Howdie Mickoski Interview

Howdie Mickoski is the author of the recently published Falling For Truth: A Spiritual Death And Awakening.  Howdie approached me some years ago with a book manuscript comparing the teachings of Richard Rose to alchemy, Native American traditions, ancient Egyptian wisdom, Carlos Castaneda, and the story of his own spiritual path.  I couldn’t resist agreeing to publish it.

In this short but fascinating interview, Howdie Mickoski and I touch upon those topics and more.  Please note that we recorded this interview on Skype, so there is video available on YouTube if you feel compelled to stare at our talking heads for 45 minutes.

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Selected Links and Notes from this Episode:

  • The confusion that can result from having a death experience.
  • Knowing that it is okay to die.
  • How Howdie developed the practice of recapitulation from Carlos Castenada.  In part, Victor Sanchez’s The Toltec Path of Recapitulation: Healing Your Past to Free Your Soul explained how to do it.
  • What does alchemy have to do with “going within” and the spiritual path?
  • The Mutus Liber illustrations.
  • Lessons on commitment and patience from Native American teachings.
  • Exploration of ancient Egyptian spirituality and its focus on taking people through death.
  • Reach Howdie Mickoski at Egyptian Wisdom Revealed.

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Jac O’Keeffe Interview

Jac O’Keeffe has been in the nondual “scene” since 2008, but it would be a jac o'keeffemistake to limit her message to nondual teachings.  In fact, as she explains in this interview, her teaching has continually evolved over the years.  The current focus of Jac O’Keeffe is pointing to what is “deeper than that” in relation to nonduality.

In addition, this episode also explores Jac’s work with the Association for Spiritual Integrity and how that organization hopes to establish a baseline of ethical standards for spiritual teachers.

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Selected Links and Notes from this Episode:

  • Just a quick note: TAT’s August Workshop is fast approaching.  Beyond Mindfulness: Meditation and the Path Within is August 16-18, 2019 at the Claymont Mansion in West Virginia.  Only an hour from the Dulles airport, TAT consistently offers the best spiritual events on the East coast.
  • For Jac O’Keeffe’s background story, check out her interview on BATGAP, as well as an earlier interview on ConsciousTV  [0:35]
  • How Eastern spiritual teachings don’t quite fit the Western culture. [2:35]
  • The deeper depth of spiritual exploration. [7:44]
  • “When the band-aid of identity gets pulled away, we fall deeper than the nondual teachings.” [9:15]
  • Dzogchen teachings as pointing to what is beyond nonduality. [14:30]
  • Ramana Maharshi getting bitten by ants. [17:00]
  • How do morals and ethics appear in Jac’s life? [21:00]
  • What happens after death for Jac? The soul, reincarnation, and the recycling of energy. [30:00]
  • What is prior to consciousness? [33:00]
  • The evolution of Jac O’Keeffe’s teachings and the tools that she brings to her teaching such as chanting. [38:00]
  • The behavior of enlightened beings and the student-guru model. [47:00]
  • The formation of the Association for Spiritual Integrity– a code of ethics for spiritual teachers.  [52:00]
  • Spiritual teaching as a profession. [1:05:00]
  • Charging for spiritual teachings. [1:10:00]
  • The difference between enlightenment and liberation. [1:15:00]
  • The factoid you’ve been waiting for… Jac O’Keeffe loves Netflix and recommends The OA. [1:16:00]
  • The Science and Nonduality Conference.
  • Reach Jac O’Keeffe at Jac-Okeeffe.com.

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Bart Marshall Interview

Bart Marshall is both a gifted writer and spiritual teacher.   I’ve known Bart Marshall for many years, but the inspiration for this interview is his article “Ultimate Between-ness” which contains these compelling lines:

There are two main things I think are worth studying.  One is how to wake up from this dream called life.  The other is how to get what you want within it.  As it happens, the formula for both is the same.

Intrigued?

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QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: What was your favorite quote or lesson from this episode? Please let me know in the comments.

Selected Links and Notes from this Episode:

  • Announcement that the TAT Foundation’s April event features an excellent lineup of speakers: Paul Hedderman, Paul Rezendes, Paul Constant, Norio Kushi, and Bart Marshall.  Sign up for this incredible conference at Once in a Lifetime is Now.
  • For Bart Marshall’s background story, check out my film Closer than Close, his interview on ConsciousTV, and Bart’s interview on BATGAP.  [1:45]
  • An overview of Ultimate Between-ness. [3:57]
  • The Law of Attraction is better called The Law of Creation. [4:50]
  • The four aspects of Ultimate Between-ness: Intention, Confidence, Gratitude, and Indifference. [6:40]
  • The importance of wanting the truth at all cost. [10:30]
  • Prayer as a practice of indifference.  [15:29]
  • The importance of clarifying what you really want.  Why do you want the Truth? [19:20]
  • “The man who chases two mice catches none.” [21:34]
  • Guided self-inquiry. [22:40]
  • How to incorporate a habit of confidence. [27:19]
  • Does backing away from untruth conflict with setting an intention? [35:20]
  • Are there any spiritual nuggets Bart has uncovered since writing the Ultimate Between-ness essay? [43:55]
  • How to work with Bart Marshall.  He charges for the initial consultation, but not for follow on sessions. [49:45]
  • RealFace Press is Bart’s publishing company. [52:26]  His books include:
  • Reach Bart Marshall at SelfInquiry.org.


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Eshwar Segobind Interview

Eshwar Segobind
Eshwar Segobind

Eshwar Segobind was completely unknown to me before this interview, and I feel fortunate that his name was passed to me through friends in the TAT Foundation.  Eshwar’s spiritual path is remarkable both for its brevity and for the depth of practical insight he manifests.   In less than a year, Eshwar went from a recovery program to a profound spiritual awakening to his true nature.

Eshwar Segobind is happy to speak to those with sincere questions  and does not charge for his time.  You can reach him at: sensewithoutmind [@] gmail.  I trust you can decipher the last part of that means “@gmail.com”.

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QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: What was your favorite quote or lesson from this episode? Please let me know in the comments.

Selected Links and Notes from this Episode:

  • Announcement that the TAT Foundation’s April event features an excellent lineup of speakers: Paul Hedderman, Paul Rezendes, Paul Constant, Norio Kushi, and Bart Marshall.  Sign up for this incredible conference at Once in a Lifetime is Now.
  • Eshwar’s introduction to meditation [4:30]
  • Involvement with AA and the Twelve Steps and seeing how Step 4 deflates the ego. [4:50]
  • The 112 Steps of Shiva meditation techniques. [7:25]
  • Trying ayahuasca along with the Twelve Steps broke down a lot of the sense of self-identity. [10:14]
  • “There was something inside of me that was kind of guiding me.” [11:50]
  • “At the core of what I considered myself to be, there was nothing.” [14:00]
  • That “you have to die” is not a very popular thing. [29:30]
  • Enlightenment within a year. [32:00]
  • No one an make you feel sad or hurt.  It’s all based in thought. [37:15]
  • “You have to uproot ‘you’.  The thing that says it’s feeling all this stuff.  What is that?”[39:15]
  • “It’s not that the world is an illusion in itself.  It’s the thing that’s interpreting that – that’s the very thing that is the illusion.” [58:38]
  • “If a fear is coming up, go towards it not away from it.” [1:00:00]
  • An open invitation to email or call Eshwar.  Everyone is welcome to have a conversation free of charge.  [1:02:40]
  • The effect of awakening on family relationships. [1:04:30]
  • “There are very few pointers that are needed.” [1:08:55]
  • Reach Eshwar at: sensewithoutmind [@] gmail.  The last part of that means “@gmail.com”.


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Guided Meditation 1

A little holiday gift to you in this end of the year podcast: a guided meditation.  Though I rarely did guided meditation in my younger days, I now see it as skillful practice as well as having the potential to develop rapport when done in a group setting.  A guided meditation is the opportunity to step into a different perspective for a few minutes, to be coached, or inspired by the mind of another person.

I hope this guided meditation inspires you, and offers another step on your own unique path inward.

guided meditation

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Selected Links and Notes from this Episode:

  • In case you’re wondering what story I’m reading from, it’s the play Our Town.  Other than that tidbit, it’s a guided meditation, so ‘nough said.