Episode 39 - Bryan Rill

Bryan Rill is many things. He is the president of the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness: a group of academics that study the nature of consciousness from an anthropological perspective. He is a leader in the field of conscious design. He also has ties in the worlds of robotics, biomimicry, quantum physics, shamanism, electronica and cultural anthropology. But this is not the primary reason we brought him on the show.

Several years ago, Bryan suffered a horrible accident that left him without the ability to use most of his brain. He has, quite literally, rebuilt himself from the ground up. A walking model of physical, intellectual and psychic transformation, we thought his story would be perfect for the show. He credits a lot of things for his remarkable recovery, including his commitment to walking the path of Shugendo Buddhism that he learned under some pretty intense Japanese masters. It is a wide-ranging conversation that we hope you will enjoy!

Episode 35 - Gurucharan Singh Khalsa

Gurucharan Khalsa, PhD, LPC  (khalsa@chapman.edu)

Gurucharan is an expert in the design and delivery of applications of meditation and controlled breathing. He is the author of several texts on yoga and meditation including the recent “The 21 Stages of Meditation”- read and used as for meditation training worldwide. He is currently Research Professor in Contemplative Science and Transdisciplinary Dialogue at Chapman University. 

He works with the Fish Interfaith Center and the Institute of Quantum Studies to explore the nature of consciousness and human potential using meditation and the insights of science. He continues a broad based consulting and clinical counseling practice and co-authored The Psychospiritual Clinician’s Handbook.

Whether in his clinical psychology practice, his workshops on meditation, leadership or the nature of consciousness, his delight is in the application of simple, immediate and effective tools that elevate well-being and solve the daily challenges of modern life. He guides people and designs programs for intuitive decision making, personal and spiritual development, and all the challenges of stress and mood. Gurucharan has a distinctive ability to teach from 45 years of personal meditation experience while maintaining the pragmatic approach of a clinician and the skeptical approach of a researcher. His doctorate in counseling psychology, graduate studies in math and engineering and his immersion in the study and understanding of classical eastern techniques have both served his commitment to elevate people and bridge science and the human spirit.

Gurucharan is the acknowledged expert in Kundalini Yoga and he worked with Yogi Bhajan to found the Kundalini Research Institute and was its Director of Training for many years. He co-authored Breathwalk and The Mind with Yogi Bhajan. He is known for his energetic, insightful and humorous presence that delivers experiences that hit the heart and stay with your soul.

Dr Khalsa and his wife Genie Khalsa reside peacefully along the river in South Water Front in Portland, Oregon.

To contact for consults, training or other inquiries: khalsa@chapman.edu

We are proud to call him a friend of the show and an agent par excellence of creativity and transformation. Here, we discuss the quantum revolution and its implications for the understanding of consciousness, the scientific basis for practicing yoga and meditation, and how creativity is the bridge to the universal within ourselves.