Archive for April, 2014


Head to Heart gently guides us to cultivate (and sustain) those moments of clarity–the awakenings of everyday life–and to embrace and grow from them all, no matter how joyful or painful.

“Awakening…think of it as something we need to do every day; it is a process, a gradual awareness and growing insight,” Madson writes. Practice awakening to:

*generate more compassion or love,
*create an unshakable sense of well-being
*better understand your mind and surroundings,
*find answers to specific challenges,
or all of the above.

Practice can happen anywhere, any time: on the mat or on the move, sitting or walking, in silence or conversation, alone or with a group; in short, whenever you are consciously pointing your mind toward greater clarity and service while connecting with the Spirit, you are meditating and preparing to awaken.

Head to Heart times 365. Each brief meditation opens to the promise of peace, joy, and purpose.

Jenifer Madson is an award-winning Author, Speaker, and Success Coach whose journey in recovery from addiction has informed every aspect of her work in the personal development field. She uses lessons from her unique story of redemption to help people from all walks of life — from at-risk youth to Fortune 100 executives — awaken to their highest potential.

She lives in New York City, and when she’s not working or traveling, can be found on the dance floor or out exploring the countless wonders of the city.

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  • Stresses that the apparent unity of the self of everyday experience is in actuality an interaction of two metaphysically separable aspects of self/reality
  • Finds both neurocognitive material and immaterial first-person subjectivity to be necessary for a sense of self; neither is sufficient on its own
  • Takes issue with the assumption of modern science that reality can exhaustively be described via a materialist metaphysic
  • Presents extensive case material in which individuals maintain a clear sense of both the material and immaterial aspects of self

The Two Selves takes the position that the self is not a “thing” easily reduced to an object of scientific analysis. Rather, the self consists in a multiplicity of aspects, some of which have a neuro-cognitive basis (and thus are amenable to scientific inquiry) while other aspects are best construed as first-person subjectivity, lacking material instantiation. As a consequence of its potential immateriality, the subjective aspect of self cannot be taken as an object and therefore is not easily amenable to treatment by current scientific methods.

Klein argues that to fully appreciate the self, its two aspects must be acknowledged, since it is only in virtue of their interaction that the self of everyday experience becomes a phenomenological reality. However, given their different metaphysical commitments (i.e., material and immaterial aspects of reality), a number of issues must be addressed. These include, but are not limited to, the possibility of interaction between metaphysically distinct aspects of reality, questions of causal closure under the physical, the principle of energy conservation, and more.

After addressing these concerns, Klein presents evidence based on self-reports from case studies of individuals who suffer from a chronic or temporary loss of their sense of personal ownership of their mental states. Drawing on this evidence, he argues that personal ownership may be the factor that closes the metaphysical gap between the material and immaterial selves, linking these two disparate aspects of reality, thereby enabling us to experience a unified sense of self despite its underlying multiplicity.

Readership: Academic: psychologists, philosophers, clinicians, neuroscientists, theologians. Lay audience readers interested in the nature of reality, self, science, philosophy and/or psychology, mind/body debates, and dualism.

Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1: Introductory Remarks about the Problem of the Self
Chapter 2: The Epistemological Self – the Self of Neural Instantiation
Chapter 3: The Ontological Self – The Self of First-Person Subjectivity
Chapter 4: The Epistemological and Ontological Selves: A Brief “Summing Up”
Chapter 5: Empirical Evidence and the Ontological and Epistemological Selves
Chapter 6: Some Final Thoughts
References
Index

Stanley B. Klein, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of California Santa Barbara

Stanley B. Klein, PhD, was born in New York City and grew up in Connecticut. A BA graduate of Stanford University with a doctorate from Harvard University, he has taught at University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana; Trinity University, San Antonio; and University of California Santa Barbara, where he is currently in the Psychology Department. Klein has been a member of the APA, Psychonomic Society, and Society for Experimental Social Psychology, all while publishing on memory, the self, evolutionary psychology, social psychology, neuroscience, social neuroscience, mental time travel, and nature of mind (from a philosophical perspective).

Memory and the Self

Ever since John Locke, philosophers have wondered about memory and its connection to the self. Locke believed that a continuity of consciousness and memory establish a “self” over time. Now psychology is weighing in with new research suggesting that the relationship between memory and the self is even more complicated than that. But what’s the connection between memory and the self? Can the self be explained strictly in terms of memory? Or might the self be something over and above what memory suggests? John and Ken remember to welcome Stan Klein from UC Santa Barbara, author of “The Two Selves: Their Metaphysical Commitments and Functional Independence.”


Published on Apr 24, 2014

Awakening Through Conflict –

As long as we are identified as separate selves, we will inevitably experience conflict with others. If we learn to release blame and deepen attention to our embodied experience, conflict can become a portal for more loving, alive relationships and awakening into the fullness of our being.


Ellen writes on her website http://ellenemmet.com, “I live in Oxford, U.K. alongside my husband Rupert Spira, whose pure and luminous teaching never ceases to deepen my understanding. I continue my practice as a Psychotherapist, and Authentic Movement facilitator allowing my background of Dance-Movement Therapy, and Transpersonal Psychology to be permeated by and to express the non-dual understanding. I also offer Non-dual Yoga sessions in the tradition of Kashmir Shivaism exploring our true nature at the level of the body.”

On Ellen’s excellent website http://ellenemmet.com, you can learn more about Ellen’s background, listen to her meditations, watch videos, and immerse yourself in what she does.

Tracks

0:00 – 7:08 Some banter, Ellen’s background, self-introduction. Authentic Movement introduced. Janet Adler mentioned and her book Arching Backwards. Some of Janet Adler’s story of her Kundalini awakening and her description of direct experience. Ellen being drawn to Adler’s writing. The Amazon.oom link for Arching Backwards: The Mystical Initiation of a Contemporary Woman, by Janet Adler is http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0892…

7:08 – 13:23 Inclusion of Authentic Movement under the umbrella of nonduality as inspiring to Ellen. Adler’s use of the terms nonduality and unitive state. Varieties and roots of Authentic Movement.

13:23 – 21:06 Ellen describes what Authentic Movement is. Roles of mover and witness profoundly described.

21:06 – 24:45 Responsibilities of the witness and facilitator of Authentic Movement. Formalizing of AM by Adler. The people drawn to AM. AM being like therapy.

24:45 – 27:38 Use of the term “longing” by Adler in Offering from the Conscious Body. Conjecture of what Adler meant by longing. Significance of longing. The Amazon.com link for Offering From the Conscious Body is a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0892…

27:38 – 31:22 The form of Authentic Movement discussed. Shifts in the quality of the atmosphere and time. Sacredness of repetition of movement.

31:22 – 36:24 “Being moved” compared to “I’m moving.” Oneness with creativity or shakti. Longing re-visited. Experience of unitive states and value of knowing about nondual teachings.

36:24 – 39:56 What clients of Authentic Movement are looking for.

39:56 – 44:24 AM as a source for all creative endeavors. A brief reading from Adler’s Offering from the Conscious Body. Meaning of “energetic phenomena.”

44:24 – 54:24 Ellen’s discovery of Francis Lucille while working with Janet Adler. Ellen responds to question about role of AM as a portal to nondual discovery. Francis’s teaching of yoga and its profound focus and outcome. The real body as awareness. Rupert Spira’s clarity mentioned.

54:24 – 58:16 Nature of Francis Lucille’s message and teaching. The real body as awareness. Clarity of Rupert Spira. “You can be as clear as you are clear.” Ellen addresses the question, “How has Authentic Movement been of value to you in communicating nonduality?” Being “intimate with the unfolding of experience.”

58:16 – 1:02:56 Applying some of the form and purpose of Authentic Movement to nondual discussion groups. The gift of witnessing. Incorporation of a witness. Silence.

1:02:56 – 1:07:39 Ellen’s interest in bringing Authentic Movement to her nondual offering. Ellen questioning herself on how the “less nondual” teachings fit in with her nondual offering.

1:07:39 – 1:14:36 Feminine nature of these offerings. Meeting at a connection of the heart. Sharings beyond the body/mind as where Ellen received glimpses of the nondual. “The sense of hearing the space was exquisite.” Combing strands of space. Glimpses not being completely met.

1:14:36 – 1:20:11 It’s all art. What Ellen will be doing at the Science and Nonduality Conference Europe 2013. Her other work. Talking about interviewing Rupert. Facing the places of resistance. Finishing the interview. Casual conversation.


Published on Apr 29, 2014

In this video clip Rupert dispels a common myth about the sense of ‘oneness’ with all things

On April 29 the Sun will be eclipsed in Aries by the South Node. The eclipsed Sun is exalted in Aries, setting a very high standard of personal power and and vision. The exalted Sun is opposed by an exalted Saturn in Libra.

Solar Eclipse in Aries – April 29, 2014 – VIDEO

On Tuesday the Solar eclipse in Aries will intensify the recent polarity between the powerful individual within (Aries) and the need to share it with others (Libra) and with higher, social causes. These issues have been front and center since the end of 2011 when Saturn moved into Libra. Personally and culturally we have been working on getting along better with each other since then. Also, since the beginning of 2013, since the nodes entered the Aries/Libra axis, the eclipses have drawing out this contrast. In particular the solar eclipses, which have been occurring with an exalted sun and an exalted Saturn.

We need to connect with the true source of power within, that which is connected to a cause bigger than our smaller self/ego. This is the true Sun, the true light within. This light is not based on outer forms, wavering confidence, or measured against its shadow. If we are emanating our true light into the world, now is a great time to step it up – trust your gut and move. However, wherever we are playing small, and acting through our wavering confidence and shadow, there will be suffering and self-doubt.

Nakshatra Bharani

The eclipse is happening in Bharani Nakshatra, the star of restraint. This star is ruled by the God Yama, the god who takes the soul to its resting place. This section of sky shows the consequences of our impulsive actions and the need to exercise restraint, or suffer the consequences. There may be some heavy consequences and revelations come to light to those who have not been honest.

Mercury / Mars Exchange

Mercury is in Mars’ Sign and Mars is in Mercury’s sign, showing an alliance between thoughts, words, ideas (Mercury) and actions.

4 Keys to the Eclipse:
1. Focus on Your inner vision, not your outer reputation or status
2. Walk away from anything not moving you toward that vision
3. Choose your words carefully
4. Put your principles into action – walk the talk

All the happiness and fulfillment that humans yearn for exists in the present moment. In the now, time ceases to exist and we experience a presence that is all-absorbing, completely at peace, and totally satisfying. Nothing could be closer than the present, yet nothing slips away faster. In an instant, our mind can carry us far away into memories of the past or fantasies about the future. Or we may get caught up in a race against the clock, feeling like there’s never enough time. We say things like “Time is flying,” “Time is running out,” or “There are never enough hours in the day.”

We somehow forget that we can choose whether to make time an enemy or an ally. We can shift from time-bound awareness into timeless awareness . . . to the ecstasy that can only be found in the present moment. If you want to have all the time in the world, you can train yourself through the following simple practices:

Dive into the source of awareness. The most effective way to live in the flow of the timeless is meditation. As you meditate, over time your consciousness becomes awake within itself. The silent witness within saturates and illuminates the mind so that it does not look to the past or the future for fulfillment. It experiences peace and freedom within itself in every moment.

Try this: In a quiet place, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and go inward. Place your attention on your heart, in the center of your chest. Sit quietly and easily let your attention remain there. If it is pulled away by random thoughts, sensations in your body, or noises in your environment, re-center yourself as soon as you notice what has happened. After a few minutes, open your eyes. For the next half hour or so, observe yourself to see if you remain centered. Don’t instantly throw yourself into external demands.

Practice paying attention
. Throughout your day, when you notice that your thoughts have drifted away, come back to where you are. You’ll instantly see why you drifted away, whether because you were bored, anxious, dwelling on the past, or anticipating the future. Don’t judge yourself; simply return your attention to what’s in front of you right now.

Feel the sensations in your body.
While the mind lives in the past and the future, the body lives in the now. Connecting to the feelings in your body brings you back into present-moment awareness.

Do one thing at a time. Multitasking divides your attention and leads to confusion and weakened focus. When you focus on just one thing at a time, without rushing or procrastinating, you cultivate a sense of timeless awareness that creates feelings of calm and well-being.

Our thoughts are always pulling us into the future or the past, away from the present. But it is in the present moment that we find Spirit, our essential being and the force that animates all life. By connecting with the present we turn our attention inward, away from all the chaos and activity, and experience our eternal, unbounded nature.

About the Author

Deepak Chopra, M.D. is a best-selling author and the co-founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, California. The Chopra Center offers a variety of signature mind-body healing programs, online learning experiences, and retreats, including the Seduction of Spirit meditation and yoga retreat led by Deepak Chopra.

Website: http://www.chopra.com

~ Source: Origin Magazine ™


Live online Satsang with Edji recorded December 10, 2010. For more information, audio files and transcripts of this Satsang, go to http://www.WeAreSentience.org

Ed: Nothing I did prior to 1995 makes any difference to me. That is the year of my awakening under my Guru, Robert Adams (1928-1997). Nothing I am now has anything to do with my education, previous writings or worldly attainments. They are irrelevant. What I am now is the present. For those who still wish more information…

I have a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Sierra University in 1987 and practiced clinical psychology for over 20 years.

Teacher of Advaita and Bhakta-yana, in the dual lines of Robert Adams-Ramana Maharshi, and Jean Dunn/Nisargadatta. Ordained Mahayana Zen and Chogye Zen monk, Zen monk for 12 years. The Chogye Order of Zen Buddhism in Korea (Chogye Sah Temple-headquarters of Chogye Zen in Korea) named Ed the First American World Teacher of Korean Chogye Zen Buddhism, 1999. Taught Zen and psychology at four University of California campuses, 1975-82.

I teach Self Realization via methods of Zen, Devotional Advaita, and devotional self-inquiry, January 1987 to present.

Author of “Self-Realization and Other Awakenings” on Amazon and elsewhere. Can now be downloaded from my website.

Earlier book was “Autobiography of a Jnani,” available on my website, along with two books on psychoanalysis and spirituality, also available on my website.

Website: http://www.wearesentience.com

Deeya: Kindle My Heart’s Flame, (and KindleMyHeartsFlame on Facebook), is a Deeply Devotional Humanitarian Community founded on the theme of Devotional Advaita and dedicated to Awakening the Heart’s Flame in all who join in by arousing the Spiritual Guidance of the Ramana Lineage and others, and infusing all who engage in the Community’s activities with the Flame of Love, Bliss, Wisdom. Born to Deeya three years after her Awakening, and through the inspiration of Sri Robert Adams, the Community is about humanity’s potentiality for Love and our capacity to help each other celebrate the unity in our diversity. A healer for 12 years, Deeya’s service with various healthcare organizations takes her all over the world, including to India, where she is the co-founder of a medical charity that provides for the care and welfare of under-privileged children. Deeya shares Healing Transmissions, Devotionals and Satsang through the Community website. More detailed bio.


RAIN- Cultivating a Mindful Awareness

The acronym RAIN is a powerful tool for interrupting habitual patterns of emotional reactivity and discovering the freedom of an awake, compassionate presence. This talk explores the components of RAIN, how it works, what makes it transformational and typical challenges people encounter . The teachings include a guided RAIN meditation.

How to create the life you want in alignment with your soul’s purpose

• Reveal your soul aptitudes, limiting behaviors, and past-life karmic issues

• Discover 14 easy-to-use spiritual tools to strengthen your intuition to profound levels and develop an inner source of guidance and wisdom for any situation

• Learn why the Law of Attraction doesn’t work for most people and how to make it work for you

Like an enlightened spiritual teacher, you, too, can tap in to the infinite wisdom of the cosmos to create a life of deep meaning and purpose. The key is integrated intelligence–your innate capacity, often experienced as “intuition,” to instantly draw upon knowledge beyond the confines of the five senses, from past, present, and future. Integrated intelligence enables not only a connection to the wisdom of the universe but also access to your soul template, revealing your self-limiting behaviors, karmic issues from past lives, and soul aptitudes–the abilities at which you excel. With knowledge of your soul template, you can successfully create the life you were meant to live in alignment with your soul’s purpose.

Providing 14 easy-to-use spiritual tools to activate your integrated intelligence, Marcus Anthony shows you how to tap in to the wisdom of your soul template, distinguish the voice of ego from the voice of your inner sage, and strengthen your intuition to profound levels, thereby developing a trusted inner source of guidance. Explaining how the mind is not a shallow pond but an ocean of competing voices and energies, he reveals why the Law of Attraction doesn’t work for most people: any vision you attempt to manifest must be aligned with your soul template or the competing voices will act against it. Revealing how to bring the mind into presence to get “the secret” to work for you, Anthony shows how to use integrated intelligence to identify and live your true calling and create the life you want while fulfilling the deeper needs of your spirit.


Marcus T. Anthony, Ph.D., is a futurist seeking to deepen our understanding of the future beyond economics and technology into such areas as philosophy, psychology, and spirituality. The director of MindFutures, he is a member of World Futures Studies Federation and the Darwin Project Council.

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Book trailer, “Discover Your Soul Template”, by MTAnthony

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The Way of Liberation is a stripped-down, practical guide to spiritual liberation, sometimes called awakening, enlightenment, self-realization, or simply seeing what is absolutely True. It is impossible to know what words like liberation or enlightenment mean until you realize them for yourself. This being so, it is of no use to speculate about what enlightenment is; in fact, doing so is a major hindrance to its unfolding. As a guiding principle, to progressively realize what is not absolutely True is of infinitely more value than speculating about what is.

Many people think that it is the function of a spiritual teaching to provide answers to life’s biggest questions, but actually the opposite is true. The primary task of any good spiritual teaching is not to answer your questions, but to question your answers. For it is your conscious and unconscious assumptions and beliefs that distort your perception and cause you to see separation and division where there is actually only unity and completeness.

The Reality that these teachings are pointing toward is not hidden, or secret, or far away. You cannot earn it, deserve it, or figure it out. At this very moment, Reality and completeness are in plain sight. In fact, the only thing there is to see, hear, smell, taste, touch, or feel, is Reality, or God if you like. Absolute completeness surrounds you wherever you go. So there is really no reason to bother yourself about it, except for the fact that we humans have long ago deceived ourselves into such a confined tangle of confusion and disarray that we scarcely even consider, much less experience for ourselves, the divinity within and all around us.

The Way of Liberation is a call to action; it is something you do. It is a doing that will undo you absolutely. If you do not do the teaching, if you do not study and apply it fearlessly, it cannot effect any transformation. The Way of Liberation is not a belief system; it is something to be put into practice. In this sense it is entirely practical.

To read this book as a spectator would be to miss the point. Being a spectator is easy and safe; being an active participant in your own awakening to Truth is neither easy nor safe. The way forward is unpredictable, the commitment absolute, the results not guaranteed. Did you really think that it could be any other way?

Excerpted from the Introduction of The Way of Liberation by Adyashanti.

© Adyashanti 2012

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The Way of Liberation by Adyashanti – Book Review

This is a practical guide to spiritual awakening. With a profound simplicity it outlines the Foundations, Orienting Ideas, and Core Practices that are essential in the process of waking up to the absolute nature of Reality and living it to the fullest extent possible.

Conscious Freedom

It is not our idea of ourselves that wakes up — it is the dormant consciousness within that awakens to itself. Adyashanti invites us to see what drives our struggle to awaken and recognize the conscious freedom that is already here as the true nature of everything.


Dr. Deepak Chopra, “The Poet Prophet of Alternative Medicine,” shares a vision for what the past, the present and the future of well being might be.

There is nothing wrong with anxiety.
Although we cannot control God’s time, it is part of the human condition to want to receive the thing we are waiting for as quickly as possible.
Or to drive away whatever is causing our fear. . . .
Anxiety was born in the very same moment as mankind. And since we will never be able to master it, we will have to learn to live with it—just as we have learned to live with storms.

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July 14, 1099. Jerusalem awaits the invasion of the crusaders who have surrounded the city’s gates. There, inside the ancient city’s walls, men and women of every age and every faith have gathered to hear the wise words of a mysterious man known only as the Copt. He has summoned the townspeople to address their fears with truth:

“Tomorrow, harmony will become discord. Joy will be replaced by grief. Peace will give way to war. . . . None of us can know what tomorrow will hold, because each day has its good and its bad moments. So, when you ask your questions, forget about the troops outside and the fear inside. Our task is not to leave a record of what happened on this date for those who will inherit the Earth; history will take care of that. Therefore, we will speak about our daily lives, about the difficulties we have had to face.”

The people begin with questions about defeat, struggle, and the nature of their enemies; they contemplate the will to change and the virtues of loyalty and solitude; and they ultimately turn to questions of beauty, love, wisdom, sex, elegance, and what the future holds. “What is success?” poses the Copt. “It is being able to go to bed each night with your soul at peace.”

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Now, these many centuries later, the wise man’s answers are a record of the human values that have endured throughout time. And, in Paulo Coelho’s hands, The Manuscript Found in Accra reveals that who we are, what we fear, and what we hope for the future come from the knowledge and belief that can be found within us, and not from the adversity that surrounds us.

From the Hardcover edition.

The Brazilian author PAULO COELHO is considered one of the most influential authors of our times. His books have sold more than 150 million copies worldwide, have been released in 170 countries and been translated into 80 languages.


Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947, he soon discovered his vocation for writing. He worked as a director, theater actor, songwriter and journalist. His collaboration with Brazilian composer and singer Raúl Seixas gave some of the greatest classic rock songs in Brazil. In 1986, a special meeting led him to make the pilgrimage to Saint James Compostela (in Spain). The Road to Santiago was not only a common pilgrimage but a turning point in his existence. A year later, he wrote ‘The Pilgrimage’, an autobiographical novel that is considered the beginning of his career.

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Podcast #1 – Paulo Coelho talking about how he started to write a book and also talking about his experiences with ‘Aleph’.

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