An exploration of the spiritual journey. Stories, conversations, and reflections from the other side of conventional religious belief and practice. A sanctuary for seekers along the Unknown Path.
What We Did on our Summer Vacations
Welcome to the first episode of a new season of The Mystic Cave, a reflection on the soulful experiences of summer, including our return to nature and our return to the past.
"Into the Mystic": words and music by Van Morrison; performed by Colin James; licensed for use by SOCAN;
"How the Story Goes": words and music by Brian Pearson; performed by Brian Pearson with Rob Vause on bass guitar;
"Hymn": words and music by Brian Pearson; performed by Brian Pearson with Mike Huston on lead guitar;
"Ghost Town": words and music by Brian Pearson; performed by Brian Pearson;
Photo Credit: Jeremy Tanquay-Fernandes on Unsplash.
At the End of the Line: A Conversation with Tara Livingston
With this episode I introduce a series of conversations on death and dying ... on the other side of church land, or, what the church never told us. Tara Livingston joins me as we share thoughts and experiences of funerals, "good deaths," and what happens on the other side.
Tara Livingston: www.TRLConsulting. ca
Brian Pearson: email@example.com
Opening Song: "Into the Mystic," words and music by Van Morrison; performed by Colin James; licensed by SOCAN
Closing Song: "At the End of the Line," words and music by Brian Pearson; performed by Brian Pearson
Ghost of 'Boy Meets Girl': A Conversation with Jessica Waite
It was difficult enough when Jessica's husband Sean died suddenly, leaving her as a widow and a single mom. But posthumous revelations about his secret life turned her grief into rage. When it appeared he was trying to reach out to her from beyond the grave, she might not have returned his calls; but something compelled her to start paying attention. Perhaps they could help one another heal, from both sides of the Great Divide we call death.
Jessica's grief-related storytelling website: https://endlessstories.love
The "secret book page" for Ghost of Boy Meets Girl: https://www.storymourning.com/a-secret-book.html
Brian's web site: www.brianepearson.ca
Brian's email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing Song: "Love Covers Over," words and music by Brian Pearson; performed by Brian Pearson
Shall We Gather at the River: A Conversation with Sarah Kerr
Deathwalkers, psychopomps, ancestors--we may be alone on our final voyage, but we needn't be lonely. The Universe itself will welcome us home, just as it birthed us in the first place. Death, it turns out, is a wondrous window on life itself, and who better to remind us of this than a death doula and ritual healing practitioner.
Sarah's work with the dying and their families: https://soulpassages.ca
Sarah's courses and workshops on death care: https://sacreddeathcare.com
Closing Song: "The Ones Through Whom the Light Shines," words and music by Brian Pearson; performed by Brian Pearson
In the Beginning: A Conversation with Margot McKinnon, PhD
We might ask, "What happens when we die?" in order to gain wisdom about how to live. But finding out, at the end, might prove too late. What if we asked, "Why was I born in the first place?" If "heaven" is the same at both the beginning and the end of life, it might be the same question.
Margot's Web Site: https://www.drmargotmckinnon.com
Margot's Email: email@example.com
Closing Song: "There's A Light" from the album So Far ...; words and music by Brian Pearson; performed by Brian Pearson
A Lamp Unto our Feet: A Conversation with Spiritualist Jane Fleming
Spiritualists like Jane Fleming are well acquainted with the strange phenomena associated with death and dying. But they know that the larger purpose of that phenomena is to help us on our spiritual journey toward our ultimate union with the Creator. In this lifetime we may get glimpses from beyond the veil, but our steps return us to the path at our feet, here and now.
Books mentioned in this conversation:
"Hands-on Healing" by Jack Angelo
"Hands of Light" by Barbara Ann Brennan
"Why God Won't Go Away" by Dr. Andrew Newburg
Calgary First Spiritualist Church: https://www.calgaryfirstspiritualistchurch.ca
The Eternity Connection (virtual church): https://www.eternityconnection.org
Closing Song: "Lift Your Head," words and music by Brian Pearson; performed by Brian Pearson, featuring Mike Huston on lead guitar