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Stephen Olsson

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Global Spirit: Dreams, Visions and Realities (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 12:25 PM

Understanding the cosmology and creation stories that underlie the Australian aboriginal "Dreamtime" is often a challenging stretch for the western mind. Perhaps this is why we knew that having an aboriginal guest on the Global Spirit series was important. For more than a year we had dreamed of finding a...

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GLOBAL SPIRIT: Oneness - The Big Picture (VIDEO)

(10) Comments | Posted August 25, 2012 | 5:08 PM

While deeply embedded in the core teachings of many great religions and almost all mystical and shamanic traditions, the concept of "Oneness" remains somewhat elusive, perhaps because it can be observed, felt, interpreted and expressed in a myriad of ways. While some recognize the unifying force of an all-powerful God,...

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Global Spirit: The Mystical Experience (VIDEO)

(26) Comments | Posted August 17, 2012 | 11:36 AM

"Just as in earthly life, lovers long for the moment when they are able to breathe forth their love for each other, to let their souls bend in a soft whisper, so the mystic longs for the moment when in prayer, he can, as it were, creep into God." --Soren...

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Global Spirit: The Shaman, the Spirit Healer and the Earth (VIDEO)

(7) Comments | Posted August 14, 2012 | 10:40 AM

There are a number of challenges when you are searching for an English-speaking indigenous shaman and a curandera espiritu, or spirit healer, to come to San Francisco to appear on a television program.

One problem is location. Indigenous shamans and spirit healers are highly attuned to the culture, the...

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Global Spirit: Exploring Consciousness, East and West (VIDEO)

(13) Comments | Posted August 6, 2012 | 11:00 AM


Our presenting host John Cleese says at the opening of this Global Spirit program: "The inquiry into human consciousness is in many ways, the 'holy grail' of this Global Spirit series. Just remember, for centuries, 'consciousness' was only talked about...

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Global Spirit: The Journey Toward Oneness

(60) Comments | Posted July 30, 2012 | 1:05 PM

"A human being is part of the whole called by us 'universe,' a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and our feelings as something separate from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting...

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The Global Spirit: Art and the Creative Spirit

(1) Comments | Posted July 30, 2012 | 10:56 AM

Imagine a television program that is built around questions such as: How and when does art take on a "sacred" dimension? Where doe the Creative Sprit lie within each human? And who to invite on such a program, to shed light on such questions?

We searched for guests whose...

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Global Spirit: Music, Sound and the Sacred

(3) Comments | Posted July 21, 2012 | 8:04 AM

I have come to realize that I probably make films because I'm not a musician. I've always had a special admiration, perhaps it's a sweet envy, for the musically talented. Thankfully, music forms the emotional basis of most, if not all, filmmaking. And so to create a Global Spirit program...

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Global Spirit: Forgiveness And Healing In Vietnam (VIDEO)

(94) Comments | Posted July 11, 2012 | 1:23 PM

As I entered the busy hotel lobby in Ho Chi Minh City, I had a strange feeling that I was looking for a group of people I had never met, but somehow, would go through a life-changing experience with. There, sitting a large table in the hotel restaurant, psychotherapist and...

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Global Spirit: The Spiritual Quest With Bob Thurman And Karen Armstrong (VIDEO)

(15) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 5:17 PM

We call Global Spirit the first “internal travel” series, because the topics and the discussions so often lead to a kind of inner exploration. Unlike programming on Animal Planet or National Geographic, Global Spirit is not about discovering anything that is outside of yourself. The opening program in...

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One Through Love: Jalaluddin Rumi, Alive In Translation

(4) Comments | Posted October 14, 2011 | 9:28 AM

As I think about the true origins of this One Through Love project, I am carried all the way back to my early 20s. I remember as a 24-year-old spiritual seeker, wandering through the ashrams, temples, burning ghats and holy shrines of South Asia in the mid 1970s. I had...

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One Through Love: Jalaluddin Rumi And A Gathering Of Lovers

(13) Comments | Posted October 8, 2011 | 12:30 PM

"This is a gathering of Lovers.
In this gathering there is no high, no low,
no smart, no ignorant, no special assembly,
no grand discourse, no proper schooling required.
There is no master, no disciple.
This gathering is more like...

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