Allan LokosIn a recent interview with author Allan Lokos we discussed his new book entitled ” Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living“.

Allan’s book was born one summer evening when a dear friend made a comment “Just about every mistake I have every made and every unkind word I have ever spoken might have been avoided if I had been more patient.”  Allan thought that this was a stunning statement revealing remarkable insight, and it was the birth of this book.

The development of genuine, open-minded patience may very well lead one to also examine one’s experience of anger and its root causes.  Although impatience and anger are not the same, they live in the same neighborhood states Allan.  In fact, it is as if they live in the same house with barely a flimsy curtain between them, anger ready to join in when impatience shows the slightest interest in emerging from its thin-shelled cocoon.  Not coincidentally, the journey that develops patience is traveled along a path similar to that which undermines the deceiving appeal of anger and what at times can appear to be anger’s uncontrollable nature.

The development of patience requires an understanding of the  root causes of our stress, anxiety, and frustration.  Then we must be willing to relinquish the type of thinking that leads to the loss of patience.  Although anger and patience are not opposites, they can be thought of as two side of the same coin.  When one side is visible the other is hard to see.  When one side is active the other is unlikely to emerge.

Allan is a teacher of Buddhist practices and his approach is not to get attached to the emotions that anger and frustration stur up within one.  To become more mindful from moment to moment which includes being nonjudgmental.  Because of anger’s enormous potential for danger, it would be an exaggeration to say we call on patience to come to the rescue, to save the day, perhaps even to save a life.  The courageous act of starting to address one’s anger and develop greater patience is, to me , a sacred act.  The simple act of pausing invites the mind and body to stop, to allow fiery thoughts to cool and subside before giving them expression.

 

If you want to cultivate more patience and reduce the dangers of anger and frustration, then you ought to read and take in the very important message of “Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living“.  This is a book worth the read, and especially in the complex world we are living in today that frequently tests our patience.

If you would like more information about Allan Lokos and his new book please click here to be directed to his YouTube video.

Jack CanfieldI recently interviewed Jack Canfield about his new book that he co-authored with William Gladstone entitled ” The Golden Motorcycle Gang“.  While part of this book is about Jack’s facilitating personal story, the main point of the book is asking the reader to awaken to their ” souls transformation”.  By embracing  2012 as a year of enlightenment, and to join in with Jack and the rest of a very impressive “gang” of people on this enlightening journey.

The ‘gangs” intention is to have fun, but to also make a significant contribution to the well-being of humanity.  The mystery and adventure inherent in this book reveals that there is now an opportunity for choosing the actual course of our evolution.  Along the way we are ment to experience the joy that comes from recognizing who we really are.

As the authors state ” the world is facing multiple crises.  We are calling upon you our readers, to become Agents for Conscious Evolution.  What that means in terms of expression will be different for each and every one of you.  What you need to know is that each of you is essential to ensure that life on this planet evolves in a positive direction.  We invite you to focus on what is going well in your immediate world and to overcome the fear and inertia that grips all of us from time to time.

If you want to learn more about how to become part of the “Golden Motorcycle Gang” movement and to explore the concept of Conscious Evolution I encourage you to click here to be directed to the Golden Motorcycle Gang website.  I have also listed several other websites that will enlighten you about becoming part of this movement.–Barbara Marx HubbardShift MovementBirth 2012.

 

I hope you enjoy this wonderful interview with Jack Canfield the author of the “Golden Motorcycle Gang“.  You can click here to be directed to an overview video at YouTube.

Xorin BalbesThe timing for this podcast was was very fortuitous.  Author Xorin Balbes is a coach and interior architect of our living spaces.  His new book entitled ” Soul Space-Transform Your Home, Transform Your Life is a wonderful book about not just how to re-organize and design your living space but truly looking at the energy of every object that is in your space.

I know for me I have been wanting to re-organize, cleanse and create a new living space in my home office.  In my interview with Xorin we explored the eight stages of the Soul Space process which are assess, release, cleanse, dream, discover, create, elevate and celebrate.

What is so revealing about this process is that we not only examine the physical space, but our personal interior space.  Our emotional connecting to the objects that we have collected and decorated our living spaces with.  Xorin points out that the way our homes are organized all too often supports unresolved issues and relationships that we need to confront–get rid of for good.  By clearing out and redesigning our living space, by actively reconnecting and realigning with our surroundings, we are able to grow and evolve instead of remaining stuck and stagnating.

Soul Space is about getting in touch with the beliefs, thoughts and feelings behind all the things that you surround yourself with.  The aesthetic come from your soul’s expression and supports you in becoming more authentically you.  The design is truly about your interior as it emerges from you understanding that the external world impacts your inner self and vice versa.

If you are anything like me, I am very sensitive to my living space.  I like things neat, and orderly but lately I have let the office space that I am working in become cluttered and messier that I would like.  It really consumes lot of my energy, for I think about how I want to clean it up and re-organize it but when the time comes to do it I don’t seem to have the energy.

If you want to explore the underlying causes and attachment to all of your stuff then, this podcast will be a real eye opener.  I thoroughly enjoyed my interview with Xorin and his ideas and suggestion were enlightening about what I need to do, and my emotional connection to the stuff.

I highly recommend that you read Xorin’s book Soul Space if you are wanting to re-design, recreate and open up new possibilities in your life.  This book is more than just a book about re-designing your physical living space, it is all about you inner space and your connection emotionally to your possessions and collections.  It truly is a book about your soul’s calling to manifest harmony and peace in your life.

If you want more information about Soul Space and Xorin Balbes please click here to be directed to his website. Our click here to go to his Facebook page.

John VlahakisI first met John Vlahakis when I was attending the Natural Products West Expo in Anaheim, CA as was impressed with the products that he developed and his passion for the environment. John’s company Earth Friendly Products makes environmentally friendly detergents for both home and commercial usage.

In my interview with John we speak about many different topics related to the environment. His new book entitled ” Green Bites” is a compilation of facts and stories related to the the degradation of the environment, to ideas on how we can start to improve our relationship to mother earth.   It is a great reference guide for someone who is interested in learning more about topics such as water, solar, health, lifestyle, transportation, energy and much more.

” Green Bites” is not a gloom and doom prediction of what is to come if we don’t transform our way of treating the environment, it is a positive upbeat book loaded with solutions and ideas to help us alter our behaviors to help solve some of the problems we are faced with.

Just as an example–we are all familiar with the hugh amounts of polystyrene foam, commonly known as styrofoam.  We all know it should be banned for it is a hazard in our landfills.  So what is the solution–we have great alternatives  such as corn based bioplastics and we are starting to see them in use.  If more of our fast food restaurants would start to use the corn based alternatives we would be disposing of something that would not be harming our environment.

John reports on everything from the Pacific Garbage Patch to the recycling of our used cell phones and electronic devices.  The good news is that there are lots of alternatives if we would all start to become more aware and take affirmative action one step at a time.

 

I encourage you to listen to this great podcast with John Vlahakis the author of “Green Bites” and learn how you can start to take simple steps to reduce, reuse and recycle to help make our world a better place for our children.  John also has a wonderful website  called Earthly Reports and you can access it by clicking here.  This website  is loaded with great stories, tips, videos and way for you to play and active role in being activist for our environment.

 

Jeffrey ArmstrongHow many of you have seen the movie “Avatar”?  I bet that many of my listeners have, and this interview with author Jeffrey Armstrong about his book “Spiritual Teaching of the Avatar” will provide profound insight and wisdom about an “Avatar”.

The authors knowledge about the deepest meanings of the word avatar revolve around his forty years of study.  According to the author Avatar, a Sanskrit word, combines Ava, meaning “to descend” and Tara, ” To heal and restore.”.  The idea is that a divine being or Supreme Being purposely descends to Earth, takes on a body, and then fulfills some kind of mission according to the needs of the moment.  This is different from reincarnating, which is not a conscious intentional birth but a result of karma. The Avatars come according to their own will.

When the Avatar comes, the primary purpose is to rescue and heal the Earth at a time when the balance in Nature or Mother Earth is being destroyed.  The secondary purpose is to remind us that we are also beings from the Transcendental and that transcendental is our true nature.  The Avatars usually leave us a set of teaching that are essential tools for living a life of integrity for the good of all.  The Avatars exemplify this message and teach us to do the same.  Thirdly, the Avatars also come to develop personal and loving relationships with humans, in a number of different flavors: as servant, child, friend, spouse, or lover. In the process, humans get to interact with the avatar–in simple terms, God or the Supreme Being–who has lovingly come to us disguised in what appears to be a human form.

In my interview with Jeffery you will be treated to the teaching of the Avatars collected form Vedic Spiritual traditions of India that can be traced back more than 15,000 years.  The author illuminates how contemporary cultural references to Avatars reveal their deep and enlightening historical roots.  At the heart of these teachings is a respect for all life, and the concept that we are each part of the same Ultimate Being, and that everyone is able to make the journey back home to the Divine.
I hope you enjoy this wonderful interview with a very spiritual and knowledgeable teacher.  Jeffery’s book is definitely a must read for the spiritual aspirant wanting to learn more about this ancient tradition.  You can also learn more from Jeffery’s website by clicking here.

Brendan BrazierThis is my second interview with author Brendan Brazier.  Every time I interview Brendan I continue to learn more about nutrition and the important role is plays not only in our health, but in how the foods we eat impact our environment.

In Brendan’s new book “Thrive Foods: 200 Plant Based Recipes for Peak Health” Brendan lays out the importance of a plant based diet, and gives the reader great recipes that are nutrient-dense and which have a very low impact on our overall environment.  In my interview with Brendan we speak about what he calls “Nutrient-to-Resource Ratio”.  Brendan refers to this ratio as a proactive form of health insurance and environmental preservation rolled into one.  This ratio reveals the extensive amount of arable land, water, and fossil fuel consumed to produce food, as well as taking into consideration carbon emissions created.

Brendan states that the average American could have a greater impact on the on the environment by switching to the eating suggestions in the book.  That is one person swapped out a Standard American breakfast for a plant-based, nutrient-dense whole food smoothie for one year, it would conserve the same amount of C02 emissions as created by driving a mid-size car from Vancouver to Tijuana, Mexico.  If everyone stopped eating factory farmed beef for one year, it would conserve the equivalent of c02 emissions as over 2 trillion miles being driven in a mid-size car.

Needless to say if we as consumers would think about our choices in food consumption we could have a significant impact on the worlds environment.  A diet based in nutrient-dense, plant based foods not only improves our health but it has a positive impact on our environment.
Brendan’s book is loaded with great recipes that are good and easy to make.  So if you want to improve your diet, loose weight, and help the environment then I highly recommend that you get a copy of Brendan’s new book.  If you would like to learn more about Brendan Brazier please click here to be directed to his website.  He also has a company called Vega that produces plant based products, you can learn more about Vega by clicking here.

Enjoy this great interview with truly a man on a mission to save our environment, as well as increase the life span of millions of people.

Suzanne TaylorWhat a fascinating interview with author and producer of “What On Earth, Inside the Crop Circle Mystery” Suzanne Taylor.  I had heard lots about crop circles a few years back, but really did not give it to much attention, but this video really did move my viewpoint considerably.

Producer/Director Suzanne Taylor has become an leading authority on the subject, and produced this wonderful DVD with interviews from experts from around the world.   No matter what you believe about crop circles, this documentary will assist you in coming to your own conclusion.  I know that after watching “What On Earth” I am more convinced than ever that we are living with extraterrestrial life forms that are attempting to make connections with us, and very importantly attempting to get us to wake up to the primitive ways we are treating Mother Earth.

It would be  a miracle in my estimation after watching this video and  by examining the intricate circles to believe that humans could have made these designs, let alone smash the crops down in patters as shown in the video.

I believe “What On Earth”  gets you thinking about not only crop circles, but our existence on this planet and our relationship to all life forms that exist.  I know the message here is for us to wake up as a species, and pay attention to the environmental degradation that has occurred as a result of our relentless persist of more, and shift our consciousness.  The human species as it exists now needs to transform into a more intelligent, loving, kind and compassionate species if we are ever going to be able to help solve many of the challenges we are faced with today.
So no matter what you believe about the crop circles, this DVD is worth watching if only to get you thinking about your own personal evolution.  It certainly got me thinking about my existence here, and ways that I could transform to make this world a better place.

If you would like more information about Suzanne Taylor the producer and the documentary please click here to be directed to her website.  You can view trailers and order the DVD.  Also listen to my interview with Suzanne, your viewpoint will most likely be shifted as a result.

Sandra IngermanI recently had the pleasure of interviewing Sandra Ingerman the author of “Awakening to the Spirit World‘.  In the three years that I have been conducting interviews for the Inside Personal Growth podcast series this is only the second interview on shamanism, and I was very impressed with Sandra’s depth of knowledge and wisdom about the practices of shamanism.

As Sandra states in the book the word “shaman” refers to one who sees in the dark.  To practice shamanism is to open vision to a world that is hidden from normal view and to enter the deeper reality of the unseen universe.  The core of shamanism is the experience of direct revelation–to communicate firsthand with your spiritual allies and discover your own power.

In my interview with Sandra we discuss the wayS and practices associated with helping one to open up to this spirit world.  Anyone can make the spiritual journey to access their spiritual allies, but their are practices to prepare you for this journey.

Sandra points out that the shamanistic practice can assist one in thriving in challenging and changing times.  In our modern-day technological world we have been lead to believe that what we see, touch, hear, smell and taste with our ordinary senses connects us only to the world that is visible around us.  Shamanism teaches that there are doorways into other realms of reality where healing spirits reside who can share guidance, insights and healing not just for ourselves but also for the world in which we live.

Shamanism teaches that we are part of Nature and on with all of life. Since we are part of Nature, Nature itself become a helping spirit that has much to share with us about how to bring our live back into harmony and balance.  In the fast paced world that we are living in today, the practice of shamanism and getting in touch with our spiritual allies would certainly be a good thing.  Just maybe we would learn more about our soul’s journey and our role in the grander scheme of things.

If you would like to learn more about Shamanism then I would certainly recommend that you read ” Awakening to the Spirit World“. Sandra’s book will open up your eyes and and your senses to a world that will be quite revealing, and will help you explore at a deeper level many of those important questions you would like to have answers too.
Please visit Sandra’s website by clicking here for it has a wealth of information and articles on the topic of shamanism.  Enjoy this wonder interview with a very wise woman, who can guide you into worlds you may have not see yet.

Marti SpiegelmanI received an email from Marti Spiegelman stating that she was going to be interviewing Rinaldo Brutoco from the World Business Academy for her radio show entitled “Awakening Value“.  I have to admit that I was quite intrigued,  because she is a practicing  modern shaman and in all the years that I have done interviews on Inside Personal Growth I have never had the opportunity to interview a shaman, and Marti graciously accepted.

In my interview we explore so many fascinating aspects of Shamanism, as well as discussing a program she as developed for CEO’s entitled “The Conscious CEO.  As Marti explains it shamanism is a word that means nothing more than “keepers of the wisdom”, and in accent indian traditions the elders in the tribes would pass on this wisdom from generation to generation.

There are two keys to the training. The first is mastery of the shaman’s state of luminous awareness.The second is mastery of the fundamental principles that underlie all shamanic technologies. As these principles are revealed to you, you are taught how to use them the way they were originally intended – to grow you, fully and passionately into the genius you actually are and create pathways for your gift to be received in the world. In the process of mastering luminous awareness and receiving multiple levels of shamanic intuition, you develop for yourself a new way to walk in the world, a new way to understand life and your place in it, a new way to be your power and your passion.

These teachings are an integral part of Marti’s course entitled “The Conscious CEO” that she conducts a couple of times per year.  If you are a CEO of an organization or in upper management the shamanic technologies that Marti imparts as part of her course will certainly awaken your consciousness as well as allow you to open up to developing a corporate culture of “awareness”.  Marti speaks about “relational awareness” as our unconscious but when you become a modern shaman you become very aware of your connection to the environment and everything around you.  The development of this sensory of awareness will heighten one’s ability to connect, allowing for endless possibilities.
If you are looking for a new way to perceive your world, with fresh eyes and an open mind then I encourage you to check out Marti’s website by clicking here.  Also you can listen to her regularly broad casted Voice America radio show by clicking here.  Enjoy this wonderful interview with an amazing modern day shaman Marti Spiegelman.