Eddie Traversa: Wisdom from Down Under

Since my original review of Eddie Traversa, he vanished from and then reappeared on the spiritual scene.  Eddie Traversa
I feel that Eddie Traversa is enlightened — the real deal. That was my opinion despite having nothing to judge him by other than his blog and a few email exchanges. I finally interviewed him over the phone, and that confirmed it — real deal.  Check out the interview on the Journals of Spiritual Discovery podcast.  After our interview, I changed my rating of Eddie from two stars to three.

I think that if you seriously wanted to back away from the b.s. in you — to back away from untruth as Richard Rose says — then Eddie Traversa could help you. Continue reading “Eddie Traversa: Wisdom from Down Under”

Paul Hedderman: The Zen Bitch Slap

I met Paul Hedderman at the Raleigh SIG retreat in October 2010. His unique phrasings and energetic personality immediately caught my attention. It’s not too surprising that a guy whose website is zenbitchslap.com would pique one’s curiosity.

paul heddermanListening to Hedderman speak informally to three or four interested listeners Friday evening, I tried to pay more attention to his presence than his words. For what it’s worth, it felt like he rested somewhere solid; from which place his engaging personality would spring forth then return to rest. Later, I heard Paul describe himself as traveling easily, and I agree. Continue reading “Paul Hedderman: The Zen Bitch Slap”

Art Ticknor: Confronting the ego

By way of disclaimer, Art Ticknor is a friend of mine, so that makes this review quite biased or gives me a unique insight into his story; that’s for you to decide. I’ve known Art since the mid-1990s, when I was just a wee spiritual lad and he was one of the “old-timers” who hung around Richard Rose. Though art ticknorI knew Art, I didn’t know much about him. Gracious is a word that comes to mind, but also a man treading water. Treading water may sound like a negative, but it takes a heck of a lot of persistence to keep treading in the face of no hope of rescue. Maybe he was, unbeknownst to me and to him, the proverbial man with the red hot cannonball stuck in his throat — which he can neither swallow nor spit out.

This came to a peak in 2004, when he decided to finally “get serious”: Continue reading “Art Ticknor: Confronting the ego”

Bob Cergol: There is nothing to die

I am fortunate to know Bob Cergol before and after his encounter with Reality.

bob cergolBob began his spiritual search studying with Richard Rose. He plunged into the life of a spiritual seeker — reading, meditating, spending time on solitary retreats, working in study groups with others, eventually building a cabin on Rose’s farm in West Virginia. As the years passed, however, he began to doubt if he would ever find an answer to his spiritual desires.
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Bart Marshall: The eloquent sage

Bart Marshall is an old acquaintance from my days with the Self Knowledge Symposium. bart marshallBack then, I was in my early twenties and considered him one of the “old guys” (like I am now!). I recall three things about Bart. One, that I would never want to get into a fight with him; two, that he seemed hopelessly stuck in the spider’s web of daily life; and three (probably related to the first), he could be deadly serious. Continue reading “Bart Marshall: The eloquent sage”