Halfway Up the Mountain: The Error of Premature Claims to Enlightenment by Mariana Caplan [updated Aug 26, 2013]

Halfway Up the Mountain boldly reveals the grave distortions and fraudulent claims to power that characterize the spiritual scene in our times. A synthesis of dozens of first hand interviews with renowned scholars, teachers and experts in the field combined with broad research and personal experience, Halfway Up the Mountain is a unique and necessary text in the field of spirituality. Original contributions from: Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Robert Svoboda, Chrisitina Grof, Joan Halifax, George Feurstein, Charles Tart, Joshu Kwong Roshi,…and many others.

This book is a thoughtful and insightful examination of the modern spiritual scene that helps readers avoid the pitfalls of such a precarious path.

Mariana Caplan addresses:
— Mistaking mystical experience for enlightenment
— Ego inflation, power, and corruption among spiritual leaders
— Questioning the need for a teacher
— “Real” teachers vs. “false” teachers
— The need to rest “enlightenment”
— Disillusionment on the path

Mariana Caplan, PhD, MFT, is a licensed psychotherapist, professor of yogic and transpersonal psychologies, and the author of seven books in the fields of psychology and spirituality, including, The Guru Question: The Perils and Awards of Choosing a Spiritual Teacher (Sounds True, 2011), Eyes Wide Open: Cultivating Discernment on the Spiritual Path (Sounds True, 2010), which won five national awards for best spiritual book of 2010, and the seminal Halfway Up the Mountain: the Error of Premature Claims to Enlightenment.

She has spent 20 years researching cutting edge and controversial topics in Western Spirituality, and dialoguing with the great spiritual teachers, scholars, and luminaries of our time. She is a leading spiritual psychologist, using somatic approaches to psychotherapy to support spiritual practitioners and teachers with the process of healing trauma and moving towards psycho-spiritual integration, and working with the complex discernment that arise in the context of spiritual practice and in spiritual communities.

She is an adjunct professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies where she creates and teaches innovative public and academic programs. She has degrees cultural anthropology, counseling psychology, and contemporary spirituality, and is a teacher, lifelong practitioner, and lover of yoga philosophy and asana.

Mariana resides in the San Francisco Bay Area where she has a private psychotherapy practice, and ecstatically enjoys her life as a new mom.

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Mariana Caplan – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Mariana Caplan – 2nd Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

In this second interview, we discuss yoga and psychology, among other topics.

Mariana Caplan, PhD, MFT, is a licensed psychotherapist, professor of yogic and transpersonal psychologies, and the author of seven books in the fields of psychology and spirituality, including, The Guru Question: The Perils and Rewards of Choosing a Spiritual Teacher (Sounds True, 2011), Eyes Wide Open: Cultivating Discernment on the Spiritual Path (Sounds True, 2010), which won five national awards for best spiritual book of 2010, and the seminal Halfway Up the Mountain: the Error of Premature Claims to Enlightenment.

She has spent 20 years researching cutting edge and controversial topics in Western Spirituality, and dialoguing with the great spiritual teachers, scholars, and luminaries of our time. She is a leading spiritual psychologist, using somatic approaches to psychotherapy to support spiritual practitioners and teachers with the process of healing trauma and moving towards psychospiritual integration, and working with the complex discernments that arise in the context of spiritual practice and in spiritual communities.

She is an adjunct professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies where she creates and teaches innovative public and academic programs. She has degrees cultural anthropology, counseling psychology, and contemporary spirituality, and is a teacher, lifelong practitioner, and lover of yoga philosophy and asana.

Mariana resides in the San Francisco Bay Area where she has a private psychotherapy practice, and ecstatically enjoys her life as a new mom.

Interview recorded 1/6/2013


1. How do I know if Enlightenment has happened? – Sadhguru answers 2. What is Enlightenment? 3. How do I Become Enlightened?

How do I know if Enlightenment has happened? – Sadhguru answers

Sadhguru explains that if enlightenment happens it will be so clear that it’s not something one can miss.

What is Enlightenment? Sadhguru

A seeker asks Sadhguru what enlightenment is. Sadhguru discusses various aspects of what it means to be enlightened.

How do I Become Enlightened? Sadhguru

A seeker asks Sadhguru what they should do to become enlightened. Sadhguru explains that enlightenment is not an achievement, it’s a homecoming

Urban Monk: Exploring Karma, Consciousness, and the Divine by Gadadhara Pandit Dasa (Author)

From the hills of Hollywood to the sacred soil of India and the chic avenues of the East Village of New York City, Gadadhara Pandit Dasa has found himself at the nexus of the spiritual bridge between East and West. In Urban Monk, Pandit speaks to the loneliness, emptiness and vulnerability of our post-modern society through his remarkable journey into the life of a monk. Through his open-hearted and open-minded exploration of some of the most vital concepts of our contemporary spirituality, Pandit shares the deep wisdom of the East and its intimate and universal connection to our global experience. Urban Monk is the story of a rare and courageous soul who has timeless wisdom to share for the uncertain ways and paths of the 21st Century.

Gadadhara Pandit Dasa (also known as Pandit) is a monk, lecturer and the first-ever Hindu chaplain for Columbia University, New York University, and Union Theological Seminary. He speaks at the nation’s leading universities, yoga studios, and retreat centers, inspiring audiences with India’s spiritual wisdom. His unique approach combines teachings of the ancient classic, Bhagavad Gita, with popular Hollywood movies. Pandit spoke at a recent TEDx conference at Columbia University and was featured in the NPR piece “Long Days and Short Nights of a Hindu Monk.” He appeared in the PBS Documentary on the Bhagavad Gita, as well as The New York Times. He is also a regular contributor for the Huffington Post.

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Pandit on Love: Service and Sacrifice Without Expectation –

Gadadhara Pandit Dasa is the Hindu chaplain at NYU and Columbia. He recently published his first book called, “Urban Monk: Exploring Karma, Consciousness, and the Divine.” If you’re interested in learning more about Hinduism, this is a great story about a kid growing up in LA who found inner peace in a Hindu monastery, ultimately settling down as a monk in New York City. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Pandit to talk about love. You can learn more about Pandit on his website or by following him on Twitter. –

Source: http://wisdomoflove.org/2013/08/12/pandit-on-love-service-and-sacrifice-without-expectation/

1. Shekhar Kapur asks Sadhguru about “After Death” 2. What happens when a person dies? Sadhguru

Shekhar Kapur asks Sadhguru about “After Death”

What happens when a person dies? Sadhguru

Sadhguru gives details of the process of dying, the pranic body, and what happens at the time of death.

The Nonviolent Life by John Dear

“How can we become people of nonviolence and help the world become more nonviolent? What does it mean to be a person of active nonviolence? How can we help build a global grassroots movement of nonviolence to disarm the world, relieve unjust human suffering, make a more just society and protect creation and all creatures? What is a nonviolent life?”

These are the questions John Dear, Nobel Peace Prize nominee and Pace e Bene staff member poses in his latest book The Nonviolent Life, available in September. He focuses on three important aspects on the path toward becoming people of nonviolence – being nonviolent toward ourselves; being nonviolent to all others (including creation and creatures); and joining the global grassroots movement of nonviolence. After thirty years of preaching the Gospel of nonviolence John says he has never found a book that completely captures these crucial elements of nonviolent living. According to John, “most people pick one or two of these dimensions, but few do all three. To become a fully rounded, three dimensional person of nonviolence we need to do all three simultaneously.”

In this book, John proposes a simple vision of nonviolence that everyone can aspire to. Order your copy today and journey with John along the path of the nonviolent life.

John Dear is an internationally known voice for peace and nonviolence. He is a popular speaker, peacemaker, organizer, lecturer, retreat leader, and the author/editor of 30 books. John has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize after having participated in nonviolent campaigns for three decades resulting in over 75 arrests and more than a year of his life spent in jail.

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John Dear, S.J. on Spiritual Activism

Rev. John Dear, S.J. is a priest, pastor, social activist and author. He is the former co-chair of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, and following the events of 9/11, he coordinated the pastoral counseling of victims and bereaved family members. At the May 2006 Conference on Spiritual Activism in Washington, D.C., he spoke about the need for a socially engaged nonviolent movement to revitalize American spiritual and political life.

The Spiritual Science of Emma Curtis Hopkins :12 Lessons to a New Transcendent You ~ Rev. Ruth L. Miller, Ph.D.

Delve deep into the eternal truths behind “teacher of teachers” Emma Curtis Hopkins’ ideas in this guide to harnessing your inner power to gain a greater understanding of the spiritual world around you.

In the latest addition to the popular Library of Hidden Knowledge series, Dr. Ruth Miller reveals the fundamental truths behind the work of a truly great spiritual thinker and philosopher. Emma Curtis Hopkins, a late-nineteenth century American spiritual leader and author, developed some illuminating and influential ideas about healing, the soul’s relationship with God, and life’s spiritual stages. Integrating current scientific, spiritual, and cultural understandings for modern-day interpretations, Miller helps you dig deep into Hopkins’ influential essay Esoteric Philosophy in Spiritual Science and summarizes her twelve lessons for exploring one’s spirituality.

Alongside the original text, this book presents an easy-to-read, updated version of Hopkins’ most inspiring works, connecting old principles to the modern world. It also illuminates Hopkins’ core message by guiding you through exercises and summary points of each essay. Drawing on religions and philosophies from around the world, The Spiritual Science of Emma Curtis Hopkins will shift your thinking from passive acceptance to practical application of this leader’s transformative ideas. Release your inner wisdom; cultivate spiritual power.

Dr. Miller served as Associate Professor and Director of the Cybernetic Systems Program at San Jose State University and as Director of Curriculum & Evaluation for Rogue Community College. She has led countless workshops on new paradigms, systems thinking and futures research, and has served as adjunct faculty at Antioch University-Seattle, Marylhurst University, Portland State University, as well as the Living Enrichment Institute, and New West Seminary.

After years of research into the nature of consciousness, Dr. Miller found she could no longer ignore the spirit. She became coordinator for Adult Religious Education in a small-town Methodist church while helping to found a Unitarian-Universalist fellowship there. In the process, she began a series of courses that would lead to ordination. She was ordained in the New Thought tradition and became the pastor of the Lifeways Center in Portland, Oregon, then interim Assistant at Unity of Beaverton.

She is currently a “circuit riding preacher,” serving New Thought and Unitarian-Universalist churches in Oregon, Washington, and California.

Earth Laughs In Flowers: Finding Intelligent Life On Earth-Right Under Our Noses by Kirsten Hartley (Author)

For centuries, keen gardeners have talked to their plants and flowers-and often been laughed at. These days, studies into molecular chemistry and quantum physics have opened pathways to greater understanding of the environment they live in, how plants communicate with each other -and even with us. Kirsten Hartley graduated as a naturopathic herbalist and found her studies into the natural world of energetic medicine had only just begun. She started a fascinating journey using the stepping stones of ancient understanding of the natural world, coupled with modern science, searching for the key to unlocking nature’s multiple secrets.

Kirsten Hartley graduated in 1999, having studied under the legendary Australian herbalist Dorothy Hall. Her practice and further studies into energetic medicine started with herbal materia medica and went on to include Bach flowers, Australian bush flowers, and pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils. Her fascination with living plant energies and their ability to effect profound change in the human body, mind, and spirit is a continuing journey.

Kirsten Hartley is also an accomplished corporate executive, with over thirty years’ experience in retail, marketing, and business administration. She has a special interest in assisting and mentoring women in business and is a tireless connector and networker. Kirsten was born near London, England, and spent her childhood there until her parents moved the family to Australia in 1970. Kirsten currently lives in Sydney and has twin sons and one grandson.

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A journey of thoughts with Dr Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra is an Indian-born American physician, a holistic health/New Age guru, and the most famous of America’s alternative medicine practitioners. Chopra has taught at the medical schools of Tufts University, Boston University and Harvard University. In 1985, Chopra met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who invited him to study Ayurveda.

Chopra has written more than 70 books, including 21 New York Times bestsellers. His books have been translated into 35 languages and sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. Chopra has received many awards, including the Oceana Award (2009), the Cinequest Life of a Maverick Award (2010), Humanitarian Starlite Award (2010), and the GOI Peace Award (2010).

The Kingdom of Heaven within The Holy Book of the Great Invisible Spirit ☺ A Spiritual Transformation ~ By Sanetha

The spiritual subject of past lives and reincarnation is highly controversial. Most religions don’t believe it, and science cannot prove it yet.

This book is an “energy healing communication” with a DNA surprise, assisting you to integrate and understand the deep-seated truths about who you are and where you came from. The information explains what is happening to us, the earth, and the universe, and what one needs to do to adapt to the new energies on the planet at this time and for the years to come.

These pages contain a profound message with the new energy–a message that I have delivered many times over my many lifetimes. Who am I? and Where do I come from? are questions that have been on the minds of everyone since the beginning. These thoughts are imprinted in our basic DNA.

When I became aware of who I was in the previous lifetime just before this one (less than five months between lives)–my newfound identity propelled me into the search for the answers to the questions gnawing at my soul. Each answer provided new questions, leading me down the enlightened path to an encounter with the “Grand Divine Plan,” delivering a message of peace and preparation.

We all have gifts and abilities unimaginable, ready for anyone who walks through the door.

My search brought me into an awareness of knowing many of my past lives. It also revealed that my purpose of discovering was not about who I was, but that I would write about past lives and reincarnation at a time on the planet when this information would be so needed.

SANETHA (Annette Renee Moreland nee Elgersma)–a very old soul, spiritual guide, author, interpreter, healer and founder of Sanetha’s Soulgenic Healing. She discovered who she was in her previous life, less than five months before incarnating into her current life while also discovering her ability to write her first book was coming from several of her past life experiences.

“We all have gifts and abilities unimaginable, ready for anyone who is ready to claim them”,said Sanetha who received this name from a higher source while writing this book. Sanetha is a combination of her name in this life, Annetta and some names from her previous lifetimes.

Her search brought her into an awareness of knowing many of her past lives revealing that her purpose was not about who she was in that life, but that she would write about past lives and reincarnation with a DNA surprise helping others at a time on the planet when this information would be so needed.

Her new found identity propelled her into a search for the answers while each answer provided new questions, leading her down the enlightened path to an encounter with the “Grand Divine Plan”. Dedicated to her first born son who suddenly transitioned to his spirit form in the midst of the book’s conception on the tenth anniversary of “911”. A mother’s unconditional love never dies and so she discovers nor did his spirit — as they come together delivering this message of pure truth.

Currently co-writing a second book as a follow up book of questions and answers–also the “soul” writer of a third book about all of her lifetimes – Sanetha’s Soul Journey.

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Listen here as SANETHA SPEAKS:on Enlightening Radio

Allow Your Light to Fill the Darkness: A Primer to Living the Light within Us According to the Tao by Daniel Frank

How do we recognize error in our thinking? How can we enjoy the spiritual benefits of practicing our religion while not condemning the religion of others? These questions, and so much more, are addressed in the eighty-one commentaries included in this book. These commentaries refer to, but are independent of, the illuminating and compelling essay collection about Lao-tzu’s Tao Te Ching, as voiced in Change Your Thoughts—Change Your Life by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer.

Living “right,” according to the Tao, anticipates that we have both the understanding needed to make right choices and the knowledge to recognize the types of behavior that are important for us to change. However, of equal or greater significance to these skills are the feelings that drive our internal motivation at our center. Many of us need to learn the life lessons that keep popping up as issues in our lives. They keep resurfacing again and again until we finally recognize the lessons and actually learn them. We know we have really been learning our lessons when we notice that our intentions are genuinely beginning to change. Not learning them holds us hostage and keeps us repeating the same dumb behavior.

Each commentary has at least one labeled graphic that represents one or more aspect of the main idea of each section. The purpose of these graphics is to provide visualization for what otherwise might remain more abstract . We have absolutely no concept of how the connections we feel and know to be real actually come about, between ourselves and others, between us and the happenings of life, or between us and God. We often describe these feelings or experiences as resulting from some type of energy, but what might that really mean? Reflecting this unexplainable, invisible, but vital connection on the written page through symbolism provides our minds with a crutch to assist understanding and recall.

Although the illustrations as drawn may have little or no basis in the facts, as they are accepted today, or even as new discoveries may reveal, the understanding of the concepts that develop through their use helps us apply the “gems” that Lao-tzu speaks of in the Tao, to our lives.

With a modest upbringing and supportive parents, Daniel Frank completed his teacher training at the age of eighteen and started his nonstop forty-two-year teaching career the following year. He acquired his BA and BEd while working full time. In January of 1978, his interests led him to a course offered at the local secondary school based on the book How Should We Then Live? by Francis A. Schaeffer, a “theologian and philosopher . . . [with] forty years of intensive study of humanism and Christian truths” It stirred something within him to search for more answers to the question asked by the title of Schaeffer’s book. Although many of the authors he has read to date have contributed to the view of God he holds today, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer tops the list.

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The Death Transition: Second Edition by Cliff Aguirre

Death has always been a misunderstood subject, feared as the final demise of one’s consciousness. But, death is simply the movement of consciousness from one reality to another. There is no end to your existence. The Death Transition is a book that answers questions on pre-death and after-death experiences. It describes step-by-step experiences which will be encountered by an individual upon death. A book for readers who are curious about the destiny of their existence after physical death.

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Your Brain is a River Not a Rock by Dr Fred Travis

In his recently published book, Your Brain is a River Not a Rock, Dr Travis details the whole truth of brain development throughout life, the possibility of culturing your full mental potential, and the reality of living in higher states of consciousness.

In the Preface of his book, Dr Travis writes:
“The brain is the interface between us and our world. We see the world; we make meaning of our experience; we respond to the world through brain functioning. And the brain is not set in stone. The circuits in the brain are continuously sculpted by experience….’Your Brain is a River, not a Rock’ gives you the information to choose experiences that will support greater growth and success.”

Dr. Fred Travis received his Masters and PhD in Psychology from Maharishi University of Management in 1988. He had a two-year post-doctoral position at UC Davis and the VA Medical Center in Martinez, CA with Dr. Irwin Feinberg exploring brain changes during sleep. At the conclusion of his post-doctoral position in 1990, he returned to Maharishi University of Management to direct research at the Center for Brain, Consciousness and Cognition.

Since 1990, he has authored 57 papers and conference presentations that investigate the relation between brain patterns, conscious processes, states of consciousness and meditation practice. His recent work has reported brain patterns of world class performers—athletes who have received gold medals in World Games, National Game or the Olympics; top-level managers; and professional musicians. He regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, gives seminars, and speaks at conferences on brain development in children and across the lifespan.

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Brain Plasticity and Transcendental Meditation with Dr Fred Travis

Dr Fred Travis explains what happens to the brain when someone practices the Transcendental Meditation technique.

All experiences changes the brain and nothing changes the brain like transcending.

Fred Travis: Mr Lynch and Dr Hagelin gave a very compelling image of a Unified Field at the basis of our thought, at the basis of our behavior and these compelling images have concrete reality in the functioning of our brain. The quality of the functioning of your brain determines the quality of the functioning of your mind.

If you want a creative mind you need a creative brain. If you want a calm and alert mind you need a restful and alert brain. This relationship goes the other way as well – the brain not only generates experience but also each experience we have changes the brain.

Every time you see something, you hear something the words now going into your ears are creating this cascade of electrical activity in your brain. Individual neuron by individual neuron is sending the information and you have as if these connecting hands, we have this delicate network over your brain and that’s what lets you see. That’s what lets you decide and every time you have an experience that network gets a little stronger.

Your brain is a RIVER it’s not a ROCK. Indeed 70% of your brain cells change every day. What we have here is an example of 2 dendrites. Dendrites are where one cell takes in information and these little bumps that you see are called dendritic spines, this is where one neuron is communicating with this neuron. You have 100 billion neurons in your brain, each one get input from about 10,000 other neurons every second. You could imagine getting 10,000 phone calls every second and trying to integrate it together into one coherent output.

One of the most research ways to improve holistic brain function is through practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique.

So, Now We Are Awake, Are We Going To Save The Planet?

Published on Jul 22, 2013

So, Now We Are Awake, Are We Going To Save The Planet?’ with Elisabet Sahtouris, Will Pye and Jeff Warren. Moderated by Iain and Renate McNay

There is often a reluctance for those who have attained a level of awakening to be interested in worldly concerns. The planet is rapidly approaching a man-made crisis. Do we care? What does being awake mean on a practical basis when it comes to our custodianship of the planet?

Beyond Recovery: Nonduality and the Twelve Steps By Fred Davis

BEYOND RECOVERY offers the tools that we can use to move on from mere abstinence to the natural freedom that is our true nature.

Rupert Spira writes in the foreword, ‘Beyond Recovery’s real quality lies in the honest, humorous and warm-hearted ways in which Fred explores and exposes the complex patterns of avoidance and denial that characterise the resisting, seeking self and the non-judgmental way in which he describes it. Drawing on numerous examples from his own colourful life, he speaks with passion and humility of a path that started for him as an obsessive search for happiness in the acquisition of objects, relationships and states, evolved through addiction, recovery, spiritual seeking and self-enquiry, and continues in an ever-deepening surrender to the undeniable, unnameable reality of what eternally is.’

FRED DAVIS studied and practiced Eastern wisdom for twenty-five years prior to 2006, when his seeking ended, and his true awakening commenced. He is the creator and editor of Awakening Clarity, and author of Beyond Recovery: Nonduality and the Twelve Steps, published in 2012 by Non-Duality Press. His online teaching, which has reached four continents, specializes in a method of Direct Pointing that encourages immediate recognition of our true nature. He is also a frequent reviewer of spiritual titles on Amazon. His work has appeared on Advaita Vision, Nonduality Living, and Nondual Highlights. He is very happily married, loves cats, dogs, and birds, and lives as a chiefly ignored, urban hermit deep in the heart of the American South.

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Interview with Fred Davis

Published on Jan 5, 2013

FRED DAVIS’s blog is Awakening Clarity. He studied and practiced Eastern wisdom for twenty-five years prior to 2006, when his seeking ended, and his true awakening commenced. He is the creator and editor of Awakening Clarity, editor of Beyond-Recovery.org, and author of Beyond Recovery: Nonduality and the Twelve Steps, published by Non-Duality Press. He is also a frequent reviewer of spiritual titles on Amazon. His work has appeared on Advaita Vision and Nonduality Living, and shows up frequently in Nondual Highlights. He is very happily married, loves cats, dogs, and birds, and lives as a chiefly ignored, urban hermit deep in the heart of the American South.

Awakening Clarity: http://awakeningclarity.blogspot.ca/

I Am the Word: A Guide to the Consciousness of Man’s Self in a Transitioning Time ~ Paul Selig

You are the first in a generation of conscious beings coming into form and you will make it possible for those that follow to exist more easily in the higher frequencies that are now available. This is a gift, but this is a massive change. It’s a tidal wave of light ascending into you as you ascend into it.-

~ From I Am the Word, a channeled text by Paul Selig

The channeled Guides of I Am the Word provide a concise and immensely powerful program in self-awareness that can ease negative complexes and align your existence with its highest purpose.

Humanity has lost itself. Both as individuals and as a world culture, we have forgotten our true nature. In I Am the Word, writer and medium Paul Selig has recorded an extraordinary program for self- realization, as dispensed through beings of higher intelligence, sometimes called Guides or Ascended Masters. These figures seek, as they have in the past, to assist men and women in discovering the higher, purposeful nature-or “Christed Self”-that lies dormant within us all.

In a series of enticing, irresistibly practical dialogues, the Guides of I Am the Word identify the emotional “boulders” that displace our authentic selves and consume our potential. The Guides provide to-the-point psychological and existential insights, along with self-developing exercises and affirmations, which begin to strip away residues of fear, self-doubt, and self-suffocating habits.

Paul Selig is a writer, teacher, and medium living in New York City, where he has led channeled energy groups for more than fifteen years. He is the director of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Goddard College and serves on the play writing faculty of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. His work for the stage has been produced internationally and includes plays, operas, solo performance work, and text for dance. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“Paul And the Word” is a documentary produced by Crow Digital Media, telling the story of psychic and channel Paul Selig who hears messages from a collective of divine beings calling themselves simply “the Word.”

Paul’s story is inspiring and fascinating but what his Guide’s have to tell us about the future of humanity and the potential for the spiritual evolution of everyone and everything on planet Earth is both beautiful and challenging. The choice is ours.

Also now would be a good time to read the book “I Am the Word” (available through Amazon and as a Google E-Book) which was in fact totally delivered to Paul through channeling from the Guides…so it’s very much their book and teachings.

Documentary: Paul & The Word

This documentary explores the divine evolution of the human race and our planet through the experiences of New York based psychic, empath and channel Paul Selig. Paul describes himself as an ordinary guy that has developed an ability to hear and repeat guidance from divine beings calling themselves simply “the Word” which they define as God in action.

Waking Universe: Paul Selig & I Am The Word

Published on Sep 25, 2012

“Hi, I’m another version of you.”

My unlikely conversation with Paul Selig, respected playwright, professor of dramatic writing at NYU’s Tisch University, author of best selling channeled material, star of the new show The UnExplained on Biography channel, caretaker of a flop eared dog named Darla and generally all around good guy. In Paul, I found someone who had reminded me of that early defining dream, of the magic and wonder we surpress and choose to forget so often.

His work inspired me to take a leap. I determined to do what I had been mulling for awhile… a new t.v. show. So I invited him out to Los Angeles for an interview and something totally different for me. A brand new experiment… a television version of my newborn blog Waking Universe.

To my great surprise, Paul graciously took me up on the offer and the result is the video above.

Paul is the author of the channeled books “I Am The Word” and “Book of Love and Creation”. He discusses his process, his history and the way we can become more ourselves and authentically at peace at any moment of our lives.

Personal and planetary evolution- Live channeling with Paul Selig, New York city

In his breakthrough work of channeled literature, I Am the Word, author and medium Paul Selig recorded an extraordinary program for personal and planetary evolution as humankind awakens to its own divine nature. I Am the Word is an energetic transmission that works directly on its readers to bring them into alignment with the frequency of the Word, which Paul’s guides call the energy of “God in Action.”

Paul was born in New York City and received his Master’s Degree from Yale. He had a spiritual experience in 1987 that left him clairvoyant. As a way to gain a context for what he was beginning to experience, he studied a form of energy healing, working at Marianne Williamson’s Manhattan Center for Living and in private practice. In the process, he began to “hear” for his clients, and much of Paul’s work now is as a clairaudient, clairvoyant, channel, and empathy.

Paul has led channeled energy groups for many years. In 2009 he was invited to channel at the Esalen Institute’s Superpowers symposium, where he was filmed for the upcoming documentary film Authors of the Impossible. He is the subject of the feature-length documentary film Paul & the Word which will be released late summer, 2011.

His workshops in 2011 include Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. in New York City, the Jungian Center in Vermont and the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, Calfornia. Also a noted playwright and educator, Paul serves on the faculty of NYU and directs the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Goddard College. He lives in New York City, where he maintains a private practice as an intuitive and conducts weekly, channeled energy groups.

Spiritual and Religious Competencies for Psychologists by Ingrid Ammondson, David Lukoff, MD, Kenneth I. Pargament, Ron Pilato, Shelley Scammell, and Cassandra Vieten, PhD

It is clear from polls of the general public that religion and spirituality are important in most people’s lives. In addition, the spiritual and religious landscape is becoming increasingly diverse, with nearly a fifth of people unaffiliated with a religion, and increasing numbers of people identifying themselves as spiritual, but not religious.

Religion and spirituality have been empirically linked to a number of psychological health and well-being outcomes, and there is evidence that clients would prefer to have their spirituality and religion addressed in psychotherapy. However, most often, religious and spiritual issues are not discussed in psychotherapy, nor are they included in assessment or treatment planning. The field of psychology has already included religion and spirituality in most definitions of multiculturalism and requires training in multicultural competence, but most psychotherapists receive little or no training in religious and spiritual issues, in part because no agreed-on set of spiritual competencies or training guidelines exist.

In response to this need, we have developed a proposed set of spiritual and religious competencies for psychologists based on (1) a comprehensive literature review, (2) a focus group with scholars and clinicians, and (3) an online survey of 184 scholars and clinicians experienced in the integration of spiritual and religious beliefs and practices and psychology. Survey participants offered suggestions on wording for each item, and a subset of 105 licensed psychotherapists proficient in the intersection of spirituality/religion and psychology rated clarity and relative importance of each item as a basic spiritual and religious competency.

The result is a set of 16 basic spiritual and religious competencies (attitudes, knowledge, and skills) that we propose all licensed psychologists should demonstrate in the domain of spiritual and religious beliefs and practices. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved)

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Man as a Spiritual Being – Humanity Healing Network

Man, the Spiritual Being

“You don’t have a Soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.” ~ C.S. Lewis

A spiritual being is the one that lives independently of the existence of a physical body: a being able to exist without the physical frame and its self-determined operations.

It is a fact that the Soul is united to the body and requires the cooperation of the organs of the same body to realize itself into individual manifestation through the body’s sensitive processes. Even with this interdependency of function, the Soul is a pretty self-governing and does not rely exclusively on the body and its intellectual functions to proceed into its path of evolution. The Soul is able to think and to absorb and register experiences even without the official knowledge of the personality and/or of the corporal garment.

“Begin to see yourself as a Soul with a body rather than a body with a Soul.”
~Wayne Dyer

This line of thought tends to infer that the Soul may not totally immerse in the corporal body, but utilizes it for the purpose of experience, but in truth the Soul is our ultimate spiritual vehicle and natural state of Being. Through our Soul, we establish a conscious connection with the Unconscious Cosmos.

It is safe to say that our immortal part safeguards into itself a blueprint of purpose, which enriches progressively though the lifetime’s experiences of some of its struggling extensions, or individualized egos. The drive behind this cyclical reincarnation process is to learn and to experience of multitudes of frequencies, emotions, and to experiment the timelines of manifestation of itself.

“The human Soul has still greater need of the ideal than of the real. It is by the real that we exist; it is by the ideal that we live.”
~Victor Hugo

In the process of mirroring itself through the multidimensional degrees of manifestation and through the practicing of Free Will, the Soul learns its flaws and also its strengths, which makes it much easier to perceive what is needed in order to perfect itself and continue its cosmic journey.

There is no good or bad in this process of assimilation of experiences: only realization and understanding. The perception of dichotomy of what is good and what is evil is only just a reflection of the plane of dualistic manifestation, and this is obviously not the substrata, or frame of reference, for the Soul’s playground.

The Brain as Interface Between Realms

“This is the ultimate end of man, to find the One which is in him; which is his truth, which is his Soul; the key with which he opens the gate of the spiritual life, the heavenly kingdom.”
~Rabindranath Tagore

The simplicity and spirituality which characterize the phenomenon of the Intelligence cannot lead us to believe that the physical material brain is actually the place from where ideals and concepts come from, nor the primary cause of the thought process. Nevertheless, we recognize that the healthy conditions of the physical brain are accountable for the healthy communication of the thought process. The higher intelligence needs a strong vehicle to express itself at its best.

This way, the brain is nothing more than the material instrument of the immaterial Soul to express its ideas, programs and to be the facilitator for the play of our Cosmic/Karmic Dramas. Aristotle observed that we are able to think without organs, because the understanding is not related nor connected to any specific corporal organ.

“The Soul cannot think without a picture.”

In our present state of being, we are not able to think without the auxiliary concept of Imageries. Imagination is actually an etheric faculty, coupled with the vast web of connections inside of our nervous system. It is only at this point when the actual Intelligence and the thought process can be said to be physically connected to the physical structure. This way we can safely say that a brain lesion or occurrence of insanity cannot harm the intelligence per se, but can greatly damage the way and the conditions used for the same intelligence to express itself properly. In this same note, we can say that the physical brain can function as the interface between the realms of the Soul and the material world.

The Union of the Soul and the Body

Healing“Oh Soul,
you worry too much.
You have seen your own strength.
You have seen your own beauty.
You have seen your golden wings.
Of anything less,
why do you worry?
You are in truth
the Soul, of the Soul, of the Soul.”
~ Jalal ad-Din Rumi

The philosopher Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas, along with the majority of the spiritually transcendent writers, did not perceive the existence of two distinctive principle of life in Man. They believed that aside of its conscientious and psychological activities, the Soul was also responsible for the physiological functions of the material body. In their understanding, the Soul was the only active principal responsible for all the vital activities pertaining to human existence.

In Truth, the body does not exist without the Soul and has no manifestation without it until the moment of the embrace occurs: the very moment where the alchemical process of integration occurs. From the guidance of the Soul, the body receives the sense of unity, purpose, the breath of life and its programmed experiences: everything that will animate the corporal vehicle and propel it to form a human being.

This way the body only separates itself from the Soul in the advent of death, when it loses all its characters and its specific determinations; and once more reducing itself to a compound of chemical elements. The Soul, in its turn, continues to be real and exist in its own spiritual reality, even in a separated way from the body. Without its previous material garment, the Soul now is prevented to continue the work with its abilities and skills that requires the involvement of physical organs such as sensibility, exterior perception and projective imagination. Yet its cycle of development continues to progress in different dimensional scenarios.

“Cogito ergo sum”
~ Descartes

Again, for various philosophers and thinkers such as Aristotle, the body is the material expression of the Spirit, while the Soul is its conceptual format. The merging of both, in their various levels, form what we know to be the true essence of the terrestrial Human. In this alchemical marriage between these two elements different in frequencies and substance, we say that there is an integration and harmonization of Divine purpose.

There are no actions that pertain to the human scope that can be done without the help of the corporal body; and, in the same way, there is no repercussion of these actions that will not affect directly or indirectly the field of experience of the Soul. In essence, this integration of substances distinct in degree but uniformed by purpose and intent, deflates the importance of the rationalism[1] illuminist saying of Rene Descartes, “I think, therefore I exist”. We truly believe that Human nature, being physical or transcendent, cannot ever be labeled irresponsibly or to be reduced to a mere physicality of a thought process, because the deep meaning and purpose of this young cosmic race guards much depth and hope in assisting the expansion of the Universe that cannot be grasped by our current levels of understanding.

“There are more things between heaven and earth then dreamed of in your philosophy.”
~Hamlet Act 1, Scene 5

[1] Rationalism, in the broad sense, is the philosophical outlook that stresses the power of a priori reasoning to grasp substantial truths about the world. It is usually opposed to empiricism — the view that experience rather than reason is the source of knowledge. Definition by Sandra LaFave West Valley College

Source: Humanity Healing Network

The Mindful Addict: A Memoir of the Awakening of a Spirit by Tom Catton

The enlightening and worldly journeys of a once hopeless addict whose life was profoundly changed after a chance meeting with a nomadic spiritual healer.

The Mindful Addict is the life story of a once hopeless addict. The story starts out in the mid 60’s and arrives in the present day 21st Century. The reader will travel through the pages of a life on a global and at times supernatural voyage that was transformed through grace. An almost magic quality is found in this true life adventure. Miracles will be obvious as the story unfolds. Readers will identify with the all to normal struggles we all go through, yet in this book we find and see how we can transcend the challenges and find a life that is fulfilling beyond our imagination.

This is not a how to book on the 12 step programs or on Buddhism, but rather a book full of real situations that all people have and will go through. This is not another book on addiction and the nightmares of it; this book takes us beyond that, showing that the seemingly hopeless disease of addiction can be an enlightening dilemma, and for some quite possibly a misunderstood gift, a blessing in disguise.

Tom Catton: Tom Catton has been in long-term recovery for thirty-nine years. His story appears in a twelve-step fellowship text with more than seven million copies in circulation around the world. Tom is invited to speak in the US and internationally several times a year at twelve-step conventions in front of audiences ranging from 500 to 10,000 people. He has been taking twelve-step meetings into the prison system in Hawaii since 1984. He has been active in service positions over the years, including serving on a committee that met for over three years to write a recovery text for a twelve-step fellowship. Tom is on the advisory board of the Buddhist Recovery Network, and is also trained in Tibetan singing bowl therapy. He leads a Buddhist recovery meditation group that meets twice a month in Hawaii.

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Tom Catton – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

True Belonging – Part 1A & B ~ Tara Brach

True Belonging – Part 1A
We all have a longing to belong. When pursued at the egoic level–often through our good-personhood projects–there may be temporary satisfaction but our sense of separation is ultimately reinforced. In contrast, bringing mindfulness and compassion to whatever is arising dissolves the sense of separation and reveals the basic goodness of our own loving presence.

True Belonging – Part 1B

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