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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  • 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