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Global Spirit

Walking the Pilgrim's Trail

Revered travel writer, Pico Iyer, and professor Zoila Mendoza Ph.D. respond how movement can help us to access the sacred.

PHIL: I love the etymology of the word “pilgrim”, it goes back to “per agrum,” which means to walk through the fields. It’s right there embedded in the language that we have to get off the bus.

PICO: (laughs) Yes.

PHIL: Get off the train and actually put the soles of our feet to the soul of the earth so to speak. Is this, dare we say the word a more authentic way to get in contact with the sacred? By slowing down, taking a breath, maybe counting our breaths, in the Buddhist or Hindu tradition, and walking to a sacred place.

PICO: I think it’s safe to say that the sacred moves at the speed of life more than the speed of light. And we’re moving at machine pace now, so you’re just, as you say, going back to the human pace and going back to the human ways of doing things would take us into the sacred.  They say the perfect cure for jetlag is to walk barefoot through grass, fresh grass. I think for that same reason, you’re rooting yourself not in the world of machine, but in the world of timeless humans.

ZOILA: I think the physical and the bodily is really important. It may be my own perspective as a very kinesthetic learner and being and coming from a culture that is very highly kinesthetic. But I think the movement and the walking itself is so - even if it’s just small little steps in a circle in your little room. I think the motion gives you the experience of the mind and body being together, because while you’re moving, your mind is doing something.

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Inside Sacred Texts

"Inside Sacred Texts" explores the origins, translations and interpretations of sacred or revered texts, and sheds light on the mystical experience these texts often originate from. The program brings knowledgeable, engaging scholars, translators, and practitioners from three faiths together to explore how these seminal texts, which form the foundation of most world religions and have influenced entire civilizations, are in some cases, now being reappraised.
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This episode of "Global Spirit" focuses on the powerful role that spiritually-based communities have played for hundreds of years, and continue to play, in supporting the well-being, spiritual growth, and transformations of many individuals.
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Sacred Travel: The Pilgrimage Experience

For thousands of years people of every tradition have embarked on long, difficult and often costly journeys to sacred places in search of various benefits, from health or material well-being to a spiritually transformative experience. But why have these millions of pilgrims endured such hardships? What are they ultimately in search of? "Sacred Travel: The Pilgrimage Experience" will utilize compelling film footage from India and Peru combined with deep studio conversation to shed light on this fascinating topic. The program brings together Peruvian anthropologist Zoila Mendoza and renowned travel writer Pico Iyer, meeting for the first time. These guests, together with host Phil Cousineau, shed light on various dimensions of this timeless ritual, which is an important part of most, if not all religions and spiritual traditions.
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Call to Wisdom

While the human ability to think and reason have certainly propelled human evolution forward, today more than 200 years after “the age of enlightenment” we find ourselves asking if knowledge and thinking are enough to really grasp the true meaning of existence? Or is there something more?
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Sacred Ecology

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.
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Global Spirit interviews two guests who use the power of story and storytelling to remember what's most important.
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The Search for God

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.
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The Journey Towards Oneness

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.
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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 of Global Spirit, 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. Experience the power of liturgical musical performances in Latin from Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, and witness powerful, live studio performances by Joanne Shenandoah and a haunting sequence from Peter Brook's film, "Meetings with Remarkable Men" with sacred sounds resonating across the Afghan mountaintops.
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Forgiveness and Healing

Most world religions and wisdom traditions include teachings on the nature of forgiveness. This episode of Global Spirit 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". Program guest Azim Khamisa powerfully illustrates "forgiveness of the other" as he traces how he learned to forgive the boy who murdered his own son. Now Khamisa works with the killer's grandfather to foster forgiveness and healing with young audiences all over the world.
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