Jamie Catto joins the podcast to talk about how we can transform our suffering with spiritual practice and a change of perspective.
The Producer/Director of the multi-award winning 1 Giant Leap multi-media project and founding member of electronica band Faithless, Jamie Catto, leads uniquely transformative workshops and one-on-one sessions. Drawing from the richly diverse wisdom encountered during his filming, recording and philosophical voyages across all 5 continents, Jamie is weaving these creative techniques and exercises to spark both Professional and Personal breakthroughs.
Capturing Humor and Heart (Opening) – Raghu speaks with Jamie Catto about one of his current projects, a documentary which aims to be an essential primer on who Ram Dass is and what his teachings represent.
“I have seen a lot of beautiful films about Ram Dass, but none of them are about how hilarious he is and the warmth which he sends out in his ripples of wisdom. The film aims to show the way that he opens the heart with deep humor and irony about the predicament of being a human.” – Jamie Catto
Insanely Gifted (5:50) – Jamie’s previous project, the 1 Giant Leap films, was a collection of interviews about the universal themes of life from inspiring and illuminating people like Ram Dass, Deepak Chopra and Eckhart Tolle. He talks about the impact these experiences made on him and his efforts to share what he has learned through his workshops, public speaking and his book, Insanely Gifted.
Watch 1 Giant Leap: What About Me? and get a look behnd the scenes of its creation for free here: Jamie Catto Films. If you are interested in learning more about the 1 Giant Leap project, check out Jamie’s last visit to the Mindrolling studios on Ep. 72 – Jamie’s Giant Leap.
Transforming Suffering (10:30) – We hear how Jamie’s tendencies to question everything and calling out some of the absurdities of the way things are shaped who he is today. He shares the struggles with anxiety and depression he experienced early in life and how spiritual practice transformed his life. Raghu and Jamie take a closer at the tools of self-care available to us to overcome these states of mind and live a life of balance.
“Most of the time at yoga they would play a Ram Dass lecture and I was so touched, as if by Jesus. When I would lie down and listen to him, that was the most profound inner experience I have had to date. It opened up a whole dimension of my consciousness, just considering what he had to say and laughing along with him. The journey that took me on awakened a whole new floor in the building of my mind and became the central fascination of mine ever since.” – Jamie Catto
You can watch the full No Mud, No Lotus live event discussed in this part of the conversation here: No Mud, No Lotus
Making Friends with Our Demons (25:00) – The two talk about the importance of coming to terms with our demons and inviting them to sit down, rather than sweeping them under the rug and ignoring them.
“When neither you nor your demons can do harm, you will be at peace with them.” – from the Tao Te Ching
Find the “Just Like Me” exercise mentioned in this section of the interview here: Mirabai Bush – Just Like Me. You can also find more info on the works of Byron Katie and Ram Giri discussed by Jamie and Raghu at the thework.com and skillsforawakening.com.
In The Space Between (46:30) – Raghu and Jamie talk about the importance of minding the gap between thoughts. They discuss what happens when we cultivate that gap and create a space that gives us power and freedom over our recursive thoughts and habits.
Find workshops, music and more at JamieCatto.com