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New Dimensions
New Dimensions Foundation

New Dimensions is an original and powerful forum for inspired and inspiring voices and views on a wide range of timely and timeless topics. Activism, art, education, science, psychology, philosophy, health, spirituality, global transformation, cross-cultural traditions, the interconnectedness of all life … All these and more are featured in this award-winning one-hour interview program that has been broadcast on public radio since 1973. For more information and over a thousand hours of downloadable programs visit newdimensions.org


New Dimensions (Total: 60 episodes)

Cats and dogs bring to us many gifts including companionship and unconditional love. Carlyn Montes De Oca points out that “These furry companions are scientifically proven stress-busters in, perhaps, this most stressed-out age that humanity is ever known.” Here we explore how our cats and dogs can be our health and wellness allies. She is the author of Dog as my Doctor, Cat as my Nurse.

Tags: Carlyn Montes De Oca, guardian, guardianship, cancer, petting, cholesterol, depression, stress, anxiety, EQ, emotional quotient, empath, Cesar Millan the dog whisperer, pen pals, prison programs and animals, forgiveness, prayer of ho’oponopono, Animals, Health & Healing, Personal Transformation

Here we explore the mind/body connection with pain, and the mechanism of chronic pain, with a spine specialist surgeon who has over 30 years experience in the care of chronic back pain. He advocates something he calls DOC, which stands for Direct Your Own Care, and he only performs surgery on patients he feels are certain to find relief through surgery. He is the author of Back in Control: A Surgeon’s Roadmap Out of Chronic Pain.

Tags: David Hanscom, chronic pain, adrenalized nervous system, adrenalin, cortisol, anxiety, URTs, unpleasant repetitive thoughts, structural pain, nervous system pain, pain circuits, pain pathways, neuroplasticity, myelin, nerve cells, meditation, expressive writing, spinal fusion, sleep, mindfulness, Health & Healing, Personal Transformation

McDonough describes what is meant by the idea of “Cradle to Cradle,” and says “Things are designed to either go back to biology or back to technology without contaminating each other.” He tells us that we can and must design things to go back into an intelligent material pool for human benefit without contaminating the environment. 

Tags: bionutrients, cold fusion, Cradle to Cradle, e=mc2, ecology, effective, efficiency, environment, environmentalism, environmentalist, human rights, Make it Right project, nature, Pacific garbage patch, population, sewage plants, social equity, technology, technonutrients, triple top line, William McDonough, Business, Ecology, Nature, Environment, Personal Growth, Science, Self-Help, Social Change, Politics, Technology

Pevny shares the three phases of coming into elderhood: severance, neutral zone, and reincorporation. We need to sever ourselves from old identities in healthy and honoring ways. Then we enter a neutral zone where the seeds of possibility are gestating. He encourages us to deepen our spirituality so that we can move into reincorporation.Ron Pevny is the founder and director of the Colorado-based Center for Conscious Eldering. He’s a certified Sag-ing® Leader with Sag-ing® International and conducts workshop and retreats across North America. He is the author of Conscious Living, Conscious Aging: Embrace & Savor Your Next Chapter (Atria Paperback 2014)

Tags: Ron Pevny, aging, saging, elderhood, eldering, elders, Stephen Foster, Meredith Little, vulnerability, fear, rite of passage, isolation, inner journey, inner guidance, cohousing, elder wisdom circles, Saging International, R. Buckminster Fuller, Bucky Fuller, Joseph Campbell, Jack Williamson, Intergenerational Writing, Patricia Sun, gratitude, grace, rites of passage, Jan Richardson poem “The Map You Make Yourself”, vision board, creative expression, dreams, solitude, synchronicity, Personal Transformation, Health & Healing, Community

What if despite aging, injuries, health conditions and illnesses you could not only return to a state of health you enjoyed previously, but even improve on it? Greer explores feelings and thoughts both conscious and unconscious that are intertwined and can influence your physical health. He encourages us to explore our own health story. Carl Greer, Ph.D., Psy.D. is a practicing clinical psychologist, Jungian analyst, and shamanic practitioner. He teaches at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago and is on staff at the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being. He is the author of Change The Story of your Health: Using Shamanic and Jungian Techniques for Healing (Findhorn Press 2017) and Change Your Story, Change Your Life: Using Shamanic and Jungian Tools to Achieve Personal Transformation (Findhorn Press 2014)

Tags: Carl Greer, energy work, energy medicine, inner healer, changes habits, overeating, dieting, losing weight, personal power and weight, shamanic journeys, rituals, sacred ceremonies, fire ceremony, sacred listening, deep listening, depression, anxiety. Health & Healing, Psychology, Shamanism

Being with a person who is close to death may be difficult and confusing. Oftentimes it is mystifying to discern what they are talking about because their speech pattern can sound nonsensical. Lisa Smartt has done extensive research regarding the words spoken by many at this threshold and she advises us to be open to the experience our loved ones are having.She is a linguist, educator, and poet. She’s founder of The Final Words Project, an ongoing study devoted to collecting and interpreting the mysterious language at the end of lives. She lives in Athens, Georgia, and is the author of Words at the Threshold: What We Say as We’re Nearing Death (New World Library 2017)
 
Tags: Lisa Smartt, nonsensical speech, paradoxical nonsense, signature metaphors, survival of consciousness, life after death, Raymond Moody, end of life care, Maggie Callanan, Patricia Kelly, coma, Death & Dying, Parapsychology, Paranormal

What would lead a person to choose to live alone for a year on a small, remote island on the coast of southern Chile? What is it like to truly notice how, as humans, we are constantly shifting from a sense of isolation into the experience of freedom and belonging?  Robert Kull discusses these questions, and more. 

Tags: MP3  Robert Kull, Solitude,  Wilderness,  Patagonia,  Storytelling,  Journaling,  Mindfulness,  Alon,  Wind, Ecology/Nature/Environment, Buddhism, Meditation, Spirituality, Travel

British biologist Rupert Sheldrake asks questions that most scientists haven't thought of, or have been discouraged from asking. He is best known for his morphic field theory, which explores aspects of reality that are unexplained in terms of current physics. In this talk, he proposes setting science free from its most constricting dogmas and unexamined assumptions. He is the author of several books including:

The Rebirth of Nature; The Greening of Science and God (Bantam 1991), A New Science of Life: The Hypothesis of Morphic Resonance (J.P. Tarcher 1995), The Presence of the Past (Times Books 1995), Natural Grace: Dialogues on Creation, Darkness, and the Soul in Spirituality and Science (coauthor Matthew Fox) (Doubleday 1996), The Physics of Angels: Exploring the Realm Where Science and Spirit Meet (coauthor Matthew Fox)(HarperSanFrancisco 1996), Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home: And Other Unexplained Powers of Animals (Three Rivers Press 2001), Seven Experiments That Could Change the World: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Revolutionary Science (2nd Edition with Update on Results) (Park Street Press 2002), The Sense of Being Stared At: And Other Aspects of The Extended Mind (Crown 2003), Science Set Free (Deepak Chopra Books, 2012), also published in the UK as The Science Delusion.

Tags: Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D., morphic fields, morphic resonance, morphogenetic fields, brain, science, Social Change, Politics, Philosophy

When stress feels overwhelming, we struggle to find the balance we desperately need to get through it all. Borysenko guides us through the warning signs of pessimism and the pitfalls of optimism, and offers up a wealth of suggestions for how to develop what she calls “stress-hardiness”—to handle all of life’s challenges with resilience, equanimity, and inner peace.

Tags: Joan Borysenko, optimism, pessimism, fear, stress, realism, realist, optimist, pessimist, faith, discernment, judgment, Ilya Prigogine, Martin Seligman, Positive Psychology, commitment, Personal Transformation, Health, Healing, Psychology, Self Help, Spirituality

Matthew Fox, Ph.D. has had his finger on the pulse of western spirituality for decades. When he casts his keen eye on the state of spirituality among men in the twenty-first century, you can be sure he’ll discern the unspoken woundedness, yearning, and passion of the modern warrior. (This program was originally Broadcast in 2008.)

Tags: MP3, archetypes, arts, creativity, dark goddess, feminine, Glue Men, green man, Hunter-Gatherers, masculine, Matthew Fox, Men’s Studies, philosophy, Sacred Marriage, spirituality, warrior