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Published on Aug 25, 2014

Eckhart Tolle is a famous self help spiritual author. Eckhart Tolle has written the book The Power of Now. Eckhart Tolle teaches meditation, and talks a lot about the pain body and the ego. Eckhart Tolle also preaches being in the moment, something that can help better your life in every aspect, such as relationships with other people, and as a cure for all mental issues such as depression and anxiety. Eckhart Tolle has been interviewed by celebrities such as Oprah, teaching the general public to be present to the moment and let go of the ego and the pain body.

For the millions of Americans who want spirituality without religion, Sam Harris’s new book is a guide to meditation as a rational spiritual practice informed by neuroscience and psychology.

From multiple New York Times bestselling author, neuroscientist, and “new atheist” Sam Harris, Waking Up is for the 30 percent of Americans who follow no religion, but who suspect that Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Rumi, and the other saints and sages of history could not have all been epileptics, schizophrenics, or frauds. Throughout the book, Harris argues that there are important truths to be found in the experiences of such contemplatives—and, therefore, that there is more to understanding reality than science and secular culture generally allow.

Waking Up is part seeker’s memoir and part exploration of the scientific underpinnings of spirituality. No other book marries contemplative wisdom and modern science in this way, and no author other than Sam Harris—a scientist, philosopher, and famous skeptic—could write it.

Sam Harris is the author of the bestselling books, The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, Free Will, and Lying. The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. His latest book, Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion, will be published 9/9/14.

Mr. Harris’s writing has been published in more than 15 languages. His work has been discussed in The New York Times, Time, Scientific American, Nature, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and many other journals. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Economist, Newsweek, The Times (London), The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, The Annals of Neurology, and elsewhere.

Mr. Harris is a cofounder and the CEO of Project Reason, a nonprofit foundation devoted to spreading scientific knowledge and secular values in society. He received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA.

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Sam Harris “Waking Up: Science, Skepticism, Spirituality”


Eckhart Tolle is a famous self help spiritual author. Eckhart Tolle has written the book The Power of Now. Eckhart Tolle teaches meditation, and talks a lot about the pain body and the ego. Eckhart Tolle also preaches being in the moment, something that can help better your life in every aspect, such as relationships with other people, and as a cure for all mental issues such as depression and anxiety. Eckhart Tolle has been interviewed by celebrities such as Oprah, teaching the general public to be present to the moment and let go of the ego and the pain body.

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Published on Sep 18, 2014
Earth’s Crisis: On the Edge of the Roof (9/17/2014) ~ This talk views the ecological dis-ease of our planet through the lens of our evolutionary unfolding. We explore the egoic trance that has precipitated the destruction of our environment, and the inner practices of presence that enable us to respond from love and wisdom.

Joy is not for just the lucky few–it’s a choice anyone can make. In this groundbreaking book, based on his popular course, James Baraz helps you discover a path to the happiness that’s right in front of you, offering a step-by-step program that will reorient your mind away from dissatisfaction and distraction and toward the contentment and delight that is abundantly available in our everyday lives.

You can decide to be happy. For years, James Baraz’s online Awakening Joy course has offered participants from around the world the benefits of this simple but profoundly radical proposition. Grounded in simple Buddhist principles but accessible to people of all faiths–or no faith at all–this concept provides the jumping-off point for a transformational journey toward a richer, more meaningful, more positive outlook on life. Now readers everywhere can follow the same ten steps Baraz teaches to his program participants. In this practical down-to-earth guide, you will learn how to

• make happiness a habit by inclining your mind toward states that lead to well-being
• find joy even during difficult times and avoid the pitfalls that prevent you from achieving the contentment you seek
• cultivate effective practices for sustaining joyfulness, such as reclaiming your natural sense of wonder and finding joy in the midst of everyday experiences

Each chapter of Awakening Joy consists of one step in Baraz’s ten-step program and includes engaging exercises and practical advice to make happiness your natural default setting. For everyone from the cynic despondent over life’s many sorrows to the harried commuter raging at freeway traffic, this book offers up a simple yet powerful message of hope grounded in the realization that joy already exists inside every one of us. Like a precious child, it only needs to be recognized, embraced, and nurtured in order to grow to its full potential.

James Baraz has been teaching meditation for more than thirty years and the Awakening Joy course, both on-site and online, since 2003. He is a co—founding teacher of the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, and is on the international advisory board of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. He lives with his wife, Jane, in the San Francisco Bay area.

Shoshana Tembeck Alexander has studied Buddhism since the early 1970s and is the author of In Praise of Single Parents and Women’s Ventures, Women’s Visions. She has guided the work of several prominent Buddhist authors, including Tara Brach, Sharon Salzberg, and Wes Nisker. She lives in Ashland, Oregon.

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Awakening Joy Course and Book Video

Discover a path to the happiness that’s right in front of you. True well-being is a choice you can make.

Awakening Joy: The Book

Catherine Ingram interviews author and spiritual teacher, James Baraz, about his new book Awakening Joy. The book can be ordered via your local, independent bookstore or online from Amazon or Barnes and Noble. For more information about Awakening Joy, the book and the online course, as taught by James Baraz. please visit http://www.awakeningjoy.info


Published on Sep 19, 2014
In this clip Rupert clarifies the notion of emptiness applied to Consciousness.

As we enter the 21st Century faced with current global and human crises, society is being questioned as never before. In The Consciousness Revolution, three pioneers at the cutting-edge of Western thought reflect on the chances of peace in the world, on how society is changing, and on the changes we can make in ourselves. They consider the roles of art, science, education, goals and values, world views, religion, spirituality and, above all, consciousness – for the state of our consciousness is the key issue underlying almost everything else.

As Ken Wilber asks in his Foreword, what does it all finally come down to? Peter Russell puts it like this: ‘Each little bit counts we are all part of the same ground-swell. The most important question we need to ask is how can I put my own life in greater alignment with that ground-swell? How can I do my little one-hundred-thousandth worth to facilitate that shift a bit further?

These intense and memorable discussions among three of the finest minds of our time convey a sense of excitement and passion which we can carry forward in our own lives. The Consciousness Revolution is an essential guide to how our map of reality is changing in the midst of the global transformation going on in all parts of the world and in every sphere of life, in us and around us.

The Consciousness Revolution is an extraordinary discussion among three of the very finest minds of our time, spirited in its exchange, compassionate in its embrace, brilliant in its clarion call to awaken our conscience and consciousness.~ Ken WIlber

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The Consciousness revolution – Dr Stanislas Grof, San Francisco CA

Stan Grof, M.D., Ph.D. is a psychiatrist with more than fifty years experience researching the healing and transformative potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness. His groundbreaking theories influenced the integration of Western science with his brilliant mapping of the transpersonal dimension. On October 5, 2007 Dr. Grof received the prestigious VISION 97 award granted by the Foundation of Dagmar and Vaclav Havel in Prague.

He is one of the founders and chief theoreticians of Transpersonal Psychology and received an Honorary Award for major contributions to and development of the field of Transpersonal Psychology from the Association for Transpersonal Psychology in 1993.

Dr. Grof is also the founder of the International Transpersonal Association (ITA) and its past and current president. He has organized large international conferences throughout the world and continues to lecture and teach professional training programs in Holotropic Breathwork and transpersonal psychology.

Currently, Dr. Grof is Professor of Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in the Department of Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness, and teaches at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA

The revelation of unity and a renaissance of caring and sharing is quietly transforming our world! The first two sections of the book put this sacred shift in perspective. Section three shares secrets about protecting the potential of our children and posterity. Section four reveals simple, economic ways to bring prosperity and peace down to Earth. Contributors to this anthology include Barbara Marx Hubbard, Steve Bhaerman, AKA Swami Beyondanada, Diana Cooper, Patricia Cota-Robles, and assorted experts in various fields. This book was compiled for anyone who ever wondered how God could possible turn what we have today into the prophesied Golden Age. It reveals exactly how we’re going to get from here to there — co-creating our future with family, community, and God!

Barbara Marx Hubbard, Diana Cooper and Steve Bhaerman are shift awareness experts who offer invaluable assistance to us all at this time in our history. Despite the state of the world, we are truly on the threshold of great possibility, of our own conscious evolution.

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2012: A New Beginning – Barbara Marx Hubbard

Richard Garner, host of The One Network TV, has an enlightening conversation with Barbara Marx Hubbard on the 2012 phenomena. Don’t miss this one. Barbara Marx Hubbard is a powerful yet gentle speaker who puts things into perspective. We hope you enjoy this interview as much as we did.
“It doesn’t matter where anybody lives, we’re all here.” ~ Barbara Marx Hubbard
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An artist and healer by nature, Igor has been sharing his revelations into the essence of Being since 2002. His approach, in the form of intimate gatherings, silent transmissions and private correspondence, is based on spontaneous and intuitive insight which allows him to empathize with uniqueness of each individual conditioning.

Igor Kufayev was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. In his childhood he had many episodes associated with awakening. At the age of thirty six Igor underwent a radical transformation of consciousness which subsequently blossomed into spontaneous unfoldment of Grace.

Since April 2011, Igor and his family have been based in Costa Rica. He continues working with those who require guidance using various forms of communication.

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Published on Sep 16, 2014
Self Investigation is not something one does with the mind.


Published on Sep 14, 2014

In this clip Deepak Chopra analyzes the nature of experience and perception from neuroscience to the mystics.

On the Fundamental Nature of Reality

In this clip Deepak Chopra talks about the fundamental nature of reality and answers the question “Can we experience reality without separation?”.

Can science ever explain existence?

Published on Sep 14, 2014

In this clip Deepak Chopra answers the question “Can science ever explain existence?


Published on Sep 12, 2014
In this video Menas Kafatos Professor of Computational Physics explains in brief what is the phenomenon of entanglement.

Entanglement and Philosophy

Entanglement and Nonlocality

Published on Sep 12, 2014
In this video Menas Kafatos Professor of Computational Physics explains in brief what is the connection between entanglement and nonlocality.

Entanglement points to the Now

In this video Menas Kafatos Professor of Computational Physics talks in brief how entanglement points to what the mystics call present or now.

Is everything connected? Can we sense what’s happening to loved ones thousands of miles away? Why are we sometimes certain of a caller’s identity the instant the phone rings? Do intuitive hunches contain information about future events? Is it possible to perceive without the use of the ordinary senses?

Many people believe that such “psychic phenomena” are rare talents or divine gifts. Others don’t believe they exist at all. But the latest scientific research shows that these phenomena are both real and widespread, and are an unavoidable consequence of the interconnected, entangled physical reality we live in.

Albert Einstein called entanglement “spooky action at a distance” — the way two objects remain connected through time and space, without communicating in any conventional way, long after their initial interaction has taken place. Could a similar entanglement of minds explain our apparent psychic abilities? Dean Radin, senior scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, believes it might.

In this illuminating book, Radin shows how we know that psychic phenomena such as telepathy, clairvoyance, and psychokinesis are real, based on scientific evidence from thousands of controlled lab tests. Radin surveys the origins of this research and explores, among many topics, the collective premonitions of 9/11. He reveals the physical reality behind our uncanny telepathic experiences and intuitive hunches, and he debunks the skeptical myths surrounding them. Entangled Minds sets the stage for a rational, scientific understanding of psychic experience.

Scientist Dean Radin suggests that civilization is going through a developmental stage. Describing the world as made up of adolescent-like tribes, he says that it may take some great threat to force these tribes to work together.

The New Reality: Quantum Entanglement & Consciousness Revisited ~ Dean Radin

he New Reality: Quantum Entanglement & Consciousness Revisited – Dean Radin

Aug 16, 2012

In this interview Dr. Dean Radin talks with Merryn Jose about the topics of entanglement, psi phenomena in science, intention, telepathy, quantum physics and more!

Dr. Radin is Laboratory Director at the Institute of Noetic Sciences in California. He worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories and GTE Laboratories on advanced Telecommunications systems, and for nearly two decades he has conducted research on psychic phenomena in academia and in three Silicon Valley think tanks.

At Stanford Research Institute he served as a scientist on a highly classified program investigating psi phenomena for the U.S. government.

His book The Conscious Universe won the 1997 Book Award from The Scientific and Medical Network, and it has been translated into eight languages. The majority of Dr. Radin’s professional career has focused on experimentally probing the far reaches of human consciousness, primarily intuition, gut feelings and psi phenomena. His interests in these topics were motivated partially by sheer scientific curiosity, but also by an appreciation that these experiences are responsible for most of the greatest inventions, artistic and scientific achievements, creative insights, and religious epiphanies throughout history. http://www.deanradin.com/NewWeb/bio.html

Dr.Radin’s new book is entitled, Entangled Minds and has appeared in the movie What The Bleep Do We Know?!- Down The Rabbit Hole Extended Director’s Cut.

Reveals the secret teachings of the Khwajagan, the Masters of Wisdom of Turkish Sufism

• Provides biographies for the entire lineage of teachers in the Naqshbandi order, such as Yusuf Hamdani, the first recognized Khwajagan, and Baha’ al-Din Naqshband, from whom the Naqshbandi order of Sufis took its name

• Shows that this spiritual path focuses on expanding awareness of the heart to reach God-consciousness

• An essential guide for understanding Itlak Yolu, the Sufi path of Absolute Liberation, and fana’, Annihilation in God

Almost one thousand years ago a new and powerful nexus of spiritual transmission emerged in Central Asia and lasted for five centuries, reaching its culmination in the work of the Khwajagan, or “Masters of Wisdom.” Like the much earlier Rishi Pantha of India, these masters of Turkish Sufism were not renunciates but advocated maintaining an active connection with the world, including raising a family or running a business. They exerted a remarkable influence on the destiny of Central Asia, yet their chief significance lies in their almost unparalleled depth of spiritual perfection.

Based on primary Persian and Turkish sources, the same texts used by the Sufi authority Idries Shah in his many books, Masters of Wisdom of Central Asia explores the entire lineage of teachers from this golden age of Islamic Sufism. Author Hasan Shushud provides brief biographies of each teacher, such as Yusuf Hamdani, the first recognized Khwajagan; Ahmad al-Yasavi, the father of Turkish Sufism; and Baha’ al-Din Naqshband, from whom the Naqshbandi order of Sufis took its name. He examines their spiritual journeys, their writings and teachings, and their most famous sayings, incorporating occasional parables to illustrate their wisdom.

Shushud reveals how this spiritual path focuses on expanding awareness of the heart and how heart awareness is a prerequisite for divine contemplation and God-consciousness, for the heart is the manuscript within the body on which the infinite mysteries of the Godhead are recorded.

An essential guide for understanding Itlak Yolu, the Sufi path of Absolute Liberation, and fana’ fi-llah, Annihilation in God, this book is an indispensable work for anyone interested in Sufism or the spiritual history of Central Asia.

Hasan Lutfi Shushud (1902-1988) was born near Izmir in Anatolia, Turkey. A renowned Sufi saint and master, he was perhaps best known for his role as final guide to Gurdjieff’s disciple J. G. Bennett.

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Published on Sep 12, 2014

In this clip Rupert explores thoughts that arise on behalf of a separate self.


In these timeless works, Patanjali, Buddha, Lao Tsu, and other great masters of the Way speak with resonant authority on man’s deepest questions, and offer explicit instructions for how an earnest seeker of Truth should conduct his or her search and life. These insightful new versions by Bart Marshall are presented without commentary. Clear and poetic, yet intensely faithful to the language and nuance of the originals, they invite direct communion with the masters, and vibrate with revelatory self-evidence that resonates in the mind and heart long after reading.

Bart Marshall has a Self Inquiry Discussion Group who meet regularly in Raleigh, North Carolina. He also has a book of translations entitled The Perennial Way: New English Versions of Yoga Sutras, Dhammapada, Heart Sutra, Astavakra Gita, Faith Mind Sutra, and Tao Te Ching. The Perennial Way contains six translations of spiritual classics.

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Verses from the Faith Mind Sutra

Bart Marshall reads verses of the Faith Mind Sutra from his book The Perennial Way: New English Version of Yoga Sutras, Dhammapada, Heart Sutra, Ashtavakra Gita, Faith Mind Sutra, and Tao Te Ching. Faith Mind Sutra is attributed to the Third Chinese Patriarch of Zen – Seng Ts’an – and is one of the earliest Zen writings. Marshall’s eloquent interpretation reveals the power of these texts to point towards that which is Real. The Perennial Way – published by TAT Foundation Press and available from Amazon.com and your local bookseller.

Bart Marshall ‘Only This Emptiness’ – Interview by Iain McNay

Published on Sep 11, 2014

Bart Marshall ‘Only This Emptiness’ – Interview by Iain McNay
In the Vietnam War a mortar landed nearby that blew Bart into a clear and brilliant blackness that, “Felt like home. I would have gladly stayed in that blackness, but instead I was brought back into a world I could no longer view in the same way.”
When he returned in 1968 he experimented with LSD, read everything he could find that might offer clues to what had happened to him, studied meditation and attended workshops. After 20 years he hit a wall as a seeker and then met the teacher Richard Rose whom he studied with for 5 years. It was after a weekend with Douglas Harding that a breakthrough finally happened… “Being the source of everything that is nothing – everything and nothing, only this emptiness.”

If you caught a glimpse of heaven, would you choose to come back to life? Investigative journalist Judy Bachrach has collected accounts of those who died and then returned to life with lucid, vivid memories of what occurred while they were dead, and the conclusions are astonishing. Clinical death—the moment when the heart stops beating and brain stem activity ceases—is not necessarily the end of consciousness, as a number of doctors are now beginning to concede.

Hundreds of thousands of fascinating post-death experiences have been documented, and for many who have died and returned, life is forever changed. These days, an increasing number of scientific researchers are turning their studies to people who have experienced what the author calls death travels — putting stock and credence in the sights, encounters, and exciting experiences reported by those who return from the dead. Through interviews with scores of these “death travelers,” and with physicians, nurses, and scientists unraveling the mysteries of the afterlife, Bachrach redefines the meaning of both life and death. Glimpsing Heaven reveals both the uncertainty and the surprising joys of life after death.


JUDY BACHRACH
, a renowned investigative journalist, is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and professor of journalism at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy. She was educated at Chatham College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Her work as a hospice volunteer inspired her investigations into life after death.

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Great talk that broadens our perspective about why it really means to allow everything to be as it is, loving what is, non-seperation and becoming the situation that you’re in. To Unite and merge with what is.
The talk is from Boulder Intensive, August 2010.

Adyashanti, author of Falling into Grace, True Meditation, and The End of Your World, is an American-born spiritual teacher devoted to serving the awakening of all beings. His teachings are an open invitation to stop, inquire, and recognize what is true and liberating at the core of all existence.

Asked to teach in 1996 by his Zen teacher of 14 years, Adyashanti offers teachings that are free of any tradition or ideology. “The Truth I point to is not confined within any religious point of view, belief system, or doctrine, but is open to all and found within all.” Based in California, Adyashanti lives with his wife, Mukti, Associate Teacher of Open Gate Sangha. He teaches throughout North America and Europe, offering satsangs, weekend intensives, silent retreats, and a live internet radio broadcast.

“Adyashanti” means primordial peace.

  • What’s Wrong with Sex?
  • How to Drive Your Karma
  • Consciousness Commodified
  • The Karma of Food
  • The Three Poisons, Institutionalized
  • Why We Love War
  • These are just some of the chapters in this brilliant book from David R. Loy.

    In little time, Loy has become one of the most powerful advocates of the Buddhist worldview, explaining like no one else its ability to transform the sociopolitical landscape of the modern world.

    In this, his most accessible work to date, he offers sharp and even shockingly clear presentations of oft-misunderstood Buddhist staples-the working of karma, the nature of self, the causes of trouble on both the individual and societal levels-and the real reasons behind our collective sense of “never enough,” whether it’s time, money, sex, security… even war.

    Loy’s “Buddhist Revolution” is nothing less than a radical change in the ways we can approach our lives, our planet, the collective delusions that pervade our language, culture, and even our spirituality.

    David R. Loy’s previous books include the acclaimed Money, Sex, War, Karma, The Great Awakening: A Buddhist Social Theory, and The Dharma of Dragons and Daemons, a finalist for the 2006 Mythopoeic Scholarship Award. He was the Besl Professor of Ethics/Religion and Society at Cincinnati’s Xavier University.

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    Pub Date Oct 7 2014

    Invites readers to discern the divine in the ordinary moments of everyday and live an examined life where everything is a form of prayer.

    Barbara Mahany believes the sacred is all around, within finger’s reach—here to be gathered, culled, collected, through the simple yet complex art of paying attention, of savoring the moment, of cultivating stillness. Making room for the God and illuminating the Godly specks in the everyday. Noticing the seen, revealing the unseen, and pinpointing the divine in both.
    The book sifts through the terrain of three particular landscapes where the author most often encounters the stirrings of the Divine: under heaven’s dome; on the front lines of the homefront; and in the unspooling of the seasons. The most essential prayer, often, is the life closely examined, held up to the light.
    By probing deeply the nooks and crannies of the home-front, the author points out that the reader need not venture far to find what matters most. And the questions stirred will linger, long after the page is turned.

    From the front pages of the Chicago Tribune, to her revered page-two columns, Barbara Mahany has opened her heart and told her stories and the stories of her family’s life that have drawn in thousands of readers for decades. She writes from the well of her Christian-Jewish marriage. Bracingly honest and heart-achingly daring, she explores the sacred mysteries with a voice, recognizable and clear. She is a sought-after speaker, and writing teacher. She lives in Wilmette, Illinois.

    Be yourself. Simple advice – or is it? What does it mean to be oneself fully? How do we discover and live the truth of who we are in our essence?

    On The Self in Full Bloom, Mukti presents six sessions of deep inquiry and guided meditation intended to support embodied awakening – or the pure expression of both our human and our divine natures. The process of awakening involves dynamic and receptive energetics that color our experience from moment to moment.

    Through more than seven hours of teaching, Mukti eloquently describes the dance of these masculine and feminine qualities, illuminates the subtle challenges and gifts inherent in each, and points us to their ultimate union in our own unique expression of the wholeness that is already here. “There is an aspect of you that is not at odds with itself,” teaches Mukti. “That part of your nature that expresses harmoniously all the facets of what you are.” The Self in Full Bloom will help you firmly root yourself in the ground of Being while you flower fearlessly in alignment with the whole of life. Introduction by Adyashanti.

    Mukti is an associate teacher at Open Gate Sangha, which she cofounded with her husband Adyashanti in 1996. She is licensed in acupuncture and certified to teach hatha yoga. In her own teaching, Mukti brings flavors of feminine quietude and nurturing as well as kinesthetic, visual, and precise pointers to truth. Visit adyashanti.org for more.

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    Mukti – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

    Mukti – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

    Published on Sep 8, 2014
    Mukti, whose name means “liberation”, is a teacher in the lineage of Adyashanti, her husband. Together they founded Open Gate Sangha in 1996 to cultivate the awakening of consciousness in those who yearn for truth, peace, and freedom. In teaching, Mukti brings flavors of feminine quietude and nurturing as well as kinesthetic, visual, and precise pointers to Truth. Many speak of her being particularly gifted in her offering of guided meditations. Her keen interest as a teacher is in revelation of consciousness touching and transforming human experience. She is licensed in acupuncture and certified in yoga instruction. For sample teachings, audio clips and downloads, and further information, visit muktisource.org.

    Published on Sep 9, 2014
    Rupert responds to a question about death.

    This third edition (which includes a new introduction by Adyashanti) presents a collection of dynamic excerpts from Adyashanti’s satsang dialogues and lectures. The reader is guided from the initial impulse to be free, to its culmination in Liberation. Adyashanti also speaks about the role of grace, the student-teacher relationship and how to move beyond beliefs that distort our perception of the truth.

    “Adyashanti… does not use Zen jargon. In fact, like the great Zen masters of old, he has breached the bounds of conventional Buddhist discourse and instead speaks directly from Being itself. His words are fresh, spontaneous, and vital.” ~ From the Foreword by Stephan Bodian

    Reflections from Readers of The Impact of Awakening:

    “A life-changing book. I’ve waited my whole lifetime for this teaching.”

    “I have honestly read this book 10 times at least. It is beautiful and each time I pick it up and read . . . I discover something new.”

    “This is one of the very best books on the awakened state that I have read. It is simple, clear and easy to read. . . . It is filled with wonder and grace.”

    “The twelve chapters of questions and answers found in this gem are destined to be seen as a spiritual classic for years to come.”

    Chapters:

    1. The Evolutionary Impulse to Be Free
    2. Insecurity and the Unknown
    3. Meditation and Spiritual Practices
    4. Moving Beyond the Impulse to Struggle
    5. Ceasing to Become
    6. Awakening
    7. Embodiment: True Nonduality
    8. A Love Greater Than Oneself
    9. What Is Liberation?
    10. The Student-Teacher Relationship
    11. Relationship
    12. The Courage to Question

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    Adyashanti – Spiritual Awakening: A Radical Shift in Identity – Opening of Wake Up Festival 2012

    The Most Revealing Elvis Book You’ll Ever Read

    Literally hundreds of books and millions of words have been written about the phenomenon that was Elvis Presley. None even approaches what is revealed in this one – because this is the one story Elvis made Larry Geller promise to tell. It was Larry who sat in meditation with Elvis for hours at a time or for brief moments before a show. It was Larry whom Elvis could talk with about his deepest beliefs. And so, Larry became one of Elvis’ closest confidants. He knew a side of Elvis that few others knew, and fewer understood.

    Here at last is the full, true and mesmerizing story of Elvis Presley, who died in 1977, but whose legend is bigger than ever. Not until now have we had the chance to know him as he would have wanted us to. Many books tell what Elvis did. This one tells what Elvis believed. When you plumb the depths of Elvis’ soul as it is revealed here, you will understand the real Elvis. You will know him, and very likely, love him even more.

    You will read passages from his favorite books, with quotes and pictures of the philosophers and spiritual thinkers he admired: Paramahansa Yogananda, Kahlil Gibran and many others. You will view photographs of never-before-seen actual pages from some of those books, including The Prophet, with notes and comments in his own handwriting. Maybe best of all, you will listen in on intimate conversations that Elvis and Larry shared on a myriad of subjects over the years, including his feelings about the women in his life, the future of his career and life after death.

    What Larry describes of Elvis here will shock some people. It’s guaranteed to surprise you. Because what you will discover is a side of Elvis that was so intimate and personal, he never publicly let it out in words, only through his music. Yet the purity and authenticity of this story will absolutely convince you that you have, finally, met the real Elvis.

    As Larry explains: Elvis charged me with this responsibility, empowering me and inspiring me to write this book when he said, ‘The world knows Elvis Presley all right, but they don’t know me. I want them to know me, the real person. Larry, I’m counting on you.’

    Take a walk with Elvis and Larry through the heart and soul of Elvis the seeker. No matter how much you may already know of Elvis, you will come away feeling that you know him far better for having experienced Leaves of Elvis’ Garden.

    Discover Elvis Presley’s spiritual journey

    God’s number one message to the world.

    In just five words…

    �You’ve got me all wrong.”

    Inspired by his nine-book Conversations with God series, many people have asked Neale Donald Walsch to find a way to deliver the most essential pieces of God’s message to us in a more succinct way.

    The result is a concise text detailing and expanding just what we need to know about life and how to live it. Bringing their many conversations over the years into sharper focus than ever before, Walsch in What God Said encourages readers to cast aside religious and cultural trappings. To experience life as fallible—and human—beings, open minded, open-hearted, and all-embracing, and to build on, broaden, and enrich our Ancient Story.

    But to move forward on this ever-expanding and encompassing spiritual voyage means not only understanding what Walsch considers the most important insights of his Conversations with God, but also applying them in the most practical of ways. And so Walsch has included solid suggestions on how to apply each of the 25 Core Messages in daily life, The author says that should humanity begin carrying these messages forward, starting today, they can literally change the world.

    Neale Donald Walsch devotes his time to sharing the messages of his books through writing, lecturing, and facilitating spiritual renewal retreats. The creator of the School of the New Spirituality and founder of The Group of 1000, a nonprofit organization supporting global spiritual awakening, he lives in Ashland, Oregon, and may be contacted through http://www.nealedonaldwalsch.com.

    THE 25 CORE MESSAGES OF CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD

    1. God talks to everyone, all the time. The question is not, to whom does God talk? The question is: Who listens?

    2. We are all one. All things are One Thing. There is only One Thing, and all things are part of the One Thing There Is.

    3. There’s enough. It is not necessary to compete for, much less fight over, the “stuff of which there is enough.” Simply learn to share it.

    4. There’s nothing you have to do. There is much you will do, but nothing that you are required to do. This is because God wants nothing and needs nothing.

    5. There are Three Basic Principles of Life: Functionality, Adaptability, and Sustainability.

    6. There is no such thing as Right and Wrong, there is only What Works and What Does Not Work, given what it is that you are trying to do. What it is that you are trying to do, and what you will do, shall determine who you are and how you evolve as a species.

    7. Every act is an act of self-definition.

    8. Love is all there is.

    9. You are the creator of your own reality.

    10. The Three Tools of Creation are: Thought, Word, and Action.

    11. Your life has nothing to do with you. It is about everyone whose life you touch, and how you touch it.

    12. You are not your body, you are not your mind, and you are not your soul. You are the unique combination of all three, which comprises the Totality Of You. You are an individuation and an aspect of Divinity; an expression of God on earth.

    13. The purpose of your life is to recreate yourself anew in the next grandest version of the greatest vision ever you held about Who You Are.

    14. There is no such thing as Time and Space, there is only Here and Now.

    15. There is no such place as hell, and eternal damnation does not exist.

    16. Death does not exist. What you call “death” is simply a process of Re-Identification, and no one concludes their present experience of physical life at a time or in a way that is not of their choosing.

    17. There are no victims and no villains. The moment you declare anything, everything unlike it will come into the space, not because you are a victim, but because of The Law of Opposites, which produces a Contextual Field within which what you wish to express may be experienced.

    18. There is no such thing as Absolute Truth. All truth is subjective. Within this framework there are five levels of truth telling: Tell your truth to yourself about yourself; Tell your truth to yourself about another; Tell your truth about yourself to another; Tell your truth about another to another; Tell your truth to everyone about everything.

    19. The human race has created a precise set of illusions. The Ten Illusions of Humans are: Need Exists, Failure Exists, Disunity Exists, Insufficiency Exists, Requirement Exists, Judgment Exists, Condemnation Exists, Conditionality Exists, Superiority Exists, Ignorance Exists. These illusions serve humanity when it knows how to use them.

    20. The Three Core Concepts of Holistic Living are Honesty, Awareness, and Responsibility. Live according to these precepts and self-anger will disappear from your life.

    21. Life functions within a Be-Do-Have paradigm. Most people have this backward,imagining that first one must “have” things in order to “do” things, thus to “be” what they wish to be. Reversing this process is the fastest way to experience mastery in living.

    22. There are Three Levels of Awareness: Hope, Faith, and Knowing. Spiritual mastery is about living from the third level.

    23. There are Five Fallacies about God that create crisis, violence, killing and war. First, the idea that God needs something. Second, the idea that God can fail to get what He needs. Third, the idea that God has separated you from Him because you have not given Him what He needs. Fourth, the idea that God still needs what He needs so badly that God now requires you, from your separated position, to give it to Him. Fifth, the idea that God will destroy you if you do not meet His requirements.

    24. There are also Five Fallacies About Life that likewise produce crisis, violence, killing and war. First, the idea that human beings are separate from each other. Second, the idea that there is not enough of what human beings need to be happy. Third, the idea that in order to get the stuff of which there is not enough, human beings must compete with each other. Fourth, the idea that some human beings are better than other human beings. Fifth, the idea that it is appropriate for human beings to resolve severe differences created by all the other fallacies by killing each other.

    25. Your experience of yourself and your world will change overnight if you adopt, collectively, the Five Steps to Peace:

    Permit yourself to acknowledge that some of your old beliefs about God and about Life are no longer working.

    Explore the possibility that there is something you do not fully understand about God and about Life, the understanding of which would change everything.

    Announce that you are willing for new understandings of God and Life to now be brought forth, understandings that could produce a new way of life on this planet.

    Courageously examine these new understandings and, if they align with your personal inner truth and knowing, enlarge your belief system to include them.

    Express your life as a demonstration of your highest beliefs, rather than as a denial of them.

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    Neale Donald Walsch on Manifestation

    Published on Dec 9, 2012

    Full 30 minute interview at http://www.SoulSessions.org.
    Neale Donald Walsch’s Conversations With God (Book I) sold more than 7.5 million copies and stayed on the New York Times best sellers list for a phenomenon 137 weeks. His latest project, The Global Conversation, poses 7 questions that Walsch hopes will change our cultural story to create a reality much closer to a type of heaven here on earth. “Food, water and energy will become major crisis points unless we wake up and change the way we are doing life here on earth,” he says. “Seek thee first the kingdom of heaven and all else will be added unto you.” Check out Eloise’s conversation with Neale Donald Walsch at SoulSessions.org.

    We have God all wrong – Neale Donald Walsch

    The Seeker, The Search, The Sacred is about the universal and timeless spiritual principles that lead us to the personal revelation of Divine guidance, and the ultimate realization of our own highest possibilities.

    This landmark work by self-realization teacher Guy Finley offers compelling evidence that from time immemorial, individuals touched by spirit have stood as witnesses and then reporters of a single great story: the transformation of the human soul.

    The Seeker, The Search, The Sacred presents passages from all the major religious traditions and philosophical systems, and demonstrates — despite differences in language and form — how they all work in concert to describe different aspects of a single compassionate, loving, and Divine intelligence.

    The clearer the truth of this one story, the greater the possibility of individuals everywhere reclaiming their spiritual birthright. And in this discovery lives a new understanding that can help heal our world.

    Guy Finley, founder and director of the nonprofit Life of Learning Foundation, a member of the faculty at the Omega Institute and a regular contributor to Beliefnet. He is the bestselling author of The Essential Laws of Fearless Living and The Courage to Be Free along with many other books and audio programs that have been translated and sold worldwide. Guy appears regularly on radio and television and has been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, NPR, and PBS. He lives in Oregon.

    Click here to take a look inside.

    The Seeker, The Search, The Sacred: Journey to the Greatness Within

    Guy Finley speaks about his newest book — The Seeker, The Search, The Sacred: Journey to the Greatness Within.

    Journey to the Greatness Within! OneJourney.net

    Visit http://www.OneJourney.net to learn more about the One Journey outreach program of nonprofit Life of Learning Foundation. When the sleeper awakens, the seeker is born.

    Pub Date Oct 14 2014


    Having spent several years listening to, and then writing about, the regrets of dying people, Bronnie Ware understands the importance of acknowledging death and finding the courage to live a happy and authentic life in the meantime.

    In this tender yet influential collection, Bronnie Ware shares 52 inspiring stories, woven among observations from her daily life, strengthening you with the values needed for regret-free living. You can read one story a week or read them all right through. Either way, Bronnie’s ability to open your eyes to new perspectives will also open your heart to new strengths and dreams. Your Year for Change is a gentle and powerful book that will leave you determined to embrace your life, forgive your past, honor your heart, and create a regret-free future of happiness and wonder.

    Bronnie Ware is an author, songwriting teacher, and speaker from Australia. Her inspiring memoir, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, has connected with hearts all over the world, with translations in 27 languages. Bronnie lives in rural Australia and loves balance, simple living, health-loving food, and waking up to the songs of birds.

    Bowse here

    A Little Something – Bronnie Ware

    A Little Something was originally conceived long ago, intended as a photography and inspirational book. Over time though, it took on a life of its own, finally evolving into this clip, an eBook, and the accompanying song!

    Bringing Awareness to Doing

    Published on Sep 5, 2014
    Bringing Awareness to Doing (08/20/2014)

    One of the core domains of egoic trance is addictive doing – chronic activity driven by fear and wanting that keeps us from realizing a wholeness of Being. This talk looks at how addictive doing keeps us in the map of time, identified as a separate self, always on our way somewhere else. We then explore ways we undo this conditioning by pausing and opening to the liberating dimension of Being.


    Published on Sep 4, 2014
    Join Eckhart in the practice of thoughtless awareness (aka meditation) to discover the place where “only presence remains.”


    Published on Sep 4, 2014
    Eckhart discusses the life and teachings of Francis of Assisi to reveal the legendary mystic’s insights into the egoless state that hold relevance to this day.

    Pub Date Nov 11 2014


    From the New York Times Bestselling Author.
    Can God be revived in a skeptical age? What would it take to give people a spiritual life more powerful than anything in the past? Deepak Chopra tackles these issues with eloquence and insight in this book. He proposes that God lies at the source of human awareness. Therefore, any person can find the God within that transforms everyday life.

    God is in trouble. The rise of the militant atheist movement spearheaded by Richard Dawkins signifies, to many, that the deity is an outmoded myth in the modern world. Deepak Chopra passionately disagrees, seeing the present moment as the perfect time for making spirituality what it really should be: reliable knowledge about higher reality. Outlining a path to God that turns unbelief into the first step of awakening, Deepak shows us that a crisis of faith is like the fire we must pass through on the way to power, truth, and love.

    “Faith must be saved for everyone’s sake,” he writes. “From faith springs a passion for the eternal, which is even stronger than love. Many of us have lost that passion or have never known it.” In any age, faith is a cry from the heart. God is the higher consciousness that responds to the cry. “By itself, faith can’t deliver God, but it does something more timely: It makes God possible.”

    For three decades, Deepak Chopra has inspired millions with his profound writing and teaching. With The Future of God, he invites us on a journey of the spirit, providing a practical path to understanding God and our own place in the universe. Now, is a moment of reinvigoration, he argues. Now is moment of renewal. Now is the future.

    When planets are exalted or in their own signs they are called “Jagraad” or awake. Like everything, this must be balanced with the totality. But stated simply, an awake planet allows us to learn more easily from the mistakes we make. Whereas planets in lower dignity have a harder time seeing the truth. They are either sleeping (swapna) or unconscious/asleep (sushupti). – See more at: http://www.mydailyastrology.net/join/…

    Published on Sep 4, 2014
    How does an enlightened one find motive to change?

    A look at choice and preference after awakening.


    Published on Sep 5, 2014
    Rupert discusses two reasons to seek intimate relationships.

    Ganesh Gayatri Mantra by Om Voices

    A great meditation track for us to pray on to our Beloved Lord Ganesha. May He shower us with His blessings, Ganapati Bappa Morya!
    Singer – OM voices

    The Divine Art of Dying explores the unique moment when seriously ill people choose to turn toward death. Combining personal stories with solid research on palliative and hospice care, it provides a well-integrated look at the spiritual dimensions of living fully when death is near. Filled with insights from the world’s great wisdom traditions along with references from literature, movies, and current culture, it helps identify the life decisions the dying one and his or her loved ones must make, and what their caregivers can expect.

    Karen Speerstra was a writer, editor, and the author of ten books, including the Nautilus gold medal winner, Sophia: the Feminine Face of God. She died in 2013 shortly after completing the manuscript for The Divine Art of Dying.

    Herbert Anderson has been a pastor, a seminary professor, and a hospital chaplain and is the author or coauthor of numerous books and articles on death and grief, family living, pastoral care, ritual and stories, and spirituality. He lives in Sonoma, CA.

    Dr. Ira Byock is one of the foremost palliative-care physicians in the country and an expert in end of life decisions. His book Dying Well has sold over 50,000 copies. He served as the president of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and is currently the director of Palliative Medicine at Dartmouth- Hitchcock Medical Center. He lives in Enfield, NH.

    Click here to take a look inside.

    Pub Date Jan 8, 2015


    Open the doors to a new level of self-understanding and let go of useless suffering. The Secret of Your Immortal Self helps you seek a deeper, more meaningful relationship with the Divine and provides powerful insights and practical steps on how to find a guiding light in the middle of any dark moment; a light that not only reveals the illusion of imagined self-limitation, but that instantly releases you from the fear of it as well.

    Filled with unique and meaningful essays, this guide shows you how to remember a long forgotten part of your true timeless nature. Piece by piece, this recollection stirs the sleeping soul that, once awakened, guides you to the crowning moment of life: contact with the immortal self. Once achieved, this celestial union releases you from regret, endows you with patience, and grants you the realization that—despite all appearances to the contrary—death is not the end of life.

    Guy Finley’s encouraging and accessible message is one of the true bright lights in our world today. His ideas cut straight to the heart of our most pressing personal and social issues — relationships, fear, addiction, stress/anxiety, peace, happiness, freedom ­ and lead the way to a higher life.

    Guy is the best-selling author of The Secret of Letting Go and more than 36 other books and audio albums that have sold over a million copies in 16 languages worldwide. In addition, he has presented over 4,000 unique self-realization seminars to thousands of grateful students throughout North America and Europe over the past 20 years and has been a guest on over 400 television and radio shows, including national appearances on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, NPR, Wisdom Network, and many others. His radio program, “Guy Finley Live,” is a live chat that airs monthly on HealthyLife.net as part of the network’s “Visionary Celebrity Host Series.” His syndicated weekly radio program is aired on several international networks including Healthylife Radio Network, WorldTalkRadio Network, and Contact Talk Radio International. His work is widely endorsed by doctors, business professionals, celebrities, and religious leaders of all denominations.

    Guy’s career reached this point through a circuitous path. Born into a successful show business family, he is the son of Late-Night TV and radio pioneer Larry Finley. His childhood friends were the sons and daughters of the most famous celebrities in the world. As a young man Guy enjoyed success in a number of areas including composing award-winning music for many popular recording artists including Diana Ross, Debbie Boone, The Jackson 5, Billy Preston, The Four Seasons, as well as writing the scores for several motion pictures and TV shows. From 1970-1979 he wrote and recorded his own albums under the Motown and RCA recording labels.
    Throughout his youth, Guy suspected there was more to life than the type of worldly success that led to the emptiness and frustration he saw among his own “successful” friends and colleagues. In 1979, after travels throughout North America, India and the Far East in search of truth and Higher Wisdom, Guy voluntarily retired from his flourishing music career in order to simplify his life and to concentrate on deeper self-studies.
    In addition to his writing and appearance schedule, Guy presents four inner-life classes each week at his non-profit Life of Learning Foundation headquarters in Merlin, Oregon. These classes are ongoing and open to the public.

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    Listen for the Voice of the Divine and Find True Guidance

    Published on Aug 6, 2014
    Guy Finley explains that we always give our attention to what we value most. You can’t “look” for the path to the Divine. The path is right here, right now. Our work is to just attend and listen for the Divine moment to moment and there’s no moment you can’t be attending to the Divine. That’s the true path to peace and freedom.

    The Secret of Letting Go

    Few people realize it, but there really are great spiritual secrets. They exist. In fact, your whole life has been a journey to find them. Once you do find them, you’ll hold the key to a life unimaginable.

    In these video programs by best-selling author Guy Finley you’ll learn powerful spiritual principles, leading to surprising new powers. End stress, relationship difficulties, depression, loneliness, anger — and realize effortless happiness.

    What has been missing from my work, from everyone else’s work, from personal stories, from those who interpret personal stories, from experts in religion and spirituality, from the news media, the scientists, the grief-stricken, and the born again . . . is the voice of the collective . . . inside what we all seek to describe. What lies at the heart of near-death experiences? A God that in ways beyond description, smiles at you. Not the God of holy writ, but a Sourceplace—an all-encompassing Oneness, Allness, that, as It breathes, moves skin and bark and wings and stars and babes and rivers and comets and dreams and faces . . . as well as the mustard on your hotdog. The book you have before you releases that collective voice, the sum
    of millions of people—worldwide—who speak as one. It is nothing less than the proof that everyone on planet Earth, in their own heart, seeks to have: that God exists.

    P.M.H. Atwater is the author of more than 15 books, including Future Memory, Beyond the Indigo Children, and We Live Forever. She has been researching the near-death phenomenon since 1978, and is considered a world authority on the subject

    For her earlier books, VIEW HERE

    Brutally honest and radically unconventional, Chris Grosso’s collection of stories and musings about his meandering journey of self-inquiry, recovery, and acceptance shows what it means to live a truly authentic spiritual life.

    Set amongst the backdrop of Grosso’s original music (includ­ed for download via QR codes in the text), Indie Spiritualist encourages you to accept yourself just as you are, in all your humanity and imperfect perfection.

    Chris Grosso is an independent culturist, freelance writer, spiritual aspirant, recovering addict, musician and serves as spiritual director for the interfaith center The Sanctuary at Shepardfields. He writes for Huffington Post, Rebelle Society, Origin magazine, Mantra Yoga + Health magazine and created the popular hub for all things alternative, independent, and spiritual with TheIndieSpiritualist.com. Chris’s debut book, Indie Spiritualist: A No Bullshit Exploration of Spirituality, earned him praise from Ram Dass, Tony Hawk, Ken Wilber, Publishers Weekly and more. A self-taught musician, Chris has been writing, recording, and touring since the mid-1990s.

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    Chris Grosso – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

    Published on Sep 2, 2014
    Chris Grosso is an independent culturist, freelance writer, spiritual aspirant, recovering addict, and musician who serves as spiritual director for the interfaith center – The Sanctuary at Shepardfields. He writes for Huffington Post, Rebelle Society, ORIGIN magazine, Mantra Yoga + Health magazine and he created the TheIndieSpiritualist.com – a popular hub for all things alternative, independent, and spiritual. Chris’s bestselling debut book, Indie Spiritualist: A No Bullshit Exploration of Spirituality, earned him praise from Ram Dass, Tony Hawk, Ken Wilber, Publishers Weekly and more. A self-taught musician, Chris has been writing, recording, and touring since the mid-1990s.

    The Desire to Express Happiness

    Published on Sep 2, 2014

    Rupert discusses the implications of the non-dual understanding in relationships.

    Dr. Deepak Chopra joined Full Frame’s Mike Walter to share his holistic approach for solving the biggest problems facing communities around the world.

    “Stress is the number one epidemic of our civilization and it’s linked to every other epidemic,” says Dr. Deepak Chopra, the author of nineteen New York Times best-sellers and a global leader and spiritual guru in the field of mind-body medicine. Thirty years after beginning his medical practice, Dr. Chopra’s global fan base ranges from young students in India to celebrities, including Lady Gaga and Oprah Winfrey.

    He equates stress with the ocean’s waves and says if we are equipped with the tools to surf those waves, we never have to be stressed. Dr. Chopra links the future state of society to the well-being of every individual and every individual’s community. And the first step begins with each person taking responsibility for his or her own well-being.

    Dr. Chopra’s medical training in neuroendocrinology has informed his views on global issues and shaped the solutions he proposes to combat them.

    “Stress wreaks physiological havoc” on the individual, but also leads to global conflict, economic disparity, and environmental degradation, according to Dr. Chopra. In his work with The Chopra Foundation, Dr. Chopra has committed to improving health and education standards worldwide and promoting world peace by working with the next generation of world leaders.

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    This profound guidebook reframes and expands the mission of building a global culture of peace. Going far beyond conventional techniques of conflict resolution, James O’Dea provides a holistic approach to peace work, covering its oft-ignored cultural, spiritual, and scientific dimensions while providing guidance suitable even for those who have never considered themselves peacebuilders.

    O’Dea is unique in his ability to integrate personal experience in the world’s violent conflict zones with insights gathered from decades of work in social healing, human rights advocacy, and consciousness studies.

    Following in the footsteps of Gandhi and King, O’Dea keeps the dream of peace alive by teaching us how to dissolve old wounds and reconcile our differences. He strikes deep chords of optimism even as he shows us how to face the heart of darkness in conflict situations. His soulful but practical voice speaks universally to peace activists, mediators, negotiators, psychologists, educators, businesspeople, and clergy—and to everyday citizens.
    James O’Dea is Extended Faculty of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and served as President from 2003-2008. The Institute of Noetic Sciences is a non-profit membership organization founded in 1973 by astronaut Edgar Mitchell which explores the frontiers of consciousness and global paradigm change.

    James also spent ten years as the Director of the Washington Office of Amnesty International, where he testified before Congress, met with U.S. presidents and numerous foreign heads of state and government leaders, and represented Amnesty International to the State Department, the White House, and the World Conference on Human Rights.

    Subsequently, he spent five years as Executive Director of the Seva Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to international health & development issues in Latin America, Asia, and on American Indian reservations. Seva is a Sanskrit word meaning service. Prior to that James lived and worked in Turkey and Lebanon, and witnessed civil conflict, war and massacre, which influenced him deeply.

    James founded and co-led with Dr. Judith Thompson an international series of “Compassion and Social Healing” dialogues funded by The Fetzer Institute. The dialogues, spanning a seven year period, brought together leaders and activists in a variety of fields related to human rights, peace, and social reconciliation initiatives. James and Dr. Thompson also recently completed a major report on International aspects of social healing, a major initiative to expand the theory and practices surrounding this fast-emerging field funded by the Kalliopeia Foundation. Their report, “The International Social Healing Project” is available for download at http://www.jamesodea.com.

    Since 2008, James has been a member of the Evolutionary Leaders, a group convened by Deepak Chopra and Diane Williams to unify efforts in support of evolutionary changes in political, economic, ecological, scientific and health and healing arenas. He is also a member of the Global Systems Initiatives, an organization bringing a whole-systems approach to complex global issues, founded by Louise Diamond. He regularly participates in the Language of Spirit Dialogues which are convened by the SEED Graduate Institute for Native Americans, Physicists, and thought leaders.

    James has an International student body of over 600 Peacebuilders from 25 countries who have participated in his ongoing Peace Ambassador Trainings hosted by The Shift Network. He also offers unique and intimate Intensives for small groups in Leadership and Peacebuilding.

    James’ new book, Cultivating Peace, has gained worldwide acclaim as not just a book but a leading manual for Peacebuilding. Jean Houston says, “if you read just one book this year, Cultivating Peace is it”. He is an Advisory Council Member to The Peace Alliance and to several other international organizations.

    He is a blogger at The Huffington Post and his most recent article, “New Entry Qualifications for Political Life” has seen global trending. He also is featured as a guest blogger at Ervin Laszlo’s blog on a regular basis.

    He lectures all over the world, and has essays published in numerous magazines and books including currently the Mystery of 2012 (Sounds True); Consciousness and Healing: An Integral Approach to Mind Body Medicine (Elsevier); Beyond Forgiveness: Reflections on Atonement (Essay:”Creative Atonement in a Time of Peril”; Jossey-Bass); Birth 2012: “Birth of the Peace Child” (Shift Books); The New Science and Spirituality Reader (Essay: “Finding the Holy of Holies: Sticky Particles and the Ground of All Being” Pub: Inner Traditions); and Earthrise: The Dawning of a New Civilization in the 21st Century (Goi).

    Visit his official website at http://www.jamesodea.com and the book’s site at http://www.cultivatingpeace.net

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    James O’Dea–Cultivating Peace [Voices for Peace]

    During the opening event and conference for the Summer of Peace 2012 Festival, sponsored by the Shift network, James O’Dea spoke as one of the outstanding “Voices for Peace.” It was a deep honor to film James’ powerful and moving speech. In support of his newly published and profound book, “Cultivating Peace: Becoming a 21st-Century Peace Ambassador,” he eloquently expressed his authentic understanding of the pathways toward global peace. May this video clip move you toward your own understanding and “cultivation” of peace.

    Available October 21, 2014

    “I know this may come as a shock, and you know I’m not fond of using stale one-liners, but—‘reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.’ I’m as alive now as I was on the day we met, except, maybe, more so.”
    If the dead could speak, don’t you wonder what they would say to those of us they’ve left behind? What would they tell us to soothe our sorrow for their loss, calm our fears of what happens when we die, and fire us up to live the best possible lives we can right now?
    In pages filled with wisdom, humor, and, yes, joy, New York Times best-selling author Mike Dooley explores our most pressing and profound questions about the afterlife—and this life—from the fresh perspective of those who have made the transition to the next phase. Among the revelations and insights they share:

     

     

    • We were ready; you are not.
    • There’s no such thing as a devil or hell.
    • We’re sorry for any pain we may have caused.
    • Your pets are just as crazy, brilliant, and loving here as they were there.
    • Nothing we say can prepare you for the beauty of the moment you arrive.

    You’ll learn that our loved ones are not lost to us; that our time on earth is both a school and an adventure; that, all appearances to the contrary, life truly is fair; and that we have it in us to reshape our own fortunes, starting today.

    Mike Dooley is a former PriceWaterhouseCoopers international tax consultant turned entrepreneur, who’s founded a philosophical Adventurers’ Club on the internet that’s now home to over 500,000 members from over 182 countries. His inspirational books emphasizing spiritual accountability have been published in 25 languages and he was one of the featured teachers in the international phenomenon, The Secret. Today Mike is best known for his free Notes from the Universe e-mailings and his New York Times bestsellers Infinite Possibilities: The Art of Living Your Dreams and Leveraging the Universe: 7 Steps to Engaging Life’s Magic. Mike lives what he teaches, travelling internationally speaking on life, dreams and happiness. http://www.tut.com

    Click here to look inside.

    MIKE DOOLEY: THE TOP TEN THINGS DEAD PEOPLE WANT TO TELL YOU


    Published on Aug 29, 2014

    Rupert discusses depression or pain being illuminated by pure Consciousness.

    Can humanity act in time to tip the scales in favor of a sustainable planetary civilization, given the rapid escalation of crises that threaten our survival?

    In her newest book, Birth 2012 and Beyond: Humanity’s Great Shift Towards the Age of Conscious Evolution , beloved visionary and evolutionary educator Barbara Marx Hubbard answers this critical, timely question by describing her personal quest to solve the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced: our choice to either quickly evolve to a more sustainable and compassionate world, or face the real possibility of devolution and destruction of our life support systems.

    Birth 2012 and Beyond presents her solution: the Birth 2012 Campaign, whose purpose is to herald and catalyze a “shift of our planet to a new era of conscious evolution,” and which will culminate in a great initiatory event: a global Birth Day celebration to be held on December 22,2012 and broadcast worldwide. The Campaign and this climactic event will highlight those systemic changes in all sectors of society needed to create what Hubbard calls “a whole-system shift.”

    Hubbard will embark on a multi-city tour this year, concluding the Campaign with the Birth Day event, which aims to reach 100 million people globally. “This Campaign is much more than a book tour,” said Stephen Dinan, CEO and founder of The Shift Network and of the new book imprint Shift Books. “It emulates a great political campaign in harnessing the positive hope people have for a better future. Our goal is to inspire people worldwide to come together in an unprecedented way to co-create a thriving new era with visionary yet practical solutions.”

    In Birth 2012 and Beyond, Hubbard shares her lifelong journey to discover how we can “cross the gap” from our current systemic breakdowns to a more hopeful and evolved future, sharing her many innovations along the way, including:

    • the need for a symbolic planetary “Birth Day”
    • that our many crises have a positive aspect – they are “evolutionary drivers”
    • how we apply the concept of “conscious evolution” now
    • the imminent appearance of the “Universal Human”
    • her concept of “vocational arousal” and “supra-sex”— joining together to cocreate
    • that we are at a “chaos point” when a creative minority can positively tip the scales

    A Distillation of a Life-long Campaign for a Positive Future

    Hubbard is best known for the time when her name was placed in nomination for the vice presidency of the United States by the Democratic Party in 1984 after conducting a campaign for what she called the Office for the Future—or, a “Peace Room as sophisticated as our war room.” In just a few months, ninety Positive Future centers sprang up across the U.S. in response to her call. And today, once again, scores of new centers—now called Evolutionary Shift Circles—are forming in response to her continuing vision, and are one of the key components of the Birth 2012 Campaign.

    Hubbard’s myriad pioneering efforts for over four decades have made her a revered and leading spokesperson for ushering in a gentler planetary “birthing experience” – the emergence of anew civilization. It all began in a spectacular vision that Hubbard was given in 1966, in which she foresaw such a historic, turning-point event: the ultimate awakening of the social, spiritual,scientific, and technological potential of humanity.

    During her Birth 2012 Campaign, Hubbard aims to realize her ultimate goal: to connect the innovations and innovators contributing toward a more synergistic and functioning society, or as she describes it in the book: “A convergence powerful enough that our crises-ridden social system can cooperate in its own self-transcendence. This would be social synergy at its best—the exponential interaction and communication of that which is already working to heal and evolve our world.”

    Birth 2012 and Beyond is comprised of the following sections:

    Part I, “Envisioning the Birth,” offers a rich summation by Barbara of her vast life work and features an illuminating interview with colleague Jan Phillips.

    Part II, “Participating in the Birth,” explains how readers can participate in the Shift now, in two phases: inner shifting from ego to essence, and outer shifting by creating social synergy—as well as, activating what Barbara calls the “Wheel of Cocreation,” a potent representation of the “whole-system shift” that she says is now needed.

    Part III, “Welcoming the Birth,” features essays from 12 luminaries who are in esteemed their respective fields. Contributors include: Dr. Jean Houston, Lynne Twist, Jack Canfield, Michael Bernard Beckwith, Dr. Ervin Laszlo, Neale Donald Walsch, Lynne McTaggart, James O’Dea, Dot Maver, Rinaldo Brutoco, Oscar Miro-Quesada, and Ashok Gangadean. Collectively they have soldhundreds of millions of books and touched the heart and minds of people around the globe.

    Part IV, “Resources for the Birth,” provides a comprehensive guide to useful tools for supporting for the Birth, including Hubbard’s most important recommendations.

    Birth 2012 and Beyond
    is a small book with a huge purpose for humankind: to bring to millions of people a far greater awareness of the potential of our Planetary Birth and our emergence as a universal species. It reminds us that we are the first humans to be given this opportunity to participate in the conscious evolution of humanity and Earth, and that each one of us is needed as an agent of conscious evolution!


    About the Author
    A world-renowned evolutionary educator and inspiring speaker, Barbara Marx Hubbard is the author of six acclaimed books that communicate the new worldview of conscious evolution. Barbara is the co-founder and chair of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution, and additionally co-founded many progressive organizations, including The Association for Global New Thought, as well as The World Future Society. In 1984 her name was placed in nomination for the vice presidency of the United States on the Democratic ticket. In her current work, she acts as a guide and teacher for The Shift Network’s popular Agents of Conscious Evolution training. Barbara’s previous books include: The Hunger of Eve, The Revelation,Conscious Evolution, Emergence and the 52 Codes for Conscious Self Evolution.

    barbara marx hubbard Archive – Book Trailer: Birth 2012 And Beyond.

    What can we expect from the future? Visionary and futurist Barbara Marx Hubbard sees the emergence of a new type of human. She calls this being a Universal Human, and quite possibly the key to our survival as a species.

    The Universal Human is connected through the heart to the whole of life, evolving consciously and helping to co-create a new kind of spiritual path, something we’ve never experienced before, but which is perfect for our time.

    Emergence lays out the blueprints for birthing this new kind of human, explaining all the steps in what Hubbard calls “an intimate and practical process for all who wish to make the transition to the next stage of evolution.”
    WorldShift 2012


    Every personal crisis is an opportunity to change, to grow, to evolve. We all face crises. We have deaths in our families; friends become ill; we may lose our jobs. Each of these crises is necessary to jolt us from our daily routine, our planned path, and give us the chance to move to a new level.

    Every crisis a species faces is, similarly, an opportunity to evolve. Our species was faced with a crisis millions of years ago when our ancestors’ environment changed from forest to grassland. Our ancestors took the evolutionary leap and learned to walk on two legs. This freed hands for tool use, and that resulted in larger, better brains.

    As we approach 2012, humanity faces crises related to
    global warming and climate change, world economic systems,
    nuclear arms–and the list grows.

    The great difference here is that we are the first species that knows it is facing crises of its own making that could render us extinct or empower us to evolve. This awareness marks the beginning of the first age of conscious evolution.

    We belong to the first generations to face crises that could destroy our own biosphere. As a species, we have faced that possibility since the development of the atomic bomb. But at the same time, many millions of people are waking up, asking, “What can I do?” The answer does not lie with old governmental systems or educational institutions, nor with religions, but with innovation and creativity in every field.

    As the danger accelerates, innovation grows.

    The crises now converging can bring an end to the dominator culture–with its over-population, separate-mindedness, environmental abuse and weapons of mass destruction–as our species makes its first conscious leap to our next phase. We have been told that we are at a bifurcation point, where the human species can either go down to further collapse, or make a positive shift through collaboration and connectivity. It depends on what we do.

    We are at a “chaos window.” The system is out of balance. It can not continue by doing more of the same. We must innovate and transform, or we will devolve and self destruct. And there isn’t much time to make this choice.

    The key to our possible rapid evolution is to connect what is working in every field and function toward a sustainable and evolvable world. It is to learn “social synergy” through collaboration and co-creativity. The very effort to connect the positive will evolve us toward the next phase of our species. We could become a “universal humanity,” capable of co-evolving with nature and co-creating with Spirit.

    Our conscious evolution is being accelerated by the non-linear, exponential connectivity of what is emerging, through social networks of all kinds, driven by sacred activism, that is action from the heart for the common good.

    I believe that, by 2012, we can share together a “planetary birth experience,”
    the awareness that we are one planetary body with the technology,
    resources and know-how to make it through these crises together.

    Already we see enough innovations in technology, in health–in every sector–to give pioneering souls the vision of our birth as a universal species. Such innovations are breaking through in every area, but they are not visible in the media, or in our mainstream politics. You can see them with “evolutionary eyes,” that notice what is breaking through out of what is breaking down.

    Our new capacities, especially in science and technology, make our next evolutionary leap very different from past changes. The next stage will be born not from random selection and survival of the fittest, but from the conscious choice of creative people working in synergy, integrating and applying our spiritual, social and scientific capacities.

    Technologically, we’re gaining the powers once attributed to gods. Advances such as biotechnology, nano-technology, robotics, artificial intelligence and worldwide communication through the Internet put us on the threshold of no longer being creature humans.

    We are going to be co-creative humans, universal humans, and I think eventually
    we will be a universal species on this earth, in the solar system, and in the galaxy.

    Our spiritual capacities are ancient, but in the past people projected their own innate abilities onto gods, masters or institutions. Now, millions of us are now feeling the spirit within ourselves, becoming spiritually activated: co-creative humans. We are bringing the gods home as our own evolutionary potential.

    We can appreciate our challenges without judgment. In the social realm, no one has ever before been asked to evolve a planet. There are no experts. Nobody on this earth has seen a co-evolutionary, co-creative society. We are being asked to divine the design of social evolution–to design a world.

    What is forming right now is a worldwide community of pioneering souls, a communion of people attracted to expressing and giving their gifts to the world. When we meet each other there is an instant rapport. The connectivity of such evolving humans is rapidly creating a resonant field, and a new critical mass of coherence and creativity that can shift the direction of human history.
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    As we probe into matter we find, through quantum physics, that there is no matter, that underneath energy there is a field, and underneath the field there seems to be an ordering process. It looks as though the most advanced scientific research is tapping into the mind of the cosmos–seeking to understand the way consciousness itself creates.

    I am a proponent and practitioner of sacred activism, the sacred part of conscious evolution. When I ran for the Vice Presidential nomination in 1984, I proposed a Peace Room that would identify the work of sacred activists. It would scan for and map connections and communicate what is working in the world to mobilize for constructive action. This is beginning to happen now. The Foundation for Conscious Evolution is working in collaboration with others to bring the Peace Room, now called the Synergy Engine, into reality. The worldwide web, which was in its infancy in 1984, gives us the tools to scan for what’s emerging and bring people with ideas together. Scaled-up synergy and fast connections will let us show people how to apply conscious evolution in their own lives, for their own benefit, and for the greatest good of their neighbors and all of humanity.
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    The greater the emergency, the faster the emergence.
    The situation itself is empowering.

    The new society will involve people who see common goals and then match their talents with the needs of others. While we are increasing global intelligence by making creative ideas available for synergistic cooperation, we will also re-localize, as each person gives their gifts where they are needed.

    We have the most wonderful opportunity humanity has ever faced. Without crisis, humanity would not make the leap to evolve into a new culture. As a species, we would remain in our fairly comfortable rut, fearing the unknown effects of change. The crises surrounding 2012 force us to change our society and ourselves. The new social structures we consciously create will not encourage survival of the fittest, in the old evolutionary paradigm. Rather they will free each of us to make our own unique contributions. It will be what Jonas Salk called “the survival of what fits best.”

    As a global society, we will experience more synergy, as people with varied skills make vital connections. But that society will also be localized, as people share the results of that synergy where they are most needed. I envision local synergy centers, so people can connect with one another where they live and act based on local needs. These centers would help people develop alternative currencies to empower them to go beyond over-monetization to support collaboration and co-creativity.

    It is important for us to share our visions of a universal humanity. This much we can already see: If humanity succeeds in moving to the next evolutionary stage, we will have expanded, and extended, intelligence. As members of one living planetary body, we will have matured into a consciousness of the whole system. We will have longer life spans. We will have powers we once projected onto gods, but those powers will be our own.

    We will restore the Earth, free ourselves from deficiencies, develop synergistic social systems, release untapped human potential, inhabit the solar system and eventually become galactic humans. We will be born as universal persons.

    A noted futurist, author, social architect and speaker, Barbara Marx Hubbard is a founding board member of the World Future Society and co-founded the Foundation for Conscious Evolution. Barbara is the producer and narrator of the award-winning DVD series Humanity Ascending: A New Way Through Together. She’s written five books: The Hunger of Eve, The Evolutionary Journey, Revelation: Our Crisis Is a Birth, Conscious Evolution: Awakening the Power of Our Social Potential, and Emergence: The Shift from Ego to Essence, Ten Steps to the Universal Human.

    Barbara earned a BA in political science at Bryn Mawr College and studied at L’Ecole des Sciences Politique and the Sorbonne. She earned the first Doctor of Conscious Evolution degree awarded by the Emerson Theological Institute. She currently lives in Santa Barbara, California. To learn more about Barbara, visit http://www.BarbaraMarxHubbard.com.

    Evolution is evolving from unconscious chance to conscious choice. We are entering the first age of conscious evolution.

    Why? Because we obviously affect our own evolution by all the choices we make — from the food we eat, the number of babies we have, the cars we drive and the weapons we build.

    Humans have no experience at being responsible for global change at this level. We are facing, as Bruce Lipton and Deepak Chopra recently wrote, the possibility of the collapse of our life support system. Or, I believe, the emergence of something new, something better than we have ever known before.

    This shift in evolution began overtly in 1945 when the United States dropped the first atomic bombs on Japan. The signal went out to the world: We now have the power to destroy life on Earth. I was 15 years old. I could see at that time that self-conscious humans, in top-down competitive structures such as nation states, organized religion and global corporations, could not handle this degree of power. We had suddenly gained capacities we used to attribute to our gods. We can blow up worlds, and we can build new worlds in space. We can travel with the speed of light by image; we can create new life forms or destroy our life; we can tap into immense energy or run out of energy.

    I began to ask a great question: What is the meaning of our new powers in science and technology that are good, and what are positive images of the future that are equal to our new powers?

    I read religion and philosophy as a young girl and found that no one knew the answer. The powers were so new.

    I went to Bryn Mawr College and found I could not even ask the question there. There were no subjects on it. My father used to say to me, “Barbara, you are the best in the field… but there is no field!” I went to Paris in 1947 to study at the Ecole des Sciences Politiques. Despair and a sense of the absurdity of life were rampant in Paris after two world wars and the bomb. One day I was having lunch on the Left Bank, and a handsome American walked in and sat down next to me. I asked him my question: “What do you think is the meaning of this new power that is good?” and he responded, “I am an artist, and I am seeking a new image of man commensurate with our powers to shape the future.”

    The idea crossed my mind, “I’m going to marry you!” And I did. He told me that when a culture loses its story and its image of the future, it declines. We had clearly lost our story of progress, and the image of humans now portrayed in the arts and theater was of a disintegrating destructive force. Yet I had innate hope and had to find out what I was hopeful about.

    I went to see President Eisenhower in 1952, just after he became president. My father was an old colleague of the president. I was taken into the Oval Office. He greeted me kindly: “What can I do for you young lady?”

    “Mr. President,” I said, “I have a question: What do you think is the meaning of all our new power that is good?” He looked startled, shook his head and said, “I have no idea.” So it flashed in my mind, “Well, we better find out!”

    This has been my life quest, and I believe just now we are discovering the proper response. We do have a new story. It is the universe story. When we place ourselves in this 13.7 billion-universe story we discover the pattern and an evolutionary process of action we can do. We see that our crises are comparable to past evolutionary shift points. The only difference is now we are conscious that we are causing our own extinction. This is what I call “conscious evolution” — the greatest wake up call we have ever had for the human species to grow up!

    Here are some lessons we can learn and apply to our own situation:

    Problems are evolutionary drivers.

    Crises precede transformation.

    Evolution takes jumps through greater synergy: Separate parts coming together to form a new whole greater than and different from the sum of its parts.

    Evolution creates radical newness. Once there was no earth, then earth appeared. Once there was no life, and life appeared.

    Evolution raises consciousness and freedom through more complex order. According to Teilhard de Chardin, the great philosopher, the “noosphere,” the mind sphere or the thinking layer of earth, with all our Internet and global intelligence, is about “to get its collective eyes.” We are about to connect center with center and heart with heart.

    Empathy is rising. Spirituality is growing. Healings are happening. The Internet is connecting us everywhere. A “wheel of co-creation” is forming in every field and function — innovations in health, education, energy, conscious business and environmental awareness are accelerating and beginning to connect — a whole system breakthrough out of the whole system breakdown.

    We need one more conscious effort to connect the positive to make the shift in time — to midwife our own birth toward the next stage of our evolution. We may be one fraction of an evolutionary second from either connecting what is creative and loving and innovative, or devolution and extinction. This situation is dangerous, yet natural.

    What do we need to do right now? I believe it is time to rapidly connect what is working in every field and function and communicate through all media as fast as we can our creativity, innovations and capacities to make it through together. We should be calling upon each other, everyone on earth, to know that they have a part in this “birth.” Each of us is given an impulse of evolution within, a heart’s desire to realize our greater potential. Wherever we are, whatever our situation, we are capable of “giving a gift to the shift,” from one phase of evolution to the next.

    In 1984, I ran an idea campaign for a “Positive Future” for the vice presidency on the Democratic ticket. I proposed a “peace room” as sophisticated as a war room in the office of the VP to scan for, map, connect and communicate what is working. I was actually the other woman along with Geraldine Ferraro whose name was placed in nomination. In my speech I shared, “It is now in our capacity to destroy civilization as we know it, or to build a world of unprecedented opportunity for all people.”

    What we need now is a “peace room” or a “synergy center,” a new social function to connect the positive in time.

    Dec. 22, 2012, has been selected as day one to consciously contribute to this process. It is our first Planetary Birth Day to celebrate the coming of the next era of evolution based on what works.

    Birth 2012 has been initiated and will be produced by The Shift Network as a convergence of what is working; we will celebrate human creativity and call for the greatest experience of mass coherence and compassion the world has ever known. We will connect with positive innovations, projects, people, artists and musicians — every way we can to converge and emerge together as a newly-born planetary species.



    Barbara Marx Hubbard
    has been called “the voice for Conscious Evolution of our time” by Deepak Chopra and is the subject of Neale Donald Walsch’s new book “The Mother of Invention.” A prolific author, visionary, social innovator, evolutionary thinker and educator, she is co-founder and chairperson of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution. She has recently partnered with The Shift Network as a global ambassador for the conscious evolution movement; a shift from evolution by chance towards evolution by choice and is co-producing a global multi-media event entitled, “Birth 2012: Co-Creating a Planetary Shift in Time” on Dec. 22, 2012 — a historic, turning-point event awakening the social, spiritual, scientific, and technological potential of humanity.


    The most vital and significant moments in life are moments of encounter. Whether we encounter ourselves, others, or God, these moments let us know that life is meaningful. And presence is what makes encounter possible. When we are truly present, everything that has being becomes potentially present to us.

    In this unique resource, David Benner invites us to live with more presence so we can know the presence of God more deeply in our lives. Drawing on over thirty-five years of experience integrating psychology and spirituality, Benner examines the transformational possibilities of spiritual presence and encounter in fresh, exciting, and practical ways. He helps readers understand the personal and interpersonal dimensions of presence and encounter, revealing how they mediate Divine Presence and serve as sacraments of everyday life. His rich meditations are presented in a voice that is intelligent, compassionate, and engaging.

    This book presents a series of reflections on presence and the way in which it makes encounter possible and life meaningful. When we are truly present, life reveals its meaning to us through encounter with ourselves, others, the natural world and God.

    Presence is the link between the divine and human realms. Ordinary consciousness distorts the closeness of these two realms and results in our feeling that there is a great chasm between them. But, in truth, the human and divine spheres of life interpenetrate and are inseparable. Presence makes us aware of the thin places in which we live. It is the threshold through which we pass to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary, the secular into the sacred.


    David G. Benner (PhD, York University; postdoctoral studies, Chicago Institute of Psychoanalysis) is an internationally known depth psychologist, author, spiritual guide, and personal transformation coach who lives in Toronto, Ontario. He is a faculty member of The Rohr Institute’s Living School for Action and Contemplation, where he serves as a master teacher. Benner has authored or edited more than twenty books, including Soulful Spirituality and Spirituality and the Awakening Self. He lectures widely around the world and has held numerous clinical and academic appointments. Visit his website at http://www.drdavidgbenner.ca.

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