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Talking Heads, Dissenting Voices
This is a video interview about my life and work made by my old friend Alan Ward for Pocket Films who are based in India. It’s very creatively edited with evocative images from different phases of my life.
Here’s what it says by way of introduction:
Ralph White is co-founder of the New York Open Center, America’s leading urban centre of holistic learning and world culture for the last 30 years. He is a key figure in the worldwide movement to create a more holistic, ecological, and conscious society. An international specialist and speaker on spirituality and consciousness, he is also a driver behind the movement to spread awareness of our own Western Tradition, and the importance of its deep, sacred wisdom streams in our culture.

Interview by Stage Ai, Beijing 
 
A video interview shot at the New York Open Center with many images of the Center itself interposed among the words. It was recorded by Stage Ai, the pioneering Chinese initiative that is working to build a holistic bridge between China and the West. My article about Stage Ai and the budding holistic impulse in China can be found at the blog on this site.
Thanks very much,
 
Ralph

This is an in-depth interview about The Jeweled Highway and my life in general with Dr Bob Hieronimus of 21st Century Radio. It’s fun, engaging and genuinely informative. (And includes endorsements for the show from Ziggy Marley, George Martin and Graham Nash).

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Interview about The Jeweled Highway with Paul O’ Brien on his Pathways show on KBOO Radio FM in Portland, Oregon.

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This is an audio interview with Forris Day mostly about my book, The Jeweled Highway, but also concerned with the overall holistic movement, the NY Open Center. and the changes our culture is going through.

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Cultivating Pragmatic Mysticism

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(Fund drive show)

Ralph WhiteCaroline (plays mini- excerpts of Equinox Talk &) hosts Ralph White, author of
The Jeweled Highway: On the Quest for a Life of Meaning. In 1984 Ralph co-created the New York Open Center, his memoir- spiritual journey of discovery leading to his lifelong dedication to bring an ecological world-view into the collective memosphere.

The Jeweled HighwayThe Jeweled Highway is an important story for our time by a pioneer in a movement whose influence is increasingly apparent from the rise of mindfulness meditation, natural foods, organic agriculture, integrative medicine, green technologies, the study of myth, world spiritual traditions, and the need for contemplative centers in our overworked society. It is a subtle force, often overlooked by mainstream media, but it has widespread and growing influence and runs in parallel with the movement for social and racial justice and equality.
Ralph White is co-founder of the New York Open Center, America’s leading urban center of holistic learning, and the author of the forthcoming memoir, The Jeweled Highway: On the Quest for a Life of Meaning. A writer, traveler, organizer of many international events, and long-time student of esoteric philosophy, he is director of the Art of Dying and Esoteric Quest series of conferences on re-imagining dying in America and the rediscovery of the Western Esoteric Tradition. He has taught at New York University, was program director of Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, and was editor of the award-winning Lapis magazine, winner of the Utne Reader Alternative Press Award 2000. He has been seminal presence at the annual International Gathering of Holistic Centers from which a worldwide network has emerged. A pioneer if the consciousness ‘movement’ for a more holistic, ecological and spiritually awakened culture, he was born in Wales. He lives in New York City.

Ralph White’s book release “The Jeweled Highway”

at the New York Open Center September 2015,
with an introduction from Nanette Schorr.

Available from Amazon Books
“This is a wonderful book, one of the most engaging reads I have had in many years. Highly recommended to all seekers of truth beauty and harmony. Ralph takes you on a path less traveled, right to the soul of humanity, laced with great stories and adventure ! The blood, sweat, tears and joy of this man will grow on you”

Television Interview with me about The Jeweled Highway

Here is a half hour interview with me about my new book, The Jeweled Highway.

For the last four years I have hosted a show on WBAI 99.5 FM radio in New York City in which I have interviewed many leading holistic thinkers, writers, journalists, healers, artists, activists, scholars, philosophers, educators and other fun people.

Here are a few of them:

Neal Goldsmith Interview

This interview with author Neal Goldsmith covers the renaissance in the therapeutic use of psychedelic drugs. Multiple clinical experiments are underway in such topics as the use of psilocybin (sacred mushrooms) for Stage 4 cancer patients facing anxiety around death and the effectiveness of MDMA (ecstasy) in helping soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan overcome PTSD. This second half of the interview is with distinguished Iranian scholar and writer Fatemeh Kashavarz and addresses the life and work of the great Sufi poet, Jalal-uddin Rumi.

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Peter Scott Dale Interview

Peter Dale Scott is perhaps the most perceptive political researcher and analyst we have at work today in America. His investigations into the operation of the Deep State, the nature of Deep Politics and Deep Events, and the role of the Overworld in American and international affairs are unique. Impeccably researched and superbly written, his many books cast fresh light on mysteries such as the Kennedy Assassination, The Gulf of Tonkin incident, the war on drugs and more. He is also a soulful and hypnotic poet.

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Alexander Zaitchik

Glenn Beck is perhaps the most disturbed and disturbing right wing ideologue to develop a mass following in the last decade. He purports to have insight beneath the surface of current events that alerts his readers to grand conspiracies. Where do his ideas come from and who are his influences? Here the author of the best biography of Beck takes us inside his mind and describes his main teacher, the John Birch Society supporter, W. Cleon Skousen.

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Robert Holden

The scientific study of happiness is a relatively new phenomenon, and psychologist Robert Holden is one of its pioneers. The question of what makes us happy is not as simple as it seems. Here he speaks about the freedom we have to elevate our level of happiness by developing positive practices and cultivating enduring values.

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Carl Ernst: Islam and Sufism (24:19)

A conversation with one of America’s leading writers and scholars on the varieties and forms of Sufism.

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Marta Moreno Vega on the Survival of African Spiritual Traditions in the Diaspora (18:26)


The beliefs and practices of a sophisticated Santeria priestess in New York City

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Matthew Fox: The Catholic Church, Mysticism and the Cosmic Mass (24:15)

 The renewal of Christianity and the Cosmic Mass with a leading reformer and visionary.

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Maxson McDowell: Jung and Dream Interpretation


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Robert Bly on Ecstatic Poetry, Rumi and Hafez (12:33)


One of America’s finest poets and deepest esoteric thinkers talks about his experiences on the Open Center’s Esoteric Quest.

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Peter Gabel on Spiritual Activism, the Iraq War, Foreign Policy, Law and Politics (19:57)

Can we have a more holistic activism? How can spiritual values and political/environmental engagement work together effectively?

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John O’Donohue on Celtic Spirituality and the Awakening of the Soul (one of John’s last interviews) (10:47)


One of the last interviews with the soulful Irish poet and philosopher who brought an understanding of Anam Cara, soul friendship, to the contemporary world.

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Suze Rotolo


She was the unforgettable woman on Bob Dylan’s Freewheelin’ album cover, the inspiration for some of his most poignant songs, and the author of a fine memoir on Greenwich Village in the Sixties.

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