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1. Changing sleep patterns: restlessness, hot feet, waking up two or three times a night. Feeling tired after you wake up and sleepy off and on during the day. There is something called the Triad Sleep Pattern that occurs for many: you sleep for about 2-3 hours, wake up, go back to sleep

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It is common for people who encounter this teaching to fear a dissolution of their identity. What do we fear disappearing with the recognition of our true nature? It’s true that what seems to define us as a person — our thoughts, feelings, ideas, name and form — is going to disappear.

If we were truly afraid of letting go of the individual characteristics of our particular body and mind, we would be afraid of falling asleep at night. But we do so happily; we even look forward to it! Without a moment’s thought we give up our body, our mind and our world as we fall asleep, and are left only as the peaceful Self – pure Awareness – that we essentially are.

We don’t miss our body and our mind when we are asleep. We’re perfectly happy there without them. Then, in the morning, we happily ‘get dressed’ in our body and mind again. First we put on our mind, then our body, and then the world.

All the time, underneath the body/mind/world that we assume, we are always this peaceful Self that is inherently unattached to the body, mind and world. What we essentially are is no more attached to them than it is the clothes we’re wearing. We don’t have to work hard to detach ourselves from thoughts, sensations and perceptions. We just see that what we essentially are is already unattached to any particular object.

So, why are we afraid of letting a collection of thoughts, sensations and perceptions disappear? What do we think we are going to lose? The reason we fear it is that we have invested our identity in a collection of objects — ideas, knowledge, history and the sensations that we know as the body — in something that comes and goes.

To say, ‘we have invested our identity’ means that our essential Being of pure Awareness, or the simple experience of being aware, has mixed itself up with a collection of thoughts and feelings to such an extent that it can no longer distinguish itself from them. By allowing our Self to be entangled with an object or a collection of objects, we have allowed our true nature to be veiled.

Once we have consented to limit ourselves in time and space and seem to have become, as a result, a temporary, finite entity that lives in and as the body, we are destined to experience in a way that is consistent with that consent, and are thus destined to suffer. The experience of suffering is like a red flag signalling us, ‘Stop, you have mistaken yourself for an object. You have consented to limit yourself to a mind and a body.’

From the point of view of Awareness, which is the only real point of view, there is no veiling of itself. To say that we have allowed ourselves to become entangled with the body and the mind is a concession to the apparently separate self that believes and feels itself to be temporary and finite. So the statement is made to that apparent one that we believe and feel ourselves to be.

The implication of the phrase, ‘We have allowed ourselves to become entangled’ is the possibility that we could not allow it, that we could choose not to become entangled. This then raises the question, ‘Do “I”, the separate self, have the free will to choose whether or not I become entangled with the body/mind?’

The idea that we have the freedom to choose whether or not to become entangled with thoughts and feelings is a concession to the separate self we believe and feel ourselves to be. From the separate self’s point of view, it has choice, freedom. If we think we are a separate self, then by definition we feel that we are making choices.

For this reason the teaching says, ‘You have the choice. You have consented to limit yourself. You can choose not to. Choose to disentangle yourself. Make that your first choice in life, to disentangle yourself from the body and the mind and to know yourself as you truly are.’

As an apparently separate self, the highest choice we can make is to turn our attention away from the objects that we seem to know, towards the Knowing with which they are known. Making that choice effects this disentanglement of our self from the body/mind, and, as a result, our true nature stands revealed as it is.

When the mind returns to the heart — when the separate self is divested of its separateness and stands revealed as the true and only Self of pure Awareness — it becomes clear that there was never a separate self to begin with, and therefore the question as to whether or not that separate self has choice is moot.

The choice of refusing to be limited by the body and mind is open to everybody. At every moment there is the possibility to turn the light of our attention around on itself so as to know the nature of our Self, that is, the nature of the Knowing with which we know our experience.

This experience of being aware has never left us. We have never ceased to be this ‘I am aware’. Just give your attention to that. Instead of shining your attention on an object — a thought, feeling, sensation or perception — shine that Awareness on the experience of being aware, in other words, on itself. Allow your attention to come back to itself, just to rest in itself. That experience is peace itself.

Just abide there. Give your attention to your Self. Allow the Self to give its attention to itself. You’ll simply forget about the fear of losing your identity, of disappearing. This knowing or remembering of our own Being – its knowing of itself in us – will formulate itself in the mind as a kind of conviction: I am not just aware; I am eternally aware. I have never experienced myself disappearing. I never go anywhere. I have never been hurt. No experience has ever left a trace on me, yet I am totally intimate with all experience. I never die.

~ Rupert Spira

What are the three Gunas which control our lives? James Swartz Vedanta Bad Meinberg 2015

Published on Nov 25, 2015

Three Gunas:

Agitative Mind
Doing, doing, doing
To Gain certain things in the world: a Partner, Money, House, Children, … Business Mind
Downside? Stress, Burn-Out, Unhappy, Jealous, Over-Stimulated, …
Food: Sugar, Carbohydrates, Fast Food,…

Dull and Lazy Mind
Can’t do anything, can’t get up, I don’t want to do that, Fearful…
Downside? : Depression, Lack of Maturity, No Responsibility, Boredom, Blaming …
Food: Pizza, Fatty Food, Sauces, Carbohydrates, Cheese, Meat …

Clear Mind
Being able to make decisions, staying calm and making appropriate decisions,…
To understand the World, to understand Life
Downside? Arrogance, Becoming too Comfortable, Attract lots of needy people,…
Food: Salad, Fruits, likely cooked vegetables, raw food, certain proteins,…

All mistakes, poor editing and poor video quality is solely my responsibility: Georg Schiller Neither James Swartz or anybody else is responsible for any of my mistakes.

Published on Nov 24, 2015

Science goes where reality leads it, but what happens when reality itself comes under question? Since the quantum revolution over a century ago, the solid, tangible nature of reality has been undermined. Scientists were faced with three linked mysteries that are only now being seen as inseparably linked:
What is the nature of the universe?
What is the nature of consciousness?
What is the origin of both the universe and consciousness?

The era has ended when consciousness and the universe could be treated as separate and unrelated. Once accepted as independent, material reality depends on observation – the “measurement problem” in quantum mechanics. At the same time, mind/consciousness/awareness can no longer be considered epiphenomenal, a complex product of brain processes having no bearing on reality.

On the way to making the case for “consciousness first,” the following issues will be considered:

Can exploring consciousness through spiritual methodologies lead to some of the same insights as science?

Can the conscious observer and ‘self’ be understood through introspection – self awareness, self reflection, transcendence, and conscious choice making and intentional self – observation?

Is there a difference between perceptual experience and fundamental reality?

Where do consciousness and conscious experience occur?

In Vedanta, reality changes as consciousness expands. What brain states in neuroscience correlate with different states of consciousness?

Enlightenment or nondual awareness also referred to as liberation (moksha), has been the ultimate goal of life in Vedanta. How does this state of unity bear upon modern science?

This workshop will discuss theoretical topics, but also take attendees through various meditation techniques to gain experiential insight into these ideas. Harnessing the power of synchronicity can be achieved by the sutras taught in yogic traditions as a means to shifting from local to nonlocal awareness.

In Zen’s famed 10 oxherding pictures, the ox is enlightenment and the herder is you, the meditator. Created by 12th-century Chinese master Guo-an Shi-yuan, the oxherding pictures have mapped the path for Buddhist practitioners ever since, inspiring countless commentaries and new renderings. Here is a contemporary take by graphic artist Mark T. Morse, with commentary by Boundless Way Zen teacher Josh Bartok and a Vajrayana perspective from the late Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

1. Searching
2. Seeing the footprints
3. Glimpsing
4. Catching
5. Taming
6. Riding home
7. Transcending other
8. Transcending self-and-other
9. The source
10. Returning

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Published on Nov 24, 2015

Amoda talks about the imperative to dissolve all inner division and how seeing through the eyes of wholeness is true healing. This is a full-length recording from the Meeting at the Open Circle in San Rafael, November 2015.
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What is the Key to Enlightenment? Non-Duality James Swartz Vedanta

Published on Nov 24, 2015

This is a very short video of the Panchadasi, India 2015 video set.

In this lucid and masterful book, Richard discusses how spiritual maturity is our capacity for intimacy and conscious relationships. This is a book about deepening connection with ourselves, each other and the whole of life. Guidance is given into healing early childhood trauma, deepening the incarnation of spirit, meeting the ego’s original perception – the fear of loss of self. Learn how the quality of your attention can work miracles.

“Reading the Second Miracle is like entering a shamanic journey, where everything is present in multifaceted fullness – and all a once. I can only liken it to those times when listening to a beautiful piece of music, you know for a moment, the infinite nature and full radiance of Life.” -Ronda LaRue, writer and psychologist.

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Inspirations with Lisa Garr: Richard Moss Reveals the Secret to Changing Your Consciousness

Richard Moss discusses the key to finding yourself in present moment awareness in this interview with Lisa Garr. He says that by allowing your mind to select the evidence it needs for the negative, you are going to have a negative body and a negative experience. The concept of those thoughts always exists as part of a twin, so it is just a matter of reprogramming your thoughts to select the positives that will allow you to see a situation differently. He says that you can tell yourself two different stories and your brain will select the information it needs to back up either one. Once you realize you are telling youself these stories, they will drop and you will be able to find yourself in the present, ready and open.

I grew up in a hard working family, none religious. At the age of 18 I learned that the Father I’d known all my life was not in fact my biological Father. This new found fact destabilized the identity I had become accustomed to. The idea of who I was came under question. I was left asking, who am I. What then followed was ten years of drinking. At 27 I found myself in recovery from alcoholism. I spent three and a half years examining all the aspects of self identified traits in order to find an honesty that would propel me into a more productive direction. After three and a half years I came to see that all willful attempts at modifying the self still remained within the paradigm of self will. I had not transcended into honesty. It was at this point in a room one evening in 99 that I handed all attachment to the mind for any orientation to ongoing recovery. In doing so, not knowing what lay beyond, there was to be a complete self realization.

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Jean Houston discusses her optimism for a future of personal and social transformation. She offers a personal account of the events that lead her to establish the Foundation for Mind Research and become a leading proponent of the Human Potential Movement, and engages in a wide-ranging discussion of the approach to mystery. She talks with David Rome, Senior Fellow at the Garrison Institute.

About Aisha Salem

Aisha Salem is a Woman of Truth.

The deep integration with her human gives Way for her Being to operate across all levels, with an indefinably transparent yet deeply tantric approach, which has no seed of renunciation based on rejection or avoidance. It has fulfillment and completion – and thereby freedom within existence – as beyond it – at its core.

For the past 13 years, Aisha has been cultivating and realizing in deep surrender, the Truth of Being across all different dimensions – over Heart to Mind and deeply down into her Gut. Her dedication has brought her into realization of her Self as Universal Consciousness (God), beyond Existence into the Absolute (Void) and back into existence as the True Human.

Below, a short portrait of the life and realization of Aisha Salem.

A Short Biography

Aisha (; March, 1979) was born and raised in a non-religious family in Denmark. The beginning of her life played out under the flag of conventionality. After attending Business School and University, she established a family-life with marriage, motherhood and work in a big international firm. With all settled, it became obvious that this life was infinitely unfulfilling for her Soul.

At the age of 23 the question “Who am I?” rose in her mind with the demand for Truth. In her surrender to Love of her Self, Life broke loose knocking down every illusion of individual and separated existence through 2 years of extreme spiritual unfoldment.

Her endlessly expanding consciousness sent her through daily trances, bodily burning, periods of bodily paralyzation, resettings of her mind and memory, layer after layer of consciousness breaking her Hearts hierarchy down and revealing the reality of the Self. In Life penetrating her body, realization happened gradually by her Being becoming pure Life itself. As the expansion brought the realization as Universal Consciousness, the answer became clear: God is Love is Life is Me!

A return to living invited for integration through the solving of every puzzle Aisha had regarding human life and living. At this point, in being a single mother in service as a spiritual teacher, she touched upon every aspect of living; including man/woman, parenting, family, friends and nature – all was embedded in/as the One reality of Life, of Love itself.

By the fulfillment of all desired aspects of her human life and living, Aisha was (8 years after the initial rise of demand for Truth) called into the solitude of retreat. The calling into Silence invited for the passing beyond the final belief in Self/God – to realize the Absolute Truth by emergence of- and solidification as Reality beyond consciousness; pure Awareness – the Primordial Silence/Space.

For 2 years she was out of reach, merging Only with the Void beyond Existence – A deep cultivation which flipped the entirety of her Life/God-realization into Nothing/Truth-realization, by the implosion of Self into Space – from Love into Clarity by recognition of what is prior to God. It was a deep integration with and beyond the Head-space, which revealed Pure Mind as the diamond sharp Clarity of Source.

After these years, the reappearance of Life started happening as the emerging of the balance-point between the Light (Life) and the Darkness (Void) – Love and Clarity as One and the Same; the Black Light of Being pouring as Grace deeply into her human form, revealing the Deep Wisdom Teachings of Earth as the True Human. With this, Aisha once again started accepting invitations from abroad – once again travelling, sharing Truth with the planet, but this time devoid of any identification with the wisdom of her Heart and Human.

Despite Aisha being a realized Being, her cultivation never ends: Her Truth body, Action body and Enjoyment body are in ever ongoing evolution. In the year 2015, she lives in Deep Cultivation, Birthing Truth of Man and Woman with her consort. A Deep Birth of Human Wisdom, which is brought to the planet as ever stronger transmissions through her work in online satsangs, writing and traveling, giving retreats and satsangs.


Through Aisha’s spiritual maturation, she has had the fortune of receiving transmissions from some of time’s Greatest Masters, all of which have appeared “on her doorstep”, communing with her from beyond the physical realm over year-long periods of time.

Without reading a single book on spirituality, she listened only within her Self, which made it possible for these Masters to reach her through her own Heart – in this way the Sat-guru took many forms.

The Masters who have continuously merged with her Being through significant periods of time are Djwhal Khul (1,5 years), Longchenpa (3 years), Yeshe Tsogyal (2 years) and Padmasambhava (ongoing). The intense communions with these Masters have- and are still revealing deep Buddhistic knowledge, despite the fact, that Aisha has had no occupation with Buddhism or any other religion or tradition in this lifetime.

In between this work, Aisha has of course been meeting and falling in Love with Beings of different traditions like Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta Maharaj, Ananda Mayima etc. among several of the presently living awakened Ones.

Without assigning herself to a specific tradition, but in staying open to learning as Being from Source – Aisha has become a weed in the garden of spirituality; by ongoing cultivation and integration between her realization as Space, the Pure Heart and her humans integral Individuality – the eternal lesson, which is the Full Embrace of Truth.

Aisha Salem – Self Love

Published on Nov 18, 2015

Aisha Salem – Yearning for Truth

Aisha Salem – Yearning for Truth

Extract from the Online Satsang October 2015

Zaya Benazzo(SAND co-founder) in conversation with Aisha Salem

The full embrace of Truth carries the invitation for our recognition of and merging with Reality through every aspect of Being; as Emptiness, Divine and Human.

The Ultimate flexibility and potential of consciousness unveils itself through our willingness to not only See Reality, but to Deeply Merge With and thereby Be Born As Reality. As Being.

It entails a massive alteration of our human state – an alteration, which calls for an extensive evolution of our minds expanse as Clarity, our hearts capacity as Love and our human ways of Integrity.

The Awakening as Space, as Love and our education as humans happen through a radical surrender beyond identification; from the vastness of the Primordial Silence over our Universal Heart and all the way into our human flesh by the birth of our unique souls. It is a call to Truly Merge with Reality across all aspects of our human lives in a way, which touches every part of ourselves and what is around us.

The Reality of Totality is far too extensive for us to understand it from the outside. It calls for us to Die through it and become it. Something we cannot do without facing every fear within us; our fear of death, of life and of growing up.

Only Being itself can Know, and so we must lean ourselves towards the surrender to Being within us, to truly come to Know Reality. For Life to realize itSelf at the very core of our human existence. In this way we not only unveil Reality but step into the responsibility that this Knowing requires of us in a way which allows our full potential to reveal itself.

Aisha Salem travels the world giving Satsangs and retreats, offering her facilitation in Self-realization and Awakening. Through one and a half decades, Aisha’s dedication has brought her Being into fullness as pure Love, onwards into the realization of the Absolute and back into matter by the emergence as the True Incarnation. The deep integration with her human being gives Way for her to work across every level of Being with an indefinably transparent yet deeply tantric approach, which has fulfillment and completion – and thereby freedom within existence as beyond it – at its core.

GATES OF POWER: Actualize Your True Self is an inspirational, informative, and practical guide for all who are passionate about living up to their potential and maximizing their life. The book is based on the Gates of Power® Method created by Nomi Bachar. In the book, Nomi offers wisdom gathered through her own spiritual and emotional journey, her life-long study of different spiritual traditions and her experience as a counselor and coach for the last 26 years.

The Gates of Power® Method is a path for self-healing and self-actualization. The path is practical, creative, and deeply spiritual. The method empowers and energizes all seven facets of our being: Body, Emotions, Dialogue, Creative Expression, Life Path, Silence, and Knowledge. At the same time it unifies the three aspects of the self (Emotional Self, Defensive Self, Expanded Self) creating inner strength. Gates of Power® Method is the ultimate guide for creating a vibrant, powerful and whole Self. The method is practiced through a comprehensive curriculum that includes seven levels of training.

Nomi Bachar, a holistic spiritual counselor is a self-healing, self-actualization expert and coach. She is the director of White Cedar Institute for Expanded Living LLC and the creator of Gates of Power® Method. The Method is experiential, creative and spiritual, it assists participants in reaching holistic integration, empowerment and fulfillment. Ms. Bachar has been working with individuals, couples and groups for the last 26 years, as well as lecturing and facilitating workshops.

Alongside her counseling and training, Ms. Bachar has an extensive background as a multidisciplinary performing artist. Her artistic background includes acting, dance, choreography, producing and writing. In the last few years she has dedicated herself to empowering people through the Gates of Power® Method. Her mission and passion is the exploration and expansion of human potential and the ways it can be achieved through transformation, creativity and leading a life of contribution.

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Gates of Power: Actualize Your True Self

For Beyond 50’s “Personal Growth” talks, listen to an interview with Nomi Bachar. She is a self-actualization expert, coach and former psychotherapist. Find out about her revolutionary method for opening ourselves up to inner power and the feeling “full aliveness.” Bachar will outline the Seven Gates of Power: the gate of the body, of emotion, dialogue, creative expression, life path, silence and finally the Gate of Knowledge. You’ll also learn the guiding principles for achieving an accelerated self-actualization through what she calls “The Four Commitments.” Tune in to Beyond 50: America’s Variety Talk Radio Show on the natural, holistic, green and sustainable lifestyle. Visit and sign up for our Exclusive Updates.

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Peter Russell went from being a strict atheist and scientist to discovering a profound personal synthesis of the mystical and the scientific. That transition is the basis of this book. In From Science to God, he blends physics, psychology, and philosophy to reach a new worldview in which consciousness is a fundamental quality of creation. Russell shows how all the ingredients for this worldview are in place; it remains only to put the pieces together and explore the new picture of reality that emerges. Integrating a deep knowledge of science with his own experiences of meditation, Russell arrives at a universe similar to that described by many mystics — one in which the inner and outer worlds no longer conflict. The bridge between them, he shows, is light, and this book invites readers to cross that bridge to find new meaning in God and a deeper significance in spiritual practice.

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The Evolution of Consciousness With Peter Russell

For years Western Science has relegated consciousness to an epiphenomenon created by the brain. There are, however, serious problems with this approach and an alternative worldview is emerging in which consciousness is an essential quality of the cosmos.

With human beings, this universal consciousness has evolved to the stage of self-reflective consciousness — we are aware that we are aware — opening us to new realms of imagination and innovation. Yet, at the same time, our newfound powers are also threatening our survival as a species. We are being asked to step beyond a limited ego-centric consciousness and awaken to our true nature, to discover for ourselves the inner peace and freedom spoken of by mystics the world over.

Peter Russell is an author, public speaker, and multimedia producer who is recognized as a leading thinker on consciousness and contemporary spirituality. He coined the term “global brain” with his 1980’s bestseller of the same name in which he predicted the Internet and the impact it would have on humanity. He is the author of nine books, including Waking Up in Time, and From Science to God.

His principal interest is the inner challenges of the times we are passing through. Peter believes if we are to navigate our way safely through these turbulent times we need to listen to the wisdom of the world’s spiritual traditions, as well as to our current scientific understanding. For more information on him visit:

he story of Steve Ford’s realisation is unusual. One night in his room in 1999 there was a total falling away of all identification as the personal self. It was unusual in the sense that Steve had no prior experience of spiritual seeking. He had neither teacher nor guru, no paradigm which would explain what had happened. All vestiges of personality were suddenly gone, there was direct and immediate seeing as and from no-thing, from the absolute.

Such accounts exist within the spiritual literature and in each case there appears to follow a period of relative dysfunctionality and subsequent reintegration such that what has happened may be understood and conveyed within the world of form.

In Steve’s case this took the form of an exhaustive investigation in consciousness which he eventually came to refer to as The Living Process. He explains that realisation is just the beginning and unless subsequent investigation into the nature of consciousness takes place there is re-identification and consequently self-orientation around no-thing. Many contemporary teachers and their students relate in this way.

So what follows in this introductory book is the story of Steve’s early life, his realisation, enquiry and integration in consciousness, and some interactions that have taken place with some of those who have made their way to be with Steve.

From the Foreword by Nathan Gill

About Steve

“I began to talk of the realisation experience that I had had in 1999 and to share sitting in being with them. Before long, I was sitting with small groups on a weekly basis. In this contemplative atmosphere, I began to explore consciousness more deeply, sharing with the group that invitation. I continue to invite people to meetings, sit in being and explore truth together.”

Steve Ford on his radical awakening

Published on Nov 20, 2015

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Bruce Joel Rubin is an Oscar winning screenwriter for the film Ghost. His films include Jacob’s Ladder, My Life (which he also directed), Brainstorm, Deep Impact, Stuart Little 2, The Last Mimzy and The Time Traveler’s Wife, among others. His spiritual journey began with a massive overdose of LSD in the 1960’s. Shortly afterward he began hitchhiking around the world in search of a teacher and then found him in New York City, just blocks away from where he began his search. His name was Swami Rudrananda, also known as Rudi. Rudi was a New York City businessman and a yogi who taught a form of Kundalini meditation he called The Work. Rudi died in 1973 but Bruce continues to teach his practice. In 2001 Bruce discovered I AM THAT – the teachings of Nisargadatta Maharaj, and fell into the world of non-dualism. He awoke in 2010 during a seminar on awakening led by Bart Marshall. Since that time he has continued to teach meditation and the effortless nature of simple Being. Since most people work and struggle in the world, it seemed to Bruce that meditation was a significant tool for living a good and productive life while waiting for awakening to make itself known. Bruce teaches in San Rafael, CA, in Los Angeles and in New York.


Published on Nov 20, 2015

In 1869, Thomas Huxley wrote: “[H]ow it is that anything so remarkable as a state of consciousness comes about as a result of irritating nervous tissue, is just as unaccountable as the appearance of the Djinn, when Aladdin rubbed his lamp.” In the years since Huxley, neuroscience has learned much about brain activity and has catalogued many ways in which brain activity and conscious experiences are correlated. But these correlations remain as mysterious today as they were to Huxley.

Most neuroscientists assume that brain activity causes conscious experiences, but they have not yet proposed a scientific theory—or even a remotely plausible idea—about how this might happen. I argue, using evolutionary game theory, that brain activity cannot cause our conscious experiences or our behaviors. The mystery of how brain activity causes conscious experiences has not yet been solved, and never will be solved, because brain activity does not and cannot cause conscious experiences. If we want to have a scientific understanding of consciousness, and of the many well-documented correlations between brain activity and conscious experiences, then we cannot start with brain activity or physical dynamics of any kind.

We must start with a brand new, but rigorous, foundation. I propose a new foundation which models consciousness as interacting networks of conscious agents. I motivate and present this new theory of consciousness, and use it to solve some of the open problems in the field of consciousness, such as the problem of combining conscious experiences to create a new conscious experience, and the problem of combining conscious subjects to create a new conscious subject. I then consider how we can try to understand the correlations between brain activity and conscious experiences by using the theory of conscious agents to derive generalizations of supersymmetric quantum theory.

Donald Hoffman Ph.D., Cognitive Scientist and Author
Donald Hoffman has authored more than 90 scientific papers and three books, including Visual Intelligence: How We Create What We See. He received his BA from UCLA in Quantitative Psychology and his Ph.D. from MIT in Computational Psychology. He joined the faculty of UC Irvine in 1983, where he is a professor in the departments of cognitive science, computer science and philosophy. He received a Distinguished Scientific Award of the American Psychological Association for early career research into visual perception, and the Troland Research Award of the US National Academy of Sciences for his research on the relationship of consciousness and the physical world.

Published on Nov 20, 2015
In this video, Deepak Chopra discusses the ‘separate self’ and why this isn’t who we really are.

Social scientist and author Brene Brown explains why gossip harms our relationships in ways you may not immediately recognize.

Spiritual adviser and author Marianne Williamson explains the most powerful thought you can have and why it will benefit all your relationships.

Published on Nov 20, 2015

A discussion about what qualifies ‘I’

If you have not encountered Chuang Tzu before, prepare yourself for a treat. He was the sage who stood apart from all others in Chinese history. He was a unique presence, a great mind like no one before or since. Chuang Tzu quickly distinguished himself and became well known for his deep understanding and sense of humor. His mastery was such that he could explain the Tao with simple stories, and his humor was such that he could see the joy in ordinary things. He taught his students about “carefree wandering”—the path of moving through life with a free and happy heart, regardless of how turbulent the journey might be.

It is time for modern readers to join in on the fun. Chuang Tzu’s wisdom is not just for Eastern culture, but for all of humanity. We may not have the instability or the clash of massive armies indicative of Chuang Tzu’s time, but we have a lot of stress and tension in our modern world. Many of us find ourselves fighting little battles on the personal front just to get through the day. We can benefit greatly from Chuang Tzu’s teachings. These parables are presented throughout this book and juxtaposed with the charming and intelligent prose of modern-day Taoist teacher and author Derek Lin. Together, Chuang Tzu and Lin will present you with simple lessons that will have a lasting impact on your life.

Derek Lin is the award-winning author of The Tao of Daily Life, The Tao of Success, The Tao of Joy Every Day, and The Tao of Happiness. He was born in Taiwan and grew up with native fluency in both Chinese and English. This background lets him convey Eastern teachings to Western readers in a way that is clear, simple and authentic.

Lin has utilized his linguistic skills to create a Tao Te Ching translation that has been lauded by critics as setting a new standard for accuracy and faithfully capturing the lyrical beauty of the original. He is an active speaker and educator on the Tao Te Ching and the Tao in general. More information about his work is available at

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2015-11-15 – Derek Lin – The Tao Perspective on Terrorist Attacks

Published on Nov 15, 2015

Per request of meeting attendees, Derek talks about the Tao perspective on terrorist attacks

A conscious mind in a sleeping brain: the title of this book provides a vivid image of the phenomenon of lucid dreaming, in which dreamers are consciously aware that they are dreaming while they seem to be soundly asleep. Lucid dreamers could be said to be awake to their inner worlds while they are asleep to the external world. Of the many questions that this singular phenomenon may raise, two are foremost:

* What is consciousness?
* And what is sleep?

Although we cannot provide complete answers to either question here, we can at least explain the sense in which we are using the two terms. We say lucid dreamers are conscious because their subjective reports and behavior indicate that they are explicitly aware of the fact that they are asleep and dreaming; in other words, they are reflectively conscious of themselves. We say lucid dreamers are asleep primarily because they are not in sensory contact with the external world, and also because research shows physiological signs of what is conventionally considered REM sleep. The evidence presented in this book-preliminary as it is-still ought to make it clear that lucid dreaming is an experiential and physiological reality. Whether we should consider it a paradoxical form of sleep or a paradoxical form of waking or something else entirely, it seems too early to tell.

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Published on Nov 17, 2015

Maurizio Benazzo(SAND co-founder) in conversation with Stephen LaBerge.

Stephen LaBerge is the first scientist to empirically prove the existence 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 potential for lucid dreaming in the fields of psychotherapy and psychosomatic medicine. His books Lucid Dreaming, Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming, and 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, and offers courses on how to achieve a lucid dream.

Inner judge, superego, barking dog are some of the different names for that presence that judges and evaluates every aspect of our inner and outer experience. The judgment is so fundamental to the way we function that we not only take it for granted, but accept it even when it is the cause of great suffering, misunderstanding and conflict.

Many traditions take this presence to be one of the greatest obstacles on the spiritual path and in the endeavour of personal realisation.

In Freedom to be Yourself, Avikal E. Costantino uses his more than thirty years experience of psychological and spiritual seeking to unravel the way this judge works and to show how it limits personal growth, sexuality, affective and work relationships, as well as any original expression of our potential. He provides exercises and inquiry to recognise the presence of the judge in daily life and to begin the concrete transformation in our capacity of loving, creativity and individuality.

Avikal E. Costantino is spiritual teacher, poet and martial artist. Curiosity, passion and love for the truth guide his life and teaching. He is director of the Integral Being Institute active in Europe, Asia and Australia. Avikal worked as an anthropologist and a free-lance photographer. His love for Martial Arts, which he began in 1970, took him to teaching Aikido and Sword in 1987, while his love for the body produced diplomas and professional activity in Shiatsu, Yu-Ki and Seitai (healing techniques). In 1983 Avikal becomes a disciple of the Indian Mystic Osho and from 1988 to 1990, when Osho leaves the body, he is also his personal photographer. From 1989 to 1994 he is the director of the Osho School for Centering and Zen Martial Arts in the Multiversity in Osho’s commune in Pune, India. Being involved with Zen and Advaita for more than 25 years, he leads retreats such as Satori and The Awareness Intensive. These retreat are focussed on the existential question “Who am I?”. Since 1997 he has developed an innovative and original approach to the work with the Inner Judge and he is a well known teacher of Essence and Ennegram. He is also a Life-coach, Management Trainer and Executive Mentor working with presence, leadership, resilience and conflict resolution in Italy and Australia. Avikal is also a poet.

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When Life Cried Out is a courageous woman’s amazing adventure as she surrendered to the Spiritual to discover what life and self-love are all about. As you journey with the author through fearful agoraphobia experiences, profound metaphysical escapades, and mystical revelations, the adventure turns prophetic as it touches the heart of the reader. The story not only speaks to the heart of spiritual seekers, but also insightful passages remain within the soul of the reader long after the book has been completed. It is a must-read for anyone who seeks to understand life at higher levels.

Born so deep in the South that the Okefenokee Swamp was in her backyard and swatting mosquitoes was a local pastime, Paddy Fievet is a happily married, free-spirited, modern mystic who understands intuition as the language of the soul. The author of five books (three of which were previously published, WHEN LIFE CRIED OUT is currently released, and MAKING OF A MYSTIC is to be published later this year), her writing has an interesting introspective twist along with a strong mystical aspect, appealing to adventurous spirituality seekers. Like Thomas Edison, she successfully discovered 10,000 things that would not work in her life before she finally had a profound “light bulb” moment: Life is a Sacred Story.

During an intense spiritual awakening, she traveled extensively, experiencing profound mysticism in Ireland, a soul’s journey in Auschwitz, the feminine spirit in Malta, and Unity while sitting in the Great Pyramid. During these and more insightful spiritual experiences, she gradually understood joy, authenticity, and love are truly experienced from the inside out. Paddy’s studies include a PhD in Metaphysics with a focus on the integration of mind, body and spirit.

For more about Paddy Fievet as well as her blog of assorted spiritual meanderings, her writing groups, and speaking engagements, visit her website at

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Writing as a Form of Spiritual Emergence

In her book The Making of a Mystic, Paddy Fievet discovered to her own astonishment that there’s a Modern Mystic in everyone. At the beginning of a rather profound, spiritual awakening, Paddy Fievet attended a weekend seminar on accessing intuition at the home of a friend. She amazed herself by not only participating in the exercises to awaken her sixth sense, but by completing the exercises successfully. The last lesson of the day changed everything she knew about what is possible through God.

We journey with the guest through fearful agoraphobia experiences, profound metaphysical escapades, and mystical revelations. The story not only speaks to the heart of spiritual seekers, but also insightful passages remain within the soul of the reader long after the book has been completed. It is a must-listen for anyone who seeks to understand life at higher levels.

For centuries, theologians and philosophers have proposed a wide range of hypotheses concerning the origins and nature of consciousness and what happen to consciousness at death, without reaching any consensus. Over the past 140 years, cognitive scientists have likewise proposed a diverse array of definitions of consciousness and theories attempting to solve the mind-body problem. Materialists have tended to dominate such discourse, with some arguing that subjective states of consciousness must be equivalent to brain processes or their emergent properties, while others deny the very existence of subjective, conscious experience.

Virtually none of these theories lend themselves to scientific validation or repudiation; they do not appear to moving towards any kind of consensus; and they all lack of any rigorous means of investigating subjective states of consciousness firsthand. In other words, they have all overlooked a key element that initially set “natural philosophy” apart from all other branches of philosophy and theology in the 17th century: the precise, rigorous observation of the natural phenomena under investigation.

While all subjectively experienced mental processes and states of consciousness are undetectable by the instruments of technology, they can be observed with refined attention and introspection. William James, one of the foremost pioneers of experimental psychology and neuroscience, proposed that introspection should play a central role in scientifically exploring the mind. But ever since the rise of behaviorism in the early 20th century, his radically empirical approach proposal has been ignored. Buddhist contemplatives, on the other hand, have adopted this radically empirical approach for millennia, and they have established a large body of consensual knowledge. Thus far, their methods and discoveries have been almost entirely overlooked by the scientific community and the generalpublic. It is high time to correct this oversight.

Published on Nov 15, 2015

This short video is part of the Panchadasi 2015 video set. It can be bought in the shiningworld shop.

Published on Nov 14, 2015

This short video is part of the video set “The Yoga of Love ~ Narada Bhakti Sutras” which is now available in the shop on the shiningworld website.

Published on Nov 14, 2015

Fascinating conversation with Stuart Hameroff, Julia Mossbridge, Henry Stapp and Chris Fields, facilitated by A.H. Almaas

Four different scientists with varying views of consciousness or mind. This panel will be a conversation between these different views to understand their contributions, and to see how they understand each other, and how they relate to other theories of consciousness. The point is to have a genuine deep dialogue between scientific theories of consciousness to find commonalities, and the meaning of the differences. We will explore whether scientific theories have a consensus about anything relating to consciousness, like an operating definition of consciousness. I will be facilitating with an eye from the nondual view of consciousness, to ask questions and address issues in the study of consciousness that can help in looking deeper into the assumptions and conclusions of each theory.

This book takes a bold new look at ways of exploring the nature, origins, and potentials of consciousness within the context of science and religion. Alan Wallace draws careful distinctions between four elements of the scientific tradition: science itself, scientific realism, scientific materialism, and scientism.

Arguing that the metaphysical doctrine of scientific materialism has taken on the role of ersatz-religion for its adherents, he traces its development from its Greek and Judeo-Christian origins, focusing on the interrelation between the Protestant Reformation and the Scientific Revolution. He looks at scientists’ long term resistance to the firsthand study of consciousness and details the ways in which subjectivity has been deemed taboo within the scientific community.

In conclusion, Wallace draws on William James’s idea for a “science of religion” that would study the nature of religious and, in particular, contemplative experience.
In exploring the nature of consciousness, this groundbreaking study will help to bridge the chasm between religious belief and scientific knowledge. It is essential reading for philosophers and historians of science, scholars of religion, and anyone interested in the relationship between science and religion.

B. Alan Wallace began his studies of Tibetan Buddhism, language, and culture in 1970 at the University of Göttingen and then continued his studies over the next fourteen years in India, Switzerland, and the United States. After graduating summa cum laude from Amherst College, where he studied physics and the philosophy of science, he went on to earn his Ph.D. in religious studies at Stanford University. He then taught for four years in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and is now the founder and president of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies (

He is also Chairman of the Thanypura Mind Centre ( in Thailand, where he leads meditation retreats. He has edited, translated, authored, and contributed to more than forty books on Tibetan Buddhism, medicine, language, and culture, and the interface between science and Buddhism, including Meditations of a Buddhist Skeptic: A Manifesto for the Mind Sciences and Contemplative Practice, Mind in the Balance: Meditation in Science, Buddhism, and Christianity, and Hidden Dimensions: The Unification of Physics and Consciousness.

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A Radically Empirical Approach to the Exploration of Consciousness, Alan Wallace

Published on Nov 14, 2015

For centuries, theologians and philosophers have proposed a wide range of hypotheses concerning the origins and nature of consciousness and what happen to consciousness at death, without reaching any consensus. Over the past 140 years, cognitive scientists have likewise proposed a diverse array of definitions of consciousness and theories attempting to solve the mind-body problem.

Materialists have tended to dominate such discourse, with some arguing that subjective states of consciousness must be equivalent to brain processes or their emergent properties, while others deny the very existence of subjective, conscious experience. Virtually none of these theories lend themselves to scientific validation or repudiation; they do not appear to moving towards any kind of consensus; and they all lack of any rigorous means of investigating subjective states of consciousness firsthand. In other words, they have all overlooked a key element that initially set “natural philosophy” apart from all other branches of philosophy and theology in the 17th century: the precise, rigorous observation of the natural phenomena under investigation.

While all subjectively experienced mental processes and states of consciousness are undetectable by the instruments of technology, they can be observed with refined attention and introspection. William James, one of the foremost pioneers of experimental psychology and neuroscience, proposed that introspection should play a central role in scientifically exploring the mind.

But ever since the rise of behaviorism in the early 20th century, his radically empirical approach proposal has been ignored. Buddhist contemplatives, on the other hand, have adopted this radically empirical approach for millennia, and they have established a large body of consensual knowledge. Thus far, their methods and discoveries have been almost entirely overlooked by the scientific community and the general public. It is high time to correct this oversight.

Alan Wallace, Lecturer, Scholar, and Prolific Writer on Tibetan Buddhism

Dynamic lecturer, progressive scholar, and one of the most prolific writers and translators of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, B. Alan Wallace seeks ways to integrate Buddhist contemplative practices with Western science to advance the study of the mind. Dr. Wallace, a scholar and practitioner of Buddhism since 1970, has taught Buddhist theory and meditation worldwide since 1976. Trained as a Tibetan Buddhist monk and ordained by H. H. the Dalai Lama, Wallace went on to earn an undergraduate degree in physics and the philosophy
of science at Amherst College and a doctorate in religious studies at Stanford.

Published on Nov 14, 2015

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James Swartz, a native of Montana, was a successful businessman who was awakened in the Sixties by a powerful epiphany and made his way to India where he became a disciple of Swamis Chinmayananda and Dayananda, two of India’s most respected sages. Since the seventies James has taught Vedanta to thousands worldwide. He presents the provocative teachings of traditional Vedanta in a systematic, lively, and humorous manner. His website,, is a major non-duality resource. James is the author of The Essence of Enlightenment: Vedanta, the Science of Consciousness, How to Attain Enlightenment: The Vision of Nonduality, Mystic By Default, Inquiry into Existence, The Mystery Beyond the Trinity: Inquiry Into the Self, many commentaries on sacred texts, numerous articles on Non-duality, thousands of pages of Satsangs and hundreds of hours of videos on Vedanta, the Science of Consciousness.

Interview recorded 11/7/2015

Published on Nov 12, 2015
Compass of Our Heart (11/04/2105)

All of our actions, our entire life experience, arises from the energy of intention. While it’s natural that our intentions are shaped by egoic wants and fears, when we bring this into conscious, compassionate awareness, we can discover the deep aspiration that guides and energizes our awakening hearts and minds. This talk explores the movement from egoic intention to liberating intention…the movement from “my will” to “my hearts will.”

Awakening to the truth is a deep realization of what you are as an experience. What is it that is feeling? What is it that is thinking or sensing? This is not about coming up with the right name for it, so don’t name it for a moment. It’s about just noticing, just experiencing. Feel it. Sense it. Welcome it. Spiritual awakening is realizing what occupies the space called “me.” When you listen innocently, you’ll see that there really is something more here than a me.

Your me is always experiencing this moment in relation to some other moment. Is this moment as good as it was two weeks ago? Will it be the same today as it was yesterday? The me worries about what it knows and whether or not it is good enough to get enlightened. Your me might call itself Hindu, Christian, Buddhist, Advaitan, atheist, agnostic, believer, or nonbeliever, but no matter what your me is identified with, when you become very open and relaxed, you can suddenly be aware that something else is occupying your body-mind. Something else is looking out from your eyes, listening from your ears, and feeling your feelings. That something has no qualities. Realizing your true nature is realizing what is present without qualities. We can call it the emptiness of consciousness, the Self, or the No-Self. To directly experience this emptiness—the aliveness of it—is spiritual awakening. It is to realize yourself as beautiful nothingness, or more accurately, no-thing-ness. If we say it’s just “nothing,” we miss the point.

When your image of the me takes a break, you’ll find all you are doing at that moment is just being open. You feel quite relieved that you are not trying to get to another moment or a better experience. You feel yourself just being in a very relaxed, easy sense of peace. You haven’t gained anything at all—you’re not smarter, you don’t necessarily know more than anyone else, and you haven’t suddenly become holy. If you are resting as your own true nature, then you feel that there is really nowhere else to go.

At that moment, you feel as if your path has ended. It can be hard to end it when so much is invested in your path, but if you really want to be free, you must want to know the truth more than anything else. And when you do, you find that the truth is so damn empty. There is so much nothing to it. There is so much nobody there, just a very vivid awakeness.

But even then you can realize the truth and still not operate from it. You can have a very deep awakening experience and still not function from that awakening because the me is still convinced that a me is necessary. The me always brings you back into relationship with another—it can be the world and me, my job and me, the dog and me, whatever. Have you noticed how the way you relate to your thoughts, feelings, and sensations is often slightly adversarial? How it’s never quite the right moment? How it’s almost perfect, but not quite? The Buddha said, “All suffering originates from craving, from attachment, from desire.” This is the movement of the me who always wants a little more out of the moment.

The me is clumsy. As my mother used to say, “You’re like a bull in a china shop.” Did you ever hear that? If you let your mind imagine a bull getting loose in a china shop, that’s how the me is. It’s knocking things over, things like the most precious china. With a whisk of its tail, there goes . . . grandma’s four-generation-old antique china cups! Boom—they’re gone. When your me is operating, it’s like that bull. It tends to make a lot of noise because it’s always in a slightly adversarial relationship with its moment. It produces noisy thoughts, feelings, beliefs, or opinions. It also likes to search, moving its head around, scanning for the right emotion in the body, scanning through the mind for the right concept. It’s always in movement like a radar, looking for the right thing to happen.

As soon as you move your attention away from the radar scan, you start to notice something else. Inside, there is something that is not creating nearly as much noise as the me. This something else, this openness, this awakeness, is not searching for the next moment or scanning for the right emotion or experience. You can get the sense of it now. What does it feel like to simply be awake? Whether you think you are awake or not doesn’t matter—don’t worry about that for now. What does the awakeness itself feel like? What is the experience of that awakeness before you try to be more or less awake? Just with a willingness to open, you can start to feel it. How does this awakeness feel? How does this openness feel? Just by bringing your attention there, just by noticing without any effort, this formless or empty sense of being heightens itself as if to say, “Someone is finally paying attention.”

When this openness is present, you can recognize how it experiences your body. How does openness experience a feeling, emotion, or thought? How does it experience the movement called “me”? Allow yourself to get a real taste of this. This openness is in a completely different relationship with everything that exists, starting with you. It’s in a different relationship with the moment; it’s not going anywhere. Have you noticed? It’s not trying to achieve something else. It hasn’t elevated you or demeaned you. Start to sense the profound innocence of this openness. It’s not perceiving from the past—not from the last moment, much less from the accumulation of a lifetime. It’s perceiving only in this moment.

Openness has not accumulated anything, so it’s free. It has a profoundly innocent but wise relationship to everything. It is something primary, awake, and alive. You can sense how incredibly precious it is. When you look right into it, there is nothing there. Let yourself experience this openness, this nothingness. Let yourself see how it experiences your body and mind right now, in this moment. It’s so different from the experience of the me. This nothingness is the peace that surpasses all understanding, and it’s right here at your fingertips.

Awakeness is inherent in all things and all beings everywhere, all the time. This awakeness relates to every moment from innocence, from absolute honesty, from a state where you feel absolutely authentic. Only from this state do you realize that you never really wanted whatever you thought you wanted. You realize that behind all of your desires was a single desire: to experience each moment from your true nature. You find that simply walking outside and seeing a leaf in the breeze or seeing a street person on the corner is the most exquisite of experiences. You don’t need anything big; each moment has a beauty all its own. Even the very ugly moments have a beauty when experienced from this innocence, this beautifully disarming state of awakeness.

During any moment, you can ask yourself, “What is it like for emptiness to experience this moment? What is it like for awakeness?” Really listen, because openness is quiet and soft. You can’t insist upon it. You can’t grab for it, so don’t reach. Just open. Look for the openness, feel from the openness, and relate from the openness. It can freak you out if you’re not used to it. If you find yourself in a place that you don’t like, just ask how openness is experiencing this moment. A shift happens, and you find yourself saying, “I’ll be damned—it’s actually enjoying this!”

This relationship from your heart, from the truth of your being, from openness—is something that can’t be taught. I remember what it was like when I went as a Buddhist to undertake the precepts. You read through them, study them, and kind of take them inside. You do whatever the little me does with them, like deciding you are going to do a really good job of it—until you find out otherwise. You think you know what the precepts are, then you really awaken to your true nature and realize that this is how your true nature naturally sees things. It’s very simple. That’s it. Now you don’t need any precepts because your true nature sees that way all the time. You don’t need to be reminded of how your true nature sees. You only need to be reminded of what your true nature is.

So if you want to find out how openness relates to each moment, just go inside. Be that openness. Be that emptiness. All you can do is ask yourself, inquire for yourself. How is it relating to this thought in my head? To this person? To this moment? You can see this. Go directly to the source, to the only authority that is finally liberating: your own awakeness, your own emptiness perceiving this moment. It will teach you how to live.

Published on Nov 5, 2015
Astrological Classes and MP3 Downloads

Published on Nov 12, 2015

While out in California for the Science and Nonduality Conference, I had some downtime before the conference started, so I decided to tape a long panel discussion with a rather large group of friends, most of them previous guests on Batgap. Sofia University in Palo Alto (where transpersonal psychology was founded by Abraham Maslow and others), generously provided a room and video equipment. I’m especially grateful to Dr. Jeffery Martin, who conducts research there, for offering and organizing this. It was an experiment, and some were skeptical that it would work, but it did! Main points of discussion in this part include:

* The panel reflects on the morning session from direct experience after meditating together.

* Discussion of spiritual teachers and how awakening can come with new charisma and confidence along with an ability to enliven others which can lead to ego aggrandizement. Panel discusses what to be aware of and how to share with humility and grace.

* Spiritual Maturity – Importance of ongoing psychological growth and healing post-awakening. Benefit of peer check-in, therapy, and support.

* Sharing of ideas of new paradigm for spiritual teaching to include humanness and meeting students as equals. Importance of honesty and sharing humanity and personality and not playing a role.

* Experiences of subtle realms and beings, psychic powers, siddis that can naturally arise. Refinement and exploring dimensions of consciousness,

* Skilfully sharing gifts and graces that arise with awakening for the good of all.

* Importance of developing spiritual maturity and continued growth and healing.

* When is mystical experience useful and the benefit of guides in such openings.

* A discussion of healing and wellness in association to awakening.

* Are awakening and healing interrelated or separate journeys?

* Is it important to heal before awakening or can healing take place afterwards? Refinement and purification of physiology.

* Is healing necessary for an abiding awakening?

* Functioning in daily life after an initial awakening.

* Panel shares their leading / learning edge right now to enter the conversation with vulnerable truth.

Participants included:
Name Website(s)
Canela Michelle Meyers:
Chuck Hillig:
Clare Blanchflower:
Craig Holliday:
Dana Sawyer:
David Buckland:
David Ellzey:
Francis Bennett:
Jeffery Martin:
Kiran (Mystic Girl in the City):
Kristin Kirk:
Laurie Moore :,
Mariana Caplan:
Rick Archer:
Susanne Marie:

Published on Nov 12, 2015

Awakening through Anger – The U-Turn to Freedom (11/11/2015)

Anger is naturally triggered when we feel an obstacle to meeting our needs. How do we honor the intelligence within anger, but not get hijacked into emotional reactivity that creates suffering in our individual and collective lives? This talk explores the U-turn that enables us to offer a healing attention to the feelings and unmet needs under anger. Once present with our inner life, we are able to respond to those around us with wisdom, empathy and true strength.

Published on Nov 12, 2015

Guy Finley explains that as photonic activity increases in our sun and solar system, our Earth becomes increasingly bathed in light. This increased exterior activity causes intensified interior stirring, which accounts for the rise of violent and hateful acts in humanity. Our work is to understand the higher purpose of everything we see unfolding within us, and learn how to allow these energies to be properly reconciled.

Published on Nov 12, 2015

A conversation about resistances in the body.

The Well of Being: a children’s book for adults is an illustrated inquiry into the pursuit of happiness, and what it means to be radically alive in our daily moments.

This adult picture book takes its reader on a quest for well‐being and self‐acceptance, following the story of a wondering everyman. The projective tale summons the reader’s inner child as a complimentary vehicle to drive the plot through bold reflection and earnest doubt. Assisted by cosmic perspective, the faceless protagonist sets out to retrieve the deep self-comfort and inner wellness lost along life’s way.

About this author

Born in France in 1954, I was one of four siblings who passed their childhoods steeped in the arts — my mother being a writer and teacher of literature and my father being an actor. Eventually, we moved from Paris to New York and when I finished high school I enrolled at St. John’s College to study the classics. After graduating, I joined Spoken Arts, Inc, a family recording company with the goal of producing an audio library of leading 20th Century writers and poets reciting their own works. In 1983, I married the wonderful Rachel Rotenberg and together we launched our separate art careers. Today, we live in Baltimore, MD and together we have five children.

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The Well of Being: a children’s book for adults

The Well of Being is an illustrated inquiry into the pursuit of happiness, and what it means to be fully alive in our daily moments.

“The Well of Being is a beautifully rendered reminder of what is important.” -Ram Dass

“Everyone should read this book – it’s a mind changer.” -Daniel Goleman

“[The Well of Being] is a rapturous amazement. I think it is a Psalm.” -Cynthia Ozick

“The Well of Being distills profound principles with artful simplicity.” -Simcha Frischling

“A beautifully crafted, uplifting meditation on the inner, personal dimensions of hope.” -Kirkus Reviews

Satsang 21 of 24 – Life Is Your Lover

Published on Nov 11, 2015

Relating Wisely with Imperfection (10/28/2015)

Our survival brain reacts to perceived imperfection with aversion and anxiety, and if we are habituated to this reaction, we become imprisoned in the identity of a flawed separate self. This talk explores the healing and transformation that is possible as we learn to regard imperfection with mindfulness and compassion.

A Seminal Work of Visionary Hope, Updated for the 21st Century

In this era of government gridlock, economic and ecological devastation, and seemingly intractable global violence, our future is ever more ripe for — and in need of — fresh, creative reimagining. With her clear-eyed, inspiring, and sweeping vision of a possible global renaissance in the new millennium, Barbara Marx Hubbard shows us that our current crises are not the precursors of an apocalypse but the natural birth pains of an awakened, universal humanity. This is our finest hour. Conscious Evolution highlights the tremendous potential of newfound scientific knowledge, technological advances, and compassionate spirituality and illustrates the opportunities that each of us has to fully participate in this exciting stage of human history. As we do, we will bring forth all that is within us and not only save ourselves, but evolve our world.

Barbara Marx Hubbard has been called “the voice for conscious evolution of our time” by Deepak Chopra and is the subject of Neale Donald Walsch’s new book “The Mother of Invention.”

A world-renowned visionary futurist, evolutionary educator and inspiring speaker, Barbara is the author of six acclaimed books that communicate the new worldview of conscious evolution. She is the co-founder and chair of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution, and additionally co-founded many progressive organizations, including The Association for Global New Thought, as well as The World Future Society.

In 1984 her name was placed in nomination for the vice presidency of the United States on the Democratic ticket with the campaign theme “To Fulfill the Dream, a Campaign for a Positive Future.”

She is the producer and narrator of the award-winning documentary series entitled Humanity Ascending: A New Way through Together and is currently co-producing with The Shift Network a global multi-media event entitled, “Birth 2012: Co-Creating a Planetary Shift in Time” on Dec. 22, 2012. This event aims to unify 100 million people worldwide in coherence and social synergy to birth a new “evolved” era and “universal humanity.” Barbara’s previous books include: The Hunger of Eve, The Revelation, Conscious Evolution, Emergence, the 52 Codes for Conscious Self Evolution and her new book Birth 2012 and Beyond: Humanity’s Great Shift To the Age of Conscious Evolution

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Conscious Evolution: Awakening the Power of Our Social Potential

Barbara Marx Hubbard, author of CONSCIOUS EVOLUTION, explains how our current crises are not the precursors of an apocalypse but the natural birth pains of an awakened, universal humanity.

Part of Religious Scholar, Philosopher & Spiritual Visionary, Dr. Ravi Ravindra’s lecture on the Yoga in the Bhagavad Gita at the Feathered Pipe.

Published on Nov 10, 2015

This short video is part of the Panchadasi Video set from India, 2015.

Published on Nov 6, 2015
By approaching the situation with both compassion and wisdom, Europe could demonstrate it’s evolved state of consciousness.

Published on Nov 9, 2015
Open Meeting with Amoda Maa, Sebastopol, California, October 2015 – talking about the willingness to meet this moment in its totality and the willingness to drop all notions of what it means to be spiritual.

Published on Nov 8, 2015

For Nondual teachings, consciousness is everything and the nature of everything. For scientific theories, consciousness appears at some point in the physical world, and makes experience and science possible. Science has advanced various theories to understand consciousness and where it comes from. There is no consensus at this point. At the same time, most nondual teachings view the world that science studies as illusion, or illusion like. Scientists think our
perception of it is like an illusion because it is the way our brains interpret input, but they do not agree that the world is illusion, or that their successful theories are illusion. I will explore both points of view and how there might be an interface between the two that can create a bridge between the insights of mystical experience and the findings of our science.

Hameed Ali (A. H. Almaas) Ph.D., Founder of the Diamond Approach®
Hameed is the founder of the Diamond Approach® – a spiritual teaching that utilizes a unique kind of inquiry into realization, where the practice is the expression of realization. Freedom is living our realization, a dynamic enlightenment where our transcendent nondual truth lives personally in the world. This inquiry opens up the infinite creativity of our Being, transforming our lives into a runaway realization, moving from realization to further realization. Almaas’ books include: The Inner Journey Home, Essence, The Pearl Beyond Price, Luminous Night’s Journey, and The Unfolding Now.

Published on Nov 8, 2015

The authors of the New York Times bestseller Super Brain present a bold new understanding of our genes and how simple changes in lifestyle can boost genetic activity. The leap into “radical well-being” is a promise waiting to be fulfilled. “You are not simply the sum total of the genes you were born with,” writes Deepak Chopra and Rudy Tanzi. “You are the user and controller of your genes, the author of your biological story. No prospect in self-care is more exciting.”

Learning how to shape your gene activity is at the heart of this exciting and eagerly-anticipated book from the bestselling duo behind Super Brain, which became a nationwide hit on public television.

For decades medical science has believed that genes determined our biological destiny. Now the new genetics has changed that assumption forever. You will always have the genes you were born with, but genes are dynamic, responding to everything we think, say, and do. Suddenly they’ve become our strongest allies for personal transformation. When you make lifestyle choices that optimize how your genes behave, you can reach for a state of health and fulfillment undreamed of even a decade ago. The impact on prevention, immunity, diet, aging, and chronic disorders is unparalleled.

Professor of Neurology, Genetics & Aging, Dr. Rudolph Tanzi is leading the charge in research on modification of genes in connection with behavior or disease susceptibility by means of exercise.

Eckhart Tolle leads a meditation on “The Power of the Present Moment” at Wisdom 2.0 201

Published on Nov 7, 2015

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While out in California for the Science and Nonduality Conference, I had some downtime before the conference started, so I decided to tape a long panel discussion with a rather large group of friends, most of them previous guests on Batgap. Sofia University in Palo Alto (where transpersonal psychology was founded by Abraham Maslow and others), generously provided a room and video equipment. I’m especially grateful to Dr. Jeffery Martin, who conducts research there, for offering and organizing this. It was an experiment, and some were skeptical that it would work, but it did! This is part 1. Part 2 will be posted shortly. Main points of discussion in this part include:

* What is awakening and enlightenment? Are we on the same page? Discussion goes into direct experiencing of different states, levels and depths of consciousness in the evolution of the progressive, dynamic process of awakening.

* What is identity and identification in different stages in the evolution of consciousness and the journey of the dissolution of self?

* What are the value of words and the use of semantics in the discussion of awakening and Self realization?

* Is awakening lost in the experience of our brokenness? In the face of deep emotional trauma or when life shatters, what happens? Is there an abiding, unmoving stability that is unshakeable in all circumstances?

* The evolution of our humanity as an expression of the divine and the importance of continued growth and refinement in the awakening journey.

Participants in the morning session included:

Chuck Hillig:
Clare Blanchflower:
Craig Holliday:
Dana Sawyer:
David Buckland:
David Ellzey:
Francis Bennett:
Jeffery Martin:
Kiran (Mystic Girl in the City):
Kristin Kirk:
Laurie Moore:,
Mariana Caplan:
Rick Archer:
Susanne Marie:

Recorded 10/22/2015

Published on Nov 7, 2015

Stuart Hameroff, M.D., Professor, Anesthesiology and Psychology, Director, Center for Consciousness Studies

Consciousness defines our existence, but the nature of consciousness remains mysterious, debated since ancient times along two general lines. (1) Plato, Descartes and modern neuroscience have asserted that the brain produces conscious awareness, experience and a model of the world, and thus that consciousness emerged during the course of biological evolution.

On the other hand, (2) Eastern philosophy, Aristotle, and modern quantum physics approaches have suggested consciousness is intrinsic to the universe, that consciousness or its precursors preceded life, and may have prompted its origin and evolution. The modern study of consciousness re-emerged in the early 1990s from the shadow of behaviorism (which had banned the topic during most of the 20th century) following well-regarded scientists like Francis Crick, Gerald Edelman and Sir Roger Penrose, and interdisciplinary conferences such as ‘Toward a Science of Consciousness’.

Now, decades into the modern era, understanding is divided along the same ancient lines. (1) Materialist philosophers and cognitive neuroscientists liken consciousness to a computer simulation, and the brain to a computer, with neuronal firings and synaptic transmissions equated to ‘bit states’ and switches in silicon (rendering consciousness epiphenomenal and devoid of causal power).

Sufficiently complex computation is presumed to result in consciousness, and billions of dollars and euros are aimed at ‘mapping’ brain neurons and connections, with the hope such maps implemented in silicon will reproduce brain function including consciousness (although such mapping strategies, e.g. for simple worms, have thus far failed). (2) Quantum approaches, e.g. based on intra-neuronal structures such as microtubules, once considered unlikely at warm biological temperatures, have gained ground due to plant photosynthesis utilizing quantum coherence, and discovery of quantum resonances in microtubules. Quantum approaches connect brain function to fundamental spacetime geometry, consistent with ancient Eastern views of consciousness
intrinsic to the universe.

Published on Nov 6, 2015

All experience takes place in the mind; there are two elements to mind: the objective element and the knowing element.


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