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Buddha at the Gas Pump

Buddha at the Gas Pump

Interviews with "Ordinary" Spiritually Awakening People


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542. Peter Mt. Shasta

Peter journeyed to India in 1970 and spent time with Ram Dass and his guru, Neem Karoli Baba, eventually traveling to the Himalayan foothills to live briefly with Gangotri Baba, a disciple of Babaji. He also had transcendent experiences with ? Continue reading ?
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541. Houman Emami

Houman Z. Emami, a native of Iran (ancient Persia), has a bright academic career in Philosophy and Religion, Holism and Consciousness, with earlier careers in Computer Science, Telecommunications, and a number of educational-institute startups. He has completed undergraduate studies in ? Continue reading ?
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540. Clare Dubois

Clare Dubois is the founder and CEO of, a global women?s movement spanning over 200 countries, that has collectively funded the planting of nearly 9 million trees. TreeSisters is a social change movement and a tropical reforestation organization working ? Continue reading ?
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539. Zaya & Maurizio Benazzo

Zaya Benazzo is a filmmaker from Bulgaria with degrees in engineering, environmental science, and film. For many years, she worked as an environmental activist in Holland and Bulgaria, and later produced and directed several award-winning documentaries in Europe and the ? Continue reading ?
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538. Rev. Bill McDonald, 2nd Interview

ON A MISSION: TEACHING THE POWER OF LOVE & FORGIVENESS Rev. Bill?s life has been a spiritual journey, spanning slightly over 7 decades. His whole life has been a mystical trip in search of gurus, the paranormal, and self-discovery. He ? Continue reading ?
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537. Roger Walsh

Roger Walsh MD., Ph.D. DHL graduated from Queensland University with degrees in psychology, physiology, neuroscience, and medicine, came to the United States as a Fulbright scholar, and is currently a professor of psychiatry, philosophy, anthropology, and religious studies at the ? Continue reading ?
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536. Isira

Isira brings a deep understanding of Indigenous, ancient and universal wisdom. She bridges the gap between the overwhelming challenges we face in the world today and our spiritual journey. As a powerful advocate for conscious change, Isira is highly engaged ? Continue reading ?
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535. Diane Hennacy Powell

Diane Hennacy Powell, M.D. is a Johns Hopkins-trained psychiatrist, therapist, neuroscientist, and public speaker. She develops multidisciplinary theories towards understanding psychological anomalies, such as savant skills and verified accounts of spacetime navigation. Her current research focuses on controlled testing of ? Continue reading ?
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534. SAND Panel on Sexual Misconduct, Money, Power, Trauma & Ethics in Spiritual Communities | Also, Meeting of Founders and Members of the Association for Spiritual Integrity

Panel Discussion at the Science and Nonduality Conference on Sexual Misconduct, Money, Power, Trauma & Ethics in Spiritual Communities Introduction by Rick Archer The spiritual awakening sweeping the world may be critical to addressing our critical problems. Ethical breaches by ? Continue reading ?
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533. Leanora

Leanora founded Embody Truth in 2012 as a way to support an integral approach to awakening and embodiment.  The work is originally inspired through a personal awakening and culminates into a coherent and disposable map helping others navigate the terrain. ? Continue reading ?
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532. Susan Raven

Susan Raven is a long-time student of Anthroposophy and an experienced workshop facilitator. She has worked with the methods and exercises prescribed by Rudolf Steiner for seeing into the supersensible realms and has also trained with Dorian Schmidt, director of ? Continue reading ?
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531. Sebastián Blaksley

Born in 1968, Sebastián Blaksley is a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, born into a large traditional Catholic family. He attended the Colegio del Salvador, a Jesuit school of which the headmaster was Jorge Bergoglio, the current Pope Francis. Although ? Continue reading ?
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530. Rick Archer at the 2019 SAND Conference – Knowledge/Reality is Different in Different States of Consciousness

Opening points: People get polarized in different perspectives. The more they focus exclusively on their perspective, the more justification for it they find. Learning to appreciate paradox; accommodating different viewpoints within a broader perspective. Enlightenment as Totality. Only Totality can ? Continue reading ?
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529. Mirabai Starr, 2nd Interview

Mirabai Starr writes creative non-fiction and contemporary translations of sacred literature. She taught Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos for 20 years and now teaches and speaks internationally on contemplative practice and inter-spiritual dialog. A certified ? Continue reading ?
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528. Zvi Ish-Shalom

Rabbi Zvi Ish-Shalom, Ph.D., is a professor of wisdom traditions at Naropa University and is the founder of Kedumah, a universal mystical school that teaches a step-by-step approach to spiritual awakening and personal development. Integrating the timeless wisdom of the ? Continue reading ?
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527. John Prendergast, 2nd Interview

John J. Prendergast, Ph.D., is the author of The Deep Heart: Our Portal to Presence and In Touch: How to Tune in to the Inner Guidance of Your Body and Trust Yourself. He is a retired adjunct professor of psychology ? Continue reading ?
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526. Julie Brown Yau

Julie Brown Yau, Ph.D., has a 30-year background in psychological, somatic and spiritual traditions providing her with a unique depth of knowledge and direct experience. Julie?s unified approach for addressing developmental and complex trauma, includes the latest neuroscientific & psychosomatic ? Continue reading ?
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525. Vicki Woodyard

Vicki Woodyard is a spiritual writer living in Atlanta, Georgia. Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, she graduated from The University of Memphis, magna cum laude, with a B.S. in English and Psychology. She is a meditator, a webmaster and ? Continue reading ?
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524. Mark Nepo

Mark has been called ?one of the finest spiritual guides of our time,? ?a consummate storyteller,? and ?an eloquent spiritual teacher.? His work is widely accessible and used by many and his books have been translated into more than twenty ? Continue reading ?
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523. Barbara & Charles Whitfield

Barbara Whitfield was a researcher at the University of Connecticut Medical School with psychiatry professor Bruce Greyson. Together they researched the after-effects of people who have had a Near-Death Experience. She taught at Rutger?s University?s Institute for Alcohol and Drug ? Continue reading ?
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522. Annette Kaiser

Annette Kaiser was born in Zürich, Switzerland in 1948. She is a spiritual teacher, founder and spiritual director of the retreat center Villa Unspunnen in Switzerland. Under her guidance, this place has become a gem of peace and light, that ? Continue reading ?
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521. Henry Shukman

Henry Shukman (Ryu?un-ken) is an Associate Zen Master of the Sanbo Zen lineage, based in Kamakura, Japan. He has trained primarily with Joan Rieck Roshi, Zen teacher John Gaynor, Ruben Habito Roshi, and now continues his training under the guidance ? Continue reading ?
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520. Dr. Miles Neale

Dr. Miles Neale, PsyD, is a Buddhist psychotherapist in private practice and founder of the two-year online Contemplative Studies Program. Author of Gradual Awakening (Sounds True, 2018) and co-editor of Advances in Contemplative Psychotherapy (Routledge, 2017), Miles is a faculty ? Continue reading ?
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519. Cynthia Lane, 2nd Interview

From my earliest memories, God was always at the center of things. After exploring a number of teachers and modalities in the great spiritual garden of late-sixties San Francisco, things really geared up when I learned the Transcendental Meditation (TM) ? Continue reading ?
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518. Cassandra Vieten

Cassandra Vieten is Executive Director of the John W. Brick Foundation, Scholar-in-Residence at the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination at the University of California, San Diego, and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences where she ? Continue reading ?
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517. Noah Elkrief

Noah is an explorer of what is happening in his own experience. This started on the level of mind, and gradually opened to exploring what?s going on in his body, and then from his soul. This journey has led him ? Continue reading ?
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516. Rey Hernandez

Rey Hernandez is Executive Director of the Consciousness and Contact Research Institute (CCRI), a 501c3 academic research institute comprised of 15 Ph.D. academics and medical doctors whose mission is to explore the relationship between Consciousness, our Cosmology, and Contact with ? Continue reading ?
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515. Gillian Ross

Gillian Ross has always found it difficult to put a label on her spiritual perspective. If pressed she would describe herself as a Christian Buddhist yogi and mystic with a penchant for Taoism! Over recent years, however, she has been ? Continue reading ?
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514. Dorothy Walters

Dorothy Walters, Ph.D., spent most of her early professional life as a professor of English literature in various Midwestern universities. She helped to found one of the first women?s studies programs in this country and served as the director of ? Continue reading ?
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513. Shyamji Bhatnagar

Sri Shyamji was born and raised in India. At age 12, he met his spiritual teacher in the Himalayas and spent several years under his guidance. The Guru initiated Shyamji into the Saivite tradition of Tantra?imparting a rare oral tradition ? Continue reading ?
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512. Tom Kurzka

Over his lifetime Tom has dived deeply into inner work while simultaneously living a householder life. Through an ongoing revelation of living in the moment, he integrates the insights of the most sophisticated western-developed psychologies with the ongoing unitive consciousness ? Continue reading ?
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511. Brian Longhurst

Brian Longhurst has been aware of the reality of the spirit realms since childhood. Born in England, he moved to Canada as a young man, where he began what was to become an enduring, personal relationship with Jesus, who manifested ? Continue reading ?
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510. Shaykh Burhanuddin Herrmann

Shaykh Burhanuddin Herrmann is a contemporary mystic of the ancient Sufi tradition, called to the path at a tender age. He went through the classic dervish training, which involved an intense daily practice of meditation and prayers under the direct ? Continue reading ?
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509. Georgi Y. Johnson

Born in Sheffield, England, Georgi has led a life of charm, intoxication, collision and perpetual re-awakening. Having experienced her parent?s divorce and later her father?s death to alcoholism, Georgi was a born seeker for a stable home that was somehow ? Continue reading ?
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508. Beth Miller

My deepest devotion, throughout my life has been to the discovery and embodiment of our truest nature. I studied organized and mystical religions, I traveled to many countries in our world, getting a taste of different cultures and people, I ? Continue reading ?
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507. Hans Wilhelm

Some of the opinions expressed on certain topics in this interview do not reflect BatGap?s point of view.  While this may be true of any of our interviews, we wanted to make a special point of it here since the ? Continue reading ?
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506. Leah Cox

After graduating in French from the University of Exeter and working for several years in conventional jobs in London, Leah found herself deeply unhappy; struggling with feelings of depression, anxiety, disordered eating, an intense feeling of being a ?wrong? human ? Continue reading ?
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505. Justin Gold (J Jaye Gold)

J. Jaye Gold has been assisting people in their search for inner meaning for 35 years. He is currently living in the Sierra foothills of Northern California where he works with several dozen seekers of truth. Over the years he ? Continue reading ?
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504. Kate Gustin

Kate Gustin, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her education from Princeton University and the University of California, Berkeley; and has worked in a variety of settings over the past twenty-five years ? Continue reading ?
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503. Kylea Taylor

Kylea Taylor, M.S., LMFT, found two gaps in ethics education in the early 1990s while simultaneously studying to be a Marriage and Family Therapist and working as a senior trainer at the Grof Transpersonal Training where she assisted Stanislav Grof ? Continue reading ?
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502. Michael Pollan and Chris Bache

Michael Pollan is the author of eight books, including How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, Food Rules: An Eater?s Manual, ? Continue reading ?
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501. Daniel Schmidt

Daniel is the creator of the award-winning film ?Inner Worlds Outer Worlds? as well as the ongoing ?Samadhi? series. He is also the founder of the Awaken The World initiative whose purpose is to bring the ancient teachings of Samadhi ? Continue reading ?
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500. Dani Antman

Dani Antman is an internationally known energy healer and interfaith minister in Santa Barbara, CA. She has been at the forefront of energy medicine and healing since 1992 when she graduated from the Barbara Brennan School of Healing. Dani is ? Continue reading ?
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499. Giovanni Dienstmann

Giovanni Dienstmann is a spiritual practitioner and teacher, and the creator of Live and Dare, one of the top five most visited meditation blogs on the planet. As an author, meditation coach and speaker, Giovanni helps people overcome anxiety and ? Continue reading ?
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498. Nancy Neithercut

In the spring of 2011 I was cleaning a stove and quite suddenly the knob I was holding became the rag became my hand became the space became the stove as all lines between things between moments and between myself ? Continue reading ?
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497. Peter Panagore

Rev. Peter Panagore, M.Div (Yale) has had two near-death experiences, the first while ice climbing in 1980 and the second in 2015 due to a heart attack. He recounts these in his book Heaven Is Beautiful: How Dying Taught Me ? Continue reading ?
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496. Lincoln Gergar, 2nd Interview

Why are you here? What is this experience you are having? How often do you ask yourself the questions that matter most? We all have within ourselves an Inner Power that guides us towards Total Realization. During our awakening, our ? Continue reading ?
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495. Anna Breytenbach

Anna Breytenbach is a South African-based professional animal communicator who has received advanced training through the Assisi International Animal Institute in California, USA. She?s been practicing for 18 years in South Africa, Europe and the USA with both domestic and ? Continue reading ?
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494. Damien Echols

Damien Echols is an artist and New York Times bestselling author of ?Life After Death?. In 2018, he published his first book on ceremonial magick: ?High Magick: A Guide to the Spiritual Practices That Saved My Life on Death Row?. ? Continue reading ?
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493. Rev. Bill McDonald

ON A MISSION: TEACHING THE POWER OF LOVE & FORGIVENESS Rev. Bill?s life has been a spiritual journey, spanning slightly over 7 decades. His whole life has been a mystical trip in search of gurus, the paranormal, and self-discovery. He ? Continue reading ?
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