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The Awareness Explorers Podcast

Awareness Explorers podcast

Join Jonathan Robinson and Brian Tom O'Connor as they explore the many ways you can uncover the secret of joy and happiness in the background of all experience.

Become an Awareness Explorer and learn to know yourself as pure unlimited expanded consciousness...Awareness aware of awareness itself.

Includes a guided meditation with each podcast episode.

Listen or download below, or on iTunes, Spotify,
iHeart Radio, Google Play, or YouTube.​

The guided meditations excerpted from each episode are also available on our YouTube meditations playlist or on the AwarenessExplorers.com Meditations page.

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0: "Introduction to AE" - Jonathan Robinson & Brian Tom O'Connor
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In this episode we discuss why we created this podcast, and how it can help integrate awareness into daily life activities.

1: "What is Awareness?" - Jonathan Robinson & Brian Tom O'Connor
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In this episode we explore what we mean by awareness and how it can become our reliable source of peace, joy, and happiness.

• Includes a guided meditation on questions that lead to awakened awareness, as well as simple phrases that can trigger an immediate state of presence.

2: "Slowing" - Jonathan Robinson & Brian Tom O'Connor
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In this episode we talk about how to use very small disruptions and slowing down to bring pure awareness into daily life activities.

• Includes a guided method for using talking and movement as a trigger for awakened awareness.

3: "Thinking About Not Thinking" - Jonathan Robinson & Brian Tom O'Connor
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In this episode we explore the way thinking can veil pure awareness, and we share ways to disidentify with our thoughts.

• Includes a guided meditation for calming your busy mind and bringing it into present moment awareness.

4: "The Art of Letting Go" - Jonathan Robinson & Brian Tom O'Connor
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In this episode we explore three approaches to letting go… letting go of physical tension, mental tension, and spiritual attachment. We give precise methods for handling each of these, including examples of how letting go is not the same as trying to change our experience.

• Includes a guided meditation for allowing whatever is to be there without resistance.

5: "Handling Difficult Emotions" - Jonathan Robinson & Brian Tom O'Connor
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In this episode we talk about how to use very small disruptions and slowing down to bring pure awareness into daily life activities.

• Includes a guided meditation to help put tough emotions in perspective.

6: "What the Heck is Enlightenment?" - Jonathan Robinson & Brian Tom O'Connor
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In this episode we explore differing descriptions and ways of viewing enlightenment and awakening.

• Includes a guided meditation to help imagine what would be different if you were enlightened and what obstacles would no longer be there.

7: "Head vs. Heart Awakening" - Jonathan Robinson & Brian Tom O'Connor
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In this episode we explore different types of awakening, and how each type has advantages and disadvantages.

• Includes a guided meditation to help you to drop from your head to your heart so you can better access your heart awakening experience.

8: "Intuition & Decision Making" - Jonathan Robinson & Brian Tom O'Connor
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In this episode we explore the interplay between awareness, intuition, and decision making.

• Includes a guided meditation with a simple way of accessing intuition to help make good decisions.

9: "Rupert Spira, Guest Explorer" - Jonathan Robinson & Brian Tom O'Connor
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In this episode we talk to Rupert Spira about happiness, and how he leads people to the recognition of our true nature as awareness.

• Includes a guided meditation from Rupert for going beyond our normal notion of self into the experience of pure awareness.

10: Easily Know Your Obstacles - Jonathan Robinson and Brian Tom O'Connor
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In this episode we explore how to give and receive feedback so that you can know what your specific obstacles to awakening to awareness might be.

• Includes a guided meditation to help you discover what you need to know or do to be happier and what obstacles might be good for you to face.

11: Stuart Schwartz, Guest Explorer - Jonathan Robinson & Brian Tom O'Connor
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In this episode we talk to Stuart Schwartz about allowing and befriending the parts of you that you're judgmental about.

• Includes a guided meditation from Stuart in which he shows us how to use the breath and the phrase "I Am" to lead us to the freedom of pure awareness.

Unknown Track: What is Satsang? - Jonathan Robinson & Brian Tom O'Connor
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In this episode we explore how to give and receive feedback so that you can know what your specific obstacles to awakening to awareness might be.

• Includes a guided self-inquiry meditation to lead you to the deeper "I" behind what you experience as "me."

13: Intention - Jonathan Robinson & Brian Tom O'Connor
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In this episode we explore the uses, abuses, and nuances of using intention to awaken.

• Includes a guided meditation for setting a clear intention in a way that allows relaxed awakening.

15: Different Doors of Perception - Jonathan Robinson & Brian Tom O'Connor
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In this episode we discuss how to use visual, auditory, and sensory cues to help notice the ever-present field of awareness.

• Includes a guided meditation using each sense to awaken awareness.

16: Lynn Marie Lumiere, Guest Explorer - Jonathan Robinson & Brian Tom O'Connor
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In this episode we explore the possibility of receiving energy remotely from spiritual beings, and the advantages and disadvantages of such approaches to awakening.

• Includes a guided meditation from Lynn Marie pointing to the loving awareness that's always present.

17: The Value of Retreats - Jonathan Robinson & Brian Tom O'Connor
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In this episode we discuss different types of retreats, their potential value and potential limitations to aid in awakening.

• Includes a guided meditation to help you experience a head, heart, and gut awakening.

18: Shifting Identity - Jonathan Robinson & Brian Tom O'Connor
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In this episode we discuss different ways to shift identity, different identities that are possible, and the ultimate shift in identity to awareness.

• Includes a guided meditation that takes you from the innocence of childlike awareness to the expansion into our innate ground of being.

19: Rick Archer, Guest Explorer - Jonathan Robinson & Brian Tom O'Connor
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In this episode we talk to Rick Archer of "Buddha at the Gas Pump" about the advantages and ethical pitfalls of gurus and spiritual teachers.

20: Receiving Spiritual Energy - Jonathan Robinson & Brian Tom O'Connor
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In this episode we discuss different types of retreats, their potential value and potential limitations to aid in awakening.

• Includes a guided meditation for Receiving Spiritual Energy from a favorite teacher of your choice.

21: Metaphors of Awakening - Jonathan Robinson & Brian Tom O'Connor
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In this episode we describe a cornucopia of metaphors that help people understand awakened awareness.

• Includes a guided meditation using the dream metaphor to point to nondual awakening.

22: Decision to Awaken - Jonathan Robinson & Brian Tom O'Connor
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In this episode we discuss will and the power of making a decision to wake ourselves up.

• Includes a guided meditation to help develop our decision-making muscle and our sincere desire for awakening.

23: Adyashanti, Guest Explorer - Jonathan Robinson & Brian Tom O'Connor
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In this episode we talk to Adyashanti about spirituality as living in a state of discovery, and ways to tap into silence in daily life.

• Includes a guided meditation from Adyashanti leading us through the three steps of experiencing meditation in its truest sense.

24: Using Adyashanti's Teachings - Jonathan Robinson & Brian Tom O'Connor
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In this episode Jonathan and Brian reflect on our conversation with Adyashanti and share how you can apply his wisdom and methods to your life.

Includes a guided meditation to help you use your body awareness as a barometer for living your truth.

25: The Joy of Contemplation - Jonathan Robinson & Brian Tom O'Connor
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In this episode we describe how the practice of dropping a contemplative phrase into the depths of your being can lead to joy and revelation.

• Includes a guided meditation that introduces two phrases to use in a contemplative journey within.

27: Perfectionism & Control - Jonathan Robinson & Brian Tom O'Connor
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In this episode, we discuss how the tendencies towards control and perfectionism can interfere with our desire for peace and awareness, and how we can overcome these obstacles.

• Includes a guided meditation that walks you through the three phases of wabi sabi, imperfection, impermanence, and incompleteness.

28: Brian Interviews Jonathan - Jonathan Robinson & Brian Tom O'Connor
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In this episode, Jonathan tells Brian about his spiritual teacher, the wild experiments he's done, and what he's found most helpful.

• In addition, Jonathan leads a guided mediation in which you contemplate your death in order to bring new aliveness to your current life.

29: Jonathan Interviews Brian - Jonathan Robinson & Brian Tom O'Connor
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In this episode, Brian tells Jonathan about finding a way out of depression through awareness, his theater background, and his influences in the spiritual search.

• In addition, Brian leads a guided mediation using a window of eternity metaphor to help you expand your view into infinite awareness.

30: John Astin, Guest Explorer - Jonathan Robinson & Brian Tom O'Connor
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In this episode, we talk to Dr. John Astin about consciousness research, songwriting, and practices for opening to pure experience.

• Includes a guided meditation, "The Borderless Field of Being" from his new book, "This Extraordinary Moment."

31: Acting Without Attachment - Jonathan Robinson & Brian Tom O'Connor
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In this episode we discuss how to act passionately in the world while being unattached to the results.

• Includes a guided meditation to help us combine intention with surrender.

32: Byron Katie, Guest Explorer - Jonathan Robinson & Brian Tom O'Connor
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In this episode we talk to spiritual teacher Byron Katie about the false self, the benefits of not believing your thoughts, and the lack of separation between people.

• Includes a guide to meditating on your judgements using Byron Katie's worksheets.

33: What is Working on Yourself? - Jonathan Robinson & Brian Tom O'Connor
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In this episode we explore how to know if what you're doing to work on yourself is really working for you.

• Includes a guided meditation to help you find ways to allow the eternal present to resolve all difficulties and even to present solutions to practical problems.

34: The Mystical Use of Language - Jonathan Robinson & Brian Tom O'Connor
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In this episode we talk about how to use language as a tool to help you experience pure awareness.

• Includes a guided meditation that uses short phrases to point you back to your true nature as awareness.

35: The Upside & Downside of Oneness - Jonathan Robinson & Brian Tom O'Connor
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In this episode we take a look at oneness from many angles, including spiritual bypassing and the paradox of oneness and humanness.

• Includes a guided meditation that leads us through a progression to the experience of Oneness.

36: Loch Kelly, Guest Explorer - Jonathan Robinson & Bran Tom O'Connor
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In this episode we talk to Loch Kelly about Effortless Mindfulness, and how it differs from Deliberate Mindfulness as a method of opening to naturally compassionate, awake awareness.

• Includes a guided meditation or "glimpse practice" from Loch to help us know awake awareness without resorting to the thinking mind.

37: Paired Awakening Games - Jonathan Robinson & Brian Tom O'Connor
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In this episode we introduce games that can be played with two people and can quickly lead to the joy and peace of pure awareness.

• Includes a guided meditation that uses specific questions to guide the listener into a relaxation of their body and separate ego identity.

38: What if Nonduality Were True? - Jonathan Robinson & Brian Tom O'Connor
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In this episode we talk about the implications of nonduality in our spiritual and daily lives.

• Includes a guided meditation using imagination and metaphor to bring you to the experience that we're all part of one energy.

39: Carole Griggs & Ted Strauss, Guest Explorers - Unknown Artist
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In this episode we talk to Carole Griggs and Ted Strauss about a model for accelerating conscious awakening, and the advantages of consciousness coaching.

40: Shortcomings and Humility - Jonathan Robinson & Brian Tom O'Connor
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In this episode we talk about how humility is crucial on the spiritual path and yet paradoxically cannot be directly cultivated.

• Includes an exploration of how humility can be experienced, and a guided meditation to help people let go of false ideas about themselves.

41: Into the Body - Jonathan Robinson & Brian Tom O'Connor
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In this episode we talk about how inner experience of the body can be a useful catalyst for spiritual growth.

• Includes a guided meditation using our body sensations to connect to the larger field of awareness that we all are.

42: Gail Brenner, Guest Explorer - Jonathan Robinson & Brian Tom O'Connor
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In this episode we talk to Gail Brenner about the connection between psychotherapy and awareness practices.

• Includes a guided meditation from Gail using the metaphor of the mind as the wide-open, borderless clear sky.

43: The New Spirituality - Jonathan Robinson & Brian Tom O'Connor
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In this episode we talk about how spirituality has changed over the past 25 years, and how to take advantage of the most positive changes.

• Includes a guided meditation engaging your intuition to discover what has kept you back and what can accelerate your growth moving forward.

44: Thinking about the Future - Jonathan Robinson & Brian Tom O'Connor
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In this episode we explore whether the future exists and how our preoccupation with the future can be an obstacle to awakening.

• Includes a guided meditation to help you release the future and fully experience the peace of the present moment.