Archive for July, 2012


“In Conversation with the Mystic” is an exclusive series, exploring topics that are vital to the world we live in. Questioning existing models and bringing about real solutions are what form the essence of these interactive episodes in which the foremost leaders across various fields bring their expertise to the table. Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev shows the path with his unparalleled clarity and vision, bringing with him the experience of heading an international volunteer-run organization.

This event’s guest speaker is K. V. Kamath, Chairman of Infosys Limited, the second-largest IT services company in India, and non-executive chairman of ICICI Bank, India’s largest private bank. Sadhguru and Mr. Kamath explored topics ranging from inspiration in the workplace, to corruption, to revolutionizing education today.

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Peter Russell gives a compelling presentation shedding new light on consciousness and reality.

Peter Russell explores the reasons why consciousness may be the fundamental essence of the Universe.

Many have made such claims from metaphysical perspectives, but the possibility has always been ignored by the scientific community. In this talk, he discusses the problems the materialist scientific worldview has with consciousness and proposes an alternative worldview which, rather than contradicting science, makes new sense of much of modern physics. He presents a reasoned argument that shows how they are pointing towards the one thing science has always avoided considering—the primary nature of consciousness.

Outline

* What is consciousness?
* How could consciousness arise from matter?
* Paradigm shifts in science.
* The materialist metaparadigm.
* A new metaparadigm
* Consciousness is in everything.
* Everything is in consciousness.
* Matter is a mental construct.
* Relativity and light’s point of view.
* Light lies beyond space, time and matter.
* Photons and the quantum of action.
* Parallels between light and consciousness.
* Consciousness as the fundamental reality.
* The mystical experience of consciousness.
* Who am I? What is the self?
* The meeting of science and spirit.

“A human being is part of the whole called by us ‘universe,’ a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and our feelings as something separate from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” –Albert Einstein

“Oneness” or “Unity Consciousness” is a concept that is finally getting wider scientific interest and acceptance. For millennia, “Oneness” has been a core truth of most indigenous peoples and spiritual mystics of the world. The basic principle is that the “whole of life” or existence, is fundamentally unified, connected and cannot be more fully understood by dissecting it into smaller and smaller parts.

Science, in its attempt to define “what the universe is made of,” has since Einstein’s time moved from atomic theory to particle theory to quantum theory — where reality is no longer seen to be made up of atoms or molecules bumping into each other, but of waves of potential that are all interconnected and part of each other. In recent years, quantum physics has laid the groundwork in the on-going attempt to identify a “unified field theory,” which would describe “ultimate reality,” where all life forces, all existence, can be understood within a single, unified framework.

To shed light on this concept of Oneness from both the scientific and mystical perspectives, we thought it could be most insightful to bring a spiritual mystic together with a quantum physicist, to see just how their understandings of the universe may be related or similar, and where they depart.

We chose an Indian physicist, Dr. Ravi Ravindra, emeritus professor of physics from Dalhousie University and a close friend and disciple of the great Indian teacher/sage Krishnamurti, and a British sufi mystic, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, to explore, discuss and explain the inter-connectedness of life.

To our delight, the personal and philosophical chemistry between Dr. Ravindra and Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee was palpably strong.

The two were so excited exploring their component parts and commonalities, that they at times seemed to almost complete each other’s thoughts from each other’s tradition:

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee: “Love is the greatest force in creation. It is the power that takes us out of this world that appears to be separate. Of course it isn’t separate because everything is both interconnected and also an expression of Divine oneness. But one of the great human veils is that we think we are separate. You think you are separate from me, you think you are separate from the chair you are sitting in, in fact, particle physics might say that that is an illusion.”

Dr. Ravi Ravindra: “You know, this is actually very interesting because one force is a force which is ‘centrifugal’ that takes us away from the center, which is selfishness. But there is this other force, of love, which is ‘centripetal’ — it really takes us toward the center, because it connects. Selfishness isolates us, love connects us.”

To deepen the conversation, we added three short film segments to the program, (provided by the Global Oneness Project). The film segments extend this discussion of “Oneness” to include perspectives from members of three other spiritual traditions: a Christian archbishop from Ecuador, a Tibetan Buddhist,(who also happens to be the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa), and Bob Randall, an Australian Aboriginal elder.

Aboriginal Elder Bob Randall (credit: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee)

In the attached video segment compilation, our host Phil Cousineau walks a labyrinth, then leads a short exchange between our program guests before introducing Mr. Randall, the aboriginal caretaker of the sacred Uluru mound (Ayer’s Rock). Mr. Randall offers an all-encompassing native perspective, taking our studio guests and our viewers on a memorable journey into an aboriginal view of nature, oneness and the sacred.

This video sequence is from the Global Spirit program: The Journey Towards Oneness, now showing on many public TV stations (check local broadcast schedules at http://www.GlobalSpirit.tv).
Journey towards oneness


GLOBAL SPIRIT is a unique inquiry into humankind’s belief systems, wisdom traditions, and states of consciousness. Presented by British actor-comedian John Cleese and hosted by author and spiritual seeker Phil Cousineau, this new critically acclaimed series takes viewers on a mind and soul-expanding journey, exploring the relationships between ancient wisdom traditions, diverse belief systems, world religions, metaphysics and modern science.

In these pages, beloved mythologist Joseph Campbell explores the Space Age. He posits that the newly discovered laws of outer space are actually within us as well, and that a new mythology is implicit in that realization. But what is this new mythology? How can we recognize it? Campbell explores these questions in the concluding essay, “The Way of Art,” in which he demonstrates that metaphor is the language of art and argues that within the psyches of today’s artists are the seeds of tomorrow’s mythologies.

Campbell writes in his introduction: “My desire and great pleasure in the preparation of this little volume has been as rendering a return gift to the Graces for the transforming insights of these recent years, which…we have been testing out in a broadly shared spiritual adventure.”
Joseph Campbell

Perhaps most responsible for bringing mythology to a mass audience, Joseph Campbell’s works rank among the classics in mythology and literature: Hero with a Thousand Faces, the four-volume The Masks of God, The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers, and many others. Among his many awards, Campbell received the National Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Contribution to Creative Literature and the 1985 Medal of Honor for Literature from the National Arts Club. A past president of the American Society for the Study of Religion, Campbell was professor emeritus at Sarah Lawrence College in New York until his retirement in 1972 at which time he devoted himself to his writing. He died after a short struggle with cancer in 1987.

Joseph Campbell–Myth As the Mirror for the Ego

Myth lets you know where you are across the ages of life–at 40 or at 80…

This video is a brief excerpt from interviews filmed with Joseph Campbell shortly before his death in 1987, previously unreleased by the Joseph Campbell Foundation

Joseph Campbell -To find your own way is to follow your bless.

A Gift from Joseph Campbell and Me. Enjoy!
Collage by shara Banisadr- Music yo-yo Ma

There is a hidden meaning, a hidden beauty, in life’s most ordinary moments. It is the beauty of the human heart revealed, where what we have in common is greater than what keeps us apart. If we can learn to see the beauty in these moments, whether they are in the light or in the shadow, we become witnesses to the spiritual, testimonies to the sacred. We become true artists of the ordinary, and our life becomes a masterpiece, painted in the colors of the heart.

A chance encounter with a boy on a bicycle, a young girl’s graduation from eighth grade — these and other small moments are the subjects of this beautifully written collection. In elegant prose, Kent Nerburn uncovers the wonder hidden just beneath the surface of everyday life, offering poignant glimpses into the grace of ordinary days.

Whether he’s describing a kite’s dance on the winds above the high New Mexico desert, a funeral on an isolated Indian reservation, or a dinnertime conversation with family and friends, Kent Nerburn is among a handful of writers capable of moving so gently over such deep waters. Ordinary Sacred reveals the hidden beauty waiting to be discovered in each and every life.

Kent Nerburn is an author, sculptor, and educator who has been deeply involved in Native American issues and education. He developed and directed an award-winning oral history project on the Red Lake Ojibwe reservation in northern Minnesota. In addition to being a program evaluator for the Minnesota Humanities Commission and serving on their selection board, he has served as a consultant in curriculum development for the American Indian Institute in Norman, Oklahoma, and has been a presenter before various groups, including the National Indian Education Association and the President’s blue-ribbon panel on Indian Education.

Nerburn has edited three highly acclaimed books on Native American subjects: Native American Wisdom, The Wisdom of the Native Americans, and The Soul of an Indian. Nerburn is also the author of Letters to My Son; Neither Wolf Nor Dog, winner of the Minnesota Book Award for 1995; The Wolf at Twilight; Simple Truths: Clear and Gentle Guidance on the Big Issues of Life; Small Graces: The Quiet Gifts of Everyday Life; and Ordinary Sacred: The Simple Beauty of Everyday Life.

Kent Nerburn holds a PhD in both Theology and Art and lives with his family in northern Minnesota.

Ordinary Sacred – Stories from Kent Nerburn

Kent Nerburn talks about his life and his latest book, Ordinary Sacred. This little gem of a book is full of intensely personal recollections that poignantly reveal truths we can all resonate with. With his artist’s eye Kent offers these shining moments of revelation to us, and we come away so enriched.
Listen to the entire interview at http://www.ncreview.com/interviews/ordinary-sacred-with-kent-nerburn

A Talk with Kent Nerburn, author of Ordinary Sacred
By Kent Nerburn

Can you tell us a little about your background?


I was born and raised near Minneapolis. Perhaps the most formative experience of my childhood was going out with my father, who worked for the Red Cross, when he went to help victims of fires and floods who had lost their homes, their possessions, and, sometimes, their families. He would get the same calls as the fire department, and we would often arrive simultaneously, often in the deepest night, and confront the same tragedies the police and firemen confronted, only our responsibility was to provide aid and comfort. These experiences gave me a profound understanding of human suffering and hope, and left me with an indelible belief in a life of service. They also taught me how fragile our good fortune is, and how lucky and blessed I have been to live the life I’ve lived.

After high school I went to the University of Minnesota in American Studies, then to Stanford University in Religious Studies and Humanities, then to Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, where I received a Ph.D. in conjunction with the University of California at Berkeley. My doctorate was in Religious Studies and Art. For many years I devoted my life to creating over-life sized sculptures from tree trunks. My heroes and mentors were Michelangelo, Donatello, and Rodin.



After returning to Minnesota, I moved north to the pine and lake country near the Canadian border, where my wife and I got married and have lived ever since. For several years I worked on the Red Lake Ojibwe reservation helping students collect the memories of the tribal elders. This changed my life and introduced me to the native spiritual traditions that have become so central to the message in my writings.

I switched to writing from sculpture about 15 years ago when I realized that I could reach more people as a writer and that I had skills in that area. 

My work has been a constant search, from various perspectives, for an authentic American spirituality, integrating our western Judeo-Christian tradition with the other traditions of the world, and especially the indigenous spirituality of the people who first inhabited this continent. Someone once called me a “guerilla theologian,” and I think that is fairly accurate. I am deeply concerned with the human condition and our responsibility to the earth, the people on it, and the generations to come. I believe that we are, at heart, spiritual beings seeking spiritual meaning, and I try to honor this search wherever I discover it in the course of my daily life.
My wife and I live on a beautiful lake in northern Minnesota, where on good days we can listen to the whispering of the birches and the cries of the loons on the lake, and on bad days we huddle against -40 degree temperatures and winds swirling like banshees outside our window. We are down from four kids, two cats, and a dog, to just a single dog – Lucie, a sweet golden lab cross. The two cats, sadly went to their feline rewards, and the kids are spread out over the highways and byways of America.

Your writing seems very poetic in style. Is this something you do consciously, or is this just the way the words flow out?



I take the music of language very seriously. Like a heartbeat, it exists right below consciousness, but it animates and infuses your language with life. As both a reader and a writer, I tend to subvocalize, thus making my pacing and thoughts more auditory than conceptual. I want the sentences to aspirate, and pulsate with cadence and internal music. A good sentence should sound good and feel good and roll comfortably off your tongue, not simply serve as a conveyor for ideas.



Who inspires you?



Donatello, Rainer Maria Rilke, Nelson Mandela, Black Elk, Lao Tzu, good elementary school teachers, caring nursing home workers, and anyone who spends time with people who can offer them no benefit. 



You quote the Sioux writer Ohiyesa in Small Graces: The Quiet Gifts of Everyday Life. Do you have a favorite quote or thought of his?



I constantly hark back in my own life to his comment about spirituality: “Whenever, in the course of our day, we might come upon a scene that is strikingly beautiful or sublime – the black thundercloud with the rainbow’s glowing arch above the mountain; a white waterfall in the heart of a green gorge; a vast prairie tinged with the blood-red of sunset – we pause for an instant in an attitude of worship.” This, it seems to me, is the key to a humble appreciation of the gift of life we have been given and a proper way of honoring the Great Mystery we have come to call God. 



What makes you hopeful about the future?



I am hopeful for human beings because I believe that, at heart, we all seek the same thing – a chance to love and be loved, to raise good children, and to live in peace with our neighbors and families. That we so consistently fail to do so is troubling. And I admit to being deeply upset by the selfishness that is abroad in our own land – believing that we must look out first and foremost for ourselves – and the tendency, both here and abroad, to use religious belief to justify cruelty toward others.



Do you have a favorite writer or book?



I love Graham Greene, Jim Harrison, Barry Lopez, Annie Dillard, and Rainer Maria Rilke.



When you write, do you ever feel that something greater than yourself is providing the words or ideas?



Alas, no. I wish I did. But I do believe that we are all God’s hands here on earth, and that in and through my writing I must endeavor to do God’s work, however one chooses to define or give a shape to God.
 There are days, however, when I feel like I’m standing in a sunlight not of my own making.

You write about experiences you’ve had that suggest you’ve studied with various spiritual traditions. What’s been particularly helpful or pivotal in your path?



I love the Beatitudes from the Christian tradition, the use of natural forces as analogy in the Taoist tradition, and the spiritual commitment to the power of the earth in the Native American traditions. I believe we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, that the ways of force and acquiescence shown in nature must govern an integrated and balanced life, and that each person must, indeed, find his or her own spiritual path and live each day with an attitude of prayerful awareness.




Do you recommend spending time in nature?



Let me quote Ohiyesa again. “All who have lived much out of doors, whether Indian or otherwise, know that there is a magnetic and powerful force that accumulates in solitude but is quickly dissipated by life in a crowd.” We should all seek the healing and clarifying power of nature so that our spiritual focus and power is not allowed to dissipate.



Are there any rituals or practices you’d recommend to someone seeking a more spiritually focused life?



Prayer – not as petition, but as reflection and contemplation. Mentoring. Service with no thought of recognition. I know these are not specific. But each person must find his or her specific expression of these general principles. Helping a child or an elder or someone in need will do more for one’s spiritual focus than closing any deal or building any building or achieving any position of fame or celebrity.



Do you believe that “coincidences” may be more than that?



I believe in the subtle power of intention – again, like the Taoist belief in the slow, inexorable power of water – and I believe that the miracle of life cannot be accidental. As to whether there is a force that guides our every move and shapes outcomes for some greater or smaller purpose, I don’t occupy myself with that thought. All I know is that I must be God’s hands on earth, and I must express thanks for the goodness that befalls me. Whether my actions are guided or determined is not something I contemplate. 




Do you believe in miracles?



Interventionist miracles? I’m not sure. The everyday miracles of two people creating a child, the impenetrability of death, the endlessly renewing human experience of love? Yes. I guess I believe that God embedded the miraculous in the ordinary, and it is our task to discover it and celebrate it. 



Do you ever imagine some sort of ideal world somewhere in the future? What’s it like?



I am less a visionary than a caretaker. I have seen too much sadness and injustice to have any faith in an ideal world. I admire those who do, and I believe they are the ones who should lead us. But I am more concerned with the alleviation of human suffering and the fostering of human kindness than I am with overall visions. 



What do you want people to take away from Ordinary Sacred?

An attitude of mindfulness. There is magic in every stone and star, a miracle in every child, and mystery in every encounter. We can’t always live in a state of exalted awareness – God knows, I certainly don’t. But if we are always mindful of another dimension of reality and open to its appearance in our lives, sometime, in the course of every day, the sacred will break through and touch us, if only for a moment. Ordinary Sacred is my attempt to stop before these profoundly ordinary moments in my own life and place them before you to remind you to look for them in your own life. If they are in my life, they are in yours. We need only to be humble enough, quiet enough, and mindful enough, to hear them when they speak.

Do you have any final thoughts you’d like to share?



Seek the unseen in life. Celebrate the ordinary. Serve the weak rather than currying the favor of the powerful. Find a way to direct your life towards God. And live for the seventh generation rather than for yourself. Most of all, follow the invitation of the Lakota chief, Sitting Bull, “Come, let us put our minds together to see what kind of life we can create for our children.” And remember that we do not all live holy lives, but we live in a world alive with holy moments.

As a psychic medium, Karen Lazzarini Noe has repeatedly received messages from those on the other side who have gone through their life review, saying that they “should have” or “could have” done things differently when they were still here on earth. In this book, Karen shows you how to make amends with your living and deceased loved ones by going through your life review now.
She explains how to write different types of letters to help you to see the “bigger picture” of how you are affecting those in your path. Karen takes you on a personal journey of how her own life was transformed after she wrote these types of letters to her loved ones, and then goes on to show you how you can do the same.

By seeing everything through the eyes of others, you will learn how to:
-Heal your relationships
-Love and respect yourself
-Forgive living and deceased loved ones
-Become more compassionate
-See more positive aspects in those around you
-Understand more fully why others do certain things

As an added bonus, Karen shares stories from her favorite readings to answer some of the most common questions people have concerning the afterlife. She also talks about how to look for signs and receive messages from your deceased loved ones.

Karen Noe on Meet The Experts With Arielle Ford

Psychic Medium, Karen Noe, interviewed on Meet The Experts with Arielle Ford

Finally someone is telling the truth about how life really is. And Ken Druck knows what he’s talking about.

No matter what we say, do, or believe in, life has its own terms. And they’re not what we thought. Life presents us all with challenges and setbacks. The life we thought we’d signed up for is not the one we get. Then what? How do we summon the raw courage and strength to go on? Create Plan B and grow wiser from the experience?

Ken Druck’s personal journey through tragedy after the death of his daughter Jenna led him to discover the secrets of how we survive life’s worst losses and uncover its hidden opportunities for spiritual deepening, renewal, discovery, meaning, and even joy. We discover how to be a part of the unseen miracles and opportunities that are right under our noses.

Ken Druck knows the Real Rules of Life. From his own experience and as a trusted coach and confidant to people all over the world, including leaders facing their greatest challenges, Ken knows the difference between wishful thinking and grounded truth. His refreshingly honest approach to turning adversity into opportunity makes up the heart and soul of this book.

The Real Rules of Life is not a quick fix, nor does it trivialize life’s struggles. It shows you how to heal. How to grow your soul. How to thrive. How to be both broken and whole at the same time by getting and staying real. And how to live more consciously. Ken Druck inspires you to make peace with life as it really is. Once you know the Real Rules, you can balance life’s terms with your own and live boldly.

Ken Druck, Ph.D.
Ken Druck, Ph.D., is one of the nation’s pioneers in personal transformation, breaking fresh ground in male psychology, executive coaching, organizational consulting, parent effectiveness, healing after loss, and, most recently, the art of turning adversity into opportunity. Druck Enterprises, Inc. (DEI), is a leading coaching, consulting, and team-building firm with a broad base of clients including Microsoft, Pfizer, IBM, U-T San Diego, and the YMCA.
Ken Druck: The Real Rules of Life book trailer

Ken Blanchard & Ken Druck talk about The Real Rules of Life


Ken Blanchard and Ken Druck discuss Druck’s new book: “The Real Rules of Life: Balancing Life’s Terms with Your Own” and how faith and courage help lead us back to love following a life change, loss of a loved one, medical issue…

A True Story – The Continuation of Life and Love in Spite of Tragedy

Join Kent as she takes you on her mystical journey through life. The fatal car accident of her lover, Russell, in 2005, has an unforeseen outcome. Not only does he let her know that he is still alive and with her, but he also reveals specific details—names, dates, places, events—of a future life they will have together when reincarnating in the middle of the 21st century as Mark and Eva Wexford. But he doesn’t stop here…He says “tell our story” and asks that a time capsule be buried 1300 miles away. It is to be opened July 24, 2067. When asking why, it was simply stated, “It is time for the truth to be known.”

Along with her father, Wick, who crossed in 1995, Russell helps Kent to unravel some of life’s greatest mysteries including what to expect for 2012 as information flowed across this etheric wavelength. This beautiful story will not only make you laugh and cry, it will also reveal the higher truth of who we are as human beings living in “parallel universes or finite planes of light.” Kent also shares her captured visions from beyond the veil—a gift on one of her many spiritual scavenger hunts.

This journey is not without the watchful eye of her spirit guide, St. Thomas of Aquinas, who guides and consoles her during her challenges on Earth and brings forth many beautiful messages. Everyone loves a love story …and to combine it with some cutting-edge thoughts about science and spirituality will no doubt captivate every reader. Kent too feels that her many personal experiences, challenges and triumphs, could be an inspiration for others as we all search for love in our lives, and the deeper meaning to life itself.

Kent Smith


About this author

Kent received a Bachelor of Science degree from Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky, in 1976, with an emphasis in Social Work and Psychology.

As a NASA contractor for 22 years working for United Space Alliance (USA), she held several technical support positions within the Mission Operations Directorate. While at USA, she coordinated flight operation review meetings for space shuttle flights; supported flights in real time as a backroom flight controller; and, coordinated flight crew procedures for International Space Station (ISS), expeditions both domestic and abroad. Currently, she works for Wyle, who is contracted to NASA, to provide support in the Human Heath and Performance Directorate. As an Operational Psychology Coordinator, she supports astronauts and their families prior to, and during, International Space Station (ISS) on-orbit crew expeditions.

On a personal note, Kent’s involvement with metaphysics started at a very young age when she started having out-of-body experiences (OBEs). With a curious mind, she has always questioned the reality of life itself and this experience we call “death.” Since her teenage years, she has sought answers about life through many sources. Upon finding that she could communicate regularly with her deceased loved ones, she set out to learn as much as she could about life from their perspective. Amazing answers were revealed and a story that should not be left untold.

Kent has three grown children and one grandchild. She lives in the suburbs of Houston, TX.

Love Promised: A Future Life Revealed – Book Trailer

Love Promised: A Future Life Revealed is for anyone who has lost a loved one, sought a deeper meaning to life or mulled the mysteries of life beyond death. It’s a love story, a soul adventure and a guidebook to a world beyond normal perception.

Accompany Kent on “spiritual scavenger hunts” with deceased lover Russell and father Wick as they unravel some of life’s greatest mysteries.

Love Promised is a reassuring and riveting read for anyone who has had paranormal experiences with those who have crossed over. What is life really all about when the unexplainable happens? Kent Smith provides a compelling framework for exploring the boundless possibilities of spirit communication.

What’s really in store for 2012? Kent Smith’s deceased lover Russell and father Wick tell Kent to be prepared for natural, power and electronic disruptions in 2012.

Kent Smith weaves her wealth of experience as a grief counselor, intuitive insights, and knowledge of metaphysical and cutting-edge science into an accessible examination of life after death, reincarnation and communication with the other side.

Deep insights into human consciousness revealed by accounts of travel to other planets, moons, and stars

• Includes interviews with 7 people who have had extra-planetary experiences, including astronaut Edgar Mitchell, Norma Milanovich, and Ingo Swann

• Reveals the positive effects of these events on the interviewees’ lives, from cosmic consciousness and loss of fear of death to enhanced spiritual insights

• Contextualizes these accounts with 19th- and 20th-century reports as well as alien-human encounters in ancient Sumerian, Vedic, Egyptian, Tibetan, and biblical records

Since prehistoric times all cultures report encounters with strange beings and crafts from the sky as well as stories of extra-planetary experiences–that is, travel to other planets, moons, and stars. In the case of modern accounts, these benevolent alien-human interactions bear striking resemblance to one another, even among people with no knowledge of other alien-human claims. And all experiences marked a spiritual turning point in the person’s life, providing a loss of the fear of death, enhanced spiritual insights, a connection to cosmic consciousness, or increased motivation to be of service to humanity.

Exploring fresh dimensions of ET contact and extra-planetary experience (XPE) using Harvard professor and researcher John Mack’s witnessing approach to paranormal incidents, Thomas Streicher interviews 7 renowned people who have experienced XPE–including astronaut Edgar Mitchell, Norma Milanovich, and Stanford-tested remote viewer Ingo Swann–and shares the positive spiritual effects of XPE on their lives. Placing their experiences in the context of historical accounts of alien-human encounters from ancient Sumerian, Vedic, Egyptian, Tibetan, Hopi, Dogon, and biblical records as well as 19th- and 20th-century testimonies from Orfeo Angelucci, Billy Meier, Elizabeth Klarer, and others, the author reveals the similarities of these experiences with those of his interviewees. Streicher shows these experiences are not contrived hallucinations but genuine transformative spiritual awakenings akin to near-death and out-of-body experiences.

About the Author(s) of Extra-Planetary Experiences
Thomas James Streicher, Ph.D., a student of Dr. John Mack, earned his doctorate in psychology from Saybrook University. The founder and director of Divine Spark, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people through free meals and other means to activate the divine spark within each of them, he lives in Nevada City, California.
OffPlanet Radio Live-06-06-2012-Thomas James Streicher-XPE and Human-Alien

As our guest, Thomas Streicher, demonstrates, we limit experiences by our human perceptual concepts and the categorizing of phenomena. The field of UFOlogy would do well to expand the boundaries of inquiry, and that is what Dr. Streicher achieves in his book, and on this show. A childhood contactee, Thomas had nowhere to go with his personal experiences. Religion, science, and academia all deploy narrow methods of inquiry and dogma that stifle the human spirit’s quest into the unseen realms.

Human-alien contact becomes a wider scope of understanding when examined from the unique perspectives of experiencers who lack empircal data, but go directly to the experiences which mark and change their lives and consciousness. In this interview, Thomas talks about his own experiences and how they have defined his life mission, his outlook, and his need to engage a true “service to others” ethic. His experiences, and those of his interview subjects, create another line of inquiry which establishment disciplines would do well to emulate. His book is an achievement of mapping human experiences to the ongoing changes in the Earth and the linkages of human consciousness back to our origins.

Thomas James Streicher, Ph.D., a student of Dr. John Mack, earned his doctorate in psychology from Saybrook University. The founder and director of Divine Spark, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people through free meals and other means to activate the divine spark within each of them, he lives in Nevada City, California.

Extra-Planetary Experiences : Alien-Human Contact and the Expansion of Consciousness. This is a serious UFO book and can even be considered academic. It sheds a positive look on alien abductions from people who have had experience with extra-planetary experience (XPE). This book stands out compared to similar genres because it introduces the term XPE. Extra-Planetary ExperiencesAlien-Human Contact and the Expansion of ConsciousnessBy (author) Thomas James Streicher, Ph.D.Foreword by Stanley Krippner, Ph.D.

Finding Your Way in a Wild New World is a remarkable path to the most important discovery you can make: the knowledge of what you should be doing with your one wild and precious life. It’s a journey to the thing that so fulfills you that, if someone told you, “It’s right outside—but watch out—it could kill you!” you’d run straight toward it, through the screen door without even opening it.

Life coach and bestselling author of Finding Your Own North Star Martha Beck guides you to find out how you got to where you are now and what you should do next with clear, concrete instructions on tapping into the deep, wordless knowledge you carry in your body and soul. There are certain people who sense that they are called to do something fulfilling and significant, but who often get caught in self-destructive, unproductive cycles. This is the book that will lead you to unleash your incredible creative energy—and fulfill your life’s purpose.

With her inimitable ability to translate inner life into accessible, witty, sparkling prose, Beck draws from ancient wisdom and modern science to help readers consciously embrace their skills and create the life they really want. What she’s found is that these people with great passion, empathy, and creative potential often sense a higher calling—in a society where that calling isn’t even recognized as real. They often have within them a quiet power that could change the world; they lack only the tools. Beck offers real, actionable methods to tap into that power.

She shows how to find your inner identity and your external “tribe” of like-minded people. She demonstrates the four simple tools for transformation: Wordlessness, Oneness, Imagination, and Creation. With clear step-by-step instructions and guided reflections, Beck shows how to drop into the wordless state of communion with nature and self, how to experience for yourself the oneness between yourself and the universe, how to be empowered by the spark of inspiration, and, finally, how to take action and realize creative potential to make a lasting impact on the world.

Compassionate and inspirational, Finding Your Way in a Wild New World is a revolutionary journey of self-discovery that leads to miraculous change.

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From Finding Your Way in a Wild New World:

The mother rhino paws nervously, and I feel the impact tremor in the ground beneath my own feet. She is huge. She is nervous. She could kill me as easily as I clip my fingernails. But my mind is filled only with wonder, distilled into two basic questions.

Question 1: How the hell did I get here?

Question 2: What the hell should I do now?

Both issues seem equally mysterious. . . . But it all seems to clear now— it was my true nature that brought me face to face with a rhinoceros. . . . I’m finding out what it feels like to reclaim my true nature. It’s one of the most wonderful things I’ve ever experienced. And, because ecstasy loves company, I want you to experience it too. The wild new world of the twenty-first century is the perfect setting for reclaiming your true nature. And your life will work much, much better if you let it direct your choices. It will bring you freedom, peace, and delight; give you the optimal chance of making a good living; and help you create the best possible effect on everything around you. I’m not certain exactly how it will play out in your case, but here’s what I do know: it’s time you met your rhinoceros.
Martha Beck and the Wayfinder’s Guide to FINDING YOUR WAY IN A WILD NEW WORLD

Martha Beck discusses the origins of Wayfinders and how we can become our own Wayfinders.


August’s chart is a significant improvement over those of June and July, which were basically bears. It is a good news, bad news chart. There is the usual, by now familiar array of challenges. But there is also a matrix of supportive aspects and the promise of positive synchronicity and a touch of magic for all. After a two month hiatus, Good Luck reappears in the charts.

Synopses & Reviews
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The son of a zookeeper, Pi Patel has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior and a fervent love of stories. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes. The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days while lost at sea. When they finally reach the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker flees to the jungle, never to be seen again. The Japanese authorities who interrogate Pi refuse to believe his story and press him to tell them “the truth.” After hours of coercion, Pi tells a second story, a story much less fantastical, much more conventional — but is it more true?
Review:

“This breezily aphoristic, unapologetically twee saga of man and cat is a convincing hands-on, how-to guide for dealing with what Pi calls, with typically understated brio, ‘major lifeboat pests.'” The New Yorker

About the Author
Yann Martel, the child of diplomats, grew up in Costa Rica, France, Mexico, Alaska and Canada and as an adult has spent time in Iran, Turkey and India. After studying philosophy at Trent University, he worked at odd jobs until he began making a living as a writer at the age of 27. He lives in Montreal.

The first trailer for the upcoming Ang Lee movie, “Life of Pi,” is now available for your viewing pleasure.

Based on the 2011 novel of the same name by Yann Martel, “Life of Pi” follows Indian boy Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, who is stranded on a boat in the Pacific Ocean after a shipwreck, with only a couple of animals — including a Bengal tiger — to keep him company.

From what can be seen in the trailer, the movie will be quite a visual feast, with a lot of digital effects and some amazing imagery from cinematographer Claudio Miranda, known for his work on “Tron,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “Seven.”

The film is directed by Academy Award winner Ang Lee, known for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “The Ice Storm” and “Brokeback Mountain.” It is slated to hit the cinemas on Nov. 21, 2012.

Director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) creates a groundbreaking movie event about a young man who survives a tragic disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While marooned on a lifeboat, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with the ship’s only other survivor — a fearsome Bengal tiger.

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Sojourns of the Soul is the quintessential armchair travel book for the spiritual seeker. Dana Micucci’s touching memoir chronicles seven sacred journeys that span 14 years of Micucci’s life, during which she explores the connection of inner growth to world travel that eventually leads to her own enlightenment. Unlike other inspirational travel books, Sojourns of the Soul provides a rare mix of in-depth wisdom and literary insights from the holistic view of an experienced female traveler.

Dana Micucci
gives a compelling account of her growing spiritual illumination through visits to some of the most sacred places on earth. Her lively, engaging narrative takes us through the Australian outback, Angkor in Cambodia, the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, Lhasa in Tibet, Chichen Itza in the Yucatan, the Monastery of Christ in the Desert in New Mexico and Machu Picchu in Peru. As her travels progress, Micucci links each visit to the awakening of a particular chakra – the chakras being the seven energy centers of the body in Hinduism, associated with progressive enlightenment.

In the afterword, Micucci reflects on how her experiences continue to shape her life after resuming her career as a journalist in New York City. She finds she is more tolerant, can engage in daily activities with more heart-centered awareness, and can sustain states of joy and gratitude for longer periods of time.

Readers who yearn for long-delayed adventure won’t be able to put this book down. With the added benefit that it is not just a journey log but more of a seeker’s manual in which travel is simply the vehicle, they will find it’s unnecessary to travel to far-flung places for the spiritual inspiration available in their everyday lives. As Micucci says, “Each day brings new remembrances of our divinity, of the Divine presence in all beings, and of our eternal connection to each other. I am so grateful to be here NOW . . . with you.”
SOJOURNS OF THE SOUL by Dana Micucci

Dana talks about her new spiritual travel memoir, SOJOURNS OF THE SOUL: ONE WOMAN’S JOURNEY AROUND THE WORLD AND INTO HER TRUTH.

Alan Steinfeld interviews Dana Micucci on her book: Sojourns of the Soul

This is an inner and outer journey of one woman as she explores the world and herself. Sojourns of the Soul takes the reader on a journey through the world’s most sacred and exotic lands, including the Australian Outback, Cambodia, Egypt, Tibet, the Yucatan, New Mexico and Peru. As she explores each “souljourn,” Micucci finds herself in seven successive stages that correlate with each of the seven spiritual energy centers of the body, called chakras. These stages take the reader from an awakening all the way to activation.

This spiritual memoir gives readers an inside look into each destination through Micucci’s eyes, observing not only the spirituality and lessons to be learned at each location, but also the intimate details of the landscape. While observing the Aborigines in the Outback with Micucci, readers will not only learn about their own connections to the oldest known human culture, but will also get detailed descriptions of the eucalyptus forests and galleries of millennia-old Aboriginal paintings.

As a professional animal psychic, Amelia Kinkade helps clients locate lost pets, diagnose baffling behavior, and further explore the indelible bond that exists between people and their animal companions. But her real mission is to convince people that, with the proper dedication, training, and understanding, everyone can do what she does . Here, she explains the subtle cues that form the foundation of animal communication, and provides guided exercises that allow readers to explore these cues for themselves.

With gentle encouragement, she shows how to look for communications typically drowned out in the noise and chaos of modern life, whether they take the form of clairaudience or clairvoyance. Filled with amazing stories, “The Language of Miracles inspires readers to sit down with the animals in their lives and explore the unspoken world between them.

Amelia Kinkade is the author of Straight From the Horse’s Mouth: How to Talk to Animals and Get Answers and The Language of Miracles: A Celebrated Psychic Teaches You to Talk to Animals (RandomHouse and New World Library.) She is an international speaker who lectures in 10-15 countries a year in the US, Mexico, Canada, England, Scotland, Sweden, Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, France, Cyprus, the Isle of Man, the Canary Islands, and South Africa where she trains animal lovers from all walks of life including doctors and vets. Amelia was featured in The 100 Top Psychics in America. (Simon and Schuster) Miss Kinkade’s books are now available in 32 countries.

Her unique abilities have been the focus of hundreds of magazines and newspaper articles world-wide, many of which are available on the “press page” of this site, including The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, ABC News, The Boston North Shore Sunday, The London Sunday News of The World, Good Housekeeping, Cat Fancy, Dog Fancy, New Woman in England, Bilt de Frau in Germany and the cover of the Freitseit Kurier in Vienna. Miss Kinkade has appeared on television programs, most of which are available on the “video interviews” page of this site including The View, The Other Half, The Ellen Degeneres Show, Extra, VH1, Jenny Jones, The BBC News, Carte Blanche in South Africa, and numerous news broadcasts in the US, Europe, and Australia. She has been heard on over 300 radio programs in the last few years from Memphis to Cape Town, South Africa. A BBC documentary was created around her work with the elephants in the Kruger National Park and a BBC children’s programming tour was created for her youngest most open-minded fans.
Amelia Kinkade – The Psychic Show

Amelia Kinkade, Telepathic Animal Communicator

Being One with All: Amelia Kinkade, Artist, Author and Telepathic Animal Communicato

Oprah sits down with world-renowned thought leader Deepak Chopra in his homeland of India to discuss his groundbreaking work, family and creating harmony in your own life.

Deepak shares his thoughts about Death, Soul, mind-body-spirit connection, and about enlightenment and living in the present moment, with this interview conducted in Jaipur, India, against the background of paradoxes and contradictions that are India’s cultural heritage.

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