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Buddha at the Gas Pump

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592. Richard Rohr

Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province. He is the founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation and academic dean of the CAC?s Living School. An internationally recognized author and spiritual leader, Fr. Richard teaches primarily on incarnational mysticism, non-dual consciousness, and contemplation, with a particular emphasis on how these affect the social justice issues of our time. Podcast: Another Name for Every Thing A few of Fr. Rohr's 30+ books: The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For, and Believe Every Thing Is Sacred: 40 Practices and Reflections on the Universal Christ The Wisdom Pattern: Order, Disorder, Reorder Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer Main points discussed in this conversation: The universal Christ and the personal Jesus. Our environmental destruction reveals our failure to realize God?s omnipresence. Tribal vs. universal religion. Christians are known for protecting life before birth, but not after. Process Theology: Consciousness is evolving in its capacity to be received and embodied. We only have metaphors to describe God ? e.g. God is light. There was never one notion of God in the old testament or new testament. Jesus is often depicted as a punisher rather than the compassionate man that he was. Order, Disorder, and Reorder ? all three are necessary for the universe to exist. Embracing polarities and paradox. God as the Great Allower ? free will. Aligning with God?s will. The Universal Christ ? the synthesis of Richard?s 50+ ministry. Transactional vs. transformational religion. The meaning of Jesus dying for our sins. Jesus did not come to change the mind of God about humanity but to change the mind of humanity about God. The importance of restorative vs. retributive justice. The Apostles? creed. Infinite love can never give up on anything it created. Fundamentally, we?re all connected, so we all share each other?s sins and virtues to some degree. The fall had to happen for us to freely choose the good. Nonduality is more explicit in eastern religions but is also in Christianity. Universities teach us knowledge but not wisdom. Great love and great suffering are the universal paths of transformation. If you avoid them, you will never be wise. We need to love something more than ourselves. We start with a stone, a plant, an animal, and work our way up to God. Suffering accompanies love, but without love, there are things you will never know. The meaning of the crucifixion, in terms of solidarity. Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Interview recorded March 27, 2021 Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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591. Rabbi Rami Shapiro

A Jewish practitioner of Perennial Wisdom, Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award?winning author of over thirty-six books on religion and spirituality. He received rabbinical ordination from the Hebrew Union College?Jewish Institute of Religion and holds a PH.D. in religion from Union Graduate School. A rabbinic chaplain with the USAF for 3 years, a congregational rabbi for 20, and a professor of religious studies for 10, Rabbi Rami currently co-directs the One River Foundation, is a Contributing Editor at Spirituality and Health magazine, and hosts the magazine?s bi-weekly podcast, Essential Conversations with Rabbi Rami. Website: Books: Recovery?The Sacred Art: The Twelve Steps as Spiritual Practice (The Art of Spiritual Living) Holy Rascals: Advice for Spiritual Revolutionaries Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent: Sacred Teachings?Annotated & Explained (SkyLight Illuminations) The World Wisdom Bible: A New Testament for a Global Spirituality Surrendered?The Sacred Art: Shattering the Illusion of Control and Falling into Grace with Twelve-Step Spirituality (The Art of Spiritual Living) Some points discussed in this interview: Rabbi Rami?s spiritual journey through superficial Judaism through various traditions to a deep mystical Judaism. Humanity?s transition from matriarchy to patriarchy is the root cause of most of our problems. A collapse of norms is coming. Will it be mindful or mindless? Widespread spiritual practice will help the best outcome to manifest. Escape to another planet, to the transcendent, to heaven is not the answer. We need a balance between transcendence and immanence. The 10 ox herding pictures. Social justice work without a spiritual practice can be draining and ego-driven. Fundamentalist misinterpretations of Scripture. Perennial wisdom is a 4-fold teaching at the heart of all religions. As consciousness expands, personal shadows are illuminated and must be dealt with. Non-dual Judaism is a very rich religion. Tribal Judaism is ?craziness?. Religions take advantage of people?s fear of death. Emo Phillips - Golden Gate Bridge skit Different perspectives on reincarnation. Out-of-body experiences suggest the existence of a subtle body. Metaphor: the brain as a radio receiver. Body, heart, mind, soul, spirit ? We need to develop practices on each of those dimensions. Rami?s mystical experiences, including instruction from the Divine Mother. From a relative perspective, there are separate beings, but ultimately, it?s all God. Discussion on food addiction. Holy Rascals introduce mystical elements not necessarily welcomed by mainstream religion. Administrators are always threatened by the mystics. Perhaps in the coming years experiential, mystical religions rather than dead ones will predominate. The dead ones are rapidly losing membership. Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Interview recorded March 14, 2021 Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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590. Theresa Cheung

Theresa Cheung was born into a family of spiritualists. She has a Masters degree from Kings College, Cambridge, and has written numerous bestselling dream, angel, afterlife, ritual, and spiritual titles and Encyclopedias, including two Sunday Times top 10 bestsellers. She has been a guest on Russell Brand's Under the Skin and Coast to Coast AM and featured in numerous newspapers and media. Main points discussed: Theresa?s bio and background Movies can be a powerful means of popularizing spiritual knowledge. Supernatural experiences are part of the human experiences. We should not idolize those who have them but investigate the possibility of having them ourselves. Dreams inspire interest in spirituality. The pandemic ?lockdown dream phenomenon?. ?Dreams are your intuition, your internal therapist? The inner guide is switched off in the modern busy world, but the pandemic switched it back on. Night visions and how they may be much more than dreams. Lucid dreaming Confronting difficulties in dreams can prepare one to deal with difficult situations in waking life. Theresa?s investigation of mediumship. Discussion of cults and the importance of spiritual integrity. The importance of humility on the spiritual path. We?re all ordinary people who have extraordinary experiences from time to time. Everyone?s path is unique. It can be tempting to follow a teacher and intoxicating to amass followers. An extensive discussion of angels. The importance of kindness and caring for others. The importance of a scientific approach to spirituality. The importance of open-mindedness and not knowing all the answers. When someone dies, there is a relationship in spirit not limited by space and time. Heaven on earth. The life we live here determines the quality of the afterlife. The importance of forgiveness. Theresa mentions that ?forgiveness? is somewhat neglected in contemporary spirituality. Relationships with animals. The importance of curiosity. A few of Theresa's books: The Truth about Angels: Decoding the secret world and language of the afterlife The Dream Dictionary from A to Z Dream Decoder: 60 Cards to Unlock your Unconscious (Interpret Archetypal Symbols from your Dreams) 21 Rituals to Change Your Life: Daily Practices to Bring Greater Inner Peace and Happiness The Premonition Code: The Science of Precognition, How Sensing the Future Can Change Your Life The Afterlife is Real Website: Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Interview recorded March 6, 2021. Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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589. Raymond Schumann

Raymond Schumann is a fifth-generation carpenter with a high school education. A Roman Catholic upbringing left him sexually repressed. Adolescence left him a Soldier of Christ gone AWOL. In his twenties, he learned about dissociative disorder. The theory explained much. Help was not thick on the ground and ripe in the pod. Not in those days. A shrink who claimed to treat multiple personalities endangered his career. Schumann was on his own. He named the self who thwarted his desires Holdfast. Schumann knew spiritual consciousness was essential to healing. That only made things worse. He?d watched guru after roshi disgrace themselves. There was nothing to trust there. The more he sought healing, the worse Holdfast trashed him. Eventually, Schumann was desperate enough to say, ?This has to get better. I don?t care what it costs. This has to get better.? At that instant, he suffered a Kundalini awakening. Never trust a Goddess. She opened the door to a year of hell. A year leading to ego death. A year leading to nondual awareness. Things only got worse from there. If you would like to contact Raymond, here's his email address. Interview recorded February 28, 2021 Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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588. Bruce Greyson

Bruce Greyson, M.D., is the Chester F. Carlson Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences and Director Emeritus of the Division of Perceptual Studies at the University of Virginia. He was one of the founders of the International Association for Near-Death Studies, and for 27 years edited the Journal of Near-Death Studies. Dr. Greyson majored in psychology at Cornell University, received his medical degree from the SUNY Upstate Medical College, and completed his psychiatric residency at the University of Virginia. He practiced and taught psychiatry at the University of Michigan and the University of Connecticut, where he was Clinical Chief of Psychiatry, before returning to the University of Virginia 25 years ago. Dr. Greyson?s research for the past four decades has focused on the aftereffects and implications of near-death experiences. He is co-editor of The Near-Death Experience: Problems, Prospects, Perspectives, co-author of Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century, and author of After: A Doctor Explores What Near-Death Experiences Reveal about Life and Beyond. Website: Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Interview recorded February 26, 2021 Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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587. Sebene Selassie

Sebene Selassie is a teacher, author, and speaker who explores the themes of belonging and identity through meditation, creativity, and spirituality. Born in Ethiopia and raised in Washington DC, she began studying Buddhism 30 years ago as an undergraduate at McGill University where she majored in Comparative Religious Studies. She has an MA from the New School where she focused on race and cultural studies. For over 20 years, she worked with children, youth, and families nationally and internationally for small and large not-for-profits. Now she teaches classes, workshops, and retreats regularly and is one of the most popular teachers on the Ten Percent Happier app. Sebene is a three-time cancer survivor of Stage III and IV breast cancer. Her first book "You Belong: A Call for Connection" is published by HarperOne. Main points discussed: The importance of belonging and cultural/genetic heritage. The positive, relatable tone of Sebene?s book, You Belong. Trusting the sacredness of life vs. clashing with reality. Surrendering to the mystery that?s beyond our logical comprehension. We are not separate, and we are not the same. Living the paradox of unity and diversity. The importance of integrating absolute and relative. There?s a delusion of separation at the heart of all political and social divisions. ?Unlearning? that delusion is where the spiritual path starts. Those who enjoyed embodied presence since childhood may be less effective in teaching others than those who needed to achieve it. Marginalized people often have a broader and more holistic perspective on the world. Healing ?epistemicide? ? colonialism?s destruction of ancient knowledge. Modern mindfulness practice sometimes dismisses the deeper dimensions of its ancient roots. Everything is sacred. Technology is not the enemy. Benefiting from the best of ancient and modern knowledge. The pandemic may be the first time in history where we are all experiencing the same situation globally. The importance of discernment on the spiritual path, particularly in this time of conspiracy theories, polarization, and pandemic. The importance of community and dangers of isolation. Increased interest in meditation and spirituality during the pandemic. The authenticity, clarity, love, and spirituality of the younger generation. A discussion of Catherine Ingram?s Facing Extinction article. The leverage of technologies of consciousness, including ritual and ceremony. Maslow?s hierarchy of needs. Remaining curious and open. Ground yourself, know yourself, connect to the moment. Seeing parts of ourselves we don?t like. Meeting whatever comes up with kindness and compassion. Any motivation for starting on the spiritual path is a ?good? one. Other reasons will follow. Contemplating the beauty and mystery of nature. ?Love yourself? could be the motto for the whole book. Detailed discussion mindfulness and its historical origins. Sebene?s ?Elements Practice?: earth, water, fire, air. The importance of intimacy and imagination. Helping heal kids with emotional trauma. Trauma-sensitive mindfulness. Taking care of one?s self so as to care for others more effectively An invitation for white people to learn more about other cultures and identities. For mature spiritual development, we need to illumine our blind spots. Website: Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Interview recorded February 14, 2021 Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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586. Cynthia Bourgeault, 2nd Interview

Cynthia Bourgeault is a modern-day mystic, Episcopal priest, and theologian. For thirty years she worked closely with Fr. Thomas Keating as a student, editor, and colleague and has taught and written extensively on Centering Prayer. She is a core faculty member at the Center for Action and Contemplation and founding director of an international network of Wisdom Schools. In addition to her work on Centering Prayer, she is the author of numerous other books on the Christian Mystical and Wisdom tradition, including The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind--A New Perspective on Christ and His Message, The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity, and her most recent, Eye of the Heart: A Spiritual Journey into the Imaginal Realm. Websites: Other Books: The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three: Discovering the Radical Truth at the Heart of Christianity Love is Stronger than Death: The Mystical Union of Two Souls Main points discussed in this interview: The Imaginal Realm is an objective reality belonging to the spectrums of consciousness within the Great Chain of Being which transcend, surround, and penetrate the denser realities. ?Imaginal? does not mean ?imaginary?. Heaven and Hell represent opposites on the spectrum of consciousness which runs from freedom and connectedness on one end to constriction and alienation on the other. Both are experienced here, too. Our important task is to become cosmic servants integrated into earthly reality. Our work done in this realm feeds and informs the subtler realms which then process it and pour it back into our realm so that all realms evolve as a single reality. The Kingdom of Heaven can be interpreted as seeing ourselves as wormholes that act as portals into the wholeness of the cosmic matrix. Encountering the Kingdom of God opens us up to the holistic nature of reality that informs and invites us to walk within the congruity of our individual will and the will of the Wholeness that seeks to become manifest. Developing discernment requires equanimity and open-heartedness grounded in humility so that the ego doesn?t take the lead by creating roles that toxify and stagnate the path towards love and understanding. Remaining teachable while being willing to risk self-exploration is essential to balanced development. Creation is God?s way of communicating Love that gives, receives, sees, and is seen. This relational field has as its telos the eternal generation of diversity held together and protected by Love. The great work is to fully show up in the laboratory of our lives and awaken into higher stages of consciousness. We courageously and graciously accept the presence of ?tough grace? which comes to us packaged as apparent obstacles and even suffering. From the depth of humility and spiritual maturity, we learn how to appreciate pinnacle spiritual states without getting attached to them. Our emotional transactions have an energetic signature. We can learn how to ?sniff the odor? of the energy in events, places, the dynamic between people, and even in concepts and ideas. This ?sniffing? is an encounter with the Imaginal Realms. We are in the birth canal of the collective emergence into the integral but the labor is difficult due to divisions between the ?structures of consciousness.? We need to honor and re-engage with the magical and the mythical, ritual, the spirit of repentance, a lifestyle of moderation, and heart-centered living in order to create the spaciousness needed for global metanoia. Jesus came to ?line the anguish [of our human experience] with love.? The entire cosmos, from the dense to the subtle, is set up to experience burning restlessness?which becomes the driveshaft propelling the ...
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585. Doug Scott

Doug Scott, LCSW, works as a mental health counselor in his private practice in Dallas, Texas.  After graduating from college in 1997, he served as an international volunteer for two years in Bluefields, Nicaragua. This intense experience changed his life and he returned to the US to pursue graduate studies in clinical social work and pastoral ministry at Boston College. The nexus of spirituality and psychology have always intrigued Doug since childhood and he brings this sensibility to his counseling practice. Doug grew up Catholic and was always drawn to the mystical lineage within this belief system.  He had experiences with Jesus, Mary, and angels at an early age. He was also secretly attracted to all things paranormal and would spend many hours reading topics such as reincarnation, ufology, OBE?s, NDE?s, ghosts, ESP, pyramids, and other areas. One evening in 2013, he felt a presence that invited him to listen to a Buddhist chant, which came as a surprise since, at that time, he had not explored other faith systems. He was guided to listen to Om Mani Padme Hum and as the chant unfolded, Doug saw a golden dew overshadow him and activate him in a way that was new.  This marked the next chapter in Doug?s life. A few months later, Doug was led to the Law of One material and immediately saw that it provided the clearest, most undistorted, exploration of the Perennial Philosophy that he?d ever come across. It also cast a wide net to include all of the paranormal things that intrigued him and made it possible for him to put all of the different threads in his life together in one seamless garment. Since 2015, Doug has written a blog ( that explores the synthesis of the Law of One material with mystical Christianity and psychology.  He sees his vocation in this lifetime as a bridge-builder between conventional concepts and cosmic metaphysics to help people who seek clarity, normalization, and validation for their own journeys. Main points discussed: Tapping into the imaginal realms, the subtle realms, through the ?heart-eyes.? The chakras of the Logos, God, are densities. Densities are different bandwidths of consciousness. Nature of the Infinite Creator as sentient Love, or Logos. Diversification within the Holographic Universe allows the Infinite Creator to experience Itself, infinitely. Christianity?s need to move into the mystical and nondual Consciousness is measured through degrees of knowing we are one with all, with God, and are God experiencing creation. Brief descriptions of God?s chakras (?densities?). Pantheism AND Panentheism are both true. Third density?s veil-of-forgetting leads to development of faith, notions such as ?Original Sin,? and more intense experiences for third-density humans. The novel idea of ?finity? against the backdrop of infinity is a way for the Infinite Creator to experience Itself. Many people have incarnated to be midwives to help birth Earth?s 4th. Shift into 4th density is a gradual process that includes an ever-increasing number of 3rd/4th densities double-bodied people. Some of Doug?s background: 1) dual master's program at Boston College in clinical social work and pastoral ministry, 2) childhood UFO encounter, 3) alcohol recovery leads to greater self-insight, 4) mystical experience in 2013 of Om Mani Padme Hum and the golden dew, 5) Law of One material ( and Daskalos material ( Brief description of Wanderers: humble servants from 4th, 5th, or 6th density who incarnate in 3rd density to aid. Jesus as a Wanderer had a unique mission known as the Jesus Event. The greatest service as an awakening being is to embrace the full plenum of God disguised as our life and ordinary things. Nothing ?up there? that is not fully present ?down here.? Triune nature of the Infinite Creator: Transcendent to all things, Incarnated as all things,
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584. Helané Wahbeh

Helané Wahbeh is the Director of Research at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Wahbeh is clinically trained as a naturopathic physician and research trained with a Master of Clinical Research and two post-doctoral research fellowships. She has published on and spoken internationally about her studies on complementary and alternative medicine, mind-body medicine, stress, and posttraumatic stress disorder and their relationships to physiology, health, and healing. Her current research interests include healing stress and trauma, examining mechanisms of mind-body medicine, and rigorously studying extended human capacities. Dr. Wahbeh?s extensive meditation training includes the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Training by Jon Kabat-Zinn, a four-year Meditation Teacher Training with CoreLight, and a 19-year regular meditation practice. Books: Free To Be Me: A Journey of Transformation through Generational Healing Whole Body Radiance: The Secret to Successful Weight Loss Website Topics discussed: A broad definition of channeling. Do psychic and similar abilities run in families? Nature vs. nurture. Does the utilization of ?junk? or non-coding DNA result in the unfoldment of abilities such as channeling? Helping people find their Noetic Signature. Everybody has the capacity to channel and many have done so without knowing it. We are undergoing a paradigm shift. Abundant evidence challenges the materialist worldview and is shifting the predominant paradigm to an understanding that consciousness extends beyond the brain. This is important because it better explains our reality. The implication of non-local consciousness is that we are all connected and part of a greater whole. This understanding radically changes our behavior and our influence on the world. The influence of major events on collective consciousness as detected by random number generators (RNG?s). The ancient history of channeling. The respect traditional cultures had for channelers (shamans, medicine men, etc.) Degrees of authenticity among channelers and degrees of positivity and usefulness among the entities they channel. Looking to external sources for wisdom vs. looking within. The importance of discernment. Whether subjective, spiritual experiences can be studied as scientifically as the physical phenomena hard sciences study. The currently existing tools of material science are unable to evaluate subtle realities. IONS is developing new ways to measure these realities using the scientific method. Plans to study the legitimacy of out of body experiences and perception of subtle beings. Whether great artistic and scientific achievements are sometimes channeled. People knowing or doing things far beyond what their education and training should have made possible. The capabilities of autistic savants. Higher intelligences interfacing with humanity to transmit wisdom. Could major shifts in collective consciousness (Nazism, QAnon) be mass channelings of powerful negative entities? The question of evil. Can Artificial Intelligence become conscious? Could anxiety or mental health issues result from involuntary ?channeling? of negative influences? Conspiracy theories. Striking a balance between closed-mindedness and willingness to consider unconventional possibilities. Those committed to mainstream thinking, such as in medicine, often refuse to consider alternative ideas, such as naturopathic medicine. We need to eschew black and white, dogmatic thinking and be more open-minded, curious, and inquisitive. Being able to face uncertainty and discomfort without taking refuge in false certainty. Does greater spiritual maturity enable one to channel more evolved intelligences? Helané?s personal channeling experiences.
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583. Damo Mitchell

Damo Mitchell has studied the martial, medical, and spiritual arts of Asia since the age of four. His studies have taken him across the planet in search of authentic masters. He is the technical director of the Lotus Nei Gong School of Daoist Arts and teaches Nei Gong in various locations around the world. He specializes in uncovering and studying with rare alchemical and spiritual lineages linked to the tradition of Daoism. Books: A Comprehensive Guide to Daoist Nei Gong Four Dragons (Daoist Nei Gong) The Yellow Monkey Emperor?s Classic of Chinese Medicine Daoist Nei Gong: The Philosophical Art of Change Heavenly Streams: Meridian Theory in Nei Gong (Daoist Nei Gong) White Moon on the Mountain Peak (Daoist Nei Gong) Daoist Reflections from Scholar Sage (Daoist Nei Gong) Daoist Nei Gong for Women: The Art of the Lotus and the Moon Websites: Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Interview recorded January 16, 2021 Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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582. Daniel P. Brown

Dr. Daniel Brown has been a clinical and forensic psychologist for almost 50 years. He has been at Harvard Medical School for almost 40 years. He has been a student of, translator for, and meditation master in the Indo-Tibetan and Bon meditation tradition for almost 50 years. He has the only Western neuroscience study identifying the brain changes in the shift from ordinary mind to awakened mind. Books: Pointing Out the Great Way: The Stages of Meditation in the Mahamudra Tradition Transformations of Consciousness: Conventional and Contemplative Perspectives On Development (New Science Library) Self-Arising Three-fold Embodiment of Enlightenment: [of Bon Great Completion Meditation] Websites: Main points discussed in this interview: Whether enlightenment is correlated with ethical behavior. Enlightenment is a holistic development, where all lines of development have flourished. An explanation of the four clouds of the Heart Sutra. Establishing neurophysiological correlates of enlightenment. What does it mean to see the world as sacred? Development of multiple bodies serving different functions simultaneously (as a result of enlightenment). Has the Dalai Lama done this? A baseball player who trained by having tennis balls fired in a batting cage at 200mph. A discussion of the relative speeds of thinking, attention, and awareness. Is there a personal self or entity which reincarnates? An enlightened person can choose an incarnation rather than being mandated to a particular life by existing ?memory traces?. Detailed discussion on the rainbow body and relics found in the cremation ashes of enlightened beings who have mastered rainbow bodies. The potential pitfalls of silent retreats. Not mistaking preliminary stages for more advanced stages. The only true test of realization is conduct, how you live your life, and how you treat other people. Witnessing The difference between ordinary and awakened awareness. Integrating awakened awareness into all other activity. Stages in the development of concentration. The process of releasing memory traces. What practices are good for a beginner? Eligibility requirements for different stages of instruction. Discussion of the Padmasambhava quote, ?Although my awareness is as vast as the sky, my attention to karma is as fine as a grain of barley flour.? The importance of continuing vigilance after enlightenment. Do enlightened people all experience a universal, ultimate reality in the same way, or do different spiritual paths and personal tendencies result in enlightenment being different for different people? Can you do anything to get to non-doing? Conspiracies and cult mentality. The importance of cultivating discernment on the spiritual path. The importance of enlightened leaders. Can they be effective without an enlightened populace? Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Interview recorded January 10, 2021 Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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581. David Lorimer

David Lorimer, MA, PGCE, FRSA is a writer, lecturer, poet, and editor who is a Founder of Character Education Scotland, Programme Director of the Scientific and Medical Network, and former President of Wrekin Trust and the Swedenborg Society. He has also been editor of Paradigm Explorer since 1986 and completed his 100th issue in 2019. He was the instigator of the Beyond the Brain conference series and has co-ordinated the Mystics and Scientists conferences every year since the late 1980s. Originally a merchant banker then a teacher of philosophy and modern languages at Winchester College, he is the author and editor of over a dozen books including Radical Prince: The Practical Vision of the Prince of Wales. His new book of essays, A Quest for Wisdom comes out in March 2021. David is the originator of the Inspiring Purpose Values Poster Programmes, which has reached over 350,000 young people all over the world. David is also Chair of the Galileo Commission which seeks to widen the science of consciousness beyond a materialistic world view. Books: Resonant Mind: Life Review in the Near-Death Experience Radical Prince: The Practical Vision of the Prince of Wales Quest for Wisdom: Inspiring Purpose on the Path of Life Prophet for Our Times: The Life & Teachings of Peter Deunov In this conversation, we discuss whether consciousness fundamental or an epiphenomenon of brain functioning. If it is fundamental (our view), how can this become the accepted paradigm? If it did so, how would this change the world? Topics covered include: Does the brain produce consciousness or do the brain and everything else emerge from consciousness? What does the research say? How do NDEs help answer this question? If consciousness is a fundamental field, is it intelligent ? a ?transcendental universal mind?? How did the scientific assumption that consciousness arises from matter become predominant? How did the Church retard scientific progress? The Galileo Commission ? so named because just as Galileo?s critics refused to look through his telescope, modern scientists refuse to look at evidence suggesting that consciousness is fundamental. Scientists are often unaware of the broader assumptions underpinning their work. Historical tension between religious mystics and administrators. If the primacy of consciousness were widely understood and experienced, we would realize our essential oneness. This would transform politics and all other fields of human endeavor. Lacking this knowledge and experience, people, corporations, and politics tend to be ?excessively individualistic? - placing self-interest before the good of the whole. This includes short-sightedness, denying or ignoring slow-moving catastrophes such as climate change. Quantum physics undermined materialism a century ago, but other sciences such as biology have maintained it. Mind and matter emerge from a deeper reality ? a coherent field that can be accessed through mystical experience. Discussion on the importance of experiential understanding of consciousness in education and opposition from religious fundamentalists. In most cases, paradigm shifts start with a creative minority (5%) and gradually grow to become the norm. Humanity is now too clever to survive without wisdom. Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Interview recorded December 19, 2020 Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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580. Sue Morter

International speaker, Master of Bio-Energetic Theory, and Quantum Field visionary, Dr. Sue Morter utilizes the embodiment of high-frequency energy patterns to activate full human potential. Through her seminars, retreats, and presentations, she illuminates the relationship of quantum science and energy medicine ? elevating human consciousness into life mastery. Dr. Sue is the USA Today bestselling, #1 bestselling LA Times and #1 Amazon bestselling author of The Energy Codes: The 7-Step System to Awaken Your Spirit, Heal Your Body, and Live Your Best Life. Through THE ENERGY CODES, Dr. Sue provides techniques to activate untapped energy and neurocircuitry in the body, empower hidden potential, and become one?s true, essential self. She is the founder and creator of the globally-taught coursework, The Energy Codes®, a multi-level body of work on Personal and Spiritual Development. Dr. Sue also created the BodyAwake® RYT 200 Certified Yoga Program and is co-creator of the Bio-Energetic Synchronization Technique (B.E.S.T.). She has served on professional licensing boards, providing guidance to health care practitioners on integrative approaches to healthcare leadership. Dr. Sue is also adjunct faculty at two medical schools at Michigan State University, an AAU school classified as one of the top 100 universities in the world. Dr. Sue is the host of Gaia TV?s Healing Matrix, and co-host of Your Year of Miracles lifestyle training. Dr. Sue is E-RYT 200 and E-RYT 500 certified in Yoga Instruction and was recently recognized for her outstanding achievements as an honored member of the Transformational Leadership Council. In addition to founding Morter HealthCenter in 1987, she is the founder and visionary of the Morter Institute for Bio-Energetics, an organization committed to teaching individuals self-healing techniques with an inner wisdom-based approach to life based on Quantum Science and higher consciousness. With three distinct schools representing the unification of mind, body, and spirit: the School of Energy Medicine, School of BodyAwake® Yoga, and School for Higher Consciousness and Personal Development ? Dr. Sue provides tools and avenues to empower the global community to discover and embody a joyful, inspired life, lived from the true, Soulful Self. Website: Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Interview recorded December 12, 2020 Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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579. Conspirituality, with Derek Beres, Matthew Remski, and Julian Walker

A conversation with the hosts of the Conspirituality Podcast website. As they describe it, their podcast is... A weekly study of converging right-wing conspiracy theories and faux-progressive wellness utopianism. At best, the conspirituality movement attacks public health efforts in times of crisis. At worst, it fronts and recruits for the fever-dream of QAnon. As the alt-right and New Age horseshoe toward each other in a blur of disinformation, clear discourse and good intentions get smothered. Charismatic influencers exploit their followers by co-opting conspiracy theories on a spectrum of intensity ranging from vaccines to child trafficking. In the process, spiritual beliefs that have nurtured creativity and meaning are transforming into memes of a quickly-globalizing paranoia. Conspirituality Podcast attempts to bring understanding to this landscape. A journalist, a cult researcher, and a philosophical skeptic discuss the stories, cognitive dissonances, and cultic dynamics tearing through the yoga, wellness, and new spirituality worlds. Mainstream outlets have noticed the problem. We crowd-source, research, analyze, and dream answers to it. The term ?conspirituality? first appeared in 2009 as the name of a Vancouver rap group that unironically dropped conspiracy keywords into beats calling for political awakening. In 2011, Charlotte Ward and David Voas used the term academically to analyze the growing overlap between the paranoid conspiracism of right-wingers and the New Age?s yearning for spiritual transformation. Derek Beres is a multi-faceted author, media expert, and movement instructor based in Los Angeles. He is the Head of Content Marketing and Community at Centered, as well as a columnist for Big Think and Psychedelic Spotlight. One-half of EarthRise SoundSystem, he also served as music supervisor for the breakthrough documentary, DMT: The Spirit Molecule. He is a co-host of the Conspirituality podcast. His new book, Hero's Dose: The Case for Psychedelics in Ritual and Therapy, is out now. Matthew Remski is a cult survivor and researcher. His 2019 book, Practice And All Is Coming: Abuse, Cult Dynamics, And Healing In Yoga And Beyond, is the first systematic analysis of pervasive cultism in the modern yoga world. He researches and writes on abuse in spiritual movements here, as well as for publications like GEN by Medium and The Walrus. His current research is pivoting to look at cultic dynamics in conspirituality and eco-justice movements. He lives in Toronto with his partner and their two sons. Julian Walker grew up in Zimbabwe and South Africa and has lived in LA since 1990. He is fascinated with the intersections of yoga/meditation, psychology, science, and culture. He has written extensively on cults and gurus, spiritual bypass and quantum woo in New Age circles, trauma and the body, and neuroscience and somatic psychology informing the practice and teaching of yoga. His writing can be found on Elephant Journal, Medium,  Freedom Becomes You, and in the 2011 book, 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics, and Practice. He teaches yoga and runs teacher-training programs in and around LA. Julian is also a bodyworker and the ecstatic dance DJ/facilitator for his Dance Tribe events. Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Interview recorded December 5, 2020. Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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578. Ingrid Honkala

Ingrid Honkala, Ph.D., was born in Bogota, Colombia, where she grew up with her parents and three sisters. From the moment she drowned in a tank of cold water at the age of nearly three, Ingrid was aware of other dimensions of life than those most of us normally experience. She was also gifted with the wise input of ?Beings of Light? who gave her invaluable insights and assistance as she faced the challenges of growing up, falling in love, and finding her professional destiny as a research scientist and oceanographer. Despite many hardships, she accomplished her dreams, becoming not just a successful marine scientist, world traveler, and mom, but also a mentor and a giver of light. Through her compelling life adventure that journeys from her native Colombia to Europe and her eventual home in the United States ? and from a deadly war zone to underwater explorations and a NASA research center ? Ingrid reveals how any human experience can be illumined from within. If we are willing to pay attention to subtle signals, take our intuition seriously, and forgive our most challenging difficulties, anyone can experience a brightly guided life. Throughout her life, Ingrid has been guided to meet and help many people on their journey to become aware of a deeper reality and reconnect with their inner wisdom. In her autobiography, A Brightly Guided Life: How a Scientist Learned to Hear her Inner Wisdom, Ingrid reveals how after having her Near Death Experience, the first glimpses of heaven were revealed to her and the doors that allow her to communicate with Beings of Light were opened. Since then a myriad of experiences that many could call mystical and perhaps impossible have crossed her path. However, the Beings of Light have made it clear to her that she is not here to convince anyone about anything but to be a giver of Light. To accomplish this purpose, she has been guided through an amazing journey of unimaginable challenges, awakenings, and miracles where along the way she became the vehicle to help others to rise up from some of the deepest states of hopelessness and bring them back to life. For all this she is eternally grateful and committed to continue awakening, growing, and serving the Light. Website: Books and video: A Brightly Guided Life: How A Scientist Learned to Hear Her Inner Wisdom Una Vida Guiada En La Luz: Cómo Una Científica Aprendió a Escuchar Su Sabiduría Interior (Spanish Edition) Life to Afterlife: Death and Back Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Interview recorded November 29, 2020. Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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577. Rick Hanson, 2nd Interview

This interview was recorded on October 9, 2020, as part of an online conference on "Living and Dying" offered by the Science and Nonduality Conference. The conference has finished, but you may sign up to access all of its content. Rick Hanson, Ph.D. is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of UC Berkeley?s Greater Good Science Center, and New York Times best-selling author. His free weekly newsletter has 180,000 subscribers and his online programs have scholarships available for those with financial needs. His books have been published in 29 languages with 900,000 copies in English alone and include: Neurodharma: New Science, Ancient Wisdom, and Seven Practices of the Highest Happiness Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time Mother Nurture: A Mother's Guide to Health in Body, Mind, and Intimate Relationships He?s lectured at NASA, Google, Oxford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. An expert on positive neuroplasticity, his work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, NPR, and other major media. He began meditating in 1974 and is the founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom. He loves wilderness and taking a break from emails. Website: Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. First BatGap interview with Rick Hanson. Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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576. Dean Radin, 2nd Interview

Dean Radin, PhD, is Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) and Associated Distinguished Professor of Integral and Transpersonal Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). He occasionally gives lectures in the Department of Psychology at Sonoma State University and has served on doctoral dissertation committees at Saybrook University and CIIS. His original career track as a concert violinist shifted into science after earning a BSEE degree in electrical engineering, magna cum laude with honors in physics, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and then an MS in electrical engineering and a PhD in psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. For a decade he worked on advanced telecommunications R&D at AT&T Bell Laboratories and GTE Laboratories. For three decades he has been engaged in frontiers research on the nature of consciousness. Before joining the research staff at IONS in 2001, he held appointments at Princeton University, University of Edinburgh, University of Nevada, Interval Research Corporation, and SRI International. He is author or coauthor of hundreds of scientific, technical, and popular articles, three dozen book chapters, and three popular books including the award-winning and bestselling The Conscious Universe: The Scientific Truth of Psychic Phenomena (HarperOne, 1997), Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality (Simon & Schuster, 2006), a 2014 Silver Nautilus Book Award, Supernormal: Science, Yoga, and the Evidence for Extraordinary Psychic Abilities (Random House, 2013), and Real Magic: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science, and a Guide to the Secret Power of the Universe (Penguin Random House). These books have been translated into 14 foreign languages, so far. His technical articles have appeared in journals including Foundations of Physics and Physics Essays to Psychological Bulletin and Journal of Consciousness Studies; he was featured in a New York Times Magazine article; and he has appeared on dozens of television shows ranging from the BBC?s Horizon to PBS's Closer to Truth. He has given over 400 interviews and talks, including presentations at Harvard, Stanford, Cambridge, Princeton, Virginia Tech, the Sorbonne, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Minnesota, for industries including Google, Johnson & Johnson, Rabobank, and for various government organizations including the US Navy, DARPA, and the National Academy of Sciences. In 2010, he spent a month lecturing in India as the National Visiting Professor of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research, a program sponsored by India's Ministry of Human Resource Development. In 2013 and 2014, he gave invited lectures in Kuala Lumpur at the International Center for Leadership and Governance, an organization supported by the Central Bank of Malaysia. In 2015 he spoke at the Australian Leadership Retreat, a confidential program of briefings and discussions for Australian government, business, education, and military leaders. Website: Discussion of this interview in the Batgap Community Facebook Group. Transcript of this interview. Interview recorded November 15, 2020. First BatGap interview with Dean Radin. Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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575. Swami Sarvapriyananda – Ethical Foundations of Nondual Spirituality

Swami Sarvapriyananda has been Minister and Spiritual Leader of the Vedanta Society of New York since January 2017. He was a Nagral Fellow at Harvard Divinity School during the 2019-20 academic year. Prior to this, he served as assistant minister of the Vedanta Society of Southern California for 13 months. Swami joined the Ramakrishna Math and Mission in 1994 and received Sannyas in 2004. Before coming to serve in the US, he served as an acharya (teacher) of the monastic probationers? training center at Belur Math in West Bengal, India (the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission founded by Swami Vivekananda, the chief disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa). He has served the Ramakrishna Math and Mission in various capacities including being the Vice Principal of the Deoghar Vidyapith Higher Secondary School, Principal of the Shikshana Mandira Teacher Education College at Belur Math, and the first Registrar of the Vivekananda University at Belur Math. This conversation hosted by the Association for Spiritual Integrity explores the profound interconnections between ethics and Advaita Vedanta. An ethical life is foundational to the spiritual quest, a non-negotiable sine qua non to any real spiritual development. One can be good without being particularly ?spiritual?, but there is no spirituality without goodness. But it is also true that ethics are a consequence of nonduality. For as long as thinkers have pondered ethics, they have searched for a foundation, a grounding, for ethics. Why should one be good and do good? The various answers thinkers have come up with through the ages ? utilitarianism, deontology, and so forth ? have all been found seriously wanting. Nonduality claims to provide a deep foundation for ethics. In this talk and Q&A, Swami Sarvapriyananda explores the philosophical and practical, as well as the individual and social dimensions of ethics in nondual spirituality. Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Recorded September 28, 2020 First BatGap interview with Swami Sarvapriyananda Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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574. Asil Toksal

Asil Toksal is an Austrian-born channel. His work includes group energy alignment sessions and the channeling of celestial guides, as well as working on the energetic alignment of sacred sites around the world. The goal of this work is to assist in the evolution of consciousness in humanity. He has traveled widely to do this work, throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. For the past eighteen years, Asil has been deeply committed to a spiritual path while also training in a variety of different energy healing modalities. He has worked with many masters and lineage holders of various traditions in South America, North America, and China. In his earlier years, he also served as a CEO and corporate executive in software, marketing, and communications. Five years ago, during a moment of deep spiritual experience, Asil connected for the first time to the channeled angelic guides and energies that he works with today. He was offered the opportunity to work closely with these guides, but he was asked to make the choice to let go of the prior traditions, rituals, and healing methods he had learned. After making this choice, the guides assisted him through an intensive spiritual and energetic transformation process. This created a connection that allowed him to begin to receive and transmit energy, as well as spoken wisdom from these angelic and celestial realms. This connection forms the basis of his work. He lives in Marin County, Northern California. In 2019, to support his work, he created the not-for-profit 501(c)3, Ascension One Collective, Inc. To learn more about Asil and his work, as well as find an up-to-date schedule of events, videos, transcripts, and more, please visit: Website: YouTube Channel Facebook Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Interview recorded October 31, 2020 Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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573. Cornelius Christopher

After living with 30 years of sexual, physical, and mental abuse, suffering from PTSD, severe depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and loneliness, Cornelius had had enough. He concluded that suicide was his only option to finally achieve inner peace after hitting rock bottom in December 2018. But on March 29th, 2019, at 9:26 am, Cornelius experienced a phenomenon physicists call a quantum superposition meaning two or more conflicted states / alternative realities existing at the exact same time and in the same space. During which he was forced to watch the heart-wrenching scene of his wife finding him dying from his future suicide. All from the perspective of past, present, and future versions of himself, from the perspective of his ego, and through Consciousness itself observing it all unfold in the present moment. Through this experience, Cornelius discovered that there is no such thing as death as we know it when you physically die; only consciousness exists. Followed by a painful five-hour kundalini or consciousness awakening that spontaneously reversed all of his mental and physical health issues overnight including receiving the gift of not having an inner voice, ego, me, myself, and I. Cornelius also hasn't had one subconscious thought since that day only pure stillness or Mushin - a mind with no mind. Through a perplexing series of unfolding events following his quantum superposition, Cornelius discovered newfound abilities, including his continuous connection with Consciousness and a gift for healing for others. While healing his wife of her 11-year crippling condition called Vulvadynya, Cornelius was shown a vision and channeled by Collective Consciousness to write his life story and share the knowledge he gained from his Consciousness awakening and what he is experiencing every day with the world. Oneo: Enlightenment of Eternal Life the Acceptance of I, and One with Yourself is a self-reflective autobiography regarding how our behaviour and actions can affect others, enough for someone to consider taking their own life. Someone like him. By sharing his own journey of pain and inner transformation, newfound wisdom, and knowledge, he hopes to inspire and connect with those seeking a deeper understanding of their own consciousness, and of how consciousness and reality are fundamentally interconnected at every level and everyone. Oneo is also about speaking up for millions who have been shamed into silence, even when they have done nothing wrong. Sometimes it?s unbelievably raw, depicting scenes of abuse and molestation from his early childhood and all the way into adulthood. But what happened to Cornelius happens to millions of people around the world all the time. ?The most recent World Health Organisation reports show that approximately 1 million people die from suicide each year. That?s one death every forty seconds. Over two thousand people each day end up taking their lives in order to find peace. Countless others choose emotional suicide, living out their lives in lower vibrations, suffering, or just getting by, knowing that we have a choice. Oneois part of his mission to be of service to humanity to change the way we treat one another and ourselves. To help those who have lost their way find their role and meaning in life; to receive strength and encouragement to heal themselves emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. To heal this world, one person at a time, starting from within. Website: Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Interview recorded October 24, 2020. Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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572. James Cooke

Dr. James Cooke is a neuroscientist, writer, and speaker, whose work focuses on consciousness, with a particular interest in meditative and psychedelic states.  He studied Experimental Psychology and Neuroscience at Oxford University and is passionate about exploring the relationship between science and spirituality.  He writes for and is the host of the podcast Living Mirrors with Dr. James Cooke, which can be found on his YouTube channel.  He splits his time between London and the mountains of Portugal where he is building a retreat centre, The Surrender Homestead, @TheSurrenderHomestead on Instagram.  Find him @DrJamesCooke on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, or at Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Interview recorded October 17, 2020 Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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571. Tricia Barker

Tricia Barker experienced a profound near-death experience during her senior year of college, and this experience guided her to teach overseas, in public schools, and at the college level. Her story has been featured on Life to Afterlife: Death and Back, National Geographic Magazine, Women?s World Magazine, Coast to Coast AM, and The Doctor Oz Show. Tricia?s memoir, Angels in the OR: What Dying Taught Me About Healing, Survival, and Transformation is also available through Audible. This book tells a story of her near-death experience, teaching mission, and eventual triumph over childhood trauma. The book focuses on the importance being of service to the world. A screenplay is in the works for her story. Tricia is a graduate of The University of Texas. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. Currently, she teaches English and Creative Writing at a beautiful community college in Fort Worth, Texas. She interviews other near-death experiencers, researchers, healers, spiritual teachers, and mediums on her YouTube Channel. Tricia?s poetry and essays have been published in several academic publications. Poems: Loving Narcissus & Sometimes God: Poems The Self, The Other, and God: Poems Website: Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Interview recorded October 3, 2020 Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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570. Gabrielle Orr

After earning a degree in Social Work in Germany, Gabrielle worked for several years with mentally disadvantaged children and coma patients. Her responsibilities included providing guidance as a life counselor for her clients and their families. Today, Reverend Gabrielle Orr is a certified Akashic Record Teacher and Consultant, Healing Touch Practitioner, Reiki Master, Body Talk Practitioner, EFT Practitioner, Massage Therapist, and Feng Shui Consultant. ?She has been teaching Akashic Record Classes and Retreats internationally since 2002 and focuses on inspiring and uplifting others as a motivational speaker and spiritual guide. Website: Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Interview recorded September 26, 2020. Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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569. Elizabeth Anne Hill

Elizabeth Anne Hill's spiritual journey began in October 2002 with the death of her identical twin sister, Catherine Mary Hill, in an on-duty vehicle accident as a United States Border Patrol Agent along the U.S./Mexico border. Before Cathy died, she had learned about a grand spiritual awakening taking place across the planet, which she tried to share with her twin, with no success. After Cathy?s death, Elizabeth began to have contact with her in dreams and through many psychic mediums. She discovered that she and Catherine had come in as social change agents and that they had made a pact to work together to deliver this important information to the world. Catherine assisted Elizabeth in writing her first book, Twin Souls: A Message of Hope for the new Millennium. Through this process, Elizabeth developed strong intuitive gifts and a connection with the non-physical realms. In 2008, during a session with a group of spirit guides via trance channel Glenna Dietrich, Elizabeth was told about a project they would create together called An Interview with the Universe, which would include Q&A, an experiential traveling journey, and another book. Elizabeth?s journey would entail letting go of all traditional safety nets ? including job, income, and home ? to travel the world with nothing but her intuitive connection with her sister and her Infinite Self. The Guides explained that the purpose of the journey was to transmute the limiting belief systems and fears surrounding money ? for herself and for all of humanity. After she undertook this journey, she would be ready for the changes that would occur in the world, and at the right moment, she would be called upon to teach and share the wisdom she had gained. Now, in 2020 ? with all that is occurring on the world stage ? now is that moment. Website: YouTube Channel Personal Facebook page Author Facebook page Free download of Elizabeth's book, "Twin Souls" Interview with the Universe Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Interview recorded September 19, 2020 Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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568. Paul Muller-Ortega, 2nd Interview

Paul Muller-Ortega, Ph.D., the founder of Blue Throat Yoga, is an internationally recognized meditation teacher, and one of the world?s most highly respected academic scholars in the field of Indian Religion and Hindu Tantra. Paul is passionate and devoted to teaching students how to access their truest Self, and to offer the knowledge base to understand and support that experience. He has led hundreds of meditation retreats, offered a vast array of study courses, translated and provided commentary on many of the most inspired sacred texts of the S?aiva-S??kta tradition, and has personally trained over 40 ?c?ryas as Authorized Teachers of Neelakantha Meditation. Paul is uniquely qualified to offer these potent teachings, drawing upon the synergy of his long career as an academic scholar, his particular capacity to translate complex ideas and concepts into easily accessible and comprehensible understanding, and a personal history of deep meditation and extensive practice in the S?aiva-S??kta Tantra tradition. Paul Muller-Ortega is the author of the highly acclaimed book, The Triadic Heart of Siva: Kaula Tantricism of Abhinavagupta in the Non-Dual Shaivism of Kashmir (Suny Series, Shaiva Traditions of Kashmir), in which he examines the ?Heart? as the mystical core of Consciousness. He is also one of the co-authors of "Meditation Revolution", as well as numerous scholarly articles on aspects of Tantric Studies. Website: Another book: The Philosophy of Sadhana (SUNY Series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy) Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. First BatGap interview with Paul. Interview recorded September 12, 2020 Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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567. Terrence Stephens

Terrence is an Australian born teacher and guide of Non-Duality. Like us all, Terrence had his own personal back ?story? (a ?me?) which included sexual abuse as a child, living in a dysfunctional and broken family followed by drug addiction, divorce, depression, and anxiety with suicidal thoughts. He has also been a student and chief instructor in the art of Kung Fu for most of his life, a professional singer-songwriter-musician, and has also run several successful companies as a director. During his journey, he consulted various psychologists and therapists and pursued a variety of spiritual paths and self-help groups. Nothing seemed to relieve the deep-seated experience of separation and isolation. Then one day in 1986 he chanced to meet Sailor Bob Adamson who had settled in Melbourne following his 12 months with Nisargadatta Maharaj in Bombay. Here, Terrence gained an intellectual understanding of Non-Duality. However, it was many years later that his sense of self (me) finally collapsed. What resulted was no more searching, no wanting, and no desires, and a state of being carefree. It was in this state of collapse that his true nature was revealed; awakening from the dreamed fictitious personal character. Since then Terrence has been pointing the way. Profoundly direct and yet delivered with compassion, warmth, and fun! Website: Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Interview recorded September 5, 2020. Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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566. Helen Hamilton

Helen Hamilton is a spiritual teacher based in West Yorkshire, in the north of England, and is a mother of four. After struggling through her own awakening several years ago Helen was driven by the urge to simplify awakening for all beings and to share the essential pointings that allow us to overcome common challenges along the path to freedom. Helen's teaching style is direct and uncompromising in its insistence that we already are what we are searching for and yet encompasses compassion and wisdom to help us dissolve our ego with love and understanding. She teaches worldwide and holds regular Satsangs and other events. Books: Dissolving The Ego The Story of I Reality Check: A Simple Guide to Final Enlightenment Website: Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Interview recorded August 29, 2020 Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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565. Iain McGilchrist

Dr. Iain McGilchrist is a Quondam Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, an Associate Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford, a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and former Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director at the Bethlem Royal & Maudsley Hospital, London. He has been a Research Fellow in neuroimaging at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore. He has published original articles and research papers in a wide range of publications on topics in literature, philosophy, medicine, and psychiatry. He is the author of a number of books but is best known for The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World, and is currently working on a book of epistemology and ontology. He lives on the Isle of Skye and has two daughters and a son. Websites: YouTube Channel Facebook Page Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Interview recorded August 22, 2020. Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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564. Scott Kiloby

This interview was recorded May 15, 2020, as part of an online conference entitled "Wisdom in Times of Crisis" offered by the Science and Nonduality Conference, held May 17-23, entitled Wisdom in Times of Crisis. The conference has finished, but you may sign up to access all of its content. Scott Kiloby is an author and international speaker on mindfulness and addiction recovery. Scott is also the founder and director of the Kiloby Center for Recovery. After twenty years of addiction to drugs and alcohol, Scott began to develop Natural Rest for Addiction which has helped people all over the world confront the root of their addiction, anxiety, and depression. Scott was the COO of MyLife Recovery which held the patent on the naltrexone implant. Scott also developed an app that acts as an interface between pain management doctors and their patients to decrease the likelihood of addiction. The app also protects doctors legally from claims of negligence arising out of opiate overdoses. Originally from southern Indiana, Scott was an attorney for several years before becoming an author. He travels extensively across the United States and in Europe giving talks, seminars, and intensives. Along with his work at the Kiloby Center, Scott is also the director and co-owner of the Natural Rest House, a detox and residential addiction treatment center located in La Quinta, California. In addition to Natural Rest for Addiction: A Radical Approach to Recovery Through Mindfulness and Awareness, Scott is the author of the following books which can be found on Amazon: Living Realization: A Simple, Plain-English Guide to Non-Duality The Unfindable Inquiry: One Simple Tool to Overcome Feelings of Unworthiness and Find Inner Peace Reflections of the One Life: Daily Pointers to Enlightenment Doorway to Total Liberation: Conversations with What Is Love's Quiet Revolution: The End Of The Spiritual Search Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. 1st BatGap interview with Scott 2nd BatGap interview with Scott Interview recorded May 15, 2020. Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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563. Diana Durham

Diana Durham is a British/American poet and writer who draws on archetype to explore our identity. She's a poet, writer, and documentary film producer who, following a degree in English Literature from University College, London, took the ?path less traveled? and became involved in an intentional community in England, the United States, and Canada. In the early 1990?s she was among a grouping who began to explore dialogue and collective intelligence with the late theoretical physicist David Bohm. Her most recent book Coherent Self, Coherent World: A New Synthesis Of Myth, Metaphysics & Bohm's Implicate Order explores how our thinking becomes coherent when our ?personality self? is in a meaningful relationship with a deeper, more intuitive quality of awareness and identity. And it also traces how, when we are disconnected from this intuitive source, our thinking becomes incoherent leading to problematic outcomes. The work grew out of her deep study of the Arthurian and Grail Myths, explored in her former nonfiction book, The Return of King Arthur: Finishing the Quest for Wholeness, Inner Strength, and Self-Knowledge, as well as her participation in dialogue with Bohm. Other works include the novel The Curve of the Land; and three poetry books: Sea of Glass, To The End Of The Night and Between Two Worlds a collection of sonnets (Chrysalis Poetry, UK). Her poems have also appeared in numerous magazines in the UK and USA, including Orbis, Tears in the Fence, Kindred Spirit, Mankato Review, Northern New England Review, Parabola, and [email protected]:European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment from Leiden University, The Netherlands,  as well as in twelve anthologies, including Soul of the Earth The Awen Anthology of Eco-Spiritual Poetry edited by Jay Ramsay, published by Awen Press, UK, The 2008 Poets' Guide to New Hampshire published by the Poetry Society of New Hampshire and Diamond Cutters: Visionary Poets in America, Britain & Oceania edited by Andrew Harvey and Jay Ramsay, published by Tayen Lane. She also wrote, performed, and co-produced a dramatic retelling of the Grail Myth called Perceval & the Grail which is in CD and downloadable form as an audio play as well as a 15-part animated series on YouTube. She was a Visiting Research Associate at the Women?s Studies Research Centre, Brandeis in 2011, and gave talks and workshops using the grail myth sponsored by the NH Humanities Council (in the US), as well as national and international women?s groups and business executives leadership training courses. In addition to writing books, she collaborates with her husband as writer/producer of documentary films. Their current project is a series of short films, 'Making Sense?. For their first film, they talked to psychiatrist Dr. Iain McGilchrist, author of ?The Master & His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of Western Culture?. Website: Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Interview recorded August 8, 2020 Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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562. James Finley

As a contemplative practitioner and clinical psychologist, James Finley helps seekers who desire to live a contemplative, whole life. Drawing from his experience as a former monk and spiritual directee of Thomas Merton, Jim offers trustworthy guidance for the spiritual journey through his website, online courses, occasional retreats, and the Center for Action and Contemplation where he serves as a core faculty member of The Living School for Action and Contemplation with Cynthia Bourgeault and Richard Rohr. Jim is the author of several books, including: Merton's Palace of Nowhere, The Contemplative Heart, and Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God. James's podcast, Turning to the Mystics is for people searching for something more meaningful, intimate, and richly present in the divine gift of their lives. A clinical psychologist, James offers a modern take on the historical contemplative practices of Christian mystics like Teresa of Avila and Thomas Merton. Leaning into their experiences can become a gateway to hope, healing, and oneness. In each episode, Jim reads an excerpt from a mystical text, unpacks the meaning and symbolism, and then concludes with meditation and prayer. Together with Kirsten Oates from the Center for Action and Contemplation, they explore listener questions and examine their own paths as modern contemplatives in this beautiful and broken world. Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Interview recorded August 1, 2020. Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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561. Andrew Hewson

Andrew Hewson is a contemporary spiritual teacher whose focus is on the realization of the Presence of Divinity as one?s fundamental Source and Self. Emphasizing transcendence as a process that can not only be undergone in the midst of daily living but even facilitated by it, Andrew speaks from the experiential reality of having been carried by the Grace of total transformation in the context of daily life. Growing up in the Southeastern United States, Andrew?s childhood was characterized by a state of lightness, freedom, and underlying connection.  This effortless Way of Being was taken as an unspoken given until an intense qualitative shift took place in his early teens. The condition which once prevailed progressively became replaced by an acute sense of separation, limitation, and lack, leaving little room for functional participation in the common activities of human life.  With this radical drop into apparent fragmentation, Andrew began to seek relief wherever possible. This seeking eventually led to the discovery of altered states of consciousness through the use of alcohol and drugs which quickly spiraled into the pits of despair. After years of unsuccessfully attempting to live from such a constricted sense of identity, Andrew found himself in a medical isolation jail cell facing 30 years in prison. It was there, in the midst of absolute hopelessness and despair, that the Grace of Surrender shone forth, bringing about a profound shift in Consciousness. This transformation revealed a Still, Silent Presence, or Field, Divine in Its Nature, and ignited a fire for spiritual evolution. With a natural and impersonal application, Andrew was given to prayer, meditation, and spontaneous investigation into the nature of identity. The process of Transcendence took place in the day-to-day ebb and flow of human life, culminating in the replacement of the sense of a personal, separate self with the Infinite Context of Divinity.  This Reality has since lived and loved while engaged in the common activities of the human experience, serving wherever possible while still finding space for silent reflection in Nature and tasting the Infinite expansion of further refinement. The role of speaking and teaching is not something that was decided upon at a given point in time but is rather a spontaneous and uncontainable expression of the Love that prevails in the condition from which the words emerge. Andrew speaks effortlessly by the grace of Divinity and gives all Glory to the One that abides in the Hearts of All. He also lectures on the evolution of conscious experiencing and the application of this understanding in areas of human suffering such as addiction, mental illness, and eating disorders. Andrew currently resides in Western North Carolina with his wife and partner Elle Hewson where they are working together with devoted friends to be of greater service to those who have been called to Truth, Love, and the fulfillment of Our Highest potential. Website: Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Interview recorded July 25, 2020 Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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560. Louise Kay

Louise Kay was born in Lancashire, in the northwest of The UK. After graduating from university she worked as an English teacher for 15 years, and during this time began to question the deeper meaning of life. This led her to the path of spirituality, where she found a strong resonance with the teachings of non-duality. In her early thirties, Louise felt a deep call in her heart to visit India, where she experienced a profound spiritual awakening. Shortly afterward Louise began channeling and traveled around the world sharing this gift for several years. During this time she experienced a deepening and integration of her initial spiritual awakening and as she opened more to this non-dual truth the channeling faded away and a new form of expression revealed itself from deep in her heart. Louise now holds group events and retreats around the world and offers Embodied Awareness private sessions. Her passion is to sit together in presence and hold gentle, unconditionally loving space for all emotions, all sensations, and all experiences which arise in the moment in order to support the integration of unresolved energies and allow the unfolding of the divine in all who feel the call. Website: Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Interview recorded July 18, 2020 Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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559. Aaron Abke

Aaron was born and raised as a pastor's son in Silicon Valley. At 23 years old he was serving as a full-time worship leader when he felt a strong conviction to leave his church and religion behind to pursue a deeper spiritual understanding. At 27 years old, Aaron had a dramatic awakening experience of sudden enlightenment which lasted for 2 weeks. After returning back to his ordinary state of consciousness, Aaron left everything in his life behind to pursue returning to that state of consciousness again. Years of tireless seeking led him to A Course In Miracles, through which he quickly discovered the cosmic joke that there is no seeker and no "person" whoever became enlightened. Today, Aaron teaches Non-Duality, Self-Realization, Inner Healing, and a myriad of other topics on YouTube, Live Workshops, and his new 8-week Online Course called, "Master Your Mind". Website: Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Interview recorded July 11, 2020 Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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557. Mark Pitstick

Mark Pitstick, MA, DC, has over forty-seven years? experience and training in hospitals, pastoral counseling settings, mental health centers, and private practice. His training includes a premedical degree, graduate theology/pastoral counseling studies, master's in clinical psychology, and doctorate in chiropractic health care.  He also has provided suicide prevention counseling and education to many people. Mark became aware of clairaudient experiences at age ten and has since been blessed with numerous miracles, revelatory, and spiritually transformative experiences. After working in hospitals with many suffering and dying adults and children, he was motivated to find sensible, evidence-based answers to the questions that many people ask: ?Who am I?  Why am I here?  What happens after I die?  Will I see my departed loved ones again?  Is there a God?  If so, why is there so much suffering? and How can I best live during this brief earthly experience?? His books, documentary film, CDs, and experiential workshops address all of these questions and help you survive and even thrive through life?s biggest changes and challenges.  Further, his work helps you discover how to enjoy the greatest life you have envisioned?no matter what your current circumstances.  To learn more, visit Dr. Pitstick wrote the following books: Soul Proof: Compelling Evidence You Are an Infinite Spiritual Being Radiant Wellness: a Holistic Guide for Optimal Body, Mind, and Spirit The Eleven Questions: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Life, Death, and Afterlife Greater Reality Living, 2nd Edition: Integrating the Evidence for Eternal Consciousness (Volume 1) with Gary Schwartz PhD The Big Picture of Life (with Dr. Schwartz and Katta Mapes MA, MEd) Mark was the executive producer for the Soul Proof documentary film, a 93-minute movie featuring interviews with people who had evidentiary experiences.  He created twelve transformational CDs that use deep relaxation, breathing techniques, and guided imagery. A frequent radio guest, Pitstick hosted Soul-utions, a nationally syndicated radio show about practical spirituality, and Ask the Soul Doctors interviewing top consciousness experts. Mark is certified in Past Life Regression therapy by Brian Weiss MD and the Facilitated After-Death Contact technique by Raymond Moody Ph.D., MD.  Pitstick has given many nationwide workshops on spiritual awareness and holistic wellness at churches, retreats, and conferences. He directs the SoulPhone Foundation that supports R & D of technology to communicate with post-material (?deceased?) persons.  He also assists in the research conducted by Dr. Schwartz and other scientists at the Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health at the University of Arizona. Mark founded Greater Reality Living groups to help prepare people for the great news that life after death has been definitively demonstrated scientifically by replicated multi-center studies.  To learn more about Dr. Pitstick?s outreaches, visit Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Interview recorded June 27, 2020. Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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556. George Middleton

Born in Wales, I emigrated with my parents and 4 siblings to NZ in 1962. Educated in Wellington completing an honours degree in philosophy and teacher training. Taught in a variety of special education positions until retiring. Politically active in teachers' union, Labour Party, and the Greens. My wife is Sue Middleton (Emeritus Prof Education), our only child daughter Kate is married with 3 sons. She founded the Reading Revolution charity in NZ. I worked with Men's groups, used various psychotherapy modalities, including doing a year of Primal Therapy in Los Angeles which led to more formal trading in Gestalt Therapy that precipitated ongoing profound experiences and transformations that ignited pilgrimage journeys to India and Bhutan. Also, involvement in Vipassana and other meditation methods confirmed the nature of the processes that have overtaken me and delivered me into the sacred world. Concepts such as Karma, transcendence, synchronicity, reincarnation, rebirth, pure consciousness energy, and indigenous encounters have led to an understanding of the truth power of myth and ancient truths. No website or books. Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Interview recorded June 20, 2020 Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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555. Robin Landsong

Robin Aisha Landsong is a Transformational Speaker, Visual Artist, Medicine Singer, and Medical/Health Intuitive. She had two Near-Death Experiences during the Rhodesian War in 1977 when she was eight years old. When she was called back to life by the Medicine Song of a rural Zimbabwean woman it opened her intuition and her own Medicine Songs. She has had the privilege to give Singing Medicine to over 14,000 people. Her specialty areas as Shamanic Craniosacral Therapist are trauma resolution, understanding illness, and healing injury. She sees inside each person their gifts and strengths as well as the underlying cause of their physical, emotional, or spiritual distress. She helps people restore the natural rhythms in their bodies for their greatest health. She loves to help people integrate their own Near-Death Experiences. She has helped thousands of people regain their sense of wholeness, creativity, intuition, embodiment, self-confidence, and mindfulness in the present moment. Website: Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Interview recorded June 13, 2020. Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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554. Sally Kempton – 2nd Interview

Sally Kempton is a deeply practiced teacher of meditation and spiritual philosophy, and the author of the books Meditation for the Love of It and Awakening Shakti: as well as the audio course Doorways to the Infinite, recently put out by Sounds True. A former swami in the Saraswati order of India, she has been practicing and teaching devotional contemplative tantra for more than 40 years. Her teaching is powerfully sourced in the eastern meditative traditions of yoga and Kashmir Shaivism, yet highly contemporary in her focus on evolutionary practice. She offers a powerful transmission of meditative experience. Books: Meditation for the Love of It Awakening Shakti: The Transformative Power of the Goddesses of Yoga Doorways to the Infinite: The Art and Practice of Tantric Meditation (audio program) Website: First BatGap interview with Sally Sally Kempton in panel discussion on Kashmir Shaivism Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. This interview was recorded May 15, 2020, as part of an online conference offered by the Science and Nonduality Conference, held May 17-23, entitled Wisdom in Times of Crisis. The conference has finished, but you may sign up to access all of its content. Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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553. Dorothy Hunt, 2nd Interview

Dorothy Hunt serves as Spiritual Director of Moon Mountain Sangha, teaching at the request of Adyashanti.  She is the founder of the San Francisco Center for Meditation and Psychotherapy and has practiced psychotherapy since 1967. She is the author of Leaves from Moon Mountain, Only This!, and Ending the Search: From Spiritual Ambition to the Heart of Awareness. A contributing author to The Sacred Mirror, and Listening from the Heart of Silence: Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy, Dorothy is also a featured spiritual teacher in the book, Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Wisdom: The Feminine Face of Awakening. Dorothy has a long and deep connection to the teachings of Ramana Maharshi and the path of Self-Inquiry, as well as the nondual teachings of Zen, Advaita, and the Christian mystics.  In meeting Adyashanti, she was invited beyond identification with either the absolute or relative, finding freedom in what is awake in each of us regardless of the changing faces of experience. Dorothy offers satsang, retreats, and private meetings in the San Francisco Bay area and elsewhere by invitation. For more information, visit Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. First BatGap interview with Dorothy Hunt. This interview was recorded May 11, 2020, as part of an online conference offered by the Science and Nonduality Conference, held May 17-23, entitled Wisdom in Times of Crisis. The conference has finished, but you may sign up to access all of its content. Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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552. Lars Muhl

Lars Muhl is a Danish author, mystic, and musician, born in Aarhus, Denmark in 1950. Already as a 10-year-old, Lars Muhl had experienced glimpses of another reality. The shock following the sudden death of his younger sister, caused painful kundalini-like experiences, giving access to the ethereal worlds and a hypersensitive insight into other people?s pain. This lasted for three years. A turning point came when Lars was 15 and received a book anonymously in the post. Hazrat Inayat Khan?s ?Gayan Vadan Nirtan? became the start of a lifelong esoteric study. Like Paulo Coelho, Lars was for many years a successful singer/songwriter who, concurrently with his music, studied the world?s religions and esoteric knowledge. Then in 1996, he was struck down by an unexplained illness, which neither doctors nor alternative therapists could diagnose. For three years he lay in bed without being able to move or think straight. Through a close friend?s intervention, Lars was put in touch with a seer who, via the telephone, brought him back to life. That was the start of a completely new existence and the beginning of that quest he has so grippingly described in his trilogy book ?The O Manuscript: The Seer, The Magdalene, The Grail?. Other books: The Gate of Light: Healing Practices to Connect You to Source Energy The Law of Light: The Secret Teachings of Jesus The Law of Light: The Aramaic Mystery Movie Lars referred to during the interview: The Gate of Light by Lars Muhl Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Interview recorded May 30, 2020 Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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551. Elena Nezhinsky

This guest has recently been promoting conspiracy theories lacking in any credibility. This type of misinformation may be dangerous and harmful. We encourage you to discriminate carefully. Like many spiritual seekers, Elena Nezhinsky spent years meditating and studying spiritual writings and practices. Persistent inquiry into the nature of being and unknowable grace eventually culminated in a series of deep, awakening realizations. With uncompromising honesty, great humor, and a profound commitment to serving others, Elena shared her personal spiritual journey and the insights gleaned along the way in a book "Buddha on a Bull: A Practical Approach to Enlightenment". As she puts it, ?this is a book for everyone who is tired of seeking enlightenment, as I was.? Elena is a co-creator of a method of awakening inquiry called Direct Pointing which continues to be profoundly helpful for thousands of people around the world. Elena holds M.S. in Engineering, she is professionally trained in Coaching, Human Design, and Family Constellations systems. She is a lifelong learner of Behavioral Psychology. A native of Ukraine, she lives in California now, where she continues to write and works as a Deep Transformation Mentor, guiding people to integrate and embody spiritual awakening. Website: Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Previous BatGap interview with Elena (and Ilona Ciunaite) Interview recorded May 23, 2020. Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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550. Chris Beal

Chris Beal discovered Buddhism as an exchange student in Japan in the 1960s. Given her determination, she was sure she would succeed in getting enlightened. But enthusiasm doesn't always guarantee success, and she went home disappointed, depressed and demoralized. Thirteen years later, after a spontaneous awakening, she contacted the priest who had been her main teacher in Japan and began a six-year connection which deepened her understanding of what she had realized. Meanwhile, she sought a spiritual path in the States but found nothing that spoke to her as deeply as her first teacher had until she met Adyashanti twenty years ago. After almost a decade of absorbing his teachings, she found the realization gradually deepening on its own. Chris enjoys writing about spirituality and spiritual awakening. Her writing includes numerous published book reviews, author interviews, and articles, She is currently seeking publication of her novel, ENLIGHTENMENT OF THE FLESH, in which the main character's dilemma reflects that of many seekers: How do you know which way will lead to the ultimate Truth when what you are seeking is not in the realm of imagining? Chris's Blogs: Miracle of Awakening Literary Journeys to Truth Buddhist Fiction Blog (contributor) Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Interview recorded May 16, 2020 Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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549. Donald Hoffman

Donald Hoffman received a Ph.D. from MIT and is a Professor of Cognitive Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. He is an author of over 120 scientific papers and three books, including The Case Against Reality: Why Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes. He received a Distinguished Scientific Award of the American Psychological Association for early career research, the Rustum Roy Award of The Chopra Foundation, and the Troland Research Award of the US National Academy of Sciences. His writing has appeared in Scientific American, New Scientist, LA Review of Books, and Edge, and his work has been featured in Wired, Quanta, The Atlantic, Ars Technica, National Public Radio, Discover Magazine, and Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman. He has a TED Talk titled ?Do we see reality as it is?? Website Other book: Visual Intelligence: How We Create What We See Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Transcript of this interview. Interview recorded May 9, 2020 Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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548. Ravi Ravindra

Proud to be born in India as a Hindu, I will be sad if I die merely a Hindu. Convinced very early in life that all boundaries are artificially created and tend to hinder the growth of the spirit, I ended up studying at post-doctoral level Physics, Philosophy, and Religion at various universities and later teaching as a professor in these fields. Wishing to correspond to the transformational teachings of several great spiritual luminaries, especially of Krishna, Buddha, Christ, and Patañjali and of present-day masters Krishnamurti and Gurdjieff, I am interested in the actual journey of self-transformation and experiencing the inevitable shifts of focus of energy along the way. Website: Books: The Gospel of John in the Light of Indian Mysticism The Bhagavad Gita: A Guide to Navigating the Battle of Life The Pilgrim Soul: A Path to the Sacred Transcending World Religions Heart Without Measure: Gurdjieff Work with Madame de Salzmann The Wisdom of Patañjali's Yoga Sutras: A New Translation and Guide Science and the Sacred: Eternal Wisdom in a Changing World Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Interview recorded May 2, 2020. Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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547. Bayo Akomolafe

Bayo Akomolafe (Ph.D.) considers his most sacred work to be learning how to be with his daughter and son, Alethea Aanya, and Kyah Jayden - and their mother, his wife, and "life-nectar", Ijeoma. "To learn the importance of insignificance" is the way he frames a desire to reacquaint himself with a world that is irretrievably entangled, preposterously alive, and completely partial. Bayo was born in 1983 into a Christian home, and to Yoruba parents in western Nigeria. Losing his diplomat father to a sudden heart complication, Bayo became a reclusive teenager, seeking to get to the "heart of the matter" as a response to his painful loss. He sought to apply himself to the extremes of his social conditioning, his faith, and his eventual training as a clinical psychologist - only to find that something else beyond articulation was tugging at his sleeves, wanting to be noticed. After meeting with traditional healers as part of his quest to understand trauma, mental wellbeing, and healing in new ways, his deep questions and concerns for decolonized landscapes congealed into a life devoted to exploring the nuances of a "magical" world "too promiscuous to fit neatly into our fondest notions of it." A fugitive to manicured disciplinarity in the academe, speaker, and proud diaper-changer, Bayo leads an earth-wide organization (The Emergence Network) as its Chief Curator and Director. The organization is set up for the re-calibration of our ability to respond to civilizational crisis - a project framed within a feminist ethos and inspired by indigenous cosmologies. He considers this a shared art - exploring the edges of the intelligible, dancing with posthumanist ideas, dabbling in the mysteries of quantum mechanics and the liberating sermon of an ecofeminism text, and talking with others about how to host a festival in Brazil - and part of his inner struggle to regain a sense of rootedness to his community. He also hosts a course (We Will Dance with Mountains) among other offerings. In short, Bayo has given up his longing for the "end-time" and is learning to live in the "mean time". In the middle, where we must live with confusion and make do with partial answers. His greatest vocation is, however, learning to be a satellite orbiting his greatest gift, his goddess Ijeoma, and knowing the blessings of her gravity. Bayo is visiting professor at Middlebury College, Vermont, and has taught in universities around the world (including Sonoma State University California, Simon Frasier University Vancouver, Schumacher College Devon, Harvard University, and Covenant University Nigeria ? among others). He is a consultant with UNESCO, leading efforts for the Imagining Africa?s Future (IAF) project. He speaks and teaches about his experiences around the world, and then returns to his adopted home in Chennai, India - "where the occasional whiff of cow dung dancing in the air is another invitation to explore the vitality of a world that is never still and always surprising." Bayo has authored two books, ?We Will Tell Our Own Story!: The Lions of Africa Speak!? and ?These Wilds Beyond Our Fences: Letters to My Daughter on Humanity's Search for Home?, and has penned forewords for many others. Websites: Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Interview recorded April 25, 2020 Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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546. Stephen G. Post

An opinion leader and public speaker, Stephen G. Post, Ph.D. (University of Chicago, 1983) is the best-selling lead author of Why Good Things Happen to Good People: How to Live a Longer, Healthier, Happier Life by the Simple Act of Giving. He has been quoted in more than 4,000 newspapers and magazines and featured on numerous television shows including The Daily Show. Described by Martin E.P. Seligman in Flourish as one of ?the stars of positive psychology,? Post is a leader in research on the benefits of giving and on compassionate care in relation to improved patient outcomes and clinician well-being. He addressed the U.S. Congress on volunteerism and health, receiving the Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition for Outstanding Achievement. Post was co-recipient (2012) with Edmund D. Pellegrino MD of the Pioneer Medal for Outstanding Leadership in HealthCare from the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network, and the Kama Book Award in Medical Humanities from World Literacy Canada (2008). His book The Moral Challenge of Alzheimer Disease: Ethical Issues from Diagnosis to Dying was designated a ?medical classic of the century? by the British Medical Journal (2009), which wrote, ?Until this pioneering work was published in 1995 the ethical aspects of one of the most important illnesses of our aging populations were a neglected topic.? Post is a recipient of the Alzheimer?s Association national distinguished service award ?in recognition of personal and professional outreach to the Alzheimer?s Association Chapters on ethics issues important to people with Alzheimer?s and their families.? In 2021 Post published Dignity for Deeply Forgetful People: How Caregivers Can Meet the Challenges of Alzheimer?s Disease (Hopkins). Co-Recipient of the 2019 Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Professionalism Award for development the Professional Identity Formation curriculum of the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University, Post has taught at the University of Chicago Medical School, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (1988-2008), and at Stony Brook (2008-present), where he is Founding Director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics. The Center was selected (2011) for special institutional excellence by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (AMA & AAMC accrediting body), the only humanities and ethics entity in American medical school history to receive this distinction. An elected member of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the New York Academy of Medicine, and the Royal Society of Medicine, London, Post is the author of 300 articles in journals such as Science, the New England Journal of Medicine, Psychosomatic Medicine, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, and the Journal of the American Medical Association. In 2003 Post was invited to join the Founding Fellows of the International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR), based at Cambridge University. Founded in 2002, ISSR is the world?s preeminent learned society devoted to this intersection, with 200 Fellows from the sciences and humanities. In 2001 he founded the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, so named by philanthropist Sir John Templeton, who selected Post as the Institute?s President. A non-profit 501(c) 3 public charity that investigates kindness, giving, and spirituality, Post has written popularly on this topic in God and Love on Route 80: The Hidden Mystery of Human Connectedness. Websites: Email: [email protected] More books: Unlimited Love The Hidden Gifts of Helping: How the Power of Giving, Compassion, and Hope Can Get Us Through Hard Times Is Ultimate Reality Unlimited Love? Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Interview recorded April 18, 2020 Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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545. HeatherAsh Amara

HeatherAsh Amara is the Warrior Goddess Mama and creatrix of The Warrior Heart practice. She is dedicated to inspiring depth, creativity, and joy by sharing the most potent tools from a variety of world traditions. Raised in Southeast Asia, HeatherAsh has traveled the world from childhood and is continually inspired by the diversity and beauty of human expression and experience. She brings this open-hearted, inclusive worldview to her writings and teachings. HeatherAsh is the author of numerous books, including the bestselling: Warrior Goddess Training: Become the Woman You Are Meant to Be, Warrior Goddess Wisdom: Daily Inspiration for Women (Warrior Goddess Training), The Seven Secrets to Healthy, Happy Relationships (with don Miguel Ruiz Jr.), and Warrior Heart Practice Website: Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Interview recorded April 10, 2020. Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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544. Jonathan Gustin

Meditation asks, ?Who am I?? Therapy asks, ?How do I heal and become happier?? Purpose work addresses the question, ?Where do I belong in the ecology of life?? Purpose guiding breaks the spell of our default purposes of safety, security, comfort and outward success, and orients us towards our true purpose, which is to embody our unique calling within. When we all have the opportunity to live our calling, we can support our collective true purpose: to become co-creators of our species? evolution. We may, thus, give birth to more beauty, truth, and goodness into the world. Jonathan Gustin, M.A, MFT, is the founder of Purpose Guides Institute. He guides people to find and embody their life?s purpose, as well as trains those who want to become Purpose Guides themselves. Jonathan has been a psychotherapist, meditation teacher, and Purpose Guide for over 20 years. He is an adjunct professor at JFK University and co-author of Purpose Rising: A Global Movement of Transformation and Meaning with Ken Wilber, Erwin Laszlo, and others. Website: Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Interview recorded April 3, 2020. Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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543. Cynthia Jurs

Cynthia Jurs is a Tibetan Buddhist lama and a Dharmacharya in the Order of Interbeing of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh whose source of refuge and spiritual inspiration is Mother Earth; Gaia. In 1990, she made a life-changing pilgrimage to meet the hermit and meditation master, Kushok Mangden Charok Rinpoche, a 106-year-old lama living in a remote cave in Nepal from whom she received the practice of the Earth Treasure Vases when she asked him, ?What can we do to bring healing and protection to the Earth?? For thirty years, Cynthia has been building a global community committed to planetary healing and collective awakening in partnership with elders and activists around the world. Cynthia teaches an innovative blend of engaged Buddhism and sacred activism through the Earth Treasure Vase Global Healing Project, the Open Way Sangha in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the international Gaia Mandala Community. Through her nonprofit, Alliance for the Earth, Cynthia has worked with former combatants and the women who stopped a war in Liberia, West Africa, to build peace, teaching mindfulness and co-founding the Peace Hut Alliance for Conflict Transformation. Cynthia?s book, Summoned by the Earth, is forthcoming. Website: - learn more and subscribe to the monthly Earth Treasure Vase Full Moon Newsletter which is the best way to stay in touch New website - - coming soon. Will be the home for our global healing community with many practices, calls, courses and more ways to get involved in our work of global healing and collective awakening. Join the monthly Full Moon Earth Treasure Vase Global Healing Meditation here. This is a free call via Zoom. A recording is automatically sent out to registered participants. Gaia Calling: Being a Holy Vessel for Global Healing & Collective Awakening ? a 7-week course co-taught by Cynthia Jurs and David Nicol via Zoom April 20?June 10, 2020. Join our free introductory call on April 11th to learn more. Tara Gaia Teachings; a Vajrayana-style deity practice inspired by Tara with a visualization of Gaia and a recitation of her mantra. Cynthia will be giving the transmission and teaching of this practice during two-weekend retreats via Zoom ? July 25-26 and November 7-8, 2020. Having received the teachings, one can join a monthly practice group. Let us know you are interested here. Monday Mindfulness Meditation, a weekly gathering via Zoom at 4 pm Pacific // 5 pm Mountain // 7 pm Eastern. As we shelter at home, we can meet this moment of collective crisis and opportunity with calm and clarity by cultivating a practice of calm abiding in mindfulness.  In this weekly 1.5-hour practice group, we will sit, walk and sit again?entering into the quiet space within and stopping to catch our breath, to center ourselves, to let go of worry and fear and reconnect with our true source of Being. At the end of our practice, there will be an opportunity for mindful sharing around the circle. Click here if you are interested in participating. Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Interview recorded March 28, 2020 Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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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 Anandamayi Ma and other saints. Later he traveled to Tibet and Egypt but did not find his true path until Sathya Sai Baba instructed him to meditate on the I AM?which leads to the True Self. Returning from the East, the Ascended Master Saint Germain materialized before him in Muir Woods near San Francisco and told him to go to Mount Shasta, where he would meet the teacher who would prepare him to work with the Masters in their quest to help humanity. This teacher was Pearl Dorris, a former assistant to Godfre Ray King, author of "Unveiled Mysteries". Vowing to accomplish the training that was offered, he went through years of instruction, initiation, and adventures at the hands of the Masters, who occasionally appeared in physical form. These adventures are described in his best-selling book, "Apprentice to the Masters: Adventures of a Western Mystic, Book II." He is working now under the direction of Saint Germain to bring the ancient teachings of Tibetan Buddhism on the nature of mind into the I AM Teachings of mastery. Books: Search for the Guru: Adventures of a Western Mystic, Part I Apprentice to the Masters: Adventures of a Western Mystic, Part II "I AM" Affirmations and the Secret of Their Effective Use I Am the Violet Tara: Goddess of Forgiveness and Freedom I AM the Living Christ: Teachings of Jesus It Is What It Is: Further Adventures of a Western Mystic Website: Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Transcript of this interview. Interview recorded March 21, 2020 Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
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