Leela – the Game of Self-Knowledge Part 1 to 3

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Playing the ancient Gyan Chaupad, the game of understanding life, yoga and the chakras. A recent version with comments by my teacher Harish Johari is called “The Yoga of Snakes and Arrows”, published by Inner Traditions, Vermont.

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REGRETS OF THE DYING ~ Bronnie Ware [ Updated Jan 18, 2013 ]

For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives.

People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learnt never to underestimate someone’s capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected, denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance. Every single patient found their peace before they departed though, every one of them.

When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common five:

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.

It is very important to try and honour at least some of your dreams along the way. From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it.

2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.

This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret. But as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.

By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do. And by creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle.

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.

We cannot control the reactions of others. However, although people may initially react when you change the way you are by speaking honestly, in the end it raises the relationship to a whole new and healthier level. Either that or it releases the unhealthy relationship from your life. Either way, you win.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

Often they would not truly realise the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.

It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendships slip. But when you are faced with your approaching death, the physical details of life fall away. People do want to get their financial affairs in order if possible. But it is not money or status that holds the true importance for them. They want to get things in order more for the benefit of those they love. Usually though, they are too ill and weary to ever manage this task. It is all comes down to love and relationships in the end. That is all that remains in the final weeks, love and relationships.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.

When you are on your deathbed, what others think of you is a long way from your mind. How wonderful to be able to let go and smile again, long before you are dying.
Life is a choice. It is YOUR life. Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly. Choose happiness.

Based on this article, Bronnie has now released a full-length book, titled The Top Five Regrets of the Dying – A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing. It is a memoir of her own life and how it was transformed by the regrets of dying people. It may be ordered through bookstores worldwide or from Balboa Press. Details for wholesale orders may be found on Bronnie’s official website.

Overview
After too many years of unfulfilling work, Bronnie Ware began searching for a job with heart. Despite having no formal qualifications or experience, she found herself in palliative care.

Over the years she spent tending to the needs of those who were dying, Bronnie’s life was transformed. Later, she wrote an Internet blog about the most common regrets expressed to her by the people she had cared for. The article, also called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, gained so much momentum that it was read by more than three million people around the globe in its first year. At the requests of many, Bronnie now shares her own personal story.

Bronnie has had a colourful and diverse past, but by applying the lessons of those nearing their death to her own life, she developed an understanding that it is possible for people, if they make the right choices, to die with peace of mind. In this book, she expresses in a heartfelt retelling how significant these regrets are and how we can positively address these issues while we still have the time.

The Top Five Regrets of the Dying gives hope for a better world. It is a story told through sharing her inspiring and honest journey, which will leave you feeling kinder towards yourself and others, and more determined to live the life you are truly here to live. This delightful memoir is a courageous, life-changing book.

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Chakras : Energy Centers of Transformation By Harish Johari

• Revised and expanded edition of the classic work on chakras by the renowned Indian scholar and tantra practitioner.

• Over 35,000 copies of the original edition sold.

• Includes full-color illustrations of the chakras to be used with the meditation exercises in the book and provides the tools necessary to activate these centers of transformative energy.

In the ancient science of tantra, the human body is viewed as the most perfect instrument for the expression of consciousness, a perfection realized through the development of psychic centers known as chakras. Located within the cerebrospinal system, the chakras are the stage upon which the interaction between higher consciousness and desire is played out. Consequently, it is through understanding and utilizing the energies of the chakras that we ultimately reach an enlightened state of being.

In Chakras, Indian scholar and tantra practitioner Harish Johari introduces the classical principles of the chakras as well as their practical application for today. In this expanded edition, complete with new art and text, he unfolds the mysteries of these subtle centers of transformation with visualization techniques essential to a fully realized tantric practice. Unlike other books in its field, Chakras provides the tools to activate these centers of transformative energy and elevate one’s intellectual knowledge to an experience of spiritual growth.

Meditating on the beautiful, full-color illustrations of each chakra vitalizes the cerebrospinal centers and harmonizes the entire system both physically and psychically. Explanations of each chakra elaborate on the chakra’s connection to elements, colors, sounds, sense and work organs, desires, planets and deities, as well as on behavioral characteristics and particular effects of meditation. For scholars and spiritual aspirants of every level, Chakras is an invaluable, practical source of information and techniques.

Harish Johari


Harish Johari (1934-1999) was a painter, sculptor, and composer of Indian music. He authored twelve books on Eastern spirituality, including Ayurvedic Massage; Ayurvedic Healing Cuisine; Breath, Mind, and Consciousness; The Birth of the Ganga; Dhanwantari; and Tools for Tantra. He also produced several audiocassettes of mantra meditations, including Sounds of Tantra, Attunements for Day and Night, and Sounds of the Chakras.

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Ganesh Mantra

Worship of Lord Ganesh (Ganesha), the obstacle breaker, in HD painting, sound and words.

Ganesha Mantra chanting by Harish Johari
Ganesh Paintings by Pieter Weltevrede
Text by Peter Marchand

Secret Practices of the Sufi Freemasons : The Islamic Teachings at the Heart of Alchemy By Baron Rudolf von Sebottendorff

Reveals the secret spiritual exercises of the Bektashi Order of Sufis

• Shows how this order, also known as Oriental Freemasonry, preserves the ancient spiritual doctrines forgotten by modern Freemasonry

• Explains how to transform the soul into the alchemical Magnum Opus by combining Masonic grips and the abbreviated letters of the Qur’an

• Includes a detailed biography of Baron von Sebottendorff

Originally published in Germany in 1924, this rare book by Baron Rudolf von Sebottendorff reveals the secret spiritual exercises of the Bektashi Order of Sufis as well as how this order, also known as Oriental Freemasonry, preserves the ancient spiritual doctrines forgotten by modern Freemasonry. Sebottendorff explains how the mysterious abbreviated letters found in the Qur’an represent formulas for perfecting the spirit of the individual. When combined with Masonic hand signs and grips and conducted accordingly to a precise schedule, these formulas incorporate spiritual power into the body and transform the soul from its base state into a noble, godlike state: the Magnum Opus of the medieval alchemists.

Laying out the complete program of spiritual exercises, Sebottendorff explains each abbreviated word-formula in the Qur’an, the hand gestures that go with them, and the exact order and duration for each exercise. Including a detailed biography of Sebottendorff and an examination of alchemy’s Islamic heritage, this book shows how the traditions of Oriental Freemasonry can ennoble the self and lead to higher knowledge.

Baron Rudolf von Sebottendorff (1875-1945) was a Freemason and practitioner of alchemy. In 1900 he moved to Turkey where he met the Jewish Termudi family, who introduced him to Rosicrucianism and led to his initiation into a local Masonic lodge. In 1910 he founded a lodge of the Bektashi Order in Constantinople. Returning to Germany, in 1917 he founded the Thule Society, an occult organization that led to the German Workers’ Party–joined in 1919 by Adolf Hitler, who transformed it into the Nazi Party.

Sebottendorff left the Thule Society as it became increasingly political, fleeing to Turkey. Translator Stephen E. Flowers, Ph.D., received his doctorate in Germanic languages and medieval studies from the University of Texas at Austin and studied the history of occultism at the University of Göttingen, Germany. The author of more than two dozen books, including Lords of the Left-Hand Path, he lives near Austin, Texas.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Stephen E. Flowers

1 The Life of Rudolf von Sebottendorff

2 The Bektashi Sect of Sufism

3 The Mysteries of the Arabic Letters

4 Alchemy and Sufism

The Practice of Ancient Turkish Freemasonry
The Key to the Understanding of Alchemy

A Presentation of the Ritual, Doctrine, and Signs of Recognition among the Oriental Freemasons
By Baron Rudolf von Sebottendorff

Introduction

i Practice
ii Theory
iii Theory and Practice

Conclusion

Guiding Our Inner Evolution by Masami Saionji

Why is it that humanity has not yet made the transition from a materialistic society to one based on principles of harmony, respect, and love? I believe it is because most human beings have been living in ignorance of the truth. We may have acquired much knowledge and information, but the majority of people on Earth do not have a clear understanding about their own existence. Thus, although the solutions to the world’s problems are actually in our hands, we cannot see them, because we are blinded by our fixed self-perception.

Every human being possesses a creative capacity. Pure energy is always emanating from the source of the universe, and each of us receives a steady supply of this energy. How we use it from moment to moment determines our own future and the future of the world. This universal energy has infinite potential. Each of us assigns a shape to that energy by means of our thoughts and words. This is the process of creation.

The thoughts, words, and emotions that human beings emit each moment are constantly streaming forth from their bodies as creative energy. Each thought and word holds its own unique vibration. And those having a similar frequency band together to form a “creative field.” When the energy of a particular creative field has accumulated to a critical point, it manifests itself on the visible plane in one way or the other.

From what I observe, there are many different kinds of creative fields. For example, there are creative fields with positive energy, such as fields for compassion, optimism, dignity, sincerity, courage, gratitude, peace, and forgiveness. On the other hand, there are creative fields with negative energy, such as anger, fear, pessimism, anxiety, self-hate, suicide, discrimination, and revenge.

As a creative field continues to grow in size, it exerts a stronger and stronger influence on people emitting similar thoughts. It will affect people’s decisions, behavior, relationships and health conditions. And on a larger scale, it could even manifest in the form of war or natural disaster.

Words, in particular, are a concentrated form of energy and a powerful means of creation. Much has been written and said about the creative power of words. But it seems to me that few people truly understand this power. Words are actually alive. Words attract people. Words motivate people. Words are infectious. And words also have sharp edges. Words can give life. And words can even kill.

We must take responsibility for every word we utter. Our first step is to steadily monitor the words we spew out carelessly out of habit. Next, we should train ourselves to intentionally replace the negative words with positive ones. With firm determination, we should resolve to create an entirely new habit, by rerecording only positive words over the old tape playing in our conscious and subconscious mind. By doing so, we can change the outcome of our own future, and at the same time, pour positive energy into humanity’s collective consciousness.

The point I want to emphasize is this:–

Everything that happens and manifests in this world is of our own making. It is the responsibility of each and every member of humanity. The pattern seen in an individual is reflected in that person’s family, which in turn is reflected in his community, and in his country, and ultimately in the world. Everything starts from the individual.

The individuals’ level of consciousness determines the level of consciousness of humanity as a whole. If one person achieves higher consciousness, the collective consciousness of humanity is uplifted by that much.

As I see it, the choices that people make fall into three broad categories according to their level of consciousness. These three levels are: the materialistic consciousness, the spiritual consciousness, and what I call the “universal consciousness.”

When we are at the level of materialistic consciousness, we make choices based on ego and greed for the best interest of ourselves, our own families and countries.

Then, when we are at the next level, namely the spiritual consciousness, we chose to share with others. We respect and love others and treat them as we would treat ourselves.

An even higher level is the universal consciousness. When we have entered this level, there is no longer any separation between the self and others. We are in oneness with nature and all of life. We will have restored our original power to heal ourselves and our planet.

Up till now, humanity has been driven by materialistic consciousness for the most part. In fear of scarcity, we have continued to pursue material gain from the outer world, taking from others and depleting Earth’s natural resources. If we continue on this path, our world will no doubt be headed for destruction.

So, which way should we go forward? If we are to make the right decisions and change the course of humanity, each of us must evolve our consciousness, from materialistic to spiritual, and eventually to universal consciousness. Yes, humanity is entering the age of conscious evolution, and we must guide it consciously and purposefully.

In order to do so, we must ask ourselves the ultimate questions: “Who am I?” and “What is the meaning of my existence on Earth?” Each and every one of us must face up to these inevitable questions and find a clear answer to them. To know one’s true self is the key to understanding the mysteries of the cosmos. In other words, if we delve deep into the nature of consciousness, we would begin to see the whole picture of the vast universe.

The true essence of our life is connected to the source of the universe. When we rediscover that connection, and align our intentions with the harmonious universal intention, we will be supported by a marvelous influx of a higher-dimensional universal energy, which cannot be accessed otherwise.

So let us believe in our potential for building a peaceful and sustainable future for all life on Earth. As more and more people contribute to the creative field of our positive vision with their intentions and positive words, it will surely grow larger and more powerful. Together, we can overturn the old destructive patterns, and humanity shall evolve to new heights.

May Peace Prevail on Earth

Masami Saionji

Masami Saionji, born in Tokyo, Japan, is a descendant of the Royal Rykyu Family of Okinawa*. She was educated at the prestigious Gakushuin School in Tokyo and went abroad to the United States to study English language at Michigan State and Stanford Universities. Mrs. Saionji’s love for traditional arts led her to become Master (Shihan) of Japanese Classical Dance where-in she taught students for more than 10 years.

In her teens, Masami Saionji met Masahisa Goi, author of the Universal Message and Prayer, May Peace Prevail On Earth and founder of the international movement of world peace through prayer. She became a devout student of Founder Goi’s philosophies and was soon adopted by him as his daughter and successor.

The New Science and Spirituality Reader Edited by Ervin Laszlo, Kingsley L. Dennis

Bridging the gap between science and the world’s great spiritual traditions to move our worldview forward

• With contributions from 28 leading scientists and spiritual thinkers, including Michael Beckwith, Deepak Chopra, Larry Dossey, Amit Goswami, Stanislav Grof, Jean Houston, Barbara Marx Hubbard, José Argüelles, and Peter Russell

• Offers strategies to promote the fusion of science and spirituality

• Explores phenomena at the crossroads of science and religion, such as the nonlocal mind, conscious evolution, and quantum consciousness

Edited by Nobel Prize nominee Ervin Laszlo and WorldShift International cofounder Kingsley Dennis, this volume brings together 28 leading scientists and spiritual thinkers for a game-changing conversation on bridging the gap between science and religion. With contributions by Michael Beckwith, Deepak Chopra, Larry Dossey, Amit Goswami, Stanislav Grof, Jean Houston, Barbara Marx Hubbard, José Argüelles, Peter Russell, and many other prominent visionaries, this collection explores phenomena at the crossroads of science and religion, such as the nonlocal mind, conscious evolution, and quantum consciousness, and offers strategies to promote the fusion of science and spirituality and develop a multiperson planetary consciousness.

This book reveals higher consciousness as the bridge between science and spirit, passionate curiosity as the common ground among scientists and seekers, and the urgent need for an alliance between science and the great traditions of spiritual wisdom to move our worldview forward and meet today’s global challenges.

Ervin Laszlo is editor of the international periodical World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution and chancellor of Giordano Bruno GlobalShift University. The founder and president of the Club of Budapest and the author of 89 books, he lives in Pisa, Italy.

Kingsley L. Dennis, Ph.D., is a sociologist, writer, and a cofounder of WorldShift International. The author of several books, including New Consciousness for a New World, he spends his time between Andalusia, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

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Is there a role for spirituality in a time of crisis? Can it be of help in facing and eventually overcoming the crisis?

The answer, given in the four stupendous contributions to this Round of the Forum on Science & Spirituality, is a resounding YES. Crisis is both danger and opportunity. The danger is that the systems that drive our world take us to a point of no return where the world collapses around us; and the opportunity is to change the dynamic of the systems so they would take us toward a world that is more equitable, sustainable, and peaceful. To achieve this “worldshift” we need both dependable information and deep insight: the former from science, and the latter from spirituality. We can’t make it without either of them. But with both, we have a chance.

Gregg Braden and Bruce Lipton diagnose the nature of the crisis in which we find ourselves and highlight the nature of the insights we need to cope with it. Joanna Macy and Duane Elgin offer specific advice regarding the insights and the practices we need to face the crisis. Together they paint a concise yet clear and trenchant image of what is wrong with the world, and how we could change our thinking and actions to right it.

When writing is as clear and pertinent as this, there is no need to comment. We cannot point to one or another of the elements of information and advice it conveys, we would need to point to all of it. But there is no need to cite the whole of these worldshifting blogs, for they can be read here in their entirety. And read and read. And taken to heart and to mind, so they could inspire our heart and inform our mind. With inspiration coming from the great spiritual traditions, and information from the leading edge of the sciences, we can empower ourselves to change, both profoundly and urgently. Then we have a chance to change the world.

The world needs to change, profoundly and urgently. And nothing and nobody could change it but us. ~ Dr. Ervin Lazlo

Gaia Symphony V Ervin Laszlo

Ervin Laszlo is featured in clip from Gaia Symphony documentary film series by Japanese filmmaker Jin Tatsumura.

The Secret Teachings of Plants : The Intelligence of the Heart in the Direct Perception of Nature By Stephen Harrod Buhner

Reveals the use of direct perception in understanding Nature, medicinal plants, and the healing of human disease

• Explores the techniques used by indigenous and Western peoples to learn directly from the plants themselves, including those of Henry David Thoreau, Goethe, and Masanobu Fukuoka, author of The One Straw Revolution

• Contains leading-edge information on the heart as an organ of perception

All ancient and indigenous peoples insisted their knowledge of plant medicines came from the plants themselves and not through trial-and-error experimentation. Less well known is that many Western peoples made this same assertion. There are, in fact, two modes of cognition available to all human beings–the brain-based linear and the heart-based holistic. The heart-centered mode of perception can be exceptionally accurate and detailed in its information gathering capacities if, as indigenous and ancient peoples asserted, the heart’s ability as an organ of perception is developed.

Author Stephen Harrod Buhner explores this second mode of perception in great detail through the work of numerous remarkable people, from Luther Burbank, who cultivated the majority of food plants we now take for granted, to the great German poet and scientist Goethe and his studies of the metamorphosis of plants. Buhner explores the commonalities among these individuals in their approach to learning from the plant world and outlines the specific steps involved. Readers will gain the tools necessary to gather information directly from the heart of Nature, to directly learn the medicinal uses of plants, to engage in diagnosis of disease, and to understand the soul-making process that such deep connection with the world engenders.

Stephen Harrod Buhner
Stephen Harrod Buhner is an Earth poet and the award-winning author of ten books on nature, indigenous cultures, the environment, and herbal medicine. He comes from a long line of healers including Leroy Burney, Surgeon General of the United States under Eisenhower and Kennedy, and Elizabeth Lusterheide, a midwife and herbalist who worked in rural Indiana in the early nineteenth century. The greatest influence on his work, however, has been his great-grandfather C.G. Harrod who primarily used botanical medicines, also in rural Indiana, when he began his work as a physician in 1911.

Stephen’s work has appeared or been profiled in publications throughout North America and Europe including Common Boundary, Apotheosis, Shaman’s Drum, The New York Times, CNN, and Good Morning America.

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Daniel Vitalis Interviews Stephen Buhner ~ Part 1/4

Stephen Buhner is an award winning author, poet and a master herbalist

Daniel Vitalis Interviews Stephen Buhner ~ Part 2/4

More than just a profound Herbalist, Stephen is something more like a Bardic Naturalist. His speech is so eloquent that one cannot help but to be inspired (not to mention have their synapses re-networked)!

Daniel Vitalis Interviews Stephen Buhner ~ Part 3/4

Stephen is Reverently Irreverent in his approach to Re-Wilding and shares powerful insights about how we have been changed by domestication. Even more powerful are his strategies to reclaiming ourselves!
Daniel Vitalis Interviews Stephen Buhner ~ Part 4/4

His books have been some of the most influential of any I have read. In Fact, they have fundamentally changed the way that I experience Herbal Medicine! More than that, they set me on a path of using my heart as an organ of perception and cognition! ~Daniel Vitalis