Given Swithin’s (my partner) involvement with local community radio, Stroud FM, in England, it was fun to check out the Portland equivalent. Kboo Community Radio is on a much bigger scale than Stroud FM, but then everything here is on a much bigger scale. From the trucks to the fridges, to the cartons of milk and fruit juice to go in them!
Kboo Radio is mainly run by volunteers. Tom Parkor who interviewed me for his ‘Pathways’ show has been hosting it for 30 years. ‘I was a boy when I started!’, he laughed. It turns out his metaphysical show is not only well established but also widely respected. He’s had international names like Louise Hay and Byron Katie on the program, so I felt I was in pretty illustrious company. The show is going out on 90.7FM on Sunday 26 Feb at 8.30am local Portland time (PST) and the podcast will be available at www.kboo.com mid-March for anyone anywhere else in the world!
As well as radio, I’ve also done a television interview with the lovely Vicky Thompson for New Connexion TV, while here in Portland. I stressed how in these times of global spiritual emergency not a single one of us can afford to be ignorant of the process of spiritual emergence and emergency, of the relationship between the two; of crisis leading to transformation, the seeming breakdown being a breakthrough. We also need to all be aware of the relationship between individual awakening and the collective awakening of consciousness, of humanity as a whole. As each of us move through our own struggles and challenges each and every one of us is contributing to the huge global shift that is currently underway.
The music streaming out of the teashop is Billie Holiday singing ‘Nice work if you can get it and you can get it if you try’. And here I am, writing my blog post in the sunshine, feeling totally nurtured! And we’ve had such a lovely welcome from everybody we’ve met, including the wonderful people at the New Thought Center for Spiritual Living and the folk at the Diamond Way Buddhist Center.
I was particularly pleased with how my talk at New Thought went. We had an interesting time deciding which bit of clothing the mike needed to be fed up through! Such a tiny, discreet mike and I loved the headset – it was more like wearing an invisible hearing aid than a mike and headset. After the talk I was able to speak with quite a few people, some of whom were obviously relieved to come across, for the first time, the language for what they’ve been struggling with. Being able to offer some comfort and support at such a personal level makes all the gruelling bits of the tour worthwhile!
Every spiritual faith and practice under this glorious sun seems to be represented here in Portland. It’s a Stroud equivalent, but on a much broader scale. There was some lovely synchronicity around our visit to the Diamond Way Buddhist Center. First of all, back at home, before we left, I felt guided to look into Mahamudra practice. For my next book, I want to explore the whole issue of conscious relationship, including sacred sexuality. Mahamudra comes within the Tibetan school of Buddhism and is essentially a Tantric path to enlightmentment, Tantra being much broader than simply the sacred sexuality that many think of. Then, a few days ago, on our way to Kboo Radio, which is completely the other side of town from where we’re staying, we stumbled by chance (I don’t think!) upon the Diamond Way Buddhist Center, of the Karma Kagyu Tibetan lineage. I’d be planning to check it out and here it was! The teaching that evening, about how to work with emotions, especially disturbing ones, was just the reminder I needed. I know I create my own suffering by being too attached to always having things go the way I want them to. But I need reminding!
Well, I’m starting to lose the sun sitting here, as it goes down behind the block. I’m off to check out Powell’s, the most enormous bookstore in town! New Renaissance bookstore on 23rd Avenue is still my favourite though – I’ve never seen (or smelt!) such a wonderful Mind, Body, Spirit bookshop in all my life!
P.S. Our stay in Portland ended with a truly awesome live, one-hour radio interview with Pat of the Dr Pat Show. Download or listen here You’ll need to select Arhives Feb 2012 and scroll down to Wed Feb 8. And I’ll let you know when the television interview is available... Stay tuned!
With love & light to you all, Catherine