This interview was conducted via Skype on September 27, 2015.
Dr. John Prendergast is a retired professor of psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies and a psychotherapist in private practice in San Rafael, California. He has led self-inquiry groups for over a decade and offers workshops and retreats. His website is www.listeningfromsilence.com
John is a longtime student of nondual teachings, having deeply studied with Jean Klein and Adyashanti. He is the author of the recently released In Touch: How to Tune in to the Inner Guidance of Your Body and Trust Yourself (Sounds True, 2015) and senior editor of The Sacred Mirror: Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy (2003) and Listening from the Heart of Silence (2007). He is also the editor-in-chief of Undivided: The Online Journal of Nonduality and Psychology.
John writes, “My approach to psychotherapy is presence-centered and body-based. As we learn to relax into the timeless now and be with our body/mind just as it is, an inner wisdom and direction unfolds. We all have an innate sense of the truth, an inner knowing that arises out of a willingness to relinquish the illusion of control and to rest in not-knowing.”
In this conversation we cover the main themes of his book, In Touch. They include…
– Felt sensing and the energy body. One of the most common forms of experiencing the energy body is also one of the most painful: heartbreak.
– Questioning Core Beliefs, Dialoguing with the Inner Critic, and Witnessing Thoughts.
– Relaxed Groundedness: As we attune with inner knowing, we experience a deep relaxation in the core of our body and a growing sense of groundedness.
– Inner Alignment: There is a sense of things lining up and falling into place inside. An inner verticality opens up that we can sense as a line running through the core of the body, extending high above and far beneath. … inner alignment also brings a sense of aliveness, which differs from excitement.
– Openheartedness: The human heart opens into a nonlocalized Great Heart that is capable of embracing the suffering of humanity. Discovering and consciously living from both the Great Heart and the soulful depths of the human heart brings the deepest happiness as human beings.
– Spaciousness : When we get in touch with our inner knowing, there is often a sense of vast space within and around our bodies, and this subjective sense of space is almost always accompanied by a deep silence. Genuine openness is very still.
– Fruits of inner knowing: Self-Recognition, The Great Intimacy
– Sacred Ordinary: As the body awakens, so does the world. When we discover that the core of the body is made up of empty, vibrant, and wakeful openness, we experience the world differently. The world as other dissolves and becomes intimate. As a result, our ordinary experience is suffused with a sense of the sacred. We discover what I like to call the sacred ordinary. We feel grateful for no reason.
Dr. John Prendergast, www.listeningfromsilence.com
Sorry, the first 5 minutes are a little echo-y then it clears up.
The nonduality of Macrobiotics.
Carl Ferre‘s website is www.ohsawamacrobiotics.com/
Carl Ferré has studied macrobiotic principles since beginning his practice in 1975. He began work at the George Ohsawa Macrobiotic Foundation in 1978. He is the current President of the Foundation, editor of Macrobiotics Today magazine, and director of the French Meadows Summer Camps. Carl is author of Essential Guide to Macrobiotics, Acid Alkaline Companion, and compiler of Essential Ohsawa. He and family live in Chico, California.
Lloyd M. Dickie (see photo) and Paul Boudreau are the co-authors of Awakening Higher Consciousness: Guidance from Ancient Egypt and Sumer. Their website is www.awhico.com. The topics are investigation of the sense of awe and mystery, ancient cultures, the Gurdjieff work, self-realization, world travel, archeology.
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00:00 – 02:45 – Opening music by Prosad. Introductions.
02:45 – 07:30 The topic of higher consciousness. Their book isn’t really about mythology, it’s about “us.” “When did you realize that mythology is about you?” Lloyd talks about a turning point that happened in Nepal. Lloyd feeling emotionally what was going on him and relating it to what he was seeing. Continue reading
In this topsy-turvy, paradoxical conversation forest dwelling is bad, chicken is vegetarian, and living off the grid is sorta like living off your parents.
Nonduality is out. Sacred duality is in. And a big party is planned with an astrologer, a 70s band, lotsa food, hot dogs, chicken wings, and karaoke.
We look at the difference between self-realization and enlightenment and find out what a swirl ice cream cone has to do with diunitality.
In fact this interview is like a swirl cone with stripes of everyday living, batty perspectives, and serious spirituality each occupying its distinct spiral track in the swirl.
And like any swirl cone, when you lick it, all the flavors combine into a cold sweet delight.