596. Richard Tarnas

Richard TarnasRichard Tarnas is a professor of psychology and cultural history at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where he founded the graduate program in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness. He teaches courses in the history of ideas, archetypal studies, depth psychology, and religious evolution. He frequently lectures on archetypal studies and depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara and was formerly the director of programs and education at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. He is the author of The Passion of the Western Mind, a history of the Western world view from the ancient Greek to the postmodern widely used in universities. His second book, Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View, received the Book of the Year Prize from the Scientific and Medical Network and is the basis for the upcoming documentary series The Changing of the Gods. He is a past president of the International Transpersonal Association and served on the Board of Governors for the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco.

Website: cosmosandpsyche.com

Interview recorded April 25, 2021.

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572. James Cooke

James CookeDr. James Cooke is a neuroscientist, writer, and speaker, whose work focuses on consciousness, with a particular interest in meditative and psychedelic states.  He studied Experimental Psychology and Neuroscience at Oxford University and is passionate about exploring the relationship between science and spirituality.  He writes for RealitySandwich.com and is the host of the podcast Living Mirrors with Dr. James Cooke, which can be found on his YouTube channel.  He splits his time between London and the mountains of Portugal where he is building a retreat centre, The Surrender Homestead, @TheSurrenderHomestead on Instagram.  Find him @DrJamesCooke on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, or at DrJamesCooke.com.

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Interview recorded October 17, 2020

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559. Aaron Abke

Aaron was born and raised as a pastor’s son in Silicon Valley. At 23 years old he was serving as a full-time worship leader when he felt a strong conviction to leave his church and religion behind to pursue a deeper spiritual understanding. At 27 years old, Aaron had a dramatic awakening experience of sudden enlightenment which lasted for 2 weeks. After returning back to his ordinary state of consciousness, Aaron left everything in his life behind to pursue returning to that state of consciousness again. Years of tireless seeking led him to A Course In Miracles, through which he quickly discovered the cosmic joke that there is no seeker and no “person” whoever became enlightened. Today, Aaron teaches Non-Duality, Self-Realization, Inner Healing, and a myriad of other topics on YouTube, Live Workshops, and his new 8-week Online Course called, “Master Your Mind”.

Website: aaronabke.com

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Interview recorded July 11, 2020

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