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Learn about the archangels who work with your birth chart in Doreen Virtue’s Angel Astrology 101. Co-authored by the widely published astrologist and Angel Therapist Yasmin Boland, this is the first book to combine angelology and astrology.

The 12 beautifully illustrated and easy-to-understand chapters describe the personality characteristics of each of the sun, moon, and rising signs, as well as which archangels to call upon in association with them. Angel Astrology 101 is perfect for anyone who is new to these subjects-but it also offers plenty of fresh insights and material for those who have long worked with either astrology or the angels.

Doreen Virtue, Ph.D., is a spiritual doctor of psychology and fourth-generation metaphysician who works with the angelic, elemental, and ascended master realms. She is the author of 22 books on mind-body-spirit themes, including Healing with the Angels, Divine Guidance, Angel Therapy, The Lightworker’s Way, and Archangels & Ascended Masters.
Dr. Virtue is the founder and former director of WomanKind Psychiatric Hospital at Cumberland Hall Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, and she served as an administrator at Woodside Women’s Hospital in the San Francisco Bay Area. Both all-women psychiatric hospitals specialized in treating women’s psychological issues. Dr. Virtue also directed three outpatient psychiatric centers, including an adolescent drug & alcohol abuse center. Dr. Virtue has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, Good Morning America, The View with Barbara Walters, Donny & Marie, Roseanne, and many others. You can also call Doreen on a weekly live radio show on http://www.HayHouseRadio.com

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Angel Messages for 2014 with Doreen Virtue

A 30-minute video of Doreen Virtue giving messages about 2014, a 12-month angel card reading, and a guided meditation to help you to have more confidence to move forward with your priorities in the new year.

Angel Therapy for Healing By Doreen Virtue

Doreen Virtue – Guardian Angels are always around

Doreen Virtue is a well known angel therapyst. She talks about the way science is regarding angels those days, the role of fallen angels and the John Milton book: Paradise lost.

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The new book called”The Vedic Way of Knowing God” takes a unique approach to answering the question: How do I know God?. Revealing the profound philosophical insights of the world’s most ancient spiritual philosophy, this book not only boldly answers the question “How do I know God?” from the distinctly Vedic perspective, but also explores the further issues of what it even means to be able to know God. It reveals the precise mystical mechanisms necessary to know the Divine; the psychological conditions necessary for such a spiritual endeavor; the inner transformative experiences that occur within the spiritual practitioner upon achieving God-realization; the integral relationship between transcendent Word, spiritually revealed literature, and the association of living teachers; and the vast implications of the Vedic world-view on contemporary world philosophy and religion.

The Hindu Dharma book “The Vedic Way of Knowing God” by Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya is an in-depth exploration of Dharma spirituality and philosophy of Yoga which is knowledge that is designed to reveal how to know God. Spiritual metaphysics and spiritual truth are explored from the perspective of the Vedic scriptures of Sanatana Dharma, and specifically from the teachings of Jiva Goswami from the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition. This philosophy of religion book about God compares Vedic philosophy to the dhamma teachings of the Buddha and Nagarjuna, ancient Greek philosophers like Plato, such Christian theologians as Augustine and Anselm, modern European philosophy, atheism, world spiritual literature, and many important spiritual teachers found throughout the history of world thought. If you have ever asked the question of spiritual enlightenment “How do I know God?” this is the book for you!

Author: Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya
Foreword: Dr. David Frawley


The very beginning of philosophical thought does not merely start with an attempted claim of truth. Rather, philosophy begins with the very question of how it is possible to even know truth. How is it possible to know God? What are the necessary mechanisms that must be in place in order to know God? In this challenging philosophical exposition, Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya explains precisely how it is possible for the finite to know the Infinite according to the teachings of the ancient Vedic tradition. Acharyaji also discusses his ground-breaking new book on this exact topic: “The Vedic Way of Knowing God”. The book is available here:

http://www.dharmacentral.com/dharmast…

A few years ago a friend of mine was knocked off his motorbike at a high speed. The impact catapulted him through the air, and when he hit the ground he lost consciousness. The next thing he knew he woke up in hospital eight hours later. But he can still vividly remember the few moments before he lost consciousness:

I saw the car’s windscreen shattering. The glass sprayed out so slowly, like a fan, and it looked beautiful. All the pieces were shining in the sun. I felt like I was floating through the air, almost as if I wasn’t going to come down. I looked into the sun and it was like being on a plane, when you’re above the clouds and it’s a brilliant white colour.

It’s extremely common for accidents and other moments of sudden shock to bring an extreme slowing down of time. Here a person who regularly goes riding told me how she experiences a radically slowing down of time when she falls off her horse:

I am always surprised when I fall off a horse how long it takes me to hit the ground! I feel as if I am floating through the air and I always think that I am going to land really softly so I relax and wait to land. And then, when I hit the ground and am lying there winded, I am completely surprised.

The same slowing down of time often occurs in emergency situations, when our lives are threatened. There are many reports of time slowing down massively during earthquakes, for example. One woman who experienced the devastating earthquake in Armenia in 1988 reported that, “It was like a slow motion movie. There was a concrete panel slowly falling down.” The photographer Ansel Adams describes being woken up by an earthquake at 5am, with his bed crashing against the walls and windows smashing. “The roaring, swaying, moving, and grinding continued for what seemed like a long time,” he writes. “It actually took less than a minute.”

Many professional sportspeople are familiar with these kinds of experiences. Sometimes, in moments of high intensity, sportspeople find themselves entering the “zone”, a state in which everything “clicks” and they shift to a higher level of performance. New reserves of effort and energy are released inside them and they suddenly become capable of feats which would normally be beyond them. Without even trying very hard, everything they do seems naturally and inevitably perfect. Time moves much more slowly than normal – in fact, this is often the main reason why the player is capable of such astounding feats, because he or she has more time to play with, more time to anticipate his opponent’s actions and to position himself.

The American tennis champion Jimmy Connors, for example, describes how when he was in the “zone”, the ball seemed to grow in size as it came over the net, and moved so slowly that he had all the time in the world to choose how and when to hit it.
Immobilising the ego

The key to these experiences is the ego – or rather, the absence of the ego -during them. Our sense of time passing is a function of the ego. Young babies have no sense of ego, and therefore no sense of time passing. Young children only have a weak “ego structure” and so only have a vague sense of time. It’s only at the age of 16 or so – when the ego is fully developed as a structure – that we have a clear sense of the past or future and are able to accurately estimate periods of time.

This suggests that if the normal sense of ego was absent, we wouldn’t have a sense of time passing – or at least that if our sense of ego was weaker, our sense of time passing would be less pronounced, so that it would pass more slowly to us.

And this is exactly what happens in these experiences: for a short period, we lose our sense of ego, our sense of being an “I” trapped inside our heads – or at least this becomes much weaker than normal – and so we lose our normal sense of time passing. Our normal conscious mind is immobilised, and we cease to be subject to time (at least to the same extent).
Super-attention and shock

There are two ways in which the ego can be immobilised. The first is as a result of intense concentration or attention, which is what happens in sportsmen’s “zone” experiences. This can also happen in meditation, when we focus our attention on a mantra, or on our breathing. If we can keep our attention focused, we begin to experience a state of mental quietness. Our thoughts begin to slow down, until eventually (if we’re having a really successful meditation), they fade away altogether. And, at the same time, our normal sense of ego fades away. We experience a state of egolessness, of no longer being an “I” chattering away inside our heads. The act of concentrating our attention has the effect of dissolving the ego. This is why states of deep meditation also bring a sense of timelessness.

The super-attention which sports involve can also immobilise the ego. A golfer or racing driver concentrates hard for hours and, eventually, when he or she reaches a certain intense pitch of concentration, their normal sense of ego may fade away – and, as a consequence, so may their sense of time. A short distance athlete doesn’t need to keep her mind focused for as long during the actual event, of course, but she will aim to build up a state of intense “focusedness” for hours beforehand, ridding her mind of other thoughts and distractions.

The second way in which the ego can be immobilised is by sudden shocks. Teachers of Zen Buddhism try to catch the egos of students off guard by hitting them with sticks while they’re meditating, by giving them nonsensical answers to questions or by giving them koans (or riddles) to solve which make no sense at all, which the student can puzzle over for hours before his or her ego is finally immobilised by strain and confusion. It’s taken for granted that when the ego is immobilised, an experience of satori (or a higher state of consciousness) will result. And this is probably what happens in accidents and emergencies. The sheer shock of the car crash, the engine failure, the earthquake or the violent encounter, paralyses the ego. It all happens so quickly that it can’t react in time and gets left behind. As a result, with no (or at least very little) sense of ego, the person also experiences a sense of timelessness, or at least an acute slowing down of time.
Other egoless states

This connection between time and the ego also partly explains why psychedelic drugs can drastically slow down time. Drugs like LSD and magic mushrooms can, in Aldous Huxley’s words, “telescope aeons of blissful experience into one hour”. The Russian philosopher P D Ouspensky once made a series of “mystical experiments”, which probably (since he doesn’t state which drugs he used) involved inhaling ether. He experienced what he calls an “extraordinary lengthening of time, in which seconds seem to be years or decades”.

And part of the reason for this is that psychedelic drugs have an “ego subduing” effect. They often weaken our sense of being a separate I, complete with memories, beliefs and a self image, and we may feel that we’re fused with the world which normally seems outside us. (But sometimes the ego may be permanently damaged by this experience, which is one of the reasons why psychedelics can be so dangerous.)

Hypnosis can also have a time expanding effect. It’s difficult to say exactly what happens when a person becomes hypnotised, but it seems clear that the “shutting down” of the conscious mind or ego is the key aspect. When a hypnotist asks you to concentrate on his pocket watch or to listen to him counting to 20, what he’s trying to do is to paralyse your ego, to put it into abeyance, leaving you without your normal sense of identity and your own will. And in view of this, it’s natural that states of hypnosis can slow down time too.

The most striking evidence for the time slowing effect of hypnosis are the amazing feats people under hypnosis are capable of, which (like the amazing feats sportspeople perform in the “zone”) would be impossible in normal time, simply because there wouldn’t be enough “time” to do them. The psychologist Gordana Vitaliano gave hypnotised subjects a complex mathematical task to do, something that normally takes around 10 minutes, but which they completed in just 15 seconds.

In another experiment, a hypnotist slowed down his subjects’ sense of time by pretending to slow down a metronome which they were listening to, until they believed that it was only beating once every minute. He then told them they had an hour to accomplish certain mental tasks, such as planning a complicated meal. In reality, they were given just 10 seconds, but they fed back with the kind of wealth and detail of information which would only have been possible after an hour or so of normal time. In a similar experiment, a hypnotised woman produced several dress designs in less than a minute, saying afterwards that she felt like she had experienced an hour or more of normal time within that minute.
Spiritual development

All of these experiences show how bound up our sense of time is with the ego. As soon the ego is disturbed in some way, or put into abeyance, then time slows down radically or disappears altogether. This suggests that in a sense our experience of an evenly flowing linear time is a kind of illusion created by the ego. Children’s experience of time shows that it doesn’t exist before the sense of ego develops, and the experiences we’ve looked at here suggest that it doesn’t exist outside the ego, in the same way that the seeming reality of a dream ceases to exist the moment you wake up.

Most importantly, however, this suggests a way in which we can become free of time. Most of us feel that time is a kind of enemy. We feel that it’s running away from us and that we never have enough of it. We feel pressurised by its limits and deadliness. We spend so much time thinking about the future and the past that we forget to live in the present. But if time is created by the ego, then we can free ourselves from time permanently by “undoing” the ego. After all, this is the main aim of spiritual development. Through meditation, mindfulness, devotion, service and other spiritual practices, we slowly transcend the ego, and reorientate ourselves around a deeper spiritual self. In the process, the boundaries of time expand, like a river opening up to the ocean, until the illusion unravels completely, and we realise our true, timeless and eternal nature.

Published on Dec 25, 2013

Philip Goldberg Lecture on the Books of “American Vedas” organised by Vishwa Adhyayan Kendra Mumbai


Eckhart Tolle stops by Google for a fireside chat with Bradley Horowitz. The subject is: “Living with Meaning, Purpose and Wisdom in the Digital Age.”

Listen here to Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee’s radio interview on Sound of Transformation program with Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwithh, on KPFK Los Angeles, March 14, 2014

Michael Bernard Beckwith
Founder and Spiritual Director

In 1986, Michael Bernard Beckwith founded the Agape International Spiritual Center, a trans-denominational community highly regarded for it cultural, racial, and spiritual diversity, including thousands of local members and global live video streamers. “I greatly admire what you are doing to bring about the Beloved Community,” the late Coretta Scott King wrote to him, “which is certainly what my dear husband worked for and ultimately gave his life.”


Talk from a retreat at Omega center with Adyashanti.

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.

In every spiritual tradition, different as they are, God is taken to be the moral compass for human beings. He may or may not be a punisher. He may or may not sit in judgment, watching and weighing our every move. He may or may not be a He, since the God of Judaism, for example, is without form. But in some way the notion of good and evil, right and wrong, the light versus the dark, goes back to a divine source.

In secular society this link isn’t as strong, and for someone with no religious beliefs, morality has no connection to God. Yet the connection has been crucial for at least two thousand years in the Judeo-Christian world. In the Indian spiritual tradition, particularly Vedanta, God is not personified. The deity is conceived as cosmic consciousness. One of the strongest arguments offered by atheists is that a just and loving God doesn’t exist. If God did exist, why do bad things happen to good people? If there is divine love, how can the Holocaust even be conceivable? For opponents or religion as well as mild, everyday doubters, a God who sits back and permits wholesale suffering is on shaky ground.

Is there a deeper mystery here, or have we been duped into accepting a myth, as militant atheists insist?

We must approach the question without assumptions, and as it happens, both sides of the debate stubbornly cling to a large number of assumptions. Sometimes these preconceived notions overlap, which further muddies the waters. Here are some preconceived ideas that you may well believe:

1. God is human and has human traits.
2. God shares our human sense of time and is watching us minute by minute.
3. God’s reasons cannot be understood by human beings.
4. The divine notion of right and wrong is the same as what we call morality.
5. There is an eternal cosmic war between God and Satan.
6. God and Satan represent absolute good and absolute evil.
7. God doesn’t need to justify his judgments to us here down below.

I think most people have been exposed to these seven assumptions one way or another. Each one is a double-edged sword, offering proof of God to believers and a source of ridicule for militant atheists. Yet none of these assumptions stands up to the demand for proof that we’ve become used to in the age of science. They are articles of faith; in some cases they are the inheritance of archaic ages. Insofar as militant atheists accuse religions of fostering cultural mythology, their case is pretty credible. What is Satan, for example, but an inherited myth?

If you think that God is like a loving Father sitting above the clouds, or a punishing patriarch quick to anger, either conception is a projection. The infinite has been reduced to the finite; a mystery has been unraveled by turning it into a human predicament. To feel that you are a good person who is suffering unjustly is a very human predicament, and it’s just as human to cry, “Why is God doing this to me?” But there can be no credible answer if we stay within the limits of everyday morality. A loving father who arbitrarily punishes his child would be guilty of abuse — he would be a very bad human father, in fact.

So the question of why God allows bad things to happen isn’t a simple human question, even though the answer makes a tremendous difference to how humans live their lives. It’s a spiritual question, a mystery that requires deeper thought. In the world’s wisdom traditions, the following possibilities exist.

- God knows the true nature of our souls and treats us accordingly.
- God set the universe in motion and then walked away from his creation.
- God has a larger view of good and evil than we can comprehend.
- God is transcendent and can only be understood in a state of higher consciousness.

Depending on which of these views you accept, God’s relation to bad things changes radically. A God who knows your soul and is treating you accordingly is a God who puts the whole burden on the believer. The believer must figure out how to avoid sin and live virtuously, while God peers through an X-ray machine into every crevice of the believer’s life, exposing secret darkness and hypocrisy. At the other extreme, a God who created the universe and walked away delivers no judgments of any good, neither punishing sin nor rewarding virtue. The cosmos operates mechanically, and we are caught in the machinery, subject to accidents and the grinding of it gears.

Yet all four conceptions have the advantage, if we are intellectually honest, of doing away with a God who is simply a human being in disguise, a projection of human traits write large. In the next post we’ll see which line of reasoning leads to the best answer of how God relates — if at all — to the bad things that happen to us.

(To be cont.)

Susanne Marie – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

My passion is to help inspire, support and celebrate with others to live our common essence as Love and Unity with all life. My work is based upon living as authenticity, and shares common elements with the worlds ‘non dual’ wisdom teachings, mirroring those aspects which have been a part of my own self-exploration.

We can only long for what we already know to be true, somewhere deep inside. The shift that happens when what has always been true moves from the background (covered up by mind) to the foreground reveals our birthright: that we are all of Life, and not separate from it. The experience of feeling separate from life is a time-bound, limited perception that can be dissolved. Simply an innocent function of the mind, feelings of separation can be deeply looked into and seen through. Being drawn home is the natural evolutionary cycle.

I call this work Transformation through Presence, as that is what in my mind occurs. We (as manifest reality), transform (mind, body, habits, all things affected by believing in separation), by remembering what we are — Life, God, spirit, presence, or awareness, whatever you want to call it — and that what we are is the true transformational power, full of inherent wisdom.

What we are is awake, alive Presence. Becoming aware that we are aware, is being awake to this presence. In my Invitation to Remembering meetings, and in my one on one sessions, I offer guidance in pointing to the awake presence that we are, assisting in dismantling structures of belief which may be in the way of someone realizing the truth of their being. My other area of expertise is in assisting those who are already integrating awakening in their life, and who desire support and assistance in navigating the new perception of Unity, which is our natural state of being.

This journey into the heart of what is true began as a child. I noticed that the adults around me were not always being authentic, which had a great impact on me. Gradually the world that I knew as whole began to take on the hypnotic dream of separation that those around me existed in. I was painfully aware by ten that something was changing which I tried to give voice to, and for which I had no support or understanding. What was occurring was that the experience of Unity was ebbing. As soon as it started to fade, I went on the search for that lost part.

As a child I lived in various European countries, resulting in the experience of having to learn several different languages from scratch in a short period of time. Out of necessity, and an innate interest in what people are really communicating, an ability to understand the energetics of language itself, and what is really being said beyond words (an intuitive faculty), emerged.

I developed an interest in mysticism and philosophy in my early teens, seeing nature as a magical realm, where I felt most at home. I took some hypnotherapy classes at 16, and would put my friends and family members in ‘trances’, exploring alternate states of mind. Later I would become a certified hypnotherapist. There was a deep pull to go within, and not being interested in developing a persona (back then I was more confused than clear as to why), I dropped out of college at 21, and instead studied Yoga and meditated intensely, lived in an ashram and worked for a time as a Yoga and meditation teacher. When my beloved brother Daniel died in 2002, the search for truth took a nose-dive deeper into reality as I endeavored to understand where he went. It was an incredibly difficult time, as three major life altering events all occurred within a year’s time. What ensued was a deep letting go of much that I had relied on and imagined, including spiritual beliefs. Up until that time, I had been a natural mystic, easily communing with beings and guides from other realms, with a rich dream and inner life. In essence, I felt myself to be on a guided progressive path eventually leading to what I believed freedom was. All that got left behind, as a stripping of all that I thought to be true fell away. Emerging out of this passage into the unknown, following a period described best as a stark landscape (a time of emptying out of content), a deep remembering into the nature of reality occurred, and continues to unfold. Concurrently, raising two children, now teens, takes much of my focus. Along with working one on one with individuals, I lead a bi-monthly Satsang Tea Salon: An Invitation to Remembering in my community, at times inviting guest teachers to co-lead. Sharing in this way feels true to my being, is a movement of love, and is evolving in its own organic, joyful, way.


Susanne Marie ‘Embodiment Is Never Ending’ Interview by Renate McNay

How Alex Grey’s visionary art is evolving the cultural body through icons of interconnectedness
• Includes over 200 reproductions of Grey’s artwork

• Contains spectacular photos of Grey’s collaboration with the cult band TOOL plus his worldwide live-painting performances

• Offers Grey’s reflections on how art evolves consciousness with a new symbology of the Networked Self

Revealing the interwoven energies of body and soul, love and spirit that illuminate the core of each being, Alex Grey’s mystic paintings articulate the realms of consciousness encountered during visits to entheogenic heaven worlds. His painting Net of Being–inspired by a blazing vision of an infinite grid of Godheads during an ayahuasca journey–has reached millions as the cover and interior of the band TOOL’s Grammy award–winning triple-platinum album, 10,000 Days. Net of Being is one of many images Grey has created that have resulted in a chain reaction of uses–from apparel and jewelry to tattoos and music videos–embedding these iconic works into our culture’s living Net of Being.

The book explores how the mystical experience expressed in Alex Grey’s work opens a new understanding of our shared consciousness and unveils the deep influence art can have on cultural evolution. The narrative progresses through a successive expansion of identity–from the self, to self and beloved, to self and community, world spirit, and cosmic consciousness, where bodies are transparent to galactic energies. Presenting over 200 images, including many never-before-reproduced paintings as well as masterworks such as St. Albert and the LSD Revelation Revolution and Godself, the book also documents performance art, live-painting on stage throughout the world, and the “social sculpture” called CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, that Grey cofounded with his wife and creative collaborator, artist Allyson Grey.

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Alex and Allyson Grey — Interview Part 1

Published on Mar 13, 2014

Authors of “Net of Being”, interview, part 1

Riz Khan interviews the internationally respected well-being guru.

End financial worries Chanting Om Brzee namah

End your financial worries by chanting this mantra “OM BRZEE NAMAH” 108 times or listen to the chanting.

Vedic Astrology: Is your Money Karma Bad?

Divine Injustice: Why are 97% of the people in the world poor and only 3% wealthy. Vedic Astrology has remedies that will help people with difficult planets. There are good and bad influences coming from the planets.
Mantras and meditation can also help:

Discover why all suffering, illness, and unhappiness are cries from your soul asking you to fulfill your life’s purpose, realize your greatest potential, and ultimately, love, honor, and value yourself in every moment, situation, and relationship.

Born out of Blake D. Bauer’s personal healing and spiritual journey, as well as his professional counseling, coaching, and healing success with thousands of people internationally, You Were Not Born to Suffer offers a unique combination of deep insight and practical guidance that will empower you to transform your suffering in the present and move forward immediately in creating what you want and need most in your life right now.

Written in heart-centered, easy-to-read language, You Were Not Born to Suffer will guide you through the most challenging obstacles and lessons you’ll face in your quest for healing, purpose, success, and overall freedom. Above all else, this book will enable you to relate to yourself with unconditional love, kindness, and compassion so you can transform the core psychological, emotional, and physical blocks that are sabotaging your health, happiness, and overall wellbeing.

You Were Not Born to Suffer offers a refreshing integration of ancient and timeless wisdom, synthesized from various spiritual and medical traditions, that goes straight to the heart of our deepest wounds, needs, desires, and dreams as human beings. Once there, it inspires unconditional love, respect, acceptance, and forgiveness in the places that are universally the most difficult for us to embrace. At the same time, it also clarifies how to effectively direct your thoughts, words, and actions toward creating the “best” in every aspect of your personal and professional life.

If you are serious about healing yourself, fulfilling your life’s purpose, and awakening spiritually, then this book will support you to take your life, your power, and your destiny back into your own hands so you can live your life to the fullest—without regret.
Blake D. Bauer is an internationally recognized author, spiritual teacher, and alternative medicine practitioner. His pioneering work centers on loving yourself unconditionally as the key to healing yourself, fulfilling your life’s purpose, and realizing your full potential both personally and professionally. Based on his training with spiritual teachers, healers, and masters from all over the world, Blake practices and teaches various forms of meditation, qi gong, qi gong energy medicine, and dao yin (a health and longevity yoga). Blake’s formal education also includes traditional Chinese medicine, five-element Chinese medicine, nutritional medicine, herbal healing, psychology, past life regression therapy-hypnosis, and various other forms of traditional healing and alternative medicine. Bringing together the most effective spiritual practices and holistic approaches to health and wellbeing, Blake’s work and teachings have successfully guided thousands of people internationally toward greater psychological, emotional, physical, financial, and spiritual freedom. You can learn more about Blake Bauer and his work at: http://www.unconditional-selflove.com

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Our brains have evolved powerful tools for coping with threats and danger-but in the face of modern stresses like information overload, money worries, and interpersonal conflicts, our survival reflexes can do more harm than good. To help you adapt your nervous system to the challenges of today’s world, neuropsychologist Dr. Rick Hanson presents Stress-Proof Your Brain.

Join him to learn research-based techniques and meditations that will literally re-shape your brain to make you more resilient, confident, and peaceful, including: – How to replace your brain’s unhealthy reactions to stress with protective and self-nurturing responses- Techniques for using memory to soothe and release painful feelings of sadness, guilt, anxiety, inadequacy, or anger – Guided meditations for calming chronic worries, developing gratitude, building inner strength, and more – How to re-wire your brain away from frustration, heartache, fear, and anger toward contentment, love, and peace. Modern brain research has helped us discover which contemplative practices have the most positive impact on our physical and mental health.

With Stress-Proof Your Brain, Dr. Rick Hanson brings you scientifically sound tools for finding freedom from irritability, worry, and overwhelm-by deepening your neurological capacity for happiness and wellness.

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist and New York Times best-selling author. His books include Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence (in 13 languages), Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom (in 25 languages), Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time (in 13 languages), and Mother Nurture: A Mother’s Guide to Health in Body, Mind, and Intimate Relationships. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and on the Advisory Board of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, he’s been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide.

An authority on self-directed neuroplasticity, Dr. Hanson’s work has been featured on the BBC, NPR, CBC, FoxBusiness, Consumer Reports Health, U.S. News and World…

Stress Proof Your Brain with Dr Rick Hanson

How do you know that you are outgrowing adulthood?

When you begin to feel that the life you have been living is out of balance; when the need to perform, to hurry, and to acquire is no longer compelling. It’s like the moment when your favorite tennis shoes start to give you blisters. The way you’ve been living your adult life doesn’t fulfill you anymore.

In this groundbreaking book, one of the most innovative thinkers in medicine explains how to recognize and navigate the most challenging and fulfilling developmental stage of life.

When the postwar generation came of age in the 1960s and 1970s, they jump started a cultural revolution that shaped today’s society. Now, many feel they are living a life of frenzied disharmony, driven by the need to perform, to hurry, and to acquire. This out-of-balance feeling is a signal that the postwar generation is facing a second coming of age, a life beyond adulthood. How it handles that transition will be its final legacy.

In Second Wind, Dr. Bill Thomas, named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the top ten Americans shaping aging, treats the Baby Boom generation as he would one of his patients, sympathetically exploring its history before recommending a path toward healing and a life rich with developmental opportunity.

Dr. Thomas says that life can and should be reimagined. New ways of living and working are waiting to be discovered on the far side of adulthood. Predicting that Boomers will choose the path of the Denialist, the Realist, or the Enthusiast, he discusses the behaviors and mindsets that will provide new and more nourishing fuel for the rest of life’s journey: hope and a renewed sense of all that is possible.


Dr. Bill Thomas, MD, is an internationally recognized expert on aging. He co-created the Eden Alternative and the Green House Project, both models to revolutionize nursing home care. He is currently the director of AARP’s Life Reimagined Institute and lives in Ithaca, New York.

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TEDxSF – Bill Thomas – Elderhood Rising: The Dawn of a New World Age

William H. Thomas, M.D. is an international authority on geriatric medicine and eldercare. A graduate of Harvard Medical School in 1986, he completed graduate medical training at the Highland Hospital/University of Rochester Family Medicine Residency.

While pursuing a career in Emergency Medicine, a part-time position as the medical director of a small rural nursing home turned into a full-time and life-long passion for improving the well-being of older people. In the early 1990′s, he and his wife Judith Meyers-Thomas developed the Eden Alternative, now a non-profit organization with international reach, which includes affiliates in Japan, Australia, Scandinavia, Europe, Canada, the United Kingdom, and across the United States. Dr. Thomas’ groundbreaking work in person-directed care also led him to imagine a new approach to long-term care that became known as the Green House. He oversaw the construction of the nation’s first Green Houses, and this model of care is now being replicated nationwide as an alternative to traditionally-designed nursing homes.

The author of six books, Dr. Thomas is also the recipient of several prestigious awards and honors, among them, the Heinz Award for the Human Condition, 2009 Picker Award for Excellence® in the Advancement of Patient-Centered Care, and being named as one of the ten most influential people in long-term care.


Published on Apr 1, 2014

In this video clip, Rupert describes how, as a halfway stage, we have to disentangle ourselves – pure Knowing – from objects, before we can relate to them without losing ourselves in them.


Dialogues and Reflections on the ways of seeing reality as viewed from two perspectives derived from Vedantic and Tantric traditions. Questions and Answers during the gathering in Sonoma County CA, March 23rd, 2014


Is it Nature’s plan for man to suffer? Explained by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Reporter: Throughout history, man has gone through periods of misery and then joy, misery and then joy. And I was wondering whether it was part of Nature’s plan that man should be miserable at times?

Maharishi: No, it is not the part of Nature; it is the part of our unnatural behavior. Nature has not designed this beautiful, perfect human nervous system to remain in agony. But if we eat something very hard, if we eat sand, and then the stomach will do quite a lot of revolting. And then the whole thing, hrrr. So there are certain things which are meant to be eaten, and other things are not for us to eat. They may be for horses to eat, for other animals to eat, but not for man. So each nervous system has its own function to perform. The human nervous system has the function to perform, and in performing, he has to enjoy the waves of happiness–great happiness, great joy, and great love. All of this is for man. But when we put some hard things, indigestible things, some poisons in our body, we strain our system of perception by extraordinary, loaded experiences. Then the system begins to break; and that is what we say, stressed. And these stresses cause abnormal behavior. And it is abnormality that comes to us as suffering. And abnormality is not designed or intended by Nature. Not knowing how to behave with this most precious and delicate machine, we start to misbehave with it.

New Seeds For Earth is the author’s first new collection of poetry in five years. In those intervening years the author wrote almost no new poetry, focusing instead upon his research publications and books. In 2013 a new seed of inspiration bloomed – and produced this book you now hold in your hands. Thirty-seven nameless poems – and twelve beautiful original colour photographs – bring to life the author’s internal world as he tries to reach out to those ‘almost imperceptible spaces of humanity.’ As the author writes in one of his poems – And like a lemon grove of softened beds, of indistinct smells, I feel the flow of the thousands of decisions that have finally brought me here to this moment.

Kingsley Dennis, PhD, is a sociologist, researcher, and writer. He is the author of ‘Dawn of the Akashic Age’ (2013 – co-written with Ervin Laszlo); ‘Breaking the Spell’(2013); ‘New Revolutions for a Small Planet’ (2012); ‘The Struggle for Your Mind: Conscious Evolution & The Battle to Control How We Think’ (2012); and ‘New Consciousness for a New World’ (2011). He is also the co-editor of ‘The New Science & Spirituality Reader’(2012).He is also the co-author, with Prof. John Urry, of ‘After the Car’ (Polity, 2009), which examines post-peak oil societies and mobility.

Kingsley worked in the Sociology Dept. at Lancaster University, UK, and is now a visiting fellow at the Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe) at Lancaster Uni.

Kingsley is the author of numerous articles on global technologies, new media communications, modern lifestyles, well-being, science & spirituality, and conscious evolution. As well as the academic life Kingsley has also lived and worked for many years overseas, including five years in Turkey. He currently lives in Andalusia in Spain and is working on new book material. He continues to research, write, travel, and live a balanced lifestyle.

He can be contacted at his personal website: http://www.kingsleydennis.com

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Polishing the Bridge: Self-Awareness for Inner Growth

Kingsley L. Dennis in conversation with Beyond the Ordinary radio – discussing about not taking things personally; self-awareness; inner growth; self-realization; and how to have fun.

AGHORA: At the Left Hand of God This trilogy forms a portion of the story of the Aghori Vimalananda. An aghori is a practitioner of Aghora, the spiritual discipline that takes Tantra to its farthest limits. For Vimalananda Aghora was a wholly internal process that eliminates all commonly-accepted restricitions to the human faculties of perception. He defined an Aghori in this way: “An Aghori is beyond the bounds of the earthly shackles; nay, something above the elements which shape the universe, and you. He takes a sort of intoxicant and thus gets intoxicated in Supreme Love which emanates from the innermost recesses of his heart. Shall I call it interiority? It is that part which is beyond awareness. He gives off the best part of love. Why part? Part of the Supreme, Universal Love, where one experiences, with the help of perception, All-in-One/One-in-All. When you, the finite, merge into infinity what dost thou not know? During this stage he merges with his own deity so that he becomes Him — capital H. That is why he is said to have gone from darkness to divine enlightenment. This is an Aghori.”

Aghora: At the Left Hand of God is the first book in the Aghora trilogy. Written almost entirely in Vimalananda’s own words, it presents events from his life, tenets of his philosophy, and highlights from his spiritual practices. Designed partly to shock and partly to comfort, but wholly as an offering to his Beloved, Aghora is as clear a picture as possible of a man who was a riddle wrapped up in an enigma. Vimalananda insisted that this book be published only after his demise, that he might be spared pursuit by those whose curiosity might be inflamed by some of the sensational events described within. He believed in devoting his all to the pursuit of the direct perception of Reality, and advised others to be similarly dedicated to attaining personal experience of God. To readers he offered this warning: “Don’t take anything I say as gospel truth. I am human, I make mistakes. Test on yourselves what I’ve told you. Try it out, experience it, and then you will know whether or not I’m telling you the truth.”

Curriculum Vitae
Robert Edwin Svoboda

Born: Texas, USA in 1953

Education

+B.S., University of Oklahoma, 1972
(Major:Chemistry, Minor: French)

+Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (Ayurvedacharya), Poona University, 1980

During and after my formal Ayurvedic training I was tutored in Ayurveda, Yoga, Jyotisha, Tantra and allied subjects by my mentor, the Aghori Vimalananda. He also owned thoroughbred race horses, and I served as his Authorized Racing Agent at the Royal Western India Turf Club in Bombay and Poona between 1975 and 1985.

Grants and Awards

National Merit Scholarship, 1970; U. of Oklahoma Merit Scholarship, 1970; U.S. Office of Education Scholarship, 1973; National Endowment for the Humanities Youthgrant, 1975; Marsden Foundation Grant 1978

1975 – 1980: Won all but one of the University of Poona awards for academic excellence in Ayurveda, including the Ram Narayan Sharma Gold Medal

Ritually initiated into the Pokot tribe of northern Kenya in June 1973 as its first white member.

Professional Experience

The first Westerner ever to graduate from a college of Ayurveda (in 1980) and be licensed to practice Ayurveda in India. Lived in India 1973-80 and 1982-86. Since 1985 I travel the world lecturing, consulting, teaching and writing. I have served as Adjunct Faculty at the Ayurvedic Institute, Albuquerque, NM, and Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA.

Books on Ayurveda

The Hidden Secret of Ayurveda,
1st Edition Bombay 1980, 2nd Edition The Ayurvedic Press, Albuquerque, 1994

Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution,
1st Edition Geocom, Albuquerque, 1988, 2nd Edition Sadhana Publications, 1999

Ayurveda: Life, Health and Longevity,
1st Edition Penguin Books, London, 1992; reprinted by The Ayurvedic Press, Albuquerque, 2004.

Tao and Dharma,
(with coauthor Arnie Lade)
Lotus Press, 1995

Ayurveda for Women,
David & Charles Publishers, Newton Abbot, 1999

Other Books

Aghora: At the Left Hand of God,
Brotherhood of Life, Albuquerque, 1986

Aghora II: Kundalini,
Brotherhood of Life, Albuquerque, 1994

Aghora III: The Law of Karma,
Brotherhood of Life, Albuquerque, and Sadhana Publications (a co- production), December 1997

Light on Life: An Introduction to the Astrology of India,
(with coauthor Hart de Fouw)
Penguin Books, London, 1996

The Greatness of Saturn: A Therapeutic Myth,
Sadhana Publications, 1997

Light on Relationships: The Synastry of Indian Astrology,
(with coauthor Hart de Fouw)
Samuel Weiser Inc., 2000

Vastu: Breathing Life into Space
Namarupa, 2013

Other Publications

The Ayurvedic Home Study Course,
The Ayurvedic Institute, Albuquerque, 1985

Contributions include:

Enlightened Sexuality: Essays on Body-Positive Spirituality, ed. Georg Feuerstein, The Crossing Press, Freedom, CA 1989

Oriental Medicine: An Illustrated Guide to the Asian Arts of Healing, eds. Jan Van Alphen and Anthony Aris, Serindia Publications, London, 1995

All of Us: Americans Talk About the Meaning of Death, Patricia Anderson, Delacorte, 1996

The new entry on Ayurveda for Encyclopedia Britannica, 2000

The chapter on Ayurveda for Awakening Body, Mind, Spirit, Aperture Foundation, in preparation

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Robert Svoboda – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on Apr 2, 2014

Robert E. Svoboda is the first white member of Kenya’s Pokot tribe, and the first non-Indian ever to graduate from a college of Ayurveda and be licensed to practice Ayurveda in India, where he lived for more than a decade. During and after his formal Ayurvedic training he was tutored in Ayurveda, Yoga, Jyotish, Tantra and other forms of classical Indian lore by his mentor, the Aghori Vimalananda. For a decade he was involved with thoroughbred horses as Vimalananda’s Authorized Racing Agent. The author of more than a dozen books, since 1985 he divides his time between India and other lands.

Books: AGHORA, At the Left Hand of God (Aghora) (v. I) AGHORA II: Kundalini (Aghora) (Vol II) Aghora III: The Law of Karma The Greatness of Saturn: A Therapeutic Myth Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution Ayurveda: Life, Health, and Longevity Prakriti Vastu: Breathing Life into Space Ayurveda for Women: A Guide to Vitality and Health Tao and Dharma: Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda

Max Tegmark leads us on an astonishing journey through past, present and future, and through the physics, astronomy and mathematics that are the foundation of his work, most particularly his hypothesis that our physical reality is a mathematical structure and his theory of the ultimate multiverse. In a dazzling combination of both popular and groundbreaking science, he not only helps us grasp his often mind-boggling theories, but he also shares with us some of the often surprising triumphs and disappointments that have shaped his life as a scientist. Fascinating from first to last—this is a book that has already prompted the attention and admiration of some of the most prominent scientists and mathematicians.

Max Tegmark is an MIT physics professor who loves thinking about life’s big questions. He is author or coauthor of more than two hundred technical papers, and his work with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey collaboration on galaxy clustering shared the first prize in Science magazine’s “Breakthrough of the Year 2003″.

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Our Mathematical Universe – Max Tegmark

MIT Prof. Max Tegmark on the Doppler effect, redshift, nuclear fusion, and what happened 13.8 billion years ago

April has been heralded as an important month, with its two eclipses and another one of those Grand Crosses in cardinal signs, and I discuss that.

I think it is probably more important because it marks the official roll out of the New Paradigm and the promise it brings.

This video is somewhat speculative and, after I present my case, I leave it to the viewers to decided if the New Paradigm is a real thing and if it functions as advertised.

[A couple of settings on my videocam were bogus, hence the "irregularities" in the intro and outro.]


Published on Mar 28, 2014

In this clip Rupert discusses how the ultimate purpose of art is to dissolve perception at its source.

The Sixth Sense: a forgotten, hidden key lying dormant within every human..

Is it possible to:
- Influence reality with the power of thought?
- Push into the universal mind, vastly increasing your intelligence?
- Easily reach peak states for real, breakthrough spiritual experiences?

Indeed and much more. This is not just another fuzzy New Age book about a magical, vague ‘sixth sense’.

Igniting the Sixth Sense deals with the magnetic sense that allows birds, whales, bees and many other animals to detect and use magnetic fields in ways that seem impossible for humans. Yet, we possess this same natural ability. What happens if you combine a modern human with an active, magnetic sensory? They display skills and abilities that seem, at times, super-human.

Eric Pepin, the #1 spiritual Amazon bestselling author of Meditation within Eternity and The Handbook of the Navigator, takes you on a journey where you will discover:

* How to access a larger memory beyond your own; the Akashic Records
* Discover the method of magnetic prana attraction that makes the entire Universe react to who you are and what you want
* How to enhance every mind, body and spiritual technique you practice. Including meditation, martial arts and more
* The 15 minute miracle that gives you nearly unlimited amounts of energy
* How to create a ‘psychic buffer’ so you aren’t overwhelmed, harmed or influenced by the energy and thoughts of others
* Learn the secret to programming your own energy field

And that’s just the beginning. There are more than 280 pages worth, packed with in-depth knowledge and effective techniques you can easily apply. It’s all here, and it works.

Eric Pepin is the world’s leading trailblazer on the real, experiential process of unfolding the human consciousness and spiritual awakening by accessing Multi-Dimensional Consciousness.

More than a mere philosopher, thinker or teacher, Eric Pepin offers ways to reach breakthrough states based on his own personal experience. From his past as a childhood prodigy “psychic”, to his transformation into a spiritual thinker giving courses to friends on the Earth as a living organism and how to access the Gaia Mind at age 15, Eric has had an unexpected and colorful life, all leading to his one true passion: giving others the tools they need to connect to God.

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Buzzsaw : Sixth Sense, Sex Magic and Illuminati Eyes Wide Shut with Eric Pepin


Illuminati sex rituals, psychic awareness and the realms of magic and science are discussed by best selling author on the esoteric, Eric Pepin. Sharing his experiences of demonic encounters, paranormal awareness and ESP, Pepin opens many doors in the mind regarding the shared ground between the spiritual dimension and our physical one in this Buzzsaw interview hosted by Sean Stone.

GUEST BIO:
Eric is the author of the #1 spiritual bestsellers Igniting the Sixth Sense: The Lost Human Sensory that Holds the Key to Spiritual Awakening and Unlocking the Power of the Universe, Meditation within Eternity: The Modern Mystics Guide to Gaining Unlimited Spiritual Energy, Accessing Higher Consciousness and Meditation Techniques for Spiritual Growth and The Handbook of the Navigator, and the founder of Higher Balance Institute.

There is a future being created, where science and spirituality merge to a singular point, becoming a third. Eric Pepin is at the forefront of this wave, forging a renaissance of mystical exploration. His mission: recreate the process of his own awakening, brought about by the hybrid of paranormal experiences and practical spiritual techniques.

Release date: 5.20.2014

Synopsis: In his work as a spiritual teacher interacting with seekers and activists from around the world, Chris Saade has witnessed a remarkable recent phenomenon: a new wave of spirituality that is socially and globally engaged in the pursuit of justice, earth care, and solidarity. Saade calls this movement second wave spirituality, and in this book he maps out the cutting-edge ideas that are fueling this new wave of engaged spirituality. He challenges us to rise to our spiritual task and join the millions of all faiths who are awakening to the suffering and social struggles of all living beings.

According to Saade, new wave spirituality holds a vision of the intrinsic values of love: justice, global peace, solidarity, inclusion, democratic freedom, compassion, and reconciliation. Saade explores current trends of thought that are shaking the foundations of our belief systems and propelling us toward an evolutionary leap. We are in the midst of a spiritual renaissance, Saade asserts, a universal reawakening that will steer us away from the abysmal global dangers we are facing.

The book also includes a collection of quotations as a resource for those working for peace, justice, and inclusion. By dividing the selections into theme-specific chapters, Saade helps us easily access the wisdom and companionship of other souls committed to our diversity, our oneness, and our pursuit of justice.

Contents Foreword by Andrew Harvey

Introduction 1. The Emergence of Second Wave Spirituality

2. A Brief Historical Overview of First Wave Spirituality

3. Crossing the Threshold

4. The Flowering of the Feminine in Theological and Spiritual Thinking

5. The Great Convergence of Spiritual Development and Action for Peace and Justice

6. The Six Crucial Ideas that Converged and Generated the Global Awakening of Second Wave Spirituality

7. Fourteen Additional Characteristics Essential to Second Wave Spirituality

8. A Response to the Escalating Global Crisis: Love in Action

9. Implications of Second Wave Spirituality for the Individual

10. Practical Suggestions for Spiritual Activism

11. Summary and A Blessing for the Reader

12. Engaged Spirituality and Sacred Activism: Writings and Quotes

Chris Saade is the co-director of The Olive Branch Center with his wife, Jessie Thompson, where he teaches courses on engaged spirituality and the mysticism of inclusion. Chris also spearheads the Institute for Life-Leadership and Coaching, and is the senior trainer for the ILC s heart-centered psychological and spiritual-leadership programs. In addition, he is a practicing Personal Coach for individuals and couples, has lead and taught more than 200 psychological and spiritual retreats, offers regular speaking engagements, and serves on the board for The Respite, a center for grief and hope based in Charlotte, NC. Chris was born into a Christian family in Lebanon where he held leadership positions in non-profit organizations working for non-violence, peace, and humanitarian relief. He experienced the devastation of the Lebanese war for 7 years and continued his peacemaking work during those very difficult years.

Chris lived in France before coming to the US, his country of adoption, where he has resided since 1978. He has 24 years of experience as a relationship therapist, relationship coach, and leadership trainer. Saade has a master’s in Human Development and Counseling and completed five additional years of graduate school in economics, theology and history. He has trained in Jungian and existential psychology (including the logotherapy of Viktor Frankl).

Saade’s experiences with the suffering born out of war led him to develop a passionate respect for diversity. His professional journey into psychology and spirituality, his research of peacemakers like Gandhi and Martin Luther King, and his study of mystics from different religions have resulted in his development of the copyrighted Model of Integra (6 Essential Keys for heart-centered living and spiritual life-leadership).

Andrew Harvey & Chris Saade – I: Intro

The International Academy of Sacred Leadership’s founders, Andrew Harvey and Chris Saade, co-create the origins and purpose of their groundbreaking seminar for both aspiring and experienced sacred activist leaders.

Andrew Harvey & Chris Saade – IV: Turning Up Together

Chapter 1. Son Meditation for the Modern World(현대인과 참선)

방청을 원하시는 분들은 매월 둘째 넷째 주, 목&금 저녁 6:50.
서울 서초동 불교TV(BTN) 3층 스튜디오로 오시면 됩니다.(2호선 전철 방배역 2번 출구 방향으로 나와 마을 버스(13번, 15번)로 두 정거장./ 걸어서 10분

t seems that he was worried that the Seon meditation teachings these days are being lost among the latest health and lifestyle fads and trends.
It seems that meditation in general, and even Seon meditations in particular, are being presented strictly as a way to gain so-called ‘healing.” Or “well-being.” Or “stress relief.”
- Now, Seon meditation does provide those benefits,
- but the original purpose of Seon meditation has always been and must always be: enlightenment.
And that’s what I’m here to talk about today.

요즘 사람들이 건강을 위한 생활문화로 선수행을 하다보니 마치 유행처럼 받아들여져 수행의 근본 정신이 사라질지 모른다는 걱정을 하셨습니다.
- 사실 많은 사람들이 명상, 또는 참선수행을 할 때,
단순히 심신안정, 건강, 스트레스 해소 방법 정도로만 이해하는 듯합니다.
- 물론 실제 참선을 하면 그런 기능적인 효과들도 생겨납니다.
- 그러나 선수행의 근본 목적은 항상 깨달음에 있어왔고
이후로도 역시 깨달음에 목적을 두어야만 합니다.
- 바로 이 부분(깨달음)에 대해 오늘 말씀드리고자 합니다.

방청을 원하시는 분들은 매월 둘째 넷째 주, 목&금 저녁 6:50.
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Are you longing for your life to be easier and more fun? Would you like to stop pushing, micromanaging, and forcing things so you can relax? What if you could enjoy what you have instead of always lusting for “more”? What if you could live in “the zone,” propelled by powerful currents toward the right people and opportunities? What if you could stop worrying about money and live with more emotional ease in the moment? If you answer “yes” to all these questions and desire lasting positive change, then prepare to experience the ecstasy of surrender.
The art of letting go, Dr. Judith Orloff explains, is the secret key to manifesting power and success in all areas of life, including work, relationships, sexuality, radiant aging, and health and healing. In our superconnected world where emails and text messages constantly interrupt us, it’s easier to let go than you think. Once embraced, surrendering removes roadblocks and the exhaustion that comes from “trying too hard”—and it helps you achieve goals more effortlessly and brings ongoing happiness.
With her stunning gift for storytelling coupled with her unique, results-oriented approach to physical, emotional, and spiritual health—marrying neuroscience, psychiatry, intuitive medicine, energy techniques, and more—Judith provides a powerful, practical, and accessible map for anyone who is longing to be happier but who feels stuck, burned-out, tense, worried, or afraid to let go.

Dr. Judith Orloff (Positive Energy; Emotional Freedom) has made it her calling to remind patients, listeners, and readers that we don’t need to knot ourselves up in negativity. In The Ecstasy of Surrender, she encourages readers to stop sabotaging ourselves by pushing too hard, but she goes much further, explaining how surrender (whatever its bad rep) can actually help us achieve success and a previously unimagined tranquility. Her techniques of relaxing ourselves out of anxieties, toxic people, and unhealthy situations aren’t signs of weakness; they are strategies for inner peace and success.

Ram Dass & Dr. J. Orloff on the Power of Surrender in Healing

Author of “The Ecstasy of Surrender”, Dr. Judith Orloff, dialogues with spiritual teacher Ram Dass on the power of surrender in health and healing. Dialogue takes place at Ram Dass’s house overlooking Maui, HI. Let go and trust! More information on http://www.drjudithorloff.com

The ecstasy of surrender: Judith Orloff, MD at TEDxAmericanRiviera 2012

You can sabotage success by pushing too hard. Surrender is the antidote to stress in a world that relentlessly conspires to interrupt creative thought. Surrender boosts your brain’s endorphins–euphoric, opiate-like pain killers–and serotonin, a natural antidepressant that allows you to relax, have more fun, and succeed more wildly than ever before. Life becomes easier and more blissful when you can let go.

Pub Date May 14, 2014

Nineteenth-century Tibetan mystic Tertön Sogyal was a visionary, whose mastery of meditation led him to be a revered teacher to the Thirteenth Dalai Lama. Known for his deep spiritual insights and service to the nation of Tibet, Tertön Sogyal’s ability to harness the power of the mind was born of both his profound understanding of the Buddha’s teachings and his unique experiences, all the while striving for peace against tremendous odds. His life is an example of courage and diligence appreciated by spiritual practitioners of all traditions; and his practical instructions on meditation and opening one’s heart–amid conflict, uncertainty, and change–are as relevant today as they were during his lifetime.

Fearless in Tibet, the first comprehensive work in English on Tertön Sogyal, captures the essence of his teachings and his inner world of visions and spiritual realizations. It also brings to life the challenges he faced during his early yogic training and his efforts to promote harmony between Tibet and China.

Combining riveting storytelling and Tertön Sogyal’s profound instructions, Matteo Pistono takes you on a journey through the mystical past that reveals practical inner guidance for today’s challenges. You will see the power of transforming negativity into opportunity, letting go of attachments, becoming present, and embracing impermanence. This intricate tapestry of intrigue and spirituality will infuse your path with timeless wisdom and inspiration.

Matteo Pistono is a writer, photographer, practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, and author of “Fearless in Tibet: The Life of the Mystic Tertön Sogyal” (Hay House 2014). Pistono lived and traveled throughout Tibet and the Himalayas for a decade, bringing to the West graphic accounts and photos of China’s human rights abuses in Tibet, detailed in his memoir, “In the Shadow of the Buddha” (Dutton 2011). Pistono’s writings and photographs about Tibetan and Himalayan cultural, political, and spiritual landscapes have appeared in The Washington Post, BBC’s In-Pictures, The Global Post, Men’s Journal, Kyoto Journal, and HIMAL South Asia. He is the founder of Nekorpa (www.nekorpa.org), a non-profit foundation working to protect sacred pilgrimage sites around the world, and he sits on the Executive Council of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists, and the Board of Directors of Rigpa Fellowship and the Conservancy for Tibetan Art and Culture. Pistono and his wife, Monica, divide their time between Wyoming, Washington DC, and Asia. http://www.matteopistono.com

Fearless in Tibet: The Life of the Mystic Tertön Sogyal (by Matteo Pistono) book trailer

Book trailer for Matteo Pistono’s biography of Tertön Sogyal, a 19th century Tibetan meditation master and teacher to the 13th Dalai Lama. The book is entitled Fearless in Tibet: The Life of the Mystic Tertön Sogyal (Hay House May 2014) http://www.matteopistono.com


The defining moment of my life came when I was a 21 yr old college student. I had the undeniable experience that I am one with God, one with all that is. This experience has never left me. The rest of my life has been dedicated to going deeper into that experience and all its ramifications.

I started a quest which I called my search for the Kingdom of Heaven. This was an inward search, a research into my self.

As I looked deeply and honestly within my self, Divine qualities were revealed. First, Divine Light appeared, then the nurturing quality of Divine Love manifested. Other Divine qualities emerged. I discovered that these Divine qualities could be called upon to improve my daily life and the lives of my family and friends.

As I worked with the Divine qualities, I began to receive guidance and knowledge from a Divine Presence. At first, it came from Jesus. Later, Mother God made her self known to me and offered a great wealth of Divine wisdom. In time I began working with people outside my own family. The situations and challenges they presented brought forth from me a depth of divine wisdom to guide and transform their lives.

It is this Divine Knowledge that I want to bring to as many people as possible. I have developed a personal relationship with Divine Mother. I converse with Her all of the time. It is the most powerful, passionate and loving experience I have ever known. I want to help others develop this Divine Relationship. I have created simple tools and techniques to help you enter into your own very personal relationship with Divine Mother.

I now live in Fairfield, Iowa with my husband. We have 2 children. I completed a BA degree in Political Science, and an MA in the Science of Creative Intelligence. I’m also an Ordained Minister. The verbal vibrational healing tools that I developed to get to know Divine Mother are called Transformational Prayer®. Because of my close association with Divine Mother I have founded a church in her name, Divine Mother Church. Since 1999 I have been teaching energy healing classes and giving private consultations in partnership with Divine Mother, bringing her transforming wisdom and guidance to thousands of people.

Divine Mother is here. She wants to talk to you.

divinemotheronline.net

Interview conducted 9/14/2013.


Francis Lucille is a spiritual teacher of the tradition of Advaita Vedanta (non-duality). He became a disciple of Jean Klein, a French Advaita teacher whom he met in 1975. This was the beginning of a close association that lasted until the death of his friend and spiritual master in 1998. Jean Klein’s own guru, “Panditji” Rao, whom he met in India in the nineteen-fifties, was a college professor in Bengalore who taught Sanskrit and belonged to a lineage of traditional Advaita Vedanta teachers. http://www.francislucille.com

Happiness is our true nature – Francis Lucille

This is an excerpt from the interview with Francis Lucille at the Science and Nonduality Conference 2011 featured in the 3DVD set “Science and Nonduality Anthology Vol.3″.


Return of the Prodigal Son – Drawing on Henri Nouwen’s book that interprets this famous parable, this talk looks at the ways we cut off from loving awareness, and the process of homecoming. Our inquiry, reflections and a guided meditation focus on an essential and often overlooked element of transformation: our capacity to trust in love, to let love in.

What might the Buddhism of the future look like? With all that we have learned in the modern and postmodern world, how can Buddhists be true to the central teachings of the tradition while also including them in a new framework that is inclusive of ongoing discoveries?

Ken Wilber here explores these key questions facing Buddhism and indeed all of the world’s great religions today, showing how traditional Buddhist teachings themselves suggest an ongoing evolution leading toward a more unified, holistic, and interconnected spirituality. Touching on all of the key turning points in the history of Buddhism, Wilber describes the unique way in which the tradition has been open to the continuing unfolding and expansion of its own teachings, and he suggests possible paths toward an ever more Integral approach.

Ken Wilber is the founder of Integral Institute and the co-founder of Integral Life. He is an internationally acknowledged leader and the preeminent scholar of the Integral stage of human development. His many books, all of which are still in print, can be found at Amazon.com. Some of his more popular books include Integral Spirituality; No Boundary; Grace and Grit; Sex, Ecology, Spirituality; and the “everything” books: A Brief History of Everything (one of his largest selling books) and A Theory of Everything (probably the shortest introduction to his work).

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This is a trailblazing book that explores an old way of healing through the spirit of plants! Eliot Cowen learned that it wasn’t the plant that healed a person, but the spirit in the plant. Learning to contact the spirit of the plant was to ask it directly to heal the person. This ancient practice of plant spirit medicine, long forgotten in the West, has now been remembered, revitalized and reintroduced by this American healer.

Enriched by the author’s many explorations since its first edition, this new edition unfolds as a series of chapters on how plant spirit medicine has resolved specific issues and imbalances in his own healing journey and in his work with others. Readers will learn from a wealth of stories and teachings how plant spirits can directly communicate with and aid us, including:

* Plant spirit medicine’s five-element view of healing

* Receiving guidance from plants, including those found within herbal preparations

* Questionnaires to assess our own states of health and balance

* New chapters on community and on such “controversial” sacred plants as peyote, marijuana, and tobacco

* Additional interviews with plant shamans of many traditions

Whether we live in a mountain cabin or a city loft, the gifts of the plant spirits present themselves everywhere. Plant Spirit Medicine opens our eyes and hearts to initiate and nourish this deepest of natural bonds.


Eliot Cowan is the founder of the Blue Deer Center in Margaretville, New York, where he provides training in Plant Spirit Medicine and other traditions. For many years, he apprenticed with the shaman Don Guadalupe Gonzalez Rios who, in 2000, ritually recognized Cowan as a guide to Shamanic apprentices in the Huichol tradition. He is a member of the Council of Elders for the Temple of Sacred Fire Healing. See bluedeer.org.

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Walk the Talk Show: Eliot Cowan talks Plant Spirit Medicine

Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis sits down with Eliot Cowan to discuss Plant Spirit Medicine


Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981) was an Indian spiritual teacher and philosopher of Advaita (Nondualism), and a Guru, belonging to the Inchgiri branch of the Navnath Sampradaya. In 1973, the publication of his most famous and widely translated book, “I Am That”, an English translation of his talks in Marathi by Maurice Frydman, brought him worldwide recognition and followers

For millennia, great thinkers have contemplated the meaning and purpose of human existence; but while most assumed that humanity was the end point of creation or the pinnacle of evolution, Ted Chu makes the provocative claim that the human race may in fact be a means rather than an end—that humankind will give rise to evolutionary successors.

In this wide-ranging and authoritative work, Chu reexamines the question of human purpose in light of the extraordinary developments of science and technology. Arguing that a deep understanding of our place in the universe is required to navigate the magnitude of the choices that lie ahead, he surveys human wisdom from both East and West, traces the evolutionary trajectory that has led to this point, and explores the potentials emerging on the scientific frontier. The book addresses the legitimate fears and concerns of “playing God” but embraces the possibility of transcending biological forms and becoming or creating entirely new life-forms.


Born and raised in China, and spending much of his adult life in America, Ted Chu is currently a clinical professor of economics at New York University (Abu Dhabi, UAE). His ongoing research is focused on globalization, frontiers of technology and institutions, and “posthuman economics,” inclusive of the philosophic and ethical dimensions of transhumanism. Chu graduated from Fudan University in Shanghai, and earned his PhD in economics at Georgetown University.

During his twenty-five years as a business economist, his work included corporate strategy, public policy research, multinational operations, and global financial markets–including roles as chief economist of General Motors and chief economist of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, one of of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds. Dr. Chu also held positions as macroeconomist for the World Bank and Arthur D. Little.

For the last fifteen years, his second career has been conducting independent research on the ethical and philosophical question of humanity’s place in the universe, with special reference to advanced technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, and nanotechnology. This focus was foreshadowed by his PhD thesis on the production efficiency frontier at Georgetown University. Chu has also read widely and deeply in evolutionary theory, history, politics, philosophy, and religious studies (East and West).

Dr. Chu is the founder of the nonprofit CoBe (Cosmic Being) Institute in Michigan, a senior scholar at ChangCe, a Beijing-based independent think tank, and a former president of Greater Washington Professional Forum. He has received a national award for dedicated community service and has served as a policy advisor for governments and many multinational institutions. Ted Chu’s extensive lines of interdisciplinary research have combined in-depth theoretical analysis and the fruits of practical, real-world experience.

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Ted Chu – Author of Human Purpose Transhuman Potential

Intimately and without jargon, How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow describes the path to peace amid all of life’s ups and downs. Using step by step instructions, the author illustrates how to be fully present in the moment without clinging to joy or resisting sorrow. This opens the door to a kind of wellness that goes beyond circumstances. Actively engaging life as it is in this fashion holds the potential for awakening to a peace and well-being that are not dependent on whether a particular experience is joyful or sorrowful. This is a practical book, containing dozens of exercises and practices, all of which are illustrated with easy-to-relate to personal stories from the author’s experience.

I’ve been a practicing Buddhist for over 20 years. Until forced to retire due to illness, I was a professor at the University of California–Davis School of Law, serving six years as the dean of students. I’m the author of the award-winning “How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers,” and the newly released “How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for Navigating Joy and Sorrow.” Both “How to Be Sick” and “How to Wake Up” are practical books. They are intended to help all of us find peace and well-being regardless of our particular circumstances. To this end, each of the books contains dozens of exercises and practices, all of which are illustrated with easy-to-relate-to personal stories. I live in Davis, California with my husband (also named Tony!) and our hound dog, Rusty. I hope you’ll visit my website at http://www.tonibernhard.com

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From the authors of contemporary classic The Spirituality of Imperfection comes this long-awaited sequel.

A great master once said, ‘The shortest distance between a human being and truth is a story.’ In Experiencing Spirituality, Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham take readers on a journey through storytelling as a means of self-discovery. Recounting and interpreting great wisdom stories from all ages and all cultures, as well as telling many of their own, the authors shed light on such experiences as awe, wonder, humor, confusion, and forgiveness.

In story after story, seekers look to those whose lives reveal a special quality—sometimes called spirituality—and ask the masters what they must do to attain that same quality. The answer is simple: ‘Come, follow me, and see how I live.’ Experiencing Spirituality teaches through the example of human experience.

Ernest Kurtz received his Ph.D. in the history of American civilization from Harvard University in 1978. He taught American history and the history of religion in America at the University of Georgia and Loyola University of Chicago.

Katherine Ketcham is the cofounder and executive director of a grassroots nonprofit organization called Trilogy Recovery Community, which helps youth and their family members with alcohol and drug problems

Reflections – Ernie Kurtz – The Early History of Alcoholics Anonymous

Reflections – Introduction – Ernie Kurtz on the History of AA, Spirituality, Shame, and Storytelling ~ with Bill White.

William L. White, author of Slaying the Dragon: The
History of Addiction Treatment and Recovery in America

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Reflections – Ernie Kurtz – Introduction

Reflections – Ernie Kurtz – Chapter 1: The Early History of Alcoholics Anonymous

Reflections – Ernie Kurtz – Chapter 2: Spirituality

Reflections – Ernie Kurtz – Chapter 3: Shame & Mentoring

The Collected Ernie Kurtz – http://hindsfoot.org/ktcek1.html

Ernest Kurtz has been the outstanding thinker of the A.A. tradition’s second generation, the one who played a constant leadership role in pushing the movement towards the highest professional standards of history writing and supplied some of its most influential interpretive concepts.

His ideas are vitally important for anyone who wishes to understand A.A. history during the period following Bill Wilson’s death in 1971.

As a Ph.D. student at Harvard University in the 1970′s, he was the first researcher to be granted full access to the archives of Alcoholics Anonymous. The book that resulted,

Not-God: A History of Alcoholics Anonymous (1979), is still the classic work on early A.A. history.

His book on the spiritual life — Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham, The Spirituality of Imperfection: Modern Wisdom from Classic Stories (1992)

– is equally well known, and has also been an enduring best seller through the years since it appeared. His work on Shame & Guilt (orig. pub. 1981, rev. ed. 2007) has given a whole new depth to the discussion of those two vital recovery issues.

In Thrive, Arianna Huffington makes an impassioned and compelling case for the need to redefine what it means to be successful in today’s world.

Arianna Huffington’s personal wake-up call came in the form of a broken cheekbone and a nasty gash over her eye — the result of a fall brought on by exhaustion and lack of sleep. As the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group — one of the fastest growing media companies in the world — celebrated as one of the world’s most influential women, and gracing the covers of magazines, she was, by any traditional measure, extraordinarily successful. Yet as she found herself going from brain MRI to CAT scan to echo cardiogram, to find out if there was any underlying medical problem beyond exhaustion, she wondered is this really what success feels like?

As more and more people are coming to realize, there is far more to living a truly successful life than just earning a bigger salary and capturing a corner office. Our relentless pursuit of the two traditional metrics of success — money and power — has led to an epidemic of burnout and stress-related illnesses, and an erosion in the quality of our relationships, family life, and, ironically, our careers. In being connected to the world 24/7, we’re losing our connection to what truly matters. Our current definition of success is, as Thrive shows, literally killing us. We need a new way forward.

In a commencement address Arianna gave at Smith College in the spring of 2013, she likened our drive for money and power to two legs of a three-legged stool. They may hold us up temporarily, but sooner or later we’re going to topple over. We need a third leg — a third metric for defining success — to truly thrive. That third metric, she writes in Thrive, includes our well-being, our ability to draw on our intuition and inner wisdom, our sense of wonder, and our capacity for compassion and giving. As Arianna points out, our eulogies celebrate our lives very differently from the way society defines success. They don’t commemorate our long hours in the office, our promotions, or our sterling PowerPoint presentations as we relentlessly raced to climb up the career ladder. They are not about our resumes — they are about cherished memories, shared adventures, small kindnesses and acts of generosity, lifelong passions, and the things that made us laugh.

In this deeply personal book, Arianna talks candidly about her own challenges with managing time and prioritizing the demands of a career and raising two daughters — of juggling business deadlines and family crises, a harried dance that led to her collapse and to her “aha moment.” Drawing on the latest groundbreaking research and scientific findings in the fields of psychology, sports, sleep, and physiology that show the profound and transformative effects of meditation, mindfulness, unplugging, and giving, Arianna shows us the way to a revolution in our culture, our thinking, our workplace, and our lives.

Arianna Huffington is the chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of fourteen books. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. In 2013, she was named to the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. In 2006, and again in 2011, she was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union. She serves on several boards, including EL PAÍS, PRISA, the Center for Public Integrity, and the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Her 14th book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder will be published by Crown in March 2014.

The Third Metric Special Session With Arianna Huffington – The One Young World Summit 2013

Arianna Huffington argues for the need to redefine success beyond money and power to include well-being, wisdom, the capacity for wonder and the ability to give back in this Special Session at the One Young World Summit 2013.

The One Young World Summit 2013 took place in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Summit brought together 1,250 young leaders from 190 countries to debate and devise solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems.

What happens when you are just walking through your days, minding your own business and then WHAM . . . Life hits you in a big way. It is time for you the caterpillar to become the butterfly. Perhaps a loved one “dies.” and In the grief and sorrowful days and months afterward you find your loved one starts “talking” and communicating with you in real time, with real things, in real life, answering your questions and making observations from the “unseen” around you? What would you do? What would you believe?

Would you worry you were losing your mind? What would you do if Life told
you that was exactly what you needed to do – let loose your mind – in order to know your soul? That’s the journey the Universe is inviting you to take part in right now by reading A butterfly in the Garden. It is the reason you are interested in this book in the First Place.

Annie currently lives in Indiana and is proud to be first and foremost a mom. Her passion is to help with the Awakening that is taking place on our planet. Annie is a spiritual counselor, intuitive medium, speaker, founder of the Godsign Institute, teacher of Godsign and graphic art designer.

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What if all you needed to do was close your eyes; take some peaceful, sweet, slow breaths; and put your focus on your all-knowing heart? Open to the world going on inside of you, one that is guiding you inward to a place you only dreamed was possible. The Namaste Garden opens a doorway for you to experience the inner landscape of unconditional love, where your Spirit lives in a constant state of ease, joy, and peace. It gently invites you to come home to your true self and to learn how our dreams are planted in the fertile soil of creation. It offers a wonderful exploration for children and adults to expand their consciousness and to create a nurturing relationship with their own spirits while cultivating trust and faith that life is happening exactly as planned (“planted”).

The words, colors, illustrations, energy, and intention contained within this book seek to open your inner wisdom and send you straight to place of beauty, where you can clearly see and be present to a whole new way of experiencing life. Plant your dreams and watch them grow. As the author explains, writing this book was about more than her own experiences – her wish was to communicate with the world that people are born ‘whole’ and do not need fixing, as we are so often told.

“Everything thing we need is already within us. Life is happening from the inside out, not from the outside in,” says Triano. “Children grow up learning about life and how it works through mirroring, feeling, witnessing and sharing in the lives of adults, teachers, and people around them. I think all we need to do is give children unconditional love and nurturing guidance. They are born with their dreams inside of their hearts. We need to get out of the way and let them be who they are. It’s that simple, and that profound.”

Continuing: “My book gives people a way to find their way back to who they really are. It invites adults to come back home to themselves and reclaim themselves mind, body, and spirit.”

In the short time since its publication, the book has earned glowing reviews.

11:11 Talk Radio host, author and humanitarian Simran Singh had this to say about ‘The Namaste Garden’: “Maria Triano’s delightful book is to be celebrated as her unique genius and expression, flowering in the massive landscape of collective consciousness. We all encompass a garden within, as she says. And, as her example illustrates, we are each a beautiful radiant blossom here to gift the world its light and brilliance, in a way that is to be seen, inhaled, and honored.

As you do so, your own garden will be nourished and begin to harvest the seeds of unique genius that nourish and blossom in the fields of all those awaiting your magnificence of your Namaste garden. The Namaste Garden, even in its title, is symbolic of how I see life-Namaste, the divine reverence and recognition of all other ‘beings’ as the divine sacred oneness and the self in union, communion, and celebration. We are each a seed of birthing creative capacity in a full garden with other seeds of this full and vibrant potential … and we are that garden in its fullness. As I wrote in Conversations with the Universe, the world is speaking to us, as us, all of the time. Why? To show us who we are … all of who we are.”

Maria Triano is a Lightworker, Reiki Master, Certified Angel Card Reader ™, successful and passionate Dance/Yoga & Movement educator, instructor, choreographer, artist, and mentor who has been sharing her gifts with those she teaches for over 25 years. Maria’s dance studio, PA Dance Network was located in East Stroudsburg for over 16 years where she had a very successful experience, training dance teachers & dancers of all ages, many who have gone on to have professional careers in dance. In the spring of 2012, the next part of her journey began to come to life, which called her to release the retail store space she had her studio in to build her own private movement and healing center with her husband, Mike Abate, in the heart of the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania

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Two decades being expelled as a priest of the Dominican Order, Matthew Fox has continued to challenge the doctrines of the Catholic Church with books including last year’s The Pope’s War, and his teaching of Creation Spirituality. The author of 30 books, Fox has also been an advocate of education reform, working with young people to develop a more holistic approach to learning.

S&H columnist Rabbi Rami Shapiro spoke with Fox about his work.

Rabbi Rami: I know you have a deep interest in the Divine Feminine and the women mystics of the Church, and have just finished a new book on Hildegard of Bingen, an amazing German Catholic abbess of the 12th century. Tell us a bit about that.

The book is called Hildegard of Bingen: A Saint for Our Times, Unleashing her Power in the 21st Century , View Here and it’s my third book on her, actually. This fall, the Church will declare her a saint and Doctor of the Church—only the fourth woman to hold that title—and I felt it was important to celebrate her life and thought and not leave all the “spin” up to the present-day Vatican, for whom she can be quite a challenge.

How so?

Hildegard is committed to the Divine Feminine. She calls for circles over ladder-like hierarchies, for loving Mother Earth, for delighting in the glory and grace of nature. She explicitly criticizes emperors, popes, abbots, and bishops for their “ignoring lady justice,” and being surrounded by evil men who “scare even themselves cackling in the middle of the night.” She was a first-class musician and composer, a scientist, a healer, a painter, a mystic who rendered her visions into “illuminations” or drawings, a prophet who denounced the patriarchal guardians of society, and the author of 10 books.

And yet the Church is making her a saint.

She was fierce, and I really question whether the present papacy, despite that they are canonizing her, has a clue to what she really stood for and especially in the area of the Divine Feminine. There is no question that she felt her authority came from a source beyond ecclesiastical hierarchies. That’s why she had the courage to speak truth to power. She refuses to say that the pope is head of the Church; rather the “cosmic Christ” is, and that very much democratizes the Church since we all can experience the cosmic Christ through our mystical or intuitive psyches.

How does this tie in with your foundational ideas of the cosmic Christ and Original Blessing, which teaches that the creation of humanity is defined not by sin but by God’s blessing of life and purpose?

Obviously a theology of Original Blessing and of the cosmic Christ is more horizontal than a theology of top-down magisterial or “trickle-down” grace. Blessing and grace and the Christ consciousness are available for all.

How do you envision spirituality for the 21st century?

An integral part of any 21st century spirituality is what I call “deep ecumenism” or others call “interfaith” and “interspirituality.” Spirit works and has worked through all cultures and all religions—Vatican II supported this reality—and today humans cannot afford tribalism and hiding in their denominational boxes throwing stones or, what’s worse, missiles at one another. We have to dig up our deepest wisdom from all our wisdom traditions, and most of that wisdom we share in common, as I have laid out in my book One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from Global Faiths. The survival issues we face, such as dealing with global climate change, the depleting oceans and forests and soil and animals and seeds and plants—these are not restricted to any faith tradition. They are about the survival and sustainability of the planet as we know it and therefore of our species as we know it. Science too can and should join as part of the wisdom tradition.

A few years ago, we were together at your offices in San Francisco. You were working with kids and creating a spiritual path geared to them. How is that work progressing?

We ran a two-year program for inner-city teenagers attempting to reinvent education from the inner city out. It was very successful and is now going strong with a new name in Chicago. The key was bringing creativity alive in the learning experience of high school.

Today I am working with Adam Bucko of The Reciprocity Foundation in New York City, which is dedicated to assisting street youth. We are working on a book we call The Generation and the Quest for Spiritual Democracy . We’ve been surveying and conducting film interviews with 21- to 34-year-olds around the country involved in new forms of education, economics, politics, community, and religion/spirituality. These people are going to change everything as they get older, and the need for a new relationship between young and old is imperative. What we need is an “inter-generational wisdom” that will share wisdom from young and old alike.

Can you give us an example of inter-generational wisdom?

The issue of eco-justice is one. Also the need to balance contemplation with action. The need to honor our bodies and feed them well and exercise them accordingly. The issues of rendering education alive and creative, as opposed to boring and dull—and [making it] affordable. Learning as a spiritual experience, a sacred experience. Awakening the creativity in young people as this generation is being called upon to reinvent just about everything from religion to economics to politics and more. We need what Howard Thurman said: to put the God of life ahead of the God of religion. — S&H


How “Conversations with the Universe” got started
What if challenges are actually there for us not against us
Correlating yourself with the rhythms of the seasons
We create situations that provide us with excuses to not do the things we want to avoid
We are a self-organizing structure
The journey she is now on
A master is someone who knows how to navigate the pebbles, rocks and stones that get in their way
What if ‘crazy’ really is ‘enlightenment’
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What Is Consciousness & Where Is It?” Featuring Deepak Chopra

What is the fundamental activity in the universe? Although neuroscience has made enormous progress in looking at the brain correlates of subjective and objective experience, there is still no theory on how we experience mental or perceptual reality. This is known as the “hard problem” in consciousness research.

• Is there a scientifically viable way to explain consciousness?
• Does mainstream science have the methodologies to address this question?
• How do we explain intention, insight, intuition, imagination, creativity, or free will?
• Is free will an illusion?
• Are there states of consciousness that go beyond waking, dreaming and sleeping?

Wisdom traditions speak of higher states of consciousness such as soul consciousness, cosmic consciousness, divine consciousness, and unity consciousness. Is there a way of understanding these states or validating them scientifically? Is our current science which is based on a subject/object split equipped to answer these mysteries? What is the nature of the universe? What is the of nature awareness that makes it possible for us to experience the universe?

Deepak is addressing in this talk these questions as well as others cosmic riddles.

DEEPAK CHOPRA is the author of more than seventy books translated into over thirty-five languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers in both the fiction and nonfiction categories. Deepak is the Founder of The Chopra Foundation, Co-founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing, Adjunct Professor of Executive Programs at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School, Columbia University, and Senior Scientist with The Gallup Organization. Time magazine heralds Deepak Chopra as one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century and credits him as ‘the poet-prophet of alternative medicine’.


Published on Mar 18, 2014
In this clip Rupert discusses a common confusion between solipsism and non-duality.

Have you been frustrated because you have a dream or desire you’ve been unable to achieve? Have you repeatedly tried to accomplish a dream or goal, such as financial abundance, improved health, or finding your soul mate, but been unsuccessful? Are you tired of feeling like a failure or wondering if there is simply something “wrong” with you?

If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, you’re no different than millions of Americans who continually strive to achieve frustratingly unattainable goals. You’re tired of finding yourself on the outside looking in, while those around you seemingly achieve their dreams with little effort.

The problem has been your reliance on old science. Why Quantum Physicists Do Not Fail will teach you to use amazing new paradigms from quantum physics that enable and facilitate not only an awakening of your higher self, but also teach you to powerfully manifest and create a personal reality more closely aligned with your desires.

Your natural power to create abundance and achieve your dreams is a birthright you shouldn’t spend another moment denying yourself. Why Quantum Physicists Do Not Fail will teach you to simply and easily focus and harness your inherent power, infusing your creative abilities with rocket fuel. Using everyday language and “street-level” instructions, Why Quantum Physicists Do Not Fail will have you manifesting a vast array of personal dreams and goals much faster and more completely than you previously thought possible. The life you’ve dreamed of is just around the corner.


Author Greg Kuhn is a professional educator and a futurist, specializing in framing new paradigms for 21st Century living.

Since 1995 Greg has written for his father, Dr. Clifford Kuhn, M.D. about health, wellness, and personal growth, crafting five self-help books for him and over thirty self-help articles for publication.

Greg recently published his second book in the Why Quantum Physicists… series, Why Quantum Physicists Do Not Fail – which is being met with even greater acclaim than the first. Why Quantum Physicists Do Not Fail presents a unified paradigm for using quantum physics to address and solve virtually any of life’s challenges and frustrations.

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The Law of Attraction Explained by Quantum Physics!

What is faith? It is not something we must receive from a religion, nor is it a quality we must abandon in order to become rational. “Faith,” writes bestselling author Roger Housden, “implies a basic trust in the way life weaves its patterns-an awareness that is not passive or fatalistic, but actively engaged with and accepting all of life’s twists and turns.” At a time when more and more people self-identify as “spiritual but not religious,” Housden’s new book Keeping the Faith Without a Religion offers us a way to recognize and embrace the extraordinary mystery of our lives without resorting to dogmatic beliefs or nihilistic scientism. He invites us to investigate:

. Faith and belief-how the unattainable desire for certainty has come to replace our true understanding of faith
. Becoming your own spiritual authority-guidance for building a personal faith based on your own inner experience
. How we can integrate a regular spiritual practice into our lives without subscribing to a particular tradition, and more

Today millions of people are seeking a new approach to spirituality that honors both the rational and the mystical in equal measure. With Keeping the Faith Without a Religion, Roger Housden offers a guidebook for this growing population of free-thinking seekers-an inspiring call to step beyond the need for answers and trust ourselves to the unfolding of our singular, extraordinary life.

Roger Housden grew up in St.Catherine’s Valley, a cleft in the Cotswolds on the edge of Bath, in England. He has led contemplative journeys all over the world, and in an earlier life was a freelance feature writer for The Guardian newspaper and an interviewer for the BBC. He has been a full-time author since 1997.

He is the author of twenty books on poetry, art, and travel,including the bestselling Ten Poems series which started in 2001 with Ten Poems to Change Your Life. His next book, due to be published by Sounds True in March 2014,is called Keeping the Faith Without a Religion. Roger emigrated to the United States in 1998 and now lives in Marin County, California.

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Trust the Changes: from Keeping the Faith Without a Religion with Roger Housden

Trust the Mystery: from Keeping the Faith Without a Religion with Roger Housden

Faith Without a Religion

As the years pass, you may feel that something you’ve always longed for has never happened. Frustrated, you may give up on love or cling to unrealistic images of romantic love, hoping that another person will furnish happiness. You may experience a growing sense of depression, anxiety, or cynicism. But as psychotherapist and relationship expert Dr. John Amodeo explains, authentic love takes time and maturity.

As you learn from your life experience, you hold the extraordinary potential of becoming more fully awake and alive in your relationships than ever before. In this highly acclaimed book, Dr. Amodeo helps you discover the difference between naive, romantic love and mature love. You’ll learn how to overcome the social and psychological obstacles that have kept you from developing satisfying relationships.

And you’ll learn eight enriching steps that release your authentic self for the fullness of genuine connection. Whether you’re seeking true love for the first time or wish to deepen the joy and meaning in your current relationship, The Authentic Heart guides you along the path to a more vibrant partnership and richer friendships.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

The First Step: Prepare Your Understanding: From Young Love to Mature Love

The Second Step: Identify the Shame That Keeps Love Away

The Third Step: Summon the Courage to Affirm the Authentic You

The Fourth Step: Respect Yourself Through Boundaries

The Fifth Step: Practice Self-Soothing and Self-Connection

The Sixth Step: Respect Others Through Kind Conversation

The Seventh Step: Build Trust Through a Process Commitment

The Eighth Step: Deepen Your Understanding of Love & Sexuality

Conclusion: Toward a Mature Spirituality


JOHN AMODEO, Ph.D., with over twenty years of experience counseling clients, is the author of Love & Betrayal and Being Intimate. A former contributing editor for Yoga Journal, he has taught workshops and classes at Esalen Institute, the Omega Institute, the New York Open Center, and elsewhere. Dr. Amodeo has made appearances on CNN, CNBC, Donahue, and other national television and radio programs.

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Published on Dec 18, 2013

At a time where mega corporations want to control our food, it is imperative that we stand together to protect our food, the planet and each other.

in this earth
in this earth
in this immaculate field
we shall not plant any seeds
except for compassion
except for love

-Rumi

A March against Monsanto is a March for Life and Freedom – 25th May 2013

Tami Simon

Tami Simon’s in-depth audio podcast interviews with leading spiritual teachers and luminaries.
Listen in as they explore their latest challenges and breakthroughs—the “leading edge” of their work.

Tami Simon speaks with Coleman Barks, a leading scholar and translator of the 13th century Persian mystic, Jelaluddin Rumi. Coleman’s work was the subject of an hour-long segment in Bill Moyers’ Language of Life series with PBS. He has published numerous Rumi translations, including with Sounds True the audio programs I Want Burning, Rumi: Voice of Longing, and his new three-CD collaboration with cellist David Darling called Just Being Here: Rumi and Human Friendship.

In this episode, Tami speaks with Coleman about the extraordinary friendship between Rumi and his teacher Shams Tabriz, and how translating Rumi requires entering a trance state. Coleman offers insights on grace as he and Tami listen to selections from Just Being Here. (63 minutes)
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Why is it that despite our best efforts, many of us remain fundamentally unhappy and unfulfilled in our lives? In this provocative and inspiring book, David Richo distills thirty years of experience as a therapist to explain the underlying roots of unhappiness—and the surprising secret to finding freedom and fulfillment.

There are certain facts of life that we cannot change—the unavoidable “givens” of human existence:

(1) everything changes and ends,

(2) things do not always go according to plan,

(3) life is not always fair,

(4) pain is a part of life, and

(5) people are not loving and loyal all the time. Richo shows us that by dropping our deep-seated resistance to these givens, we can find liberation and discover the true richness that life has to offer. Blending Western psychology and Eastern spirituality, including practical exercises, Richo shows us how to open up to our lives—including to what is frightening, painful, or disappointing—and discover our greatest gifts.

David Richo, PhD, is a therapist and author who leads popular workshops on personal and spiritual growth. He received his BA in psychology from Saint John’s Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts, in 1962, his MA in counseling psychology from Fairfield University in 1969, and his PhD in clinical psychology from Sierra University in 1984. Since 1976, Richo has been a licensed marriage, family, and child counselor in California. In addition to practicing psychotherapy, Richo teaches courses at Santa Barbara City College and the University of California Berkeley at Berkeley, and has taught at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, Pacifica Graduate Institute, and Santa Barbara Graduate Institute. He is a clinical supervisor for the Community Counseling

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