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Essential Conversations with Rabbi Rami from Spirituality & Health Magazine

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Alejandro Mandes, Our Multiethnic Future

Tue, 12 Oct 2021

Alejandro Mandes is a social worker and theologian. He is the founder of Immigrant Hope and is devoted to equipping immigrants with the tools to find the hope of the gospel, a path to legal residency, and a home and church that accepts them. His new book is Embracing the New Samaria: Opening Our Eyes to Our Multiethnic Future

Read our review of Embracing the New Samaria: Opening Our Eyes to Our Multiethnic Future from the July/August issue of Spirituality & Health

Mandes asks “Who aren’t we reaching?” 

In this episode Rami and Mandes discuss the multiethnic future of the Christian church, opening the doors to all individuals of all races and cultures, salvation outside the church, God’s love and image in humanity, and much more. 

“I think we try to understand God in paradigms we set up that are not always crystal clear. And I’m okay with that abstraction.” 

Tao Lin, Leave Society

Fri, 24 Sep 2021

Tao Lin, is a novelist, poet, essayist, short-story author, and artist. He has published numerous novels and novella, two books of poetry, a collection of short stories, a memoir, and an assortment of digital content. His latest novel is called Leave Society, and a review of the book appears in the July/August 2021 issue of Spirituality & Health. Tao Lin, welcome to essential conversations.

In this episode, Rabbi Rami and Lin discuss the philosophical nuances and therapeutic benefits of microdosing and recreational drug use, Daoism, autism, death and “leaving society,” and much more.

“When I first got really disillusioned with my life ... I took a big dose of psilocybin and that combined with listening to a lot of Terence McKenna, made me have this idea that I should leave society, leave the life I had in New York City where I was really depressed. Then at that point, I realized that I didn't know what I would leave towards.”

Susan Cross, Fieldnotes From a Crone

Fri, 17 Sep 2021

Susan Cross describes herself as a “well-wisher to ravens, bears, bumblebees, rattlesnakes, and coyotes.” She is a burial shroud maker, a rawhide hand drum and rattle builder, a ceremony writer, a gardener, an old mother, a tour driver, a self-proclaimed grief-stricken naturalist drowning her sorrows with single malt scotch, and a weary but wonder-filled pilgrim.

Cross has written a number of essays for Spirituality & Health, including her essay “Rethinking Burial: Burial Shrouds and More Ideas” featured in the July/August 2021 print issue. She is also the author of a new book called A Fleeting Presence: Fieldnotes From a Crone.

In this episode Rabbi Rami and Cross discuss the presence of the crone in all people— regardless of gender—burials, heritage, the “Disney-fication” of the feminine, and much more.

Michelle Cassandra Johnson, Finding Refuge

Fri, 03 Sep 2021

Michelle Cassandra Johnson is an activist, social justice warrior, author, anti-racism consultant and trainer, intuitive healer, and yoga teacher and practitioner. Her new book is Finding Refuge: Heartwork for Healing Collective Grief

Read our review of Finding Refuge from the July/August 2021 issue of Spirituality & Health

Rabbi Rami and Johnson start by defining racism throughout history. They explore ethnocentrism, white privilege, generational trauma, radicalizing yoga, the problematic nature of “color-blindness,” and more.  

“We are in physical bodies and yet we are not our bodies. But we need to recognize what our bodies are doing to other bodies as we remember our divinity. … We can hold both of these at the same time.”

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Hollywood to the Himalayas

Tue, 17 Aug 2021

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati is an acclaimed author, speaker, and spiritual leader initiated into the order of Sanyas in the year 2000 by His Holiness, Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, one of India’s most revered spiritual leaders. Sadhvi also holds a PhD in psychology. She’s the author of several books including By God's Grace, and Come Home to Yourself.

Her newest book is Hollywood to the Himalayas: A Journey of Healing and Transformation. 

In this episode, Rabbi Rami and Sadhvi discuss encounters with the Divine Mother, coming home to spirituality and to oneself, non-denominational experiences of god, and awakening to a new spiritual quest that feeds the soul. 

“I had this extraordinary experience, just spontaneously immediately of oneness, and connection, and awakening, and union, and ecstasy, and perfection, perfection of myself, perfection of the universe, perfection of my place in the universe, oneness with this incredible mother goddess. I experienced her, I experienced her presence on every level of my being.”

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