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Published on May 22, 2015

Chris Fields ponders the question whether or not entanglement can teach us something about the nature of consciousness. This video is an excerpt from SAND Anthology Vol. 5:…

Dr. Chris Fields is an independent scientist interested in both the physics and the cognitive neuroscience underlying the human perception of objects as spatially and temporally bounded entities. His particular interests include quantum information theory and quantum computing on the one hand, and creative problem solving, early childhood development and autism-spectrum conditions on the other. His recent papers have appeared in the International Journal of Theoretical Physics, Information, International Journal of General Systems, Advances in Cognitive Psychology, Frontiers in Perception Science and Medical Hypotheses among others. He is currently editing a Research Topic titled “How humans recognize objects: Segmentation, categorization and individual identification” for Frontiers in Perception Science.

Dr. Fields began his career as an experimental physicist, obtained his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Science (University of Colorado, Boulder, 1985), and was an early developer of automated DNA sequence analysis tools and systems for the Human Genome Project. He has published over 130 refereed papers in nuclear physics, artificial intelligence, molecular biology and cognitive psychology. He holds U.S Patent # 5355435 (1994) for an integrated circuit chip that simulates a mammalian cortical neuron. Dr. Fields was the founding Scientific Director of the National Center for Genome Resources (Santa Fe, NM) and the founding Chief Scientific Officer of Molecular Informatics Inc.

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

Reflections on the universality of consciousness, Chris Fields

Chris Fields reflects on the arising of consciousness. This video is an excerpt from SAND Anthology Vol. 5:

The process of object recognition in the human brain

Chris Fields reflects on the process of object recognition and memory. This video is an excerpt from SAND Anthology Vol. 5:

The limitations of rational thought, Chris Fields

Chris Fields reflects on the limitations of rational thought. This video is an excerpt from SAND Anthology Vol. 5:

The role of insight in scientific discovery

Published on May 22, 2015

Dave Pruett reflects on the reunion of science and spirituality which he views as the third Copernican revolution in science. This video is an excerpt from SAND Anthology Vol. 5:…

Dave Pruett, a former NASA researcher, is an award-winning computational scientist and emeritus professor of mathematics at James Madison University (JMU). He is also a contemplative, a student of mysticism, and an admirer of Native American spirituality, particularly in regards to reverence for the Earth. His professional and personal interests merged in late career in two meaningful endeavors: the development of From Black Elk to Black Holes: Shaping a Myth for a New Millennium, an acclaimed honors course at JMU and the recent publication of Reason and Wonder: A Copernican Revolution in Science and Spirit (Praeger, 2012). Twelve years in gestation, Reason and Wonder synthesizes modern scientific insights with ancient wisdom to ‘re-enchant the universe’. ‘A love letter to the cosmos’, Reason and Wonder has received a number of sterling reviews, recently garnering an American Library Association CHOICE Award.

Published on May 22, 2015

In this conversation Catherine Pepin discusses space-time, gravity, entropy and consciousness.

Catherine Pepin is a senior research scientist at the Institut de Physique Théorique, CEA-Saclay, France. She is a quantum field theorist in the field of condensed matter physics. She belongs to the tradition pioneered by Schrödinger and Pauli for whom the notion of separation between science and mystical experience is an illusion.

The roots of New Thought can be traced back to the early 1800s, and like any spiritual movement, the interpretation and application of basic principles tend to evolve with society in a changing world.
From our vantage point in the 21st century, we can see that despite the diverse path New Thought has taken, its core beliefs continue to be a source of comfort for individuals seeking spiritual strength and encouragement.

What are these basic principles and why do they provide a long-lasting spiritual foundation? In THE PRINCIPLES OF NEW THOUGHT, author April Moncrieff has answered this question and clarified the unique aspects of New Thought by explaining the Biblical and individual influences that sparked this spiritual way of life. Not stopping there, this intriguing book will make one realize that the philosophy actually dovetails more closely with Biblical teachings than many of today s traditional Christian groups.

Ernest Holmes was quoted as saying, The Principles governing the New Thought movement are universal but individually and independently applied. In other words, even though the one True Source behind New Thought has forever been available, the spiritual laws are useless without the acknowledgement and action of each and every soul. Here s a new book that takes New Thought followers to the original roots of this world-wide movement, so they can understand and build a stronger spiritual life of their own.

APRIL MONCRIEFF is an author, teacher, counselor and lifelong student of metaphysical spirituality. An ordained New Thought minister, she has a diploma in Advanced Studies from Unity School of Christianity’s Continuing Education Program and holds Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Religious Studies from Emerson Theological Institute.
She has taught classes,conducted meditation groups, lectured for many years on a variety of metaphysical subjects, published poetry in Unity magazine, and writes children’s fiction with spiritual themes.
Rev. Moncrieff is a graduate of Connecticut College with a B.A. in English. She enjoys reading, music, word games, travel, antiques, vegetarian cooking and yoga.

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A modern-day theologian’s call for the radical transformation of Christianity

• Echoes the Reformation initiated by Martin Luther in 1517

• Addresses the corruption and authoritarian tendencies that distinguish today’s Christian institutions from the spiritual message upon which they are founded

• Offers a new vision of Christianity that values the Earth, honors the feminine, and emphasizes spiritual tolerance

In 1517, Martin Luther, disgusted at the corruption then reigning in the Catholic Church, nailed on the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, 95 theses calling for a Reformation. During Pentecost week 2005, former Dominican priest Matthew Fox nailed at that same church door a new set of 95 theses calling for a reawakening of the Christian spirit and a repudiation of the authoritarian, punitive tendencies that prevail in modern churches today. Fox’s theses not only condemn the deep corruption in the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church, made evident by the pedophile scandal and the recent canonization of a fascist admirer of Hitler, but also speak to the loss of inspiration and resulting apathy that have emptied churches of all denominations.

Fox says, “At this critical time in human and planetary history, when the earth is being ravaged by the violence of war, poverty, sexism, homophobia, and eco-destruction, we need to gather those who offer a future that is one of compassion, creativity, and justice to speak their conscience as never before. Religion ought to be part of the solution, not the problem.” His 95 theses call for a New Reformation, a radical transformation that will allow us to move once again from the hollow trappings of organized religion to genuine spirituality.

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Matthew Fox-A New Reformation: Creation Spirituality and the Transformation of Christianity

A summarization or review of the book “A New Reformation: Creation Spirituality and the Transformation of Christianity” by author Matthew Fox. A brief explanation of what the book is about and how Christianity along with other Protestant churches that need a reformation.

Matthew Fox: Creation Spirituality (excerpt) – A Thinking Allowed DVD with Jeffrey Mishlove

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A concern with nature and humanity is primary to the social conventions of organized religion, according to Matthew Fox, a Dominican priest and spiritual theologian. Fox is director of the Institute for Culture and Creation Spirituality at Holy Names College. Author of numerous books, including A Spirituality Named Compassion and the Healing of the Global Village and Creation Spirituality: Liberating Gifts for the Peoples of the Earth. Editor of Creation Magazine, he proposes that spirituality is a joyful response to life itself.

In my life and yours, every wise choice is always taking us ever closer to the conscious, loving, aware and spiritual person we truly are. Some of our stories will be life changing. Join me in a few of my life creations . . . chuckle at my humorous moments, probably identify with my painful ones, feel uplifted by the exhilarating and joyful stories and sigh with the sad ones.

The stumbling, fumbling, early steps along my path to spiritual enlightenment and unconditional Love This is the perfect book for friends and family who are just discovering their spiritual path, or who would like to know more about Michael in a very down-to-earth (literally!) way. This book is a collection of Michael’s stories revealing a path toward higher consciousness. Your stories and his are not so very different, but somewhere along the path of life he realised that, although each of our stories are separate, they are, nevertheless, a connected progression of steps toward our greater potential. He began to comprehend that no act, no thought, no emotion in any person’s life is separate and isolated; it all connects into one cohesive whole. All the many stories become one life story.

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Born in England in 1937, Michael Roads discovered at an early age he had the natural ability to communicate with nature and go beyond linear time and space. He immigrated to Australia in 1963 where he was a beef and dairy farmer, and prominent in the early organic movement. He wrote the first book on organic gardening in Australia, which was an immediate best seller. After becoming spiritually awakened in 1986, Michael wrote about his metaphysical experiences and has since published 14 books, translated into 16 languages. 2012 marks his 21st year of traveling around the world giving profound and hugely popular talks and 5-day Intensives on unconditional Love and emotional balance. He offers clear metaphysical insights and relates his unique, experiential truth in a powerful, no-nonsense format, offering pathways to our deep spiritual connection with Nature, with Self, and with awakening to our Divine potential. – from…

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Published on May 22, 2015

A conversation about surrendering

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Francis Bennett ‘The Key To Happiness’ Interview by Iain McNay

Published on May 20, 2015

Francis Bennett was a Roman Catholic, Trappist monk for a number of years. He lived in two monasteries of the Trappist Order in the US and was also a member of an urban, contemplative monastic community originally founded in Paris, France in 1975. He has lived in France at several monasteries, and in Canada at a small monastic community in Montreal Quebec. He received a five and a half year monastic/spiritual formation with the Trappists before he made his vows as a monk at Gethsemani Abbey in 1983. He has worked in ministry in the area of spiritual Care in the hospice movement, as a hospital chaplain and in spiritual care of the sick and dying in parish settings.

In 2010, while in the middle of a Church Service in his monastery in Montreal, Francis suddenly experienced what he has come to call, “a radical perceptual shift in consciousness”, in which he discovered the ever present presence of spacious, pure awareness. He came to see that this awareness is actually the unchanging essence of who he really is and always has been; the Supreme Self. He also came to see simultaneously, that this vast, infinite sense of presence at the center of his being (and at the center of the being of everyone else on the planet) is actually not at all separate from the presence of God, which he had been looking for during his many years as a monk and spiritual seeker.

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Published on May 20, 2015

Dean Radin explains the distinction between supernatural and supernormal. This video is an excerpt from SAND Anthology Vol. 5:…

Dean Radin, PhD, is Chief Scientist at the INSTITUTE OF NOETIC SCIENCES (IONS) and Volunteer Faculty in the Department of Psychology at Sonoma State University. Before joining the research staff at IONS in 2001, he held appointments at AT&T Bell Labs, Princeton University, University of Edinburgh, and SRI International. He is author or coauthor of over 200 technical and popular articles, a dozen book chapters, and three books including the award-winning The Conscious Universe (HarperOne, 1997), Entangled Minds (Simon & Schuster, 2006), and the 2014 Silver Nautilus Book Award winner, SUPERNORMAL (Random House, 2013). View Here

Was the Buddha a supernormal human?

Published on May 20, 2015

Dean Radin reflects on the scientific validity of the supernormal stories that surround the Buddha. This video is an excerpt from SAND Anthology Vol. 5:

Science, intuition and dreams

The view of neuroscience on consciousness and the brain

Dean Radin explains the view of neuroscience on consciousness and the brain. This video is an excerpt from SAND Anthology Vol. 5:

Reflections on perception and awareness

Published on May 20, 2015

Rupert Spira discusses relationships and perception as they
relate to consciousness. This video is an excerpt from SAND Anthology Vol. 5:

Reflections on mind, matter and awareness

Rupert Spira reflects on the importance of exploring the root sense of separation in the healing of our relationships. This video is an excerpt from SAND Anthology Vol. 5:

Reflections on the nature of awareness

Published on May 20, 2015

Rupert Spira reflects on the nature of awareness. This video is an excerpt from SAND Anthology Vol. 5:…

October 2015

Based on the author’s real-life story of dying on a mountain, this enthralling book combines the thrills of a wilderness adventure with the awe inspiring elements of a paranormal novel.

In March of 1980, college senior Peter Panagore went ice climbing on the world-famous Lower Weeping Wall, along the Ice Fields Parkway in Alberta, Canada. His climbing partner was an experienced ice climber, but Panagore was a novice. On their descent, they became trapped on the side of the mountain. As the sun set, he was overcome by exhaustion and hypothermia. He died on the side of that mountain in 1980. In his minutes on the other side, he experienced hell, forgiveness, and unconditional love. Heaven was beautiful.

Panagore’s near death experience (NDE) changed his life and resulted in an intense spiritual journey that has continued for decades. It impelled him to pursue a master’s degree at Yale Divinity School focusing on systematic theology and Christian mysticism. His educational background coupled with 30 years of yogic and meditative practice and 20 years of professional work with the dying and grieving has given him unique insight, language, and perspective on heaven, God, death, life, love, beauty, and hope.

“I have told my story to audiences large and small for a decade now. . . . My story touches people’s hearts; every time I tell it the audience is gripped and silent. . . . This book is about hope. It is meant to give real hope to the dying, hope to the fearful, hope to the hopeless, hope to the grieving.”

Peter Baldwin Panagore earned his BA in English from the University of Massachusetts and a M.Div from Yale University. He was ordained in the United Church of Christ and served churches in suburban Connecticut and Maine. He is the writer, on-air talent, and host of a daily two-minute broadcast on two TENGA-owned NBC stations in Maine, reaching an audience of 350,000 a week. He is the fifth minister of First Radio Parish Church of America (founded in 1926).

Book Trailer — Heaven is Beautiful: How Dying Taught Me that Death is Just the Beginning

Published on Mar 14, 2015

Buy the book in October 2015 at wherever books and ebooks are sold! “This is the story of how I died, why I came back, and what has happened to me since. …”

The first book by a respected journalist on Nearing Death Awareness—similar to Near-Death Experience—this “fascinating” (Kirkus Reviews) exploration brings “humor, sympathy, and keen critical intelligence to a topic that is all too often off-limits” (Ptolemy Tompkins, collaborator with Eben Alexander on Proof of Heaven).

People everywhere carry with them extraordinary, deeply comforting experiences that arrived at the moment when they most needed relief: when they lost a loved one. These experiences can include clear messages from beyond, profound and vividly beautiful visions, mysterious connections and spiritual awareness, foreknowledge of a loved one’s passing—all of which evade explanation by science and logic. Most people keep these transcendent experiences secret for fear they will be discounted by hyperrational scrutiny. Yet these very common occurrences have the power to console, comfort, and even transform our understanding of life and death.

Prompted by her family’s surprising, profound experiences around the death of her father and her sister, reporter Patricia Pearson sets out on an open-minded inquiry, a rare journalistic investigation of Nearing Death Awareness, which Anne Rice praises as “substantive, eloquent, and worthwhile.” Opening Heaven’s Door offers deeply affecting stories of messages from the dying and the dead in a fascinating work of investigative journalism, pointing to new scientific explanations that give these luminous moments the importance felt by those who experience them. Pearson also delves into out-of-body and near-death experiences, examining stories and research to make sense of these related but distinct categories.

Challenging current assumptions about what we know and what we are still unable to explain, Opening Heaven’s Door will forever alter your perceptions of the nature of life and death.

Patricia Pearson’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Business Week, among other publications. A former member of USA TODAY’s Op-Ed Board of Contributors, she gave a recent TEDx talk, “Why Ghosts are Good for You,” which points to research showing the importance of NDAs in helping people cope with grief. She is based in Toronto, Canada.

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Patricia Pearson: Opening Heaven’s Door

Author and journalist Patricia Pearson sits down with The Agenda to discuss her new book “Opening Heaven’s Door: What the Dying May Be Trying To Tell Us About Where They’re Going.” Pearson discusses the extraordinary experiences that occurred when her father and sister passed away in the same year, and the mysterious encounters people have met in moments of crisis, from near-death experience, to a sensed presence. What do these encounters reveal about the human condition?

Published on May 18, 2015 Stuart Hameroff reflects on the nature of consciousness as discrete events within the ocean of consciousness, or proto-consciousness. This video is an excerpt from SAND Anthology Vol. 2. Stuart R. Hameroff, MD Director, Center for Consciousness Studies, Professor Emeritus, Departments of Anesthesiology, College of Medicine, University of Arizona and Psychology Banner – University Medical Center Tucson Reflections on the nature of consciousness? Stuart Hammeroff reflects on the nature of consciousness. This video is an excerpt from SAND Anthology Vol. 2.

Anesthesia and consciousness

Stuart Hammeroff describes the effects of anesthesia on consciousness. This video is an excerpt from SAND Anthology Vol. 2.

Published on May 19, 2015

A discussion with a physician who has regrets about decisions in his life which adversely impacted his patients.

Consciousness and time

Published on May 18, 2015

John Hagelin describes the concept of time as perceived from different states of consciousness. This video is an excerpt from SAND Anthology Vol. 2.

John Hagelin, Ph.D., is a renowned quantum physicist, science and public policy expert, educator, author, and leading proponent of peace.

Unbounded awareness and the emotional life

John Hagelin describes how the emotional life changes with the attainment of unbounded awareness. This video is an excerpt from SAND Anthology Vol. 2.

The brain and the meditative state, John Hagelin

John Hagelin explains what happens to the brain while in a meditative state. This video is an excerpt from SAND Anthology Vol. 2.

In Jean Shinoda Bolen’s best-selling, game-changing Goddesses in Everywoman, myths came to life in a whole new way that resonated with our own lives. Even fictional character Bridget Jones was reading that book.Now comes Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman, a groundbreaking new book that explores the archetype of the activist.

Indomitable means untamed, unsubdued. It is the one-in-herself quality in girls and women who will not be victims, no matter what. To bring the Artemis archetype to life, Dr. Bolen delves deeply into the myth of Atalanta, the famous hunter and runner in ancient Greek mythology, a mortal woman who is identified with Artemis the Greek Goddess of the Hunt and Moon. Atalanta began life abandoned and left to die because she was born a girl. She faced the Calydon Boar and drew first blood; she was the runner who would demand to be beaten in a footrace by the man who could claim her as his bride. Atalanta exemplifies the indomitable spirit in competent, courageous girls and in the women they become. This is grit, the passion and persistence to go the distance, to survive, and to succeed.

Dr. Bolen paints a vivid picture of Artemis women in current media, including Princess Merida from the animated film Brave and Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. In all these examples and those of real-life women who grow into their Artemis spirit, she provides the means through which readers can navigate their own personal exploration to become their authentic selves. Bolen dedicates this book to women and girls who embody the archetype of Artemis, who discover her uncrushable spirit in themselves or others.

Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD, is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, and an internationally known author and speaker. She is the author of The Tao of Psychology, Goddesses in Everywoman, Gods in Everyman, Ring of Power, Crossing to Avalon, Close to the Bone, The Millionth Circle, Goddesses in Older Women, Crones Don’t Whine, Urgent Message from Mother, Like a Tree, and Moving Toward the Millionth Circle.

She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a former clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco, a past board member of the Ms. Foundation for Women and the International Transpersonal Association. She was a recipient of the Institute for Health and Healing’s “Pioneers in Art, Science, and the Soul of Healing Award.” She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She was in three acclaimed documentaries: the Academy-Award winning anti-nuclear proliferation film Women–For America, For the World, the Canadian Film Board’s Goddess Remembered, and FEMME: Women Healing the World. The Millionth Circle Initiative was inspired by her book and led to her advocacy for a UN 5th World Conference on Women Her website is

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Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman

Jean Bolen discussing her latest book, Artemis.

Published on May 18, 2015

Stuart Schwartz

Recently at a Whirling Dervish Meditation in Istanbul I read how Rumi summarized his life:

I was immature; I became experienced; I was consumed.

I could divide this lifetime in those categories also, starting with a life driven by conditioning resulting in a very successful appearance without much satisfaction.

Then the search for real happiness and peace. Decades of working with different modalities and sitting with many masters leading to teaching others how to relinquish conditioning and experience peaceful Silence.

And now, Satsang starts with the truth of everyone, the perfection of Self.

The tapestry of life includes all as the expression of Consciousness without any separation.

Anything that attempts to obscure this truth melts in its power.

Satsang is given in America, Canada and Europe as well as Private Satsang Sessions.

Stuart is the author of The Great Undoing VIEW HERE


Book: The Great Undoing

Interview conducted 5/16/2015

Spirituality Unveiled puts forward a succinct and compelling synthesis of numerous spiritual traditions. While weaving together insights from contemporary and past masters of spirituality along with holistic and Earth centred wisdom it beautifully highlights teachings about the essentials of creative unfoldment.

Spirituality Unveiled invites readers to join in the important search to find a healthy interaction with life. Key areas include the power of creativity, the effects of positive and negative actions and harmonious living with the natural world.

(Stephen Wollaston) was given the name Santoshan, meaning ‘contentment’, by an English swami of the Bihar School of Yoga. He has taught a variety of subjects in schools, colleges and at a university. He is particularly known for his creative background as a spiritual writer, graphic designer and musician. He was the principal electric bass guitarist of one of London’s first punk rock bands, The Wasps, and has served as a council member of GreenSpirit (, is a member of their editorial and publishing team and the designer of GreenSpirit magazine.

He has authored and co-authored several books on spiritual matters, including ‘River of Green Wisdom: Exploring Christian and Yogic Earth Centred Spirituality’ (GreenSpirit, 2014), ‘Spirituality Unveiled: Awakening to Creative Life’ (Earth Books, 2011), ‘The House of Wisdom: Yoga Spirituality of the East and West’ (Mantra Books, 2007) and ‘Realms of Wondrous Gifts: Psychic, Mediumistic and Miraculous Powers in the Great Mystical and Wisdom Traditions’ (revised ebook edition, 2012).

He has also been best friends with the former Benedictine and UK medium, Glyn Edwards, for more than 25 years and worked on two popular books with him, which were revised and republished in 2011: ‘The Spirit World in Plain English’ (originally titled ‘Tune in to your Spiritual Potential’) and ‘Spirit Gems’ (originally titled ’21 Steps to Reach your Spirit’ in the UK and ‘Unleash your Spiritual Power and Grow’ in the US).

Stephen holds a degree in religious studies and a post graduate certificate in religious education from King’s College London, a diploma in typographic design from the London College of Printing and a certificate in advanced psychosynthesis psychology. He prefers to have no labels, unless it be ‘integral non-dualist’ or ‘creation centred universalist’. Individual pages for his books and a general page about him can be found on Facebook. ‘Spirituality Unveiled’ has its own website.


Spirituality Unveiled

‘Spirituaity Unveiled: Awakening to Creative Life’ (O Books, Feb 2011) by Santoshan/Stephen Wollaston (GreenSpirit Council member, designer of GreenSpirit magazine, author and coauthor of five books on spiritual matters and former-punk rock musician – ‘The Wasps’) with a Foreword by Ian Mowll. Described as ‘a masterful synthesis’ and ‘integral thinking at its best’ by Marian Van Eyk McCain, editor of ‘GreenSpirit: Path to a New Consciousness’ and co-editor of the GreenSpirit Journal.

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A special thanks goes to Rafael Szaban for use of the inspiring and beautiful music from the CD ‘Journeys into a Gold Horizon’. Visit for more details about Rafael’s music, compositions and collaborations with various world musicians. A big thanks also goes to Terry Rogers for assisting with the voice recording and giving encouragment. Finally, the biggest thanks goes to Mother Earth for supplying the inspiration needed to write this book.

There are pivotal moments in the lives of all seekers when we realize that we’ve been traveling on our path of growth toward happiness and ful­fillment, but, simply put, we want to go faster. How we have been living, working, and loving just isn’t enough or even acceptable anymore. We know we’re being called to something more signi­ficant and expanded—we can feel it. At these times what’s needed is not simply more change or an adjustment in our outer life, but profound transformation. We don’t just want to rearrange the pieces of ourselves so that they look better temporarily. We want nothing less than rebirth. We are ready for Soul Shifts.

Soul Shifts is the groundbreaking new book from New York Times best-selling author and renowned transformational teacher Barbara De Angelis, Ph.D. Now, in her most powerful offering yet—and the culmination of her life’s work—Dr. De Angelis offers a practical handbook for awakening, and a brilliant revisioning of the journey of personal and spiritual transformation that will inspire and enlighten longtime seekers as well as new arrivals to the path of growth.

Soul Shifts are radical, vibrational internal shifts that spontaneously and inevitably transform the way you relate to yourself, to others, and to the world. For transformation to be real and lasting, it must originate from the inside out, so that instead of trying to constantly micromanage everything, you operate from true mastery at the deepest level of who you are—the soul level.
When you learn how to make these “Soul Shifts” on the inside, everything on the outside of your life shifts. Places where you’ve felt stuck or confused become illuminated with new clarity and understanding. Obstacles turn into possibilities, dead ends transform into doorways, and challenges convert into astonishing maps leading you to exciting new territories . . . all because you have made a Soul Shift.

A masterful and moving teacher, Dr. De Angelis will offer you illuminating guidance and invaluable techniques for living a life of practical spirituality and making your own personal Soul Shifts. Written with Barbara De Angelis’s trademark eloquence, keen insight, and compassionate wisdom, Soul Shifts takes you on nothing less than a sacred inner journey to emotional and spiritual rebirth and lasting attainment. Reading it will leave you truly and authentically uplifted and transformed.

DR. BARBARA DE ANGELIS is one of the most influential teachers of our time in the field of personal and spiritual transformation. A renowned author, speaker, and media personality, she has earned legendary status as one of the first people who helped popularize the self-help movement in the 1980s.
Dr. De Angelis has written 14 best-selling books that have sold over 10 million copies and been published in 25 languages, including four #1 New York Times bestsellers. She has starred in her own television shows on CNN, CBS, and PBS; and has been a frequent guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, the TODAY show, and Good Morning America.
Dr. De Angelis is President of Shakti Communications, Inc., dedicated to bringing enlightened messages to the world through her work. She offers seminars, retreats, online courses, and training programs to all those longing to live a life of mastery, fulfillment, and freedom. She is delighted to be a resident of Santa Barbara, California.
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Barbara De Angelis: Soul Shifts

Published on Apr 30, 2015

There are pivotal moments in life when we realize that how we have been living, working, and loving just isn’t enough or even acceptable anymore. At these times what’s needed is not simply more change or an adjustment in our outer life, but profound transformation. New York Times best-selling author and renowned transformational teacher, Dr. Barbara De Angelis, offers a practical guide for transformation from the inside out. Dr. De Angelis is a renowned author, speaker, and media personality, who has earned legendary status as one of the first people who helped popularize the self-help movement in the 1980s. Dr. De Angelis has written 14 best-selling books that have sold over 10 million copies and been published in 25 languages, including four #1 New York Times bestsellers. She has starred in her own television shows on CNN, CBS, and PBS; and has been a frequent guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, the TODAY show, and Good Morning America.

“What Is Consciousness & Where Is It?” – a panel conversation recorded at Science and Nonduality Conference 2013 with Rudolph Tanzi, Menas Kafatos and Lothar Schäfer facilitated by Deepak Chopra

What is the fundamental activity in the universe? Although neuroscience has made
enormous progress in looking at the brain correlates of subjective and objective experience,
there is still no theory on how we experience mental or perceptual reality. Where our memories are stored? Is there a scientifically viable way to explain consciousness? Does mainstream science have the methodologies to address this question? Are there states of consciousness that go beyond waking, dreaming and sleeping? Is our current science which is based on a subject/object split equipped to answer these mysteries? What is the nature of the universe? What is the of nature awareness that makes it possible for us to experience the universe?

Published on May 16, 2015

Adyashanti explains how knowledge of the concepts of awakening and enlightenment contain both benefits and pitfalls. This video is an excerpt from SAND Anthology Vol. 2.

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

Published on May 16, 2015

Adyashanti offers recommendations for working with the teachings that guide the spiritual seeker on the path of awakening. This video is an excerpt from SAND Anthology Vol. 2.

The relative self and reincarnation – Bob Thurman

Bob Thurman discusses the meaning of enlightenment as it was defined by the Buddha.

A recognized worldwide authority on religion and spirituality, asian history, world philosophy, buddhist science, Indo-Tibetan Buddhism and his Holiness the Dalai Lama, Robert Thurman is an eloquent advocate of the relevance of buddhist ideas in our daily lives.

Reflections on the spiritual journey by Bob Thurman

A conversation with Bob Thurman reflecting on his spiritual journey.

A recognized worldwide authority on religion and spirituality, asian history, world philosophy, buddhist science, Indo-Tibetan Buddhism and his Holiness the Dalai Lama, Robert Thurman is an eloquent advocate of the relevance of buddhist ideas in our daily lives.

The Evolution of Consciousness – Peter Russell

Published on May 15, 2015

A conversation with Peter Russell about how the exploration of consciousness has evolved in the past 50 years.

Peter Russell is a fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, of The World Business Academy and of The Findhorn Foundation, and an Honorary Member of The Club of Budapest. At Cambridge University (UK), he studied mathematics and theoretical physics. Then, as he became increasingly fascinated by the mysteries of the human mind he changed to experimental psychology. Pursuing this interest, he traveled to India to study meditation and eastern philosophy, and on his return took up the first research post ever offered in Britain on the psychology of meditation. He has written several books in this area — The TM Technique, The Upanishads, The Brain Book, The Global Brain Awakens, The Creative Manager, The Consciousness Revolution, Waking Up in Time, and From Science to God.

The Effortless Meditation, Peter Russell

A conversation with Peter Russell about the effortless nature of meditation.

How do you see science evolving when it comes to consciousness? – Peter Russell
Published on May 15, 2015

Published on May 14, 2015

In this conversation Deepak Chopra shares with us his personal journey in the exploration of consciousness.

How can we understand consciousness? – Deepak Chopra

Consciousness in Different Spiritual Traditions – Deepak Chopra

Published on May 14, 2015

In this conversation Deepak Chopra discusses consciousness through the lens of different spiritual traditions.

Published on May 15, 2015

A conversation about the relationship between the infinite and the finite.

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Published on May 13, 2015

An excerpt of the Interview with Kazuaki Tanahashi featured in the SAND Anthology vol. 5.

Kazuaki Tanahashi, born in Japan and active in the United States since 1977, is an artist, writer, and worker for peace and the environment. Kaz’s one-stroke paintings, multi-color Zen circles, and calligraphy have been in solo exhibitions throughout the world. His publications include Brush Mind, Penetrating Laughter: Hakuin’s Zen and Art, Lotus, and Treasury of the True Dharma Eye: Zen Master Dogen’s Shobo Genzo. Also, The Heart Sutra: Exploring Wisdom Beyond Wisdom is forthcoming from Shambhala Publications. He is the founding director of A World Without Armies and a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science.

The Ultimate Spiritual Guide for Men

What is your true purpose in life? What do women really want? What makes a good lover? If you’re a man reading this, you’ve undoubtedly asked yourself these questions-but you may not have had much luck answering them. Until now.

In The Way of the Superior Man, David Deida explores the most important issues in men’s lives-from career and family to women and intimacy to love and spirituality and relationships-to offer a practical guidebook for living a masculine life of integrity, authenticity, and freedom. Join this bestselling author and internationally renowned expert on sexual spirituality for straightforward advice, empowering skills, body practices, and more to help you realize a life of fulfillment, immediately and without compromise.

“It is time to evolve beyond the macho jerk ideal, all spine and no heart,” writes David Deida. “It is also time to evolve beyond the sensitive and caring wimp ideal, all heart and no spine.” The Way of the Superior Man presents the ultimate challenge-and reward-for today’s man: to discover the ‘unity of heart and spine’ through the full expression of consciousness and love in the infinite openness of the present moment.

David Deida is internationally renowned for his revolutionary insights into mens and womens consciousness and his commitment to deepening genuine spiritual and sexual practice. Acknowledged as one of the most insightful and provocative spiritual teachers of our time, Deida continues to revolutionize the way that men and women grow spiritually and sexually. Deida is known worldwide as the author of hundreds of essays, audiotapes, videotapes, articles, and books that bring to light an integral approach to spirituality. His books include the best-selling underground classic, The Way of the Superior Man; several practical texts on authentic sexual spirituality, including Finding God Through Sex and Blue Truth, and the autobiographical novel about highly unconventional spiritual training, Wild Nights.

David Deida’s books are published in more than twenty-five languages worldwide and are required reading in university, church, and spiritual center courses, source texts used in men’s and women’s groups around the world, and are considered important resources for spiritual transformation and sacred sexuality by everyone from achievement coach Tony Robbins to philosopher Ken Wilber to minister and spiritual spokeswoman Marianne Williamson.

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How to Be a Man – The Way of the Superior Man by David Deida. When it comes to Masculinity, David Deida has to be the most knowledgeable on the topic. This is absolutely my favorite book, and if I could only give one book to another man, it would be this. This first part covered some of my favorite ideas on what it means to be a man. There will be a second part that will go into detail about how the masculine should interact with the feminine. Enjoy!

Big idea 1 (0:00) : Stop hoping for a completion of anything in life.

Big idea 2 (1:49) : Don’t get lost in tasks and duties.

Big idea 3 (2:54) : Be willing to change everything in your life.

Big idea 4 (4:35) : Live as if your father were dead.

Big idea 5 (5:45) : If you don’t know your purpose, discover it now.

David Deida – Three Stages of Relationship

In this video, David Deida talks about the three stages of relationship, from dependency and emotional reaction, to independence and sexual neutrality, and finally to the third stage, which is love

In this new book, Dolores Cannon continues the story begun in two of her previous books, Keepers of the Garden and The Custodians. In those books, she explained how the Extraterrestrials developed life on Earth, how they came to be regarded as gods and explored the complicated relationship between humans and ETs.

This book focuses on the secret knowledge that has been passed from generation to generation after the Extraterrestrials left earth. For centuries, ET wisdom has been protected by the few who belonged to the secret Mystery schools, where a few initiates were chosen to learn and practice the various techniques. The knowledge had to be safeguarded and protected. They knew that it must not die.

Down through countless centuries this knowledge was protected and shared only with the chosen few. Wars have been fought and terrible injustices have been committed in attempts to gain access to this knowledge. Those with the knowledge often died rather than let it fall into the wrong hands. Now it is no longer reserved strictly for oracles in temples, hermits in caves, or wise men cloistered in hidden schools. It is returning to our time and is now available for all to learn.

Dolores Cannon is a regression therapist whose home is in Arkansas. She works with abduction cases and with UFO researchers. Her other books include The Three Waves of Volunteers to Save the Earth and “The Convoluted Universe” series. Her other atmosphere-filled books of “far memory” documentation include Jesus and the Essenes, They Walked with Jesus, and Between Death and Life. She also edited the channeled 3-volume work “Conversations with Nostradamus”. Vist her at

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Dolores Cannon’s new book “The Search for Hidden Sacred Knowledge”

Dolores discusses her new book “The Search for Hidden Sacred Knowledge” based on her past life regression sessions with subjects who revealed hidden sacred knowledge from many lost civilizations of the ancient world:…

Published on May 12, 2015

A conversation with Rupert Spira about the sense of lack, happiness, relationships and intimacy.

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

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

Published on May 12, 2015

Death happens to an experience . The experience is your conditioned self . Your true self is the field of awareness in which the experience occurs. The true self is not in time and not subject to birth or death

Change occurs from the inside, outward. ‘The Book of I AM’ is a starting point to seeing ourselves the way that God intended us to.

From the Author
With this book, I wanted to ensure that my authenticity shined. I wanted this book to be true to who I was . . . I had to LIVE this message. I want the reader to feel that we share the same experiences and understand that they are not alone.
The Book of I AM is a journey that never ends, but after the rough places the road becomes much easier to travel.

Buttrfli Jones is a native of Kansas, a wife and a mother. She currently has an MBA and one day would like to pursue a Doctorate degree in Business. She states that she does not write for notoriety alone, but to make an impact in the lives of people who may not have a voice. She hopes that throughout her writing career, she is able to change lives and minds not only on a national level, but worldwide. Her major writing influence is Toni Morrison, and the person she most admires in life is her mother. She enjoys writing poetry, music, singing and reading.


Kwenzi House Cafe interview with Buttrfli Jones

Published on Mar 22, 2015

Me your host Muthah Earth is proud to present an interview with Buttrfli Jones regarding her new book THE BOOK OF I AM, as well as her other books. She gives me an insight of her mission to attract all backgrounds to her writing style. Check out what she has to say!

This is a 55 minute interview which has been split into 6 segments.
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Published on May 12, 2015

A conversation with Rupert Spira about the unfolding of his realization.

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

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


This book is part philosophy, part self-help, and part spirituality.

It explains why the universe works as it does, how we fit in the universe, and how we can live a balanced life.

This book is for those who want to be spiritual, but in a practical way.

After years of studying many philosophies on life, science, and spirituality, I came across a quote by Thomas Edison. He said, “Atoms have intelligence, and the intelligence of man is the sum of the intelligence of the atoms that compose his body.” A light bulb went off (excuse the pun).

Atoms are matter. Atoms have intelligence. Matter is intelligent. We are matter. We are Intelligent Matter.

I took this thought and looked into it deeper. I discovered what it really means to be intelligent. I discovered how we as humans are meant to be intelligent matter of the Universe and how history shows in general that is how we live. Our desires and needs are just sensors that are trying to guide us in being Intelligent Matter.

As you read this book, you will discover what it means to be intelligent and the features of man that make him intelligent.
This book doesn’t create anything new. It takes what is already out there and explains it in “plain terms”. You don’t have to be a spiritual guru to live an intelligent life. This book is for everyday people with everyday lives. There is no certification program that has to be completed to become intelligent. We are born intelligent. We just need to live as Intelligent Matter.

Take the information in this book, mix it with your own common sense, and you will understand how the Universe works and how simple it is to be i-matter: Intelligent Matter.

The information you are about to read will show how life works on a daily, yearly, and life-time basis. After reading this book, knowing life’s purpose will no longer be an issue. You will be focused on living as you were meant to live.

The sooner you start reading, the sooner you will start living.

About the Author
Q & A for Tracy Sohl

What books have influenced your life the most?

All books influence my life. But I would have to say that my favorite book is “The Harvest of a Quiet Eye” by Odell Shepard. It was written in 1927. He was dismayed by how the automobile was changing the way life was lived. He wanted to remember a time when people walked to get where they wanted to go. So he took one last adventure and walked across Connecticut, starting in New York. The book is filled with stories, poems and sketches. It reminds me that life has always been changing and always will.

What was the hardest part of writing i-matter?

The hardest part of writing my book was letting it go out into the world. i-matter is filled with my personal thoughts and beliefs. Letting it out into the world is to trust the world with myself.

What did you learn while writing i-matter?

Chapter 9 was my “ah-ha” moment. I learned that the Material World is the world of order and the Spiritual World is the world of chaos. If you want more possibilities in your life, you need to embrace chaos. Order reduces possibilities and chaos creates them.

What draws you to this topic?

My unending desire to learn keeps me drawn to this topic. I want to embrace life and to embrace life is to learn as much as you can about it and use that information to make life fulfilling.

Short Bio:
Tracy Sohl grew up on a farm in South Dakota. She married at the age of 20 and became a single mom before she was 30. A few years later, she remarried. She went back to school and earned an associate degree in applied science. In her free time she studied physics, philosophy, and modern spirituality. She was also a certified personal trainer and aspiring life coach.
She would like to share her philosophy with the world and help others make the most out of life.

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Published on May 12, 2015

A conversation about the relationship between Consciousness and objects.


I Love My Life is an extraordinary little guidebook that will give you the tools, the attitude, and the diving board to make the greatest move of your life. This simple, clear, and often funny book is a gift that will change your life for the better. Powerful and practical, these short chapters take you through the true life lessons of wellness expert and spiritual teacher Dr. Jonathan Ellerby, CEO of the Tao Wellness Center & Inspired Living Community Mexican Caribbean.

Jonathan released his commitment to a quickly growing career as an author, media expert and traveling speaker, to move with his family to the Riviera Maya of Mexico to help design and lead the “Tao” wellness center and residential development. Tao is a community and event center dedicated to the pursuit of health through the celebration of connection, personal passion, inner peace and the imperative to make the world a better place. The “Tao Inspired Living Community” blends the magic of the local landscape with global influences to offer programs, international events, and a sense of community beyond compare.

In one of the safest and most sought after tropical destinations in the world, Dr. Ellerby reclaims age old lessons and promises of health, happiness, longevity and peace. On his journey to make this paradise like setting his home, Jonathan also faces the turbulent waters of relocation, tourism, societal fear, stereotypes and cultural evolution in a time of global, financial, and spiritual upheaval. The resulting wisdom is inspiring, a joy to read, and a truly life changing path to put into practice. IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO DESIGN YOUR LIFE!

Featured as an expert in films, print, television, and radio, Jonathan Ellerby, Ph.D., is the author of Return to The Sacred and Inspiration Deficit Disorder, and is the CEO of Tao Wellness Center and Inspired Living Community in the Riviera Maya of Mexico. Jonathan has over 20 years of experience in the fields of holistic healing, spiritual counseling, integrative medicine, and corporate consulting. Drawing from a Ph.D. in comparative religion and travels to meet and study with healers and teachers in more than 40 cultures around the world, Jonathan makes spirituality simple and every day inspired.

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The Promise of Paradise with Jonathan Ellerby

Don’t we all seek Paradise here on earth? Dr. Jonathan Ellerby has found his by participating in the creation of Tao Inspired Living, a Wellness Center and Inspired Living Community on the Riviera, on the Caribbean coast of Mexico. In the process he learned a lot about himself and the perennial search for paradise that he shares in his book, The Promise of Paradise. He has a PhD in comparative religion and has authored two international bestsellers, “Inspiration Deficit Disorder,” and “Return to the Sacred.

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Are you looking for inner peace? Do you seek a deeper understanding of yourself and the spiritual world? Have you followed the popular prescriptions for enlightenment and still found yourself unsatisfied? Return to The Sacred is a fascinating guide that will help you understand the importance of spiritual practice and the great diversity of paths that are available to you. This is a book that does more than provide philosophy and inspiration; it gives you the freedom to find a path that works for you and the knowledge to experience the answers for yourself. You’ll learn about the time-tested tools of spiritual growth that will help you discover extraordinary depths of wisdom, power, and peace.

Return to The Sacred will introduce you to the 12 Master Paths and Practices that have transformed the lives of countless saints, mystics, masters, and sages since the beginning of history. In this book, you’ll find what you need to discover your spiritual personality and choose the path that will lead you toward the realization of boundless joy and a lifelong journey of meaning.

Jonathan Ellerby, Ph.D., weaves threads of personal growth and comparative religion into captivating true tales of spiritual adventures with teachers and healers around the world. Through colorful stories and clear reflections, he presents a perspective that reveals the rewards of spiritual practice, and a realistic understanding of the deep commitments and challenging steps along the way. Return to The Sacred is an inspiring journey around the globe and into the furthest reaches of Spirit.

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Soul Success and Spiritual Growth with Jonathan Ellerby PhD

Life changing steps toward peace and awakening.

Master the BASICS of Spiritual Health with Jonathan Ellerby PhD

Amazing introduction to six timeless tools to manager stress, master mindfulness, and move toward spiritual awakening. Check out Jonathan’s acclaimed new book “Return to the Sacred” you can learn more at

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As above, so below—said Hermes Trismegistus. In physics, perception is limited towards the infinitesimally small by the Planck scale defined by the Heisenberg inequalities; towards the infinitely big by the speed of light and the theory of relativity. In between those two scales lies our material world, of observable objects, subject to the laws of causality and to the tyranny of Time.

Sages and mystics of all time, on the other hand, have hinted at the observation that notime is present in meditation. At first sight we could believe that causality has just simply evaporated, and that the non-dual world is non-causal. In this presentation we will see that a more beautiful hypothesis leads us to envision that in meditation, causality has become instantaneous, not a-causal. In this framework the non-dual world is super-causal rather than non-causal. This assumption will lead us to reconsider the notions of mass, space and time from a spiritual perspective.

An excerpt from the interview with Catherine Pepin featured in the Science and Nonduality Anthology Vol. 5.

CATHERINE PÉPIN, PH.D. Theoretical Physicist, Institute of Theoretical Physics, Saclay, France In 2005, she received a strong spiritual call which told her that in addition to the wonders of Scientific endeavour, there is an unmistakable Otherness, a presence impalpable to the mind. She was exposed to a number of spiritual teachings and experiences, starting in June 2006 with the meeting of late Stephen Jourdain’. In 2007, she went through a Shamanic initiation involving Iboga and Ayahuasca, the African and South Amazon sacred plants known to open doors of the Spirit.

Today, she is developing her own path, and is convinced that the spiritual call she received in 2005, while she was still a fundamentally materialistic scientist, was not an accident . It was an experience of a universal longing in the human Soul for a deep and uncompromising re-union of Science and Spirit.

Science and the Big Questions

From the “The Way of Liberating Insight” Study Course

A participant writes: I am a 56-year-old black woman, and a particular feeling of unworthiness appears in the form of internalized “racism.” It is often/mostly subtle these days.

For example, going into predominantly “white” spaces and relationships (which in the Pacific Northwest is pretty much everywhere), I find myself going out of my way to present myself as nonthreatening to make others feel comfortable with my presence.

You spoke about unconscious choices in the exercise. I don’t know how to look at this because in some way it feels like “whiteness” and “otherness” in the form of culture, institutions, and people are to blame for this particular feeling of unworthiness.

Adyashanti: Thank you for your question. It brings to mind an incident I had many years ago in my early twenties. I was traveling out of town with a friend of mine to compete in a bicycle race. Late at night we pulled into a roadside motel hoping to get a room. I went in and booked a room from an elderly white woman who was working at the desk. Just as I was about to leave, my friend came in and asked if I was able to book a room. As soon as the woman behind the desk saw that my friend was African American she suddenly looked very disturbed and claimed that she had made a mistake with the booking. She claimed that actually there were no rooms available and tore up the paperwork that I had just given her.

I was so shocked and dumbfounded that I didn’t know how to respond. It was the first time that I had encountered such overt racism first hand. It was deeply disturbing. We ended up leaving and driving to another motel where we booked a room without incident. I was enraged at the woman’s racist behavior and when I talked to my friend about what had happened, he simply shrugged his shoulders and said, “When you’re black you encounter this sort of behavior all the time. It’s part of what it is to be black in this culture.” I wanted to go back and confront the woman, but my friend convinced me to let it go and go to bed — we did, after all, have to get up early the next morning to drive out to the race. This was my first personal encounter with a form of overt racism that shook me to my core.

I can only dimly imagine what it is like to be so defined by the color of one’s skin and the effect that has on one’s sense of self-worth. To internalize such a painful and destructive cultural shadow is painful indeed. It does however seem as though anyone’s experience of unworthiness, whatever the color of their skin, begins in great part as an internalization of outward influences that are sustained by identifying with the images in one’s own mind of an unworthy self. In this sense, at least, we are dealing with a universal phenomena of incorrect self-identification.

If in fact our true identity originated in some outer influence, we would all be destined to be unavoidably impoverished by the limitations of perspective and love of those around us. Fortunately this is not the case. And because this is not the case, it is up to each of us to seize upon the fierce power of discernment and love, and begin to bear the dark light of our solitude where we encounter the unformed nature of our presence. For as long as we choose to remain defined by either inner or outer images, no matter what our race, upbringing, or gender, we end up only imprisoning ourselves within the profound limitations of our own internalized self-image.

That is why it is up to us, and only us, to cast aside everything that is false, painful, and limiting, by facing into the profound mystery of our being. We must take that one profound step beyond everything that we think we are (no matter where it came from), begin to face the formlessness of our presence, and open once again to the invisible and silent ground of our being. It is there that all of our masks will be stripped away by the great impenetrable silence, if only we can bear its voiceless command to surrender all that we know of ourselves and embrace the benevolent light of our unborn nature. We must throw out of our consciousness everything that is not essentially our own, by being absolutely willing to be a light unto ourselves where we — not someone or something else — encounter the fullness of our nothingness.

Then, and only then, can we embody the fullness of our own skin, and be a clear and benevolent presence in this often confused world. Then we in our humanity embody the sanity, freedom, and love that is the only hope for humankind, and can consciously and lovingly participate in the outer work of healing the cultural wounds of racism (and all forms of division) that distort the indistinct unity of our shared human and spiritual nature.

Source: Adyashanti

Pub Date Oct 1 2015

“I’m not a yogi from the Himalayas, a preacher from the pulpit, or a guru with dollar signs in my eyes,” says Chris Grosso. “The truth is, as a result of years of heavy drug and alcohol addiction, I’ve been to some extremely dark places that resulted in a literal life-or-death search for something more. Now this emerging voice of the spiritual counterculture presents a riveting and insightful book about meditation, the search for deeper meaning, and the life-changing (and life-saving) process of waking up.

Rich with hard-won wisdom and valuable instruction, Everything Mind invites us to join a spiritual quest that’s not about creeds or beliefs-it’s a raw, direct experience of the heart, mind, and soul. “Cultivating a spiritual lifestyle may be the most challenging undertaking you’ll ever face,” says Chris. “Spirituality isn’t a quick fix that magically makes life easy (no matter what you’ve heard), but it can teach us how to meet all of life with an open heart-which, when you get down to it, is pretty fucking amazing.”

CHRIS GROSSO is an independent culturist, professor with en*theos Academy, and author of Indie Spiritualist: A No Bullshit Exploration of Spirituality, (Atria Books/Beyond Words, 2014). He writes for ORIGIN Magazine, Mantra Yoga & Health Magazine, The Huffington Post,, and Elephant Journal. For more, visit

Chris Grosso – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Chris Grosso is an independent culturist, freelance writer, spiritual aspirant, recovering addict, and musician who serves as spiritual director for the interfaith center – The Sanctuary at Shepardfields. He writes for Huffington Post, Rebelle Society, ORIGIN magazine, Mantra Yoga + Health magazine and he created the – a popular hub for all things alternative, independent, and spiritual. Chris’s bestselling debut book, Indie Spiritualist: A No Bullshit Exploration of Spirituality, earned him praise from Ram Dass, Tony Hawk, Ken Wilber, Publishers Weekly and more. A self-taught musician, Chris has been writing, recording, and touring since the mid-1990s.

Pub Date Sep 1 2015

Awakening can be the natural next stage of human development. Awakening is not a rare event limited to those who leave for the monastery or cave. We can awaken in the midst of our daily lives by discovering what Loch Kelly calls “open-hearted awareness.” For the past two decades, this innovative psychotherapist and meditation teacher has been helping people from every background learn how to access a spacious, natural way of living in tune with a deeper truth.

Shift into Freedom presents Loch Kelly’s original synthesis of ancient wisdom, modern psychological insights, current neuroscience research, and unique awareness practices for the body, mind, and heart. Written for both first-time and lifelong meditators, here is a training guide filled with simple and effective experiential tools for “unhooking” awareness from our chattering minds and dropping into our awake heart space, expanding our sense of intimacy and interconnection, and embodying inner peace, clarity, and love.

LOCH KELLY, M.Div, LCSW is an educator, consultant, and recognized leader in the field of meditation and psychotherapy who was asked to teach meditation by Mingyur Rinpoche and Adyashanti. The founder of the Open-Hearted Awareness Institute, he is an emerging voice in modernizing meditation, social outreach, and collaborating with neuroscientists to study how awareness training can enhance well-being. He lives in New York City with his wife Paige and their cat, Duffy. For more, visit

Shift Into Freedom – By Loch Kelly (Sept. 1st, 2015)

Shift Into Freedom: The Science and Practice of Open-Hearted Awareness
By Loch Kelly
Available September 1st, 2015

Be only Being
Know only Knowing
Love only Loving

This book is a distillation of penetrating statements, gleaned from the numerous teachings of Rupert Spira: at times borrowing the musicality of a haiku, the terseness of a pith instruction, or the persuasive power of an oration. But no matter their shape, each one bears the treasure of a full teaching.

How To Ignite Your Happiness and End Suffering
by Pragito Dove:

Happiness is your essential nature. So why are so many people suffering?

Is it because they have learned that suffering will bring them love and attention? Some people believe they are here to suffer, and that when they die, the more they have suffered, the more likely they are to go to heaven. Heaven and hell only exist in the mind. You either create your heaven or create your own hell here right now on this earth. Suffering is optional.

Where does the idea that we are here to suffer come from? It comes from generational suffering – we learned that was the normal way to be. The truth is you are here to live your greatest creative expression, to love and be loved, and to be happy.

Of course, when the body is hurt or ill, you have pain, but you can decide not to suffer. You can manage the pain if your focus is to enjoy life. Focus your attention on everything that makes you happy.

Most people want to be happy, don’t they? Nobody wants to be miserable. So what is the problem?

Here are 5 essential keys to understand how to free yourself from suffering and ignite happiness in your life.

1. Understand how the human mind functions.

The more you seek happiness, the more unhappy you will be. Now this seems absurd, but this is the root cause of the problem. If you want to get out of misery, you have to get out of your desire for happiness.

The moment you desire happiness you move away from the present.
You have moved away from your present moment reality, into the future, which has not come yet. You have moved into a dream and a dream can never be fulfilling. The desire for happiness shows you are not happy right at this moment. You are unhappy today, and your projection comes out of whatever you are today, which is unhappy.

Don’t dream and yearn for something in the future. BE HERE NOW. You can be happy right this very moment – this throbbing, beating, real moment – without any past memories “My boss upset me yesterday” or future worries “My retirement money won’t be enough” to interfere.

Happiness is where you are. Wherever you are, happiness is there, available.
Joy is the very stuff the universe is made of. It is always there, in your present moment. You have to look straight-on. Happiness does not have to be created – it just has to be seen. It is already here now.

Happiness has nothing to do with what you have or don’t have. Happiness is already within you.

The absence of desire brings happiness. It also brings freedom and liberation, because whenever something is lacking there are both limits and dependency. Only when nothing at all is lacking is there the possibility of freedom. Freedom brings happiness.

2. Happiness is your choice

The birds, flowers, trees, stars are happy. They don’t know how to be unhappy. These birds chirping in the trees, they are happy! Not because they have chosen to be happy, they are simply happy because they don’t know any other way to be. Their happiness is unconscious. It is simply natural.

You can be happy because you have something which no tree, bird, or star has. You have consciousness. But when you have consciousness two alternatives are possible: either you can be unhappy or you can be happy. It is your choice! Trees are happy because they cannot be unhappy. Their happiness is not their freedom. They have to be happy. They don’t know how to be unhappy; there is no alternative. You are free to choose. This freedom is where the problem lies because your happiness is your responsibility.

3. Accept Yourself the Way You Are

A main cause of suffering is not accepting yourself the way you are. You judge yourself that you should be more this or more that. “I should lose weight and then I’ll attract a wonderful man/woman to love me”. “I’m so stupid-I should have put the trash out before the dog got to it.”

Acceptance is the opposite of judgment. You can say to yourself for example: “I love you ..insert your name.., just the way you are.” “My mistakes help me become more aware about myself.” “I love myself no matter what.”

You are born perfect, and you will die perfect. But we have to distinguish between two types of perfect. When you are young, you want to be perfect because your parents want you to be perfect and the teachers at school want you to be perfect. You search for an image of perfection that isn’t real. It’s not truth. It’s the biggest lie. You will never be perfect from that point of view because that image is just an image—it is not real. You search for everything you believe you don’t have, not knowing that everything you are looking for is already inside you. You are born with it. You are already enough. You are already perfect just the way you naturally are.

4. Happiness is being at complete rest

You run here and there in search of happiness, but the more you run, the more unhappy you will be. Happiness is that moment of rest when there is no more running, when you are just at rest, when you are simply there where you are, when you do not move even an inch. And then, in that moment of rest, there is happiness.

You can find these moments in meditation, walking in nature, playing with your children, chatting with your best friend, enjoying moments of laughter with your spouse. These moments of inner rest, when you are utterly content, happiness is there. You do not have to go to a mountain top retreat, read spiritual books, or take yoga classes (although all of these activities offer opportunities for happiness). You don’t have to strive to be happy, nor is it something you have to work at. Relax, cultivate presence. And when you forget and “lose it”,(because you will!) relax, accept yourself, and move on to the next moment. Happiness is always available, 24/7.

The universe is on your side. The universe wants you to be happy. All you have to do is relax into the moment, and beware the ego trying to make it complicated. It is not.

5. Seek Truth and Happiness is automatic
Happiness is a shadow of truth. Always seek to live in truth, rather than illusion. This means seeing the reality of situations as they are, rather than the way you might want them to be. Sometimes the truth is hard: your spouse has been having an affair; you’ve just lost your job; your teenager didn’t get into the college they wanted. Life is not always “happy”.

When you come into the present moment, and allow yourself to experience and feel the impact of an unpleasant situation, you will find, underneath your hurt feelings, that happiness is there. It is always there, no matter the state of your life. Now allow the happiness to be there, alongside your sadness, frustration, guilt – whatever your feelings are. Include ALL of these feelings, in an open-hearted attention. You will start to feel more balanced and calm, and your creativity will return. You will feel more courage to continue to the next moment.

You can start to experience the nature of joy, and happiness, from a radically different perspective. Joy is the essence of life. Accept joy by being grateful to be alive and for the challenges and opportunities in life, and by finding the good in all that you have – rather than setting conditions or demands for happiness. By embracing joy, including when life is hard, you come closer to a true, peaceful, and balanced state.

Using the principles she teaches, Pragito Dove transformed her pain and fear into joy and inner peace. Now she shares these secrets with others.

Pragito Dove is founder of the “Laughing Buddhas Network” and president of “Discover Meditation Training Inc.,” a cutting-edge meditation training company. She is the leading authority on Expressive Meditation in North America and a thought leader on visionary thinking. A master trainer, international speaker, and meditation expert, Pragito teaches people how to transform pain and fear into joy and inner peace in order to achieve business and personal success. A best-selling author in seven languages, Pragito is dedicated to re-igniting passion and vision in the business world and in individual’s lives.

An experienced trainer and facilitator, she has provided meditation and productivity training to organizations including the University of California San Francisco Cancer Resource Center, Hill Physicians Medical Group, the San Francisco Chronicle, NASA, Peak Potentials Training Inc., the John C. Lincoln Hospital, United Health Care, World Laughter Tour Inc., the Association of Applied Therapeutic Humor, Autodesk and the National Association of Women Business Owners.

“I am a master at transforming suffering through laughter and other forms of meditation. I have been a hypnotherapist and meditation master for over 25 years. In that time I have gained considerable insight, real-life knowledge, and a deeper understanding of how to help people get the changes they want in their lives easily and quickly. My own personal journey of healing has given me a wealth of experience, compassion and wisdom. I consider all of your needs by getting to know your business and relevant personal details. I then develop programs that are ideal for you by providing expertise with a personal touch.

My work supports you to live, be and manifest all you are meant to be. I love working with people who want to bring about a change in their lives, whether it’s in business, health and fitness, relationships or spiritually and emotionally. If there are self-sabotaging beliefs in the subconscious we can together bring deeper insight, understanding and healing to transform them so that you have the life you want and deserve. I help my clients find meaning in their lives, connect to their inner wisdom and open to spiritual blessing.”

Introduction to Pragito Dove’s worK

Published on Jul 22, 2014 Pragito Dove lives in beautiful San Francisco Bay Area.
I empower you to gain a deeper awareness of how Law of Attraction works. With my guidance, you can increase your ability to attract greater prosperity, enhance all your relationships and improve your health and vitality. Awareness is the key. The meditation techniques in my latest book “Laughter, Tears, Silence: Expressive Meditations to Calm Your Mind and Open Your Heart” were instrumental in helping me transform my negative emotions into love, compassion, and gratitude. The result is I transmit higher positive vibrations and attract good things into my life.

Published on May 8, 2015

A conversation about art and the collective unconscious

A teaching from the fourteenth century Master, Meister Eckhart on the union of the soul with God and the birth within

Source: Ted Nottingham

Through reflections on the Vietnamese Zen master, Thich Nhat Hanh, and the medieval Christian mystic, Meister Eckhart, writer Brian Pierce reveals the benefits of openness as a spiritual practice. By drawing analogies between Christian and Buddhist teachings, he identifies the common ground on which to grow in compassionate understanding and interfaith dialogue.

Blending Christian tradition with the concrete spiritual practices of Buddhism, this work emphasizes the importance of seeing with a contemplative and compassionate vision. By sharing accounts of individuals who transcended their own suffering to embrace a more compassionate and understanding view of others, Pierce celebrates the moments of harmonious communion that draw us together.

This beautifully written book is a model for respectful listening and a spiritual resource for prayerful meditation and scholarly study.

Brian J Pierce is a Dominican friar who currently serves as Promoter of the Dominican Family in Latin America and the Caribbean. He is the author of Saint Martin de Porres.

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The Teachings Of Meister Eckhart

Eckhart discusses the profound teachings of his namesake, the 14th-century German mystic Meister Eckhart.

Published on May 6, 2015 is where you can pick up 10+ hours of classes of Mars and Mercury – retrograde and combustion – AND the astrology houses.. all of these things are crucial to understanding how the current configuration of Mars and Mercury will affect you .. it wll also teach you more in-depth about these Universal principles.


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