Musician And Spiritual Counselor Cindy Lora-Renard Talks With The Indie Spiritualist.

December 27, 2010

Cindy Lora is an innovative and extraordinary talent blending an eclectic mix of Visionary/New Age, Alternative Pop and meditative sounds with contemporary beats to create a unique style. Her sultry vocals, creative lyrics, and primal rhythms produce a state of mind which takes the listener to higher places where courage, wisdom, and passion can transform.

Born into a family of teachers and musicians and raised in the Midwest, Cindy was exposed to music early in life. Introduced primarily to the classical genre during her early years, Cindy wanted to branch out and explore other styles which would later prove to be her authentic path. As she developed herself emotionally and spiritually, her musical talents matured with her.

Cindy is also a pianist and graduate of California State University, Northridge, with a B.A. in Psychology and a Minor in Music. She has also completed her Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. (cindylora.com)

  
 The Cindy Lora-Renard Interview

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Father Thomas Keating Laughs, Talks, And Elaborates With The Indie Spiritualist.

December 22, 2010

Father Thomas Keating is a writer, teacher and founding member of the Spirituality branch of Integral Institute. At the age of eighty-one, he continues to be a prominent voice in the Christian Centering Prayer movement through the organization he founded, Contemplative Outreach, an international network committed to renewing the contemplative dimension of the Gospel in daily life.

 Fr. Thomas, born in New York in 1923, entered the Cistercian Order in Valley Falls, Rhode Island in 1944 and was appointed Superior of St. Benedict’s Monastery of Snowmass, Colorado in 1958. Three years later he became Abbot of St. Joseph’s Abbey of Spencer, Massachusetts, before retiring to Snowmass—a small mountain community of just over a dozen monks—in 1981, where he remains today.

Fr. Thomas is also a best-selling author, having penned, along with many other publications, Open Mind, Open Heart in 1986, a clarion call for many to the need for transformational practice within the Christian tradition.

It helps that Fr. Thomas also has an unusually open-minded attitude towards the meditative practices of other traditions and has studied with spiritual teachers from a variety of Hindu and Buddhist lineages, for this led to the creation of the Snowmass Interreligious Conference in 1982, where teachers from diverse paths met regularly to compare notes and evaluate the successes and failures of their respective practices. Other organizations graced by the presence of Fr. Thomas include the Monastic Interreligious Dialogue (which sponsors exchanges between the monks and nuns of every religion), and the International Committee for Peace Council.

Amazingly, within this flurry of activity Fr. Thomas has nevertheless found the time to deepen his own relationship to the Divine—which he likens “to two friends sitting in silence, being in each other’s presence”—to such a degree that he is sought the world over for his extraordinary warmth, humility, and deep-centered love. ( http://integrallife.com)

 The following interview was conducted on 11/22/10.

The Father Thomas Keating Interview

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The Fear of Death and True Meaning of Christ Consciousness- A Holiday Interview with Self-Realization Fellowship’s Brother Brahmananda

December 16, 2010

 The Brother Brahmananda Interview

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Author Gary Renard On Love & Forgiveness, Mass Metaphysical Denial, And The Lost Message Of Jesus. Part II Of II

December 5, 2010

In Part II of my interview with Gary, he talks about his ascended masters Arten and Pursah, what exactly the Holy Spirit is, Jesus as he truly was two thousand years ago, and his two upcoming books! Enjoy. 

The Gary Renard Interview- Part II.

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Author Gary Renard On Love & Forgiveness, Mass Metaphysical Denial, And The Lost Message Of Jesus. Part I of II

November 23, 2010

I picked up my first copy of the book A Course in Miracles circa 2005. I had heard it referenced by many of the spiritual teachers I was into at the time and figured I should probably check it out. One of my first memories of reading the Course was sitting on a hospital bed while waiting for x-rays on my ankle from a skateboarding accident. I remember reading the introduction, which said, “Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.” Sounds good right? Well I’d be completely full of shit if I said I had some revelation, or really even any clue as to what that meant. It sounded neat and esoteric however, so I read on. After a couple of weeks, I put the Course aside as it was the equivalent to readin a book written in Chinese. I happily went back to reading my books by Ram Dass and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche….At least I could understand some of them, or at least pretend to when talking about them.

Fast-forward to 2007. I was in a local library when I stumbled on an audio book called Secrets of the Immortal: Advanced Teachings from a Course in Miracles. I’d again be lying if I said I had any revelation from this audio book, not because its content wasn’t sufficient, but because I downloaded it to my computer and never listened to it. Again, I went back to reading my others spiritual texts, at this point I’d advanced to the like of Ken Wilber & Sri Ramana Maharshi, definitely much harder to pretend to know what they were saying in conversation, but I tried.

One year later, in 2008, for whatever reason, I looked at my copy of A Course in Miracles and made the resolution that I was going to finally read it, and not only read it, but understand it! Well, I can say that this time I stuck with it, for the most part. I remembered the audio book I’d ripped to my library the previous year, so I uploaded it to my trusty Ipod and started listening to it on various commutes. Secrets of the Immortal actually broke the Course down in a comprehensive, yet user-friendly way that I could work with.

About half way through the audio book I realized I didn’t even know who I was listening too (damn bootlegged copies), so I went back to the computer and found out it was Gary Renard. That name really meant nothing to me at the time, nor did any of the other Course teachers like Kenneth Wapnick or Marianne Williamson, as this is not a particularly sought after spiritual path. Not because it’s a strict discipline, or there is dogma attached to it. If anything, it’s the complete opposite of that.

After completing Gary’s audio book, I moved on to the first of his two books published by Hay House, titled The Disappearance of the Universe. I picked up DU (as it’s often referred to by it’s readers) and was literally engulfed from the moment I started. Not only did it continue to break down the Course in a way that I could understand, but it also talked about many contemporary issues, and how they could be seen differently through the Course. I finished DU in about a week and picked up a copy of Your Immortal Reality.

Your Immortal Reality really solidified my faith in Gary’s teachings as after I finished it, I had absolutely no problem reading and understanding A Course in Miracles. That’s not to say I don’t have to sit with, and contemplate many of its passages from time to time, but without Gary’s work, my copy of A Course in Miracles would still be collecting dust on the bookshelf. So just what in the hell is A Course in Miracles? Read on and find out! (*Note- I would like to reiterate that while A Course in Miracles is my own, personal spiritual path, I, in no way, wish to promote, or endorse it more than any other spiritual tradition, many of which have been wonderful catalysts on my spiritual path, and I still draw from to this day.)

The Gary Renard Interview- Part I.

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