Exciting New Series!

Drs. Julie Krull and Paul J. Mills have invited authors of the Common Sentience Book Series and accomplished scientists to ask the question:


“Why do people have transpersonal, metaphysical and mystical experiences?”


Mainstreet Mystics explores the purpose of these events and what they tell us about humanity’s future and potential. We explore and discuss insights from ancient wisdom traditions, modern science, and lived experience.

Mainstreet Mystics is a part of The Dr. Julie Show: All Things Connected. Dr. Julie’s passion to steward the evolution of consciousness and a unitive, whole worldview led to the inception of her flagship program, The Dr. Julie Show: All Things Connected. Now in its tenth year, the show has a new platform and a renewed sense of purpose and passion. You can find The Dr. Julie Show on all major podcast platforms like Podbean, Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Amazon Music/Audible, Tunein + Alexa, iHeart Radio and MORE!

Host, Dr. Julie Krull

As an Evolutionary Leader, award-winning author, dynamic speaker, and popular talk show host, Dr. Julie has her finger on the pulse of transformative change, conscious evolution, and whole system health in these times of political, social, environmental, and economic challenges. Called, “renaissance woman for the dawning unitive age,” Dr. Julie is a respected leader, spiritual guide, and consultant for individuals and organizations ready for radical change. She is the host of The Dr. Julie Show: All Things Connected, and Founder of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Good of the Whole.

Co-Host, Dr. Paul J. Mills

Co-Host, Paul J. Mills, Ph.D. is Professor of Public Health and Family Medicine, Director of the Center of Excellence for Research and Training in Integrative Health, and former Chief of Behavioral Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. He has over 400 scientific publications in the fields of pharmacology, oncology, cardiology, psychoneuroimmunology, behavioral medicine, and integrative health. His work has been featured in Time magazine, The New York Times, National Public Radio, US News and World Report, Consumer Reports, The Huffington Post, Gaia TV, and WebMD, among others. He’s presented his work at hundreds of conferences and workshops around the world, including at the United Nations. His new book, Science, Being, and Becoming: The Spiritual Lives of Scientists, published by Light on Light Press, can be found on Amazon. and received the 2023 Gold Nautilus Award for Science & Cosmology. Click here for a free excerpt of the book.

Why do people have metaphysical and mystical experiences? This new series sets out to answer that question. Welcome to the introductory episode. We’re inviting you to be an active part of this exploration as we delve into the purpose of these experiences and what they tell us about humanity’s future and potential. We seek answers to this question from ancient wisdom traditions as well as modern science. Listen in as we focus on the role and meaning of metaphysical and mystical experiences from varying perspectives, across a broad range of human experience and ways of knowing.

Mainstreet Mystics features authors from the Common Sentience Book Series published by Sacred Stories Publishing.

Many modern-day mystics have been in the closet. It’s easy to understand why scientists have chosen not to talk openly about spiritual experiences, but what about spiritual leaders? Pastors? And what about the everyday folks on main street or sitting in the pews of those churches? Where do we go to navigate this fascinating terrain, share transpersonal, metaphysical, and mystical experiences to better understand the evolution of consciousness? Join Drs. Julie Krull and Paul Mills as they set out to “normalize the non-ordinary” and open the closet door.

Mainstreet Mystics features authors from the Common Sentience Book Series published by Sacred Stories Publishing.

Mainstreet Mystics features authors from the Common Sentience Book Series published by Sacred Stories Publishing.

Have you ever wondered, “Who am I? Why am I here? Where did I come from? Where am I going when I leave and how do I get there?” Our guest today, an internationally recognized authority on human spiritual potential, transformation, and ascension, says the quest to answer these questions triggers our natural spiritual abilities for transformation and evolution, both as individuals and as a species. Transformation leads to a sense of wholeness, holiness, and completion that changes our bodies, raises us beyond human, and enables us to “walk with the angels” in the sacred realms. This is ascension. Join us for this riveting conversation.


William Henry, is an author, investigative mythologist, art historian, and TV presenter. He is an internationally recognized authority on human spiritual potential, transformation, and ascension. William has a unique ability to incorporate historical, religious, spiritual, scientific, archaeological, and other forms of such knowledge into factually-based theories and conclusions that provide the layperson with a more in-depth understanding of the profound shift we are actually experiencing in our lifetime. The spiritual voice and Consulting Producer of the History Channel’s hit program, Ancient Aliens, and host of the Gaia TV series The Awakened Soul: The Lost Science of Ascension, and Arcanum, William Henry is your guide into the transformative sacred science of human ascension. He is the author of the newly released book, Ascension, a part of the Common Sentience Book Series published by Sacred Stories Publishing.

Mainstreet Mystics features authors from the Common Sentience Book Series published by Sacred Stories Publishing.

We’ve all had them . . . those mystical glimpses into the consciousness beyond our five senses. In a sacred moment, a flash of truth or taste of grace moves through us. Our world expands and something is revealed, illuminated, felt. We go back to our daily lives, yet something essential has changed. Transcendent experiences like these are becoming so increasingly common that it makes sense to finally claim and honor the next level of consciousness we’re expanding into. Sharing grounded wisdom and our intimate encounters with this greater reality, the Common Sentience book series open hearts, affirms our innate essence, and transforms our world. Rev. Ariel Patricia joins us to talk about our sacred stories and why it’s important that we share them now.


Rev. Ariel Patricia is Founder and CEO of Sacred Stories Publishing and Media. She felt the calling to found Sacred Stories after a series of events changed the course of her life (we’re going to ask her about that). Since then, she has been on a heart-based mission to help others tell and share their own stories of transformation to a global audience. Ariel Patricia is ordained as an interfaith minister, author of two books, and co-author of three. She is a sought-after keynote speaker and pioneer in subjects related to our evolving consciousness.

Mainstreet Mystics features authors from the Common Sentience Book Series published by Sacred Stories Publishing.

“By attuning our hearts to love, we can connect to our Higher Self, open to our angels, and awaken as evolving citizens of the universe,” says Tricia McCannon, author of Angels. What does that mean, really? Join us for a fascinating conversation where we explore the spiritual wisdom and scientific insights around angels with Tricia and subtle energy researcher, Tiffany Jean Barsotti, Ph.D.. We’ll explore how to access this real human potential and what angels can teach us about the true nature of reality and our place in it?

Guest: Tricia McCannon is the author of the bestselling book ANGELS: Personal Encounters with Divine Beings of Light, a book in the Common Sentience series. A renowned clairvoyant, historian, author, and teacher, Tricia has traveled the world in search of answers to the greatest Mysteries of the Ages. As a dedicated researcher and mystical symbologist, she is known as “the Mysteries Expert.”

Guest: Dr. Tiffany Jean Barsotti is a researcher of subtle energy and biofield therapies. She’s published her work in prominent integrative medicine journals and books and presented her work at numerous venues including the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine, The Science of Consciousness Conference, and the Science and Nonduality Conference. Her most recent work examines the effects of sacred objects on the human biofield. Her recent book is titled The Biology of Transformation: The Physiology of Presence and Spiritual Transcendence.

Mystical, transpersonal, and metaphysical experiences are often described as beautiful, magical, life-changing events that enhance our lives in positive ways. But sometimes a spiritual experience can turn into a spiritual emergency or worse, a psychotic break. As a young adult, our guest, Patricia Muehsam, M.D., found herself locked in a psychiatric ward after talking about her own spiritual experiences. Now, a pioneer in the synthesis of science, holistic health, and contemporary spirituality, Dr. Muehsam has a groundbreaking book, Beyond Medicine: A Physician’s Revolutionary Prescription for Achieving Absolute Health and Finding Inner Peace.

Mainstreet Mystics features authors from the Common Sentience Book Series published by Sacred Stories Publishing.

About Dr. Patricia A. Muehsam

Patricia A. Muehsam, MD, a pioneer in the synthesis of science, holistic health, and contemporary spirituality, has distinguished herself as a practitioner, educator, research scientist, and author. Dr. Muehsam has been an influential force in shaping the landscape of healthcare options available today. As a thought leader, Muehsam forged new ground that contributed to the establishment of the Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, now the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

As an educator, she founded the Association of American Medical Colleges’ first initiative in alternative and complementary medicine, leading medical schools throughout the United States to add courses in the field. Her original bioelectromagnetics laboratory research at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine investigated distant healer phenomena, Qigong, and homeopathy. Since then, she has studied trance medium, spiritual, and psychic healing phenomena, as well as the links between consciousness and health. Dr. Muehsam’s journey has been marked by both extraordinary personal challenges and extraordinary openings, all of which have informed that journey and been an inspiration for her professional activities. She has been a patient, many times over. She has experienced catastrophic illness in her family and in her own life. And she’s born witness to cures that defied conventional medical thinking. Inspired by her personal experiences, she pursued training in acupuncture, homeopathy, Ayurveda, mindbody medicine, yoga, energy medicine, and functional medicine, and in 2008, she founded Transformational Medicine TM , a whole person approach to healing, wellness, and living. Her services include health consultations, mind-body healing sessions, courses, retreats, and communities of support.

Muehsam’s groundbreaking book, Beyond Medicine: A Physician’s Revolutionary Prescription for Achieving Absolute Health and Finding Inner Peace, has been hailed by Larry Dossey, MD as the “only health and healing book you may ever need.” A musician since early childhood, Dr. Muehsam plays piano, flute, and sings. Nowadays, she mostly sings — jazz, gospel, and classical choral music. She resides in New York City with Benjamin, her adopted Golden Retriever and very wise spiritual advisor.

Mainstreet Mystics features authors from the Common Sentience Book Series published by Sacred Stories Publishing.

Imagine if we all knew for certain there was something more than this world and this single lifetime, and that God exists, and that we are loved beyond measure by God.” What would our world be like if we all had transpersonal, metaphysical, and mystical experiences? And what if we could share these Spiritually Transformative Experiences with others. Would it create a global spiritual revolution? What would it tell us about humanity’s potential and future? Join Drs. Julie Krull and Paul J. Mills with their guest, author John Audette, as they explore whether mystical experiences can catalyze a spiritual revolution.


John Audette is the author of Loved by the Light: True Stories of Divine Intervention and Providence. His professional career spanned over three decades of senior executive positions in hospital and hospice administration and physician practice management. Audette’s interest in Spiritually Transformative Experiences (STEs) began at age 8 when he heard his first account of a Near Death Experience from his best friend’s mother. His interest was dormant until 1974 when he met Raymond Moody. Dr. Moody was a medical student at the time just beginning research which later led to the publication of Life After Life. Later, another associate, Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross encouraged Mr. Audette to move forward with his idea to form an association focused on Spiritually Transformative Experiences for experiencers, researchers, and the interested public, which later resulted in the formation of the International Association for Near-Death Studies. He is founder of Eternea: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality for Personal and Global Transformation.

Mainstreet Mystics features authors from the Common Sentience Book Series published by Sacred Stories Publishing.

As a physical embodiment of life force energy, nature can serve as a tangible representation with which we can connect to those unseen, interdimensional, high-vibrational allies for insight, wisdom, healing, guidance, inspiration, protection, and more. Open to the sentient world you are part of and connect more deeply with your divine nature through nature itself. Join two fascinating experts, Ana Maria Vasquez and Dr. Rajnish Khanna, as we explore the ancient wisdom of nature.

Rajnish Khanna, Ph.D. is a strategic biotechnology consultant, plant and soil health scientist applying multidisciplinary approaches for research and development. Known for empowering the industry through strategic partnerships and leveraging advanced technologies to increase product impact, governmental regulatory process and marketing support. Rajnish is a plant photobiologist, interested in how informational light signal is perceived and translated by organisms into biological response. Rajnish obtained his doctorate in Plant Molecular Biology at Purdue University, he is well published. He has served as a lead scientist in biotechnology industry and has worked at the University of California Berkeley and Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford University. Rajnish is the founder of TerreLocal application and the consultation company i-Cultiver, Inc.

Ana Maria Vasquez is the author of the bestselling book NATURE: Divine Experiences with Trees, Plants, Stones and Landscapes, a book in the Common Sentience series. She has a profound connection with nature and animals. As a Multi-Sensory Animal and Nature Intuitive, she specializes in working with them, and helping others understand and interpret messages coming from them. Ana Maria sees nature and animals as mirrors to our inner landscapes that support us in making shifts that we otherwise wouldn’t make on our own. As a shamanic practitioner and certified Intuitive Strategist, Ana Maria also helps others unpack their intuitive backpacks and utilize these gifts in their lives. She serves on the faculty of the Academy for the Soul.

DESCRIPTION: Did you know there are real and cumulative spiritual benefits of meditation? Mystical experiences, different states of consciousness, heightened awareness, guidance, inspiration, and awakening experiences are just a few. Sometimes meditation induces the profound and unimaginable, and sometimes a prolonged practice fundamentally changes you. Sister Dr. Jenna, author of Meditation, says: “This is what happens when you consistently meditate. You are inspired to become increasingly kind, generous, loving, and less dictated by the ego. It happens subtly over time, like a rose blooming inside you, eventually sharing its fragrance with anyone who comes in contact with you.” In this episode of Mainstreet Mystics, we explore meditation and ask two experts the bigger questions: what insights do we have from ancient wisdom traditions, modern science, and lived experience, and why do people have transpersonal, metaphysical and mystical experiences as a result of meditation?


Dean Radin, MS, PhD, is Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Science (IONS) and Associated Distinguished Professor of Integral and Transpersonal Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). His original career track as a concert violinist shifted into science after earning a BSEE degree in electrical engineering, magna cum laude and with honors in physics, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and then an MS in electrical engineering and a PhD in psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. For a decade he worked on advanced R&D at AT&T Bell Laboratories and GTE Laboratories. For over three decades he has been engaged in research on the frontiers of consciousness. Before joining the research staff at IONS in 2001, he held appointments at Princeton University, SRI International, and other academic and industrial facilities.

He is author or co-author of hundreds of scientific, technical, and popular articles, four dozen book chapters, and four best-selling books including The Conscious Universe (recipient of the Scientific and Medical Network’s 1997 book award), Entangled MindsSupernormal (recipient of the 2014 Silver Nautilus Book Award), and Real Magic. Dr. Radin’s books have been translated into over a dozen languages.

His 100+ academic articles appear in peer-reviewed journals ranging from Foundations of Physics and Physics Essays to Psychological Bulletin, Psychology of Consciousness, and Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. He was featured in a New York Times Magazine article and he has been interviewed by dozens of television programs worldwide. He is a sought-after speaker, and has given over 600 talks for prestigious schools, government, military, business, scientific, and other groups around the world.

His invited talks for industries have included MerckGoogle, Johnson & Johnson, and Rabobank. His government talks have included the US Navy, US Army, the Naval Postgraduate School, DARPA, the Indian Council of Philosophical Research (India), the International Center for Leadership and Governance (Malaysia), and the Australian Leadership Retreat (Australia). In 2017 he was named one of the 100 most inspiring people in the world by the German magazine, OOOM, and as of 2021 his filmography on IMDB lists 26 documentaries he’s appeared in.

Emily Hine is a social entrepreneur who has dedicated her life to serving the greater good. Over the course of her career in fundraising, philanthropy, marketing, public relations, and as a founding member of three successful start-up companies, she has helped raise over $150 million for nonprofit organizations and formed companies that contribute to the awakening of humanity and the reduction of suffering. After 9/11, Emily had an awakening moment and quit her corporate job at Microsoft to dedicate her life to increasing world peace and compassion. This commitment brought her exceptional mystical experiences and to the forefront of the compassion movement enabling her to work with Global Luminaries such as The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

In her positions as the Chief of Peace and faculty member for The Shift Network, Emily co-designed the Global Peace Ambassador Training with James O’Dea and Philip Hellmich. She also co-designed and hosted the first Peace Week and Summer of Peace Summits and created and hosted the first Global Compassion Summit. While working in this capacity, Emily received spiritual messages that guided her toward healing stage 2 uterine cancer in four months without chemotherapy or radiation. As Chief of Peace with Holy Sit Productions, Emily now partners with businesses that share the goal of increasing mindfulness, consciousness, compassion, and peace on the planet. From 2016 – 2021, Emily served as a founding team member and Vice President of Meru Health, a Silicon Valley mental health company that uses a mind- body approach, biofeedback, and digital tools to successfully treat people suffering from depression, burnout, and anxiety.

Emily is a Certified Mindfulness and Compassion Teacher from Stanford University. She is a member of the Evolutionary Leaders Circle, a group of thought leaders from diverse disciplines who come together in synergy to help support a shift in consciousness. Emily is a published author, teacher, and inspirational public speaker who shares strategies for undertaking our deep inner healing work, and connecting to our highest selves to become an expression of peace, compassion, and consciousness in our outer world. Emily is documenting her spiritual journey and mystical experiences in a forthcoming book, Holy Sit: Learning to Sit, Stay, Heal, and Serve.

Mainstreet Mystics features authors from the Common Sentience Book Series published by Sacred Stories Publishing.

Signs. What are they? How do they show up? And what do they teach us about humanity’s future and potential? Award-winning author, Simran, is gifted at reading signs and symbols, revealing how repetitions, coincidences, and synchronicities are part of our personal conversation with the Universe. Esteemed scientist, Dr. Cassandra Vieten, has spent decades researching such phenomenon. Together, in this riveting episode of Mainstreet Mystics, our guests take us on a fascinating journey exploring signs and our ongoing, personal relationship with the Universe.


SIMRAN is the author of the book SIGNS: Everyday Encounters with Pathways, Turning Points, and Divine Guideposts, a book in the Common Sentience book series.

She is a love catalyst, rebel humanitarian, and sacred soul activist. As the #1 rated host of 11:11 Talk Radio and publisher of Nautilus Award-winning 11:11 Magazine. SIMRAN creates art, online courses, books, and media to bridge humanity’s experience and expression. A Tedx speaker, SIMRAN speaks about the beauty of our humanity, in all of its expressions, and the radiance of our Divinity, as an eternal experience.

SIMRAN is author of the Gold Award-winning books: Conversations With The Universe, Your Journey to Enlightenment and Your Journey to Love. SIMRAN has also released a new trilogy on self-realization: LIVING: The 7 Blessings of Human Experience, BEING: The 7 Illusions That Derail Personal Power, Purpose and Peace and KNOWING: The 7 Human Expressions of Grace. SIMRAN resides in Charleston SC and is devoted to the journey of the soul.

Cassandra Vieten, PhD is a professor, licensed clinical psychologist, mind-body medicine researcher, author, consultant, and internationally recognized workshop leader and public speaker. Her current research projects focus on establishing training guidelines for spiritual and religious competencies for mental health professionals; developing and delivering wellness programs for law enforcement agencies, officers and professional staff; developing virtual reality tools and experiences designed to induce perspective shifts that change people’s worldviews; investigating the nature and potentials of imagination: and studying the therapeutic potential of psychedelics.

Cassi is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine’s Centers for Integrative Health at the University of California, San Diego, where she serves as the Director of the Center for Mindfulness. The CFM is one of the leading mindfulness centers in the country, offering courses in mindfulness to the general public, conducting research on mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs), incubating new MBIs for special populations and settings, and training and certifying professional mindfulness teachers.

She is also Director of Research at the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination at UC San Diego. The Clarke Center advances understanding of the phenomenon of imagination and its practical applications. We research, enhance, and enact the gift of human imagination by bringing together the inventive power of science and technology, with the critical analysis of the humanities, and the expressive insight of the arts. And, we work to develop more effective ways of using imagination to cultivate public engagement with the big questions of our time, to improve education and learning, and to enhance the application of imagination in meeting humanity’s challenges.

Cassi is also co-founder and Clinical Psychology Director at the Psychedelics and Health Research Initiative at UCSD, where a flagship study focuses on psilocybin for phantom limb pain in patients with amputations.

She is Senior Advisor at the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation, where she served as Executive Director from 2019-2023. Founded by Victor and Lynne Brick, in honor of Victor’s brother John who suffered from schizophrenia, the JWB Foundation funds and promotes empirical research on fitness, nutrition, and mind-body approaches to foster mental health, and to better prevent and treat mental illness.

Cassi is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), founded by Apollo 14 Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, where she worked for 18 years. She served as CEO/President from 2013-2016 and President from 2016-2019. The mission of IONS is revealing the interconnected nature of reality through scientific exploration and personal discovery, creating a more just and thriving world. In addition to her contributions to the overall mission, vision, strategic direction, financial health, board and staff development, and activities of the organization, she headed up several initiatives including Mindful MotherhoodLiving Deeply and the Transformation Project, and the Future of Meditation Research Project.

She is co-chair of the Board of Directors of Partners for Youth Empowerment, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Consciousness and Healing Initiative, and serves on the Board of the Virtual World Society.

When you think about “healing,” what do you imagine? Does something leap in your heart or stir in your soul? For many healers, the most profound cases are when the veils between heaven and earth dissolve and the designing intelligence of the universe steps in. During healing, sometimes the physical and spiritual worlds unexpectantly come together and transcended all rational knowing and expectations. With our guests, Oscar Miro-Quesada Solevo and Dr. Shamini Jain, we explore today’s shaman, who leaves new footprints on paths of psychic awareness and spiritual wisdom that are more than 70,000 years old. Shamanism is a tradition of healing, power, and wisdom that sees all life as interconnected and sacred. The process of shamanic awakening is as vast as the universe itself. Physical and spiritual worlds blend with one another, and the shaman’s path lies in attaining a life of harmony with both.


Oscar Miro-Quesada Solevo is the author of SHAMANISM: Personal Quests of Communion with Nature and Creation,  a book in the Common Sentience book series. He is a respected kamasqa curandero and altomisayoq adept from Peru, founder of The Heart of the Healer (THOTH) Shamanic Mystery School, originator of Pachakuti Mesa Tradition cross-cultural shamanism.

An internationally acclaimed shamanic teacher and healer, earth-honoring ceremonialist and author, don Oscar is OAS Fellow in Ethnopsychology and member of the Evolutionary Leaders Circle. He has been guiding ethno-spiritual pilgrimages to sacred sites of the world since 1986, with special emphasis on Peru and Bolivia.

don Oscar is a popular faculty member at The Shift Network and educational centers in the USA and abroad, dedicating his life to the revitalization of aboriginal wisdom traditions as a means of restoring sacred trust between humankind and the natural world. A seasoned navigator of non-ordinary states of consciousness, don Oscar is well prepared to help people from all walks of life access realms of Being through which multidimensional powers and forces are available for healing self, others, and our planetary ecosystem as a whole. His ceremonial work and shamanic apprenticeship programs have been featured on Sounds True, CNN, Univision, A&E, Discovery Channel and The History Channel’s Ancient Aliens.

Dr. Shamini Jain is a psychologist, scientist, and social entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of the Consciousness and Healing Initiative (CHI), a nonprofit collaborative accelerator that connects scientists, health practitioners, educators, and artists to help lead humanity to heal ourselves. Dr. Jain also serves as adjunct faculty at UC San Diego, where she is an active member of the UC San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine’s Research Committee. Her bestselling and award-winning bookHealing Ourselves: Biofield Science and the Future of Health, via Sounds True Publications, is available worldwide.

Mainstreet Mystics features authors from the Common Sentience Book Series published by Sacred Stories Publishing.

Mainstreet Mystics features authors from the Common Sentience Book Series published by Sacred Stories Publishing.

Sound is a fascinating thing. It can change our mood, heal our bodies, lower and raise our blood pressure, and induce altered states of consciousness. It can even heal the planet and birth life into form. We are so honored to have sound experts, Drs. J.J. and Desiree Hurtak, with us in this episode to explore our profound experiences with sound, vibration, and frequencies.


Drs. J.J. and Desiree Hurtak are authors of Sound: Profound Experiences with Chanting, Toning, Music, and Healing Frequencies, a book in the Common Sentience book series. J.J. and Desiree are cofounders of The Academy For Future Science, an international NGO that works to bring cooperation between science and local cultures through education with an emphasis on sustainable development. Dr. J.J. Hurtak is the author of The Book of Knowledge: The Keys of Enoch® that details his experience, and he is also a social scientist and specialist in space law and cosmology. Dr. Desiree Hurtak is an environmentalist, film producer, social scientist, and futurist.

STEVEN FARMER is the bestselling author of ANIMALS: Personal Tales of Encounters with Spirit Animals, a book in the Common Sentience series. He is a licensed psychotherapist and somatic therapist, shamanic healer, ordained minister, and former college professor. His extensive experience in the fields of psychotherapy and shamanic healing enables him to provide his clients with a comprehensive and highly individualized counseling experience. Dr. Farmer’s unique approach as a psychospiritual healer is the result of his in-depth studies of spiritual transformation, trauma recovery, shamanism, hypnotherapy, breathwork, and energy psychology.

Dr. Farmer’s online course The Path of the Shaman is a popular course on Sacred U. Steven has written a copious amount of bestselling books, including Healing Ancestral Karma; Animal Spirit Guides; Shaman’s Path CardsSpirit Animals as Teachers, Guides, and Healers; Pocket Guide to Spirit Animals; Earth Magic; Earth Magic Oracle Cards; Power Animal Oracle Cards; Messages from Your Animal Spirit Guides; Sacred Ceremony; Children’s Spirit Animal Cards and Children’s Spirit Animal Stories CD Volumes I & II.

Dr. Farmer hosts workshops on animal spirit guides, shamanism, ancestral healing, and Earth-centered spirituality. His dynamic and entertaining teaching style helps to fully engage participants on their spiritual healing journeys. He also offers individual consultations in person or online. Dr. Farmer has a B.A. in psychology from University of California, M.A. in counseling psychology from Chapman University, and a Ph.D. from Madison University. He serves on the board of the Society for Shamanic Practice.

Spirit animals appear in our lives in a variety of ways from real life encounters, to dreams and mystical experiences. Our guests today will explain how these profound encounters affirm our intimacy with the animal world and the realm of Spirit. Are you open to receive gifts of wisdom, guidance, protection, comfort, support, power, and even healing? We’re going to learn how to experience the magic of Spirit Animals and hopefully you will even marvel at physics and consciousness and what these kinds of stories can teach us in everyday life.


Dr. Thomas Brophy holds a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, from The Colorado College, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Dr. Brophy’s academic and scientific backgrounds include work on NASA’s Voyager and Cassini spacecraft projects and an appointment as a National Science Foundation Exchange Scientist at the University of Tokyo. Dr. Brophy was appointed President of CIHS, July 1, 2019.

Dr. Brophy is the author of several books, including The Mechanism Demands a Mysticism and The Origin Map, and he is co-author of Black Genesis: The Prehistoric Origins of Ancient Egypt, and Imhotep the African: Architect of the Cosmos. He has also published peer-reviewed articles in premier scientific journals including Science, Icarus, and IEEE Journal, and his work has been featured in Nature.

Dr. Brophy has presented at numerous scientific conferences, including several times to the Toward a Science of Consciousness conferences. His research in the field of Archaeoastronomy has been featured in several television shows and documentaries. In June of 2019, he was named President of the International Society for Consciousness Studies, a consortium of professional scholars working at the forefront of interdisciplinary approaches to the study of consciousness.

Mainstreet Mystics features authors from the Common Sentience Book Series published by Sacred Stories Publishing.

Professional credibility. Have you ever had your credibility challenged, particularly by sharing the truth of your real-life lived experience? Many scientists and academics have been forced to live very separate personal and professional lives, for fear of their professional credibility being challenged and even losing their jobs and reputation, or worse. Hopefully, all of that is beginning to change. The Universe may be up to something! Two books about the spiritual lives of scientists were published just three months apart. Neither award-winning author knew the other or that they were writing their books. Join co-host, Dr. Paul J. Mills, author of Science, Being and Becoming: The Spiritual Lives of Scientists, and guest, Dr. Marjorie Woollcott, author of Spiritual Awakenings: Scientists and Academics Describe Their Experiences, as we explore this important topic!

Mainstreet Mystics features authors from the Common Sentience Book Series published by Sacred Stories Publishing.

About our Guest

Marjorie Woollacott, Ph.D., is an Emeritus Professor of Human Physiology, and member of the Institute of Neuroscience, at the University of Oregon. She was chair of the Human Physiology Department for seven years. In addition to teaching courses on neuroscience and rehabilitation, she taught courses on complementary and alternative medicine and meditation. She is Research Director for the International Association of Near-Death Studies (IANDS) and is President of the Academy for the Advancement of Postmaterialist Sciences (AAPS). Woollacott graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California and was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa. She received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Southern California and her M.A. from the University of Oregon in Asian Studies. She was also a research professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Umea in Umea, Sweden, and in the National Center for Scientific Research in Marseille, France.

Woollacott has received over 7.2 million dollars in research funding for her research in child development, aging, rehabilitation medicine and most recently, meditation.  Her areas of expertise include: 1) changes in attentional performance skills and underlying neural networks associated with the mental training of meditation and tai chi; 2) the phenomenon of spiritually transformative experiences, including near-death experiences, 3) the development of balance and attentional abilities in children and factors leading to loss of balance function in aging, and in patients with movement disorders, 4) the design of assessment and treatment strategies to improve balance and attentional abilities. These include testing the efficacy of alternative forms of therapy such as tai chi and meditation for improving both attention and balance and gait abilities in patient populations; and 5) the development of musical performance skills in musicians.

Woollacott has published more than 200 scientific articles and written or co-edited eight books. She is the co-author, with Dr. Anne Shumway-Cook of the textbook for health care professionals, titled: Motor Control: Translating Research into Clinical Practice, in its 6th edition (2021). Her latest book, Infinite Awareness (2015) (winner of eight awards, including the 2017 Parapsychological Association Book Award, Eric Hoffer Book Award and the Nautilus Book Award) pairs Woollacott’s research as a neuroscientist with her self-revelations about the mind’s spiritual power. Between the scientific and spiritual worlds, she breaks open the definition of human consciousness to investigate the existence of a non-physical and infinitely powerful mind.

In these times of transition—”the dawning of a new sun”—the ancestors are here working hard to maintain balance and harmony in the world. Ancestors mean more than simply generations of ancestors who have come before us. Humanity is the youngest of all our ancestors. What does this mean? Author, Mindahi Bastida, explains, “We are not alone, and we have never been alone. Our ancestors are speaking to us, watching us, and guiding us. When you go to a place where you really feel that connection, you need to follow your feelings and let that connection unfold. You can then receive what is meant to be received by your body, your soul, and your spirit.” Join us with Bastida, and integrative family physician, Dr. Joe Tafur, and we explore Ancestors, and what they teach us about humanity, our future, and our potential.

Mainstreet Mystics features authors from the Common Sentience Book Series published by Sacred Stories Publishing.


MINDAHI BASTIDA is the author of ANCESTORS: Divine Remembrances of Lineage, Relations and Sacred Sites, a book in the Common Sentience series. He is the Director of the Original Nations Program of the Fountain, a caretaker of the philosophy and traditions of the Otomi-Toltec peoples, and an Otomi-Toltec Ritual Ceremony Officer. He is a consultant with UNESCO on issues related to sacred sites and bioculture. Mindahi has also served as Director of the Original Caretakers Program at the Center for Earth Ethics, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York; and General Coordinator of the Otomi-Toltec Regional Council in Mexico.

Born in Tultepec, Lerma, Mexico, Mindahi holds a Doctorate of Rural Development from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana and an M.A. in Political Science from Carleton University, Canada. He has written and published extensively on biodiversity, Indigenous knowledge and related topics, and has taught on subjects ranging from ecofeminism, sustainability, ethics and earth spirituality to Indigenous voices, communitarian links and intellectual property rights. Mindahi frequently lectures on Indigenous Peoples-Nation State relationships, intercultural education, sustainability and Indigenous peoples, cosmologies and philosophies of indigenous peoples, and biocultural sacred sites. He is also deeply involved with the Biocultural Sacred Sites for Humanity, Original Peoples proposal, UNESCO, the Timekeepers Program and the Process of Unification in charge of the Latin American and the Caribbean region. Mindahi is also President of the Mexico Council of Sustainable Development, a member of the Steering Committee of the Indigenous Peoples’ Biocultural Climate Change Assessment Initiative, and he has served as a delegate to several commissions and summits on Indigenous rights and the environment.

JOE TAFUR MD’s interest in complementary and alternative approaches to health management took root in 1997, at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. It deepened during medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), continued during his Family Medicine residency at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and has become the primary focus of his medical career.

After his residency, Dr. Tafur completed a two-year Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the UCSD Department of Psychiatry. While working as a Family Physician in the U.S., he began exploring indigenous medicine in South America. In 2011, he helped to found Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual, a traditional healing center in the Peruvian Upper Amazon. At Nihue Rao, Dr. Tafur underwent traditional apprenticeship in Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine and Shipibo curanderismo.

In 2017, he published his book The Fellowship of the River: A Medical Doctor’s Exploration into Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine. Highly-acclaimed with a foreword written by Dr. Gabor Mate, the book describes Dr. Tafur’s unique journey into spiritual healing work, his years of study in the jungle forest, and the power of nature to heal complaints that have widely evaded Western medical approaches.

Together with a team of world-class colleagues, Dr. Tafur started Modern Spirit, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to demonstrating the value of spiritual healing in modern healthcare. In addition to education and community-building projects, the organization is currently focused on the Modern Spirit Epigenetics Project, a groundbreaking and now funded substudy of the MAPS MDMA-assisted Psychotherapy research trial.

In 2019, Dr. Tafur began to work with his colleagues Dr. Amalia Baca ND and Ray Baca through the Ocotillo Center for Integrative Medicine. He is now also working with Daytryp Health as an advisor and starting work with Ketamine-Assisted Therapy.

Dr. Tafur also continues to lead Journeys to Latin America, where he guides small groups in a comprehensive experience of Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine and Ayahuasca curanderismo. Dr. Tafur is particularly interested in education. At the still-thriving Nihue Rao, he has supervised indigenous learning opportunities for a number of U.S. medical students and therapists and is now bringing groups to traditional education in Colombia as well.

Building on the ideas presented in his book and working to bridge the paradigms of modern science and traditional healing, Dr. Tafur has been Speaking at conferences across the globe, as well as at a number of medical schools, including the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine, UCSD, Yale, Southwestern College of Naturopathic Medicine, and the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.