We tend to think of wisdom in terms that are rather other-worldly. We tend to think that those who are wise are either those who have been taught by a guru or they are the guru. But really, even the guru will tell us that wisdom isn’t taught. It’s received. And it isn’t received from any external teaching. It’s received from some deep resonance within us. So what is the process of attaining wisdom? People speak frequently about “lessons” we are getting in life, through the school of hard knocks and other like schools. But all too often the lessons we learn have to do with how to survive better, how to become better people or how to win friends and influence people. Sometimes the lessons have to do with enjoying life more. But is that wisdom? What is wisdom then? Is it a mood of bliss? A higher self? And once we know what it is, will we still want it? If so, how will we get it? These questions and more will be answered on this week’s show. Don’t miss it!
For the first time in the history of the world, we are beginning to explore intimacy as the essential ingredient to healthy, whole relationships. But intimacy is not really all about sex. It’s about “dancing core to core”—as Judith Blackstone, PhD puts it in her lovely book The Intimate Life: Awakening to the Spiritual Essence in Yourself and Others. Judith is an innovative, and internationally recognized teacher of nonduality. She is the developer of the Realization Process, a method of embodied nondual awakening, and a practicing psychotherapist. This book, like her others, The Empathic Ground, The Enlightenment Process and The Subtle Self, opens its readers to a deeper more true essential beingness. So, our show this week is going to be about how to awaken to that beingness both alone and in relationship. Want to know how? Don’t miss this show.
It works just like gravity. The only way to get away from gravity is to go live in outer space, or find yourself an anti-gravity chamber—which, by the way, is being held down by gravity. But once you step out of that chamber, and once you come back down to earth, you are going to become a part of the law of gravity again. And the law of gravity works, even when things are working against it. It just includes itself into the ultimate equation and becomes an integral part of the process. And that is exactly how the law of love works. No matter what you’ve seen, how you’ve been hurt, or what you fear, the law of love is simply including itself into the equation and becoming an integral part of the alchemical process of becoming fully aware of who you are. So, even though we live in the world of duality, our antigravity chamber, that very chamber is being held down by love. Further, everything, absolutely everything ultimately falls down into love. Want to know more? Don’t miss this show.
Michael Mirdad is back to the Authentic Living show for the third time, to talk to us about his latest book, Healing the Heart and Soul: A five-step, Soul-level Healing Process for Transforming Your Life. Bestselling author of The Seven Initiations of the Spiritual Path, Sacred Sexuality: A Manual for Living Bliss, and You’re Not going Crazy, You’re Just Waking Up! Michael is also a world-renowned spiritual teacher, healer and counselor, who has facilitated thousands of classes, lectures, and workshops throughout the world on mastery, spirituality, relationships and healing. He is suitably named the “teacher’s teacher” and the “healer’s healer,” due to his ability to share the deepest teachings in a clear, applicable manner. From Michael, you can expect to learn all about how to move from dark nights of the soul to a new life. Don’t miss this powerful show!
Peter Tongue is with us this week to talk about the connection between the stars, the earth, and the evolution of human consciousness. He tells us that the information known to medieval alchemists was so sacred and profound that they wrapped it up in allegorical clever word plays. As we move through the month of June, and it’s the astrological sign Gemini, ruled by Mercury and Hermes, the gods of clever and hidden communication—Tongue will reveal some of the coded information known only to the ancient alchemists. These revelations will tell us about the connection between Alchemy, the Stars, our beautiful landscape of Earth and US—the human beings evolving on the planet. To live a fully authentic life, it is necessary to uncover our true passion and purpose for being here and this show will reveal to us powerful tools to assist us in the awakening process.
Have you ever experienced a deep longing of which the manifestation just seemed to keep eluding you? In this day and age in which many of us are vision boarding and affirming our little hind ends off trying to manifest these longings, we tend to judge ourselves for our inability to come home to these seeming soul desires. But understanding a soul desire and distinguishing it from all the other things that can mimic soul desire is an inner and heroic journey. If, for example, we can start the sentence with “I’ve always wanted to…” that desire could be a soul desire, or it could be a desire that comes from the need to avoid some pain, or escape some seemingly more difficult reality, or to bargain with the so-called fates. So, how do we go about the process of manifesting soul desire if we aren’t even sure what soul desire is? Well, the first process is going to have to be getting to know ourselves at the level of the soul. Want to know more? Tune in—it could change your life.
Staying present is one of the hardest things we must learn to do if we are to integrate body, mind and soul. As David Ord, our guest for today puts it, “A lot of us have moments when we are present, but we can’t sustain it throughout our workday and time with our family. We either drift into thought or we become emotionally reactive to something that upsets us.” Sustaining that presence is what Michael Brown’s book The Presence Process is all about. And David is coming today to talk to us about that process, since Michael cannot be here. David is Michael’s editor as the Editorial Director of Namaste Publishing Company and an author in his own right. Both from his own work and from the work of editing Michael’s work, he can speak very clearly to the process of integration that occurs as a result of this presence process. If you have difficulty staying present—tune in—you’ll be glad you did.
What does it mean to forgive? Does it mean that we absolve? That we allow them to “get away with it?” If you are thinking in these terms, then you are not yet ready to forgive. Forgiveness is a process. And it really has nothing to do with the person you are forgiving—unless you are forgiving yourself. In fact, we don’t even start out that process aiming toward forgiveness. Typically, we start it off in pain. Nanice Ellis comes back to the Authentic Living Show again this year, on the day before Thanksgiving, to talk with us about that process and its power to transform. Nanice is the author of seven books, and is a Master NLP Practitioner and Coach, whose wisdom comes from a deep well of experience. If you are worried about your family dinner tomorrow—tune into this show. You’ll be glad you did.
We’ve heard it again and again recently, teen suicides based on bullying, particularly the bullying of someone who is or is perceived to be gay. And then we heard Joel Burns, openly gay City Councilman from Ft. Worth, Texas, in his passionate and tearful plea to gay and lesbian teens to hold on to life—don’t let bullies drive you to suicide—because it’s going to get better. Why are these children bullied? Because we don’t know yet how to receive and accept differentness. This week, we are going to be talking with someone who has struggled with and overcome issues of differentness through his own coming out process—the first openly gay member of the American Psychological Association, and the author of the book “Loving Someone Gay,” now in its 5th Edition. Don Clark has much to say to us about this acceptance process—one that is going to be essential to our culture if we are to survive. So, don’t miss this one.
When do we say enough is enough? In this day in which our economic crisis seems to be swallowing huge chucks of what we have previously valued, we are ramping up our schedules and our stress levels trying to get back to how it used to be. And in the process we are forgetting all about our earlier plans to pursue happiness and peace. Wayne Muller, bestselling author of Sabbath, as well as three other books: Legacy of the Heart; How, Then, Shall We Live?; and Learning to Pray, is going to challenge us with the question: What if we already have enough? His latest book, A Life of Being, Having and Doing Enough is the topic of our conversation this week and presents that very same challenge. At some point, rest, retreat and reflection become the answer. At some point we have to say, “Enough already!” Is today your day?