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Brigette Patton - A DIFFERENT KIND OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNITY

Brigette Patton - A DIFFERENT KIND OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNITY

July 9, 2020

In this episode I'm speaking with one of my coaches, Brigette Patton. Brigette is the founder of Soul Massages and creator of Soul Embodied Leadership. She is a courageous pioneer that has stepped fully into the Soul Embodiment process and desires to share the gift of Spirit with the world. She feels it is her responsibility to assist in the expansion of human consciousness through her words that have been channeled from the Divine. Her journey began with a deep rooted connection to horses that led her to an evolved understanding of what energy, Spirit and the Universe have in common here on earth. She joyously communicates each message that Source places on her heart and looks forward to leaving the world a better place than the one she was born into. For her children and all future generations. This world is ours to create together. For more info on Brigette: https://www.soulmassages.com/

BRIGETTE'S BOOK -- "Soul Massage: A Journey of the Spirit" is available here: https://www.amazon.com/Soul-Massages-Journey-Embodiment-Process/dp/1981996257#ace-2093936695

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ABOUT YOUR HOST:

Porter Singer (formerly known as "Sirgun Kaur") is a spiritually-inclined music-maker and personal coach. Her life experiences have taught her that every person has the capacity to be their own greatest teacher. Both her music and her teachings are designed to assist humanity in a gradual shedding of resistance, and an eventual discovery of ease and receptivity—where the joy is! For more info on coaching or events, email info@sirgunkaur.com or visit https://sirgunkaur.com

Ajeet - GIVING EACH OTHER STRENGTH

Ajeet - GIVING EACH OTHER STRENGTH

July 6, 2020

In this episode of INSPIRED ARTIST PODCAST I am speaking with Ajeet (Siobhán Moore). Ajeet is a world music artist weaving inspiration from traditional Irish folk to mystical and meditative soundscapes. For more on Ajeet and to hear her new releases: https://ajeetmusic.com/

In this conversation Ajeet shares...

  • Her disease of "compulsive touring"
  • How she keeps vitality in her art
  • Becoming a producer/mixer of her own music, what that's like as a woman
  • Her latest moon-inspired releases
  • How amazing Karan is (CEO of Spirit Voyage)
  • Competition between women and the inspiration behind her song "Haseya"
  • Her intention to cultivate supportive relationships with other female musicians
  • Her new duo Woven Kin
  • Etc, etc...

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ABOUT YOUR HOST:

Porter Singer (formerly known as "Sirgun Kaur") is a spiritually-inclined music-maker and personal coach. Her life experiences have taught her that every person has the capacity to be their own greatest teacher. Both her music and her teachings are designed to assist humanity in a gradual shedding of resistance, and an eventual discovery of ease and receptivity—where the joy is! For more info on coaching or events, email info@sirgunkaur.com or visit https://sirgunkaur.com

Vibhuti Arya - STRUCTURAL RACISM AND MAGICAL TURMERIC

Vibhuti Arya - STRUCTURAL RACISM AND MAGICAL TURMERIC

June 16, 2020

Today I am speaking with Vibhuti Arya, Pharm.D., MPH, about STRUCTURAL RACISM. Vibhuti is an educator, trainer, speaker, bridging her backgrounds in improv, theatre, and social justice to create brave spaces for conversations around racial and gender equity in pharmacy education and healthcare. She is an Associate Clinical Professor at St. John’s University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She was recently appointed to assume the helm of worldwide efforts by the Federation of International Pharmacy (FIP) to strengthen and transform systems to provide more gender equity and diversity. Her TEDx Talk is called "Dark Room Methodology: Bringing Light to Structural Racism": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnYE0...

This was a note I got from Vibhuti after our chat, which I thought was important to share: "Also - in reflection of my advocating for being vulnerable to have these discussions - also realizing that part of it is for the white audience. Something to acknowledge is that many communities of color teach kids not to show vulnerability because we have to be strong and survive and don’t have time for that. And so it is structural racism that assigns labels (such as anxious or weak or ‘they can’t handle being in a leadership position) to those who may show vulnerability. Another manifestation of how structural racism (and really a very colonial construct) puts people in categories and assigns them places. So it hurts humanity."

Prem Vidu - IF THE TEACHER’S REALLY GOOD, THEY BECOME OBSOLETE

Prem Vidu - IF THE TEACHER’S REALLY GOOD, THEY BECOME OBSOLETE

June 12, 2020

Prem Vidu is my guest on this episode of Inspired Artist Podcast. He has just released his first solo album called "Encounter: Medicine Songs from Ma." He is a Phoenix based sacred music artist. Originally from Waukesha, Wisconsin. Blessed to be raised by musical parents and having grown up on the sweet sounds of barbershop and dominant 7 chords. He combines a decade of leading medicine ceremonies, a decade of chanting, and a lifetime of musical experience which he channels all into facilitating sacred music gatherings. He currently leads the project, "The Band of Now," which is known for facilitating kirtans in the Phoenix Valley and beyond. More info: https://www.premvidu.com/

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ABOUT YOUR HOST:

Porter Singer (formerly known as "Sirgun Kaur") is a spiritually-inclined music-maker and personal coach. Her life experiences have taught her that every person has the capacity to be their own greatest teacher. Both her music and her teachings are designed to assist humanity in a gradual shedding of resistance, and an eventual discovery of ease and receptivity—where the joy is! For more info on coaching or events, email info@sirgunkaur.com or visit https://sirgunkaur.com

Shervin Boloorian - BRIDGING OPPOSITES

Shervin Boloorian - BRIDGING OPPOSITES

June 4, 2020

In this episode I'm speaking with sound healer/singer-songwriter Shervin Boloorian. Shervin is Founder of Sound Healing Bali and a graduate of Tama-Do (Way of the Soul) sound and color therapist. Shervin is also the CoFounder of Bali Sound Healers Collective, the world’s first community of sound healers . Currently based in Ubud, Shervin earned his professional credentials from Fabien Maman’s Tama-Do “Way of the Soul” Academy (started in 1988), holds a Masters Degree, is trained in urban shamanism, is a passionate lifelong vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumental musician. The kicker is that he started out in POLITICS and turned down a high profile job at Green Peace to live the slower-paced and more peaceful life he desired. More info on Shervin: http://soundhealingbali.com/

Contact him:Soundhealingbali@gmail.com

https://shervinboloorian.bandcamp.com/music

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ABOUT YOUR HOST:

Porter Singer (formerly known as "Sirgun Kaur") is a spiritually-inclined music-maker and personal coach. Her life experiences have taught her that every person has the capacity to be their own greatest teacher. Both her music and her teachings are designed to assist humanity in a gradual shedding of resistance, and an eventual discovery of ease and receptivity—where the joy is! For more info on coaching or events, email info@sirgunkaur.com or visit https://sirgunkaur.com

Jens Jarvie - GIVING YOUR HEART TO YOUR ART

Jens Jarvie - GIVING YOUR HEART TO YOUR ART

May 26, 2020

Jens Jarvie is a passionate kirtan artist. His chanting, kirtans and original conscious lyrics will inspire you to take flight in the vastness of the heart. His songs invoke healing and transformation, inviting you on a journey of depth and transcendence. Jens’ music is about celebration, embodiment and remembrance. You will feel calm just talking to this gentle human. Some links to connect with Jens...

BANDCAMP: https://jensjarvieandtheheartwideopen.bandcamp.com/

YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6kVHN2lhHm_Tt8-MwaEl4g

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ABOUT YOUR HOST:

Porter Singer (formerly known as "Sirgun Kaur") is a spiritually-inclined music-maker and personal coach. Her life experiences have taught her that every person has the capacity to be their own greatest teacher. Both her music and her teachings are designed to assist humanity in a gradual shedding of resistance, and an eventual discovery of ease and receptivity—where the joy is! For more info on coaching or events, email info@sirgunkaur.com or visit https://sirgunkaur.com

Jules Hartley - YOU’RE NOT PRO-LOVE, YOU’RE PRO-RULES

Jules Hartley - YOU’RE NOT PRO-LOVE, YOU’RE PRO-RULES

May 21, 2020

In this episode I'm speaking with Actress/Medical Student Jules Hartley about how she is processing all of the information coming out of the Kundalini Yoga and 3HO communities. For some background on why we are having this conversation, you can listen to the episodes I've done with Matthew Remski, GuruGanesha, and Nadine Stellavota Brown. This is the video Jules I refer to in the beginning, that Jules made as a response to the "Shit __(insert group here)__ Say" craze that was going on a few years ago on YouTube: https://youtu.be/zHzM9p8vWow

A quote Jules shared with me after our conversation:

“Grief, I've learned, is really just love. It's all the love you want to give, but cannot. All that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in that hollow part of your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go.” -Jamie Anderson

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ABOUT YOUR HOST:

Porter Singer (formerly known as "Sirgun Kaur") is a spiritually-inclined music-maker and personal coach. Her life experiences have taught her that every person has the capacity to be their own greatest teacher. Both her music and her teachings are designed to assist humanity in a gradual shedding of resistance, and an eventual discovery of ease and receptivity—where the joy is! For more info on coaching or events, email info@sirgunkaur.com or visit https://sirgunkaur.com

 

Nadine Stellavato Brown - DEALING WITH THE FALLOUT FROM 3HO

Nadine Stellavato Brown - DEALING WITH THE FALLOUT FROM 3HO

May 15, 2020

In this episode of the podcast, I am speaking with Nadine Stellavato Brown, a graphic designer living in Washington state. Nadine grew up in 3HO, a community created by Yogi Bhajan and his followers. She speaks about the trauma she experienced being sent away from her parents at 2 years of age, being underfed and abused in India, being groped by Yogi Bhajan as a young woman, and her eventual decision to "take off her turban" and leave the organization. I am so honored to have her share her story on the podcast, and lend her voice to a chorus of truth coming forth from this community.

Nadine's Written Testimonial:
"I’m Nadine (Hari Kaur) the daughter of Richard Lasser (MSS Baba Singh) and Andrea Opalenik (SS Krishan Kaur).

This is my story.

At two years old my parents became Sikhs. The same year I was sent to live in the D.C. Ashram. I lived in various Ashrams and was part of the first kids sent to India from ages 2-16. This alone is riddled with so much anguish and grief in my life and yet was not the worst.

At 16 I insisted I move home - and attended a western school.

In 1990 I graduated high school and was asked by the Yogi Ji (SSS) to take a year off to work at the Secretariat.

All I really wanted at the time was to go to college, to spread my wings. I knew at a young age Sikhism was not for me. Yet, I dutifully listened to the master my parents picked.

I was told to work under MSS Nirinjan Kaur, one of his secretaries. She immediately starts to “groom” me. She would frequently ask, “If SSS asked you to work full time as a secretary, would you consider not going to college?”

One of my many duties was to “clean his room” and set it up for sleeping. They were clear with me who took care of him at night with the implication I could be called to do the same soon.

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Many nights I would be with SSS and his “Entourage” at Dr Allen’s house. One night he called my father and me into the back room. He started to yell at me, that I was a slut, was I even a virgin? He said that a kid I grew up with, told him I was a flirt. And yogi did not believe my answers. I was devastated.

A second time, again at Dr. Allen’s house, the yogi again called my father and me into the back room. This time to compliment a certain dress I had on. He told me the dress was “sexy” and I was to only wear that style from then on, he proceeded to push money into my hand to buy more.

Finally, in the late fall of 1990, I was at Dr. Allen’s cleaning SSSs room. He came across me. He made me stand up, asked me to twirl around, then he proceeded to put both of his hand on my breast, he squeezed them. He turned me around and did the same to my butt. I was scared, we were alone. I was mortified. He said, “You are almost ready, and turning out very nicely.”

As soon as I could I ran home.

I told my dad what happened. That I would never go back. Because he had been in the room the previous two encounters, he believed me.

But it did not end there.

When the SSS found out I would not got back, he asked my parents to disown me. He harassed me, he harassed my parents. He got kids I grew up with to call me, ask me not to go.

In December of 1990 we all took off our turbans.

You have to understand my dad was the first student to put on a turban. He was devoted he and the community never thought this would happen. Now everyone knows, he stood by his daughter.

And.... I was lucky, I still had my family. I not only had my mother and father, but I also had and still have my lovely god-parents Sat Shakti Singh and Andrea Khalsa (Sat Shakti Kaur) and Akasha Richmond, who was and still is my saving grace. There are so many who never had that support.

I believe all the stories, I respect all those who share and those who cannot. The pain and shame are real."

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ABOUT YOUR HOST:

Porter Singer (formerly known as "Sirgun Kaur") is a spiritually-inclined music-maker and personal coach. Her life experiences have taught her that every person has the capacity to be their own greatest teacher. Both her music and her teachings are designed to assist humanity in a gradual shedding of resistance, and an eventual discovery of ease and receptivity—where the joy is! For more info on coaching or events, email info@sirgunkaur.com or visit https://sirgunkaur.com

Gary Temple Bodley - YOU’RE GONNA HAVE TO BE LIKE THIS GUY THAT YOU HATE

Gary Temple Bodley - YOU’RE GONNA HAVE TO BE LIKE THIS GUY THAT YOU HATE

May 12, 2020

In this episode you get to hear me, a coach, being coached. I have been working with Gary Temple Bodley for over a year now. I have his work so much that I now coach for his "Unlimited Abundance Bootcamp" -- an 8 week program where we learn to pinpoint and process limiting beliefs as they are coming up in our daily life. By the end of the process you will want to take it again (and most people do), because once you're "in", you are free to take it as many times as you care to. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. We are talking about some resistance I was experiencing about teaching a mantra class to an online Kundalini Yoga school in Russia. 

Note: I translate the word "Namo" as having to do with identity. "Namo" is actually an acknowledgment or recognition (often translated as "I bow to..."). One way to translate "Ong Namo Gurudev Namo", the mantra we are discussing, is "I focus my consciousness and choose to recognize my loving guides, the wisdom within me." 

More info on Gary Temple Bodley: https://theteachingsofjoshua.com/
"Joshua Live" Podcast: https://joshualive.podbean.com
"Law of Attraction Roundtable" Podcast: https://theteachingsofjoshua.podbean.com

For more info on the Bootcamp email me: info@sirgunkaur.com

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ABOUT YOUR HOST:

Porter Singer (formerly known as "Sirgun Kaur") is a spiritually-inclined music-maker and personal coach. Her life experiences have taught her that every person has the capacity to be their own greatest teacher. Both her music and her teachings are designed to assist humanity in a gradual shedding of resistance, and an eventual discovery of ease and receptivity—where the joy is! For more info on coaching or events, email info@sirgunkaur.com or visit https://sirgunkaur.com

Andi Flax - NOT RELATED TO MY MUSIC, BUT ALSO DIRECTLY RELATED TO MY MUSIC

Andi Flax - NOT RELATED TO MY MUSIC, BUT ALSO DIRECTLY RELATED TO MY MUSIC

May 8, 2020

Andi Flax is back to talk about ASTROLOGY this time. We are going through an epic time of change, and the "music of the spheres" can give us greater insight and understanding: as above, so below. Stay tuned until the end to hear a snippet of Andi's soulful & astrologically-informed track "Professor Saturn"! Andi is committed to the idea of life as a piece of art, and lives in service to humanity through the expression of her music and feels both honored and privileged to be able to pass on these beautiful and sacred teachings of Kundalini yoga and Naad Yoga (the yoga of sound/mantra) She currently resides in Newport Rhode Island, and is a kundalini yoga teacher, birth and postpartum doula, and a second degree reiki practitioner. More info on Andi: https://www.andiflax.com/

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ABOUT YOUR HOST:

Porter Singer (formerly known as "Sirgun Kaur") is a spiritually-inclined music-maker and personal coach. Her life experiences have taught her that every person has the capacity to be their own greatest teacher. Both her music and her teachings are designed to assist humanity in a gradual shedding of resistance, and an eventual discovery of ease and receptivity—where the joy is! For more info on coaching or events, email info@sirgunkaur.com or visit https://sirgunkaur.com

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