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The implication of the title - Buddha at the Gas Pump - is that ordinary people are experiencing higher states of consciousness once thought to be rare and difficult to attain.

People everywhere are undergoing a shift or awakening to their true nature. For some, this shift has been abrupt and dramatic. For others, it has been so gradual that they may not have realized it has occurred.



Such shifts, or awakenings, are not new: Christ spoke of the Kingdom of Heaven within, Buddhists speak of Nirvana, Zen masters of Satori, Hindus of Moksha, but these traditions generally regard these states as rare and difficult to attain.



Many people are therefore skeptical of claims of higher states of consciousness. They find it hard to believe that apparently ordinary friends and neighbors might be experiencing something extraordinary. Maybe they expect Enlightenment to look as remarkable on the outside as it is reputed to be on the inside.



This show will attempt to dispel skepticism and misconceptions by week after week, allowing otherwise ordinary people to relate their experience of spiritual awakening. The terminology is tricky, because there are no universally agreed upon definitions to describe this experience. So please forgive us if we use some unfamiliar terms. We will try to clarify our definitions as we go along.



Perhaps, after a while, those listening will become convinced that genuine and permanent spiritual awakenings are not just a pipe dream, but are real and are becoming relatively commonplace.



These podcasts are the audio track of a weekly interview show which may be seen as videos on our YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/buddhaatthegaspump). Also see the main site: https://batgap.com.



For search purposes, I will add the following to this description - batgap, Buddha at the Gaspump, Buddah at the Gas Pump.

Buddha at the Gas Pump Rick Archer

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The implication of the title - Buddha at the Gas Pump - is that ordinary people are experiencing higher states of consciousness once thought to be rare and difficult to attain.

People everywhere are undergoing a shift or awakening to their true nature. For some, this shift has been abrupt and dramatic. For others, it has been so gradual that they may not have realized it has occurred.



Such shifts, or awakenings, are not new: Christ spoke of the Kingdom of Heaven within, Buddhists speak of Nirvana, Zen masters of Satori, Hindus of Moksha, but these traditions generally regard these states as rare and difficult to attain.



Many people are therefore skeptical of claims of higher states of consciousness. They find it hard to believe that apparently ordinary friends and neighbors might be experiencing something extraordinary. Maybe they expect Enlightenment to look as remarkable on the outside as it is reputed to be on the inside.



This show will attempt to dispel skepticism and misconceptions by week after week, allowing otherwise ordinary people to relate their experience of spiritual awakening. The terminology is tricky, because there are no universally agreed upon definitions to describe this experience. So please forgive us if we use some unfamiliar terms. We will try to clarify our definitions as we go along.



Perhaps, after a while, those listening will become convinced that genuine and permanent spiritual awakenings are not just a pipe dream, but are real and are becoming relatively commonplace.



These podcasts are the audio track of a weekly interview show which may be seen as videos on our YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/buddhaatthegaspump). Also see the main site: https://batgap.com.



For search purposes, I will add the following to this description - batgap, Buddha at the Gaspump, Buddah at the Gas Pump.

    535. Diane Hennacy Powell

    535. Diane Hennacy Powell

    Diane Hennacy Powell, M.D. is a Johns Hopkins-trained psychiatrist, therapist, neuroscientist, and public speaker. She develops multidisciplinary theories towards understanding psychological anomalies, such as savant skills and verified accounts of spacetime navigation. Her current research focuses on controlled testing of autistic savants and children reported to be telepathic and/or precognitive by their caregivers.

    Dr. Powell has been on the faculty at Harvard Medical School, a member of a think tank on human consciousness at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, and Director of Research for the John E. Mack Institute. Her investigation into the neurocorrelates of ESP is discussed in her 2008 book The ESP Enigma: The Scientific Case for Psychic Phenomena, and in Seriously Strange: Thinking Anew about Psychical Experiences.

    Dr. Powell is also an expert on PTSD and created the psychiatry program for Survivors of Torture, International in San Diego, California. She was the principal author of IONS The 2007 Shift Report: Evidence of a World Transforming and a contributing author to Beyond Forgiveness: Reflections on Atonement, the 2014 Campus Book of the Year at Indiana University. She is also a participant in the #NeverAlone movement for suicide prevention launched by Deepak Chopra.

    Website: drdianehennacy.com

    Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group.

    Interview recorded February 1, 2020

    Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.

    • 1 hr 42 min
    534. SAND Panel on Sexual Misconduct, Money, Power, Trauma & Ethics in Spiritual Communities | Also, Meeting of Founders and Members of the Association for Spiritual Integrity

    534. SAND Panel on Sexual Misconduct, Money, Power, Trauma & Ethics in Spiritual Communities | Also, Meeting of Founders and Members of the Association for Spiritual Integrity

    Panel Discussion at the Science and Nonduality Conference on Sexual Misconduct, Money, Power, Trauma & Ethics in Spiritual Communities

    Introduction by Rick Archer



    * The spiritual awakening sweeping the world may be critical to addressing our critical problems.

    * Ethical breaches by spiritual teachers sabotage this awakening.

    * How the ASI was founded. Its role & perspective.



    Panel Discussion including Jac O’Keeffe, Mariana Caplan, Craig Holliday, and Miranda Macpherson



    * Qualities and Characteristics of a healthy teacher, student, and spiritual community.

    * What to look for in a spiritual teacher

    * The student’s responsibility.

    * Healthy teacher/student relationships.

    * Support for teachers recognizing their blind spots.

    * Are higher consciousness and more ideal behavior correlated?

    * Continual growth and learning, even in the teachers’ seat.

    * Discriminating between Awakening, Integration process and actualization.

    * Abiding exclusively in nondual awareness vs. developing a multi-layered perspective.

    * What contributes to unhealthy behavior or cult-like tendencies.



    Questions and answers



    * Guru addiction

    * Money issues in spiritual communities

    * The responsibility teachers and students share

    * The importance of therapy.

    * Teachers referring students to other teachers.

    * How long to stay with a teacher

    * Teachers inviting students to give them feedback



    Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group.

    Recorded October 25, 2019

    Video below and audio and audio near the bottom of the page. Audio also available as a Podcast.



    Meeting of Founders and Members of the Association for Spiritual Integrity

    Forty-five spiritual teachers, members of “The Association for Spiritual Integrity”, met for four hours prior to the start of the 2019 Science and Nonduality Conference. For the first couple of hours, we engaged in a deep, honest discussion about the challenges teachers face, seeking to learn how we might better support one another. We then broke into six groups, each focusing on a particular topic. Then we reassembled and recorded the remainder of the meeting.

    This video includes:

    Introduction by Rick

    Summary of discussions in each of the six breakout groups.

    * (1) Bringing forth women and feminine empowerment.

    * Distinguishing between women and yin-style teachings in a way to not exclude men from the conversation.

    * Action items:

    * to have each day of SAND have a 3-hour session led by women.

    * to have more yin-style teachings on the SAND website



    * (2) Ongoing growth for teachers and continuing education, trauma, attachment, and shadow work.

    * Teacher survey: what is working for you?

    * Online teacher assessment through which teachers can assess themselves.

    * Regular peer-group meetings,

    • 1 hr 20 min
    533. Leanora

    533. Leanora

    Leanora founded Embody Truth in 2012 as a way to support an integral approach to awakening and embodiment.  The work is originally inspired through a personal awakening and culminates into a coherent and disposable map helping others navigate the terrain.  Using a direct felt sense experience a somatic meditation practice supports unification, integration, and embodiment of all phenomena (traumatic material, identity, essence, back to stillness).

    Leanora provides one-on-one sessions,  for those awakening as well as online group programs for ongoing practice, learning, and support.

    Born in Africa she has lived in seven countries, including London, and California.  A life of contrasts, from farm girl to corporate America, a variety of careers, from IT to cottage industry within a land-based, permaculture project in New Zealand for 25 years.  She currently resides in Ubud, Bali.

    * Website: embodytruth.com

    * Facebook Page

    * Youtube Channel

    Interview recorded January 17, 2020

    Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group.

    Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.

    • 1 hr 52 min
    532. Susan Raven

    532. Susan Raven

    Susan Raven is a long-time student of Anthroposophy and an experienced workshop facilitator. She has worked with the methods and exercises prescribed by Rudolf Steiner for seeing into the supersensible realms and has also trained with Dorian Schmidt, director of the Biodynamic Research Institute. Susan is author of the book “Nature Spirits: The Remembrance“, featured in the Cygnus magazine, Nexus, Star & Furrow, and Caduceus. Book reviews.

    Susan is also a singer-songwriter and has produced two CDs entitled “Glittering Cities” and “Ravensong” which are regularly played on local and regional radio stations including the BBC. CD Reviews.

    For a preview of Susan’s forthcoming new album please visit this link.

    Website: susanraven.com

    Book Susan mentioned near the end of the interview: Universe of the Human Body: With Gaia Touch Body Exercises

    Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group.

    Interview recorded January 11, 2020

    Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.

    • 2 hrs 5 min
    531. Sebastián Blaksley

    531. Sebastián Blaksley

    Born in 1968, Sebastián Blaksley is a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, born into a large traditional Catholic family. He attended the Colegio del Salvador, a Jesuit school of which the headmaster was Jorge Bergoglio, the current Pope Francis. Although he wanted to be a monk as a young man, his family did not consider it acceptable, and the inner voice that he always obeyed let him know that: “You must be in the world, without being of the world.” He studied Business Administration in Buenos Aires and completed his postgraduate studies in the United States and Argentina. He also attended other studies in England, followed by several highly responsible positions in well-known international corporations, living and working in the U.S., England, China, and Panama. He then founded his own corporate consulting firm in Argentina that he led for over 10 years. Sebastián has two daughters with his former wife.

    At the age of six, Sebastián was involved in a near-fatal accident during which he heard a voice, which later identified itself as Jesus. Ever since he has continued to hear that voice. Sebastián says: “Since I can remember, I have felt the call of Jesus and Mary to live abandoned to their will so that despite my various activities, I always put spiritual and religious reality at the center. I am devoted to my Catholic faith.”

    In 2013, he began to record messages from his mystical experiences. In 2016 he miraculously discovered A Course of Love and felt the call to devote himself to bringing it to the entire Spanish-speaking world. In addition, he now receives, transcribes, and shares what the voice of Christ—the voice of love—dictates. Most recently he has received Choose Only Love, a series of seven books, the first of which was published in October, 2019.

    Websites:

    * soplodeamorvivo.org (mostly in Spanish)

    * Choose Only Love

    * fundacionuncursodeamor.org (Spanish)

    Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group.

    Interview recorded January 4, 2020

    Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.

    • 1 hr 41 min
    530. Rick Archer at the 2019 SAND Conference – Knowledge/Reality is Different in Different States of Consciousness

    530. Rick Archer at the 2019 SAND Conference – Knowledge/Reality is Different in Different States of Consciousness

    Opening points:

    * People get polarized in different perspectives. The more they focus exclusively on their perspective, the more justification for it they find.

    * Learning to appreciate paradox; accommodating different viewpoints within a broader perspective.

    * Enlightenment as Totality. Only Totality can realize Totality.

    * Totality has no difficulty reconciling paradoxes.

    * Getting comfortable with paradox might be conducive to our realization of Totality.

    Examples of contradictory realities:

    * free will vs. determinism

    * personal self vs. no-self

    * Are we already enlightened, or must enlightenment be attained?

    * Is practice an aid or an obstacle?

    * Is the guru model dead?

    * Does non-duality imply that there are no stages of spiritual growth?

    * direct vs. progressive paths

    * patience vs. determination on the spiritual path

    Additional points covered:

    * Acting in accordance with your own experience, not a concept of someone else’s.

    * Absolute reality does not negate relative realities.

    * Radically different realities at different levels of nature’s functioning are perfectly compatible with one another.

    * Incorporating universal and individual perspectives – ocean and wave, boundless and boundaries.

    * My experience in doing BatGap.

    Recorded at the Science and Nonduality Conference, October 27, 2019.

    Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group.

    Previous talks on BatGap:

    * 2018 SAND Conference Q&A and Interview by Shakti Caterina Maggi

    * SAND 2017: “The Ethics of Enlightenment”

    * Talk at Berkeley Open Circle Center

    * Talk at SAND 2015

    * Interviewed by Fax Gilbert

    * Interviewed by Richard Miller

    Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.

    • 35 min

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