The Emerald

By Joshua Schrei

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The Emerald explores the human experience through a vibrant lens of myth, story, and imagination. Brought to life through the wise, wild, and humorous vision of Joshua Michael Schrei — a teacher and lifelong student of the cosmologies and mythologies of the world — the podcast draws from a deep well of poetry, lore, and mythos to challenge conventional narratives on politics and public discourse, meditation and mindfulness, art, science, literature, and more. At the heart of the podcast is the premise that the imaginative, poetic, animate heart of human experience — elucidated by so many cultures over so many thousands of years — is missing in modern discourse and is urgently needed at a time when humanity is facing unprecedented problems. The Emerald advocates for an imaginative vision of human life and human discourse as it questions deep underlying assumptions about societal progress.

Episode Date
For the Intuitives (Part 2)
Dec 31, 2023
For the Intuitives (Part 1)
Nov 21, 2023
All of My Lessons Come in the Form of a Sound ( w/ Trevor Hall)
Oct 21, 2023
Reissue: On Trauma and Vegetation Gods
Aug 28, 2023
So You Want to Be a Sorcerer in the Age of Mythic Powers... (The AI Episode)
Jul 12, 2023
Inanimate Objects Aren't Inanimate (Or Objects)
Jun 06, 2023
Animism is Normative Consciousness (Re-mixed, Re-musicked, and Re-released)
May 09, 2023
The Revolution Will Not Be Psychologized, Part 2 (Interview w/ Báyò Akómoláfé)
Apr 07, 2023
The Revolution Will Not Be Psychologized
Feb 21, 2023
Universe, Adorned: Ornament in Culture, Cosmos, and Consciousness
Jan 09, 2023
On Birds, and the Imperative of Mystic Flight
Nov 24, 2022
Embodiment Means Being Torn Apart and Flying Away
Oct 24, 2022
No One Here Gets Out Alive (The Death Episode)
Sep 17, 2022
Reissue: How Trance States Shape the World
Aug 09, 2022
I Wish It Could Have Been Another Way (A Lament w/ Peia Luzzi)
Jun 29, 2022
Your Consciousness Comes From the Moon
May 31, 2022
Awake in the Forest of Dangers and Wonders
Apr 26, 2022
War and Ritual Ecstasy
Mar 25, 2022
Neck Hairs of the Shapeshifter (w/ Simon Thakur)
Mar 09, 2022
For the Divine Mother of the Universe (w/ Nivedita Gunturi)
Feb 07, 2022
Snail Juice & Bear Fat & Werewolf Moons (w/ Leah Song of Rising Appalachia)
Jan 10, 2022
The Body is the Metaverse
Dec 03, 2021
Festivals! Initiation and the Brilliance of Eternity
Nov 18, 2021
On Resonance: Caves, Hooves, Hearts, Harps... and the Birth of Culture
Oct 12, 2021
Becoming a Ruin: Decomposing and Regrowing the Mythic with Sophie Strand
Sep 16, 2021
Mapping The Mystic: Geographies of Ecstasy in Consciousness and Culture
Aug 31, 2021
The Shape of Stories: How Myths Move Through Bodies and Worlds
Aug 05, 2021
TRA is for Trance: On the Linguistics of Crossing Over
Jul 15, 2021
On Trauma and Vegetation Gods
Jun 22, 2021
The Emerald Turns Two
Jun 01, 2021
Tyson Yunkaporta on Pattern, Kinship, and Story in a World of Decontextualized Minds
May 26, 2021
Semele, Kuṇḍalinī, and the Path of Interiorized Lightning
May 08, 2021
Trickster Jumps Sides: Disruption and the Anatomy of Culture
Apr 21, 2021
The Many Voices of Water, Part 2: Imagining Water Beyond Lines
Apr 02, 2021
How Trance States Shape the World
Mar 12, 2021
The Many Voices of Water, Part 1: Oceans of Melancholy and Bliss
Feb 04, 2021
Give the Drummer Some: Trance, Danger, and Rapture in the Oldest Instrument of All
Jan 19, 2021
When Exactly Was the Age of Reason?
Dec 30, 2020
Animism is Normative Consciousness
Dec 01, 2020
Giving Thanks
Nov 26, 2020
Seeking the Luminous in an Age of Manufactured Light
Nov 15, 2020
Medusa and #MeToo: How Modern Narratives Miss the Heart of Myth
Nov 01, 2020
When Bread is No Longer Bread: The Importance of Context in Consciousness, Community, and Cosmos
Oct 08, 2020
The Return to Focused Presence: Rediscovering the Greatest Conspiracy of All
Sep 16, 2020
The Honey that Hums and Blazes: Somatic Nectars of the Trance State
Sep 01, 2020
A Brief History of Want: Longing and Its Place in Cosmos and Consciousness
Aug 18, 2020
In These Mythic Times: Monsoon, Apocalypse, and What We Are Truly Longing For
Aug 04, 2020
Holy River of Flows: Words and Discourse in a Declarative Age
Jul 21, 2020
Sand Talk with Tyson Yunkaporta
Jun 30, 2020
Space Hex: The Curse of Restlessness in Worldviews of Perpetual Escape
Jun 24, 2020
Rapturous Focus and Extraordinary Powers: Breathing Life into the Third Book of the Yoga Sutras
May 19, 2020
Broadcasting Live From the Time of Poets and Bards
May 06, 2020
Broadcasting Live From the Center of the Universe
Apr 22, 2020
O Holy Rupture: Cracking Open the Great Myth with Joseph Sansonese
Apr 07, 2020
The Pandemic and the Goddess: Perspectives on Humanity, Disease, and Nature
Mar 25, 2020
The Eyes Have It: The Optics of Creation and Consciousness
Mar 03, 2020
Reimagining Our Ancestors: A Dive into the Paleolithic Heart and Mind
Feb 18, 2020
The Shape of Art: Place, Relevance, and the Living Force Between Adorer and Adored
Jan 21, 2020
Airplanes, Epilepsy, and Shamanism: A Respectful Response to Neil deGrasse Tyson
Jan 07, 2020
Melting Frost: A Holiday Hymn to the Animate Heart
Dec 24, 2019
How to Churn an Ocean and Breathe Like a Horse: Rekindling the Somatic Heart of Myth
Dec 10, 2019
Great Bear: The Being at the Heart of Global Tradition
Nov 26, 2019
The Poetry of The Point: All of Cosmos and Consciousness in a Little Round Dot
Nov 12, 2019
On Cauldrons, Inner and Outer
Oct 29, 2019
Healing the Science-Spirit Divide in 34 Minutes
Oct 15, 2019
Picture This with All Your Heart: Reclaiming the Urgent Incandescence of Imaginative Vision
Oct 01, 2019
Enchanted Lands: Remembering the Holy Hum Between Person and Place
Sep 25, 2019
Orpheus: The Song Of Life — A Conversation With Ann Wroe
Sep 17, 2019
The Goddess Wept All Night: That Little Matter of Sacrifice
Aug 27, 2019
Sei and Her Soul Are Separated: The Colonization of Consciousness and Reclaiming the Visionary State
Aug 20, 2019
Dispatches from the Cremation Ground: Comfort, Discomfort, and Surrender in Practice
Aug 13, 2019
The Shamanic Vonnegut: Or, The Fine Art of Hearing the Purple Hum
Aug 06, 2019
Homer, Tolkien, and the Heart of the Visionary Experience: A Conversation with Robert Tindall
Jul 30, 2019
Stone Soup: In Which I Argue Strongly in Favor of The Worship of Rocks
Jul 24, 2019
The Fauna Mandala: Animals, Imagination, and Consciousness
Jul 16, 2019
Who Gets To Claim Objective Reality? An Imaginative Dive Into Cultural Fictions Along the Science-Spirit Divide
Jul 09, 2019
Dismembered Frost Giants and the Core-Power Paradox — Self-Care Meets Self-Obliteration in an Identity-Driven World.
Jul 03, 2019
The Yoga of Gun Control, The Grail Myth, and the Healing of the American Wound
Jun 25, 2019
Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World: A Conversation With Wade Davis
Jun 18, 2019
The Bright and Bristling Mind: Hair in Imagination and Myth
Jun 11, 2019
The Case of the Man Who Grew Horns: Imagination as a Driving Force of the Human Experience
May 26, 2019
The Cow in the Elevator — An Anthropology of Wonder. An Interview with Professor Tulasi Srinavas
May 26, 2019
Notre Dame in Flames, The Goddess Isis, and the Architecture of Consciousness
May 26, 2019