451. Marjorie Woollacott

Marjorie WoollacottMarjorie Hines Woollacott, Ph.D., has been a neuroscience professor at the University of Oregon for more than three decades and a meditator for almost four. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation for 35 years, she has co-authored a popular textbook for health professionals that is in its 5th edition, and has written more than 180 peer-reviewed research articles—several of which were on meditation, the topic that motivated her to write the book Infinite Awareness: The Awakening of a Scientific Mind.

As a neuroscientist, Marjorie Woollacott had no doubts that the brain was a purely physical entity controlled by chemicals and electrical pulses. When she experimented with meditation for the first time, however, her entire world changed. Woollacott’s journey through years of meditation has made her question the reality she built her career upon and has forced her to ask what human consciousness really is. Infinite Awareness (winner of the 2017 Parapsychological Association Book Award, Eric Hoffer Book Award, and the Nautilus Book Award) pairs Woollacott’s research as a neuroscientist with her self-revelations about the mind’s spiritual power. Between the scientific and spiritual worlds, she breaks open the definition of human consciousness to investigate the existence of a non-physical and infinitely powerful mind.

Website: marjoriewoollacott.com

Marjorie is the president of an organization called The Academy for the Advancement of Postmaterialist Sciences, which she co-founded with Gary Schwartz at the U. of Arizona. The organization hopes to help impel the paradigm shift away from materialism.

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Interview recorded April 22, 2018

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YouTube Video Chapters:

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction and Background
  • 00:03:26 – A Mantra for Anxiety Relief
  • 00:06:13 – The Life-Changing Initiation
  • 00:08:59 – Integrating Science and Spirituality
  • 00:11:49 – The Excitement of Consciousness Studies
  • 00:14:29 – The Lack of Curiosity in our Worldview
  • 00:17:13 – The Connectedness of All Beings
  • 00:20:08 – The Disconnect between Scientists and General Public
  • 00:23:04 – The Shift in Scientific Consciousness
  • 00:26:01 – Consciousness as a Universal Substratum
  • 00:29:06 – The Implicate Order and Karma
  • 00:31:59 – The Consciousness in Every Particle of the Universe
  • 00:35:02 – The Filtered Theory of Consciousness
  • 00:38:12 – The Enlightened Master’s Consciousness
  • 00:41:17 – Cultivating Non-bounded Reality
  • 00:44:13 – Idealist Monistic Philosophies
  • 00:47:00 – The Numinous Consciousness
  • 00:50:02 – The Manifestation of Consciousness
  • 00:52:48 – The Effects of Meditation on the Brain
  • 00:55:34 – Stillness of the Mind and Pure Consciousness
  • 00:58:21 – The symbiotic relationship between science and spirituality
  • 01:01:24 – The Limitations of Randomized Controlled Trials in Determining Effectiveness
  • 01:04:04 – Subtleties and Realities of Perception
  • 01:06:53 – Exploring Subtle Realms of Perception
  • 01:09:45 – The Mechanics of Awareness
  • 01:12:30 – The Nature of Consciousness and Binding
  • 01:15:19 – The Subtle Body and its Faculties
  • 01:18:19 – The Experience of Atheists
  • 01:21:08 – The Power of Positive Thoughts and Non-Local Consciousness
  • 01:24:15 – Exploring the Hypotheses of Consciousness
  • 01:27:05 – Ken Wilber Interview

409. Stephen D’Amico

Stephen D'AmicoStephen D’Amico is a spiritual teacher, mystical poet, and author. At age 22, Stephen went through a profound spiritual transformation that culminated in a permanent realization of his true nature. Since then his life has been devoted to understanding the spiritual path from an evolutionary perspective and helping others reconnect with their true nature to help bring about a global awakening in human consciousness. The main way he does this is through the direct transmission of the enlightened state of being, which connects others with their own true nature.

In the past, Stephen has worked in the field of conflict resolution and restorative justice as a mediator, facilitator, trainer, and project leader for youth social action groups. He has also taught at both the elementary and high school levels, focusing on the special needs of students with learning disabilities. Currently, he and his wife, Aniko, run Millwood Melt, a lively grilled cheese restaurant in their beloved community of Leaside, in Toronto. Customers and students playfully refer to Stephen as “the grilled cheese guru.”

When not feeding bodies, Stephen lives and breathes to feed souls. He currently hosts transformational gatherings/satsang and offers individuals enlightened guidance and support via phone, Skype, or in person. He is the author of two books:

 

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Transcript of this interview

Interview recorded 7/23/2017

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YouTube Video Chapters:

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction to Buddha at the Gas Pump
  • 00:05:04 – Losing Connection to True Nature
  • 00:10:06 – Lucid dreaming and maintaining awareness
  • 00:14:39 – Childhood Spiritual Experiences
  • 00:19:42 – The Practice of Witnessing
  • 00:24:18 – Witnessing and Subtle Beings
  • 00:28:52 – Beings from the Intermediate Realm
  • 00:33:32 – Transitioning into teenage years
  • 00:37:47 – Exploring Human Sexuality and Selfless Service
  • 00:41:10 – Providing for Others
  • 00:45:31 – The Perennial Search for Happiness
  • 00:49:05 – Dissolving into the Voidness
  • 00:53:41 – The Immersion in Bliss and Realizations
  • 00:58:03 – A Radical Self-Change
  • 01:01:45 – Detached State during Physical Work, Ascending and Descending
  • 01:05:08 – Taking on Cosmic Stress
  • 01:08:36 – The Perspective of Choice and Free Will
  • 01:12:28 – Evolution and Freedom of Choice
  • 01:16:07 – The Desire to Escape from the Body
  • 01:19:22 – The Importance of Sentience and Reverence for Food
  • 01:22:58 – The Process of Discovering the Ability to Channel Energies
  • 01:26:51 – The Mechanics of Enlightenment
  • 01:29:56 – The Maturing Soul and Outward Behavior
  • 01:34:08 – The Transformation into the Non-Dual State
  • 01:38:35 – The Transformation of Self
  • 01:41:54 – The Net of Indra and Interconnectivity
  • 01:46:27 – Agreement on the Mystery of Existence
  • 01:50:35 – Distinguishing True Realized Beings from Fake Gurus
  • 01:54:26 – Scrutinizing and Challenging Facades
  • 01:57:42 – A Dream Come True
  • 02:00:43 – Subscribe and Stay Updated

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358. Anette Carlström

Anette CarlströmAnette Carlström is an internationally recognized speaker, author and teacher in development in consciousness living in Helsingborg, Sweden. Her focus and specialty is guiding the individual and in groups toward finding your inner compass to discover your full potential and true nature. Anette also has a strong presence in chanting Sacred Mantras, offering mantra concerts as well as having recorded several CD’s carrying the transmission of Divine Grace through the Oneness Blessing, easily accessed by simply listening.

She is the author of two acclaimed books. In her first – From the Heart – Discovering and Living the Oneness Blessing– she shares her bumpy journey of conscious Awakening and natural transformation as well as answering sensitive and profound questions. Her second book – Namaste, Awakening The Power of Presence is a road map and extraordinary guide, exploring the sacred truths that are hidden in our everyday life. It is filled with wonderful guided meditations and anecdotal stories. Each word of her books permeates the reader into the Power of Presence.

Anette is Founder of Diamond Life Foundation, an alternative health practice and meditation center in southern Sweden, where she gives weekly programs, courses and guided meditations as well as giving Cranio Sacral Treatments. Since 2003 she has been traveling around Europe and the World sharing her story, teaching and singing. When she chants and speaks, there is a natural transfer of Grace that is received either in person or over the phone. She is initiated to give the Oneness Meditation (OM) which is a Sacred Transmission of energies that accelerate Awakening to the Intelligence of the Heart.
She offers on-line Oneness Meditations every Tuesday evening Swedish time on her free Livestream channel.

Transcript of this interview

Interview recorded 8/13/2016

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YouTube Video Chapters:

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction to “Buddha at the Gas Pump” with Annette Karlström
  • 00:04:12 – The Longing for Uniting with the Presence Within
  • 00:08:30 – A Life-Changing Experience in Hollywood
  • 00:12:51 – Pursuing Acting and Singing in Hollywood
  • 00:17:12 – Finding Fulfillment in Chanting and Meditation
  • 00:21:12 – The Darkest Before the Dawn
  • 00:26:02 – Meeting with Light Beings
  • 00:29:57 – Profound Shift in Consciousness
  • 00:34:07 – A Life-Turning Event
  • 00:38:28 – Meeting Inner Suffering
  • 00:42:54 – Meeting Inner Suffering
  • 00:46:50 – Discovering the Magic Key
  • 00:51:04 – Starting with something simple
  • 00:55:10 – The Energy Transfer Moment
  • 00:59:25 – Profound Shift in Consciousness
  • 01:03:22 – Seeking Help from a Doctor
  • 01:07:21 – The Power of Antaryamin
  • 01:11:30 – The process and effectiveness of Diksha
  • 01:15:53 – The Three Components of Deeksha
  • 01:19:50 – The Magic Temple with No Pillars
  • 01:23:43 – Staying at Shambhala and the Oneness University
  • 01:27:37 – Mystical Experiences in Campus 3
  • 01:31:45 – Levels of Awakening
  • 01:35:33 – Levels of Consciousness and Processing the Suffering of Humanity
  • 01:39:23 – Experiencing the Suffering of the World
  • 01:43:42 – Enjoying the Ride and Awakening to Divine Consciousness
  • 01:47:57 – The Groundswell of Awakening
  • 01:51:46 – Connecting with Your Inner Self
  • 01:55:24 – The Importance of Regular Practice
  • 02:00:30 – Chant of Gratitude
  • 02:05:16 – Exploring the Menus on BatGap