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Jean Klein talks with Drs.Moschetta about the spiritual meaning of love and marriage.
http://www.marriagehelp-newyork.com


Cassandra Vieten PhD talks about the Science of Interconnectedness as part of the TEDxNapaValley 2012 “Connected” event.

Cassandra’s Event Photos are here – http://www.flickr.com/photos/tedxnapa…

Cassandra Vieten, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, Director of Research at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, co-director of the Mind-Body Medicine Research Group at California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute, and co-president of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology.

Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the State of California, and several private donors and foundations, her research has focused on spirituality and health; development and pilot testing of mindfulness-based approaches to cultivating emotional balance (primarily in the areas of addiction and pregnancy/postpartum well-being); and factors, experiences, and practices involved in psychospiritual transformation to a more meaningful, compassionate, and service-oriented way of life. Her primary interest lies in how psychology, biology, and spirituality interact to affect experience and behavior.


Excerpts taken from the following lectures(in order):
-Jesus, His Religion
-On Being God
-(Unknown lecture)
-On Being God

Milton’s Secret is a live action film for the whole family. Based on a book by Eckhart Tolle (Author of The Power of Now & A New Earth) and Robert Friedman (Publisher of Conversations with God), the film will bring the wisdom of one of the most important spiritual teachers of our time to a mainstream, family audience…

OMTimes is Grateful to have connected with the film’s Director, Barnet Bain and Eckhart Tolle when they recently met at the Vancouver headquarters of Hulo Films to discuss the upcoming film.

A Conversation with Barnet Bain and Eckhart Tolle

OMTimes: How did the two of you build your interest in transformational entertainment?

Eckhart Tolle:
I love watching movies and my main life interest and my purpose in life is to bring spiritual awakening into this world, to be a vehicle for the flowering of consciousness, to help people to live more consciously with less unnecessary suffering and self-generated unhappiness, so that’s my mission in life, that’s my life purpose, so bringing together my interest in movies and my life purpose then naturally this has come together so I became interested in movies that have the power to transform consciousness.

Barnet Bain: I’ve been making spiritually themed movies for a very long time. At the beginning of my career I made a movie as a screen writer, called Jesus, or The Jesus Movie. That was the first job I ever had after film school. I was hired to write the screenplay for Warner Brothers. Jesus, has gone on to be the most widely seen movie in the world. It’s pretty unbelievable. I thought it was a great opportunity to make my way through a career and looking back, I can see that film as a piece in an ongoing puzzle that all fits together in a way that is so perfect that it never could have been planned. Long before I realized I was exploring something, that I was looking to develop something in myself, I was just naturally drawn to movies and entertainments and stories that had a core element of spiritual discovery.

Since then, I have made What Dreams May Come as a Producer and the Celestine Prophecy movie as a Writer and Producer, and Homeless to Harvard, which was nominated for three Emmies including Best Movie. And I’ve made others….

OMTimes: Barnet, what is Mindfulness to you and why is mindfulness so important today?

Barnet Bain: Mindfulness is developing an awareness of the thoughts that move through and feelings that we move through without getting drawn into the meanings or being drawn into taking action or getting sucked into the story… and then like house guests, eventually they all leave.

One thing that mindfulness practice does is it allows us to pay attention to all the thoughts and all the feelings that wander through our awareness and we become more attuned to being a container for those things and less identified with them.

So now we begin to have a relationship with all our structured imaginings and in doing so, life begins to take on, from my perspective, a more enchanted, more dreamy experience. What is possible for us begins to expand because we are not so rigidly contained by the way that our thoughts and imaginations have been structured.

Mindfulness has never been more important considering how quickly the events of the world move in such an accelerated, such a frantic time. We are battered around like a cat with a toy. Our attention goes from here, to the next thing, to the next thing and we’re triggered from one response of fear, to another one of connection, to the threat of loss. It’s just constantly, constantly in play in ways that 15, 20, 30 years ago didn’t exist because things moved at such a different cadence. And so it is more critical than ever if you believe, as we do that our experience of reality is the result of the magical alchemy of the creation of our thoughts, our beliefs, our decisions, our attitudes, our feelings. All of these are, for the most part, unconscious. Mindfulness allows us to watch these thoughts and choices and decisions without being triggered and having to take action and give meaning. And so suddenly we are able to see beyond the waterline to see the iceberg. We are seeing with x-ray glasses, the ability to see what is below the surface of the way we do life.

These are the being states, that mindfulness allows us to discover. When we discover who we are being in the moment, then the opportunity to choose up to a higher ground to a different level of response is there for the first time. A fish doesn’t know it’s in water until it throws itself on the bank and flops around for a while, and has that moment of discovery, ‘I’m not in Kansas Toto.’ Mindfulness allows us, we don’t have to flop around on the bank, it doesn’t have to be as difficult as it is for some. It’s a lot more difficult to be reactive to the world, to think that you can out-think life. There are other states of consciousness beyond thinking but mindfulness puts us in touch with the being state of who we are. And with that awareness, reality becomes a very different kind of experience. It’s not as reactive, it begins to mellow out and there is suddenly room for the miraculous.

OMTimes: The book and film promise to bring Mindfulness to a youth audience. Eckhart, why did you write the book, Milton’s Secret? How did you start out on this journey?

Eckhart Tolle: Well people had been often writing to me and saying, ‘can you not write something for children?’ I felt I needed somebody else and couldn’t quite do it myself because I never had children so it’s harder for me, never having brought up a child, to enter the universe of the child. So that’s where my co-author, Robert Friedman came in and helped.

When the suggestion came to me that I could co-author the book, I remembered all the letters and emails that I had received in the last few years from parents asking for that kind of thing, but I never really felt up to it myself. Now I’m glad it happened that way. I never went out and said ‘I want to do this.’ I never do that, I wait for things to come to me either within, or without, and I go along with it, and that’s how it happened.

More and more teachers are also bringing that state of presence. In recent times I’ve received more and more emails from teachers that they are beginning to teach presence in their classroom without necessarily calling it that or calling it anything. They are doing that not as part of the official curriculum, it’s like an underground movement, not yet officially recognized by the educational authorities, at least not as far as I know!”

OMTimes: I understand the bullying is also a key theme of the movie?


Eckhart Tolle:
Only in the last few years has there been an awareness that this is a big problem and a big source of suffering for many, many children. Of course bullying is not a new phenomenon but for a very long time nobody talked about it. I don’t know why, but suddenly, now, bullying is in the news. Perhaps it is time that there is an awareness of this, of certain unconscious patterns. These unconscious patterns become conscious and then they begin to change… so there is an awareness… quite often you read about bullying in the news and that’s why it’s in the movie… and of course the financial distress that many people are going through in this time. That is the reality of millions of people or the fear or the uncertainty about economic situation and the fear that goes with it if you are not present you can constantly be in that state of fearful anticipation. What might happen to your job… that you might lose your job or you might not be able to pay your mortgage anymore… and all kinds of dreadful things could happen. All of this reflected in the movie as that is the daily reality for all sorts of people. Of course that wasn’t in the book, but I’m glad that’s in the screenplay.

OMTimes: We’ve heard a lot about the film, the bully, the Grandfather and, of course, Milton. But what is the message?

Eckhart Tolle: The central message is that it is possible to live in a different state of consciousness. A state of consciousness that does not generate unnecessary unhappiness and suffering and anxiety. So that is the underlying theme of the movie that is what it is about. And that’s why it is transformational.

Connect with Milton’s Secret at http://miltonssecretmovie.com

Milton’s Secret – The Movie – Official Crowdfunding Video

Synopsis

Milton’s Secret presents the timeless wisdom of The Power of Now in a live action film for the whole family.

Milton Adams is stressed. It’s no picnic being 11 years old in a world that is growing more uncertain every day. Milton’s mom and dad argue every night as their careers and financial security unravel around them. Milton’s community is in crisis, and to top it off, he is tormented by the neighborhood bully.

When Grandpa Howard comes to visit, Milton discovers that rehashing bad experiences, and worrying about the future only makes things worse.

With a little practice, Milton learns his Grandpa’s secret for coping with a world in crisis: most things have a surprising way of working out when you flow with the power of Now.

In an age that seems to be growing more chaotic by the day, we sometimes wish we could go back to simpler times. We need new answers. Milton’s Secret is a thought provoking family film based on the story by acclaimed spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle, author of worldwide bestsellers The Power of Now and A New Earth and Robert Friedman, publisher of Conversations with God.
DIRECTOR’S NOTES WITH BARNET BAIN

BARNET BAIN As a filmmaker and radio broadcaster I’m attracted to the deepest truths that affect humanity; stories that inspire hope and vision and model new responses to the challenges of being alive in a world becoming more uncertain and less civil every day.

When Eckhart Tolle agreed to let me to film his story Milton’s Secret, I didn’t hesitate. I leapt at the chance. I have made a life’s work of stewarding innovative projects that celebrate the human spirit, but I am especially grateful to Eckhart and Robert Friedman for entrusting me to make their story about mindful awareness ring true to a dedicated readership that has purchased more than 15 million of Eckhart’s bestselling books to date, and for the opportunity to present mindfulness in a mainstream motion picture for the first time ever.

In an age of financial, social and political breakdown, we sometimes wish we could go back to simpler times. We long for answers. Milton’s Secret models, but not mandates a different response to the stresses and chaos of modern life. It shows us a way to pay closer attention to what is happening within us; our thoughts, feelings, and emotions, enabling us to better cope with the trials of everyday living.

Milton’s Secret centers on a boy who discovers that rehashing bad experiences from his past and worries about his future are preventing him from enjoying real happiness through living in the present moment. We will model by example — but not preach — practical tools to keep alive curiosity, compassion and coping skills that enable children and their parents alike to manage stress and pay attention to what really matters amidst the frantic pace of life.

As a general note, the tone of the movie will be a little more adult without sacrificing our family audience. For our young protagonist and his friends we are referencing The Suburbs (video by Arcade Fire) Is Anybody There?, The Spectacular Now and Whale Rider. The OVERALL LOOK of the movie will be Magical, Playful, but Stressed. Reference – Magical Realist paintings of George Tooker. We should immediately get a sense of the chaotic world in every shot. For example – not just background extras, but a mom dealing with a toddler’s tantrum, or distraught motorists venting road rage. It is a world full of blocked personal urges; impersonal phone trees, indifferent service, and systemic frustration. Recently, at the airport parking lot in Montreal, I encountered a young woman trying to find someone – anyone to help her in the exit cue. There was not an attendant anywhere. The machine had taken her money, and the intercom was broken. When I found her she was in tears. “You could be dead and dying,” she lamented, “and no one would notice. That’s progress?”

So this is the environment of our movie – it is the kind of imagery that is generated from a systemic falling away of life as we’ve known it. It is definitely NOT Disneyland.

We will tell this beautiful story, and at the same time inspire as many people as we can to stop stressing and start living! I am proud to be given the opportunity to make this movie, and to have Hulo Films as collaborators.
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In order to survive, our minds are hardwired to make the first distinction of me and other. That duality usually becomes our perspective on life. We project that duality on to everything. We either have something or we don’t have it. We are happy or we are sad. We are right or we are wrong. We won or we lost. All distinctions have their place, but only as transitory points of view, present for the survival of an organism. Regarding true self-realization, which is non-dual realization of self, nothing can be excluded. True non-duality also includes whatever appears to be dual. With inquiry, non-dual unity can be found in the core of all perspectives including duality.

Often on the spiritual search, we seek an experience of non-duality by transcending physical, emotional, mental and circumstantial aspects of living. Transcendence implies leaving something behind. In this meeting, Gangaji demonstrates how through self-inquiry, non-duality can be directly experienced, with no need to leave anything. When we are willing to stop rejecting, fixing or controlling our very human experiences, there is the opportunity to discover the ever present truth of non-duality: pure consciousness, pure spaciousness. Gangaji invites us to welcome all aspects of ourselves in all states and forms, even the most difficult of experiences, so that we can discover inherent fulfillment.


Published on Sep 25, 2016

A Bhakti Yoga practitioner for more than 40 years, Radhanath Swami is one of today’s most beloved and respected spiritual teachers. He is a guide, community builder, activist, and acclaimed author. Rooted in his study of ancient India’s mystic devotional tradition, Radhanath Swami’s message is as profound as it is simple: by cultivating a rich inner life of self-awareness and a genuine practice of service, we can become instruments of compassion and agents of sustainable change in the world.

Today, Radhanath Swami is the founder and coordinator of multiple spiritual communities throughout the world, the most prominent of which is the Radha Gopinath Ashram located in Mumbai, India. Under his inspiration and guidance, the project has grown to include missionary hospitals, orphanages, eco-friendly farms, schools, temples, emergency relief programs, and a food distribution program that feeds more than 250,000 indigent children in downtown Mumbai every day. In spite of his many responsibilities, he also travels widely, teaching Eastern philosophy and spiritually throughout Europe, Asia, and America.

Books: The Journey Home: Autobiography of an American Swami, The Journey Within: Exploring the Path of Bhakti

Website: http://radhanathswami.com


I like to think of Life as flawless, methodical madness. On first glance, it does look like madness. All you have to do is watch the evening news to wonder what in the heck is going on. But the more your mind quiets and your heart opens, you begin to notice something going on here that is way beyond your ability to control or even comprehend. Underneath the dualistic dance of good/bad, right/wrong, easy/difficult, joyous/sorrowful, Life is waking up to Life in its infinite variety. More and more people are being moved out of unconsciousness into consciousness – the ability to see and be with whatever is happening right here right now.

I see it as flawless because it is evident in my life and in the lives of the people I have worked with for the past 30 years that we are each given exactly what we need in order to awaken – the kinds of bodies we have, our minds, our emotions, our parents, next door neighbors, bosses and co-workers, dogs, lovers, and children. When you understand Life in this way, you are no longer the victim. In fact, you become fascinated by how your life is unfolding, and in that curiosity, you begin to see the treasures that are always there in every situation. For there are no ordinary experiences!

An example of flawlessness comes from a friend of mine who received a phone call from a potential employer saying that the job interview she had hoped would bring her an income (so she could make her mortgage payment) was cancelled because the job had been filled. As she ended the call, she dropped the phone in her lap in despair as tears began to flow. Through her tears, she heard a noise and realized she had accidentally turned the phone on in the middle of her emotional storm. She turned it off, but a few seconds later the phone rang and much to her amazement, it was a friend she hadn’t talked to in over a year. This woman asked her, “Did you just call me?” It took my friend a few seconds to realize that a long time ago she had put this woman’s phone number on speed dial and she must have inadvertently hit her number. When this woman asked her how she was doing, she shared her fear and heartache. Much to her amazement, the woman responded by saying that she had just taken her house off the market and had a separate apartment in her basement that my friend could live in for as long as she wanted to. My friend also immediately found a renter for her own home so her mortgage payment was covered.

Extraordinary experiences like this one are happening all the time, but we are so busy in our minds that we don’t see them. Life is supporting us, communicating with us and taking us step by step into our awakening. This flawlessness also includes our suffering. What would happen if you trusted your suffering? What would your life be like if, rather than resisting it, you were curious about it, gathering the treasures that always lie hidden in the midst of your challenges?

Life has given me many challenges over the years and they oftentimes threw me into realms of great darkness. As I contracted over and over again into fear, anger, self-judgment, overwhelm and despair, gradually I learned how to really look at what I was experiencing. I discovered that who I truly am is that which can see all the stories in my head rather than getting caught up in the stories themselves. This helped me to understand that the struggling self we all carry is such a small part of what is going on – that there is a vast, creative, peaceful space in which all of the stories of the ‘mind-made me’ are floating, and that is who we truly are.

I also call it methodical, for Life will take you through very specific steps on the journey from unconsciousness to consciousness. How the steps show up varies from person to person. You may be taught through financial or health issues, difficult relationships, or all of the above. Step by step, as you learn how to listen to your life, you will see that there are no accidents, that you are not doing your life wrong, and that your life is for you. And moment by moment, it is bringing you home.

You never know what is going to happen in your life. But the truth you can come to know and live is that, in whatever experience you are having in any given moment, you are exactly where you need to be on your journey into consciousness which is where the path to your freedom lies. Don’t fight it. Instead, be curious and discover that Life wants you to awaken even more than you do.

Source: Mary O’Malley


Published on Aug 22, 2016

Eckhart Tolle 2016 Ego – Stepping Out Of Stories – August 20th 2016 (MUST LISTEN)

I’m in recovery and suspect that my addictions keep me from knowing something. But what?

Addictions are like mud on a mirror: when we look into it, we cannot see our true self. Addictions keep us from seeing ourselves as a manifestation of God the way a wave is an extension of an ocean. Moving beyond addiction leads us to the greatest freedom we can know: the freedom to be who we are — creative agents for justice and compassion.

What is the difference between religion and spirituality?

Religion is often about who’s in and who’s out, creating a worldview steeped in “us against them.” Spirituality rejects this dualism and speaks of us and them. Religion is often about loyalty to institutions, clergy, and rules. Spirituality is about loyalty to justice and compassion. Religion talks about God. Spirituality helps to make us godly. The two need not be at odds. Religion at its best is spirituality in community.

As a kid I was deeply wounded by my church, but I want to return. What can I do to protect myself from being traumatized again?

Religious institutions that do harm are those that insist you surrender your will to them, rather than to God. Clergy who do harm are those who insist you worship them, rather than God. When a religion insists it speaks for God and asserts that by rejecting it, you are rejecting God, it is a danger to everyone. If you need a church, make sure it is one that points beyond itself to a God of love, justice, and personal autonomy and freedom. If you need clergy, make sure they free you for God, rather than chain you to themselves and their view of God.

I am tired of listening to pastors rant about sin. Yes, I sin, but I do good things as well. We aren’t sinners; we are doers. Why focus on sin and damnation?

Frightening people with sin and threatening them with eternal damnation is meant to keep people in line. Religion is often about getting people to conform to the beliefs and mores of those who run the religion. We would be better served if our religions could uncover, cultivate, and support our capacity for justice and kindness, rather than harp on our failures.

I am single, childless, and financially unsuccessful. How can I get comfortable with myself and learn to accept what’s happened to me in my life?

I would need to know so much more before answering your question directly, but I would offer two points: First, nothing happens to you. There is no you outside the happening. Things happen with you or maybe as you but not to you. Life is completely participatory. Saying that things happen to you implies that there is a you separate from the happening — a you who should be married, who should have kids, who should be successful — but this is only fantasy. There is just the you that is happening now. Second, to be comfortable with yourself, you have to know who the “me” is that needs to be comfortable. Are there two “yous,” one who is unmarried, without kids, and poor, and another who needs to be comfortable with this state of affairs? As long as you are split this way you will always be uncomfortable, even if you marry, have children, and become wealthy. To explore this further, I suggest you read Byron Katie’s book Loving What Is.

Spiritual practice often calls upon us to surrender the self, but people suffering from trauma or abuse need to build the self up, rather than tear it down. Is spirituality a danger to such people?

Spirituality is a process for discovering who you are and why you are here. Who you are is God: the singular divine Self manifesting as your unique self. Why you are here is to cultivate the self in such a way as to be a more effective vehicle of the Self and in this way, make your world more just, loving, meaningful, and holy. Authentic spirituality heals the traumatized self by opening it to the divine Self, and then releases the healed self to make the world more godly. There is no need to surrender or abandon the self, only the need to place it in its proper relationship with Self.

I believe I was a Jew with Moses in Sinai. Can I claim to be Jewish in this life?

Some Jews believe in a pintele Yid, a Jewish spark that gets trapped in a non-Jewish life. Honoring this spark means converting to Judaism. The last time you were a Jew, you wandered for 40 years in the wilderness. Don’t make the same mistake twice.

I have been reading your column and this magazine for several years, and I’m so blessed by what I read. I want to know if it’s all right to quote you.

No. We quote sources to support our own thinking. The sources are authorities. I’m not an authority. All I do is share my opinions. If you agree with me, then share with others what you believe is true. You don’t need me to back you up. If you don’t agree with me, why share what I say at all? Speak your truth, not mine.

I can forgive others but not myself. Why is this so? What can I do to forgive myself?

I won’t presume to know your specific situation, but in general, people who can forgive others but not themselves are often people who think way too much of and about themselves. Can it be that your failings are so much worse than those of others? Can it be that you, alone in all the world, are unforgivable? This smacks of narcissism. The issue may not be forgiving yourself but getting over yourself.

If this isn’t too personal, when you pray, what does God “look” like?

I make a distinction between prayer and meditation. Prayer engages the soul, that level of consciousness that maintains a sense of I/Thou as part of a greater whole. Meditation engages the spirit, pure I/I consciousness that cannot be turned into an object and thus cannot become an object of conversation. When I pray, I encounter God as Thou. For me, this Thou is the Divine Mother — Chochma/Sophia/Wisdom — that aspect of the divine that manifests in the world as the world. I speak with her daily, and feel blessed and humbled as she mirrors back to me the madness of my life, and encourages me to move beyond it. When I meditate, there are moments when “I” am gone. Of these moments of pure spirit I can say nothing. When they pass I find myself filled with compassion for and from all beings.

Source: Spirituality Health


Pravrajika Vrajaprana is a nun at the Vedanta Society of Southern California’s Sarada Convent and a writer on Vedanta. Short talk followed by panel discussion with Br. Paul Quenon, Gerardo Abboud and moderator Jonathan Bastian.

“Contemplation is not and cannot be a function of this external self. There is an irreducible opposition between the deep transcendent self that awakens only in contemplation, and the superficial, external self which we commonly identify with the first person singular.” – Thomas Merton


Published on Sep 25, 2016

Eckhart Teachs how to disolve pain body and get control of your emotions and feelings with your awareness on body.

Who Am I?


Published on Sep 23, 2016

A discussion about the questions ‘Who am I?’ and ‘Where am I?’

Gangaji – Simply Stop Looking

Gangaji, an American born teacher and author, travels the world speaking with spiritual seekers from all walks of life. Her message: True peace and lasting fulfillment are not only our birthright, they are the essential nature of our being.


Being aware of being aware is the highest form of meditation; being aware of being aware is the only knowledge that is not relative to the finite mind; Awareness’s knowledge of Itself is God’s knowledge of Itself.


Published on Sep 22, 2016

http://adyashanti.org – Adyashanti tells the story of a man who is walking down the street and falls into a hole. Passers by meander by and offer their advice, without solving the problem. In the end, there is only one thing that helps: enduring friendship.

Video Excerpted From “Jesus: The Teachings of a Revolutionary Mystic”:


Published on Sep 20, 2016

Deepak Chopra – You are not a person

Deepak Chopra is an Indian American public speaker, and writer on Ayurveda,
spirituality and mind-body medicine. Chopra began his career as an endocrinologist and later shifted his focus to alternative medicine. Chopra was a top assistant to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi before launching his own career in the late 1980s by publishing self-help books on New Age spirituality and alternative medicine.


Published on Sep 17, 2016

John Butler ‘Discovering Stillness – Part 2’ Interview by Iain McNay.
Author of ‘Wonders Of Spiritual Unfoldment’ and Mystic Approaches.’ His loves were farming and meditation. Tells his story of spiritual unfoldment and how he discovered stillness. It was not always an easy path for him and he went through periods of depressions and hopelessness.
‘Realisation is not a personal attainment – it usually comes at times of deep prayer or quietness when the mind is clear of personal me…’

‘I’m just a quiet old man of regular habits going up and down the hill to church each day, sitting on a bench when the weather is warm. I don’t speak much. Adventures are inside.’
‘From worldliness the absolute completion of Pure Being can seem out of touch, more theoretical than real. How can it be relevant to need? Once known however any return to ordinary worldly ways only seem to emphasise its loss.

Total longing brings its own reward but all feelings of achievement disappear. Incomparable gifts of Heavenly Grace instruct, inspire, save us from drowning in the world.’

Licensed clinical psychologist, intuitive counselor, and upcoming Bravo celebrity Carmen Harra shows readers the power of karma!

When it comes to our interactions with family, friends, and the people we live with or work with, the drama can be overwhelming and confusing if we aren’t guided by love—the karmic cure for every hurt, rift, misunderstanding, conflict, and betrayal. In her new book Karma Queen: The Truth About Karma and Relationships, Carmen Harra draws upon her knowledge of psychology and metaphysics, her experience as a therapist and counselor, and her own relationships to help readers untangle the complexities of their relationships and get the most out of them.

This book applies Carmen’s ideas to all types of relationships, because she firmly believes that karma affects every relationship in our lives—including whether we ever meet our soul mate. Rich in practical, solid advice, the book will also feature stories drawn from Carmen’s new reality show and from her life.

Carmen Harra, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and intuitive counselor who, along with her daughter, is one of the “Karma Queens” featured in the reality TV show of the same name. She has helped thousands of people meet their challenges by resolving their karma. She has lived through many changes in her own life—rising out of poverty to become a national celebrity and musical performer in Romania, visiting America for the first time, then becoming an instant wife and mother weeks later, becoming an American citizen, changing careers several times, and eventually becoming a licensed clinical psychologist, therapist, and author. Dr. Harra speaks from experience when she says that there are practical ways to meet the challenges of resolving karma that cause our relationships to become complicated and cause us pain

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The Karma Queens’ Guide to Relationships with Carmen Harra

Carmen Harra is an internationally known intuitive psychologist with Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, author of seven books, relationship coach, spiritual teacher, and karmic counselor. Born in Transylvania, Romania, Carmen’s gift of second sight developed after a near death experience at age 5. She hosts a radio show on WABC 770 AM and we are going to discuss her latest book, written with her daughter Alexandra, The Karma Queens’ Guide to Relationships.

Karmic Relationships with Dr. Carmen Harra

Carmen Harra and her daughter,Alexandra, are the authors of Karma Queens… In this interview with Alan Steinfeld, the go deep into how karmic patterns affect all our interactions with others. Sh also outlines the 4 types of karmic love partners. http://wwwCarmenHarrar.com

Is seeing the Humour in Enlightenment the key to finding it?

The great cosmic joke is that you are what you are seeking. All the religious and spiritual seeking on this planet and you end up back where you started. If that’s not a fantastic joke worth a good belly laugh I don’t know what is. We all look for happiness, peace and fulfilment in the things of the world, yet all along these things are our very nature – our very own centre of being. Meditation masters and mystics throughout history have seen the joke of it as Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh explains:

I laugh when I think how I once sought paradise as a realm outside of the world of birth. It is right in the world of birth and death that the miraculous truth is revealed. But this is not the laughter of someone who suddenly acquires a great fortune; neither is it the laughter of one who has won a victory. It is, rather, the laughter of one who; after having painfully searched for something for a long time, finds it one morning in the pocket of his coat.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh

Have we been taking enlightenment too seriously?

The Buddhists have been onto the joke for a while, their main training is to not take things seriously. What else is being unattached than a great sense of humour? Buddha realised that all conditions of the world are temporary and taking any of it too seriously creates suffering.

I’m not sure how humans made such a big a deal out of this simple truth but it’s because everyone else was taking things seriously and causing a lot of problems for themselves they held up Buddha to be all enlightened, worshipped him, created another religion and over the years have mostly missed the basic point. Another Buddhist meditator, Longchenpa, realised this simple truth again some two thousand years later and said:

Since everything is but an apparition, having nothing to do with good or bad, acceptance or rejection, one may well burst out in laughter.

The Buddhists have been onto the joke for a while

The Buddhists have been onto the joke for a while

What about the warning from spiritual teachers that every single thing you imagine yourself to be is a clever lie constructed by a psychological defence mechanism against the existential truth of transiency. In other words you are not who you think you are. That’s pretty funny isn’t it? However laughing about it, not taking yourself seriously, is another wonderful coping mechanism to be able to digest such seemingly harsh truths. As Longchenpa says, you may as well burst out laughing, or as a modern Zen master Adyashanti explains:

We realize–often quite suddenly–that our sense of self, which has been formed and constructed out of our ideas, beliefs and images, is not really who we are. It doesn’t define us, it has no centre.

I have watched hundreds of spiritual teachers and the best ones have a common trait – they giggle a lot. Even my main Buddhist teacher, an intellectual giant in the Gelug-pa Tibetan Buddhist tradition, would consistently forecast his arrival into the temple with bouts of laughter. Another favourite teacher of mine is Alan Watts whom you can’t watch for 5 minutes without getting to hear his infectious cackling and the current Dalai Lama is almost famous for his warm giggle. Alan Watts once remarked:

People suffer only because they take seriously what the gods made for fun.

The humour of Alan Watts

The humour of Alan Watts

Laughter and humour are not just frivolous. They can be a sharp tools to cut through the bullshit. Sometimes in society it’s the comedians who are the only ones telling the truth. Not the politicians, not the priests and not even the school teachers but the people who can step back and see the ridiculousness of current affairs. In fact more and more people are getting their truthful political information from The Late Show and from comedians like the late Bill Hicks and George Carlin, who would deliver sobering doses of reality which was actually very true and therefore very funny. Comedians often point to the discrepancy between how we think things are and how they actually are, fortunately that evokes laughter, unfortunately people tend go back to living a lie after the laughter subsides.

The enlightened fool is the one who sees the ego trips of society and can still find joy and laughter in its midst. The fool is often the enlightened one, the one with crazy wisdom, with laughter and jokes as their weapon, they cut through the mundane conformity and bring to light the latent child like bliss bubbling just beneath the surface of all seriousness. The fool possesses a wisdom that is out of reach of the conformist. A playful attitude in touch with enormous amounts of creativity.

Humour is also extremely healing, they say laughter is the greatest medicine and it’s true. It can also ease the stress and tension of daily life, reduce boredom at work and unite people of different backgrounds. Everybody takes themselves and others too seriously.

So if humour can heal, relax, unite people, undo the ego and entertain all at the same time that sounds enlightening enough for me.

Which brings me to the laughable way most people understand enlightenment, that is an enlightened person is a perfect person. Perfect virtue, perfect love, perfect knowledge and as a meditation teacher jokes even perfectly smelling sandalwood farts. This ideal of the perfect person is a joke and does not exist in reality. It creates cults of worship around people who are seen as perfect and just stresses the rest of us out with guilt for not living up to these idealistic fantasies.

Humour is so healing many are turning to Laughter Yoga classes

Humour is so healing many are turning to Laughter Yoga classes

All you have to do is be yourself

So all that’s left is to just be your natural self. As someone once said if you can laugh at yourself you will never be short of material. Or as one of my favourite Zen teachers Brad Warner says:

The state of ambiguity – that messy, greasy, mixed-up, confused, and awful situation you’re living through right now – is enlightenment itself.

How enlightening it is to be yourself

How enlightening it is to be yourself

Another cosmic joke is that we will all die. This is not scary it is reality. Of course religions have made a business out of promising you that there is life after death and there are consequences to all your actions after death, the fear of fire and brimstone or the desire for virgins in heaven are potent motivators to act responsibly in our lives and also a powerful invocation to take the priests, churches and traditional lineages seriously. It’s the oldest trick in the ‘book’. But it’s time to grow up and be able to act responsibly without the need for fairy tales. We live, we love, we grow, we die. That’s absolutely beautiful and enchanting enough. As Osho says:

Life as it is should be enough of a reason to laugh. It is so absurd, it is so ridiculous. It is so beautiful, it is so wonderful. It is all sorts of things together. It is a great cosmic joke.

So where does the cosmic joke lead us? Back to where we started; to the unadulterated pure joy of just being alive – laughing for no reason and grinning like a mad hatter. Life becomes play instead of a chore, a cosmic dance on the needle head of eternity.

EVEN IF THERE IS A REALM BEYOND MORTALITY, WOULD FINDING IT IMPROVE OUR LIVES ON EARTH? What use is Spirit to a troubled world? Do prayer and meditation work? As a young man in search of love and a purpose to live for, the author could not fit within the world he found. Longing to be useful but unwilling to conform, he went out to South America. It wasn’t so easy. Alone on a mountainside one day, an inner voice said, ‘To make whole, be whole’. This was a turning point. He realised that, before being able to help others, he first had to work on himself. Once back in England, he looked for and found a method of meditation.

Love of nature led him to become one of the first organic farmers but, when asked what he really wanted in life, he answered ‘God’. He’d been schooled in Christian faith but was not, at this time, attracted to the Church. Meditation proved an ideal accompaniment as further adventures took him to Africa and, in particular, the desert. Later, at low ebb in the USA, he ‘met’ Jesus, which brought his practice of meditation and Christianity together. At the age of 51, he re-entered university to study Russian prior to visiting his mother’s homeland for the first time in 1991. This led to several years living in Russia, where he realised the similarity between his own practice and traditional Orthodox ‘prayer of the heart’.

The book is based on notes of the author’s unfolding spiritual experience, which taught him that the wholeness he sought is actually – Spirit. How is it attained? By many encouraging examples he shows how, with patient perseverance, the grip of the ego with all the restrictive unhappiness it brings, can be released. Being then more open to the influence of Grace, we may come to discover the Kingdom of God – our original, spiritual and perfect home.

Biography
WONDERS OF SPIRITUAL UNFOLDMENT / MYSTIC APPROACHES

How dare I use such titles for my books? Because it is my whole life’s dawning realisation. Finally, in old age, I really know it’s true. This morning, after meditation, eyes opened and I wrote:

“No need for anything but this –
Precisely where and what I am
Is life complete – surpassing bliss.
In this alone, all things belong
Where all is right and nothing wrong”.

That’s how it happens. I first read about it as a young man but now I don’t need anyone to tell me. It rises of itself from my own experience. And that’s how I write my books.

The world, the flesh and ego will deny it but, letting go un-natural restriction, naturally opens up the Spirit that I am. Here, now, I sit and realise it. Spirit, being absolute completion, includes all things as aspects of One Self. It is the fulfilment to which we all instinctively aspire.

My story is only one more witness to the same eternal destiny of all who seek and find. Through many trials, errors and layers of limitation, it describes how I gradually come to realise more fully what I am, and how to be of use. Sufficient to say, this greatest of adventures thrills me now as it did when I first started. It has become my life’s work and can only continue after death.

While every journey is unique, it can be described and bring encouragement to others. So, I have published my two books.

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John Butler ‘Discovering Stillness – Part 1’ Interview by Iain McNay.

Published on Sep 17, 2016

John Butler ‘Discovering Stillness – Part 1’ Interview by Iain McNay.
Author of ‘Wonders Of Spiritual Unfoldment’ and Mystic Approaches.’ His loves were farming and meditation. Tells his story of spiritual unfoldment and how he discovered stillness. It was not always an easy path for him and he went through periods of depressions and hopelessness.
‘Realisation is not a personal attainment – it usually comes at times of deep prayer or quietness when the mind is clear of personal me…’
‘I’m just a quiet old man of regular habits going up and down the hill to church each day, sitting on a bench when the weather is warm. I don’t speak much. Adventures are inside.’
‘From worldliness the absolute completion of Pure Being can seem out of touch, more theoretical than real. How can it be relevant to need? Once known however any return to ordinary worldly ways only seem to emphasise its loss.
Total longing brings its own reward but all feelings of achievement disappear. Incomparable gifts of Heavenly Grace instruct, inspire, save us from drowning in the world.’

Published on Sep 2, 2016

In this episode of Enlightenment Today we will explore the nature of the Soul from the Eastern perspective. We unpack the science behind reincarnation known as the Wheel of Samsara Framework which tries to explain what it actually “is” that comes back life after life. This is a comprehensive system for understanding the subconscious root conditioning, latent tendencies, and unconscious actions of our mind. It also explains methods of how to eventually make them conscious so that we transform our mind at the root level with the Eastern view of transcending our soul.

Published on Sep 16, 2016

A discussion addressing the urge to realise the truth and end seeking.


Published on Sep 15, 2016

http://adyashanti.org – Adyashanti explores the vast perspectives that we can view life through, and questions the assumption that there is one ideal way to rigorously adhere to. By realizing that no one perspective is correct, you can settle into the fact that—there are infinite ways to view the ultimate reality—and each one of them is magnificent in its own way. By focusing on the choice of which perspective to inhabit, you are blinded from what stands in front of you—this exquisitely beautiful world that you are living in. Letting go of perspectives, your attachments to them, and any lingering value judgments, you open yourself up to the vast array of life that lies at your fingertips in every moment. Adyashanti points out that without these limiting factors hindering you and by diving deeply into your experience, you are able to gracefully step into the infinite reality.


Quotes from this video:

“It’s a human thing to put all these value judgments on the ways that we can experience the infinite reality. And as soon as we do that—we limit ourselves.”

“On this planet, you can experience life the way that human beings have been conditioned to experience it, as a very separate thing: where you are this little human being walking around in this extraordinarily vast thing called life—doing the best you can. That’s one way to experience Life. Is that right or wrong—or is that just one way that the Infinite can experience itself?”

“The idea isn’t to experience life only in one way.”


Published on Sep 15, 2016

Eckhart Tolle 2016 Group – Awakening of the universe And Yourself – September 15, 2016.


Published on Aug 23, 2016

A Very Funny Q&A session with Eckhart. Enjoy the Now🙂

Eckhart Tolle – Judgement

Where Is The Line Between Discernment And Judgment?

Question for Eckhart Tolle: Where is the line between discernment and judgment?


Published on Sep 10, 2016

Eckhart Tolle Ego 2016 – Awakening Means Extracting Spirit From Matter –

#1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller and a USA Today Bestseller

Combine ancient Eastern and modern Western wisdom, mix in proven techniques from both a CEO and a legendary soul healer, and you get Soul Over Matter. Designed for readers at every level of economic experience, this book gives you a unique and powerful path to financial abundance.

Adam Markel, bestselling author, attorney, and CEO of New Peaks, North America’s largest personal and business development company, shares inspiring life lessons and strategies to create abundance. World-renowned miracle soul healer, Dr. & Master Zhi Gang Sha reveals sacred and practical wisdom, including universal laws that everyone can apply to create abundance in every aspect of life: personal finances, business, relationships, and more.

Destined to be the Think and Grow Rich of the 21st century, Soul Over Matter shares practical wisdom and easy-to-implement, proven techniques. In addition, Master Sha provides two new calligraphies that carry extraordinary power to remove blockages to achieving lasting abundance. With these simple techniques, you’ll learn how to focus on your unique challenges and conquer them.

Soul Over Matter is the first financial advice book to focus on the role of soul in creating abundance. Whereas other books have hinted at the importance of connecting to universal laws to create abundance, Soul Over Matter is the first book to deliver the techniques to do so.

Dr. & Master Zhi Gang Sha
is a soul leader, a world-renowned master healer, and a divine servant. He is the founder of Soul Mind Body Medicine. He was trained as a conventional medical doctor in China and a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine in Canada and China. The founder of the Institute of Soul Healing and Enlightenment™ and the Love Peace Harmony Movement™, Master Sha is a grandmaster of many ancient disciplines, including tai chi, qigong, kung fu, feng shui, and the I Ching. Master Sha is also an expert in the most advanced cellular healing science now occurring in China. In the West, he is involved in breakthrough research on the effects of spirit on the human system. Dr. Sha was named Qigong Master of the Year at the Fifth World Congress on Qigong. In 2006, he was honored with the prestigious Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission Award for his humanitarian efforts.

Adam Markel is the CEO of New Peaks (Formerly Peak Potentials) and the author of the forthcoming book Pivot. Formerly, Adam was the senior trainer with Peak Potentials which has delivered training to more than 1 million people in over 104 countries. Adam personally trained more than 100,000 people around the world. Adam has been interviewed by Fox News, The New York Post, and The Wall Street Journal. He holds a law degree from Saint John’s University and an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he graduated magna cum laude. Adam founded a multimillion-dollar law firm specializing in finance, commercial and employment litigation. Over the course of his 17-year practice, Adam represented over 1,000 matters with hundreds of clients including Citibank, Wachovia, and HSBC.

Marilyn Tam is a speaker, bestselling author, consultant and board certified executive leadership coach. She was formerly the CEO of Aveda, president of Reebok Apparel and Retail Group, vice president of Nike, and a successful entrepreneur who built four companies. She is the founder and executive director of Us Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to serving the world. Her book, The Happiness Choice, shows how and why happiness is crucial for business productivity and success, and for your physical, emotional, spiritual and financial health. Marilyn Tam is also a writer for Huffington Post. Brand Channel lists her as one of the four most prominent names in Ethical Business globally. Inc Magazine ranks her as one of the top 100 Leadership Speakers in the world.

William Gladstone
is a prolific author, literary agent, publisher, and filmmaker. He has degrees from Yale College and Harvard University, where he studied medical anthropology. His background as the original researcher for the NBC television special hosted by Rod Serling, In Search of Ancient Mysteries, prepared him for the research and analysis of Dr. and Master Sha and his miracle soul healing accomplishments. Mr. Gladstone is known for his philanthropic activities and commitment to helping authors publish books that contribute to the well-being of others and to our planet. His personal clients in addition to Dr. and Master Sha include Eckhart Tolle, Neale Donald Walsch, Thom Hartmann, Barbara De Angelis, Jean Houston, Linus Torvalds, Tom Anderson, Peter Norton, Hunter Lovins, Dr. Michael Tobias, Dr. Paul Ehrlich, Dr. Ervin Laszlo, and many authors whose books have contributed to increasing knowledge and well-being for hundreds of millions of readers.

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Master Sha – Soul Healing Miracles – Removing Blockages


Published on Sep 13, 2016

Easwaran speaks of the need to attend to our spiritual lives now and here.

He uses two vivid metaphors to bring home the urgency of the spiritual life. The first is a cautionary illustration of what can happen to all of us when we don’t learn to control our self-will and grow spiritually. The second is a story from his student days to illustrate how important it is to attend to our spiritual life right now, and not postpone our “tremendous trifles” for some later time.

Published on Sep 12, 2016

Eckhart Tolle 2016 Education – Ignorance Leads To Suffering – September 2nd 2016


Published on Sep 13, 2016

http://www.scienceandnonduality.com
Neil Theise describes how stem cell research has helped to reveal
a self-organizing universe.
This interview is part of Science and Nonduality Anthology vol.6.

“Where love rules there is no will to power.”– C. G. Jung

You notice a funny thing when you look at the evidence for the extension of consciousness–the mind operating beyond the body: the presence of feeling. Throughout the results of scientific experiments with people and animals looking at telepathy or other similar phenomenon, emotion is a discernible quality.

The Evidence highlights Emotion

Biologist Rupert Sheldrake (who loves designing scientific experiments to challenge the skeptical prejudices of his colleagues) has shown: that some dogs do know when their owners are coming home and demonstrate it on video; that people can feel when being stared at 60% of the time (watch the discussion with Morgan Freeman here); that telephone telepathy, knowing who’s calling, happens more often with people we’re emotionally close to (here); that family members demonstrate above average ability at card-guessing with each other, and that twins are best at it–and ironically those who don’t believe it’s possible score below average [here]!

Throughout each of these, emotion plays a role: dogs are emotionally connected to their owners and excited for their return, we feel creeped out by being stared at, and people that are close emotionally are far more likely to have an experience of consciousness as a shared field.

Feelings in Synchronicity

Both Sheldrake and the pioneering Swiss psychologist C. G. Jung noticed the statistical reality of ‘beginner’s luck’ and that with the loss of emotion came a change of luck: “a certain affective condition seems to be indispensable.” And as with beginner’s luck, feeling (whether it is conscious or unconscious) also seems to be an indispensable condition for synchronicity. Synchronicities are moments where outer events and inner states come together in meaningful parallels that are too explicit to explain away: we were just talking about someone and they call us; we break up with someone and we run into them all over town; we feel it in our heart when someone we love needs us, or is in danger; and visions of a relative who just has passed away are surprisingly common. So often at the center of those experiences is a big wad of authentic bodily–experienced feelings: love, hate, care, yearning, longing, wanting, wanting to protect. Our heartstrings seem to be the pathways that draw these experiences into our lives.

How can we understand the presence of emotion in the mystery of the extension of consciousness? To do so means radically reconsidering the way we understand our world; it might mean having to give up what you think you know. Our culture teaches us to pride ourselves on always having the right answers and leaves us ill-prepared for handling something that challenges us entirely. But previous cultures were able to consciously recognize this quality of the world and they designed whole systems of living around them.

Ancient Chinese Secret

To the culture in ancient China that produced the I Ching and the philosophy of Taoism, the world was a field in which our sincerity and inner state was tied in with the flow of events in the outer world. Taoism means “the way,” “the way of Nature,” and to this culture, synchronicity was an obviously present reality. They knew for themselves that by reflecting and working with our inner emotional truth, we became better able to move with the Nature’s flow.

“The art of life is more like navigation than warfare, for what is important is to understand the winds, the tides, the currents, the seasons, and the principles of growth and decay, so that one’s actions may use them and not fight them.”

– Alan Watts

Today our culture can consciously recognize this force. But it requires breaking through the overly-Masculine bias in us that has us reflexively seeing the world as a collection of objects, rather than as a “communion of subjects” (Thomas Berry). Synchronicity means that sometimes the world is the subject and we are the object. The Chinese saw this inter-subjectivity as living in Nature and the world as a balance of Yin and Yang, Feminine and Masculine and the metaphor of the sacred marriage is an especially appropriate one for our time. Today our dried-out, over-rational and too-linear Masculine consciousness is being winked at by something mysterious, curving and purposive–a force responding to our feeling connections with each other and breathing new meaning into our leaves. This archetypally Feminine energy is a mystery to us because we’re used to seeing the world through a Masculine lens of over-simplifications:

“As a rule the specialist’s is a purely masculine mind, an intellect to which fecundity is an alien and unnatural process; it is therefore an especially ill-adapted tool for giving rebirth to a foreign spirit. But a larger mind bears the stamp of the feminine; it is endowed with a receptive and fruitful womb which can reshape what is strange and give it a familiar form.”

C. G. Jung, Introduction to The Secret of the Golden Flower

Synchronicity calls us to exercise the “fruitful womb” inside ourselves: to hold such experiences in our mind is one thing, to hold them in our heart is something else. In this way, it falls to us to bring this wedding into being in our time, to birth the new energy, to come to embody the archetypal Feminine in the world and know in our hearts that “where love rules there is no will to power.”

When we come together to explore this new view and the questions that it brings, I invite you to consider that many of the answers may lie somewhere that you don’t expect. It is beautiful and satisfying, and even world-changing, to realize that Nature responds to the feeling connections we make with each other; we are living in a heart-shaped world! However it is something even more to be that heart! Peace.


Gary S. Bobroff is an author, workshop leader and a Jungian and archetypal coach. He presents the depth of Jungian approaches in an engaging, accessible and visual-oriented form. He is the developer and facilitator of Archetypal Nature and the founder of JungianOnline.com connecting clients with Jungian-oriented therapists worldwide (via phone or Skype). He is the co-facilitator of the Synchronicity & the Archetypal Feminine video series. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of British Columbia, Canada and Master’s degree in Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Andrew Harvey called his book, Crop Circles, Jung & the Reemergence of the Archetypal Feminine “an original masterpiece.“ – GSBobroff.com

Jung, Sheldrake, and Synchronicity—Gary Bobroff with BonnieBright for Depth Insights

Gary Bobroff, M.A. in conversation with Bonnie Bright, Ph.D. for Depth Insights as they discuss C. G. Jung, Rupert Sheldrake, and Synchronicity. Gary offers insights into where these two great thinkers intersect and shares stories and insights on synchronicity. Gary is hosting a webinar series on the topic starting September 2015.
Visit http://www.DepthInsights.com or the free online community, http://www.DepthPsychologyAlliance.com for more depth psychology-related news and content.

Find Gary’s work at http://www.ArchetypalNature.com

In this book Meghan Don brings forward Gnostic and mystical teachings on the Divine Feminine that have not been previously given in written form. Experience an evolutionary journey and initiation into the deeper mysteries of the Feminine World Soul through reflections, prayers, meditations, and ancient feminine chants.

Learn about the Seven Faces of the Feminine, including the Light and Dark Faces of the Daughter, the Mother, the Crone or Grandmother, and the Pure Virgin or Enlightened Being of one’s true nature. The New Divine Feminine shows you how to access each of the Seven Faces in your everyday life, draw confidence and strength from them, and trust in your own soul voice and vision. No matter your spiritual beliefs, you can access each divine face and gain empowerment from this guide’s exploration of powerful, sacred women, including Mary Magdalene, Lilith, the Black Madonna, and Teresa of Avila.

Meghan Don (Charleston, SC, and Nova Scotia, Canada) is an initiate of the Sophian Lineage and the founder and leading guide of the Gnostic Grace Circle. An award-winning author, spiritual mentor, and retreat presenter, Meghan’s work helps to raise the feminine consciousness and confidence in our world. She is the author of Sacred Companions Sacred Community: Reflections with Clare of Assisi and Meditations with Teresa of Avila: A Journey into the Sacred, which won the Ashton Wylie/New Zealand Book Council Award for best book and author. Visit her online at http://www.GnosticGrace.com.

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Mystical Ireland Pilgrimage

Ireland Pilgrimage with Megan Don
http://www.mysticpeace.com

“In this moment, however you are searching, stop.

Whether you are searching for peace and happiness in a relationship, in a better job, or even in world peace, just for one moment stop absolutely. There is nothing wrong with these pursuits, but if you are engaging in them to get peace or to get happiness, you are overlooking the ground of peace that is already here. Once you discover this ground of peace, then whatever pursuits you engage in will be informed by your discovery. Then you will naturally bring what you have discovered to the world, to politics, to all your relationships.

This discovery has infinite, complex ramifications, but the essence of it is very simple. If you will stop all activity, just for one instant, even for one-tenth of a second, and simply be utterly still, you will recognize the inherent spaciousness of your being that is already happy and at peace with itself.

Because of our conditioning, we normally dismiss this ground of peace with an immediate, “Yes, but what about my life? I have responsibilities. I need to keep busy. The absolute doesn’t relate to my world, my existence.” These conditioned thoughts just reinforce further conditioning. But if you will take a moment to recognize the peace that is already alive within you, you then actually have the choice to trust it in all your endeavors, in all your relationships, in every circumstance of your life. It doesn’t mean that your life will be swept clean of conflicts, challenges, pain, or suffering.

It means that you will have recognized a sanctuary where the truth of yourself is present, where the truth of God is present, regardless of the physical, mental, or emotional circumstances of your life.”

~ Gangaji

Would you like to experience more Joy? How about euphoria, inner peace or ecstasy? Let psychotherapist and bestselling author Jonathan Robinson take you on a tour of all the best ways to feel fantastic.

In this book, you’ll discover 101 easy and little known ways to feel more joy. You’ll learn about methods ranging from a $1 gadget for feeling intense pleasure, to a free app that really leads to more depth and peace in your life.

Read about how:
• Some new gadgets can enhance pleasure, deepen relationships, and help you feel gratitude—all at the same time.
• Specific apps that have been shown to make people happier and create more loving relationships.
• Twelve little known supplements that can reliably induce euphoria, elation, and feelings of connection and peacefulness. You’ll learn what these tools can do for you, and how and where to get these happiness hacks.

In addition, you’ll discover how to know which of these tools are most likely to be the best ones for you. Get ready for a quest to experience more of the peace, pleasure, and joy hidden within you…


Jonathan Robinson is a psychotherapist, best-selling author of ten books, and a professional speaker from Northern California. He has reached over 100 million people around the world with his practical methods, and his work has been translated into 47 languages. Mr. Robinson has made numerous appearances on the Oprah show, as well as many other national TV talk shows, and articles about him have appeared in USA Today, Newsweek and The Los Angeles Times. In his public talks and seminars, Jonathan is known for providing people with immediately useful information in a fun and entertaining manner.

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Finding Happiness Now!

Jonathan Robinson will share with you, for FREE, the secrets finding happiness life. Watch this video for your first free tip, then sign up (http://findinghappiness.com/free-happ…) for 45 minutes of FREE Audio to learn how to find happiness now. These techniques take less than 2 minutes a day.

About Jonathan Robinson: Jonathan Robinson, M.A., M.F.T is a psychotherapist, best-selling author of nine books, and a professional speaker.


Published on Sep 11, 2016

Also see https://batgap.com/timothy-conway/

Sheerly by Divine Grace, in 1971 Timothy woke up to nondual Reality, the Divine Reality or Self that is doing everything and being everybody. He has gratefully served ever since then as a simple “spiritual friend” (kalyana mitra) and since the 1980s as a satsang leader, counselor, healer, and author of over one hundred essays, as well as the book Women of Power & Grace: Nine Astonishing, Inspiring Luminaries of Our Time and forthcoming books (The Liberating Zen Sourcebook, the enormous 2-volume India’s Sages, and other works).

His website Enlightened-Spirituality.org is a major resource on spiritual awakening, nondual wisdom and nondual devotion, engaged spirituality, illustrious sages and world religions, spiritual humor, and much more. After residing in the Santa Barbara region of the Great Dream from 1988 to mid-2016, Timothy and his wife Laura are residing in Vistancia, Arizona, for at least a year to be close to her family. Timothy continues to hold free satsangs and classes on a variety of spiritual topics and also see clients for psychological counseling services. His basic message: Your unborn TRUE IDENTITY is already complete, whole, and full as Absolute Awareness-Aliveness, and by the Grace-full Power of this Supra-personal Reality the personal consciousness “instrument” can be suffused with all sorts of beautiful Divine virtues.

The lives we lead, particularly in the Western world, are technologically overburdened and spiritually impoverished. Our children can tell us the various merits of different operating systems for electronic devices, but are rarely in touch with how different emotions are experienced in the body, or how it feels to bring kindness to a moment of difficulty. They are bombarded almost constantly with information at a rate that mankind even 50 years ago would have struggled to begin to comprehend, and mental illness is at an all-time high. Research indicates that one of every four adolescents will have an episode of major depression during high school, with the average age of onset being 14 years of age. The human race is at a tipping point, and we have no sane choice but to begin to awaken the capacities within us that have too-long lain dormant. We can choose to lead a child towards awakening, and thus awaken ourselves.

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

With the backing of the Mindfulness Association, founded by Rob Nairn, she is currently working on creating and evaluating a mindfulness course for secondary school students that is based on the Mindfulness Association’s Mindful Based Living Course (MBLC), as part of her studies for a PhD in Education with Aberdeen University. She is passionate about focusing her research on teaching children mindfulness with a strong emphasis on self-compassion, helping children and adolescents learn to live in a way that honours the deepest longings and aspirations of their heart.
Heather owns a successful holistic therapy business in Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, working with therapists who excel in their fields of expertise, to offer therapies, workshops and courses to support people in becoming all that they are destined to be. Her most important work, however, is mothering four boys.

She is passionate about focusing her research on teaching children mindfulness with a strong emphasis on self-compassion, helping children and adolescents learn to live in a way that honours the deepest longings and aspirations of their heart. Fostering the development of mindfulness in the home as well as in schools seems of primary importance in creating a more peaceful future for us all.

She owns a successful holistic therapy business in Strathaven, South Lanarkshire (www.wheredragonsfly.net), working with therapists who excel in their fields of expertise, to offer therapies, workshops and courses to support people in becoming all that they are destined to be. She also promotes her mindfulness work through her personal website – http://www.heathergrace.co.uk. Her most important work, however, is mothering four amazing boys.

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Awakening Child Book

Published on Jul 5, 2016

‘AWAKENING CHILD: A Journey of inner transformation through teaching your child mindfulness and compassion’ by Heather Grace MacKenzie is a book that invites parents and those working with children to engage in a journey of self-acceptance and self-compassion in order to create a more peaceful life, both for ourselves and for our children. Learn to become more present and to move through life with greater ease through teaching this to a child.

‘Soothing Words’ Guided Meditation

Published on Aug 1, 2016

A mindfulness practice by Heather Grace MacKenzie who is a mindfulness and compassion teacher, and author of ‘Awakening Child: A journey of inner transformation through teaching your child mindfulness and compassion’.

Two controversial authors debate the nature and methods of science, its dogmas, and its future. Rupert Sheldrake argues that science needs to free itself from materialist dogma while Michael Shermer contends that science, properly conceived, is a materialistic enterprise; for science to look beyond materialist explanations is to betray science and engage in superstition. Issues discussed include: materialism and its role in science, whether belief in God is compatible with a scientific perspective, and parapsychology.

Michael Shermer is an American science writer, historian of science, founder of The Skeptics Society, and Editor in Chief of its magazine Skeptic, which is largely devoted to investigating pseudoscientific and supernatural claims

Rupert Sheldrake, a biologist and author, is best known for his hypothesis of morphic fields and morphic resonance, which leads to a vision of a living, developing universe with its own inherent memory. He worked in developmental biology at Cambridge University, where he was a Fellow of Clare College. He was then Principal Plant Physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), in Hyderabad, India. From 2005 to 2010 he was Director of the Perrott-Warrick project, funded from Trinity College, Cambridge.

Earth Talk: Science and Spiritual Practices – Dr Rupert Sheldrake

In this lecture at Schumacher College, Rupert Sheldrake shows how the “scientific worldview” is moribund; the sciences are being constricted by assumptions that have hardened into dogmas. But science itself is now transcending the materialist philosophy, and pointing toward a new sense of a living world. The cosmos is no longer like a machine running down; it is more like a developing organism with an inherent memory, and so is our planet, Gaia. These new paradigm shifts in the sciences shed a new light on spiritual practices like pilgrimage, ritual, prayer and meditation.

Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D. is a biologist and author of more than 80 scientific papers and 10 books, including The Science Delusion. He was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge University, a Research Fellow of the Royal Society, Principal Plant Physiologist at ICRISAT (the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics) in Hyderabad, India, and from 2005-2010 the Director of the Perrott-Warrick Project, funded from Trinity College, Cambridge. While in India, he spent two years living in the ashram of Fr Bede Griffiths, and has given workshops on science and spirituality with Matthew Fox and Brother David Steindl-Rast. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Petaluma, California, and a visiting professor at the Graduate Institute in Connecticut. His web site is http://www.sheldrake.org

Arguing Science and Spirituality with Michael Shermer

Miriam Knight is the host of this award-winning radio show and publisher of New Consciousness Review, a digital magazine with articles, interviews and reviews of books and films contributing to conscious awakening. Be inspired by fresh perspectives on body-mind health, science, consciousness, our place in the cosmos, and service to the greater good.


Published on Sep 8, 2016

http://adyashanti.org Adyashanti talks with Maja Apolonia Rodé, the Creative Director of Open Gate Sangha, about the ways that creativity and spirituality weave their way into our lives. By tapping into your creativity, you are utilizing your potential as a creative being, and opening up a channel for creativity to thrive. How does creativity become activated? How does genius recognize itself? These are some of the questions that they discuss in this exploration of the vital and dynamic components of the creative process.

Video Excerpted From “Creativity and the Call of Spirit”
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Quotes from this video:

“How does genius recognize itself? How does it get activated?” –Maja Apolonia Rodé

“I’ve often thought that spiritual awakening itself was a moment of genius. Because it certainly feels creative. It feels like a miracle—like it comes from some unknown dimension, unknown place—and yet, it has to do with our most profound sense of being.” –Adyashanti

“Awakening itself is an opening of a channel of creativity.” –Adyashanti


Published on Sep 8, 2016

http://www.scienceandnonduality.com
Julia Mossbridge discusses the non-conscious process that persists even during the loss of everyday consciousness, such as deep sleep.


Published on Sep 9, 2016

A conversation about the process of recognising our true nature.


Published on Sep 6, 2016

Eckhart Tolle 2016 Teaching – Awakening Of The Universe And Yourself


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.


Published on Aug 29, 2016

Eckhart Tolle 2016 Teaching – Don’t Condemn Yourself It’s A Journey

There are two kinds of mind. One is an open mind. Another is a closed mind…A closed mind is that which says, “This is how it is. I know it. That is it.” It gets hardened. An open mind says, “Oh, maybe, perhaps. I do not know.” Limited knowledge, and the conformity about it, makes a mind very hard.

Whenever you seem to understand a situation and you label it, “I know this is how it is,” that is the beginning of your problem. And always all problems arise from knowing but not from not knowing. If you do not1 know, your mind is open, you say “Oh, maybe, something, perhaps, don’t know.” You wait. You cannot label something when you do not know.

Whenever you think an injustice has been made to you, or whenever you think you are suffering, whenever you think you are a victim, whenever you think something bad has happened to you— all this falls under the category of “I know it. This is how things are.”

Whenever we attach a label “not good,” it comes from a thorough knowledge.

Suffering is a product of limited knowledge. A question is a sign of limited knowledge. But when there is an amazement— patience, joy, waiting, you are in a state of “I don’t know,” maybe, something, oh what is it?, I don’t know, something you cannot pinpoint— the whole life is a shift from the limited “I know” to all possibilities, to “maybe.”

When your mind is open for all possibilities, an event happens, and there could be many possibilities for that event to be that way, not just in the gross— some other reasons in the subtle also.

Suppose you walked into your room and you find that someone has made a big mess in your room. It has irritated you. You are grinding your teeth. Now you attach that reason, that cause for your anger, to just that person who is there. But there is something more happening, something more happening in the subtle. There has been some angry time and vibrations at that moment there. At that moment something else is in the air. But you could only see that person creating a mess around you. And you attribute all anger to that person. This is what limited knowledge does. Haven’t you experienced this sometime?

As we attach the events to individuals, the emotions to individuals, the cycle continues. You will never be free from that. So there is a step. First, detach that to the space or time. An event and emotion, detach it from the person and the event, to the space and time. This science is called astrology. Astrology is the knowledge of the oneness of the universe.
Source: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar


Published on Aug 30, 2016

Eckhart Tolle 2016 Teaching – If God Is Only A Concept In The Mind –

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