In Search of the Miraculous: Healing Into Consciousness by Eliza Mada Dalian [updated]


In Search of the Miraculous: Healing into Consciousness is an invaluable spiritual manual to each person s journey out of pain and suffering. It imparts an in-depth understanding about the complexities of our spiritual journey, and covers many questions left unanswered by others. The author guides readers through the phases of the development of their ego and consciousness, and describes the steps we all need to take to heal our ego into consciousness.

Most chapters are followed by question and answer sections; making the topics covered in each chapter more personal and down-to-earth. The author’s own story at the end of the book, described in the chapter One Spirit’s Journey, beautifully exemplifies how she herself has walked the talk that she now teaches to others. This book might be this year’s best offering in the field of spirituality and personal growth, and is here to stay for a long time to come. Click Here To Preview
Eliza Mada Dalian: Healing into Consciousness with the Dalian Method™


The Dalian Method™ for Health & Consciousness is an accelerated technique that takes the concepts of healing and awakening to the next level. Created by self-realized mystic, spiritual teacher, and internationally acclaimed master healer, Eliza Mada Dalian, the Dalian Method™ can spontaneously heal your ailments by accurately identifying and helping to dissolve the blocks that cause fear, anxiety, pain, and illness. It is an invaluable healing modality that can transform your life into health and self-empowered consciousness! For more information visit http://madadalian.com.

Eliza Mada Dalian talks on Healing and Awareness
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Eliza talks to Alan Steinfeld about bringing awareness to our inner dialogue to help overcome the inner conflicts that are in the way of having what we want to achieve in life.

Eliza Mada Dalian: Karma is not Punishment

In this video self-realized mystic, internationally acclaimed master healer, spiritual teacher and bestselling author Eliza Mada Dalian explains what Karma is and how it is not a punishment.

“The reason we need to look at karma is to see what we have done unconsciously. If you do something unconsciously, you have to repeat that again and again until you see that you’re doing it unconsciously. It’s not a punishment! Existence gives you another chance and another chance, so you finally wake up!”

This excerpt was filmed during a 10 day healing into Consciousness Intensive, in Vancouver, Canada.

Eliza Mada Dalian: The Stages of the Ego’s Development

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Host Bret Moss interviews Eliza Mada Dalian on The Defining Moment Television Talk Show. The Defining Moment provides new insights and practical wisdom which can be applied in one’s own life allowing greater happiness, satisfaction, fulfillment, peace-of-mind and well-being. In this interview “Living in the Now,” Mada explains what it means to be present in the now, the purpose of the ego, and the stages of the ego’s development.

Eliza Mada Dalian: Understanding the Chakra System and the Seven Bodies

Moment Television Talk Show. The Defining Moment provides new insights and practical wisdom which can be applied in one’s own life allowing greater happiness, satisfaction, fulfillment, peace-of-mind and well-being. In this interview “Transforming and Healing the Ego-Mind,” Mada explains the function of each chakra and how the developing ego-mind helps to expand consciousness as it evolves in the seven chakras. She also explains how we can start healing the seven chakras or energy centers to allow expanded consciousness.

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In Search of the Self: The Science of Transcendence ~ Dr. Sam Parnia

In Search of the Self:
The Science of Transcendence
A Lecture by Dr. Sam Parnia

One of the subjects that has both captivated and eluded humankind throughout time is the mystery of the “Self”-that entity which endows each of us with our unique and transcendent personalities, thoughts, traits, and emotions. Although we are inherently aware of and involved with our own selves, we neither understand how this sense of self emerges, nor the nature of the complex relationship between the mind and the brain.

Traditionally the domain of philosophers, theologians, and psychologists, the mind-brain question has more recently been tackled by increasing numbers of scientists as well. Though some within the scientific community argue that the question of the self or consciousness may never be resolved by science, many continue to work eagerly toward illuminating one of the last unknown frontiers in modern medicine and neuroscience.

Dr. Sam Parnia, author of “What Happens When We Die,” View Herechronicles the history and development of the age-old question of the “Self” as seen through the eyes of philosophy, psychology, and now modern science. At the same time, he will introduce the novel method he and his colleagues have devised to study the phenomenon of consciousness and the human mind, which they hope will finally enable science to resolve this enigma.

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One of the world’s leading experts on the scientific study of death, the state of the human mind-brain, and near-death experiences, Dr. Sam Parnia spends his time between hospitals in the United Kingdom and Cornell University in New York, where he is a Fellow in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. Founder of the Consciousness Research Group and Horizon Research Foundation, he has published extensively and presented his work at scientific institutions across the country. His groundbreaking research has been featured on the Discovery Channel documentary, “The Day I Died.”
Unraveling the Mystery of the Self – Dr. Sam Parnia

Dr. Sam Parnia’s keynote lecture “Unraveling the Mystery of the Self: From Descartes to the Human Consciousness Project”. Dr. Parnia briefly chronicles the major schools of thought on the nature of the self, and announces the establishment of The Human Consciousness Project, a major new scientific initiative that aims to unravel the relationship between the mind and the brain.

The Book of Transformation: Open Yourself to Psychic Evolution, the Rebirth of the World, and the Empowering Shift Pioneered by the Indigos ~ Lisa Barretta

We live in a universe of infinite possibilities. Right now, a wave of frequency is lifting the veil and opening the portal for us to experience a higher consciousness. We are evolving into the lighter, more sentient psychic and authentic existence for which we were originally designed. We have the ability to transcend the limits of the time-space paradigm and go through a transformation that will redefine reality itself.

The Book of Transformation guides you through the phases of your awakening and shows you what you can expect as you evolve into a world defined by frequency and light. In this revolutionary book, you will:

>Discover how to successfully “hack into” the nonverbal universal language of synchronicities and number patterns
>See how the Indigo, Crystal, and Rainbow Children are the precursors to our evolutionary “upgrade”
>Understand how the chakra centers are the hub for your extrasensory psychic system
>Recognize that birthmarks are signs of past-life traumas
>Learn how to prepare yourself to welcome visitors from other star systems

Lisa Barretta is a practicing astrologer, intuitive counselor, certified Reiki practitioner, and researcher in the fields of consciousness and psychic sensing. Her ability in astrological delineation coupled with uncanny intuitive insight has secured a loyal following in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the Middle East. During the past 30 years she has developed her client base strictly by word of mouth.
Drawing on knowledge from past life incarnations along with a lifelong practice of the esoteric arts helped Lisa open the portal to self-discovery and transformation. Through her own personal journey she has tapped into the realms of the higher dimensions, the insights from which she shares for the first time in The Book of Transformation.
Lisa Barretta is also the author of The Street Smart Psychic’s Guide to Getting a Good Reading, an informative and at times humorous book which offers insider advice on how to tap into the world of psychic energy. She also gives you a peek into what it is like to be the psychic reader on the other side of the tarot cards, crystal ball, and tea leaves.
The Book of Transformation : Lisa Barretta Interview

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The Self – Awareness Consciousness ~ Satsang Q & A By James Swartz


In this Q & A session, “Ram” is the nom de plume of James Swartz, who is well known for espousing the vedantic philosophy.

Hello Ramji,

Douglas: Many thanks for your reply. Is the interdependence of consciousness and appearance another heresy?

Ram: I’m afraid so. There is a relationship, but they are not interdependent. By interdependent you mean that they depend on each other, I presume. Consciousness doesn’t depend on anything. It stands alone. This is why you are free when you identify with Consciousness. Appearance, the world of forms, however, depends on Consciousness. It does not stand alone. So if you identify with a form…the body/mind entity…you are not free.

Douglas: It’s as if phenomena look like consciousness from one side, and appearance/form from the other. I’m thinking of the physics experiments where an electron behaves either like a wave or like a particle, depending on the experimental set-up.

Ram: Yes, in a way. Phenomena look like Consciousness when you identify with Consciousness because they are Consciousness taking a shape. But when you are under the spell of Maya they look like stand alone forms. You’re onto something here because the nature of an object, a form, does depend on the point from which you observe it. Liberation is seeing from Consciousness’ point of view.

Douglas: I think I understand well that the electron in itself is neither particle or wave. We don’t know what an electron really is. It seems to be indescribable except for its effects in consciousness. The most we could guess at is that the electron in-itself is really us. Weird science 🙂

Ram: Yes,again. You can never determine the actual nature of anything in Maya, the phenomenal universe, because nothing stands alone…everything depends on everything else. You can also not know objects because they are just projections; they have no substance. And when you inquire deeply into any object it resolves into you, Consciousness. The electron is me but I am not the electron. If you think about the location of electrons you will have to conclude that they are only in your consciousness. Consciousness takes the shape of the electron thought and ‘electron’ is known. It can only be known as Consciousness because it is Consciousness. Consciousness is both the material and intelligent cause of the universe.

Douglas: Ramji, you say “Consciousness’ self revelation takes place simultaneously with and independently of its revelation of objects….it is quite possible to know yourself as consciousness when objects are not present because consciousness is self evident. Nothing is needed to ‘allow’ consciousness to know itself.”
I understand the argument but experience of both waking and dream states are always consciousness-aspect, never just consciousness. And in the state of deep sleep, the closest to pure, primordial consciousness, consciousness does not know itself.

Ram: Consciousness as the sleeper or waker or dreamer doesn’t know itself but Consciousness certainly does know itself. It never ceases to know itself. It only seems not to. Its self knowledge is independent of experience. You have to be Consciousness to understand this.

Douglas: It seems that the self-revelation of consciousness happens through its revelation of an aspect of an unknowable in-itself object. It seems that whatever primordial consciousness may be, it needs an object for self reflection, as you suggest even the most rarefied of mental objects the Vedanta Pramana.

Ram: This outcome of this argument depends on the meaning of self revelation. If the Self is under the spell of apparent ignorance, that is if it thinks it is limited and dependent it needs an object, like Vedanta, to strip off its ignorance about itself. It can also reveal itself indirectly through inference. Or through inquiry into its reflection in a pure Subtle Body.
You mentioned this idea in the first email. You can see that objects are not self revealing through observation and you can infer that they need Consciousness to be revealed. But this will not set you free because the knowledge is indirect.
What Vedanta is trying to point out is that Consciousness stands alone. It is self shining. Scripture is clear on this issue. It says that Consciousness existed before the creation of objects. This is also true during and after the creation. It is ‘prior’ to the creation, not in time, because there is no time. Objects are just the projection of ignorance…which does not take time. But it is prior to it in the sense that without Consciousness there are no objects. A pure mind can reflect Consciousness, so in that sense Consciousness can investigate itself when it is apparently under the spell of ignorance as I mentioned above…if its investigation is guided by scripture.
When ignorance is removed it is very clear that Consciousness is self shining because you don’t cease to be conscious when there are no objects or when the objects are negated by knowledge. The snake in the rope is an example of the first. It is called unconditioned superimposition. A mirage is an example of the second. It is called conditioned superimposition.

Ramji, You also say, “Conscious is closer to who we are but it is not quite correct.”
This is getting closer to what I may be sensing, if I read your meaning correctly. What we are cannot be known except through the seeming duality of subject object, consciousness-matter, and we are both that and not that…

Ram: You didn’t read my meaning correctly. I’m saying it can be known indirectly through ‘the seeming duality of subject object’ but this kind of knowledge is indirect. Remember, the purpose of knowing Consciousness is for moksa, freedom. The knowledge needs to be direct for moksa. Direct knowledge is “I am Consciousness.” Direct knowledge only arises when the objects have been negated. At this time you see that you stand alone, that nothing but you is needed to know you. As long as you rely on something other than yourself to know who you are you are not free.

Douglas: There remains of course the matter of Nirvikalpa Samadhi about which I cannot speak because I have no experience of it. You say that Consciousness shines brightly, in-itself, for-itself.

Ram: It’s not an important Samadhi for moksa because you can’t get direct knowledge in it. Why? Because you’re not there ‘in it.’ It’s useful for burning vasanas and indirectly knowing that when ‘you’ are not there you don’t cease to exist. It is like deep sleep in that regard.

Douglas: Yet, this state demolishes the world as we know it. Ramana says when the Self appears, the world disappears. When the world appears, the Self disappears (as Self, but is present as world).

Ram: This statement of Ramana’s is very misleading. I don’t think that this is actually what Ramana said. If it is, it certainly needs to be explained. It is actually a statement about self knowledge and self ignorance. There is a similar verse in the Gita: ‘What’s day for a worldly person is night for a jnani and what’s day for a jnani is night for a worldly person.”
It’s important not to think that ‘disappears’ means a physical disappearance. It means that when you know you are Consciousness your concept that you are something other than Consciousness…which creates your ‘world’…is no longer taken to be real. And the second idea is that when you are identified with your personal ‘world’ you don’t see yourself as Consciousness.

Thank you again Ramji for your time and input.
All the best,
Douglas

You’re welcome.
Ram

The Pursuit of Immortality: From the Ego to the Soul

The Pursuit of Immortality: From the Ego to the Soul

Moderated by Lisa Miller
Newsweek

Speakers:

John F. Haught, PhD, Georgetown University
Kenneth Miller, PhD, Brown University
Nancey Murphy, PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary

Are we immortal? Do our souls exist beyond our bodies? What scientific evidence is there for mystical experience? These questions and others will be addressed from a cultural, historical, and scientific perspective by evolutionary biologist Kenneth Miller and theologians John Haught and Nancey Murphy.

Bridging the Gap Between Science and Theology – Theologian John Haught

John Haught on scientism, explanatory monism, and why he believes multiple levels of explanation are necessary to understand the complexities of the human experience.

This is an excerpt from the third in a six-part series, Perspectives on the Self, which brings together experts from the sciences and the humanities for conversations on the evolving meaning and experience of the Self.

Biologist Kenneth Miller on Free Will and Determinism

The New York Academy of Sciences – March 23, 2011
The Pursuit of Immortality: From the Ego to the Soul

Kenneth Miller discusses how emergent properties and quantum physics can provide a solution for the problem of free will in a seemingly deterministic universe.

This is an excerpt from the third in a six-part series, Perspectives on the Self, which brings together experts from the sciences and the humanities for conversations on the evolving meaning and experience of the Self.

What the ‘New Atheists’ Get Wrong – John Haught, Nancey Murphy & Kenneth Miller

To Be or Not To Be: The Self as Illusion ~ The Nour Foundation

To Be or Not To Be: The Self as Illusion Featuring Krista Tippett, Pim van Lommel, Evan Thompson, Thomas Metzinger

Moderated by Krista Tippett, MDiv
Creator and Host of Public Radio’s Being

Speakers:
Pim van Lommel, MD, Hospital Rijnstate, The Netherlands
Thomas Metzinger, PhD, University of Mainz, Germany
Evan Thompson, PhD, University of Toronto

Evidence from studies of the brain and mind point to a construct of the Self resulting from complex neurobiological processes interacting with the environment. If distinct neurobiological correlates of consciousness do in fact exist, does that necessarily imply that the Self is an epiphenomenon and illusion? Furthermore, how do these characterizations of the Self affect the way we represent ourselves, our responsibilities, and our actions in the world?

Renowned philosophers Thomas Metzinger and Evan Thompson will join cardiologist and expert on near-death experiences, Pim van Lommel, to examine recent developments in neuroscience and philosophy that shed light on whether our conscious experience of a unified Self is reality or illusion.

The Phenomenal Self: Thomas Metzinger in Discussion with Krista Tippett

The New York Academy of Sciences – December 7, 2010
To Be or Not To Be: The Self as Illusion

Philosopher Thomas Metzinger explains his view that there is no substantial self, but rather just a phenomenal self that is a representational process.

This is an excerpt from the first in a six-part series, Perspectives on the Self, which brings together experts from the sciences and the humanities for conversations on the evolving meaning and experience of the Self.

The Embodied Self: Evan Thompson in Discussion with Krista Tippett

Philosopher Evan Thompson explains how mindfulness techniques can assist neuroscientists in studying different states of consciousness, and the importance of the notion of an embodied self.

This is an excerpt from the first in a six-part series, Perspectives on the Self, which brings together experts from the sciences and the humanities for conversations on the evolving meaning and experience of the Self.
What Near Death Experiences Can Tell Us About the Self: Pim van Lommel with Krista Tippett

Cardiologist and expert on near death experiences Pim van Lommel talks about how he became involved in the study of near death experiences and what that led him to conclude about the nature of the Self.

This is an excerpt from the first in a six-part series, Perspectives on the Self, which brings together experts from the sciences and the humanities for conversations on the evolving meaning and experience of the Self.

What Happens When We Die: A Groundbreaking Study into the Nature of Life and Death by Sam Parnia, M.D. [updated Sept 10, 2012]

Mr. Sam Parnia faces death every day. Through his work as a critical-care doctor in a hospital emergency room, he became very interested in some of his patients’ accounts of the experiences that they had while clinically dead. He started to collect these stories and read all the latest research on the subject, and then he conducted his own experiments. That work has culminated in this extraordinary book, which picks up where Raymond Moody’s Life After Life left off.

Written in a scientific, balanced, and engaging style, this is powerful and compelling reading. This fascinating and controversial book will change the way you look at death and dying.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sam Parnia, M.D., is a leading expert on near-death experiences. He now spends his time in hospitals and Cornell University in New York, where he’s a Fellow in pulmonary and critical-care medicine. He founded the Consciousness Research Group and is chairman of the Horizon Research Foundation. Dr. Parnia is constantly in demand as a speaker, and he’s made numerous media appearances. His groundbreaking research was recently featured in the BBC 2 and Discovery documentary, The Day I Died.


Over the past decade, an increasing number of physicians and neuroscientists have sought to uncover the complex relationship between mind, brain, and consciousness as they continue to search for a more comprehensive perspective on the “self” and the workings of the human mind. Though much remains to be done, their findings to date have shed a more holistic light on our understanding of the elusive mind-body problem. Join our panel of renowned experts as they explain how new paradigms fueled by the latest scientific research are beginning to fundamentally alter how we perceive and relate to the physical world.

The symposium will also serve as the occasion for the formal launch of The Human Consciousness Project—a multidisciplinary collaboration of international scientists and physicians who have joined forces to research the nature of consciousness and its relationship with the brain. Led by Dr. Sam Parnia, The Human Consciousness Project will conduct the world’s first large-scale multicenter studies at major U.S. and European medical centers on the relationship between mind and brain during clinical death. The results of these studies may not only revolutionize the medical care of critically ill patients and the scientific study of the mind and brain, but may also bear profound universal implications for our understanding of death and what happens when we die.

Sam Parnia press conference Part 2

Sam Parnia press conference Part 3

The symposium will also serve as the occasion for the formal launch of The Human Consciousness Project—a multidisciplinary collaboration of international scientists and physicians who have joined forces to research the nature of consciousness and its relationship with the brain. Led by Dr. Sam Parnia, The Human Consciousness Project will conduct the world’s first large-scale multicenter studies at major U.S. and European medical centers on the relationship between mind and brain during clinical death. The results of these studies may not only revolutionize the medical care of critically ill patients and the scientific study of the mind and brain, but may also bear profound universal implications for our understanding of death and what happens when we die.

Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English ~ Bhante Gunaratana

In simple and straightforward language, Bhante Gunaratana shares what the Buddha said about mindfulness in his instructional talks and how we can use these principles to improve our daily lives, deepen our mindfulness, and move closer to our spiritual goals. While this book is based on a classic text, the Satipatthana Sutta, its presentation is thoroughly modern in Bhante’s trademark “plain English” style.

The practice of contemplating—or as we might say, meditating on—the Four Foundations: mindfulness of the body, feelings, mind, and phenomena themselves, is recommended for people at every stage of the spiritual path. As the Buddha says, everyone—people new to meditation as well as monks and nuns, and even advanced meditator masters who have already reached the goal of liberation from suffering, “should be exhorted, settled, and established in the development of these Four Foundations of Mindfulness.”

Deeply contemplating, the Four Foundations of Mindfulness can lead to several benefits:
First, meditation helps us become fully aware of what is going on in the mind and body here and now. All too often, we sleepwalk through our days, musing about the past or daydreaming about the future. Second, because of this new awareness, we are able to evaluate more clearly the purpose and suitability of everything we say and do. As a result, we make wiser and more beneficial choices. Third, meditation trains us to see our own body, feelings, perceptions, thoughts, and consciousness exactly as they are, from moment to moment. Seeing ourselves clearly is the essential first step to making positive life changes.

Bhante Gunaratana was ordained at the age of 12 as a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka, earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from The American University, and has led meditation retreats, taught Buddhism, and lectured widely throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. He lives in High View, West Virginia. Bhante Henepola Gunaratana is the president of the Bhavana Society in West Virginia.

Bhante Gunaratana – Cleanse the Mind with Mindfulness

Bhante Gunaratana explains that through the practice of mindfulness we cleanse the mind of psychic irritants or defilements. Following the Noble Eightfold Path to attain Nibbana. Employing the field of mindfulness and clear comprehension to overcome suffering and grief.

Permission to post this audio was granted by the Bhavana Society – for free distribution and commercial-free use.

New Brain, New World: How the Evolution of a New Human Brain Can Transform Consciousness and Create a New World ~ Erik Hoffmann

Content of the Book:

· Science of Consciousness

· Evolution of the Human Brain

· Effects on the Brain of Meditation, Primal Therapy, Deeksha and
the Drinking of Ayahuasca

· Kundalini Awakening, Samadhi and Cosmic Consciousness

· Brain Wave Training for Body Awareness, Focus and Presence

· The New Human Brain: The Evolution of the Frontal Lobes and the
Right Hemisphere

· Consciousness Transformation and the Creation of a New World

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
A fascinating insight into just how different our world could be if the human brain continues to evolve, allowing us to access higher levels of consciousness.

New Brain, New World uses cutting edge brain research to show how the ongoing evolution of the human brain could bring about a shift in human consciousness, ultimately creating a better world. We all know that over millions of years the human brain has evolved in many significant ways – so why would we assume that this process is not still happening? Based on a lifetime of research into brain function, the science of consciousness, and brain wave training, this book looks at how our brains may yet evolve, and the exciting implications that these developments may have for human consciousness.

The author maintains that the global crisis facing us is basically a crisis of consciousness, and it is the human ego with its destructive feelings and insatiable greed that stands in the way of a new and better world. He believes that the evolution of the human brain can make that world a reality.

This book explores:the science of consciousness the evolution of the human brain – how it has developed over millions of years, and how there is a huge potential latent in the part of the brain called the frontal cortex expanding human consciousness – the effects on the brain of meditation, feeling release therapy, and the drinking of ayahuasca, the mind-expanding herbal tea kundalini: an evolutionary energy in man awareness as a driving force in consciousness development – how we can play our own parts in helping our brains to evolve and access higher levels of consciousness by using alpha brain wave training for body-awareness and ‘grounding’, and frontal gamma wave training for focus and presence the new human brain looking towards a new future – the exciting possibilities for positive change and increased peace, love and compassion in the world if the human brain evolves.

Brief Summary of the Book by Erik Hoffmann
My book is primarily an attempt to relate global consciousness transformation to brain evolution and to changes in brain physiology. It is my firm belief that humans are developing a new brain which eventually will raise their consciousness to a much higher level.

In trying to do that I have gathered research results from the scientific literature as well as from my own 40 years of consciousness research in areas such as meditation, feeling release therapy, the drinking of ayuahuasca (a mind-expanding herbal tea) and brain wave training (neurofeedback).

I maintain that the global crisis facing us is basically a crisis of consciousness, and it is the human ego with its destructive feelings and insatiable greed that stands in the way of a new and better world.

But how can we raise our level of consciousness beyond the ego? I feel certain that a change of brain physiology is necessary in order to achieve a higher consciousness. I foresee that a new level of brain organization will evolve on top of the old one providing the necessary hardware for a higher consciousness. This new brain, I believe, will include more energized and active frontal lobes together with an opening up of the neural connections between the left and the right cerebral hemisphere. When this happens, a new species of ‘front brain–right hemisphere’ people will emerge. They will be a new race of humans who have the ability to create a new and better world.

When the new brain starts to function, an awakening to a higher level of consciousness takes place. It will be like waking up from a dream. There will be a heightened state of awareness, where the thinking mind becomes very quiet, perceptions get more vivid and real, and the main focus will be in the present moment. In addition, behaviour becomes much more spontaneous and intuitive, and there will be an increase in one’s love, compassion and concern for other people and their well being.

In my own research I have observed how important it is to differentiate between altered states of consciousness (induced by meditation, hypnosis or mind-altering drugs) and higher (awakened) states. Altered states only seem to implicate the right hemisphere (and the unconscious) while higher states of consciousness primarily involve the frontal cortex and only secondarily the right hemisphere.


Erik Hoffmann PhD is a retired Danish professor who has been researching the human brain and consciousness for more than 30 years. He has a Master’s degree in psychology from Copenhagen University and worked there as an assistant professor at the Psychology Department for eight years. He also worked as a visiting professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey for several terms and was a research director at the Primal Center in Los Angeles for two years. Erik is the founder of the Mental Fitness & Research Center in Copenhagen, working with brain wave (neurofeedback) training. He has given talks at international conferences, conducted numerous workshops and published a number of articles in peer reviewed, scientific journals.

8 Habits of Love: Open Your Heart, Open Your Mind ~ Ed Bacon

Reverend Bacon believes that every person can live a full and creative life if they can learn to move through troubling emotions such as fear, anger, and sadness to find the beloved within themselves. Readers will learn how insecurity can keep us from connecting with others, our loving self, and finding our own peace, joy, and creative power.

8 HABITS OF LOVE will show, through relatable stories, how to create a full, meaningful life by developing simple habits-stillness, truth, forgiveness, compassion, play, candor, generosity, and community-and by asking such important questions as: How do I know I’m living the life I should be? How do I forgive those who have hurt me? How do I talk candidly with difficult people? How do I best help others when they need it? And How do I let go of the past and move forward?

THE REVEREND J. EDWIN BACON, JR.
Rector, All Saints Church Pasadena (1995-present)

Ed Bacon is the rector of All Saints Church in Pasadena, California – a 4,000 member multi-ethnic urban Episcopal parish, with a reputation for energetic worship, a radically inclusive spirit, and a progressive peace and justice agenda.

Ed’s energies focus on leadership in anxious times, peacemaking, interfaith relations, integrating family, faith and work systems; and articulating the Christian faith in non-bigoted ways. He is a passionate advocate for peace and justice in the community, the nation, and the world. He has received several honors for his peace and interfaith work. He is a founder of Beyond Inclusion and Claiming the Blessing (working for justice for the LGBT community) and a co-founder of the Abrahamic Faiths Peacemaking Initiative. He serves on Human Rights Watch California Committee South and on other national and community boards.

Ed has been a guest on Oprah’s Soul Series on XM’s Oprah & Friends Radio, as well as The Oprah Winfrey Show, which led to a regular role as guest host on Oprah’s Soul Series and contributor on Oprah.com. His first book, 8 Habits of Love: Open Your Heart, Open Your Mind, will be published in September.

Prior to coming to All Saints, Bacon served as Dean of the Cathedral of Saint Andrew in Jackson, Mississippi; Rector of St Mark’s in Dalton, Georgia; and Dean of Students and Campus Ministry at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. He holds honorary Doctorates by Church Divinity School of the Pacific and Mercer University.
He and his wife, Hope Hendricks-Bacon, have two adult children and two grandchildren.

Full Episode: Oprah and the Rev. Ed Bacon on Faith and Spirituality View Here

The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer

Who are you? When you start to explore this question, you find out how elusive it really is. Are you a physical body? A collection of experiences and memories? A partner to relationships? Each time you consider these aspects of yourself, you realize that there is much more to you than any of these can define.

The Untethered Soul, spiritual teacher Michael Singer explores the question of who we are and arrives at the conclusion that our identity is to be found in our consciousness, the fact of our ability to observe ourselves, and the world around us. By tapping into traditions of meditation and mindfulness, Singer shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and let go of painful thoughts and memories that keep us from achieving happiness and self-realization.

The Untethered Soul is divided into five parts. They
are:

1. Awakening Consciousness,
2. Experiencing Energy,
3. Freeing Yourself,
4. Going Beyond, and
5. Living Life

This book, co-published with the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), offers a frank and friendly discussion of consciousness and how we can develop it. In part one, he examines the notion of self and the inner dialogue we all live with. Part two examines the experience of energy as it flows through us and works to show readers how to open their hearts to the energy of experience that permeates their lives. Ways to overcome tendencies to close down to the rest of the world are the subject of part three. Enlightenment, the embrace of universal consciousness, is the subject of part four. And finally, in part five, Singer returns to daily life and the pursuit of unconditional happiness. Throughout, the book maintains a light and engaging tone, free from heavy dogma and prescriptive religious references. The easy exercises that figure in each chapter help readers experience the ideas that Singer presents.

Excerpt

What would it be like to be free from limitations and soar beyond your boundaries? What can you do each day to find this kind of inner peace and freedom? The Untethered Soul offers a simple, profoundly intuitive answer to these questions. Whether this is your first exploration of inner space or you’ve devoted your life to the inward journey, this book will transform your relationship with yourself and the world around you.

The Untethered Soul begins by walking you through your relationship with your thoughts and emotions, helping you uncover the source and fluctuations of your inner energy. It then delves into what you can do to free yourself from the habitual thoughts, emotions, and energy patterns that limit your consciousness. Finally, with perfect clarity, this book opens the door to a life lived in the freedom of your innermost being.

Michael A. Singer received a master’s degree in economics from the University of Florida in 1971. During his doctoral work, he had a deep inner awakening and went into seclusion to focus on yoga and meditation. In 1975, he founded Temple of the Universe, a now long-established yoga and meditation center where people of any religion or set of beliefs can come together to experience inner peace.

Through the years, Michael Singer has made major contributions in the areas of business, the arts, education, healthcare, and environmental protection. He has previously authored two books on the integration of Eastern and Western philosophy: The Search for Truth and Three Essays on Universal Law: Karma, Will and Love.

The Untethered Soul: Twelve-Step Guide to Spiritual Awakening – Michael A Singer

Spirituality is meant to bring about harmony and peace. But the diversity of our philosophies, beliefs, concepts and views about spiritual matters often leads to confusion or even conflict. The fact is that the very act of seeking spiritual freedom causes notions of success and failure, and these notions serve only to bind us to our own self judgments: Am I growing? Have I done anything wrong? Am I meditating enough?

Truth is only complicated because we pass it through our habitual thought patterns. When we step back from ourselves, truth becomes simple. There are not many paths to freedom, there is only one. In the end, no matter what particular patterns of thought we have managed to build in our minds, freedom always means transcending these personal thought patterns.

But how does one go about transcending the personal self and awakening to spiritual freedom? What is needed for this journey are succinct steps that are so universal that they can echo through the halls of any religion as well as support intellectual understanding. The following is a universal road map to Self Realization.

1. Realize that you are in there.
You must first come to realize that you are in there. From deep inside, you are experiencing this world. You are experiencing your physical body, your thoughts, and your emotions. You are conscious and you are experiencing what it is like to be human.

2. Realize that you are not okay in there.

Look to see what’s going on inside. If you want to understand why you’ve done everything you have ever done, if you want to see what’s really going on, just observe your mind and emotions–just experi­ence your inner state. If you objectively look, you will see that you are never completely at peace. You will see that you are not okay in there.

3. Realize that you’re always trying to be okay.
At any point when you look at the state of your inner being, you will see that something is bothering you. You will then notice that this causes urges, drives, and impulses to do something about it. You will find yourself constantly trying to either get something or avoid something. All of this is done in an attempt to be okay.

4. Realize that your mind has taken on the job of figuring out how everything needs to be for you to be okay.
If you watch, you will see that your mind is always telling you what you should and should not do, what others should and should not do, and how things should and should not be. All of this is the mind’s attempt to first create a conceptual model of what would make you okay, and then try to get the outside world to match it.

5. Realize that the process of defining how the outside needs to be is not going to make you okay.
You must seriously look at this process of trying to be okay. You’ve been at it your entire life–you’ve just tried different things at different times. While it’s true that sometimes you manage to make it better for short periods of time, you know that you’ve never even come close to reaching a state of permanent peace. Watch very closely how you react to the things your mind has preferences about. You will see that if your mind gets what it wants, you feel joy; if it doesn’t get what it wants, you feel disturbance.

Likewise, when your mind experiences what it doesn’t want, you feel disturbance, and when it avoids what it doesn’t want, you feel relief. You will never be okay playing this game because the world will never match the conceptual model your mind has made up. Eventually, you will come to see that struggling to be okay does not work. At some point, you will try to find a different way to be okay in there.

6. Learn to not participate in the mind’s struggle to be okay.
This step is about learning to sit in the witness, the part of you that notices the inner urges to be okay. You must become comfortable with sitting in there and not participating in the inner energies. You learn to relax in the midst of them. You come to see that there is a habitual process in which the moment you feel inner disturbance, you are drawn into doing something about it. You must learn to sit inside and not participate in this process. If you truly understand that going outside to try to be okay inside doesn’t work, then you’ll be willing to sit inside and simply allow the disturbance to pass through. It is not difficult. If you can do this, all disturbance will cease by itself.

7. Learn to go about your life just like everyone else, except that nothing you do is for the pur­pose of trying to be okay.
If you aren’t so preoccupied with trying to be okay, you will be free to sit inside and quietly love, serve, and honor whatever naturally unfolds in front of you. When you reach this point, you are no longer living for yourself. You are interacting with life, but not for the purpose of being okay.

8. As you sincerely let go of the inner energies you are watching, you begin to feel a deeper energy come in from behind.
Up to this point, everything you were watching inside was in front of you. But now that you are no longer being drawn into those personal energies, you’ll realize that your inner universe is actually very expansive. You will begin to feel Spirit flow in from behind. It lifts you and brings you great love and joy.

9. Your inner experience becomes so beautiful that you fall in love with the energy itself, and you develop a very deep and personal relationship with it.
It will become completely clear to you that there is an absolute trade-off between your personal ener­gies and the amount of Spirit that you feel. The more you get drawn into your personal energies, the less Spirit you feel. The more you don’t participate in your personal energies, the more Spirit you feel. You now have a direct relationship with the spiritual energy, and you will find yourself constantly longing to experience it.

10. You begin to feel the energy pulling you up into it, and your entire path becomes letting go of yourself in order to merge.
Will is no longer needed. Now your path is strictly about releasing yourself into the pull of the higher energy. You must surrender deeply enough to be able to overcome the fear of losing your connection to the personal self. You must to be willing to die to be reborn.

11. Once you get far enough back into the energy, you realize that your personal life can go on without you, leaving you free to become immersed in Spirit.
This is the greatest miracle: You’ve surrendered and your entire life is about Spirit, yet people, places, and things continue to interact with you. The difference is that these interactions require none of your energy. They happen naturally, by themselves, leaving you at peace and absorbed in Spirit.

12. Now you are truly okay and nothing inside or outside of you can cause disturbance–you have come to peace with it all.
Because you are now completely okay, you don’t need anything. Things just are what they are. At this point, you know yourself as Self. The world, mind, and heart cannot disturb you. You’ve transcended them all. What is more, instead of feeling drawn into Spirit, you now actually experience yourself as Spirit. You have no boundaries in time or space. You have always existed and you will always exist. You have no form, shape, gender, or body. You simply are, have always been, and will always be–Infinite Spirit.

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The Visionary Window: A Quantum Physicist’s Guide to Enlightenment by Amit Goswami, Deepak Chopra (Foreword)-[Video Interview]

Book Launching and signing ceremony of Dr. Goswami’s Physics of the Soul at the New York Open Center.

I was fortunate to meet Dr. Goswami at the New York Open Center some years back in conjunction with the launching and signing ceremony of his book ” PHYSICS of the SOUL: The Quantum Book of Living, Dying, Reincarnation, and Immortality”

Dr. Goswami, Ph.D. is an internationally renowned retired professor from the theoretical physics department of the University of Oregon in Eugene, where he had served since 1968. He is a pioneer of the new paradigm of science called “science within consciousness”.

Dr. Goswami is the author of the highly successful textbook Quantum Mechanics that is used in Universities throughout the world. His two volume textbook for nonscientists, The Physicist’s View of Nature traces the decline and rediscovery of the concept of God within science.

Dr. Goswami has also written many popular books based on his research on quantum physics and consciousness. In his seminal book, The Self-Aware Universe, he solved the quantum measurement problem elucidating the famous observer effect while paving the path to a new paradigm of science based on the primacy of consciousness.

Subsequently, in ” The Visionary Window : A Quantum Physicist’s Guide to Enlightenment” Preview Here Goswami demonstrated how science and spirituality could be integrated. In Physics of the Soul he developed a theory of survival after death and reincarnation. His book Quantum Creativity is a tour de force instruction about how to engage in both outer and inner creativity. The Quantum Doctor integrates conventional and alternative medicine.

In his private life, Dr. Goswami is a practitioner of spirituality and transformation. He calls himself a quantum activist. He appeared in the film“What the Bleep Do We Know“, “The Dalai Lama Renaissance“, and the award winning documentary “The Quantum Activist“.

Does God exist? Can spirituality be integrated with science? Is happiness possible? Do miracles really happen? Not only does The Visionary Window answer ” yes” to all of these questions, but it skillfully combines the fields of philosophy, cosmology, religion, and psychology to form a new way of thinking about science and spirituality.

Stepping beyond the classic work of prominent seventies physicist Fritjof Capra, Goswami details his own pioneering exploration of science and spirit, revealing the complete integration between modern science and spiritual traditions. Using stories and colorful examples from pop culture, Goswami addresses complex issues in language and terminology easily accessible to the lay reader. He provides quantum physics-based theory and new experimental data verifying the metaphysical truth that exists when employed in the context of a new science, science within the primacy of consciousness.

With a new holistic worldview, Goswami also discusses the creativity of the body to self heal; the power of spiritual practice and how to choose a meditative path; and the five stages of spiritual growth, culminating in the ability to transcend the physical laws of nature. Readers, scientists and spiritual leaders alike will find answers to many of life’s deepest mysteries.

Dr Amit Goswami ‘Consciousness, Quantum Physics and Being Human’

Dr Amit Goswami ‘Consciousness, Quantum Physics and Being Human’ Interview by Iain McNay

Author of many books including: ‘How Quantum Activism Can Save Civilization,’ ‘The Visionary Window: A Quantum Physicist’s Guide to Enlightenment’ and ‘God Is Not Dead’ talks about his life and how discovering that consciousness Is the ground of being changed his scientific thinking and also his approach to life as a human being. He also explains downward causation, quantum non-locality, free will, Intention, the observer effect, quantum collapse and how consciousness creates the manifest world.

Shift Happens: How to Live an Inspired Life…Starting Right Now! by Robert Holden, Ph.D.

Two caterpillars were crawling along a tree branch one day when a butterfly flew overhead. One caterpillar said to the other, “You will never get me up in one of those things.”

Shift Happens! is about personal alchemy and inner transformation. Some people “go” through life; and other people “grow” through life. Shift Happens! celebrates your unlimited potential to grow, blossom, and evolve-in spite of everything.

It is a book of hope. The term personal alchemy describes the ability to take a piece of dirt, roll it around a few times, and fashion it into a pearl. This is what an oyster does. Personal alchemy is what your grandmother called turning lemons into lemonade. It is what old wizards described as turning straw into gold.

Shift Happens! is about staying open all hours for miracles. Success, love, and happiness are only ever one thought away at most. One new perception, one fresh thought, one act of surrender, one change of heart, one leap of faith, can change your life forever.

Key themes include:

You are what you seek!
Shift happens-when you let go!
The world changes when you do
Love is your true power
Forgiveness gives you wings
Beware of the WAIT Problem!
When you take a step, a bridge appears

Robert Holden, Ph.D., is the Director of The Happiness Project and Success Intelligence. His innovative work has been featured on Oprah, Good Morning America, and media worldwide. Robert coaches leaders in business, education, politics and healthcare. His clients include Dove and the “Real Beauty Campaign,” and also Virgin and The Body Shop. Robert is a student of A Course in Miracles. He is author of the best selling books: Happiness NOW!, Shift Happens!, Authentic Success (formerly titled Success Intelligence) and Be Happy. Robert also hosts a weekly show on Hay House Radio called Shift Happens! Website: RobertHolden.org.

Robert Holden: Ego, Essence and Joy

An exclusive interview for Life Arts Media with Robert Holden — Robert Holden, Ph.D., is the Director of The Happiness Project and Success Intelligence.

His innovative work on happiness and success has been featured on Oprah and Good Morning America, and also in two major BBC TV documentaries, The Happiness Formula and How to Be Happy, shown to more than 30 million TV viewers worldwide.

He is the author of the best-selling books Happiness NOW!, Shift Happens!, and Success Intelligence. His latest book Be Happy is published by Hay House.

You are what you seek! – Robert Holden Ph.D

Excerpts from You are what you seek! by Robert Holden (Shift Happens! – Powerful ways to transform your life)

Making the Shift

Robert Holden shares six principles to help us embrace and accept the authentic self that lies within

By Tammy Mastroberte

When choosing a car to drive, most people opt for automatic transmission. After all, it’s easier than a manual stick shift, and allows for somewhat of an “auto pilot” option. Once the car is in drive, we can forget about switching gears. But once a person learns stick shift driving, changing gears becomes second nature, and actually offers more power. The same is true when we make the decision to shift our focus from the outer world to the one within — each time we shift it becomes easier, and we not only step into our true power, but we also discover our true nature.

During Hay House’s “I Can Do It Toronto” conference in March of this year, best-selling author Robert Holden spoke about this inner shift, which he explains in his book “Shift Happens! How to Live an Inspired Life . . . Starting Right Now!” And the first step is self-acceptance.

“Our life is fundamentally a tale of two selves,” Holden told the audience. One he calls the “unconditioned self” or the “original you,” and the other is “the learned self” or ego. “The spiritual path or spiritual inquiry is about understanding these two selves so we can learn to identify with the truth of who we really are,” he explained.

While the book “Shift Happens!” offers 50 principles on “how to be more of who you already are,” Holden focused on six of them during the 90-minute session, starting with the shift from the ego to the soul.

PRINCIPLE 1: THE IDENTITY PRINCIPLE
“No amount of self-improvement can make up for any lack of self-acceptance,”

Holden explained as the basis for this principle. Shifting from the learned self — known as the ego, the separate self or the mask we put on to navigate the physical world — to the unconditional self can be a profound experience that opens us to a whole new world.

“The unconditioned self is the original you before you began to identify with a body; before you were issued a passport; before you began to think about school grades, calories, mortgages, cholesterol and pensions,” Holden said.

Catholicism refers to it as the original blessing and Buddhism as the original face, but in essence it is the true self. “This self already exists. It is awaiting your recognition and your acceptance.”

Our learned self is in constant preparation and has inner doubt. It doubts love, happiness and peace exist here in the physical world, and feels there is something missing. Because of this, it is in a constant search for happiness, Holden told the audience. It leads us to focus on self-improvement because it convinces us there is something wrong with us. As a trained psychologist, Holden said his office was full of people who believed something was wrong with them — and his job was to confirm it, he joked. Using “The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,” he would search for a diagnosis.

“I now refer to this book as ‘the bible of wrongness,’” he said, explaining that in 1968 the book contained only 92 pages, and in the latest edition published in 1994, there are 886 pages of possible diagnosis.

“We are frightening ourselves by telling ourselves there is something wrong with us,” he said, explaining the goal of healing is to remember our wholeness. “The final act of healing is to accept there is nothing wrong with you. Yes, you may be suffering from psychology, but who you really are is O.K. Yes, your personality may be auditioning for a part in high anxiety, but who you are is still O.K.”

How do we remember there is nothing wrong with us? We practice self-acceptance.

The unconditioned self knows this is the key to life, and that the more we accept ourselves, the more every area of our lives improve, he said.

“Self-acceptance activates the law of attraction. When you accept yourself, not only do you attract great things into your life, but you accept them as well. You don’t repel them. You don’t test them, sabotage them or overlook them. You welcome them. This is the passport into your own life,” Holden said.

He shared the best way to practice self-acceptance is through a daily spiritual practice. This can be anything that helps us meet our true selves, and remember who we are. “When we pray, chant, do yoga or meditate, it’s not to change or improve ourselves, but to actually be ourselves.”

PRINCIPLE 2: THE SPIRITUALITY PRINCIPLE

Holden introduced this principle by pointing to the large number of people who are describing themselves as spiritual, and the shrinking amount of those seeking spirituality through a church or religion. With this principle, he encouraged the audience to be open about their spirituality and relationship to God.

“When you hide your spirituality, you lose yourself,” he explained. “I started my training as a psychologist and was studying psychology. I never meant to get into God, but the clearer you become about God, the more innocent you become about happiness, success, love, abundance and everything else you truly want on the planet.”

Referring to what he calls “The God Inquiry,” Holden explained that in exploring our spiritual side we are looking to learn more about God. This does not mean knowing more about religion, but actually learning more about our unconditioned self. Avoiding this inquiry is actually avoiding the deeper parts of ourselves where creativity, inspiration and grace exist.

“The inquiry into God is not an inquiry about something outside of ourselves,” he stated. “It’s an inquiry into who we most truly are.” One of the inquiring questions he shared with the audience was: “From 1 to 100 percent, how much do I let God love me?” If the answer to this question is anything less than 100 percent, there lies our spiritual work and spiritual opportunity, he explained. And this is where the daily spiritual practice comes into play again.

“Are you willing to let yourself be loved by creation . . . by life itself? We will not allow ourselves to be loved if we continue to hold on to an idea about ourselves that says there is something wrong with us,” he noted.

For those wondering where to start with a spiritual practice, he quoted a prayer from a Benedictine nun called the God Prayer. “Dear God, show me the truth about myself no matter how beautiful it is. Amen,” he said. “Start by spending 15 minutes with that.”

PRINCIPLE 3: THE PSYCHOLOGY PRINCIPLE

This principle states: “The world is not just a physical place. It’s a choice,” said Holden, asking the audience if they had tried to change the world recently, or maybe a partner, a child or a friend because they were not happy with something about them? “Imagine if we took that effort and put it into a spiritual practice,” he said. “When we change our mind about the world, then we can change the world.”

To illustrate this, Holden shard three world views with the audience: Determinism, Adaptation and Creation. Determinism sets us up to be victims with no choice or role in the happenings of our life. With this view, we are blaming the world for the way our life is, and we begin to think life is against us. “We fall into this when we lose our cell phone, and we begin to think life is against us,” Holden said.

Adaptation is a view that came into play just after the Second World War. It gives us a choice. The belief here is that life happens, but we can choose what happens next. “This is where life happens and we respond, and it’s the response that makes the difference,” he said.

“Cognitive schools of psychology flowered teaching this.” However, the new view today is that of the physicist called Creation, which stems from the belief that the world is the way it is because of how we have been in the past, and how we are today. “The world responds to our intentions and to our thinking,” he said. “The world is different when we show up in a different way.”

With this view of creation, we can make a difference. As part of our spiritual practice, we can take a moment — even 10 seconds — to imagine the world we would like to live in now, and hold that image. “As we hold the image, we can consider, ‘How would I be if I lived in this sort of world?’” said Holden. “This is how we can go into our day in a different way.”

PRINCIPLE 4: THE RELATIONSHIP PRINCIPLE

By embracing the concept that every being in this physical world is connected, we realize no matter who we are, we need to rely on the help of others. “If you are alive, you need help,” said Holden. “The honest truth is there is no such thing as independence. It’s a myth.” Introducing the concepts of D.I.P. (Dysfunctional Independent Person) and H.I.P. (Healthy Independent Person) he illustrated how everyone needs support in life. “Even the Lone Ranger had Tonto. Superman had Lois Lane. Batman had Robin. The great artists had muses. They were all helped,” he noted.

A D.I.P. believes they are self-made, and operates with a “me against the world” attitude. They suffer from B.M.S. (by myself syndrome) and are hopeless at asking others for help. But it’s a lack of trust that holds D.I.P.s back, Holden pointed out.

“The age of the independent person is over. The age of the independent nation is over. We need to stop telling ourselves that independence exists, and start to get excited about what exists on the other side of independence, which is grace and inspiration. When we allow that to happen, all of the sudden we start to trust again,” he said.

An exercise to help us become better receivers is to use the affirmation every morning: “Today, I will receive. I will let myself receive so I can give in a whole other way, so that I can participate in a whole other way.” If we don’t allow ourselves to receive, all of our giving will deplete us, he explained. By opening up to receive through relationships with others, we open ourselves to a new level of grace and inspiration.


PRINCIPLE 5: THE HEALING PRINCIPLE

The secret to this principle lies in this statement: “The world is finished with your past if you have.” The only way to do this is to forgive. This is what leads to true healing, according to Holden. “Anybody who has had a past knows what suffering is, and anybody who has had a past deserves our compassion. All of us have had moments in our life when we would not recommend ‘life’ to anybody,” Holden noted.

“Plato said, ‘Be kind because everybody is fighting a hard battle.’” Holden believes there is only one way to survive our past, and that is to practice the miracle of forgiveness. This helps us remember who we are, and allows us to see everything differently. Forgiveness also helps us to live in the present tense because without it, we can’t get past our history.

“We stay in the past because we are afraid the past was our best chance for happiness. But what forgiveness is showing us, is the present moment is always the best moment for happiness,” Holden said. “Forgiveness is an angel you pray to when you need a miracle in your life. It sets us free from fear, guilt, anger and cynicism, so we can be the unconditioned self we truly are.”

If we hang on to the past, we continue to have complaints about the present, and this will prevent us from truly showing up in both the present and the future, because fear of the past repeating itself will remain. It is forgiveness that can offer us a new beginning, and can reacquaint us with our unconditioned self.

“Forgiveness gives you wings,” said Holden. “The most beautiful thing about it is that nobody benefits more from forgiveness than the person who is doing the forgiving. When we really forgive, we understand that the world is a state of mind, and we allow ourselves to be helped by those unseen hands — by life itself — so that we can be who we are meant to be.”

Offering the audience a prayer to help them embrace forgiveness in their lives, Holden said: “Dear God, I declare today a day of Amnesty in which I gratefully volunteer to hand in all of my resentments and grievances to you. Please help me to handle well all of the peace, love, success and happiness that must inevitably follow. Amen.”

PRINCIPLE 6: THE GROWTH PRINCIPLE

“Some people go through life and others grow through life. My question to you is, ‘Are you still growing?’” Holden asked the audience. Similar to the learned self versus the unconditioned self, this principle looks at reinvention versus authenticity. Instead of trying to change ourselves, we should be trying to become ourselves, said Holden.

“There is one voice within that says, ‘We have to change ourselves. We have to reinvent ourselves. We have to change ourselves into a new person.’ But there is another voice saying, ‘No, just be who you are. Be more or who you are. Learn who you are and be more of that person,’” Holden shared, using an image from the cover of a popular United Kingdom magazine SHE from a couple of years ago featuring the headline “325 Ways to a Gorgeous New You.”

“Instead of trying to change ourselves, we have to try and become ourselves,” he noted. “If you think something is missing in your life, it’s probably you — more of you, more of your real self.”

While the ego self is always in waiting mode telling us we are not ready yet, and that we need to be patient, the soul is always ready to do the soul’s work, he said. The ego will never be ready to do the soul’s work because it’s the soul’s job. And no matter what the ego may tell us, it’s never too late.

“It’s never too late to be who we truly are and to live from our heart. It’s never too late to heal and let go of the past — to make contact with reality, and to take an emotional risk and go for it,” said Holden. “It’s never too late to follow your joy. It’s never too late to drop the defenses and play big in the world, and be a heart in this world. The purpose of your life is not to escape from this world, it’s to be in this world so that you can be the presence of love that you are truly here to be, and because of that your family and friends and everybody on this planet will be grateful that you were here.”

The Moral Landscape How Science Can Determine Human Values By Sam Harris

Sam Harris’s first book, The End of Faith, ignited a worldwide debate about the validity of religion. In the aftermath, Harris discovered that most people—from religious fundamentalists to nonbelieving scientists—agree on one point: science has nothing to say on the subject of human values.

Indeed, our failure to address questions of meaning and morality through science has now become the most common justification for religious faith. It is also the primary reason why so many secularists and religious moderates feel obligated to “respect” the hardened superstitions of their more devout neighbors.

In this explosive new book, Sam Harris tears down the wall between scientific facts and human values, arguing that most people are simply mistaken about the relationship between morality and the rest of human knowledge. Harris urges us to think about morality in terms of human and animal well-being, viewing the experiences of conscious creatures as peaks and valleys on a “moral landscape.” Because there are definite facts to be known about where we fall on this landscape, Harris foresees a time when science will no longer limit itself to merely describing what people do in the name of “morality”; in principle, science should be able to tell us what we ought to do to live the best lives possible.

Bringing a fresh perspective to age-old questions of right and wrong and good and evil, Harris demonstrates that we already know enough about the human brain and its relationship to events in the world to say that there are right and wrong answers to the most pressing questions of human life. Because such answers exist, moral relativism is simply false—and comes at increasing cost to humanity. And the intrusions of religion into the sphere of human values can be finally repelled: for just as there is no such thing as Christian physics or Muslim algebra, there can be no Christian or Muslim morality.

Using his expertise in philosophy and neuroscience, along with his experience on the front lines of our “culture wars,” Harris delivers a game-changing book about the future of science and about the real basis of human cooperation.

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Sam Harris: Neuroscientist and philosopher
Adored by secularists, feared by the pious, Sam Harris’ best-selling books argue that religion is ruinous and, worse, stupid — and that questioning religious faith might just save civilization.
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The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

From the author who’s inspired millions worldwide with books like Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven comes his most imaginative novel yet, The Time Keeper–a compelling fable about the first man on earth to count the hours.

The man who became Father Time.

In Mitch Albom’s newest work of fiction, the inventor of the world’s first clock is punished for trying to measure God’s greatest gift. He is banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more days, more years. Eventually, with his soul nearly broken, Father Time is granted his freedom, along with a magical hourglass and a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.

He returns to our world–now dominated by the hour-counting he so innocently began–and commences a journey with two unlikely partners: one a teenage girl who is about to give up on life, the other a wealthy old businessman who wants to live forever. To save himself, he must save them both. And stop the world to do so.

Told in Albom’s signature spare, evocative prose, this remarkably original tale will inspire readers everywhere to reconsider their own notions of time, how they spend it and how precious it truly is.

Mitch Albom is an author, playwright, and screenwriter who has written seven books, including the international bestseller Tuesdays with Morrie, the bestselling memoir of all time. His first novel, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller, as were For One More Day, his second novel, and Have a Little Faith, his most recent work of nonfiction. All four books were made into acclaimed TV films. Albom also works as a columnist and a broadcaster and has founded seven charities in Detroit and Haiti, where he operates an orphanage/mission. He lives with his wife, Janine, in Michigan.

Writing The Time Keeper

Deep into the writing of The Time Keeper, Mitch posted a weekly podcast for three Wednesdays in January. Inside his office–the cave–he brings us into the writing process and shares some early details from his new book.
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Author of Have A Little Faith: A True Story, Tuesdays With Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven and For One More Day, writer and broadcaster Mitch Albom has become an inspiration to millions around the world.

Tuesdays with Morrie became an international phenomenon with over 14 million copies sold and is now the bestselling memoir of all time. The Emmy Award-winning TV movie featured Jack Lemmon and Hank Azaria, and was produced by Oprah Winfrey

Albom’s follow-up, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list and sold nearly five million copies in its first year. In 2004 he wrote the screenplay for the ABC TV movie starring Jon Voight and Ellen Burstyn.

His #1 New York Times bestseller, For One More Day, explores the themes of family, divorce, and lost loved ones. The TV film aired in 2007.

His latest #1 New York Times bestseller, Have A Little Faith, begins with an unusual request when his rabbi asks him to deliver his eulogy. An 8-year journey, Albom’s story is about how community and faith pull people together, and the potential in all of us for a giving, meaningful life.

A columnist for the Detroit Free Press, Albom also hosts two radio shows on WJR-AM. He has appeared on many TV programs including Oprah, The Today Show, Larry King Live and Charlie Rose, and his articles have been featured in The New York Times, GQ and Sports Illustrated.

Making the Gods Work for You : The Astrological Language of the Psyche ~ Caroline W. Casey

Making the Gods Work for You presents internationally renowned author Caroline W. Casey’s remarkable doctrine of Visionary Activist Astrology. In this reverently irreverent mystery school disguised as a book (in which each of the planetary gods is a professor), we are invited to think of our lives as spiritual detective novels. For example, Venus teaches us that our affinities and quirks are clues to our unique mission and contribution to the world.

The astrological language of the psyche is a tool for deciphering and revitalizing this sense of mission. Casey teaches you how to expand your range of intimacy with the ten parts of yourself represented by the planets, here called gods. You will learn how to use this language to reverence and feed the forces of your psyche that connect you to very real external forces. This book intends to catalyze a movement to engage the imagination of all people with a sense of humor and a desire to do collaborative good in the world.

Expanding on the ideas first presented in her popular audiotape series, Inner and Outer Space, Casey explores the archetypes at the heart of human relationships, aspirations, and spiritual quests. In an engaging narrative enlivened by stories, fables, exercises, and meditations developed through her work as an astrological counselor, she provides a practical system of personal and collective liberation. Making the Gods Work for You provides us with innovative principles to live by and rituals inviting us to become active, dynamic participants in the dance of life. We can then become increasingly conscious players on the team of creation, capable of sharing our gifts with the world at this crucial historical time.

Caroline W. Casey is a visionary activist-astrologer whose unique fusion of astrology, compassionate social activism, esoteric spiritual traditions, and humor is known to audiences internationally. She has appeared on Crossfire, Nightline, and Crosswatch, and she hosts The Visionary Activist show on KPFA in Berkeley, CA. She has a degree in semiotics from Brown University and is the author of Making the Gods Work for You: The Astrological Language of the Psyche.

James Swartz: Vedanta, The Really Big Treasure Hunt

James Swartz: Vedanta, The Really Big Treasure Hunt

This is the first of 5 clips from the StillnessSpeaks.com production, James Swartz: Vedanta, The Really Big Treasure Hunt with Christopher Hebard, founder of StillnessSpeaks.com

James Swartz: Vendanta, the Really Big Treasure Hunt Part 2

James Swartz: Vedanta, The Really Big Treasure Hunt Part 3

This is the third of 5 clips from the StillnessSpeaks.com production, James Swartz: Vedanta, The Really Big Treasure Hunt with Christopher Hebard, founder of StillnessSpeaks.com.

Stillness Speaks presents Vedanta Part 4 with James Swartz

What are the means of knowledge? Part 4 of a five part series with Chris Hebard of Stillness Speaks as he dialogues with James Swartz on Vedanta.

Stillness Speaks presents Vedanta Part 5 with James Swartz

What is a Guru? Part 5 of a five part series with Chris Hebard of Stillness Speaks as he dialogues with James Swartz on Vedanta.

THE SACRED PROMISE: How Science is Discovering Spirit’s Collaboration with Us in Our Daily Lives Gary E. Schwartz, PhD

PREFACE

The Urgent Message of THE SACRED PROMISE

Do spirits exist, and if so, can they play a useful if not essential role in our individual and collective lives?

Are there sources of invisible information and guidance waiting to be tapped and harnessed if we are just willing to listen?

If we, in our essence, are spirits too, can we come to see this possibility when we look at ourselves in the mirror? And can we draw on this great inner potential and power with wisdom and love to change our ways accordingly, before it is too late for humankind?

I believe that science not only can address such questions, but in the process can potentially help increase our ability to receive spiritual information accurately, and we can then act upon it safely and wisely.

There Is More Out There

We live in a critical time in human evolution. We are overpopulating the planet and making a mess of the earth in the process. The effects of our unchecked growth are widespread and well documented, from air and water pollution, through the destruction of plant and animal life, to economic and climate instability.

This clear message—that we must change ourselves first to make an impact on the world—is expressed in the mega hit “Man in the Mirror” composed by Siedah Garrett and Glen Ballard. Creative artists—be they writers, composers, or painters—often feel that information is sometimes given to them from an invisible source. They often claim to sense the earth’s pain and feel the need to do something about it.

A famous songwriter and spokesperson for personal and global change, as well as our contact with Spirit, was the late John Lennon. He said:

When the real music comes to me—the music of the spheres, the music that surpasseth understanding—that has nothing to do with me ‘cause I’m just the channel. The only joy for me is for it to be given to me and transcribe it. Like a medium. Those moments are what I live for.

Are people like John Lennon brilliant artists but bad psychologists? Are they just weird if not crazy? Or, have they “looked in the mirror” more deeply and honestly than most of us, and have they discovered something fundamental about human nature and spiritual reality in general?

And are deceased people such as sophisticated scientists like Albert Einstein or compassionate artists like John Lennon indeed still here, wishing to be of continued assistance to humanity and the planet as a whole? If they and higher spirit beings are showing up, in our laboratories and our personal lives, as we explore in this book, then it is only prudent that we try to establish contact.

For if ever there was a time to address the question of a possible Sacred Partnership between us and them, creatively and responsibly, this is it.

Integrating Personal Self-Science with Laboratory Science

The Sacred Promise is about this serious possibility. The book draws on core lessons gleaned from the methods of science that we can directly apply in our daily lives to potentially connect and communicate with Spirit, to seek help and guidance.

Some of the evidence reported in this book comes from my personal life as a “self-scientist.” While these stories speak to the possible reality of Spirit and its potential emerging role in our lives, they are also “proof of concept” experiments, to show the possibility for further research on Spirit’s participation in our lives. And they show by example how to apply self-science in your own life, to draw on Spirit’s help and guidance.

This self-science is similar to what we all do every day when we follow our hunches, intuitions, or see connections between seemingly random events like repeated references to names or numbers, but it uses the objectivity of the scientific method, i.e., questioning everything and looking for independent confirmation. I believe these are often Spirit’s calling cards, and we will explore how to be more watchful for them and how to interpret their appearance.

As part of this exploration, I also reveal phenomena that occurred in actual laboratory experiments, intentionally designed and then formally approved by the University of Arizona Human Subjects Committee—as well as exploratory investigations in the early stages of experimental design where we scientists pre-tested ourselves—that also speak to this emerging reality.

Why Speak Out Now?

Though the critic will be quick to point out that none of this evidence is definitive—and I will be the first to agree—the thoughtful and caring reader will recognize that the information reported in this book speaks strongly to the possibility and promise of Spirit’s involvement in our personal lives and Spirit’s willingness to help us with day-to-day problems. This is a proof of concept book; it provides proof of possibility and promise of our sacred contract with spirit.

Given that time may be running out for humanity, I feel it is important that we act with some sense of urgency to address this opportunity. I believe—based on the evidence reported in this book—that Spirit is not only willing and able to assist us, but is insistent that we proceed and may have a broader understanding as to the urgency of the matter. Thus, I have written this book now because I believe, in my heart as well as my head, that if we continue to ignore our true spiritual nature and act in unhealthy ways, we will miss the opportunity to make corrective and wise choices in virtually all aspects of our individual and collective lives.

What is the Sacred Promise?


The Sacred Promise
is all-important. It is more than just the title of this book and it has wide-reaching implications to understand. There are three levels of meaning to the phrase:

Level I: Spirit has made a sacred commitment to help humanity rediscover its fundamental spiritual nature and to work collaboratively with us to solve our pressing individual and global problems—that is, if we can awaken to Spirit’s existence and choose to accept its assistance.

Level II: Spirit has the potential to actively participate in scientific research and be as reliable and responsible as the scientists with whom it is working.

Level III: Science has the potential to determine, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Spirit exists and can play an essential role in our individual and collective lives.

The first level of the Sacred Promise of which this book speaks is the tangible commitment that the Spirit World has made to partner with each and every human being to solve our personal and societal problems while guiding us to our own spiritual essence. For many, particularly the scientists, this may seem a grandiose claim. I can assure you it is not. It is not just personal experience but actual scientific evidence—much of which is presented in this book—that demonstrates that Spirit itself is willing, able, and desiring to participate in the evolution towards happiness of all humanity.

For those more cautious in drawing scientific conclusions to what is clearly from a scientific perspective a work in progress in proving the above claim, there is the second level of meaning to the Sacred Promise which is easier for the scientist in you to accept. This is the clear indication, from the exploratory investigations and formal experiments reported in the following pages, that Spirit itself is actively participating in the research, which is demonstrating the potential truth of our ultimate hypothesis: that Spirit is the co-creator, with humanity, of humanity’s evolution.

For those unable to accept the second hypothesis that Spirit is actively participating as an equal scientific partner in our experiments, on the third level, I hold out the least controversial hypothesis: Science itself now has the tools to demonstrate that Spirit exists and plays an essential role in our individual and collective lives. For many, this hypothesis alone may have you scratching your head. How can science prove that spirit exists? Isn’t science all about proving that spirit does not need to exist to prove our scientific laws and hypotheses? Doesn’t the mere acceptance of spirit interfere with true scientific inquiry? Again the answer is a resounding no.

I may be working in the realm of new science, but my findings are real science and true science. I am not alone in contemplating the existence of a zero point, where all memory and all energy continue to exist forever. For example, Dr. Ervin László has done pioneering work in contemplating the relationship between science and the Akashic Field, and he is but one of many scientists from a variety of disciplines creating experiments to test and verify the role of spirit in everyday life.

The Sacred Promise is intended to open your eyes to the new world before us. As Carole King wrote and sang, “I can see you’ve had a change in mind; what we need is a change in heart.” My hope is that you will read The Sacred Promise with both your mind and heart. There has never been a time of such urgency for hearts to be equal partners with our minds in directing our day-to-day life choices. For me the proposition is straightforward. Each of us needs to answer the question for ourselves. Are we ready to accept this Sacred Promise to work with spirit to create a world which honors both our hearts and our minds?

Dr. Gary Schwartz on his book THE SACRED PROMISE

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