Future Chi

Future Chi

A daoist and a designer explore design, technology, health and wellbeing, and the future of everything. Join Jost Sauer (author, rebel therapist, daoist and expert in traditional Chinese medicine) and Leon Fitzpatrick (industrial and experience designer, educator and futurist), as they discuss health, daoism, design, cars, martial arts, the search for purpose, and the meaning of life. Unplanned, off the cuff, and spontaneous. Welcome to the Future Chi podcast! For more about Jost: https://jostsauer.com/ For more about Leon: https://www.futurethingy.com/

Episodes

February 27, 2024 61 mins

Welcome to Future Chi, where once again we’re broadcasting from a log cabin, on a nature preserve, somewhere in the hills of Queensland, Australia. Off the bat this leads to a reflection on living in isolation, living free of critique, and how to break through the sheath that surrounds our true selves. This reflection on self reliance leads Jost and Leon to get into the topic of true power; where it comes from, how to...

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We’re amidst one of the biggest transitions and most rapid shifts in consciousness we’ve ever seen. Time feels like it’s speeding up (according to quantum physics it’s more than a feeling), and it’s hard to know what to let go of, what to hold on to, and where it’s all headed. It’s time to acknowledge that the old ways are dying and a new reality is emerging. 

This week’s episode kicks off amidst the ser...

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Everything is becoming condensed and compressed; between an information overload, rapid increase in stressors and a looming cloud of uncertainty, it feels more and more like something has to give. But in these dark and heavy times it's important to remember that both darkness and heaviness must always give way to light. 

In this week’s episode, Leon and Jost light up the dark with a luminous discussion o...

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It feels like we’re sailing further and further out into an ocean of weirdness, uncertainty and instability, with positivity and optimism in short supply. In dark times, when the horizon is hard to see, it's easy to lose hope and become entangled in anger, cynicism and negativity. But dwelling in the dark is not what we’re here to do. We’re here to learn, evolve, and grow, and to do that we need to be excited and insp...

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Where do we go when we’ve gone too far? After a tumultuous few years have we hit peak weird, peak ideology, peak excess and peak division? Are we at peak civilisation? All signs suggest we’re near a tipping point and a massive shift in consciousness. But every ending brings a new beginning, and pushing the boundaries has been the mainstay of doers, fighters, creatives, philosophers, leaders and agents of change for th...

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We’re in the midst of a rising mental health crisis, but is there also a crisis of incorrect treatment? What happens when the focus remains on the mental and not holistic aspects of health? A combination of weak guidance, poor quality food, sedentary lifestyles and overuse of medication, minus a constructive, structured, confidence building physical regimen is sending people on a downward spiral. This has devastating ...

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According to a recent Harvard study, 43% of the world is currently going through a ‘spiritual awakening’, and yet very few people are talking about it. If this is news to you you’re either in the other 57%, or you’re experiencing something you can’t quite explain (let alone describe to anyone else). In a time of unprecedented upheaval, where more social disruption has occurred in 4 years than in the past 40, having a ...

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Are we in the midst of some kind of societal dismantling? In an ever increasing rush to take a side, make a stand, and signal to others what we believe, we get more and more caught up in the external world. The more we try and make sense of this via analysis, opinion, and intellectual processes, the more it drains our energy.

Trying to make sense of the world by solely engaging with the ‘issues' gets us ...

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Are things getting weirder, worse, and more unstable? Are lies and deceit on the rise? Or is it that are we becoming more attuned to reality and the true nature of life? The answer is…yes! The weirder it gets, the more we need to go within. The chaotic and hostile environments we find ourselves in require us to draw from inside ourselves and to tap into our own spiritual information and destiny. This information tells...

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War, what is it good for? It looks and feels like things are getting worse by the day - death, destruction and despondency are out of control, and there's a seemingly daily effort to divide us by any and all means possible. With brewing wars, constant conflict, and global pain and suffering it’s easy to lose hope. How to we counteract this? How do we prevent war, cut through the lies and get to the truth? 

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Losing track of what you were doing, thinking, or talking about? Struggling hold your attention on one thing at a time? Productivity in the western world is declining at a rapid rate and brain fog, short attention spans and an inability to stay focused are the easily attributed causes. But what’s the underlying reason for this? Will this decline in mental performance create a knock on effect that will undermine our fu...

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What concerns you and what are you willing to speak up about? Is it a prepackaged ideology or is it what you really think, really feel, and really believe? While it was once common to speak up, express opinions and engage in spirited debates, it’s now difficult to say anything without fear of offending someone. If we can’t speak up about how we really feel, we can’t come together and have a coherent discussion about w...

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What are dreams and what do they mean? What do they tell us about our true selves? What does it really mean to ‘dream big’? How do we follow up on those dreams and what happens when they become nightmares?

In this week’s episode Jost and Leon enter the dream world and discuss what happens when we go to sleep, where our soul goes, and the messages our body sends us through dreams. When we sleep our awaren...

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The fight between good and evil is as old as the ages, but who started it? Who’s winning? It feels like the good guys are losing the fight lately, but what are the origins of evil? What roles do free choice, reincarnation, the ego, and the mundane world play in its development? How do we pick our battles, do the right thing, and remain hopeful even when things are at their darkest?

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This week Jost and Leon have a timely heart to heart, about heart health. While cardiovascular issues have long been the world’s biggest killer, the Heart is much more than just a physiological machine. The Heart is the seat of the mind, the coordinator of all other organs, and our internal command centre. Its job reach out into the unknown, expand, and return with new information. So the more stressed the heart becom...

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What is real? Who can we trust and how do we know what to believe? What is the underlying nature of reality and how do we tell truth from fiction anymore? With the rapid emergence of reality distorting technologies, conflicting narratives and a propaganda fuelled mainstream media machine, we're becoming programmed to doubt everything we see and hear. On the flip side, thanks to podcasts and new media, we have a growing ability to m...

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July 4, 2023 80 mins

As we come to the end of Season 1 of the Future Chi podcast we’re reflecting on the first 30 episodes - where we came from and where we’re headed. Most importantly we’re asking the question: what does the future hold? 

We’re on the precipice of something new and we’re heading for a crash or renewal, but we also can’t dwell on what’s to come; the future needs us to work in the present, to build our practi...

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June 27, 2023 71 mins

This week we’re sounding the alarm on how ‘alarming' everything is, including the...alarming rise in anxiety. Even western medicine has begun to arrive on the fact that physchotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and isolated approaches to mental health aren’t enough on their own to treat anxiety. A connection to the body is key, but how do we move from the thinking body into the feeling body? How do we get i...

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June 20, 2023 70 mins

What happens with excess yang (heat) and not enough yin (cooling) to counter it? What happens when oxygen and fluids fail to flow properly? It turns out the same thing that happens in a car engine happens inside of us: poor circulation causes overheating, stagnation, and ultimately a break down. Today we experience a lot of stimulation - a lot of up, up, up - and not enough relaxation, grounding, and returning to cent...

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June 13, 2023 68 mins

How many worries can we have simultaneously? These days it seems like an infinite amount: we worry about health, the environment, politics, war, economics, identity, security, purpose. We check every worry box without knowing what do do about it and where to go next. An old era has ended and a new one is emerging but what do we do in this time of transition? A myriad of disruptions are changing reality as we know it, ...

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