Published on Oct 25, 2014
Part 1: Happiness – The Buddha said that he would not teach about happiness if it were not possible to realize this experience of peace and deep wellbeing. In this three part series, we explore two kinds of happiness – that which arises out of particular causes and the experience of “happy for no reason.” The talks examine the attachments that block happiness, ways to “gladden the mind,” and the liberating presence that naturally expresses as pure happiness.
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Published on Oct 25, 2014
In his long career as a poet, Buddhist teacher, spiritual advisor, and writer, Stephen Levine has changed our understanding of death and dying. In Becoming Kuan Yin, Levine’s first new book in many years, he turns to the legend of Kuan Yin, the Bbodhistitva venerated by East Asian Buddhists for her compassion.
In Becoming Kuan Yin, Levine shares the tale of Miao Shan, born centuries ago to a cruel king who wanted her to marry a wealthy but uncaring man. This is the story of how Miao Shan refused to follow the path her father had in mind and, instead, became Kuan Yin, the first acknowledged female Buddha who watches over the dying and those who work with them.
Levine weaves together story and practice and helps readers discover their own infinite capacity for mercy and compassion under difficult circumstances. This book will have resonance for Kuan Yin’s millions of followers.
Stephen Levine is an American poet, author ,and teacher best known for his work on death and dying. He is one of a generation of pioneering teachers who, along with Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, Ram Dass, and Sharon Salzberg, who have made the teachings of Theravada Buddhism more widely available to students in the West. He is the author of Who Dies?, Healing into Life and Death, and Turning Toward the Mystery. Visit him at http://www.levinetalks.com.
Stephen Levine: Conscious Living, Conscious Dying — Thinking Allowed DVD w/ Jeffrey Mishlove
Genuine healing occurs when we take ourselves mercifully into our own hearts and accept the totality of our lives. This healing of the soul or spirit, says Stephen Levine, is independent of bodily healing. We harden our hearts when we fail to forgive ourselves of our own pain. In this sense, one can only heal one’s self; one can never truly be healed by another.
Conscious living and conscious dying require that we bring our pain into our hearts, rather than wall ourselves off from it. In this moving and personal two-part program, Levine illustrates this point by referring to several cases of dying individuals with whom he has worked. He also discusses the use of imagery in healing, maintaining that each individual should choose imagery consistent with their own sensibility. He leads a brief meditation exercise designed to bring the full scope of living into awareness.
Poet and meditation teacher, Stephen Levine is author of Healing into Life and Death, Who Dies?, Meetings on the Edge, A Gradual Awakening and Grist for the Mill (co-authored with Ram Dass ).
Published on Apr 11, 2014
In this video clip, Rupert discusses the common pitfall during meditation of trying to locate awareness as an object.
Published on Oct 24, 2014
A conversation exploring the connection between intention and attention and their relation to the search of happiness.
Rupert Spira: excerpts from the 2010 SAND Conference
The Ever-Present Seamlessness of ‘KnowingBeingLoving’
Rupert Spira speaking at the 2010 Science and Nonduality Conference:
This is an excerpt from the interview with Richard Lang at the Science and Nonduality Conference featured in the 3DVD set “Science and Nonduality Anthology Vol.4″. For the full interview please visit: http://www.scienceandnonduality.com
Richard Lang spends most of his time working to make more available the Headless Way — a modern, experimental way home to who we really are. Richard discovered headlessness in 1970 when he met Douglas Harding, author of On Having No Head. They became friends. Since then he has travelled widely giving hundreds of workshops, written two books and produced a CD and videos that share the headless way experiments. He is part of a world-wide community of friends who value headlessness. Richard set up headless.org and is encouraged by the growing numbers of people who visit, do the experiments, and see who they really are.http://www.headless.org/
In this very personal discussion of his training as a potter, Rupert describes his understanding of the artistic process.
Scientific evidence for the continual presence of consciousness with or without connection to a living organism
• Examines findings on the survival of consciousness beyond life, including near-death experiences, after-death communication, and reincarnation
• Explains how this correlates precisely with cutting-edge physics theories on superstrings, information fields, and energy matrices
• Reveals how consciousness manifests in living beings to continue its evolution
Evidence now points to consciousness existing beyond the brain, such as when the brain is temporarily incapacitated, as well as to the survival of consciousness after death. Conventional science prefers to dismiss these findings because they cannot be accommodated by a materialist view of reality. Spirituality and religion embrace the continuity of consciousness and ascribe it to a nonmaterial spirit or soul that is immortal. As such, spirituality/religion and science continually find conflict in their views. But what if there truly is no conflict?
Based on a new scientific paradigm in sync with experience-based spirituality, Ervin Laszlo and Anthony Peake explore how consciousness is continually present in the cosmos and can exist without connection to a living organism. They examine the rapidly growing body of scientific evidence supporting the continuity of consciousness, including near-death experiences, after-death communication, reincarnation, and neurosensory information received in altered states. They explain how the persistence of consciousness beyond the demise of the body means that, in essence, we are not mortal–we continue to exist even when our physical existence has come to an end. This correlates precisely with cutting-edge physics, which posits that things in our plane of time and space are not intrinsically real but are manifestations of a hidden dimension where they exist in the form of superstrings, information fields, and energy matrices.
With proof that consciousness is basic to the cosmos and immortal in its deeper, nonmanifest realm, Laszlo and Peake reveal the purpose of consciousness is to manifest in living beings in order to continuously evolve.
About the Author(s) of The Immortal Mind
Ervin Laszlo is a systems scientist, integral theorist, and classical pianist. Twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, he is the founder and president of the international think tank the Club of Budapest as well as the Ervin Laszlo Center for Advanced Study. He lives in Tuscany.
Anthony Peake is a writer, researcher, and author of 7 books, including Making Sense of Near-Death Experiences, which received a “highly commended” award from the British Medical Association. He lives in Crawley, West Sussex, U.K.
Table of Contents
Prologue: The Big Question
Consciousness beyond the Brain
1 Near-Death Experiences
2 Apparitions and After-Death Communication
3 Medium-Transmitted Communication
4 Instrumental Transcommunication
5 Past-Life Recollection
Cosmos and Consciousness
7 The Rediscovery of the Deep Dimension
8 Consciousness in the Cosmos
9 Re-experiencing Consciousness: The Recall from the Akasha
10 Death and Beyond: The Return to the Akasha
Afterword Conscious Immortality: The Dawn of a New Era
Appendix Confirming Views from Extraordinary Sources
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Anthony Peake @ Awakened State, Edinburgh 11/05/2013
Published on Mar 23, 2014
The extraordinary science of what happens when we die.
Can there ever be a scientifically satisfactory explanation as to what happens to human consciousness at the point of death? Anthony Peake, acclaimed author on the matter of consciousness, believes there is. Pulling together the latest evidence from the fields of quantum physics, neurology, consciousness studies and psychology, Peake presents a compelling, original theory to explain what exactly happens when we die.
Filmed on Sat 11th May 2013 at Teviot, Edinburgh
Anchor: Richard Ritchie
Filmed by: Julian Stern and Ricardo Ecabello
Post Production by: Iain Fugue
Exploring the Nature of Consciousness Beyond the Brain
Published on Sep 20, 2014
Anthony Peake is a researcher, writer and speaker who deals with borderline areas of human consciousness. He is the author of 8 books. His newest releases include “The Infinite Mindfield: the quest to find the gateway to higher consciousness” and “The Immortal Mind: Science and the Continuity of Consciousness Beyond the Brain” which he co-authored with Ervin Laszlo.
Past episodes with Anthony Peake on EBTV:
1. The Illusions of Reality: Life, Death and Time
2. Quantum Time: The Illusion of Past, Present and Future
General topics covered in this video include:
1. The nature of consciousness. (2:00)
– does consciousness really exist?
– the continuous nature of consciousness
– the eye-brain-consciousness connection
2. Comparing the reality of inner versus outer worlds. (8:09)
– the nature of consensual reality
– connections to telepathy, hallucinations and dreams
– experiences with DMT
– the limits of our perception
3. How to work with altered states of consciousness and/or alternate realities. (18:15)
– the nature of the DMT molecule
– the prerequisite evolution required
4. The role of consciousness in the deja vu phenomenon. (23:26)
– the nature of seeing and hearing in deja vu
– the nature of precognitive deja vu
– the connection of deja vu to the nature of time
– the Akashic field and the simulation theory of reality
5. The connection of consciousness research to Philip K. Dick. (32:25)
– his precognitive life and work
6. The purpose of consciousness and its immortal nature.(40:17)
– consciousness beyond the brain
– consciousness beyond death
7. Exploring reincarnation in light of an immortal consciousness. (46:06)
8. Exploring “glitches in the matrix”. (50:35)
9. Anthony shares about his upcoming new work. (52:54)
– the neuro-chemistry side of consciousness
On October 23, 2014 there will be a solar eclipse in Libra, in the Nakshatra of Chitra. This eclipse will be the last one in Libra for the next 8 to 10 years.
Major relationship themes will once again predominate. But now there will be a sense of closure and moving on possible. Since the end of 2011, when Saturn entered Libra, there has been a lot of relationship/social pressure. This eclipse is bringing closure to the confusion and difficulty we have been through in our personal relationships since the end of 2011.
In particular, since the beginning of 2013 through the summer of 2014 there was pressure, confusion and identity shifts in relation to others / satisfying our mutual desires with them.
Venus and Saturn with Debilitated , Eclipsed Sun in Libra
The sun is experiencing a lot of difficulty, being eclipsed in Libra – Where it is both of eclipsed by the North node and in its sign of debilitation. However, it is also joined its ruler Venus and an exalted Saturn. So, even though our individual identity may be feeling at its lowest (debilitated Sun in Libra), there is a lot of assistance from others (Venus) and greater willingness to work hard to preserve connection (Saturn exalted in Libra).
Mercury and Jupiter Exalted
Both Mercury and Jupiter are exalted now. Jupiter has been since early summer, anchoring our teachings and inspirations in the heart. Mercury has gone retrograde into Virgo, the sign he rules and where he is exalted, which brings a lot of clarity to the confusion of Rahu issues, as he eclipses the sun. For the most part, there could be a lot of lucidity, flexibility and lightness, as these heavy relationship themes untangle for this final eclipse in Libra.
Nakshatra of Chitra – Ruled by Vishwa Karma
This Eclipse happens in the Nakshatra of Chitra, ruled by Vishwa Karma, the divine architect. In fact, the sun, the moon, Venus and Rahu are all in Chitra. This is a vibrant, creative Nakshatra often seen in the charts of artists, architects, musicians and those who want to build/create something enduring. In Libra, there is more emphasis on creating things that have a social component or that benefits one personally.
– See more at: http://www.mydailyastrology.net/join/news/vedic-astrology-solar-eclipse-in-libra/#sthash.KiSyBEqm.98yGR5gP.dpuf
Dr Deepak Chopra sits with Soul Sessions founder Eloise King to discuss the nature of technology and how it’s effecting our consciousness; who or what God is; and your place in it all.
The world is changing at a dizzying pace. We’re all looking for new ways of thinking that can bring about real solutions to modern problems, from the pursuit of inner serenity to solving world conflicts. In Do You QuantumThink? author Dianne Collins shares her ingenious discovery that reveals a critical missing link to make sense of our changing times. Her discovery provides us with the understanding and methodology to rise above problems of today by laying the foundation for an entirely new way to think.
Part science, part philosophy, part spirituality, Do You QuantumThink? draws on a wide spectrum of sources, from cutting edge innovations in the sciences to the insights of the world’s greatest spiritual leaders. This book will make you laugh, free you from limiting ideas, and introduce you to the most advanced principles and practical methods for living. Do You QuantumThink? will rock your world in the best of ways as you experience one revelation after another.
Dianne Collins is an original thinker, media personality, and one of the foremost thought-leaders of our time. She is a master of translating ancient knowledge into “quantum” modern wisdom that provides a transformative platform for the way we conduct our business and personal affairs. Dianne is the creator and author of QuantumThink, a new system of thinking that has us leap from the outdated “old world view” limits of the Industrial Age to begin thinking from the more accurate and up-to-date “new world view” of our current Quantum Age. Along with her husband and business partner, she consults visionary leaders and executives in the world’s leading corporations including Accenture, AT&T, CNN and Dupont as well as presenting QuantumThink to entrepreneurs and students, homemakers and professionals, celebrities and evolutionaries worldwide.
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Dianne Collins – Do You Quantum Think?
Author Dianne Collins discusses her book Do You Quantum Think? and how important it is to reshape the way we think so it aligns with nature and with modern times. It’s great advice that can be easily applied to the process of writing and publishing a book.
What Is New Thinking? Dianne Collins – Part 1 of 2
Everyone knows we need to think in a new way–so what really is “new thinking”? Dianne Collins gives us a QuantumThink perspective in this 17-minute video (in 2 parts) that was presented to business leaders in CNN International. The author of Do You QuantumThink? New Thinking That Will Rock Your World discusses the reason our thinking has been limited and how we can free ourselves from outdated ways of thinking toward real solutions that will work now in our changing world – for ourselves personally, professionally, and globally. This is worth thinking about : ) NOTE: The video takes about 15 seconds to begin.
What Is New Thinking? Dianne Collins – Part 2 of 2
Everyone knows we need to think in a new way–so what really is “new thinking”? (Part 2 of 2) Dianne Collins gives us a QuantumThink perspective in this 17-minute video (in 2 parts) that was presented to business leaders in CNN International. The author of Do You QuantumThink? New Thinking That Will Rock Your World discusses the reason our thinking has been limited and how we can free ourselves from outdated ways of thinking toward real solutions that will work now in our changing world – for ourselves personally, professionally, and globally. In this Part 2 Dianne discusses how the “old world” Industrial Age view has influenced our thinking, and how the “new world view” of the Quantum Age can influence thinking. She tells how a leading IT company used QuantumThinking to bring about an extraordinary business result. This is worth thinking about : ) NOTE: The video takes about 15 seconds to begin.
Do You QuantumThink? Award-winning book by Dianne Collins What People Are Saying
Dianne Collins has received 6 book awards for Do You QuantumThink? The book is considered a must-read cutting-edge “classic” for our modern times.
Dianne Collins: Quantum Reality is a Direct Reflection of Thought
Published on Oct 20, 2014
Dianne Collins joins Barnet and Freeman to share her powerful perspective on quantum reality. Dianne is the author of “Do You Quantum Think?” This is truly a thought provoking discussion.
For more information about Dianne’s work, please visit: http://www.quantumthink.com/
Published on Oct 21, 2014
Rupert answers a question about the necessity of having a teacher.
Published on Oct 20, 2014
Rudolph Tanzi discusses the evolution of the brain and consciousness, his research on the genetics of neurological disease aided by meditation and lucid dreaming.
This interview is featured in the upcoming “Science and Nonduality Anthology Vol.5″. http://www.scienceandnonduality.com/p…
Dr. Rudolph Tanzi is the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard University, and Vice-Chair of Neurology and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Tanzi co-discovered all three familial early-onset Alzheimer’s disease genes and several other neurological disease genes including that responsible for Wilson’s disease. As leader of the Alzheimer’s Genome Project, Dr. Tanzi has identified many other genes for the common late-onset form of AD. Dr. Tanzi serves on dozens of editorial and scientific advisory boards, and as Chair of the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund Research Consortium. He has received numerous awards, including the two highest awards for Alzheimer’s disease research: The Metropolitan Life Award and The Potamkin Prize.
Published on Oct 20, 2014
Vedic astrology – Hope and Passion and Shift Away from Tamas this Week
There is been a few significant planetary shifts recently, that show a “deemphasizing” of Tamasic/protective/fearful energy, and a greater emphasis placed on enjoyment (Rajasic) and inspired themes (Sattwic).
Last week there were 3 planets in Virgo, which is a Tamasic sign. Debilitated Venus, joined the sun and (Tamasic) Rahu. As I reported last week, this created quite a lot of irrational fear, on the world stage at least, related to the Ebola virus, etc.
Of course, each of us probably experienced some version of this “crisis of irrational fear” in a certain area of our life (whichever house where we find the sign Virgo most likely).
In addition to that, Mars was in Scorpio, a Tamasic planet in a Tamasic sign. This placement referred to a healthy, empowered response to stress and fear. Hopefully, there was a part of you courageously aligned with strengthening your irrational fears and vulnerabilities.
A Different Story This Week
Since then, both Venus and the sun have moved into Rajasic Libra, bringing more of a focus on personal relating, happiness and creativity. Also, Mars has left Tamasic Scorpio, and entered Sattwic Sagittarius, emphasizing hope, meaning and the bigger picture.
Also, both Mercury and Venus are in their own signs – with Mercury in his sign of Virgo and Venus in its sign of Libra. Thus, the intelligence of life situations has drastically improved. Rather than being dominated by irrational fear, (Rahu joined debilitated Venus and the sun) there is more intelligence brought to the situation, as Rahu is also joined his ruler, and we are reflecting on recent fears and conclusions.
Panache Desai – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview
Published on Oct 19, 2014
Panache Desai is a contemporary thought leader and author whose message of love and acceptance has drawn thousands of people from around the world to his seminars and workshops. Not aligned with any religious or spiritual tradition, he empowers people to free themselves of pain, suffering, sadness, and self-limiting beliefs. After a profoundly transformative experience more than a decade ago, he has committed his life to being a spiritual teacher empowering humanity in the deepest states of connection and awareness and helping people everywhere to directly experience divine consciousness for themselves.
A highly sought-after speaker featured regularly in print, broadcast media, and online, Panache has appeared with Oprah Winfrey on the Emmy® Award-winning OWN series, Super Soul Sunday and was featured on their 2013 season finale, Soul 2 Soul: Asking Life’s Big Questions. He is a featured speaker OMEGA Institute for Holistic Studies and the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health; he has addressed the United Nations Enlightenment Society; and in Spring 2014 he was a featured speaker at The Third Metric Conferences, hosted by Arianna Huffington and Mika Brzezinski. Panache has also collaborated with internationally recognized spiritual teachers including Reverend Michael Bernard Beckwith, Elizabeth Lesser, Brian Weiss, MD, James Van Praagh, Ram Dass, Alan Cohen, James Redfield, Colette Baron-Reid and Neale Donald Walsch.
In May 2014, he published his first book, Discovering Your Soul Signature: A 33-Day Path to Purpose, Passion & Joy. VIEW HERE
Published on Oct 18, 2014
Excerpt from a private gathering in Kensington, Berkeley CA. October 12th, 2014
Let the Pain take you to your Bliss
Revised and Expanded The Vedic Prophecies take you to the end of time! This is the first book ever to present the unique predictions found in the ancient Vedic texts of India. These prophecies are like no others and will provide you with a very different view of the future and how things fit together in the plan for the universe. Now you can discover the amazing secrets that are hidden in the oldest spiritual writings on the planet. Find out what they say about the distant future, and what the seers of long ago saw in their visions of the destiny of the world.
This book will reveal predictions of deteriorating social changes and how to avoid them; future droughts and famines; low-class rulers and evil governments; whether there will be another appearance (second coming) of God; and predictions of a new spiritual awareness and how it will spread around the world.
You will also learn the answers to such questions as:
* Does the future get worse or better?
* Will there be future world wars or global disasters?
* What lies beyond the predictions of Nostradamus, the Mayan prophecies, or the Biblical apocalypse?
* Are we in the end times? How to recognize them if we are.
* Does the world come to an end? If so, when and how? Now you can find out what the future holds.
The Vedic Prophecies carry an important message and warning for all humanity, which needs to be understood now!
Stephen Knapp has studied the major Vedic texts of India and practiced yoga and the Eastern teachings for over forty years. He has traveled extensively throughout India and has taken over 17,000 photos of the numerous holy places he has visited. He has authored over twenty well-received books on Vedic culture and its spiritual philosophy. He has also lectured at many of India’s most noteworthy colleges and universities, and many places in the United States as well. He continues to write books, articles, and give lectures at various venues. .
Vedic Prophecies by Stephen Knapp
A short interview with Stephen Knapp by Robert Taylor on his book, The Vedic Prophecies. You can find out more about this in Stephen’s video “Vedic Prophecies # 2,” and in his video “2012 and Beyond.”
Vedic Prophecies # 2: The Coming Spiritual Changes, by Stephen Knapp
An interview that explains some of the coming spiritual changes in the future that will take place as society develops spiritually during the Golden Age within Kali-yuga that will last for another 10,000 years. Much more is explained in Stephen Knapp’s book, “The Vedic Prophecies: A New Look into the Future.”
In these dark times that try our souls,
your life choices can make global sense.
Against a backdrop of climate change, political upheaval and economic instability, The Dawn of Global Sense reveals how authority addiction and alpha male rule have driven us to ravage our planet and sacrifice liberty for security. Offering real hope, journalist Judah Freed proves that an awakening into global consciousness is reaching a tipping point — empowering us to change the world from within ourselves.
Through stories from his life and from history, Freed masterfully exposes the roots of tyranny and shows how enlightenment is spreading. He documents the growing ranks of people who realize everything we think, feel, say, and do impacts ourselves and our world.
Drawing on Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, The Dawn of Global Sense unites the ideas behind personal sovereignty, social responsibility, open democracy, and ecological renewal. Judah Freed brings our highest ideals down to earth where we can use them.
The Dawn of Global Sense is Judah Freed’s fourth book. His prior nonfiction books have won two Nautilus Awards for best social change book and an Evvy Award for best personal growth book. Judah is a past president of the Colorado Authors League, former trade shows chair of the Colorado Independent Publishers Association, a former director of the Denver Press Club, and founder of the 900-member Denver Book Club. He is a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association, and he is the founder of the Kauai Independent Authors and Publishers Association in Hawaii.
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Do Libertarians Want Freedom Without Responsibility?
Published on Oct 9, 2013
–Judah Freed, seasoned media and political journalist, joins David to discuss his new book The Dawn Of Global Sense: Awakening to the Rising Global Consciousness Now Changing Our Lives
VIEW THE PREVIOUS PREVIEW HERE
This book brings together the easy and joyful principles and practices that are common to all of the major religions of the world. These are what can be used by all people from any culture or tradition for the highest spiritual progress, and to bring about a united, one world religion in a happy process of spiritual success for everyone. This is much easier to recognize than most people think, and is a way to bring down the differences, barriers and separations that seem to exist between religions.
This also presents:
– a most interesting and revealing survey of the major spiritual paths of the world, describing their histories, goals, and how they developed, which is not always what we would expect.
– the philosophical basis of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Jainism, Sikhism, etc., and the types of spiritual knowledge they contain.
-how Christianity and Judaism were greatly influenced by the early pre-Christian or “pagan” religions and adopted many of their legends, holidays, and rituals that are still accepted and practiced today.
-the essential teachings of Jesus.
-benefits of spiritual advancement that affect all aspects of a person’s life, and the world in which we live.
-how spiritual enlightenment is the real cure for social ills.
–and, most importantly, how to attain the real purpose of a spiritual process to be truly successful, and how to practice the path that is especially recommended as the easiest and most effective for people of this age.
Spiritual Enlightenment: What is It, by Stephen Knapp
short description of what is Spiritual Enlightenment, and the different levels of understanding, realization, and then perception of the spiritual dimension and how to reach it.
Published on Oct 17, 2014
In this clip Rupert answers a question about the witnessing position and describes it as a half way stage.
Published on Oct 15, 2014
In this interview Rupert Spira answers questions related to realization, individual character, mistaken projections onto spiritual teachers and more. Some of the questions discussed are: Is personal development necessary for realization? and Does awareness need an individual mind to know itself?
This interview is featured in the “Science and Nonduality Anthology Vol.4″.
From an early age Rupert was deeply interested in the nature of Reality. For twenty years he studied the teachings of Ouspensky, Krishnamurti, Rumi, Shankaracharya, Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta and Robert Adams, until he met his teacher, Francis Lucille, twelve years ago. Francis introduced Rupert to the teaching of Jean Klein, Parmenides, Wei Wu Wei and Atmananda Krishnamenon and, more importantly, directly indicated to him the true nature of experience.
Rupert’s first book is “The Transparency of Things”, subtitled “Contemplating the Nature of Experience”. His second book, Presence Volume I The Art of Peace and Happiness and Presence Volume II The Intimacy of All Experience has been currently released by Non-Duality Press.
Understanding the assorted Divinities or gods and goddesses of the Vedic or Hindu pantheon is not so difficult as some people may think when it is presented simply and effectively. And that is what you will find in this book. This will open you to many of the possibilities and potentials of the Vedic tradition, and show how it has been able to cater to and fulfill the spiritual needs and development of so many people since time immemorial. Here you will find there is something for everyone. This takes you into the heart of the deep, Vedic spiritual knowledge of how to perceive the Absolute Truth, the Supreme and the various powers and agents of the universal creation. This explains the characteristics and nature of the Vedic Divinities and their purposes, powers, and the ways they influence and affect the natural energies of the universe. It also shows how they can assist us and that blessings from them can help our own spiritual and material development and potentialities, depending on what we need.
Some of the Vedic Divinities that will be explained include Lord Krishna, Vishnu, Their main avatars and expansions, along with Brahma, Shiva, Ganesh, Murugan, Surya, Hanuman, as well as the goddesses of Sri Radha, Durga, Sarasvati, Lakshmi, and others. This also presents explanations of their names, attributes, dress, weapons, instruments, the meaning of the Shiva lingam, and some of the legends and stories that are connected with them. This will certainly give you a new insight into the expansive nature of the Vedic tradition.
Stephen Knapp grew up in a Christian family, during which time he seriously studied the Bible to understand its teachings. In his late teenage years, however, he sought answers to questions not easily explained in Christian theology. So he began to search through other religions and philosophies from around the world and started to find the answers for which he was looking. He also studied a variety of occult sciences, ancient mythology, mysticism, yoga, and the spiritual teachings of the East. After his first reading of the Bhagavad-gita, he felt he had found the last piece of the puzzle he had been putting together through all of his research. Therefore, he continued to study all of the major Vedic texts of India to gain a better understanding of the Vedic science.
It is known amongst all Eastern mystics that anyone, regardless of qualifications, academic or otherwise, who does not engage in the spiritual practices described in the Vedic texts cannot actually enter into understanding the depths of the Vedic spiritual science, nor acquire the realizations that should accompany it. So, rather than pursuing his research in an academic atmosphere at a university, Stephen directly engaged in the spiritual disciplines that have been recommended for hundreds of years. He continued his study of Vedic knowledge and spiritual practice under the guidance of a spiritual master.
Through this process, and with the sanction of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, he became initiated into the genuine and authorized spiritual line of the Brahma-Madhava-Gaudiya sampradaya, which is a disciplic succession that descends back through Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Sri Vyasadeva, the compiler of Vedic literature, and further back to Sri Krishna. Through this initiation he has taken the spiritual name of Sri Nandanandana dasa. Besides being brahminically initiated, Stephen has also been to India numerous times and traveled extensively throughout the country, visiting all but three small states, and most of the major holy places, thus gaining a wide variety of spiritual experiences that only such places can give. Stephen has put the culmination of over forty years of continuous research and travel experience into his books in an effort to share it with those who are also looking for spiritual understanding.
Benefits of India’s Vedic Culture by Stephen Knapp
An interview with Stephen Knapp on the benefits of India’s ancient Vedic culture and traditions. You can find out more about Stephen’s articles, projects, and books at http://www.stephen-knapp.com, and at http://stephenknapp.wordpress.com.
Vedic scholar, Stephen Knapp joins Dr. Rita Louise on Just Energy Radio where he delves into topics including reincarnation, prayer and ritual, engaging in a spiritual practice and extraterrestrials in Hindu culture.
Consciousness is the most familiar phenomenon. Yet it is the hardest one to explain. Even today, it is still unclear whether and how consciousness emerges from mere matter or whether consciousness is a fundamental property of matter. The crux of the issue is to decide if consciousness has causal efficacies in the physical world, which is not classical but quantum at the deepest level. If consciousness is fundamental as panpsychism holds, then the fundamental consciousness property should take part in the causal chains of the quantum world and should present itself in our investigation of the world. Is consciousness causally efficient in the quantum world then? How to find the quantum physical effects of consciousness if they indeed exist?
This book will propose a promising solution to the hard problem of consciousness by investigating the possible quantum effects of consciousness. Admittedly, it has been a hot topic of debate whether there is a subtle connection between quantum physics and consciousness. Different from the existing speculations, the analysis of the book is based on the well-accepted assumption that quantum processes such as quantum measurements are objective physical processes, independent of the consciousness of observers. To our great surprise, however, this banal assumption may have profound implications for the nature of consciousness. For it implies that a conscious being can distinguish definite perceptions and their quantum superpositions under certain conditions, while a measuring system without consciousness cannot distinguish such quantum states. The existence of this distinct physical effect of consciousness further implies that consciousness is not emergent but a fundamental feature of the universe. This provides a convincing scientific argument for panpsychism.
The main ideas of this book have been published in professional journals such as Minds and Machines, and will soon be introduced in the prestigious Journal of Consciousness Studies. Although the book places priority on the rigor of the scientific arguments, its contents are basically comprehensible to general readers. This little book will appeal to all those who have been looking for a real understanding of the mysterious universe.
Shan Gao is a theoretical physicist and philosopher of physics at the Institute for the History of Natural Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Physics from University of Sydney. His major interests are foundations of quantum mechanics, philosophy of physics, history of modern physics, and philosophy of mind. His original ideas, including random discontinuous motion, quantum superluminal communication and quantum panpsychism, have been published in professional journals such as Foundations of Physics, Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, Proceedings of the Royal Society A, Minds and Machines, Journal of Consciousness Studies, and so on. He is the author of God Does Play Dice with the Universe, Quantum Physics: From Illusion to Reality, Understanding Quantum Physics: An Advanced Guide for the Perplexed and several other books. His first popular science book Quantum: A Historical and Logical Journey (in Chinese) is very successful, and it has sold more than ten thousands copies in China during the last few years. His new edited book Protective Measurements and Quantum Reality: Toward a New Understanding of Quantum Mechanics will be published in 2014 by Cambridge University Press, and the list of contributors includes Yakir Aharonov et al. For more details please visit http://gucas.academia.edu/ShanGao.
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A lot has been said about Satan and demons in music and movies, on the Internet and TV, but it can be difficult to figure out what’s true and what’s folklore. Professor Mark Muska uses the Bible to answer the most-asked questions about Satan and demons, including:
· Who is Satan?
· Does Satan really have horns, hoofs, and a tail?
· Can Satan read our thoughts?
· What is demon possession?
· Can anything protect us from demonic attacks?
You’ll discover exactly what God’s Word says–as well as what it doesn’t say–about these mysterious beings.
Mark H. Muska is Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at the University of Northwestern St. Paul. Dr. Muska received his EdD from St. Mary’s University and his ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary. He is a regular guest on “Ask the Professor,” fielding live calls from listeners on the KTIS AM Connecting Faith program. He lives with his family near St. Paul, Minnesota.
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Pure Awareness Being Aware of Itself – Rudolph Tanzi
Published on Oct 14, 2014
Professor Rudolph Tanzi discusses the function of the cognitive self. This interview is featured in the upcoming “Science and Nonduality Anthology Vol.5″. http://www.scienceandnonduality.com/p…
Dr. Rudolph Tanzi is the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard University, and Vice-Chair of Neurology and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Tanzi co-discovered all three familial early-onset
Alzheimer’s disease genes and several other neurological disease genes including that responsible for Wilson’s disease. As leader of the Alzheimer’s Genome Project, Dr. Tanzi has identified many other genes for the common late-onset form of AD. Dr. Tanzi serves on dozens of editorial and scientific advisory boards, and as Chair of the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund Research Consortium. He has received numerous awards, including the two highest awards for Alzheimer’s disease research: The Metropolitan Life Award and The Potamkin Prize.
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Published on Oct 13, 2014
‘The way to freedom lies through form, not in spite of form’. Ram Dass explains that we must not push our humanity away, but fully embrace it in an effort to move through it. Our task is to stretch ourselves to be in form, and formless at the same time.
Published on Oct 14, 2014
Rupert discusses trusting belief versus experience.
Light in the Night contains stunning photographic evidence of the light-filled beings that medium Lois Anne Smith says have always been with her. The pictures were taken in the gardens surrounding her small healing center located in the quiet community of Valley Mede, Maryland.
It never occurred to her to share them in book form until the summer of 2013 when, standing in the middle of the garden, she asked out loud, “Where is everyone?” She had enjoyed three years of capturing extraordinary evidence that she was surrounded by light and love, even in-especially in-the darkness. The past six months of barely seeing a small orb felt as though someone had flipped a switch, and it was over. The answer came immediately, “My dear, you haven’t done anything with the ones we’ve given you.”
She now makes these amazing photos available to us all, along with deeply personal stories that are sure to lift your spirit and remind us all that when the journey is about love and the entire universe supports and encourages us.
Lois Anne is an experienced medium and author who uses her gift to bridge the physical and spiritual realms in an atmosphere of love and understanding for the purpose of bringing clarity, healing, and connection to those on both sides of the veil.
A gifted facilitator of healing, Lois Anne is passionate about helping others identify and shift old energy imprints (thoughts, feelings, beliefs) and re-awaken to their own truth.
Lois is a published author and certified Ama~Deus Instructor (one of five accredited in North America by the International Ama~Deus Association). She has studied with international mediums and healers from around the globe although it is her own healing journey that has taught her to embrace others with gentleness and compassion. She has been in the healing arts community for more than 25 years. Lois maintains a continued commitment to her own journey and a deep passion to help all who come to The Cottage.
Venus is currently Venus Debilitated, Combust, With Rahu and in an Exchange With Retrograde Mercury. Venus is the planet we use mostly as adults when interacting with each other. Whether it is in business or romantic relationships, the main skill we use is mutual respect.
When we are able to honor another person’s wishes equal to our own, smooth personal and business relationships follow. When we either compromise too much, and sell ourselves short – or assert our position with too much passion, both business and personal relationships suffer.
At the heart of the matter is happiness and the desire that follows the wispy promise of what makes us happy. Beauty, love, harmony are all universal principles that has their origin in the venus principle. But how high of a price are we willing to pay for those things? Are we selling our principles down the drain to get them?
Currently these issues are confused and confusing as there are several different stresses on Venus.
Venus Debilitated in Virgo
When Venus is in Virgo we may be acutely aware of all the many reasons why we are not happy and all of the many imperfections of those around us who just don;t seem to get it. I mean really what is wrong with these people, clearly they are here to make YOU happy, right?
Venus Combust / Close to the Sun
When Venus is combust it is very close to the Sun, creating a sort of “cosmic sunburn” on these issues of respect. Think of all you do, and yet all people do is ask for more. “Combustion” is one of the “Deeptadi Avasthas”, called “Kopa” (Angry / frustrated).
Venus joined Rahu
Rahu creates confusion with these issues of self-respect and compromise with others. It also explodes desires and distorts the issues and may have you quickly accelerating and escalating things sexually with another – or frustrated because that is not happening.
Venus Exchanging with Retrograde Mercury
Venus is in Mercury’s sign and Mercury is in Venus’ sign. This exchange creates a dialogue between these two forces. Mercury shows flexibility with others and works hand in hand with Venus, as we navigate the slippery slope and ever-changing landscape of mutual desires. Given that Mercury is also retrograde now, there is confusion about how to process, communicate or understand what is being asked of us now, in relation to others.
Finding Forgiveness and Freedom
on the Camino de Santiago
Life was falling apart. Within the space of three years, New York Times best-selling author and six-sensory spiritual teacher Sonia Choquette had suffered the unexpected death of two close family members, seen her marriage implode, and been let down by trusted colleagues. And sympathy was not forthcoming. “You’re a world-renowned intuitive guide and teacher,” people jeered. “How could you not have seen this coming?” Having intuitive abilities didn’t make Sonia superhuman, however. Nor did it exempt her from being wounded or suffering the pain of loss and the consequences of our all-too-human traits such as anger, resentment, and pride—traits that can lead even the best of us to stray from our path.
In order to regain her spiritual footing, Sonia turned to the age-old practice of pilgrimage and set out to walk the legendary Camino de Santiago, an 800-kilometer (500-mile) trek over the Pyrenees and across northern Spain. Day after day she pushed through hunger, exhaustion, and pain to reach her destination. Eventually, mortification of the flesh gave way to spiritual renewal, and she rediscovered the gifts of humility and forgiveness that she needed to repair her world.
In this riveting book, Sonia shares the intimate details of her grueling experience, as well as the unexpected moments of grace, humor, beauty, and companionship that supported her through her darkest hours. While her journey is unique, the lessons she learned—about honoring your relationships with others as well as with your own higher self, and forgiving all else—are universal.
Sonia Choquette, a world-renowned intuitive guide and spiritual teacher, is the author of 19 international best-selling books, including the New York Times bestseller The Answer Is Simple . . . ; as well as numerous audio programs and card decks. Sonia was educated at the University of Denver and the Sorbonne in Paris, and holds a Ph.D. in metaphysics from the American Institute of Holistic Theology. Her work has been published in more than 40 countries and translated into 37 languages. A member of the Transformational Leadership Council, she is also the host of her own weekly radio show, Six Sensory Living. To learn more about Sonia, please visit http://www.soniachoquette.com.
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Walking Home: A Pilgrimage from Humbled to Healed
How to manifest with ease ? Attracting all your heart desires – Sonia Choquette
(sorry for the background sound) Video recorded in Starbucks because of the weather, on St Martins Lane, London. Could not shoot Leicester Square any more! ..
Sonia Choquette is a world-renowned author, storyteller, vibrational healer, and six sensory spiritual teacher in international demand for her guidance, wisdom, and capacity to heal the soul. Her books have sold over a million copies world wide including her New York Times bestseller The Answer Is Simple… She is most recognized for her ability to instantly change vibration, lift depression, and connect others to their intuition. She helps people understand their souls’ plan and purpose and leads them to a successful, meaningful and peaceful lives.
Dedicated to liberating people all over the world from the severe limitations, that comes from perceiving the world with only five senses when we in fact have six senses, and opening others up to the joys, healing and personal empowerment of six-sensory living.
A gifted and often hilarious teacher and speaker, Sonia is straight to the point in showing people exactly how to immediately transform their life experience from fear to joy, activate their intuition, awaken their spirit, and live as the empowered beings they are naturally designed to be.
Published on Oct 10, 2014
This topic, in 2 parts, is a follow up to the theme entitled ‘Universal Identity’ from darshans in Vancouver, BC in August 2014.
Published on Oct 10, 2014
This topic, in 2 parts, is a follow up to the theme entitled ‘Universal Identity’ from darshans in Vancouver, BC in August 2014.
With its unprecedented convocation of eighteen of the world’s greatest spiritual thinkers, writers, and scientists, including Maya Angelou, Deepak Chopra, Paulo Coelho, and Eckhart Tolle, this beautifully designed full-color spiritual guide—which ties into a film of the same name—reveals how you can overcome limitations and fulfill your highest potential.
Baptist de Pape, a young lawyer, was mired in anxiety and fears about his future when he felt the call to investigate the incredible power of the heart and how it can lead us to our true purpose in life. On a quest that took him around the world, de Pape interviewed eighteen living icons—all on camera—including Isabel Allende, Jane Goodall, Marci Shimoff, Marianne Williamson, and Gary Zukav. Generously sharing their touching personal stories as well as profound guidance, these leaders co-created with de Pape a multidimensional, illuminating portrait of the heart as an inexhaustible source of love and wisdom that far surpasses that of the mind.
With exciting spiritual and scientific insights, The Power of the Heart presents fascinating evidence that the heart is more than a physical organ. It possesses its own intelligence, capable of transforming your views of money, health, relationships, and success. Mindfulness exercises and contemplations guide you to activate the heart’s special powers—including intuition, intention, gratitude, forgiveness, and love.
These unforgettable lessons from the world’s greatest teachers will inspire you to find your hidden talents, hear your inner voice, and fulfill your highest purpose in life.
Baptist de Pape is a lawyer turned author and filmmaker who traveled around the globe to interview the world’s greatest teachers in the film and book, The Power of the Heart.
The Power of the Heart – Official Movie Trailer
From the director of ‘THE SECRET’ comes this unparalleled and life-changing film about the astonishing power and intelligence of your heart. Featuring some of the most inspiring and influential icons of our age including Paulo Coelho, Maya Angelou, Deepak Chopra, Isabel Allende, and Eckhart Tolle, ‘THE POWER OF THE HEART’ – which ties into a book of the same name – is an experience that will lead you to uncover… and rediscover… the treasure in your chest. Visit the Official Website at: http://www.ThePoweroftheHeart.com
EXCLUSIVE: The Power of the Heart, Baptist de Pape
Published on Oct 7, 2014
From the director of The Secret comes this unparalleled and life-changing film about the astonishing power and intelligence of your heart. Featuring some of the most inspiring and influential icons of our age including Paulo Coelho, Maya Angelou, Deepak Chopra, Isabel Allende, Deepak Chopra, and Eckhart Tolle, The Power of the Heart – which ties into a book of the same name – presents fascinating evidence that your heart is much more than a physical organ and that it can actually transform your views of money, health, relationships, and success. The Power of the Heart is an experience that will lead you to uncover… and rediscover… the treasure in your chest.
Published on Oct 9, 2014
Unconditional Love – Part II (10/08/2014)
These two talks explore key elements in manifesting our innate capacity for unconditional love. Both talks include teachings and meditative strategies for recognizing our blocks to loving, and, through courageous, embodied presence, discovering who we are when not confined by the limiting beliefs and feelings of an egoic self. The first focuses on accepting and embracing our inner life, and the second, on the awakening of a loving presence that includes the whole of this living world.
Published on Oct 10, 2014
An elaboration on the four dimensional world of time and space taking place in dimensionless and timeless Awareness.
She later described the experience as deeper than bliss.
NDM: There seem to be many definitions on terms like enlightenment, self-realization, liberation, awakening and so on depending on various schools of thought and beliefs. Can you please tell me in your view, what is enlightenment? What is an awakening, what is self-realization and what is liberation?
Linda Clair: Enlightenment is the realisation that ‘I’ am not the body, i.e. the freedom from fear of death (of the body). I would say that an awakening is the realisation that ‘I’ am not the mind and it can be quite profound, but it is still an experience and there is still an ‘I’ or mind in control – you just realise that it is in control. With full realisation, the mind subsides and there is no experience anymore – it’s actually the end of seeking experience and the end of the concept of time. It’s the end of all concepts.
NDM: Can you please tell me about your awakening, enlightenment and how this shift occurred, what it felt like in the body, what happened to your mind?
Linda Clair: I can’t remember my awakening very clearly now – many memories have faded. It happened on the fifth day of a 10 day meditation retreat, and I remember a huge letting go of the mind, but at the same time sensing that the mind was still there to some degree. It never regained its former strength, but it was really the beginning of the end. There was deep gratitude and relief, but also a knowledge that a lot more work was required.
I suppose the main thing I remember is a deep enthusiasm and determination to be completely free of the mind and the realisation that it was possible for me. My teacher Peter Jones had prepared me very well for it, and this is extremely important, as the ego can get carried away with something like this happening. There is a great temptation to delude oneself at this point and say there’s nothing more to do . . . but there was a lot more. This happened in 1997 and for the next 7 years I practised intensively. My whole life became my practice. I had a partner, two children and a part-time job but everything revolved around becoming more and more conscious.
What Do You Want?
NDM: In your book you mention how your teacher Peter would say that it’s easier to ask the question “where am I ‘ than asking the classic question as with Atma Vichara self enquiry, “who am I”. Do you also use this question as a technique in your teaching method and can you talk about what can happen when it becomes an intellectual exercise and the person can get stuck in the head?
Linda Clair: I often say to people at the beginning of a sitting to use the sensations in the body to reaffirm that they are here; their body is here, sitting in this room. You are wherever your body is, which is always here now, in this moment. You really need to fully establish this and become deeply grounded in your body before you start asking ‘who am I’. This question then naturally arises and is non intellectual. So, I don’t advise people to ask this question unless they are very mature and it arises spontaneously, otherwise you can become quite confused and deluded.
NDM: Do you think there is an evolution of consciousness occurring?
Linda Clair: I feel that there is always an evolution in consciousness occurring, but I don’t know if there are any more people seriously interested in reality than there ever were. Maybe more people are interested in reading about it and it’s great that people like Eckhart Tolle have made the whole thing more acceptable in the west, but it’s hard to say how many people are seriously interested in going the whole way
NDM: Why is it important to have a living teacher?
Linda Clair: Nothing compares to coming face to face with reality in the flesh. There is no escape, no excuses. It is a very powerful reminder that it is possible to be free while still in the body. The mind will still resist, but when faced with reality, it knows it is danger. The closer you become to your teacher, the closer you come to reality. When someone is dead, you can feel the energetic presence of their words or photograph, but there is often more of a separation.
NDM: There is an interesting dilemma when seeking enlightenment because the desire for it can become the obstacle. How did you navigate around this desire for enlightenment?
Linda Clair: It wasn’t a dilemma for me – there was no choice, nothing I could do about it. I didn’t navigate around it – the longing became stronger and stronger until it totally consumed me. I didn’t start off consciously seeking enlightenment – it was almost like it sought me out. Eventually, you need to want it more than anything else – otherwise you’re not prepared to go through what you need to go through. By the time you realise what you’ve got yourself into, it’s too late to pull out – you’re just too deeply into it.
NDM: Can you tell me what happens with excitement?
Linda Clair: I feel that excitement is the body’s inability to contain joy. It’s often an expectation of something about to happen, or a reaction to something that has just happened. When you realise that there is no time, there is no excitement – just a deep joy that is contained in the body.
NDM: Did you at any time experience any unusual physical sensations in the body, or in your head?
Linda Clair: It was not long after I first met my teacher that I started to feel strange sensations. I remember as I was driving away after visiting him once with my partner, I felt quite a strong tightness and tension in my shoulders for no apparent reason. I mentioned it to my partner, and he said he was feeling similar sensations. I didn’t really think much more about it but then not long after starting formal practice with him I started to feel unusual sensations in my head. They began as mild sensations in the centre of my head and then progressively became stronger. I wondered whether there was something physically wrong with me – maybe a brain tumour, but they would usually start during a meditation and then disappear when I opened my eyes. There were lots of other sensations in different parts of my body that would come and go – pain in the back, up the spine, in the knees, shoulders. . . I found out later that this is what kundalini energy really is – the past in the body clearing out and purifying. It’s facing the pain that we spend much of our lives avoiding. There’s not a lot said in detail about the pain that is involved in the process of enlightenment – but it’s a very important part of it that everyone needs to go through. The pain actually keeps you very present and although it can be incredibly difficult to bear at times there’s a certain exhilaration involved in it as well. After a while I started to understand the reason for the pain and became much more open to it and sometimes even craved it. I preferred being very present and aware, even if it meant being in pain, to feeling a bit dull and half asleep. Eventually, when the body is free of the past, the pain disappears – there is no need for it anymore.
NDM: Do you feel any emotions at all?
Linda Clair: Occasionally, I can feel slightly emotional, but it doesn’t last long- it just can’t. One of the reasons I was so attracted to becoming free was because I was so sick of being a slave to my emotions. I was probably just averagely emotional, but I found that they became more and more intolerable as I got older. The emotional state is so helpless and selfish. There is a belief that without your emotions you become a robot – you become cold–hearted, but this is not the truth. You can only be truly loving and compassionate when you’re not obsessed with yourself – not emotional. I would not define love as an emotion, but a state that is free of the emotional self. You then feel it more as a sensation in the body.
NDM: When you were going through the process of removing your ego defences, did you experience any anxiety or fear?
Linda Clair: Removing the ego defenses is letting go of fear, so there has to be a certain amount of fear involved. I felt fear at many times during my practice, but one of my main fears was that I would not be able to see my teacher – that he would die or move away. So, I had more of a fear of not being able to continue my practice with him. It doesn’t really matter too much what the fear appears to be on the surface because it all comes down to the fear of death of the body.
NDM: You mention in your book about some teachers being partly enlightened. Do you believe that a teacher should teach if they are not fully enlightened?
Linda Clair: I feel that it would be fine to teach basic meditation if someone is not enlightened, but you can’t guide people fully through this practice if you don’t know what it ultimately leads to. There are some, maybe many, people teaching the ‘truth’, who haven’t realised it fully themselves. I feel that the intention to teach doesn’t become completely pure until after realisation.
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I suppose I became obsessed with it. I started doing retreats with a Japanese Zen Master who was living in Australia (Hogen Yamahata) and relished the discipline of the Zen practice. When someone told me about a monastery in Japan called Bukkokuji that took Western students, I knew I had to go. Hogen-san had spent 10 years there with his master, Harada Tangen Roshi, who was the abbot. I arrived there in February 2004 and spent 6 weeks there. It was so hard and so intense – all I wanted to do for a while was to go home, but I knew I couldn’t leave. It was a place of extremes – extreme harshness, extreme kindness, extreme practice, extreme compassion. I didn’t realise it at the time, but it was the beginning of the final stage of enlightenment. Being there was the final straw. . .
When I returned to Australia, I felt deeply detached and peaceful. I did a few more retreats with Hogen-san and then in January, 2005, during a 10 day retreat, it happened. For the first few days of the retreat, I took it ‘easy’, not extending myself, just sitting during the allotted times. Then one morning Hogen-san was going around correcting people’s postures and when he adjusted me I let out a strange sound that was quite loud. I felt suddenly embarrassed, very self conscious and emotional about the noise that I’d made and there was this deep surge of energy within me. Something in me shouted ( not out loud) ‘this is enough- I can’t take this anymore!’ and I saw that there was still a deep fear of sitting through pain – even after everything I’d gone through. From that moment on, I decided to sit through every break during the retreat, which meant that I’d be sitting for up to about 3 hours at a time. Initially, when the bell would sound, my body would start pulsing violently and it felt like my heart was going to explode. Then the sensations would gradually subside and I would start breathing normally again. This happened every time the bell sounded, but after a few days, it started to become less extreme. Then one day – I can’t remember which day of the retreat it was – everything stopped. There was no pain, no bliss, no time – just the body containing this intense energy. It felt like everything that I had thought was real became an illusion, and everything I thought was unreal became real. It felt a bit like a fairy tale coming true . . . a strange feeling. There was deep, deep peace and contentment. I didn’t feel like jumping up and down with joy- it was very gentle and ordinary – it felt like something had finally clicked into place.
NDM: Many people in this neo advaita movement also say that you are what you are seeking. That this is a problem of a false belief that there is a separate seeker that can attain, find, reach enlightenment. That any kind of communication or teaching that encourages one to continue doing this, either through meditation or any other means is only keeping the seeker chasing his her own tail and perpetuating the dualistic illusion, the Lila, more samsara, maya so to speak.
So they say there is no method to do this. Everything is just acausal, “It just happens” or it does not so you may as well give it up and just relax. Forget about it and live your life. However many of these communicators say they are not teachers since there is nothing to teach but still give meetings and satsangs on their message of non teaching and to do nothing. What are your thoughts on this?
Linda Clair: Maybe it’s more true to say that you are not what you are seeking, you are not who you think you are. The source of all suffering is the belief that you exist as a separate self and this is not something that you can disprove intellectually. All beliefs stem from this, so all beliefs are false. You can’t convince yourself that your body is an illusion; you can’t talk your way out of it. You can only realise this through your own body, and this takes a lot of practice, guidance and love from someone who has realised this in their body.
NDM: What would you say is the difference between a glimpse at awakening and full blown enlightenment?
Linda Clair: An awakening is still subject to time – it comes and goes. Enlightenment is permanent – it is the end of time and the realisation of eternity
NDM: Do you see stages or levels in this enlightenment process?
Linda Clair: Yes, I feel that there are levels of maturity leading up to ‘enlightenment’ and also after ‘enlightenment’.
NDM: Do you mean this in the sense of it deepening over time or something else?
Linda Clair: I have been in this ‘state’ for over 5 years now, and it has deepened significantly. It’s true that once one is ‘enlightened’ there’s no going back or going forward, but once one is established in this state, there is a further maturing or deepening process that naturally occurs. It’s an extremely intense state to be in all the time – ‘now’ is a highly energetic state. The body can feel quite fragile at times as it adjusts to containing even deeper, more intense levels of energy. It feels a bit like the universe is contained in your body.
NDM: Some people say that if someone “understood” that they are not the body/mind, that they are this ever present awareness, not the ego, that this is self realization. Do you believe someone can become self realized, enlightened by realizing this with the mind, logic, some form of philosophical reasoning or the intellect?
Linda Clair: Enlightenment is completely beyond the intellect, beyond logic, beyond reasoning. It is not something that can be understood by the intellect, but can only be realised in the body. It’s nothing like I thought it would be because it is nothing that can be imagined, or thought about. It’s the complete unknown. Once I was free of the control of the mind, or intellect, I realised how limited it is, and how it rules by fear. It’s a bit like being held captive and being told by your captor that everything outside your prison is dangerous, so there is a great fear of going beyond it. But once you go beyond the mind you realise that it was all a bluff.
NDM: When this occurred, how did your partner as well as your friends and family react to this?
Linda Clair: When I returned from Japan, I was in a deeply detached state – there had been a fundamental shift and the person that I had been wasn’t fully there anymore. My partner reacted quite strongly for a while – quite a bit of fear came up about what was happening in me. After realisation, the fear dissipated and he was very happy about the whole thing. There didn’t seem to be a reaction from my children – they were busy finding their way in the world, as I was finding my way out of it. The rest of my family just think the whole thing is a bit strange and don’t really want to talk about it, which is fine with me. Some friends think it’s great and feel that if I can do it, then maybe it’s possible for them, and others don’t want to know about it (or me). I was never a highly social person and during the years of intense practice, I became even less social – I just didn’t have the energy or desire to socialize much. I know there are quite a few people who think that I’m arrogant for even saying that I’m enlightened.
NDM: Many people are under the impression that a person that is enlightened is extra-ordinary and has super-natural abilities and so on. Would you say are the most common misconceptions are about a person being enlightened?
Linda Clair: Enlightenment is realizing that you are not special – not fundamentally different from anyone or anything. That’s the freedom – not wanting to be special anymore. I feel more ordinary and insignificant than I ever have, and it’s a beautiful feeling. Most people (and I know I did) have their own idea about how an ‘enlightened’ being should be and so there are a lot of judgements about their behaviour. People seem to feel that you become this ‘perfect’ being, but everyone has their own idea of what perfection is – it’s a very personal concept. I don’t know about the super – natural abilities thing . . . I know I hear and see things that I didn’t before , but that’s just because I’m not obsessed with myself anymore. You become very open in every way when there is no fear.
NDM: How would you describe how this has changed you on a practical day to day basis? The way you do your work, how you interact with others?
Linda Clair: I do things in a much more spontaneous way than before. You can’t really be spontaneous if you’re always using the past as your security and trying to remember what you’re doing as you’re doing it. I plan appointments and other things, of course, but I have to make sure I write things down or I often forget about them. If I’m cooking something I have to put the timer on for the stove because as soon as I walk out of the room I forget about it. . . but I find that I always remember what I really need to remember. It probably sounds a bit disconcerting, but it’s so good having a clear head – not having a whole lot of thoughts swirling around in my head. My interactions with others are different because I’m not trying to’ get something’ out of an interaction, so the whole intention behind socializing has changed.
NDM: Can you describe what happens to your ego, your sense of self when this occurs?
Linda Clair: There’s virtually no sense of self anymore. I can’t ‘look’ at myself anymore- it’s impossible. I can see that there is still a bit of ego there at times, but the natural inclination is to see it and let it go rather than to strengthen it and feed it. Before this happened, I was very self conscious – I actually defined myself by the way other people saw me. Now I feel very grounded in my body, but also very spacious and light. There’s no judgement of myself and so no judgements of others.
NDM: So when this sense of self and frame of reference disappears. Who or what do you become?
Linda Clair: You become everything and nothing. I used to use the body as a reference point – I believed I was the body and this defined me. When you realise fully that you are not the body, that even the body is not real, you become what you see and hear without being defined by them. It’s so difficult to describe . . . There is no separation between you and anything or anyone else. You become what’s happening and this is always changing, so it’s a bit like you become change. Change becomes your security. When you can’t hang onto anything, you have nothing to lose
NDM: Did you experience any fear or anxiety when this awakening was going on?
Linda Clair: Yes – the whole process is about seeing that it’s only fear that separates us. The fear manifested in different ways during my process, but really it all came down to the fear of death or attachment to the body. I didn’t realise until afterwards how deep the fear was and how it dominated everything in my life, down to the smallest body movement. When the fear dissolved, time stopped.
NDM: How would you know if a person was faking this, putting on a clever act? For example what are the signs that a person is not really enlightened?
Linda Clair: Even though you become ‘change’ once you are enlightened, there is also a certain consistency about someone who is in this state of flux. There’s a natural spontaneity that arises from the dissolution of the ego, and you can usually sense this freedom and depth. There is a strong energetic presence around someone in this state. I remember when I first became aware of the energetic presence of my teacher (Peter Jones). I looked at him one night and there was suddenly this sense that I had never really looked at anyone before – I saw my potential in his eyes. I saw the depth that I had been (unconsciously) looking for most of my life.
NDM: When you say energetic state, do you mean as in Qi or prana. A life force around the person?
Linda Clair: Yes, as the mind loses its power, the body reverts to its natural state. The pure intelligence of the body, which is really universal intelligence or life force, starts to take over. The body becomes more and more deeply ‘energized’ as this happens and at the point of enlightenment there is a huge surge of energy that forces the mind into submission.
NDM: When your ego vanished, disappeared, did it briefly at any time pop up again at any stage of this process, or try to claim this enlightenment in some subtle way?
Linda Clair: Once you are in the enlightened state the mind never regains its former power – it’s just too slow. In the first 18 months or so after enlightenment the mind did give me a bit of a taste of how it used to be a few times, but it didn’t last very long at all. When it happened, it was quite a shock to realise that I had lived most of my life in this emotional state.
NDM: Where there at any times where you thought that you were enlightened to find out a few days later that this was just a glimpse at enlightenment?
Linda Clair: There were times when I momentarily wondered and hoped ‘is this it?’ but I knew that it wasn’t. Peter used to say “If you think you’ve got it, you haven’t got it”, but I didn’t really understand what he meant until I actually ‘got it’. When it happens, there is no question about it – it is just so obvious and real. In a way, you can’t have a glimpse of it, because it’s not a relative state. Having a close relationship with my teacher really helped me, because it’s very difficult to become deluded when reality is sitting in front of you.
NDM: The title of you book “What do you want” is such an important question. I can imagine for some people it must be a very difficult question to answer. How do most of people you teach answer a question like that?
Linda Clair: It is a difficult question to answer because what you want is something that you’ve never experienced – it’s nothing that you can think about. Most people are driven to do this practice by their own suffering. When you first start meditating there can often be some very deep, intense experiences that give you a taste of something that is beyond the mind – beyond thinking. At first you think that this is what you want –more deep, intense experiences that relieve the suffering. After a while you realise that even these experiences, however deep they are, are still temporary and when they end the suffering feels even more acute. You become more and more aware of the intensity and extent of your suffering (and everyone else’s) but you see that there is a possibility to be free of it. So it’s really what you don’t want that ends up pushing you towards what you want – which is freedom from wanting anything.
Published on Oct 7, 2014
In this lecture, held at the Asilomar Conference Grounds, Ram Dass
discusses the changes he’s experienced in himself over the many years that he’s been teaching. He admits to having been caught in the separateness of acting as a, ‘holy man’, trying to be what everybody wanted him to be. He eventually had to acknowledge that part of him was using the spiritual path to avoid the things he couldn’t face in himself, and that the game wasn’t about getting high, but getting free. This requires embracing all of life, incorporating the darkness into the light.
The human heart is the doorway to intuition and our actions must come from the blending of humanity and divinity. Until we fully accept our humanity, our intuition will lack harmony. When we embrace our uniqueness and accept responsibility for the creation of who we are, we begin to let go of the forms that keep us separate. If we can identify with our inner being then we can open to a much broader appreciation of the outer world in which we must live. We can learn to operate within our roles, without getting lost in them. Who we think we are disappears, and we find action in that previously confined energy.
Humanity’s creative role within the living pattern of nature
• Explores important scientific discoveries that reveal the self-organizing intelligence at the heart of nature
• Examines the idea of a living cosmos from its roots in the earliest cultures, to its eclipse during the Scientific Revolution, to its return today
• Reveals ways to reengage our creative partnership with nature and collaborate with nature’s intelligence
For millennia the world was seen as a creative, interconnected web of life, constantly growing, developing, and restoring itself. But with the arrival of the Scientific Revolution in the 16th and 17th centuries, the world was viewed as a lifeless, clocklike mechanism, bound by the laws of classical physics. Intelligence was a trait ascribed solely to human beings, and thus humanity was viewed as superior to and separate from nature. Today new scientific discoveries are reviving the ancient philosophy of a living, interconnected cosmos, and humanity is learning from and collaborating with nature’s intelligence in new, life-enhancing ways, from ecological design to biomimicry.
Drawing upon the most important scientific discoveries of recent times, David Fideler explores the self-organizing intelligence at the heart of nature and humanity’s place in the cosmic pattern. He examines the ancient vision of the living cosmos from its roots in the “world soul” of the Greeks and the alchemical tradition, to its eclipse during the Scientific Revolution, to its return today. He explains how the mechanistic worldview led to humanity’s profound sense of alienation, for if the universe only functioned as a machine, there was no longer any room for genuine creativity or spontaneity. He shows how this isn’t the case and how, even at the molecular level, natural systems engage in self-organization, self-preservation, and creative problem solving, mirroring the ancient idea of a creative intelligence that exists deep within the heart of nature.
Revealing new connections between science, religion, and culture, Fideler explores how to reengage our creative partnership with nature and new ways to collaborate with nature’s intelligence.
David Fideler holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and the history of science and cosmology. A recognized authority on the Pythagorean school, he is the editor of The Pythagorean Sourcebook and Library; author of Jesus Christ, Sun of God; translator of Love’s Alchemy; and editor of the humanities journal Alexandria.
Table of Contents
Preface: In Search of the Living Universe
The Cosmological Impulse:
Awakening to the Beauty of Nature
1 Starlight and Cosmovision: Awakening to the Universe
2 Beauty, Desire, and the Soul of the World
3 Life in the Cosmopolis
4 The Light of Nature and the Alchemical Imagination
5 The Lushness of Earth and the Spirit of the Desert
6 The Last Flowering: The Rediscovery of Soul in Renaissance Florence
The Death of Nature and the Rise of Alienation
7 The Mechanization of the World
8 In the Name of Utility: The Exploitation of Nature and the Decline of Pleasure
Rediscovering the Living Universe
9 Psyche Regained
10 The Mirror of Nature: Modern Cosmology and the Reanimation of the Universe
11 The Pattern Which Connects: Life and Mind in Nature
A World with a Future:
Cultivating Life in a Global Community
12 The Turning Point: Returning Home in the Space Age
13 The Alchemy of Engagement: Working in Collaboration with Nature
A hopeful and controversial view of the universe and ourselves based on the principles of quantum physics, offering a way of making our lives and the world better, with a foreword by Deepak Chopra
In Infinite Potential, physical chemist Lothar Schäfer presents a stunning view of the universe as interconnected, nonmaterial, composed of a field of infinite potential, and conscious. With his own research as well as that of some of the most distinguished scientists of our time, Schäfer moves us from a reality of Darwinian competition to cooperation, a meaningless universe to a meaningful one, and a disconnected, isolated existence to an interconnected one. In so doing, he shows us that our potential is infinite and calls us to live in accordance with the order of the universe, creating a society based on the cosmic principle of connection, emphasizing cooperation and community.
Lothar Schäfer is the author of In Search of Divine Reality: Science as a Source of Inspiration and is a distinguished professor of physical chemistry (emeritus) at the University of Arkansas.
Lothar Schafer ‘The Infinite Potential of Quantum Physics’ Interview by Iain McNay
Published on Jun 2, 2013
Lothar Schafer ‘The Infinite Potential of Quantum Physics’ Interview by Iain McNa