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In Spiritual Enlightenment: Awakening to the Supreme Reality, Dr. Robert Puff explores how we can open the door to who we are and start the exciting journey of living lives that are spiritually awakened.

In this book, Dr. Puff covers a variety of fascinating aspects relating to enlightenment, such as the power of silence and meditation; how to discover your real self; what being enlightened means for how we interact with the world; as well as how to find peace in the here and now. The issues the book deals with pinpoint many problems we face in our current day, such as how to be happier/more peaceful/more spiritual. It answers these questions in an insightful way that enables us to understand how to go about achieving them as well as how to have more enlightened lives.

Dr. Puff provides you with practical advice that you can use to help you start your amazing journey towards enlightenment. With this book, enlightenment is no longer an overwhelming concept, but rather it becomes a tangible gift that can revolutionize your existence on earth.

Dr. Robert Puff, M.A., M.Div., Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, author, international speaker, marriage counselor, and life coach who has been successfully counseling individuals, families, organizations, and businesses for over twenty-five years.

A contributing writer to Psychology Today with a private practice in the Orange County area, he is recognized as one of California’s leading therapists and mental health management experts. His approach to life and to therapy is holistic, encompassing thoughts, emotions, physical health, nutrition, and relationships. He teaches people to let go of their negative thinking patterns, manage their stress, heal from traumatic experiences, develop their spirituality, and succeed in life beyond their expectations.

Dr. Puff holds a master’s degree from Princeton and a second master’s degree and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fuller. He taught as an adjunct professor at Rosemead Graduate School of Psychology and has worked as staff psychologist at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital, Sepulveda V.A. Medical Hospital, La Puente Mental Health, and St. Jude’s Medical Hospital.

Dr. Puff has given thousands of media interviews and frequently appears on national TV and radio talk shows. His books have been on the bestseller lists at Amazon.com. How to Live a Positive Life: The Art of Living Well, has been the #1 bestseller at iTunes books in the “Self-Improvement” category. He co-hosted the weekly international Web-TV program, The Holistic Success Show, which is viewed in over a 200 countries. He also hosts The Meditation for Health Podcast, with weekly lessons on meditation, and The Happiness Podcast.

Dr. Robert Puff on Happiness & the Law of Science

How to be happy regardless of your circumstances; How to overcome self-doubt. Watch the full episode at http://www.TheHolisticSuccessShow.com


Paradox is one of the languages of the Divine, an apparent contradiction that nonetheless contains the truth. The power of a paradox, by its very nature, cannot be captured in a single definition. Paradoxical dynamics are currents that animate the wild cards of our lives, sometimes with such a dramatic force that it gives us pause to consider, “Who could possibly have masterminded such an event?”

Ironic events along with paradoxical ones stand out in our lives, calling us to notice them. They come together with rare, once-in-a-lifetime ingredients that may never coalesce again. These facts alone beckon us to take notice that unusual forces have consciously gathered around us to make that one event happen.

How often has something happened to us that in the moment we think is devastating, only to discover six months or a year later that it was the proverbial “blessing in disguise”? Sometimes the blessing is simply that these events draw us out of our ordinary “sleeping” state; that is, they cause us to wonder about the greater cosmic map, and that’s purpose enough.

The ego is always frightened and cannot discern a blessing from a tragedy, because its only compass is its own survival. As a result, it bases every decision on either what is already knows and its familiar with or what it views as safe. Times of change are about exactly that – a need to change. But changes of circumstance are the illusion, not the intent. You are always the object of change, never your situation. When life presents you with a crossroads and you are not sure what to do, the ego will always fall back on what it has already done. The ego pulls out its resume, which is, paradoxically, exactly the wrong thing to do. Change arrives because you need to move forward, not retreat to the past.

People who look to their past will not do well, because the past is no longer relevant. We can only go forward and toward the fact – and it is a fact – that learning to rely on divine paradox and wisdom will become a great survival grace.

What you can do:

To fall into harmony with divine paradox, irony and synchronicity remember:

  • What is big is really small; what is small is really big.
  • What is frightening is really the safe path; what looks safe is your fear talking.
  • What looks like chaos is actually a future blessing in disguise.
  • Your greatest power is humility; your greatest weakness is humiliation.
    The mustard seed (one clear soul) has more power than the mountain (a group of people in chaos).
  • The power of prayer and grace – knowing how to work in harmony with the cosmos – influences the whole of life, whereas tying to dominate one person destroys you.
  • Your ego – and not someone else’s – is your most ruthless adversary.

Live these truths. Take them into your life and act on them. Look for these mystical energies in your life and note that they are not accidental but represent dynamics that are cause for a conscious response.


Published on Aug 26, 2016

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Freedom is not dependent on any circumstances. It is not dependent on how you feel or who you’re with. It’s not dependent on how hard you meditate or any old conditioning playing out. This Freedom is radical. It is the Freedom of Who You Are. Who You Are is always free. It is simply aware of what is happening. And although you may be completely touched by what is happening, paradoxically Who You Are is untouched.


Published on Aug 25, 2016

http://adyashanti.orgAdyashanti explores the inherent unsatisfactoriness of life that is woven into the fabric of human existence, and how the fierceness and gracefulness of life are intertwined. Adyashanti points to how our egoic operating system is in a push-pull relationship with life, and points out that our ego can never be fully satisfied. When the trap of the ego harnesses your attention, by stopping for a moment, you are able to realize that you have a choice as to where you place your attention. By tapping into a deep well of wisdom and by listening to something deeper than the reactive mind, the possibilities before you are endless.

A new perspective opens up before you—to see suffering as a motivator to relieve suffering, rather than to run away from it. Suffering no longer has to carry a heavy weight over you—it can birth a transformation within you and lift you up into a non-suffering state of being. Adyashanti explores the unlimited options available to you in any given situation and points out that the key is to deeply listen to something beyond the reactive mind. When you do this, a calmness settles into being. This provokes the question: What will your relationship with life be?

God’s Blueprint is the boldest statement yet by the popular investigator of the past, Christopher Knight. While he is sees a role for all religions he has none himself, yet Knight makes the case for a deliberate design to the human universe using detailed astronomical data. Surprisingly, most scientists already accept the basic notion of a God but because they require factual, checkable evidence, few have ever publicly supported the idea.

But now new evidence has became available that provides hard-nosed evidence of God’s existence. Nothing less than God’s blueprint appears to have been discovered – found accidentally by the author while researching the science of the Neolithic (late Stone Age) people of Western Europe. Knight makes his case in a step-by-step manner, making you the jury. The evidence will be sure to surprise and delight you. The only questions that remains is, will scientists embrace the concept of a Supreme Creator, as they once did in Isaac Newton’s day – and will theologians be prepared to look at new evidence that compliments their ancient scriptures?

Christopher Knight is one of the world’s leading researchers into freemasonry, sacred geometry and ancient astronomy. He is the co-author of many titles including, The Hiram Key, The Hiram Key Revisited, Solomon’s Power Brokers, Who Built The Moon?, Civilisation One and many more. He runs a marketing company in Yorkshire, and travels the world giving lectures. He is a frequent on-air contributor to documentaries that appear on cable TV in America, Canada, the UK and Europe. The author lives in UK.

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God’s Blueprint by Christopher Knight

Christopher Knight is the best-selling co-author of The Hiram Key, The Hiram Key Revisited, Solomon’s Power Brokers, Who Built The Moon?, Civilisation One and many more. Chris began his writing career by accident after he invested nearly twenty years in personal research into the origins of Freemasonic rituals and early Judaism. Whilst Chris has never had any religious affiliations of any kind he has always been interested in the formulation of belief systems. This book puts the idea of God on trial. Whilst the case has been hotly disputed over recent generations with scientists on one side and theologians on the other, evidence either way has been thin on the ground.


The difference between Awakening and Enlightenment

The whole of the natural world is imbued with a numinous sacred spirit. This is a belief that seems to have been associated with indigenous peoples ever since Homo sapiens first evolved on Earth. Indeed, whatever image people have of their deity, the notion still persists today amongst a majority of humankind that there is a purpose to human life and that there is a designing force or spirit behind our very existence. For many, such a spirit provides their image of their god.

The key feature that differentiates the levels within what the ancient philosophers called the Great Chain of Being is the extent to which we are able to interact with this cosmic spirit. At the lowest level we have the insentient rocks and minerals. Even here, some native peoples in Hawaii and in China and some spiritual healers in the west, maintain that placing the appropriate crystals on the human body, over the sites where it is claimed that the chakras (vortices) of energy are located, enhances the input of chi or spiritual energy from the universe into the individual. Many natural rock formations are considered to be sacred by indigenous tribes, such as Uluru or Ayers Rock to the Australian aborigines, Monument Valley in Arizona to the Navajo Amerindians and Mt. Kilauea in Hawaii as the birthplace of Pele, the goddess of volcanoes, to native Hawaiians.

When Christianity came to Britain, the new Christians used pagan sacred sites to build their churches – partly so that pagans would continue to worship at the same place and probably also to make use of whatever sacred energy the site held. Similarly, the Hanging Monastery on Xuanshan Mountain in China and the Meteora monasteries in Kalampaka in Greece are built on precipitous outcrops of rocks because of the sacredness of these sites, despite their inaccessibility.

There are numerous artificially created ‘temples’ for prayer or sacred burial, made from megaliths of natural stone, to be found throughout the world when there are no suitable natural structures locally. Some of the best known examples of stone tombs or temples constructed of dolmens from the early Celtic pagan settlements are to be found in the Eastern part of Ireland, with the Newgrange megalithic tomb as the outstanding example. These structures probably date back to before the pyramids of Egypt, more than 3000 years BCE and a long time before the expansion of the European Celts into Britain. They were probably used both for burial of the elders of the tribes and as temples to the sun, moon and stars. These testimonies to pagan religion have survived in the more remote corners of Europe where the Roman invaders were never able to fully subdue the local population and form settlements of their own. The structures at Stonehenge and Avebury in Wiltshire, England, are probably the best-known examples of such pagan temples on mainland Britain.

The erection of such massive constructions as these must have involved considerable time and labour, which must have been thought worthwhile for their spiritual ends – an indication of the importance of spirituality in the lives of early peoples.

In Scotland, the ceremonial sites are much less accessible than those of Wiltshire. The two most important are the Machrie Moor Standing Stones on the Isle of Arran and the Callanish Standing Stones in the Outer Hebrides. At Machrie only four stones now remain of two large circles. Erected at a time when the climate would have been much more hospitable and welcoming to the Celtic immigrants, the Machrie stones guard the graves of Neolithic farmers whose skeletal remains have been found buried with their arrowheads. The Callanish stones in the Isle of Lewis still form a veritable petrified forest which, legend has it, represent thirteen giants who refused to convert to Christianity and were turned to stone as a consequence by St. Kieran in a characteristically uncharitable act.

In Wales, the Pentre Ifan Cromlech near Nevern in Pembrokeshire, known locally as Arthur’s Quoit, served as a burial ground for up to fifty tribesmen and women. It consists of a curved cap-stone, nearly 5 meters long, supported by three uprights. Some time after its construction the burial ground was covered with a mound of earth to make a barrow, rather like that at Silbury Hill near Avebury, bounded by a dry-stone and timber wall that has long-since disintegrated. Other Celtic burial sites at Samson’s Quoit and Llech y Drybedd (‘Stone of the Three Graves’) are near to Nevern. In the Preseli Mountains of Pembrokeshire there is a hillside, Carn Menyn, that is strewn with rough-shaped weathered boulders that have fallen from the rock formations above, like some gigantic scree. Sir Andrew Ramsey suggested in the mid-19th century that it was from here that the Bluestones of Stonehenge are likely to have been quarried.

It is not only in Britain that such ancient stone monuments survive. In Sine-Ngayene in Southern Senegal the necropolis is marked with a series of several dozen circles of small standing stones, each less than a metre high. The site here is also of Iron Age origin. At Tagarp in Sweden, an enclosed tumulus comprising passage and burial chamber within has a memorial site outside for worship so that successive generations could come and pay their respects to the ancestors. Such megalithic tombs are to be found in many other sites across Europe, but the menhirs and dolmens at Carnac are by far the most impressive. Carnac is a small town on the southern Atlantic coast of Brittany in France where there are more than 3000 Neolithic monuments of various kinds. All of these sites indicate the importance to spiritual people of establishing monumental locations that would allow them to commune with their gods through nature.

Above the rocks in the Great Chain of Being come the plants. Indigenous people still venerate the trees and animals on which they depend for their very survival. Trees have been on Earth for more than 300 million years. Throughout human civilization they have been associated with magic and ritual because it was believed that they were imbued with spirituality, and spirituality was associated with wisdom. Because trees were usually much longer-living than humans, and natural rock formations even more so, it was believed that they retained knowledge from one generation to the next and, as a result, that they were home to the spirits of past generations with the wisdom they possessed. As Karen Armstrong says in her book A Short History of Myth, “Trees, stones and heavenly bodies were never objects of worship in themselves but were revered because they were epiphanies of a hidden force that could be seen powerfully at work in all natural phenomena, giving people intimations of another, more potent reality”. The old Norse word ‘vid’ or ‘vithe’ means wood or forest but it has given us a number of words associated with knowledge or wisdom: witan (Old English: to know), wissen (German: to know), ‘wits’, ‘wise’ and ‘wisdom’. Cleve Backster and others have shown that plants too respond to tender loving care quite apart from their need for basic nutrients.

With our modern materialistic philosophy of life, animals are reared and slaughtered to sustain us with little or no thought of any possible consciousness that those animals might possess. The idea of not wasting any living thing that we have to kill – whether plants or animals – has been lost with the advent of junk food. Those who eat meat claim that the flesh of animals raised in the wild, or at least under humane, stress-free and ecologically friendly conditions, is much more flavourful than that from battery hens or cattle that never see the light of day. Native peoples hold ceremonies of thanks and prayers for forgiveness to their spirits if they need to slaughter other living creatures for food and other items needed for their survival, or even when they cut down trees to build shelter. Some adherents of structured religions still say grace before a meal. The idea of simply eating together as a tribe, family or friendship unit and celebrating the source of our nourishment is another way of acknowledging and keeping to the forefront of our minds the enormous bounty that surrounds us – for the present. The philosophy of preserving our environment is of vital importance for the survival of us all, not just to a few New Age ‘Greens’.

Cats and dogs are commonly kept as pets because they have a sentience that allows a special bonding with us. Rupert Sheldrake’s scientific study of dogs who know when their owners are coming home is well known. But as several people have shown in recent decades, even wild animals are capable of bonding with humans. The bonding of the Adamsons with a baby lioness, that of Dian Fossey with the mountain gorillas of Rwanda, and of Jane Goodall with chimpanzees in the Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania have become the inspiration for popular books and movies. We need to treat our food-source livestock with the same loving care we show to our pets.

There is a message here for us humans that we should keep at the forefront of our minds concerning the consciousness that lies within the plants and animals of the natural world, however rudimentary that may be. Our thoughts and deeds impact hugely on others. If we regard the divine as an all-pervading cosmic spirit, then this energy lies within the rocks and minerals of the Earth too and comprises their sacredness and perhaps their healing energies. That energy is certainly a part of all living things, as well as ourselves. If we are to flourish, we need to be ever conscious of the sentience of the natural world of which we are an integral part. We abuse our trusteeship of Nature at our peril.

Howard Jones is a graduate in physical sciences with a PhD in medical chemistry. He is the author of numerous books, including The World as Spirit, The Tao of Holism, The Thoughtful Guide to God, and Evolution of Consciousness.

This article first appeared in Watkins Mind Body Spirit, issue 42.


Published on Aug 21, 2016

Watch this first in a series of 10, beautiful videos, with Barbara Marx Hubbard and Marc Gafni. In this piece they set their intention for the series. You can also read the transcript here: http://centerforintegralwisdom.org/co…

“The Wounds of Love & Transforming Our World” – Marc Gafni

Dr. Marc Gafni gave this keynote at the WOWTalksLive in April, 2014. WOW stands for “Women in Wellness” and The WOW Talks brings together hundreds of women and brave, courageous men for the purpose of connecting, collaborating, and celebrating. Dr. Gafni joined speakers Dr. John Gray, famed author of “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus”, Dr. Leslie Hewitt, author of “The New Glossary”, and others on an inspiring speaker lineup. Dr. Gafni was introduced by Tbird Luv.

Presence and Reincarnation; A Contradiction in Terms?

We talked in class, about the importance of presence, and the role of meditation in bringing us back to the only moment that has ever, and that will ever, exist—Now. And then a student asked a question:

“But Hindus believe in reincarnation—isn’t that a future-worry?”

At the heart of meditation, in Hinduism, and in all the Dharmic traditions, including Buddha Dharma and Sikh Dharma, is the importance placed on nurturing our power of focused awareness. It strengthens the mind’s ability to consciously choose, anew in each moment, where to focus its attention. As it happens, the best thing to focus on is now, and although there are countless reasons why, these are the three most important ones:

1. Now is it the most incredible and momentous event of our lives.

2. Now is the only time and place joy lives.

3. Now is the only time and place we can discover how the mind really works, and thus, get it to work better.

Now starts with the simple sensation of our own breath flowing in through our noses, and down into our lungs. Watching this is where presence begins and where true meditation begins.

I can appreciate my student’s concern about reincarnation, and the idea that if it happens at a future time, then thinking about it would seem to constitute future thinking—a direct contradiction to the enterprise of staying present.

However—and this is at the heart of my response—Just because you know the rest of the staircase is there, doesn’t mean you ever walk more than one step at a time!

The subtler nuances of my response concern the idea of reincarnation itself, which may be conceived of in myriad ways.

Ask a Zen Buddhist what she thinks of reincarnation and get one answer. Ask 10 others and get 10 more. Ask a Hindu, get another one still. Life and death happens every moment. It happens because you change every moment. In each and every moment, the forces of creation, preservation and destruction happen within you and without you, on every level of your physical, spiritual and mental existence. On the cellular level there is a war going on, and in the world of our minds, as meditation clearly shows us, we are forever duking it out.

But we only notice the aftermath and inevitable changes that follow, when something moves us and shakes us to such a degree that we’re thrown into shock—when we’re sure nothing will ever be the same again. We must remember though, that at any moment, we may proclaim with absolute certainty, that nothing will ever be the same again. We always notice only later, when, seen through the bittersweet palette of our mind’s eye, we gaze nostalgically back upon the events of our lives.

Reincarnation, conceived of in the most brute sense, as the soul taking up residence in a new physical vessel, after the complete physical death of the prior, is still just an extension of the way life is already—you know there’s a tomorrow, but you don’t live there. You know you’ll die, but you choose to live, while you’re alive.

In this unrefined interpretation of reincarnation, the soul’s rebirth is determined by the karmic balance left after our physical existence is done. But in the meantime, and in realtime, through meditation, we can redeem our innumerable debts. When we say we choose to live, we can really do it, by waking up now. The Hindus call it Moksha. We can all call it liberation.

Source: AWAKEN


Roger elaborates on differences between permanent and temporary states.


Adyashanti points to the irreducible quality of being that is inherent within all beings. As the wall of separation disintegrates between you and the world, it becomes obvious that the separation was only created in your mind. This realization frees you from any bonds to separation and allows unity to flourish. Adyashanti invites you to open yourself up to an experience of extraordinary intimacy with all of life.

Excerpted from “The Irreducible Quality of Being”:
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Quotes from this video:

“One of the most direct and authentic hallmarks of an authentic spiritual awakening is you experience an extraordinary intimacy with all of life.”

“The irreducible quality of each person’s being is also the irreducible quality of all being.”

“Anybody that comes upon the irreducible quality of being, they’ll experience that the walls of separation that separate them from the world around them will seemingly fall down—which simply means for a moment you will stop producing them, because they’re not actually there. We just create them in our imagination.”

“One of the first jobs of spirituality is to elicit that irreducible quality within us.”


Here is a virtual movie of a reading of the 13 century Persian philosophical poem “This being human is a guest house”.The poem is read exquisitely by Canadian actor Dennis O’connor who kindly sent me this recording. I have employed the visual services of an unknown Bearded thoughtful looking Victorian gentleman as my visual reader of this ancient poem.

Mawlānā Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Balkhī (مولانا جلال الدین محمد بلخى), also known as Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī (جلال‌الدین محمد رومی), but known to the English-speaking world simply as Rumi,[1] (30 September 1207 17 December 1273), was a 13th-century Persian[2][3] poet, Islamic jurist, theologian, and mystic.[4] Rūmī is a descriptive name meaning “the Roman” since he lived most of his life in an area called Rūm because it was once ruled by the Byzantine Empire.[5]

According to tradition, Rumi was born in Balkh, Khorasan (now in Afghanistan), the hometown of his father’s family. Scholars, however, argue that he was most likely born in Wakhsh,[6] a small town located at the river Wakhsh in what is now Tajikistan. Wakhsh belonged to the larger province of Balkh, and in the year Rumi was born, his father was an appointed scholar there.[6] Both these cities were at the time included in the Greater Persian cultural sphere of Khorasan, the easternmost province of historical Persia,[7] and were part of the Khwarezmian Empire.

His birthplace[8] and native language[9] both indicate a Persian heritage. Due to quarrels between different dynasties in Khorasan, opposition to the Khwarizmid Shahs who were considered devious by Bahā ud-Dīn Walad (Rumi’s father)[10] or fear of the impending Mongol cataclysm,[11] his father decided to migrate westwards. Rumi’s family traveled west, first performing the Hajj and eventually settling in the Anatolian city Konya (capital of the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum, now located in Turkey). This was where he lived most of his life, and here he composed one of the crowning glories of Persian literature which profoundly affected the culture of the area.[12]

He lived most of his life under the Sultanate of Rum, where he produced his works[13] and died in 1273 CE. He was buried in Konya and his shrine became a place of pilgrimage.[14] Following his death, his followers and his son Sultan Walad founded the Mawlawīyah Sufi Order, also known as the Order of the Whirling Dervishes, famous for its Sufi dance known as the samāʿ ceremony. Rumi’s works are written in the New Persian language. A Persian literary renaissance (in the 8th/9th century) started in regions of Sistan, Khorāsān and Transoxiana[15]and by the 10th/11th century, it reinforced the Persian language as the preferred literary and cultural language in the Persian Islamic world. Although Rumi’s works were written in Persian, Rumi’s importance is considered to transcend national and ethnic borders. His original works are widely read in their original language across the Persian-speaking world. Translations of his works are very popular in other countries.

His poetry has influenced Persian literature as well as the literature of the Urdu, Bengali, Arabic and Turkish languages. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world’s languages and transposed into various formats; He has been described as the “most popular poet in America” in 2007 Kind Regards Jim Clark All rights are reserved on this video recording copyright Jim Clark 2009

The Guest House
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
A teaching story translated by Coleman Barks © by owner.

Dr. Miller reads Jalāl ad-Dīn Rumi – The Guest House

This is a sneak peak at Dr. Miller’s Broad Street Bistro Show: A Celebration of Life – The Power of Music and Love


Ira Schepetin / Atma Chaitanya is a student of the ancient Indian Philosophical-Spiritual Tradition of Advaita Vedanta, which teaches the Non-Dual Nature of the Self. For over 45 years he has studied with eminent Indian and Western Scholars of the subject. He has undergone many years of ‘discipleship’ and instruction, in the original Sanskrit, with orthodox Renunciate Swamis belonging to this Non-Dual tradition. He has presented academic papers internationally and has published numerous articles on Non-Duality in various Philosophical Journals.
This talk was filmed by Bill Alves on July 11,2016 in East Hampton, N.Y.

All enlightened beings, most founders of religions and many renowned scientists knew and understood the six principles of enlightenment. These universal truths have been written about, taught and discussed for thousands of years yet remain shrouded in mystery and misinterpretation. This book seeks to remove that shroud.

The Six Principles of Enlightenment and Meaning of Life is an intellectual and spiritual work that explains the six significant universal truths woven throughout science, religion and philosophy. These principles draw upon thousands of years of wisdom and are presented in a concise, accessible format. Each principle is defined and has an explanation on its application to life; they are further supported by quotes of wisdom from enlightened beings, philosophers, artists and scientists like Buddha, Albert Einstein, Rumi, Stephen Hawking and Jesus. Understanding the six principles then unlocks the meaning of life which is explained in the final chapter.

Russell Anthony Gibbs is a philosopher and spiritual seeker on a quest for enlightenment. He grew up in a huge family, one of eleven children, on a farm in Iowa. He was a rebellious child and in sixth grade he was kicked out of Catholic elementary school. At an early age, he began questioning the teachings of Catholicism and struggled to understand his relationship with God and the meaning of life.

Ironically, Russell worked professionally in the lighting industry for more than twenty years while seeking spiritual enlightenment. He was profoundly influenced by the information from two channeled entities, Seth and Abraham. His research into Baha’ism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, Sufism and Taoism has also has greatly influenced his spiritual and philosophical perspective. In addition to religion and philosophy, he has incorporated quantum mechanics, physics and psychology and studied the works of Albert Einstein, Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud and Stephen Hawking.

He conceptualized this book, The Six Principles of Enlightenment and Meaning of Life, about twenty years ago, in his thirties: although he intellectually understood its principles at that time, he could not comprehend them spiritually and emotionally. Every day he contemplated these principles longing to feel them. It was his intense desire for enlightenment that propelled him and slowly he began to see. These principles gestated and developed for twenty years until he matured emotionally and spiritually to truly know and experience what they mean and now share them with the world. One of Russell’s favorite quotes that sum up the rational for his twenty-year-long quest is from Albert Einstein:

“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”

Pillars of My Philosophy

I believe in the Six Principles of Enlightenment.

Each of us is personally responsibility for everything in our lives.

Everything that happens to or we draw to ourselves, is a sign from ourselves to ourselves.

We are simultaneously both part of God/the Universe and all of God/the Universe.

Happiness or suffering are merely spiritual choices.

All answers can be found from within.

LOOK INSIDE

INTERVIEW BY http://awesomegang.com

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
The Six Principles of Enlightenment and Meaning of Life will be the first in a series of eight books. Each of the six principles will be expanded into its own book and the final book will be an expansion on the meaning and purpose of life. All of these books will provide positive and empowering messages for readers, guiding them on the pathway to enlightenment.

I am a philosopher and spiritual seeker on a quest for enlightenment. My research into Bahaism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, Sufism and Taoism has greatly influenced my spiritual and philosophical perspective. I was also profoundly influenced by the information from two channeled entities, Seth and Abraham. In addition to religion and philosophy, I have incorporated quantum mechanics, physics and psychology and studied the works of Albert Einstein, Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud and Stephen Hawking.

My communication style is concise, intense and deep. I would rather express wisdom in brief, powerful quotes and concise paragraphs than complicated, long-winded explanations. Espresso Wisdom is short, strong, rich insight. Like espresso coffee, it is an intense jolt of enlightenment. Enlightenment is an awakening, and Espresso Wisdom is meant to help jumpstart you on your journey.

Espresso Wisdom- Short, Strong, Rich Insight! ™

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My intense desire for answers, understanding and enlightenment compelled me to seek out wisdom and write this book. I first and foremost compiled this information for myself, and now am ready to share it with the world.

All enlightened beings, most founders of religions and many renowned scientists knew and understood the six principles of enlightenment. These universal truths have been written about, taught and discussed for thousands of years yet remain shrouded in mystery and misinterpretation.

The Six Principles of Enlightenment and Meaning of Life is an intellectual and spiritual work that explains the six significant universal truths woven throughout science, religion and philosophy. These principles draw upon thousands of years of wisdom and are presented in a concise, accessible format. Each principle is defined and has an explanation on its application to life; they are further supported by quotes of wisdom from enlightened beings, philosophers, artists and scientists like Buddha, Albert Einstein, Rumi, Stephen Hawking and Jesus. Understanding the six principles then unlocks the meaning of life which is explained in the final chapter.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Wisdom comes to me in flashes and I’m constantly writing little notes everywhere that will later be processed into sections of a work. My work space looks like an explosion of little yellow post-it notes and index cards.

What authors, or books have influenced you?
Einstein, Buddha, Rumi and Jesus are my greatest influences and their quotes truly speak to me. I also found the channeled material of the entities Seth and Abraham to be amazing rich and useful. These six teachers each have slightly different ways to explain complex concepts. When you hear the different explanations and compare, you can get a much better understanding of their messages.

What are you working on now?
I’m now working on The Principle of Oneness due out early 2017. This book will explain the profound connectedness of everything and everyone in the Universe.


Published on Aug 19, 2016

A conversation about prayer and intention.


Published on Aug 13, 2016

Now Is a Window Onto Eternity, Meditation by Rupert Spira


Published on Aug 16, 2016

Deepak Chopra is an Indian American public speaker, and writer on Ayurveda,
spirituality and mind-body medicine. Chopra began his career as an endocrinologist and later shifted his focus to alternative medicine. Chopra was a top assistant to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi before launching his own career in the late 1980s by publishing self-help books on New Age spirituality and alternative medicine.

In essence the entire spiritual endeavor is a very simple thing: Spirituality is essentially about awakening as the intuitive awareness of unity and dissolving our attachment to egoic consciousness. By saying that spirituality is a very simple thing, I do not mean to imply that it is either an easy or difficult endeavor. For some it may be very easy, while for others it may be more difficult. There are many factors and influences that play a role in one’s awakening to the greater reality, but the greatest factors by far are one’s sincerity, one-pointedness, and courage.

Sincerity is a word that I often use in teaching to convey the importance of being rooted in the qualities of honesty, authenticity, and genuineness. There can be nothing phony or contrived in our motivations if we are to fully awaken to our natural and integral state of unified awareness. While teachings and teachers can point us inward to “the peace beyond all understanding,” it is always along the thread of our inner sincerity, or lack thereof, that we will travel. For the ego is clever and artful in the ways of deception, and only the honesty and genuineness of our ineffable being are beyond its influence. At each step and with each breath we are given the option of acting and responding, both inwardly and outwardly, from the conditioning of egoic consciousness which values control and separation above all else, or from the intuitive awareness of unity which resides in the inner silence of our being.

Without sincerity it is so very easy for even the greatest spiritual teachings to become little more than playthings of the mind. In our fast-moving world of quick fixes, big promises, and short attention spans, it is easy to remain on a very surface level of consciousness without even knowing it. While the awakened state is ever present and closer than your feet, hands, or eyes, it cannot be approached in a casual or insincere fashion. There is a reason that seekers the world over are instructed to remove their shoes and quiet their voices before entering into sacred spaces. The message being conveyed is that one’s ego must be “taken off and quieted” before access to the divine is granted. All of our ego’s attempts to control, demand, and plead with reality have no influence on it other than to make life more conflicted and difficult. But an open mind and sincere heart have the power to grant us access to realizing what has always been present all along.

When people asked the great Indian sage Nisargadatta what he thought was the most important quality to have in order to awaken, he would say “earnestness.” When you are earnest, you are both sincere and one-pointed; to be one-pointed means to keep your attention on one thing. I have found that the most challenging thing for most spiritual seekers to do is to stay focused on one thing for very long. The mind jumps around with its concerns and questions from moment to moment. Rarely does it stay with one question long enough to penetrate it deeply. In spirituality it is very important not to let the egoic mind keep jumping from one concern to the next like an untrained dog. Remember, awakening is about realizing your true nature and dissolving all attachment to egoic consciousness.

My grandmother who passed away a few years ago used to say to me jokingly, “Getting old is not for wimps.” She was well aware of the challenges of an aging body, and while she never complained or felt any pity for herself, she knew firsthand that aging had its challenges as well as its benefits. There was a courage within my grandmother that served her well as she approached the end of her life, and I am happy to say that when she passed, it was willingly and without fear. In a similar way the process of coming into a full and mature awakening requires courage, as not only our view of life but life itself transforms to align itself with the inner mystic vision. A sincere heart is a robust and courageous heart willing to let go in the face of the great unknown expanse of Being—an expanse which the egoic mind has no way of knowing or understanding.

When one’s awareness opens beyond the dream state of egoic consciousness to the infinite no-thing-ness of intuitive awareness, it is common for the ego to feel much fear and terror as this transition begins. While there is nothing to fear about our natural state of infinite Being, such a state is beyond the ego’s ability to understand, and as always, egos fear whatever they do not understand and cannot control. As soon as our identity leaves the ego realm and assumes its rightful place as the infinite no-thing-ness/every-thing-ness of awareness, all fear vanishes in the same manner as when we awaken from a bad dream. In the same manner in which my grandmother said, “Getting old is not for wimps,” it can also be said that making the transition from the dream state to the mature, awakened state requires courage.

Sincerity, one-pointedness, and courage are indispensable qualities in awakening from the dream state of ego to the peace and ease of awakened Being. All there is left to do is to live it.

Source: Adyashanti

Published on Aug 15, 2016

Also see https://batgap.com/anette-carlstrom/

Anette Carlström is an internationally recognized speaker, author and teacher in development in consciousness living in Helsingborg, Sweden. Her focus and specialty is guiding the individual and in groups toward finding your inner compass to discover your full potential and true nature. Anette also has a strong presence in chanting Sacred Mantras, offering mantra concerts as well as having recorded several CD’s carrying the transmission of Divine Grace through the Oneness Blessing, easily accessed by simply listening.

She is the author of two acclaimed books. In her first – From the Heart – Discovering and Living the Oneness Blessing– she shares her bumpy journey of conscious Awakening and natural transformation as well as answering sensitive and profound questions. Her second book – Namaste, Awakening The Power of Presence is a road map and extraordinary guide, exploring the sacred truths that are hidden in our everyday life. It is filled with wonderful guided meditations and anecdotal stories. Each word of her books permeates the reader into the Power of Presence.

Anette is Founder of Diamond Life Foundation, an alternative health practice and meditation center in southern Sweden, where she gives weekly programs, courses and guided meditations as well as giving Cranio Sacral Treatments. Since 2003 she has been traveling around Europe and the World sharing her story, teaching and singing. When she chants and speaks, there is a natural transfer of Grace that is received either in person or over the phone. She is initiated to give the Oneness Meditation (OM) which is a Sacred Transmission of energies that accelerate Awakening to the Intelligence of the Heart.
She offers on-line Oneness Meditations every Tuesday evening Swedish time on her free Livestream channel. Website: http://anettecarlstrom.com

Interview recorded 8/13/2016

Beloved spiritual teacher, poet, and philosopher Mark Nepo returns to the inspiring short-chapter format of his #1 New York Times bestseller, The Book of Awakening, to map an insightful and resilient path for inhabiting the soul by engaging in the world.

Mark Nepo has been called “one of the finest spiritual guides of our time,” “a consummate storyteller,” and “an eloquent spiritual teacher.” With the rare ability to communicate stirringly profound truths directly to each individual heart, Mark inspires audiences of more than 15,000 people as well as small, intimate groups. Now, in The One Life We’re Given, Nepo’s personal stories, questions, and meditations take us on a deep and uplifting journey to know our own hearts and enliven our souls.

“In order to fully live the one life we’re given,” Nepo writes, “we each must affirm how precious this one life is and open ourselves to loving whatever life puts before us. Whether that is suffering, pain, fear or loss, or surprise, beauty, love or wonder, we work to stay in touch with our hearts in order to make sense of our experience. As we learn when to try and when to let go, when to give our all and when to surrender and simply receive, we unfold the moments that reveal meaning and ready us for grace. This is how the heart breaks a path to our soul’s work, leading us to our authenticity, and to how we can be useful to others and the world.”

By illuminating the art of finding and restoring what matters and by exploring the craft of awakening, The One Life We’re Given affirms our purpose as not just to stay alive but to stay in our aliveness.

Mark Nepo is the author of sixteen books, including Seven Thousand Ways to Listen, The Endless Practice, and the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Book of Awakening. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. Mark traveled the country with Oprah Winfrey on her sold-out 2014 “The Life You Want” tour and has appeared several times with Oprah on her Super Soul Sunday program (OWN TV). He lives in southwest Michigan. Visit him online at MarkNepo.com and ThreeIntentions.com.

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Mark Nepo – THE ONE LIFE WE’RE GIVEN

Published on Aug 15, 2016

Mark sits down to discuss the premise of his new book and what readers will gain from the lessons it contains.

A CONVERSATION WITH MARK NEPO ABOUT HIS NEW BOOK,
THE ONE LIFE WE’RE GIVEN: FINDING THE WISDOM THAT WAITS IN YOUR HEART

What is the inspiration for this new book?

As fish swim in water and birds wake to sing, I come alive in this unending inquiry we call writing. And I always write about what I need to learn. Now in my sixties, life feels even more precious and I keep learning how rare this one life is. I know from my own evolution that most of what the heart knows enters us like lightning, and is already true somewhere inside, while the rest of us struggles to catch up. I’ve also learned that we’re never drawn into a change we’re not ready for, though the change may be difficult. Under the weight of living, I’m thankful for how gifted we are to have hearts that feel. Thankful for the chance to be tender and thorough and possible one more time. And whenever we dare or are forced to lift each other up or ease each other down, we have the glorious chance to find what we’ve lost in our common story. When we can truly behold each other, we slowly become each other. We become love itself. It’s through love’s eyes that we can see that it’s sweetly enough to be here at all. I offer this book as a testament to the human spirit and to life itself.

In the book, you offer that effort and grace are key to finding the wisdom that waits in our heart and to living a full life. What do you mean by this?

This is a central inquiry of the book. From an early age, we’re taught to try hard, to do our best, to give our all, which is necessary to accomplish things in the world. We try to get from here to there, from inexperience to experience, from apprenticeship to mastery. But just as we’re clearing a path, we experience heartbreak and loss. Things don’t go as planned. We are betrayed. Our trust is broken. We lose our way. And without warning, we’re thrust into a life of transformation, which no one can escape. Now we’re introduced to a different sense of effort that asks us to put down what we accumulate in order to discover beauty and wonder. As our inner life unfolds, we grow from ignorance to truth and from loneliness to love. This kind of work is necessary to join with the world. We clearly need both to accomplish things and to join with other life. While trying so hard to get from here to there leads to achievement and even excellence, giving our all lets us grow like a root and blossom in the world wherever we are. Ultimately, the effort to grow inwardly is more life-giving than the effort to get. How we grow inwardly leads in time to meaning and grace, a journey we can’t control, but only enter. To make the most of being here, we’re required to learn when to try and when to let go. This is our initiation into grace. The practice of being human centers on our effort to connect to all life and, when in trouble, to make good use of our heart. No one quite knows how to do this, but we must learn how. Our life depends on this journey through the heart. There is no other way. By fully living the one life we’re given, we’re led to the wisdom that waits in our heart. This book explores these themes and invites the reader to personalize them.

You return in this book to the short-chapter format of your #1 New York Times bestseller, The Book of Awakening. What led you to re-engage this form?

I’ve always been moved by the power of story. It is the oldest of teachers. In The Book of Awakening, I tried to offer small doses of what matters to carry into our days. More than returning to this form, I felt compelled to evolve it with all I’ve learned through the years. This book has grown out of the rhythms of my own spiritual inquiry and the path of my teaching. Both keep merging and forming a new whole. Both keep forming me into a new whole. Working with readers and students is a path I am devoted to. This path is a continuous inquiry into what it means to be human, to be here, and to care for each other. And so I’ve structured this book in the shape of the one conversation with life that I’ve been entering with so many through the years, which I welcome new readers to.

You give many examples of seekers whose journeys help to uncover the inner life. Was there someone in particular who helped you find your way into this book?

Yes. My dear father, Morris Nepo, died three years ago at the age of ninety-three. He was at his strongest and happiest when working with wood, when building things. In his basement workshop, no one could suppress his love of life and his insatiable creativity. I learned a great deal from him. Though I can see now that there were many times he didn’t know he was teaching and I didn’t know I was learning. Mostly, he taught me by example that we’re called to make good use of the one life we’re given. He taught me that giving our all can lead to moments of fulfillment and grace. And those moments of full living can sustain us.

Can you tell us about the structure of this book?

The sections of this book point to how we might truly inhabit the one life we’re given: by getting closer to life, loving what we do, finding what can last, and by being kind and useful. I present them in this order only because one page has to follow another. In life, these passages don’t always appear in this sequence. One may lead to another. Being kind and useful may ultimately get us closer to life. And finding what can last may help us love what we do. In life, these passages appear more like spokes on a wheel. Each, if followed, can lead us to their common center. At any time, each of these passages can serve as a meaningful beginning. Each chapter in the book contains a story or metaphor or personal example that brings a question or quandary of living into view. From this, I try to surface and reflect on the life lesson or skill carried there. Finally, and this is the most important part, I offer a question for you to walk with, or a conversation for you to have with a friend or loved one, or a meditation through which you might discover where this question or quandary or lesson or skill lives in you. These invitations are seeds to water along the way.

Can you share a story from the book that gives us a sense of its journey?

I’m happy to. A troubled widower made his way to ask a wise old woman about his troubles. The old woman received him and they walked along a stream. She could see the pain in his face. He began to tremble as he asked, “What’s the point? Is there any meaning to life?” She invited him to sit on a large stone near the stream. She took a long branch and swirled it in the water, then replied, “It all depends on what it means to you to be alive.” In his sorrow, the man dropped his shoulders and the old woman gave him the branch. “Go on,” she said, “touch the branch to the water.” As he poked the branch in the running stream, there was something comforting about feeling the movement of the water in his hand through the branch. She touched his hand and said, “You see, that you can feel the water without putting your hand in the water, this is what meaning feels like.” The troubled man seemed puzzled. She said, “Close your eyes and feel your wife now gone. That you can feel her in your heart without being able to touch her, this is how meaning saves us.” The widower began to cry. The old woman put her arm around him, “No one knows how to live or how to die. We only know how to love and how to lose, and how to pick up branches of meaning along the way.” In just this way, I hope this book can be a branch of meaning that helps us find our way.

What do you hope readers will take with them from THE ONE LIFE WE’RE GIVEN?

My hope is that, through the threshold this book opens, readers will deepen their conversation with life. That through their own path of obstacle and surprise, they will be opened to their gifts and become somewhat freed of all they carry. My hope is that they will begin to discover and experience the particular expression of their own nature. I share my story and the stories of others as examples, not instructions. For everyone has to uncover the lessons of their own journey. The word honor means to keep what is true in view. And so, we live the one life we’re given by keeping what we learn in view—about ourselves, each other, and life. We can begin by honoring the truth of our experience and learning from those who’ve loved us. Aware of it or not, we each have someone who’s taught us something about how to live. So who is that teacher for you? And what are you learning in the slow blossom of time? This is a step.


Published on Aug 13, 2016

How does the movie A Beautiful Mind relate to the three orders of reality?

The Divine Gift of Gratitude

Gratitude is more than a feeling or an attitude, it is a way of life.

When we delve into the etymological meaning of the expression “Thank you”, we often find people that ask “What would be the best way to thank you?” How do we properly express our gratitude?

Interestingly enough, we find a good explanation of the different levels of gratitude from Saint Thomas Aquinas in his work “Summa Theologica.” Thomas Aquinas teaches on his treatise of gratitude that the gratitude consists in varying degrees of thankfulness. For him, Appreciation has three levels: 1) A superficial level, 2) An intermediate level, and 3) A deeper level.

“Appreciation can make a day – even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary. ~ Margaret Cousins

The fist level of gratitude is the surface level; it is to recognize the benefit received, obtain grace, accepting a favor. It is the level of recognition, intellectual recognition, cerebral level, the cognitive level of recognition.

The second level is the level of gratitude; it is to praise and give thanks to him who gave us something free in exchange for nothing. It is giving blessings back to someone for what that person has done for us.

The third degree, according to Thomas Aquinas is the level of reciprocity. And the third deepest level of gratitude we find the level of bound, and feeling of commitment towards those that had helped us. With this level, Reciprocity is pledged, according to its possibilities, according to the most opportune circumstances of time and place.

Gratitude and Linguistics:

“It only takes a moment to thank you – but your thoughtfulness will be remembered a long time.” ~Unknown

Different languages express their feeling in different ways. Each of them is more able to express the levels of gratitude stated by the Thomas Aquinas discourse.

He observed that in saying “Thank You” in English or “Zu Danken” in German, we practice the first level of thankfulness, taking it coldly, in the first dimension, that is, only by the recognition of the grace received. We thank them at the intellectual plane.

In European languages, the expression of gratefulness can be very different. Most other European languages, when professing appreciation and thanks, they thank using the intermediate level of gratitude, going beyond the second level of appreciativeness. When you say “Merci” in French, means to give a mercy, to give grace: “I give him a favor, I thank you, I give you a mercy for what brought to me, for what you gave me.” In Spanish, thank you is said “Gracias” and in Italian, it is “Grazie” and in Latin “Gratias”. Therefore, in languages originated from the Latin root, we find that the expression of gratitude also invokes a mercy or blessing of equal magnitude upon the one that has given the help, or that had bestowed the favor.

“I give him a grace for what you gave me, and that is that I thank you, that is what I am grateful to you.”

Nevertheless, we shall mention the special and the most profound linguistic expression of thankfulness that comes from the Portuguese language.

The Portuguese formulation of appreciation is so charming and unique, as it is that can be the only one to be located clearly in the third degree, the deepest level of gratitude.

Thank you in Portuguese is “Obrigado”, a derivative of the word “Obligation.” It expresses the bond (ob-ligatus), or the duty to repay the favor. The derivative of the Portuguese Obrigado can be found on the Arigato[1] in Japan, also as an expression of gratitude.

“I am obligated to you. I’m bound to you. I am committed to dialogue, thanking you for your invitation, thanking you for your attention. I am destined to contribute to the best of my ability, to your projects, to your work.”

We may conclude that the level of appreciation are closely linked to the way we think and express ourselves. The way we think, ponder and recognize our benefactors.

Thus, it takes humility to accept unmerited favor, it is a duty to give back, but accompanied with the awareness that it may be impossible to fully comply with the commitment.

The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness. ~ Dalai Lama

[1} Gratitude in Japanese: Domo- Thank you, not as polite as arigato. Domo and arigato can be combined (“Domo arigato”) and then become a politer form of thank you.

Copyright 2016 Humanity Healing Network


Published on Aug 13, 2016

Chloe Goodchild ‘The Voice Of Silence’ Interview by Renate McNay
Chloe is the founder of The Naked Voice and the heart of her work is the practice of the spoken and sung voice as a Gateway to discover our Non Dual Awareness. Deafness in childhood catalysed Chloe’s discovery of inner sound and silence.

This deep encounter with her inner self, catalysed questions like: “ Who Am I“ “Who is Singing”, “ How can I transform my sadness”. Chloe had many encounters with indigenous wisdom teachers, spiritual and classical Indian music masters, ultimately leading to a transformative ‘no-mind’ experience in Northern India, inspired by the great luminary and saint, Anandamayi Ma. This gave birth to the unique method of sound and voice, which Chloe eventually named, The Naked Voice. Her autobiography, The Naked Voice – Journey to the Spirit of Sound tells the story of these formative early years. In this in-depth interview with Renate she talks about her life and her work.
http://www.thenakedvoice.com


Published on Aug 12, 2016

http://adyashanti.org – Adyashanti explores the true nature of our presence in the world and invites you to inhabit a new perspective—where your positive regard is spread out for all those around you. As wild as the world can be, what if you are here to be a redeeming presence in the world? What would that look like? How would that feel? When your center of regard shifts from personal to universal, love is birthed into existence and permeates your actions. Adyashanti invites you to embrace the underlying reality of your life and fully inhabit your existence.

Excerpted from “The Redeeming Presence of Love”:
http://tinyurl.com/zjqt59y

Quotes from this video:

“Just imagine, at some moment, you realize that—even though this world is a wild place to be sometimes—that you so loved the world that you gave yourself to it, as an act of love. That that’s actually what you’re doing here.”

“When the center of our regard is not stuck within our own incarnation, that’s the birth of love—a causeless, universal love. Then you become a redeeming presence in the world. You become a liberating presence in the world.”

“When your center of regard, your center of your consciousness, shifts from you as an individual to what all beings have in common, not just human beings, but all of existence—from the most distant star, to an empty space, to everybody in this room, to the chair that you’re sitting on, to the air that you breathe—you see that it’s all just actually one underlying reality. To really see this is to embrace life. To find that radical yes to existence.”

“What if you came here for all the stuff that you’re running away from? What if your actual existence was to redeem all of that, in other words, to set it all free? And not just that, but everything else, by the way. In other words, to be a redeeming presence in the world.”

“Life is really meaningful in the small moments. That’s what really counts.”


Published on Aug 12, 2016

A discussion about the unity and independence of Consciousness.

The book is a case of unexplained phenomena, including chemical evidence, that is an ultimate challenge to scientifically-minded skeptics. Forrest J Ackerman (1916-2008) was a world famous futurist, author and a pioneering promoter of science fiction books and films.

As an atheist, Mr. Ackerman did not believe in life after death. However, he promised friends that if he were wrong, he would try to drop them a line. The is the unabridged true story of precisely what happened. For over six years, data has accumulated that Mr. Ackerman continues to communicate, with over 100 incidents that include physical chemical evidence studied at two universities. This has left top science professors in fields from chemistry to psychology completely baffled, and in some cases, plagued by unexplainable incidents themselves.

The book includes Paul Davids’ sworn personal testimony and incredible story of bizarre contacts from the mentor whose deep friendship he valued for half a century It also includes in-depth chemical analysis (a 3 year study) of an extraordinarily mysterious ink and ink message that continues to mystify scientists, and also studies from state of the art sensors used with computer software, apparently successfully, to attempt getting responses from spirits, including the late Mr. Ackerman.

This is a companion work to Mr. Davids’ feature documentary from NBC Universal called “THE LIFE AFTER DEATH PROJECT,” but a previous viewing of the film is not essential, and the book certainly stands alone.

PAUL DAVIDS is an author, artist and director, who has produced films that include Marilyn Monroe Declassified (2016), NBCUniversal s Jesus in India (2007) and The Sci-Fi Boys (2006), and Showtime s Roswell (1994).

He co-authored six books of the Star Wars saga with his wife, Hollace Davids, for Lucasfilm.

He is a Princeton Psychology graduate. His uncanny experiences of phenomena related to Mr. Ackerman are the subject of the film, The Life After Death Project (2013).

An Atheist in Heaven is about this extraordinary case of afterlife communication, and Mr. Davids has signed a sworn affidavit certifying that it is all true.

DR. GARY E. SCHWARTZ
has a Ph.D. from Harvard University, was a tenured Professor at Yale University, and he has long been Professor of Psychology, Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry and Surgery at the University of Arizona.

As the Director of the university’s Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health, he has conducted afterlife research for over 15 years. He has published hundreds of scientific papers, and authored books that include The Sacred Promise, The Truth About Medium, The G.O.D. Experiments and The Afterlife Experiments. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association as well as the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research.

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Paul Davids | A Case Study Of After Death Contact w/ Forrest J. Ackerman

Published on May 31, 2016

Life after death: No one really knows what happens. Do we go off “toward the light”? Do we simply cease to exist? The most common atheistic view is that we are gone and no longer exist at all. Today’s guest, however, has some insights gleaned from his encounters with his late friend, Forrest J. Ackerman, after Forrest’s death. Though Forrest was a staunch atheist, he made the promise to try to communicate from beyond if it was possible, and Paul Davids asserts that not only has it been possible, but Forrest has been communicating with him and others quite a bit since his death.

Paul is a filmmaker, author, producer, and communicator with those who have passed on. He was the production coordinator of the original Transformers television show, and has since written six Star Wars sequels with his wife, Hollace, and is a prolific artist. His works have been sold all over the world. Today he is speaking to us about his book, An Atheist in Heaven, and his experiences communicating with Forrest J. Ackerman.

Some of the topics that you’ll hear about include:

19:30: The case that changed the way Paul thought about communicating with the dead. Dorothy Allison, a psychic medium, was able to tell a pair of distraught parents where they could find their daughter’s body after the teenager had been murdered.

24:00: Paul’s first direct experience with the dead, which was when he was first contacted by his late friend, Forrest J. Ackerman.

33:15: The story of the “Inkblot Obliteration,” the first and most compelling piece of evidence that Forrest was reaching out from the other side. Paul tells of the circumstances, what happened, and how he knew without a doubt that it was indeed Forrest attempting to reach him.

43:00: How Forrest’s friend, Joe Moe, who was also an atheist and a skeptic, had an experience that led him to believe that Forrest had returned from the dead to thank him. This occurrence also put the inkblot obliteration incident in perspective.

45:30: What happened when Jay Siegel, one of the most important chemists in the USA and the chair chemist at Indiana University, ran tests on the inkblots and tried to categorize the ink: It turned out that the ink used wasn’t anything used in modern times, but it did have properties of inks used a century ago.

48:15: Some of the rules of engagement and limitations of contacting and communicating with those who have passed on.

54:00: How Forrest reached out yet again by creating a typographical error in an already-edited article, The Strange Case of Forrest J. Ackerman, that referenced the inkblot obliteration incident.

An Atheist in Heaven with Paul Davids
by Miriam Knight


Published on Aug 8, 2016

What is a sign of Freedom? of ‘Enlightenment’?
The most obvious sign is when we are able to love the ugly things too!

We all love the beautiful things: e.g. a delicious dinner, an inspiring movie, a beautiful partner, a healthy child, etc.
But what about the opposite?

Can we also love the opposite? Can we love the evil and ugly parts of life?A terrible movie? A sick child? A partner who is …

If we cannot love the ugly parts, are we really free?

How do I then accept/love the ugly parts?
I love everything by assimilating the knowledge and all its implications of I am actionless, non-dual, limitless, ordinary awareness.
Furthermore, ugly and beautiful things are just concepts, they are only real in relation to likes and dislikes.


Published on Aug 8, 2016

Also see https://batgap.com/adam-chacksfield/

Adam Chacksfield is a nondual spiritual teacher whose retreats and private sessions are known for their transformative power and love-saturated depth. He devotedly serves the alive field of awareness as it unfolds, reveals, and liberates, rather than any fixed philosophy.

Adam first turned toward spirituality and meditation after a series of profound psychedelic-assisted openings led him to experience the truth that lies beyond all philosophies. At age 33 he left his career as a university professor of political theory to devote his life to spiritual unfolding.

For a few years, Adam struggled to try and piece together all the apparently contradictory teachings and practices. These efforts decisively fell away when he came across the nondual teaching of Peter Fenner, and realized the openness that can never be captured in words and requires no practice.

Adam started inviting his friends to do nondual inquiry with him and was amazed by the ease with which the direct experience of openness could be shared. In 2010, with Peter Fenner’s encouragement and support, Adam started to publicly share with groups and individuals. Since then, his teaching has been profoundly influenced by the opportunity to soak in Jeannie Zandi’s heart-centered and full-bodied transmission.

Adam now shares the direct experience of the heart and mind falling open. In this effortless opening, the suffering involved in resisting feelings and believing thoughts spontaneously releases. The natural abundance of joy, peace, wisdom, and love becomes apparent and available. Heart-centered, gentle, and direct, Adam offers a path straight into the truth of who we are.

In addition to leading retreats in North America and Europe, Adam meets with individuals, and is the creator of “Falling Open,” a four-month online course. He is also the founder of the Center for Nondual Awareness, a supportive community for those called to share nonduality.

Website: http://adamchacksfield.com

Interview recorded 8/6/2016

“If it is one man’s karma to suffer, isn’t it our dharma to help ease his suffering and pain?”
Mata Amritanandamayi is known throughout the world as Amma, or Mother, for her selfless love and compassion toward all beings. Her entire life has been dedicated to alleviating the pain of the poor, and those suffering physically and emotionally.

Throughout her life, Mata Amritanandamayi has embraced and comforted more than 34 million people. Amma inspires, uplifts, and transforms through her embrace, her spiritual wisdom and through her global charities, known as Embracing the World. When asked where she gets the energy to help so many people, she answers: “Where there is true love, anything is effortless.”

While Amma is widely regarded as one of India’s foremost spiritual leaders, Amma says that her religion is love. She has never asked anyone to change their religion but only to contemplate the essential principles of their own faith and to try to live accordingly.
Teachings from Amma

“The first step in spiritual life is to have compassion. A person who is kind and loving never needs to go searching for God. God rushes toward any heart that beats with compassion-it is God’s favorite place.”

“Different people will think different things – that is the nature of the world. People have the right to have faith or not to have faith.”

“The common expression is ‘I love you.’ But instead of ‘I love you,’ it would be better to say, ‘I am love — I am the embodiment of pure love.’ Remove the I and you, and you will find that there is only love. It is as if love is imprisoned between the I and you. Remove the I and you, for they are unreal; they are self-imposed walls that don’t exist. The gulf between I and you is the ego. When the ego is removed the distance disappears and the I and you also disappear. They merge to become one — and that is love. You lend the I and you their reality. Withdraw your support and they will disappear. Then you will realise, not that ‘I love you,’ but that ‘I am that all-embracing love.’”
*Sourced from amma.org and awaken.com
Watch Now: Science of Compassion – A Documentary about Amma

Renowned director and artist Shekhar Kapur focuses on Sri Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma) in this new documentary, investigating the source of human compassion and creativity. Includes a rare lengthy private interview with Amma, as well as interviews with Nobel Prize-winning scientist Dr. Leland Hartwell and many others about Amma’s unique approach to life and how Amma’s love has touched, and in many cases, transformed their lives.

Science of Compassion – a Documentary on Amma, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi


Published on May 26, 2016

Renowned director and artist Shekhar Kapur focuses on Sri Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma) in this new documentary, investigating the source of human compassion and creativity. Includes a rare lengthy private interview with Amma, as well as interviews with Nobel Prize-winning scientist Dr. Leland Hartwell and many others about Amma’s unique approach to life and how Amma’s love has touched, and in many cases, transformed their lives.

Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma) And The Language Of The Heart
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“If it is one man’s karma to suffer, isn’t it our dharma to help ease his suffering and pain?”

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Mata Amritanandamayi is known throughout the world as Amma, or Mother, for her selfless love and compassion toward all beings. Her entire life has been dedicated to alleviating the pain of the poor, and those suffering physically and emotionally.

Throughout her life, Mata Amritanandamayi has embraced and comforted more than 34 million people. Amma inspires, uplifts, and transforms through her embrace, her spiritual wisdom and through her global charities, known as Embracing the World. When asked where she gets the energy to help so many people, she answers: “Where there is true love, anything is effortless.”

While Amma is widely regarded as one of India’s foremost spiritual leaders, Amma says that her religion is love. She has never asked anyone to change their religion but only to contemplate the essential principles of their own faith and to try to live accordingly.
Teachings from Amma

“The first step in spiritual life is to have compassion. A person who is kind and loving never needs to go searching for God. God rushes toward any heart that beats with compassion-it is God’s favorite place.”

“Different people will think different things – that is the nature of the world. People have the right to have faith or not to have faith.”

“The common expression is ‘I love you.’ But instead of ‘I love you,’ it would be better to say, ‘I am love — I am the embodiment of pure love.’ Remove the I and you, and you will find that there is only love. It is as if love is imprisoned between the I and you. Remove the I and you, for they are unreal; they are self-imposed walls that don’t exist. The gulf between I and you is the ego. When the ego is removed the distance disappears and the I and you also disappear. They merge to become one — and that is love. You lend the I and you their reality. Withdraw your support and they will disappear. Then you will realise, not that ‘I love you,’ but that ‘I am that all-embracing love.’”
*Sourced from amma.org and awaken.com
Watch Now: Science of Compassion – A Documentary about Amma

Renowned director and artist Shekhar Kapur focuses on Sri Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma) in this new documentary, investigating the source of human compassion and creativity. Includes a rare lengthy private interview with Amma, as well as interviews with Nobel Prize-winning scientist Dr. Leland Hartwell and many others about Amma’s unique approach to life and how Amma’s love has touched, and in many cases, transformed their lives.

Source: Ram Dass

“Parents . . . you will be wowed and awed by [Dr. Shefali].” —Oprah Winfrey

As seen on Oprah’s SuperSoul Sunday, a radically transformative plan that shows parents how to raise children to be their best, truest selves, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Conscious Parent

What if…?

What if I told you that you can put an end to all of your parenting struggles?

That you can learn to parent without fear or anxiety?

That you can end conflict with your children?

That you can create close and connected relationships within your family?

…Would you accept this invitation to a revolution in parenting?

We all have the capacity to raise children who are highly resilient and emotionally connected. However, many of us are unable to because we are blinded by modern misconceptions of parenting and our own inner limitations. In The Awakened Family, I show you how you can cultivate a relationship with your children so they can thrive; moreover, you can be transformed to a state of greater calm, compassion and wisdom as well.

This book will take you on a journey to transcending your fears and illusions around parenting and help you become the parent you always wanted to be: fully present and conscious. It will arm you with practical, hands-on strategies and real-life examples from my experience as a parent and clinical psychologist that show the extraordinary power of being a conscious parent.

Everyone in your family is ready to be awakened.

Will you take this journey with me?

—Shefali


Shefali Tsabary, Ph.D., received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Columbia University. Specializing in the integration of Western psychology and Eastern philosophy, Dr. Shefali brings together the best of both worlds for her clients. She is an expert in family dynamics and personal development and runs a private practice in New York City. Dr. Shefali has written three books, including the award-winning New York Times bestselling book The Conscious Parent. Dr. Shefali is also a keynote speaker who has presented at TEDx, Kellogg Business School, the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education, and other conferences and workshops around the world. She’s been featured on Oprah Winfrey’s SuperSoul Sunday and Oprah’s Lifeclass.

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Dr. Shefali Tsabary On “The Awakened Family: A Revolution in Parenting” | AOL BUILD

Published on May 31, 2016

Join Dr. Shefali Tsabary as she discusses her book, “The Awakened Family: A Revolution in Parenting.” Shefali presents a transformative new approach to parenting, one that focuses not on how we can change our kids—but on how we can change ourselves as parents so we can become our children’s biggest supporters and resources.

Richard Dawkins 2016 – Richard Dawkins in conversation with Penn Jillette at Live Talks LA


Published on Aug 7, 2016

Deepak Chopra – How to cope with stress and enjoy life

As a global leader and pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine, Deepak Chopra transforms the way the world views physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social wellness. Known as a prolific author of over sixty-five books with twenty New York Times best sellers in both the fiction and non fiction categories.


Published on Aug 5, 2016

Buddhism cannot be compared to Advaita Vedanta, why?

1) Because Buddhism is a philosophy, a belief system, an -ism. Vedanta is not founded by one person, nor is it a philosophy, belief-system nor an -ism.
Vedanta is simply a means of knowledge. Vedanta is just knowledge about your nature.

2) The NOTHINGNESS idea is illogical. It does not hold up to logical analysis. How does something can come out of nothingness?

3) No-self? How do you know that there is no-self? Does no-self know that there is no-self?
If everything is emptiness, if there is no-self, then how do you know it? How do I know what I don’t know and what I know?

4) Many teachings of Buddhism and Vedanta are actually very similar because Buddhism originated out of Vedanta. It is considered a heterodox teaching. Because it is a heterodox teaching, it misses out on many important teachings of Advaita Vedanta.

To be awake in life means the we are fully conscious in the present moment…

Whatever we do, we do it fully consciously, focusing with all our attention to the activity we are actually performing. How many of us can say about ourselves that we are present in every moment of our life?

The Notion of the Illusionary Self

In your present, individual state of consciousness you identify with the thoughts and emotions that appear in your mind, so you believe that you are a separate, illusionary person, an Ego. Living as an Ego in this world, you attempt to stabilize your illusionary sense of self. You believe that the more (knowledge, material wealth) you add to your Ego, the stronger and more permanent it will be.

Passing time will, however, prove you wrong, since the illusionary self is just a shape and as such is subordinate to the eternal law of the world of shapes and forms. The law is that of the law of change which stipulates that in that world, the world of shapes and forms, it is not possible to stabilize anything, as everything is in the process of constant changes. Your thoughts and emotions keep changing, and so does their centre, the Ego, with them.

Your sufferings are cause by the fact that you attempt to stabilize something that cannot be stabilized by nature. But you fail to recognize that, since you fully identified with the Ego, and forgot that you are in fact pure Consciousness, free of identifications.

An Unchanging Factor

There is, however, one factor that remains unchanged in your life through the years, and that is the sense that ”I am.” As a result of the identification with your mind and its functions, the emphasis shifts from ”I am” to ”I am this and that” (I am a man, I am American, I am a doctor, I am a father etc.).

The concept of ”I am this and that” is in constant change, as they are all bound to the objects of the forms and shapes. The only thing not subject to change, what is beyond ”I am,” is the formless Consciousness.

You must wake up from the deep stupor of identification, you need to become alert, because that is the only way for you to abandon your identification with the thoughts, the works of the mind, and that is how you are able to shake off your illusionary existence.

If you are alert, only the here and now exist for you, and you may discover the quiet Presence behind the illusionary and constantly changing small Ego, the ”I am” which in turn you may recognize as your real and unchanging Self.

This state of consciousness is characterized by deep silence and tranquility. When you submerge into this quietness, the duality between you and the world ceases to exist, and in that Presence you are amalgamated into one unity with the universe. That is how the emphasis is shifted from ”I am this and that,” that is, from the forms and shapes to ”I am,” that is, to the existence free of forms and shapes. Alertness thus becomes a form of existence for you.

If you identify with your thoughts and continue to live as an Ego, dreaming that you are already awake, then you will be content with the outermost dimension of Alertness. In this way, you will feel no urge to become fully awake, to be introduced into the deeper dimensions of Alertness. Consequently, you will find the fact that I see you sleeping utterly absurd, since you think that you are awake.

In that case, only a completely radical event that shakes your life all the way down to the foundations may alarm you from the dream of your identifications.

The Signs of Awakening

In these days it seems that identification with the forms and shapes becomes more and more superficial at an increasing number of people. In these people something from the deeper dimensions of Alertness appears to emerge.

With the appearance of the deeper dimensions of Alertness, a gap is generated in you between the world of forms and shapes and the world without these, that is between ”I am this and that” and ”I am.” One of the signs that you are on the way towards awakening is when you begin to feel your current, limited existence, bound to your Ego is of very poor quality, and you begin to suspect that there are deeper, more profound mysteries behind your life.

Another sign of your awakening is the permanent restlessness, rooted in an unconscious desire. This desire comes from an ancient, long forgotten centre of your soul, from the deeper dimensions of Alertness.

The Ego lends a form to that unconscious desire by directing it towards an external objective in the world of forms and shapes. The objective is to become as perfect as possible within the limits of your external circumstances. You wish to include the stabilized, allegedly permanent Ego in that perfection as well. Naturally, you intend to achieve that goal some time in the future.

The mind, with which you currently identify, is full of currents and streams: thoughts and emotions come and go all the time. This is your present state of existence. The first signs of the deeper dimensions of Alertness loosen the glue of your identification with the mind, so you will be able to gain more and more experience of the free spaces of the Consciousness, and you recognize that you are not an isolated, small self, but the Consciousness itself.

Recognizing yourself as Consciousness is independent of all the activities of the mind. This recognition will only come if you have had some experience of the deeper dimensions of Alertness.

Exit from Your Personal History

When you experience the deeper dimensions of Alertness you stop and at the same time you exit from your personal history and give up searching. It means that you divert your attention from the world of forms and shapes, and you no longer wish to find yourself in the world of forms.

Stopping is the consequence of a shift of attention within your Consciousness. Stopping does not mean the stoppage of your mind, as you have assumed previously. Some of the spiritual teachings suggest that stoppage is equal to emptying the mind, usually through various, forced exercises. The mind will, naturally, stop, but you will not need to impose it on yourself by spiritual exercises, as it will be the consequence of the shift of attention in your consciousness.

How does this shift take place? It is not something one is able to force or impose upon them; no effort is capable of achieving that. It is an experience that simply happens to you. That is when you experience something from the deeper dimensions of Alertness.

This is not something that may only occur to the chosen few. It has happened to almost every human being, including you, a few times. You were not alert enough, that is why you failed to realize what was happening to you. At the moment when the shift of attention is taking place Alertness emerges. A space appears in you, you have the ability of seeing, and you may contemplate what is happening to you as an external observer.

Then, like in a flashlight, you see and recognize the reality of your existence, that is, you are not an illusionary small self, but a Consciousness free of forms. That recognition is not the result of the analytical work of the mind, but of a series of realizations inspired by the inner quiet. These realizations can be best compared to seeing (that is why various spiritual teachings refer to such people as Seers) and it works like a revelation. That is what I call the power of Sight.

The moments of Sight are, however, brief because of the lack of your Alertness and the restarting activities of the Mind. Sight brings you the experience that stoppage is an inactive moment of the mind, silence between thoughts. In that silence you experience consciousness without forms, and you may recognize that you are in fact a Presence without thoughts. In the moments of Sight you recognize the activities of mind, and you no longer follow them. You recognize the simple fact that with the help of the mind you are not able to reach beyond the mind.

By experiencing the deeper dimensions of Alertness, the capability of Sight, you also recognize that you are fully independent of the mind, you are but a witness of what is happening in and around you. Once you have ceased to identify with your mind, you immediately experience that fact. That is why you should detach yourself from the mind, and stay in the position of the eyewitness. That is the state of spatial consciousness, in which the light of Consciousness, Presence shines out bright.

The Ability to See

Though the moments of Sight are rare in the life of a person, they are available to everyone, who is aware of them, alert, and pays attention to them. The level of your Alertness is therefore what determines whether the experience is a real turning point in your life, or the Sight is blurred, you fall back to sleep and continue dreaming your personal history.

The capability of Sight, however, cannot be obtained, practiced, you cannot make it the brightest gem of your spiritual Ego. The capability of Sight is now at your disposal, since it is identical with your original Self. But thick clouds of thoughts obscure your chances of recognizing that, they prevent you from seeing clearly.

There is, however, some good news to you: I can explain how to dispel the fog and the clouds, how you are able to release the deeper dimensions of Alertness in yourself.

In the following we shall see how you are able to experience the deeper dimensions of Alertness.

About the author:

Frank M. Wanderer Ph.D is a professor of psychology, a consciousness researcher and writer. Frank is the author of the books “The Revolution of Consciousness: Deconditioning the Programmed Mind “, “The Biggest Obstacle to Enlightenment: How to Escape from the Prison of Mind Games?” and several books on consciousness. With a lifelong interest in the mystery of human existence, Frank’s work is to help others wake up from identification with our personal history and the illusory world of the forms and shapes, and to find our identity in what he calls “the Miracle”, the mystery of the Consciousness.
Source: Rise Earth


Published on Aug 5, 2016

http://adyashanti.org – Adyashanti responds to a questioner who writes in asking about the role that responsibility plays in freedom. How can you be sure that the ego doesn’t hijack your motives and twist them into something else? By getting in touch with a deep integrity that resides within you, responsibility flowers into being, and self-obsession naturally dissolves away. Adyashanti brings you back to your natural concern for the world around you—how that keeps you grounded—and the infinite potential that lives within each of you.

Video excerpted from the live broadcast of “A Quiet Place Within,” November 4, 2015.
MP3 available at: http://tinyurl.com/hct2nu2

Quotes from this video:

“When we really experience genuine unity, then we really do experience that all beings and all things are not apart from us—that in their most fundamental sense, they are us.”

“The aspect of spirituality that is concerned about the world around us is very important because it keeps you honest and it keeps spirituality real, and it’s the protectant to spirituality becoming an object of the self-centered ego.”

“An immature idea of freedom is that it’s the freedom to do whatever I want to do whenever I want to do it, irrespective of the consequences or the effect it has on others. That’s actually a delusion. That’s really not freedom. That’s the mind’s idea of freedom. That’s the ego using freedom in order to indulge in its own self-obsession.”

“Part of becoming conscious is also becoming more and more aware of that orienting principle inside—what I call one’s integrity.”

“Freedom does come with responsibility.”

by Karen M Black: There are four stages spiritual awakening and faith through which all of us must pass…

You may be born into a certain stage and stay there for the rest of your life. You may move through them quickly. You may even regress to an earlier stage.

However, as I understand it, you can’t skip a stage.

But I want to be clear here: the stages of spiritual awakening are not linear. They’re not really stages, either. They are ways we can choose to respond to what happens to us. We can move to the next stage. Or we can regress and go back a stage. Here’s what I mean by that.

For all of us, life will offer painful loss or what I call catalyst experiences. These experiences are part of life here on earth. The true test of which of the stages of spiritual awakening you’re at depends on your responses to loss or challenge in life. Because it’s easy to be a good person when life is going tickety-boo, right?

After the initial shock of a loss, you may seek vengeance or you may blame another person or institution. Or, you may initially be angry or sad, but then (in time) soften and increase your capacity to trust in something bigger than yourself.

The latter response is more powerful. However, we always have the free will to choose without judgment.

The four stages: spiritual awakening and faith

Further Along the Road Less Traveled (the unending journey of spiritual growth)was one of the first books that was recommended to me when I began my own heart explorations. I’ve since read it more than once. It’s an easy-to-read, insightful and painfully honest book.

In the book, author Dr. Scott Peck refers to the four stages of spiritual awakening which I found really helpful. Potential for the ‘higher’ levels exist within everyone. Here’s a short description of them. Which stage are you?

Stage One – Chaotic / antisocial

The first of the stages of spiritual awakening is really a state of absent spirituality. The folks at this stage are unprincipled. They lie to others and themselves. They are capable of pretending to be loving. However, all of their relationships are self-serving and manipulative.

This stage is chaotic because, having no guidance system other than their own will and desires, they have no inner compass (or outer structure) that balances them.

Sometimes, these people get a glimpse of the true destructive nature of their hearts, which can be painful for them. When they witness their own inner chaos, a Stage One may take their own life. Or… they may (quite dramatically) move to Stage Two. From the outside, this is the person who is suddenly “born again”.

Stage Two – Formal / institutional

In the second stages of spiritual awakening, a person completely depends on the external rules of an institution to control them. The institution may be a church or faith-based group. But it may just as easily be a prison, a cult, a corporation or the military. Most devout churchgoers are at the Stage Two level of faith. Stage Two people quote the rules of the institution instead of thinking for themselves.

These people become extremely upset if someone starts changing or challenging their rituals. They believe that God is an external being, separate from them, or that the leader they follow has higher powers. They may have a child-like relationship with the head of an institution, relying on that person, or small exclusive group of people, to take care of them.

Interestingly, the children of Stage Two religious parents often grow into Stage Three… where the next of the stages of spiritual awakening involves… skepticism.

Stage Three – Skeptic / individual

The next of the stages of spiritual awakening involve folks who are deeply engaged with society. Frequently, they are educated intellectuals and pillars of their community: scientists, business executives, politicians and other professionals. They rely heavily on science, intellect and logic to define their reality. Sometimes, they are truth seekers. Sometimes, atheists.

At times, these truth seeker discovers enough of the puzzle pieces of life to catch glimpses of the mysterious nature of the universe. When this happens, they may realize that what they’re seeing looks like the ridiculous myths held by their rigid Stage Two parents.

If they continue to move further along the stages of spiritual awakening, they may then begin to shift into Stage Four.

Stage Four – Mystical / communal

Those at the fourth stages of spiritual awakening, are Mystics. Mystics, Scott Peck says, ‘are people who have seen a kind of cohesion beneath the surface of things’. They recognize and embrace the mystery of life. From every culture and religion, Mystics have referred to unity. Also, to community. They’re comfortable with paradox, and often explore paradoxical ideas in their work.

Mystics understand that the more they discover about life, the more new mysteries they will uncover. They are comfortable with the idea, that we may never know the Truth (with a capital ‘T’) of the universe. The scientists interviewed in the movie What the Bleep? are good examples of this…

Careful about labeling others! (you may be wrong)

The stages of spiritual awakening you experience will be unique to you. Your stages do not (necessarily) have to be tied to a church, or any institution. They’re also not easily recognizable in another from looking at the surface, so be careful not to judge others.

For example, a Stage One con artist could pretend to be a Stage Four mystic. A scientist who on the surface appears to be Stage Three might actually be a rigid Stage Two (yup, science can be a dogmatic religion, too).

Or, a Stage Four mystic may on the surface appear atheist (or be active in their church). Take Dr. Scott Peck. Earlier in his life, Dr. Peck identified with Buddhist and Islamic mysticism. Later in his life and until he died, he firmly committed to (non-denominational) Christianity. Interesting, isn’t it?
Source: Karen M Black


Published on Aug 5, 2016

Direct Path:
1) Lacks Qualification. Direct Path does not talk about qualifications
2) Lacks Values. Direct Path does not talk about values such as how to behave morally, how to act, how to live, etc.

3) Preparation for Liberation: The goal of one’s life is to have peace of mind. Karma Yoga is a spiritual practice by which the results of one’s actions are given up. As a result, peace of mind is attained.

4) Clear distinction between experience and knowledge: Some direct path teachers explain that you need direct experience of awareness (as if we don’t experience ‘awareness’ all alone!).

5) Direct Path teachers do not discuss what makes up a good teacher. Is he or she qualified to teach? Does the Direct Path teach an impersonal teaching?


Published on Aug 5, 2016

A conversation about the purpose of life.

Sparks of Divinity is a collection of the teachings of yoga master B. K. S. Iyengar first published in a French-English bilingual edition in 1976. The material for this book was gathered and compiled by Noëlle Perez-Christiaens from class notes and correspondence during the formative years of Iyengar’s international career. The entries cover the period from the late 1950s, when Iyengar was invited by Yehudi Menuin to teach in Gstaad, Switzerland, to the year following the death of Iyengar’s wife and the opening of the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India.

When Noëlle first studied with Iyengar in Pune in 1959, Iyengar was still teaching his pupils one-on-one at his home. During her stay in India, Noëlle was regarded virtually as one of the household, and this intimacy continued in their subsequent letters, where Iyengar wrote to her more as a colleague and friend than as a teacher. We are fortunate to include Noëlle’s Indian Journal for 1959 and her Early Life of B. K. S. Iyengar, translated into English especially for this edition, for the intimate glimpses they give of Iyengar’s personal life and family.

Sparks of Divinity is also a testament to the deep bond between teacher and student. In an afterword about Noëlle, we learn how an early suggestion from Iyengar moved her in a completely new direction, and how she attributes her discoveries about Aplomb (natural balance) to Iyengar’s ongoing inspiration.


Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar (14 December 1918 – 20 August 2014), better known as B.K.S. Iyengar, was the founder of the style of yoga known as “Iyengar Yoga” and was considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world. He was the author of many books on yoga practice and philosophy including Light on Yoga, Light on Pranayama, Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and Light on Life. Iyengar was one of the earliest students of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, who is often referred to as “the father of modern yoga”. He has been credited with popularizing yoga, first in India and then around the world.

The Indian government awarded Iyengar the Padma Shri in 1991, the Padma Bhushan in 2002 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2014. In 2004, Iyengar was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine.

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1. You’re creating your own beliefs.

Many self-defined spiritual people can talk to you at length for hours about spiritual beliefs of others, but when it comes to their own beliefs, there aren’t actually any. When you’re experiencing a true spiritual awakening, sure, you might find some solace in older beliefs and systems. You might find yourself deep in meditation or yoga, but while you’re there, you’re coming up with your own ideas and beliefs.

2. You want greater freedom.

During your spiritual awakening, one day you’ll wake up, look around, and suddenly feel shackled by your home, your job, your possessions, and possibly even your relationship. Don’t leap from bed, throw out everything, buy a van and follow your favorite band on tour just yet though. But think about the things in your life that weigh you down and deny you freedom. Think about how life would be without it and what you might be able to do without it.

3. You feel a deep draw toward personal development.

Where bubbly stories of a person’s escape from slavery or another’s return to good health from calamity used to not interest you, suddenly stories of personal development and triumph are important to you. You’re drawn to them because you’re now striving for it yourself.

4. When you’re in nature, you feel more connected than ever.

A hike through the woods may have once been a tedious, annoying thing that kept you from watching the game or playing some video games. But during your spiritual awakening, everything else melts away from your mind when you’re in nature. You suddenly feel so much more connected to it and the whole universe when in nature. It’s almost as though you can feel the pulse of the planet.

5. You find yourself talking to yourself or praying more often.

It’s a subconscious change that happens during your spiritual awakening. You have a sudden desire to express your thoughts and feelings, whether to yourself, to some higher entity, or in prayer. There’s nothing wrong with it. Saying your thoughts out loud puts them out into the universe. You never know how the universe will reply.

6. You’re experiencing synchronicity.

Synchronicity is a pretty strange experience. It’s the experiencing of meaningful, related events that are unlikely to be mere coincidence. These experiences tend to guide us toward a path, but sometimes they simply remind us that we’re already on right path.

7. You feel a deep oneness with your fellow man.

Congratulations, you’ve entered empathic territory. All human beings are soft-wired to feel empathy. Empathy is the feeling of seeing someone else hurt and feeling that pain yourself. It’s what causes you to feel unwell or faint at the sight of blood. You’re feeling someone else’s pain. You’re experiencing their experience. During your spiritual awakening, you’ll find yourself more connected to your fellow man; not just in a Moby We Are All Made Of Stars kind of way, but you start to understand that everyone is on a path, everyone experiences many of the same things, and we’re really not at all alone in this.

8. Taking care of your body is more important.

You smoke, you drink, you eat at Taco Bell, but then you start experiencing your spiritual awakening and suddenly none of that sounds appealing. You want some fresh squeezed juice or a delicious salad with vegetables. Even more so, you want to grow your own vegetables, be one with the land, and nourish your body in the purest way.

9. All of your emotions are felt more fully.

Sure, we all experience a wide range of emotions, but people in the midst of a spiritual awakening will feel them more fully. Spiritual people are characterized as being happy, frolicking little angels, but spiritual people do feel anger and depression and they feel those emotions more so than most. It’s not to say they don’t also experience joy and satisfaction; they simply feel the full range and to a higher degree.

Source: Rise Earth


Published on Aug 1, 2016

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My childhood world was one of abuse, repression and terror. This is what I believed the world was about. Until, from the depths of my despair, I began searching for a new way. My conscious spiritual journey began when I was called as a young adult, determined to find new life and freedom from this limited world, to a higher quest for the Truth of myself. I studied many forms of spiritual practice, including Buddhism, Native American, Judaism and others, and soon became aware that the Source of All Life is within all traditions.

Approximately 15 years ago, I entered into a deep Shamanic /healing Path centered in the heart of Brazil. I remained fully committed and dedicated to my journey in this form for eight years, healing most of the false ideas that I carried through all of my lifetimes. After this I was called to enter a several year retreat. During this time I was guided to enter fully into the teaching of A Course in Miracles. I received the transmission completely through my heart, and guided by my prayers, intention and deep devotion to be healed of all that held me prisoner in this temporary illusion, my heart completely melted and I awakened to the Truth of All Love. Since my awakening, I have dedicated my life to guide, with radical gentleness and complete devotion, all beloveds who have a deep desire to come home easily and gently.

Chris Celine is an awakened spiritual Mystic and guide to many beloveds seeking a gentle way home. A powerful healer and seer, Chris Celine transmits the love of God in profound and life altering ways. Her pure love can be received in every cell. She is a living example of the Love of God manifesting on earth and walks in this world as a reminder that everything can be healed and transformed into Love.

Website: http://chrisceline.org

When we reveal ourselves to our partner and find that this brings healing rather than harm, we make an important discovery ~ that intimate relationship can provide a sanctuary from the world of facades, a sacred space where we can be ourselves, as we are. This kind of unmasking ~ speaking our truth, sharing our inner struggles, and revealing our raw edges ~ is a sacred activity, which allows two souls to meet and touch more deeply.

~ John Welwood

New Earth relationships will be so different to the relationships you now have. They will be gentler and more playful and yet wise. There will be less intensity and drama, and more caring, nurturing and companionship.

You will come to realise that the purpose of relationship, all relationship, is to “relate” – to share and to support and to nurture from your own sense of abundance and completeness.

You will look for relationships that are spiritual and heart-based, rather than physical and emotional. In the Old Earth relationship paradigm, relationships were based on physical attraction and emotional bonding.

In the New earth, your relationships will be based in the heart, in feelings, compassion, connection and mutual respect and support.

We for-see many relationships growing between people of different age groups and different cultures, relationships that will be deep and meaningful, and yet would not have seemed possible before because of the narrow limitations of what you considered a relationship to be in your Old Earth energy framework.

These relationships will be light and joyous, and yet capable of real depth and intimacy because the people concerned will be more interested in the connections of the soul rather than the connections of the external and the physical realms.

There will be sharing and caring, and yet both partners will be independent and self-reliant within themselves. There can be no co-dependency in the New Earth. Balance is so important.

These relationships will be balanced and loving, between two equally powerful and caring persons. There will be no dominance, no victims, no dramas and no abuse.

There will be commitment – commitment to the relationship and the mutual growth of each of the partners within the relationship. And this will be true for all relationships, not just love or romantic relationships.

Friendships will become deeper and more meaningful experiences, as you understand that you have soul families, and that your friends often are close soul relations who are here to love and support you in your work on the planet. And when your relationships exist in this loving and balanced state, then your sexuality will also be loving and balanced.

And, once again humans will learn to celebrate and enjoy their creative and sexual energies in ways that are life-enhancing and ecstatic. And we are here to work with you and love you and support you as you move into this loving and love-filled space.

~ Indigo Nin

Source: Sacred Dreams Inspiration

In the present moment, there is no death. Then where is death? It is somewhere in the future. When we are in the past and future world of the mind, we can anticipate the future. We can imagine the future. And that is where you will find death.

Each day, death is approaching. It is coming closer. This creates fear and anxiety for many people, often at an unconscious level. It accounts for our feelings of vulnerability and mortality and it completely overlooks that dimension of us that is immortal.

However, if I am fully present, there is no future. There is only this moment and death does not exist in this moment. For death to exist, I would have to leave the present moment and enter the world of the mind. I would have to peer into an imaginary future to find it. It has no connection to the present moment. Even if I am in the last few moments of my existence here on earth, there is no death if I can remain present.

In this moment, I am present with my breath. No death! In this moment, I am still present with my breath. Still no death! I am relaxed. There is no judgment. There is no holding on. There is no fear of the unknown. I am simply present with my breath, moment to moment. Perhaps I can hear the rain outside my window or the sound of a bird singing. I am present with the sound. Or I am present with the fragrance of the flowers next to my bed. In Presence, I experience no fear or anxiety, just a feeling of gratitude.

Then suddenly, I leave the body. This is not death! It is simply a transition to another dimension. I am transitioning from the physical dimension to the soul dimension. If I have not awakened fully during my lifetime, I will be born again. I will be given another chance to free myself from the past and future world of Illusion. I will be given another opportunity to awaken into the truth of life, love and God revealed through the doorway of the present moment. If I have awakened fully, then my return to the physical plane is optional. But why would I not want to return? After all, this is Heaven on Earth.

Source: Spirit Library


Published on Jul 31, 2016

Why is Advaita Vedanta not a Path


What is heaven like? What is your soul’s purpose? Can you unlock your divine potential?

With advances in modern medicine enabling more and more people to be brought back from the brink of death, it is now possible to paint a vibrant picture of what lies beyond. It is also possible to discover more about our spiritual destiny from near death experiences. Each afterlife experience offers us powerful clues into our soul’s purpose, and in this fascinating new book Theresa Cheung unveils these life-changing truths, or insights, as the Ten Secrets of Heaven. It is only through our understanding of their meaning on earth that we can discover heaven and eternal life.

After explaining each of the ten secrets, Theresa will show how heaven can disguise itself in aspects of daily life, such as health, career, money, love & relationships and life goals, and also during times of crisis, such as when we are depressed, grieving, lacking direction or experiencing heartbreak. Truly understanding how the Ten Secrets of Heaven can be harnessed for our well-being will bring enlightenment, peace and joy. It will also leave no doubt that nothing in this life is as it seems and death is not the end.

Theresa Cheung was born into a family of spiritualists and studied Theology and English at King’s College, Cambridge University before launching into a career in education and then journalism and writing.

Theresa has been writing books about the psychic world for over twenty five years now – some of which have gone onto become Sunday Times Top 10 bestsellers, some have been translated into 25 different languages and her internationally bestselling mind body spirit Encylopedias are still selling strongly – yet she have never claimed to be a psychic or a medium. She has written many books about health and well-being too.

Theresa is an ordinary woman who has had extraordinary experiences.

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The Ten Secrets of Heaven by Theresa Cheung

With advances in modern medicine enabling more and more people to be brought back from the brink of death, it is now possible to paint a vibrant picture of what lies beyond. It is also possible to discover more about our spiritual destiny from near death experiences. Each afterlife experience offers us powerful clues into our soul’s purpose, and in this fascinating new book Sunday Times top 10 best selling spiritual author Theresa Cheung (who has a masters in Theology from Cambridge University and has been writing about the paranormal for two decades and books translated into 25 different languages) unveils these life-changing truths, or insights, as the Ten Secrets of Heaven. It is only through our understanding of their meaning on earth that we can discover heaven and eternal life.
Theresa will show how heaven can disguise itself in aspects of daily life, such as health, career, money, love & relationships and life goals, and also during times of crisis, such as when we are depressed, grieving, lacking direction or experiencing heartbreak. Truly understanding how the Secrets of Heaven can be harnessed for our wellbeing will bring enlightenment, peace and joy. It will also leave no doubt that nothing in this life is as it seems and death is not the end.


Published on Jul 30, 2016

http://adyashanti.org – Adyashanti explores the vast capabilities of the heart—how it has an infinite capacity to empower you and liberate you from the narrative of your mind. By letting your mind rest, your other capacities are allowed to come online, which allows heart-centered actions to take center stage. By retiring old stories that your mind has created about experiences, you are freed from the relentlessness and repetitiveness of your mind. By realizing the inherent limited nature of feelings and emotions, you are able to experience things as they truly are. Adyashanti offers up the option that there is an alternative to the interpretive network of the mind—and invites you to experience this for yourself.

Video excerpted From “Jumping Off the Cliff”
http://tinyurl.com/z2bx2rn

Quotes from this video:

“The most profound experiences of openheartedness are often when our mind is overwhelmed by beauty, or intimacy, or closeness. Then there is this extraordinary, heartful availability. Those moments are like glimmers beyond the veil that humans tend to live their lives behind—that there is actually something quite extraordinary right on the other side of this narrative.”

“Our mind is making up about 99% of all the experiences we have—emotional experiences, feeling experiences, and all the rest.”

“When you realize that what you’re actually experiencing is your mind—from one point of view it’s rather disappointing and from another point of view it’s extraordinarily empowering—because it means you have a lot more options than you ever imagined about how to experience anything.”

“The present moment is actually creating the experience of the past.”


Published on Aug 26, 2016

Also see https://batgap.com/roger-castillo/

Here I am, Roger.

From an early age I recall a natural inquisitiveness towards the nature and mechanics of all sorts of things. I was constantly observing and theorizing.

Fortunately, throughout life, the denser and more persistent forms of suffering were not something I was particularly familiar with. Life unfolded quite smoothly on an inner and outer level.

Although there was already a strong spiritual bent, it wasn’t until my late twenties that life introduced the notion of enlightenment and the underlying non-dual nature of life. When this happened all the cells in my body shouted ‘yes’ and there was an unexplainable faith that trusted what had been read. From that point, everything else faded into insignificance next to the quest that had been ignited.

This was the beginning of a wonderful phase which spontaneously started some 15 years back and spanning 5 years miraculously didn’t stop until what was initially pointed at became lived on an unwavering basis.

IT WAS ALL JUST HAPPENING

What was most amazing about the process was that from very early on the concept that everything is a ‘happening’ and not ‘my doing’ was introduced – that everything is unfolding exactly as it is meant to, not according to my will but according to God’s Will.

This notion immediately resonated deeply and in a short time the ingrained contrary beliefs dissolved and the conviction flowered into an experiential way of being that so perfectly embodied this pointer.

This magically intricate process unfolded with this heart attitude present throughout, making it known directly to be a divinely orchestrated plan delivering everything that was needed in exactly the right proportions and at exactly the right time. I have been known to say “that if any of this process was actually up to ‘me’, I would have messed it up on day one!”. And yet the paradox, but not contradiction, is that it was Roger who was the one contemplating, reading, meditating and so forth.

From then I had a deep experiential conviction that everything in life happens the same way “according to God’s Will” from the beginning of time to the end of time. This deepened and led to a radical insight about the nature of Source in its most primordial. From here the underlying oneness of life became obvious far more than just intellectually and an unbroken connection to Source was established from where peace of heart in daily living stems.

I hold Satsang and retreats and welcome anyone to join in the spiritual discourses, especially if there is a genuine yearning to open to the notion, and ultimately the first hand, direct knowing, that unbroken peace of mind, love and contentment are our very nature and not caused by things we need to do or attain. This is everyone’s birthright.

The following saying penetrates to the core of what this particular teaching addresses, and that is the marriage of two seemingly contradictory standpoints into a unified paradoxical realization of ‘non-dual duality’ which leads to liberation.

Before one studies Zen, mountains are mountains and waters are waters; after a first glimpse into the truth of Zen, mountains are no longer mountains and waters are no longer waters; after enlightenment, mountains are once again mountains and waters once again waters. ~ Zen saying

I always speak from my own direct experience, however many who knew the great teachings of my beloved Guru Sri Ramesh Balsekar will recognize the content often comes through in much the same vein as what he shared with seekers for more than 25 years in Mumbai, India. Jai Ramesh Guru. The teachings of Jesus, A Course in Miracles, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj and Bhagwan Sri Ramana Maharshi, among others, were all precious gifts which were instrumental in what happened. Humbled and in gratitude I bow. Website: http://rogercastillo.org

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