Category: teachers

An Interview with Spirituality Teacher Shahram Shiva


Shahram Shiva is a performance poet a scholar of Rumi and a teacher of spirituality; here is a link to his website:



Q:  What is a performance poet?


A: It’s poetry in performance and not just in normal recitation. It’s a phrase that I have coined; if you listen to any of my songs from my albums it becomes clear.



Q:  What kinds of things do you discuss in your talks on the future of spirituality?


A: The main theme is The Future of Spirituality.

The topics include:

What Comes after Yoga

The Next Level of Spirituality

Consciousness Expansion

My 4 levels of soul evolution.

The yoga of the mind.

Where you are in your own evolution and what is next for you.

The universe’s unlimited and infinite love for you and how to tap into it.

Vision Manifestation and how to get exactly what you want.

In some of my events I also conduct a guided group meditative whirling workshop, based on a unique method that I devised in 1995.



Q:  What kind of professional and educational background do you have?


A: Professionally I have been sharing Rumi with the world for about 25 years.  I started very young.  I have been conducting concerts, talks, lectures and workshops for a very long time.  My first book was released in ’91.  My educational background is in the visual arts.  I have always been creative and have been pursing my passions since early teens.



Q:  It says on your blog you’ve been called “a profit of change and spirituality” who said this about you?


A: That’s one of the quotes that was shared with me in the early years of Facebook by Alexander Solomon.  To read more quotes about my albums or my work in general please visit:


Q:  What sets you apart from other self-help/ spirituality experts?


A: I am an artist first and have never been motivated by finances, ever.  I elevate my followers and students out of the basic and same old-same old spirituality 101 teachings to a place beyond right and wrong and good and bad where they discover their own divinity, true independent nature of their souls and greater life purpose beyond the everyday chores.  My followers shed their slave-minds and childhood programming to become empowered, self-guided entities.



Q: Why do you think Rumi’s poems are still popular?


A: Because he speaks about the human condition and our eternal search for universal truth, he will always be popular.  In fact he was extremely famous when he was alive 800 years ago and his style was being copied (while he was still alive) thousands of miles away in India.  He has always in all these centuries been regarded as a giant.  And he has been celebrated without pause for 800 years in the East.



Q:  What is universal spiritual hierarchy?


A: All things evolve, they adapt to their environment, they change, they grow and expand.  Our spirits are not immune to this universal pattern, hence, we evolve spiritually as well.  Our known universe with over 200 billion galaxies, each containing on average 100 billion stars and planets is not being run by a Renaissance-ear old white guy with a beard sitting on a cloud.  As we mature spiritually through reincarnation, our souls elevate to higher levels of consciousness where we eventually graduate from being a homosapian or an Earthling to much higher levels of existence.  The USH is a phrase that I have coined to represent the infinite levels of spiritual growth potential in our universe.  Our soul’s potential for growth is infinite.



Q:  What is Rumi’s Riddle?


A: From the time you are born an escape hatch is placed in front of you so you can be free.



Q: What do you think the answer is?


A: Open Mind.  Your mind projects your reality.  All that you are and all that you are experiencing is a projection of your mind.  When you learn to expand and shift your thinking, your reality will shift with it.  However, for many billions on this planet who exist with their minds closed shut, mostly due to childhood fear-based programming, there is no remedy for release until such time as they have elevated themselves out of fear-based doctrine of reward and punishment to one of love-based, self-guided manifestation.



Q:  What is the demographic of your audience and what do you thing are the sociological reasons for this?


A: My work isn’t based on age groups, but highly progressive beings of all ages from all walks of life.  In my events I have teenagers in my audience as well as people in their late years and everyone else in between.  I am here to elevate humanity out of the bondage of agenda-driven spirituality into a place of the highest truth.  A place where they shed their slaved minds for that of empowered minds.  This can happen to a highly enlightened 14-year old as well someone who is finally ready to hear my message at 80.


Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)




An Interview With Psychic Teacher Kris Cahill

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Kris Cahill is a clairvoyant reader, energy healer, psychic teacher and radio host here is a link to her website:



Q:  How did you know you were psychic?

A: ‘Being psychic’ means being sensitive to and aware of energy, and is normal and human. Ever since I can remember, I’ve been sensitive to other people’s energy. When I was a child, I could walk into a room and know what each person in the room wanted or needed. I wanted to heal everyone and to make them feel better – these were some of my childhood thoughts. I often felt other people’s pain and knew what they were thinking, but I didn’t think any of this was strange. I didn’t know the difference.

I was very responsible. As an adult, this over-responsibility began to get in my way, making me sick with all of the energy I was taking on that I didn’t know what to do about. I had this idea that I needed to learn to ground myself. I wasn’t sure how to do this, or even what it meant, but I kept saying it.

In 1999, I received a call that changed my life. A woman called me wanting to buy one of my paintings. She invited me to come see the school she taught at, which turned out to be the Midwest Psychic Institute, (the school later re-created as InVision). I liked her and the school, and took a six week class called Psychic Meditation. I learned techniques such as grounding, non-judgment, creating and destroying, running energy, and I started putting the pieces together for myself. It became clear to me that I’d always been sensitive to and aware of energy, in other words, psychic. Once I began to let go of the energies I’d always been aware of, instead of carrying them with me, trying to solve them, or heal them, it became easier to use my abilities for fun things, like being clairvoyant and seeing energy. I am a lifelong visual artist, and clairvoyance is colorful, fun, and healing for me. I joined MPI’s year long intensive clairvoyant training, and it only became more real for me to be psychic.

Q:  How can I tell a real psychic from a fake one?

A: A fake psychic will tell you that you are cursed, and that only he or she can remove the curse, provided you pay her or him a large sum of cash. If you find yourself in front of one of these scam artists, run away.

A great psychic will say hello to your spirit, without judging you or telling you what to do. You will feel this deeply, as your own truth is touched upon. A real psychic will not judge you.

Always remember that nobody knows you better than you know yourself. If a psychic tells you something that you know in your heart isn’t true, don’t accept it as the truth. If you go to a psychic needing to be told what will happen in your life, as if it were already decided without you doing your own work, you will get what you ask for. That isn’t, in my view, the best use of a good psychic.

One of the greatest aspects about clairvoyance is that you must be in non-judgment in order to see clearly. This is why I see that more people turning on their clairvoyance will help to heal this planet. With the ability of clairvoyance running, we don’t need to judge each other, for we will be able to see that each of us is a unique being. The outer surface doesn’t begin to tell the story of that truth. Too often we judge the surface and miss the person completely.

Q:  What kind of classes did you take at InVision in Chicago?

A: Every class I took at InVision was designed to help me to see, heal, and know myself better. The greatest psychic ability is the ability to know yourself. It has nothing to do with fortune telling. We were taught to NOT predict the future, or tell anyone what they should do. Clairvoyant training was about learning to give a hello to someone’s spirit.

Specific classes I took include: Psychic Meditation, Energy Healing, Kundalini Energy, Clairvoyant Training, Women’s Healing, Teacher’s Training, Spiritual Autonomy, Trance Medium Training, Planetary Healer’s Training. When I became a teacher at InVision, I taught Psychic Meditation, Energy Healing, the Women’s Training, Creativity Class, Clairvoyant Training, Teacher’s Training.

Q:  How do you teach someone to be psychic?

A: Each of us is already psychic. We don’t need to be taught to be psychic, but we may not be aware of those abilities, or know how to turn them on and control them in a happy way – to be safe with them. It is helpful to learn how to make yourself safe before you learn to turn on your own abilities. You want to make sure that your body will be able to handle the higher vibration of your spirit at work, and grounding is a helpful tool for this. Before anyone is allowed to take the Clairvoyant Training at InVision, they must take the Psychic Meditation Class, which is the first class I took when I went there. This class alone is a game changer.

The yearlong clairvoyant training I enrolled in included one weekly class in which we learned how to look at various aspects of ourselves, at spirit, the energy system, and so much more. We gave readings to each other in class, as well as in the student readings. These are scheduled readings that outside people come in to receive, in which the students get to practice what they are learning. Teachers and advanced students oversee these readings, and the readings are wonderful, an important part of the training. There is a huge amount of spiritual growth that happens during this training. People often look very different when they graduate than they did when they began. They heal themselves, deeply.

The degree that each person decides to have or turn on her or his own abilities will vary. Halfway through my clairvoyant training, I knew that I wanted to teach this information, and it became my passion to do so. I continued my studies as a graduate at InVision, which also being on staff, teaching classes, helping to market the school, taking students and graduate readers to outside events to give readings, and creating my own readings and workshops.

Q:  What kind of rebirth are we experiencing on earth?


A: We are having a spiritual revolution – nothing less than a completely new way of seeing ourselves and each other! Oh yes, and … we need to remember to work with the earth, and stop trying to control and abuse her. We are in a long needed rebalancing of female and male energies, in which the long maligned and hidden female energies can become powerful again. Self love and self knowledge are the key to healing. If you know and love yourself, you cannot be controlled by other energies. I could write a book about this rebirth, it’s very exciting to me.

Q:  How did your radio show come about?

A: One day in January 2013, a friend named Vic Cohen called to ask me if I’d be a guest on his internet radio show, and I jumped at the chance. Meanwhile, I’d been walking around saying to myself ‘I want a radio show…’ – I’ve created so many things in my life this way.

That same night, I was on Vic’s show, ‘It’s a Fair Question’, talking about past lives. Vic is a comedian, and his show is funny, and he was also really interested in the topic. I gave him a past life reading on the air, it was all fun and validating. I’d been nervous beforehand but that faded quickly. It was much easier to talk into a live mic than I’d expected.

I called the owner of the station, and asked if I could have a show there. In February 2013, my show ‘Psychic Everyday’ debuted at out of downtown Los Angeles.  I do my show on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:00pm PT. Skidrow Studios produces real radio on the internet. We also stream live video from the site, and all of the shows are available as free podcasts on iTunes.

Q:  Who was your most memorable guest?

A. I have no guests, but lots of callers. I have a weekly topic, and give free mini readings to callers on that topic. I talk about different aspects of this topic, and what it has to do with being psychic. My favorite recent shows include ‘Ghosts and Spirits’, ‘The Past Life Show’, ‘Scarcity is a Lie’, ‘Get In Your Body’, ‘Love Yourself and Start a Revolution’, and ‘Your Relationship With Money’.

I’ve done over 40 shows now, and my audience continues to build. I have people listening from all over the world, which is one of the great things about internet radio. I’ve had callers during my show from Germany and India, from coast to coast of this country. It’s really fun to connect with the world like this. People are very interested in their spiritual growth at this time in our evolution, which is really exciting.

In 2014, I’m adding some new features to my show, including a feature called the Everyday Psychic. I’ll invite guests on my show, not other working professional psychics, but people who use their abilities in their everyday life. I’ll interview them about how they use their intuition in their work or career, or their clairvoyance, non-judgment, knowing, and so on.


Q:  What do you like about L.A.?

A: I love the permission to reinvent myself and to become whatever I want. The weather is great, though that isn’t why I moved here. Mountains, deserts, the ocean, are all within a short drive. I grew up in the flatlands and it’s not flat here! The creativity all around inspires me – actors, writers, filmmakers, photographers, artists, musicians – these are my people, my friends, my students and clients. I’m a lifelong artist, and being psychic is my art form. Los Angeles is the perfect place for me to learn what I need to learn to grow my art at this time.

Q:  What do you miss most about Chicago?

A: Fireflies, family and friends, snow falling softly, the Art Institute, InVision, defined seasons. I do not miss winter, or the muggy steam of a Chicago August day. Sorry, Chicago.

Q:  What will happen to me next Thursday?

A:  I love this question, because it sets me up to talk about predictions, and why I never make them. First of all, whatever will happen to you next Thursday is going to depend, to a large degree, upon whatever you decide to create between now and then. The choices you make in every moment, the awareness or the unconsciousness you choose to embrace – all have an effect on what ‘happens’. It’s not chance, it’s energy.

Sometimes we create challenges for ourselves in order to grow and wake ourselves up. If we ignore our own inner truth, our heart’s call, our deepest longings, and try to live a life we think we should live instead of one that’s real, we may find ourselves one day facing a great waking up. That is what we are going through on earth now – the waking up. When someone is acting the victim to whatever ‘happened to them’, that person has given up power to outside energy, instead of harnessing it from within.

I no longer have clients coming to me who want me to predict their futures. I would rather say hello to those who want to grow, heal, and live from their own truth. Happily, those are the people who find me now.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

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An Interview With Philosophy Professor and Internet Love Expert Aaron Ben-Ze’ev


Aaron Ben-Ze’ev, is a Professor of Philosophy  and a former president of the University of Haifa. He has written several books on the subject of love including In The Name of Love: Romantic ideology and its victims and Love Online: Emotions on the Internet; Here is a link to his website:

1. What made you interested in writing about the subject of wife murders?

Wife murdering is a very common phenomenon. It is estimated that over 30% of all female murder victims in the United States die at the hands of a former or present spouse or boyfriend. I was interested to know how murdering a beloved can be associated with love. Love is generally considered a moral, altruistic, and well-intentioned emotion; however, this idealized is far from realistic. Not only is love intrinsically ambivalent, but it can also give rise to dangerous consequences. In light of such predicaments, I wrote with Ruhama Goussinsky a book entitled, “In the Name of Love: Romantic Ideology and its Victims.” In this book, we argue that despite its highly moral tenets, Romantic Ideology implies extreme behavior: After all, “all is fair in love and war” is an expression often used to identify “true love.” People have committed the most horrific crimes in the name of the altruistic ideals of religion and love.

2. What commonalities did you find in men who had murdered their wives?

We propose the following features characterizing such a murder: (a) it is committed out of love; (b) whereas it is the most extreme manifestation of male domestic violence, it is not a “natural” continuation of that violence, nor is it the “inevitable” end of a path of male violence; (c) it is an act in which the perpetrator intends to cause his wife’s death, rather than one in which he temporarily loses control; and (d) it is the climax of a dynamic and gradual process culminating in an emotional state in which one person seeks to destroy the other even at the cost of self-destruction.

3. How has romantic ideology changed in the last 20 years?

Romantic Ideology has not been extinguished; in fact, the desire to fulfill it may be increasing. However, the likelihood of realizing such love, in particular within the framework of marriage, grows ever slimmer. For most people, such ideal love remains beyond their reach. The gap between what we want from love and what we actually achieve is increasing and the resulting dissonance gives rise to mounting dissatisfaction with our love lives.

4. Your book Love Online: Emotions on the Internet deals with Internet relationships. What was the most surprising thing you discovered about Internet relationships and what made it so surprising?

The lack of nonverbal information in text-based online communication led some researchers to claim that such communication is leaner and hence online relationships are less involving, less rich, and less personal than offline relationships. The results were the opposite: online relationships are as profound, and often more profound, than offline relationships: online communication involves higher proportions of more intimate questions and lower proportions of peripheral questions. Moreover, since there is faster and more profound self-disclosure in online communication, in many cases a profound relationship develops faster.

5. Why do you think romantic love is written about so much more than other kinds of love?

Romantic love is the most complex human emotion and one which is most relevant to human life. Part of its complexity is its dependence upon personal and contextual features. Accordingly, there is not risk of solving all the mysteries of romantic love in the near future.

6. Do you think people are more likely or less likely to say what they really think about life, politics and the world in general in an internet relationship? (why or why not).

Romantic relationships have traditionally involved deceptive elements; these are supposed to increase the romantic attraction and to decrease the risk of ending the relationship. Although online relationships provide more means to improve the deception, they also encourage many people to present a more accurate picture of their true self. The more time people spend in chatting with each other, the more open they are about themselves and the less likely they are to lie.

Sincerity is a great asset to successful personal relationships as it is correlated with a higher degree of intimacy. Accordingly, someone who wants to be emotionally close to another person will attempt to be sincere—or at least need to fake sincerity. The more sincere and open nature of cyberspace induces people to behave in ways that do not accord with their stereotypic figure. Thus, women may be more sexually expressive than they are in offline relationships and men may be more emotionally sensitive.

7.  What makes the Internet such an appealing way to meet people?

Modern society promotes the value of efficiency. Greater pace at a lower cost has become the hallmark of modern society. This is also evident in the romantic realm: we do not have enough resources to meet all available partners before deciding who would be our best soul mate. The Internet provides a most efficient way to meet the maximum number of desirable people. The major flaw of online relationships is its negative impact on the participants’ actual environment. Such relationships can lead to marital discord and divorce.

8. What is your new book about?

My new book is about romantic compromises. In romantic compromises, we give up a romantic value, such as romantic freedom and intense passionate love, in exchange for a nonromantic value, like the wish to live comfortably without financial concerns. Nevertheless, in our hearts we keep yearning for the road not taken—the one with greater romantic freedom and a more romantic partner.

9. What made you want to write about romantic compromises?

Romantic compromises are currently the most common and painful syndrome in intimate relationships. There is hardly any research about such compromises and people are ashamed of them and hide them from others, and often from themselves as well. I believe that understanding the nature of romantic compromises will show the value of at least some kinds of such compromises, which I term “good compromises.” Realizing the necessity and value of such compromises may be of great help for many people and relationships.

10. You are a professor of philosophy; let’s imagine that I’m able to time travel via the internet and have a cyber date with either Sartre , Voltaire or Socrates – which one should I go for?

None. Go for the best, go for Aristotle. In any case, thanks for consulting me on this intimate matter for you.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)