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Published on Apr 28, 2016

While our materialistic paradigm would have us believe that our consciousness is housed in our physical brain and does not extend beyond it, there is growing evidence that this is actually not true.

This is a presentation that was given in February 2016 to the Chinmaya Mission in Princeton, New Jersey.


Published on Apr 29, 2016

Seeing that fear does not obscure the peace of our true nature.

There is a space within you where you are already perfect, whole, and complete. It is pure consciousness – the space inside of which all thoughts come and go.

When you rest in the feeling of this space, the warmth of it heals your mind and body. When you operate from the infinite creative potential of this space, you produce high levels of performance and creative flow. When you sit in the openness of this space with others, you experience a level of connection and intimacy that is breathtakingly enjoyable and filled with love. And when you explore this space more deeply, you will find yourself growing closer and closer to the divine, even if you’re not sure there is such a thing and wouldn’t know how to talk about it if there was.

Every problem we have in life is the result of losing our bearings and getting caught up in the content of our own thinking; the solution to every one of those problems is to find our way back home.This is both the invitation and the promise of this book.

One problem. One solution. Infinite possibilities. Are you ready to begin?

Michael Neill is an internationally renowned transformative coach and the best-selling author of five books including ‘The Inside-Out Revolution’ and ‘The Space Within‘, coming from Hay House on May 3rd, 2016.

He has spent over 25 years as a coach, adviser, friend, mentor, and creative spark plug to celebrities, CEOs, royalty, and people who want to get more out of themselves and their lives. His books have been translated into 16 languages, and his public talks, retreats, and seminars have touched and transformed lives at the United Nations and on six continents around the world.

His TEDx talk, ‘Why Aren’t We Awesomer?‘, has been viewed by over 100,000 people worldwide.

Website:
http://www.michaelneill.org

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Why Aren’t We Awesomer? | Michael Neill | TEDxBend

Michael Neill is a coach, adviser, friend, mentor, and creative spark plug to celebrities, CEOs and royalty from the United Nations and five continents around the world. He is a best-selling author whose books have been translated into 14 languages. As founder of Supercoach Academy, an international school that teaches coaching from the inside out, Neill helps transform lives through his writing, teaching and public speaking. He also hosts Supercoach, a weekly radio segment that airs internationally on Hayhouse radio. To Neill, happiness is our natural state and we’re always just one thought away from peace.


Published on Apr 24, 2016

Deepak Chopra – There is a spiritual solution to every challenge


Published on Apr 27, 2016

The spiritual seeker often makes a fundamental error: that of believing duality (the everyday perception of things, events and self as separate entities) and nonduality (the awakened perspective in which all separation is seen to be an illusion) to be at opposite ends of the spectrum of consciousness. This mistaken belief perpetuates the myth of enlightenment handed down by a patriarchal paradigm, and creates a division between an imaginary transcendent state of being in which only the perfection of bliss prevails, and the messy, chaotic and often painful earthly world. Even in the recognition of awakeness, there is frequently a subtle but pernicious avoidance of the blood, sweat and tears of the human experience. The full bloom of awakening comes when awakeness has descended from mind to heart to body, and every cell of your being now dances and sings with the joy of this realization: this cannot happen without the deepest acceptance of duality. The awesome mystery of consciousness expressing itself as both dual and nondual is perplexing and unacceptable to the linear thinking mind. But it becomes a koan – a doorway to the inexpressible – when we shift to holistic way of experiencing reality.

Today, as more ordinary people awaken and then wonder how to live the truth of awakening, this shift is becoming an imperative. Amoda invites you to consider that this is a sign of a new feminine frequency in which our earthly experience is wholeheartedly included in the play of consciousness. And she invites you to consider that this feminine frequency is calling us into a new conversations about how the truth of awakeness is experienced and expressed in everyday life.

Amoda Maa offers a gentle yet uncompromising pointer to authentic freedom. Her teaching – which is free of all dogma, ideology or tradition – has evolved out a direct experience of awakened presence amidst the depths of personal suffering. Having taken many years for this nod-dual awareness to integrate into ordinary life, today she offers satsangs and retreats to a growing global community. Her invitation is into the untamable fire of truth and to live the luminosity of this truth amidst the mystery and mess of human existence.

Amoda Maa is the author of How to Find God in Everything and Change Your Life, Change Your World, and is currently working on a third book called Radical Awakening. She is also the founder of the ‘Foundation for Conscious Change’, a non-profit organization that supports her teaching.

http://www.amodamaa.com

The body is a miraculous storage vessel which carries within all of life’s traumas and joys as well as the myriad experiences in between that define our lives. It remembers everything even when we don’t. And, through our resulting relationships, choices and even our pain, disease and unhappiness, those held memories are expressed.
Spontaneous Transformation is a unique, therapeutic system of healing that has liberated thousands from their past, opening the doors to greater levels of wealth, freedom, health, joy and fulfilling relationships by simply accessing and releasing what is buried deep within.

Real stories from clients who address some of the most common pain points are shared, including:
* Dealing with an abusive partner
* Transforming fear
* Finding forgiveness
* Resolving family issues
* Healing back pain and other ailments
* Finding hope
* Living abundantly

This book will take you on a journey to freedom in seven easy steps, guiding you to release your past and create the future you truly want and deserve.

For 25 years, Jennifer McLean has served as a spiritual catalyst and healing facilitator, guiding thousands to transmute their deepest fears, blocks, and old beliefs into new levels of alignment, growth, health, wholeness and abundance.
Growing up in an alcoholic family and having survived years of middle school bullying, childhood sexual abuse, and cancer, Jennifer has used her life challenges as opportunities and gifts to become an internationally acclaimed Healer, Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur, Edge Pusher and Transformational Change Agent.

She has established and implemented an innovative formula for success and wellbeing the Spontaneous Transformation system of healing. This proven technique has helped thousands of individuals shift withheld energy in the body to successfully liberate themselves from various ailments and heartaches.

Producing and hosting one of the largest and free, online transformational workshop series, which has attracted a global audience of over 700,000, her Healing With The Masters program has made her a force in the human potential / personal transformation movement.
Jennifer lives in Dana Point, California

Matt Riemann with Jennifer McLean and her new Spontaneous Transformation Book!


An Interview with Catherine Ingram
Marjolein Wolf
Koorddanser Journal (Amsterdam), October 1998

Catherine Ingram became involved in Buddhism and meditation when she was seventeen years old. Living in Cambridge, she worked as a journalist for American spiritual magazines such as Yoga Journal and East West Journal, among others; for more than twelve years. Over the course of those years, she interviewed many well-known spiritual leaders and teacher, Krishnamurti, Desmond Tutu, Thich Nhat Hanh, and the Dalai Lama, among them, with a focus on the way they manifested consciousness in the world. Some of these interviews culminated in a book entitled In the Footsteps of Gandhi. At a certain moment she felt that Buddhist practices were not working for her. After a period of what she calls “a dark night of the soul” she met the Indian guru Poonjaji. “With him there was a recognition of something I had always known but had not given its due.” It was the end of her belief in reincarnation, karma and even in enlightenment. She now has informal communities in Portland, Oregon, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, London, and a number of other cities in the U.S. and Europe. This is the second of a series of interviews with female spiritual teachers about their role in a changing society.

A growing number of female spiritual teachers are standing up these days. According to Catherine Ingram this is an expression of a new balance in which feminine principles are becoming more important. As a result, being grounded in the world replaces the old spiritual view of rejecting the world or transcending to the Absolute. Representatives of this new wave don’t go to monasteries, striving to get enlightened. They have families and careers and see God in all manifestation. Or they travel around, giving Satsang. “There is a strong feminine voice that needs to be heard–and our time seems to be the time for that.”

You have been involved with spirituality for many years now. When did your spiritual search start?

My initial motivation for searching was due to suffering. I had a miserable childhood and by the time I was seventeen years old I was searching for some kind of meaning, something that would make sense of the misery in myself and in the world. At that point I discovered Eastern philosophy and began studying on my own, since I grew up in Virginia and there were no teachers around there at the time. At a certain point I read Be Here Now, the classic book by Ram Dass. I was very much impressed with that and shortly afterwards, in 1974, I went to Naropa Institute, founded by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, where Ram Dass and many teachers of various traditions had gathered. It was here that I met my first teacher, Joseph Goldstein, teaching Vipassana Buddhist) meditation. When I first heard the Buddhist teachings I felt very much at home. And that began a training lasting many years in Buddhist meditation, and in particular, vipassana. In 1976, I helped to found a meditation center in Massachusetts, and I started to travel all around the world studying dharma and setting up retreats.

You also had a career as a journalist?

Yes, in my study of dharma there came a point when I thought.’ ‘This is all well and good for us, but how does it help anybody?’ I wanted to be around people who were manifesting their understanding about truth in the world. So I became a journalist solely to talk to those people. I settled down in Cambridge, Massachusetts and I began seeking out what you could call ‘the Gandhis of our time’. I interviewed all the great spiritual teachers I could find and specialized in consciousness and activism. I wanted to figure out how our actions in the world are reflections of our understanding. I did this work for twelve years.

Were you also still involved in Buddhism in that period?

Yes, my Buddhist study went on for almost twenty years. And for a long time I felt very proficient in the practice. But one day I realized that it was joyless. I dontt know if it was my understanding of Buddhism or what, but it was really joyless to me. When I came to that point, all the beliefs I had held for so long also fell away. The beliefs about karma, about reincarnation, even the goal of enlightenment… I realized it was just a belief, an idea that the ‘I’ is going to get something. In this belief we are still waiting for a new car, a new job… a new life–waiting for happiness. At this point I went into a very bleak, dark night of the soul, which lasted for about two years.

How did you overcome this crisis?

One day I went to satsang with a spiritual teacher named Andrew Cohen. It was the first time I heard about the Indian guru Poonjaji. A number of my friends were also going to see Poonjaji at that time. After they came back they told me about him and I could see the transformation in them. Several of them had been long time Buddhist practitioners like myself and had the same difficulties I had. So I went to see Poonjaji. And his teachings of freedom here and now and the realizing of natural awareness were just so… There was a huge readiness in me to plunge. And since then there has been a great love of non-dual teachings wherever I find them. Not only in the classical Advaita Vedanta, but also in Sufism or in Dzogchen or in Christianity. It has been a kind of love-affair with this true seeing, catalyzed by meeting Poonjaji. Between ’91 and ’94 I went three times to see him, each time for about one or two months. It was less than six months all together. But with him it didn’t matter how long you stayed. You could just go there for a week and in this week it was done.

What do you mean by ‘it was done’? You became enlightened?

Enlightenment is not a word I use. I prefer to call this a natural way of being, the most natural actually. Or just radiant presence or dear awareness, clear seeing. I don’t use the word enlightenment because the term itself is very loaded. To many people it implies a kind of Big Bang after which you are eternally in a steady state called enlightenment. While in fact the actual experience is a kind of opening in spaciousness, here and now, which allows anything to come and go, with no resistence. It is not a state, it is just relaxing into a natural ease of being. It’s already here. When people use the word enlightenment, it implies some point in time that you hop into or it happens to you and then you are there for ever more… I don’t think this is a good way of thinking about it.

Then let me put the question this way: with Poonjaji you realized your true nature?

Yes, but what I saw was a recognition of something I already knew. I just hadn’t been paying full attention to it. I hadn’t given it it’s due, it’s importance, until I met Poonjaji. 1 didn’t realize: this is IT. And then I saw it really was ~. And it became more and more IT, over time. Everybody has the potential of knowing and living in this vastness. Everyone has an awakened nature and is consciousness manifesting. It just has to do with what you are paying attention to. Some people are paying more attention to this ease of being. They are allowing their attention to rest essentially in this ease of being. Little bubbles on the screen may come by and sometimes they get a little attention, but that’s about it. While normally people are lost in the bubbles on the screen; they focus on them. That’s the difference. It is a switch of perception.

A switch in perception which usually takes place as a gradual process?

Well, it can happen totally instantaneously too. Some people recognize their true nature right away and that is where their attention rests from that moment on. But for many people it is a process of getting used to it. It is not a process of an occurring; it is a process of a consistency. It is a deepening and a slow relaxation into that recognition. I’ll tell you an experience I once had to illustrate this. A few years ago I had a dream in which my house had burnt down. In the dream I thought: ‘I’ve got to call for help’. But of course the telephone had burned. And then I went through a whole list of things, all kinds of problems being added. I realized that the insurance papers were also burnt. There was a rising panic, until I suddenly woke up from the dream. I thought: ‘Oh fine, the house is here. Now I can go and find the insurance papers…’ Have you ever had anything like this? It takes a moment to realize that the central problem is gone before you realize that all the other problems that were hanging on to it are also gone. The moment you recognize your true nature, it takes a moment to realize that all your problems were hanging on the central erroneous belief that you are somebody. When this belief is gone, all the problems are gone at the same time. To realize this is waking up fully from the dream.

How did the process of realizing your true nature develop for you?

When I first recognized this pure awareness, that nobody ever touches, which nothing ever sticks to, it was very thrilling to me. I thought that I would never again notice anything else. But the little bubbles, neuroses and all kinds of things came up again. They caught my attention for a little while. And then they fell away again and there was this spaciousness, vastness again. So on one hand I could say it has been a gradual process. But on the other hand I would say it has really gone quite quickly and continuously. And it still goes on and on.

How did this process of recognition influence your life?

It changed my life completely. Prior to that I had a lot of depression. Buddhism can be used to justify your unsatisfactoriness. So if you are depressed you might use Buddhism as a justification for seeing things clearly. For me the first and most important change when I shifted my attention from Buddhism to Poonjaji was on that field. I went from a habit of being unhappy – and having this as a spiritual perspective – to a much more happy worldview. I went from a sense of no-Self; which was emphasized in Buddhism, to a sense of all-Self. I went from a feeling of emptiness to an experience of fullness. It was a very joyous discovery. I started to feel intimately connected with everything and in love with everything. It was the end of the belief that this ‘I’ is going to get something more, in fact in this clear seeing you are already in totality. There’s only this totality that you can enjoy now. There’s no need for anything, promises of more in the future – so I didn’t need the beliefs of karma and reincarnation anymore. I saw they were just beliefs, somebody’s ideas, not different from the Christian beliefs of going to heaven. And of course this radically changes all aspects of life.

In that field I used to be a tragic-romantic. I was always chasing romance until I was about forty. But now I feel this intimacy that I used to try to get from romance in a different way. Although it sounds a bit grandiose, I would say I feel this intimacy with everything now. I tend to say I have a relationship with God, but that is too dualistic. It doesn’t feel like me and other. It is no-relationship. Basically this feeling of intimacy with everything is so richly in my life that I don’t have the need or craving for a relationship or sex anymore. I live on my own and I haven’t had sex for years. I’m not saying that I never will again, I have no idea. It is not a decision that I made. If it would happen it will be fine and beautiful. And if it doesn’t that’s okay with me as well.

When did you start to give Satsangs?

It was not through any decision on my part. After twelve years of being a journalist, I was getting tired of the writing and the editing. So I stopped this work and I didn’t know what I was going to do. Then Ram Dass invited me to give Satsang at one of his large retreats. It was in 1992. I had known him for many years by then. We had been on the dharma trail together. Starting to give Satsang was a wonderful expression of the journey. I loved it from the start. It’s wonderful to be able to share this understanding; it is a sharing of love.

Do you think you were asked to give Satsang because you are a woman?

It could be. I think this is the time of women teachers. I can see it everywhere. Especially in the west there are a lot of strong female teachers now. It seems like there is a feminine voice that needs to be heard and this seems to be the time for that. Not to say that there aren’t some wonderful male teachers, but we are moving into a balancing of the feminine principles in the world. Whereby cooperation, care taking and being grounded in this world are important. This is a change. So far there was much emphasis on spirituality being some kind of transcendence to the Absolute, floating up in the sky, rejecting the world in favour of the so-called divine. I think that worldview’s time has passed. It is a worldview which is associated with a predominantly patriarchal ways of seeing things. The whole view is a little bit anachronistic. This is the time to combine the beautiful principles of understanding with a celebration of daily life, an appreciation of the feminine.

So you don’t think – as some spiritual approaches say – that women don’t have a chance to realize their true nature…?

(Laughing loudly) It must have been said by some men! It is just a belief and it is a silly belief. Gandhi actually said that he thought women have a better chance for clear understanding because women are naturally trained to be selfless as mothers. I don’t think recognizing true nature is about gender. It is not reduced to what genitals or chromosomes we have. It is way beyond that.

I would like to believe Gandhi. It sounds like good news.

(Laughing again) Well, I don’t know… Yes, our conditioning as women is often to be more selfless. But of course a man who has been highly conditioned to be very self-centered also has true nature. And maybe that very condition wakes him up to it because being self-centered is unpleasant. And that might actually be how grace works for him.

Is there a difference in the way male and female teachers transmit their knowledge?

Each person shares in a completely unique way. I think the differences are more individual and cannot be generalized. Some women teachers share in a very masculine way. They have wonderful sharp swords. And many men come more into the feminine balance as well. Like the mystic poet Rumi for example. His poetry is an incredible feminine expression of love and celebration of every particle of dust. The general trend is that there is more of a feminine wave. But it needs to include some of the masculine too, like the yin-yang principle.

What is your unique way of teaching?

I don’t have a way to describe it. The best I can say is that I have a strong love of authenticity. I have an allergy to pretension.. I am very sensitive to it, especially in teachers. Some so called teachers I have seen have a lot of guru pretensions. I sense that sometimes there is an ambition, people want to be on a stage and find a way to do that by pretending they are a guru. It has to do with love of power and adoration. All kinds of people fall into this trap – both men and women. It is very immature. One of the things that I so appreciated about my first teacher, Joseph Goldstein was how accessible he was. He had incredible clarity and was an amazing teacher. And yet he was so regular, so accessible. He didn’t put on airs or have what is called in Zen, “the stink of purity.” He was just natural.

You said that the world is developing towards a more balanced situation. How does this come out in our practical circumstances?

What I see happening actually now is that there is a lull spectrum of expressions coming out in the people involved in these teachings. In other words, they are not only in monasteries, striving and straining to get enlightened. And they are also not going to big parties every night, dancing and taking drugs. So it is not one extreme or the other anymore. There is more balance. Many people nowadays find a way to enjoy and celebrate life without indulging themselves in a hedonistic lifestyle. I see them living in the world in a moderate way, having families and careers. And yet they have this love of a spiritual life, seeing God in all manifestation. They have a normal life, while honouring a kind of greater view that permeates everything.

Do you think the number of people interested in spirituality will increase in the future?

I don’t know. So far we are talking about a relatively small number of people who are interested in these matters. Just see how many people watched the World Cup Football and how many people come to Satsang. And when you think about the huge populations on the earth, China, the Middle East, India, Africa… even in our own countries we are talking about very tiny numbers. Who knows how it will develop? The only thing I can say is that realizing your true nature has a powerful effect in your own community. You touch someone with light and the other person touches a few others and they touch a few others… That is enough.

Do you have any ideas about your personal future?

No, none at all. In former days I used to think about my personal life all the time. (Laughing) Which was probably why I was so depressed! But now I don’t really do any future tripping anymore.

Oh, but I was just about to end this interview with some ‘world wide future tripping’? Where is humankind going?

(Smiling) Your questions are quite global. For many years my own interests focused on these global issues, until a more simple, closer to home view became more predominant. To focus on here and now is really enough. You know, I once asked Ram Dass this very question in an interview and he gave a great answer. He said: if humankind is on the way to destroy itself, then the best way to prepare for that is to quiet the mind and open the heart. And if we are facing a new world order, then the best way to prepare for that is to quiet the mind and open the heart! I would say something similar. Really I have no idea where we are headed. In the now you can look around, you can read the newspaper and see that there is a lot of suffering, a lot of madness, a lot of decisions being made that seem to effect things negatively. And at the same time you see a lot of intelligence coming through as well. Who knows how it is going to develop? We may change this earth into a big desert or we may wake up before we actually do that and make some huge and exciting changes. I think that living as a Buddha, living in wakeful consciousness is the best plan, whatever happens. Then you can celebrate in the light and you can be helpful in the darkness.

Source: Dialogues With Catherine

Published on Apr 27, 2016

Also see https://batgap.com/thomas-razzeto/

Thomas Razzeto is one of the newest and freshest voices among the teachers of our balanced, ancient nondual wisdom. Thomas easily digs deeply into the core of this wisdom to reveal both its essential truth and the heart-felt compassion that all true sages embody when they are genuinely engaged in the world without being entangled by it.

The first time Thomas heard this nondual wisdom was in 2005 when he attended one of Timothy Conway’s satsang and Thomas has continually attended these weekly meetings since they provide the foundation for all his work. (By the way, Timothy Conway was guest number 28 at Buddha at the Gas Pump way back in July of 2010.) Timothy woke up when he was only 16 and he later was fortunate enough to meet several enlightened masters, such as Sri Nisargadatta, Annamalai Swami and others among Sri Ramana Maharshi’s immediate followers.

Thomas teaches in plain English, yet much of what he says would be recognized by people familiar with Advaita, Buddhism or Hinduism. Thomas has taught his book, Living the Paradox of Enlightenment: Ancient Nondual Wisdom for Today, as a class for the Center for Lifelong Learning, which is a part of Santa Barbara City College, the highest ranked community college in the United States. In September 2012, Thomas spoke for the prestigious lecture series, Mind and Supermind, which is run by Santa Barbara City College.

Blog: Infinitely Mystical

View his book ” Living the paradox of enlightenment HERE

The lives we lead, particularly in the Western world, are technologically overburdened and spiritually impoverished. Our children can tell us the various merits of different operating systems for electronic devices, but are rarely in touch with how different emotions are experienced in the body, or how it feels to bring kindness to a moment of difficulty. They are bombarded almost constantly with information at a rate that mankind even 50 years ago would have struggled to begin to comprehend, and mental illness is at an all-time high.

Research indicates that one of every four adolescents will have an episode of major depression during high school, with the average age of onset being 14 years of age. The human race is at a tipping point, and we have no sane choice but to begin to awaken the capacities within us that have too-long lain dormant. We can choose to lead a child towards awakening, and thus awaken ourselves.


Heather Grace MacKenzie was brought up on the Scottish Isle of Islay, daughter of a farmer and a conservationist. She is a Mindfulness Teacher, Reiki Master and Empowerment Coach. As well as teaching meditation and mindfulness to her own three children and her two step-children, she has taught children of all ages and stages in both family and school settings. Her most important work is mothering four amazing boys.

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“I watch him quietly, this little miracle of creation. He’s sleeping now; his boisterous energy has come to rest. The soft glow of the lamp illuminates his perfect alabaster skin and slightly flushed cheeks. Little freckles dot his cheeks and nose, his chest gently rises and falls and a small sigh escapes from his lips. He’s wearing his favourite light-blue farm-vehicle pyjamas; they’re mostly covered by his bed covers, but a little foot peeks out from beneath. As I reach out to touch his silky blonde hair, he stirs and moves his head to snuggle his cheek into my hand. A glimmer of a smile plays across his face as if he knows mummy’s here, and I know that on some level he’s aware that I’m close by. I witness each beautiful moment unfolding, aware of the flow of my own breath, feeling the cool air rush past the insides of my nostrils, the expansion of the chest, the stretching sensations in the muscles of the abdomen, the pause, the softening of the belly, the fall of the chest, the warmer air rushing past the insides of the nostrils on the out-breath. I’m aware of the sensations of pressure and contact between the soles of my feet and the soft carpet fibres, and tiny adjustments that my muscles make to keep my body balanced. The faint awareness of my pulse, the beating of my heart, underlying each moment. Using all of my senses enables me to inhabit the moment as fully as I can.

Being Logan’s mother for the past six years has been one of the greatest gifts of my life, along with mothering his two older brothers, Connor (aged fifteen) and Ethan (aged thirteen). Each of my children shows me, in each moment that I’m present, whether my communication is clear, whether they feel heard and therefore respected, and whether I’m present to their needs and also my own.”

Excerpt from the forth-coming book, ‘Awakening Child: A journey of inner transformation through teaching your child mindfulness’
by Heather Grace MacKenzie

O-Books: Release Date 29th July 2016,


Published on Apr 24, 2016

Deepak Chopra – How to be free of karma

Thought leader, visionary, philanthropist, mystic, and yogi Sadhguru presents Western readers with time-tested technologies to achieve absolute well-being.

The founder of the Isha Foundation, an all-volunteer organization involved in large-scale humanitarian, educational, and environmental projects, Sadhguru is a thought leader on a epic scale. His mission is to improve the quality and experience of life, from the individual to the global. He has distilled a system of practices from the ancient yogic sciences that will deepen your perception and bring about a shift in the very way you experience your life, work, relationships, and the world you inhabit. It is a profound system of self-exploration and transformation, based on the radical premise that it is possible for a human being to evolve consciously. Unlike biological evolution, which happens without your conscious participation, spiritual evolution can happen consciously. All it takes is willingness.

TEDxMICA — Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev-Inner Engineering

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, a yogi and profound mystic of our times, is a visionary humanitarian and a prominent spiritual leader. A contemporary Guru, rooted as strongly in mundane and pragmatic matters as he is in inner experience and wisdom, Sadhguru works tirelessly towards the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of all. His mastery of the mechanisms of life, an outcome of his profound experience of the Self, guides in exploring the subtler dimensions of life.

Sadhguru speaks at some of the world’s most prominent international leadership forums. In January 2007, he participated in four panels at the World Economic Forum and spoke on issues ranging from diplomacy and economic development, to education and the environment. In 2006, he addressed the World Economic Forum, the Tallberg Forum in Sweden, and the Australian Leadership Retreat. He has also served as a delegate to the United Nations Millennium Peace Summit and the World Peace Congress.

Sadhguru’s vision and understanding of modern social and economic issues have led to interviews with BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, CNNfn, and Newsweek International. His insights are regularly featured in India’s leading national newspapers. A well-known public figure, he regularly draws crowds of more than 300,000 people for his public talks and “sathsangs” (group meditation).

You Can Know Life Only Now – This Is The Moment

Published on Apr 25, 2016

In this video, Sadhguru speaks about tomorrow as an idea, not a reality. This moment is the only reality. So, just behold it.
Yogi, mystic and visionary, Sadhguru is a spiritual master with a difference. An arresting blend of profundity and pragmatism, his life and work serves as a reminder that yoga is a contemporary science, vitally relevant to our times.


“How can you meditate in a way that is authentic and useful in terms of awakening to your true nature? In this powerful satsang, Adyashanti explains in detail how the simple instruction to “do nothing” disengages the movement of ego, gives rise to the natural clarity of awareness, and brings us to the very heart of love and compassion. Recorded on March 15, 2006″(Description from Adya’s website about the DVD)


We all know that we are aware. We couldn’t have an experience without being aware. But, despite appearances, we never experience the world directly – only the brain’s reconstruction of what is “out there.” We live in a virtual reality created by the brain.

But how do material processes in the brain give rise to something as immaterial as consciousness? And where do we draw the line between creatures that are conscious and those that aren’t?

The current scientific worldview assumes that the brain not only generates the picture of the world that we experience, but it also creates awareness itself.

An alternative assumption is that awareness goes all the way down the evolutionary tree.

This leads to the conclusion that the cosmos is a vast field of information that is also aware, a field of knowing knowing itself.

Eckhart Tolle is a world-renown spiritual teacher and the author of the books “The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment” and “A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose” , both of which have sold in the millions. His work, which has been influenced by a wide range of spiritual teachings, is centered on the recognition that the now is all that there is. Here are 30 pearls of wisdom from Eckhart Tolle:

1. Instead of reacting to the content that arises in your life—thoughts, external events, other people, the scenery, and so on—, allow the content to be. That is, instead of identifying with what arises in the now, become aware of the now itself, beyond the phenomena that arise in it. To become aware of the now itself means that you become aware of the stillness that underlies everything.

2. Becoming aware of the now also means realizing that you are the now, or noticing the “observer” that witnesses life’s events with detachment, and without being possessed by them.

3. The underlying stillness is underneath and between all of your thoughts. In fact, it surrounds all of the content in your life.

4. Meditating in the morning will help you to begin the day in the undercurrent of stillness.

5. Most people are not aware of the field; they’re only aware of what happens in the field. In fact, it’s not just that they’re only aware of what happens in the field, but they identify with what happens in the field in their search for self.

6. Fear of loss is when you identify with part of the content—with something in the external world–, and you think that if you lose it, you’ll lose part of who you are. For example, when you tell yourself that without this or that, “I’m no one”.

7. You’ll live in a state of continuous joy, no matter what arises, when you realize that what arises isn’t that important. What arises is just consciousness playing with form.

8. Become a participant in the play of form by creating without self-seeking; when you create without self-seeking, you’ll create beautifully. However, when you create and there’s self-seeking in it—when you tell yourself “I need”, “I want”, or “I must have”–, then you infuse the creative energy that is flowing through you with negativity.

9. The power of consciousness flows through you, and it loves to create; simply let it flow.

10. Think of the last time you were in a traffic jam; you felt stressed because you needed to be at “X” place, but you weren’t moving. However, the same spaciousness that is easy to become aware of when you’re contemplating nature, for example, surrounds even this event which we call a “traffic jam”. Shift your awareness from “traffic jam” to spaciousness.

11. You find the spaciousness surrounding any event simply by allowing that moment to be. Say “yes” to anything that happens, instead of fighting or resisting what is. What’s the point of saying “no”, if it is? Simply tell yourself, “It is what it is”. When you do this you become aware of a dimension that is deeper than the event that’s taking place.

12. If you get angry about something that’s happening around you, do the same thing; simply say, “Here’s the energy of anger; it is what it is”. Of course, it’s much easier to notice the stillness that surrounds something such as a flower, than it is to notice the stillness that surrounds anger. However, the stillness surrounds everything, even strong emotions such as anger.

13. True surrender does not mean to passively put up with whatever situation you find yourself in, and to do nothing about it. It doesn’t mean to stop making plans or initiating positive action. Surrender is about yielding to, rather than opposing, the flow of life.

The only place in which you can experience the flow of life is in the now. So, to surrender means to accept the present moment, unconditionally, and without reservation. It’s relinquishing any resistance to what is.

14. Thinking that you are the physical form that you’re occupying, with its psychological make-up, and the stories that it tells itself about who it is and what has happened to it during its lifetime, is an illusion.

15. Know yourself as something that is beyond form. To lose yourself in some form is suffering.

16. Every time that you react to a form that arises in the stillness or the spaciousness that exists around everything that there is, you identify more and more with the world of form.

17. An exercise that Eckhart Tolle recommends in order to become more aware of the present moment is to stop a few times throughout the day and look around the room you’re in as if you had just been born into that room, even if it’s just for a few seconds. Simply allow your entire self to be present and alert in the room, and enter the moment more fully. Don’t think about what you’re looking at; just look at it.

18. Most of your suffering is self-created. Almost all suffering arises out of your interpretation of something that is; that is, it comes from your thoughts about the situation, not from the situation itself.

19. There comes a point in which a person says, “I’ve suffered enough”, and at that point they’re ready to listen to the message that there’s another way to live. There’s another way to live that does not create further suffering. This way of living is when you stop mentally arguing with what is, and when you stop identifying with the world of form and with the mind-created self.

20. When you stop inflicting suffering on yourself, you’ll stop inflicting suffering on others.

21. You’ll never be able to arrange the world of form exactly as you want it, and you’ll never be able to accumulate all of the forms that you think that you need in order to be yourself, if you identify your sense of self with the world of form. It’s in the nature of the world of form that nothing stays fixed for very long.

22. The world of form will never make you feel complete and happy. Stop demanding that people, places, and situations make you happy and fulfill you. You need to go deeper, instead of staying at the surface.

23. When you see the inability of the world to make you happy, and when you notice the short-lived nature of whatever forms you encounter, you’ll begin to step out a state of unconsciousness and start to become more enlightened.

24. Accept what is. If someone cuts you off in traffic, it’s like a sudden gust of wind. You don’t personalize a gust of wind, so don’t personalize the fact that another car just cut in front of you. It’s simply what is.

25. The ego is habitual and compulsive thought processes that go through your mind continuously. It’s about being trapped in thought and in mental noise.

26. Even your mental chatter is surrounded by stillness; simply tell yourself, “I’m full of mental noise, and that’s OK.” This will allow you to move beyond it.

27. The pain-gap is the gap that exists between your rigid expectations of how things should be, and the way things are. Acceptance of what is releases you from the discomfort of the pain-gap.

28. Whatever you think that the world is withholding from you, you are withholding from the world. Give to the world, and to others, whatever you think is being withheld from you. This applies to all of the following:

Love;
Recognition;
Assistance;
Appreciation, and so on.

If you don’t think that you can give it because you don’t have it, just pretend. Soon after you start giving, you will start receiving.

29. If you don’t have a good relationship with the now, then you can’t have a good relationship with life, because life takes place in the now.

30. Worry is repetitive, negative thought patterns. There are three methods you can use in order to step out of the stream of negative thinking:

First, move into the present moment by taking a few deep breaths.
Second, you can step out of the stream of negative thinking by placing your attention on the feeling of aliveness in your body: in your hands, your arms, your legs, and so on.
A third method you can use is to place all of your attention on an object in your environment.

Source: The Unbound Spirit


Published on Apr 24, 2016
Deepak Chopra – The Mystery of the Gap

Living in Higher Consciousness

Published on Apr 24, 2016

Deepak Chopra – Living in Higher Consciousness

ET: For most people awakening is gradual. A very drastic and sudden transformation is rare, and usually occurs only in the face of extreme suffering—suffering that either comes from within or from a real-life situation such as serious illness, loss, or some other form of pain. Then there is the possibility for a sudden and radical shift.

But for most people it is a gradual awakening and a going back and forth, so to speak. There may be a falling back into unconscious patterns triggered by situations, then a coming out again into more presence. But on the whole there is a gradual increase in presence that then flows into more and more areas of your life.

There can also be a sudden burst in awareness triggered by some kind of event—usually one that would not be called “pleasant.” For example, I’ve met people who’ve been practicing for some time and have shown slow but wonderful growth in presence; and then suddenly a serious physical condition arises that brings about a very rapid intensification of awareness. In some people it brings about a reaction into deep fear, so they lose awareness; but in many others I have observed an intensification of awareness—especially if the possibility of mortality comes in. So there’s suddenly an enormous influx of presence—but that only occurred because they’ve already been practicing living in awareness, perhaps for several years.

There’s really no end to the deepening that’s possible. Be happy with what’s happening to you, and if anything else is needed, life will give it to you. On the whole, for those who voluntarily embrace the arising new consciousness the need for pain to serve the function of spiritual teacher or to break down the ego, diminishes greatly

Now for those who don’t open themselves to the emerging new consciousness, it’s as if there were an egoic shell around something within them that wants to grow but can’t; it’s pushing up against the shell, and that begins to become quite painful. In many people, this ego shell may also be experienced as a deep inner longing for something they cannot name.

And then what life tends to do is to break through the shell through some kind of event, whatever it may be—losing a job, your home, or your spouse. It could also be something physical; whatever it is, there’s a shock, a crack appears, and then the light can come through. At first the crack is, of course, painful and there’s some degree of suffering; then suddenly, “Ah!”—an intensification of aliveness.

I’ve met so many people over the years who have had some kind of blow dealt to them by life, the universe, fate—whatever you want to call it—and retrospectively they reported, “that was the best thing that could ever have happened to me.” So many people have told me, “I wouldn’t be here talking to you if that hadn’t happened to me.” And I’m sure there are people reading this who could say the same. I know that I could say the same! Without intense suffering, I wouldn’t be here.

There’s always grace hiding behind seemingly negative events. (And if you listen to the news there’s no shortage of extremely negative things that are happening.) But all these challenges are potentially awakening experiences. The ego demands security, saying things like, “wouldn’t it be great if I didn’t have to worry about my job and I could really pursue awakening and presence.” But no, if that were the case you would most likely go to sleep. With 100% security, almost everybody would go to sleep, having everything mapped out as if nothing can go wrong.

Life isn’t like that anyway, so even if there were some security on the financial or professional level, you would, of course, still be faced with the insecurity of your physical vehicle—and the insecurity or unpredictability of the people around you!

So, to live with the insecurity or uncertainty of what’s going to happen to you—and to actually embrace it—is a wonderful thing. Rather than fearfully thinking, “oh, I don’t know what’s going to happen to me” and about the uncertainty of it all, surrender into that uncertainty or insecurity, because it is life. Life actually flows more powerfully when there is uncertainty.

The essence of every human journey is that it’s uncertain what’s going to happen tomorrow. Yet it’s there where transformation becomes possible. If you always deny uncertainty, thinking, “I want certainty,” then it’s like closing the valves through which life and the possibility of transformation enter.

That’s why the traditional idea of pilgrimage is universally important in all cultures. The real purpose behind it was never the arriving—it was the uncertainty of the journey itself, which has a transformational effect. People knew that, perhaps, intuitively, and they would become transformed by their pilgrimage.

To embrace the uncertainty of life, to live with it and begin to love it, has another interesting effect in terms of creativity. Creativity is stifled by excessive security. If you look at the lives of history’s great artists and writers, most of them didn’t have secure income; survival was uncertain. But that’s when creativity arises and when awakening becomes possible.

So, what the world calls “negative” is not necessarily negative. When you listen to the news, remember there’s always another side to everything. And the difficulties being experienced collectively these days are also potentially an opening into awakening.


Published on Apr 22, 2016

A conversation about the tendency to be pulled towards thoughts and feelings.


Non-Duality Questions, Non-Duality Answers is an organic, interactive exploration of non-duality—the understanding that in life there is no separation, only seamless Oneness. Structured around reader questions, this book invites you to participate in the argument for nonseparation, inquire about the nature of the self and the experience of liberation, and understand how non-dual awareness can impact your life. With this work, frustrated spiritual seekers will gain clarity on what non-duality is—and what it isn’t.

Since time immemorial, key questions about the nature of existence have nagged at our consciousness: What am I? Why am I here? What is this anyway? And for years, non-duality author, humanistic psychologist, and therapist Richard Sylvester received questions like these, along with deeply personal inquiries on non-duality and intimate spiritual experiences, from people seeking honest answers. Now those questions and responses are available to you.

You may have sought answers to these fundamental inquiries in religion, solitude, the company of family and friends, or conversations with gurus, priests, and philosophers. Even so, you may be living with lingering doubts about what you’ve been conditioned to believe, feeling “lost on the path” or otherwise frustrated with organized religion or the indirectness and prescriptiveness of spiritual teachings. With Non-Duality Questions, Non-Duality Answers, you’ll find that self-inquiry can help you end the cycle of inadequacy and searching—that liberation through non-dual awareness is possible—and that no query is too ridiculous or big for the discussion at hand.

Designed to answer questions as they arise, this book sheds spirituality and non-duality of its vague and amorphous prescriptions. With a unique blend of patience, compassion, respect, provocation, and humor, Sylvester shows that we are all united in our worrying and striving, and gives you a glimpse of the Oneness that is so hard to describe but is so easily felt.

About the Author

Richard Sylvester is a humanistic psychologist, therapist, and lecturer. For thirty years he engaged with a variety of spiritual practices while also training in psychotherapeutic techniques and teaching counseling.

Richard Sylvester: Nothing Can Be Known

This interview was done by Andreas Hegewald aka ANdy with Richard Sylvester in May 2014. It was filming Dustin Bauer.
(Jetzt-TV, Richard Sylvester, Interview01).
It can be directly seen that there is no self; metaphor of the managing director; seeing through the so called “self”; no one was ever controlling anything; neuro-scientists are confirming this; the metaphors of night time dreams and cinemas; often reports of laughter when this is seen through; the seeker is looking for things to do, is desperate to find; the concept of liberation; the practice of self enquiry is questionable; the energy of contraction of self enquiry; no person; practicing is irrelevant; no interest in the mass effects; Simon Harris’s book about on free will; the person is not thee; the mind finds the concept of non-duality extremely frustrating; the feeling of “something is missing”; we have to lose our self; no rules of awakening; awakening as a sudden seeing of emptiness; not understanding what happened; after the flash there is despair — but a big relief; relaxation is the great blessing; there is experience but there is no experiencer; there is just this; awareness is a tricky word; the absolutely obvious is that phenomena are happening; energy and consciousness are happening; seeing the fullness is the absolute end of searching; seeing everything is nothing and the end of stupidity; everything is love; mind is not getting this; mind will be seeking always; there are cases where no separation was active at any stage (e.g. J. Krishnamurti); the glimpse of emptiness; the virtue of laziness; there is no method but if there would a method it would be to relax; in eternity the concept of time arises; the mind lives in time; awareness is everywhere; there is not any everywhere; no words to describe the indescribable; cause and effect just happen; awakening to the dream; the reality of the dream; the illusion of dream; even the mind will lose interest in knowing; the mystics know that nothing can be known.

 

The Grace and Kindness of Words seeks to aid in the rediscovery of the beauty and magic of words. Every word tells a special story.

For the love of words—if this resonates in your heart, then this book is for you.

If I, Niki Nicoletti, were president of the world, I would pass one law. Each day, every global citizen would be required to daydream for a minimum of twenty minutes. No cell phones allowed. No work allowed. No responsibilities. This would be time spent imagining what life would be like if you lived on a houseboat, or owned the red farmhouse you passed each day on your way to work. A simple life filled with stories created by your imagination.

Finding joy in the simple things like receiving a special love note or being kissed for the first time can ensure that you laugh. And when you laugh, you are reminded that Life Always Unleashes Great Humans.

Niki Nicoletti has always had a deep love for all things simple. She has spent many hours people watching, laughing, eating great food, and drinking great wine. She enjoys exploring new places and embraces the diversity that makes up our planet and its people. She has a quirky sense of humor and loves 80’s love ballads.

Niki’s love of words was realized when she joined a writing group and began journaling and writing poetry. In The Grace and Kindness of Words, Niki shares the experience she had when she began gifting rocks engraved with words and the reactions her family and friends had to such a simple sentiment.

Niki would like to use her messages to encourage the reader to create his or her own story and allow individual creativity to shine through.


Published on Apr 19, 2016

As our conception of consciousness expands to include what was once unconscious, a greater awareness develops that embraces others, the natural world and the cosmos, while potentiating opening to primordial awareness. These important dimensions will be discussed and explored in the context of healing trauma.

The process by which a trauma heals is inherently turbulent, often complex and rarely occurs in a linear sequence; however, each dimension of recovery provides a broader context and wider
possibility of meaning to the individual’s experience and consciousness. When trauma is healed, especially early trauma that arrests the development of aspects of our consciousness, an authentic spiritual awakening may occur, allowing people to reconnect to themselves and the world.

Included in the presentation on resolving trauma, will be a focus on the imaginal, the intermediary realm that links the sensuous world of matter and the invisible world of mystery and spirit. Our culture has stripped the body and imagination of its mystery and numinosity, yet these elements are vital in most spiritual traditions for awakening. We may benefit from recognizing that the separation of the psyche from the spiritual domain is the root of a large problem. The psyche has been alienated not only from spirit but also from nature, the body, and people’s very lives, partly through the severing of imagination. We will explore how the imagination holds a reality creating potential, which is often uncovered through trauma, altered states of consciousness and extreme emotional states. The manifestation of the imaginal may allow one to reclaim their authenticity, and to open the truth of nondual awareness, or
simply the inclusion of the imaginal in one’s everyday spiritual practice will assist with one’s spiritual illumination.

Julie Brown Yau, Ph.D., SEP, is a certified NARM practitioner, and a dream pattern analyst. Using a unified approach for addressing developmental and shock trauma, Julie’s work includes the latest neuroscientific and psychosomatic findings, and Eastern wisdom. Julie has a private practice in Laguna Beach, CA.

Julie’s diverse 30-year background in spiritual, psychological and somatic traditions provides her with a unique depth of knowledge and experience. Julie also supports those who are actively dying to awaken to the multilevel cosmos. Julie is the director of education and program development at CCALS. Julie has lectured in hospitals, schools, and the UCI center for Integrative Medicine.
http://www.embodied-wisdom.com

Published on Apr 19, 2016

In the myriad of ways to realize our essential nature the way of Beauty is perhaps the least obvious, yet most mysterious. The sense of beauty is not an aesthetic concept or sentimental
feeling but a powerful throb within consciousness, a reflection of its own magnificence. Although some traditions dismiss creativity as nothing but volitional activity and therefore causal in its nature, if we are opened to another possibility we might uncover the inner artist and the very reason behind existence. Extreme sensitivity to beauty–with harmony as underlying structure of all formations–stupefies the mind of its entanglement in dual structure of the brain, even if momentarily, giving one direct and palpable experience of unity amidst diversity. This, when cultured enough
and brought to the level of one-pointed recognition – from cathartic experiences in the arts of various forms, to most mundane of encounters in daily life – culminates in a highest state
of Aesthetic Rapture. At once, an outpouring of creative impulses and bathing in the light of one’s own self-recognition. This is an invitation to re-evaluate the nature of experience and to reclaim your divine status. The only quest here is in beholding life awakening through you as existence itself. This is the Path of Beauty…

For more information on Igor Kufayev visit: http://www.igorkufayev-vamadeva.com/


You are the light of awareness
embodied in time and space.

Embodied awareness brings forth
embodied consciousness,
which is radiant light.

Bring your attention to the field of luminous awareness
that illuminates your experience right now.
Without this clear light of awareness
you would be without experience.

You cannot think or imagine your way
to this natural luminosity, although it
illuminates your thoughts and memories
and everything else in your experience,
as it is also illuminating itself.

Light illuminates light.

The primordial Shakti,
the Light of Manifestation,
is this self arising luminosity which permeates:

1~ the object of your awareness
2~ the one who is aware,
3~ and awareness itself.

Becoming aware of awareness
within yourself and others is
Sri Vidya, the realization of radiance.

In your embodiment practice you unclench
the fixation onto the appearances in the mind.

By recognizing and relaxing the automatic
mental and physical and emotional
reactivity towards your experiences,
the energetic knots in your body softens
and more Prana Shakti (breath and life force)
is allowed to flow through.
You open as a translucent and continuously unfolding
embodiment of luminous awareness

Lead me from opacity to clarity.
Lead me from the complicated to the simple.
Lead me from the obscure to the obvious.

Lead me from confrontation to wide openness.
Lead me to the place I never left,
Where there is peace, and peace.

~ The Upanishads

:: Practice ~ the Realization of Radiance

Rest in an open focus of the radiant field of awareness,
hold that which you are experiencing
within the awareness field of light.

Experience the object that the
light of your awareness is illuminating,
and the field of illumination both at the same time.

Thinking and feeling, sensation and memory,
fantasy and desire are all of luminous nature
as is your own awareness.

Art and words by Chameli Ardagh

Chameli Ardagh Founder of Awakening Women Institute

Chameli is a leading pioneer in contemporary feminine spirituality, and she has inspired thousands of women around the world with her breakthrough methods for living and embodying feminine awakening. She is especially appreciated for her love of mythology and storytelling as a method for illuminating our hidden strength and beauty.

As a teen Chameli embarked on her journey as a spiritual explorer, which, at the age of twenty, led her to India, which she has returned to more than fifteen times. She has studied with many remarkable mentors and undergone thousands of hours of intense practice of meditation and spiritual studies. The last 15 years she has been a student of ShantiMayi, a wisdom teacher based in India and France.

TEDxGrassValley – Chameli Ardagh – The Fierce face of the Feminine

In this talk Chameli Ardagh will speak on how to allow for a natural response towards injustice, without creating more hurt, how to embody the power and beauty of feminine rage, why we are called to step up and give voice to the power of the fierce feminine, and how anger is not intrinsically negative, only what we do with. Chameli will also show how an ancient goddess archetype of the fierce aspects of the feminine are highly relevant and illuminating for women and girls today.


Published on Apr 18, 2016

Guy Finley explains that when you remember your true purpose in life, the part of you that is always present and connected to conscience and a higher intelligence is able to go before you to give you a constant context for your existence. http://www.guyfinley.org/kit


Our earliest mythologies tell us we all start as a little bit of dirt. These stories carry a profound message: each of us is born with a deep and abiding connection to the earth, one that many of us have lost touch with. The Silent Spring for today’s environmental activists, this book offers an invitation to reestablish our relationship with nature to repair our damaged environment.

Chapter 1 examines the threats to the planet’s health through the lens of the human energy system known as the chakras, describing how the broken first chakra relates to our disconnection from our biosphere.

Chapter 2 shows how our current environmental crises–global warming, climate change, dwindling water resources, natural disasters such as wildfires and hurricanes–represent severe manifestations of our disconnection from the earth.

Chapter 3 describes how the preponderance of oil in our culture–especially agribusiness–compounds this disconnection, from our dependence on other countries for our energy, to current issues of oil depletion, peak oil, and fracking, to the dumbing down of our agricultural polyculture.

Chapter 4 explains how the most basic building blocks of our nourishment–seeds–are being compromised with a loss of biodiversity and rise of GMOs, and how that adversely affects the farmers whose sacred connection to the land has in many cases been severed.

Chapter 5 describes the ways in which we as individuals can begin to wake up to climate activism as a spiritual practice. This chapter includes specific activities that you can use to implement change and heal your own connection to the earth. By learning and practicing ritual and understanding the earth’s rhythms and seasonal rites of passage, each of us can find unique ways to heal our own connections and help others heal theirs.

Chapter 6 brings to life Goethe’s wisdom: “Knowing isn’t enough; neither is being willing. We must do,” by providing strategies and resources for exploring how each of us can find our own Earth Calling, then anchoring that calling with the only force that ignites change: Action.

ELLEN GUNTER is a climate activist who lectures, delivers Al Gore’s slideshow on climate change, and writes about the connections between spirituality and the environment. TED CARTER has been designing earth-centric landscapes along the northeast coast for more than thirty years. His award-winning work has been featured in local and national publications. The authors live in Oak Park, IL/Buxton, ME

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Environment crisis: Breaking free from conditioning – Ellen Gunter

Ellen Gunter is a journalist, spiritual director and co-author of Reunion: How we heal our broken connection to the earth. An advocate of ecological concerns since reading Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring as a teen, her deep concern about the health of the earth has remained a constant in her political and social life. Reunion explores the interconnectedness of the environment with our mental, physical and spiritual health and details how each of us can begin to rediscover our connection to our planet through meaningful exercises and a willingness to look more deeply at what surrounds and calls to us. http://ellengunter.com/

Published on Apr 18, 2016

Chadwick Johnson is a teacher at heart. Chad does not claim to be an expert in the various subjects that he teaches, but rather, he teaches the subjects in which he seeks to become an expert. In fact, Chad ultimately attributes his spiritual clarity and ability to articulate non-dual concepts in a simplistic manner, to this “the teacher is the student” approach to sharing Truth.

Chad had a spiritual awakening in early 2010 after reading “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle, and began teaching non-duality later in that same year. Chad knew early on that the wisdom he shared was from a source of intelligence that was greater than his own. Consequently, he used his own teachings as a guide in his spiritual journey toward spiritual clarity. While Chad read countless books and watch hundreds of videos of teachers such as Mooji, Rupert Spira, Eckhart Tolle, and Adyashanti, it was ultimately the trust in his own teachings that dissolved all questions.

Since 2010, Chad has spoken to thousands of people about self-discovery, in many different formats, and to people on all different levels of spiritual experience, understanding, willingness, and readiness. Chad started The W.A.Y. Project in 2012 as a way to organize his volunteer work and to raise awareness about mindfulness. He also has a YouTube page that he created as a way to share the truth of self-discovery to the hip-hop generation. Chad held the Second Saturday Mindfulness Workshop on the second Saturday of every month from 2012 to 2015. This workshop was design to introduce people to mindfulness and non-duality in a non-spiritual in a secular, workshop environment.

Chad his wife, Ericka, have been married for 18 years. They live in Sacramento California with their five children. He has a bachelor’s degree from California State University of Sacramento and a law degree from McGeorge School of Law. Chad works as a computer programmer for Hewlett Packard Enterprises, an adjunct professor at Sacramento City College.

Interview conducted 4/16/2016

Have you ever wondered about the meaning of life or speculated about your life’s purpose? Have you ever pondered the nature of our existence or how the universe really functions? If you are one of the many who have, The Six Principles of Enlightenment and Meaning of Life reveals the answers.

This intellectual and spiritual work explains the six significant universal truths woven throughout science, religion and philosophy. These principles draw upon thousands of years of wisdom and are presented in a concise, accessible format. Each principle is defined and has an explanation on its application to life; they are further supported by quotes of wisdom from enlightened beings, philosophers, artists and scientists like Buddha, Albert Einstein, Rumi, Stephen Hawking and Jesus.


Author Russell Anthony Gibbs is a philosopher and spiritual seeker on a quest for enlightenment. His research into Bahaism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, Sufism and Taoism has greatly influenced his spiritual and philosophical perspective. He was also profoundly influenced by the information from two channeled entities, Seth and Abraham. In addition to religion and philosophy, he has incorporated quantum mechanics, physics and psychology and studied the works of Albert Einstein, Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud and Stephen Hawking.

Russell’s communication style is concise, intense and deep. He would rather express wisdom in brief, powerful quotes and concise paragraphs than complicated, long-winded explanations. Espresso Wisdom is short, strong, rich insight. Like espresso coffee, it is an intense jolt of enlightenment. Enlightenment is an awakening, and Espresso Wisdom is meant to help jumpstart you on your journey.

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Published on Apr 14, 2016

A discussion as to why we forget our true nature.

Published on Apr 14, 2016

A clip from Gangaji’s New Video Compilation, Self-Inquiry: Falling Into Yourself.

“To consciously rest is to be at home. To be at home is to be naked to yourself. Self-inquiry is always an invitation home, an invitation to yourself.”

The invitation to Self-Inquiry is the very core of Gangaji’s teachings, the living truth that was shared by her teacher and her teacher’s teacher. In this powerful selection of monologues and interactions we are reminded of the capacity we have as human beings to self reflect, to put aside assumptions and elaborations and taste reality directly. Self-Inquiry, Gangaji tells us, is about interrupting our natural instinct to follow the outward flow of thinking and shift that attention back toward the source. This requires the ruthless surrender to face what we have been avoiding, but the result is radical good news. The realizable good news of the Truth of who you are.

The full video is available in The Oasis, Gangaji’s Video Streaming Library. https://gangaji.org/oasis

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Let’s be real for a sec. Most of us don’t have time for an hour of yoga or 30 minutes of meditation every day. We’re overwhelmed as it is. Our spiritual practice shouldn’t add to that.

That’s why I’ve handpicked 108 simple techniques to combat our most common problems—stress, burnout, frustration, jealousy, resentment. The stuff we have to deal with on a daily basis. This book is designed so that you can achieve peace and experience miracles now.

Inspired by some of the greatest spiritual teachings, these practical, moment-to-moment tools will help you eliminate blocks and live with more ease. They’re powerful, life-changing meditations and principles, modernized and broken down into easy-to-digest techniques to fit your lifestyle.
Throughout the book, I share principles from both A Course in Miracles and Kundalini yoga and meditation. These tools can help you find your connection to your inner strength. When you practice these techniques, fear will melt away, inspiration will spring up, and a sense of peace will set in.
Gabrielle Bernstein is the New York Times best-selling author Miracles Now, May Cause Miracles, Add More ~ing to Your Life, and Spirit Junkie. She appears regularly as an expert on NBC’s Today show, has been featured on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday as a next-generation thought leader, and was named “a new role model” by The New York Times.

Gabrielle was chosen as one of 16 YouTube Next Video Bloggers, she was named one of Mashable’s 11 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for Inspiration, and she was featured on the Forbes List of 20 Best Branded Women. Gabrielle has a monthly segment on the Today show and a weekly radio show on Hay House Radio. She has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times Sunday Styles, ELLE, OWN, Kathy Lee & Hoda, Oprah Radio, Anderson Live, Access Hollywood, Marie Claire, Health, SELF, Women’s Health, Glamour, The New York Times Thursday Styles, Sunday Times UK, and many more.

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“Miracles Now” Gabrielle Bernstein at Wanderlust’s Speakeasy

Sometimes it feels very easy to slip into the void of negative thinking. In this Speakeasy for Wanderlust Squaw Valley 2014, Gabrielle Bernstein makes it even easier to right the ship and step back into the light.

Gabby shares some intimate stories from her personal life, from defining childhood traumas to very recent examples of how she can sense it when her thinking enters into the judgmental and separatist mindset. From these experiences, she demonstrates how to pull out of those thoughts, and to choose the light.

“I challenge you as you go from tent to tent here at Wanderlust and you get onto that mat and you say, ‘My practice wasn’t that great this morning,’ or, ‘I shouldn’t have eaten that vegan brownie,’ or, ‘I wish I was as good as that teacher but I’ll never get there.’ I challenge you, when you’re in the separation, to choose again, and to open your eyes to the light that is around you. When you’re having those moments of separation and judgment, I invite you to open up, to choose again, to ask. You’ll be restored, you’ll be rejuvenated, and all that separation will be dissolved by the light.”

You can apply this to even the smallest decisions and moments in your life, or if what you’re seeking is a larger life overhaul, Gabby has the tools for you, too. She gives you three very straightforward steps to take when you want to finally make the changes you know you need to turn your life around. It all starts with four simple words: “I want to change.”

Dive into this Speakeasy with Gabby to learn more about:

• how forgiveness can be used as a tool to move forward in your life,
• why asking for what you need is a practice that you need to incorporate into your daily life,
• how to tune in to witness the miracles all around you,
• to recognize that no matter what your profession, your job is not the spreadsheets or the profits, but your job is to ‘be the light.’

Gabby says it best: “When we dwell in the light and the joy of who we are here to be, all boundaries are removed.”

You were born creative, because you are the creation of the Creator, as we all are. If you don’t feel creative or your creative pursuits haven’t worked out, Doreen Virtue’s newest book can help. Doreen, the author of more than 50 best-selling books, shows you how to gain 10 forms of courage that lead to creativity, including the courage to be yourself.

Each chapter features practical exercises to lead readers to discover their natural talents as writers or artists and in other creative vocations or avocations. Doreen also includes summaries of fascinating psychological studies that demonstrate how to become a successful and satisfied creative individual. Filled with practical advice, scientific research on the creative process, and real-life stories, The Courage to Be Creative is a mainstream book with an inspirational flavor.

Doreen Virtue is an internationally best-selling author and doctor of psychology who works with the angelic realm. She’s previously written about creativity in her book The Miracles of Archangel Gabriel, among others. Doreen has appeared on Oprah, The View, Good Morning America, CNN, and other programs; and she presents online video workshops. Website: http://www.AngelTherapy.com

Positive Thinking with Doreen Virtue

Your positive thoughts really do attract and create positive experiences and relationships. Here is a short meditation to help redirect thoughts in a positive direction.

by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross:

There are three reasons why no one can die alone. Besides an absence of pain and the experience of physical wholeness in a simulated, perfect body,which we may call the ethereal body, people will also be aware that it is impossible to die alone. This also includes someone who dies of thirst in a desert hundreds of miles from the next human being, or an astronaut missing the target and circling around in the universe until he dies of lack of oxygen.

Patients slowly prepare themselves for death, as is often the case with children who have cancer. Prior to death, they begin to be aware that they have the ability to leave their physical bodies– they have what we call an out-of-body experience. All of us have these out–of-body experiences during certain states of sleep, although very few of us are consciously aware of it.

Dying children, who are much more tuned in, become much more spiritual than healthy children of the same age. They become aware of these short trips out of their bodies, which help them in transitioning and to become familiar with where they are in the process of going.

During those out-of-body trips, dying patients become aware of the presence of beings surrounding them who guide and help them. This is the first reason you cannot die alone. Young children often refer to them as “their playmates.” The churches have called them guardian angels. Most researchers would call them “guides.” It is not important what label we give them. It is important that we know that from the moment of birth, beginning with the taking of the first breath, until the moment when we make the transition and end this physical existence, we are in the presence of these guides or guardian angels. They will wait for us and help us in the transition from life to life after death.

The second reason why we cannot die alone is that we will always be met by those who preceded us in death and whom we have loved. This could be a child we lost, perhaps decades earlier, or a grandmother, a father, a mother or another person who has been significant in our lives.

The third reason why we cannot die alone is that when we shed our physical bodies, even temporarily prior to death, we are in an existence where there is no time and no space. In this existence, we can be anywhere we choose to be at the speed of our thought. A young man who dies in Viet Nam and thinks of his mother in Chicago will be in Chicago with the speed of his thought. If you die in the Rocky Mountains in an avalanche and your family lives in Virginia Beach, you will be in Virginia Beach at the speed of your thought.
Source: Elisabeth Kübler-Ross


By Dr. Nikki Starr Noce, MD: Death is a part of life. It can be beautiful and the greatest gift of all.

Much of our culture fears death–death of any kind–death after living a full life, death of a job that is boring, death of a partnership that is no longer serving, death of living in one city, etc. What have you been resisting the death of?

Though in this moment it may be challenging to see, death is a beautiful part of this human experience. It allows the space to welcome in something even better. Death of what is no longer for our highest good creates the space for what is best suited for our ever growing, ever changing hearts.

Death is a natural part of the life cycle. With death comes rebirth. When one door closes another opens. Small deaths are always happening, just as we are constantly being reborn. As we change, old parts of us die away creating space for the new.

Death happens every moment in Nature too. Flowers crumble so that new ones can blossoms. For the butterfly to birth, the caterpillar must die. Clouds of gas must collapse for a star to be born. To experience the full breath of life some parts of us must die too.

Death of identity, death of the ego, death of ideas and beliefs about who we think we are and what this life is supposed to be are essential for our awakening. Layers of ourselves are constantly being peeled away so that we can open to the more of all that is.

On this perfect journey of life I have collapsed and crumbled many times. The details don’t really matter because our stories are all so similar and yet wildly different. We all share the essence of the human experience… the triumphs, the failures, the shifts and the changes. All beautiful. All perfect.

Sometimes it’s painful, other times bittersweet, others times relieving. The most painful deaths have awakened shinier parts of me, providing the heart-opening lessons and guidance I needed to continue on. It’s ok to grieve. The process teaches us greater acceptance and surrender.

Finding peace in every moment and trusting in the perfection of it all has become a spiritual practice–the greatest test of all.

Now when I see death approaching, I say, “Ah, there you are. Now it is time for change.” Each time is easier than before. We begin to see the gift in the death much sooner as we realize all of the incredible, unknown possibilities waiting to be birthed and experienced. Far better things are ahead.

Welcome in death to welcome in change. Allow death to be the spark for all the life enhancement to come. Remember it is all necessary, all instrumental in the birthing of a star–the birthing of who we truly are. What will you let die today?
Source: AWAKEN

In this cutting-edge new book, award winning author J.M. Harrison guides you to uncover the lost principle of consciousness, the authentic Soul you really are.

WARNING: YOU are THIS is not a beginners guide, but a book for experienced seekers.
Sharing unique tools and practices the author explains the meaning and purpose of synchronicity and intuition, the reality of spiritual seeking, the art of self-inquiry and more, as in clear and understandable terms you are guided towards manifesting an authentic Soul-filled life.
Difficult issues and common problems are faced head on as you discover the facts about spiritual bypass, the art of non-avoidance, the grounding of spiritual experiences, the non-duality trap and the truth about awakening and enlightenment.
In this powerful message of conscious evolution you will be introduced to a number of new words. These are designed to cut right through the habitual layers of the mind, cultivating a deep and lasting understanding as you learn to recognize, realize and actualize the authenticity of your Soul.
The consciousness of the Soul is the true forgotten principle of life, feeling, thought, and action in human beings.
YOU are THIS!
From the Author
I am not saying that I have realized the Self, for no ‘I’ could lay claim to such a ‘thing’. For it is undeniable from direct experience that Pure consciousness is absolute and anonymous. But through dissolution in the Self and the subsequent loss of any and all sense of separation, I found it to be the catalyst and momentum which gave birth to the actualization of my Soul.


J.M. Harrison is a British born Award Winning author. His field of interest and expertise include the practical application of spirituality, the evolution of human consciousness, and the authenticity of the Soul. He began writing following a mystical death experience in 2007. Jonathan’s Spirituality / Consciousness titles to date include: We Are All One, Naked Being, YOU are THIS and a novel of Visionary Fiction entitled The Soul Whisperer. Over the years Jonathan has taught alongside Barbara Marx-Hubbard, Esther Hicks, Dr Bruce Lipton and others, as well as having numerous articles and media interviews in both Europe and the US. http://www.AuthorJMHarrison.com

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J. M. Harrison – Humanity, Insanity, and the Ascent of the Soul

Published on Apr 10, 2016

Jonathan Harrison discusses his book You Are This: Awakening to the Living Presence of Your Soul. Whether step by step or in the wake of sudden shocks, increasing numbers of people are questioning the meaning of their lives and that of the world around them. As a result, some are even drawn to doubt their own sanity. But what at first might appear as a disastrous disintegration of daily life may in fact emerge as a revitalising re-birth; the dawning of a wider reality and a deeper sense of self infinitely more meaningful than the maze of matter-of-fact materialism through which so many of us have wandered for millennia.

But in rejecting the primacy of worldly being, do we run the risk of going too far? Is this life really an illusion, or does truth, reality or any other concept we care to conceive of, reside beyond the domain of duality and non-duality? Whatever our world-view – atheist, agnostic, humanist, spiritual, religious, the list goes on – the integration of separate and divisive identities may hold the key to the next stage in human evolution as we awaken to the understanding that mind and matter both matter, and that all is one just as all things are unique.

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Following her near-death experience as shared in the New York Times bestseller Dying to Be Me, Anita Moorjani knows well the truths that exist beyond common knowledge and acceptance. The clarity she has gained has led her to further understand who she was born to be.

Part of that truth has involved contemplating the cultural myths infused into our everyday lives. Passed down from generation to generation, these myths are pervasive and influential. From the belief we reap what we sow to the idea we must always be positive, cultural myths are often accepted as truths without questioning. Moorjani asserts it is now time for questioning in order to help us reach our fully informed, authentic selves.

Moorjani explores these common myths in their real-world existence while presenting examples from her own life that reveal the falsehoods beneath the surface. By freeing ourselves from these ubiquitous expectations, we can break open an honest pathway to life as it was meant to be lived.
Anita Moorjani is the New York Times best-selling author of Dying to Be Me (published by Hay House in 2012), an account of her nearly four-year battle with cancer that culminated in a fascinating and moving near-death experience in 2006, which vastly changed her perspective on life. The book, which reached the bestseller list within two weeks of its release and remained there for nine weeks, has since been translated into more than 45 languages and sold more than one million copies worldwide. In February 2015, Scott Free Productions (owned by internationally acclaimed Hollywood producer Ridley Scott) optioned the rights to make Dying To Be Me into a full-length feature film.

Now completely cancer-free, Anita travels the globe, giving talks and workshops as well as speaking at conferences and special events to share the profound insights she gained while in the other realm. She’s regularly interviewed on various prime-time television shows around the world, having appeared on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, Fox News, The Jeff Probst Show, the National Geographic Channel, and the Today show in the U.S., as well as The Pearl Report in Hong Kong, Headstart with Karen Davila in the Philippines, and many others.
Anita was born in Singapore of Indian parents. When she was two years old, her family moved to Hong Kong, where Anita grew up. Because of her background in British education, she is multilingual and has spoken English, Cantonese, and an Indian dialect simultaneously from an early age, later learning French. Before becoming an author and international speaker, Anita worked in the corporate world for many years. Anita and her husband Danny recently moved from Hong Kong to the U.S. Website:www.anitamoorjani.com

Anita Moorjani – What If This Is Heaven? | London, 27/02/2016

Published on Jan 19, 2016

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Join Anita Moorjani for this enlightening workshop and discover how you can experience Heaven on Earth!

It can be challenging to truly be ourselves, but leading an authentic life is the key to experiencing Heaven on Earth. During this transformational workshop Anita Moorjani will highlight the cultural ideas that keep us locked in a life of fear, guilt and shame and will explain how to replace these debilitating beliefs with concepts, ideas and behaviours that will empower you with new-found strength, ability and authenticity.

Anita will share:

* Incredible insights from her near-death experience that provide a new way of looking at the world

* How learning to love and accept herself unconditionally brought her back from the brink of death

* Practical tools, tips and exercises to put into practice in order to feel truly empowered

* Strength-building processes to help you overcome fear, guilt and anxiety and develop your ability to live an authentic life

Join Anita for this transformational day and discover how to truly be yourself!


In this compelling memoir, Hannah Robinson relates how she was injured in an accident while on holiday in Tenerife, sustaining life-threatening multiple injuries. While still “unconscious” she entered a “near-death experience”, where she experienced true peace and love. She also received the information she needed to come to terms with the biggest, negative issue she would continue to face; the life-long rejection and enforced secrecy of her father, a Catholic priest.

While healing in hospital and at home, Hannah started to understand how her father’s actions and her near-death experience were inextricably linked; that they’d both occurred at all was more than just coincidence. Within these pages, Hannah shares many of the stages of her life-transforming journey, both wonderful and excruciating, that have brought her to a deeper understanding of how and why this all happened. Increasingly struck by the contrast between her own spiritual experience and her treatment by the Catholic Church, Hannah examines the relationship between organised religion and near-death experiences and makes a good argument for love being the most emotionally, spiritually and psychologically healing power there is; one that transcends human belief systems and ultimately unites us all as one.


Hannah Robinson was born in London and now lives in Buckinghamshire. UK. She gained a Masters degree from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, before teaching art in secondary schools for twelve years. She is deeply interested in spirituality and consciousness and supports Coping International, an organisation set up to help the children of Catholic priests.

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Published on Apr 8, 2016

A conversation exploring whether there are multiple Consciousnesses

The Human Experience is the Dance of Heaven and Earth is a book about awakening – but it is not your typical book on the subject.

Rather than only tell about the process of awakening it also ‘shows’ the process through the inclusion of many practical daily-life examples. Although the realization of who we are is not a process, the integration of this realization is. Some teachings shy away from the term ‘process’ altogether and other teachings present the process as a self-improvement endeavor – this book does neither. When we glimpse peace or wholeness or whatever term we happen to use there is a process of integrating this understanding that unfolds. But this is not a process of improving who we are. It is a process of seeing through who we are not and more fully relaxing into who we already are. So many people are now in various stages of awakening.

Some have had glimpses of truth but don’t trust them and others have had glimpses they trust but become confused when conditioned habits pull them. The Human Experience does not leave the readers to fend for themselves. We are here not only to realize the truth of who we are but to be free enough to actually live it. As our understanding integrates more fully into what we sense and how we express ourselves, this inner harmony then moves out into the world. And when more and more of us come to know and live this harmony, world peace cannot help but unfold.

Dhyana Stanley, a former Christian missionary, is interested in sharing how the inner affects the outer. She found that attempts to work for outer peace while feeling conflicted inside did not work. When she discovered inner peace, however, she found that that peace could not help but integrate not only into all aspects of the inner but more fully into the outer.

For further information see http://www.peaceistheuniversalsong.com

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The Table of Contents:

1- The Journey Out of All That Seems So Personal

2- The Unfolding of the Discovery

3- Let It Be

4- Allow It Fully

The Realization of Universal Mind : Beyond Time

5- Are We Human Having a Spiritual Experience or Spirit
Having a Human Experience?

6- Life Is On Our Side

7- Honesty Is Foundational to the Realization of Who We
Are

8- Are You Whole Already?

9- Courage is a Necessity

10- A Walk in the Park

11- Everything Wants To Be In Its Natural State – Even
Thoughts

12- Even Feelings Want To Remain In Their Natural State:
Washing Dishes

13- The Gift of the Groundhog’s Death

14- Thought Often Has an Important Function in Awakening

15- Two of the Greatest Obstacles to Awakening

16- Allow Attention to Rest on Actual Experience: Presence

17- Three Levels of Experience in the Waking State

18- Belief Does Not Allow Real Choice

19- What Is Nonresistance?

20 – Fear at the Level of Thoughts and Feelings

21- That Which is Permanent is also Uncaused

22- The Truth Sets Us Free – When We Know The Truth

23- True Intelligence

24- Allow and Sense: Stories of the Rope and Necklace

Realization of Universal Body: Beyond Space

25- Stillness Moving: Deepening Sense of the Whole

26- Bold Movement in Alignment with Truth

27- Fear at the Level of Movement

28- Love’s Embrace

29- The Kingdom of Heaven

30- Can I Be Awake and Still Dye My Hair?

31- Life Without Fear Also Includes Without the Fear of
Imperfection

32- Freedom – Beyond Morality

33- Owning Without Owning

34- Waking Up From the Dream of Lack and Separation

35- Beware of the ‘Awake Me’

36- The Pursuit of Happiness or the Discovery of
Happiness? Conflict or Peace?

37- Why It’s Necessary that the Personal Self Seem So
Convincing

38- The Dance

by Ed and Deb Shapiro: One Christmas, when we were living in Brighton, England, we volunteered at a church that regularly feeds the homeless and needy at that time of year…

But it was more than the hungry ones who got fed that day.

After we happily dished out large helpings of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, followed by pudding and custard, we watched most of the recipients light up a cigarette and/or take a large swig of alcohol.

Feeling somewhat virtuous, it seemed like a perfect time and place to suggest they change their habits, so we talked to the pastor about doing this. He told us off quite clearly: “They got a good friend in Johnny Walker, maybe their only one. They get 20 friends in every pack of cigarettes. If alcohol and tobacco is what these folks need to get through the day then, in my mind, that is to be grateful for, not to be made wrong.”

It was important for us to remember this: how to respect the choices we all make, whether we agree with them or not; how to be completely non-judgmental; and to realize how elitist we can easily become.

Judgment keeps us locked into an unending dialogue within our own minds of who said what to whom, of what someone did or didn’t do, of anyone or anything we disagree with. Judgment is the ego’s defense as it makes me right and others wrong: by pointing out someone’s weakness or mistakes we think that we appear right in comparison.

The nature of ego is to make us believe our me-centered self is better than others. But in the Buddhist teachings, there is a description of a huge net reaching in all directions with a multifaceted mirror-like jewel at each of the many knots, every jewel reflecting all the others. It is called the Jeweled Net of Indra and represents our interconnectedness: not a single jewel can be separated from or is independent of any other; take one away and the net becomes unusable.

In other words, we are interrelated, interdependent, inseparable, and interconnected all at the same time, part of an integrated whole, not separate from the trees, elephants, owls, our neighbors, the people in South Africa or a tiger in India. We all breathe the same air, in and out.

So every time we judge or find fault with another we are reinforcing a sense of separateness and isolation, we are allowing ego to create a gap between us, to make one better than the other.

When we first met the Dalai Lama it was in his residence in northern India. We were waiting in a room off a wide terrace. Ed walked out to admire the view (snow-capped Himalayas) when a monk further along the terrace started beckoning for us to come. We thought he would take us to our meeting, but as we drew close we realized that this simple monk was the Dalai Lama. We went to prostrate at his feet but he made us stand, saying “No, no, we are all equal here.”

No judgment equals genuine equality and connectivity.

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Ed & Deb are hosts of Going Out Of Your Mind radio on VividLife.me. They are the authors of the bestselling book, Be The Change. Deb is the author of Your Body Speaks Your Mind, now in 21 languages. They have three meditation CDs. See more at EdandDebShapiro.com
Source: AWAKEN


Published on Apr 6, 2016

Francis explains the right and wrong way to investigate.

2016 04 02 dialogue with Francis Lucille in Temecula, CA 0


Catherine Ingram is founder and president of Living Dharma, an educational nonprofit organization, and the author of Passionate Presence, In the Footsteps of Gandhi, and A Crack in Everything. This is her plenary talk at the Economics of Happiness conference, held in Portland, Oregon in February 2015. The conference was organized by Local Futures, a non-profit organization that has been promoting a shift from global to local for nearly 40 years. To learn more about the conference or Local Futures’ work, go to http://www.localfutures.org


Published on Apr 4, 2016

From the event “Weaving a Web of Light” with Sandra Ingerman & Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee. February 26, 2006, Peacock Gap Country Club, San Rafael, California

Our light carries the secret of our divine purpose. When we connect together with the light of others we can weave a web of light that carries our shared power and purpose: the potential to help the world come alive with the wonder and magic hidden within it. We can help the heart of the world open and begin to sing.

These lively talks and dialogs are about seeing through the illusion of separation and waking up to the boundless wholeness that is all there is. Joan’s approach is open and explorative, questioning all attempts to conceptually grasp and frame the movement of life. She talks about seeing through the stories and beliefs that create our human suffering and waking up to the simplicity of what is. This book beautifully dissolves the apparent dichotomy between the uncompromising “this is it, just as it is” message of radical nonduality and the emphasis on “being here now” that is found in many meditation teachings. Joan has an affinity with Buddhism, Advaita and radical nonduality, but she belongs to no tradition. In these talks and dialogs, she takes on such perennial questions as, Is there a way out of personal and global suffering? Can we choose to stop addictive and destructive patterns? Does being awake take effort, vigilance and practice, or is it effortlessly and unavoidably always already the case? What happens when we die?

Joan Tollifson writes books about nonduality and awareness that often include personal narrative about her own life. She was born in Chicago in 1948, graduated from Bard College in 1970 and later earned a graduate degree in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. She has received several writing grants, including one from the National Endowment for the Arts. Joan practiced Zen in California with several teachers, was on staff at Springwater Center, a nontraditional retreat center in northwestern New York, and spent time with several Advaita and nondual teachers. While she has an affinity with Zen and Advaita, Joan belongs to no tradition or lineage. Her writing points to seeing through stories and beliefs and waking up to the simplicity of what is. Joan currently resides in southern Oregon. You can learn more at her website: http://www.joantollifson.com. (Author photos were taken by David Lorenz Winston).

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Published on Apr 4, 2016

Being Just This Moment, Joan Tollifson
http://www.scienceandnonduality.com/

Everything is dissolving instant by instant like snowflakes in a fire. And every night in deep sleep, the whole show vanishes completely along with the phantom observer. What remains? Any answer (anything perceivable or conceivable) is absent in deep sleep. And yet, what remains in deep sleep is Here / Now, showing up as dogs and cats, beaver dams and skyscrapers, hurricanes and torrid love affairs, thoughts and sensations. Are we separate from this ever-present, ever-changing happening? Are we in control of it? Is anything that shows up actually a distraction or a mistake? Is anything lacking or in excess? Do we really know what anything is? Is this event we call the universe made of atoms and molecules or is it pure consciousness? Is it physical matter or a dream without substance? Is consciousness an experience of the brain, or is the brain an appearance in consciousness? Perhaps our debates about
which comes first‚the chicken or the egg, mind or matter‚ assume divisions and entities that don‚ actually exist in the ways we think they do. The bare actuality of present experiencing is immediate and impossible to doubt. What we can doubt and argue about are all the ideas, interpretations and explanations of this living reality‚the maps and models drawn by conceptual thought. In the openness and simplicity of being just this moment, we may discover that nothing is missing, that we are free to be just as we are, and that we are always already home.

Joan Tollifson invites us to wake up to the aliveness and freedom of open, aware presence, and to discover the simplicity of being this moment, just as it is. Joan has an affinity with Buddhism and Advaita but belongs to no particular tradition. She holds meetings on nonduality and living in presence and is the author of Bare-Bones Meditation: Waking Up from the Story of My Life, Awake in the Heartland, Painting the Sidewalk with Water: Talks and Dialogs about Nonduality, Nothing to Grasp, and a forthcoming book about aging and death. Joan lives in southern Oregon.

http://www.joantollifson.com


Published on Apr 4, 2016

Suzanne Giesemann is the author of 11 books, an inspirational speaker, metaphysical teacher, and evidence-based medium. She is a messenger of hope who captivates audiences as she brings love, healing, and comfort through her work. Suzanne’s gift of communication with those on the other side brings stunning evidence of life after death, as well as validating her teaching about the purpose of life, the nature of reality, and attuning to higher consciousness. Her work has been recognized as highly credible by afterlife researcher Dr. Gary Schwartz, Ph.D., and best-selling author Dr. Wayne Dyer.

Suzanne is a retired U.S. Navy Commander. She served as a commanding officer, as special assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations, and as Aide to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on 9/11. In addition to earning the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, she has a Master’s Degree in National Security Affairs and taught political science at the U.S. Naval Academy. Her unexpected and fascinating career transformation to her current work is the subject of the documentary, Messages of Hope, which has been featured at several film festivals, including the Awakened World Film Festival sponsored by the Association for Global New Thought.

Some of Suzanne’s books: Messages of Hope: The Metaphysical Memoir of a Most Unexpected Medium Wolf’s Message In the Silence: 365 Days of Inspiration from Spirit “Let Your Spirit S.O.A.R. – the Four Keys to Your Personal Breakthrough” – 6 DVD set with workbook

Website: http://suzannegiesemann.com


A free, live, online conversation, which is part of a series of conversations on the theme of ‘Living from Love’. Ask questions or comment on the YouTube comment thread to the right of the screen, or by joining the Google hangout live and interacting with us directly! More details, including the link for joining the hangout, at http://www.living-from-love.com.


Published on Apr 2, 2016

Unmani talks about Unconditional Love in Satsang in Rishikesh, India. For more information about Unmani’s meetings and intensives see: http://www.die-to-love.com

Transcript :

This word Love has been used in so many different ways and carries so many different meanings for different people. Usually it is referring to a feeling. An experience of feeling ‘loving’. An experience of warmth and expansion. Usually in reference to somebody else. Loving somebody else or something else. Loving a particular experience. Loving one thing more than another. Feeling in love where you are all kind of excited and happy in this kind of spacy space. And there is a different kind of love. A love that, perhaps we use words and concepts and perhaps we like the idea of that kind of love. A universal love or the sense that we are all connected, we are all one. This sounds wonderful. It sounds beautiful. And sometimes we have experiences where we experience a moment of connection, even with a stranger in a train.

Sometimes you just have this connection where all the boundaries melt. And perhaps your mind puts words to it like universal love or recognising that we are all one. But then the experience passes and then you get annoyed with the person again or the next thing happens, thought comes in with this or that. The next feeling comes in. And this universal oneness, wholeness, love seems to be lost or at least forgotten.

I tend not to use the word love that much. Just because it has all these different meanings that people seem to misunderstand. But, if I am going to use the word love then I would use it as another word for ‘Who you really are’; Life Itself, Freedom, Truth, Consciousness, Awareness. love is another word for that. It is reflected in an experience of ‘feeling loving’. But that reflection just comes and goes. It is not permanent. It is an experience just like every other experience. A very sweet and beautiful one, a very tempting one to get hung up on and ‘to want more of’ but still an experience nonetheless. But the love that you are that doesn’t come and go. It is not a feeling. And this can often be a very tricky thing for people searching for love; waiting and hoping to know the love that they are. Because they are waiting for an experience. Waiting to feel loving and of course that will come and go, like every other experience. The love that you are doesn’t come and therefore doesn’t go.

The reason why I might use the word love as another word for who you are, is because ‘who you are’ includes everything that happens. This is why it is love. Love loves everything that happens just the way it is without exception. It doesn’t say: ‘I don’t like that bit’ or ‘I want more of that’. It doesn’t say: ‘I want to clean up that and then I will love it’. It just loves. It has no preference, no opinion. It is just open. More open than you could possible imagine. It is just loving whatever is here without exception. All the dirt on the carpet or on the fan that is spinning. All the ordinary stuff. And every sensation. The rumbling in your tummy, the noise outside. Every thought, even all those really annoying thoughts. Even those thoughts you feel quite ashamed of. Those really ugly ones. Love doesn’t care. It just loves innocently, openly. And I say love doesn’t care. That can seem like a strange contradiction. How can love not care. And that is the freedom of this love, this real love, that it doesn’t care. That it doesn’t need to care. It is not bound by some idea that I need to care. Or I need to be a caring person or a loving person. It just loves anyway. Even if you don’t care.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama provides intimate details on an advanced meditation practice called Dzogchen using a visionary poem by the 19th-century saint Patrul Rinpoche, author of the Buddhist classic Words of My Perfect Teacher.

The Dalai Lama deftly connects how training the mind in compassion for other beings is directly related to—and in fact a prerequisite for—the very pinnacle of Buddhist meditation. He presents his understanding, confirmed again and again over millennia, that the cultivation of both compassion and wisdom is absolutely critical to progress in meditation and goes into great depth on how this can be accomplished.

While accessible to a beginner, he leads the reader in very fine detail on how to identify innermost awareness—who we really are—how to maintain contact with this awareness, and how to release oneself from the endless stream of our thoughts to let this awareness, always present, become consistently apparent.

HIS HOLINESS THE FOURTEENTH DALAI LAMA
is considered the foremost Buddhist leader of our time. The exiled head of the Tibetan people, he is a Nobel Peace Laureate, a Congressional Gold Medal recipient, and a remarkable teacher and scholar who has authored over one hundred books. JEFFREY HOPKINS is Founder and President of the UMA Institute for Tibetan Studies. He is Professor Emeritus of Tibetan Buddhist Studies at the University of Virginia, where he taught Tibetan Buddhist Studies and Tibetan language for thirty-two years from 1973. He served as His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s chief interpreter into English on lecture tours for ten years, 1979-1989, and has translated and edited fifteen books from oral teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He has also published numerous translations of important Buddhist texts that represent the diversity of views found in Tibetan Buddhism.

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Dalai Lama Talk : Awareness of Peace, Mindfulness And Wellbeing

Dalai Lama Talk: Awareness of Peace, Mindfulness and Wellbeing

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Emphasizes his belief that the entire concept of war is based on the “…us and them…” or “…we and they…” way of thinking.
The wars of the last century stem from a “…self-centered attitude…”

His holiness talks frankly about meeting world leaders and discussing the reasons and thinking behind nations going to war. When meeting a world leader for the first time”…not mentioning any names…” the first visit is very stand off-ish, the next time a little closer, the third visit they would talk. And his holiness suggested that this type of gap between people is a contributing factor in the reason nations engage in war.
With emphasis on George Bush and the Iraq – Afghanistan wars. He says he believed the presidents heart was in the right place but his method was wrong. Using force was wrong.

The Dalai Lama also speaks about overcoming tragedy by always trying to see things from different angels. He speaks of losing his country of Tibet and becoming a refugee and how that was “…most fortunate…” because he was able to leave behind a mostly ceremonial life in Tibet and travel, meet new people and speak all over the world. His Holiness say’s that the tragedy of losing Tibet, woke up the Tibetan people.

“..200,000,000 people killed, such immense violence and suffering and including the use of two nuclear bombs once Nagasaki once Hiroshima, I personally visited these areas … men use these things out of strong anger, hatred…” Now the next 100 years will not be free of problems, global warming, population explosion etc. but we have the opportunity for nations to approach these problems with “…peaceful means…” and “…non violence…”.

“…My body speech and mind I dedicate to the wellbeing of others…” – His Holiness the 14Th Dalai Lama.


Psychic medium B. Anne Gehman gave her first spirit readings to her teddy bears at age five. Raised in the Mennonite tradition, she left home at age 14 to finish her schooling. A life-changing near-death experience led Anne to develop her natural gifts, including an uncanny ability to predict future events.

She has gained international attention for her help in solving crimes, locating oil and missing persons, healing illnesses, and connecting family members with their loved ones in spirit. She has worked with top government agencies and officials, police departments, judges, and corporate CEOs. While remarkable for her spiritual gifts and experiences, Anne’s life is all the more fascinating due to an unusual twist: she is married to Wayne Knoll, Ph.D., a former Jesuit priest.

A brilliant student devoted to his faith, Wayne also left home at 14 to join a Roman Catholic seminary. Even while pursuing his life’s dream as a professor of literature at Georgetown University, Wayne felt an emptiness that only a woman could fill. After more than a decade of religious training, he made the wrenching decision to leave the priesthood, not knowing if he would find the love he sought.

The Priest and the Medium
shares the remarkable story of two soul mates on parallel paths with divergent beliefs, yet united in their love for God and each other.


Suzanne Giesemann is the author of eleven books, a spiritual teacher, and an evidential medium. She captivates audiences as she brings hope, healing, and comfort through her work. Suzanne’s gift of communication with those on the other side provides stunning evidence of life after death. Touted as “a breath of fresh air” with “a quality that is so different from others that it is difficult to describe,” she brings messages of hope and love that go straight to the heart. Suzanne addresses questions about the purpose of life, the nature of reality, and attuning to higher consciousness. Her work has been recognized as highly credible by afterlife researcher Dr. Gary Schwartz, Ph.D., and best-selling author Dr. Wayne Dyer. She serves on the executive council of Eternea, where she is the chairman of the Spirituality Leadership Council and also on the Advisory Board of the Academy of Spiritual and Studies. For more information about Suzanne, visit http://www.SuzanneGiesemann.com.

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Religion Book Review: The Priest and the Medium: The Amazing True Story of Psychic Medium B. Anne…

This is the summary of The Priest and the Medium: The Amazing True Story of Psychic Medium B. Anne Gehman and Her Husband, Former Jesuit Priest Wayne Knoll, Ph.D. by Suzanne R. Giesemann.

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