Global Spirit on Link TV Premieres New Show — The Mystical Experience
Join Host Phil Cousineau and Guests Maata Lynn Barron, Rabbi Jonathan Omer-Man and Brother David Steindl-Rast
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Global Spirit, a unique “internal travel series,” launched a new show and live video chat on Sunday, February 27th.
Throughout history, the “mystical path” or the spiritual approach of achieving “direct contact” with the Divine has resulted in powerful spiritual experiences. While often bordering on the ineffable, some of these mystical experiences have actually led to the founding of a world religion, or spawned some of the most profound ecstatic poetry ever written.
For some thousand years, mystical practices have been a small but vital part of Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, and other faiths and native traditions. Yet those following the mystical path have so often been persecuted, being perceived as threatening to the power of the established religious orthodoxy. It has often been said that true mystics often have more in common with each other than with the more scripture-based adherents from within their own religions, and this Global Spirit program delightfully underscores that truth.
The Mystical Experience will shed light on the some of the common attributes of those who yearn for and reach, however momentarily, what they describe as a direct experience of God or the Divine. From the ancient Jewish Kabbalah and Islamic Sufi practices, to the spiritual illumination and epiphanies experienced through monastic contemplation, this Global Spirit program will utilize both experiential and analytical approaches to this rich subject.
Sunday Feb. 27th, premiering on Link TV and online “The Mystical Experience” featuring Brother David Steindl-Rast, Maata Lynn Barron and Rabbi Jonathan Omer-Man.
Show Premiere Sunday, February 27th
Link TV is available on DIRECTV channel 375 and Dish Network channel 9410 and on select cable stations.
You can also watch the premiere streaming online at www.linktv.org/globalspirit/video
WHO: About Global Spirit
Global Spirit is a unique “internal travel series,” bringing to light the various practices — spiritual, mental and physical — that help us define who we are as human beings and explore how this affects our relationships to our families, our communities, ourselves and the world at large.
Global Spirit examines the relationships between mind and spirit, science and metaphysics, and mental and physical well-being as approached by the world’s ancient wisdom traditions and modern science. Through this series, we aim to foster a global spirit of acceptance and mutual understanding and encourage viewer’s “internal journey” towards personal and social transformation. www.globalspirit.tv
Brother David Steindl-Rast was born in Austria, where he studied art, anthropology, and psychology, receiving an MA from the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts and a PhD from the University of Vienna. Brother David emigrated to the U.S., and in 1953 he joined a newly founded Benedictine community, the Mount Saviour Monastery, of which he is now a senior member. At present, Brother David serves a worldwide Network for Grateful Living, through www.gratefulness.org , an interactive website with several thousand participants daily from more than 243 countries. Maata Lynn Barron received formal training in classical Sufism from a shaykh in Delhi, India. Maata Lynn founded the non-profit organization The Circle of Light as a vehicle for the transmission of the innate Wisdom, Beauty and Goodnessof the divine feminine principle, SHE. Maata Lynn speaks and sits in meditation with people at retreats and conferences around the country. Rabbi Jonathan Omer-Man is a teacher, writer and lecturer, devoting much of his professional life to the dissemination and promotion of Jewish spirituality. In 1985 he established Metivta: a center for contemplative Judaism, which sought to provide an integrated approach to Jewish religious life, centered on meditation and traditional spirituality. Rabbi Jonathan also created and launched the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. He lived in Jerusalem for over twenty years, and served as the personal editor and consultant to Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz.
Phil Cousineau, the series host, is a writer, teacher, editor, independent scholar, travel leader, and storyteller. He lectures frequently on a wide range of topics–from mythology, film, and writing, to beauty, travel, sports, and creativity. He has more than 25 non-fiction books and 15 scriptwriting credits to his name.
Stephen Olsson, the series creator, is a filmmaker, television producer and spiritual seeker whose work has been screened in festivals and broadcast on national television networks throughout the world. He has won numerous national and international awards including the National Emmy Award for Outstanding Director, the Du-Pont Columbia Award for Excellence in broadcast journalism and the George Foster Peabody Award.
About Link TV
Link TV is available as basic service on DIRECTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410, and on more than 50 urban cable systems, reaching a total of more than 47 million U.S. homes. For complete background information, program schedule and Internet streaming of Link TV’s original programs, music videos, documentary clips and artist interviews, visit www.linktv.org
About CEM Productions CEM Productions is a film and video production group, which brings extensive, national and international experience to the design and production of award-winning films and television series for U.S., European and other international distribution outlets. Since 1983, CEM Productions has been using film, video, Internet and television technologies to promote new understandings, awareness and tolerance between peoples, cultures, nations and faiths. www.cemproductions.org Link TV: Television Without Borders