Friday, August 20, 2010
Paul Rademacher, Interview #100
Where you live: Charlottesville, VA and Fernandina Beach, FL
What you do as a vocation or avocation? Writer and Executive Director of The Monroe Institute
Your two favorite books: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon and Communion by Whitley Strieber
Your two favorite songs: “Embryonic Journey” Jefferson Airplane and “Amelia” by Joni Mitchel + about a hundred others.
Why you are interested in spirituality?
In my young adult life I had two mystical experiences that opened up new worlds for me – once when I was hitchhiking across the USA and once when I fell off of a roof and fractured my hip. After entering into these realms of wonder there is no turning back and no way to let it go. I came to The Monroe Institute and was able to touch the metaphysical world in ways that were far beyond my imagination or ability to convey through words.
Your favorite quote: I couldn’t limit it to one. These are all from Woody Allen. If only I could be so witty:
“More than any time in history mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness, the other to total extinction. Let us pray that we have the wisdom to choose correctly.”
“I took a speed-reading course and read War and Peace in twenty minutes. It involves Russia.”
“I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam; I looked into the soul of the boy next to me.”
Your favorite web sites: http://www.monroeinstitute.org/ (Come on! I’ve got to say this. We put a lot of money into it!)
Your hero(ine): Tina Fey, then Jesus
A spiritual lesson you hope to learn?
To be content and joyous in all circumstances. Failing that, to have wisdom enough to discern who I can blame.
A place in the world where you feel spiritually "connected?" Walking on the beach, Amelia Island, FL
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