Zeitgeist Executive Director talks to fascinating folks about a brand range of topics around perennial spirituality.
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A Conversation About How Hard it is to Talk About Mysticism
Debonee interviews four presenters for ZG's "Mystics Series", and in depth look at the mystic aspects of Christianity, Hinduism/Vedanta, Judaism, and Islam. Guests Carl McColman, Steve Gold, Rabbi Mitch Cohen, and Kemal Korucu take on the tough questions about speaking into the ineffable, handling suffering, the illusion of spiritual maturity and more...
Author and spiritual teacher Carl McColman joins Debonee to announce his position as Zeitgeist's Contemplative in Residence, and his new book, "Eternal Heart". The duo discuss connections between joy and justice, and how faith can be more holistic and interspiritual by exploring the "Eight Gifts of the Heart". Join is for the Book Launch Event on Tuesday, June 29.
Storytelling Camp-In with Phil Foster: Skeleton Woman
Storyteller Phil Foster joins us again for more conversation around the art and importance of story. Reminding us that we're all telling stories individually and collectively, Phil also ties us in with The Grand Story. "Skeleton Woman" is the choice for his upcoming event, and Phil examines the possible windows of exploration to get the most out of this tale... Whether we're talking about romance, fear, deep listening, service or a spiritual path, Phil is an entrancing guide.
Make Paella! Masizakhe & Re-imagining Culture with Scott Macklin
Beginning with oxen and wheat threshing, Scott winds his way through the Seven Lessons Learned About Learning via Zoom, Teaching Online Effectively and the importance of generative narratives and shifting the questions to get to the juice. Throw in some bass and musical numbers by his collaborative project, Now Defunkt, and you've got paella!! Scott Macklin serves as the Executive Director of GLOBAL Online Learning and as Faculty in the School of Art, Media and Culture at Trinity Western University. Scott is a PhD (Candidate) in Economics and Development Studies at Nelson Mandela University in South Africa. You can see his work in action at: http://bit.ly/ScottMacklin Back Stage to a Course: https://spark.adobe.com/page/AtmSbITZ7Xl15/ Now Defunkt: www.nowdefunkt.com Music video for "Old Enough": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6f5YWGWXDo
Eating the Chocolate Elephant: Carl McColman and Integral Theory
Integral Theory is a philosophical feast, and Zeitgeist's Contemplative in Residence, Carl McColman talks to Debonee to share an initial taste of how delicious it can be. Carl introduces newbies to the basics, and helps us understand the usefulness of this broad "theory of everything".
Enneagram & Kabbalah: Rabbi Mitch Cohen on How to Live an Awakened Life
Rabbi Mitch Cohen joins Debonee to talk about the intersections between the Enneagram and the Kabbalah's Tree of Life. Mitch maps out the links between the Enneagram typology and the ten sefirot, and how we can expand our understanding to explore the depths of each. Find out why Godde cannot be male, where to find Divine Essence and how we can learn to balance our masculine and feminine energies...
Meet ZG's Storyteller in Residence, Phil Foster
Master Storyteller, Phil Foster joins Debonee to discuss the importance of storytelling, and why it matters in 2021. From Bluebeard to Batman, Phil reminds us of the communal and imaginal value of a good mythic tale, and encourages us to allow the Universe to "invite us into its confidence".
Getting Heaven Into Us: Mystery & Mysticism with Carl McColman
Sweet Georgia Pam hops into the Host seat to talk to Executive Director, Debonee Morgan, and students Joella Walker and Melissa Lerner about "Exploring", ZG's group spiritual direction program. Leaning into the liminality of strong communitas, reveling in silence, and accepting the invitation to go always deeper, the team answers questions to help the listener decide if ZG is right for you. More about the program is here: zgatl.org/exploring
Pam Muller: Business Development for Creative Souls
Spiritual Director Pam Muller talks with Debonee about the intersection of business and calling, the importance of spiritual direction in uncertain times, and how to navigate the discomfort that creative people experience with the details of running a business.
You Are Not *A* Number: Dr Jerome Lubbe Introduces the Brain Based Enneagram
Neurologist Jerome Lubbe shares the history of his creation of the brain-based overlay of the Enneagram and how the structures of both came together to create a more complete connectome (you'll learn what that is!) of the neuropsychology of identity (you'll learn about that too!). He will help you shift your paradigm from "I'm a 4!" to understanding your whole self, including strengths and preferences as well as the behaviors you may have historically chosen to avoid based on learned experiences. Jerome encourages us to expand our language around our 'numbers' and our personalities. Enjoy!
Crazy Wisdom & The Holy Fool: Sensei Sean Murphy Explores the Sound of One Hand Laughing
Debonee speaks with Sensei Sean Murphy to learn about the value of humor and levity in spiritual practice and thought. Sean shares some of his own more comical experiences in Buddhist training, as well as humorous teaching stories and lessons learned the hard way (don't try to talk to Taizen Maezumi about death!) You'll hear about the beginnings of Sean's book, "One Bird, One Stone", the connections between comedy and tragedy, and the subversive power of humor. You'll get to know John Daido Loori, and Nasreddin, and all sorts of tricksters. Crack a smile and enjoy!
You Cannot Avoid Mystery: Eastern Meditation with Steven J Gold
Steven J Gold introduces us to the principles and practices of Eastern Meditation, derived from his training with Sri Swami Rama and study in India. Learn about the benefits of meditation and how we move from the outside in and inside out. Steven teaches the importance of attention and intention, and how we can go deeper into our most true selves, and also to connect with Something Bigger. "It draws out our own unique individuality. Whatever uniqueness a person has, beyond their agitated level... comes out as creativity."
"When the Heart Speaks, Listen: Discovering Inner Wisdom" a Conversation with Dr Lerita Coleman Brown
Lerita shares her story with Debonee, and introduces the book that chronicles her experience of connecting with her heart(s) through medical transplant and emotional transition. Meet "Heavy Harvey" and the process of Active Imagination, and how illness and struggle became an invitation to a spiritual journey.
"Unteachable Lessons", Conversation with Carl McColman
Author Carl McColman joins Debonee to take about his new book, "Unteachable Lessons, Why Wisdom Can't be Taught (And Why That's Okay)" . Carl shares an early transcendent experience, as well as warnings about the "trap of experience". He invites us into relationship with the power and presence of silence. Carl introduces us to his daughter Rhiannon, and explains her indelible impact on forming his own spiritual maturity. Carl's laughter is contagious, and his hard won wisdom is a gift - join the conversation about the things that are hard to talk about. "Carl McColman gives much wise direction and broad understanding of the field of contemplative theory and practice. Here is your teacher!" ~ Richard Rohr
The Evolving Consciousness of the Beatles
Executive Director, Debonee Morgan and Kenny Howes (Co-Facilitator of the "Evolving Consciousness of the Beatles" workshop) join Rabbi Mitch Cohen and musician Lee Flier to talk about the Beatles and their ever evolving spiritual consciousness. This short conversation touches on personal encounters, history and lives of the band, and specific songs that illustrate the deepening spiritual natures of the lads.