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In each weekly episode we explore Tibetan teachings on the death and rebirth process and the bardo (in-between) states. These states -- this life, death, the clear light of our true nature, and time before rebirth -- offer our best chance at full awakening because all that's not our true nature is left behind.

Through teachings, meditations, and interviews with experts and ordinary folks with their own stories of rebirths in this lifetime, we'll demystify some of the most profound teachings in Tibetan Buddhism. See how your life can transform when you embrace the cycle of rebirth. 

Letting Grow Claire Villarreal, PhD

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

In each weekly episode we explore Tibetan teachings on the death and rebirth process and the bardo (in-between) states. These states -- this life, death, the clear light of our true nature, and time before rebirth -- offer our best chance at full awakening because all that's not our true nature is left behind.

Through teachings, meditations, and interviews with experts and ordinary folks with their own stories of rebirths in this lifetime, we'll demystify some of the most profound teachings in Tibetan Buddhism. See how your life can transform when you embrace the cycle of rebirth. 

    I'm taking a break!

    I'm taking a break!

    Well, friends, I’ve officially got too much on my plate right now!
    There are more episodes to come: conversations with wonderful and insightful people, teaching episodes about what happens when we die and what it can teach us about who we are now – and a super spooky episode on David Hufford’s book The Terror That Comes in the Night about sleep paralysis and supernatural assault.  
    But I’m taking a few weeks off now as I work on other stuff – like live workshops, my YouTube channel, and my first book (yay!). “See” you in late November!
    To find everything else I’m doing, here are a few links:
    My YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/ClaireVillarreal
    My other podcast, Buddhist Wisdom, Modern Life: https://anchor.fm/buddhist-wisdom
    My newsletter signup: https://bit.ly/CVmailing
    And you can come say hi on Facebook or Instagram: @namastehyall

    • 1 min
    Love beyond loss: Andrea Wilson Woods

    Love beyond loss: Andrea Wilson Woods

    Andrea Wilson Woods shares the story of adopting her little sister, Adrienne, then losing her to liver disease, which she tells in her best-selling memoir, Better Off Bald. The sisters shared beautiful moments even as Adrienne was treated for her cancer, and what happened after Adrienne passed has changed the way Andrea understands the afterlife.
    Grab Andrea’s book here: https://betteroffbald.com
    You can connect with Blue Faery, the organization Andrea started in honor of Adrienne, here: https://www.bluefaery.org/
    And we mention advance directives and medical power of attorney in the episode; you can learn more about those here: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/advance-care-planning-health-care-directives
    To support this podcast, please head to my Patreon page to become a community member for as little as $3 per month: https://bit.ly/3Dm14p2
    Or buy me a virtual coffee: https://bit.ly/CVPayPalMe
    Grab your free quick guide to the death and rebirth process, with links to (also free) audio teachings: https://bit.ly/2Zl80UA
     

    • 55 min
    Trauma and transcendence: Charlene Jones on a near death experience and so much more

    Trauma and transcendence: Charlene Jones on a near death experience and so much more

    In this episode, author and spiritual teacher Charlene Jones shares not only her near death experience but also the many ways she's been cracked open to experience the transcendent in her life. In this episode, we'll talk about an early kundalini awakening she had while meditating as a teenager, her abduction and escape from her kidnappers, her struggles with darkness, a near death experience, past lives, and her heritage of Celtic spirituality. 
    Sensitive listeners, please note that Charlene's story includes a lot of trauma and deals with topics like sexual violence and murder.
    From all this trauma comes a life suffused with the transcendent, and Charlene offers us her wisdom throughout the episode. You can find links below to her memoir and other books, as well as to Jeff Kripal's work that I refer to.
    Find Charlene’s books (these are affiliate links; more on that below):
    Her memoir, My Impossible Life: https://amzn.to/3v8xy36
    Her novel, The Stain: https://amzn.to/2YIlfhR
    Her book on healing, Medicine Buddha/Medicine Mind: https://amzn.to/3DGFDir
    And I mention Jeff Kripal’s work; here’s a link to more on him: https://kripal.rice.edu/index.html
    If you'd like to watch the ad-free video of this episode, please head to my Patreon page to become a community member for as little as $3 per month: https://bit.ly/3Dm14p2
    Or buy me a virtual coffee: https://bit.ly/CVPayPalMe
    Grab your free quick guide to the death and rebirth process, with links to (also free) audio teachings: https://bit.ly/2Zl80UA
    If you follow an affiliate link and buy one of the books above, you won’t be charged extra, but this show will receive a (very small) commission from the sale.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    The near death experience that made true self-love possible: Nicholas Grant

    The near death experience that made true self-love possible: Nicholas Grant

    My friend Nick (who writes under the name Nicholas Grant) is a writer, editor, and transpersonal psychologist, and we've known each other since grad school at Rice University's Department of Religion over 10 years ago. I was shocked to hear recently that he'd had a near death experience. He fell out of a fourth story window and spent months recovering physically, but the most amazing part of Nick's story is the emotional, psychological, and energetic rebirth he's experienced.
    In this interview, you'll hear themes that will return again and again in this season: the connection between trauma and transcendence and the choices Nick and others make to reshape their lives following. This episode deals with self-harm, substance use, and other difficult topics, and it includes strong language, so you might not want to listen with kids.
    This was a long conversation, and what you'll hear is an edited version. If you'd like to hear the whole thing or watch the full video, please head to my Patreon page to become a community member for as little as $3 per month: https://bit.ly/3Dm14p2
    Or buy me a virtual coffee: https://bit.ly/CVPayPalMe
    Grab your free quick guide to the death and rebirth process, with links to (also free) audio teachings: https://bit.ly/2Zl80UA

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Near death experiences: Raymond Moody's groundbreaking research

    Near death experiences: Raymond Moody's groundbreaking research

    If you've heard of near death experiences (NDEs), you probably know that they're a major form of evidence that consciousness can survive the death of the body. In this episode, we'll go through Raymond Moody's classic 1975 book Life After Life, in which he details 15 characteristics of the NDE.
    You'll hear some of the remarkable stories he includes in his book about people hearing themselves pronounced dead, leaving their bodies, meeting a being of light, having life reviews, and more. Some people even relate evidence to their doctors or others afterwards, giving details of the procedure done on them -- or even what was happening in other rooms of the hospital -- that they couldn't know through ordinary means.
    Support us on Patreon: patreon.com/ClaireVillarreal
    Buy us a virtual coffee: bit.ly/CVPayPalMe
    Check out Life After Life: amzn.to/3uBdki5
    Other books on NDEs include After by Bruce Greyson (amzn.to/3orjq3H) and Changed in a Flash by Krohn and Kripal (amzn.to/3D5Ejp5)
    (Book links are affiliate links, which means we make a very small commission. But we recommend these books because they're reliable guides on the topic of NDEs.)

    • 42 min
    Near death experiences, mediums, reincarnation -- and so much more!

    Near death experiences, mediums, reincarnation -- and so much more!

    Last season we talked about the Tibetan teachings on death and rebirth and how those apply to life's transitions, too. (If you missed it, you can grab your free quick guide here: https://bit.ly/2Zl80UA .)
    This time you'll hear interviews with people who have had near death experiences, folks who received communications from deceased loved ones, an intuitive who connects with spirits on the "other side," and even a couple of stories about memories from previous lives. Plus we'll talk dark nights of the soul and what psychedelics can tell us about the afterlife.
    You can invest in this podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/LettingGrow
    Or give a one-time donation of any amount here: https://bit.ly/CVPayPalMe
    Thanks for your support!  _/\_
    Please grab your free quick guide (see the link below) and get ready to have your mind blown!
    https://bit.ly/2Zl80UA

    • 4 min

Customer Reviews

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4 Ratings

4 Ratings

LadyKayStone ,

Practical ways to examine and work with transitions and rebirths!

I love Claire’s podcast and her work more broadly! She presents Tibetan Buddhist teachings on the bardo and rebirth in very accessible ways, and has interviewed a myriad of interesting guests to explore rebirth and growth through transitions in life. I’m so psyched about the direction season 2 is in and heading: near death experiences, reincarnation, past life regressions and psychedelics! I think one of the biggest take always I’ve had is that every moment is a practice and reality of birth and rebirth and how we choose to interact with that is what will aid us in maneuvering life’s biggest transitions and the biggest one (that we can conceptualize) that we are all headed toward.

DLegpa ,

Transitioning

Your transition podcasts are amazing. I am being led to deeply examine major transitions in my life that I shouldn’t have neglected or glossed over.

Your interview with Laurel Sprengelmeyer brought home the value of understanding how we get to where we are.

JssicaTsng ,

Love your podcast!

First of all, I love the uplifting music every episode starts! Love your teaching style. Your teachings are very relatable and practical to our daily practices with great topics. Keep on doing what you are doing. I enjoy learning from you. Thank you!

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