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Humanity and Mother Earth are suffering.

Divine Healing Hands are given in this special time.

Serve humanity. Serve Mother Earth.

Millions of people are suffering in their spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical bodies. Millions of people have challenges in their relationships and finances. Millions of people are searching for spiritual secrets, wisdom, knowledge, and practical techniques in order to fulfill their spiritual journeys.

For the first time, the Divine is giving his Divine Healing Hands to the masses. Divine Healing Hands carry divine healing power to heal and to transform relationships and finances. Dr. & Master Zhi Gang Sha is a chosen servant, vehicle, and channel of the Divine to offer Divine Healing Hands to the chosen ones. Master Sha has asked the Divine to download Divine Healing Hands to every copy of this book. Every reader can experience the amazing power of Divine Healing Hands directly.

In this tenth book of Master Sha’s bestselling Soul Power Series, readers will also be deeply moved by the many heart-touching stories of divine healing and transformation created by this divine treasure. To receive Divine Healing Hands is to serve humanity and the planet in this critical time. The purpose of life is to serve. Learn how you can receive Divine Healing Hands.

Answer the Divine’s calling. You can make a difference on a scale beyond comprehension and imagination.

Master Zhi Gang Sha is a soul leader, an extraordinary healer, and a divine servant. He was trained as a conventional medical doctor and a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine. The founder of the Institute of Soul Healing and Enlightenment and of the World Soul Healing, Peace and Enlightenment Movement, he is a grandmaster of many ancient disciplines, including tai chi, qi gong, feng shui and the I Ching. Master Sha is also an expert in the most advanced cellular healing science now occurring in China. In the West, he is involved in breakthrough research on the effects of spirit on the human system. Master Sha was named Qigong Master of the Year at the Fifth World Congress in Qigong. In 2006, he was granted the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission Award for his humanitarian efforts. His Soul Power Series reveals soul secrets, wisdom, knowledge, and practices to transform every aspect of life.
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Divine Healing Hands: What, Why, and How

WHEN YOU READ any of my books you could realize that in every book, in every chapter, and in every teaching I always explain what, why, and how.

What? “What” is the concept. The concept must be clear and precise. Science, academics, business, and every part of life should have a clear and precise concept. Otherwise, readers and students will not grasp the meaning. To write a book is to share teachings and practices with readers. To give readers a very clear concept is the direction for all the teachings, secrets, wisdom, knowledge, and practical techniques I have shared in all of my books.

Why? “Why” means why do people need to learn this or practice this? It includes the power and significance of what I am teaching. This is service oriented. If I share a secret or some special wisdom, knowledge, or practical technique, or if I offer any kind of service, you must understand why I am doing it. Does this service benefit you? If there is no benefit, why do I need to share it? Why do you need to do it? Therefore, why is very important in all of my writings and teachings.

How? “How” refers to the method or technique to accomplish a goal. If I teach or offer any service, how do you do it? How can you carry out the methods and strategies? In my Soul Power Series the how includes practical techniques for healing, rejuvenation, and transformation of relationships and finances, as well as of every aspect of life. Techniques are very important. The Divine Forgiveness Practice is an example.

To teach or achieve anything in your life there are two parts: theory and practice. Theory and practice are yin and yang. Yin and yang are opposites but united. They complement one another. To accomplish anything you must include both yin and yang. You cannot accomplish your task or goal by using only yin or only yang.

I am extremely blessed that the Divine has chosen me as a servant, vehicle, and channel for humanity and the Divine. The Divine has given me the authority to offer permanent divine treasures to humanity. Divine treasures carry divine power to heal and transform all life, but recipients must practice in order to receive the benefits. This belongs to the how.

In summary, my teaching is based on what, why, and how. I teach da Tao zhi jian (pronounced dah dow jr jyen), which means the Big Way is extremely simple. The simplest wisdom and techniques are the best. Simple is powerful. I am the servant of humanity. I love simplicity.

Billions of people need healing.

Billions of people need transformation of relationships.

Billions of people need transformation of finances.

Billions of people need rejuvenation.

Billions of people need to purify their souls, hearts, minds, and bodies.

Billions of people need to increase their intelligence.

Billions of people need to open their hearts and souls.

Billions of people need to apply love, forgiveness, compassion, and light to transform themselves, humanity, Mother Earth, and all souls.

Billions of people need to join hearts and souls together to transform Mother Earth’s transition and to bring love, peace, and harmony to humanity, Mother Earth, and all universes.

Complexity cannot serve billions of people and all souls. Simplicity is the way to serve billions of people and all souls.

I am a servant of humanity and countless souls. Ever since I wrote my first book the Divine has guided me that simplicity is the key to service. What, why, and how is the way to write, teach, and serve every aspect of my life. What, why, and how is the way to serve every aspect of your life.

What Are Divine Healing Hands?

Divine Healing Hands are God’s soul hands. God creates his new soul hands and transmits them to the chosen ones through the service of a Divine Channel (one of my Worldwide Representatives or me). Chosen one means a person who has gone through the process of applying for, receiving approval by Divine Guidance, and registering to receive Divine Healing Hands.

The Divine chose me as a servant of humanity and the Divine in July 2003 and gave me the honor and authority to download or transmit permanent divine treasures to humanity. In 2011 about twenty of my Worldwide Representatives, who are also Divine Channels, received the honor and authority to download Divine Healing Hands. If you are not a Divine Channel, you cannot download Divine Healing Hands to others. To download Divine Healing Hands is an honor beyond words, comprehension, and imagination. Divine Channels are divine presence on Mother Earth. They are divine servants to represent the Divine to serve humanity, Mother Earth, and all souls.

The Divine Healing Hands treasure created by the Divine is hundreds of feet high and hundreds of feet wide. Once the Divine Healing Hands treasure is downloaded to a chosen one, it takes two or three days for the divine treasure to shrink to a condensed size, which is two or three times the size of the recipient’s hand.

After one receives Divine Healing Hands, the recipient receives proper training from a Divine Channel to become certified as a Divine Healing Hands Soul Healer.

When a Divine Healing Hands Soul Healer offers a soul healing blessing, the Divine Healing Hands treasure will come out from the Divine Healing Hands Soul Healer to serve the recipient. Divine Healing Hands Soul Healers can offer soul healing blessings in person and remotely. They can offer healing blessings one on one or to a group of people. There is no limit to the number of people who can receive soul healing blessings from Divine Healing Hands.

Why Do Divine Healing Hands Work?

Why does a person become sick? Sickness is due to soul mind body blockages.

Soul blockages are bad karma. Karma is the record of services from one’s previous lifetimes and this lifetime. Karma is divided into good karma and bad karma. Good karma is accumulated from one’s good service offered in all lifetimes, including love, care, compassion, sincerity, honesty, generosity, kindness, integrity, purity, and more.

Bad karma is accumulated from the mistakes one has made in all lifetimes, including killing, harming, taking advantage of others, cheating, stealing, lying, and more.

As I noted in the introduction, there is a karmic law in Heaven:

Good service brings rewards.

Bad service brings lessons.

This law applies to all souls in all universes. There is an ancient saying: Heaven is most fair. No good deed goes unnoticed. No bad deed goes unnoticed.

The Divine chose me as a servant of humanity and the Divine in July 2003. The Divine gave me the honor and authority to offer Divine Karma Cleansing and Divine Soul Mind Body Transplants to humanity.

What is Divine Karma Cleansing? Divine Karma Cleansing means the Divine offers divine forgiveness by paying one’s spiritual debt and clearing one’s bad karma.

When one has bad karma, one could learn lessons in any aspect of life, including health, relationships, finances, business, children, and more. There is only one way to self-clear bad karma: serve others unconditionally. To serve others is to make others happier and healthier. To serve unconditionally is to serve without asking for or expecting anything in return.

If one has heavy bad karma it could take thirty to fifty years of unconditional universal service in one lifetime to remove the bad karma and to be forgiven. It could take many lifetimes of unconditional universal service to remove one’s heavy bad karma.

Bad karma is spiritual debt. It must be paid. How is it paid? Normally it is paid by learning one’s karmic lessons—blockages in one’s health, relationships, finances, business, and any aspect of life. Divine Karma Cleansing means the Divine gives his virtue, which is spiritual currency, to pay one’s spiritual debt. This is divine generosity. If one has bad karma, there are dark blockages inside the body. When the Divine offers virtue, the darkness will leave the body. The darkness is the root cause of sickness, broken relationships, financial challenges, and more.

I and my more than twenty Worldwide Representatives, who, like me, are also divine servants, vehicles, and channels, have offered tens of thousands of Divine Karma Cleansings for humanity. We have received thousands of heart-touching and moving soul healing stories and soul healing miracles from Divine Karma Cleansing. In the last three years, nearly one thousand heart-touching and moving stories have been video recorded and posted on my YouTube channel, YouTube.com/zhigangsha. I encourage you to view some of them. In addition, you will read stories related to Divine Healing Hands throughout this book. Divine Healing Hands blessings can remove bad karma little by little.

In one sentence:

To clear soul blockages is to remove the darkness inside the body.

The second cause of sickness is mind blockages, which include negative mind-sets, negative beliefs, negative attitudes, ego, attachments, and more. Millions of people have all types of mind blockages.

The third cause of sickness is body blockages, which are energy and matter blockages.

In ancient spiritual teaching a human being has three internal treasures: jing qi shen. Jing is matter. Qi (pronounced chee) is vital energy or life force. Shen is soul.

Jing qi shen is soul, mind, and body. To remove soul mind body blockages is to remove blockages in jing qi shen. Soul mind body and jing qi shen are different ways to express the same thing. “Jing qi shen” is the ancient term. “Soul mind body” is the new term for the Soul Light Era.

Soul Healing Miracles

Experience the power of Soul to heal your soul, mind and body with Dr. and Master Sha: http://drsha.com/

You have the power to heal yourself, together we have the power to heal the world! ~ Dr. and Master Sha

Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha is a soul leader, an extraordinary healer, and a divine servant. Trained as an MD in China and a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine in China and Canada, he created Power Healing and Soul Mind Body Medicine to combine the essence of Western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine with ancient energy and spiritual healing secrets from China.

The founder of the Institute of Soul Healing and Enlightenment, Dr. Sha is a grandmaster of many ancient disciplines, including tai chi, qi gong, feng shui, and the I Ching. He was named Qigong Master of the Year at the Fifth World Congress on Qigong. An inspired guide in his Soul Power Series of best-selling books, TV programs, and other teachings and services, Dr. Sha says, “Heal and transform the soul first; then healing and transformation of every aspect of life will follow”. In 2006, Dr. Sha was granted the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission Award for his humanitarian efforts.

I consider Master Sha’s healing path to be a universal spiritual practice, a journey into genuine transformation.
~ Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith
Founder, Agape International Spiritual Center

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William Bloom is one of the UK’s most experienced teachers, healers and authors in the field of holistic development. His work has helped thousands of people.

He is founder and co-director of The Foundation for Holistic Spirituality.

His mainstream career includes a doctorate in psychology from the LSE where he lectured in Psychological Problems in International Politics, ten years working with adults and adolescents with special needs, and delivering hundreds of trainings, many in the NHS.

His holistic background includes a two-year spiritual retreat living amongst the Saharan Berbers in the High Atlas Mountains, 30 years on the faculty of the Findhorn Foundation, co-founder and director for 10 years of the St. James’s Church Alternatives Programme in London.

He is a meditation master and his books include the seminal The Endorphin Effect, Feeling Safe and Psychic Protection — and most recently Soulution: The Holistic Manifesto.


Buddha sat under the Bodhi tree, which is now known as the Tree of Enlightenment or the Tree of Knowledge, and meditated for a long time. What happened in the time he spent under the tree? Deepak poetically describes what Buddha may have seen and explores what we can learn from this experience – including interdependent co-arising, acausal origin, impermanence, and more.


Trailer of a 90 minutes film: 14 interviews with European spiritual teachers about Ramana Maharshi’s teachings, Self-enquiry, who am I.

Christopher Titmuss, Deva Premal & Miten, Dolano, Mooji, Francis Lucille, Karl Renz, Michael Barnett, Om C. Parkin, Padma & Torsten, Premananda, Rupert Spira and Tony Parsons.

Many stories and myths have been passed down through time about this compassionate Bodhisattva. In Japan, this celestial being is known as Kannon, in China her name is Kuan Yin, or Guanyin, and has the status of the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion and the feminine Savior of the East.

Quan Yin is a shortened form of a name that means One Who Sees and Hears the Cry from the Human World.  In Sanskrit, her name is Padma-pâni, or “Born of the Lotus”.

In the last incarnation of the Bodhisattva Kuan Yin, she was named Miao Shan. She was the third daughter of a royal king, the sovereign of the Chou Dynasty. The legend tells that when she was born, the earth trembled, flower petals invaded the bedroom and a sweet fragrance spread throughout the kingdom.  This was interpreted as a sign that someone of a high spiritual and heavenly nature had been born.

The young Miao Shan was sweet with a very kind heart and did not want to marry. She intended instead to enter the monastery and devote her life to the work of God. Unfortunately, the King and Queen became greedy and when she grew up, tried to get her to marry a very rich suitor. The King insisted so much that she agreed to marry, as long as the King answered her three questions.

“Could he, alleviate suffering among aging?”

 The king said no.

“Could he, relieve the suffering of those who fall ill?”

 The king said no.

“Could he, alleviate suffering caused by death?”

And once again the king said no.

The king, finding absurd the questions his daughter had asked him, inquired if she knew someone who was capable of such feats. She answered positively and pointed out a doctor who was a gifted healer, but humble with his gifts, and proceed to say that he could relieve the suffering of his people, and him, she would definitely marry.

The king was furious with the statement of his daughter and, to teach her a lesson, sent her to the monastery as she initially wished, but ordered the monks to instruct her to perform very hard work.  Nobody was allowed to help her or to encourage her. Afraid of the king, the monks sent her to fetch water, chop wood and other vile heavy work. They had her built a garden in the courtyard of the monastery where the ground was stony dirt, and at the same time to take care of the kitchen. Miao Shan worked hard day in and day out without complaining.  With her gentle spirit, she eventually attracted the animals, which helped her with her tasks. Soon, Miao Shan had created a beautiful garden that began to attract the attention of travelers and passersby, and it flourished even in winter.

Soon the fame of the princess who lived in the monastery reached the ears of the king. Thinking that the monks were helping Miao Shan, he ordered fire to set to the monastery.

When Miao Shan saw the fire spreading, she took one of her hair clips and pierced her tongue. It shed a lot of blood with which she obliterated all the fire of the monastery.

The King, upon learning what had happened, became terrified and ordered the killing of Miao Shan. When the executioner came, she smiled at him, and said beforehand that she would forgive him for what he would do. More than that, Miao Shan vowed to take all his karma for the life of a hangman that he had acquired, so that when he died, he could go directly to Tian[1].

Still, at the moment the executioner brought the ax down on Miao Shan, it broke itself into hundreds of pieces. The same happened with the sword and the sickle. Even the arrows diverted their course; and no matter the distance, they did not touch her body. Desperate, the executioner was forced to take the life of Miao Shan with own hands. And yet, she forgave him.

It just happened that, with all the karma that she took from the executioner, she ended up going down to the last plane of Diyu[2]. As the story goes, on her arrival in Hell, the flames were quenched and flowers burst into bloom. She then began to take the karma of all murderers who were there, freeing of all the negative energy, so they could leave that plane and return to the cycle of reincarnation. Yanluo, the presiding officer, looked on in dismay at what seemed to be the summary abolition of his post, and visibly afraid to see his kingdom destroyed and fearing that she would free all the Diyu, he sent her back to the plane of the living.

Back on the earth, she began traveled as a hermit, finally stopping at a little cave on Mount Fragrance, where she dedicated herself to meditation and helping those in need.

[1] Tian is the Chinese heaven, equivalent to paradise.

[2] Similar to the Dantean inferno of the Divine Comedy, the Chinese hell is divided into 10 levels, where the latter is reserved only for the worst murderers.


Introduction to The Awakening Human Being – A Guide to the Power of Mind
by Barbara Berger

Ask yourself what is actually preventing you from being happy right now, right this very moment? If you are honest with yourself, you will probably say it’s because you don’t have what you want. You will probably say that the only thing that is preventing you from being happy right now is wanting something you don’t have. This could be better health, a partner who’s more understanding, more money in the bank, or a nicer apartment, or a million and one other things. But whatever it is, it’s something you don’t have at this very moment in time. And this is what’s making you unhappy right now. Isn’t this true?

Isn’t it true that you’re unhappy right now because you feel there is something you are lacking? What else could possibly make you unhappy at this very moment? It can only be the thought of what you don’t have. Because what else is there? You are sitting here right now, reading this book. And what’s wrong with that? The only thing that can be wrong with this moment is your own dissatisfaction with what is. It has to be this because there is absolutely nothing else is going on.

And this brings us to the crux of the matter which is all our experience – every single experience we are having – is just a thought in our minds. There is reality, in other words what is, and then there are your thoughts about what is going on – and this is your experience. That’s all that is going on. You’re sitting here, reading this book. Nothing else is happening. And you’re either liking what’s going on or you’re not liking it. And that’s always the case and this is always true for all of us. We live and things happen and then we think some experiences are good and other experiences are bad or at least less good. We live and things happen and then we think the experiences, events and people live up to our expectations or they don’t. And that’s what we get to live, that’s our experience. It’s as simple as that. There is nothing else going on.

It’s all just thoughts in our minds. Always. All the time.

Just look at your own experience. Either you are thinking you like something or you are thinking you dislike it. And that’s about it. The situations in themselves, the specific events, circumstances and people are just what they are. In and of themselves, they have no inherent value. We can like them or we don’t but they’re still just what they are. Our preferences don’t really have much to do with it at all. Life is unfolding before us, for us, and everything we see, hear, touch, taste are just the happenings of being alive. It’s our preferences that make us happy or sad.

The truth of the matter is there is reality… and then there’s our thinking. And these are two different things.

Now I know this is very radical stuff but it’s true nevertheless. And this brings us to the startling conclusion that you and I can lead happy lives regardless of our circumstances, regardless of what we have or don’t have. Because when we drop our interpretation of events, we find ourselves living here and now in this present moment. And that’s about it. With no stories, no comparisons, no expectations, life just is and we are just here. And what could possibly be wrong with that? And so we find, to our great and eternal delight, that at this very moment, when we drop our stories and beliefs and stand quietly in the now, we’re quite happy! We find that right this very moment everything is ok. And that strangely enough, happiness is what we are. Happiness is our nature, our natural state.

So now you understand why this whole book and all my other books are about the nature of consciousness and the mechanics of how our minds work. Because it is here you will find the key to your own happiness, the key which will set you free – regardless of your circumstances. So read the material in this book carefully and contemplate it every single day of your life.

If we can see and understand the mechanics of consciousness and the way the mind works and how this shapes our lives, we will find the key we’ve been looking for. And it’s not a mystery. Understanding the way the mind works is a matter of impersonal law. It’s something everyone can observe. And this means it’s something you can observe and test for yourself. So check out the things I write about in this book and see for yourself if they are true or not.

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Barbara Berger – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Barbara Berger has been a seeker all her life — and all Barbara’s books are based on her life work which has always been to try to find a way out of suffering. Her quest to ease suffering has led Barbara to explore many different pathways and approaches — mental, physical, metaphysical, psychological and spiritual. After leaving the US in the mid-60s in protest against the Vietnam War and settling in Scandinavia, Barbara continued her quest in the 1970s with a passionate interest in the role of food in our mental and physical well-being. When she discovered in the early 1980s that health foods and diet were not enough to ensure true wellbeing, she began to study the science of the mind, the nature of consciousness, metaphysics, and finally traditional spirituality and psychology.

To date, Barbara has written 15 self-empowerment books documenting and presenting the tools and insights she has discovered over the years on her quest. Her books include the international bestseller The Road to Power / Fast Food for the Soul (30 languages), Are You Happy Now? 10 Ways to Live a Happy Life (13 languages) and The Awakening Human Being — A Guide to the Power of Mind. In all her books, Barbara explores and explains the incredible power of mind and how we can use this power wisely to live happy lives right now, regardless of outer events and circumstances. (See a complete list of all Barbara’s books below.)

Barbara’s latest book Sane Self Talk / Remember What’s Important and Live a Happy Life was released in Danish in Denmark in May 2012.

Barbara was born and grew up in the United States but today lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. In addition to English, Barbara speaks Danish and Swedish. Barbara writes all her books in English. Barbara also gives lectures, workshops and courses (with her son Tim Ray) and offers private sessions to individuals who wish to work intensely with her.

Interview recorded 9/2/2012

Is there an afterlife, a God, heaven or hell? Will I be alone after I die? Will I feel peace or pain? At some point — after a loved one’s death, during a personal health scare, or even seeing a photo in the newspaper — we confront these most fundamental questions of existence.

In this trailblazing exploration, Julia Assante probes these questions, approaching with scholarly precision such subjects as historical accounts, religion, near-death experiences, and after-death communication. She then offers convincing evidence for discarnate existence and communication with the dead. This communication, she writes, is not only possible but normal, and “you don’t have to be a saint, shaman, or medium to do it.” Contact with the dead liberates the living from fear, guilt, grief, and uncertainty and creates a transformative shift in our experience of existence.

The Last Frontier explores all phases of death, dying, the afterlife and how to communicate with those who are living it. Above all it is a critical investigation of what happens when we die. That means it is not based on religious teachings or on spiritual traditions but on research drawn from several sources: from consciousness research, Near Death Experiences and Nearing Death Awareness studies; from physics, quantum biology and parapsychology; from the records of past-life therapists, medical personnel and bereavement counselors, and from the many thousands of published testimonies people have given of their personal communication with the dead.

It is also based on my own experience working with the dying and the dead as a professional medium. The social historian side of me examines the various constructions of the afterlife from ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia to the present to show that cultures produced different versions of the afterlife to meet specific socio-political agendas. The afterlife religions currently teach are recent inventions in the course of humanity’s long history. So is sin, as we understand it today. In fact, the heaven-and-hell notion of the afterlife developed centuries after the Books of the New Testament were written ~ Julia Assante

The Last Frontier is the first critical exploration of that vast, uncharted, simply out-of-this-world terrain we enter at death. It draws from consciousness research, physics, parapsychology and quantum biology, from studies in Near Death Experiences and Nearing Death Awareness, from the records of therapists, medical personnel and bereavement counselors, and from accounts of communication with the dead. Its main aim is the release from the fear of death. The author also calls for serious further study of the true nature of the afterlife and the normalization of afterdeath communication


Julia Assante, the author, is an established social historian of the ancient Near East (PhD Columbia University). Yet for over three decades she has also been an active professional intuitive. In her book, The Last Frontier: Exploring the Afterlife and Transforming Our Fear of Death, she applies the insights and methodologies gained from both fields in order to present a uniquely rigorous investigation of where we go after we die.

Through the Wormhole – Had a life after death ( BG Sub )
In the premiere episode of the second season of Through the Wormhole, Morgan Freeman dives deep into this provocative question that has mystified humans since the beginning of time.

Modern physics and neuroscience are venturing into this once hallowed ground, and radically changing our ideas of life after death.

Freeman serves as host to this polarized debate, where scientists and spiritualist attempt to define what is consciousness, while cutting edge quantum mechanics could provide the answer to what happens when we die.

It probably wasn’t long after ancient people developed a belief in the afterlife that they began trying to contact those who had crossed over to the other side.

Necromancy, the term for such communication with dead souls, comes from the ancient Greek word nekromanteia, but the practice dates back much further than the Greeks. Egyptian and Chaldean magicians attempted to conjure up the deceased and speak with them, and God specifically barred the ancient Hebrews from engaging in the practice in Deuteronomy 18:10-11.

In the epic poem The Odyssey, Homer describes his hero Odysseus casting spells according to the instructions from the sorceress Circe, in an effort to speak to the prophet Tiresias and gain assistance to return home

Roman neuromancers believed that it was easiest to reach the dead in caverns and near volcanoes, which they believed to be passageways to the underworld.


Morgan Freeman the possibilities of life after death in the season 2 premiere of Through the Wormhole. What do life and death actually mean

A growing body of research is showing that mindfulness can reduce stress, improve physical health, and improve one’s overall quality of life.

Jan Chozen Bays, MD—physician and Zen teacher—has developed a series of simple practices to help us cultivate mindfulness as we go about our ordinary, daily lives. Exercises include: taking three deep breaths before answering the phone, noticing and adjusting your posture throughout the day, eating mindfully, and leaving no trace of yourself after using the kitchen or bathroom. Each exercise is presented with tips on how to remind yourself and a short life lesson connected with it

Publishers Weekly
Amid the current spate of books on mindfulness, Bays’s distinguishes itself with 53 simple practices tested through 20 years at the Great Vow Zen Monastery in Oregon. A pediatrician as well as the center’s abbess, Bays (Mindful Eating) has found “one reliable remedy for the relief of recurrent discomfort and unhappiness…. It is regular mindfulness practice.” Bays, a student of Maezumi Roshi and Shodo Harada Roshi, brings gentle compassion to the task of integrating mindfulness into a busy life. Practices include leaving no trace, eliminating filler words, waiting, mindful driving, saying yes, silly walking, and noticing dislike. Each practice includes reminder tips, “discoveries” members of her community have made, and “deeper lessons” that might be drawn. The introduction clearly defines mindfulness and outlines its benefits in calming the mind that habitually dwells in the past, anticipates the unknown future, or creates fantasies. Bays’s insights are frequently astute. This encouraging book serves as a guide for incorporating mindfulness into the most mundane of daily activities in the spirit of Zen.

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Jan Chozen Bays, MD, is a Zen master in the White Plum lineage of the late master Taizan Maezumi Roshi. Along with her husband, Hogen Bays, she serves as a priest and teacher at the Jizo Mountain-Great Vow Zen Monastery in Clatskanie, Oregon. She is also a pediatrician who specializes in the evaluation of children for abuse and neglect. She is a wife, mother and grandmother and loves to garden, play marimba and sculpt Jizo images.

JAN CHOZEN BAYS & HOGEN BAYS • from BEYOND BELIEF

The documentary film BEYOND BELIEF, directed by Jim Lemkin, explores the nature, uses and limits of beliefs and the consequences of unexamined beliefs. This heart-centered movie investigates real-life stories of people who, when they dared to question, discovered new worlds of understanding and common ground beyond their old beliefs. We go on a journey with wise ones and distinguish harming from healing beliefs. A compelling and open-minded film, BEYOND BELIEF asks what it really takes to fulfill our deepest and most sacred human needs beyond the realm of beliefs.

Polite and respectful behavior is vanishing from our world today. Bullying, hostile and polarizing political interactions, tasteless and tactless comments delivered without discretion, everyone talking at once but nobody listening we are treating one another badly in our day-to-day lives and our relationships are fragmenting and deteriorating as a result. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Sara Hacala, a certified etiquette and protocol consultant, offers guidance that goes beyond the hollow or artificial display of proper manners and good conduct. She presents civility as a mind-set that encompasses values and attitudes that help us embrace our shared humanity and society. She taps the wisdom of ancient spiritual luminaries as well as the latest social science research to provide fifty-two practical ways we can reverse the course of incivility and create a more enriching, pleasant place to live.

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Sara Hacala, a frequent speaker on the topic of civility, is president of Sara Hacala & Associates LLC, which provides full-service training and seminars in all aspects of business etiquette, manners, and civility for corporate personnel, university students, organizations, and individuals.

Her passionate mission is to spread the word as to how our positive behavior–powerful and contagious–can bring us closer together, deepen our interpersonal relationships, and help us to lead more productive and satisfying lives. Respect and consideration, she firmly believes, can shape the civility of the planet and foster personal and global human connections, resulting in our greater awareness, understanding, and, ultimately, acceptance of all people in the world.
Saving Civility: 52 Ways to Tame Rude, Crude and Attitude is the author’s first book. A native of West Virginia, Sara has lived in Connecticut since 1978 with her husband of 35 years. Their daughter is a sophomore at the University of Michigan.
Saving Civility—Do Your Part!

I am Sara Hacala, author of a book Saving Civility: 52 Ways to Tame Rude, Crude, and Attitude for a Polite Planet. My intent in writing the book is to inspire people to examine their own behavior so that they join hands—collectively—creating a grassroots civility movement that leads to a positive cultural shift.

Eliza Mada Dalian, spiritual teacher, master healer, and the multi-award winning author of “In Search of the Miraculous: Healing into Consciousness” View her Video and Book Review here explains how to surrender the ego-mind.
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Eliza Mada Dalian: Why is it Important to Find Who you Truly Are?
In this 5 part discourse series, Eliza MADA Dalian, the author of IN SEARCH OF THE MIRACULOUS: Healing into Consciousness speaks on the 3 essential steps that are needed to transcend the ego-mind and come out of struggle.View Here

In Search of the Miraculous: Healing into Consciousness – http://www.healingintoconsciousness.com

Highlights of Eliza Mada Dalian’s Fall 2008 promotional book tour of her seven year work, IN SEARCH OF THE MIRACULOUS: Healing into Consciousness. When most teachers point to the power of Now, Dalian, a visionary, mystic, spiritual teacher, and internationally acclaimed master healer, reveals how to remove the obstacles that prevent us from being in the Now. She advocates the primary importance of first healing the wounded ego into a healthy ego before full awakening or enlightenment can happen. Her book multi award winning book, which received seven book awards, is an essential how to manual for living in the Now. It is a step-by-step guidebook on transforming fear, pain and suffering into consciousness, joy, & awareness of Being. It will delight anyone on a spiritual path.

“I enjoyed reading Mada’s book, In Search of the Miraculous: Healing Into Consciousness. It has the ring of authenticity and offers a simple and elegant map of the path of enlightenment.” — Deepak Chopra

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Seven Steps for Overcoming Ego’s Hold on You
A message from Wayne W. Dyer

Here are seven suggestions to help you transcend ingrained ideas of self-importance. All of these are designed to help prevent you from falsely identifying with the self-important ego.

1. Stop being offended.

The behavior of others isn’t a reason to be immobilized. That which offends you only weakens you. If you’re looking for occasions to be offended, you’ll find them at every turn. This is your ego at work convincing you that the world shouldn’t be the way it is. But you can become an appreciator of life and match up with the universal Spirit of Creation. You can’t reach the power of intention by being offended. By all means, act to eradicate the horrors of the world, which emanate from massive ego identification, but stay in peace. As A Course in Miracles reminds us: Peace is of God, you who are part of God are not at home except in his peace. Being is of God, you who are part of God are not at home except in his peace. Being offended creates the same destructive energy that offended you in the first place and leads to attack, counterattack, and war.

2. Let go of your need to win.

Ego loves to divide us up into winners and losers. The pursuit of winning is a surefire means to avoid conscious contact with intention. Why? Because ultimately, winning is impossible all of the time. Someone out there will be faster, luckier, younger, stronger, and smarter-and back you’ll go to feeling worthless and insignificant.

You’re not your winnings or your victories. You may enjoy competing, and have fun in a world where winning is everything, but you don’t have to be there in your thoughts. There are no losers in a world where we all share the same energy source. All you can say on a given day is that you performed at a certain level in comparison to the levels of others on that day. But today is another day, with other competitors and new circumstances to consider. You’re still the infinite presence in a body that’s another day (or decade) older. Let go of needing to win by not agreeing that the opposite of winning is losing. That’s ego’s fear. If your body isn’t performing in a winning fashion on this day, it simply doesn’t matter when you aren’t identifying exclusively with your ego. Be the observer, noticing and enjoying it all without needing to win a trophy. Be at peace, and match up with the energy of intention. And ironically, although you’ll hardly notice it, more of those victories will show up in your life as you pursue them less.

3. Let go of your need to be right.

Ego is the source of a lot of conflict and dissension because it pushes you in the direction of making other people wrong. When you’re hostile, you’ve disconnected from the power of intention. The creative Spirit is kind, loving, and receptive; and free of anger, resentment, or bitterness. Letting go of your need to be right in your discussions and relationships is like saying to ego, I’m not a slave to you. I want to embrace kindness, and I reject your need to be right. In fact, I’m going to offer this person a chance to feel better by saying that she’s right, and thank her for pointing me in the direction of truth.

When you let go of the need to be right, you’re able to strengthen your connection to the power of intention. But keep in mind that ego is a determined combatant. I’ve seen people end otherwise beautiful relationships by sticking to their need to be right. I urge you to let go of this ego-driven need to be right by stopping yourself in the middle of an argument and asking yourself, Do I want to be right or be happy? When you choose the happy, loving, spiritual mood, your connection to intention is strengthened. These moments ultimately expand your new connection to the power of intention. The universal Source will begin to collaborate with you in creating the life you were intended to live.

4. Let go of your need to be superior.

True nobility isn’t about being better than someone else. It’s about being better than you used to be. Stay focused on your growth, with a constant awareness that no one on this planet is any better than anyone else. We all emanate from the same creative life force. We all have a mission to realize our intended essence; all that we need to fulfill our destiny is available to us. None of this is possible when you see yourself as superior to others. It’s an old saw, but nonetheless true: we are all equal in the eyes of God. Let go of your need to feel superior by seeing the unfolding of God in everyone. Don’t assess others on the basis of their appearance, achievements, possessions, and other indices of ego. When you project feelings of superiority that’s what you get back, leading to resentments and ultimately hostile feelings. These feelings become the vehicle that takes you farther away from intention. A Course in Miracles addresses this need to be special and superior: Special ness always makes comparisons. It is established by a lack seen in another, and maintained by searching for, and keeping clear in sight, all lacks it can perceive.

5. Let go of your need to have more.

The mantra of ego is more. It’s never satisfied. No matter how much you achieve or acquire, your ego will insist that it isn’t enough. You’ll find yourself in a perpetual state of striving, and eliminate the possibility of ever arriving. Yet in reality you’ve already arrived, and how you choose to use this present moment of your life is your choice. Ironically, when you stop needing more, more of what you desire seems to arrive in your life. Since you’re detached from the need for it, you find it easier to pass it along to others, because you realize how little you need in order to be satisfied and at peace.

The universal Source is content with itself, constantly expanding and creating new life, never trying to hold on to its creations for its own selfish means. It creates and lets go. As you let go of ego’s need to have more, you unify with that Source. You create, attract to yourself, and let it go, never demanding that more come your way. As an appreciator of all that shows up, you learn the powerful lesson St.Francis of Assisi taught:”…it is in giving that we receive.” By allowing abundance to flow to and through you, you match up with your Source and guarantee that this energy will continue to flow.

6. Let go of identifying yourself on the basis of your achievements.

This may be a difficult concept if you think you are your achievements. God writes all the music, God sings all the songs, God builds all the buildings, God is the source of all your achievements. I can hear your ego loudly protesting. Nevertheless, stay tuned to this idea. All emanates from Source! You and that Source are one! You’re not this body and its accomplishments. You are the observer. Notice it all; and be grateful for the abilities you’ve accumulated. But give all the credit to the power of intention, which brought you into existence and which you’re a materialized part of. The less you need to take credit for your achievements and the more connected you stay to the seven faces of intention, the more you’re free to achieve, and the more will show up for you. It’s when you attach yourself to those achievements and believe that you alone are doing all of those things that you leave the peace and the gratitude of your Source.

7. Let go of your reputation.

Your reputation is not located in you. It resides in the minds of others. Therefore, you have no control over it at all. If you speak to 30 people, you will have 30 reputations. Connecting to intention means listening to your heart and conducting yourself based on what your inner voice tells you is your purpose here. If you’re overly concerned with how you’re going to be perceived by everyone, then you’ve disconnected yourself from intention and allowed the opinions of others to guide you. This is your ego at work. It’s an illusion that stands between you and the power of intention. There’s nothing you can’t do, unless you disconnect from the power source and become convinced that your purpose is to prove to others how masterful and superior you are and spend your energy attempting to win a giant reputation among other egos. Do what you do because your inner voice always connected to and grateful to your Source-so directs you. Stay on purpose, detach from outcome, and take responsibility for what does reside in you: your character. Leave your reputation for others to debate; it has nothing to do with you. Or as a book title says: What You Think of Me Is None of My Business!

Soul and Ego: The Fundamental Partnership

>Understanding the important roles that soul and ego play in our daily lives
>Soul and ego as your first co-creative partnership
>Living each day in the soul-ego partnership

MARK NEPO MOVED AND INSPIRED millions of people with his #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Awakening, a spiritual daybook that draws on his awakening through cancer to offer life lessons from all the spiritual traditions.

In his continuing exploration of the human journey, Nepo has been called “one of the finest spiritual guides of our time,” “a consummate storyteller,” and “an eloquent spiritual teacher.” In his latest book, he inquires into the endless ways we are asked to listen. Experiencing hearing loss himself, Nepo affirms that listening is one of the most mysterious, luminous, and challenging art forms on Earth: “Whatever difficulty you face, there are time-tried ways you can listen your way through. Because listening is the doorway to everything that matters. It enlivens the heart the way breathing enlivens the lungs. We listen to awaken our heart. We do this to stay vital and alive.”

In Seven Thousand Ways to Listen, Nepo offers ancient and contemporary practices to help us stay close to what is sacred. In this beautifully written spiritual memoir, Nepo explores the transformational journey with his characteristic insight and grace. He unfolds the many gifts and challenges of deep listening as we are asked to reflect on the life we are given. A moving exploration of self and our relationship to others and the world around us, Seven Thousand Ways to Listen unpacks the many ways we are called to redefine ourselves and to name what is meaningful as we move through the changes that come from experience and aging and the challenge of surviving loss.

Filled with questions to reflect on and discuss with others and meditations on how to return to what matters throughout the day, this enlightening book teaches us how to act wholeheartedly so we can inhabit the gifts we are born with and find the language of our own wisdom. Seven Thousand Ways to Listen weaves a tapestry of deep reflection, memoir, and meditation to create a remarkable guide on how to listen to life and live more fully.


Mark Nepo reveals his new book SEVEN THOUSAND WAYS TO LISTEN, which weaves a tapestry of deep reflection, memoir, and meditation to create a remarkable guide on how to listen to life and live more fully.

Mark Nepo is a poet and philosopher who has taught in the fields of poetry and spirituality for over thirty years. He has published twelve books and recorded five CDs. Forthcoming work includes a new book of teaching stories, As Far As the Heart Can See, (HCI Books, Fall 2011), Finding Inner Courage (Red Wheel-Conari, Spring 2011, originally published as Facing the Lion, Being the Lion, 2007), and audio books of The Book of Awakening and Finding Inner Courage (CD, Simon & Schuster, Spring 2011). His most recent book of poetry is Surviving Has Made Me Crazy (CavanKerry Press, 2007).

In 2010, Mark sat down for an interview with Oprah Winfrey as part of her Soul Series on the satellite radio network, SIRIUS XM Radio. Of his books, The Exquisite Risk (Harmony Books) was cited by Spirituality & Health Magazine as one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2005, calling it “one of the best books we’ve ever read on what it takes to live an authentic life.” The Book of Awakening was a finalist for the 2000 Books for a Better Life Award and was cited by Spirituality & Health Magazine as one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2000. Mark’s collected essays appear in Unlearning Back to God: Essays on Inwardness (Khaniqahi Nimatullahi Publications, 2006). He is also the editor of Deepening the American Dream: Reflections on the Inner Life and Spirit of Democracy (Jossey-Bass, 2005). Other books of poetry include Suite for the Living (2004), Inhabiting Wonder (2004), Acre of Light (1994, also available as an audiotape from Parabola under the title Inside the Miracle, 1996), Fire Without Witness (1988), and God, the Maker of the Bed, and the Painter (1988).

His work has been translated into French, Portuguese, Japanese, and Danish. In leading spiritual retreats, in working with healing and medical communities, and in his teaching as a poet, Mark’s work is widely accessible and used by many. He continues to offer readings, lectures, and retreats. Please visit Mark at: http://www.MarkNepo.com and http://www.threeintentions.com.

Is it our biological destiny to seek the divine? Is faith in a higher power a survival trait? On God and the Brain, Dr. Andrew Newberg presents intriguing evidence that the human brain is a “believing machine”—and that our capacity for self-transcendence and spirituality helps drive our evolution as a species.

This pioneer of brain studies presents the first audio course on his groundbreaking research into the fascinating links between faith, neurobiology, and the mysteries of the psyche, including:

>Why this emerging science enriches both the faithful and the skeptical
>How prayer and meditation enhance your health—tips for tailoring a spiritual regimen that
suits your individual needs
>How the world’s spiritual paths uniquely shape the brain and mind
>The “myth-making brain”—the survival value of our storytelling and human imagination
>The biology of forgiveness—why this critical spiritual skill is so important to your
physical and psychological wellness

No matter what you believe—or don’t believe—about God, the parts of your brain that manifest spiritual experience have a profound impact on your entire identity. With his balanced approach of spiritual wonder and scientific rigor, Dr. Andrew Newberg is a leader in exploring the uncharted territory where our human bodies overlap with our experience of the sacred. On God and the Brain, he shares core insights that will deepen your understanding of our most human gift—the experience of the divine. 

Universal Morality, Inclusivity, and the Brain – Andrew Newberg

Andrew B. Newberg, MD
Universal Morality, Inclusivity, and the Brain

The United Nations, New York – September 11, 2009
Toward a Common Morality

Andrew Newberg, M.D -Neurology of Saints & Gurus

Andrew Newberg, M.D gives a more scientific explanation of various mystical processes such as near-death experiences ,meditation and how these can affect one’s perspective upon reality as well as upon one’s life.

Andrew Newberg, M.D. is an associate professor of radiology and psychiatry and an adjunct assistant professor of religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and director of the Center for Spirituality and the Mind. He is co-author of Why God Won’t Go Away, Born to Believe, and The Mystical Mind.

Hello Ram,

Last night your explanation of how the vasanas create action was very helpful. My perception is that people in general are not thoughtful enough to recognize how they create their own suffering by choices, nor do they see that the choices become habits/vasanas that create perceptions that develop into lifestyles that become filled with a sense of struggle. I was reminded how fortunate I have been to keep my lifestyle plate fairly simple so there is time/energy and mind to decipher consequences rather than allowing myself the luxury of spontaneously dealing with consequences later.

Very infrequently has the SELF opted for that path. On another note…in reading Ramana’s teaching in your book…I was reminded about his near death experience. I had read it in years past when I was reading a lot about his life and teachings. I was also reminded of how my near death experience in 1962 set me free regarding any question of life after death. Being raised in Christianity, I believed in heaven and hell. I wanted to get to heaven and feared hell. So my spiritual practice was fear motivated. Reincarnation set me free of the idea that you have only one opportunity to get it right. The near death experience of bodilessness and being in the brightest possible white light with an unlimited awareness but otherwise being intact…seeing…hearing…thinking…awareness…put to rest any possible fear of the hereafter too.

The next issue was simply how to get to awareness. As you know that has not been so spontaneous. However, my journey as been filled with much grace. The awareness of the need for a teacher, the motivation to take the action…in my case many austere trips to India, conscious focus…and the financial resources to travel the path. Gratitude abounds!!!!

It has been quite an alone path……not to be confused with lonely. There has been an awareness and comfort of God all along…..just not many people with which to share at a deep level of recognition…the power or the understanding of truth. As Sai Baba says “I am God and you are God…the difference is I know it and you do not”. There are very few people I could share a knowing like that and still continue the conversation.

At the end of your story you made references to false teachers/gurus/avatars who may also be pedophiles. I am very aware of the negative allegations around the PERCEPTION that Sai Baba is a pedophile. Because of my personal connection with Baba I have an understanding of who He is based on personal experience. Sometime when we have an opportunity for a chat I would be interested in your perception and ideas around that or if you have formed any one way or the other.

So Ram, I too am delighted to have a friend I feel I can sit down and have a chat with about the joy of this perceptual trip into form. It is simple but also amazing. As you can see….. the word perception has jumped out from your talks and it is very clear and useful in describing reality. Thank you!!! Much love.
Markus

Hi Markus,
Yes, I immediately recognized the single pointedness of your intention for truth. It is one of the four main qualifications for moksha. You had previous lives in India and practiced yoga and that poonya resulted in a meritorious birth in this life…good parentage. The path is always alone because there is only one being. Swamiji used to say that the spiritual path was ‘alone, all alone to the alone.’ You are right. It has nothing to do with lonely. I don’t know if it would be wise for us to discuss the Sai Baba pedophile issue. I value your friendship and respect your spirituality as it is, apart from the help you got from others.

So this is a dangerous issue to discuss with a Sai Baba devotee. Devotees are almost never objective about the object of their devotion. You cannot count on their personal experience. In Vedanta we call this personal conviction the pratibhasika level of reality. It is certainly true for you. It is your personal conviction. But it is equally the personal conviction of others that Sai Baba is other than what he appears to be. Who are we to believe? Is your experience true to the object or is it true to you? There is no objective truth for jivas.

There is no objective truth in samsara. It is all relative to the point of view of the one who experiences it. Jivas all only see the world the way they see it…according to their tendencies. When your non-dual vision is perfect, nothing stands out, nothing stands above or beyond anything else. The apparent Sai Baba and his apparent devotees and his putatively apparent victims have only a conditional dependent existence. They are not real. They appear and then they disappear in into the awareness from which they are born. The truth is that you do not know and I do not know because we were not there in his life on a daily basis to see who he is behind the Godman image, if anyone. And there is no objective way to determine his spiritual status…or anyone else’s for that matter…because there is only one self and all the individuals are apparent entities, including Ram and Bonnie. I do know for certain, however, that nobody with a body in this life is vasana free.

Every apparent being that has a body has desires and/or fears in one way or another. Some are pure and some are not, depending on your definition of purity. And I do not in any way believe in the deification of human beings. In fact, as powerful in a worldly sense as Sai Baba is, he is not Isvara. When he is gone the world will continue with all its good and all its evil. He is just the self masquerading as another jiva, playing the role he is intended to play, dancing like a puppet on Isvara’s string, to me. If he was Isvara he would never change, never die.

I personally… not that I see myself as person…do not put much importance on spiritual stuff, gurus, avatars, etc. I think that when evaluating people in Maya, the only valid standard is dharma. To what degree does the person follow dharma?

Sai Baba has certainly generated much good karma by his actions. Whether he generated any bad we do not know. Some say he did. Did he use the vast good karma to neutralize the bad karma and avoid the consequences of his actions? Quite a few people perceive that he did. Are they honest people? How can we tell? I have a very objective mind. I keep things simple. I know what happens in my life and that is enough for me. If Jesus or Buddha came to visit and started acting big I would cut them down to size. If a criminal came to my house asking for food I would give him a seat and feed him. Whether Sai Baba helped you or whether you helped you, or Isvara helped you, what does it matter? You know who you are. This is all that matters. Love,
Ram

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