Podcast: Pathways Interviews

Pathways host Paul O'Brien

Pathways is a 29-minute interview program focused on personal and cultural transformation. Paul O'Brien has been its producer/host since 1984. The show has a large, loyal following covering the state of Oregon and southern Washington, airing on Sunday mornings at 8:30 AM pacific time on KBOO 90.7 FM in Portland, Oregon (also streaming at that time via kboo.fm). Downloadable podcasts of Paul O'Brien's Pathways interviews are made available here at Divination.com and the iTunes store for free.

An Agenda for Responsible Living

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Our current lifestyle, including buying water in disposable bottles, allowing the government to ignore global warming, and massive overconsumption, etc, will not preserve the planet. To nurture our world, we must rethink our lives, stand up for a healthy planet, and move towards what he calls a “new normal” lifestyle.

Our guest today is David Wann, an author, filmmaker, and speaker on the topic of sustainable lifestyles and designs. His newest book is The New Normal: An Agenda for Responsible Living. His previous book, Simple Prosperity, is a sequel to the best-selling book he coauthored, Affluenza, which is now in 9 languages.

Lessons in Leading a Fulfilling Life

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What are your creative faculties and how do you best put them to use? Most of us have been indoctrinated with false beliefs our whole lives, but how can we begin to unlearn them? Our intellect has the ability not only to put us ahead in life, but also to be our biggest detriment, if we let it hold us back. Our guest today is Bob Proctor, author of the book The Art of Living: Lessons in Leading a Fulfilling Life and Career. A speaker, author, consultant, coach, and mentor, for more than forty years, Bob has been one of the biggest names in prosperity and personal development, delivering talks throughout the world that help people achieve success and prosperity.

Personal growth becomes fashionable in China

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Sean Feng is the founder and Executive Director of Haiwen, a leading provider of the burgeoning personal growth movement in China. Haiwen is a Chinese company founded in 2004, which offers personal and professional development programs and retreats in 23 cities.

Sean earned a BA in Sociology from Simon Fraser University in B.C. and a Diploma in Counseling from the Haven Institute on Gabriola Island, B.C.

 

“Reboot” Your Life

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Dianne Bischoff James is the author of The Real Brass Ring: Change Your Life Course Now. She is a “Life Reboot Expert” and dynamic motivational speaker who encourages audiences to create a reality that is prosperous, deliberate and meaningful. She has been on her own transformational journey since 2002—losing 55 pounds, ridding herself of depression and numerous debilitating health problems, launching an acting career, a healthy divorce and surviving the perils of an addictive relationship, all after 40. Dianne has an MS in marketing communications and a BA in Psychology.

The Secret History of Psychedelic Magic

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Thomas Hatsis is the author of the new book The Witches’ Ointment: The Secret History of Psychedelic Magic. Exploring the untold history of the witches’ ointment and medieval hallucinogen use, Thomas reveals how the Church transformed folk drug practices—specifically entheogenic ones—into satanic experiences. Thomas is a historian of witchcraft, magic, Western religions, contemporary psychedelia, entheogens, and medieval pharmacopeia.

The Upside of Your Darkside

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Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener is the author of the new book, The Upside of Your Darkside: Why Being Your Whole Self–Not just your “good Self”–Drives Success and Fulfillment. Robert is known as the “Indiana Jones of Positive Psychology” because he has conducted research with groups typically overlooked by psychologists, including Amish farmers, sex workers in Kolkata, Maasai tribes people and seal hunters in a remote corner of Greenland. Robert has written a number of books including Happiness: Unlocking the mysteries of psychological wealth and The Courage Quotient.

Shamanic Journeys of Transformation

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Sheila Baker is the author of Journeys of Transformation: Tools for the Trip. Shiela has been a practicing and teaching Shaman since 1997. As well as being an author she’s a Mental Health Counselor, trained Registered Nurse, and holds a Master’s Degree in Dance Movement Therapy. She has been a Yoga instructor, psychotherapist, workshop leader and writer for over forty years and it shows! She taught Psychology at the undergraduate level at Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Combining counseling with her passions for the Tarot, Earth-based spirituality, the Akashic Records and Shamanism she has witnessed amazing growth and change in herself, students and clients as well as her friends and family.

Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility

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Ellen Langer, Ph.D., is the author of the book Counter Clockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility, which attempts to answer the question: If we could turn back the clock psychologically, could we also turn it back physically? Dr. Langer, a social psychologist, has been described as the “mother of mindfulness” and has written extensively on the illusion of control, mindful aging, stress, and decision-making. he is the author of eleven books and more than two hundred research articles written for general and academic readers on mindfulness for over 35 years.

On the Quest for a Life of Meaning

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Ralph White is co-founder and Creative Director of the New York Open Center, America’s leading urban institution of holistic learning for thirty years. In addition to serving as Creative Director, Ralph is an international speaker in his own right — on spirituality, consciousness, the history of the Western Mystical Tradition. He is now the author of a new book, a philosophical memoir entitled The Jeweled Highway—On the Quest for a Life of Meaning.

Get Your Life Back

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Mary Heath is the author of the new book Get Your Life Back: A Twelve Week Journey to Overcome Stress, Anxiety, and Depression. As a Stress Management Consultant, Stress Counselor, Life Coach and Therapist, Mary worked in Mental Health for almost 30 years helping patients and clients to overcome their stress, anxiety and depression.