Archive for December, 2013


An Essay about the Nature of our Spiritual Understanding

The struggle for existence holds as much in the intellectual as in the physical world. A theory is a species of thinking, and its right to exist is coextensive with its power of resisting extinction by its rivals. ~Thomas Huxley

To retain a general mental capacity requires, among other things, the ability to be rational, to plan ahead, to solve problems, to think abstractly, to comprehend complex ideas, to learn fast and to learn through experience. Intellectual training is not a literary learning process, nor is it the ability to obtain good grades. It refers to a more ample concept: the ability to perceive and understand in depth the world around you.

When we refer to someone as “intellectualized” we are referring to an individual that holds a great amount of information about diverse issues, but also as someone with a certain familiarity with the art of thinking intelligently and rationalizing over these topics. We know, nevertheless, that the real characteristic of a clever mind is the ability to solve problems with ease and precision.

But is a good intellectual background enough to develop sagacity, perception and mindfulness? Our answer is no.

What make an individual express perceptiveness is mix of genetic background, spiritual will or predisposition, and education; not only training and education. Any school can train an individual to think logically and critically, but they cannot necessarily train anyone to be creative and resourceful. Intelligence is a dynamic phenomenon, while education is a static one. Everyone knows that it is possible to discuss for hours about subjects with no passing of relevant content among individuals. The intellect when devoid of the luminous influence of Spirit is just as a false light that preserves itself through the exercise of speech, not necessarily creating anything new.

Know Thyself
The intellectual argument, per se, is often slave of the code of beliefs of an individual and rarely is manifested through an outcome that involved spiritual insight or self-reflection, but instead it reveals itself as an expression of cultural tradition and preconceptions.

Man is not logical and his intellectual history is a record of mental reserves and compromises. He hangs on to what he can in his old beliefs even when he is compelled to surrender their logical basis.”

~John Dewey

The same way we distinguish the intellectually insightful from the cultured and creative individuals, it is important to differentiate the concept of intellectualized beings and evolved beings.

From the mystical perspective, evolution refers to a process of increasing the ratio of Universal consciousness on one Individual’s life. This process naturally unleash a sense of social and global responsibility, an increase of Altruism, the sense of duty, service to others, and compassion to all the sentient forms of life, not only the human ones. An advanced human being, touched by Divine Grace, does not need necessarily to be extremely intellectualized, even though most of the intellectuals we meet tend to show themselves as highly evolved. The premature judgment of their character based upon the number of books read, or titles that they collected through life, can cause disappointment to the gentle soul; the confusion between these two concepts can really muddle the waters of reality.

Culture and Sensibility

We are not saying that ignorance and misery contribute to the spiritual progress of humanity; no real school of wisdom will reinforce this idea. As one chooses to trail the spiritual path, one should be vigilant and mindful of an ever increasing intellectual development, but also should devote time to improve sensibility and sensitivity through art, music, literature, sculptures, etc.

Aside of this, it is very important to advance in the taming of our emotions and feelings, as they are an important part of the vehicle of our personalities, especially those that are repressed and/or neglected. This would constitute the necessary trails on path of self-realization and self-knowledge.

Copyright 2013 Humanity Healing Network

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On Wednesday, January 1, 2014 we have the new moon in such areas./ this new moon also comes at the beginning of the year, bringing together two important “beginnings” – See more at: http://www.mydailyastrology.net/join/…

Though it is simple and obvious, you may not understand the incredible importance of the way of nothing. When you do see the way, you will wonder, “Can it really be this easy and simple?” And seeing that there was never anything in the way of freedom can almost be embarrassing. “How could I have never seen it?” you’ll ask.

The Way of Nothing: Nothing in the Way explores the obstacles that stop you from reaching your highest desires: enlightenment, eternal peace, or simply ordinary contentment. These obstacles are nothing more than concepts you have that seem real, yet they vanish with insight into the way. It is a wonderful surprise to discover that there has always been nothing in the way of what you want. Best of all, there is really nothing to it!
Paramananda was born in Calgary Alberta in 1975 and currently lives in Vancouver British Columbia where he works as an electrician.
He first learned how to meditate in 1999. Since then he has dedicated his life to exploring and sharing the freedom of this path. In 2003 he began to teach meditation and offer retreats based on the teachings of The Bright Path. These teachings reveal all that is required to walk this path with joy. He teaches that the silence and the humility of not taking yourself seriously are the foundations to seeing that you are already free.
He is the author of A Path of Joy, The Way of Nothing and Without you there.

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Published on Nov 10, 2013

When natural resources like timber, water and mineral deposits can be extracted from ecosystems, they become assets with dollar values that can be bought and sold internationally and enable developing countries to grow and participate in the global economy. If growth is the key to emerging from poverty, then this might seem like a good thing. But what if these same resources being sold to richer nations come from an ecosystem that people depend on for their livelihood? What if new growth is actually proportional to the creation of new poverty?

The cult of ‘growth’ has dictated policy for decades. But if well-being, not growth, is our goal, selling resources that bring long term wellbeing to communities for short term gain is a very bad deal. Hard as it may be for the West to understand, protecting the ecological resources of communities might be more important than GDP figures.

Vandana Shiva holds a PhD in physics, but is best known as an environmental, and anti-globalisation activist and as a leading figure of ‘ecofeminism.’ Shiva is based in India and is the author of over twenty books, including Staying Alive and Biopiracy. She is a former recipient of the Sydney Peace Prize.

Chair: Simran Sethi is an award-winning Indian American journalist. She is currently undergoing a research fellowship at the University of Melbourne in Australia on the loss of agricultural biodiversity in our food system.

This week the Moon will move from Scorpio through Aquarius and there will be a New Moon on New years day. This will bring together the beginning of the calendar year with the beginning of the Sagittarius cycle.

Vedic Astrology Forecast Week of January 1 – 2014 – Video


Monday the moon moved from Scorpio, where it is debilitated. Expect some restlessness.

Tuesday and Wednesday the Moon in Sagittarius will be aspected by Saturn, Mars and Jupiter. In addition, we have the new moon on Wednesday.

This begins a new cycle of inspiration and searching for meaning. Yet, the aspect from Saturn, Mars and Jupiter will also bring a lot of emotional ambition and pressure Wednesday and Thursday.

Then, the moon will pass retrograde Venus into Thursday, As it goes into Capricorn. Wednesday and Thursday may have a romantic surprise in store.

The rest of the week the moon will be in Saturn ruled signs, making for some seriousness and the need to transform that into higher duty and calling.


Published on Nov 30, 2013

Extract from the gathering at RA MA Institute for Applied Yogic Science, Venice, Los Angeles. November 22nd, 2013

Very lively debate with introduction in Spanish. Actual discussion between Deepak and Richard commences at 0.05:35 over an 1 and 15 minutes session.


Published on Nov 9, 2013

A discussion between Richard Dawkins and Deepak Chopra on 11-09-2013. Broadcast and hosted by CDI (http://www.ciudaddelasideas.com). I do not own the content in this video. Posted under U.S. Fair Use policy with intention of public commenting, review and discussion.

New Year, New You!
Audios to Awaken To Your Life’s Purpose

If you want to activate your deeper wisdom and experience your higher self consciously and at will, in more than just those fleeting moments when you sense the greater intelligence working through you, then you can do it through these practices from Awakening To Your Life’s Purpose with Dr. Jean Houston.

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Inner Freedom

The height of fulfillment……is about seeking to fully embody yourself.

Drawing from over 30 years of in-depth experience and research in the human sciences, Dr. Keith Merron has developed a profound process by which one can experience full inner and outer freedom.

In his new, groundbreaking book, Inner Freedom: Living Authentically the Life You Were Truly Meant to Live, Dr. Keith Merron invites the reader to confront the forces that cause and impede inner freedom in one’s life.

Most of us are living a mistake and we repeat that mistake time and time again, misunderstanding the larger pattern in which we are caught. The mistake is simple—we unconsciously believe that if we get certain things or become what society tells us we should become, then we’ll be fulfilled.

The simple and profound message of this book is that you have the possibility of living a full and authentic life and in so doing, experience greater fulfillment and joy than you ever imagined possible. Living authentically is the experience of embracing yourself fully and expressing who you are to the fullest extent possible—it is about giving voice to who you are at the deepest level of who you are. And to live life authentically means honoring and supporting others to do the same. It is about being and speaking one’s truth and encouraging others to do the same.

Many have known the extraordinary sense of fulfillment available to us all along. Unfortunately though, it is hard to trust this knowledge as the media bombards us with images to the contrary. What prevents us from living the life we were meant to live is that too many of us live in a trap cultivated and supported by our culture. It is a trap that we chose and didn’t know we chose it, for it is all around us, and expected of us. This book is about the unseen trap and is designed to help you get out of yours. It is designed to support you in listening from you heart and listening to your body and thoughts and feelings, for they have been trying to tell you something.

Dr. Keith Merron is the founder and Managing Partner of Avista Consulting Group, an organizational consulting and leadership development firm dedicated to helping organizations with bold visions achieve sustainable high performance and industry leadership. As an organization effectiveness and executive development consultant, he has more than 30 years of experience assisting executives and managers in business, government, and education.

Keith has designed and led over 100 seminars and workshops for leaders. He has helped create some of the most innovative leadership training programs in the country. Keith received his Doctorate from Harvard University in 1985, where his studies spanned the fields of human and organization development. He is the author of four books on human and organizational change. They include: Riding the Wave: Designing Your Organization for Enduring Success, Consulting Mastery: How the Best Make the Biggest Difference, and The Golden Flame: The Heart and Soul of Remarkable Leadership, and Inner Freedom: Living Authentically the Life You Were Truly Meant to Live. Keith teaches leadership at Hult School of Business and is in high demand as a speaker on the subject of leadership and building extraordinary organizational cultures. Keith is single with two children, lives in San Rafael, California, and enjoys golf, tennis, bicycling, and pottery in his spare time.

Inner Freedom

Dr. Keith Merron discusses his 10-week webinar workshop based on his book, Inner Freedom: Living Authentically the Life You Were Truly Meant to Live

TEDxDavis-Keith Merron-In Search of Remarkable Leadership

Dr Merron is a successful businessman who wanted to know what it meant to be a great leader. To find out he spent his time meeting and talking to some of the greatest leaders of our time. In this inspirational talk, he describes the experience of meeting these people, and the lessons he learned from them.

Dr. Keith Merron is one of the country’s leading experts in leadership, organizational culture, and change. As a doctoral student at Harvard University 30 years ago, he was amid of some of the seminal research upon which our current knowledge of organizational culture is based. His research on the relationship between ego maturity, leadership, and organizational effectiveness helped form the basis of a new theory of organizational and societal change called Spiral Dynamics, elucidated in Ken Wilber’s ground breaking treatise, A Theory of Everything. He is committed to helping organizations become leaders in their industry as a result of the quality of their culture and workplace.


How do you calm the voice in your head, and how can you clear your mind of bad memories?

Eckhart Tolle’s Definition of God – Super Soul Sunday – Oprah Winfrey Network

Spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle says that only through the present moment do you have access to the power of life itself. That power is God. Watch as Eckhart explains why only believing in God is a poor substitute for the reality of God. Plus, watch as he demonstrates the simple exercise you can do to visualize the present moment.

Evolving toward Unconditional Love – Part 2 This two part series explores the evolutionary conditioning of fear and judgment that contracts us away from love and acceptance, and the quality of mindful presence—in relating inwardly and in communicating with others—that awakens and frees our hearts.

View Here Evolving toward Unconditional Love – Part 1

A practical guide to stop searching for meaning by creating meaning from within

• Explains how we can only discover who we are by naming what we want to be and taking steps to make it a reality

• Offers simple evidence-based methods to generate enthusiasm, creativity, and direct spiritual experience and to co-create with the natural world as our ancestors did

• Presents 11 core principles for living life from within, such as how to take full responsibility for motivation and effort, express gratitude, and focus your intention
Everyone wants to experience purpose and inspiration in their lives, but the search for meaning often leaves a seeker in the hands of fate.

Offering a different approach to self-discovery, one where we create our meaning from within rather than seek it from the outside world, Julie Tallard Johnson shows there is a science behind personal spiritual experiences and creativity. She reveals simple evidence-based methods that can be applied to any situation to generate enthusiasm, inspiration, and direct spiritual experience and transform the inner and outer landscapes of your life.

Drawing from the Heart Sutra, the I Ching, indigenous wisdom, and the teachings of the Dalai Lama, Joseph Campbell, and the Kadampa master Atisha, Johnson outlines a practice centered on what she calls the Zero Point Agreement—the realization that you are the zero point of your life, that life’s purpose comes from within. She explains how to discover who you truly are by naming what you want to be and taking steps to make it a reality.

Providing 11 core principles for the Zero Point Agreement as well as thought exercises, meditations, and journaling practices, Johnson shows how to break free from negative habitual states, liberate yourself from your attachment to the behaviors of others, take full responsibility for motivation and effort, express gratitude, focus your intention, and learn to co-create with the natural world. She also explores how to transform repressed material and how to apply the Zero Point Agreement to heal both personal and global relationships.

Revealing how we can tap in to the creative, creational power that lies within and around each of us, Johnson offers a spiritual technology for self-illumination, creative restructuring of your life, and manifestation of your life’s purpose.

Julie Tallard Johnson is a licensed psychotherapist who maintains a private healing service, Healing Services Overlooking the River, established in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, in 1995. Here she offers the Wheel of Initiation course, spiritual journaling classes, and one-on-one transpersonal counseling. Her studies and investigation into cognitive-behavioral therapy, mind training, Buddhist philosophy, transpersonal counseling, and group dynamics lead to her development of the Wheel of Initiation and a year-long Initiation course, which she has facilitated since 1998.

She employs a multicultural approach in her work, knowing that each person has to find a spiritual practice that is personally relevant for them. In 2008 the land adjacent to her practice was opened up so that others could enjoy its Three-jewel labyrinth, one-acre prairie spiral, and 40 acres of nature paths

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