Right Here, Right Now Meditations – Satsang Invitations for Expanding Awareness by Canela Michelle Meyers

How to Relax into Your life as a Living Meditation, More Fully and Enjoyably As You… This book is a collection of invitations that support people in practical, very human ways to become more awake to themselves and the world they are experiencing. It includes topics such as trust, love, blame, attraction, anger, abundance, acceptance and inclusion of self. These ‘reading’ meditations demonstrate how available it is for everyone who is interested to awaken more and more to the present moment, here and now. No need to go off to a cave in the Himalaya! Canela uses humor and love in her invitations for those who want to know how to live more easily, in more acceptance of What Is; how to access the experience of no-separation in any given moment; and how each and every aspect of who they are, no matter what it looks like, benefits them directly.

Canela Michelle Meyers – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Once the shift to the Awakened State of Being has occurred, it becomes obvious that every moment that proceeded that moment was significant towards its Self.

It is also obvious that Awareness was present in each and every moment prior to that. The difference is in that it is ‘Realized’ — Awareness is aware of Awareness.

The journey for Canela Michelle towards this realization was happening long before she had heard of the potential of consciously living in the stateless state of Being. Once she heard that this was possible in 1995, the path was lit up and speedy until she ended up in Satsang with Isaac Shapiro in February 1998. By this time her inner and outer explorations were deep and subtle yet her explorations of what she perceived seemed to only serve to expand all of that even more…so she simply asked Isaac: ‘Is it beyond perception?’ He answered ‘Yes’ and in that moment, what was there previously as some sort of structure fell away, leaving only ‘What Is’ at play and Awareness being aware of That.

‘Real-ized’

It is recognized that the only reality is what is aware of itself in each moment, that there is nothing beyond that play happening, whatever the play might be.

Canela Michelle is an expression of Awareness in each moment…just like everyone else is whether they recognize it yet or not (as is all that appears — air, body, thought, chair, taste, etc.). Her love is in supporting people to relax open to this Truth. Supporting them to allow themselves to not only recognize Love, but to experience That; simply as it is, dependant on nothing at all.

Awareness is the constant in the midst of the play of events. What rises, or appears in each moment might feel or look like an obstacle to Love, yet when a person opens to directly experiencing whatever that is, it shifts, changes and merges with all that is…no longer appearing as if it were an obstacle.

There is nowhere to get to, you are already ‘Here’; it’s simply a matter of ‘meeting’ whatever might be appearing, right here, right now, in each moment. Once explored, it is recognized only as an invitation, from your Self to your Self…Love beckoning you hither.

The support is offered in Satsang Meditation gatherings, individual & couple Satsang Sessions in person or by phone and in her first book: Right Here, Right Now Meditations — Satsang Invitations for Expanding Awareness.

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Amoda Maa Jeevan – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview


Published on Apr 1, 2013

Amoda’s spiritual journey has involved a phoenix-like transformation out of the darkness of personal suffering. Born into challenging circumstances, she was classified as clinically depressed for a number of years. In spite of this, she studied intensely for a Doctorate in Psychology, but a profound unity-consciousness experience in 1989 devastated her personal and academic life and set her on the path of self-inquiry. Penniless and homeless, without the usual attachments and identifications of modern-day life, she became a “nobody”. Fueled by her own unexpected mystical and visionary experiences, the next few years were spent on a deep inner exploration which included meditation, primal therapy, rebirthing, metaphysics, psychedelics, and many other psycho-spiritual methods.

Her search for happiness eventually led her to India and to the ashram of the revolutionary mystic, Osho. Although Osho had already left his body, she recognized him as her spiritual master and she opened to the unconditional love in his invisible presence. Seeing through the identification with form, she then turned her attention towards surrender to the totality of existence; life itself became the guru. On her return to the UK, Amoda developed her own unique method of transformation using movement, meditation and breath, but despite her external success, she was still searching for happiness and love and in 2002 she experienced an extended period of “existential abandonment”. This was a deeply internal experience that took her to the core wound of separation or “dark night of the soul”. When her desire for truth finally became greater than her desire for relationship, love, happiness or even enlightenment, a “psychological death” happened and in the midst of this she received a mystical vision. This vision radically changed her life and gave her the keys to the transformation of her own personal suffering as well as the keys to the transformation of humanity’s suffering.

Shortly after this experience, Amoda let go of the transformational teaching she had developed and she entered a period of not-knowing. Whilst she continued to be touched by the fragrance of spiritual masters, in particular Ramana Maharshi, it is through the contemplation and application of the spiritual lessons received in the vision that an awakened presence became embodied as a living reality. Since then, all seeking stopped, all methods dropped, and there is a gentle coming home to rest more deeply in non-dual awareness amidst the mystery of ordinary life.

Amoda’s work today has evolved out of her direct experience of awakened awareness and is free of all tradition, dogma or ideology. Her message of Radical Awakening and her passionate desire to shape a more loving world inspires people of all ages and backgrounds to live an authentically awakened life. Amoda’s work is attracting a growing global audience and she offers satsangs and retreats around the world. She is the author of How to Find God in Everything (Watkins, 2008), Change Your Life, Change Your World (Watkins, 2012), and is currently working on a third book. She is also the founder of the Foundation for Conscious Change, a non-profit organization that aims to support her teaching via outreach programmes.

Books: 1. How to Find God in Everything: An Invitation to Awaken to Your True Nature and Transform Your World, 2. Change Your Life, Change Your World: Ten Spiritual Lessons for a New Way of Being and Living

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THE HIDDEN SPIRITUALITY OF MEN: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine – Matthew Fox [ updated April 09, 2013]

It is no secret that men are in trouble today. From war to ecological collapse, most of the world’s critical problems stem from a distorted masculinity out of control. Yet our culture rewards the very dysfunctions responsible for those problems. To Matthew Fox, our crucial task is to open our minds to a deeper understanding of the healthy masculine than we receive from our media, culture, and religions. To awaken what Fox calls “the sacred masculine,” he unearths ten metaphors, or archetypes, to inspire men to pursue their higher calling to reinvent the world.

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CHRISTIAN MYSTICS: 365 Readings and Meditations ~ Matthew Fox [ updated April 09, 2013]

Spiritual maverick Matthew Fox believes that through the ages religious patriarchal hierarchy and rigidity have obscured Christianity’s most beneficial and essential teachings: those that arise out of personal, mystical experiences of the Divine. A true religious renewal, according to Fox, can arise only through the mystical dimension of faith. In Christian Mystics, he offers a wide-ranging collection of quotations from Christianity’s greatest mystics and prophets of the past two thousand years. Fox explores and celebrates the mystical path with insightful commentary on the thoughts and revelations of some of history’s greatest religious visionaries.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Christian Mystics

The following questions are often included in interviews with Matthew Fox.

What is mysticism?

Mysticism is our deep experiences of unity—with nature, with music, with friends, with truth, with God. It is a work of the right brain more than the left brain; it is the essence of authentic religion and it is about experiencing, not intellectualizing. “Taste and see the Lord is good” says the Psalmist. Mysticism is about tasting. No one can do it for you.

What is the relationship between fundamentalism and mysticism?

Fundamentalism, unfortunately, tends to be more about rules and order and control than about mystical experience. It is often an enemy of mysticism.

You say that a lack of mysticism is what makes religion boring. Why?

Mysticism provides breakthroughs in consciousness and is often the basis of new, deep and creative breakthroughs. Religion without mysticism degenerates into rules and laws, dogmas and words and control compulsions. The left brain takes over and renders experience dull and unimportant.

You say that deep down we area all mystics. What is the key for connecting with the mystic within?

The key to connecting with the mystic within is to trust one’s deep experiences whether of Awe or of Silence, of suffering or of creativity, of justice-making and compassion. True mysticism leads to justice-making and the practice of compassion.

How did you choose which mystics to include in the book?

I paid special attention to those who are pre-modern such as Aquinas, Hildegard, Mechtilid, Eckhart, Julian and Cusa because post-modern times need pre-modern wisdom. And I paid attention to Jesus and Paul of course but also to twentieth century mystics who share sensibilities around current issues such as science and spirituality, sexuality and spirituality, ecology and spirituality, deep ecumenism and spirituality..

Do you have a favorite mystic? If so, who is it and why?

I have special regard for Hildegard, Aquinas and Eckhart because, being pre-modern, they were intent on linking science and spirituality and also justice and mysticism. If I were pushed to name one it would probably be Eckhart because he does such a breath-taking job of marrying art and creativity with mysticism and also justice and compassion with mysticism. And he walked his talk and was condemned by the corrupt papacy of his day for doing so. I also have favorites among the twentieth century mystics however including Dorothee Soelle, Fr. Bede Griffiths, Thomas Merton, Fr. Tom Berry, etc.

What is the difference between Mystical Christianity and regular Christianity?

Mystical Christianity begins with experience and leads to experience. It encourages creativity and the work of Spirit rather than excessive dogma and structure and control and institution-building. It honors the presence of Spirit in nature, in sexual sharing, in art and music and architecture and creativity in its multiple expressions. It practices silence and is not afraid of solitude. It is both personal and communal and it finds its full expression in service and work of justice-making and compassion. It also looks to make connections with the mystical practices (such as meditation) of other traditions than one’s own.

In your opinion, how does religion in Western culture need to change?

It needs to become less institutional, less about the religious-ego, and more about spiritual experience. Less about church and more about community. Less about “us” and more about kinship with all beings; less about the upper chakras of words and thinking and the rational and more about the lower chakras which are about dance and vibration and generativity and connecting to the earth and the cosmos.

You say that mystics teach us to be “drunk with love.” What do you mean by that?

Mysticism encourages letting go, getting high, expanding one’s consciousness, allowing joy to explode, going to the edge. As John of the Cross put it, “launch out into the deep.” Too many people are standing on the shore.

Are nature and mysticism related? How?

Most people I have interviewed over the past 40 years have their most powerful mystical experiences in nature and in studying nature. That should be no surprise since awe resides deeply in nature. That is why science can lead us to a deeper experience of mysticism and is no enemy of religious experience but an ally.

Which is more important — consciousness or technology? Why?

Rabbi Abraham Heschel observed that “Humanity will destroy itself not from lack of information but from lack of appreciation.” Expansion of consciousness is necessary for knowing how to steer technology and what technology’s deepest uses are. Technology, like everything humans give birth to, can be used for good or ill, for creation or destruction. Consciousness guides us into wise use of technology. Without it technology just ups the ante on human destructiveness.

Who or what is the Cosmic Christ?

The Cosmic Christ is the Christian archetype for the divine image present in every being, indeed, every atom in the universe. It is the “light in all things.” It is also, with its incarnation in Jesus, the wounds in all things. Divinity is both the light and the wounds in all things. All beings are other Christs therefore. And every human is meant to be another Christ.

Do you consider yourself a mystic? Why or why not?

I suppose so. I would not be qualified to write about mysticism if I was not in some way practicing what I preached.

What role does silence play in mysticism? Is it important? Why?

Silence is part of the via negative of the mystical way, the letting go of all things, all sounds, all projections, all thoughts. This emptying is necessary if there is to be a filling. How can there be mindfulness without mind emptying? Silence is one of the proven highways to the human heart (along with joy and moral outrage). Meister Eckhart says: “Nothing is so like God as silence.” And “all things seek repose.”

Rupert Sheldrake: Mystical Experiences

Science and spirituality collide when biologist Rupert Sheldrake and postmodern theologian Matthew Fox, explore the practical aspects of mysticism and the attainment of higher levels of consciousness

Matthew Fox on Chi For Yourself

This Chi For Yourself interview features Matthew Fox, talking about his book “Christian Mystics“, and about his dismissal from the Dominican Order by the Cardinal who would go on to become Pope Benedict.

Future Primal: How Our Wilderness Origins Show Us the Way Forward by Louis G. Herman

How should we respond to our converging crises of violent conflict, political corruption, and global ecological devastation? In this sweeping, big-picture synthesis, Louis G. Herman argues that for us to create a sustainable, fulfilling future, we need to first look back into our deepest past to recover our core humanity.

Important clues for recovery can be found in the lives of traditional San Bushman hunter-gatherers of South Africa, the closest living relatives to the ancestral African population from which all humans descended. Their culture can give us a sense of what life was like during the tens of thousands of years when humans lived in wilderness, without warfare, walled cities, or slavery. Herman suggests we draw from the experience of the San and other earth-based cultures and weave their wisdom together with the scientific story of an evolving universe to help create something radically new — an earth-centered, planetary politics with the personal truth quest at its heart.

Louis G. Herman, a professor of political science at the University of Hawaii–West Oahu, was born in an orthodox Jewish community in apartheid South Africa. He was educated in England, studied medicine at Cambridge University, and then moved to Israel to live on a kibbutz. After a life-changing wartime experience as an Israeli paratrooper, he turned to political philosophy. He lives in Honolulu.

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