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Published on Apr 1, 2015

Moon / Rahu Eclipse in Virgo

After the Sun / Ketu in Pisces Solar eclipse on March 20, we get the Lunar eclipse in Virgo. This lunar eclipse in Virgo acts as a contrasting point to the Pisces eclipse. The moon as our heart and mind, and the desire to “hold things together”, especially psychologically. Now, in Virgo, we are looking to hold together the structure of our life, down to every hairsplitting detail. The can be a lot of psychological pressure when the moon is in Virgo, And a worrisome nature can result. In addition, the North node Rahu is stressful – trying to accelerate our perceptions beyond the present moment, into the future. This usually does not feel so good, because no matter what we may perceive, we are still “always in the present”.

Eclipse in Nakshatra of Hasta

This Lunar eclipse happens in Hasta, symbolized by an open hand. This is the hand of both manifestation and release. In the highest sense we want to create a world of order and beauty, but we also must not clutch and try to possess anything. Great harm is done when we claim ownership to any object of the world, especially when we “objectify” another person. This “grasping” is the only reason we suffer. Your relationship to the structures in your world and the need to have more discrimination from them is a big lesson now. These themes are especially poignant after the recent Pisces eclipse, joined Mars, which may have been very destructive. Now, picking up the pieces from recent events, and other cyclical ones, will be felt internally.

Debilitated Mercury
Virgo is ruled by Mercury, and he is debilitated now in Pisces. This shows the discrimination needed to organize and recognize the truth has been hijacked by a dreamy projection. Also, the story in our head may be confusing. In the highest sense, Mercury brings neutrality to situations, rather than emotional biases and other fallacies that distort our perception and lead to faulty conclusions. Correctly organizing and comprehending our life depends on Mercury being detached. This is hard to come by now.

Suggestions and Meditations

As is the case with all eclipses (and lunation cycles), introspection and meditation are the best thing we can do. In particular now, with this Moon/Rahu eclipse, it is very easy for emotional extremes to cloud our deeper feeling nature and potential. The deity of Hasta Nakshatra is Savitur, who is glorified in the famous Gayatri mantra. Repetitions of this mantra can be particularly healing now.
Om bhur bhuvah swaha
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Deemahi
Di yoyo Nah Prachodayat

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Published on Apr 1, 2015

What is the highest state of consciousness? St. Paul called it “the peace that passeth understanding” and R. M. Bucke named it “cosmic consciousness.” In Zen Buddhism, the term for it is satori or kensho, while in yoga it is samadhi or moksha, and in Taoism, “the absolute Tao.” Thomas Merton used the phrase “transcendental unconscious” to describe it; Abraham Maslow coined the term “peak experience”; Sufis speak of fana. Gurdjieff labeled it “objective consciousness” while the Quakers call it “the Inner Light.” Jung referred to individuation, and Buber spoke of the I-Thou relationship. In this anthology John White brings together a diverse collection of writings by contemporary thinkers such as Aldous Huxley, P.D. Ouspensky, Alan Watts, Kenneth Wapnick, Richard Maurice Bucke, Abraham Maslow, and many more, and asks the question; What is the Highest State of Consciousness?

John White is an author and educator in the fields of consciousness research and higher human development. He has been Director of Education for The Institute of Noetic Sciences, a research organization founded by Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell to study human potential for personal and planetary transformation, and President of Alpha Logics, a school for self-directed growth in body, mind and spirit.

Mr. White is author of The Meeting of Science and Spirit, A Practical Guide to Death and Dying and the forthcoming books Enlightenment 101: A Guide to God-Realization and Higher Human Culture and America, Freedom and Enlightenment: An Open Letter to Americans about Patriotism and Global Society and other books. He has also edited anthologies, including The Highest State of Consciousness, Psychic Exploration, Kundalini, Evolution and Enlightenment and What Is Enlightenment?. His writing has appeared in Reader’s Digest, The New York Times, Esquire, Omni, Woman’s Day and other publications, and his books have been translated into ten languages.

Mr. White was born in 1939. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Dartmouth College (1961) and a master of arts in teaching from Yale University (1969). A Vietnam veteran, he attended college on an NROTC scholarship and then served four years as a naval officer, primarily in antisubmarine warfare and nuclear weapons. He and his wife Barbara have four children and five grandchildren, and live in Cheshire, Connecticut, USA.

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Published on Apr 1, 2015

Freedom from Fear-Based Beliefs (03/18/2015)

This talk looks at how we get imprisoned in fear based, limiting beliefs. We then explore key meditative steps that help release these veils and reveal the fullness and goodness of our essential being.

From the talk: “My prayer to god every day is ‘Remove the veils so I might see what is really happening here and not be intoxicated by my stories and my fears.’” – Elizabeth Lesser

The Unselfish Spirit is an essential twenty-first-century guide to unlocking the secrets of how we as a race can collectively grow our consciousness to solve the complex web of challenges that threaten life on Earth.

As a species, we are at a tipping point in our evolutionary journey, exacerbated by worsening ecological conditions. We have been treating the Earth as an object to be exploited and have consequently cut ourselves off from evolving cooperatively with nature. We have to find new ways of doing, knowing, and being, so we can live in harmony with all life.

In this fascinating blend of meticulously researched theory with direct experience, Mick Collins identifies how our global crisis is also a spiritual one. He suggests that the cultivation of our psycho-spiritual awareness can reveal new vistas, helping us engage in our transformative potential, both individually and collectively.

The Unselfish Spirit draws inspiration from such diverse fields as cosmology, new biology, and quantum physics, along with insights from depth psychology, occupational science, and mysticism. Theories are discussed in relation to transforming consciousness and are enlivened by fascinating, real-life stories of people who have engaged in deep processes of change and transformation.

Mick Collins has had an interesting and diverse career, including working as a builder’s laborer, infantryman, and heavy-goods truck driver, and living in a Buddhist monastery. Mick has also worked as a therapist in an acute-mental-health setting and as a specialist with a psychological-therapies team. He currently works as a lecturer in occupational therapy and is a director of admissions within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of East Anglia.

At the end of each chapter there is an exercise that provides opportunities for experiential reflection, aiding you on your personal journey. With a preface by Tim O’Riordan, OBE, FBA, and emeritus professor of the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia, this is not just a learned exploration about psycho-spiritual transformation, it is a pathway to evolving entirely new ways of living creatively and harmoniously as a species.

Have you run out of steam for any more self-improvement? Do you sometimes despair of ever attaining spiritual enlightenment? Many seekers flounder at some point, and feel thwarted from fully living the illuminated life. Author and Senior Teacher of Waking Down in Mutuality CC Leigh tells the truth about the challenges you will likely undergo during the heroic journey of awakening, and offers a proven, step-by-step process to guide you to a confident, stable, whole-being transformation. You will discover:

• How to tell if embodied awakening is right for you—the melding of your infinite conscious
nature with your unique human individuality
• Why the darkest times often precede radical transformation
• The mystery of transmission and its powerful role in awakening
• The Inseeing Process™ for healing broken parts of yourself with spacious, compassionate
Presence
• How to get beyond fleeting illumination and achieve permanent, stable awakening
• How the company of like-minded others can nourish you and accelerate your awakening process

This inspired book shines light upon the often-bewildering journey from the dark night of spiritual disillusionment into the light of embodied awakening—so you, too, can become divinely human.

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CC Leigh – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on Mar 31, 2015

CC’s passion for helping people awaken came to the foreground in 1989 when she had a startling vision of a star appearing near the ceiling of her bedroom and streaming forth a download. The message was clear: she was to play a role in helping humans awaken, and in paving a new understanding of spirituality for the world. But first she had to awaken.

After some years of rapid spiritual growth and openings to subtle dimensions, CC landed in the darkest of nights as her early attempts at offering her gifts to other seekers “failed” rather dramatically. She lost her livelihood, home, community, and self-esteem, and ended up living in a small RV borrowed from an ex-boyfriend for 3½ years in the mid 1990’s. Ultimately, she learned the truth of these words by Leonard Cohen: “There’s a crack, a crack in everything—that’s how the light gets in.”

And the light did enter. The depths of disillusionment, despair, and ruthless self-judgment gave way to deeper explorations and radical samadhis, and led, by 1995, to a profound, permanent knowing of herself as the infinite ground and totality of Being. The next phase of her life was about trying to integrate that awakening with her human patterns of thinking and reacting—no easy matter. Yet she felt called to embodied awakening even when her Advaitic-oriented friends were telling her to bypass her human tendencies and simply abide as Consciousness.

After years of attempting to make her human life make sense in light of her awakening as Consciousness, at first on her own and then in the company of a group of people practicing “Waking Down,” it all gelled into a sense of undivided (though often paradoxical) Onlyness. At that point CC began teaching again. She loves to bring light to other seekers, especially those who find themselves lost, confused, alone or discouraged by the difficulties of being a conscious person in a deeply unconscious world.

In 2005 CC co-founded the Waking Down Teachers Association to provide an alternative to guru-centric, strongly hierarchical spiritual communities, and to help stem the tide of ethical lapses on the part of spiritual authority figures. The teachers of the WDTA meet regularly in mutuality and hold one another to standards and ethics around their teaching work, as well as experimenting with a more democratically-oriented society of awakened and awakening divinely human beings.

CC’s unique approach to teaching focuses on radical awakening to our true and total nature as both Consciousness and matter (divinely human), but does not stop there. Her Inseeing Process TM helps people experience radical self-acceptance, deep compassion, and “inner mutuality” which in turn leads to much greater ability to feel compassion and tolerance for other people: “outer mutuality.” That and much more is spelled out in CC’s highly-acclaimed handbook, Becoming Divinely Human: A Direct Path to Embodied Awakening.

Following the heartbreaking death of her beloved husband Michael in the spring of 2012, CC once again lives in a (slightly larger) RV with her dog Tucker and cat Bodhi.

Her embodied awakening and integration is continuing and becoming ever-more “seamless.” She loves the freedom she experiences living this unconventional lifestyle, and appreciates how advancements in technology are enabling her to stay connected even while living like a modern gypsy. She is currently (in 2015) offering a year-long in-depth program called “A Year of Living Deeply,” and plans to offer other online programs during the year.

Website: http://www.divinelyhuman.com

Interview recorded 3/28/2015

The intensity of Dominica’s photography reminds us of what the Chinese painter Hsieh Ho wrote in 500 A.D.: ” If a work of art has Ch’i, it inevitably reflects a vitality of spirit that is the essence of life itself.”

Manhattan Arts International, 1995

Newly released at Aluna Editions : Pearls of Consciousness, a beautiful collection of black and white portraits of spiritual friends which I have taken over the years with my Leica. The texts accompanying each portrait are bilingual English-French.None of the portraits has been reframed at the printing stage.
FOREWORD by ARNAUD DESJARDINS

As a former filmmaker myself, I am sensitive to photographic art and I have been a long-time admirer of Dominica’s portraits. The austerity of black-and-white, without any of the distraction of colours, reveals the depth expressed by the surface.
With rigour and also keeping her heart and her spirit wide open, Dominica brought together in this volume the oh so many different faces of men and women who are the witnesses of equally different forms of Spiritual Life. We know that « the Spirit blows where it likes ». Therefore the first virtue is to be open and welcoming to others – even if the form of their commitment differs from ours.
The faces which Dominica’s perseverance brought together in a book are there to remind us of that.
May at least some of them find an echo in you and orient you not towards their wisdom, but towards your own.
Concerning those I have met in person, what touched me most on discovering them, is their love of others, their essential kindness – even if the latter sometimes takes an unexpected «face».
DOMINICA
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Some excerpts :

You will understand the secret of bliss if you meditate on the nature of the Self. It is all there, contained in you alone. The joy we get through contact with worldly things is only an infinitesimal fraction of the bliss we will find within.
Mata Amritanandamayi

Where are you when the bird sings ?
Albert Low

Your spiritual practice consists only in saying yes to the now.
Eckart Tolle

…, the Sufi tradition preaches the middle path between the temporal and the spiritual, between the law, Share’a, and the truth, Al Haqeqa. While the first is a means of worship, some sort of help and a safeguard allowing us to conquer our passions, attenuate the ego, and open the heart to generosity and the respect of others, the second allows us to live the intimate experience of the divine presence.
Cheikh Khaled Bentounès

Who would you be without your story ?
Byron Katie

My thinking creates time and time creates my thinking. Within time-thinking, I maintain the illusory sense of self-identity and separation… I think therefore I continue.
Tony Parsons

There is only awareness, there is no ‘‘one’’ being aware.
Mooji

Dominica: Portraits of Remarkable Beings

Published on Feb 25, 2015

Dominica’s work, Pearls of Consciousness: An Invitation to Meet Remarkable Beings, (Aluna, 2013), is a remarkable collection of black and white portraits of 52 sages and spiritual teachers she took over the years from 1992 to 2012, together with powerful quotations and a short biography and bibliography of each.

Dominica was born near Paris in 1962 as Dominique Herbin. After studying Literature in Paris and Law at King’s College in London and later at the Sorbonne in Paris, she passed the Paris and New York Bars and worked as an associate in large law firms in Boston and New York. She soon gave up this work which left her essential questions unanswered in order to follow her bliss.

She began exploring her creativity through life drawing, painting and eventually black and white photography. At the same time, she dedicated herself to the approach of the body through the regular practice of aikido (2nd dan, B.F.) and tai-chi-chuan. In the process, she discovered the teachings of the great sages and in particular the perennial philosophy of Advaita Vedanta.

Pivotal in her spiritual journey and towards the making of her book were her encounter with the French film maker Arnaud Desjardins who encouraged her in her work as a portrait photographer, her yearly prilgrimages to the sacred mountain Arunachala in South India and finally her meeting with her yoga teacher Eric Baret who initiated her to the practice of yoga according to the non-dual tradition of Kashmir Shivaism. Today Dominica lives in France where she teaches yoga and tai chi chuan and offers week end workshops around Pearls of Consciousness and her yoga practice. For more information visit her website : http://dominicah.free.fr

This title will be released on May 19, 2015.

Foreword by Anne Jirsch, Author of Create Your Perfect Future

Sidra Jafri is a fresh voice who lovingly opens the conversation about releasing our past and stepping into our future.’Tori Hartman, bestselling author of the Chakra Wisdom Oracle Cards

Wake up to your new life! It’s no accident you’ve picked up this book. It’s time for a change!Sidra Jafri is here to guide you through an incredible nine-step journey – The Awakening. She will empower you to let go of the past and your pre-programmed beliefs, and build the happy and fulfilling life of your dreams. Offering practical exercises and real-life case studies, each step is based on one of Sidra’s principles:

Ask Quality Questions
Work On You
Awareness Is The Key
Knowing Versus Owning
Energy Is Everything
No Judgment
It Takes One To See One
Nothing Is Missing
Growth Is Inevitable

The Principles of Awakening have already helped thousands of people from all walks of life create the life they want – now you can do it, too! Sidra Jafri is a highly successful intuitive healer. The personal trauma of leaving her arranged marriage inspired her to develop the Principles of Awakening. She now runs live events around the world to help people shift the issues holding them back in areas such as wealth, relationships and wellbeing.www.sidrajafrilive.com

Sidra Jafri is an intuitive healer. Her gifts go beyond the five senses with which she helps people to shift the issues that create an undercurrent in their lives. Sidra transforms self-belief symptoms that hold people back in areas such as wealth, relationships and wellbeing. Sidra grew up in Pakistan and came to the UK as a young woman in an arranged marriage. She left the marriage after reaching rock bottom and began to nurture the intuition that she always felt even as a small child. This has led to her developing the Principles of Awakening, steps that encourage healing and connection to our authentic self and potential. Sidra’s live event, ‘The Awakening – Activating the truth of who you are,’ has moved thousands of people to create more of what they want in their lives. She loves to engage with audiences and her own transparency often allows others to take steps themselves to embrace what life can offer.

http://www.sidrajafri.com http://www.facebook.com/sidrajafrilive @sidrajafrilive The author lives in UK.

The Awakening with Sidra Jafri

In this Video, Sidra shares details of her Live event held in frequently in London called “The Awakening: Activating the Truth of Who You Are”.

Using her unique techniques of Accessing Body Conscoiusness, Sidra specializes in releasing trauma around wealth, money, finances, relationships, wellbeing, health and love. Anything that adversely affects peoples decision making due to past trauma’s in their lifes.

From Religion to Spirituality

Interview with Miceal Ledwith

Author: Danielle Graham
Photographer: Miceal Ledwith

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Published on Mar 31, 2015

A discussion of ‘I’ as a portal.

Ramesh Balsekar’s teaching is simple to grasp. He shows us the way to peace and harmony in daily living, while facing life from moment to moment. Accepting the words of the Buddha that ”Events happen, deeds are done, but there is no individual doer of any deed,” is a gateway to this peace. All actions are happenings which could not have happened unless they were ordained by the Source, which some identify as God.

In this book, Balsekar gives the essence of his teaching in short, simple passages that everyone can understand. Subjects covered range from ‘Free Will’ to ‘Meditation’. The book is a collection of individual quotes, some just a single sentence and others a few paragraphs long. Each quote, a sparkling jewel through which the teaching shines forth, is complete in itself.

Ramesh Balsekar’s focus is on the `practical` aspect of spirituality. Something to be lived each day of our lives, and not pursued as a lofty ideal. He draws the essence of his teaching from the Indian philosophy of Advaita (non-duality) which affirms that there is only ‘One Source’. This book reflects the core concepts of the Advaita philosophy, placed in today’s context by Balsekar, for the benefit of the reader.

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Ramesh Balsekar : The Final Understanding

If there is one concept which has been under constant attack by psychologists and philosophers over the last few decades, it is the idea of ‘you’ – that you are a real entity or ‘self’. Many modern philosophers and scientists suggest that this sense of being ‘someone’ is illusory, or just a simple product of brain activity. Somehow the billions of neurons in your brain work together to produce it, and all of the thoughts and feelings which it incorporates. This view was expressed very graphically by the scientist Francis Crick, who wrote that:

‘You, your joys and your sorrows, your memories and your ambitions, your sense of personal identity and free will, are in fact no more than the behavior of a vast assembly of nerve cells and their associated molecules.’

From a less biological perspective, the philosopher Daniel Dennett speaks of the illusion of the ‘Cartesian Theatre’, the sense that there is ‘someone’ in our heads looking out at a world ‘out there’, and also watching our own thoughts pass by. In reality, says Dennett, there are only mental processes. There are streams of thoughts, sensations and perceptions passing through our brains, but there is no central place where all of these phenomena are organised.

Similarly, the psychologist Susan Blackmore has suggested that the self is just a collection of what she calls ‘memes’ – units of cultural information such as ideas, beliefs and habits. We are born without a self, but slowly, as we are exposed to environmental influences, the self is ‘constructed’ out of the memes we absorb.

Modern neuroscience seems to reinforce such views. Neuroscientists claim to be able to ‘locate’ the parts of the brain responsible for mental phenomena such as aesthetic appreciation, religious experience, love, depression and so on, but they haven’t found a part of the brain associated with our underlying sense of self. Therefore, they feel justified in concluding that this doesn’t exist.

Ghosts don’t Exist’, says the Ghost

There are many problems with the attempt to ‘reduce’ our sense of self to brain activity. This is related to ‘hard problem’ of explaining the origins of conscious experience – so-called to distinguish it from the ‘easy problems’ of mental abilities and functions such as memory, concentration and attention. Whilst we might be able to understand these phenomena, the problem of how the brain might produce consciousness is on a completely different level. The brain is just a soggy clump of grey matter – how could that soggy mass possibly give rise to the richness and depth of consciousness? To think that it could is a ‘category error’ – the brain and consciousness are entirely distinct phenomena, which can’t be explained in terms of each other.

And on a more practical basis, after decades of intensive theorising and research, no-one has yet put forward any feasible explanation of how the brain might produce consciousness. The ‘hard problem’ seems completely insurmountable. There is a basic absurdity in these attempts to show that the ‘self’ is illusory. They always feature a self trying to prove that it doesn’t exist. They are caught in a loop. If the self is an illusion to begin with, how can we trust its judgements? It’s a bit like a ghost trying to prove that ghosts don’t exist. Perhaps it may be right, but its illusory nature doesn’t inspire confidence. Dennett and Blackmore are presuming that there is a kind of reliable, objective observer inside them which is able to pass judgement on consciousness – and that presumption contradicts their own arguments. That is the very thing whose existence they are trying to disprove.

Related to this, there is a problem of subject/object confusion. All of these theories attempt to examine consciousness from the outside. They treat it like a botanist examining a flower, as an object to scrutinize and categorize. But of course, with consciousness there is no subject and no object. The subject is the object. You are consciousness. So it is fallacious to examine it as if it is something ‘other.’ Again, you are caught in a loop. You can’t get outside consciousness. And so any ‘objective’ pronouncements you make about are fallacious from the start.

An interesting question to ponder is: why do human beings invest so much energy into trying to prove that they don’t exist? Why do scientists and philosophers seem so intent on proving that they themselves are illusions? Perhaps there is a kind of repressed suicidal impulse at work here. Perhaps the individuals in question experience a deep-rooted self-hatred and an impulse for self-destruction which, at conscious level, has been translated into an impulse to negate their own identity and existence. More likely, though, these views are symptom of the general nihilism of our culture, the collapse of values which has followed from materialistic science. The fact that these theories have become prevalent, despite being fallacious, shows how well they fit to the present ‘zeitgeist’.

Subjective Investigation

So does the self exist? Is there really anybody there inside your own mental space?

I think the best way to answer the question is to take a different approach. Rather than attempting to analyse consciousness from the outside as if it is an object, the best approach is to embrace subjectivity, and delve into your own consciousness. Try meditation, for example. In deep meditation, you might find yourself in a state of complete mental quietness and emptiness, with no thoughts, no perceptions, no information processing, no concentration. In fact, this state can be seen as the ‘goal’ of meditation (at least according to some traditions). The philosopher Robert Forman has called it the ‘pure consciousness event’ – a state in which consciousness exists without content, and rests easefully within itself. I have experienced this state myself, and am familiar with its qualities. Paradoxically, although consciousness is empty, it has a quality of fullness too. It appears to be full of energy – a powerful energy which has a quality of well-being, or even bliss. (This is what Indian Vedanta philosophy describes as satchitananda – being-consciousness-bliss.) There is also a quality of spaciousness – somehow my own consciousness seems to become wider and larger, to spread beyond my own brain or body. This can lead to a sense of connection or even oneness – a feeling that my consciousness is merging with a force or energy which somehow seems fundamental to the world, or the cosmos.

But most importantly in terms of my argument in this article, in these moments, one of the qualities of consciousness is a sense of ‘I’. There is still a sense of identity, even if this sense may be different to the identity of a normal state of consciousness. This identity does not feel separate or boundaried. It feels part of a greater unity, but still has a sense of I-ness. You could compare it to a wave having a sense of its own existence of a wave but at the same time being aware of itself as a part of the sea. There is still an ‘I’ which has awareness of itself and of its situation. From this point of view, it appears that consciousness or identity is not an illusion. In this state, there are no ‘memes’ and no streams of mental processes, but consciousness still appears to exist. I would therefore say that the sense of self is fundamental to us, from the deepest levels of our being. Of course, this fundamental sense of ‘I’ is acted on by all kinds environmental, social and psychological influences, and becomes ‘constructed’ to a large degree. You could compare it to how a Roman fort is built upon and expanded over centuries until eventually develops into a modern city. But there is a fundamental kernel of ‘I-ness’ which is always there, underlying all of the activity and all the construction.

Of course, this is just my own subjective experience. I shouldn’t make any universal claims for it – although, as Robert Forman has pointed out, the ‘pure consciousness event’ seems to be universal in the sense that human beings from culture to culture have independently described experiences of it throughout history. Ultimately, however, the only real way to substantiate this is for you to try it out yourself – to reach a deep state of meditation, and see if your own experience accords with mine.

Publication date: 5/12/2015

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

As Taylor writes at the book’s beginning:

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

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

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

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

The present is the only place.

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

Spiritual Awakening – Steve Taylor, UK

Published on Sep 4, 2012

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


Published on Mar 27, 2015
Recorded December 3, 2011 at the Mercy Center, Burlingame, California

Prayer is a response to a need. Our need. The Beloved’s need. And at this time, most pressingly, the need of the Earth.

From the book Prayer of the Heart: goldensufi.org/book_desc_prayer_heart.ht­ml
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The enlightenment teachings of Leonard Jacobson

True Awakening, Part 2

Insights On Huang Po & Lao Tzu

We are at a unique moment in the evolution of spirituality. For centuries, sages of various traditions around the world have been expressing the Truth of non-duality; and their disciples have been faithfully preserving the teachings and passing them on. But it is only now, in this era of advances in mass communication, that it has become possible for a living sage of one tradition, to produce commentaries inspired by the mystical traditions of another.

Imagine if Chuang Tzu had written a commentary on the Bhagavad Gita, or if the sage Jnaneshwar had produced reflections on the Heart Sutra! Within these pages a similar dream has been realised – commentaries on the teachings of the revered Zen Master Huang Po, and a modern Book of the Way inspired by Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching, both written by Advaita Master Ramesh S. Balsekar.

The repetition of tradition cannot be termed as wrong, but when the teaching is embodied the teacher is at liberty to put it in his own words instead – because he is It. Ramesh’s words bridge the apparent gap of centuries and geographical boundaries, revealing the hidden Truth behind the illusion of time and space: Advaita, Zen, and Tao.

Ramesh Balsekar, author of over 20 books, discusses the Indian philosophy of Advaita daily at his residence in Mumbai, with visitors from around the world. The basic concept is that “all there is, is Consciousness;” all actions are happenings, the functioning of the Primal Energy, and not the doing by anyone. He has a unique focus on what we all have to deal with in our daily living. His teaching has

Ramesh S. Balsekar, married to Sharda and a father of three, is known and loved by seekers from around the world as an eloquent Master of Advaita, or Non-duality. After retiring as President of the Bank of India, Ramesh translated many of the daily talks given in Marathi by his Guru, Nisargadatta Maharaj. The teaching began in 1982 after Maharaj had twice directed him to talk, and since then he has written over twenty books on Advaita as well. Ramesh is widely regarded as undeniably unique and uncompromising in his presentation of the concepts, in keeping with an early premonitory remark by Maharaj that as a teacher Ramesh would not be “parroting” the words of his Guru. In response to the appreciation frequently shared by visitors at his talks for the singular clarity and `purity` of the teaching, Ramesh himself has perhaps best expressed it with his view of the Master-disciple relationship: “The purity of the teaching lies in the absence of an individual teacher and an individual learner – that is to say, in the absence of a subject-object relationship. The purity lies in the spontaneity of the happening.”

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Who Wants To Know What? – Ramesh Balsekar — Courtesy of advaita.org

For the first time in print, well-known spiritual teacher A. H. Almaas presents the highest level and most profound teachings of the Diamond Approach on the true nature of reality and the path to enlightenment.

The teaching in this book is off the map—because reality itself cannot be captured in a map. In fact, reality is far more alive, far more mysterious than anything we can conceive of. It is always revealing itself by knowing itself; and knowing reality and living it becomes the fulfillment of our life. A. H. Almaas, the originator of the Diamond Approach, here presents a new paradigm for understanding reality: the view of totality. He reveals that our life can become an endless revelation of reality, an adventure with neither beginning nor end.

A. H. Almaas has been developing and teaching the Diamond Approach, a spiritual path of self-realization and maturity based on an original synthesis of modern discoveries in the field of psychology and a new paradigm about spiritual nature, for more than thirty years. If we can say the Diamond Approach has a goal it is to realize the truth at progressively deeper levels until one reaches the ultimate Truth, the Absolute, and to become integrated into that truth so that we are a living presence and embodiment of that truth. The teachings of this path have been unfolding over time, and Runaway Realization presents—for the first time in print—the highest level of teachings in the Diamond Approach in the most profound work by Almaas so far. In this book, Almaas offers a detailed look at the true nature of reality and the nature of enlightenment. He also talks about practice—what it is and what it isn’t, and how practice relates to the process of realization. He looks at what it is to be a human being and what our role is in the totality of the universe. The material includes a discussion of the nature of space and time, as well as a view of more and more subtle levels of realization.

A. H. ALMAAS is the pen name of Hameed Ali, the Kuwaiti-born originator of the Diamond Approach, who has been guiding individuals and groups in Colorado, California, and Europe since 1976. He is the author of many books, including The Power of Divine Eros and The Unfolding Now.

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Hameed Ali (A. H. Almaas) – 2nd Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on Mar 17, 2015

A. Hameed Ali was born in Kuwait in 1944. At the age of eighteen, he moved to the USA to study at the University of California in Berkeley. Hameed was working on his Ph.D. in physics when he reached a turning point in his life and destiny that led him more and more into inquiring into the psychological and spiritual aspects of human nature.

Hameed’s interest in the truth of human nature and the true nature of reality resulted in the creation and unfoldment of the Diamond Approach®:

“The Diamond Approach is a path of wisdom, an approach to the investigation of Reality and work on oneself that leads to human maturity and liberation. Because of our particular vision of Reality it is not completely accurate to think of this approach as spiritual work, for this work does not separate the spiritual from the psychological, neither does it see these two as separate from the physical everyday life and scientific investigation of the content of perception. However, because we live in a society where the prevailing thought is that of the separated facets of Reality, the closest category recognized in this mentality, to our approach, is that of a spiritual path or exploration.”

Some of Hameed’s many books: Runaway Realization: Living a Life of Ceaseless Discovery The Power of Divine Eros: The Illuminating Force of Love in Everyday Life The Unfolding Now: Realizing Your True Nature through the Practice of Presence Brilliancy: The Essence of Intelligence (Diamond Body Series) Essence With the Elixir of Enlightenment: The Diamond Approach to Inner Realization

Website: http://ahalmaas.com

Interview recorded 3/15/2015

Perception And Reality – Hameed Ali (A. H. Almaas)

Does perception in nondual or other kinds of spiritual realization reveal what reality actually is? Many teachings emphasize that enlightenment is seeing how things actually are. However, the vision of reality given by the various teachings vary in significant ways. Does this mean one of them is the right one or are all correct? What are the implications about reality in either case? I will present a vision of perception in spiritual realization that parallels the view in quantum theory of the relation between the observer and reality. Since in spiritual realization reality is more fundamental than the observer, actually manifesting the observer, the vision brings in the subtleties of realization and why there are many kinds. Reality becomes a much more mysterious truth than the view of any kind of realization, which requires encompassing the various views of enlightenment.


Published on Mar 27, 2015

Recorded at Science and Nonduality Conference http://www.scienceandnonduality.com/

Biology is the science of life by definition and explores forms and manifestations of living organisms. Kabbalistic methods apply specific approaches for analyzing and interpreting a wide range of meaningful information, and in this presentation these approaches will be demonstrated for a description of biological systems. Although the word ‘life’ is a noun, something is very fundamental in description of life through processes that distinguish living systems from non-living systems.

The properties specific for living systems such as an ability to grow, to reproduce, to die, to metabolize, to maintain internal balance, to adapt to external environment, and to develop hierarchical organization are inseparably linked and interrelated. Kabbalistic approach is not limited to perceiving organisms in terms of isolated elements, but rather is applied to their integrated relationship in the context of connection and meaning. Connection of elements of biological systems can be described in terms of non-locality measuring closeness as a similarity. Two organisms, which resemble each other, are close; in contrast, biological objects that differ are distant.

Generation and maintenance of biological diversity is a crucial characteristic of life, but multiplicity of forms can be studied in the way that visible manifestations indicate underlying unity behind the diversity produced by adaptation to local environment. Life manifests itself as pulsation; the principle of “run and return” is one of the life’s secrets. Biological systems behave as a whole having numerous elements with their own temporal scales.

Time in biology is measured through transformation of life forces. Kabbalistic approach is based on personal experience of the biologist and the task selected for a point of view: on what level you investigate the biological process; from which side you look at the biological object; what system of measurements is appropriate; what is a value of your observation?

Michael Kosoy PhD is a Research Biologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

In the more than twenty-five years since she co-founded Omega Institute – now the world’s largest center for spiritual retreat and personal growth -Elizabeth Lesser has been an intimate witness to the ways in which people weather change and transition.

In a beautifully crafted blend of moving stories, humorous insights, practical guidance, and personal memoir, she offers tools to help us make the choice we all face in times of challenge: Will we be broken down and defeated, or broken open and transformed? Lesser shares tales of ordinary people who have risen from the ashes of illness, divorce, loss of a job or a loved one – stronger, wiser, and more in touch with their purpose and passion. And she draws on the world’s great spiritual and psychological traditions to support us as we too learn to break open and blossom into who we were meant to be.

Elizabeth Lesser is the cofounder and senior adviser of Omega Institute (Rhinebeck, New York), recognized internationally for its workshops and professional training in holistic health, psychology, and cross-cultural arts and religion. Since 1977, when Omega was founded, she has helped direct the institute’s organization, research and develop its programs, and train its staff. She has also been privileged to study and teach with leading thinkers and practitioners in the fields of human development and spiritual growth. Prior to her work at Omega, she was a midwife and childbirth educator. She attended Barnard College and San Francisco State University. She lives in the Hudson River Valley with her family.

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What It Means to Be Broken Open | Super Soul Sunday | Oprah Winfrey Network

Sometimes, difficult times can help you realize the true potential of your life. Watch as Omega Institute co|founder Elizabeth Lesser talks about the meaning of her book Broken Open, which shares how Elizabeth grew on her spiritual path. Plus, Elizabeth and Oprah discuss what spirituality means to them.

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Elizabeth Lesser: Broken Open

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During times of transition or when we face adversity, life offers us a choice: to turn away from change or to embrace it. To shut down or to be broken open and transformed. Elizabeth Lesser povides tools to help us turn difficult times into times of growth and empowerment.

Elizabeth is the co-founder of Omega Institute, a learning center that focuses on health, wellness, spirituality, creativity, and social change. She is the New York Times best-selling author of Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow and The Seeker’s Guide: Making Your Life a Spiritual Adventure. For more than 30 years Elizabeth has worked with leading figures in the fields of healing—healing self and healing society.

In 2008 she helped Oprah Winfrey produce a 10-week online seminar based on the book, A New Earth. Since then, she has appeared several times on the Oprah Winfrey television show and Oprah.com webcasts, and is an ongoing host on Oprah’s Soul Series, a weekly radio show on Sirius/XM. Her newest book, Broken Open, is a guide for anyone going through a difficult time.

Elizabeth Lesser: Believe in Change

“Spirituality is following the deep internal desire for something grand, big and wonderful.”

Published on Mar 27, 2015
A discussion about Existence

In this video, Leonard speaks about who we are when we are fully present. He reveals the way into the deepest levels of Presence, and describes the mysterious healing effect that Presence has upon our past.

Published on Mar 20, 2015
A discussion about dealing with uncomfortable feelings.

In this simple, yet powerful and challenging book, the author takes us on a mystical tour of human consciousness, covering such diverse topics as the multi-dimensional nature of our existence, the eternal dilemma of God, the soul’s journey, the souls lessons, healing the soul, liberation from the ego, the keys to spiritual awakening, the universal laws of life, God Consciousness, the truth about Jesus … and so much more.


Leonard Jacobson
is an Australian spiritual teacher, author and mystic who is deeply committed to guiding and supporting others in their journey towards wholeness. Formerly a lawyer, his life transformed completely, when in 1981 he experienced the first of a series of spontaneous spiritual and mystical awakenings which opened him to a higher level of consciousness. His teachings and his presence are a powerful reminder that the source of love and truth is within each one of us. He offers seminars and retreats regularly thoughout the USA.

Look Inside Here

Heaven revealed on Earth

The enlightenment teachings of Leonard Jacobson, awakened spiritual teacher

Published on Mar 24, 2015
Also see http://batgap.com/vasant-swaha/

Vasant Swaha was always a naturally free spirit, aware from an early age that life was not about accepting boundaries, but rather going beyond them. As a child, he sailed from his native Norway, exploring the world with his father and family. His visits to many foreign countries at an early age gave him a broad perspective on life.

He always liked to challenge himself, ever since he was very young. As a teenager, he left his home and continued traveling on his own. After journeying through Europe and North Africa, he eventually arrived in India. Here, he at once felt at home. An alive spiritual fragrance was in the air, that was missing in the West. He lived in the Himalayas and then in Goa, where he came into contact with disciples of the Master Osho. Out of this encounter, he knew what his next step was: to follow the call of his heart to go meet the Master.

His connection with Osho was instant and deep – like coming home. Swaha got immersed in the life of the commune around his Master, which became the biggest growth center in the world. Here, he could explore himself further in many levels. Becoming one of Osho’s bodyguards, Swaha had an intimate connection with his Master. Later, as a therapist, his openness to new ideas and therapies gave him a great opportunity to experiment and go through many different growth processes and meditations. This gave him a wide experience and insight into the psychology and heart of the modern man.

Shortly after Osho left his body, Swaha experienced awakening to his true Self.

I was no longer the one I was the day before. I had no identification with any personality or ego. The “I” was gone, and so was the whole past. I was drowned in a profound peace, in a deep spaciousness and blissful silence. It was a new birth. I became very fragile, I had to learn how to function in the world again.”

In the years that followed, this new way of being became more integrated. During his travels through India, he met Papaji in a blissful encounter.

My beloved Papa, Poonjaji, was a tremendous gift. He was really a lion of Truth. No words can express my gratitude to him.”

Papaji recognized the alive Presence in Swaha and encouraged him to share This. But at this time Swaha was just living in a constant state of inner contentment. It would take him another 5 years before he started giving Satsangs.

After meeting Papaji he went traveling around India, and lived for long periods of time in the Himalayas. During this time he had beautiful meetings with his enlightened friend, Giridhar, and together they had adventures in the far regions of the Himalayas.

More and more, existence moved Swaha to share himself with others. In India he was invited to take part in the No-Mind Ängsbacka Summer Festival in Sweden. It was his first public sharing and resulted in a queue of people wanting to learn more. He gave in to the inevitable and began sharing his Presence.

In tune with Swaha’s love of nature, he has created beautiful retreat places in the mountains of Norway and by the ocean in Brazil. Here, seekers and lovers from around the world come to meditate and experience the beauty, love and silence of his presence. In this precious meeting, hearts and minds can awaken, transform and flower.

Website: http://vasantswaha.net

Being present is immensely worthwhile. It opens you into the truth of life. It opens you into peace, love, truth and Oneness. It releases you from the pain of the past and anxiety about the future. It empowers you to be yourself and express yourself fully. It enables you to come into right relationship with your ego and with your feelings. It enables you to transcend judgment, which is one of the keys to awakening.

To be present is your natural state. The only way you can leave the present moment is to think your way out of here. And where will you go? There is only one possibility. You think your way out of the present moment into the world of the mind. It is a world of past memory and future imagining.

The problem is that we are all addicted to thinking. The thoughts never stop and because thoughts are always about the past or future, we become absorbed into the past and future world of the mind. In this way, we disconnect from the present moment. This is what has happened to humanity. It is as if we are all lost in an unimaginably complex maze, an intricate network of thought, memory, imagination, concept, idea, opinion and belief.

When we caught within the mind, we are affected by all the limiting beliefs which formed in early childhood. We live with all the repressed emotions from the past. We live with anxiety about the future. We judge ourselves and others.

The only way to come out of the mind and return to Presence is to bring yourself present with something that is here in the moment with you. If you can see it, hear it, feel it, taste it, touch it, or smell it in this moment, then you can be present with it.

Look around the room. Be present with something you see right now. It could be a flower, or leaf, a chair, or anything else you see in the room. Or you could be present with the sound you hear. Everything that is in the present moment is inviting you to be present with it. You can be present in the movement of your body.

The moment you are truly present, thoughts stop and your mind falls silent. The past drops away, revealing the present moment as it is, free of your ideas, opinions, beliefs and projections. Now you are awake in the truth of life, and this will continue for as long as you remain present.

Each moment you have a choice. Do you choose to be present, or do you allow yourself to wander off into endless unconscious thought. This choice is at the very heart of free will, and your life will be radically affected depending on which choice you make. The more you choose to be present, the more Presence flowers within you.

The flowering of Presence from within is like the mustard seed that Jesus spoke of.

“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, smaller than all other seeds.”

At first, Presence is delicate and it will be difficult to remain present. But each moment that you are present nurtures the seed of Presence. There are so many opportunities to be present each day. Whenever there is no need to be thinking, bring yourself present. Be present as you wash the dishes. Be present as you have a shower or go for a walk. It is that simple. Gradually the seed of Presence will flower within you and you will find yourself becoming more and more established in Presence.

Published on Mar 24, 2015
Elaboration of The Yoga of Sensing and Perceiving

Leonard Jacobson explains how we leave the present moment, become imprisoned by thought forms and function in the world as egos. He describes a second level of ego, which is completely independent of us and reveals the way to overcome its dominance in our lives. http://www.leonardjacobson.com

The ego’s surrender

Leonard Jacobson reveals the conditions which are necessary for the ego to relax and surrender to the True Master arising from within.

Quest for Awakening

The Enlightenment Teachings of Leonard Jacobson


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From the Album The Prophet, A Musical Interpretation Featuring Richard Harris. Music Composed By Arif Mardin. 1974 Atlantic.

Video http://www.zenchantment.com Directed by Milos Kuhlman
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Ed Mathew’s presents

The Prophet
By
Kahlil Gibran

Featuring

Richard Harris

Executive Producers: Jerry Wexler and Ed Mathews

Atlantic Recording Corporation 75 Rockefeller Plaza, New Yerk, NY 10019 A Time
Warner Company copyright 1974

1: The Coming of the Ship
2: On Love
3: On Marriage
4: On Children
5: Trilogy From “The Prophet”
(Love, Marriage, Children)
6: On Giving
7: On Eating and Drinking
8: On Clothes
9: On Work
10: On Crime and Punishment
11: On Laws
12: On Teaching and Self-Knowledge
13: On Friendship
14: On Pleasure
15: Theme From “The Prophet”
(Pleasure is a freedom song”
16: On Religion
17: On Death
18: The Farewell

The term Awakening has been widely used lately to describe the phenomenon of a spontaneous change of consciousness. Awakening can be described as a realization that there is a higher dimension of reality which is rooted in a universal consciousness of unity. Such a realization is inevitably accompanied with a heightened positive emotional state, invoking feelings of joy, connectedness, outpouring of love and frequently intense ecstasy. It often has a lasting effect on the life of the experiencer, but it can also take a lifetime to integrate such an experience into our everyday lives. There can be a number of triggers for STEs (Spiritual Transformative Experiences) or for such sudden change in consciousness to occur, such as a near-death experiences, drugs, shock, trauma, intense appreciation of beauty or involuntary or intentional rising of the Kundalini energy, which can be the result of a prolonged meditation. A spiritual awakening often has a lasting and transforming effect on one’s life.

The awakened life
There is a great difference between awakening and leading an awakened life . People who had an awakening experience or STE often feel like exiles after having experienced that their true home lies elsewhere. But once our awakened lives have become the status quo we are no longer interested in leaving this world in favour of some spiritual heaven, because this world will have become our true home, perhaps for the first time. Our focus of attention is shifted. We may even lose interest in a spiritual life or spiritual pursuits, simply because “spirit” or consciousness reveals itself to be in everything we place our attention on. Nothing is exempt. Wherever our attention is directed to we will be aware of a new Presence which will be with us every hour of the day.attention on. Nothing is exempt. Wherever our attention is directed to we will be aware of a new Presence which will be with us every hour of the day.This Presence, some call it the Silent Watcher, others “God” or simply Stillness, will reveal to us the inner workings of the circumstances surrounding us. Best of all we begin to think and act like the “Silent Watcher”, and whenever we realise that we are no different to this “Presence”, we are welcomed with ecstasy and joy and this will happen on a daily basis. Every morning we open our eyes we feel like sending out our gratitude for the privilege that we are allowed to be alive on this earth. We will experience a constant, underlying stillness which accompanies us wherever we go and nothing else has any power over us or our lives. Such a statement may sound preposterous when we find ourselves in the middle of a battlefield or when tragedy is unfolding around us. And what about a life in constant physical pain and illness one may ask? The nineteenth century sage, Ramakrishna, who died of cancer in constant pain said simply this: “Oh my mind, remain in bliss; let the body and its pain look after each other.”
Our awakened consciousness may still experience the pain, but without the suffering. We no longer seek to escape from reality, but instead we begin to appreciate its deeper meaning. Instead of trying to escape from reality in futile distractions we welcome it with an open heart in eager anticipation of what reality will offer and teach us next.

 

Key characteristic of an awakened consciousness:

  • Attention is focused on the present moment
  • Enhanced sense of reality and increased discriminatory powers
  • Persistent feeling of being “Home”, regardless of where we are
  • Enhanced aesthetic appreciation
  • Spontaneous peak experiences in everyday life
  • Enhanced empathy with fellow men
  • Non-judgmental attitude
  • Increased creativity and joy in engagements which benefit others.
  • Awareness of a benevolent presence, which may be referred to as “God”, “Higher Self”, “Guide”, “Guardian Angel” or simply the presence of a universal consciousness
  • No fear of death
  • Detachment from conflicts and enhanced modes of dealing with them
  • Dreams are more coherent and often lucid
  • Lack of attachment
  • A feeling of Sovereignty over one’s life and destiny
  • Authentic, accessible, benevolent, empathic, sense of humor, tolerant, perceptive, wise
  • Indifference towards roles in society, such as status, acclaim, fame, position, wealth etc
  • Purposeful and rewarding relationships without attachments or dependency
  • Perception that every moment is new.
  • Reality is not seen as repetition even though apparent repetitive events occur
  • Disinterest in psychic abilities although they may arise
  • Disinterest in following a “spiritual” path
  • Regarding dream life as important as waking life and vice versa
  • Modest and content with the ordinary
  • Impartial, detached, peaceful, objective
  • Ability to adapt and experience any viewpoint from the viewer’s perspective
  • Not considering themselves as enlightened

 

Source: Awakened People

Published on Mar 20, 2015
Each one of us is the Tree of Life. A deeply rooted stillness and substratum. From the depths of spaceless space, pure potentiality blooms into form and function animated by deep relaxation. It maintains itself with pure strength in a creative tension. As it is all powerful, it can infinitely relax and contract, infinitely weave and return to formlessness. This is its play. A relaxed mind can celebrate the breadth of life and see the intelligence, creativity and mischief. A worried mind cannot but arc between enjoying and suffering. So, our first act of compassion is to show the mind its uncontained naturalness, so it can enjoy the View. This takes no time, as the Mind is already free, loyally pretending to be a small stressed servant rather than the supreme intelligence. Like a golden eagle freed from too small a cage, the mind can soar and explore with graceful curiosity all of creation and the space that holds everything. There is such a delight in looking into the Known and finding a shape shifting all creative deathless intelligence. Always at play in the field of Life.

Pamela speaks the Truth of advaita, non-duality – that the universe is one undivided whole. For the last twelve years she has traveled widely in the United States, Canada and Europe, holding satsang and giving private sessions. Week-long retreats have been held in Mexico, Costa Rica, France, the United Kingdom, Canada and the USA. She has endeared herself to many through her lighthearted humor and compassion, and deep understanding of what it is to be human. She lives in Napa, California.

The Awakened Way

What is it like to live an awakened life?


While the world is trying to solve its problems and everyone around you is engaged in the same, you’re not. While everybody around you is trying to figure it out, trying to arrive, trying to “get there,” trying to be worthy, you’re not. While everyone thinks that awakening is a grand, noble, halo-enshrouded thing, for you it’s not. While everybody is running from this life right now, in this moment, to try to get there, you’re not. Where everybody has an argument with somebody else, mostly everybody else, starting with themselves, you don’t. Where everybody is so sure that happiness will come when something is different than it is now, you know that it won’t. When everybody else is looking to achieve the perfect state and hold on to it, you’re not.

When everybody around you has a whole host of ideas and beliefs about a whole variety of things, you don’t. Everyone on the path is getting there; you haven’t gotten anywhere. Everyone is climbing the mountain; you’re selling hiking boots and picks at the foot in the hope that if they climb it and come back down, they may be too exhausted to do it again. When everybody else is looking to the next book, to the next teacher, to the next guru to be told what’s real, to be given the secret key to an awakened life, you’re not. You don’t have a key because there’s not a lock to put it in.

When you’re living what you are in an awakened way, being simply what you’ve always been, you’re actually very simple. You basically sit around wondering what all the fuss is about.

When everyone is sitting around saying, “I hope that happens to me,” you remember when you did that. You remember that you didn’t find a solution to that. You remember that the whole idea that there was a problem created all of that.

When you’re being what you are, when you’re living the awakened life, there’s nobody to forgive, because there’s no resentment held, no matter what.

The truth of your being doesn’t crave happiness; it could actually care less. It doesn’t crave love, not because you are so full of love, but because it just doesn’t crave love. It’s very simple. It doesn’t seek to be known, regarded highly, or understood. When you’re living what you are in an awakened way, there’s no ideal for you anymore. You’ve stepped off the entire cycle of suffering, of becoming; you’re not interested.

It’s a curious life you find yourself in. You find yourself… where you are. Not where I am, where you are. Where you really are. Where we really are. It’s a curious place to be (especially in the beginning) not to be driven by anything—pleasure or displeasure, helping or hurting, loving or hating. The only thing that will move you (and I don’t mean to be too poetic about this) is the same thing that moves a leaf hanging from a tree. It’s simply because the breeze blows that way. So you always know what to do: The breeze blows that way, and that’s the way you go. You don’t ask questions anymore. You don’t evaluate why the breeze is blowing that way because you know that you don’t know why. And you know you can’t know why. There’s never been a leaf anywhere that knows why the wind blows that way on that day at that moment. That breeze changes the orientation of your life, moment to moment to moment, simply because that’s the way life’s moving. And when you’re living in your awakened self you have no argument with the way it’s moving because it is the same as you are.

And you know that the breeze was always there, from the very beginning, and that it wasn’t reserved for special people. If you didn’t notice it at some point in your life, you know it was because you weren’t listening, or because you thought you had to figure something out before you could listen, or because you thought there had to be some conclusion before you could just listen so deeply, so without agenda, so without hope of a better future that you would feel the movement.

Many of you know what I’m speaking of.

Truth never explains why it’s moving that way at that moment. And if you ask, it won’t give any information. It would be like a leaf asking the wind, “Why are you moving that way right now?” The question doesn’t make any sense to the wind.

But your argument with the way the truth would move—whatever that way is—is no longer there for you. You’re no longer arguing with it. You’re no longer trying to figure it out. Mother Mary didn’t figure it out. Buddha didn’t figure it out. Ramana didn’t figure it out. None of them figured it out. They just became That. Simple. Ordinary—in the same way a leaf is ordinary.

When you’re living in your awakened being and living in an awakened way, power on any level is not an issue for you. It’s not interesting. The power to control another human being is not interesting. Intellectual power is not interesting. The power to control yourself is not interesting. The power that people want to give you is not interesting to you—not because it shouldn’t be; it’s just not. What would you want to do with it? You see that there’s nothing you want to do with it.

You realize, in the truth of your being, that you are the totality itself, but you have no interest whatsoever in doing anything with that knowledge, with using that knowledge.

Finally, you realize that you really don’t want to change anybody, not because you shouldn’t want to change them, because you just don’t. You might not want to be around everyone, but still you don’t want to change them.

None of this is an ideal—it’s the end of ideals. None of this is holiness; it’s the end of holiness. It’s the beginning of wholeness. None of this is something to achieve, because it’s not achievable. It’s simply what is in the truth of your being. It’s just what is. You can’t attain what’s naturally so. And nobody anywhere can ever tell you when or why, or to what degree you’ll let go of untruth; you will let go when you let go, usually when nothing else works.

When you’re living in the awakened way, in the awakened being that you are, you’re alone, and you’re finally comfortable with it. You’re alone, but you’re not lonely at all, because the only one who was ever supposed to meet you where you are—the only one who ever could meet you where you are one hundred percent—was you. Nobody else could ever fully meet you where you are—maybe ninety percent, maybe ninety-five. Nobody can meet you fully but you. When you finally do, then you don’t need anybody else to do it for you. Then you’re alone, more alone than you could ever imagine. And strangely—very strangely—you are more connected, more intimate, more at one with everything. More. And you would have never thought that those two could in any way be together: total aloneness and total oneness. You would have never guessed that that’s the way it would end up. But it does, and it always has.

And finally, when you’re just living in the awakened way that you really are, you’ll never form an image again of what it’s like. Even as it’s happening, you won’t form an image because you’ll know they’re all images, dust. The way it was yesterday won’t be the way it is today.

Source: Adyashanti

Publication date: 6/23/2015

For decades, the Dalai Lama has travelled the world, meeting with people from a wealth of countries who differ greatly in their background, social status and viewpoint, bringing them his own individual wisdom and compassion. In his encounters with everyone from the inhabitants of shantytowns in S o Paulo and Soweto to heads of state in Davos and Washington D.C., the Dalai Lama saw similar problems: a set of values that have helped the very rich to advance beyond the multitudinous poor, a disregard for the environment that could lead to global catastrophe and governments in paralysis, bereft of positive, progressive policies of any sort.

Now, as he turns eighty, having built up a profound knowledge of the world we live in today, as well as a penetrating grasp of its scientific context, the Dalai Lama gives us his vision for a better future. Challenging what he sees as a general mixture of cynicism and self-interest, he offers a radically different perspective and a vision that can be assimilated by people around the globe.

From cultivating early on a capacity for caring that transcends religious, ideological and national boundaries, to creating an economic system that applies principals of fairness and which values fulfilment, his argument focuses on what is urgent and why it should matter to each of us. In his unique manifesto, the Dalai Lama presents perspective on the world that can bring hope to millions, that will endure beyond the present day and that has the potential to reshape humanity as we know it.


Daniel Goleman, a former science journalist for the New York Times, is the author of many books, including the international bestseller Emotional Intelligence. He co-founded the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning at the Yale University Child Studies Center (now at the University of Illinois at Chicago). He lives in Massachusetts. @DanielGolemanEI danielgoleman.info

The Dalai Lama’s 18 Rules For Living

At the start of the new millennium the Dalai Lama issued eighteen rules for living.

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
3. Follow the three Rs: 1. Respect for self 2. Respect for others 3. Responsibility for all your actions.
4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
8. Spend some time alone every day.
9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
11. Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
14. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
15. Be gentle with the earth.
16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.


We propose a generalized theory of “Non-Dual Conscious Realism” addressing the fundamental issue of consciousness. This theoretical framework posits the universing arising from an undifferentiated, non-dual field of pure conscious awareness. From within this universal consciousness emanate the complementary phenomena of Planck scale quantum vacuum and quantum foam, generating space and time, matter and energy.

Through successive, recursive, creative interactions, phenomena and entities at each level of scale self-organize into emergent phenomena and entities at each next higher scale, comprising the entire cosmos. These triadic principles of complementarity, recursion, and creative interactivity (wherein “sentience” is the special case of the biological) are reflected throughout all scales.

Though emergentist/materialist positions predominate in contemporary discourse regarding consciousness, the primacy of this non-dual conscious reality, which we emphasize is the deepest possible “panpsychist” perspective, is not contradicted by any known scientific phenomena. Also, unlike most emergentist positions, it is inclusive of the inextricable linkage between observer and observed, subject and object, decisively revealed by quantum mechanics.

Indeed, at all levels of scale above the quantum realm, quantum-like effects – such as uncertainty, complementarity, superposition, entanglement, non-locality – reflecting such interconnectivity are recognized. Corollaries of Non-Dual Conscious Realism include that:

materiality is not implicit in the universe, but is entirely a scale dependent phenomenon; the “hard problem” of qualia is subsumed by confirmation that all phenomena of the universe are qualia within consciousness; neural correlates of consciousness are not how consciousness is created, but are, rather, the ways in which the nervous systems (human or other) transduce consciousness into adaptive, species-specific perceptions and behaviors. Individual consciousness and associated qualia are part of the universal, non-dual conscious reality.

Neil Theise, MD
Professor of Pathology and of Medicine at Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai
Neil Theise, MD is a practicing pathologist at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where he is Professor of Pathology and of Medicine. He is considered a thought leader in fields of liver diseases, liver stem cells, and adult stem cell plasticity. In recent years, interests in complexity theory applications to biology have led to novel insights regarding stem cell biology, non-Western models of the body, science-spirituality dialogue, and consciousness studies. With Menas Kafatos he is formulating a panpsychist approach to the relationship between consciousness and the universe. He is a Senior Student at the Village Zendo in NYC.

Published on Mar 20, 2015

The Christian religion will play a significant role – for better or worse – in relation to global challenges of the 21st Century. While some forms of the religion continue to harden into dualistic thinking, three images central to Christian theology can serve as portals into non-dual thinking.

Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and networker among innovative Christian leaders. His dozen-plus books include A New Kind of Christianity, A Generous Orthodoxy, Naked Spirituality, and Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? He and his wife, Grace, live in Florida and have four adult children and four grandchildren. He’s an avid wildlife and outdoors enthusiast. He has been profiled in Christian Century, Christianity Today, The Washington Post, and many other print media, and Time listed him among twenty-five influential Christian leaders in America. His upcoming book is We Make the Road by Walking.

 

A response to a question as to how to maintain the feeling of non-separation with the world.

 

Published on Jun 10, 2014
Why do we need to suffer so much in our life, why is there so much suffering on Earth? As if the whole world has conspired against us, almost everything causes suffering to us.
What sense does all this suffering have? Does it have a meaning at all?

Watch this video for the answer!

Based on the book
The Miracle of Consciousness
by Ervin K. Kery & Frank M. Wanderer

A Compelling Exploration of the Emerging Secular Spirituality

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Faith Without a Religion

Roger Housden – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Roger Housden is the author of 20 books, including the New York Times bestseller Ten Poems to Change Your Life (Crown, 2001). Housden’s work has been featured in O: The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Huffington Post. He lives in Sausalito, CA. For more, visit rogerhousden.com.

Other books: Keeping the Faith Without a Religion (book) Keeping the Faith Without a Religion (CD or audio download) For Lovers of God Everywhere: Poems of the Christian Mystics (Hay House, Jan. 2009) Seven Sins for a Life Worth Living (Harmony, December 2005)

Published on Mar 13, 2015
Entanglement or non-separability is the core idea of quantum theory. It is a simple idea: the universe is not a bunch of independent parts, but is rather one entity that evolves through time as one entity. That’s it. The problem is that this means there’s no such thing as causation. This is very hard to wrap your head around. Quantum theory is extraordinarily accurate, and our knowing quantum theory is why we have things like cell phones and computers. But what is quantum theory, really? Why is entanglement its primary prediction?

This talk will explain what quantum theory is. I will show that quantum theory has nothing to do with tiny particles, wave-function collapse, or Schroedinger’s cat. Quantum theory is about how observers obtain information about the world. It is, in particular, about how observers who have memories and use language obtain information about the world. It is, in other words, about how you and I interact with perfectly ordinary things like tables and chairs and each other. You will leave this talk with a new understanding of quantum theory, and a new appreciation for entanglement.

Chris Fields is an interdisciplinary information scientist interested in both the physics and the cognitive neuroscience underlying the human perception of objects as spatially and temporally bounded entities. His current research focuses on deriving quantum theory from classical information theory; he also works on cell-cell communication and cellular information processing, the role of the “unconscious mind” in creative problem solving, and early childhood development, particularly the etiology of autism-spectrum conditions. He and his wife, author and yoga teacher Alison Tinsley, recently published Meditation: If You’re Doing It, You’re Doing It Right, in which they explore the experience of meditation with meditators from many walks of life.

Dr. Fields has also been a volunteer firefighter, a visual artist, and a travel writer. He currently divides his time between Sonoma, CA and Caunes Minervois, a village in southwestern France.

More information and publications are available from http://chrisfieldsresearch.com

Published on May 25, 2014
In most people, the Consciousness identifies socially conditioned Ego. At a number of people
this identification is so powerful that they are unaware that their life is governed by a socially conditioned mind. On our Journey we may ask ourselves the question, How can we get rid of the Ego?

Surprising Twist

Let’s search for that misterious “something”, who sees through your eyes and hears the world through your ears. Only play this game if you accept even a surprising twist: it’s possible that in the end we find a strange answer,

Published on Mar 12, 2015
From Dragons to Schmoos – Meeting Life with Compassionate Presence (02/25/2015)
The trance of unworthiness is sustained by our aversion to the dragons – the difficult emotions and related behaviors that are a deeply conditioned part of the human experience. In this talk we explore the awakening that is possible as we recognize our reactive patterns and instead of judgment, offer a loving and healing presence.

“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
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Richard speaks spontaneously of his morning contemplative practice and invites you to travel with him to the place where we are all one.

Listen to an audio here

This book will only reach you if a tiny flame of Alertness is burning in you. This awakening, small flame will be fanned up into a huge, blazing torch in you, and that torch will devour the accustomed, isolated world around you and place you back into the Oneness, which is your natural state of existence.

I. Alertness What Does it Mean to be Alert? * The Dimensions of Alertness * Presence

II. You Live in a Dream World You are Asleep * You Imagine a Whole World Around Yourself * You are not Present * You Live in a Separate World * The Reasons of Your Sleep * Longing for Freedom

III. Be Alert! The Notion of the Illusionary Self * An Unchanging Factor * The Signs of Awakening * Stoppage * The Ability to See

IV. Meditate! Active Meditation* The Nature of Real Meditation

V. Consolidate Your Attention! To be, and to Do Nothing Else * The Idea of Action * Attention Consolidated * The Object of Attention

VI. Do not Meditate! Exist! The Survival Instinct of the Illusionary Self * At the Border * Through the Border * Submerged into the Quiet of “I am”

VII. Recognize the Operations of the Mind! The Power of the Conditioned Mind * In-Depth Programming of the Mind * Closing the Gates

VIII. Find Yourself! The Image is Being Cleared Up * Your Last Assignment * Self-Research * The End of Self-Research * The Intensity of Being

Frank M. Wanderer
(Ph.D, Prof. of Psychology, consciousness researcher, spiritual writer)

The awakening of the Consciousness leads us from our own personal history to the pure space of Consciousness. There we experience the Miracle, and all personal histories become insignificant. Despite this, I would like to present a few pages of my personal history to the reader, as every journey on the road starts with a personal history. That is the only way it may start, there is no alternative; that is the only way leading to the awakening of the Consciousness, the appearance of the Miracle.

Since my early childhood, I have been interested in the Miracle, the mystery of human existence, the mystery that summoned us from the Nothing, and the mystery we are destined to solve in our life.

I still remember my beloved mother’s astonished face when, after some of my questions, she turned to the others: “Now, look at that, what that kid is asking!” The questions did not stop in the later years but, as I did not find appropriate partner from whom I could expect answers, the questions mostly remained within the walls of my room, and I myself attempted to find the answers.

My motivation became even more powerful after the following adventure: I was at the elementary school (12 years old), walking home from school and suddenly I experienced the Miracle, the completeness, the experience of the unity with the Self. At that time, naturally, I was not able to describe it that way, but the sense of unity and happiness was what I experienced.

That experience did not result in my lasting awakening, it faded away after a while, but it left behind a burning wound, a real sense of want. At the same time, it showed me the way where to look for it answers to my questions.
There was a long way to go to the second awakening. The first awakening made me start dealing with esoterica and find books on the subject.

Leaving the years of childhood behind, in my adulthood I became intensively interested in human soul, in the work of the human mind.

As a teacher and psychologist I have met a lot of people, and had an opportunity to study the “normal” operation of human ego, and also its functions that are considered as not normal. I turned the pages of innumerable books of personal histories, trying to find the cornerstones that give the dramas and ecstasies of these personal histories meaning and sense.

I eventually found that cornerstone in the Miracle, in the awakening of the Consciousness, which demonstrated the futility of these personal histories and at the same time it showed the treasure to be found in them.

The personal histories are futile from the aspect of the awakening because we identify with our mind and we allow its unconscious functions to control our life and steer the boat of our life in one, and some time later just the opposite direction, depending on the actual desire or ambition dominating our mind. That is how page after page is filled in the history of our life until the last page arrives, and we realize the futility of all that happened before.

Our personal history may, however, have a very profound meaning if we become more wakeful and alert to these mind games, and recognize the Miracle, the wide open spaces of the Consciousness that is beyond our personal history. That pure consciousness was what I experienced as a child, and that is what I found again as a result of my regular meditation exercises that I had started a few years ago.

We must therefore wake up from our identification with our personal history, so as to be able to find our identity in the Miracle, the mystery of the Consciousness, instead of the world of the forms and shapes.

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SOAP BUBBLE PEOPLE

There is a mysterious human dimension,
the recognition of which shatters all our ideas
about who we are, where we come from
and what our mission in this world is.

This is the realm of Consciousness:
the final scientific and spiritual mystery.

This book is about the mysteries and miracles of Consciousness.
About the living spirit in action which, dressed up in the machinery of your body, discovers itself and the wonders of the world.

Based on the book
The Miracle of Consciousness
by Ervin K. Kery & Frank M. Wanderer
Pub. Date. June 2014

One moment, one thought can change your day. Less is more—we all have our own interpretation of this phrase, but I liked this one I heard the other day: “Less is more:
the less you know, the more you learn, and the more you learn, the better you’ll be.”
Be happy knowing less, as it gives you the opportunity to learn more. The less you know, the more you learn.

In response to requests from both my sales team and audiences, I created a unique phone recording of an inspiring message each day for a year. The project proved so popular (with some calling in multiple times to hear the same message), I decided to publish. This inspirational book is the result.

Packed with powerful advice, stories, and messages that I have collected from my own experiences as well as from clients, friends, and family, Butterfly Whispers will encourage you to take a moment out of your life each day just to be. It also includes space for you to write your own musings.

Dip in and out throughout the year, and learn to appreciate the small things in life, to feel a sense of gratitude for the things you have, and to see the world from a new perspective.

Read it, make notes, and share it with everyone you care about. Butterfly Whispers is a powerful collection of inspiration that will change your day and beyond.

A true inspiration not only as a leading sales consultant in the UK but as an accomplished inspirational speaker, Vanessa regularly captivates audiences, teaching men and women to discover their potential, build confidence, create inner happiness, and free their inner butterfly.

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Butterfly Whispers by Vanessa Stottor

Published on Jan 27, 2015
One moment, one thought can change your day. Less is more—we all have our own interpretation of this phrase, but I liked this one I heard the other day: “Less is more: the less you know, the more you learn, and the more you learn, the better you’ll be.” Be happy knowing less, as it gives you the opportunity to learn more. The less you know, the more you learn.

In response to requests from both my sales team and audiences, I created a unique phone recording of an inspiring message each day for a year. The project proved so popular (with some calling in multiple times to hear the same message), I decided to publish. This inspirational book is the result.

Packed with powerful advice, stories, and messages that I have collected from my own experiences as well as from clients, friends, and family, Butterfly Whispers will encourage you to take a moment out of your life each day just to be. It also includes space for you to write your own musings.

Dip in and out throughout the year, and learn to appreciate the small things in life, to feel a sense of gratitude for the things you have, and to see the world from a new perspective.

Read it, make notes, and share it with everyone you care about. Butterfly Whispers is a powerful collection of inspiration that will change your day and beyond.

Published on Mar 12, 2015
Vedic Astrology and NeuroScience

http://www.samgeppi.com/quantum1-neur… is where I will be giving other Videos in this series,..

The connection between the brain, time, karma and many other things are discussed. Astrology can help you resolving inner conflicts, when connected with the deeper workings of the brain it becomes clear.
Check this out.


Published on Mar 13, 2015
A clarification about being aware of being aware.

Rising Women Rising World: Unleashing Our Voices,
Values and Vision to Shape the Future
A Free Online Global Gathering
To Celebrate International Women’s Day

Jean Houston

Marianne Williamson

Claire Zammit


Join Jean Houston, Marianne Williamson, and Claire Zammit
for our first-ever, online gathering in honor of
International Women’s Day.

Published on Mar 12, 2015

Sure Heart’s Release (03/04/2015)

The pathway to our awaken heart includes deep recognition of our barriers to love, and as we open, the courage to express our love. This talk includes a reflection and practice that can support us in inhabiting our full capacity for loving presence.

Published on Mar 11, 2015
Quantum mechanics suggest that consciousness arises in a measurement-explanatory feedback loop between our experiences and the accommodation-model we hold in our memory. If correct, what we see in front of our nose is not the real external world, nor even a mental representation of it, but rather an accommodation to external stimulation expressed in our private space-object vocabulary. The capabilities of our mental display and its vocabulary are limited by our evolutionary development and so is the world we believe to be living in. The very stake-your-life-on-it reality we live and die by will change as our mental capability evolves.

I will show how the psychological feeling of one-ness with the universe is actually an internal experience produced by an awareness of ones internal accommodation-model. This model includes both ones body and what are normally taken to be external objects. I will
argue that the feelings of love and harmony associated with one-ness are due to the recognition that even ones enemies are in fact only characters who are part of us and play their threatening roles for our own good.

I will show that one cannot logically become aware of anything outside ourselves and that the architecture of quantum theory describes the thought process of a conscious being. Entanglement is therefore largely attributed to the one-ness of our internal structure and the collapse of the wave function akin to the collapse of our knowledge of alternative possibilities when a measurement reveals the actuality of a situation. Knowing that this observer knowledge interpretation of quantum theory is discredited I will show that Bell’s theorem cannot be violated by any recorded measurement result and a flaw in the interpretation of the Aspect experiments is responsible for the popular opinion.

Published on Jan 7, 2015

Eckhart describes the reciprocal transformation that can unfold when we truly commune with nature.

This video features the music of Nawang Khechog as found on the album “Music As Medicine”(2004) You can sample more of the album and purchase it here: http://www.soundstrue.com/store/music…

Eckhart Tolle – On Being

Published on Oct 20, 2014

Eckhart Tolle, teacher and author of The Power of Now and A New Earth, on living in the present moment and quieting an over-thinking mind. Krista Tippett hosts “On Being” (“Speaking of Faith”). (2009)

http://www.onbeing.org/program/power-…

Unedited version:
http://www.onbeing.org/program/power-…

http://www.eckharttolle.com/

Published on Mar 11, 2015

http://www.shiningworld.com/now/

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