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Maybe at first the beautiful experiences enhance our lives and cultivate a sense of joy that we believe is contained within that beauty. And the negative experiences seem to disrupt our lives and pull our attention away into fear. But the truth, behind our experience of fear and joy, is that there is something that is un-contained and never disrupted.

If we allow both the beautiful and the painful to point us back to not knowing, regardless of our circumstances, we come to see that it is the only constant in a world that swings between good and bad, up and down, right and wrong.

And so the pain served as an eraser. It came in and slowly took everything. It’s primary message is to let go. Its gift is silent fullness. It demands brevity and so points without delay to the fundamental fabric, that ground of the unknown.

When we inquire into the hidden value of the unknown, especially in a moment of great pain or great beauty we may not find an answer. We may instead experience an out-of-the-question silence that contains a profound reverence.

For true peace in the face of great pain, and for the resolution of its suffering, it is this unquestionable silence we must reveal within ourselves. It is not a tool to help better ourselves. It is not a pain killer. When the transient lights of our own lives are going out, and we no longer know anything – it is who we truly are, and we are already home.

Chronic pain can be used for spiritual self-inquiry

Sruti is a spiritual teacher who shares her experience with an uncommon and painful illness called Interstitial Cystitis. This ongoing and chronic condition challenged her to stay present with daily pain and to look further inward for answers.

In an extreme moment of pain, in which consciousness began to fade, Sruti experienced the erasure of all that clouds over the earliest source of vision. She asks the question: with whose vision are we seeing when the lights are going out? Has this early vision ever known anything at all?

Sruti finds that we can allow what is painful to become a tool to disrupt the ordinary layers of our experience. Underneath these layers we find the unconditional peace that is our constant being in each moment.

Can we investigate the source of ordinary vision – can we find the place of true seeing that is earlier that who we think we are?

When we inquire into the hidden value of the unknown, especially in a moment of great pain or great beauty we may not find an answer. We may instead experience an out-of-the-question silence that contains a profound reverence. For true peace in the face of great pain, and for the resolution of its suffering, it is this unquestionable silence we must reveal within ourselves. – Sruti

The initial awakening is just around the corner – the first use of our wings. This awakening is not enlightenment (Real awakening to reality) but to conscious Life – the tool to be used for our liberation. This article portrays the difference between initial awakening and enlightenment (Liberation) – the beginning and the End, and gives us right view on the tool- and its use, which we all stand to receive before long…

For realization to happen, there is a need for the very first step to be taken.

The step of dissolving our identity by our surrender to Life.

The very first dissolving happens through the step of sorting away all of the identification and realizing who “I” am.

The result of the very first step is awakening.

It is the first surrender and death of identification to the realization of All-inclusiveness.

Awakening is the tool which is needed, to lead us towards and to liberation. Enlightenment.

Awakening and the death to realization, of All being One, is the very first- in a row of deaths.

Which by their happening results in the thinning out of our Existence on every level of Existence.

The transformation of our sexual energy. Our want. Our ego.

Awakening is not the end, but the beginning and first step towards Self-realization.

It is where the work actually starts – of clearing our being in every corner possible.

Without the first full cycled death, the following deaths are out of reach. The world is being lead towards and will before long attain this very first step, of awakening within all beings.

Initial awakening is mis-interpreted as enlightenment by people.

What does the bird in the nest know of the birds in the sky?

Our very first death is the attainment of the knowledge of how to fly.

We have realized we have wings, but our wings are weak and we know nothing of the skies.

Once awakening has happened, we know our Self to be Life itself – to be God.

This is what is in store for every One here before long.

Realization of the One Life, through penetration of a spot of clear seeing,

One reach of the highest state of consciousness,

The achievement of our wing’s use.

But realization has not been attained.

The One clear spot of seeing has penetrated our being somewhere – either in Heart, Mind or belly.

The Existence of the sky has become known, but its expanse is not.

From there, that One spot of penetration is to grow.

To claim- and include its Truth in every part of us and our living Lives.

By its own perfection through our deeper, wider and complete surrender to it.

Realizing our Self to be God, Is the initial “travel home”, but the “return” is next.

The transformation of all sexual energy/Life-energy to become the same Space.

It happens by the rise of Life from the bottom of our being,

It looks like want – only this time, the identification happening, is with that of God.

All else follows – Our learning to fly.

If we let it, by going further – by keeping on letting go.

Using the tool of awakening for its intended purpose.

The inherent knowledge of God, allows as our tool,

to let die that identification again and again,

as want rises, grabbing the Life it sees, calling it itself,

it calls us for one more death, and one more,

Through death after death, it is emptied out and loses all power.

The training of our wings, will serve to uncover the mysteries of the sky.

Finding all parts of the sky to be the same Space.

Our dying again and again – is exactly this.

The living of our lives is the discovery of all parts of Life to be the same Space.

What we are, is to be seen in the right light,

The right light can thereby be applied to our Life and living.

We can come to succeed with the shaping of everything according to the reality of Nothing.

Not until all is done, succeeded and resolved, can we call the sky our home and being.

Do not be discouraged by the thought of a thousand deaths,

for it is the first death, which is the hardest.

And it is this cycle of re-rising followed by cessation of Ego, of want (a new death),

Which leads us to enlightenment.

We are birds learning to fly.

The gift of our wings is just around the corner – for everyone.

Learn to use them well,

Train your wings to carry you, 
And get to learn the skies…

The Zen masters facilitated a 1000 deaths, true enlightenment.

And so will you also come to break down your Self again and again, to finally become real and realize Self as no-self.


Aisha Salem – Letting Go Into The Intensity of Being

Extract from the Online Satsang November 2015

In stripping away the flowery language, the sugar coating so to speak, the author is aware that he is presenting Self Enquiry as the challenging Practice it is designed to be, directly, “in the raw”. But then this will take you to an important question: Who or what is being challenged? What is it within you that creates this resistance, doubt and fear? This is your first opportunity to go to the source, to step back from this anxiety and concern and see it for what it is: the many-layered mind with all its attachments continuing its game-playing in an effort to remain in control. In being prepared to swallow what seems to be a bitter pill you are taken directly to what matters: the path to Truth.

Michael Vincent

Born in 1949 I have been a painter and writer throughout my life. Inspired by nature in front of the living, vibrant landscape painting has always been a connection with our precious Earth and an act of deep meditation.I specialise in gouache and oil painting and use my work to illustrate my published articles and books.
In 2004 I was honoured to receive the Sannyasin name Tathagat from the Osho Leela Community, a name I continue to use in my work in Self Enquiry.I am a qualified Reiki Practitioner (2005, Shekinashram, Glastonbury).
A life-long interest in meditation has culminated in a deepening understanding of Self Enquiry with my first book published on this Practice in 2010. I have also published articles on SE in Kindred Spirit and Watkins Mind Body Spirit Magazines.
I live in Bridgwater, Somerset with my daughter Jennifer. From here I pursue a combined programme of creative activity and meditation taught to others through retreats and Satsang.

Look Inside


Published on May 27, 2016

A discussion as to whether Awareness is self-aware in deep sleep.


Eckhart Tolle is a German-born resident of Canada, best known as the author of The Power of Now and A New Earth. In 2011, he was listed by the Watkins Review as the most spiritually influential person in the world.

The Awakening (Finnish: herännäisyys or körttiläisyys) is a Lutheran religious movement in Finland which has found followers in the provinces of Savo and Ostrobothnia. The origins of the movement are in the 18th century. It has functioned inside the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland throughout its existence. Formerly very pietist, the movement is currently considered within mainstream Finnish Lutheranism.

Theologically, the Awakening emphasized the greatness of God, the sinfulness of man, and the insignificance of human efforts towards salvation (see monergism).

Today, the Awakening movement is widely known in Finland through an annual religious summer festival called Herättäjäjuhlat. The festival, held in July, attracts around 30,000 visitors and remains the second largest annual religious event in Finland.

The Awakening brought with it a form of the conventicle known as the seurat which consists of singing of hymns as prayer interrupted with short speeches as commentary to the prevailing mood.

The movement strictly holds on to the Lutheran theological basis of the church of Finland. However, its mission is to point of the significance of faith in the life of the individual and empower people to follow Christ. The movement strongly emphasized that faith and salvation are acts of God. Man cannot contribute towards his/her salvation. Salvation is the act of God and Holy Spirit alone according to Luther’s principle sola gratia. God is great, the human being is small. Gospel is preached on the low level amongst the people where the movement is also lived.

Religious views have been formulated primarily by the early leaders of the movement. Among them, especially Paavo Ruotsalainen’s views still continue to influence thinking. Today, herännäisyys is a moderate movement accepting the ordination of women as pastors and having a tolerant attitude toward sexual minorities. A study published in 2010 by the Finnish Church Research Centre revealed that supporters of the Awakening differ significantly from the supporters other Finnish Lutheran revival movements in their tolerant views toward e.g. sexual ethics.

The headlines are clear: religion is on the decline in America as many people leave behind traditional religious practices. Diana Butler Bass, leading commentator on religion, politics, and culture, follows up her acclaimed book Christianity After Religion by arguing that what appears to be a decline actually signals a major transformation in how people understand and experience God. The distant God of conventional religion has given way to a more intimate sense of the sacred that is with us in the world. This shift, from a vertical understanding of God to a God found on the horizons of nature and human community, is at the heart of a spiritual revolution that surrounds us – and that is challenging not only religious institutions but political and social ones as well.

Grounded explores this cultural turn as Bass unpacks how people are finding new spiritual ground by discovering and embracing God everywhere in the world around us—in the soil, the water, the sky, in our homes and neighborhoods, and in the global commons. Faith is no longer a matter of mountaintop experience or institutional practice; instead, people are connecting with God through the environment in which we live. Grounded guides readers through our contemporary spiritual habitat as it points out and pays attention to the ways in which people experience a God who animates creation and community.

Bass brings her understanding of the latest research and studies and her deep knowledge of history and theology to Grounded. She cites news, trends, data, and pop culture, weaves in spiritual texts and ancient traditions, and pulls it all together through stories of her own and others’ spiritual journeys. Grounded observes and reports a radical change in the way many people understand God and how they practice faith. In doing so, Bass invites readers to join this emerging spiritual revolution, find a revitalized expression of faith, and change the world.


Diana Butler Bass was born in Baltimore, Maryland and grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona. For as long as she can remember, she’s been interested in spirituality, religion, history, and politics–passions she intertwines in her books and writing. She holds a Ph.D. in American religious history from Duke University. After a dozen years teaching undergraduates, she became a full-time writer, independent researcher, educator, and consultant. Her work has been cited in the national media, including TIME Magazine, USA TODAY, and the Washington Post, and she has appeared on CNN, FOX, PBS, and on NPR. For five years, she wrote a weekly feature on American religion for the New York Times syndicate. She currently writes for Huffington Post and Washington Post and is a contributing editor at Sojourners magazine.

LOOK INSIDE

The Sunday Forum: “Grounded” Finding God in the World – A Spiritual Revolution

Grounded: Finding God in the World – A Spiritual Revolution
Join author and scholar Diana Butler Bass as she discusses her newest book, Grounded: Finding God in the World – A Spiritual Revolution. Recent studies show many people leaving behind traditional religious practices. Diana Butler Bass, a leading commentator on religion, politics, and culture, argues that what appears to be a decline actually signals a major transformation in how people understand and experience God. The distant God of conventional religion has given way to a more intimate sense of the sacred that is with us in the world. This shift, from a vertical understanding of God to a God found on the horizons of nature and human community, is at the heart of a spiritual revolution that surrounds us—and that is challenging not only religious institutions but political and social ones as well.
Diana Butler Bass specializes in American religion and culture. She holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University and is the author of nine books. Bass will be the preacher at the 11:15 am worship service following the Sunday Forum

Published on May 25, 2016

Coming soon Virtual Reality experiences from Deepak Chopra MD.


Published on May 25, 2016

Instead of escaping the messy human condition by going to the monastery, I actually discovered the full human condition. What I discovered was that the divine transcendence I was seeking was not found outside the human, but was found precisely by going more deeply into it and embracing it fully. In this talk I would like to share these insights about integrating our human journey toward emotional maturity into the spiritual journey of awakening to the transcendent dimension. I would like to share a bit about how this process has been working in my own life, giving practical pointers about how to live this out in concrete ways in daily life. Rather than trying to deny and destroy the vulnerable humanity I found in myself and those I lived with in community, I have found that by embracing it, by fearlessly accepting all the dark and painful places within myself and others, I could actually discover that unconditional openness that was at my heart’s deepest center, that place within that never grabs on to the ‘pleasant’, that never pushes away the ‘unpleasant’, but is simply and beautifully and unconditionally present to whatever shows up in experience.

When we practice embracing what seems vulnerable and ‘unacceptable’ within us, this very embracing touches that consciousness which is essential to who we are. It helps point us toward pure being itself, ‘the Ground of being’ within us all at our own heart’s center.

Francis Bennett was a Roman Catholic, Trappist monk for a number of years. He lived in two monasteries of the Trappist Order in the US and was also a member of an urban, contemplative monastic community originally founded in Paris, France in 1975. He has lived in France at several monasteries, and in Canada at a small monastic community in Montreal Quebec. He received a five and a half year monastic/spiritual formation with the Trappists before he made his vows as a monk at Gethsemani Abbey in 1983. He graduated from the Pontifical College Josephinum with a BA in Philosophy and completed a two year residency in Clinical Pastoral Education with Ohio Health Hospital System in Columbus, Ohio. He has worked in ministry in the area of spiritual Care in the hospice movement, as a hospital chaplain and in spiritual care of the sick and dying in parish settings. He has lead retreats in both the Vipassana Buddhist Tradition and in the Christian mystical/contemplative Tradition. In 2010, while in the middle of a Church Service in his monastery in Montreal, Francis suddenly experienced what he has come to call, “a radical perceptual shift in consciousness”, in which he discovered the ever present presence of spacious, pure awareness. He came to see that this awareness is actually the unchanging essence of who he really is and always has been; the Supreme Self, talked about by many sages and saints from many spiritual traditions down through the ages. He also came to see simultaneously, that this vast, infinite sense of presence at the center of his being (and at the center of the being of everyone else on the planet) is actually not at all separate from the presence of God, which he had been looking for during his many years as a monk and spiritual seeker. http://findinggraceatthecenter.com/


Published on May 25, 2016

Tara Talks: How to Practice the RAIN of Self Compassion – Tara Brach

When we bring the clear and kind presence of RAIN to our felt sense of unworthiness, we begin to discover a larger, more whole sense of our being.


Published on May 23, 2016

Rupert Spira is a spiritual writer and teacher in the branch of Non Duality, exploring the nature of experience in his essays and texts. He has published a book (The Transparency of Things, Non Duality Press, 2008), and a few DVDs with interviews. He holds regular meetings and retreats in the UK, Europe and the US. (Source: Wikipedia)

In this talk Rupert Spira emphasizes the importance of focusing one’s attention on the feeling ‘I am aware,’ because it directs us to our true nature. Enjoy!

Any story you tell yourself about who you are, any belief you have, any feeling you are aware of, is only an object of your larger consciousness. You, in your essence, are always something that experiences all these and remains more complete than any of them. When you realize that you are inherently larger than any feeling that enters your awareness, this very awareness will change the feeling, and it will release its grip on you.

Similarly, ideas that you have about yourself are relative, not absolute truths. If you simply look at them and do not let them lead you into further thinking, they will give way and leave your mind open and silent. There is always a relationship between who we believe or feel ourselves to be and something else, the Self that is our larger awareness.

In awakening to this Self-me relationship, we begin to be present with our experience in a new way. We learn to consciously hold our thoughts and feelings in our own larger fields of awareness. Then, even if we are troubled and confused, this non-reactive quality of presence to ourselves allows us to restore ourselves to a sense of wholeness. This is the power of awareness.

Sensation and Perception: Our Original Consciousness

The great Indian sage Ramana Maharshi said that if we want to know our true selves, we must “go back by the way that we have come.” Our original state of consciousness in childhood is not one of being a separate entity with our own thoughts and sensations, but rather is a relatively undifferentiated domain of sensation and perception.

Our parents, having already reached the developmental stage of separate-self consciousness, provide the model by which we begin to develop our own sense of the separate self.

But when we take the developmental step into the consciousness of the separate self and leave behind the universe of immediacy and undifferentiated sensations, as a consequence we also become identified with our sensations. Who is happy? Me. Who is angry, tired, frustrated . . . ? Me. Our feelings acquire names, however, and at the same time, we are defined by those feelings.

The same is true with perception: we may not feel that the sunshine on the trees is me, but we cannot identify it without simultaneously existing as a separate me. In psychological and philosophical theory, this level of consciousness is called “subject-object.” It is the level of ego awareness where most human development stops. We are aware as me, we react as me, we defend as me, we desire as me, but we are not aware of the true self. It is the true self that looks at all we think, do, and experience, including our sense of me. In this looking, a relationship is created that has the power to transform our experience of ourselves and our worlds.

Throughout our lives, the moment we bring our awareness fully into the Now, we enter the domain of the true self, and our immediate conscious reality is once again that of sensation and perception. As I sit in the park, the sunlight brightens the leaves and casts shadows on the ground. I have a feeling of contentment. And as long as “I” don’t create stories about what I am seeing or about the fact that I am feeling content, which leads me away from my immediate experience, what I experience remains simply perception and sensation. The same is true for any feeling, any emotion. In the Now, it is just what it is. In the Now, I “go back” to my original awareness “by the way that [I] have come.” When we directly perceive and experience whatever is present in our larger fields of awareness, it is possible to have a relationship with it without becoming lost in it or defined by it.

Exercising the Power of Awareness

We exercise the power of awareness and strengthen our spiritual muscle by bringing ourselves, over and over again, into the immediate present. To do so, we must become present with what we are feeling and thinking. We can turn our attention directly toward what we are experiencing instead of staying enmeshed in a feeling or blindly accepting our beliefs about ourselves.

It makes all the difference in the world whether we are caught in a negative emotion and say, “I am sad, angry, lonely,” and so on, or are able to recognize, at that moment, “Here am I, all wound up in sensations of resentment. Here am I, fuming with anger.” Awareness of our sensations is not the same as identifying with our thoughts or feelings. Every movement back to present-moment awareness grounds us in the body and opens the connection to our larger awareness.

Even the smallest movement toward exercising the power of awareness, instead of collapsing our larger awareness into our thoughts and feelings and thereby becoming identified with them, restores us to a more complete consciousness. It gives us the power to start from a fresh, open, less conditioned relationship to our experience. This doesn’t necessarily mean that our problems disappear. But as we exercise the power of awareness, our reflexive reactivity diminishes. We respond from a state of greater presence. When we collapse into our feelings, we lose this capacity. We default into me, and this limited self seems like the whole of who we are. Then we have no choice but to react because we feel as if we must defend ourselves.

The Fundamental Relationship

What are we actually doing when we bring our awareness fully into the present and realize “Here am I . . . ”? We are moving into a more spacious awareness and thus creating conscious distance from what we are experiencing. At the same time, we are opening toward our immediate experience to see it as it is, to see it fully, to invite it to reveal itself more completely to us. We are seeing as objectively as we can, without reacting or judging. This lets us more completely realize what we are actually feeling or sensing; we do not merely remain in our heads, interpreting and analyzing.

It is important to point out that moving our awareness into the Now and thereby gaining distance from our feelings and thoughts is not dissociation. A frequent mistake people make with Eastern meditation practices is to try to rise above and detach from an experience, especially whenever the experience is considered negative. To exercise the power of awareness, we are required to become more present in our experiences without losing our larger awareness. With this quality of attention, we gain true understanding. We naturally begin to respond to our experiences in the most appropriate and intelligent ways.

This intimate viewing of ourselves by our awareness is the most fundamental of all relationships. We create the possibility of a conscious, empathetic connection between me (or self) and our true selves, or what is alternatively referred to as the Self. The personal self that we experience as ourselves is held, seen, and felt deeply by that, which will never reject me, never turn away, never judge me. It can see us judging, attacking ourselves, creating our own misery; but it does not judge even this. It is simply present with me.

This presence need not be merely neutral or indifferent. We can let it be our trusted friend, like the Persian mystic poets Hafiz and Rumi did when they referred to it as the “Guest” or the “Beloved,” to whom they offered themselves and who always received them.

The key to cultivating the healing potential of the self-Self relationship is the quality of our attention — the steadiness, gentleness, and acceptance of the “gaze” we turn toward ourselves. We must be truly willing to experience our feelings and clearly see our thoughts without reaction, allowing the moment to be exactly as it is without defending ourselves against these feelings and thoughts, without our minds moving away into further thought. Then that which transcends our capacity to name or categorize it in any way, is present to us and has the same accepting quality that we present to ourselves. This is also the essence of meditation and prayer. By keeping our attention in the present moment, we can become transparent to what is transcendent. It is the Self’s profoundly empathetic acceptance of self that ultimately sustains us when we face our deepest fears, including even our egos’ primal terror, nonbeing.

Copyright Richard Moss, MD. Richard Moss is an internationally respected teacher, visionary thinker, and author of five seminal books on transformation, self-healing, and the importance of living consciously. For thirty years he has guided people from diverse backgrounds and disciplines in the use of the power of awareness to realize their intrinsic wholeness and reclaim the wisdom of their true selves. He teaches a practical philosophy of consciousness that models how to integrate spiritual practice and psychological self-inquiry into a concrete and fundamental transformation of people’s lives. Richard lives in Ojai, California, with his wife, Ariel.


Published on May 23, 2016

“Yes, we go to this timeless background of consciousness and awareness. Absolutely. Very liberating isn’t it? Very, very freeing; very profound and very beautiful.

And yet, if taken in and of itself, we’ve just switched sides of illusion. We’ve gone from form and time, to formlessness and timelessness, and we say: ‘Well, this one’s more true,’ because it’s more comfortable, it feels better, basically.

But the truth is, only when these two collapse together – that this world of form IS the timeless, so what we call form is emptiness, it is consciousness, that’s what it is. Then, there’s no stance anymore, is there? There is no sense of ‘I have to remain as awareness’. We only have to remain as awareness if we don’t really know that this wall is awareness, that your car is awareness – once we know that, then we’re finally free, are we not?”

– Adyashanti


Published on May 23, 2016

Is consciousness the same as awareness, or do the two words refer to different dimensions of perception?

According to world expert on lucid dreaming, Stephen LaBerge, consciousness is awareness plus mind and the structure of the individual brain. “That’s a critical understanding,” he says, “Consciousness does have to do with the brain, but it’s not awareness. Awareness is the word for what it is prior to the one thing we are sure of.”
Stephen LaBerge is the first scientist to empirically prove the existence of the phenomena of lucid dreaming. His work has developed this technique into a powerful tool for studying mind-body relationships in the dream state and he has demonstrated the considerable potential for lucid dreaming in the fields of psychotherapy and psychosomatic medicine.

His book on the subject, Lucid Dreaming, Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming and his more academic Conscious Mind, Sleeping Brain have received enormous popular interest. He is the founder of The Lucidity Institute, an organization that promotes research into lucid dreaming, as well as running courses for the general public on how to achieve a lucid dream

Demonic Dreams as Messengers of Wholeness: Stephen Laberge

Published on May 23, 2016

Are we ready for the lucid nightmare?

“It’s a very destructive idea – the astral projection notion – that there are entities out there that want to get you and that you’ve got to get rid of them and protect yourself from them. No. You want to transform the demons into angels. They’re messengers… of wholeness, and if you accept them, they transform.”
Psychophysiologist and leader in the scientific study of lucid dreaming Stephen LaBerge talks about wholeness and lucidity.


Published on May 23, 2016

Deepak Chopra – How to manage stress and heal your 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 May 23, 2016

Also see https://batgap.com/ganga-mira/

Geneviève De Coux was born in 1947 in Namur, Belgium during her parents’ holidays. The family lived in the Belgian Congo. Geneviève and her brother enjoyed an idyllic childhood until 1960, the year of the Congo’s independence. The family emigrated to Belgium.

Their paradise was lost. Geneviève found herself in Brussels, this radical change of scenery stoked the fire of her ontological search and she found refuge in art. In 1968 during her second year at the university while studying her philosophy paper, she stumbled upon a saying of Socrates which hit her straight in the heart: “Know thyself”! Realising that this was precisely what she had always been looking for, she instantly dropped her studies and set out for India by road in search of a living Socrates or Buddha.

On reaching the Himalayan foot-hills, she led a meditative and ascetic life by the Ganges in Rishikesh, waiting to meet her master. The locals called her Mira because of her devoted renunciation. At the end of 1968, in circumstances well worthy of Indian mythology, she met a man with whom she had an awakening experience. He left the following day without Mira knowing anything about him, neither his name nor his address. The one certainty was that finally she had found her master. To give herself the best chance of seeing him again, she decided to live at the exact spot of their meeting. For eight months she waited for him and meditated under a little tree on the banks of the Ganga river.

One day, her master, H.W.L.Poonja, a disciple of Ramana Maharishi, came back for her. She became his disciple and wife and started to travel with him. In 1971, H.W.L Poonja was invited to give Satsang in Europe and Mira accompanied him. Their daughter Mukti was born in 1972 and the little family went on travelling the world. For the education of her daughter Mira returned to Belgium. In 1990, H.W.L Poonja, also called Papaji, settled permanently in Lucknow where he gave Satsang every day until he passed away in 1997.

In 1998, Mira was invited to give satsang, which she continues giving to this day all over the world. She decided to call herself Ganga. In 2004 Ganga Mira moved to Portugal. She lives near the wild ocean of the Algarve with her daughter Mukti and her grand-children, Arun and Satya, and gives satsang four times a week.

Website: http://gangamirasatsang.com

Interview conducted 5/21/2016

New York Times bestselling author David Wilcock has become one of the leading writers exploring ancient mysteries and new science. With his latest book, The Ascension Mysteries, David will take readers on a surprising and enthralling journey through the history of the universe, exploring the great Cosmic Battle surrounding our own Ascension.

David Wilcock’s previous New York Times bestsellers, The Source Field Investigations and The Synchronicity Key, used cutting-edge alternative science to reveal oft-hidden truths about our universe. In The Ascension Mysteries, David takes us on a gripping personal journey that describes the secret cosmic battle between positive and negative happening every day, hidden in both the traumas of our own lives and the world’s headlines.

Through his contact with a positive higher intelligence behind the UFO phenomenon, groundbreaking scientific information, and data from high-ranking government whistle-blowers, David reveals that the earth is now on the front lines of a battle that has been raging between positive and negative extraterrestrials for hundreds of thousands of years. The Ascension Mysteries explores the towering personal obstacles David overcame to unlock the great secrets of our universe and looks ahead to what this battle means for each of us personally. By unifying ancient texts from a variety of religions with scientific data and insider testimony, David presents a stunning conclusion—that Earth is on the verge of a massive cosmic event that will transform matter, energy, consciousness, and biological life as we now know it and will utterly defeat the great villains of our time.

David Wilcock is an author, professional lecturer, filmmaker, and researcher of ancient civilizations, consciousness science, and new paradigms of matter and energy. His seminal thoughts and expertise on consciousness have reached hundreds of thousands of people through his extensive online presence at DivineCosmos.com. His first two books, The Source Field Investigations and The Synchronicity Key, were New York Times bestsellers. Wilcock lives in California.

David Wilcock Occupy Your Self! Personal Spiritual Development

David Wilcock explores the core spiritual teachings we need today… in order to be able to truly become who we already are!

The 2012 prophecies now have a stunning factual basis behind them in David Wilcock’s New York Times bestselling book, The Source Field Investigations. In this video, breaking new ground in production value for Divine Cosmos, David Wilcock goes into the spiritual principles hidden behind these scientific investigations.

Meditation, dreamwork, out-of-body experiences, philosophical principles, the Law of One, the fourth-density shift… all of this and more is explored. David Wilcock’s brilliant spiritual insights give you practical tools that can help improve the quality and joy of your life… right now!

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Spontaneous Ascension: Stunning New Evidence


Published on May 21, 2016

You (Jiva) “create” a reaction, an interpretation to the objects presented to you.

The Jiva is not experiencing what is actually there, the Jiva always only experiences its own projections, likes and dislikes (vasanas).

That is the reason why the Jiva has such a problem. Because our vasanas distort reality. We perceive reality based on our beliefs and opinions.

The logical question is, how to get rid of those projections?
Should we just remove the world?
This is the experiential Yogic idea of getting rid of your thoughts because the world is in your mind.
Thus, if you get rid of your mind you get rid of the world!
As a consequence you are in Samadhi (blissful meditative state) all the time and happy. There are no problems if there is no world present!

The appearance of the world can temporarily be removed by Yoga
but the complete removal of mental projections is not possible without Self-Knowledge.

Once Self-Knowledge is firm, you realize that the reality of the world is just a belief.

The important question is: Who realizes once the world disappeared? Who realizes the removal of the world in Nirvikalpa Samadhi?
Who needs Self-Knowledge once you come out of Samadhi? Who are you once you come out of the meditative state? A jiva (individual)?

By removing the world, you don’t remove yourself (awareness)!
I am present without my mind (ego), I am even present without the world!

So, Yoga is good! As long as you have a teaching!


Published on May 21, 2016

Andrew Rawlinson ‘THE HIT’ Interview by Iain McNay
Author of ‘The Hit – Into The Rock’N’Roll Universe And Beyond’ and ‘The Book Of Enlightened Masters – Western Teachers in Eastern Traditions.’
Andrew Talks about his life and how he was aware that he was continually ‘hit’ by realisations, small and large, that enabled him to see through his conditioning. ‘The HIT is both a grace and a disturbance.
All worlds are a show..
Reality is open
It is constantly transforming itself
It goes beyond itself
It is where illusion begins

All derangements are connected. Like sub atomic particles they just keep reflecting each other jumping between each other and turning into each other. Just like a magic trick where certainty and deception change places.
It’s a jungle, as soon as you find a path you loose it.

Everybody is looking for who they are ——- but they are nobody
Not only is the world stranger than you imagine – it is stranger than you can imagine. And we are all collaborators in creation.
And what is it to collaborate? To know that we are the mirror as well as the face in it, pain and what cures pain. This is the expanse of spirit: rich and dark.
Yes, it’s the Gods who are rocking us, who are looking for someone to receive them.
There is really no reality without identity, and identity is a show.’


When you were born, you moved from a womb that became too small for you (your mother’s womb),
to a much larger womb ( the world you were being born into).

But you did not have the opportunity to complete that transition. You got caught in the trauma of separation that occurred at birth and instead of entering a world of Oneness, you entered a world of separation.

It was a gradual transition as you joined your parents in the past and future world of the mind. If your parents had been fully present and awake, and not lost in the mind, they could have guided you through the trauma of separation into the present moment. The feeling of separation that arose in the birth process would have subsided and you would have developed within a world of Presence and Oneness. But your parents were not present. They did not know how to guide you into the present moment. Instead they guided you into their world of the mind. It is not their fault. That is what happened to them, and it is passed down, generation to generation.

The whole point of awakening is to return to that larger womb, which is existence itself, revealed through the present moment. You will feel safe. You will feel connected to everything. You will experience Oneness. Now you can evolve into your true nature. Now your true destiny can unfold.
Source: AWAKEN

Leonard Jacobson ♥ Awakening to Presence

This is one of the more baffling mystical truths, because every one of your five senses will tell you otherwise.

We enter illusion when we start asking why. Left to your own imagination, you will more than likely reach into the vast resources of your memory archives and fill the void of “why” with some negative association from your past or negative projection in the present. It’s what we do. We tend to fill voids with something negative – a fear or insecurity.

How do you know why things happen as they do? You don’t. You have no idea and you never will. Much less are you capable of knowing what must take place today in order that certain events unfold one or two years or a decade from now.

Why events happen as they do in your life, from the grandest or most devastating to the most seemingly insignificant, is beyond your ability to know. You can no more distinguish what is significant from what is insignificant, if such a thing as insignificant exists at all. Whether something brings you pain or pleasure, happiness or sadness, is not the arbiter of what really matters, which most of us should have learned by now. Those feelings are just temporary responses to your experiences, and even your responses are illusions. You are happy one day, sad the next, melancholy on the third day, bored on the fourth, ecstatic on the fifth, exhausted on the sixth, and on the seventh day you’re confused about the whole of your life.

To believe that anything can remain perfect, successful, or healthy forever is always just a wishful illusion.

What you can do:

Turn to the higher truths, reminding yourself: “No one has done anything to hurt or reject me. No one can empower me or disempower me. To believe otherwise is an illusion. It can look and feel that way, because of my own personal needs, but I am in charge of my needs. So, I forgive all these people who I believed had deliberately hurt or rejected me. That, too, was an illusion. They never plotted to reject or hurt me. I projected expectations onto them based on my own desires and they failed to live up to my imagined plans for them.”

Source: Caroline Myss


Published on May 19, 2016

A discussion of how the infinite mind shines in the finite mind.


Published on May 19, 2016

There is enough space in your heart for everything to peacefully exist.
Love is your security and fear always your weakness.
When you have choice, choose love – and you always have a choice.
May all beings be happy.


Published on May 18, 2016

How do I get NonDual Love?

Well, it starts with some uncomfortable recommendations:
One gains devotion by giving up sense gratifications and associations with worldly objects.

It is obvious that nondual love does not come for free. There are qualifications necessary.

This is what I mean by saying: You cannot have your cake and eat it too.
You cannot assume to continue smoking, drinking, etc.
You have to let go of those tamasic and rajasic habits that disturb your mind.

If you think you can get nondual love and devotion and keep your bad habits and associations with useless people, it is not going to work.

Whenever you are around bad, useless people you get the same vibrations in you, your freedom is gone. This is just the way it is.

You have to look into your habits and lifestyle and make the necessary changes.

What do you do instead?
Keep your mind constantly on awareness, on the self.
You need to ritualize a devotional style of life!
Develop spiritual Vasanas (habits). Replace your worldly vasanas (sex, drugs, entertainment,…) with spiritual vasanas (meditation, praying, studying and listening the scriptures, going to satsangs,…).

Once this lifestyle change has been fully implemented nondual bhaktas (devotionalists) see awareness shining in everything!

Just as cars have a GPS that helps us get where we want to go, so do our bodies and souls. Too often, we ignore the life-directional system we were each born with, what Zen Cryar DeBrucke calls our Internal Guidance System (IGS). This book simply and easily teaches you how to tune in to this guidance, a system that wants you to be happy, successful, and stress-free. You’ll discover how you can leave painful memories behind, abandon destructive relationship patterns, follow the best course of action in every situation, and learn to experience the life-changing guidance you were born to follow.

Entrepreneur and teacher Zen Cryar DeBrucke is a coach to a wide variety of enterprises and individuals. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sonia Choquette is a spiritual teacher and the New York Times–bestselling author of Walking Home and other books. She lives in Chicago.

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The Secret of IGS for Spiritual Growth Issues

http://www.zendebrucke.com for more. There you will find free audio links, book, courses and the ability to ask questions about your Internal Guidance System and more.

This video gives you the secret of how to tell if you need to fix personal issues or not based on using the opening and closing sensations of the IGS. What to focus on and how to focus on it.

The Power Manifestation philosophy is based on the fact that you are always receiving information to bring you into greater alignment with your Highest Purpose. We call this information source the Internal Guidance System, or IGS. Each of us has our own Internal Guidance System located in our bodies.

Your IGS (sometimes called God, Spirit, or the Divine) has all the information you need to guide your thoughts regarding life decisions, large and small. Learning to use this new consciousness technology will enable you to know what you truly desire and what you are here to learn.

Your Inner GPS

Aired Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 2:00 PM ET

Today’s Star is Zen Cryar DeBrücke

Zen’s new book helps readers understand and access a powerful tool called an Internal Guidance System (IGS) that we are all are born with.

About the Guest Zen Cryar DeBrücke

Zen Cryar DeBrücke is the author of Your Inner GPS. She is an internationally renowned teacher, speaker, and coach whose programs have helped people all over the world transform their personal and business lives for the better.

Each of us is born with access to a powerful tool called an Internal Guidance System (IGS). Not unlike the GPS system that is built into cars, its purpose is to guide us through our lives by letting us know whether our thoughts and actions are moving us closer to, or further away from, the things we most want to create in our lives.

How to use it is detailed in her book, Your Inner GPS: Follow Your Internal Guidance to Optimal Health, Happiness, and Satisfaction (New World Library, May 11, 2016). Zen Cryar DeBrücke has used her own Internal Guidance System over the course of the last twenty years to leave painful memories behind, abandon destructive relationship patterns, and create the life of her dreams.

Visit her online at: http://www.zeninamoment.com

The internationally recognized teacher, speaker, and New York Times bestselling author of A Return to Love argues that our desire to avoid pain is actually detrimental to our lives, disconnecting us from our deepest emotions and preventing true healing and spiritual transcendence.

Marianne Williamson is a bestselling author, world-renowned teacher, and one of the most important spiritual voices of our time. In Tears to Triumph, she argues that we—as a culture and as individuals—have learned to avoid facing pain. By doing so, we are neglecting the spiritual work of healing.

Instead of allowing ourselves to embrace our hurt, we numb it, medicate it, dismiss it, or otherwise divert our attention so that we never have to face it. In refusing to acknowledge our suffering, we actually prolong it and deny ourselves the opportunity for profound wisdom—ultimately limiting our personal growth and opportunity for enlightenment. Frozen by denial, we are left standing in the breech. Whole industries profit from this immobility, and while they have grown rich, we have become spiritually poorer.

As Marianne makes clear, true healing and transcendence can only come when we finally face our pain and wrestle with what it has to teach us. Written with warm compassion and profound wisdom, Tears to Triumph offers us a powerful way forward through the pain, to a deeper awareness of our feelings, our lives, and our true selves.

Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed author, speaker, and activist. Six of her ten published books have been New York Times bestsellers. Her books include A Return to Love, A Year of Miracles, The Law of Divine Compensation, The Gift of Change, The Age of Miracles, Everyday Grace, A Woman’s Worth, Illuminata, and A Course in Weight Loss. She has been a popular guest on television programs such as Oprah, Good Morning America, and Charlie Rose.

TEARS TO TRIUMPH
—from the Preface, TEARS TO TRIUMPH

“This book is a spiritual reflection on human suffering, both its cause and its transcendence. Spirituality is not some pale-pink, gauzy, psychologically unsophisticated understanding of the world. Rather, it represents the most profound elucidation of how the mind operates and how it filters our experience. It recognizes the extraordinary depth of our most fundamental yearning—our yearning for love— and the extraordinary pain that we feel when we don’t find it.

There is an epidemic of depression in our world today, and a myriad of options for how to treat it. Just as there are natural remedies for disease within the body, there are natural remedies for disease within the mind. And by a “natural remedy” for depression I do not mean herbs or homeopathic remedies; I mean the practical application of love and forgiveness as a medicine for the soul.

As a society, we invite deep sadness by trivializing love. We have sold our souls for a mess of pottage. Human existence is not just a random episode, with no higher purpose than that all of us should get what we want. Seen that way, with no overlay of spirit, our lives seem to have no ultimate meaning. And the soul craves meaning the way the body craves oxygen. In the absence of a spiritual framework, we know the mechanics of life but stop short of understanding it. Failing to understand life, we misuse it. And misusing it, we cause suffering—for ourselves and for others.

Every great religious and spiritual philosophy speaks to the issue of human suffering. This book only touches the surface of the spiritual depth of insight available in the great religious and spiritual teachings of the world, but hopefully it gets to a point often obscured behind veils of dogma and misunderstanding.

Buddha’s spiritual journey began when he saw suffering for the first time; Moses was moved by the suffering of the Israelites; and Jesus suffered on the cross. But the point is not simply that Buddha saw suffering; the point is that he transcended it through his enlightenment. The point is not simply that the Israelites were enslaved; the point is that they were rescued and led to the Promised Land. The point is not simply that Jesus was crucified; the point is that he was resurrected. Human suffering was only the first part of an equation; what matters most is what happened after God showed His hand.

We too are suffering and observe suffering all around us; we too are enslaved by an internal pharaoh; and we too are dying on the cross of the world’s cruelty and lack of reverence. Whether it occurred thousands of years ago or is occurring today, suffering is suffering, oppression is oppression, and cruelty is cruelty. These things are not ancient realities that don’t exist anymore. They’re not gone.

And neither is God’s power to eradicate them. Spirit enlightened Buddha; Spirit delivered the Israelites; and Spirit resurrected Jesus. If we know our suffering is the same as theirs, it makes sense to seek a deeper understanding of their deliverance that we might more easily invoke our own. How arrogant we are, and how blind, to think that our suffering is the same as it’s always been, yet somehow we’ve improved on ways to deal with it. Are any of us under the impression that Buddha could have transcended suffering by making more money, getting a better job, or buying a better car? Or that the Israelites could have escaped slavery if they’d had another round of negotiations with Pharaoh or a private jet to take them to the Promised Land? Or that Jesus could have risen from the dead if only cryonics had been around then?

Humanity, over the past few hundred years, has lessened the incidence of some forms of suffering and increased the incidence of others. We’ve diminished the threat of polio, but increased the threat of nuclear disaster. We’ve diminished the dangers of travel, but increased the chances that our entire ecosystem will implode. And if we think we don’t do “rape and pillage” anymore, take a look at what’s going on around the world.

There is no worldly solution to the suffering, or self-destructiveness, of humanity today that can compare to the solutions offered by the great religions and spiritual philosophies of the world. Which is exactly why the ego mind has sought to co-opt them for its purposes. It has turned the power of peace into the power of the sword, both within the world and within our hearts.

Today’s search for spiritual sustenance is not confined to a particular teaching. There is no right or wrong when it comes to Buddhism, or Judaism, or Christianity, or Islam, or Hinduism. They are all kaleidoscopic facets of one essential diamond. Whether we relate personally to the story of Buddha, Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, or Krishna; whether we understand truth more deeply when it is expressed by Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, or A Course in Miracles; the essential themes at the heart of all these teachings are universal. They apply to all people, and most significantly, to all times.

The great religious figures and teachings of the world are God’s gifts, a divine hand reaching down to touch the minds of those who are called to them. While the ego uses the outer aspects of these teachings to divide us—sometimes even as justification to destroy one another—their inner truths unite us by teaching us how to live with each other. On an internal level, the great religions of the world have always led to miracles. On an external level, they have as often led to violence and destruction. That must change, and will change, as more people come to recognize the mystical truths, the inner gold, that lie within them all. The greatest opportunity for humanity’s survival in the twenty-first century lies not in widening our external horizons, but in deepening our internal ones. That applies to us personally, and it applies to us collectively.

And we will be sad until we do. Our bodies, our relationships, our careers, our politics, will continue to be sources of suffering when they should rather be sources of joy. Hidden within all great spiritual teachings is the key to turning that around. Once we find the key, and turn the key, we are amazed by what lies hidden behind the door that’s been locked to God. We’re not without hope; we just haven’t been seeing it. We’re not without power; we just haven’t been claiming it. We’re not without love; we just haven’t been living it.

Seeing these things, our lives begin to change. Our minds are awakened. Miracles happen. And at last our hearts are glad.”

PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY HERE and Watch A Free Bonus Video In this 30 minute video, I discuss more deeply the themes in the book and what inspired me to write it.

I hope this book brings comfort, healing, and new insight to your life.

All my best,
Marianne

NEW BOOK: TEARS TO TRIUMPH | Marianne Williamson


Published on May 16, 2016

Also see https://batgap.com/tom-thompson/

Tom Thompson is a teacher of Conscious Living.

In 1982 Tom began teaching Conscious Living at the Woodbury Yoga Center in Connecticut, and in 1990 at The Awakened Heart Center in North Carolina.

Conscious Living is an all-inclusive way of life. It includes the possibility of radical awakening along with the integration of body, emotions, mind and spirit; living skillfully and effectively in this world; and being in loving, empowering relationships.

In 1964, at the age of fifteen, Tom became a student of human psychology and a practitioner of the yogic pathways and enlightenment traditions. He has had the great fortune of training in depth with a number of exceptional teachers in both the enlightenment traditions and western psychology.

While pursuing spiritual realization, Tom had many jobs in many different fields. All were important in terms of his personal growth and evolution, but the most important was working 13 years as a mental health worker in psychiatry.

He has extensive training and experience in several different therapeutic modalities including hypnotherapy, transactional analysis, human potential, energy psychology and HeartMath®.

After many years of intense practice and experiences in several different spiritual traditions, a sudden awakening occurred that led to the spontaneous collapse and falling away of all identification with spiritual and psychological belief systems, traditions, gurus, concepts, and the experience of a separate, unique, individual self. Now there is this, as it is, and as it appears to happen.

The teachings of Conscious Living are direct, obvious, and all-inclusive. There is nothing to be believed or accepted, as they are self-evident. They point to the incredible gift and mystery of life, living us here and now, as we are.

Tom lives with his best friend, partner and wife Bonnie. He also has a daughter Kelly, son-in-law Chad and grandson Caden.


Published on May 12, 2016

A discussion about panpsychism.


Published on May 12, 2016

Lucidity, Poetic Synthesis and Creative Consciousness

The creative mind and the dreaming mind share a similar space. In creative process, the spontaneous epistemic uncertainty allows innovation and insights. The dreaming consciousness unfolds narrative tapestry of images, sound, thoughts and emotions. Metacognition in dreams (lucidity) becomes a new event to witness and participate inside the mind’s creative action. In this presentation, through poetic synthesis, projected images and music, the space of lucid mind is invoked. The presentation’s goal is to create the “dream space” in waking to allow the unexpected and creative consciousness emerges in lucid waking.

Fariba Bogzaran founded the Dream Studies Program at JFK
University where she taught for 25 years. She conducted the first major scientific research project on transpersonal experiences in lucid dreaming. Her art-based research focused on the phenomenology of lucid dreaming and modern painting, which led to the concept of Lucid Art. With painter Gordon Onslow Ford, she co-founded the Lucid Art Foundation in 1998. Her publications include: Extraordinary Dreams and How to Work with Them; Lucid Art and Hyperspace Lucidity; and Integral Dreaming: A Holistic Approach to Dreams. She is adjunct professor at CIIS.

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I think it’s safe to say that spirituality is indeed a good thing. The problem is that some people can enter the spiritual world with a pre conceived misconception that it is going to be an all-round positive experience.

Spirituality is not one thing and can be expressed in multiple ways. Some will find enlightenment through their work, others through religion, others through spiritual practice like meditation and yoga, others through the use of psychedelics and others by just expressing themselves in a positive way through kindness, compassion and love. No matter how you find the spirit within you, there is no right way of doing it.

What is spirituality? Spirituality is a very misunderstood term, some equate it to religion and while it can be related it is not an exclusively religious thing.

The spirit is the essence of a person, that elusive thing within us that makes us naturally behave in certain ways. When the mind is quite and all is peaceful all that’s left is the spirit.

You have your 4 levels of health- the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. All but the spirit are easily defined, measurable and explainable, the spiritual side of things is a little more mystical and hard to explain in a short sentence. But it is still a real thing.

One thing that will be present in all spiritual practice is consciousness. Consciousness is hard to define as is spirituality because again it is not one thing, but to make things simple consciousness on an individual level is your awareness of a thing, even if that thing is nothing.

One of the problems that can arise as a result of expanding your consciousness or awareness is a hard slap around the face of reality. It’s almost like The Matrix’s when Morpheus offers Neo the red or blue pill. Once you take that red pill reality can be hard to comprehend.

Spiritual practice and the expansion of your consciousness is like dissolving a barrier that has been slowly put up throughout your childhood and adulthood- through education, society’s expectations and family and friends.

Once this barrier is down it opens up the floodgates for all the good there is, but also the darker side of the world.

Firstly if you look at the collective consciousness you will see a lot of disharmony between people. As you walk down the street you will see peoples pain and on a global scale you will see how terrible the wars and suffering are. That’s not to say you didn’t see some of this before but once awakened it can be hard to ignore.

The second thing is your individual consciousness, once activated this spiritual awareness is like the holding up of a mirror and while it will help us to see the good in ourselves and others it can also help us to see the mistakes we are making and where we are going wrong.

Spirituality makes you face your flaws, the pain you have caused and the negativity which lies within you. Sometimes it can make you question who you are and what you stand for. It will also help you to realise the pain you have locked away and at times this can be a lot to bear.

One of the things that is common to experience is an initial feeling of euphoria when you reach a certain level of spiritual development and while this euphoric feeling is great it can often set you up for unrealistic expectation of yourself and others.

For some it will manifest in an expectation of others to understand your process and while it is good to have people around you who are on a similar path, it is ultimately an individual journey.

Another misconception is that a spiritual awakening is the end goal, when in reality it is just the start, it’s a bit like capturing a wild lion and expecting it to be tame. You have to nurture your spirit and continue to ask questions. Sometimes you will not like the answers and at other times the answers will not always be clear, but if you persevere you will find what you are looking for.

Taking the road of spirituality can be both the most difficult and rewarding thing you will ever do and it’s important not to get attached to your current situation, you will usually find that the dots connect and nothing you have ever done has been pointless.

One of the most important things you can do to minimize stress and anxiety, is to trust the process and know that if you continue to move towards your goals the only thing that can stand in the way is time or if you decide to give up.

When you can separate the darkness which we all have from the light and understand that both are normal and necessary it will make the road a lot less bumpy. Different states of mind serve different purposes and when you get to know your own emotional cycles and how they affect you, you can use these states to perform at your peak.

Ultimately making a conscious effort to grow spiritually is the best decision anyone can make. Spirituality will inform you of the truth, positive or negative and once you can face that truth in your own life growth will be inevitable!

Source: lukemiller@truththeory.com
bodymindsoulspirit.com

This powerful book was prompted by an invitation Matthew Fox received to speak on the centennial of Thomas Merton’s birth. Fox says that much of the trouble he’s gotten into — such as being expelled from the Dominican Order in 1993, after thirty-four years, by Cardinal Ratzinger (who later became Pope Benedict) — was because of Merton, who prompted Fox to attend the Institut Catholique in Paris to undertake a doctoral program in spirituality.

Fox reimmersed himself in Merton’s journals, poetry, and religious writings, finding that Merton’s marriage of mysticism and prophecy, contemplation and action closely paralleled that of Meister Eckhart, the thirteenth-century mystic who inspired Fox’s own Creation Spirituality. In A Way to God, Fox explores Merton’s pioneering work in interfaith, his essential teachings on mixing contemplation and action, and how the vision of Meister Eckhart profoundly influenced Merton in what Fox calls his Creation Spirituality journey.

A Way to God creates a methodology for understanding the vast contributions that Merton made to the history of spirituality. Readers will rediscover the beauty and depth of Merton’s thinking and his pioneering work in bridging the religions, as well as discover a new dimension to Merton: his journey as a Creation Spirituality pilgrim.

Matthew Fox is an internationally acclaimed theologian and spiritual maverick who has spent the past forty years revolutionizing Christian theology, taking on patriarchal religion, and advocating for a creation-centered spirituality of compassion, justice, and resacralizing of the earth. Originally a Catholic priest, Fox was silenced for a year and then expelled from the Dominican Order by Cardinal Ratzinger for teaching liberation theology and Creation Spirituality. Fox currently serves as an Episcopal priest, having received what he calls “religious asylum” from the Episcopal Church. With exciting results, he has worked with young people to create the Cosmic Mass to revitalize worship by bringing elements of rave and other postmodern art forms to the Western liturgical tradition. He has written more than thirty books, which have sold over 1.5 million copies in sixty languages. He lives in Oakland, CA.

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Matthew Fox on Thomas Merton

Published on May 11, 2016

Bestselling author Matthew Fox introduces his book A WAY TO GOD: Thomas Merton’s Creation Spirituality Journey and provides an overview of the vast contributions that Merton made to the history of spirituality. For more info http://bit.ly/1XlGa0w.


Published on May 10, 2016

Q: How Does One Know Consciousness Continues After Death?

2016 03 26 dialogue with Francis Lucille in Temecula, CA 6

Published on May 10, 2016

Tara Talks: Healing Self-Doubt – Tara Brach

This short clip draws on an archetypal story from the life of the Buddha, and guides us in working with self-doubt.


Published on May 10, 2016

Awakening can be defined as a fundamental transformation or death of the exclusive “me” that has its identity in “I am the body and mind,” to a non-exclusive awareness that simultaneously sees itself in all things, times and places without a second of differentiation.

Just like the sunlight does not need to be achieved as it is there ever-shining, awakening is your true nature and does not need to be achieved. What does need to be achieved and does take effort is the removal of the curtain that obstructs the sunlight.

The only prerequisite for this removal is an earnest and unwavering devotion to discover something that is eternal, everlasting, complementary to all, unchanging, and final. This brings down grace which removes the veil. The intensity of devotion and perseverance determines the pace.

Atreya, his wife, and three adopted children live in California, where Atreya works as a pre-school teacher. He and his wife are also foster parents to drug-exposed infants who are hard to place.

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Revealing the Christ:: The Way, the Truth, and the Life

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During the opening of this talk, Leonard explains what awakening is and he emphasizes the value of being present. Leonard identifies who we are when we are present and shares how the quality of our lives improves as we settle more fully into Presence. Other topics include: Meditation and spiritual practice, What is the ego? Right relationship with the ego, Experiencing God, Accepting duality, Presence and mastery, Inviting grace into your life, Liberating the energy of anger, In the present moment, there are no problems, Bringing consciousness to attachments, Coming to your senses, Presence and relationships, What is your story? Relaxing into, “Ah this,” Why are we so lost in the mind? The strongest addiction, Defining “Presence” and “mind.”

If there is an overriding philosophy that Ora Nadrich ascribes to, it is this: you can help yourself solve your own problems, you can do it daily, and the process doesn’t need to be complex. Flying in the face of the often oblique language of the self help movement, Ora, a certified life coach with a thriving practice in Los Angeles, prides herself on not only having devised a method of self discovery and mindful practice that is simple, direct and applicable to everyone, but is also easy to understand and put to use. And, like brushing your teeth, can be done daily and take about as much time. Simplicity is her mantra.

That philosophy forms the basis of, “Says Who? How One Simple Question Can Change the Way You Think Forever,” in which Ora vividly illustrates and breaks down her simple yet highly effective method, based on the principle that while we all face obstacles and negative thoughts in our lives, it is not enough to simply examine and be aware of them—we must question and challenge them in order to bring about true change.

Many of the obstacles people face,are the result of their own negative thoughts holding them back. And often those thoughts don’t even originate within them; they’re the ideas or opinions of someone else—a critical parent or angry spouse, for instance—which they believe without questioning to see if they’re even real or true. Since thoughts create beliefs—which then create behavior—negative thoughts are dangerous things to leave unchecked. You must question them, challenge them. Says Who?” shows us how.

More than simple “think positive” slogans and inspirational platitudes, this is not just a motivational book; instead “Says Who?” provides practical, tangible steps to tackling a condition that affects us all: negative thoughts.

Ora Nadrich is a certified Life Coach, certified Mindfulness Meditation teacher, and author of Says Who? How One Simple Question Can Change The Way You Think Forever.

New York Times best-selling author, Marianne Williamson says, “Ora Nadrich is a treasure. Her voice bears the passion of her own experience; she’s able to reach deep into our hearts because she’s culled so much wisdom from her own. When she speaks, I listen; when she writes, I read it; when she gives advice, I heed it. Her sparkle and power are not to be missed.”

Ora is a frequent blogger for the Huffington Post, and has been featured as a panelist on Huffington Post Live. She’s written many articles on Mindfulness, and can be found on Yahoo Health, YouBeauty, Conscious2, MindBodyGreen, and many other publications. She leads workshops on “The Says Who? Method”, a step-by-step process of confronting our negative thoughts, which are what often create the obstacles in our lives. Providing both tangible and practical lessons, Ora’s students are able to address and overcome their negative thoughts and outlooks to live their lives at their highest potential. Among her other workshops are “Living a Mindful Life”, “Conscious Manifestation” and “Love, Sex, and Mindfulness.” Ora has also facilitated a popular Women’s Group for the last several years.

Ora was an actress and screenwriter, where she worked in film, episodic television, and commercials for more than a decade, which she feels provided her vast experience in exploring motivation and the process of self-discovery. During that time, she simultaneously embarked on a two-decade psychological and spiritual journey toward self-awareness and transformation, which lead her to becoming a Life Coach.

Ora’s extensive psycho-spiritual exploration in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Technology of Change, Jungian Analysis, Buddhism and Kabbalah has influenced her work. She is also a licensed Marriage Officiant, and a member of the National Association of Professional Women, and The International Women’s Leadership Association.

An active philanthropist, Ora supports a variety of organizations like the Water Buffalo Club, Generosity.org, and Los Angeles Children’s Hospital.

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Ora Nadrich – Says Who? How One Simple Question Can Change the Way You Think Forever

Ora’s new book – Says Who? How One Simple Question Can
Change the Way You Think Forever

Available on amazon.com for preorder

“Ora Nadrich is a treasure. Her voice bears the passion of her own experience; she’s able to reach deep into our hearts because she’s culled so much wisdom from her own. When she speaks, I listen; when she writes, I read it; when she gives advice, I heed it. Her sparkle and power are not to be missed.” — Marianne Williamson, NY Times Best Selling Author

Ora Nadrich’s “Says Who? How One Simple Question Can Change the Way You Think Forever” book release

Ora Nadrich speaks after Marianne Williamson introduction at her book launch party for “Says Who? How One Simple Question Can Change the Way You Think Forever.”

What kind of person should I strive to be? What ideals should I pursue in my life? These questions, or versions of them, are essential building blocks of the human condition, and often recur throughout our lives. Dale S. Wright argues that the question at the heart of them all is one most commonly associated with Buddhism: What is enlightenment? Any serious practitioner of human life, religious or not, confronts the challenge of how to reach a different, improved–or enlightened–state of being, and fundamental to that quest is grappling with what enlightenment actually means. Why then, Wright asks, is this question not only avoided, but discouraged among Buddhists?

The simplest and perhaps most important reason is that pondering a distant goal is a waste of energy that would be much better applied to practice: Quiet the flow of obsessive thinking, put yourself in a mindful state of presence, and let enlightenment take care of itself. However, the point of Buddhist practice is that it might lead to some form of awakening; in some groundbreaking transformation; in enlightenment. Wright contends that understanding the nature of the enlightenment that one seeks is the most important task of all, and that it can and should be in line with practice. Once practice is underway, he says, there should be an ongoing meditation on the ideal that is being strived for.

What is Buddhist Enlightenment? offers a wide-ranging exploration of issues that have a bearing on the contemporary meaning of enlightenment. While he takes an examination of what enlightenment has been in past Buddhist traditions as his point of departure, Wright’s historical considerations yield to the question that our lives press upon us-what kinds of lives should we aspire to live here, now, and into the future?

Dale S. Wright is the Gamble Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies and Professor of Asian Studies at Occidental College in Los Angeles. He writes and teaches courses in Buddhist Studies, the Philosophy of Religion, and Contemporary Religious Thought. Wright is the author of books, articles, and reviews, including Philosophical Meditations on Zen Buddhism and The Six Perfections: Buddhism and the Cultivation of Character and the co-editor of a series of five books on Zen Buddhist history for Oxford University Press.


Donald Trump was just named the presumptive Republican nominee. Yet there are still enormous obstacles ahead for him to be even be accepted by that party, let alone be elected President.

His improbable rise has been shown by the transit of Jupiter through his first house, since July 2015, when he burst on the Political scene.

His Chart is a fascinating case study in the specifics of astrology, in this case the transit of Jupiter through his first house — and its influence on his persona and Natal Mars in the first house.

For his rise to be possible there needed to be many things in place, they include:
~ A weak field / Competitors unwillilng to hold him accountable
~ A complicit media fawning over him / entertained by him
~ The underestimation of his chances by party elders until it was too late
~ Several mid-level / weak candidates splitting the vote once the Primaries began.

All of these things have come together for him since the summer of 2015 when Jupiter entered his first house and went over his natal Mars, the Yoga Karaka in his first house and his SubDasa planet.

Unlike the Past,. in Trump’s Favor
In elections past, a majority candidate emerged to take down a fringe candidate, early in the process, one who earned a similar percentage as Trump. For example, Mitt Romney in 2012 quickly began to earn 50% or more in 2012, with New Gingrich earning voting percentages akin to Trump – with Ron Paul and Rick Santorum hanging out in the 5-10% range. This is normal.

Thus, even though Trump has barely gotten 40% of the vote, he has gotten close to 70% of the Delegates. This UNpopularity (within his own party) will be death of him as a General election candidate, and is showing up now as Speaker Ryan and other prominent Republican party members are still against Trump – former presidents and candidates will not endorse him or even show up to the Republican convention.

Foolhardiness and Overconfidence of Jupiter
One thing to understand about Jupiter, is he also can mask the truth for while, as we ride high, overlooking the underlying factors, as i see the media now doing with Trump – speaking as if he is “so popular” because he is “winning”,.. all the while overlooking these obvious numbers and fortunate circumstances.

His luck is about to change though, as Jupiter will move forward in early May and Trump will be challenged to be a “uniter” and rally this very divided party behind him. This will be no small feat, as Trump has created most of the divisions himself, and he is also riding high.
In the middle of August Jupiter will move into his second house and the circumstances will change. He will have a very tough battle on his hands where he will need to be accountable for his words and be facing battles from all directions, including within the Republican party itself.


Published on May 6, 2016

Guy Finley explains that being able to discern a true inner guide from a false one begins with understanding that any moment of disturbance that feels dark is actually intended to be a moment of illumination. Your first task in these moments is not to take action, but to work to be still and see the whole of the moment in a new way. True guide is always a healing force, while false guide is a concealing force.


Published on May 6, 2016

From Gangaji’s Tiburon Weekend, October 2015


Published on May 6, 2016

Thoughts, sensations and perceptions appear in the infinite space of Awareness; we cannot experience the edge of Awareness; there is one infinite Being refracting itself in all our minds.


Published on Apr 24, 2016

Deepak Chopra – How to find your life purpose

The Second Mystical Law: Forgiveness is Essential

Scientists, physicians, and psychologists who have researched the relationship between stress and illness have concluded that the ability or inability to forgive affects the outcome of serious illness. People who have a forgiving nature increase their chances of recovery.

Forgiveness is a mystical, not a logical, command. It makes no sense to the reasoning mind, because the reasoning mind is incapable of forgiveness. Genuine forgiveness is a self-initiated mystical act that requires the assistance of grace to release you from the compulsive and often self-righteous chatter of the ego, which continually enforces a position of entitled anger or hurt.

Forgiveness is not the act of releasing the aggressor, though it is usually interpreted this way. Nor is it a way of telling others that what they have done is “okay” with you and “all is forgiven now.” Neither of those interpretations even come close to the mystical essence of forgiveness, which is fundamentally between you and God. A genuine act of forgiveness takes place in the inner landscape where your disappointed, hurt, abused, or angry ego confronts your soul, which holds to a cosmic template of justice. The ego wants to hold another person responsible for why certain events in your life turned out as they did or for why you were hurt or treated unfairly. We always want justice to serve us and not the “other”, which, of course, means we always want to be right.

Ultimately, forgiveness is a battle between the righteousness of your ego and your capacity to transcend whatever situation you’ve experienced that has shattered the following myths that maintain that suffering is deserving of recognition, reward, or righteous vengeance:

*God is on your side and only your side.
*Justice should be logical and reasonable and always serve your side of the story.
* God follows the code of human law – if you do only good things, bad things will
never happen to you, and, of course, you never do bad things.
*You are entitled to have all things work out in your favor.

We can’t forgive others when these myths fail us, and they do fail us through the relationships and events that make up the tapestry of our lives. Understanding the essence of forgiveness is one of the most deeply healing and liberating gifts you can give to yourself.

From a cosmic perspective your life is far more complex than you can measure by the influence of one or two relationships. There is a higher law that rules the spirit, a mystical law that holds no allegiance to the laws of religion.

Reach deep into your soul and surrender to that which your ego cannot comprehend. The greatest challenge is to forgive those who you could so easily justify retaliating against, for when is your mind so clear of illusions that you truly grasp why events happen as they do?

The mystical truth is that forgiveness has nothing whatsoever to do with the person you are forgiving; it is a self-initiated act of transformation In which you release yourself from a level of consciousness that binds you to the illusion that you are safe and protected in a world of chaos and that your God is the only God of justice and fairness for all humanity.

The fairness of the divine is in the equality of chaos and in our capacity to do evil to each other, as well as in our capacity to release each other from hell. Forgiveness is an act so powerful that a resurrection of the inner self does indeed occur, because you are retrieving your spirit from the dead zone of past traumas and unfinished business.

What you can do:

Pray for the grace to forgive, and be ready to act on that grace. Let it melt through traumatic memories and do your best not to fight the meltdown, because it will happen, and when it does, refer to the power of wisdom of the other laws for support.

Caroline Myss – Freedom of humbleness, Finding your light, Mystical path and Grace

Caroline Myss is a five-time New York Times bestselling author and internationally renowned speaker in the fields of human consciousness, spirituality and mysticism, health, energy medicine, and the science of medical intuition. Caroline established her own educational institute in 2003, CMED (Caroline Myss Education), which offers a diverse array of programs devoted to personal development and draws students from all over the world. In addition to hosting a weekly radio show on the Hay House network, Caroline maintains a rigorous international workshop and lecture schedule.

After completing her Master’s degree, Caroline co-founded Stillpoint Publishing and headed the editorial department, producing an average of ten books a year in the field of human consciousness and holistic health. Simultaneously Caroline refined her skills as a medical intuitive, with the assistance of C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D., a Harvard-trained neurosurgeon.
Caroline developed the field of Energy Anatomy, a science that correlates specific emotional/psychological/physical/spiritu­al stress patterns with diseases. Her research proved so accurate that it became the subject matter of a book co-written by Caroline and Norm: THE CREATION OF HEALTH. http://www.myss.com/


Published on May 3, 2016

The Cerebrospinal Fluid and the Fluid Nature of Consciousness

Mauro Zappaterra, Director of Regenerative Medicine and Clinical Research
Certain traditions believe there is a ‘step-down’ process or condensation that occurs from the Source to our physical self. As this energy condenses it becomes more differentiated and
visible to the human eye as physical form. As this condensation occurs, certain traditions believe that the initial ‘step’ into the body occurs at the third eye, or the brow center. At this same location is the third ventricle, a space in the middle of the brain filled with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF).

Amazingly, this same fluid space, bordered by the pituitary gland in front and the pineal gland in back, has been referred to as the ‘Crystal Palace’ and the ‘Cave of Brahma.’ The CSF is home to many neurotransmitters and signaling molecules providing an elaborate range of biological functions. The CSF utilizes volume transmission and its information can potentially be quickly dispersed and simultaneously target key brain regulatory centers due to its fluid nature.

Interestingly, at the back of the third ventricle, in the middle of the brain, the CSF condenses and aggregates into a thread-like structure known as Reissner’s fiber that extends the entire length of the central canal of the spinal cord. The precise role of this fiber is unknown. Could it have a role in conveying vibratory signals from the fluid itself?

In addition, the CSF contains the ‘spirit molecule’ DMT that is released by the pineal gland. Nisargadatta Maharaj said, “fluids come together and the ‘I Am’ appears.” The CSF may
therefore serve as a vehicle for immediate signaling to major control centers of the brain and may be significant in regulating consciousness and the sense of ‘I Am’. Let us explore our fluid
nature, our fluid body, visit the ‘Cave of Brahma’ and go with the flow.

Seduction implies manipulation. It can be full-on or very subtle but it lacks spontaneity. ‘Seduction is an art that is tested in the mirror’, writes Miguel el Portugues. The Conscious Activist author James O’Dea talks about the economy of seduction View Here

This article first appeared in Watkins Mind Body Spirit, Issue 45.

Seduction is about power and the thrill of wielding it. It is mimicked in play, in artful teasing and even in erotic spinning of the polarities of playful dominance and submission. But lovers play is aimed at enjoying equalization and union. Real seduction doesn’t like to play games unless the cards are stacked in its favor. It seeks more than momentary peak experiences: it bases its survival on the thrill of securing permanent control over its quarry. Equalizing power would mean sudden death for any serious seduction. It would mean feeling weakness, loss of libido and a terrifying absence of control. In this worldview equality is the jargon of losers while dominance is the strategy of winners.

Make no mistake, although shifting, the seduction worldview is still the dominant worldview. Center stage is an economy of seduction whose winners win Big, whose strategies are based on aggressive market dominance and whose psychologically tuned marketing is predicated on arousing more and more needs in more and more consumers whatever the ultimate consequences for the planet.
In this worldview equality is the jargon of losers while dominance is the strategy of winners.

We live in an Age of Seduction: it permeates media, politics, academia, business, religion and even spirituality. Its central memes are: you deserve more, you need an upgrade, financial profit trumps social gain, success in everything and got to be on the winning team. The concealed code in this worldview is don’t miss out, don’t be a loser, don’t fall behind, don’t be excluded.

So is there a way through this labyrinth of seduction? A way that is not prudish or dry? A way that consciousness can heal the gaping emptiness of materialism? A way that is deeply convivial, personally rewarding and yet attuned to collective responsibility? A way that creates value-driven economies and visionary social evolution?

To answer these questions we will have to go back and look at things like attraction, arousal and desire through a different lens – a lens free of seduction. For it is only when freed of seduction that Beauty reveals naked Truth.

To exit the labyrinth of seduction we must experience direct contact with the rich cornucopia that is at the heart of being itself. This is a place inside not outside. This is a place fecund with potential. Tune into it and it draws you toward it. The great evocateur of human capacities, Jean Houston, refers to it as ‘the lure of being and becoming’. Yes, lure—for there is a great attractor inside us that seeks to draw us out of all our stupors and lead us to the truth of who we are. Rather than bind us in a manipulation this central sun of essence, gestating in the unified field of all being, calls us to the radiant aliveness of who we are. We are not puppets or even actors on a stage assigned roles or given a script. Each one of us is free to be a creative enactment of qualities that only we can ignite into manifest expression.

This is why mystics who surrender to the pulsing of this inner reality live such intense lives and burn with longing for union with the source of all being. To listen to them you might assume they were erotically supercharged – with their trysts, aching desire, wine, songs and talk of going naked. But it is because they have discovered the universe has placed its own beloved heart within them that they use the language of ecstatic arousal. They are freed from the labyrinth of seduction because they finally understand that the universe itself wants to equalize with them in holy and complete union.
To exit the labyrinth of seduction we must experience direct contact with the rich cornucopia that is at the heart of being itself.

The exit strategy from the labyrinth of seduction lies precisely here in the mystical and scientific knowing that it is an omnicentric universe—’God is a circle whose center is everywhere, whose circumference can never be found’. Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake for this idea. But we know now that it is true. There is no periphery – not in cosmos, not in consciousness and not in social evolution.

Gandhi was an impeccable embodiment of this principle. He showed deep respect for all, even to the crass colonial rulers of India caught in the seduction of empire, because he saw all as expressions of Atman. Nonviolence emerges out of this understanding—that there is no lesser being of an inferior realm to be subjugated. We are all expressions of one universal spirit. In fact, we are so inextricably woven together that harm to another is harm to self.

The emerging paradigm of healing, wholeness and transformation in both science and spirituality may seem mythic in its vast implications. But once you exit the labyrinth of seduction there is only one place to go – in our myths we call that place paradise. Paradise has nothing whatsoever to do with religion but rather with the license to be fully realized in consciousness and all the freedom and creativity that entails.

In Genesis it says that after the seduction, as Adam and Eve were exiting the Garden, an Angel was quickly sent with a flaming sword to the Eastern Gate to guard the way back. They needn’t have worried. It was clearly going to be a long lesson. Cain proved that. But myths the world over refer to a once and future golden age when we return to a paradisal state of being—once again one with Nature and with each other.

The long and arduous journey of initiation that began at the Tree of Knowledge will end at the Tree of Life. We are ready to heal, for we know now that unless we penetrate the illusion created by the seduction worldview we will destroy everything.

I already see multitudes assembling (beneath the radar screen of the corporate media) at that Eastern Gate calling out, ‘We are one, all is one’. We are close. So close.James O’Dea

In the meantime, juicy apple anyone?

Meet the Author: James O’Dea has trained over a thousand peace ambassadors from thirty countries. He is a well-known figure in international social healing who has conducted reconciliation dialogues for 15 years. He is on the extended faculty of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and its former President. The former Washington office director of Amnesty International and CEO of the Seva Foundation, he is also a member of the Evolutionary Leaders Group. His books include Cultivating Peace and Creative Stress.

The Conscious Activist with James O’Dea

Published on Sep 3, 2015

Where activism meets mysticism.


“Every moment is an opportunity, every moment is an invitation from Parabrahman. The opportunity that is being presented is to know the Self… there is no other reason to be here.”

This book is a collection of timeless teachings from Advaita teacher John Grenafege of San Francisco, CA. The book’s chapters are taken directly from his Satsangs, and also include two of his writings.

John’s message does not differ from that of Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta Maharaj, H.W.L. Poonja (Papaji) or other well-known Sages, but he does present it in his own unique way that keeps the serious spiritual seeker ‘looking’ in the right direction.

In this book, we are clearly reminded that if we wish to awaken in this lifetime, the commitment to knowing the truth has to be the highest. After awakening, which is truly the beginning, if one’s attention remains firmly planted in presence, pure consciousness, the I Am will naturally dissolve, evaporate, revealing what is prior to consciousness, in what is called Realization.

Each chapter begins with a pointer for reflection and meditation. It is a book that can be picked up and opened at any point for reading and contemplating the message within that chapter.

Pointer from the chapter You Don’t Have to Suffer: “It’s a dream of a thing called enlightenment. The more narrow one’s focus as believing in a body, in a world, in a someone — the more suffering. What if none of this existed?”

In addition to pointers, this book contains a number of black and white photos taken of the beautiful murals and artwork of Erin Tajime Castelan.

It is recognized that, as with all spiritual books, this book may make absolutely no sense to some, and yet be the ‘key’ for another. It is John’s wish that it be the key for you.

From the back cover: “My deepest wish is for you to realize the Truth of your Being. Know that the search and the one who searches are imaginary. When the mind is still, you are on the threshold. Abide there until The Only reveals and the imaginary evaporates.”

This is a book to be kept and savoured, for each reading brings a new depth of understanding, even after one has awakened.

BOOK CHAPTERS:

Dweller on the Threshold
All Language is Metaphor
The Mystery of This!
The Self is Idle and Unitary
The Absolute is No
The Unreal is Created With Language
The I-Thought Belongs to No One
The Knower and Known Arise as One, Not Two
You Don’t Have to Suffer
It’s a Dream
Don’t Be Afraid
How Does One, Speak to One?
Advaita – One Substance, Not Two
Life is Living You
The Mind Likes to Label
I Am-ness is the First Illusion
Bitten By A Scorpion
Silence
Let’s Unravel This!
No ‘Thing’ Will Bring Relief
Let It Go!
Consciousness Moves as a Whole
One Dreamer, Many Apparent Bodies
Freedom is Beyond All Experiences
Let It All Blow Away
Everything Goes
It’s So Close That We Miss It
Addicted to the Illusion
The Ocean of The Absolute
We Are Wonderful Mirages – A Ray of the Absolute
You’re Ready to Know
How Can One Find What Has Not Been Lost?

nirgun john was born John M. Grenafege. The name “nirgun” means ‘without attributes’, and was given to John by his students. John began his spiritual search at age 16 after he was given the book “Be Here Now” by his older brother. At age 19, he spent a brief period with Transcendental Meditation (TM). In the following years, he learned many other meditation techniques from various teachers.

John later took a monthly correspondence course from Siddha Yoga. As Muktananda had passed, John was initiated by Gurumayi, whom he still loves and honors as his Guru. This initiation gave his practice a new momentum, and shortly afterwards he discovered the teachings of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, whom he also considers his Guru.

Following his Awakening, nirgun john spent four years in silent meditation until Realization. A small group of friends then convinced him to start holding public Satsangs. nirgun john does not affiliate himself with any particular group or religion, but instead he transmits spontaneously to anyone open to receive.

nirgun john currently lives in San Francisco, where he has formed ‘A Bridge to Awareness’. nirgun john welcomes online and personal meetings with all spiritual seekers. All are welcome to attend the free online Satsangs he offers through this website.

LOOK INSIDE

nirgun john – The Divine Spark Is In You … It Just Needs To Be Lit

To join nirgun john, a.k.a. John Grenafege in a free online Satsang, please visit http://www.a-bridge-to-awareness.com


nirgun john was born John M. Grenafege. The name “nirgun”, means ‘without attributes’, and was given to John by his students.

John began his spiritual search at age 16 after he was given the book “Be Here Now” by his older brother. At age 19, he spent a brief period with Transcendental Meditation (TM). In the following years, he learned many other meditation techniques from various teachers. John later took a monthly correspondence course from Siddha Yoga. As Muktananda had passed, John was initiated by Gurumayi, whom he still loves and honors as his Guru.

This initiation gave his practice a new momentum, and shortly afterwards he discovered the teachings of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, whom he also considers his Guru. Following his Awakening, nirgun john spent four years in silent meditation until Realization. A small group of friends then convinced him to start holding public Satsangs.

nirgun john does not affiliate himself with any particular group or religion, but instead he transmits spontaneously to anyone open to receive.

nirgun currently lives in San Francisco, where he has formed ‘A Bridge to Awareness’. nirgun john welcomes online and personal meetings with all spiritual seekers. All are welcome to attend the free online Satsangs he offers through the ‘A Bridge to Awareness’ website.

“My deepest wish is for you to realize the Truth of your Being. Know that the search
and the one who searches are imaginary.
When the mind is still, you are on the threshold. Abide there until The Only
reveals and the imaginary evaporates.”
nirgun john

Book: Sitting at the Open Door of the Heart


Published on May 3, 2016

Tara Talks: Trusting our Awakening – Tara Brach

It can take many rounds of arriving in presence to fully trust the vastness and mystery and beauty of our true nature.

Awakening Through Conflict – Tara Brach

As long as we are identified as separate selves, we will inevitably experience conflict with others. If we learn to release blame and deepen attention to our embodied experience, conflict can become a portal for more loving, alive relationships and awakening into the fullness of our being.

In his well known, clear and lucid style, Jean Klein offers a book that is fundamentally about ourselves, about our own reality, and how we can start to realise our true nature, our inner stillness and wholeness.

Unique among Jean Klein’s works, the dialogues contained in this book have been organised by subject. Topics include: Relationship; The Nature of Thinking; The Art of Listening; A conversation on Art, etc.

Questioner: “In certain situations in life I feel blocked by a fear which prevents me from acting. How can I be free from this obstacle?”

Jean Klein: “First free yourself from the word, the concept, “fear.” It is loaded with memory. Face only the perception. Accept the sensation completely. When the personality who judges and controls is completely absent, when there is no longera psychological relationship with the sensation, it is really welcomed and unfolds. Only in welcoming without a welcomer can ther be real transformation.

“We are in essence one with all existence; when we truly observe ourselves there is ultimately no observer, only observation–awareness.”

Jean Klein, master of Advaita Vedanta in the tradition of Ramana Maharshi and Atmananda Krishna Menon and author of many books on non-dualism, spent several years in India going deeply into the subjects of Advaita and Yoga. In 1955 the truth of non-dualism became a living reality. From 1960 he taught in Europe and later in the United States.

LOOK INSIDE

Jean Klein – The Flame of Being

Michael Toms’ interview of Jean Klein is a profound and meditative exchange that reveals the real nature of being: silence, space and listening.

Michael Toms’ thoughtful questions encourage Dr. Klein to go deeper into the fundamental issues that confront anyone searching for the truth: the real meaning of freedom, the thinking process, silence versus the quiet mind, welcoming the essence of our being, the relationship between teacher and student, death and how to assist someone who is dying.

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