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Listen to our recent Soul Sessions podcast episode with renowned author, speaker, and profound thinker in the realm of consciousness and contemporary spirituality, Peter Russell.

What is the mind? How can we find peace in the present moment? Joining Dr. Robert in this episode is Peter Russell — a renowned author, speaker, and profound thinker in the realm of consciousness and contemporary spirituality.

With a background that intersects theoretical physics, psychology, computer science, and Eastern philosophy, Peter Russell brings a unique and enlightening perspective to the complexities of the mind and our understanding of self. In this episode, we’ll explore the intricate relationship between emotions and physical sensations, the construction of the ego, and our connection to a deeper sense of being that Russell eloquently terms “beingness.”

As we navigate the intersection of technology, consciousness, and the human experience, we’ll discuss the potential and limitations of artificial intelligence and ponder on the profound question: Are we living in a simulation? This episode is a journey to the heart of what it means to be alive in today’s world. Prepare to be inspired as we uncover the wisdom needed to approach life in a more spiritually informed way.

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INTRO  00:00

Welcome to CreativeMind Soul Sessions with Debra Berndt Maldonado and Dr. Rob Maldonado, founders of CreativeMind. Explore personal growth with us through Jungian psychology, Eastern spirituality, and social neuroscience in a deep, practical way. Let’s begin. 

Debra Maldonado  00:24 

Hello, welcome to another episode of Soul Sessions. We have a very special guest today, Peter Russell. But before we introduce him, I wanted to remind you, if you haven’t done already, click the button here if you’re watching us on YouTube and subscribe to our channel. Or if you’re listening to us on one of the podcast services, don’t forget to subscribe so you get every single episode of Soul Sessions with CreativeMind. I’m Debra Berndt Maldonado, here with Dr. Rob Maldonado. You had a great discussion with Peter Russell?

Robert Maldonado  00:54

He’s an incredible thinker and has written some incredible books. We mainly talked about meditation and his book, Letting Go of Nothing. Let’s read his bio so people can get a sense of who he is.

Debra Maldonado  01:11

This is an official background on Peter Russell. He’s an author, speaker, and leading thinker on consciousness and contemporary spirituality. He believes the critical challenge today is freeing human thinking from the limiting beliefs and attitudes that lie beyond many of our problems, personal, social, and global. His mission is to distill the essential wisdom on human consciousness found in the world’s various spiritual traditions and to disseminate it in a contemporary and compelling ways. Russell earned a first-class honours degree in theoretical physics and psychology, as well as a master’s degree in computer science at the University of Cambridge, England. He also studied meditation and Eastern philosophy in India. He coined the term “global brain” with his 1980s bestseller with the same name, in which he predicted the internet and the impact it would have on humanity. He’s the author of ten other books, including Waking Up In Time and From Science to God. His website is He has a new book, Letting Go of Nothing: Relax Your Mind and Discover the Wonder of Your True Nature. Do not forget to grab his book, the link’s down here in the show notes. Without further ado, I introduce Mr. Peter Russell and Dr. Rob Maldonado and their incredible conversation.

Robert Maldonado  02:42

Hi, Peter Russell, welcome to the program. Appreciate you being here.

Peter Russel 02:48

Thank you. Lovely to be here. Looking forward to it.

Robert Maldonado  02:50

You have a book out on meditation, which we’re very interested and very excited talking about it. It’s called Letting Go of Nothing: Relax Your Mind and Discover the Wonder of Your True Nature. I love the title, Letting Go of Nothing. We’ll get to what nothing is, what we’re letting go of. I wanted to start with a quote from the book. It says, “Letting go is hard to do. The difficulty stems from treating letting go as another thing to do. But we can’t do letting go. However hard we try to let go, we have to seize the doing of holding on and that requires a quite different approach.” I love that. Why is this letting go so difficult? What is the approach that we need to take?

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