New York Times Bestselling author and one of the most celebrated spiritual teachers working today James Van Praagh is joining Transformation Consultant and Life Coach Donna Bond to present Igniting the Spark Weekend Event at the Hotel del Coronado November 8-9th (more information can be found at HotelDel.com). They kindly sat for an interview with me. – Scott Ware
James Van Praagh: I think I was on the cover of Radiance Magazine.
Scott Ware: Yes, it was before my time, with Danielle. Now the workshop is called “Igniting the Spark…” Now, do I have a spark, and you’ll help ignite it?
Donna Bond: He has the spark!
JVP: We all have the spark.
DB: I think it’s a great way to integrate your Higher Self, your soul, and your humanness. The more I’m on the spiritual path, the more I realize it’s about loving your humanness. (to James) I love playing by your side, because you get to play in the ethers and help ground things for people and assist them with a spiritually practical way to navigate physical reality.
JVP: Wow, I want to go to that! I’m amazed with Donna as a transformational coach. I believe that life is all about movement, and when we get stuck in something, we have to take a look at that, and why we’re holding back because we should be moving and flowing. With the two of us together, it’s a wonderful chance to explore what’s holding people back, what patterns are they reliving, what reality are they stuck on, are they living a soulful life or stuck in the material world.
SW: A lot of people know you as a psychic medium…
JVP: A small, medium and large too.
SW: (laughs) So you’re bringing something extra special to this subject of getting to know your deeper, authentic self. What aspects of your psychic self are you bringing to this?
JVP: We’ll be doing Soul Readings, because I’ve learned that the soul is 20% in the body and 80% out of the body, the Higher Self. I want people to be able to connect with their Higher Self through various processes, meditation and mind journeys. But mainly the energy of the room is going to tell us what we’ll teach.
DB: This is a whole weekend event, and on Friday night alone, James is going to do his “magic.”
JVP: A mediumship demonstration; talking to dead people. Also, we’re experts in different fields, she in the physical/mental, and me in the spiritual emotional. We want to see where we’re stuck, clear the blocks and integrate our whole self.
DB: We want to help people navigate their own inner compass and learn to open to hearing those inner messages.
JVP: Ignite their empowered self, because we give away our power in so many ways. We’ll see where they’ve left their power behind, and we’ll look at the ways people give their power away and how to set up proper boundaries so you can say from an empowered place, “That’s not good for me. You can’t throw that energy at me; I’m not taking that.”
SW: Thinking of yourself as a sacred vessel is amazing.
JVP: Honor yourself. Mirror that God light. You’ve got to love yourself.
DB: How James and I really complement each other is we don’t mince words.
DB: For people who are looking for forward motion in their life, this is a great way to activate their life!
SW: What’s something people can do right now to get in touch with their inner self?
JVP: There’s a process that’s very simple. When you’re home, sit in a closet if you have to so you’re not interrupted by the phone, by people, by animals, where it’s quiet. It’s about sitting in the stillness of your being. Do deep breathing, then imagine there’s a star with your name on it, and then breathe in the light of that star, and that brings the mind to that space, then let that golden light run through your body, and as you exhale, have the intention to release any anxiety, any emotional upsets you might have had, any negative energy, and you just let that go, and do that three or four times. And then just sit in that stillness of your being, in that quiet, because that quiet is very loud, and then layers of soul start opening up. And you start connecting, and that’s the easiest way to begin. That and more we’ll discuss at the workshop.
DB: That was so lovely! I just saw a lotus flower opening up in my mind’s eye.
JVP: The truth is so simple, but human beings look for the complexity. It’s simple: All things come down to love or fear.
SW: Even with a busy mind you can do this.
JVP: Well you have to breathe, right? It’s just being a part of the breath, letting that breath go all the way down to our feet. Riding that breath, and then releasing it.
SW: When people leave your workshop at the Hotel Del Coronado, what do you want them leave with?
DB: Empowerment. That sense of self. That sense of knowing you’re connected. That we’re so much more than our thoughts, or emotions, or our environment!
JVP: Yes, they’re going to go home from this event riding high, I can tell you that. They’ll have the realization and the perspective that they’re a soul having a human experience, not the other way around. Because Earth is a school of the soul. They’ll have a perspective of who they truly are. It will be life-changing.