Global Spirit | Link TV
Presented by author/actor/comedian John Cleese, "Global Spirit" is a unique inquiry into humankind's belief systems, wisdom traditions and states of consciousness. Hosted by author and spiritual seeker Phil Cousineau and featuring renowned experts such as Karen Armstrong, Robert Thurman, Deepak Chopra, Riane Eisler, Joanne Shenendoah and many others, this new critically acclaimed series takes viewers on a mind and soul-expanding journey, exploring the relationships between ancient wisdom traditions, diverse belief systems, world religions, metaphysics and modern science. The series is a co-production of Stephen Olsson, CEM Productions and Link Media.
In this episode of Global Spirit, host Phil Cousineau explores the ecstatic state -- a global phenomenon found in all kinds of spiritual, religious, and wisdom traditions. Cousineau is joined by guests Sobonfu Somé, author and teacher of African spirituality, and Andrew Harvey, a British scholar specializing in the works and teachings of Jalaluddin Rumi.
The Interfaith initiatives of the late twentieth century-the opening of dialogue and sharing of wisdom among leaders and practitioners of different religions -- have flowered into an exciting new possibility for spiritual exploration and expression. The late Wayne Teasdale coined the term "Interspirituality" to describe this new spiritual perspective, where beneath the diversity of theological beliefs, rites, and observances lies a deeper unity of experience that is our shared spiritual heritage.
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.
This episode of "Global Spirit" explores the human needs that the concept of “God” addresses, as well as the various forms, names and expressions for God. Drawing from ancient and contemporary Talmudic, Christian and Islamic concepts of God, and extending to the atheistic renouncement of God as a mere creation of humans afraid of the finality of death, this episode probes the timeless human “yearning to know God,” and will illuminate some of the most compelling perspectives and practices, on the concept and reality of God.
In this episode, Global Spirit interviews two guests who use the power of story and storytelling to remember what's most important. Kay Olan, a renowned storyteller from the Mohawk nation in upstate New York, meets community organizer and youth mentor Orland Bishop, who brings the power of story and African wisdom traditions to his work with members of the notorious LA gangs, the Crips and Bloods.