396. Jacqueline Maria Longstaff

Jacqueline Maria LongstaffJacqueline Maria Longstaff began having peak experiences at an early age. She held her first spiritual service – for kids – at age 7. She had a huge heart opening at age 19, but not knowing where to go with this, became a Catholic for a few years and taught in Africa. However, soon she was drawn towards the teachings of the East. The need for religion of any kind dropped after an awakening at the Osho ashram in 1979. 1980 saw the beginning of some powerful connections with inter-dimensional beings as preparation for her future work.

She was officially an Osho sannyasin for almost 4 years, but her real guru was Swami Devadas, one of Osho’s earliest disciples.

She began guiding others in 1979 and has held courses, retreats and satsangs in many countries. She has been a speaker at conferences in several countries throughout the last 25 years.

In 2003 she began creating an Ashram near the sacred hill Arunachala in South India.

For 7 years she produced and hosted 2-hour radio programs for Radio Lotus in Copenhagen.

She has held three fifteen-month Cosmic Airport training courses – mainly in Scandinavia – training people to assist with conscious birthing, dying, transformation and transcendence.

Her education includes a teaching degree, astrological and esoteric studies, astro- psychology and spiritual psychology studies, and much more.

Website: cosmicairport.com

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Interview recorded 4/15/2017

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393. Charles Eisenstein

Charles EisensteinCharles Eisenstein is a speaker and writer focusing on themes of human culture and identity. He is the author of several books, most recently Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible. His background includes a degree in mathematics and philosophy from Yale, a decade in Taiwan as a translator, and stints as a college instructor, a yoga teacher, and a construction worker. He currently writes and speaks full-time. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife and four children.

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Interview recorded 3/25/2017

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381. Marianne Williamson

Marianne WilliamsonMarianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed spiritual author and lecturer. Marianne has been a popular guest on television programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Charlie Rose & Bill Maher. Seven of her twelve published books have been New York Times Best Sellers. Four of these have been #1. The mega best seller A Return to Love is considered a must-read of The New Spirituality. A paragraph from that book, beginning “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure…” is considered an anthem for a contemporary generation of seekers.

Sister GiantMarianne is the founder of Sister Giant, an annual conference dedicated to forging a deeper conversation about what is happening in America today – and what we can do to change it. This year’s conference is coming up February 2-4 in Washington, DC. Speakers include Senator Bernie Sanders (keynote), Thom Hartmann, Jean Houston, Robert Thurman, and many more. The event will be livestreamed.

Marianne’s other books include:

Marianne is a native of Houston, Texas. In 1989, she founded Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program that serves homebound people with AIDS in the Los Angeles area. To date, Project Angel Food has served over 10 million meals.  Marianne also co-founded the Peace Alliance. And she serves on the Board of Directors of the RESULTS organization, working to end the worst ravages of hunger and poverty throughout the world.

According to Time magazine, “Yoga, the Cabala and Marianne Williamson have been taken up by those seeking a relationship with God that is not strictly tethered to Christianity.”

Website: marianne.com

Marianne gives weekly talks in New York City, based on A Course in Miracles … every Tuesday night at 7:30PM, at Marble Collegiate Church, Fifth Avenue and West 29th Street. The talks are Live Streamed and so are available to everyone, everywhere. Register at marianne.com.

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345. Atreya Thomas

Atreya ThomasAwakening can be defined as a fundamental transformation or death of the exclusive “me” that has its identity in “I am the body and mind,” to a non-exclusive awareness that simultaneously sees itself in all things, times and places without a second of differentiation.

Just like the sunlight does not need to be achieved as it is there ever-shining, awakening is your true nature and does not need to be achieved. What does need to be achieved and does take effort is the removal of the curtain that obstructs the sunlight.

The only prerequisite for this removal is an earnest and unwavering devotion to discover something that is eternal, everlasting, complementary to all, unchanging, and final. This brings down grace which removes the veil. The intensity of devotion and perseverance determines the pace.

Atreya, his wife, and three adopted children live in California, where Atreya works as a pre-school teacher. He and his wife are also foster parents to drug-exposed infants who are hard to place.

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Website: revealingtheabsolute.com

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Interview recorded 5/7/2016

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329. Andrew Harvey

Andrew HarveyAndrew Harvey is an author, speaker and founder/director of the Institute of Sacred Activism, an international organization focused on inviting concerned people to take up the challenge of our contemporary global crises by becoming inspired, effective and practical agents of institutional and systemic change, in order to create peace and sustainability.

Andrew Harvey has taught at Oxford University, Cornell University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, The California Institute of Integral Studies, and the University of Creation Spirituality as well as at various spiritual centers throughout the U.S. He was the subject of the 1993 BBC film documentary The Making of a Modern Mystic and appears also in Rumi Turning Ecstatic and The Consciousness Of The Christ: Reclaiming Jesus for a New Humanity. He has also worked with the great Iranian Sufi dancer, Banafsheh Sayyad, in producing a film, In the Fire of Grace, which marries Sufi inspired dances to the stages of Rumi’s understanding of the path of Divine love.

He has written and edited over 30 books and received many awards, including the Benjamin Franklin Award and the Mind Body Spirit Award.

Website: andrewharvey.net

Some of Andrew’s many books:

Movie referred to during the interview: A Human Search: The Life of Father Bede Griffiths (1993)

Interview recorded 1/25/2016

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