697. David Doyle

David Doyle lives on the water in the island city of Alameda in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, their teenage son, and Merlin, a rambunctious Rat Terrier. At an early age he set upon a spiritual path and soon put down the books and turned inward. David’s path has been by most standards a very traditional inner practice, starting with Hatha Yoga and quickly moving to Raja Yoga. Meditation was his main practice, with asanas as an adjunct to meditation.

Early on in his spiritual practice a teacher said that if you master the basics of yoga, and if you practice in earnest, all will unfold – everything you need will come to you. David took this to heart, beginning a life-long practice that for the most part was a solitary journey.

At 20 years old his third eye opened in a dramatic unfolding, and from there came the never-ending gift of insight and abilities including: clairvoyance, clairsentience, clairaudience, precognition, telepathy and more.

Some years later David joined the Berkeley Psychic Institute during its heyday and befriended the founder, Dr. Lewis S Bostwick, whom he considers to be his first great spiritual teacher, and friend. He spent over a decade with this group and at its many (at the time) institutes and thousands of students and teachers.

In 2012, David came to an abiding awakening, and since that time, many changes have taken place in an ongoing process of daily and weekly energetic and auspicious unfoldings, many of which have left him nearly incapacitated.

Since awakening, David has also become an adept Qi Gong Master under the guidance of Grand Master Shi Yong Yao, formerly an elite teacher-monk at the Northern Shaolin Temple in China. Additionally, many siddhis have developed as byproducts along The Way as well as a massive kundalini awakening and other extraordinary happenings.

Now, with ten years having passed since awakening, David is ready to share experiences from his fifty+ year journey with a wider audience. He created Monk with Family, a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to the householder, but inclusive of anyone for whom The Way is their life’s focus. David leads a weekly Satsang open to all those interested, and is available for speaking engagements and other spiritual events.

David A. Doyle: Inventor, entrepreneur, manufacturer, publisher, sailor, skier, burning man (burner), householder.

Founder: Monk with Family Website

Founding member of Shaolin Master Qi Gong, a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to sharing the teachings of Master Yao. David is registered in China as the: Deputy Director of the U.S. Regional Department of Shaolin Fohanmen.

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Interview recorded December 30, 2023

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689. Lorna Byrne

Lorna ByrneSpiritual teacher, international bestselling author and philanthropist Lorna Byrne has dedicated her life to remind humanity of the spiritual potential within us all. She is the author of seven best-selling books including Angels in My Hair, A Message of Hope From the Angels, and Angels at my Fingertips and has been published in more than 50 countries and 30 languages around the world.

Her teachings are the result of a remarkable gift, a divine connection providing her with incredible, detailed knowledge of the spiritual side of life. Unlike others this gift is not from meditation, visualisation or even from books or study, it exists as a natural part of her waking life. Lorna Byrne has physical sight of the unseen world, of the angels, spirits and other spiritual beings that she says are guiding and teaching us every second of every day. Lorna says we all have this potential and it is part of humanity’s evolution for people to connect back to their spiritual self so the body and soul intertwines.

Lorna’s vision of the future is one where there is no division or boundaries between people. Where our spiritual side is accepted and transcends all beliefs. To accept we are all one. To live in peace with each other and nature, our home.

Lorna is also a philanthropist and founder of the Lorna Byrne Children’s Foundation helping vulnerable and marginalised children across the globe and the Seraph Foundation which is developing Sanctuary her centre in County Kilkenny Ireland. In 2019, she was named as one of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People in the World.

Website: lornabyrne.com

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Interview recorded August 27, 2023.

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YouTube Video Chapters:

00:00:00 – Introduction to Lorna Byrne and her Spiritual Teachings
00:03:56 – Interaction with Angels and Subtle Beings
00:08:16 – The Unconditional Love of Guardian Angels
00:11:06 – The Spark of Light: Angels, Humans, and Souls
00:14:20 – The Love between Humans and Animals
00:17:45 – God’s Existence and Understanding Humanity
00:21:52 – Connecting with Nature and Ourselves
00:24:35 – Guardian Angels and Job Changes
00:27:16 – Overcoming Dyslexia and Writing a Bestseller
00:30:48 – The Importance of Hope and Faith
00:34:27 – Signs from Your Guardian Angel
00:36:54 – The Power of Kindness and Giving
00:40:17 – Listening to Your Guardian Angel
00:43:07 – The Role of Angels and Prayers
00:46:38 – Divine Guidance in Job Search
00:50:32 – An Encounter with Archangel Michael
00:53:54 – The Unemployed Angels
00:57:00 – Unemployed Angels and Acts of Compassion
00:59:23 – The Unemployed Angel
01:02:54 – The Concept of Conception
01:06:12 – Angels in Everyday Life
01:10:04 – Visits from Deceased Saints
01:13:45 – The Importance of Being Yourself and Believing in Guardian Angels
01:15:40 – Communicating with Children’s Guardian Angels
01:18:20 – Living life to the fullest as a dyslexic person
01:21:40 – A Glimpse of Heaven
01:24:07 – Walking on Water and Miraculous Abilities
01:27:22 – The Power of Hope and Love
01:30:05 – Executives Connecting with Nature
01:32:16 – Building on to the Farmhouse
01:36:41 – Farewell and Well Wishes

683. Jeff Carreira

Jeff CarreiraJeff Carreira is a meditation teacher, mystical philosopher and author who works with a growing number of people throughout the world. As a teacher, he offers retreats and courses guiding individuals in a form of meditation he refers to as The Art of Conscious Contentment. Through this simple and effective technique, he has led thousands of people in a journey beyond the confines of fear and self-concern into the expansive liberated awareness that is our true home.

As a philosopher, Jeff is interested in defining a new way of being in the world that will move us from our current paradigm of separation and isolation into an emerging paradigm of unity and wholeness. In his books and lectures, he explores revolutionary ideas in the domains of spirituality, consciousness, and human development. He creates courses and programs that encourage people to question their most foundational experience of reality until previously held assumptions fall away leaving space for a dramatically new understanding to emerge.

Jeff is passionate about the potential ideas have to shape how we perceive reality and how we live together. His enthusiasm for learning is infectious, and he has taught at colleges and universities throughout the world.

Jeff is the author of numerous books including:

Website: jeffcarreira.com

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Interview recorded May 20, 2023.

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YouTube Video Chapters:

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction and Background
  • 00:05:24 – Discovering Conscious Contentment
  • 00:11:12 – The Influence of Past Experiences
  • 00:18:53 – The Bright, Clear Awareness
  • 00:26:00 – The End of Seeking: Letting Go and Contentment
  • 00:32:29 – Letting go in Meditation
  • 00:40:10 – Overcoming Sleepiness in Meditation
  • 00:45:28 – Lucid Dreaming and Spiritual Experience
  • 00:49:39 – Interpreting Spiritual Experiences
  • 00:54:07 – The Role of Interpretation in Spiritual Progress
  • 01:00:44 – Exploring New Paths and Spiritual Growth
  • 01:04:51 – P.D. Ospensky and Cosmic Consciousness
  • 01:10:53 – Embracing Creative Expression
  • 01:16:32 – Expressing Ourselves and Taking a Break
  • 01:21:24 – “Partners on the Spiritual Path”
  • 01:29:07 – The Effects of “Crazy Wisdom” Teaching
  • 01:34:21 – The End of an Experiment
  • 01:38:12 – Transparency and Spiritual Integrity
  • 01:41:57 – The Intensity of Spiritual Practice
  • 01:46:09 – Spiritual Experiences and Seeking Alone in the Mountains
  • 01:49:01 – Embracing the Opportunities in Your Circumstances
  • 01:54:02 – The Middle Realms of Being
  • 01:58:23 – The Importance of Non-Dual Awakening & the Advaita Tradition
  • 02:02:10 – Higher Realms of the Soul