America’s trauma epidemic w/Dr. Judith Herman | The Chris Hedges Report

The Real News Network Premiered Jul 28, 2023 The Real News Network Podcasts Violence is ubiquitous in American life, and so is the trauma that follows in its wake. From the domestic sphere to the public sphere, interpersonal violence, particularly of a sexual nature, is all-too-common in the US. How does the resulting trauma manifest, and how does this trauma shape everything from our personal relationships to our politics? Specialist Dr. Judith Lewis Herman joins The Chris Hedges Report for an in-depth discussion on how trauma distorts the mind and the body politic alike. Dr. Judith Lewis Herman is a psychiatrist who studies trauma and developed the diagnosis for Complex PTSD. She is the author of several books, including her most recent, Truth and Repair: How Trauma Survivors Envision Justice. Studio Production: David Hebden, Adam Coley, Cameron Granadino Post-Production: Cameron Granadino

Space Exploration with Robert Bigelow

New Thinking Allowed with Jeffrey Mishlove Jul 30, 2023 Robert Bigelow is founder of Bigelow Aerospace as well as the Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies. Here he describes some of the major issues facing the United States as it moves slowly and hesitantly into the new era of space exploration. 00:00 Introduction 03:15 Commercial sector 10:37 1967 space treaty 20:01 Lunar resources 23:07 Conflicts in space 27:27 Bigelow Aerospace 43:36 Radiation 45:21 Lagrange Points 53:02 AAWSAP 55:21 Conclusion Edited subtitles for this video are available in Russian, Portuguese, Italian, German, French, and Spanish. New Thinking Allowed host, Jeffrey Mishlove, PhD, is author of The Roots of Consciousness, Psi Development Systems, and The PK Man. Between 1986 and 2002 he hosted and co-produced the original Thinking Allowed public television series. He is the recipient of the only doctoral diploma in “parapsychology” ever awarded by an accredited university (University of California, Berkeley, 1980). He is also the Grand Prize winner of the 2021 Bigelow Institute essay competition regarding the best evidence for survival of human consciousness after permanent bodily death. (Recorded on June 5, 2023)

Full Moon in Aquarius Major Planetary Energies for August 2023

Wendy Cicchetti | Twixt Earth and Sky Jul 31, 2023 Wendy and Misty discuss the powerful planetary aspects of this Full Moon in Aquarius and the major transits for August 2023. TO SIGN UP FOR A FULL INITIAL LIFE READING: FREE signup for SpiritHour.Live Join our Movement. WENDY’S CELESTIAL UPDATE newsletter:… Learn Astrology with WENDY’S BASIC ASTROLOGY COURSE:…

The Astrology of the AIDS Pandemic

The Astrology Podcast Jul 16, 2023 Studying the astrology of the AIDS pandemic, and how the timing of it correlated with the Saturn-Pluto cycle, with astrologers Gary Lorentzen and Chris Brennan. In this episode we study the AIDS pandemic from the perspective of mundane astrology, but then also discuss it in terms of the impact it had on the astrological community. We begin by noting the parallel between the Saturn-Pluto conjunction that happened in January 2020 at the start of the Covid pandemic and the Saturn-Pluto conjunction in the early 1980s at the start of the AIDS pandemic. We then follow the 40-year Saturn-Pluto cycle and note how some key turning points during the course of the AIDS pandemic occurred around the time of the squares and opposition. We also talk about the pandemic from perspective of the impact it had on the astrological community, and the astrologers who died of AIDS in the 1980s and 90s, and how their loss set the community back by decades. Gary approaches the topic both as a seasoned expert in mundane astrology, as well as from the perspective of a gay man that lived through the pandemic and witnessed the impact it had. You can find out more about Gary on his website:

Astrology Forecast for August 2023

The Astrology Podcast Jul 30, 2023 Monthly Astrology Forecasts A look ahead at the astrological forecast for August 2023, with astrologers Chris Brennan, Austin Coppock, and Michael J. Morris. This month sees the continuation of the early and middle phases of the Venus retrograde in Leo, with the Sun-Venus conjunction happening mid-month, while later in the month Mercury slows down and goes retrograde in Virgo. In the first hour of the episode we discuss the astrology of some recent stories in the news, such as the Barbie movie being released the day Venus stationed retrograde, and then in the second hour of the show we get into the forecast for August. This is episode 411 of the Astrology Podcast:… The Astrologers’ Websites https://www.chrisbrennanastrologer.comhttps://austincoppock.com Auspicious Election for August The most auspicious astrological date this month is August 7 2023 at 6:12 AM with Leo rising! For other auspicious dates this month see our Auspicious Elections podcast:… The Astrology of Barbenheimer:… Patreon for Early Access + Bonus Content: Please be sure to like and subscribe! #TheAstrologyPodcast Timestamps 00:00:00 Introduction 00:06:05 Barbie movie astrology 00:16:58 Idealized aesthetics 00:26:05 More Barbieology facts 00:39:28 Actors strike, cinema, Oppenheimer 00:43:43 LGBTQ+ and Venus retrograde in Leo 01:07:20 Forever chemicals: Saturn in Pisces 01:15:04 August forecast begins 01:15:48 Full Moon in Aquarius August 1 01:24:55 Mercury in Virgo all month 01:35:05 Venus square Uranus August 9 01:39:25 Venus cazimi August 13 01:52:37 Myth of Inanna 01:59:15 New Moon in Leo August 16 02:00:09 Auspicious date for August 02:03:06 Mercury retro Aug 23 + Mars opp Neptune 02:11:20 Mars into Libra August 27 02:19:16 Full Moon in Pisces August 30 02:26:23 Michael, Austin, and Chris’ websites 02:30:24 Patrons, sponsors, and end cards


By Erica Georgiades

“And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money changers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer, but ye have made it a den of thieves.”

— Matthew 21:12–13

The realisation of the profound significance of your thoughts, feelings and actions is the core of practical Theosophy. Whether it is a moment of inner peace you attain through meditation or the challenges you face in your daily life, every single aspect of your journey matters. Your very existence holds immense importance and has meaning. No experience is insignificant, and no aspect of yourself should be disregarded. Even the smallest events and most insignificant insights can have a profound impact on your spiritual awakening. Therefore, embrace the ups and downs, the challenges and joys, for they shape you into the authentic and genuine individual you are meant to be.

As long as you have to live within the constraints of a personality, there will be challenges. You will make mistakes, and that is okay; you may get irritated, and that is okay too. There is no template for spirituality. There is life, and there is you. There are the difficulties and the beauty that you encounter on your journey in this life. So do not burden yourself with trying to become what others expect you to be, do not listen to others when they belittle you in their arrogance because you do not fit their template, be authentic, be genuine, and do not conform to norms and crystallised ideas. Do not simply regurgitate the words of others, but seek your own understanding, for the path is your own self.

Practical Theosophy warns against repeating and relying on the words and teachings of others. While it is valuable to learn from others and draw inspiration from their wisdom, it is crucial not to simply echo their words without having a deep understanding and personal experience. Do not spend your life quoting and repeating what others have said and using it as a crutch. You are urged to break free from the chains of conformity and seek the sunlight amidst the shadows. Free yourself from the shackles that confine you to a limited perspective. Step out of the darkness of conformity and embrace the radiance of your own unique light. In doing so, you will realise the profound significance of every thought, every emotion, every aspect of your existence and how important you are, how special you are and what a magnificent being you are, as in Matthew 5:14-16:

“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do you light a lamp and place it under a bowl. Instead, you put it on its stand, and it shines to everyone in the house. So let your light also shine before others,..”

The awakened individual, as understood in practical Theosophy, is not someone who conforms to external expectations or attempts to mirror a “spiritual” template. The truly awakened individual is one who lives authentically. Such individuals are prone to irritation, frustration and more, and they are not afraid to challenge nonsensical beliefs, seek truth and speak their minds. Therefore, do not be swayed by the judgements and criticism of those who try to squeeze you into their narrow spiritual template. Stay true to yourself, for it is in your authenticity that you will find true freedom. Do not fret about your imperfections or strive for unattainable perfection. Do your best to improve yourself, but with love, kindness and no pressure. Remember that even great spiritual beings like Jesus experienced moments of frustration. The awakened human being does not fit in a cookie-cutter mould shaped on imagined “spiritual” templates, but rather a free spirit who embraces its true self.

I have encountered numerous remarkable souls on my journey, and what set them apart was their acceptance of their flaws and their willingness to embrace their own unique path. They were not bound by the expectations imposed on them by others, but rather forged their own way forward. They empowered others instead of tearing them down. The lesson I learnt from them is to acknowledge the core essence that makes us unique. By doing so, we become aware of the deep meaning and purpose of our existence, while letting go of the chains that hold us back and open ourselves to the boundless possibilities that life has to offer. To achieve this, we need to free ourselves from the blueprints  imposed on us.

Blavatsky, for example, encouraged individuals to search for truth, to question established beliefs and to embrace their uniqueness. She pointed out, however, that real “truth” and “knowledge” cannot be acquired through intellectual pursuit or the mere study of books. Instead, real knowledge is only attained through enlightenment, while truth can never be known by a mind confined to the physical realm. Moreover,  Blavatsky’s life (also, Olcott, Hartmann, Besant and other pioneers of the Theosophical movement) was a testimony to the fact that we do not have to bow to the pressures of social expectations or try to conform to the “spiritual” templates of others. Instead, we need to awaken to our innate wisdom and embrace our responsibilities and choices.

Practical Theosophy thus involves an inner state of freedom serving as a powerful reminder that conformity and adopting  “spiritual” templates are not the path to self-realisation. Each of us is on a unique and extraordinary journey deserving of utmost honour and celebration. Such a journey is a sacred and profound expression of our unique selves. Therefore, we should trust our own insights and embrace the courage to walk the path that resonates with our souls.

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Time and Transformation with Peter Russell

New Thinking Jul 28, 2023 This video is a special release from the original Thinking Allowed series that ran on public television from 1986 until 2002. It was recorded in about 1993.  Peter Russell is a visionary writer, filmmaker, and management consultant.  He is author of The Creative Manager, The Global Brain and The White Hole in Time. Here he suggests that if we wish to understand the significance of the present, we must understand all of cosmic and biological evolution. He maintains that the human race is the culmination of a continual progression toward greater self-awareness.  Now you can watch all of the programs from the original Thinking Allowed Video Collection, hosted by Jeffrey Mishlove. Subscribe to the new Streaming Channel ( and watch more than 350 programs now, with more, previously unreleased titles added weekly. Free month of the classic Thinking Allowed streaming channel for New Thinking Allowed subscribers only. Use code THINKFREELY.

The End of the Billionaire Mindset: A Celebration with Douglas Rushkoff | SXSW 2023

SXSW Apr 17, 2023 In an entertaining session of stand-up philosophy with Q&A, Rushkoff shares the stories of his encounters with the scientists, technologists, and billionaires hoping to leave humanity behind, while giving us the distance we need to laugh at their hubris and choose a different path. About SXSW: SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. An essential destination for global professionals, this year’s online event features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, professional development and a variety of networking opportunities. For more information, please visit Subscribe: