The Soul-Directed Life

| with Janet Conner | Thursday at 1 p.m. CT
The Soul-Directed Life

Program Overview

The Soul-Directed Life is a unique interactive radio show. It is the first to combine three essential elements to help you tune out the noise of the world and hear the call of your own soul. Each month is devoted to a particular theme—such as “the call to go inside” or “the call to create.” Every week Janet Conner and her guests will share how they heard their soul calling and answered. To help you hear and answer your own unique yet similar calls, Janet and her guests will suggest topics and questions for deep soul writing. The month will wrap up with a group discussion of a book that captures the essence of the month’s theme. These are the soul-stirring books that belong in your permanent library.
 
Join Janet each week for inspiring stories, practical information, deep soul writing prompts, and great reading recommendations. Then watch with joy as you, too, find the clarity and confidence to create your own Soul-Directed Life.

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The theme song for this program is "Inside" by Daniel Nahmod. To learn more about Daniel and his music, go to www.danielnahmod.com.

The ideas and opinions expressed on this program do not necessarily reflect the teachings of Unity. Unity respects a wide range of spiritual thoughts and beliefs, as reflected in the diverse range of subjects presented on Unity Online Radio.

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  • Original air date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
    Episode Description:
    The Call to Pierce the Veil of Death

    Linda Backman is a psychologist trained by world-famous Dr. Michael Newton to conduct life regressions. In her newest book, The Evolving Soul, Dr. Backman shares the wisdom she has amassed from hundreds of hypnotic regression clients, including: how we create prebirth blueprints, the seven soul archetypes, and your “soul ray.”
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 09, 2014
    Episode Description:
    The Call to Pierce the Veil of Death

    Sunny Dawn Johnston is an internationally renowned psychic medium. Since early childhood, she’s known she was different and profoundly aware of the angelic realm and Spirit world. She has helped hundreds of people communicate with their angels, guides, and loved ones who have crossed over to the other side. The one message she receives: The Love Never Ends.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 02, 2014
    Episode Description:
    The Call to Pierce the Veil of Death

    Roberta Grimes saw a bright light in her bedroom when she was 8 years old. She has devoted the rest of her life to figuring out what happened. Roberta is a lawyer, wife, mother, and devoted researcher of death. After studying nearly 200 years of afterlife evidence, Roberta shares her conclusions in The Fun of Dying: Finding Out What Really Happens Next.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 25, 2014
    Episode Description:
    The Call to Live From Intention. Tony Burroughs is the cofounder of the worldwide intentional community “The Intenders of the Highest Good.” He’s the author of nine books, including The Intenders Handbook and The Code: 10 Intentions for a Better World, and our book club selection for our September theme: Get What You Want. But this is not standard-issue materialistic intention; this is intention for a better world. It’s based on 10 intentions he calls The Code.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 18, 2014
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    The Call to Live From Intention. Mallika Chopra grew up with intention as the foundation of her life. Taught how to meditate at the age of 9 by her world-renowned father Deepak Chopra, Mallika is exceptionally well-versed on how to harness the power of intention. The 40-year-old mother of two daughters, author, and former MTV executive now helps others do the same at www.intent.com, a place to set an intention and have a community-at-large offer support and spur accomplishment 
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 11, 2014
    Episode Description:
    The Call to Live From Intention. Brian Johnson, founder of En*Theos: The Academy of Optimal Living, is the walking, talking embodiment of what can happen when you live not only from intention, but from informed intention. Brian spent years gathering clues to optimal living in the writings of Tal Ben-Shahar, Eric Butterworth, Joseph Campbell, Sonja Lyubomirsky, Leonardo da Vinci, the Tao, and dozens more captured in A Philosopher’s Notes. As he studied, one essential ingredient became clear: virtue.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 04, 2014
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    The Call to Live From Intention. Dianne Collins has spent her life exploring the question: How do we create the results we desire? After decades of research, her answer is a radical new way of thinking she calls “Quantum Think.” And what is the soul of quantum thinking? Why, intent, of course. But, surprise! Intent is not the same as intention.  
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 28, 2014
    Episode Description:
    The Call to the Practice of Prayer—Book Club Discussion

    Andrew Harvey is a wild and glorious lover—lover of Rumi, of mystics, of diverse spiritual practice, and of sacred activism. He is a lover of the Sacred Mother and of course, he is a lover of prayer. If you’ve ever heard Andrew speak, you know you have been touched by the heart of the Beloved. In Light the Flame, our Soul-Directed Life Book Club selection for August, Andrew gathers 365 short but heart-thumping prayers from Thomas Merton to Cesar Chavez to Swami Vivekananda to the Prophet Muhammad. We aren’t just talking in this episode, we’re praying!
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 21, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Theme: The Call to the Practice of Prayer

    I first encountered Phyllis Tickle as the founding editor of the Religion Department for Publishers Weekly, and I’ve longed to speak with her ever since. Phyllis is a true authority on religion in America. She is the author of more than three dozen books, but perhaps best known for The Divine Hours series on fixed-hour prayer. We talk about how Christian fixed-hour prayer relates to the call in Islam to pray five times a day, if the call to prayer is universal or unique to particular traditions, and how she prays as a lay Eucharistic minister and lector in the Episcopal Church.
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 14, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Theme: The Call to the Practice of Prayer

    Wouldn’t you love to ask gurus, saints, and teachers of all traditions how they pray? Well, Celeste Yacoboni did! She brings us the exciting results in How Do You Pray? Inspiring Responses from Religious Leaders, Spiritual Guides, Healers, Activists, and Other Lovers of Humanity. She talks about some intriguing ideas such as “the prayer field” and “walking prayer.” And I have to ask her just who or what we’re praying to!
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 07, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Theme: The Call to the Practice of Prayer

    As a teenager, Mirabai Starr lived at the Lama Foundation, a spiritual community that has honored all the world’s faith traditions since 1967. There, she encountered Hindu, Buddhist, Sufi, Native American, and many other prayer traditions. This ecumenical grounding blossomed into teaching world religions, translating mystics like Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross, and her latest book God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. We have a juicy conversation about her experiences with prayer, what she learned from praying in so many traditions, why Shabbat is essential, and how the SBNR (spiritual but not religious) can pray and pray with joy.
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 31, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Polly Campbell, a top teacher at the Daily Om, contributor for Psychology Today, and blogger at The Huffington Post, is the author of our perfectly imperfect book club selection for July: Imperfect Spirituality. Polly joins us to talk about our culture of perfection, how to feel good about “bad” emotions, finding meaning in mistakes, and living a values-driven life—not a perfect one. Polly is a joyful, even goofy writer, warmly embracing all that is—muck and all!
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 24, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Krisstina Wise is the founder and CEO of GoodLife Companies, an award-winning multimillion dollar conglomerate and training company helping other real estate professionals build their own good life. Her new book, Falling for Money, tells the dramatic story of how she transformed her relationship with money from poverty to partnership. She calls it a “romance novel for your bank account.” But in the midst of her success story, she lost it all as a single mom with two kids to feed. And then she faced a near-death experience. What carried her through? Embracing imperfection!
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 17, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Toinette Lippe’s fingers are all over the publishing world. She worked for Knopf for 32 years, where she published the Feng/English translation of the classic Tao Te Ching. Then, she founded the Bell Tower imprint, where she published Thomas Berry, Ram Dass, Rabbi Rami Shapiro, and Stephen Levine’s A Year to Live. Most recently, she edited Mirabai Starr’s gorgeous God of Love. In her home in New York City, Toinette paints and teaches East Asian brush painting—an art form that appears to be so perfect. But perhaps in the attempt to find perfection, one must make peace with imperfection!
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 10, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Mary Hayes Greico is the author of Unconditional Forgiveness and The New Kitchen Mystic. Well, you can’t embrace forgiveness without first accepting imperfection and if your spirituality is laid on the kitchen table, well, it might be a tad on the messy side. Mary was on the faculty of the Hazelden Renewal Center for 16 years. Today she is the director of The Midwest Institute for Forgiveness Training in Minneapolis. In our conversation, we will talk about the wild and unexpected gifts of embracing forgiveness and imperfection.
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 26, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Wired magazine called Jay Weidner an “authority on the hermetic and alchemical traditions.” He’s a renowned author, filmmaker, and scholar and considered by many a modern-day “Indiana Jones,” searching for clues to mankind’s spiritual destiny via ancient societies and artifacts. He is the director of the powerful documentaries, Kubrick’s Odyssey, Infinity, and the new feature film, Shasta: A Revolution of the Spirit. Plus Jay is the programming director of Gaiam TV. Jay will bring us up to date on the future of the spiritual movie.
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 19, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Seven years ago, Sunil Shah jotted a concept down on a scrap of paper: a quantum physicist struggles to prove a groundbreaking theory that destroyed his mother’s career when she proposed it years ago. As he explores deeper and deeper questions, he finds himself in a profound labyrinth where science, art, and mysticism are all one. Made with an ultralow budget, The Wisdom Tree has defied the odds to attract audiences around the world.  
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 12, 2014
    Episode Description:
    When What the Bleep Do We Know!? burst onto the scene, it changed our view of what a movie could be. Where did What the Bleep come from? Betsy Chasse knows. She was the cowriter, producer, and director. She also produced the powerful documentary Pregnant in America, which examines the bleak state of natural childbirth in the United States. Plus she's an author with a new book, Tipping Sacred Cows. Betsy will talk with us about the essential food of a movie or book that moves us—the power of story. 
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 05, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Yoga helped Suzanne Bryant deal with her high-pressure job, but when her mother died, she found that yoga became an essential touchstone in her life. But why? What did yoga do that made such a difference? She set off on a journey to India, the birthplace of yoga, to answer that question. Then, she came back to America and interviewed celebrities who practice yoga. The result is a sparkling movie that will move you down to your toes, Yoga IS.
  • Episode: June Cotner
    Original air date: Thursday, May 29, 2014
    Episode Description:
    June Cotner joins us live to talk about our Soul-Directed Life Book Club selection for May: Garden Blessings! You've read June's books. Her best-selling Graces sold hundreds of thousands of copies. This month she blesses us with a brand-new book filled with poems and prayers celebrating the love of gardening. June and Garden Blessings are the perfect wrap up to our month in the garden.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 22, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Karen Maezen Miller is a wife, mother, and writer. She’s also a Zen priest and teacher at the Hazy Moon Zen Center in Los Angeles. One afternoon in the summer of 1997 she and her new husband found themselves in the neglected backyard of a rundown house in a quiet suburb of Los Angeles. They were standing in a 100-year-old Japanese garden, the oldest privately owned Japanese garden in California. They heard “the call to the garden,” turned to the realtor and said, “We’ll take it!” And then the garden began to teach. Karen’s exquisite new book, Paradise in Plain Sight, is the result.
  • Episode: Margaret Roach
    Original air date: Thursday, May 15, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Margaret Roach had a high-powered job with Martha Stewart and one day she walked away and headed straight to her garden. She's the author of And I Shall Have Some Peace There. With Margaret as our guide, we will all slow down and look more closely at the gifts of the mother that are right in front of us—and find peace in the process. 
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 08, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Wendy Johnson is the founder of the organic farm and garden program at Green Gulch at the San Francisco Zen Center. She is a lay dharma teacher and author of Gardening at the Dragon's Gate. Wendy is a garden mentor to the Edible Schoolyard program and a College of Marin instructor in the Environmental Landscape program at the Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden project. She speaks to us of how mother earth feeds us—perfectly. 

  • Original air date: Thursday, May 01, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Geneen Marie Haugen is a wilderness wanderer, scholar, and guide to the intertwined mysteries of nature and psyche. She delights in offering wild questions, ceremonies, escapades, and reflections to stir the imagination and expand perception of the world, shift the sense of who we are, and deepen an experience of participation with an intelligent, animate Earth/cosmos. Does the garden speak to you? Oh, yes! And Geneen teaches us how to listen. 
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 24, 2014
    Episode Description:
    The call to find the poem inside—Naomi Shihab Nye is a world-famous poet born in St. Louis to a Palestinian father and American mother. She has lived in Ramallah in Palestine, the Old City in Jerusalem, and San Antonio, Texas. Naomi gives voice to her experience as an Arab-American through poems about heritage and peace that overflow with the humanitarian spirit. She is the author of many award-winning books of poems. She personally selected 19 Varieties of Gazelle for our book club. Join us for a brilliant conversation on the power of the poem inside.
     
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 17, 2014
    Episode Description:
    The call to find the poem inside: Roger Housden has introduced hundreds of thousands of readers to the joys of poetry. He is famous for the Ten Poems series that began with Ten Poems to Change Your Life in 2001 and ended in 2012 with Ten Poems to Say Goodbye. Join Janet and Roger to hear poetry at its finest and discover why poetry is essential food for the soul.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 10, 2014
    Episode Description:
    The call to find the poem inside: Kim Rosen didn’t just write Saved by a Poem, she actually was saved by a poem! When she got a phone call that her life savings had disappeared in the hands of Bernie Madoff, the words of Naomi Shihab Nye’s “Kindness” floated past her: “Before you can know what kindness really is you must lose things …” Kim will bless us with a touch of her signature “deep dive” method that bypasses conscious mind and welcomes you into the heart of poetry.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 03, 2014
    Episode Description:
    The call to find the poem inside: Dr. Shamim Sadiq, a physician by profession, born in the beautiful Kashmir Valley, invites us to Aim Vertically Not Horizontally, the title of her book inspired by her travels around the world and her ultimate journey within to discover and align with her true purpose in life.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 27, 2014
    Episode Description:
    The call to live the life you have been given comes to a perfect conclusion with Roger Housden. You know Roger through his many “Ten Poems” books. He joins us today to help us embrace our good friend “Trust.” In his newest book, Keeping the Faith Without a Religion, Roger introduces us to trust in her seven beautiful guises: Knowing, Mystery, Dark, Joy, Changes, Imperfection, and Letting Go. And none is dependent on a religion. It’ll be a sparkling conversation with a master of beauty and words.
     
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 20, 2014
    Episode Description:
    The call to live the life you have been given: We say we want to be free. We say we are seeking freedom. Jan Frazier comes to The Soul-Directed Life with a radical message: You already are! She invites us to discover within our own awareness the place where suffering has never taken hold. Life lived within that awareness is heaven on earth. Now that’s a way to embrace the life you have been given!
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 13, 2014
    Episode Description:
    The call to live the life you have been given: Best-selling author of Attitudes of Gratitude and change expert MJ Ryan shares the seven truths about change. Just one of them is “change isn’t the enemy; fear is.” So you might ask, “Is anything unchanging?” MJ tells us what it is and how to stay connected to that—always.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 06, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Our exploration of “the call to live the life you have been given” begins with Ellen Debenport, best-selling author of The Five Principles. She talks about what she’s discovered writing her new book Hell in the Hallway—Light at the Door. We’ve all been in that hallway, unable to see the future, unwilling to return to the past. What makes it hell? Ellen tells all.  
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 27, 2014
    Episode Description:
    The Call to Beauty—Daniel Ladinsky's appearance on The Soul-Directed Life in December was a top show for the entire network. Listening to Daniel read his renowned translations of Hafiz and Rumi brought us all to tears. After the show, I told Daniel he was welcome to come back and he said, “How’s February?!” When I asked him what he wanted to talk about, he said beauty because all his poems are, at their heart, the call to beauty. Daniel is traveling unexpectedly and can’t be with us live, but not to worry, he is sending his collaborator Nancy Barton, and Dr. Neale Lundgren, who has written songs for some of Daniel’s translations. The airwaves will be filled with beauty!
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 20, 2014
    Episode Description:
    The Call to Beauty—The Soul-Directed Life is blessed to have an extraordinary guest to discuss the call to Beauty—Murshida Carol Conner of Sufism Reoriented, the organization founded by world spiritual teacher Avatar Meher Baba. The Murshida will share what Sufism is, who is a Sufi, her path to Meher Baba and The Beloved, and how the call to Beauty is the call to The Beloved.
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 13, 2014
    Episode Description:
    The Call to Beauty— Jan Phillips is an author, creator, and facilitator who ignites original thinking and inspires action. For her, it’s all Beauty. In her events, she uses images, music, poetry, and storytelling to evoke deep, nondualistic creative thinking and merge the heart and the mind. Jan is cofounder and executive director of the Livingkindness Foundation.
     
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 06, 2014
    Episode Description:
    The Call to Beauty—Our month-long exploration of beauty begins with kirtan chant artist, sacred singer/songwriter David Newman. David will share three cuts from his newest CD, Travel Well, inspired by the Sandy Hook shootings. David, with his wife Mira, founded the Stay Strong Project, supporting the far-reaching environmental and humanitarian efforts of Global Green USA. 
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 30, 2014
    Episode Description:
    The Call to Begin—Book Club discussion of The Dance with Oriah Mountain Dreamer live from her home in Toronto. The Dance is the sequel to the world famous The Invitation. Share in a rich discussion of the key question at the heart of The Dance: “What if the question is not why am I so infrequently the person I really want to be, but why do I so infrequently want to be the person I really am?"
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 23, 2014
    Episode Description:
    The Call to Begin—Jihan Barakah knows and lives her Dharma, or soul purpose. The essence of her Dharma has stayed the same since her first memory at 3 years old. But the form continues to evolve and change through massive life changes. Jihan has responded to the call to begin many times. Listen to learn how the call to begin is the call to shift and how you can shift too.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 16, 2014
    Episode Description:
    The Call to Begin—Kristen Moeller was a successful author and radio show host. She had “everything” we think we want. And then she lost it all in a fire. A book with a thrilling question was born out of that experience: What Are You Waiting For? Kristen shares how she began again out of the ashes to experience life at a deeper, holier, sweeter level. Listen to learn how she walked through the fire and how you can too.
  • Original air date: Thursday, December 19, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Jan Bartelstone has been a seeker of the divine all his life. For him, creative writing, photography, and filmmaking are channels of the divine as well as zikr, meditation, and mystical poetry. His role now is to “demystify mysticism.” So how perfect that he joins us on the last show of a seven-month exploration of mysticism. He will lead us in two guided meditations into the bliss.
  • Episode: Devi Mathieu
    Original air date: Thursday, December 12, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Devi Mathieu has been singing the music of Hildegard of Bingen since 1993, as a concert soloist, teacher, and seeker of wisdom. Today we hear Hildegard’s music in performance, but Hildegard intended her music to be sung by everyone. Devi will introduce us to the breath and rhythm of Hildegard’s music so that we, too, can touch and be touched by the divine. Come sing the Divine!
  • Episode: Daniel Ladinsky
    Original air date: Thursday, December 05, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Can you have a direct experience of the divine on a radio show? Daniel Ladinsky makes a rare public appearance to share how we can walk in the words of the poet-saints and touch what they touched. He’ll read from The Gift, Love Poems From God, A Year With Hafiz, and Purity of Desire. Come hear the ecstatic poetry of the man The Bloomsbury Review says “sees God everywhere.” Soon, you’ll be seeing God everywhere too!
  • Original air date: Thursday, November 21, 2013
    Episode Description:
    John Welshons is a man of the heart by the heart and for the heart. In his books and classes, he carries us into that heart place where human and divine love are revealed as one.
  • Original air date: Thursday, November 14, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Gavin Harrison, author of In the Lap of the Buddha and Petals and Blood, was diagnosed with AIDS in 1989. From that moment, his life was transformed by suffering, and he was carried into a life of wholeness and beauty. Today he is a poet and deep meditation teacher. Gavin joins us from his home in Hawaii to speak of the essential nature of oneness and how it carries us. 
  • Original air date: Thursday, November 07, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Mirabai Starr has told the stories of mystics from all traditions. Her translation of The Dark Night of the Soul by St. John of the Cross transformed our understanding of this great mystic. Her newest translation, The Showings of Julian of Norwich, awakens us to a radical mystic who experienced Jesus as mother, and who was the first woman to write in English. If anyone can help us understand the universal call to oneness, it’s Mirabai.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 31, 2013
    Episode Description:
    It’s no accident that our month on death ends on Samhain! Although there are dozens of superb books on becoming friends with death, the date calls for a Celtic celebration of the circle of life. And who embodies Celtic spirituality like no other? John O’Donohue, of course. But this great soul is not available to lead our discussion. He embraced the angel of death in 2008. So he is sending his dear friend and workshop cofacilitator, Gareth Higgins. In Gareth’s hands, we will not only become friends with death, we will explore the best movies on the subject, and a few of John’s favorite things. Halloween will never be the same!
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 24, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Therese Tappouni is the cofounder of ISIS, Institute for Sacred Integrative Somatherapies in Florida, where she and her partner help people lead intentional, conscious lives. She is a Somatic Intuitive Training practitioner, licensed HeartMath practitioner, clinical hypnotherapist, teacher, author, poet, grief counselor—and a mother who lost her child. She joins us to talk of the gifts of grief, and remind us that “To walk through grief is a heroic journey. No other challenge in life approaches it.”
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 17, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Mary Anne Radmacher is famous for sayings that carry us. Her famous poster that begins “live with intention” and ends with “live as if this is all there is” was written for a dying friend. This past year, Mary Anne was invited to collaborate on Getting Up, a book to help people facing illness. Two months later, Mary Anne became one of those people when she got the call that her brother was dying of a brain tumor. Mary Anne’s gentle wisdom will help us all become friends with the one thing we all have in common—death.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 10, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Did you know the Hindu word for death means “great bliss”? In that phrase we can hear our theme, “the call to become friends with death.” Of course! If death is the great bliss, surely we want to befriend her. When Swami Dhumavati was managing an AIDS hospice in Los Angeles, Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati came to visit and invited Dhumavati to join her at Kashi Ashram, where AIDS sufferers were gathering to end their days. Swami Dhumavati has been a hands-on witness to hundreds of deaths. She joins us to speak of the path to that great bliss—Mahasamadhi.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 03, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Ted Wiard has had many visits from the angel of death. He faced death himself, survived, but then lost his wife, children, preborn baby, dog … By all rights, these repeated visits should have broken him completely—and they almost did. But in the depths of grief, Ted recognized that grief and trauma can be a catalyst for high potential. He joins us to share a deeper exploration of Elizabeth Kubler-Ross’s stages of death and dying.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Allaudin Mathieu is a brilliant composer, arranger, pianist, choir director, music teacher, and author. He joins us live from his studio in San Francisco, seated at his Steinway piano. At just 22, Allaudin wrote all the music in a famous Stan Kenton album. He went on to become a founder and musical director for Second City in Chicago, and the music director for The Committee, an improv theater is San Francisco. He’s been on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and was the original director of the world-famous Sufi Choir. But of greater importance than all his accolades and accomplishments is his deep, abiding love for the gift of music, the joy of song. Join us for a sparkling conversation on Bridge of Waves, his book on how listening to music changes the world.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 19, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Chant is more than song. Chant is a spiritual path. Chant is alive, it responds to your intention, and it helps you embody a sacred text, moving it off the page and into your heart. On the wave of intention, your heart turns in a particular direction, and as you chant, your voice opens the door to the silence, where the music and words can unfold in the infinite. An hour with Shefa Gold, author of The Magic of Hebrew Chant, is an hour of magic, wisdom, intention, and love.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 12, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Jill Purce, internationally recognized pioneer of sound healing, lives in London, but she’ll be joining us from her appearance at the IONS conference in California to share ancient vocal techniques. Jill is living proof that the call to sing a sacred song doesn’t have to involve words. Jill will share ancient vocal purification practices that cleanse and tune the radiant body and demonstrate how the voice has access to subtle dimensions of reality through Mongolian and Tibetan overtone chanting. All your perceptions of “sacred song” will be shattered listening to Jill’s ecstatic singing.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 05, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Karen Clark first visited our program when Matthew Fox spoke to us of Hildegard of Bingen. Karen sang "O Virtus Sapientiae" by Hildegard. Listening to the exquisite music, something stirred in me and got up and erased all my plans for September and wrote “the call to sing a sacred song.” So it’s perfect that Karen Clark returns today to not only sing more Hildegard, but sacred songs from all times and places, proving that this soul call is truly universal. You’ll hear sacred songs from ancient China to 21st-century America. You’ll even get to sing along to "Ubi Caritas"!
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 29, 2013
    Episode Description:
    What is the perfect book to capture our August exploration of “the call to love”? It had to be something by Thich Nhat Hanh, but I couldn’t choose between Fidelity on how to have an intimate relationship and Cultivating the Mind of Love on how to have a loving relationship with all. So I chose both! As with all of Thich Nhat Hanh’s books, these two are short and easy to read. Easy, but not simple. Reading them is like sitting down to have a gentle, loving conversation with Thich Nhat Hanh himself. Rachel Neumann of Parallax Press, Thich Nhat Hanh’s editor in America, joins us to share what it’s like to live deep within the master’s teachings on love.  
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 22, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Rev. Marj Britt had an intimate loving relationship with the Divine and powerful spiritual practices. She had spent years creating the sacred container of Unity of Tustin in Southern California, complete with extensive meditation gardens. But then, as she puts it, “My white board got erased.” In the midst of one change after another, Spirit showed up saying, “All your thoughts of God are too small. You have now been Called by Love.” So what did Marj do? She answered the call! Join her as she tells us what happens when you have been “called by love.” (Because, guess what, you’ve been called by love too!)
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 15, 2013
    Episode Description:
    If you’ve heard Andrew Harvey, you know what a joy this conversation will be. If not, you’re in for an exciting new treat. But prepare yourself! Andrew is the very fire of love. When he speaks of The Beloved, the Sacred Heart, or the Queen of Heaven, your own heart will catch on fire. This is not quiet love. This is the love of the cosmos flowing ecstatically through Andrew and into all of us. In just one hour, you will be lifted right out of your chair to go make a difference.
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 08, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee is a Sufi mystic and lineage successor in the Naqshbandiyya-Mujaddidiyya Sufi Order. He is an extensive lecturer and author of several books about Sufism, mysticism, dreamwork, and spirituality. His books are all about love. Fragments of a Love Story, Love Is a Fire, and The Circle of Love are just three titles among many. His newest, Spiritual Ecology, is a cry from the earth to love it.
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 01, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Sean Murphy is a Zen master, writing teacher, novelist, the cofounder of The Sage Institute in Taos, and the author of One Bird, One Stone: 108 Contemporary Zen Stories. When Janet asked Mirabai Starr who should come on the show to talk about love, Mirabai said SEAN MURPHY! And she was right! In this gentle but sparkling conversation, you’ll hear how meditation and compassion are connected and why there’s really only one soul—and you’ll get to hear a Zen story with parading cats.
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 25, 2013
    Episode Description:
    What is the perfect book to capture our exploration of “the call to be a mystic in the modern world?” Surely, it’s The Naked Now, a sparkling “how-to” written by a delightful and erudite teacher and mystic, Richard Rohr. In Fr. Rohr’s hands complex spiritual concepts dissolve into language that is so simple, so understandable, that you come away bobbing your head saying, “Oh! I get it! Of course!” This important book delivers the all-important message that every mystic knows: “When you can be present, you will know the Real Presence.” Richard will show us how.
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 18, 2013
    Episode Description:
    When you read the mystics, after a while, you begin to notice a few patterns. They see the world differently than we do. They perceive the mystery differently. They touch an essence, a limitless truth, a divine love that sings a song the rest of us may not yet hear. And one other thing: They have a delicious sense of humor. So it’s only perfect that a divinely-appointed “Holy Rascal” rabbi joins us today to add a little spice and humor and paradox to our exploration of what it means to become a mystic.
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 11, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Our exploration of “the call to be a mystic” jumps off the high dive today with Jim Marion. I first heard of Jim while reading Cynthia Bourgeault’s The Wisdom Jesus, in which she calls Putting on the Mind of Christ “one of the most important books to appear in recent years.” Why? Because Jim shifts our understanding of the Kingdom of Heaven from a place you go to a place you come from—the totally transformed nondual consciousness of Jesus. If you’ve ever wondered what Jesus really taught, and how he saw the world, this is the conversation for you. It will upend your understanding and open your mind to finally “putting on the mind of Christ.”
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 04, 2013
    Episode Description:
    After exploring a month of the call FROM the mystics, we are ready to dive into “the call to BE a mystic.” That can seem like a tall order. A too-tall order. But perhaps not. My special guest today, Ellen Debenport, walks us gently through each of the five principles in her landmark book, The Five Principles. And guess what? She’s as surprised as we are to discover the five principles just might be “the map” to a mystical life.   
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 27, 2013
    Episode Description:
    What is the perfect book to capture our month of “the call from the mystics”? Well, the mystics all speak in poetry, so it has to be Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West (Compass) by Daniel Ladinsky. This won’t be a typical book discussion—because there’s really nothing to discuss. Instead, it will be a celebration—a “Mystical Poetry Love Fest!” and YOU are invited. Join me and Neale Lundgren, former rock star and monk (how’s THAT for a combo), Nancy Barton, Daniel’s collaborator, and Diana Wentworth, best-selling author of Love Your Heart and a Hafiz memorizer. It’s a party. Come play!
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 20, 2013
    Episode Description:
    What is a mystic? Who is a mystic? Can we define mysticism? According to Carl McColman, perhaps not! Mysticism, you see, is a paradox. (But of course. Why are we surprised? Isn’t the divine always hiding in paradox?) In his book, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Carl McColman helps us hear the call from the mystics to live a contemplative life, enter the mystery, and engage in “prayer beyond words.”  
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 13, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Our exploration of “the call from the mystics” deepens today in conversation with Matthew Fox, priest, scholar, and radical theologian. Matthew understands firsthand what happens when you enter the mystical realm and upset the fundamentalists around you. Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict) reactivated the Inquisition and used its power to silence Matthew for teaching creation spirituality. Hildegard, too, was a bold, bright radical thinker and the Inquisition was none too happy with her either! She truly is a saint for OUR times.
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 06, 2013
    Episode Description:
    The month of June is dedicated to the call from the mystics. The conversation starts today with the woman who has written about more mystics from more traditions than anyone else—Mirabai Starr. Mirabai tells the story of how a secular Jew and lover of all traditions became the queen of the Christian mystics. Listen as she shares the universal message of the mystics, how death cracked her open, why St. John of the Cross is her soul’s partner, and why dropping into the place where we know nothing is essential to the fully lived life.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 30, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Our month exploring the call to pray concludes with the book that dramatically altered our understanding of how Jesus prayed—Prayers of the Cosmos. For more than 30 years, Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz has immersed himself in the original Aramaic words of Jesus. His translation of The Lord’s Prayer from the Aramaic was first published in 1990 and has sold more than 100,000 copies in five languages. In his preface, Matthew Fox rightly understood that this slender volume contained “the seeds of a revolution.” We are blessed beyond blessed to have Dr. Klotz join us from his home in Scotland. Listen as he leads us in body prayers of the original words of Yeshua.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 23, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Cynthia Bourgeault is an Episcopalian priest and scholar. Her study of The Meaning of Mary Magdalene is a tectonic shift in our understanding of Jesus, his mission, and his followers. Today, Cynthia joins us to share her love of the contemplative prayer method made famous by Fr. Thomas Keating, Centering Prayer. In Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening, Cynthia explains how this method of prayer allows us to experience prayer as Jesus experienced it—kenosis—a total letting go. If you long to experience a deep prayer of the heart, you will relish this hour with Cynthia Bourgeault.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 16, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Dr. Roger Teel is the senior minister and spiritual director to more than 10,000 members and friends of Mile Hi Church in Denver. He is a transformative speaker and global spiritual leader serving organizations such as Centers for Spiritual Living, Association for Global New Thought, the Synthesis Dialogues, M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, and the Community First Foundation. In June, Dr Teel will be awarded “The Light of God Expressing Award” at the annual Unity People’s Convention. In our conversation today, Dr. Teel will explain what metaphysical prayer is and how it works. And then he’ll lead us in in-the-moment prayers of transformation.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 09, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Our exploration of “the call to pray” deepens today in conversation with Rev Abhi Janamanchi. After 14 years serving the Unitarian Universalist church in Clearwater, Florida, Rev. Janamanchi has just been selected senior minister for Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist church in Bethesda, Maryland. Abhi grew up in a liberal Hindu home in India, got a degree in physics from Andrha University, and began a career in banking. But then everything changed when he felt the call to ministry and came to the University of Chicago’s Meadville Lombard Theological School to earn a master's degree. In Chicago, he also created a Bharat Samaj society, a spiritual and social bridge between people of Indian and non-Indian origins.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 02, 2013
    Episode Description:
    The month of May is devoted to “the call to pray” and who better to kick off the month than my first teacher, Agni Jaya Charlotte Starfire. Join me on Charlotte’s virtual living room floor as she shares what she has learned from a deep exploration of three ancient prayer traditions: Native American, Goddess, and Yogic. Turn to the East, South, West, and North as she leads us in a prayer of the six directions. Learn how Charlotte’s name changed three times to express more and more divine fire. This is the perfect conversation to begin our month of prayer.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 25, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Everyone wants to know their soul purpose. We all long to live an authentic life, and a life that brings us a sense of fulfillment and purpose. At the end of every month, we read and share a book that captures the essence of the month’s theme. And for this month, on the “call to purpose,” the perfect book is Callings by Gregg Levoy. Ellen Debenport, minister of Unity of Wimberley, Texas, is a great student of this book. She believes in Callings so strongly, she created workshops around it. Join in for this rich conversation on how to hear and heed the call from the soul to live an authentic life.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 18, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Maggie Oman Shannon is the spiritual director of Unity Spiritual Center of San Francisco. Maggie has heard and responded to the call to purpose not once, not twice, but three unique times, first as an author, then as a minister, and finally as a late-in-life mother. Along the way she has written many of your favorite books on prayer, including The Way We Pray and Prayers for Hope and Comfort. Her newest book, Crafting Calm, is just out this month. If you’ve ever wondered what the call to purpose feels and sounds like, and what happens when you answer, this is the conversation for you.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 11, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Did you know that your soul imprinted your purpose and other core information on your hands at 14 weeks in the womb? Gail McMeekin is a creativity coach, author of The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women and 12 Secrets of Highly Successful Women, and a deep student of scientific hand analysis, a soul interpretation method that can help you come face to face with your unique purpose and life challenges. Gail has conducted hundreds of hand analyses for artists, lawyers, young adults, writers, speakers, and others seeking to understand what they’re here to do and how to fulfill that purpose.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 04, 2013
    Episode Description:
    We kick off our conversation of the “call to purpose” with Lauralyn Bunn, a master teacher and trainer of the Akashic Record. Lauralyn Bunn shares what a soul purpose is and is not, how our individual soul purposes are similar and how they’re different and unique, and what she’s learned after 20 years of Akashic Record consultations. Be sure to listen and post your comment by Monday April 8 to win an Akashic Record consultation. This is Lauralyn’s first radio appearance. Don’t miss it. 
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 28, 2013
    Episode Description:
    When you feel the call from your soul to leave home, what do you do? Call a travel agent? Start packing? The best way is to begin at the beginning with The Art of Pilgrimage by Phil Cousineau, a classic guide on how to make travel sacred. The Art of Pilgrimage is celebrating its 15th year in print with a new edition from Conari Press. Phil is an author, screenwriter, photographer, editor, documentary filmmaker, and, of course, world traveler. His love of sacred travel shines through on his TV series Global Spirit. Phil will be with us to lead the discussion. You do not want to miss this! It will change the way you travel forever.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 21, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Kim Narenkivicius answered “the call to leave home” in a big way. The call began in a dream. An old woman in a small village in France held out a scallop shell. Then Kim stumbled upon real scallop shells in an antique store. She got the message! The Camino de Santiago is the most famous pilgrimage route in history. From the time St James’s remains were carried by boat from Jerusalem to Northern Spain and buried in the city of Santiago de Compostela, millions have put a scallop shell around their neck and walked this arduous trail. Most modern pilgrims walk only a small portion. Kim walked the entire route slowly and soulfully, stopping to take photographs and write. She blogs about the experience at http://soulfulroad.wordpress.com. This is the first time Kim has told her story on air. Do not miss it!
  • Episode: Gayle Lawrence
    Original air date: Thursday, March 14, 2013
    Episode Description:
    I have a special and deeply personal gift for you: Gayle Lawrence, founder of Journeys of Discovery http://www.ajourneyofdiscovery.com. Three years ago Gayle told me something magical always happens when you step away from your known, scheduled life and travel into the unknown. I didn’t understand what she was talking about until I took my first group of soul writers on a Gayle-designed Soul-Journ to Oaxaca, Mexico. The experience was so profound, I now lead a Soul-Journ every year. Listen as Gayle tells us what it’s like to swim with a humpback mother whale and her calf, track gorillas in Uganda, and enter sacred sites tourists never get to see. It all started when the rocks in Machu Picchu spoke to her. Come listen to what happens when you step into an outer adventure that becomes an inner journey for your soul.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 07, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Our theme for March is “the call to leave home” and we kick it off with a man who heard the call at 23 and followed it all the way to India where he discovered the paradoxical truth: The call to leave home is the call to come home! Listen as John Welshons tells the story of how India changed him forever, how Ram Dass gave him the name “Ramananda” in a dream, and how he became a meditation practitioner and teacher. His book, One Soul, One Love, One Heart is a treasure trove of wisdom on the transcendental truth that we are all one. An added bonus: John shares the four characteristics of a mystical experience. What a way to begin our month!
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 28, 2013
    Episode Description:
    There are many wonderful books on creativity. But there's only one by Matthew Fox, the man who changed the spiritual landscape with Creation Spirituality and Original Blessing. Our book club selection for February is Creativity: Where the Divine and the Human Meet. This sweet book is a meditation on creativity, not as a means toward producing anything, but as our true nature. We were created to create. So this call, bubbling up from the soul that we've been feeling all month, is a call to be who we really are. Matthew Fox will be with us to lead the discussion. You do not want to miss this!
  • Episode: C Diane Ealy
    Original air date: Thursday, February 21, 2013
    Episode Description:
    This month we are exploring the call to create. We've spoken with a writer/artist and a photographer/creativity guide. Today we bypass particular creative expressions and go deep into the heart of the creative impulse itself. Where does creativity come from? Why, the soul, of course. It comes from Your Creative Soul, and the woman who wrote the book, C Diane Ealy, will be with us to talk about the inherent nature of the soul to create. You'll learn why laughter is divine, how to become a vessel for your creative soul, why "misfitness" is a very good thing, and why creativity isn't for wimps!
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 14, 2013
    Episode Description:
    It's Valentine's Day. The day of love. So The Soul-Directed Life is going to revel in love—the love of the creative life. You know Catherine Anderson as the author of the award-winning The Creative Photographer. But in this conversation, you may be surprised to learn that Catherine was a successful attorney in South Africa. But her soul kept calling her to live a life of creativity and beauty. All the success in the world couldn't silence that call. Catherine left South Africa and the legal profession, and she slowly forged a life of creativity and joy in Charlotte, North Carolina. You'll love her story. Plus, in honor of Valentine's Day, Janet will play Daniel Nahmod's top love song and give away a few "love" gifts on the show.
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 07, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Our theme for February is “The Call to Create.” We kick it off in the company of a woman who has created a unique, expressive style that combines art and words—Mary Anne Radmacher. Walk into any classy bookstore and you’ll find an array of her posters, greeting cards, and books. Her most recent book, Honey in Your Heart, joins such classics as Lean Forward Into Your Life and Live With Intention. Mary Anne is a guest expert on the creative life in Janet’s summer creativity course, Plug In for Expressive Souls, where she has been heard to say, "My work is my play and my play is my work, and all of it is prayer." Come, start our month of creativity, hearing how one woman heard the call to create and never looked back. View Mary Anne’s posters, cards, calendars, and books at https://deannardavis.infusionsoft.com/app/storeFront/showCategoryPage?categoryId=64.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 31, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Our month of exploring how the soul answers the call to go inside culminates with a live discussion of the first The Soul-Directed Life Book Club selection. Hundreds of great books have helped us go inside, but one more than any other has opened our eyes to what can happen when we turn out eyes away from the world and go inside. Originally published in 1946, Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda, has changed hundreds of thousands of people’s lives. The perfect person to help us understand the full impact of this seminal book is Philip Goldberg, author of American Veda, a top-10 spiritual book for 2011. This book belongs in your soul’s library and this discussion belongs in your heart.
  • Episode: Laura Harvey
    Original air date: Thursday, January 24, 2013
    Episode Description:
    There are many ways to answer the call of the soul to go inside. One of them is to create a spiritual practice of stopping once a day, taking a breath, and creating a space in your heart open and ready to receive the wisdom of a few holy words. A million people around the world open Daily Word® every morning for that little moment of turning inside. Laura Harvey is the editor of the Daily Word. Join Janet and Lauren as they talk about the spiritual practices of reading and writing and how you, too, can use words to hear the true voice of your soul.
  • Episode: Lauren Artress
    Original air date: Thursday, January 17, 2013
    Episode Description:
    We continue our exploration of “the call to go inside” with Lauren Artress, a true spiritual pioneer. At the Canon of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, she first stumbled upon the mystery of the labyrinth to help us literally step inside and connect with the divine at the center of the labyrinth and the center of our lives. Lauren is the leading force expanding the presence and popularity of the labyrinth in the United States. Her first book, Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Practice, inspired thousands to step into a labyrinth and rediscover what our ancient sisters and brothers knew: the labyrinth is a perfect spiritual practice to go inside.
  • Episode: Daniel Nahmod
    Original air date: Thursday, January 10, 2013
    Episode Description:
    It’s a divine accident that “Inside” by Daniel Nahmod is the theme song for The Soul-Directed Life and for all of Janet’s personal appearances for The Lotus and the Lily. So Daniel simply has to be the very first guest of this brand-new kind of interactive, soul-sparking radio show. January is all about how we hear and respond to the call from our soul to stop and go inside. You love Daniel’s music—now you get to hear intimate details about how he perceives the call to go inside, how he does it, and what he finds there. Janet will reveal her favorite Daniel songs and if we’re lucky, he’ll sing some of them for us. Come, step inside with Daniel and Janet and discover something about your own Soul-Directed Life.   
     

Host Bio

Janet Conner

Janet Conner is a vibrant writer, speaker, and teacher who became a catalyst for deep soul change through a series of personal traumas. Her landmark book Writing Down Your Soul connects readers to their own "extraordinary Voice within" and is consistently the No. 1 book in its category. Her newest book, The Lotus and the Lily, cracks the abundance code by linking the wisdom of the inner Voice with the surprising parallel teachings of Buddha and Jesus.

Her books are endorsed by your favorite authors including Larry Dossey, Mary Anne Radmacher, Victoria Moran, and Ellen Debenport. Her work is featured in Daily Word®, DailyOM, Beliefnet, Patheos, One Spirit, and many more. Janet speaks at spiritual centers across the country and online at Insight Events, Friends’ Health Connection, and En*theos Academy.
Each year, Janet teaches five courses in her trademark series Your Soul Wants Five Things, sharing practical spiritual tools that help you meet your soul's primary need to: connect with Source, commit to values, serve a purpose, express itself, and create life. Janet is fast becoming a major voice for spiritual growth and understanding in our time. For more, visit janetconner.com.

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