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This podcast is about spiritual awakening and personal growth. Topics include Mysticism, Contemplative Spirituality, Christianity, Psychology, Buddhism, Integral Theory, Social Issues, and more. We offer a free mini-course on The Christian Mystics here. https://contemplativelight1.lpages.co/mini-course-squeeze-page/

The Contemplative Light Podcast Clint Sabom

    • Religion & Spirituality

This podcast is about spiritual awakening and personal growth. Topics include Mysticism, Contemplative Spirituality, Christianity, Psychology, Buddhism, Integral Theory, Social Issues, and more. We offer a free mini-course on The Christian Mystics here. https://contemplativelight1.lpages.co/mini-course-squeeze-page/

    53. Becoming An Ordinary Mystic, with Albert Haase, OFM

    53. Becoming An Ordinary Mystic, with Albert Haase, OFM

    Father Albert (pronounced as the French al-BEAR)talks with me about his new book, his own spiritual journey, and the mystic path. Full of joyful ebullience, Father Albert speaks on Mother Theresa, the dark night of the soul, and the perceptions of people regarding the phrases "mystic," "contemplative," and "mindfulness."

    • 53 min
    52. The Spiritual Gift of Madness: Dr. Seth Farber on Mysticism and Mental Illness

    52. The Spiritual Gift of Madness: Dr. Seth Farber on Mysticism and Mental Illness

    Dr. Seth Farber is a revolutionary psychologist who has appeared on Oprah, Geraldo, Coast to Coast, and Alex Jones. In the spirit of Anton Boisen (the founder of pastoral psychology) and RD Laing (the pioneering psychiatrist), Farber's book, The Gift of Spiritual Madness maintains, as Joseph Campbell did, that mystics and schizophrenics swim in the same area of consciousness. The difference is that the mystic is swimming and the schizophrenic is drowning.

    A friend and colleague of many 60s hippie-era icons, our conversation moves accordingly, jumping and tossing allusions and laughter. If you lose the threads, worry not, notes and links and quotes are included on our website www.contemplativelight.com/podcast

    Some of the topics we cover:
    -the mad pride movement
    -Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" as a battle-cry for mad pride
    -the mental patient's liberation movement
    -when did psychology and psychiatry become too medicalized and why
    -Does the APA have special interests
    -Mysticism, madness, and the problems with our culture
    -a personal anecdote about Thomas Sasz (author of The Myth Of Mental Illness) and RD Laing

    The Schizophrenic and Mystic are swimming in the same deep sea of consciousness. The difference is that the Mystic is swimming and the schizophrenic is drowning.
    This phrase serves as the general theme of the mad pride movement and the thesis of this episode.
    RD Laing, MD: A pioneering and controversial psychiatrist whose book, The Politics of Experience, broke new ground, honoring the spiritual component of what mainstream psychiatry labeled mental illness. A liberal hippie, Laing has not been incorporated into mainstream psychology like his colleague and rival Thomas. Szasz

    Thomas Szasz: author of The Myth of Mental Illness, a book that maintains the label of mentally ill is a form of social control. While both Tom and RD believed in that defining mental health in terms of adaptation to a unhealthy culture was inaccurate, Tom did not have the spiritual component that Laing did, and his inclusion in the psychological canon is perhaps due to the secular nature of the industry.

    Peter Breggin, MD. Author of Toxic Psychiatry, a book that exposed the financial motives of drug companies giving money to the APA and the corruption that drove the medicalization of the psychology field.

    APA: The American Psychological Association. Often just the gatekeepers of the APA format dreaded by grad students, there is more to the story of their influence than meets the eye.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    51. Netflix's "The Family": A Spiritual and Psychological Critique of the documentary

    51. Netflix's "The Family": A Spiritual and Psychological Critique of the documentary

    Drawing from theology, developmental theories, and personal experience, Marc and Clint discuss the disturbing documentary with humor and precision.

    • 59 min
    50. Integral Theory in Don McLean's "Miss American Pie"

    50. Integral Theory in Don McLean's "Miss American Pie"

    Much has been said, almost ad infinitum about this song. Here, I talk about the song as a move in the collective consciousness of America from Amber to Orange/Green. Was the day the music died, the day that old worldviews and traditional social conditioning suddenly no longer made sense? Sure, it was about the death of Buddy Holly, and sure, there are perhaps allegorical characters specifically mirroring cultural celebtrities, but as a whole, is this not a universal process of growth? For those who journey beyond religious literalism, do we not all experience the death and rebirth that in some way resembles the Americana-rich death portrayed in this song as a colorful masquerade? Lyrics at website, www.contemplativelight.com/podcast

    • 19 min
    49. Self-Love and Shadows Across America

    49. Self-Love and Shadows Across America

    Themes:

    -Self-love, why do Christians hesitate?
    -Witnessing and Ego, is self-love the glue?
    -American Honey, the underbelly of America
    -Return of the ancestors, what happened to 2012 hype?
    -Putting out positivity, does it make a difference?

    • 32 min
    48. Homophobia, Toxic Masculinity, and Cultural Energetics

    48. Homophobia, Toxic Masculinity, and Cultural Energetics

    In honor of Pride and July 4th, I let the air out on this one. The main theme is the socio-cultural universe and how it affects spiritual growth. Personal anecdotes and surprises abound!

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    • 51 min

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