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By Steven Bancarz|
One of the main things we need to do as a society is let go of paradigms of thought that are false and are no longer serving us. There is nothing more toxic to the soul or dangerous to your development as a person to believe in something that is wrong, misguided, and outdated.

What I am talking about here specifically is religion. Now let me be clear. I’m not talking about religious texts necessarily, or God, or Christ, or Buddha, or any of the wisdom contained within various religions. I am talking about religious fundamentalism as it currently exists.

There is a difference between having a personal relationship with God and being buried head-deep in religious dogma and spiritual ignorance. There is a difference between reading the Bible and other ancient texts as sources of spiritual wisdom and accepting everything in them as being literally true at face value. Most importantly, there is a different between being religious and being spiritual.

I grew up in a church, went to a Christian private school, was home-schooled under a Christian curriculum, and used to have church services at my house. Since then, I have been heavily involved in theological thought, apologetics, and philosophy. I say this because I am well-versed in Christianity, and in all honesty, I think that most of the New Atheists and anti-religious people despise religion because they are ignorant, angry at God for something, or have a misunderstanding of the religions they hate. But in this article, we are going to explore things from a non-emotional and purely objective point of view.

Here are 3 reasons why all forms of religious fundamentalism is dangerous, out-dated, & spiritually toxic.

*Note: There is a difference between holding religious faith in something and being a hardcore religious fundamentalist or extremist.

1) Religion is man-made

When people think of religion, one of the first things that pops into their minds is Catholicism. Mary is worshiped and prayed to, sins are confessed to priests, incense is burned, and the “Vatican” is this economic powerhouse adorned with gold and jewels. None of these things are even mentioned as necessary in the Bible or by Jesus, and seeing as they are totally man-made, they cannot be seen as necessary.

Like really. Who is the pope, why is he on a thrown, why does he wear jewels, and why does he have so much money? How is this Biblical or even fair?

There is nothing wrong with sourcing wisdom from ancient books, but keep in mind that they are JUST ancient books. If you grew up somewhere in nature and were completely unexposed to culture, you could very well develop a relationship with God through his revelation in nature and in your conscience. But you would never leave that forest as a Muslim, a Mormon, or a Hindu. There is nothing about meditating in a forest for 40 years in search of a relationship with the Creator that will teach you the propositions “God hates f*gs” or “Allah wants the world to become Muslim”.

You aren’t born as a religious fundamentalist, and there is no natural experience that would cause you to become a religious fundamentalist. You are born as a soul in a body capable of connection with God. If religion acted as a catalyst for you, that’s great. If it works for you and adds value to your life (as it even has to mine to a degree), the that is also great. But it’s learned, man-made, and not necessary. In fact, most people it actually acts as a hindrance and a virus, as we will explore in the next point.

2) Religion prevents spiritual growth, critical thought, and honest reflection

Religion puts your consciousness into a box and keeps it there. Anything new you learn of experience MUST be understood in terms of your religious framework. For example, let’s say you have a crazy experience while you are sleeping and have an extremely vivid dream of a dark shadow who won’t stop looking at you through the mirror. A religious person may say “That was a demon”, and then close the book on the case.

A more spiritual person may say, was that a shadow aspect of me? Was that a reflection of my subconscious mind? Was it an alien, an astral entity, or some other form of spirit trying to show something to me symbolically by appearing to me as my reflection? Spirituality encourages you to look, reflect, and analyze from a non-biased place in order to discover the answers for yourself. Religion spoon-feeds you the supposed answers and then discourages further introspection (unless that introspection fits within the framework of that religion).

It also discourages search for meaning and mystery in life because it already assumes it has the answers. People read the texts literally and then stop searching. What happens when we die? “Well you either go to heaven or hell depending on whether or not you are saved”, and that is the end of the discussion. We don’t even know what gravity is, what 90% of the matter in the universe is, how consciousness works, or how life started on this planet, but we know for certain cut and dry what happens to the human soul when it leaves the body because there are a handful of verses about it in some religious texts?

The creation of the universe is mysterious and awe-inspiring. How space and time came into being, the insane amount of energy that would have had to be present at the first moment in time, the speed of the expansion of the universe, the presence of finely tuned initial conditions and universal constants that were plugged in at the moment of creation to allow for things like matter to even exist, the development of elements, stars, planets, galaxies, and life. Religious people will think to themselves “God did it” and then hang-up any further intellectual pursuits because they have a nice tidy mental picture of how everything happened.

And if someone wants to deviate outside of fundamentalism and try to combine the worlds of spirituality and science, they get called “lost” because they believe there is more to the creation process than the 6 day Adam and Eve story.

It can sometimes prevent honest philosophical, scientific, and spiritual inquiry into the raw nature of reality. If you are having a hard time believing that there is other life in the universe, that the universe is as old as modern science tells us, or that evolution is impossible because or what was/wasn’t written down on animal skins 3000 years ago, I think it’s time to step outside of your fundamentalism a little bit.

3) Religion creates separation

If all religions preach peace, why aren’t all religions peaceful? If the core of most religions is love, community, and God, why is there so much hatred, war, and violence? Here is why. When you learn something unnatural to your natural state of being and use it to define yourself, you begin to identify your sense of self with your belief system. “I am a Mormon”, really means that my sense of individuality is now consumed by what it means to be “Mormon”.

When “I am” identifies with an ideology, it sees other people through the veil of that ideology. “I am a Mormon, and that person is a Christian. They are lost and in need of direction because they believe false things”. Instead of feeling the aliveness of another person and connecting with them at a heart-to-heart level, you begin to judge them based on what man-made ideology they identify with which results in competition and resentment. “That’s my neighbour John, yeah he’s secular and needs to be saved. Allah does not love non-believers so I don’t know if I should either.” And then we carry on interacting with them with a background sense of pity or non-acceptance.

There is a hesitation within religious people to fully accept and embrace ‘sinners’ and non-believers in their faith. “Oh wow, he was a really nice guy” becomes replaced with “Oh wow, he was really nice for an atheist”, or “I didn’t know Hindus were so open-minded”. Instead of seeing and experiencing your sense of unity with other people, it becomes a game of “this persons belongs to that religion, and they believe some weird sh*t that’s different from what I believe.”

We need to focus on having religious experiences, not religious beliefs

Religion without spirituality is the real issue here. I’m not saying you can’t be both spiritual and religious, but being religious is not sufficient if you want to live a spiritually fulfilling life and connect with God. Everyone is entitled to believe what they want to believe, but there comes a point at which we need to compromise our beliefs is the contradict our experience of reality.

I feel that any people who are religious who may be offended of this article would be totally liberated if they did a thought experiment where they allowed themselves to become silent and detach from their belief systems. What if you allowed yourself for just a few minutes to experience a state of consciousness that isn’t premised on religious beliefs?

What if in that silence, you found a bigger and better version of God that you didn’t know existed? What if you stopped trying to “learn” and started trying to experience? What if we stopped living as humans who believe in God and started living as humans connected to God in a real untainted way? What if your rigid belief systems are preventing you from stepping into the fullness of an experience of God because you are convinced of a view of God that is too narrow?

We shouldn’t believing in something because it makes us feel comfortable. We should believe it if it is true and stands its ground against evidence and logical defeaters. As someone who is heavily involved in Christian apologetics and theological philosophy, I am not saying that we need to get rid of God and move into atheism. We need to get rid of religious fundamentalism and move into a personal experience of our true nature which is already connected to God.

About the author: Steven Bancarz is the creator of ‘Spirit Science and Metaphysics’. I am working on a new social platform is being built called ‘The Conscious Forum‘ to provide the best place online for open-minded people to discuss, engage, and connect with one another in a way never offered before.


Bernardo Kastrup has a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering and has worked as a scientist in some of the world’s foremost research laboratories, including the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the Philips Research Laboratories (where the “Casimir Effect” of Quantum Field Theory was discovered). He has authored many scientific papers and four philosophy books: Rationalist Spirituality, Dreamed up Reality, Meaning in Absurdity, and Why Materialism Is Baloney. This latter book is a grand synthesis of his metaphysical views. Bernardo has also been an entrepreneur and founder of two high-tech businesses. Today, he holds a managerial position in the high-tech industry. In parallel, he maintains a philosophy blog, an audio/video podcast, and continues to develop his ideas about the nature of reality. Bernardo has lived and worked in four different countries across continents.

Books: Why Materialism Is Baloney: How True Skeptics Know There Is No Death and Fathom Answers to life, the Universe, and Everything Meaning in Absurdity: What bizarre phenomena can tell us about the nature of reality Dreamed Up Reality: Diving into the Mind to Uncover the Astonishing Hidden Tale of Nature Rationalist Spirituality: An exploration of the meaning of life and existence informed by logic and science Website: Youtube Channel

This book is a multi-faceted exploration and critique of the human condition as it is presently manifested. It addresses science and philosophy, explores the underlying nature of reality, the state of our society and culture, the influence of the mainstream media, the nature of free will and a number of other topics. Each of these examinations contributes an angle to an emerging idea gestalt that challenges present mainstream views and behaviors and offers a sane alternative. The book is organized as a series of short and self-contained essays, most of which can be read in under one hour.

Bernardo Kastrup has a Ph.D. in computer engineering with specializations in artificial intelligence and reconfigurable computing. He has worked as a scientist in some of the world’s foremost research laboratories, including the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the Philips Research Laboratories (where the “Casimir Effect” of Quantum Field Theory was discovered).

Bernardo has authored many scientific papers and five philosophy books:

Rationalist Spirituality

Dreamed up Reality

Meaning in Absurdity

Why Materialism Is Baloney

Brief Peeks Beyond.

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Introducing Brief Peeks Beyond

Published on Mar 31, 2015

This is an introduction to Bernardo’s new book, ‘Brief Peeks Beyond.’ It provides an overview of the book chapter by chapter. For more details, see:…

Bernardo Kastrup – Brief Peeks Beyond: Part One

Published on May 24, 2015

Bernardo Kastrup discusses his latest book Brief Peeks Beyond – Critical Essays on Metaphysics, Neuroscience, Free Will, Skepticism and Culture.

A multi-faceted exploration and critique of the human condition as it is presently manifested, Brief Peeks Beyond addresses science and philosophy, explores the underlying nature of reality, the state of our society and culture, the influence of the mainstream media, the nature of free will and a number of other topics. Each of these short, self-contained essays contributes to an emerging picture that challenges present mainstream views and behaviors and offers a sane alternative.

The core theme which emerges is a critique of both scientific and philosophical materialism. Together, they offer an explanation of life, the Universe and everything which most secular individuals and institutions take for granted. Materialism is seen as the very embodiment of rationalism and reason, the pride of a progressive scientific age, and a vital bulwark against the rising tide of religious fundamentalism. However, taken to extremes, is it possible that materialism – both scientific and philosophical – with its profound influence on how we view ourselves, each other, and the world around us, could be driving humanity to a place every bit as dark as any other brand of fanaticism?

Bernardo Kastrup – Brief Peeks Beyond: Part Two

What follows is a theoretical explanation of how energies interact in our universe to create what we know, and also what we don’t know. Some of the content is scientifically proven, while other parts of this essay are based on my intuition. This is not meant to be a purely scientific article, so bring your curiosity, and come along while I take a stab at explaining the unexplainable. Keep the parts that resonate with you, and leave the rest alone, but remember the take-home message at the end.

Energy of Consciousness – the Great Influencer

Energy is the fabric of the Universe, and all matter originates from energy. Energy is information, including thoughts, prayers, intentions, and beliefs. Regarding this, some of the highest energetic frequencies in consciousness are universal spiritual truths found in all of the sacred texts.

Consciousness is the omniscient information field that connects everyone and everything. The energy field of consciousness includes:


  • Subconscious and conscious thought forms of all humans
  • Consciousness of the soul – Higher Self
  • Consciousness of all that is created by the Divine – Universe
  • Consciousness of the Divine

Concepts in physics relating to energy are evolving based on new findings in the cosmos, which may require a complete rethinking of Einstein’s law of relativity. Not only is the concept of energy shifting on the physical plane of mathematical laws as new discoveries are made in our universe, but a major shift is occurring in global consciousness. Researchers at the Institute of HeartMath say “Humankind is in the middle of a great paradigm shift from a mentality of competition to one of cooperation.”

As the human race goes through the Great Change of transformation in consciousness to create new systems of cooperation and unity on earth, the energetic push comes from the frequencies encoded in your DNA. These frequencies include lower vibrational shadow frequencies associated with fear, and higher vibrational gift frequencies associated with love.As you transcend your fears and come into a state of unconditional love, you transform your consciousness to a higher frequency band that energizes your DNA creating profound healing in your body-mind. DNA is a biologic quantum field computer, and as such, connects you to the energies of the spiritual dimension and consciousness.

All energies influence each other, sometimes in subtle, but more often in highly significant and unusual ways. If energy waves come together in coherence forming a constructive interference pattern, they create an energy wave of higher amplitude, thus increasing the amount of energy carried by the wave. Increasing the energy of a wave has the potential to amplify its effect on matter, including your body-mind.

Quantum coherence, or coherence of energy at a subatomic level, adds the quality of entanglement. Entanglement is the ability of energy particles, such as photons, to communicate even if on opposite sides of the universe. Einstein described this phenomenon as “spooky action at a distance.” Entangled energy particles, even when separated by great distances, don’t exist in a specific state until measured, but once measured, are able to communicate their state to each other instantaneously.Einstein thought it was spooky because this happens faster than the speed of light, which violates his theory of relativity.

Energy in many forms is constantly influencing your physical body. Epigenetics is the study of how your environment affects gene expression, or how genes are turned on or off. Energetic waveforms predominating in the body are the ones that potentially have the strongest epigenetic influence. Meaning if you are constantly in a state of anger or dissatisfaction, then that prevailing emotion experienced as an energetic thought form may create an overriding epigenetic influence on how your genes are expressed. Gene expression triggered by stressful emotions can be harmful, whereas gene expression triggered by thoughts and practices inducing relaxation can be beneficial.

As a quantum intention, every thought has the potential power of prayer. This is because all energy contains information, and as an intention, it also contains consciousness. When an energetic waveform of a specific intention comes into coherence with another waveform, its impact on matter results in conscious creation.Learning how to transmute negative thought forms is a powerful way to positively influence your environment, especially your body-mind.

There are ways to create coherent waveforms in your body that positively influence core parts of you associated with intuition and non-verbal communication. The main regulator of these abilities is your heart energy field. Regular practice of creating coherent energy fields in the heart through techniques developed by HeartMath®, much like practicing to play the guitar or learning how to speak a new language, can be honed. And with regular practice, it becomes second nature.

Fractals – the Great Stabilizer

So what stabilizes all of these energy waves flying through our universe? The answer could be found in fractals, which create an efficient and structured energetic highway upon which to travel. Fractals originate as an alignment of repeating energy vectors that provide for a stable interconnectedness of all energy systems in the universe. Since these fractals are energetic in origin, and since energy influences matter, they leave their mark in matter by creating repeating patterns seen throughout nature. These repeating patterns are also found in the human body serving as a reminder that we all originated from the same source, and we are all connected.

Fractals display self-similarity with the ability for objects to exhibit the same type of structure in all scales, large or small. Fractals give sacred geometry and snowflakes their structure. You can also find fractal patterns in the branches of a tree, fronds of a plant, crystals, ocean waves, earthquakes, and even DNA. Not surprisingly, since fractals originate as energy vectors, they are also observed in coherence patterns of brain function and in heart rate variability analysis.11,12

Dark energy existing in dark matter, consists of energy vectors creating repeating fractals, and is what gives our universe energetic stability through similarity in structure. On the earth plane, the energetic influence of fractals is represented mathematically, allowing for the actual measurements of the physical components of these fractals.

Mathematical expressions of fractals are seen in the Golden ratio, Penrose tiling, and the Fibonacci sequence. The Golden ratio is a number found by dividing a line in two parts so that the longer part divided by the smaller part is equal to the whole length divided by the longer part. Roger Penrose, a professor of mathematics and physics, established that a surface could be tiled in an asymmetrical, non-repeating pattern using five-fold symmetry with two shapes based on the Golden ratio. This pattern named Penrose tiling, and was later discovered to exist in nature as the structure of quasicrystals. The Fibonacci sequence is a series of numbers in which each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers, and is represented in nature by the petals of a flower and the bracts of a pine cone.

The Global Scaling Theory, based on the mathematical model of logarithmic-scale invariance, explains why structures and processes in nature are fractal. The Global Scaling Research Institute located in Munich, Germany is the leading researcher of this theory, and some of its publications point to why waveforms associated with fractals might one day help explain astrology.13,14

Astrology – the Language of the Cosmos

The entire cosmos has an energetic influence on you as an individual. While the moon’s gravitational force stabilizes the earth’s rotation and influences the watery tides, lunar cycles also influence our bodies.15 But gravitational forces alone cannot account for all of the moon’s effects on human physiology. While the exact mechanisms of how the moon influences human physiology is unknown, its scientifically documented impact does make us consider how other parts of the cosmos may also affect us.

Astrologists say that the unique planetary alignment at the time of our birth provides a template upon which to base the potential impact that future planetary alignments may have on us. While many theories regarding astrology have been scientifically disproven, one must keep in mind that the laws used to disprove them don’t apply to all aspects of the cosmos. The classic example of this is how generally accepted laws of physics don’t hold true inside a black hole. This is like using the laws of physics to prove that God doesn’t exist. The laws of physics can’t account for all of the possible energies in the spiritual dimension, much less that of all the energies in our known universe.

Energy fields, including those created by planetary alignments, are made of tiny subatomic particles. Since all of the subatomic particles in existence haven’t yet been discovered, scientists and engineers built a massive particle collider, called the Large Hadron Collider, to flesh them all out. Because some subatomic particles are still unknown, science can’t mathematically account for all of the possible information- packed energies contained in astrological alignments. The poetic language of astrology is written so as to make sense of the symbolism inherent in the components of these cosmological alignments, such as trines and squares.

Consciousness, as a highly intelligent and powerful force, is the common influencer of energy in the spiritual dimension and in astrological alignments. Consciousness contains energetic information existing as multiple potentials for outcomes as far as how they may impact matter and other energies. These multiple potentials come into existence through the creation of coherence driven by consciousness. This is why people born on the same date and time can have different outcomes associated with astrological predictions based on specific planetary alignments. The unique aspects of our consciousness at any given time influences the outcome of astrological predictions due to specific resonating energy waveforms coming into contact at any point in time.

It is the combination of the unique energy contained in your consciousness that locks in the memory of the energetic combinations of the fractal energy vectors at the time of your birth. The information contained in that memory serves as the energetic template upon which the energy of future planetary alignments may potentially influence your life.

Coherence in Consciousness – the Great Facilitator

It is the energy fields of fractal vectors that provide the information highway upon which consciousness travels, and when coherence patterns are formed in these fields, you will experience deja-vu, synchronicities, and even miracles. Keep in mind that the energy of consciousness is the major player in helping to create coherence.

Human thought forms, as a part of energy in consciousness, are some of the most influential of all energies in our cosmos, much greater than that of the combined energy of all the suns in our universe. This is because thought forms always contain consciousness, and consciousness is part of the original source energy for the existence of all that is.

Learning to harness the power of your thoughts through practices like meditation, contemplation, and prayer, along with increasing high vibrational thoughts associated with unconditional love and compassion will facilitate the Great Change in global consciousness. This Great Change is simply a remembering of this universal truth – we are all One Love.

We all originated from the same source of Love that permeates everything, and beckons us to reunite to create a new energy on earth. This new energy that will make war, famine, poverty, and strife something we only read about in history books, and will make us wonder – Why did we wait so long?

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Dr. Keith Holden
is a physician who is board certified in Internal Medicine and trained in Functional Medicine. He has a special interest in parapsychology, mind-body medicine, and spirituality in medicine. His popular course on, “Power of the Mind in Health and Healing,” teaches how to use the power of your mind to heal your body and maximize your intuition.


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Published on Jul 3, 2015

A conversation exploring the nature of happiness.

In this book, Anantanand Rambachan offers a fresh and detailed perspective on Advaita Vedanta, Hinduism’s most influential and revered religious tradition. Rambachan, who is both a scholar and an Advaitin, attends closely to the Upanisads and authentic commentaries of Sankara to challenge the tradition and to reconsider central aspects of its current teachings. His reconstruction and reinterpretation of Advaita focuses in particular on the nature of brahman, the status of the world in relation to brahman, and the meaning and relevance of liberation.

Rambachan queries contemporary representations of an impersonal brahman and the need for popular, hierarchical distinctions such as those between a higher (para) and lower (apara) brahman. Such distinctions, Rambachan argues, are inconsistent with the non-dual nature of brahman and are unnecessary when brahman’s relationship with the world is correctly understood. Questioning Advaita’s traditional emphasis on renunciation and world-denial, Rambachan expands the understanding of suffering (duhkha) and liberation (moksa) and addresses socioeconomic as well as gender and caste inequalities. Positing that the world is a celebrative expression of God’s fullness, this book advances Advaita as a universal and uninhibited path to a liberated life committed to compassion, equality, and justice.

Anantanand Rambachan is Professor of Religion at St. Olaf College and is the author of several books, including The Limits of Scripture: Vivekananda’s Reinterpretation of the Vedas.

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Gordon Smith, the internationally respected Medium and author of the bestselling autobiography Spirit Messenger, astounds people with the accurate messages he brings from the ‘other side’.

In his down-to-earth style Gordon explains:

– How Mediums and psychics get their information
– Why spirits choose to communicate with us
– The truth about ghosts, poltergeists and hauntings
– Out-of-body experiences and altered states of awareness
– Re-incarnation and memories of past lives.

Gordon’s experiences and research have inspired him with a passion to reveal the truth, and this fascinating book deals with these insider topics.

Gordon Smith, the author of Spirit Messenger and The Unbelievable Truth, is an astoundingly accurate medium who’s renowned for his ability to give exact names of people, places, and even streets. Gordon travels all around the world demonstrating his abilities, offering healing and comfort to thousands of people. His extraordinary skills have attracted the attention of university scientists researching psychic phenomena, as well as countless numbers of journalists and documentary producers.

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The Unbelievable Truth by Gordon Smith

While Gordon is the first person to acknowledge that people’s imagination, grief or distress can affect their perceptions, and that charlatans and frauds only add to the confusion, his incredible experiences and research have inspired him with a passion to reveal what really happens in the Spirit World. In The Unbelievable Truth, he lifts the lid on these ‘insider’ topics with wit, insight and great knowledge.

What if the mind or brain makes empty awareness? What if the knowing presence is just the brain “being mellow?” Like the brain has a blank screen on at all times. Awareness is present no matter what. It is what I refer to as myself. How can I test to see if awareness isn’t just some white noise or something manufactured by the brain?

There is no experiential evidence that Awareness or Knowing Presence is located either in a brain or a mind. The brain and the mind appear to Awareness. Awareness does not appear to or in them.

Knowing Presence is not just the mind ‘being mellow’ because it is present equally when the mind is both agitated and peaceful. Therefore it is not dependent on the state of the mind.

As you quite rightly say, Awareness is present no matter what. Test this out in your experience. Establish for yourself as a fact of experience that you, Awareness, are present throughout all appearances of the mind, body and world, irrespective of how peaceful or agitated those appearances may be.

Awareness is like a TV screen…it is the entire substance of every image and at the same time it is completely unaffected by whatever appears on it.

This understanding is peace because it is seen clearly that Awareness cannot be disturbed.

It is freedom because it is seen clearly that Awareness can take any shape from moment to moment.

It is happiness because it is seen clearly that Awareness is always full of itself, needing or wanting nothing.

It is love because it is seen clearly that Awareness is intimately one with every appearance.

See that Awareness is the only element that is present in all experience irrespective of the particular character of each experience and that it is the only thing that remains over when individual appearances of the body, mind and world disappear.

~ Rupert Spira

What is a soul? Are miracles real? When the soul is healed, how does the body respond?

Throughout history, there have been countless cases of “miracle” healings, unexplainable by modern science. Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha has personally healed thousands of patients, usually in front of dozens of witnesses. Hundreds of videos of these healings can be seen on YouTube. But how can these healings be explained?

Soul Mind Body Science System is the first book to explore the scientific explanations for why soul healing miracles are genuine. Written with Dr. Rulin Xiu, an expert on string theory and quantum physics who trained at The University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Sha shares, for the first time, the scientific theories that explain why all actions on Earth are guided by the reality of the soul.

In Soul Mind Body Science System, the complex and fascinating relationships present between matter, density, information, soul, and consciousness are thoroughly examined. Written for armchair and professional scientists alike, this book makes a significant contribution to the ongoing debate about the true nature of reality.

As the lines between “science” and “spirit” blur, this investigation becomes ever more important. The groundbreaking Soul Mind Body Science System is for all readers who have contemplated the fundamental scientific laws of the universe and sought answers beyond those offered by popular science and mainstream faith.

Dr. & Master Zhi Gang Sha is a soul leader, a world-renowned master healer, and a divine servant. He is the founder of Soul Mind Body Medicine. He was trained as a conventional medical doctor in China and a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine in Canada and China. The founder of the Institute of Soul Healing and Enlightenment(TM) and the Love Peace Harmony Movement(TM), Master Sha is a grandmaster of many ancient disciplines, including tai chi, qigong, kung fu, feng shui, and the “I Ching.” Master Sha is also an expert in the most advanced cellular healing science now occurring in China. In the West, he is involved in breakthrough research on the effects of spirit on the human system.

Dr. Sha was named Qigong Master of the Year at the Fifth World Congress on Qigong. In 2006, he was honored with the prestigious Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission Award for his humanitarian efforts. A theoretical physicist working on string theory and grand unification theory, Dr. Rulin Xiu was inspired and guided by Dr. and Master Sha to mathematically formulate soul, mind, heart, and consciousness using physics and to create a grand unification theory to unify soul, spirit, mind, heart, and consciousness with physical existence. Born and grown up in China, Dr. Rulin Xiu received her doctorate degree from UC, Berkeley in 1994 for her research on string theory and grand unification theory (GUT). She is also an entrepreneur, herbalist, singer, healer, and author. Her work includes the book “Divine Love,” and she hopes to inspire readers around the world. As dedicated student of Master Sha, Dr. Xiu devotes her life to seek the ultimate truth.

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Soul Healing Miracles with Master Sha

#1 New York Times Best-selling Author, Dr. & Master Zhi Gang Sha, shares his wisdom in healing mental, emotional, physical and spiritual bodies. And he offers a healing to all viewers! So you want to watch this episode. And Stu’s Views and Quantum Quotes segments complete this miraculous program!!!

Enza Vita is the publisher of InnerSelf Newspaper, Woman Spirit Magazine and Baraka Publishing and is the founder and director of the MahaShanti Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to assist others to recognize their true nature as that which is always already free.

“While it’s true that we are always the Self”, says Enza Vita, “if this hasn’t been truly and directly realized, this knowledge won’t do us any good. Just knowing that there is no gate to pass through doesn’t mean that we are at the end of the search, not if we are still standing outside that gateless gate. Realization is not about you, the wave, realizing it is ocean. The ocean realizes itself in you and reveals itself to have never been just a wave.”

Enza Vita has spent 40 years of her life, searching and studying some of the great spiritual traditions of our age from Nada Yoga, Sufism and Zen to Advaita, Buddhism and Dzogchen. As a result she was able to discover the universal teaching underlining all of them and to distil and present a modern practical authentic spirituality that reaches beyond all religions, yet allows for them all to remain, as they are. “The truth I talk about is not limited to any tradition” – says Enza Vita, “but is found in, and open to, all true traditions”.

Culminating in a profound spiritual realization in 2007, all her life’s work came into a clear, sharp focus, as she began to write and answer questions for those who came to her … which eventually became her book “Always already free – recognizing the natural wakefulness we were born with”.

Based on Enza’s own experience, Always already free, demystifies ancient spiritual teachings and practices from east and west and reveals that spiritual enlightenment is not a faraway dream, but the ever-present reality always available here and now. The first three chapters of Always Already Free are available for free download from

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Spaciousness is like a vitamin we need for good health. We know spaciousness inside of ourselves when the struggling voices in our heads take a vacation and we are filled with ease and joy. This spaciousness can arise, too, when we let go of the have-tos, deadlines, and expectations of our daily life. And while we try to cultivate it through getting back to nature or a weekend with nothing scheduled or even a vacation, a good question to ask is, “How can we discover spaciousness right in the middle of our busy lives?”

The key is to cultivate a shift of perception about life, and one of the most powerful ways I have discovered for doing this is to go sit on the moon in my imagination. I have an arm chair up there, and whenever I find myself getting tight about life, I go sit and look at myself and life from a broader perspective. So, let’s go sit on the moon together right now and really enjoy the view. There is Mars off to your left and Venus to your right. And you can even see Saturn and its rings in the distance. This is our neighborhood and these are our neighbors! And there, right in front of us, is our home, the beautiful blue green jewel of the Earth. As you look at her from our vantage point on the moon, see the beauty of this living river of creativity that is our planet. This tiny spaceship Earth is moving through vast oceans of space – so vast that it would take 4.5 million light years just to travel to the closest star. And that star is just one in this vast universe that contains more stars than we can count.

As you look back at the Earth, you see all the people who right now are walking, driving, working, dancing, swimming, birthing, and dying. Recognize that most of them are so lost in trying to do life that they are not really here for life. In my latest book, What’s In the Way IS the Way, I call it “the cloud bank of struggle” and most people walk around all day with this cloud bank surrounding their heads. They have lost the experience of spaciousness and the story of struggle in their heads cuts them off from the experience of being fully alive. Life is much bigger than what is going on in their heads.

You too have some version of that cloud bank that separates you from life – the cloud of the 65,000 thoughts a day that move through your head. If you were able to watch this stream of thought, you would see that its main pastime is trying to make yourself and your life different than what they are. But this web of thought that resides in your head is such a small part of who you really are. It may seem like your struggling self is as big as the universe, but I assure you, it is as tiny as a speck of dust. Yes, when you are lost in it, it can seem like it is limitless, especially when it moves out of the ordinary everyday low grade struggle mode to the mega struggles of fiery anger, heart pounding anxiety, or soul crushing despair. But whether you know it or not, that story of struggle in your head is always moving through a vast spaciousness that is with you right now.

To get a glimpse of this, imagine yourself standing on the Earth, experiencing its immensity. Now imagine yourself sitting on the moon, seeing how tiny the Earth is relative to the rest of the universe, and see that it is floating in space. The same is true for your struggling self. As you step back and begin to explore it – as you get space around it by being curious about what your struggling self is doing rather than being lost in it – you discover that this story of struggle in your head is such a small part of who you really are.

Whenever you find yourself struggling with life, I invite you to sit on the moon, take a deep breath, and bring compassion to the struggling self so it can let go and you can reconnect again with the joy and ease that comes from remembering the spaciousness that is always with you, right here, right now.

Mary O’Malley is an author, counselor and awakening mentor in Kirkland, Washington. In the early 1970’s, a powerful image awakening led Mary to begin changing her relationship with her challenges, freeing her from a lifelong struggle with darkness. Mary’s latest book, What’s In the Way IS the Way, provides a revolutionary approach for healing our fears, anxieties, shame, and confusion, so we can live from a place of ease and well-being.

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By Hitendra Wadhwa
Founder, Institute for Personal Leadership

The story of the spiritual teacher who was a silent force in the life of the most important entrepreneur of our times…

Steve Jobs planned every detail of his own memorial service, held at Stanford University in October 2011, including the brown box each attendee received as a farewell gift. One of those attendees was Mark Benioff, CEO of, and two years later at a TechCrunch Disrupt conference he recounted his feelings at the moment when he opened the box: “This is going to be good,” he recalled. “I knew that this was a decision [Steve] made, and whatever it was, it was the last thing he wanted us all to think about.”

The box contained the book Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda. Benioff continued: “Yogananda…had this book on self-realization…. [Steve’s] last message to us was that here is Yogananda’s book…. Actualize yourself.

“I look at Steve as a very spiritual person,” he added. “[Steve] had this incredible realization–that his intuition was his greatest gift and he needed to look at the world from the inside out.”

This inner-oriented perspective may be getting lost not only to entrepreneurs, but to modern practitioners of physical yoga too. As the world celebrates the first International Yoga Day today, it is valuable for entrepreneurs and yogis alike to step back from the unending pursuit of outer results to explore Jobs’s and Yogananda’s message of self-realization. What possibilities might freshly emerge in your search for success–in work and in life–if you too look at the world from the inside out?

Yoga, a discipline from India that is so ancient in its roots that you can credit it only to unknown truth-seekers from some glorious past era, has an outer form that has seized our collective imagination: For 30 minutes every day, disconnect from the world, take your body through an array of yoga poses, breathe deeply, keep the mind focused, and presto! You will emerge relaxed, rejuvenated, and ready again to re-engage with the relentless pace of life.

By all accounts, yoga is one of modern civilization’s great movements. In the U.S. alone, more than 20 million people today are pursuing yoga–one of every 10 adults. This yoga revival is in direct response to an increased hunger for physical and mental well-being, and a growing suspicion that there’s more to the pursuit of happiness than the material accoutrements of modern civilization. A panoply of yoga instructors have arrived to offer their own twists to ancient poses. Western inventiveness has flourished in the bountiful soil of yoga; today, some instructors are even offering doga–yoga for your dog.

Yoga’s deeper purpose: Inner transformation.

But Jobs was on a quest for something altogether more powerful than stress-reduction, toning, and fitness. He was seeking the kind of inner transformation that many practitioners sense yoga is inviting them to embark on, but don’t know where it will take them or how to get there.

For this deeper dive, you can turn to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, one of the authoritative and few-surviving ancient texts on yoga. Patanjali teaches that “yoga” means “union”–the dissolving of one’s individual self in the larger ocean of consciousness that pervades the universe–and that to help us achieve this union is yoga’s real purpose. Now you might think: “What is this ‘universal consciousness’ that Patanjali is talking about? And how can I ever get there?”

And that may be why Jobs, in his own quest for higher consciousness, turned to Yogananda.

Yogananda’s story is an inspiring lesson in spiritual entrepreneurship. Born in 1893 in Gorakhpur, India, he alighted on American soil at the young age of 27 with little money in his pocket but with a firm resolve to reawaken humanity to the power of yoga for inner transformation. Over the next few years he brought this message to packed audiences of thousands in all major U.S. cities, at Carnegie Hall in New York City, for example, dressing this ancient teaching in a practical modern form he called self-realization–a journey he characterized as transcending your individual self (ego) and realizing and reclaiming your true universal self (soul). As the American people were being buffeted by the thunderous wrath of two world wars and a major depression, he exhorted them to practice yoga so they could discover that the spiritual anchorage they were seeking was already with them–in fact, it was withinthem. The successful yogi, he stated, “can stand unshaken amidst the crash of breaking worlds.”

It is no wonder that many accomplished men and women of Yogananda’s era took to his teaching, including the entrepreneur George Eastman, founder of Kodak; the acclaimed opera singer Amelita Galli-Curci; the tenor Vladimir Rosing; and the plant scientist Luther Burbank. Even U.S. president Calvin Coolidge invited Yogananda to the White House for a personal audience. Today he is recognized among yoga experts as the father of yoga in the West.

Great teachers look into the vast beyond and then craft their message to speak not just to their immediate audience but to future generations as well. As early as 1920, Yogananda recognized that yoga would be a boundless fountain to quench people’s growing thirst for meaning, authenticity, and a personal experience of truth. So, with an entrepreneurial flair not typical among spiritual teachers, he laid the foundation of an institution, Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF), to ignite the inner flame of yoga in communities worldwide. He once said, “I don’t use religion for business but I use business principles in religion.” Today, there are hundreds of SRF meditation groups and centers around the world that serve tens of thousands of members. He also worked to develop living exemplars of his teachings by setting up a monastic order within SRF that now includes more than 250 monks and nuns dedicated to their own pursuit of soul-unfoldment and to serving his organization’s mission.

The journey to self-realization: Yogananda’s practical techniques.

Yogananda’s teachings don’t simply stop at the idea of universal consciousness. He correctly anticipated the growing hunger among spiritual seekers for direct personal experience of the universal consciousness that the masters of yoga, and indeed mystics of every religious tradition, describe. He therefore synthesized a set of powerful but practical techniques to guide truth-seekers on the spiritual path all the way to the ultimate union, drawing on the eight steps laid out by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras.

The modern conception of yoga–with its emphasis on outer transformation–is based on the third of Patanjali’s eight steps, “asana.” Asana emphasizes physical fitness for the purpose of getting the body ready for the stillness that is required for the inner journey taken in the subsequent steps. But prior even to asana are Patanjali’s first two steps of “yama” and “niyama”–principles to guide one’s everyday conduct and to prepare oneself for inner realization. Yoga emphasizes the importance of self-discipline as a foundation for harmonious physical, mental, and spiritual development.

Yogananda’s particular genius was showing the modern applicability of these ancient principles, attuning himself to an audience who aspired as much to outer success as inner growth by delivering talks on topics like “The Science of Healing” and “The Art of Getting What You Want.” In that regard, he was a forerunner to 21st-century psychologists, physicians, psychotherapists, and neuroscientists who are generating powerful scientific findings on human nature and well-being–all aligned with Yogananda’s teachings on consciousness, thoughts, emotions, habits, and brain wiring.

Patanjali’s final five steps beyond asana relate to a progressive deepening of the seeker’s journey toward realization of the universal self, with meditation providing the pathway. However, Patanjali’s text on these final five steps is agonizingly cryptic, with no guidance on how to execute them. To fill this void, Yogananda, ever the spiritual innovator, introduced the West to an advanced but long-lost ancient technique of meditation, Kriya Yoga. Kriya, he said, offered the ultimate journey of inner transformation, helping practitioners tap into an ever-expanding love and ever-deepening joy that would spring from within. That, he asserted, was man’s true nature–a perfection that represents our permanent state of self within, even as it is so elusive to capture without.

Kriya “works like mathematics,” he stated, emphasizing the empirical, scientific nature of this technique. Through regular practice, he claimed, Kriya will change the neural pathways in the brain. Really, you might wonder? Can the act of mindful focusing and of interiorizing our consciousness actually bring about physical changes in the brain? Very few scientists at Yogananda’s time were comfortable with his claims. Yet today revolutionary new findings in neuroscience are showing that meditation does in fact bring favorable changes in the neural pathways of the brain. Scientific laboratories are now stumbling into truths experienced by yogis across the ages in, as Yogananda would say, the inner laboratories of their personal experience.

And what would be the markers that people could look for to assess their inner progress? Lower stress? Greater peace? He had begun his own quest for self-realization very early in life, a story vibrantly captured in the critically acclaimed 2014 documentary Awake: The Life of Yogananda. His youthful search culminated in his master Sri Yukteswar giving him the monastic name “Yogananda,” which means “bliss through yoga.” True to his name, he exhorted truth-seekers to savor the early rewards of peace and well-being, but to then seek out the ultimate prize: eternal bliss, universal consciousness. “When by constant practice of Kriya, the consciousness of [the] blissful state of the spiritual self becomes real, we find ourselves always in the holy presence of the blissful God in us.” God, to Yogananda, was thus not an external force to be idolized and appropriated by any particular religion, but an inner force to be awakened to and realized.

To some, the yogic pursuit of inner perfection may appear a little selfish. What about solving the world’s most vexing problems, rather than withdrawing in blissful inner communion? In fact, one time, when Yogananda sat still, absorbed in a particularly blissful state of consciousness, his spiritual master admonished him: “You must not get overdrunk with ecstasy. Much work yet remains for you in the world.” So Yogananda learned that this choice between outer service and inner joy represents a false dichotomy. The yoga he taught emphasizes balancing service with meditation, and highlights the expansion of consciousness that comes when we are able to go beyond our human self and open ourselves up, through inner realization, to a deeper connection with every living being–in fact, with every atom in the universe. “When the ‘I’ shall die, then shall I know who am I,” he stated.

How Steve Jobs approached success from the inside out.

Yogananda’s teaching of universal consciousness strongly appealed to Steve Jobs, who had a self-professed hunger to “make a dent in the universe.” At the TechCrunch conference in September 2013, Mark Benioff said: “[Yogananda’s book] gives tremendous insight into not just who [Jobs] was but also why he was successful, which is that he was not afraid to take that key journey [toward self-realization]. It is for entrepreneurs and for people who want to be successful in our industry a message that we need to embrace and vest ourselves in.”

Since Yogananda’s passing in 1952, many teachers have followed his trailblazing path to bring yoga to our world, helping make it a fixture in popular culture as it continues to take hold with young and old, the elite and the ordinary, the spiritualists and the atheists. What distinguishes Yogananda from these subsequent emissaries is not simply that he paved the way for the modern yoga movement, but that from the outset he focused far beyond physical exercises and shone a powerful and practical torchlight on the path to yoga’s true purpose: actualizing the infinite potentials within us all. Perhaps that is why his Autobiography of a Yogi was the only book Jobs downloaded on his iPad–and, after first encountering the book as a teenager, went back and reread once every year.

On this first International Yoga Day, let’s tip our hats to the teacher who first introduced the modern world to the transformative power of yoga as a timeless inner discipline, and who was such a silent force in the life of the greatest entrepreneur of our times. As you roll out your yoga mat, get into your favorite yoga pose, and feel a gentle zephyr of peace sweep over you, perhaps you can take pause to wonder at what experiences in consciousness may lie just beyond your present reach if you also embark on yoga’s fuller, inner journey toward self-realization. Yogananda would have called those experiences “undreamed of possibilities.”

And as you get closer to realizing your true self within, you may find that you, too, are ready to make a dent in the universe.


Marc Benioff on the Invisible Hand of Steve Jobs’s Marc Benioff shares his story of opening the brown box that was given to every guest at Steve Job’s memorial service. Watch the video to find out what was inside and how it’s lasting message should impact today’s entrepreneurs.

Counter to what many believe, accolades are not really what success is about. To be rich is to have money and status, but to be wealthy is to have physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellness plus financial abundance. Exceptional people are those who seemingly have it all. They have monetary success along with a deeply felt happiness and satisfaction in life.The truly exceptional focus on cultivating their inner worlds and the more soft-spoken qualities of their character because they know to be wholly successful, it takes being a really good human being.

1. Grace.

Grace is that dignified elegance about a person’s appearance, movement, personal style or behavior. To be graceful is to be strong and assured in who one is and to move gently within that energy.

Exceptional people live with a sense of inner elegance and are graceful even amidst a challenge. They are able to handle themselves in a noble and ethical manner. They hold good posture, their energy has a mystery, softness, strength and cleverness to it. They are vulnerable yet self-assured.

Grace is the undeniable quality of the depth of their personal wisdom.

2. Kindness.

Kindness comes naturally to exceptional people. It is consistent in how they treat, think about, and speak to others. They are genuine and come from a sensitive place. Although being kind may be perceived as weakness or vulnerability by others ,exceptional people understand that kindness is one of their strongest influences.

Exceptional people are kind, even to those whom they do not care for. They are aware they can love someone even if they do not like them. If they can’t say something nice, they have the control to remain quiet.

They believe there is no other human quality that will get them further in life than that of kindness.

3. Composure.

Composure is the beauty of self-control. Exceptional people accept that life is always going to bring its challenges and are aware that without a sense of composure it is too easy to allow conflict in situations and relationships to unnerve them. They embrace the concept of less equals more.

Exceptional people understand the less they react, defend, explain, become fearful or controlling, the more command they have over a situation. Having composure allows them to stand tall with resilience in the face of loss and challenge. They are also mindful to not be boastful about their success.

Composure allows them to maintain a certain stillness in the face of life’s changes.

4. Fearless.

Exceptional people are willing to dare greatly in life. They know it takes courage to love fully, to change themselves when necessary, to feel deeply, to take risks even when it’s scary and to chase their dreams with passion and an unwavering tenacity.

They are aware that to become courageous they must do courageous things. The exceptional understand it is not the loudness of their words but the depth of their character, to keep going no matter their circumstances, which makes them thrive.

5. Poise

Because exceptional people are self-loving they naturally possess a quiet confidence. Their self-awareness, dedication to self-development and personal growth provide them the knowledge to succeed at nearly anything they seek.

Because of their life experiences and inner depth, they can be certain positive things will happen in their lives because they depend upon themselves to have the information and willingness to do the work necessary to get to their result.

6. Deliberate.

Exceptional people are clear and persistent in who they are, where they are headed and what they want from their life and relationships to be happy. In being deliberate other people know where they stand with them. The exceptional get what they want in life because they are clear in saying what they want.

Exceptional people use each challenge life brings to positively refine themselves. This refinement keeps their lives clear of negativity. Being deliberate keeps them pointed in the direction of their dreams, connected to their true loves and to living genuinely as who they are.

7. Intelligent.

For exceptional people, intelligence is about knowledge but even more so about emotions. In being aware of their own emotional patterns they are endowed with the flexibility to handle challenge and change, allowing them to unlock smart solutions to their problems.

With a well-rounded intelligence the exceptional carry themselves in a stately and unafraid manner. They live with a sense of security knowing there are a multitude of choices available in life, so there is no need to be reactive. In being emotionally grounded they have the ability to keep their eyes on the bigger picture turning obstacles into opportunities.

8. Unassuming.

Exceptional people do not see life as being all about them, in fact, they prefer to celebrate the accomplishments of others as much as their own. They are proud of who they are but have no need to add histrionics to their success. Most of the time they prefer being in the background, working hard and allowing their success speak for itself.

The exceptional are sensitive and want the best for everyone. They do not see themselves as above others as they are secure enough in themselves that the trap of comparison doesn’t interest them. They enjoy their lives and do not feel entitled to more without the commensurate work to back it up.

9. Truthful.

People gravitate towards what is real. Exceptional people are simple, upfront, gentle, but direct in the “being” of who they are. They are content to live life patiently, and know how to wait well. For them life is about being authentic and following their heart and nothing else.

The truly exceptional are people others can depend upon as they have no ulterior motives. They are relationship oriented not agenda oriented and believe that the truth is the only path to success and deep intimacy. Because they are truthful their personalities are not set up on pretenses. Who they are does not change from person to person or situation to situation. They are who they are and their priority in life is to be forthcoming.

10. Loving.

There is nothing more appealing to others than to be in the presence of a loving person. The truly exceptional know they must love themselves in order to have endless love to give. For them love is a verb and it is expresses itself through loving kindness, touch, their smile and sense of inner joy and vitality.

Exceptional people are warm towards others and kind to themselves. There is nothing they wouldn’t do to help and this loving approach is taken into every area of their life from career to parenting. Further, they apply love as a form of discipline and set boundaries when necessary. They are clear there will be times when the only way another person can learn and grow is for them to either have to withdraw their love, or to set boundaries around it to protect their generous nature. They know that for them to remain loving they must protect their heart and put themselves first in negative situations.

Through life’s experiences exceptional people have come to accept that some people can stay in their heart, but not in their life.

To be truly successful in life it is the understated qualities of success which are sustaining. To possess any one of them will increase the experience of a person’s success exponentially. The truly exceptional know that who they are internally is the most powerful marker of their influence on the world.

Sherrie Campbell
Psychologist, Author, Speaker
Sherrie Campbell is a psychologist in Yorba Linda, Calif., with two decades of clinical training and experience in providing counseling and psychotherapy services. She is the author of Loving Yourself: The Mastery of Being Your Own Person.

Source: Entrepreneur

Joining us is Dr. Sherry Campbell to talk about her new book ‘Loving Yourself- The Mastery of Being Your Own Person.’

Published on Nov 18, 2014
In this conversation A.H. Almaas and Rupert Spira explore the nature and dynamic of experience, and their two distinct approaches to that inquiry.

Hameed Ali (A. H. Almaas)
, Founder of the Diamond Approach, was born in the Middle East, but at age 18 he moved to the USA to study at the University of California in Berkeley. Hameed was working on his Ph.D. in physics, where he was studying Einsteirn’s theory of general relativity and nuclear 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 is the founder of the Diamond Approach® – a spiritual teaching that utilizes a unique kind of inquiry into realization, where the practice is the expression of realization. Freedom is living our realization, a dynamic enlightenment where our transcendent nondual truth lives personally in the world. This inquiry opens up the infinite creativity of our Being, transforming our lives into a runaway realization, moving from realization to further realization. Almaas’ books include: The Inner Journey Home, Essence , The Pearl Beyond Price, Luminous Night’s Journey, The Unfolding Now and his latest book Runaway Realization.

From an early age Rupert was deeply interested in the nature of Reality. For twenty years he studied the teachings of Ouspensky, Krishnamurti, Rumi, Shankaracharya, Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta and Robert Adams, until he met his teacher, Francis Lucille, twelve years ago. Francis introduced Rupert to the teaching of Jean Klein, Parmenides, Wei Wu Wei and Atmananda Krishnamenon and, more importantly, directly indicated to him the true nature of experience.

Rupert’s first book is “The Transparency of Things”, subtitled “Contemplating the Nature of Experience”. His second book, Presence Volume I The Art of Peace and Happiness and Presence Volume II The Intimacy of All Experience has been currently released by Non-Duality Press.

Eckhart Tolle TV: What part does willpower play in awakening?

Published on May 27, 2015

Little to no part; instead, surrender to the moment.


Be careful with the stories the mind creates

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

Q: Why is it that speakers of non-duality use arguments which employ duality to make their point?
It has always struck me as a little strange that the man in the street, who has never heard of non-duality, talks in terms of “I am my body and I am my mind” (he talks with with a sense of oneness) whereas the man who is well versed in non-duality talks in terms of “I am not my body and I am not my mind” (and talks with a sense of separation or duality). Why is it that speakers of non-duality use arguments which employ duality to make their point?

A: When the man in the street, who has never heard of non-duality, talks in terms of “I am my body and I am my mind,” he does not talk with a sense of oneness. This is a position that I sometimes call Conventional Duality – sometimes referred to as ‘ignorance’ – in which experience is considered to be divided into two essential ingredients: one, ‘I’, the body/mind – the subject – and two, things, others and the world – the object.

As a first step towards the true nature of experience, the teaching points out that the mind and body are not the subject of experience but are rather objects of our attention. As such, the teaching reformulates experience in this way: it is not ‘I’ the body/mind that is aware of the world, it is ‘I’, Awareness, that is aware of the body/mind/world. In this halfway stage there is still duality: a subject and an object. Hence, I sometimes call it Enlightened Duality.

This step is a pedagogical step – I am not this, not this, not this – which relieves us of our exclusive identification with the body and mind. It is a path of exclusion.

In the next step, which is a path of inclusion – I am this, I am this, I am this – the apparent distinction between Awareness and the objects of the body, mind and world is collapsed or, more accurately, seen never to have existed. I sometimes call this Embodied Enlightenment – in which there is no longer an apparent subject or object of experience – to distinguish it from Enlightened Duality in which the apparent subject and object has not yet been seen through.

In other words, in the Path of Exclusion we move from the belief ‘I am something’ to the understanding ‘I am nothing’; in the Path of Inclusion we move from the understanding ‘I am nothing’, to the feeling-understanding ‘I am everything’.

We find these stages in most spiritual traditions: in the Buddhist tradition first there is Samsara, then Nirvana, then the distinction between the two is realised to be non-existent. First form, then emptiness, and then no distinction.

From ignorance to understanding; from understanding to love.

~ Rupert Spira

Published on Jun 26, 2015

A discussion exploring the nature and purpose of the mind.

Publication Date: July 14, 2015

Does the universe embody beautiful ideas?

Artists as well as scientists throughout human history have pondered this “beautiful question.” With Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek as your guide, embark on a voyage of related discoveries, from Plato and Pythagoras up to the present. Wilczek’s groundbreaking work in quantum physics was inspired by his intuition to look for a deeper order of beauty in nature. In fact, every major advance in his career came from this intuition: to assume that the universe embodies beautiful forms, forms whose hallmarks are symmetry—harmony, balance, proportion—and economy. There are other meanings of “beauty,” but this is the deep logic of the universe—and it is no accident that it is also at the heart of what we find aesthetically pleasing and inspiring.

Wilczek is hardly alone among great scientists in charting his course using beauty as his compass. As he reveals in A Beautiful Question, this has been the heart of scientific pursuit from Pythagoras, the ancient Greek who was the first to argue that “all things are number,” to Galileo, Newton, Maxwell, Einstein, and into the deep waters of twentieth century physics. Though the ancients weren’t right about everything, their ardent belief in the music of the spheres has proved true down to the quantum level. Indeed, Wilczek explores just how intertwined our ideas about beauty and art are with our scientific understanding of the cosmos.

Wilczek brings us right to the edge of knowledge today, where the core insights of even the craziest quantum ideas apply principles we all understand. The equations for atoms and light are almost literally the same equations that govern musical instruments and sound; the subatomic particles that are responsible for most of our mass are determined by simple geometric symmetries. The universe itself, suggests Wilczek, seems to want to embody beautiful and elegant forms. Perhaps this force is the pure elegance of numbers, perhaps the work of a higher being, or somewhere between. Either way, we don’t depart from the infinite and infinitesimal after all; we’re profoundly connected to them, and we connect them. When we find that our sense of beauty is realized in the physical world, we are discovering something about the world, but also something about ourselves.

Gorgeously illustrated, A Beautiful Question is a mind-shifting book that braids the age-old quest for beauty and the age-old quest for truth into a thrilling synthesis. It is a dazzling and important work from one of our best thinkers, whose humor and infectious sense of wonder animate every page. Yes: The world is a work of art, and its deepest truths are ones we already feel, as if they were somehow written in our souls.

Frank Wilczek won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2004 for work he did as a graduate student. His 1989 book, Longing for the Harmonies, was a New York Times notable book of the year. Wilczek is a regular contributor to Nature and Physics Today and his work has also been anthologized in Best American Science Writing and the Norton Anthology of Light Verse. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he is the Herman Feshbach Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Dr. Frank Wilczek, the famous M.I.T. physicist, talks about how the 2004 Nobel Prize changed his life.

Quantum Beauty | Frank Wilczek

Does the world embody beautiful ideas? This is a question that people have thought about for a long time. Pythagoras and Plato intuited that the world should embody beautiful ideas; Newton and Maxwell demonstrated how the world could embody beautiful ideas, in specific impressive cases. Finally in the twentieth century in modern physics, and especially in quantum physics, we find a definitive answer: Yes! The world does embody beautiful ideas.

In this special lecture hosted by the Institute’s School of Mathematics, Frank Wilczek presents the intellectual history of this question and discusses how esthetic considerations continue to guide our search for ultimate physical laws.

1. Listen to Your Body’s Wisdom

Our body expresses itself through signals of comfort and discomfort. When choosing a certain behavior, ask your body, “How do you feel about this?” If your body sends a signal of physical or emotional distress, watch out. If your body sends a signal of comfort and eagerness, proceed.

2. Live in the Present

The present is the only moment you have. Keep your attention on what is here and now; look for the fullness in every moment. Accept what comes to you totally and completely so that you can appreciate it, learn from it, and then let it go. The present is as it should be. It reflects infinite laws of Nature that have brought you this exact thought, this exact physical response. This moment is as it is because the universe is as it is. Don’t struggle against the infinite scheme of things; instead, be at one with it.

3. Take Time to Be Silent …

… to meditate, to quiet the internal dialogue. In moments of silence, realize that you are re-contacting your source of pure awareness. Pay attention to your inner life so that you can be guided by intuition rather than externally imposed interpretations of what is or isn’t good for you.

4. Relinquish Your Need for External Approval

You alone are the judge of your worth, and your goal is to discover infinite worth in yourself, no matter what anyone else thinks. There is great freedom in this realization. When you find yourself reacting with anger or opposition to any person or circumstance, realize that you are only struggling with yourself. Putting up resistance is the response of defenses created by old hurts.

5. When You Find Yourself Reacting With Anger …

… or opposition to any person or circumstance, realize that you are only struggling with yourself. Putting up resistance is the response of defenses created by old hurts. When you relinquish this anger, you will be healing yourself and cooperating with the flow of the universe.

6. Know That the World “Out There” Reflects Your Reality “in Here”

The people you react to most strongly, whether with love or hate, are projections of your inner world. What you most hate is what you most deny in yourself. What you most love is what you most wish for in yourself. Use the mirror of relationships to guide your evolution. The goal is total self-knowledge. When you achieve that, what you most want will automatically be there, and what you most dislike will disappear.

7. Shed the Burden of Judgment

You will feel much lighter. Judgment imposes right and wrong on situations that just are. Everything can be understood and forgiven, but when you judge, you cut off understanding and shut down the process of learning to love. In judging others, you reflect your lack of self-acceptance. Remember that every person you forgive adds to your self-love.

8. Don’t Contaminate Your Body With Toxins

Either through food, drink, or toxic emotions. Your body is more than a life-support system. It is the vehicle that will carry you on the journey of your evolution. The health of every cell directly contributes to your state of well being, because every cell is a point of awareness within the field of awareness that is you.

9. Replace Fear-Motivated Behavior With Love-Motivated Behavior

Fear is the product of memory, which dwells in the past. Remembering what hurt us before, we direct our energies toward making certain that an old hurt will not repeat itself. But trying to impose the past on the present will never wipe out the threat of being hurt. That happens only when you find the security of your own being, which is love. Motivated by the truth inside you, you can face any threat because your inner strength is invulnerable to fear.

10. Understand That the Physical World Is Just a Mirror of a Deeper Intelligence.

Intelligence is the invisible organizer of all matter and energy, and since a portion of this intelligence resides in you, you share in the organizing power of the cosmos. Because you are inseparably linked to everything, you cannot afford to foul the planet’s air and water. But at a deeper level, you cannot afford to live with a toxic mind, because every thought makes an impression on the whole field of intelligence. Living in balance and purity is the highest good for you and the Earth

Dr. Robert K.C. Forman is uniquely qualified, both personally and professionally, to re-imagine the spiritual goal and the path to it. Personally, Dr. Forman hasn’t missed a day of meditation in 40 years. He broke through to the first major life shift he sought during a nine-month meditation retreat, just two years after beginning Transcendental Meditation. Further developments have continued through his gaining of a Ph.D. in mystical experience from Columbia U and his 20 years as a Professor of Comparative Religions, through his lifetime of yearly solo meditation retreats, self-reflection, 18 years of psychotherapy and psychotherapeutic training, his marital work, his teaching, writing and leading of workshops, and his research into and national leadership role in the “spiritual but not religious” community.

(Quotes below are from Robert’s book, Enlightenment Ain’t What It’s Cracked Up To Be.)

“Do not settle,” the vastness whispers. “Do not be content with partial love. Be open here too. Be so open with this other that there is nothing left to close.” (P. 160)

His curiosity and confusion about his early spiritual breakthroughs led him to a Ph.D in Comparative Religions (Columbia U), where he specialized in the nature of and philosophical issues around mystical experiences and the spiritual life. He has often been called “one of the leading voices in the academic debates on mysticism,” because of his work in the international scholarly debate about mystical experiences, which came to be known as “The Katz-Forman debates,” the work for which he has been awarded numerous grants and, just last year, an honorary doctorate. A tenured professor of religions at Hunter College of the City University of New York and a professor at Vassar College, Union Theological Seminary and the New School for Social Research, he often taught courses on mystical experiences and spiritual goals in every tradition, and his books are used in classes around the world.

Many of his insights about the spiritual path and goal came from his work as founder and Executive Director of the Forge Institute for Spirituality and Social Change and the Forge Guild of Spiritual Professionals, a non profit dedicated to helping people from any religion or spiritual path live “soul to soul.” He routinely gives lectures, trainings and workshops around the world. He was the co-founder and is executive editor of The Journal of Consciousness Studies , which has become the principle journal in the field. He is also the author of ten scholarly books on spirituality, mysticism, consciousness and world religions.

“God save us from some bloodless “joy, joy, joy!” If we are after anything, we are after full-bodied freedom. … I want to be awake, utterly non-resistant, to pain and joy and love and loss and boredom and knowing and not-knowing, wide open to the full catastrophe that is the paradox of a whole, confusing human life.” (P. 198)

Robert’s site:

by Robert K.C. Forman, Ph.D.
Many millions of seekers have been disillusioned by spiritual teachers who don’t live up to their lofty self-portraits: from the east Muktananda, Rimpoche, Eido-Roshi; and in the West men like Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart, Colorado Evangelist Ted Haggard and countless Catholic Priests. How do we make sense of their failure and what lessons can we draw from it?

Mostly it happened because of sex. Or money. And gurus.

It wasn’t supposed to happen. When the phalanx of white robed Indian gurus and soft spoken Zen Roshis came to the west, we heard they were “brahmchari,” celibate monks. Enlightened beings, we thought they had gone beyond their egos and their sex drives.

But then the rumors and accusations started flying. One of the first was Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who was, reported to have slept openly with female disciples. San Francisco Zen Center roshi, Richard Baker Roshi, lost his job over repeated affairs with female disciples. Swami Muktananda had a taste for pre-pubescent disciples.

Out of 54 Bud­dhist, Hindu and Jain teachers in the United States, according to Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield, only 15 had lived up to their tradition’s proscriptions of celibacy.Of the sexually active 39, some 34 had affairs with current students!

Western ministers didn’t talk about enlightenment, but did emphasize chastity and the sanctity of marriage. But then Evangelical preacher Jimmy Swaggart was discovered frequenting prostitutes. Colorado anti-homosexual Evangelist Ted Haggard turned out to be in a three year relationship with a gay prostitute. And Rabbi Mordechai Gafni had to resign his position in Israel’s Bayit Chadash in disgrace.

And we cannot forget the 4,392 men, some 4% of American Catholic priests, who were accused of being pedophiles.

What’s going on here?
While all these sexual mis-adventures are the fault of a few bad apples, the failure here is deeper. It’s time to say so.

Spiritual enlightenment, religious transformation, being twice born just may be, with reference to personal issues like sexuality, incomplete.

Enlightenment or being saved by God is important. It is the great clarifying, the revelation of our connection with the Divine or with an underlying, ultimate energy. There’s a good reason our traditions have been celebrating it. But for us, in our highly sexualized, post feminine liberation world, enlightenment is no longer enough.

After all, gurus, rabbis and ministers in 1150 or 1850 or even 1950 didn’t face what we must on a daily basis. They had to confront their own sexual urges, for sure. But opportunities for sexual relationships were relatively limited. The sexual urges of monks and nuns were probably more repressed, or encountered largely in the privacy of their own cells and single-gender monasteries.

Religion should make us more alive, not less, more flexible, more responsive, not less. That’s why Psalm 33 says, ‘sing unto Him a new song’, not the same old song sung in the same old way. The soul-jazz-enlightened are the most free, not the most obedient.

But of those of us today who are serious about our spiritual lives, few of us are monks, nuns or cloistered. And, with miniskirts and washboard abs on every glossy magazine page we simply cannot duck the issue of sexuality.

Frankly, I think that the spiritual challenge of today is greater than it was in traditional times. We have to confront sex overtly and publically on the streets, on the TV, in the theatres and on the internet.

And for spiritual teachers today, sexual encounters are both more readily available and much more dangerous. In ancient times a guru’s disciples would no doubt try to try to keep a sexual indiscretion under wraps, either because that was the tradition, or because they believed it to have a deeper spiritual logic.

But today, in an era of gotcha journalism, wayward priests and roshis are more likely to be outed and humiliated. Sexual peccadillos now are dangerous for your neighborhood guru.

I like to believe that most of our spiritual teachers and ministers have indeed undergone the shift into enlightenment. But clearly such shifts do not lead to transparent and healthy enough personal lives.

What then should we be after today?
The complete life, the good human life, must, to be enough for us, include both a transformed inner life and a transformed personal, and yes sexual, life. To be complete our spiritual journey must develop both a deep inner freedom and everyday self-awareness to stop our corrupt behavior. It must include the courage to actually change.

Our spiritual work must include the messiness of the everyday. Both our spirits and our psyches, our addictions and our purity must be part of it. The unconditioned infinite is not the same as the personal and conditioned:

Spiritual practice, especially mysticism, points toward a timeless trans-human reality, while psychological work addresses the evolving human realm, with all its issues of personal meaning and interpersonal relationship.

f we are to live a full, sane, complete life, we will have to heal both today.

About the Author: Robert Forman is uniquely qualified both personally and professionally to re-imagine the spiritual life. A meditator of 40 years, he became a tenured professor of comparative religions, specializing in religious experiences around the world. He is also trained in psychotherapy and an interfaith minister. He founded the Forge Institute for Sane Spirituality which offers programs to help people create fulfilling lives by weaving their spiritual discoveries into their everyday lives. For more information, go to:

Robert K.C. Forman, Ph.D
Enlightenment Ain’t What it’s Cracked Up to Be: A Journey of Discovery, Snow and Jazz in the Soul

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A clear path to wealth and abundance in just 30 minutes a day!

In today’s economy, it’s more important than ever to get clear about your personal and professional goals- and to commit to a plan that will get you there. In The Path to Wealth: Seven Spiritual Steps for Financial Abundance, multimillionaire entrepreneur and angel investor May McCarthy shares her own daily practice to help you do just that.

The first step on this journey is to welcome a new member to your financial advisory team: the all-knowing power of the universe that McCarthy affectionately calls the Chief Spiritual Officer, or CSO for short.

In part one of the book, you’ll learn how to set up and activate the seven-step daily practice. You’ll learn the job descriptions for both yourself and your new partner, and you’ll see that when these steps are applied on a daily basis, you will experience a complete shift in your thinking about how financial wealth and abundance are created.

In part two, you’ll go deeper into the practice to gain insight about your purpose, learn how to successfully navigate financial ups and downs, and overcome the fear of failure as well as eliminate old beliefs and behaviors that have kept you from experiencing the success you really want.

Best of all, the steps outlined in this book will teach you how to develop your own financial intuition, which is key to noticing and pursuing the opportunities that will present themselves once you are on this path.

Financial abundance can be a game of fun and prosperity, but only when you realize that you don’t have to do everything yourself. Your new partner wants to help you. Let May McCarthy show you the way.

Since 1982, May McCarthy has founded and grown several successful companies in a variety of industries, including fashion retail, domestic and international telecommunications, and healthcare software and capital equipment, which have gone on to grow to 250 employees and over $100 million in annual revenues. As part of McCarthy’s passion for entrepreneurship, she is an active angel investor and advises a variety of startup companies. She also serves on boards for philanthropic, arts, and educational service organizations.

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The Path To Wealth Book Promotion

Announcing May McCarthy’s upcoming book “The Path To Wealth”.

May McCarthy: Beyond Abundance

Published on Jun 23, 2015

The word “abundance” has become very popular in consciousness conversations. May McCarthy makes a powerful point that most people still view abundance as attaining a big share from a limited source. It is very hard for most people to imagine that there is an infinite supply – this conversation is about cracking open our self-limiting perception about how the world works. Barnet and Freeman join the conversation to help deconstruct the false assumptions and conditions that we place on both our giving and receiving.

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Omega Retreat Part Three: Eckhart speaks with Elizabeth Lesser, the bestselling author and co-founder of Omega Institute, about consciousness, awakening, love, leadership, and more.

Omega Institute’s Elizabeth Lesser on Being Kind, Not Nice

Elizabeth Lesser is co-founder and senior adviser of Omega Institute (

In this video with NEXT for Women (, Lesser states that the desire to be nice to everyone is still locked into the DNA of women. You can be kind and fierce, but not nice and fierce, and that it is almost always impossible to advance in one’s career if they attempt this.

Lesser is a New York Times best-selling author (…), speaker, and host on Oprah Radio on Sirius XM.

Elizabeth Lesser: Believe in Change

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

View HERE on her book ” Broken Open

The counterintuitive, radical message of Vedanta, the ancient science of self-inquiry, is that reality is non-dual consciousness. What this means and how it benefits people in their quest for freedom from limitation is the subject of this inspirational book.

In an accessible style, James Swartz’s new book develops teachings introduced in his popular first one, How to Attain Enlightenment, covering topics such as values and the enlightened person, dharma and the essence of enlightenment, and the relationship between consciousness, the individual, and the total. Demystifying enlightenment, Swartz makes Vedanta understandable to all.

James Swartz attended Lawrence University and the University of California before finding his niche in the world of business, where he had great success. But in 1967 he experienced a major epiphany that turned him away from that life and he traveled to India on a spiritual journey, searching for the path to enlightenment. There he met the famous Indian sage Swami Chinmayananda, whose teachings set him free. James now teaches Vedanta through worldwide seminars and his website,

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The Essence of Enlightenment Chapter 9 – Dharma

The Essence of Enlightenment Chapter 11 – The Vision of Non Duality

This bold, compact new biography of Carl Jung fills a gap in our understanding of the pioneering psychiatrist by focusing on the occult and mystical dimension of Jung’s life and work, a critical but frequently misunderstood facet of his career.

Although he is often called the “founding father of the New Age,” Carl Jung, the legendary Swiss psychiatrist best known for his groundbreaking concepts like the collective unconscious, archetype theory, and synchronicity, often took pains to avoid any explicit association with mysticism or the occult. Yet Jung lived a life rich in paranormal experiences-arguing for the existence of poltergeists in a debate with Sigmund Freud, participating in séances, incorporating astrology into his therapeutic work, reporting a near death experience, and collaborating with the pioneering ESP researcher J. B. Rhine.

It is these critical experiences-often fleetingly touched on in other biographies or critical studies, and just as frequently used to make a case against Jung and his philosophies-that form the core of this exciting new biography, Jung the Mystic.

While Jung’s ghostwritten memoirs, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, touch on the role his mystical and occult experiences played in his life, Gary Lachman’s Jung the Mystic completes the circle: Lachman assesses Jung’s life and work from the viewpoint of Western esoteric tradition and helpfully places Jung in the context of other major esoteric thinkers, such as Rudolf Steiner, G. I. Gurdjieff, and Emanuel Swedenborg. In that respect, this new biography appeals directly to the sensibility of spiritual readers who rightly see Jung as a pioneer of today’s contemporary metaphysical culture.

Gary Lachman (1955- ) was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, but has lived in London, England since 1996. A founding member of the rock group Blondie, he is now a full time writer with more than a dozen books to his name, on topics ranging from the evolution of consciousness and the western esoteric tradition, to literature and suicide, and the history of popular culture. Lachman writes frequently for many journals in the US and UK, and lectures on his work in the US, UK, and Europe.His work has been translated into several languages. His website is

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Gary Lachman – ‘My Journey – From Blondie to Jung’ – Interview by Iain McNay

Gary Lachman – ‘My Journey – From Blondie to Jung’ – Interview by Iain McNay

Former Blondie bass player (then known as Gary Valentine) and author of several books including “New York Rocker”, “A Secret History Of Consciousness”, “Turn Off Your Mind” and “Jung The Mystic”.

Carl Jung – Legacy and Influence

Philosopher and author Robert Rowland Smith, philosopher Mark Vernon, and Jung biographer Gary Lachman reflect on Carl Jung’s legacy, 50 years after his death.

Published on Jun 22, 2015

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Hello everyone. This is Lincoln, the channel for Higher Self. Welcome to your reality.

In this moment you are creating everything. Your perceptual awareness is the Source Light. All of the forms in existence are this Light. You will never exist outside of your Light. This entire Universe is within you, as you.

You have chosen to enter this human reality to be the author of your life story. The thoughts you speak to yourself, the words you speak to others, your emotional energies and the actions of your body communicate to the Source Consciousness what you want to experience. The Source Consciousness is you. Become aware of yourself as this creator. Live from your Higher Self state and you become the conscious author of your reality. You choose what your life will be. Anything is possible.

With this Truth known, how will you create your life?

Since the age of 18, Lincoln Gergar has been helping people to awaken to who they are as the blissful consciousness creating their lives. At 25, Lincoln started teaching to a world-wide audience via YouTube, personal sessions, and events. In 7 years, his Channel Higher Self videos have received over 3 million views and he has taught in 13 countries on 5 continents.

The message is simple, direct and clear. The life you experience is the direct expression of what you believe to be your reality. Expand yourself as consciousness into all parts of your mind, emotions and body to gain creative control of your human reality. Awaken to the Truth that you have always been the creator of your reality and live as this Truth.

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CDs: Chakra Meditation: Higher Self Guided Awakening and Healing Awaken Your Spiritual Heart: Your Doorway to God’s Love

Interview recorded 6/20/2015

It is our ultimate destiny to go beyond karma by becoming receptacles for presence, Eckhart clarifies.

Published on Jan 31, 2015

Deepak Chopra: Higher States of Consciousness. Deepak Chopra is the Founder and Chairman of the Chopra Foundation, and Founder and Co-Chairman of the Chopra Center.

By Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

The Earth “now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her.” So begins Pope Francis in his powerful and long-awaited encyclical on ecology. “The earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor.”

Pope Francis chose to be called after a saint for whom love for all of God’s creation was central to his life, and all creatures were his brothers and sisters. Speaking in the voice of this saint “who loved and protects creation,” he calls for a moral response to prevent the “unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem,”–that we urgently need to recognize the consequences of, and changes required in our way of life. He reflects on our abuse, the violence creating “the symptoms of illness that we see in the Earth, the water, the air and in living things.” And describing how climate change most adversely affects the poor, he combines ecological and social justice, that we “hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.”

The state of the Earth is our most pressing concern. Our present ecological crisis is the greatest man-made disaster this planet has ever faced: the signs of global imbalance, climate change, and species depletion are all around us. The monster of materialism is ravaging the Earth, its rapacious greed destroying the ecosystem, the fragile web of life that supports and nourishes all of life’s myriad creatures. We are part of a world of wonder and beauty which we are systematically sacrificing to feed our ever-increasing desires. We need to remember the simple wonder of the natural world around us, which St. Francis celebrated in his beautiful Canticle of Brother Sun:

Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Mother Earth,
who sustains us and governs us and who produces
varied fruits with colored flowers and herbs.

Yesterday, when I went to my small vegetable patch to pick a few zucchinis for supper, I was once again amazed at the Earth’s generosity, how one plant could give so many vegetables. I had to look carefully under the spreading leaves to discover a zucchini unexpectedly growing almost too large. This is the sacred life that sustains us, part of the creation we desperately need to “love and protect,” just as it loves and protects us.

A central but rarely addressed aspect of this crisis is our forgetfulness of the sacred nature of creation, and how this affects our relationship to the environment. Pope Francis speaks of the pressing need to articulate a spiritual response to this ecological crisis and to “feel intimately united with all that exists.” Today’s world is dominated by a divisiveness that encourages exploitation and greed, and we need to return to a sense of wholeness, reflecting the living unity of all of creation and its myriad inhabitants.

The Earth needs both physical and spiritual attention and awareness, our acts and prayers, our hands and hearts. Life is a self-sustaining organic whole of which we are a part, and once we reconnect with this whole we can find a different way to live–one that is not based upon a need for continual distraction and the illusions of material fulfillment, but rather a way to live that is sustaining for the whole.

Each in our own way we can turn away from the patterns of consumerism that drain our money and our life energy. We can aspire to live a simpler life, learning how to live in a more sustainable way, and not be drawn into unnecessary materialism–filling our life with love and care rather than “stuff.” A simple meal of vegetables and grains cooked with love and attention can nourish our body and soul.

But, to speak more with the voice of St. Francis, the Earth also needs our prayers, our spiritual attention. Many of us know the effectiveness of prayers for others, how healing and help is given, even in the most unexpected ways. It can be helpful first to acknowledge that the Earth is not “unfeeling matter,” but a living being that has given us life. And then we can “hear its cry,” sense its suffering: the physical suffering we see in the dying species and polluted waters–the deeper suffering of our collective disregard for its sacred nature.

Pope Francis ends his encyclical with two prayers for our Earth. There is also the simple prayer of placing the world as a living being within our hearts when we inwardly offer our self to the Divine. In this prayer we remember the sorrow and suffering of the Earth in our hearts, and ask that that the world be remembered, that divine love and mercy flow where it is needed; that even though we continue to treat the world so badly, divine grace will help us and help the world–help to bring the Earth back into balance. We need to remember that the power of the Divine is more than that of all the global corporations that continue to make the world a wasteland, even more than the global forces of consumerism that demand the life-blood of the planet. We pray that the Divine of which we are all a part can redeem and heal this beautiful and suffering world.

Sometimes it is easier to pray when we feel the earth in our hands, when we work in the garden tending our flowers or vegetables. Or when we cook, preparing the vegetables that the Earth has given us, mixing in the herbs and spices that give us pleasure. There are many ways to pray, and we will each find our own way of tending the Earth within our own hearts. Just as the song of St. Francis calls us to praise the Earth, and to praise God “through all your creatures.”

As Pope Francis’s message reminds us, we each need to be the person who “loves and protects creation,” who remembers its sacred nature. We need to bring this song of love into our hearts and hands. Through our love for the Earth we can honor the call to climate action that comes from all faiths and from the single voice that is within all of humanity. We are all part of one living being we call the Earth and it desperately needs our love and attention.

Pope Francis urges people to combat climate change

Published on Jun 18, 2015

Carl Apple of the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids talks about Pope Francis’ recent stance on climate change. (June 18, 2015)

In Search of the Light is Leonard’s first children’s book.

IN SEARCH OF THE LIGHT is a 1,500-word children’s picture book for ages 4 and up. The rhyming dialogue tells an enchanting story of animals in the meadow who experience a sudden eclipse of the sun. Not knowing what has happened, they believe that somehow the sun has lost its way, and they are concerned that it could mean the end of light.

Considering the situation to be most urgent, they form an expedition of four who journey to unknown places in search of the source of the light.

The first of three chapters introduces the four who journey in search of the light. Ned, the horse is the leader. Peter, the rabbit is his reluctant and somewhat fearful companion. They are joined by Bert, the brave little bumblebee and timid but very sweet Molly mouse.

Chapter Two takes them into a forest of darkness, which turns out to be the forest of fear. They encounter all sorts of frightening things, including witches and ghosts hiding in shadows. Just when things seem hopeless, the wind speaks to them offering advice to seek a guide who has his own inner light. Shortly afterwards, they encounter Frederick Firefly, who guides them to a land where nothing seems right.

Finally, in Chapter Three they walk down the “path of the opposites” and a bird with a very large beak offers guidance. They discover that when they are beyond all judgment, desire and fear, they discover that the source of the light is within them, and that it always has been.

The story opens children and adults to a magical and childlike world of innocence where a beautiful and simple message of truth is revealed. This uplifting, suspenseful adventure invites an independence of spirit, encouraging the return to love and oneness and strength within.

IN SEARCH OF THE LIGHT is beautifully illustrated by Italian illustrator, Fiammetta Dogi, who lives in Florence.

Leonard Jacobson
is deeply committed to helping others break through to the joyous experience of living in the NOW. He teaches how to become fundamentally present and how to arise in mastery of your mind and ego, so that you are no longer involuntarily pulled out of Presence. He has been teaching people how to be present for over 30 years. When you attend one of Leonard’s events, you will enter into the direct experience of the awakened state.

In Search of the Light – Chapter 1

This is a video of Leonard Jacobson narrating the first chapter of his children’s picture book, “In Search of the Light.”

In an interview with Sacramento & Co., View Here

Published on Jun 19, 2015

An exploration of the experience of being aware which pervades intimately all experience.

Published on Jun 18, 2015

Leonard Jacobson “teaches that the fully awakened state of consciousness is available now. It is not something that occurs in the future. It is already here, waiting to be revealed. As you awaken into the present moment, your thoughts will stop, your mind will fall silent, and you will awaken to an inner silence and peace that is beyond understanding. You will begin to encounter what the mystics and Masters have been speaking of for centuries.” His website is

00:00 – 04:55 Opening music by Prosad: Introduction. When Leonard began teaching and how he travelled around teaching. “I just kept responding to invitations.” Presently in International Falls, Minnesota, on vacation.

04:55 – 06:38 No need to prepare for his talks or for some of my interviews, including this one.

06:38 – 10:47 Leonard’s partner Mary. Have the questions from seekers changed over the years? There’s an opening happening in human consciousness today. Responsiveness of people in China and Japan. Leonard’s teaching activity in China, how it is done, and how it interfaces with Chinese national concerns.

10:47 – 18:29 Leonard’s two part teaching, a two step dance of awakening. The art of presence is step one, and step two is “bringing conscious awareness to all the ways you are pulled out of the moment.” Coming into right relationship with ego so that we can live our lives day to day more fundamentally present. “Both steps are essential for true awakening.” The nature of thoughts as allowing us to escape the present moment which is desire because in the past the present was difficult. “Thinking is the greatest addiction.”

18:29 – 21:11 The essence of awakening and nonduality. What is revealed at the very deepest level of presence. “Oneness is here. Truth is here.” Why seeking doesn’t work. “The worst is those who are seeking nothingness.”

21:11 – 23:07 Leonard is asked what people want from him and what he offers. Value of being present with someone who is awakened and who offers a way. The teaching has to be extremely simplified. “It’s time to awaken.”

23:07 – 25:20 How is the presence of an awakened person different from the presence of a tree? Leonard’s initial awakening spontaneously happened in nature. Being present with compared to presence as a concept. Presence is beyond understanding and this is difficult for people to get. Letting go of the need to understand. Knowing from presence or as presence.

25:20 – 31:11 Leonard’s initial and further awakenings further explored. The nature of awakenings and experiences. Integration of each awakening. I ask Leonard why, if he never pursued awakening, does he caters to people who do pursue awakening. The I Am presence as pure consciousness beyond form and beyond content. Leonard’s experiences of heaven on earth. God as “The silent presence at the very heart of all things present.”

31:11 – 32:58 There’s nothing wrong but we’re almost all lost in unconsciousness. There’s a need for those who could guide the lost into a place of presence where we are not lost. We don’t need anything else, no religion.

32:58 – 37:11 The art of interviewing and how I find it hard to interview some awakened people. “We have to keep finding the right question that draws out what might be of value.” Pizza discussed. Diet. Small talk.

37:11 – 40:09 Relationships. The value of a relationship is companionship. Relationships are extremely difficult. A relationship as a way of speeding up awakening. The relationship is like a mirror. A relationship based in presence is looking for someone to here with you rather than for you. I ask about Leonard’s relationship. “For the most part I don’t have feelings or issues coming up.”

40:09 – 45:30 Being “like” an awakened person. If you’re present a few minutes every day your life will transform. “When you’re present you are love … acceptance … compassion.” The qualities flow through you and transform your life. If you develop negative, limiting impressions and beliefs early in life they determine the experience of the rest of your life and you will attract people and situations that confirm these beliefs. The question, Who are you?

45:30 – 51:23 What I seek in interviews: talking to ordinary people about their passion and who they fundamentally are. Leonard’s response. The nature of the current interview and the interviews I like to do. “You’re a very unique interviewer … and I really get it.” Some people are naturally present.

51:23 – 56:00 How this interview came together. Leonard as a focused guy. Conclusion. Leonard reviews his two step teaching. Closing music by Prosad:

Awakening through the Veils takes the reader, step by step, through the mysterious process of awakening. For most seekers, it will be a direct and practical guide towards an actual awakening. For those already awake, it will help to deepen them from where they are now.
It has been a journey from the shadows to the light. I am completely sure that as you read this book and put your consciousness into it, you will have the same wonderful experience.” -Santiago Ardissone, President of the Columbia Foundation on Consciousness and Energy “Of all the teachers, guides, and masters who I have met in my forty years of seeking spiritual fulfillment, Ric Weinman has the ability to map not only consciousness but that most elusive of qualities: awakening. VortexHealing® provides a path that anyone can tread to that end. What more can you ask? I thoroughly recommend the VortexHealing® path, Ric, and this great book he has written.”

Ric Weinman “Spiritual Awakening”

Ric Weinman was a full-time healer for 15 years until Merlin reawakened his past knowledge of VortexHealing® and moved him to teach its magic. He has taught it for 13 years, and has now trained a handful of other teachers, enabling VortexHealing to be taught internationally.
Founder of the VortexHealing® Institute, Weinman is also author of Your Hands Can Heal: Learn to Channel Healing Energy and Breaking the Illusion: Tools for Self-Awakening.

Ric’s Talk at Conference in Buenos Aires May 5, 2013

Published on May 14, 2013
This is the full talk that Ric gave at the Conference for Consciousness & Energy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 4 & 5, 2013, featuring Deepak Chopra, Caroline Myss, and himself. The talk is about energy, consciousness, and awakening, and the role of VortexHealing® Divine Energy Healing. The conference was produced by the Columbia Foundation on Consciousness and Energy (of Argentina) with the Omega Institute (in Rhinebeck, NY).

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Many poetic works can inspire, but few, like this one, have the power to change your life. These verses rank with the greatest mystical poetry of all time: the works of St. John of the Cross, Rumi, Kabir, Mirabai, and Omar Khayyam. In this book Paramhansa Yogananda—the great master of yoga and author of the classic Autobiography of a Yogi—shares his exquisitely beautiful thoughts and words filled with longing for the divine. Yogananda was not only a spiritual master, but a master poet, whose poems revealed the hidden divine presence behind even everyday things.

Each of these prayer-poems has been spiritualized by this great man of God. Open this book, pick a poem at random and read it. Mentally repeat whatever phrase appeals to you. Within a short time you will see your consciousness transformed. This book has the power to rapidly accelerate your spiritual growth, and provides hundreds of delightful ways for you to begin your own conversation with God.

This wonderful collection includes:

Sacred demands to the Infinite
Prayers of devotion
Chants and poems
Invocations to great world teachers
How to see this world as a dream

Prayer-demands for:

Devotion, Illumination, and Bliss
Wisdom, Prosperity, and Balance
Health, Guidance, and Discipline
Calmness and Overcoming Fears
Divine Love . . . and much more.

Hailed as “the father of Yoga in the West”, Paramahansa Yogananda – author of the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi – is regarded as one of the great spiritual figures of our time. Born in India on January 5, 1893, he devoted his life to helping people of all races and creeds to realize and express more fully in their lives the true beauty, nobility, and divinity of the human spirit.

After graduating from Calcutta University in 1915, Yogananda took formal vows as a monk of India’s venerable monastic Swami Order. Two years later, he began his life’s work with the founding of a how-to-live school since grown to twenty-one educational institutions throughout India where traditional academic subjects were offered together with yoga training and instruction in spiritual ideals.

In 1920, he was invited to serve as India’s delegate to an International Congress of Religious Liberals in Boston. His address to the Congress and subsequent lectures on the East Coast were enthusiastically received, and in 1924 he embarked on a cross-continental speaking tour. Over the next three decades, Paramahansa Yogananda contributed in far-reaching ways to a greater awareness and appreciation in the West of the spiritual wisdom of the East. In Los Angeles, he established an international headquarters for Self-Realization Fellowship, the nonsectarian religious society he had founded in 1920.

Through his writings, extensive lecture tours, and the creation of Self-Realization Fellowship temples and meditation centers, he introduced hundreds of thousands of truth-seekers to the ancient science and philosophy of Yoga and its universally applicable methods of meditation.

Today, the spiritual and humanitarian work begun by Paramahansa Yogananda continues under the direction of Sri Daya Mata, one of his earliest and closest disciples and president of Self-Realization Fellowship/Yogoda Satsanga Society of India since 1955. In addition to publishing his writings, lectures and informal talks (including a comprehensive series of Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons for home study), the society also oversees temples, retreats, and centers around the world.

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My Guru – Swami Sri Yukteshwar Giri

10 May 1855 – 9 March 1936
Guru Paduka Strotram

Anantha samsara samudhra thara naukayithabhyam guru bhakthithabhyam,
Vairagya samrajyadha poojanabhyam, namo nama sri guru padukhabyam. 1

Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my Guru,
Which are like a boat, which helps me cross the endless ocean of life,
Which endows me, with the sense of devotion to my Guru,
And by worship of which, I attain renunciation

Kavithva varasini sagarabhyam, dourbhagya davambudha malikabhyam,
Dhoorikrutha namra vipathithabhyam, namo nama sri guru padukhabyam. 2

Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my Guru,
Which is the ocean of knowledge, resembling the full moon,
Which is the water, which puts out the fire of misfortunes,
And which removes distresses of those who prostrate before it.

Natha yayo sripatitam samiyu kadachidapyasu daridra varya,
Mookascha vachaspathitham hi thabhyam ,namo nama sri guru padukhabyam.3

Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my Guru,
Which make those who prostrate before it,
Possessors of great wealth, even if they are very poor,
And which makes even dumb people into great orators.

Naleeka neekasa pada hrithabhyam, nana vimohadhi nivarikabyam,
Nama janabheeshtathathi pradhabhyam namo nama sri guru padukhabyam. 4

Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my Guru,
Which attracts us, to lotus like feet of our Guru,
Which cures us, of unwanted desires,
And which helps fulfill the desires of those who salute.

Nrupali mouleebraja rathna kanthi sariddha raja jjashakanyakabhyam,
Nrupadvadhabhyam nathaloka pankhthe, namo nama sri guru padukhabyam. 5

Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my Guru,
Which shine like gems on the crown of a king,
Which shine like a maid in the crocodile infested stream,
And which make the devotees attain the status of a king.

Papandhakara arka paramparabhyam, thapathryaheendra khageswarabhyam,
Jadyadhi samsoshana vadaveebhyam namo nama sri guru padukhabyam. 6

Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my Guru,
Which is like a series of Suns, driving away the dark sins,
Which is like the king of eagles, driving away the cobra of miseries,
And which is like a terrific fire drying away the ocean of ignorance.

Shamadhi shatka pradha vaibhavabhyam,Samadhi dhana vratha deeksithabhyam,
Ramadhavadeegra sthirha bhakthidabhyam, namo nama sri guru padukhabyam.7

Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my Guru,
Which endows us, with the glorious six qualities,
Which gives the students, the ability to go in to eternal trance,
And which helps to obtain perennial devotion to the feet of Vishnu.

Swarchaparana makhileshtathabhyam, swaha sahayaksha durndarabhyam,
Swanthachad bhava pradha poojanabhyam, namo nama sri guru padukhabyam. 8

Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my Guru
Which bestows all desires of the serving disciples,
Who are ever involved in carrying the burden of service
And which helps the aspirants to the state of realization.

Kaamadhi sarpa vraja garudabhyam, viveka vairagya nidhi pradhabhyam,
Bhodha pradhabhyam drutha mokshathabhyam, namo nama sri guru padukhabyam. 9

Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my Guru
Which is the Garuda ,which drives away the serpent of passion,
Which provides one, with the treasure of wisdom and renunciation,
Which blesses one ,with enlightened knowledge,
And blesses the aspirant with speedy salvation.

“Gurupaduka Stotram” by Uma Mohan, G.Gayathri Devi, Ramya, Roopa, Saindhavi, Krupa, Gowri, Usha, Jaya, Kruti & Bhanu (iTunes)

The conversations in this book were communicated directly from spirit. Connie Fox transcribed these messages word for word, as they were given to her. Much of the content relates to how everyone can easily experience the hidden presence of their own soul. There is a big difference between believing you have an eternal soul and the direct experience of knowing you are an eternal soul.

Beliefs are the cause of all fears and fears are the cause of all problems. Once you go beyond your beliefs you come to know your true nature. A profound sense of peace begins to enter your awareness. By simply allowing this all-encompassing peace into your life, an inner joy and unconditional love spontaneously develops. This is life-changing. Nothing and no one in this physical world can give you this. Such peace comes only from realizing who you are beyond your beliefs. That is the essence of this book: How to live beyond your beliefs, what spiritual growth really means and how to achieve it at a rapid rate.

The new knowledge from the awe-inspiring messages in Help From Heaven were communicated from the spirits of Jesus, Buddha, Archangels Gabriel and Metatron, Mother Mary, Mahavatar Babaji, Mahatma Gandhi and others.

It is the opinion of Spirit that the simple act of reading these words begins to enliven the soul and heal the heart. It is not just talking around an idea of spirituality; it is delivering the actual experience. There is a Source of power greater than you alone. Find it and your life will never be the same.

Connie Fox is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and Columbia University Teacher’s College in New York. She is a licensed Health Practitioner and Nutritional Consultant who specializes in mercury/environmental detoxification. Apart from that is her truly unique communication gift. She converses directly with spirit, with the intelligence of the body’s cells and with the consciousness of others.

Connie is the author of “The Power of You” and “Help from Heaven”. Her third book, “Messages From the Master” is to be published in the spring of 2015.

Connie lives in Palm Beach County, Florida with her two rescue dogs. She offers private phone consultations and group gatherings to answer your questions about any personal, medical or spiritual matter and global events.

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Connie Fox Your Personal Helpline

Connie Fox is a Medical and Personal Intuitive who uses her communication gift with Angels in her work. She is also a licensed and board certified Holistic Health Practitioner and the author of an upcoming book on the subject of intuitive healing.

by Kirsten Cowart: This earth and its people are incredible. Our mother earth is a beautiful place that deserves our respect and contains endless secrets for our evolution.
In order to tap into our greatest potential we need to start working together, with love and awareness, so that we can transition ourselves and the people around us into higher states of awareness.

Once we reach, stabilize, and master each of these levels of awareness we will be closer and more able to heal the earth and create the world we all yearn for. As you read each of these sections understand that it is much like building a pyramid within your own soul, with the help of others, in order to support the higher levels you will first need to master the lower levels. Together we can accomplish everything you read about below.

1. Safety and Security- Before we can work on transforming ourselves we need to feel safe and secure. Creating transformation on this earth is hard to think about when you are in pain, hungry, or in a space of fear. In order to transition the earth into a higher plane we need to relieve the suffering of everyone both physically and mentally.

This is where the healers of the earth come into play. If you have felt a calling in your soul to help other then this section is for you. Before we can heal the earth and transition mankind into a higher state of awareness we have to make sure that we are healing others. We must create a loving and nurturing space for other to feel safe, to grow, and to transcend.

People want to grow, naturally, but often they don’t feel like they can because they feel unsafe. Often the most sensitive people will feel the most lost in society today. How can they express their feelings and move on to the next level in their awareness if they cannot move outside of fear?

2. Connections & Creation ; Creation- After someone feels safe the next thing that will help them transition themselves into a higher awareness is through connections with others and through creating. If you can pair the two then you are set. Because we are all reflections of the one consciousness there is a lot that we can learn from each other.

Find your tribe, find the people that your soul yearns to be around, and connect with them. There are many different groups, cultures, and interests out there. Finding your group of ‘others’ will help you better understand yourself. This will not only aid in their growth but it will aid in your own as well. Peering into the mirror of life, through another person’s eyes, will help you to slow down and see yourself more clearly.

Find your passion, even if you are not interested in art or crafting things try it out. Find a hobby or two and start learning how to create. Ignite your passions and take up dancing or yoga. Pair your creating with your connections and learn how to work in a team. Working with others can be hard at first. You have to learn how to share in a co-vision with others and be more attached to the experience you have working together then the end results of the project.

Often though as you loose yourself in what you love, with others, you will find that it was successful all along.

3. Self- Confidence and Self Assurance- Once you feel safe, connect with others, and start creating then you will find your self confidence and become sure of yourself. Mastering a skill or building something you are proud of is a powerful way to physically manifest parts of yourself and your passion into the third dimension.

Many people have some incredible ideas but they still don’t feel confident or sure of themselves. That may be because they haven’t acted on their dreams. They haven’t lived their passions or mastered their skill/art of choice. There is always more time, so don’t be discouraged if you haven’t started living your dreams yet. Many famous painters, linguists and brilliant minds didn’t start until much after retirement.

Finding yourself is easy when you loose yourself in the work you are passionate about. Just make sure that you are open minded about this concept. Remember that your work may be in healing or serving others. Everyone has something that, with effort and practice, they can become quite masterful at.

4. Open Minded & Connected Hearts; Connected Hearts- Once people transcend fear, connect with others, begin creating, and find themselves by getting lost in their higher work, they will be able to create higher heart connections with an open mind. It is time for our species to trust in their hearts once again. It is time for compassion, love, empathy, and understanding.

Without the first three ingredients it is very hard for a person, no matter how good their intentions are, to hold onto a higher heart centered vibration of endless love and compassion. Why is this? It is because without complete acceptance of the true self we are not able to move beyond the ego into the ego-less acceptance of everyone else.

When you are in an open space of love your connections with the people around you grow. You are able to connect with animals on a higher level as well. Your hearts all connect in an open and aware state that is likened to a heart telepathy. Whereas empathy is often feeling each others emotions and pain this heart telepathy shifts into an awareness of another persons soul. You begin to see them in their highest state of awareness and nurture them into that space.

No matter what happens around you, your heart is still and unmoving in its endless compassion for those around you. Even if they hurt you, or cause you pain, you see their pain through your own and your love them.

5. Higher Knowledge, True Understanding-
Once people transcend fear, meaningfully connect with others, create their passions, and connect their hearts to a higher level of love then they will be able to tap into the higher consciousness and in a sense channel the knowledge they are looking for.

The information will not be filtered through the ego, or any bias of the self because those parts will have been mastered long ago. This is the space where anyone will be able to tap into mass consciousness (the Akashic records) and have an endless connection with the higher knowledge of the soul.

When you are in a space of flow, within this space, all you need to do is ask a question or be asked a question by another and the information will flow into your mind as easily as if you downloaded it into your memory. This is truly a place where mankind will be able to find what they need to create the technologies necessary to heal the earth and free everyone else who is trapped in lower levels of consciousness such as fear and doubt.

6. Intuition, Psychic Abilities, Timelessness- Once mankind has overcome fear, connected with each other in creation, manifested their dreams and desires, opened their hearts in higher compassion, and opened the floodgates of endless knowledge they will be balanced and responsible in their awareness enough to manifest their higher powers.

This is the realm of psychic abilities. Often times people wish to have the power to change the weather, move objects with their minds, heal entire oceans, slow down and change time, and so many other things. Sometimes people even tap into these abilities from time to time. However, the abilities seemed limited, inconsistent, and or unstable until a person transitions through the lower states of awareness into this one.

This is the exciting realm of Kairos time (Gods Time) where from the moment you wake up till the moment you go to sleep you are in flow. You are so in sync with the universe that everything seems to flow effortlessly through you. Creation becomes ten times more fluid and simple from this space of higher intuition. Learning becomes as simple as breathing and limits fall away from you completely as you transition into endless freedom.

This is also the realm where telepathic mental communication replaces the need for the limited nature of words. You send and receive pictures, impressions, stories, and are completely transparent with those whom you share a connection with.

7. Divine Connections, Nature’s will, Protection of higher Transition– Once all of the other states of consciousness are mastered you shift into a space of communion with nature, divinity, and the universe. This communion makes you a type of guardian or protector over the natural divine flow. This is the awareness where ultimate wisdom comes from the experience of knowledge.

You have traveled far, mastered yourself, guided others, and are now concerned with the higher flow of consciousness and finding ways to ease the transition of all forms of life into their own divine order. Often that may look like protecting the rights of people, animals, trees, nature, and the earth herself.

Your compassion and patience for others is endless. You encourage learning and growth while maintaining the balance that you are guided to fulfill by the higher connections you are beginning to make. Much of this section is so far beyond words that even though it seems like the end, it is actually just the beginning of a whole new set of experiences, adventures, and levels of awareness. There are truly no limits here.

Thank you for taking the time to read and consider each of these important stages in the development of our awareness.

I would like to thank everyone who influenced and inspired this article including Ray Kamille, Jordan Pearce, Jocelyn Daher, Justin Cowart, Amanda Nix, Jenna Wylie and Lexie Larado.
Kirsten Cowart: Kirsten is a writer and researcher who loves to practice meditation, yoga, music, travel, spinning swords, and learning everything she can about reality, consciousness, and how to make the world a better place. You can contact Kirsten though her facebook page or Youtube channel. Her current interests involve studying and practicing flow, staying in flow, and recognizing the natural flow of the universe. Kirsten loves to learn about the healing arts, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. She is interested in ancient cultures and practices such as shamanism and Druidism. Kirsten is excited about promoting and adding to the growing awareness of love and heart centered living in this world.
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It’s no secret plants are good for our health, consciousness, and environment. Certain plants in particular are known for giving of and thus attracting good vibes- otherwise known as luck. Based on their specific personalities, various plants magnetize and vibrate in particular ways to bring desired energies to your home or space. Here are my top 10:

1) Bamboo:
Bamboo plants are widely known to be lucky. These lovely little guys attract prosperity, improve health, and are said to aid in developing more flexibility and creativity. They are also excellent for detoxifying the air in any room they are placed. These are popularly recommended in Feng Shui.

2) Basil: Basil is thought to carry energies of passion, love, wealth, and luck. Aside from its bright and positive energies, basil is delicious with a slightly sweet and spicy flavor. Basil can awaken passion in whoever eats it. It has also been called the herb of kings and is revered for its magical properties according to such as, “Love, Exorcism, Wealth, Flying, Protection, Visionary, Fertility, Funeral, Consecration, Immortality and Purification”. It is recommended to put basil in the corners of your home for protection, to wear them as talismans, carry them in your wallet, and other ritual uses.

3) Honeysuckle: Honeysuckle might just be my favorite flower. Not only does it have an intoxicating scent, but its easily harvested nectar is delicious and edible. Honeysuckle can be brought into the home to attract money. Additionally, the flowers can be crushed and placed on or near the third eye to strengthen intuition, as honeysuckle is a plant of intuition.

4) Jasmine: Is a sensual flowering plant known to attract both love and money. Its oil is a known aphrodisiac and therefor it is an excellent presence for those wishing to foster more romance or eroticism

5) Lemon: Lemon plants bring great luck and energies for friendship and purification. They are a bright and cheerful presence and fruit that lemon trees produce is great to have around the house for everything from natural cleaning, to skincare, to foods and fresh drinks.

6) Lavender:
Lavender is famous for its calming and uplifting mood benefits and also aids in restful sleep- especially for those who fight insomnia. In traditional magic lore lavender is believed to attract men and help you see into the spirit realm. It can also be made into lovely smudging sticks

7) Miniature Roses: Roses have been called the highest vibrational living thing. Whether or not that is accurate, they are certainly beautiful, amazing, and magical plants. Roses help with love, attracting luck, protection, and many forms of divination. You can grow miniature roses indoors to start, but they will eventually have to move outside. describes the specific meanings in different colored roses: “White: Purifying and healing, positive energy. White with red details: Devotion and passion. Peach: Peace, spirituality and friendship. Pink: Romantic love, sweetness, fun and play. Fuchsia: A lust for life, radical self love, deep love and acceptance of your physical body. Lavender:Spirituality. Red: Passionate, deep, true love.”

8) Orchids: Orchids are exotic looking flowers that are surprisingly simple to care for. They are magically beneficial for all types of relationships- romantic and platonic. They were believed by the Greeks to increase fertility and virility.

9) Rosemary: Rosemary, aside from being a delicious culinary herb, is also used for the strengthening of mental functions such as memory and focus. Rosemary can be used for purification and protection rituals as well as to improve aspects such as luck, romance, and prosperity. It is said to improve love, lust, and healing and has also been used for exorcism!

10) Sage: perhaps one of the most famous and widely used magical and sacred herb, sage is commonly wrapped into smudge sticks and the fragrant and medicinal smoke is used for blessing, cleansing, and healing purposes. Sage also represents immortality and wisdom and can be used in teas or foods.

I hope you have found this information useful. Enjoy!

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Michel De Nostradamus was a 16th-century French man who studied astrology and various other sciences. He is most famous for using his knowledge and apparent super human abilities to predict future events.
Here are the five prophesies Nostradamus may have predicted hundreds of years ago.

The 1666 Great Fire Of London

World War II

Adolf Hitlers Rise To Power

The Assassination Of The Kennedy Brothers

The September 11th Terrorist Attack On The World Trade Center Buildings.

5 Nostradamus Predictions For The Future

5 Nostradamus Predictions For The Future

Michel De Nostradamus was a 16th-century French man who studied astrology and various other sciences. He is most famous for using his knowledge and apparent super human abilities to predict future events. Many of his believers are sure that his predictions have come true, and here are five of Nostradamus prophecies that haven’t yet come true, so may be something to look out for in the future.

Humans Rising From The Grave

Communication between Animals & Humans

The Third Antichrist

World War Three

Time Warping leads to major disruption of time in local area.

Two sons of a prominent Indian doctor, one a dean at Harvard Medical School and the other a renowned spiritual guru and advocate of alternative medicine, Sanjiv and Deepak Chropra, discuss how their approaches to healing intersect and share details of their revealing new memoir, Brotherhood: Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream. Jeff Pulver is an entrepreneur, internet pioneer and early-stage seed investor. He helped shape the worldwide market acceptance of VoIP; and produces the #140conf.

VIEW Here the latest book Brotherhood: Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream.

The first wave of 76 million “baby boomers” representing 28 percent of the American population began turning 65 in 2011 and they will live longer than any previous generation in history – at least 15 years longer than their parents! – creating an entirely new stage of human life. But what is this revolutionary longevity for? Just to get old and die?

The Three Secrets of Aging suggests instead that our final stage of life offers an astounding new evolutionary process: an initiation into an entirely new stage of life, a transformation of self and consciousness, and a revelation of a new – and sacred – world right where we are. Part memoir, part discussion, part invitation to enlightenment, this book outlines the profound spiritual possibilities of aging and a blueprint for the Enlightened Elder in the twenty-first century.

John Robinson holds doctorates in clinical psychology and ministry and is an ordained interfaith minister, author, and mystic. He has taught extensively at men’s gatherings, professional conferences, hospitals, churches and retreat centers and is the author of three previous books on the interface of psychology and spirituality.

His new book, Finding Heaven Here (O-Books), endorsed by Mathew Fox, Andrew Harvey, Malidoma Some, John Mabry and Jeremy Taylor, is both an integration of psychology and spirituality and a description of the reality and presence of Heaven on Earth. He explains, “I see Heaven on Earth all the time. I’ve seen it since childhood. I know I’m not crazy because I’m a clinical psychologist and I know I’m not a religious heretic because I can quote teachers and sages from every major religious tradition who describe it. Heaven on Earth is the greatest secret on the spiritual path.” Dr. Robinson lives on an island in the Puget Sound of Washington State. Learn more about him at

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Three Secrets of Aging with John C. Robinson, Ph.D.

Dr. John Robinson is a clinical psychologist with a second doctorate in ministry, author, husband and father. He tells us of his book “The Three Secrets of Aging” in which he talks about how the final stages of life off an astounding evolutionary process: an initiation into an entirely new stage of life, a transformation of self and consciousness.

From the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller The Untethered Soul comes the astonishing true-life story about what happens when you just let go.

A thriving spiritual community on over six hundred acres of pristine forest and meadows in Florida, a cutting-edge software package that transformed the medical practice management industry, a billion-dollar public company whose achievements are archived in the Smithsonian Institution, a book that became a New York Times bestseller and an Oprah favorite, and a massive raid by the FBI that would lead to unfounded accusations by the U.S. government—how could all of this spring from a man who had decided to live alone in the middle of the woods, let go of himself, and embrace a life of solitude? But this man had made a radical decision—one that would unwittingly lead him to both the pinnacle of success and the brink of disaster.

Michael A.Singer , author of The Untethered Soul, tells the extraordinary story of what happened when, after a deep spiritual awakening, he decided to let go of his personal preferences and simply let life call the shots. As Singer takes you on this great experiment and journey into life’s perfection, the events that transpire will both challenge your deepest assumptions about life and inspire you to look at your own life in a radically different way.

MICHAEL A. SINGER is the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller The Untethered Soul. Visit HERE for more information
He had a deep inner awakening in 1971 while working on his doctorate in economics and went into seclusion to focus on yoga and meditation. In 1975, he founded Temple of the Universe, a now long-established yoga and meditation center where people of any religion or set of beliefs can come together to experience inner peace. He is also the creator of a leading-edge software package that transformed the medical practice management industry, and founding CEO of a billion dollar public company whose achievements are archived in the Smithsonian Institution. Along with his more than four decades of spiritual teaching, Michael has made major contributions in the areas of business, the arts, education, healthcare, and environmental protection.

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The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life’s Perfection Synopsis

Author: Michael A. Singer
Publish Date: 2015-06-02

From the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller The Untethered Soul comes the astonishing true-life story about what happens when you just let go. A thriving spiritual community on over six hundred acres of pristine forest and meadows in Florida, a cutting-edge software package that transformed the medical practice management industry, a billion-dollar public company whose achievements are archived in the Smithsonian Institution, a book that became a New York Times bestseller and an Oprah favorite, and a massive raid by the FBI that would lead to unfounded accusations by the U.S. government—how could all of this spring from a man who had decided to live alone in the middle of the woods, let go of himself, and embrace a life of solitude? But this man had made a radical decision—one that would unwittingly lead him to both the pinnacle of success and the brink of disaster. Michael A. Singer, author of The Untethered Soul, tells the extraordinary story of what happened when, after a deep spiritual awakening, he decided to let go of his personal preferences and simply let life call the shots. As Singer takes you on this great experiment and journey into life’s perfection, the events that transpire will both challenge your deepest assumptions about life and inspire you to look at your own life in a radically different way.

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‘A Hare Has No Horns’ is a metaphor for the attitude we need to take to look through appearances.The world we see with our six senses (the mind is the sixth) is not the real world. The world we perceive with the senses is a cover up, a wall around the real world.

“What is the difference between the real world and the world we perceive with our senses?" you may ask. The real world is unchanging, always the same, one with you, your innermost reality.”

‘Being in this world’ is totally satisfying, not a shadow of doubt left. This world is true, blissful, and pure undivided Consciousness. The world of appearances—the manifest world—is changing, moving. It seems to be there but looking deeper you don’t find anything of lasting reality. This world is transient and impermanent. The East calls it maya (the great wall of reality).

Being this world is pain and suffering. It is a feeling of alienation and separation. The real world is hidden in the world of appearances. As the metaphor, ‘A Hare has no Horns’ indicates, we must look deeper, pierce through the wall of maya.

How to do this? By discriminating between the appear-ance and the real. This discrimination is to ‘see with the Heart’. It is to experience without labels and concepts. That is why I call it to see with the Heart because the Heart knows no words; it knows only intimacy.

The Heart is the fourth dimension. When you perceive experience from this dimension, it is a feeling of oneness with what is perceived because there is no separation and the three dimensional world is contained in the fourth.

It is totally satisfying and complete to perceive this way. It is literally as living on the inside of what is perceived. In this dimension all worries are absent and it is experienced as a marvelous absence. Marvelous because it can-not be explained; no words can describe it. It is the mystic!

Even though there is no word for it, we can still point at it and it is important that we look for where it is.

And another thing, even though the mind looks for it all the time, it cannot in the very nature of things understand it, but the mind becomes silent the moment it comes close to the real.

We are already what we are looking for. We are already whole and perfect. That is our Natural State but we are not in touch with it because we are lost in maya. A word pointing at the Truth can resonate so deeply in us that we wake up to what we have always been, so to say. That is called a moment of clarity and it can last a blink of an eye, for hours, days, or the rest of our physical existence in this particular body.

The questions and answers in this little book try to point at the Truth, so that you look for where it can be found. You may also suddenly experience that your mind becomes silent just by reading a particular passage! That is called transmission. Transmissions are resonance effects.

Nukunu was asked the questions in this book during satsangs 2009 – 2011.

Nukunu was born in Denmark in 1947. He holds a Bachelor in Philosophy and a Master in Psychology. He has worked as a psychotherapist and given lectures on Gestalt, psychodrama, primal therapy, NLP and meditation for 30 years. Over that period of time he was a student of living teachers like Osho Rajneesh, Punjaji and and the teachers in Sacha Lineage tradition.

After a radical awakening experience in March 1995 his work gradually changed and became focused on transmitting the non-dual. This work is the most important in his Satsangs, courses and meditation retreats. Although he doesn’t belong to any religion or particular spiritual path, he uses what he likes in the different spiritual traditions.

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Three chairs

Published on Jun 14, 2015

Nukunu explains 3 different perspectives by using chairs.

You are invited to a special journey, in the course of which our inner light shines up in us. This journey takes us through six steps to three awakenings, each one more profound than the previous one. In the following we wish to discuss these steps in more detail.

Step 1: The first awakening: the world of permanent change

Our whole life is a rush. We chase our desires and unfulfilled dreams. We are attracted by money, power, prestige, a wholesome, happy life. All this lies there hidden behind the powerful iron gate that is towering in front of us.

Spurred by our ambitions, we pursue various goals all through our lives. We aspire for something all the time, we always want to achieve something. This restless rush is instigated by our fear that we are still not what we want to be. We are never satisfied, we always want something else, we would like to be better, more beautiful, richer than we are at present.

That is how we pursue our goals until death, when we realize how meaningless the whole thing has been. But why are these goals meaningless, we begin to protest immediately. The protest is caused by the vary nature of the forms and shapes, as in their world every form and shape is subject to permanent change, birth and death. Whatever we attract to us, we are going to lose it, as everybody departs from this world empty-handed, all those who pursue their goals, live in the spell of past and future.

Our first awakening therefore shows us the real nature of the world, its constant change.

Step 2: The spiritual seeking

We, however, wish to find the security of permanence in our life. We would like to find what is beyond the world of constant change. In order to do so, we become spiritual seekers.

As a first step of spiritual seeking we start to look for enlightenment, Self-recognition in the world of shapes and forms (that is, outside ourselves) in the hope of thus reaching the state of permanent happiness. We intend to find a dogma, a great Master, an elevating spiritual experience that expands our Consciousness. If it is not found here on Earth, we will be looking for it in the other world, in the heaven of a religion.

We use the mind as a mean of spiritual search. It is through the mind that the Ego intends to understand what is beyond mind and forms. The mind in this way prepares the mental image of enlightenment, seeking, happiness etc.

The mental images are born through the comprehensive process of the mind. For comprehension, we also require information, so we shall gather bits of information like a busy ant. From books on religion and spirituality, lectures heard and conversations attended, we are attempting to screen information, ideas, opinions and experience necessary for them. The same takes place with spiritual experience. We assume that if we gather a sufficient amount of experience, as a result we will reach a certain point, we will increase their spirituality.

These mental images motivate us to make efforts at implementing the mental images at the level of daily life, to make these images the cornerstones of our life. Achieving spiritual objectives, however, affords only momentary satisfaction for us, so after achieving one specific goal, relentlessness returns, urging us to start working for new objectives. The mind produces new mental images, and seeking starts all over again.

Step 3: The second awakening: The Stop

We then go on seeking, until we eventually become tired of the process, and finally recognize its true nature. That is when we arrive at our second awakening.

We stop and abandon spiritual seeking. We recognize that all the objectives we have so far been looking for outside ourselves, are only found within ourselves.

We will stop when we recognize the activities of the mind and refuse to follow it any longer. We realize that with the help of the mind we will not be able to surpass the mind. We will experience that stopping is the inactive moment of the mind, the silence between thoughts. In that silence, we will experience the Consciousness without forms, and recognize that we are in fact the Presence without thoughts. We then leave behind the spiritual seeker, with all the accumulated knowledge and lofty spiritual experience.

Step 4: The inner journey

We then embark on an inner journey that will take us beyond the Mind. Once we have started our journey, we leave the world behind and abandon everything that has hampered us in our progress. We give up unimportant things in order to be able to concentrate our attention exclusively on the important ones. That is possible by means of a major mental clean-up.

When we begin doing that clean-up in earnest, we will soon face the vast multitude of our thoughts, opinions, ideas and the emotions attached to all these.

After a period of time, we realize that we need to abandon all the unimportant things and trivialities, since these things will be found false in the light of our inner journey. Then we find ourselves all alone, and realize, that we still have not finished. We are still to shed the shadow that we believed to be ourselves

Step 5: The third awakening: coming home

The third awaking is the awakening of the Conscience to its own existence through the form and shape that we formerly identified with ourselves. After the great clean up nothing remains but the empty space.

But if we examine that space closer, we find that it is full of Consciousness, which is the inner peace, quiet and tranquility. We then realize that we are at home. Whatever now happens in that internal space, we must experience that. We must experience whatever life has to offer, there and then in that specific moment. The next moment does not need to bear the burden of the experience of the previous moment.

Now the question arises whether it is really the end of our spiritual journey? The emptiness is now perfect, but we still need to make the last step in order to become credible spiritual helpers.

Step 6: Comeback

That step will take us to the point where our entire journey began. We return to the world of daily life. We, however, return in a state different from the one in which we departed, since we have undergone considerable changes during our journey. The Mind, the Ego and, together with it, selfishness vanished from ourselves. The emptiness, pulsating with life, and the Consciousness, awakened to its own existence, continue to stay with us. The most beautiful flower of this state of existence is our sympathy with others.

In this way the world will be entirely different for us. We no longer feel en urge to run away from it, and we do not submerge in the swamp of identifying with the world. We are now free from all that, and the world is now a new adventure for us. We abandon ourselves into the streams of Life, and we merge with the Universe. In the meanwhile, we help others in awakening and we share the joy of existence and sympathy with everyone we encounter during our spiritual journey.

~From the book: Frank M. Wanderer: The Revolution of Consciousness: Deconditioning the Programmed Mind

About the author

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


We are all on a spiritual journey. This journey starts with birth
and ends with death. Our life is a link between our date of birth and date of death.
A link that contains all the secrets, dramas, tragedies and comedies of our lives, and we are so deeply involved in this performance that we tend to forget who we really are:
the shining Consciousness.

Based on the book
The Awakening of Consciousness
by Frank M. Wanderer

The revolution of the Consciousness is therefore taking place Now, in the present moment.

There are no strategies, no great leaders in this revolution, only heroes who understand the evolutionary progress of the Consciousness and are open to allow the processes to take place in themselves.


I. The Revolution of Consciousness

II. The Biggest Illusion of the World

III. In the Web of the Spider

IV. The Secret of the Inner Voice

V. The Obstacle to Enlightenment

VI. The Power of the Conditioned Mind

VII. 6 Steps and 3 Awakenings on the Spiritual Path

VIII. How the Higher Levels of Consciousness may Appear in our Life?

IX. The Currents of Love

X. The Secret of the Constructive Energy

XI. An Effective Remedy for the Overburdened Mind

XII. Experience the Deeper Dimensions of Mindfulness

XIII. The Secret of Silence

XIV. There is Nobody out there but You

XV. The Secret of Enlightenment: Be Yourself!

XVI. Learn How to Live in the Flow of Life

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.

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Evolution of Consciousness

Nowadays, humanity arrived in a very important stage in the evolutionary progress of Consciousness.
It’s a turning point in every person’s life: the Consciousness awakes in us from its sleep and admires the beauty of Its creation.

Watch this video to see the apects of this awakening!

“Make no mistake about it – enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretense. It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.” –Adyashanti

The first thing to remember, here at the outset, is that enlightenment is not a destination but a direction. It is not a truth but a process. It is both imaginary and real. It is not an either-or, but a both-and. It is only achievable when it is understood that it is an unachievable thing. Once we can let go of the need to achieve it, then we free ourselves to allow the process to unfold, and we become the achieving. It is the constantly expanding horizon of human flourishing. But it can hurt like hell.

Indeed, enlightenment is no walk in the park. The first teacher met on the path toward enlightenment tends to be Pain itself. Enlightenment is both a reckoning and a wrecking, both an expansion and an annihilation. The following four steps are just the tip of a much deeper iceberg of trials and tribulations, fraught with menacing thresholds and sinister Rubicons. Thin-skinned, faint-of-heart, status-quo-junkies addicted to comfort, need not apply. And if you decide to apply, leave your invulnerability behind. It’s an illusion anyway. Here then are four of the scariest, but secretly wonderful, steps one can take on the path toward enlightenment.

1.) Vulnerability and Self-Honesty

“There’s a whole category of people who miss out by not allowing themselves to be weird enough.” –Alain de Botton

Vulnerability is downright scary. But in order to gain the ability to learn from our mistakes, to have fun with our inherent hypocrisy, and to have a good sense of humor in regards to our fallibility as an imperfect species, we must first have the capacity to be vulnerable, which requires brutal self-honesty and ruthless self-interrogation.

Brutal self-honesty and ruthless self-interrogation forces us to face our own demons. It pushes us to confront our most personal foibles, fallibilities, and unhealthy propensities and to question all authorities, especially our own. It forces our head over the abyss of the human condition, searing our soul with the unavoidable blazing flame of truth: impermanence. It slaps us across the face with its absolute mockery of our happiness ever being a thing that can be permanent. It insouciantly rattles off the almighty cosmic joke, making damn certain we realize we’re the butt-end of that joke.

Which is why a particularly effective strategy at achieving a state of vulnerability and self-honesty is to use our sense of humor. When we laugh at ourselves we loosen ourselves up. The screws of our seriousness get unscrewed by the genius of our humorous sincerity. We suddenly go from being the butt-end of the joke, to laughing at the joke, thus turning the tables on the jokes power over us, and thus on power itself. When we can laugh at ourselves we are allowing ourselves to be “weird,” to tackle the dilemma of the self from another angle, to impose a state of existential vulnerability that transforms the soul into a prism where the light of truth can shine through and take the form of the rainbow of self-honesty.

And Pain is the terribly-beautiful, shiny-red, thorny and jagged little pill that we learn to swallow, again and again, with a devil-may-care, spiritually masochistic smile on our all-too-human faces. Bottoms up!
2.) Swallowing the Jagged Red Pill of Truth

“The less people know, the more stubbornly they know it.” –Osho

Without the painful red pill of truth, we’re stuck with the all-too-comfortable blue pill of deception. The blue pill gets stuck in our throat, causing no end of blockages, suppressions, oppressions, and depressions. The blue pill is a beacon of deception, lodged in our throat chakra, jamming all frequencies and preventing us from speaking our truth and from being impeccable with our word. The blue pill is a magnet for lies. And lies are sexy, scandalous scoundrels. They float around in a foggy smoke, seducing us with false kindness, kissing us just the right way, and lulling us into brain-washable complacency and a heightened state of malleability. Under the blue pill’s seduction, we are pawns wallowing in self-incurred immaturity. Taking the red pill dislodges the blue pill, thus clearing the passage and opening all frequencies to the truth.

“Enlightenment is man’s emergence from self-incurred immaturity. Immaturity is the inability to use one’s own understanding without the guidance of another.” –Immanuel Kant

But seeker of enlightenment beware, the teacher who longs to jam even the red pill down your throat. The choice must be yours, and yours alone. A good teacher will guide you to the red pill, but he/she should never force it down your throat. Like Adyashanti said, “My speaking is meant to shake you awake, not to tell you how to dream better.” You have to want to dream better first.

“The function of the imagination is not to make strange things settled, so much as to make settled things strange.” –G. K. Chesterton

Swallowing the red pill is a frightening prospect. It shatters worldviews and dissolves certainty. It replaces answers with questions. It upends all apple carts: psychological, physical, and spiritual. It reconditions preconditioning. It cleanses the doors of perception. It shatters the glassy essence of cognitive dissonance; the shards of which splinter off and sting like mad in the fleshy heart of truth. It leaves your soul naked, vulnerable, and blank-slated in the angry eye of an apocalyptic existential-hurricane of uncertainty. It reveals that you were always God in hiding. And the heavy burden of that prospect alone can be a soul-crushing responsibility. But like Seneca said, “A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.”

3.) Ego Annihilation

“There are plenty of difficult obstacles in your path. Don’t allow yourself to become one of them.” -Ralph Marsten

This one is arguably the most painful. The death of the ego is no walk in the park. It is more like a walk through a dark night of the soul surrounded by an angry abyss that’s really just the small-minded version of you not wanting to lose what it feels is the essence of you: your ego. But the ego is not the essence of you, and it never was. The real you is an interdependent cosmic force, an interconnected frequency, a unified cosmic agent going through the motions of being a mind-body-soul.

“But the worst enemy you can meet will always be yourself; you lie in wait for yourself in caverns and forests. Lonely one, you are going the way to yourself! And your way goes past yourself, and past your seven devils! You will be a heretic to yourself and witch and soothsayer and fool and doubter and unholy one and villain. You must be ready to burn yourself in your own flame: how could you become new, if you had not first become ashes?” –Friedrich Nietzsche

Ego annihilation leads to the ashes from which the phoenix of the soul rises. But first there must be descent. There must be a tearing part, a burning down, a sacred disintegration. But the task of severance is a repentance. It speaks the language of vicissitude. It howls inside you like old night. It moves through you like fresh smoke. It is the blood of a full moon’s howl. It is a cruel wheel spinning its cycle of animal angst, of species-crimson. It is in this moment. Here, at the crux of the cross, at the knot on the wood, where the crooked trees mock your martyrdom and all your ancestors can smell the scent of your heart’s full blossom, blinking in and out of the ether, screaming at you, “It is time! There may not be another life to love.”

And so you descend. And so you cross the Rubicon of the self, bridging the gap between Man and Overman above the Existential Black Hole. And so you lose yourself in the blue smoke, in the loose shadows. You scream out like Yin. Your fists clinch like Yang. The fish feed on their tails. The snakes do the same. It’s like heaven and hell in your body. People can smell the animal in you, the wild-self coming to life. Death hums a eulogy in the trees, and you die a small death: the exulting death of your ego. And then you’re quiet as a doll, vulnerable, astonished, and cataleptic from the fall. But now you’re a force of nature first, a person second. And the Earth has finally discovered its salvation: the awakened human soul.

4.) Fearless Forgiveness

“In conclusion, there is no conclusion. Things will go on as they always have, getting weirder all the time.” –Robert Anton Wilson

Fearless forgiveness is scary because it is uncomfortable on an ontological level. It’s both a tearing down of the walls that protect us from the world and an unlocking of the prison door of our expectations. When we tear down the walls, fear is paramount and must be faced, and that can be dreadfully uncomfortable. But like Farrah Gray said, “Comfort is the enemy of achievement.” So it behooves us to get uncomfortable. Like Neo waking up from the Matrix for the first time. When we unlock the door to our prison, the way the world truly is despite us, and in spite of our expectations and worldview, becomes the harsh Desert of the Real, which only we can face and resolve for ourselves. But at least now we have the double-edged sword of fearless forgiveness to cut through all the red tape.

Forgiveness hurts because it is the ultimate letting go. It’s a deep, visceral acceptance of the way things are, regardless of our need for things to be a certain way. It’s a decisive shedding of the burden of what we cannot control. Tantamount to Buddhist non-attachment, fearless forgiveness is a reckoning of existential proportions that turns the tables on the concept of control itself. It gives us permission to authentically and sincerely go with the flow. With fearless forgiveness it suddenly becomes okay that the game of life is “rigged,” because our fearlessness is a willingness to transform whatever negative, counterproductive, unhealthy shit gets thrown at us into something positive, progressive, and healthy. And our forgiveness is a giant sigh saying, “It’s okay.” It gives us the insurmountable courage to transform demons into diamonds, fear into courage, anger into strength, and disdain into compassion.

Fearless forgiveness is allowing ourselves to be intimate with the cosmos as it truly exists. Like Dōgen said, “Enlightenment is intimacy with all things.” And intimacy with all things is just as likely to hurt as it is to feel good. But that is perfectly okay. It gives us permission to take the good with the bad, the unhealthy with the healthy, and the immoral with the moral. And then it gives us the courage to transform it all into our own amazing thing: art, adventure, love.

In the end, enlightenment is scary and painful, but it is so amazingly rewarding that it doesn’t even matter. As Camus said, “Life should be lived to the point of tears.” We must ride the fine-line between ecstasy and misery in order to enjoy the great mystery. Question thyself, overcome thyself, forgive thyself, then rebirth thyself, ad infinitum, and the path toward enlightenment shall not elude you.

About the Author
Gary ‘Z’ McGee, a former Navy Intelligence Specialist turned philosopher, is the author of Birthday Suit of God and The Looking Glass Man. His works are inspired by the great philosophers of the ages and his wide awake view of the modern world.



Awaken to Your Inner World, Where Real Happiness Awaits

Discover the path of self-understanding, growth, and healing. Fulfill your divine potential. Empower yourself to live with authenticity and compassion. Your Essential Self is a comprehensive guide to personal and spiritual unfolding. Join psychotherapist and spiritual teacher Richard Harvey for a hands-on exploration of the three stages of human awakening—the process of self discovery, the transformation into authenticity, and the source of consciousness—to reconnect with who you really are.

Creating permanent positive change and living happily in the present moment are attainable goals. Your inner wisdom can be awakened, but only a unique inner journey will lead you to it. With stories from Harvey’s personal experience, case studies, questionnaires, and exercises designed to guide you toward self-realization, this book provides an integrated, practical method for attaining liberation and realizing your divine nature.

Richard Harvey (Granada, Spain) is a psychotherapist, author, and spiritual teacher with thirty-five years of experience. He is the founder-director of Therapy and Spirituality, a personal and spiritual growth center in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Spain. He has helped thousands of people find greater peace and fulfillment in their lives through workshops, courses, training, and private therapy practice.

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Richard Harvey – Essential Self

Published on Jan 20, 2014

Jesse interviews Richard Harvey — Richard is a psychotherapist, author and spiritual teacher. He is the founder-director of Therapy and Spirituality, a personal and spiritual growth center situated in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Spain.

His background is in Humanistic and Transpersonal psychologies, Taoism and Zen. He is trained in western psychology and eastern meditative methods, psycho-spiritual psychotherapy and bodywork. He is the author of “The Flight of Consciousness” as well as several other books and articles focused on realizing our true selves, his innovative approach to human development, The Three Stages of Awakening is discussed in his latest book “Your Essential Self” which will be published by Llewellyn Worldwide in July 2013.

We will be looking at his work of blending therapy and spirituality to help people release restrictive emotional-behavior patterns, and embrace positive opportunities for growth and change. Learn more about Richard at



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