Galen Sharp is the author of Non-Dual Teachings of the Bible, which is the main topic of this conversation. Galen’s intimacy with nonduality began in the 1960s with friends Wei Wu Wei, Douglas Harding, and Paul Reps. He is a seasoned self-realizer; the real deal’s real deal.
You may get his book at http://www.amazon.com/Non-Dual-Teachings-Of-The-Bible/dp/0994377932
Galen’s home page features his art and his earlier book, What Am I? A Study in Non-Volitional Living: www.galensharp.com.
Galen is active on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/galen.sharp
00:00 – 05:05 Introduction to Galen Sharp and his new book Non-Dual Teachings of the Bible: http://www.galensharp. Accessing nonduality when Galen started his journey in the 60s. Friendships with Wei Wu Wei, Douglas Harding, Paul Reps. Reps communicating the spirit of nonduality.
05:05 – 07:40 Pursuing nonduality in the midst of a heavy New Age culture of the 60s.
07:40 – 17:45 Galen’s journey through Christianity to nondual understanding. Alan Watts. Wei Wu Wei’s communication of the original, difficult Eastern teachings. There are things in Wei Wu Wei’s writings Galen still doesn’t understand. Wei Wu Wei’s sense of humor. Dharma battle with Paul Reps. Mountain Path mentioned: http://www.sriramanamaharshi.org/resource_centre/publications/mountain-path/
17:45 – 24:00 Talking about Non-Dual Teachings of the Bible. Wei Wu Wei helped Galen see religion beyond conditioned views. Non-Dual Teachings of the Bible is personal since it is Galen’s journey and he quotes scriptures he struggled with and how they resolved through the nondual view. The book is totally based on scripture.
24:00 – 28:42 “If volition really worked we’d all have perfect lives, wouldn’t we?” Galen’s book is personal not only because it tells his story but because it is assumed that the average person can come to the nondual understanding of Christianity, and toward that end Galen gives several powerful exercises. The teachings in this book are useful even if a person isn’t that interested in Christianity.
28:42 – 33:34 The exercise entitled The Great Imposter is inspired by Nisargadatta’s saying, “Anything perceived cannot be me or mine.” This and the other exercises point to what nondual Christianity is based in, which is a new perspective.
33:34 – 40:03 If God is here and now he could be known here and now. The now is the doorway to the Kingdom of God. We get too serious about religion and beliefs. Humor of Sam Kinison who attended bible school: http://www.samkinison.org/, https://www.google.ca/search?q=%22sam+kinison%22+jesus&oq=%22sam+kinison%22+jesus&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l4.4533j0j7&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=119&ie=UTF-8
40:03 – 46:07 When you see the nondual view of Christianity it is difficult to communicate Christianity with people who are more fundamentalist. We are far from the original understanding of Christianity, which shouldn’t be surprising. If you come from nonduality you can easily see Biblical scriptures more clearly and openly. Sermon on the Mount as a pointing to non-volitional living, that is to say you are neither doing nor not doing.
46:07 – 51:36 The chapter on Adam and Eve is a favorite of many readers. The heart of the book is revealed in this chapter: The sense of I Am. Galen doesn’t get into the theological ways of seeing the I Am, including the Trinity, yet the book isn’t about that perspective, it is more bottom line.
51:36 – 57:20 The sense of I Am elaborated upon. Simplicity of I Am. Religion is about doing; the sense of I Am is about being. Conversation about the power of the exercises in the book.
57:20 – 1:01:48 Post-interview conversation on religion and politics, the simplicity of the sense of I am, the potential of Non-Dual Teachings of the Bible for transformation.
Non-Dual Teachings of the Bible, by Galen Sharp: