407. Robert Saltzman

Robert SaltzmanIn the midst of his career as an artist and photographer, Robert Saltzman experienced a sudden and profound awakening—a deep vision into the actual nature of “myself.” That abrupt change in point of view, along with a subsequent long illness and slow recovery, changed the course of his life. He left the art world, obtained a doctorate in Depth Psychology, and began his practice of psychotherapy, a work he describes as “days in a small room, face to face with pain and suffering.”

As an adjunct to his therapy practice, Robert established a website that featured his replies to questions about psychology, consciousness, and ordinary problems of living such as relationships, personality disorders, sexuality, mental illness, death and dying, etc. That site became the most popular “ask the psychologist” web page on the internet, and has welcomed over four million visitors.

In 2012, Robert moved his question and answer work to a Facebook page where it continues to this day. The Ten Thousand Things is a book of words and images about awakening, consciousness, philosophy, and spirituality. Forty chapters–each beginning with a photograph–based upon Robert’s replies to questions posed to him on Facebook and in private correspondence.

Book: The Ten Thousand Things(Free book excerpt)

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Website: dr-robert.com

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333. Joey Lott

Joey LottJoey Lott is not a spiritual teacher. He’s not offering enlightenment, awakening, liberation, or any such carrot to keep you searching for something else.

Instead, he’s just a fellow person who had the fortune to discover that the willingness to stop seeking for answers, for solutions to all kinds of imagined spiritual problems, reveals the peace of just being whatever is happening – which is all that is ever happening anyway. It’s not a glorious attainment. It’s not morally or spiritually elevated. It’s very mundane, and often uncomfortable – exactly like your life now.

Joey doesn’t do formal teaching. In an ever-changing manner, he does experiment with inviting others to join in a conversation and explore the assumptions that underlie suffering.

Website: joeylott.com

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Books:

Interview recorded 2/13/2016

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330. Norio Kushi

Norio KushiBrief history of Norio: I always loved wheels ever since I was a small child. The first set of wheels was a bicycle, which by age nine, I was riding 40 miles at a time. Age 19, I drove a taxi in Boston for five years. I began driving a truck, as well as greyhound buses, at age 25. I began what I refer to as “true inquiry” while driving my truck in 2003, thereby being able to see the silence, from which “Norio brain” could see all that I thought I am is only an illusion.

Website: demystifyenlightenment.org

Interview conducted 1/30/2016

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319. Jane Anderson-Ross

Jane Anderson-RossJane Anderson-Ross is a wife, mother, and grandmother currently living in Rochester, NY.

Raised in a New Jersey suburb of Philadelphia, Jane always had the gifts of love and compassion, and even as a young child, felt that her life path was to help others heal.

But in 1988, during the throes of her own trials and difficulties, Jane had a transformation that was prompted by a singular prayer. She surrendered to the Divine Creator and asked, “Let me be Your Eyes, Your Ears, Your Hands, and Your Heart.” From that prayer, came what she can only describe as a “Rebirth”; a profound transformation with a pure divine directive.

However, still very much Jane, she continued on as a devoted wife and mother of 2 babies.

What became extraordinary to her though, was the Divine events, healings, and transformations that touched not only her own life, but that of many others who came into contact with her.

Nevertheless, Jane’s love, humility, and simplicity never wavered, and she decided to enter into the field of holistic healing arts. She began sharing her gifts through a spiritually-based newsletter, which included Divinely inspired writings and poetry. Later she added more formal, professional training, and became a Shiatsu and Thai Message Therapist, Reiki Master, Aromatherapy, and Naturopathic Esthetician. Other modalities included Ancient Palmistry and Psychic Mediumship.

Jane is happy to share her personal story with all who ask, and feels that her expression is best stated by the following;

“It matters not what we do, but from where we come whilst doing it”.

Website: janeandersonross.com

Interview recorded 12/12/2015

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173. Alice Grist

Alice GristAlice Grist is the author of three books. Her first book was The High Heeled Guide to Enlightenment, which saw Alice explore alternative spirituality from her modern day, fun loving perspective. The second is Prediction Magazine Award Winning (Best Book 2012) The High Heeled Guide to Spiritual Living. Following Alice’s dabbling with different faiths, she decided to forget all of them, and simply live spiritually. This book is a fiery and funny account of just what she learned! Alice’s third book, Dear Poppyseed: A Soulful Momma’s Pregnancy Journal, which is a personal, spiritual (and very human) account of her first pregnancy is to be published early 2013. All three books are published by Soul Rocks and have attracted much reader and reviewer acclaim.

Alice is a frequent contributor to many magazines and online lifestyle sites including regular articles on Huffington Post, Natural Health (The Soul Diva), Hello Giggles and The Conversation writing about spirituality and soulful living in her own quirky, accessible and fierce style. Follow her on Twitter.

Soul Rocks Publisher

Alice Grist is the Publisher of new John Hunt Publishing Imprint – Soul Rocks Books. Soul Rocks publishes soulful and spiritual books for a new generation. Alice also gets down and dirty with the book details, involving herself in editing, proofreading and PR too.

Personal

Alice is a Northerner who now lives in the middle of the UK with her husband James, baby daughter Ivy and two cats Molly and Jimi.

Alice’s website

Interview recorded 5/11/2013

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