Sakyong Mipham on Your Practice and Life

Ray: Your first book, Turning the Mind Into an Ally, serves as a guide for training the mind with meditation practice. Your second book, Ruling Your World, is more broadly philosophical. At the same time, it seems designed to help people make their practice practical and relevant to day-to-day life. I already am using one…

Byron Katie on the Mind Waking Up to Itself

Ray: When you describe your moment of realization—the cockroach moment—about not believing your thoughts, it sounds almost revelational. Do most people doing inquiry have revelations like that, or is it usually steady work in making the understandings become second nature? Katie: Steady work, and making the understandings become second nature—or first nature. People don’t need…

Doreen Virtue describes specific archangels

(I invite you to read the post Ask Your Angels here, a richer and more recent excerpt from my interviews with Doreen that includes the short section below.) Ray Hemachandra: Would you talk about some of the specific archangels and what they do? Doreen Virtue: Absolutely! Archangel Michael is the angel to call on for…

Marianne Williamson on taking a moral inventory

Ray: You write about the importance in midlife of doing “the rigorous work of taking a fearless moral inventory”—about facing your pain and even facing places of self-loathing. Where do you begin that work? Marianne: Sometimes it’s late at night—it’s 3 o’clock in the morning—and for whatever reason, you can’t stop thinking about something you…

Brian Froud on Pink Fairies

    Ray: Have you encountered blocks to your work because of the subject matter of fairies? Brian: I get it all the time. People just go blank when you say “fairies.” I’ve been touring for years, coming out with books about fairies, and my wife, Wendy Froud, who is a doll maker, also did…

Louise Hay: Love yourself. Share. And keep it simple.

Louise, what advice do you have for somebody who wants to begin doing healing work? Louise: Learn to love yourself. And share. You know, I’m a high-school dropout. I don’t know how I got here. Life unfolded doorways for me, and I guess I walked through them. Everything is simple. And the simple things work best.…

Doreen Virtue on earthbound spirits

    Ray: Are there negative beings that correlate to angels? Do they exist? Doreen: Certain spirits can cause havoc in people — definitely yes. The main category is called earthbound spirits. These are people who have passed on while in the full throngs of active addiction. The addictions could be to substances, behaviors, or…