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My family moved to Canada from Finland when I was five. I clearly remember an experience that started developing from this time, where I could see an unmoving a sphere, or bubble, of comfortable light, or consciousness, that surrounded my body. If I moved my hand outside this safety net it looked somehow darker and I would draw it back to safety. In this space, I always felt that I could do no wrong since I was just flowing along without making any effort.

As I grew older this experience expanded and remained abstract for many years. I, of course, thought nothing of it, even though it was obviously a very basic aspect of my existence. When I was about eight or nine years old, I started experiencing what can only be described as a mixture of intense energy and over-whelming happiness. Every day I would have to leave the house and run/walk around the block for several hours until it was manageable again.

I would have long, grand insights that I felt completely unable to express out loud, along with apparently extended physical abilities, foresight, and streams of vision that I could not explain. The school I was attending at the time insisted that I demonstrate these physical abilities on stage; no one, including me, could understand how I could jump so high. People felt that I was in the air just a little too long for my own good.

I noticed in high school that I never actually fell asleep at night, and that nights and days just blended together uninterruptedly. This went on for years. When I would wake up in the morning I felt like I was falling asleep and when going to sleep at night I would seem to wake up.

When I was a young adult I started TM, then my personal experience really took off. I started first intuiting‑—then hearing, and seeing—the subtle fabrics of the quietest levels of my own consciousness: pure abstract knowingness, from within its own nature, revealed its unified, wonderful structure of wholeness.

About 30 years ago, I began to hear the hum of existence as layers of knowledge. I could see the divine heavens; I started experiencing the relationships that rendered everything experienced as one unified wholeness of multiplicity. And ultimately how, even daily life, far from being the football field of turbulent change, is nothing but the greatest expression of divine-to-Absolute-self-awareness.

And yet here we all are, essentially no different from each other. Nothing much changes. My experience is that all this is true for everybody. The “sphere of consciousness” around me as a child, is still there, but has expanded to include all the different layers of my awareness.

Interview recorded 3/22/2014

Published on Jul 22, 2014

In this video clip, Rupert discusses a common misconception in contemporary advaita with regards to free will.


Published on Jul 19, 2014
In this interview Hameed Ali (A. H. Almaas) discusses what the quantum phenomena of entanglement is pointing to in terms of spiritual path and intimate relationships. He presents in brief the theme of the upcoming Science and Nonduality Conference 2014 “Consciousness, Entanglement and Life.”


Presence has a place in our modern modes of communication.

Can you create the future of your dreams? Are paranormal abilities like seeing into the future or affecting objects with your mind really possible? And how do energetic systems of healing — like homeopathy and hands-on healing — actually work?

In this exciting new book, former NASA computer scientist Amy Lansky, author of the best-selling book on homeopathy, Impossible Cure (www.impossiblecure.com), takes you on a voyage of discovery to your inner Self. Get ready for an exploration of the esoteric, grounded in an intriguing model of reality based on higher dimensions in space.

Active Consciousness: Awakening the Power Within is now one of the most exciting, far-ranging, and accessible books available on the topic of consciousness, spirituality, meditation, and the evolution of human awareness. Comprehensive, yet at the same time accessible and personal, this book invites you to not only learn about these mysterious subjects, but to develop the power of active consciousness for yourself. By including a series of exercises and experiments in meditation and self-inquiry, Active Consciousness provides an experience that will transform your life and help you evolve to a new level of awareness.


Amy Lansky grew up in a suburb of Buffalo, New York. She graduated from the University of Rochester in 1977 with degrees in mathematics and computer science, and she received her doctorate in computer science from Stanford University in 1983.

After many years working at various Silicon Valley research institutions (including SRI International, NASA Ames Research Center, and three years as a consulting associate professor at Stanford), Lansky made an unusual career move: she became a student, writer and promoter of homeopathic medicine. This was prompted by the miraculous cure of her son’s autism with homeopathy. This experience prompted her to write Impossible Cure: The Promise of Homeopathy (http://www.impossiblecure.com), now one of the best-selling introductory books about homeopathy worldwide, with translations into several foreign languages. Lansky is dedicated to helping others — especially families with autistic children — discover the curative powers of homeopathy.

Lansky’s homeopathic studies have included foundational course work with Misha Norland’s School of Homeopathy in Devon, England; completion of the Homeopathic Master Clinician’s course with Louis Klein; and studies with Simon Taffler, Sadhna Thakkar, Jan Scholten, and Alize Timmerman. For two years she served as coeditor of The American Homeopath, the journal of the North American Society of Homeopaths.

In December 2003, Lansky joined the board of the National Center for Homeopathy in Alexandria, Virginia and served on the board executive until 2011. She also helped to found and was an executive board member of the California Health Freedom Coalition from 2001-2005. This is the organization that sponsored SB-577, the California health freedom bill that was passed in September 2002. As part of this legislative process, Lansky testified before a California Senate hearing on alternative medicine.

Much of Lansky’s current work involves promoting homeopathy through lectures, interviews, and columns, and providing general guidance and referrals to parents through email. She does not, however, treat patients herself. Lansky’s monthly radio show on homeopathy can be found on Autism One Radio (aired the third Friday of each month). This show provides an excellent and free short course for those wishing to learn more about homeopathy. It can be found at http://www.autismone.org or via http://www.impossiblecure.com.

http://www.impossiblecure.com also includes a link to newsletters, the “Cure Stories” database that provides first-person testimonials of other people’s experiences with homeopathy, an advice page for parents with autistic children, and pointers to practitioner referrals.

In 2011, Amy Lansky published her second book:
Active Consciousness: Awakening the Power Within (http://www.activeconsciousness.com), now one of the most exciting, far-ranging, and accessible books available on the topic of consciousness, spirituality, meditation, and the evolution of human awareness. It draws upon Lansky’s interest in paranormal phenomena, her expertise in alternative medicine, her meditation studies, and even her research experience in artificial intelligence. Comprehensive, yet at the same time accessible and personal, this book invites you to not only learn about these mysterious subjects, but to develop the power of active consciousness for yourself. By including a series of exercises and experiments in meditation and self-inquiry, Active Consciousness provides an experience that helps readers evolve to a new level of awareness.

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2012 Nov 15th - AMY LANSKY, PhD ~ When You Have the Right Vibe, It’s Not a Coincidence: Synchronicity, Energy Healing, and the Key To Transforming Our World
Presentation by one of our best known consciousness researchers, author of Active Consciousness: Awakening the Power Within (2011) and Impossible Cure: The Promise of Homeopathy (2003) – renresearch.com

Interview with Amy Lansky author of Active Consciousness – READ HERE

Yin Yang Yogini is a memoir about transformation, with yoga as the backdrop for change—a story of how one can evolve in midlife and in midstride, of how one can learn to let go of the past, let go of fear, and live with trust in the present moment.

This is a memoir about a transformational two years of Kathryn E. Livingston’s life, a time in which she learned to trust herself and the universe, even while facing such issues as the death of her parents, her children leaving home for college, panic and anxiety issues, and breast cancer. Livingston’s story is heartfelt, humorous, and timely, and about finding courage, strength, and happiness within.

Kathryn E. Livingston has been writing about parenting issues for more than 25 years; recently, she’s turned her pen to yoga.

Kathryn’s articles have appeared in Parenting (she was among the magazine’s first columnists), Publishers Weekly, American Photographer, Edutopia, Country Living, Redbook, Working Mother, and other magazines. She is the co-author of two parenting books with Robert Frank, PhD: Parenting Partners (St. Martin’s), and The Secret Life of the Dyslexic Child (Rodale), as well as the author of a number of photography books, including Special Effects Photography, Secrets of Still Life Photography, Fashion Photography: Patrick Demarchelier, and as co-author, The Joy of Photographing Your Baby.

Kathryn blogs for Huffington Post on seasoned motherhood and empty nest issues, for the Kundalini yoga music website Spirit Voyage, and her work appears on the popular online yoga magazine Elephant Journal. She is a supporting blogger for Dr. Susan Love’s Army of Women, an online effort to research and eradicate breast cancer.

The mother of three grown sons, Kathryn lives with her husband, a classical musician, in Bergen County, NJ and is soon to engage in a Kundalini yoga teacher training. A seven-year breast cancer survivor, Kathryn will donate a portion of her earnings from this book to breast cancer research.

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Your true self is the One Divine Awareness!

This book’s most passionate plea is for you to wake up to your true self as pure awareness. We have all heard it said that you are not a human being having a spiritual experience and instead you are a spiritual being having a human experience. Yet you are not a being of any kind, spiritual or physical. You are pure awareness! And most importantly, your awareness is the One Awareness – the Divine Awareness – and as such, it is the only reality that was not created. This Divine Awareness is the source of all of creation and it is the only witness to it. This is your true fundamental self and this Source-Awareness is looking out of your eyes right now!

This is a nondual or mystical understanding and it is one of the core aspects of enlightenment. Another aspect is the ability to flow in harmony with all that life brings forth. This book will help you become more skillful in the art of acceptance and in doing so, you will more easily experience a deep and lasting personal peace.

Yet you were not created just to sit still in a state of peaceful acceptance. You are here to fearlessly dive head first into your life in your own unique way. Many of us have heard the phrase “you create your own reality,” but this does not mean that the universe is your personal mail order catalog, simply waiting for you to clearly make up your mind and place your order. If you are open to a deeper understanding of that phrase, then you are ready to make some real progress. When you release your limiting beliefs about yourself, the world, and how you fit into it, you will be able to completely surrender to your own divine wisdom. This will allow you to spontaneously put your values of kindness and caring into action with an aliveness that cannot be matched!

So what do you think? Are you inspired to learn more about the paradox of enlightenment? If so, this book just might offer you the clarity you have been looking for!


Thomas Razzeto is one of the newest and freshest voices in the genre of mystical spirituality and he is specifically focused on what is often called the nondual understanding. Thomas easily digs deeply into its core to reveal both the essential wisdom and the heart-felt compassion that all true sages embody when they are genuinely engaged in the world. The first time Thomas heard these nondual teachings was when he attended one of Timothy Conway’s satsang in 2005. (“Satsang” means “Divine assembly” or “association in Truth” and it is the traditional forum for the nondual perspective.) Thomas continues to attend these weekly meetings and they provide the foundation for all his writing. Thomas teaches his book, Living the Paradox of Enlightenment, as a class for the Center for Lifelong Learning, which is a part of Santa Barbara City College, the highest ranked community college in the United States. In September 2012, Thomas spoke for the prestigious lecture series, Mind and Supermind, which is run by SBCC. Graham Hancock selected Thomas as his Author of the Month for March 2012. Thomas has spoken publicly numerous times, both in person and on the radio. You can find more of his delightful and easy to understand work at his website, infinitelymystical.com

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What Is Enlightenment? READ HERE

THE CELIBACY QUESTION: NON DUAL SPIRITUALITY
Read the Interview HERE


Published on Jul 18, 2014

In this video clip, Rupert describes an exploration of seeing and hearing.

Gardens have often been used as metaphors for spiritual nurture and growth–Zen gardens, monastery gardens, even your favorite aunt’s garden have all been described as places of refuge and reflection. In the tradition of Rick Field’s inspirational bestseller, Chop Wood, Carry Water comes Geri Larkin’s Plant Seed, Pull Weed which takes the reader through the steps of planning, planting, nurturing and maintaining a garden while offering funny stories and inspiring lessons on what plants can teach us about our lives. A sort of Zen Chicken Soup for the Soul, this book will entertain, charm and inspire the reader to get their hands dirty and get back in touch with themselves.

Geri Larkin gave up a successful career as a management consultant to become a Buddhist teacher. A practicing Buddhist since 1988, she completed seminary and was ordained in 1995. Four years later, she decided to start a Zen meditation center in the heart of inner-city Detroit. She is the author of Stumbling Toward Enlightenment, Building a Business the Buddhist Way, Tap Dancing in Zen, First You Shave Your Head, and The Still Point Dhammapada.

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Seven Factors of Enlightenment – ONE:

First in a series of Dharma talks about the Seven Factors of Enlightenment, presented by P’arang Geri Larkin.

Personal stories of spiritual crises are presented alongside practical and effective guidance in this exploration of a fascinating phenomenon. When spiritual emergencies, such as mystical psychosis and dark nights of the soul, are understood, managed, and integrated, they can offer enormous potential for growth and fulfillment, and this book offers three key phases for successful navigation. Encouraging, supportive, and life-saving, this resource is essential for avoiding the mental, emotional, or spiritual paralysis or exhaustion that can result from underestimating the current age of increased individual and global emergencies.

Catherine G Lucas is the Founder of the UK Spiritual Crisis Network, set up following her own spiritual emergency. Her Mindfulness practice helped her through and she is now an accredited Breathworks Mindfulness Trainer, delivering courses for groups such as National Health Service therapists and soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Between 2004 and 2007, Catherine designed and delivered three international conferences on spiritual emergency and she has also featured on a BBC Radio 4 program on the subject. She has written for UK publications ‘Positive News’, ‘Caduceus’ and ‘Yoga Magazine’, amongst others, and regularly speaks at conferences.

Website and blog: http://www.catherine-g-lucas.com

READ AN EXCERPT HERE

Waking Universe: Spiritual Emergency

Published on Dec 13, 2012

Lance Mungia Hosts this episode of Waking Universe with Catherine G. Lucas, author of “In Case of Spiritual Emergency”. In this episode Catherine and Lance discuss Catherine’s book about finding tangible ways of coping with spiritual, emotional and mental crisises and looking at such “spirtual emergencies” as a process of inner transformation rather than a stigmatizing stereotype.

The God Within Speaks is intended to inspire others to take inward steps through intent, desire and action, to allow their higher selves to work and live through them, in order to facilitate higher consciousness which will open them up to the flow of the Mighty Source. As the author unites her mind with that of her higher self, allows her higher self to think with and through her, and surrenders to the insights of her higher mind, wisdom flows. The result is, inspired thinking that manifests in wisdom teachings aimed at opening up the minds of the readers to contemplate new perspectives, and act as a catalyst for truth-seeking.

Hazel Sinanan is an internationally recognised spiritual teacher, energy healer, channel and telepath, whose teachings have been featured for the last three years in her website,
http://www.pathtofreedomistruth.com.

Her teachings have been translated into several different languages and shared on many spiritual and inspirational websites, illuminating humanity worldwide.

Hazel is a lawyer and law lecturer by profession. She now dedicates her time to fulfilling her life’s mission. She travels internationally to conduct workshops and to participate in radio and television interviews. She is based in London, England.

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Hazel Sinanan – “The God Within Speaks” Communication with the Holy Spirit within self

Hazel Sinanan – Author


Andrew Harvey’s celebrated book Hidden Journey chronicled the Oxford scholar’s departure from the materialistic doctrine of Western academia to his embrace of mystical Christianity. Shortly after Hidden Journey’s 1991 publication, however, Harvey experienced a schism with his then-guru that created shock waves throughout the spiritual world in which he is a leading mystical teacher.

Sun at Midnight is the story of Harvey’s efforts to pick up the pieces of his life, his faith, his marriage, and his sense of relationship to the Divine after a split that sent him reeling into depression, crisis, and fear for his life.

The book is based on the Christian concept of the “dark night of the soul,” whereby a part of oneself must die for a truer faith to be born. In “seven acts,” Sun at Midnight tells the story of Harvey’s break with the discipleship to which he had previously devoted his life; his struggle to understand whether those years were wasted in blind fantasy; his ultimate realization of the all-redeeming power of love; and his revolutionary leap into a new, more direct relationship to the Divine.

Andrew Harvey is an internationally acclaimed poet, novelist, mystical scholar, seeker, and teacher. He is the author of more than thirty books, including Son of Man, The Direct Path, Hidden Journey, The Way of Passion, The Return of the Mother, and A Journey in Ladakh.
Andrew Harvey – ‘The Death And The Birth’ – Interview by Iain McNay

Andrew Harvey ‘The Death And The Birth’ Interview by Iain McNay
Author of 30 books including ‘Hidden Journey,’ ‘The Hope,’ and his forthcoming book ‘Radical Passion’ talks about his life, his awakenings, his ‘dark nights’ and his work these days encouraging people to explore and engage in Sacred Activism. Talks about his time with Mother Meera, the importance of shadow work, and how as a human race we are right on edge of death, but also a new birth.
‘Compassion in Action is the marriage of practical action and spiritual wisdom to create a holy force capable of transforming our world crisis and preserving our planet.’

An unabridged edition to include: I Am – Consciousness – Power of Assumption – Desire – The Truth That Sets You Free – Attention – Attitude – Renunciation – Preparing Your Place – Creation – Interference – Subjective Control – Acceptance – The Effortless Way – The Crown of the Mysteries – Personal Impotence – All Things Are Possible – Be Ye Doers – Essentials – Righteousness – Free Will – Persistence – Failure – Faith – Destiny – Reverence – with Case Histories at book’s end -

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Neville Goddard is well known as one of the most influential teachers and writers of metaphysical work. Nevill was born on 19 February 1905 in Barbados. He was the fourth child in a family of nine boys and one girl. In 1922, Nevill came to the United States to study drama at the age of seventeen. During his entertaining tour in England as a vaudeville dancer and stage actor, he developed a great interest in metaphysics. Hence, he gave up his entertainment job and became devoted fully to the study of metaphysics and spiritual matters. Nevill gives listeners the necessary tools to understand and manifest what they desire in their lives. –This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

The Power of Awareness by Neville Goddard

The Power Of Awareness


Published on Jul 15, 2014

In this video clip, Rupert clarifies a common misconception about deep sleep being a state that lasts in time.

RUPERT SPIRA

From an early age Rupert Spira was deeply interested in the nature of reality. At the age of 15 he discovered the poetry of Rumi and shortly afterwards leant to meditate and began to study and practice the non-dual teaching as it was then taught by Shantananda Saraswati, the Shankaracharya of the North of India. For the next twenty years he studied the teachings of P.D.Ouspensky, J.Krishnamurti, Rumi, Shankaracharya, Ramana Maharshi, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, Robert Adams and many of the early Christian mystics, until he met his teacher, Francis Lucille, in 1996. Francis introduced Rupert to the teachings of Jean Klein and Atmanada Krishnamenon and, more importantly, directly indicated to him the true nature of experience.

Rupert’s two books, ‘The Transparency of Things’ and ‘Presence’ (Volumes I & II) published by Non-duality Press, are a profound exploration of the non-dual nature of experience. Rupert lives in UK and holds regular meetings and retreats in Europe and USA. For further information see http://www.rupertspira.com

 

 

Could you give a short factual biography of your life up to the age of 16.

 

I come from a large, close family. Both my parents are kind and loving and gave everything they could, in their very different ways, to their children. My childhood was essentially happy and free.

My parents separated when I was six and we lived with my mother in Hampshire. However, I also saw a lot of my father. My mother is eccentric, artistic and has a deep interest in spiritual matters; my father more measured and conventional. I learned a lot from both of them.

 

At 16, you say you started to meditate. Was there something specific – an event perhaps – that precipitated such a thing?

 

At the age of 15 I became disenchanted with the life towards which my scientific education was preparing me. At the same time I saw an exhibition of the work of Michael Cardew, which stirred my imagination beyond anything it had previously encountered. I also started to read Rumi and Shankaracharya which awakened the sense of a completely new possibility within me.

 

You say you started to read Rumi, Gurdjieff, Ouspensky ,Krishnamurti, Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta Maharaj and Shankracharya, amongst others. What was it in their words that you resonated with?

 

Somehow, I had the deep intuition that was I was reading was true. Their words resonated deeply within me and kindled an intense desire to know for myself what they were speaking of.

 

You say you wanted to make a career in science but felt it wasn’t the right way to go. Why was that? What is it about science that you felt didn’t appeal to you?

 

It wasn’t so much a rejection of science as an attraction towards art. Art seemed to engage my whole being, not just my intellect. I felt that art provided the means to explore and the express the deepest realms of experience in a way that science could not.

 

You went to art school – was there any particular discipline that inspired you – pottery and ceramics presumably – and why?

 

I first saw Michael Cardew’s work and, later on, pieces from the early ceramic traditions of China, Korea, Japan and Persia. At the time my response was instinctive and inarticulate, just an unmistakable ‘Yes’ from the depths of my being.

 

These objects were like condensations of intelligence, love and beauty. I would spend hours in museums looking at them. At times I would feel my body dissolving in front of them. It was exactly the same experience that I had many years later with my teacher in satsang.

 

You spent a number of years at the Study Society, which was set up by Dr Francis Roles, under guidance of HH Shantanand Saraswati, the Shankaracharya of the North. What philosophy/teaching did you learn there and how was that helpful?

 

When I arrived at The Study Society the last remnants of Ouspenky’s teaching were being ushered out in favour of the Shankaracharya’s Advaita Vedanta, which was considered to have been the source of Ouspensky’s teaching.

 

I immersed myself in the teaching and also learnt Gurdjieff’s Movements and the Mevlevi Turning – beautiful, contemplative movement practices.

These teachings were my home – I lived in them and they lived in me.

 

After leaving art school, you worked as an artist to make a living. You say you believed that beauty was linked to spirituality and it was a way in which you could bring that concept to life. It reminds me of Keats’ lines:

Beauty is truth, truth beauty – that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.

Could you expand on that?

 

Our apparently objective experience consists of thoughts, sensations and perceptions – that is, the mind, body and world.

When Awareness ‘takes the shape’ of thinking, it seems to become a thought. When it ‘takes the shape’ of sensing, it seems to become a body and when it ‘takes the shape’ of perceiving, it seems to become an object, other or world.

When thinking comes to an end, the apparently objective part of it (the thought part) disappears but its substance, Awareness, remains. In that timeless moment (timeless because the mind is not present) Awareness tastes itself as it is, unmediated through the apparent objectivity of thought. This experience is known as Understanding.

 

When sensing comes to an end, the apparently objective part of it (the sensation or body part) disappears but its substance, Awareness, remains, knowing itself as Love or Happiness.

 

And when perceiving comes to an end, the object, other or world disappears but their substance, Awareness, remains, knowing itself as it is, unveiled by the appearance of objects. That is the experience known as Beauty.

 

In other words, Understanding, Love, Happiness and Beauty are all different names for one and the same experience, the presence of Awareness, the knowing of our own Being.

 

The paths through Understanding and Love (the paths of Jnana and Bhakti) are well documented but the path through perceiving is less often mentioned. The path of perceiving or the Way of Beauty is the way of the artist.

 

It is a path through which it becomes clear, and the means through which it is expressed, that the substance of all perceptions is made out of Awareness.

 

Although all seeming objects are made out of Awareness, it is not, at a relative level, the function of all objects to reveal this. For instance, the purpose of a kettle is to boil water, not to reveal the true nature of experience.

However, there is one category of objects, which, are made specifically with the intention of revealing the true nature of experience and such an object is what we call a work of art.

 

The function of a work of art is not simply to point towards, but actually to reveal the true nature of experience. As Cezanne said, to ‘give us a taste of Eternity.’

 

Like the words of the teaching, such objects come pregnant with their origin, the silence and love from which they originate and, as such, are tremendously powerful.

 

So, Beauty is the experience through which we come to know and feel that all seeming things are made out of that which knows them.

Keats was right. “Beauty is truth, truth beauty.”  The experience of Truth and Beauty are one and the same experience. 

 

 “That is all ye know on earth.” The mind (which is the expression of Truth) and the world (which is the expression of Beauty) are one. That is, the apparent ‘knower’ and the apparently ‘known’ are one. Whether we recognize it or not, this is always our experience. It is, as Keats says, ‘all ye know on earth” – the knowing of our own Being in and as all seeming things.

 

“…and all ye need to know.” Yes, this knowledge alone, if deeply considered and made one’s own and subsequently applied to all circumstances, is all that is required to lead a sane, happy and loving life.

Keats, was rather more economical with his words than I am! 

 

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The great artists of the past, of whom Keats was one, were perhaps the vehicles through which this knowledge was communicated most powerfully in our culture but it is not their provenance alone.

 

This experiential knowledge of the true nature of experience is, in fact, known by all but sometimes seemingly forgotten. However, it is never far from the surface and even in popular culture – music, fashion etc. – we see this same longing for Love, Beauty and Happiness, all of which are simply variations of our longing to return to the true nature of our most intimate being.

 

When this Love, Beauty and Happiness is seemingly veiled by the appearance of the ‘I’ entity, it cries out all the more loudly. All around us in our culture we hear these ‘love cries’ all desperately searching in the wrong place for what lies at their heart.

 

For myself, I attended the sister school of the Study Society, called the School of Economic Science, where beauty was also exulted. Inasmuch as I agree that beauty is a means by which the heart may be opened, I wonder if it is at the exclusion of other parts of life that are very ‘unbeautiful’. On a day-to-day level, the cult of physical perfection is effectively distorting people’s attitudes to their own and other people’s bodies and causing a great deal of suffering. As a woman, I feel forever judged by my physical appearance.

 

The cult of physical perfection is a pale reflection and a misinterpretation of our innate knowing of Beauty. When we forget about the presence of Awareness, Beauty is relegated to the status of an object, in just the same way that when Awareness is seemingly forgotten, the self, other, object and world seem to become real.

 

If Beauty is considered to be a property of objects then it will be considered to be just the opposite of ugliness. Even in some expressions of contemporary advaita this is sometimes misunderstood and in these expressions of the teaching, Beauty is reduced to an objective experience that is considered to be just one more ‘appearance within Awareness.’

 

But it is not. Beauty is another name for Awareness, the knowing of our own Being.

 

And likewise when we love another, it is truly the Self in the ‘other’ that is loved. And it is the Self that loves. That is, the Self is the lover and the beloved. In other words it is Love itself, with no other. That is what Love is – the absence of the apparent other. We all know that experience of dissolving in Love. All that keeps us separate and apart is dissolved and that dissolution, even in common parlance, is known as Love. Of course when the mind returns, it appropriates the non-objective and timeless experience of Love and creates out of it a ‘lover’ and a ‘beloved’ and then wonders why the experience of Love itself has seemed to disappear!

 

So, Beauty and Love are one and the same experience. It is only in our culture where this has been overlooked that they have been reduced to objects. The cult of physical perfection you refer to springs from this misunderstanding although there is still a flame of recognition of the true nature of Beauty and Love that burns at its heart.

 

Shakespeare knew this well: “All things seem but cannot Be. Beauty brags but ‘tis not She.”

All things seem to have an existence of their own, separate and independent of Awareness, but do not. The ‘Isness’ of an apparent object belongs to Awareness alone.

 

“Beauty brags,” that is, the beauty (with a small ‘b’) that seems to belong to the object “brags,” pretends to be the real thing, draws attention to the object, “but ‘tis not She,” that is, ‘tis not She, the true love of our hearts, objectless Beauty itself.

 

During this period, you say that you had a model of the truth and then there was living a life (relationships, having a family, earning an income, etc.). Effectively, there was a split between them. Can you expand?

 

My models were the great sages of previous eras and foreign cultures such as Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta and Rumi and for a while I mistook the cultural expressions of their understanding for the truth itself.

 

I felt that I had to turn away from the world in order to access this truth. This attitude is enshrined in some traditional teachings. For many of us, the belief and feeling that it is ‘I,’ body/mind that knows the world, is initially replaced by the experiential understanding that ‘I’ is the witnessing Awareness that is aware of the body/mind/world.

 

In order to see this clearly, it may be necessary to temporarily place the body/mind/world at a seeming distance, as it were, in order to establish experientially that we are the witness and not the witnessed. For many people and I was one, this position of the witness is an important step and establishes the presence and the primacy of Awareness.

 

This position is enshrined in some monastic traditions where the world and even the body are denied in order to focus on the presence of Awareness.

However, in this position there is still a subtle presumption of duality between the perceiving ‘I’ of Awareness and the perceived object, other or world. This distinction is sometimes naturally dissolved over time or may dissolve as a result of further exploration of experience. Either way, the result is the utter saturation of the body/mind/world with Awareness (in fact, it was always thus but is now known and felt to be so) in which the body, mind and world are no longer believed and felt to be dangerous or threatening and can again be fully embraced.

 

Why did you leave The Study Society? You mention you felt like something was missing.

 

Yes, there was still a distance. I couldn’t completely make the teaching my own, so to speak. 

 

And then you met Francis Lucille. How did he help you?

 

Something about our encounter made it clear that what I am is ever-present and without limits or location. As a side effect of this discovery, the ‘me’ that was looking for help was found to be non-existent.

 

Would you say that you are self-realized/enlightened, for want of a better expression?

 

Both the answer, ‘Yes,’ and the answer, ‘No,’ would presume the presence of one that may or may not be enlightened. In the absence of such a one, only the Light that enlightens all seeming things remains. In fact, it does not ‘remain’ in time. It is realized to be the ever-present reality of all experience. It is experience.

 

What does it mean to be self-realized/enlightened?

 

These words can be used with different meanings. The meanings with which I use them are as follows:

To be enlightened means to know oneself as Awareness and to know that this Awareness is ever-present and without limit or location.

To be self-realized means to think, feel and act in line with that experiential understanding.

 

Enlightenment is instantaneous although it may not be immediate. Self-realization takes apparent time and involves the gradual dissolution of all the old habits of thinking, feeling, acting and relating on behalf of a separate entity and, as a result, the realignment of the mind, body and world with the experiential understanding of our self, Awareness, as the sole witness and substance of all seeming things.
Why aren’t I self-realized/enlightened?

 

Because of that very question. With that question you presume yourself to be an entity that is other than and separate from the light of Awareness. This presumption is known as the ‘person’ or the ‘separate entity’ and seems to veil the Love and Happiness that are inherent in Awareness’ knowing of its own Being.

 

This apparent veiling of Happiness is synonymous with the search for enlightenment or the feeling of being unenlightened. That search is what the separate entity is, not what it does.

 

Once we have imagined ourselves to be such an entity, the search for Happiness in the objects of the mind, the body and the world is inevitable. If we believe and feel ourselves to be such an entity and believe at the same time that we are not in search, we are simply deluding ourselves. We have simply buried the subtle rejection of the now, which is another name for the search, under a new belief in non-duality.

 

However, sooner or later this search comes to an end, in most cases, as a result of suffering and enquiry. At this point, we may, as it were, turn round and question the very one who is in search only to find it to be utterly non-existent. In its place, where we are expecting to find the ‘I’ of the separate self, find only the ‘I’ of Awareness.

 

It is inevitable that the search up until this point will seem to have been undertaken by the separate entity we believe and feel ourselves to be. However, even if we provisionally credit the apparently separate entity with this activity, it does no more than this. In fact, in reality it doesn’t even do this. What can a non-existent entity do? However, we should be wary of buying the ‘there is nothing to do’ belief while the feeling of separation is still present.

 

How is self-realization/enlightenment attained?

 

In order to think that enlightenment can be attained we first have to believe that it has been lost. Once enlightenment is believed to have been lost we will, by definition, consider ourselves to be a separate entity on an inevitable search for Happiness. This search revolves around the separate entity we consider ourselves to be and who is felt to be unhappy. Therefore, in such a case, the very best thing we can do is to turn towards this unhappy self that is longing for Happiness. When we turn towards this ‘I’ that we intimately know ourselves to be, we do not find a separate entity. We find Awareness, Presence. And what is it that finds Awareness? Awareness is the only one present ‘there,’ capable of being aware of Awareness.

Simultaneous with this self-recognition comes the recognition that Awareness is, in fact, always only knowing its own Self and at this point we can truly say that there is never any ignorance.

 

However, until this recognition has taken place it would be more honest to recognise that we feel ourselves to be a person on an inevitable search of Happiness. As this apparent person we turn round, as it were, towards the source of our being and, like a moth flying into the flame we, this imaginary entity, seems to dissolve in it.

 

Only then do we realize that there was never an entity to begin with. Then it is clear that there was no one who turned round towards the source of their being. There was always only Presence, seemingly veiling itself with the belief in separation and seemingly unveiling itself with the recognition of its true nature, but never, in fact, for a moment knowing or being anything other than its own Self.

 

Is a teacher necessary?

 

In almost all cases, yes.

For most people, the identity is so intimately and exclusively associated with a body and a mind, that the help of a friend in pointing out our true identity as Awareness, is necessary.

 

Even for those apparent ones who spontaneously awaken to their true nature without the help of a friend or teacher, the presence of such a friend after this non-objective recognition of our true nature, will greatly facilitate the realignment of the mind, body and world with this new perspective.

 

How do you regard the people who come to your meetings and what can they expect to get from you?

 

I see them as I see myself, that is, as Awareness. What can they expect? They can expect to be seen and treated as Awareness, not as a separate entity. This may or may not involve conversation, but that is not really important.

 

Do you consider that your teaching is the same as traditional Advaita, Neo Advaita, the Direct Path or something else?

 

In all these paths or teachings the Love and Understanding that is inherent in the knowing of our own Being, is present. How it is expressed varies enormously from one case to another. I identify myself with the Love and Understanding that is at the heart of all true teachings, not with any particular form or expression.

 

Whatever I hear or see that comes from this Love and Understanding, irrespective of the form in which it is delivered, melts my heart over and over again.

 

How do you go about teaching what you teach?

 

If I am taking a meeting I sit in silence and wait for the first thoughts to appear, usually in the form of a short contemplation on the nature of experience.

 

If a question is asked I go in my imagination to the heart of the question. I become the question. I offer this question to my experience and respond from there.

 

It is the same with written responses. I feel the question deeply and respond from experience.

 

What do you tell your students to do (practices, mental preparation, meditation etc.)?

 

I do not have a prescription, formula or set practice. However, broadly speaking there are two aspects: firstly, to notice that what we are, is Awareness, that is, to notice that ‘I’ is both ever-present and aware, without limit or location, and secondly that this Awareness is the not just the witness but also simultaneously, the substance of all seeming things.

 

The belief and the feeling that we are something other than Awareness, that is, a separate independent entity, seems to veil this knowing of our own Being and, as a result, veils the Peace, Happiness and Love that reside there. In our meetings we first know ourselves as impersonal, ever-present Awareness and, taking our stand as that, proceed to investigate and explore the beliefs and feelings that suggest otherwise.

 

Will these practices lead them to self-realization/enlightenment?

 

No activity (or lack of activity) of the mind will bring about enlightenment. The best the mind can do is to explore its own belief systems and come to the conclusion that it knows nothing about reality although, at the same time, it is an expression of it.

 

When this is clearly seen the mind comes effortlessly and spontaneously to an end and in that moment we find ourselves open, available, unknowing and present.

 

In this openness there is no waiting and no expectation because the mind is not present. There is simply Being or Presence. And whatever it is that knows this Presence is Presence itself. That is the only ‘one’ present ‘there’ to know itself. That is, there is only Presence knowing its own Being. It knows itself.

 

When the mind returns it claims credit for this non-objective taste of our own Being and starts to devise all sorts of methods and practices to experience again the Happiness and Peace that were felt in its absence.

So, at a verbal level the teaching addresses these erroneous beliefs and feelings – erroneous in the sense that they revolve around a fictitious entity. This involves an investigation of the belief of being a separate entity at the level of the mind and an exploration of both the ‘me’ feeling at the level of the body and the ‘not me’ feeling at the level of the world. That is, it is an exploration of the true nature of reality in all realms of experience.

However, this is not undertaken in order to bring about a result, but rather simply to see clearly the nature of experience.

If we think we are a person, we will inevitably feel that this silence was brought about by an activity of the mind. However, later on it becomes clear that the mind did nothing. Presence projects the mind and Presence withdraws the mind.

To begin with it seems as if Presence only knows its own Being when the mind is not present. Later on it becomes clear that Presence is always only knowing its own Self.

 

What do you think about Ramana’s practice of ‘Self-enquiry’?

 

The natural state is simply to be, without resisting what is by inverting upon an inward self or trying to replace what is by pursuing objects in the world.

 

However, if we think and feel that we are a separate entity, resisting and searching are unavoidable. In other words, we will be searching for the Happiness we believe is missing, rather than simply being.

 

As such, having deeply tasted the futility of the search for Peace or Happiness in the objects of the body, mind and world, the very best we can do as this apparent entity is to explore the entity we consider ourselves to be, the one who is in search. This enquiry resolves itself in the abidance of our own Being.

 

Thus, self-enquiry is the highest activity that a mind that is still in search can undertake. However, self-enquiry doesn’t end with the discovery that we are impersonal, ever-present Awareness. It continues as an impersonal activity that facilitates the realignment of the mind, body and world with the experiential understanding of ourselves as impersonal Awareness.

 

Would you say that a time frame is required for the teaching to mature (as in traditional Advaita and the teacher-guru relationship) or would you say some kind of understanding could arise at any time (as in Neo Advaita and the satsang formula)?

 

Both! Enlightenment is always instantaneous. In fact, it is timeless, although it may or may not be preceded by a period of investigation.

After the non-objective recognition of our own Being, a process takes place in time that re-orchestrates, as it were, the mind, body and world with this new experiential understanding.
If there has been a long period of investigating and exploring these matters prior to the recognition of Being, the body and mind may already be well aligned with this experiential understanding so that when this recognition occurs not much adaptation is necessary.

However, if this recognition takes place spontaneously with little or no preparation, the mind and the body may be utterly disorientated by it and may, as a result, require longer to become realigned.

 

However, there are no rules or formulas. Anything is possible!

 

How should one lead one’s life if seeking enlightenment?

 

According to the strength of one’s desire for enlightenment. In fact, everyone is searching for enlightenment, which is simply the search for Happiness. Most people search for Happiness in the realm of objects, that is, in the realm of the mind, body and world.

Once it has become obvious that Happiness does not reside in the realm of objects, all the energies that were previously directed outwards towards them are now gathered and turned towards their source.

At a certain point this becomes all consuming and a great intensity arises in one’s heart.

What it is that ignites this love of truth, I do not know. It is truly a gift of Presence.

 

So what is Consciousness?

 

Consciousness is the intimacy of our own Being. It is referred to as ‘I,’ although this ‘I’ is sometimes mistaken for a body or a mind. It also has many other names, such as, Peace, Happiness, Love and Beauty.

 

It is whatever it is that is seeing these words and experiencing whatever else is being experienced in this and every moment.

Upon investigation it is also found to be just not just the witness of all seeming things but also their substance or essential nature.

At this point we may ask what then are these seeming things, only to realize that they were never present, as such, to begin with.

Now we are left we the understanding that Consciousness is all. But what is this ‘all.’ There is no ‘all.’ There is only Consciousness and when this is clear there is no longer a need to conceptualize it, for there is nothing else with which to contrast or differentiate it. Any conceptualization at this stage would be another subtle objectification.

Here we are simply left in silence.

 

What do you mean by the following statement:

‘Consciousness veils itself from itself by pretending to limit itself to a separate entity and then forgets that it is pretending…’

If Consciousness is all there is, and all there is, is Consciousness, how can something that is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent forget ‘itself’. That sounds like a double-bind/contradictory situation.

 

Consciousness never truly forgets itself. It never knows anything other than its own Being. For this reason, ignorance, that is, the ignoring of the true nature of experience, is said to be an illusion. It never really happens, but only seems to.

To whom does Consciousness seem to be absent? To the mind.

 

It is the mind that rises up (within Consciousness and made out of nothing other than Consciousness) and imagines that Consciousness, which properly pervades all experience, in fact only pervades one small part of experience, that is, a body.

In other words, the mind imagines that Consciousness is limited to and located within the body and with that belief, the ‘I am’ which properly belongs to Consciousness alone, seems to become ‘I am the body.’

 

As a result of this belief that Consciousness is limited to a body, everything that is not that body becomes ‘not me.’ ‘Not me’ is simply another name for the world. In other words, the world is the name we give to the apparent forgetting of Consciousness.

So, from the point of view of Consciousness, which is the only true point of view, Consciousness is never bound, limited, veiled, forgotten or obscured. However, from the imaginary point of view of the mind, Consciousness seems to be lost and found, veiled and unveiled, bound and liberated.

 

However, the mind’s point of view is only a valid point of from its own point of view!

The statement that ‘Consciousness veils itself from itself by pretending to limit itself to a separate entity and then forgets that it is pretending…’ was said to convey this understanding.

 

What is reality?

 

Reality is whatever it is that is real in experience. Reality cannot disappear because that into which it would disappear would have to be more real that it. For instance, gold is the reality of the ring, because (within the limits of the metaphor) the ring can change its name and form and become, for instance, a necklace, but the gold itself remains as it is, unchanged and ever-present.

 

Similarly, when an apparent object disappears, the substance out of which it was made, remains. The true substance of experience, its reality, does not come and go. It is uncaused (because if it were caused by something, that ‘something’ would have to be more real that it) and is not known by anything other than itself.

 

From the point of view of the mind, there are names and forms. From the point of view of experience itself, there is only one ever-present reality and that is sometimes called Consciousness or Awareness, because it is aware and present. However, it is more intimately known as ‘I.’

And what is it that knows Consciousness or ‘I’? Consciousness or ‘I’!

In other words, there is nothing other than Consciousness or ‘I’ knowing/being itself.

And because there is no possibility of lack or dis-ease in this knowing of itself, it is also known as Happiness. Because there is no possibility of agitation within itself, it is also known as Peace. And because there is no possibility of another in the knowing of its own Being, it is also known as Love.

Hence Peace, Happiness and Love, which are simply the names we give to the knowing of Being, are the reality of all experience.

There is only That.

 

You often talk about the fact that there is only experience. Indeed, the subtitle of your book is ‘Contemplating the Nature of Experience.’ Can you expand on that?

 

All we know is experience. All things possible to be thought, sensed or perceived fall within experience. In other words, all we know of the mind, body or world, is through experience.

 

Experience goes into the make of everything. The apparent individual, is also, like everything else, only known through experience and, therefore, its essential nature must be identical to the essential nature of everything else that is experienced. What is the essential nature of that experience?

If we go deeply into the essential nature of experience, that is, of our self and of all seeming things, we find only Consciousness. That is, Consciousness finds itself.

 

In fact, Consciousness is always only knowing/being/loving itself. It is only from the imaginary point of view of an imaginary entity that Consciousness seems to be lost and found.

 

How do we cope with our experience and come to an understanding of reality?

 

We cope with our experience by exploring it. We do not try to change or manipulate it in any way. We simply look. What is truly there?

In this disinterested but loving contemplation, all the accretions that the dualizing mind superimposes upon our essential experience slowly, in most cases, fall away and the reality of experience is left shining by itself.

 

However, it is not the mind that understands reality. It is reality that ‘stands under’ the mind giving it its support. It also pervades the mind, giving it its substance and seeming reality, allowing it to be whatever it is from moment to moment.

 

How do we acquire the knowledge that will enable us to appreciate the nature of reality? Isn’t that knowledge itself dualistic? How is this reconciled?

Knowledge (if by knowledge you mean knowledge in the mind) can never know the nature of reality.

Knowledge is of things, that is, of thoughts, sensations and perceptions. If we go deeply into the essential nature of such knowledge, we find only knowing. And if we go deeply onto the experience of knowing, we find only Consciousness.

The ‘I’ that would acquire such knowledge or appreciate the nature of experience, is found to be made only of thinking.

When thinking comes to an end its substance remains, just as the screen remains when the image fades. When thinking reappears it is known to be made only of Consciousness, just as the image is known to be made only of the screen.

The image can never know the screen just as thinking can never know Consciousness. However, the ‘element’ of knowing or experiencing that pervades all thinking, is Consciousness alone. There is no other substance to thinking, sensing or perceiving than that.

 

Is there a god? If so, what do you mean by that?

 

 

It is not that there is a god. It is rather that God is Isness itself. It is the Isness of all of all seeming things. And when there are no seeming things apparently present, Isness just remains as it is, pure Being.

 

In order to know that there is Being, Being must be known. That which knows or is aware of Being is Being itself. Nothing outside of itself could be present, or could be, with which Being could be known. So, Being knows itself. It is the knowing of itself.

Hence Knowing and Being are one or, more accurately, not two. That is, Consciousness and Being are not two.

To say it is one, is to say one thing too much.

 

That which remains when the seeming ‘two’ dissolves is what is known as God. But when the seeming multiplicity and diversity reappear, it is still only God that knows and is known.

 

There is nothing but God knowing, being and loving its own infinite, eternal Being

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Is there free will?

 

Consciousness is freedom itself. The separate entity is non-existent. Therefore there is no entity present who could either have or not have free will.

Experience is too intimate and immediate to admit of one who may stand back and orchestrate it like a conductor, willing, choosing, deciding etc. There is no time present for such a one to exist in.

The idea of free will is an inevitable side effect of the belief in a separate entity. If we believe there is a separate entity, we will by definition, whether we know it or not, believe there is free will. If, as this apparent entity, we then believe there is no free will, then that is simply a belief that we superimpose onto our much deeper conviction that we are a separate doer, chooser, decider etc.

Once the separate entity is seen clearly to be non-existent, the idea of free will dissolves.

All that is left is the freedom of Consciousness.

 

Do you believe in reincarnation?

 

I don’t believe in incarnation, let alone reincarnation!

Incarnation is the concept that Consciousness was born into and resides in a body. It is never an experience. To believe that concept is ignorance. Unhappiness is the result. 

 

In your book, you quote Paul Cezanne:

Paul Cézanne said, “Everything vanishes, falls apart, doesn’t it? Nature is always the same but nothing in her that appears to us lasts. Our art must render the thrill of her permanence, along with her elements, the appearance of all her changes. It must give us a taste of her Eternity.”

Could you explain what you mean in terms of how that relates to art? 

 

Cezanne is suggesting that our only knowledge of nature is through intermittent sense perceptions. Sense perceptions are fleeting and in that sense the apparent solidity of the world or nature is, in fact, ‘falling apart,’ ‘vanishing’ from moment by moment. The world is our perception of the world and it vanishes as soon as a perception vanishes. It is only a thought that collates a string of imagined perceptions and creates out of them the apparently solid and permanent world, existing in time and space.

 

However, Cézanne also acknowledges that there is something in nature that is ‘always the same.’ Whatever that ‘something’ is cannot be a perception because every perception is unique and intermittent. So he is pointing to the fact that there is something that is ‘always the same’ that runs through, as it were, the experience of intermittent perceptions that we call nature or the world.

 

Furthermore, Cezanne suggests that this ‘something,’ this ever-present element that runs through all experience, is not just a neutral background but rather that it is a ‘thrill.’ That is, it is joyful. He is suggesting that the reality of nature or the world is pure Joy, Ananda, Happiness itself. Cezanne was a pure non-dualist – at least when he was painting!

 

So, Cezanne is suggesting that the purpose of art is to take nature’s elements, its changing appearances (colours, in his case) and create a form that directly points towards that which is ever-present in our experience.

 

In fact, he suggests that it is more than just an indication or a pointing. He suggests that art is more intimate than that. He suggests it should give us the taste of the ever-presence or reality of experience, nature’s eternity.

 

In this way, he acknowledges the power of an object, be that object a word, a painting, a piece of music, whatever, that truly comes from the recognition of the true nature of experience.

 

And then how it relates to Consciousness.

 

If we make a deep exploration of our experience we find that whatever it is that is ever-present in the experience of nature is identical to whatever it is that is ever-present in ourselves, that we refer to as Consciousness.

In other words, it is what I am.

 

Another aphorism that struck me in your book:

 

‘Once we see that everything is Consciousness… Maya still dances but it is a dance of love not seduction.’

So what, finally, is love?

 

The appearance of objects, time, space etc. continues but ignorance, that is, the belief that there is something other than the presence of Consciousness, ceases. At that moment, the apparent multiplicity and diversity of the world, which once seemed to veil the knowing of our own Being, now turns round, as it were, and instead expresses or celebrates it.

 

Appearances no longer seduce us into believing that duality, separation, objects and others are real in their own right and therefore it is known that they can never threaten us nor be a source of Happiness.

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Psychological fear and the desire to find Happiness and Love through objects, activities and relationships, come to an end. As a result, the world is no longer hostile and ‘others’ are no longer a source of love or hurt. There is no longer any aversion towards or manipulation of objects and people and, as such, we can give ourselves utterly, intimately, fearlessly, to all experience.

This unreserved giving of our Being to all seeming things is known as Love.

 

It is from this understanding that William Blake said. “Eternity is in love with the productions of time.”

Love is what remains of experience when all sense of separation, boundary, duality, otherness, etc. dissolves. At that moment it is realized that it was all that was present to begin with.

Love is simply that which truly is.

 

Interview with Paula Marvelly – June 2010

 

 

 

 


Bestselling Taoist author William Martin brings the power of the Tao to the essential practice of forgiveness, creating a unique path from guilt, blame, and shame to peace of mind and freedom.

How do we forgive when forgiveness seems impossible? William Martin, author of the bestselling The Parent’s Tao Te Ching, provides practical and time honored answers. He weaves excerpts from the ancient sacred Taoist scriptures together with insightful teaching stories, bringing the practice of forgiveness to readers of all spiritual backgrounds. Each chapter contains two parts-a journey toward forgiveness and a practical exercise in forgiving-and also includes personal anecdotes, poems, and simple exercises.

With the devastating personal and societal damage caused by resentment, anger, guilt, and shame in mind, Martin patiently and compassionately helps readers overcome the ills of “holding on” with the openness of the Tao. In this accessible work, he illustrates how forgiveness is freedom and that the pathway to overcoming anger is also the way to spiritual liberation.

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William Martin is a best-selling Zen and Taoist author of four books. He and his spouse, Nancy, are the founders of The Still Point, a Taoist/Zen Center in Chico, California, where he conducts classes and workshops on Taoist and Zen thought and its application to parenting, aging, relationships and forgiveness.

The Tao Is Silent is Raymond Smullyan’s beguiling and whimsical guide to the meaning and value of eastern philosophy to westerners.

“To me,” Writes Smullyan, “Taoism means a state of inner serenity combined with an intense aesthetic awareness. Neither alone is adequate; a purely passive serenity is kind of dull, and an anxiety-ridden awareness is not very appealing.”

This is more than a book on Chinese philosophy. It is a series of ideas inspired by Taoism that treats a wide variety of subjects about life in general. Smullyan sees the Taoist as “one who is not so much in search of something he hasn’t, but who is enjoying what he has.”

Readers will be charmed and inspired by this witty, sophisticated, yet deeply religious author, whether he is discussing gardening, dogs, the art of napping, or computers who dream that they’re human.

From a renowned mathematics and philosophy professor comes a beguiling, whimsical look at Taoist philosophy.

Raymond M. Smullyan, an internationally known mathematical logician, is the author of several books including Alice in Puzzle Land, This Book Needs No Title, and Five Thousand B.C. and Other Philosophical Fantasies.

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The Tao Is Silent by Raymond M Smullyan

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In this simple yet profound satsang, Adyashanti reveals the heart of the teaching — what it means to rest as awareness. He explains how the egoic mind state keeps us from truly resting, and shows us what we need to relinquish so that a direct, immediate access to awareness can spontaneously happen with no effort on our part.

Adyashanti – Simple Awareness

The Nodes have officially moved into the Virgo / Pisces axis, taking the pressure off of relationships a little and connecting us to a Practical Mysticism.


Published on Jul 13, 2014

Rahu and ketu change signs approximately every 1.5 years. They entered the Libra/Aries axis in January 2013, joining Saturn. Since that tiem we have all felt, both personally and globally, an emphasis on more respectful relating. Whether in our personal relationships or our tolerance / intolerance for the choices and values of all, we have been stretched. – See more at: http://www.mydailyastrology.net

Some say that the twilight hours are the best time to enjoy a garden; a time when the spirit of the place really comes alive. It is also the time when many people pass front gardens on their return home, have a few spare minutes for garden maintenance, or want to enjoy the garden for entertaining. Full of easy maintenance advice, planting ideas for evening fragrance, colour, lighting, design, and attracting wildlife, this is a book for how people garden now. Front gardens, terraces, larger plots and containers will all be covered in an attempt to inspire everyone to transform their outdoor space into a twilight paradise.

Lia is a freelance garden writer who shares an allotment with several friends near her home in Bristol. A regular contributor to The Guardian and The Telegraph, she is a long-time advocate of organic and community growing, and has written many books on the subject. She has an award-winning blog, Midnight Brambling.

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Plot 22 – Ep1 – Digging Back In Time

Published on Mar 21, 2014
Plot 22 is a ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ for allotments. Garden writer Lia Leendertz wants to find out who has dug and planted in, played and worked on the very piece of soil she has thought of as her own for the past ten years. We’re going to journey back in time to reveal the past life of much loved plot in Bristol.

There will be wars and land grabs, waves of migration and changes of fashion, with this humble plot of land and the people who worked it telling these stories.

Lia is an award-winning garden writer who writes for The Guardian, The Telegraph, Gardens Illustrated, The Garden and more, and her north Bristol plot is well used as inspiration and location for her features. She and her husband Michael do the work, while their two young children climb trees, eat cake and dig ‘photographer traps’.


Brene Brown (The Gifts of Imperfection) examines vulnerability and imperfection in her latest, which takes its title from Theodore Roosevelt’s speech “Citizenship in a Republic.” Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, is the first to admit that vulnerability makes her uncomfortable, but posits that daring to fail is the only true way to be wholeheartedly engaged in any aspect of life.

“Experiencing vulnerability isn’t a choice—the only choice we have is how we’re going to respond when we are confronted with uncertainty, risk and emotional disclosure,” she says.

Laying out a roadmap for change, the author includes chapters on eliminating blame and shame from work and education, and daring to be the adults we want our children to be. At the same time, she explores what drives people to feel vulnerable and how to address common coping mechanisms in what she calls the “Vulnerability Armory.”

But the core of her message is understanding the difference between guilt and shame, and developing “shame resistance.” Brown’s theories—complete with personal and not always flattering examples from her own life—will draw readers in and have them considering what steps they would dare to take if shame and fear were not present.

Agent: Jo-Lynne Worley, Worley Shoemaker Literary Management. (Sept.)

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Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past twelve years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Her groundbreaking research has been featured on PBS, NPR, CNN, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.

Brené’s 2010 TEDxHouston talk, The Power of Vulnerability, is one of the top ten most viewed TED talks on TED.com, with approximately 6 million viewers. Additionally, Brené gave the closing talk at the 2012 TED conference where she talked about shame, courage, and innovation.

Brené’s newest book is, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the way we Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (Gotham, 2012). She is also the author of The Gifts of Imperfection (2010), and I Thought It Was Just Me (2007), and Connections (2009); a shame-resilience curriculum being facilitated by helping professionals across the globe.

Brené lives in Houston with her husband, Steve, and their two children, Ellen and Charlie.

Daring Greatly, Brene Brown

Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; . . . who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” —Theodore Roosevelt

Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable, or to dare greatly. Whether the arena is a new relationship, an important meeting, our creative process, or a difficult family conversation, we must find the courage to walk into vulnerability and engage with our whole hearts.

In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on twelve years of research, she argues that vulnerability is not weakness, but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection. The book that Dr. Brown’s many fans have been waiting for, Daring Greatly will spark a new spirit of truth—and trust—in our organizations, families, schools, and communities.

Dr. Brené Brown on Faking It, Perfectionism and Living Wholeheartedly – Super Soul Sunday – OWN

In her book Daring Greatly, Dr. Brené Brown identifies 10 qualities people living a wholehearted life have in common. Here, she discusses two with Oprah. Watch to find out why Dr. Brown says inauthenticity is contagious and why perfectionism is really another form of fear.

Before I Am is a selection of dialogues between Mooji, a warm-hearted spiritual master, and seekers of peace, truth and freedom. This second edition expands upon the first with 100 pages of previously unpublished dialogues, fresh quotes, brush drawings and photographs. While Mooji’s presence carries a devotional fragrance, the words and drawings that spring from his Being are of the nature of non-duality.

At times humorous, at times tender, occasionally sharp and always loving, Mooji responds to questioners as they speak of fear, suffering, confusion, relationships, spiritual practice and how to live their lives in peace. Yet it is Mooji’s unsparing pointing to Truth, through the method of self-inquiry, which forms the essence of this book. His words represent unwavering invitations to investigate the nature of the Self and to rest effortlessly as the fullness and emptiness of Beingness. His answers encourage, challenge and never fail to illuminate. Enriched with Mooji’s exquisite brush drawings – which add depth and a power of their own – this book is even more potent than the first. This edition acts like an unsparing sword that chops the mind and leaves you fully naked as your Self.

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Mooji – ‘Before I Am’ – Interview by Iain McNay : Part 1 to 6

Mooji – ‘Before I Am’ – Interview by Iain McNay

Mooji is a direct disciple of Sri Harilal Poonja (Papaji). In 1987, a chance meeting with a Christian mystic was to be a life-changing encounter for Mooji. It brought him, through prayer, into the direct experience of the Divine within. Within a short period, he experienced a radical shift in consciousness so profound that outwardly, he seemed, to many who knew him, to be an entirely different person. As his spiritual consciousness awakened, a deep inner transformation began which unfolded in the form of many miraculous experiences and mystical insights. He felt a strong wind of change blowing through his life which brought with it a deep urge to surrender completely to divine will. Shortly after, he stopped teaching, left his home and began a life of quiet simplicity and surrender to the will of God as it manifested spontaneously within him. A great peace entered his being, and has remained ever since. In this interview he tells his story and talks about his work

 

Neale will share with you the secret to connecting with your soul and transforming your life into a complete and constant expression of who you truly are.

Neale will guide you, step by step through his simple but powerful process, based on the most important insights he’s received since he wrote Book One of Conversations with God.

 

 

You will discover how to . . .

 

  • Accept yourself and your circumstances fully and feel “in the flow” no matter what you’re doing or what challenge you are facing
  • Attain a more profound understanding of who you really are
  • Be more relaxed, knowing that things will always work out just as they should
  • Feel confident about speaking your “truth” as you know it, without fear of judgement or conflict
  • Operate from a place of calm contentment in every aspect of your life
  • Walk through your everyday life with a much deeper sense of your place on the planet and why you are here

“The Secret to Finding What You’ve Been Searching for Your Entire Life” ~
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How stories enable us to identify the inner spiritual aspects within our material world and participate in the evolution of human consciousness foretold by ancient myths

• Reveals the heightened creativity necessary and available during a precessional shift between ages

• Identifies where and how cosmic energies of consciousness and creativity can be found using principles developed by G. I. Gurdjieff and John G. Bennett

• Explores how myths, megaliths, language, and cave art enabled narratives shaped by sacred proportion

All of culture can be said to be made up of stories. In fact it is stories, more than language, tools, or intellect, that make us human. Our Neolithic and Megalithic ancestors recognized this and stored, within their mythic narratives, an understanding of how sky changes evoke changes in consciousness as human cultures progress through each Zodiacal Age of the precessional cycle. As we enter the Age of Aquarius, it is time to recognize the profound power of stories to give our world meaning.

Exploring how ancient myths, megalithic structures, the formation of language, and even prehistoric cave art are narratives shaped by sacred proportion, Richard Heath explains that stories enable us to identify the inner spiritual aspects within our material world and participate in the evolution of human consciousness. He reveals how the precessional myth of the hero’s journey to steal fire from heaven describes a necessary search for new cultural modes that occurs at the end of an Age as the dominant culture begins to falter–and how the massive information bubble created by our modern world, while drowning us in meaningless narratives, also contains the components for an evolutionary shift in consciousness. Presenting key principles advanced by G. I. Gurdjieff and John Bennett to help us awaken to the continuing evolution of our consciousness, Heath shows how to access the spiritual intelligence and heightened creativity available during the galactic alignment of the current “twilight” between two precessional ages.
Richard Heath has degrees in systems science and is the author of Matrix of Creation, Sacred Number and the Origins of Civilization, Precessional Time and the Evolution of Consciousness, and Sacred Number and the Lords of Time. He lives in Perthshire, Scotland.

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This film presents a core theme from the book of the same name by Richard Heath. In this human development is presented as having a necessary developmental structure that conforms to that of a musical octave. This connects with Gurdjieff’s harmonic cosmology, presented in the previous film, in this series called The Politics of Number.

Ernest Holmes, well known for founding the Church of Religious Science (now called “Centers for Spiritual Living”) and for his magnum opus The Science of Mind, published many smaller papers and treatises throughout his career as an author. Now, for the first time, seven of his best classical works are bound together in a single volume, Your Spiritual Power—including four rare works being published by Tarcher/Penguin for the first time.

The works in this amazing collection of motivational writing include:

Immortality: Thoughts on what it truly means to be immortal, and ponderings on what experiences after death may be like.

—What Religious Science Teaches: Offering the student of life the best that the world has so far discovered, Holmes shows how the ideas of Religious Science have been developed by Taoism, Hindu scriptures, the Koran, the Talmud, and other great spiritual teachings of the world.

—Your invisible Power:
Considered by Holmes to be one of his most powerful works, this short book expands on a selection of key topics presented in The Science of Mind, and is illustrated throughout.

—Pray and Prosper:
An essay discussing Holmes’s understanding of prayer and its relationship to the infinite. Holmes contemplates the meaning of prayer, its objectives, and prayer’s relationship to internal spiritual enlightenment.

Additionally, this omnibus will include Holmes’s classic works Think Your Troubles Away, Living Without Fear, and Discover a Richer Life.

This beautiful, one-of-a-kind collection—brimming with messages of hope, inspiration, and joy—will be a must-have for students of spirituality and fans of Holmes’s work the world over.

Ernest Shurtleff Holmes (1887-1960) was an avid student of the world’s spiritual systems. He found in these a common denominator he called the Science Mind, a practical philosophy for abundant living. Beginning as self-educated lecturer, Holmes developed a large following of students and went on to formalize his work by founding Science of Mind magazine, an educational institute, and the United Church Religious Science. His writings have inspired the work of countless clergy, business leaders, physicians, and psychologists and have helped to shape the guiding principles of the modern human potential movement, both spiritual and secular. Born and raised in Maine, Holmes spent much of his adult life in California.

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The Moon will be full on Friday, July 11, 2014 – in Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter. This is a time to balance the need for information within the need to have faith.

The age-old debate between religion and Science is seen by the Gemini / Sagittarius axis and this Full Moon illustrates this inner conflict and the need to find balance.

Published on Jul 10, 2014
Nourishing a Liberating Intention (07/09/2014)

The Buddha taught that this entire world arises out of the tip of intention. Intentions can arise from an egoic wants and fears, and they can arise from the wisdom of our heart that is calling us home. This talk explores the qualities that signify a liberating intention and how, by bringing presence to our current intention, we uncover the purity and power of our hearts true aspiration.


We live under an enchantment that has us see ourselves and each other as separate egoic entities. This talk draws on an Arthurian legend and explores the pathways of presence that enable us to see past the mask—our own, others—and recognize the spirit that shines through these temporary incarnations.

Published on Jul 8, 2014

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There’s an important transition that happens in the zodiac between the Scorpio/Sagittarius axis. Scorpio is the sign where we have to face our insecurities, emotional stresses and fears. Doing this brings us face-to-face with the frightening notion: we have no control of anything. Realizing this lack of control creates a lot of stress, and the desire to control circumstances, and people.


While we are more and more familiar with popular ideas of enlightenment and spiritual awakening, life still comes at us full force, and hope can turn to frustration as the gulf between our spiritual belief and our everyday life seems to loom ever larger. Through spirited Q&A sessions with Zen master Jun Po Denis Kelly Roshi, The Heart of Zen takes a gradual, step-by-step approach to what has become a vexing problem in spiritual circles.

What is missing is integration. If awakening truly transforms every part of the life of a person, where are we getting stuck? How can negative emotions like anger, shame, envy, and jealousy continue to arise? How do our relative egos relate to the Zen teaching of Emptiness, and what does this mean for our intimate relationships, our emotional bodies, our views of the world and its problems?

The Heart of Zen represents the next generation of spiritual books because it addresses awakening and spiritual life within the context of creating lasting change through the integration of spiritual insight into the flow and flux of everyday life. Jun Po Denis Kelly Roshi explains how well trained meditation students may learn to be nonreactive to emotions, but they seldom learn how to transform their negative emotions (and the ego that holds them) as part of a more deeply integrated, lived spirituality. This book describes precisely what this means in great detail and with exercises for the reader to follow. Part discussion on these intricate topics and part experiential guide, The Heart of Zen offers a one-of-a-kind take on enlightenment, emotional maturity, and the integration required to take one’s seat in true liberation.

UN PO (pronounced June Poe) DENIS KELLY ROSHI is the 83rd Patriarch of Rinzai Zen, having received inka from Eido Shimano Roshi in 1992 at the age of 50. Jun Po has been teaching Zen ever since that time and has built an international community called Mondo Zen that spans the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. His extraordinary life was detailed in the biography A Heart Blown Open (Divine Arts Media, 2012), which has just been used as the basis of a screenplay. Ken Wilber said, “…this is the story of our times, an absolute must read for anyone with even a passing interest in human evolution…”

KEITH MARTIN-SMITH
is the author of three additional books, including the award-winning A Heart Blown Open. In addition to writing, he also teaches Shaolin Kung Fu and is an ordained Zen priest.

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What is Awakened Mind

unPo Roshi addresses the question: What is Awakened Mind?
JunPo Roshi is the Abbott of the Hollow Bones Rinzai Zen Order. He has brought the ancient tradition of Koan training into the 21st century and into the heart of western culture in a process he calls Mondo Zen.

Genpo Roshi on Why We Suffer

Genpo Roshi, Part 1 – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Genpo is a long-time Zen practitioner, now Master, who has developed the “Big Mind Process”, through which “Novice participants without any formal meditation training can have profound spiritual experiences with persistent enhancement of well-being…”. The interview was interrupted by technical difficulties after about an hour, so we agreed to do a “Part 2″ in a couple of weeks.

Adyashanti asks us to let go of our struggles with life and open to the full promise of spiritual awakening: the end of delusion and the discovery of our essential being. In his fifteen years as a spiritual teacher, he has found that the simpler the teaching, the greater its power to change our lives. In Falling into Grace, Adyashanti shares what he considers fundamental insights that will “spark a revolution in the way we perceive life,” through a progressive inquiry exploring:

*The human dilemma — the concept of a separate self and the choice to stop believing the thoughts that perpetuate suffering
*”Taking the backward step” into the pure potential of the present moment
* Why spiritual awakening can be a disturbing process
* Intimacy and availability — feeling absolute union with every part of our experience
*True autonomy — the unique expression of our own sense of freedom

In the same way that we fall into the arms of a loved one or drop our heads on the pillow at night, we can surrender into the beauty and truth of who and what we really are. Falling into Grace is a book that gets to the core of why we suffer. It is Adyashanti’s invitation “to be taken by a moment of grace and fall into a sense of life when it is not separate from you, when life is actually an expression of something indefinable, mysterious, and immense.”

About the Author

Adyashanti began teaching in 1996 after a series of transformative spiritual awakenings at the request of his Zen teacher of 14 years. Today, his retreats are so popular that would-be attendees must win a lottery held only twice a year. Adya’s teachings have been compared to some of the early Ch’an (Zen) masters of China as well as teachers of Advaita Vedanta in India. A resident of California, his books include The End of Your World (Sounds True, 2009) and True Meditation (Sounds True, 2006).

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Adya on Oprah

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FAST ROAD TO HAPPINESS: JOURNEY INTO NOW

For years she has traveled to other countries and across the U.S. teaching and lecturing on Spiritual Development and healing. Her quest for better methods of healing opened within her the ability to create conscious past life regressions, without hypnosis, for individuals, families and groups seeking the release of various maladies that disrupted their lives. She has demonstrated and documented the success of this method to enable anyone with an open mind to accept its amazing benefits. She continues to serve and fill the needs of others. Twice she overcame cancer and is now happy and healthy-the wish she has for everyone. She continues to fulfill her destiny and demonstrates love for all.

SYNOPSIS: FAST ROAD TO HAPPINESS A true story for Self-Help by MARILOU McINTYRE, DD The basis of my non-fiction book, Fast Road To Happiness, explains benefits of “conscious past-life regressions,” without hypnosis, to heal and release phobias, traumas, and behavioral problems. I created this method of treating people over twenty-five years ago and find it gives solutions to some of life’s problems. The case studies reinforce the importance of healing the present through conscious regression. There is also a need to understand and implement the principles of reincarnation and karma. The book delves into this scientifically and professionally. To my knowledge, I am the only person using this technique for families, individuals and groups. Reincarnation is often the mystery of life and the missing link that explains things modern psychology and psychiatry cannot. I do not try to convince everyone that reincarnation is true; just those individuals open to seeking answers modern medicine cannot or will not explore. It helps people of all races and cultural backgrounds around the world, for mankind has similar problems. These problems manifest mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

The hundreds of conscious regressions I have conducted around the world enable me to serve others and give explanations and guidance that relieve conditions of loneliness, depression and erratic behavior that haunt people. Throughout the book are solutions to problems that can be healed. The past life causes of conditions and how one can regress are clearly given. It will appeal to anyone, not just the Baby-Boomer, the spiritually minded, married or single person with or without children. It is emotional and mental food for those with an array of addictions–whether the health conscious individual or seeker of spirituality or success, the appeal is endless. More and more people are looking for self-improvement and solutions to problems in their lives and families.

This is a “How-To” book to help one achieve happiness and success in this life by gaining insights and awareness of problems from the past, recognizing them and healing them. It is a road map for life here and hereafter, and ultimate happiness.
For years she has traveled to other countries and criss-crossed the U.S. teaching and lecturing on Spiritual Development and healing. Her quest for better methods of healing opened within her the ability to create conscious past life regressions, without hypnosis, for individuals, families and groups seeking the release of various maladies that disrupted their lives. She has demonstrated and documented the success of this method to enable anyone with an open mind to accept its amazing benefits. She continues to serve and fill the needs of others. Twice she overcame cancer and is now happy and healthy-the wish she has for everyone. She continues to fulfill her destiny and demonstrates love for all. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Who is Pope Francis and where is he leading the Church? To understand the impact of Pope Francis and his inspiration to the Catholic Church, indeed people of all religions, we turn to the two saints who are his inspiration, Saint Francis and Saint Clare of Assisi and the great love of their spirituality.

Eight hundred years ago when the Church had fallen into scandal and hard times, Saint Francis and Saint Clare lifted the Church to new life, new beginnings. Today the Church suffers the same crises. Today Pope Francis is looking at the heart full spirituality of Saint Francis and Saint Clare to lift the Church with less pomp and ceremony and more embracing the poor and unwanted. The Love Letters is the love story of Francis and Clare and the challenge for Pope Francis and the world to discover the same love in our hearts, our neighbor, nature, and all creation. The Love Letters is historical fiction. What if Saint Francis and Saint Clare were to meet Pope Francis? What would be their thoughts, dreams and hopes for a new Church?

The Love Letters is the mystical love discovered by two of the world’s greatest mystics long ago asking who is the new Pope Francis? Can he rebuild the Church into a living Church, a church less concerned with rules and order and more about forgiveness and compassion? In the silence of our hearts, in giving to those in need, Saint Francis, Saint Clare, and Pope Francis offer a new vision for us all to become instruments of true peace and joy.

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. has pursued the footsteps of Saint Francis and Saint Clare for many years. For twelve years he and his wife, Ruth, lived in Assisi, Italy the historic home of these remarkable saints. There they began the Assisi Retreat Center which was awarded one of the top ten meditation centers in the world by Travel Leisure Magazine and CNN. Recently, Bruce and Ruth opened Silent Stay, a new retreat center near Napa, California. Bruce is the author of several books including Monastery Without Walls, The Magical Child Within You, and Simple Peace-The Spiritual Life of Saint Francis of Assisi.

Bruce Davis,Ph.D. is the author of newly released: The Love Letters, Saint Francis and St. Clare of Assisi Meet Pope Francis. After formerly living in Assisi, Italy for twelve years, Bruce is presently offering meditation retreats, “Silent Stay” near Napa, California. Bruce’s retreats have been listed as one of the top ten meditation retreats in the world by Travel/Leisure Magazine and more recently CNN. Bruce is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post with articles on the gifts of silence, meditation, Saint Francis, and Pope Francis. He welcomes and enjoys people to be in touch…www.SilentStay.com

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Saint Francis and Saint Clare of Assisi Meet Pope Francis – Bruce Davis, Ph.D. was trained as a psychologist but discovered early that true happiness is not possible without a meaningful spiritual life. Through the years he traveled and lived in many cultures in different parts of the world. But it was in Assisi, Italy, the historic home of Saint Francis and Saint Clare, that he found a peace and inner path which seemed universal in its language and presence.

In Assisi, pilgrims from every part of the world, of all religions find a spirituality that speaks of simple peace. After years of bringing groups to Assisi, Bruce and his wife, Ruth, decided to live in Assisi. In the spirit of Saint Francis, they created The Assisi Retreat Center with altars to all the world’s major religions. Their center was given an official blessing by Pope John Paul. The Assisi Retreat Center was listed as one of the top ten meditation retreats in the world by Travel and Leisure Magazine.

More recently CNN listed the center again as one of the top ten meditation centers in the world. After many years of leading retreats, Bruce found the main ingredients for personal transformation included spending time in silence, nature, and heartfulness meditation. The peace and quiet of silence helps people to discover an inner presence in the heart that is lost by many in our busy world. Ruth has created a movement practice called Sacred Movement Ritual which is prayer through movement. Since creating the Assisi Retreat Center, Bruce and Ruth have started Silent Stay, a retreat center near Napa, California.

Bruce is the author of several books including: The Magical Child Within You, The Heart of Healing, Monastery Without Walls, My Little Flowers, The Calling of Joy, and Simple Peace-The Spiritual Life of St. Francis of Assisi. Bruce is also a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post. The Love Letters hopes to support the remarkable events happening with new Pope Francis, the Church, indeed the world, so many can come to know this love including its humility, service, and grace. For more information about Bruce’s and Ruth’s current activities visit their website at: http://www.SilentStay.com

Published on Jul 7, 2014
‘What ‘Is’ cannot be lost, It cannot even be found. The seeker will not be a finder, but will be absorbed in Truth itself. It is most natural.
Yet it can manifest in different ways, as a passionate discovery, as an explosion, as an implosion, as almost nothing happened.
The Self is not a happening. The happening is only the recognition of it. It has always been – here – as the Source of this manifest world.’

As the clock ticks to each second that is passing, as the snowflakes blow in front of us by the thousands, and as the motion on the planet never stops moving, there is something we can hear – not with our ears but with our soul. It is the silent, yet never silent hum of what we are coming to know as the new humanity. This highly vibrating hum is very faint, but it is there; it calls to all souls who are ready to pioneer into the next phase of the human. When we are ready to hear it, it comes to us softly, like a newborn bird breaking free from its egg – very humbly, very quietly, simply opening to be born.

From there, the great birth of the ready-soul is carried by this pristine Divine hum, vibrating past the clock ticking, past the snowflakes, and past the never ceasing motion to find the center point where the hum itself was originally birthed. Are you one of the soul-ready pioneers that hear the highly exquisite hum? Are you brave enough to enter into the great birth of being led to the center point of that hum?

This unique book offers deep insights into the next progressive phase where humanity is attempting to move. It comes equipped with essential keys to evolve into this phase, enabling the soul to become lit as the torch of the Divine Human.

“My heart’s desire is to assist those who are willing to move past fear and illusion into their true core essence. My life’s purpose is to awaken the soul’s wisdom and help connect you to the Divine Light of All That Is” – Josie Hopkins

Josie Hopkins is the author of One Soul’s Journey: a Mystic’s Way Home. She is an intuitive healer and the founder of Essence Healing Home and Wisdom of the Soul school. She teaches two levels of classes, various workshops, and facilitates private sessions at her homestead in rural Maple Park, Illinois.

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Advanced Studies of the Human Aura takes studies of the aura to an exciting new level. It reveals that the aura is more than just a colorful energy field around all living things. It can be a powerful resonator for both personal and global transformation. The aura is a subtle energy system, constantly moving, streaming and changing. It reflects our every thought, feeling, word and deed. In fact, this vibrant energy field says more about who we are than our physical appearance or personality.

Advanced Studies of the Human Aura offers a unique understanding of the power of a radiant aura. It shows us that to create an effulgent, rainbow-colored energy field-supercharged with light and spiritual purpose-we must first enter into the space of being where all life is felt and embraced as sacred. We must focus on body, mind and spirit-and on the truth that, at our essence, we are dynamic spiritual beings. In this seminal work, you will learn keys to increasing the light within your aura from your heart outward to bring abundant blessings to yourself and those around you. Through techniques such as exercise, meditation, prayer, solar gazing and pranic breathing, you can learn to purify and expand your aura to accelerate consciousness and move from a sense of limitation to an unbounded cosmic awareness.

Advanced Studies of the Human Aura will show you how to create a more permanent connection with Spirit and live a life of greater joy, harmony and love.

David Christopher Lewis is an author, spiritual teacher and composer. He is the co-founder of The Hearts Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people everywhere nurture their own spiritual potential. He conducts seminars worldwide and hosts regular online webinars and live broadcasts on diverse spiritual topics. For more information on his published works, music CDs and seminars, visit heartscenter.org. David lives with his wife in Livingston, Montana.

What is it that keeps us from living a happy existence?

Can we truly heal our bodies from any illness?

Are we able to find harmony in our lives by accessing our soul’s divine blueprint?

These are just a few of the profound questions that are the focus of The Twelve Messages of the Spiritual Heart.
When a serious health crisis suddenly forces Timothy to re-evaluate the meaning of life, he embarks on a journey of spiritual awakening and is thrust into the world of the beautiful Satyana, an enigmatic and powerful intuitive. With Satyana’s help, Timothy enters into the mystical realm of the Akashic Records to discover a series of twelve ancient truths that reveal how to live a healthy and happy life, while at the same time being confronted with the possibility of his own death.
A journey that spans lifetimes, dimensions, and the higher planes of consciousness, The Twelve Messages of the Spiritual Heart is at once an adventure story and a thoughtful essay on how we can all actively pursue our own enlightenment.

Timothy Moran is a lifelong spiritual seeker, an entrepreneur, a certified Reiki master/teacher, and an Akashic Records consultant. He is also the owner of The Heart of Shamballa, a small business focused on promoting healing and self-awareness. When not travelling or teaching workshops, Timothy can be found in his native province of Ontario, Canada. For more information on Timothy,
please visit http://www.timothymoran.org.

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Poem from The Twelve Messages of the Spiritual Heart

Published on Dec 11, 2013
Here is an excerpt from my novel: The Twelve Messages of the Spiritual Heart. This poem speaks about how everything that we experience in life, even the perceived wrongs that are done to us, are essentially perfection. They are a part of higher plan to awaken us from the illusion of the physical world and bring us back to truth and Oneness.

If you are interested in buying a copy of The Twelve Messages of the Spiritual Heart, please visit one of the websites linked below. Namaste!

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Published on Jul 4, 2014

In this video clip, Rupert discusses why we seek the disappearence of the mind through drugs, sex, thrill seeking, etc.

Excerpted from the talk ‘Spiritual Ecology’ given at the Mercy Center in Burlingame, CA on December 3, 2011.

In science, problems get solved faster when the pot begins to boil. Dormant questions need motivation, which is why I posed a million-dollar challenge to anyone in the materialist camp who could demonstrate how matter turns into mind. (Please see my two preceding posts, which set up this provocative issue.) In the wake of the challenge, a stir was indeed created. The general public isn’t aware that 99 percent of neuroscientists, biologists, and physicists interested in the mind-brain problem assume without question that the brain creates the mind. This is one of those assumptions that, once exploded, seems ridiculous in hindsight.

It’s not exploded yet, but we’re getting closer. Consider what it means to say that your brain creates your mind. Somewhere in the fabric of time, floating molecules of hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon, the basic elements in organic chemistry, organized a complex clump of molecules that learned to think, to take in the three-dimensional world, and finally to become aware of what they were doing. This seems like a totally untenable position to me, and to a growing body of scientists who are adopting a far different view, that mind came first, bringing with it the organizing power to evolve the structure of the human brain.

At first blush the two possibilities seem equal and perhaps equally improbable. If the materialists are correct, there has to be a way for matter to learn to think, which has never been proven. If the consciousness camp is right, mind has to find a way to create molecules. The reason that the second position makes sense is that our thoughts are creating molecules all the time — the chemical makeup of the brain is altered with every thought, feeling, and sensation. That is indisputable. But the bias in favor of materialism is strong, upheld mainly by inertia. Why bother to re-examine the entire creation when it’s obvious, we are told, that we live in a physical universe?

The answer is this: We don’t live in a physical universe as defined by rocks, trees, mountains, and Chinese porcelain. The quantum revolution long ago unmasked the illusion of physicality, proving with exact mathematical certainty that matter consists of waves in an infinite quantum field. How these waves transform into material objects remains one of the two greatest questions facing physics. (The math is there, but not the actual process.) The other great unsolved mystery is to find the biological basis of mind.

My million-dollar challenge encompasses both issues. Until we know how matter relates to consciousness, there is nothing definitive to be said about the brain, normal experience, and the origin of thought. No one knows where their next thought is coming from. Thoughts emerge from a field of infinite possibilities, and the same is true of atoms and the subatomic particles that they are made of. My challenge isn’t frivolous, but I firmly believe no solution exists as long as anyone, however brilliant, adopts the physicalist position that everything about the mind — our inspiration, reasoning, love and joy — can be derived from physical properties. It’s like someone claiming that Picasso’s genius comes down to analyzing the paint he used.

Which brings us to the zombies. The relation between mind and matter has vexed philosophers for centuries. In the twentieth century the problem landed in the lap of science, which began to search for hard data and provable facts. These would prove superior to woolly-minded speculation. But the only result anyone could obtain was in the area of brain activity. So the conclusion was drawn that if mind and brain are the same, there’s no need to go beyond super-sophisticated fMRIs, and in short order the mind would have no more mysteries to yield. No serious thinker with a philosophy background can actually agree to this conclusion; it’s like saying that since Mozart’s music is played on the piano, all we need to know is how a piano works.

Science needed an ally from the philosophers’ camp, which it found in Daniel Dennett, who seemingly erased the whole dilemma by saying that the most mysterious products of the mind — a person’s sense of self, free will, and even self-awareness — are total illusions produced by brain chemistry. Since our every thought and action is actually the product of neuronal activity and nothing else, we are like zombies, showing all the signs of autonomous awareness while in fact existing on the level of biological machinery. (Zombie has become part of the terminology, synonymous with biological robot. I hope Dennett includes himself.) Dennett became notorious for his zombie metaphor, since he meant it literally. Only extreme materialists feel comfortable adopting such a theory, since it’s evident on the face of it that we do in fact have self-awareness, free will, creativity, choice, and all the other advantages of mind that are not enjoyed by a computer.

But Dennett was clever enough to take the materialist assumption to its logical conclusion. This leaves everyone with only two choices. Either the human mind — including the minds of Shakespeare, Bach, and Einstein — is only an artifact of neuronal activity or carrying the materialist assumption to its logical conclusion reveals its absurdity to begin with. Both alternatives are hotly argued, so the game is afoot. Apparently money can even motivate a zombie.

Deepak Chopra, M.D., is the author of more than 80 books, with 22 New York Times bestsellers, including Super Brain, co-authored with Rudi Tanzi, Ph.D. He serves as the founder of the Chopra Foundation and co-founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing. Join him at the Chopra Foundation Sages and Scientists Symposium 2014.

Overview

The first part of the book, “The Quickening,” sets the scene. It opens with the increasing pace of life we are all experiencing today. I show how this trend is not limited to modern times, but can be traced back through history all the way to the beginning of creation. What we are experiencing today is the culmination of billions of years of ever-accelerating development.

Why does evolution accelerate? The answer lies in the fact that new evolutionary breakthroughs often facilitate future advances. Multicellular organisms, sexual reproduction, and the emergence of nervous systems have each done their part to hasten the pace of evolutionary change. Now, with the emergence of human beings, two new features are speeding development yet further. Speech allows us to share our experiences and understandings with each other, giving us the ability to accumulate a collective body of knowledge. While our hands, one the most versatile organs Nature has evolved, have given us the ability to take the clay of Mother Earth and reshape it to our own ends. Combining these two evolutionary breakthroughs has made us the most creative species this planet has ever known. And the more we apply that creativity, the faster things change.

The second part, “The Crisis” focuses on the less welcome consequences of humanity’s rapid development, and the devastation we are bringing to the rest of the planet. How is it, we ask, that a species that is in some ways so intelligent can in other ways be so short-sighted? Where have we gone wrong?

These questions lead on to an exploration of our inner needs and the way our societies have seduced us – in effect hypnotized us – into a set of false assumptions about what it is we really want, and how to go about achieving it. Amplified by the might of our technologies, these errors of thinking are now having global ramifications. We see that the global crisis is, at its root, a crisis of consciousness.

If we are to navigate ourselves safely through this critical moment of history we must make a break with the past, and look at ourselves and our world with fresh eyes. This will entail a fundamental shift in thinking and perception – a shift in consciousness more profound and far-reaching than any in our history. It will mean awakening to the wisdom that lies within us all, of which the great sages have always spoken. This is our next step in evolution, not an outer step, but an inner step.

The third part, “The Awakening” is more spiritual in tone. It asks: How can we wake up? How can we liberate our minds from outdated habits of thinking and make the inner changes that are being demanded of us? The answer involves learning to be more in the present moment, less caught up in our judgments of the past and our attachments to future outcomes. One of the most important areas of practice is our personal relationships. It is here that we frequently meet the various patterns that we need to let go of, and here that we have the most opportunity to learn new ways of thinking and perceiving. As we do, we rediscover the true meaning of love.

The final part, “The Future ,” looks at where we may be headed. It considers some of the many prophecies that seem to foretell these turbulent times. And it looks behind their literal interpretations to deeper meanings, suggesting that they are metaphors for inner transformation and awakening.

Will we wake up in time, and avoid catastrophe? That is still an open question. If we do not, evolution on this planet could be set back to a new Dark Age perhaps; or worse, back to the primeval soup. On the other hand, if we do come to our senses, then it seems very likely that our rate of development – particularly our rate of inner development – will continue to grow faster and faster. What will happen if change is compressed from decades to years to months . . . ? We could be approaching a time of unimaginably rapid personal and social transformation – an evolutionary climax more profound than most of us have ever dared imagine?

Finally, we ask whether there could, after all, be a purpose to evolution? Recent work in cosmology suggests the answer may be “Yes.” The Universe seems to be set up so that conscious creatures like us can evolve, capable of knowing Creation in all its dimensions. Could we be on the brink of completing this process of cosmic self-discovery here on planet Earth? The answer to that is up to us.


Peter Russell is a fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, of The World Business Academy and of The Findhorn Foundation, and an Honorary Member of The Club of Budapest.

At Cambridge University (UK), he studied mathematics and theoretical physics. Then, as he became increasingly fascinated by the mysteries of the human mind he changed to experimental psychology. Pursuing this interest, he traveled to India to study meditation and eastern philosophy, and on his return took up the first research post ever offered in Britain on the psychology of meditation.

He also has a post-graduate degree in computer science, and conducted there some of the early work on 3-dimensional displays, presaging by some twenty years the advent of virtual reality. In the mid-seventies Peter Russell joined forces with Tony Buzan and helped teach “Mind Maps” and learning methods to a variety of international organizations and educational institutions.

Since then his corporate programs have focused increasingly on self-development, creativity, stress management, and sustainable environmental practices. Clients have included IBM, Apple, Digital, American Express, Barclays Bank, Swedish Telecom, ICI, Shell Oil and British Petroleum.

His principal interest is the deeper, spiritual significance of the times we are passing through. He has written several books in this area — The TM Technique, The Upanishads, The Brain Book, The Global Brain Awakens, The Creative Manager, The Consciousness Revolution, Waking Up in Time, and From Science to God.

As one of the more revolutionary futurists Peter Russell has been a keynote speaker at many international conferences, in Europe, Japan and the USA. His multi-image shows and videos, The Global Brain and The White Hole in Time have won praise and prizes from around the world. In 1993 the environmental magazine Buzzworm voted Peter Russell “Eco-Philosopher Extraordinaire” of the year.

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WAKING UP IN TIME

Contents

PREFACE

THE QUICKENING
Acceleration – The Quickening Pace
Feedback – The Evolutionary Accelerator
Language – The Dawn of Thought
Hands – Levers for the Mind
Information – The Currency of Culture
Creativity – From Genes to Ideas
Today – Foundation for Tomorrow

THE CRISIS
Crisis – Sounding the Alarm
Crossroads – Choosing our Way
Malady – A Planetary Cancer
Self-Interest – Misdirected Needs
Happiness – The Mind’s Bottom Line
Materialism – An Addictive Meme
Fear – The Voice in Our Heads
Stress – The Wages of Fear

THE AWAKENING
Dehypnosis – Breaking the Trance
Presence – The Timeless Moment
Enlightenment – A New Way of Seeing
Relationships – The Yoga of the West
Love – The Gift of Peace
Meditation – The Art of Letting Go
Maturity – Coming of Age
Freedom – The Emancipation from Matter

THE FUTURE
Challenge – Crises as Opportunity
Apocalypse – Premonitions of Transformation
Setbacks – Constructive Extinctions
Compression – The Collapse of Time
Singularities – The Shape of the Future
Omega – A White Hole in Time
Purpose – A Design to Creation?
Knowing – A Conscious Universe
The End – Or the Beginning?

Peter Russell – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on Jun 29, 2014
Peter Russell holds degrees in theoretical physics, experimental psychology, and computer science from the University of Cambridge, England, where he was a student of Stephen Hawking. Following university he went to India, to study meditation and Eastern philosophy. In the 1970s, he pioneered the introduction of personal growth programs to corporations, running courses for senior management on creativity, stress management and sustainable development.

He coined the term “global brain” with his 1980s bestseller of the same name in which he predicted the Internet and the impact it would have on humanity. His other books, which include Waking Up in Time: Finding Inner Peace in Times of Accelerating Change, and From Science to God: A Physicist’s Journey into the Mystery of Consciousness, and his visual presentations and videos have won international acclaim and awards.

Peter’s work integrates Eastern and Western understandings of the mind, exploring their relevance to the world today and to humanity’s future. Peter’s website: peterrussell.com

Peter Russell ‘The Great Awakening’ Interview by Ian McNay

Peter Russell ‘The Great Awakening’ Interview by Iain McNay

The human imagination has been inspired for centuries by the possibility of a higher dimension. The ownership of this dimension was in the dubious hands of “charlatans, mystics, and science fiction writers”, to quote a recent article by Michio Kaku, the noted theoretical physicist and best-selling author. Actually, since Heaven can be considered a higher dimension, ownership should be extended to most religious people and many spiritual traditions. But Kaku wasn’t writing to denigrate the concept of a reality beyond the five senses. Instead, he declares that the much-prized Theory of Everything, the holy grail of physics, may not be found without adding a fourth dimension to the three we all navigate in.

This is more than an abstract question. The fourth dimension that Kaku describes isn’t time, although time is popularly called the fourth dimension. Rather, physics needs a fourth or fifth or more spatial dimensions (hyperspace) to make mathematical sense of the universe. For fifty or sixty years this goal has proved impossible to reach. The problem is that the four basic forces in nature — gravity, electromagnetism, and the weak and strong forces — are so different from one another that only looking to a higher dimension of “vibration” could hold the key to unifying them.

What most fascinates me isn’t this scientific pursuit but its implications for everyday life. Kaku holds that the fourth dimension is inconceivable to the human brain, and he points to evolution as the reason why. Our survival depended on operating skillfully in three dimensions, which allowed our ancestors to judge how to locate and kill game and how to elude prey. An extra dimension wasn’t necessary until mathematics and the frustration of physicists made it so.

This is the point at which ownership of higher dimensions becomes controversial. As the realm of God or the gods, of higher states of consciousness, of miracles and other so-called supernatural events, a higher dimension was absolutely necessary in the past. Kaku holds that there was never any scientific proof for that kind of higher dimension, which is arguable. But let’s accept his point. The new ownership of higher dimensions sweeps away all such claims about spirituality. And yet there are surprising resemblances between the two conceptions.

Both consider higher dimensions inconceivable and yet necessary for the existence of the universe.

Both attribute powers to the fourth dimension that cannot be duplicated in three dimensions.

Both look on the fourth dimension as a hidden, invisible field that permeates every part of the three-dimensional world.

That science and spirituality should have even this much in common is fairly astonishing. The problem, however, is that reality has no ownership. It’s simply real. So what could a higher dimension be that satisfies both claims? To answer this, let me refer to an extended example Kaku offers, derived from a cult novel beloved of scientists titled Flat Land, by Edwin A. Abbott. The fictional inhabitants of Flat Land, known as Flatlanders, live in two dimensions, or to simplify it, their domain is like a piece of paper with no concept of up or down. As beings of three dimensions, we can look down on the piece of paper and see everything on it, while Flatlanders must travel from one point to the next to discover what’s happening at a distance. So to them, we are omniscient. We can reach down into their land, but they can’t see us coming, so we are invisible until we make our presence felt. We can crumple and manipulate a piece of paper any way we want, which makes us omnipotent, and so on.

In other words, our godlike powers are actually the product of limited perception on the part of Flatlanders. Their brains are not set up to perceive what we take to be natural — the third dimension — and we would smile to be thought of as gods. Seeming supernatural is one implication of a higher dimension, including the fourth one that our brains can’t perceive. To operate from the fourth dimension seems omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent as related to our world. I’d like to suggest that this isn’t a fiction or a limitation of perception — it’s how reality works.

To speak of God, as a spiritual person does, or of vibrations and fields, as a physicist does, amounts to the same order of explanation. There is no relationship between our world and dimensions that are inconceivable. Therefore, no theory or model can describe higher dimensions. Kaku and other physicists are reluctant to concede this point, because they think they possess a tool that can penetrate the inconceivable: mathematics. However, there is no proof that this is true, because many aspects of theoretical physics are beyond experimentation, data collection, and every other extension of the mind, including pet theories about super strings, multiple universes, and the time period at the very beginning of creation, known as the Planck epoch.

We might pity Flatlanders because they can’t peer into three dimensions, but we shouldn’t. When they imbue us with omniscience and omnipotence, they are right from the viewpoint of two dimensions. And when spiritual traditions imbue God with the same qualities, there’s a good chance — a rational chance — that something correct is being said. Not that there is a superhuman patriarch sitting above the clouds, but rather the higher dimension may be the field where mind originates. With mind comes intelligence, awareness, creativity, insight, and infinite possibilities. More pointedly, mind brings mathematics. This means that math can’t rescue the Theory of Everything, as if it stands apart and can look down upon the universe the way we look down on Flat Land. Math emerges from the mind field along with everything else.

Anyone fascinated by this argument should read Kaku’s articulate article, “Hyperspace — A Scientific Odyssey,” online at his website; it’s geared to the non-scientist reader. What he calls hyperspace can’t be equated with Heaven. For one thing, hyperspace applies only to the physical universe, while Heaven crosses over into our inner world. But if the fourth dimension permeates everything we call creation, there may be no difference between hyperspace and Heaven except for whether it contains mind or not. That’s a burning question, which I firmly believe will be settled in favor of mind over matter. Let’s wait and see.

Deepak Chopra, MD is the author of more than 80 books with twenty-two New York Times bestsellers including Super Brain. He serves as the founder of The Chopra Foundation and co-founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing. Join him at The Chopra Foundation Sages and Scientists Symposium 2014. http://www.choprafoundation.org

A ‘Simple Guide to Awakening’ by investigation of one’s moment to moment experience,which leads to one becoming ‘aware of awareness’. Awakening is becoming fully established in, and identified with, awareness.

Colin has been seeking the Truth since he was born in 1948, and has been meditating since 1978. In 1996 encountered a disciple of Sri Ramana Maharshi, Gangaji, who said : ‘Stop! Be still, you are already That’. The message being that the effort and search were masking that which is always present; all that was required was to ‘stop’ and see what is always here. This news came like a breath of fresh air and he glimpsed the essence, that undeniable ever-present reality. He then undertook a 7 day silent retreat which resulted in his first ‘awakening’, and also in an ecstasy that slowly faded over the next year.

His books are based on the realization that occurred then and matured over the following years. During this time he has written many articles and poems, based on his meditations/contemplations, which have been collated into books.

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Colin Drake ‘Beyond The Separate Self’ Interview by Iain McNay

Published on Jun 16, 2014
Author of several books including, ‘Awareness Of Awareness’, ‘Awakening And Beyond’ and ‘Beyond The Separate Self’. Colin says, “The vital question is, Who Am I? Without a clear idea of one’s essential identity one cannot relate to the world and others in an appropriate way.”
“There is a need for continual cultivation of awakeness — there is always the danger of nodding off again, staying awake is like walking on a razor’s edge.”
“We need direct investigation, to put aside all belief systems and acquired knowledge. The easiest way is to enquire into the direct experience itself from the position of knowing nothing.”

In the early morning of July 1 Mercury moves direct in the sky, after being retrograde for the last 3 1/2 weeks.
Vedic Astrology – Week of June 30 – Mercury Direct – VIDEO

This most recent Mercury retrograde has taken place in Gemini, the masculine sign ruled by Mercury. Therefore, it has been very active in bringing communication issues to the forefront — especially as it relates to language and the interaction between grown up people (Gemini is a “Human” Rasi, not a quadruped or insect, etc. and Related to adults interacting).

This most recent Mercury retrograde has taken place in Gemini, the masculine sign ruled by Mercury. Therefore, it has been very active in bringing communication issues to the forefront – especially as it relates to language and the interaction between grown up people (Gemini is a “Human” Rasi, not a quadruped or insect, etc. and Related to adults interacting).

The retrograde motion of Mercury generally places an emphasis on listening, and the more receptive qualities of communication. In a nonverbal sense this has to do with things like editing/fact checking etc.

I’ve noticed this Mercury retrograde cycle to have been especially disruptive for water signs, (especially Cancer and Scorpio), as well as Aries. This is not surprising considering Mercury is a cruel house ruler for Mars ruled signs and has an inimical relationship with a moon, the ruler of Cancer.

Yet,There is the possibility, based on anyone’s natal Mercury, that it could have delivered powerful or difficult lessons. Regardless, communication issues have been important the last few weeks and now we must move forward with more intelligence, and flexibility around the messages we have been receiving.

But are we listening?
Are We thinking clearly?
What Is the story we are constructing about those things we can’t control?
Can we adapt to this world of paradox?

True intelligence lies is in the capacity to hold opposing views, and honor them both – seeing the strengths and weaknesses with neutrality and non-judgment.

Baladi Avaastha
Mercury begins his direct motion at less than 1° of Gemini – in the “Bala” state – the child state. When a planet is at such an early degree it holds the capacity for purity and innocence, but also immaturity. Now is a time to stop all of the grouching about the problems of Mercury retrograde, and approach new situations with beginner’s mind in the spirit of childlike innocence and possibility.

A Story About Discrimination
Recently when I was with my Guru, Amma, she told a story that illustrates the nature of mercury, discrimination and getting the story right. One day, three older women were sitting around pondering the plight of aging.

The first woman said “have you ever found yourself standing in front of the refrigerator with a jar of mustard and you can’t remember whether you’re supposed to put the mustard back into the ‘fridge or use it to make a sandwich?”

Then the second woman said “Well if you think that’s bad, listen to this. Sometimes I find myself standing at the bottom of the stairs and I can’t remember whether I just came down or I’m supposed to be going up them!”

Then the third lady said “Well thank God none of that happens to me”. Then she “knocked on wood”, and said quickly afterward “somebody’s knocking at the door, I’ll get it”.

Like this, we misread situations and spin them into incorrect stories about ourselves and others. These stories become conclusions and opinions we form which later becomes our very value system.

May we all develop better discrimination and adapt a beginner’s mind as we move forward with Mercury in Gemini for the next month.


Published on Jul 1, 2014
In this video clip, Rupert describes how feeling, sensing and perceiving all take place in Awareness.

Published on Jun 28, 2014

This talk looks at the power our virtual reality of thoughts can hold over our lives. We then explore how bringing mindful awareness to thinking enables us to heal historical wounding and discover who we are beyond the self-story in our mind. We don’t have to believe our thoughts; they are “real but not true! “

In The Pursuit of Clarity, author Jeremy Albertsen seeks to reveal the different levels of awareness and illuminates the different ways people view the world. He explores how these factors affect the way people interact with each other and our environment.

In order to gain clarity, Albertsen made the choice to pursue a new way of life to walk away from the things and events that were affecting his life and find a new path. He gave up the distractions, intoxicants, and numbing habits that Western culture uses addictively and sought to find a simpler, more enriching life.

As part of this journey, he began writing a journal that he called The Pursuit of Clarity, and with every step, he chronicled the wisdom he gained. Following his own inner guidance, over the next years he found his balance and came to love life lived in concert with nature. He felt at peace in his body and began to feel good not about what he cut out of his life, but what he had put into his life.

As we achieve higher levels of awareness we become empowered to raise our consciousness and activate dormant potentials to evolution. We can achieve perfect health, longevity and the magic of our quantum potential with the understanding of who we are and why we are here. Whether you want to participate or just be, The Pursuit of Clarity places you on the crest of the wave of human evolution as it reveals wisdom gathered on this journey.

Jeremy Albertsen is close to nature. He regularly gives talks on his style of connecting to nature while organic gardening, and he works with people showing them how to live and eat more sustainably and enhance their symbiotic relationship with the earth. He lives in Australia.

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Published on Jun 28, 2014

Freedom and Happiness in Daily Life (06/11/2014)- How you live today is how you live your life. This talk explores different meditative practices and teachings that help us reconnect with and nurture presence in the midst of the array of daily stressors.

Pub Date: Sept 8, 2014

Adventures of the Soul is a manual for anyone who has ever questioned where they come from, why they are here, and where they go after they die. Sharing his intuitive experiences of communicating with the Spirit World for the past 30 years, internationally renowned medium James Van Praagh takes you on a spiritual sojourn to discover the unique design of your very own soul and explore its various adventures as it travels between worlds. You’ll learn to open up your mind to your soul’s unbounded wisdom and gain a bigger perspective of life and a better grasp of your significant part in it.

This book will further assist you in understanding and recognising various soul lessons you came back to Earth to learn, such as sorrow, forgiveness, grief, love and joy. By utilising this knowledge, you will come to identify your soul’s intricacies and start to live a life that truly fulfils your soul’s destiny: following the path to love. This is one journey that will force you to look at life and death in a completely different light!

James Van Praagh is the internationally renowned #1 New York Times best-selling author who has worked as the voice of the Spirit World for the past 30 years. He has appeared on Oprah, Larry King Live, Dr. Phil, Coast to Coast, and many other programs. He is also the successful creator and producer of CBS’s long-running series The Ghost Whisperer, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt. …

James Van Praagh: Tune into the spiritual world

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