Eckhart Tolle: Balancing Form and Essence Identity


Published on May 13, 2014

Eckhart talks about the essential identity that we all share, how realizing this aspect frees us from the mind, and the genuine love that arises in the process.

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Living Your Supreme Destiny : The 8 Stages of Evolving ~ Jean Houston

1. Awakening
2. Purification
3. Illumination
4. Voices and Visions
5. Introversion
6. Ecstasy and Rapture
7. Dark Night of the Soul
8. Unitive Life

The first stage—Awakening—is one you may have already experienced, and it’s when you’re filled with the awareness that you are part of an enormous life in which everything is connected.

Then comes “Purification,” where I’ll take you through advanced processes to deeply remove the veils and obstruction of the ordinary, unexamined life.

You’ll be permanently released from old ways of being and able to recover your higher innocence.

The traditional third stage that comes next is “Illumination.” This is the light of bliss, often experienced as actual light, which literally pervades everything.

You’ll see beauty and meaning and pattern everywhere, yet remain who you are and able to go about your daily work!

This is also the stage that many artists, actors, writers, visionaries, scientists, and creative people are blessed to be able to access at times.

In the fourth stage of “Voices and Visions,” you’ll go beyond your five senses and interact with a much larger reality.

This larger reality experience may involve beings from different dimensions such as angels and archetypes, while also including those spiritual allies that lie within us that lead us to the unfolding of the unseen gifts we all contain.

Then comes “Introversion,” a turning to the inner life that includes silence in prayer and contemplation.

I’ll take you through some of the vast resources of spiritual technology to journey inward so you meet and receive reality in its fullness. The result is an integrated spiritual daily life that brings your inner and outer life together in a new way.

The sixth stage of “Ecstasy and Rapture” is when the divine presence meets the prepared body, mind, emotions, and psyche of the new you that’s fully developed.

At this point, you’ll be able to ecstatically receive the One and find the Spiritual Beloved. It involves decoding both the Art and Science of Happiness, and I’ll be providing you with an advanced toolkit to achieve this.

But alas, after all this joy and rapture, the seventh stage is the “Dark Night of the Soul,” which obeys the dictum that what goes up, must come down.

Suddenly the joy is gone, the Divine Love absent, God is hidden, and you must face the remaining shadows of old forms and habits of the lesser self.

The community support at this stage will be most crucial to midwife you through it and prepare you for the final stage.

And finally, the eighth stage is called the “Unitive Life.”

Here, you’ll exist in the state of union with the One Reality at all times. You will be both your one self and God.

I truly can’t emphasize enough how much of a life-altering, destiny-shaping process this is!

Over the decades, many of my students have had to travel long distances to receive the full guidance of moving through these 8 Stages of Evolving.

Those I’ve guided through this process have described feeling a sense that everything is possible. And indeed, once they go through the process and truly integrate it, they immediately experience life as a state of limitless possibilities.

They become world changers and world servers. They become powers for life, centers for energy, and partners and guides for spiritual vitality in other human beings.

They glow and they set others aglow. They’re no longer human beings as we’ve known them to be. They are living their supreme destiny . . .

And so can you.

To your life as an agent of change.

The Lessons Jean Houston Wants Everyone to Learn – Super Soul Sunday – Oprah Winfrey Network

What is the message Jean Houston most wants us all to know? Find out why she says we are all capable of handling the greatest challenges of our time. Then, watch as she turns the tables on Oprah and asks her one very important question: Where does she want to be at age 75?

Women Mystics and the Mystical Awakening

Wisdom University presents “Women Mystics and the Journey Toward Mystical Creativity” – taught by Jean Houston and Peggy Rubin. Excerpt from Day One – on Mystical Awakening.

Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm: Beyond the Doors of Perception into the Dreaming of Earth by Stephen Harrod Buhner

A manual for opening the doors of perception and directly engaging the intelligence of the Natural World

• Provides exercises to directly perceive and interact with the complex, living, self-organizing being that is Gaia

• Reveals that every life form on Earth is highly intelligent and communicative

• Examines the ecological function of invasive plants, bacterial resistance to antibiotics, psychotropic plants and fungi, and the human species

In Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm, Stephen Harrod Buhner reveals that all life forms on Earth possess intelligence, language, a sense of I and not I, and the capacity to dream. He shows that by consciously opening the doors of perception, we can reconnect with the living intelligences in Nature as kindred beings, become again wild scientists, non-domesticated explorers of a Gaian world just as Goethe, Barbara McClintock, James Lovelock, and others have done. For as Einstein commented, “We cannot solve the problems facing us by using the same kind of thinking that created them.”

Buhner explains how to use analogical thinking and imaginal perception to directly experience the inherent meanings that flow through the world, that are expressed from each living form that surrounds us, and to directly initiate communication in return. He delves deeply into the ecological function of invasive plants, bacterial resistance to antibiotics, psychotropic plants and fungi, and, most importantly, the human species itself. He shows that human beings are not a plague on the planet, they have a specific ecological function as important to Gaia as that of plants and bacteria.

Buhner shows that the capacity for depth connection and meaning-filled communication with the living world is inherent in every human being. It is as natural as breathing, as the beating of our own hearts, as our own desire for intimacy and love. We can change how we think and in so doing begin to address the difficulties of our times.

Stephen Harrod Buhner is the senior researcher for the Foundation for Gaian Studies. Described as both an Earth Poet and a Bardic Naturalist, he is the award-winning author of 19 books, including The Lost Language of Plants, The Secret Teachings of Plants, and Sacred Plant Medicine. Before retiring from the road in 2013, he taught for over 30 years throughout North America and Europe.He lives in Silver City, New Mexico.

Read an Excerpt

Prelude
The Soft Flutter of Butterflies

I never was a good student in school—though first grade was fun. We made handprints in wet plaster and walked in the woods looking for butterflies and learned the Spanish words for chocolate and hello.

That first summer after school was wonderful. I got bright new shoes and ran and played with my friends and we flew kites whose tails fluttered in the wind and the days were as long as forever. But next year, school was different.

Our teacher stood ramrod stiff at the head of the class and she was tall and thin and the mole on her chin quivered with indignation. Her face disapproved of itself and she wrinkled her nose when she talked as if she were smelling something polite people didn’t mention. . . .

I didn’t like her very much and I began to think that school was something I would rather not do.

But when I told my mother I was informed that I didn’t have a choice in the matter and that school was good for little children and that go I would. So, the years went by, as years do, and some teachers were better and some were not and I became as unconscious as unconscious could be.

I went to university and the teacher in my first class looked like Santa Claus. . . . He told us his name was Ben Sweet (Sweet by birth, sweet by disposition) and the name of his class was “On the challenge of being human.” My other teachers did not seem to care about the challenge of being human and instead they taught us to think about mathematics and analyze different chemicals, and as the months went by I felt farther from myself. And the only thing that seemed to make sense was Ben Sweet and the way he talked to us and urged something in the deeps of us to come out. . . .

And one day, I found myself thinking that I wanted all my teachers to be like that. . . . So, I made a list of every person I had heard of that had moved me in the way Ben Sweet did and I decided I wanted to meet and learn from every one of them. . . .

Buckminster Fuller, Robert Bly, Jacques Cousteau, Robert Heinlein, Joan Halifax, Stephanie Simonton, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, William Stafford, Jane Goodall, Gregory Bateson, Eric Fromm, Frank Herbert, Ashley Montagu, Margaret Mead.

I was so young then and the world was so new and my whole life was before me.

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross was plain and tall and thin. . . . Her eyes penetrated everything they touched and they were the deepest blue and looking into them was like peering into some deep mountain pool that’s so clear you can’t tell how deep it is. Down in those deeps were things I couldn’t quite make out, things I didn’t understand . . . I could feel whatever it was deep inside, touching parts of me that I did not know I possessed. And those parts of me . . . I could feel them begin to stir under its touch.

“How did you come to your work?” someone asked.

“I was a young doctor and it was just after the war. I had heard stories of the terrible things that had happened in the concentration camps and I wanted to see for myself. So, I went to Majdanek in Poland. . . .

“By the gates there was a table and a young woman with dark, raven hair. She had to ask me several times for my name. She carefully wrote it down in the book where they kept a list of all the visitors. Then she looked up and smiled a sad, quiet smile, and waved me in. . . .

“Soon, I found myself in front of a wooden barracks. . . . I walked down the long passageways that ran between the tiers of bunks, looking around me. Then I saw—on the walls, roughly scratched, sometimes carved, into the wooden planks—hundreds of initials, and names—the last desperate messages to the living. And among those messages—I couldn’t believe it—were hundreds and hundreds of butterflies. Butterflies, everywhere. In the midst of that horror, the children had scratched butterflies into the walls!”

. . . Elisabeth looked at all of us in the room. None of us were moving. We were still, hardly breathing, caught spellbound. “I had never experienced such cruelty,” Elisabeth said, “and my heart was being crushed. But the young woman seemed oddly unaffected by it, so I said to her, ‘But you look so peaceful. How can you be peaceful when your whole family was killed here?’

“Golda looked back at me—those peaceful eyes!—and said in the most penetrating voice I had ever heard, ‘Because the Nazis taught me this: There is a Hitler inside each of us and if we do not heal the Hitler inside of ourselves, then the violence, it will never stop.’”

. . . There was something in Elisabeth’s voice that day, some invisible thing that my younger self did not consciously understand but could only feel. And it went into the depths of me and there it remains still. . . .

There is a difference I learned, long ago, between schooling and education. Do you feel it now, in the room with you?

I was never able to find it in any of my schools. But sometimes I find it in the soft flutter of butterflies, in the wildness of plants growing undomesticated in a forest clearing, in the laughter and running of young children, their hair flowing in the wind, and sometimes, sometimes I find it in the words of teachers who come among us from time to time—out there, far outside these walls, in the wildness of the world.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

~ First Movement ~
Touching the Foundations of the World

Prelude The Soft Flutter of Butterflies

1 Reclaiming the Invisible
2 “The Doors of Perception”
3 “And the Doorkeeper Obeys When Spoken To”
4 “Everything Is Intelligent”
5 We Want Braaaaains
6 Gaia and “the Pattern That Connects”
7 “Molecular Veriditas”
8 The Function of Psychotropics in the Ecosystem
9 Inextricable Intertangling

~ Second Movement ~
Gaia’s Mind and the Dreaming of Earth

10 “A Certain Adjustment of Consciousness”
11 The Sea of Meaning
12 Following Golden Threads
13 The Naturalist’s Approach The Beginnings of Deep Earth Perception
14 The Imaginal World
15 The Dreaming of Earth
16 Reemergence into Classical Newtonian Space

~ Bridge ~
Bifurcation

17 The Ecological Function of the Human Species
18 “The Road Not Taken”
19 Becoming Barbarian

~ Coda ~
A Different Kind of Thinking

Epilogue To See the Shimmer of Infinity in the Face of the Other

Diminuendo
Al Niente The Movement of Great Things
Appendix 1 Sensory Overload and Self-Caretaking
Appendix 2 On the Healing of Schizophrenia

Notes

Bibliography

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