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That chronic, nagging sense of discontent, that sneaky feeling that something is missing from life, that secret yearning for “something more” can all be healed.

In Let Go and Live in the Now, best-selling author Guy Finley brings the great Wisdom Teachings of centuries past into our lives in an intimate, accessible way. Each chapter of Let Go and Live in the Now tackles a hurt that keeps us from experiencing inner peace and happiness.

Every chapter includes a brief essay and a contemporary teaching story followed by exercises to help readers incorporate the teaching into everyday life. Each chapter ends with “Ask the Masters,” a question-and-answer format with such historical and modern-day spiritual masters as Buddha, St. Augustine, G.I. Gurdjieff, Henry David Thoreau, Peter Matthiessen, and Jeanne Guyon. “It only seems as though there’s something more important for you to do than just quietly be yourself,” writes Guy Finley.

Imagined heavens never last, but eternal principles empower readers to live in “the now.” From the first story of Katie, her broken heart, and the doctor who shows her how to heal it to the very last lesson of Paul who relocates himself from the city to the country and still can’t see “the forest for the trees,” readers see themselves in these eloquent retellings of ancient spiritual principles.

Guy Finley is a spiritual teacher who distills the wisdom of the ages and makes it accessible to all. His bestselling books include The Essential Laws of Fearless Living, The Intimate Enemy, and Design Your Own Destiny. He appears regularly on the Jordan Rich radio show and has appeared on Larry King Live, CNN, Entertainment Tonight, and many other radio and TV shows.

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Guy Finley: Letting Go

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Best-selling “Letting Go” author Guy Finley’s encouraging and accessible message is one of the true bright lights in our world today. His ideas cut straight to the heart of our most important personal and social issues — relationships, success, addiction, stress, peace, happiness, freedom — and lead the way to a higher life.

Guy is the author of The Seeker, The Search, and The Sacred and more than 40 other books and audio programs that have sold over a million copies in 18 languages worldwide. In addition, he has presented over 4,000 self-realization seminars over the past 30 years and has been a guest on television and radio shows, including national appearances on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and NPR. His syndicated weekly radio program is aired on several international networks.

Guy is director of Life of Learning Foundation, a non-profit Center for Self-study in Merlin, Oregon, and his Key Lesson e-mails are read each week by over 200,000 subscribers in 142 countries.

Guy’s career reached this point through a circuitous path. Born into a successful show business family, he is the son of late-night TV and radio pioneer Larry Finley. His childhood friends were the sons and daughters of the most famous celebrities in the world. As a young man Guy enjoyed success in a number of areas including composing award-winning music for many popular recording artists including Diana Ross, Debbie Boone, The Jackson 5, Billy Preston, The Four Seasons, as well as writing the scores for several motion pictures and TV shows. From 1970-1979 he wrote and recorded his own albums under the Motown and RCA recording labels.

Throughout his youth, Guy suspected there was more to life than the type of worldly success that led to the emptiness and frustration he saw among his own “successful” friends and colleagues. In 1979, after travels throughout North America, India and the Far East in search of truth and Higher Wisdom, Guy voluntarily retired from his flourishing music career in order to simplify his life and to concentrate on deeper self-studies.


Published on Jul 31, 2015

No matter what the world is telling us, if our internal story of what’s occurring has to do with being victimized, then we suffer. The willingness to tell the truth about who you are, is the willingness to no longer be a victim, regardless of circumstances.

Winner of USA Book News Best book for Religion and Finalist for Science. Recipient of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Awards that honor excellence in family-friendly media, products and services.

Unlike recent popular books that call for the end of faith and religion, this book by Dr. David Comings, an internationally renown physician, human geneticist and neuroscientist, proposes that spirituality is genetically hardwired into a specific part of the brain, is pleasurable, is critical to the evolution and survival of man, and will never go away.

The primary goal of the book is to allow the reader to develop a rational spirituality in which their thinking brain and spiritual brain can live in peace. A basic assumption of most humans is that God created man and divinely influenced the writing of all his sacred books. This book dispassionately explores the possibility that in pre-modern times man created the theory of a personal God to answer questions about the physical world like,

*Where did we come from?
*Where do we go when we die?

in order to satisfy the transcendent yearnings of our spiritual brain. In an era when politicians are judged on the basis of the strength of their belief in God, when schools are urged to teach Intelligent Design, and when religious terrorists threaten the existence of Western civilization it is critical to dispassionately examine the question Did God Create Man or Did Man Create God?

The book examines a wide range of issues including intelligent answers to intelligent design; the relevance of modern cosmology to the existence or non-existence of god; the role of genes in spirituality; the evolution of spirituality; innate morality; the positive and negative aspects of religion; the problem of evil, and many others.

Combined these chapters indicate that humans are inherently happy and good, independent of religion, and that spirituality played a critical role in the evolution and survival of man. A feeling of being associated with something that transcends one s self became an important, rewarding, comforting, and innate part of the human condition. Michael Shermer called this the most detailed and up-to-date science ever generated on the subject of religion and suggested it will be the definitive scientific reference on religion for some time to come.
The world recently learned that Mother Theresa had life-long doubts about her faith. This book is for others who have also questioned any part of their faith but treasure their spirituality and want answers that are not hostile to religion.

Dr. Comings concludes that religious intolerance, wars and terrorism are based on irrational spirituality where there is an incompatibility between the rational and spiritual brain, where individuals believe that one person s God is better than another’s. By contrast a rational spirituality allows individuals of all religions to live in peace. This book is a potentially life changing read for anyone who has ever had doubts about their faith or religion but wanted responses that were sympathetic to their spiritual brain.

Dr. Comings is a physician, neuroscientist, behavioral and molecular geneticist who was the Director of the Department of Medical Genetics at the City of Hope National Medical Center for 37 years before retiring in 2002. He is an internationally known scientist-physician who has written over 450 scientific articles and three books including Tourette Syndrome and Human Behavior His research areas included cytogenetics, human behavioral and molecular genetics, and he ran a large behavioral medicine clinic specializing in Tourette Syndrome, ADHD and oppositional defiant behavior in children. He was past editor of the American Journal of Human Genetics and past president of the American Society of Human Genetics.

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Did Man Create God? The Spiritual Brain

Is there a specific part of the brain for feelings of spirituality? Many lines of evidence suggests it is the temporal lobes. Dr. David Comings, a renown human geneticist, neuroscientist and physician proposes that spirituality is genetically hardwired into a specific part of the brain, is pleasurable, is critical to the evolution and survival of man, and will never go away. Understanding the biology of the spiritual brain can help us to develop a rational spirituality where are rational brain and spiritual brain can live in peace.


The days when we in the West looked toward the Eastern religious traditions for enlightenment are coming to an end. Western Spirituality has come into its own, drawing on the rich philosophies of Zen, Hinduism, Advaita Vedanta, Kashmiri Shaivism, Judaism, and Christianity.

In this groundbreaking book, the Western spiritual teachers and seekers at the forefront of this movement explore this phenomenon and share their experience, warmth, and wisdom: Adyashanti Peter Fenner Gangaji Douglas Harding Catherine Ingram Kenny Johnson Francis Lucille Satyam Nadee Mira Pagal Robert Rabbin Byron Katie Rolle Isaac Shapiro Lama Surya Das Christopher Titmus Eckhart Tolle.

In its earlier incarnation as a self-published book, The Awakening West sold out of its first printing of 3000 copies and went into a second printing–all sales through the web site and authors’ events. The book is destined to become a classic, as it establishes Western spiritual thought as a tradition in its own right—a new and growing branch of philosophy and teaching with its own take on enlightenment.

Lynn Marie Lumiere is a licensed Marriage, Family Therapist in private practice. An ardent spiritual seeker, she specializes in the integration of non-dual wisdom and psychotherapy. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area. John Lumiere-Wins is a certified hypnotherapist and spiritual counselor with 20 years’ experience in the mental health field and with Eastern and Western spiritual practices.

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Lynn Marie Lumiere, Oakland, CA

The more Lynn Marie rests in that which is constant, the more it reveals itself.

John Lumiere-Wins, Oakland, CA

A difficult childhood sends John on a lifelong search for clarity.


Published on Jul 31, 2015

An elaboration about Awareness limiting itself into manifestation.


Streamed live on Jun 19, 2015

What is difference between consciousness and awareness? What is the sound of happiness? How can you manifest the perfect light body?

If you are interested in the answer to these questions, then you should watch this Radiant Body Summit segment, where Lisa Garr interviews Dr. Baskaran Pillai, a teacher of the Siddha tradition. Dr. Pillai gives us the origins and basis for the sound phonemes and explains how they work to remove you from your mind and allow you to access divine intelligence.

Dr. Pillai takes us through a deep understanding of time, the mind, the body… and the infinite. He tells us that we conceive a thought in one 3,240,000th of a second, and after that it just the mind trying to find the right words for it. This space where you have a non-linguistic presence, he says is the point of creation for all things your physical body experiences.

Some come to a place where the observer is the observed, and nothingness is the truth. Learn about sound waves and the science of the mantra. Watch or listen to this interview now.


Published on Jul 30, 2015

Theoretical Physicist Sabbadini presents the quandary of Quantum
Mechanics, and draws illumination from Tao Te Ching.

Ancient and primitive cultures conceived the whole cosmos as alive and sentient. The mainstream current of our culture has moved towards an ever greater separation of matter and mind and today’s dominant scientific world view is based on an essentially materialistic representation of reality, in which consciousness is considered an epiphenomenon of purely material process. Yet it can be argued that the obstinate persistence of the so called measurement problem in quantum physics is a symptom pointing to the need to radically rethink the way in which we represent reality. This talk proposes an understanding of the quantum
measurement process in which the embodied nature of the observer plays an essential role. And it will show an amazing congruence between this world view and the cosmology
outlined in the first chapter of Laozi’s Daodejing.

Lisa Garr: Becoming More Aware

Published on Jul 30, 2015

There is a moment-to-moment awareness that mindfulness practitioners advocate – but this awareness is only really helpful if it rests on a deep and profound relationship with ourselves. The awareness that Lisa Garr discusses with Barnet and Freeman, on this episode of the show, is more aligned with compassionate self-acceptance. Out of this type of self-awareness, mindfulness becomes a wonderful tool to focus our attention and direct our choices. Without compassionate self-acceptance, mindfulness practices can actually be a distraction.

If you enjoy this program with Lisa Garr and you want access to more of her wonderful work, please visit: http://theawareshow.com/

View her book ” Becoming Aware: How to Repattern Your Brain and Revitalize Your Life HERE


Published on Feb 17, 2015

Dr. Deepak Chopra Discusses The Future of Well Being
Deepak Chopra, as he discusses the future of well-being and takeaways from his new book, “The Future of God.”

Join Deepak as he creates a roadmap for “higher health,” based on the latest findings in both mainstream and alternative medicine. In the process, Deepak will provide answers to such questions as:
• Are we in the midst of a major paradigm shift in science?
• Is there an ultimate reality?
• Does consciousness conceive, govern, construct and become the physical universe?
• Is the universe becoming self aware in the human nervous system?
• Is the next stage of human development conscious evolution?
• Do we have the ability to influence the future evolution of the cosmos?
• How does our understanding of consciousness as pure potentiality enhance our capacity for intuition, creativity, conscious choice making, healing, and the awakening of dormant potentials such as non local communication and non local sensory experience?
• How does our understanding of consciousness also enhance our capacity for total well being (physical, emotional, spiritual, social, community, financial and ecological)?
Deepak will address all these questions as well as practical ways to experience higher consciousness, transformation and healing. In addition, the doctor will also touch upon takeaways from his new book, The Future of God (Harmony, Nov. 2014). VIEW HERE

Deepak Chopra is the Founder of the Chopra Foundation, and Cofounder and Chairman of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, California, and Founder of The Chopra Well on YouTube. He is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and Washington Post and contributes regularly to Oprah.com, Intent.com, and Huffington Post.
Chopra is known as a prolific author of more than 80 books with 21 New York Times best-sellers in both fiction and nonfiction. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra’s books have been published in more than 43 languages. His New York Times bestseller Peace Is the Way received the Religion and Spirituality Quill Award in 2005, and The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life was awarded the Grand Prize in the 2005 Nautilus Awards. His latest New York Times bestsellers include What Are You Hungry For: The Chopra Solution to Permanent Weight Loss, Well-Being, and Lightness of the Soul, Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of your Mind to maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well Being, War of the Worldviews, Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul, and Spiritual Solutions – Answers To Life’s Greatest Problems. His book, The Soul of Leadership, was mentioned as one of the five best business books to read for your career by FINS – Wall Street Journal.


Published on Jul 28, 2015

Eckhart Tolle is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Power of Now (translated into 33 languages) and A New Earth, which are widely regarded as two of the most influential spiritual books of our time. In 2008, A New Earth became the first spiritual book to be selected for Oprah’s Book Club as well as the subject of a ten-week online workshop co-taught by Eckhart and Oprah.

Eckhart’s profound yet simple teachings have helped countless people throughout the world find inner peace and greater fulfillment in their lives. At the core of the teachings lies the transformation of consciousness, a spiritual awakening that he sees as the next step in human evolution. An essential aspect of this awakening consists in transcending our ego-based state of consciousness. This is a prerequisite not only for personal happiness but also for the ending of violent conflict endemic on our planet.


New Self, New World challenges the primary story of what it means to be human, the random and materialistic lifestyle that author Philip Shepherd calls our “shattered reality.” This reality encourages us to live in our heads, self-absorbed in our own anxieties.

Drawing on diverse sources and inspiration, New Self, New World reveals that our state of head-consciousness falsely teaches us to see the body as something we possess and to try to take care of it without ever really learning how to inhabit it. Shepherd articulates his vision of a world in which each of us enjoys a direct, unmediated experience of being alive. He petitions against the futile pursuit of the “known self” and instead reveals the simple grace of just being present. In compelling prose, Shepherd asks us to surrender to the reality of “what is” that enables us to reunite with our own being.

Each chapter is accompanied by exercises meant to bring Shepherd’s vision into daily life, what the author calls a practice that “facilitates the voluntary sabotage of long-standing patterns.” New Self, New World is at once a philosophical primer, a spiritual handbook, and a roaming inquiry into human history.


Philip Shepherd has a passion for adventure and exploration that has guided him for most of his life. At 18 it took him from his native Canada to cycle alone around the world through Europe, the Middle East, Iran, India and Japan. But that trip, adventurous s it was, merely expressed a commitment to a more crucial adventure – coming to understand the subtle and often hidden aspects of our culture that affect us all, compromising our sense of self, our connection with the living world, our freedom of expression, and our creative engagement with the present.

As a young teenager, Philip could feel that influence pulling at him like an undertow to conform to given limits of thinking, understanding, values and body awareness, and felt he could resist its pull only if he understood it. That prompted him to study classical Noh Theater in Japan, design and build several houses, co-found an arts magazine, Onion, co-found an interdisciplinary theater company, teach workshops on embodied thinking and spontaneous creativity, write two internationally produced plays and a CBC documentary, and earn a reputation as a corporate coach.

In his varied career Shepherd has been featured in such publications as The San Francisco Examiner, Chicago’s New City and Toronto’s Globe and Mail, and on such radio shows as Live an Inspired Life, The Guide to the Human Experience, and Creative Consciousness.

In 2001 Philip began to write New Self, New World, and over the next nine years worked on it continuously to pull all the strands of his understanding together, and challenge the 10,000-year-old story of our culture, which tells us what it means to be human. New Self, New World was released in August 2010.

A faculty member at the Institute for Sacred Activism in Chicago, Shepherd currently lives in Toronto with his wife and two children. More information is available at http://www.philipshepherd.com. His fan page on Facebook can be found at http://www.facebook.com/NewSelfNewWorld.

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New Self, New World – what it’s all about

Enjoy a short clip of Philip Shepherd speaking about his book New Self, New World.

Living in the head – the psychosis of our society

Coming Home to the Body


Published on Jul 28, 2015

The moon will be full in Capricorn on July 31, 2015. This full moon happens in the Nakshatra of Shravana calm a ruled by Lord Vishnu. This full moon is the balancing point of the sun in cancer.
This full Moon in Capricorn is the balancing point of cancer, where the sun now resides. Cancer is where we tend to feel impractical, even childish. Capricorn is about practicality and maturity. All of these things sound quite nice, but in truth, we don’t usually want to be mature and rational.

Everyone does what they feel like doing, or what they hope is going to make them feel good. Those things have nothing to do with the Capricorn lesson, which is about what is most useful, what is most beneficial in the long term. What makes us feel good in the moment is often totally at odds with what will benefit us in the long run. These are important themes for the next several days.luna-plina-in-capricorn

One of the biggest lessons of Capricorn is “solitude”. In cancer we tend to cling to other people too much. In Capricorn we are challenged to be alone without feeling lonely. Most of us have a very hard time being alone without some form of distraction, or people to distract us.

Shravana Nakshatra
This full moon happens in Shravana Nakshatra. Shravana means “hearing”, And is ruled by Lord Vishnu, the one who governs the manifest world. There’s a theme of music, chanting and other forms of creativity on this full moon.


Published on Jul 28, 2015

Eckhart Tolle is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Power of Now (translated into 33 languages) and A New Earth, which are widely regarded as two of the most influential spiritual books of our time. In 2008, A New Earth became the first spiritual book to be selected for Oprah’s Book Club as well as the subject of a ten-week online workshop co-taught by Eckhart and Oprah.

Eckhart’s profound yet simple teachings have helped countless people throughout the world find inner peace and greater fulfillment in their lives. At the core of the teachings lies the transformation of consciousness, a spiritual awakening that he sees as the next step in human evolution. An essential aspect of this awakening consists in transcending our ego-based state of consciousness. This is a prerequisite not only for personal happiness but also for the ending of violent conflict endemic on our planet.

Bring presence into your relationships

What Is Enlightenment


Published on Jun 23, 2015

Unmani speaks about how when we identify with thought there will always be problems. Meeting filmed in Amsterdam June 2015. For more information about Unmani’s meetings and intensives see http://www.die-to-love.com

Published on Jul 26, 2015

Cheryl Abram is a mother of 4 from southern Louisiana. She’s a graduate of the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. and holds a Master’s degrees in Social Work in Quality Systems Management. Cheryl currently lives in Northern Virginia and works as a learning and development specialist in a federal agency in Washington DC. After an undeniable experience that reminded her of our inherent value…without the need of a “savior”, Cheryl is now passionate about spreading the good news that belief is not necessary. We are already innocent, eternal, and free.

Website: http://cherylabram.com

Book: Firing God View Here

Interview recorded 7/25/2015

The Spiritual Ego Trap

Though many of us may have a love-hate relationship with our ego, it’s necessary to remember that it serves an important spiritual role. In the positive, it gives us a distinct personal identity that helps us fulfill our life purpose, allowing us to share unique soul gifts with the world while working out our karma.

In the negative, the ego fools us into becoming overly identified with our bodies, thoughts and emotions. This attachment tricks us into believing we are fundamentally separate from God, one another and even our own souls, which leads to suffering. Over time, enough profound suffering eventually leads us back to God, completing the cycle.

As the world evolves spiritually, many seekers are awakening from soul darkness and beginning to step slowly away from body-centered ego-consciousness. Instead of identifying as mere physical bodies that are born and die, we begin to see ourselves as spiritual beings having a human experience. Whether through yoga, meditation and prayer or studying with a spiritual teacher, this newfound awareness can be so exciting, awe-inspiring and empowering that it deludes us into thinking that our life lessons are complete and we are free from our egos. At this stage of spiritual development, we intellectually understand that vanity, pride and self-centeredness are death traps for the soul, but haven’t completed enough spiritual lessons yet to avoid falling into them.

Herein lies the slippery slope: the more we learn theoretically about spirituality without applying it to our everyday lives, the more likely we are to become egocentric in our spiritual beliefs. Like a wolf in sheep’s clothing, the spiritual ego can hide behind judgment, religious dogma or a false sense of moral superiority over others. This is harmful, as it deprives us of the impetus to do the deeper spiritual work we need to grow and heal.

Below are some of the most common spiritual ego traps. Read on to see if any of them apply to you:

1. Over-intellectualizing spirituality
. Though mental energy is helpful when memorizing inspirational quotes and sacred texts, relying on the intellect’s understanding of esoteric spiritual concepts can block deeper experiences of their truth. The essence of true faith and devotion are beyond the scope of ego logic. There’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.

2. Having dogmatic beliefs. Black and white, fundamentalist thinking is one way the ego gets to be “right” and stop growing spiritually. If you find yourself getting into spiritual debates with others, or if you need someone else to “get” the truth about your religion or spiritual beliefs, it’s probably your ego, not your spirit, doing the talking. As Lao Tzu says, “He who knows does not speak. He who speaks does not know.”

3. Judging people who are less “spiritually advanced” than you.
Do you believe some people are “saved” and “chosen” and others are not? Do you look down on others who are newer on their spiritual path? From Jesus to Buddha, all true saints share a common trait: profound humility in submission to God. If your spiritual beliefs cause you to judge or look down on others you deem less “spiritual,” you may be hiding a deeper sense of uncertainty about your own faith that deserves attention and resolution.

4. Wearing a mask of excessive positivity. If you hear yourself using the word “epic” or “amazing” to describe your everyday experiences even when they’re far from stellar, you may be more concerned with what others to think about you than what you’re actually feeling. This is vanity. Even the most spiritual of people have bad days, and having enough courage to be honest with your emotions is a key ingredient for soul liberation.

5. Having a “Messiah complex.” Do you think it’s up to you to save the world or others from bad experiences? If so, you may have a Messiah complex, one of the most pernicious forms of spiritual arrogance. Though it’s important to be of service to others, as human beings we are neither omniscient, omnipresent nor omnipotent: only God is. When we surrender to the will of a higher power in our lives, it becomes easier to accept that there is always a master plan unfolding beyond our control and understanding.

While it’s easy to slip into any one of these ego traps, humility, compassion and patience will help you pull yourself out and continue onward with your spiritual schooling. While the soul’s journey may feel long and arduous at times, the destination of spiritual liberation is ultimately assured for all who stay on the path.


Bianca is the creative director and host of Conscious Living, a lifestyle TV show and digital media network covering health, sustainability and spirituality, now airing on broadcast TV across the U.S. Connect with her on twitter @ConsciousTV or via Conscious Living TV’s Facebook fan page.

Source:http://spiritualityhealth.com/


This captivating book presents a new, unified picture of the everyday world around us. It provides rational, scientific support for the idea that there may well be more to our reality than meets the eye…

Accessible and engaging for readers with no prior knowledge of quantum physics, author Ruth Kastner draws on the popular transactional interpretation of quantum mechanics to explain our ‘quantum reality.’ Her book focuses on modern-day examples and deals with big philosophical questions as well as ideas from physics.

If you have any interest in quantum physics, this book is for you — whether you be a physics student or academic, or simply an inquisitive reader who wants to delve deeper into the reality of the world around you.

Dr Ruth Kastner has received two National Science Foundation awards for the study of interpretational issues in quantum theory.

Readership: Undergraduate students and readers interested in quantum physics.

Welcome!
My work is focused on elaborating and extending John G. Cramer’s Transactional Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics. TIQM solves the measurement problem (“Schrodinger’s Cat Paradox”) and provides a fascinating new picture of reality.
My blog is at transactionalinterpretation.org and I invite comments and questions.

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Dr. Ruth Kastner & Deepak Chopra: Understanding Our Unseen Reality

Published on Jul 25, 2015
Available now on http://www.CuriosityStream.com: Deepak Chopra’s Curious Minds is a brand new series of intimate dialogues around the science of our universe ..featuring nobel laureates, academics & thought leaders.

Glow Tv : Quantum meets Physics by Ruth Kastner with Zain Khan on ‘The Query’

Ruth Kastner – Why Physics Does Not Preclude Free Will

Cheryl Abram was also at the end of her rope: her life was falling apart on every level and she had ‘succeeded’ in making herself unworthy, incomplete and separate. Then, one day this practicing Christian took a ‘leap of doubt’ and fired God, or at least the God she had created.

Cheryl’s outward circumstances did not miraculously improve – this is not a fairy-tale story of allowing abundance into her life. Rather, as she puts it: I’m no longer afraid, anxious or expectant. It’s still about me, but the “me” is not the “me” that I thought it was. It’s not a little limited human being that was born and will die. I am not that. As a human being, I can see that I am connected to everything around me. I am a whole part of the tapestry of this world. We are all here for and as each other. To read how that came about and what it means in an everyday life for Cheryl and the implications for you and me, dive into the pages of this book.

A last word from Cheryl: I’ve just added a little sexy, brown-sugary southern Louisiana sweetness to the enlightenment pool.


Cheryl Abram was born in 1975 in Houma,Louisiana. She is a mother of 4 and currently lives in Northern Virginia. A graduate of the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. she holds a Master’s degree in Social Work and a Master’s of Science in Quality Systems Management. A life-long learner, Cheryl is an Army veteran working as a learning and development specialist in a federal government agency in Washington DC.

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Firing God by Cheryl Abram

Published on Mar 8, 2015

This is a talk about my book Firing God (available on Amazon) and how I came to write the book. to find my book Firing God, go to this link on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Firing-God-Cher…

Indestructible You is a practical guidebook for making yourself so strong inside that life’s relentless ups and downs cannot shake you and cannot break you. It will help you uncover the powerful, driving force of your true self, and let go of everything that holds you back.

The book is based exercises and practices developed by Shai Tubali through his research and work guiding several hundred individuals through psycho-transformational processes. In essence: Life is like an eternal seesaw. At every given moment you’re either up – getting what you want and feeling powerful, or down – finding yourself rejected, weakened and frustrated. We are forever hoping to bend the laws of this ‘unfair game’ so that we stay on the up-side of life. But this unrealistic insistence is why we suffer. Indestructible You reveals the way to step down from the eternal seesaw and build an unbreakable self, a self that remains fearless and strong no matter what life throws at you.

Shai Tubali is a published author and international speaker who specializes in the field of self-transformation. He lives in Germany.

Tim Ward is the author of seven books, including the best-selling What the Buddha Never Taught and Savage Breast: One Man’s Search for the Goddess. His travel stories have appeared in 13 anthologies, including Traveler’s Tales Best Travel Writing 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Tim is also the publisher of Changemakers Books (an imprint of John Hunt Publishing). He also co-owns Intermedia Communications Training with Teresa Erickson, his wife and business partner. They live in Bethesda, Maryland.

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We Are the Mystery

Published on Jul 24, 2015

Donald Trump – Vedic Astrology Case Study

This is a newly improved Kindle formatting of Living Nonduality: A collection of 238 concise, illuminating discussions covering 444 pages investigating what it means to live without division. Robert Wolfe (also the author of The Gospel of Thomas: Enlightenment Teachings of Jesus, and One Essence: The Nondual Clarity of an Ancient Zen Poem) discusses modern and ancient nondual teachers and explores the enlightenment teachings of Jesus, Buddha, Krishnamurti, Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta and others. Other chapters explore the relation between modern scientific understanding and spiritual insight. It is not only a personal reflection on the nondual experience, but a useful and challenging spiritual “travelogue” to the history and contemporary field of enlightenment teachings.

Here is a selection from the preface, Self-realization is not a Religion:

“There is probably no person alive who has not pondered that which some intellects have termed “ultimate reality” — the source of animation and activation that expresses the phenomenon that we call life. Because this noumenon is immaterial, to the senses, it is sometimes described as “spirit”.

“An interest in the spiritual need not have any inherent relationship with what is defined as religion. It can be free of: required beliefs; worship of forms (or even the absence of form); dictates of regulated behavior; or ideas of right versus wrong. It can be free of all doctrine or dogma, allowing you to discern and verify for yourself what is true.

“In the latter category, is an area of interest in ultimate reality (or the “spiritual”) which is referred to as self-realization. This is a direct, unmediated confirmation of the nature of truth concerning the root questions of worldly existence: what can be said about this life?
There is a motivation for exploring this area, this personal investigation into our intrinsic essence. Each person, universally, possesses a sense of immediate and unique presence. This specialized sense of personification results in an experiential image or form which is characterized as our ego.

“This ego plays a pivotal and crucial role in our relationships with other life forms. Resolving the questions about the nature of ultimate reality can have a profound effect on the isolation or alienation that we countenance from within the perspective of our encapsulating, or self-limiting, ego. It is this ego which is the progenitor of the bulk of the conflict which we daily experience, for the duration of a lifetime.

“The consequence of the internal inquiry, into what you are that is in transcendence of the individual ego, is the revelatory awareness that is known as self-realization. This can be independent of any and all of the behaviors and attitudes that are associated with religion. This is not an inquiry into the supposed existence (or non-existence) of a god or gods, but an investigation into the relationship (if any) between the self, that you are conscious of, and the ultimate reality in which you are conscious of it. And this is a discovery which can be immediate and direct, without reliance on any religious propositions.”

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Living Nonduality “Quotes”

Robert Wolfe reads a few quotes from his book Living Nonduality as prelude to a discussion held at the Krishnamurti Library in Ojai, California.


No Mirror, No Dust | The Nonduality of What Is.


http://www.livingnonduality.org Robert Wolfe discusses the nonduality of “This is as good as it gets.” Robert is the author of Living Nonduality: Enlightenment Teachings of Self-Realization, and The Gospel of Thomas: The Enlightenment Teachings of Jesus. (www.enlightenedjesus.com)

Well over a hundred years ago the painter Paul Cézanne said, “A time is coming when a carrot, freshly observed, will trigger a revolution.”

Has this revolution taken place, is it slowly taking place or is it about to take place? And what is the revolution to which Cézanne referred? How could something as insignificant, inconsequential and ordinary as observing a carrot trigger a revolution?

Cézanne meant that if we could see even a simple everyday object such as a carrot, as it truly is, our experience would be revolutionized. But what does it mean to see an object as it truly is? The key is in the phrase ‘freshly observed,’ which means to see clearly, unobstructed by the concepts that thought superimposes on our experience. In fact, most of us are completely unaware that our experience is filtered through a fine mesh of conceptual thinking that makes it appear very different from how it actually is.

As the Chinese sage Huang Po said, some 1200 years ago, “People neglect the reality of the illusory world.” The illusory world? Now that’s even more radical than Cezanne! It’s one thing to look freshly at a carrot, spade, house or world, but quite another to consider it an illusion. What did he mean?

We often hear phrases in the non-dual teaching such as, ‘The world is an illusion.’ But such phrases may create a rebellion in us, for we know that our experience is very real. So how to reconcile these two positions — one, ‘the illusory world’ and two, the undeniable reality of our experience?

Anything that appears must appear in or on something. For instance, an image appears on a screen; a chair appears in the space of a room; the words of a novel appear on a page; a cloud appears in the sky.

What about the mind, body and world?

Our only experience of them is what currently appears to us as thoughts, images, feelings, sensations, sights, sounds, textures, tastes and smells. In other words, all we know of a mind, body or world are appearances, and all these are continually appearing and disappearing. We may have a concept of a continuously existing mind, body or world, but we never actually experience such an object.

As Cezanne also said, “Everything vanishes, falls apart.” All we know of the world are perceptions that continuously appear and disappear. However, anything that appears and disappears must do so in or on something. What is that something?

Start with thoughts: wherever our thoughts appear is obviously what we refer to as our ‘self,’ ‘I.’ Our thoughts don’t appear outside of our self! However, we cannot see or find that ‘something’ in which thoughts appear because it has no observable qualities. As such, it is open, empty, transparent. But that doesn’t mean it is not known. It cannot be known as an object and yet it is not unknown.

If we are reading these words we are, by definition, seeing the screen on which they are written, although we may not be aware that we seeing it. If we are reading a novel we are, likewise, seeing the paper. If we are watching a movie we are, whether we realize it or not, seeing or experiencing the screen. If we are seeing clouds, we are experiencing the sky. It is not possible to see the words, novel, movie or clouds without, at the same time, experiencing whatever it is they appear in or on.

So, if we are experiencing thoughts we are necessarily experiencing whatever they appear in. Likewise, if we are experiencing a sensation or a perception — and the only experience we have of a body or world are sensations and perceptions — then we are also knowing or experiencing whatever these appear in or on.

In what does our perception of the world appear?

In what do bodily sensations appear? Perceptions of the world don’t appear in the world; sensations of the body don’t appear in a body. Perceptions and sensations appear in exactly the same ‘place’ as thoughts, that is, they appear in the open, emptiness of our self.

However, they do not just appear in our self; they are simultaneously known by our self, for our self is not just present but also aware; not just being but also knowing. Hence it is sometimes known as Awareness — the presence of that which is aware — or the light of pure Knowing.

Now, having discovered that all we know of a mind, body or world are thoughts, sensations and perceptions, and having seen that all these arise within our self, we may ask where they come from and of what they are made. What is their substance, their reality?

If we leave a jar of water outside on a freezing cold night, ice will start to form in it. The opaque ice is made only of the transparent water. However, the ice appears to be something separate from and other than the water. It seems to have its own independent existence or reality.

Likewise, the ice has a form and yet it is made of something that has no form. The ice gives form to something that is itself essentially formless. How is it possible for something that has no form of its own to appear as form, without anything being added to or taken away from it? The formlessness of the water has the capacity within itself to assume all possible forms. In fact, it is precisely because the water has no form of its own, that it is possible for it to appear as this multiplicity and diversity of forms.

Our experience is very much like this. The multiplicity and diversity of experience — thoughts, feelings, sensations and perceptions — appears in and is made out of our self. This ‘self’, pure Awareness, in which all experience appears, with which it is known and out of which it is made, is itself empty, transparent; it cannot be named and has no form, and yet it is the substance or reality of all names and forms.

All experience arises within our self, this transparent emptiness. And the only ‘stuff’ present in our self, out of which all experience can be made, is our self itself. It is our direct, intimate experience that all we know of a mind, body or world is made out of and is identical to the transparency of our own Being, the light of pure Knowing

And what is present in our own self, prior to the experience of a thought, feeling, sensation or perception? Just itself, pure Awareness! All experience — that is, all thoughts, feelings, sensations and perceptions — is a modulation of the presence our own Being, the light of pure Knowing. The entire multiplicity and diversity of names and forms is made out of one transparent, empty, indivisible substance.

Just as the screen on which an image appears is usually overlooked due to our exclusive focus on the image itself, so this open, empty, transparent presence of our own Being is usually overlooked due to our exclusive focus on the objects of the mind, body and world — that is, on thoughts, feelings, sensations and perceptions.

However, just as it is not possible to see an image without seeing the screen so, although this Presence is usually overlooked, it is never truly unknown. Just as all we really see when we are seeing an image is the screen, so all we ever truly experience is the transparent, open, empty presence of our own Being, the light of pure Knowing. All It ever knows or experiences is Itself.

Love is the common name we give to experience when the ‘other’ is no longer experienced as ‘other;’ when the subject/object relationship collapses. It is to see the appearance of an image but to know it only as screen. It is to attribute the reality of the image to the screen. It is to know everyone and everything as one’s own self.

It is this transparent, empty Presence that, refracted through the mind, appears as a multiplicity and diversity of names and forms. However, the mind is itself a modulation of that very Presence. In other words, it is pure Awareness itself which, vibrating within itself, takes the shape of mind and, from the illusory point of view of one of the selves contained within that mind, seems to see a multiplicity and diversity of separate objects and selves, each with their own independently existing reality. In other words, the separate self is only a separate self from the illusory point of view of a separate self.

From the true and only real point of view of pure Awareness there is only its infinite self, refracted into an apparent multiplicity and diversity of finite forms, but never ceasing to be itself. This is what William Blake meant when he said, “If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.” This is what the Sufis mean when they say, “Wherever the eye falls, there is the face of God.” This is what Huang Po meant when he said, “People forget the reality of the illusory world.” This is what Jesus said meant when he said, “The kingdom of the Father is spread out upon the earth, and men do not see it.” This is what Parmenides meant, echoing the words of the Bhagavad Gita, when he said, “That which is, never ceases to be; that which is not, never comes into existence.” This is what Cézanne meant when he said that art must “give us a taste of nature’s eternity.”

All the great sages and artists from all times and all places have said or expressed this in one way or another. This is the one true revolution. At the root of all desire for change is this ultimate desire: to know only the reality of all experience; to know only love.

Unless and until the problems facing humanity are traced back to their ultimate source — the ignoring of this reality — they may be temporarily alleviated but will never be truly solved.

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The deeply-felt recognition that the Absolute is all that is, and consequently that must include you, is the life-changing substance of enlightenment. All things are That, you as well as all other human beings: there is only That, in the sense of ultimate, permanent reality. How, then, does one live one’s life when the present awareness is “I am That, and all else is That”; when the perception of being a “separate individual” has dissolved, and the ego (Latin for “I”) is no longer at the center of one’s perspective? “Real-i-zation” (the “enlightenment” the aspirant has sought) means “to make real”. How do we make the real—the essence of timeless reality—the central expression of the Absolute perspective we have now discovered to be inevitably our own? To “make real” in one’s life and activities the awareness that “all that is, is That” is unavoidably a life-altering engagement. Are you prepared to “live” with this discovery today?

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Living Nonduality – Interview with Robert Wolfe

Robert Wolfe | Quenching the Thirst: Fundamentals of Nonduality

Omnipresent, infinite, eternal: Robert Wolfe on the missed fundamental keys of nondual Self-realization. Robert Wolfe (www.livingnonduality.org) is the author of Living Nonduality, One Essence, Always-Only-One, and other titles on the nature of spiritual awakening known as enlightenment. In conversation with Tom Burt.

Robert Wolfe – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

During Robert’s travels he has labored as an auto assembly line worker in Detroit, as a carnival worker, a journalist in New York City, on a farm of a Zen community in California, as a landscaper, a financial consultant, a janitor. After living in the Mendocino area for about twenty years he bought a camper van and moved onto a property in a redwoods forest where he studied the inner life intensely. Something fell into place there after a number of years, and out of that period of solitude, Robert began writing and sharing his observations on the reality that surrounds and includes us. Shortly thereafter, Robert moved to Ojai, California where he continues to live and write.

Published on Jul 24, 2015

Tracing our attention back to its empty subjective source; permeating the body with emptiness.

A discussion of why some of the five methods of teaching non-duality speak of taking “a journey”

The Rationale for the Seven-Step “Journey,” Part Two

The Rationale for the Seven-Step “Journey,” Part Three, The Conclusion

A discussion of how a sense of the unicity lingers during the first two years post-manifestation, how a sense of two-ness replaces that sense of Oneness, and how seekers can once again reach that sense of Oneness and the peace that comes with that awareness.

Excerpts from the book FROM THE I TO THE ABSOLUTE (A Seven-Step Journey to Reality)

A NOTE TO THE READERS

Realization only came when one particular path was followed in one particular order. A vision came during a meditative session when the theta state of consciousness was reached. It laid out an exact, direct path from the FALSE I to Realization; however, the vision made no sense to me at the time. Then, I began reading the transcripts of Advaita talks and they made clear the message of my vision. Talks on varied topics in varied orders eventually provided the understanding of each of the stages seen in the vision. The only thing remaining for an AHA moment to happen was to take his assortment of sharings and use them to understand the exact order to follow along the path. This book will offer to you the seven-step path to take and the order in which it has to be traveled.

After realization, a shift occurred in the way communication happened. In fact, instances of communication became fewer and farther between, and when the silence came, many noticed a shift. Some inquired as to the source and some came to hear more and some brought friends with them. A variety of questions were raised and the understanding was offered. Finally, it became clear that the Teaching should be presented in a more organized fashion, so a schedule of sessions was set up in which the seven steps would be offered in order. When one participant asked if her friend could tape the first session since she would have to miss that one, it was done. After that, all the exchanges were taped because a sense came that the 2001-2002 session might be the last. (A few of the exchanges that are included took place via e-mails or telephone conferences as well.)

Shortly after the last session, a retreat began that continues to this day. Days now pass mostly in the silence on the lake. Occasionally the Teachings are shared when contacted by e-mail or telephone, and on a website as well, but mainly the silence prevails. After realization, there was no path, no journey, no concepts…only the freedom of the Void and AS IF living afterwards. May you travel the path to freedom as well.

Finally, please note that a Glossary of Terms appears in the back of this book. The explanations and definitions are not those that will be found in Advaita lists that include the Far Eastern terms used by many gurus and teachers; instead, the terms are explained in ways that are relevant to this work in particular which tries to use everyday language when possible to provide as simple an explanation as possible while discussing what can be complicated subject matter.

Defining Advaita Vedanta

In its simplest form, Advaita is merely a system or an approach that can lead to Realization. Realization is what occurs when one becomes aware of all that he is not and eventually Realizes What He Really Is. The goal of the process is to allow people to eliminate all illusions and delusional thinking that result in dependence, in co-dependencies, in beliefs in superstitions, and in the mental and emotional dependence that results when we accept all the lies programmed into us through conditioning by the culture.

Mental and emotional restrictions occur when we adopt the ideas and beliefs of others without ever having truly investigated those attitudes. The Advaita approach allows us to become truly free. Being TRULY FREE refers to being free of the ideas, free of the emotional intoxication, and free of the beliefs that have been used to control us, to create fears in us, and to drive us to be influenced by illusions and lies. In its broadest use, VEDANTA is simply that message that is beyond any written texts that are said supposedly to be HOLY or that claim to supposedly contain TRUTH. My own experience has shown that the truth is already within each individual and can be Realized when one experiences the Advaitic approach with a guide who has undergone that process, seen the false, and then comes to understand That-That Which Is Real.

The Seven Degrees of Separation from Reality

Some Westerners will likely think that certain of the entries on this site have a TOO PHILOSOPHICAL bent. No apology for that shall be offered since one must either find a working philosophy or be doomed to adopt their ideology instead, and my experience shows that nothing is more destructive than buying into their ideology. For the most part, however, the version of the Advaita Vedanta (Non-Duality) message that I offer has been characterized by one protege as being APPLIED ADVAITA.

I will present the concepts of Non-Duality, yes, but eventually they are to be applied in everyday situations and used to bring peace and acceptance around the issues of the day. Ultimately, the concepts can be tossed, your everyday situations will be discarded, you will have no mind capable of being disturbed, and you will have no issues-du-jour. My teacher Sri Nisardagatta Maharaj was as direct and straight-forward as he could be while working in an Indian culture that tended to focus on its glossary of phrases and terms and words associated with Eastern philosophy. (That study, too, was a part of my JOURNEY).

Yet we must remember that the ultimate goal is for you to come to know You. You are invited to study the dilemma expressed in that I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHO I AM complaint (which contains an ironic duality in itself, yes?) and come to Know the answer to the age-old question implied in that statement. Ultimately, your culture has created a seven-fold barrier that is separating you from Knowing THAT Which You Are. We will discuss all seven eventually. The first of the Seven Degrees of Separation from the Knowledge of THAT Which You Are appears in the form of a manifested body. Offered as a meditation for today, therefore, I invite you to consider how the belief that you are a BODY might prevent your seeing the greater truth of Who or What You Truly Are. Are You your body?

PLEASE NOTE: The terms WET CHARCOAL, DRY CHARCOAL, AND GUNPOWDER will be mentioned. You will read pointers that are offered at times in the discussions that will seemingly contradict what you might read in other books or on the Advaita website referenced earlier on the copyright page. Beginners (the wet group) will be given one piece of advice, those farther along the path (the dry group) will be given other pointers, and those who need only a few additional points for the truth to explode into consciousness (the gunpowder group) will be offered something different.

STEP ONE

THE FIRST DEGREE OF SEPARATION FROM REALITY:

Body Identification

THE FIRST DEGREE OF SEPARATION FROM REALITY: Body Identification, Part One

THE ARMS-LEGS-ORGANS Consideration can help people become free of the limiting, false belief that they are the body. Of the various self-concepts that block most humans from Realizing Who We Truly Are, body identification is the most basic and least sophisticated identity. Belief that one is the body preempts engagement in Self-Inquiry and-unless transcended-will prevent one from ever coming to know THAT Which We Absolutely Are. I offer the consideration now to you: If you were to lose your right arm, would You still be You?

You would still be You, right, even without that arm? If you were to lose your left arm, would You still be You? You would still be You, even without that arm…correct? If you were to lose your left leg, would You still be You? You would still be You, right, even without that leg? If you lose your other leg, You would still be You, would you not? You would still be You, right, even without that leg? Would You still be You if you have a heart transplant? You would still be You, yes? If you have a lung transplant, are You still You? You would still be You, right, even without your original lung or your original heart?

And if you looked into your own eyes in a mirror, You still know that You are You, even though your physical body is only a shadow of what it once was, right? Then…Who Are You? Who or What You Truly Are must be something beyond the physical body.

If more than half of what most consider to be YOU were to be lost, Who Is That You that remains? Moreover, Who is that You that is sensing that You would still be You, and would still be complete, even after the loss of four body appendages and the replacement of two original organs? Please enter the silence of contemplation.

THE FIRST DEGREE OF SEPARATION FROM REALITY: Body Identification, Part Two

With those first beginning a journey of Self-Inquiry, my teacher always addressed the illusion of body identification, so I too begin with that beginning. What is the problem with thinking you are your body? That misconception leads to chaotic behavior, insane conduct, and problems in relationship…especially with yourself. Regarding problems with others, occasional chances for a respite occur, but the problems with yourself are 24/7; worse, they not only create occasional misery and grief but often result in self-destructive behaviors as well.

Body identification can be chaotic and even fatal. Here is how. I once had a dog that, when it saw its reflection in a mirror, would go ballistic. He fought with that false self, biting at the mirror and trying to destroy himself/his own reflection. (In humans identified with their bodies, the deep-seated need to destroy the ego and false roles and to be true to Self is a subconscious, driving force that leads to self-destructive behavior or even suicidal assaults against the physical body. If I am my body and I am having overwhelming problems, then the way to be rid of those is to be rid of the body, so the unconscious, fallacious reasoning goes.

In fact, one need not be free of the body to be content, merely free of body identification and other false identifications as well. The goal of Advaita Vedanta is to use preemptive strikes to eliminate the notion that the illusion is real, for illusions incite all insane, destructive behavior.) Of course when my dog looked at an image and became fear-based and angry, he was never seeing anything but a reflection; however, once he took the reflection to be real and separate and threatening-thinking the reflection to be an OTHER-he fought the foolish fight. (Humans do the same. They fight the foolish fight when they see reflections or illusions that they take to be the real.) Despite my greatest efforts to help the dog realize that what he thought he was seeing was not the real, he reacted as do most humans: If I can see something right before my very eyes, you are the one who must be insane to suggest it is not real.

How does believing in an illusion complicate life? The dog illustrates the point perfectly. When he took the image to be real, the dog tried to make himself appear even tougher. He adopted a phony persona and behaved more violently. He tried to appear to be even more intimidating than the image that he thought real; thus, he became even more aggressive. The more the illusion seemed to be attacking him, the greater his counterattack. The greater his counterattack, the more real and threatening the illusion appeared to be. He was trapped in a vicious cycle of war, all based in image.

Persons are at war with themselves-with their false selves and false identities. Persons are at war with others, and those wars are based in illusion as well. By trying to appear to be tougher and to be something he was not, the dog reinforced the imaginary self in the mirror and became even more frightened, more confused, and more miserable. And the more frightened and confused and miserable he became, the more chaotic his life became and the more those around him were impacted by his chaos.

(Consider the result if persons in leadership positions were enlightened…not frightened by their faulty perceptions, not thinking that their illusions are real, and not utterly confused but completely logical instead. Imagine the effect if the Don Quixotes of the world Realized that the windmills are just windmills and that they are not threatening opponents. The leaders could then stop their jousting and those around them would no longer be impacted by the war and the chaos that the unenlightened create. That is what APPLIED ADVAITA would look like.)

But what about you? You now see the irony with my dog, correct? There never was any duality. All his madness was based in misconception and illusion. There was the REAL THING and a perceived image. Such is the case with persons. To believe that one is the body is to believe that supposed OTHERS are separate and threatening and that the illusions and images reflected before the eyes are real. As with the dog, just because a person can see a body does not mean that it is real, and just because a person can see the body does not mean that it defines Who or What He or She Really Is.

Is it seen that all duality is false, based as duality is in supposing that one or more real parts can co-exist with one or more other parts that are illusions? No PARTS exist and no illusion can EXIST. It really is just illusion. Only the One Is Real, and by removing the Seven Degrees of Separation that prevent most from ever finding what The One Is, you will ultimately find the Real You…your True Self. Your body is not It. Are you seeing the lie of duality and the truth of Non-Duality more clearly?

THE FIRST DEGREE OF SEPARATION FROM REALITY: Body Identification, Part Three

[The discussion of the illusion of body identification will continue via transcriptions of exchanges during workshops conducted during 2001-2002]:

Questioner: The ARMS-LEGS-ORGANS ILLUSTRATION has shown me something, but I am not sure what.

F: Ha. OK. Hopefully, the consideration first reveals that you are not the body and then, secondly, inspires you to ask, Well, if I am not my body, Who or What am I? The body is momentary. That which GONE or DISAPPEARED when placed in a glass of hot water. In fact, that which the cube truly Is did not GO or DISAPPEAR: all of the pairs of hydrogen atoms that had grouped with various oxygen atoms still remain. Only the appearance of the form that those atoms had manifested in for a time led to the misconception that the cube was destroyed. As with the cube, when the body supposedly dies and dissolves away, the appearance of the form alters but all the elements from which the body was composed still remain. What DISAPPEARED was an image wrongly perceived. In the Arms-Legs-Organs exercise, the arms, legs, and some original organs of your manifested form seem to disappear, but just as the hydrogen and oxygen atoms of the cube remain, so remains That Which You Truly Are. You sensed that truth during the exercise. You did sense that You would still be You, right?

Q.: Yes.

F.: Then what is That which you sense is remaining-even after arms, legs, and organs are gone?

Q.: I sense that I still exist.

F.: Yes. You sense that You still Are. Specifically, You sense the I AM or Your AMNESS which we will discuss later. Another way of understanding the results of the exercise would be to say that YOU EXPERIENCED YOUR PRESENCE. You experienced the truth of the fact that SOMETHING would be present even after most of the physical parts of you-of your body-disappear. During the experiment, you are not sensing your complete body-for much of it is gone-but you are sensing a complete presence. That is what you are aware of when, even without those appendages and organs, you know that You Are still You.

Q.: OK.

F.: If you understood that pointer totally, no more would need to be heard, but too much remains to block that full understanding. So, we continue. Next, since we have seen that there is no duality, that there is no subject-object duality, Who (or What) can you now conclude knows that consciousness?

Q.: (Questioning look)

F.: Let me put it to you another way. What remains after the body parts are gone that is sensing that presence? What is conscious of that presence?

Q.: I do not know.

F.: That is close! Ha. That which knows the presence or the consciousness of Self, since there is no duality, has to be…CONSCIOUSNESS! It is simple! It is that unprogrammed, unconditioned, prior consciousness that senses Itself in the manifest form which you call your physical body. Wordsworth wrote his Ode on Intimations of Immortality after he had sensed his INFINITE SELF. The arms-legs-organs exercise affords you that same opportunity: to become intimate with Your Immortal or Infinite Self. (Later, we will even amend that concept.) That Is What I Truly Am, and always have Been, and always will Be-hang the body. In the process of Self-Inquiry, we see the false, we see the mirages, we see the images, we see the NOT REAL and we thereby come to know what we are not. The exercise in intended to help you see first what you are not and then sense that You Are something beyond the body. You actually sensed Your own presence remaining, even after much of the body was discarded during the exercise. If you got even that much from the exercise, then you have received the basic benefit: you have been prepared to ask the next logical question. And what would that be?

Q.: Well, as you said earlier: if I am not the body, then What Am I?

F: Exactly!

This video contains a discussion regarding Maharaj’s pointer that you were not born and that “when the birth is disproved, the great noble meaning of spirituality and the meaning of ‘this world’ – everything – is disproved.”

Recorded at Mooji’s flat in London

This interview with Mooji about and Neo-Advaita is a response to a recent podcast, ‘Advaita and Neo-Advaita Pros and Cons’. Mooji speaks more in depth about each of these paths, not dismissing either movement but rather pointing out the common mistakes which are made by both.

Somewhere between the two movements — the freshness of the Neo-Advaita, along with the focus, depth, and commitment of the Traditional Advaita is where knowledge and being can become one. The outcome of the inquiry which has been refreshed will be steadfastness in the Self, effortlessness, direct experience, and unshakeable and irrefutable knowledge.

True understanding brings light and space, gets rid of superstition, doubt and ignorance. Everything is washed clean by perfect understanding and true knowledge. Ultimately it’s a win-win situation; everyone has to come home.

Floyd Henderson retired early from a career in education to pursue his dream of writing professionally. He spends his time writing, working occasionally as a budgeting consultant for singles and couples, and serving as a financial advisor to small businesses. He has one daughter currently attending Southwestern University and studying abroad in Europe.

Floyd enjoys relaxing on the lake with his college sweetheart who is a psychotherapist-semi-retired and also enjoying her free time as well. In his life journey, he transcended the life of a heathen to serve as a lay minister in a Christian church, transcended that state to play the role of some sort of spiritual something, transcended that to lecture on the Advaita Vedanta teachings, but now is helping himself and others the most by having transcended all of that and just basically being quiet.

He had led discussions in the area of recovery from addiction. He can be booked for lectures and discussions with groups of people who are truly interested in exploring the philosophy presented in The Twice-Stolen Necklace Murders. (You may use the CONTACT page on this website to make inquires about availability to lead discussions on the variety of topics addressed in his books.) He has spoken before over 15,000 people in his career and you can schedule him now by choosing the topic or topics of interest for your group.

Excerpts

CHAPTER ONE

The Audience

This book is for those who have understood completely the teachings offered in FROM THE I TO THE ABSOLUTE and for those who have completed all seven steps along the path to Realization. If Self-Realization has not yet happened, and if an understanding of the Absolute is not complete, then you might want to read FROM THE I TO THE ABSOLUTE first. If you have Realized, then you are ready to begin a consideration of the pointers in this book.

This book is not for the novice, not for those at the wet charcoal stage, not for those at the dry charcoal stage, and not even for those at the gunpowder stage. It is for those who have already experienced that explosion which reveals all lies to be lies and that blows away the belief in any and all concepts. It is for those who are ready for the Final Understanding.

Before beginning the book, the reader is invited to take into contemplation and consideration the following pointers on Consciousness and on Awareness that were offered by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (with some commentaries added). The contemplation can provide stimuli for considering far more about Consciousness and Awareness than most will ever consider:

ON CONSCIOUSNESS

Understand then, that it is this conscious presence that you are, so long as the body is there. Once your body is gone, along with the vital breath, consciousness also will leave. Only that which was prior to the appearance of this body-cum-consciousness, the Absolute, the ever-present, is your true identity. That is what we all really are. That is reality. It is here and now. Where is the question of anyone reaching for it?

Maharaj made clear that, if the Understanding comes, no person will remain who could try to meddle in the play of consciousness. He also affirmed that there is no omniscient creator that is meddling in the play. All is merely happening spontaneously. How did he define spirituality then? Spirituality is merely understanding that (1) a spontaneous play is happening, (2) recognizing the play is a fraud, and then (3) finding the basis of the play.

Maharaj was asked, Where does consciousness come from? He answered, It never comes or goes; it just appears to have come.

He was also asked, Where is the seat of consciousness. He replied, In every particle of the juice of the body.

ON AWARENESS

I told the consciousness, It is you who is suffering, not I.

Awareness is not aware of its awareness.

Maharaj explained that That Which He Truly Is was prior to consciousness. He made clear that there is no he to experience anything or do anything and that what persons take to be an experience is actually just the consciousness experiencing itself.

He explained that the Realized understand that the world, indeed the entire universe, exists in Consciousness alone. Neither the world nor the universe is real, and both only seem to appear in Consciousness. Knowing that, he was able to take his stand in the Absolute. In the Absolute, no Consciousness of the I-Amness or the Beingness or the Is-ness happens. In the Absolute, there are neither thoughts nor words nor deeds. The Absolute is prior to all of that … is prior to Consciousness.

Among the non-Realized, the consciousness has become identified with the space or form. A few move beyond body identification. Fewer still reach an understanding of what lies beyond the body-mind-personality identities. Even fewer will come to know the source that is beyond all acculturation, programming, and conditioning of the consciousness.

I am really not manifested. Can you live like that, as the non-manifest?

Now transcendence of the consciousness has also occurred. With the appearance of consciousness, the Absolute knows it is, I Am.

Even this primary concept, I-am-ness, is dishonest, just because it is still only a concept. Finally, one has to transcend that also and be in the nirvikalpa state, which means the concept-free state. Then you have no concept at all, not even of I AM. In that state one does not know that one is.

Full Realization, contrary to Self-Realization, is the same as Total Enlightenment, that is, understanding that You Are the Light. Not only does abidance then happen beyond the I am but it also happens beyond the I.

CHAPTER TWO

An Overview of Consciousness/Awareness

All is matter or energy. Neither was created. Neither can be destroyed. Thus, Consciousness was not created by anyone, nor was it created by any Supreme One.

Just as a mirage is a phenomenal manifestation that can be witnessed by the naked eye, that which it appears to be can vary from one witness to the next. The identification of what a mirage is remains open to interpretation, depending upon the imaginings of the observer of the image. In the end, though, it really is just an image. The same happens when consciousness is perceived by the naked eye and is imagined to be something that it is not, such as I am this body.

Does the body/space/form play a role in the manifestation process? Of course, but with no more significance than the space or form known as a plant plays a role in the manifestation process. Thus the point by Maharaj that the seat of consciousness is in every particle of the juice of the body. The body can be perceived, just as a mirage can be seen, but that does not mean that either is what it is perceived to be. Both are frauds, images only.

Thus, while seekers at one level can be told that Consciousness is all there is, at this highest level, another understanding is presented: that which is perceived is not That Which is Real, and even That Which is perceiving is not the Real, either. Maharaj explained that the Realized understand that the world, indeed the entire universe, exists in Consciousness alone; but since that which persons take to be this world or the universe is not the reality that it is taken to be via consciousness, then consciousness is the perpetrator of myths as well. If the world that the I Am takes to be its place of existence is a lie, then the I am is also a lie.

Since neither the world nor the universe is real, both only seem to appear in Consciousness. Knowing that, the Realized take their stand in the Absolute. In the Absolute, no Consciousness of the I-Amness or the Beingness or the Is-ness happens. In the Absolute, there are neither thoughts nor words nor deeds. The Absolute is prior to all of that … is prior to Consciousness.

Recall that Maharaj said, Understand then, that it is this conscious presence that you are, so long as the body is there. Once your body is gone, along with the vital breath, consciousness also will leave. Only that which was prior to the appearance of this body-cum-consciousness, the Absolute, the ever-present, is your true identity. That is what we all really are. That is reality. It is here and now. Where is the question of anyone reaching for it?

He said, Awareness is not aware of its awareness. How dissociated was he from body identification., While that space was in the throes of the physical pain of debilitating cancer, he said: I told the consciousness, It is you who is suffering, not I.

Once consciousness manifests, the Absolute knows it is, knows I Am, but among the Fully Realized, transcendence of the consciousness has occurred. Only when abidance happens as the Absolute can peace happen every day.

This book will explain how Consciousness and Awareness relate to I Am THAT; I AM and will define the exact Nature of Reality, will offer explanations that will allow Full Realization to happen, will allow for an understanding of the Functioning of the Totality, and will assist all earnest seekers to find the way to fixate in a state of peace from NOW until the Consciousness Unmanifests.

Floyd Henderson retired early from a career in education to pursue his dream of writing professionally. He spends his time writing, working occasionally as a budgeting consultant for singles and couples, and serving as a financial advisor to small businesses. He has one daughter currently attending Southwestern University and studying abroad in Europe.

Floyd enjoys relaxing on the lake with his college sweetheart who is a psychotherapist-semi-retired and also enjoying her free time as well. In his life journey, he transcended the life of a heathen to serve as a lay minister in a Christian church, transcended that state to play the role of some sort of spiritual something, transcended that to lecture on the Advaita Vedanta teachings, but now is helping himself and others the most by having transcended all of that and just basically being quiet.

He had led discussions in the area of recovery from addiction. He can be booked for lectures and discussions with groups of people who are truly interested in exploring the philosophy presented in The Twice-Stolen Necklace Murders. (You may use the CONTACT page on this website to make inquires about availability to lead discussions on the variety of topics addressed in his books.) He has spoken before over 15,000 people in his career and you can schedule him now by choosing the topic or topics of interest for your group.


Advaita Vedanta Part One – Nisargadatta Maharaj Disciple Floyd Henderson

Advaita Vedanta Part Two – Nisargadatta Maharaj Disciple Floyd Henderson

An interview with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj Disciple Floyd Henderson offering Advaita Vedanta pointers on the NonDuality teachings regarding body, mind, personality, and realisation.

Advaita Vedanta Part Three – Nisargadatta Maharaj Disciple Floyd Henderson


Advaita Vedanta Part Four – Nisargadatta Maharaj Disciple Floyd Henderson

Advaita Vedanta Part Five – Nisargadatta Maharaj Disciple Floyd Henderson

Published on Jul 21, 2015

Eckhart Tolle discusses karma’s role in liberation on this video sample from Eckhart Tolle TV. Get a free trial for Eckhart Tolle TV at http://www.EckhartTolleTV.com. For more information about THE POWER OF NOW visit http://www.newworldlibrary.com.

This book contains JaLee’s original diary writings and true life experiences.

JaLee is a pen name sharing her story with anyone inspired to [experientially] awaken to the truth of who you really are. She could be your next door neighbor, satsang friend, sister, co-worker or even you.

Her first gurus were doodle bugs, sunflower seeds, slurpies and self inquiry beginning at age six in the early 70’s. Observing life, suffering and welcoming relief, angels appeared to her until Ramana Maharshi whispered in her ear thirty years later. She’s never been to India yet somehow peace found her anyway. She resides in the United States, lives an ordinary life and does not teach.

Book Description Excerpts:

Part I, Ramblings from a Truth Seeker’s Path, (1977-2000), begins with a piece written at age thirteen and continues with various writings until age thirty-six. She shares her joy, loneliness, hope and deep emotional pain in these early writings. The pain she experienced reflects a universal struggle in which our human suffering fuels desire to know the truth about who we are.

Part II, Journey into No Path, (2000), illuminates a truth seeker’s journey into deep inner peace—a remembrance of I am that I am, a conquest over every thought that I think I am. This blissful realization was celebrated in the piece Awakening on the Airplane, composed after experiencing a radical epiphany on August 27, 2000 as she was sitting in an airplane reading a book.

Part III, Bliss Years, (2000-2003), briefly glimpses into newly awakened, passionate and ecstatic expressions celebrated through poems, prose and ordinary life experiences.

Part IV is called Life after Awakening, (2004-2010). There’s really nothing to say about this except it’s the simplest chapter of all.

Author’s Biography:
Her first gurus were doodle bugs, sunflower seeds, slurpies and self inquiry beginning at age 6 in the early 70’s. Observing life, suffering and welcoming relief, angels appeared to her until Ramana Maharshi whispered in her ear 30 years later. She’s never been to India yet somehow peace found her anyway.

JaLee is a pen name sharing her story with anyone inspired to experientially awaken to the truth of who you really are. She could be your next door neighbor, satsang friend, sister, co-worker or even you. She resides in the United States, lives an ordinary life and does not teach.

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With clarity, humor, and insight, award-winning filmmaker Barnet Bain guides readers to unlock the raw power of the creative self. Sharing creativity principles and practices at the leading edge, The Book of Doing and Being offers a life-altering map for stepping beyond what we already know and into a dimension of imagination from which innovation is born.

Known for his inspiring movies and documentaries, as well as his popular creativity workshops, Barnet Bain makes available his teachings for the first time in book form. Discover how will and action come together with imagination and feeling to form the very foundation of creativity by working with this treasury of more than forty transformative exercises. Each one is designed to spark new creative connections by challenging our usual ways of thinking, feeling, and perceiving.

These lessons, tools, and techniques serve to unlock great reservoirs of creativity in every individual, whether it’s jumpstarting or completing a project, launching a new business, creating a work of art, experiencing more fulfilling relationships, or making other dreams come true. Bain’s motivational guidance includes: rewiring your brain to unleash ultra-creativity; finding freedom from self-criticism, perfectionism, and other obstructions to productivity and creative expression; harnessing the two forces of creativity: inspiration and action; discovering your emotions as the doorway to creative aliveness and ingenuity; and heeding the call of your Real Work, regardless of age, education, or experience.

Step by step, you will make the discovery of a lifetime: how to stop being ruled by your past and start consciously creating your present and future. You will be surprised and energized—by your next creative impulse, the next idea that excites you, the next experience that moves you—and you will live a creative life.

Barnet Bain is an award-winning Hollywood producer and director, radio broadcaster, and creativity expert. Select film credits include Oscar Award–winner What Dreams May Come (producer); Emmy Award–nominee for Best Picture, Homeless to Harvard (executive producer); The Celestine Prophecy (writer, producer); The Jesus Film (writer); and The Lost and Found Family (director). Barnet is a member of the Transformational Leadership Council and a founding member of the affiliated Association of Transformational Leaders. He is also a contributing blogger for Huffington Post. Barnet consults and trains business leaders and private clients who are committed to high performance. Through his workshops, telecourses, and training seminars, Barnet guides people of all ages and walks of life to expand their vision of what is possible, step into their purpose, and contribute their gifts and talents with passion.

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The Book of Being and Doing

Published on Jul 21, 2015

Barnet Bain is an award-winning Hollywood producer and director, radio broadcaster, and creativity expert. Select film credits include Oscar Award–winner What Dreams May Come (producer); Emmy Award–nominee for Best Picture, Homeless to Harvard (executive producer); The Celestine Prophecy (writer, producer); The Jesus Film (writer); and The Lost and Found Family (director). Barnet is a member of the Transformational Leadership Council and a founding member of the affiliated Association of Transformational Leaders. He is also a contributing blogger for Huffington Post. Barnet consults and trains business leaders and private clients who are committed to high performance. Through his workshops, telecourses, and training seminars, Barnet guides people of all ages and walks of life to expand their vision of what is possible, step into their purpose, and contribute their gifts and talents with passion. – See more at: thebookofdoingandbeing.com

To “invite a monkey to tea” is to befriend our own mind-which is often compared to a drunken monkey for all its mad twists and turns. A wild monkey is full of irrepressible desires, and thus chases its own tail in its search for happiness!

This book is about learning to welcome the mind as ally without fear or resistance, thus relaxing that frantic search and resting in the joy of who we already are. As a psychotherapist, author Nancy Colier has accompanied hundreds of people in their “search for happiness” for nearly two decades. She has watched her clients try everything under the sun to be-and stay-happy. Witnessing and participating in this process, she has become an expert in happiness, or more specifically, in the monkey-mind’s search and demand for it, and the unhappiness that all the striving ultimately creates. Along the way, the author has come to understand the workings of the mind-both from her clients and by her own diligent practice of meditation and self-observation.
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Practiced in community centers and psychiatric hospitals throughout Brazil, Spiritist therapies are gaining increasing recognition internationally for their ability to complement conventional medicine. This pioneering text is the first comprehensive account of the philosophy, theory, practical applications and wider relevance of Spiritist therapies to be published in the English language.

Leading practitioners and researchers in the field describe the history, principles and diagnostic processes of the Spiritist approach to mental health, and provide an extensive summary of the various methodologies used, including spiritual mediumship, energy work, prayer, homeopathy, past life regression and the practice of integrating spirituality into counselling and psychotherapy. Considering the ways in which Spiritism aligns with contemporary science, they show that the Spiritist model has the potential to bring about a positive transformation in the ways in which mental health care is conceptualized and delivered around the globe. The final part of the book explores how Spiritist centers and psychiatric hospitals are established and financed, with specific examples from Brazil and the USA.

Providing important new insights into the rich tradition of Brazilian Spiritism, this authoritative text will be of interest to mental health professionals, counselors, therapists and alternative and complementary health practitioners.

Biography
Now living in Vermont after 30 years in California.

Education: PhD in Transpersonal Psychology
License: Marriage, Family Child Therapist

Interests: We need to redefine madness and understand that some people who appear mad, or unconventional, may be visionaries and capable of taking us to a whole new level of functioning in society. For example: being a medium or psychic doesn’t mean you are crazy. But, if you try to squash that natural ability, and never learn to harness it to help others, then, chances are, you may have some problems related to repression. If you integrate this God-given ability and are fortunate to have excellent supervision and fellowship, you can be of great service to others. Brazilian Spiritists have taught me alot about this!

Deeply involved with metaphysics, energy healing, spiritual healing and meditation since 1964.

When I was a psychotherapist. I used various therapeutic modalities including accupressure and breathwork.

Since 2001 I’ve been exploring spiritual healing in Brazil and experiencing how contemporary Spiritist Centers and Psychiatric Hospitals work. I am currently leading groups for health professionals to visit Brazil and learn more about Spiritist Psychiatric Hospitals and Centers.

I think Spiritism offers a lot of components that would enhance the way medicine is practiced worldwide…that’s why I’ve written books and produced films about it.

My calling is to contribute to reforming our health care systems in the USA–to inspire others to include more of the components we find in Spiritist Centers in Brazil by addressing the roots of illness, optimizing wellness through spiritual practices and loving community.

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Interview with Emma Bragdon

Kirsten DeMelo interviews Emma Bragdon, PhD.
Dr Bragdon is the director of Spiritual Alliances, LLC and of The Foundation for Energy Therapies, Inc. Since 2001, through Spiritual Alliances’ tours, Dr. Bragdon has been an advocate and spiritual counselor for those traveling to Brazil to see John of God. In 2011, she published Spiritism and Mental Health: Practices from Spiritist Centers and Spiritist Psychiatric Hospitals in Brazil.

The purpose of this book is to emphasize that human beings are not of dust alone, but they are a mixture of matter and spirit. The matter is enlivened by the Spirit. The enlivened matter principle known as the mind or the ego is mistaken for the spirit. This misunderstanding leads to confusion as to who we really are. By this mistake, the problems of the ego are attributed to the spirit. The spirit is a non-matter, changeless principle, whereas the matter is subject to constant change. This is very evident in the expression, “I am a human being.” Here the “I am” is the changeless principle, and the human being who plays many roles is the changing principle. A clear understanding of the above two principles and how they can bring immense relief to the suffering mind are elaborately discussed in this book.

The author’s interest in understanding mind dates back to his childhood molding him to be what he is today. In his teens he was blessed to be in the presence of Sri Ramana Maharishi at Arunachala and spent three days with Sri. Sivananda at Rishikesh before leaving India for post graduate work in psychiatry at UK under Professor Hamilton who is famous for depression scale and did two years course for diploma in psychiatry at the University of Leeds. To further his training in psychiatry he did residency at Boston City Hospital with teaching fellowship at Harvard, Mass., USA. In Iowa he did his MS in psychiatry under Paul Huston and Charles Shagass. In Washington in addition to hospital practice in psychiatry he held faculty positions and also private practice as part time. In California he worked for the VA health care system at Palo Alto.

On Spirituality he listened to series of lectures on important topics by Swami Chinmayananda, Swami Dayananda Sarasvati and his disciples. This enabled him to introduce new concepts to the healing of the afflicted mind. The benefits of Spiritual knowledge in addition to the knowledge of phenomenal world can free the suffering mind from various maladies including fear of death etc.

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The author of the international bestseller Happiness makes a passionate case for altruism–and why we need it now more than ever.

In Happiness, Matthieu Ricard demonstrated that true happiness is not tied to fleeting moments or sensations, but is an enduring state of soul rooted in mindfulness and compassion for others. Now he turns his lens from the personal to the global, with a rousing argument that altruism–genuine concern for the well-being of others–could be the saving grace of the 21st century. It is, he believes, the vital thread that can answer the main challenges of our time: the economy in the short term, life satisfaction in the mid-term, and environment in the long term. Ricard’s message has been taken up by major economists and thinkers, including Dennis Snower, Amartya Sen, Joseph Stiglitz, and George Soros.
Matthieu Ricard makes a robust and passionate case for cultivating altruistic love and compassion as the best means for simultaneously benefitting ourselves and our society. It’s a fresh outlook on an ardent struggle–and one that just might make the world a better place.

Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk, author, translator, and photographer. He is the author of several books including The Monk and the Philosopher, a dialogue with his father; The Quantum and the Lotus, a dialogue with astrophysicist Trinh Xuan Thuan; Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill; and Why Meditate? His books have been translated into over twenty languages. He has lived, studied, and worked in the Himalayan region for over forty years. Four million people have viewed his TED talk on happiness.

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Matthieu Ricard: How to let altruism be your guide

What is altruism? Put simply, it’s the wish that other people may be happy. And, says Matthieu Ricard, a happiness researcher and a Buddhist monk, altruism is also a great lens for making decisions, both for the short and long term, in work and in life.

Matthieu Ricard: “Altruism” | Talks at Google

Published on Jun 11, 2015

Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk who left a career in cellular genetics to study Buddhism in the Himalayas over forty-five years ago. He is an internationally bestselling author and an active participant in the current scientific research of the effects of meditation on the brain. He lives in Nepal and devotes most of his time to 140 humanitarian projects in Tibet, Nepal and India.

In Meng’s words, Matthieu is a true gem in this world. He may be the world’s best bridge between modern science and ancient wisdom.

In this talk, Matthieu presents his new book: “Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World”. He argues that altruism–genuine concern for the well-being of others–could be the saving grace of the 21st century. Altruism is the vital thread that can answer the main challenges of our time: the economy in the short term, life satisfaction in the mid-term, and environment in the long term. His message has been taken up by major economists and thinkers, including Dennis Snower, Joseph Stiglitz, and George Soros. Altruism is Matthieu’s masterwork – the fruit of years of research, experience, observations, and reflections.

Matthieu led a meditation on compassion after his talk. Check out the video here: https://youtu.be/unX4FQqM6vI .


Bri. Joan Shivarpita Harrigan, Ph.D. is the spiritual director of Patanjali Kundalini Yoga-Care (PKYC-USA). Shiva has practiced, studied, and taught Raja yoga and Advaita Vedanta for more than thirty years. She has been tutored as the designated successor for America in the Kundalini Vidya lineage founded by Gomatagiri Maharaj, learning the oral commentary teachings of Traditional Kundalini Science from her spiritual mentor, Swami Chandrasekharanand Saraswati. A retired psychologist, she has been a brahmacharini (novice) in the Shankaracharya Vedic monastic order since 1987. She is the author of Kundalini Vidya the Science of Spiritual Transformationand Stories of Spiritual Transformation: The Fulfillment of Kundalini Process (to be published soon).

Patanjali Kundalini Yoga Care is a spiritual guidance service for qualified spiritual seekers. Based on Traditional Kundalini Science (Kundalini Vidya), it supports serious aspirants in advancing their spiritual progress by providing individualized spiritual practices designed for their particular needs. The specialty of PKYC is to assess the kind of spiritual process that seekers have, to assist them in reaching a stable higher level, and to support them in their continued spiritual advancement by providing ongoing spiritual education, consultations, recommendations, and guidance so they can progress more skillfully and dedicatedly. This helps the divine within make efficient, untroubled, and speedy progress toward Liberation, awareness of oneness with the One.

Are you searching for deeper meaning and purpose in your life? Do you sense that you have an inner wisdom that can be a guiding force for you, yet wonder how to connect with that intuitive self? How do you know which inner voices to listen to?

For over thirty years, Shakti Gawain has helped readers address these questions. Living in the Light has given literally millions of people clear and gentle guidance to create a new way of life — one in which we listen to our intuition and rely on it as a guiding force. The key lies in bringing the light of our awareness to every aspect of ourselves, including our disowned energies — our shadow side.

With great insight and clarity, Shakti shows us the transformative power of bringing awareness to every part of ourselves. Simple yet powerful exercises on subjects including creativity, relationships, parenting, health, money, and transforming the world help us put these teachings to practical use in our daily lives.

Living in the Light is a comprehensive map to growth, fulfillment, and consciousness. As we grapple with personal, national, and global challenges on many fronts, this classic work is timelier than ever.


Shakti Gawain is the bestselling author of Creative Visualization, Living in the Light, The Path of Transformation, Creating True Prosperity, Developing Intuition, and several other books. Her books have sold more than six million copies in thirty languages worldwide. A warm, articulate, and inspiring teacher, Shakti leads workshops internationally.

For more than thirty years, she has facilitated thousands of people in learning to trust and act on their own inner truth, thus releasing and developing their creativity in every area of their lives. Shakti has appeared on such nationally syndicated shows as Oprah, Good Morning America, Sonya Live, Larry King Live, and New Dimensions Radio, and she has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Body Mind & Spirit, and Time magazine. Shakti Gawain was cofounder of New World Library along with Marc Allen. Shakti and her husband, Jim Burns, also cofounded Nataraj Publishing Company, which New World Library acquired in 1998. They make their home in Mill Valley, California.

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LIVING IN THE LIGHT by Shakti Gawain – Official Book Trailer

This is the official book trailer for the 25th Anniversary Edition of Shakti Gawain’s LIVING IN THE LIGHT: Follow Your Inner Guidance to Create a New Life and New World.

For over thirty years, Shakti Gawain has been guiding readers toward conscious living. LIVING IN THE LIGHT has given literally millions of people clear and gentle guidance to create a new way of life — one in which we listen to our intuition and rely on it as a guiding force.

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BJ Gallagher ~Best-selling author, speaker, and human relations expert.

Shakti Gawain Is Still ‘Living in the Light’ – An Interview

Years ago I read Living in the Light by Shakti Gawain and loved it. I gave the book to my mom who called me when she finished reading it and said, “That’s the way you live YOUR life!” Mom, she was right — Shakti’s book describes very well how I’ve always lived my life — I just didn’t know anyone else did it. I had never heard other people talk about living by intuition and heeding their own internal guidance system. I felt affirmed and validated after reading Shakti’s book.

This year is the 25th anniversary of the publication of Living in the Light by New World Library, so I thought it would be interesting to check in with the author and see what she’s up to lately. I figured it would be a real treat to interview an author who’s been such a positive influence on my life, and tens of millions of other lives, too.

BJ: What is it you want people to understand about how to “live in the light”?

Shakti: We all have within us a deep wisdom, but sometimes we don’t know we have it. We live in a culture that doesn’t acknowledge or validate human intuition and doesn’t encourage us to rely on our intuitive wisdom. Much of the Western world emphasizes rationality and reason, but overlooks or ignores the enormous value of intuition and instinctive wisdom. When I wrote Living in the Light, I wanted to share about how I live my own life and to encourage people to tap into their own inner wisdom.

It’s so practical to connect to that source of guidance on a day-to-day, hour-by-hour basis. Your intuition will tell you where you need to go; it will connect you with people you should meet; it will guide you toward work that is meaningful for you – work that brings you joy, work that feels right for you. Listening to your internal guidance system will lead to a rich, fulfilled, happy life. That’s been my experience… and millions of folks can attest to it in their own lives as well. Of course life is not always easy and in fact, some are very difficult. This is all part of the process of being human.

BJ: What’s the relationship between your rational mind with your intuition?

Shakti: Your intuition is not the same thing as your mind. In fact, intuition is really the opposite of your mind — and you need to use BOTH in living your day-to-day life. The mind is the enemy of intuition, according to many New Age adherents, but I don’t buy that. I look at everything in terms of polarities — two ends of the same continuum. Young/old, male/female, individuality/conformity, work/play, freedom/constraint, right/left, day/night, life/death, rational/emotional, and so on. Mind and intuition are at opposite ends of the same continuum and our goal is to strike a healthy balance between the two. It’s not a question of either/or… it’s a question of both/and. We shouldn’t ignore any guidance that comes from the mind – we should listen to our minds AND balance mental messages with intuitive messages. We need both to navigate our way through life.

BJ
: Care to talk about what you are working on these days? Writing a new book? Doing workshops?

Shakti: Yes, yes, and yes! I’d love to talk about what I’m up to. The book I’m working on right now is on relationships — about how we can use our relationships as paths to consciousness. By viewing our relationships with friends, family, and co-workers as mirrors, as teachers — we see that they are reflecting back to us exactly what we most need to learn. I plan to finish the book this Winter for a Fall 2013 release.

In addition to that book, I have a couple more I plan to write: The first is titled Write Your Book! for people who have a message to share and want to write a book. I believe that everybody needs to tell their story — to be heard, to be seen, to be acknowledged, to be understood. We all want that, deep down inside — and writing a book is a great way to make sense of your own experience and to share it with others.

The other book I’d like to write is my own life story. I did one already, when I turned 40 and wrote Return to the Garden, but now I’m 63 so it’s time to do it again. I think a lot of people will identify with it.

BJ: I think so, too. A wise editor once told me: “That which is the most personal is also the most universal.” So I’m sure that many people will identify with your life story.

Shakti: I love that advice! “That which is the most personal is also the most universal.” Perfect.

BJ: What else is up next for your work in the world?

Shakti: I’m very interested in the dialogue we have with the inner parts of ourselves. I’ve been influenced by the work of Hal and Sidra Stone and am developing ways to help people get in touch with the disowned parts of themselves. I conduct small, intimate, one-day workshops at my home once a month or so — and I do individual coaching with people as well.

A few years ago I took some time off to deal with a few health issues — my body was letting me know it needed some attention and healing — so I didn’t write or do workshops for a while. But now I’m refreshed and renewed and my health has restored, so I’m having a wonderful time with the new direction of my work.

I’m especially interested in relationships since that is a part of life that causes enormous pain for many people. When I was younger, relationships were a source of pain and frustration for me, too, and now I understand why.

BJ: I love hearing your perspective on relationships! About 20 years ago I attended one of your workshops and recall how you said, “People who really want to be in a relationship are IN one.” I’ll never forget the impact your statement had on me. I have said for many years that I want to get married again, I want to have a life partner — but when I look back over the years, my behavior tells me something different. I’ve had plenty of opportunities to get married — I’ve dated dozens of great guys, and had some good relationships — but somehow, they always ended. So… I suspect that while I SAY I want a man in my life, maybe deep down inside I really don’t. Maybe I want freedom more than I want partnership. What do you think?

Shakti:
That’s exactly the kind of thing I was talking about earlier in our conversation. Freedom and relationship are polar opposites — they both exist on the same continuum. You DO want a relationship — and you DO want freedom — what you really want is BALANCE, you want wholeness. But there is some inner conflict — fear, anxiety, some disowned part of yourself that is keeping you free, but also keeping you out of a relationship. That’s exactly the kind of thing I help people with in my workshops and my coaching.

The disowned parts of ourselves are what get in the way of us having the relationships we long for, the careers we don’t know how to create, and the goals we want to achieve. It is by getting in touch with ALL the parts of ourselves — by having a gentle dialogue with all the “selves” we have inside — that we integrate them into a more comfortable, peaceful way of being with ourselves. We have to get good at being with ourselves before we can hope to be good at being in relationships with others.

Using knowledge and skills honed over a lifetime of teaching and learning, personal development pioneer Shakti Gawain presents a powerful, life-changing work on a subject she has always been passionate about: our relationships. In her popular workshops and in her personal life, she has tested and refined the insights and exercises in this book, which she cowrote with her longtime collaborator Gina Vucci. Their approach reflects the fact that each of us is in relationships not only with romantic partners, family, coworkers, and children, but also with internal core beliefs and a variety of selves, including primary, disowned, and shadow selves.

These revelatory teachings incorporate strategies for becoming aware of hidden beliefs, applying the Voice Dialogue process developed by Drs. Hal and Sidra Stone, and learning to experience every relationship as a path to self-knowledge. Through her gentle guidance, Shakti shows us how every relationship we have at every moment can be seen as a path toward greater consciousness, healing, and growth.

There is no other book on relationships like this. Give this powerful book even a short amount of time and prepare yourself for some truly remarkable results!

About the Author

Shakti Gawain emerged as a pioneer in the field of personal growth with her bestselling books Creative Visualization and Living in the Light, which are still popular and in print after more than thirty years. She has led workshops in the United States and internationally for decades. She lives in Mill Valley, California.


Gina Vucci has been coleading workshops with Shakti for nearly fifteen years. She has worked in several fields as a counselor, mentor, and coach for individuals and small businesses. She lives in San Rafael, California.

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The Relationship Handbook by Shakti Gawain & Gina Vucci

Gina Vucci talks about THE RELATIONSHIP HANDBOOK: A Path to Consciousness, Healing, and Growth, which she cowrote with Shakti Gawain.


Published on Jul 17, 2015

A discussion about the forgetting Awareness.

Ever wondered why you’re feeling out of balance, stressed-out, sick, and exhausted but still can’t sleep? Western medicine often ignores the underlying issues that can lead to fatigue, illness, and disease, but there is a way to revitalize your body and mind without drugs or dangerous side effects.

Ayurveda, the “science of life,” is a complete wellness system that includes all that we associate with medical care — prevention of disease, observation, diagnosis, and treatment — as well as self-care practices that are generally absent from Western medicine. This truly holistic approach considers not just diet, exercise, and genetics but also relationships, life purpose, finances, environment, and past experiences.

In this thorough and practical book, Michelle Fondin guides you gently through self-assessment questions designed to zero in on your needs and the best practices for addressing them, such as eating plans, addiction treatment, detoxification, and techniques for improving relationships. She outlines easy steps you can take, with minimal cost, to heal common ailments such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, excess weight, anxiety, and depression. These time-tested methods for body, mind, and spirit wellness offer benefits to anyone at any age.

Author of The Wheel of Healing: An Easy Guide to an Ayurvedic Lifestyle and owner of The Ayurvedic Path Yoga and Wellness Studio since 2008,
Michelle Fondin practices as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor, yoga and meditation teacher. She holds a Vedic Master certificate from the Chopra Center and has worked with Drs. Deepak Chopra and David Simon at Chopra Center events teaching yoga and meditation. Michelle also writes for Chopra.com. Michelle regularly sees clients in Herndon, Virginia, teaching them how to live an Ayurvedic Lifestyle and achieve optimal wellness. She’s a member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, The Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America and Yoga Alliance.

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Michelle Fondin – The Wheel of Healing with Ayurveda

Published on May 11, 2015

Michelle Fondin, author of THE WHEEL OF HEALING WITH AYURVEDA shares the three things she most hopes readers will take away from her book.

What is Ayurveda? Author Michelle Fondin Explains

If, as is often said, we are “spiritual beings having a human experience,” how can we enhance our access to the spiritual dimensions that affect our human comings and goings every day? Author Aleya Dao’s often bewildering experiences with healing and the ability to hear and feel the thoughts and emotions of others led her to not only research and understand her own experiences but to also find ways of helping others employ their full range of insight, wisdom, and guidance. Some of Dao’s resources may sound familiar to seekers — the higher self, angelic support, the spirit inherent in every body — but her methods for accessing them are as potent and fresh as a morning cup of coffee or tea. And because these methods are simple and practical, Dao puts a range of spiritual tools within everyone’s daily reach.


Biography
Aleya is a sound healer, energetic practitioner, Minister in the state of California, Doctor of Oriental Medicine in New Mexico, and a Licensed Acupuncturist in Colorado. She has been an alternative healer for 20 years. Aleya earned her Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine from The Southwest Acupuncture School in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She practiced in Telluride, Colorado for 7 years before moving to Santa Barbara, California where she serves an international clientele as a spiritual guide and sound healer. In 2001 Aleya had an enlightenment experience which enabled her to perceive other realms, hear the angelic beings, and increased her empathic and clairvoyant abilities.
Each weekday Aleya tunes into the energetic weather that is coming onto the planet and shares with you a 7 minute audio meditation that helps you balance and prepare for a conscious and joy filled day.
Aleya’s Daily Cups are simple yet profound audio meditations to help you live a more balanced and calm life.

Aleya Dao – 7 Cups of Consciousness

Aleya Dao is interviewed by Mia Saenz. Aleya Dao is a gifted teacher, spiritual counselor, sound healer, and recording artist. She educates and moves people with her wisdom, insights, and beautiful voice. She shares her work and her 7 Cups of Consciousness. http://www.aleyadao.com

Publication date: 5/12/2015

These stirring meditations and poetic reflections comfort, inspire, and gently bring readers out of the harried, hectic day-to-day and back to the bedrock of peace, and even joy, of our true, essential, and authentic selves. The Calm Center is a guide to spiritual awakening, touching into some of the deepest and highest areas of human experience, and showing us the obstacles and landmarks that appear on the journey. All together, these pieces constitute a profound modern spiritual text that has the power to transmit awakening to the reader.

As Taylor writes at the book’s beginning:

When the future is full of dread
and the past full of regret,
where can you take refuge except the present?

When maelstroms of tormenting thoughts
push back the barricades of your sanity,
the present is the calm center where you can rest.

And slowly, as you rest there
the niggling thoughts and fears dissolve
like shadows shrinking under the midday sun
until you don’t need refuge any more.

The present is the only place
where there is no thought-created pain.

The present is the only place.

Steve Taylor is the author of books including Waking from Sleep, Out of the Darkness, and The Fall, which have been published in sixteen languages. He lectures on psychology at Leeds Metropolitan University, and lives in Manchester, England.

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‘The Calm Center’ Book Launch – with Steve Taylor

Streamed live on May 31, 2015

I’ll be reading several of the pieces from my book of spiritual reflections The Calm Center, just published as an Eckhart Tolle Edition. I’ll discussing the book and leading a couple of meditative exercises based on it. You’ll have the opportunity to ask me questions about the book too.

Spiritual Awakening – Steve Taylor, UK

Published on Sep 4, 2012

Steve Taylor is a lecturer in psychology at Leeds Metropolitan University, and the author of several best-selling books on psychology and spirituality. These include Waking From Sleep, The Fall, Making Time and his new book Out of the Darkness. His books have been published in 11 languages, including Dutch, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Japanese, Polish, Spanish and French. His work has been described by Eckhart Tolle as ‘an important contribution to the shift in consciousness which is happening on our planet at present.’ Steve is also a researcher in transpersonal psychology at Liverpool John Moores University.
Steve’s articles and essays have been published in over 30 academic journals, magazines and newspapers, including The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, The Journal of Consciousness Studies, The Transpersonal Psychology Review, The International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, The Scientific and Medical Network Review, Psychologies, Soul and Spirit, Resurgence and The Daily Express. His work has been featured widely in the media in the UK, including on BBC Breakfast, BBC World TV, Radio 4 and 5, and in The Guardian and The Independent.

For more than half a century, in such books as The Art of Happiness and The Dalai Lama’s Little Book of Inner Peace, the Dalai Lama has guided us along the path to compassion and taught us how to improve our inner lives. In A Force for Good, with the help of his longtime friend Daniel Goleman, the New York Times bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence, the Dalai Lama explains how to turn our compassionate energy outward. This revelatory and inspiring work provides a singular vision for transforming the world in practical and positive ways.

Much more than just the most prominent exponent of Tibetan Buddhism, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama is also a futurist who possesses a profound understanding of current events and a remarkable canniness for modern social issues. When he takes the stage worldwide, people listen. A Force for Good combines the central concepts of the Dalai Lama, empirical evidence that supports them, and true stories of people who are putting his ideas into action—showing how harnessing positive energies and directing them outward has lasting and meaningful effects. Goleman details the science of compassion and how this singular guiding motivation has the power to

• break such destructive social forces as corruption, collusion, and bias
• heal the planet by refocusing our concerns toward our impact on the systems that support all life
• reverse the tendency toward systemic inequity through transparency and accountability
• replace violence with dialogue
• counter us-and-them thinking by recognizing human oneness
• create new economic systems that work for everyone, not just the powerful and rich
• design schooling that teaches empathy, self-mastery, and ethics

Millions of people have turned to the Dalai Lama for his unparalleled insight into living happier, more purposeful lives. Now, when the world needs his guidance more than ever, he shows how every compassion-driven human act—no matter how small—is integral for a more peaceful, harmonious world, building a force for a better future.

Revelatory, motivating, and highly persuasive, A Force for Good is arguably the most important work from one of the world’s most influential spiritual and political figures.

DANIEL GOLEMAN is the author of the international bestsellers Emotional Intelligence, Working with Emotional Intelligence, and Social Intelligence, and the co-author of the acclaimed business bestseller Primal Leadership. His latest books are What Makes a Leader: Why Emotional Intelligence Matters and The Triple Focus: A New Approach to Education. He was a science reporter for the New York Times, was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and received the American Psychological Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his media writing. He lives in Massachusetts.

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Daniel Goleman on the Dalai Lama’s Vision for Our World: Compassion

Published on Jun 9, 2015

http://www.joinaforce4good.org/

Daniel Goleman, New York Times bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence and A Force for Good, talks about compassion as it relates to the Dalai Lama’s vision for our world.

The Scientific Basis for Compassion, Part 1

Published on Jul 15, 2014

A “Day of Science and Learning” with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and part of the Seeds of Compassion tour on Friday April 11 from 9:00 — 11:00 a.m. The Dalai Lama joined a panel of leading researchers to discuss the quantitative benefits of compassion. Held on the University of Washington campus, the event included Daniel Goleman, author of “Emotional Intelligence,” who moderated a panel including Andrew Meltzoff, co-director, University of Washington Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences; Richard Davidson, director, Laboratory of AffectiThe Scientific Basis for Compassion, Part 2ve Neuroscience; Alicia Lieberman, president, Board of Directors, Zero to Three; and Daniel Siegel, author of “The Mindful Brain” and “Parenting from the Inside Out.”

Music
“Carolina” by Tingstad & Rumbel (iTunes)

The Scientific Basis for Compassion, Part 2

What does tantra have to do with your relationships, work, money, creativity, sex, food and drink, being alone, meditation and yoga, aging and healing, politics, freedom, and enlightenment? Everything!

Tantra is usually thought of as sex with some kind of mysticism thrown in. Marc Allen goes back to the original meaning of tantra and shows how it can be applied to every moment of your life, excluding nothing. Tantra for the West is filled with ancient and modern principles and practices that help you use all your experiences as part of your mental, emotional, and spiritual growth.

Within your way of life — whatever it may be — within your everyday thoughts and feelings, within your fantasies and dreams are the keys to love, freedom, and fulfillment. As soon as you can see this, you’ll find yourself on a direct path to realizing the life of your dreams.

This highly acclaimed book has inspired readers all over the world for over thirty years, and is now completely revised, with new material added. It gives you simple keys and practical tools that can be wildly, creatively adapted to your individual needs. If you spend even a brief amount of time with this book, you will discover for yourself the transformative power of tantra.

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Marc Allen talks about TANTRA FOR THE WEST

Published on May 29, 2015

New World Library publishers and cofounder Marc Allen talks about TANTRA FOR THE WEST and the common misconception that tantra is all about sex. For more info visit http://bit.ly/1GJNbR1.

Marc Allen: The Tantric Perspective For A Juicy Life

Published on Jul 14, 2015

Tantra in Sanskrit means “woven together”. In this amazing conversation with bestselling author, Marc Allen, Freeman and Sandi discuss the extended application of Tantra to include every area of life. Tantra becomes a context that generously holds and organizes our day-to-day experience to make life more meaningful and more fulfilling.

For more information about Marc Allen’s work, please visit: http://www.marcallen.com/

Jupiter transit in Leo in 2015-2016 in Astrology (Jupiter through nakshatra and padas)

Jupiter will transit in the sign of Leo from June 20th 2015 to August 23 2016. Jupiter exalted in Leo

#Kapiel Raaj, This video is hosted by Kapiel Raaj.

This is an extract of the interview with Eckhart Tolle by Stephen Gawtry. The full interview appears on Watkins Mind Body Spirit Issue 34.

SG: For those who have no experience of inner awareness, or are confused by the notion of the present moment being the doorway to self-realization, is there a way in which they can glimpse this reality?

ET: For the vast majority of people, past and future occupy much more of their attention than the present moment. They overlook the vital fact that life and the present moment are synonymous, that all you ever have or experience is the Now. Even so called past and future ultimately only exist when you think of them in the present, and in absolute terms they are no more than thoughts in your head, that is to say mental concepts. For practical purposes, of course, we can’t do without past and future, but when those thought-forms take over our lives, we end up inhabiting a mainly conceptual reality and lose touch with the primary reality of the present.

We lose touch with who we are in our essence, beyond thoughts and mental images, and so we don’t feel fully alive any more and our actions are devoid of love, joy and creativity. So present moment awareness is the doorway to spiritual awakening. How do you become aware of the present moment? For example, by coming to your senses, that is to say paying attention to sense-perceptions. Look at your surroundings without naming things mentally. That in itself is a great spiritual practice. Just look, or just listen to the sounds. Now you are no longer perceiving through the veil of thought, the veil of the conditioned mind. And then you may get a sense of yourself as the underlying presence – inner space, consciousness, whatever you want to call it – without which no sense-perception and no experience would be possible. This is a glimpse of the transcendent dimension, a glimpse of self-realization.

SG: Why is it so difficult to remain in the present, to fully embrace the now?

ET: Although an increasing number of humans are undergoing a process of awakening, identification with thinking is still the prevalent state of consciousness. Thinking is potentially a powerful tool, but it has taken us over, and a lot of it is dysfunctional and negative. The evolutionary impulse is towards disidentification from thinking and the arising of awareness or presence, but the gravitational pull of the old consciousness, or rather unconsciousness, is still quite heavy. It’s been around for thousands of years.

SG: Is there anything we can actually do to bring about enlightenment, or is it a state of grace that is bestowed on us, like winning the spiritual lottery?

ET: Let’s briefly look at what we mean by enlightenment. When you continuously know and sense yourself as the space of consciousness rather than what appears in consciousness – sense perceptions, thoughts, emotions – then it can be said that you are enlightened… except that you wouldn’t think or speak of yourself as ‘enlightened’, because that would instantly create another mind-based conceptual identity and so it would be the end of ‘your’ enlightenment.

So, strictly speaking, “you” cannot become enlightened, because who you take yourself to be is like a ripple in the ocean of consciousness – or a little wave if you’re a VIP – and the ripple doesn’t become enlightened until it realizes that its ripple-identity is ultimately a misperception, that it is the ocean taking on a fleeting ripple-form. So, to know its true identity, the ripple first needs to recognize its nothingness. And when that happens, then, paradoxically, it is not the ripple, but the ocean that is awakening!

Now for most people, awakening is a gradual process of disidentification from mental positions, opinions, viewpoints, reactive patterns and so on. What disidentification means is that those things are no longer endowed with a sense of self. This makes life much easier, as you no longer need to defend a mental fiction! The first glimpse of non-identification with the mind and the recognition of yourself as formless presence comes when one is ready. Often suffering is the trigger, or a spiritual teaching, or both. Call it readiness, or grace. This is the beginning of the awakening process. Now, increasingly, an element of choice comes in, and you learn that it is possible to choose to be present rather than being identified with the mind. This is the most helpful way of looking at it, but not the ultimate truth, of course. In ultimate terms, all we can say is: consciousness is awakening, and even that is not absolutely true, in the same way that saying “the sun is rising” is not absolutely true, but implies that the observer’s perspective is limited. So words can only serve as pointers.

In the egoic state of consciousness, you are basically addicted to problem-making, and you take yourself very seriously. With awareness, an inner sense of spaciousness arises that enables you to look at your own mind, which is to say the human mind, with a certain degree of detachment. Eckhart Tolle

SG: There’s a lot of warmth and humour in your talks, reminiscent of Alan Watts and the laughing Buddha. Personally, I find humour refreshing; it breaks up the intensity and stops us taking things too seriously. Is humour an important part of spirituality for you?

ET: Humour and laughter can be enormously liberating. In the egoic state of consciousness, you are basically addicted to problem-making, and you take yourself very seriously. Many people see themselves as a problem that needs to be solved. They also habitually see the present moment as an obstacle that they need to overcome or get away from. With awareness, an inner sense of spaciousness arises that enables you to look at your own mind, which is to say the human mind, with a certain degree of detachment. Then, sometimes you cannot help but smile or laugh at the human condition in its unenlightened state. That sense of detachment can also give rise to spontaneous humour, and it can bring about the same detachment in the listener who responds to it. Not taking one’s thoughts too seriously is a spiritual practice that I highly recommend

SG:
Where do love and matters of the heart fit into your scheme of things? Are these concepts without meaning in the enlightened state or is it just a question of different terminologies?

ET: The word ‘heart’ can refer to an emotional bond between people, and also to the precious faculty of empathy, an ‘open heart’, which means sharing the feelings of another and includes an outflow of goodwill towards our fellow humans and all life forms. This, of course, is what the Dalai Lama refers to when he says “my religion is kindness”, and is closely related to the ability to feel compassion. At the deepest level, an ‘open heart’ is spacious presence, in which the sense of separateness between yourself and the ‘other’ dissolves and there is the recognition of oneness, of shared consciousness. That recognition is love. Sensing the formless essence in another and recognizing it as one with your own essence – that’s what love is. All this is an intrinsic part of the awakened consciousness and the revelation of the spiritual dimension of life.

In the awakened state, can you still feel closer to one human than another? On the level of form – the physical, mental, emotional – certainly. Who you are on the level of form may resonate with some forms more than with others, either due to kinship or other kinds of resonance, be they physical, emotional or psychological. Resonance on the level of form alone, however, is ultimately never satisfying. For a relationship to deepen, at some point the spiritual dimension needs to come in. You don’t even need to be fully awakened for this to happen, but if it does happen it certainly means you are awakening.

If you are able to let go, even occasionally, of all judgments and mental positions and relate to the other person or your partner through a sense of shared presence, then the formless dimension has become part of the relationship. Jean Paul Sartre said “Hell is other people”. This is an extreme way of expressing the unsatisfactoriness of relating to others solely on the level of form – through sex, emotional attachment or in the pursuit of some kind of psychological gratification.

SG: M. Scott Peck’s famous book The Road Less Travelled begins with the statement “Life is difficult”. Is life really difficult?

ET: Yes, it is, but as he states in what are probably the best first lines ever written, once you accept that life is difficult, then, paradoxically, it is no longer difficult. What this means is that there is nothing wrong with having problems, only with thinking that you shouldn’t have any problems. So one could say that the only real problem is dysfunctional thinking, the rest are challenges, not problems. This isn’t just playing around with semantics.

When we watch a movie, any movie, early on in the movie something needs to happen that could be described in the most general terms as “something goes wrong”. The characters get challenged, the plot becomes interesting. If nothing “goes wrong”, we go to sleep or walk out of the cinema and ask for our money back. So why do we complain when things “go wrong” in real life? It’s not “wrong” at all. It’s called life! And within the totality of Life, birth and death happens, and life-forms arise and dissolve in a continuous dance, the one consciousness appearing in countless disguises, and evolving and awakening in this dimension as a response to challenges. So let’s say ‘yes’ to Life, by becoming friendly with the present moment, no matter what form it takes. That’s the only spiritual practice you need.

Meet the Author: Eckhart Tolle was born in Germany and educated at the Universities of London and Cambridge. At the age of twenty-nine, a profound inner transformation radically changed the course of his life. The next few years were devoted to understanding, integrating, and deepening that transformation, which marked the beginning of an intense inward journey. Later, he began to work in London with individuals and small groups as a counsellor and spiritual teacher. Since 1995 he has lived in Vancouver, Canada. His books include The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment and A New Earth: Create a Better Life. http://www.eckharttolle.com


We perceive Reality through our senses which convince us that the way in which we experience the world around us is exactly the way it exists. The true nature of Reality, however, is not experienced through this superficial perception of the world and limits the incredible (some say magical) nature of the universe and beyond. Thanks to the new physics led by such luminaries as David Bohm, Ervin Laszlo and Fred Alan Wolf, the collective consciousness now has easy access to the in-formation about the universe showing us that Reality is far more complex and interwoven that we have imagined it to be.

The illusion of a stable dense reality that we call the third dimension can distort our very understanding of what we are, how we are, and why we are. We oftentimes put too much trust in our basics senses without seeing if there is more than meets the eye (oftentimes doing so in order to create simple answers to complex questions). The wonderful truth is that there is much, much more to life than this. The new physics validates many understandings of life, the universe, and Reality as a whole that were experienced by the sages, the mystics, and the meditators of ages past. One of the most incredible validations is the reality of multi-dimensionality.

David Bohm, one of the most forward-thinking paradigm-shifters of the new physics, had discovered through mathematical equations and actual experiments that particles making up matter in the form of a flower, chair, human, etc. are literal “projections of a higher-dimensional reality which cannot be accounted for in terms of any force or interaction between them”.

It’s discoveries and proclamations such as this one that have helped establish with larger and larger certainty the idea that we are living and experiencing a world that is a holographic projection out of some primary Reality. It is the understanding of such a fundamental aspect of reality that made physicists such as Albert Einstein and Max Planck to effectively put forward the idea that matter, the way we perceive it to be, does not exist.

When we understand that all is one and that everything is connected to everything else within our lives, the planet and the universe, then we cannot just stop there…we have to expand it far beyond these limitations. David Bohm explained that the “implicate order (the unbroken wholeness of the totality of existence as an undivided flowing movement without borders) has to be extended into a multidimensional reality. In principle, this reality is one unbroken whole, including the entire universe with all its ‘fields’ and ‘particles.’”

Reality may seem vast, elaborate and complex yet it is ultimately an undivided Whole.

We perceive the Whole as something that is incredibly fractionated in all sorts of ways (stars are different from swimming pools which are different from bananas which are different from video games) yet all of these supposed divisions arise from the same Source field and energy that expresses itself in a unique way as to develop this Source field of energy in as many different configuration patterns as is possible….and anything is possible leaving this truly infinite in its scope.

Accepting a multidimensional reality is one of the most significant paradigm shifts that you can have in your lifetime. The way you look at everything changes. You even have the ability to experience reality in a far wider way than you once did since you will be more aware of there being more than what you previously thought there was “out there.” All the seemingly empty space around you will not be empty anymore. Bohm and other physicists have shifted their positions of awareness to see the world through this new lens of wonderment. Bohm said that “what we call empty space contains an immense background of energy, and matter as we know it is a small, ‘quantized’ wavelike excitation on top of this background, like a tiny ripple on a vast sea.”

Looking deeper into these energy ripples on the cosmic sea, physicists have found that in a cubic centimeter of seemingly-empty space, with the shortest possible wave (10^-33 cm), there is far more energy than the total energy of all the physical matter in the known universe. The amazing and incredible nature of this discovery is almost surreal, yet it’s been found to be a very real aspect of our Reality.

Why live in a shadow of what truly is? Let go of all past perceptions about a bland three-dimensional Reality that you may have once had. Understand, experience, and embrace the upgraded reality you can now undoubtedly become aware of. See the incredible magic that you are a part of, since you are multidimensional just as everything else is. Welcome to your new upgraded Reality. Your life will look completely different from here on out.

Paul is the founder & director of SHIFT>, a conscious evolution guide, author of The Creation of a Consciousness Shift, intentional evolutionary & celebrator of life working to provide an integral role in the positive social transformation of humanity.

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