541. Houman Emami

Houman EmamiHouman Z. Emami, a native of Iran (ancient Persia), has a bright academic career in Philosophy and Religion, Holism and Consciousness, with earlier careers in Computer Science, Telecommunications, and a number of educational-institute startups. He has completed undergraduate studies in the above fields, within and without standard academic training, and he continues in his graduate and Ph.D. thesis, “On Intuition, the Heart Faculty, and Theophanies”.

Before reaching his eleventh year, Houman had lived through the Iranian revolution of 1979, the Iran and Iraq war of 1981, and the inner-city bombings and atrocities of war. “And that was just the beginning,” he tells us. Miraculous events began as a direct result of these earlier years of awakening and grew in proportion to his yearning. In this way, the dark side of war, and the lesser-known light side of war were made manifest from age five onwards. After several relocations and maturing in both eastern and western cultures before his thirtieth year, Houman had taken part in a relatively successful lifestyle, returned to academia and various spiritual practices thrice, finally taking early retirement in his late twenties, leaving all behind and spending a decade as an independent world-traveler, contemporary monk and spiritual pilgrim. These later awakenings in solitude and on the pilgrim’s walk integrated those of his early childhood.

At last, returning to the worldly life in his late thirties, he continues to impact the world he left behind. Loved ones and relations lovingly refer to him as “scribe”, “pilgrim”, and “scholar”. A “scribe” is one who decodes and deciphers the teachings of the ancient scrolls which are symbolic representations of transcendent realms made immanent within a simple framework of understanding. A “pilgrim” is one who leaves the mind behind (is a passerby), leads from the heart, ‘connects the dots’, is a bridge-builder, and a peace-maker. And a “scholar” from scolere is one who lives at ease as a student of life, truth, and wisdom. In this respect, he has written:

Let the truth of love be & become the love of truth, and the love of truth be & become the truth of love. That means, the soul genuinely desires love and truth, embraced by and swaying this way and that throughout life, in order to teach us that we must love unconditionally but when finding ourselves in the snares of selfish love, we must pursue truth; and we must pursue truth unconditionally but when we find truth become empty tradition and superstition, we must pursue love.

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In practice, Houman’s spiritual invocation consciously began in his early teens, as a result of a near-death experience (NDE) ––taking him back to his early childhood visions, and to his native ancestral teachings of the East, near-East, and the Orient. After his near-death experience and remembering his life’s calling more fully from age five, Houman recalled all that proceeded from that age in the divine plan, walking them out and remembering them step by step.

Years later, these remembrances and awakenings culminated into visionary experiences and embodiments—involving “theophanies”, meaning divine interventions/encounters. Twelve years of practice and integration turned him into an independent spiritual pilgrim in 2003, and he has been traveling the world since. His journey has been one of the most overwhelming stories one might hear.

Houman now fully devotes his life within the education and application of wisdom teachings and transformation, with emphasis on one’s direct connection to Creator, as one interconnected whole, Unified Field, or Great-Holy- Sacred-Spirit-Mystery. His knowledge spans from various spiritual teachings to honoring a particular heritage within a singular body of teaching. After leaving the academic world, and returning to it thrice, his approach has become more experiential, theory in service to practice. “Actions speak louder than words, and the heart’s silence speaks louder than both,” he often remarks, “Silence is the ground upon which love grows.”

Houman often sits in council with people of all walks; known and unknown; healers, teachers, and spiritually endowed parents and children, and assists in the development of new openings and possibilities. Due to his unique upbringing, childhood circumstances, and experiences in awakening, Houman has a deep interest in the development and education of children, educators, and parents, whose awareness of spiritual phenomena began in childhood. One major medium employed as a practice is heart-mind inquiry and prayer in spirit, as one universal language of light, followed by various mediums, artistic expressions, and on occasion, interpersonal inquiry and dialogue.

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He aspires in leading a lifestyle that, as closely as possible, mirrors the lives of a number of mystics and divine philosopher-sage scientists, in the way intended for him, with a strong conviction that all bodies of teaching, and modern society at large, are of a similar ancient origin, ancestry and tribe. He remarks, “We are a global village already. No need to make new ones. Even the immortal beings of legend are accessible. No sects or secrets. Enough with new ideologies. No need for long expositions on gurus and masters, or ‘scientism’ or ‘religionism’ for that matter. It is far more urgent than that, and all already here. God is closer. Realize the self now. And to walk on ground-zero, where change and transformation truly is, be humbled. Our angels, leaders, immortals, masters, and gurus, are in the trenches with us, all the way to the Most High—don’t put them out there somewhere, inaccessible, in order to remain irresponsible, too comfortable, refusing to grow up.”

Houman’s primary focus at this time is in assisting certain generations of adults and children, who are finding their invocation in the current world at large; those with similar challenges of self-acceptance and a unique awareness of how to spiritually navigate the world, given certain earth-shattering divine gifts of grace from early childhood are at play!

All there is, IS Love for Love IS…

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537. Roger Walsh

Roger WalshRoger Walsh MD., Ph.D. DHL graduated from Queensland University with degrees in psychology, physiology, neuroscience, and medicine, came to the United States as a Fulbright scholar, and is currently a professor of psychiatry, philosophy, anthropology, and religious studies at the University of California. His research interests include psychological health and wellbeing, virtues such as love and wisdom, practices such as meditation that foster them, and the psychological roots of our current social and global challenges.

Roger’s books include Paths Beyond Ego, The World of Shamanism, and Essential Spirituality: The 7 Central Practices to Awaken Heart and Mind, and he recently edited the modestly titled volume, The World’s Great Wisdom. His research and writings have received over twenty national and international awards. He was formerly a circus acrobat, held world records in trampolining and high diving, and recently graduated from the San Francisco Comedy College and had an extremely brief and unsuccessful career as a standup comedian.

For more information, see drrogerwalsh.com

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Interview recorded February 15, 2020.

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529. Mirabai Starr, 2nd Interview

Mirabai StarrMirabai Starr writes creative non-fiction and contemporary translations of sacred literature. She taught Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos for 20 years and now teaches and speaks internationally on contemplative practice and inter-spiritual dialog. A certified bereavement counselor, Mirabai helps mourners harness the transformational power of loss. She has received critical acclaim for her revolutionary new translations of the mystics:

She is the award-winning author of:

She lives with her extended family in the mountains of northern New Mexico.

Website: mirabaistarr.com

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First BatGap interview with Mirabai.

Interview recorded October 28, 2019

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