The Essential Nature of Ourself ~ Rupert Spira

Published on Sep 21, 2018

A woman asks Rupert why it makes a person so happy to recognise their true nature.

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SOUL RELATIONSHIPS – THE INTERWEAVING OF SOULS

The occurrence of soul relationships

is as natural as breathing


Julie of Light Omega

If we but knew the many souls who have come to the Earth in order to be with us in some way – some for a long time, some whose paths will cross ours only briefly – we would never feel alone in the physical or spiritual universe, for the connections of the heart and soul to these others would at all times convey to us that we are part of a group or family of souls. These are soul-friends who have incarnated with us and with whom we have often had many other-life experiences, both past and future.

Often, the world of physical reality compresses these relationships behind the closed doors of fleeting intuitive impressions, some of which peek out now and then and let us know that they are there, while some remain concealed for an entire lifetime behind degrees of difficulty we may be having with another, or behind time and circumstance that keep us apart from another when we would wish it otherwise.

Each soul incarnates with an understanding of the significant encounters it will have with those in its life with whom it will have the deepest experiences, and often it waits with a sense of longing and anticipation for this other or these others to arrive, sometimes living in a place of loneliness till then, with a wondering of where they are. Always, there is a reason for having to wait when this occurs, and always, the timing of significant soul-encounters happens when both souls have deemed a readiness to exist.

The willingness to open our eyes and the feelings of our heart in order to erase the restrictions we place on relationships by seeing others in terms of the roles they play, opens the doors to a deeper kind of understanding. With open eyes and an open heart, we are able to see past the outer reality to the inner, and in some cases to celebrate the brief but deeply heartfelt meeting we may have with a brother or sister soul. These are precious moments when they occur – moments of reunion that may then transform into the next moment of an unfoldment of what is possible – sometimes creating an ongoing reunion, sometimes, a parting of the ways.

When souls meet who have known each other before, there is an experience of ‘resonance’ that takes place that lets each know, if they are open to knowing, that something unusual is taking place on an energy level. A synergy occurs which is vibrational that lets the heart know that something powerful is going on. This kind of occurrence does not mean that we must respond in a particular way to it, for the destiny of each encounter and relationship has to be met on its own terms, and these include both the soul-level connection we may have with another, and also how the meeting fits into our present-day embodied life. Nevertheless, the awareness of having met another whom we recognize to come from the same ‘place’ as we have, is a deeply moving experience – one that many people have without knowing where the feeling comes from.

In many ways the occurrence of soul relationships is as natural as breathing. We are forever intertwined with the destinies of others, even if we remain physically alone and even if we feel painfully lonely. Nevertheless, we are united on an energy level with these others who may appear to us in dreams, or as someone whom we feel we know intimately, even though we have barely met them. This is a matter for celebration when it happens, for it is an illustration of the beauty and complexity of the spiritual universe which, with exquisite detail, interweaves the time and place of meeting of one soul with another, creating a perfection of encounter that serves the highest good of both souls, or in the case of groups of souls, the highest good of the group.

No matter where we find ourselves in life and no matter how different from our surroundings we feel we are, the souls we are meant to be with, at least for a time, are with us. Sometimes these souls serve as catalysts for a journey of self-discovery that will take us much further in a new direction than it would have if we had never encountered our surroundings, with all their perceived limitations and restrictions.

The future of soul relationships is one of greater awareness and greater choice in relation to how we are with others beyond the roles they present. Children, for example, may know themselves to have been other than the children of these particular parents in this particular lifetime; parents, similarly, may have an awareness of other relationships that have been played out with the one who is presently their child. Whereas before, such knowledge may have been baffling, we are, today, moving into a time when it will be enriching, for each will know the other as more than who they presently appear to be, and each will seek to serve the other in love and friendship, for there will no longer be anyone who is not perceived in this light.

Blessed is this time of awakening to the nature of the spiritual universe. May all beings come to recognize their oneness as souls and open to the great beauty and intimacy of a reality in which all are connected and no one is alone.

Everything is a vibration of Myself….Rupert Spira

Do You Really Want the End of Suffering? – Amoda Maa

Published on 18 Sep 2018
In this video – Amoda answers a question from the audience about the tight grip of righteousness when the identity of “victim” does not want to let go.

Spiritual Life: Miracles & Magic – Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Spiritual life opens our eyes to the miraculous, to the wonder and power of divine presence. We can also begin to access the magic of creation, life’s natural transformative power. In this talk, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee explores the difference between miracles and magic, and how to recognize their hidden qualities.

Adyashanti – The Nature of Experience

What quality underscores your whole experience of being? Adyashanti focuses on what always is. While experiences can be unfolding constantly, there is a quality that underscores all of experience, and it can be beneficial to focus on this. Adyashanti describes how through meditation, you can realize that experience happens with or without your consent, and an opportunity arises for you to become aware of that which is unchanging and ever-present.

Quotes from this Video:

“There’s always some experience unfolding all the time—sometimes pleasant, sometimes unpleasant, a lot of times somewhere in the middle.”

“There is always some kind of experience happening, and the nature of experience is that it’s either alluring and pulls you in, or repelling and makes you want to run away.”

“You can’t predict what experience you’re going to have one second from now. You never know. Experiences come to you without asking your permission and they depart without saying goodbye.”

“Experience is not what always is. It’s not what is always and already the case.”

“When you’re meditating, all the externals are taken away, and you are stuck with yourself.”

“When you first start doing meditation, it’s disquieting because you see that so much of what happens in human experience is not occurring with your permission—it just occurs.”

“This intuition starts to come to you: there seems to be something that sustains itself through all the changing of experience. There seems to be some quality of being that seems to always be.”

How to be Consciously Aware | Deepak Chopra


Author and physician Deepak Chopra delivers a powerful existential speech that will leave you amazed.

I Am…………Rupert Spira”

A ‘bare bones’, inspirational compilation from Rupert Spira

Accept and then see what happens! Eckhart Tolle

Published on Sep 17, 2018

In this video, Eckhart Tolle says that when we accept what happens unconditionally, we invite grace in our lives!

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. In 2008, a New York Times writer called Tolle “the most popular spiritual author in the United States”. In 2011, he was listed by Watkins Review as the most spiritually influential person in the world. Tolle is not identified with any particular religion, but he has been influenced by a wide range of spiritual works.

Tolle said he was depressed for much of his life until age 29, when he underwent an “inner transformation”. He then spent several years wandering “in a state of deep bliss” before becoming a spiritual teacher. He moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in 1995 and currently divides his time between Canada and California. He began writing his first book, The Power of Now, in 1997 and it reached The New York Times Best Seller list 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. In 2016, Tolle was named in Oprah’s SuperSoul 100 list of visionaries and influential leaders.

Awaken Interviews Guruprem Khalsa- Awakening Is The Recognition That My Existence Is A Miracle

Donna Quesada: Well, Guruprem…Welcome and thank you for joining us.

We are Awaken.com and I know that our listeners will just be thrilled to hear whatever wisdom you have to offer us today. So, I appreciate your time and I thank you for spending this hour with us.

Guruprem Khalsa: Thank you.

DONNA: For those of you who do not know, you are the author of Everyday Devotion, which I personally enjoyed and marked up terribly. But you also have other books out. The Heart Rulesand Divine Alignment.The first thing we like to start with is the topic of awakening because after all, this is Awaken.com, so we are very interested in exploring this notion of what it means to awaken. So, I would love it if you could share your thoughts on that. What is awakening?

GURUPREM: Awakening…well, it could be as simple as the voice that got you out of bed.

DONNA: I like that.

GURUPREM: Let me give you an example. This morning. There I was…it was four something in the morning. About 4:20, actually, and there was the call to get out of bed now…or, stay a bit longer. So, the awakening dialog was that the cold shower was calling me. Or, the cozy covers. How do I describe it? The cozy mistress of the covers versus the reality of the cold shower. Most mornings the cold shower wins. But there is always that bit of a duality between the sense of comfort and stepping into a greater reality. And so, the idea of the cold shower is what awakens me. Then the process of deeper awakening will evolve over the early hours, which includes some kind of meditation…some kind of devotional practice. And I’ve done this thousands of times over the last 42 years. You’d think that I’d want to coast and feel that I am awake enough, but it’s not true.

DONNA: Now, 4:20 in the morning is awfully early for most folks. Why 4:20 in the morning? Why do you do that?

GURUPREM: Okay…It’s not something that I would have ever guessed on my own. Interestingly enough, when I was in college and thought I was on my way to a successful career, at 21 years old, I wanted to be successful enough financially, so I could get up at the crack of noon. That was my aim in life. To be able to get up whenever I wanted…do what ever I wanted…be what ever I wanted. That was my aspiration. It didn’t go much beyond that. And all I needed was enough income to pay for that form of existence. So, it was following the path of comfort, as I understood it—which was essentially emotional comfort…physical comfort. That’s it. But, at the time, I was in a state that could literally be described as cold depression, even though I was athletic. But, I was on a path of, I would say, creative darkness…and required actually becoming dark enough that I could awaken to the flickering light of the soul. And thus began, what was the first awakening. And I’ll get back to where I am in just a second. But, that first awakening happened when I was 21.

DONNA: What prompted it?

GURUPREM: Well, I ended up by luck and by chance in a yoga class. Not by design. I just wanted to meet this girl.

DONNA: I think you describe that in your book! She was a vegetarian and you were four hours vegetarian when you met her…

GURUPREM: That’s correct. Well, I was not even that. I was pretending! Ha! But I got her attention and she invited me to her pantomime class. And the pantomime teacher used Kundalini Yoga as a device to bring us to an awakened awareness…so that our sensitivity and subtlety could be harnessed into not pretending there was a wall, but to actually see it. You could project a field of light that you would develop the subtlety and sensitivity enough to play with. And the other side of that…it looks like he’s on a wall, when in fact, it was as much a wall as the very sensitive nature…as you put your hands on a wall. And the very good mimes…their hands would actually turn pressure white, as if they were actually on a wall. Thus, the beginning was actually just following an attraction. Everyone’s beginning is different. Some beginnings start at a really hard bottom. They awaken, literally, on the streets, homeless…addicted to some substance. And some people awaken from a different darkness, chasing some young lady to a yoga class. I look at the bottom as sacred. And I would call that our base awakening.

DONNA: And we honor whatever that is.

GURUPREM: Absolutely!

DONNA: Now, when you use the word in this context, though…that awakening can come from all beginnings. Are you talking about that most basic beginning or a deeper awakening? I’d like to probe that a little further.

GURUPREM: There are layers in that. Your basic beginning is the most important. Because we are talking about the call of the soul, which comes in many styles and verses. It’s that first call. You know, people don’t even recognize it at the time, but that call is the first love. But, the awakening of the soul has a fist love, too. But, anyone who has been blessed to be in a long relationship—and I’ve been blessed to have a 30-year marriage—the relationship grows into subtlety, although that first call at the beginning is a very different kind of feeling and you honor that. It’s just like the first call of your spiritual soul. That call is not only something you must honor, but you’ve got to put roots into that.

So, fast forward. I’ve been through many transformative processes, tests and challenges. And I’ve had to go back to that fundamental part of me. What was that awakening? What was that recognition that my existence is a miracle? In fact, I consider my existence the greatest miracle of all time. And it’s taken me a number of years to awaken. Wow, not only was it the greatest miracle of all time…all the other miracles around me, whether it be science or spiritual…they are irrelevant, without my existence, to recognize it. But, I am continually awakening to the miracle that continues.

Getting back to 4:20 AM…The call of my soul is a bit stronger, now. And it demands my presence. When you are up at that hour, you are on the cusp between night and daylight. And just about every tradition honors what we call the “ambrosial hour.”It’s the most potent time, whether you are a Catholic monk…whether you are a Tibetan monk…whether you are a Sufi.

DONNA: And why is that? It’s not just that it is quiet and you are uninterrupted…Is there something magnetic or particularly sacred?

GURUPREM: Yeah. Well, let’s just call that a “life force.”It is particularly life force-rich. So, for those who wish to gather the nectar, it’s more abundant. For those that are trained in the sensitivity required…the receptivity required to appreciate it…I show up early because it’s how I get 24 hours of insurance coverage. One day! And I’ve got to go an renew my coverage for another day because I’m going to make mistakes. I’m going to miss things. Sometimes subtle…sometimes bigger…But I’m always amazed how I’m covered.

DONNA: That’s cute. I like that…Having that sacred time in the morning is a way to give you better assurance that your day will be balanced. I don’t mean to put words in your mouth.

GURUPREM: Yes, and the way it works is that I’m kept in what I call “deep listening mode.”There is a word for it. It’s both Sanskrit and Gurmukhi…and it’s called…well, there are a couple of ways to put it. Deep sunni-ai. Sunia is the word for deep listening. And so, in this state…you know the awakening continues…your sunni-ai goes deeper. And in this deep state…more and more is presented to you. This is by invitation. You can’t barge into a state of deep listening. What you can do is prepare yourself for the invitation. And if you are a good guest, then that invitation is extended and you can progressively go deeper and collect more gifts.

DONNA: You’ve referenced a few times, this notion of “getting subtle and sensitive.”Is this part of the early awakening process?

Guruprem: Yeah.

DONNA: Would you say that it develops in layers?

GURUPREM: Yeah and I can…I just substitute the word soulful for subtle. I could say the word soulful or subtle. To me, they mean the exact same thing. To be soulful is to be subtle. And the first thing I learned way back…and I’m still learning…the first step on the path of subtly is calm. And calm is not stillness. That’s something that is often misunderstood. We are not here to be still nor are we here to be perfect. We are here to be subtle. Perfect…I used to think I was to do things perfectly…just the littlest things….making a judgement and a condemnation at times.

DONNA: And everything has to be perfectly executed.

GURUPREM: Except you never can be perfect. Sometimes perfect really does you. And you don’t know how you did so well. It just happened. The most difficult thing is absolutely easy not because you did it…it’s because you didn’t do it. And if you try to do it again then you can’t do it because you can’t do it, it can do you. So, this is a good metaphor for life itself. The song writes itself. Routine does itself. The magic happens by itself. All you can do is be prepared for perfect to do you. Stillness can be achieved. You cannot achieve stillness. But you can do calmness and calmness is a condition of equalization. It begins by equalizing the speed of your inhale and exhale. This is relative calm. You are dancing around the two points between inhale and exhale. You can dance between the top of the inhale or the bottom. Your bottom of the exhale or the top.

DONNA: When you say we can’t be still, why is that? Just because of the nature of being human…that we are here to accomplish and do?

GURUPREM: Well, stillness implies perfection. What environment are you in that is actually still? Just point to me one thing. I want you to share with me because I have never found anything still.

DONNA: So, we are just going back to Buddha’s first teaching, everything is impermanent, including us. So, the trick is finding that calmness in the midst of the motion…

GURUPREM: Well, I like verifying things with physics, so again, what in your room is still? Well, you could say that couch behind you. Come back in 100,000 years and it is moving. You may not see it with your physical eyes but if you look with a microscope, deep enough…oh my god, there is movement. It is not still. Look at the deeper level. The quantum levels. It’s not still. They try to grab some empty space, only to find there was all kinds of stuff, behavior, dynamics happening.

DONNA: So, I kind want to nail this down further. We are talking about these levels of awakening…and it’s so intriguing because you’ve referenced this first point, where we hear the whisper…when we hear this call from wherever we are and then we come into this kind of calmness amidst the movement of life…

GURUPREM: You have to be trained. I mean, I can’t claim I didn’t have to show up and learn a few things. I was taught how to calm my breath. I had no breath awareness. Breathing? I guess I’m breathing. I didn’t even know I spoke on an exhale. I was college educated and I didn’t even know I spoke on an exhale until I was told. Oh, yeah, of course! Otherwise, words just came out of me. I can’t put them back in. We see that every day. Words come out of people without a thought. And then they go into deep apology. I didn’t know what I was saying! I guarantee you, a person that speaks unconsciously is very breath unaware.

DONNA: So where do we go next as we continue the awakening process? Is there no limit? And is this what we mean by enlightenment? Does such a thing exist?

GURUPREM: Well, no. No human can get that much, within the constrains of a maxed-out human body and mind.

DONNA: I love that straight forward answer, by the way. Because people have the misconception that enlightenment makes you a saint and that you reach this pinnacle where you are perfect. And it’s funny, we were talking about the impossibility of being perfect. So, you are saying, “cut that out! No, it doesn’t exist.”

GURUPREM: You, perfect as you…you can’t be perfect. Perfect does you. You can bow to it. The greatest saints always remind us they’re nothing. They will even say, “I’m the lowest of the low.”They will say, “okay, there are words that have come through me…make them your song, too.”And, they can deliver you, as well.

You know, when I was really little, my idea of death was that I would be stuck in a dark room with the clock ticking forever. That was like a torture. This endless claustrophobic ticking away and I couldn’t get out. And I’ve come to realize, through experience…well, wait a minute…it isn’t time based. The infinite is also formless. We are allowing formlessness to take form in us. And we are doing our best to listen and behave in a certain way, so we can get a little bit. And a little bit goes a long way. We are delivering you to a healthier, happier, whole-hearted, holy existence.

DONNA: So, this listening seems to be a big part of what you consider the awakening process and it’s the ability for us to get to…did you say shunya?

GURUPREM: No. Shunya means zero. It means, another place we can move toward. But, you can’t get that either…but, you can get close enough where you can realize…You are getting close enough to be a cleaner channel. Sunni-ai means deep listening and it’s not we’re listening. It’s when all of your senses have been disciplined into a oneness. It’s kind of primal. The bible said, “let there be light.”So, there is the vibration. Creating light.

DONNA: This is beautiful. I want to fine tune this a little bit. Sunni-ai…it’s not just listening well. It is that, but from what you are saying, it is so much more than that. It’s your soul listening. Would you say that it is developing that sense of intuitive awareness?

GURUPREM: Well, you will get the intuitive awareness. Your intuition is guiding you towards that. And before you are guided toward that…the gift of that journey is, you will have more of three basic intuitions. You’ll have your gut sense. And you will have a greater sense of what they call clairvoyant; you’ll just see things. See the divine. Nature, so much of what we call sacred geometry. You will see the divine print in a form. And in divine song. The voice, if you will. That quiet voice, that deep wisdom that comes from your personal guide. Your personal guide that sits on the altar of your true heart. Whatever you consider the ideal form of the formless, you can install it in the altar of your heart. And you can have that relationship.

DONNA: It seems like every tradition has an expression for this. What you just said reminds me of what the Quakers call the “still, small voice within.”Are we all talking about the same thing?

GURUPREM: Absolutely. Exact same thing. But how do you get your noisy head to shut up enough where the quieter voice will be heard? It’s not that it’s not talking. It’s just that we haven’t listened enough. Seek and you shall find. There is the idea, meditate in God’s name. Okay, I did that but I’m not fully awake. Why? It’s not that if I keep chanting my favorite mantra Om, or whatever it is…If I just keep doing it, God is going to wake up. No, I keep doing it until I wake up. That’s the idea of this repetitiveness. Continual remembering because it’s really easy to forget. It’s so easy to be pulled into many distractions. Dis-attract. You are being pulled into a different attraction. We are so easily seduced by other attractions. Other tastes.

Continued in Part II…

Source: AWAKEN

Eroding Old Patterns of Feeling and Perceiving – Rupert Spira

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

The Universe Is An Inference – Francis Lucille

The Universe Is An Inference

Don’t Look for the Presence of Awareness – Rupert Spira

A discussion about not confusing a blank state of mind with the presence of Awareness.

“5 Signs That You Are Spiritually Gifted !

In order to receive spiritual guidance, you must be open to it. The more you welcome signs and messages, the stronger and more recognizable they will become. While everyone has the ability to open themselves up and strengthen their intuition, some already have a spiritual gift waiting to be discovered.

These are five signs that you have a spiritual gift.

1. You Have Visions That Often Come True.

Your visions might come in the form of an image that randomly pops into your mind or a feeling you get when you’re speaking to someone. Or they might arrive in a reoccurring dream. If your visions often come to life, it’s a pretty tell-tale sign that you have a spiritual gift. You are able to see much deeper than what meets the eye.

2. You’re An Empath.

Empaths have both a gift and a curse. They are able to feel the emotions of the people around them as if they were their own. This ability can be extremely overwhelming at times and difficult to handle. But when an empath learns how to navigate through their own life while feeling both the pain and joy of others, their ability can only be seen as a spiritual gift.

3. You Have A Strong Intuition.

Many people are riddled with self-doubt. They have a habit of second-guessing their decisions and constantly wondering whether or not they should trust their instincts. A strong intuition is nothing short of a true spiritual gift. It allows you to be confident in your decisions, strong in your beliefs and open to the messages you receive.

4. You Have Nightmares.

Many people have nightmares, but the nightmares of those who have a spiritual gift are much more vivid. You might wake up from a nightmare sweating or panting because it seemed so real. If your nightmares are jolting you awake, it may mean someone is trying to get a message to you.

5. You Wake Up During The Spiritual Hour.

If you have a habit of waking up between 3-4 a.m. on a regular basis, it might mean something more than a bathroom break. Waking up around this time is believed to be a sign that there are spirits looking to communicate with you. It’s often referred to as the spiritual hour or the connection hour. Try to be more open to receiving messages at this time

Awareness Is Never Veiled by Thoughts – Rupert Spira

Published on 14 Sep 2018
A participant discovers that thoughts cannot obscure awareness.

Upgrading the matter model….Rupert Spira

With this understanding, the laws of matter are seen to be the laws of mind.

Why You Can’t Ignore a Spiritual Awakening by Madison A. Baker

Spirituality is one of the most important aspects of human life.
Spirituality plays a vital role in everyone’s lives, whether they are deeply religious or claim to not be spiritual at all. A healthy spirit is crucial to maintaining physical health and well-being, to navigating life events both large and small, and to developing your personal understanding of the universe.

While some people are always connected to their spirituality, others need to be called to it. In other words, they must experience a spiritual awakening or calling. And when that happens, it cannot be ignored.

Defining Spirituality

Spirituality is difficult to define. Its meaning has shifted over time, making doing so even more challenging. Part of the definition of spirituality is precisely how undefinable it is. It’s almost liminal — both of this world and not, both everywhere and nowhere, both universal and unique.

Generally, spirituality refers to grand ideas about life, purpose, existence, identity, and humanity. It is closely tied to your daily life, your overall health, and how you view the world. Everyone is a spiritual being, and everyone has their own unique beliefs. There is no wrong way to be spiritual as long as your belief is genuine.

Spirituality can come into your life in any number of ways. Some people may be born with deep spiritual connections, while others need to discover it. In other words, they must have a spiritual awakening. It’s literally awakening to your spiritual life and the universe itself.

Recognizing a Spiritual Awakening

Because spirituality manifests so differently in the life of each individual, it can be hard to recognize a spiritual awakening or experience. However, having a spiritual experience is just that: a distinct experience. Recent research has found that the brain exhibits a pattern of activity specific to a spiritual experience. Even if you have trouble recognizing or understanding it, a spiritual awakening is a truly unique experience.

While it may feel differently for everyone, there are a few unmistakable signs of a spiritual calling, including:

You feel different. Not just a little different, but like your very essence has changed. It may be hard to describe or explain this internal change, but you know something is different at your core.

2. You feel disconnected from old friends or lifestyle choices. Your old ways of living seem like the habits of a different person. You feel the need to move your life in a new direction.

3. You begin to let go of whatever is cluttering up your life — old possessions, unhealthy habits, toxic relationships — and start to focus on moving forward. You begin to make constant strides toward improvement in all areas of your life.

4. You feel overwhelmingly connected to the world around you. You have a newly heightened sense of compassion and care deeply about the Earth, humanity, and the universe as a whole. You start to love and feel loved by everything in existence.
There is no right or wrong way to start these internal shifts. These feelings may develop over time, come to you in a dream, start to grow after a strange experience, or come to you during a meditation or reflection.

The Consequences

Try to embrace these feelings when you first start to notice them in your life. Don’t turn away from them or let them fade from your mind and memory. Ignoring your gut, especially when it’s calling you to a new spiritual path, can have severely negative effects on your life.

Denying your spirituality is just as unhealthy as denying any other facet of your life or identity. It can lead to:

A lack of connection in your life and with the world at large. You are shutting out a part of yourself that can help foster love and connection with others, which can make feeling connected with the others and the universe difficult.
Emotional or physical illness. Spirituality is vital to well-being, both physical and emotional, and ignoring its importance in your life may cause you to feel unwell or unhappy.
Internal and external chaos. Your thoughts and emotions may become disorganized as you try to move past this event in your life. This may begin to reflect in your external life as well, and may present as disorganization, trouble keeping to a schedule, or a messy living environment.
Spiritual bypass. This involves using a spiritual practice to avoid, instead of embrace, your spiritual connection. You may work to repress or ignore your spiritual growing pains instead of fostering them. Spiritual bypass can also lead to a deterioration of emotional and physical well-being.
Listening to your spiritual calling can be difficult, as it is not always a wholly enjoyable experience. Spiritual evolution is a neurological growth process, and different faith practices affect the brain in different ways. You may face upsetting or uncomfortable realities and feelings, experience spiritual anxiety or depression, or feel lonely or isolated as you go on this journey. Your journey will be unique to you alone.

But the growing pains, unpleasant though they may be, will allow you to face a new dimension of your life. The reward will far outweigh the pain if you accept your spiritual calling. You will discover your true spiritual path and welcome spirituality into your life in the way only you can.

Madison Ann Baker is a writer, Netflix-binger, and pop culture enthusiast who lives in Idaho. Literature and linguistics are her two passions, both of which she studied in college. She enjoys writing about animals and health and wellness, but dabbles in a little bit of everything. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her Borador, Dash, and re-reading Harry Potter

Twitter:https://twitter.com/mabakerwrites

Contently:https://mabakerwrites.contently.com/

Source: AWAKEN

How To Use Manifesting To Get Anything You Want – Interview with Gabrielle Bernstein

Manifesting might be a word that you have resistance to and think of as a “woo-woo” topic. In the past I had my own negative ideas about manifesting but as I’ve matured and opened my mind to it, I’ve found that I am actually quite good at it. I’ve successfully manifested so many amazing things in my life and business and now that I know how to manifest, I know that it’s not a myth but rather a realistic way to get anything you want.
In this video you’ll hear from my good friend Gabrielle Bernstein. She explains the answer to “What is manifesting?” in a clear, concise way. You’ll learn how to manifest correctly so that you’re using your energy and power to bring what you really want in life, make your dreams a reality, and get anything you want.

You’ll learn the tricks to thinking of manifesting as “co-creating with the universe” and how everyday miracles are the way life is SUPPOSED to be. By harboring negative thoughts you’re just letting bad energy get in the way of the amazing things that are supposed to be happening in your life.

You’ll also learn 3 important manifesting steps you can take immediately to get anything you want:
Step 1: Get Clear – before you can get anything you want you need to know what it is that you want.
Step 2: Release your negative beliefs and have the courage to clean them up.
Step 3: Know the universe has your back.

Getting Through The Dark Night Of The Soul

Getting Through The Dark Night Of The Soul
by Tathina

What is the dark night of the soul? What is the cure? Deepak Chopra, MD

What is the dark night of the soul? What is the cure? Deepak Chopra, MD

The Tale of the Himalayan Yogis: The Nirvana Chronicles by Steve Briggs (Author)

Govindas father, ruler of a small fortress kingdom at the edge of the Great Indian Desert, leads his men in a desperate attack against the besieging forces of the imperial army.

Upon receiving word of his fathers death, Govinda is to lead his people into the sacrificial fire to avoid being ravaged by their cruel conquerors. However, Govinda has a plan.

When Govindas plan goes awry, the emperor imprisons his mother in the palace harem, and the crown prince is forced to flee to Tibet with a caravan of lamas.

At the foot of Tibets most sacred mountain, Govinda meets a Himalayan yogi who adopts him as a son. With the help of the enigmatic Shankar Baba, Govinda begins to unravel the mysteries of his soul, discovering a past extending beyond this life and a future promising a noble partner who helps him restore the throne to its rightful heir.

As the seasons pass, Shankar Baba initiates Govinda into the secrets of enlightenment and immortality while preparing him to confront the imperial army, sinister forces controlling the throne, and a tantric sorcerer who seeks to discredit his guru.

But no amount of training can prepare Govinda for what awaits him.


As a teenager, Steve Briggs met his guru at a meditation retreat in the Swiss Alps. After studying English Literature at the University of Arizona on an athletic scholarship, the author received a Ph.D. in Vedic Studies and traveled internationally instructing thousands in the art of meditation. Sent to India by his guru, the author embarked on a seven-year odyssey taking him from Cape Comorin in the south to the high Tibetan plateau. Along the way, he initiated Indias government and corporate leaders into meditation, encountered saints and sadhus, and astrologers and artists. He sipped yak butter tea with lamas at windswept Tibetan monasteries and hiked the paths of Vedic Indias time-honored pilgrimages. As the guest of a Maharaja, he shared the fervor of thirty-million pilgrims at the Maha Kumbha Mela, the worlds largest religious festival. The authors first book, India: Mirror of Truth, A Seven Year Pilgrimage, was a popular memoir about his time in India. Steve is now working on the second book of The Nirvana Chronicles.

Freedom in Relationship ~ Gangaji

In any moment of perfect stillness in the open, quiet mind, there is no problem. There is no suffering, no betrayer, no betraying. When we begin to relate to each other as human beings and begin to fill our minds with ideals, with memories, with wanted or unwanted possible scenarios, then problems arise. Those of us who are in relationship encounter tests and trials. I don’t mean in relationship with just a significant other. I mean relationship with all—in relationship with the world. Relationship is wherever or whenever there is an I and other. Relationship can be perceived as all internal, or it can be perceived as all external.

There are hermits who retreat and never have to relate to the world. I don’t know what their inner state is like. Let us assume it is totally open, non-relational oneness. And then there are those like us who somehow have either re-entered or never left the world. Whether it is an evolutionary mandate, or good or bad luck, we find ourselves here with each other. Here we are together in this place of divine illusion—not illusion as a trivialization of form—but rather, illusory as the shape shifting nature of forms; physical forms, mental forms, emotional forms, and circumstantial forms. The great completion for anyone who has experienced, even for a moment, the emptiness of form and the absolute aliveness of that emptiness, is to find that same empty aliveness present even in illusion.

The dissolution of form is the concrete experience of death. There is either struggle over that dissolution, or there is surrender. Like it or not, it is inevitable that all forms—all relationships, all ideas, all physicality, all emotionality, all circumstances—dissolve. When we recognize this inevitability, we are back to where we began: the emptiness of all form.

At this time in our lives we can also realize the sublimity and wonder, even with the occasional huge challenge, of being in relationship with whatever form appears.

Realization in this way requires full relationship. In a partial relationship the opportunity for complete meeting never occurs. You have the capacity to fully meet whatever appears in your life, in either its coming or its going. Fully meeting anything (pleasant or unpleasant) reveals open stillness; resisting causes agitation in the mind. We all have the experience of resisting dissolution. We are human beings, and we have an animal nature that requires we resist death; we are also emotionally connected to others, and we don’t want what we like or love to dissolve. Additionally, as humans we have ideals and idealizations, and those fuel resistance to what either appears or disappears.

For everyone who is in relationship in the world, both disillusion and dissolution are facts. It may be your aging, or your children leaving, or the actions of your government, or the state of the ecology, or your negative emotions, or your neighbors’ negative emotions. Or it may be that somebody who you were certain loved you turned out not to love you. Or you turned out not to love who or what you thought you loved. If you are willing to surrender, to meet what is present without the agitated mind filled with ideals and judgment, a revelation of inherent peace is natural. Relationship is in this way the catalyst to inner peace.

Meeting loss is always about meeting death. Dissolution is death, the thing the mind most fears, and yet the thing that is inevitable. It is what the animal rages against in its fear, and yet it remains inevitable. I deeply invite you and welcome you into whatever particular dissolution may be appearing in your life, so that together we can support each other in seeing where true living freedom is. True freedom is revealed as we consciously let dissolve what has dissolved, as we let reality be reality. (As if we had choice about what reality is!) We discover the peace of freedom as we open to all of whatever is here in the world. It is all here for us to meet so that we can find that the real treasure is everywhere in everything.

The treasure is found as things appear, and equally as everything dissolves, just as everything must. After all the starlight we see and marvel at is from non-existent stars.

Source: Huffington Post

Sarah Taylor – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on 9 Sep 2018

Sarah is an actor, writer, stand up comedian, and spiritual and creative mentor living in Los Angeles. As a child, creativity and spirituality were in the forefront of her life. The lived experience of unity faded as trauma and stress from a troubled home edged out this awareness. But as Sarah began to discover singing and acting, she was hooked on the transcendence they evoked.

Creativity became her church.

She studied acting, graduated from California Institute of The Arts, and moved to Los Angeles. She began to question who she was and an impending initial awakening was thwarted by getting on a heavy dose of antidepressants. Overmedicated, misdiagnosed, and frozen in a suspended state for roughly a decade, Sarah eventually got off all medication and began a quest for truth.

An anxious, atheistic insomniac who simply wanted to get a good night’s sleep, in 2007 she took up meditation, immersed herself in Buddhist practice, and got way more than she asked for. She immediately began having deep, altering experiences on the spiritual path. She displayed an ease and familiarity with meditation practices, most notably those of Padmasambhava. At this time, Sarah began teaching meditation to other anxious artists as well as at companies.

She soon began undergoing a series of profound awakenings, which included Kundalini energy, intuitive abilities, and dark nights of the soul that uncovered old trauma to be healed. Even though she was studying Buddhism, there was not much support for this transformation and Sarah was lost for awhile.

While navigating this radical shift in identity, she was working and creating as an actor and writer/stand up comedian, performing nightly at the comedy clubs in Los Angeles. She fell in love, too! Eventually, a settling, clearing, and integration of these shifts began to take place.

In 2016, Sarah awakened into unity with a deeper dissolution of who she had taken herself to be, abiding in a revelation of her true nature, delighting in being nothing and everything at once. A deepening and a maturation continue to unfold.

Sarah mentors people who are committed to the path of the modern, creative mystic. She leads women’s circles, retreats, and meetings, and sees people one-on-one.

Her writing and performing continue to evolve. Her humorous memoir, The Divine Mess: A Journey Through Love, Los Angeles, and Enlightenment is in the works, as is an hour-long live show.

She lives with her husband, dog, and cat on the Eastside of L.A.

Spiritual Awakening : Symptoms and Signs

Is the World an Illusion? – Rupert Spira

Published on 7 Sep 2018
A woman asks for clarification with respect to creation and non-causality.

THE SPELL OF THE MOMENT – Frank Wanderer

It has happened to all of us that we came under the spell of a moment some time during our life. The common feature of these moments is the mind stops working, the reckless stream of thoughts is suspended. Ego disappears, telling personal history stops, and the line of our accustomed identity is broken. We are awake, only the present moment exists for us. Our soul is permeated by the quiet of the Consciousness and the Joy of the Existence…..

Direct experience via the five senses….Rupert Spira

Published on 6 Sep 2018
We don’t need to investigate in all five senses. Using the sense that resonates with us is enough when we re visit the inquiry, usually multiple times.

How to deal with financial insecurity and what it has to do with fear of death – Gangaji

Gangaji is a spiritual teacher and a direct disciple of the renowned advaita master Papaji. In this video she talks about how to deal with financial insecurity and / or whether we can eliminate financial insecurity. According to Gangaji – if we want to find an answer – we have to address the much more important question, which is how to overcome the fear of death.
Because we have this hope – according to Gangaji – that if we can accumulate enough of a barrier between ourselves and death, then we will be safe. But we aren’t! No matter how much money we have we are subject to death at any moment.
When it comes to the question: How to overcome the fear of death, we first have to see that fear (of death) is part of our animal nature and which is an alert system to the real possibility that we may die. Then she advises us to face our fear of death openly, to practice self-enquiry and actually explore it. Then, quite naturally and effortlessly we meet the fear of death, but not meeting as a way of getting rid of something.

After that Gangaji is asked about whether some people are naturally attracted to financial abundance. She is of the opinion that there is too much emphasis on money. Instead of thinking about how to spend money, we should rather think about how to spend our life. Because true abundance has nothing to do with the car we drive or the clothes we wear, but true abundance is a heart filled with love.

To summarize all this: If we want to learn how to overcome financial problems or even how to deal with bankruptcy, we have (first) to address the question of how to deal with the fear of death or how to overcome the fear of death. We do this by openly exploring our fear of death and enquire into this fear.

And of course, as a spiritual teacher, Gangaji reminds us that true abundance is a heart full of love.

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How to Become Enlightened – Gangaji

Is there a fast and simple way to become enlightend now? According to direct disciple of Papaji and spiritual teacher Gangaji we have to be willing to let go of all strategies, concepts, beliefs, etc and become truly still. We have to be willing to throw away everything and just be here and now and receive what is offered. We have to detach from everything that we have learned or accumulated in our life, be it positive or negative. This is the best way to self-realization now. This is a simple to be yourself, a simple path to be who you truly are, a simple path to pure consciousness or awareness.

Adyashanti – A State of Wonder

Adyashanti explores our natural, spiritual instinct to be curious about the world and life around us. By connecting to our childlike sense of wonder, and not focusing on finding a specific answer, we enter into a state of not-knowing. This innocent exploration allows our spiritual instinct to flourish and allows us to live in a state of wonder.

Quotes from this Video:

“To be in the wonderment—this is where our spiritual instinct really flourishes.”

“It’s so natural for a human being to have these curious and innocent wonderings about life, before it becomes a technique that you’re expecting a payoff from, and before ‘who am I?’ becomes a clichéd question that you imagine you’re supposed to ask yourself. When it’s actually real, innocent, and pure—it leads you into a state of wondering and wonderment.”

“The answer that anyone would provide them is not actually the answer. If you can say it, it’s not the real thing.”

Deepak Chopra- Who is God & Life After Death

Deepak Chopra Interview – Patrick Bet-David asks about Deepak’s life growing up, his life purpose, his self healing mindset, alternative medicine, world peace and who is God?

The Deeper Sense of Suffering – Frank M Wanderer

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

Awareness is a label…..Rupert Spira

Jean Houston – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Dr. Jean Houston, Ph.D., is a scholar, philosopher, educator and a recognized pioneer of the Human Potential Movement. Widely recognized as a visionary leader and multi-cultural expert, Houston is the author of over 30 books exploring human possibilities and positive action in the world. Houston served as an advisor in human and cultural development for UNICEF, and to national and international heads of state.

Houston has devoted her life to developing processes to activate the latent abilities in individuals, groups, organizations, and societies. Over the last 60 years, Dr. Houston has worked in over 109 countries as an international speaker and teacher. Dr. Houston is the Chancellor of Meridian University and a dedicated champion of the human spirit.

Website: jeanhouston.com

The End of Your World: Uncensored Straight Talk on the Nature of Enlightenment ~ Adyashanti

More and more people are “waking up” spiritually. And for most of them, the question becomes: now what? “Information about life after awakening is usually not made public,” explains Adyashanti. “It’s most often shared only between teachers and their students.” The End of Your World is his response to a growing need for direction on the spiritual path. Consider the book you hold in your hands Adyashanti’s personal welcome to “a new world, a state of oneness.”….ADYASHANTI (whose name means “primordial peace”) dares all seekers of peace and freedom to take the possibility of liberation in this life seriously. He began teaching in 1996, at the request of his Zen teacher with whom he had been studying for fourteen years. Since then, many spiritual seekers have awakened to their true nature while spending time with Adyashanti.

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Adyashanti – The Disorientation That Occurs When Ego Drives Begin To Disappear

More and more people are “waking up” spiritually. And for most of them, the question becomes: now what? “Information about life after awakening is usually not made public,” explains Adyashanti. “It’s most often shared only between teachers and their students.” The End of Your World is his response to a growing need for direction on the spiritual path.

Association with Truth / Adyashanti

Adyashanti’s nondual teachings have been compared to those of the early Zen masters and Advaita Vedanta sages. Expressing both the infinite possibilities and the ordinary simplicity of a spiritually realized life, Adyashanti’s teachings are directed to those who are sincerely called to awaken to their true nature and embody this life-changing realization.

Adyashanti the happiness of enlightenment

Adyashanti, author of Falling into Grace, True Meditation, and The End of Your World, is an American-born spiritual teacher devoted to serving the awakening of all beings. His teachings are an open invitation to stop, inquire, and recognize what is true and liberating at the core of all existence.

Asked to teach in 1996 by his Zen teacher of 14 years, Adyashanti offers teachings that are free of any tradition or ideology. “The Truth I point to is not confined within any religious point of view, belief system, or doctrine, but is open to all and found within all.” Based in California, Adyashanti lives with his wife, Mukti, Associate Teacher of Open Gate Sangha. He teaches throughout North America and Europe, offering satsangs, weekend intensives, silent retreats, and a live internet radio broadcast.

How to Improve your Planetary Karma with Ketu – Part 2″

Adyashanti – Spiritual Awakening

Adyashanti discusses a kind of autonomy that goes deeper than self-esteem…

It is an inner spiritual sovereignty sourced in the realization of true nature, which is not affected by one’s life circumstances. Through this talk, Adyashanti explores subtle facets of this autonomy and its paradoxical relationship with spiritual awakening. He shows how true non-division comes from not only recognizing the unification of existence but also embracing and penetrating every aspect of one’s humanity.

Source: AWAKEN

There Is No Opposite to Consciousness~ Rupert Spira


A woman asks Rupert to talk about consciousness not having any polarity in itself.

How to Improve your Planetary Karma with Ketu – Part 1

Video series with क्षणाति Kṣaṇāti Nakṣatra
Ketu is known as the presenter of obstacles, and this inherent energy and nature Ketu manifests deeply in its Karmic Expression.

How to use ancient remedial techniques, contemporary lifestyle practices, Ayurvedic remedies, as well as paradigms or ways of thinking to improve our karmic relationship with Ketu; thereby supporting us to achieve the aim of life and Ketu’s influences in each individual’s karma.

Topics of Discussion in this 2-part video:

1. Ketu’s Karma
2. Ketu through Signs & Nakshatras
3. Ketu’s current transit in Aquarius
4. Improvement of Ketu Karma – Remedial measures
5. SA Community chart interpretation,
within the realm of Ketu’s karmic indfuence
6. Webinar live question & answer
7. Summing it all up

Saptarishis Astrology is an annual multi lingual astrological e-magazine.
Due to hard work and love of community volunteer astrologers (Vedic and Western Astrology) spread across the globe, in a shorter duration, the magazine has become the most recognized magazine in the world.

Suzanne Stryker – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Suzanne Stryker is an intuitive healer, artist, writer and teacher. She has always tended to have profound spiritual experiences.

For over 45 years Suzanne has experienced unity, with divine and Vedic perceptions. Yet she does not claim to have reached the pinnacle of evolution, if there even is such a thing. She feels she is a continual blissful work in progress.

Suzanne had a close student/teacher relationship with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. In 1976 Maharishi said, “Suzanne is having a positive influence on other people and their experiences, a catalytic effect…”.

Since 1972 Suzanne has been the subject of numerous scientific studies, some of them published in peer-reviewed journals. One study suggested she could influence matter at the quantum mechanical level by mere intention. EEG studies recorded different types of brain wave coherence not typically seen, indicating harmonious and orderly functioning between different parts of her brain.

She was interviewed for Oprah’s “Next Chapter” show (not yet aired). She has been asked to be in a movie with David Lynch on Maharishi’s life.

Through distance healings and phone sessions, she assists people with issues ranging from addiction to dharma. Some of her webinars focus on cultivating intuition, healing and other abilities so that participants can heal themselves and help others as well.

The Good News – Byron Katie

by Byron Katie: Stephen and I were talking about Jesus and the Gospel, which he told me means “the good news.” He asked me what I thought of Jesus’s message. Here is an edited version:

There’s nothing that isn’t good news. The good news is that there is no bad news. I imagine that Jesus saw goodness in all things. He received everything with an open mind and heart, and he realized that every experience is given, every experience is a gift. It’s falling down, it’s getting up, it’s your everyday chores, it’s the smell of fresh strawberries, the smell of garbage, it’s the death of a loved one, it’s your husband falling in love with another woman, it’s everything that happens in your life, whether you believe that it’s good or bad. He saw the apparent bad as good, because he no longer lived in the world of opposites, the world where there is anything powerful enough to override the true nature of everything. He had understood this good news, the nature of things, so deeply that he could live it.

This is another way of saying that Jesus trusted God with all his heart. He called God “Father” not because he imagined God as a human being sitting above the clouds, but because to his mind a father was pure generosity. I don’t think Jesus was a mystic; he didn’t have visions or exotic experiences; he saw and heard and smelled just what you or I see and hear and smell. But he saw it all as good. He knew what the Bible meant when it says that on the sixth day God looked at all of creation and said, “It is very good.”

People usually talk about God as if He were a character in a story. I don’t think that Jesus saw God that way. I think that he saw God with a clear mind, as everything. For me, the word God means “reality.” Reality is God, because it rules. I often say, and I love to repeat this: If you argue with reality, you lose—but only 100 percent of the time.

I can always trust God’s will, and I don’t have to guess what it is. Whatever happens is God’s will. Whether I live or die, whether my husband and children live or die, whether I am rich or poor, sick or well, whether there is war or peace, abundance or famine, sunshine or hurricane or earthquake, that is God’s will, and therefore it’s my will. I’m in love with reality, and reality includes everything: both sides of everything. My arms are open to it all.

The story goes that “God” gave the commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai. I don’t know what happened, if anything, on Sinai. But I do know that if God is a character in a story, I have to project all sorts of qualities onto him. If I believe that he is judgmental and punishes disobedience, like a strict father, I have to live in fear. If I believe that he is compassionate and loving, I’ll live in trust—until something apparently bad happens or until things don’t go my way. After the Newtown massacre in 2012, I heard a priest say on television that God was sad because He couldn’t keep it from happening. I can see why people get angry or disappointed at a God like that. But with either version of God—the cruel, judgmental one or the well-meaning, powerless one—people are simply reacting to their own projection.

Even if you project God as all-loving, all-compassionate, and all-forgiving, that God is still too far away for me. He is still separate, and there is no freedom in separation. It has to be closer than that. With anything you love, with anyone you love, you always want to be closer, closer. For me, God means no separation. No separation, physical or mental. When the mind can no longer separate God from reality, we are left in the state of total intimacy. We become one with reality in an entirely new way, and that’s a beautiful thing.

I have spent a lot of time in the desert, apparently lost, and very comfortable in being lost. I’ve spent hours watching insects going about their lives. I’ve watched a bird in a cactus or in the crevice of a hill gathering materials for a nest, with everything supplied for it to do that, an abundance of everything. Its wings carry it wherever it needs to go, and it even has feet to hop on, and it knows its way around, and everything works perfectly in unison for it to get what it needs. Everything the bird has eaten and drunk nourishes its body, and its life is so simple, water and air and earth all working together as the original mother of perfection. That perfection is always going on, everywhere. Other than what you’re believing about it, what else could reality be? What else could you be?

Those insects, those birds, were always acting within their own integrity. They were following God’s simple commandment. No external authority can give you the peace of heart that you feel when you act from your own integrity. And how can there be an external authority? Isn’t that just you, believing what someone else says is true? The truth can only come from within your mind. Ultimately, no matter what someone tells you to think, you’re the one who believes it or not, and responsibility begins and ends in the innocence of believing. Life is a projection of mind, and you’re the projector. You are the authority. You always have been.

I experience reality as something so benevolent, so beautiful, so pure that there is no word for it. I don’t have a problem calling it “God.” It exists wherever I turn my eyes (and even saying “exists” is saying too much). When I first realized this, I was amazed. I was ecstatic, and I still am. God, God, God—that was the song I heard. That is the song I keep singing. There is nothing that doesn’t fit into this kindness, this pure abundance. And who of right mind wouldn’t be devoted to it? It was—is—so obvious. That’s where I found myself—on my knees internally, at its feet, without reservation, unceasingly, awake to what I had realized. God, for me, is the beloved, the goodness and purity of the world. And in my experience, I can’t know God until I know myself.

Stephen tells me that the Hebrew name for God can mean “That which is.” “That which is” is an excellent name for God. God is everything. Everything is good, and when we don’t experience it that way, we suffer. Seeing anything in your life as unacceptable obliterates God’s goodness. But it obliterates it only for you, only for a while. God’s goodness doesn’t change. It is what it is, whatever you think it is, until it’s not. And for this we have inquiry.

If you‘ve enjoyed sitting in on this conversation, let me know, and it can continue.

Loving what is all,
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Source: Byron Katie

Rupert Spira – The Three Possibilities Of You

Rupert Spira – The Three Possibilities Of You

A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul: Stephen Jenkinson

In a wide-ranging and moving talk, spiritual activist and author Stephen Jenkinson advocates for dying well as every person’s right, and shares what he has learned from two decades of working with dying people and their families. Among many eye-opening revelations he points out the wisdom of the English language, whose verb “to die” cannot be used in the passive voice; unlike the death-phobic culture in which we live, it acknowledges that dying is what you do, not what happens to you.

Humanity’s Fundamental Choice – Leonard Jacobson

We have been given free will, which simply means that we have the freedom to choose. Every day we make choices and the choices we make lead inevitably to the consequences that follow. For example, the food you choose to eat today will affect your weight, health and sense of well-being tomorrow. If you choose to remain angry or to hold onto past resentments, or if you choose to repress your emotions, there are consequences that will affect your life and relationships. Many of the consequences that we are living with today can be traced back to choices that we made in the past, sometimes going all the way back to childhood.

If you are not happy in your life or your relationships, try to identify the choices you made in the past that have led to your unhappiness. By connecting the choice with the consequence, you will see that you are the creator of your suffering. You will recognize that you are responsible for whatever is happening in your life, which will free you to revise your choices. You can make new choices that will result in different outcomes for you.

However, at the very heart of free will, there is a fundamental choice that most of us are unaware of. This fundamental choice not only affects every aspect of our lives but it also affects the life and journey of the soul. It will lead to a transformation of how we choose to live upon this earth.

As it is now, we live with a constant stream of thought, most of which is unconscious and unintended. Our minds are rarely silent. All thought takes us into the past or future. There are no exceptions. This means that we are living almost exclusively in the past or future world of the mind. We are living in a world of memory, imagination, concept, idea and belief. Essentially, it is a world of separation and illusion. It is as if we are living within a dream, and we do not realize this until we awaken out of the dream.

To awaken out of the dream is to awaken out of the past and future into the present moment. It is to awaken out of illusion into the truth of life revealed through the present moment, free of our projections, judgments and beliefs. It is to awaken out of separation into the realization of Oneness.

To come out of the past and future into the present moment IS the fundamental choice. Until you awaken into Presence, something very significant is missing in your life.

When you are truly present, your mind is silent. You are an awakened Being, at least for those moments that you are present. And as you relax into Presence you will experience feelings of peace, love, truth and Oneness. To be present is your natural state. It is as simple as bringing yourself present with something that is here in the moment with you. If you can see it, hear it, feel it, taste it, touch it, or smell it in this moment, then you can be present with it.

The only way to leave the present moment is to think. All thought takes you into the past or future. And if you believe in your thoughts, opinions and beliefs as somehow being true, then you will become imprisoned within the world of the mind.

There is nothing wrong with thinking. I am not against thinking, nor am I against using the mind. Without thought, you cannot participate in the world of time. The problem is that most of humanity is addicted to thinking. Our thoughts never stop. When you are living and functioning within the world of the mind, you are living with all the limiting beliefs, emotional wounds and traumas that formed in early childhood. A painful and limited past is projecting onto the present moment, distorting your sense of yourself and your experience of life. This is what has happened to humanity over thousands of years.

Very few know that this fundamental choice is available to them. Even if you are aware of this choice, it is not enough. You have to know how to become present and relax and settle into Presence. And you have to know how to integrate awakened consciousness into everyday life, so that even when you are participating in the world of time, you never go so far into the past or future that you disconnect from Presence.

But it is not that simple. When you are lost in the mind, the ego is in charge. It is the custodian of the separation. It does not want you to become present and it is very skilled at keeping you imprisoned within its world of the past and future. It will bring up thoughts and feelings of anger, blame, resentment, guilt, shame and judgment, all of which take you into the past and imprison you there. It can just as easily tempt you out of the present moment with the promise of future fulfillment, which will take you into an imaginary future. When you become famous, successful or very wealthy, you will be happy. When find a new husband or wife or build a new home you will be happy. But these are false promises designed to keep you in the future and under the ego’s control. It can even seduce you with the promise of enlightenment at some time in the future, but enlightenment can never happen in the future. It can only happen now.

Now let us compare the ego’s false promises with what the present moment has to offer you right now. If you bring yourself present with something that is here in the moment with you, your thoughts will stop. You will open into peace as all the pain and limitations of the past drop away. Anxiety about the future will dissolve. You will open into an entirely new dimension of yourself and of existence.

When you are present, you are love. You are acceptance and compassion. You are without judgment. You are empowered from within and you feel free to be yourself and express yourself honestly and authentically. As you deepen into Presence, you will open into Oneness. At the deepest level of Presence, you will experience the living Presence of God in all things present. At the deepest level of Presence, Heaven on Earth is revealed.

There are so many opportunities to be present each day. Whenever there is no need to be thinking, bring yourself present with something that is here in the moment with you. Gradually, the seed of Presence will flower within you and you will find yourself becoming more and more established in Presence.

It does not matter what you are present with. You can be present with a flower or a tree. You can be present with a bird as it soars through the sky. You can be present with the distant mountain. You can close your eyes and be present with your body as it breathes or you can be present with the sound you hear, moment to moment.

For thousands of years, awakened masters have been sharing the way of awakening with us, but very few of us have responded in a way that leads to liberation. Sooner or later, every human will have to ask the question, “Which world do I choose to live in – the past and future world of the mind or the world of now?” The consequences that flow from this fundamental choice are radically different. One choice leads to Heaven on Earth. The other leads to a kind of Hell on Earth. Our ultimate destiny will be determined by this fundamental choice.

About Leonard:

Leonard Jacobson is an awakened spiritual teacher, mystic and author, who is deeply committed to helping others break through to the joyous experience of living in the NOW. He has been teaching people how to become fundamentally present and arise in mastery of the mind and ego for over 30 years. Find more of Leonard’s work at http://www.leonardjacobson.com.

Source: AWAKEN

Tara Talks: Listening with Ears of the Heart

When we really listen to another, they sense a space where they can speak authentically. Rachel Naomi Remen writes:

“The places we are seen and heard are holy places. They remind us of our value as human beings. They give us the strength to go on. Eventually they may even help us transform pain into wisdom.”

In the clip above, Tara explores the three steps of deep listening and how this deliberate practice can help us connect more intimately with others as we learn to listen with ‘ears of the heart.’

Andrew Harvey – ‘The Death And The Birth’ – Interview by Iain McNay

Andrew Harvey ‘The Death And The Birth’ Interview by Iain McNay
Author of 30 books including ‘Hidden Journey,’ ‘The Hope,’ and his forthcoming book ‘Radical Passion‘ talks about his life, his awakenings, his ‘dark nights’ and his work these days encouraging people to explore and engage in Sacred Activism. Talks about his time with Mother Meera, the importance of shadow work, and how as a human race we are right on edge of death, but also a new birth.
‘Compassion in Action is the marriage of practical action and spiritual wisdom to create a holy force capable of transforming our world crisis and preserving our planet.’

Stop Looking for the Big Bang – Amoda Maa

In this video – Amoda has an intimate dialogue with a retreat attendee in which she invites him to be with the fall-out after the big bang of awakening. She points to the tenderness of the heart that is always here, even when the mind is shouting “I got it!”.

Enlightenment is Never Far Away : Sadhguru

Enlightenment is not something that happens. It is always there. The sadhana, or yogic practices that one does on the spiritual path enable you to see that it is there.
You are not doing sadhana to construct divinity within you. Many people talk about self-development, but self is one thing you cannot develop. You can develop the mind, you can develop the ego, but how can you develop the self, which is absolute and boundless?

Only that which is incomplete can be developed. If something is already all-pervading and eternal, how can you develop it? So, sadhana is not about building something. It is not about creating divinity within you or becoming enlightened. The source of creation is already there within you. Sadhana is just a way of opening your eyes. Sadhana is like an alarm bell. The whole thing is just a process of waking you up, waking you up to another level of reality.

There is no such thing as self-knowledge. There is just self. That is all. Jesus made this clear. He talked about himself and his father in heaven, but at one point he said, “I and my father are one.” The you that is beyond all limitations and that which you are referring to as the almighty are the same.

To experience this, you must become willing to transcend your limitations. This willingness is surrender. The only barrier to it is your identity with the limited nature of your body and mind. If you are willing, who can stop you? The sadhana is just to make you willing. Enlightenment is never far away, but to make a person completely willing takes time because there are layers and layers of resistance. It takes time to work through the resistance, to become absolutely willing. It need not necessarily take time, but generally people do take time.

India is a very ancient culture that has produced many enlightened beings. This is a culture that has always said that the only way to transform oneself is to turn into a god. Yoga is a scientific tool to realize and experience this. In yoga we have no incarnations of God. We see the possibility that even you can become godlike, blissful and all-seeing.

Let this be clear. Yoga is a technology, so there is no question of it working for one person and not working for another. Your telephone, television and computer work for everyone — even though most people do not have a clue as to how they work. You just have to learn how to use them. Similarly, most people will never understand how yoga works. Factors such as age, attitude, or karmic situations can decide how quickly it works, but it definitely works whether you can immediately notice it or not. Some people will catch fire like gasoline, some will burn like paper, others will burn like wet wood, but yoga can definitely hasten everyone’s evolution.

If enlightenment is the one and only purpose of your life and all your energies are focused in this direction, it is not far away. The problem is that people have so many other priorities, so spirituality is kept on the side. What you are seeking is within you. If it is the only priority of your life, nothing can stop you. If you are willing, what is within you cannot be denied to you even for a moment.

Right now, you are the divine but unaware of it. Whatever you are unaware of, does not exist for you; you must understand that. If you are sitting down and an elephant is standing right behind you and you are unaware of it, it does not exist for you. Only when you become aware of it does it exist for you. Similarly, although God is within you, as long as you are unaware of your God-like nature, it doesn’t exist for you. When someone becomes aware, he also becomes aware that everybody carries the same potential.

Life as you know it is not a barrier. If realizing your ultimate nature is the only priority in your life, everything you do will naturally orient itself toward that. Your work, relationships, love, money — even your very life’s breath — will orient themselves toward your ultimate nature. The experience of every little thing you do becomes extremely fulfilling and joyful when it is done in the light of great purpose. Once your ultimate nature is your only priority, the life process will become a joyful and fulfilling process.

Source: AWAKEN

Adyashanti – Awakened Consciousness

Published on 24 Aug 2018
Adyashanti explores the impact of your awakening as an individual as it relates to the consciousness of the whole. When someone is deeply awake, their consciousness is being utilized by something greater than their egocentric makeup, which contributes to the state of our consciousness as a whole. Adyashanti explores the importance that our state of consciousness has on the world around us.

Excerpted from “The Awakening of

Quotes from this Video:

“The spiritual impulse is something outside of the egoic makeup. It is the impulse toward God, life, totality—to become self-aware.”

“Awakening is when the whole becomes aware of itself; it is when eternity becomes self-aware.”

”What is happening in a deeply awakened person is that consciousness is being utilized by something greater than their egocentric makeup.”

“Because of the way we are conditioned to think about this, what we imagine beforehand is tha53t what happens is ‘I’ awaken, but anyone who has really ever deeply awakened doesn’t believe that. They know that’s not really what happens. The whole awakens through the individual.”

“Whenever we have a true awakening, what’s actually happening is that the yŕ is becoming aware through the individual.”

“Human beings are so powerful. The state of our consciousness means something, in fact, it means a lot. As far as life is concerned, it couldn’t possibly mean more, because we have the power to destroy it. So it’s pretty important how conscious we are, how conscious the whole becomes, and how many individuals that awakened consciousness is functioning through.”

Nature Only Takes Us So Far – Rupert Spira

Published on 24 Aug 2018
A man wants to know if the development of the ego is a natural part of the human experience.

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