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Lalitha Interview - Cultivating Spiritual Maturity

In this episode of In Conversation, Lalitha speaks candidly, and with humour, about the fiery path of Guru Yoga and what it takes to cultivate spiritual maturity.

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Don Jose Ruiz - 'The Fifth Agreement' Author on Love, Fear, & Transformation

Don Jose Ruiz, Toltec shaman and NY Times best-selling author of The Fifth Agreement, converses with Banyen Books & Sound’s podcast host, Ross McKeachie. Don Jose speaks in his unique, heart-centred story-telling style and shines a light on the energy of fear and how, through gratitude, we can move into love. He points towards the connection between all of the world's spiritual traditions, and also the connection between Paramahamsa Yogananda and the Toltec tradition. In an inspiring and poetic way, don Jose captures our attention, showing us how to awaken to the fact that we are dreaming and that we can become the masters of our own dream, changing our lives for the better.

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Matt Kahn Interview - The Universe Always Has a Plan

Join In Conversation host Ross McKeachie for an intimate and inspiring conversation with spiritual teacher and highly attuned empathic healer Matt Kahn.

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Lama Tsultrim Allione Interview - Wisdom Rising

Banyen Books & Sound presents renowned Buddhist teacher Lama Tsultrim Allione in conversation with Ross McKeachie. They discuss the arising of feminine wisdom in our times, women in Buddhism, patriarchy in spiritual traditions, and what the experience of the feminine brings to the spiritual path.

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Dr. Martin Shaw Interview - Pandemic & Mythic Meanings of this Cultural Moment

Dr. Martin Shaw, one of the great master storytellers of our time, discusses the mythology and meanings of our current cultural moment and the global coronavirus pandemic. Interview host Ross McKeachie got ahold of Dr. Martin Shaw in his cottage in Dartmoor, UK, where he was on the 10th day of 14 days of isolation before being able to go home and see his daughter. With the COVID-19 pandemic at the top of everyone's mind and Dr. Shaw, fresh off of a 101 day ritual in the forest and now taking time to reflect, they tap into a state of wonder around the current mythology unfolding in the world. Questions are explored, such as: How do we sit with our discomfort and use this potent time for our own and the planet's transformation? With humour and word-weaving, Dr.

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Jamal Rahman - Sufi Stories of Laughter

Sufi teacher and author Jamal Rahman speaks about the Sufi path of the heart and the importance of laughter in awakening the soul. This delightful interview brings levity into spiritual teachings and brings insight into the cosmic joke of duality.

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Sarah Edmondson Interview - Escaping NXIVM Cult

In this Banyen conversation, Sarah Edmondson—whistleblower who denounced the cult of NXIVM founded by Keith Raniere—opens up about her experiences and healing journey, and describes some of the red flags of cult behaviour we can watch out for. She has released a new book entitled 'Scarred: The True Story of How I Escaped NXIVM, the Cult that Bound My Life'.

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Yogacharini Maitreyi Interview - The Essence of Yoga

In this Banyen conversation, Yogacharini Maitreyi illuminates the true meaning of—and debunks popular misconceptions about—Yoga and Tantra. Maitreyi discusses the qualities of commitment, spiritual maturity and discernment that help us to evolve along the path. She also delves into issues around the teacher-student relationship, including how to protect against false gurus who are abusing their power.

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Doña María Apaza Interview

Doña María Apaza, Andean Alto Misayoc Priestess, shares spiritual wisdom from the Q'ero culture and guidance for navigating the challenges of our contemporary world.

Doña María is accompanied by Maco Peña García (translating from Quechua to Spanish) and María Belen Meneses (translating from Spanish to English).

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Diana Beresford-Kroeger Interview - To Speak for the Trees

Diana Beresford-Kroeger, world recognized author, medical biochemist and botanist, speaks passionately about climate change and offers concrete actions we can do to help. She also explains the practice and healing benefits of forest bathing. Beresford-Kroeger brings together a visionary understanding of contemporary scientific research with traditional concepts of the ancient world.

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