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Sally Field, Academy Award-winning actress, describes the artistic process of going through the heart of fear into a place of power. More
Alice Walker, the author, poet, and activist, asks us to not limit ourselves by taking the path of safety, but to embrace our edges and the “radical me” that can change the world. More
Sally Field, Academy Award-winning actress, describes the power of being in touch with all aspects of yourself and the artistic import of telling stories. More
Sarah Peter is an artist, philanthropist and cofounder of the Omega Women’s Leadership Center. She describes here the internal work of achieving peace. More
angel Kyodo williams, the author, activist, and master trainer, describes the internal path to compassion and interdependence. More
Betty Williams, co-recipient of the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize for her work in Ireland and the head of the Global Children's Foundation tells a story about humor and her work with the Dalai Lama. More
Loung Ung, author and human rights activist, and Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, South African psychologist and senior professor, discuss remorse, empathy, and healing their experiences of the Khmer Rouge and Apartheid. More
Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, psychologist and senior research professor in South Africa served on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She describes the relationship between forgiveness and transformation. More
Zainab Salbi, international author, activist, and journalist, tells the story of bringing forth her deepest secret and relinquishing her shame. More
Riane Eisler, an eminent social scientist and activist, attorney, and author, explains how her mother exemplified spiritual courage, the courage to stand up to injustice out of love. More
Omega: Why do you think mindfulness has become so popular in the West? Saki: In the West we’re very interested in the mind. We identify powerfully with our mind and our thoughts. Mindfulness helps us realize we have the capacity to know ourselves more directly, to step back and say, “Wait a second; the mind that I have thought about as the mind is only one small aspect of mind." No one is diminished by offering love. —Saki Santorelli More
Omega: In your book Compassion in Action, which you wrote with Ram Dass, you say, “Acting with compassion is not doing good because we think we ought to. It’s being drawn to action by heartfelt passion.” What is your heartfelt passion?  More
Walking through the doors of the Shriners Hospital in Los Angeles was a form of time travel for me. Instantly, I was transported back to the five-year-old me, in the hospital on Halloween and dressed as a bat, leaping, limping, and flapping my wings as I went trick-or-treating down the corridor of the administrative offices. I watched that silly apparition, wistfully reliving the last days of having my own two feet. More
Omega: Can you explain how the brain’s way of learning sets us up for addiction? Judson: Our brains operate with a reward-based learning system, or habit loop, that has a couple of key pieces: a trigger, a behavior, and a reward. This evolved to help us remember where food is. If we were hungry and we saw a berry (the trigger) and we ate it (the behavior), the stomach then sent a dopamine signal to our brain (the reward) that said, “That was good! Remember what you just ate and where you found it.” More
Omega: How did you develop your natural talent for communicating with spirits and what practices remain important to you today? Tony: I was very lucky, because I was invited to join a development group. A woman named Joan, who has now passed over herself, took me under her wing. She saw something in me. I was allowed to sit in her home circle, which was a very small group that met every Thursday. More
Omega: What's Buddism's take on happiness? Robert: Buddhism has a very positive view of life. Buddha, when he became enlightened, smiled with glee and happiness. He was actually announcing that happiness is possible to people. The only reason he mentions suffering is that if one remains confused and doesn't find the reality of oneself, then one will automatically bump into things and then one will suffer. More
It’s rumored that when the artist Michelangelo sculpted the statue of David, he observed a singular slab of marble and began steadily chipping away, removing everything that "wasn’t David." His approach wasn’t to shape the stone itself, but rather to reveal the Renaissance masterpiece within. More
The divine is summoning us to sacred activism, asking us to fuse together in the depth of our being the profound depth of awareness that we’re capable of and the wise and radical action that’s urgently needed. To do this we need to fuse together these five different kinds of service. 1) Serve the Divine The first kind of service is service to the divine, by whatever name you know and love the divine. This is a service of praise, thanksgiving, celebration, and prayer. This service will call down divine grace and divine guidance. More
It’s a common belief that work (what we do in order to make a living) and spirituality are incompatible. Work binds us to the material world, whereas spirituality frees us. This view is supported by traditional cultures, especially Eastern ones, in which turning attention to the spiritual path came only after a certain age when one’s life’s work is complete (“retirement”) or as a complete renunciation of the worldly life (monasticism). Women, in particular, if they were tied to the traditional role of child-bearer and homemaker, were even less likely to commit to a spiritual path. More
On Oct 9, 2017, my home and office in California were incinerated by a massive wildfire. My wife, Christine, and I got out with moments to spare. We woke up at 12:45 a.m. and saw the flames racing toward us. Running to the car, we got out just ahead of the inferno. Many of our neighbors weren’t so lucky. Reports from firefighters later estimated that the fire traveled the length of a football field every three seconds. Forty-two people didn’t escape in time. But thousands did. Why? More