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Welcome to the MindThatEgo Podcast — hosted by Ricky Derisz.

MindThatEgo's ethos is to explore nuances of mind, body and spirit by igniting challenging conversations with insightful thinkers, combined with deep reflection on subjective experience.

Vulnerability and authenticity are guaranteed as Ricky talks to psychologists, spiritualists, philosophers, scientists, friends and fellow human beings during his quest to understand key questions — what's the key to wellbeing? How can we reduce suffering? What tools are most useful in managing mental health?

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Welcome to the MindThatEgo Podcast — hosted by Ricky Derisz.

MindThatEgo's ethos is to explore nuances of mind, body and spirit by igniting challenging conversations with insightful thinkers, combined with deep reflection on subjective experience.

Vulnerability and authenticity are guaranteed as Ricky talks to psychologists, spiritualists, philosophers, scientists, friends and fellow human beings during his quest to understand key questions — what's the key to wellbeing? How can we reduce suffering? What tools are most useful in managing mental health?

    #13: What Synchronicity Teaches About Life, Living, And The Nature of Reality with Bethany Butzer

    #13: What Synchronicity Teaches About Life, Living, And The Nature of Reality with Bethany Butzer

    In this enthralling episode I'm joined by Bethany Butzer, PhD, to discuss her upcoming paper in the Journal of Consciousness Studies: Does Synchronicity Point Us Toward The Fundamental Nature of Consciousness? Our discussion is as personal as it is scientific, and Bethany's knowledge and wisdom is matched by her enthusiasm and heart.

    The more I understand synchronicity, the more I see it as a communication between mind and matter. I could write a thousand words on this, but the universe decided to speak on my behalf. Immediately following the talk I received an astounding synchronicity linked to Michelangelo's painting of Adam and God, which we discuss in the show.

    I don't wish to share spoilers, so I encourage you to tune in to find out. Then re-visit this page to see the screenshot in question. The video, which you can watch here, was published on the BBC website the same day as our discussion and contains information which is relevant to our talk.

    I was blown away and needed to walk around the block to ground myself! Later in the day, I saw another article linked to the show's discussion: Can physics prove if God exists? This was also published on March 2nd. As you'll hear in the show, "re-search" and synchronicity around matching dates is relevant.

    This is pure evidence of synchronicity's life-affirming potential. Aside from the universe's approval of the show (can you get a better endorsement?) we discuss:


    The difference between confirmation bias and synchronicity.
    Adaptive vs. maladaptive pattern detection.
    How synchronicity provides "breadcrumbs" to follow your path.
    The link between synchronicity and mystical experiences, such as oneness and transcendence.
    How contemplative practices such as meditation and yoga invoke synchronicity.
    What synchronicity teaches about fundamental nature of consciousness.
    The spiritual vs. the scientific approach to wisdom and knowledge.
    The re-enchantment of matter and reverence for the Earthly.
    How synchronicity boosts well-being, meaning, and general happiness.
    The link with Jung's unus mundus, collective unconscious and archetypes.
    The nature of knowledge, re-search, and how the inner "Daimon" uses synchronicity.

    Resources:

    For more on Bethany's work, visit her website or follow her on Instagram or Facebook.

    Watch Bethany's popular TED Talk, Stop Trying So Hard. Achieve More By Doing Less.

    Bethany's book, The Antidepressant Antidote: Five Steps to Get Off Antidepressants Safely & Effectively, is available on Amazon.

    Bethany is also a lecturer for the Alef Trust MSc program in Consciousness, Spirituality & Transpersonal Psychology.

    Title music: Monday Morning Wake Up Call by David Birch

    • 1 hr 16 min
    #12: Welcome to the Age of Re-Enchantment: How Magic Will Transform Mental Health And The World

    #12: Welcome to the Age of Re-Enchantment: How Magic Will Transform Mental Health And The World

    (This talk is from an event hosted at osmos, Berlin, on 22 January 2020. The same topic which I presented at SAND 2019.) 

    The signs are there. They've been there for thousands of years. In this talk I'll take you through a personal journey of my "Hero's Return" from the darkness of depression and psychosis, to a world of magic and mysticism. 

    As above, so below; as the Hermetics proposed, I'll argue why this individual awakening process is being mirrored on the global scale.  I'll illustrate how the process of alchemising existential despair, or spiritual awakening, is unfolding across the world. 

    From the Mayans, to Carl Jung, Vedanta, Astrology, predictions from some of the world's greatest thinkers are leading us to what Teilhard de Chardin referred to as the Omega Point, the divine harmony of the metaphysical and the material, and how quantum physics is catalysing our global understanding on our non-dual nature.  

    In the early 1900s, sociologist Max Weber bemoaned the age of disenchantment, the de-magic-ation of our world and the mysterious within and without. We killed God, according to Nietzsche, but thanks to advances in science and the crumbling of institutionalised religion, and increase is esoteric practice, we're on the cusp of an unfathomable shift in consciousness. 

    The sacred union of spirit and the physical is happening. Our relationship with the world, with ourselves, and with each other, will be enriched beyond comprehension.  It's written in the stars. Welcome to the return of magic. Welcome to the age of Re-Enchantment.



    Title music: Monday Morning Wake Up Call by David Birch

    • 1 hr 40 min
    #11: The Science of Spirituality with David Lorimer

    #11: The Science of Spirituality with David Lorimer

    I'm joined by David Lorimer, the chair of the Galileo Commission and Programme Director of the Scientific and Medical Network. The topic of our discussion is the science of spirituality. Or the spirituality of science. Depends how you look at it.

    "Science is full of metaphors of becoming and interconnectedness. If we could catch ourselves up as a culture with this view and make it primary, we would realise we’re all embedded in the same life, the same consciousness, and the same system.”

    This is an encyclopedic journey that will nourish your intellectual curiosity. I recommend grabbing your notebook and pen as you listen. David's a fountain of knowledge and there's so much to explore from this hour-long conversation. If you're anything like me, your reading list will triple in size.

    Science isn't one-size-fits-all. I found myself with a clearer understanding of the many fields of science, the different approaches to experimentation. Science isn't a flawless, unbiased, objective machine. David explains the historical, cultural, political and economic forces that shape the mainstream narrative around the nature of reality through the scientific lens.

    Science has lost its openness to new discoveries, but this isn't a modern phenomenon. On 25 August 1609 Galileo made the worldview-shifting discovery that the Earth isn’t the centre of the universe. It rotates around the Sun. The Roman Catholic Inquisition deemed Galileo’s belief in this discovery as heresy and warned him accordingly.

    In 1633 he was placed under permanent house arrest after publishing his paper Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems. A number of leading astrologers, philosophers and scientists opposed Galileo’s discovery. They refused to look through the telescope. In a letter to German philosopher Johanne Kepler in 1610, Galileo bemoaned his peers: “Truly, just as the asp stops its ears, so do these philosophers shut their eyes to the light of truth.”

    This is the crux of the Galileo Commission. We're at a time where many refuse to look through the telescope and see the light of truth — there's more to life than the material, physical world. Consciousness isn't a miracle of the brain, but the universal, primary source of life.

    Why does the mainstream scientific view matter? This assumption trickles down into all fields — including psychology and biology — and directly shapes what I refer to as the Disenchanted Worldview (as discussed in Mindsets for Mindfulness).

    I'm passionate about science and spirituality finding common ground. On an individual scale, it can completely transform the way you understand life, transforming apathy and nihilism to purpose and connection. Considering the current crises we face, a more expansive science is necessary for humanity's survival.

    Follow-up material

    Watch David's SAND2019 talk: Who's Not Looking Through The Telescope Now?

    Download the Galileo Commission Report for a comprehensive overview of their mission.

    David has a wealth of books. These include The Spirit of Science, Thinking Beyond The Brain, A New Renaissance, Science Consciousness and Ultimate Reality, and Resonant Mind. Available at all good retailers.

    Just in case you want even more to read, I recommend The Science Delusion by Rupert Sheldrake.

    It's always a good time for self-promotion. Here's an article I wrote that is vaguely related: The Ego Erodes When Enchanted By The Stars.

    Title music: Monday Morning Wake Up Call by David Birch

    • 1 hr 9 min
    #10: Shamanic Wisdom For Healing And Awakening with Phil Borges

    #10: Shamanic Wisdom For Healing And Awakening with Phil Borges

    CRAZYWISE director Phil Borges returns to the show for a fascinating discussion based around Phil's knowledge of shamanic wisdom for healing and transformation. We discuss the nature of consciousness, awakening, the structure of the brain, discoveries from neuroscience, meditation, the nature of time, and so much more.

    What stood out the most for me during Phil's description of his experiences with meditation was the sense of novelty. Phil has spent three decades visiting tribes and cultures so far removed from normalcy. And yet through meditation, he's discovered a sense of newness and enchantment through the ability to be truly present — all from the comfort of his own home.

    It reminds of verse from T.S.Eliot's Four Quartets:

    "We shall not cease from exploration,
    And the end of all our exploring,
    Will be to arrive where we started,
    And know the place for the first time."

    I highly recommend watching CRAZYWISE, which is an eye-opener towards the West's dysfunctional approach towards mental health. And download Mindsets for Mindfulness for further exploration of the role of non-ordinary states of consciousness in healing and awakening.

    Enjoy the episode!

    Title music: Monday Morning Wake Up Call by David Birch

    • 1 hr 24 min
    #9: Connecting With Your Inner Universe

    #9: Connecting With Your Inner Universe

    The aphorism "know thyself" has fuelled self-discovery for millenia, stretching back to Ancient Egypt. The phrase, favoured by Socrates, was even allegedly inscribed at the Ancient Greek Temple of Apollo at Delphi. More recently, depth psychology encourages exploring the unconscious aspects of the Self, to uncover the richness that resides within.

    In this episode I discuss why self-connection is an essential catalyst in the process of growth. Discovering the universe within — with all its nuances, patterns, shadow and beauty — ignites the journey of wisdom. Embarking on this journey requires a skilled approach to self-enquiry, to begin to understand: Who are you, really?

    Title music: Monday Morning Wake Up Call by David Birch

    • 27 min
    #8: How to Change Your Life and Live Authentically

    #8: How to Change Your Life and Live Authentically

    How do you overcome temptation, build new habits, and behave and express authentically? How do you move from daydreaming to action? How do you change your life?

    Most of us view change as all-or-nothing. But this linear approach of success and failure makes it difficult to create lasting change.

    In this episode I explore an alternative — the Stages of Change Model of behavioural change. Struggling to stop drinking alcohol? Struggling to go to the gym regularly? Looking to overcome ego-temptation and live from the heart?

    Crucially, these stages are cyclical and every-changing. The stages are:


    Pre-contemplation.
    Contemplation.
    Preparation.
    Action.
    Maintenance.
    Termination.

    This model is a useful tool to self-assess where you're at with various goals and dreams. It promotes a balanced, realistic approach to significant change. After all, self-actualisation authenticity require continuous change in all areas of life. But it all begins with small steps.

    Resources


    The Transtheoretical Model /Stages of Change (Boston University)
    The Six Stages of Change (VeryWellMind)
    MTE's Mindful Empowerment and Self-Enquiry Group (Facebook)
    Documentary: The Game Changers (vegan fitness, available on Netflix)
    Book: Wellness Coaching for Lasting Lifestyle Change by Michael Arloski

    Title music: Monday Morning Wake Up Call by David Birch

    • 53 min

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