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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

    • Spirituality
    • 4.7, 315 Ratings

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.

    556. George Middleton

    556. George Middleton

    Born in Wales, I emigrated with my parents and 4 siblings to NZ in 1962. Educated in Wellington completing an honours degree in philosophy and teacher training. Taught in a variety of special education positions until retiring. Politically active in teachers’ union, Labour Party, and the Greens.

    My wife is Sue Middleton (Emeritus Prof Education), our only child daughter Kate is married with 3 sons. She founded the Reading Revolution charity in NZ.

    I worked with Men’s groups, used various psychotherapy modalities, including doing a year of Primal Therapy in Los Angeles which led to more formal trading in Gestalt Therapy that precipitated ongoing profound experiences and transformations that ignited pilgrimage journeys to India and Bhutan. Also, involvement in Vipassana and other meditation methods confirmed the nature of the processes that have overtaken me and delivered me into the sacred world. Concepts such as Karma, transcendence, synchronicity, reincarnation, rebirth, pure consciousness energy, and indigenous encounters have led to an understanding of the truth power of myth and ancient truths.

    No website or books.

    Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group.

    Interview recorded June 20, 2020

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

    • 1 hr 55 min
    555. Robin Landsong

    555. Robin Landsong

    Robin Aisha Landsong is a Transformational Speaker, Visual Artist, Medicine Singer, and Medical/Health Intuitive. She had two Near-Death Experiences during the Rhodesian War in 1977 when she was eight years old. When she was called back to life by the Medicine Song of a rural Zimbabwean woman it opened her intuition and her own Medicine Songs. She has had the privilege to give Singing Medicine to over 14,000 people.

    Her specialty areas as Shamanic Craniosacral Therapist are trauma resolution, understanding illness, and healing injury. She sees inside each person their gifts and strengths as well as the underlying cause of their physical, emotional, or spiritual distress. She helps people restore the natural rhythms in their bodies for their greatest health. She loves to help people integrate their own Near-Death Experiences. She has helped thousands of people regain their sense of wholeness, creativity, intuition, embodiment, self-confidence, and mindfulness in the present moment.

    Website: robinlandsong.com

    Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group.

    Interview recorded June 13, 2020.

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

    • 1 hr 55 min
    554. Sally Kempton – 2nd Interview

    554. Sally Kempton – 2nd Interview

    Sally Kempton is a deeply practiced teacher of meditation and spiritual philosophy, and the author of the books Meditation for the Love of It and Awakening Shakti: as well as the audio course Doorways to the Infinite, recently put out by Sounds True. A former swami in the Saraswati order of India, she has been practicing and teaching devotional contemplative tantra for more than 40 years. Her teaching is powerfully sourced in the eastern meditative traditions of yoga and Kashmir Shaivism, yet highly contemporary in her focus on evolutionary practice. She offers a powerful transmission of meditative experience.

    Books:



    * Meditation for the Love of It

    * Awakening Shakti: The Transformative Power of the Goddesses of Yoga

    * Doorways to the Infinite: The Art and Practice of Tantric Meditation (audio program)



    Website: sallykempton.com



    * First BatGap interview with Sally

    * Sally Kempton in panel discussion on Kashmir Shaivism



    Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group.

    This interview was recorded May 15, 2020, as part of an online conference offered by the Science and Nonduality Conference, held May 17-23, entitled Wisdom in Times of Crisis. The conference has finished, but you may sign up to access all of its content.

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

    • 49 min
    553. Dorothy Hunt, 2nd Interview

    553. Dorothy Hunt, 2nd Interview

    Dorothy Hunt serves as Spiritual Director of Moon Mountain Sangha, teaching at the request of Adyashanti.  She is the founder of the San Francisco Center for Meditation and Psychotherapy and has practiced psychotherapy since 1967. She is the author of Leaves from Moon Mountain, Only This!, and Ending the Search: From Spiritual Ambition to the Heart of Awareness. A contributing author to The Sacred Mirror, and Listening from the Heart of Silence: Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy, Dorothy is also a featured spiritual teacher in the book, Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Wisdom: The Feminine Face of Awakening.

    Dorothy has a long and deep connection to the teachings of Ramana Maharshi and the path of Self-Inquiry, as well as the nondual teachings of Zen, Advaita, and the Christian mystics.  In meeting Adyashanti, she was invited beyond identification with either the absolute or relative, finding freedom in what is awake in each of us regardless of the changing faces of experience. Dorothy offers satsang, retreats, and private meetings in the San Francisco Bay area and elsewhere by invitation.

    For more information, visit www.dorothyhunt.org

    Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group.

    First BatGap interview with Dorothy Hunt.

    This interview was recorded May 11, 2020, as part of an online conference offered by the Science and Nonduality Conference, held May 17-23, entitled Wisdom in Times of Crisis. The conference has finished, but you may sign up to access all of its content.

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

    • 46 min
    552. Lars Muhl

    552. Lars Muhl

    Lars Muhl is a Danish author, mystic, and musician, born in Aarhus, Denmark in 1950.

    Already as a 10-year-old, Lars Muhl had experienced glimpses of another reality. The shock following the sudden death of his younger sister, caused painful kundalini-like experiences, giving access to the ethereal worlds and a hypersensitive insight into other people’s pain. This lasted for three years.

    A turning point came when Lars was 15 and received a book anonymously in the post. Hazrat Inayat Khan’s ‘Gayan Vadan Nirtan’ became the start of a lifelong esoteric study.

    Like Paulo Coelho, Lars was for many years a successful singer/songwriter who, concurrently with his music, studied the world’s religions and esoteric knowledge. Then in 1996, he was struck down by an unexplained illness, which neither doctors nor alternative therapists could diagnose. For three years he lay in bed without being able to move or think straight.

    Through a close friend’s intervention, Lars was put in touch with a seer who, via the telephone, brought him back to life. That was the start of a completely new existence and the beginning of that quest he has so grippingly described in his trilogy book ‘The O Manuscript: The Seer, The Magdalene, The Grail’.

    Other books:



    * The Gate of Light: Healing Practices to Connect You to Source Energy

    * The Law of Light: The Secret Teachings of Jesus

    * The Law of Light: The Aramaic Mystery



    Movie Lars referred to during the interview: The Gate of Light by Lars Muhl

    Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group.

    Interview recorded May 30, 2020

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

    • 1 hr 57 min
    551. Elena Nezhinsky

    551. Elena Nezhinsky

    Like many spiritual seekers, Elena Nezhinsky spent years meditating and studying spiritual writings and practices. Persistent inquiry into the nature of being and unknowable grace eventually culminated in a series of deep, awakening realizations. With uncompromising honesty, great humor, and a profound commitment to serving others, Elena shared her personal spiritual journey and the insights gleaned along the way in a book “Buddha on a Bull: A Practical Approach to Enlightenment“. As she puts it, “this is a book for everyone who is tired of seeking enlightenment, as I was.”

    Elena is a co-creator of a method of awakening inquiry called Direct Pointing which continues to be profoundly helpful for thousands of people around the world. Elena holds M.S. in Engineering, she is professionally trained in Coaching, Human Design, and Family Constellations systems. She is a lifelong learner of Behavioral Psychology. A native of Ukraine, she lives in California now, where she continues to write and works as a Deep Transformation Mentor, guiding people to integrate and embody spiritual awakening.

    Website: elenanezhinsky.com

    Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group.

    Previous BatGap interview with Elena (and Ilona Ciunaite)

    Interview recorded May 23, 2020.

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

    • 1 hr 59 min

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315 Ratings

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Thank you, Mr. Archer! You are a wayshower and a true conduit!

I love this show. I've been listening for quite a while now and I must say, it has really grown on me.
Gotten under my skin, as it were. It took me some time but I am open-minded and I have really enjoyed listening to the many different guests Rick Archer has on his show, who each offer their own unique, seminal, insightful thoughts, impressions and experiences of spiritual awakening.

This is the kind of show that I wish existed years and years ago when I was coming up in my 20s as a spiritual seeker. Now I am blesssed and also happy that this kind of truth is accessible to the so-called masses.

I look forward to donating to your endeavors. Thank you, Rick and Irene! You are blessings!!

**Also, I want to give a shout out to your dogs and cat. I saw your beautiful Siamese in the Gina Lake video but didn't see a reference to her on your website. Interestingly, when she hops onto your lap at that moment, it seemed absolutely, dvinely timed.

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Ray Hernandez

A big fan Of B at the GP for a long time. And a big fan of Rey Hernandez and his fabulous account of adventures in consciousness. Listening to this great interview, Rick is a cut above when it comes to interviewing his guests; good questions and comments without hijacking the show as many do. I count myself as "awake" and had a "unitary being" experience with 5MeODMT last year and Rey says all those elements are "ONE" - just so helpful. Thanks

andyrauf ,

Gift to Humanity

Rick is uniquely qualified to conduct these life-changing conversations with awakening & highly initiated people on subjects related to enlightenment and their own personal spiritual journeys ...in a way that will not only inspire you, but give many hints as to who & where to seek your own further “continuing education”...truly the BEST thing I have found on the internet!

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