DREAMING THE SOUL BACK HOME Shamanic Dreaming for Healing and Becoming Whole ~ Robert Moss

In this extraordinary book, shamanic dream teacher Robert Moss shows us how to become shamans of our own souls and healers of our own lives.

The greatest contribution of the ancient shamans to modern healing is the understanding that in the course of any life we are liable to suffer soul loss — the loss of parts of our vital energy and identity — and that in order to be whole and well, we must find the means of soul recovery. Moss teaches us that our dreams give us maps we can use to travel to the places where we can find and bring home our lost or stolen soul parts. He shows us how to recover our animal spirits and ride the windhorse of spirit to places of healing and adventure in the larger reality. We discover how we can heal ancestral wounds and open the way for cultural soul recovery.

You’ll learn how to enter past lives, future lives, and the life experiences of parallel selves and how to bring back lessons and gifts. “It’s not just about keeping soul in the body,” Moss writes. “It’s about growing soul, becoming more than we ever were before, embodying more of the Greater Self.” With fierce joy, he incites us to take the creator’s leap and bring something new into our world.

Robert Moss: The Secret History of Dreaming

Bestselling author and active dreaming pioneer Robert Moss spoke at East West about the inner dimension to how things happen. Throughout history, dreams, coincidence and imagination have driven great lives and events in every field: war, healing, science and religion. Moss explains why -as shamans, scholars and detectives- we must uncover the hidden archeology of dreams to best fathom the past and prepare for coming world changes.

Robert Moss: The Secret History of Dreaming II

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Shared Death Experiences: An Analysis of the Characteristics and Implications – Raymond Moody, M.D., Ph.D. (updated May 13, 2012)

Raymond Moody is

Best-Selling Author of twelve books including Life After Life—which has sold over 13 million copies world wide—and Reunions, as well as numerous articles in academic and professional literature. Dr. Moody continues to capture enormous public interest and generate controversy with his ground-breaking work on the near-death experience and what happens when we die.

Award-Winning Author. Dr. Moody received the World Humanitarian Award in Denmark in 1988. He was also honored with a bronze medal in the Human Relations category at the New York Film Festival for the movie version of Life After Life.

World-Renowned Scholar and Researcher. Dr. Moody is the leading authority on the ‘near-death experience’—a phrase he coined in the late seventies. Dr. Moody’s research into the phenomenon of near-death experience had its start in the 1960’s. The New York Times calls him “the father of the near-death experience.”

M.D. from the Medical College of Georgia, 1976
Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Virginia, 1969
M.A. in philosophy from the University of Virginia, 1967
B.A. with Honors in philosophy from the University of Virginia, 1966

Raymond Moody, MD, PhD, who described what he calls “shared death experiences.” This closely related phenomenon to NDEs involves bystanders at someone else’s NDE who report similar experiences to that of the patient. Moody then discussed the implications of the study for understanding the dying process.

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Here is another clip featuring Dr. Raymond Moody and his co-author Paul Perry as they discuss shared death experiences, the subject of their latest book, GLIMPSES OF ETERNITY.

Dr. Raymond Moody Interview with Paul Perry

The Quest for the Historical Jesus By Richard Hooper, M.DIV.

The Problem of the Historical Jesus

When I entered seminary as a young man back in the 1960s, neither I nor my classmates would have ever thought to ask a question like,

“Who was the historical Jesus?”

We had been brought up in the Church to believe that the Gospels of the New Testament made it very clear who Jesus was:He was the Messiah and the Son of God.But my classmates and I were soon to discover that those two articles of faith were just that – faith, not history.

What we, as young college graduates, didn’t know yet was what New Testament scholars did know:

that there was a world of difference between the Jesus of history and the Christ of faith.

Not long after the “age of enlightenment” dawned, and questioning the historical validity of the Bible was no longer a crime punishable by death, scholars began asking hard questions about the “history” of Jesus as reported by the four canonical Gospels.

In searching for the Historical Jesus, there are important questions:

Why, for instance, does the Jesus of Matthew’s Gospel seem different from the Jesus of John’s Gospel?

Why is the length of Jesus’ ministry just one year in the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, but three years in The Gospel of John?

Why does Jesus’ demonstration in the Temple at Jerusalem take place during the last week of Jesus’ life in Matthew, Mark and Luke, while it happens toward the beginning of Jesus’ ministry in John’s Gospel?

Why does Matthew’s story about Jesus’ birth—and his genealogy—contradict the birth story and genealogy in Luke’s Gospel? And,

Why are there no nativity stories, and no genealogies at all in either The Gospel of Mark or The Gospel of John?

                                 The First Quest for the Historical Jesus

New Testament Scholars Ask Questions

The questions in the article, The Quest for the Historical Jesus, are the kinds of simple questions New Testament scholars started asking themselves and each other during the nineteenth century. They realized that if one reads the Gospels objectively, without religious bias, it is more than a little

           evident that the four Gospels contradict each other again and again.

They realized that unless one is committed to Biblical literalism, one has no choice but to conclude that all of the stories about Jesus in the Gospels can’t be true, if for no other reason than the fact that they are contradictory.

Giants in the field of New Testament Scholarship for the Historical Jesus

Two of the giants in the field of New Testament scholarship during the nineteenth century were David Friedrich Strauss and Albert Schweitzer.Schweitzer, building on the scholarship done before him, published his seminal book, The Quest of the Historical Jesus, in 1906.

His ultimate conclusion was that the historical person of Jesus was buried under so many layers of Christian myth, that he could never be recovered.

Schweitzer was so disheartened by his own conclusions that he gave up his career as a scholar and became a medical missionary, for which he was well known.

Schweitzer also concluded that Jesus was an apocalyptic preacher who believed that the end of the world was at hand.Part of Schweitzer’s depression was probably based on his belief that Jesus was simply wrong about the end times.

                                           Was Jesus an Apocalyptic Preacher?

More than a century later, there is still debate on this issue among scholars. However, more than half of today’s scholars now believe that Jesus did not believe in a coming apocalypse.

The emphasis on eschatological preaching in the Gospels, these scholars suggest, was not the result of Jesus’ preaching, but later Christian belief.My own belief is that apocalyptic thinking entered Christianity through the apostle, Paul, and also through followers of John the Baptist, who entered the Jesus movement sometime after the Baptist was killed.

The argument for rejecting Jesus as an apocalyptic preacher

Perhaps the strongest argument for rejecting Jesus as an apocalyptic preacher is the lack of evidence for this belief in the earliest source Gospels, which were collections of Jesus’ teachings and rendered into written form around 50 C.E.These sources include parts of:

A “world bible” for all those interested in the teachings of mystics of all ages and religions.

*The Gospel of Thomas, and
*The Gospel that scholars originally called “Q”, now more commonly referred to as the
Synoptic Sayings Source.

Both of the Gospels are “source” Gospels.This means that they are collections of Jesus’ teachings, not narratives like the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.They tell us nothing about the life or ministry of Jesus; they tell us only what Jesus’ disciples believed about Jesus and what the most important teachings were.

No evidence to support apocalypticism

I discuss both of these source Gospels elsewhere, but here I simply want to mention that neither Thomas, nor the first “layer” (the original collection before it was added to) of Q, or Q1, show any evidence that the earliest followers of Jesus (or Jesus himself) believed that the world was about to end.This is especially significant because apocalypticism was a common belief of the times.

The Historical Jesus and eschatological thinking

Unfortunately, the eschatological thinking that entered Christianity at some point completely twisted Jesus’ teachings about the of God

The historical Jesus believed that the Kingdom was not something coming at the end of time, but was already present—within us and all around us.

But only people with spiritual eyes to see and ears to hear would be able to recognize its presence.This is a mystical understanding which Christianity completely overturned.

So ended the “first quest for the historical Jesus,” and it ended in failure.

Most New Testament scholars during the early part of the twentieth simply gave up looking for the man from.But the story was far from over.

The Second Quest for the Historical Jesus

A new generation of scholars developed new research tool.

As happens regularly in most academic fields of study, a new generation of scholars comes along and questions the conclusions of its predecessors.They take the same basic evidence, but look at it in another way.Such was and is the case with Jesus scholars.After the first quest ended, a new generation of scholars developed new tools for doing research.As a consequence, they had entirely new insights.But this quest also ended in failure, and came to a close during the 1950s.

Conventional wisdom about finding the historical Jesus

When I entered seminary during the 60s, conventional wisdom among scholars and “liberal” seminary professors was that we should forget about finding the historical Jesus and just accept the Christ of faith; that is, Jesus as the mythical savior of the world which two thousand years of Christianity had affirmed.

The “second” quest for the historical Jesus, led by Rudolf Bultmann

The leading scholar of the “second” quest was Rudolf Bultmann, a German (as most leading scholars had been for the past century) and a Lutheran like myself.But that made no difference to me, and I rejected many of Bultmann’s conclusions. It especially rankled me that Bultmann was so arrogant in his certainty that Jesus the man could not be found.

Even though I accepted most of the conclusions of New Testament scholarship, I believed that the historical Jesus was still recognizable in the Gospels, and that Bultmann was wrong.

As it turned out, a “third” quest proved me correct.

                                    The Third Quest for the Historical Jesus

Another generation of scholars during the late 1970’s and 80’s

During the late 1970’s and 80s, yet another generation of scholars arrived on the scene and began to search for Jesus all over again.They brought many significant changes with them.

Not only had they devised more sophisticated research tools but, for the first time, German scholars no longer controlled this academic field, as they had for most of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

But that was not the only significant change: women were now seminary professors and scholars, and their approach to the evidence was altogether different..

Women’s approaches to the historical Jesus quest

The practical effects of those falling dominoes can readily be seen in the seminal work done by women like Elaine Pagels of Princeton and Karen King of Harvard.Their numerous books on Gnostic Gospels such as The Gospel of Mary (Magdalene), and Gnostic-Christianity in general, have helped to change how many male scholars now view the origins of Christianity.

                                                     A new mix of information –

new archaeological evidence,
research being done on formerly “lost” Gospels, and
a far greater grasp and understanding of the history of Judeo-Palestine during the first century, C.E.

These opened new areas for scholars to search for the historical Jesus.If some scholars today have given up looking for the historical Jesus, it is only because they believe they have, at last, found him!

Moreover, groups of scholars such as the Jesus Seminar have spent decades examining virtually every word attributed to Jesus, and feel that they have been successful in separating the authentic words of the historical Jesus from later Christian words put into his mouth by the authors of the canonical Gospels.

So the question remains, who was the historical Jesus, and how did he differ from the Christ of Christian faith?

What every believer and nonbeliever should know about the historical Jesus and the true origins of Christian faith.

                                             Who Was the Historical Jesus?

Differing theories about who the historical Jesus was

For all of the scholarship over the past three centuries, no one is ever going to answer this question definitively.Many scholars agree about many things, but there are still many issues that are hotly debated.And it is also only fair to admit that there is no single answer to this question.

Certainly, not all scholars agree about who the historical Jesus was.There may be wide agreement in several areas, while other theories and hypotheses are still being hotly debated.And as the public often points out, scholars are sometimes wrong, and often change their minds. We might say, then, that the jury is still out.Still there is more agreement on more issues than ever before.

I remain convinced that the historical Jesus was not unlike the Jesus I first met as a child.

Whatever else he was—healer, exorcist, wisdom teacher (three attributes most scholars agree on)—I have to agree with Dr. Marcus Borg’s conclusions about Jesus.Borg is a professor of religion at Oregon State University, and has written many books on the historical Jesus.

Borg argues that:

Jesus’ wisdom came from a profound inner understanding of the way the universe works, he experienced ultimate reality directly,and that he lived his life accordingly.

The “authority” others saw in Jesus when he spoke came from a place of inner knowing, not from religious doctrine, or from intellectual reasoning.

Plainly, Jesus was a mystic and a holy man.He was filled with spirit and wisdom, and his charisma drew others to him.

                                                    Jesus as an enlightened being

I like to believe that Jesus was an enlightened being like the Buddha.I also think of him as an avatar—or incarnation of God, like Krishna—at least in the metaphorical sense.And Jesus certainly lived his life in harmony with the Tao, like Lao Tzu.

But Jesus had another quality that—as a mystic—set him apart from every other mystic in history: he was a social and religious reformer.

He stood up to hypocrisy among his religious peers, and was not afraid to challenge the religious establishment of the day.

His demonstration in the Temple against the priest-cult practice of sacrificing animals to God angered the high priest, Caiaphas, so much that he convinced the Romans that Jesus was an insurrectionist and should be crucified.

For his honesty, for his outspokenness, for his humanity, the historical Jesus paid the ultimate price. It is easy to see why early Christians thought of Jesus as more than just a man.

Jesus, Krishna, Buddha And Lao Tzu: The Parallel Sayings by Richard J. Hooper

Review By – Claudia Abbott–Science of Mind Magazine—The United Church of Religious Science

~“Is it possible that the great teachers of major world religions present slightly different paths to the same destination?

~Does the wisdom of these teachings resonate at such a deep, personal level of recognition because they reveal the truth that has always been inside each individual’s consciousness?

“Too often, religions have been used to separate humanity, Richard Hooper thrives to find the common ground of connection in his comparative study of the teachings of four of the world’s great religions.Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, Lao Tzu: The Parallel Sayings explores thirteen subject areas that range from “The Great Way” to “Death and Immortality.”

Each chapter has a thought-provoking introduction by the author, who asks the reader to probe the topics with an open mind and heart to embrace the wisdom that transcends the limits of dogma and examines the building blocks of world spirituality.

The Parallel Sayings are presented in four columns across two facing pages. These gems capture the perspective of each spiritual tradition and reveal the universality of wisdom. The beauty of Hooper’s work is that his comparisons do not attempt to make any tradition right or wrong. He simply finds the common ground. In doing so, he moves his reader to higher ground, a little closer to enlightenment.

The book is illustrated with black and white photographs that utilize the magnificence of nature, religious sculptures, symbols, and art to capture the beauty and elegance of man’s attempts to express a love of the divine. A delight to give or receive, this book might be a great addition to one’s coffee table collection, with the potential to spark thoughtful discussion and compassionate insight.

C O N T E N T S
Introduction
1
The Great Way
27
God, Tao and Universal Mind
43
Being One
Mind Meditation and Yoga
55
The Self
69
The Sacred Syllable
In the Presence of the Avatar
79
Cutting the Ti es that Bind
The Path of Renunciation
87
Wisdom And Knowledge
103
Love and Compassion
113
Hypocrisy
123
Suffering
133
Karma and Reincarnation
141
Death and Immortality
151
Enlightenment and Liberation
163
Final words and Sources
Including: Did Jesus Travel to Tibet?

RICHARD HOOPER, M.DIV.
General background and education

Richard Hooper is a former Lutheran pastor who received his Bachelor’s degree in religion and philosophy from San Francisco State University in 1966, and his Master of Divinity from Berkeley’s Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in 1970. He was subsequently ordained by The American Lutheran Church (ALC) in 1972.

Under the auspices and funding of the American Mission’s division of the ALC, Rev. Hooper founded a multi-dimensional ministry to the “counter culture” on the Monterey Peninsula of California, where he was affectionately (and sometimes not so affectionately) known as “the hippie priest of Monterey.”
Reverend Hooper’s mission for the Lutheran Church

Richard’s main ministry was his half-way house, Mission: Possible, which provided sanctuary for hundreds of young people with a variety of problems and needs.

During this decade, Richard also produced more than five hundred radio broadcasts, interviewing such notable personalities as Ram Dass, Timothy Leary, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, Richard Bach and Dr. Stanislov Groff.

BORN KNOWING A Medium’s Journey – Accepting and Embracing My Spiritual Gifts

Given the phenomenal change in attitudes about life after death, public interest in the Other Side is ever-increasing. Born Knowing will show you that even after the loss of a loved one, you’re never truly alone.
Born in the tough suburbs of Boston, John coped with a difficult childhood, where he was ridiculed by his family and society, leaving him feeling isolated because of his psychic abilities. He refused to acknowledge his gift until a near-fatal automobile accident amplified his abilities to the point where he had to learn how to control what was
once pushed away.

Drawn by the history and knowledge of spiritualism in England, John takes you on a two-year journey through Britain. He tells the story of his training by some of the top mediums in the British spiritualist organizations, which he humorously refers to as “Spirit Boot Camp,” and how he gained acceptance and respect within this tightly knit, often-conservative spiritual community.

Born Knowing takes out the “psychic babble” by validating and dispelling
some of the mystery and myths regarding mediumship. Throughout the book, John presents real-life case studies, where he discusses his readings with clients, the effect on their lives, and the sense of closure
people feel, knowing that their loved ones who have passed on are still
with them.

The book will also help you discover your own psychic and intuitive
abilities, recognize signals from the Other Side, and make spiritual
connections for yourself.
John Holland on A&E Biography 1 of 2

John Holland on A&E Biography Mediums: We See Dead People.( 1 of 2 ) Courtesy of FriendsCommunities.org.

John Holland on A&E Biography 2 of 2

Questions about Judgment & Anger

In this Interview Robert & Diane answer questions about judgment and anger.

The questions addressed in this video are:
1) How do we make wise, life giving use out of our judgment?

2) What is the distinction between anger & aggression?

3) What is the distinction between healthy judgment & condemnation?

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