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Conscious.tv News Winter 2017/18

Dear Friends of conscious.tv

Renate writes:

Hopefully this will find you well and peaceful after Christmas. With the New Year approaching I remember so well a New Year’s eve 11 years ago when we were staying in La Gomera in the Canary Islands catching up with some sunshine. Over a glass Champagne Iain and I were talking about our lives and all the things we would still like to explore and do and it was then that the idea of  conscious.tv was born. It took a year or so to take form but since then it has been a major part of our lives. What a journey it has been for us from that moment of creation to now, we have recorded around 400 programs, nearly all of them interviews by either Iain or myself. We’ve also learned a lot about ourselves on many different levels and it is such a delight for us to know that some of our conscious.tv friends have been through a major part of that journey with us as well. Thank you all for your support and all your messages of gratitude and appreciation during that time. Hearing about your journeys and your Life changing experiences and Awakenings make our Hearts happy and keep us going because as you know conscious.tv is a “labour of love,” there is no business to keep going as such.

You may have realised that we didn’t make any programs for a few months and the reason for that is that Iain had an accident in the Summer while we were hiking in the Dolomite mountains. On a difficult stretch where we had to cross some sheer Rocks he slipped and started rolling down the mountain in front of my horrified eyes gaining more and more speed. I just screamed and screamed, I had never felt so helpless before. He finally stopped at a pile of Rocks and I climbed down to him not knowing if he was alive or maybe had some live changing injuries. I found him in a pool of blood but still conscious. After a time somebody passed by and were able to call the mountain rescue service and two guys carried Iain on a stretcher down to the next hut where an ambulance was waiting. In the Hospital we found out he had a fractured back, broken shoulder and a broken finger. He looked a real mess but all the other injuries were reasonably superficial. He has recovered really well  but it has taken time. I still feel it is a Miracle that he survived that fall.

Three days earlier I was almost hit by lightening on another hike when a flash of lightening suddenly hit the ground 20 metres in front of me. Having said that it was an amazing holiday but conscious.tv needed to take a rest afterwards! Life is a Mystery and the only thing we ever know is that “I AM HERE” in this moment and nothing could ever be other then it is.

We recorded two new programmes a couple of weeks ago but technical gremlins meant that we were only able to broadcast the interview Iain did; I have to redo mine hopefully in the New Year.

So, where will conscious.tv go from here? It is still our intention to record new interviews from time to time but there will be less programmes in the future. When we started all those years ago we were pretty much the first channel doing these kind of interviews. Now there are several, and, also, nearly every teacher has their own Youtube channel with their own programmes. And that’s great because there are so many good interviews out there. When we do conscious.tv interviews in the future we want to try and cover ground that we have not covered before; there isn’t much point in just repeating the same thing. So please let us know if there is somebody you would like us to interview that you feel is different and maybe covers an area that we haven’t covered so far. We do check out all of your recommendations. Any guest does need to be able to get to London as that is  where our interviews are recorded.

BROKEN LINKS
For those of you who watch us on www.conscious.tv our host service Brightcove has gone through some changes which means that some of the old links to programmes don’t work anymore. We are sorry about that but the situation is beyond our control. For those of you who had links in place you can always re-link by going to the programme and using the new code.

BOOKS
Some of you will know that we have in the past released two books which consisted of transcripts of some of our interviews. They were ‘Conversations On Non-Duality’  and ‘Conversations on The Enneagram.’ We will have a third book out around Spring time called, ‘Conversations On Awakening’ which will consist of the transcripts of another 24 programmes. It will be released by White Crow Books as both a paper and an ebook. Watch out for it!

POTENTIAL INTERVIEWEES
We are still interested in your suggestions for potential interviewees. Please bear in mind that we don’t do interviews on SKYPE so the person needs to be available at some point in London in person. They also need to have something original and interesting to say as we don’t want to keep repeating the same subjects.

SKY and FREESAT in the UK
Our programmes are currently being shown between 3am and 5am on Information TV which is Channel No 212 on SKY and 161 on FREESAT. We do realise that this is rather late, but you can always record them to watch at a more civilized time!

NEWSLETTERS
We have two email newsletters. The first is a general Newsletter that we send out every few months (this one) and the second is our 'New Programme News which means you will be notified every time a new programme is available to watch on the channel. Do email us on info@conscious.tv if you would like to be included on either, or both of these.

TRANSCRIPTS OF PROGRAMMES
Many of our programmes have been transcribed and you can view the transcripts. This is an on-going process and is done on a volunteer basis. We are very grateful to those of you who have helped already with this project. We would like to increase the number of transcripts available. Do you think you may be able to help? If so, then please email: info@conscious.tv

TWITTER and FACEBOOK
You can find us on Facebook and Twitter where we post updates for the new programmes:

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You can join our Facebook open group where you can share related posts and connect with other viewers

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HELP SPREAD THE WORD!
If you enjoy watching conscious.tv and can think of others who may also appreciate the programmes then do please send them a copy of this newsletter so they too can discover our interviews.

We wish you all a very “Happy New Year!”

Renate and Iain

www.conscious.tv
info@conscious.tv

PROGRAMMES RECORDED SINCE OUR LAST NEWSLETTER.

Consciousness - Transformations (loaded 20 December 2017)

» Christopher J. Smith - 'Discovering My Secret Self' - Interview by Iain McNay

Christopher J. Smith - 'Discovering My Secret Self' - Interview by Iain McNay Author of 'The Secret Self - A Practical Guide to Spiritual Awakening and Inner Freedom.' From an early age Chris had a sense that society didn't feel right and felt strange how people believed and identified with things which were not real. As a child he had subtle experiences of 'no identity.' He left school and joined the army where he learnt the true meaning of conditioning, he felt it was like a prison within a prison. A Corporal said to him. 'we want to break you down and rebuild you as we want you.' After leaving he started to have paranormal experiences and then his first real breakthrough occurred when he was 21 after being hospitalised with food poisoning. It looked like he wasn't going to recover so he completely let go of the struggle and allowing death to happen and then a great sense of peace, calm and clarity came which allowed his mind began to rest for the first time. Life was up and down for a time until he found the following online: 'As you look at a tree, see the tree and not the thoughts about the tree. When you look at it observe the shape, colour and presence of it without thinking about the shape, colour and presence of it. Just look quietly and then you will see the reality of this thing called the 'tree', as you will see the reality of any object'. Contemplating on this shifted him into an experience of complete oneness with the tree and everything else; any filter dropped away. There was no longer a watching or watched, just one in the same. 'I could not say what was me and what was not me. It was like floating in an ocean.'
 

Consciousness - Transformations (loaded 14 July 2017)

» Arthur Brown 'Part 3 - 'The Core Of Stillness' - Interview by Iain McNay

Arthur Brown 'Part 3 - 'The Core Of Stillness' - Interview by Iain McNay Arthur has recorded many albums over a 50 year period and is best known for his No 1 Worldwide hit 'Fire.' He has been a major influence on many successful artists including Alice Cooper, Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne, Peter Gabriel, Iggy Pop and the New York Dolls. His music has always been driven by his spiritual realisations. In Part 3 Arthur talks about his time spent studying and teaching the Beshara tradition. He then moved to Austin, Texas where he forged links with Gurdjieff groups while running a painting and decorating business with the Mothers of Invention drummer, Jimmy Carl Black. He tells an amusing story about being with Da Free John and talks about three people that had significant influence on this spiritual development, Mooji, Satyananda and Ganga. He formed a 'Healing Songs Therapy' group with counsellor Jim Maxwell where a song was created for each of their clients to help them heal. He toured with Robert Plant and in 2013 recorded an album 'based on the Cosmos' called 'Zim Zam Zim.' His spiritual journey was always in the foreground, 'Who Am I? Not my body, Not my thoughts. My mind is at peace. I can bear without the slightest restlessness all manifestations - all thoughts and images that arise - both pleasant and painful. Suddenly I know that this awareness of all and everything is itself a limitation. Subjects, object and consciousness are one and the same'
 

Non Duality - Awakenings (loaded 29 June 2017)

» Loch Kelly - 'Falling Into Awake Awareness' - Interview by Iain McNay

Loch Kelly - 'Falling Into Awake Awareness' - Interview by Iain McNay Author of 'Shift Into Freedom.' Loch was a keen sportsman when young. After one ice hockey game when he played in goal and made several amazing saves someone asked him how he did it. He explained, 'time slows down, I feel open and connected, I get really quiet inside and it seems it is strangely quiet on the outside too.' Someone gave him the 'Zen and the Art of Archery' book and he realised that others had had this experience too. At times he could feel exactly what was going on but wasn't thinking. He then started to investigate meditation. And then one night when walking home from college and feeling an overwhelming grief as a result of some recent losses his thoughts quietened, his heart broke open and the weight of despair lifted. He looked up at the stars and noticed that his usual sense of self had gone, yet he felt fully embodied and alive. A new process had begun. Experience showed him that consciousness can shift intelligently but he didn't know yet how to shift it intentionally. He went to Sri Lanka where he did long retreats and then India where he saw the Dalia Lama who recommended he study with Tulka Rinpoche where he learnt Awake Awareness. Over the next few years he embodied this teaching. He worked for many years with people in homeless shelters in NY and sees his life as a continual series of shifts. 'There is no end to the mystery of Life - most of it is beyond human understanding'
 

Consciousness - Transformations (loaded 23 June 2017)

» Arthur Brown 'Part 1 - The God Of Hellfire' - Interview by Iain McNay

Arthur Brown 'Part 1 - The God Of Hellfire' - Interview by Iain McNay Arthur has recorded many albums over a 50 year period and is best known for his No 1 Worldwide hit 'Fire.' He has been a major influence on many successful artists including Alice Cooper, Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne, Peter Gabriel, Iggy Pop and the New York Dolls. His music has always been driven by his spiritual realisations, 'So many times I have come away from a gig, head full of stars, ears full of hissing, my throat sore with cinders. My body tired but my heart satisfied with song. What I lived I lived in the moment of performing. I didn't know how to receive the applause, that was not what I was there for, it was the moment when I was not there... my voice was singing but I was in bliss.' From an early age he roamed the hills near where he lived singing, talking in rhyme and making up poetry. His spiritual path led him to practice TM; Shivapuir Baba's 'decision exercise;' spend time living in a Gurdjieff community with JG Bennett and visiting Israel and singing for injured soldiers of both sides, as well as many other adventures. During this time he had many realisations: ''suddenly I was consciousness listening to me. I heard the beginning of everything, it sounded like a huge bell. Just before that I heard voices, sounding like Ohm. I knew that everyone heard it differently and that on different levels of consciousness the sound was different. I had in this meditation entered into the bliss body. It had in the contemplation of the sound become apparent that the bliss body was the balance of yin and yang. The movement of these two, from the original hum sound produced all subsequent sounds.'
 

Consciousness - Transformations (loaded 23 June 2017)

» Arthur Brown 'Part 2 - The Outer And The Inner become One' - Interview by Iain McNay

Arthur Brown 'Part 2 - The Outer And The Inner become One' - Interview by Iain McNay Arthur has recorded many albums over a 50 year period and is best known for his No 1 Worldwide hit 'Fire.' He has been a major influence on many successful artists including Alice Cooper, Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne, Peter Gabriel, Iggy Pop and the New York Dolls. His music has always been driven by his spiritual realisations, 'So many times I have come away from a gig, head full of stars, ears full of hissing, my throat sore with cinders. My body tired but my heart satisfied with song. What I lived I lived in the moment of performing. I didn't know how to receive the applause, that was not what I was there for, it was the moment when I was not there... my voice was singing but I was in bliss.' From an early age he roamed the hills near where he lived singing, talking in rhyme and making up poetry. His spiritual path led him to practice TM; Shivapuir Baba's 'decision exercise;' spend time living in a Gurdjieff community with JG Bennett and visiting Israel and singing for injured soldiers of both sides, as well as many other adventures. During this time he had many realisations: ''suddenly I was consciousness listening to me. I heard the beginning of everything, it sounded like a huge bell. Just before that I heard voices, sounding like Ohm. I knew that everyone heard it differently and that on different levels of consciousness the sound was different. I had in this meditation entered into the bliss body. It had in the contemplation of the sound become apparent that the bliss body was the balance of yin and yang. The movement of these two, from the original hum sound produced all subsequent sounds.'
 

Consciousness - Transformations (loaded 16 June 2017)

» Jon Bernie- ''Ordinary Freedom' - Interview by Iain McNay

Jon Bernie- ''Ordinary Freedom' - Interview by Iain McNay Author of 'Ordinary Freedom' and 'The Unbelievable Happiness Of What Is.' When he was 4 years old Jon looking up at the stars and asked "what is going on here? Where are we? What is this?" At 6 he started to learn the violin and practiced 2 to 4 hours a day. At 16 he decided to sit in a chair indefinitely to see if he could find what he was looking for. 'Suddenly there was no more room, and there was no more me. It was like I had merged into the sun - like I had become the sun. It was like a kind of universal orgasm, as if every cell in my body had had its own nuclear explosion.' Later he became a monk meditating for 8 hours a day. After leaving the monastery he met Jean Klein who he describes as his 'root guru.' He also spent time with Robert Adams and Adyashanti. 'There was a deep letting go that I realized I had been waiting for a long, long time, and now here it was. In the past there had always been some remaining fear that kept me from fully letting go, but now it was time, and finally I just let it happen - was like a complete annihilation - would later refer to this experience as the end of fear.'
 

Consciousness - Other (loaded 21 April 2017)

» Jürgen Ziewe - 'Vistas Of Infinity' - Interview by Renate McNay

Jürgen Ziewe - ‘The Ten Minute Moment' - Interview by Iain McNay Author of 'The Ten Minute Moment,' 'Multi-Dimensional Man,' and 'Vistas of Infinity.' Jürgen started to meditate at an early age and at one point suddenly discovered himself out of his body. At first he didn't realise what had happened but found confirmation in the books of Carlos Casteneda. He found that there is a wormhole right in the centre of our brains which can catapult us into a parallel world. In this interview he talks us through his many dramatic adventures over 40 years into higher dimensional realities from the darkest places to the most illuminated regions of cosmic Consciousness and realms. He also found out what happens to us after death. He says: "The moment we leave our physical body behind our unconscious becomes our new external walking reality." "Every day I wake up it is the first day of an infinite future."
 

Consciousness - Transformations (loaded 13 April 2017)

» Jürgen Ziewe - ‘The Ten Minute Moment' - Interview by Iain McNay

Jürgen Ziewe - ‘The Ten Minute Moment' - Interview by Iain McNay Author of 'The Ten Minute Moment,' 'Multi-Dimensional Man,' and 'Vistas of Infinity.' After 40 years of meditation which had gradually taken him to deeper and deeper places Jürgen went on a 7 day personal retreat in as remote cabin in Scotland. He meditated most of the day and experienced a profound awakening. 'After a meditation I slowly opened my eyes and sized up my surroundings - my body had become part of the furniture. I could still perceive the external world through my eyes but my body had turned into a shell - a cardboard cutout - reality was being stripped away before my eyes. I could no longer be sure of what was happening - it was beyond and outside anything I had come to know. The stillness was too vast in its scope to be grasped. There was no reality as I knew it. The thing is it has always been different but I hadn't noticed. It was reality stripped of any familiarity. I could almost not bear it. For a moment I wanted to go back. In an instant I recognised that I was just a thought; an imagination without no substance. This was the death of all deaths. I had arrived at zero point. I was about to be surrendered and reabsorbed into the source. One more step and there would be no return - I was staring into the merciless face of God.' He also talks us through his life, how he refused to accept that the 5 senses was all there is to reality and how that led to a life long quest to find out who or what this consciousness was conscious of.
 

Non Duality - Traditions (loaded 27 March 2017)

» Paul Harris - 'Postcards From Beyond' - Interview by Iain McNay

Paul Harris - 'Postcards From Beyond' - Interview by Iain McNay Paul suffered from depression and was full of fear and self-doubt when he was younger. His saviour at that time was Indie music and his guitar. He then spent time in India and at one time just 'gave up.' 'The release was truly remarkable. It was like I was freed from my body completely. From the root of my being all the way above my head I just opened up completely. I was no longer 'Paul' or even human.' But his depression came back again in time and he was again miserable and unfulfilled. He found the Aukana Buddhist Monastery in Wiltshire in the UK and moved in for full time training. He meditated for 4 or 5 hours a day and developing mindfulness. For 9 years he pretty much lived on an acre of land. He now leads the monastery. 'I teach the way I have travelled so I know it works. The enlightened mind does not crave for life to be different.'
 

Non Duality - Traditions (loaded 21 February 2017)

» Sheikh Burhanuddin - 'The Journey Of A Modern Sufi Mystic'' - Interview by Iain McNay

Cynthia Bourgeault - 'Seeing With The Eyes Of The Heart' - Interview by Renate McNay Sheikh Burhanuddin talks about his fascinating journey and experiences along his way to become a Sheikh under the guidance of his master, Sheikh Nazim. From an early age when he was very drawn to be in nature he soon committed his life to finding a master who could guide him on his path. His spent time on different 'seclusions' which were very influential and helpful him with many realizations. He also had a session with spiritual healer Stephen Turoff which triggered a very deep state which lasted for nearly 3 years. He goes on to explain the Uwaysi System which is now an integral part of his teaching.
 

Non Duality - Awakenings (loaded 14 February 2017)

» Paul Morgan-Somers - Paul disappears into the ocean (and Messi is God!) - Interview by Iain McNay

Paul disappears into the ocean (and Messi is God!) - Interview by Iain McNay Something happened out of the blue to Paul when he was 15 playing football which was his passion. (he was signed as an apprentice to Cardiff City FC and wanted to become a professional footballer.) He had a strong sense to sit quietly and was overwhelming by a deep brilliant sense of beauty and peace. This went on for 18 months. He felt his sense of free will and choice was dropping away and that he was 'losing the story of Paul.' Life was becoming like a boundless football game. He felt like a kid on beach playing in an ocean of energy with no control over his experiences. He went on to stay in a monastery for 5 years and then lived as a hermit for a year in a caravan. He later married and had two children and now travels and talks with people. He says, 'My character just fell into the ocean.'
 

 NEW TRANSCRIPTS SINCE OUR LAST NEWSLETTER:

Peter Russell 'The Great Awakening' Interview by Iain McNay

Scott Kiloby - 'The End Of The Spiritual Search' - Interview by Iain McNay

Martyn Wilson 'The State Of No Thought' - Interview by Iain McNay

Kristiina Helin - 'Seeing is seeing itself' An interview by Renate McNay

Jürgen Ziewe - 'Vistas Of Infinity' Interview by Renate McNay

Loch Kelly 'Falling Into Awake Awareness' Interview by Iain McNay

John Butler 'Discovering Stillness - Part 2' Interview by Iain McNay

Bart Marshall ‘Only This Emptiness’ Interview by Iain McNay

Miek Pot - 'Into The Great Silence' Interview by Renate McNay

Daan Van Kampenhout - 'Shamanic Rituals' Interview by Renate McNay

Theodore Usatynski - 'Instinctual Intelligence Parts 1 and 2' Interviews by Iain McNay and Renate McNay

Paul Harris 'Postcards from Beyond' Interview by Iain McNay

Sheikh Burhanuddin - 'The Journey Of A Modern Sufi Mystic' Interview by Iain McNay

Marlies Cocheret and Ellen Emmet - 'The Feminine Face of God' Interview by Renate McNay

Paul Morgan-Somers – 'Paul Disappears into the Ocean (and Messi is God!)'  Interview by Iain McNay

John Butler ‘Discovery Stillness – Part 1’ Interview by Iain McNay

Stephen Fulder 'Awakening Arrives by Itself' Interview by Iain McNay

Ginger Gilmour and Mick Collins 'Matters Of The Heart' Moderated by Renate and Iain McNay

Anne Geraghty 'Death, The Last God' Interview by Iain McNay

Mick Collins 'My Crisis and Transformation' Interview by Iain McNay

Mary Reed 'The Journey Of An Unwitting Mystic' Interview by Iain McNay

Billy Doyle 'The Mirage Of Separation' Interview by Renate McNay

 

 

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