041. Jac O’Keeffe

Jackie O’Keeffe was raised in rural Ireland. Wanting to know about God she studied theology and music. After graduating in the 1980’s, Jac found her studies had left her disillusioned and a non-believer.

Turning her focus to issues of social inequality, she studied adult and community education, and began her career interweaving community development with the arts. In 1997, her life changed dramatically when her sixth sense awakened. Quite spontaneously, she was able to see chakras, energy fields and auras. Moreover, she could communicate with animals and with those who have passed away.

A busy practice in healing work developed within a short time, with Jackie offering private sessions and residential retreats. She developed and delivered holistic programmes that focused on viewing depression as a spiritual awakening rather than a bio-chemical disorder. Using a variety of methodologies, her work had the primary focus of raising consciousness.

Jackie continued for seven years as a spiritual teacher, before stopping her work in 2006 and leaving Ireland to deepen her own spiritual practice. Her personal quest led to that which is beyond the mind – a transcendence of dualistic thought. Jackie now lives in Ireland and India. She facilitates spiritual gatherings in question-and-answer format, offering clear pointers to spiritual seekers of truth.

Jac’s Site

Interview recorded 10/10/2010

Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.

17 thoughts on “041. Jac O’Keeffe

  1. Jac, thanks for doing the interview with Rick–I really enjoyed it. I have a question about one of your experiences that you talked about. You mentioned a stage or “experience” where every concept dissolved, or was transcended. You mentioned how “horrifying” this experience was–my question is this–who or what was “it” that was having the experience of that? was it Jac’s ego? if so isn’t Jac’s ego still a concept? I’m not trying to trick or trap you with this question, it’s just a question without any agenda. :)

    Thanks,
    J

    P.S. Now that I see your photo, may I say that I think you are beautiful? I’m happily married so don’t think I’m being “forward”, it’s sincerely a compliment.

  2. Hi Jerry,
    Apologies for the lack of clarity on this one. That stripping away of all concepts, all reference points happens to the ‘i’. It is one aspect of the death of the ‘i’ through its own deconstruction. The experience had here was of a violent dying, and this is subjectively experienced by the ego. Even though the instictive pull to survive kicks in, in full force, the fight is still lost. To this point the ‘i’ is experiencing this about itself. The ‘i’ experiences its own dying but not its own death. When its over, there is nothing, nothing and nobody. A stillness arises – or does it – as its more accurate to say that there is absence of all concepts. So nothing can arise to anybody and language is tricky now. Easier to say what is not there and impossibe to say what is. Maybe in hindsight it can be said there was and is a sense that there is nothing of any Real substance and there is no running of a reponse to any of this. There is no way to find or hold a reference point which platforms a subjective response to anything…there is no subject/objective framework through which to view. This is the absence of concepts believed. Everything is the same, it is all what i am, this is what is. It is somehow simple and silent – but surely more accurate to say it is somehow simplicity itself and silence itself, prior to the concepts of both.

    Gratitude from god to god.

  3. The interview is a fascinating story with a lot of points that are recognizable when I think about my own life. But I also like to express some disappointment on some parts.
    I found it strains that Rick was asking Jac for a reaction on his answer on a question on his Blog.
    This looks a bit like not being sure that the good Advaita answer is being given and so trying to get an approval on it witch to me seems that the ego wants to be sure that he is doing a good job.
    At the and I was surprised about the way Jac speaks about the new project in Costa Rica.
    It thus sound like Advaita for the élite and I hope that this is not the case.

    With Love,

    Wim Hein

  4. Jac,

    Thanks for your answer, I really appreciate your taking time to answer my question.

    Namaste
    Jerry

  5. Jac,
    I have been following with deep appreciation for what you are bringing forward to me with your message.
    After reading your book, this interview was yet another and deeping venture into the vastness of the spiritual landscape.
    Have been to Spain many times (live in Canada) for reasons of flamenco…after hearing you speak of Master Jose’ there was an immediate urgency for me to visit there. Would you share with me how I might contact him or his retreat centre?
    Much appreciation for your path and your wonderful sharing in openness and honest clarity.
    Warmth and hugs James

  6. Reply for James. Here is the body of email reply received from Master Jose’s administration.
    ” In relation to your question let me tell you that Master José continues to be in his personal retreat and is not making any public appearances. As to how long he will remain in retreat – we do not know. He hasn’t said anything for the moment.

    On the other hand he has often described himself as a Master of the Silence: one who teaches and guides through the Silence of meditation.”
    So while physical presence is not possible access internally is ever available. And that’s for sure!
    Much love, jac

  7. Reply for James. Here is the body of email reply received from Master Jose’s administration.
    ” In relation to your question let me tell you that Master José continues to be in his personal retreat and is not making any public appearances. As to how long he will remain in retreat – we do not know. He hasn’t said anything for the moment.

    On the other hand he has often described himself as a Master of the Silence: one who teaches and guides through the Silence of meditation.”
    So while physical presence is not possible access internally is ever available. And that’s for sure!
    Much love, jac

  8. Deep appreciation Jac,

    For all of your effort in following up my request regarding
    the contacting of Master Jose’.

    I can appreciate him being in silence and not wanting to
    concern himself with the outside world.

    Perhaps through a silent inner mantra I may be fortunate to connect with him on the inner planes…I actuall have tried on a few occasions lately.

    You had mentioned that his disciple was giving retreat sessions…do have his name or can you tell me in which city in northen Spain that he resides in?

    Maybe from there (the city) I can find his disciple.

    Again many thanks…sincerely James Green

  9. Objections to methods seem personal and preferential.Even the Bible suggests “seek and ye shall find and Be still and know I am God “Recognize this paradox and as Hedderman says “Everything serves you by failing you” but still asks you to Entertain it

  10. Rick. With all due respect – interrupting is not good. I like it when the interviewee gets in their own flow. I had to stop watching at the 17 mark. I have noticed this problem with other interviews.

  11. I know. I’ve gotten lots of feedback on this point. I think I’ve improved. Watch some newer ones and see if you agree.

  12. I find the interviews very “conversational”. Rather than being a distraction, your comments (interruptions?) often add to or clarify the point being made. On more that one occasion, I’ve heard your guests remark how well you conduct the interview. Feel free to make any adjustments you need to make, but please continue to keep it real. I think you’re one of the best out there doing this sort of thing.

  13. I really enjoyed this interview & look forward to listening to Jac’s recordings & reading her book. Thanks, Rick for bringing her to my attention.
    As far as interrupting, it was distracting & it has improved. I find it very helpful when you interrupt to clarify but not when the interruption takes the guest off track. Maybe you should jot down your off-track questions to be asked after the guest has finished that train of thought.
    I am curious about why you always bring up the point that some people mistake conceptual understanding for awakening. It is true that it happens but as you said here, there are lots of phases & they all have their place. Im just curious why that phase is always on your mind.
    Thanks again for many great interviews.

  14. Thanks Rick….I enjoyed this interview with Jac, she is definitely animated and a joy to listen to. I just found out she is giving Satsang in Toronto this summer (June 2013) I do hope to attend. Her path has certainly been one of adventure and I found her accounts fascinating.

    Cheers!

  15. Rick, this was a great, very enjoyable, eye-opening interview. And I didn’t find your interruptions to be interruptions at all, just part of the conversation. Most everybody talks that way anyhow so maybe I’ve just gotten used to it, but Jac didn’t seem bothered by it either.
    She seems a real sweetheart and maybe a bit too far up the mountain for me, what with her ‘retreat for serious seekers only’ plan. She sounded like someone who could actually help me, up to the point where she said that. I mean, I like to think of myself as serious, but seriously, I think I’m probably lost in the woods somewhere down the slope.
    At any rate, I’d really like to log on to her website to see what I can get outa that, but the link on this page doesn’t seem to be working. Takes me to an “Index” page with two links neither of which I have permission to access, plus there’s a 404. Maybe it’s the Cosmos telling me I’m not ready for her…? ;-)
    Perhaps I can Google up something on her.

    Anyways, thanks for being here, and you’ve got the best Captcha I’ve ever seen.

    ~AD

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