Paul Robear & Laura Lee host wide-ranging conversations with leading-edge researchers in a variety of fields, on behalf of the Cuyamungue Institute (CI). As CI’s Directors and long-time teachers, the quest with these conversations is to better understand, in the widest context, CI’s Ecstatic Trance Posture work formulated by anthropologist Felicitas D Goodman. Ultimately, it’s about the eternal questions — who are we? where did we come from? where are we going? and what’s it all about, anyway? It seems all fields of inquiry has some light to shine here. And to truly gain the widest perspective, include our early ancestors worldwide to see what wisdom of the past may inform our future!


History of the Goddess: Past to Present
Guests: Clive Prince & Lynn Picknett. From Her earliest appearance in the Paleolithic era to our modern, its been a roller coaster ride of ups and downs for the Divine Feminine Principle and the status of women. We explore the how and why of the connection, as well as the demotion and rise as women reclaim their rightful place in society. Clive Prince and Lynn Picknett’s long-time research and writing collaboration has led to many books, the latest of which is When God Had a Wife: The Fall and Rise of the Sacred Feminine in the Judeo-Christian Tradition and work featured documentaries for the BBC and National Geographic. More info

Consciousness, Brain Science and Spirituality
Guest: Burt Webb– Science researcher, writer and blogger.  

Exploring the connecting points between the Science of Consciousness and Spirituality, and neuroscience and altered states of consciousness. Burt draws from astronomy, biology, computer science, nanotechnology, physics, psychology, parapsychology, consciousness studies, psychedelics, sci-fi and social issues.

Celtic Mythology.Shamanic Roots of Western Spirituality
Guest: John & Caitlin Matthews
What early shamanic traditions lie at the roots of Western mysticism and spirituality? From myth, song, symbol, art and beyond, what remnants actively shape our worldview today? John & Caitlín Matthews (Gaelic pronunciation “Cathleen”) research and write on the Shamanic, Celtic and Arthurian traditions, opening doors to a re-appreciation of the mythic and mystical heritage of the Western World. Caitlin ends with a an evocative blessing in song. More info

Health, Energetics and Consciousness
Guest: Louise Gilmore, Meditation Teacher
Louise shares insights from a 40-year career teaching meditation, energetic, and a wide spectrum of consciousness raising techniques in academic, wellness, and corporate settings, as well as her travels to remote sacred sites around Australia with Aboriginal elders, and her meeting with a Tibetan Oracle. Louise joined us from Sydney, Australia.

 Social Change, New Vision, Integration of the Sacred
Guest: Brian Tucker, Mytho-Poet and Change Agent

Brian consults with individuals and organizations on ways to integrate spirituality, technology and social justice, using insights from Big History, Cosmology, Vedanta, Torah, Yoga and Nature. Here, he shares the role mythopoetic imagination might play alongside science and the Cuyamungue Institute’s work with Ecstatic Trance Postures in increasing our awareness of our sacred Cosmos. Brian joined us from Trenton, New Jersey

Catholicism, Mysticism and Trance States
Guest: Sister Margaret O’Rourke, Catholic Nun
Sister Margaret shares her story as a long-time member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (begun in 1650 France by six illiterate women with the help of a Bishop and a young Jesuit priest) and her mission work among remote villages in Chile. She simply and poetically gets down to the essence of things as she describes religion as a river with many tributaries, and finds much in common between the rituals of rural Church Service and her practice of Ecstatic Trance Postures over 20 years. Margaret joined us from Los Angeles, California.