Numen: The Nature of Plants

October 21, 2013
Hosted by Audrey E. Kitagawa

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Numen: The Nature of Plants is the name of a documentary film made by Dr. Ann Armbrecht and Terrence Youk. Dr. Armbrecht discusses the importance of plants as medicinal sources for healing and health, and how everyone can feel empowered by learning about the therapeutic qualities of plants, growing them at home, and taking greater responsibility for their health. She presents a vision of safe, effective, sustainable medicine, calling on listeners to think about the sources of their medicine and how their healthcare choices impact themselves and the environment. The commodification of medicinal plants has generated a lucrative supplement industry, and she cautions about the processing steps that often create end products far removed from the original healing qualities of living plants. She encourages people to step into nature more, and establish a relationship with the plants themselves as a way to deepen our own physical, emotional and spiritual transformation.

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Audrey E. Kitagawa

Audrey E. Kitagawa

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Audrey E. Kitagawa, is a cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California, and a graduate of Boston College Law School. She practiced law in Honolulu for twenty years. At the time of her retirement in 1996, Ms. Kitagawa had a Martindale-Hubbel AV rating, (i.e. highest rating for professional and ethical excellence in the legal profession). She is President of the Light of Awareness International Spiritual Family, a nondenominational, ecumenical, spiritual community with broad global outreach. She is the former Advisor to the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict at the United Nations, and the former Vice President/Trustee of Council For A Parliament of The World’s Religions, one of the world’s largest conveners of communities of faith. She is currently a Founding Trustee of the New York City Peace Museum.

She has been enstooled into the royal family as the Nekoso Hemaa (i.e.Queen Mother of Development), of Ajiyamanti in Ghana, West Africa, and has a school named after her in her African name, the Nana Ode Anyankobea Junior Secondary School. She has published articles in World Affairs, The Journal of International Issues. She has authored chapters for three books, and has been listed in Who's Who of American Law, Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, and Prominent People of Hawaii.

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Episode Directory

December 2013

November 2013

October 2013

  • 10/28/2013: Building Bridges of Understanding Through Interfaith Dialogue Listen Now
  • 10/21/2013: Numen: The Nature of Plants Listen Now
  • 10/14/2013: Protecting The Environment of Indigenous Peoples (IP) Listen Now
  • 10/7/2013: The Power of Compassion In Personal Transformation Listen Now

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