Monday, 18 November 2013

An interview with Susanne Marie

Here is what Susanne has shared with us that we would like to share with our viewers...

"I feel that finding one's way home in this culture, and within the collective unconscious, to be challenging for anyone. Doing this while also having a family is not an easy one, as it often takes in the beginning a withdrawal from all outward and inward manifested beliefs. 

For me, everything that I have believed in over time, is returning back into the heart, into what breathed life into it. Everything gets to be examined, and over time things begin to be seen simply as they are, resulting in a sobering up to reality as it is. Once seen, then the process of embodiment, knowing that everything is part of the whole, every feeling, thought, as well as all outward manifestation, takes place within the context of raising children, meeting their needs, loving them and meeting their soul essence. Embodiment in my mind is never ending, and lasts (at least), until the last breath. Inherent in the willingness to meet myself continuously, I am also meeting these innocent beings day to day, in a natural way, which continually reveals where I am still holding resistance to letting things be as they are. 

Over the years, I have looked at many (both my own, and the collective), inherited cultural beliefs of what children should learn and how they should be raised. These beliefs are often examined alongside of my own letting go of what are my conditioned beliefs. It is an interesting experience to have simultaneously, hand in hand, both the dismantling of self-conditioned structures occur while your child is building up theirs, all the while seeing the naturalness and innocence of the emergence of a sense of an 'I' developing and knowing for oneself that that does not mean that one is in truth, separate. 

I have learned to accept my children's inheritance into the collective consciousness and unconsciousness, all the while knowing that in truth, we are all free. This is not always easy, and the nitty gritty of daily life continually reveals new uncharted territory forever creating fresh opportunities to meet each moment with love and acceptance. It is a curious and fascinating thing to be raising one's own children, holding and midwifing their own personal journey into the world with acceptance, all the while within oneself the outward cycle of becoming is in a cycle of returning home. 

The capacity of consciousness is seen to be able to hold both (the paradox of duality), as true, at once. This is a beautiful embrace, making nothing wrong. Seeing through illusion liberates all, as it is seen that in truth no one is lost, everything in the end returns home. Within this trust, raising these beautiful beings, and trusting in the inherent intelligence of life itself, seeing that even making mistakes are ok, all of it, somehow, being ok. The fumbling of life learning about itself is a beautiful thing. Understanding this has opened my eyes and heart to all of life being simply o.k as it is, even when there is the feeling at times that it isn't. I find a growing ability to be able to say yes to it all, and the yes comes from deep within myself, from a place of total allowance. That is my experience of Mothering, and it is my experience of now being in the world. In its larger embrace, one gets to see first hand how Mother Earth holds us, and all of her children as herself."

Susanne Marie 

On November 19th, Susanne came in to CTV's London studios for an interview with Renate. 

To view the complete interview, please click here

Saturday, 16 November 2013

An interview with Charlie Morley
by Renate McNay

Charlie Morley is a teacher of Mindfulness of Dream & Sleep: the holistic approach to lucid dreaming within the context of mindfulness meditation and Tibetan Buddhism. 

His first book, "Dreams of Awakening: Lucid Dreaming and Mindfulness of Dream & Sleep" is just out. "Through learning how to sleep mindfully and dream lucidly we can begin to wake up in our daily lives as well as our dream and sleep as we become more lucidly aware and mindfully enter onto a path of both spiritual and psychological awakening."
In 2008 Charlie became one of the first Westerners officially "authorized to teach" lucid dreaming within the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. This allows him the rare ability to synthesize both Western and Eastern perspectives on lucidity.

On November 19th, Charlie came to Conscious TV studios for an interview with Renate. To view the complete interview, you are welcome to click here

Thursday, 14 November 2013

How to grow on a spiritual path with the Enneagram
an interview with Tom Condon

Tom has kindly shared an excerpt of his book 'The Dynamic Enneagram' with Conscious TV that we are thrilled to share with our viewers on today's blog post 

" The Enneagram is a map, a map of maps of reality. It presents a psychology of the inner outlook, describing nine personality styles and their central points of view. As such, the Enneagram maps out nine versions of reality that people favor, nine ways the human unconscious creates and organizes subjective experience.

The Enneagram is a clear, exceptionally accessible version of what’s called “ego psychology” and the part of us that sees the world as flat is otherwise known as our ego. Most of us have an intuitive, seat-of-the pants sense of our ego though we may not realize its exact nature or depth of influence on our behavior. We also may not know that our individual ego is similar to others, that there are species of ego. The Enneagram describes its nine different egos in a penetrating way, detailing the inner life, thought patterns and basic beliefs of each one. No style is considered as better than another, and each has a range of healthy and unhealthy potentials – strengths, gifts and advantages as well as limits, pitfalls and blind spots.

Although each Enneagram style has a distinct inner logic and worldview, all are designed to fulfill the same set of basic psychological needs. Your ego governs your map of reality, your sense of identity as well as your core motivations, values and defenses. It controls a tight-knit cluster of guiding assumptions, offering you both a general sense of direction and immediate ways to proceed.

An Enneagram style is a lot like a nationality. Both define you, and yet within them you’re an individual. Both are deeply unconscious and shape your perceptions in involuntary ways. Both your nationality and your Enneagram style are simultaneously deep and yet shallow, parts of you that are apart from you at the same time.

While the Enneagram describes the sameness of people, each person is unique. You have a constellation of qualities that are particular to your makeup – a personal history, an emotional temperament, a genetic heritage and a soul. Your Enneagram style is only part of the picture, yet, in another way, it’s the key to everything. Through your ego’s inner outlook, you accurately perceive a slice of reality – what author Richard Rohr has called “one-ninth of the truth.” To some extent, each of us then mistakes our fraction of the world for the whole and gets stuck in a fixed point of view. In the bargain, we accidentally delete the other “eight-ninths” of reality and this omission lays the groundwork for our difficulties. Once on a boat I noticed a little girl turning pale with fright as the boat’s engines revved for departure. “What’s wrong?” her mother asked. The child anxiously replied, “Are we going to get smaller and smaller and then disappear?” Every boat she had ever watched from the shore had done that. Our limited personal focus means that we are very good at some things but weak at others, like someone on crutches who develops strong arms. While we excel at what we already know, our other potentials may lie distant and buried. The Enneagram maps out our strengths even as it points to the worlds upon worlds of experience that we are missing."

The Dynamic Enneagram by Tom Condon 

On Nov. 19th, Tom came to CTV's London studios for an interview with Iain McNay and Eleonora Gilbert.

To view Iain's complete interview with Tom, please click here 

To view Eleonora's complete interview with Tom, please click here