I’ve listened to most of Andrew’s dialogues over the past few years and have often bought the (audio) books by these folks after listening to their discussions. I thought it might be worthwhile to pick out a few of my favorites that relate to many of the threads that I believe are currently of general interest to many people here (or not). For newer members coming into the Night Club, the amount of material may be overwhelming, so perhaps a few recommendations would be helpful.
Some of his well-known, seminal guests such as Steven LaBerge, Claire Johnson, Ken Wilbur, Robert Thurman, Robert Waggoner and Alan B. Wallace are self-evidently worthwhile. The recent two-parter with David Bache is the current posting and well worth a listen to, and contemplation. I hope other Night clubbers will post a few of their favorites, as well.
For each of these dialogues, check out the linked blurb page for further info to help you decide if you want to listen. Listening time is an investment, so spend it wisely. Some of my choices are as follows:
• Fr. Francis Tiso. Fascinating discussion with a Christian mystic (my term) about “Rainbow Bodies” left by enlightened beings, including those that he has investigated. It’s a phenomenon that has true heart quality. Andrew often cites this interview when mentioning The Shroud of Turin and the image burned in it, believed to be of divine origin. Brilliant scholar and folksy too.
•Exploring The Nature Of Mind And Reality With Neuroscientist Ruben Laukkonen. Andrew quotes his line that “Staying in the present moment is annihilation” and has a very deep conversation about meditation and discusses his excellent research paper— “Meditation and the plasticity of predictive mind” downloadable on his website. The conversation reminded me of two chums discussing deep stuff on a park bench, eating hot dogs, or maybe sipping wine in a faculty lounge. Very enjoyable.
• Charlie Morley Podcast One of the earliest interviews when they didn’t know each other. I had just finished an in-person week-long retreat with Charlie and was glad he and Andrew connected. Very detailed interview where Charlie comes across as almost all heart. He is deeply involved in shadow work and does amazing retreats with veterans and PTSD. There is also a second interview covering his new book, Wake up to Sleep, which is excellent, especially if you are a fan of sleep.
• Guest Interview With Ryan Hurd - Part 1 | Paleolithic Mind, Polyphasic Cultures, Lucid Nightmares, and Much More! andrewholecek.com The first of two interviews with him that delves into lucid nightmares and lucid sex too. Both interviews really deal with how to engage different states of lucidity (my term). I will go back and re-listen sooner rather than later.
• Interview with James Kingsland | Hypnosis, Virtual Reality,
Psychedelics, Hallucination and I listened to this one while commuting to a retreat and it goes deep, with two books I listened to afterwards, Siddhartha’s Brain and Am I Dreaming?: The New Science of Consciousness and How Altered States Reboot the Brain With current discussions about the use of psychedelic substances this dialogue has added significance.
• Interview with clinical psychologist and iRest founder Richard Miller, Phd | Night Club Podcast This is Yoga Nidra in a non-spiritual vein, which interested me, having used iRest over the phone with hundreds of other veterans, offered by the Veteran’s administration to help vets with PTSD. You could hear snoring on the phone as the instructor finished up the journey. I like how Miller was able to sneak this in under the door, so to speak, and get the government to support iRest and meditation, as well.
• Interview with author and professor Roger Walsh, MD, PhD | Night Club Podcast Been a while since I heard this but I believe there are threads in this dialogue about reverse meditation and how to deal with addiction. As an addict, I was very interested!
• The Exciting Future of VR, “Virtual Lucidity”, why Deepak Chopra said VR will “Change the World” and Much More! | Interview with Jordan Quaglia I have an Oculus Quest and experience the power of virtual reality and really enjoyed this interview as a stakeholder. If you haven’t experienced VR, it’s good time to start (Christmas gift?)
• Interview with Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel. Very interesting, elegant and inspiring dialogue with a real live Dakini. Andrew steers the conversation to openness, emptiness and deeper investigations of the empty fluid nature of who we are. Elizabeth discusses how her philosophy of emptiness has changed the way she thinks and lives. Terrific stream of conscious. Love the conversation about openness and near-enemies. Everything counts because of relationships. I love her take on meditation!
• Interview with Dustin DiPerna A wow interview! I really liked his focus on the quartet of Waking Up, Growing Up, Cleaning Up and Showing Up! The best explanation of this that I’ve heard. One of the most entertaining dialogues— he and Andrew hit it off on the integral approach, “Truth, wherever we find it.” I liked Dustin’s discussion of “Golden Eyes.” It reminded me of a specific activity Charlie Morley uses during his “shadow” retreat called “Seeing The Buddha in Others.” I still can get teary thinking about it.
• Interview #35 - Fariba Bogzaran Amazing interview. A real treasure. She’s given me the motivation to go back over my last two, three years of writing down dreams, most of which I can understand, despite my poor handwriting. I’ve never had a pre-cognitive dream, although I did have one that awakened me minutes before a disaster, so maybe that qualifies. Can’t believe how rich this dialogue is. “I try to have one highlight each day!” She even mentions the importance of dream sharing with family, which provides welcome reinforcement for the work of our excellent Dream Sharing Group. The only interview in this series that I have ever listened to again right after the first hearing.
• A Heartfelt Journey into the World of Devotion with renowned Kirtan musician Krishna Das [#39] Loved the Kirtan he sings which combines Hindu devotional music with the Yardbirds’ “For Your Love.” I have this track on my iPhone. Concert pianist Andrew offers his own short classical piece for Krishna Das’ enjoyment. Ours too. Lovely, lovely interview.
• Interview with Daniel Love Daniel has a non-spiritual perspective on lucid dreaming and has a very successful YouTube channel promoting all things connected with LDs. He’s a very charismatic presenter and reaches so many of the same conclusions as Andrew, but from a very different path. I know someone who works with him and I really like how that’s progressing.
• A “State Of The Union” Look At Lucid Dreaming With Neuroscientist Benjamin Baird [#39]. Love the conversation and the directions it takes including a focus on consciousness and experimentation. I particularly liked the discussion about Galantamine, being a frequent user.
• The Role Of Sound On The Path Of Healing And Spiritual Practice With Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary Andrew mentioned that mantras are protection for the mind and in this interview he has an interesting discussion with Kulreet about using sound for healing. Enjoyed her book too.
•https://nightclub.andrewholecek.com/?s=Pema+Chodron. Andrew mentions Pema Chodron frequently because she speaks so well about so many facets of Dharma to western students. Her hyper-lucid dream experiences make fascinating listening, as does her encounter with “Richie’s Plank Experience” that Andrew sometimes references for show the power of virtual reality. “Bardo practice” pause power! Her description of Trungpa’s advice for Dream Yoga is worth the price of a listen, as is her pause practices. Her influence in Buddhist publishing makes an interesting read, as well.
•https://community.nightclub.andrewholecek.com/t/swami-sarvapriyananda-and-the-world-of-advaita-vedanta/6472 Swami Sarvapriyananda and the world of Advaita Vedanta. Excellent dialogue with a Vedanta master. I first read “Autobiography of a Yogi” in the '60s and have always admired Vedanta practices and wisdon, so I was glad to listen to the give and take here with so much knowledge gap filling! At the bottom of the page I posted another video of The Swami discussing Knowing and Being. I loved his advice on how to master ones flickering mind in the spot called “The Razor’s Edge,” coincidentally the name of the book that first aroused my interest The Path.