Vedic Astrology October 2013 ~ Sam Geppi

“October 2013 should be very interesting, with a lunar eclipse in Aries, underscoring large themes of self-reliance, confidence and discipline.”

We should expect several weeks of romantic intensity and passion as Venus enters Scorpio October 2, and will stay there until October 29.

A new cycle of organization and precision begins with the new Moon in Virgo on October 4. Virgo is the sign where we organize our internal world, then emulate that externally. This is a good time for housecleaning, and general purification. However, be careful of excessive fussiness and nitpicking.

This New Moon happens in the Nakshatra of Hasta, symbolized by an open hand. This denotes both attachment and detachment at the same time. Put attention toward what you want to manifest, but then accept the results of those actions.

We will feel a surge of confidence and aggression, until the end of November, as Mars enters Leo on October 5. Now is a time to “fight the good fight”, and defend your principles. This renewed discipline is a welcome change, as Mars has been debilitated in Cancer since August – and we may have slid on our principles.

We should expect to feel some emotional heaviness and relationship intensity as the Moon joins Saturn and Rahu in Libra 0n October 6 and 7. There will also be an aspect from Jupiter, bringing grace and wisdom. But you may feel like being alone, or have that feeling of loneliness even with your partner. This feeling is your soul crying for wholeness. Sit with it, rather than project it onto others.

Optimism, hope and a higher purpose will be important themes as the Moon passes through Sagittarius, and is aspected by Jupiter and Saturn October 10 and 11. You may notice where your actions are not congruent with your principles and philosophies. Now is the time to walk the talk.

Your social duties and obligations will become important as the moon passes through Aquarius October 14 and 15. The moon is aspected by Jupiter and opposed by Mars also at this time. Be careful arguing over your principles, instead try to rally your adversaries around a common, uplifting theme.

Our physical, personal vitality may feel low for the next 30 days as the Sun enters Libra on October 16. A greater humility is possible now as personal confidence turns to compromise, especially considering the sun will be joined Saturn and the North node. The give-and-take of compromise and self-will is an important theme now.

Asserting and letting go of our personal will is a big theme with the Full moon in Aries joined Ketu on October 18. This full moon is also a lunar eclipse, which shows these “self interested / self motivation” themes will be pervasive for months. Expect some confusing, childhood frustrations to also rear their head now.

This full moon/eclipse happens in the Nakshatra of Ashwini, a Nakshatra related to metaphysical healing and swift action. There is enormous courage and mental innocence flowing now. These can be a catalyst for positive change and spiritual self-reliance.

Connection to loved ones and family are important when the Moon occupies Taurus October 21 and 22nd. The moon is aspected by Venus at this time, bringing much creativity and connection. The moon is exalted here, but you may feel a lot of attachment to your personal pleasure, values and concepts.

Testing your beliefs will be important October 24 and 25th when the moon joins Jupiter and Gemini. Closing the gap between what you truly comprehend (based on your experience), and what you believe (based on what inspires you) will be important now. This process is important if our beliefs are going to truly transform our life.

Expect a lot of emotional passion and enthusiasm on October 29 and 30th when the moon occupies Leo, and joins Mars. This is a time of emotional courage and self-expression, but it can also bring about aggression and arguing. Emotional courage, Not emotional neediness is the key here.

Path of the Sacred Pipe: Journey of Love, Power, and Healing by Jay Cleve

In these days of global crisis, thoughtful seekers increasingly turn to Native Americans for healing wisdom. The Sacred Pipe is the medicine, says Jay Cleve in this informative and practical guide to a key practice of Native American spirituality. The Hopi and other ancient cultures predicted our present age as one of transition into a New World.

The galactic alignment ending the Mayan calendar on December 21, 2012 occurs only every 26,000 years and is thought to be a critical time for raising consciousness to align with the radical expansion of Earth energies. Cleve shows how the Pipe can facilitate transformation on both the personal and planetary levels. He explains its use in rituals such as the sweat lodge, the vision quest, and the sun dance and in relation to the Medicine Wheel. He also provides practical information on obtaining and caring for a Pipe and on preparing for and performing the Pipe ceremony.

Jay Cleve minored in philosophy and theology as an undergraduate and holds a B.A. in Psychology, an M.A. in Clinical Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. He has served as director of the Community Mental Health Center in Stevens Point, Wis. for the past 17 years and continues to attend and give workshops on holistic approaches to Psychology.

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1. Awareness Cannot Know Fear 2. The Absolute Certainty Of Awareness ~ Rupert Spira

The Absolute Certainty Of Awareness

My Love is Alive The Living Keys to The Kingdom By Rev Dempsey Harshaw

My Love Is Alive is a love story of Consciousness to Itself. It portrays the Idea of Consciousness for the sole purpose of illuminating Consciousness to its Self. Imagine your shadow on the ground in front of you. Who you really are, Infinite Consciousness, is the One watching the shadow. My Love Is Alive is the process of accepting, embracing, and living this reality in and as your life. The result is an outpouring of love for yourself and your experience.

The ideas circle in a repetitive dance of discovery as the concepts sink deeper and deeper into the reader’s understanding. There is a powerful and undeniable message of life that has never been so fully unveiled. Using Biblical references, the author repeatedly demonstrates the true nature of our essence.
The text is thought provoking at the least, and utterly transformative in its fullest meaning. My Love Is Alive is a doorway only you can walk through. You will transition from the experience of believing that you are one of many individuals that make up the whole, to embracing the experience that you truly are “The One.” Allow yourself to go through this process of My Love Is Alive with expectancy!

Rev. Dempsey has allowed himself to be the experiment of his experience. He decided to throw away all the spiritual and Biblical teachings that he was so well versed in. This means that everything he has ever been taught or believed has been set aside to allow a visceral embrace of every moment. He planted the seed of resolve that whatever was real he wanted to hear it from within This has allowed him to listen past the storyline of appearing circumstances and tune into his Infinite inner voice from within.
That which he writes and speaks of is not from a place of reasoning as the human mind and intellect, but a knowing through inspired revelation. This place of knowing is the embrace and recognition that I AM the source, I AM the One and all are this One I AM.

Rev Dempsey Harshaw, author of FREE to FLY: it is your Reality, My LOVE is ALIVE.
For 30 years I have experienced a wide range of spiritual teachings, both institutional and non-traditional. I have come from traditional biblical training to small religious sects of belief, some eastern philosophy, to Metaphysical and Science of Mind. I have a wide range of experiences and have been ordained by some of my new age teachers with the Universal Brotherhood.

I have sought out and applied what I know to be True and Real. I have allowed myself to be the living human experiment for what is real. I understand that Words of “truth” become simple idioms and those words and concepts like Enlightenment and Consciousness are cache phrases that get lost in their overuse. Living your life fully is to be able to totally and completely love, accept, and experience ALL OF YOU AND WHO YOU ARE. This in reality, is living life totally free as your unlimited experience. Knowing as rare as it is to say that; nothing is impossible, some things are, in reality. Just one of them is that it is absolutely impossible to feel, experience, and know anything of your world that is not you and your Consciousness. This is the vantage point that life must be lived from if one wishes to live to its fullest and in your joy. I am everything that I have been looking for and so are you.

As Gandhi did with a nation and a people, FREE to FLY offers you an unfolding discovery of your full and absolute ownership of your world. From a Biblical view point, there is a discovering of why responsibility and its consequences were created. That there is nothing to resist because all is actually an illusion; nothing is real but you the believer-Consciousness.

Living the Season: Zen Practice for Transformative Times by Ji Hyang Padma

As the Rig Vedas and Buddhist sutras foretell, as well as the Hopi and Mayan calendars, we are in the midst of complete transformation—ecologically, economically, politically, culturally. This graceful introduction offers creative safe passage through the sometimes overwhelming transition, drawing on ancient and contemporary spiritual practices particularly useful for these times. The endings we experience are always the beginning of something else. Hence author Ji Hyang Padma organizes teachings around the four seasons. In living connected to natural rhythms—the stillness of winter, the renewal of spring, the ripening of summer, the harvest of autumn—we touch a wholeness that is the source of healing and happiness. Practical exercises at the end of each chapter promote this state of being and bring the mind home to its innate clarity. Ideally suited to anyone experiencing personal change—through career, relationships, or world events—the book provides a way into Zen for beginners as well as a refresher for the more advanced.

Ji Hyang Padma combines an academic career as Director of Spirituality and Education Programs at Wellesley College with her role as a Zen teacher. Ji Hyang has done intensive Zen training and teaching in Asia and North America for 20 years, 15 of these as an ordained nun. She has completed several 90-day intensive retreats in Korea and North America. She also teaches Zen workshops annually at Omega Institute and Esalen Institute. While her practice has been situated within the Korean Zen tradition, she has had the benefit of studying with teachers across a wide spectrum of Buddhist lineages.

Ji Hyang has also served as Director and Abbot of Cambridge Zen Center, one of the largest Zen Centers in the country. Additionally, she has served as a meditation teacher at Wellesley College, Harvard University and Boston University. She is gifted at finding an entry-point into practice for people who are just beginning their journey.

Ji Hyang’s recent writing has been published in Our Neighbor’s Faith: Stories of Interfaith Encounters and Arts of Contemplative Care: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work.

Living the Season

Physicians of the Heart: A Sufi View of the 99 Names of Allah by Wali Ali Meyer (Author) , Bilal Hyde (Author) , Faisal Muqaddam (Author) , Shabda Kahn (Author)

This book takes the reader into the heart of the mystery of the 99 sacred Names of Allah. It is a vehicle for understanding the infinite nature of God, and for discovering the divine potential in every soul. It is also a guidebook for progressing through the stages of the spiritual path and an instruction manual for teachers on how to work with students more wisely, as physicians of the heart.

In the process of this voyage to discovery, the reader is systematically exposed to the universal mysticism encoded in the Qur’an and in the classical Sufi traditions, as well as to a modern psychological approach that works with the 99 Names to achieve individuation and wholeness.

Shabda Kahn, a direct disciple of the American Sufi Master, Murshid Samuel Lewis, has been practicing Sufism since 1969 and since 2001, is the Pir (Spiritual Director) of the Sufi Ruhaniat International , the lineage tracing from Hazrat Inayat Khan and Murshid Samuel Lewis. He has studied and performed North Indian Classical Vocal Music under the guidance of the late Master Singer, Pandit Pran Nath, since 1972. He is also a disciple of the illustrious Tibetan Master, the 12th TaiSitu Rinpoche. Shabda leads retreats and camps in Sufism with an emphasis on the mysticism of breath; the science and art of wazifa and zikr; music; the walking meditations of Murshid Samuel Lewis and opening the heart . He brings compassion and humor in transmitting the rich lineage of Sufism.

Wali Ali Meyer was chosen, as the principal editor of Physicians of the Heart, to put the conversation of the four authors into a single voice.

In 1963 he was named the college newspaper editor of the year for his editorial stance against racial segregation while the Editor of the University of Alabama newspaper. He received his M.A. in Philosophy and Theology from Vanderbilt University. He went in search of the reality behind the academic words and became a student of the Sufi Master Samuel L. Lewis of San Francisco, lived with him as his assistant and esoteric secretary, and was initiated as a Sheikh by him in 1970.

Since that time he has edited for publication a number of Murshid Samuel Lewis’ works including The Jerusalem Trilogy ; and has written articles for books and publications. This includes a chapter in A Pearl in Wine, an anthology on Hazrat Inayat Khan, who was the first teacher to bring Sufism to the Western World more than 100 years ago. [SB1]

Wali Ali is the head of the Esoteric School of the Sufi Ruhaniat International, and the Spiritual Director of Khankah SAM, a residential community in San Francisco. He is one of the lead teachers in the Suluk Academy founded by Pir Zia Inayat Khan. Wali Ali has functioned as a guide for Sufi students for more than 40 years, and has formulated many systematic programs of spiritual study and practice. He has been a teacher of Sufism in workshops and seminars around the world.

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Faisal Muqaddam ‘Enlightenment Happens In The Heart’ Interview by Iain McNay

Mercury in Libra Update — Venus Aspects ~ Sam Geppi

Since Mercury entered Libra there have been several news stories that have begun to take a turn for the better – on the diplomatic front. Perhaps as mercury gets closer to Rahu and Saturn those things could change. But I would not be surprised to see the transit of Mercury through Libra to show an improvement in world diplomacy and personal relations as well. –

Several world situations have seen temporary improvement:

  • The situation in Syria
  • The New Iranian President
  • Domestic US Political Rhetoric

Venus Aspects

Venus will receive an exact aspect from Jupiter on September 26, bringing a renewed sense of compromise and facing the bigger picture with grace and hope.
Venus will then get a full aspect from Mars on September 28, showing a strong individualized dynamic in your personal connections. There may be some new “lines in the sand” drawn in your adult relationships and the agreements that bind you to them.

Soma : The Nectar of Rejuvenation ~ Dr. David Frawley

David Frawley – The Nectar Of Rejuvenation Free Webcast

Stephen Hawking: Brains Could Be Copied To Computers To Allow Life After Death

Stephen Hawking: Brain could exist outside body but ‘conventional afterlife is a fairy tale for people afraid of the dark’
By The Guardian

At premiere of film about his life, physicist says it’s theoretically possible to copy brain on to computer to provide life after death.

Stephen Hawking has said he believes brains could exist independently of the body, but that the idea of a conventional afterlife is a fairy tale.

Speaking at the premiere of a documentary film about his life, the theoretical physicist said: “I think the brain is like a programme in the mind, which is like a computer, so it’s theoretically possible to copy the brain on to a computer and so provide a form of life after death.

“However, this is way beyond out present capabilities. I think the conventional afterlife is a fairy tale for people afraid of the dark.”

The 71-year-old author of A Brief History of Time, who earlier this week backed the right for the terminally ill to end their lives as long as safeguards were in place, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21 and given two to three years to live.

“All my life I have lived with the threat of an early death, so I hate wasting time,” Hawking said on Thursday night, using the computer-generated voice he controls with a facial muscle and a blink from one eye.

The documentary explores the headlong rush of a brilliant schoolboy with illegible handwriting who enjoyed the dilettante life of Oxford University before illness sparked a lifelong frenzy of discovery about the origins of the universe, which began as a graduate at Cambridge University and has astounded the world.

The film premiered in the same year as the release of his autobiography, Stephen Hawking: My Brief History.

His sister Mary says in the film that her brother was highly competitive and curious about everything in a household which friends described as very academic, and explains how she received a doll’s house as a present when they were children, to which Stephen immediately added plumbing and electricity.

She told Reuters that life with her brother was engaging, exciting and occasionally frustrating. “It’s a waste of time arguing with Stephen, he always manages to turn the argument round,” she said.

The film goes back to his childhood and his student days and shows the scientist, who uses a wheelchair, at home with carers. It also explores his family life with first wife, Jane, and their three children, the breakdown of their marriage and his subsequent marriage to one of his carers.

Jane appears on camera to explain how the pressures of caring for the children and the increasingly disabled Hawking became even worse once full-time nurses were brought into the home, obliterating any privacy.

His second wife and former nurse, Elaine Mason, does not appear in the film, and Hawking portrays their 1995-2007 marriage with a few pictures and a brief description.

© Guardian News and Media 2013

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Igor Kufayev – Flowing Wakefulness.

Igor Kufayev – Flowing Wakefulness Interview by Renate McNay
CONSCIOUS TV ~ recent interviews: The Impact of Awakening with Iain McNay, View Here
based on direct experiences with some illuminating points on the nature of witnessing sate of consciousness, and the second one, Flowing Wakefulness with Renate McNay, addressing nuances in the process from awakening to Self-realization to enlightenment from the point of view of biological nature of human consciousness.

Secrets of Aboriginal Healing: A Physicist’s Journey with a Remote Australian Tribe by Gary Holz (Author) , Robbie Holz (Author)

A guide to the 60,000-year-old healing system of the Aborigines revealed through one man’s journey to overcome multiple sclerosis

• Written at the request of the Aboriginal people the author stayed with

• Explores the use of dreamtime, spirit guides, and telepathy to discover and reprogram the subconscious motivations, thought patterns, and beliefs behind illness

• Reveals how to tap in to healing support through the body/mind/spirit connection

• Nautilus Silver Medal Winner and ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Finalist

In 1983 award-winning physicist Gary Holz was diagnosed with chronic progressive multiple sclerosis. By 1988 he was a quadriplegic. Then, in 1994, his doctors told him he had two years to live. Desperate and depressed, he followed a synchronistic suggestion and went to Australia to live with a remote Aboriginal tribe. Arriving in a wheelchair, alone, with almost no feeling left from the neck down, Holz embarked on a remarkable healing transformation of body, mind, and spirit and discovered his own gift for healing others.

Written at the request of the Aboriginal healers Holz worked with, this book reveals the beliefs and principles of the 60,000-year-old healing system of the Aborigines of Australia, the world’s oldest continuous culture. Chronicling the step-by-step process that led to his miraculous recovery, he explains the role played by thought in the creation of health or disease and details the five essential steps in the Aboriginal healing process. He explores the use of dreamtime, spirit guides, and telepathy to discover and reprogram the subconscious motivations behind illness–a process that enacts healing at the cellular and the soul level, where the root of physical illness is found.

Supported by modern science, including quantum physics, Aboriginal medicine enables each of us to tap in to healing support through the power of the body/mind/spirit connection. –

Robbie Holz is an international speaker, award-winning author and holistic wellness consultant. Born in 1954, she was raised in the Midwest. Her 23-year career as a court stenographer ended when she became disabled from a reaction to treatment for Hepatitis C. While in her quest to regain her health, she met Dr. Gary Holz, a PsychoNeuroImmunologist and physicist. Robbie later married Gary and they co-wrote “Secrets of Aboriginal Healing.”

Like her co-author Gary Holz, Robbie has had firsthand experiences with Outback Aborigines. She used the aboriginal healing principles to heal herself of Hepatitis C, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Robbie teaches this ancient healing wisdom through her speaking engagements, consultations, online course and website. She has presented at various locations including Australia, Canada and across the U.S. Robbie lives in the the Seattle area where she is writing the sequel to “Secrets of Aboriginal.”

Gary Holz, D.Sc. (1950-2007), was an award-winning physicist and a psycho-neuro-immunologist. In 1994, confined to a wheelchair with multiple sclerosis, he went to Australia to stay with an Aboriginal tribe and experienced miraculous healing. Robbie Holz is a holistic health consultant dedicated to continuing the healing work of her late husband. She healed herself of hepatitis C and has also worked with Aboriginal healers in Australia. She lives near Seattle.

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To Walk a Pagan Path: Practical Spirituality for Every Day by Alaric Albertsson

Inspiration and Ideas for a Holistic Pagan Lifestyle

Live fully as a Pagan every day of the year, not only on full moons and holidays. With practical tips for integrating earth-centered spirituality into every aspect of life, To Walk a Pagan Path shows you how to:

• Cultivate a meaningful Pagan practice by following seven simple steps.

• Develop a sacred calendar customized for your beliefs, lifestyle, and environment.

• Make daily activities sacred with quick and easy rituals.

• Reclaim your place in the food cycle by producing a portion of your own food—even if you live in an apartment!

• Express Pagan spirituality through a variety of craft projects: candles, scrying mirrors, solar wreaths, recipes, and more.

• Create sacred relationships with animal familiars.

Alaric Albertsson (Pennsylvania) is a founding member of Earendel Hearth, an Anglo-Saxon inhíred, and served as vice president and was on the Board of Directors of the Heartland Spiritual Alliance. He is currently a member of the Druidic organization Ár nDraíocht Féin and serves as the Anglo-Saxon Vice Chieftain for the ADF Germanic kin, Eldr ok Iss.

Albertsson first embraced polytheism in the summer of 1971. At this time he had the opportunity to talk with rural people in the Ozark Mountains about traditional moon lore, weather lore and folk beliefs and was strongly influenced by spiritist traditions. Over the past four decades, Albertsson’s personal spiritual practice has developed as a synthesis of Anglo-Saxon tradition, country folklore, herbal studies and rune lore.

To Walk a Pagan Path

To Walk a Pagan Path: Practical Spirituality for Every Day. By Alaric Albertsson. Live fully as a Pagan every day of the year

Full Moon in Pisces by Sam Geppi

This full moon gives a connection to spiritual truths and higher realities. However, we must be careful not to “tune out” the stresses of the world or try to escape from the unpleasant tasks of life (opposite sign of Virgo).


Venus/Saturn/Rahu in Libra
There is a very tight conjunction between Venus/Saturn and Rahu in Libra. This is bringing quite a lot of relationship pressure, not necessarily in a bad way. Saturn and Venus are in very good dignity, showing the willingness to work on your connections with others. But it may also be a highly sexualized placement, especially with the added aspect of Mars and Jupiter.

The Seer, the Seeing & the Seen (Part 1& 2) – Igor Kufayev

”When spoken casually these terms (Awakening, Self-Realization, Enlightenment) often denote the same state, yet in the light of direct experiences they are distinctively different. They are sequential unfoldment of consciousness within itself… There is no Enlightenment without realizing the Self, and there is no Self-Realization without Awakening. All this terms are intimately inter-connected… However, the awakened is not necessarily self-realized and self-realization is not Enlightenment in full measure of that term… ” – Igor Kufayev (Vamadeva), extract of the main theme of Live Webinar, Sept 2012

The Seer, the Seeing & the Seen (Part 2) – Igor Kufayev

Questions & Answers on the value of Seer, Seeing and Seen as experienced throughout different states of Consciousness and notions of ‘Awakening, Self-Realization and Enlightenment’, its relationship to human DNA and and overall process of experiencing.

Never Meeting Maharishi…Igor Kufayev

January 12th is Birthday of His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The day is celebrated by hundreds of thousands of meditators around the World. The Master is largely known for bringing Transcendental Meditation to householders and followers of different spiritual disciplines, as well as to schools and uni campuses.

Although there are quite few who have met and worked with Maharishi closely, most have never met the man who some consider to be greatest Teacher the World has known in our Time. His legacy has entered collective consciousness and it would take decades before it could be adequately assessed by historians, scholars and sociologists alike.

Yet this is a deeply intimate story.

Being introduced to TM in mid 90-s, when I was in my late twenties, meeting the Master was not that important. TM for me was just a tool to complement my already rich by then artistic life. Gradually though Maharishi’s presence grow, my curiosity was aroused and a seed of desire to meet the Master one day was firmly planted.

From around mid 90-s Maharishi was no longer available for general public appearances. The Guru has retreated in Holland and gave televised Darshans to a large international community, and on special occasions only. January 12th was one such occasion. Watching these gatherings I was secretly envious to those who had the privilege to meet and be next to the Master.

By the time my desire reached its zenith, it was practically impossible to meet Maharishi by someone who wasn’t even working for the movement. That time has coincided with transformative awakening while attending one of the advanced TM programs. It was then when I had my first intense encounter with the Guru on the level beyond the senses…

The power of Grace filled my heart with such intensity of Love for Maharishi that mere glimpse of his image was enough to send my whole being in throbs of Ecstasy often mixed with tears of Joy and Gratitude… Soon my dwelling became a place of worship. Hundreds of roses were sacrificed at the altar, embalming my heart with the perfume of devotion never known to me before…

While my heart was filled up to its brim, the idea of meeting the Guru still lingered in the mind… Encouraged by those who have known Maharishi since the 60-s I’ve written a letter to the Master where I’ve shared my experiences of higher states of Consciousness but mainly trying to express the gratitude with as much humility as my knowledge of English allowed me to.

The reply came on that level where postman himself is the messenger by divine appointment. It was revealed deep in a state of Samadhi… And from there on my Sadhana was guided not just by Maharishi but by his own Master, Guru Dev himself.

By that time desire to meet Maharishi reached its sublime height, what happened then is too subtle to give it to pen…

To put it plainly, the seeker has drowned in the Sea of seen, where all desires have found its perfect fulfillment including that most pertinent wish to meet the Guru. That meeting took place in the Heart. The Union was so complete that no further physical contact could have possibly altered serene plenitude of being One with the Beloved…

Looking back in retrospect, it was interesting to observe how that relationship undergone transformation. From placidity of impersonal, through intensely personal and ultimately to universal sense of Love for the Teacher.

For at the beginning there was this arrogance which didn’t allow any subtler forms to be perceived, only to grow into very personal affair with time. I couldn’t care less how many loved Maharishi, he was mine in every sense. That was deeply personal, individualized relationship.

Which was eventually and beautifully transformed into understanding that Maharishi belongs to every being.

Moreover, every being in his or her essential nature is that Great Seer – The Rishi who sees through the Heart of All.

I prostrate at the place where your feet touched the ground… Oh Divine Being who carried Light so Brightly that it Illumined the World within and without.

Jai Guru Dev

Igor Kufayev

Igor Kufayev – The Impact Of Awakening.

Published on Sep 17, 2013

Igor Kufayev – The Impact Of Awakening’ Interview by Iain McNay

A Conversation with Marianne Williamson: Powerful pioneer in new thought and spirituality

Interview: Maranda Pleasant Founder, ORIGIN Magazine.

Maranda Pleasant: What are the things that make you come most alive?

Marianne Williamson: I can’t say that there are “things” that make me come alive. There are thoughts that make me come alive. Those are thoughts that take me beyond myself; that remind me that there’s a bigger game going on on this planet than simply my own existence; that love works miracles, and how much we need them now.

MP: What are things or thoughts that make you feel vulnerable?

MW: Intimacy. I think that’s true for everyone. Both the gift and the burden of real closeness with another human being.

MP: How do you handle emotional pain when it comes in?

MW: I surrender it to God, knowing that the pain itself is a product or a reflection of how I am interpreting whatever it is that is causing me pain. Some pain is simply the normal grief of human existence. That is pain that I try to make room for. I honor my grief. I try to be kinder to myself. I give myself time to move through and to process whatever is making me sad.

There are other kinds of emotional pain that emerge from our own mistaken thinking. As we surrender that pain, we are inviting into our thought system a guide who will lead us to different thoughts. It’s like the song “Amazing Grace”: I was blind and now I see. Often on a journey of spiritual transformation, that is ultimately what heals the pain: the veil is removed from in front of our own eyes and we see where we had been thinking thoughts that would inevitably lead to pain. Until we change those thoughts, the pain will remain.

MP: Is there a practice that you have for maintaining your center, for maintaining balance in the middle of chaos?

MW: I’m a student of A Course in Miracles, so I do the workbook every day. I also do Transcendental Meditation. If I am disciplined about either of those on any given day, I have a far greater probability of remaining peaceful, at least until dinner.

MP: [laughing] It seems like every person I’m talking to is doing TM now.

MW: I’ve had a TM mantra since 1973.

MP: I need to start. Let’s talk about what in you wanted to be born or said in your book, The Law of Divine Compensation. It talks about money and work and love. What is special about this book?

MW: That was born of circumstances that are anything but special; it was born of circumstances that are quite distressing. And that’s that this last recession really pummeled people. A level of anxiety and tension and outright fear that so many people have felt, not only during the recession but during this slow economic recovery since. This made me very much want to up the conversation about how miracle-minded thinking applies to that area of life. In A Course in Miracles, it says you think you have many different problems, but you really only have one, and that is your separation from God, which means your separation from loving thought. We are dominated on this planet by a fear-based rather than a love-based thought system. Enlightenment involves relinquishing the thought system based on fear and instead accepting a thought system based on love.

In the area of work and money, we have one of the most intense gaps between fear-based and love-based thought. It’s not that a miracle mindset applies to work and money any more than it applies to anything else; rather, it applies there no less than anywhere else. The world we live in pictures a pie with only so many pieces, and if other people have more you have less, and you have to compete with other people in order to try to get ahead. You have to sell yourself at every available opportunity. The shift, the enlightened shift, has to do with a movement from competition to collaboration, from sales to service, from ambition to inspiration, and to a belief in scarcity to a belief in abundance as an eternal spiritual quality.

The Law of Divine Compensation posits that this is a self-organizing and self-correcting universe: the embryo becomes a baby, the bud becomes a blossom, the acorn becomes an oak tree. Clearly, there is some invisible force that is moving every aspect of reality to its next best expression. And the universe is not only self-organizing, it is also self-correcting. The embryo becomes a baby; the baby is born; its lungs continue to breathe—not only were they created but then they continue to breathe. The heart is not only created but it continues to breathe. If there is injury and disease that becomes present within the body, the body is also equipped with an immune system to correct that.

The metaphysical notion here is that that self-organizing and self-correcting imprint is on all aspects of reality. So not only was your body formed by this invisible hand, not only does your body continue to work by this invisible hand, but every aspect of your life—emotionally, physiologically, and spiritually—is also programmed to thrive, is also programmed for self-organization and self-correction. Now, if we only identify with the mortal world, then we identify with a level of scarcity and lack and brokenness, and that will be our experience. But if we shift our experience of self-identification—and this is what enlightenment is—from the body-self to the spiritual-self, then we place ourselves under an entirely different set of possibilities and probabilities. And we can invoke spiritual compensation when we find ourselves in situations of material lack. In other words, what happens for most of us is that we are tempted and we are taught, we are trained as it were, to meet limited circumstances with limited thought. If we lose a job, we are easily tempted into thoughts like, “Ain’t it awful? There aren’t any jobs out there. This is terrible. It’ll be awhile before the economy comes back. Even if they’re hiring someone, they’re not hiring someone my age with my resume.” And that’s really what causes the crash and burn. The fact is, there are Fortune 500 companies that have been founded during recessions.

The issue of spiritual power is to meet the limited mortal circumstance with unlimited thought. As in, “Yes, this is a temporary deviation from love’s flow, but it is only happening on the mortal plane; love itself compensates for any diminishment. Much like a GPS, love re-calibrates itself if you’ve made a wrong turn.” As long as you identify with the universe—which is perfect and can correct material conditions to bring them back into alignment with that Divine perfection—as long as that is where your mind is aligned, it’s as though there were two parallel universes. You decide with every thought you think which one you’re going to inhabit. Two parallel universes of experience, as it were. I think with the economy having moved into the dark tunnels of our current situation, this is information which is helpful for a lot of people.

MP: What is your biggest struggle that is reflected in the book?

MW: I wouldn’t say it’s my biggest struggle, but my biggest past mistakes have been when I made decisions out of ego rather than spirit. When I acted too quickly. When I wasn’t contemplative or reflective or prayerful enough, and I ended up making what I would only later see to be unwise decisions. That’s what the journey is about—the thinking of the world leads us to think shallowly and act too quickly. The spiritual journey has to do with learning to think more deeply and take as long a time as we need. That’s the path to wisdom.

When it comes to our money and work lives, most of us have had our challenges, our valleys. Most of us have a couple of files in our head. One, I name “It was my own damn fault.” And the other one I name, “I don’t know how I will ever forgive those bastards.” Forgiving ourselves for all the woulda-shoulda-couldas in life, and sometimes forgiving others for actions that we feel undercut or undermine our good, can be very challenging. But forgiveness of the past and mistakes, our own mistakes as well as the mistakes of others, is imperative if we are to dwell fully in the present and experience the miracles that are only available to the forgiving and loving mind.

MP: I want to ask you with your time with Oprah and “Super Soul Sunday.” Is there anything particularly special to you about that exchange?

MW: It was special because that particular interview was about my book, Return to Love, which came out twenty years ago. Oprah having the book on her program when it first came out catapulted it to success in a way that would absolutely not have occurred otherwise. She opened up fields of possibility and experience for me, professionally, that I will be eternally grateful for. She reran a couple of interviews from twenty years ago, and we both had a good laugh about the hairdos and shoulder pads. It was very fun and very funny.

MP: Aww, the shoulder pads. Love you both. Really excited about your new book.

[To be continued]

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Psychonavigation: Techniques for Travel Beyond Time by John Perkins

The New York Times bestseller Confessions of an Economic Hit Man documents John Perkins’ extraordinary career as a globe-trotting economic hit man. Perkins’ insider’s view leads him to crisis of conscience–to the realization that he must devote himself to work which will foster a world-wide awareness of the sanctity of indigenous peoples, their cultures, and their environments. Perkins’ books demonstrate how the age-old shamanic techniques of some of the world’s most primitive peoples have sparked a revolution in modern concepts about healing, the subconscious, and the powers each of us has to alter individual and communal reality.

This groundbreaking book is John Perkins’s firsthand account of his experiences with the shamanic technique of psychonavigation–a method of traveling outside the body by means of visions and dream wanderings–and his encounters with the Shuar of the Amazon, the Quechua of the Andes, and the Bugis of Indonesia. Shuar shamans psychonavigate for the purposes of hunting and healing, while the Bugis, among the most renowned sailors of the world, use these techniques to navigate without the aid of charts and compasses. Perkins explains how these techniques work and how the people of these indigenous cultures psychonavigate to both distant physical destinations and sources of inner wisdom.

Throughout history, psychonavigation has been practiced by highly creative minds such as Beethoven, Jung, and Einstein. Perkins’s riveting narrative takes us on a journey of personal discovery as he learns the great value of these techniques and their relevance not only to individual well-being, but to the health of the environment and of the world at large. He reveals how by attuning to the positive forces in nature and communicating with our inner guides we all can become psychonavigators, finding our way to wise decisions and developing innovative approaches to the challenges we face as individuals and a world community.

John Perkins website is His TWITTERID is economic_hitman. John Perkins has lived four lives: as an economic hit man (EHM); as the CEO of a successful alternative energy company, who was rewarded for not disclosing his EHM past; as an expert on indigenous cultures and shamanism, a teacher and writer who used this expertise to promote ecology and sustainability while continuing to honor his vow of silence about his life as an EHM; and as a writer who, in telling the real-life story about his extraordinary dealings as an EHM, has exposed the world of international intrigue and corruption that is turning the American republic into a global empire despised by increasing numbers of people around the planet.

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John Perkins “Time for Change”

John Perkins, one of the world’s foremost authorities on shamanism and shapeshifting, is a founder and board member of Dream Change and The Pachamama Alliance, nonprofit organizations devoted to establishing a world our children will want to inherit.

Perkins has studied with indigenous prophets and shamans and taught at universities and learning centers on four continents. A graduate of Boston University’s School of Business Administration, he served in the Peace Corps in the late 1960s and as United States Representative to the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency in the 1970s. He also served as chief economist at the international consulting firm Chas. T. Main, where he worked directly with heads of state and CEOs of major companies. He has advised the World Bank, the United Nations, Fortune 500 corporations, and countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

John Perkins has been featured on ABC Television and the A&E and History networks, and in many publications. He is author of several books on shamanism, including Shapeshifting; The World Is As You Dream It; Spirit of the Shuar, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; and the New York Times best-sellers, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man and The Secret History of the American Empire. His books on economics and geo-politics have sold more than 1 million copies and are published in over 30 languages.

View here on his book ” Hoodwinked: An Economic hitman reveals why the world financial markets imploded”

The Art of Living and Dying Osho

In order to embrace life fully, you have to accept the reality of death.

The man you seek is earthed, is incarnated in the body. The body is your earth. And the man you seek is here, enshrined in the earth, enshrined in death: the flame of life enshrined in death…so don’t be afraid of the earth, and don’t be afraid of death; they make it possible for you to live. Life is possible only because of death, soul is possible only because of the body. The tree is possible only because of the roots, so don’t be afraid of the roots, and don’t be afraid of death. Don’t be afraid of the body. Accept this reality.

Why are we afraid of death? Should we tell someone they are dying? Is reincarnation true? With depth, clarity, compassion, and even humor, Osho answers the questions we all have about this most sacred of mysteries and offers practical guidance for meditation and support. He reveals not only that our fear of death is based on a misunderstanding, but that dying is an opportunity for inner growth. When life is lived consciously and totally, death is not a catastrophe but a joyous climax.

Osho, known for his revolutionary contribution to the science of inner transformation, continues to inspire millions of people worldwide in their search to define a new approach to individual spirituality that is self-directed and responsive to the everyday challenges of contemporary life. The Sunday Times of London named him one of the ‘1,000 Makers of the Twentieth Century,’ and novelist Tom Robbins called him ‘the most dangerous man since Jesus Christ.’ For more information about Osho and his work, please visit

Osho’s teachings defy categorization, covering everything from the individual quest for meaning to the most urgent social and political issues facing individuals and society today.

His unique “Osho Active Meditations” are designed to first release the accumulated stresses of body and mind, so that it is easier to experience the thought-free and relaxed state of meditation. (Meditation -The First and Last Freedom, by Osho)

About his own work Osho has said that he is helping to create the conditions for the birth of a new kind of human being. He has often characterized this new human being as “Zorba the Buddha” — capable both of enjoying the earthy pleasures of a Zorba the Greek and the silent serenity of a Gautam Buddha.

Running like a thread through all aspects of Osho’s work is a vision that encompasses both the timeless wisdom of the East and the highest potential of Western science and technology.

Excerpt from the introduction:

Life is spread out over a long time — seventy years, one hundred years. Death is intense because it is not spread out — it is in a single moment. Life has to pass one hundred years or seventy years, it cannot be so intense. Death comes in a single moment; it comes whole, not fragmentary. It will be so intense you cannot know anything more intense. But if you are afraid, if before death comes you have escaped, if you have become unconscious because of the fear, you have missed one of the golden opportunities, the golden gate. If your whole life you have been accepting things, when death comes, patiently, passively you will accept and enter into it without any effort to escape. If you can enter death passively, silently, without any effort, death disappears.

In the UPANISHADS there is an ancient story that I have always loved. A great king named Yayati became one hundred years old. Now it was enough; he had lived tremendously. He had enjoyed all that life could make available. He was one of the greatest kings of his time. But the story is beautiful ….

Death came and said to Yayati, “Get ready. It is time for you, and I have come to take you.” Yayati saw Death, and he was a great warrior and he had won many wars. Yayati started trembling, and said, “But it is too early.” Death said, “Too early! You have been alive for one hundred years. Even your children have become old. Your eldest son is eighty years old. What more do you want?”

Yayati had one hundred sons because he had one hundred wives. He asked Death, “Can you do a favor for me? I know you have to take someone. If I can persuade one of my sons, can you leave me for one hundred years more and take one of my sons?” Death said, “That is perfectly okay if somebody else is ready to go. But I don’t think …. If you are not ready, and you are the father and you have lived more and you have enjoyed everything, why should your son be ready?”

Yayati called his one hundred sons. The older sons remained silent. There was great silence, nobody was saying anything. Only one, the youngest son who was only sixteen years of age, stood up and he said, “I am ready.” Even Death felt sorry for the boy and said to the young man, “Perhaps you are too innocent. Can’t you see your ninety-nine brothers are absolutely silent? Someone is eighty, someone is seventy-five, someone is seventy-eight, someone is seventy, someone is sixty — they have lived — but they still want to live. And you have not lived at all. Even I feel sad to take you. You think again.”

The boy said, “No, just seeing the situation makes me completely certain. Don’t feel sad or sorry; I am going with absolute awareness. I can see that if my father is not satisfied in one hundred years, what is the point of being here? How can I be satisfied? I am seeing my ninety-nine brothers; nobody is satisfied. So why waste time? At least I can do this favor to my father. In his old age, let him enjoy one hundred years more. But I am finished. Seeing the situation that nobody is satisfied, I can understand one thing completely — that even if I live one hundred years, I will not be satisfied either. So it doesn’t matter whether I go today or after ninety years. You just take me.”

Death took the boy. And after one hundred years he came back. And Yayati was in the same position. And he said, “These hundred years passed so soon. All my old sons have died, but I have another regiment. I can give you some son. Just have mercy on me.”

It went on — the story goes on to say — for one thousand years. Ten times Death came. And nine times he took some son and Yayati lived one hundred years more. The tenth time Yayati said, “Although I am still as unsatisfied as I was when you came for the first time, now — although unwillingly, reluctantly — I will go, because I cannot go on asking for favors. It is too much. And one thing has become certain to me, that if one thousand years cannot help me to be contented, then even ten thousand will not do.”

It is the attachment. You can go on living but as the idea of death strikes you, you will start trembling. But if you are not attached to anything, death can come this very moment and you will be in a very welcoming mood. You will be absolutely ready to go. In front of such a man, death is defeated. Death is defeated only by those who are ready to die any moment, without any reluctance. They become the immortals, they become the buddhas.

This freedom is the goal of all religious search.
Freedom from attachment is freedom from death.
Freedom from attachment is freedom from the wheel of birth and death. Freedom from attachment makes you capable of entering into the universal light and becoming one with it. And that is the greatest blessing, the ultimate ecstasy beyond which nothing else exists. You have come home.
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OSHO: The Art of Living and Dying (new book & events)

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