— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — Since we started Earthfire Radio conversations our audience has grown, and we in turn are receiving invitations to be interviewed. We are including one of those conversations here, with Carolyn Baker of the New Lifeboat Radio. None of us know what the future holds. We each have to take our best guess and do what we can to mitigate what we see. Carolyn’s mission is to “create islands of sanity in a sea of current and impending global chaos.” Earthfire’s mission is to work towards a fundamental paradigm shift in how we see life, with the belief that from there change will naturally follow. Who knows who is right, or if we both are for different times....

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — “When you open your heart to an animal and you just allow that awareness to spread out from your heart to that other being, we become irresistible.” —Linda Bender DVM Sometimes a conversation is so good, so inspiring, so healing, that you want to share it with everyone. In the rich, calming, hopeful conversation I share with world-renowned wildlife veterinarian Linda Bender, she speaks of what she has learned from working with animals. It is a beautiful, calming, fascinating conversation, inviting our imagination to soar to what is and could be. When insights are really important, we need to hear them more than once to begin to digest and be able...

Voluntary simplicity is a philosophy and a conscious choice to simplify our lives and consume less, for the sake of our planet and for the sake of our happiness. Where we discover that less, is more. — by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — “…choose to live simply so that others may simply live.” —Gandhi In the introduction to Duane Elgin’s book Voluntary Simplicity, Ram Dass writes, “A vast new frontier beckons. The ‘answers’ that we seek will be of our own making – they are still in the process of being discovered in our own lives. And yet for many of us this is not enough. We want to see more clearly…how we might adapt our daily lives to fit harmoniously into the larger...

— by Richard Landry — A few years ago, when my wife and I decided to get a divorce, I realized I had an opportunity to do something different for myself and the planet—to live lighter on the earth, more simply and more sustainably. The accumulation of possessions had become an obstacle in our marriage, and so as I prepared to move out of our house and set up an apartment on my own, I took a bare minimum of belongings with me—my clothes, my computer and work files, some artwork... and about 300 of my “most valuable” books. As a writer, business strategist, and student of Buddhism, I had accumulated quite a few books over the years—over 1,200, by my rough count. Those 300...

— by Rose De Dan — Several years ago I was struggling to overcome some chronic health issues, the result of several car accidents. I had already traveled the standard Western medical route (without success), and had been slowly working my way through a variety of complementary healing modalities. Some helped, some didn’t. I decided to call in a Feng Shui expert and see if there was anything I was overlooking in the energy of my home office since I spent most of my daily life there. As an animal communicator, Reiki and shamanic energy healer I knew that sometimes seemingly little elements make a big difference. When the expert arrived we went over my goals for what I hoped to...

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — When you choose to work for the common good, one of the rewards is the network you enter; the people you meet who work from the deepest place in their hearts, inspiring others to be their best selves; to reach to the depths of their own gifts and creativity. The beautiful concept of “lightworkers” refers to people who do the work of love and healing, balancing out the dark energies of hate and fear; showing us another way. It is the delight and passion of Earthfire to share these beings with you (some of whom may be nonhuman.) Deena Metzger is one of the human ones, the physical expression of the Wise Woman archetype. She is a powerful example of...