389. Brian Yosef Schachter-Brooks

Brian Yosef Schachter-Brooks is a Jewish spiritual teacher, musician and founder of Torah of Awakening (2006). He has taught this Jewish Path of Presence to hundreds of students around the world through workshops, retreats and his on-line program. He also served as clergy and sacred music director at Chochmat HaLev synagogue in Berkeley, California (2000- 2016). He received s’micha (ordination) as Minister of Sacred Music from Reb Zalman Schachter Shalomi z”l (2013), Spiritual Teacher from Rabbi SaraLeya Schley and Shaykh Ibrahim Baba Farajaje (2013), Jewish Meditation Teacher from Dr. Avram Davis (2004) and holds a Bachelor in Music from the Eastman School of Music (1991). He lives in Tucson, Arizona with wife Lisa and their two children.

Website: torahofawakening.com

Interview conducted 2/26/2017

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382. JP Sears

JP SearsJP Sears is best known for his hit “Ultra Spiritual” comedy series, which has accumulated over 100 million YouTube views. He is also an emotional healing coach, and has numerous online videos through which he encourages healing and growth. He is also an author, international teacher, speaker at events, world traveler, and curious student of life. His work empowers people to live more meaningful lives.

How to be Ultra SpiritualJP is the author of “How to Be Ultra Spiritual: 12 1/2 Steps to Spiritual Superiority” (Sounds True Publishing, release date of March 7th, 2017. Also available as an audio book). You can learn more about JP and his work at AwakenWithJP.com and at his Ultra Spiritual website.

Interview recorded 1/19/2017

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372. Harri Aalto – 3rd Interview

Harri AaltoHarri’s descriptions soar from the mundane to the sublime and explain the intimate details, understanding and experience of the awakened state in an entirely fresh way. He shows us how this life of ours can be naturally transformed into the delightful liveliness of expanded consciousness even within the activity of daily life.

Harri has worked as a fine artist/designer, a businessman, and a meditation teacher for his whole life. Throughout these very busy years his experiences of refined states of consciousness and perception have expanded greatly.

Landscape of EnlightenmentHe shares his insights in his book, The Landscape of Enlightenment: With Doors and Windows to Our World, which includes his amazing life story from early childhood to the present with very personal, simple stories, works of art and inspired understanding that will uplift your awareness and stir the onset awakening.


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Interview recorded 11/12/2016.

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365. James Eaton

James EatonWhilst growing up James had a deep sense that something about life didn’t add up. Unsure about what exactly that something was he tried to ‘fit in’ and graduated in Maths from Oxford University. It didn’t work.

He then began seeking a resolution to a lingering sense of unfulfillment by writing songs, singing and playing in bands, then as an actor, then as a school teacher, but that didn’t work either.

On recognising that no matter what his outer circumstances were the feeling of longing and dissatisfaction still remained, the nature of seeking turned inward and James found himself following a variety of spiritual and therapeutic paths. Despite providing many insights along the way these too ultimately failed to satisfy. He felt drawn more and more to the question that no one seemed to be asking: “Who is doing all this?”

Finally James came across the Non-Dual message with which there was an instant resonance. He met with many different teachers and seeking came to an end when the true nature of reality was clearly seen.

James now holds meetings and retreats in the UK and abroad, and lives in Totnes with his partner and two sons.

Website: jameseaton.org

Interview recorded 10/8/2016

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360. David Newman

David NewmanDavid Newman is an author, inspirational teacher, world-renowned devotional singer, songwriter and recording artist. He travels extensively sharing his music, and teachings on the path of love as a vehicle for spiritual awakening. David is also the creator of the Stay Strong Project and the founder of Yoga On Main. He has been featured on NPR, and in The Washington Post and Yoga Journal among many others. David, also known as Durga Das, lives with his wife Mira and daughter Tulsi just outside of Philadelphia, USA.

Website: davidnewmanmusic.com

Interview recorded 8/31/2016.

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