God: A Story of Revelation ~ Deepak Chopra

In Deepak Chopra’s powerful, groundbreaking, and imaginative new work, a unique blend of storytelling and teaching, the New York Times bestselling author explores the evolution of God. By capturing the lives of ten historical prophets, saints, mystics, and martyrs who are touched by a divine power, Chopra reveals a riveting portrait of a constantly changing God. Our belief—and therefore God itself—transforms with each passing century. In this new novel, Chopra brings to life the defining moments of our most influential sages, ultimately revealing universal lessons about the true nature of God.

Job in the Old Testament experienced something completely different from Paul in the New Testament, Socrates chased a mercurial spirit almost unrecognizable to the strange voice that called to Rumi, and Shankara moved from town to town sharing the truth about a God that stood in marked contrast to the one that guided Anne Hutchinson—yet one sees an undeniable pattern. These visionaries took the human race down unknown roads, and Chopra invites us to revisit their destinations. Tearing at our hearts and uplifting our souls, God leads us to a profound and life-altering understanding about the nature of belief, the power of faith, and the spirit that resides within us all.

Here are the ten faces of God for Chopra:

1. Job: “I am the Lord Thy God”
2. Socrates: “Know Thyself”
3. St. Paul: “I Am the Light of the World”
4. Shankara: “Life is a Dream”
5. Rumi: “Come with Me, My Beloved”
6. Julian of Norwich: “All Shall Be Well”
7. Giordano Bruno: “Everything Is Light”
8. Anne Hutchinson: “Spirit Is Perfect in Every Believer”
9. Baal Shem Tov: “To Love is to Serve God”
10. Rabindranath Tagore: “I Am the Endless Mystery”

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The Tumultuous Events In The Middle East and Spiritual Solutions~ Deepak Chopra

With the onslaught of social media, google hangout,and all the multifarious cyberspace networks, the much talked about Global Brain will inevitably become a reality that will witness the “breaking of boundaries” of thoughts,ideas, and human expressions.

Deepak’s comments on the recent events in the Middle East provide avenues for inner reflection and finding solutions in the spiritual realm. View Here on the Google Hangout, where Deepak Chopra talks to Ahmed Shihab-Eldin about politics, the tumultuous events in the Middle East, and his latest book, “Spiritual Solutions”. Click Here To Preview

” To offend another religion is disgraceful and shameful. To be easily offended is poor self-esteem and lack of faith”

Astronaut Edgar Mitchell’s experience of Samadhi / Satori

What do you think a Noetic world would look like?
When I went to the moon, I was a pragmatic test pilot, engineer, and scientist. My experience had shown beyond all question that science works. But there was another aspect to my experience during Apollo 14, and it contradicted the “pragmatic engineer” attitude. It began with the breath-taking experience of seeing planet Earth floating in the vastness of space.

The presence of divinity became almost palpable, and I knew that life in the universe was not just an accident based on random processes. This knowledge came to me directly—noetically. Clearly, the universe had meaning and direction. Then my thoughts turned to daily life on the planet. With that, my sense of wonderment gradually turned into something close to anguish.

It seemed as though humans were unconscious of their individual role in – and individual responsibility for – the future of life on the planet. Science, for all its technological feats, had a limited worldview.

When we see our fundamental unity with the processes of nature and the functioning of the universe – as I so vividly saw it from the Apollo spacecraft – the old ways of thinking and behaving will disappear.

Throughout history people have sought to resolve the differences between their objective methods and their subjective experience—between outer and inner. Humanity needs to rise from the personal to the transpersonal, from self-consciousness to cosmic consciousness.

For the past 40 years, the Institute of Noetic Sciences has been trail-blazing the confluence of outer and inner space research. It is the ultimate frontier in man’s attempt to understand himself and the nature of the universe.

This union of head and heart, insight and instinct, will ensure that as science comes to comprehend the nonmaterial aspect of reality as well as it knows the material, our knowledge will become wisdom, our love of power will become the power of love, and the universal aspect of cosmic consciousness can then emerge.

Looking at the earth, through the small portal of the Apollo 14 capsule, I had a vision for the world. I founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences to bring that vision to reality, to assist mankind to reach our fullest potential—a vision born from a new perspective.

The Institute of Noetic Sciences is bridging ancient wisdom and modern science to explore the web of our interconnection through education, community, and applications. I invite you to explore your inner world more deeply through the research, education, practical applications, and resources available through IONS.

Best regards,

Edgar Mitchell, ScD
IONS Founder
P.S. Join us in celebrating IONS’ 40th Anniversary year, looking to the next 40 years of IONS for the EONS.

Anniversary celebrations include:
Thursday, September 27th Phone Call with IONS CEO, Steve Villano

Tuesday, October 9th Q’ero Indians at EarthRise at IONS Campus

Friday, October 26 – Sunday, October 28 Board and Donor Weekend at EarthRise, Including a Public Proclamation Ceremony Bestowing the Key to the City of Petaluma

Edgar Mitchell
Interview 2012
Visionary: Edgar D. Mitchell, ScD, PhD

We hope you enjoy this six minute video, taped this year, in which Edgar describes his journey from the moon and reasons he founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences.

Deepak Chopra’s New Book “Spiritual Solutions” [Updated Sept 22, 2012]

In his latest book “Spiritual Solutions: Answers to Life’s Greatest Challenges,” best-selling author Deepak Chopra teaches readers how to transform obstacles into opportunities by raising their level of awareness.

“The secret is that the level of the problem is never the level of the solution,” said Chopra in the book.

Whether looking to lead a more fulfilling life; finding time for meditation; or wanting to jumpstart a stagnant career, this new book offers tools and strategies to help meet life’s challenges from within.

“There is no greater power for success and personal growth than your own awareness,” said Chopra.

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The Fundamentals of Your Own Spiritual Solutions

Find out more about Spiritual Solutions at http://www.deepakchopra.com/book Deepak provides a template to create your own spiritual solutions. The fundamental is very simple. Awareness can be contracted and you can get disconnected from the world, feel threatened. Awareness can be also expanded and you could feel connected and feel a sense of wholeness. Pure awareness is the state of consciousness where you feel one with the world. Our thoughts are only one component of awareness, but thought is not the most important aspect of how we experience reality; it is the finest level of feeling. As a start you need to determine in what state of awareness you happen to be in. Problems occur in contracted awareness. Solutions start to emerge and when you move move to expanded awareness. Love, compassion, joy and equanimity move you into expanded awareness.

Want Deepak Chopra to help you solve your problem or challenge? We are looking for videos to feature in a new YouTube original series titled “Spiritual Solutions”, launching in July 2012. You tell us your problem and Deepak will provide the answers – from the spiritual to the sublime to the just plain straightforward. No question is out of bounds, though not all will be answered. If you would like to be featured, upload a response video or email us a link to your video after reviewing the requirements below! And remember there are no stupid questions…but the responses are always spiritual when Deepak Chopra is answering them.

Please share this video with others — you never know who might be in need of a spiritual solution!

Video Requirements:

1. We are looking for succinct (1 min or less) videos that are interesting and honest. Feel free to be creative and expressive!

2. When you send us a link or post a response video, make sure your video is set to UNLISTED on YouTube. Your video must be new, not a video you’ve already uploaded and is public. You can send us links at: solutions@thechoprawell.com.

3. Please don’t include music or copyrighted images in your video (i.e. please don’t film yourself in front of a photo or painting). If you must, only use music that you create, that is from the public domain, or that you have a license to use. If you use licensed music, we will also need a copy of that license agreement.

4. Only submit your own original videos. If accepted, this video must live on the THE CHOPRA WELL channel EXCLUSIVELY and CANNOT be live on the internet ANYWHERE else, including your own Youtube channel.

5. You must be over 18 to submit a video. If you are not over 18, please have your parent or guardian submit the video for you or have them contact us at: solutions@thechoprawell.com

So – what’s your problem?

Check out Deepak’s new book, which this series is based on:
“Spiritual Solutions” on Amazon – http://goo.gl/uTYBV

Deepak’s latest book is Spiritual Solutions: Answers to Life’s Greatest Challenges. Here with Alan Steinfeld of http://www.NewRealities.com Order book at: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307719170/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=w… Here Deepak gives a comprehensive overview of some of the key concepts (and more) of spiritual solutions. He also talks about the 3 basic levels of awareness: Contractive, Expansive and Pure….

Soma in Yoga and Ayurveda: The Power of Rejuvenation and Immortality by Dr. David Frawley

“Soma in Yoga and Ayurveda weaves together with remarkable clarity rejuvenation of the body, revitalization of the mind, and awakening to the inherent immortality of the Spirit. The book reveals special healing secrets of Soma from the ancient Vedic rishis and yogis reflecting a profound vision and wide range of application that can transform both our individual lives and our collective culture. Vamadeva Shastri has provided one of the most important and original books on Yoga and Ayurveda in recent times that is bound to be studied for decades to come.”

Deepak Chopra, author ?Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul: How to Create a New Self

What is the secret of Soma, the legendary mystic drink of immortality, first lauded by India’s ancient Vedic seers? Is Soma a single plant, type of plants, a way of healing, a special intoxicant, or an inner elixir produced by Yoga and meditation?

Going back to the vision of the Vedic seers, David Frawley reveals the secret of Soma for body, mind and spirit, with its profound implications from diet and herbs to pranayama, mantra and meditation. His new analysis of Soma, reflecting forty years of study of Vedic texts, is practical, comprehensive and deeply insightful – so that you can bring the secret power of Soma into all aspects of your life and consciousness, and for the world as a whole.

He follows the yogic approach of Ganapati Muni, the chief disciple of the great Advaitic guru Ramana Maharshi.
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The Way of The Heart: Teachings of Jeshua and Mary Magdalene ~ Sophie Rose

Astonishing Lessons for the 21st Century from the Spiritual Masters

After years of daily meditation, Sophie Rose was contacted by a being that she perceived as Jesus. A non-religious person, at first she was shocked by the possibility that the divine presence might be real. Ultimately, Rose realized that she was to be a conduit for two of the greatest spiritual masters who have ever lived. Her astonishing new book presents a series of detailed spiritual lessons as relayed to her by Jeshua and Mary Magdalene.

Dictated to the author during the silence of her meditations was the “Way of the Heart” course, consisting of thirty-six lessons. In the tradition of the international best-seller, A Course in Miracles, Rose lays out the channeled series of spiritual messages as a blue print for connecting with one’s soul, with God and with others in a compassionate, loving way. Also included in the book are questions from a small group of people who were able to -remarkably- receive answers from the two beings.
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Sophie Rose: Jesus & Mary Magdalene
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The Author

Sophie Rose
was born in France. She holds a Master’s Degree in Law but mostly worked in marketing until 1999, when she moved to the United States.

She began her spiritual quest in 1998, practiced meditation with different teachers and quickly became an avid meditator. Sophie was contacted by Jeshua and Mary Magdalene in February 2010. The Way of The Heart was dictated in 2011.

She is a contributing author of The Sacred Shift, Co-Creating Your Future, and writes spiritual articles for national and international magazines.

Sophie is not aligned with any particular religion or tradition and has always favored a direct experience of spirituality. She is a spiritual counselor and thoroughly enjoys mentoring people on the path.

The Evolution Of Consciousness

This remarkable 40 Minute Artainment program is the result of years of in-depth philosophical exploration into the deeper mysteries of life. ”The Evolution Of Consciousness” integrates Art, Science Philosophy and Religion into a creative living matrix which serves to “Inspire, Delight Heal and Enlighten”

“The Evolution Of Consciousness” contains a beautiful evocative soundtrack from master musicians which is artistically integrated with sacred geometry, visionary art, fractals and natural imagery.

This profoundly beautiful, archetypical, transpersonal meditative, journey spans 15 Billion years of “Time”. ”The Evolution Of Consciousness” answers in a sublime and subliminal way the fundamental questions of life… Who Are We?…Where Did we come from ?… and perhaps most importantly where are we going?

In experiencing ”The Evolution Of Consciousness” these questions will be made self evident as we journey in consciousness to the place we never left..The Eternal Here And Now..

”The Evolution Of Consciousness” bears repeated viewing as the great mysteries and beauty of the Omniverse unfold before your very eyes !!

The Ravenous Brain How the New Science of Consciousness Explains Our Insatiable Search for Meaning ~DANIEL BOR

Consciousness is our gateway to experience: It enables us to recognize Van Gogh’s starry skies, be enraptured by Beethoven’s Fifth, and stand in awe of a snowcapped mountain. Yet consciousness is subjective, personal, and famously difficult to examine: Philosophers have for centuries declared this mental entity so mysterious as to be impenetrable to science.

In The Ravenous Brain, neuroscientist Daniel Bor departs sharply from this historical view, and builds on the latest research to propose a new model for how consciousness works. Bor argues that this brain-based faculty evolved as an accelerated knowledge gathering tool. Consciousness is effectively an ideas factory—that choice mental space dedicated to innovation, a key component of which is the discovery of deep structures within the contents of our awareness.

This model explains our brains’ ravenous appetite for information—and in particular, its constant search for patterns: Why, for instance, after all our physical needs have been met, do we recreationally solve crossword or Sudoku puzzles? Such behavior may appear biologically wasteful, but, according to Bor, this general need to search for structure can often yield immense evolutionary benefits—it led our ancestors to discover fire and farming, pushed modern society to forge ahead in science and technology, and guides each one of us so profoundly to understand and control the world around us. But, Bor argues, the sheer innovative power of human consciousness carries with it the heavy cost of mental fragility. Bor therefore discusses the medical implications of his theory of consciousness, and what it means for the origins and treatment of psychiatric ailments, including attention-deficit disorder, schizophrenia, manic depression, and autism. All mental illnesses, he argues, can be reformulated as disorders of consciousness—a perspective that opens up new avenues of treatment for alleviating mental suffering.

A controversial view of consciousness, The Ravenous Brain links cognition to creativity in an ingenious solution to one of science’s biggest mysteries.

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Daniel Bor is a research fellow at the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science and the Department of Informatics at the University of Sussex. Previously he spent more than a decade working as a cognitive neuroscientist in the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit at the University of Cambridge. Bor lives in Cambridge, England.

Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World by Dalai Lama XIV, Alexander Norman (Contributor) [updated]

All the world’s major religions, with their emphasis on love, compassion, patience, tolerance, and forgiveness can and do promote inner values. But the reality of the world today is that grounding ethics in religion is no longer adequate. This is why I am increasingly convinced that the time has come to find a way of thinking about spirituality and ethics beyond religion altogether.

An unprecedented event: a beloved world religious leader proposes a way to lead an ethical, happy, and spiritual life beyond religion and offers a program of mental training for cultivating key human values

Ten years ago, in his best-selling Ethics for a New Millennium, His Holiness the Dalai Lama first proposed an approach to ethics based on universal rather than religious principles. Now, in Beyond Religion, the Dalai Lama, at his most compassionate and outspoken, elaborates and deepens his vision for the nonreligious way.

Transcending the mere “religion wars,” he outlines a system of ethics for our shared world, one that gives full respect to religion. With the highest level of spiritual and intellectual authority, the Dalai Lama makes a stirring appeal for what he calls a “third way,” a path to an ethical and happy life and to a global human community based on understanding and mutual respect.

Beyond Religion is an essential statement from the Dalai Lama, a blueprint for all those who may choose not to identify with a religious tradition, yet still yearn for a life of spiritual fulfillment as they work for a better world.

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Piers Morgan interviews His Holiness the Dalai Lama for CNN’s Piers Morgan

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s public talk “Be the Change” given at the Eden Court Theatre in Inverness, Scotland, on June 23, 2012. Following the public talk there is a question and answer session.

Emptiness is not Empty ~ James Swartz

James: Any feeling is an attribute. You are that because of which the feeling is known. You do not feel anything. When the mind is predominately sattvic awareness as attention flowing through the subtle body causes the feeling of love in the mind. It is a pure attribute. It belongs to the mind, not to the self.

Thomas: This was my point with Bliss. Isn’t bliss a feeling? Would not make this an attribute. What is the difference with bliss and love or compassion as the Buddhists put it.

James: The bliss word is one of the biggest all time problems in the spiritual world. The word, ananda, which has been translated as bliss actually is actually ananta, which means without limits or without and end and refers to you, awareness. But because people are so emotionally unfulfilled they imagine that if they realize who they are they will be walking around feeling good all day long. What bliss actually means is a ‘sense’ of authenticity, wholeness and peace that emanates from the understanding I am whole and complete and emanates out as good feelings.

Thomas: As far as I know through my practice of Buddhism, what Buddha meant was the sense of a “personal self.” He described it somewhere like the rafters of a house being removed. Removing the wrong identification with the person. In his case being Siddhārtha Gautama, his biography, memories, thoughts, feelings, emotions, habits. conditioning, samskaras, vasnas, karma and so on. This is what he meant by emptiness. The sense of the person no longer being there. The new sense of who you are is Brahman, awareness according to Vedanta or emptiness according to Buddha, but they are almost identical. How much of a departure was this really from the vedas?

James: Yes, I think that is what he meant, no separate self or personal self. I am of course very familiar with the Mundaka quote. It is one of my favorites. The Buddha quote is much welcomed. I get asked about this all the time and since I don’t know anything about Buddhism I cannot speak with any authority. This makes it clear that emptiness is not empty. Buddhists do not appreciate it, but the Vedantins have a clever saying, “Buddhism is just a chip off the tooth of the Vedas.”

How the Brahmins describe Brahman:

In the highest golden sheath is Brahman, stainless, without parts; Pure is it, the light of lights. This is what the knowers of the Self know. The sun shines not there, nor the moon and stars, these lightnings shine not, where then could this fire be? His shining illumines all this world. Brahman, verily, is this Deathless.
Mundaka Upanishad

How the Buddha describes Emptiness:

Where water, earth, heat and wind find no footing, there no stars gleam, no sun is made visible, there shines no moon, there the darkness is not found; When the sage, the brahmin, himself in wisdom knows this place he is freed from the form and formless realms, from happiness and suffering.
The Udana

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Defy Gravity Healing Beyond the Bounds of Reason by Caroline Myss

New York Times best-selling author Caroline Myss draws from her years as a medical intuitive to show that healing is not only physical; it is also a mystical phenomenon that transcends reason.

Inspired by ordinary people who overcame a wide array of physical and psychological ailments—from rheumatoid arthritis to cancer—Caroline dove into the works of the great mystics to gain a deeper understanding of healing’s spiritual underpinnings. Based on these studies, she demonstrates how conventional and holistic medicine often fall short in times of need. Both systems rely upon a logical approach to curing illness when there is nothing reasonable about the emotional, psychological, or spiritual influences behind any ailment.

Integral to this mystical healing approach is the engagement of the soul, which we experience through exploring our seven shadow passions, building an empowered inner self around our seven inherent graces, and learning how to work with the mystical laws that govern it. This knowledge holds the key to understanding what it means to defy gravity and break through the boundaries of ordinary thought. You can heal any illness. You can channel grace. And you can learn to live fearlessly.

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Defy Gravity by Caroline Myss

Defy Gravity – Healing Beyond the Bounds of Reason, by Caroline Myss
Defy Gravity explores the mystical qualities involved in the experience of healing. Caroline instructs readers to move beyond the dilemma of needing to find logical reasons for why an illness has developed and instead get on with the task of personal transformation.

Caroline Myss is one of the world’s leading voices in the fields of human consciousness, spirituality and mysticism, health, energy medicine, and the science of medical intuition. She is a five-time New York Times bestselling author of Anatomy of the Spirit, Why People Don’t Heal and How They Can, Sacred Contracts, Invisible Acts of Power, and Entering the Castle. Her latest book is Defy Gravity: Healing Beyond the Bounds of Reason.

Caroline’s work has attracted widespread media coverage. Oprah Winfrey gave Caroline her own television program on the OXYGEN network, which ran successfully for one year. Caroline is also a contributor to O Magazine.

RSA Animate – 21st century enlightenment

Matthew Taylor explores the meaning of 21st century enlightenment, how the idea might help us meet the challenges we face today, and the role that can be played by organisations such as the RSA.

DIFFICULT PEOPLE: A Gateway to Enlightenment ~ Lisette Larkins [updated]

For most of us, difficult people are the bane of our existence. They annoy us, they throw us off balance, they test our patience, and—to one degree or another—they provoke reactions that are decidedly unhealthy. But it is also true that difficult people (DPs) mirror our own dysfunctional mental states and provide us with wonderful opportunities to understand ourselves, heal ourselves, and learn to live in the moment.

Lisette Larkins realized the positive aspect of dealing with difficult people when she was providing care for a late-stage Alzheimer’s patient. Through daily interactions with a DP, Larkins began a personal journey of exploration that ultimately led to spiritual awakening. In Difficult People: A Gateway to Enlightenment, Larkins shares her journey and guides readers in reaching a “chronic state of well-being.”
Lisette Larkins
Author of Difficult People
Using Our Experiences With Difficult People For Spiritual Transformation
Difficult people have been for most of us the bane of our existence. They annoy, hassle, and irritate us and provoke various degrees of unhealthy reaction. What few of us have realized is that they also mirror our own dysfunctional mental states and provide an opportunity to heal them.

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Lisette Larkins has worked as a sales director in publishing and a spiritual guide. In 2007, she took a job as the caregiver of a late-stage Alzheimer’s patient, an experience that pushed her into a permanent state of “presence” and revealed the possibility of living in a “chronic state of well-being.” Larkins, who has had extraordinary paranormal experiences since childhood, is the author of three books.

Best of You Today’s interview with Lisette Larkins
The Search for True Happiness

What is true happiness? Author and spiritual teacher Lisette Larkins has written several books to share what she has learned on her journey to find what she calls a chronic state of well-being. She found some profound answers where she didn’t expect it: as caregiver to a woman afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease. She explores her experience and revelations in her latest book, Difficult People: A Gateway to Enlightenment. Here, she answers our questions in this first part of a two-part interview to give BOYT readers a glimpse into her time as caregiver to Jeanette and the life-changing enlightenment she gained.

Self-AwarenessBOYT: Can you give us some background on your spiritual development? You have had paranormal experiences since childhood. How has this influenced you?

Lisette Larkins: When you see and hear things that others do not, it can be initially unsettling, but the experience can also serve to turn you more inwardly focused. This is what I feel happened to me at different periods throughout my life. As a young child in school, I would begin to notice that hours would go by without hearing a sound or being aware of anything happening in my immediate environment because my attention was on the vastness of the sky, or on the greater meaning behind my incomprehensible paranormal experiences. I recall how hours would pass while sitting in the classroom and it was as though I had not been there at all. It’s remarkable that I was still able to pass my exams and graduate.

Later, as a young wife and mother at age thirty, I was catapulted into a more intense round of experiences involving clairvoyance, clairaudience, and paranormal phenomena that created inner turmoil. I wondered what was happening to me. Although I didn’t always understand or remember the details or nature of those visions and otherworldly experiences as they were occurring, a deeper, broader interest in the meaning of life started to bubble up within me. After my husband and I divorced, I struggled with worldly concerns such as being a single mother and worrying about an uncertain future. But my paranormal experiences had ignited an interest in seeing behind the veil, with respect to these experiences themselves but also to see below the veil of our human personalities. I became very interested in the dynamics underlying normal human interaction, as the collapse of my marriage left me devastated. I wondered why relationships were so difficult.

BOYT: Did these paranormal experiences relate to how you thought about and lived your life?

Lisette Larkins: Most definitely. The test is always how we can grow as human beings and reclaim our authentic selves, and one of the key experiences in that regard is relationship of all kinds. So, perhaps due to my sense of isolation and loneliness as a result of my extraordinary experiences, I longed to find a courageous, inwardly mature companion, someone with whom I might intimately share my inexplicable spiritual journey.

Deeply yearning to experience true intimacy with another, I began to find that this was the most challenging type of relationship to develop. To me, intimacy means a mutual desire and willingness to courageously observe and then transform self-defeating behaviors. Because romantic partnerships so beautifully expose less than ideal behavioral habits and faulty mental processes like no other venue, it’s ironic that once exposed, so many love relationships suffer and collapse. This doesn’t need to be the case. Two people who love each other can successfully transform the challenges that block their intimacy and grow together. When there are issues that diminish trust and fondness, this is a superb opportunity for individual spiritual expansion, which always results in a boost to the other partner. This is why the ultimate “use” of all love relationships is to expand spiritually in order to awaken. While we once believed that serious spiritual practitioners should retreat from the messiness of romantic ties, most of us today have little interest in leaving our usual routines and setting off for an isolated spiritual ashram.

Becoming aware of the real cause of our relationship problems, without flinching and without holdbacks, takes less courage and maturity than you might imagine. But without benefit of any effective spiritual practice, it’s almost impossible. Throughout my life, I struggled and suffered within the context of all types of interpersonal relationships, especially those involving romantic ties, because romance always brings unhealed aspects of oneself into the light of day.

True intimacy requires that the authentic self, the real essence of you, be reclaimed. It is not your life roles, your body or mind, or all of your special abilities, skills or talents. When we become practiced in quieting the mind, we come to hear the quiet voice of our inner being. This inner voice is our true essence and by allowing the soul’s gentle voice to be heard, we can determine the best course of action for ourselves.
The authentic self has no fear of bonding in love relationships. For most people, the voice and tenderness of their authentic self is buried underneath the bravado and false roles of the ego; so of course, true intimacy remains elusive. It’s common to “hold-back” our real selves out of fear of intimacy, a somewhat typical male behavior that gets explained away as a demonstration of strength, rather than as evidence of one’s inner essence having been obscured by the false goals of the ego. Developing an entire identity around being aloof and less than affectionate actually advertises weakness and fear. Loving readily and easily is the domain of the courageous.

The ego is loathe to allow this degree of intimacy because its hardened sense of moral superiority fears the vulnerability of accepting and forgiving, and being tender and affectionate. Our natural state is to love readily and deeply, but most of us are incapable of sustaining it. It seems to me that the most important aspect of life had to do with relating to others in this way: deeply, meaningfully, and spiritually.

This perspective also informed my professional experiences, and I became aware of all tension, superficiality, mistrust and the ups and downs of all kinds of relationships, not only romantic ones. As young children, our natural state is to be naturally affectionate and trusting. Later, we become cool, distant, and protected—less ready to genuinely and easily allow love to inform our relationships. Of course, since I had contributed my share of dysfunction, I was deeply motivated to know why lasting harmony within relationships was so elusive, particularly romantic ones. I had earnestly begun the quest of the true spiritual practitioner in which I suspected that there may be an insidious reason why so few couples experience deeply meaningful and lasting fondness for each other. I suspected that perhaps there is some real culprit forever standing as a watchful sentry, guarding against dangerous vulnerability.

And so a deeper exploration began, in which I looked more intently at those mechanisms that prevented deepening intimacy over time, within the context of relationships. Even so, I didn’t make much progress.

This period was painful from an emotional perspective because I could not find any example of a romantic couple where lasting harmony was demonstrated. My own attempt to experience true intimacy was thwarted again and again in the context of romance, and they were punctuated by periods of simply giving up the search and leading a life of a near recluse.

Then I met Jeannette. Making a complete change, professionally speaking, I decided to accept a position as her caregiver with no prior experience and thus began my three-year “partnership” with her, helping her to navigate all the horrors of her late-stage Alzheimer’s disease. Because I had already shifted my focus to my own spiritual progress prior to accepting the position, my motivation was already in place to courageously identify mental patterns that block harmony. Because Jeannette was so miserable, angrily protesting her deteriorating condition and creating intense suffering for herself and those in her environment, her home became my laboratory for spiritual practice.

Jeannette was an extremely difficult person. How was I to care for her? It was this question that propelled me to discover the precise mechanism that thwarts harmony in all types of relationships, whether professional or romantic, and to find a way to transcend it.

BOYT: What’s the difference between dealing with a difficult mate and a difficult boss, or in your case, a difficult Alzheimer’s patient?

Lisette Larkins: While either party in a romance can be and are often difficult, our feelings often prevent us from seeing the other objectively and thus revealing the mental mechanism of resistance that is the real culprit here. Seemingly stuck in a state of chronic annoyance, Jeannette was my perfect difficult person, frequently angry and judgmental, and quite incapable of noticing that her ego’s sense of moral superiority only worsened her decline—the toll of her underlying illness.

In the way that most of us embrace ego pursuits, Jeannette’s interests that were carried over from her earlier life were on competitiveness and comparing herself to others, whom she usually found to be lacking. She was deeply motivated to purchase and accumulate things, and to enhance her physical body. Naturally, without an accompanying willingness to grow in self-awareness, true satisfaction could not be found, as is the case with all of us. She was stuck on a hamster wheel, looking for satisfaction outside of herself, which of course was excruciatingly frustrating.

She, like us, was caught in the vicious cycle of self-perpetuating misery, which, in her case, had begun long before her Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Like Jeannette, we are all mostly quite cowardly in the way we cannot or will not look inside ourselves at what truly blocks inner peace, which in turn makes partnership possible. Whether there is a dementia diagnosis or not, we all tend to mirror each other in this regard, if only by degree.

I had never expected that by taking a job as a caregiver for an Alzheimer’s patient, I would discover the virtual same mental patterns alive within me that she so strongly demonstrated. Because it is so much easier to experience longstanding, albeit shallower intimacy with friends rather than with our romantic partners, we often tend to shy away from the very intensity that actually can save us—to thus reflect back to us where we also need improvement. Because long- term romantic relationships more readily bring out our inner beast so that we can identify faulty mental patterns, this is the very context which can best serve the goals of the soul which always presses us to grow, rather than stagnate.

Jeannette shared with me many of the challenges that arise within the context of romantic partnerships: the nitty-gritty, down and dirty, day-in and day-out exposure to the normally hidden aspects of the disowned parts of ourselves—those aspects buried by our “social personality” when dealing with friends. For this reason, once a deepening interpersonal relationship was initiated, it seduced her “bad behavior” out into the light of day where it was sorely evident to me, and I was agog at its nature and scope. Ultimately, our relationship allowed me to see how our inner struggle was the same.

Healing ourselves and going forward into wholeness requires tremendous vulnerability, which of course requires warrior-type courage. Not everyone is up to the task of exposing deep emotional, sexual, and spiritual wounds so that they can be clearly observed and thus healed. But whatever the cause of suffering, the antidote is exactly the same: quiet the mind’s protests and inner peace arises.

This was my conundrum with Jeannette. Because she had no ability given her illness to delve more deeply into the nature of her suffering, I was pushed to explore the nature of her dysfunction and my own in order to save us both. Although I didn’t expect that she would survive her terminal diagnosis, I was determined to find a way to maintain as sane an environment as possible to midwife her through the stages of her disease. I wouldn’t have been able to continue as her caregiver with any degree of effectiveness or sanity had I not been driven to look more deeply at the true cause behind our mutual suffering. It’s ironic in the extreme how our loved one’s inability or unwillingness to grow along with us, still serves to push the one who is motivated further along the path of emotional maturity.

My journey with Jeannette continues to symbolize my journey with everyone I have loved since that time. You either grow together or the relationship ends. But even if it ends, for whatever reason, the partner who shuns the cowardly tendency of the ego to “hide out” from true intimacy, will go on to experience the rewards of deeper, more mature interpersonal relationships with others. Replacing the false goals of the ego, with all its inherent superficiality, always brings its own transformation.

BOYT: When you were taking care of your Alzheimer’s patient, Jeannette, was there an “aha” moment when you realized what was happening and what you needed to do to transform yourself? How did you deal with that at the time?

Lisette Larkins: Alzheimer’s disease is the perfect example of the way that the pain body takes over a person so completely. This brain disease impairs mental functioning; however, this is precisely what happens when the pain body comes out to feed and we lose all mental clarity! In this way we are all subject to the same “disease” when mental impairment sets in and clarity and equanimity go out the window. Does it really matter whether the reason is Alzheimer’s or an active pain body feeding?

Jeannette was a reaction machine, negatively reacting to one thing after another, leaving me trailing after her as she chronically found fault with everything from the weather to the body weight of a stranger who walked by. She would complain about the traffic, or a pothole in the street; she would whine about having to wait in line at the grocery store. She was a perfect snapshot of the way that everyone’s ego upholds its moral superiority over other people and other things, and how it resists what arises in every moment.

After I had been with her for only a few months, one day after returning from an outing we pulled into her driveway where she had expected to see her newly trimmed olive trees. Instead, they had not been trimmed and there was no sight of the gardener. Jeannette flew into a rage and began to pound her fist on the car’s dashboard and later, on the window. I was aghast and cried out to her, objecting to her overreaction. With that, she jumped out of the car and slammed the door so hard that I thought the car window would shatter. It took a long time after that incident to regain her trust, because as her new caregiver my reaction further fueled her mistrust of me.

That night at home in bed, I openly wept, feeling helpless to continue on as her caregiver. How was I to survive such a bad-tempered woman? It appeared that it would be no small accomplishment to find a way to keep us both on an even plain of emotional comfort. Not wanting to quit and to abandon her and her family in the middle of their crisis, I lay there reflecting on the incident and suddenly became aware of how we had actually demonstrated similar traits.

This was a turning point for me because I recognized that we were quite similar: she had reacted to the untrimmed trees, and then I had reacted to her reaction. In this way, we were both “afflicted.” The antidote, then, became readily apparent: Dissolve that aspect of myself that reacts and responds negatively to her, and we could both be healed. Even though the majority of my judgment about Jeannette was internal and nonverbal, it was apparent that it was I who had spiritual work to do. Until I could dissolve that aspect of me that we both shared, there was no need to judge her for what was alive within me too.

BOYT: What inspired you to write about this remarkable awakening using your Alzheimer’s patient as your “difficult person” model?

Lisette Larkins: Although I had previously published three books, I had given up the role of “author” having realized how my previous strong roles and egoic needs impeded my spiritual growth. I had realized the pitfalls of striving for professional success as just one more false role of the ego, and I didn’t want to be part of that dance any more. Then, two years into my employment as Jeannette’s caregiver an awakened state began to gently arise and one Saturday morning I sat down to write. Words began to spill out of me, but it did not feel as though I ever made the decision, “Okay, it’s time to write a new book.” To the contrary, it almost felt like a gentle pressure or inner force that wanted to arise through me. These were words that gradually formed a book; they spilled up and out of me and through me. It didn’t feel as though I sat down to try and create something clever. There was nothing else to do but to allow it to move through me and on to the page, which turned into the book, Difficult People. When it was finished, I gave it to my publisher, but with its publication I had no more need to be a “success” in the traditional sense. It was an act of service.

The neuroscience of fair play: why we (usually) follow the Golden rule ~ Donald W. Pfaff

We remember the admonition of our mothers: “Treat others as you want them to treat you.” But what if being nice was something we were inclined by nature to do anyway?

Renowned neuroscientist Donald Pfaff upends our entire understanding of ethics and social contracts with an intriguing proposition: the Golden Rule is hardwired into the human brain.

Pfaff, the researcher who first discovered the connections between specific brain circuits and certain behaviors, contends that the basic ethics governing our everyday lives can be traced directly to brain circuitry. Writing with popular science journalist Sandra J. Ackerman, he explains in this clear and concise account how specific brain signals induce us to consider our actions as if they were directed at ourselves—and subsequently lead us to treat others as we wish to be treated.

Brain hormones are a part of this complicated process, and The Neuroscience of Fair Play discusses how brain hormones can catalyze behaviors with moral implications in such areas as self-sacrifice, parental love, friendship, and violent aggression.

Drawing on his own research and other recent studies in brain science, Pfaff offers a thought-provoking hypothesis for why certain ethical codes and ideas have remained constant across human societies and cultures throughout the world and over the centuries of history. An unprecedented and provocative investigation, The Neuroscience of Fair Play offers a new perspective on the increasingly important intersection of neuroscience and ethics.

The Neuroscience of Fair Play – Donald Pfaff

Donald W. Pfaff, PhD
The Neuroscience of Fair Play

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

CONSCIOUSNESS : Bridging the Gap Between Conventional Science and the New Super Science of Quantum Mechanics ~ Eva Herr

This extraordinary book is concerned with the questions:

>Does the presence of sensate awareness, cognitive awareness, and self-awareness or all of them combined assure that consciousness is active?

>Are these attributes of consciousness? Are they signifiers of consciousness?

> What is the nature of consciousness; do we have free will; what are the differences between mind and brain, energy and physical objects, and the body and the soul?

Eva Herr is seeking answers to the intriguing questions most of us know little about. Each person Eva interviews reveals the importance, as well as the necessity, of paying attention to our subjective, inner experiences in order to more effectively relate and interact with the present world in which we live. Every one of the scholars interviewed by Eva offer us a new understanding, as well as a more hopeful understanding of human and cosmic reality at its most fundamental level.

Based on interviews with visionary scientists, philosophers, physicists, and critical thinkers, this book takes its readers on an exciting journey of discovery.

Eva Herr examines the nature of consciousness; the differences between the mind and the brain, the body and the soul, and energy and physical objects; and much, much more. Throughout, her goal is to enhance our understanding of human and cosmic reality so that we can more effectively interact with the world in which we live.

Eva Herr is one of the world’s luminaries on the topics of alternative medicine and the science of consciousness. She stands out with her no-nonsense, factual interviews and her deep understanding of what she is discussing. She became a popular talk show hostess on BBS Radio’s “Infinite Consciousness,” which gave her the opportunity to engage the minds of today’s top thinkers in the fields of alternative medicine, science, consciousness, and our human experience. She is the author of Agape, The Intent of the Soul.

When Do I See God?: Finding the Path to Heaven by Jeff Ianniello

“Thus, the story evolved. It was no longer about a man’s simple journey into heaven, but a probable scenario for those that hold on to doubts about the nature, or even the very existence, of God.”

When a flash flood claims Steven Drilach’s life, he finds that existence does not end with the death of the body. He steps into an afterlife where all his dreams can come true and anything he imagines can be his. Following the lead of his afterlife guide, he learns of the connections between the physical world he left behind and the spiritual realm where he now resides. During his journeys back to earth, he discovers lost souls unwilling to accept their own death and unable to move on to a spiritual existence. Through their experiences, he learns to face his own personal doubts and to understand what truly separates him from God. Here is a fascinating exploration of the relationship between the seemingly horrible events that occur on Earth (wars, genocide, abuse, murder, insanity) and mankind’s belief (or disbelief) in a loving God.

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Jeff Ianniello earned his MBA from Farleigh Dickinson University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from The College of New Jersey. He is an accountant, a web developer, and the author of seven books, including Alien Cradle (science fiction), the Delver Magic Book series of three fantasy novels, and Soul View, a spiritual thriller. As he extended his creative abilities, he expanded the scope of his writing and ventured into spiritual concepts. He owes everything to his wife and soul mate, Joan, who has led him to understand the true meaning of destiny. They currently live in New Jersey with their dog, Jilly.

Visions, Trips, and Crowded Rooms: Who and What You See Before You Die by David Kessler

What does the afterlife look like? Is there a hereafter? Do we ever really see the dead? In David’s new book, he visits the world of three uniquely shared experiences that challenge our ability to explain and fully understand the mystery of our final days. The first is “visions.” As the dying lose sight of this world, some people appear to be looking into the world to come. The second shared experience is getting ready for a “trip.” These trips may seem to us to be all about leaving, but for the dying, they may be about arriving. Finally, the third phenomenon is “crowded rooms.” The dying often talk about seeing a room full of people, as they constantly repeat the word crowded. In truth, we never die alone. Just as loving hands greeted us when we were born, so will loving arms embrace us when we die.

In the tapestry of life and death, we may begin to see connections to the past that we missed in life. While death may look like a loss to the living, the last hours of a dying person may be filled not with emptiness, but rather with fullness. In this fascinating book, David brings us stunning stories from the bedsides of the dying that will educate, enlighten, and comfort us all.
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Visions, Trips and Crowded Rooms – CNN – David Kessler

CNN Visions, Trips and Crowded Rooms, who and what you see before you die

CNN Early Prime – David Kessler Discusses grief, loss, Kubler Ross, Michael Landon and Mother Teresa

The Three Sisters of the Tao, Essential Conversations with Chinese Medicine, I Ching and Feng Shui ~ Terah Kathryn Collins

Enter the transformational world of the Three Sisters of the Tao – Chinese Medicine, I Ching and Feng Shui – with best-selling author Terah Kathryn Collins as she chronicles their sagacious counsel on how to sustain – or regain – the Way of the Heart.

Terah’s provocative dialogues with each Sister draw you into the intimacy of their inner circle, each conversation a journey into the essence of a heart-centred life. Chinese Medicine restores tranquility with her calming presence; illuminates your vital connection with Heaven and Earth; and opens new pathways of inspiration, sensuality, and creativity. I Ching calls forth the full expression of your true self, harmonises the union of your heart and mind, and reveals the unseen world of loving help. Feng Shui imbues your surroundings with rhythmic resonance, opening you to the living symphony of sacred space—your abode within the greater matrix of environmental harmony.

Terah Kathryn Collins
is a best-selling author and teacher; the founder of the Western School of Feng Shui in Solana Beach, California; and the originator of Essential Feng Shui®. Her first book, The Western Guide to Feng Shui, is one of the most popular books on the subject in the world and has been translated into ten languages. She has also written Home Design with Feng Shui A–Z, The Western Guide to Feng Shui—Room by Room featuring more than 100 photographs, The Western Guide to Feng Shui for Prosperity, and The Western Guide to Feng Shui for Romance: The Dance of Heart and Home. Her other works include the Personal Paradise Cards, a deck of 54 colorful flash cards and accompanying booklet, and her six-CD Feng Shui audio course.
Featured on the PBS Body and Soul TV series, Terah has spoken on Feng Shui at many special events, including the Magical Mastery and Today’s Wisdom Tours in Australia; the New Millennium Conference in Mexico; and the Women of Wisdom, I Can Do It®, and Empowering Women Conferences across the United States.

Filled with helpful guidance and direction, this enchanting book also includes 22 Essential Pearls, meditations, and introspective activities inviting you to dive deep into your true self; embrace your creative genius; and dance with the Sisters on a path paved with serenity, kindness, and pleasure.

There is a timeless quality, easy to recognise. You can feel it. The Tao, the Way, is permeated with love.

The 3 Sisters of Tao: Chinese Medicine, I Ching and Feng Shui

How Long Is Now?: A Journey to Enlightenment…and Beyond by Timothy Freke

In this unique and exhilarating book, standup philosopher Tim Freke shows you how to be spiritually awake in the perpetual now, while also passionately engaging with the adventure of life.

Tim shares his own amazing journey to the ecstasy of oneness and the bliss of big love, inviting you to explore the “real world” of meaning, miracles, and magic.

He offers astonishing insights and powerful wake-up techniques, clarifies common misunderstandings about what it is to be “spiritual,” and presents an extraordinary new understanding of death and immortality.

Full of warmth, laughter, tears, vitality, and style, this book is a breathtaking tour de force that will help you appreciate the mystery of the moment and enjoy the time of your life.

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Tim has an honours degree in philosophy and is an internationally respected authority on world spirituality. He is the author of over thirty books that have established his reputation as a scholar and free-thinker. He became well known for his groundbreaking work on Christian Gnosticism with his close friend Peter Gandy, including The Jesus Mysteries, which was a top 10 best-seller in the UK and USA, and a ‘Book of the Year’ in the UK Daily Telegraph.

Some of his books which appear on this blog are:
The Gospel of the Second Coming View Here

The Mystery Experience: A Revolutionary Approach to Spiritual Awakening
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Tim Freke How Long Is Now?

Interview with Tim Freke the standup philosopher, author of How Long Is Now?

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