Mixing Minds: The Power of Relationship in Psychoanalysis and Buddhism by Pilar Jennings

“We cannot find ourselves, or be ourselves, alone.” – from Mixing Minds

Mixing Minds explores the interpersonal relationships between psychoanalysts and their patients, and Buddhist teachers and their students. Through the author’s own personal journey in both traditions, she sheds light on how these contrasting approaches to wellness affect our most intimate relationships. These dynamic relationships provide us with keen insight into the emotional ups and downs of our lives – from fear and anxiety to love, compassion, and equanimity. Mixing Minds delves into the most intimate of relationships and shows us how these relationships are the key to the realization of our true selves.

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Dr. Pilar Jennings discusses her book Mixing Minds

n this clip, Dr. Jennings discusses her book Mixing MInds. For more information, visit http://www.pilarjennings.com.

Dr. Pilar Jennings discusses spirituality and practice

n this clip, Dr. Jennings, author of Mixing Minds, discusses spirituality and practice. For more information, visit http://www.pilarjennings.com.

Dr. Pilar Jennings discusses Buddhism and psychotherapy

In this clip, Dr. Jennings, author of Mixing Minds, discusses Buddhism and psychotherapy. For more information, visit http://www.pilarjennings.com.

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Waking the Buddha: How the most dynamic and empowering buddhist movement in history is changing our concept of religion ~ Clark Strand

Pub Date: May 1, 2014

Is there more to Buddhism than sitting in silent meditation? Is modern Buddhism relevant to the problems of daily life? Does it empower individuals to transform their lives? Or has Buddhism become too detached, so still and quiet that the Buddha has fallen asleep?

Waking the Buddha tells the story of the Soka Gakkai International, the largest, most dynamic Buddhist movement in the world today—and one that is waking up and shaking up Buddhism so it can truly work in ordinary people’s lives.

Drawing on his long personal experience as a Buddhist teacher, journalist and editor, Clark Strand offers broad insight into how and why the Soka Gakkai, with its commitment to social justice and its egalitarian approach, has become a role model, not only for other schools of Buddhism, but for other religions as well.

Readers will be inspired by the struggles and triumphs of the Soka Gakkai’s three founding presidents—individuals who staked their lives on the teachings of the Lotus Sutra…and on the extraordinary power of those teachings to help people become happy. These three men dared to revolutionize Buddhism by restoring it to its true purpose: to help people transform their lives and the world they live in. The result is a uniquely relevant form of Buddhism—one that “just makes sense” to the modern mind and is ready to meet the challenges of a global age.

Waking the Buddha will appeal to anyone who wants something more out of Buddhism—or any religion—as it explores the foundations of the Soka Gakkai’s practical spiritual path in which people take the principles of Buddhism and put them to work in everyday life. What makes the Soka Gakkai International unique in modern Buddhism? How could it have grown from a small organization of Buddhist educators into a global movement of over 12 million members in less than a century? What aspects of Soka Gakkai culture would other religious groups have to adopt or develop on their own if they wanted to move forward as this movement has done?

Through the author’s encounters with early Japanese Soka Gakkai pioneers, individuals who rebuilt their lives from nothing after World War II, and his interviews with the movement’s top leaders today, readers will find answers to these and many other questions in a book that places the Soka Gakkai International at the very leading edge of religion in the 21st century.

Clark Strand is a spiritual writer and former Zen Buddhist monk who was previously senior editor of Tricycle magazine. He is the author of How to Believe in God: Whether You Believe in Religion or Not and Meditation Without Gurus as well as countless groundbreaking articles, including the first comprehensive feature article ever written in English on internet spirituality. He has founded and led spiritual study groups, taught workshops and retreats, lectured at colleges and universities, and has spoken at some of the largest Buddhist gatherings ever held in America. He lives in Woodstock, New York.

DAISAKU IKEDA is President of the Soka Gakkai International, the world’s largest Buddhist lay group and America’s most diverse. In a rare interview, Ikeda speaks to contributing editor Clark Strand about his organization’s remarkable history, its oft-misunderstood practice, and what its members are really chanting for.
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Consciousness and Energy, Vol. 1 & 2 by Penny Kelly

A breathtaking account of six years of research into consciousness that begins with an exploration of “other dimensions” and ends with an entire Theory of Consciousness, something long-sought in the world of science. As the story unfolds, it reveals the multi-dimensional structure of the psyche and illuminates the nature of reality in entirely new ways, leading to startling conclusions involving death, hidden powers, and the evolution of the human being toward full potential. The story itself is a stunning account of the new form of consciousness research combining vigorous third-person investigation with equally vigorous first-person investigation. The result is a profound blending of science and consciousness that leads to a shift in understanding of our reality and how we come to exist here.

Penny Kelly is an author, teacher, speaker, publisher, personal and spiritual consultant, and Naturopathic physician. In 1979, while working as a tool and process engineer for Chrysler Corp, she experienced a full, spontaneous awakening of kundalini that completely changed her life. She left Chrysler and returned to school to study the brain, consciousness, perception, cognition, intelligence and intuition. This was followed by over a dozen years of work as an educational consultant specializing in the brain-compatible and accelerative teaching techniques of Dr. George Lozanov.

In 1987, she moved to southwest Michigan and for 25 years has operated Lily Hill Farm and Learning Center. Today she travels, lectures, and teaches a variety of classes and workshops including Developing the Gift of Intuition, Organic Gardening, and Getting Well Again Naturally. She maintains a large consulting practice,writes books and poetry, raises chickens, beef cows, and grows organic vegetables and small fruits.

For some years she has been involved in scientific research and investigations into consciousness at Pinelandia Laboratory near Ann Arbor, MI and has been the subject of some research as well.

She holds a degree in Humanistic Studies from Wayne State University, and a degree in Naturopathic Medicine from Clayton College of Natural Health. Penny is the mother of four children and has written six books.

The Evolving Human – A True Story of Awakening Kundalini
The Elves of Lily Hill Farm – A Partnership With Nature
Robes – A Book of Coming Changes
Getting Well Again, Naturally – From the Soil to the Stomach
Consciousness and Energy, Vol. 1 – Multi-dimensionality and a Theory of Consciousness, and Consciousness and Energy, Vol. 2 – New Worlds of Energy

Penny lives, works, and writes in Lawton, MI, the far southwest corner of Michigan.

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Consciousness and Energy, Vol. 2
When Dr. William Levengood, biophysicist and scientist extraordinaire, began to study plants and soils from crop formations in 1999, he had no idea that this research would eventually reveal astounding secrets about energy and the nature of consciousness. Although he began with materials from crop circles, he soon began to examine materials from cattle mutilation sites, UFO sites, people who had been in contact with ETs, and people who could demonstrate unusual energies. Along the way, he met Penny Kelly, long-time researcher of consciousness, and the two began to work together.

Part mystery, part science, and part consciousness, the book tells the story of Levengood’s discovery of a new form of energy in plants, animals, and humans. This energy was all the more remarkable because it responded directly to consciousness. As the research and collaboration continued, it yielded an entirely new array of insights.

Some of the results include the first scientific explanation of crop circles, a new theory postulating that humans, plants, and animals are a collection of plasmas, an explanation of subtle energies, new technology for measuring subtle energies, technology that can track and measure the action of both individual consciousness and global consciousness, validation of intuition, a scientific understanding of what happens in a kundalini experience, and deep insights into the nature of spiritual transformation. This is the second book in a 3-volume set focused on extraordinary research into consciousness and energy, and in this volume, science and spirituality come together in ways that present us with an entirely new worldview.

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Penny Kelly, “New Worlds of Energy,” Part 1 of 3, INACS & IONS

Published on Mar 26, 2013

This presentation focuses on Kelly’s latest book, Consciousness and Energy, Vol. 2, which follows the intriguing work of former University of Michigan biophysicist William C. Levengood. “When [Levengood] began to study plants and soils from crop formations in 1999, he had no idea that this research would eventually reveal astounding secrets about energy and the nature of consciousness. Although he began with materials from crop circles, he soon began to examine materials from cattle mutilation sites, UFO sites, people who had been in contact with ETs, and people who could demonstrate unusual energies.

Along the way, he met Penny Kelly, long-time researcher of consciousness, and the two began to work together. Part mystery, part science, and part consciousness, the book tells the story of Levengood’s discovery of a new form of energy in plants, animals, and humans. This energy was all the more remarkable because it responded directly to consciousness.

As the research and collaboration continued, it yielded an entirely new array of insights. Some of the results include the first scientific explanation of crop circles, a new theory postulating that humans, plants, and animals are a collection of plasmas, an explanation of subtle energies, new technology for measuring subtle energies, technology that can track and measure the action of both individual consciousness and global consciousness, validation of intuition, a scientific understanding of what happens in a kundalini experience, and deep insights into the nature of spiritual transformation.

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