300. Cheryl Abram

Cheryl AbramCheryl Abram is a mother of 4 from southern Louisiana. She’s a graduate of the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. and holds a Master’s degrees in Social Work in Quality Systems Management. Cheryl currently lives in Northern Virginia and works as a learning and development specialist in a federal agency in Washington DC. After an undeniable experience that reminded her of our inherent value…without the need of a “savior”, Cheryl is now passionate about spreading the good news that belief is not necessary. We are already innocent, eternal, and free.

Website: cherylabram.com

Book: Firing God

Interview recorded 7/25/2015

Video below. Audio coming soon.

299. Joan Shivarpita Harrigan

Joan HarriganBri. Joan Shivarpita Harrigan, Ph.D. is the spiritual director of Patanjali Kundalini Yoga-Care (PKYC-USA). Shiva has practiced, studied, and taught Raja yoga and Advaita Vedanta for more than thirty years. She has been tutored as the designated successor for America in the Kundalini Vidya lineage founded by Gomatagiri Maharaj, learning the oral commentary teachings of Traditional Kundalini Science from her spiritual mentor, Swami Chandrasekharanand Saraswati. A retired psychologist, she has been a brahmacharini (novice) in the Shankaracharya Vedic monastic order since 1987. She is the author of Kundalini Vidya the Science of Spiritual Transformationand Stories of Spiritual Transformation: The Fulfillment of Kundalini Process (to be published soon).

Patanjali Kundalini Yoga Care is a spiritual guidance service for qualified spiritual seekers. Based on Traditional Kundalini Science (Kundalini Vidya), it supports serious aspirants in advancing their spiritual progress by providing individualized spiritual practices designed for their particular needs. The specialty of PKYC is to assess the kind of spiritual process that seekers have, to assist them in reaching a stable higher level, and to support them in their continued spiritual advancement by providing ongoing spiritual education, consultations, recommendations, and guidance so they can progress more skillfully and dedicatedly. This helps the divine within make efficient, untroubled, and speedy progress toward Liberation, awareness of oneness with the One.

Interview recorded 7/12/2015

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

298. Enza Vita

Enza VitaEnza Vita is the publisher of InnerSelf Newspaper, Woman Spirit Magazine and Baraka Publishing and is the founder and director of the MahaShanti Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to assist others to recognize their true nature as that which is always already free.

“While it’s true that we are always the Self”, says Enza Vita, “if this hasn’t been truly and directly realized, this knowledge won’t do us any good. Just knowing that there is no gate to pass through doesn’t mean that we are at the end of the search, not if we are still standing outside that gateless gate. Realization is not about you, the wave, realizing it is ocean. The ocean realizes itself in you and reveals itself to have never been just a wave.”

Enza Vita has spent 40 years of her life, searching and studying some of the great spiritual traditions of our age from Nada Yoga, Sufism and Zen to Advaita, Buddhism and Dzogchen. As a result she was able to discover the universal teaching underlining all of them and to distil and present a modern practical authentic spirituality that reaches beyond all religions, yet allows for them all to remain, as they are. “The truth I talk about is not limited to any tradition” – says Enza Vita, “but is found in, and open to, all true traditions”.

Culminating in a profound spiritual realization in 2007, all her life’s work came into a clear, sharp focus, as she began to write and answer questions for those who came to her … which eventually became her book “Always already free – recognizing the natural wakefulness we were born with”.

Based on Enza’s own experience, Always already free, demystifies ancient spiritual teachings and practices from east and west and reveals that spiritual enlightenment is not a faraway dream, but the ever-present reality always available here and now. The first three chapters of Always Already Free are available for free download from www.enzavita.com.

Interview recorded 6/27/2015

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297. Lincoln Gergar

Lincoln GergarHello everyone. This is Lincoln, the channel for Higher Self. Welcome to your reality.

In this moment you are creating everything. Your perceptual awareness is the Source Light. All of the forms in existence are this Light. You will never exist outside of your Light. This entire Universe is within you, as you.

You have chosen to enter this human reality to be the author of your life story. The thoughts you speak to yourself, the words you speak to others, your emotional energies and the actions of your body communicate to the Source Consciousness what you want to experience. The Source Consciousness is you. Become aware of yourself as this creator. Live from your Higher Self state and you become the conscious author of your reality. You choose what your life will be. Anything is possible.

With this Truth known, how will you create your life?

Since the age of 18, Lincoln Gergar has been helping people to awaken to who they are as the blissful consciousness creating their lives. At 25, Lincoln started teaching to a world-wide audience via YouTube, personal sessions, and events. In 7 years, his Channel Higher Self videos have received over 3 million views and he has taught in 13 countries on 5 continents.

The message is simple, direct and clear. The life you experience is the direct expression of what you believe to be your reality.   Expand yourself as consciousness into all parts of your mind, emotions and body to gain creative control of your human reality. Awaken to the Truth that you have always been the creator of your reality and live as this Truth.

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Interview recorded 6/20/2015

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296. Rev. Michael Dowd

Michael DowdRev. Michael Dowd is a bestselling evolutionary theologian and pro-future evangelist whose work has been featured in The New York Times, LA Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Discover, and on television nationally.  His bridge-building book, Thank God for Evolution, was endorsed by 6 Nobel Prize-winning scientists, noted skeptics, and by religious leaders across the spectrum. Michael and his science-writer wife, Connie Barlow, have spoken to more than two thousand groups across North America since 2002.

Michael has delivered two TEDx talks and a program at the United Nations. In 2010 he interviewed 38 Christian leaders across the theological spectrum, all of whom embrace an ecological, evolutionary worldview and are committed to a healthy future, as part of a series, titled, “The Advent of Evolutionary Christianity.” Most recently, he interviewed 55 experts on climate change, peak oil, and sustainability, as part of an online conversation series, titled, The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness.

Dowd’s passion for proclaiming a pro-science message of inspiration — what he calls “the Gospel of Right Relationship to Reality” — has earned him the moniker ‘Reverend Reality’ as he speaks prophetically in secular and religious settings alike about the generational evil of anti-future / anti-Christian policies and the necessity of co-creating a just, healthy, and sustainably life-giving future for humanity and the larger body of life.

Key quote:  “God is reality with a personality, not a person outside reality. If you don’t get personification, you can’t possibly understand the world’s myths and religions — and you’ll surely miss what God is telling us today through scientific evidence.  Few things matter more than this in a world of ecological degradation and climate chaos.  Anyone who doubts this need only watch one or two of the Hollywood star-studded ”Nature Is Speaking” videos that have gone viral in recent months.” ~ Rev. Michael Dowd

Suggested readings:

  1. Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change, by William R. Catton
  2. Collapse Now and Avoid the Rush: The Best of The Archdruid Report, by John Michael Greer
  3. Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy, by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone
  4. Thank God for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World, by Michael Dowd
  5. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, by Naomi Klein

Interview conducted 6/13/2015

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

Michael’s wife Connie Barlow split this video into two segments, edited it a bit, and added text and graphical annotations. In this first segment, Michael Dowd speaks of his “pro-future” distinctions in the context of broad concerns as well as the metaphysical/Buddhist worldview set forth in questions posed by Rick Archer, host of the “Buddha at the Gas Pump” conversation series (extracts of which have been re-shaped into this video).

In this second segment, Michael Dowd speaks of his “pro-future” distinctions derived from ecological sciences. Rick Archer, host of the “Buddha at the Gas Pump” conversation series, poses questions of broad interest as well as topics central to Buddhist and metaphysical worldviews.