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Podcast Episode 7: Consciousness and Thinking from Heart, Not Monkey Mind with Anne Gordon

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This podcast series focuses on the intersection of Consciousness and Self. This is our “Journey into Enlightenment.” At the core of human reality is Consciousness. Humans are self-defining creatures. We develop rule sets and stories that generate our experiences of reality. Consciousness is the state of awareness in each of us where our self-defined realities are only one of the many options in potential that could be expressed.

Each episode you will join Janet and her friends to gather in this core in Heart Centered Awareness. You will feel this state where time and space are malleable, potential is active and change in our day to day experiences can be felt in the moment. You will witness this sharing in the expansive variety of expressions of Consciousness, and as form and language in our physical and non-physical worlds. Experience new definitions in Self and join in the collective community we call Consciousness.

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Essence: Episode 7 NotesHeart with a tree of life inside

Consciousness and Thinking from Heart, not Monkey Mind. It is a different form of thinking that comes from our intuitive awareness as Essence and the field of Unified Consciousness.

In this state there is no validation, no verification, no reason, no justification, no persuading, no obligation, no burden in being alive. What happens to mind when it has no biases or story to perpetrate?

My friend Anne Gordon and I will explore how our neighbors under the sea, whales and dolphins experience Consciousness and what they have to offer us in our experience of being present.

Anne can be reached at several websites:

To enjoy meeting your dolphin spirit guide, Anne has invited you to receive your free meditation at

Friend: Podcast Guest

Anne Gordon de Barrigon

Anne Gordon is a marine life biologist and behaviorist. She is both a former zoo keeper, where she trained wild animals for presenting them at school assemblies, and a wild and domestic animal trainer for the TV and film industry for over 20 years.

She grew up on the waters of the San Juan Islands in the Pacific Northwest of the USA and has taken her love of all things Cetacean to Panama. She married an Indigenous man from the Emberá tribe, Otniel Barrigón. She lives there now conducting tours to the Emberá village to meet her family, whom she says, live in true Unity-Community and have the Quality of Life the rest of the world is searching for.

She also conducts Humpback whale and Dolphin swim tours in Panama where they swim year-round, and arranges tours in Hawaii and Baja California. In the Pearl Islands of Panama she leads 5 day Whale and Dolphin Wisdom Retreats.

During her years spent with the Humpback whales, she has developed a close and deep spiritual connection with them and considers them a very important part of her soul family. In fact, the Humpback whales gave her a white humpback whale light body and they call her, “Walking Whale”.

Anne is a certified practitioner of Dolphin Energy Healing, a deeply respectful form of energetic healing. She loves to lead guided meditations to help others open their own spiritual and personal connection with the whales and dolphins. She enjoys observing behavior and sharing her knowledge, passion and love of the cetaceans with others.

Language: Featured Words in ContextTree of life with heart on trunk

It is so easy to judge something that looks different. It is important to remember that just because something looks different the same principles common to all living organisms are working to different degrees. The human animal who lives with other living creatures may tend to forget the consciousness present at times.


A living organism that feeds on organic matter, typically having specialized sense organs and nervous system and able to respond rapidly to stimuli. Includes every living thing pretty much I would think. Humans, rabbits, sea horses and everything else.

Mammals are vertebrate animals that nurse their young with mothers’ milk.

The Cetacea are one of the most distinctive and highly specialized orders of mammals. There are close to 80 different species. Whales come in two varieties: with teeth and no teeth.

Dolphins are toothed whales and the largest dolphin is the Orca. A related family to dolphins is porpoises.


Notice is keying into our essence senses. We are open to information coming in from our physical and nonphysical senses. You must be present, in the moment free of story, to notice without judgment.

Ageless: WisdomsCookies – Food for thought

“For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much — the wheel, New York, wars and so on — whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man — for precisely the same reasons.”
Douglas Adams, ”The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy” (1979), Chapter 23.
“Eventually it may be possible for humans to speak with another species. I have come to this conclusion after careful consideration of evidence gained through my research experiments with dolphins. If new scientific developments are to be made in this direction, however, certain changes in our basic orientation and philosophy will be necessary.“
John Lily, “Man and Dolphin“ (1961).

Roots: Associated WorksTree roots

Anne has recorded several humpbback whale songs:

Focus: Meditations by Tom BarrettYin Yang symbol representing the balance meditation brings

Listen to the meditation, “Just Because You Can Think, It Doesn’t Mean You Always Should“ from his extensive meditation archive at Interlude: An Internet Retreat.

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What is it like to think from Heart and not Monkey Mind?

Monkey Mind is a Buddhist term meaning "unsettled; restless; capricious; whimsical; fanciful; inconstant; confused; indecisive; uncontrollable." Sounds like emotions fluxing and shifting. Can be exciting and dramatic and filled with highs and lows in personality and being. And for some of us these days stuck in this kind of patterning, we can have clinical terms to describe such conditions……Continue reading…

Sounds: Featured Music

Podcast theme music composed by Boyd Martin, Mystic Broadcast Network.

Anne's theme arranged and produced by Boyd Martin, Mystic Broadcast Network.

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