02-15-17 Cultural Insights for Wellbeing with Natalie Tobert
Natalie Tobert talks with Cynthia about the importance of understanding how anomalous experiences (such as OBEs and NDEs) that contain an element of a perceived ‘negative’ nature are being pathologized by many western medical practitioners and health experts–which does a disservice to those experiencing these phenomena, and to society at large. Everyone stands to gain from recognizing how we can make a cultural U-turn to find the value in effective practices such as peer-supported open dialogue.
Medical anthropologist Dr Natalie Tobert offers educational training on Spiritual and Cultural Equalities to staff in hospitals, and students at medical schools and universities. She has run events in UK, USA, India, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland (or wherever she is invited). Her most recently published book, Cultural Perceptions on Mental Wellbeing, explores spiritual interpretations of anomalous experiences and mental well being. http://aethos.org.uk
01-18-17 Benefits of Mindfulness with Homayoun Sadeghi, MD
What is the connection between mindfulness and health? Homayoun Sadeghi talks with Cynthia about the increasingly popular, yet often misunderstood concept of mindfulness. Dr. Sadeghi explains what mindfulness is, describes how the concept of mindfulness has changed from ancient to modern times, and shares many of the benefits of practicing mindfulness in daily life. Dr. Sadeghi explains how we can become more mindful, and why it matters for our health, wellbeing, and prosperity.
Homayoun received his medical degree from the University of Iowa and completed his postgraduate medical training at the Yale University, Yale New Haven Hospital. When he became a private practitioner, Homayoun noticed the abstract interplay that occurs between mind and body to create energy, vitality, and healing. He shares these insights in his new book, The Art of Healthy Living: A Mind-Body Appraoch to Inner Balance and Natural Vitality. http://www.sadeghimd.com
12-30-16 Understanding Consciousness with Max Velmans
Max Velmans talks with Cynthia Sue Larson about how to understand consciousness from considering both our direct first person experiences of consciousness, and a classical scientific perspective. Velmans describes how we can make sense of the nature of mind as being essentially a psycho-physical processor, where our conscious experiences can be described by us as we experience them, and also by those observing measurable outcomes outside of ourselves. Velmans talks about his theory of reflexive monism, and how we might get closer to the structure of human consciousness.
Max Velmans is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London. He co-founded the Consciousness and Experiential Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society in 1994, and served as its chair from 2003 to 2006. He was appointed National Visiting Professor by the Indian Council of Philosophical Research, and was elected to the British Academy of Social Sciences. Velmans has around 100 publications in the area of consciousness studies, including his book, “Understanding Consciousness.” https://goldsmiths.academia.edu/MaxVelmans
11-02-16 Shamanic Secrets with Michael Peter Langevin
Michael Peter Langevin talks with Cynthia Sue Larson about his travels to meet and study with Peruvian and Bolivian shamans, experiencing such things as shapeshifting, healing, and teleportation in parts of the world where magic is real and an everyday way of life. Michael talks about the new release of his book “The Secrets of the Amazon Shamans” and how we can overcome fear and step out of perceived limitations in the material world to connect with deeper meaning, spirituality, and energy. Michael describes how he came to find real shamans, and witness some of their secrets and magic.
Michael Peter Langevin is Co-Publisher & Editor of The Echo World Magazine, and was the publisher/editor for 27 years of Magical Blend Magazine. Michael has has lived and traveled extensively in Latin America, and has authored three books: Secrets of the Ancient Incas, Secrets of the Amazon Shamans, and Spiritual Business. Michael leads workshops in reclaiming Rituals and Ceremonies to enhance your life. He has a BA in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Social Work and Family Therapy, and his company LangevinAxelsson Marketing specializes in Social Media Marketing and Public Relations. www.MichaelPeterLangevin.com