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Almost Awakened: 054: Glenn Ostlund – Bathing With God
Almost Awakened: 054: Glenn Ostlund – Bathing With God

Today I sit down with my friend Glenn Ostlund author of the book “Bathing with God“. Glenn and I both were deep believers in a specific religion. Then we both grew disenchanted with said religion. We deconstructed that religion and deconstructed other systems seemingly walked away from God and religion…. only to, unknown from each other, be on our own…

Almost Awakened: 053: Phil McLemore – Wisdom  Conversation
Almost Awakened: 053: Phil McLemore – Wisdom Conversation

Bill and Phil McLemore sit down and have a conversation around wisdom teachings such as meditation, awareness, being present, ego, the Yoga of Christ, mind chatter, myth, evolution, free will, and death. What an amazing conversation Phil helps us create. RESOURCES: https://www.sunstonemagazine.com/pdf/146-30-45.pdf https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/the-kriya-yoga/yoga-and-christ-ukiYPp7E9zG/ https://www.thymindoman.com/the-next-chapter-of-thymindoman-com-living-in-the-gift/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/meditatewithphil/ http://csa-davis.org/sites/?q=node/455

Almost Awakened: 052: Alan Watts – The Illusion of Money, Time, And Ego
Almost Awakened: 052: Alan Watts – The Illusion of Money, Time, And Ego

Today Bill dissects a 10 minute audio clip of Alan Watts. The video can be watched HERE and it is recommended you watch the video first before listening to the commentary. The truths being shared here are crucial to the awakened life. Learning to quiet your mind chatter. Learning to see the constructs of your life as something other than…

Almost Awakened: 051: Tribal Trauma
Almost Awakened: 051: Tribal Trauma

Today Bill dives into tribalism. Why do we humans choose to be in tribes? What are the benefits and drawbacks of tribalism? What makes us humans unique and what facets of tribalism have we humans taken advantage of and at what expense? Where did tribalism come from? Can we cling to the benefits while minimizing and eliminating the drawbacks? All…

Almost Awakened: 050: Life in Prison
Almost Awakened: 050: Life in Prison

Today I sit down with a friend who spent roughly a year in prison. What is prison life like? How does an Almost Awakened person perceive and negotiate their time and thoughts and behavior and what observations are made about the system and people around them? RESOURCES: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/gabrielsanchez/sara-bennett-looking-inside-women-prison-incarceration https://www.themarshallproject.org/2018/07/12/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-prisoner

Almost Awakened: 049: Accepting Your Humanity
Almost Awakened: 049: Accepting Your Humanity

Today on the Almost Awakened Podcast we talk about how we judge ourselves and judge others and our behaviors as good or bad. But there is a challenge to step back and to see others in their humanity. To comprehend the trauma that is handed down to each one of us and to sit with what that says about us…

Almost Awakened: 048: Narratives, Story, Tangents, and Cost
Almost Awakened: 048: Narratives, Story, Tangents, and Cost

Today Bill talks about 4 observations about human behavior 1.) That we need to be protectors of others Stories rather than one who hijacks the narratives of others. 2.) That we need to work on being present and not getting lost in the mind chatter that can overwhelm us and prevent us from showing up for others. 3.) That we…

Almost Awakened: 047: Showing Up And The Pain That It Causes
Almost Awakened: 047: Showing Up And The Pain That It Causes

Today we talk about the move from fitting in to showing up as your authentic self. We often show up in the world the way the world needs us to which has us withholding important parts of ourselves that feel unacceptable. We pretend to be things we are not. And yet as the awakening process occurs we feel pulled to…

Almost Awakened: 046: Abortion and Critical Thinking
Almost Awakened: 046: Abortion and Critical Thinking

Today I examine the issue of abortion. Not to decide the right or wrong of the issue but as a way to see into how we can think critically about a conversation where we are passionate and often not thinking as rationally. Abortion is a topic that often has us arguing from emotional passion and which runs so close to…

Almost Awakened: 045: Adam & Eve And Conscious Altering Tools
Almost Awakened: 045: Adam & Eve And Conscious Altering Tools

In this episode we piggy back on last weeks episode on myth and help the Almost Awakened listener deconstruct one of our judeo/ christian myths… namely the Adam & Eve story around the Fall. We talk about what Adam and Eve could represent and more importantly what the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil could imply…

Almost Awakened: 044: Myth Is All Around Us
Almost Awakened: 044: Myth Is All Around Us

Today we dip our toes into MYTH and how pervasive it is in our cultural and social structures. Any time we label or tell a story about the way things are and what they mean we are likely in the sphere of myth. Money, relationships, nationality and patriotism, family history, who people are…. all myth. Some myths are just inside…

Almost Awakened: 043: Mirror, Validate, and Have Empathy
Almost Awakened: 043: Mirror, Validate, and Have Empathy

Today we dive into how to handle conflict differently. The conversation centers around what is needed to help people get out of lizard brain and to help another to feel heard creating the space needed to keep a conflict from devolving. The conversation helps us understand how fear affected us hundreds of thousands of years ago and how we evolved…

Almost Awakened: 042: George Floyd & Systemic Racism
Almost Awakened: 042: George Floyd & Systemic Racism

Mekael and Bill utilize this episode to discuss the this George Floyd moment. His death, the protests and riots, the systemic racism in this country, the police abuse, and most importantly the ethnocentricity and tribalism that all these abuses and inequalities are rooted in. RESOURCES: https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/fall-2018/what-is-white-privilege-really https://www.cpt.org/files/Undoing%20Racism%20-%20Understanding%20White%20Privilege%20-%20Kendall.pdf https://nationalseedproject.org/Key-SEED-Texts/white-privilege-unpacking-the-invisible-knapsack https://au.reachout.com/articles/standing-up-to-racism https://www.opportunityagenda.org/explore/resources-publications/lessons-talking-about-race-racism-and-racial-justice https://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/people/how-to-deal-with-racist-people http://www.oprah.com/inspiration/7-ways-to-stand-up-to-racism_1 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/23/podcasts/1619-podcast.html https://www.npr.org/programs/ted-radio-hour/707189471/confronting-racism https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tR6mKcBbT4 https://www.cbsnews.com/video/mlk-a-riot-is-the-language-of-the-unheard/ https://www.lowellmilkencenter.org/newsroom/videos/view/jane-elliott-brown-eyes-blue-eyes https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/06/10/loving-day-june-12-marks-supreme-court-interracial-marriage-decision/5326018002/ https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/amzn1.dv.gti.9ab792c9-d158-dbcc-452d-232a8e14f6a0?autoplay=1&ref_=atv_cf_strg_wb

Almost Awakened: 041: The Cannabis Industry with Brad Poulos
Almost Awakened: 041: The Cannabis Industry with Brad Poulos

We sit down with Brad Poulos and discuss Cannabis AKA Marijuana. We discuss Cannabis generally and get into what issues are on the forefront of the Cannabis Industry. RESOURCES:https://bradpoulos.com/https://ca.linkedin.com/in/bradpouloshttps://www.axsource.com/welcome-brad-poulos-our-cannabis-expert/https://ocannabiz.com/archives/speakers/bradley-poulos

Almost Awakened: 040: How a Pawn Shop Works
Almost Awakened: 040: How a Pawn Shop Works

Mekael Interviews Bill today about his career as a pawnbroker. How does a Pawn Shop Work? How do you know if something is stolen? What are the coolest things that have come through the shop? What skills are helpful to be a good pawnbroker? All this and more on today episode on the Almost Awakened Podcast.