Periodically on this blog, I mention an interview on Buddha at the Gas Pump. The host Rick Archer has been interviewing “ordinary spiritually awakening people” since 2009, although it took a few months for the current format to develop. At first, they were indeed just ordinary people Rick knew in his circles. But soon, finding new interviewees for the weekly show that were both willing to speak publicly and able to share their experience in a clear way became more challenging.
He requested recommendations and many suggested spiritual teachers they knew. Increasingly well-known teachers shared. And because the theme is more on the personal experience than a teaching, that aspect of ordinary continues as a theme. And that is what Rick set out to do – make it clear that awakening was really, finally happening to many ordinary people.
The interviews became a cornucopia of people and traditions. This is illustrated by the Categorical index of prior interviewees. After his list of suggested interviewees surpassed 1,000, he closed the list. Rick also regularly goes to the Science and NonDuality conference and does interviews in person there. And that’s why he’s able to offer to introduce my talk.
I’ve followed Rick’s work since early on, participated in related discussions and helped a bit with his web site. This fall Rick has a long discussed trip to the Pacific Northwest to do several interviews in person and I’ll be taking that further step out of the closet and doing an interview. Not having discussed my own process so publicly before, it will be more comfortable in person.
It will be an eventful fall.