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!
The Anthropology of Shamanism
Guest: Christine VanPool, Anthropologist, University of Missouri
Christine says, “various shamans, mediums, and mystics around the world believe that our physical eyes hide the “real” world: a spirit world. In other words, we are blinded by our normal senses. Often it is trance states that our senses are open and the veil is lifted. Many believe that the cosmos has its own spirit breath, which is a common belief among the Eastern Pueblos of New Mexico.” Christine shares her insights into the work of Dr. Felicitas Goodman.
The Forbidden Universe: The Occult Origins of Science and the Search for the Mind of God
Guests: Clive Prince, Lynn Picknett, Sinziana Paduroiu
Physics emerged from metaphysics — and might it end there as well? Join us as we examine the long journey from the first scientists seeking to understand “God’s handiwork” to today’s scientists struggling with the 95% of the Universe that remains beyond reach with today’s instruments.
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– Sci-fi Mythologist
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.