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NONDUALITY TALK RADIO

Produced and hosted by Jerry Katz

Broadcast on ckdu.ca on Wednesdays at 12:30pm – 1:30pm EST (e.g., New York City)
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UPCOMING SHOWS:

October 29 Anamika, reports from the Science and Nonduality Conference, and talking about her first book.

November 5 Francis Bennett, a spiritual teacher in the contemporary, Non-Dual spiritual Tradition. Francis offers a blend of the Buddhist Traditions he deeply studied, the contemplative Christian mystical tradition which he lived during his many years in monastic life, as well as the Hindu Advaita-Vedanta teaching of Sri Ramana Maharshi, who has been a very profound influence on Francis for about the last 12 years or so.

November 12 Fred Davis, founder of The Living Method of Awakening, an extraordinarily successful process of inquiry, investigation, and direct pointing that encourages immediate recognition of our shared True Nature.

November 19 Sandy Woods writes that she is “an artist and the owner of Celestial Song a lovely little boutique and art gallery in Ojai California. I also publish all books and material by William Samuel, as his Trustee, Literary Executor it is my joy to be able to continue sharing his brilliant and liberating message. … As Mr. Samuel asked me to do; We are going to try to make a statement of Truth that even those who have never heard of non- duality, those who have no interest in spiritual ideas, including the philosophical materialist, and also those of any religion will be unable to misinterpret.”

November 26 Jeannie McGillivray extends an invitation to look deeply, with innocence and authenticity, into the experience of life; to discover for ourselves what we really are and how this transforms life itself.

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NAME INDEX (by last name and topic)

Abram, Cheryl | Cheryl Abram2
Adyashakti
Anamika

Beal, Matt
Burke, Laura Caitlin

Cassani, Monica | Monica Cassani  2
Chani
Christmas Show 2013
Cornucopia of Topics
Cowlishaw, Philip
Cox, Jeff

Davis, Fred
Dhanya Durga Moffitt

Falk, Gary
Ford, Steve
Fraser, Lynn | Lynn Fraser2

Gross, Acharya Rita M.

Hayes, Charlie
Hillig, Chuck
Hip Hop

Javidtash, Tomaj
Johnson, Chadwick

Kiloby, Scott

Lewis, Billy 1 | Billy Lewis 2
Light, Joanne | Light, Joanne 2
LindenSmith, Dustin
Lott, Joey
Lucille, Francis [Retreat]

MacInnis, Scott | Scott MacInnis2
Maja Apolonia Rode
Mandee | Mandee2
Mantras, Prayers, Enthusiasm
Mary Jean
McCray, Gale
Mealer, Mace
Meyers, Canela Michelle
Miles, Justin Forrest
Morgoglione, Greg Allen

Newman, David
Nonduality, general chat

O’Malley, Mary

Parenting
Parker, James
Peer Rich, Jen
Peterson, Jackson
Pillay, Kriben

Rabbin, Robert
Radzik, Jody
Ramaji
Rode, Maja Apolonia
Rossi, Jay

Scorelle, Mark
ShantiFest
Shepherd, Philip
Sierra, Pete | Pete Sierra 2
Smit, Paul
Snaychu, Darryl
Stevens, Donnalou

Tathina
Tollifson, Joan
Traverse, James | James Traverse2 | James Traverse3 | James Traverse4
Tzu, Gary

Warren, Jeff
Woodyard, Vicki

Zinn, David
Zurawski, Susan

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#5258 – Interview with Tomaj Javidtash

Edited by Jerry Katz

Tomaj Javidtash is the author of Non-Dual Perspectives on Quantum Physics: A Layman’s Guide, which you may learn more about at his website www.tomajjavidtash.com

Tomaj is an Iranian-American author and physicist currently pursuing his graduate studies in theoretical physics at the University of Maryland. His area of research is foundational issues of Quantum Physics. His undergraduate major was physics along which he also obtained a minor in mathematics.

His writings are motivated by his discovery of shared truths underlying three different disciplines of Quantum Physics, Advaita Vedanta Metaphysics, and Husserl’s Transcendental Phenomenology.

Transcendental Phenomenology is a modern embodiment of Advaita Vedanta metaphysics; and Quantum Physics is an experimental contribution to their truths advocating the primacy of consciousness in the nature of reality which is essentially non-dual.

Favorite Books:
Vasistha Yoga
Physics and Philosophy by Werner Heisenberg
Cartesian Meditations by Edmund Husserl

Tracks:

0:00 – 5:13 Opening theme music, Byron Bay, by Prosad. Introduction to Tomaj Javidtash. Milestones in his life from childhood: the night sky, the fly in the bus.

5:13 – 10:16 Curiosity about physics and philosophy while in high school. Interest in quantum physics and the philosophy of quantum physics while in college. Interest in consciousness. Cognitive science. Experiments with psychedelics and influence on his studies. Getting into transcendental phenomenology and how it differs from cognitive studies.

10:16 – 17:56 More on Edmond Husserl’s transcendental phenomenology and the method of reduction, which is like a self-inquiry. Tomaj tells about his experience of reduction after having practiced for six years. How the experience of the world was altered. “The sense of I … was coming from a single pure point of consciousness. … The whole of the experience was something happening in the now.” The singularity as a conscious dimension. This experience compared to psychedelic and other spiritual experiences. “I have seen that the world I’ve been used to is not real.”

17:56 – 28:28 Getting accustomed to his new perspective. Discovering his experience in the Upanishads. Bringing his new perspective to quantum mechanics. Seeing that Vedanta is an ancient form of transcendental phenomenology. Turiya as the experience of reduction. More on practicing phenomenology. Vedanta and quantum mechanics discussed.

28:28 – 39:45 More on the fingerprint of the reduction experience. More on practicing the reduction experience: meditative comtemplation. The ‘I am’ is the main focus. Shift of attention to the experience of seeing rather than the object. How we are caught up in concepts. Concepts are removed one by one until the reduction happens suddenly.

39:45 – 44:32 Talking about Tomaj’s experience as a 5 year old and linking it to his transcendental experience. How the nature of curiosity has changed. More qualities of the reduction of experience. It was a deja vu experience.

44:32 – 47:38 “That becomes this.” The nature of That. Once you see it you know it without doubt. The deja vu feeling further explored. Our true essence.

47:38 – 50:27 Consciousness and quantum mechanics. Observation gives form to the underlying formless reality. Nature of reality from viewpoint of quantum mechanics and vedanta.

50:27 – The dreamlike nature of reality. Waking up to the dream. There is no knower or known, only knowing. Conclusion. Music by Prosad: I Am Free.

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Non-Dual Perspectives on Quantum Physics: A Layman’s Guide, by Tomaj Javidtash

#5257 – Interview with Monica Cassani (Part 2)

Edited by Jerry Katz

Here is the second interview with Monica Cassani. I’ve included the first one in order to complete the package.

Monica Cassani’s renowned website is www.beyondmeds.com.

Tracks:

0:00 – 6:27 Opening music: the song Byron Bay, by Prosad. Introduction to Monica. Review of themes from our first conversation. Healing as a process of learning to live well. Processing our emotional responses to life on this planet. Some people are more sensitive to the reality of what’s going on in the world and it can make them ill.

6:27 – 11:36 Anger and other emotions. Dealing with one’s dark side. Denial of the dark side is partly responsible for the planetary situation. When we deny our interconnectivity we suffer as does the planet. Fear of anger. Part of healing is ceasing to be afraid. Anger and withdrawal from psychiatric medications. Gratitude for anger. Managing anger skillfully.

11:36 – 22:00 The danger of the power of psychiatrists. Monica as a mental health professional. Denial within the mental health industry. Hard to not be complicit within any mental health system, even so called enlightened ones. Need to interview a psychiatrist on this topic and about power. Psychiatrists do want to help people, however if they are coming from a limited world view this could limit their ability to help to the point of denying people their civil rights. Forced psychiatric treatment as torture according the U.N. Hospitals as trauma and re-traumatizing mills.

22:00 – 24:04 Iatrogenic illness discussed: illness as the result of a physician’s action. Psychiatric diagnosis as a form of post-traumantic stress. Most people leave psychiatric more harmed than when they went in. The harm is denied by the psychiatric system and said to be part of the psychiatric diagnosis, not a real harm.

24:04 – 32:44 The acceptance and okay-ness with being ill. The acceptance of drugs. The medical industry wants you to manage illness rather than get better. Taking your health into your own hands. No separation between mental and physical illness. The social acceptance of some physical and mental illness. Mental distress as seen as unable to heal. Psychiatric drugs create chronicity. “Everybody’s sick and nobody’s expected to get well.” However, that’s not everybody’s experience. We need people who are mid-wives of the dark.

32:44 – 36:52 Stepping out of the box defined by their illness and attachment to the medical system. Monica’s experience and how her world view applies to the psychiatric industry.

36:52 – 46:25 Power of nutrition as part of Monica’s ongoing withdrawal from psychiatric medications. Probiotics discussed. Prebiotics. Curing IBS.

46:25 – 55:47 Creating community online and Monica’s personal community as well discussed. Ecstatic dance. Professionals need not be central to your community as they are often the cause to harm. A professional may or may not be necessary for a health matter. Conclusion. The song I Am Free, by Prosad, is played.

Here is the first interview with Monica, along with notes:

We talk about the possibility of living without psychiatric medications, the implications, and Monica’s personal story of withdrawal from meds.

0:00 – 4:35 Introduction to Monica Cassani. Monica talks about the possibility of living without psychiatric medications and the need to sometimes live with them to some degree. The nature of safe withdrawal.

4:35 – 11:21 The radical decision to stand up to the authority of psychiatry. Non-compliance: care and support needed, especially from the psychiatrist. “It shouldn’t be viewed as non-compliance.” It should be a right to get off drugs or to explore an alternative. Currently, people don’t have a choice. There’s no infrastructure to support options to standard psychiatric care.

11:21 – 15:20 Monica’s attempt to educate people as a first step toward building the infrastructure, with an emphasis on solutions. Programs that support non-medicinal approaches. Self-care with meditation and other avenues. Challenge in building infrastructure while allowing for wide flexibility.

15:20 – 18:00 Nature of finding a psychiatrist that will support “non-compliance.” “It’s inherently coercive to say ‘This is your only option’ to a vulnerable person.

18:00 – 23:58 The massive journey toward getting off psychiatric medication. It’s not for everyone. There’s a wide spectrum of motivations and experiences associated with coming off drugs and so one has to be careful about following someone else’s journey. Monica talks about how getting off meds is associated with her spiritual and human awakening and what she was like prior to that, including her work as a social worker and what was revealed to her about psychiatry.

23:58 – 35:19 Society doesn’t want to feel, thinking life has to be happy. Being non-compliant is about taking responsibility. Monica’s story starting from high school years. Response to psychedelics treated as illness rather than spiritual emergence. Completing the journey mostly by herself even while seeking help and putting up with demands of psychiatry. Changing social work direction toward mental illness and learning about the right to autonomy. Her work life while on meds. The nature of Monica’s healing then and now.

35:19 – 40:07 The withdrawal process as a dark night of the soul. Monica’s withdrawal experience described. Like “normal” anxiety on steroids. Now all the radical reactions are healed.

40:07 – 43:30 Monica’s husband’s support during her withdrawal period. Nature of coming out of the withdrawal, including how it is happening in the present day.

43:30 – 47:37 Monica holding the gap between people off meds and still taking meds. The need to look differently at people labeled mentally ill, especially by the spiritual community. Conclusion.

47:37 – 53:00 Song “I Am Free” by Prosad. www.prosadmusic.com/

#5256 – Interview with James Parker

Interview James Parker conducted by Jerry Katz on Nonduality Talk Radio:

Listen to Nonduality Talk on Wednesdays, 12:30PM EST (e.g., New York City) at www.ckdu.ca. Put it on your calendar now! It’s much more fun and revealing to hear the show live before the glitches are removed.

Introduction

James Parker is an award winning magician, philosophical illusionist, political analyst, and global nondualizer.

James believes magic is a serious art because it questions the very foundations of human perception. James holds a Masters Degree in International Law. He has been working with NGO’s and the Government on energy and climate change. James is author of the book “The Earth, Stupid!” and the upcoming book “Truth: The Next Step.”

For James, the essence of magic is found in this quotation from the master of magic arts Eugene Burger: “The magical experience moves us to contemplate the reality of a non-rational realm of consciousness and experience.”

James websites are www.jamesparkermagic.co.uk andwww.jamesparker.org.uk

Main themes include magic, nonduality, and resonances with non-separation as pointers toward where global views are moving.

Tracks described

0:00 – 6:40 Introduction. The three areas of discussion: magic, nonduality, and global issues. “The only solution is to see from non-separation.” J. Krishnamurti and responsibility from a nondual viewpoint. Relative existence and the viewpoint of the absolute coming together.

6:40 – 10:58 James’s career in magic starting from age 10. Youthful fascination with mystery and the magic of life. Passion for becoming a famous magician. How his career as a magician took him onto the path of nonduality.

10:58 – 18:53 James realizes that magic could be an expression for non-separation, nonduality, oneness. The nondual perspective in the magic community and within magic theory is exceedingly rare. Magicians are mostly too absorbed in the psychology of theory and don’t seem to approach nonduality. However nonduality is a new emergence on the planet, as Tolle mentions. There is a massive space for the reception of nonduality in the world of magic. To introduce nonduality to magic it’s important to realize that magic isn’t about tricks, it’s about the larger context in which tricks occur.

18:53 – 21:34 Uri Geller discussed as pre-rational: making people believe magic is real. Rational: psychologically based, everything’s separate, either/or, logical, for example James Randi. Post-rational: nonduality, truthfully expressing reality, pointing to the mystery of life itself. We are currently living in a rational world where we see things as separate, black/white, right/wrong, inside/outside, them/us, good/evil, god/devil.

21:34 – 27:24 Magic can bring nonduality into the mainstream by giving a glimpse of the post-rational, by allowing one to move out of the rational mindset. In order to survive as a species the understanding of nonduality needs to filter into the mainstream. The current political system cannot solve today’s problems because it’s founded in separation. However we cannot keep saying everything is fine and nothing need be done, for that continues the mode of separation. Magic can show ordinary people a way of seeing beyond separateness. Nondual awareness can have an influence on the government and the U.N. levels.

27:24 – 37:56 James talks about his extreme internal response to a ten day meditation retreat. Seeing that “everything is just the case.” Experiencing a oneness with the world beyond empathy since there was no James there. “Everything is you.” Responsibility arises out of that and recognition of that responsibility is the next stage for nonduality culture. This is not a personal responsibility but an obvious function that plays out.

37:56 – 44:23 Insight as relative truth, for example, the quality of impermanence. The recognition of nonduality is also an insight and leads to a new way of learning. Seeing through the personal self is the beginning of learning. Magic can show these relative truths. J. Krishnamurti’s problem was that he believed the public was already coming from a nondual understanding. He didn’t address seeking. Tony Parsons, like J. Krishnamurti, says there’s only awareness. James Parker says there is a need to look more deeply at relative existence.

44:23 – 53:25 The need for more nonduality books based in specific fields of work: e.g., psychology, magic, politics, ecology. James talks about his recent experience at the One World One People conference. Many different groups were represented. It was fragmented but there was also a sense of nonduality in action. People resonated with non-separation whether or not they had heard of nonduality. Some were noted to be living from nonseparation without knowing the teachings of nonduality, they’re just doing. There was a sense of resonance and unity not so much a feel for a utopian future, but a resonance of unity in this world. The conference inspired a collective resonance and felt like the future of nonduality. The next step for nonduality is to effect society in a way such that if functions naturally. Nonduality has to be careful to not hang out in the absolute. Though the nondual view transcends dualities such as right and wrong, it does not mean there is no such thing as right and wrong.

53:25 – 57:05 How can people pursue their natural inclination toward non-separation or nonduality or a world that sees beyond right and wrong, good and bad, without denying their reality? Meditation discussed. Conclusion. Song I Am Free by Prosad is played in part.

James Parker’s websites are www.jamesparkermagic.co.uk and www.jamesparker.org.uk

#5255 – Interview with David Newman (Durga Das)

Edited by Jerry Katz

David Newman is an author, inspirational teacher, world-renowned devotional singer, songwriter and recording artist. He travels extensively sharing his music, and teachings on the path of love as a vehicle for spiritual awakening. David is also the creator of the Stay Strong Project and the founder of Yoga On Main. He has been featured on NPR, and in The Washington Post and Yoga Journal among many others. David, also known as Durga Das, lives with his wife Mira and daughter Tulsi just outside of Philadelphia, USA.

www.davidnewmanmusic.com

In this interview we talk about the people who have been influential in David’s journey, including Neem Karoli Baba, Shyam Das, Paul Hedderman, Bruce Rubin, Bart Marshall, and others.

We also play some of David’s songs!

David’s new book is The Timebound Traveler: How my journey as a seeker came to an end.

#5254 – Interview with Vicki Woodyard

Edited by Jerry Katz

Vicki Woodyard has written three books communicating nonduality through the themes of grieving, loss, humor, grace, truth, and goodness. Her new book is Bigger Than Sky: A Radical Awakening.

Vicki’s works may be accessed via www.vickiwoodyard.com

Tracks:

0:00 – 11:34 Introductory chat. Meeting Peter, the subject of Vicki’s new book, Bigger Than The Sky: A Radical Awakening., which consists of emails between Vicki and Peter. Peter’s nature, personality, and vitality. Nonduality as transcendence of the words about nonduality. How Vicki writes. The nature of listening. “An energetic absorption into the moment. … There has to be some real honesty.” Vicki finding her voice.

11:34 – 22:22 Some description of Bigger Than The Sky. Vicki reads a letter from Peter that’s not in the book. “I sit with my little cat and she purrs deep into my chest. This is life. The rest, just a silly dream.” We comment upon Peter’s letter and what and how he shared.

22:22 – 27:04 Vicki reads her own writing from the Bigger Than The Sky. Commentary on the impact of Vicki’s writing.

27:04 – 33:52 Vicki and I talk about our experiences in comedy performance and writing. Vicki talks about writing jokes for Joan Rivers. We talk about the nature of comedy and comedians.

33:52 – 35:33 Vicki talks about finding her passion in the forms of writing and spiritual practice. Coming to the stillpoint. Inviting energy to flow.

35:33 – 46:05 Vernon Howard discussed. How he functioned in a radical but skillful way. Spiritual siddhis discussed. Vicki’s experience being healed by Vernon Howard. Teaching of truth compared to the teaching of goodness or love.

46:05 – 55:26 Vicki talks about an energy that persists no matter what happens. The term enlightenment. Character and the essence quality are missing from much of today’s teaching. We talk about Peter and the effect the stroke had on him. Conclusion. Music: I Am Free, by Prosad.

Vicki’s works may be accessed via www.vickiwoodyard.com