Reawakening To Life’s Great Adventure with Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D.

From the dark terror of his own breakdown, Kirk Schneider has come to live in a state of awe. He explored the roots of his nightmares and anxiety, and the habits that kept him depressed and disengaged, and found that life is something to marvel at. Now he shares the long, winding road he traveled from there to here, and offers guideposts each of us can use to find our own way. Join him as he explains the reasons we spend so much of our lives disengaged from our sense of wonder, and the many tools and teachers that surround us, ready to help us regain it. The rewards, he assures us, are many. “Awe is a vital way of experiencing life,” he says. “It has the capacity to lift one out of one’s narrow identifications. We so often get stuck in certain fears or judgments. And awe is able to acknowledge that we’re creatures, we’re anxious, we’re fragile somewhat. But at the same time it points us to the more – the more of who we are and the more of what we’re participating in.” Inspired by the wisdom of Dr. Schneider, you’ll find a renewed capacity to occupy parts of your being that you may not have considered before – your most vital, essential self. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist, editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, and adjunct faculty at Saybrook Graduate School, the California Institute of Integral Studies, and the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology.

He is the author or editor of numerous articles and books, including:

To learn more about the work of Kirk J. Schneider go to

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How our culture insulates us from experiencing awe
  • Why is awe important in your life
  • Why we are drawn to horror films and science fiction
  • How your dog or cat can help you tap into the awesomeness of life
  • Why efficiency interferes with inspiration

Host: Michael Toms       Interview Date: 11/2/2009       Program Number: 3327

ARTSPEAK RADIO presents, Melanie Sherman, Peregrine Honig, Christopher Kurtz, Michael Baxley, Jason Vivone, Sue Edgerton, & Patrick Quinn

Maria talks with artists, Melanie Sherman, Peregrine Honig, and by phone from New York, Christopher Kurtz, about their current work at Belger Gallery along with Michael Baxley-Belger Gallery manager/curator.

Musician/singer/radio host, Jason Vivone with The Billy Bats, talks about their new CD release, “The Avenue” with songs inspired the Northeast neighborhood. Release party is scheduled for Friday, Dec.4 at Coda Bar & Grill 1744 Broadway KCMO

Later in the program, Maria welcomes Poet and co-host of Speak Easy Poets, Topeka KS in the studio.

Patrick Quinn, musician/songwriter performs in the 2nd half of the program.

Was Osama bin Laden Really In Charge Of Al-Qa’ida Or A Convenient Western Boogeyman?

You can find many propaganda and news footage tapes of Osama bin Laden on the internet and many experts have studied them. Very few people have heard the 1500 audio tapes that tell the story of Al-Qa’ida’s formation, motivation and the internal struggles for power. These tapes cover the years from the 1960s up to 2001 and were originally obtained by CNN who offered them to the FBI and CIA after 9/11. Many of these same tapes were again obtained by the US Military in a 2002 raid in Kandahar, Afghanistan. These tapes explain that the real leadership of Al-Qa’ida did not trust “Gulfies” like bin Laden whose monetary support came with the caveat that the revolution not be brought back home and were seen as a corrupting influence.

On this edition of Tell Somebody Margot Patterson talks with Flagg Miller, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, Davis and author of the new book The Audacious Ascetic: What the bin Laden Tapes Reveal about Al-Qa’ida. He may be the only person that has seen all of the tapes that were confiscated. The US Government studied the tapes and then gave them to CNN who asked Professor Miller to review and translate them. He discovered a very different story than the one we were told.

Flagg Miller
Professor of Religious Studies
Director of the Graduate Group in
the Study of Religion
University of California, Davis

Nuclear Weapons Accidents

Commentary: what is behind the terrorist movement in the Islamic world?
Topic: Nuclear weapons accidents.

Maternally Yours-Native American-centered Women’s Healthcare

Join the Conversation as Ryan and Dana discuss Native American-centered women’s healthcare. Why is the process of reclaiming cultural identity through birth and motherhood so powerful? We’ll find out as we welcome Nicolle Gonzales, Native American Certified Nurse-Midwife from the The Changing Woman Initiative. The Initiative seeks to draw on cultural strengths to renew indigenous birth knowledge and healing through holistic approaches and community empowerment.

Nicolle Gonzales, Nurse-Midwife, Changing Woman Initiative

Hear another installment of Maternally Yours tonight at 7pm on Raising Grateful Kids.

Ryan Stanley, Producer and co-Host
Dana King, co-Host