This interview took off into an improvisational exploration into Les Stroud’s view and experience of a creative life. Les was able to delve into and articulate his life effort as a creator. Much of the interview is centered around exploring the below quote.
“In the adventure known as life, there are some that live it vicariously and enjoy the ride from the safety of an armchair, and that’s good. There are those who have a few chances to realize incredible and life changing experiences and though they don’t repeat them they carry with them a growth in personal philosophy for the rest of their lives. And there are those for whome a taste is never enough. For whome the lust for adventure is nearly insatiable. And if you add to that the overwhelming desire to create, and to share, then you get where I reside. For the end of one adventure, only signifies the beginning of another” ~ Les Stroud
Papua New Guinea episode where “In the adventure known as life” quote comes from.
Our desire at Radiant Creators is to interview inspiring people and extract inspiration into an audible elixir for listeners. This interview is exactly that!
“A chronicle about an Army veteran who becomes homeless, and follows his dream of hiking and cycling all over North America. Although he is homeless, he gets by with his survival skills and the help of strangers as he raises money for various charities and support groups. His altruistic trek spans over the course of three years and comes to an abrupt stop at his 10,000th mile. From Delaware to California, from Florida to Alaska, follow along to experience this man’s journey of compassion, chaos, supernatural events, deadly situations, loneliness, comic relief, selflessness, betrayal, heartbreak, and humbleness. You will never read a travel story quite like this one!”
This book review from Amazon by Katrina Rachel describes the book well:
“A travelogue written by a U.S. Army veteran struggling with PTSD and bipolar disorder. Finding himself unemployed and homeless, Jake sells all his possessions and decides he will walk across America while raising money for various charities, including St. Jude’s Hospital. Uncomfortable in busy, densely populated areas Jake tries to stick to backroads and small towns. Along the way, he copes with being mistaken for a homeless vagrant, a potential troublemaker, is harassed by police and people who judge only the book’s cover and never look inside. These experiences are balanced with many encounters with kind strangers, as well as followers of his blog who meet up with him, offer him food, drink, care packages, entertainment and respite from the fatigue of the long journey. Skilled in wood craft Jake camps, hunts, fishes and uses his Army training to be as self-sufficient as possible. Even during his darkest days of depression, as he contemplates suicide, his honesty and integrity shine through, and you feel as though you are listening to a dear friend unburdening their heart to you. A remarkable book, by a remarkable man, who has travelled 10,000 miles by bicycle and on foot, across America and is not yet 30 years old. I hope the coming years bring him the health, peace, and happiness he deserves.”
Arthur Haines is a Botanist who founded the Delta Institute of Natural History in Canton, Maine. His passion for practicing and sharing a neoaboriginal lifeway has led him to teaching others about human ecology, the values of foraging, wildcrafting medicine, primitive living skills, and learning how to develop self-reliance and gain a greater understanding of eco-conscientiousness.
Arthur has published major textbooks, has named multiple new species and genera to science, and has helped construct websites that enable people to identify plants throughout the Northeastern U.S.
Helping people learn how to foster awareness, develop connection, better health and self-reliance through an understanding of ancestral and existing indigenous cultures are all aspects of Arthur’s life mission.
“I believe we are at an important crossroads in our existence, one where domestication of the human species has led to an inability for most to nourish, heal, and care for themselves. This process has created profound blindness to the consequences of modern industry and the illnesses associated with nature disconnection. It is critically important to recognize that this point in history.” ~ Arthur Haines
“A New Path is a clear and easily understood presentation of a meaningful and nature-connected future. Be prepared for the paradigm shift, as the world feels different after just the first chapter.” ~ Bremen James, farmer/father/forager http://www.arthurhaines.com/anewpath/
Today’s interview features Shane Tyler Milson of Black Magic Alchemy, a company and philosophy inspired by Shane’s love of foraging mushrooms. Black Magic Alchemy’s premier product is a Chaga mushroom-based Rootbeer Elixir, and all of the Chaga used to create this magical elixir is wild harvested deep in Canadian forests by Shane and his crew. Chaga mushrooms are typically found growing on birch trees and contain powerful immune boosting health benefits. We enthusiastically discuss Chaga and Reishi mushrooms and discuss at length the many reasons one should consider adding them to their diet. We also discuss modern Shamanism and its re-emergence into our daily lives. This interview was magical and inspired from start to finish.
“We sustainably hunt our own wild rare mature Chaga mushrooms in pristine Canadian forests, blessing every birch tree before harvest & taking only a small portion of the mushroom to protect the life force energy of the tree, mushroom and forest.” ~ Shane Tyler Milson
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