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We’ve been led to believe that when we get sick, it’s our genetics. Or it’s just bad luck—and doctors alone hold the keys to optimal health. For years, Lissa Rankin, M.D., believed the same. But when her own health started to suffer, and she turned to Western medical treatments, she found that they not only failed to help; they made her worse. So she decided to take matters into her own hands.

Through her research, Dr. Rankin discovered that the health care she had been taught to practice was missing something crucial: a recognition of the body’s innate ability to self-repair and an appreciation for how we can control these self-healing mechanisms with the power of the mind. In an attempt to better understand this phenomenon, she explored peer-reviewed medical literature and found evidence that the medical establishment had been proving that the body can heal itself for over 50 years.

Using extraordinary cases of spontaneous healing, Dr. Rankin shows how thoughts, feelings, and beliefs can alter the body’s physiology. She lays out the scientific data proving that loneliness, pessimism, depression, fear, and anxiety damage the body, while intimate relationships, gratitude, meditation, sex, and authentic self-expression flip on the body’s self-healing processes.

In the final section of the book, you’ll be introduced to a radical new wellness model based on Dr. Rankin’s scientific findings. Her unique six-step program will help you uncover where things might be out of whack in your life—spiritually, creatively, environmentally, nutritionally, and in your professional and personal relationships—so that you can create a customized treatment plan aimed at bolstering these health-promoting pieces of your life. You’ll learn how to listen to your body’s “whispers” before they turn to life-threatening “screams” that can be prevented with proper self-care, and you’ll learn how to trust your inner guidance when making decisions about your health and your life.

By the time you finish Mind Over Medicine, you’ll have made your own Diagnosis, written your own Prescription, and created a clear action plan designed to help you make your body ripe for miracles.

Lissa Rankin, M.D., is a mind-body medicine physician, author, speaker, artist, and blogger at LissaRankin.com. Passionate about what makes people healthy and what predisposes them to illness, she studies how doctors might better care for patients and how patients might better care for themselves. She is on a mission to heal health care, help patients play a more active role in healing themselves, and encourage the health-care industry to embrace and facilitate, rather than resist, such miracles. She trains physicians and other healing professionals, and she empowers others at I Can Do It events, TEDx conferences, health conferences, hospitals, and on her popular blog. When not spreading the word, she paints, practices yoga, and hikes in Marin County, CA with her husband and daughter.
Website: lissarankin.com

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Is there scientific proof we can heal ourselves? Lissa Rankin, MD at TEDxAmericanRiviera 2012

About Lissa Rankin, MD:
New age gurus suggest that we can heal ourselves by simply changing our minds, but is this concept grounded in cold, hard science? Lissa Rankin, MD explores the scientific literature, reviewing case studies of spontaneous remission, as well as placebo and nocebo effect data, to prove that our thoughts powerfully affect our physiology when we believe we can get well.



TEDxFiDiWomen – Lissa Rankin – The Shocking Truth About Your Health

Lissa Rankin, MD is an OB/GYN physician, author, keynote speaker, consultant to health care visionaries, professional artist, and founder of the women’s health and wellness community OwningPink.com. Discouraged by the broken, patriarchal health care system, she left her medical practice in 2007 only to realize that you can quit your job, but you can’t quit your calling. This epiphany launched her on a journey of discovery that led her to become a leader in the field of mind/body medicine, which she blogs about at OwningPink.com and is writing about in her third book Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof You Can Heal Yourself (Hay House, 2013).

She teaches both patients and health care professionals how to make the body ripe for miracles by healing the mind and being healthy in all aspects of life, not just by promoting healthy behaviors like good nutrition, exercise, and adequate sleep, but by encouraging health and authenticity in relationships, work, creative expression, spirituality, sexuality, finances, and living environment. She is leading a revolution to feminize how health care is received and delivered by encouraging collaboration, fostering self-healing, reconnecting health care and spirituality, empowering patients to tap into the mind’s power to heal the body, and encouraging women not to settle for being merely well, but to strive for living vital, joyful, authentic lives full of “mojo.”

When not spreading the word, she chills out, paints, does yoga, and hikes in Marin County, CA with her husband and daughter.

Lissa Rankin: Mind Over Medicine

founder, Jonathan Fields, interviews Lissa Rankin, author of Mind Over Medicine.

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This Author’s Official Revised Edition includes several crucial updates since the original publication, including a more thorough explanation of the muscle-testing technique as well as changes to the text made by Dr. Hawkins as he read the book for an audio recording in 2006. David R. Hawkins details how anyone may resolve the most crucial of all human dilemmas: how to instantly determine the truth or falsehood of any statement or supposed fact. Dr. Hawkins, who worked as a “healing psychiatrist” during his long and distinguished career, uses theoretical concepts from particle physics, nonlinear dynamics, and chaos theory to support his study of human behavior. This is a fascinating work that will intrigue readers from all walks of life!

From the Author of Power vs. Force:

All human endeavors have the common goal of understanding or influencing human experience. To this end, man has developed numerous descriptive and analytical disciplines: Morality, Philosophy, Psychology, and so on. Regardless of what branch of inquiry one starts from—philosophy, political theory, theology—all avenues of investigation eventually converge at a common meeting point: the quest for an organized understanding of the nature of pure consciousness. To explain that which is simple can be difficult indeed. Much of this book is devoted to the process of making the simple obvious. If we can understand even one simple thing in depth, we will have greatly expanded our capacity for comprehending the nature of the universe and life itself.

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David R. Hawkins, M.D. Ph.D.
There is no “this” causing a “that”...
The difference between talking about & knowing the Truth.

Author of the world best seller book “Power vs. Force”, Dr. David R. Hawkins talks about the difference between talking about & knowing the Truth.

Prior works by the author established a new clinical science of TRUTH based on research into the nature of consciousness itself and, for the first time, delineated the means by which truth can be differentiated from falsehood.

Numerous study groups arose worldwide to investigate the unique value of this new spiritual science and its numerous applications in all areas of human life, especially in relation to spiritual evolution.

The previous books have been valued by spiritual devotees for they present a subjective experiential, as well as theoretical, framework by which to seek enlightenment and advance one’s own level of consciousness.

The preceding volumes in this series provide clarity by recontextualization of the world’s spiritual literature and experience. This book is a practical “how to” guide devoted to the techniques and information that facilitate actual inner transformation and liberation from the limitations of the ego.

The information provided is a distillation of professional clinical knowledge derived from 50 years’ experience in psychiatry, psychology, psychoanalysis, and as a consultant to Protestant and Catholic ministries, Zen monasteries, and spiritual communities and groups along with extensive personal transformative and inner subjective transcendence of the levels described.
Dr. Hawkins writes from all those levels simultaneously and is dedicated to the student’s own evolution of consciousness to the state of Enlightenment itself.

David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Institute for Advanced Spiritual Research, is an internationally known author, spiritual teacher, and authority within the fields of consciousness research and spirituality. His published works and recorded lectures have been widely recognized as unique in that a very advanced state of spiritual awareness occurred in an individual with a scientific and clinical background who was later able to explain the unusual phenomenon in a clear and comprehensible manner.

Dr. Hawkins writes and teaches from the unique perspective of an experienced clinician, scientist, and mystic. He has been knighted and honored worldwide with many titles. In the Far East, he is a recognized “Teacher of the Way to Enlightenment.” (“Tae Ryoung Sun Kak Dosa”) Dr. Hawkins has lectured at well-known universities worldwide and to spiritual groups from Westminster Abbey and Notre Dame to Catholic, Protestant, and Buddhist monasteries. His life is devoted to the spiritual evolution of mankind.

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David R. Hawkins – Consciousness Is The Mind Of God.

Dr. David R. Hawkins -Transcending Form, moving from saintly to enlightened realms


Published on Apr 1, 2013
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche Biography

Tears of the Buddha: Spirituality & Emotions explores the spiritual path through the lens of emotion. Director Joel Lesko interviews modern Buddhistic teachers to find out how their teachings apply in daily life – are emotions an impediment to spiritual growth? What about so-called unspiritual emotions like anger and hate? Do emotions trap a seeker in the personal self?

Tears is a serious look at an area of life that is often confusing and problematic for people in spiritual practices. Rather than another documentary about a teacher’s enlightenment or awakening, Tears of the Buddha questions age-old teachings about emotions and leads to an important conversation about individual selfhood – is it real or is it an illusion? Lesko shares his own experiences and interviews leading teachers including Gangaji, Eli-Jaxon-Bear, Jeff Foster, Daniel Barron, and others.
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Joel Lesko is a long-time meditator and a filmmaker. He set out in this film, Tears of the Buddha: Spiritual and Emotions, to find out what modern Buddhistic, or Advaita, non-dual oriented teachers teach – about spirituality, and specifically about how to orient towards one’s inner emotional life on the spiritual path.

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Tracks:

0:00 – 3:15 Ashland, Oregon. Tears of the Buddha introduced. Some spiritual autobiography leading up making of Tears of the Buddha. Importance of paying attention to nondual teachings in relation to how daily life is lived.

3:15 – 5:09 The making of Tears of the Buddha. Does the filmmaker Joel disappear into the self-inquirer in the making of this film?

5:09 – 10:04 How Joel got into filmmaking and how his goals and purpose have changed toward his own investigation. The two major challenges in the making the film.

10:05 – 12:43 What Joel learned about himself from making Tears of the Buddha. What teachers are really saying regarding emotions and how it bears on your life.

12:43 – 14:15 Redefining of enlightenment in terms of embodiment. Karl Renz. Gratitude to the teachers interviewed.

14:15 – 17:28 The scripted versus the personal side of teachers exposed. The sealed-off character of most teachers he interviewed. Gangaji.

17:28 – 19:34 Some people’s enlightenment discounts the personal, Joel says. A new public conversation on spirituality and emotion.

19:34 – 21:03 The one teacher who said emotions, rather than consciousness, are intrinsic to life. Daniel Barron. How could enlightenment be redefined?

21:03 – 27:24 Joel’s use of the term “Buddhistic” and the nature of the title Terms of the Buddha. What if the essence of our human life is not consciousness? The gnawing feeling in the heart. The validity of emotions.

27:24 – 29:36 Maybe we’re here to embrace our woundings rather than dismiss or transcend them.

29:36 – 32:32 Getting personal about facing that gnawing. Psychotherapy. Karl Renz’s view on the self and transcendence.

32:32 – 34:04 Nature of teachers as confident. Value of film as a featuring of teachers addressing same questions.

34:04 – 38:43 Joel is asked about what he meant at the end of Tears of the Buddha, as far as what Buddha would teach today and the wholesale transcendence of the person. What if there is something more essential than transcendence of duality? Success as a filmmaker is the raising of questions. The teachers are missing something.

38:43 – 41:51 Is a teacher essential? Questions in that regard. Shadow questions. Looking at emotion rather than transcending. Emotional healing of wounds. Karl Renz and Daniel Barron.

41:51 – 48:29 Tears of the Buddha. Some revelations on making it. Some further comments to enhance the viewing and to clarify the themes.

48:29 – 51:08 Dealing with everyday life. Emotion as just energy moving and what that means for your personal life and looking at the root of what a teacher says regarding emotions.

51:08 – 54:18 Some financial and creative realities on making Tears of the Buddha. Christopher Alexander saying to create something as though it’s a “gift to God.”

54:18 – 58:00 Transcendental Meditation and some more of Joel’s background. The truth of nondual enlightenment and stretching that over daily life as if that’s the whole truth, and problems created. Embracing emotional life.

58:00 – 1:00:11 Our conditioning negativizes certain experiences or could avoid them by asking, “Who is asking about negative emotions?”

1:00:11 – 1:06:46 The inquiry of asking what is most essential. Spiritual conditioning saying that emotions are impediments. Listening deeply to the teachers in the film because they tend to use the same words. Staying open. Asking “What if” questions.

1:06:46 – 1:09:36 Teachers conditioning their students. Joel’s experience with emotions while studying TM. The split between feeling what you feel and being conditioned to seal off those feelings.

1:09:36 – 1:16:00 Vipassana meditation giving space to emotions and the possibility that this could create a splitting off or a transcendence or a diminishment of experience. Anger. The nature of spirit, heart, and humanity. Depression arising from avoidance of emotion through nondual transcendence.

1:16:00 – 1:20:14 Joel asks about Jerry’s background in publicizing nonduality. The nature of nonduality interviews. Jeff Foster’s view of emotions. Teachers changing. The apparent fixity of older established teachers.

1:20:14 – 1:25:10 Joel’s corporate film work related to education and the workplace. His future film based on Buddhistic questions.

1:25:10 – 1:26:47 Reflections on the interview. The word “Buddhistic” and need to clarify it for people who expect it to be tied to Buddhism.

How do I know when I am advancing on the spiritual path? What is a “sign” of spiritual maturity?

I would answer with a few questions of my own.

Must everyone believe as you believe in order to accepted by you?

Do you insist that what you believe is right and, by implication, suggest that what others believe must be wrong?

When you suggest that you, and other folks like you, “just believe the Bible,” for instance, are you aware that what you are really saying is that you believe your “version” or “interpretation” of the Bible and that equally devoted followers of the Bible frequently interpret the same Bible differently but just as sincerely as you do?

So, can you make room for others? Can you be honest enough to admit that you, and others like you, might just be wrong yourselves?

When you are able to make your “truth” claims with passion and sincerity, but at-one-and-the-same time clothe them with love, humility and room for others to believe and so hold to equally meaningful “truth” claims for them, you, my friend, are, in my own opinion, advancing in the direction of spiritual maturity — true enlightenment. Or, if you prefer, simply human maturity.

It is time that we live in a world of mutual humility, what I would call Christ-like humility –what others might describe as a Buddha-like respectfulness. It is time for greater openness, for conversation, for contemplation, for introspection, not only between all religions but between religionists and those who claim no religion whatsoever.

F. Scott Fitzgerald suggested, “The sign of first rate intelligence” — I would say, the sign of first-rate, maturity — “is the capacity to hold two opposing ideas in one’s mind and still be able to function” — I would say, “still be at peace with oneself and respectful toward all others.”

Can you?

Make it your spiritual ambition or, if you’re not a religious person, make it your human ambition, to live beyond arrogance or believing in your beliefs. “Beliefs,” as noted in “Why is God Laughing?,” “are a coverup for insecurity. You only ever believe in the things you do not know.”

When you “know” something, what is there to believe in?

If you are a spiritual person, make it your ambition to know yourself, to know God — this is faith. Do not be content with knowing “about” God — that’s the “belief” stuff, which is just believing in the words you say about God or that someone else might say about God.

No, know God for yourself instead.

“How?” you ask.

Wrong question.

Start from the premise that you know God already.

Why?

Because you do.

“What do you mean?” you ask.

If you did not know God already, why would you bother to ask the question?

Give up looking for God, too, for God cannot be found. When you make this discovery, you have experienced what I feel is grace.

Grace is simply the inner realization that God has found you already.

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Life is an enduring mystery. Yet, science tells us that living beings are merely sophisticated structures of lifeless molecules. If this view is correct, where do the seemingly purposeful motions of cells and organisms originate? In Life’s Ratchet, physicist Peter M. Hoffmann locates the answer to this age-old question at the nanoscale.

Below the calm, ordered exterior of a living organism lies microscopic chaos, or what Hoffmann calls the molecular storm—specialized molecules immersed in a whirlwind of colliding water molecules. Our cells are filled with molecular machines, which, like tiny ratchets, transform random motion into ordered activity, and create the “purpose” that is the hallmark of life. Tiny electrical motors turn electrical voltage into motion, nanoscale factories custom-build other molecular machines, and mechanical machines twist, untwist, separate and package strands of DNA. The cell is like a city—an unfathomable, complex collection of molecular workers working together to create something greater than themselves.

Life, Hoffman argues, emerges from the random motions of atoms filtered through these sophisticated structures of our evolved machinery. We are agglomerations of interacting nanoscale machines more amazing than anything in science fiction. Rather than relying on some mysterious “life force” to drive them—as people believed for centuries—life’s ratchets harness instead the second law of thermodynamics and the disorder of the molecular storm.

Grounded in Hoffmann’s own cutting-edge research, Life’s Ratchet reveals the incredible findings of modern nanotechnology to tell the story of how the noisy world of atoms gives rise to life itself.

Peter M. Hoffmann (1968-) was born in Germany and grew up in a small village in Saarland. After completing his undergraduate studies in Physics and Mathematics in Germany, he moved to the US for graduate studies in 1992, completing an MS in Physics at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, and a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. He then spent two years at University at Oxford, UK, as a research fellow. In 2001, he joined Wayne State University, Detroit, MI as an Assistant Professor of Physics. In 2008, he co-founded the undergraduate biomedical physics program at Wayne State and served as its director from 2008-2012. He has since been promoted to a full professorship and was appointed Associate Dean for academic programs in 2012. He is an active researcher in soft matter physics, nanoscience and biophysics. One of his passions is promoting science through outreach and writing. “Life’s Ratchet” (2012) is his first popular science book.

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Summary of Einstein’s God
Albert Einstein did not believe in a personal God. And his famous quip that “God does not play dice with the universe” was a statement about quantum physics, not a statement of faith. But he did leave behind a fascinating, largely forgotten legacy of musings and writings-some serious, some whimsical-about the relationship between science and religion and his own inquisitive reverence for the “order deeply hidden behind everything”. Einstein’s self-described “cosmic religious sense” is intriguingly compatible with twenty-first-century sensibilities. And it is the starting point for Einstein’s God.

Drawn from American Public Media’s extraordinary program Speaking of Faith, the conversations in this profoundly illuminating book explore an emerging interface of inquiry-if not answers-between many fields of science, medicine, theology and philosophy. In her interviews with such luminaries as Freeman Dyson, Paul Davies, V. V. Raman, and Mehmet Oz, Krista Tippett draws out the connections between these realms, showing how even those most wedded to hard truths find spiritual enlightenment in the life of experiment and, in turn, raise questions that are richly theologically evocative. Whether she is speaking with celebrated surgeon and author Sherwin Nuland about the biology of the human spirit or questioning Darwin biographer James Moore about his subject’s religious beliefs, Tippett offers a rare look at the way our best minds grapple with the questions for which we all seek answers.

A journalist and former diplomat, Krista Tippett has created, hosted, and produced the popular public radio program Speaking of Faith since it began as an occasional feature in 2000, before taking on its current form as a national weekly program in 2003. She came up with the idea for Speaking of Faith while consulting for the internationally renowned Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research at Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota.

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Creationism vs. Darwin [4/4] – Krista Tippett of “Speaking of Faith”

CNN’s Jonathan Mann interviews Krista Tippett, host of “Speaking of Faith,” about the increasing popularity of creationism in the U.S. and asks if Americans have simply lost their senses.

“Just as in earthly life lovers long for the moment when they are able to breathe forth their love for each other, to let their souls blend in a soft whisper, so the mystic longs for the moment when in prayer he can, as it were, creep into God.” ~Soren Kierkegaard

The majority of our knowledge about breathing techniques and meditation comes from the ancient eastern philosophies. There is no doubt that the control and expansion of our breathing’s capabilities can train our physical vehicles to reach higher levels of enlightenment and balanced health.

With the assistance of our breathing, we can alter the chemistry of our bodies, enhance our perception, mental clarity and grounding.

The positive effects of a more conscious breathing are countless. Some medical sources affirm that as much as 70% of the toxins we ingest daily can be liberated with a good respiration process. Most people nowadays have a very limited and restriction manner of breathing, and therefore limiting the intake of divine energy- Prana.

It is a fairly common occurrence to “catch your breath” when being told about something unpleasant. But when we withhold our respiration or we limit our breathing, we limit our ability to feel unpleasant things. Restricting our respiration, we also suppress the potential feelings and they are automatically stored either on our unconscious mind or in our ethereal body. The maintenance of these repressed feelings requires an incredible amount of energy, and they end up creating serious tension in the body parts they are stored.

Ancient sources affirm that our air is the primary carrier of Prana or divine vital energy. As these little particles or spheres of Light enter our bodies, their respective frequencies are amplified, the vibratory patterns of emotions are increased and a general feeling of wellbeing is created.

To breathe profoundly and in cadence, with the assistance, or not, of affirmations and imageries; constitutes in itself a valuable process for accessing the kingdoms of our subconscious mind, where mental, emotional and psychic traumas are stored. Once this gate is opened, we are able to freely access our Higher Self and receive its infusion of guidance, wisdom and support. This is an important step on the path of living fully, abundantly and joyfully.

As we work seriously on our breathing patterns, we purge unwanted stagnated blockages, we detox from unbalanced energies, or thought forms, and we clear the channels of communication with our subconscious mind, the inner realms of spirit, opening up the unlimited possibilities to the identification of our Lower Selves with our Divine I AM Presence.

Spiritual Exercise

Members of the University can access the eBook, Infinity Breathing, in the Spiritual Exercises section of the Online Resource Center.

Source: Humanity Healing Network

Sally Bongers, the distinguished Australian cinematographer, compiled these interviews whilst researching subjects for a documentary film on Enlightenment. Initially she sought out established spiritual teachers, but her emphasis changed to interviewing ordinary people who had experienced a shift of perception which, in the Eastern tradition, would be called Enlightenment or Liberation. She found men and women who still live their lives much as they had done before the realisation, working and living in the everyday world. Seven of their stories were chosen for this book. Hearing these people talk about living with this understanding in the real world (not in an ice-cave somewhere!) confirmed the closeness of it all. These stories make it clear that Enlightenment can ‘happen’ to anyone, regardless of so-called spiritual qualifications.

Sally Bongers is a film director, photographer and cinematographer, based in Sydney. Sally studied at the Australian Film Television and Radio School, subsequently winning two AFI Awards for Cinematography. She runs her own film production company, Light Corporation
in Australia. Sally’s spiritual journey has taken her from Muktananda to UG Krishnamurti, Ramesh Balsekar to ‘Sailor’ Bob Adamson and Tony Parsons.

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What if you spent years of your life seeking spiritual enlightenment, but were looking in the wrong place over a long time? It’s happening right now to millions of seekers around the world.

That’s why Dr. Robert Forman has written his revolutionary book, which has recently become an Award-Winning Finalist in the Spirituality Category of The USA “Best Books 2011” Awards. Told in often poetic prose, Enlightenment Ain’t … offers new direction for people looking for a sane and healthy spiritual pathway in our increasingly confusing world.

Traditional spiritual models are giving seekers a wrong and frustrating impression about spiritual enlightenment. By exploring his own 39 year experience of spiritual enlightenment, Dr. Forman offers a remedy to folks who are:

  • Convinced they don’t have the right stuff to achieve enlightenment in this lifetime.
  • Disillusioned by spiritual teachers who don’t live up to their lofty self-portraits
  • Worried that choosing a spiritual life means leaving their everyday life behind.
  • Hungry for a different way to be, but unable to express it.

Through metaphor, humor, vulnerability and achingly beautiful prose, Dr. Forman’s book offers new found hope to spiritual seekers everywhere.

Dr Robert Forman – ‘Enlightenment Ain’t What It’s Cracked Up to Be’ – Interview by Iain McNay

Dr Robert Forman ‘Enlightenment Ain’t What It’s Cracked Up to Be‘ Interview by Iain McNay
Author of several books including ‘Enlightenment Ain’t What It’s Cracked Up to Be’ and Director of ‘The Forge Institute for Spirituality and Social Change’ talks about his spiritual search and how the ‘pot of gold’ he longed for was not what it was cracked up to be. But in time he realised that it was of a kind and nature, wholly different than anything he could have known to wish for. He also discovered that transformation at that level comes by grace and not by self-adjustment. ‘It is time we stopped mistaking the content for the awareness that beholds it.’ ‘Vastness issues a challenge; tell the truth so completely there is nothing left to be afraid of.’

In this book, psychotherapist David Richo explores how we replay the past in our present-day relationships—and how we can free ourselves from this destructive pattern. We all have a tendency to transfer potent feelings, needs, expectations, and beliefs from childhood or from former relationships onto the people in our daily lives, whether they are our intimate partners, friends, or acquaintances. When the Past Is Present helps us to become more aware of the ways we slip into the past so that we can identify our emotional baggage and take steps to unpack it and put it where it belongs.

Drawing on decades of experience as a psychotherapist, Richo helps readers to:

• Understand how the wounds of childhood become exposed in adult relationships—and why this is a gift
• Identify and heal the emotional wounds we carry over from the past so that they won’t sabotage present-day relationships
• Recognize how strong attractions and aversions to people in the present can be signals of own own unfinished business
• Use mindfulness to stay in the present moment and cultivate authentic intimacy

David Richo, PhD, is a therapist and author who leads popular workshops on personal and spiritual growth.

He received his BA in psychology from Saint John’s Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts, in 1962, his MA in counseling psychology from Fairfield University in 1969, and his PhD in clinical psychology from Sierra University in 1984. Since 1976, Richo has been a licensed marriage, family, and child counselor in California. In addition to practicing psychotherapy, Richo teaches courses at Santa Barbara City College and the University of California Berkeley at Berkeley, and has taught at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, Pacifica Graduate Institute, and Santa Barbara Graduate Institute. He is a clinical supervisor for the Community Counseling Center in Santa Barbara, California.

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Whatever the differences in their methods and goals, psychotherapy, existentialism, and Buddhism are concerned with the same fundamental issues of life and death and death-in-life. In this unique work, David Loy brings all three traditions together for the first time in a synthesis receptive to the insights of each, thereby casting fresh light on familiar problems.

Dr. Loy’s work grew out of the cross-fertilization of two basic ideas: the psychotherapeutic concept of repression and the Buddhist doctrine of nonself. Buddhism implies that our primal repression is not fear of death but the quite valid suspicion that “I” am not real. This shift from libido-instinct to the way we understand our situation opens up new perspectives and possibilities which this book explores.

Written in a clear, jargon-free style that does not assume prior familiarity with the topics discussed, this insightful book will appeal to a variety of readers including psychotherapists, psychoanalysts, psychologists, scholars of religion—particularly of Buddhism—Continental philosophers, and literary and culture critics.

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Is individual awakening crucial to reach social transformation?

This is an excerpt from the interview with David Loy at the Science and Nonduality Conference 2011 featured in the 3DVD set “Science and Nonduality Anthology Vol.3”.

David Loy, PhD, was the Best Family Chair Professor of Ethics/Religion and Society at Xavier University in Cincinnati from 2006 to 2010. His books include “Nonduality: A Study in Comparative Philosophy” (Yale University Press, 1988). He is an authorized teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan lineage of Zen Buddhism, where he completed formal koan training under Zen Master Yamada Koun Roshi.

David Loy: Society is Separating the Self from Nature

David Loy, author of Nonduality: A Study in Comparative Philosophy, argues that in establishing a separate self in a constructed civilization, we have grown disconnected from ecology and the natural world.

Eckhart Tolle: What do you believe in?

Eckhart Tolle: What do you believe in?
Deepening the Realization of Being

This clip is taken from a special edition of Eckhart Answers – 10 profound inquiries into the nature of fear, the mind, faith, aliveness and more.

This preview clip is pulled from the Question & Answer session entitled:
“What do you believe in?”

Overview: Eckhart differentiates between knowledge, faith, belief, and more.

“Life is a pure flame and we live by an invisible Sun.”
~Sir Thomas Brown

Certainly no other concept in the spiritual genesis of the soul is more misunderstood than the Angel of the Presence. The relationship between these luminous beings and the souls of humans have been matter of great questioning and are considered to be one of the bigger mysteries of Faith in many schools of knowledge and wisdom.

The Angel of the Presence, also known as the Solar Angel, is a highly evolved being; one that has completed various stages of initiation in various degrees. He is called into existence to guide the first twelve cells, or Lotus Petals that one day will bloom to be fully a self-realized and ascended soul, with its guidance and assistance. The Lotus is also called the “Chalice” or “Holy Grail”, and it has twelve distinctive luminous energies. When the Solar Angel builds the Chalice, the transcendent Ray of the Monad is conceived in this “womb” as the seed of the future human soul.

For love and for selfless service to the Logos of the Solar System, these angels were sent forth to assist the new Monads to anchor the higher energy from above to foster their extensions, and in turn, to manifest them to the realm of experience, or third dimensional planetary life.

“Matter is the Vehicle for the manifestation of Soul on this plane of existence and Soul is the Vehicle on a higher plane for the manifestation of Spirit and these three are a Trinity synthesized by Life, which pervades them all.”
– The Secret Doctrine, from Bailey’s The Soul and Its Mechanism,

Through the Law of Grace and with great compassion, our Solar Angels make a commitment to stay with these twelve soul extensions for eons, until we ourselves graduate from Earth School.

They are our fellow travelers, but with the differences that are given from millennia of previous evolution, with energies and responsibilities that go beyond what a mere human experience can encompass.

This guardian angel is called by various names. It is the Solar Angel, a radiant Being, the Meditator who is in continuous meditation trying to come in contact with the human soul. It is also called the Integrator, the bridge-builder between the human soul and his future glory.

Saint Peter called the Solar Angel, “Christ within you, and the hope of glory.” This expression is not referring to Christ, but to the One who changes you from within. Christ is the Solar Angel for the entire Humanity just as a Solar Angel serves an individual.

A “secret code” in Leaves of Morya’s Garden[1] indicates the passage through the Soul to Spirit, the Essential Divinity within:

Night fell. Christ was seated at a threshold. A scribe approached and asked: “Why dost thou sit in the passageway?” Christ answered: “Because I am the threshold of the Spirit. If thou wouldst pass, pass through me.”

This same message is given in the Biblical passage, “I am the way, the truth and the life: no one comes to the Father, but by me” (John 14:6); that is, by way of the Soul or Christ-consciousness.

“The disciple, having developed two divine aspects, the creative activity of the personality and the impersonal, inclusive love of the Soul, now approaches the highest aspect, the “Will, the Life, the Father, the Monad, the One.” [2]

The Solar Angels have many different names throughout different cultures, it is known in Psychology as the Super Consciousness, and elsewhere as the Inner Presence, the Solar Deva, Agnishvatta Pitri, Manasputra. Some psychologists have made some confusion about this concept; they think the Self in the human core is the Transpersonal Self, while the Transpersonal Self is the Solar Angel, not the human Self. The human Self is the Transcendental Self.

“The Presence of the Soul abides with me. I walk with God by night and day. I stand with God upon the ways of men; the shadow of His Presence, which is the Presence of my Soul, reveals the God on every hand, in every man. I see divinity on every hand in every form.”
– Discipleship in the New Age, Vol. I

In the Tibetan tradition of occult meditation, the way of contact with this Being is through the Vajrasattva Meditation and through the recitation of the ancient mantra with 49 devanagari letters used in Sanskrit and 26 roman letters. The Vajrasattva is known to be the white entity or deity that appears during the meditations as sitting above the mediator’s head.

The Solar Angels have their own lives on their own dimensional reality, thus they are considered to be the Fire Devas of the mental planes[3]. Their energies are strong enough to organize our physical, mental and spiritual bodies and keep them in perfect alignment. Even being master organizers and incubators of human souls, the Angels of the Presence are not “the human soul”. Solar Angels came and indwelled in man as Guides, and, for a long time, it was the Solar Angels which acted as man. The Monad was concealed, and the human soul was in preparation for birth.

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