Just Be Pure Knowing ~ Rupert Spira

Solar Eclipse in Libra November 3, 2013 ~ Sam Geppi

Solar Eclipse in Libra November 3, 2013

The Solar eclipse bring together the Sun, Moon and earth in a 3 D plane – when the Moon blocks the light of the Sun for a few hours. Body (Earth) and spirit (Sun) will be eclipsed by mind (Moon) on Sunday – November 3, 2013

Libra / Relationship Axis
All relations with others are being deeply re-worked now. Not just romantic, but all social and cultural relationships are being re-defined. Issues of respect are important.
There are 5 Planets in Swati Nakshatra at the time of this eclipse, Sun, Moon, Saturn, Rahu and Retrograde Mercury are all in Swati. This Nakshatra is related to Vayu, Air and prana. A new connection to the life force is possible now. deep breathing and pranayama could lead to great insight now.

Jupiter Aspect
Jupiter is aspecting from Gemini, another Air sign, showing a connection to ideas and testing our philosophies. There is a great need to communicate and give voice to our beliefs now.

Rahu Eclipse
This Solar eclipse is happening with the Sun joined the North Node. Showing a new and revolutionary connection to relationship power is being activated. New social structures being worked through and secrets are being revealed. The US Spy-gate is a great example of this on a large scale.

The Dawn of Global Sense: Awakening to the Rising Global Consciousness Now Changing Our Lives by Judah Freed

Short description

A call for world enlightenment, The Dawn of Global Sense exposes how authority addiction and alpha male rule have driven us to ravage our planet and sacrifice liberty for security. Offering reasons for hope, two-time Nautilus Award winner Judah Freed proves that an awakening into global consciousness is reaching a tipping point — empowering us to change the world from within

Extended description
In these dark times that try our souls, your life choices can make global sense.

Against a backdrop of climate change, political upheaval and economic instability, The Dawn of Global Sense reveals how authority addiction and alpha male rule have driven us to ravage our planet and sacrifice liberty for security. Offering real hope, international journalist and award-winning author Judah Freed proves that an awakening into global consciousness is reaching a tipping point, empowering us to change the world from within ourselves.

Through stories from his life and from history, Freed masterfully exposes the roots of tyranny and documents the growing ranks of globally aware people who realize everything we think, feel, say, and do impacts ourselves and our world.

A call for world enlightenment inspired by Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, The Dawn of Global Sense unites the ideas behind personal sovereignty, social responsibility, open democracy, and ecological renewal. Judah Freed brings our highest ideals down to earth where we can use them.

About the Author
The Dawn of Global Sense is Judah Freed’s fourth book. His prior nonfiction books have won two Nautilus Awards for best social change book and an Evvy Award for best personal growth book. Judah is a past president of the Colorado Authors League, former trade shows chair of the Colorado Independent Publishers Association, a former director of the Denver Press Club, and founder of the 900-member Denver Book Club. He is a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association, and he is the founder of the Kauai Independent Authors and Publishers Association in Hawaii.

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Crowdfunding the Global Sense book

Author and publisher Judah Freed talks about crowdfunding his book, GLOBAL SENSE, (http://indiegogo.com/globalsense) as a means of helping to generate a quantum shift of consciousness on the planet.

Judah Freed Makes Global Sense

Gobal Sense author Judah Freed talks in 2006 about the power of our global interactivity for personal and social transformation. (See http://globalsense.com)

On Life after Death, revised Paperback by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross (Author) , Caroline Myss (Foreword)

In this collection of inspirational essays, internationally known author Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross draws on her in-depth research of more than 20,000 people who had near-death experiences, revealing the afterlife as a return to wholeness of spirit.

With frank and compassionate advice for those dealing with terminal illness or the death of a loved one, ON LIFE AFTER DEATH offers a compelling message of hope to the living, so that they may grow stronger from tragedy and live life to the fullest. The classic collection of essays on death, dying, and the afterlife, by Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. Features a new foreword by Caroline Myss. Previous edition sold more than 200,000 copies. Reviews “I am so grateful that I was given the opportunity to review such ground-breaking material on death and dying. This 85 page gem has made a huge difference in my life. This world renowned author will always be remembered for her clear and accurate account of the 5 stage dying process, and the impact her work has had will echo through the corridors of time.

There are many excellent books out on the subject of near death experiences, and life after death experiences, but I had always been curious as I got older what the process of shedding my body suit was all about. Just about the time I thought I would even start looking for a book on the topic I would get a funny feeling in the pit of my stomach and decide maybe it wasn’t a good idea after all. I would recommend this gentle honest helper to anyone who has a true desire to learn the many facet of such a natural part of life.”-Riki Frahmann http://www.mysticlivingtoday.com

ELISABETH KÜBLER-ROSS (1926-2004), MD, was a best-selling author and the world’s foremost expert on the subjects of death and dying, best known for introducing the five stages of grief. She worked with thousands of terminally ill patients during her lifetime.

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Fitness Book Review: On Life after Death, revised by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, Caroline Myss

This is the summary of On Life after Death, revised by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, Caroline Myss.

To Live Until You Die – Dr Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Filmed in 1983, Dr. Kubler-Ross discusses end of life issues including forgiveness and the concept of unconditional love.

Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death by Katy Butler

In this visionary memoir, based on a groundbreaking New York Times Magazine story, award-winning journalist Katy Butler ponders her parents’ desires for “Good Deaths” and the forces within medicine that stood in the way.

Katy Butler was living thousands of miles from her vigorous and self-reliant parents when the call came: a crippling stroke had left her proud seventy-nine-year-old father unable to fasten a belt or complete a sentence. Tragedy at first drew the family closer: her mother devoted herself to caregiving, and Butler joined the twenty-four million Americans helping shepherd parents through their final declines.

Then doctors outfitted her father with a pacemaker, keeping his heart going but doing nothing to prevent his six-year slide into dementia, near-blindness, and misery. When he told his exhausted wife, “I’m living too long,” mother and daughter were forced to confront a series of wrenching moral questions. When does death stop being a curse and become a blessing? Where is the line between saving a life and prolonging a dying? When do you say to a doctor, “Let my loved one go?”

When doctors refused to disable the pacemaker, condemning her father to a prolonged and agonizing death, Butler set out to understand why. Her quest had barely begun when her mother took another path. Faced with her own grave illness, she rebelled against her doctors, refused open-heart surgery, and met death head-on.

With a reporter’s skill and a daughter’s love, Butler explores what happens when our terror of death collides with the technological imperatives of medicine. Her provocative thesis is that modern medicine, in its pursuit of maximum longevity, often creates more suffering than it prevents.

This revolutionary blend of memoir and investigative reporting lays bare the tangled web of technology, medicine, and commerce that dying has become. And it chronicles the rise of Slow Medicine, a new movement trying to reclaim the “Good Deaths” our ancestors prized.

Knocking on Heaven’s Door
is a map through the labyrinth of a broken medical system. It will inspire the difficult conversations we need to have with loved ones as it illuminates the path to a better way of death.

Katy Butler (Katherine Anne Butler, b. 1949) is a former finalist for a National Magazine Award and a winner of the Science in Society Prize from the National Association of Science Writers. Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New Yorker, the NY Times, Best American Essays, and Best American Science Writing.
Born in South Africa’s Great Karoo desert and raised in England, she graduated from Wesleyan University and quickly fled West to San Francisco, where she studied Zen Buddhism, interned at an alternative weekly, and landed at the San Francisco Chronicle, where she covered riots, cult scandals, the right-to-die movement, and other news from the margins. She left in her early 40s to become a freelance magazine writer, publishing dispatches in the New Yorker about the AIDS crisis, a female impersonator who became a Zen monk, a disappointing Valentine’s Day, and the afternoon that Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead fitted the Gyuto monks with microphones. In her late 50s, she joined the “rollaboard generation” and plunged into helping her aging and ailing parents, who lived on the opposite coast. That led to a New York Times magazine article that drew an overwhelming response and her first book, “Knocking on Heaven’s Door.” (Scribner, Sept. 10 2013.)

Earlier in life, she worked as a crossing guard, an incompetent waitress, an even more incompetent bookkeeper for an embattled dairy, and as a cabin cleaner in a zen monastery. She has lived on an abandoned avocado plantation in the Venezuelan rainforest 6 miles from the nearest road, spent a muddy winter in a monastery in southern France, and sung “Row Row Row Your Boat” with the inmates of a locked dementia ward. She teaches writing at Esalen Institute and lives just north of San Francisco. She interviewed Jeff Bridges for Tricycle; wrote from personal experience about downward mobility among baby-boomers for Mother Jones; and limned a volunteer’s-eye-view of the implosion of the Howard Dean campaign for Salon.com.

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Katy Butler

Katy Butler, author of Knocking On Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death (Simon & Schuster Scribner)

Katy Butler Discusses Knocking on Heaven’s Door (Corte Madera, CA)

Author Katy Butler discusses her book Knocking on Heaven’s Door, on September 11, 2013.

Karmic Diseases, Origins and Implications, Part II

Karmic Diseases: Some Clarifications
Sexual Karmic Illness

A karmic illness can be acquired through sexual karma, beyond the act of raping, or inflicting death following rape, sexual karma also can be the use of sexual magic in order to manipulate someone through occult practices with predetermined objectives.

As any type of magic spell, the practitioner is also bonded by it. In most cases, the practitioner remains in these spells which often are linked to the valley regions of the umbra.

This unbalanced frequency may extend itself on one’s energy matrix through several incarnations. It is very common with this type of binding that the occurrence and the transmission frequency of venereal diseases and viral diseases which work as a chip inside the astral body.

Mental Karmic Illness

Karmic illness induced through mental karma brings about thought-forms that may create the illusion of mental persecution to the alleged victim. Desires of revenge, hatred, bitterness, and all sorts of atrocities on the mental level are issued by the oppressor in order to destroy someone for something that they feel wronged about. This is one of the reasons for mental illnesses and various other mental disorders. Mental Karma can be reflected in one’s lives through depression, sense of emptiness, social dysfunctions, and they are all echoes of thought -forms, energy forms called elementar (not to be confused with elementals)


Elementars are loads or frequencies of mental and emotional energy combined and emitted from thoughts and feelings, and can take any shape depending on the vibration source and intention of the creator of it.

There have been many negative elementars formatted for centuries by our experiences within the matrix manipulation, which are rooted in our souls, and therefore in our DNA. Some examples of generating elementar emotions: anger, hatred, envy, jealousy, fear, guilt, bigotry, curses, among others.

An elementar is formed by the same materials and substances of the universe and therefore can take on a life of its own and create numerous losses to the victim. They are the result of human creation. They are creatures but they do not have souls. Their life span is proportionally related to the original feeling or emotion that created them. If the emotion ceases to exists, so do them.

The name elementar comes from being made of primeval elements of nature. Any of these waves emitted by a person to the victim who has the same encoding, may be affecting them gravely, because they are vibrating at the same frequency or they unknowingly possess this same kind of elementar, which at its turn induce a creation of mental karma.

Emotional karmas are much more extensive in nature than merely inflicting death upon other by reason of passion. The pursuit of objects, situations and things by means of purely satisfying greed, can bring many problems to the emotional and also physical bodies.

Any Karmic illness, being it a result from physical, mental or emotional karma, will continue to act up upon an individual until the karmic pattern generator of the unbalance is transmuted and purified.

These karmic configurations will be registered in our spiritual DNA and also in our Akashic records, and their complete healing will inevitably involve an awakening and an integrated healing that can be extended to all levels of consciousness.

When the disease is not treated as a systemic structure, including the Karmic level, the healing may occur only at the physical level, because the modern medicine only admits one dimension of reality: the reality of the physical body. This is the reason that some illnesses such as cancer can re-surge again into one’s life, because the real occult cause of the unbalance was not addressed. It happens because subconsciously, the individual continues to feel that they are still in debt with the divine accounting and still did not balance its responsibilities and lessons.

This is the Law of Cause and Effect. The negative karma, however, only remains active while the soul does not choose the path of healing that involves transmuting negative Karmic patterns and frequencies, and forgives former and current enemies. To deny the path of healing through forgiveness is to remain stuck in frequencies of fear and pain and thus become responsible for their own fate.

Karmic Diseases, Origins and Implications, Part I ~ Humanity Healing Network

Karmic Diseases, Origins and Implications

Karmic diseases or ailments are usually experiences brought into your reality from other lifetimes as a result of physical injury or grievance committed against another living being. The physical karma may have involved many aspects of direct and indirect harming to another being not necessarily resulting in deaths. It can be the consequence of harming another, emotionally, sexually, mentally or psychologically therefore inducing a physical reaction.

Any action that might have caused harm to the health of others or oneself whether in physical, mental, emotional or sexual realms can actively induce physical karma. Consequently, these diseases are present in our spiritual DNA as unbalanced patterns, and they are enshrined in our Akashic Records, as everything that happens in our lives have been stored. These patterns tend to determine what happens and will happen to each of us . The information from the Akashic Records will only be given to an individual when it is being used to heal oneself and one’s influential portion of the divine plan entrusted to the soul for this planetary lifetime.

Karmic diseases may manifest in one’s current existence depending on the degree of recurrence or impairment caused to the soul involved in creating the karma or unbalance.

It has been observed that most of the manifestations of the karmic disease beyond karma involved offers evidence of obsessions: haunting and lingering energies of old enemies, astral miasmas that continues to influence in the physical manifestation of these disorders.

An example is that is very common for women with the karma of successive abortions in other incarnations to be affected by diseases in their feminine organs in the present existence which may prevent or make very difficult to them to become mothers. Each karmic illness come as the ultimate physical lesson to be learned for the soul.

When this happens, the spirit which chose to reincarnate as a child is the aborted fetus in the other life who then creates the mothers’ suffering: in most cases energetic attacks of hurt , anger or revenge of the spirit rejected .

There are cases, however, where the mother and child form an agreement before the pre-chosen reincarnation, where both agreed to go through the experience of pregnancy; she may give birth to a child with physical disabilities, where the bonds of love, responsibilities and care are tested and healed for as long as they live.

But we may always remember that everything in the universe is in resonance within the parameters of divine justice, no action is aleatory or random.

The karma in question may have been individual or collective. An example of collective karma is the participants of the Catholic Inquisition in the Middle Ages, that together spread terror across the world, torturing and killing Jews, Muslims, “witches”, homosexuals and any who dared to think differently.

Consequently, as an organization now it has been suffering through many later incarnations of the victimized souls from problems and persecutions of sorts, on the physical level, and it will be as such until its karma is balanced and transmuted.

Eckhart Tolle on Tao Te Ching [ updated – Oct 30, 2013]

Translation by Gia-Fu Feng, Jane English No one has done better in conveying Lao Tsu’s simple and laconic style of writing, so as to produce an English version almost as suggestive of the many meanings intended. This is a most useful, as well as beautiful, volume-and what it has to say is exactly what the world, in its present state, needs to hear.” – Alan Watts RELIGION/ EASTERN STUDIES

The Tao Te Ching, the esoteric but infinitely practical book written most probably in the sixth century B.C. by Lao Tsu, has been translated more frequently than any work except the Bible. This translation of the Chinese classic, which was first published twenty-five years ago, has sold more copies than any of the others. It offers the essence of each word makes Lao Tsu’s teaching immediate and alive. The philosophy of Lao Tsu is simple: Accept what is in front of you without wanting the situation to be other than it is. Study the natural order of things and work with it rather than against it, for to try to change what is only sets up resistance. Nature provides for all without discrimination-therefore let us present the same face to everyone and treat all men as equals, however they may be have. If we watch carefully, we will see that work proceeds more quickly and easily if we stop looking for results. In the clarity of a still and open mind, truth will be reflected. We will come to appreciate the original meaning of the word “understand,” which means “to stand under.” We serve whatever or whoever stands before us, without any thought for ourselves. Te-which may be translated as “virtue” or “strength”-lies always in Tao, or “natural law.” In other words: Simply be.

Tao Te Ching: Part 1 to 6- Eckhart Tolle

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Tao Te Ching – Part 7 – Eckhart Tolle

What Would God Think of the God Particle? (Part 2) ~ Deepak Chopra

By Deepak Chopra, M.D., FACP and Menas Kafatos, Ph.D., Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor in Computational Physics, Chapman University

The “God particle” seems to be well and truly with us. The award on October 3 of the Nobel Prize in physics that focused on the Higgs boson – the technical term for the God particle – capped a decades-long search that has cost billions of dollars. In the first post we discussed why the discovery of the elusive, fleeting Higgs boson is two-edged. It represents a triumph in human curiosity and our drive to understand the universe. At the same time, however, a huge stumbling block hasn’t been overcome. In fact, the Higgs boson may indicate that creation (whether God exists or not) is becoming ever more mysterious.

The mammoth collider at CERN Switzerland blasted the Higgs boson out of the invisible quantum field so that it could be observed, at the faintest level of measurement and then only for precious milliseconds. But this was enough to disclose the finest level of the subatomic realm so far known to be real. The problem with getting this close to the source of creation is that space, time, gravity, matter, and energy have become more and more ambiguous, as if the quantum revolution hadn’t already done enough in that department. With the probability that so-called “dark” matter and energy may account for 96 percent of the universe – along with another probability, that “dark” stuff doesn’t obey the same laws as visible mater and energy – the picture of creation is undergoing radical revision.

Stephen Hawking added to the ambiguity in his last book, The Grand Design, by siding with those who have basically given up on a Theory of Everything and are settling for a piecemeal patchwork or mosaic of theories, each pertaining to distinct regions of creation while never being synthesized into one grand design. If God exists, the deity must be smiling. For behind the high fives and hoopla over the Higgs boson, there’s a growing doubt that we are anywhere near to understanding the nature of reality. These doubts arise from two major sources.

First, there’s broad agreement that science doesn’t comprehensively describe reality to begin with. Over a century ago the pioneers of quantum theory dismantled the common-sense notion that the world “out there” consists of hard, solid, tangible things. As one of the greatest of these pioneers, Werner Heisenberg, noted, “The atoms or elementary particles themselves are not real; they form a world of potentialities or possibilities rather than one of things or facts.” No one has ever refuted this claim, and when you add into the mixture the Uncertainty Principle, which says that quantum objects can be located only by the probability that they will appear at a certain place (only after it is observed does a particle actually settle into a measurable position), the solid, tangible world is radically undermined.

The result is one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in science: How does the shadowy, invisible quantum domain transition into the familiar, reassuring world we perceive through the five senses? Something almost inconceivable is taking place, and to parallel this mystery, there is a second one. How did atoms and molecules give rise (if they did) to the thinking brain? The glucose that feeds your brain isn’t very different from the sucrose in a sugar cube, but a sugar cube can’t read this sentence, while your brain can. The starting point for solving these two mysteries was neatly summarized by the illustrious British neurologist Sir John Eccles: “I want you to realize that there exists no color in the natural world, and no sound – nothing of this kind; no textures, no patterns, no beauty, no scent.”

Until very recently the two mysteries we’ve described (leaving out others that are more technical, such as the debate over Einstein’s cosmological constant) were essentially shrugged off by working physicists, who are content to accept the ordinary, common-sense world when they drive their cars, and who delve into the quantum domain as if it were a separate reality, which it isn’t.

The second reason that physics might be very far from understanding creation can be traced to the failure, now decades old, to mesh the two greatest achievements of twentieth-century physics – Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity and Quantum Mechanics. It’s highly embarrassing that two such spectacular intellectual discoveries don’t agree with each other. We won’t go into the technical reasons for the disagreement. It’s enough to say that trying to make them mesh has led theorists to the very brink of creation, to the boundary in spacetime where space and time emerge from a pre-created state. (One reason for celebrating the Higgs boson is that it represents a minuscule but vital step toward the pre-created state).

So the popular sentiment that we are near the big answers to big questions is hardly shared by many theoretical physicists who know more about their own theories. There is certainly a camp that believes the only way forward is to build more powerful particle accelerators to probe finer and finer fabrics of Nature, while another camp sees a way forward beyond the Standard Model and supersymmetry, through string theory, which offers a possible mathematical mode for the pre-created state (mathematics becomes the only guide left, since imagining the quantum vacuum, which precedes time and space, is mentally impossible).

Speaking for ourselves, we side with a small but farseeing group who turn for answers to consciousness, working from an unassailable fact: Reality, as far as humans are concerned, consists of the things we experience. Even the most arcane activity of physicists – and the Higgs boson is extremely arcane – are experiences; so is mathematics – if the laws of mathematics exist outside our experience, we will never know that or be able to prove it. For decades consciousness has been dismissed by “real” scientists as simply a given. But Max Planck, the founder of quantum physics, was as real a scientist as you can get, and he said this: “I regard consciousness as fundamental. We cannot get behind consciousness. ”

This belief that mind is inescapable, that so-called “objective” science must one day come to grips with subjectivity, was shared by any number of quantum pioneers but got put on the shelf while the thrust of physics remained physical. The vast majority of physicists continue to work and think as if mind shouldn’t be part of their equations. As long as such a belief persists, despite its self-contradiction (can the mind really ignore the mind?) there will be more elementary particles for expensive machines to blast out of the vacuum state. At the same time, God will rest comfortably that creation’s greatest mysteries haven’t been revealed. At some point, perhaps in the near future, science will finally accept, and awards will soon follow, that the mind cannot be left out of the picture that the mind studies.

Read “What Would God Think of the God Particle? (Part 1)” HERE

Your Soul Contract Decoded: Discovering the Spiritual Map of Your Life with Numerology by Nicolas David Ngan

Inside your birth name hides the blueprint of your life. Unlock those secrets with this ancient system of numerology based on Hebrew glyphs, and release your full potential! Your Soul Contract Decoded reveals that there is an underlying plan, a carefully designed spiritual map that guides us—and then it empowers seekers to navigate their challenges, find and express their strengths, and manifest their dreams. By revealing your karmic patterns, it enables you to access your life’s true purpose and finally achieve your soul destiny.

Nicolas David Ngan was born in New Zealand, completed a degree in Chemical Engineering and worked in research and marketing. Leaving New Zealand in 1987, he travelled widely before settling in London. He established the Center for Conscious Ascension with Ahlmeirah Ariel Hallaire in 2002 as a vehicle for accelerating the Ascension process using three primary tools; The Soul Contract Reading work to give people The Spiritual Map of their lives, Lightbody Integration work for embodying and expressing their higher consciousness and Divine Healing for clearing the blockages within them so they can travel their Map and more fully express their Spirit. It offers private sessions and practitioner trainings with all three modalities, consciousness raising workshops and business consulting. Dr Hallaire now runs the Centre For Love and Enlightenment.

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Nicolas David Ngan Interview on Soul Contract Readings

High Spirit Magazine Boo Wake Up Interview of Nicolas on Soul Contract Readings by Ahqulieah Kohav Luthienne

God Is Not One:The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World–and Why Their Differences Matter By Stephen Prothero [updated Oct 29, 2013]

Stephen Prothero, the New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy, makes a fresh and provocative argument that, contrary to popular understanding, all religions are not simply different paths to the same end… and why this matters greatly for us. Readers of Huston Smith and Karen Armstrong will find much to ponder in God Is Not One.
Book Description

At the dawn of the twenty-first century, dizzying scientific and technological advancements, interconnected globalized economies, and even the so-called New Atheists have done nothing to change one thing: our world remains furiously religious. For good and for evil, religion is the single greatest influence in the world.

We accept as self-evident that competing economic systems (capitalist or communist) or clashing political parties (Republican or Democratic) propose very different solutions to our planet’s problems. So why do we pretend that the world’s religious traditions are different paths to the same God?

We blur the sharp distinctions between religions at our own peril, argues religion scholar Stephen Prothero, and it is time to replace naïve hopes of interreligious unity with deeper knowledge of religious differences.

In Religious Literacy, Prothero demonstrated how little Americans know about their own religious traditions and why the world’s religions should be taught in public schools. Now, in God Is Not One, Prothero provides readers with this much-needed content about each of the eight great religions. To claim that all religions are the same is to misunderstand that each attempts to solve a different human problem. For example:

–Islam: the problem is pride / the solution is submission
–Christianity: the problem is sin / the solution is salvation
–Confucianism: the problem is chaos / the solution is social order
–Buddhism: the problem is suffering / the solution is awakening
–Judaism: the problem is exile / the solution is to return to God

Prothero reveals each of these traditions on its own terms to create an indispensable guide for anyone who wants to better understand the big questions human beings have asked for millennia—and the disparate paths we are taking to answer them today.

A bold polemical response to a generation of misguided scholarship, God Is Not One creates a new context for understanding religion in the twenty-first century and disproves the assumptions most of us make about the way the world’s religions work.

Stephen Prothero is the New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy and God Is Not One, and is a professor of religion at Boston University. He and his work have been featured on the cover of Time magazine, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, National Public Radio, and other top national media outlets.

He writes and reviews for the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, Salon, Slate, and other publications
God Is Not One by Stephen Prothero

At the dawn of the twenty-first century, dizzying scientific and technological advancements, interconnected globalized economies, and even the so-called New Atheists have done nothing to change one thing: our world remains furiously religious.

For good and for evil, religion is the single greatest influence in the world. We accept as self-evident that competing economic systems (capitalist or communist) or clashing political parties (Republican or Democratic) propose very different solutions to our planet’s problems. So why do we pretend that the world’s religious traditions are different paths to the same God?

We blur the sharp distinctions between religions at our own peril, argues religion scholar Stephen Prothero, and it is time to replace naïve hopes of interreligious unity with deeper knowledge of religious differences.

In Religious Literacy, Prothero demonstrated how little Americans know about their own religious traditions and why the world’s religions should be taught in public schools. Now, in God Is Not One, Prothero provides readers with this much-needed content about each of the eight great religions.

To claim that all religions are the same is to misunderstand that each attempts to solve a different human problem. For example: Islam: the problem is pride / the solution is submission Christianity: the problem is sin / the solution is salvation Confucianism: the problem is chaos / the solution is social order Buddhism: the problem is suffering / the solution is awakening Judaism: the problem is exile / the solution is to return to God

Prothero reveals each of these traditions on its own terms to create an indispensable guide for anyone who wants to better understand the big questions human beings have asked for millennia—and the disparate paths we are taking to answer them today.

A bold polemical response to a generation of misguided scholarship, God Is Not One creates a new context for understanding religion in the twenty-first century and disproves the assumptions most of us make about the way the world’s religions work.

Title: God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World–and Why Their Differences Matter
Author: Stephen Prothero

1.”Transcendence” 2. The Enjoyment of Being ~ Eckhart Tolle

Eckhart discusses what it means to overcome our compulsive identification with thoughts and live in continual internal alignment with the evolutionary impulse of the universe.

Eckhart Tolle: The Enjoyment of Being

Published on Jul 11, 2013

In this Eckhart Tolle TV sample, Eckhart explains how the full scope of life’s richness is ours to enjoy when we learn to relate to the world from awareness rather than only through conceptual thought.

Why on Earth?: Biography and the Practice of Human Becoming by Signe Schaefer

Life today poses many questions, both in our personal lives and in our participation in nature and the broader culture. We often focus on the outer needs for social, political, technological, or environmental change. However, can we really meet the challenges around us without also attending to our inner life and to our own evolving biography as it reflects and informs the outer world?

This book starts from the premise that each of our lives expresses uniqueness of spiritual intention within the unfolding of universal rhythms and possibilities.

Can we wake up to the developmental opportunities offered to us through different life phases?

Are we able to step out of the narrowness of the dualistic nature-nurture argument and experience that we are both more than our genetic composition and more than a product of the social and educational influences that have shaped us?

Can we come to appreciate the learning that our “I” has received through heredity, ethnicity, schooling, and gender without losing a sense of our true individuality?

Waking up to our unique self as it grows through interaction with the world and other human beings helps us recognize the significance we all play in one another’s biographies and in the unfolding of our larger human story. Why on Earth? invites us to explore our own meaning-filled life journey, to bring conscious attention to how we go our path, so that we may more freely perceive our possibilities and our responsibilities along the way of our personal and shared becoming.

SIGNE EKLUND SCHAEFER was the founding director of a professional development program in Biography and Social Art, one of several activities of the Center for Biography and Social Art. A teacher of adults for many decades, she has been a student of life for as long as she can remember. Never having heeded what was told her as a child—not to ask so many questions—she continues to love learning. Her desire to know more about the multiple dimensions of human development led her as a young person to the work of Rudolf Steiner and to Waldorf education. She directed Foundation Studies at Sunbridge College for more than twenty years and was on the faculty of Emerson College in Sussex England before that. She continues to teach both nationally and internationally, including at several recent workshops in China. She coauthored Ariadne’s Awakening, a book on gender questions and coedited the parenting book More Lifeways . A mother and grandmother, she now lives in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, with her husband Christopher Schaefer.

Signe Schaefer Reads from “Why on Earth?”

Published on Oct 18, 2013

Signe Schaefer visited The Brooklyn Waldorf School on October 10 for a reading, discussion, and Q&A about her new book, “Why On Earth”.

Jerry Freeman – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on Oct 23, 2013

Jerry Freeman has been practicing Transcendental Meditation, the advanced techniques of TM, and the TM Sidhis program beginning shortly before turning nineteen, over 40 years ago. He was trained by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi as a teacher of Transcendental Meditation the following year, lived for some years in the semi-monastic program Maharishi founded, and has continued to study Maharishi’s teachings to this day. He writes about Maharishi’s insights into the development of higher major states of consciousness, as they relate to today’s discussions of Advaita, Vedanta, awakening, Self-realization and enlightenment.

He is presently working on a book on this subject, tentatively titled: The Enlightenment Puzzle: what everyone should know about awakening. In the book’s introduction, he states, “What I have to say here is not my own invention. … What I will say here is not an official presentation of Maharishi’s teaching, as it includes numerous observations and conclusions that are my own. However, the great insights about awakening, human consciousness, enlightenment, etc. are not mine. They are Maharishi’s

Jerry supports a family of adopted children, working as a musical instrument maker. His penny whistles are recommended by many Irish music instructors for their students, as they are affordable and very high quality, and they are played in performance and recordings by many of the most renowned performers of Irish music.

Interview recorded 10/19/2013.

Adyashanti – 1. How to deal with deep Karmic Patterns! 2. Good Karma? Bad Karma?

Adyashanti – Good Karma? Bad Karma?

Talk from a retreat with Adyashanti.

Adyashanti, author of Falling into Grace, True Meditation, and The End of Your World, is an American-born spiritual teacher devoted to serving the awakening of all beings. His teachings are an open invitation to stop, inquire, and recognize what is true and liberating at the core of all existence.

Asked to teach in 1996 by his Zen teacher of 14 years, Adyashanti offers teachings that are free of any tradition or ideology. “The Truth I point to is not confined within any religious point of view, belief system, or doctrine, but is open to all and found within all.” Based in California, Adyashanti lives with his wife, Mukti, Associate Teacher of Open Gate Sangha. He teaches throughout North America and Europe, offering satsangs, weekend intensives, silent retreats, and a live internet radio broadcast.

Jiddu Krishnamurti: In The Present Is The Whole Of Time

Washington D.C. 1st Public Talk 20th April 1985:

‘In The Present Is The Whole Of Time’

This is not a lecture on any particular subject according to certain disciplines, scientific or philosophical. Lectures are meant to inform on a particular subject or instruct, but we are not going to do that. So this is not a lecture, nor is it a form of entertainment. In this country especially, one is greatly accustomed to being entertained, amused. Rather in these talks, this afternoon and tomorrow morning, we are going to talk together about the whole of our existence from the moment we are born until we die.

In that period of time, whether it be fifty years, ninety years or a hundred years, we go through all kinds of problems and difficulties. We have economic, social, religious problems; problems of personal relationship, problems of individual fulfilment, wanting to find one’s roots in some place or other; and we have innumerable psychological wounds, fears, pleasures, sensations. There is a great deal of fear in all human beings, a great deal of anxiety, uncertainty, and a pursuit of pleasure, and also all human beings on this beautiful earth suffer a great deal of pain, loneliness. We are going to talk about all that together. And about what place religion has in modern life. We are also going to talk over together the question of death; and what is a religious mind and what is meditation; is there anything that is beyond thought and is there anything sacred in life, or is everything matter so that we lead a materialistic life?

What Would God Think of the God Particle? Part 1

By Deepak Chopra, M.D., FACP and Menas Kafatos, Ph.D., Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor in Computational Physics, Chapman University

The award of the Nobel Prize in physics generally creates a mental blur for most people, since no one can comprehend the current state of physics without training in advanced mathematics. This year was somewhat different, thanks to a nickname.

As the world learned on October 3, the British physicist Peter Higgs and the Belgian physicist Francois Englert shared the Nobel, as was widely expected in the profession. The award was given for a theory involving a missing particle in the so-called Standard Model of particle physics. The particle had come to be known as the Higgs boson when it was postulated or more popularly as “the God particle” from a 1993 book by Leon Lederman, another Nobel laureate who also served as the director of the prestigious Fermilab.

The discovery last year at CERN in Switzerland of the Higgs boson was a triumph for the Standard Model theory. Higgs and Englert, along with Robert Brout, Gerald Guralnik, C. R. Hagen, and Tom Kibble, had hypothesized the existence of a field filling the entire vacuum of space. If it hadn’t been dubbed the God particle, physicists wouldn’t be saddled with an embarrassing, catchy name. Meant initially as a joke, the enduring moniker suggests that in some way science has reached an ultimate destination. Creation has surrendered its final secret, even if there is no God. But in reality particle physics keeps moving forward, and after the celebration at finding a Higgs boson dies down, new frontiers will open up. Meanwhile, every physicist who is asked about the God particle takes pains to distance himself from the label, including Higgs himself.

Now that God has been invoked in the discussion, however, it’s worth asking if we are getting closer to understanding Him/Her/It in a way that matters beyond the arcane of quantum physics.

Certainly a step was taken in our understanding of the finest fabric of the cosmos. In technical language, the ubiquitous Higgs field allows all particles in the universe to acquire mass through interactions with it, as the particles move through space, via a kind of dragging effect analogous to chunks of matter moving through molasses (elementary particles being the equivalent of the chunks and the Higgs field the molasses). High energy proton collisions at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN revealed the elusive Higgs boson. The Higgs, unlike the photon, which is also a boson, has a mass, expected to be in the approximate range of 125 (or more) times the mass of the proton. Bosons are particles in quantum theory that carry forces – for example, the photon is the carrier of the electromagnetic force. They can be packed together in unlimited amounts. The Higgs boson is very unstable, instantly decaying after its creation into other particles prescribed by quantum field theory.

What’s also clear is that particle physicists were willing to go to almost any lengths to provide evidence for this missing link. It took many billions of colliding protons in the huge LHC CERN accelerator, backed up by multitudes of computers around the world to painstakingly analyze the data, before the discovery of the God particle seemed real. Most physicists by now, although guarded, believe that some form of Higgs boson was in fact observed last summer. And the rapid award of the Nobel is a testament of that commonly-held belief. The difficulty of this achievement was underlined by the fact that the Higgs boson is so mysterious and fleeting that it took from 1964, when its existence was first proposed, until last March to verify that such a particle actually exists.

Being irritated by a nickname doesn’t dispel the widespread belief that science is somehow getting very, very close to understanding the fundamental nature of reality. Some take an optimistic view of the road ahead. There is hope that the Higgs field may help bring together general relativity and quantum theory. Currently cosmologists believe that dark energy permeates the universe, evolving according to general relativity, and is responsible for an accelerating expansion of the universe. Although a standard Higgs particle would say little about dark energy, more exotic versions could provide theoretical understanding of it. Scientists will have to look at the LHC results on how the Higgs decays into other particles after it is produced in high energy collisions. The “dark” side of the universe poses both a new frontier and a stumbling block. Cosmologists seem to agree that all the luminous matter in the universe makes up only 4 percent of whatever exists. All the hundreds of billions of galaxies, composed of many billions of stars, make up just 4 percent of everything. The rest may be in the form of dark matter and even the more exotic (but unknown) dark energy. So if the “Higgs-like” particle discovered at CERN turns out to be the more exotic form, it could help us understand dark energy.

As Rolf-Dieter Heuer, director of the LHC project, stated in a 2011 talk, “The Higgs is neither matter nor force. The Higgs is just different.” We won’t go into the differences here, except to say that there is reason to assume that the Higgs isn’t one of a kind but the opening wedge to an entire class of so-called scalar particles. One optimistic view of the results observed so far holds that the discovery will lead to new developments in particle physics. These would open up a finer level of the quantum domain and thus bring physics closer to its holy grail, a Theory of Everything, a grandiose-sounding, particle-based view of the cosmos.

The more pessimistic overview,( but as its proponents claim more realistic,) states that the LHC results have not given any evidence of the existence of other particles that would be needed to continue our understanding of the physics beyond the Higgs, to what is expected to be the next theoretical development, dubbed supersymmetry. As such, there’s a major snag in attempts to ultimately develop a Theory of Everything. Even leaving arguments related to theories of physics aside, such a theory, as envisaged, doesn’t say anything and in fact cannot say anything about life, evolution and the phenomena of mind and awareness. It is not even clear how gravity, the last of the four forces of nature described by general relativity, will fit into the Standard Model – at this point, a great deal of current theory, including the widely touted superstring theory, is interesting speculation.

It is inescapable that two worldviews, one scientific and technical, the other human and experiential, must either collide or converge. That is, the universe must make room for how human beings evolved in order to investigate the creation that gave rise to us. Any Theory of Everything that leaves the human dimension out – as particle physics tries overwhelmingly to do – cannot reach its goal. The Higgs boson, as viewed from the world we all experience every day, isn’t simply arcane. It leads toward a collision of worldviews rather than a convergence. We will discuss what this means in the next post.

(To be cont.)

How Near-Death Experiences Are Changing The World – Part 1 of 2 ~ NewHeavenNewEarth (NHNE)

On January 27th and March 16th of 2012, David Sunfellow gave two talks in Sedona entitled “How Near-Death Experiences Are Changing The World”. The following two-hour, two-part video is a summary of the information that David shared during these presentations. David’s Sedona talks, and the four classes that followed afterwards, were co-sponsored by NewHeavenNewHeaven (NHNE) and The Mustard Seed Venture.

In Part 1 of this two-part series, David discusses the history of near-death experiences, global statistics and trends, and common themes and characteristics. It also features many near-death experiences, including those of Dr. George Ritchie, Er, Sir Francis Beaufort, Black Elk, Mary Jo Rapini, Andy Petro, Ellyn Dye, Colton Burpo, Howard Storm, and Elizabeth Taylor.

How Near-Death Experiences Are Changing The World – Part 2 of 2

In Part 2 of this two-part series, David explores the near-death experiences of Mellen-Thomas Benedict, Nanci Danison, Jim Macartney, Raymond Moody, and Anita Moorjani. It examines the nature of reality, miracles, and spontaneous healings. Discusses how and why the core themes of NDEs come in so many different flavors. Presents some of the NDE aftereffects that Dr. Jeffrey Long identifies in his book, “Evidence of the Afterlife”. Includes a video clip of Raymond Moody describing his new research into “shared death experiences”. And examines two, especially powerful NDE-take-aways that have the potential to change lives. Part 2 also includes a list of websites and resources for people who have had a near-death experience and need help understanding and integrating it. Provides links to social networks where you can gather with others who are interested in this topic. And discusses the four follow-up classes that are connected to this presentation.

Vedic Astrology Eclipses and the Japan nuclear crisis ~ Sam Geppi

Japan Nuclear Danger and Upcoming Eclipse

The world is currently facing a real and imminent threat In Japan, at the site of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The Japanese government has plans to relocate four thousand tons of spent nuclear fuel, highly toxic and irradiated. There is 14,000 times the level of toxicity in this fuel than radiation that was released in the Hiroshima nuclear explosion.

The scale of this operation is something that has never been undertaken by humanity. Moving this much dangerous material, especially in as degraded of a form as it is in – and from a degraded building – is going to require nothing short of a miracle to be done properly. If it is not done properly, and something goes wrong, the risk of explosion, and therefore toxic exposure, is incredibly high. Should this happen, it is estimated that much of the northern hemisphere may be exposed to lethal radiation for thousands of years – or something maybe even worse.

This may be a most serious crisis ever facing humanity, and it may be happening in the next couple of months.

The Astrology of This Crisis
The astrology will certainly show this. We are headed toward a very intense eclipse on November 3, 2013. At that time, the sun will be eclipsed by Rahu, the North node. It will also be joined Saturn, the moon, and Mercury retrograde.

Saturn will be at its highest exultation point, which by default should be seen as a stabilizing influence. Yet, Saturn is the planet of death and danger as well as consequences,.. gulp!

The sun is debilitated, showing “the power” itself is weak. Rahu, the North node has to do with nuclear energy and radiation. Why you ask?, Because Rahu wants to eclipse the sun – The source of all energy.

Nuclear energy is just an accelerated and potentially lethal substitute for the sun’s natural energy. All power comes from the sun. Not just power in the form of electricity, oil, etc. – but also the power in our bodies. The power in food that we eat is nothing but sunlight. The sun itself is a nuclear reactor, turning hydrogen and helium.

Outer Planets – Uranus and Pluto are Important Here

In addition to these eclipse factors, we should consider the outer planets that are used in Western astrology. In particular, a couple of days before the eclipse, a square between Pluto and retrograde Uranus perfects to the exact degree. In addition, Mars casts a direct eighth house aspect on Uranus that same day (October 31, Halloween).

According to this astrologer, the outer planets do indeed have affects, mostly on a cultural or internal level. But their external results are usually seen when associating with a visible planet.

With Mars casting a one-way aspect on to Uranus, on October 31, it is my hope this will ignite creativity and “outside of the box thinking”, one of the most important traits of Uranus – and Rahu.

We are entering a phase where the overlooked tragedy of this nuclear disaster is now going to enter mass consciousness. I see this as being indicated by this Uranus/Pluto dance – which has been happening since the nuclear disaster began.

Similarity to March 11, 2011
When the Tsunami hit originally, Mars was in a very tight aspect to Saturn, an eighth house aspect. This is the same aspect that we now see in Mars tightly applying to Uranus. What was interesting about the initial tsunami/Mars aspect is there were no explosions after Mars separated from the aspect with Saturn. Before that, there was this tsunami/earthquake and buildings exploding. This is classic Mars, putting a one-way aspect onto another planet.

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