Enlightenment in Today’s Changing World by Amoda Maa Jeevan

Amoda Maa Jeevan

Liberation from the confines of the “relative self” (also known as the ego) allows us to see that there is an “absolute self” that is undefined by personality, gender or culture. This absolute self is experienced as stillness or silence. It allows us to see that all forms – whether these be external such as the world and all its manifestations or internal such as thoughts and feelings – are temporary and the only thing that is eternal is the formlessness that lies beneath and beyond these forms. The mistake made is the belief that only this stillness or silence is real and everything else is an illusion. The problem is that although this is essentially true on an absolute level, it often leads to a subtle veneer of “spiritual superiority” and a certain numbness to the depth of human experience. The denial of the movement of life as having any validity results in a kind of nihilism that denies suffering, whether it be our own or someone else’s. In this case, true freedom becomes replaced by detachment and indifference.

Authentic awakening demands an all-embracing relationship to life that leads to a greater intimacy with the depth and breadth of both agony and ecstasy. It’s a passionate experience of the human journey in which we face everything and avoid nothing. This radical opening to what is unfolding within our own experience is what leads to compassion … and surely this is an essential component of a spiritual life? The experience of being both the ocean of consciousness and the waves of life is really what true freedom is. It means we are fully anchored in the eternal light of our essential nature – in other words, that part of us that is untouched by the vicissitudes of our inner and outer world – whilst allowing ourselves to be fully touched by the turbulence that comes and goes. This is what it means to “be in the world but not of it”. And this is especially relevant to today’s changing world.

It is precisely amidst the crashing of the waves that we have the opportunity to dive deep into the truth that is always here. Each moment of chaos, confusion, challenge or crisis is pregnant with the possibility of a new consciousness. It’s an evolutionary moment that invites us to grow beyond ego and its concerns with “me” and “mine”. The ego chooses to see “threat to self” and reacts with attack, defense, blame and judgment. This is how we have created a world of terror, war and suffering. The evolutionary call is to choose an awakened perspective in which the darkness we perceive is recognized as a reflection of where we have failed to illuminate the world with the brightness of our love. By meeting each experience in naked awareness – in other words, in seeing what is here as it truly IS – rather than through the myopic viewpoint of how we think it should be, we have to potential to see the gift of light within even the darkest situation. It is by opening our hearts to welcome everything that we come to rest in the perfect peace that underlies the rise and fall of all phenomena and it is in this opening that we discover the unboundedness of our true eternal nature. This enlightened relationship to life is the key to our power to re-create the world as a place of harmony and wholeness.

As humanity reaches a crisis point, the old egoic paradigm is no longer serving us either as individuals or as a global community. Enlightenment is no longer a luxury reserved for “spiritual seekers”, but a necessity if we are to take the leap into a new way of being and living: we either evolve or we destroy ourselves. Enlightenment is the next step in evolution.

Amoda Maa Jeevan is a spiritual teacher and the author of How to Find God in Everything and the recently released Change Your Life, Change Your World: Ten Spiritual Lessons for a New Way of Being and Living. She currently offers satsangs, retreats and public talks in the UK and has a growing global audience.

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Reveal: A Sacred Manual for Getting Spiritually Naked by Meggan Watterson

Harvard-trained theologian Meggan Watterson marched out of her church at age ten. With little-girl clarity, she knew something tremendously crucial was missing…the voices of women.

Watterson became a theologian and a pilgrim to the divine feminine to find the missing stories and images of women’s spiritual voices. She knew women’s voices had never been silenced, just buried. But what she truly sought was her own spiritual voice inside her-the one veiled beneath years of self-doubt. At a sacred site of the Black Madonna in Europe, Watterson had a revelation that changed her. Rather than transcending the body, denying or ignoring it, being spiritual for her meant accepting her body as sacred. Only then, Watterson realized could she hear the voice of unfaltering love inside her- the voice of her soul.
With passion, humor, and brutal honesty, Watterson draws on ancient stories and lesser-known texts of the divine feminine, like The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, making them modern and accessible to reveal the spiritual process she went through. She suggests that being spiritual is simply about stripping down to the truth of who we really are.

Through her extensive work with women, Watterson found that she was not alone. There are countless women who long for a spirituality that encourages embodiment rather than denies it, that inspires them to abandon their fears but never themselves, and to be led by the audacious and fiercely loving voice of truth inside them. No matter where you rest on the spectrum of spirituality; religious or secular, devout believer or chronic doubter, freelance mystic or borderline agnostic, this story is about the desire in all of us to want to shed everything that holds us back. Reveal provides what religions have left out-the spiritual voice of a woman who has claimed her body as sacred-a woman who has found the divine insider her. In essence, this is a manual for revealing your soul.

Meggan Watterson is the founder of REVEAL, an organization that spiritually empowers women to connect to the love within them, reclaim their bodies as sacred, and become soul-led agents of change in the world. She facilitates The REDLADIES- a women’s spirituality group in NYC where women come together to encourage each other to find, hear, and to follow the courageous and audacious voice of their soul. (Some break bread together, REDLADIES break dark chocolate. Smile.) She has her Maters of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a Masters of Divinity from Columbia University. Her work has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, Women’s Radio, Feminist.com, Feministing.com and StyleSubstanceSoul.com. Meggan’s new book REVEALis now available everywhere books are sold. Visit her site at: http://www.megganwatterson.com

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Reveal by Meggan Watterson

The Future of Consciousness: Stuart Hameroff at TEDxTucson

Published on Apr 15, 2013

Stuart Hameroff is an anesthesiologist and professor at the University of Arizona known for his studies of consciousness. For nearly forty years, Dr. Hameroff’s research is centered on how the pinkish gray meat between our arch produces the richness of experiential awareness. A clinical anesthesiologist, Hameroff has studied how anesthetic gas molecules selectively erase consciousness via delicate quantum effects on protein dynamics.

Following a longstanding interest in the computational capacity of microtubules inside neurons, Hameroff teamed with the eminent British physicist Sir Roger Penrose to develop a controversial quantum theory of consciousness called orchestrated objective reduction (Orch OR) which connects brain processes to fundamental spacetime geometry. Recently Hameroff has explored the theoretical implications of Orch OR for consciousness to exist independent of the body, distributed in deeper, lower, faster scales in non-local, holographic spacetime, raising possible scientific approaches to the soul and spirituality.

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