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Mind Shift: Evolving Enlightenment (October 2013)

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Are we entering into a new era where our thoughts can truly control reality? The answer is complicated, as much of our reality has already been created and human beings are complex beings. With advances in neuroscience being integrated with esoteric traditions, we may indeed be creating a time where our minds do create our reality. Daniel Pinchbeck talks with two scholars of esoteric traditions on the nature of evolving enlightenment.

Jay Michaelson examines the role of mindfulness and dharma in one’s search for enlightenment. While mindfulness is commonly held as key to improving mental and physical health, it can also be used to stunt spiritual evolution. Then, Richard Smoley, who has studied many esoteric traditions, offers various world-views on the nature of reality. Together, they discuss a range of topics from evolutionary spirituality in devotional religions, end of the world prophecy and the future of esoteric traditions in this interview originally webcast October 1, 2013.

Daniel Pinchbeck
Jay Michaelson, Richard Smoley
Michael Canzoniero


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thatcrazytoaster, posted on October 13, 2016

a huge amount of reality has already 'been created for us' as you say because we are UNAWARE of our potential and UNAWARE of how we are being manipulated by those that know this. And we are continually being dumbed down to stay under that control and it doesn't have to be this way. This is unnatural. It is a violation of natural laws.

yecidortega, posted on December 30, 2013

Again, I am new to Gaiam TV and I think I like it already. I do have 2 questions:

1. Why not inviting any women who are experts in these issues in order to have the women's point of view? ( I guess you will do so in future shows).
2. Are people from the public allowed to ask questions? ( after the show).

chrisitna shekoski, posted on November 17, 2013

Richard Smoley was great in this interview. I would love to hear him talk for about 1hr show. He has studied, experienced and would love to hear his wisdom
Chrisitna Shekoski

jj.cornett, posted on November 3, 2013

Would love to see Charles Eisenstein on the show to have conversation of how we might see a mind shift with our current economic structure.

jeff04, posted on October 29, 2013

This episode was great. Daniel, thank for getting guests who explore these ideas without claiming to know the TRUTH. This is how spirituality should be explored - with an open mind and a discussion of possibility. Dogma and rigid structure (attached to spiritual teaching) is what turns otherwise open minded and smart people towards atheism.

rawk, posted on October 13, 2013

Really enjoyed this Episode, tighter and better flow than the first, the guests were great choices and it left me wanting more- I'll be sure to keep my eyes peeled for their works.

Tammeearneson, posted on October 7, 2013

Interesting subject matter! Intelligent and well prepared host ( great comments/questions asked). Because the subject matter is dense, I think it would be nice to inject a smile and lighten up a wee-bit...add some dry humor....it should be fun to learn and talk with others! Also, I would like to say, I found it very uncomfortable to watch the interviews because of the stage/seating and talking sideways to one another. It felt to me as if it made the people being interviewed uncomfortable too.

AshmoreMY, posted on October 2, 2013

I loved the format of the show - the speakers/interviews were so interesting and I learned a lot from their knowledge (e.g. theosophy, although I was familiar I learned a lot more) and their thoughts/insight. It was the "intellectual gobbledygook" that appealed to me (....since I need to understand - or try to at least frame things - intellectually before I can fully integrate on other levels)....my vote would be keep this same format! I also liked that the pace was fairly quick - the hour flew by and yet I felt like it touched on some really key areas without being rushed.

JonasK90, posted on October 2, 2013

The concept of the show, the personalities and the themes that you have adressed in the two episodes so far, are inspirational an full of potential! I just think that it would be wise to draw some inspiration from some of the other shows here on Gaiam, like Open Minds and Beyond Belief, regarding the process and style of the interview itself. There is an essential need for some positive energy, flow and intriguing questioning to peak the fascination of the viewer.

Love, peace & street credit
Jonas ;)

SKANYUH, posted on October 2, 2013


floydan, posted on October 1, 2013

The subject matter is interesting. But the format, in short, is a lot of intellectual gobbledygook.
If you could keep the terminology to under 5 syllables maybe you could get to an actual thought by the end of the sentence.

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