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Billy Doyle felt a strong spiritual orientation early in life, and when in his twenties he came to explore the non-dualistic teachings of Eastern thought, he immediately resonated with them. The teachings of Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta Maharaj, J. Krishnamurti and Atmananda Krishna Menon had a profound effect. On encountering Jean Klein, a master of Advaita and Yoga, in 1982, he immediately knew he had met his teacher and spent many years in contact. He lives in London and teaches yoga in the Kashmir Tradition, an approach brought to the West by Jean Klein.
Billy Doyle ‘The Mirage of Separation’ Interview by Renate McNay

He had a strong spiritual orientation early in life and started to explore non-dualistic teachings in his twenties. He met Jean Klein, a master of Advaita and Yoga who became his teacher for 14 years. He practiced ‘Art of Listening’ and self-inquiry and then one day, while on a silent retreat, “all identification with a separate Entity dissolved” and he then knew himself as Silence.


Published on Apr 20, 2017

Jürgen Ziewe ‘Vistas Of Infinity’ Interview by Renate McNay
Author of ‘The Ten Minute Moment,’ ‘Multi-Dimensional Man,’ and ‘Vistas of Infinity.’
Jürgen started to meditate at an early age and at one point suddenly discovered himself out of his body. At first he didn’t realise what had happened but found confirmation in the books of Carlos Casteneda.
He found that there is a wormhole right in the centre of our brains which can catapult us into a parallel world. This world can be experienced with the same level or greater conscious waking awareness as our physical life.
He talks us through his many dramatic adventures to other worlds and the important realisations that gave him and how through his astral travel he lost his fear of death.
‘Every day I wake up it is the first day of an infinite future.’


Published on Apr 12, 2017

Jürgen Ziewe ‘The Ten Minute Moment’ Interview by Iain McNay
Author of ‘The Ten Minute Moment,’ ‘Multi-Dimensional Man,’ and ‘Vistas of Infinity.’ After 40 years of meditation which had gradually taken him to deeper and deeper places Jürgen went on a 7 day personal retreat in as remote cabin in Scotland. He meditated most of the day and experienced a profound awakening….

‘After a meditation I slowly opened my eyes and sized up my surroundings – my body had become part of the furniture. I could still perceive the external world through my eyes but my body had turned into a shell – a cardboard cutout – reality was being stripped away before my eyes. I could no longer be sure of what was happening – it was beyond and outside anything I had come to know. The stillness was too vast in its scope to be grasped. There was no reality as I knew it. The thing is it has always been different but I hadn’t noticed. It was reality stripped of any familiarity. I could almost not bear it. For a moment I wanted to go back. In an instant I recognised that I was just a thought; an imagination without no substance.
This was the death of all deaths. I had arrived at zero point. I was about to be surrendered and reabsorbed into the source. One more step and there would be no return – I was staring into the merciless face of God.’

He also talks us through his life, how he refused to accept that the 5 senses was all there is to reality and how that led to a life long quest to find out who or what this consciousness was conscious of.


Published on Mar 12, 2016

Gabor was born in Communist Hungary but escaped after the failed 1956 uprising. Travelled on foot to Italy and then lived in a refugee camp for a time in Italy before reaching Canada. Became a multi-millionaire very quickly but then found he was miserable and depressed when he realised this outer success didn’t bring him any real happiness.

‘I had achieved outer freedom but was far, far away from inner, real freedom.’
The market crashed and he lost almost everything. Lived in a forest for a time, ‘I wanted to say NO to civilisation.’ Moved to Mexico and then started to experience, real, deep, suicidal depression. Moved in with an Indian tribe in Ecuador, ‘it was there I found that I could not just sit and BE like the Indians.’
‘This suicidal depression became my greatest teacher.’

He discovered the secret to finding real freedom was going inside his body, ‘Whenever I was able to do it I became calm and my mind would stop. I spent much time sitting by the water and experimenting with grounding my body to the beach. There were moments when all of a sudden the sound of the waves became different and the mind was so still that there were hardly any remnants of the depression. I would get up and start walking and the sand and the water on my feet felt unlike it had ever felt before. This marked the beginning of the end of depression’

After a time he was able to surrender to his ultimate love – presence – the silence of nothing where the mind takes a back seat and becomes the servant and the original being is once again on the throne….
He now helps people free themselves from thought addiction.


A senior Buddhist teacher offers six fundamental body-based meditation practices that show the reader that enlightenment is as close to you as your own body.

Many of us experience life through so many conceptual filters that we never recognize the freedom and joy that are inherent in us—and are in fact the essence of who we are. We can grow old not realizing that one of the most powerful tools to escape the painful knots we tie ourselves in is, literally, at our fingertips: our body.

Here, Reggie Ray cracks open the shell of the mind-body dichotomy and presents six fundamental body-based practices that connect us back to who we really are. These practices cut through the mental fabrications through which we experience our world and lead us directly to the richness of living a fully present, embodied human life.

DR. REGINALD “REGGIE” RAY is the co-founder and Spiritual Director of the Dharma Ocean Foundation, dedicated to the evolution and flowering of the somatic teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. He is a lineage holder in the tradition of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Reggie is the author of several books–including Indestructible Truth and Secrets of the Vajra World— as well as and audio programs–including Mahamudra for the Modern World. He makes his residence in Crestone and Boulder, Colorado.

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Reggie Ray ‘Finding Realization In The Body’ Interview by Renate McNay

Reggie Ray ‘Finding Realization In The Body’ Interview by Renate McNay.

The transcript of this interview is available to view here.
http://www.conscious.tv/text/89.htm

The transcript of the somatic meditation is available to view here.
http://www.conscious.tv/text/90.htm

Mary Reed ‘The Journey Of An Unwitting Mystic’ Interview by Iain McNay

Published on Dec 3, 2016

Mary Reed ‘The Journey Of An Unwitting MysticInterview by Iain McNay
Mary is author of the book, ‘Unwitting Mystic – Evolution Of The Message Of Love.’ In the Summer of 2000 she heard a voice deep inside her saying ‘You are supposed to be doing something very important.’ It didn’t leave her alone; the more she tried to ignore it the more persistent it became. She then started to have visions of Christ, Buddha, the Dalai Lama and others. She had no religious or spiritual background and tried to find help to understand and integrate them. Everything failed to make sense to her. Her life fell apart and she attempted suicide by taking 97 pills, but woke up 2 days later. She felt remorse and supreme surrender.
Eventually she found help which led her to India where she is now based in a Nunnery.
She tells her fascinating story and she talks about the realisations she has had.


Published on Nov 19, 2016

Cynthia Bourgeault ‘Seeing With The Eyes Of The Heart’ Interview by Renate McNay
The Reverend Cynthia Bourgeault is a modern day mystic, Episcopal priest and writer. She divides her time between solitude and traveling globally to teach and spread the recovery of the Cristian Contemplative and Wisdom Path.
Author of several books including, “Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening”,“Wisdom Jesus”, “The Meaning of Mary Magdalene”, “Love is Stronger than Death”.
In this Interview Cynthia tells us how her Christian Life began encountering the presence of Jesus when she received her first communion and then how she started searching for the missing message in the Church. Very important teachers were Gurdjieff and Ouspensky. She studied the Sacred Dances and Movements which threw her at times into a Rabbit Hole. She also talks about Freedom and the willingness to bare our suffering, GOD’s Love, Solitude and Silence.


Published on Sep 17, 2016

John Butler ‘Discovering Stillness – Part 2’ Interview by Iain McNay.
Author of ‘Wonders Of Spiritual Unfoldment’ and Mystic Approaches.’ His loves were farming and meditation. Tells his story of spiritual unfoldment and how he discovered stillness. It was not always an easy path for him and he went through periods of depressions and hopelessness.
‘Realisation is not a personal attainment – it usually comes at times of deep prayer or quietness when the mind is clear of personal me…’

‘I’m just a quiet old man of regular habits going up and down the hill to church each day, sitting on a bench when the weather is warm. I don’t speak much. Adventures are inside.’
‘From worldliness the absolute completion of Pure Being can seem out of touch, more theoretical than real. How can it be relevant to need? Once known however any return to ordinary worldly ways only seem to emphasise its loss.

Total longing brings its own reward but all feelings of achievement disappear. Incomparable gifts of Heavenly Grace instruct, inspire, save us from drowning in the world.’

EVEN IF THERE IS A REALM BEYOND MORTALITY, WOULD FINDING IT IMPROVE OUR LIVES ON EARTH? What use is Spirit to a troubled world? Do prayer and meditation work? As a young man in search of love and a purpose to live for, the author could not fit within the world he found. Longing to be useful but unwilling to conform, he went out to South America. It wasn’t so easy. Alone on a mountainside one day, an inner voice said, ‘To make whole, be whole’. This was a turning point. He realised that, before being able to help others, he first had to work on himself. Once back in England, he looked for and found a method of meditation.

Love of nature led him to become one of the first organic farmers but, when asked what he really wanted in life, he answered ‘God’. He’d been schooled in Christian faith but was not, at this time, attracted to the Church. Meditation proved an ideal accompaniment as further adventures took him to Africa and, in particular, the desert. Later, at low ebb in the USA, he ‘met’ Jesus, which brought his practice of meditation and Christianity together. At the age of 51, he re-entered university to study Russian prior to visiting his mother’s homeland for the first time in 1991. This led to several years living in Russia, where he realised the similarity between his own practice and traditional Orthodox ‘prayer of the heart’.

The book is based on notes of the author’s unfolding spiritual experience, which taught him that the wholeness he sought is actually – Spirit. How is it attained? By many encouraging examples he shows how, with patient perseverance, the grip of the ego with all the restrictive unhappiness it brings, can be released. Being then more open to the influence of Grace, we may come to discover the Kingdom of God – our original, spiritual and perfect home.

Biography
WONDERS OF SPIRITUAL UNFOLDMENT / MYSTIC APPROACHES

How dare I use such titles for my books? Because it is my whole life’s dawning realisation. Finally, in old age, I really know it’s true. This morning, after meditation, eyes opened and I wrote:

“No need for anything but this –
Precisely where and what I am
Is life complete – surpassing bliss.
In this alone, all things belong
Where all is right and nothing wrong”.

That’s how it happens. I first read about it as a young man but now I don’t need anyone to tell me. It rises of itself from my own experience. And that’s how I write my books.

The world, the flesh and ego will deny it but, letting go un-natural restriction, naturally opens up the Spirit that I am. Here, now, I sit and realise it. Spirit, being absolute completion, includes all things as aspects of One Self. It is the fulfilment to which we all instinctively aspire.

My story is only one more witness to the same eternal destiny of all who seek and find. Through many trials, errors and layers of limitation, it describes how I gradually come to realise more fully what I am, and how to be of use. Sufficient to say, this greatest of adventures thrills me now as it did when I first started. It has become my life’s work and can only continue after death.

While every journey is unique, it can be described and bring encouragement to others. So, I have published my two books.

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John Butler ‘Discovering Stillness – Part 1’ Interview by Iain McNay.

Published on Sep 17, 2016

John Butler ‘Discovering Stillness – Part 1’ Interview by Iain McNay.
Author of ‘Wonders Of Spiritual Unfoldment’ and Mystic Approaches.’ His loves were farming and meditation. Tells his story of spiritual unfoldment and how he discovered stillness. It was not always an easy path for him and he went through periods of depressions and hopelessness.
‘Realisation is not a personal attainment – it usually comes at times of deep prayer or quietness when the mind is clear of personal me…’
‘I’m just a quiet old man of regular habits going up and down the hill to church each day, sitting on a bench when the weather is warm. I don’t speak much. Adventures are inside.’
‘From worldliness the absolute completion of Pure Being can seem out of touch, more theoretical than real. How can it be relevant to need? Once known however any return to ordinary worldly ways only seem to emphasise its loss.
Total longing brings its own reward but all feelings of achievement disappear. Incomparable gifts of Heavenly Grace instruct, inspire, save us from drowning in the world.’


Published on Sep 3, 2016

Ginger Gilmour ‘ Bright Side Of The Moon’ Interview by Iain McNay
Author of ‘ Bright Side Of The Moon’ Met and married Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour with whom she had 4 children. Started her spiritual journey when she became very ill and discovered meditation. Worked and trained with Irena Tweedie, Cecil Collins, Dr Wenger Engel and Gerhard Adler on her processes over the years.
‘I discovered the answer to the shadow Collective Unconscious including Anima and Animus. I realised I had always placed a shield between myself and my shadow – I only wanted to focus on Love light and Beauty – I discovered the shadow was marked – ‘do not enter broken dreams’ I was a puppet controlled by the darkness.’
In this interview she talks about her life, her passions, her struggles and breakthroughs and her realizations. Ginger now works as a painter and sculptor.


Published on Aug 30, 2016

Mick Collins ‘My Crisis And Transformation’ Interview by Iain McNay
Author of ‘The Unselfish Spirit.’ Mick left school at 15, working as a manual labourer before joining the army. Visited a Tibetan Monastery intending to stay 2 days and ended up living there for 3 years.
‘I started contemplating various attachments and aversions in my conventional existence’ and began reflecting on the significance on what a more intimate perspective could mean in the way he lived; began to observe and question how duality was embedded in my thoughts and behaviour.’ He was also fascinated by the interplay between form and emptiness.

But on a long train journey had an extraordinary experience where he had a heightened sense of compassion and profound feelings of love followed two days later by a slide into a diametrically opposed state. Was flooded by intense emotions; felt he was caught in a conflict between good and evil compounded by feelings of fear and terror. Left monastery and slowly started to find balance again with the help of Jungian work. Felt he had taken a journey into the unknown without a map.
Eventually integrated the spiritual crisis and started to learn the interplay between doing and being which is now his passion.
http://www.conscious.tv


Published on Aug 13, 2016

Chloe Goodchild ‘The Voice Of Silence’ Interview by Renate McNay
Chloe is the founder of The Naked Voice and the heart of her work is the practice of the spoken and sung voice as a Gateway to discover our Non Dual Awareness. Deafness in childhood catalysed Chloe’s discovery of inner sound and silence.

This deep encounter with her inner self, catalysed questions like: “ Who Am I“ “Who is Singing”, “ How can I transform my sadness”. Chloe had many encounters with indigenous wisdom teachers, spiritual and classical Indian music masters, ultimately leading to a transformative ‘no-mind’ experience in Northern India, inspired by the great luminary and saint, Anandamayi Ma. This gave birth to the unique method of sound and voice, which Chloe eventually named, The Naked Voice. Her autobiography, The Naked Voice – Journey to the Spirit of Sound tells the story of these formative early years. In this in-depth interview with Renate she talks about her life and her work.
http://www.thenakedvoice.com


Published on May 21, 2016

Andrew Rawlinson ‘THE HIT’ Interview by Iain McNay
Author of ‘The Hit – Into The Rock’N’Roll Universe And Beyond’ and ‘The Book Of Enlightened Masters – Western Teachers in Eastern Traditions.’
Andrew Talks about his life and how he was aware that he was continually ‘hit’ by realisations, small and large, that enabled him to see through his conditioning. ‘The HIT is both a grace and a disturbance.
All worlds are a show..
Reality is open
It is constantly transforming itself
It goes beyond itself
It is where illusion begins

All derangements are connected. Like sub atomic particles they just keep reflecting each other jumping between each other and turning into each other. Just like a magic trick where certainty and deception change places.
It’s a jungle, as soon as you find a path you loose it.

Everybody is looking for who they are ——- but they are nobody
Not only is the world stranger than you imagine – it is stranger than you can imagine. And we are all collaborators in creation.
And what is it to collaborate? To know that we are the mirror as well as the face in it, pain and what cures pain. This is the expanse of spirit: rich and dark.
Yes, it’s the Gods who are rocking us, who are looking for someone to receive them.
There is really no reality without identity, and identity is a show.’


Published on May 1, 2016

‘The spacious groundless sense of being needs to become part of our nature, to be familiar territory and then awakening
arrives by itself. The ultimate cannot belong to anyone nor can there be someone who is awakened.’

Stephen talks us through his spiritual journey and realisations. From realising that there was no fixed reality when he was a child to having his earlier insights confirmed when he took LSD in his 20s. He was drawn to India and the ‘Mother Ganges’ where he discovered the teachings of S.N. Goenka. Spent time on many retreats with Sayama and other Buddhist teachers such as Stephen Batchelor and Christopher Titmuss.
Formed the Israel Insight Society; distanced himself from Buddhism but fully embraced the teachings of the Buddha and still teaches around 15 retreats a year. Also works in the area of Palestinian/Israeli reconciliation….’There is no way to peace, Peace is the way.’

Can describe his lived experience with great precision and clarity; took part on a study which explored 3 stages:
Stage 1 – ordinary sense of self and boundary
Stage 2 – sense of dropping boundary to some extent
Stage 3 – dissolution
In this interview he explains these stages in detail.

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