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Rupert elaborates on the connection between minds that stems from the consciousness-only model.

“Philip Comella, takes a fresh and bold look at the debate between science and religion—and attempts to go farther than any other book to unite them.

For years,we have been led to believe that the universe trace sits roots back to the Big Bang, a cataclysmic explosion of ethereal energy that resulted in the formation of the planets, stars, and everything in-between. Suppose,though, that the cosmos wasn’t, in fact, borne of a random eruption—but rather stems from the ever-evolving imagination of a multi-dimensional dreaming mind?Such a drastically different perspective would no doubt change the way we see not only ourselves, but also our place in the infinite realm of the universe. Such is the central premise of The Collapse of Materialism.

Probing,well written, and thoroughly researched, Comella’s insightful volume serves as a treatise on the popular misconceptions that the world of science would lead us to believe about the origins—and subsequent development—of the universe. Comella paints the compelling picture of life as a purposeful, directed means to an end. Bolstered by a wide range of enlightening sources,including religion, eastern philosophy—and science itself—this book breaks important ground regarding the limited purview of life as we’ve come to know it, encouraging readers to explore the unfettered depths of a new vision of universal purpose.”

—Dominique Sessons,

Philip Comella is a lawyer, host of the podcast, Conversations Beyond Science and Religion, and author of The Collapse of Materialism: Visions of Science, Dreams of God. He has also published articles in Watkins Mind Body Spirit, Quest Magazine, and Veritas. The objective of his writing is to be more scientific than science, and to offer a credible, logical, and optimistic alternative to the matter-first, purposeless, and pessimistic worldview of modern, materialistic science. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio (1955), and received a B.A. in Philosophy from Beloit College (1978) and a J.D. from George Washington University (1983). The Collapse of Materialism shows that a matter-first worldview, one where all reality came from a Big Bang, life from a swamp, and consciousness from the gray matter of the brain, does not make any sense, and that we have accepted it based on faith, not on critical examination. Quantum theory, psychic phenomena, near-death experiences, the placebo effect, synchronicity, the fine-tuning of the universe, the pervasive belief in God, and many other features of our world show that a matter-first worldview no longer can explain the world we experience. Materialism is collapsing, and this is a good thing, as a mind-first worldview not only builds permanent bridge between science and religion, but also offers a future of unlimited promise.

The Collapse of Materialism-Visions of Science & God

Philip Comella believes that civilization may be at the beginning of a new epoch, a time of great spiritual awakening with humanity transcending to a higher truth, one that unifies the now colliding cultures of science and religion. In his book The Collapse of Materialism, Comella explains that through this viewpoint will come the ultimate understanding of the interconnection between our minds and the world around us.

Many scientists now believe that it has been shown that matter originates in the mind and the mind is universal. Philip Comella explains that embracing the universal mind will lead us back to ourselves and finally back to God.

Philip Comella is a lawyer, visionary futurist, and host of the popular radio show Conversations Beyond Science and Religion, podcast at http://www.webtalkradio.net. His book, The Collapse of Materialism: Visions of Science, Dreams of God, is a culmination of decades of work committed to developing a new and credible scientific paradigm to unify the physical world of science with the metaphysics of religion. He lives with his wife and daughter in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Can money and power ever make us happy? How much is enough? Our constant desire for more is part of our human nature.

Some call it a useful dowry of evolution, others a fault in the human genetic make-up: The old mortal sin Greed seems to be more ubiquitous than ever. Why can’t people ever get enough, where is this self-indulgence leading – and are there any ways out of this vicious circle of gratification?

“People like to have a lot of stuff because it makes them the feeling of living forever,” says American social psychologist Sheldon Solomon, who believes today’s materialism and consumerism will have disastrous consequences.

Anyone who fails to satisfy his or her desires in this age of the Ego is deemed a loser. But with more than 7 billion people on the Earth, the ramifications of this excessive consumption of resources are already clear. Isn’t the deplorable state of our planet proof enough that “The Greed Program,” which has made us crave possessions, status and power, is coming to an end? Or is the frenzied search for more and more still an indispensable part of our nature? We set off to look for the essence of greed. And we tell the stories of people who – whether as perpetrators or victims or even just as willing consumers – have become accomplices in a sea change in values.


In this video, Amoda invites you to stop chasing enlightenment as a sudden “happening” and instead turn your devotion to knowing yourself – and knowing life – as the openness that is always available, right here and now.

Donna Quesada: You know, it’s funny you should bring up the word awakening. Because I was going to ask you…our web site is called Awaken.com, so that is something I want to ask you. What does it mean to awaken? Is there such a thing? Does it happen at once? How do you live an awakened life? And you are kind of going into that on your own. So, I want to push it a little bit. How does this discernment relate to an awakened life?

Joan Borysenko PhD:: Well, I think an awakened life is one in which you are living more from your higher self and less from ego’s fears and projections. And all of that. And I think there are people that totally wake up and I think for the rest of us, it’s a gradual awakening. Little by little. Particularly as we learn to meditate. We develop what is called meta-awareness—and that is instead of being totally fused with our thoughts—that part of us that is the observer, is meant to be meditating, I’m going to take a breath. That meta-awareness starts to operate. And when you have a reaction to something, let’s say, all of a sudden you see a person, and right away you get, like, yuck, that person feels creepy to me…

DONNA: Yep, you just feel a vibe.

JOAN: Yeah, you feel a vibe. Your meta-awareness picks up on that. And it inquires, am I projecting? Am I simply picking up a vibe that says, “Be careful…this is a dangerous person?” But you start to wake up and you don’t take your reactions to be reality. There is a moment of inquiry there. And in case you are just thinking…whatever it is…I feel creepy right now. I have a creepy feeling. You are able to do something about it. I find it interesting that some of the most ancient mind training techniques came through Hinduism. And the various schools of Buddhism, and became particular developed in Tibetan Buddhism. That these are now available to all of us…so, we can learn to reprogram, retrain our brain…build new circuits. And tame some of that reactivity of the ego. And as that happens, that is part of the awakening process, we become more and more present to the extraordinary richness, beauty and language of the world around us. Much more attuned. Plants speak a language. Animals speak a language. The clouds speak a language. And so, I’d say we become more fluent in the languages of life.

DONNA: So, awakening is becoming more present, not only to what we are hearing around us but what we are feeling within us. And it is a process…it is a process of differentiating between the voice of the ego and the voice of fear and reality…whatever that is.

JOAN: Yeah…whatever that is.

DONNA: Is the ego always bad?

JOAN: Well, you know there are two senses for the ego. Certainly, when I put on my psychologist hat…we all have to have an ego. In the psychological sense, a place where you can stand, a place where you can…I’m a worthwhile human being…I have skills…when I get out of whack, to bring me back to the center…that’s a healthy way. The healthy ego says, “I don’t have to prove anything…I’m worthy of existing.” And that’s a good thing to have. And it is a separate sense of self, but it’s from that healthy sense of self, we begin to develop more and more, a sense of compassion, that we actually begin to transcend what Albert Einstein called “the optical delusion of separateness that separates us from all that is.” So, that we can also be simultaneously present to something larger. So, the metaphor I use to understand this in life in my own mind, is…we are both a particle and a wave and our particle part is a healthy ego. And our wave transcends the ego. And we feel unity with all that is.

But it’s the unhealthy ego that needs transcending…that healthy sense we need to develop. That’s why I think there is so much interest these days in the fields of attachment to our care-takers. Did we feel safe? Because if we don’t feel safe when we were little, it’s very hard to have a sense of healthy ego…if we were traumatized in the ego. The ego needs a little bolstering up. So, the fields of attachment and trauma are important in understanding this, and building and restoring us to a healthy ego. So, have it, but also transcend it.

DONNA: It’s almost as if this trauma creates this deep sense of insecurity that causes us always to look for reassurance. And that’s kind of where the ego goes awry.

JOAN: That’s right. And you know, for years, I think, known for us in this field that there is no such thing as psychological growth distinct from spiritual growth. It’s a spiritual process, and there are a number of languages for the two things. But what they all have in common is this: That as our ego becomes secure, and as we touch the part of ourselves that goes beyond the ego…that part of itself is love itself. And I know, that sounds trite. But when you have an experience of divine union and transcendence, words make sense to you. The overwhelming sense is such a loving kindness. It’s unbelievable. You can’t believe that such loving kindness is in this universe and that it’s so personal. It’s not an impersonal thing. It’s a personal thing. A source of love and kindness knows you, thoroughly…and loves you with all your mistakes.

I’ve had a lot of meetings with the light. So, I am speaking from personal experience. As you grow psychologically, you grow spiritually. You grow in love and kindness. These days, at least in the psychological circles, compassion training has become a very important thing. As people begin to develop more compassion for themselves and more compassion for others…that’s the part of us that transcends the limit of our own circumscribed self. As Einstein put it, the circle of loved ones closest to us…so that compassion gradually extends to all beings and to nature and then beyond that, to the mysterious reality. The source of being from which we come. Such gratitude and forgiveness. Mercy and love and compassion develop. And if you are a Christian, it’s like, “hey, these are the fruits of the spirit that Jesus talked about.” How do you tell…how do you tell a person is growing inside?…because they manifest those fruits of forgiveness and love and patience and joy and mercy…

DONNA: Here’s what I wonder about, Joan. To use your case as an example, you had this traumatic experience in life which led to a direct experience through prayer…divine…which transformed you. How do we teach compassion without that kind of direct experience? Can it be taught?

JOAN: It can be taught. That’s what is so exciting. You know, when my husband, Gordon, and I wrote the book Your Soul’s Compass—that was the book that we interview the 27 saviors. What we discovered there…particularly, the Buddhist teachers would say, “well, what is Buddhism? It’s all about developing compassion. It’s an entire life of learning to cultivate kindness and compassion.” And Buddhism has the tools for that, which gradually make their way into psychology. For example, there have been a number of studies looking at the slogans of Tibetan Buddhism. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen this deck of Pema Chodron compassion cards. It’s cool. It’s the 59 Lojong slogans of Tibetan Buddhism and they are all different aspects of compassion in daily life. And you just pick a card and on the front side is whatever the slogan is. And if you turn it over on the back side, Pema has given just a sentence or two of explanation, so you can remember during the day to be compassionate, to have an exponentiate inside you. So that’s the Lojong slogans.

That love and kindness meditations have been studied… So, for example, at Emery University, Emery does a lot of study on this type of thing. There is a Tibetan Monastery close by. And there has been a collaboration of studying these old Buddhist principles. You can take students and in six weeks the practice of the loving, kindness meditation…sending blessings of love and kindness… May I be at peace… May my heart remain open… May I be happy… It’s blessings to yourself and others. That, plus the Lojong slogans.

DONNA: So, it’s not just reading. Saying little prayers throughout the day, but maybe not calling them prayers, so as to make it more palatable to people who might not be comfortable with that language…which is a practice.

JOAN: Well, it is a practice. You know, a very dear friend of mine, Karen Drucker…she has written 20 albums of positive music, for which she wins a prize every year. And she’s taken the most basic love and kindness blessings and it’s a song. (Singing) May I be filled with love and kindness…May I be well… May I be peaceful and at ease… And may I be happy… And who wouldn’t want to be happy? You’re just wishing the best for yourself. And you sing it for other people. You sing it for your loved ones. It’s so simple and easy and it becomes an ear worm. You feel it repeating during the day. You can’t stop it. It’s such a great way to take ancient wisdom and bring it into a modern thing. It doesn’t make people think, I’m doing some Buddhist religious thing. Just sing a song.

DONNA: So, would it be fair to say that practice, and I wanted to ask you this anyway…do you need to have a meditation practice? It’s like any practice and that’s a very Hindu way of looking at it. You know the different yogas…you can be devotional, you can be intellectual about it… Do you agree that practice can take different forms and do you have to have a teacher?

Joan: Well, practice can take different forms. For example, not everybody is going to sit and do mindfulness meditation every day, but everybody can take a shower and say, “I love the foam in my hair…I love the hot water.” And instead of planning my day, I’m just going to let go and get back to the pleasure of the moment. I’ll get to the planning of the day, later. That’s a meditation…action. And that’s a wonderful thing for anybody to learn to do. And you can learn mindfulness and meta-awareness through doing that.

And here’s the thing, there are plenty of teachers available. You want to learn mindfulness, you can go online and find a course by Jon Kabat-Zinn. That will teach you mindfulness. And of course, with anything, you can teach yourself but generally speaking, you can make more progress faster if you take a course where somebody points out the territory. And then once you have the big picture you can go into it more, yourself. So, having some teaching is always useful. And then there are people who are just self-taught in all these things. I think there is room in all these things for every different approach, Donna.

DONNA: How do we balance this individual development of awareness with our responsibility to the environment, for example? Or a world that drives us to angst…which drives us to practice in the first place.

JOAN: That, of course, is a great question and as you begin to train a little bit in compassion, what happens of course, is the suffering of the world becomes more acute and more obvious to you. But compassion is more than empathy. It’s not just feeling the difficulties of the world, it’s the desire to do something to relieve that. And on a very basic level you can do a process of love and kindness. You can do a Tonglen meditation. Where you can literally breathe in from all your pores, the heaviness of a part of the world that is suffering, And you breathe back the light within your own being to them. You can do that at a very basic level. You can also get involved. The first is a little subtler act of activism. But there are many acts of activism.

I was telling you before I started…my husband is going to have a group of people coming in here. He is organizing a group to implement hopefully, making Santa Fe a compassionate city. There are several hundred compassionate cities. And that’s an amazing thing. When different branches of a city all activate to say, “What is our vision?” Vision is compassion, whether you are looking at education or whether you are looking at the sewer system. Whether you are looking at…whatever. And there have always been people and there will always be people who take that inner drive for compassion and bring it outside. But even if your only service to the world is transforming yourself, that is enough because we all touch our families…we touch the people we interact with. And everybody really does long for the same thing. Paraphrasing the Dalai Lama, “We all want to be happy!”

We all want to be peaceful. Who wants to suffer? And so, it’s a contagious feeling when you get around people who are peaceful. When you get around people who pass up the bait! When someone says something upsetting and instead has a more enlightened response to it. That’s what impresses people, not what we say but who we are. We all want a little of that.

DONNA: It seems like sometimes we get the feeling that we are just not getting anywhere. Do you need to have a quote “dark night of the soul” as an impetus to this kind of awaking and growth of compassion?

JOAN: That’s always a great question. This is an old question. I first heard it posed by William James, who was around at the beginning of the last century…1800’s, early 1900’s. And you might have read his book, Varieties of Religious Experience, which was a set of lectures at Harvard. And William James was the father of modern psychology. And he was also deep into the perennial wisdom and meditation and all that. He believed that we woke up in one of two ways. He said, the more common way is through crisis. And another way—maybe a little less common—is through gradual awakening…through “disillusion.” The disillusion of the difficulties that hide that true light of the heart, of the sun within your heart…you don’t have to develop it because it’s always there; it’s your true nature.

Consider your life best as a metaphor. You know, I know a woman, and what an enlightened being she is. What Love. And for her it’s been a gradual awakening. I look at someone like me and I’m more… Every once in a while, I just seem to have to go to hell. To the netherworlds! And then finally it gets cracked wide open and I think, “I wish I didn’t have to keep doing this!”

DONNA: Well, as promised that’s a pretty good place to leave it. Is there anything else you would like to share with out Awaken listeners, Joan?

JOAN: Just an invitation. They can come and check out my web-site which is just my name joanborysenko.com And you can also find me on Facebook at the Joan Borysenko Community. That’s good, and I do a lot of public programs. And I’ve got a lot of books so… there are some resources for people.

DONNA: Joan, it was just a pleasure to talk to you. I thank you for joining us to today for this interview. Personally, I’ve enjoyed it and I know our viewers will enjoy it, as well.

JOAN: Thank you much, Donna. You are a great interviewer. What A joy.

DONNA: Thank You! It was mutual. Bye bye!

JOAN: Bye!

View Part I – God Is A Mystery, HERE https://evolutionarymystic.wordpress.com/2018/02/18/awaken-interviews-joan-borysenko-ph-d-god-is-a-mystery/

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Eckhart discusses how spontaneous physical healing can occur when Presence arises.

Pub Date 01 May 2018

Whether it happens all at once or gradually over time, spiritual awakening is an experience that may be accompanied by great insight, ecstatic bliss, or a mystical infusion of light, love, and vision. But it can be an overwhelming experience, too, leaving those to whom it’s occurred searching for answers and understanding. Written by a transpersonal psychologist and non-dual teacher, this book will help you understand the phenomenon of spiritual awakening, and provide guidance and support for you on your spiritual journey.

At the heart of most spiritual traditions is the understanding that we are one with all of existence. This realization, also known as spiritual awakening or spiritual emergence, can occur spontaneously, after years of spiritual practice, or through many other portals. Although awakening is often considered a purely positive experience, many people are not prepared for the ramifications of such a life-altering event. When your perception of yourself and reality has been altered, you may find yourself with more questions than answers. Where can you turn?

Based on over thirty years of case studies, as well as the author’s own experiences, When Spirit Leaps explores the why and what of spiritual awakening, revealing how this phenomenon occurs across all traditions, and exploring the various ways it can happen. Including discussions on kundalini energy, meditation, yoga and qigong, breathwork, near-death experiences, and much more, this inspirational book offers companionship and practical solutions to common challenges along the spiritual path of awakening.

With this book as your guide, you’ll gain a deep understanding of the process and different portals of awakening, and find comfort and support in the real-life stories of those who have experienced this shift in consciousness and faced its challenges. Most importantly, you’ll learn how you can embody this awakening and live joyfully and effectively without attachment to a personal sense of self, but as the oneness with all that is your true nature. No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, this book will help you along the way.

Bonnie Greenwell

BONNIE GREENWELL, Ph.D. is a teacher in the lineage of the modern non-dual wisdom teacher Adyashanti, and a transpersonal psychologist who has dedicated her work to the support of people in the spiritual emergence process. She is the author of “Energies of Transformation: A Guide to the Kundalini Process”, and “The Kundalini Guide” the editor of Adyashanti’s book “Emptiness Dancing” and contributor to the anthology “Kundalini Rising”. After years of working as a transpersonal therapist, she established Shanti River Center in Ashland, OR. to provide non-dual and transpersonal education. With a broad background in eastern and western traditions, and a long personal history of awakening moments, she has trained therapists and spiritual teachers internationally to work effectively with the dynamics of awakening and the embodiment of Self-realization.

Dr. Bonnie Greenwell on Kundalini Awakening, Spiritual Evolution and much more

Bonnie Greenwell Ph.D has covered the various aspects of kundalini for over 30 years. She is regarded as one of the most credentialed people to cover the various aspects of Kundalini. Since 1983 she has worked as a transpersonal therapist with people having non-ordinary experiences associated with spiritual awakening, especially with kundalini arising, which was the topic of her doctoral dissertation at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology.

Kundalini (Sanskrit kuṇḍalinī, कुण्डलिनी, About this sound pronunciation (help·info), “coiled one”), in the Dharma religions, is a primal energy, or shakti, located at the base of the spine. Different spiritual traditions teach methods of “awakening” kundalini for the purpose of reaching spiritual enlightenment. Kundalini is described as lying “coiled” at the base of the spine, represented as either a goddess or sleeping serpent waiting to be awakened. In modern commentaries, Kundalini has been called an unconscious, instinctive or libidinal force or “mother energy or intelligence of complete maturation”.

Kundalini awakening is said to result in deep meditation, enlightenment and bliss. This awakening involves the Kundalini physically moving up the central channel to reach within the Sahasrara Chakra at the top of the head. Many systems of yoga focus on the awakening of Kundalini through meditation, pranayama breathing, the practice of asana and chanting of mantras. In physical terms, one commonly reports the Kundalini experience to be a feeling of electric current running along the spine.

Qualities of an Enlightened/Self-realized Being as explained by Lord Sri Krishna. Greatly focused on revealing the hidden spiritual and psychological truths in Bhagavad Gita to modern minds.


Multi disciplinary scientist Dr. Bruce Damer, co-author of the hot spring hypothesis of life’s origins, considers its implications for humanity in scientific, philosophical and spiritual dimensions. The realization of our deepest ancestry will contain the psychological power to re-orient our civilization toward a sustainable, expansive, and long-term future.

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Donna Quesada: Well then, if you don’t mind, I’ll get right into it. I was so moved by what you were saying about resilience. So, in case our viewers haven’t seen your Ted Talk, I want to get right into it…I was so moved and you were saying how it all started with you looking at an old family portrait of relatives who must have known that they were destined for Auschwitz. And I’m sorry to switch gears in such an intense way, so quickly, but this kind of gets into an important aspect of your teaching. I would love if you would share more about that…and you noticed that they had very serious faces…and you were struck by this…and it made you wonder, How on Earth can they carry on, knowing what they must have known on some level? And so, this started a fascination with what you call resilience, in your own life. And I’m fascinated with that, too. I was wondering if you could give a little more background on that?

Joan Borysenko Ph.D: Well, first of all…the fact that it was a dozen members of my family that died in Auschwitz…I knew this intellectually, Donna. But there is a very big difference between knowing something intellectually and actually feeling it in your body…the actual emotional response to that. And I got that photo suddenly, from a relative I’d never even heard of. It just appears in my box. I took one look at it and what really got me is that it was my grandfather’s brother and his family. They hadn’t come to the United States, at that time. And They were the last of the family that was in Eastern Europe. The resemblance. The family resemblance from my grandfather…my grandfather’s brother…his children. It was so overwhelming that I just started to cry. And all of a sudden, it was as if I was there and I could feel my body…kind of the neurons…I could feel in my body the tremendous dread. And what I know as a scientist is that trauma from previous generations passes down for three or four generations. And I’d always wondered…to my psychologists, I always seemed like a trauma survivor. And I’d been working on patterns of low-resilience in myself for years. And even though I wasn’t in the direct lineage of my great uncle, my grandparents had left because of pogroms in Eastern Europe. It was so common for Jews, for example, to be rounded up, put in a barn and the whole thing set on fire.

And there was a history of that. It’s a history that gets handed down from generation to generation. And it’s not so much in the DNA itself because that doesn’t change. But whether your DNA, aspects of it, get silenced, or whether they remain active…what it tells us is that DNA does not estimate. We live in an enormous environment…our inner environment of thoughts and feelings, as well as the outer environment…our social interactions…the plants around us and how they speak…the quality of the light…the beauty. All of these things that we would have formerly said “Hey, that’s great poetry, Joan.” It’s more than poetry. It’s our biology. And there’s a whole new field called, Inter-Personal Neuro-Biology, which defines the mind as the way that information and energy flows across time. And it’s an emergent property of what is within us and what is outside us. Our mind is embodied within our nervous system and embedded within our environment. And we’re all in inter-relationship with each other. And as a scientist, I find the new Neuro-Science fascinating! Coupled with epi-genetics and we know because of this, a lot more about what it takes to be resilient. And you know, Donna, right now, we really need to be resilient. Because we are in the middle of a sea change.

Donna: So, this is fascinating and I’ll just restate it, to see if I understand correctly. For so long we have had this debate, which was big in the 50’s, which was nature vs nurture and the whole thing, but we’ve come to a subtler understanding where it’s not just the environment dancing with the genetic tendencies. It’s our internal landscape, as well. And depending on what is going on there, it turns on certain genetic tendencies, or they remain dormant. Would that be a correct way to say it?

Joan: You said it beautifully. Thank you so much, that was an excellent recap.

Donna: Well, it’s fascinating to me, too…we’re so in sync. I just want to tell you on a personal level, in terms of what you are talking about and my interests. I’ve been so interested in that somatic way of knowing…that our body talks to us. And you talk about that, too, so I’m going to be asking you about it. And I love that you have spoken about that in your talks…and helped us understand these deeper ways we know or that we understand how we ourselves feel. You know, we are so used to growing up with pros and cons lists…and that we can work things out rationally. But in fact, the deeper truths about the stuff that really matters doesn’t come that way. And I love that you speak of that.

But first, to sort of stay on point…this business of resilience. Is this too personal? You talk about your own struggle with OCD. I want to connect the dots here. So, you already had this idea that your ancestors had gone through extreme challenges. And then you, yourself, were put into a situation where you had to face that in your own life. Pretty much, a personal example of what they dealt with. You had your own…maybe it’s too dramatic to say “holocaust,” but for all of us that are going through a challenge, it feels that way. It feels traumatic and dire and life changing. And you had that happen where you had to put it to the test when they told you that you were going to go to a new school. And you realized, my reaction isn’t maybe what they expect…this isn’t a happy thing…this is a scary thing. And all of these fear mechanisms were coming up in you. Could you talk about that and how you discovered within yourself, ways of coping or ways of dealing with those challenges?

Joan: Well, yes. Because, you know, it’s interesting…going to a new school is a new challenge. But it’s not usually enough of a challenge that a child actually becomes psychotic. And I think there were several other extremes that came into this at that time. But the approximate cause of really developing a psychosis and developing OCD and managing that psychosis… And when my mother took me to see a scary movie…and that movie took place in the jungle with head hunters. There were snakes and scorpions and blow guns. Stuff that could be upsetting to a ten-year-old child. I started to dream about the movie at night. But then, I started to hallucinate it during the day.

And I developed the belief that only I could see the head hunters. So, I had to do something about them. Because they were going to break into the house and they were going to kill my whole family…which is terrifying beyond belief. Absolutely terrifying to feel like the life and death of all your loved ones rests upon your little ten-year-old shoulders. And in order to deal with that, I came to the belief…and this is now the OCD…that, if I did a stylized set of rituals, which sort of grew week by week in number and complexity…that if I did those rituals, the head hunters, who I could actually see…not quite manifest…I saw their energy forms. And if I did the rituals, their energy forms would disappear and there would be safety in the house for a little while, until they tried to get back in. And I had typical OCD types of rituals, like having to wash my hands, and counting like a hundred times. Or, picking up something to read and having to turn it upside down and repeat three times…the reading upside down. And this starts to take up your whole life. Your whole life is a ritual and it interferes with school. I saw psychiatrists and nobody could help.

This was a very long time ago. Sixty years ago, or more. And finally, I sat down one day…maybe six months into this…in a state of absolute hopelessness. And I said a prayer that had such body sense to it…such a felt sense. An absolute prayer of the broken heart. And it was like…”Help.” If there was anything out there…”Help.”

And what I had, Donna, was an experience of cosmic consciousness. And the fear completely dissipated and was replaced with a kind of peace that was just such peace. It was, to use a metaphor, like you were being held in the palm of God. That at all points, all was well. And I felt connected to something much larger than I was. Something that was absolutely loving. And I also connected deeply with my own inner intuition. And I do believe that there is a part of ourselves…whether you are a Buddhist, you’d call it true nature. It’s who we are. There’s a wonderful metaphor for that. That I learned from Steven Mitchell. It’s like a window pane into a larger reality, but usually the window pane is covered with dirt. You clean it and you realize, I was never separated…I was always part of this reality. So, whatever you call that, your true nature, your higher self…

I connected with that. And because that is connected with a larger energy, a larger wisdom than your personal base of knowledge…I started to know things as a ten-year-old, that ten-year olds don’t know. And what I knew most clearly, is that I could recover from this. And I also knew exactly how to go about it, which was pretty amazing. And I like to tell people, “if you have OCD, this will not apply to you.” It’s very specific to me. Because what happened was, in a flash, a poem came to my mind. And this is a poem that spirit gave to a ten-year-old. And I called it “The Light.” And here’s how it went:

Somewhere in the darkest night there always shines a little light.

This light up in the heavens shines to help our God watch over us.

When a small child is born, the light her souls adorn.

So, when our human eyes look up in the lightless sky, we must know.

We must know that this light burns far into the night.

To help watch over us.

Donna: That’s beautiful.

Joan: Isn’t it beautiful? It’s a gift of spirit. And what I knew intuitively is, I could never do a ritual again or I would get stuck there. But because that poem contained the essence of the connection that I was feeling…if I just said the poem when I got scared, I wouldn’t have to do any rituals. And so, of course, I wrote the poem down. It was already memorized. It was like emblazoned on my soul. And for the next three or four days, whenever I saw head hunters or woke in the night from a nightmare, or needed to do a ritual, I’d just say the poem. And, sure enough, at the end of three or four days, there were no more dreams, no more head hunters, no more need to do rituals. The whole thing had disappeared. And while as a scientist, I have a Ph.D in Cell Biology from Harvard Medical School…and as a licensed psychiatrist…

Donna: And here you are reconciling that with the miraculous.

Joan: Exactly! So, Science has no words for that. Science calls this “spontaneous remission.” But, if you ask anyone who has had a spontaneous remission from anything…physical or mental…they usually have a very interesting story to tell. And I think we learn a lot by listening to those stories. And so, at 10, I didn’t know any words like higher self. I didn’t know any of that. It was just an experience. And so, only as I got older, could I parse this out in any kind of language…because there is no good language for the soul. And yet, what happened at 10, Donna, was the seed for everything else that I do in this lifetime…my purpose. My fascination is with psychology, consciousness, neuro-science, the mind, the body and the spirit. That’s what I’ve always done, It’s my passion.

Donna: Would it be fair to say that at that moment, when you were a girl, praying to something higher than you had words for…that you didn’t even know who you were praying to? An Angel, God? A Saint?

Joan: Well, you know, I’d been to a Jewish girl’s camp and it was quite a wonderful camp. We used to sit in this pine grove on Friday night. And Saturday morning service…we would have our services out in nature. And for me, what’s lovely in Judaism, is that God is a mystery. If you’ve progressed from the esoterica kind of the religious, it’s not like God is even a male. In the pine grove, we welcomed the feminine aspect of god. And I already knew from there that God was a mystery. But I identified that mystery with coming so clearly in nature, I can still flash with being in that pine grove. I can feel it in my body. It was more a sense of being that is embodied in nature. And because there is a feminine aspect to it, too…they were sort of a comfort, knowing that as a feminist, and that aspect is there, too…of the divine mystery, of the divine mind. That creates all of manifest reality. We kind of all move…and being in the body of the benign feminine. For me, that was much more of a felt sense than anything else. So, I knew I was praying into the mystery…to God.

Donna: So, I want to appeal to the work you have done in the scientific realm. And also, this comes back to my interest that the body talks to us. I’ve read about athletes who send intentions into their bodies, and how the body responds the same, regardless of whether the event is taking place. You can visualize yourself going through the jumps and stuff…and this causes very real physical changes within your body. So, how do we trust these sensations? How do we know these sensations are real? Or, how do we know that we aren’t just producing some physiological effect? I guess that gets into discernment which you also talk about. So, I’m wondering if you could comment on that…

Joan: Well, I’d love to because in fact, my husband and I have had a lot of conversations about that. We tried to see what people who have dealt in this subject matter for a long time think about it. How do you know the world apart from your own ego and and its own wants and fears? That’s the question. We decided we would ask people from a variety of different traditions. We interviewed Jewish Mystics, Sufis, Christians…we interviewed the wonderful, wonderful, Catholic monk, Thomas Keating. And there were no female catholic priests, but there were episcopal. We interviewed 27 sages—we called them. Hindus, Buddhists, and what we came up with…we asked about 10 questions. And then we did an analysis of the themes that came out. How do you know? What’s knowing? What is discerning? And so, often people mentions a tale of thing. One of them was Karma Helminski, who was a Sufi teacher. He talked about the aspects of god; there are 99 aspects of God in Islam. 99 aspects of Allah. And he talked about the inner teacher. And the point is, to try to awaken us, Donna. And that tradition is responsible for the synchronicities…and when you are advancing a little bit in your discernment of what is actually real and what you are making up with your ego, one of the ways to discern…it starts to rain synchronicities.

Donna: Wow.

Joan: And I think we’ve all had that experience. You shake your head and you say “man, I couldn’t make this up myself.”

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How we should use the Who am I? enquiry method to know our true Being, tells Eckhart Tolle

Published on Feb 16, 2018

This exploration leads to the discovery of ‘myself’, the medium in which all thoughts, sensations and perceptions appear.

Amoda Maa Jeevan brings to light the process of opening ourselves to the darkness of suffering in order to awaken from the dream of separation.

 In this talk, Amoda Maa invites you to consider that the darkness we encounter in our personal lives and in the world is an volutionary driver for awakening out of the dream of separation. Very often, awakening or enlightenment is imagined to be a spontaneous transcendent state that leads to eternal bliss and peace. But what is often missed is, that if awakening is to be more than a temporary state, we are called to meet every vestige of inner darkness and that this is an ongoing journey that can happen either before or after awakening. 

It’s an invitation to open to all previously unmet contractive energies based on an erroneous perception of separation. 

Inner darkness is where we hold on to inner division; it’s a blind spot with incredible power: the power to create suffering in ourselves and in the world. 

Amoda invites you to meet this suffering consciously, and then to choose to open wider than this suffering. Conscious suffering is the decision to walk with resolute presence and unadulterated openness through every inner and outer landscape through Heaven and Hell and to recognize what is true beneath and beyond all appearances. 

In conscious suffering, every step is a crucifixion and a resurrection. It’s a death of the archaic mechanism of ego and a rebirth into the light of who you truly are. When this light is seen in and as the heart of everything, a real transformation of consciousness takes place. As the Indian saint Neem Karoli Baba, said: “I love suffering, it brings me closer to God.”


Although we often see awakening as the end of the search, the recognition to our true nature is just the beginning of an authentic spiritual life. The embodying of this recognition starts from that moment.

Shakti Caterina Maggi points directly to the essence of what we are and invites us to rediscover the divine Self in the core of our own humanity. Overcoming fear and illusion is to wake up to the extraordinary beauty of the moment and be the true embodiment of Consciousness itself in human form. She has been sharing a message of awakening to Life since 2003 with seminars and retreats held mainly in Italy and Europe.

Internationally acclaimed, bestelling author Byron Katie’s most anticipated work since Loving What Is

We live in difficult times, leaving far too many of us suffering from anxiety and depression, fear and anger. In her new and most anticipated work since Loving What Is, beloved spiritual teacher Byron Katie provides a much-needed beacon of light, and a source of hope and joy.

In A Mind at Home with Itself, Byron Katie illuminates one of the most profound ancient Buddhist texts, The Diamond Sutra (newly translated in these pages by Stephen Mitchell) to reveal the nature of the mind and to liberate us from painful thoughts, using her revolutionary system of self-inquiry called “The Work.” Byron Katie doesn’t merely describe the awakened mind; she empowers us to see it and feel it in action. At once startlingly fresh and powerfully enlightening, A Mind at Home with Itself offers us a transformative new perspective on life and death.

In the midst of a normal American life, Byron Katie became increasingly depressed and over a ten-year period sank further into despair and suicidal thoughts. Then one morning in 1986 she woke up in a state of absolute joy, filled with the realization of how her own suffering had ended. The freedom of that realization has never left her. Its direct result, The Work, has helped millions of people all over the world to question their stressful thoughts and set themselves free from suffering.

Byron Katie Book Signing & Interview | “A Mind at Home with Itself”

Byron answers questions from fans while signing her book “A Mind at Home with Itself”. Get your autographed first edition – http://premierecollectibles.com/a-min…

Published on Jan 20, 2018

Sadhguru in China | Zhang Defen with Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev- Exclusive Interview [Part 1/2]

“About Sadhguru:
Yogi, mystic and visionary, Sadhguru is a spiritual master with a difference. An arresting blend of profundity and pragmatism, his life and work serve as a reminder that yoga is a contemporary science, vitally relevant to our times. “

Sadhguru in China | Zhang Defen with Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev- Exclusive Interview [Part 2/2]

Sadhguru in China | Zhang Defen with Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev- Exclusive Interview [Part 2/2]

Life without a reason, a purpose, a position… the mind is frightened of this because then “my life” is over with, and life lives itself and moves from itself in a totally different dimension. This way of living is just life moving. That’s all.

As soon as the mind pulls out an agenda and decides what needs to change, that’s unreality. Life doesn’t need to decide who’s right and who’s wrong. Life doesn’t need to know the “right” way to go because it’s going there anyway. Then you start to get a hint of why the mind, in a deep sense of liberation, tends to get very quiet. It doesn’t have its job anymore. It has its usefulness, but it doesn’t have its full-time occupation of sustaining an intricately fabricated house of cards.

This stillness of awareness is all there is. It’s all one. This awareness and life are one thing, one movement, one happening, in this moment — unfolding without reason, without goal, without direction. The ultimate state is ever present and always now. The only thing that makes it difficult to find that state and remain in that state is people wanting to retain their position in space and time. “I want to know where I’m going. I want to know if I’ve arrived. I want to know who to love and hate. I want to know. I don’t really want to be; I want to know. Isn’t enlightenment the ultimate state of knowing?” No. It’s the ultimate state of being. The price is knowing.

This is the beautiful thing about the truth: ever-present, always here, totally free, given freely. It’s already there. That which is ever-presently awake is free, free for the “being.” But the only way that there’s total and final absolute homecoming is when the humanness presents itself with the same unconditionality. Every time a human being touches into that unconditionality, it’s such peace and fulfillment.

In your humanity, there’s the natural expression of joy and love and compassion and caring and total unattachment. Those qualities instantly transmute into humanness when you touch into emptiness. Emptiness becomes love. That’s the human experience of emptiness, that source, that ever-present awakeness. For the humanness to lay itself down — your mind, your body, your hopes, your dreams, everything — to lay itself down in the same unconditional manner in which awareness is ever present, only then is there the direct experience of unity, that you and the highest truth are really one thing. It expresses itself through your humanity, through openness, through love. The divine becomes human and the human becomes divine — not in any “high and mighty” sense, but just in the sense of reality. That’s the way it is.

The only price is all of our positions. The only price is that you stop paying a price.

Source: The Only Price – Adyashanti

On the cultural premises in relation to Self-realization, an excerpt from introductory talk on ‘The Heart of Recognition’, an immersion with Igor Kufayev in Mill Valley, CA. Sept 2017.

The first book in channeler Paul Selig’s widely anticipated Mastery Trilogy leads you into an unprecedented journey of self-development, at once building your personal excellence and your ability to improve life for others.

The channeled literature of Paul Selig — who receives clairaudient dictation from unseen intellects called the Guides — has quickly become the most important and celebrated expression of channeling since A Course In Miracles rose to prominence in the 1970s.

Selig’s three previous books — I Am the Word, The Book of Love and Creation, and The Book of Knowing and Worth — have won a growing following around the world for their depth, intimacy, and psychological insight. Now, Selig embarks upon an extraordinary new trilogy on the “Teachings of Mastery” with his inaugural volume: The Book of Mastery.

The Book of Mastery provides a deeply practical prescription for heightening your abilities, aptitudes, and sense of personal excellence. The Guides’ teachings go much further, however, instructing you how to improve life for others and, ultimately, for global humanity.

As the Guides themselves put it: “We will tell you this: No one who reads these books will be left unchanged. They will be like molecular systems that reinvigorate and realign and reclaim the reader to themselves in their worth, in their identity and, beyond that, in their physical realm. Underline physical realm if you like. Because the physical realm that we teach in is about to go back to the stone ages unless you all get it together.”

Born in New York City, Paul Selig attended New York University and received his master’s degree from Yale. A spiritual experience in 1987 left him clairvoyant. Selig is considered one of the foremost contributors to the field of channeled literature working today.

Paul offers channeled workshops internationally. He serves on the faculty of The Omega Institute, The Kripalu Center and the Esalen Institue. Also a noted playwright and educator, he served on the faculty of NYU for over 25 years. He directed the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Goddard College for many years he now serves on the college’s Board of Trustees. He lives in New York City where he maintains a private practice as an intuitive and conducts frequent livestream seminars. Information on public workshops, livestreams and private readings can be found at http://www.paulselig.com.

The Book of Mastery (Paul Selig)

How can you be the master of your own life? What is involved in letting go of ego? What are the ways our small self (ego) limits our ability to see heaven on earth? The Book of Mastery asks us to claim our Divine Selves. How can claiming who we truly are improve our lives and shift the consciousness on the planet?http://www.fireitupwithcj.com/why-we-…


How do we fit in this world with any sense of peace? What does it mean to not go into division in our concern for the world? Adyashanti encourages us to reexamine what our minds make of the state of the world. In doing so, we can reshape how we respond to sorrowful situations and bring a more peaceful and undivided intention to our actions.


Thoughts doesn’t have the power to notice Silence, says Eckhart Tolle

Published on Feb 9, 2018

In this meditation we are guided to abide as ‘I am’ which is the source of our longing. The discovery to be made is that objective experience has both a veiling and a revealing power.

Ayurvedic Expert Dr Suhas Kshirsagar and Deepak Chopra discuss obstacles and means to Enlightenment from the point of view of Vedanta and Ayurveda.

My Religion is Kindness, Part 2 – with Tara Brach (2017/12/20)

Authentic kindness must include the life within us. These two talks examine the movement from an armored to a free and loving heart. The first looks at how we can awaken from the trance of unworthiness and establish a genuinely caring relationship with our inner life. In the second we explore how self-kindness awakens us to the heartspace that naturally includes all of life.

This talk is dedicated especially to youthful listeners on this solstice evening.

Although it takes place outside the headlines…even those that deal with science, a heated debate is occurring about mind and matter. On one side is a camp of so-called physicalists, formerly known as materialists, who hold fast to the assumption that any and all phenomena in nature can be reduced to physical processes, namely the forces and the interaction between objects (atoms, subatomic or elementary particles, etc.) — these are the building blocks of the universe. On the other side is no single camp but a mixed assortment of skeptics who hold that at least one natural phenomenon—the human mind—cannot be explained physically through such methods.

When one explanation (the physicalist) is supported by the weight of highly successful theories in physics, biology, biochemistry, and neuroscience, and the other side has no accepted theory on its side, the debate seems totally unequal. But in David versus Goliath battles, be careful of rooting for Goliath. The possibility of a science of consciousness, which would involve a thorough explanation of mind and how it relates to matter, can’t begin until the obstacles in its path are removed and old accepted assumptions are overturned.

That has already begun, on all fronts. In physics, the essential problem of how something came out of nothing (i.e., the big bang coming out of the quantum vacuum state) stymies cosmologists, while at the microscopic level the same mystery, this time involving subatomic particles, emerging from the virtual state, is equally baffling. In biology the prevailing Darwinism cannot explain the quantum leap made, with astonishing rapidity, by Homo sapiens in terms of reasoning, creativity, language, our use of concepts as opposed to instincts, tool-making, and racial characteristics. We are the offspring of the newest part of the brain, the cerebral cortex, and yet there is no causal connection between its evolution and the primal Darwinian need to survive. This is evident by the survival of a hundred primate species lacking a higher brain, reasoning, tool-making, concepts, etc. Finally, in neuroscience and biochemistry, there is zero connection between nerve cells, and their chemical components, and mind. Unless someone can locate the point in time when molecules learned to think, the current assumption that the brain is doing the thinking has no solid footing.

The day-to-day work of scientists isn’t dependent on explaining how mind arose in the cosmos—not yet. The relation between mind and matter has existed in philosophy for centuries, and working scientists don’t consider philosophy relevant to their research. Collecting data and doing experiments needs no help from metaphysics or philosophy. But when you look at the unanswered questions in physics, biology, biochemistry, and neuroscience, it’s more than a coincidence that all, without exception, impinge upon the same inability to know how consciousness actually works. By taking for granted the obvious fact that it takes a mind to do science, we’ve reached the point where science is leaving out the very component that might answer the questions that urgently need answering, not because philosophy demands it but because science does.

he sticking point is physicalism itself. If everything must be reduced to the smallest units of matter and energy, and yet there is zero evidence that mind follows that pattern, it is unscientific to cling to physicalism. Even a staunchly mainstream physicist like Stephen Hawking has commented that reality doesn’t necessarily match the current models in science. The mind is real, and since that’s true, defective models are required to change or even be thrown out. To repair the most glaring defect of all—our inability to explain mind—imperils all the sciences for the simple fact that science is a mental activity. If we set physicalism aside, what would be another starting point for a new model of reality?

Instead of conceiving reality from the bottom up, moving from tiny building blocks to larger and larger structures, one could do the reverse and create a top-down model. In other words, the starting point would be the whole, not the parts. So what do we know about reality as a whole?

· Reality is knowable through the mind. What humans can’t know, either directly or by inference, might as well not exist.

· What we know is tied to what we experience.

· Experience takes place in consciousness, nowhere else.

· Experience is at once boundless and very restricted. The boundless part lies in the human capacity to create, invent, explore, discover, and imagine. The restricted part revolves around the setup of the brain, which is confined to the behavior of space, time, matter, and energy. The brain is four-dimensional, while physics poses the possibility of infinite dimensions at one extreme and zero dimensions at the other extreme.

· Because the physical processing done by the brain works in parallel to the mind doesn’t mean that the brain is the mind. To assert that brain equals mind involves showing the atoms and molecules can think, which can’t be proven and seems highly unlikely. Therefore, the ground state of reality, the place from which everything originates, is consciousness.

· Consciousness is the only constant in human experience that can’t be removed from consideration in science, or any other form of knowing.

· What we call reality “out there” is constructed in our own awareness. These constructs follow predictable paths according to mathematics, logic, the laws of nature, and so on. But this doesn’t prove that reality is independent of our experience, only that consciousness is capable of extremely precise, predictable organization. In a word, the notion that everything is a mental construct is just as valid as the notion that everything is a physical construct. The two are merely different perspectives.

· If reality “out there” is a construct dependent upon consciousness, explaining the universe entails explaining consciousness. Where physicalists are stymied by how atoms and molecules think, non-physicalists are stymied by how mind creates matter.

· This impasse is broken by taking a concrete approach to mind; that is, by investigating the qualities of reality “out there.” These qualities, such as how an object looks, sounds, feels, tastes, and smells, are entirely created in consciousness. As Heisenberg noted almost a century ago, there are no fixed physical characteristics of an atom or subatomic particle. Everything is built up from the qualities, also known as qualia, that the human mind knows, experiences, and can conceptualize.

· Ultimately, even where nature sucks or emits all matter and energy into or out of black holes and naked singularities, either through classical or quantum physics, the actual

horizon for science doesn’t lie there, or with the big bang, by which matter and energy reappeared in manifest form. The real horizon is where the inconceivable source of mind meets the conceivable phenomena in nature. The problem of something coming out of nothing is exactly the same when the cosmos was born as when a thought is born. This is the level playing field where mind and matter can be investigated as two sides of the same process: consciousness interacting with itself.

Deepak Chopra MD, FACP, founder of The Chopra Foundation and co-founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing, is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation, and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Clinical Professor UCSD Medical School, researcher, Neurology and Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. The World Post and The Huffington Post global internet survey ranked Chopra #17 influential thinker in the world and #1 in Medicine. Chopra is the author of more than 85 books translated into over 43 languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. His latest books are You Are the Universe co-authored with Menas Kafatos, PhD, and Quantum Healing (Revised and Updated): Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine. discoveringyourcosmicself.com

Pankaj Joshi is a theoretical physicist and Senior Professor at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai India. Professor Pankaj Joshi has published many (more than 170) research papers, and monographs on cosmology and gravitation. He has made fundamental contributions on gravitational collapse, black holes and naked singularities. The new analysis on collapsing stars from Joshi and his collaborators, as reported and reviewed in his Oxford (1993) and Cambridge (2007) monographs, showed that both black holes and visible naked singularities form when massive stars collapse at the end of their life-cycles. Recent results from Cambridge, Princeton, Perimeter and others, now corroborate these results.

His research was published as an International cover in “Scientific American.” He served as an adjunct Faculty with the New York University, and was awarded the A C Banerji Gold Medal and Lecture Award by the National Academy of Sciences, India, along with many other awards. He holds visiting faculty positions in many reputed universities and has won fellowships in various scientific academies. His research papers and monographs are widely cited internationally. His recent book, The Story of Collapsing Stars (Oxford University Press), explores the death of massive stars and the subsequent formation of black holes or naked singularities through gravitational collapse of stars.

Source: Deepak Chopra

After collaborating on two major books featured as PBS specials, Super Brain and Super Genes, Chopra and Tanzi now tackle the issue of lifelong health and heightened immunity.

We are the midst of a new revolution.

For over twenty-five years Deepak Chopra, M.D. and Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D. have revolutionized medicine and how we understand our minds and our bodies—Chopra, the leading expert in the field of integrative medicine; Tanzi, the pioneering neuroscientist and discoverer of genes that cause Alzheimer’s Disease. After reaching millions of people around the world through their collaborations on the hugely successful Super Brain and Super Genes books and public television programs, the New York Times bestselling authors now present a groundbreaking, landmark work on the supreme importance of our immune system in relation to our lifelong health.

In the face of environmental toxins, potential epidemics, superbugs, and the accelerated aging process, the significance of achieving optimum health has never been more crucial—and the burden to achieve it now rests on individuals making the right lifestyle choices every day.

That means you. You—not doctors, not pharmaceutical companies—are ultimately responsible for your own health.

Chopra and Tanzi want to help readers make the best decisions possible when it comes to creating a holistic and transformative health plan for life. In The Healing Self they not only push the boundaries of the intellect to bring readers the newest research and insights on the mind-body, mind-gene, and mind-immunity connections, but they offer a cutting-edge, seven-day action plan, which outlines the key tools everyone needs to develop their own effective and personalized path to self-healing.

In addition, The Healing Self closely examines how we can best manage chronic stress and inflammation, which are immerging as the primary detriments of well-being. Moreover, Chopra and Tanzi turn their attention to a host of chronic disorders such as hypertension, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and Alzheimer’s Disease, known to take years and sometimes decades to develop before the first symptoms appear. Contemporary medical systems aren’t set to attend to prolonged low-grade chronic inflammation or the everyday infections and stresses that take their toll on the body and can lead to disease, aging, and death. Thus, learning the secrets of self-healing is not only urgent but mandatory for optimum health. The Healing Self then is a call to action, a proven, strategic program that will arm readers with the information they need to protect themselves and achieve lifelong wellness.

There is a new revolution occurring in health today. That revolution is you.

DEEPAK CHOPRA MD, FACP, is a world renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation, the founder of the Chopra Foundation, and cofounder of Jiyo.com and the Chopra Center for Wellbeing. TIME magazine has described Dr. Chopra as “One of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century.” Dr. Chopra is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Clinical Professor in Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, Researcher, Neurology and Psychiatry, at Massachusetts General Hospital, Adjunct Professor at Kellogg School of Executive Management at Northwestern, Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School, Columbia University and Professor of Consciousness Studies at Sofia University. The World Post and The Huffington Post global internet survey ranked “Chopra #17 influential thinker in the world and #1 in Medicine.” In conjunction with his medical achievements, he is recognized as a prolific author of more than 85 books translated into over forty-three languages, with twenty-five New York Times Bestsellers including You Are the Universe (February 2017, Harmony).

DR. RUDOLPH E. TANZI, Ph.D., a New York Times bestselling author, is Professor of Neurology and holder of the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Endowed Chair in Neurology at Harvard University. He serves as the Vice-Chair of Neurology and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Tanzi is a pioneer in studies aimed at identifying genes for neurological disease. He co-discovered all three genes that cause early-onset familial Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), including the first AD gene, and currently spearheads the Alzheimer’s Genome Project. He is also developing new therapies for treating and preventing AD based on his genetic discoveries. Dr. Tanzi was named to TIME magazine’s TIME 100 Most Influential People” for 2015, and to the list of Harvard 100 Most Influential Alumni. He has also received the highly prestigious Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award for his pioneering studies of Alzheimer’s disease. He has professionally played keyboards with Joe Perry and Aerosmith, and is the host of Super Brain on public television.

The Healing Self | The Secret To Self- Healing With Deepak Chopra!

We Are All Creators of This Reality! We have forgotten the divinity that is inside all of us. We are able of achieving miracles but our educational system teaches that matter is the highest there is, but we know better know don’t we? Everything is energy, every emotion or situation is purely energy, we don’t have senses to sense emotions, but what we do sense is energy. Ancient civilizations were very well aware of this, and they were master in harnessing and directing energy to they’re will. We must reclaim this knowledge. We are not the victims of this reality, we are the creators of it. We must remember that nature’s natural state is abundance! When something is lacking in the natural world the eco-system will be out of balance and will not thrive but try to survive. This is humanity right now, we are not really living we are merely surviving. Regain your ancient power and be in charge of your experience here on the physical plane.

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Deepak Chopra discusses new book, “The Healing Self”

One night in 1997 Richard Schoeller thought he was dying because he found himself surrounded by both sets of deceased grandparents. They reassured him that it wasn’t his time to join them in the afterlife and that their visit was to help him understand that he could now “see them.” Who could ignore a visit like that? Richard had to learn more about what had just happened, so he began taking classes and researching the ability to communicate with those who have passed into spirit.

Richard is now an ordained Spiritualist minister, Certified Medium, Commissioned Spiritualist Healer.

Aside from being a member of the Lily Dale Assembly, he served on the Board of the National Spiritualist Association of Churches (NSAC) for six years, and he is currently the Vice President of the International Spiritualist Federation and a Director and Teacher with the Inner Spiritual Center in Wayne, New Jersey.

Richard has taught classes and demonstrated mediumship in England, Holland, Scotland, Austria, Switzerland and Germany as well as served a number of Spiritualist churches and centers throughout the United States.

It gives him great pleasure to be of service and to provide information to his clients that help them to come to and understanding that life and love continue after the change known as death.

Website: http://sacredmessages.com


The important difference between magic and miracles

Published on Jan 15, 2018


When we say No to the form that the Present Moment brings, we suffer, says Eckhart Tolle


Seven Lights of Love takes you on a journey into the author’s physical and emotional pain and explores the process by which that pain transformed her life. The book illustrates the importance of self-love and self-acceptance as we face our shadows, be they pain, anxiety, depression, grief, or aloneness. By learning how to embrace, rather than ignore or reject, both the beauty and heartbreak of our own earthly journey (our humanness), we discover how to celebrate the beauty and heartbreak of others’ experiences, assist others along their paths, and connect with the mind/ body/spirit of all humans. Seven Lights of Love goes beyond the personal mind/body/spirit connection and explores the ways in which an awakening to self and our place on this earth connects us with others on this journey. Neither easy nor painless, this hero/ heroine’s journey of self-discovery opens us to the preciousness of coming home to ourselves and our soul’s purpose . . . and ultimately connects us to the oneness of the universe.

After teaching and publishing in academia for many years, Margie resigned her faculty position to follow her heart. Her heart led her to study at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health where she learned more fully how to connect with her body, mind and soul. She is the founder and owner of Dancing the Soul, A Center for Creative Movement and Stillness, in Denver. She resides in Denver, Colorado with her partner Chris, and her two loving and affectionate cats, Bertie and Billie.

A person comes in the universe to do three jobs—karma, dharma, and meditation. These three contain the entire philosophy of living. Karma is to take action for earning money, producing children, and bringing them up while living in the universe; dharma is to do this action as per tenets of one’s dharma; and meditation is to surrender all of one’s doing to God. However, he gets absorbed in earning money and producing and bringing up children. He remembers little or nothing of dharma and completely ignores meditation. This book, which is based on vast knowledge of Vedas and Shastras and over seventy years of experience of meditation, is the answer to the fulfillment of one’s jobs (mentioned above). The author has made these very easy to follow and intelligible, and it is hoped the book would be of help to readers in achieving the goal of karma, dharma, and meditation, which gives mental relief.

Hailing from Haryana, the author Mr D.D Aggarwal was born in 1933. He did his schooling from Sonepat and had further education from Delhi. Having been recruited through IAS & Allied Services examination, he retired as Joint Secretary from Ministry of Railways in 1994. After retirement he started writing books as pastime and has already written many books including: • Protocol in Ramcharitmanas (in English and Hindi) • Protocol in Srimad Bhagwat (in English and Hindi) • Protocol in Mahabharata (in English and Hindi) • Upanishadas – The Real Truth • India Ever Independent:- Why Only Fifty Years • Judisprudence in India Through Ages • State and District Administration in India • Bharat Mein Shaashan Pranali (in Hindi) • CBI and Policing in India (in English and Hindi) The present book, Karma, Dharma and Meditation is the latest addition in the series. Of late he has started writing poems in Hindi and has a collection of over 2000 poems, mostly on spiritualism.

Angeles Arrien, Ph.D. is a cultural anthropologist, award-winning author, educator, and consultant to many organizations and businesses. She lectures and conducts workshops worldwide, bridging cultural anthropology, psychology, and comparative religions. Her work is currently used in medical, academic, and corporate environments. She is the President of the Foundation for Cross-Cultural Education and Research. Her books have been translated into thirteen languages and she has received three honorary doctorate degrees in recognition of her work.

Gratitude, along with love, compassion, empathy, joy, forgiveness, and self-knowledge, is a vital attribute of our wellbeing. While there are many definitions of gratitude, at its foundation, gratitude is a healing, life-affirming, and uplifting human experience that shifts us from focusing on the negative to appreciating what is positive in our lives. Gratitude provides us with a more intimate connection to ourselves and the world around us. In the feeling of gratitude, the spiritual is experienced.

For those who are ill, feelings of gratitude and awe may facilitate perceptions and cognitions that go beyond the focus of their illness, and include positive aspects of one’s personal and interpersonal reality in the face of disease. Such beneficial associations with gratitude have accelerated scientific interest in and research on gratitude and wellbeing. The number of publications on gratitude appearing in the biomedical literature in 5-year increments,since 1960-1965 (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/) shows almost no publications until 1996-2000 with about 20 studies. That number doubled from 2001-2005. From 2006-2010 publications jumped to 150, and from 2011 to the present over 275 studies on gratitude have been published.

Much of this growth of scientific interest in gratitude can be traced to the early pioneering gratitude research of psychologists Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough. In general, studies find that the frequency with which one experiences the feeling of gratitude, as well as the depth of emotion when experiencing it, are linked to improvements in perceived social support as well as reduced stress and depression. Among groups seeking to support this work, the Greater Good Science Center (Berkeley, CA), in collaboration with the Templeton Foundation (West Conshohocken, PA), has been a strong advocate of advancing the science of gratitude and expanding that science into diverse areas of human health and wellbeing.

One area of research that has helped to elucidate our understanding of the science of gratitude and wellbeing is behavioral cardiology. The field of behavioral cardiology augments traditional cardiology by examining psychosocial factors as they relate to cardiac health. Traditionally, behavioral cardiologists focused more on traits such as anger expression and hostility. Cardiologists Friedman and Rosenman, who first described the Type A behavior pattern in the late 1950s, conducted some of the earliest and most systematic scientific work in this area. The Type A behavior pattern is characterized by a set of personality traits including free floating hostility, competitiveness and time urgency; with more of these traits being associated with worse disease. Research eventually suggested that it is anger coping styles, and not competitiveness and time urgency, that are the more pathogenic aspects of the behavior pattern, linking them to morbidity and mortality.

In contrast to these types of adverse influences of relatively negative psychological traits, studies of positive psychological attributes indicate potential beneficial effects on quality of life and physical health in cardiac disease. In several clinical populations, spirituality and/or religious wellness are often associated with better mental and physical health. In this literature, spiritual wellbeing is seen as distinct from religiousness. In individuals with symptomatic heart failure, for example, there is a positive relationship between spiritual wellbeing and better physical and mental wellbeing. These are important observations because heart failure is a major US public health concern affecting over 6 million Americans with rates expected to nearly triple over the next few decades as the population ages. Heart failure is the end stage of most cardiac anomalies, with the annual number of hospitalizations exceeding 1 million and US direct costs exceeding $40 billion/year. There is increasing recognition of the value of embracing multidisciplinary therapeutic approaches in heart failure (as well as other chronic illnesses) that include enhancing spirituality and positive psychological traits as part of more routine psychosocial support. Early studies report reduced depressive symptoms and better health-related outcomes among individuals with cardiovascular disease following spirituality-based interventions that include guided imagery, meditation, journaling, and nature-based activities.

A recent collaboration between the UC San Diego Center of Excellence for Research and Training in Integrative Health and the Chopra Foundation examined associations between gratitude and wellbeing in men and women with asymptomatic heart failure. We found that those patients with more dispositional or trait gratitude also slept better, were less depressed, had less fatigue, had more self-confidence to take care of themselves, and had less systemic inflammation. We also took the opportunity in this study to examine the role that gratitude might have in the known beneficial effects of spirituality on wellbeing. We conducted what is called a mediation analysis (in statistics, a mediation model attempts to explain the underlying process by which one variable exerts its effect on another (in this case how spirituality might lead to enhanced wellbeing) by considering the effect of a third variable; in this case gratitude). We found that gratitude fully or partially accounted for the beneficial effects of spiritual wellbeing on sleep quality, mood, confidence in self-care, and fatigue. That is, in this group of patients, the observed relationships between spiritual wellbeing and better mood and sleep quality were due to the contributions of gratitude as a fundamental component of spiritual wellbeing. Together, the findings from this study are confirmatory of gratitude’s relationships with better mental and physical wellbeing in cardiovascular disease.

Beyond observational studies relating trait gratitude to an array of measures of wellbeing, further work in the form of gratitude intervention studies has begun to demonstrate that when we are intentional with our gratitude and actually create time and space to regularly practice gratitude, other areas of wellbeing improve as well. Though researchers consider gratitude to be a trait, this does not imply that it exists solely as a genetic setpoint that cannot be changed. Instead, engaging in intentional gratitude practices are associated with a variety of benefits and may, in fact, boost the frequency, depth, and range of circumstances for which we are grateful. Practices that actively cultivate a more conscious experience of gratitude take us beyond reciprocal gratitude, and greatly enrich our lives and our sense of connection to the life around us. A recent gratitude intervention study, for example, found that when health care workers kept a work-related gratitude diary they had a decline in stress and depressive symptoms. As anthropologist and author of the book Living in Gratitude: A Journey That Will Change Your Life, Angeles Arrien wrote ‘Through conscious and sustained practice over a period of time, we can discover again how gratitude and all its related qualities—thankfulness, appreciation, compassion, generosity, grace, and so many other positive states—can become integrated and embodied in our lives’. When gratitude is present in our awareness, everything changes, we can find ourselves transformed.

There are numerous practices to cultivate gratitude. At the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad CA., “What am I grateful for?” is one of four key questions that practitioners pose to themselves prior to entering into meditation. Such practices of gratitude bring awareness to and appreciation of the positive features within and around us, helping us to embrace life as it is with all of its imperfections. Other practices to consciously cultivate a grateful life include journaling, counting blessings, savoring positive moments, and behavioral expressions of gratitude such as thank you notes, to name a few. By cultivating gratitude, we cultivate wellbeing.

For readers interested in learning about current biomedical studies examining gratitude and wellbeing in different states of illness, including cardiovascular disease, a description of these studies can be found at the US National Institutes of Health ClinicalTrials.Gov website (https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/home) by searching the word ‘gratitude’. ClinicalTrials.gov is a registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world.

“Portal” painting by Greer Jonas

The Global Year of the Master 11.

2018 is like going through a portal.

One we have never experienced before. 2+0+1+8 =11

Thus, in the first two weeks, we have observed all the women at the Golden Globes wearing black and making a statement of solidarity to change women’s rights and be treated fairly. And the president of the United States making statements that stir and offend the emotions and dignity of its people as well as other countries. He too is a catalyst for shaking us all up. (I promise this will not be a political commentary, but written as an observer of the chaos that is going on in this country.)

What is in store for you in 2018?

According to 2018 numerology, this global year is a Master Year – a “portal” for all of us. The master 11 is the energy of divine inspiration, leadership, and new beginnings. It is a time of tapping into the wisdom that comes from our intuition and the connection to our higher power, beyond our intellect. When we do this, we have a clear channel to discover the truth and to make a difference in our lives and others.

Something new is happening. Do you feel it? In mastery, an eleven vibration can shift what has been the norm because you are tapping into the universal collective of light and intelligence. You are connecting with the divine knowledge from the source of all things.

2018 Numerology – A Portal

The new doorway is the opportunity to step through our conceived failures, our judgmental insecurities, our “it’s too late” thought forms and open to a very new experience of potential beyond what we have ever experienced.

Of course, we have to do the work. It means we have to look at what we have been putting up with, in our relationships, our careers, and ourselves. Have we limited our full potential because of fear of how others will react?

Have we limited our own power because of a belief system that we have taken on or have heard from others?

“What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.” —Oprah Winfrey (Quote is taken from Oprah’s acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the Golden Globes on Sunday, January 7, 2018)

Are you Ready to Walk Through the Portal?

What a wild ride we had during 2017 — all levels were affected: our politics, our environment, our emotions, and our belief systems. We have been moved to keep our eyes wide open and aware. 2018 promises to be a time to take action and to make a difference in your life, your relationships and in the world. It is indeed a time of letting go, speaking our truths, and enjoying the ride.

11/2 is the Divine Union of the Yin and Yang

11 (double ones) is the energy of action, the yang. Two (2) is the feminine and intuitive energy of the yin— sensitivity, and relationship. When we tap into the 11/2, we can learn about balance and duality. There are two contrasting elements to form one whole. Like the duality of light and dark, stillness and movement, without one, there is no other.

So, in the global year of 11/2, the direction is more precise. It had to happen… our world and our systems have been breaking down.

Systems are breaking down.

It is a wake-up call, and we are invited to keep our eyes wide open. If we stay awake, we can deal with the masculine/feminine energy within us — not diminishing either, or making one more potent than the other.

It is not about relinquishing our power or dimming our light. By fearlessly facing the truth, we can break the patterns from old dynamics that do not serve the people we love or us.

What is your Personal Year Theme in this Master Year 2018?
All of us have the specific personal year 2018 theme based on your birthday. The global master year of 2018 will influence our personal year in a huge way.

By using the formula below, you can find the specific theme that you will experience during 2018 according to numerology. It is a perfect time to set new intentions and goals.

Find Your Personal Year in 2018

To calculate, add the month and day of birth to the current year. So, if your birthday were April 1, it would be calculated as so:

4+1+2+0+1+8=16. 1+6=7

REMEMBER: if your personal year calculates to a master number 11 or 22, do not reduce.

So, if your birthday is April 1, your personal year is a 7. The seven-year is an inner journey – a spiritual time of connecting inside of self to seek the truth. Perhaps exploring the unknown and embracing your nonconformity. With this theme, the 11 will help you push through your shyness and explore something new in your life.

Personal Master Year Themes
How will you embrace your life and lessons every day with a unique approach? Tap into your intuition and let go of old patterns that are not working. Once you have calculated your personal year, check out and discover what you will encounter this year. What are you willing to let go of?

1 – Year of new beginnings and innovative ideas. You might attract a new job or a vibrant relationship. Challenge: fear of taking the next step.

2 – Connecting in relationships of all forms – romantic, business, social and self. Challenge: caring too much what others think.

3 – Year of creativity and self-expression in every form – art, music, speaking, writing. Challenge: fear of sharing your voice.

4 – Year of the builder, the organizer, a great time to get something done. Challenge: feeling bogged down by all the work you are doing or feeling overwhelmed.

5 – Year of fun, increased social life, travel, and energy. Being out there in the world with people. Challenge: feeling a loss of freedom, overwhelm, or too much on your plate.

6 – Year of all matters of the heart. Dealing with family, loved ones, community, relationships. This could be a time of marriage, birth or rebirth. Challenge: experiencing loss, feeling overburdened or taking on too much responsibility.

7 – Year of spirituality and connection with inner self, year of unique thoughts and actions. Challenge: feeling unsociable, withdrawn, fear of speaking your truth.

8 – Year of abundance, leadership, and manifestation. A great time to achieve your dreams. Challenge: Being too self-consumed. Feeling over-burdened. Instead of being the leader, feeling oppressed, or the victim.

9 – Year of transformation, transition, and completion. A time to examine your life and see what new path to take. Challenge: Will you look at the lessons of what you have been putting up with and decide to change the direction of your life?

11/2 – the Master year of inspired ideas and actions. These ideas can influence and inspire others and may deal with your relationships (2). Don’t leave yourself out of the equation! Challenge: Having many dreams but not acting on them. (Being in a master 11 personal year in the global year of 11 will be doubly robust for you. Try not to get too overwhelmed:)

22/4 – Year of mastery in relationships (2) and building (4). This is a time to connect with others profoundly and make a difference. A great time to achieve a project with others. Challenge: Taking on a project without asking for help. Taking it all on and caretaking others.

About the Author
Greer Jonas is an artist, teacher, and intuitive numerologist for over 30 years. She gives numerology readings through Skype, phone and in person in NYC and CT. Contact her for an appointment, get a class schedule or ask questions about your personal year at greerdjonas@gmail.com.

Numerology site: http://www.numerology4yoursoul.com

Source: OM Times

22 Spiritual Things That Have Become The Norm Since 2012

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Published on Feb 2, 2018

A man wants Rupert to help him explore his fear.


n this remarkable book, Paramahansa Yogananda reveals the hidden yoga of the Gospels and confirms that Jesus, like the ancient sages and masters of the East, not only knew yoga but taught this universal science of God-realization to his closest disciples. Compiled from the author’s highly praised two-volume work, The Second Coming of Christ: The Resurrection of the Christ Within You, this insightful and compact book transcends the centuries of dogma and misunderstanding that have obscured the original teachings of Jesus, showing that he taught a unifying path by which seekers of all faiths can enter the kingdom of God. Topics include:
•The lost years of Jesus in India
•The ancient science of meditation: how to become a Christ
The true meaning of baptism.

 

1893 – 1952 Hailed as the “father of Yoga in the West,” Paramahansa Yogananda is regarded as one of the great spiritual figures of our time. Born in northern India, he came to the United States in 1920, where he founded Self-Realization Fellowship, to disseminate his writings and teachings worldwide. Through his best-selling classic, Autobiography of a Yogi, and his numerous other books, he has introduced millions throughout the world to the spiritual principles of yoga meditation and the universal truths underlying all world religions.

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In the course of our life, we have collected a number of emotional and psychological trauma in conflicts with other people. These emotional and psychological traumas are parts of our past, and they are often unconscious. Their effects are, however, real: usually, these emotional and psychological traumas are in the background of the fluctuation of our emotions, negative moods and the often apparently unexplainable emotional outbursts. These moods may easily take control over our behavior, inveigling us into actions that we later regret or are ashamed of.

Is it possible to heal these emotional and psychological traumas, and if yes, how? We are able to cure the psychological traumas through a process of five steps.


Full Lunar Eclipse in Leo, Jan 2018 ~ The Cosmic Gift to Liberate Ourselves

Sam Geppi – Vedic Astrology Teacher


Published on Jan 24, 2018

Eckhart discusses how spontaneous physical healing can occur when Presence arises.


When I was 11 years old our school took a bus trip to the local library. While most of the children were off exploring the mysteries of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, for some reason I found myself in the row of books called Philosophy and Religion.

I recall pulling a hardbound book off the shelf and directly opening it to an old black and white photograph of the Portola Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. At that moment, it was as if all my breath was sucked out of me and my mind went totally quiet. Somewhere in the depth of my being, I knew I was looking at a very familiar place, one that I may once have called home. I stood there for a very long time just staring at that photograph.

Then, like a starving young man having a meal laid before him, I hurriedly began to devour the book. When it was time to leave the library and head back to school, I took the book with me to the check-out counter. What followed was a pitched battle with my teacher and the librarian on one side, and one very determined boy on the other. In the end, I got to take the book home.

That book changed my life. At the time, I took the descriptions of a world rarely seen to be real mysticism. With great determination and passion, I began reading everything I could get my hands on about Tibet, its culture, and spiritual teachings. Thus, began a lifelong pursuit for of spiritual insight and knowledge mystical experience.

In my youthful naivety, I also began what I deduced as a meditation practice from stories in the book. This practice was quite complex and involved sitting quietly in the lotus posture with my spine perfectly straight while emptying my mind of everything. After about four years of practicing my meditation, one day I was sitting quietly and deep into it, when the bottom dropped out. No mind, no thought—just a great expanse. When the experience ended, I felt the most amazing deep sense of happiness bliss. This bliss we might describe as “the peace which passeth understanding”.

The problem was my meditation practice was extremely difficult and required great effort and time to achieve the effortless state. I began to search for something easier. My readings led me to try Zen, which, while intellectually satisfying yielded no repetition of the state of no thought only pure awareness. I tried several other practices and even religions until one day I received a phone call that was to be another turning point in my life.

My best friend had gone off college and suggested that I leave my job with the Forest Service and continue my education. I think he just wanted someone to share the rent with but it got me there.

When I arrived on campus to find Maharishi Mahesh Yogi teaching a course about meditation and training young men and woman like me how to teach Transcendental Meditation, a mantra-based meditation practice. I snuck into his lectures and listened attentively and knew this was the spiritual practice I had been seeking.

At the advice of my new friends, I went to ask Maharishi if he would personally teach me. Maharishi was rarely on time anywhere and I waited outside his door a long time for him to emerge. When he finally came out the door there were a number of people waiting like me, some to ask a question, some pay their respects. With about a dozen people ahead of me in the line I waited for my turn, but then I had the thought that I shouldn’t take his time, that I should instead dedicate myself to freeing his time so he could bring this knowledge of meditation and its philosophy to as many as possible, that I should work to serve him selflessly without regard to my own needs and desires. In that moment, I took the Bodhisattva vow and walked away to learn Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation from one of his teachers.

I knew I had found what I was looking for in my first meditation. Upon learning I experienced quite easily that state of mindlessness I had been struggling so hard for. I knew for certain that TM worked for me when I was walking down the street feeling the perfect bliss within yet realizing that nothing what so ever had happened in my life save for meditation to make it so.

Within six months of beginning the practice, I had gone from a 1.28 GPA to a 4.0, typical of TM practitioners, and had made the decision to become a TM Teacher. I am dyslexic and while blessed with an IQ in the top 1% school had been hell for me, a constant struggle, all that had changed for the better. I became a teacher of Transcendental Meditation in 1972; I am extremely grateful to Maharishi for all his teachings and wisdom that have shaped my life.

After many years of practice, I had a classical awakening into higher consciousness. Now living in non-duality or as Maharishi described it “living 200%, the fullness of the absolute and the relative lived completely and utterly together.

Website: http://michael-lovelightlaughter.org

Spirituality Stop
Published on Dec 27, 2017


Many people have written asking me to provide a description of Spiritual Direction. There are many ways to describe the art of Spiritual Direction. One way that I think offers some clarity is to realize that we engage in the world through both our physical senses and our spiritual senses.

Our physical senses allow us to see, touch, feel, hear and taste the contents of our environment and through those senses, we derive facts, information, and details. We draw certain conclusions and we often refer to those conclusions as “what is true”.

Our spiritual senses, on the other hand, perceive the world around us, absorbing all that cannot be heard or seen, touched or tasted. These subtle, delicate psychic receptors pick up the words we do not speak but feel, the thoughts we transmit through our vibrations and receive from another person. Our spirit reads the air around us and other people, transferring that to our intuitive system.

Which data do we actually rely upon the most, then? What we see and what is said or what we do not see but what is felt? Spiritual direction is a way of validating the unseen world that communicates to you, the realm you actually rely on the most for navigating the path that is your life.

This is the domain of truth that provides you with more direction of your spirit than perhaps you realize and through Spiritual Direction, you finally acknowledge this dialogue. This explanation is one window into why I am so passionate about teaching Spiritual Direction – it validates your spiritual and intuitive instincts.

This video is hosted by Kapiel Raaj. http://www.astrologykrs.com

These videos are based on the ancient science of Vedic Astrology known as Jyotish in India. These programs are to educate everyone on the importance and accuracy of astrology why it still matters. Astrology is not so easy to understand and it’s not that difficult to master. But, there are some methods that were lost in pop culture astrology known as daily, weekly, monthly and yearly horoscopes. Vedic Astrology is not more about psychological reading but actual physical reading that also shows your exact timing of events like marriage, children, career, graduation, accidents, illness etc. This entire channel is hosted by me alone, Kapiel Raaj. Growing up with an uncle who was a Vedic Astrologer himself made it very easy for me to dive into the ocean of astrology and discover many secrets which I share with you on KRSchannel, the fastest growing astrology channel on you tube.

When some wants to know what planet in what house does what, or what planet in what sign does what, this is the channel they come to. I do not make regular weekly horoscope because unless your horoscope is present in front of me, giving you a general weekly horoscope is as good as suicide of astrology. It’s no longer predictive science. In my channel you will find videos that will never be outdated and will always apply to you alone. This astrology channel is like a encyclopedia of astrology. You can look at these videos in 50 years and they will still apply and work.

I take also do Celebrities horoscope with parody, combining my two passion of acting and astrology together which has become a hit on Youtube. I also do skits of zodiac sign compatibility which again is entertainment and education at the same time. This channel will make you a astrologer where you won’t need to go to anyone, but you will diagnose your problem yourself because no one has more vested interest in you than you.

What I bring to the table is the truth about astrology and astronomy of India.

Published on Jan 26, 2018

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

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