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What the viewers are saying...


"Fascinating program. This is exactly what this country needs at this time. A spiritual quest that is selfless and about gaining knowledge."

 

"Yes John Cleese, Global Spirit has changed my life. Thank you for the best answers to most of my life questions. " - Jimmy Tucker; Pensacola, FL

 

"Absolutely inspiring and full of wisdom. Something to revisit over and over again. Thank you Phil for an amazing series."  - Joanne

 

"Watching now... I thought my journey was over, now I see it happily goes on. Thank you for this beautiful, beautiful program!"

 

"Very moving and healing. Thankful to have learned about this show. Thank you to both teachers for their lessons."

 

"One of the best and most needed discussions on TV. This should be on prime time every day. I will tell everyone I know about it and will look forward to the next time I can be part of this timely wonder. This is what TV should be about. Thank you so much." - Violet Rose Gold; Chesapeake, VA

 

"I just watched this show on PBS in Vermont. It is really awesome! I'm so glad to see a program like this on TV!"

 

"What a wonderful breath of fresh air this show is for TV. Thank you to all who take part in it."

 

GLOBAL SPIRIT ON LINK TV



GLOBAL SPIRIT
takes a global approach to the exploration of human consciousness, bringing viewers the most compelling ideas, practices and distilled wisdom from different cultures throughout the world. 

 

Presented by John Cleese and hosted by author Phil Cousineau, each GLOBAL SPIRIT program offers insight into some of mankind's oldest existential questions, tracing our collective human journey in the timeless quest for truth, wisdom and understanding.

 

"The discussions on the 'Global Spirit' series are sorely needed in this dispirited and disenchanted world. In many ways it is more important than journalism today."  - Bill Moyers

 

"Each week [Global Spirit] brings together scholars and other experts from different religious and philosophical backgrounds, not to sell a faith or argue hot-button issues, but to discuss universal themes like forgiveness or the nature of the spiritual journey."  - New York Times

 

Sacred Ecology

 

Sacred Ecology

This episode explores the natural world as an access point to the Sacred. As we experience the wondrous spectrum of creation that exists here on Earth, we realize in a new way that all Earth's creatures share the same home.  CLICK FOR TIMES

 

The Search for God

 

The Search for God

The search for a Supreme Being is a timeless and universal one. Join philosopher Jacob Needleman and Sufi teacher Pir Zia Inayat-Khan as they share their unique insights on the concept and experience of a higher power. CLICK FOR TIMES

 

Stories to Remember

 

Stories to Remember

Life's fundamental questions have so often been approached through philosophy and science. Yet for millennia, these same questions have been answered for human beings everywhere, through the power of story. Join renowned storytellers Kay Olan and Orland Bishop as they recount how stories help them remember what is important. CLICK FOR TIMES

 

The Spiritual Quest

 

The Spiritual Quest

In this episode, writer and spiritual seeker Phil Cousineau hosts internationally renowned author and comparative religion scholar Karen Armstrong and Professor of Buddhist studies Dr.Robert Thurman for a discussion of The Spiritual Quest as both a personal and religious phenomenon. CLICK FOR TIMES

 

Forgiveness and Healing 

Forgiveness and Healing

Most world religions and wisdom traditions include teachings on the nature of forgiveness. This episode explores forgiveness and healing on a personal and societal level. The program features author and psychotherapist Dr. Ed Tick and his wife Kate Dahlstedt taking a group of PTSD traumatized Vietnam War vets back to the land where they fought and killed, to help them learn the art of "forgiveness of the self". CLICK FOR TIMES

 

Music, Sound and the Sacred 

Music, Sound and the Sacred

The transcendent power of music has long been recognized as a vehicle for spiritual practice and a path to spiritual fulfillment and enlightenment. In this episode, host Phil Cousineau explores the transcendent qualities of spiritual and sacred music with guests Rev. Alan Jones, and Grammy-award-winning singer and member of the Native American Onondaga tribe Joanne Shenandoah.  CLICK FOR TIMES

 

Art and the Creative Spirit 

Art and the Creative Spirit

What makes art sacred? Does the creative spirit lie within the artist, or is it channeled through the artist from some "higher power"? This episode of Global Spirit seeks answers to these and other questions by looking at various sacred art forms, and by engaging with artists who speak eloquently about the spiritual aspect of the creative process. The program presents the work and teachings of Buddhist artist and teacher Lama Lhanang Rinpoche as well as Pueblo Indian sculptor Estella Loretto.  CLICK FOR TIMES

 

The Journey Towards Oneness

 

The Journey Towards Oneness

Beneath the external differences that separate the world's religions, there is a deep undercurrent of core teachings that point in the direction of Oneness, or "Unity Consciousness" - the indivisible totality of all creation, all beliefs, all religions and of the universe itself. The Journey Towards Oneness explores the concept of Oneness from both a scientific and spiritual point of view and traces its evolution and expression through different religious and spiritual traditions. CLICK FOR TIMES

  
The Shaman, the Spirit Healer, and the Earth 

The Shaman, the Spirit Healer, and the Earth

For native peoples everywhere, life is a gift that must be respected and honored. In this Global Spirit episode, host Phil Cousineau is joined by Flordemayo, a Mayan spirit healer, and Angaangaq, an Eskimo-Kalaalit Shaman from Greenland. Meeting for the first time, these two indigenous guests share their ancient wisdom and knowledge about man's relationship to nature, as well as the profoundly sacred nature of all life. CLICK FOR TIMES

  

 

The Mystical Experience 

The Mystical Experience

From Moses on the mountain, to Jesus in the desert to Mohammed in his cave, "the mystical experience" has been acknowledged as the core event that forms the foundation of many great religions. Host Phil Cousineau joins Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, Rabbi Jonathan Omer-Man, and sufi mystic Maata Lynn Barron to shed light on some of the common attributes of those who yearn for and reach what they describe as a direct experience of God or the Divine. CLICK FOR TIMES

   
Exploring Consciousness: East and West  

Exploring Consciousness: East and West

The inquiry into human consciousness is in many ways, the "holy grail" of the entire Global Spirit series. Certainly, awareness of different stages of consciousness has been at the heart of many spiritual practices and spiritual traditions for centuries. In this episode, host Phil Cousineau brings together both spiritual and the scientific traditions of east and west. CLICK FOR TIMES

  

 

Oneness: The Big Picture  

Oneness: The Big Picture

While deeply embedded in the core teachings of many great religions and almost all mystical and native traditions, the concept of "Oneness" is now being explored by a growing number of scientists. Deepak Chopra, a physician and best-selling author, shares his philosophical insights on Oneness with Riane Eisler, an anthropologist and best-selling author (The Chalice & the Blade). CLICK FOR TIMES

  

 

Dreams, Visions, and Realities  

Dreams, Visions, and Realities

Human beings have always been fascinated by their dreams, and have long debated their meaning, purpose, and significance. As scientists investigate the chemical and biological origins of dreaming, many indigenous cultures explore their dreams as a deeply spiritual connection that links humanity with the core of all life. Jungian psychologist Dr. Stephen Aizenstat and Aboriginal elder "Yidumduma" Bill Harney discuss dreaming as a connection to the deeper meanings in our subconcious lives. CLICK FOR TIMES

  

 

Rumi and the Sufi Path of Love  

Rumi and the Sufi Path of Love

How did a 13th century sufi mystic from Central Asia become the most widely read poet in the United States? Why did UNESCO declare 2007 as "the year of Rumi"? This Global Spirit program brings together two distinguished studio guests from different cultural traditions to explore the depths of Rumi's poetry and teachings: Sufi sheikh Kabir Helminski of the Mevlevi sufi tradition, and Iranian filmmaker and multi-lingual website host Parisa Soultani. CLICK FOR TIMES

  

 

Earth Wisdom for a World in Crisis  

Earth Wisdom for a World in Crisis

This Global Spirit program focuses on the wisdom of indigenous values and practices that have promoted heightened consciousness, spiritual harmony, and a life in balance with nature. Host Phil Cousineau and the Global Spirit crew go to New York to interview renowned indigenous leaders such as Chief Oren Lyons, Marcos Terena, Jake Swamp, Viktor Kaisiepo, and Gloria Ushigua at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. CLICK FOR TIMES

  

 

The Interspiritual Dialogue with Father Thomas Keating  

The Interspiritual Dialogue with Father Thomas Keating

For the first time in 25 years, video cameras were invited to document The Snowmass Interspiritual Conference, led by Cistercian monk and author Father Thomas Keating. In this episode, the emphasis is not on formal theology, religious law, or external observances, but on that which emerges from the depths of spiritual experience among dedicated spiritual practitioners in an atmosphere of trust. CLICK FOR TIMES

  

 

Sound of the Soul  

Sound of the Soul

Global Spirit presents a compelling portrait of an Arab country where Muslims, Christians, and Jews have lived together in relative peace for centuries. This powerful music-driven documentary demonstrates how music is a unifying, transcendent force, and a powerful starting point for reducing conflict and crossing religious divides. Beautifully photographed during the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music, Sound of the Soul presents unforgettable performances from groups from Morocco, Ireland, Russia, Afghanistan, Mauritania, the US, Portugal, and France. CLICK FOR TIMES

  

 

In Search of Ecstasy  

In Search of Ecstasy

This episode explores the ecstatic state - a global phenomenon found in all kinds of spiritual, religious, and wisdom traditions. Host Cousineau is joined by guests Sobonfu Somé, author and teacher of African spirituality, and Andrew Harvey, a British author and Rumi scholar. The program asks why and how ecstatic trance is practiced around the world, and why so many people today are fascinated by it. CLICK FOR TIMES

  

 

The Art of Living and Dying  

The Art of Living and Dying

Our most basic understanding of life is in many ways determined by our understanding of death. While to some, death is an end in itself, to others it is the final test of faith in the existence of a God or of an afterlife. For still others, the process of dying is seen as the supreme transformative change agent. This Global Spirit program presents a powerful conversation between two dedicated spiritual leaders in the end-of-life movement. CLICK FOR TIMES

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