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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.



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Buddha at the Gas Pump Rick Archer

    • Spirituality
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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.

    577. Rick Hanson, 2nd Interview

    577. Rick Hanson, 2nd Interview

    This interview was recorded on October 9, 2020, as part of an online conference on "Living and Dying" offered by the Science and Nonduality Conference. The conference has finished, but you may sign up to access all of its content.



    Rick Hanson, Ph.D. is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, and New York Times best-selling author. His free weekly newsletter has 180,000 subscribers and his online programs have scholarships available for those with financial needs.



    His books have been published in 29 languages with 900,000 copies in English alone and include:



    * Neurodharma: New Science, Ancient Wisdom, and Seven Practices of the Highest Happiness

    * Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness

    * Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence

    * Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom

    * Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time

    * Mother Nurture: A Mother's Guide to Health in Body, Mind, and Intimate Relationships



    He’s lectured at NASA, Google, Oxford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. An expert on positive neuroplasticity, his work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, NPR, and other major media. He began meditating in 1974 and is the founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom. He loves wilderness and taking a break from emails.



    Website: rickhanson.net



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    • 48 min
    576. Dean Radin, 2nd Interview

    576. Dean Radin, 2nd Interview

    Dean Radin, PhD, is Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) and Associated Distinguished Professor of Integral and Transpersonal Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). He occasionally gives lectures in the Department of Psychology at Sonoma State University and has served on doctoral dissertation committees at Saybrook University and CIIS. His original career track as a concert violinist shifted into science after earning a BSEE degree in electrical engineering, magna cum laude with honors in physics, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and then an MS in electrical engineering and a PhD in psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. For a decade he worked on advanced telecommunications R&D at AT&T Bell Laboratories and GTE Laboratories. For three decades he has been engaged in frontiers research on the nature of consciousness. Before joining the research staff at IONS in 2001, he held appointments at Princeton University, University of Edinburgh, University of Nevada, Interval Research Corporation, and SRI International.



    He is author or coauthor of hundreds of scientific, technical, and popular articles, three dozen book chapters, and three popular books including the award-winning and bestselling The Conscious Universe: The Scientific Truth of Psychic Phenomena (HarperOne, 1997), Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality (Simon & Schuster, 2006), a 2014 Silver Nautilus Book Award, Supernormal: Science, Yoga, and the Evidence for Extraordinary Psychic Abilities (Random House, 2013), and Real Magic: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science, and a Guide to the Secret Power of the Universe (Penguin Random House). These books have been translated into 14 foreign languages, so far. His technical articles have appeared in journals including Foundations of Physics and Physics Essays to Psychological Bulletin and Journal of Consciousness Studies; he was featured in a New York Times Magazine article; and he has appeared on dozens of television shows ranging from the BBC’s Horizon to PBS's Closer to Truth. He has given over 400 interviews and talks, including presentations at Harvard, Stanford, Cambridge, Princeton, Virginia Tech, the Sorbonne, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Minnesota, for industries including Google, Johnson & Johnson, Rabobank, and for various government organizations including the US Navy, DARPA,

    • 1 hr 53 min
    575. Swami Sarvapriyananda – Ethical Foundations of Nondual Spirituality

    575. Swami Sarvapriyananda – Ethical Foundations of Nondual Spirituality

    Swami Sarvapriyananda has been Minister and Spiritual Leader of the Vedanta Society of New York since January 2017. He was a Nagral Fellow at Harvard Divinity School during the 2019-20 academic year. Prior to this, he served as assistant minister of the Vedanta Society of Southern California for 13 months. Swami joined the Ramakrishna Math and Mission in 1994 and received Sannyas in 2004. Before coming to serve in the US, he served as an acharya (teacher) of the monastic probationers’ training center at Belur Math in West Bengal, India (the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission founded by Swami Vivekananda, the chief disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa). He has served the Ramakrishna Math and Mission in various capacities including being the Vice Principal of the Deoghar Vidyapith Higher Secondary School, Principal of the Shikshana Mandira Teacher Education College at Belur Math, and the first Registrar of the Vivekananda University at Belur Math.



    This conversation hosted by the Association for Spiritual Integrity explores the profound interconnections between ethics and Advaita Vedanta. An ethical life is foundational to the spiritual quest, a non-negotiable sine qua non to any real spiritual development. One can be good without being particularly “spiritual”, but there is no spirituality without goodness. But it is also true that ethics are a consequence of nonduality. For as long as thinkers have pondered ethics, they have searched for a foundation, a grounding, for ethics. Why should one be good and do good? The various answers thinkers have come up with through the ages – utilitarianism, deontology, and so forth – have all been found seriously wanting. Nonduality claims to provide a deep foundation for ethics. In this talk and Q&A, Swami Sarvapriyananda explores the philosophical and practical, as well as the individual and social dimensions of ethics in nondual spirituality.



    Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group.



    Recorded September 28, 2020



    First BatGap interview with Swami Sarvapriyananda



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    • 1 hr 18 min
    574. Asil Toksal

    574. Asil Toksal

    Asil Toksal is an Austrian-born channel. His work includes group energy alignment sessions and the channeling of celestial guides, as well as working on the energetic alignment of sacred sites around the world. The goal of this work is to assist in the evolution of consciousness in humanity. He has traveled widely to do this work, throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.



    For the past eighteen years, Asil has been deeply committed to a spiritual path while also training in a variety of different energy healing modalities. He has worked with many masters and lineage holders of various traditions in South America, North America, and China. In his earlier years, he also served as a CEO and corporate executive in software, marketing, and communications.



    Five years ago, during a moment of deep spiritual experience, Asil connected for the first time to the channeled angelic guides and energies that he works with today. He was offered the opportunity to work closely with these guides, but he was asked to make the choice to let go of the prior traditions, rituals, and healing methods he had learned.



    After making this choice, the guides assisted him through an intensive spiritual and energetic transformation process. This created a connection that allowed him to begin to receive and transmit energy, as well as spoken wisdom from these angelic and celestial realms. This connection forms the basis of his work.



    He lives in Marin County, Northern California.



    In 2019, to support his work, he created the not-for-profit 501(c)3, Ascension One Collective, Inc.



    To learn more about Asil and his work, as well as find an up-to-date schedule of events, videos, transcripts, and more, please visit:



    * Website: asiltoksal.com

    * YouTube Channel

    * Facebook



    Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group.



    Interview recorded October 31, 2020



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    • 2 hrs 6 min
    573. Cornelius Christopher

    573. Cornelius Christopher

    After living with 30 years of sexual, physical, and mental abuse, suffering from PTSD, severe depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and loneliness, Cornelius had had enough. He concluded that suicide was his only option to finally achieve inner peace after hitting rock bottom in December 2018.



    But on March 29th, 2019, at 9:26 am, Cornelius experienced a phenomenon physicists call a quantum superposition meaning two or more conflicted states / alternative realities existing at the exact same time and in the same space. During which he was forced to watch the heart-wrenching scene of his wife finding him dying from his future suicide. All from the perspective of past, present, and future versions of himself, from the perspective of his ego, and through Consciousness itself observing it all unfold in the present moment.



    Through this experience, Cornelius discovered that there is no such thing as death as we know it when you physically die; only consciousness exists. Followed by a painful five-hour kundalini or consciousness awakening that spontaneously reversed all of his mental and physical health issues overnight including receiving the gift of not having an inner voice, ego, me, myself, and I.



    Cornelius also hasn't had one subconscious thought since that day only pure stillness or Mushin - a mind with no mind.



    Through a perplexing series of unfolding events following his quantum superposition, Cornelius discovered newfound abilities, including his continuous connection with Consciousness and a gift for healing for others.



    While healing his wife of her 11-year crippling condition called Vulvadynya, Cornelius was shown a vision and channeled by Collective Consciousness to write his life story and share the knowledge he gained from his Consciousness awakening and what he is experiencing every day with the world.



    Oneo: Enlightenment of Eternal Life the Acceptance of I, and One with Yourself is a self-reflective autobiography regarding how our behaviour and actions can affect others, enough for someone to consider taking their own life. Someone like him. By sharing his own journey of pain and inner transformation, newfound wisdom, and knowledge, he hopes to inspire and connect with those seeking a deeper understanding of their own consciousness, and of how consciousness and reality are fundamentally interconnected at every level and everyone.



    Oneo is also about speaking up for millions who have been shamed into silence, even when they have done nothing wrong. Sometimes it’s unbelievably raw, depicting scenes of abuse and molestation from his early childhood and all the way into adulthood. But what happened to Cornelius happens to millions of people around the world all the time.



    ​The most recent World Health Organisation reports show that approximately 1 million people die from suicide each year. That’s one death every forty seconds. Over two thousand people each day end up taking their lives in order to find peace. Countless others choose emotional suicide, living out their lives in lower vibrations, suffering, or just getting by, knowing that we have a choice.



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    • 1 hr 59 min
    572. James Cooke

    572. James Cooke

    Dr. James Cooke is a neuroscientist, writer, and speaker, whose work focuses on consciousness, with a particular interest in meditative and psychedelic states.  He studied Experimental Psychology and Neuroscience at Oxford University and is passionate about exploring the relationship between science and spirituality.  He writes for RealitySandwich.com and is the host of the podcast Living Mirrors with Dr. James Cooke, which can be found on his YouTube channel.  He splits his time between London and the mountains of Portugal where he is building a retreat centre, The Surrender Homestead, @TheSurrenderHomestead on Instagram.  Find him @DrJamesCooke on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, or at DrJamesCooke.com.



    Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group.



    Interview recorded October 17, 2020



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    • 1 hr 47 min

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