podcast consultant Ayesha Barmania. Thank you.

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