What’s the Biggest Problem in the Spiritual Community? : Igor Kufayev

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Eckhart tolle – Becoming free of complusive thinking

Tolle has said that he was depressed for much of his life until he underwent, at age 29, an “inner transformation”. He then spent several years wandering and unemployed “in a state of deep bliss” before becoming a spiritual teacher. Later, he moved to North America where he began writing his first book, The Power of Now, which was published in 1997[5] and reached the New York Times Best Seller lists in 2000. The Power of Now and A New Earth sold an estimated three million and five million copies respectively in North America by 2009.

In 2008, approximately 35 million people participated in a series of 10 live webinars with Tolle and television talk show host Oprah Winfrey. Tolle is not identified with any particular religion, but he has been influenced by a wide range of spiritual works.[8] He has lived in Vancouver, Canada since 1995.

The REASON why you are unhappy! Eckhart Tolle

What’s the real cause of your unhappiness, tells Eckhart Tolle in this video! Eckhart Tolle is a spiritual teacher. He is a German-born resident of Canada best known as the author of The Power of Now and A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose.

Stop Obsessing over things, Nothing really matters – Eckhart Tolle

Dena Merriam – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

My Journey Through Time: A SPIRITUAL MEMOIR OF LIFE, DEATH, AND REBIRTH by Dena Merriam

My Journey Through Time is a spiritual memoir that sheds light on the workings of karma— the law of cause and effect that creates one’s present circumstances and relationships—as we see it unfold through Dena’s vivid memories of her previous births. We travel back in time as Dena learns of a life in early 20th century Russia, ranging from the overthrow of the Czar through Nazi Germany; then it’s back further to a life in early 19th century America in the Deep South, and before that to a time in Africa in the early 18th century. Her lives in the East—in Persia, Japan, and India—go back to the 15th-17th centuries. Wth each past life, we can see the way in which it has impacted her present life, how it has stemmed from the end of the previous birth, and how it will influence her next life.

Dena Merriam is the founder of an interfaith organization, the Global Peace Initiative of Women. A long-time disciplined meditator, Dena’s access to her past lives brings a clearer awareness and purpose to her present life, and also overcomes any fear of death. The memories are triggered when Dena meets a new person or visits a new place in her current life. The memories bring remembrances of past suffering, but also recollections of spiritual teachers and wise guidance. She has not used and does not advocate past-life regressions or hypnosis as a way to prompt memories to return. Dena has decided to share her story, despite being a very private person, in hopes that it can provide comfort and awaken the inner knowing of your own ongoing journey through time.


DENA MERRIAM is the founder of a women-led interfaith organization, the Global Peace Initiative of Women (GPIW). In 2000, Dena Co-Chaired the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders, held at the United Nations General Assembly in New York for more than 1500 of the world’s religious leaders. Two issues emerged from that Summit: the lack of women’s voices and the lack of voices from the Dharma or Eastern traditions.

So in 2002 Dena convened a second summit, called the Global Peace Initiative of Women Religious and Spiritual Leaders, at the Palais des Nation, the U.N. in Geneva, Switzerland. That summit gave birth to the Global Peace Initiative of Women (GPIW). She is still the Convener of its programs. In its early years GPIW organized peace dialogues: in Israel, Palestine, and Jordan; during the Iraq war with Iraqis in collaboration with the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Institute of Peace; during the crisis in Darfur with Sudanese from all parts of the country; with Afghans, bringing a delegation to Dharamsala, India, to meet with Tibetan leadership, including His Holiness the Karmapa, to learn non-violent practices; and between spiritual leaders in Pakistan and India and with various sectors of civil society in Kashmir, India. Delving more deeply into the suppression of women, Dena organized a 2008 conference in India on the theme of the Divine Feminine. GPIW also began work on climate issues and ecological destruction. Dena has led delegations of spiritual leaders to the U.N. Climate Summits.

A GPIW program, the Contemplative Alliance, works in partnership with all those seeking to uplift, transform, and evolve the human community, while loving and caring for Earth’s vast intercommunity of life. Dena has a Master’s Degree in sacred literature from Columbia University, specializing in the Vedas and the Bhagavad Gita. She has served on the boards of the Interfaith Center of New York, AIM for Seva, Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association, and the Gross National Happiness Center in Bhutan. She is a former member of the board of Harvard University Center for the Study of World Religions and the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy. Dena was awarded the Niwano Peace Prize in 2014 for her global interfaith work.

Dena Merriam: “We Need an Evolution in Consciousness”

“A significant shift is needed,” says Dena Merriam, a founding member of the Contemplative Alliance, “and for that shift to take place we need a growth in consciousness.”

Merriam spoke with Lion’s Roar editor-in-chief Melvin McLeod about what contemplative practitioners can bring to political, social, and environmental discussions to transform their relationships with each other and the planet.

How to be Calm, Relaxed and Even-minded in all Situations of Life? (Stay Calm in Any Situation!)

How to remain calm, relaxed and even-minded all the time? Enlightened master Sri Paramahansa Yogananda’s most inspiring advice on developing even-minded calmness.

About Sri Paramahansa Yogananda:
Paramahansa Yogananda (1893–1952) is considered one of the pre-eminent spiritual figures of modern times. He was an Indian yogi and guru who introduced millions of westerners to the teachings of meditation and Kriya Yoga through his book, ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’.

Source credit:
‘God Talks with Arjuna’ by Paramahansa Yogananda
‘How to Have Courage, Calmness, and Confidence’ by Paramahansa Yogananda
‘Autobiography of a Yogi’ by Paramahansa Yogananda
(Lessons are randomly selected and arranged in a sequential order.)

Background Music:
‘A Soothing Caress’ by Christopher Lloyd Clarke

Looking Through the Eyes of Another – Transforming Separation Into Shared Consciousness – Tara Brach


I often talk about how suffering arises from the unseen, unfelt parts of ourselves. Only when we become aware of what is here and bring presence to what we have been running from can we discover wholeness and freedom.

The same is true when we explore our relationships to each other and the world. We cannot be free if we are pushing anyone out of our hearts. If we are discounting, rejecting, or turning away, we are not living from our wholeness. It creates suffering. When we live in resentment, we have separated ourselves and pulled away from our belonging.

Trance of the Unreal Other

All life forms are designed to perceive separation. It is part of our evolutionary story. And in moments that we find ourselves stuck in reactivity or in some conflict or division, we create what I call an unreal other. Rather than a living, feeling Being with wants, needs and fears, another person has become an idea in our mind and is not subjectively alive or real to us. They are two-dimensional and flat. The more stressed we get, the less real they become. We are the protagonist of our own story and the other is like a puppet or a pawn. We begin to see them as something that can help us, hurt us, or as simply irrelevant.

We create an unreal other any time we begin to sense aversion and distance with another. There is the anger, blaming, and resentment that we sometimes feel in our close-in relationships, but there is also a level of pushing people out of our hearts on a larger scale, where our perceptions of ourselves and others are being filtered through stereotypes. Too often, we are not even aware that this is happening. We may have labeled a group of people as differentinferiorbad, or maybe even dangerous. Whether it is with a partner or a child, a political candidate, or even more global, when we are caught in aversive reactivity, we have created an unreal other.

The Suffering of Stereotypes and Predispositions

When we are in the narrow identity of perceived separation, we don’t have access to the more recently evolved parts of our brain that can be mindful and compassionate. We all have strong filters that differentiate us from others by defining us in terms of politics, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender-identity, socio-economic status, and physical appearance and we have all been in situations where we have been subjected to these biases – when people viewed us through a filter that was not true. When we are not aware of how we are shaped by these predispositions, they create separation and that sense is amplified by our culture and the society we live in through its standards, attitudes, and stories. Like fish in water, we are unaware of how much it shapes our reality. We are so accustomed to the judgment, yet it creates tremendous suffering.

Building Bridges is a program that has brought teens from different backgrounds — in this case, Palestinian and Israeli — to live together for a week or two and get to know one another. It’s an incredible experience based in mindfulness and compassionate listening.

In one group, a Palestinian girl shared her story about the Israeli soldiers that barged into her family’s house and beat everyone up and, after realizing they were at the wrong place, they left without apology.

The group facilitator then asked an Israeli girl to repeat the story in first person, as though it had happened to her, including the feelings – the rage and terror – that she might have felt. After listening to the Israeli tell her story, the Palestinian began to weep. She said, “My enemy heard me.” [1]

Looking Through the Eyes of Another

Opening up into a larger sense of Being always starts with sensing how we have turned on ourselves. If we are not able to open to the places of shame, fear and hurt inside our own bodies and hearts, we cannot have the courage and presence to be with the suffering of another.

The next step is to begin to explore looking through the eyes of those we might be feeling some distance with in our immediate circle: our partner who keeps going back on their word, our child who is behaving in a disrespectful way. This is the domain of our practice where we can notice when we are in the trance of separation and have created an unreal other and begin to deepen our attention. How are you doing? What is this like for you?

In Buddhist compassion teachings, this full presence is the grounds of Taking and Sending — a compassion practice that guides us in taking in the experience of another person, and then sending them care. This practice awakens us from the sense of separateness, and we can begin to live from the reality of our shared belonging.

I love the words of Henry David Thoreau:

“Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?” [2]

You might take a moment to reflect: What would it be like, in this moment, to look through another’s eyes? To widen the circles of compassion and be part of the healing of our world?


Tara Brach: Evolving Beyond “Unreal Othering”

What motivates us – as individuals and a society – to build walls and knowingly hurt others? This talk explores the evolutionary roots of “unreal othering” and how when we are hijacked by fear, it can take over and disconnect us from the very real suffering of others. We then look at how meditative strategies awaken us from othering, and reveal our intrinsic belonging. Finally, we apply this to our own lives in a reflection that helps us respond to someone we have turned into “unreal other” with compassion and wisdom.

The Colorings Of Consciousness – Jack Kornfield

Consciousness is colored by the states that visit it.—Buddha

“Eh,” my teacher Ajahn Chah would peer at me when I was having a hard time, “caught in some state again?” In the forest monastery we were constantly being directed both to look at consciousness itself and to precisely name the states that rose to fill it throughout the day: frightened, bored, relaxed, confused, resentful, calm, frustrated, and so forth.

Ajahn Chah would sometimes ask us out loud about our states so that we could acknowledge them more clearly. To a recently divorced monk from Bangkok he chided, “Is there sadness? Anger? Self-pity? Hey, these are natural. Look at them all.” And to a confused English monk he laughed, “Can you see what is happening? There is distraction, confusion, being in a muddle. They’re only mind states, you know. Come on. Do you believe your mind states? Are you trapped by them? You’ll suffer for sure.”

Once we became more skilled at noticing, he would up the ante. He would deliberately make things difficult and watch what happened. In the hottest season, he would send us out barefoot to collect alms food on a ten-mile round trip, and smile at us when we came back to see if we were frustrated or discouraged. He’d have us sit up all night long for endless teachings, without any break, and check in on us cheerfully at four in the morning. When we got annoyed, he’d ask, “Are you angry? Whose fault is that?”

In popular Western culture we are taught that the way to achieve happiness is to change our external environment to fit our wishes. But this strategy doesn’t work. In every life, pleasure and pain, gain and loss, praise and blame keep showing up, no matter how hard we struggle to have only pleasure, gain, and praise. Buddhist psychology offers a different approach to happiness, teaching that states of consciousness are far more crucial than outer circumstances.

More than anything else, the way we experience life is created by the particular states of mind with which we meet it. If you are watching a high school soccer playoff and your daughter is the nervous goalie, your consciousness will be filled with worry, sympathy, and excitement at each turn of the game. If you are a hired driver waiting to pick up someone’s kid, you will see the same sights, the players and ball, in a bored, disinterested way. If you are the referee, you will perceive the sights and sounds in yet another mode. It is the same way with hearing Beethoven, pulling weeds, watching a movie, or visiting Mexico City. Our awareness becomes colored by our thoughts, emotions, and expectations.

“Just as when a lute is played upon,” the Buddha says, “the sound arises due to the qualities of the wooden instrument, the strings, and the exertions of the musician, in the same way do moments of experience and consciousness appear and, having come into existence, pass away.”

Our consciousness becomes colored or conditioned, taking on whatever qualities happen to arise with it. When we see this process clearly with loving awareness, then we don’t get caught in each changing state or mood. We can smile and say “Oh yes, here’s that one again.” With mindfulness we open to an inner ease and freedom of heart that serves us wherever we go.

Origins of Astrology – East West Views – Presentation from UAC Conference

Christopher “Hareesh” Wallis – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Christopher Wallis, also known as Hareesh, is a scholar-practitioner with thirty years of experience, having been initiated into the practice of yogic meditation at sixteen, and fifteen years of formal education. His degrees include a B.A. in Religion and Classics from the University of Rochester, an M.A. in Sanskrit from U.C. Berkeley, an M.Phil. in Classical Indian Religions from Oxford, and a Ph.D. in Sanskrit from U.C. Berkeley.

His doctoral dissertation focused on the role of spiritual experience in the tradition of Tantric Shaivism. Additionally, he received traditional education at yoga āshrams in upstate New York and India, training in meditation, mantra-science, kīrtan, karma-yoga, and pedagogy. He currently teaches meditation, yoga darśana (practical philosophy), Tantrik philosophy, Sanskrit, mantra-science, and offers spiritual counseling. Hareesh is the Founder and Head Faculty of Tantrik Yoga NOW. His teachers, mentors, and gurus, in chronological order, include: Gurumayī Chidvilāsānandā (dīkṣā-guru), Paul Muller-Ortega (Śaiva Tantra and Classical Yoga); Alexis Sanderson (Śaiva and Śākta Tantra and Sanskrit); Marshall Rosenberg (Nonviolent Communication); Somadeva Vasudeva (Śaiva Tantra), Kolbjorn Martens (Tantrik Yoga); and Adyashanti (Meditation). Hareesh is the author of Tantra Illuminated: The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition and The Recognition Sutras: Illuminating a 1,000-Year-Old Spiritual Masterpiece. Website: http://hareesh.org

How Does Karma Fit In With Your Teaching?

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

An Argument Against Materialism – Rupert Spira

In this conversation Rupert encourages using direct experience when evaluating the Consciousness-only model.

Even Depression Is Pervaded by the Light of Pure Knowing ~Rupert Spira


Published on Jul 6, 2018

A conversation about depression never obscuring the light of Awareness

The Royal Path…..Rupert Spira

Movement…..Rupert Spira

Chris Bache ‘Diamonds From Heaven’ Interview by Iain McNay

Published on 4 Jul 2018

Chris BacheDiamonds From Heaven’ Interview by Iain McNay
Chris is author of several books including ‘Lifecycles – a study of reincarnation in light of contemporary consciousness research’; ‘Dark Night, Early Dawn – a pioneering work in psychedelic philosophy and collective consciousness’; and ‘The Living Classroom,’ an exploration of teaching and collective fields of consciousness.’ He is currently completing his new book, ‘Diamonds from Heaven: A 20 Year Journey into the Mind of the Universe.’

This latest book is a detailed account of 20 years of discovery initiated by taking 73 high doses of LSD. This journey was inspired by Stan Grof’s book ‘In Realms of the Human Unconscious’ which convinced him that the entire intellectual tradition he had absorbed was based upon a superficial experience of the human psyche. He felt he couldn’t turn down the invitation of extending his experience of his mind to have first-hand knowledge of these domains.

In this interview Chris shares some of the boundaries crossed, lessons learned and the experiences he had during this 20 year psychedelic journey. Categories include: crossing the perinatal plain, the ocean of suffering, Deep Time and the soul, the Greater Real of archetypal reality, the birth of the Future Human, Diamond Luminosity, and integrating the Infinite. This really is a very unique interview.

Using Thought for creating desired external reality – Eckhart Tolle

Can We Trust Our Feelings and Intuition? ~ Eckhart Tolle

Published on Jul 2, 2018

The conditioned mind will often create feelings out of fear, and these should not be the guiding force in your life. Eckhart urges us instead to discover the deeper feelings that arise from Presence—the source of true intuition—and to let that guide your actions.

The Colorings Of Consciousness – Jack Kornfield

Consciousness is colored by the states that visit it.—Buddha

“Eh,” my teacher Ajahn Chah would peer at me when I was having a hard time, “caught in some state again?” In the forest monastery we were constantly being directed both to look at consciousness itself and to precisely name the states that rose to fill it throughout the day: frightened, bored, relaxed, confused, resentful, calm, frustrated, and so forth.

Ajahn Chah would sometimes ask us out loud about our states so that we could acknowledge them more clearly. To a recently divorced monk from Bangkok he chided, “Is there sadness? Anger? Self-pity? Hey, these are natural. Look at them all.” And to a confused English monk he laughed, “Can you see what is happening? There is distraction, confusion, being in a muddle. They’re only mind states, you know. Come on. Do you believe your mind states? Are you trapped by them? You’ll suffer for sure.”

Once we became more skilled at noticing, he would up the ante. He would deliberately make things difficult and watch what happened. In the hottest season, he would send us out barefoot to collect alms food on a ten-mile round trip, and smile at us when we came back to see if we were frustrated or discouraged. He’d have us sit up all night long for endless teachings, without any break, and check in on us cheerfully at four in the morning. When we got annoyed, he’d ask, “Are you angry? Whose fault is that?”

In popular Western culture we are taught that the way to achieve happiness is to change our external environment to fit our wishes. But this strategy doesn’t work. In every life, pleasure and pain, gain and loss, praise and blame keep showing up, no matter how hard we struggle to have only pleasure, gain, and praise. Buddhist psychology offers a different approach to happiness, teaching that states of consciousness are far more crucial than outer circumstances.

More than anything else, the way we experience life is created by the particular states of mind with which we meet it. If you are watching a high school soccer playoff and your daughter is the nervous goalie, your consciousness will be filled with worry, sympathy, and excitement at each turn of the game. If you are a hired driver waiting to pick up someone’s kid, you will see the same sights, the players and ball, in a bored, disinterested way. If you are the referee, you will perceive the sights and sounds in yet another mode. It is the same way with hearing Beethoven, pulling weeds, watching a movie, or visiting Mexico City. Our awareness becomes colored by our thoughts, emotions, and expectations.

“Just as when a lute is played upon,” the Buddha says, “the sound arises due to the qualities of the wooden instrument, the strings, and the exertions of the musician, in the same way do moments of experience and consciousness appear and, having come into existence, pass away.”

Our consciousness becomes colored or conditioned, taking on whatever qualities happen to arise with it. When we see this process clearly with loving awareness, then we don’t get caught in each changing state or mood. We can smile and say “Oh yes, here’s that one again.” With mindfulness we open to an inner ease and freedom of heart that serves us wherever we go.

Source: Jack Kornfield

James O’Dea – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on Jul 1, 2018
James O’Dea is the award winning author of The Conscious Activist, Cultivating Peace, Soul Awakening Practice and other works.

James is a former President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Washington office director of Amnesty International, and CEO of the Seva Foundation.

He has taught peacebuilding to over a thousand students in 30 countries. He has also conducted frontline social healing dialogues around the world.

He is a founding member of The Evolutionary Leaders group and on the Advisory Board of The Peace Alliance, Kosmos Journal and the Laszlo New Paradigm Institute.

Is There a Shortcut to Enlightenment?

In this introduction Igor Kufayev speaks of the necessity of energetic transformation irrespective of the chosen path to self-realisation.

All You Need Is Love: Peter Russell

Published on 28 Jun 2018
https://www.scienceandnonduality.com

Peter Russell reflects on fifty years of increasingly global exploration of consciousness since the Summer of Love. He charts the phases of this awakening, beginning with the focus on a change of consciousness, and deepening into the understanding that we don’t need to go anywhere to find inner peace and joy

. He points to our interpretation of the Sanskrit word anand, usually translated as bliss, but literally the much more accessible “great contentment.”

Adyashanti – What Is Truth?

Published on 29 Jun 2018
What is truth? It’s not just mere opinion. It’s not the next conditioned thought that runs through your mind.

Adyashanti reveals how telling the truth is an essential part of embodying your deepest experience of being. He points to truth as a unifier and how your allowance to hear the truth is just as important as your dedication to speaking the truth.

The Separate Self Is the Veiling of Love

Published on Jun 29, 2018

Rupert discusses the relationship between the feeling of being unlovable and the feeling of separation.

Remaining Conscious in an Unconscious World – Leonard Jacobson

As you awaken, you will have to assume responsibility for your life within the world of time.

You have to work or do whatever is necessary to earn money and provide for your needs.

How do you accomplish this without becoming lost in the mind? How do you remain present in a world where almost everyone is focused in the past and future? How do you live in a world of fear and desire when you are no longer ruled by fear and desire, and when you are no longer seduced by the promise of future fulfillment?

As long as you are not driven by ego desires or fears, the quality of Presence will not be lost.

Do not compare yourself with others. Surrender patterns of judgment, control and manipulation. Do not follow the urges, cravings and habits of your ego. It may take a little time to overcome habitual patterns but, if your commitment is sincere, it is not difficult.

Choose to be in the present moment as much as possible. Only enter into thought with conscious intention.

Surrender the will of your ego to a higher dimension of your Being and honor the present moment as the truth of life.

Be present. Be responsive. Be authentic. Feel your feelings. Know what you want, moment to moment. It will deliver you through life, constantly renewing you from one moment to the next.

Do not be afraid to live at a more superficial level of Presence in order to function in the world of time. That which is real cannot be lost.

It is all a question of balance. As long as the awakened state of Presence is the foundation of your life, you will not go astray.

Excerpt from “Journey Into Now – Clear Guidance on the Path of Spiritual Awakening” by Leonard Jacobson. pp.210-211

Leonard Jacobson is an author, teacher and mystic, who is deeply committed to helping others break through to the joyous experience of living in the NOW. For more than 35 years, Leonard has been teaching people how to become fundamentally present and arise in mastery of the mind and ego. Find more of Leonard’s work at Leonard Jacobson.com.

Source: AWAKEN

Effortless abiding….Rupert Spira

Pamela Eakins – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Dr. Pamela Eakins is a Sociologist and Visionary Cosmologist. She has taught at Stanford University, the University of Colorado and the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is the founder and director of Pacific Center. Her books include:

Tarot of the Spirit
Kabbalah and Tarot of the Spirit: Black and White Edition with Personal Stories and Readings
The Lightning Papers: 10 Powers of Evolution by Pamela Eakins (2012-05-14)
Visionary Cosmology: The New Paradigm
Mothers in Transition, A Study of the Changing Life Course
The American Way of Birth (Plume)
PASSAGES for a Spiritual Birth
Priestess: Woman As Sacred Celebrant
(and several others)

Don’t let life-situation overpower you! Eckhart Tolle


In this video, Eckhart Tolle tells how we can remain untouched by what the life throws at us!

Eckhart is a spiritual teacher and author who was born in Germany and educated at the Universities of London and Cambridge. At the age of 29, a profound inner transformation radically changed the course of his life. The next few years were devoted to understanding, integrating and deepening that transformation, which marked the beginning of an intense inward journey. Later, he began to work in London with individuals and small groups as a counselor and spiritual teacher. Eckhart shares his time between British Columbia, Canada and California. Eckhart Tolle is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Power of Now (translated into 33 languages) and the highly acclaimed follow-up A New Earth, which are widely regarded as two of the most influential spiritual books of our time.

Eckhart’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.

Exploring Reality with Swami Sarvapriyananda

A magical lie ~ Deepak Chopra

Published on Jun 24, 2018

Deepak explains that experience seems to take place in time and space. In actuality they are fluctuations or on-ing and off-ing of consciousness in a timeless and spaceless eternal now.

OM C. Parkin & Igor Kufayev – “Personal Effort vs Divine Mercy?”

Responses to the question on the place of personal effort in its relation to the act of grace , an excerpt from the darshan with OM C. Parkin and Igor Kufayev

The Path of the Divine Feminine – Igor Kufayev

Published on 23 Jun 2018

In this discourse, spiritual teacher, Igor Kufayev sheds light on the theme of the Divine Feminine, the path of energetic transformation of Consciousness.

If You Master This One Thing, You Can Achieve Success in Anything! (Most Powerful Advice)

The most simple, powerful and underestimated success secret is our ability to concentrate. If you master your power of concentration, you can achieve success in almost anything you want!

Great yogi Swami Vivekananda sharing his wisdom on the secret of success.

I’m Bored And I’d Like To Change Jobs. How Can I find Out What Will Give Me Joy And A Feeling Of Meaningfulness?

by Eckhart Tolle: You always start with the present moment. You start with where you are rather than trying to get away from where you are…

I suggest, when you travel to work every morning, that you enter the state of presence rather than drifting off into thinking. Be there every moment, whether you’re driving or taking public transportation or walking to work. Absolute presence.

And when you’re at work, do one thing at a time and bring in spacious moments as much as possible. It could only be a few seconds. One spacious breath after you’ve made a phone call. And then when you go to lunch—again, present with every movement.

So you use what otherwise would be a “boring situation” as the background for presence. Ultimately, you’re not looking for some satisfaction in the work but you bring a different state of consciousness to it. In a way, your work situation becomes like an excuse for practicing presence. And you’re lucky if you have a relatively boring job. It gives you a great opportunity for practicing. If you had a very stressful job that kept you in a state of excitement all day long, it would be more difficult. So be thankful if life has given you something relatively boring.

Now as you learn how to use the situation as the background for presence, often the discontent disappears—and that is the mark of true surrender. If there’s discontent, of course, there’s still not complete surrender. For example, you’re still thinking, “I’d rather be somewhere else,” or, “How many more years till retirement?” You’re losing yourself in past and future and you’re carrying the burden in your mind of past and future, missing the opportunity of the present moment because “it’s not interesting enough!”

Practice and you may find that if you come into alignment with the present moment, you feel more alive. Even within routine activities, there is then an added dimension of aliveness that comes in and you perform the activities with a greater sense of aliveness. It is often then that change comes into your life.

When you align internally with the present moment instead of trying to get away from it, power begins to flow through. That’s why I call it The Power of Now. It’s the power of life itself. It begins to flow through you.

At first it flows into your routine activities, and the way in which you relate to your colleagues becomes more present or somewhat different. Some people may notice it. Others may not. And so, gradually the universe or life notices that you are in a different state of consciousness and often it is then that change comes into your life—either through a chance event or a chance encounter or a sudden idea or realization that comes into your head one morning.

Now in what way change comes into your life, we don’t know. It is much more likely to come in, but you no longer depend on external change for your inner state. That’s the main thing. Even if nothing else came into your life, you would continue practice until your last breath and your last breath would be a conscious breath and you would have fulfilled your purpose on this planet in this form, which is to be the vehicle for consciousness to come into this world.

So, you don’t depend on anything. Change is more likely to come, yes, but the presence practice is not a means to an end. You’re not practicing to say, “Okay, I’ll practice but if nothing happens within six weeks, I’ll stop practicing.”

To all of you who are bored at work: Make it into a spiritual practice, a consciousness practice. “Bored at work” also means you’re not particularly challenged at work. In the absence of life challenges, there’s always the danger that you will fall below thought and you might find yourself in a routine that you think is acceptance but you’re really falling below thought. Then you go to work and there’s a decrease in your sense of alertness and aliveness. That’s not surrender or presence.

Source: Eckhart Tolle

 

A Spiritual Mystery: Does God Listen to Prayers? By Deepak Chopra, M.D.

Without taking a poll, it’s safe to say that people who believe in God also believe that he answers prayers. If he didn’t, one would be left with an indifferent, distant deity who pays no attention to human affairs. This alternative is hard to reconcile with faith, and so believers are left with a God who seems to answer prayers selectively. It’s as if there’s an invisible telephone line to Heaven, and when you call, sometimes God picks up and sometimes he doesn’t.

I’ve simplified the scheme—the theology of prayer gets very complicated—because for most believers, praying is simple. You entreat God to do something special for you, and you take your chances. For every answered prayer, millions go unanswered. God must be a selective listener, or else there’s something wrong with the person who is praying.

Despite this frustrating and irrational setup, who hasn’t turned to prayer in times of greatest need?

To get to the heart of this question, we should start with a blank slate. Set aside your image of God as a father sitting on his throne somewhere above the clouds. Such images differ from one religion to the next and are clearly projections of the human mind validated only by cultural myths and traditions. Second, lose the notion of the invisible telephone line. If God is omnipresent, there is no distance between you and the one you pray to. Finally, strip God of all human attributes, including gender. Whatever God is, the reality must be superhuman, however you define the term.

Mundane Intentions Versus Deep Desires

In the Indian spiritual tradition, these first steps were taken thousands of years go. The slate was completely clean, and therefore one could ask the most basic question: Why does any desire come true? For a prayer is essentially a desire or intention. It differs from mundane intentions like wanting a candy bar or intending to do a good job in one thing only: the desired object seems out of reach. We invoke a superhuman power when human powers fail.

This is where the Indian sages had a brilliant thought. What if mundane intentions are not different from prayers? This possibility defies the logic of prayers if you think you are telephoning God. What links all intentions, no matter how extraordinary, is that they happen in consciousness. So the mystery of prayer turns into a more fundamental investigation into how consciousness actually works. Clearly the intention to eat a candy bar or to do a good job at work brings the mind into contact with reality in such a way that intention is connected to outcome. So why isn’t this true when you pray for a friend to recover from cancer or for peace in the Middle East?

Samyama

The answer, according to the Vedic rishis, who explored consciousness more deeply than anyone else, comes down to three aspects that enter into any intention, indeed into any thought.

1.How deep into the mind is the intention coming from?
2.How steady is your focus?
3.How fluid is your intention?

In Sanskrit these three elements are known as Samadhi, Dharana, and Dhyana, and when all three are fused, the entire mechanism is called Samyama. There’s no need to dwell on these terms, only to point out that the success or failure of an intention depends on the effective use of one’s awareness, not on a request to a deity who may or may not be listening. Samyama basically means to bind or hold together, and when all three of these components are unified, that’s what makes for the strongest intentions. You have gone deep enough into your own self-awareness that you can affect what happens in the outer world; your intention is one-pointed rather than scattered; and your mind is steady while remaining fluid and flexible.

The Obstacles in Prayer

If this explanation is correct, it describes unanswered prayers as the product of a mind that is restless, shallow, conflicted, or unable to focus. All of us suffer from these obstacles.

Answered prayers, on the other hand, represent a kind of total clarity that may come at any moment, like the sudden parting of the clouds, and at such a moment the mechanism that fulfills intentions works smoothly. Although Samyama is identified in the tradition of Yoga as a high attainment, it seems reasonable to say that the same mechanism exists in everyday consciousness. After all, to live is to carry out intentions.

Once you understand how the mechanism works, you have a choice. You can meditate or pursue other spiritual techniques that bring the three elements of intentionality together. The results will not be the same on every path. Some people will experience a prayer coming true, others will be able to live in the present moment, and others still may feel that they are connected to God.

As straightforward as this description of intentions is, it gives rise to its own questions, which we’ll explore in the next post. To be continued …

The Only Now There Is – Rupert Spira

Published on 22 Jun 2018

Examines beliefs around memory, time, space and perception.

Georgi Y Johnson ‘The Psychology of Awakening’ Interview by Renate McNay

Published on 21 Jun 2018

Georgi Y JohnsonThe Psychology of Awakening’ Interview by Renate McNay
Georgi is a spiritual teacher and with her partner Bart ten Berge runs an international teaching and healing practice in Nondual Therapy and Spiritual Psychology. She is the Author of “I AM HERE”, Opening the Widows of Life and Beauty, “Nondual Therapy” The Psychology of Awakening and “Stillness of the Wind” A Collection of Nondual Poetry.
In this interview Georgi talks about Nondual Therapy. She was involved with her team and students in a shared evolutionary project where they used themselves as guinea pigs to discover the immense healing power of Nondual Qualities of our True Nature. Nondual Therapy, which Georgi is pioneering around the World is a process which supports the release of energetic contractions in the Psyche which are frozen forms of those Nondual Qualities. She also talks about the purpose in our suffering, that it is NOT private and inseparable of the suffering of the whole. Every moment we live the Universe is experiencing itself and how to be free within an experience or feeling. The Art of living this Life and that Individuality is a precious manifestation of Source in motion.n ‘The Psychology of Awakening’ Interview by Renate McNay
Georgi is a spiritual teacher and with her partner Bart ten Berge runs an international teaching and healing practice in Nondual Therapy and Spiritual Psychology. She is the Author of “I AM HERE”, Opening the Widows of Life and Beauty, “Nondual Therapy” The Psychology of Awakening and “Stillness of the Wind” A Collection of Nondual Poetry.
In this interview Georgi talks about Nondual Therapy. She was involved with her team and students in a shared evolutionary project where they used themselves as guinea pigs to discover the immense healing power of Nondual Qualities of our True Nature. Nondual Therapy, which Georgi is pioneering around the World is a process which supports the release of energetic contractions in the Psyche which are frozen forms of those Nondual Qualities. She also talks about the purpose in our suffering, that it is NOT private and inseparable of the suffering of the whole. Every moment we live the Universe is experiencing itself and how to be free within an experience or feeling. The Art of living this Life and that Individuality is a precious manifestation of Source in motion.

Beyond the ‘witness’……..Rupert Spira

“Hologram….Rupert Spira”

How Can I Feel More Alive? – Igor Kufayev

Published on 17 Jun 2018
Igor Kufayev addresses what it means to step out of one’s self-imposed judgments and concepts, to connect with that vibrant inner field of awareness, and to experience the inexhaustible source of love within.

Universe helps you if you allow things as they are! ~ Eckhart Tolle

In this video, Eckhart Tolle tells that when we allow things to be, we receive help from the Universe.

Why Humanity Is On The Cusp Of An Evolutionary Leap


If you think enlightenment is all about losing touch with the world, think again! In this video, Steve Taylor – the author of The Leap – explodes the five biggest myths about spiritual awakening.

Eckhart Tolle Summaries The Journey From Sleep To Spiritual Awakening…

You are a human being. These two words not only describe who you are as a member of a particular species but, if examined more deeply, also point to the twofold nature of your identity. Human is who you are on the level of form; that is to say, your body and mind. Those two aspects of your form identity make up your conditioned self. That self is conditioned by genetics and the environment, as well as other factors as yet unknown to science.

Being, on the other hand, points to the essence of who you are as timeless, formless, and unconditioned consciousness. Human and being, form and essence, are ultimately not separate, in the same way that a wave or ripple on the surface of the ocean is not separate from the ocean or from any other wave or ripple, although it may appear to be so.

Being, or pure consciousness, emanates from the Universal Source of all life — God — as light emanates from the sun. Unlike the sun, however, the Source does not exist in space and time. It is unmanifested and therefore inconceivable, so there is nothing you can say about it. However, your consciousness emanates from the Source, so you can never be separate from it, just as a ray of sunlight cannot be separate from the sun but always remains connected with it.

The Source emanation pervades the entire cosmos — which is to say, our dimension of space and time — and it is the intelligence underlying and guiding the evolution of what we perceive as the physical universe. So the universe, including human beings, was not just created in the distant past but is still in the process of being created. It’s a work in progress, so to speak. You need to understand this basic premise to be able to appreciate and derive great benefit from reading this book. As Steve Taylor puts it, evolution is not just behind us, but in front of us as well.

Furthermore, and contrary to the creed of our mainstream culture, there is direction and purpose behind the evolutionary process, as he explains in his latest book, The Leap. Where it is going, however, is beyond all imagination. What we can say is that the evolutionary impulse behind the process is the growth of consciousness. The universe wants to become more conscious, and the main life purpose for all human beings is to come into alignment with that universal purpose. Seen from a higher perspective, of course, all that exists is already in alignment with it, even if it seems to be opposed to that purpose, but it is aligned only unconsciously. Entering into conscious alignment with universal purpose is an amazing evolutionary leap.

However, what does it really mean for human beings at their current evolutionary stage to “become more conscious” or to “awaken”? If I had to put it in a nutshell, I would define it as “disidentification from thinking.” When you realize that the voice in your head, your incessant compulsive thinking, is not who you are, then you have begun to awaken.

A new dimension of consciousness has arisen, which we could call awareness, presence, or wakefulness. You haven’t fallen below thought; you have risen above it. Now you can use thought instead of being used by it. Your sense of self shifts from identification with your mental positions and narratives to the alive presence within you, which is consciousness itself. You realize the being behind the human, so to speak. Something that transcends your conditioned personality begins to emerge. You realize your essential identity as unconditioned consciousness itself, and you can verify within yourself the truth of Jesus’s words: “You are the light of the world.”

Although The Leap provides plentiful conceptual clarification regarding wakefulness, as well as many highly interesting firsthand accounts by people who have experienced that shift in consciousness, you cannot truly understand the meaning of awakening except through awakening, which means going beyond discursive thinking and concepts. The concepts, however, can be helpful if used rightly, as pointers toward realization rather than as ultimate explanations or mental constructs that you need to believe in.

n any case, this book will be of real benefit to readers who are either already undergoing the awakening process or who have reached a point of readiness, perhaps as a result of experiencing a deep crisis, a loss, or some kind of psychological turmoil in their lives. This book can greatly assist those readers in understanding what is happening to them and coping with the confusion or disorientation that often accompanies the initial stages of that shift in consciousness. Others may discover that they have already had awakening experiences without realizing it or that they have been going through a gradual awakening for some time without recognizing it for what it is.

The fact that enormous collective challenges almost certainly lie ahead for humanity — most of them self-created by the unawakened, egoic state of consciousness that still has the majority of humans in its grip — should not be interpreted as an indication that a more widespread awakening is not going to occur. The opposite is probably the case: the crises we are experiencing, and the greater turmoil to come, may act as a catalyst for a collective shift in consciousness. As Steve Taylor puts it: “The evolutionary leap was already under way before these problems became so serious, but perhaps it has become — and is becoming — more powerful as a result of them.”

Challenges are the lifeblood of all evolution. Every life-form, from plants to animals to humans, evolves as a response to the challenges it encounters. Your comfort zone is not the most likely place where you are going to find spiritual awakening, although the ego may tell you otherwise. If you look to people, places, things, or circumstances for fulfillment or happiness, you will be disappointed again and again.

Don’t tell the world, “Make me happy!” You would be placing an impossible demand on it and condemning yourself to perpetual frustration. Instead, allow the world to make you conscious. You may find that every challenge, every obstacle that life seems to put in your path, is an opportunity for awakening, for becoming present, or for deepening the state of presence. Many challenges you encounter, whether of a personal or collective nature, will have been created by human unconsciousness, either your own or that of other people. Every seeming obstacle to your happiness or fulfillment is a potential portal into presence! Just modify your response to it and see what happens. Your life is not determined by what happens to you, but by how you respond to what happens. Most importantly, don’t add to the collective unconsciousness, which manifests particularly in the media and politics, through your reactivity. Bring the light of consciousness to every encounter, every problem, and every Facebook post!

Life always gives you what you need, and right now it has let you know about this book, which you can use as a guide or companion through challenging times. It contains a great deal of precious wisdom, expressed in the straightforward, clear, and down-to-earth language that Steve Taylor is so good at. I have a feeling that, by way of a miracle, it may even reach one or two people in the media and in politics!

Source: Heal Your Life

The “I” can’t be found as an object……Rupert Spira

Clear pointing to our transparent reality.

Hatred is love veiled………Rupert Spira

My all time favourite dialogue with Rupert. The questioner melts as the insights come…..deliciou

Our true nature is immediately available – Rupert Spira

Go directly to our true nature.

Liberating Jesus, DVD trailer

Leonard Jacobson’s provocative one man play, now available on DVD.
About The Movie

A revolutionary view of Jesus, one that reveals his true message.”
David Welch, producer of The Peaceful Warrior.

Liberating Jesus, the DVD is a film of the one man play, written and performed by Leonard Jacobson. Leonard plays the role of Jesus returned.

The time is now. Jesus has returned after a long and difficult journey since his death upon the cross. He has much to share with us about his life and death, and how his teaching has been misunderstood and misused.

In ACT 1, he speaks of his experience with John the Baptist, his opening into Oneness with God, his encounter with Satan, and his early experiences as a teacher of the Way. But then, the mood changes as he leads us through his experience of the crucifixion and shares with us what really happened to him on the cross. These revelations are both startling, and enlightening. He then reveals what has happened since his death upon the cross, and what he has had to endure to return to us.

In ACT 2, he reveals how his teachings have been misunderstood and misused, and he masterfully updates and clarifies his teaching. Sometimes forceful and direct, sometimes loving, and compassionate, Jesus is concerned about the current state of the world, and how the misuse of his teachings has contributed to human unconsciousness. He is insistent that Christians awaken to his true teaching, and that Jews fulfill their sacred covenant with God. What he shares offers guidance to Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and anyone else interested in true awakening. Even atheists and agnostics will find it meaningful.

During the last fifty years, many people from the West have turned to the East looking for answers. This movie masterfully brings East and West together, and it brings Christianity, Judaism and Islam into alignment. The returned Jesus shows us a way out of separation and conflict and reveals the Oneness at very heart of all paths and traditions.

Liberating Jesus! is not just a movie. It is an event in consciousness. It will either inspire and enlighten you, and delight you, or it will disturb you. It is very powerful. If you are a Christian who adheres rigidly to traditional beliefs, you probably should NOT view this movie.

http://www.liberatingjesusthemovie.com/liberatingjesusradio.html

The Power and Mystery of Kundalini

Published on Jun 15, 2018

https://www.scienceandnonduality.com

This panel discussion addresses the mystery and myriad expressions of kundalini energy. Kundalini is reframed as the energetic component of spiritual awakening, as a natural part of the human journey. Surprises and difficulties that may arise during the appearance of this energy are acknowledged, and resources listed for help in understanding and safely navigating its expression.

Why Does Consciousness Allow Violence Towards Children? ~ Rupert Spira

Published on Jun 15, 2018

A man asks why perfect consciousness allows violence toward children.

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