156. Mariana Caplan, 2nd Interview

Mariana CaplanIn this second interview, we discuss yoga and psychology, among other topics.

Mariana Caplan, PhD, MFT, is a licensed psychotherapist, professor of yogic and transpersonal psychologies, and the author of seven books in the fields of psychology and spirituality, including, The Guru Question: The Perils and Rewards of Choosing a Spiritual Teacher (Sounds True, 2011), Eyes Wide Open: Cultivating Discernment on the Spiritual Path (Sounds True, 2010), which won five national awards for best spiritual book of 2010, and the seminal Halfway Up the Mountain: the Error of Premature Claims to Enlightenment.

She has spent 20 years researching cutting edge and controversial topics in Western Spirituality, and dialoguing with the great spiritual teachers, scholars, and luminaries of our time. She is a leading spiritual psychologist, using somatic approaches to psychotherapy to support spiritual practitioners and teachers with the process of healing trauma and moving towards psychospiritual integration, and working with the complex discernments that arise in the context of spiritual practice and in spiritual communities.

She is an adjunct professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies where she creates and teaches innovative public and academic programs. She has degrees cultural anthropology, counseling psychology, and contemporary spirituality, and is a teacher, lifelong practitioner, and lover of yoga philosophy and asana.

Mariana resides in the San Francisco Bay Area where she has a private psychotherapy practice, and ecstatically enjoys her life as a new mom.

Mariana’s website

First interview with Mariana.

Interview recorded 1/6/2013

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

149 thoughts on “156. Mariana Caplan, 2nd Interview

  1. “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”
    Jesus Christ

  2. Jesus Comforts His Disciples

    John 14:1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.” 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” 8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” 9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.”

    On the surface, the teachings of Jesus aren’t always very clear, for many reasons, but when seen in the light of the teachings of other sages, and with a little contemplation, their meaning might become clearer.

  3. Steve: I can be playfully devilish. And so:
    “On the surface, the teachings of sages aren’t always very clear, for many reasons, but when seen in the light of the teachings of Jesus, and with a little contemplation, their meaning might become clearer.”

    I like that you quoted Jesus earlier and now. He is a sage, as well.

  4. Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.”

    That one gives me peace. Thanks Steve.

  5. Catherine –
    Yes, Brahma Vishnu and Shiva are always creating maintaining and destroying universes in every moment according to Hindu mythology..and if a teacher is whole, the transmission of Silence embodies all three elements of the trinity….

    In the View here, when a liberated soul meets Shiva at the time of casting off the body – he remains joyous – because he knows that that which is real can never die, and that which is not, was never born..

    Blessings to you right back..

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  6. Beautiful quote from the Gospel of John, Steve. It gave me a smile. The tradition did not have a formal language of Non-Dualism. Jesus (or the writer of the Gospel of John) worked with what he had. He taught in parables and cryptic sayings, sayings for those “with eye to see, and ears to hear”, as pointers to those who would understand their “hidden”, actually “spiritual” meaning. Given these limitations, there is a certain beauty in being able to relate this through the ordinariness of human life, both as veiled and revealed.

  7. I agree, Ernest. I did study the Bible some, but I didn’t memorize it, so I have to thank Brenda for making me want to see the quote she posted in its context.

    There’s only one Truth, of course, and the clearer it becomes, the easier it is to see (or feel) it in (or between) the words of those who lived (or live) it.

  8. Was that a Tattoo? So much talk about the body and it’s importance to liberation. Why didn’t you ask about the tattoo Rick?

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