I frequently get authors that contact us to profile their books on Inside Personal Growth.  Sarah Collin’s, the Sarah M. Collins author of “The Little Guide to Big Changes“, caught my attention and I decided to do this podcast.

Sarah’s new book is a practical guide that will assist any reader in making profound changes in their life.  This is a quick read book, and loaded with tools and tips to help you overcome fear, anxiety and the frustrations in your life.

Change is scary and unpredictable says Sarah.  Better to be safe and miserable that to risk the unknown? You never know, things could turn out worse than they already are as stated in Sarah’s chapter on Choosing Change. In order to move forward in life, change must occur. Otherwise, life stagnates and stops flowing.

The Little Guide to Big Changes is all about the means of creating change when you feel stuck.  As we all know we can’t change others, we can only change ourselves and the process of change is exactly that…… a process.

Sarah writes a lot about prayer and meditation as a practical tool to make a connection with the Divine.  When we listen to the Divine within it is a reliable source for guidance.  Inner guidance is learning how to listen and discern the voice from within.  Sarah mentions that prayer is not a one-sided conversation, it is a dialogue with the Divine.  Talking to the Divine is a marvelous technique for initiating change in your everyday life. All that is required is sincerity of your heartfelt emotions, and belief that your words are being heard and above all, trust that your prayers will be answered.

I encourage your to listen to this podcast with author Sarah Collins, to learn more about how the six steps to creating lasting, positive change in your life.  If you want to visit Sarah’s website please click here to be linked to her site. Enjoy this podcast!!!

Lance Secretan It was my distinct honor to do this podcast with Lance Secretan.  This is my second interview with Lance since we first met over six years ago at a Spirit in Business conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  I have always admired Lance’s style and inspiring presentations.  If you want to be inspired then I encourage you to read his new book entitled, “The Spark the Flame and the Torch-Inspire Self, Inspire Others, Inspire the World.

Lance is certainly a man on a mission, and his new book will ignite the Spark within you.  The premise of this book is that all inspired and inspiring people-including leaders–have deep inner clarity about three of life’s great questions:

1) What is the purpose of my life?

2) How will I inspire and lead?

3) How will create and share my wisdom and create a legacy?

Believe me if every soul on this planet could wrap their minds and hearts around these three questions our collective world would be a better place.

The Spark, the Flame and the Torch is a manual for life and work–and a guide to transforming every aspect of our personal and organizational lives into inspiring experiences. As we discuss in our interview together, we are emerging from the dark era of leadership.  Between 1987 and 2009 the level of job satisfaction plummeted from a satisfaction level of 61% to 45%, and the numbers of people who found their work interesting dropped from 70% to 51%.  In my interview with Lance he provides insight into why this is happening, and articulates steps we can take personally as well as leaders to improve these statistics.

There is no denying that as I write this blog entry we are in the middle of a recession, and a relatively protracted one at that.  People are hurting financially, spiritually and emotionally.  As reported by Time Magazine we are emerging from the “Decade From Hell”.  No doubt we are yearning for a brighter future with more meaning and fulfillment.   If you are ready to embark on this personal transformation to a better life, then you will want to read Lance’s new book ” The Spark, the Flame and the Torch“.

I encourage you to visit Lance’s website and take his PLEDGE to become an inspiring person.  His website is loaded with references, sample chapters and discussion groups.

Please click here to be directed to his website.  Enjoy this wonderful interview with a very wise man.

Gary ZukavI recently had the distinct honor of interviewing Gary Zukav about his new book entitled, “Spiritual Partnership-The Journey to Authentic Power“.   I know that many of my listeners remember Gary Zukav for his previous works entitled, “The Dancing Wu Li Masters” and “The Seat of the Soul”.   This new book dives even deeper into helping us all understand what is like to live beyond our five senses and become what Gary refers to as a multi-sensory being.

In our forty-five minute interview we cover a lot of ground, so I encourage you to listen carefully.  “Spiritual Partnerships” will assist in bringing awareness to what it is like to live in a world of equality, commitment, courage, compassion and conscious communications as is outlined in the Spiritual Partnership Guidelines.  Human Consciousness has and is shifting, we can experience more than our five senses.  We will be able to sense ourselves as personalities and souls at the same time, and know things we couldn’t before–meaning, information, reasons for past events and more.

We all have a choice, we can either choose to ignore the evolutionary process taking place and live as we have in the past. Or we can embrace the incredible opportunity to live our lives in alignment with our souls, and discover what Gary states is our Authentic Power.

When we embrace our authentic power we will create spiritual partnerships,  based upon equals for the purpose of spiritual growth.  These new partnerships will be different from all previous forms of relationship and serve a different purpose. Spiritual Partnerships are vehicles that multisensory individuals use to create authentic power and support one another.  In these new types of relationships we commit to aligning our personalities with our souls with the benefit being a life that our heart longs to live,  more fulfilled, grateful, patient, fully present, meaningful, creative and living.

This wonderful new book is certainly going to bring awareness to the shifts in consciousness in our world.  The greater our awareness and willingness to embrace our own shift, and become a more conscious loving, caring, compassionate human being, the closer we will be to transforming our world into a place of cooperation vs competition.

We can live in harmony, peace and abundance with living beings—what a wonderful place this world will be when we awaken to our own authentic power and use this energy to create lasting and meaningful spiritual partnerships.  I encourage all of my listeners to read and fully understand what is happening in the evolution of our species.  It is truly a beautiful thing, and you are part of it!

If you would like more information about Gary’s new book, ” Spiritual Partnerships-The Journey to Authentic Power” please click here to be directed to his website.  There you will find videos, and down loadable information about the Spiritual Partnership Guidelines.   Pleaseclick here to be directed to information on his upcoming workshop at Mt. Hood, Ore.

Robert Levine Ph.D.It was a kick interviewing Robert Levine.  He really has a grasp on how cultures around the world keep time differently.

In his book entitled, “A Geography of Time“, Robert Levine articulates the differences between clock time, nature time and event time.  Nature time is the time used by all forms of life and is determined by the sun and seasons. Event time is basically the time needed to perform the tasks of the day, and clock time is a more recent invention and is primarily a product of industrialization and commerce.

In my estimation it is somewhat unfortunate that most of our western culture works on clock time.  We hurry to go here, there and everywhere, and frequently miss the special moments that help to make our minutes, hours and days more enjoyable.

Robert did extensive studies throughout the world, and found varying paces and tempo of life.  He found that the quicker we speak, walk, eat and drive that the economic well being of these communities were usually better.  So I guess if you want to have a more financially rewarding life you should live in New York or Los Angeles.

The top five countries using the index of pace of  life or time consciousness are in order, (from fastest to slowest) Switzerland, Ireland, Germany, Japan and Italy.  The five slowest or least time conscious countries are,  Syria, El Salvador, Brazil, Indonesia and Mexico. By the way the US is 16th place in world standings.

You are going to love this interview with Robert Levine as we weave our way through”A Geography of Time” and discuss some very deep philosophical questions.  I pose the question about our pace of life, and our ultimate impermanence here on this physical plane.  We speak about the Buddhist perspective about time, and how this shifts whole cultures.

We certainly are a very productive, time bound culture but changing our pace would probably relieve much of the stress in our society that causes many of the physical aliments that are epidemic states.  We should as a culture learn how to pace our life which would lead to more enjoyment of life and would enhance our relations with others.   As Robert states he envisions an attitude of “multi-temporality” where by the person who has mastered time can move easily between nature time, event time and clock time as the situation and need requires.

This is a wonderful interview with a tremendous man, with lots of personality, insight and wisdom to provide to you.  Please click here to be referred to his website for additional information.

living deeplyAs many of you have realized, we have been providing valuable interviews with the presenters for the Institute of Noetic Sciences events taking place this summer.Marilyn Schlitz is one of those authors who has a weekend workshop July 30th-Aug1st.

It was my privilege to interview Marilyn Schlitz who is the author of a book entitled, “Living Deeply-The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life“. Marilyn is also the President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences. She and a few of her colleagues are going to be facilitating a wonderful workshop entitled, ” Worldview Literacy Program” at the IONS Retreat Center in Petaluma, CA.

In my interview with Marilyn, we speak about her book as well as the benefits of attending the upcoming “World Literacy Program”  There are several intriguing questions that the workshop will be diving deeply into: How do we know what we know? How do worldviews shape our experiences? What skills do we need to open us to the other people’s worldviews? Why is this important to our global community?

These questions and more are going to be the subject of this upcoming workshop on July 30th-Aug1st, 2010 at the Institute of Noetic summer series held at the beautiful retreat center in Petaluma, CA.

During my interview with Marilyn I took the time to speak with her about the book she co-authored entitled, “Living Deeply“.  We speak about the extensive research work that she completed which culminated in this wonderful book about our personal quests for transformation.

Like most people today, our lives have become increasingly complex and fast paced.  The content and stories weaved into this book will certainly awaken you to radically shift your perspective of who you are.  It is this personal deep inquiry that leads to our transformation to more conscious living beings on this planet.  If we are to find more meaning and purpose those things that are out of alignment with who we are will gradually fall away.

Marilyn Schlitz HeadshotI encourage you to attend this workshop if you want to gain insight and understanding on how your worldviews shape your reality.  If you want to register for the workshop please click here.  And if you want to know more about Marilyn’s book “Living Deeply” please click any of the links to access her.

John RobbinsI have been an admirer of John Robbins for many years.  I first heard him speak in San Francisco in 2003 just after my oldest son Sean was diagnosed with Leukemia.  We took a trip to San Fransisco to attend a Green Conference where John was speaking about his book “The Food Revolution“.  It was this speech that made such an impact on both my son and myself that we altered our diets significantly in an effort to improve our health and be more environmentally sensitive.  I am proud to report that John’s message indelibly impacted our family contributing to our families improved health today.

John’s new book entitled ” The New Good Life” is probably one of the best books that I have ever read on living a life on less without the sacrifice.  The New Good Life is the path from conspicuous consumption to conscious consumption.  He advocates taking an active role in becoming  more aware of your purchases, and differentiate between your needs and wants.  Those of us who live in the United States for the most part have had plenty, and the previous consumptive patterns have helped to lead the current ecological and economic challenges we are faced with today.

As a result of our consumptive patterns I believe that we  need to look more closely at the choices we make when we purchase something,  and shift toward conscious consumption.  As John articulates in “The New Good Life” his life shifted significantly when he woke up one day last December to realize that 95% of his entire fortune disappeared as a result of his assets being mismanaged on Wall Street.

This book is as much about John’s personal journey, and how to learn to live on less while appreciating life.  It is a passionate manifesto on finding meaning beyond money, while delivering a sound blueprint for living well on less.  John teaches you how to create your own definition of success based on your deepest beliefs and life experiences, alleviate depression and stay fit with inexpensive alternative for high cost medicine, develop a diet that promotes better health and saves money, and how to protect yourself from future economic catastrophes.

The New Good Life” is a must read for anyone suffering through this economic downturn.  It is wonderfully written and extremely enlightening.

I highly recommend that you visit John’s website by clicking here and check out all of the cool resources as well as his videos.  Enjoy this great interview with a man on a mission to help people, help themselves while helping save planet earth!!!!

This new inspirational  pocketbook entitled “Feel Good Thoughts” is a great way to reflect on beautiful Gladys Jimenez messages, and bring some sanity into your world.  Author Gladys Jimenez has compiled  really wonderful thoughts in this little pocketbook that you can position on your desk to remind you of what to be grateful for in your life.  I did a podcast with Gladys, and she certainly has lots to be grateful for considering her personal near death experience.

I can’t recall the number of times I have interviewed authors, and the impact  a near death experience has had on their life.  It truly is an awakening to a new world with a 180 degree turn in their perspective about what is important.

It is so easy to take for granted  family, friends and loved ones while forgetting that our experience on this physical plane is  impermanent.  Lets face it none of us is going to get out of here alive.

Feel Good Thoughts” is not loaded with lots of useless words,  and its not your typical self-help/ personal growth book.  It is however, a small book with very few words providing the reader with an opportunity to take just a few minutes each day to reflect on quotes, thoughts and inspirational messages that will up lift their spirit and bring life back into your soul.

I encourage you to listen to this wonderful podcast with a beautiful soul who has traveled the path through a near death experience and emerged on the other side liberated and awakened and committed to helping others understand the importance of love.

Please visit Gladys Jimenez’s website by clicking here to learn more about her publishing company or to contact her.

Dzogchen Ponlop RinpocheIt truly was an honor to be able to interview Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.  His book entitled “Mind Beyond Death” is wonderfully written about the Buddhist culture and the levels of transition we make in preparation to death.  The Rinpoche speaks in this interview about the concept of the “bardo” which is the intermediary state and has become the catchphrase in Buddhist circles.  As the Rinpoche says this book is as much about life as it is about death.

There is a level of existence that is experienced between death and birth, and according to the Buddhist there are three levels: the existence of death, the existence of birth, and the existence  of what lies in between the two.  The Rinpoche encourages the readers to reverse their attachment to the appearances of this life and extract the most meaningful essence from their precious human existence.

I love the examples that the Rinpoche uses in the book, he explains that the moment we step outside our house and close the door, we begin to leave our life behind. We say goodbye to family and friends and to the familiar rooms and routines that we inhabit. We might feel regret mixed with excitement as we climb into the taxi and that will take us to the airport. As our vision of home recedes, we are both sadly parted and joyfully released from all that defines us. The further we go from home the more focused we become on our next destination.  We think less of home and more about where we are going. We begin to look at a new map; we start to think about where we will land, about the new people, new customs and new environment–the new set of experiences to come.
Until we reach our destination, we are in transit–in between two points.  One world has dissolved, like last nights dream, and the next has not yet arisen.  In this space, there is a sense of total freedom: we are free from the business of being our ordinary selves; we are not tied to the day-to-day world and its demands in quite the same way. There is a sense of freshness and appreciation of the present moment.

This interview with Rinpoche is an enlightening dialogue about life, death and the in between.  We discuss our fears, and how to learn to live in the moment without fear of our transition through death.

I know you are going to enjoy my interview with Rinpoche about his book entitled “Mind Beyond Death”  If you would like to learn more about his teaching you can visit the his website by clicking here or you can visit the website of the Nalanda West Center for American Buddhism where he teaches.

 

Sandra Anne TaylorI had the recent honor of being able to interview Hay House Publishing author Sandra Anne Taylor about her most recent book entitled ,” Truth, Triumph and Transformation“.    In our interview together we explore the myths or what Sandra Anne states are the lies about the laws of attraction.

Truth, Triumph and Transformation separates the reliable facts from the confusing fiction that has built up around the Laws of Attraction. It offers a clear and balanced understanding of why things really happen, it empowers people to make changes without self-recrimination, fear and guilt. It also reveals a much more balanced approach to personal responsibility, examining the principles of consciousness creation in practical, action-oriented ways.

In our interview together we actually explore the lies that Sandra Anne has done such a wonderful job of revealing in the book. Sandra Anne explains truths such as consciousness-created reality are fundamental parts of the human experience. And although these concepts are complex they can empower us and provide many formulas to help us approach life in a healthy and self actualized way. When we bring our awareness to our everyday experiences, we can not only achieve greater happiness, we can deal with all the joys and difficulties along our path.

I encourage you to listen to this very revealing interview about the lies associated with the “Laws of Attraction”.  Sandra Anne Taylor in my estimation has hit the nail on the head as it relates to our misconceptions about these fundamental laws.  She clears up the mysteries and provides what seems like logical explanations to the misunderstandings.  If you would like to learn more about Sandra Anne Taylor she has a wonderful website with lots of resources and information about her many books.

Please click here to access her website, you can also listen to Sandra Anne Taylor on Hay House Radio she has a regular show. You can link to Hay House Radio by clicking here.