Path of True Refuge ~ Tara Brach


Path of True Refuge
This talk explores the three archetypal gateways to liberation – awareness (Buddha), truth (Dharma) and love (Sangha). It includes guided reflections and a refuge ceremony that can help us discover the path “inside out” through daily life.

Scientific Heresies: Heralds of a Nondualistic Mythology, Charles Eisenstein


Published on Feb 6, 2014

Why do some heterodox scientific theories attract such vehement ridicule, while others are merely contentious? From adaptive mutation to psi phenomena to water memory to UFOlogy, from plant consciousness to morphic resonance, the “excluded other” in science points to a transition in the defining mythology of civilization. Each bespeaks a universe in which intelligence, purpose, and consciousness are not the sole province of human beings, vitiating a key pillar of dualistic thinking. Because they pose such an ideological and psychological threat, these theories incite a more-than-intellectual hostility. This talk will explore the crisis of science and the emergence of a new mythology that might, not replace, but transcend and include it.

CHARLES EISENSTEIN
Charles Eisenstein is a teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. His books (The Ascent of Humanity and Sacred Economics) as well as his other essays and blog posts on web magazines have generated a vast online following; he speaks frequently at conferences and other events, and gives numerous interviews on radio and podcasts.

Writing in Ode magazine’s “25 Intelligent Optimists” issue, David Korten (author of When Corporations Rule the World) called Eisenstein “one of the up-and-coming great minds of our time.” Eisenstein graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy, and spent the next ten years as a Chinese-English translator. He currently lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with his wife and three sons. http://charleseisenstein.net/

Are You Happy Now? 10 Ways to Live A Happy Life by Barbara Berger

A powerful combination of the spiritual and the psychological.

For fans of Barbara in other countries, “Are You Happy Now?” has so far been published in 14 languages including Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian and Swedish. The book will also soon be released in Arabic, Icelandic and India (English).

What is preventing you from being happy now?

The book asks readers this question and continues… by asking: Is it your partner, your health, your job, your age, your financial situation or your weight? Or is it all the things you think you “should” do? Then Barbara takes a close look at all the things we think and do that prevent us from living happy lives now.

The book’s basic premise is that our thoughts determine our experience of reality—and a clear understanding of this mechanism is the key to living a happy life. This is a revolutionary way of looking at life because most people believe that outer conditions are the reason why they are unhappy. But if outer conditions are not the cause—what is? And the book goes on to explain how we can use this understanding to live happier lives.

The book is very user-friendly because Barbara presents 10 practical ways in which you can use this understanding in your daily life, in your relationships, with your children, at work and to care for your body and health. And she gives examples from her own dramatic life since she ran away from home in America at the young age of 18 in protest against the Vietnam War and settled in Scandinavia to her lifelong exploration of the power of mind and the nature of consciousness.

Here is a list of the 10 ways Barbara talks about in the book:

No. 1: Accept what is
The number 1 cause of suffering and unhappiness is wanting life to be something it’s not.

No. 2: Want what you have
The number 2 cause of suffering and unhappiness is wanting what you don’t have.

No. 3: Be honest with yourself
The number 3 cause of suffering and unhappiness is not communicating honestly with yourself.

No. 4: Investigate your stories
The number 4 cause of suffering and unhappiness are the scary stories you tell yourself about life and the world.

No. 5: Mind your own business
The number 5 cause of suffering and unhappiness is minding other people’s business.

No. 6: Follow your passion and accept the consequences
The number 6 cause of suffering and unhappiness is not doing what you want because you think people will disapprove.

No. 7: Do the right thing and accept the consequences
The number 7 cause of suffering and unhappiness is not doing the right thing because you’re afraid of the consequences.

No. 8: Deal with what is in front of you and forget the rest
The number 8 cause of suffering and unhappiness is shadowboxing with illusions instead of dealing with the reality in front of you.

No. 9: Know what is what
The number 9 cause of suffering and unhappiness is wanting absolute satisfaction from relative experiences.

No. 10: Learn to see beyond impermanence
The number 10 cause of suffering and unhappiness is believing we become nothing.

American-born author Barbara Berger has written 15 self-empowerment books including her international bestseller “The Road to Power / Fast Food for the Soul” (30 languages), “Are You Happy Now? 10 Ways to Live a Happy Life” (17 languages) and “The Awakening Human Being – A Guide to the Power of Mind”.

In all her books, Barbara Berger explores the incredible power of mind and how to use this power wisely. Her message is very relevant for everyone because an understanding of how the mind works is the key to living a happy life right now, regardless of outer events and circumstances.

Barbara Berger has been a seeker all her life – and all Barbara’s books are based on her life work which has always been to try to find a way out of suffering. Her quest to ease suffering has led Barbara to explore many different pathways and approaches – mental, physical, metaphysical, psychological and spiritual. After leaving the US in the mid-60s in protest against the Vietnam War and settling in Scandinavia, Barbara continued her quest with a passionate interest in the science of the mind, the nature of consciousness, metaphysics, traditional spirituality and psychology.

Today Barbara lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. In addition to her books, Barbara offers private sessions to individuals who wish to work intensely with her. For more about Barbara Berger, see her Web site: http://www.beamteam.com

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Jorrit Timmermans interviews Barbara Berger & Tim Ray on crisis and happiness

Authors Barbara Berger and Tim Ray talk about how to turn crisis into your friend and live a happier life by learning to distinguish between reality and your thinking. Barbara and Tim call this process of understanding the way your mind works “Getting Real”. Barbara Berger is the author of “Fast Food for the Soul” and “Are You Happy Now?” Tim Ray is the author of “Starbrow” and “Starwarrior.

Radio interview: Click here to hear Barbara talk about the new book.

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