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Imaginal Inspirations

Imaginal cells are responsible for the metamorphosis of the caterpillar into a butterfly, the Greek symbol for the soul. These cells are dormant in the caterpillar but at a critical point of development they create the new form and structure which becomes the butterfly.


In the podcast series Imaginal Inspirations, David Lorimer talks to transformational authors and scientists about the experiences, people and books that have shaped their life and work.

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Felicity Warner on Soul Midwifery
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Dr Steve Taylor on Panspirtism
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Yvonne Kason on Spiritual Awakening
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David Lorimer's guest today is Dr. Yvonne Kason MD, MEd, CCFP, FCFP, who is the President and Co-Founder of Spiritual Awakenings International, and is the Co-Leader and Co-Founder of Toronto Awakenings Sharing Group. She has had five Near-Death Experiences (NDEs), two in her childhood and three in her adult life, as well as multiple Spiritually Transformative Experiences (STEs). She is the Past-President of IANDS, the International Association for Near-Death Studies. Yvonne is a retired family physician and transpersonal MD-psychotherapist, previously on faculty at the University of Toronto, and an internationally renowned medical expert on NDEs and other STEs. 

 

In 1990, Yvonne was the first Canadian medical doctor to specialize her medical practice in the research and counselling of patients with diverse types of STEs. She has 40 years of experience counselling STE Experiencers. She co-founded the Kundalini Research Network in 1990, and later co-founded the Spirituality in Health-Care Network in 2000. Dr. Kason is the person who first coined the phrase “Spiritually Transformative Experiences” or “STEs” in 1994.

 

Dr. Kason has five published books, her most recent, Touched by the Light: Exploring Spiritually Transformative Experiences (2019).  Yvonne lives in Toronto, Canada, and enjoys “snowbirding” during the winter months, in Encinitas, CA.

 

The Prayer of Saint Francis:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me bring love.

Where there is offence, let me bring pardon.

Where there is discord, let me bring union.

Where there is error, let me bring truth.

Where there is doubt, let me bring faith.

Where there is despair, let me bring hope.

Where there is darkness, let me bring your light.

Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.

O Master, let me not seek as much

to be consoled as to console,

to be understood as to understand,

to be loved as to love,

for it is in giving that one receives,

it is in self-forgetting that one finds,

it is in pardoning that one is pardoned,

it is in dying that one is raised to eternal life.

 

Imaginal Inspirations is hosted by David Lorimer, Programme Director of the Scientific and Medical Network and Chair of the Galileo Commission, an academic movement dedicated to expanding the evidence base of a science of consciousness. Imaginal cells are responsible for the metamorphosis of the caterpillar into a butterfly, which is the Greek symbol for the soul. These cells are dormant in the caterpillar but at a critical point of development they create the new form and structure which becomes the butterfly.

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Works and links mentioned:

Touched by the Light: Exploring Spiritually Transformative Experiences. By Yvonne Kason

The awakening of Kundalini. By Gopi Krishna

Living with Kundalini - The Autobiography of Gopi Krishna

Autobiography of the Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

Mysticism by Evelyn Underhill

The Secret of the Golden Flower. Thomas Cleary

Spiritual Awakenings International

Kundalini Research Network

Spirituality in Health-Care Network

 

Production: Martin Redfern

Artwork: Amber Haas

Music: Life is a River, by Magnus Moone

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Bruce Greyson on the After life
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Marjorie Woollacott on The Awakening of a Scientific Mind
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Apela Colorado on trees, dream work and indigenous wisdom
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Richard Tarnas on trusting the unfolding of life and revolutions of thought
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Ravi Ravindra on Krishnamurti, effort and grace
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Marilyn Monk on curiosity, belonging and trust
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Jeffrey Kripal on 'impossible' experiences, precognition and the Esalen Institute
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Anne Baring on the divine feminine and Catharism
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Larry Dossey on pre-cognitive dreams and spirituality in healthcare
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Marilyn Schlitz on fiction, mortality and Edgar Mitchell
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Iain McGilchrist on spaciousness, Wordsworth and the soul
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Elisabet Sahtouris on imaginal cells, transformation and presence
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