Episodes

Almost Awakened: 062: Moms and Thanksgiving
Almost Awakened: 062: Moms and Thanksgiving

Holidays tend to bring up things within us and for Bill and his wife Amanda, this Thanksgiving was one of those. From Amanda’s emotional awareness of her daughter moving out of state to take the next step in their own lives, To Bill dealing with the one year anniversary of the loss of his mom, to sensing that life moves…

Almost Awakened: 061: Vaccines, Anti-Vaxers, And Covid19
Almost Awakened: 061: Vaccines, Anti-Vaxers, And Covid19

Phizer just announced and two more companies right behind them announced they have arrived at a vaccine for Covid19. These Vaccines are showing a 95% effectiveness. And yet…. somehow 50% of the population has been turned off of seeing such as a positive. 50% of our population is skeptical about receiving these vaccines. Today on the Almost Awakened Podcast we…

Almost Awakened: 060: Schizophrenia And How Hard Life Can Be
Almost Awakened: 060: Schizophrenia And How Hard Life Can Be

Today Bill discusses Mental Illness and specifically Schizophrenia. Bill uses as the back drop his uncle, who was the first case of mental illness he had ever encountered, a close person who Bill was responsible to help who had some showing of such disturbances, and a recent movie, “Words on Bathroom Walls”, he watched that deeply and honestly displayed the…

Almost Awakened: 059: Bill Reel & Glenn Ostlund – The Path to Surrender Part 3
Almost Awakened: 059: Bill Reel & Glenn Ostlund – The Path to Surrender Part 3

Glenn and Bill tackle an audio series created by Michael Singer, author of the untethered soul, and use it as a springboard for their own Almost Awakened conversation. This is part 3 and the final part in this multipart series and the conversation in this part covers the actual process one needs to implement to deal with your internal disturbances,…

Almost Awakened: 058: Bill Reel & Glenn Ostlund – The Path to Surrender Part 2
Almost Awakened: 058: Bill Reel & Glenn Ostlund – The Path to Surrender Part 2

Glenn and Bill tackle an audio series created by Michael Singer, author of the untethered soul, and use it as a springboard for their own Almost Awakened conversation. This is part 2 in a multipart series and the conversation in this part covers ideas such as the baggage we carry with us due to the good and bad experiences that…

Almost Awakened: 057:  Ego VS Another’s Authentic Self
Almost Awakened: 057: Ego VS Another’s Authentic Self

Do you believe everyone gets to show up in the world as their authentic self so long as they don’t cause malicious harm or interfere with another’s authentic self? Yes you say? What if it is your spouse? Your Kid? Your parent? huh… now you you are not so sure. Why? It comes back to Ego and your disrupted insides…

Almost Awakened: 056: Good Kisser and Bowling
Almost Awakened: 056: Good Kisser and Bowling

Today Bill monologues about human development and some of the human behaviors he notices in others. How we move back and forth between doing good by others and shitting on them. How we manipulate in order to calm our own disruptions. How we struggle to let others be them. And how when we tell stories about others we often do…

Almost Awakened: 055: Bill Reel & Glenn Ostlund – The Path to Surrender Part 1
Almost Awakened: 055: Bill Reel & Glenn Ostlund – The Path to Surrender Part 1

Glenn and Bill tackle an audio series created by Michael Singer, author of the untethered soul, and use it as a springboard for their own Almost Awakened conversation. This is part 1 in a multipart series and the conversation in this part covers ideas such as you are not your body, thoughts, or experiences but instead is just the observer…

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…