A Message of Hope from the Angels by Lorna Byrne

These days I see a lot of angels holding lights in front of people, helping to encourage them. These are difficult and challenging times, but I see so much to be hopeful about and in this book I pass on these messages of hope.” —Lorna Byrne

Lorna Byrne sees angels with as much clarity as the rest of us see people, and she speaks to them every day. She never revealed this remarkable ability until she released her memoir Angels in My Hair which became a word-of-mouth international bestseller.

Now, in A Message of Hope from the Angels, Lorna gives us the comfort of knowing that we have guardian angels to support us during our daily challenges, and reveals how we can call on their help to carry us through the difficulties that we all inevitably face—whether it’s loneliness, depression, stress, financial strain or countless other challenges. Lorna explains how we can use the angels’ messages and support to make our lives happier and more fulfilling. Already an international bestseller, A Message of Hope from the Angels went straight to #1 in the UK.

Lorna Byrne has been seeing and talking to angels since she was a baby. Now that her family is raised she talks openly about what she has learned. She lives quietly in rural Ireland. She is the author of the international bestseller Angels in My Hair which has been translated into over twenty languages. Stairways to Heaven is her second book.

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New! A Message of Hope from the Angels

Lorna Byrne tells us ‘hope makes the impossible possible’ as she introduces her new book A Message of Hope from the Angels. (See more about this book here http://www.lornabyrne.com/book-moh.html ) An inspiring, upbeat and hopeful response to the challenging and at times depressing times we live in.

Lorna Byrne is the international bestselling author of Angels in my Hair and Stairways to Heaven.

Lorna Byrne Interview 2012 – A Message of Hope from the Angels

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Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived ~ Rob Bell

“There are a growing number of us who have become acutely aware that Jesus’s story has been hijacked by a number of other stories, stories Jesus isn’t interested in telling, because they have nothing to do with what he came to do. The plot has been lost, and it’s time to reclaim it. . . .
“I’ve written this book because the kind of faith Jesus invites us into doesn’t skirt the big questions about topics like God and Jesus and salvation and judgment and heaven and hell, but takes us deep into the heart of them.” —from Love Wins


Rob Bell is a bestselling author, international teacher, and highly sought after public speaker. His books include The New York Times bestseller Love Wins, along with Velvet Elvis, Sex God, Jesus Wants to Save Christians, and Drops Like Stars. At age 28 he founded Mars Hill Bible Church in Michigan, and under his leadership it was one of the fastest-growing churches in America. In 2011 he was profiled in Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people. Rob is also the featured speaker in a series of spiritual short films called NOOMA. Currently, he is working with former LOST producer Carlton Cuse on a television series and will be releasing a new book in 2013. He and his wife Kristen have three children and live in Los Angeles.

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Rediscovering Wonder—A New Video from Rob Bell

Published on Jul 17, 2012

On the occasion of the release of Love Wins in paperback and new covers on all his books (Velvet Elvis, Jesus Wants to Save Christians, Sex God, and Drops Like Stars), we invite you to “Explore the Spirituality of Wonder” with New York Times bestselling author Rob Bell.

Bell is known for bringing out into the open and exploring the deeper questions of Christian life and faith—how we relate to God, how to love others, how to channel difficulty into creativity, how to understand eternity, and how to live as Jesus taught. He invites us to examine closely the beliefs we claim to hold most dear but often do not take the time to reflect upon. Time calls Bell the most exciting voice in the church today.

Rob Bell discusses “Love Wins” on Good Morning America

Host George Stephanopoulos interviews Mars Hill pastor Rob Bell on the March 15, 2011 edition of ABC’s Good Morning America. They discuss Bell’s new book “Love Wins” and its content, particularly in light of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

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At the heart of the historical Jesus story is the provocative, compelling, subversive, beautiful insistence that nothing can ever be the same again, not after resurrection.

A Time of Change: Akashic Guidance for Spiritual Transformation by Aingeal Rose O’Grady

THERE IS NO PLACE IN THIS NEW KIND OF PHYSICS BOTH FOR THE FIELD AND MATTER, FOR THE FIELD IS THE ONLY REALITY. ~ ALBERT EINSTEIN

Has our Creator a divine plan for us? Is our future safe? Do we have to prepare for catastrophic Earth changes? Are we in changing times? How do we manifest prosperity? In A Time of Change, Aingeal Rose O’Grady offers us the opportunity to hear the Source speak through the Akashic Records. In group sessions recorded in Ireland and the United States over the past several years, people have sought and received answers to their questions from the Akashic Records on global and universal subjects.

Aingeal Rose’s unique ability to access the Akashic information field has opened the door to startling new information about our lives and our world and reveals a much bigger plan for humanity and the Earth than previously thought. This book will comfort your mind and spirit and reawaken what you have always known – that God’s love is alive and well and holds you in the palm of Its hand.

For centuries, while modern scientists have been trying to understand the reality of what Einstein said in the 20th Century about “the field,” gifted people like Aingeal (Ann-gail) Rose O’Grady have been using their rare abilities to tap into this field for information in order to answer many of our most pressing questions about God, our souls, and the universe. What science has yet to understand is that humanity has a direct channel to this subtle realm, often called the Akashic Records.

A Time of Change, the first book in the Honest-To-God series, from Aingeal, taps into the Akashic Records. Presented in a question-and-answer format, A Time of Change allows readers to experience the answers as they came through from the Records. This information offers an understanding that our individual fears and struggles are shared by many, and that there are solutions to our most vexing problems.

Akashic comes from “Akasha,” which is a Sanskrit word meaning “ether,” and it implies a spiritual plane or substance where the entire history of life in the cosmos, and knowledge of the human experience is recorded and kept. It has been described as a library that is constantly updated and where each one of us has our own “book” of our many lifetimes and sojourns into matter. This concept was derived from the Hindu philosophy of Samkhya and popularized in the theosophical movements of the 19th Century.

As a regular meditator on her own spiritual journey, at times Aingeal would spontaneously find herself in her own Records. There always seemed to be a purpose to it—usually to understand a past lifetime or to forgive an event in the past or present. Because of the quality of information she was accessing, she received training and has done readings for individual clients for the past 15 years. It was the many duplicate questions she received that led her to begin group sessions in 2010 in Ireland, then in the United States.

When Aingeal asks a question of the “field,” the answers are multi-layered and “impressed”upon her. Once she receives this first impression, she must express it before more information can flow, even if at first it may not seem relevant. This first step is very important in helping groups and individuals receive grace from the readings since it appears that Source knows what needs to be told for each individual question and in what order.

At the current time, the massive global awakening that we are going through seems to be first and foremost in people’s minds. All over the world, a paradigm shift is occurring from the old view of a mechanistic world where everything is controlled, to a holistic view of a synergistic and cooperative world. As old systems crumble, those within them are desperately trying to hang on to their control.

The questions and answers in A Time of Change speak directly to these issues, such as:
• What is true prosperity, (which has nothing to do with money)?

• How do we preserve our food, water, health, etc.?

• How does technology effect our bodies?

• What can we expect from our financial institutions?

• Who are we as our true selves, and our future selves?

• What is the negative agenda and how does it effect our energy?

• What was The Fall, and how does it still influence us today?

Other topics of vital importance include suicides, Euthanasia, how oil and Big Pharma profits keep us down, and what we can do to avoid these influences, improve our health and help the earth at the same time.

Aingeal clearly illuminates the myriad of influences in our world, between the Negative Agenda’s Plan vs. the Plan of God-Source, which leads us to the realization that these polarities exist within each one of us in the form of our “split spirit.” Since our outer world reflects our inner world, it is critical to realize that inner balancing must occur within us first, between our Light and our shadow, and between our masculine and feminine energies, before we can make this shift. We must choose where we are focusing our energies because it does effect a greater universe.

Ultimately, the truth that comes through Aingeal from the Records inspires us to feel empowered through these tumultuous times. We come to the understanding that no matter what may go on in our world or personal lives, a greater plan exists and we truly are supported.

About the Author:
Aingeal (Ann-gail) Rose O’Grady
was born on November 11th, 1953 in Plattsburg, NY. During the past 40 years she has acquired certifications in numerous healing modalities including Reiki (all levels to Master Teacher), Psychic Laser Therapy, Hypnotherapy including past life regression and more.

Aingeal has done private Akashic Record readings for clients world-wide over the past 15 years and began group sessions in 2010 in Ireland and the United States. This is the first book in her Honest-To-God Series. The second book in the series, The Nature of Reality will be published April 26, 2013.

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A Time of Change by Aingeal Rose

A Time of Change – Akashic Guidance for Spiritual Transformation – by Aingeal Rose

Eckhart Tolle TV: How do I remain present but also keep track of time


Published on Dec 5, 2012

Spiritual practices for the wristwatch wearer.

8 Keys to Brain–Body Balance ~ Robert Scaer

Take-charge strategies to heal your body and brain from stress and trauma.

Understanding how our brains and bodies actually work is a powerful tool in mitigating the anxiety generated by unpleasant physical and emotional symptoms that we all may experience from time to time. Here, Robert Scaer unravels the complexities of the brain-body connection, equipping all those who are in distress with a plausible explanation for how they feel.

Making the science accessible, he outlines the core neurobiological concepts underlying the brain-body interface and explains why physical and emotional symptoms of stress and trauma occur. He explains why “feelings” represent physical sensations that inform us about the nature of our brain-body conflicts. He also offers practical, easy-to-implement strategies for strengthening motor skills, learning to listen to our gut to gauge our feelings, attuning to the present, and restoring personal boundaries to relieve symptoms and navigate a path to recovery.

Robert Scaer, M.D. received his B.A. in Psychology, and his M.D. degree at the University of Rochester. He is Board Certified in Neurology, and has been in practice for 36 years, twenty of those as Medical Director of Rehabilitation Services at the Mapleton Center in Boulder, CO. His primary areas of interest and expertise have been in the fields of traumatic brain injury and chronic pain, and more recently in the study of traumatic stress and its role in physical and emotional symptoms, and in diseases.

He has lectured extensively on these topics, and has published several articles on posttraumatic stress disorder, dissociation, the whiplash syndrome and other somatic syndromes of traumatic stress. He has published three books, the first The Body Bears the Burden: Trauma, Dissociation and Disease, presenting a new theory of dissociation and its role in many diseases. A second edition of this book was released in October, 2007. A second book, The Trauma Spectrum: Hidden Wounds and Human Resiliency, addresses the broad and relatively unappreciated spectrum of cultural and societal trauma that shapes every aspect of our lives. A third book, Eight Keys to Brain/Body Balance, released in September, 2012, is a lay person’s guide to the workings of the brain, related to how the brain changes in stress and trauma, and may be healed. He is currently retired from clinical medical practice, and continues to pursue a career in writing and lecturing in the field of traumatology.

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Robert Scaer, M.D. Trauma Treatment: EMDR and Brainspotting.m4

Clip from DR Scaer’s extended interview on The Master Clinician Series.

Exclusive Interview with Dr. Eben Alexander by Marilyn Schlitz

Dr. Eben Alexander is a neurosurgeon who had a near-death experience that changed his life and beliefs about life after death. He has recently been featured in magazines and television shows, including Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday program.

Marilyn Schlitz did an exclusive interview with Eben as part of the Death Makes Life Possible documentary film that is currently in production.

Exclusive Interview with Dr. Eben Alexander

December 21 Mayan Apocalypse Observances Fueled By Mysticism And Internet | By Gabriel Stargardter

(Reuters) – A few words by an American scholar, a crumbling Mexican monument and the love of a good yarn were all it took to spawn the belief that the world could end this week.

December 21 marks the end of an age in a 5,125 year-old Maya calendar, an event that is variously interpreted as the end of days, the start of a new era or just a good excuse for a party.

Thousands of New Age mystics, spiritual adventurers and canny businessmen are converging on ancient ruins in southern Mexico and Guatemala to find out what will happen.

“No one knows what it will look like on the other side,” said Michael DiMartino, 46, a long-haired American who is organizing one of the biggest December 21 celebrations at the Maya temple site of Chichen Itza on the Yucatan peninsula.

It is not the world but “the way we perceive it” that will end, said DiMartino, who pledged his event at ground zero for 2012 acolytes will be a “distilling down of various perspectives into a unified intention for positive transformation, evolution and co-creation of a new way of being.”

A mash-up of academic speculation and existential angst seasoned with elements from several world religions, the 2012 phenomenon has been fueled by Hollywood movies and computer games, and relentlessly disseminated by Internet doom-mongers.

Mass hysteria in a Russian prison, a Chinese man building survival pods for doomsday and UFO lovers seeking refuge with aliens in a French mountain village are just some of the reports that have sprung up in the final countdown to December 21.

Robert Bast, a New Zealander living in Melbourne who wrote a book called “Survive 2012” on how to cope with the possible catastrophe, believes the Maya may have sent out a warning.

“The most likely thing for me is a solar storm, but that’s not going to kill you straight away. It’s more of a long term disaster,” said Bast, 47, noting a flu pandemic could also strike the planet. “I feel the world isn’t as safe as we think it is. The last couple of generations have had it very cozy.”

When dawn breaks on Friday, according to the Maya Long Count calendar, it marks the end of the 13th bak’tun – an epoch lasting some 400 years – and the beginning of the 14th.

This fact would probably have languished in academic obscurity had not a young Maya expert named Michael Coe written in the 1960s that to the ancient Mesoamerican culture the date could herald an “Armageddon” to cleanse humanity.

Since then, the cult of 2012 has snowballed.

Among the sun-bleached pyramids, shaded mangroves and deep cenotes of the Maya heartland, there are hopes December 21 will bring a spiritual re-birth.

Nobody seems quite sure what to expect on Friday, but it has not stopped people getting their hopes up.

“This is the Arab Spring of the spiritual movement,” said Geoffrey Ocean Dreyer, a 52-year-old U.S. musician wearing a sombrero and mardi gras beads. “We’re going to create world peace. We’re going to Jerusalem and we’re going to rebuild Solomon’s temple.”

ANXIETY ATTACKS

The words of Coe, a highly respected Maya scholar, were published in 1966 at the height of the Cold War, stirring fears in a world haunted by the prospect of nuclear holocaust.

Coe could not be reached for comment for this article, but friends and academics who know him insist he never meant to inspire a vision of apocalypse when he committed them to paper.

Stephen Houston, a Maya expert at Brown University in Rhode Island and student of Coe’s, said too much has been read into the end of the 13th bak’tun, which was little more than a “dull mathematical declaration” used to bracket dates.

“I see it all as an expression of present day anxiety and not much more than that,” Houston said.

Few remaining inscriptions refer to the event, and the best known one is part of a monument recovered from a Maya site in Tabasco state called Tortuguero – much of which was torn down in the 1960s to make way for the construction of a cement factory.

Still, the mix of religion, ancient inscriptions and media-driven speculation about impending doom remains potent.

“I got an email the other day from a mother who was contemplating taking her own life, because she didn’t know what was really going to happen, she didn’t want her children to live through this ordeal,” said David Stuart, a Maya expert at the University of Texas. “We can dismiss it as a kooky idea, which it is, but they’re still ideas and they still have power.”

U.S. space agency NASA has sought to allay fears of impending catastrophe, noting that “our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012.”

Nothing has given the 2012 theories more oxygen in the run-up to the big day than the Internet, noted John Hoopes, a Maya anthropologist at the University of Kansas.

“Computers come straight out of the same people who were smoking pot and protesting at Berkeley and Stanford,” he said, referring to U.S. student movements in the 1960s.

“This Maya calendar stuff has been part of hacktivism lore for 40 years, since the beginning, and with every significant change in computer technology, it’s gotten another boost.”

Many of those gathering in Chichen Itza praised the Internet as a discussion forum and organizing tool for New Age events.

“We don’t need leaders now we have the Internet,” said Muggy Burton, 66, who had traveled to Mexico from Canada with her 15-year-old, blue-haired granddaughter, Talis Hardy.

The two, who communicate with each other by whistling, plan to live in Mexico for six months, according to Burton, who is going to homeschool Hardy. “It’s the end of the world for her, and the beginning of a new one,” she added.

MAYA SKEPTICS

Mexico’s federal government is not officially marking the phenomenon, but the country’s tourism agency has launched a “Mundo Maya 2012” website with a countdown to December 21.

Up to 200,000 people are expected to descend on Chichen Itza alone for the night of December 20.

Among modern descendants of the Maya, the idea it could all come to an end on Friday generally raises a wry smile – but they are happy to play along if it makes money.

“It’s a psychic epidemic,” said Miguel Coral, 56, a cigar salesman in Merida, a colonial town and capital of Yucatan state. “It’s all about business, but that’s fine. It helps our country. I think it’s excellent we’ve exported this idea.”

Nearby, workers built a pyramid of spray-painted polystyrene blocks for the opening of the town’s Maya festival.

“If people who believe in this joke want to come, let them,” said Jose May, a Merida tourism official of Maya descent. “Nobody here believes that. Those people were sold an idea.”

Hazy rumors have helped feed the sense of anticipation.

A few hours’ drive south of Merida in the remote Maya town of Xul, which means “the end,” media reports began circulating as early as 2008 that a group of Italians were readying themselves for impending doom by building apocalypse-proof bunkers.

Today, the settlement dubbed the “end of the world resort” is open for business as “Eco Spa Las Aguilas.”

“There’s no truth in it,” said deputy manager Andrea Podesta, 45, referring to speculation it was a cult.

“Some people came here, took some hidden photos, and published some very unpleasant articles about us,” he added, noting the glistening new spa was booked up well into 2013.

Inside, a group of elderly Italians, mostly dressed in white, were watching the path of an asteroid on a giant screen. A black-and-white image of Christ’s face hung from the wall and a large stone statue of a robed woman greeted visitors.

Whatever lies in store for the planet, even Maya academics who have fought to play down the hype surrounding the passing of another 24 hours feel there could still be some surprises.

“I think there may be some mischief on December 21 because the whole world is watching,” said Hoopes in Kansas, citing rumors hacktivist group Anonymous was planning a stunt. “It’s a very fertile opportunity for a tremendous prank.”

(Editing by Dave Graham, Kieran Murray and Mohammad Zargham)

10 Doomsday Predictions That Didn’t Come True

In light of the Rapture being postponed, here are 10 other predictions that didn’t herald the end of the world…

A Prayer at the Winter Solstice ~ Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

As we come toward the time of the winter solstice and a few days later the celebration of Christmas, we are reminded once again of the primal mystery of darkness and light, and the light being born in the darkness. As the longest night of the northern hemisphere approaches, what is the inner meaning of this turning from the darkness towards the light, and this wonder of divine birth?

If we pause for a moment in the midst of our buying and consumption as a way to celebrate, if for an instant we can turn inward, we will find this greatest human mystery: the birth of light in the midst of darkness. This moment is a celebration of the spiritual nature of life, and how within the heart and soul of each of us this divine light is waiting to be born, to come into consciousness, to come into our daily life. And as many have experienced in their own life, this light is often born out of a time of darkness, of difficulties and suffering. In Rumi’s simple words:

“Sorrow for His sake is a treasure in my heart. My heart is light upon light, a beautiful Mary with Jesus in the womb.”

Within the heart, within the soul of each of us, the divine child is waiting to come into our life, into our consciousness. We are waiting to be born.

Anyone moved to turn inward into prayer, into their innermost heart, is drawn toward this mystery. And like the image of Christ being born in a manger, it is something as simple as it is wonderful. Many of us have felt, if only for an fleeting moment, this divine presence within our life. We know what it brings, how it can turn our life around in an instant, change what seemed impossible to be changed. We aspire to remain in this place of inner receptivity, this place of waiting in the darkness and longing that belong to the heart’s prayer. We are both the darkness and the light, the sorrow and the joy. It is in the midst of the darkness that the light is born, that the longest night turns toward the sunrise.

Our greatest human heritage is this soul’s drama of darkness and light, of the divine being born into our life. This is where our prayer takes us, where the heart’s longing draws us. This birth is the deepest fulfillment life can give us.

Spiritual stories tell us that the birth of the divine in the midst of darkness can happen both within the individual and within the whole world. The darkness of our post-industrial world is only too visible — with its pollution and species depletion, its global warming and increasing ecocide. It is not difficult to sense the sorrow of this present time, with growing inequality and global exploitation. But what is the light waiting to be born? Could it be an awareness of the sacred within creation and the deep knowing that we are all One — one living planet full of wonder and mystery, not just a resource waiting to be consumed? Could it be the simple awareness of the divine that is present within all of life, within every cell of creation?

We are easily drawn into our culture’s endless consumption, its myth of progress and economic growth. This story of material prosperity has now become a global disaster, as it pollutes our planet at an ever accelerating pace. How should one respond to this darkness? Yes, there is action to be done in the outer world, ways to respond to our collective self-destruction. We need to take responsibility for the well-being of our planet and its myriad inhabitants, not just our own material welfare.

But for the one who is drawn inward into prayer there is an equally valuable work in holding a space for the divine — staying true within the heart and waiting. It is here, from within the heart of each of us that the light of divine awareness will be born. It is from within the heart that the dark myth of materialism can turn into a story of divine birth — a reawakening to the knowing that all of creation is sacred — it is one living whole and we are its guardians. In our heart and soul we are each like Mary, holding the possibility for a birth that can change the world. Our politicians cannot change our world. The recent climate change conferences at Rio and Doha illustrate their inability to act. But change can happen through the heart of humanity. Through each and all of us the light of the divine can dispel this deepening darkness.

The mystery of darkness and divine light belongs to each of us and to the world. We are the world waiting in the darkness and we are the light waiting to be born. It is only too easy to see the darkness around us — the forgetfulness of the sacred nature of creation, the destruction and desecration of our beautiful and suffering world. We should not avoid being aware of what we are doing to the world, but we need also to turn toward the light that is waiting within our own heart and the heart of the world. We need to hold this sacred light in our hearts and our life. We need to be the prayer for the world in this time of darkness.

Jotta A…Brazilian boy..God’s Perfect Gift…Amazing Grace(Lyrics)

Jose Antonio “Jotta A” Viana is a seventh grader, born and brought up in a Pentecostal family.His Dad is a Pastor of a local Assemblies of God church in Sao Paulo, Brazil.. This time, he is singing the song of Chris Tomlin’s version of Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone).

Jotta is simply talented and most of all anointed. He has turned christian songs into a new breed and heights that are now becoming more and more popular even to the unbelievers. He is really a new singing sensation! He is 13 years old now.and also a most anointed child Gospel singer in the whole world.

An Interview with Eckhart Tolle ~ by Michael Bertrand

How are things for you these days? Are you very busy? How are you handling all the attention that’s coming your way?

ET: Well, the book came out two and a half years ago now and certainly my external life has changed dramatically with a lot of traveling and talking. I used to live a very sheltered life and now it seems to be the opposite of that. I’m out there in the world all the time. I’m actually quite enjoying it, but I am perhaps at heart a hermit so I love to take time off where I don’t travel or see people and I’m just alone in stillness.I’m amazed how many people responded to the book. I never expected that many people to respond to it.I knew the book would be around for a long time. I thought it might grow very slowly but it’s growing very quickly now.

What people reading this might be most interested in is what is the teaching that you describe in the book and in your talks?

The essence, the very foundation, of the teaching is that a different state of consciousness is possible for humans. The state of consciousness that is considered normal and that has been running human history for thousands of years is not the only possible state of consciousness. It’s also not the most advanced state possible for humans.

It’s nothing new. All the great teachings and teachers have pointed to the fact, since the normal state of consciousness is a state that is extremely deficient, a state that in the ancient teachings has been called suffering. The Buddha called it suffering, Jesus called it a state of sin and illusion, and the Hindus call it a state of illusion. So, all ancient teachings agree that the normal human state of consciousness is, as I call it, a state of insanity. Anybody can verify this for themselves if they look at human history, 90 percent of which—really,if you look at it objectively—would be called the history of collective insanity, with the enormous amount of suffering inflicted by humans on other humans and on themselves and other species.

The second part of the teaching is that it’s possible to enter that state now. Not only is it possible to enter it now, but the only time when you can enter that state of consciousness is in the Now; not needing the future in order to arrive at a projected state of consciousness, but realizing that new state of consciousness one that is free of time.The main characteristic of the old state of consciousness is that it is dominated by past and future, in other words by time.

If you observe the workings of your mind you will see that you’re almost never in the present moment. The mind is always engaged in projecting a future, thinking about the future, trying to get to the future or reviving the past.All ancient teachings agree that the normal human state of consciousness is, as I call it, a state of insanity.The old state of consciousness is also a state of identification with thought processes.

Now what does that mean? To be identified means to derive your sense of self, of who you are from thought movements,to be completely trapped in the mental noise, to have your identity in the mental noise.Then your whole sense of self is derived from thought, which means an image forms in the head of “who I am,” of “that’s me,” and that image is always ill at ease, even in the people who look very confident. The self image of the Little Me as I call it, a mind-made sense of self or ego, is always ill at ease. This sense of self needs conflict in order to feel that it exists.

It cannot tolerate a prolonged period of non-conflict because the Little Me depends for its continuous existence on the feeling of separateness.It defines itself as “me” and “other,” which is not me. So, the more I can be in conflict with the not me the stronger my—ultimately illusory—sense of self becomes.

The ego tells you continuously that it wants to get out of conflict. It’s looking for happiness, but the ego is constructed in such a way that the state of happiness it says it looks for it cannot afford to find when its very survival depends on conflict.

So one could come right to the edge of, say, moving into a selfless, non-egoic state and then pull back.You could get very far and then the ego just marshals all its forces. How does one get through that?

First of all, it’s true that you can get to the edge and then pull back because peace is too threatening for the mind-made ego self. The first thing is to realize that unhappiness, dissatisfaction and discontent always seem to be caused by external factors but that’s an illusion. They are built into the very structure of the egoic mind and that is the essence of the old consciousness.

It is an amazing realization that no matter where you go those structures will go with you. You could go into the most paradisaical island or to a planet that is heaven, but you would still be carrying with you the structures of the egoic mind and it will transform heaven into hell. It’s an enormous step forward to realize for oneself that all the unhappiness, discontent and conflict in most people’s lives originate with in the structures of our minds rather than being externally caused.When you see very clearly what the origin of the state of non-freedom is, that is the beginning of liberation. It’s actually already the beginning of the new state of consciousness.

One could say that as soon as you begin to be able to witness the workings of your mind instead of being totally identified with them (and I include emotions in that because they are the reflections in the body of what the mind is doing), this is already the arising of the new state of consciousness.Then you watch how discontent arises, how unhappiness arises and then you look more deeply and you see the very root cause: It denies or resists or fights against the present moment. The very root cause which keeps the structures of unhappiness going is the refusal to accept life totally and say “yes” to this moment.

The moment you say yes to what is, you’re no longer resisting life, because life is always now. The non-acceptance of what is lies at the basis of the egoic sense of self because it grows stronger through fighting and resisting and saying, “No, no, no.” Then the illusory sense of who I am get stronger. So, the illusion gets stronger, the ego gets stronger, the suffering gets stronger. They all go together. The ego loves that.So, it’s not surprising that if you look at human history you see how mad it is and you can see that it all originates in the structures of the human mind. It created that hell on a planet that is basically paradise.

In order to feel the present moment, I have to find a way to feel what I haven’t been feeling. I have to get beyond the pretense or the shield that’s over my heart, to somehow get through that to even get to the place of thinking about it.

ET: Yes. Very often there is denial of what is happening in the present moment, not wanting it to happen,which includes what’s happening inside you at that moment, to completely say “yes” to whatever emotion may be there or whatever your inner state may be at this moment or to completely say “yes” to whatever the external situation may be at this moment. It’s too late to fight it because it is. You can’t fight what is.You can take action on the basis of your acceptance of what is.

Action that arises out of that acceptance is very empowered. Action that arises out of a negative state of resistance and denial and saying ‘no.’ can also sometimes contain a lot of energy, but it is contaminated with heavy negativity. It comes out of the saying ‘no’ and it’s there to strengthen or defend the egoic sense of self. So, whatever action arises out of that would, in Eastern terms, be called “karmic” which produces further karma and further suffering.

The moment you say yes to what is, you’re no longer resisting life, because life is always now. A very radical shift in human consciousness is possible, but when I say that, the egoic mind will immediately come in and say, “Okay, just tell me how to get there and I will draw up a plan and we’ll get there at some point in the future.” The ego will project a state of perfection that “I can reach at some future time” and it will strive towards that. That means it has taken the message of liberation and incorporated it into its old structures of “at some point in the future I will be okay and complete and fulfilled and whole. I just need to get there. In the meantime, I’m unhappy because I’m not there yet.”

So, how can one drop into the Now?

Very good question. Whenever you are observing what your mind emotions are doing, witnessing what is going on inside you, the state of presence is already arising. You can watch all of this, how noisy your mind is. When you’re suddenly aware of it, that ability to watch means you’ve dropped out of the time-bound state. Something has arisen that is very different. I call it the state of presence.So, again, one could almost say there is no how.

That state of consciousness, which I call the state of presence, being fully present in the Now, is the state of high alertness. Some people have experienced it in certain situations of great danger accidentally. That can be good if one remembers being in a state of intense aliveness where there was also absence of thinking and of mental noise, just a state of intense alert presence.People who climb mountains or engage in other dangerous activities love that state. It’s the only time when they can be in that state. If they were in past or future climbing a steep wall they wouldn’t survive for very long. So, in some situations you’re forced into a state of presence and it’s so alive and fulfilling that he old state becomes very unsatisfying.

People keep wanting to go back and have more experiences so they can be in that state.

Yes, but it’s very limiting if the only place where you can be in that state is where you engage in dangerous activities. Ultimately the risk is very high that something will happen and you will drop off the mountain.That state of consciousness that I call presence, the good news is that state is actually arising now almost by itself in many humans. So it’s not so much that we need to bring it about, “How can I make it happen?”We can’t. Rather it’s being open for it so it can happen with greater ease.

So hardly any of us are going to have some flashing moment of realization.

Some do, but that’s not necessary. Gradually a state arising that is inner stillness rather than noise, a state when mind activity becomes secondary. All the mental noise no longer has the power to grab you and to draw your attention in so completely that you’re totally identified with it. You begin to be able to see thinking as just thinking, not such a big deal, and you realize that all the problems that you and most humans are burdened with are mental noise.There’s no reality to any problem.

I’m not saying that challenges don’t exist in life. Challenges come, but the only way they can exist is in the Now and that’s the only place where you can face the challenge by taking action in the Now or surrendering to what is. In either case it’s not a problem.You can verify this for yourself by asking, “What problem do I have at this moment?” When you ask that question the mind becomes still and you realize this moment is actually fine, because most moments are fine. Even when they don’t look fine on the surface, if you become still enough the present moment always has a deep goodness to it underneath the external appearance of what’s happening in it because the very power of your being is inseparable from what I call the Now. Ultimately the Now is the power of your consciousness prior to thought, prior to forms arising out of it.

What you’re saying would sound quite familiar to someone studying Buddhist Vippasana meditation techniques, using the practice of watching the breath and just noticing what arises. Are you bringing a message that’s akin to that or is it different from what one would experience in practicing that technique?

The essence of the Buddha’s message was that, also. Meditation methods are aimed also at bringing about the state of presence, although he never used those words. The drawback with any technique,although they may work occasionally but only ultimately when you drop the technique, is that it gives you time.

There’s a chapter in the book that is called The Inner Body. Some people say it’s a wonderful technique,but what I call the inner body is to feel all the time the energy field that permeates the physical body. The invisible energy field, the animating presence, is in every cell of the body. To consciously be in and inhabit the body, even when engaged in activities or talking or listening, is to have some attention in the inner energy field of the body.I wouldn’t call it a technique because it’s too simple.

The oak tree when it feels its roots deep in the earth isn’t practicing any technique. It’s a state of being. And not to be drawn back continuously into identification with the mental noise is simply to have attention in the inner energy field of the body.To sense, to feel the body from within keeps you present. That keeps you present and it’s really all you need. If you want to call it a technique that’s fine, but it’s so simple there isn’t much to it. If you inhabit the body, you’re open to the state of presence and it becomes a whole body state.You become present with every cell of the body. You feel that state of alert and alive presence in your feet, your arms, your chest, your head.

It’s an entire body state. There you are in the Now in that state of still alertness and whatever needs to happen comes out of that state. In other words, the higher consciousness is already operating, no longer the limited conditioned noisy human mind but a far greater intelligence. The intelligence that runs the body is far greater than that of the conscious mind . So you connect with that.The whole of nature, the beauty of the flower, unfolds in complete silence.

Then your whole life can be an expression of no longer being Little Me trying to make it, trying to survive or succeed, always trying, trying, trying. Instead you become an expression of that consciousness, the very intelligence that runs the universe, realizing that you’re far greater than you could every have imagined coming from the Little Me trying to become a Big Me.That’s the state of just inhabiting the body. That becomes an anchor for staying present.

It’s also the entry point into that state of beautiful inner stillness where the mental noise subsides and you’re then highly conscious without noise. The amazing thing then is that intelligence operates noiselessly.Humans think that intelligence is associated with thinking. Thinking is just a tiny aspect of intelligence, but most intelligence, the whole of nature, the trees, grow in complete silence. The embryo in the womb grows silently. It doesn’t make a noise.

The whole of nature, the beauty of the flower, unfolds in complete silence.The galaxies exist in total silence and stillness and yet there’s incredible activity there, so they’re all expressions of intelligence that is at work silently. It’s only in humans that intelligence, in its limited expression as the human mind, is very noisy. The far greater intelligence that is at work within yourself operates in silence. That is the state of presence which is inseparable from inner stillness.That becomes your dwelling place, your home. You can still think when it’s needed.

Thought will arise,but it will be in the service of that deeper field of stillness, of being, no longer self-serving thought. There’s no effort, no trying to make it happen. That would be the opposite of it. It’s simply being open for it to happen because it wants to happen.Some people read the book and it happens. They experience inner transformation because there’s an energy that comes with the words that triggers the state. It’s like saying, “Don’t you remember?” Or people read the book and realize it’s already arisen in them before but they didn’t have a name for it.

Some people also come to your lectures and experience or hope to experience it.

Yes. It can be very helpful to be in the energy field of presence in a group. It’s not the words. Some people come to all my talks. They must have listened many times. I basically always talk about the same things. So, after a while they don’t come for the information or the words any more. They come for the energy field of presence and may hardly listen to the words.

Is that something you see as coming from you?

It depends what you mean by “you.” It doesn’t come from me. It comes through me. It’s deeper. It’s a movement of consciousness. I mean that the form that I am is like the window frame for it and then the light comes through the window.Some people arrive for talks an hour early because they want to sit close to me, not to be near the form of me but to be with the light.

It has nothing much to do with the window.One way of putting it is that it’s not me and that it happens through me. But, it would be more true to say that the consciousness which operates through me is ultimately who I am, not the me that is the physical form that people see. That consciousness is also who you are. So, when people come, sometimes from halfway around the world, to a talk they don’t really come to see or hear me. They come to be with themselves, for the first time to be completely themselves, getting out of the conditioning and the
identification with mental noise and emotions and simply be who you are.

If I forget that ultimately I’m nobody, then that would be the return of the ego.It’s strange that they need to travel a long way to be with themselves, but it works. Then, after a while,you don’t need to travel anymore to be with yourself.

So, you’re hoping that people don’t feel they have to come and sit with you to get this experience.

No. For a while it’s useful, but after that it needs to happen from within. It’s fine as long as they feel it’s helpful to have the external reflection of it, but not become dependent on it. I occasionally tell people to go away for a while so they don’t become dependent. Now, with the talks getting bigger I can’t do that so I must just trust that it will be fine and people won’t become dependent.Words are useful here, because I do point out that this needs to be lived rather than coming once a month or every two weeks to a talk.

That state of consciousness needs to arise every moment, no matter what activities you’re engaged in and particularly when life challenges you. That’s always the test of where you’re at as far as your state of consciousness is concerned. How you deal with the challenges and whether the old reactive mind comes in or whether the challenge makes you more present.More and more people are able to become more present with every challenge.

In other words, something happens that the mind would in the past have judged as bad or negative and want to get away from or become angry about and resist and fight and deny, suddenly the same challenge brings about a state of greater inner stillness and alertness. Then action arises that is just right for that moment and that situation, no longer the reactive mind operating out of its old conditioning.Challenges are wonderful things. With everything challenge comes the opportunity of being intensely present and then action happens if it’s needed.

You see teachers struggling with how to handle the adulation and appreciation that comes to them without getting bound up into it or torn apart by it.

That’s a challenge every spiritual teacher will be faced with at some point. In some the ego comes back because they’re bombarded with projections of specialness. The ego always thinks of itself as special either in greatness or misery. My problems, my achievements, my failures, my sufferings are special. The danger is that at some point he or she begins to believe that the form, me, is special. Of course, that’s the beginning of the end of the spiritual teacher.

So, I led a very secluded existence for many years being nobody in the eyes of the world. A few people came, sometimes for spiritual teaching, but not many. I was happy being nobody and I’m still nobody, but in the eyes of the world now I’m somebody. If I forget that ultimately I’m nobody then that would be the return of the ego.It’s a challenge, but so far it seems to be fine. I don’t believe that now I have become somebody. The power that comes through can sometimes be very intense and wonderful. That’s fine if there’s no me that identifies with it as my power. It’s beautiful.

So that’s your job. To be nobody.

Yes, that’s right.

That’s a lovely paradox.

Yes. I don’t feel any different inside from the way I felt a few years ago when I was a hermit. It still feels exactly the same inside. And, I don’t have a mental image of myself as a spiritual teacher. When people go and I’m alone there really isn’t anybody there. It’s just a state of stillness. I don’t carry around inside me the image of me as a spiritual teacher. That would be the beginning of suffering.

Breaking the Spell An Exploration of Human Perception ~ Kingsley L. Dennis

Breaking The Spell

Breaking the Spell: An Exploration of Human Perception examines how people have become largely disconnected from a living, energetic universe through social conditioning. Over generations humanity has lost much of its creative spirit, imagination, and perceptual faculties.

In this book the author addresses how we should ‘break the spell’ of our conditioned perceptions and learn to manage and develop our emotional, mental, and physical energies. Through such chapters as Managing One’s Energy, Being Vigilant, and Stepping Away, the author explains in very simple language the necessity for each person to regain their focus, inner calm, and to observe the chaotic impacts that surround them. The author also discusses how a person can refine their perceptions through inner intent. The book also contains an inspiring collection of thoughts; and an Appendix on the misunderstandings of modern day spirituality.
In these distracting times it is imperative that each person learns to empower themselves by learning to harness and develop their personal energies. This timely book explains just how to ‘break the spell’ of our hypnotic world.

Interview with Kingsley Dennis by Jaime Leal Anaya
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Power To Awaken: Totality ~ Scott Price

Power To Awaken

Power To Awaken: Totality is a stunning and spacious book that explores your human potential and the essence of life through providing personal retreat space for experiences in contemplation, silence and self-reflection.

We all need a retreat from doing and the stimulus of the World. In meditation or silence we gain practical power through gained wisdom, focus, attention and sensitivity.

This read is in a modern and unique format as it is filled with not only breathtaking images, quotes from the masters and concise reading but it also is spacious and gives acknowledgement to the value of the space that the words and meaning arise from.

Power To Awaken is here to give voice to a greater and more Universal perspective. We walk through the World only knowing a fraction of what is available, making limited choices and living within our own individualized perspectives of reality. By knowing that there is more beyond ourselves as well as within us, we are able to see the World in a clearer way as we awaken everyday to the possibility of expanded truth and awareness.

Take for example this relation of being in the Ocean. From our perspective we feel isolated as one within a vast Ocean. We only feel the temperature at the depth we are in and we can only look in the direction we are facing and for a very limited distance. When our head is above the water we are not able to see beneath the surface except for the water that immediately surrounds our body. From the Ocean’s perspective, it is the Ocean. It includes you as the Ocean whilst you are in it, yet it is unaffected in its volume or its state of being by your movements because of the Ocean’s vastness. The Ocean has a massive “OKness” about it in regards to comings and goings, while we are constantly reacting to and labeling from our shifting limited perspective. The Ocean is all-inclusive and relaxed as a state of being, while a person in the Ocean is reduced and stressed.

As we gain an ever greater view and are able to include perspectives other than our own, we feel empowered, liberated and awake. Power To Awaken is a doorway to explore various aspects of life and contemplation that present opportunities to self-reflect and know ourselves better.This is why Power To Awaken is not about providing answers and hard conclusions, to know our source is to explore and trust in unseen things that we cannot hold in our hand.

With greater truth and expansion of conscious awareness (not just knowledge) we experience openness and have access to loving self-acceptance and incredible wisdom. Here when we reconnect with something greater than ourselves, our fears, doubts, problems and pains dissolve rather than accelerate as in a tight and contracted state. The truth shall set us free.

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Scott Price

Scott Price is a Canadian author who has a rich and interesting background. In his teens, Scott was inspired by the works of visionary William Blake and how he combined the visual image with his text and prose. Throughout his life he found this medium to be a valuable expression of his desire to explore and discover our human potential and meaning of life.

Scott adventured around the globe for over 15 years as a high level cyclist and pushed the limits of what was possible in terms of physical fitness, willpower and energy expenditure. These experiences taught him that true strength cannot be attained outside of oneself but rather in the acceptance and self-love that comes with this knowledge.

Ultimately his path lead to this point where this book gives us a unique glimpse at how to see the biggest picture of reality and how that gives us access to wisdom, inner peace and Worldly benevolence. Power To Awaken: Totality gives voice to the boundless and unseen Universe and walks the reader down a path towards their own experience rather than being told what the answers are.

The Quickening – The Shift of the Ages

Are you awake yet?

“The Quickening” was produced by Awakening As One
http://AwakeningAsOne.com

All around the planet hundreds of millions of people are waiting for events to unfold in the year 2012, that they… believe will bring either the birth of a harmonious new reality… or ‘the end of the world.

But what if those events were actually to take place THIS YEAR, in 2011?

In Awakening As One’s new film “The Quickening” we will explain why so many people have been experiencing the sensation that “Time is Speeding Up”; particularly since the Earthquake in Japan.

And we will also show how research indicates that this accelerated experience of reality could peak sometime around October 28th, 2011; culminating in a global experience of Unity Consciousness, which would then lead to the experience of a harmonious new way of being.

“The Quickening” will also take a look at the unfolding of current events and how they directly relate to Hopi and Mayan Prophecies, indicating that we are on the Cusp of Great Changes, which signify the shifting of the Age… and the Birth of a New World.

Credits:

We wish to acknowledge that without the work of these incredible filmmakers, and music producers it would not have been possible for Awakening As One to share its message of Peace and Unity with such beauty, heart and soul.

We invite you to support the filmmakers by visiting their webpages, and viewing their films. We extend our deepest gratitude and respect to the following films, and to all those who assisted in their creation.

We Are Only One – 011 – Andrew Harvey, Spiritual Teacher Part 1 of 2


Uploaded on Dec 12, 2011

Andrew Harvey discusses his new book “The Hope”
…and the reasons for sacred activism.
Andrew believes that our survival depends on Sacred Activism, a fusion of profound mystical awareness, passion, clarity and sacred practice with wise, dedicated, radical action.

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We Are Only One – 012 – Andrew Harvey, Spiritual Teacher Part 2 of 2

Joe Dispenza – Evolve Your Brain – The Science of Changing Your Mind 5/8


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The significance of this moment of time ~ Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS MOMENT IN TIME
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee – Sufi teacher

We live in a culture caught in the illusion of time, rushing towards an unsustainable future. And yet the mystic knows that only the moment is real, only in the moment can we have a direct experience of life, or Truth. Only in the moment can there be real change, can anything new be born.

2012 – World Servers Festival Week

Note: Caption translations in Russian, Italian, English or Spanish languages are available by clicking on the right hand bar you tube icon.


The term “new group of world servers” was coined in the 1930s by British writer and teacher who worked in cooperation with Tibetan teacher Djwhal Khul to bring forth a series of twenty volumes of esoteric philosophy. This group is a product of this time in planetary history, which is said to be the most important in the long history of life on Earth.

The opportunity standing before this group is great in that it provides a link, or bridge, between the world of subjective reality and the outer world of form–between humanity and the Kingdom of God. There is a divine Plan for our planet; we are not following an uncharted course. But for many years this Plan has been interrupted by the separatism, selfishness and materialism of many people.

This condition has created an interruption within the flow of spiritual life and a disruption within the working out of the Plan. Now we are reaching a critical mass wherein a sufficient number of people are awakening to the need to restore a balance in our world that comes out upon the side of spiritual values–broadly defined as a recognition of the oneness of Humanity and all life forms. This group is not concerned with and has no outer affiliation but is rather a loose subjective grouping, across all the many fields of human endeavor. The purpose of the group is fourfold:

1. to hold the vision before humanity, for without vision the people perish
2. to synthesize and integrate all constructive activity as a demonstration of the
3. Glory of the One
4. to free the prisoners of the planet
5. to to work in the interludes, so keeping the Plan progressing


The World Servers
DECEMBER 21 – 28, 2012
As the consciousness of humanity evolves, new spiritual energies become available for use in service. Every seven years this group receives a powerful subjective/spiritual stimulation. There is widespread recognition of this in the popular attention given to the beginning of a new cycle of the Mayan calendar in December 2012.

Alice Bailey describes a cycle of energies flowing into humanity every seven years during the week December 21 – 28. These energies augment and empower the energies naturally coming through the constellation Capricorn, initiating humanity into greater light. There will be a full moon on December 28 this year, creating an especially potent combination of energies.

Following on from the Festival week seven years ago, we have seen great political, social, and economic upheavals, alongside inspiring leadership from members of the New Group of World Servers. Examples include the Occupy Movement, the Arab Spring and the on-going focus, with varying success, on achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals and creating a new green economy in response to climate change and resource depletion.

A BRIDGE OF SOULS & SERVERS

In the outer world the presence of the New Group of World Servers can be seen in every movement bringing the awareness of oneness into expression in human affairs.

Yet at a deeper level the Group is a potent field of mind and heart qualified by purposeful, loving energies. It is from this viewpoint that we can see the Group as a living bridge of souls and servers.

In consciousness the New Group of World Servers reflects and bridges into higher realms of love and light and purpose. All cultures honor Great Ones on the inner side of life, Beings of Spiritual Compassion and Wisdom. It is again time to call on these sources of limitless love for inspiration and guidance as we work with creativity and joy to fulfill our human responsibilities in the birthing of an outer world that reflects the beauty and magnificence of that which lies within.

FIVE O’CLOCK LINK UP

May the Power of the one Life pour through the group of all true servers.

May the Love of the one Soul characterize the lives of all who seek to aid the Great Ones.

May I fulfill my part in the one Work through self- forgetfulness, harmlessness and right speech.

HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE?

At a time when there is a popular movement envisioning the birth of a new humanity, many groups around the world will be observing the Festival Week with meditations and events designed to radiate the power of love and goodwill throughout the network of all true servers. To participate, you can:

Use the mantram of the New Group of World servers at 5PM local time every day during the Week;
Arrange meetings in your area to celebrate the work of the Group, and support their work through meditation.

This 5 o’clock Link Up and the article on the World Servers was shared by our friends at SouledOut.org

The 2012 – World Servers Festival Week video was shared by Justin Wilkinson

Non-Attachment as a Spiritual Goal ~ Margaret Placentra Johnston.

The spiritual literature tells us that an attitude of non-attachment is a goal in spiritual development, or an endpoint on the road to enlightenment. What does this mean?

First we want to clarify what is meant by attachment before we consider its opposite. If we have our hopes set on a certain situation turning out a certain way, we say that we are attached to a particular outcome. We want to be sure it doesn’t rain on our wedding day. We want to be sure the sports team we like wins the game. We fervently hope the new stock we just bought goes up. We want our favored political candidate to win the election. This is about our emotions. We want the outcome we want and if we allow ourselves to be attached to that outcome, we are saying we can’t be happy unless it turns out the way we want.

Obviously, on issues over which we have little or no control, emotional attachment to a particular outcome only leaves us open to massive disappointment, and makes little sense. In the worst cases, it may lead a person to want their desired outcome so badly they will lie or do unethical things to try to control the situation. This is especially notable on the political scene today. But how can we find a way to avoid this very human tendency to want, or in the worst cases try to force, things to go our way?

Here I want to distinguish between some important terms. Let’s suppose someone close to you, for example your brother, is having a very serious operation — let’s say coronary bypass surgery. You feel very sure it is important that your brother recover completely from the procedure, and return to being the same old brother you have always known. You go to visit, you worry. You feel nervous before the procedure and can hardly sit still during the hours it is going on. You hope, you pray that the surgery will be a success. This is a pretty normal way to react. But this is you having attachment to a successful outcome.

Now, let’s consider a different response: Let’s say you are already under a lot of stress from other issues in your life, and you cannot spare any energy at all to deal with your brother’s surgery. You don’t call, you don’t visit. You don’t pray for a good outcome. Instead you go about your everyday business, and pretend entirely that your brother’s surgery is not happening. This is detachment — it is NOT healthy.

In both scenarios above, the person is not dealing effectively with reality. The detached person is avoiding dealing with the situation altogether. She is avoiding showing her brother, or even admitting to herself, that she cares. But in not having made any psychological preparations to deal with a poor outcome, she is also setting herself up for major psychological pain if the surgery does not go well. Clearly, detachment is not a healthy way of handling reality.

But the attached person is doing only slightly better in dealing with reality. What if, despite all the prayers, and all the hand holding, the brother dies? What if the brother winds up incapacitated in some way? Does the attached person have any way of reframing the situation in her mind to avoid massive disappointment? We can see that attaching ourselves to a particular outcome is not the healthiest response either.

So how does a spiritually mature person avoid attachment in a healthy way? Well, the healthy alternative to attachment is not detachment, but acceptance. And the word acceptance allows us to distinguish between the unhealthy detachment in the scenario above, and the healthy attitude of non-attachment that spiritual masters recognize as a goal.

In acceptance, you acknowledge that you fervently hope your brother recovers, BUT you also recognize the many ways in which you do not have control over the outcome. You may still pray for his recovery, you may still look forward to having your same old brother back after the surgery. In short, you may STILL CARE.

But attachment differs from acceptance (or non-attachment) in that in the latter situation, you realize you do not have control over the outcome, and may not know all the factors. Perhaps your brother will have a very long struggle for his life and recover only after many months. It may be that he needed that time out from his regular life to reconsider some issues. Perhaps he will not recover at all and instead some of his organs will be donated to various people who still had a mission to fulfill in their life.

The point is, in acceptance we realize that our highest spiritual position is not to specify OUR desired outcome in any given situation. Even if your brother does not recover, even if he dies in surgery, if you can recognize that at some level, some good may have been served, then that is acceptance. This is perhaps a watered-down, but practical example of what the spiritual masters mean by the term non-attachment. Rather than rant and rail against the god that “chose” to let your brother die, in acceptance (or non-attachment) you can say “Thy will be done.”

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2012 Crossing Over, A New Beginning ~ OFFICIAL FILM

Published on Dec 2, 2012

‘A World of Love is Coming!’ This is the OFFICIAL RELEASE of the Full Length Documentary film ‘2012 Crossing Over, A New Beginning’ a film written, directed, filmed, edited and entirely independently funded and produced by Amel Tresnjic.

“Thank you ALL for sharing the message of LOVE. Most people don’t realize that the entire crew of the film… is just ME 🙂 I created the film with the intention to make our world a better place… and the response has been AMAZING. There are no paid ads or any mainstream support. By the power of the people the film is NOW getting translated into more than 14+ languages. Thank you for those who believe in the message and are donating their time to translate it:-) The message of LOVE is spreading all over the world AND THAT’S ONLY BY THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE! Thank YOU ALL! ”

Love and Peace Amel

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