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A message from the podcast publisher: Pathways is a 30-minute radio interview program focused on personal and cultural transformation. The show airs Sunday mornings at 8:30 AM pacific time on KBOO 90.7 FM in Portland, Oregon (also streaming at that time via kboo.fm). Don't miss an episode by signing up to receive automatic updates when new shows are posted. And best of all, you get to decide how you want to listen. Look on the right for a selection of options, including subscribing via your I-Tunes or signing up for email alerts. (Don't worry, we won't share your address with anyone.)
Linda Johnsen is the author of the new book, Lost Masters: Rediscovering the Mysticism of the Ancient Greek Philosophers. Linda is one of the most popular writers in the field of yoga and spirituality today. Her book Daughters of the Goddess: The Women Saints of India was voted “Best New Age Book of the Year.”
Sam Bennett is the author of the new book, Start Right Where You Are: How Little Changes Can Make a Big Difference for Overwhelmed Procrastinators, Frustrated Overachievers, and Recovering Perfectionists. She created The Organized Artist Company to help creative people get unstuck and achieve their goals. She is a writer, actor, teacher, and creativity/productivity specialist who has counseled thousands of artists and entrepreneurs on their way to success.
Jacob Needleman is the author of I Am Not I. A philosopher, author, and religious scholar, Jacob teaches philosophy at San Francisco State University. He is also the author of The New Religions, a pioneering study of the new American spirituality, Money and the Meaning of Life, A Sense of the Cosmos, The Heart of Philosophy, Time and the Soul, Why Can’t We Be Good? , and other books.
The American witch panic began in Salem, MA in 1692, over an exceptionally raw winter, after a minister’s daughter began to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before 19 men and women had been hanged and an elderly man executed by being crushed to death. Stacy Schiff is the author of the new book, The Witches: Suspicion, Betrayal, and Hysteria in 1692 Salem. Stacy won the Pulitzer Prize for her book Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov). The recipient of an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she lives in New York City.
Stuart Perrin is an American spiritual master of Kundalini Yoga. A combination of wisdom teachings and memoir, Navigating the River of Time shares incidents from the life of a confused but gifted young man who journeys around the world in search of enlightenment, only to find his spiritual teacher back in his hometown.
In our culture of “get more, have more, be more,” is there any place for “good enough is good enough”? Today’s guest offers an inspiring alternative to nonstop striving, self-improvement, and self-criticism. Roger Housden is author of the new book, Dropping the Struggle: Seven Ways to Love the Life You Have. He is the author of numerous other books, including Ten Poems to Change Your Life and Ten Poems to Say Goodbye. He offers writing workshops, both live and online, with an emphasis on self-discovery and exploration.
Unbeknownst to the world at large, a personal growth movement is taking shape in modern China. Yang Ziwei (known as ‘Annie’) is the founder of THE HOUSE OF I — a personal growth center outside of Beijing, China.
With over 10 years experience in running personal growth centers, Annie also serves as a relationship facilitator for international companies like IBM (China), philanthropic organizations and communities. Currently, she is creating the first Holistic Ecological Community in the form of Chateaus in China. When I visited the House of I, I loved the motto of her art and community oriented museum in Jackson Hole, China: “I gradually opened my eyes, understood Nature and loved it.”
The pain of heartbreak can be seemingly endless but you can break free—whether the heartbreak comes from a divorce, a breakup, a death, or the loss of friendship, health, a job, or a dream. Psychotherapist Susan Anderson is the author of The Abandonment Recovery Workbook. Susan has devoted more than 30 years of clinical experience and research to helping people overcome abandonment trauma and its aftermath of self sabotaging patterns. A leader of the abandonment recovery movement, she reaches out through her websites, workshops, and media to share her methods of abandonment recovery with abandonment survivors from around the world.
Stress is a silent killer. However, certain easy-to-practice meditations can proactively relieve the effects of stress.
Lisa Wimberger is the author of New Beliefs, New Brain: Free Yourself from Stress and Fear. She is the founder of the Neurosculpting® Institute. Her work draws upon a background in medical neuroscience. As the Founder of the Neurosculpting® modality, Lisa runs a private meditation practice in Colorado teaching clients who suffer from stress disorders.
You have everything you need–and you are everything you need–to do the writing you are meant to do. And yet the path to success can be difficult to find and follow. Sage Cohen is the author of Fierce on the Page: Become the Writer You Were Meant to Be and Succeed on Your Own Terms. A veteran author and writing guide, Sage believes that ferocity is your best compass for finding your true way forward.
The ancient Toltecs believed that life as we perceive it is a dream… that we each live in our own personal dream, and all of our dreams come together to make the Dream of the Planet. Problems arise when we forget that the dream is just a dream and fall victim to believing that we have no control over it. Don Miguel Ruiz Jr. is the author of the new book, The Mastery of Self: A Toltec Guide to Personal Freedom. He is a Nagual, a Toltec Master of Transformation. He is a direct descendant of the Toltecs of the Eagle Knight lineage and is the son of don Miguel Ruiz, who was Pathways a few years ago before his passing. By combining the wisdom of his family’s traditions with the knowledge gained from his own personal journey, don Miguel Jr. now helps others realize their own path to personal freedom.
Cannabis is the most genetically diverse plant in the world. But how has it evolved as a species, and how has it has co-evolved with humans? How has domestication changed the marijuana plant? Understanding today’s crazy mix of hybrid strains, why they’re so different, and what makes each one unique is a huge undertaking. Our guest today believes that increased genetic knowledge about cannabis will transform how people relate to this plant. Mowgli Holmes, PHD, is Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Phylos Bioscience, a cannabis genomics company based in Portland, Oregon. Mowgli is a molecular and evolutionary biologist. He is a founding board member of the Cannabis Safety Institute and the Open Cannabis Project, and is Chair of the Oregon State Cannabis Research Task Force.
Do you envision a better version of humanity? You’re not alone. Despite media “evidence” to the contrary, we humans are evolving more rapidly than ever–from the inside out! A global shift is underway and the collective patterns are finally becoming clearly discernible. What we’re experiencing on the individual level is happening to people everywhere. Robin Rice is a visionary leader, author, teacher, and mentor to some of the top minds in the world today. She has spearheaded numerous impactful social change projects around the globe, serving as an instigator, communicator, and trailblazer in both nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Her 100 Visionaries Tour will be in Portland, OR on May 20, 2017.
Why do we continually engage in behavioral patterns that are destructive to ourselves, to society, and to the environment? How did we become such a society of mindless consumers? Peter C. Whybrow, MD, author of the book, The Well-Tuned Brain: The Remedy for a Manic Society attempts to answer these questions and more. He is a psychiatrist and endocrinologist, and director of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. Born and educated in England, he is the author of, among other books, A Mood Apart and the award-winning American Mania: When More Is Not Enough.
Matthew Fox is the author of the new book, A Way to God: Thomas Merton’s Creation Spirituality Journey. Thomas Merton was an American Catholic writer and mystic, a poet, social activist, student of comparative religion, and a proponent of interfaith understanding. Merton’s marriage of mysticism and prophecy, contemplation and action closely paralleled that of Meister Eckhart, the thirteenth-century mystic. Fox creates a methodology for understanding the vast and deep contributions that Merton made to the history of spirituality. He is an internationally acclaimed theologian and spiritual maverick who has spent the past forty years revolutionizing Christian theology, taking on patriarchal religion, and advocating for a creation-centered spirituality of compassion, justice, and resacralizing of the earth.
Kurt Gray is the author of the new book, The Mind Club: Who thinks, what feels, and why it matters. Kurt Gray is a professor of social psychology at UNC Chapel Hill who received his PhD from Harvard University. He studies mind perception and morality, pondering such questions as “what is the nature of good and evil,” “can we ever truly know ourselves,” “why are humanoid robots so creepy,” and “what makes grandma’s cooking taste so good?”
Karen is a leading voice for the empowerment of men, and an awakened masculinity. She is the author of Open Her: Activate 7 Masculine Powers to Arouse Your Woman’s Love & Desire. Karen Brody’s professional background includes a MA in Counseling Psychology and BA in Journalism, alongside a lifetime of personal growth work.
While Taoism is known for a quiet, enigmatic wisdom, the Tao can also have the cleansing force of a rushing river. William Martin is author of The Activist’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for a Modern Revolution. Bill is the author of several books on Taoist and Zen thought, including: The Parent’s Tao Te Ching, The Couple’s Tao Te Ching, The Sage’s Tao Te Ching … A Path and a Practice, and The Tao of Forgiveness. Along with writing about the Tao, Bill enjoys painting in the Taoist tradition.