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July 29, 2020
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Published on August 3, 2020
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Terence McKenna, co-author of The Invisible Landscape, says that human survival requires that we become aware of our responsibility for the future. McKenna proposes four key elements of his vision of the future: feminism, space exploration, cybernetics and an increased awareness of our interrelationship with nature and the plant kingdom.
Here James Tunney expresses both appreciation and pointed criticism of the life and philosophy of Bishop George Berkeley (1865-1753). While he is considered among the top rank of philosophers, he was also a slaveholder (at least briefly) and a supporter of British Imperialism. Tunney notes that Berkeley’s version of metaphysical idealism often engenders a feeling [...]
A Jungian psychotherapist, John Weir Perry, MD, is author of many books including The Heart of History and The Far Side of Madness. He suggests that the psychiatric community errs in treating visionary experience as a form of mental illness. Psychiatric labelling and the use of anti-psychotic drugs serve to stifle the valuable integration of [...]
Kevin Ryerson is a psychic trance medium who has gained considerable attention as the focus of Shirley MacLaine’s Out on a Limb and Dancing in the Light. In this program Kevin predicts that the use of psychic intuitives for solving scientific and social problems will become an integral part of our culture within the coming decades. His own [...]
Here he describes his original life-changing encounter with Desmarquet’s book, prompting him to make the journey twice to Vietnam in order to meet Desmarquet. This resulted in a close working relationship that eventually led to the Chinese publication. Desmarquet describes how he was abducted by very kind and attractive, 8-foot tall, hermaphroditic, humanoid aliens and [...]
A concern with nature and humanity is primary to the social conventions of organized religion. Matthew Fox, a former Dominican priest and spiritual theologian, was director of the Institute for Culture and Creation Spirituality at Holy Names College. He is author of numerous books including The Coming of the Cosmic Christ and Original Blessing. Fox says [...]
In this three-hour conversation, James reviews his background in international law. He shares his interest in the rights of indigenous people and how they conflict with the modern tendencies toward standardization. Tunney’s writings on mysticism (light) versus repressive technology (dark) emerges from the insight that there has been a failure of spiritual evolution. This is [...]
Paul shares that the norm may be that most people, including mental health practitioners, have psychic and paranormal experiences. However, people often don’t share their experiences for fear of being thought of as crazy or diagnosed with a mental health disorder. He differentiates between what may be a psychic experience or a pathology. If the [...]
This the third in a series of interviews with Gail about the cultural practices of the Huichol Indians of Mexico. Here she describes how her journeys to the Huichol people in Mexico intersected with her marriage, and how she eventually brought her husband with her to the peyote ritual ceremony. She movingly describes the close, [...]
Daniel Matt, Ph.D., is professor of Jewish spirituality at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He is author of God and the Big Bang, The Essential Kabbalah, and Zohar: The Book of Enlightenment. Here he discusses the theological implications of the “big bang” cosmological theory, which asserts that the entire universe exploded from an infinitessimally small [...]
Edith Fiore, PhD, fascinating author of You Have Been Here Before and The Unquiet Dead, discusses her transformation from a conventional behavior therapist to a specialist in the application of spiritualist principles of reincarnation and spirit possession to psychotherapy. In particular, she talks about her experiences using “past-life regression” as a therapeutic technique.
Dr. Hanscom shares that chronic pain has its roots in anxiety. Most surgeries related to chronic pain are being done on anxiety and are unnecessary. All chronic mental and physical disease have the same common origin of inflammation that is caused by an elevated threat response and anxiety. Two-thirds of Americans are raised in traumatic [...]
Here he maintains that there is not sufficient discussion about the real prospects for creating superior human beings based upon genetic engineering and other technologies. He also maintains that, while such exotic solutions will become available to the very rich, the daily choices made by average human beings can also have the effect, through epigenetics, [...]
Matthew Fox is a spiritual theologian, an Episcopal priest and an activist for gender justice and eco-justice. He has written 37 books. Among them are Original Blessing, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, A Spirituality Named Compassion, The Reinvention of Work, The Hidden Spirituality of Men, Christian Mystics and The Pope’s War. Most recently, he [...]
Here he notes that René Guénon wrote about several types of initiation that deviate from authenticity: anti-initiation (i.e., materialism), pseudo-initiation (i.e., fantasy), and counter-initiation (i.e., potentially, if not actually, evil). He proposes that counter-initiation is the ultimate conspiracy theory – the conspiracy behind all other harmful conspiracies. He provide a number of examples, including Satanism, [...]
Changes in the human brain and nervous system can result from intensive spiritual disciplines. The late Lee Sannella, M.D., author of Kundalini: Psychosis or Transcendence?, devoted many decades to the exploration of spiritual paths. “Kundalini” refers to energy coiled at the base of the spine which can rise up to the brain. Although Western science knows [...]
In this three-hour interview, he goes through many of the details regarding his 2008 coma and near-death experience. He explains why scientists have been particularly interested in his medical records. He describes three distinct stages of the afterlife that he characterizes as the “earthworm’s view,” the “gateway valley,” and the “core realm.” He shares his [...]
Here he points out that his remote-viewing mentor, Ingo Swann, expressed concern that alien entities were influencing earth’s population so as to stifle cultivation of our parapsychological skills. Swann felt that human have enormous psychic potentials and aliens find this threatening. He provides some details of his own potential alien encounters in the context of [...]
A true teacher communicates non-verbally, by setting an example. Claudio Naranjo, MD, is a noted psychiatrist and seminal figure in the human potential movement. Here he suggests that inner knowledge, or spiritual wisdom, cannot be communicated simply with words. Naranjo is author of The One Quest, The Healing Journey, The Psychology of Meditation, and Techniques [...]
This interview was recorded in Las Vegas, NV, where Walter was one of the award recipients of the Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies essay competition. Here he discusses his work as an archivist endeavoring to professionally preserve rare records of psychical research and spiritualism. Of particular interest is the research in Winnipeg, Canada, in the [...]
Here Greg Bishop relates the stories behind some of the most famous individuals claiming to have had ongoing communications with alien entities. They include George Adamski, George Van Tassel, Orfeo Angelucci, George Hunt Williamson, Ruth Norman, Allen Noonan, and Paulina Peavy. The conversation also explores the psychic abilities of Ted Owens and Uri Geller, ostensibly [...]
Jean Shinoda Bolen, a Jungian analyst, is author of The Tao of Psychology, Goddesses in Every Woman, Gods in Every Man, and The Ring of Power. She discusses Carl Jung’s concept of synchronicity, an acausal connecting principle. This principle of connection is like the ancient Chinese concept of the Tao in that it cannot be [...]
Here she describes in detail how her life history as a psychic experiencer led her to direct and film this unique project. Based on frequent UFO sightings reported near Catalina Island, off the California coast, she put together three teams of researchers – armed with extensive photographic and scientific equipment. One team was on the [...]
Swami Chetanananda is author of Dynamic Stillness, and The Breath of God. Here he points out that contemporary westerners often mistakenly believe that tantric yoga is essentially a sexual practice. Actually, tantra need not involve any sexual activities. The essence of tantra is a focus on life energy or “kundalini” associated with the nervous system, [...]
Here he maintains that he is interested in understanding UFO phenomena, not in “proving” that they are anything in particular. The key to understanding is to observe the reactions of people, both before and after their encounters. If they were simply extraterrestrial hardware, it is unlikely they would have such life-changing impacts upon people. Something [...]
Wendie shares that the medical intuition profession can be part of the healthcare team to help decrease medical errors and save lives. Her research shows that medical intuition can assist with increasing the accuracy rate of health assessments. Healthcare professionals can easily learn medical intuition to increase patient outcomes and satisfaction. Medical intuition can assess [...]
Here she describes how each animal species has a unique culture. Animals can communicate with us, and can even teach us, if we are willing to quiet our minds, let go of our preconceptions and listen. This often comes naturally to children. In fact, sometimes children experience communication from animals as an imaginary playmate. Animals [...]
This is second in a series of interviews with Gail about the cultural practices of the Huichol Indians of Mexico. Gail shares how she first came to realize that she had cancer while high in the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains with the Huichol indians, far from civilization. She describes the shamanic healing that may have [...]
Here he describes the findings reported in his 1993 book, Forbidden Archeology, in which he documented many reports from scientific journals prior to the acceptance of Darwin’s theory. These reports show evidence of modern human remains found in geological formations that are millions of years old — long before the generally accepted dates of homo [...]
Graham describes the out-of-body (OBE) as an immersive psychic experience that includes sensations of floating and movement beyond the physical body. OBEs can occur during deep relaxation, exhaustion, sleep, and near-death experiences. A person can directly experience their spirit, inner peace, compassion, and oneness with everything. OBEs may assist to diminish the fear of death. [...]
Here he describes the “decline effect” in parapsychology research as the result of a psychological “extinction paradigm”. Having subjects repeat a boring task without feedback, in many different disciplines, results in a decline of ability. His research involved training ESP using an automated system, involving forced choices with feedback. Subjects were pre-screened for ESP ability. [...]
A Course in Miracles is a home study system to enable people to unlearn the attitudes that separate them from their potential for spiritual unity. Judith Skutch Whitson was president of the Foundation for Inner Peace, the organization which published and distributed the now classic Course. Mrs. Whitson discusses the origin, history, goals and worldwide impact [...]
Through Joanne’s past life and lives-between-life research, she shares that your life purpose can be identified through many avenues, such as memory triggers that give you clues as to what is appealing or familiar or to you. Most people have an affinity for their life purpose and may need only one past life session to [...]
Here he maintains that the afterlife depictions from near-death experiencers are quite similar to the accounts provided by young children who remember the intermission period between lives. With important exceptions, mediumistic descriptions as well as reports obtained during hypnotic regression tend to be laden with cultural prejudices. This raises the question of the extent to [...]
Here he explains that Traditionalism is a particular version of Perennialism. It is associated primarily with René Guénon and Frithjof Schuon. It is distinct from the more heterodox approach of Aldous Huxley. Traditionalists feel that the orthodox systems of the world’s major religions afford the best possibilities for spiritual attainment. They particularly frown upon syncretism, [...]
In this provocative program, Michael Scriven calls to task those who maintain that all psychic claims must be either fraud or error. Such an attitude, he says, implies that current scientific models will never be superceded. Dr. Scriven is a multi-disciplinary scholar who has made significant contributions to mathematics, logic, philosophy of science, ethics, education, [...]
Dr. Verny shares that the mind is not totally dependent on the brain. He describes how reviving a patient, who had a near-death experience and his own near-death experience, helped him discover that consciousness is more than an epiphenomenon of the brain. The mind is both dependent on and independent of the brain and the [...]
Here James describes the contributions of the British writer, Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941), to our understanding of mysticism. During her lifetime, she wrote 39 books covering many aspects of the mystical path, including her 1911 classic, titled Mysticism. She also wrote about ancient Greek and Indian mysticism. While she was a student of esoteric, occult, and [...]
Here he reviews Ireland’s enormous contributions to both psychological understanding and esoteric thought. This extensive conversation covers prehistoric folk and fairy lore, the idealistic philosophy of Bishop George Berkeley, as well as the literary contributions from William Butler Yeats, Oscar Wilde, and James Joyce. The discussion also touches upon violent conflicts related to Irish independence.
Barry E. Taff holds a doctorate in psychophysiology with a minor in biomedical engineering. He worked at UCLA’s former parapsychology laboratory from 1969 through 1978. He also was investigated as a psychic subject, the results of which were published in Behavioral Neuropsychiatry. He is author of Aliens Above, Ghosts Below: Explorations of the Unknown. His [...]