TED Relents, But Whose Hash Has Been Settled? ~ Deepak Chopra

In the last go-round with Chris Anderson, the head of TED, I asked if he could locate and post the TED talk I gave in 2002 in response to a preceding talk by the militant atheist Richard Dawkins. Anderson has cordially complied, and for anyone who is interested, here are links to the pair of videos:

Dawkins on militant Atheism.

Chopra 2002 talk at TED. View HERE .

An open forum is all that I requested, and recognizing that TED is a private organization, they weren’t obliged to cooperate. It’s nice that they did, and I’m grateful.

In some quarters TED did me a favor by withholding the video of my talk, because I embarrassed myself and will draw even more ridicule from any scientists who view it. I am slightly embarrassed that I began by calling Dawkins a “fundamentalist and perhaps a bigot,” which sank to the level of discourse he specializes in. But the shocking part is that my points seem so eminently reasonable.

I held that modern science, although a great thing, makes the mistake of separating the observer and the observed. By positing a universe “out there” that can be measured at a safe distance, physics overlooks the obvious fact that we ourselves are part of the universe; in fact, we are an activity that cannot be separated from the total activity of the universe. This is by no means an outrageous claim. The eminent physicist John Wheeler argued passionately for a participatory universe, and the necessary link between observer and observed is part of the Copenhagen Interpretation of quantum mechanics.

That TED considers these ideas — which have far-reaching implications in every discipline — to be ridiculous underlines how out of touch their science board must be, or how enthralled by Dawkins-style propaganda. Atheism has nothing to say on these issues, anymore than believing in God or not has anything to do with the wavelength of infrared light.

My talk doesn’t promote God; I even have some skeptical things to say about religion and faith. But the moment I used hot-button words like God, spirit, intelligence, consciousness, and worst of all, design (not remotely in a creationist context), there was fluttering in the dovecote, Dawkins drew the wagons together at TED, and now, a decade later, the same dogmatism is in effect. The extent to which it is openly enforced remains TED’s business.

The affair that began with two suppressed tapes and open warnings to TEDx organizers that they must not step outside mainstream science has run its course. I imagine that TED now realizes there are more toes to be stepped on than Dawkins’. But I smiled at an anecdote that I began my talk with. A Christian fundamentalist was once conversing with the noted India spiritual teacher, J. Krishnamurti.

“The more I listen to you, the more convinced I am that you must be an atheist,” the fundamentalist said.

“I used to be an atheist,” Krishnamurti replied, “until I realized that I was God.”

The fundamentalist was shocked. “Are you denying the divinity of Jesus Christ?”

Krishnamurti shrugged. “I’ve never denied anyone their divinity. Why would I do it to Jesus Christ?”

That the audience laughed at this anecdote while militant atheists scowled, seeing an imminent danger to sanity, reason, science, and public safety, shows how far apart two worldviews can be. But I persist in believing that an expanded science will take consciousness into account, including higher consciousness. Until it does, our common goal, to understand the nature of reality, will never be reached. A universe that we aren’t participating in makes no sense, and our participation takes place at the level of consciousness, nowhere else.

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Science Set Free: 10 Paths to New Discovery by Rupert Sheldrake

The bestselling author of Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home offers an intriguing new assessment of modern day science that will radically change the way we view what is possible.

In Science Set Free (originally published to acclaim in the UK as The Science Delusion), Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, one of the world’s most innovative scientists, shows the ways in which science is being constricted by assumptions that have, over the years, hardened into dogmas. Such dogmas are not only limiting, but dangerous for the future of humanity.

According to these principles, all of reality is material or physical; the world is a machine, made up of inanimate matter; nature is purposeless; consciousness is nothing but the physical activity of the brain; free will is an illusion; God exists only as an idea in human minds, imprisoned within our skulls.

But should science be a belief-system, or a method of enquiry? Sheldrake shows that the materialist ideology is moribund; under its sway, increasingly expensive research is reaping diminishing returns while societies around the world are paying the price.

In the skeptical spirit of true science, Sheldrake turns the ten fundamental dogmas of materialism into exciting questions, and shows how all of them open up startling new possibilities for discovery.

Science Set Free will radically change your view of what is real and what is possible.
Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist and author of more than 80 scientific papers and ten books. A former Research Fellow of the Royal Society, he studied natural sciences at Cambridge University, where he was a Scholar of Clare College, took a double first class honours degree and was awarded the University Botany Prize. He then studied philosophy and history of science at Harvard University, where he was a Frank Knox Fellow, before returning to Cambridge, where he took a Ph.D. in biochemistry. He was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, where he was Director of Studies in biochemistry and cell biology. As the Rosenheim Research Fellow of the Royal Society, he carried out research on the development of plants and the ageing of cells in the Department of Biochemistry at Cambridge University.

Recently, drawing on the work of French philosopher Henri Bergson, he developed the theory of morphic resonance, which makes use of the older notion of morphogenetic fields. He has researched and written on topics such as animal and plant development and behaviour, telepathy, perception and metaphysics.

Science Set Free — Rupert Sheldrake

Deepak Chopra Interviews Rupert Sheldrake – New book “Science Set Free”

In Science Set Free, Dr Rupert Sheldrake, one of the world’s most innovative scientists, shows that science is being constricted by assumptions that have hardened into dogmas, which are not only limiting, but dangerous for the future of humanity.

According to these dogmas, all reality is material or physical; the world is a machine made up of dead matter; nature is purposeless; consciousness is nothing but the physical activity of the brain; free will is an illusion; God exists only as an idea in human minds, imprisoned within our skulls. But should science be a belief system, or a method of inquiry? Sheldrake shows that the materialist ideology is moribund; under its sway, increasingly expensive research is reaping diminishing returns while societies around the world are paying the price. In the skeptical spirit of true science, Sheldrake turns the ten fundamental dogmas of materialism into exciting questions and shows how all of them open up startling new possibilities about the nature of our collective reality.

This book has ignited debates that are spreading through scientific, religious, skeptical, conservative, and liberal circles in Britain, Ireland and continental Europe.

http://www.sheldrake.org

Science Set Free: 10 Paths To New Discovery is now available on Amazon.com

Rupert Sheldrake – The Science Delusion BANNED TED TALK

Re-uploaded as TED have decided to censor Rupert and remove this video from the TEDx youtube channel. Follow this link for TED’s statement on the matter and Dr. Sheldrake’s response: http://blog.ted.com/2013/03/14/open-f…

If anyone would like to prepare a transcript or caption file in any language so non-English speakers or the deaf and hard of hearing can enjoy this talk, please do so and I will be happy to upload it. Just PM me. Or the video is embedded on the Amara project website, so you can add subtitles there at: http://tinyurl.com/bwexn5q

RUPERT SHELDRAKE, Ph.D. (born 28 June 1942) is a biologist and author of more than 80 scientific papers and ten books. A former Research Fellow of the Royal Society, he studied natural sciences at Cambridge University, where he was a Scholar of Clare College, took a double first class honours degree and was awarded the University Botany Prize. He then studied philosophy and history of science at Harvard University, where he was a Frank Knox Fellow, before returning to Cambridge, where he took a Ph.D. in biochemistry. He was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, where he was Director of Studies in biochemistry and cell biology. As the Rosenheim Research Fellow of the Royal Society, he carried out research on the development of plants and the ageing of cells in the Department of Biochemistry at Cambridge University.

While at Cambridge, together with Philip Rubery, he discovered the mechanism of polar auxin transport, the process by which the plant hormone auxin is carried from the shoots towards the roots.

From 1968 to 1969, based in the Botany Department of the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, he studied rain forest plants. From 1974 to 1985 he was Principal Plant Physiologist and Consultant Physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Hyderabad, India, where he helped develop new cropping systems now widely used by farmers. While in India, he also lived for a year and a half at the ashram of Fr Bede Griffiths in Tamil Nadu, where he wrote his first book, A New Science of Life.

From 2005-2010 he was the Director of the Perrott-Warrick Project funded from Trinity College,Cambridge. He is a Fellow of Schumacher College , in Dartington, Devon, a Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences near San Francisco, and a Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute in Connecticut.

He lives in London with his wife Jill Purce http://www.healingvoice.com and two sons.

He has appeared in many TV programs in Britain and overseas, and was one of the participants (along with Stephen Jay Gould, Daniel Dennett, Oliver Sacks, Freeman Dyson and Stephen Toulmin) in a TV series called A Glorious Accident, shown on PBS channels throughout the US. He has often taken part in BBC and other radio programmes. He has written for newspapers such as the Guardian, where he had a regular monthly column, The Times, Sunday Telegraph, Daily Mirror, Daily Mail, Sunday Times, Times Educational Supplement, Times Higher Education Supplement and Times Literary Supplement, and has contributed to a variety of magazines, including New Scientist, Resurgence, the Ecologist and the Spectator.

Books by Rupert Sheldrake:
A New Science of Life: The Hypothesis of Formative Causation (1981). New edition 2009 (in the US published as Morphic Resonance)
The Presence of the Past: Morphic Resonance and the Habits of Nature (1988)
The Rebirth of Nature: The Greening of Science and God (1992)
Seven Experiments that Could Change the World: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Revolutionary Science (1994) (Winner of the Book of the Year Award from the British Institute for Social Inventions)
Dogs that Know When Their Owners are Coming Home, and Other Unexplained Powers of Animals (1999) (Winner of the Book of the Year Award from the British Scientific and Medical Network)
The Sense of Being Stared At, And Other Aspects of the Extended Mind (2003)

With Ralph Abraham and Terence McKenna:
Trialogues at the Edge of the West (1992), republished as Chaos, Creativity and Cosmic Consciousness (2001)
The Evolutionary Mind (1998)

With Matthew Fox:
Natural Grace: Dialogues on Science and Spirituality (1996)
The Physics of Angels: Exploring the Realm Where Science and Spirit Meet (1996)

http://www.sheldrake.org/

These videos are released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license, so they can be freely shared and reposted. (from http://www.ted.com/pages/about)

Eckhart Tolle – Awakening Is Not About Attempting To Achieve A Future State

We live in fragments
We live in fragments. You are one thing at the office, another at home; you talk about democracy and in your heart you are autocratic; you talk about loving your neighbours, yet kill him with competition; there is one part of you working, looking, independently of the other. Are you aware of this fragmentary existence in yourself? And is it possible for a brain that has broken up its own functioning, its own thinking, into fragments. Is it possible for such a brain to be aware of the whole field? Is it possible to look at the whole of consciousness completely, totally, which means to be a total human being?

Jiddu krishnamurti

Natural Presence * Being Embodied ~ FlorianTathagata·


This video is a 30 minute interview, taken during the SAND Science & NonDuality Conference in San Rafael, California in Oct 2010. It covers 8 fundamental subjects on being consciousness, embodiment, resting, habitual functioning, identification, the sense of ‘I’, natural presence and oneness. Enjoy the exploration.

Dolano -1.The play of Lila 2. How Can I be sure? 3. Who is afraid to Die? (Part1 & 2)- Enlightenment series


Enlightenment series – Dolano speaks of life as play, the Play of Leela, versus life as a “game”, the win and lose game of Samsara, which is suffering…
Dolano offers a month long Intensive Satsang which is “The Last Satsang” where one can wake up and free the mind from the wrong vision forever.

Dolano Open Satsang | How can I be Sure? Enlightenment series

Enlightenment series – Dolano is responding to the question asked: “In this understanding of who I am (who am I), how can I be sure it is coming from my true nature and not from my mind?”

Dolano open Satsang – What is afraid to Die (part 1) Enlightenment series

Enlightenment series. Dolano answer question regarding spiritual healing, what are the fundamental aspects of it? …healing in the level of the soul – profound healing. (Part One)
Dolano points out: “You need first to come to know who you are, your very nature, which is pure intelligence and health and does not need any healing.” And she speaks rather of freeing – liberating the mind which is still deluded with the appearance and is in the duality – boundary vision and suffers because of that.
Dolano: “You need to take care from the very root. You can’t just cut and cut the branches, they will grow again and you can go on endlessly with that.”

Dolano Open Satsang | What is Afraid to Die (Part 2) Enlightenment series

Enlightenment series. Dolano answer a question regarding spiritual healing, what are the fundamental aspects of it? …healing in the level of the soul – profound healing.
in this part Two of the video Dolano speaks about: Mind is busy with healing the illusion …And shocking situation like Japan earthquake – when mind stops – when everything stops –
A Wake Up Call!

Meeting in the Heart with Prajnaparamita – Ever present, unborn mystery

Published on Apr 4, 2013

Meeting in the Heart
Talks with Prajnaparamita on Awakening, Love, Truth and Compassion

Born and living in the Netherlands, Prajnaparamita has been in search of her true nature all her life. Initially investigating and studying psychology, religion and philosophy, she eventually met a truly awakened soul and surrendered her heart, her mind and her life. Over several decades Prajnaparamita received a rich vista of non-dual teachings: Advaita Vedanta, Mahayana Buddhism, Zen and Ch’an.

After her enlightenment, more than a decade ago, Prajnaparamita was assigned by her spiritual Master, ShantiMayi, to be a Guru herself and ‘spread the light all over the world.’

Since then she has unceasingly offered satsang* and intensives worldwide, inspiring all who are longing to awaken to their inherent Buddha nature.

Her teachings are no teachings really. In the togetherness of the satsang, in her response to questions being asked about all aspects of life, there is a spontaneous expression of universal truth, as an ongoing encouragement to come to rest in natural peace.

Oprah Winfrey Master Class Surrender


Uploaded on Jan 28, 2012

Oprah sharing her story as a Spiritual Entrepreneur. When you have worked as hard and done as much and strived and tried and given and plead and bargained and hoped – Surrender. When you have done all that you can do, and there is nothing left for you to do. Give it up. Give it up to that thing that is greater than yourself and let it then become a part of the flow.

You Can Create An Exceptional Life ~ Louise Hay (Author), Cheryl Richardson (Author)

For countless people, the words of Louise Hay have served as a beacon, leading them out of the darkness of despair and into the light of a better life. Cheryl Richardson is one of the many individuals whom Louise has greatly influenced . . . before going on to become a best-selling author herself.

So what happens when these two combine their collective wisdom into one book?
The result is what you’re now holding in your hands. As Louise and Cheryl engage in a series of empowering and intimate conversations, you’ll feel as if you’re simultaneously having lunch with your best friends and also attending a master class put on by two leaders of the self-empowerment movement.

As they travel throughout North America and Europe together, Louise and Cheryl discuss a wide range of topics, including the importance of loving ourselves and our bodies; aging consciously; bringing true prosperity and abundance to the world; manifesting positive relationships-both with family and friends and in the workplace; and facing death in a dignified and peaceful way.

These two amazing women are living proof that the spiritual principles they discuss in these pages really work. As you read, you’ll discover that you, too, have the ability to create an exceptional life!

Louise L. Hay, Louise Hay, the author of the international bestseller You Can Heal Your Life, is a metaphysical lecturer and teacher with more than 50 million books sold worldwide. She has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and many other TV and radio programs both in the U.S. and abroad.

Websites: http://www.LouiseHay.com® and http://www.HealYourLife.com®

Cheryl Richardson is the New York Times best-selling author of numerous books. She leads large web communities at http://www.cherylrichardson.com and http://www.facebook.com/cherylrichardson, which are dedicated to helping people around the world improve their quality of life.

Click here to browse inside.

You Can Create an Exceptional Life – Louise L. Hay and Cheryl Richardson

These two amazing women are living proof that the spiritual principles they discuss in these pages really work. As you read, you’ll discover that you, too, have the ability to create an exceptional life!

Sitting By a Friend: Confucius on Tragedy ~ Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

In a selection from the Confucian Analects usually discussed as a description of Confucius’ personality and character, there stands a very short passage (Analects VII: 9) that tells us a good deal about his feelings for others in times of tragedy and how he expresses such feelings. What better response to the tragedy of Boston that engulfs us all.

“When the Master was eating by the side of a mourner, he never ate to the full” (R. L. Taylor, Confucius, the Analects, p. 9).

A simple passage and an equally simple message. Out of respect for the person who is experiencing tragedy and suffering in their life, Confucius demonstrates his sympathy with that person’s condition and situation by showing his own restraint in his conduct at a shared meal. To satiate himself with food and drink at such a time would merely demonstrate the degree to which he understood little of his fellow diner’s distress and illustrate all too well vey little feeling for his fellow diner.

While the circumstances of the passage call our attention to a very particular situation — that of mourning and of a meal with a person in mourning, by extension the passage suggests a foundation for a broad response to the suffering of others in situations too numerous to name or number.

The response suggested in this passage is merely one ramification of a broader feeling of Confucius for others that underlies all of his teachings. Let’s probe more deeply into the Analects to understand this broader context of feelings for others.

One of the most central passages of Confucius’ teachings that permits us to understand his feelings toward others and the centrality of this teaching to all of his teachings is Analects XV:23:

Tzu-kung asked, “Is there not one word that may serve as a rule of practice for all of one’s life?” The Master said, “Is not reciprocity such a word? What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.” (R. L. Taylor, Confucius, the Analects, p. 109)

Several passages in the Analects speak to the question Confucius’ disciple Tzu-kung raises. The Master has many teachings. Is there not some quintessential teaching in the midst of the plethora of words and discussions?

The answer from Confucius is direct and to the point. Yes, there is, in fact, a single word that covers the breadth of all the teachings Confucius articulates. That word is “reciprocity,” the feelings and resulting actions toward others.

Let’s look more closely at this word “reciprocity,” shu. Chinese characters are more often than not composed of units, other characters, that when combined produce a meaning that approaches the translation we assign to the given character. In the case of the character shu, reciprocity, we have a character that is composed of two simpler characters and it is in their combination that we begin to understand something of this word we translate as reciprocity. The top of the character shu is a character pronounced ju, meaning “like” or “similar.” The bottom of the character shu is a character pronounced hsin, meaning “heart” or “mind.” Thus the character shu, reciprocity, is the combination of the characters “like” and “mind,” to use two of the definitions.

How do we get from our words for “like” and “mind” to the word and the translation of shu as “reciprocity”? Quite simply actually. Combining them together we get something like “like-mindedness.” Still, the word we are after is reciprocity, but it is now close. To be of “like-mind” means to be able to identify with another’s situation — to be able to share in and understand the other’s situation. If the other’s situation is good then there is in shared joy in that situation — joy for the sake of the other person.

If, on the other hand, the other’s situation is less than good and in fact is filled with suffering, then there is response on the basis of understanding the other’s plight and recognizing that one has a moral responsibility to respond to it. The like-mindedness is the capacity to put oneself in the situation of the other and thus understand completely and fully that situation of the other

Such response to the situation of the other, particularly the plight and suffering of the other is marked by the common translation of shu as reciprocity. The question that persists, however, is whether reciprocity is actually the best word to describe what is essentially a feeling of other’s pain and on the basis of that feeling, a reaching out to address their distress. One of the translations of shu that sometimes appears is “sympathy” the capacity to “sympathize” with the other’s distress. The problem with the word sympathy is that it often suggests a certain level of condescension in the relation of one to the other. There is, however, a word that truly expresses “like-mindedness” and its capacity for reaching and responding to the feelings of others – that word is empathy.

Shu as the quintessential teaching of Confucius is best understood as the expression of empathy for the feelings of others.

And how does one act on this empathy”? In a statement predating the biblical reference to the Golden Rule, Confucius articulates the most basic of ethical maxims — perhaps the true universal ethic. In his words: “What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.” Here truly the feelings of others are addressed!

May we take these words to heart and in our own small ways practice the empathy, the true care for others, the world so desperately needs in this hour.

View Here on the book by Rodney L. Taylor PhD

On Contentment: An Essay by Plutarch – Eckhart Tolle TV

Eckhart presents a timeless teaching on unblocking the obstacles to the living inner peace that is everyone’s birthright.

Born at the very heart of Greece—between Athens and Apollo’s shrine at Delphi—in the mid-40s of the first century CE, Plutarch combined an intense love of his locality and family with a cosmopolitan outlook that embraced the whole Roman Empire.

His encyclopaedic writings form a treasure trove of ancient wisdom, yet his strong religious feelings and deeply humanist temperament give them all a compelling and individual voice. Whether he is offering abstract speculation or practical ethics, fresh and arresting reflections on anger and flattery, military versus intellectual glory or the reasoning powers of animals, Plutarch’s charm and personality constantly shine through. Above all, concludes Kidd, his essays remain magnificently readable, works that ‘can still entertain, instruct, stimulate and educate us and also introduce us to one of the most attractive characters in classical literature’.

Plutarch’ Essay on Contentment is on page 208, click here to browse inside.

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.

For more of Amoda’s books, articles, and video clips, view HERE

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.

Ellie Roozdar – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview (2)


Published on May 15, 2012

This is my second interview with Ellie. You might want to listen to the first one before listening to this one: http://batgap.com/ellie-roozdar/

Ellie is a happily married woman for 29 years. She has been blessed, with two beautiful children—a lovely daughter and a sweet son.

She has graduated from SUNY at Stony Brook and has been teaching mathematics in high school and community colleges. After changing her career, she worked in Information Technology as a Quality Assurance Manage for many years.

Since childhood, she was seeing herself as a vision, which was not associated with the body at all. The question was arising, “Who am I?” This was never answered and it was there in her heart for a long time…
Since the year 2001, she has been inspired:
>To get to know who she is
>To find what she is searching for.

For the past few years, she has had wonderful experiences by “going within,” meditating and discovering the Truth. The Truth reveals itself to itself by itself.
She would like to share these experiences with you.
She hopes that by reading her story, you also get inspired to “go within” and “discover” who you really are, and also find the authentic joy that resides within.

This is simply a discovery, not to become anyone or anything. Remember: Joy is already there, it just needs to be uncovered.
We learn to go within and to be a witness of the “nothingness.” It may be frightening at the beginning. All our life we want to be somebody and add something to ourselves and now we will face “nothingness.”
She wishes you all patience and the best of luck on this path. Please know that this is the best thing and the most important thing that you can do for yourself.

You will be happy that you took time and discover your True Self.

Love and light!

Interview recorded 5/12/2012

Kissed by God: An Interview about StillnessSpeaks with Chris Hebard

Michaels Jeffreys interviews StillnessSpeaks.com founder Chris Hebard on his path to seeking Truth and why he started the website.

MESSIAH’S HANDBOOK : Reminders for the Advanced Soul ~ Richard Bach

The famous little handbook from Illusions is back in print! Over 60,000 copies sold, and translated into 10 languages!

“Where did you learn all this stuff, Don? You know so much,or maybe I just think you do. No. You do know a lot. Is is all practice? Don’t you get any formal training to be a Master?”
“They give you a book to read.”

And here is the book. Donald Shimoda, the mysterious hero of Richard Bach’s bestselling book, Illusions, which is soon to be a major motion picture. Shimoda seemed to carry the keys to universe with him as he barnstormed the Midwest in a Travel Air biplane. Is he a teacher or a messiah? Part of Shimoda’s secret was a small book, bound in what looked like suede, called Messiah’s Handbook, which he carried with him and frequently quoted. “Open it,” he said, “and whatever you need to know is here.” As Bach was taught by Shimoda, hold a question in your mind . . . close your eyes . . . open the handbook at random . . . pick left page or right . . . open your eyes and read the answer to your question. Here is never-before-seen wisdom, taken from many of Richard Bach’s extraordinary books. The wisdom in this book is profound. As in: “Here’s a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you’re alive, it isn’t.”

Richard Bach’s inspirational classic Jonathan Livingston Seagull is one of the few books that dominated the #1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller List for two consecutive years. With humor, wisdom and insight that could only come from one of the world’s most beloved authors and an accomplished pilot, his most recent book, Travels with Puff, recounts Bach’s journey from Florida to Washington state in his small seaplane, Puff. With over 50,000,000 copies of his books sold, Richard Bach remains one of the world’s most beloved authors. A former USAF fighter pilot, Air Force captain and latter-day barnstorming pilot, Bach continues to be an avid aviator-author, exploring and chronicling the joys and freedom of flying, reporting his findings to his devoted fans. His website is http://www.richardbach.com.

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Being Richard Bach

Being Richard Bach’. Full length trailer for the upcoming documentary film about the famous American writer.

Illusions By Richard Bach Book Trailer

Teachings of Rumi edited by Andrew Harvey

Jelalludin Rumi (1207-1273) led the quiet life of an Islamic teacher in the central Anatolia (modern Turkey) until the age of thirty-seven, when he met a wandering dervish named Shams Tabriz—through whom he encountered the Divine Presence in a way that utterly transformed him. The result of this epiphany was the greatest body of mystical poetry the world has ever seen, and the establishment of a spiritual movement that would eventually stretch from Africa to China, enduring to our own day.

This collection of versions of Rumi by Andrew Harvey contains some of the master’s most luminous verse, along with selections from his lesser-read prose works, with the aim of presenting a balanced view of his teaching that includes both the high-flying love of God and the rigorous path of discipline essential for those who seek it.

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Andrew Harvey

Interview with Andrew Harvey, world leading scholar and translator of 13th century Sufi poet, Rumi

Deepak Chopra – Religion of Love

Deepak Chopra, with Andrew Harvey, Rabbi David Ingber and Banafsheh Sayyad, celebrate the Sufi poet, Rumi. At ABC Home & Carpet, NYC. In association with CitizenGlobal, Lora O’Connor Executive Producer By The Creative (Re)Directors: Producer/Director: Jonathan Pillot Photography: Nat Prinzi, Guy Shahar, Chris Vernale Sound: Andrew Finkel Editor: Kala Mandrake

Everyday Consciousness and Primordial Awareness by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, edited by Susanne Schefczyk

This introduction to Buddhist psychology supplies essential instructions for successful meditation practice. Rinpoche presents meditation practices that can powerfully influence and ultimately transform the mind into the purified mind of a Buddha. He clearly describes how consciousnesses operate in everyday perception and how at the time of Buddhahood, these same consciousnesses express the five primordial wisdoms of the five Buddha families.

The Very Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche was born in Kham in 1933 and was formally recognized at the age of five as the ninth incarnation of the great Thrangu tulku. One of the most highly regarded masters of Mahamudra meditation, Rinpoche has touched the lives of students from all parts of the world through his compassionate presence, his immense knowledge, and his way of making even complex teachings accessible.

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The Challenge of the Soul: A Guide for the Spiritual Warrior by Rabbi Niles Elliot Goldstein

In times of upheaval, many of us seek guidance from a spiritual mentor, someone who has confronted challenges and become a stronger person as a result. Here Rabbi Niles Elliot Goldstein draws from his own hard-won insights and personal experiences as a congregational rabbi, martial artist, FBI chaplain, and limit-pusher and interweaves them with the teachings of sages, biblical figures, and thinkers of all stripes to help us get beyond our own perceived limitations and face life’s challenges with fearlessness and fortitude. Goldstein identifies eight essential qualities that he believes we must cultivate to live a life of self-empowerment and then uses a programmatic approach to explore these qualities and the ways we can develop them in ourselves.

Rabbi Goldstein is known for challenging himself physically, mentally, and spiritually. He counseled law enforcement officers at Ground Zero, has traveled to numerous remote and inhospitable places to learn and teach, and has sought out difficult experiences to rigorously test himself and the meaning of his faith.

Rabbi Niles Elliot Goldstein is the founder and Rabbi Emeritus of The New Shul in New York City. His essays and poetry have appeared in various publications, including Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, and the Forward. He has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Glamour, Real Simple, and the Jewish Week, as well as on television and radio.

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