Today, I share a meaningful conversation with Tom Thompson, my spiritual teacher, or "Kalyanamitra," which means spiritual friend. Tom has bee my guide throughout my Kundalini Awakening. Tom is a teacher of Conscious Living. Conscious Living is an all-inclusive way of life that is is based on the Enlightenment Pathways of the East and the Human Potential teachings of the West. It includes the possibility of radical awakening along with the integration of body, emotions, mind, and spirit; living skillfully and effectively in this world; and being in loving, empowering relationships.
At the age of fifteen, Tom became a student of human psychology and a practitioner of the yogic pathways and enlightenment traditions. He has had the great fortune of training in-depth with several exceptional teachers in both the enlightenment traditions and Western psychology.
Tom has extensive training and experience in several different therapeutic modalities including hypnotherapy, transactional analysis, energy psychology, breathwork, and HeartMath®. He has been a guest on radio and TV shows. His writings have been published in newspapers, magazines, books, and his website blog. He has taught throughout the United States at ashrams, universities, hospices, spiritual centers, hospitals, and other places.
In 1982 Tom co-founded The Woodbury Yoga Center in Connecticut where he created and taught in-depth courses on Meditation, Kundalini, The Yoga of Death and Dying, The Supreme Doctrine, The Hara Training, and other subjects.
In 1990 he co-founded The Awakened Heart Center for Conscious Living in North Carolina where he continues to offer various courses and Intensives focusing on The Direct Path to Spiritual Awakening. And, in 2017 Tom began offering Satsang and Hamsa Meditation at The Yoga Garden in Pittsboro, North Carolina.
In this episode, Tom shares his Kundalini Awakening journey, how he got involved in the awareness world at the age of 15, and how he began to open himself up to spiritual possibilities at such a young age. He also talks about the virtue of meditation and awakening as part of our everyday life.
For More Information about Tom Thompson:
Tom Thompson - The Awakened Heart Center
Tom Thompson is a teacher of Conscious Living. Conscious Living is an all inclusive way of life. It is based on the Enlightenment Pathways of the East and the Human Potential teachings of the West. It includes the possibility of radical awakening along with the integration of body, emotions, mind and spirit; living skillfully and effectively in this world; and being in loving, empowering relationships.
The teachings of Conscious Living are direct, obvious, and all-inclusive. There is nothing to be believed or accepted, as they are self-evident. They point to the incredible gift and mystery of life, living us here and now as we are.
Spiritual Teachers and Scholars Mentioned in the Podcast
Swami Vishnudevananda (1927 - 1993)
Swami Vishnudevananda was sent to spread the message of Yoga and Vedanta in the West in 1957 by his Master, Swami Sivananda, with the words “People are waiting”. For 37 years he worked tirelessly as an active and dedicated spiritual teacher travelling around the world establishing city Centres and Ashrams where his work could be accomplished
Swami Sivananda’s teachings are the inspiration behind the teachings of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers. Our founder, Swami Vishnudevananda, was one of Swami...