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In November, 2008, Pakistani Muslim terrorists attacked Mumbai. The 5 Star Oberoi Hotel was one of their targets. The Oberoi was also where M.C. Cannon, leader of the Synchronicity Foundation for Modern Spirituality in Virginia, and 24 of his associates were staying. Four in the group were wounded and two were killed. When rescued by SWAT teams and interviewed by the press, Synchronicity survivors expressed immediate compassion and understanding towards the terrorists. During interviews and press conferences following the attack, they repeated words of forgiveness, not accusation. This ignited an international tsunami of stunned curiosity and thousands of e-mail messages and phone calls flooded in. “I am inspired by your response.” “How did you get to be the way you are?” And, “How can I learn to do that?” This book is a response to those inquiries.This book uses the Mumbai siege as a context for a revolutionary explanation of what true forgiveness really is and how to live the Holistic Lifestyle in a state of awareness where true forgiveness becomes instinctive.

Master Charles Cannon is a modern spiritual teacher and founder of Synchronicity Foundation for Modern Spirituality. Over the past thirty years he has developed the High-Tech Meditation and Holistic Lifestyle experience. His work has helped transform the lives of millions worldwide who respect him as one of the truly innovative spiritual teachers of our time.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Eckhart Tolle ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xv

Part I The Principles of the Holistic Model 1

1 An Experience Whose Time Has Come 3

2 The Seeds of Transformation 21

3 I Am… All is… One 47

4 The Holistic Model of Reality 67

5 Balancing Your Multi-Dimensional Consciousness 91

6 Death Follows Birth… Life is Eternal 111

Interlude 137

Part II Practicing the Holistic Lifestyle 143

7 Meditation-The Ultimate Balancing Technique 145

8 Who Would You Be Without Your Stories? 169

9 The Holistic Lifestyle 191

10 Trust and Watch 219

11 Your Human Broadcast System 243

12 Grace and Miracles 259

Epilogue 276

Afterword Neale Donald Walsch 287

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Consumed with anger the world is an ugly place.

Published on Feb 22, 2014

Master Charles discusses a quote from Taitetsu Unno in his contemplation for the week. Watch this video to help understand and apply the wisdom to your daily life. Please subscribe and give a thumbs up if you like the video and share the love.

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When God dwells in all living beings, then why do you hate others?

Master Charles discusses a quote from Swami Sivananda in his contemplation for the week. Watch this video to help understand and apply the wisdom to your daily life. Please subscribe and give a thumbs up if you like the video and share the love.

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Awakening to the dream is a very clear, approachable overview of the often confusing and rarefied philosophy of Advaita Vedanta, also known as non-dualism. Essentially, this is a book about you. It points to and from the source of your true identity. The clear seeing that it refers to is neither complex nor simple. It is not something exclusive for intellectual or spiritual elite, nor is it remote or hiding in the future. It is all inclusive, pure presence, closer than your breath. It is the heart of hearts, your birthright and innermost self. This is your invitation to remember what was never really forgotten.

Leo Hartong lives and works in the Netherlands. Life is his study and teacher. He has tried many roles and is currently simply sharing in, and pointing to, What is.

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Amigo talks with Leo Hartong, author of ‘Awakening to the Dream.’

Why is the title of your book Awakening to the Dream and not Awakening from the dream?

Leo Hartong: Awakening to the dream is like lucid dreaming. You wake up in a dream and realize that you’re dreaming and then carry on with your dream. Even when you see that life is like a dream it nevertheless carries on. At that point you have awoken to the dream; that’s what I mean.
You could say: ‘It is clear that it is but a dream, so if I know that, I am awake’, but the film continues anyway. It does not all come to a stop. There isn’t a flash of white light wherein everything disappears.

So you have ‘awakened’. Did any specific thing happen? Would you talk about it?

The idea that it is possible for someone to wake up is nonsense. An awakened person is a paradox. The awakened Self is not a person. There is the clarity that there is no one to awaken. So it is not about freedom for the ego, but about freedom from the ego. But the show continues, the apparent characters continue to play their part.

So you don’t feel that something is different – that your life has changed?

It feels different. Somewhat like having been watching a movie and being hypnotized in believing that what I see is real and then suddenly coming out of the hypnosis. The movie continues in the same way. So nothing has really changed and everything has changed. The sense of reality, or intensity has gone out of it. It doesn’t refer back to a central point, or a ‘me’ to whom it all seems to be happening. Everything simply happens and if you want to bring a ‘me’ into this picture, then we can say it happens AS me and not with me or by me. The only real identity is totality. It doesn’t belong to anybody and it isn’t some new discovery either.
When you look at an Escher picture it may all of a sudden seem to turn inside out. Nothing has changed in the picture, but something has shifted in your perception of it. At this point you could say everything has changed, or nothing has changed.

Does your wife feel that you’ve changed?

She might… but that could be because… getting older, getting milder… (later we ask his wife Bertje and she replies: ‘He is less confronting, milder, his reactions aren’t as strong as they used to be.’)

Alexander Smit would say: the sting’s been taken out. You are less of a prick?

Yes, I’m less of a prick. I don’t take everything that seriously anymore. Now you could of course say: who is this ‘I’ who does or does not take life so seriously, but that also disappears. It is not given much importance any longer. It’s just grammatically easy to say I. You see it happen.
You have always seen it, but the attention was somewhere else. It is a lot like SEEING. When I talk about seeing I usually start to describe WHAT I see, oh those trees, they look beautiful, or the fire in the fire place, but the seeing itself remains invisible. And suddenly I realize that in fact SEEING is the essence and not that which I see. What I see keeps changing. One moment it could be something beautiful, the next something ugly, but the SEEING itself, the essence, does not change. SEEING has been there all along, but the attention was not on seeing, but on that which was seen.
When that is noticed, then I realize something which in fact has been so all along. There never was a moment of not seeing. SEEING has been constantly present, only the accent was on what was seen instead of on the seeing itself.

Is it beyond words?

That makes it sound like as if it is complicated. The beauty of a rose cannot be measured and certainly not with a yardstick. When you try to do that, you might after some time conclude that it is very difficult to measure the beauty of the rose, but a yardstick will never do the job. It is the wrong tool. In a similar way the mind is not able to grasp THAT in which it appears.
The mind appears in Awareness like a fish appears in water. The mind thinks it is aware, but it is the other way around; there is awareness of the mind. Something is aware of the mind. The mind believes/pretends to be the acting principle, the one who is in control.

Is there someone in your life that you would call a guru?

The guru doesn’t have to be a person. Sometimes the guru can manifest as a person, but might as well appear as an apple falling on your head, a dog passing by, an illness or an unexpected stroke of good luck. ‘Guru’ is the teaching or inviting principle in life and it says: here it is, you are it, this is it. This can appear as Leo or Belle or as this story. It is the One Substance presenting itself in all kinds of shapes and forms.

What happened for you?

First there was an overwhelming experience when I was 21 years of age. It was what has been called a ‘peak experience’ or an experience of ‘cosmic consciousness.’ Through this experience a lot of things just dropped away or, as I then thought, things fell in place. For example, I always assumed eternity to be a very long time, but then it was seen that it is the absence of time.

Did you use anything, like drugs, or did it simply happen?

Yes, LSD. It was a turning point for me. Due to circumstances I felt quite depressed that day. Everything I did or said seemed so fake. We were with a group of people, but I went upstairs by myself and randomly chose some music. It turned out to be the Beatle’s album ‘Let it Be’ and the first thing I heard was: I’ve got a feeling, a feeling deep inside/ I’ve got a feeling, a feeling I can’t hide – the depression lifted and there was an enormous sense of relief. All apparent opposites unified. What remained was presence. The universe appeared to be neither large nor small, it lacked a reference point to compare it to. It was clear that everyone actually new ‘IT’ but pretended not to know. The experience ‘said:’ All is One – and my conclusion was: Oh, when everything is One that means that I am part of that oneness and responsible for what happens and therefore I have to improve myself to be a better part of this totality.

Sounds dualistic.

Exactly. It was not completely clear. Real Oneness has no parts, you cannot be a part (apart) of it. A diamond may have facets, but no parts. For years that was the way I saw it, but there was an ‘itch’ in the back of my mind. First slowly, like the lifting of a mist, it dawned on me, then suddenly it was clear: IT is not about experiences, but about THAT which is aware of the experiences: the space in which it all occurs. Whether it is a peak experience, washing your hands, or stubbing your toe – it makes no difference to THAT in which it all appears. IT is the seeing rather than that what is seen. That is the shift.

The Beatles were singing what you already knew?

They were of course both: an expression and one of the driving forces of their generation, but as soon as IT is clear, everything and everyone says it! Not just the Beatles, but also the shopkeeper, handing you your groceries, saying, ‘So, this must be it.’ At that point you can hear it everywhere. When someone says ‘here you are’ then he says all there is to say.

What about the need to share this with someone? Was there anybody at that time, the sixties, for you to share it with or to ask guidance? Someone who really knew?

In those days there was Ram Dass. I had read his book ‘Be Here Now.’ He was visiting the ‘Kosmos’ in Amsterdam -in those days the only alternative/spiritual center. I ended up sitting next to him in the macrobiotic restaurant. There was this young man who said to me: ‘Do you feel his warmth? Do you also sense his love?’, but I couldn’t really say I did. Ram Dass was talking about ‘being here now’ and I said something like ‘Yes that is clear’. He gave me an intense look and said: ‘Are you here now?’ And I responded: ‘Yes, where else could I be?’ He turned away and continued the conversation with someone else saying: ‘Yes, there are people who know this with their mind, but not with their heart.’ At that moment I no longer felt attracted to a teacher/disciple relation.
Then there was a meeting in 2001 during the talks of Ramesh Balsekar in Germany. That was wonderful, very warm. There was a private meeting with Wayne Liquorman. I said: ‘There are no questions I can think of as I have a complete intellectual understanding of what is being talked about here.’ And Wayne answered: ‘Yes, but you still say I understand.’ Well, I thought, that’s just grammatical, how else could I say it… but it ‘stuck’ with me, it kept coming back and triggered a clarity: There is no ‘I’ that understands this, there is just understanding, seeing and being. A small shift to how it already is.

Very important though.

It wasn’t a ‘big bang’ it didn’t have an enormous impact. Who is there to be impacted? Who can shout ‘Eureka I’ve got it!’ Then it would start all over again. I see Leo doing his thing, recognize that he has his way of doing things and that he has preferences for some things over other things. He eats this food rather than that food and he enjoys this film more than that one, but now there is something that sees Leo doing his thing and Leo is not taken so seriously any more. I am not identified as Leo, but know myself as That which sees Leo’s coming and going.

With whom do you talk about these things?

Sometimes I talk with Tony (Parsons) and there are regular phone calls with Nathan Gill.

How did you meet with Tony Parsons?

I picked up a book, As It Is by Tony Parsons and for the first time in years there was this resonance, like I used to have with Alan Watts; especially with his book The Book On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are.

I read Tony’s book and it sort of rekindled the fire. I reread books like the Tao Te Ching and the Ashtavakra Gita; now it all seemed very clear. Then I became aware of Ramesh Balsekar, with his strong emphasis on ‘non-doership’ and it made a big difference: there is no ‘I’ doing it all and who is responsible as part of totality, as I had assumed. It just happens AS me instead of BY me. I have some more resonance with Nathan Gill who says ‘as me’ than with those who say ‘through me.’ Through me somehow suggest a separate entity – it gives me the feeling as if one is a hollow tube or bamboo reed through which God acts. When everything is One that difference cannot be made. This ‘insight’ is like that ‘yes of course feeling’; one minute you’re asking a question, then, when you get your answer, you say ‘ah, yes, of course’ which indicates that you in fact already knew the answer. So what has really changed in that instant?

When did you start writing?

Some time before I went to see Ramesh. It started slowly. From the moment I went to see him, and Wayne said ‘You still say ‘I’ – ‘I’ have a complete understanding,’- from then on the book wrote itself.

Did you ever feel you were going crazy?

No. I lived with junkies for some time…so I know what paranoia means.

Did you use drugs then?

Yes, amphetamines… I don’t like to indulge in a life story, but denying it will give it a lot of importance as well. While being a junky I saw many people flip out. Paranoia was an often used word. When there was too much or too little dope, people would, for example, see the carpet come alive with millions of small insects. They would look all over their body to be sure there weren’t any crawling on or under their skin. I would see that kind of thing too, but I saw it as an optical illusion, as an effect of the dope. I did not get as involved as some of my friends. I also kicked the habit on my own; I did not end up in a clinic…

You kicked the habit on your own? That’s quite something.

It’s like entering no-man’s land. Your social contacts are based on being a user. People outside that circle might know you, but as non-users they most likely don’t want to get involved with you. So when you stop, your user friends react uncertainly, they don’t really know what to do with you. Often the try to get you to start again, somewhat like, ‘stay with us’…. They might offer you dope for free, where before you always had to pay. If you do not accept their offers, you end up in some sort of twilight zone – you’re on your own. If you make it through that desert you emerge at the other side and you know what addiction is. Then you know it and you don’t have to repeat it with alcohol or nicotine.

What about jail? You were in jail. How and why? What happened?

One day a friend and I boarded a train to Istanbul. We bought 2 kg’s of hashish and returned to Amsterdam. We had stuffed the merchandise in two vases and shipped them back home. They were intercepted by customs. I got arrested and sentenced to a year in prison.

When was this?

Early seventies… In a way it was a good experience, because I already was fixing up. When I came out of prison I could tell by the look of my fiends what a difference a year of using makes. I did join them again though, because I did not want to be changed by ‘the system.’ But somehow my heart wasn’t really in it any longer. It was an interesting period and 18 months later I stopped using.
Another thing I learned in prison was that it is possible to feel alright under shitty circumstances. Later I learned you can also feel shitty on a beautiful beach… It showed me how relative it all is. When you sit in the back of a prison truck, for a visit to the courthouse or something, you see people walking around, perhaps on their way to have a cup of coffee somewhere and often they don’t take in their surroundings or with a grim look on their faces and I thought: ‘people you don’t know how lucky you are.’ I assume it is something like not noticing your health until you know what it is to be in a hospital…

But all this is just a story/drama; when we keep talking about that we miss the essence. Every story is a fantasy. It is the individual’s story and that is not what this is about. The story is content: Awareness is That in which this content appears.
I do talk about it when it comes up, because if I don’t it starts to lead a life of its own. It may seem as if I want to avoid it by using the non-dual perspective as an excuse to not talk about it. So I do mention it, it is there, but on the other hand I find it totally irrelevant. It doesn’t matter what someone’s story is.

The ‘Direct Path’ is direct because it offers no methods. The ‘Progressive Path’ is indirect and so the opposite, claiming one of more methods, exercises, practices. What would you do if people would come to see you, asking for guidance?

Each method is an illusion. It can be fun and it’s OK, but who is on the way to what? As long as there is the belief that you are somebody on the way to something, you confirm the existence of a separate individual. Every step you take to reach IT, says that your separation is real and that you have to accomplish something. When this is seen through, then there is no you to do anything. There is no path leading to yourself and there is no way to get any closer. There is no I that – by accumulating merit via a process of becoming more and more spiritual – will finally reach the summit of spirituality… ‘spiritual enlightenment.’

And yet many people think this way.

That’s absolutely fine. In itself it can be a beautiful game and there are plenty of people who would rather do that instead of seeing-what-is; to the mind this ‘seeing-what-is’ may not seem very interesting. It is like space or silence and how would one describe that? The mind needs to be able to process words, sounds, pictures feelings or descriptions – and how would you describe space? How to describe silence? The mind says ‘booooring, I would rather go and follow an interesting path, I will meditate and reach an exalted state and will have beautiful experiences.’ Of course, wonderful experiences are available and possible, but that is not what this is about. Whatever experience arises, the stubbing of a toe or a wonderful meditation experience, there is something absolutely quiet that is aware of it. This silence is always one step before whatever it is that is perceived or experienced. To simply admit this and to say: ‘although it has been an interesting experience, all this seeking has been futile’ – this is something not everybody is ready to admit. As long as you want to continue as an ‘I who has accomplished something’ you’re not ready to admit this.

I’ve always thought that the body dies the moment one knows what we truly are. Do you recognize that?

It did cross my mind once or twice; that when you go beyond a certain point it is all over, but it is only a metaphor for what really happens. It is the individual ‘I’ that’s foreseeing its own death. I see it as metaphoric and as one of the ways by which the game continues itself. It creates a challenging wall and dares you to open the gate and go through it… And when you do, you find that there never was a door to go through. That’s why Zen calls it ‘the gateless gate.’ When you stand in front of it you perceive a gate and if you dare you go through it. When you look back there never was a gate or someone to go through it; in reality there isn’t even one to look back and so only the SEEING remains. And yes, it was always already so…

How do you feel about the war in Iraq?

Whatever happens, there is the recognition that it is an experience in space/time, with a beginning and an ending and I will not attempt to withdraw from such an experience by saying something like: ‘oh, there is no life and there is no death’. The character Leo will be affected by such experiences. I would find it highly unpleasant to put my hand in the fire and that’s an understatement.
But THAT which is the experiencing, knows no rejection and has no preferences; it sees war take its course, but it also sees the new spring flowers blooming. In the larger scheme of things, war is not important. It is all the One Self appearing. The height of the mountain is the depth of the valley. Perfectly balanced and in the end it all adds up to exactly zero. However, would I find myself in a war zone, then I would do my utmost to get out of it. That’s a healthy physical response, but that-what-I truly-am is not affected by it.

[Belle Bruins]

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Pub Date: January 2014

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Four Levels of Witnessing During Meditation

“Witnessing” designates a special state of consciousness or pure awareness where you are detached from something and observe it from a place that is untouched by it. Usually this something is a state of consciousness with which you were hitherto identified. The value of witnessing is threefold: First witnessing is the natural stance of the enlightened one, so temporary witnessing is a short experience of what it is like to be Self-realized. Second it is liberating from the drama of life to stand outside of it and witness it. Third there is catharsis in witnessing some drama one was hitherto identified with and thus, with the witnessing, has become free of with a release of emotional charge.

First type of witnessing concerns the mind. It is not necessarily first in a hierarchical epistemological order, but because it is often the first kind of witnessing people become conscious of experiencing; so it is merely the first worth mentioning in the order of how witnessing presents itself to a typical meditator. Once this kind of witnessing sets in, you will observe thoughts and impulses in the mind, that you would normally have taken to be you, as distinctly not you. The mind may become quiet, or it may become agitated, but that matters not since you are a detached observer to its contents and stirrings. The content of the mind may be banal or profound, it matters not in the least, for it is definitely not you and the important part of the experience is not the content of the mind, but the fact that you so distinctly experience it is not you. It is similar to looking in a mirror: You recognize yourself, but know it is not you. In witnessing even the notion that it resembles yourself is lost. You recognize that you once assumed it was you, but also that you no longer assume that at all. You are a witness, neither more nor less. One other significant aspect of this type of witnessing is that you become a witness to the observer of consciousness. Yes, the observer is not the witness! The observer is a natural stance the mind can adopt, but it is still within the mind, or rather, based on identification. The point from which you witness is devoid of any kind of identification what so ever. So first you step into the observer, then you witness the identification inherent in the observer and step into pure being, which is the only true witnessing stance.

Second type of witnessing concerns the emotions; the heart. This for some reason often comes after a period of witnessing the mind. Suddenly you become detached from some emotion and simply observe it (witness it). Such an emotion may be the ecstasy of immature samadhi, or it may be any banal emotion such as fear or joy. Usually detachment from the mind precedes this type of witnessing, but I am not sure it should always be so. You may witness the mind, or at least part of it, and there may be some joy in this witnessing, some pride perhaps. It takes a little experience of mind-witnessing to suddenly step out of this subtle pleasure and witness this pleasure also. It is for some reason more acceptable for people to admit they are not the thoughts in the mind. After all, anyone can think contradictory thoughts and thoughts they do not agree with; thus they can easily realise they are not their thoughts, but rather are the master or observer of the thoughts. But when it comes to emotions, people are more reluctant to disidentify from them. People are less in control of their emotions and they are generally driven by unconscious impulses. Thus there is something terrifying to many in witnessing emotions: Not only do you distance yourself from the manifest emotion, but you implicitly distance yourself from the unconscious sense of self from which the emotions spring. Distancing oneself from the mind is fairly easy, but distancing oneself from emotions is a little more difficult.

Third type of witnessing concerns the body. Not only the flesh, but in particular the field permeating and surrounding the body, which any experienced meditator will recognize immediately as a truer sense of presence in time and space than the physical body alone. The sense of being the body is more deep-rooted than the sense of being the emotions. After all: the emotions can change and be manipulated: you can change boredom to happiness and anger to love, but the body just stays the same (more or less). So it is easier to witness emotions than to witness body-identification. Just as it is easier to witness thoughts than to witness identification with emotions. Yet it is clearly possible to be a witness to not only the physical body, but to the field that permeates the body and reaches beyond it. Identification with the body first is identification with this field, then secondarily identification with the flesh. However, people generally have it the other way around since they don’t sense this field and only know the flesh. Most peoples field is no larger than the body, but any experienced kundalini-kriya meditator will instantly recognize what I am talking about, when I say your bodily presence is a field that permeates the body and extends some distance around it. This field can become very large, as in the case of a kundalini shaktipat master, where it can easily fill an entire room, or it can just be an inch larger than the body as in the case of a neophyte meditator without an awakened kundalini. Once your kundalini is awakened, if you meditate daily on shakti, your sense of this field will soon expand to about two or three feet around the body. Witness this. It is one thing to witness the physical body. In fact that is quite easy: anyone can imagine having lost a hand or a leg and still observe their presence in time and space. But to witness this metaphysical presence in and around the physical body is something quite different altogether. We are talking about being detached from your physical body and being detached from your metaphysical presence in time and space. This usually comes after detachment from the emotions and detachment from the mind. When this detachment and witnessing comes, you are literally located nowhere. There is no point anywhere at all which you can refer to as you. You are a witness to everything. This state is by nature very serene; though it may also be either just empty void or bliss; that depends on how far one’s meditation has progressed. With more experience it becomes more blissful. Only to the neophyte is it a scary void.

A fourth level of witnessing comes when you begin to see the Self in everything as Shakti and lovebliss. You then witness the physical universe as an overlay on the Divine. You sense the impersonal Divine creative impulse or intelligence or love behind everything, and this is of course Shakti and you sense a oneness with this. That makes you a witness to creation, to everything manifest, in fact to everything around you. This is the beginning of non-duality, of advaita. The plurality of creation begins to go away and you sense a oneness of Shakti in and as everything. There is still a duality of Self and other, but other is seen as one. In Self-realization, or what the neo-advaitins call “non-duality”, there is a duality between inner and outer and outer is seen as a plurality; so is the mind. In bliss consciousness, where this fourth kind of witnessing belongs, there are only two, two and nothing but two, no plurality: There is the unmanifest, which you are, and then there is the Shakti which appears as many outside you. Hence you witness everything. You are a witness to creation. Creation sustained by one Divine principle, which is love, bliss and Shakti in one.

Whether you call them gods, angels, ETs, or aliens, sufficient proof now exists that beings more advanced than humans have influenced our history. Evidence suggests that these
outsiders shaped our religions, genes, technology, and cultures. In fact, they may have provided the impetus for modern civilization.

Paul Von Ward investigates why modern science and religion refuse to address the possibility that humans interact with Advanced Beings (ABs). He reviews sacred texts, myths and legends–from the Old Testament, Hebrew texts, and the Vedas, to the Greek myths, Sumerian tablets, and other historical sources to make the link between religions, their gods, and alien intervention. He shows how this history of AB intervention has been suppressed and challenges readers to reexamine the origins of notions like “divine revelation” to find common ground among the world’s cultures and religions.

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We’ve Never Been Alone – ET Intervention with Paul Von Ward

Not only are we not alone in the universe, We’ve Never Been Alone according to interdisciplinary cosmologist and scholar Paul Von Ward. In this interview he discusses his book that lays out A History of Extraterrestrial Intervention, covering some of the most provocative and fascinating questions facing civilization today.
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      “All seekers of truth yearn for the mystical experience. In this remarkable journey, you do not walk alone. With you is your indispensable partner to success—the spiritual hierarchy.”

The Angelic Keys to Fulfilling Your Life’s Purpose

In their newest book, award-winning authors Barbara Y. Martin and Dimitri Moraitis explore the sacred art of communing with celestial beings. Reading of Martin’s extensive direct clairvoyant experiences, this book will teach you to work closely with angels, archangels, and other divine beings who guide you in day-to-day living and help you achieve your destiny. You will learn how to strengthen your intuitive powers and hear what the divine is telling you, and thrill to accounts of Martin’s compelling personal encounters with celestial beings and her eye-opening encounters with dark spirits.

Communing with the Divine is a practical training manual and an inspirational guide, with full-color illustrations of celestial beings and their auric composition.
In it, you will discover:

  • Various types of angels, including joy guides, teaching angels, and guardian angels
  • Techniques to call on Michael, Gabriel, Uriel, Raphael, and other archangels
  • Ways in which leaders of the spiritual hierarchy influence your life
  • The nature of evil and the importance of spiritual protection
  • Keys to psychic and spiritual visions and clairvoyance
  • Meditation tools to access celestial realms with more than fifty meditative prayers that call on Divine Light and celestial beings for wisdom, love, prosperity, healing, peace, guidance, inspiration, and much more

 

Barbara Y. Martin & Dimitri Moraitis Founders, Spiritual Arts Institute


Barbara Y. Martin is among the foremost clairvoyants and metaphysical teachers in the world. One of the first lecturers on the aura and the human energy field, she speaks across the United States and is cofounder of the renowned Spiritual Arts Institute, where she has instructed thousands on working with spiritual energy. Martin is the award-winning coauthor of Karma and Reincarnation, The Healing Power of Your Aura, and the international bestseller Change Your Aura, Change Your Life.

Dimitri Moraitis is cofounder and executive director of the Spiritual Arts Institute. An accomplished teacher and spiritual healer, he is coauthor of Karma and Reincarnation, The Healing Power of Your Aura, and Change Your Aura, Change Your Life. He lectures with Barbara Martin across the country.

Grace is a positive influence emanating from a source greater than us. It enhances our spiritual well-being and leads to improved flow and ease in our lives. The authors share powerful stories about living with grace, flow, and ease, and ways you can actively invite these joyful gifts to work for you as part of an awakened, intentional life.

Introduction to Living with Grace, Flow and Ease

Throughout our many years and travels in life together, we have discovered a powerful, but gentle source that has guided us, sustained us, blessed us and assisted us in a way that is beyond most explanation. In this book, we will share with you what we have come to know as our dear friends: Grace, Flow and Ease. Our deep wish is this will become some part of your life that will bless you beyond measure.

Make no mistake about it, while this is for everyone, it requires courage, faith, trust and presence. Just as fish swim in water, Grace, Flow and Ease dwell in love. ….

As read our stories, you may be thinking that this is not possible for yourself. That is not true. It does require a particular attitude and way of approaching life, which we will share with you. But as we said before, living with Grace, Flow and Ease is for everyone that wants it. It is a life-style. And, it takes practice.

Living with Grace, Flow and Ease,
allows us to live a more intentional life; a life that is more focused and open to magical moments. They are those beautiful, surprising moments that we know deep inside, came from something much larger than ourselves.

Cheryl Dodd Baldwin, MPH, has degrees in psychology, public health, and integrative health, and holds numerous certifications in the holistic health field.

Mary Ellen Finerty, RN, MA, has degrees in biology, nursing, and nursing education/administration. Both Cheryl and Mary have been involved in the healing arts and personal empowerment field for over forty years. It has been their life’s work and passion. They share a holistic health practice in Mont Clare, Pennsylvania, and work with clients throughout the country. They have taught both nationally and internationally.

Grace, Flow, and Ease

If you are looking for a fun, yet transformative interview for your audience, you will love what Cheryl and Mary have to offer. Their empowering message of Living with Grace, Flow, and Ease is for everyone. It does not matter if your audience is new to the idea of how their thinking and attitude influence their quality of life, or they are seasoned travelers of this path, Living with Grace, Flow, and Ease is a life-style and a practice that is simple, yet profound. These two authors share powerful, yet easy ways one can actively invite these joyful gifts to work for them as part of an awakened, enriched life.

Cheryl and Mary are engaging, authentic speakers. They are living their passion as they share with the world a message that brings greater joy, peace and satisfaction to everyday life. They have taught both nationally and internationally. They will leave your audience feeling uplifted, inspired, and again reminded of the simple pleasures and great riches that life holds for all of us.

Pub Date May 13 2014

The first in-depth English commentary on the Five Ranks—-a core text of the Zen tradition that teaches what can’t be taught—which contains new translations of all of the key texts of the Five Ranks cycle.

We imagine ourselves and the universe to be distinct, but within us glimmers the suspicion that we are in fact intimately connected and inseparable from all that there is. The dawning and expansion of such awareness is called enlightenment. In his masterwork—a suite of dialectical works known collectively as the Five Ranks—Dongshan, a Zen master of Old China, approaches enlightenment from five angles, using paradox and poetry to lay out a multifaceted path whereby we might discover enlightenment within this very moment.

Ross Bolleter Roshi assembles and provides commentary on all of the core texts of the Five Ranks, including the precursors that inspired it and works inspired by it. Approaching the Five Ranks from a rich and sophisticated koan perspective, Bolleter Roshi augments his explanations of the works with liberal doses of humor and storytelling, bringing this esteemed classic to life. Each part of the Five Ranks focuses differently on the relationship between the timeless realm of our essential natures and the contingent realm of life and death. They encourage us to transcend naive individualism and to bring our best qualities of compassion and wisdom intimately into our daily lives. In this regard, Dongshan’s Five Ranks lays out the path that every student of the Way must traverse on the journey to becoming a teacher.

Ross Bolleter is a Zen teacher in the Diamond Sangha tradition. He trained with Robert Aitken and John Tarrant, and received Transmission from them in 1997. Ross Bolleter teaches in Australia and New Zealand. He is a composer with numerous CD releases, especially in the field of ruined piano. His book of poems, Piano Hill, was published by Freemantle Press in 2009, and was the subject of a television documentary aired in Australia and New Zealand.

A comprehensive, visionary guide to the karmic cycle and its role within our life-both the life we’re living and the lives to come.

There is life after death, and Barbara Martin has seen it. Now for the first time comes her inspired, firsthand account of the intricate world of spiritual rebirth. The award-winning authors of Change Your Aura, Change Your Life reveal the afterlife in a work based directly on Martin’s personal explorations of the world to come and awe-inspiring clairvoyant experience with the spiritual world.

Both a fully practical handbook to the ins and outs of the karmic cycle and a field guide to the spiritual plane and how reincarnation works, Karma and Reincarnation:

-Brings together the design of the world beyond and the mechanics of karma;

-Gives practical guidelines and tools to deal effectively with karmic situations and avoid generating adverse karma;

-Helps align readers with their spiritual purpose;

-Shows readers how to face and resolve their karmic troubles; and

-Provides essential keys to spiritual development.

A true spiritual wonder in a single, fully accessible volume, Karma and Reincarnation is perfect for both those taking their first steps down a spiritual path and longtime spiritual students.

To illuminate their teachings, Martin and Moraitis incorporate reincarnation stories from their many students as well as examples of prominent historical figures. Highly readable and informative, this definitive volume answers countless karmic questions for readers from all spiritual traditions.

Q&A with authors of Karma and Reincarnation

Many of us use the word “karma”. We may accept our misfortunes as karmic retribution for past mistakes, or welcome small blessings as a reward for our previous kindness. Yet, do we really understand what karma means? Do we know where it comes from and how it can manifest itself in our lives? Barbara Y. Martin and Dimitri Moraitis explain everything we need to know in their accessible book, Karma and Reincarnation: Unlocking Your 800 Lives to Enlightenment. They discuss the book in this Q&A…

Many people throw the word karma around without truly understanding what it means. What do you think our biggest misconceptions are about karma?

Not understanding how it works. Many people don’t realize the full scope of our past lives. They think that karma is a form of reward or punishment. Karma is a harmonizing law. The goal is to bring life back into balance and harmony. When you initiate a destructive action you disturb that natural harmony. Karma is the retuning process which can be painful at times. A constructive action accentuates the natural law of harmony creating more beauty in your life.

The other misconception is thinking everything that happens in life is karma. Karma is certainly a big part of our life but not everything that happens is karmic. There are other dynamics such as free will that come into the picture.

Karma and Reincarnation is a complete guide. What can readers learn here that has been absent from other books on the subject?

There has not really been an accurate depiction of the reincarnation process based on actual clairvoyant experience. All the material in this book is based on personal observations and interactions over a lifetime of study.

It is our hope the reader comes to understand the central part karma and reincarnation plays in the process of spiritual evolution. The soul takes approximately 800 lifetimes to reach maturity. In that time, we experience the joys and sorrows, the triumphs and tragedies of earth life. This builds character, making us rich and well-rounded. In addition, the book attempts to cover the board range of karma from personal to national and
even world karma.

You discuss how karma can impact entire nations. Does America have good karma?

It presently has both good and bad karma. The inception of America was built as a result of very good world karma. America is meant to be an example as to the potential that all countries have in the evolution of civilization. The global age is inevitable as humanity is growing and slowly, yet still painfully at times, heading into a more cooperative age. America has been at the forefront of this through its principles of liberty, equality and fairness.

Unfortunately, there have been times when America has taken advantage of its privileged position, and this creates negative karma. The recent economic crisis, although global in nature, definitely bears the mark of national karma. The actions we are taking now will determine whether we, as a nation, have learned the karmic lessons that these economic challenges have presented to us.

In Chapter 9, you analyze the karma of nature. What are the karmic implications of our current relationship with nature?

Nature is not there to use as we please. As with any relationship, there is give and take. Nature gives of its bounty to serve humanity and in return humanity is meant to help nature in its spiritual evolution. For example, how we treat animals is essential. When we show love and care to animals we help them in their own evolution. When we help animals, we are also helping ourselves to evolve. It’s our responsibility to treat them well. When we mistreat animals, we lose spiritual power and may find ourselves being mistreated in some way, not by animals, but by situations as a way to open our hearts.

Barbara, you’ve been to the other side and can recall your previous lives. What have you learned from those experiences? How have they informed the book?

The privilege of being taken consciously to the other side can only be described as sacred and holy. We are all familiar with the other side, but most of us do not bring back conscious memory. I have developed this skill over many years and it is always done as part of my own spiritual growth or in service to others, never just for the sake of curiosity. You realize there is so much more to life that you thought. You are never alone and there is a tremendous spiritual support system working with you at all times.

It is incredible to realize you have lived before and will live again. There is always wonder that such a thing is possible. Knowledge of past lives has given me much greater respect for life and for my own actions. You do not need to remember your past lives to progress, but you do need to make the most of your time here on earth.

What do you hope readers take away from Karma and Reincarnation?

To realize that karma and reincarnation is real. Too many people are not resolving their karmic challenges because they don’t realize what is going on. When you have the opportunity to resolve your karma but you turn away or react negatively, it gets tougher. So why wait? By working on your karma now, you progress faster and the karma is easier to handle. It is the hope that the reader will learn how to better use the gift of free will to make better choices that are in harmony with their divine purpose.

Barbara Y. Martin & Dimitri Moraitis: Karma & Reincarnation – Part 1/2

Barbara Martin & Dimitri Moraitis join Dr. Rita Louise on Just Energy Radio where they discuss the concepts of Karma & Reincarnation.

About the Guests:
Barbara Y. Martin & Dimitri Moraitis
Karma & Reincarnation

Barbara Y. Martin
Having been called, “The Mozart of Metaphysics”, Barbara Y. Martin is considered one of the foremost clairvoyants and metaphysical teachers working today. Barbara has been at the forefront of the metaphysical/New Age movement for over forty years.

Dimitri Moraitis is cofounder and executive director of Spiritual Arts Institute. Dimitri has been instrumental in organizing the teaching material and bringing Spiritual Arts Institute to the place it is today as one of the leading metaphysical schools in the country.

Together they have authored the books: Karma And Reincarnation: Unlocking Your 800 Lives To Enlightenment, The Healing Power Of your Aura and Change Your Aura, Change Your Life

“Are we alone in the universe?” is the first fundamental question of conscious beings. The second question of an awakening consciousness is, “Has there been contact?” The third is, “To what effect?” This book provides answers to these questions that one can easily confirm in history, science, and human experience.

ABs, or Advanced Beings, refers to all categories of non-human, conscious entities involved in human affairs. They range from flesh-and-blood beings, “the gods who walked with men of old,” to the nonphysical and invisible entities who spoke to Moses, Mohammed, Joseph Smith, and thousands of others. To ethereal voices like Seth, the Pleiadians, and others who channel messages through individuals. To the voices of prophecy. To spirit guides and higher selves, and levels of consciousness tapped by Steiner, Cayce, Tesla, Einstein and others.

Use of the term, “advanced being,” does not imply that they are more advanced than humans in all respects. They have simply been experienced as having powers or technologies not available to humans. These powers may be like those of an angel who can appear and disappear instantaneously, or may involve the use of sophisticated technologies by flesh-and-blood ETs, whose spacecraft exceed current human scientific understanding. The primary focus and approach of this book is to demystify the so-called other-worldly or divine communications or beings. All such phenomena fit in our natural universe.

A MAY 2007 AMAZON.COM REVIEW: I cannot recommend this book too strongly for anyone serious about understanding both our human past and the implications of it for our current evolution of consciousness and improvement of society. I do a lot of reading in several related disciplines and this has been the single most helpful book I have read in many years. It has connected the dots in some key areas where I had yet had “blanks.”

My extensive formal and personal study in Christian theology/Biblical studies, psychology, cosmology, the “paranormal,” and such have led me to find that virtually every element of the author’s historical reconstruction rings true. That is not to deny that some aspects of it are necessarily a bit speculative, as Von Ward would acknowledge. But the critical outline of the story is significantly in tune with the clear implications coming out of the fields mentioned, and others, particularly archaeology.

Especially helpful and on-the-money is Von Ward’s explanation of how and why theology and science, via the institutions that drive them, both avoid the kind of observations he brings out. This is massively important for our society and the world. He has new conclusions I’ve not encountered before, but they are based on solid work by many scholars in various fields. Now, these scholars are often not in the mainstream for the very reason that the mainstream tends to avoid looking at the larger picture.

So, if you are tied to only conventional, “accepted” authorities, this book may not be convincing. Still, I’d hope you would give it a hearing, and perhaps follow up on some of the many great footnotes and bibliography, which are extensive. All readers: do take the time to look up the footnotes, even if you read them all at once as I tend to often, to avoid constant flipping back and forth–there are many gems there.

This book is so valuable, I wish there were a way to get it to be standard reading, at least in the many relevant courses in a college curriculum. It is important as a stimulator of further questioning and research, as well as in its conclusions. Besides academia, it is a must-read for all serious seekers of an understanding of where we come from and where we are going–and OUR OWN POWER to affect that. Reviewed by Howard Pepper, President of Nurture Press.

Some of the hypotheses covered in this book are:

* During the Homo sapiens’ natural path of development on earth, more advanced beings (ABs) entered the picture. The intervention of their colonies and cataclysmic physical events have dramatically shaped human history.

* Modern history is largely the story of human survivors from the last major cataclysm that greatly altered the surface of our planet. A significant element of the story is a period of AB technical assistance to the survivors.

* A symbiotic relationship developed between humans and the AB colonies that has influenced human development to the present time.

* As the ABs deserted their Earth colonies, humans experienced separation anxiety and developed supernatural religions that retarded the intellectual and psychological maturation of the species.

* Two major impacts of the human-AB experience have been the development of what may be called primary materialism (focused on technical domination of nature) and exclusive supernaturalism (the separation of humans from the creative powers of the universe).

* This dual diversion from the natural perspective of viewing human life as an integral part of a conscious, self-learning universe caused the atrophying of human awareness of and conscious use of their inner senses.

* The fractured human consciousness must be restored to its wholeness, with a synthesis of all ways of knowing, if humanity is to achieve its natural potential.

Paul Von Ward, a thought-provoking and powerful speaker, engages his audience in a profound expansion of consciousness. He can be contacted for lectures, seminars, and workshops on a variety of related themes and topics. For more information, e-mail the author: paul@vonward.com.

GODS, GENES, AND CONSCIOUSNESS:
Nonhuman Intervention in Human History.
by
Paul Von Ward
Overview by the Author



My research for this book started with a 2,000 year-old question. Why have the four Abrahamic religions-claiming to worship one alleged divine being first known as Yahweh-experienced such internecine violence throughout their common history? Seeking explanations for interreligious conflict, I discovered a deeper issue: the unverifiable assumptions of supernatural religion itself.

When Osama bin Laden, Ariel Sharon, Pope John Paul II, or George W. Bush uses mental, psychological, or physical coercion against others, he obtains religious support by persuading people that his policies reflect their god’s will. These men claim the being they worship is The True God, while the others’ gods are false. They are not alone; all who worship “the divine one” assume it is unique.

Why do the personalities of “Yahweh”, “Father”, “God”, and “Allah” reflect various cultures instead of various cultures reflecting one god?

The religions represented by these men have taught their followers they have exclusive access to the supreme power. Convinced that their beliefs derive from a unique divine revelation, the faithful in each religion willingly violate the natural rights of others, including their right to life. They conduct crusades and jihads against nonbelievers, inquisitions and witch-hunts against other followers, defamations of opponents, and terror campaigns that maim or kill innumerable innocents.

With so many different versions of an alleged single god, how did human consciousness evolve to the point where unprovable beliefs have such an impact on our lives in the knowable realm? This question leads to prior ones. How did the first concept of divine beings arise? Where did the notion of a supernatural (unknowable) realm begin? Who picked Yahweh from among the gods to be “the supreme divine being” in charge of that supernatural realm?

 Gods, Genes, and Consciousness hypothesizes that the answers lie in a misinterpretation of actual human interactions with nonhuman beings. It further postulates that all modern supernatural religions came from comparable, but varying retrospective revisions of that history–where humans came to believe their own projections accurately represented a reality beyond human knowing.

The exercise of “theocratic” power…

Why Is This a Problem? A leader (whether in the White House or in a cave) who justifies policy on religious grounds succeeds if he can arouse enough people’s emotions. To do so, he engages in psychological manipulation by his use of religious code words. This exercise of “theocratic” power can occur only when followers accept the assertion that his policies reflect the will of the “divine reality” they worship.



People usually do not realize that such leaders take advantage of the energetic association of contrived words with natural human emotions to mobilize their followers and to serve their own agendas. These self-defined spokesmen for a god call their own actions a sacred duty and those of others satanic. They call their followers holy while opponents are called evil. They wreak terror calling it peace-keeping and label the other’s war terrorism.



Believers are susceptible to such manipulation because the very nature of a supernatural religion involves unprovable assumptions. Its adherents have come to accept that a realm lacking in factual reality is more real than their collective experience. Thus, blind faith in their own visions leads to real acts of violence and murder-whether launched from Washington, Rome, Jerusalem, or Mecca.



In the popular movie A Beautiful Mind we saw an otherwise intelligent, creative, and loving man endanger himself and others based on his own “divine reality”. How did humanity slip into something like that schizophrenic state where an “imaginary reality” exerts such power over our emotions, thoughts, and actions? How in the evolution of consciousness did humans come to give precedence to unverifiable beliefs over knowledge? How did humans come to worship nonhuman entities as divine and follow their self-defined spokesmen?



I believe the answers can be found in the history of ancient human interactions with “advanced beings” and in its re-writing to serve the interests of a few. A psychological look at the historical record gives a plausible explanation for the current split in human consciousness between natural and supernatural thinking.

What Are Advanced Beings?

I use the term “advanced beings” or AB’s to refer to all entities perceived by humans to be superior to themselves. It encompasses the ancient gods, their angels and devils, and also modern ET’s. It includes gods who walked with Biblical heroes or took them into the heavens, and the invisible “voices” who spoke to Moses, Mohamed, Joseph Smith, and others. The term also refers to ethereal beings like those known as Seth and Pleiadians, and other messengers channeled by humans. It applies to spirit guides, ascended masters, and fields of consciousness tapped by people like Tesla, Steiner, Cayce, and Einstein.



All these AB’s (past and present) can fit into a natural model of a conscious universe. Yet, some have been labeled, by one religion or another, as divine beings who require human worship. Since the attribution of supernatural or divine godship cannot be tested, it requires blind faith, acceding one’s power to a priest, minister, rabbi, imam, or guru’s interpretation of the reputed god’s message. These intermediaries gain a psychological advantage over believers.

Forgotten History?

Humans can no longer recall the beings from the heavens (skies) described in the Bible, the Hindu Vedas, Greek myths, and traditional legends. Most academics now interpret them as fanciful figments of primitive human consciousness. Scientists with materialist and Earth-bound paradigms assert such beings could not exist in the past or present. The religious hold the dubious assumption that while other people’s gods must be imaginary, the unseen god they worship is real. The evidence in this book leads to the opposite conclusions: AB’s described in early history likely represent an external reality and the gods now worshiped derive primarily from within the human mind.



The book Gods, Genes, and Consciousness reviews the historical and current evidence for tangible AB interventions in human history. Its chronological perspective and generic rational analysis demystify early myths, so-called sacred writings, and modern “paranormal” communications. It allows comparison of ancient descriptions of AB encounters in legends and religious texts with modern reports of interactions between humans and nonhumans or other dimensions.


What Is the Evidence?

The book summarizes how religion, metaphysics, and traditional stories treat AB’s. It compares these perspectives with scientific studies of nonhuman consciousness and other dimensions. Juxtaposing studies of the fossil record, DNA family trees, archaeological anomalies, the history of science and technology, cultural institutions, and the development of alphabets and world languages reveals considerable congruence with the AB-intervention hypothesis.



A new look at prehistory suggests early Genus Homo followed a natural evolutionary path with no inclination to worship unseen gods. Widespread evidence points to AB’s with advanced technologies intervening decisively in human development in Africa, and Sumeria and Egypt (the Cradle of Western Civilization). An interdisciplinary analysis shows the AB-intervention hypothesis offers a plausible explanation for the presently documented, punctuated fossil and phylogenetic records of Homo sapiens physical development.


A re-analysis of extant texts indicates a symbiotic interaction between early humans and AB colonists on Earth could have resulted in emotional dependence conducive to cults (2,000 to 4,000 years ago). Dominance by AB’s could have led to the inferiority complex found in concepts like the “fall of humankind”. Twentieth-century reactions of traditional peoples to European colonization, sometimes known as “cargo cults”, provide an apt analogy for this complex.



If, as the record suggests, the ruling AB’s pulled away from humans, those left behind could have experienced separation anxiety that led to ongoing worship of the now absent AB’s. They prayed to them for continued protection. Seeking to re-link with their former gods, the cults appear to have developed re-ligious rituals to induce the AB’s to return or to gather the faithful in the “heavens”.

 As a hoped-for “second coming” passed, memories of AB-gods appear to have evolved into speculative ideas about “supernatural” beings (less than 2,000 years ago). Prophets and writers reinterpreted biblical texts about real AB’s to suggest they were ethereal beings. Original texts were treated as metaphorical.



Hebrew, Roman, and Arabic priests assumed the task of interpreting the newly imagined supernatural realm. They created symbols and liturgy to perpetuate the faith among believers and to gain new converts. History turned into myth.



In the final stage of the Roman Empire, priests joined with political leaders to develop a theocratic government. Subsequently, supernatural religions have sought to impose their beliefs on natural, secular institutions of government.

The Current Situation

Christianity (Catholic and Protestant), Islam, and Judaism has each come to see itself as the exclusive interpreter of the role of AB’s in human development. These offspring of the original Israelite tradition all agree with the Nicean Council’s supernatural re-designation of the AB Yahweh (portrayed as one god among several in the Dead Sea Scrolls). Each now claims the exclusive channel of communication with that “supreme god”. The result is perpetual conflict.



Conflicts born in the Middle East now involve six continents. They roil social institutions, economies, and governments. Who defines life for abortions, fetal research, suicide or death penalties? Who decides the when and how of human sexuality? Can the state impose a religious limitation on civil marriages? Do humans have dominion over or responsibility for the living Earth? Should a priesthood or common sense set a society’s cultural norms? Do schools provide education or indoctrination? Should governance come from those who claim authority from above or be derived from the free will of citizens? Must humans feel guilty and dependent on religions that preach a fallen or sinful nature? Does any group have the right to impose their theocratic ideas on others?



None of these issues will ever be peacefully and democratically resolved as long as the position of one or more of the parties involved claims his rules come from a supernatural realm to which only people who believe like he has access. If one refuses to reveal all evidence of his AB, why should another believe it?



In my view, reintegration of our fragmented species consciousness, and the resulting elimination of religious fratricide, will require an “all evidence-on-the table” re-examination of assumptions relating to nonhuman interventions in human history. The mounting evidence strongly indicates all religions should subject themselves to public examination of their unquestioned assertions regarding their own origins. An unwillingness to do so should expose their lack of credibility as a legitimate participant in making political and social policies.

Transcending Supernaturalism

The book concludes that surmounting religious conflicts will require more than attempts at religious tolerance and efforts to integrate science and spirituality. As in individual therapy, species healing depends on a reality check, a review of the basis for any assumptions that contribute to debilitating illusions. Many wishing to dissociate themselves from their religion’s negative history blame its reactionary fanatics. They probably have not thought about how their own unexamined practices may enable the fanatics’ blind faith. One’s belief in his non-self-evident god lends credence to others’ claims of access to another supernatural, divine god. Anyone asserting his religion derives from a historical “divine” event cannot logically deny the fanatic’s right to make a similar claim.

I believe humans must try to objectively re-examine the historical record of AB’s and revise religious beliefs as they revise beliefs based on new scientific evidence about the physical universe. Until they do so, the untenable model of supernaturalism will perpetuate a global consciousness inhospitable to dialogue and consensus. While war or terrorism results from arguments about whose “divineness” is real, genuine peace and natural human progress will elude us.



Humans need rituals and practices that help navigate the cycles of nature and its challenges, to celebrate an individual’s passages, to serve the community, and to maintain the deepest values of human life. Such will be the functions of transformed religious institutions in bringing humanity back to its natural roots.


© 2006, Paul Von Ward

Prepare yourself for an unparalleled sensory experience. Filmed over a period of almost five years and in twenty-five countries, SAMSARA explores the wonders of the world from sacred grounds to industrial sites, looking into the unfathomable reaches of man s spirituality and the human experience. Photographed entirely in 70mm and transferred to 4K digital projection format, SAMSARA s mesmerizing images of unprecedented clarity illuminate the links between humanity and the rest of nature, showing how our life cycle mirrors the rhythm of the planet. Neither a traditional documentary nor a travelogue, SAMSARA is a guided meditation on the current of interconnection that runs through all of our lives.


Published on Feb 2, 2014

Samsara is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever turning wheel of life” and is the point of departure for the filmmakers as they search for the elusive current of interconnection that runs through our lives. Shot in 70mm film, over a period of almost five years, in twenty-five countries. Samsara transports us to sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial sites, and natural wonders. Without dialogue or descriptive text, Samsara subverts our expectations of a traditional documentary, instead encouraging our own inner interpretations inspired by images and music that infuses the ancient with the modern.

Pub Date: April 25, 2014.

The present framing of the cultural debate in terms of materialism versus religion has allowed materialism to go unchallenged as the only rationally-viable metaphysics. This book seeks to change this. It uncovers the absurd implications of materialism and then, uniquely, presents a hard-nosed non-materialist metaphysics substantiated by skepticism, hard empirical evidence, and clear logical argumentation. It lays out a coherent framework upon which one can interpret and make sense of every natural phenomenon and physical law, as well as the modalities of human consciousness, without materialist assumptions.

According to this framework, the brain is merely the image of a self-localization process of mind, analogously to how a whirlpool is the image of a self-localization process of water. The brain doesn’t generate mind in the same way that a whirlpool doesn’t generate water. It is the brain that is in mind, not mind in the brain. Physical death is merely a de-clenching of awareness. The book closes with a series of educated speculations regarding the afterlife, psychic phenomena, and other related subjects.

Bernardo Kastrup has a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering and has worked as a scientist in some of the world’s foremost research laboratories, including the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the Philips Research Laboratories (where the “Casimir Effect” of Quantum Field Theory was discovered).

He has authored many scientific papers and four philosophy books: Rationalist Spirituality, Dreamed up Reality, Meaning in Absurdity, and Why Materialism Is Baloney. This latter book is a grand synthesis of his metaphysical views. Bernardo has also been an entrepreneur and founder of two high-tech businesses. Today, he holds a managerial position in the high-tech industry. In parallel, he maintains a philosophy blog, an audio/video podcast, and continues to develop his ideas about the nature of reality. Bernardo has lived and worked in four different countries across continents. He currently resides in the Netherlands.

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Why Materialism Is Baloney, Book Teaser

Published on Jan 15, 2014

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In Focus, Psychologist and journalist Daniel Goleman, author of the #1 international bestseller Emotional Intelligence, offers a groundbreaking look at today’s scarcest resource and the secret to high performance and fulfillment: attention.

Combining cutting-edge research with practical findings, Focus delves into the science of attention in all its varieties, presenting a long overdue discussion of this little-noticed and under-rated mental asset. In an era of unstoppable distractions, Goleman persuasively argues that now more than ever we must learn to sharpen focus if we are to survive in a complex world.

Goleman boils down attention research into a threesome: inner, other, and outer focus. Drawing on rich case studies from fields as diverse as competitive sports, education, the arts, and business, he shows why high-achievers need all three kinds of focus, and explains how those who rely on Smart Practices—mindfulness meditation, focused preparation and recovery, positive emotions and connections, and mental “prosthetics” that help them improve habits, add new skills, and sustain greatness—excel while others do not.

DANIEL GOLEMAN is the author of the international bestsellers Emotional Intelligence, Working with Emotional Intelligence, and Social Intelligence, and the co-author of the acclaimed business bestseller Primal Leadership. He was a science reporter for the New York Times, was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and received the American Psychological Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his media writing. He lives in the Berkshires.

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Daniel Goleman on Focus: The Secret to High Performance and Fulfilment

Filmed at the Royal College of Music on 25th October 2013.

Psychologist Daniel Goleman shot to fame with his groundbreaking bestseller Emotional Intelligence. The premise of the book, now widely accepted, is that raw intelligence alone is not a sure predictor of success in life. A greater role is played by ‘softer’ skills such as self-control, self-motivation, empathy and good interpersonal relationships.

Now Goleman comes to Intelligence Squared for an exclusive talk on the themes of his latest book, Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence. Attention, he will argue, is an underrated asset for high achievers in any field. Incorporating findings from neuroscience, Goleman will show why we need three kinds of focus: inner, for self-awareness; other, for the empathy that builds effective relationships; and outer, for understanding the larger systems in which organisations operate. Those who excel rely on Smart Practices such as mindfulness meditation, focused preparation and positive emotions that help improve habits, add new skills, and sustain excellence.

Most scholars dismiss research into the paranormal as pseudoscience, a frivolous pursuit for the paranoid or gullible. Even historians of religion, whose work naturally attends to events beyond the realm of empirical science, have shown scant interest in the subject. But the history of psychical phenomena, Jeffrey J. Kripal contends, is an untapped source of insight into the sacred and by tracing that history through the last two centuries of Western thought we can see its potential centrality to the critical study of religion.

Kripal grounds his study in the work of four major figures in the history of paranormal research: psychical researcher Frederic Myers; writer and humorist Charles Fort; astronomer, computer scientist, and ufologist Jacques Vallee; and philosopher and sociologist Bertrand Méheust. Through incisive analyses of these thinkers, Kripal ushers the reader into a beguiling world somewhere between fact, fiction, and fraud. The cultural history of telepathy, teleportation, and UFOs; a ghostly love story; the occult dimensions of science fiction; cold war psychic espionage; galactic colonialism; and the intimate relationship between consciousness and culture all come together in Authors of the Impossible, a dazzling and profound look at how the paranormal bridges the sacred and the scientific.

Jeffrey J. Kripal is the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University. He is the author of several books, including Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion and The Serpent’s Gift: Gnostic Reflections on the Study of Religion.

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Jeffrey Kripal with Dana Sawyer – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on Feb 22, 2014

Jeffrey J. Kripal holds the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University, where he chaired the Department of Religious Studies for nine years and helped create the GEM Program, a doctoral concentration in the study of Gnosticism, Esotericism, and Mysticism that is the largest program of its kind in the world. Jeff is the author of seven books, including Comparing Religions: Coming to Terms, Mutants and Mystics: Science Fiction, Superhero Comics, and the Paranormal, and Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred. He specializes in the comparative study and analysis of extreme religious states from the ancient world to today. His full body of work can be seen at http://kripal.rice.edu/.

Dana Sawyer is a professor of religion and philosophy at the Maine College of Art, and a lecturer on world religions for the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine. His expertise is in Hindu and Buddhist systems of philosophy, and he has a professional interest in exploring the appeal of Asian religions on the Western mind. In that regard, he has written a critically acclaimed biography of Aldous Huxley and has just finished writing the authorized biography of Huston Smith, the renowned scholar of world religions.

Pub Date Oct 15 2013

Swept out to sea and pursued by a shark; cast out of her body in a near-death experience after a head-on collision with a truck; facing her deepest fears; resolving difficult karmic connections; accepting grace; struggling with malaria; inspiring her high school students to greatness. Throughout all these ordeals, adventures, and profound experiences, the author received clear and reliable inner guidance that helped her and others survive and thrive. Anne Archer Butcher shares how she learned about this guidance through the fascinating teachings of Eckankar.

She shares these astounding stories and many more, not just because they’re fascinating reading, but because they contain insights to help you connect with and benefit from your own inner guidance. A spiritually richer and more confident life is yours for the asking.

“Inner guidance,” says Anne, “is an exceptional spiritual tool. It opens the door of the heart to divine assistance, like having the wisest person in the world at our shoulder, helping with every decision.

“Who wouldn’t want that?”
Anne Archer Butcher is a well-known international speaker and workshop facilitator, writer and producer. In the past, she worked as the Editor of Publications for Eckankar International.

Both members of the ECK Clergy, Anne and her husband, Alden, own a company, which focuses on projects that uplift, educate and inspire. They are award-winning producers and writers whose clients have included former U.S. Presidents and top celebrities. Anne and Alden have produced many videos for Eckankar, and helped create the new video, Miracles in Your Life, which is being viewed all over the world via the Internet.

Anne is truly a lover of life. She has spoken at many ECK seminars around the world and is appreciated for her personal stories of inner guidance, spiritual growth, and the universal spiritual laws in action. She now resides with her husband on a beautiful lake in North Carolina. They have three daughters, a grandson, and two Yorkies.

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Eckankar – Inner Guidance Brings Rescue by Dolphins

Anne Archer Butcher was swept out to sea and miraculously rescued by dolphins. She was cast out of her body in a near-death experience after a head-on collision with a truck. She fought malaria and won. Throughout the ordeals, adventures, and profound experiences contained in her new book from Eckankar, Inner Guidance: Our Divine Birthright, the author received clear and reliable inner guidance that helped her and others survive and thrive.

Anne Archer Butcher is an award-winning producer and writer, wife and mother, businesswoman, and member of the Eckankar clergy who speaks at international gatherings.