Chloë Goodchild in conversation with writer, teacher & artist, Neil Douglas-Klotz, discussing compassion, his upbringing, Dances of Universal Peace, Aramaic, and much more.
The VOCE Dialogues offer a simple, accessible in-depth ground for poets, authors, musicians, visual artists, and visionary teachers to share and disseminate their insights about the transformative practice of contemplative, creative and compassionate communication.
Neil Douglas-Klotz, Ph.D. is a renowned writer, teacher and artist in the fields of Middle Eastern spirituality and the translation and interpretation of the ancient Semitic languages of Hebrew, Aramaic and Arabic. Living in Scotland, he was for many years the co-chair of the Mysticism Group of the American Academy of Religion.
A frequent speaker and workshop leader, he is the author of several books. His books on the Aramaic spirituality of Jesus include Prayers of the Cosmos, The Hidden Gospel, Original Meditation: The Aramaic Jesus and the Spirituality of Creation, Blessings of the Cosmos and Revelations of the Aramaic Jesus (2022). His books on a comparative view of ‘native’ Middle Eastern spirituality include Desert Wisdom: A Nomad’s Guide to Life’s Big Questions and The Tent of Abraham (with Rabbi Arthur Waskow and Sr. Joan Chittister). His books on Sufi spirituality include The Sufi Book of Life: 99 Pathways of the Heart for the Modern Dervish and A Little Book of Sufi Stories. He also edited four collections of the work of Middle Eastern mystic Kahlil Gibran. He has written a mystery novel set in the first century C.E. Holy Land entitled A Murder at Armageddon.
The words Neil sings in Aramaic during the podcast are from the fifth Beatitude in the gospel of Matthew: Tubwayhun lamrahmane d’layhun nehwun rahme.
Chloë Goodchild is an international singer, innovatory educator, author and founder of The Naked Voice (1990) and its UK Charitable Foundation (2004), dedicated to the realization of compassionate communication in all realms of human life. Deafness in childhood catalysed Chloë’s deep encounter with her inner self, and began a lifetime’s experiential research into the voice as a catalyst for personal evolution and global transformation.