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An exhaustive study of symbology–the science of symbols–and how symbols act on multiple levels of our experience

• Examines the role of symbol in a wide array of Eastern and Western sources

• Reveals how symbols form a language akin to music that allows one to grasp the universal order

If a person does not learn the grammar of a language, the best dictionary in the world cannot help him truly understand that language, much less speak it. This book explores the grammar as well as the principles and structures of symbology, the science of symbols. In distinction to symbolism, which explores the use of symbols, symbology examines the primal force that creates symbols that are able to act on multiple levels of our experience. Symbols not only link separate parts into a coherent whole but also link those who understand them in a sacred alliance.

René Alleau investigates diverse aspects of symbols in Eastern and Western philosophies as well as in African, Native American, and Australian cultures, both in ancient and modern times. Myth, he reveals, has been mistakenly identified by modern culture as fiction, when its true strength lies in the logic of analogy. The author then shows that nothing is closer to the language of symbols than music and that to enter the world of symbols is the attempt to grasp harmonic vibrations and learn the music of the universe. Just as there is a musical ear, there is also one sensitive to the primal force transmitted by symbol.

RENÉ ALLEAU is a philosopher and historian who has written extensively on alchemy, the occult sciences, and secret societies. The author of History of Occult Sciences and Aspects de l’alchimie traditionelle, he lives in
France.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

PART ONE
Questions of the Symbol
1. Origin and Semantics of the Word Symbol
2. Sign and Symbol

PART TWO
Analogy
3. The Experiential Origins of the Analogical Process
4. The Logic of Analogy

PART THREE
The Syntheme
5. The Synthematic Function of Symbolism

PART FOUR
Allegory
6. The Allegorical Function of Symbolism
7. Apologue, Fable, and Parable
8. Device and Emblem
9. Allegory and Iconology

PART FIVE
The Type
10. The Typological Function of Symbolism
11. The Divination and Symbolic Interpretation of the Cosmos
12. Myth and Rite
13. The Bourgeois Philosophy of the Symbol

APPENDICES
Contemporary Research in the Realm of the Interdisciplinary Study of Symbolism

1. A Letter from Ms. Claire Lejeune Concerning the History of the Journal Cahiers Internationaux de Symbolisme
2. General Symbology and the Exploration of the Imaginary
3. “The Universe of the Symbol” by Gilbert Durand

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An exploration of our fall from the pinnacle of human evolution 200,000 years ago and how we can begin our return

• Explores recent neurological and psychological research on the brain and the role of plant biochemistry in human brain expansion

• Explains how humanity’s prehistoric diet change led to a neuro-degenerative condition characterized by aggression and a fearful perception of the world

• Outlines a strategy of raw foods, tantric sexuality, shamanic practices, and entheogens to reverse our mental degeneration and restore our advanced abilities

Over a period of a million years the human brain expanded at an increasingly rapid rate, and then, 200,000 years ago, the expansion abruptly stopped. Modern science has overlooked this in order to maintain that we are at the pinnacle of our evolution. However, the halt in brain expansion explains not only recently uncovered anomalies within the human brain but also the global traditions of an earthly paradise lost and of humanity’s degeneration from our original state of perpetual wonder and joy.

Drawing on more than 20 years of research, authors Tony Wright and Graham Gynn explore how our modern brains are performing far below their potential and how we can unlock our higher abilities and return to the euphoria of Eden. They explain how for millions of years early forest-dwelling humans were primarily consuming the hormone-rich sex organs of plants–fruit–each containing a highly complex biochemical cocktail evolved to influence DNA transcription, rapid brain development, and elevated neural and pineal gland activity. Citing recent neurological and psychological studies, the authors explain how the loss of our symbiotic fruit-based diet led to a progressive neuro-degenerative condition characterized by aggressive behaviors, a fearful perception of the world, and the suppression of higher artistic, mathematical, and spiritual abilities.

The authors show how many shamanic and spiritual traditions were developed to counteract our decline. They outline a strategy of raw foods, tantric sexuality, shamanic practices, and entheogen use to reverse our degeneration, restore our connection with the plant world, and regain the bliss and peace of the brain of Eden.

Tony Wright is a consciousness researcher who studied horticulture and plant biochemistry at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh. Graham Gynn is an agricultural zoologist, educator, and researcher who has appeared on the BBC. Both authors live in Cornwall, England.

An Interview with Tony Wright

An Interview with Tony Wright (Author of the book ‘Left in the Dark’)

Tony discusses his theory of human evolution and explains how a unique form of symbiotic association with the hormonally rich sex organs of plants initiated a runaway expansion of the human brain resulting in rare traits such as high cognitive function and a profound sense of empathy.
The breakdown of that unique symbiotic association brought the phase of rapid neural expansion to a sudden halt. The rare traits that were dependent on maintaining the association began to erode as the human brain began to revert to a more typical mammalian type.

August starts with several planets in Gemini and the Moon about to enter Gemini, including Jupiter, Mars and Mercury. This keeps a lot of emphasis on our communication and the need to adapt to others

Saturn and Rahu are still in Libra, pressuring and strengthening out relationships

2013 August Vedic Astrology Forecast – Video


~ Monday Aug. 5 at 1:05 EDT (Sunday, Aug. 4 at 22:05 PDT)
Saturn aspects Moon in Cancer, in Punarvasu until Wednesday August 7 at 12:23 EDT

~ Tuesday Aug. 6 at 17:51 EDT (14:51 PDT)
New Moon (Aadi Amavasya) 1st phase

Moon in Cancer – Ashlesha (ends Aug. 7 at 19:17 EDT)

~ Sunday, Aug. 11 at 11:10 EDT (8:10 PDT)
Venus in Virgo, (debilitated) Uttara Phalguni

~ Monday, Aug. 12 at 5:35 EDT (2:35 PDT) Jupiter aspect & Saturn aspect Moon in Libra

~ Wed., Aug. 14 at 10:55 EDT (7:55 PDT)
Moon in Scorpio (Debilitated) Vishaka (Moon in Sagittarius Aug. 16 at 13:37 EDT Moola.)

~ Friday, Aug. 16 at 13:37 EDT (10:37 PDT)
Jupiter aspect and Saturn aspect
Moon in Sagittarius Moola.

~ Friday, Aug. 16 at 14:25 EDT (11:25 PDT)
Sun in Leo – Vishnupati

~ Sunday, Aug. 18 at 16:30 EDT (13:15 PDT)
Mars in Cancer at 16:15 EDT Punarvasu

~ Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 15:00 EDT (12 PM PDT)
Jupiter aspects to Moon in Aquarius Dhanishta

~ Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 00:52 EDT (21:52 PDT)
Full Moon – Aquarius, Dhanishta (ends Aug. 21 at 21:44 EDT)

~ Saturday, Aug. 24 at 22:13 EDT
Moon in Aries (19:13 PDT) Ashvini

~ Thursday, Aug. 29 at 19:30 EDT (16:30 PDT) Jupiter aspect: Moon in Gemini Thursday, Aug. 29 at 19:30 EDT (16:30 PDT) Mrigashira

Food is our most intimate and telling connection both with the living natural order and with our living cultural heritage. By eating the plants and animals of our earth, we literally incorporate them. It is also through this act of eating that we partake of our culture’s values and paradigms at the most primal levels. It is becoming increasingly obvious, however, that the choices we make about our food are leading to environmental degradation, enormous human health problems, and unimaginable cruelty toward our fellow creatures.

Incorporating systems theory, teachings from mythology and religions, and the human sciences, The World Peace Diet presents the outlines of a more empowering understanding of our world, based on a comprehension of the far-reaching implications of our food choices and the worldview those choices reflect and mandate. The author offers a set of universal principles for all people of conscience, from any religious tradition, that they can follow to reconnect with what we are eating, what was required to get it on our plate, and what happens after it leaves our plates.

The World Peace Diet suggests how we as a species might move our consciousness forward so that we can be more free, more intelligent, more loving, and happier in the choices we make.

Will Tuttle has a master’s degree in humanities from San Francisco State University and a Ph.D. in the philosophy of education from the University of California. A professional pianist and teacher, he has for the last thirteen years toured progressive churches, vegetarian and macrobiotic conferences, and intentional communities throughout the country. He trained in Korea as a Zen Buddhist monk and has worked extensively in Tai Chi, yoga, massage, and dance and movement. He lives in Healdsburg, California.

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The World Peace Diet

Uploaded on Jun 7, 2011

A presentation by Will Tuttle, Ph.D..

Dr. Will Tuttle will present the main ideas in his book, The World Peace Diet. It has been called one of the most important books of the 21st century: the foundation of a new society based on the truth of the interconnectedness of all life. It is the first book to make explicit the invisible connections between our meals and our broad range of problems psychological, social, and spiritual, as well as health and environmental. Dr. Tuttle offers powerful ways we can all experience healing and peace and contribute to a positive transformation of human consciousness.

Dr. Will Tuttle, acclaimed pianist, composer, educator, and author, has lectured and performed widely throughout North America and Europe. His doctorate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, focused on educating intuition in adults, and he has taught college courses in creativity, humanities, mythology, religion, and philosophy. He is a recipient of The Peace Abbey${q}s Courage of Conscience Award and is a Dharma Master in the Zen tradition. See worldpeacediet.org for more details.

Filming and editing by Dr William Harris M.D. on September 8, 2009 at Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse, Honolulu, Hawaii
Sponsored by: Vegetarian Society of Hawaii http://www.vsh.org

The Empty City is a story about awakening to universal truths and one’s true self. It is told in short episodes that describe a place, a dream, a question, a memory, a fantasy or an event. Urban explorer and lucid dreamer Brandon Minamoto discovers that outside his thoughts and emotions exists a world that is silent and open, surrounding him and everyone else. The silence starts picking him apart and makes him question his sense of self and his past. But behind all the noise and the stories, there is something constant and unchanging.

Berit Ellingsen is a Korean-Norwegian writer whose stories have appeared in several literary journals and anthologies, including SmokeLong Quarterly, Bluestem, Metazen, decomP, elimae, Unstuck, and others, and been translated into French and Portuguese. Berit was a semi-finalist in the Rose Metal Press Chapbook Competition in 2011 and her chapbook What Girls Really Think was published by Turtleneck Press in February 2012. Berit’s novel, The Empty City, is a story about silence (http://emptycitynovel.com).

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BERIT ELLINGSEN: Interview with Non duality magazine


The royal baby is the son of Son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, he was born on July 22nd 2013 at 4:27 pm in England. This horoscope is not to give any negative information on the baby, but rather positive so the parents the baby can live without the imprisonment of astrology and astrologers. The Royal Baby has a very powerful Raj yoga actually it’s a Maha Raj Yoga happening due to Sun and Moon mutual aspect for Scorpio ascendant. The baby has Sun in the 9th house and Moon in the 4th house while both are kendra and trikona lords. This creates a powerful Raj yoga and also increases the luck of the parents since Mother is represented by Moon and Father is represented by Sun. Predicting a baby’s horoscope, especially in a negative way is not only damaging to the parents but the astrologist as well.

If any astrologer psychologically effects the client or a person, the astrologer’s life can be suddenly cut short. I never do horoscopes of babies because for the first 7 years the baby is tied to mother’s karma, the next 7 years the baby is tied to his or her own karma from past life, only after that can baby start accumulating their own karma which will activate the cycle of planets.

These videos are based on the ancient science of Vedic Astrology known as Jyotish in India. These programs are to educate everyone on the importance and accuracy of astrology why it still matters. Astrology is not so easy to understand and it’s not that difficult to master. But, there are some methods that were lost in pop culture astrology known as daily, weekly, monthly and yearly horoscopes.

What I bring to the table is the truth about astrology and astronomy of India.

David Spero – Initiation and the Nature of the Absolute

Excerpt from a talk by Spiritual Master/Avatar David Spero

Within the Absolute arises Its own Power of Initiation. You might ask, “Why?” That’s like asking, “Why does the sun rise?” The answer is, it’s in Its nature to initiate, to fire out of Itself, to spread Its Glory. That’s the Nature of the Self, the “Self” meaning the Absolute Consciousness, the full Awareness of Being.

The Absolute often is wrongly assumed to have merely a void-like nature. There’s a tendency in certain spiritual discourses to reduce the Absolute to something that is merely silent, that “witnesses” and so forth. Such understandings are only partially true, for there is a void-like aspect to the Absolute. But to confine the Absolute with a description or by a description of just voidness, or nothingness, is to do injustice to It. Without Its Own Initiatory Power, Its Shakti –that arises from within Itself – It would remain separate from the Movement of Life. It would never come into Relativity.

Certainly, there is an aspect that always is transcendent to all relative functioning, within the Absolute, most certainly, but that quality does not define some kind of preferential nature about It. In other words, the Absolute does not have a bias towards its own unmanifest quality. It shines in, or flashes into, the Relative, where It insinuates Itself, where It causes humans like us to have an awakening about Its Nature, Its Transcendent, Glorified, Absolute Nature. And in that way we can, as living human beings also reside in that Condition, which transcends everything.

But certain schools have arisen, certain spiritual schools – you can call them “patriarchal schools of thought” – in which there is a motive present to separate out the Absolute completely from the world, to such an extent that they want to deny the world, deny the existence of a world, deny the reality of the world, deny the whole universe in fact. Why? Their rational is plain and simple: because it appears, because it exists. So there’s a bifurcation between Being and existence in these teachings, these patriarchal teachings where the Absolute is considered to be something on a scale that goes up and up and up and never comes down… Sound like “heaven?”

Does it sound like there’s a rift now between the physical and the spiritual? That’s exactly what these teachings are rooted in and what they are set out to accomplish in the world. They are non-feminine – or even better, anti-feminine teachings – anti-Shakti teachings, anti-Initiatory teachings. They are all about abiding in that quality of the Absolute which is beyond everything, which silences, nullifies or negates the active mind and encourages a kind of lifestyle based on that realization.

So you hear such proponents of these teachings talking about “no-mind” all the time, “no-body,” “no-self.” They’re “anti” all those things. Why? Because they are trying to run away from the suffering built into Embodiment. They don’t want to explore what Embodiment is, they want to deny It and get away from It, as fast and as far as possible – head for the hills! Because once you open up that key – the key into the door of Relative Life – it’s highly confusing to the linear mind, the mind that creates these sorts of hierarchical and highly prejudicial teachings in favor of a non-active Absolute.

If you want to understand what is animating Nature, what Nature is in relationship to Being, you must encounter the Shakti, which is Divine Energy. Just as the Absolute can be called Divine Nothingness, Shakti can be called Divine Energy. It’s animistic: it animates, enters into beings, and lives them. And the truth is that it’s really a side of the Absolute. It’s Its “shadow side,” it’s Its repressed side. It’s the side that goes in the opposite direction of total transcendence. It goes into total imminence, total Embodiment.

So the face God shines two ways: It shines toward Absolute Transcendent Nothingness and Relative Beingness – Body-Minds. It loves migrating into a Body-Mind. All of that is within the nature of the Absolute, via Its Initiatory Power. And it’s to that same Initiatory Power that we can come to recognize, as Embodied Beings, what our Transcendent Nature is as It tilts inward, and what our Relative Nature is as It expresses itself outward. That domain exists within the jurisdiction of Energy. So a full teaching would include both Absolute and Shakti-based, or Energy-based, understandings.

Overview

Yoga and Ayurveda
together form a complete approach for optimal health, vitality and higher awareness. Yoga & Ayurveda reveals to us the secret powers of the body, breath, senses, mind and chakras. More importantly, it unfolds transformational methods to work on them through diet, herbs asana, pranayama and meditation. This is the first book published in the West on these two extraordinary subjects and their interface. It has the power to change the lives of those who read and apply it.

Yoga and Ayurveda address our entire nature, our greater life as a spiritual and cosmic being. It examines the broader scope of Ayurveda, which includes not only physical health but also mental health and preparation for the spiritual life. Similarly it looks into the entire field of yoga, the science of raja yoga and its eight limbs. from asana to meditation. This book is meant for those who want to explore a deeper level of knowledge than what is usually described in introductory books on these subjects, which are commonly available. It discusses many details about the subtle and causal bodies and their energetics, including much more information not previously in print in English.

David Frawley is a Vedic teacher and educator with numerous books in several Vedic and Yogic fields published worldwide over the past thirty years. He is the founder and director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies in Santa Fe, New Mexico (www.vedanet.com), which offers courses and publications on Ayurvedic medicine, Yoga and meditation, and Vedic astrology. He is also involved in important research into ancient Vedic texts and is a well known modern exponent of Hinduism and Sanatana Dharma. His work is high respected in traditional circles in India, where he has received many awards, as well as influential in the West, where he is involved in many Vedic and Yogic schools, ashrams and associations.

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Dr David Frawley speaks at Punarnava Ayurveda’s International Ayurveda & Yoga Conference

At the 2nd International Ayurveda & Yoga conference in Rishikesh, India. Ayurveda – A complete yogic system of medicine by Dr David Frawley.

Where he also shares insights and in-depth experiences of these two Ancient Indian Knowledge Systems.

Time and again we hear reports from readers and students of our programs that “This is ‘It.’ This is what I’ve been looking for all these years. This is what I’ve long sought but until now have not been able to find.”

“It” is the subject of this book. Here are a few examples of the responses we get when we ask, “What is ‘It’?”

• a thread that weaves through the truths of other spiritual traditions and ties them all together;

• a nonintellectual means for obtaining spiritual fulfillment without cluttering the head with more and more information;

• that evolutionary piece of Spirit work that takes a person beyond concepts and knowledge to actually achieving the changes he or she seeks;

• a methodology that “amps” up the spiritual process;

• a perspective that heals the pain ego causes and gives us access to the authentic self;

• an experience in which you need do nothing to gain the whole world;

• a clear and simple way to apply your existing spiritual knowledge;

• the spiritual fountain of youth; once you experience it, you return to the place you’ve always wanted to be;

• a personalized, simple way of finding your true self by getting rid of the pain that ego has caused in your life;

• life changing, an experiential framework for understanding the world, and a structure on which to build one’s life;

• a life-transforming experience; once you’ve been through it, it is impossible to return to a life driven by ego.

Dr. David Mutchler

Dr. David Mutchler has earned degrees in education, philosophy, psychology, and social work, and conducted advanced studies in religion. The painful challenges he encountered on his own journey inspired his determined search for the source of, and resolution to, the troubles most people experience in their lives. During that search, David discovered that the answers lie in the spiritual realm, where ego raises wreaks havoc with our spiritual birthrights—joy, love, gratitude, and peace. An integrative thinker, he has brought his various studies and life experiences together in a unique perspective that has relevance to all who seek spiritual transformation.

Dr. David Mutchler has earned degrees in education, philosophy, psychology, and social work, and conducted advanced studies in religion. The painful challenges he encountered on his own journey inspired his determined search for the source of, and resolution to, the troubles most people experience in their lives. During that search, David discovered that the answers lie in the spiritual realm, where ego raises wreaks havoc with our spiritual birthrights—joy, love, gratitude, and peace. An integrative thinker, he has brought his various studies and life experiences together in a unique perspective that has relevance to all who seek spiritual transformation.
Two trademarks of David’s work are his insistence on the simplification of concepts that are typically thought to be both complex and esoteric, and his how-to approach to helping people assimilate and apply those concepts to bring more peace into their lives. He now devotes the majority of his time to writing, speaking, and leading weekend intensives as a spiritual teacher and guide. E-mail: dmutchler@beyondtheego.com.

Dr. David Mutchler on Eckhart Tolle, How Does One Do It?

Biography
Dr. David Mutchler is a pioneer in the field of spiritual transformation. While his professional journey led him through careers in education, mental health, and business, he has remained widely read and deeply interested in matters of the Spirit. Over the years he began to notice that much of his own spirituality was limited to “head knowledge,” a collection of concepts and techniques, sayings and stories, ideas and musings. While he could cite and recite various authors on a variety of spiritual subjects, his own personal challenges in life made him realize that he was not experiencing the peace and joy as fully in his heart as he was able to conceptualize in his thoughts.

It was after having read Eckhart Tolle’s works, but particularly his book “A New Earth,” that David—out of great respect and gratitude for the spiritual wisdom it conveyed—began asking the questions, “But how does one do it? How does one make it happen? How can such profound wisdom come to life in one’s heart to the extent that it becomes the spiritual compass for peace, joy, and love in oneself and toward others every moment of every day?”

Subsequently, he embarked on an intense journey inward to discover the answers to these gnawing questions. The result of that journey is a pathway to peace from which David has written four books and developed a highly sought after experiential workshop called “Awaken to Ego, Discover Your Spirit,” more commonly known as Awaken to Ego or ATE.

Worth noting is that Awaken to Ego is not a new spiritual practice that is likely to become yet one more piece of information that lodges itself in one’s head. It is a new dimension of spirituality itself, a personal experience that becomes the catalyst for spiritual transformation, a methodology that unlocks the deeper reaches of your own spiritual practices, whatever they happen to be. It addresses the spiritual healing of everyone, from beginners to those who have been on spiritual journeys for ten, twenty, thirty years, or more. As one spiritually seasoned student put it, “Just as Pinocchio turned from a wooden puppet into a real live boy, Awaken to Ego brings my spirituality to life in ways that I never dreamed possible.”

David has earned degrees in education, philosophy, psychology, and social work, and conducted advanced studies in religion. An integrative thinker, he has brought his various studies and life experiences together in a unique perspective that has relevance to all who seek spiritual transformation. He is the author of four books, Beyond the Ego, Lessons for Living Beyond the Ego, Non-Judgment Day Is Coming: Are You Ready?, and with co-author Elizabeth Beau, Fourteen Inches to Peace.

Publications
Two of the trademarks of David’s work are his insistence on the simplification of concepts that are typically thought to be both complex and esoteric, and his “how-to” approach to helping people assimilate and apply those concepts to bring more peace into their lives. David now devotes the majority of his time to writing, speaking, and leading weekend Intensives as a Spiritual teacher and guide.

Thales of Miletus (1) was born in Thebes in the year 625 BC and died in Athens, 547 BC, at age 78. He was a Greek philosopher, founder of the Ionian school and he was considered to be one of the Seven Sages of Greece. Mathematician, astronomer, and great thinker, Thales toured Egypt, where he conducted studies and was directly exposed to the mysteries of Egyptian spirituality/religion.

It is attributed to him the prediction of the solar eclipse in the year 585 BC, which was held an incredible feat. His mathematical talent was so unusual, it was able to establish accurately the height of the pyramids through the measuring of the shadow. Moreover, according to Herodotus, Thales of Miletus was the first mathematician to give a logical explanation for the occurrence of eclipses. Thales was the first to verify that the moon as in fact “illuminated” by the Sun, being the first one to count how many days a year was comprised of. According to Aristotle, this discovery was a landmark for the history of philosophy. Later, because his brilliant demonstrations of the geometric theorems, he was also regarded as the father of Geometry.

Once a sophist (2) approached Thales of Miletus, and sought to confuse him with difficult rhetoric questions. However, the sage Thales of Miletus was keen to the test because all the questions were answered without the slightest hesitation and with even greater accuracy:

1 – What is the oldest thing? – GOD, because it has always existed.

2 – What would it be the most beautiful thing? – THE UNIVERSE, because it is God’s work

3 – What is the greatest of all things? – SPACE, because it contains the entire Creation

4 – What is the most constant thing? – HOPE, because it remains in man after he has lost everything else.

5 – What is the best of all things? – VIRTUE, because without it there is nothing good.

6 – What is the fastest of all things? – THINKING, because in less than a minute can fly away and reach the end of the Universe.

7 – What would be the strongest of all things? – NEED, because it makes the man face all the dangers of life.

8 – What is the easiest of all things? – The act of giving advice

But when it came to answering the ninth question, the Greek Wiseman whispered a paradox. He gave an answer that was probably never understood by the mundane interlocutor.

The question was:

9 – What is the hardest of all things?

And the Thales of Miletus said: – To know thyself.

(1)He was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher from Miletus in Asia Minor, and one of the Seven Sages of Greece. Many, most notably Aristotle, regard him as the first philosopher in the Greek tradition

(2)Sophists were philosopher-teachers who traveled around Greek cities claiming to teach their students everything that was necessary to be successful in life including rhetoric and public speaking. Sophists taught their beliefs for a considerable price. Overall, Sophists identified as either agnostic or atheistic.

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Pub Date Oct 1, 2013

In One Mind, New York Times best-selling author Larry Dossey, M.D., proposes an inspiring view of consciousness that may reshape our destiny. Dossey’s premise is that all individual minds are part of an infinite, collective dimension of consciousness he calls the One Mind. This state—which we can all access—explains phenomena as diverse as epiphanies, creative breakthroughs, premonitions of danger or disaster, near-death experiences, communication with other species and with the dead, reincarnation, the movement of herds, flocks, and schools, and remote healing.

Dossey presents his theory in easily digestible, bite-sized vignettes. Through engaging stories, fascinating research, and brilliant insights from great thinkers throughout history, readers will explore the outer reaches of human consciousness, discover a new way to interpret the great mysteries of our experience, and learn how to develop the empathy necessary to engender more love, peace, and collective awareness. The result is a rich new understanding of what it means to be human and a renewed hope that we can successfully confront the challenges we face at this crossroads in human history.

Even before publication One Mind has drawn praise from the finest minds of our time. It has been heralded as “landmark,” “a brilliant synthesis,” a “magnum opus,” a “feast” of ideas, “compelling,” “gripping,” and “a major shift in our understanding of consciousness.”

Dr Larry Dossey, The One Mind – New Mexico

This distinguished Texas physician, deeply rooted in the scientific world, has become an internationally influential advocate of the role of the mind in health and the role of spirituality in healthcare. Bringing the experience of a practicing internist and the soul of a poet to the discourse, Dr. Larry Dossey offers panoramic insight into the nature and the future of medicine.

The impact of Dr. Dossey’s work has been remarkable. Before his book Healing Words was published in 1993, only three U.S. medical schools had courses devoted to exploring the role of religious practice and prayer in health; currently, nearly 80 medical schools have instituted such courses, many of which utilize Dr. Dossey’s works as textbooks. In his 1989 book Recovering the Soul, he introduced the concept of “nonlocal mind” — mind unconfined to the brain and body, mind spread infinitely throughout space and time. Since then, “nonlocal mind” has been adopted by many leading scientists as an emerging image of consciousness. Dr. Dossey’s ever-deepening explication of nonlocal mind provides a legitimate foundation for the merging of spirit and medicine. The ramifications of such a union are radical and call for no less than the reinvention of medicine.

One Mind, One Consciousness – when spirituality meets science – Dr Larry Dossey

Larry Dossey at Brother, Can You Spare a Paradigm?

Larry Dossey, MD, is an internal medicine physician, former Chief of Staff of Medical City Dallas Hospital, and former co-chairman of the Panel on Mind/Body Interventions, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health. He is executive editor of the peer-reviewed journal, Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing. He is the author of twelve books, which have been translated into twenty languages, on the role of consciousness and spirituality in health. His forthcoming book is “One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters.” He lectures around the world.

365 Daily Meditations on Freedom, Personal Transformation, Living Fully, and Much More, from the Man the Dalai Lama Described as “One of the Greatest Thinkers of the Age”

Jiddu Krishnamurti lived from 1895 to 1986, and is regarded as one of the greatest philosophical and spiritual figures of the 20th century. Krishnamurti claimed no allegiance to any caste, nationality, or religion, and was bound by no tradition. His purpose was to set humankind unconditionally free from the destructive limitations of conditioned mind….

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In 7 Secrets Of Shiva, Devdutt Pattanaik attempts to dissociate the symbolic form of Lord Shiva from his physical form, by providing a detailed analysis of the subjective and metaphysical aspects rather than the objective aspects.

Summary Of The Book

In 7 Secrets Of Shiva, Pattanaik begins his analysis of Hindu mythology by looking at the conflict between Western methodology and Hindu devotees. He states that when Western scholars and academicians examine Hindu mythological symbols such as the Shiva Linga, they are more concerned about the objective representation. Objectively it is a phallus, but subjectively it represents a mind that is unstirred and happy. Hindu devotees are more concerned with the latter explanation and therefore ignore the former during their worship.

In a similar style of analysis, Pattanaik goes on to decipher the seven forms of Lord Shiva. In the first chapter titled Lingeshwara, the author goes beyond the meaning of a phallic symbol. Instead, the Lingeshwara represents mental stimulation, happiness, and a focused mind. In the second chapter titled Bhairava, Lord Shiva’s form rids fear and predation. With the banishment of fear, the mind is able to continue on the path to inner happiness. In the third and fourth chapters titled Shankara and Bholenath, Shiva is portrayed as a householder and as the counterpart of the goddess Shakti.

Their union symbolises the propagation of the species. It also explains how the goddess attempts to get Shiva to participate in the material world. The fifth and sixth chapters are concerned with Shiva’s sons, Ganesha and Kartikeya. It explains how Ganesha removes scarcity, and promotes a good life, prosperity, and knowledge. Kartikeya wards off evil doers and predation. The final chapter is titled Nataraja, and it represents the universe’s movement. When Lord Shiva performed the Tandava, he was destroying the Universe. Apart from deciphering the symbolism behind Hindu mythology, Pattanaik has included illustrations, photographs, poster art, and blurbs to give readers a visual dimension to the explanation.

Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik is an author, entrepreneur, and Chief Belief Officer at the Future Group. He has authored over twenty books dealing with Hindu mythology. Some of these titles are 99 Thoughts of Ganesha, Hanuman-An Introduction, The Pregnant King, Indra Finds Happiness, Kama v/s Yama, The Goddess Of India, Jaya, The Book Of Kali, and Myth = Mithya.

Apart from writing, he has over fifteen years of experience as a medical doctor, working for companies such as Sanofi Aventis and Apollo Health Street. He has also worked with Ernst and Young as a Business Advisor. Pattanaik is currently an inspirational speaker and leadership coach at many organizations. Business Sutra and Shastrarth are TV shows that were hosted by him on CNBC TV-18 and CNBC Awaaz respectively. Pattanaik has written more than 25 books.

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The Dance of Shiva – Devdutt Pattanaik on The Nataraja

Cinematix presents a series of three short videos by well-known mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik on Shiva as Nataraja – the Lord of Dance.

This video talks about the symbolism in the idol of the Nataraja.

The Dance of Shiva – Devdutt Pattanaik on Impermanence & Dance

Awareness of the different elements of our conscious action and experience frees us from restricting attachments to them – from confining identification with anything we think, feel or do. This ‘Awareness Principle’ is both a liberatory life principle and a life practice of a sort long recognised in yogic philosophy. As well as being healing and freeing The Awareness Principle is also a new foundational principle for the sciences and religion – offering the sole possible philosophical basis for both a new Theology and a truly scientific ‘Theory of Everything’. For the most fundamental scientific fact is not the objective existence of a manifest universe but awareness of that universe. Peter Wilberg’s writings on ‘The Awareness Principle’ reaffirm and rearticulate in a new and clear way a centuries-old understanding of Hindu tantric philosophy – namely that the ‘1st Principle’ of the universe is not matter or energy but the innate potentials and power (Shakti) of pure awareness (Shiva).

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‘THE AWARENESS PRINCIPLE’ Q & A by Peter Wilberg
Questions and Answers

Q. What is ‘The Awareness Principle’?
A. A radical new philosophy of life, science and religion

If people get lost in thoughts, emotions or everyday activities, then they may be ‘conscious’ but they are not necessarily ‘aware’. Drawing on traditions of Indian thought ‘The Awareness Principle’ re-introduces a fundamental distinction between ‘consciousness’ and ‘awareness’. Consciousness’ is understood as awareness ‘of’ something. ‘Awareness’ on the other hand, is understood as consciousness as such – a consciousness distinct from all its contents. By learning to distinguish awareness from all contents of consciousness – whether mental, emotional, perceptual or somatic – we are freed from identification with these contents. ‘The Awareness Principle’ is therefore a liberatory life principle of a sort long recognised in yogic philosophy – one that offers a new foundation for healing both mental and bodily dis-ease. The Awareness Principle is also a new foundational principle for both the science and theology – a true ‘Theory of Everything’. For the most fundamental scientific ‘fact’ of all is not the ‘objective’ existence of a universe of bodies in space and time but an awareness of that universe. That awareness however – consciousness as such – can no more be explained by or reduced to anything we are conscious or aware of – whether matter, energy or the grey matter of our brains – than can dreaming as such be explained by something we happen to dream of. Instead awareness is – in principle – the ‘first principle’ of all that is or exists. Yet since awareness is not a ‘consciousness’ that is ‘yours’ or ‘mine’ – the private property of persons or a product of their brains – awareness can also be understood as the very essence of the Divine. Instead of arguing about the existence of God as some sort of ‘Supreme Being’ that merely ‘has’ consciousness, The Awareness Principle allows us to recognise that God IS consciousness – consciousness as such or ‘awareness’ – and that all things, all beings and all worlds are but individualised portions and expressions of that Singular and Supreme Awareness which IS ‘God’.

‘The Awareness Principle’ refines, re-interprets and clarifies understandings of the ultimate nature of reality stemming from traditional Indian religious philosophies and yogic practices – in particular the tradition of Indian philosophy known as ‘Kashmir Shaivism’. It arose by re-addressing the ‘big questions’ from and out of which this and other spiritual traditions and teachings of the past arose. In this way The Awareness Principle constitutes an original spiritual teaching in its own right – offering ‘new answers to big questions’, and yet doing in a way free or attachment or confinement to the specific cultures, religions, languages and symbols of all past spiritual traditions and teachings.

The most basic questions of all:

Question: How do you know that anything at all exists or ‘is’?

Answer: Only through an awarenessof it.

Question: How do you even know that you exist or ‘are’?

Answer: Only through an awarenessof being.
·Question: If this is so, how can that awareness be regarded as ‘yours’, or as the property of any person, being or thing that we only know of through that very awareness? teachings.

Answer: It cannot. The Awareness Principle is the principle that awareness cannot – in principle – be explained by or reduced to the property or product of anything of which IT is aware – any self or person, body or being – even a Supreme Being or ‘Being’ as such. On the contrary, every being is an individualised portion, expression and embodiment of a beginningless and boundless Awareness – a Universal Awareness Field that is beyond explanation.
Note: Since we only have direct evidence of the existence of things though subjective awareness, it follows that awareness or subjectivity is more primordial than ‘being’ or ‘existence’. The first principle of ‘The Awareness Principle’ is therefore that awareness as such is the 1st principle of the universe – the basis of all that is or exists.

Q. If we only know things through an awareness of them do they continue to exist when we are not aware of them?

A. Yes. This question carries with it the traditional Western assumption that awareness is something that ‘we’ possess as our private property. In reality each individual’s awareness is an individualised portion and expression of a universal awareness. This universal awareness does not cease to be aware of anything whether or not we are aware of it – for even the most seemingly insentient or inanimate ‘things’ are also individualised portions and expressions of it.

Q. Does that mean there is no such thing as an unaware or ‘insentient’ thing?

A. Yes. There is no such thing that is merely an insentient ‘object’ of consciousness. Instead every ‘thing’ is a distinct awareness in itself, though the awareness that constitutes that being may be more or less differentiated, and refined. Thus the portion of the universal awareness that manifests as a molecule or mineral form is both more primordial and less differentiated than that of a vegetable, animal, human or trans-human being.

Q. Are you saying that the things we perceive as objects are sentient beings which are just as much aware of us as we are of them?

A. Yes, though they do not perceive us and other things in the same way that we do.
Thus what we perceive as a ‘stone’, ‘tree’, ‘spider’, ‘cat’, ‘jellyfish’, ‘shark’ etc. may not correspond in any way to the way in which they perceive each other – or human beings. What the human being perceives as ‘a cat’ – or any nameable ‘object’ – is a product of our specifically human mode of perceptual awareness. In reality there is no such thing as a ‘tree’ or ‘cat’ – only our specifically human way of perceiving the type or ‘species’ of awareness that constitutes any other being.

Q. So there are such things as existing ‘beings’ – independent of our awareness?

A. Yes, so long as we understand that (1) a ‘being’ is essentially nothing but a specific shape or pattern of awareness, and (2) that whilst beings exist independent of our awareness they are each shapes taken by a universal awareness.

Q. What is ‘body awareness’?

A. Not an awareness produced by or belonging to the body but an awareness of the body.

Q. What is ‘self-awareness’?

A. Not an awareness belonging to the self but an awareness of self. Any and every self is ultimately but the self-expression and self-recognition of the universal awareness we call ‘God’.

Note: since our very knowledge that our self and our body ‘are’ or exist depends on an awareness of being and an awareness of body and self, it follows that that awareness cannot itself be the property of any selfor the product of any body or body part, such as the brain. The 2nd principle of ‘The Awareness Principle’ is that awareness cannot – in principle – be reduced to the property or product of any being, body or self there is an awareness of.

Q. What is ‘God’ and in what way does ‘God’ exist?

A. ‘God’ is not some existing and supreme being that has or possesses ‘awareness’. God is awareness – a universal awareness that individualises itself, and is the therefore the source of all beings – understood as individualised portions and expressions of it.

Note: Since the existence of any things or being, including a supreme ‘God-being’, assumes an awareness of its existence, follows that awareness itself must be considered as having a more primordial reality than any being – including a supreme ‘God-being’ – that we are aware of. Thus it is that awareness alone – a universal awareness and not an a awareness that is merely ‘yours’ or ‘mine’ – can be considered as the very essence of the divine – of ‘God’.

Q. What is ‘awareness’ itself?

A. A broader and more spacious consciousness field or ‘field consciousness’ – ultimately a universal consciousness field of which every thing and being is an individualised portion and expression.

Q. What is the difference between ‘awareness’ and what we call ‘consciousness’ ?

Ordinary consciousness is not field consciousness but a purely focal consciousness – attached to whatever it is we happen to be currently experiencing or aware ‘of’. As a field consciousness however, awareness on the other hand, embraces every possible element or focus of our conscious experience – whilst at the same time remaining absolutely distinct from them.

Q. What is the value of awareness?

A. Awareness is freedom – for being distinct from all that we do, say and experience it frees us from identification with any element of our experience – mental, physical or emotional, and therefore at the same time allows us to freely choose the focus

Note: The pure awareness of a thing or thought, sensation or emotion, impulse or action is not itself a thing or thought, sensation or emotion, impulse or action. Hence by simply recognising that the awareness of a troubling thought or emotion, for example, is not itself a thought or emotion, it ceases to be troublesome. For just as empty space is distinct from every possible object in it, so its pure awareness distinct from all its possible contents – from everything we are or could be aware of. Awareness, like space, both embraces and transcends everything experienced within it. Indeed it is by sensing and identifying with the emptiness of the space around things and around our bodies that we can come to experience space itself as a space or field of pure awareness. Doing so enables us to fully feel, affirm all that we experience within that field – whilst at the same time remaining absolutely free from attachment to each and every element of that experience.

Q. What can explain the existence of awareness itself?

A. Nothing (‘no-thing’) can explain the existence of awareness, since any ‘thing’ or ‘being’ we might think of as a cause or explanation ‘for’ it already assumes an awareness of that thing or being.

Q. How does everything we experience come to be or exist in the first place?

A. As creative expressions or manifestations of potentialities latent within the universal awareness – in the same way that a work of art is not something ‘caused’ but an expression or manifestation of potentialities latent in the artist’s ‘soul’. What defines the artist as a ‘being’ is that soul – which consists of nothing but a set of unique qualities and potentialities of awareness.

Note 1 This viewpoint differs from the idea that the universe was ‘created’ by a supreme being. This view doesn’t explain how that very ‘God-being’ itself came to be. And if we believe that ‘God’ is a being separate and apart from the universe it created, we effectively turn God into just one being or entity among others in the universe.

Note 2 The Awareness Principle also differs from the scientific view that the universe – and with it time and space themslves – ‘began’ with a ‘Big Bang’. Since the very idea of time and space ‘beginning’ at some point in time or space is illogical in principle, it is certainly not provable by experiment.

Note 3 There are three basic models of how things came to be:

1. The standard ‘Creationist’ model, which assumes the existence of the Creator Being – but does not explain how this Being itself came to be.

2. The Big Bang model, which illogically talks about time as if it could be something that itself ‘began’ in time – and offers no explanation of how the Big Bang itself came to be.

3. The Creative Expressionist model. This understands all actual things as creative expressions of potential shapes and qualities of awareness. This model does not assume the existence of a Creator Being – or of any being – for it understands beings themselves as expressions of potential shapes and qualities of awareness.

Q. How exactly does awareness give expression to all that exists?

A. The problem with this question therefore, is that the scientific world-view is so ingrained in people that they can only conceive of this ‘how’ except in terms of some sort of causal explanation. On the other hand, they do not think of asking themselves, for example, exactly ‘how’ their awareness of something expresses itself in words, thought and speech. The Awareness Principle offers an expressionist model of creation of a sort quite different, in principle, to causal models. For expression – as in speech – is something we experience directly. The need to ‘explain’ the ‘how’ of expression through some hidden causal mechanism that we don’t experience is a product of scientific brainwashing.

Q. What, ultimately, is ‘reality’?

A. Most people identify ‘reality’ solely with an awareness of actuality – with things that are actually present or existent. Yet the dimension of potentiality is no less real than the realm of the actual – indeed it is out of an awareness of the countless ever-changing potentials latent in each moment that all ‘real life’ actions and actualities emerge. Reality then does not consist ultimately of one ‘realm’ only, but of three realms of awareness – awareness of things actual and present, awareness of potential shapes and forms of awareness (‘beings’, and a third realm which belongs to the essence of life itself. This is the realm of ‘becoming’ – the very process of actualisation or ‘presencing’ by which potentialities and possibilities latent in awareness become actual or present – by which they come-to-be or ‘become’. Awareness alone and as such is ultimate reality – the three primary realms or dimensions of actuality or ‘being’, potentiality or ‘non-being’, and actualisation or ‘becoming’ being all dimensions of that ultimate reality – of awareness as such.

Q. What is ‘life’?

A. Life is an innate drive towards ‘actuality’ or ‘being’ latent within all potentialities, and propelling them towards ever greater and fuller ‘self-actualisation’ – not in the sense of actualising some actual and already existing self or being, but in the sense of allowing potentialities of awareness to manifest and take shape as countless different ‘beings’ or ‘selves’. In a nutshell then, life is an innate drive, will and power to be that expresses itself in all that is.

Q. What is ‘the meaning of life’?

A. Life is expression. As such, it has the essential character of being a type of ‘speech’. That means it is innately meaningful. The ‘meaning’ of life lies in the fact that every thing in our lives has an expressive meaning that addresses us in the same way that speech addressed to us does – calling for awareness and calling upon us also to respond.

Note: We can discover the meaning ‘of’ life only by being aware of how not just every word, but also every thing, person, situation, event and interaction in our lives – even the most seemingly insignificant or minor – already addresses and touches us in a meaningful way. This in turn allows us to come to an awareness of that meaning – not just the meaning it holds for us personally but its meaning for others, and also as an expression of universal truths. Yet we cannot find the meaning of life without also living life. That means accepting the unconditional demand that life places on us all – a demand not just to be aware of meaning in our lives but to respond to it – to respond to everything and everyone that addresses us in our lives, whether directly or indirectly. To do so requires the cultivation of a higher type of ‘response-ability’ – one that can only come from recognising both ourselves and every other being as a unique and therefore uniquely meaningful expression of the divine-universal awareness we call ‘God’, with all its infinite creative potentialities of expression. We are unconditionally called upon to be aware of all that addresses us and to creatively and expressively respond to it precisely in order to give expression to those potentialities – and thus to ‘live’ and ‘be’. Yet since we can, at any time and in any situation, choose whether and to what degree we allow events and people and questions themselves to address and touch us, and since we can also choose whether and with what degree of awareness and commitment we resolve to respond to them, the ultimate question that life and all that is poses to us is, ultimately, a single ethical question rather than a philosophical question alone. This single ethical question is whether or not we choose to recognise and respond to all the many questions that life and other beings constantly raise in us or leave us with. For it is through this choice that we decide whether ‘to be or not to be’, ‘to live or not to live’ – and determine also the degree of meaning in our lives.

Q. What is ‘death’?
A. We have more than one life in which to face and answer this ultimate question of life, and there are more worlds than one in which we face it. Just as birth is a form of expression, so is death – our rebirth into the multi-dimensional universe or ‘multiverse’ of awareness, one not restricted to the dimensions and expressions of awareness we perceive as ‘matter’, ‘energy’, ‘space’ and ‘time’.

Q. What is the universe ultimately ‘made of’?

A. “We are such stuff as dreams are made on.” (Shakespeare) As our dream images and sensations give expression to felt shapes, patterns, colours, tones and textures of awareness, so do all things. The universe is made up of elemental qualities of awareness – what we perceive as light, for example, being a manifestation of the light of awareness.

Some counter-questions and answers:

Q. How can there be such a thing as ‘awareness’ without things to be aware of? Doesn’t this question allow us to argue with the same force that the existence of those things comes first – or at least is as fundamental as awareness of them? Furthermore, by implying that awareness itself ‘is’ or ‘exists’ does it not follow that the principle of ‘Being’ or ‘Existence’ is more fundamental than ‘The Awareness Principle’?

A. Whilst awareness is indeed inseparable from things we are aware of it is also absolutely distinct from them (in the same way that space is both inseparable and yet also distinct from everything in it). In addition however, awareness embraces not just things that actually are or exist – the realm of Being or Existence – but also everything that is not but could be, the entire realm of potential being or reality as well as actual being or ‘existence’. Since the very ‘being’ of awareness is of a sort that embraces and partakes of the entire realm or reality of potentiality or ‘non-being’ it is a more encompassing principle than The Being Principle.

Q. How did awareness itself begin or come to be?

A. Time, like space is a dimension of awareness. To think of awareness as having a beginning or end makes no more sense than to think of space as having a location ‘in’ space, or time as such having a beginning or end ‘in’ time. Awareness, like time, is not itself anything ‘temporal’ – having a beginning or end – but instead is essentially timeless or time-transcendent – the true meaning of ‘eternal’.

Q. Isn’t there a simpler answer to how we know that anything exists – because our brains give us a picture of things through information picked up from our senses?

A. If everything we perceive consists of pictures produced by the brain, how can the senses pick up information from them in the first place? The idea that our brain produces pictures of things from our sense organs is as illogical as saying that a camera produces photographs through the light reflected off things – and then saying that those things are actually nothing but photographs produced by the camera! Then again, since both our sense organs and the brain itself are something we only know about through our perception of them, how can they be used to explain perception as such? Sense-perception is itself a specific mode of awareness – a patterned awareness of sensory qualities such as colour, sound, shape, warmth, texture etc. That does not mean that perception is a property or product of our brains and sense organs – or that sense organs prove to us that things exist ‘out there’. For our brains and sense organs are themselves things we know about only because we can perceive them. Perception is no more something ‘caused’ or ‘explained’ by things we perceive (including our brains and sense organs themselves) than can dreaming be caused or explained by some particular thing we dream of. Seeing, for example, cannot be explained by anything we see – including the eye.

Note: Brain science tries to replaces an older philosophical view that everything we perceive is ‘all in the mind’ with a new belief that ‘it’s all in the brain’. It can only do so however, by ruling the brain itself out of the very picture of reality that it is supposed to create. For since the brain itself is something we can only know about through studying our perceptual picture of it – or graphic pictures of brain activity – brain science ends up explaining how we perceive everything through one particular thing that we perceive – the brain itself as we perceive it, directly or through instruments. Far from offering any credible ‘scientific’ explanation of perception then, brain science effectively implies that reality is ‘all in the mind’ – consisting solely of perceptual pictures of the world created by the brain – which necessarily includes our picture of the brain itself. In contrast, The Awareness Principle recognises that sense-perception is itself a mode of awareness, and that our perceptual world cannot – in principle – be caused or explained by anything that we perceive or are aware of in that world – including the brain. On the contrary, everything we perceive – including our sense organs – is a shape taken by awareness – one that in turn gives a specific form and character to the univeral awareness. In the most general terms, The Awareness Principle states that awareness is everything – and that in turn everything is an awareness – a specific shape or pattern of awareness.

Q. Doesn’t physics tell us that behind all that we perceive with our senses are electro-magnetic energies, and that it is from these our brain creates images of ‘things’?
A. Yes, but remember that our sensory awareness gives us no evidence whatsoever of the existence of these ‘energies’, which are not ‘things in themselves’ but abstract concepts used by physics to explain things. And since all the concepts of physics refer to mathematical quantities they cannot – in principle – explain our subjective awareness of any sensory qualities at all – for example our awareness of qualities of colour or sound, taste or texture, or even such basic sensory qualities such as light and darkness or warmth and coolness. Sensory qualities that we take for granted as real through ‘the evidence of our senses’ – colour for example – actually have no place in what physics conceives as ‘objective’ reality. That is because no evidence for their existence can ever be found except as qualities of subjective experiencing. The quantities that physics deal with are like sums of money on a bank balance. We can use them to buy tangible things or order their production, but as mere numbers they cannot directly cause or create their sensory reality.

Q. If we don’t perceive through our sense organs why do we have them at all?

A. We do not see or hear because we have eyes and ears and other sense organs. We have eyes, ears and other sense organs because we are seeing, hearing and perceiving beings. Our brain and bodily sense organs are but the outward perceived form or embodiment of the different modes and patterns of perceptual awareness that define us as human beings. The universal awareness is an artist. Just as a great portrait can show us the unique qualities of awareness or ‘soul’ revealed through a person’s face and eyes, so is the human body as such and all its organs a fleshly portrait of the human soul – giving expression to the complex and sophisticated pattern of awareness that define us as a species of consciousness. We do not sense, think, feel, speak or perceive like human beings because we have brains. Instead the human brain and nervous system is a marvellous embodiment of the sophistication of human awareness, whether in the form of thought, feeling, speech or perception.

Q. Since what we see around us are things we can not only see or hear but touch, pick up and use in different ways, doesn’t this tell us they are real material objects and not images in the mind or brain – let alone mere sensory shapes and forms of awareness
?
A. All we know is that there are certain things which (unlike mental images or hallucinations) we can not only actually perceive (for example by seeing them) but also potentially perceive in other ways – for example by touching or tasting them. It is such things we regard as ‘material’ things. Yet that does not mean that ‘matter’ as such is any actual substance or ‘thing’. Instead what we think or conceive of as ‘material’ and not merely ‘mental’ is anything there is an awareness of being able to perceive in more ways than one. A ‘material’ thing is any actually perceived thing that can also potentially be perceived through other sensory modes. ‘Matter’ is that awareness of potential modes of perception referred to in the question itself: for example the awareness that something we see or hear can also – potentially – be touched and felt.

Peter Wilberg (born in London in 1952) is an independent thinker and author of ethnic German and Jewish-German background.

Though he holds an MA in Philosophy and Politics (Oxon, 1994) and in Humanistic Psychology (Antioch, 1980) he has since pursued his lifelong research, work and writing outside the framework of academia and without any form of institutional support or funding.

As well as writing, Peter Wilberg gives individualised philosophical and experiential counselling, mentoring, supervision, teaching, therapy, meditational training and ‘life doctoring’ at his U.K. home in Whitstable, Kent.

His work has given rise to a wide range of both original philosophical insights and pioneering practices in the areas of phenomenological science and research, therapeutic listening, existential and phenomenological medicine, consciousness studies, the nature of music and tonal awareness, semiotics, non-dual and focusing-oriented therapy, awareness-based ‘cognitive therapy’, aware and embodied relating, gnosticism, yoga and tantra – leading to both individual and shared, bi-personal meditational and metaphysical experiencing.

The philosophical foundation of Peter Wilberg’s work is a new ‘field-phenomenology’ that he calls ‘The Awareness Principle’. This is the recognition that awareness or ‘subjectivity’ has an essentially universal and field character. As such, it is neither the product of any thing or body nor the private property of any individual ‘subject’, ‘ego’ or ‘being’. Awareness, in other words, is nothing that is ‘yours’ or ‘mine’. Instead all bodies and all beings are individualised portions and expressions of potentialities latent in a universal awareness field – one that is the very essence of ‘the divine’. Every ‘being’ or ‘body’, ‘thing’ or ‘phenomenon’ therefore, is not just something we are or can be aware of. It also is an awareness or ‘consciousness’ in its own right -manifesting unique field-patterns and qualities of awareness latent in the universal awareness field that is its source. What is called ‘God’ then, is neither a being nor Being, but Awareness as such, all-ecompassing and all-pervading.

“The Being of all things that are recognised in Awareness in turn depends on Awareness.” – Sri Abhinavagupta

An internationally acclaimed theologian and member of the Dominican Order, Matthew Fox was forbidden to teach by then Cardinal Ratzinger in 1988 and was later dismissed from the order.

His experiences make him uniquely qualified to write about Pope Benedict XVI. Fox delivers a blistering indictment of Ratzinger, from his early career to his years as chief Inquisitor, from his protection of reactionary groups like Opus Dei to his role in covering up the pedophilia crisis. But Fox also sets forth his vision for a new Catholicism–one that is truly universal and celebrates critical thinking, diversity, and justice.

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360 Vision – Heretic Interview with Matthew Fox

Interview with Matthew Fox, the foremost exponent of “Creation Spirituality,” a movement that seeks to revitalize Christianity by embracing mysticism, feminism, social justice, ecological awareness and the shamanic traditions of indigenous peoples. Fox, an outspoken American priest and theologian, explains his controversial spiritual philosophy.

A New Pope and “The Most Corrupt Vatican Since the Borgias”

Matthew Fox (former Catholic priest) discusses the Vatican’s work with the CIA and it’s alliance with far right political forces and Pope Francis’ opposition to liberation theology in Latin America.

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