Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There from Here by Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D., Steve Bhaerman

Spontaneous Evolution offers you the information, inspiration and invitation to participate in the greatest adventure in human history – conscious evolution!

Economic meltdown … environmental crisis … seemingly endless warfare. The world is in critical condition.

We’ve all heard stories of people who experienced seemingly miraculous recoveries from illness, but can the same thing happen for our world?

According to pioneering biologist Bruce H. Lipton, it’s not only possible, it’s already happening. We are surrounded by the proof that we are poised to take an incredible step forward in the growth of our species. In Spontaneous Evolution, this world-renowned expert in the emerging science of epigenetics teams up with political philosopher Steve Bhaerman to offer a new and hopeful story about humanity’s evolutionary destiny.

Spontaneous Evolution reveals how changing our understanding of biology and human history will help us navigate these turbulent times, and invites readers to reconsider:

* The unquestioned pillars of biology including random evolution, survival of the
fittest, and the role of DNA;
* the blueprint for our sustainable, life-affirming future that is literally inside you –
encoded in each of the trillions of cells comprising your body
* how our beliefs about nature and human nature shape our politics, culture, and
individual lives; and
* how each of us can become planetary “stem cells” supporting the health and growth
of our world and every individual in it.

By releasing the old beliefs that keep the status quo in place, and by building our lives and world on this heartening new story, we can trigger the spontaneous evolution of our species.

Infused with intelligence and wit, Spontaneous Evolution is an insightful, playful, and ultimately hopeful look at the unfolding destiny of our species-and how you can play an active role in birthing the evolution of humanity.

Dr. Bruce Lipton is an internationally recognized leader in bridging science and spirit. He has been a guest speaker on hundreds of TV and radio shows, as well as keynote presenter for national and international conferences.

Dr. Lipton began his scientific career as a cell biologist. He received his Ph.D. Degree from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville before joining the Department of Anatomy at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Medicine in 1973.

Dr. Lipton’s research on muscular dystrophy, studies employing cloned human stem cells, focused upon the molecular mechanisms controlling cell behavior. An experimental tissue transplantation technique developed by Dr. Lipton and colleague Dr. Ed Schultz and published in the journal Science was subsequently employed as a novel form of human genetic engineering.

In 1982, Dr. Lipton began examining the principles of quantum physics and how they might be integrated into his understanding of the cell’s information processing systems. He produced breakthrough studies on the cell membrane, which revealed that this outer layer of the cell was an organic homologue of a computer chip, the cell’s equivalent of a brain.

His research at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, between 1987 and 1992, revealed that the environment, operating though the membrane, controlled the behavior and physiology of the cell, turning genes on and off. His discoveries, which ran counter to the established scientific view that life is controlled by the genes, presaged one of today’s most important fields of study, the science of epigenetics.

Two major scientific publications derived from these studies defined the molecular pathways connecting the mind and body. Many subsequent papers by other researchers have since validated his concepts and ideas.

Dr. Lipton’s novel scientific approach transformed his personal life as well. His deepened understanding of cell biology highlighted the mechanisms by which the mind controls bodily functions, and implied the existence of an immortal spirit. He applied this science to his personal biology, and discovered that his physical well-being improved, and the quality and character of his daily life was greatly enhanced.

Dr. Lipton has taken his award-winning medical school lectures to the public and is currently a sought after keynote speaker and workshop presenter. He lectures to conventional and complementary medical professionals and lay audiences about leading-edge science and how it dovetails with mind-body medicine and spiritual principles.

He has been heartened by anecdotal reports from hundreds of former audience members who have improved their spiritual, physical and mental well being by applying the principles he discusses in his lectures. He is regarded as one of the leading voices of the new biology.

Bruce Lipton
is a pioneering biologist who has partnered with uncommentator and comedian Steve Bhaerman for an upcoming book called “Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future Now.”

Their dialogue offers insight into the evolution of humanity through four paradigms – animism, polytheism, monotheism, and scientific materialism – into an emergent paradigm that changes the beliefs of our society and therefore the structures of our bodies. This shift is accelerated by addressing some fundamental “mythperceptions” that we need to outgrow: survival of the fittest, only matter matters, we are victims of our genes, and evolution is accidental. Instead, they show that energy is more foundational than matter, evolution is based on cooperation, and that we co-create our own biology.

An expanded perspective can help inspire a shift beyond a materialistic paradigm to a conscious evolutionary story that can, in turn, create a new world.

Steve Bhaerman
is an internationally known author, humorist, and workshop leader. For the past 18 years, he has written and performed as Swami Beyondananda, the “Cosmic Comic.” Swami’s comedy has been called “irreverently uplifting” and has been described both as “comedy disguised as wisdom” and “wisdom disguised as comedy.”

As the Swami, Steve is the author of four books, Driving Your Own Karma, When You See a Sacred Cow, Milk It For All It’s Worth, Duck Soup for the Soul, and his latest Swami for Precedent: A 7-Step Plan to Heal the Body Politic and Cure Electile Dysfunction. Swami’s nationally syndicated spoof advice column, Ask the Swami — along with his comedy performances — have found a wide and appreciative audience.

In his “past life” (before Swami), Steve started an alternative high school in Washington, D.C. and co-authored a book about his experiences, No Particular Place to Go: Making of a Free High School. A political science major, he later taught history to autoworkers at Wayne State University in Detroit as part of the Weekend College.

In 1980, Steve co-founded Pathways Magazine in Ann Arbor, Michigan, one of the first publications bringing together holistic health, personal growth, spirituality, and politics. The Swami was a regular comedy feature in Pathways, and helped launch Steve’s career as the cosmic comic. Having spent his deformative years in Brooklyn, Steve earned a black belt in Borscht Belt, and has won numerous Irony-man competitions. He currently resides in Santa Rosa, California with his wife Trudy.

The Shadow Effect: Illuminating the Hidden Power of Your True Self by Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Debbie Ford [updated July 18, 2010]

Deepak Chopra, Debbie Ford, and Marianne Williamson — New York Times bestselling authors and internationally acclaimed teachers — have joined together to share their knowledge on one of the most crucial obstacles to happiness we face—the shadow. These three luminaries, each with a signature approach, bring to light the parts of ourselves we deny but that still direct our life. For it is only when we embrace our shadow that we discover the gifts of our authentic nature.

The shadow exists within all of us. It is a part of us and yet we spend most of our life running from it. But far from being scary, our dark side holds the promise of a better, more fulfilling life. Our shadow makes itself known every day.

It is the reason we get furious over a friend showing up ten minutes late, yell at our parents or kids when they have done nothing wrong, and sabotage our own success at the worst possible time. Until we are able to embrace our dualistic nature, we will continue to hurt ourselves and those closest to us and fall short of our potential.

Combining the wisdom of three experts, The Shadow Effect is a practical and profound guide to discovering the gifts of our shadow. These three authors powerfully pierce the veil of our unclaimed self, releasing us from the past and propelling us on a journey to wholeness. No longer living a half life, we are capable of achieving our dreams and reclaiming the happiness that is our birthright.


DEEPAK CHOPRA, the founder of The Chopra Center, is the preeminent teacher of Eastern philosophy to the Western world. He has been a bestselling author for decades, his books have appeared on virtually every bestseller list in America, and his writings have sold millions of copies. His New York Times bestsellers include Buddha and Jesus. Visit the author online at http://www.deepakchopra.com.

is the New York Times bestselling author of The Dark Side of the Light Chasers, and The Secret of the Shadow. Her other national bestselling books include The 21-Day Consciousness Cleanse, The Right Questions, Spiritual Divorce, and The Best Year of Your Life. She is the founder of The Ford Institute for Transformational Training. Visit the author online at http://www.debbieford.com.

is an internationally acclaimed lecturer, author, and spiritual teacher. The Age of Miracles hit number two on the New York Times bestseller list. Among her other nine published books, four of them—including A Return to Love—were number one New York Times bestsellers. Visit the author online at http://www.marianne.com.


“You only have to gaze around you at the natural world to see the proof that beauty, form, order, and growth have survived for billions of years. In dealing with your shadow, you are aligning yourself with the same infinite power. The shadow isn’t a fearsome opponent but a worthy one. Powerful as it is, the power of wholeness is infinitely greater, and by a miracle of creation, it is within your grasp.” — Deepak Chopra

“In trying to express only those aspects of ourselves that we believe will guarantee us the acceptance of others, we suppress some of our most valuable and interesting features and sentence ourselves to a life of reenacting the same outworn scripts.

Reclaiming the parts of ourselves that we have relegated to the shadow is the most reliable path to actualizing all of our human potential. Once befriended, our shadow becomes a divine map that—when properly read and followed—reconnects us to the life we were meant to live and the people we were meant to be.” — Debbie Ford

“We’re often afraid of looking at our shadow because we want to avoid the shame or embarrassment that comes along with admitting mistakes. We feel that if we take a deep look at ourselves, we’ll be too exposed. But the thing we should actually fear is not looking at it, for our denial of the shadow is exactly what fuels it.

One day I looked at something in myself that I had been avoiding because it was too painful. Yet once I did, I had an unexpected surprise. Rather than self-hatred, I was flooded with compassion for myself because I realized the pain necessary to develop that coping mechanism to begin with.” — Marianne Williamson


The conflict between who we are and who we want to be is at the core of the human struggle. Duality, in fact, lies at the very center of the human experience. Life and death, good and evil, hope and res¬ignation coexist in every person and exert their force in every facet of our lives.

If we know courage, it is because we have also experienced fear; if we can recognize honesty, it is because we have encountered deceit. And yet most of us deny or ignore our dualistic nature.

If we are living under the assumption that we are only one way or another, inside a limited spectrum of human qualities, then we would have to question why more of us aren’t wholly satisfied with our lives right now. Why do we have access to so much wisdom yet fail to have the strength and courage to act upon our good intentions by making powerful choices?

And most important, why do we con¬tinue to act out in ways that go against our value system and all that we stand for? We will assert that it is because of our unexamined life, our darker self, our shadow self where our unclaimed power lies hidden. It is here, in this least likely place, that we will find the key to unlock our strength, our happiness, and our ability to live out our dreams.

We have been conditioned to fear the shadow side of life and the shadow side of ourselves. When we catch ourselves thinking a dark thought or acting out in a behavior that we feel is unacceptable, we run, just like a groundhog, back into our hole and hide, hoping, praying, it will disappear before we venture out again.

Why do we do this? Because we are afraid that no matter how hard we try, we will never be able to escape from this part of ourselves. And although ignoring or repressing our dark side is the norm, the sobering truth is that running from the shadow only intensifies its power. Deny¬ing it only leads to more pain, suffering, regret, and resignation.

If we fail to take responsibility and extract the wisdom that has been hidden beneath the surface of our conscious minds, the shadow will take charge, and instead of us being able to have control over it, the shadow winds up having control over us, triggering the shadow effect.

Our dark side then starts making our decisions for us, strip¬ping us of our right to make conscious choices whether it’s what food we will eat, how much money we will spend, or what addiction we will succumb to. Our shadow incites us to act out in ways we never imagined we could and to waste our vital energy on bad habits and repetitive behaviors.

Our shadow keeps us from full self-expression, from speaking our truth, and from living an authentic life. It is only by embracing our duality that we free ourselves of the behaviors that can potentially bring us down. If we don’t acknowledge all of who we are, we are guaranteed to be blindsided by the shadow effect.

The shadow effect is everywhere. Evidence of its pervasiveness can be seen in every aspect of our lives. We read about it online. We watch it on the nightly news, and we can see it in our friends, our family, and strangers on the street.

And perhaps most significant, we can recognize it in our thoughts, see it in our behaviors, and feel it in our interactions with others. We worry that shining a light on this darkness will cause us to feel great shame or, even worse, to act out our worst nightmare. We become scared of what we will find if we look inside ourselves, so instead we bury our heads and refuse to face our shadow sides.

But this book reveals a new truth—shared from three life-changing perspectives—that the opposite of what we fear we will experience is what actually occurs. Instead of shame, we feel compassion. Instead of embarrassment, we gain courage. Instead of limitation, we experi¬ence freedom.

If left unopened, the shadow is a Pandora’s box filled with secrets that we fear will destroy everything we love and care about. But if we open the box, we discover that what’s inside has the power to radically and positively alter our lives. Then we will step out of the illusion that our darkness will overtake us and instead we will see the world in a new light.

The compassion we discover for our¬selves will ignite our confidence and courage as we open our hearts to those around us. The power we unearth will help us tackle the fear that has been holding us back and will urge us to move power¬fully toward our highest potential. Far from frightening, embracing the shadow allows us to be whole, to be real, to take back our power, to unleash our passion, and to realize our dreams.

This book was born out of a desire to illuminate the many life-altering gifts of the shadow. In the following pages, each of us will approach the subject from our own unique perspective as teachers. Our intention is to provide a comprehensive, multi-lens understand¬ing of how the shadow was born within us, how it functions in our lives, and most important, what we can do to discover the gifts of our true nature. We promise that after reading this book you will never think of your shadow self in the same way again.

In Part I, Deepak Chopra gives us a comprehensive overview of our dualistic nature and offers a prescription to return us to whole¬ness. A mind/body pioneer, Chopra has transformed millions of lives with his teachings. His holistic approach to the divisive nature of the shadow is both grounding and illuminating.

In Part II, I draw upon nearly fifteen years of teaching and leading The Shadow Process around the world to offer an accessible yet in-depth examination of the birth of the shadow, the role of the shadow in our everyday lives, and how we can reclaim the power and bril¬liance of our authentic nature.

In Part III, Marianne Williamson touches our hearts and minds with a provocative exploration of the connection between the shadow and the soul. A renowned international spiritual teacher, Marianne takes our hand and guides us through the bumpy terrain of the battle between love and fear.

Each of us comes with years of experience and a sincere hope that we can illuminate the shadow once and for all. For if we do not counter the force of the shadow and integrate its wisdom, it has the potential to continue to wreak havoc on our lives and our world.

When we fail to admit to our vulnerabilities and recognize our bad behaviors, we will inevitably sabotage ourselves when we are on the verge of some personal or professional breakthrough. Then the shadow wins. When we act out of disproportionate anger in speak¬ing to our children, the shadow wins. When we deceive our loved ones, the shadow wins. When we refuse to accept our true nature, the shadow wins.

If we do not bring the light of our highest self to the darkness of our human impulses, the shadow wins. Until we accept all of who we are, the shadow effect will have the power to impede our happiness. If left unacknowledged, the shadow will stop us from being whole, prevent us from achieving our best-laid plans, and leave us living half a life.

It is our hope in writing this book that we will bring the shadow into the light. There has never been a better time to create a new lexicon, to illuminate the shadow, and to finally understand what’s been so difficult to see and hard to explain.

Shadow work, as described in this book, is more than a psycho¬logical process or an intellectual banter. It is a prescriptive solution to problems unsolved. It is a life-altering journey that goes beyond any psychological theory because it deems the dark side as a human issue, a spiritual issue that all of us must resolve in this lifetime if we are to live a fully self-expressed life.

We will finally understand why we are no better and no worse than anyone else regardless of our color, our background, our sexual orientation, our genetic makeup, or our past. There is no one in the world who doesn’t have a shadow, and when taken seriously and understood, the shadow can birth a new reality that will alter the way we feel about ourselves, the way we parent our children, the way we treat our partners, the way we interact with our community members, and the way we engage with other nations.

I believe that the shadow is one of the greatest gifts available to us. Carl Jung called it a “sparring partner”; it is the opponent within us that exposes our flaws and sharpens our skills. It is the teacher, the trainer, and the guide that supports us in uncovering our true magnificence.

The shadow is not a problem to be solved or an enemy to be conquered but a fertile field to be cultivated. When we dig our hands into its rich soil, we will discover the potent seeds of the people we most desire to be. It is our sincere hope that you take this journey, for we know what’s waiting inside.
Debbie Ford

An Interactive Movie Experience Featuring:
Debbie Ford
Marianne Williamson
Deepak Chopra
James Van Praagh
Mark Victor Hansen

Be uplifted by the power that is hidden beneath the surface of your conscious mind. Take this emotionally gripping, visually compelling journey into your mysterious shadow self—the hiding place for your most disliked thoughts, emotions, and impulses—and discover how by embracing your worst fears, you can step into your greatest self.

Be transformed by Debbie Ford, the #1 New York Times best-selling author and internationally acclaimed expert on the human shadow, as well as some of the most brilliant and evolutionary thinkers of the 21st century.

Be inspired to uncover the wisdom in your wounds, the blessings in your misfortunes, and the gifts that are waiting to be claimed where you may least expect them . . . in the dark.

In this groundbreaking and revolutionary interactive movie experience, be guided through eight transformational exercises to uncover, own, and embrace what has been hidden in the dark—keeping you from stepping into your greatest dream. If shadows could talk, they would tell you that there is gold to be mined in every experience.

Preview The Shadow Effect Special Interactive Edition

Spiritual Truth #1 – All-Knowing Awareness

For those seeking Enlightenment, Self-Realization, No-Mind, Buddhahood, Nirvana, Liberation, Oneness, Utter Completion, All-Being, Bliss, Zen, Peace, Love, Truth, Pure Awareness, Infinity, The Absolute, Reality, God, Tao, Source, Presence, Spirit, Divinity, Nature, One Mind, Collective Consciousness, Formless Existence, etc.

ACIM – Extreme Forgiveness & Acceptance for Enlightenment

Full-blown, extreme, radical forgiveness & acceptance brings utter peace of mind. Forgiveness for Enlightenment. Inspired by A Course in Miracles (ACIM).

Id, Ego, & Superego – Freud & Carl Jung

Excerpt from old educational film about Freud


Freud and religion


Jung and religion

The Genius of India -Parts 1 to 4: Video based on essay written by Sri Aurobindo

Thanks aumprakash for sharing this beautiful, educational & poetic imagery, masterfully synchronized with mystical music & the words of Sri Aurobindo. His love of India & her people shines through. India has much wisdom to offer the world. Pursuit of spiritual learning, with the goal of expanding, understanding & awareness of the highest consciousness-God consciousness is the noblest pursuit of humanity. India has explored & developed methods to help us achieve this ultimate awareness.

“The Genius of India” is a video based on an essay written by Sri Aurobindo

The Science Of Peace – Documentary Trailer

The Science of Peace
Is there a “consciousness field” of “radiant mind energy” that we all share? Is this field causing “Global Warming” on Earth… and similar effects throughout the entire solar system?

Does the Field have any effect on DNA, including the ability to completely transform one species into another? Is such a 21st-century model of evolution actually happening to us… right now?

Is this ‘Mind Field’ the ultimate answer to solving financial collapse, terrorism, violent crime and all manner of Earth Changes, leading to a true Science of Peace? …

* Scientific proof that plants, animals and bacteria are all communicating with each other on an “energetic” level — measurable in their electrical activity

* Laboratory evidence that living cells from your own body pick up ‘signals’ from you — even if you are hundreds of miles away!

* How your own mind is not as “private” as you think — you are constantly receiving measurable ‘psychic’ signals

* Simple Russian pyramids that cure cancer, kill viruses, heal all illnesses, repair ozone holes, quell earthquakes, deflect major storms and purify the water

* 7000 people in simple meditation reduce global terrorism by 72 percent — how it works, why it works and exercises to help you activate this potential

* How your consciousness can ease Earth Changes just like the Russian pyramid effects — Earth Changes as a reflection of collective disharmony

* DNA as a resonant antenna for the ‘consciousness field’ — and proof that it can re-arrange within a living embryo, creating a complete metamorphosis of species

* How our Solar System is moving into a more charged region of the Galaxy — and its connection to “Ascension”

* Evidence of multiple energetic ‘evolution’ events in the fossil record — and how they occur in even cycles of time, triggered by Galactic energy, not ‘random mutation’

* Proof that ancient prophecies – Mayan Calendar, et cetera — have validity and new scientific meaning for today

* What changes in mind, body and spirit we can expect in our imminent future — and how best to prepare for them

* Grammy-award winning musician’s soundtrack — guitar lullabies, New Age meditative, acid jazz, funk/fusion, trance and more

* Extended meditation section to heal unresolved issues so you can directly connect with your Higher Self

David Wilcock is a professional intuitive consultant who, since reading Richard C. Hoagland’s “The Monuments of Mars” in 1993, has intensively researched ufology, ancient civilizations, consciousness science, and new paradigms of matter and energy. He is the author of a critically acclaimed trilogy of scientific research works, known as the Convergence series, which gives definitive support to the idea that a change in matter, energy and consciousness is now occurring on the Earth and throughout the solar system.

Wilcock has appeared on broadcast television, lectured throughout the United States and Japan, published a variety of magazine articles and appeared on numerous radio talk shows. He is the co-author of the book “The Reincarnation of Edgar Cayce,” now available in bookstores nationwide, and a summary of his latest scientific work appears therein, where a breakthrough case for mass, spontaneous DNA evolution on Earth is unveiled. David is also an accomplished musician and composer within a variety of styles, including jazz-fusion, meditative and world music.

David returned, sharing his perceptions about 2012 and parallel realities. The 2012 time frame could bring a “golden age” for humanity, with a dimensional shift that leads us into ascended states, and if there is a calamity such as a pole shift around this time, people will warp into a parallel reality and not be affected by it, he outlined.

Wilcock offered details of his conversations with “Daniel,” a man who said he took part in the Montauk Project– a series of experiments in which portals were materialized and people traveled through them. Space and time were completely inverted in the experiments so it appeared as though the subjects were traveling through time rather than space, Wilcock explained.

Wilcock also shared some of his psychic intuitions such as the United States government eventually collapsing and being replaced by nation states. Civilian outrage over the truth about 9-11 will be one of the things that leads to this, he said.

Hosted by LeVar Burton, The Science of Peace features pioneering physicists, biologists, and philosophers who are established in the new emerging new field of peace science.

The film effectively illustrates how each person, when bringing peace into his or her own life, becomes an instrument for global peace.

The Internet as a Living Symbol of Global Oneness

Arianna’s recent comments about Jeremy Rifkin’s The Empathic Civilization, and in particular his reference to global communication, “Seven billion individual connections, absent any overall unifying purpose, seem a colossal waste of human energy,” prompts me to write about my own experience of the unifying purpose and potential of the Internet, of this increasing connectivity.

I remember when I first accessed the Internet in the early Nineties. I think that my children were using AOL and I went online to see what these “chat rooms” were. But although there was not much content in those days, I was struck by its potential and possibility. At that time I was having mystical experiences of the oneness that is present in all of life. In these moments I was made aware of the interconnectedness of all of creation, and how everything is a living expression of divine oneness. This first time that I went online I saw in that moment how the Internet could give the whole of humanity direct access to this interconnectedness and global oneness. All that is required is a computer and a connection.

Almost twenty years later the Internet is one of the central tools of our global connectivity. In the last few years it has radically changed our culture, how we communicate and access information. From laptops and cybercafes all around the world, even in unexpectedly remote locations, we are forming an interconnected whole, a network of human consciousness. And yet, although we are more and more immersed in this new form of communication, we do not appear to realize its deeper significance. There is the danger, that, as in the words of T.S. Eliot, we “have the experience but miss the meaning.”

I believe that the Internet is a gift we have been given. It provides an image of how the energy of life can flow freely in a way that defies the barriers of nationality and geography. Yet sadly because we are so immersed in the surface activity of this technology, in its tools of commerce and communication, we do not realize its deeper, symbolic dimension. A symbol is a connection to the sacred ground of our being which alone gives real meaning to our daily life.

The Internet, as a living symbol of global oneness, offers us a direct connection to an awareness of divine oneness. But because we have lost touch with the symbolic dimension of life, we do not fully recognize this potential of the Internet: as a dynamic expression of a new consciousness of oneness that has within it access to energies and means that can unify our divisive world. If we were awaken to its real potential, we would be truly in awe–and we would laugh, with wonder, at life’s capacity to recreate itself while we are not even looking.

The Internet is a powerful image of life’s interconnected oneness, and how the individual can interact with the whole. It is present everywhere at the same time. The Internet is not a hierarchical structure, and despite the attempts of some companies or governments to control it, it’s nature is globally democratic. As it becomes more and more present in our collective consciousness, it is more and more able to channel life’s underlying energies in new ways. It is a power and life force of its own, able to evolve and adapt like a fast-changing organism, and, like other emerging images of our time, it is reconfiguring our consciousness, rearranging our lives. For example, social networking is just one way this living web interacts with us, bringing us together in unexpected ways.

In the Internet we have been given a blueprint for the future whose full potential we have not yet grasped because we see it with the eyes of the past. The Internet is a direct expression of the emerging energy structure of the planet in which the need of the individual can be met within the organic evolution of the whole, and the evolution of the whole served through the free participation of each individual.

How much more we would benefit if each time we access the web we are consciously aware that we are connecting to a field of global consciousness. That was my first experience of the Internet, and each time I open my computer I feel this potential, this new quality of consciousness that is waiting to be lived.

We need to be awake to the real potential and purpose of the Internet: what it really means for humanity as a whole to be given this degree of interconnectivity. At the present time it is primarily used (and at times misused) for accessing information and communication. But it has the potential to create patterns of interrelationship that will form the network for a global consciousness and unity. The real potential of the Internet belongs to this new flow of consciousness throughout the planet.

The expanding web of individual connections is like a cellular structure that is continually making new connections. Through this worldwide web the world and humanity can organically come alive in a new way. And we can midwife this new awareness and its possibilities: the dynamic oneness that belongs to life. Or we can just watch the images and text on our screens, not knowing the opportunity that we have missed, unaware of the “overall unifying purpose ” of why we are so connected.

Consciousness of Oneness
with Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

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David Wilcock Presents Convergence

The Global Warming we see on Earth is occurring throughout the entire Solar System, thus leading us to conclude that 2012 is not simply another year, but rather marks a very important turning-point in our planets history. This increasing energy not only charges up the planets it has energetic qualities that actually may be upgrading our DNA.

About CONVERGENCE: The Movie

The first film in the CONVERGENCE trilogy will address the science of consciousness.

This film will cost remarkably little to produce, but has such a powerful, clear and urgent message for humanity that it is poised to be a box-office blockbuster, as well as a social phenomenon and agent of positive change.

An array of credible, professional scientists and scholars will present definitive evidence that consciousness is a field of energy, independent of one’s own mind and brain. Common knowledge and implementation of this science has the potential to dramatically increase world peace and harmony, and dramatically decrease catastrophic Earth Changes — and CONVERGENCE will give compelling scientific evidence to back up these claims, as well as the philosophical and spiritual understandings to go along with them.

The CONVERGENCE trilogy is the result of David Wilcock’s work in categorizing, analyzing and distilling over 213 volumes worth of research he uncovered and printed off the Internet between 1999 and 2005, occupying over nine and a half feet of width on his bookshelves. This research has been guided by David’s intuitive work, which includes daily documentation and analysis of his dreams and visionary experiences since 1992, and active research and development of extrasensory abilities since he was 7 years old.

Leading scholars in new science, such as popular Art Bell guest Richard C. Hoagland, have publicly stated that David’s research is unparalleled and completely new and fresh. By comparison, most of the information presented in “What the Bleep Do We Know?”, the astonishingly successful film documentary that came out of nowhere to create this brand-new genre, is an offshoot of the groundbreaking 1979 volume “The Dancing Wu-Li Masters” by Gary Zukav.

David has carefully chosen each participant in CONVERGENCE for his or her professional credentials, validity and fastidiousness of research, and impeccability of moral and ethical character.
Convergence – The Movie

Scene from our one-hour Working Actor 4 class project. http://www.actorsco.com.

Smile at Fear: Awakening the True Heart of Bravery by Chogyam Trungpa

Book Summary of Smile At Fear: Awakening The True Heart Of Bravery – Edited by Carolyn Rose Gimian
Many of us, without even realizing it, are dominated by fear. We might be aware of some of our fears–perhaps we are afraid of public speaking, of financial hardship, or of losing a loved one. But in this book meditation master Chogyam Trungpa shows us that most of us suffer from a far more pervasive fearfulness: fear of ourselves. We feel ashamed and embarrassed to look at our feelings or acknowledge our styles of thinking and acting; we don’t want to face the reality of our moment-to-moment experience. It is this fear that keeps us trapped in cycles of suffering, despair, and distress.

Trungpa offers us a vision of moving beyond fear to discover the innate bravery, trust, and delight in life that lies at the core of our being. Drawing on the Shambhala Buddhist teachings, he explains how we can each become a spiritual warrior: a person who faces every moment with openness and fearlessness. In language that is fresh, accessible, and startlingly direct–this book explains:

– how the practice of sitting meditation can help us to uncover our inherent confidence and bravery,
– how fear and embarrassment about ourselves keep us trapped in cycles of suffering,
– the wisdom of loving kindness and nonaggression,
– how true invincibility depends on becoming more open and vulnerable.


From Part One: The Way of the Warrior

Becoming a warrior and facing yourself is a question of honesty rather than condemning yourself. By looking at yourself, you may find that you’ve been a bad boy or girl, and you may feel terrible about yourself. Your existence may feel wretched, completely pitch-black, like the black hole of Calcutta. Or you may see something good about yourself. The idea is simply to face the facts. Honesty plays a very important part. Just see the simple, straightforward truth about yourself. When you begin to be honest with yourself, you develop a genuine gut level of truth. That is not necessarily cutting yourself down. Simply discover what is there; simply see that, and then stop! So first, look at yourself, but don’t condemn yourself. It’s important to be matter-of-fact, on the spot. Just look, and when you see the situation in its fullest way, then you begin to be a warrior.

Chapter 1: Facing Yourself

Our subject matter is warriorship. Anyone who is interested in hearing the truth, which in Buddhism we call the dharma; anyone who is interested in finding out about him or herself; and anyone who is interested in practicing meditation is basically a warrior. Many approaches to spirituality and to life in general are influenced by cowardice. If you are afraid of seeing yourself, you may use spirituality or religion as a way of looking at yourself without seeing anything about yourself at all. When people are embarrassed by themselves, there is no fearlessness involved. However, if someone is willing to look at himself or herself, to explore and practice wakefulness on the spot, he or she is a warrior.

“Warrior” here is a translation of the Tibetan word pawo. Pa means “brave,” and wo makes it “a person who is brave.” The warrior tradition we are discussing is a tradition of bravery. You might have the idea of a warrior as someone who wages war. But in this case, we are not talking about warriors as those who engage in warfare. Warriorship here refers to fundamental bravery and fearlessness.

Warriorship is based on overcoming cowardice and our sense of being wounded. If we feel fundamentally wounded, we may be afraid that somebody is going to put stitches in us to heal our wound. Or maybe we have already had the stitches put in, but we dare not let anyone take them out. The approach of the warrior is to face all those situations of fear or cowardice. The general goal of warriorship is to have no fear. But the ground of warriorship is fear itself. In order to be fearless, first we have to find out what fear is.

Fear is nervousness; fear is anxiety; fear is a sense of inadequacy, a feeling that we may not be able to deal with the challenges of everyday life at all. We feel that life is overwhelming. People may use tranquilizers or yoga to suppress their fear: they just try to float through life. They may take occasional breaks to go to Starbucks or the mall. We have all sorts of gimmicks and gadgets that we use in the hope that we might experience fearlessness simply by taking our minds off of our fear.

Where does fear come from? It comes from basic bewilderment. Where does basic bewilderment come from? It comes from being unable to harmonize or synchronize mind and body. In the sitting practice of meditation, if you have a bad seat on the cushion, you are unable to synchronize your mind and body. You don’t have a sense of your place or your posture. This applies to the rest of life as well. When you don’t feel grounded or properly seated in your world, you cannot relate to your experience or to the rest of the world.

So the problem begins in a very simple way. When body and mind are unsynchronized, you feel like a caricature of yourself, almost like a primordial idiot or a clown. In that situation, it is very difficult to relate to the rest of the world.

That is a simplified version of what is known as the setting sun mentality: having completely lost track of the basic harmony of being human. The idea of the setting sun is that the sun is already setting in your world, and you cannot rise above the darkness. You feel that there is only misery, clouds, the dungeon, life in the gutter. To compensate for that, you might go to a very dark dungeon with bad lighting, where you get drunk. That is called a club. You dance like a drunken ape who has forgotten bananas and its home in the jungle a long time ago. So it feasts on cheap beer while wiggling its tail. There is nothing wrong with dancing per se, but in this case it is a form of escaping from or avoiding your fear. It’s very sad. That is the setting sun. It’s a dead end, a very dead end.

In contrast to that, the Great Eastern Sun is the sun that is fully risen in your life. It is the sun of wakefulness, the sun of human dignity. It is Great because it represents upliftedness and the qualities of openness and gentleness. You have an uplifted sense of posture or place in your world, which we call having good head and shoulders. It is in the East because you have a smile on your face. East is the concept of dawn. When you look outside first thing in the morning, you see light coming from the East, even before the sun rises. So the East is the smile you have when you wake up. The sun is about to rise. Fresh air is coming with the dawn. So the sun is in the East and it is Great.

Here, the Sun is a completely mature sun, the sun that you see in the sky around ten o’clock in the morning. It is the opposite of the image of the drunken ape dancing at midnight under the light of dim electric bulbs. The contrast is astounding, so extraordinary! The Great Eastern Sun vision is uplifted and awake, fresh and precise.

We could get into further details later, but first we should discuss the fundamental understanding of fear and fearlessness. One of the main obstacles to fearlessness is the habitual patterns that allow us to deceive ourselves. Ordinarily, we don’t let ourselves experience ourselves fully. That is to say, we have a fear of facing ourselves. Experiencing the innermost core of their existence is embarrassing to a lot of people. Many people try to find a spiritual path where they do not have to face themselves but where they can still liberate themselves—liberate themselves from themselves, in fact. In truth, that is impossible.

Published by Shambhala Publications

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (11th Trungpa) & Chokyi Senge (12th Trungpa)

Photo montage of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (11th Trungpa) & Chokyi Senge (12th Trungpa). Music is “Offering Chant” (Unplugged) by Lama Gyurme & Jean Philippe Rykiel.

UNDERSTANDING IS REALIZING ~ Master Strokes of Shri Ranjit Maharaj’s Teachings

“Never worry for anything, whatever state you are in. It is only a bodily or mind’s affair. You are stateless. All these states come and go. You are always He. Never accept anything less. What is there to prove, zero is always zero. You are untouchable. Forget everything and you are He at this very moment. There is nothing to leave and nothing to take. You are Self without self. There is only Oneness in the world. There is no duality. Everybody is He, so why worry.”

This small book is a collection of Ranjit Maharaj’s invaluable words, which are simple, straight forward and penetrate the heart of the sincere seeker of Reality. The teaching of Maharaj, like that of his master, Siddharameshwar Maharaj, is based on a simple and direct transmission of knowledge. He insists that what you see, perceive, think and feel is not true, because it is impermanent. By accepting this Truth through understanding, you discover who you really are, the eternal Reality, That which lies beyond all knowledge and ignorance. The book also contains many photos of both Ranjit and Siddharameshwar Maharaj.

Ranjit Maharaj Self Realization / Renunciation

AGAIN MORE ON the topic of “i dont exist!” (Renunciation) you are birthless and deathless, true renunciation is to see that you dont exist! and that nothing is true!

You play a part as the body/ mind but know and understand i am not this- it is just a part i play! There is no need to change anything or do anything as all action is itself bondage and indicates doership -have the deep understanding i dont exist and i do nothing-be in it but be out of it all-and the ego will eventually subside (as it never existed)and no mind remains

For Realization nothing needs to be done, for you are THAT already, thoughts and wrong beliefs cover your true Self.

Shri Ranjit Maharaj explains this so well! Surrender to the MASTER (i dont exist) THEN YOU trueself will shine.

Ranjit Maharaj, I dont exist, conciousness, awareness

Ranjit Maharaj-the Master says “AS long as you exist you cannot accept what i say” One must understand that i does not exist, if i does not exist then who does? HE alone remains, yourself self without self.

When you forget yourself Master-THE SELF remains and you are that! the Master and aspirant are one-without saying or experiencing! when you are not there-i dont exist
there is no one to experiene anything, experience is itself illusion and indicates the illusory ego! say i dont exist and churn this until mind becomes no mind!

Adi Da Samraj: EgoDeath Part 4 – 6

Adi Da continues to critique the usual (degenerate) approaches to rid ourselves of the feeling of fear, or through religious distractions. He brings us to the critical understanding of self-contraction or the avoidance of relationship and feeling… and the cultic rituals that reinforce the sense of immunity.

Adi Da Samraj: EgoDeath5

Here Beloved Adi Da climaxes his illumination as He guides listeners directly into naked fear as the necessary passage to Love. Magnificient. BTW, this talk can be found in the book, Scientific Proof of the Existence of God Will Soon Be Announced by the White House!

Adi Da Samraj, EgoDeath6

Beloved finishes this consideration by describing ego death as the “natural” process of sixth stage yoga that serves as the bridge to the transfiguring stages of full enlightenment.

The Secret of Healing: The Healing Powers of Zeev Kolman A True Story by Hans Holzer, Ph.D.

Hans Holzer, from the Foreword

Zeev Kolman, the subject of this book, is a natural healer. His healing – bioenergy – comes from his body energy, which emanates through his hands. His gift – his ability – has nothing to do with one’s belief or disbelief or with any form of religious or quasi-religious commitment in order for it to work. It works nearly always, depending on circumstances and the nature, duration, and severity of the disease. Mr. Kolman is not a miracle worker or guru leading some sort of occult movement of faithful followers. He is an ordinary, honest man to whom the gift of healing comes as much as a surprise as it does to those he sees and tries to help.

Zeev Kolman, condensed from Chapter 1
I was 36 years old, on active reserve duty as I had been every other year. I was sent to a military post in Sinai opposite the fortifications of Omm Hasheibah – a threat to Israel’s security, as they were manned by the Egyptian army. Our duty consisted of night surveillance. As it became dark we would drive up in armored carriers to the lookout point at the top of a high mountain, and throughout the night we would watch the Egyptian position.

One morning after we had arrived back at the camp, I went to sleep but awoke very soon without being able to fall asleep again. It was about 6 am. I left the tent for the open desert and gazed at the first light of the morning. I felt a tremendous inner urge to climb the mountain alone. I walked up slowly using the path that had been carved out to the lookout post.

I reached the lookout post and saw the yawning abyss beyond the mountain. I had a bird’s eye view of everything below. I was sitting, relaxing, when suddenly I noticed a structure, elliptical in shape. The light – this structure – became brighter and moved in my direction. There were hundreds of small projections coming from it. This thing passed above my head at very fast speed casting a large shadow over the mountain.

Next thing I know I am surrounded by a kind of cloud, like cotton or sugar candy, and inside that cloud are eleven creatures standing around me in a half-circle. Their bodies were clear like milky glass; their heads were hairless; their eyes were outstanding.

> The white substance covered me and I felt completely powerless to act. A mixture of sounds came from their mouths, but I could not understand their language. One in the center was of a darker color and it seemed to me he was the leader. They were shorter than I was, standing partly on the ground and partly above.

Next thing I recall was waking up from sleep and finding myself, to my shock, lying on my back at the edge of the mountain!

> I knew I had seen these things. The events had indeed occurred. I began to descend the mountain slowly in the direction of the camp. The camp was already in darkness. With my emotions in turmoil, I could not tell anyone the experience I had gone through.

I went directly to the mess tent as if nothing had happened. A soldier named Eran came over and said something to me. I answered him and extended my hand. Eran took it and collapsed as if struck by lightning. Eventually he opened his eyes. “How do you feel?” I asked. He replied, “Fantastic.”

The next few minutes were spent trying to calm down matters. Another soldier came over. Jokingly, I extended my hand and again the same thing happened – the soldier fell down unconscious. After that a number of other soldiers also went through the same experience.

> For me, this phenomenon was very bizarre. At the time I had no knowledge or understanding of phenomena such as this.

The next morning, on one of the beds, a soldier sat reading a book. The soldier put his legs across the aisle and refused to allow me to pass. As we were joking around, I decided to tickle his knees to move them. The soldier suddenly began to scream, “You’re electrocuting me!” The next day the soldier said to me, “Zeev, look at my knees… Because of the electricity you caused with your touch, the lesions on my knees have disappeared! For years hospitals gave me various ointments to apply, and yet the lesions never disappeared.”

Yosef, one the the soldiers, came over to me and told me, each night, he would have tremendous headaches. This had been going on for a number of years. He asked me – half-seriously and half in jest – to lay my hands on his head. Maybe that would offer relief to his throbbing head. I spontaneously placed my hands on his head and left them there for a time. He looked at me in astonishment. “I feel great!” A week later Yosef added, “Every night I wait for my headaches, but they no longer come.”

By now I began to accept the strange things that were happening to me. From that day on, whenever we ascended the mountain, I spent long hours looking at the sky, turning my head over and over to the place where the strangers had appeared.

I believe my body underwent a certain energetic process through the dense plasma which enveloped me, through which my body must have absorbed something. I understand that I was given the power of healing.

Professor Hans Holzer is a lecturer and the author of 119 books, including Healing Beyond Medicine . He studied at Columbia University, the University of Vienna, and the London College of Applied Science. Dr. Holzer taught parapsychology for eight years at the New York Institute of Technology. He is also a writer / producer of television and film documentaries.

The renowned parapsychologist and author is now exploring The Other Side.

Hans Holzer, 89, an Austrian-born American, who was well-known as a pioneering paranormal researcher and author, died Sunday, April 26, 2009, at his Manhattan (New York) home after a long illness.

Hans Holzer was born January 26, 1920, in Vienna, Austria. He earned his doctorate from the London College of Applied Science, and spent more than 50 years traveling the world to obtain first hand accounts of paranormal experiences.

During his life, Hans Holzer wrote 146 books on the supernatural and occult for the popular market as well as several plays, musicals, films, and documentaries.

His extensive involvement in researching the unknown included investigating the infamous “Amityville Horror,” discussed through his book Murder In Amityville (1979), which was the basis for the 1982 film, Amityville II: The Possession.

He visited some of the most prominent haunted locations around the world. He also worked with well-known trance mediums such as Ethel Johnson-Meyers, Sybil Leek, and Marisa Anderson.

Holzer was famous for creating the term “The Other Side,” or more fully stated, “The Other Side of Life.” He is also credited with having coined the term “ghost hunter,” which was the title of his first book on the paranormal published in 1963. He furthermore invented and fine-tuned terminology such as “beings of light” and “sensitive.”

Holzer appeared on hundreds of national and regional talk shows. He was a host, co-host, or interviewee on programs such as “Ghost Hunter,” “In Search Of,” “Beyond The Five Senses,” and “Explorations.” Such modern television series as TAPS’ “Ghost Hunters” owe much to Holzer’s legacy for their success.

Interview With Dr. Hans Holzer
By Sean Casteel

Professor Hans Holzer, Ph.D., is a parapsychologist and author with a long and distinguished career that spans many decades. He has authored 119 books dealing with many aspects of the paranormal, to include UFOs, ESP, ghosts, dreams, and astrology, and has had articles published in numerous magazines and newspapers, such as “Penthouse,” “Cosmopolitan” and “The New York Daily News.”

Holzer’s most recent book is called The Secret Of Healing: The Healing Powers Of Ze’ev Kolman, A True Story (Beyond Words Publishing, Inc., 1996), and the story it tells involves not only a visitation by a UFO, but the subsequent power to heal that is mysteriously given to the book’s hero, an Israeli shopkeeper named Ze’ev Kolman.

In 1974, when Kolman was on reserve duty with the Israeli army, he felt compelled to climb to the top of a mountain close to where his unit was camped. While there, he had a fairly routine abduction experience accompanied with a certain amount of “missing time.” When he returned to his fellow soldiers at the camp, both Kolman and his bunkmates were astonished to discover a strange electric shock was being transmitted from his hands whenever he touched one of them.

Thus began Kolman’s struggle to both understand and to make compassionate use of his mysterious power to heal. Holzer tells Kolman’s story from that moment in the desert to his flourishing practice in alternative medicine, relating the events with both a believer’s awe and a skeptic’s need for factual documentation. Kolman has been able to help both private patients who had been told their case was hopeless as well as a long list of celebrities whose endorsements are also contained in the book.

We spoke to Dr. Holzer by phone from his office in New York, and he talked to us about not only Ze’ev Kolman’s UFO encounter and the healing powers that came afterward, but also about his own long and productive search for the truth behind the UFO phenomenon.

Q. I understand you’ve been at this for quite a while.

Holzer: Yes, I have been working on the UFO business for a long time. In 1977, I had a bestseller called The Ufonauts. I invented that term. The Ufonauts: New Facts On Extraterrestrial Landings. It sold 347,000 books, which was considered quite a good number at that time, I would think.

Q. My editor mentioned that book just the other day.

Holzer: I am now negotiating to have it brought up to date. I want to bring it up to date and republish it. The reason is this: shortly thereafter, I became involved in planning a documentary. Now, I’ve produced a number of documentaries. It’s no fun to do that. Trust me, it’s hard work. It’s much easier to write and produce a fictional thing because everything is controlled. But with documentaries, you have what I call “civilians” to deal with. And you have a lot of problems putting things together.

In preparing what was then meant to be a theatrical documentary–well, you know there are no more theatrical documentaries. Nowadays, you have television or cable. I did a lot of research and I have two cases full of that material sitting here. It included contacting people that I don’t think generally appear in the UFO press. And government people as well. And the upshot was, I had a distributor but I couldn’t get the money to do it. I shelved the whole thing, and it’s sitting here.

I’m currently working again on doing it. But it is so complicated and so international and also quite expensive to do it properly. And it will involve a lot of people. But we reactivated this. My producing partner is a well known producer. It’s all about landings and physical evidence. It’s not about sightings, it’s not about anything like that. And I leave the abduction business primarily to Dr. Mack and others. I stick to the harder, material end of it, which I think is where it’s at. I own a piece of metal that comes from one of the crashed saucers, and I’ve got it stashed away somewhere. So, I know it’s real. So, do you have some questions, or should I just rattle on?

Q. I’d like to ask some questions. I mean, I don’t mind you just rattling on. That’s what I get some good quotes from. But–

Holzer: Okay. Then we’ll see. If you leave anything out, then I’ll add on to it.

Q. Sure. I want to ask, first of all, a question about Ze’ev Kolman. And after the first question on Kolman, I’ve got three or four questions on UFO/alien-related matters.

Holzer: Yes. By the way, I hate the word “alien,” although I use it myself. I generally talk about extraterrestrials. Do you know why? To me, an “alien” is what you get when you walk into a kitchen in Los Angeles and yell, “Immigration!” Then you’ve got a bunch of “aliens” on your hands. The other words are “extraterrestrials” or “humanoids.” “Alien” sets up hostility. And hostility is not what this is about.

Q. Right. I understand. Okay, could you please tell us the story of how you heard about Ze’ev Kolman, how you made his acquaintance and then ultimately wrote The Secret of Healing?

Holzer: Well, I had heard that Kolman’s people were looking for someone to take his personal memoirs to a professional level. They were looking for a ghost writer, basically. Well, I was curious about it, and so I went to see them and I took a look at the personal memoirs and I knew they were not publishable. They were a simple man’s, you know, personal memoirs–rambling, amateurish stuff. But he had a lot of interesting things in there. Some wonderful confessions.

And remember, this was already a translation from the Hebrew because Kolman does not speak much English. So, I was impressed with it and I suggested at first that a journalist friend of mine should do the job, because I felt someone who was not as committed to the reality of UFOs and extraterrestrials as I am might be an easier sale. But it turned out that she really couldn’t do it because there was so much parapsychology involved.

And I am an academic parapsychologist. I have a professorship, and I taught parapsychology for eight years at the New York Institute Of Technology. So, I ultimately was drafted back and was told I had to do it. And I felt the Good Lord would not have made me meet these people if it wasn’t meant to be. And I did it. But I did it on one condition: that I was absolutely in charge, that I could ask any questions I wanted, talk to anybody I wanted and write anything I wanted. That’s what I’ve done.

I interviewed him with the help, of course, of a friend of his who spoke both languages. I interviewed the people who had been healed by him and also the doctors he was involved with so that everything in the book, as you know, is documented. It’s not faith healing or a guru or religion. This is hard, medical alternative medicine by a man who has had an extraordinary gift. Now, the fact that he has this gift is interesting, but how he got it is even more interesting.

And when I heard about his experience, which is in the book, about his encounter on the mountain in the Sinai–let me put it this way: Anybody else who had been in my shoes at this point who wasn’t as familiar with the UFO scene, would have said, “Oh, sure, sure.” And I’m sure outside, hostile people who do not know the evidence would feel this way. Because we are living in a country where people make up their minds without knowing the facts.

However, I knew this man was guileless–he’s a very simple, not-very-educated man. He ran a small shop and he had never had any interest in psychic phenomena or about UFOs or anything like that. And it happened to him. And he reported what he saw. But what he reported was so exactly like other incidents with extraterrestrials that he couldn’t have known about unless he had read up with an extensive library, and I made sure that he hadn’t. That was one thing.

The second thing is that he is not the only one who has been abducted and who has come out of it a changed person. You may find in the literature, I don’t know his name, but there was a case of a Canadian police officer in the countryside–it’s always in the countryside, away from too many witnesses–who was stopped by a UFO, apparently taken aboard for the usual examination, and afterwards became a fabulous psychic.

Whether it’s done by intention or is the result of being in a different electro-magnetic field or different gravity field, that’s a moot question. But something has happened to a number of people who have been abducted and then had gifts that they didn’t have before.

Q. Yeah, that relates to my next question. Ze’ev Kolman’s healing powers begin with a UFO encounter, yet the presence of the aliens in the book is more implied or sensed as opposed to being overt. Is it your opinion that Kolman is similar to a typical abductee, one who has had numerous encounters but has no conscious memory of them?

Holzer: I don’t think so, because, first of all, you can’t prove that. I don’t think he had any prior experiences. Because the setting for this was so perfect from “their” point of view–a very isolated area–

Q. But, excuse me for interrupting, but in the book you also talk about his having four or five childhood experiences? Holzer: But that was nothing to do with UFOs. He fell and hit his head and had an out-of-body experience. That’s all it is. They were strictly out-of-body experiences. They weren’t even psychic experiences per se.

Q. I don’t mean to interrupt again, but, for instance, in Raymond Fowler’s The Watchers II, his research subject Betty Luca experiences a form of abduction called “Out-Of-Body Abduction.” Instead of the aliens abducting the entire physical body, they simply take the soul or whatever–

Holzer: Well, I cannot comment on Mr. Fowler’s book. There is no evidence to prove Mr. Fowler’s opinion. I don’t think there’s anything factual about this.

Q. But even so, there does exist the concept of an out-of-body–

Holzer: Yes. Well, that’s possible, but I’ve never heard it before. And, while I respect Mr. Fowler and his views, I don’t think they’re exactly scientific views. There is nothing to back that up in the evidence I know. You’d need to have cases where this has happened and people have actual memories through regression of having been somewhere else. But I don’t know of any such cases.

Q. So you feel that the handful of brief encounters Kolman remembers are his only experiences?

Holzer: I’m positive.

Q. You also say in the book that Kolman’s relationship with the aliens and his subsequent healing powers should be viewed in a non-religious context, as something different than a revival tent meeting or a form of faith healing. Why do you feel that way? Why do you feel it’s more accurately viewed in a non-religious context?

Holzer: Because I’m a scientist and we’re dealing here with nothing that is religious. First of all, Kolman is not a religious person at all. He’s really not interested in religion. I see nothing that would in any way indicate anything more than a civilization from somewhere else having found a suitable subject to experiment with. And, as a result, whether intentionally or unintentionally, the person gets a bonus.

The gift of healing is the bonus. Just as I’m very firmly convinced–and I know your editor and I disagree on this–that there’s nothing supernatural, there’s nothing spiritual, there’s none of the fancy stuff involved in any of the UFO business except machines, people who make mistakes, people who crash, and who don’t understand us very well. To some degree, they are terrified of us because we are a pretty bad people.

Q. Okay. Well, if the aliens are trying to send a non-religious message–

Holzer: Well, messages by aliens of a religious nature that are verifiable or that I would accept . . . Are you referring to the so-called “Space Brothers” nonsense? That I have heard for years and years. I have done 20 years of research for the documentary and I talked to all the big people in this field, including some that are not so well known. If I may digress here–because you brought this up–when a person is abducted, A) 99 percent of these people are relatively simple, naive people, that is to say, empty vessels.

And they’re easily impressed and they don’t ask questions. People like you and I might ask questions, but these people don’t. They’re either terrified or they’re not so articulate as to ask questions. So, the ideal person is a very natural, simple person to be examined by them. Secondly, it usually occurs in a remote area. Not always, but usually. And third, in a large number of cases, they are either told nothing, or, if they are told anything, they’re told the kind of message that is designed so they won’t be believed.

In other words, depending on who the person is or what his social standing is, the abductors will give him a cock-and-bull story that, when he talks about it, everybody will laugh. This is a CIA approach. They’re covering their backs. From their point of view, they don’t want to be understood or explored, so they give “information” about Space Brothers and their concern about our warlikeness. All of this goes down very well with the abductee and, of course, it doesn’t go down well with the press because they don’t believe it and I don’t either.

Q. This is just my personal response as a reader, but you say Kolman is not a very religio us person. But to me his Jewish heritage sort of puts him in the same context as the Old Testament prophets–

Holzer: Nonsense. This man is a very simple, mundane, secular person.

Q. Or the healing powers of Christ, who was also Jewish–

Holzer: Well, I’m not talking about Jesus Christ. Because I don’t think Jesus was the Son of God either. I think he was a great prophet and a great healer and a great medium. But I don’t like mysticism and organized religion, which is manmade, to be brought into a subject which is purely a matter of people from other planets visiting here for their own purposes and nothing else. They couldn’t care beans about us. They care about what they can get out of us in terms of knowledge and understanding.

Q. That’s what Budd Hopkins also often says.

Holzer: I’ve known Budd Hopkins for 25 years. He’s a brilliant man. But I don’t offer opinions. I go on what I have personally investigated. The only remote connection between anything in the paranormal and the machines that come here is the use of telepathy. Telepathy and teleportation, perhaps. But even with teleportation, I think they’ve found a different system, which I’m very familiar with, in moving from one place to another.

And, yes, telepathy. Telepathy’s not supernatural. Telepathy is a natural gift we all possess to some degree. But I want to firmly establish there’s no religious message, there’s no saving the world, there’s no Space Brothers. This is strictly an abduction of what was to them an interesting subject. Maybe there was something about this man that interested them that I don’t see. And as a result of it, he becomes a healer. It may well be that this is one of their experiments, to see what he will do. That we would not know.

Q. What you were saying there relates to another question I wanted to ask. You say in the book that the bioenergetic power that Kolman uses to heal is actually something we all possess. Why then are only a handful chosen to be healers?

Holzer: I don’t like the word “chosen,” because who’s doing the choosing? Over the years, I’ve done a number of books on the subject with maybe 20 to 25 bioenergetic healers. It’s body energy. Physical energy. The only thing that is different between Kolman and the ones that I have known is the amount of it. With the healers I have worked with and examined, it’s like they’re a 60 watt bulb. It’s the same energy, but now it’s not 60 watts. Now it’s 500 watts. And the results are accordingly much more powerful. That’s the only difference. Different in strength, not in kind.

Q. So, you really can’t say then what made Kolman a logical choice.

Holzer: Except for one thing that is profound and is typical for an abductee in general. A simple man and not too educated. No opinions, no knowledge of space or the paranormal. A very typical specimen. All of the people that I have personally worked with are typical specimens of humanity and very uninteresting.

Q. What is the status of Kolman and his career at present?

Holzer: He’s a healer. He’s doing his work. I’ve written the book and I’ve written the film that will follow it. We’re currently discussing the possibility of a film.

Q. Well, can you bring us up to date on some of the ups and downs Kolman has experienced since the book was completed?

Holzer: There were no ups and downs. He’s heard from lots of people and gotten lots of letters. And he’s responded to them whenever he could. But his power is the same. Now he begins to understand more what it is that he has, and he’s come to terms with it.

Q. Yeah. One thing I was very encouraged about–have you seen the movie “Phenomenon” with John Travolta?

Holzer: Oh, my God. That is a piece of Scientology propaganda. I know the producer, a nice lady, very well. But I’m appalled at this film. The first two-thirds of it are pretty good, then we have this idiotic ending. I was at the screening before it opened. The ending is stupid because nobody has that kind of ability due to brain cancer. It’s just stupid. But then I understood where he’s coming from.

“The New York Times” pointed out, side by side, some of the lines from that film are lines from the L. Ron Hubbard so-called Bible of Scientology. I don’t know if you’re aware of it, but there’s an active movement in this country to have these people outlawed, and they have been in many other countries. They’re a dangerous bunch. Unfortunately for Hollywood actors like John Travolta and who else? What’s his name? The vampire guy?

Q. Tom Cruise?

Holzer: Tom Cruise has also fallen victim to these people. You know what their philosophy is–that there is no God, no spirituality. We can do anything ourselves. Everything is natural within us. Now, the whole Scientology business is due to the fact that Ron Hubbard wrote a science-fiction book many years ago. He was a science-fiction writer. And people believed this stuff! He realized he had started something he had not intended to do and it became a religion. Because in America, as P.T. Barnum pointed out, a sucker is born every minute. You can quote me on that.

Q. Well, I probably will. The book has the initial UFO encounter that starts this whole psychic business–

Holzer: No question about that.

Q. But you have a happy ending where the man lives on and goes on healing and so forth, a much more truly inspirational thing.

Holzer: It is inspirational in the sense that those who have been told by the medical people that there is no hope may have hope that there’s a man who can do things, maybe. Not for everybody, but do not give up. Do not listen to people like Dr. Kervorkian and commit suicide. Do not listen to the doctors who say there is no hope. You don’t know for sure. Fight back. Let your positive energies work for you.

Kolman has always said that. After he’s done his healing, he wants people to work on themselves through self-healing, which he explains in the book. Because we have energy inside us that can fight back. We’re supposed to be well, and a lot of the illness is caused by our wrongful thinking, by false emotions, by allowing things to happen to us. We don’t need to be sick. And in that sense, it’s a very inspirational thing, yes, but not inspirational in the sense of organized religion, is what I meant.

Q. I wanted to get back to your previous work with UFOs. You studied UFOs and various related phenomena for many years before encountering Kolman. Would you care to summarize your research in the field and the books that resulted from that research?

Holzer: Basically, the reason I wrote The Ufonauts, New Facts On Extraterrestrial Landings, was that I felt there were three things going on at the same time. And I was not part of any of the three, but of something different. There was, first of all, the purely academic, scientific approach, relatively friendly but on conditions that excluded many of the events. There was then the extreme right, so to speak, of true believers. People who assembled in Flat Rock and places like this waiting for the UFOs to take them away.

Q. Contactees?

Holzer: With the early contactees, the majority was fantasy, but not all. There were real ones as well. Because the real and the fanciful got intermingled, the public rejected everything because they didn’t know how to distinguish it. Nowadays, with people like John Mack being in the field, respectable people, it makes more sense. And the word “contactee” is no longer a dirty word. But I have done a lot of work with Betty Hill, for instance. Do you know who that is?

Q. Oh, yeah.

Holzer: I met Betty Hill and I brought her back. And I got a helluva lot more out of her than the doctor did because the doctor was hostile. He wasn’t interested in proving anything. He was interested in disproving.

Q. You mean the Boston psychiatrist?

Holzer: Yeah. I mean, save me from the psychologists, the psychoanalysts and that ilk, please. Save me from that. And I wrote about Betty Hill and, because of her, we know about the “Star Map.” Are you familiar with that?

Q. Right. The Zeta Reticuli?

Holzer: Yeah. We also know, of course, that it was this wonderful Ohio lady astronomer who built the space models that they found it with. Then it was a Russian astronomer five years later who found that Zeta Reticuli was a binary star, not a single star. So, this is wonderful stuff. And I am pretty sure, and I’m sure others are also, that some of the people who come here come from a planet that is 37 and a half light years away, but we also know that if we tried to go there with our present barbarous, primitive system, we could get there in 20 months through time dilation. You are familiar with that?

Q. Is that Bob Lazar’s principle?

Holzer: Within 10 percent of the speed of light. Which is still not the answer, because they don’t use such small, slow methods. They use hyperspace. There are three methods of transportation. One is the long distance, hyperspace. Like the Concord, first normal and then fast. And in hyperspace, they are protected from disintegration by a system they apparently have allowing them to be in a module of some sort that has its own gravity and is not affected by the enormous MACH numbers that would have to be with this method of transportation. It’s close to teleportation, but I don’t know exactly how it works. But in the Andreasson-Luca case, there’s some talk about an Earth person having to be immersed in some kind of a liquid in order to be transported. Do you remember that?

Q. Yeah. Betty Andreasson-Luca.

Holzer: So, they know something. And I think that’s how they get here pretty fast. But, of course, there must be hundreds of thousands of planets around other suns. But what galls me is that astronomer, you know who I mean, from Cornell?

Q. Carl Sagan?

Holzer: Yes. For a man with his intellect and his learning, he’s so profoundly stupid. Please don’t insult him in print, but you know what I’m trying to say. They talk about waiting for a sign of life on our planet. They’ve had it here for all time, but they don’t want to hear about it. They don’t want to see the facts. I am a scientist. I have a doctorate and a professorship. And I am telling you that we have plenty of evidence, plenty! But these people don’t want to hear about it.

This is just pure disbelief. And disbelief is like a religion, you know. You can’t talk them out of it. Now, that is why I have recently revived my UFO project, the documentary for television. Because theaters don’t run this sort of thing. But a serious, serious television documentary. I don’t want to give you the name, but my partner is a well-known producer in television. We are working now on starting this as a major thing. But it has to be under our control. Because the things I have to say are startling, to say the least. When The Ufonauts came out originally, I was approached by the late Jack Webb, remember?

Q. Right.

Holzer: He had picked up the book and he waved it in my face and said, “I want to do this book! I’m going to NBC’s president tomorrow! We’re going to get us a budget and we’re going to do this!” And I said, “Well, Jack, how do you see this?” He said, “Well, we’re going to get some actors and some special effects.” I said, “Jack, this is not how I want to do it. This is a true story.” He said, “Ah, c’mon, you don’t want to have real people in there.” I said, “I’m terribly sorry. I have to turn you down.

Because this is a story that deserves to be treated respectfully with the real people. I want the real people to go back to where it happened and reenact their own experience. And then we blend in the photographs we have, and they’re authentic, and we tell the story.” And Jack Webb wouldn’t have this. So, his lawyer tried to buy the book and we wouldn’t sell. And finally he goes to the government, to Project Bluebook, and of course they give him all the idiotic cases they have, especially all the most unlikely cases, and he does a series called “Project UFO.” It just ran one season. It died.

And I met him again in Hollywood, and I said “Jack, you know you should have done it the way I wanted to do it–documentary style.” Webb said, “Oh, I went to the government.” And I said, “But the government doesn’t tell you the truth.” He said, “What do you mean? My government’s going to lie?” I laughed and I shook his hand and I walked away. There was nothing I could say when a man says that. This was before Nixon, too. So, I actually have all the material for this. I do want to do it properly. Among the people that I’ve picked up willing to cooperate is the man in charge of crashed UFOs in the CIA.

I showed him some pictures and I know the places where these things are stored–the bodies and the parts. These idiots at Roswell took the flying saucer they found apart and then they transported it. And then they tried to figure out how it worked, you see. They should have taken it as it was, but they didn’t do it. It was 1947, and the military got into the act of course. And I know the Roswell Incident is quite true. I have no doubts about it. Now, we come to a subject which I think your editor and I fully disagree on. You know, the bodies. I think they’re genuine.

The producer of the autopsy film and I had a very long discussion. I know him very well, and we were going to do something together, but we didn’t. I have no doubts that they’re real. I heard about them a long time before anybody else. It’s funny that whenever something shows up that doesn’t fit, everybody immediately denounces it. There’s one thing I want you to remember. Just because something can be faked doesn’t mean it is faked. That’s how they operate, though. They say, “Oh, well, it can be faked, so it is faked.” Just because you have a gun, are you going to murder somebody? I have no doubts whatsoever that this is authentic.

And Bob Guccione [the publisher of “Penthouse Magazine”], of all people, is running some pictures in his magazine. Now, those are models copied from the bodies which are in what the CIA likes to call “The Space Museum” at Langley Field, Virginia. That’s where it’s all being kept. It’s long disappeared from the Air Force base at Wright-Patterson. I spoke at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base years ago for the women officers and being curious, I talked to some of the officers.

And I got stonewalled, you know. “What do you mean we have alien things here? We don’t know anything about that.” They’re all lying. They have to lie. No government will admit that there’s something flying out there that they can’t cope with. So, don’t expect the truth from the government. From any government.

But then along comes a stupid film like “Independence Day.” A badly made film. The special effects were third rate. It’s like a B-movie from the ‘50s. And it is hyped to the sky. Hype works. People are eager to hear about this business. I think it sets it back. And I saw the screening before it opened and I was shocked at the quality of it. I did a special for FOX where I told them what I thought about it.

But, yes, I think the bodies are real. And my information comes from one of the guys who was entrusted with it.

Q. Is there anything you wish to add?

Holzer: Well, there is something that you didn’t ask about that I want to explain. Why are they coming here? And where are they from? They’re from many places. Although the majority have been those short fellows with the large heads and big eyes, there are also a significant number of others. There are tall ones. There are some with different color skin and so on. And then of course there’s an intermixed breed. There’s been a number of cases of inter-breeding. I personally am also familiar with a case of a woman who was stopped on the highway in Florida, and the result was a son who looks not like anything on this earth.

He’s human, but like a cross between an Italian and a Japanese. She was very worried about this because they kept on monitoring her. So, I know inter-breeding is a fact. Betty Hill saw a man who looked to her like a normal human being inside the UFO, so inter-breeding has taken place. Why are they here? I think that to them we are pretty much what the primitive animals in the rain forest are to us. They are way ahead of us, and somehow they’ve lost something which we still have. They’ve lost the emotions as we have them, the anxieties, the fears. And they apparently have overcome illnesses because they are puzzled by our infirmities and by our emotional responses. So, to them, they’re studying us.

What they’re not here for are Space Brothers or something angelic trying to save us from ourselves. No, I think this is a pretty selfish operation. But I don’t think they’re here to harm us.

That’s why I’m trying to produce with my partner a decent picture of what is real and what is not real. Because a lot of it is not real. A lot of it is questionable. And we’ve got to somehow try to separate those things.


Messages from Amma: In the Language of the Heart by Janine Canan (Editor)

Known to millions as Amma (“mother”) or Ammachi (“beloved mother”), the Indian holy woman Mata Amritanandamayi is one of the most extraordinary forces healing our planet today. Born in 1954, Amma has spent most of her life traveling the world, freely offering her message of love and compassion, and bestowing hugs to all who will accept her blessing. To the countless individuals she has touched, she is known lovingly as the Hugging Saint, the Mother of Compassion, and the Mother of Immortal Bliss.

Psychiatrist and devotee Dr. Janine Canan was profoundly moved when she met Amma in 1990. With Amma’s permission, Canan began collecting quotations from her public talks, personal dialogues, and songs, and translated them to preserve Amma’s message and spread it to all.

Divided into 12 sections, each accompanied by a stunning image of Amma, MESSAGES FROM AMMA presents Amma’s profound insights into immortal themes such as “Love, the Cure,” “Nature without Error,” “Surrendering the Ego,” and “Entering the Stream of Grace.”

In all, there are more than 125 examples of Amma’s timeless teachings. MESSAGES FROM AMMA makes available the powerfully inspiring words of a modern-day saint—a woman whose very life is the incarnation of love.

Trailer for DARSHAN: a film about Amma by Jan Kounen

“Amma, who is frequently called the Indian Divine Mother, will celebrate her 50th birthday in September 2003. In India, Amma is considered to be a Saint.

This woman, who comes originally from a humble background, finances today more than 25,000 homes for women, mobile medical camps, as well as the Amrita Institute of Medical Science an Research Hospital (AIMS), which stands out as one of the best hospitals in India. She also manages orphanages and many schools. She finances her programmes with the donations that are collected during the celebrations (Puja, Homa, Bhajan, Darshan, Devi Bhava) that she organizes through the world. Her initiatives are appraised even in our western world (she was awarded the “Gandhi-King prize for non-violence” in October 2002).

On the occasion of her fiftieth birthday, more than a hundred thousand people will gather for an exceptional four-day celebration, in Koshi, in Kerala, in the South of India. The film will more particularly focus on the celebration of the Darshan, during which Amma will be hugging several thousand people one by one, for more than 10 hours at a stretch. But what is “really” happening or going on, during this embrace?”
Jan Kounen

Still Point of the Turning world: The Life of Gia-fu Feng by Carol Wilson

Author of the best-selling translation of the Tao Te Ching
By Carol Ann Wilson

A student, the son of an influential banker, flees mainland China for Hong Kong during the Chinese Civil War and begins a journey that will ultimately lead him to America and the counter-cultural revolution. His story, chronicled in 300 pages of a forgotten biography, was passed down to a virtual stranger who made it her mission to remember the life of Gia-fu Feng.

Born to a wealthy, traditional family in Shanghai, Gia-fu lived through tumultuous periods of exponential change in China. After leaving his homeland for graduate studies in the States, he found himself stranded on the other side of the world with the home he knew crumbling before the world’s eyes.

Landing in the mid-1950s at San Francisco’s American Academy of Asian Studies, Gia-fu unexpectedly found a niche, a place from which to explore who he was. Within a decade, his path took him to Esalen in Big Sur and the human potential movement of the 1960s. Gia-fu went on to found Stillpoint, a Taoist community of families living simply and honestly with each other in nature.

Teacher, translator and Tai Ji master, Gia Fu-Feng is remembered for his colorful life in which he learned and taught alongside some of the twentieth century’s greatest writers and thinkers, including Jack Kerouac and Alan Watts. Through his life and work, he sought to bring the ancient wisdom of the Tao into the modern world. His translation of the Tao Te Ching has sold over 1,250,000 copes and is widely considered to be one of the most readable and influential translations of our time. His translation of Chuang Tsu: Inner Chapters, now published by Amber Lotus in a 35th anniversary edition, has sold over 150,000 copies.

Still Point represents thirteen years of research by dedicated author Carol Ann Wilson, sister to Gia-fu’s heir. Using Gia-fu’s biographical notes and numerous outside sources, Wilson has given us the extraordinary story of a rogue Taoist sage. To catch up on her current projects, visit her at her website.

Still Point of the Turning World: The Life of Gia-fu Feng interweaves the life of translator, teacher, Taoist rogue Gia-fu Feng with the tumultuous historical tapestry of 20th century China and the United States. From Chinese warlords, Japanese occupation, and World War II to 1950s disillusionment, the Beats, Esalen and beyond, the story traces major events and personalities on opposite sides of the world. In the mix is Gia-fu and the Stillpoint community’s best-selling translation of the Tao Te Ching, the ancient Chinese classic that is the most translated book in the world, next only to the Bible.

Told from the perspective of someone who never knew Gia-fu but who became his heir through the untimely death of her beloved sister, Still Point of the Turning World tracks a life that began with external privilege but culminated in the gradual discovery of the still point within.

This book is about far more than the life and times of well-known 20th Century Taoist teacher and author Gia-fu Feng. As in the very best biographies, the reader identifies with the joys and sorrows, the strengths and weaknesses, the challenges and lessons. Gia-fu becomes a mirror for the reader’s own life and soul. Wilson’s work brilliantly explores and juxtaposes critical periods in Chinese and American social and political history—the Japanese invasion of China and the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Communist Revolution and the Beatnik Movement.

And what a cast of characters, from Chairman Mao to Alan Watts! Gia-fu reconciles the contradictions of his age through his radical Gestalt therapy-like approach to life—uncompromising honesty that flies in the face of the Confucian social decorum with which he was raised, spiced with a healthy dose of humor and rascality. His love of nature and the Tao eventually lead him to the still point between yin and yang and to creating an American community in which others can join him in the search for a truth beyond words. I highly recommend At the Still Point of the Turning World. Filled with wisdom and compassion, you will be engaged and entranced by Carol Wilson’s beautifully written book.
–Kenneth Cohen

Carol Ann Wilson Biography

Born in the Florida panhandle, Carol Ann Wilson has lived primarily in Colorado. She graduated from Golden (CO) High School in 1962 and continued her education at the University of Colorado in Boulder. There she earned a B.A. in English Literature, M.A. in Social Foundations of Education/Philosophy Emphasis, and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction.

Carol’s professional life has centered on education and schooling. She taught English at Arvada High School, was an assistant principal at Arvada West High School, and principal at Wheat Ridge High School. During her tenure as principal, her school received the U.S. Office of Education Secondary School Recognition Award and was named one of the top U.S. high schools by Money Magazine. Carol was also named Woman of the Year by the local newspaper, the Wheat Ridge Sentinel. Carol’s service through education continued as assistant superintendent for curriculum in Adams County. She also served as regional coordinator for the National Network for Educational Renewal (NNER), a national collaboration of school-university partnerships.

Beginning in 1984, Carol directed the Colorado Partnership for Educational Renewal (designed to renew schools and teacher education programs), and grew the non-profit organization from six school districts and two colleges/universities to include 16 districts (more than 600 schools) and eight higher education institutions. Building on her work in the humanities through education Carol helped develop a number of national initiatives. These ranged from community engagement, diversity in teaching and teacher education, and teacher leadership. As she was ending her seventeen-year role as director of the Colorado Partnership, she received the University of Colorado’s Alumni Leadership Award from UC Denver.

During the early 1990’s Carol co-founded Stillpoint: A Center for the Humanities & Community to promote a sense of community through the humanities. Programs sponsored by the Center have included poetry readings, author talks, musical events, writers’ workshops, and a visit from Gia-fu Feng’s brother in China, as well as fund-raising efforts for special projects in Poland and Kenya.

Inspired by the visions of her late sister, Margaret Susan Wilson, and Gia-Fu Feng, Carol along with her life partner David Chrislip has been instrumental in not only preserving the 166-acre sanctuary that is Stillpoint, but also supporting the evolution of a legacy begun by the Taoist teacher and countless others who helped create this oasis of peace. Stillpoint presently serves the community in numerous and varied ways, including activities of groups such as Odyssey Expeditionary Learning School, Naropa University’s Wilderness Therapy and Environmental Leadership Programs.

Carol’s role in the world community, like that of Stillpoint itself, continues to grow and evolve. In 2009 the biography of the self-described “Taoist rogue” and author of the best selling translation of the Tao Te Ching, Gia –Fu Feng was published by Amber Lotus Publishing. The book titled Stillpoint of the Turning World is a finalist for two book awards, ForeWord Review’s Book of the Year Award, and the Colorado Authors’ League Top Hand Award. Carol is currently at work on a book about her mother, tentatively titled About Earline.

Chakra Mantras – Liberate Your Spiritual Genius Through Chanting By Thomas Ashley-Farrand

About the book:
Description: Thomas Ashley-Farrand is the preeminent authority on yogi mantra. In “Chakra Mantras,” he brings forth previously hidden knowledge from India and Tibet, and teaches readers through the use of mantras how to activate their secret chakras, which contain the keys to spiritual progress.

Description: Located along the spine, the chakras process energy for all of our waking activities, and during sleep they provide energy for healing and cleansing the physical body, but there is another, higher octave of functioning that these charkas can achieve, if they are given higher states of spiritual energy in which to operate. This higher octave provides paths for spiritual development that ultimately lead to spiritual liberation or freedom from karma. A powerful method for charging the charkas with higher energy is through the use of Sanskrit mantras.

Thomas Ashley-Farrand is one of the Western world’s foremost authorities on the application of Sanskrit Mantra to life’s problems. In December 2008 and June 2009, he received empowerments from Satguru Rama Mata, his lineage holder, to be a guru.

In 1968, Ashley-Farrand began having experiences of a mystical nature, which over the next few years became more intense and profound. He began to read the spiritual literature of the East, where he found eloquent explanations of his specific experiences in the Upanishads. In 1972, he received Kriya initiation from the Self Realization Fellowship. Mr. Ashley-Farrand began practicing extensive mantra-based spiritual disciplines in 1973, when he became a student of Sadguru Sant Keshavadas and Satguru Rama Mata. From 1973-1984, he was the priest for the Temple of Cosmic Religion (Sanatana Vishwa Dharma) in Washington, D.C., first as priest-in-residence where he performed ancient Sanskrit ceremonies (pujas) twice daily, and later as traveling priest based in Southern California. In 1974, he received initiation from Sadguru Sant Keshavadas into the universal mantra for spiritual illumination, the Gayatri Mantra, and other mystical formulas. He also studied with Christian mystic Dr. Leon Wright of Howard University. In 1975, he received Tibetan spiritual empowerments from the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa.

In 1978, Mr. Ashley-Farrand journeyed to India with Sadguru Sant Keshavadas and Satguru Rama Mata, where he met a wide variety of spiritual teachers both famous and unknown. There he astonished swamis, pundits, shastris and others with his intonation and pronunciation of complex Sanskrit mantras, slokas and spiritual formulas. From one end of India to another, he was asked to demonstrate his mastery of this complex spiritual liturgy for assembled Indian spiritual teachers. Repeatedly, they told him that he had been a swami and spiritual teacher for several lives in India. A highlight of his trip there came as he was blessed by two of the most prominent spiritual personages in all of India, each having spiritual authority over more than 150 million people, H. H. Pejor Math Swami, and Sri Sri Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati Maha Swamigal of Kanchi.

In 1982, when he moved to California, he conducted meditations and ceremonies in people’s homes, local colleges and for various religious organizations. He received empowerments from Kalu Rimpoche, the Dalai Lama and Sakya Jetsun Chiney Luding (Jetsun Ma), a woman guru from Tibet.

In 2001 he became president of a new non-profit organization, Sanatana Dharma Satsang, Inc. He is also president of Saraswati Publications, LLC, formed in 2001. In 2007, Sanatana Dharma Satsang opened a Gayatri Temple in Beaverton, Oregon.

Since 1989, he has been a frequent lecturer for such organizations as the Theosophical Society of Long Beach, California, and Astara, where he has assisted in annual Fire Initiation Ceremonies since 1991.

Mr. Ashley-Farrand’s understanding and expertise in the disciplines of the ancient religious ceremonies (Puja – water and Yajna – fire) is almost unique among Westerners. Some of the ceremonies he performs can last as long as eight hours. In a departure from the enigmatic portrait of the mystic, Mr. Ashley-Farrand teaches that “mysticism is the ultimate in personal practicality,” and need not be a withdrawal from the world. He maintains that an increasing ability to serve is the only reliable sign of spiritual progress.

Mr. Ashley-Farrand is the author of several books and audio programs including Healing Mantras, Shakti Mantras (Ballantine Wellspring,) Chakra Mantras (Weiser Books, 2006), Mantra: Sacred Words of Power (a 9-hr. workshop), several other CDs and Mantra Meditation (a Book/CD) (Sounds True), Mantra Therapy Healing Intensives, Gayatri Mantra Meditation, Mantras of the Goddess and more (Saraswati Publications), The Ancient Science of Sanskrit Mantra and Ceremony (in three volumes, with recorded mantras, slokas, astottaras, etc.) and other works. This last book for advanced students contains over 4,000 mantras and is the most comprehensive book on transliterated Sanskrit mantra in the English language. For more information about his many works, see his website, http://www.sanskritmantra.com.

Mr. Ashley-Farrand regularly leads retreats at Kripalu in Mass. and Far Horizons in the Sierras and other locations. He also teaches workshops regularly in the US, Canada and London.

With experience in the broadcasting industry, he has been producer-director for a Washington, D.C., television station, taught broadcasting and communications courses as a full-time faculty member of George Washington University, and was vice president for a privately held television company in Washington, D.C. From 1982-99, he was a management and marketing consultant based in Southern California with clients in the health care and computer technology industries. His marketing and management experience included large scale efforts for the United States Army and a national foundation.

Mr. Ashley-Farrand earned a BA from Ripon College and an MA from Marquette University. He is married to Margalo Ashley-Farrand. They have resided near Portland, Oregon, since 2006.
Pancha Devata Puja -western vedic pundit

For the first time. A traditional puja (Hindu Worship Ceremony) is recorded as conducted by a Western Vedic Priest (Thomas Ashley-Farrand) … all » trained in the Eastern Rites since 1973.

Adi Da Samraj: EgoDeath and the Chaos of Experience: Parts 1 – 3


Adi Da Samraj Born on Long Island in 1939, Adi Da describes his early years as being focused in two fundamental activities: investigating how to realize truth, and developing the ability to communicate that truth through artistic means (both visual and literary).

Adi Da graduated from Columbia University in 1961 with a BA in philosophy, and from Stanford University in 1966 with an MA in English literature. His master’s thesis, a study of core issues in modernism, focused on Gertrude Stein and painters of the same period. In 1964, he began a period of practice under a succession of spiritual teachers in the United States and India that culminated six years later in the conclusion of his spiritual quest.

In the years since, Adi Da has created a large body of spiritual writings-over sixty published books-and is widely recognized as one of the most significant spiritual teachers living today.

Adi Da began his first serious work in the photographic medium in the early 1960s. During the mid-60s to mid-90s, he also produced a body of drawings, paintings, and sculptural forms. Between 1998 and early 2006, he concentrated on camera-based imagery (both photographic and videographic), creating a highly complex body of work that exceeds 60,000 still images (and also includes a great many hours of videographic image-work).

Adi Da Samraj in his studioHis work in the photographic medium evolved through black-and-white to color (and combinations of the two). He relates to his photographic images as “blueprints”, using them as the basis for making fabrications of many kinds. To date, these fabrications include photographic prints, pigmented ink on canvas, plasma screen installations, and multi-media screen-projected performance events-with additional forms of fabrication planned for the future. These fabricated works characteristically involve the grouping of multiple images in specific combinations and configurations.

Beginning in early 2006, Adi Da Samraj initiated a new phase in his artistic work by beginning to work entirely in the digital medium, and also by fabricating his digitally-based images principally as monumental pigmented-ink prints mounted on aluminum substructures. In some cases, this digital imagery incorporates photographic elements, while, in other cases, the imagery is generated entirely by digital means.

Adi Da Samraj states that his intention as an artist is to offer a visual communication of the truth of “reality itself”-by “allowing reality to manifest itself” in and as the “space” of his works of art.

Adi Da links the mind and ego in understanding and calls for the non-mythic seriousness in spiritual practice.

Adi Da Samraj: EgoDeath, the mind Is Narcissus

Adi Da Samraj continues to illuminate the separate self and the illusions of inwardness, mind, popular religious techniques, and the search for experience. “The truth is absolutely NOT within.”

Adi Da Samraj: EgoDeath3

Adi Da continues to criticize the “inner-consciousness”, the “I”, the inwardness of mind as the “way” of salvation. He leads listeners to accept, utterly accept their deepest fear instead of strategizing ways to avoid our primary fear.

The End of Your World – Straight Talk on the Nature of Enlightenment — by Adyashanti

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

Chapter titles include:

Exploring Life After Awakening
“I Got, I Lost It”
Coming Completely Out of Hiding
Common Delusions, Traps, and Points of Fixation
The Energetic Component of Awakening
Effort or Grace?
An Interview with Adyashanti
Adyashanti begins by describing the “I got it/I lost it” phenomenon that perplexes so many of his students — the fluctuation between what he calls “non-abiding” awakening and the ultimate state of “abiding” enlightenment. With straight talk and penetrating insight, Adyashanti then points out the pitfalls and cul-de-sacs that “un-enlighten” us along the journey, including: the trap of meaninglessness; how the ego can “co-opt” realization for its own purposes; the illusion of superiority that may accompany intense spiritual breakthroughs; and the danger of becoming “drunk on emptiness.”

“Full awakening comes when you sincerely look at yourself, deeper than you’ve imagined, and question everything,” teaches Adyashanti. The End of Your World is your invitation to join Adyashanti for an honest investigation of what you really are — and how to live once you discover it.

“What Is Enlightenment?” Adyashanti

Many people think that enlightenment is an altered state of consciousness. Actually, what we perceive every day through the distorted lens of ego is the truly altered state — we see things that don’t exist, we believe things that aren’t happening, and we live in a false world of our own creation. In this direct and practical satsang, Adyashanti opens the door into the clear seeing that is our natural state of enlightenment.

The End of Materialism: How Evidence of the Paranormal Is Bringing Science and Spirit – Charles T. Tart Ph.D.

Charles Tart devotes so much of this interesting and absorbing book to substantiating its title—that is, to arguing that materialism has had its day and is done for—that we think this foreword can best serve the reader by letting the book speak for itself and instead telling the reader what the author is for.

Tart wants to reinstate the dignity and freedom of the human mind, defending it against the view that our noblest thoughts are simply secretions of chemical and electrical events in our brain tissue, and that our notion that we have some freedom of choice is an illusion. He contends that body and mind interact: it’s a two-way street. Simply defined, materialism (also called reductionism) and scientism are the idea that everything will eventually be explainable in terms of electrical currents, chemical reactions, or yet-to-be-discovered physical laws—mind and spirit are mere epiphenomena.

Science begins when experience doesn’t jibe with what we know or think we know. From that, an explanatory theory is spun, with hypotheses that can be tested under controlled conditions. Materialism is a theory that has been enormously fertile in the physical sciences, but its success in that realm has caused theory to harden into the dogmatic belief in materialism that dominates much of our culture.

It’s not a theory that accounts for all of human experience, such as the healing influence of loving, caring relationships. It’s in such relationships that spontaneous psi events occur, but scientific tests for psi phenomena require laboratory controls, not simply personal narratives. Because skeptics insist that there must be some physical agent that has been overlooked in the experiments, Tart describes experiments in extensive detail. Readers can scrutinize them for anything that might’ve been overlooked.

Informed skeptics are taken seriously. When one suggested that the information in an experiment with telepathy or clairvoyance must’ve been transmitted by electromagnetic waves, for example, Tart’s colleagues consulted physicists, who assured them that electromagnetic waves do not penetrate to five hundred feet below the surface of the ocean. The experimental subjects descended five hundred feet in a sub to repeat the experiment! The data was the same.

Science is an open-ended inquiry, not an answer, and yet it’s in our nature to look for explanations. Materialism doesn’t have all the answers: some can be found in the great religious traditions. Although such traditions use various names, they all teach that “being,” “mind,” or “spirit” is larger than the human mind—something larger than can be subjected to the laboratory, but it can be considered, and Tart is refreshingly open about his reflections on the great spiritual teachings and his own spiritual practice.

Not surprisingly, I (Huston) am reminded of some of my students at MIT, because Tart, too, was a student at MIT, and is thoroughly grounded in science and technology. I learned that some students were experimenting with water dowsing, trying to see if they could trace the water pipes under the university bookstore by moving a dowsing rod over the floor, and also experimenting with psychokinesis. For the latter, they were floating buttered needles on water and attempting to influence the needles’ movement by mental concentration. For MIT students this was play, and they would’ve acknowledged cheerfully that their experiments weren’t flawlessly designed.

When I expressed surprise that students dedicated to hard-nosed science were amusing themselves in this way, one of them said, “Oh, I know science. I got my first chemistry set when I was five years old. I do science. I just want to know what else is out there.” They were like Aldous Huxley, who once commented to us that he was interested in the interstices between the pigeonholes of knowledge, those big questions for which we don’t have equations, much less theories. Anyone who is equally curious and open minded, and likes an intellectual challenge, will like this book.

The End of Materialism is the work of a complete human being sharing the breadth of his interests, speculations, and experiences as a scientist. There’s a lighthearted seriousness about the author that sustains him in a discipline that’s difficult because it’s controversial and consequently poorly funded. No one is burned at the stake for questioning conventional “truth,” but professional journals are wary of publishing research papers that imply the existence of psi phenomena or legitimatize it as a topic for scientific study. Yet Charles Tart is irrepressibly cheerful, sustained by his delight in finding out “what else is out there,” and he retains his capacity for love and laughter.
—Huston Smith and Kendra Smith

About the Author: Charles T. Tart, Ph.D., is a core faculty member of the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, CA. He is internationally known for his psychological work on the nature of consciousness, particularly on altered states of consciousness, and for his research in scientific parapsychology. He is one of the founders of the field of transpersonal psychology. Tart’s two classic books, Altered States of Consciousness and Transpersonal Psychologies, were instrumental in introducing these areas to modern psychology. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Questions on Consciousness with Charles T. Tart: Part 6 Transpersonal Psychology

Charles Tart discusses and defines Transpersonal Psychology. Charles Tart is the author of The End of Materialism and the president of 2010 ISSSEEM annual conference, Evidence-Based Spirituality for the 21st Century.

Exclusive Interview With Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh by Marianne Schnall

Thich Nhat Hanh (pronounced Tick-Naught-Han), is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, author, teacher and peace activist. His efforts to generate peace and reconciliation moved Martin Luther King, Jr. to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967 and to call him “an apostle of peace and nonviolence”.

Nhat Hanh currently lives in Plum Village, a Buddhist meditation practice center and monastery he founded in southern France, and travels regularly throughout North America and Europe to lecture and lead retreats on “the Art of Mindful Living.” The author of over 100 books including the best-selling books The Miracle of Mindfulness, Living Buddha, Living Christ, and Being Peace, he is currently working on a new book, tentatively titled Peace Is Every Breath: Daily Practices for Our Busy Lives, due out next year.

In his foreword to Thich Nhat Hanh’s book, “Peace is Every Step”, the Dalai Lama writes that Nhat Hanh “shows us how to use the benefits of mindfulness and concentration to transform and heal difficult psychological states. He shows us the connection between personal, inner peace and peace on Earth.”

In the following interview, Nhat Hanh shares valuable insights, advice and wisdom on how we can use our downtime to truly nourish ourselves (he says, “we humans have lost the wisdom of genuinely resting and relaxing”), how even a busy U.S. Congressman uses walking meditation to de-stress and clear his mind on the way to a floor vote, his concerns about the impact of technology on society and his belief in the power of meditation and mindfulness to produce a more peaceful world and self.

Marianne Schnall: What effects do you see on your own daily life regarding your relaxation and meditation practices?

Thich Nhat Hanh:The therapeutic power of meditation is very great, as modern scientific studies are now showing. The practices of mindful breathing, sitting meditation and walking meditation release tensions in the body and also in the mind. When we give ourselves the chance to let go of all our tension, the body’s natural capacity to heal itself can begin to work. Animals in the forest know this; when they get wounded, ill or overtired, they know what to do. They find a quiet place and lie down to rest. They don’t go chasing after food or other animals — they just rest. After some days of resting quietly, they are healed and they resume their activities.

We humans have lost the wisdom of genuinely resting and relaxing. We worry too much. We don’t allow our bodies to heal, and we don’t allow our minds and hearts to heal. Meditation can help us embrace our worries, our fear, our anger; and that is very healing. We let our own natural capacity of healing do the work.

Total relaxation is the secret to enjoying sitting meditation. I sit with my spine upright, but not rigid; and I relax all the muscles in my body. Breathing in, I bring my attention to one part of my body; breathing out, I smile with gratitude and love to that part of my body. For example, I breathe in and I bring my attention to my face. On my face there are about 300 muscles, and whenever I get worried, angry or sad, these 300 muscles harden, and anyone who looks at me can see that I’m tense. But if while breathing in I can be aware of my face, and breathing out I can smile to my face, then that tension immediately dissipates. It’s almost like a miracle. In just a few breaths we can feel peace, happiness, and relaxation on our face. Our face becomes light, fresh, like the kind of flower it was before. Every face is a flower.

After breathing three or four times with “breathing in I am aware of my face; breathing out I smile to my face,” then I can breathe in and bring my awareness to the muscles in my shoulders, because our shoulder muscles are often tense. As I breathe out, I relax and smile with my shoulders. Gradually we can move through the whole body, so after just a few minutes we can already normalize our body so it feels light and relaxed.

This is something everyone can do in the first minutes of sitting, and not only when we are in the meditation hall. Wherever we sit, we can sit beautifully, just like we are doing sitting meditation, and we will feel stability and freedom. Sitting down to eat or do paperwork, we sit upright and relaxed. Let us sit like the Buddha.

I know some members of Congress who practice walking meditation on Capitol Hill. One of them says that when he goes to the floor to vote, he always practices walking meditation, stopping his thinking completely. His office is very busy; every day he has to answer many questions, to deal with so many different things. So the only time during the day when he can really stop his thinking and get a rest is when he goes out to cast a vote. He focuses his mind entirely on his breathing and on his steps, not thinking at all, and he says it helps him a lot to survive the hectic life of a Congressman.

It’s very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worrying; it allows us to clear our minds, focus, and find creative solutions to problems. We will be more successful in all our endeavors if we can let go of the habit of running all the time, and take little pauses to relax and re-center ourselves. And we’ll also have a lot more joy in living.

MS: What do you think the effects are on people who feel they are having relaxing time using electronics, i.e. computer, TV, tweeting?
TNH:This reminds me of something I’ve noticed with people going on vacations. The purpose of a vacation is to have the time to rest. But many of us, even when we go on vacation, don’t know how to rest. We may even come back more tired than before we left. What’s that about?

Relaxation is essential for our physical, mental, emotional and relational well-being. Because it’s so important, I encourage our readers to check in with themselves before and after they engage in activities they do for fun and relaxation, and see whether or not they actually feel better or more relaxed after the activity than they did before. Then they can experiment with sitting meditation, walking meditation or total relaxation practices, and see how they feel after those.

MS: A lot of times when we feel we are relaxing, our mind is very busy. How can we become aware of this tendency and prevent our mind from taking over?

TNH: Awareness of the activities of our mind is key. Everything begins with our mind. In our Plum Village monasteries, when our minds are dispersed and we hear the sound of the temple bell, we stop our talking, stop our thinking and stop being dispersed. We come back to our breathing, to the here and now, and we get back in touch with what’s happening in our mind as well as our body. We become alive and real again, not robots running around mindlessly; and we know what to do and what not to do in that moment. For example, if we’re about to eat something unhealthy, the bell gives us another chance to pause and reconsider. If we’re busily thinking about how irritated we are at someone, we can stop, become aware of our emotions, look more deeply into the situation, and find a more productive way to deal with it.

MS: People often say they are too busy for relaxation time. What simple techniques would you offer to them?

TNH: We don’t have to schedule a trip to the monastery to enjoy the benefits of stopping for bells of mindfulness. We can use many “ordinary” events in our daily lives to call us back to ourselves and to the present moment. The ringing of the telephone, for example: many of my students pause to breathe in and out mindfully three times before they pick up the phone, in order to be fully present to themselves and to the person calling them. Or when we are driving, a red light can be a wonderful friend reminding us to stop, relax, let go of discouraging thought patterns and feel more space inside. Taking five minutes to play with children or animals, to walk outside and look at clouds or wildflowers, enjoying our breathing – we can already release a lot of tension, relax and refresh ourselves. Identify your own favorite bells of mindfulness, and let them remind you to enjoy being alive!

I actually have just written a short book, now in the editing stages, all about this very subject. The tentative title in English is Peace Is Every Breath: Daily Practices for Our Busy Lives and we expect it to be published in 2011.

MS: What is your concern for the children growing up being so tethered to electronics?

TNH: There are a number of scientific studies showing the negative effects of this.

I have seen that one of the biggest drawbacks to relying on electronics as a primary refuge – the place we go to be entertained, to feel “good” – is that we end up feeling not happier, but actually less happy. Electronics can be a constructive tool when used mindfully; but so often we use electronic media and games to distract ourselves from uncomfortable feelings like anxiety, depression, anger, loneliness, boredom, etc. We use media in an attempt to cover over the painful feelings inside us, to fill up the feeling of a void in our lives.

What happens when we habitually run away from what’s going on inside us and in our relationships, though, is that we end up becoming even more alienated and sad. A lot of TV shows, music and games out there can be quite toxic, watering seeds of craving, fear and violence in us. Yes, life and relationships can be challenging at times; but the more we habitually rely on electronics (just as with drugs, or mindless eating) to numb ourselves to what’s happening, the more our problems will persist and proliferate.

That’s not to say that we should sit around obsessing and ruminating over our problems, either. Meditation – sitting quietly, calming the activities of our body and mind, and enjoying feeling our aliveness as the breath moves in and out – is the most effective way to clear our mind and make a breakthrough in whatever places we’re feeling stuck.

MS: What do you think the effect would be on our society if a larger percentage of people would actually take time for meditation and/or relaxation?

TNH: It’s plain to see that there’s too much violence, poverty and suffering all around us; but we think we’re too small and powerless to make any difference in these things. Maybe there’s suffering right here in our own family; maybe a family member is in so much pain that one day he or she will end up in a desperate situation of drug addiction or violent crime. We tell ourselves we don’t know how to help that person, and we have our own busy lives to lead.

What is it we’re so busy with, exactly? For many of us, it’s working to pay for the fancy diploma, the new car, the bigger house, the exotic vacation. When we take time for relaxation and meditation, and turn off the constant drumbeat of advertising we’ve been inviting into our home, we find we actually need very little to be happy. We already have so many conditions for happiness that cost us nothing at all. Just take our eyes, for example. Our eyes are miraculous; they are like a pair of jewels. We only need to open them to see the blue sky, fluffy white clouds, beautiful flowers, the faces of our loved ones. Or our ears: anytime we like, we can take in the sounds of inspiring music, of bird songs, of a burbling stream, of the wind whistling through pine trees. These are wonders of life, accessible to us at any moment through our eyes and ears. Our body’s still healthy, our legs are healthy, and these are wonders in our very own body.

Can we find fulfillment in these costless joys and live more simply, so we have time to listen deeply to those close to us or write a letter to our Senator? When we wake up, when we become more aware of what’s going on, and see what we really need to do (and not do), this easily can bring major changes to our personal lives and also to our entire society. In fact, I don’t know what else can.

When people’s bodies and minds are relaxed, they are much less likely to speak or act in violent ways. We also can access many insights and a wellspring of energy we haven’t had since childhood. Women and men throughout history have accomplished seemingly impossible things. The truth is, there’s no limit to the positive changes we can make for ourselves and for our society through mindfulness meditation. We just need to begin, where we are, right here, right now.

MS: How can we balance being engaged with the world while nurturing our inner life?

TNH: We must be willing to challenge the assumption that time spent in relaxation and meditation takes away from our realizing other goals, such as a successful career or successful relationships. My own experience and that of my students has been that, as paradoxical as it may seem, when we take time for meditation we actually gain in the other areas of our lives.

For example, in our work life: one really innovative idea can make a huge difference to our bottom line, whether we’re selling vacuum cleaners, writing legal briefs, or reducing sick days or other losses of resources. In relationships, both at work and at home, having a relaxed, spacious, alert presence allows us to refrain from saying the fiery words that first pop up in our minds when we get angry.

Relationships are like a forest: it takes a long time to build up precious trust, but one really thoughtless act or remark can be like a lighted match that destroys everything. Those of us who practice have seen very clearly that meditation and relaxation are the most effective ways of promoting creative, innovative thinking, intelligent choices, success and satisfaction in all areas of our lives.

Marianne Schnall is a writer and the founder, editor and executive director of the non-profit organization Feminist.com; she is also co-founder of EcoMall.com, a 15-year-old website promoting sustainable living. Her writings have appeared at online sites such as the Women’s Media Center, The Huffington Post, Alternet and Common Dreams. She was a contributor to Robin Morgan’s anthology Sisterhood is Forever: The Women’s Anthology for a New Millennium, co-writing (with Amy Richards) the chapter titled “Cyberfeminism: Networking on the Net.”

Schnall’s interviews with well-known individuals about the charitable and activist causes and organizations with which they are affiliated appear at Feminist.com as well as in publications such as O, The Oprah Magazine, Glamour, Body + Soul, In Style (for which she wrote the “Cause Celeb” column for many years), and at Entertainment Weekly’s web site, EW.com.

Through her writings, interviews and websites, she strives to raise awareness and inspire activism around important issues and causes.


What is emptiness? What is non-self? Thich Nhat Hanh explains the meaning of this word in this classic dhamma talk (about 20 years ago).

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