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In this podcast series, Rupert Spira explores the non-dual understanding, expressed in different ways. Please subscribe if you would like to be notified whenever new episodes are available. If you would like to find out more about events, publications, and Rupert's archive of recordings, please visit rupertspira.com. Music written and played by Shena Power and recorded by Simon Power.
 
Dedicated to liberation in all its forms, Deconstructing Yourself is passionate about fearlessly investigating, attempting, and questioning all things to do with awakening, meditation, mindfulness, brain hacking, consciousness, neurofeedback, and more. Your host Michael W. Taft interviews some of the most interesting thinkers, authors, and teachers around, as well as other offerings. In this hard-hitting, radical, and fun podcast we look at secular post-, non-, un- Buddhism, Advaita Vedanta, ...
 
This spirituality and self-help podcast features interviews, stories, and commentary from top writers and authors. Topics include Mysticism, Contemplative Spirituality, Nondual Awakening, Meditation, Christianit Mysticism, Psychology, Buddhism, Integral Theory, Advaita Vedanta, and more. Contemplative Light provides education and resources in a global effort towards inner transformation through contemplative prayer and meditation. Find us on Facebook where we have a very active community. WE ...
 
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Moderated again by host Steve James, Rupert and award-winning poet and author Henry Shukman pick up their discussion from a few months earlier. Here they discuss the practice of art and its connection with spirituality. Amidst sharing observations on one another’s artistic evolution, they discuss in depth their respective apprenticeships. At first …
 
Host Michael Taft speaks with artist, bodyworker, and philosopher Guy Sengstock about the origin and creation of Circling practice, how the asynchronous qualities of new technologies have created a deeper hunger for basic human contact, the crucial importance of embodiment in communication, mindfulness of presence, as well as the new practice he’s …
 
​​Bernardo Kastrup joins Rupert for a follow-up conversation, with Simon Mundie moderating. This conversation covers several complex topics. It is a deep dive into matters such as the sharing of our being, how to love those who are causing pain and war, infinite consciousness’s experience of itself, and much more. Bernardo has two PhDs, one in comp…
 
Host Michael Taft speaks with meditation teacher and author Kelly Boys on the practice of non-sleep, deep rest—a modern name for the ancient practice of yoga nidra, using liminal states as gateways to profound meditative experiences, finding ways to let go more completely, how this practice relates to nonduality, and the transformative power of emb…
 
Karl Morris is a highly regarded golf coach, an author of many books, and a podcast host. This conversation with Rupert explores the non-dual perspective on the illusory versus true self and the relevance of this perspective to performance in sport at all levels, to the ability to play ‘in the zone’, as well as to the inevitable time when sport can…
 
Host Michael Taft iterviews Tibetan Buddhist meditation teacher and author Andrew Holecek on nondual practice and theory, finding your way back to the true nature of mind, the dangers of getting dropped off in the deep end too soon, challenging to notion of path, the art of doing nothing (and doing it well); Andrew also offers listeners a dream-bas…
 
Steve James hosts a conversation between Rupert and Award-winning English poet and author Henry Shukman. Henry and Rupert have much in common, they were both successful artists in the first two decades of their adult life – Henry, with his poetry, and Rupert, as a potter; they are both now spiritual teachers – Henry in the Zen tradition; and Henry …
 
In this episode Simon Mundie hosts a conversation between Rupert Spira and Bernardo Kastrup. Simon opens this wide-ranging and far-reaching dialogue by stating that most people’s everyday, ordinary experience is that they are themselves an entity that happens to contain a mind, within a world of entities. The two-hour conversation that follows is a…
 
Host Michael Taft speaks with meditation master and neuroscience consultant Shinzen Young on the background and history of Zen Master LinJi (aka Rinzai, in Japanese), the meaning of his famous phrase "the authentic person," various aspects of nonduality, an unpacking of LinJi's Four-fold Analysis, as well as cessations, the current state of Shinzen…
 
What do the highest achievers do when they can’t achieve anymore? How do they deal with it? Jonny Wilkinson, a professional rugby star, whose sporting prowess could not have been higher at the peak of his career, has found the integrity and courage to face this question head-on. He has acknowledged that emergence from a mental health crisis has led…
 
In this episode, Rupert speaks with Steve James, aka Guru Viking, who is based in the United States and works globally with elite athletes and performing artists on matters of high-performance as well as spiritual introspection. To frequent listeners of Rupert’s podcast conversations, this episode with Steve will likely strike them as a bit differe…
 
Chris Luard is a meditation teacher based in Thailand. He is a dear friend and a frequent guest. On this episode, we talk about his upcoming retreats and Compassion and Joy, and on Embracing Change. More information can be found on his website at www.suchsweetthunder.org Support the show (https://contemplativelight.org/)…
 
Rupert Spira and Mark Vernon met for a second conversation, beginning with one of William Blake’s great exclamations of nondual awareness: “Awake! awake O sleeper of the land of shadows, wake! expand! I am in you and you in me, mutual in love divine I am not a God afar off, I am a brother and friend; Within your bosoms I reside, and you reside in m…
 
For the past 30 years, Dr. Connie Zweig has been a pioneer in fields of shadow work and meditation practice. Her latest book, The Inner Work Of Age: Shifting From Role To Soul has been a bestseller on Amazon for months. You can check it out here: https://amzn.to/3qvTFju She is also co-author of Meeting the Shadow: The Hidden Power of the Dark Side …
 
Host Michael Taft talks with meditation teacher and author Tina Rasmussen about how psychology and meditation practice can work together to help people heal, working with trauma, the importance of heart-based practices such as metta, spiritual bypassing, using shamatha to build new brain networks, and Tina’s own story of her birth trauma and her pa…
 
Guy Finley is an internationally renowned spiritual teacher and bestselling self-help author. He is the Founder and Director of Life of Learning Foundation, a nonprofit center for spiritual self-study located in Merlin, Oregon. He also hosts the Foundation’s Wisdom School — an on-line self-discovery program for seekers of higher self-knowledge. He …
 
Jana is a spiritual psychologist and spiritual director in private practice. She teaches meditation and contemplative prayer, leads support groups, and creates sacred art. ​She is the founder and creator of Luminas, an online retreat center, offering one- to five-day retreats for those seeking a deeper relationship with the Divine Source of all. Th…
 
Host Michael Taft talks with neuroscientist and meditator Ruben Laukkonen about the phenomenology of the insight experience, how the sequence of deepening meditative practices maps onto the model of predictive processing in the human brain, the Eureka heuristic, what neuroscience can tell us about the deconstructive model of meditation, the science…
 
Dr. Elaine Fourie is a retired psychologist and trained priest in the Anglican/Episcopalian Church. Elaine chose not to be ordained. She holds a PhD in Industrial Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Systematic Theology. Since retiring, Elaine has become interested in writing and her program for 2021 includes writing a number of eBooks. She has an i…
 
Thom Krystofiak holds a B.A. from Harvard (magna cum laude) and an M.A. from Cambridge University (where he was a Knox Fellow). A trained teacher of Transcendental Meditation, he joined an intentional community in Fairfield, Iowa in 1983, where he and his wife continue to live. A rigorous and thoroughgoing skeptic surrounded by ready believers, he …
 
Rev. Bill McDonald's life has been a spiritual journey, spanning slightly over 7 decades. His whole life has been a mystical trip in search of gurus, the paranormal, and self-discovery. He has written about his many spiritually transforming experiences and “near-death-experiences” including supernatural events during his combat tour of duty in the …
 
In this episode, Simon Mundie hosts a conversation between Rupert Spira and Jamie Robson. They discuss artistic expression and spirituality, how true creativity flows effortlessly and joyfully when we are coming from awareness – that is, being, not doing. Jamie Robson is an award-winning European actor. His quality performances have drawn praise fr…
 
Lucy Grace grew up poor and over time passed through many levels of awakening. She has come to her own enlightenment organically, without spiritual teachers or a formal path, but rather just by feeling her way through life with intuition and surrender. Hers is a fascinating story, and she is a great soul. Contemplative Light is a spiritual organiza…
 
What can ancient Sanskrit poetry of love and longing teach us about our own deepest spirituality? Join host Michael Taft as he explores this question with professor, author, and teacher Rick Jarow. Further topics include the tantric aspect of poetry, how landscape and nature informs and embodies our spirituality, the role of the word in transcenden…
 
In this episode, Rupert Spira talks to Connor Beaton, host of the ManTalks Podcast. They explore the nature of time, the beauty of simple awareness, and the great spiritual traditions of the world. Connor Beaton is a philosopher and podcast host. In 2014 he founded ManTalks, a community and podcast for men looking to expand and deepen their sense o…
 
Sungshim Loppnow began pastoral counseling in Korea in 1996, then came to the States to study MFT (Marriage and Family Therapy). Since then, she has continued her work as a psychotherapist to study system’s theory, attachment, trauma resolution and brain-based relationship skills. While she is able to accurately assess the presenting problems, Sung…
 
Nancy Rynes has appeared on NBC news and the Today Show. Nancy was raised in a Christian household but moved away from those teachings by her early 20s. As a scientist, science writer, and corporate trainer, for over two decades Nancy aligned herself with the skepticism prevalent in so much of the scientific community. She remained an atheist until…
 
Jeff Vander Clute is a friend for the spiritual journey and an adviser to love-based businesses and organizations. He is committed to realizing a healed and transformed world through collective awakening to the source of life. Guided by deep listening and attunement to how life is moving, Jeff helps people to navigate the complexity of these times …
 
Host Michael Taft speaks with Dorje Lopön Chandra Easton about her recent work with the 21 manifestations of the Goddess Tara, some aspects of Green Tara, and especially the role of vision and visualization in Vajrayana, and Buddhism more generally. Beginning with the somewhat negative role of the eyes in early Buddhist practice, moving through the…
 
In this episode, Rupert Spira recites two versions of the poem Hsin Hsin Ming, an ancient Buddhist poem. You can read both Rupert's rendition and Richard B. Clarke's original rendition on the blog section of Rupert's new website, linked below. https://rupertspira.com/non-duality/blog/poetry-prose/hsin-hsin-ming-poem-alternative-rendition…
 
Bill Epperly is a spiritual director living in Chicago and a longtime friend of Contemplative Light. His website is integralawakenings.com In his own words: "My story begins in New Providence, NJ, where I grew up a member of the Methodist Church. My Christian roots run deep, but from an early age, I was troubled by the idea that Christianity is the…
 
In this episode, Rupert Spira and Piers Thurston talk about how the pandemic has created the opportunity for more people to be curious about the fundamentals of the self. They discuss this curiosity and the seeking of our true being, as well as the relevance of discovering non duality for the business world. Piers Thurston is a founder and director…
 
In this episode, Rupert Spira and Dr. Kevin W. Reese talk about our essential nature and the dominant belief system of our culture that obscures our understanding of our self. In addition, Rupert offers a guided mediation that explores the Direct Path. Dr. Kevin W. Reese is a healthcare professional who specialises in chronic illness.…
 
Zen teacher, author, and poet Henry Shukman talks with host Michael Taft about Mountain Cloud Zen Center, Henry’s series on the Waking Up app, meditation for awakening vs. meditation as a “band aid,” the role of psychotherapy in spiritual practice, the power of working in the “old way,” the path of working with Zen koans as the journey of a lifetim…
 
Chris Luard is a meditation teacher living in Thailand. For more info on his retreat, visit his website. Clint Sabom is Creative Director of Contemplative Light. He lived in Budapest, Hungary in 2003 as a Gilman Scholar. He speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese. In 2007, he lived for six months in a silent monastery.. He holds bachelor’s degrees …
 
In this episode, Simon Mundie hosts a conversation between Rupert Spira and Tom Campbell. They discuss similarities and differences between their understandings of consciousness. Tom Campbell is a former NASA scientist and the author of the My Big TOE (Theory of Everything) trilogy. Simon Mundie is the host of the podcast Don't Tell Me The Score, w…
 
Host Michael Taft talks with teacher and author Ken McLeod about his insights into Vajrayana, spiritual practice as "choosing a way to live," the Tibetan idea of lam khyer, the power of prayer as a kind of raw, naked stance, why the seeds of spirituality need to be nurtured in secret, difficulties Westerners face when attempting to work within trad…
 
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