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The Guru Viking Podcast specializes in in-depth interviews with remarkable figures in the world of meditation, spirituality, and self development.

Steve travels internationally teaching somatic practices and meditation, and leads explorations in contemplative, mystic, & relational realms.

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    • 4.5 • 61 Ratings

The Guru Viking Podcast specializes in in-depth interviews with remarkable figures in the world of meditation, spirituality, and self development.

Steve travels internationally teaching somatic practices and meditation, and leads explorations in contemplative, mystic, & relational realms.

    Ep187: The Bodhisattva & Occult Self Defence - Dr K.A. Shakoor 2

    Ep187: The Bodhisattva & Occult Self Defence - Dr K.A. Shakoor 2

    In this episode I am once again joined by Dr K.A Shakoor: spiritual life coach, doctor of traditional Chinese medicine, and author of several books such as ‘Ghetto Sutras’ and ‘Maahaah Yoga’.

    Dr Shakoor discusses his own meditation practice, including periods of extreme mantra recitation, and recounts his struggles to reconcile the Bodhisattva ideal with corporate culture and for-profit medicine.

    Dr Shakoor shares his experiences teaching energy and meditation techniques to the mentally ill, and discusses the discipline needed to acquire mastery of such techniques.

    Dr Shakoor also recounts his own encounters with evil, including anecdotes of exorcisms, sorcery, and occult attacks, as well as magickal self defence advice for healers and spiritual practitioners.



    Video version: https://www.guruviking.com/podcast/ep187-the-bodhisattva-occult-self-defence-dr-ka-shakoor-2

    Also available on Youtube, iTunes, & Spotify – search ‘Guru Viking Podcast’.



    Topics Include:

    00:00 - Intro
    00:54 - Training in Sufism
    04:04 - Extreme Buddhist mantra practice
    04:58 - Expressing the Bodhisattva ideal
    05:36 - Disillusionment with corporate culture and racial politics
    10:24 - Work as a social worker and counsellor
    11:31 - The business of medicine
    14:34 - The art of leadership
    18:35 - Struggles navigating the healthcare industry
    23:33 - Teaching energetic practices to the mentally ill
    25:14 - Fake teachers of energy arts
    27:05 - Discipline in personal practice
    27:50 - 1-1 instruction is vital
    30:05 - Direct teaching and Dr Nida Chenagtsang
    31:27 - Facing challenges in practice
    36:09 - Novelty seeking vs persistence and follow-through
    38:23 - Old school teaching methods
    39:03 - Wrong Tummo meditation and damaging chi
    41:13 - Encountering evil
    43:01 - Sorcery and ritual trauma
    44:56 - Magick is easy to do, but difficult to fix
    45:57 - Tools to help victims of magick
    48:16 - Influence of Chagdud Rinpoche
    49:28 - Exorcisms and spiritual healing
    50:10 - Dr Shakoor’s first exorcism
    52:58 - Possession vs psychological imbalances
    53:30 - The importance of buy-in
    54:29 - Occult attacks on Dr Shakoor
    57:37 - Why healers and spiritual practitioners come under occult attack
    01:00:35 - Psychic self defense advice
    01:05:31 - Psychic recoil
    01:06:39 - The basics are most important

    Previous episode with Dr K.A. Shakoor:
    - https://www.guruviking.com/podcast/164-dr-ka-shakoor-ghetto-sutras


    To find out more about Dr K.A. Shakoor, visit:
    - https://www.drkashakoor.com/


    
For more interviews, videos, and more visit:
    - www.guruviking.com



    Music ‘Deva Dasi’ by Steve James

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Ep186: Meditation Secrets For Women - Camille Maurine

    Ep186: Meditation Secrets For Women - Camille Maurine

    In this episode I am joined by Camille Maurine, meditation mentor, dancer, and author of ‘Meditation Secrets For Women’ written with her husband Dr Lorin Roche.

    Camille describes her turbulent upbringing and how her discovery of practices of mediation and embodiment saw her embark on over 50 years of adventure and exploration.

    Camille recalls her performance career in dance and theatre, how she used movement to learn to feel her emotions, and the practices she uses to process strong feeling.

    Camille recounts meeting Lorin Roche at a time when she had rejected romantic relationships, and how she drew on inner processes and practices to open into relationship with him.

    Camille also discusses meditation secrets for women, why one should not fear the depths, how to honour one’s rhythms, and reflects on the limitations of male-oriented religious and spiritual systems.



    Video version: https://www.guruviking.com/podcast/ep186-meditation-secrets-for-women-camille-maurine

    
Also available on Youtube, iTunes, & Spotify – search ‘Guru Viking Podcast’.



    Topics Include:

    00:00 - Intro
    01:04 - Camille’s upbringing
    05:32 - Discovering dance at the time of her mother’s death
    06:40 - The path of spirituality, creativity, and love
    10:16 - Studying philosophy and looking for the essence in all
    12:51 - Marriage to Lorin Roche
    15:09 - Learning how to feel emotion
    19:00 - Calling the inner beloved
    20:32 - Camille leads a drinking practice
    22:26 - Meeting Lorin Roche
    28:13 - Empowerment and vulnerability
    30:14 - From inner marriage to relationship with Lorin
    36:25 - When love feels like dying
    38:49 - Connection and awe
    40:12 - Practices for working with strong emotion and deep patterns
    45:16 - Primal, primary, and primordial creativity
    52:39 - Meditation Secrets For Women
    57:10 - Do not fear the depths
    01:01:08 - Honouring your rhythms and hormonal cycles
    01:05:02 - Male-oriented religions and spiritual traditions
    01:09:37 - Tragic misunderstanding about meditation
    01:13:02 - Camille’s contribution to Lorin’s ‘Radiance Sutras’ rendering of the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra
    01:19:40 - Training meditation teachers
    01:26:30 - Concluding remarks



    Previous episodes with Lorin here:
    - https://www.guruviking.com/the-guru-viking-interviews-ep1-lorin-roche-phd/
    - https://www.guruviking.com/guru-viking-interviews-ep6-lorin-roche-phd/
    - https://www.guruviking.com/ep30-lorin-roche-pandemic-edition-guru-viking-podcast/
    - https://www.guruviking.com/ep55-lorin-roche-instinctive-meditation/ 


    To find out more about Camille visit:
- https://www.camillemaurine.com/
    - www.meditationtt.com 
- www.radiancesutras.com 


    For more interviews, videos, and more visit:
    - https://www.guruviking.com/


    Music 'Deva Dasi' by Steve James

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Ep185: Meditation & Tantric Sex - Lorin Roche PhD

    Ep185: Meditation & Tantric Sex - Lorin Roche PhD

    In this episode I am once again joined by Lorin Roche PhD, meditation teacher and author of ‘The Radiance Sutras’.

    Lorin describes meditation as an affair with life force itself, explores the role of sleep and rest, and explains the discipline of following the cosmic impulse in one’s practice.

    In the context of this meditative view and drawing from his experience of 40 years of marriage, Loren reflects on intimate relationship, including his own journey in understanding intimacy, meditation keys to a thriving relationship, and how to use meditation to keep love alive.

    Lorin also discusses tantric sex, including the difference between technique and art, common errors and misunderstandings, and the redemptive power of spiritual union.



    Video version: https://www.guruviking.com/podcast/ep185-meditation-and-tantric-sex-lorin-roche-phd

    
Also available on Youtube, iTunes, & Spotify – search ‘Guru Viking Podcast’.



    Topics include:

    00:00 - Intro
    00:54 - Meditation as an affair with life force
    04:19 - How to thrive in a long term relationship
    07:39 - Psychedelic origins of meditation traditions
    08:55 - Childhood in 1950’s Malibu
    12:14 - Teenage schooling in Santa Monica and summer hunting in Kenya
    15:48 - Meditating with the Vijñāna Bhairava Tantra and discovering Tantric Sex
    19:57 - Seeking a romantic relationship between equals
    22:46 - How to use meditation to keep love alive
    25:09 - Spontaneous meditation and healing trauma
    30:37 - Psychedelic intensity of reality
    35:32 - Celebration of thinking in meditation
    38:35 - What is tantric sex?
    41:32 - Technique and the art of touch
    43:53 - Errors in tantric sex
    46:54 - Prerequisites to practicing tantric sex
    49:40 - Patanjali’s 8 Limbs and the yogic lifestyle
    51:59 - Sleep and deep rest
    55:52 - Following the cosmic impulse
    56:46 - Beyond solo meditation into union with a partner
    58:51 - Yogic science of the senses and sound
    01:02:32 - The power of craving for fullness of being
    01:07:39 - Redemptive power of spiritual sex
    01:14:31 - Meditation in the modern world
    01:18:02 - Attending to the electricity of sensation
    01:20:18 - Lorin’s meditation teacher training program
    01:24:30 - How Lorin teaches meditation
    01:26:30 - The power of deep listening



    Previous episodes with Lorin here:
    - https://www.guruviking.com/the-guru-viking-interviews-ep1-lorin-roche-phd/
    - https://www.guruviking.com/guru-viking-interviews-ep6-lorin-roche-phd/
    - https://www.guruviking.com/ep30-lorin-roche-pandemic-edition-guru-viking-podcast/
    - https://www.guruviking.com/ep55-lorin-roche-instinctive-meditation/ 


    To find out more about Lorin visit:
- www.lorinroche.com 
- www.radiancesutras.com 
- www.meditationtt.com

    For more interviews, videos, and more visit:
    - https://www.guruviking.com/


    Music 'Deva Dasi' by Steve James

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Ep184: The Vajra Path - Dr Nida Chenagtsang & Dr Ian A Baker

    Ep184: The Vajra Path - Dr Nida Chenagtsang & Dr Ian A Baker

    In this episode I host a dialogue between doctor of Tibetan Medicine and Buddhist spiritual teacher Dr Nida Chenagtsang and Dr Ian A. Baker, author, scholar, and initiate of Buddhist, Taoist, and Hindu Tantric lineages.

    Drs Nida and Ian explore the theme of Vajrayana in the 21st century, including issues such as tradition and innovation, mass empowerments vs 1-1 discipleship, and what is essential for successful practice.

    Drs Nida and Ian discuss common mistakes in practicing the 6 Yogas of Naropa, religious syncretism, and dark triad traits of narcissism, psychopathy, and machiavellianism in spiritual teachers.

    Drs Nida and Ian also discuss the role of religious institutions in the history of Vajrayana and explore the tensions between the critical historical approach of academia with traditional views often held by religious teachers and practicing Buddhists.



    Video version: https://www.guruviking.com/podcast/ep184-the-vajra-path-dr-nida-chenagtsang-dr-ian-a-baker

    
Also available on Youtube, iTunes, & Spotify – search ‘Guru Viking Podcast’.



    Topics include:

    00:00 - Intro
    01:05 - The Vajra Path
    03:42 - Tradition and innovation
    08:25 - Mass empowerments
    10:24 - 84 Mahasiddhas and individualised practice
    13:14 - Vajrayana is experiential
    14:52 - Correcting misunderstandings
    16:53 - What is essential for Vajrayana to be effective?
    19:11 - The role of empowerment
    21:00 - Listen, study, meditate
    23:19 - The power of place
    25:03 - Discerning effective methods for contemporary audiences
    28:23 - Secrecy and education
    32:18 - How much practice is needed for Varjayana?
    36:30 - Struggles with dream yoga and tummo
    40:14 - Working with your talents
    42:34 - 6 Yogas study mistakes
    44:05 - Misguided attitudes to ngondro, preliminary practices
    47:06 - Spiritual cocktails and narcissism
    49:02 - How to relate to other traditions
    50:49 - Syncretism the critical historical perspective
    54:51 - Fundamental values
    58:12 - Dark triad traits in spiritual practitioners and teachers
    01:02:12 - Vajrayana and institutions
    01:03:35 - Distilling the essence or taking out of context?
    01:05:00 - Dr Nida’s vision of Vajrayana institutions
    01:06:38 - Cultural trappings vs the essence of Buddhism
    01:12:49 - Dr Ian on religious institutions and the evolution of Vajrayana
    01:16:41 - Essence of Vajrayana
    01:20:45 - Who does Vajrayana belong to?
    01:22:25 - Critical historical vs traditional perspectives
    01:26:39 - Dr Nida reflects on the power of simplicity
    01:30:09 - Friendship and collaboration
    01:31:33 - Hijacking of Buddhism
    01:34:47 - Deelaboration and the beautiful adventure
    01:36:40 - Future trips, courses, and activities



    Previous episodes with Dr Nida Chenagtsang:
    - https://www.guruviking.com/search?q=nida 

    Previous episodes with Dr Ian A. Baker:
    - https://www.guruviking.com/search?q=baker



    To find out more about The Vajra Path, visit:
    - https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100088040336775
    - https://www.instagram.com/thevajrapath/



    For more interviews, videos, and more visit:
    - https://www.guruviking.com/


    Music 'Deva Dasi' by Steve James

    • 1 hr 41 min
    Ep183: Adverse Effects of Meditation - Dr Caroline Van Damme

    Ep183: Adverse Effects of Meditation - Dr Caroline Van Damme

    In this interview I am joined by Dr Caroline Van Damme, an adult psychiatrist and family and systemic psychotherapist specialising in chronic psychotic disorders, and co-teacher of Buddhist guru and Sowa Rigpa doctor Nida Chenagtsang. 

    Dr Caroline draws on her extensive clinical experience as a psychiatrist, as well as her personal meditation practice, to explore the adverse effects of meditation, including psychosis, depersonalisation/derealisation, and spiritual bypass.

    Dr Caroline considers the pros and cons of sleep deprivation as a spiritual training tool, visualisation practices of Buddhist Vajrayana, and shares stories of extended meditation retreats gone wrong.

    Dr Caroline gives recommendations for those who wish to practice intensively, including dangers signs to watch for, the markers of high-risk individuals, and the importance of a a strong psychology and deep foundation in preliminary practice.

    Dr Caroline also details her own success in using meditation with her patients in clinical settings, including with populations typically considered to be at high risk, and recounts her patient reports about the significant benefits of their practice.



    Video version: https://www.guruviking.com/podcast/ep183-adverse-effects-of-meditation-dr-caroline-van-damme

    
Also available on Youtube, iTunes, & Spotify – search ‘Guru Viking Podcast’.



    Topics include:

    00:00 - Intro
    01:21 - Adverse effects of meditation
    05:13 - Meditation and psychosis
    08:42 - Matthieu Ricard’s advice
    10:37 - Meditation success with schizophrenia
    16:25 - Willoughby Britton’s work on adverse effects
    18:39 - Caroline reflects on her own meditation practice
    20:52 - Dangers of visualisation meditation
    23:04 - Traumatic meditation retreats
    27:42 - Modulating intensity and pre-practice warnings
    30:57 - Spiritual bypass and tantric Buddhist practice
    32:00 - Sleep deprivation as a sign of enlightenment
    33:32 - When to push through hell
    38:20 - Caroline’s monk patient who developed schizophrenia
    41:17 - Sleep deprivation as a training tool
    48:30 - Recommendations for those who wish to engage in intense practice
    51:53 - The Dalai Lama’s sleep schedule
    52:45 - Delusions of special powers
    53:58 - Insomnia
    55:36 - Cannabis and meditation
    57:07 - Profile of a high risk person
    57:43 - Enlightenment vs depersonalisation / derealisation
    01:02:39 - Dream yoga and derealisation
    01:07:50 - Caroline’s clinical experience teaching meditation to her patients
    01:20:19 - Mechanism of benefit in meditation
    01:24:50 - Impulse control and inner peace
    01:29:03 - The stigma of mental illness



    Previous episode with Dr Van Damme:
    - www.guruviking.com/podcast/ep143-dr-caroline-van-damme-psychiatry-religious-experience

    To find out more about Dr Van Damme, visit:
    - https://www.sowarigpainstitute.org/dr-caroline-van-damme 

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    For more interviews, videos, and more visit:
    - https://www.guruviking.com/


    Music 'Deva Dasi' by Steve James

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Ep182: Meditation Maverick - Adam Mizner

    Ep182: Meditation Maverick - Adam Mizner

    In this interview I am joined by Adam Mizner, internationally renowned tai chi practitioner and meditation teacher.

    Adam recounts how a troubled childhood saw him begin martial arts and meditation training, and he reflects on his childhood psychic visionary experiences.

    Adam discusses the nature of internal cultivation, the role of standing practice, and provides a detailed analysis of the remarkable abilities and attainments of his teacher, the Thai Buddhist Arahant, Luang Por Jamnian.

    Adam also shares his current understanding about the true path of meditation, criticises visualisation practices found in Vajrayana Buddhism, questions the efficacy of tummo meditation, and elaborates on the mechanics of his famous push hands abilities.



    Video version: https://www.guruviking.com/podcast/ep182-meditation-maverick-adam-mizner

    
Also available on Youtube, iTunes, & Spotify – search ‘Guru Viking Podcast’.



    Topics Include:

    00:00 - Intro
    00:53 - Difficult childhood & psychic visions
    03:13 - Are psychic powers actually an ailment
    04:26 - Pros and cons of psychic openness
    06:10 - Beginning Tai Chi and meditation
    08:09 - Hard training
    08:54 - Internal cultivation is not gentle
    10:37 - Becoming a Tai Chi creature
    15:38 - Adam’s early training
    18:20 - The power of standing practice
    21:21 - Harnessing obsessive qualities for practice
    23:15 - Leaving fight training
    24:24 - Adam’s teachers
    26:05 - Aversion to lineage
    26:48 - Meeting the arhat Luang Por Jamnian
    30:34 - The remarkable spiritual feats of Luang Por Jamnian
    33:44 - The life and training of Luang Por Jamnian
    36:39 - Beyond mind and body
    38:28 - How to transcend mind and body
    44:29 - Attained people vs charismatic talkers
    47:42 - Different types of enlightened people
    52:59 - The true path of meditation
    58:41 - Cultivate stillness
    01:02:42 - Learning to sit still, even with injuries
    01:08:27 - Realising your limits
    01:10:29 - Acclimatisation vs transcendence
    01:14:46 - Adam on morality
    01:18:51 - Imaginary enlightenment
    01:19:46 - Critique of visualisation practices of Vajrayana
    01:24:39 - The secret of metta cultivation
    01:28:08 - Adam on the mirage of tummo
    01:31:01 - Can authentic tummo be restored?
    01:33:44 - Real transformation
    01:42:44 - Practice techniques as sectarian conditioning
    01:45:11 - Adam on sex and sexual practice
    01:49:47 - Ejaculation and orthorexia
    01:52:57 - Men vs women on the path
    01:54:46 - Men’s hormonal tendencies
    01:56:26 - Secret to Adam’s Fajing and push hands skills
    02:07:07 - Advice for the seeker


    To find our more about Adam Mizner, visit:
    - https://heavenmanearth.com/en/adam-mizner
    - https://discovertaiji.com/en
    - https://discovermind.com/en



    For more interviews, videos, and more visit:
    - www.guruviking.com

    Music ‘Deva Dasi’ by Steve James

    • 2 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

Plasma Platypus ,

Amazing Guest!

Amazing guests with amazing questions. All coming from a grounded and experienced host, the space given to these teachers and researchers of spiritual teachings is unparalleled. Always a delight to see new and old names pop up here.

Hinogvfjffdgf ,

Bruce Frantzis episode

This was a horrible episode. This person may be a certified enlightened being, but his rambling, frankly unbelievable stories were rife with obscenities, particularly gruesome descriptions of mental, physical, and sexual violence, impossible exploits, and seemingly had no end. This episode should have come with multiple trigger warnings. I gave up well after an hour as this wasn't an interview, this was a monologue by a seemingly particularly disturbed person. Which makes sense given his extraordinarily traumatic childhood.

Steve - I have more respect for you than this dreck. I know you tend to let guests ramble about, which is usually fun. But this was really not my cup of tea. You can do better as an interviewer. I know you can. I've heard it multiple times.

I want to give a 5 star review for this program again. I hope I can.

Masterthegameoflife ,

Excellent podcast!

It has been difficult for me to find podcasts that take a deep dive into eastern practices and traditions. This one has done it... and the host provides very thoughtful questions that has a grounding quality to the topics being discussed.

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