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Emerging Spirituality and Awareness

with Ian Lawton + 31 Experts
Join Ian Lawton, founder of Soulseeds.com, for transformative conversations with renowned spiritual leaders from many traditions as we explore awareness. Beyond all the things that divide us, both from ourselves and each other, awareness brings up back to our essential oneness. Through this conference, you will come to a deeper understanding of your own wholeness and your connection to all else. Together, we can increase the peace, both within and in the world.

The Experts

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Get Spiritually Naked

with Meggan Watterson
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Meggan Watterson, author of REVEAL, is a spiritual mentor, speaker and scholar of the Divine Feminine who inspires women to live from the audacity and authenticity of the voice of their soul.
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The Great Awakening

with Peter Russell
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Peter Russell is an author, physicist and meditation teacher focusing on consciousness and spirituality. In 1982, he coined the term "global brain" with his 1980s bestseller of the same name.
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Don't Believe Everything You Think

with Cindy Wigglesworth
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Cindy Wigglesworth, author of SQ21, is a recognized expert in the field of Spiritual Intelligence. She's also a public speaker, leadership consultant, executive coach and founder of Deep Change.
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Coming To Self Awareness

with Bishop Spong
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Bishop Spong, whose books have sold more than a million copies, is a retired bishop of the Episcopal Church and is a visiting lecturer at Harvard and at universities and churches worldwide.
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Awareness; Mastering Life's Energies

with Maria Nemeth
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Maria Nemeth has over twenty-five years experience as an internationally acclaimed coach and counselor. She is renowned for her insight and remarkable body of work. As a sought after coach for individuals and groups in state and federal agencies, and corporate settings, Dr. Nemeth has a treasure trove of practical ways to transform lives.
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Creation Spirituality, Mysticism and the Earth

with Matthew Fox
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Matthew Fox is an acclaimed spiritual theologian, an Episcopal priest and an activist who was a member of the Dominican Order. He holds a doctorate in the History and Theology of Spirituality.
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Eating Your Way To Enlightenment

with Russell James
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Russell James is the UK's Leading Raw Chef according to The Times and is author of 6 raw food recipe eBooks. He is a teacher to over 43,000 raw food enthusiasts all over the world at TheRawChef.com.
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Mind Body Balance

with Joan Borysenko, PhD
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Joan Borysenko, PhD, is a pioneer in integrative medicine and a world-renowned expert in the mind/body connection. She authored many bestselling books, including Minding The Body, Mending The Mind.
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The Language Of The Soul

with Rami Shapiro
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Rami Shapiro is an award-winning poet, liturgist, essayist and is widely recognized as one of the most creative figures in contemporary American Judaism. He currently directs the One River Foundation.
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Yoga and The Art of Awareness

with Elena Brower
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Elena Brower brings practical, day-to-day relevance to yoga practice. Her classes are a masterful, candid blend of artful alignment and attention cues; pure empowerment for your body, mind and heart.
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Embody Universal Consciousness

with Diarmuid O'Murchu
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Diarmuid O'Murchu, a member of the Sacred Heart Missionary Order, is a social psychologist most of whose working life has been in social ministry. He authored the bestselling book, Quantum Theology.
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Awareness, Islam and Valuing Yourself

with Yasmin Mogahed
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Yasmin Mogahed is a writer, speaker and author Reclaim Your Heart. Most of her work focuses on spiritual and personal development. She holds a BS in Psychology and Masters in Journalism and Mass Comm.
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We Make The Road By Walking

with Brian McLaren
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Brian McLaren is an author, speaker, pastor and networker among innovative Christian leaders, thinkers and activists. He's often been named as one of the most influential Christian leaders in America.
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Divine Awareness Lies Beyond Mistaken Identity

with Cynthia Bourgeault
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Modern day mystic, Episcopal priest, writer, and internationally known retreat leader, Cynthia Bourgeault divides her time between solitude at her seaside hermitage in Maine, and a demanding schedule traveling globally to teach and spread the recovery of the Christian contemplative and Wisdom path. She is the founding Director of both The Contemplative Society and the Aspen Wisdom School.
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The God Whisper

with Chava Bahle
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Rabbi Chava Bahle travels the country to inspire people of all faiths. She is an ordained rabbi in Jewish Renewal, and an ordained Maggid, a Jewish inspirational preacher and story teller.
 
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Optimize Your Life With Self Awareness

with Brian Johnson
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Brian Johnson is a philosopher & CEO committed to helping people optimize their lives so we can change the world together. He created en*theos, Philosopher's Notes, Optimal Living 101, Zaadz & eteamz.
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Transform Your Life With Meditation

with Sarah McLean
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Sarah McLean is the bestselling author of Soul-Centered and founder of McLean Meditation Institute. She is an inspiring, contemporary meditation teacher who makes meditation accessible to everyone.
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Awareness, Evolution and Being An Evidential Mystic

with Michael Dowd
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Rev. Michael Dowd is an evolutionary theologian and evangelist for an honorable relationship to the future. He is an outspoken “New Theist” and author of the bestselling book, Thank God for Evolution.
 
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Finding The Thinker

with Fred Stella
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Fred Stella began his spiritual search within the Hindu Dharma at the age of 15. He was initiated into his specific tradition over 25 years ago. His training includes time spent in temples and ashrams both here and in India. His articles have appeared in  Hindu Vishwa, India Link and Hinduism Today magazines. He is an ordained Pracharak (which translates to "Outreach Minister") and  a well respected teacher of various branches of Yoga and meditation. He has lectured extensively in both the US and India on the traditions of Hinduism. In 2013 he presented a paper on "The White Hindu Phenomenon" at a Princeton symposium.  Besides Fred's work within his own faith he labors heartily in the field of religious tolerance. For almost 20 years he has served as President of Interfaith Dialogue Association.  In that role he hosts the radio program (also available on the web), "Common Threads" where he interviews many  brilliant spiritual giants of today, including several of the participants in this webinar. Fred is currently on the pastoral staff of West Michigan Hindu Temple.
 
A fun fact about Fred is that besides his work in the world of religion and spirit he is a professional actor. He has worked extensively in TV, theatre, independent film and audiobooks. Currently he is costarring with Joan Rivers in soon to air animated series, "Fashionista & Glamor Girl."
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Wrestling With God

with Lloyd Geering
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Lloyd Geering (D.D., University of Otago, New Zealand) is Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. A public figure of considerable renown in New Zealand, he is in constant demand as a lecturer and as a commentator on religion and related matters on both television and radio. He is the author of many books including Such Is Life! A Close Encounter with Ecclesiastes (2010), Coming Back to Earth: From Gods, to God, to Gaia (2009), and Christianity without God (2002). In 2001, he was honored as Principal Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. In 2007, he received New Zealand s highest honor, the Order of New Zealand.
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You Are Already In Divine Presence

with Richard Rohr
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Richard Rohr is a Franciscan friar ordained to the priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church in 1970. He is an internationally known inspirational speaker and has published numerous recorded talks and books, most recently Yes, And...: Daily Meditations, Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life, and The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See.
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The Future Is Waiting For You

with Bruce Sanguin
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After 27 years, Bruce has recently resigned from congregational ministry and has launched his online site Home for Evolving Mystics, dedicated to inspiring and re-Sourcing every day mystics on their evolving soul-path. He is a speaker and author of popular books on Evolutionary Christianity.
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Kissing Fish; Awareness, Science and Faith

with Roger Wolsey
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Roger Wolsey, author of Kissing Fish: Christianity for People Who Don't Like Christianity, is an ordained United Methodist pastor and President of the Board of Directors of the Boulder International Fringe Festival. He also blogs for Elephant Journal, Patheos, and Huffington Post.
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The Timeless Beauty of Your Life

with Gretta Vosper
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Gretta Vosper is a minister and atheist. She is the founder of the Canadian Centre for Progressive Christianity and bestselling author of two books, With Or Without God and Amen.
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Awareness Has No Return Policy

with David Ault
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For nearly 30 years, David has traveled the world as a New Thought musician, workshop/retreat facilitator and keynote speaker of choice in many nationwide churches, centers and global organizations.
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A Jesus Revolution

with John Dominic Crossan
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John D. Crossan is generally acknowledged to be the premier historical Jesus scholar in the world. His books include The Historical Jesus, Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography, and Who Killed Jesus? He recently appeared in the PBS special "From Jesus to Christ."
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Your Spiritual Unfolding

with Dr. David Richo
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David Richo, Ph.D., M.F.T., is a psychotherapist, teacher, workshop leader, and writer who works in Santa Barbara and San Francisco California. He combines Jungian, poetic, and mythic perspectives in his work with the intention of integrating the psychological and the spiritual. His books and workshops include attention to Buddhist practices.
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Life Before Death; Awareness and Mortality

with Sara Davidson
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Sara Davidson is the New York Times best-selling author of The December Project, Loose Change, Leap! and JOAN: Forty Years of Love, Loss and Friendship with Joan Didion.
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Remembering the Future

with Janet Attwood
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Janet Bray Attwood is the co-author of the New York Times Bestseller, “The Passion Test-The Effortless Path To Discovering Your Life Purpose”, and co-author of “From Sad to Glad: 7 Steps to Facing Change with Love and Power”.   As an expert on what it takes to live a passionate life, she has presented her programs as a featured speaker to hundreds of thousands of people around the world with The Dalai Lama, Sir Richard Branson, T. HarvEker, Jack Canfield, Lisa Nichols, Stephen Covey, Brendon Burchard and others.

For her ongoing work with the homeless and kids in lockdown detention centers, Janet received the highest award for service from the President of the United States, “The President’s Volunteer Service Award”. - See more at: http://www.thepassiontest.com/about-the-passion-test/janet/#sthash.BVM20LEc.dpuf
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Teach your Old Brain New Tricks

with Karen Salmansohn
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Karen Salmansohn is an ex-Senior VP award winning ad writer/creative director (at age 27) who left her successful advertising career (having worked as a writer/creative director/image consultant for J. Walter Thompson, McCann Erickson, Young + Rubicam, Averett, Free + Ginsberg, MTV, VH-1, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, Lifetime, E!, CNBC, NBC, Oxygen, Lee Hunt Associates, L’Oreal, Revlon, Avon, Blue Q, etc) to pursue her passion of writing.She is now a best selling author and book packager with over 1 million books sold – known for creating a new breed of books – “self help for people who would never be caught dead reading self help.” Or: “self help books you can give as a gift — and not get slapped, because they look kinda cool.” Some titles: How to Be Happy Dammit;Enough DammitThe Bounce Back Book; – and many more. 
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Transcending The Small Self

with Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar
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Marlin grew up in Highland Park, Illinois. He received a BA in Sociology from Tulane University in 1990. Upon graduation he relocated to Kyoto, Japan where he worked and studied for two years. Leaving Japan, he and a friend took a three-year, 20,000-mile, around-the-world odyssey on mountain bikes. The trip took him through the Himalayas, across parts of the Gobi desert, Tibet, India, Pakistan, through the middle-east from Syria to Egypt, across Eastern Europe and North America. Along the way he met and lived with nomadic peoples, matriarchal tribes, cave-dwelling ascetics, Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Shintos, Taoists, Jains and practitioners of traditional religions and studied religious scriptures and practices. Upon returning to the United States he entered Harvard Divinity School where he received his Masters in Divinity in 1999.

Your Host

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Ian Lawton

Ian is a spiritual teacher of inner wisdom, universal love, self awareness, oneness, peace, and abundance. He is an author and lectures internationally on contemporary spirituality, technology and personal growth.

Ian is an Aussie and lives on the coast with his wife, Meg and two of their kids. Ian and Meg jointly lead an online support community called Soulseeds, and an online marketing support service called Soulseeds Media. The Soulseeds network has grown quickly in the three years since it launched, with over 40,000 Facebook fans, and over 150,000 tweeps. Its a fast growing and cutting edge social network of people interested in personal development, social change and the beautiful connectedness of life.

Ian has studied and read widely on philosophy and spirituality, including the likes of Ken Wilber, Elizabeth Lesser, Genpo Roshi, Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, Joan Borysenko and other leaders in universal wisdom and contemporary spirituality.

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