50. Clark Strand: Waking Up to the Dark

Today my guest is Clark Strand, author of Waking Up To The Dark: Ancient Wisdom For A Sleepless Age. Clark is someone who has written six books and he’s also written for the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, New York Times, Newsweek’s blog on Faith, Tricycle (which is a Buddhist magazine you might know), Body and Soul, Spirituality and Health.

In this interview we talk about a number of things that you might find interesting and useful. Clark talks about something called bimodal sleep and he shares both in the book and in this interview, research done by a doctor named Thomas Wehr. Dr. Wehr was looking for human beings’ primordial pattern of sleep, wanting to know how did human beings sleep before the electrical age. We also touch on light pollution – what it’s doing to our environment and what it’s doing to our bodies. Clark shares the view that electrification was the worst thing that’s ever happened to our planet (which is a pretty bold claim), but he goes on to explain what he means by that.

We also talk about his new book out November 5, 2019. It’s titled The Way of the Rose: The Radical Path of the Divine Feminine Hidden in the Rosary. He’s the founder of an eco feminist rosary group and if you want to investigate online before you invest your time in listening to the interview, you can go to wayoftherose.org and check it out. But at any rate, I suspect that Clark will share some views that you don’t typically hear in the circles you run in or the conversations you have. If you do, I want to be a part of your conversations. All right with that, please enjoy this conversation with Clark Strand.

00:05:10 – What’s life about?
00:17:02 – The worst thing that’s ever happened for the planet.
00:25:13 – Dr. Thomas Wehr.
00:34:17 – Shintoism.
00:38:50 – Anthropocene.
00:53:11 – The Sleep industry.
01:10:17 – The Way of the Rose.
01:29:10  – Lightning round.

LINKS – (In order of appearance)
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Waking Up to the Dark: Ancient Wisdom for a Sleepless Age by Clark Strand
The Way of the Rose – on Facebook
The Way of the Rose: The Radical Path of the Divine Feminine Hidden in the Rosary