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It Is What It Is: The Personal Discourses of Rumi brings you across time to sit at the feet of one of the world’s greatest spiritual teachers. Jalal al-Din Rumi lived over 700 years ago, yet his voice still echoes around the world today. Rumi’s discourses have long been recognized as a key to unlocking the depths of his wisdom.

This new translation, with all new commentary, brings one of the most difficult of Rumi’s manuscripts to life. You can now experience the impact of listening to Rumi as he shares his universal and timeless teaching.

Rumi says: “These words are for the sake of those who need words to understand. As for those who understand without words, what use do they have for speech? The heavens and earth are words to them. . . . Whoever hears a whisper, what need do they have for shouting?”

Rumi is not using words to just explain, but to move us beyond the need for explanations. He describes that moment when truth reveals itself directly to us like an open book. His tales and metaphors are luminous, beckoning us to new states of consciousness.

This is more than just a book. It is designed to be a personal study program with Rumi. This includes free access to Internet discussions on each discourse, so that you can interact with others, hear their insights, ask questions, and share your own realizations from what Rumi says. This provides a more complete learning experience. You can start below, after reading sample Discourse Two. Feel free to jump right into the dialogue.

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Rupert discusses that what we are cannot be remembered as an object.

Who am I? Why am I here? What is the meaning of life? A true story of the quest to know. This book is not about answers. It is about the power hidden behind questions that have haunted people since the beginning of time.

The Silent Questions begins with a life-altering dream experience, followed by a series of unexplainable events that propel the author into a quest for truth.

“Originally, I thought I needed answers. I was lost without them. I felt compelled to search for some kind of map that would explain everything. However, changes entered my life like new ocean currents that took me far from where I expected to go… I soon learned I was not chasing something fixed and easy to nail down. I was hunting something alive: A reality that unfolded its depth the further I pursued it.”

Drawn on by the need to know, Doug sets out on an adventure that carries him into personal experiences with death, out-of-body travels into other dimensions of consciousness and meetings with spiritual masters. He looks behind the masks of God and sees a reality subtler than he ever imagined. Over and over, just when he is ready to declare victory with his discoveries, along come new realizations that shake the foundation of everything he knows. This personal, first-hand account spans more than forty years, showing how every aspect of life is changed for those who cannot resist the call of the silent questions.

Doug Marman has been writing, lecturing, and leading classes on spirituality and the exploration of consciousness for more than forty years.

His varied work has led him through successful careers in a wide range of professions, including: journalist, inventor (with more than 25 patents), editor, engineer, marketing manager, photographer, corporate executive at one of the largest companies in the world, and co-founder of a technology start-up.

He lives Pacific Northwest of the United States, with his wife and family.

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In these troubling and turbulent times, we all need a message that the grit of experience can be transformed into peaceful pearls of wisdom. With a voice that uniquely addresses both human existence and the life of the spirit, Donna Strong delivers an inspiring message of redemption in this poignant personal memoir.

While the storms blow and life seems to fall apart again and again, at a crucial point a shift begins from reaction to response. Through letting go and embracing what life brings, the author shows how we receive the true gifts of spirit. Coming Home to Calm reveals a path of peace available to us all; to reclaim our heart and find a deeper form of belonging through communion with nature and the living intelligence that is in and around us. As we stay present and remain authentic, the doorway opens to the divine.

Donna Strong began writing for magazines in 1986. Today, she continues writing feature articles on accomplished figures in the arts, business and emerging consciousness. An editorial contributor to Awareness Magazine in Southern California, Strong has written extensively for a diverse range of magazines. She is currently working on her second book, titled The Legacy of Love, focusing on death as a spiritual catalyst. Originally sparked by independent study, Strong began studying creativity and human consciousness in college. The impulse to understand these subjects has become a lifelong passion.

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Real End of the World 2014 Illuminati Conspiracy Predictions

Michael Perlin is the director, writer and producer of the film, “3 Magic Words”.

From his lengthy study of metaphysics, he became determined to find a common theme in all of the ancient mystical teachings, which led to the message in this movie.

With his co-producer Maura Hoffman, he put together many teachers and authors in the field of spirituality to create the movie. The film was shot over a period of four years in and around Los Angeles. The lead is played by actress and model, Gabriella Ethereal and the film is narrated by actor, Cameron Smith.

Father Richard Rorh presents the similarities, the differences, and the complementarities between the Eastern and Western understandings of transformation. Some have called the goal enlightenment, some salvation, some ecstasy, nirvana, or heaven. What is the goal of the spiritual journey according to the main line Christian tradition? What Christian spirituality called the unitive way was often described as non-dual consciousness by Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism. Are we often seeking the same thing? How can we honor and respect each of these spiritual traditions?

Entanglement is one of the strangest parts of quantum mechanics — so strange, in fact, that Albert Einstein famously referred to it as “spooky action at a distance.” An entangled system shows a property that has been measured for the whole but not for parts. For instance, we may know that the sum of the spins of a pair of two particles is zero, but neither of them is in a definite state (a condition referred to as superposition), particle until one is measured, causing the other particle to assume the opposite state. The effect is instantaneous, even if the two particles reside on opposite ends of the universe.

Curiously, when science drills down into the core of even the most solid-looking object, separateness dissolves, and all that remain are relationships extending throughout, and possibly beyond, space and time, revealing a deeper reality which evokes what sages from all ages and traditions have been describing as one substance — call it consciousness, call it energy — comprising all the universe and giving rise to all appearances.

When we begin to explore the fabric of reality either through the lens of science or through the lens of spirituality, a deeper understanding and experience of what we call reality emerges as infinite, ever present, interconnected whole.

- What is the nature of the universe?
– What is the nature of awareness that makes it possible for us to experience the universe?
– Is there a scientifically viable way to explain consciousness?
– What is the connection between consciousness and the phenomenon of entanglement?
– Is our current scientific paradigm based on a subject/object split equipped to answer the bigger questions of life?
– Is there evidence of quantum entanglement on a macro scale?

Published on Aug 15, 2014
Rupert defines attention and discusses how the mind knows objects.

Expected Release: Oct 14, 2014

A seminal collection of poetry from the medieval Sufi mystic—the most popular poet in America—and his “soul friend,” Shams Tabriz, which illuminate the evocative and deeply spiritual dimensions of friendship and love, compiled by the foremost Rumi translator and author of The Essential Rumi, Coleman Barks.

In this stunning translation, Coleman Barks brings to light Rumi’s theme of “love as religion”—that to reach its most profound depths requires mindful practice—as well as love in its most meaningful form: soul friendship. These short poems by both Rumi and Shams Tabriz, rich in beauty and spiritual insight, capture the delight and the impermanence of these bonds that pierce deep into the human mind, heart, and soul.

Rumi’s poetry is honored and enjoyed by many traditions and cultures. Today, many people from all walks of life have moved beyond traditional notions of spirituality, embracing a sense of the sacred that transcends a singular religion, belief, or text. Rumi’s poetry speaks to them and nourishes their divine yearnings. Joyous and contemplative, provocative and playful, Rumi: Soul Fury is a sterling addition to the modern Rumi oeuvre, and is sure to be embraced by his wide and devoted readership.

Soul of the World-Coleman Barks read Rumi

Pub Date Nov 4 2014


The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Proof of Heaven teams up with the sages of times past, modern scientists, and with ordinary people who have had profound spiritual experiences to show the reality of heaven and our true identities as spiritual beings.

When Proof of Heaven was published, some readers contacted Dr. Eben Alexander to argue that his near death experience was impossible. But many more have written to say his story resonated with them in profound ways. Because of what these people have told him, Dr. Alexander has come to realize that sharing his story has allowed people to believe what so many in ancient times knew: there is more to life, and to the universe, than this single earthly life.

Dr. Alexander met and heard from thousands of individuals whom his story has affected. He also studied what the world’s religious traditions, and its philosophers, have had to say about the soul’s survival of death, and he has been deeply surprised at how often those voices from the past synch up with what he heard from people today. In The Map of Heaven, he shares some of the stories that the people have told him and links them up with what the world’s spiritual traditions have to say about the journey of the soul.

Part metaphysical detective story, part manual for living, The Map of Heaven explores humankind’s spiritual history and the birth of modern science in the seventeenth century, showing how we forgot, and are now at last remembering, who we really are and what our true destiny really is.

About the Author
Eben Alexander, MD, has been an academic neurosurgeon for the last twenty-five years, including fifteen years at the Brigham & Women’s and the Children’s Hospitals and Harvard Medical School in Boston. He is the author of Proof of Heaven and The Map of Heaven. Visit him at EbenAlexander.com.

Ptolemy Tompkins has been an editor at Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines and is the author of four books. His writing has been featured in Beliefnet.com, Harper’s, The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. He lives in New York.

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Join Dr. Alexander as he recounts his transcendental neardeath experience in the midst of severe bacterial meningitis, and his arduous trek toward understanding its profound lessons through a complete revision of everything he had come to believe about science, consciousness, spirituality, and the very nature of all existence.

Dr. Eben Alexander, a renowned academic neurosurgeon, spent 54 years honing his scientific worldview. He thought he knew how the brain and mind worked. A transcendental Near-Death Experience (NDE), in which he was driven to the brink of death and spent a week deep in coma from an inexplicable brain infection, changed all of that — completely! In his best-selling book, Proof of Heaven, A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife, Dr. Alexander explains that he was shocked to find the hyper-reality of that spiritual realm, which many had reported in NDEs. Dr. Alexander believes that together, science and spirituality will thrive in symbiosis, offering the most profound insight into fundamental Truth, yielding unimaginable power. By probing deeply into our own consciousness, we transcend the limitations of the human brain, and of the physical-material realm.

In The Nature of Reality, Aingeal Rose O’Grady continues her Honest-To-God series by answering our most pressing questions about the workings of the universe and our purpose in it. This time she probes the Akashic Records to give us in-depth information on time and dimensions, the nature of God or Creator, what miracles are all about, what you should know about Twin Flames and Soul Mates and how to explore the most important thing — love.

Aingeal (Ann-gail) Rose O’Grady was born 11/11/53, in Plattsburg, NY, as Gail Anne, which she changed to Aingeal Rose in 2006. She is the author of “A Time of Change” and several other spiritual books. She has 3 beautiful children and one grandaughter.

Aingeal Rose’s spiritual journey began when she was 19 years old, after the tragic death of her first husband three months after their wedding. She dedicated herself to finding the answers to the deepest spiritual questions, journeying into the mysteries of the Spirit world, while exploring consciousness and its expansive potential. She spent years meditating and learning from Archangel Raphael, who took her on many journeys into other worlds and planes of existence.

She went on to study the works of J. Krisnamurti and the Course in Miracles. Over 40 years she acquired certifications in numerous healing modalities including all Reiki levels, Psychic Laser Therapy, Hypnotherapy, including past life regression, rebirthing, Kathara Healing, The Christopher Method and Cellular REpatterning. She developed a thriving healing practice in Schaumburg, Illinois, and taught her skills to many teachers and students alike.

Today she teaches Journaling, and Tarot and conducts Akashic Group Readings in San Diego. Many years ago she was taught how to access the Akashic Records via a sacred, ancient Mayan prayer. She has been doing private Akashic Records readings for clients world-wide for 15 years. As a seasoned spiritual teacher, she has helped her students and clients achieve greater personal growth and self-mastery through self-honesty and humor. Her happiest moments are when the light goes on for those she teaches and they go on to thrive and prosper. Visit her website at http://aingealrose.com.

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The Akashic Records – Aingeal Rose ( The justBernard Show RADIO )

The Akashic Record is a dimension of consciousness that contains a vibrational record of every soul and its journey. It is completely available everywhere. Location and time do not affect the Record. Human beings have been interacting consciously and unconsciously with this body of energies throughout history. These interactions have been both deliberate and accidental. Referred to in virtually every major traditional religion as the Book of Life and the Book of God’s Remembrance, this body of wisdom has been an ever-present source of spiritual support for people including those in our Western Judeao-Christian tradition.
On today’s broadcast Aingeal Rose O’Grady, discusses her remarkable ability to access these records which are reported to contain all knowledge of human experience and the history of the cosmos.
During the past 40 years Aingeal Rose O’Grady has acquired certifications in numerous healing modalities including Reiki (all levels to Master Teacher), Psychic Laser Therapy, Hypnotherapy including past life regression, Kathara Healing and more. She was a Tarot reader and teacher for 35 years and teaches transformational writing. She has been doing private Akashic Record readings for clients world-wide over the past 15 years and began Group Akashic sessions in 2010 in Ireland and the United States.

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Jiddu Krishnamurti on Kundalini & Illumination

Question: “Some have had experiences of seeing lights, oneness with the universe, awakening of Kundalini. Are these not steps towards illumination?”

The World was shocked and saddened by the apparent suicide of beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams on Monday, August 11, 2014.

Robin Williams’ Birth Chart: Libra Ascendant

Robin Williams was born July 21, 1951 at 1:34 PM in Chicago Illinois. His chart has a Libra rising sign, ruled by Venus, who also rules the eighth house. This shows how Libran’s need to experience constant change, intellectual and social change, if they are to fulfill their destiny. It also shows the insecurity and vulnerability that comes from change, and the Libran need for strong social connections to help them navigate the fear of intellectual and social transformation.

When he was born Venus was in Leo, in his 11th house of ambition (and disappointment), joined the South node, in an extremely tight conjunction, exact. The influence of Ketu on his ruling planet, and 8th lord, shows a very insecure person – more specifically, someone who was very self-critical, with standards of perfection no one could meet. In addition to that, the 11th house is the most cruel, as it leads us into high desire and deep disappointment over time.

The moon connection
Opposite his Venus/Ketu in Leo sits Rahu/moon in Aquarius, also in a very tight conjunction. A Rahu / moon conjunction is a known indicator for mental imbalance, bipolar disorder, or at the very least extreme mood swings. His almost manic emotional behavior, as exhibited in his dynamic comedy can certainly be shown to spring forth from a Rahu / moon conjunction. In addition, the Rahu/Moon person has a capacity to project their emotions and feelings into others, as well as pick up on other’s emotions. In short, Rahu blows things open, explodes them in a way that feels out of control. When he joins the moon, our heart feels blown open all the time, and we feel a bit out of control.

However, his moon is also the 10th house ruler, of career. Aquarius is the fifth house, a creative/dharma house. Therefore, the moon forms a powerful Raja yoga, giving him enormous insight and creativity with this “blown open” heart of his. Life was an emotional roller coaster for him and he took us on the ride! His spontaneous, comedic genius will never be seen again.

Mercury and the sun in Cancer (10th house)
His career in communication is easily seen by Mercury (the speech giver) in his 10th house of career. Not only do we see its influence, but Mercury is a very auspicious planet for Libra, as the ninth house ruler. It forms another powerful raja yoga.

However, Mercury was also in Aslesha Nakshatra, the most prominent Nakshatra seen in suicides. This placement figures prominently in his tragic demise.

Mars/Saturn mutual aspect
There is a troubling mutual planetary aspect between Saturn and Mars, from the ninth and 12th houses, with Saturn four houses in front of Mars. Saturn is a very important planet for Libra, giving them realistic boundaries with others, and the capacity to make peace with life’s painful transformation (as described above).

However, with his Saturn in the 12th house, it seemed much easier to escape from life’s painful realities, rather than face them. The 12th house is the house of escapism through alcohol or other addictions. Robin Williams was also a heavy cocaine user when he was younger. Cocaine use is related to Mars.

Jupiter in Pisces
This gives Robin Williams a very wise, sensitive and benevolent nature, as Jupiter rules Pisces. However, this placement is also gives us an excellent lesson in how a Planet acts as a functional malefic. Jupiter rules two cruel houses for Libra, the third house (personal desire) and the sixth house (difficulty/struggle). Pisces is the sign of escapism and alcoholism (in addition to cancer and Scorpio, the other water signs). Sensitive and compassionate Jupiter here is overcome by personal desires and the struggles that result. However, it also gave him a great awareness of right and wrong, and shows why he was able to manage his depression and alcoholism for such a long time. It is also aspecting Saturn in the 12th house.

But planets in their own sign have a very high standard. Well dignified (planets exalted or in own sign) functional malefics (especially when they are natural benefics) hold a sort of unfulfilled promise. They have enormous intelligence, in an area of life we are not comfortable with. In this case, a powerful Jupiter gives piety and righteousness, but a Libran has no use for such a thing.

Instead, on a deep level, I believe Robin Williams probably felt as though he was letting himself down and letting others down – as he could never embody Jupiterian virtue. The promise of Jupiter gets spoiled by his rulership of cruel houses for Libra. Yet, beneath all of the clowning, Robin Williams easily conveyed a wise, gentle and benevolent, sensitive soul. Much of that also came from this wonderful Jupiter.

Current Transits and Dasas
Robin Williams entered a Ketu/saturn dasha in March 2014. This cycle, tragically, saw him relapse with alcohol. He even checked into a clinic in July 2014 for alcohol treatment. As was mentioned, Ketu joins his ruling planet and 8th house Lord Venus in the natal chart, bringing an intense focus on personal growth through personal change that requires a loss of control (8th house).

Saturn is in the escapist 12th house, but more importantly he rules the mentally unstable moon/Rahu conjunction in Aquarius, Robin’s fifth house. Saturn also rules the sun in Pushya Nakshatra, the planet of ambition and disappointment (11th lord), as well as the natural “Self” indicator. Ketu / Saturn activates all 3 Self factors – ruling planet, sun and moon.

Full Moon / Suicide Transits and Aspects by Transit
The official declaration of death took place on August 11, 2014 at 12:02 PM. At this time there was a Libra rising, with Saturn and Mars also in Libra, Robins first house. In addition, the moon was almost exactly on Robin’s natal Moon, and there were four planets in Cancer, his 10th house of recognition and notoriety.

Of note, transiting Mercury was in virtually the exact same position as his natal Mercury, in Aslesha with the sun. As mentioned earlier, this is the Nakshatra of suicide. Tragically, Mr. Williams could not bear the emotional intensity of the full moon the day before, as it opposed four planets in excessively sensitive cancer.

In addition, I find it extremely important, if not the most important factor, that Saturn by transit is aspecting his natal Mercury, as well as the sun/Mercury by transit in the current sky. The last several months, since Saturn turned retrograde at 29 Libra then turned direct again, would have seen his Mercury in Aslesha under enormous pressure. And of course, Saturn is the indicator of death.

I also find it noteworthy that Ketu by transit was within 6° of his natal Jupiter in Pisces, in the 6th house.

I Confess – I Was Not a Fan of His Comedy
I do not like most American comedies – physical comedy, etc. I am not a big movie fan nor do I have much interest in celebrities. However, there was something so different and special about Robin Williams. Something innocent, sweet, unique and talented – almost not of this world. There was a natural humility about him as well. In the quieter moments of interviews with him, a shy, humble and incredibly sensitive being emerged that was unlike any other movie star or entertainer I have seen. He seems so fragile.

My favorite of his movie roles was from a movie called “Awakenings”. It was straight role, where he played a doctor who was helping people become animated from a catatonic state. The movie also had Robert De Niro playing one of the patients. There was no comedy in this movie, it was pure heart, pure love, pure Robin Williams

Rest in Peace, Robin.

Adventures in the Afterlife is a powerful journey of spiritual awakening; a bold quest for answers and enlightenment. The old assumptions of heaven are confronted and an expansive new vision of our continuing life is presented.

After being diagnosed with cancer, William Buhlman, author of Adventures Beyond the Body, pursued answers to the mysteries of our existence after death. Confronting his mortality, he experienced profound insights into what lies beyond our physical body. Our journey into the next life is the basis for Adventures in the Afterlife.

The author chronicles his out-of-body experiences and lucid dreams through the eyes of a fictional character, Frank Brooks. The insights are sometimes surprising, but a clear message is always apparent; we are powerful, spiritual beings and we shape our reality now and in the future. The purpose of this book is to prepare us for the many thought responsive environments we will experience.

William Buhlman teaches and lectures worldwide on the subjects of out-of-body experiences and spiritual empowerment. Visit the author at astralinfo.org.


The author’s four decades of extensive personal out-of-body explorations give him a unique and thought provoking insight into this subject. His first book, Adventures beyond the Body chronicles his personal spiritual journey of self-discovery through out-of-body travel, and provides the reader with the preparation and techniques that can be used for their own adventure.

For over a decade he has conducted an international out-of-body experience survey that includes over 16,000 participants from forty-two countries. The provocative results of this survey are presented in his book, The Secret of the Soul. This cutting edge book explores the unique opportunities for personal growth and profound spiritual awakenings that are experienced during out-of-body travel.

Over the past two decades William has developed an effective system to experience safe, self initiated out-of-body adventures. He conducts an in-depth six day workshop with the Monroe Institute titled, Out-of-Body Exploration Intensive. This unique workshop provides the steps, intention and techniques designed for controlled out-of-body exploration. Each participant will experience a comprehensive array of proven OBE methods including the target technique, inner motion, visualization, chakra and energy body activation. In addition, hypnotic, shamanic and early morning methods will be practiced. Information about the author’s workshops is available at http://www.astralinfo.org.

As a certified hypnotherapist, William incorporates various methods in his workshops to explore the profound nature of out-of-body experiences and the benefits of accelerated personal development. Through lectures, workshops and his books the author teaches the preparation and techniques of astral projection and spiritual exploration.

The author brings a refreshing look to how we can use out-of-body experiences to explore our spiritual identity and enhance our intellectual and physical lives. William is best known for his ability to teach people how to have profound spiritual adventures through the use of out-of-body experiences. In addition, he has developed an extensive series of audio and video programs that are designed to expand awareness and assist in the exploration of consciousness. William has appeared on numerous television and radio shows worldwide.

William’s books are currently available in twelve languages.

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William Buhlman – Adventures in the Afterlife

William Buhlman discusses out of body experiences and his latest book Adventures in the Afterlife.

Adventures in the Afterlife is a powerful journey of spiritual awakening; a bold quest for answers and enlightenment. The old assumptions of heaven are confronted and an expansive new vision of our continuing life is presented. After being diagnosed with cancer, William pursued answers to the mysteries of our existence after death. Confronting his mortality, he experienced profound insights into what lies beyond our physical body. Our journey into the next life is the basis for Adventures in the Afterlife. The author chronicles his out of body experiences and lucid dreams, and although the insights are sometimes surprising, a clear message is always apparent; we are powerful, spiritual beings and we shape our reality now and in the future.

William’s 40 years of extensive personal out-of-body explorations give him a unique and thought provoking insight into this subject. His first book, Adventures Beyond the Body chronicles his personal journey of self-discovery through out-of-body travel, and provides the reader with the preparation and techniques that can be used for their own adventure.

He has conducted an international out-of-body experience survey that includes over 16,000 participants from 42 countries. The provocative results of this survey are presented in his second book, The Secret of the Soul. This cutting edge work explores the unique opportunities for personal growth and profound spiritual awakenings that are reported during out-of-body experiences.

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Published on Aug 12, 2014
In this video clip, Rupert discusses a common misconception in spiritual teachings stating that the world is an illusion.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Crazy For God… “And God Said ‘Billy!’ is laugh-out loud funny from page one. It’s downright insightful throughout and takes readers deep into the shallow psyche of a sincere Charismatic-Evangelical whose God fails him. That failure turns out, through a hilarious series of tragic-comic reversals, to be – let’s just say something close to miraculous.

New York Times best selling author of more than a dozen books Frank Schaeffer is a survivor of both polio and an evangelical/fundamentalist childhood, an acclaimed writer who overcame severe dyslexia, a home-schooled and self-taught documentary movie director, a feature film director and producer of four low budget Hollywood features Frank has described as “pretty terrible,” and a best selling author of both fiction and nonfiction. Frank is the author of “And God Said, ‘Billy!'” and many other books. Frank’s three semi-biographical novels about growing up in a fundamentalist mission: “Portofino,” “Zermatt” and “Saving Grandma” have a worldwide following and have been translated into nine languages.

Jane Smiley writing in the Washington Post (7/10/11) says this of Frank’s memoirs “Crazy For God” and “Sex, Mom and God”: “[Schaeffer's] memoirs have a way of winning a reader’s friendship…Schaeffer is a good memoirist, smart and often laugh-out-loud funny…Frank seems to have been born irreverent, but his memoirs have a serious purpose, and that is to expose the insanity and the corruption of what has become a powerful and frightening force in American politics… Frank has been straightforward and entertaining in his campaign to right the political wrongs he regrets committing in the 1970s and ’80s…As someone who has made redemption his work, he has, in fact, shown amazing grace.”

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What Dreams May Come – Meeting Katie:-)

Hollywood lost one its great actors on Monday to an apparent suicide, leaving many stunned and saddened. Robin Williams was just 63 years old when he was found dead in his Bay Area apartment, police reported.

In addition to the brilliant comedic performances for which he is commonly known, Williams left a trail of subtle, dramatic roles in his wake, including the 1998 film, “What Dreams May Come.”

In this highly spiritual movie that explores the concept of death and the afterlife, Williams’ character, Chris Nielson, dies in a car accident four years after losing his two children. In the scene above, Neilson awakens to find himself in the afterlife, which is both beautiful and unexpected. In the afterlife he is reunited with his dog and at first confuses his surroundings for “dog heaven.”

As he continues exploring the afterlife and coming to terms with his death, however, Nielson takes ownership of the situation. “Maybe I’m not in your heaven after all, girl,” he says. “Maybe you’re in mine.”

Here are two more inspiring scenes from Williams’ life work:

From the 1989 “Dead Poets Society”:
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Will (Matt Damon) confides in Sean (Robin Williams) when he discovers he has also been a victim of parental abuse.

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Published on May 19, 2014

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Ram Dass reads The Third Chinese Patriarch of Zen (HSIN HSIN MING).

Do we only live once? It all depends on one’s perspective. If you think we’re nothing but chemicals with no soul, then yes, it is the end. If you believe in only one life and then it’s heaven or hell, then no. It’s especially not the end if you happen to believe in reincarnation. Reincarnation suggests this is not our first life on Earth and it’s most likely not our last. The Hindu perspective suggests we have been around for millions of lifetimes and that there may be millions ahead. In that sense, we are all “old souls.”

What is it that reincarnates and how exactly does it happen?

The Bhagavad Gita, the ancient text of India suggests that the soul leaves when the
body dies. The type of body and psychological disposition — likes, dislikes, phobias, etc., one receives upon rebirth is dependent on the actions (karma) within that one life combined with the actions from previous lives. By some inconceivable system, all of one’s positive and negative deeds are recorded. This means, no one gets away with anything. Moreover, all positive and negative actions create within the individual a psychological disposition to continue performing that action. For example, if one starts stealing or gets in the habit of lying and doesn’t try to change these tendencies, then in the next life, one will pick up where they left off. The same goes for positive actions.

The mind propels us into action based on its conditioning which is based on past actions. So, when the body reaches its demise, the mind and soul get transferred into, hopefully, another human womb. Even while in the womb, the mind remains active and is recalling events from the previous life. In a NYTimes article “Do Babies Dream,” Charles P. Pollack, director of Center for Sleep Medicine at New York-Presbyterian/Weill explains, “Most dreaming occurs during a type of sleep called REM sleep…which ‘…occurs at all life stages, including infancy, and even before infancy, in fetal life.'”

This article doesn’t establish the fact that the dreams of the fetus are from previous lives, but it does indicate that the little guy is dreaming. If he or she hasn’t lived before, what in the world could it be dreaming of?

The mind functions kind of like a hard drive with millions of files on it. If a hard drive is transferred into a different computer, the new computer will have all the same information as the previous one. So, when the mind and soul are relocated into a new body, the exterior is different, but all the programming stored in the mind are exactly the same. This programming will make the person behave in very much the same way as they did in the previous life because the conditioning and impressions are the same. The car may be different, but the driver is the same. Hence, we are not very different from who we were in our previous life.

This might help to explain the phenomena of children with past life memories. The memories are very specific and can often be verified. Dr. Ian Stevenson, the founder and director of the University of Virginia’s Division of Perceptual Studies researched and wrote about this phenomena extensively.

Most adherents of the Hindu and Buddhist traditions will have little difficulty accepting that the soul moves through different bodies until it ultimately purifies itself of anger, greed, envy and pride. This might be because life is seen as a cyclical phenomena in the East as opposed to a linear one in the West. All the intricacies of karma and reincarnation will always remain mysterious to the human mind, but knowing that I will get a second or third chance, gives me hope.


Pandit currently serves as a lecturer and the first-ever Hindu chaplain of Columbia University, New York University, and Union Theological Seminary. He teaches courses on the the Bhagavad Gita and other Hindu texts combining their messages with popular Hollywood movies. He leads workshops on mantra meditation and delivers lectures at the nation’s leading universities and yoga studios. Pandit spoke at a recent TEDx conference and was featured in the NPR piece “Long Days and Short Nights of a Hindu Monk.” He has also appeared in a PBS documentary on the Bhagavad Gita, as well as The New York Times. For more from Pandit, check out his website at nycpandit.com.

View his book “Urban Monk: Exploring Karma, Consciousness, and the Divine HERE


Eckhart talks about the concept of enlightenment.

Eckhart Tolle – What Is Enlightenment Like?

Eckhart Tolle – Wake Up To Enlightenment

Eckhart Tolle talks about consciousness and unconsciousness.

Nightline anchor Dan Harris embarks on an unexpected, hilarious, and deeply skeptical odyssey through the strange worlds of spirituality and self-help, and discovers a way to get happier that is truly achievable.

After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists. Eventually, Harris realized that the source of his problems was the very thing he always thought was his greatest asset: the incessant, insatiable voice in his head, which had both propelled him through the ranks of a hyper-competitive business and also led him to make the profoundly stupid decisions that provoked his on-air freak-out.

We all have a voice in our head. It’s what has us losing our temper unnecessarily, checking our email compulsively, eating when we’re not hungry, and fixating on the past and the future at the expense of the present. Most of us would assume we’re stuck with this voice – that there’s nothing we can do to rein it in – but Harris stumbled upon an effective way to do just that. It’s a far cry from the miracle cures peddled by the self-help swamis he met; instead, it’s something he always assumed to be either impossible or useless: meditation. After learning about research that suggests meditation can do everything from lower your blood pressure to essentially rewire your brain, Harris took a deep dive into the underreported world of CEOs, scientists, and even marines who are now using it for increased calm, focus, and happiness.

10% Happier takes readers on a ride from the outer reaches of neuroscience to the inner sanctum of network news to the bizarre fringes of America’s spiritual scene, and leaves them with a takeaway that could actually change their lives.

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Dan Harris is a correspondent for ABC News and the co-anchor for the weekend edition of Good Morning America. Before that, he was the anchor of the Sunday edition of World News. He regularly contributes stories for such shows as Nightline, 20/20, World News with Diane Sawyer and GMA. Harris has reported from all over the planet, covering wars in Afghanistan, Israel/Palestine and Iraq, and producing investigative reports in Haiti, Cambodia, and the Congo. He has also spent many years covering America’s faith scene, with a focus on evangelicals — who have treated him kindly despite the fact that he is openly agnostic. He has been at ABC News for 13 years. Before that, he was in local news in Boston and Maine. He grew up outside of Boston and currently lives with his wife, Bianca, in New York City.

Dan Harris’ Panic Attack (and Discovery of Meditation)

Published on Apr 25, 2014
ABC News anchor Dan Harris recounts having a panic attack live on Good Morning America. Harris went on to encounter a number of snake-oil-selling self-help gurus before he finally discovered the effectiveness of traditional Buddhist meditation. Harris is the author of 10% Happier.

Dan Harris – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on Aug 5, 2014
Dan Harris is the author of “10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story”. The book was published in March 2014 and appeared number 1 on the New York Times Bestseller List.

He was named co-anchor of ABC News’ “Nightline” in October 2013. He is also co-anchor of the weekend edition of “Good Morning America,” a position he has held since October 2010. As well, Harris files reports for “World News with Diane Sawyer,” “Good Morning America,” ABC News Digital and ABC News Radio. For four years, he anchored “World News Sunday.”

Harris joined ABC News in March 2000 and has covered many of the biggest stories in recent years. He reported on the mass shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, Aurora, Colorado and Tucson, Arizona, and natural disasters from Haiti to Myanmar to New Orleans. He has also covered combat in Afghanistan, Israel, Gaza and the West Bank, and has made six visits to Iraq.

He has traveled around the globe for ABC News, embedding with an isolated Amazonian Indian tribe, questioning drug lords in the lawless slums of Rio, and confronting the head of Philip Morris International over the sale of cigarettes to Indonesian minors. Harris has made it a priority to shine a light on the world’s most vulnerable populations, producing stories about child slaves in Haiti, youths accused of witchcraft in the Congo and predatory pedophiles who travel from the U.S. to Cambodia. He has also covered endangered animals from such diverse datelines as Namibia, Madagascar, Papua New Guinea and Nepal.

Domestically, Harris has led ABC News’ coverage of faith, with a particular focus on the evangelical movement. He scored one of the first interviews with former pastor Ted Haggard after his sex and drugs scandal. He has also interviewed Mormon apostles, Roman Catholic cardinals, self-help gurus, and atheists.

In other domestic coverage, Harris has reported on politics, business and criminal justice, including once spending 48 hours locked up in solitary confinement for a story about whether this form of incarceration is inhumane. In 2012 he anchored ABC News Digital’s Election Night debate and inauguration coverage.

Harris has been honored several times for his journalistic contributions. He received an Edward R. Murrow Award for his reporting on a young Iraqi man who received the help he needed in order to move to America, and in 2009 won an Emmy Award for his “Nightline” report, “How to Buy a Child in Ten Hours.” In 2013, he received the ASPCA’s Presidential Service Award for Media Excellence.

A graduate of Colby College in Waterville, Maine, Harris also holds honorary doctorate degrees from Colby and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He was raised in Newton, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston, and currently lives in New York City.

Interview conducted 8/3/2014

Published on Aug 8, 2014
In this clip, Rupert discusses a painting of the Crucifixion.

Published on Aug 5, 2014

In this clip, Rupert explores the substance out of which all experience is made, which is Infinite Consciousness.

In this video clip, Rupert discusses two sources for our desires and activities

Arielle Ford’s Wabi Sabi Love follows the success of her international bestseller The Soulmate Secret by revealing how to make love last forever.

Using the ancient Japanese idea of illuminating the beauty in imperfection (known as wabi sabi), Wabi Sabi Love provides all the tools necessary for you to experience more balance, harmony, and joy in your relationship than ever before.

No matter what stage of your relationship, Arielle Ford delivers the secret to lasting love. To quote Deepak Chopra: “Wabi Sabi Love weds ancient wisdom and modern concerns to create the formula for a sustainable, loving relationship for years to come.”

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Arielle Ford: Loving An Imperfect Partner Grows Your Soul

Published on Jul 15, 2014
Arielle Ford joins Barnet and Freeman for an important conversation. We are programmed by a society that projects images of perfection NO ONE can live up to. Arielle makes the point that in learning to love our imperfections and the beautiful imperfections of our partner, our soul grows. We become more human in the most gracious sense — a reflection of the divine — AND life just becomes a lot more fulfilling.

For more information about Arielle’s work, please visit: http://www.soulmatesecret.com/

The Secret of Truly Great Relationships – “Wabi Sabi Love”

Arielle Ford is a leading personality in the personal growth and contemporary spirituality movement. For the past 25 years she has been living, teaching, and promoting consciousness through all forms of media. She is a radio host, relationship expert, speaker, columnist and blogger for the Huffington Post. Arielle is a gifted writer and the author of eight books.

See incredible speakers like Arielle live at Awesomeness Fest.

Awesomeness Fest is a global non-profit, transformational event that brings together people who are driven to change the world– entrepreneurs, authors, technophiles, mavericks, artists and visionaries alike.

Like being at a festival that merges Burning Man, TED and an exotic vacation, you’ll get to dance the night (and day) away at incredible parties, go on breathtaking excursions, form life long friends and connections and learn how to take your life to the next level both personally and professionally. And it all happens in a paradise location.

Pub Date : Sept 24, 2014

What Wags the World: Tales of Conscious Awakening
is a topical and compelling collection of conscious awakening stories from more than 30 authors and filmmakers. Each contributor describes life-changing experiences that resulted in extraordinary transformation within their own life, and realizations of an interconnected and multidimensional universe. Their understanding of the world and how it works has been so profoundly changed that they feel compelled to share their story and pass on the gifts of wisdom, insight, and compassion they have gained.

Julie Clayton is editor of NY Times bestsellers and award-winning books on new consciousness (sacredwriting.com), and Reviews Editor for New Consciousness Review. Miriam Knight is founder of New Consciousness Review (ncreview.com)— a showcase for the people, books and films inspiring personal and global transformation, and NCRadio.

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Welcome to New Consciousness Review

Larson Publications (September 7, 2014)


“Paul Brunton gives voice to the profound teachings of immediate spiritual awakening that have the power to short circuit the seeker in us and reveal the true nature of reality here and now.” —Adyashanti

People who enjoy Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now, A New Earth), Michael A. Singer (The Untethered Soul), or Adyashanti (Emptiness Dancing) will enjoy and benefit greatly from The Short Path to Enlightenment.

These accessible teachings distill the essence of Advaita Vedanta, Zen, Sufism, Dzogchen—Brunton calls them “Short Path” teachings. A simple recognition, a brief moment of grace, can make what seemed like a far-off spiritual goal actual here and now. But we need reliable pointers for how and where to look. This compilation of gems distills the essence and effective practices of this path in direct, jargon-free language useful to followers of any or no particular tradition.

“The true gift of this wonderful book,” says Adyashanti, “is in how nuanced and subtle Paul Brunton understood these profound and transformational teachings and how directly he conveys them. Read this book as you would a scripture or a sutra and let it open your eyes to eternity.”

Includes:
• How to move from the Long Path of spiritual disciplines to the Short Path of direct insight
• Short Path exercises
• Experiences that may occur
• Warnings
• Stages of realization
• The nature of lasting enlightenment

Widely considered the most influential writer on self-realization in the 20th century, Paul Brunton traveled the globe in search of authentic spiritual teachers, with whom he lived and studied. Major reviewers acclaim his integrative writings as “sensible and compelling,” “a rich vein of wisdom,” “deep and original,” etc., that “stand beside Merton, Huxley, Suzuki, Watts, and Radhakrishnan.” He presents and makes accessible a broad spectrum of deep teachings, both East and West.

Compilers Mark Scorelle and Jeff Cox are both longtime students of Brunton’s work and are immersed in contemporary nondual teachings. Jeff recently retired as president of Snow Lion Publications, publishers of numerous works by the Dalai Lama and other revered Buddhist teachers. Both are available for promotional activities.

Ramana Maharshi, Swami Yogananda & Paul Brunton

Uploaded on Sep 27, 2011
This is the only available rare footage of Ramana Maharshi with Swami Yogananda and Paul Brunton during their visit to him on 29th Nov. 1935.

In this video you can see the Maharshi’s unblinking eyes through which we can understand his nischalatatva, ultimate stillness.

Source: Arun Kanth

SAGES

Uploaded on Sep 11, 2007
Slide show of contemporary Philosophers/Sages/Mystics inspired by the writings of Paul Brunton.The Notebooks vol 1-16.

More info on the higher philosophy here.

http://wisdomsgoldenrod.org/

Music is an arrangement of a trad Irish tune.

Paul Brunton – Relax and Retreat

Quotes taken from Paul Brunton’s Notebooks.

Paul Brunton – Architect of a 21st Century Philosophy
by Peter Holleran
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Pub Date: November 1, 2014

This slim volume challenges readers to discover their place in the universe. Gangaji conveys the radical invitation to choose to wake up from the trance of who we think we are and experience the truth of who we really are. The invitation is to self-inquiry, the willingness to ask the questions: Who am I? What is here? To directly experience what follows these and similar questions.

The resolve is to not go back into the trance by turning away from that essential experience, but to freshly inquire anew as thoughts or feelings of separation arise. We are encouraged not to judge them, rather to use them as pointers toward experiencing fully the emotions they lead to, divorced from the circumstances and thoughts, which gave rise to them.

Gangaji’s invitation is radical in part because it is not based upon a particular philosophy or religion. There are no prescribed practices or rituals, unless one considers inquiry a practice, nor the prohibition of them. Most radically, it calls into question the very structure of who we’ve believed ourselves to be. Who you are is not separate from God or Love or Truth or Freedom or Peace or Silence, whatever one chooses to call it. Therefore, there is nothing you have to do to “get there”. No merit to be earned. Who you are is already here, has always been and will always be. The invitation in this book is to wake up to Yourself.

This distinctive little book cuts to the heart of the ego’s most subtle strategies for control. Through the gift of self-inquiry and your own deepest desire to live a true and authentic life, Gangaji invites you to discover the effortless simplicity of a resolve so total, every aspect of daily life is used naturally for deepening surrender.

Born in Texas in 1942, Gangaji grew up in Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Mississippi in 1964, she married and had a daughter. In 1972, she moved to San Francisco where she began exploring deeper levels of her being. Today, Gangaji offers Sri Ramana Maharshi and Sri Poonjaji’s radical invitation to stop the search for fulfillment and enlightenment and to fully recognize the truth of one’s being, which is already completely whole and permanently at peace. She lives in Ashland, Oregon. Her website: http://www.gangaji.org/.

Gangaji – Freedom & Desire

In latest interview, Pope Francis reveals top 10 secrets to happiness
By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

Read the whole story HERE

The Movie Watcher’s Guide to Enlightenment describes movies that can be helpful in Awakening to Truth. Metaphysical and forgiveness themes will be the focus. Movies can be used as a way of expanding consciousness and, ultimately, experiencing the depth and meaning of the Inner Self. They can be a means to get in touch with and release limiting beliefs and come to a resolution of inner conflict.

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David has become a living demonstration of the principles of A Course in Miracles. David learned through countless miracles that he could perfectly trust the Holy Spirit to provide for him and guide him through every situation. Everything he seemed to need to accomplish his purpose was given. Several hermitage experiences helped David to free his mind from ego chatter and enter into deep Silence, where he ultimately experienced Enlightenment.

David Hoffmeister – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on Jul 29, 2014
Also see http://batgap.com/david-hoffmeister/

David Hoffmeister has been invited to over 30 countries and 49 states to shine and share his consistently peaceful state of mind, radiant joy and dedication to Truth. His journey involved the study of many pathways culminating in a deeply committed practical application of A Course in Miracles. David has an astonishing gift for applying the metaphysics of the Course to everyday issues and concerns in such a way that the ideas come alive. (Read more on http://awakening-mind.org/about-us/da…)

Books: Awakening Through a Course in Miracles Healing in Mind The Movie Watcher’s Guide to Enlightenment Only One Mind Healing the Shame and Guilt around Sexuality

Interview recorded 7/27/2014.

The Paradox of Creation is now being revealed to you. It´s part of the Divine Plan. You move along the circle of creation and you have now reached a point where it´s time to dis-cover and re-member that you really are God in Disguise.

Your current life is about Waking Up in order to once again re-member who you really are. You have reached the awakening part of the circle of creation. We all have. Creation is a paradox and the set-up has been hidden from us as it had to be. Our space-time construct is in place to facility consciousness to experience itself and you are a point of that consciousness.

This book will – reveal to you The Paradox of Creation - show you how un-manifested, unlimited, infinite potential of consciousness is manifesting and facilitating itself through you in order to BE – show you how the subconscious mind is a vital part for the character you play in the game of life – show you how time is not linear, but part of a grand cycle – explain how the game of life is set up and how you can benefit from knowing the rules – help you wake up and once again re-member who you really are There are no coincidences. You are reading this book description for a reason. Listen to your heart – to your intuition – to find out if you are ready to wake up and see who you really are: God in Disguise.

Camillo Loken (1965- ) is an author and international speaker on the subject of raising human consciousness in this ongoing awakening process. He lives in Fredrikstad, Norway with his lovely wife Synnove and their children. He grew up in a family of physicians and atheists. He spent several years abroad studying computer science and economics at University of Toronto, Canada and Marketing, Sales and Management at University of Surrey, Guildford, England. Later on he worked for one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world: Merck, Sharpe & Dohme.

After 11 years as a product manager in this company he changed direction in life completly due to a powerful awakening. He had to follow his heart and as such he became a spiritual seeker full-time and quit his job. He embarked on a journey to seek the truth about creation. This journey led him to incredible meetings with psychics, channelers, shamans and people with near-death experiences from many different continents. He also ended up working with many of them.

During Camillo´s exciting spiritual journey he was also invited to have a special meeting with the renowned humanitarian, spiritual leader and ambassadors of peace Sri Sri Ravi Shankar when he came to Norway in 2012. In 1982 Shankar founded The Art of Living which is now an international organization represented in 152 countries. In 2010 Shankar was named by Forbes Magazine as the fifth most influential person in India. Meeting him was truly a great moment for Camillo. Meeting him and other spiritual people provided Camillo with more pieces to the puzzle of creation. In addition Camillo´s journey also opened a door to The Paradox of Creation by introducing Camillo to a person, who like no other, has experienced the core of creation- The Paradox Point in slow motion.

The insight and wisdom acquired on Camillo´s spiritual journey is being reflected in his spiritual books for the sole/soul purpose of helping you re-member who you really are. They are tools alongside many others tools emerging in this time of awakening. The feminine Yin energy is coming forth to balance out the dominating masculine Yang energy. Camillo is also the author of the books The Paradox of Creation and The Shift in Consciousness. Both available on Amazon as Paperback and Kindle.

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The Paradox of Creation explained in 5 steps

new book about the Paradox of Creation. The cycles of Creation are driven by the core paradox of the infinite and finite. This is being explained using logic and logic reveals the magic

How did creation occur? Did The Big Bang come out of nothing or was it Intelligent Design?

Who are we? what are we doing on this planet? Are we God in disguise? are we a point of consciousness? Is creation a paradox of the infinite and the finite? Did the Big bang just suddenly appear from Nothing to create a human life form that is conscious? Or did consciousness create the Big bang and matter? Is creation the result of Intelligent Design? Does consciousness create form? Find out more about the Paradox of Creation now being revealed: http://theparadoxofcreation.com/

You Are A Point Of Consciousness. The Paradox of Creation.

Camillo Loken-The Paradox of Creation, Wake up you are Gods in Disguise

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Camillo is a well known Norwegian speaker and author within the field of spirituality and the shift in concsiousness. He grew up as an atheist before becoming a spiritual seeker looking for a bridge between science and spirituality and to see the connection between the two. He found this bridge and this totally changed his life. He left a secure job in one of the biggeste companies in the pharmaceutical industry to embark on a journey leading him to incredible meetings with psychics, channelers, shamans and people with near-death experiences from many different continents. In his latets book, The Paradox of Creation, Wake up you are Gods in disguise he presents interesting views on how the universe might be working.
You can connect with Camillo here: http://www.one-mind-one-energy.com

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Pub Date Nov 4 2014

Embark on a poignant and sometimes comic journey through Zen, poetry, and the transformative, personal practice of writing.

In Zen Encounters with Loneliness Terrance Keenan weaves together poetry, memoir, and raw insight to give voice to the lonely “nobody” in everyone. From his memories of early childhood to his struggles with addiction, writer’s block, and human relationship, Keenan delivers a heart-rending portrayal of the human hunger for selfhood and connection. Through his beautifully crafted literary reflections, he finds that Zen does not comfort our dream of being somebody, rather, it reveals connection only when we face who we really are—nobody. Zen Encounters intimately calls us to recognize that the well of emptiness is also a well of potential—to grow, learn, and overcome adversity.

Terrance Keenan was formerly a special collections librarian and head monk at the Zen Center of Syracuse. His poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in national journals, including The Georgia Review, Epoch, White Pine, and River, as well as in numerous anthologies. Keenan was trained as a Rinzai Zen Buddhist priest under Roko Sherry Chayat and Eido T. Shimano Roshi. He lives in County Cork, Ireland.

Explores the philosophy, science, and spirituality of nature mysticism and its Green calling

• Offers a solid bridge between spiritual practice and environmental activism

• Reveals how we can heal the environment by renewing our connection to it

• Shows how spiritual encounters in nature are healing the Nature Deficit Disorder of our psyches and bodies

Many have been struck by a majestic moment in nature–a sole illuminated flower in a shady grove, an owl swooping silently across a wooded path, or an infinitely starry sky–and found themselves in a state of expanded awareness so profound they can feel the interconnectedness of all life. These trance-like moments of clarity, unity, and wonder often incite a call to protect and preserve the earth–to support Nature as she supports us. Termed “nature mysticism,” people from all cultures have described such experiences. However, the ever-increasing urbanization of the world’s population is threatening this ancient connection as well as the earth itself.

In Ecomysticism, Carl von Essen explores nature mysticism through the recorded experiences of outdoor enthusiasts as well as scientific studies in biology, psychology, and neuroscience. Citing consciousness scholar William James and a variety of well-known nature lovers such as Ansel Adams, Henry David Thoreau, and Ralph Waldo Emerson, von Essen shows how the spiritual transcendence from an encounter in nature–like other mystical experiences–is healing the Nature Deficit Disorder of our psyches and bodies, leading to an expansion of our worldview and a clearer understanding of our self and of our natural world. Offering a solid bridge between spiritual practice and environmental activism, von Essen’s spiritual ecology reveals how only through a renewal of humanity’s spiritual connection to nature can we effect true environmental healing.

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Carl von Essen, M.D., studied medicine in California and Sweden. He has practiced and taught in the United States, India, and Switzerland and served with the World Health Organization in Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. The author of The Revenge of the Fishgod: Angling Adventures around the World and Memory Is a Dwelling Place, he lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The iconoclastic physicist Amit Goswami has never shied away from acknowledging a divine intelligence in his study of the quantum world, and here he makes his case. While he harbors little patience for the neo-Darwinist position (“they are dead wrong when they say there is no meaning and purpose to evolution”), he is also quick to criticize intelligent design theorists when they argue against the scientific validity of evolution. His solution? Quantum activism—aligning oneself with evolutionary imperatives to change the world for the better.

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Amit Goswami, Ph.D. talks about quantum physics and God.

Present! – Amit Goswami, Ph.D. (Part Two) Quantum Physics and God

Physicist Amit Goswami talks about the struggle between spirituality and science, and introduces the quantum view of reincarnation.


Published on Jul 22, 2014

Without doubt, it is everyone’s potential and natural birthright to eternally experience the full knowledge and pure joy of Unbounded Awareness, where absolutely nothing is excluded, day to day, year after year. Universal-to-personal existence becomes revealed as layer after layer of Absolute intelligence, all eternally humming as my —and everyone’s—movement of pure consciousness.

Eyes open or closed, submerged in an ocean of wholeness, where any stream of the love of my heart, the knowledge of my mind or flow of my senses is an obvious stir or expansion in the whole eternal sea of oneness. Here pure knowingness is so pervasive that there is nothing else that is known; but because it is pure knowledge, there is an experiencer, and this knower, by virtue of the internal structure of knowingness, naturally radiates infinite qualities to unboundedness, and thereby I—we—exist as eternal existence itself with our particular individuality and universality in complete connectedness.

The entire field of our lives, from pure silence to the divine subtle levels, to our daily activity is designed to be enjoyed, appreciated and known, all simultaneously, as the wonderful, unified totality of differences that it truly is.

There is a revolution occurring in the world today, but it is not fought with armies and it does not aim to kill. It is a revolution of consciousness.

This revolution is to the 21st century what the Scientific Revolution was to the 20th. The Scientific Revolution revealed objective, discernable laws of external phenomena and applied those laws to the material world. The Consciousness Revolution reveals objective, discernable laws of internal phenomena and applies them to the world as well.

The Scientific Revolution improved the state of humanity in many ways, but it also fostered a worldview neither ultimately helpful nor deeply humane. That worldview is mechanistic and rationalistic, without the slightest bow to the primacy of consciousness. Yet consciousness supplies moral vision and ethical purpose, without which all the science in the world won’t keep us from destroying ourselves or the planet on which we live.

Gone with irony and deep sigh any lingering hope that science will cure all the ills of the world. Certainly science has improved and continues to improve the world in significant, even stunning ways. But despite all its amazing gifts, science cannot give us what we most need now. It cannot save us from ourselves. Science can lead to the cure of a physical ailment, but it is not just a physical ailment that needs healing. Humanity’s core problem is not material but spiritual. It is our insanity — our inhumanity toward each other — from which we need to be delivered, in order to save us from the self-destruction on which we seem so bent.

Science itself is placed at the behest of human purposes. It can be used for good and it can be used for evil. Of itself, it is neutral and thus amoral. It should not therefore be our god. It’s time to end our strict obeisance to its dictates that the laws of the material world are fixed and unalterable, unchanged by the powers of consciousness. The old Newtonian model of world as machine has in fact given way to the realization that the universe is not a big machine, so much as it is, in the words of British physicist James Jeans, “a big thought.” Science itself has begun to recognize the power of the mind, but not so a lot of the world it has mesmerized over the last hundred years.

We need to heal our thinking, in order to heal our world.

The Law of Cause and Effect holds true on every level of reality. Thought is the level of Cause and material manifestation is the level of Effect. Change only on the level of effect is not fundamental change it at all, yet change on the level of cause changes everything. That is why a revolution in consciousness is our greatest hope for the future of the world.

What is the Revolution of Consciousness, in a nutshell? Like all great movements in human history, it is based on a single insight: in this case, that we are not separate from one another. We are not material beings limited to the physical body, but beings of consciousness limited by nothing. Like waves in the ocean or sunbeams to the sun, there is actually nowhere where one of us stops and another one starts. On the level of bodies, we’re all separate of course. But on the level of consciousness, we are one.

What that means, of course, is that what I do to you, I do to myself. That makes the Golden Rule very, very good advice. Do unto others what you would have others do unto you — because they will, or someone else will.

In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one, affects all indirectly.” That understanding is not metaphor or symbol; it’s a description of an ultimate Reality shoved from our awareness by an obsolete scientific worldview. To reclaim that understanding is not blind but visionary. King was not just a movement leader but also a spiritual one, proclaiming that the human condition would not fundamentally change until our hearts were changed. Until that change occurs within us, every time we cut off the head of a monster three more will take its place.

Anything we do to anyone else will ultimately come back at us, whether as individuals or as nations. Once we know that, we cannot un-know it. It changes everything, including our hearts. How can we not change how we see each other, once we realize that we are each other?

In the words of President John F. Kennedy, “Those who make peaceful evolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable.” The revolution of consciousness paves the way for the peaceful evolution of the human race. The alternative to that evolution is catastrophic and impenetrable darkness.

Any species, if its behavior becomes maladaptive for its own survival, either mutates or goes extinct. What arrogance it would be to believe that that applies to every species but our own. In fact, humanity’s behavior is in fact maladaptive for our own survival: we fight too much with too many weapons of mass destruction existing on the planet, and are actively destroying our own habitat. Our choice is clear: we will either mutate or we will die.

The mind does not want to hear this, but the heart rejoices in it. The dictates of science aren’t so sure about it, but the dictates of consciousness are clear. Humanity doesn’t need to make another machine; it needs to make another choice. We need to consider the possibility of another way, another option, another path for the human race to follow…one in which we do not bow before the laws of science, but rather bow before the laws of love. The mind will no longer be our master, but our servant. Science will no longer be a false god, but a truer help. And humanity will evolve, peace at last will come to earth, and war will be no more.

Marianne Williamson is a best-selling author and lecturer http://www.marianne.com

~ Posted on Huffington Post by Marianne Williamson


Published on Jul 19, 2014
From an retreat in Kanuga in April 2012 with Adyashanti.

Transcendence Through Stillness

Published on Jul 25, 2014

Eckhart offers keys to transcending identification with ego through discovering stillness within and aligning with the two primary movements of the cosmos.


Presence has a place in our modern modes of communication.


Published on Jul 25, 2014

In this video clip, Rupert discusses how sexuality could be informed by the understanding.

Krishnamurti is a leading spiritual teacher of our century. In The First and Last Freedom he cuts away symbols and false associations in the search for pure truth and perfect freedom. Through discussions on suffering, fear, gossip, sex and other topics, Krishnamurti’s quest becomes the readers, an undertaking of tremendous significance.

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J. Krishnamurti – On Freedom – An introduction to the teachings of J. Krishnamurti

Published on Jan 7, 2014
J. Krishnamurti – On Freedom – An introduction to the teachings of J. Krishnamurti


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.”

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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