From Monastery To Marketplace with Jan Phillips

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When Jan was about to quit graduate school her friend and mentor asked her three questions: Are you eating and drinking moderately? Are you doing something for your physical well-being. Do you have a spiritual practice?and her answer to all of them was no. She then said to Jan, Before you quit school take two weeks and get those things under control and call me. That put Phillips in pursuit of her spiritual practice which involves deep listening and resulted in a flood of creative outpouring as her imagination was fueled. This far-ranging conversation ranges from quantum physics to fear, from erosphere to infosynthesis. Phillips vibrates with enthusiasm and practical advice for our positive, evolutionary future. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Jan Phillips is an award-winning photographer, writer, multimedia artist, and national workshop leader. She's co-founder and Executive Director of the Livingkindness Foundation, a global network for grassroots philanthropists.

She's the author of many books and CDs, including:

To learn more about the work of Jan Phillips go to

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • What made her decide to be a postulate nun from which she was later dismissed
  • What is the formula for bliss
  • What are the benefits of a regular spiritual practice
  • How we are engaged in a process of "infosynthesis" converting intelligence into inspiration
  • How we are evolving from homo sapiens, to "homo sentiens"
  • What is the "erosphere" and what does it have to do with feelings
  • What was the surprising discovery regarding the experiments of "smart agents" and "not-so-smart agents"

Host: Justine Willis Toms    Interview Date: 11/4/2011    Program Number: 3419

Music Playlist

From Album: Open Domain
Artist: Charlie Bommarito & Percolations
2011 Bright Room Productions

Opening Essay: Track 04 Night of the Jackal
Music Break 1: Track 01 Mango Island  
Music Break 2: Track 04 Night of the Jackal (reprise)
Music Break 3: Track 04 Night of the Jackal (reprise)