The Path of Synchronicity: Align Yourself With Your Life’s Flow by Allan Hunter (updated May 1, 2012)

A combination of Jungian study, literary analysis, and therapy, this guide offers a powerful vision for capitalizing on synchronicity to instill peace in the self and the world. Synchronous moments are more than pure chance, coincidence, and dumb luck; this book shows that by recognizing them as a connection to a much larger, older pattern, readers can use the myths of culture and 1,000-year-old civilizations to guide themselves out of suffering and into tranquility. Starting with a new explanation of synchronicity and then offering practical instructions and exercises to tap into this collective wisdom, the book helps readers identify the mythic patterns that guide humanity, allowing them to face inner monsters without fear, convert them into love and compassion, and relax as part of a universal harmony.

Allan G. Hunter: The Path of Synchronicity.

What is synchronicity? How can you get it to work for you? What does it take? If you want to know how to align yourself with the flow of energy of the universe, then you’ll need this book….

Synchronicities – Dr Allan Hunter

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THE FUTURE IS NOW: Timely Advice for Creating a Better World by His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa

The Future Is Now contains 108 pithy sayings by this remarkable Buddhist teacher, combined with striking contemporary photographs. This is His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa’s first book for a popular audience. Each pairing of text and image offers timely advice, densely packed with layers of meaning.

In The Future Is Now, the 17th Karmapa addresses the pressing issues of our day: religious tolerance, environmental protection, and world peace. His practical advice is infused with a uniquely Buddhist perspective, as when he calls on us to check our motivation, to trust our own intelligence, or to realize everyday fallacies. Throughout, the 17th Karmapa provides fresh insights in everyday language—as in his parting words:

EVERYDAY FALLACIES

Fame and fortune are but rainbows in the sky.
Loved ones—friends and family—are mere etchings on water.
The business of living life is simply last night’s dream.
All creation is just a flash of lightning in the dark.

PROTECT THE HUMAN RACE

We are capable of having a huge impact on the world. The only way for us to protect our species—and the planet—from our own destructive power is to do everything possible to maintain peace and stability among ourselves. Therefore, it is worthwhile for all of us to study and lovingly preserve all the religions, traditions, and systems that promote peace and unity for humankind.

The Future Is Now is for anyone concerned with the state of the planet and human society—meditator or not. It is the perfect gift for friends and family yet to be exposed to the dharma and a treasury of practical advice for both new and old-time practitioners.

INVESTIGATION

Investigate the situation properly before taking action, whether in public or in private matters. Consider the long-term implications of your deeds. What is the best way to achieve your aims? What problems might arise and how can you avoid or overcome them? In the face of an insurmountable obstacle, what alternatives exist? The more you tap into your own and other people’s experience, the deeper into these questions you can go.

His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa is the head of the Karma Kagyu branch of Tibetan Buddhism and the seventeenth in the Karmapa line of reincarnate lamas dating to the eleventh century. His Holiness dazzled audiences during his first tour of America in 2008 and promises to be a dynamic and compelling teacher as were his predecessors before him.

His Holiness the Karmapa: The technology of the heart

His Holiness the Karmapa talks about how he was discovered to be the reincarnation of a revered figure in Tibetan Buddhism. In telling his story, he urges us to work on not just technology and design, but the technology and design of the heart. He is translated onstage by Tyler Dewar.

Professor Chris Frith –‘What is Consciousness For?’


A great deal of our behaviour occurs without our being aware of what we are doing or of the stimuli that elicit this behaviour. Why then do we have a vivid sense of having conscious control of our actions even though this is an illusion? What does consciousness add to our abilities? First, our sense of being in control of our actions is intimately related to the feeling of being responsible for our actions.

Second, our experience of having chosen between different options enables us to explain and justify our behaviour to others. So what is the function of consciousness? My conclusion is that conscious representations are necessary for us to experience ourselves as agents and to recognise agency in others. Furthermore, consciousness is a critical component of our ability to share experiences with each other and create a cooperative society in which the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Consciousness is not a private world which can never be accessed by others. Rather it enables us to create a shared world.

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