Silberhartz, Allen (1947– )
Allen Silberhartz, the host of the national New Age television
show Bridging Heaven and Earth, was born on February
28, 1947, in New York City. He grew up in a Jewish home and
had his Bar Mitzvah at age 13. He completed his degree at the
University of Pennsylvania (1967), where he majored in accounting,
and earned a law degree at George Washington University
(1971). He moved to rural Maryland, where he joined
a commune residing on an organic farm. While there he
learned to practice meditation which has subsequently remained
a part of his daily schedule.
Having joined the bar in Maryland, in 1975 Silberhartz
began practicing law, but in 1980 moved to Santa Barbara, California,
where he became an investment counselor. During his
Maryland years, he had had a profound mystical experience of
oneness that changed his outlook on life and that he has since
sought to manifest in all his various activities. In 1985 he began
to teach meditation and spiritual development. He became
close friends with another independent spiritual teacher
named Wistancia.
In 1995, along with Wistancia and a group of spiritual
friends, he launched a television show on the local community
access station in Santa Barbara. The show grew out of a conversation
reflecting upon the negativity that appeared to dominate
many of the daytime talk shows then running on national
television. Silberhartz and his colleagues attempted to put together
a show that would be positive and uplifting and reflect
his own experience of oneness which he had come to feel transcended
any particular organizational expression. In the beginSierra,
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ning, he and Wistancia served as cohosts, but since 1997 he has
been the sole host.
By the end of the decade, Bridging Heaven and Earth had become
a national show, having been picked up on a number of
community access stations. Silberhartz continues his financial
counseling work and role as a teacher.
Bridging Heaven and Earth.
March 23, 2000.
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Resonates with Viewers.’’ Santa Barbara News Press (March 7,