Exploring The Secrets Of Light And Consciousness with Jacob Liberman, O.D., Ph.D.

Free Listening Through May 29, 2018: Keep listening while you browse! Click on the Pop out player button, above on the right. Liberman makes the provocative statement that “Anything that catches your eye is actually looking for you.” This leads him to speak about living in a choiceless way and following what attracts your eye. He says, “You see what grabs your attention is being animated by the same thing that animates the timing of the rising and setting of the sun, the beating of our hearts . . . I’ve come to have such respect for the timing of things that
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Alan Watts: An Original And Unfettered Philosopher with Joan and Anne Watts

Free Listening Through May 22, 2018: Keep listening while you browse! Click on the Pop out player button, above on the right. This dialogue with the daughters of Alan Watts takes a deep dive into the colorful and controversial life of this late philosopher and popularizer of Zen Buddhism and other Eastern philosophies. Through his collected letters they describe the story of Watts’ correspondence with the founder of the Buddhist Society of London that led to an invitation for him to give a lecture. The Society was totally shocked to see a teenage boy show up. Such was the erudition
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The Redemption Of The Soul Of A Writer with Alan Kaufman

Psychologists say that in a family of Holocaust survivors, there is one child who is the designated “Memorial Candle,” the one to whom the survivor imparts the experience of the Holocaust. Alan Kaufman believes he was nominated to be the one to receive his mother’s suffering, anguish, and disappointments. He recounts the poignant story of retracing his mother’s escape from the Nazis, from Paris to the South of France and then into the North of Italy. Inexplicably, his traveling companions turned out to be two men who were both sons of Nazi soldiers. A deep healing took place for all
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A Scientific Approach To Magic with Dean Radin, Ph.D.

In this far ranging dialogue, scientist Radin separates magic into three categories: divination, force of will, and theurgy (evoking spirits – God force – through ceremony). Divination would include such things as tarot cards, rolling dice, and runes. He says of the other two: There is the “force of will in which your intentions impress into the world and manifest things – shape the world somehow. The third category is theurgy, which is a word that roughly means ‘God work’ but the connotation is that you can make the gods work for you. In the traditional magical ceremonial context, it’s evoking spirits and getting them
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Effective Questions To Change Negative Habits Of The Mind with Ora Nadrich

Ora Nadrich shares a series of simple questions we can ask ourselves when we pay attention to our negative thoughts. Her “Says Who!” Method includes such questions as: Says Who? Have I heard that question before? Is this someone else’s fear? Do I like this thought? Does this thought work for me? Do I want to keep this thought or let it go? Nadrich gives many examples of how to work with these fundamental and effective questions. She talks about how to transform fear-based and worried thoughts into thoughts that serve our well-being and support positive action.      
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Changing Our Brain For Resilience with Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

How can we grow more resilience? Hanson says, “The question becomes: How do you get your brain to change for the better in a challenging world so that you actually hardwire more patience, more confidence, more happiness and other factors of resilient wellbeing into your own nervous system? The take-away point is that you really can do it. You use everyday experiences, including the small experiences of daily life, to change your brain for the better in ways that are durable so that the residues of your experiences stay with you and you take them with you wherever you go.” Here
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Moving From Despair To Hope In Threshold Times: Part 2 with Paul Rogat Loeb

Sometimes our activity for positive change in the world makes a visible leap and other times the impact of our work takes a seemingly long time to show any results. As Loeb points out, “You draw hope from the knowledge that whatever it is that you do, something unexpected is going to happen. And, it often happens at the periphery of your vision.” He encourages us to stay in the game by sharing many inspiring stories of innovation and courage and to keep doing what is right and good for us to do without being overly attached to the outcome. He points
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Connecting With Our Inner Guidance with Ellen Tadd

There are those of us who function primarily out of our analytical mind. Others of us are governed by our intuition or are moved to act from our gut feelings. This dialogue explores another force that can assist us in finding trustworthy guidance in our lives. Here we investigate what we can reliably turn to help us navigate life’s twists and turns. Tadd gives an example of the very simple but effective practice of shifting our focus from our solar plexus, a place of worry and fear, to the third eye, a place of spiritual perspective. She says, “Fulfillment comes
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Exploring the Sacred Feminine with Lisa Schrader

Schrader gives an example of Shakti energy, “Our Shakti is a feminine lifeforce energy that marries with our well-honed masculine skills to create new life, which could be a biological child, or a project, a new business, or painting, or an amazing pot of soup. It’s creative life force energy.”  She goes on to reveal that we don’t want to throw out the great masculine qualities of penetrating life with our ideas, our vision, our mission, and our ability to stay on task and stay focused. “We need the banks of the river to hold the feminine flow which is sometimes going into
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The Intelligence and Consciousness of Octopuses with Sy Montgomery

After studying many birds, reptiles, and mammals, naturalist Sy Montgomery decided to study something very different from humans. For several years she made the acquaintance of several octopuses, an animal species that could not be more different from human. They live in the sea, they have no bones, and they breathe water. They can change color and shape and squeeze their body through little openings. They taste with their skin and squirt ink and inject venom, and untie surgical silk with their suckers, yet they have some of the same cognitive and emotional capacities that we do and maybe a
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