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The Little Manual of Enlightenment: 7 Valuable Tips for Those in Search of Awareness ~ Vikas Malkani

Want to reach a state of enlightenment? This little manual will show you how. It is special because the author has experienced this state and also researched the subject extensively. He truly believes that enlightenment, the highest goal in life, is our birth right. In this book, he takes the reader on an unforgettable, spiritual quest. Vikas Malkani is one of the world’s leading teachers of personal growth, self-awareness and spiritual awakening.

Vikas Malkani is one of the world’s leading teachers of personal growth and self-realization. He is the founder of SoulCentre Academy, Singapore’s Premier Personal Development Centre, and has been trained the disciplines of meditation, spiritual wisdom and yoga by Himalayan Masters. An international best-selling author, Vikas is an inspirational speaker who addresses major conferences and events worldwide. To connect with Vikas Malkani, log on to http://www.vikasmalkani.com or email him at soulcentresingapore@yahoo.com.sg

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Planet as Self : An Earthen Spirituality ~ Sky McCain

Collectively, our institutions are slowly destroying life on our planet and many of us feel helplessness and despair as we witness ecocide all around us. We want to act. But first we must understand why it is that so many people seem to care so little about the health of the planet.

This book focuses on the key question: Why don’t people love the Earth? Why, when we know what must be done, do we deflect and argue, doubt and contend?

Perhaps it is because ancient, limiting and often damaging cultural beliefs are passed down unexamined. These beliefs blind us to the astonishing and enlightening discoveries of modern science and to a full awareness of our embeddedness in Nature. But we can learn new ways of understanding and appreciating our world and develop beliefs more suitable for this century.

Planet as Self
calls for an Earth based spirituality: one that acknowledges Gaia as a living and lovable being, created by and radiating the creative energy of the universe. It teaches us how to love God through Nature.

Sky McCain is an American citizen living in the south-west of England. He likes walking, playing the trombone in his local brass band, and visiting his favourite parts of southern Europe. He has also been involved in ‘green’ activism in the local community and was the founder of the Wholesome Food Association, an organization that champions local food. Sky graduated with a BA in History from Boston College in the US and has an MA in Values in the Environment from Lancaster University, UK.

He has had a lifetime interest in religion and spirituality, starting with Christianity and continuing with Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta. He has recently focused his attention on Gaia Theory, climate change, and the relationship between science and spirituality.

The Gifts of Imperfection ~ Dr. Brené Brown

Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we’d no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking,

What if I can’t keep all of these balls in the air?
Why isn’t everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations?
What will people think if I fail or give up?
When can I stop proving myself?

InTHE GIFTS OF IMPERFECTION, Brené Brown, Ph.D., a leading expert on authenticity, shame, and courage shares what she’s learned from a decade of research on the power of Wholehearted Living.

She writes, “Wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, No matter what gets done andhow much is left undone, I am enough. It’s going to bed at night thinking, Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging.”

Dr. Brown’s most unique contribution comes from her 10-year groundbreaking study on vulnerability and shame. In this new book, she not only gives us direction for living a more authentic life, but courageously talks about “the things that get in the way.”

For example, in the chapter on cultivating rest and play, Brown addresses the challenges of letting go of exhaustion as a status symbol and productivity as self-worth. In her chapter on creativity she explains the paralyzing properties of comparison. Brown may be one of the only writers in this genre that offers us a path for change and an honest look at the obstacles.

As a nationally renowned researcher and speaker, Dr. Brown’s perspective is fresh, honest, and always delivered with warmth and humor. She writes about the experiences we all have, but few of us are willing to discuss. Using personal stories of her own struggle to “embrace vulnerability” she writes about the experiences we all have, but few of us are willing to discuss.

The Gifts of Imperfection

In this special presentation, renowned research professor and author Dr. Brené Brown shares what she’s learned from a decade of research on the power of authenticity. She will help viewers engage with the world from a place of courage and worthiness. We’ve all experienced the pressure to fit in, and the feeling that our worthiness is measured by how we look or what we earn. For many, that leads to a cycle of performing, perfecting, pleasing, and proving.

For her latest book , view Daring Greatly, here

Decoding the Spiritual Messages of Everyday Life by Paul DeBell, M.D. [ Updated March 28, 2013 ]

Overview
A revolutionary new map for the soul’s journey

We think of the spiritual search as a pilgrim’s progress-but what if you were less like a pilgrim and more like a student, mastering lessons at a level more and more advanced? Psychiatrist Paul DeBell, MD, outlines the lesson plan with uncommon clarity, combining a scientist’s rigor with a seeker’s passion to illuminate the secret recesses of the soul.

How Spiritual Messages Work

To understand spiritual messages another way, we can represent schematically what a message is and how it works on us. We’ll start by depicting the relationship between our consciousness, our brain, and our soul. Although modern science has yet to determine the precise nature of consciousness, we do know that it exists and in some way seems to emanate from the brain, as represented in FIGURE 1.

To function effectively in everyday life, each of us needs to organize the feelings, fantasies, thoughts, memories, and knowledge stored in our brain’s synapses into a mental model of the world—“the world according to me.” We use this model as a virtual reality in which to imagine the outcomes of the various options available to us and choose the one that gives us the greatest benefit. Whether we succeed or fail at what we are doing, we can use the results to refine our understanding of how things work so that we can do better in future situations. When most situations turn out essentially as we had imagined, we can conclude that we know how things work.

From a spiritual perspective, we are more than a body. We are also an eternal soul, which survives the death of our body. Our soul, according to most religions, is conscious and intelligent. It has its own distinctive consciousness, its own “mind,” which integrates all its feelings, fantasies, thoughts, memories, and knowledge into a coherent whole, as represented in FIGURE 2. This has been confirmed by studies of out-of-body experiences, near-death experiences, and reports of contacts with other souls.

We know little for certain of how this soul functions when it is not housed in our body and connected to our brain. Our brain’s mind and our soul’s mind perform similar functions. Our brain’s mind analyzes everything from its distinctive material perspective, whereas our soul’s mind analyzes everything from its distinctive spiritual perspective. Although the mind of the brain and the mind of the soul have different agendas, they integrate to form our thoughts and feelings about our everyday lives. What our brain contributes is most obvious in the drives and desires we share with other animals, the drives that sustain individual life and preserve the species. Our soul’s influence, on the other hand, is more visible in qualities that make us different from other primates, such as our more penetrating intellect, the voice of our conscience, and our attraction to spirituality. FIGURE 3 represents our everyday consciousness, where most of the capacities of our soul are used by our brain to try to achieve its own material goals.

We don’t notice most of what is going on from our soul’s perspective because we are completely preoccupied with meeting the challenges of everyday life. At times, when the input of our soul becomes strong enough, a spiritual inspiration will break through.

FIGURE 4 shows what can happen when our soul is able to summon up the energy necessary to transmit the information to the brain in such a way that this information emerges into our consciousness as an inspiration. For us to recognize this information, however, our consciousness has to be sufficiently receptive to the advice being given. If it isn’t, an inspiration may reach us but be ignored as irrelevant. To give an inspiration the attention it deserves, therefore, we need to be prepared to recognize and value its input.We can receive inspirations out of the blue, being grateful when they come our way, but we can gain far more by taking the next step: We can make ourselves more receptive to these inspirations by creating conditions that encourage our soul’s comments on our daily life—a subject that we will return to frequently throughout the course of the book.

A spiritual message, as represented in FIGURE 5, is an inspiration coupled with a real external event that has itself been influenced by spiritual forces. It not only helps us in our immediate situation, but also teaches us how the material and spiritual dimensions interact. By carefully studying these moments of correspondence, we can gradually become familiar with the wider range of influences that our soul has on our thoughts and feelings.

With this schematic in mind, we can see the elements of a spiritual message in Beth’s example. First, Beth received an inspiration to look for a job. Second, she responded by looking for a job, thus creating the right material circumstances for a message. Third, she experienced an unexpected external event (getting the interview quickly and a better job than she had a right to expect). Fourth, she felt strongly that this confirmed for her that spiritual forces had arranged the whole situation.

Beth’s story underscores something that I have found to be true: The more we understand that our messages are aimed at both helping our material life and stimulating our spiritual development in a balanced way, the more we can take advantage of our soul’s input into our everyday thoughts, feelings, memories, and reactions. Both our brain and our soul benefit from the integration of the others’ resources, as depicted in FIGURE 6, so that we can enjoy life more in the physical plane and develop our soul at the same time. What could be better? (chapter 2, pages 33-37)

Dr. Paul DeBell, M.D, – Welcome

View Here Decoding the Spiritual Messages of Everyday Life: How Life Shows Us What We Need to Know A Book Review and Signing by Paul DeBell, MD

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