Sakyong Mipham on the Shambhala Buddhism community

Ray: Rinpoche, what is your intention for the Shambhala community? Mipham: Right now the main theme is how Shambhala can be relevant in terms of what is going on in the world. A lot of these centers started with people just getting together and meditating. I think Shambhala can be a very strong force as…

Wayne Dyer on changing societal memes

Ray: Let’s talk about memes a little bit more. How do political and cultural shifts happen when there are collective memes, or seem to be— Wayne: —oh, yes, there are millions of them­— Ray: —and is there a tipping point at which you have enough people changing their thinking that a societal meme actually shifts?…

Byron Katie on the mind’s relationship with itself

Ray: Some people may struggle to disengage the intellect. How do you undo thinking without thinking? Is inquiry not thought engaging itself or deconstructing another thought? Katie: Actually, it’s mind seeing through itself and understanding itself. I like to say that understanding is the power. The most important relationship is the mind’s relationship with itself.…

Masaru Emoto on why he thinks he works with water

Ray: Dr. Emoto, what originally gave you the idea to work with water? Masaru: It is a very popular question, so I always have two answers. Which answer would you like? Ray: Answer No. 2, definitely. Masaru: OK, No. 2 then. I can understand that! I believe in reincarnation. I believe that in my previous…

Sakyong Mipham on mixing Shambhala Buddhism with other traditions

Ray: Many people outside the Shambhala community will read your book Ruling Your World. Also, you mention in the book that there are Shambhalian Christians and Shambhalian Jews. When people from other religious or spiritual traditions encounter Shambhala, do they experience any tensions, and, if so, what are they? Mipham: People sometimes don’t like organized situations.…

Doreen Virtue on signs from the angels

Ray: Doreen, what are some signs angels give to let people know they are present? Doreen: One of the most common signs is seeing flickering or flashing lights with your physical eyes. You think you’re seeing Fourth of July sparklers or flashbulbs going off. Some people have had their eyes checked by eye doctors and…

Peter Block on stewardship and leadership

Ray: Let’s get into the work. What is stewardship? How does it differ from leadership, or at least from traditional notions of leadership? Peter: Leadership is about creating a place for accountability by centralizing power. Leadership is about making a center or a top — the owner of a business, for example, who is the…