Jan Frazier is a spiritual teacher and author of When Fear Falls Away and The Great Sweetening, among other books. In our interview, I found Jan’s emphasis on allowing and unfolding a nice counterpoint to my usual drive to find practices and tools to speed up the spiritual search. I hope you find this Jan Frazier interview interesting, as well.
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Selected Links and Notes from this Episode
- The beginnings of Jan Frazier’s conscious spiritual search in her 30s. [4:18]
- On not thinking that awakening was possible for her. [6:08]
- Jan’s teacher for many years, Gurumayi. [12:00]
- The primary environment in which so-called spiritual progress is actually made is in not-knowing. [23:00]
- Advice on handling negative emotions. [35:04]
- Advice for getting more in tune with being in the body. [46:10]
- Attention, consciousness, and awareness. [52:57]
- Awareness of awareness. [57:54]
- Sam Harris’ book Waking Up. [1:00:55]
- “We can’t make ourselves not be reactive. All we can do is see ourselves being reactive.” [1:06:55]
- Earnestness and the spiritual path. [1:10:20]
- Our willingness to sacrifice or suffer anything without conditions enhances the ability of life to teach us. [1:11:30]
- On being stuck on the path. [1:15:20]
- After our interview, Jan mentioned that Nisargadatta Maharaj‘s I Am That is another book that she loves. [1:17:30]
- Films that make the viewer feel very still, such as Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter … And Spring [1:18:15]
- The consciousness of a cat…. [1:22:20]
- Jan Frazier’s website is janfrazierteachings.com