John Butler – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Childhood accustomed me to nature, solitude – a sense of God which needed no explaining. Stillness, beauty, depths of love called my heart back home where it belonged. But life grew out into the world, became possessed and lost the way.

After a few unwilling years in business, I went to South America ‘To make the world a better place’. It wasn’t so easy. Alone on a mountainside one day, an inner voice said, ‘To make whole, be whole’. I realised that, before being able to help others, I first had to work on myself. Once back in England, I looked for and found a source of meditation, which opened up a whole new way of seeing.

How can I best help the world I love? This question led me through organic farming, much travel and many adventures to ever deeper understanding of the Work of Prayer.

I wouldn’t call myself a mystic though some say I am. I’m not sure what it means besides “Not this – not that”. Neither (in a conventional sense) am I very religious. “Mystic” conveys to me a wise unknowing of morning mist with only the promise of a day to come. It’s not an intellectual approach defined by man but trusting, waiting, quietly still before each blade of grass, each little bird (Mat.6,26-28) reminding us of higher, nobler government than ours.

This required attending to the moment “Now”, reminding me how much we live not present, here, but absent, lost in past or future – thought, desires and fear. But isn’t that reality? We need to look and see.

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Steve Briggs – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

As a teenager, Steve Briggs met his guru at a meditation retreat in the Swiss Alps. After studying English Literature at the University of Arizona on a tennis scholarship, the author received an MBA and a Ph.D. in Vedic Studies, and traveled internationally instructing thousands in the art of meditation.

Steve is a devotee of Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma), whom he met in India in 1996. He has been practicing Transcendental Meditation (TM) for the past 46 years and credits his guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, with showing him the path to enlightenment.

Steve currently coaches the Maharishi School boys’ tennis team. His players have won four state high school championships, including the 2014 triple crown. Steve has trained two national champions and a top 50 ATP professional tour player.

In 1994, Steve Briggs was sent to India to teach TM to corporate executives. During his seven years in India, Steve traveled repeatedly to the high Himalaya where he encountered many yogis and sadhus.

The author’s first book, India Mirror of Truth, was a popular memoir about his time in India.
Steve’s second book, The Tale of the Himalayan Yogis: The Nirvana Chronicles, is a novel set in India and Tibet. View Here

Rob Schwartz – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Rob Schwartz is a hypnotist who offers Spiritual Guidance Sessions, Past Life Soul Regressions, Contact a Deceased Loved One Regressions, and Between Lives Soul Regressions to help you heal and discover your life plan – a plan you yourself created BEFORE you were born. Rob’s first book, Your Soul’s Plan: Discovering the Real Meaning of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born, explores the pre-birth planning of physical illness, having disabled children, deafness, blindness, drug addiction, alcoholism, the death of a loved one, and accidents. Rob’s second book, Your Soul’s Gift: The Healing Power of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born, explores the pre-birth planning of spiritual awakening, miscarriage, abortion, care-giving, sexuality, adoption, rape, incest, poverty, mental illness, and even the pre-birth planning we do with our future pets. Rob’s books have been translated into 24 languages.

Sarah Taylor – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on 9 Sep 2018

Sarah is an actor, writer, stand up comedian, and spiritual and creative mentor living in Los Angeles. As a child, creativity and spirituality were in the forefront of her life. The lived experience of unity faded as trauma and stress from a troubled home edged out this awareness. But as Sarah began to discover singing and acting, she was hooked on the transcendence they evoked.

Creativity became her church.

She studied acting, graduated from California Institute of The Arts, and moved to Los Angeles. She began to question who she was and an impending initial awakening was thwarted by getting on a heavy dose of antidepressants. Overmedicated, misdiagnosed, and frozen in a suspended state for roughly a decade, Sarah eventually got off all medication and began a quest for truth.

An anxious, atheistic insomniac who simply wanted to get a good night’s sleep, in 2007 she took up meditation, immersed herself in Buddhist practice, and got way more than she asked for. She immediately began having deep, altering experiences on the spiritual path. She displayed an ease and familiarity with meditation practices, most notably those of Padmasambhava. At this time, Sarah began teaching meditation to other anxious artists as well as at companies.

She soon began undergoing a series of profound awakenings, which included Kundalini energy, intuitive abilities, and dark nights of the soul that uncovered old trauma to be healed. Even though she was studying Buddhism, there was not much support for this transformation and Sarah was lost for awhile.

While navigating this radical shift in identity, she was working and creating as an actor and writer/stand up comedian, performing nightly at the comedy clubs in Los Angeles. She fell in love, too! Eventually, a settling, clearing, and integration of these shifts began to take place.

In 2016, Sarah awakened into unity with a deeper dissolution of who she had taken herself to be, abiding in a revelation of her true nature, delighting in being nothing and everything at once. A deepening and a maturation continue to unfold.

Sarah mentors people who are committed to the path of the modern, creative mystic. She leads women’s circles, retreats, and meetings, and sees people one-on-one.

Her writing and performing continue to evolve. Her humorous memoir, The Divine Mess: A Journey Through Love, Los Angeles, and Enlightenment is in the works, as is an hour-long live show.

She lives with her husband, dog, and cat on the Eastside of L.A.

Jean Houston – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Dr. Jean Houston, Ph.D., is a scholar, philosopher, educator and a recognized pioneer of the Human Potential Movement. Widely recognized as a visionary leader and multi-cultural expert, Houston is the author of over 30 books exploring human possibilities and positive action in the world. Houston served as an advisor in human and cultural development for UNICEF, and to national and international heads of state.

Houston has devoted her life to developing processes to activate the latent abilities in individuals, groups, organizations, and societies. Over the last 60 years, Dr. Houston has worked in over 109 countries as an international speaker and teacher. Dr. Houston is the Chancellor of Meridian University and a dedicated champion of the human spirit.

Website: jeanhouston.com

Suzanne Stryker – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Suzanne Stryker is an intuitive healer, artist, writer and teacher. She has always tended to have profound spiritual experiences.

For over 45 years Suzanne has experienced unity, with divine and Vedic perceptions. Yet she does not claim to have reached the pinnacle of evolution, if there even is such a thing. She feels she is a continual blissful work in progress.

Suzanne had a close student/teacher relationship with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. In 1976 Maharishi said, “Suzanne is having a positive influence on other people and their experiences, a catalytic effect…”.

Since 1972 Suzanne has been the subject of numerous scientific studies, some of them published in peer-reviewed journals. One study suggested she could influence matter at the quantum mechanical level by mere intention. EEG studies recorded different types of brain wave coherence not typically seen, indicating harmonious and orderly functioning between different parts of her brain.

She was interviewed for Oprah’s “Next Chapter” show (not yet aired). She has been asked to be in a movie with David Lynch on Maharishi’s life.

Through distance healings and phone sessions, she assists people with issues ranging from addiction to dharma. Some of her webinars focus on cultivating intuition, healing and other abilities so that participants can heal themselves and help others as well.

Karlene Stange, DVM – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Paul Levy – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

A pioneer in the field of spiritual emergence, Paul Levy is a wounded healer in private practice, assisting others who are also awakening to the dreamlike nature of reality.

He is the author of * Quantum Revelation: A Radical Synthesis of Science and Spirituality * Awakened by Darkness: When Evil Becomes your Father * Dispelling Wetiko: Breaking the Curse of Evil and * The Madness of George W. Bush: A Reflection of Our Collective Psychosis. He is the founder of the “Awakening in the Dream Community” in Portland, Oregon. An artist, he is deeply steeped in the work of C. G. Jung, and has been a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner for over thirty years. He was the coordinator for the Portland Padmasambhava Buddhist Center for over twenty years.

William Meader – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

An influential and respected teacher of The Esoteric Philosophy, William Meader has established an international reputation for his gift as a communicator of this spiritual philosophy. His extensive teaching program includes a diverse array of workshops and lectures devoted to nurturing a deeper understanding of the spiritual path, both from an individual and global perspective. William Meader resides in Oregon, and presents regular workshops in the United States, Europe, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

Kosi – 2nd Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Kosi is a Direct Path Advaita Vedanta Satsang Teacher in the Śiva Kaśyapa Lineage. This teaching is powerful support for a dynamic shift in your consciousness from the fear, sadness, anger, anxiety, and frustration of your mind to the indescribable peace and happiness of your heart. Satsang with Kosi is an extremely potent initiation and transmission of the non-dual teaching of Sri Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi and her holiness Sri Amma Karunamayi.

Dena Merriam – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Christopher “Hareesh” Wallis – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Christopher Wallis, also known as Hareesh, is a scholar-practitioner with thirty years of experience, having been initiated into the practice of yogic meditation at sixteen, and fifteen years of formal education. His degrees include a B.A. in Religion and Classics from the University of Rochester, an M.A. in Sanskrit from U.C. Berkeley, an M.Phil. in Classical Indian Religions from Oxford, and a Ph.D. in Sanskrit from U.C. Berkeley.

His doctoral dissertation focused on the role of spiritual experience in the tradition of Tantric Shaivism. Additionally, he received traditional education at yoga āshrams in upstate New York and India, training in meditation, mantra-science, kīrtan, karma-yoga, and pedagogy. He currently teaches meditation, yoga darśana (practical philosophy), Tantrik philosophy, Sanskrit, mantra-science, and offers spiritual counseling. Hareesh is the Founder and Head Faculty of Tantrik Yoga NOW. His teachers, mentors, and gurus, in chronological order, include: Gurumayī Chidvilāsānandā (dīkṣā-guru), Paul Muller-Ortega (Śaiva Tantra and Classical Yoga); Alexis Sanderson (Śaiva and Śākta Tantra and Sanskrit); Marshall Rosenberg (Nonviolent Communication); Somadeva Vasudeva (Śaiva Tantra), Kolbjorn Martens (Tantrik Yoga); and Adyashanti (Meditation). Hareesh is the author of Tantra Illuminated: The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition and The Recognition Sutras: Illuminating a 1,000-Year-Old Spiritual Masterpiece. Website: http://hareesh.org

James O’Dea – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on Jul 1, 2018
James O’Dea is the award winning author of The Conscious Activist, Cultivating Peace, Soul Awakening Practice and other works.

James is a former President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Washington office director of Amnesty International, and CEO of the Seva Foundation.

He has taught peacebuilding to over a thousand students in 30 countries. He has also conducted frontline social healing dialogues around the world.

He is a founding member of The Evolutionary Leaders group and on the Advisory Board of The Peace Alliance, Kosmos Journal and the Laszlo New Paradigm Institute.

Pamela Eakins – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Dr. Pamela Eakins is a Sociologist and Visionary Cosmologist. She has taught at Stanford University, the University of Colorado and the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is the founder and director of Pacific Center. Her books include:

Tarot of the Spirit
Kabbalah and Tarot of the Spirit: Black and White Edition with Personal Stories and Readings
The Lightning Papers: 10 Powers of Evolution by Pamela Eakins (2012-05-14)
Visionary Cosmology: The New Paradigm
Mothers in Transition, A Study of the Changing Life Course
The American Way of Birth (Plume)
PASSAGES for a Spiritual Birth
Priestess: Woman As Sacred Celebrant
(and several others)

Lynn Marie Lumiere – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Lynn Marie Lumiere, MFT is a nondual psychotherapist and author who is dedicated to awakening consciousness and meeting life’s challenges as doorways to greater freedom. Her work is sourced in over 40 years of dedicated spiritual and psychological exploration as well as almost 30 years of marriage and practicing psychotherapy. This experience has led to her to the understanding that no matter what the problem, healing and freedom from suffering is possible when we tap into our infinite and ever-present true nature. She has been especially interested in applying this understanding to healing relationships and trauma. Lynn Marie is one of the pioneers in the exploration of nondual wisdom and psychotherapy and is a contributing author to “The Sacred Mirror: Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy” (2003). She is also the author of “Awakened Relating: A Guide to Embodying Undivided Love in Intimate Relationship” to be published July 1, 2018 by New Harbinger. Her primary spiritual teacher is Adyashanti and she has studied with many teachers from nondual, Buddhist and Hindu traditions. She lives in Grass Valley, California.

Books: Awakened Relating: A Guide to Embodying Undivided Love in Intimate Relationships The Awakening West : Evidence of a Spreading Enlightenment

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