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Gin & Tantra

Gin & Tantra

By Daniel Domoleczny And Eric Baker
Spirituality with a twist! This podcast is dedicated to the real-world applications and exploration of various Spiritual and philosophical texts, ideas and practices. We aim to help illuminate the potential for self development and awareness in today's society. Eastern ideas, Western application, neat!
Connect with us @ ginandTantra@gmail.com
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Passionate Curiosity
We discuss the role of society and sexuality, trauma and openness, the Kabbalist Bread of Shame, Jiminy Cricket, The fine line between innocence and naiveté, the role of spirituality in love and sexuality, sexually charged places and experiencing curiosity as a passion for experience.
01:18:12
May 10, 2022
A Story of Transcendance w/Lady India
In this episode we converse with Chicago based artist and healer Lady India.  We discuss many aspects of her life including growing up in a haunted house in Hinsdale Illinois, Mirror gazing and memories of being in the womb.  We get into details of her life that aided her in building toughness and how she learned to use art as a friend.  Lady India also bravely discusses an abusive relationship, the threats of death and isolation and how she broke this cycle and learned to trust again.
01:30:24
May 04, 2022
Becoming the Pathfinder w/Keith Brewer #2
In this episode we continue our conversation with Keith Brewer as we dive further into his story and discuss learning through living, teaching self-defense, stripping the business from religion, finding authenticity and becoming the Monk without the Funk! A little on Keith...  as a child, several doctors told him that a congenital spinal and shoulder misalignment was going to have him in a wheelchair by the age of 13.  He was determined to prove them wrong and eventually stumbled on something called qigong,, and practiced it diligently.  QiGong is a meditational self-healing art from Ancient China.  Many years later, not only is Keith mobile and healthy, but is also an expert fighter and martial arts instructor. His passion today is teaching people how they can remain independent and healthy in addition to becoming stronger and more fit than they ever thought possible. He uses proven Eastern methods and the latest Western science to show his clients how to trigger their body’s innate healing ability so they can live a longer, more fulfilling life. Keith is a Level III Advanced Instructor certified by the American Tai Chi And Qigong Association and is currently deepening his knowledge of East Asian medicine. https://monkwithoutthefunk.com/
52:43
April 21, 2022
The Monk Without The Funk w/Keith Brewer #1
In this episode we have on Keith Brewer and discuss some of the many influential experiences in this life from childhood Bible meditations, to contemplating what it is to be an empty vessel and listening to the voice of Spirit as he ventured into the woods night after night as a young child.  We discuss tapping into one's natural store of knowledge and Keith's out of body experiences.  A little on Keith...  as a child, several doctors told him that a congenital spinal and shoulder misalignment was going to have him in a wheelchair by the age of 13.  He was determined to prove them wrong and eventually stumbled on something called qigong,, and practiced it diligently.  QiGong is a meditational self-healing art from Ancient China.  Many years later, not only is Keith mobile and healthy, but is also an expert fighter and martial arts instructor. His passion today is teaching people how they can remain independent and healthy in addition to becoming stronger and more fit than they ever thought possible. He uses proven Eastern methods and the latest Western science to show his clients how to trigger their body’s innate healing ability so they can live a longer, more fulfilling life. Keith is a Level III Advanced Instructor certified by the American Tai Chi And Qigong Association and is currently deepening his knowledge of East Asian medicine. https://monkwithoutthefunk.com/
01:08:23
April 17, 2022
Dissecting Stress
In this episode we begin our dive into Dukkha, or what can be referred to as stress, suffering, unhappiness and the like.  We try and re-frame suffering and discuss the three types of suffering that is taught in Buddhism.  We take a quick peek at Jordan Peterson in the process and talk about Warrior Martyrdom.
01:01:03
April 04, 2022
Karma Explained (pt. 2)
We continue our breakdown of karma in this episode.  We discuss the effects of negative emotions, positive and negative forces on one's Karmic tendencies, insight and intention, rules, freedom and the potential corruption of one's environment on a local level. 
51:03
March 31, 2022
Introduction to Karma
In this episode we begin to dive into the idea and philosophy of Karma.  We highlight paying things forward, cause and effect, Non-linear causality and more.  I enjoyed this discussion as I do all of our discussions and I hope you will as well. 
30:13
March 27, 2022
Personal Growth & Relationships
In this episode we continue our conversation on the Gnostic idea of different levels of being but we take a more relational approach and highlight the potential changes to one's relationships as they begin to experience shifts in their viewpoints and outlook on the world. 
01:00:49
March 21, 2022
Zen And The Art Of Overcoming Overwork?
Hey  Fellow GNTers! So, this is first of My Solo “Shot Of Spirit,” shorter episodes where Daniel and I get to share a little bit more about aspects  of Spirituality With A Twist.🍸  In this one, I do a “guide-through” of Zen Master Hakuin’s Meditations  for “Taxation”—Basically Just Being Over-Worked!—and Who Couldn’t Use That? Because who isn’t overworked in this Modern World? . . . Trick Question: No One! So, it is a meditation for Health and Longevity, but also for Psycho-Spiritual Understanding. Hakuin says it can even help you solve all those Crazy Zen Riddles those Zen Masters are always talking about . . . Does A Tree Falling In The Woods Really Make A "Sound" If No One's There To Hear It?  What IS The Sound Of One Hand Clapping Anyways?  Does A Dog Have A Buddha Nature?!  . . . Questions, Questions!  Enjoy The Episode 🍸
36:16
March 12, 2022
Gnostic Personas (Levels pt 2)
In this episode we conclude our discussion from the previous episode, Levels of Reality but specifically here we are dissecting Gnosticism and the Gnostic idea that there are different potentialities for various personas via the Gnostic lens of the human being.  We compare that to psychological and Ayervedic models and try to find the places in which there is some truth to this as well as highlight the issues with labeling people as one way or another.
21:04
March 07, 2022
Levels of Reality
In this episode we further our discussion on Gnosticism and tie in some other traditions and their ideas on suffering, reality and what to do about it.  We also begin to look at what is known in Tantra as Divine Pride and Divine Appearance.
41:55
March 04, 2022
Spiritual Promiscuity?
In this episode we discuss the idea of perennial philosophy, or as I playfully label it, Spiritual promiscuity, and its presence in our work, our lives and in our pursuit for understanding.  We highlight the idea of Spirit being immersed in matter, the transcendent nature of the Self and as the question; Is there a pure source of Being?  The answer might just lie in something that is beyond the obvious...
50:44
February 25, 2022
The Gnostic Spirit Guides
In this unique episode we talk about the adventures of Gnostic Jesus, Mary Magdaline, Sophia and Wisdom being a female entity.  We highlight feminity, Dakinis, the Prajna Paramita and Meta-Fictional Stories.
56:25
February 18, 2022
History of Gnosticism
In this episode we begin to discuss the history of Gnosticism and give further insight to our interview with podcaster Miguel Connor of Aeon Byte.  We mention Elaine Pagels and her work the Gnostic Gospels, Heresy Hunters and the Discovery at Nag Hammadi.  We also discuss Gnostic concepts of spirits entering matter, freeing the spiritual sparks and we give the listeners a little quiz at the end that we will pay off in the next episode. 
01:17:59
February 11, 2022
Chatting on a Boat @ Nite
In this episode dive into the classic Zen text, the Yasenkana, translated roughly as 'Chatting on a Boat at Night'.  We highlight the relevant parts from our previous episode and take the deep dive into the lessons learned from the author, Hakuin.  We share the meditation that he was given and its profound uses.  Additionally we get into a deep discussion on the state of Yoga in the West and the pitfalls that are inevitable when trying to package something that has to fit in one's schedule.     
01:15:21
February 01, 2022
Burnout & Taxation
We begin the episode by discussing Zen Master Hakuin and his work, the Yasenkana.  Eric then highlights a couple of the schools in Zen, specifically Soto and Rinzai.  We then put on our clinician hats and get into detail on the nature of burnout and taxation from an Eastern and Western perspective.
41:34
January 27, 2022
Lemonade
In this episode we catch up with Eric after he has been out for a couple weeks.  We then discuss addressing anger, the Zen Master Hakuin, the 4 types of teachers and squeezing the value out of traumatic situations.
43:30
January 24, 2022
REcognition
In this episode we have on friend of the show, Priscilla Peach Lang... Yogi, Acupuncturist, Craniosacral Therapist, mother of two and so much more.  She joins this unique episode as I share a recent experience involving some aspects of one's deeper awareness.  We discuss recognizing the more subtle layers of our minds and how we can work to see that in others.  The meaning and use of the term namaste.  The language divide that separates speakers and listeners and describing the indescribable.  I have also provided a link to a course I will be teaching in February.  For more information you can follow the link or send us an email @ ginanttantra@gmail.com Link to upcoming class in Feb 2022. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shamanic-introductory-course-tickets-237222166887
52:37
January 17, 2022
From Englewood to Kenya w/Todd Love Ball Jr.
In this episode we bring in friend of the show, Todd Love Ball Jr.  Todd is known as so much to so many... husband of 20 years, father of two, professional fitness trainer and coach, author, bodybuilder and a pillar of international relations.  Todd openly details his life's path from the streets of Englewood California to running a charity with his wife aiding villages in Kenya and everything in between.  Todd currently resides just outside of Chicago with his family and in addition to running his own business he writes books in his free time and conducts wedding ceremonies for interested parties as a dedication to Todd's love of love. You can reach Todd and his wife from their Facebook page listed below. https://www.facebook.com/ball4training
55:38
January 10, 2022
Balance and Perspective in Precarious Moments
This is a recording for a talk I was asked to give for a group who was looking to better navigate the tumultuous political, financial and emotionally charged time we are living in.  It is an honor to be able to speak to what I believe can help.  There is no right answer for what ultimately will bring someone from a state of seeming despair to place of assumed prosperity but I hope to provide a bit of an outside opinion and maybe echo some things we have all heard before, be grateful... take a deep breath.  How to find balance and perspective in these tumultuous times? Breathing practice from the episode:  Inhale:exhale 1:2 (example given is inhale 4 seconds, exhale 8 seconds).  The duration of the inhale can change but keep the exhale twice as long as the inhale for this technique.  
24:02
January 03, 2022
Transcending Your Self-Concept
In this episode we continue and conclude our discussion on our authentic psychology and again return to the work of Carl Rogers and his concepts of Self-Actualization and the conditions of self worth.  We discuss being a good mirror - acceptance, understanding and honesty- in addition to highlighting how to develop natural immunity to one's self-concept.
01:07:19
December 27, 2021
Soul Contracts and A 'Universal' Plan?
In this episode we discuss the idea of there being a Universal plan...  What would that be?  Is that even a thing?  We take one approach to that question from a Kabalistic viewpoint in addition to other philosophies as well.  We also discuss soul contracts and much more!
56:54
December 20, 2021
Our Authentic Psychology; Spirits in Matter 2
In this episode we discuss the authentic psychology of yourself.  We take a look at the work of Carl Rogers and his ideas on becoming  a person, phenomonology and self-actualization.  
38:38
December 16, 2021
Are we TRAPPED? Spirits in Matter 1
In this episode we dive into the Why of existence and ask the question, Are we trapped?  We debate and clarify our thoughts and positions in relation to this idea of being Spirits in Material.
49:34
December 13, 2021
Real Ghost Stories (Spirits in Spirituality pt 2)
This is the second part of our discussion on Spirits with friend of the show, Mary Kay Ryan.  Mary Kay shares a couple stories from her life that are seemingly beyond belief... if they weren't true.
24:37
December 09, 2021
Spirits in Spirituality pt 1
In this episode we once again have on  friend of the show, Mary Kay Ryan... anthropologist, Chinese Medical doctor, Shamanic practitioner and teacher, mother and friend to many.  She and Eric ask Why  are people in general and spiritually inclined people specifically, so  reticent or downright unwilling to talk about spirits and ghosts?  How  did Spirits get taken out of spirituality? 2. How do we and/or different cultures feel about what happens after  death and how does that affect our thoughts/feelings about ghosts and  the dead? 3. What do we think Spirits are? 4. Why is Halloween associated with Ghosts and Spirits? This was recorded just before Halloween so allow yourself to be transported to that time of the year when the Spirits are beginning to flow as the leaves turn and we bring our attention and energy inwards after the exuberance of the summer.
01:14:21
December 06, 2021
A Gnostic History of the Universe w/ Miguel Connor; 2
This is the second part of a two part episode with Miguel Conner, host of Aeon Byte; Gnostic Radio, a popular show that  takes audiences from ancient mysteries to a modern meaning. He has written articles  and fiction that have appeared in such publications as The Gnostic Journal, The Heretic, Mindscape, Reality Sandwich, and many others including being an Author of the Month for Graham Hancock’s website. His books include the critically acclaimed Voices of Gnosticism  and Other Voices of Gnosticism (Bardic Press) and the post-apocalyptic vampire epic series, The Dark Instinct Trilogy (Warner Books/AB Press), as well as fantasy novel, The Executioner’s Daughter (Solstice Publishing).  A podcast on Gnosticism and so much more. Miguel's life quest is to inspire others so they may find their authentic selves and artistic potential. In this episode we discuss the beginnings of his creative work and discuss the Gnostic History of the Universe.  We discuss how we are own own system of suppression and how imagination is our divine spark.  We also discuss Miguel's new book '10 Snackable Meditations to Get You Through Any Shitty Day'. Aeon Byte Podcast - https://thegodabovegod.com/ 10 Snackable Meditations - https://thegodabovegod.com/10-snackable-meditations-2/
40:08
December 02, 2021
Aeon Byte with Miguel Connor; 1
This is the first part of a two part episode with Miguel Conner, host of Aeon Byte; Gnostic Radio, a popular show that  takes audiences from ancient mysteries to a modern meaning. He has written articles  and fiction that have appeared in such publications as The Gnostic Journal, The Heretic, Mindscape, Reality Sandwich, and many others including being an Author of the Month for Graham Hancock’s website. His books include the critically acclaimed Voices of Gnosticism  and Other Voices of Gnosticism (Bardic Press) and the post-apocalyptic vampire epic series, The Dark Instinct Trilogy (Warner Books/AB Press), as well as fantasy novel, The Executioner’s Daughter (Solstice Publishing).  A podcast on Gnosticism and so much more. Miguel's life quest is to inspire others so they may find their authentic selves and artistic potential. In this episode we discuss Miguel's dichotomous roots growing up in Mexico, attempting to escape reality, spiritual hitch hiking, the cynacism of the 90's, the metaphorical mind, Gnosticism and a spiritual constitution.  Aeon Byte Podcast - https://thegodabovegod.com/
39:01
November 29, 2021
Reprogramming Your Software With Zen; 2
In this episode we the continue the breakdown of Zen and how to practice an authentic Zen meditation.  We discuss the how to's on the body, breath and mind as well as overcoming mental obstacles.
45:17
November 25, 2021
Reprogramming Your Software with Zen; 1
In this episode we begin our dive into the nuts and bolts of Zen meditation.  We also approach the unique aspects of meditation overall in today's culture we we attempt to find the woven thread of authenticity and personal experience.  We also discuss some of the physical components of meditation, Yoga and Samadhi.
57:15
November 22, 2021
Spell Casting?.. DFRNT Strokes pt 2
We continue our conversation on the various methods to which different people may be drawn to different techniques of meditation.  We begin by discussing the Kaballah, Let-ers, spell casting and the power of language, identification, a meditation on the body and mindfulness.
34:45
October 28, 2021
DFRNT Strokes 4 DFRNT Folks (pt 1)
Our meditation adventure continues as we peel back the layers on the term meditation and discuss more in depth how one can find a more applicable and enjoyable means to meditation.  We also discuss a desire for openess, uncovering oneself, connecting with the Tao and we ask the question... What is the difference between suspending disbelief and having faith?
29:29
October 25, 2021
Connection & Meditation (pt 2)
This is the second part of our series on meditation,  we hope to have a sort of meditation encyclopedia but would be remiss if we did not highlight some reasons as to which one would even travel down the windy cobblestone pathway to infinity that is meditation.  We discuss using meditation as a means of connection to the deeper aspects of oneself and an external source.  We break down the analogy of what is referred to as the 'monkey mind' and look at some wrestling moves for your ego.  We also cover some visualizations and the inclusion of movement into one's practice.
41:57
October 21, 2021
Meditation... What?
This is the first in a series we are doing on meditation.  The whats, the whys and why nots in a lead-up to episodes on specific types of meditation.  In this episode we discuss Zen training,  authentic teachings and teachers who share their own experience, natural vs human controlled meditation, the free-floating mind (known also as Shikantaza), Zen riddles, a gradualistic approach and sudden, epiphenous moments of deep realization, psychedelics and being receptive versus being projective.  
57:35
October 18, 2021
Journeys to God & The Shamanic Experience w/Mary Kay Ryan
In this episode we continue our conversation with Mary Kay Ryan.  She and Daniel detail Shamanic experiences of interacting with what are perceived as divine forces.  Mary Kay mentions the show Lucifer and its many humurous perspectives on various traditional views on the relationships between God and his family.  She also shares a story of meeting a Daoist Immortal... in Chicago!  Also we detail wisdom as a process of remembering, seeing the world as divine and communicating the feeling of an experience through storytelling.
54:15
October 14, 2021
PERFECTIONISM w/Mary Kay Ryan
In this episode we dive headfitst in nuance as we discuss perfectionism as a philosophical movement, a moral standard and a psychological impediment.  We discuss a journey to perfection experienced by Mary Kay and how she feels that a lot of therapy is about finding out who is at fault for why you are the way you are.  Mary Kay also discusses using Shamanic techniques for healing and asking oneself, what is the point of my life?
50:21
October 11, 2021
Rebel WITH a Cause Revisited
In this episode we share our thoughts and illuminate some of the aspects of the Robert Thurman episode, Rebel WITH a Cause.  We  go into  further detail about the 8 fold Path and Professor Thurman's book, Wisdom is Bliss and also dive deep into what is referred to as emptiness or as PRofessor Thurman calls it, freedom.
40:15
October 07, 2021
Rebel WITH a Cause w/Prof. Thurman (#2)
This is the second part of our conversation with Professor Robert Thurman and we get into a lot!  We start out by highlighting how it can be easy to feel overmatched by life and the oft difficulties in finding happiness, Einstein's spooky action at a distance, the human potential and the challenge of conquering oneself, rebelling against your surroundings and challenging conventional education.  We examine secularism and make the point that one cannot see what is dark... nor what is transparent.  We are very grateful to have Professor Thurman on again with us, enjoy the episode.
49:12
October 04, 2021
CTFU Episode Reactions and Breakdown
In this episode we share our thoughts and illuminate some of the aspects of the Robert Thurman episode, CTFU.  We  go into detail about wisdom and ignorance, science and realism, bliss and having fun, a dive into the Ground Path and Result, working on seeing beyond the mundane and experiencing everyday as its own life.
30:60
October 01, 2021
CTFU w/Prof. Thurman (#1)
In this episode of Gin and Tantra we discuss Professor Thurman's New Book, Wisdom is Bliss and a link can be found in the description of this video if you are interested in it.   We do a sort of verbal Rorschach  with Professor Thurman and get his thoughts on a wide variety of topics in the book and so much more including...the importance of education and the suffering of change, experiencing all gain and NO pain, having fun on the spiritual path, happiness pushing people away from positions of power, the orgasmic potency and some plans for West Virginia.  https://www.amazon.com/Wisdom-Bliss-Friendly-Facts-Change/dp/1401943438
52:38
September 27, 2021
Dark Night of the Soul w/Ashley Tomasino
In this episode we conclude our conversation with Ashely around the chapter in her book titled, Dark Night of the Soul, a quote from Joseph Campbell.  We discuss the hero's journey, embodying all of the aspects of one's story and much more... https://www.amazon.com/BETWEEN-ZEN-NOW-Journey-Shamanic-ebook/dp/B09DK8N1RY/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3CHN5187P1J6R&dchild=1&keywords=between+zen+and+now&qid=1632075513&sprefix=between+zen+and+now%2Caps%2C196&sr=8-1
32:38
September 23, 2021
The 5 Questions w/Ashley Tomasino DAOM, L.Ac.
In this episode we discuss Ashley’s beginnings and some driving forces in her life as well as understanding one’s experience’s and caring about people. Ashley also give the story around how she discovered ‘The Five Questions’… A link to Ashley's book! https://www.amazon.com/BETWEEN-ZEN-NOW-Journey-Shamanic-ebook/dp/B09DK8N1RY/ref=sr_1_1?crid=7S0BGN5EKJCB&dchild=1&keywords=between+zen+and+now+ashley+tomasino&qid=1632069160&sprefix=between+zen%2Caps%2C204&sr=8-1
42:21
September 20, 2021
Meditation & Consciousness (pt 2)
In this episode we begin the discussion on meditation, connecting to one's deepest nature, the default mode network and people with highly refined senses.
29:10
September 16, 2021
Exploring Consciousness. . . (pt 1)
In this episode we discuss the 'hard' problem of neuroscience and epiphenomenolism and the story of Phinneus Gauge.  We also break down the Buddhist idea of the Aggregates and consciousness being more fundamental than matter.  Additionally, we also explore personal questions of consciousness.
40:31
September 13, 2021
The Default Mode Network, Psychadelics and Spirituality
This is the second of this Spirituality And Psychedelics Series, we discuss the Buddhist Theory of "Good, Bad and Neutral" and the use of psychadelics. We look at the brain and psychedelics, breaking down the Default Mode Network and the role it plays in our limiting and distorting our experiences of our worlds.   The Default Mode Network "The concept of a default mode network was developed after researchers  inadvertently noticed surprising levels of brain activity in  experimental participants who were supposed to be "at rest"--in other  words they were not engaged in a specific mental task, but just resting  quietly (often with their eyes closed). Although the idea that the brain  is constantly active (even when we aren't engaged in a distinct mental  activity) was clearly expressed by Hans Berger in the 1930s, it wasn't  until the 1970s that brain researcher David Ingvar began to accumulate  data showing that cerebral blood flow (a general measurement of brain  activity) during resting states varied according to specific patterns;  for example, he observed high levels of activity in the frontal lobes of participants at rest. Thus, the default mode network is a group of brain regions that seem to show lower levels of activity when we are engaged in a particular task like paying attention,  but higher levels of activity when we are awake and not involved in any  specific mental exercise. It is during these times that we might be  daydreaming, recalling memories, envisioning the future, monitoring the  environment, thinking about the intentions of others, and so on--all  things that we often do when we find ourselves just "thinking" without  any explicit goal of thinking in mind. Additionally, recent research has  begun to detect links between activity in the default mode network and  mental disorders like depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia. Furthermore, therapies like meditation have received attention for influencing activity in the default mode network, suggesting this may be part of their mechanism for improving well-being." -NeuroScientifically Challenged Finally, we tackle society's list of "accepted mind altering substances"--coffee, sugar, alcohol, pharmaceuticals--and the criminalization of Consciousness Elevating Substances throughout history until the now . . .
52:40
September 09, 2021
Practical Magik
In this episode we continue to expound on the work of Dean Radin PhD whom we had on recently and his research into Magic and the abilities of the mind that are not totally understood.  We go into karmic forces and the dedication of oneself to a discipline, stories of Divine intervention and various types of personal abilities (wisdom, love and power).  We discuss the Random Number generator-the 2016 election and the force of will. Also Vodoo dolls and Kurt Warner? 
59:37
September 06, 2021
IdentificationISM
In this episode we give a big thank you to our most recent guest, Dean Radin, PhD and to all of our guests and audience for their contributions.  We discuss traditional and modern cultures having resistance to new ideas as well as contemporary scientific resistance, in addition to some evidence from the Old Testament...  We ask what is prayer and talk about how some things are just better for some than others.  Also we dive into empiricism, scienticism, identificationism and changing your mind.
01:02:52
August 30, 2021
Dean Radin PhD - Research & Real Magic
This is the second part of our interview with Dean Radin PhD.  We ask him about his research in telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition and psychokinesis and how science is proving the existence of these phenomenon and much more.  He also goes over the double slit experiment, observations on the force of will, scientific resistance and the profound effects of subjectivity.  We discuss materialism and how it is NOT the only worldview as well as the religiosity of science. https://www.deanradin.com/real-magic
36:07
August 26, 2021
Dean Radin PhD - Driven By Curiosity (pt 1)
In this episode we ask Dean Radin about his upbringing, influences and risk tolerance in addition to the obstacles that he had to overcome in order to take the path that he ultimately chose.  He wittingly replies, "life is short, take risks".  He discusses the McDonaldization of nearly everything and he gives his definition of Magic - The Force of Will, Divination and Theurgy.  He relates meditation to a form of medicine and defines noeticism.  We ask him about clairvoyance and telepathy and he shares his first telematic experience... during infancy! We ponder the probability of a Universal Memory Cloud?  Enjoy the episode.
35:45
August 23, 2021
Archetypes of Dysfunctional Relationships
This is the conclusion of our current series on love and specifically the application of love as an antidote for the feelings of separatenes and anxiety.  But is all love healthy?  We dissect some of the pathological presentations of love and relationships including being needy, marketing oneself, self-sacrifice and virtuous deprivation. 
22:02
August 19, 2021
Anxiety, Separation and Love
This is a continuation of our previous episode on love.  We further break down Eric Fromm's description of love as an art form and we ask the question as to why would we even pursue this in the first place.  We discuss overcoming the anxiety from separation, sex and psychedelics, conformity versus individualists, tribalism and using love to overcome separation.  We highlight using routine as a means of conformity and seeing beyond the everyday appearance of people.
01:01:11
August 16, 2021
Burn Cream for Twin Flames
"You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens" - Rumi In this episode we continue our discussion on the soulmate experience.  We discuss an article about relationships from viewpoints that span the globe (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/opinion/what-romantic-regime-are-you-in.html).  We talk about a course at Northwestern called Marriage 101 and we discuss the Yin and Yang of relationships.  Along the way we critique the Western Culture, of course.   Book Reference, The Place of the Hidden Moon - Edward C. Dimock We would love to hear from you! email us @   ginandtantra@gmail.com
47:43
August 12, 2021
The Art of... Love?
This is the first in a short series on Love... our definition, viewpoints and musings on the importance of treating Love as art to be studied, learned and practiced.  We include the work of Eric Fromm ( a student of Freud) and his ideas on this from a psychological vantage point.  We discuss becoming lovable, using love as a commodity to be traded, marketing oneself in a social environment, facing rejection and experiencing love as a removal of the feelings of separation.
01:09:09
August 09, 2021
Synchronicity (TR pt. 2)
In this episode we highlight some very synchronistic encounters that bore the sensation of expansiveness of the mind beyond what was previously thought possible... aka Mind blowers!  We discuss the building of confidence through experiences and the eventual marriage between  these experience and wisdom.
25:17
August 05, 2021
Transcending Reality (TR)
In this episode we ask the question, What makes an experience memorable?  We also highlight aspects of the Buddhist teachings known as the Ground, Path and Result... and a secret mantra?  We also discuss the relationship of subjectivity, objectivity and experiential validity.  Eric highlights his first Zen retreat.  Daniel experiences transcending  physical space and there is a discussion on the high potential for experiencing joy.
51:59
August 02, 2021
Playing it Forward
In this episode we discuss a real life example of creativity and integration in the form of communal art... the enigmatic drum circle!  Daniel shares his role in the group of musicians and artists known as the Dog Beach Drummers and Dancers!  This community brings together people from all walks of life to share in self-expression and cohesion.  Bringing together one's desire to integrate the artistic parts of oneself and share that with a community at the same time.  We discuss reaching ecstatic states, improvisation and transcending the mundane.  On a more serious note, Daniel shares his hopes for the future of the Dog Beach Drummers and Dancers as they seek to help underserved communities on the South and West sides of Chicago through a gofundme.  Check it out and share if you feel called to do so.   https://gofund.me/098134a1 
38:21
July 29, 2021
Creative Identity
In this episode we ask the difficult question... How do we identify and prioritize the various parts of our identities and minds?  Essentially, what is important and how can we pursue that in a meaningful way?  We then break down various aspects of Zen and what is known as Renunciation and how we all are doing that at some level.  We also discuss the Unity of Zen, Sword and Brush as well as ideas for living as an artist and integrating your passions through the many avenues of your life.  We conclude with some quotes from George Saunders and Henry Miller.
42:44
July 26, 2021
Anti-Social Media?
So this is the first conversation that Eric and Daniel have, completely off script, off the cuff and off the chain.  There was no preparation for this what so ever.  The conversation was had after recording a podcast and it was recorded and only then was it decided that it was worth sharing.  The views and opinions shared here are born of observation and experience from two Western dwelling men from different generations that have interacted with technology and social media very differently.  The discussion centers around the impacts of the current iteration of social media, the desire for attention, anxiety, shaping one's world to fit their addictions and having the desire to be a force of internal motivation through means of external motivating forces.  
37:12
July 19, 2021
Life and Deadpool?
This is the last of our series discussing spirituality in comics and this one is particularly deep!  We discuss the Marvel story titled, Deadpool kills the Marvel universe... regardless of how you may feel about comics this story is one that transcends the genre and makes bold points about life and death.  The story highlights breaking the cycle of samsara, suffering and the attachments we all have.   In addition to this story we discuss expressing  oneself and not letting in doubt.
35:53
July 15, 2021
Mutants and Mystics pt 2
This is the second part of our episode on the themes and ideology of comics and the work of Professor Jeff Kripal's book, Mutants and Mystics.  We briefly recap the previous episode and then discuss real-life beings of great power, the battles of Daredevil and Kingpin and achieving realization within the matrix.  We also discuss creation of one's reality, the author Grant Morrison and ritual magic and much more.
44:28
July 12, 2021
Mutants and Mystics pt 1
This is the first part of a mini series on Spirituality in odd places, Comics!  We take a dive into the work of Professor Jeff Kripal and his book Mutants and Mystics which gives insight in the archetypes behind many of the characters we love and the authors who create and curate them.  We also discuss briefly the movie Unbreakable, we highlight the forces in the world that work to suppress our deep and exponential abilities.  We also discuss Niche's Uber Mensch and the research of Dean Radin.
01:00:12
July 05, 2021
Comics and Spirituality pt 1
This episode is the first in a series where we dive into the mystic and spiritual aspects of comics!  In this episode we discuss being influenced by comics and the characters at a young age and how comics are one of the very few culturally accepted spaces for fantasy.  We discuss Professor Jeff Kripal's book, Mutants and Mystics.  We discuss authors Alan Moore and Grant Morrison in addition to the Fantastic 4 and their battle with a version of a Gnostic God?  We also highlight what seems to be a cultural moment of 'Waiting for Superman'.
58:05
June 28, 2021
Traditions pt 2 - Accumulated Human Experience
In this episode we continue our discussion on traditions, and more specifically Kaballah and Tantra.    We discuss the Tree of Life, different stories of creation, viewing sexuality as holy, Yoga Babies and the Union of Practice and Life.
50:30
June 24, 2021
Traditions pt 1 - Acceptance and Ownership
In this episode we circle back a bit and praise some of the very traditions that we so often critique in hopes of highlighting the deep nature of much of the information that has survived for such a long time.  We openly ask the question, Is it ok to be critical of faith and still remain engaged with it?  We also ask who 'owns' these various traditions?  Are they the right of a certain people, or are they for all people to find benefit from?  Listen and find out!
32:48
June 21, 2021
Killing the Goddess pt 2
In this episode we conclude our discussion on the Divine Feminine and the hierarchies that have been imposed upon our society.  We attempt to further illuminate the story of Adam, Eve and the Tree of Life... during which the phrase was coined, "Dont Look Up, Look in"
20:36
June 14, 2021
Killing The Goddess pt 1
We continue our discussion on the historical and psychological changes that took place in our society's history that essentially ended the worship of the feminine divine.  We question the intention in some of the ancient texts and discuss various female lead cultures.  We also highlight some myths and legends such as Medusa and the story of Lott.  We also discuss some of the cultural remnants of an antiquated ideology including sexual repression. 
44:52
June 07, 2021
Feminine Cultural Relativity
This is the first part of a new series of episodes where we dive deeper into the historical aspects of the suppression of the Feminine Divine but we wanted reflect for a moment on our conversation with Joni Osborn from our last episodes and express our hopes for the transformation of the culture on a macro and a micro level.  We also ask our international audience for some feedback so we can open our understanding to how the rest of the world treats these issues as well.  Email us at ginandtantra@gmail.com
22:16
June 03, 2021
Subjugating the Divine Femine (pt 2)
This is the second part of our conversation on the Feminine aspects of divinity and we are once again joined by Joni Osborn.  We dive into some of the more historical aspects of the story as we cover how the feminine aspects of society, ideology, folklore and religious practice took hold to alter the beliefs of our ever-changing lexicon of societal perspectives... from the Bible to the Kabalah to the workplaces of today we cover a wide range.  We also highlight some of the feminine Deities that are still observed today all over the world. 
41:31
May 31, 2021
The Femine Divine
This is the first of two episodes where we are once again joined  by Joni Osborn to discuss Femine Divinity.  We begin by asking, what is divinity mean to us in the first place?  Is it something inside ourselves, outside ourselves or even both?  We discuss the idea of archetypes and how that can be useful and limiting simultaneously.  We give a view of the development of society from a historical perspective and try to point out the influences that have seemingly changed the way we look at women and the feminine in general.  We also discuss the idea of horizontal and vertical structures of power in society, business and society.
53:08
May 27, 2021
Trust and Foreplay: The Soulmate Guidebook
In this episode we discuss our motivations behind holding off on the love/sexuality topics until now... We also discuss love, soulmates, karmic connections, the effects of our relationships on our lives and some of the theories as to why we 'need' a soulmate in the first place.  We also take a brief dive into the newer idea of 'Twin flames'.
42:58
May 25, 2021
Holographic Psychology (pt 2, Jealousy and Pleasure)
This is the conclusion to our Buddhist Holographic Psychology episode where we dive into the last two aspects of the 6 Realms... ie the Jealous and Pleasure Gods.  As a recap the 6 Realms are the Hell Realms, Hungry Ghosts, Animal and Human Realms and the Jealous and Pleasure Gods which is what we are focusing on in this episode.  We discuss the members of society who embody the Jealous Gods in our culture as well as the Jealous aspects of ourselves.   We also go over the nature of the pursuit of pleasure in order to discover, understand and own our own desires so as not to be controlled by them or others who would seek to use them against us.
39:38
May 24, 2021
Seeking Without Direction w/Joni Osborn
This is the third and final part of our three part series with friend of the show Joni Osborn.  Joni graciously shares some further stories from her life in addition to highlighting her own intriguing path towards becoming a healer. She discusses trying to find one’s own way without real guidance and how she currently works with patients to empower them through focusing on their own needs. We also have a deep dive into dealing with anger. Joni Osborn has been involved in the wellness community since 1988. After five years on Wall Street and an award-winning sales career in the world of residential real estate, she changed course in order to professionally pursue her passion for wellness. She studied Nutrition Science with a Dietetics specialty at Montclair State University in New Jersey, then followed that up with various certifications in personal training and worked as a personal trainer and health coach. In 2010, Joni began to feel the call to combine her passions and to delve more deeply into the world of holistic wellness. After experiencing firsthand the healing and life changing effects of East Asian medicine, Joni decided to further pursue the healing arts. After earning her Masters of Science in Traditional East Asian Medicine from Pacific College of Health and Science, Chicago campus, she has gone on to become a hypnotherapist, Reiki practitioner and motivational coach. More recently, she began her Doctoral Studies at Pacific College’s San Diego campus. In 2019, Joni began traveling to Bali, Costa Rica, and Vancouver, BC as an acupuncturist and speaker.. Joni brings her unique insight into many of the issues that are of concern in today’s population. Marrying ancient wisdom with an understanding of modern stressors, she has a great appreciation for the collaboration between East and West.  See her full bio @desertroselife.clm
50:15
May 17, 2021
Trauma & Resiliance w/Joni Osborn
In this second part of a three part series, we continue our talk with friend of the show Joni Osborn. She courageously shares some very personal and traumatic stories from her life. Some of which include her being raised in a born-again Christian household, how she built resilience through traumatic experience, the shame and guilt placed upon victims of trauma and the fallacy of the view of fight or flight. Joni Osborn has been involved in the wellness community since 1988. After five years on Wall Street and an award-winning sales career in the world of residential real estate, she changed course in order to professionally pursue her passion for wellness. She studied Nutrition Science with a Dietetics specialty at Montclair State University in New Jersey, then followed that up with various certifications in personal training and worked as a personal trainer and health coach. In 2010, Joni began to feel the call to combine her passions and to delve more deeply into the world of holistic wellness. After experiencing firsthand the healing and life changing effects of East Asian medicine, Joni decided to further pursue the healing arts. After earning her Masters of Science in Traditional East Asian Medicine from Pacific College of Health and Science, Chicago campus, she has gone on to become a hypnotherapist, Reiki practitioner and motivational coach. More recently, she began her Doctoral Studies at Pacific College’s San Diego campus. In 2019, Joni began traveling to Bali, Costa Rica, and Vancouver, BC as an acupuncturist and speaker.. Joni brings her unique insight into many of the issues that are of concern in today’s population. Marrying ancient wisdom with an understanding of modern stressors, she has a great appreciation for the collaboration between East and West.  See her full bio @ desertroselife.com
32:16
May 13, 2021
Motivation Through Sharing w/Joni Osborn
In this first part of a three-part series, we host friend of the show Joni Osborn. Joni is an acupuncturist, hypnotherapist and Reiki practitioner. Joni discusses fitting in and finding her own freedom, choosing one’s karmic path and some tips on sharing and receiving traumatic experiences. She gives definitions for sexual assault, abuse and more…. She highlights her reason for sharing her story with the world and what inspired her to do so. We are grateful to have her share her story with us. Joni Osborn has been involved in the wellness community since 1988. After five years on Wall Street and an award-winning sales career in the world of residential real estate, she changed course in order to professionally pursue her passion for wellness. She studied Nutrition Science with a Dietetics specialty at Montclair State University in New Jersey, then followed that up with various certifications in personal training and worked as a personal trainer and health coach. In 2010, Joni began to feel the call to combine her passions and to delve more deeply into the world of holistic wellness. After experiencing firsthand the healing and life changing effects of East Asian medicine, Joni decided to further pursue the healing arts. After earning her Masters of Science in Traditional East Asian Medicine from Pacific College of Health and Science, Chicago campus, she has gone on to become a hypnotherapist, Reiki practitioner and motivational coach. More recently, she began her Doctoral Studies at Pacific College’s San Diego campus. In 2019, Joni began traveling to Bali, Costa Rica, and Vancouver, BC as an acupuncturist and speaker.. Joni brings her unique insight into many of the issues that are of concern in today’s population. Marrying ancient wisdom with an understanding of modern stressors, she has a great appreciation for the collaboration between East and West.  See her at her website desertroselife.com
33:58
May 10, 2021
Holographic Psychology pt 1
In this episode we conclude our dive into the Tibetan Book of the Dead and discuss the holographic and psychological aspects of these deep teachings on the 6 Realms... ie the desire, hell, animal, human, jealous and pleasure realms respectively.   We highlight the specifics from their original source but link them to what would be relevant to us in a modern sense, both personally and socially.  We also discuss the various influences on our psyche and much more!
01:03:37
May 03, 2021
Cliff Notes on Robert Thurman #2
This episode is a companion episode to the second part of our interview with Professor Robert Thurman.  He dives deep into the Tantric view on enlightenment and the multi-faceted aspects of the human potential.  We break that down into bite sized pieces so that it makes sense for our everyday lives and how we can work towards achieving some of the states that these philosophies say are possible.  We talk about the relation between epiphanies and memory and the analogy of being omnivorous to being omniscient.   Further Reading - Jewel Tree of Tibet, Liberation Upon Hearing in the Between, The Infinite Life and The FLower Ornament Sutra
53:45
April 29, 2021
Professor Robert Thurman, Expressing the Inexpressible
In the second part of our interview with Professor Robert Thurman we ask him about enlightenment... What is it?  How can it be described?  His response covers a wide range of ideas and philosophies but he describes enlightenment as an evolutionary goal, the highest potential for the human platform, a culmination of all of the cultures who believe in it.  Ultimately, amongst other things its liberation with happiness as a freedom from suffering.  He then goes into a discussion on the 3 bodies of a Buddha (reality, enjoyment and emanation) and what that means theoretically and practically from his perspective.  Although this view is shared by many in the tradition, Professor Thurman states that its a theory.  A means to express the inexpressible and that the only sure thing, is freedom.  Professor Thurman concludes by saying that miracles are always possible and reality is totally comprehensible.   Bob Thurman,  known in the academic circles as Professor Robert A.F. Thurman, is a  talented popularizer of the Buddha’s teachings and the first Westerner  Tibetan Buddhist monk ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. A charismatic speaker and author of many books on Tibet, Buddhism,  art, politics and culture, Bob was named by The New York Times the  leading American expert on Tibetan Buddhism, and was awarded the  prestigious Padma Shri Award in 2020, for his help in recovering India’s  ancient Buddhist heritage. Time Magazine chose him as one of the 25  most influential Americans in 1997, describing him as a “larger than  life scholar-activist destined to convey the Dharma, the precious  teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha, from Asia to America.”Bob served as the Jey Tsong  Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of  Religion at Columbia University for 30 years, until 2020. A very popular  professor, students always felt his classes were “life-changing”.   Bob is the founder and active president of Tibet House US, a non-profit  organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Tibetan  culture, and of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies, a non-profit  affiliated with the Center for Buddhist Studies at Columbia University  and dedicated to the publication of translations of important artistic  and scientific Tibetan treatises.  His own search for enlightenment began  while he was a university student at Harvard. After an accident in which  he lost the use of an eye, Bob left school on a spiritual quest  throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He found his way to India,  where he first saw His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1962.   After learning Tibetan and studying Buddhism, Bob became a Tibetan  Buddhist monk and the first Westerner to be ordained by the Dalai Lama.  Some years later, however, he offered up his robes when he realized he  could be more effective in the American equivalent of a monastery: the  university, returning to Harvard to finish his PhD.  As part of his long-term commitment to the Tibetan cause, at the  request of H.H. the Dalai Lama, Bob co-founded Tibet House US in 1987  with Tenzin Tethong, Richard Gere, and Philip Glass, a non profit  organization based in New York City and dedicated to the preservation  and renaissance of Tibetan culture.  Inspired by his longtime good friend  the Dalai Lama, Bob takes us along with him into an expanded vision of  the world through the prisma of Tibetan Buddhism. He shares with us the  sense of refuge in the Dharma, which unfailingly helps us clear away the  shrouds of fear and confusion, sustains us with the cheerfulness of an  enriched present, and opens a door to a path of realistic hope for a  peaceful, kind, and wise future.
49:60
April 26, 2021
Cliff Notes on Robert Thurman Interview #1
This is a companion episode to the first part of our Robert Thurman interview.  We Wanted to give our thoughts, reflections and insights into the interview and highlight some of the topics that came up that might be new for people.  We touch again on the idea of authoritarian dependency, epiphanies and the enlightened state, happiness as a means of liberation and much more.  We hope this helps to highlight some of the deep teaching that Professor Thurman shared with us and with you.
29:47
April 22, 2021
Professor Robert Thurman, The Story of Liberation
We would like to humbly welcome on the show, a great influence in the lives and minds of many, Professor Robert AF Thurman!  We are very happy to have him on and discuss his origin story in this episode.  He shares his influences and life circumstances around much of his time during his pilgrimage to India and after becoming a monk...then deciding to return to the US and live amongst the people.  He shares a story about his brief encounter with Fidel Castro's army and the economic strangulation of education a it stands today.  Professor Thurman also highlights giving at a high intensity and how he has learned through his own teaching.  Enjoy the episode! Bob Thurman,  known in the academic circles as Professor Robert A.F. Thurman, is a  talented popularizer of the Buddha’s teachings and the first Westerner  Tibetan Buddhist monk ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, A charismatic speaker and author of many books on Tibet, Buddhism,  art, politics and culture, Bob was named by The New York Times the  leading American expert on Tibetan Buddhism, and was awarded the  prestigious Padma Shri Award in 2020, for his help in recovering India’s  ancient Buddhist heritage. Time Magazine chose him as one of the 25  most influential Americans in 1997, describing him as a “larger than  life scholar-activist destined to convey the Dharma, the precious  teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha, from Asia to America.” Bob served as the Jey Tsong  Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of  Religion at Columbia University for 30 years, until 2020. A very popular  professor, students always felt his classes were “life-changing”.   Bob is the founder and active president of Tibet House US, a non-profit  organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Tibetan  culture, and of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies, a non-profit  affiliated with the Center for Buddhist Studies at Columbia University  and dedicated to the publication of translations of important artistic  and scientific Tibetan treatises. His own search for enlightenment began  while he was a university student at Harvard. After an accident in which  he lost the use of an eye, Bob left school on a spiritual quest  throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He found his way to India,  where he first saw His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1962.   After learning Tibetan and studying Buddhism, Bob became a Tibetan  Buddhist monk and the first Westerner to be ordained by the Dalai Lama.  Some years later, however, he offered up his robes when he realized he  could be more effective in the American equivalent of a monastery: the  university, returning to Harvard to finish his PhD. As part of his long-term commitment to the Tibetan cause, at the  request of H.H. the Dalai Lama, Bob co-founded Tibet House US in 1987  with Tenzin Tethong, Richard Gere, and Philip Glass, a non profit  organization based in New York City and dedicated to the preservation  and renaissance of Tibetan culture. Inspired by his longtime good friend  the Dalai Lama, Bob takes us along with him into an expanded vision of  the world through the prisma of Tibetan Buddhism. He shares with us the  sense of refuge in the Dharma, which unfailingly helps us clear away the  shrouds of fear and confusion, sustains us with the cheerfulness of an  enriched present, and opens a door to a path of realistic hope for a  peaceful, kind, and wise future.
48:02
April 19, 2021
The Generosity Spark w/Pete Kadens
In this final segment of our interview with Pete Kadens we discuss the difficulty in raising money for charitable causes, owning one's own generosity and having perseverance when waiting for societal progress and being the 'spark that starts the fire'. Pete Kadens currently serves as the chairman of the Kadens Family  Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to closing the pervasive  wealth and education gaps in the U.S. He retired in August 2018 as CEO  of Green Thumb Industries, one of the largest publicly-traded, legal  cannabis operators in the U.S. with a current market capitalization of  over $3 billion. Prior to Green Thumb Industries, in 2008 Kadens started  one of the largest commercial solar companies in the U.S., SoCore  Energy. Under his leadership, SoCore expanded operations into 17 states  and was named one of Chicago’s most innovative businesses by Chicago  Innovation Awards. In 2013, he sold SoCore Energy to Edison  International, a Fortune 500 energy holding company. Kadens is one of 25  cannabis industry executives serving on the board of directors of the  Cannabis Trade Federation, the nation’s leading organization focused  solely on federal marijuana policy reform. He was also named one of the  20 People to Watch in the Cannabis Industry in 2018 by Marijuana  Business Daily. Kadens believes deeply in, and actively leads,  organizations that seek to transform lives and strengthen communities,  serving as chairman of StreetWise (2009–2018), one of the largest  homeless aid organizations in Chicago. He currently serves as chairman  emeritus at StreetWise and sits on several other boards in the nonprofit  and for-profit space. Kadens was awarded the Trailblazer Chicago Award  by The Cara Program in 2019, The Catalyst Man of the Year by Streetwise  in 2015, the Distinguished Alumnus for Citizenship in 2010 by his  college alma mater, Bucknell University, where he earned his bachelor’s  of arts in political science, and a Distinguished Alumnus by his high  school, Ottawa Hills High School in Toledo, Ohio in 2019. He was also  named one of the 40 Under 40 by Crain’s Chicago Business in 2012. Kadens  is a 2019 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. Pete's Ted Talk: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86136672760?pwd=NDdVMHJYREdSbng1QlZUTFpyaFRmUT09
19:45
April 15, 2021
Corporate Shame? w/Peter Kadens
In this third segment of our interview with Pete Kadens, Pete shares his views on the business world and its social responsibility, holding corporations responsible, understanding the collective impact of our consumer and business habits as well as the social determinants of health.  Pete also gives a his take on what he calls the "Lives Improved Metric" and how that could help to determine the positive effects a corporation has in its employees and their communities. Pete Kadens currently serves as the chairman of the Kadens Family  Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to closing the pervasive  wealth and education gaps in the U.S. He retired in August 2018 as CEO  of Green Thumb Industries, one of the largest publicly-traded, legal  cannabis operators in the U.S. with a current market capitalization of  over $3 billion. Prior to Green Thumb Industries, in 2008 Kadens started  one of the largest commercial solar companies in the U.S., SoCore  Energy. Under his leadership, SoCore expanded operations into 17 states  and was named one of Chicago’s most innovative businesses by Chicago  Innovation Awards. In 2013, he sold SoCore Energy to Edison  International, a Fortune 500 energy holding company. Kadens is one of 25  cannabis industry executives serving on the board of directors of the  Cannabis Trade Federation, the nation’s leading organization focused  solely on federal marijuana policy reform. He was also named one of the  20 People to Watch in the Cannabis Industry in 2018 by Marijuana  Business Daily. Kadens believes deeply in, and actively leads,  organizations that seek to transform lives and strengthen communities,  serving as chairman of StreetWise (2009–2018), one of the largest  homeless aid organizations in Chicago. He currently serves as chairman  emeritus at StreetWise and sits on several other boards in the nonprofit  and for-profit space. Kadens was awarded the Trailblazer Chicago Award  by The Cara Program in 2019, The Catalyst Man of the Year by Streetwise  in 2015, the Distinguished Alumnus for Citizenship in 2010 by his  college alma mater, Bucknell University, where he earned his bachelor’s  of arts in political science, and a Distinguished Alumnus by his high  school, Ottawa Hills High School in Toledo, Ohio in 2019. He was also  named one of the 40 Under 40 by Crain’s Chicago Business in 2012. Kadens  is a 2019 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. Pete's Ted Talk: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86136672760?pwd=NDdVMHJYREdSbng1QlZUTFpyaFRmUT09
17:44
April 12, 2021
Empathy Into Action w/Peter Kadens pt 2
In this second part of our series with entrepreneur and philanthropist Peter Kadens, we discuss his views on seeing life as a culmination of themes and understanding that the more one gives, the more one receives in return.   He also discusses helping minority communities through marijuana legalization and how there are structures built into society to keep the power in the hands of the powerful.  Pete highlights how "misfortune plays no favorites" and that we must turn empathy into action. Pete Kadens currently serves as the chairman of the Kadens Family  Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to closing the pervasive  wealth and education gaps in the U.S. He retired in August 2018 as CEO  of Green Thumb Industries, one of the largest publicly-traded, legal  cannabis operators in the U.S. with a current market capitalization of  over $3 billion. Prior to Green Thumb Industries, in 2008 Kadens started  one of the largest commercial solar companies in the U.S., SoCore  Energy. Under his leadership, SoCore expanded operations into 17 states  and was named one of Chicago’s most innovative businesses by Chicago  Innovation Awards. In 2013, he sold SoCore Energy to Edison  International, a Fortune 500 energy holding company. Kadens is one of 25  cannabis industry executives serving on the board of directors of the  Cannabis Trade Federation, the nation’s leading organization focused  solely on federal marijuana policy reform. He was also named one of the  20 People to Watch in the Cannabis Industry in 2018 by Marijuana  Business Daily. Kadens believes deeply in, and actively leads,  organizations that seek to transform lives and strengthen communities,  serving as chairman of StreetWise (2009–2018), one of the largest  homeless aid organizations in Chicago. He currently serves as chairman  emeritus at StreetWise and sits on several other boards in the nonprofit  and for-profit space. Kadens was awarded the Trailblazer Chicago Award  by The Cara Program in 2019, The Catalyst Man of the Year by Streetwise  in 2015, the Distinguished Alumnus for Citizenship in 2010 by his  college alma mater, Bucknell University, where he earned his bachelor’s  of arts in political science, and a Distinguished Alumnus by his high  school, Ottawa Hills High School in Toledo, Ohio in 2019. He was also  named one of the 40 Under 40 by Crain’s Chicago Business in 2012. Kadens  is a 2019 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. Pete's Ted Talk: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86136672760?pwd=NDdVMHJYREdSbng1QlZUTFpyaFRmUT09
32:12
April 08, 2021
Seeds of Philanthropy w/Peter Kadens pt 1
This is the first part of a 4 part series where we interview Pete Kadens, philanthropist, entrepreneur, husband and father of three.  In this first episode we detail his early life and some of the contributing factors that would lead him to a life of entrepreneurship and reciprocity.  We discuss his views on poverty and the numerous pathways to it in addition to the massive effect of the so called 'War on Drugs'. Pete Kadens currently serves as the chairman of the Kadens Family  Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to closing the pervasive  wealth and education gaps in the U.S. He retired in August 2018 as CEO  of Green Thumb Industries, one of the largest publicly-traded, legal  cannabis operators in the U.S. with a current market capitalization of  over $3 billion. Prior to Green Thumb Industries, in 2008 Kadens started  one of the largest commercial solar companies in the U.S., SoCore  Energy. Under his leadership, SoCore expanded operations into 17 states  and was named one of Chicago’s most innovative businesses by Chicago  Innovation Awards. In 2013, he sold SoCore Energy to Edison  International, a Fortune 500 energy holding company. Kadens is one of 25  cannabis industry executives serving on the board of directors of the  Cannabis Trade Federation, the nation’s leading organization focused  solely on federal marijuana policy reform. He was also named one of the  20 People to Watch in the Cannabis Industry in 2018 by Marijuana  Business Daily. Kadens believes deeply in, and actively leads,  organizations that seek to transform lives and strengthen communities,  serving as chairman of StreetWise (2009–2018), one of the largest  homeless aid organizations in Chicago. He currently serves as chairman  emeritus at StreetWise and sits on several other boards in the nonprofit  and for-profit space. Kadens was awarded the Trailblazer Chicago Award  by The Cara Program in 2019, The Catalyst Man of the Year by Streetwise  in 2015, the Distinguished Alumnus for Citizenship in 2010 by his  college alma mater, Bucknell University, where he earned his bachelor’s  of arts in political science, and a Distinguished Alumnus by his high  school, Ottawa Hills High School in Toledo, Ohio in 2019. He was also  named one of the 40 Under 40 by Crain’s Chicago Business in 2012. Kadens  is a 2019 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. Pete's Ted Talk ; https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86136672760?pwd=NDdVMHJYREdSbng1QlZUTFpyaFRmUT09
22:49
April 05, 2021
Infinite Universes; Multiverse (pt 4)
In the 4th installment of our Multiverse series, we discuss Infinite Universes and a Steam Room?  We talk about the three main theories of how a multiverse can exist as they are known today... The universe as Infinitely Large, The Universe as a series of Expanding Forces and the Many Worlds Theory.  We also discuss dependent origination, Schrodingers Cat, the quantum field theory, emptiness, Sean Carroll and his Preposterous Universe as well as entanglement.  This episode will expand your mind!
01:05:47
April 02, 2021
Questioning Reality, Multiverse (pt 3)
In this episode we continue our deep dive into reality through the lens of modern physics and we ask, "Why question Reality?"  We discuss reality and mundane appearances, time moving at different rates and the expansion of the universe!  Watch out for that dark energy...
26:37
March 29, 2021
Psychedelics and Spirituality
In the first part of this two part episode, we begin our discussion of psychedelics, spirituality, their role in addiction as well as in meditation.  We address some of the arguments against and for their use and some of our own personal experiences.  Mindset and setting,  guidance and other factors for a successful experience when using these plant medicines is highlighted.   Around minute 24 we pivot to discuss some of the reasons for meditation.
47:53
March 28, 2021
Mysteries of the Multiverse (pt 2)
In this episode we talk about Physics... its more than Meets the Eye!  We discuss Zen Koans in your universe, being honest as to what we know, Brian Greene and Going Beyond the surface.  We try and tackle the question, "What would happen if you traveled on a straight line infinitely?"  We go over inflation cosmology, gravity and the cosmological constant, vacuum energy and the quantum field.  We hope to make high school science as cool as it should be.
37:02
March 26, 2021
The Multiverse? (pt 1)
In this episode we discuss the theory of a Multiverse from an Eastern perspective. We talk about the Between State... between days and even between lives and the momentum of living that influences them.  We discuss our addictive behaviors and trying to remodel our lives towards positivity.  We outline the idea of the Multiverse as a hologram repeating itself from macro to micro and the possibilities that may actually be because of it!  
54:27
March 22, 2021
Empowerment & Evolution pt 2
This is the second part of a two part episode on Empowerment and Evolution.  In this episode, we dive into the Evolution part of the discussion.  What does Evolution mean for us personally?  Socially?  Is survival of the fittest the most accurate way of describing those beings whom are most fit to survive?  We shed some light on what it means to evolve.
23:10
March 19, 2021
Empowerment & Evolution pt 1
This is the first part of a two part series where we discuss our own Empowerment and Evolution, personally and socially.  We discuss the differences between self-help and self-improvement as they pertain to current ideology and marketing.  We highlight some of Pema Chodron's work as well as Jordan Peterson and Carl Yung.  We dig into anxiety and some of its roots as well as giving the framework to working on one's mind, body and actions.
54:25
March 15, 2021
Toxic Baby Food: Zen and the Art of Intrigue
Toxic Baby Food? . . . What?  In this episode we go back to our discussion on conspiracy and ask what do the more Eastern philosophical texts say about these ideas? In a sense, do they say we are ALL living in a kind of Conspiracy? We start the show by highlighting the suppression of information in the public sphere--that's the Toxic Baby Food Part-- and our responsibility to search for the What May Not Yet Be Known . . . We discuss Astrology and the Age of Aquarius.  Then we dive into Taoist and Zen philosophers: Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu and the Zen poet Ikkyu.   From Chuang Tzu, “I cannot tell if what the world considers ‘happiness’ is happiness or not. All I know is that when I consider the way they go about attaining it, I see them carried away headlong, grim and obsessed, in the general onrush of the human herd, unable to stop themselves or to change their direction. All the while they claim to be just on the point of attaining happiness.”
52:54
March 08, 2021
Daniel, The Origin Story
In this episode we dive into the history of one of our intrepid hosts, one Daniel Domoleczny.  He gives his version on what transpired in his life to make him the person he is.  Growing up in a divorced family to being the new kid at numerous schools.  From Aesop's Fables to nights spent in a war zone, few stones are left unturned.  
59:30
March 01, 2021
TMI: Eric--The Origin Story!
In this episode we dive deep into the history of one of our intrepid hosts, one Eric Baker.  He highlights where his life began, cemeteries and poor farms, having an awareness of violence at a young age, racism and sexism, his love for Don Quixote and suffering through physical pain and the flaws of the Western medical system.  He asks what is truly psychologically healthy, and talks about his life studying with Masters from a range of Traditions.  
56:40
February 22, 2021
Buddha Nature and Teachings as Medicine w/Guy Newland
In this final episode of three with Professor Guy Newland,  we do another GNT Crash Course and Deep Dive into another of the most important concepts in Buddhist Thought, Buddha Nature. Guy first shares his thoughts on the flexibility of the Buddhist Teachings, how different Buddhist Ideas are like Medicine for those People who need those kinds of Teaching. Buddha Nature Teachings are especially important for those who need to hear about their Inner Potential. During our discussion, Guy outlines his way of thinking about Buddhist Approaches as being of three types: The First Emphasizing The Openness of Reality or Emptiness that we covered in episode 2 The Second: The Inner Perfection of Reality The Third: that Reality is just beyond description . . . We also look at different ways of thinking of Buddha Nature: as the Deepest Part of the Spirit of Living Things, As the Already Existing Hidden Potential within Living Things, or even that EVERYTHING is just Secretly Buddha Nature . . . Along the way we talk about how ideas cross cultures, Science and Buddhism, whether Buddha Nature is the Holy Spirit, and The Lack of Cholesterol in the Arteries of the World . . . Hmmm . . .Enjoy the Episode.
53:20
February 15, 2021
To BE or not to BE... Empty? with Guy Newland
In this second episode of our series with Professor Guy Newland, we offer a G&T Crash Course on one of the most Quintessential Parts of Tantric Buddhism: Emptiness. Guy first shares the insight that getting how things don’t have the fixed nature our mind imposes on them is one of the keys to really helping others with Kindness and Compassion. Then he outlines all the important points of Tantric Buddhist Philosophy: Impermanence, Dependent Origination, Designation, Superimposition, Illusion Like-Appearance and the Whole Gang. Along the way, we talk about Conventional and Ultimate Radio, Breaking Tables, The English Letter A and the Sanskrit Letter Hum, The Matrix, and The Farmer and Philosopher Parts of Our Minds—Everything You Have Always Wanted to Know About Tantric Buddhist Philosophy, But Were Afraid To Ask? . . . Now You Know!
41:13
February 08, 2021
Guy Newland: Finding Your OWN Path, Personal and Spiritual
This is our first of three episodes with Esteemed Professor and Translator of Tibetan Buddhism, Guy Newland.  In it, we talked about his background and how he found his own path, including his childhood desire to understand the origin of the Universe—who hasn’t been there, right? We specifically got his thoughts on the fears, desires and the pressures one feels in society when one is trying to find one’s own unique way. Most importantly, he makes a point that we all have something of our own to share with the world and the importance of patiently working your finding your way towards doing that. We also talked about religious experience as the actual core of religion and spirituality . . . with a Twist. I suppose I had to drop the tagline in there . . . Unexpected Works mentioned including T. S. Eliot’s 4 Quartets and St. john of the cross. Hmmm . . . Enjoy the episode.
31:29
February 01, 2021
Avatars and Q; Conspiracy Series (#4)
In this, the 4th installment in our series called 'The Psychology and Spirituality of Conspiracy' we discuss one of our favorite thinkers, Carl Yung.  We highlight his ideas on the Archetypes, The Trickster and The Shadow.  We get into shared ideas on being heroic and freeing the power of emotions.  We also highlight the nature of Avatars and the infamous Q as well as views on Christianity and its role in being a conspiracy primer.
49:59
January 27, 2021
The Psycho-Spirituality of Conspiracy (#3)
This is the third episode in our series on The Psychology and Spirituality of Conspiracy.  In this episode we discuss several pre-existing vulnerabilities as factors for those whom are more susceptible for conspiratorial ideas.  Such as evolutionary psychology, historical and cultural factors, emotional factors and cognitive biases.  Get ready for a deep dive into the minds of our fellow humans!  We also go over the 5 aggregates which Buddhism identifies as the 5 main compilations of conscious existence.  Enjoy the episode!
34:27
January 25, 2021
The Psychology of Conspiracy (Series pt 2)
This is the second episode in our series on the 'Psychology and Spirituality of Conspiracies'.  We discuss the some of the psychological forces giving rise to vulnerability for conspiracy... ie Psychosis, mood and personality disorders, isolation, a high tolerance for inconsistency and various types of attachment phenomenon.  This is a bit if a deep dive into psych theory but backed in research and presented with real life applications.  Enjoy the episode!
47:20
January 20, 2021
Conspiracy Series (pt 1)
This is the first episode in our series we are titling,  The Psychology and Spirituality of Conspiracy, we begin to dive into how we arrived at this point literally and figuratively.  We discuss conspiratorial influences in New Age and healing communities,  the government, the media and in corporate circles.   
42:36
January 18, 2021
Becoming a Sufi: Nadia's Journey
In the conclusion of our conversation with Nadia Barhoumeh, immigrant, Sufi, nurse, mother of two, we detail her journey towards her spiritual calling and go into detail of the moment in which she felt herself being called back to the Divine, to God.  She highlights for her the ideas around separation, death and purification through practice in order to better reflect the Divine nature in us all.  Nadia discusses Rumi and the practice of whirling, or twirling in the Sufi tradition and its roots. Nadia holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Rush University, College of Nursing in Chicago, IL. She's also a Certified Yoga Teacher and Therapist, Since 2005 and a Licensed Registered Nurse in State of California, Since 1990.
54:06
January 09, 2021
Looking Beyond the Horizon; A Refugee Tale w/Nadia Barhoumeh
In this first portion of our conversation with nurse, sufi and mother we talk to Nadia Barhoumeh about her background and specifically growing up in Palestine and moving to the US.  What was life like living as a refugee... the language, culture and pressures from society and her family to conform.  She gives her recollection of advice from her parents, living a secret life of spirituality against the will of her family and the adoption of her mantra, "When the going gets tough, the tough get going..." Nadia holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)  Rush University, College of Nursing  Chicago, IL. Is a Certified Yoga Teacher and Therapy Since 2005 and a Licensed Registered Nurse in State of California, Since 1990.
27:12
January 07, 2021
Beyond Mindfulness... Meditation Technologies
In this last episode of our series on mindfulness, we give our personal and experiential insights into the practices that transcend the mindfulness paradigm.  We highlight some other technologies that human beings have been developing for millennia, , ie mantra, visualization and tactile sensation.  We go over the benefits that each may bring the practitioner and how we may overlook these in attempts to quell the racing mind.
20:39
January 03, 2021
MBSR and The Robert Thurman Debate
In this second episode of our continued discussion on mindfulness, we discuss the scholar, author, teacher and Buddhist philosopher Robert Thurman.  We highlight his critique of mindfulness (MBSR) and that there is more to meditation than turning off the mind.  We ask the question on whether or not the changes made through this type of practice actually last...  and is meditation a gateway drug?  Later we discuss B. Allan Wallace, author, and his views on prospective, retrospective and discriminate awarenesses i.e. future, past and present.  We also discuss translating the changes one makes into their daily life.
26:57
December 30, 2020
Mindfulness and Zen
This the first episode in our continued discussion on mindfulness.  Specifically we highlight the ideas of Brad Warner, a Zen Buddhist and author, and his thought that Mindfulness actually IS Buddhist... not just a secular take on a practice.  We discuss the intensity of mediation and the importance of having others around you whom can speak the language of experience.  We also highlight the difficulty of ideas having the run the gambit of societally accepted ideas in order to find their place.
27:04
December 27, 2020
Glenn H. Mullin 4: Tantric Paths, Buddha Nature . . . And The Penis Imprint Of God?
In this final episode of our four part conversation, Lama Glenn continues to be on one of his inimitable rolls! . . . He starts out advocating for the traditional medicines of the world, but then continues on to consider the Buddhist Principle that the Main Factor in One’s Life is How One Sees The World. He makes recommendations for resources for further study, along the way outlining the Stages of the Tantric Path, all the way down to the most Subtlest Aspects of One’s Own Mind and Being, The Buddha Nature and the “Penis Imprint of God” . . . Well, it’s hard not to be at least a little curious about what that could mean? . . . Enjoy the Episode.
20:14
December 14, 2020
Glenn H. Mullin 3: Tantric Joy In a Troubled World And Overcoming "Optical Delusion"
In this episode, Lama Glenn serves up a Full-On, Spiritually Intoxicating, and Over-flowing Cocktail Glass of Gin and Tantra . . . He was really on a roll!  Actually, as someone who has know him for a decently long time, this is really one of my favorites of his unique presentations of Tantric Thought and Practice. He talks about how to seek a Personally Tantrically Meaningful and Joyful life in a World too often Run by “Thugs and Buffoons”--How True!  And then he specifically outlines the Buddhist Practices that can help one do that, including Creatively Seeing the World as Joyful, Divine, and Interconnected and Overcoming what Einstein Called “Optical Delusion.” Enjoy the Episode.
37:18
December 08, 2020
Glenn H. Mullin 2: Spiritual Beggars, Seekers, and How Often Can A Buddhist Have Sex?
In this episode, we chat with Lama Glenn about different types of “Spiritual Lifestyles:" Whether one is a "Spiritual Beggar," as Monastics are called in the East, or a “Spiritual Seeker,” living life as a Layperson, as they also do in the East and most of us will do in the West. We also talk about Fun in Spiritual Practice, and how many times a day a Good Buddhist can have Sex—The Answer May Surprise You . . . Enjoy The Episode.
26:23
December 04, 2020
Glenn H. Mullin 1: Seeing Your Life As Tantra-Your Outer, Inner and Secret Lives . . .
In this first of four episodes, we chat with the jovial, profound and enlightening Glenn H. Mullin, or simply Lama Glenn to his students.  We ask him about his roots in Canada prior to his traveling to India to meet the Dalai Lama, and what influenced him to pursue this Path.  Lama Glenn tells stories of Canada, England, India and Tibet, Lives and Lives between Lives, and the challenges and dangers of being a Mystic in the West.  Through it all, he teaches the Tantric Concept of Outer, Inner, and Secret . . . Enjoy The Episode. 
32:54
November 29, 2020
Mindfulness Part 2: A letter to Einstein
This episode is the conclusion to our Mindfulness discussion and we discuss physics and reality, if society harms or helps the passing along of traditions for philosophy/religion/etc.  We discuss the monetization of authenticity and blending it all together in the world we live. " A human being is part of the whole world, called by us “Universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. The striving to free oneself from this delusion is the one issue of true religion. Not to nourish the delusion but to try to overcome it is the way to reach the attainable measure of peace of mind." Albert Einstein
17:60
November 27, 2020
Mindfulness Explained
In this episode we discuss Mindfulness!  What it is, where it came from. Is it Religious, Secular?  Pro's and con's.  Too commercialized, not enough?  We also discuss MC Hammer and banana peels!   
52:34
November 23, 2020
Psychedelic Adventures! Mother Ayahuasca...
In this second part of the series we are calling Psychedelic Adventures! Mother Ayahuasca, I detail my first journey with the medicine (Ayahuasca) and many of the thoughts, feelings and emotions I went through at this time.  Some key points we discussed were adventures in life, ceremonies and ritual,  re-framing shame and accepting forgiveness.  There is a lot more so check it out!
55:25
November 13, 2020
Psychedelic Adventures! The Peruvian Pilgrimage...
Thanks for tuning in!  These episodes titled Psychedelic Adventures detail some of our experiences with psychedelics and how they have affected our lives.  This episode details the beginning of my trip to Peru to work with some of their Indigenous Shamans in their most sacred of settings.  In addition to the outlining of the initial stages of my journey we discuss authenticity, seeing beyond the appearances of people and things, intention and the importance of your personal network. Contact us @ ginandtantra@gmail.com
46:11
November 04, 2020
Tibetan Book of the Dead... Lost in Translation
In this series of episodes we continue our talks on life, and the aspects of life between lives.  So we turn to the Tibetan Book of the Dead, or the Book of the Between as its more aptly translated.  In this episode we Discuss the problem with translations and translating from one language to another (English in particular).  We begin to discuss the text and how its reflective of life and the numerous rebirths we go through daily and in periods of our lives.  How does one read for meaning and we discuss 'Clear Light'.
32:05
October 27, 2020
Tibetan Book of the Dead...and a Scientific Religion?
In this series of episodes we continue our talks on life, and the aspects of life between lives.  So we turn to the Tibetan Book of the Dead, or the Book of the Between as its more aptly translated.  We discuss treating science as a religion, Christian views on death as the de-facto  ideology for much of Western culture and how there are other views that one can take.  We share personal stories of loss and how the Tibetan Book of the Dead and other texts have helped us through difficult times and now.
30:16
October 24, 2020
YOLO! pt.3 - Science, Faith and Reincarnation
In the 3rd installment of our YOLO! series, Justin Kee opens up a bit about his thoughts on reincarnation and if it has a role in academia.  We discuss the merits of case studies presented by people from the US throughout modern times on their experiences with things that are beyond rationalization and we ask if there is a place to further research this with more rigor.  We go over some of the hostility between science and religion and how they can meet once and for all for a nice dinner at a Vegan restaurant. email us @   ginandtantra@gmail.com The link to the video we referenced.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RGizqsLumo
27:45
October 20, 2020
YOLO! pt.2 - Biological Materialism...
In this second episode of our series aptly named YOLO!, Justin Kee gives his thoughts as we dive into the philosophy of biological materialism.  We discuss its meanings and relevance (or lack of) on our lives and minds.  We also get into artificial intelligence, GTP3 and the laws of space as they present themselves in various places. email us @   ginandtantra@gmail.com
35:39
October 17, 2020
YOLO! pt. 1 - Is Heaven, Heavenly?
In this series of episodes we are calling YOLO! friend of the show Justin Kee provides his thoughts as we discuss transcending the body, the idea of Heaven as reward (or possible punishment?) and the binary notion of Heaven and Hell.   Line of the episode, "...infinite copies of a Christian Heaven."  We are fortunate to be able to discuss such topics.  There was a large time throughout the history of humankind that this was not possible. email us @   ginandtantra@gmail.com
28:10
October 14, 2020
The Dichotomy of Attachment
In this episode we talk about stories of attachment (in additions to the various effect that attachment has on all of our lives), the definition and role of a trickster (in the comic books too) and give some stories of the pain of love.  We talk about the art of loss, honoring the continuity of life and Tara from the Buddhist tradition. We would love to hear from you! email us @   ginandtantra@gmail.com
49:41
October 11, 2020
The Certainty of Death: Stages of Tantra #5
In this episode we discuss the second half of the Buddhist idea on life, ie the certainty of death and how that can be misconstrued.  We highlight the importance of making use of your time and using the knowledge of the finite nature of life as a source of motivation and reflection.   We reference the 'Collection of Jewels' Sutra. We would love to hear from you! email us @   ginandtantra@gmail.com
28:15
October 07, 2020
The Ecstacy & Agony of Living: Stages of Tantra #4
In this episode we highlight the 'Preciousness of Human Life' as highlighted in the Buddhist tradition and the practical aspects of this idea/mediation.  We give a brief overview of the Analytic Meditation and how can can differ from the oft referenced Mindfulness Meditation.  We discuss our being as a living ancestor and the bearers of the species whom lucky to be a human being in this very moment.   We highlight the 8 Freedoms and the 10 Endowments. How to appreciate your environment and use it to aid in your development. We would love to hear from you! email us @   ginandtantra@gmail.com
31:40
October 05, 2020
PASSION; A Practical Application
In this episode, we go over meditations on love and working on the various passionate parts of your life.  We reference the spiritual text, 'The Zohar' and a specific mediation on 'letters' as well as the names of GOD.  Towards the later half we go over a practice known as Darshan or eye gazing where one focuses on the sight/appearance and is often done with a partner.  We further highlight more Tantric partner practices. We would love to hear from you! email us @   ginandtantra@gmail.com
41:60
October 02, 2020
The Kaleidescope of Relationships
In this episode we continue our discussion of love, relationships and spirituality.  We discuss the seeming infinite and complex nature of relationships of numerous types.  We discuss overcoming disunity and unification as well as non-personified divinity as a source of one's experience for spirituality. We would love to hear from you! email us @   ginandtantra@gmail.com
23:30
September 27, 2020
Rumi; Musings on Soulmates and Love
In this episodes we discuss the writings of Rumi, his fabled life and some of the potential meaning for his work today.
24:52
September 14, 2020
"I'm Not Religious, I'm Spiritual", with Aaron Greenberg, PhD
In this short episode we ask the question briefly to Aaron Greenberg PhD, what does he think people mean when they say, "I'm not religious, I'm spiritual"? Aaron's offerings are available @biographbook.com
09:58
September 09, 2020
Reading Between the Lines with Aaron Greenberg, PhD
In this episode we discuss the different effects of communication, written and spoken.  How is the communication altered when what we say is read as opposed to spoken?  Can we learn through reading and reflecting upon what one is saying?  How can the removal of context and tone of voice be limiting when reading the spoken word?  This illuminating discussion highlights some of the pros and cons of each way to communicative and highlights how we need both.   We also discuss the Buddhist idea of 'right' speech (communication) and the power of stories for families. Aaron's offerings can be found @ biographbook.com
30:07
September 08, 2020
Composing YOUR Narrative with Aaron Greenberg, PhD
In this episode we discuss objective and subjective truths from our own perspectives.  We get into editing life and the battle between controlling the narrative versus allowing for the flow of life to occur.  How can we accept imperfection and embrace the therapeutic misconception. Aaron's offerings can be found @ biographbook.com
18:16
September 05, 2020
The Telling of One's Life Story with Aaron Greenberg, PhD
In this series of episodes we interview Aaron Greenberg, PhD and discuss his work to bring people's narratives to life with his company bioGraph.  We ask him about the telling of our stories and his experiences hearing so many of them from others.  How stories pre-serve the future and how his company seeks to upend the privilege of publishing.  Aaron talks about his interest in language and the history of his company's desire to share the stories that are hiding in plain sight! His offerings can be found @ biographbook.com
28:05
September 03, 2020
Stages of Tantra #3, Teachers... What's YOUR Type?
In this episode of our Spiritual Primer series, we discuss the various types of 'teachers'... People, literature, one's experiences and the natural wisdom of oneself.  We take a dive into each of these highlighting the aspects of each and potential pitfalls with some of them (ie an inappropriate or unbalanced teacher/student relationship).  We also discuss moving one's practice beyond the practice area (yoga mat, meditation cushion, place of worship, etc.) into one's life situations.   Empowerment through consciousness!
34:59
August 28, 2020
Stages of Tantra #2: How to be a Student
In this episode we discuss the types of students with an analogy of the three cups (full, leaky and dirty) and the need to examine oneself and the teachings one is embarking upon as a means towards growth.  The bulk of the episode is then devoted to looking at what is known as the 5 types of views (unreflexiveness, materialism, nihilism, eternalism and the deeper personal mosaic of ones  life experience).  We give examples of each and some potential antidotes.  This is all presented with an open mind and a sense of curiosity.  These ideas are to help examine one's life and perhaps make strides towards a more conscious and balanced approach.
21:59
August 25, 2020
Spiritual Primer #1: Stages of Tantra
In this episode we begin our journey into one of the reasons for which we began this Podcast, as a platform to share non-dogmatic philospohies and ideas on how to approach Spirituality and our modern lives.  In this series called the 'Spiritual Primer' we tackle the introductory steps on how to begin one's foray into mystery... A life blended with a sense of Spirituality.  A source of inspiration and meaning that can only be determined by the individuals' seeking and examining what they have sought. We discuss stages of the path, aka the Lamrim, thought experiements, the Mosaic of one's life and the use of symbols on various traditions.
21:46
August 22, 2020
Experiences in Mental Health with Nurse Burke pt.2
In this episode we discuss some of the positive experiences that Nurse Burke has had working with mental health patients and some important takeaways.  We discuss the difficulties of being a woman from the Tantric texts and the importance of listening.  We highlight the dichotomy of 'managing stress' as if it were an asset to be managed and the various ways we find our paths.
27:14
August 10, 2020
Shame and Guilt; On Teenage Mental Health with Psych Nurse Burke
In this episode we have on mental health professional, Nurse Samantha Burke who works as a psych nurse at a number of in-patient mental health facilities.  One of which houses adolescent teenage girls.  We discuss the uptick mental health episodes over the last ten years in this demographic and some of the causes that may have lead up to the point at which we are now where self-harm is so prevalent. 
24:42
August 07, 2020
The Effects of a Polarized Society on the Mind
In this episode we highlight the almost comical nature of the polarization of our society from politics, social media to ... food choices?  We ask the question, how does this effect people?  We talk about the willingness to question our own reality and how to begin that process.
34:01
August 05, 2020
Polarized thought... Why do we decide what we do?
In this episode we take a deep dive into the decision making process, or  sometimes lack thereof.  Highlighting the frequent tendency to put ideas, issues, people and more into a decision based around two choices.  Good or bad?  Caff or decaf?  In or out? We attempt to shine a light on this massively reductionist view of the 'world'.
30:48
August 03, 2020
Shamanism and a Contact High? w/Mary Kay Ryan pt.3
In this episode we take a deep dive into Shamanic practice. We ask what is Shamanism?  What are some of the aspects that make up this timeless practice as it spans the globe since humankind began to roam the Earth?  How can it help us today?  We talk about the important aspects of leadership and we also discuss the effects we have on others through various practices... possible for a contact high?  
42:05
July 29, 2020
De-Mystifying Religion/Re-Mystifying Spirituality, Conversation w/Mary Kay Ryan pt.2
In this episode, we discuss "...creating a religion out of your own life experience" -Mary Kay Ryan We define the terms religion and spirituality personally for each of us.  How are they different/similar and what are some of the pitfalls around the institutions and practices surrounding each surrounding each?  From Catholicism to various forms of Shamanic practices, very few stones are left unturned!
36:44
July 27, 2020
What is Medicine? A conversation with Mary Kay Ryan.
In this episode, we chat with Mary Kay Ryan, anthropologist, Acupuncturist and Shamanic Teacher who's bio is further listed on the show.  We define medicine from a historic, native and contemporary perspective where the various aspects of the individual and the community are viewed differently.  How can we learn from these ideas and practices for well-being?  Check out the episode and find out!
24:52
July 26, 2020
What are YOUR three? Reescripting your life, pt. 4
In this episode we discuss a larger description of Tantra being inclusive of our beliefs and moving past dogmatic views/ideas. Minute 11ish we talk about what it means to find your three, or your trinity.  Meaning, what are the three aspects of your life that have the most meaning to you?  How do we make time, or not for them? Are we living in such a way that we feel as if we are meeting the aspirations of those desires?   Minute 24ish, we discuss working hard, and being miserable? Lets hope not.  Thanks for listening!
45:19
July 14, 2020
Unity and Division, the George Floyd Protests
In this episode we talk about the week of protests over the public murder of George Floyd and the highlighting of further racial injustice.  Also we discuss political ideology and religious responsibility, or lack thereof and when is the 'right time' to act/speak out?
49:07
July 10, 2020
Mortality and Morality, an Interview with Sameet Kumar, PhD., pt 3
Sameet Kumar, Ph.D., is the clinical  psychologist for the Memorial Cancer Institute in Broward County,  Florida. He specializes in working with cancer patients and their  caregivers. In addition to his training as a psychologist using  mindfulness-based therapies, he has also studied with many leading  Buddhist and Hindu teachers. He is the author of Grieving Mindfully: A  Compassionate and Spiritual Guide to Coping with Loss, The Mindful Path  Through Worry and Rumination: Letting Go of Anxious and Depressive  Thoughts and Mindfulness for Prolonged Grief. In this last part of our interview, we talk about his work with front line health care workers and his bereavement work with patients which is more prevalent now as death is certainly a mainstay in the news.  We also discuss suffering and kindness.
36:51
July 10, 2020
Viktor Frankl and a Drive to Find Meaing, an Interview with Sameet Kumar, PhD., pt 2
Sameet Kumar, Ph.D., is the clinical  psychologist for the Memorial Cancer Institute in Broward County,  Florida. He specializes in working with cancer patients and their  caregivers. In addition to his training as a psychologist using  mindfulness-based therapies, he has also studied with many leading  Buddhist and Hindu teachers. He is the author of Grieving Mindfully: A  Compassionate and Spiritual Guide to Coping with Loss, The Mindful Path  Through Worry and Rumination: Letting Go of Anxious and Depressive  Thoughts and Mindfulness for Prolonged Grief. In this episode we the influence and life of Viktor Frankl, his life and his work and its implications on our lives today.  Emphasizing the the drive to find meaning and questioning what can you offer life?
23:29
July 10, 2020
Weaponized Fear, an Interview with Sameet Kumar, PhD pt 1
Sameet Kumar, Ph.D., is the clinical  psychologist for the Memorial Cancer Institute in Broward County,  Florida. He specializes in working with cancer patients and their  caregivers. In addition to his training as a psychologist using  mindfulness-based therapies, he has also studied with many leading  Buddhist and Hindu teachers. He is the author of Grieving Mindfully: A  Compassionate and Spiritual Guide to Coping with Loss, The Mindful Path  Through Worry and Rumination: Letting Go of Anxious and Depressive  Thoughts and Mindfulness for Prolonged Grief. In this interview, we discuss cultural trauma, the use of information and language as a psychological weapon, managing fears and having "a sincere wish to improve your enemy".
23:56
July 10, 2020
Buddhist Theory of Relativity, Continuing to Rescript YOUR Life
In this episode we discuss the 'Tools of the Tantras', seeing the world as a reflection as a discussion on the Buddhist theory of relativity with its correlates in physics.  In addition we touch on the idea of 'emptiness' and dependent origination and we finish the episode with a continued discussion on escapism and what it means to engage with the world in a way that has meaning to you.
51:10
July 10, 2020
Finding Balance and Perspective, Rescripting YOUR life, pt. 2
In this episode we continue our discussion on engaging with the world, ie the fabric of society with what some call balance, others refer to as the Tao.  We discuss the Great American life, Gen X vs Gen Z and some various perspectives on perspective!
45:07
July 08, 2020
The Inaugural Episode!: Tantra, Passion, Desire and Rescripting YOUR life
In this episode we discuss Tantra, Passion, Desire and Fear and how to use them ALL as a source of potential.  We also look at working through obstacles and share some personal tales of our own Passions, Desires, Fears and Overcoming.
57:24
July 08, 2020
The Pre-Inaugural Compassion Episode: Spirituality in Times of Crisis
In this, our "Pre-Inaugural Episode," we talk about Spirituality in Times of Crisis--As, for example, ALL of 2020.  We look at using Spirituality as a Tool during those Times, Compassion and Wisdom and How Gin And Tantra can be a Spiritual Help With a Twist . . .
48:35
July 08, 2020