The Compass of Now (How One Paid off Us $ 3 Million Debt and Became Financially Free, Heals Wounds, and Inspires Millions of Hearts.) by Dhitinart Napattalung

The Compass of Now is the inspiring story of the Thai spiritual healer, DDNard, who transformed herself from a penniless widow to a respected teacher and leader.

DDNard explains how she used the wisdom, practices and tools featured in the Compass of Now to pay off all her debts and become financially and emotionally free. She is now a well respected spiritual teacher and has been teaching the Compass insight to people all over the world for sixteen years.

This book has inspired many, and has put hope and strength into the hearts of millions.

DDNard takes ancient wisdom from the light of Asia to give you insight on how you can be happy now, no matter what challenges you are facing. She teaches that you always have choices to be emotionally and financially free.

You don’t get what you try to attract, but you get what you deserve. You change your surroundings by elevating the quality of your thoughts, and that can only be done through observing your mind.

Observing your mind will make you happy and free, now and for the future.

The practice of self-awareness enables you to regain freedom – and gives you the power to be free.

Compass of now by DDnard_The book that brings miracles to millions.





Intro to Life Compass by DDnard


The Rise of Mindfulness in Society: Arianna Huffington, Jon Kabat-Zinn

The Rise of Mindfulness in Society: Arianna Huffington, Jon Kabat-Zinn

Published on Mar 2, 2014

The Rise of Mindfulness in Society: Opportunities and Challenges. At Wisdom 2.0 2014.

The True Experience of Deep sleep ~ Rupert Spira

Published on 20 May 2014

In this video clip Rupert discusses the experience of deep sleep from the point of view of pure Consciousness

Lesson 101: Perfect Happiness: A Path to Joy from A Course in Miracles by Jon Mundy PhD

Although it may require a lifetime of study to grasp, the bestselling A Course in Miracles has inspired millions. Perhaps its most essential lesson is 101: the belief that there is no sin and that God’s will for us is perfect happiness. Longtime teacher Jon Mundy digs deeply into this concept, providing an insightful and clear path through one of the manual’s most meaningful and complex lessons.

Click here to take a look inside.

Jon Mundy is an author and lecturer on philosophy at SUNY (the State University of New York). He cofounded the New Seminary for the training of interfaith ministers, as well as the Interfaith Fellowship. He has been a minister for 45 years, and has given almost 2,000 talks on A Course in Miracles. He lives in NY.

Lesson 101

God’s Will for me is perfect happiness.

Today we will continue with the theme of happiness. This is a key idea in understanding what salvation means. You still believe it asks for suffering as penance for your “sins.” This is not so. Yet you must think it so while you believe that sin is real, and that God’s Son can sin.

If sin is real, then punishment is just and cannot be escaped. Salvation thus cannot be purchased but through suffering. If sin is real, then happiness must be illusion, for they cannot both be true. The sinful warrant only death and pain, and it is this they ask for. For they know it waits for them, and it will seek them out and find them somewhere, sometime, in some form that evens the account they owe to God. They would escape Him in their fear. And yet He will pursue, and they can not escape.

If sin is real, salvation must be pain. Pain is the cost of sin, and suffering can never be escaped, if sin is real. Salvation must be feared, for it will kill, but slowly, taking everything away before it grants the welcome boon of death to victims who are little more than bones before salvation is appeased. Its wrath is boundless, merciless, but wholly just.

Who would seek out such savage punishment? Who would not flee salvation, and attempt in every way he can to drown the Voice which offers it to him? Why would he try to listen and accept Its offering? If sin is real, its offering is death, and meted out in cruel form to match the vicious wishes in which sin is born. If sin is real, salvation has become your bitter enemy, the curse of God upon you who have crucified His Son.

You need the practice periods today. The exercises teach sin is not real, and all that you believe must come from sin will never happen, for it has no cause. Accept Atonement with an open mind, which cherishes no lingering belief that you have made a devil of God’s Son. There is no sin. We practice with this thought as often as we can today, because it is the basis for today’s idea.

God’s Will for you is perfect happiness because there is no sin, and suffering is causeless. Joy is just, and pain is but the sign you have misunderstood yourself. Fear not the Will of God. But turn to it in confidence that it will set you free from all the consequences sin has wrought in feverish imagination. Say:

God’s Will for me is perfect happiness.
There is no sin; it has no consequence.

So should you start your practice periods, and then attempt again to find the joy these thoughts will introduce into your mind.

Give these five minutes gladly, to remove the heavy load you lay upon yourself with the insane belief that sin is real. Today escape from madness. You are set on freedom’s road, and now today’s idea brings wings to speed you on, and hope to go still faster to the waiting goal of peace. There is no sin. Remember this today, and tell yourself as often as you can:

God’s Will for me is perfect happiness.
This is the truth, because there is no sin.

Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment–and Your Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn

We may long for wholeness, suggests Jon Kabat-Zinn, but the truth is that it is already here and already ours. The practice of mindfulness holds the possibility of not just a fleeting sense of contentment, but a true embracing of a deeper unity that envelops and permeates our lives. With Mindfulness for Beginners you are invited to learn how to transform your relationship to the way you think, feel, love, work, and play—and thereby awaken to and embody more completely who you really are.

Here, the teacher, scientist, and clinician who first demonstrated the benefits of mindfulness within mainstream Western medicine offers a book that you can use in three unique ways: as a collection of reflections and practices to be opened and explored at random; as an illuminating and engaging start-to-finish read; or as an unfolding “lesson- a-day” primer on mindfulness practice.

Beginning and advanced meditators alike will discover in these pages a valuable distillation of the key attitudes and essential practices that Jon Kabat-Zinn has found most useful with his students, including:

* Why heartfulness is synonymous with true mindfulness
* The value of coming back to our bodies and to our senses over and over again
* How our thoughts “self-liberate” when touched by awareness
* Moving beyond our “story” into direct experience
* Stabilizing our attention and presence amidst daily activities
* The three poisons that cause suffering—and their antidotes
* How mindfulness heals, even after the fact
* Reclaiming our wholeness, and more.

The prescription for living a more mindful life seems simple enough: return your awareness again and again to whatever is going on. But if you’ve tried it, you know that here is where all the questions and challenges really begin. Mindfulness for Beginners provides welcome answers, insights, and instruction to help us make that shift, moment by moment, into a more spacious, clear, reliable, and loving connection with ourselves and the world.

Includes a complete CD with five guided mindfulness meditations by Jon Kabat-Zinn, selected from the audio program that inspired this book.

Click here to browse inside.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, is internationally known for his work as a scientist, writer, and meditation teacher engaged in bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and society. He is professor of medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and author of numerous books, including Full Catastrophe Living, Arriving at Your Own Door, and Coming to Our Senses

Mindfulness 9 attitudes – letting go.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, talks about the 9 Attitudes of Mindfulness,
how to use them in our Mindfulness practice and daily life.
Jon is the founder of the Center for Mindfulness
at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is also
the founder of it’s renowned Stress Reduction Clinic.
He teaches mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress
Reduction (MBSR) in various venues around the world.

Mindfulnessgruppen is a company offering mindfulness based courses and trainings

Week of May 19 – Mars Direct – Venus enters Aries – Sam Geppi

During the week of May 19, 2014 Mars goes retrograde and Venus leaves exaltation, and goes into Aries.

On Tuesday, May20 Mars turns direct, after being retrograde since March 1. Mars has been retrograde in Virgo, a sign of details and communication, not action. This may have us doing less “walking the talk” and more “talking the talk”. Now is a time to get back on track with our routines and fitness and sense of personal strength.

Venus moves into Aries
On May 23 Venus moves into Aries, and will be aspect it by Saturn and Mars, and it will be joined Ketu. That’s quite a change from the last several months when Venus went through Saturn ruled signs (where she was exchanging with Saturn), and most recently been exalted in Pisces for the last several weeks. Expect any recent relationship grace, and interaction with others, to be a bit stymied for a while.

If you’re involved in disputes with others or situations where you’re being challenged, the will to fight and to win will return in full force.

A Powerful Story on Anger (thanks to Yellow Ribbon Project)

Since Mars is about to really wake up, it is a good time to reflect on anger and the harmful effects of over-asserting our self-will. My Guru Amma often tells this story.

The Fence

There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the fence.

The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily, gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.

Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper. The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone.

The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said “you have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one.”

You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there. Make sure you control your temper the next time you are tempted to say something you will regret later.

The Skeletons in God’s Closet The Mercy of Hell, the Surprise of Judgment, the Hope of Holy War ~ Joshua Ryan Butler

Pub Date Oct 14 2014

Is God a sadistic torturer? Cold-hearted judge? Genocidal maniac?

Unfortunately, our popular caricatures often make him out to be.
God has some skeletons in the closet. At least, that’s what many of us fear. “How can a loving God send people to hell?” “Isn’t it arrogant to believe Jesus is the only way to God?” “What is up with holy war in the Old Testament?” These are difficult questions that our family, our friends, our culture–even we ourselves–are asking. The Skeletons in God’s Closet pulls these skeletons out of the closet to show that they were never really

skeletons at all–but part of the good news that God is good and coming to redeem his world.

Hell is not an “underground torture chamber” God creates to torture sinners, but a destructive power we unleash that God has promised to redeem his world from–it represents an extravagant act of mercy. Judgment is not “churchgoers go to heaven, everyone else goes to hell,” but God coming to raise humanity from death and set his world right by calling things out as they really are–and the results are a shocking surprise. Holy war is not “the strong using God to justify their conquest of the weak,” but God arising on behalf of the weak when the tyranny of the strong has raged for far too long–he is the hope of the world.

Mercy. Surprise. Hope.
Not what we usually think.

Ultimately, The Skeletons in God’s Closet uses our toughest questions to provoke paradigm shifts in how we understand our faith as a whole: we’ll pull the “skeletons out of God’s closet” to reveal they were never really skeletons at all. We’ll grapple with the “skeletons in the ground” of tragedy, injustice and death in our world–to explore resurrection as God’s good answer. Most importantly, we’ll affirm that God is good “in his very bones”–not just in what he does but in who he is.

This is a book that sings loudly, boldly and clearly: God is good and coming to redeem his world.


Joshua Ryan Butler serves as Pastor of Local and Global Outreach at Imago Dei Community, a church in the heart of Portland, Oregon, where he enjoys helping people who wrestle with some of the tough topics of the Christian faith. Joshua oversees the church’s city ministries in areas like foster care, human trafficking and homelessness and develops international partnerships in areas like clean water, HIV-support and church planting. Joshua is also a worship leader who enjoys writing music for the life of the church. Joshua’s wife Holly and daughter Aiden enjoy spending time with their friends over great meals and being a foster family for vulnerable children.

The Power of Defenselessness ~ Miranda Macpherson [ updated May 19, 2014 ]

‘I wish I could show you,
when you are lonely, when you are in darkness……
the astonishing light of your own being’

All non-dual teachings remind us that we are already ‘That’. The depth of our being is God, eternal pristine awareness. Yet there is a world of difference between knowing this conceptually, and genuinely experiencing for ourselves the indestructible presence that lives us.

How can we let direct experience of our true nature genuinely open up?
The most direct route I know is the practice of defenselessness. It is the means by which we can get out of our own way, and let the web of our ego patterns unwind. For many years I grappled with this, understanding that surrender was the quintessential task. I would meditate earnestly to quiet my mind, try to remember who I really was, and pray – offering up the more difficult aspects of my personality caught up in some story of separation, usually triggered by a relational twirk. Sometimes my agitation would dissolve into the deeper ocean of grace, other times I would feel like a cat chasing its own tail. That’s because the one trying to surrender was the one in the way.

I was introduced to defenselessness through the workbook lesson in ACIM, ‘in my defenselessness my safety lies’. I sensed there was something pivotal about this invitation that seemed to turn 180 degrees on its head the belief that we must defend ourselves from danger within and without. Yet it was only after the spontaneous surrender that occurred in the cave of Ramana Maharshi did I understand the true power of this teaching. How defenselessness exposes our illusions and reveals the indestructible nature of who we truly are.

The power of nothing:
The instruction I heard in that cave of deep silence was all about nothingness. Nothing to be, do, get, become, seek for, relinquish, just be as you are, rest in God. By grace, the story of ‘me’ was rendered defenseless and it disappeared. Then a whole new dimension of space and silent presence opened up. This was far more than just a momentary spiritual orgasm. Its wisdom has continued unfolding in the years afterwards, revealing a very practical method for awakening that I practice and share with people daily. Defenselessness shows us how to relax the protective tendencies that we accrue through our lifetime that buffer us from the direct contact with our true nature.

If we genuinely do not try to get anything, reject anything or become anything, there really is nothing for our ego to do. Nothing to fight with or against. No victim, no victimizer, no self and other. No world. At first this feels dis-orientating. Then a host of awkward feelings often arise, sometimes fear, hopelessness, not knowing what to do. We feel dis-armed, and although this is the point when our ego typically would raise the red flag to distract attention onto something else, spiritually speaking, this is when we strike gold. If we just stay present, soft and open, defenses start dissolving and we will pass through the vulnerability they were built to protect in the first place. If we can allow this and not engage a story about who we are because of it, a natural unwinding of our armour begins. We meet more directly what we were trying to guard against. If we can just meet that avoidance purely, just as feeling, as body sensation, as subtle energy, the experience naturally dissolves, and we land deeper in a more essential aspect of our being.

Defenseless with what?
I am not suggesting that you try to practice defenselessness when crossing a busy city street, or when faced with a situation that might be asking you to stand up for yourself. Defenselessness is not to be confused with collapsing, being a doormat or shying away from speaking a difficult truth (with as much mindfulness as we can). A true spiritual path is not about wafting about in some pastel vapour.

Defenselessness is an inner practice. It shows us how to be present and un-armoured with our self first, so that we more substantially retrieve deeper wisdom. It asks for the humility to loosen our idealized self-image, our ideas of who we think we should be or would like to be, to just meet ourselves wherever we are, warts, jewels and all. Just meeting the truth of our own experience without defense, whatever that happens to be, trusting that the truth always brings some form of liberation. This helps us to be more available to grace, more real with ourselves and with the ones we love. Supports us in wiser action. Defenselessness exposes what truly is.

Understanding our Defenses:
It is important to view our defenses from a compassionate lens, because we all develop them for a good reason. Our survival instinct forms defenses from the moment we first experienced ourselves separate from the infinity of pure being. As infants this feels like being separate from the love we needed, the holding, the safety. Disconnected from the strength, the peace, the contact, the freedom. Of course the more enlightened and attuned our parents were, the more graceful this can be, but it the self-forgetting is a natural and unavoidable part of human development. It is not a mistake nor is it wrong.

When we are young and dependent, this dis-connection from the essential ground of what we truly are, feels like our needs are being denied. It can feel like being tied and bound in hell. It is incredibly stressful to our young nervous system, that cannot fully self soothe until around the age of seven. We don’t yet have the capacity to understand that the reasons why are not being responded to precisely the way we need, may not be because of anything we have done. With each moment of dis-connection from the love and support we needed, a mind-body and spirit contraction happens and we lose a little more contact with the grace at our core. To shut down and cut off from experiences that feel too much, feels like the only power we have.

Mud covering the jewel of your being:
With each layer of defensive contraction, beliefs are formed about what the world is and who we are. These beliefs are unconscious and begin forming our view on reality. This gives rise to our sense of identity, setting in motion patterns that shape our life. Each contraction and its defensive reaction acts like a layer of mud over the exquisite jewel of our being. By the time we reach adolescence, we are usually set in our defensive patterns of responding, and are reacting our way through life. Forgetting completely that the infinite grace of the universe is living us, we start polishing the outer surface of the mud, trying to shape it into something appealing, lovable, something that will get a positive result from the world. It seems to work somewhat for a while.

At some point in our life, a crack appears in this carefully manicured personality structure we have formed. If we are lucky, this ego piercing happens earlier than later. Usually some unexpected turn of life’s wheel initiates the crack – like the loss of a cherished love affair, death of someone close to us, an accident or illness, or losing our status or career. However this happens for us, our familiar ways of holding and knowing ourselves are de-stabilized. We feel helpless, vulnerable and deficient – just as a young child. We often feel angry about our plight and look for someone to blame. This is a further layer of defense. Spiritually speaking, this crack appearing is extremely good news, if we can muster the maturity to turn within and practice defenselessness in a moment like this. Not to rush to patch up the crack and re-polish the ego veneer, but to peer into the crack and see what might be underneath.

The fear to look within:
Much of my work involves sitting with people in soul friendship, encouraging them to be present and defenselessness in a moment like this, harnessing it as a portal to liberation. To welcome the experience of deficiency, vulnerability, not knowing what to do, and to genuinely let it be. To lean into it (like diving through a wave of the ocean) with willingness to really see what it really is.

So often, our habits of closure are held together by assumptions that have not been fully questioned. We confuse feelings with facts. Just as it is ineffective to re-assure a young child there are no scary monsters poised to pounce in the dark of the bedroom when the lights go out, just mentally telling ourselves there is nothing to fear doesn’t work. What truly helps is to turn the light on and patiently support the child to look everywhere they believed the menacing presence lurked. To look long enough for the child to discover through their own direct experience, that what they feared does not exist. We cannot skip this step.

Common to virtually everyone I share this practice with across cultures and religions is a very hidden fear that at the core of our being lies something bad, deficient, empty, not good enough, flawed. Turn within enough and at some point we all hit this. Its what makes us most want to run back up to the surface. Christianity made a whole religion out of this and named it ‘original sin’. Really, it is the ego’s primary state of deficiency. Often we feel ashamed about it, or frightened of it, and so suppress it deep into the unconscious. It feels like a huge problem, but spiritually it is perhaps the most important gateway into freedom there is. What appears to be the defect of our character is actually the most direct portal through. The Japanese value of ‘wabi-sabi’ understands this. The chip on the ceramic vase rendering it imperfect, is central to its beauty. The petals falling in a seeming mess off the roses, create spontaneous art on the table.

The gateway of deficiency:
When we directly contact our sense of deficiency – of being empty, rotten, not good enough, it feels that to expose it would cause us to be swallowed up by it, never to escape. Let others really in to see this, and it would be confirmed by rejection. We believe we are the only ones with this guilty secret and conclude that we must have done something bad to be experiencing this. Yet if we can just rest undefended with this sense of deficiency, this feeling dis-connected itself, we taste a very important truth – that our ego IS deficient. It can’t do anything but imitate the real thing. We find ourselves asked again to just be nothing, do nothing, get nothing, become nothing, seek for nothing, relinquish nothing, just be as we are, rest in God.

At first it feels very counter-intuitive to soften our defenses and courageously open into what a lifetime of conditioning suggests we protect against. This is what makes spiritual awakening feel like being asked to go towards death. All of our fears really come down to this. Fear that we will not exist in the way we know ourselves. Fear we will have no control in the unknown. Could we meet even this and not protect, not cleave to some spiritual concept even, not leave? That is the nexus of deep transformation.

Reflect on something in your life that recently triggered a defensive reaction. Firstly, refuse to judge yourself for the fact this arose. Instead, be curious about what feelings your defense was attempting to push away or protect from. Sit with this question deeply for about 20 minutes:

‘What don’t I want to feel?’
Every defense is a protection against feeling something. Could you open into it and see what it really is deeper than your thoughts? Sometimes it feels like we will die, melt down or go crazy if we let ourselves fully feel rage, terror, loneliness, grief, valuelessness, hopelessness, nothingness, despair. This is coming from a very young place inside that could not handle the intensity of such experiences. Yet if we can stay in the present, take in the loving support of the universe, and just open to the energy, the direct bodily sensations of the experience without telling the story about it, something very magical happens. We realize that our fear was just a gargoyle on the gate to the inner sanctuary.

Complete Allowing:
To practice defenselessness with our self amidst our most vulnerable places is such an expression of love. To be absolutely present, not abandoning ourselves, and yet totally welcoming of whatever comes provides the fresh air for our soul. Just resting in being, things open up in the way we truly need. Your soul knows the way and a question like this (for 20 minutes) helps that way be found:

‘What’s it like to allow your experience completely?’
Ramana Maharshi said that enlightenment is not really a change but a shift of attention. This question shifts our attention to the opposite of defending. Allowing is a non-doing practice. Ceasing to interfere or control or even try to guide ourselves. It is something we can learn to let our ego habits relax.

What happens when we truly rest undefended is a mysterious process and it is slightly different every time. We are no longer in charge and that is the point. Finally we are humble and in this, grace becomes dynamic within our being – showing us what might need to be seen or done, perhaps appearing as guidance or perhaps revealing in direct experience a deeper taste of who we truly are. It is no longer in our hands. We are undefended, and powerfully open to the mystery. The inner teacher is liberated and we find ourselves resting more deeply in the vast ocean of indestructible being.

Miranda Macpherson ‘Be Nothing Do Nothing Get Nothing Become Nothing’ Interview by Renate McNay

Published on May 14, 2014

Miranda Macpherson ‘Be Nothing Do Nothing Get Nothing Become Nothing’ Interview by Renate McNay

View Here on her book ” Boundless Love: Transforming Your Life with Grace and Inspiration

For God’s Sake Religion, Atheism, and why I gave them up by Alan Budge

This is the – all too true – story of one person’s tragi-comic quest for spiritual enlightenment. Having given up on the (entirely godless) realm of would-be smart London restaurants, he journeyed widely (and frequently wildly) through India, China, Tibet, and parts of West Yorkshire. He also worked for various would-be deeply spiritual organisations. This unflinching quest for truth – incorporating walk-on parts for everyone from Marianne Faithfull to the Dalai Lama – led, not entirely unexpectedly – to a far from enlightened descent into alcoholism and misery.

Having sobered up, and grown up (a bit), our hero began to ponder: what is really at the heart of all this spiritual carry-on anyway? And can it be of any use, given the challenges we face? What if we’re all for it anyway? What’s the appropriate response –spiritual or otherwise, to that? All good questions

For God’s Sake is spirituality without the usual self-help smugness, written by a normal, flawed human being, in the hope of engaging a similar audience. It deals with serious themes of spiritual development, and the role this might play in our current environmental crisis – all in the form of a heartfelt, and often very funny personal memoir.

Alan Budge has a long-standing interest in spirituality, and has worked for a number of faith-based organisations. Having recovered from the resultant ‘religious addiction’ – and some other compulsions besides – he now works in community empowerment. He lives in Derbyshire’s Peak District – admittedly a useful place from which to contemplate the infinite.

Click here to take a look inside.

Alan Budge ‘Challenges of The Spiritual Path – Part 1

Published on May 14, 2014

Alan Budge ‘Challenges of The Spiritual Path – Part 1 ‘ Interview by Iain McNay

The Evolving Soul: Spiritual Healing Through Past Life Exploration By: Linda Backman

Available: August 2014

Life continues after death. There is purpose to the struggles we face throughout this lifetime. Using information amassed from hundreds of hypnotic regression clients, The Evolving Soul shows why people often struggle in key areas of life, such as health and relationships. Dr. Linda Backman guides readers who are caught up in fear, regret, and confusion to understand that while it is important to realize and work with our life’s lessons, accessing and releasing particular past life experiences is the most important step in achieving physical and spiritual healing.

Providing examples from people who have realized accelerated soul growth, The Evolving Soul also includes questions and prompts at the end of each chapter, designed to help the reader access her own soul and the lessons it provides.

Dr. Linda Backman, Licensed Psychologist, has been in private practice for over thirty years. Linda’s degrees come from the University of Oregon, University of North Carolina, and Northern Arizona University. In addition, Linda has received training in numerous traditional and non-traditional techniques including hypnotherapy, Between Lives Soul Regression therapy, past life regression therapy, and shamanic soul retrieval. Linda has presented on numerous topics nationally and internationally for a number of years.

With the administrative coordination of her husband, Dr. Earl Backman, Linda provides individual regression sessions, training in past life and between lives regression, workshops about soul purpose/progression, spirit guides, and moving through grief with spiritual understanding, both in Colorado and the US and abroad.

Linda’s love and passion is to work in concert with the psycho-spiritual realm assisting individuals and couples on their path. Helping people to move forward in their lives, while understanding the connection between our grounded reality and what is not seen, but is spirit-guided, is her greatest goal. Learning the lessons of current life and moving forward can assist each of us as individuals and as a collective.

Pauline Interviews Dr. Linda Backman, Regression Therapist Part 1

Published on Apr 26, 2014

Pauline interviews licensed psychologist and regression therapist , Linda Backman. The interview is a discussion of Dr. Backman’s work as a past life and between life regression therapist. We talk about why someone would want to know their past lives and how it helps them in their current lifetime. Dr. Backman explains how she conducts between life therapy. She talks about how she takes clients through preparation and hypnosis to a between life state. There clients can see where they are and what they are doing before they incarnate into their next lifetime. Dr. Backman, along with her husband Dr. Earl Backman, conduct classes in regression training at The RavenHeart Center in Colorado. Dr. Backman is also the author of “Bringing Your Soul to Light” and “The Evolving Soul, Spiritual Healing Through Past Life Exploration”. Part 1 ends abruptly…..Part 2 follows.

Pauline Interviews Dr. Linda Backman, Regression Therapist Part 2

Pauline continues her interview with Licensed Psychologist and Past Life Regression Therapist Linda Backman. Dr. Backman explains how she uses past life and between life therapy to help clients with present day issues. Dr. Backman is also the author of two books, “Bringing Your Soul to Light” and “The Evolving Soul, Spiritual Healing Through Past Life Exploration”. Dr. Linda Backman, along with her husband Dr. Earl Backman, operate The RavenHeart Center in Colorado where they conduct classes in regression therapies.

Listen to a blogtalk radio interview HERE

Spontaneous Happiness: A New Path to Emotional Well-Being by Andrew Weil

A paradigm-shifting guide to peak emotional wellness.

In SPONTANEOUS HAPPINESS, Dr. Andrew Weil redefines the notion of happiness and demonstrates the limitations of the biomedical model of mental health. He presents a vast, scientifically proven array of integrative treatment strategies for low mood and depression, drawing on techniques from Ayurveda, Buddhism, acupuncture, psychotherapy, mindfulness training, and much more. Dr. Weil offers advice on lifestyle, behavior, and dietary changes, and helps readers assess their own emotional well-being and build personalized step-by-step plans to manage their moods. Whether suffering from mild to moderate depression, or simply seeking greater contentment, readers can use Dr. Weil’s science-based integrative approach to achieve their goals.

Andrew Weil, M.D., is a world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, a healing oriented approach to health care which encompasses body, mind, and spirit.

Combining a Harvard education and a lifetime of practicing natural and preventive medicine, Dr. Weil is the founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, where he is also a Clinical Professor of Medicine and Professor of Public Health and the Lovell-Jones Professor of Integrative Rheumatology. Dr. Weil received both his medical degree and his undergraduate AB degree in biology (botany) from Harvard University.

Dr. Weil is an internationally-recognized expert for his views on leading a healthy lifestyle, his philosophy of healthy aging, and his critique of the future of medicine and health care. Approximately 10 million copies of Dr. Weil’s books have been sold, including “Spontaneous Healing,” “8 Weeks to Optimum Health,” “Eating Well for Optimum Health,” “The Healthy Kitchen,” “Healthy Aging,” and “Why Our Health Matters.”

Online, he is the editorial director of, the leading web resource for healthy living based on the philosophy of integrative medicine. He can be found on Facebook at, Twitter at, and Dr. Weil’s Daily Health Tips blog at

Click here to browse inside.

Lifestyle and Emotional Well-Being, with Dr. Andrew Weil | Big Think Mentor

Anxiety and depression are widespread in the first world, but virtually unknown in agrarian societies. Why are people in developed nations increasingly unhappy? In this introduction to his Big Think Mentor workshop on Spontaneous Happiness, Dr. Andrew Weil outlines a program designed to protect and enhance emotional well-being through a holistic approach to retraining body, mind, and spirit.

The Direct Path ~ Rupert Spira

Published on May 16, 2014

In this video clip, Rupert discusses the question “Are you Aware?”

Ego Trip Rediscovering Grace in a Culture of Self-Esteem Glynn Harrison

Is loving yourself really the solution to all your problems? In the world of popular psychology, there are few things more protected or indulged than that fragile little trait known as self-esteem. Today, it’s not the sin of pride we worry about, but the sin of not liking ourselves enough.

In Ego Trip, psychiatrist Glynn Harrison takes aim at what has become one of Western society’s most entrenched ideologies. He charts the rise of this ubiquitous value, arguing that the “science” underlying it is flawed, that there is little evidence efforts to promote self-esteem work, and that, in its popular form of “boosterism,” self-esteem promotion comes with hazardous and unwanted side effects. Is there a more biblically and psychologically secure approach to big questions of significance and worth? Dr. Harrison asks. You will be intrigued, challenged, and quite possibly freed by his conclusion: compared with the failed ideology of self-esteem, the gospel offers the foundation for personal significance and meaning.

Glynn Harrison, MD, is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Bristol, UK, where he was a practicing consultant psychiatrist and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry. He speaks widely on issues of faith and psychology, neuroscience and psychiatry. He is married to Louise.

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Changing the Story by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee [Updated May 16, 2014]

Published on Feb 27, 2014

“The only way to change the world is to change the story.”

The real stories that can change our lives come from the mythic, archetypal world of the soul. What are the stories that are needed at this time, to help awaken us to break the spell from the present story of consumerism, from our collective nightmare of materialism that is polluting our planet, destroying its sacred nature? How can we work to bring these transformative stories into our communities and our daily life? In this talk Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee addresses these important questions.

Recorded June 29th, 2013 at the Mercy Center, Burlingame, CA

The only way to change the world is to change the story.

We know only too well the story that defines our world today. It is a tale of consumerism and greed, sustained by the empty but enticing promise of an endless stream of “stuff” as the source of our happiness and wellbeing. We are finally coming to recognize the model of an ever-expanding economy on which that promise is predicated as an unsustainable myth, the domination of nature required to fulfill it as a desecration. All around us we are beginning to see the ravages of our culture’s whole-hearted embrace of the story: a beautiful world broken and dying, on its way to becoming a polluted wasteland.
We may even understand how this contemporary story is built upon an earlier one that took hold many centuries ago with the spread of monotheism, the story of a God who has withdrawn to heaven, to reign, apart and above, over an earth now deprived of its divinity and its natural magic. This is the story, still alive and feeding into our contemporary story, of a world in which spirit no longer lives in matter, in which the whole earth-realm of feminine power is suppressed to such a degree that it has almost been forgotten. It was and is a story of domination and patriarchal power, enshrined in the still-potent myths of the monotheistic religions.

And many of us now long for a new story, one that will restore to the earth its lost divinity and reconnect our souls to the sacred within creation, a story that will save our planet. Some have even already begun to articulate such a story: a beautiful and compelling vision of the entire universe as a single, inextricably interconnected, living whole, offering a dimension of meaning to our individual daily lives that arises from an understanding of our place in the whole.

But is this enough? How do we change the defining story of our world? Our collective culture celebrates its story of endless desires. It feeds us with its images that, though they can never nourish us, work like a drug for our minds and bodies, even as they exploit us and the earth. We have become addicts to material prosperity and the ego-centered greed that drives it. We long for a story that can give meaning to our daily lives and restore the health and beauty of our planet, but we remain caught in our tale of celebrating stuff.

Once we recognize how these stories hold us in thrall, entranced or entrapped, we can get a sense of their power. They are not just slogans created by politicians, corporations or even religions; they arise from the archetypal inner world where myths are born. We can recognize the archetypal dimension of earlier myths, the gods and goddesses of earlier eras, for example; some can see it in the more recent myth of a patriarchal, transcendent God living in a distant heaven.

The archetypal power of the present myth of materialism is harder to recognize because it is deceptive as well as seductive. And yet if one looks more closely one can see the archetypes at work here too. There the patriarchal myth of the domination of nature—a primal masculine power drive. But less obvious is the way in which the dark side of the rejected feminine has caught us in her web of desires. For what is materialism but the worship of matter, which is none other than the domain of the goddess? We are more present in the archetypal world than we dare acknowledge.

And now in our quest to redeem our civilization and the planet we speak about the need for a new story, a story that returns the spirit to creation and honors the primal oneness that is the web of life. Like our current story, this new one may also be based upon an earlier story: one in which all of creation was seen as sacred, with humanity just part of the woven tapestry of life—a story still lived by many indigenous peoples. But this emerging story is also evolutionary, drawing as well on the insights of particle physics into the underlying nature of creation to express its vision of the world as an interconnected whole, in which, like the symbolic image of Indra’s net, each part influences the whole. And this new story of creation connects the smallest particle with an ever-expanding cosmos of billions of galaxies—and does so in a way that bridges science and the sacred, understanding them as expressions of the same reality.

This is a compelling story for our time. But do we recognize from where this new story arises? Are we acknowledging and honoring the inner dimension from which all such world-changing stories are born? We know the vital need for a new story, but are we seeking to change life without honoring the archetypal forces at work, the gods and goddesses that still reign in the depths of creation—without recognizing the primal world that is life’s inner source? If a story is not born from the inner world it will lack the power to effect any real change.[i] It will speak just to our conscious selves, the surface layer of our being, rather than engaging us from the depths.

The stories of the past, the myths that shaped humanity, spoke to our individual and collective soul with the numinous and transformative power that comes from deep within. How many men have been called to battle by the archetype of the warrior or the hero? How many churches have been built on the foundation of the myth of redemption? The power of the archetypal, mythic world belongs to the river-beds of life that shape humanity.

But sadly, our present culture has distanced itself from this inner world. We are not taught to revere these underlying powers, nor do we know how to relate to them. Our contemporary consciousness hardly even knows of their existence. We live on the surface of our lives, unaware of the depths that are in fact the real determining factors. How many people when they go to the mall realize that they are worshipping on the altar of the dark goddess?

When our Christian culture banished the many gods and goddesses, and then when science declared that myths were idle fantasies, we became more trapped than we realize. The archetypal world does not disappear because we close our eyes, because we say that it does not exist. Its power is not diminished by either our ignorance or our arrogance. And yet we have forgotten how to access and work with this power. Unknowingly we have disempowered our self in a fundamental way. We have closed the door in our psyche and soul—we only look outward.

And now, when there is this vital need to rewrite the story that defines our lives, we are left with the inadequate tools of our conscious self. We do not know how to welcome the energies from the depths, to constellate the power we need to co-create a real story. We have isolated our self from the energy of life’s source we so desperately need. And so we are left stranded on the shore of our conscious self.

There is a new story waiting to be born, waiting to redeem the planet and nourish our souls. It is a story of a oneness that includes the diversity of creation in a self-sustaining whole, a story that can bring back the magic within nature that is needed to heal our damaged planet. It is a story of co-operation rather than competition or conflict. And it includes the mystery of life as well as the understanding that science can give us. It is also a new story, arising from deep within the psyche of humanity and the world soul at this moment in our and its evolution. We are not the sole creators of this story, because it is the story of life evolving, recreating itself anew, but we are needed to midwife it into existence. As with all births it needs to come from the inner to the outer world.

Only when we recognize the inner origins of this world-changing story can we participate in this birth. Only when we work together with the symbolic, archetypal world can its power and numinosity come into our existence and speak to the whole of humanity. Only then will this story be heard. We cannot afford the still-birth of new ideas that lack the life force that comes from the depths. We are called to return to the root of our being where the sacred is born. Then, standing in both the inner and outer worlds, we will find our self to be part of the momentous synchronicity of life giving birth to itself.

[i] Thomas Berry hints at this in his talk “The Ecozoic Era” (Eleventh Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures October 1991). He speaks of a “creative entrancement” as well as the “psychic energies needed” for transformation:

My effort here is to articulate the outlines of a new mythic form that would evoke a creative entrancement to succeed the destructive entrancement that has taken possession of the Western soul in recent centuries. We can counter one entrancement only with another, a counter-entrancement. Only thus can we evoke the vision as well as the psychic energies needed to enable the Earth community to enter successfully upon its next great creative phase.

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.

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.

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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


~ 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 ~

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

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



Our Own Light of Presence is Shining on all Objects ~ Rupert Spira

Published on May 13, 2014

In this video clip, Rupert discusses what we really see when we see beauty.

An Interview with Arianna Huffington By Suza Scalora

On April 6, 2007, Arianna Huffington experienced a massive wakeup call, collapsing in her office due to exhaustion and lack of sleep. When she came to in a pool of her own blood, she realized she was not living, as she puts it, “a successful life based on any sane definition.” The day of this interview, Huffington, the editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, found that her new book Thrive View Here had just debuted on the New York Times best-seller list at number one.

In Thrive, Huffington recounts the impetus for her own personal journey inward to find balance, inner peace and a new definition for success she calls, “the Third Metric.” In her new book, Huffington lays out a road map to a new and sane definition of success, based on her learning that “life is shaped from the inside out.” Thrive includes the latest science and research on wellbeing, the wisdom and wonder of poets and ancient philosophers and the healing benefits of the gift that keeps on giving, namely giving.

In your new book Thrive, you address the current definition of success, which is based on money and power. You’ve introduced the Third Metric, which focuses on caring for your inner being.

The first two metrics of success do not create a fulfilling life, and that’s why we need the Third Metric, which consists of four pillars. Well-being and health is the first pillar, because it’s a foundation, and yet so often through burnout, exhaustion and sleep deprivation — we sacrifice our well-being on the altar of the first two metrics of success — money and power. The second pillar is wisdom. How do we connect with our inner wisdom, how do we connect with our intuition, so that we are not at the mercy of external circumstances all the time?

It’s what Eckhart Tolle talks about when he says let go of defining yourself by external metrics, and don’t be concerned how others define you. When we connect with our own inner wisdom it’s much easier to do that. And, the third metric is wonder—being able to acknowledge the beauty around us in every moment. Seeing the beauty in everything ordinary, and not to be so buried in multi-tasking that we miss the moment.

That’s really at the heart of Eckhart Tolle’s teachings, when he says, “Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life.” That’s at the heart of wonder.

The fourth pillar is giving…
Giving, which completes the circle, because if we just lead a narcissistic existence, we can never be truly happy. In fact, there is new scientific evidence that I include in the book, which shows that our genes are wired for us to be giving, and when we are giving all the inflammatory markers that are the precursors of disease decrease. When our happiness is purely based on self-gratification, the inflammatory markers increase.

Being connected to yourself on a deeper level is really what Thrive is all about. What are your daily practices to infuse presence into your life to stay connected to your inner being?

It starts with something very simple, and this is getting enough sleep. After my wake-up call when I collapsed from exhaustion and burnout — I broke my cheekbone and got four stitches on my right eye — I went from four to five hours of sleep, to seven to eight hours of sleep a night. That was very important for me. Everybody needs a different amount of sleep, but getting the required amount of sleep is essential to our well-being and we now have science that proves it’s like a miracle drug.

The second thing is that I meditate every day. In the book, I have small tips, small daily practices, and at the end of the well-being section I recommend that people start with five minutes of meditation. Even the tiniest amount of time spent with ourselves can help us recognize that we are more than our daily activities, and help us acquaint ourselves with our essence.

The third thing is I try to do something physical: working out, walking now that the weather is getting better — I love having walking meetings, instead of sitting in my office having meetings. When I’m in LA I love to go hiking with my friends. Everyone who is in the better shape talks on the way up and the rest talk on the way down.

Can you talk about your decision to bring Eckhart Tolle to the Huffington Post?

The Huffington Post is prioritizing its coverage with many sections devoted to how to help people thrive. We wanted to have the most significant spiritual teachers on the Huffington Post, and so we’re thrilled to have a section dedicated to Eckhart’s teachings.

When you read Eckhart Tolle’s books, what was it that resonated with you and how have his teachings made a difference in your life?

It was actually at the time when my life was filled with ‘time famine.’ I was longing for this inner stillness, and there was something in The Power of Now that made it so clear to me that the inner stillness is actually essential for creation. As you know, I’ve always been a writer, and then launching the Huffington Post, I realized that unconsciously we are operating under a cultural delusion that we need to be driving ourselves into the ground, in order to be productive and creative. I remember in The Power of Now, Eckhart writes that all true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of inner stillness. When we get caught up in the stress of our daily lives, and completing our projects, and getting through our to-do list, this is something we forget.

In your book, you write about the “obnoxious roommate”—the in voice your head. Eckhart talks about our inner critic. Sometimes, we don’t recognize the “obnoxious roommate,” living in our head, because we are so accustomed to this inner dialogue.

Yes. Coming to terms with the “obnoxious roommate,” means, first of all, recognizing that we all have that inner voice, but the voice is not who we are. We need to recognize that we are not that voice of self-doubt and anxiety, the voice that puts us down, that questions our dreams. When we listen to that voice and treat it with a sense of humor, rather than identifying with it and believing it, then it begins to lose its power. So now, my “obnoxious roommate,” only makes guest appearances, while it used to be a completely constant presence.

I love this quote by Iain Thomas that you included in Thrive, “And everyday, the world will drag you be the hand, yelling, “This is important! And this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And this! And each day, it’s up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, “No. This is what is important.”

I love it because it’s so important to remember that while the world provides plenty of insistent, flashing, high-volume signals directing us to make more money and climb higher up the ladder, there are almost no worldly signals reminding us to stay connected to the essence of who we are, to take care of ourselves along the way, to reach out to others, to pause to wonder, and to connect to that place from which everything is possible. To quote my Greek compatriot Archimedes: “Give me a place to stand, and I will move the world.”

Suza Scalora is a certified high performance life empowerment coach, speaker, writer and best-selling author. She specializes in the development and delivery of dynamic coaching programs and products to cultivate mindfulness and positive sustainable change. A skilled teacher and instructor with experience facilitating transformative personal and professional development workshops for The International Center for Photography, The Omega Institute in New York, and the Center for Living Peace. She is also the curator and editor for the Eckhart Tolle – Huffington Post Channel, contributing writer for the Eckhart Tolle newsletter, and a regular blogger for the Huffington Post.

Suza is a co-founder and the Educational Program Director of The Whole Purpose, a company that offers individuals and corporations, an innovative approach to physical and emotional well-being through Mindful Wellness and Conscious Communication.

Suza is the co-founder of the non-profit, Love 365, a workshop-based organization designed to support and educate people in cultivating loving relationships with one’s self.

Suza is the best-selling author of The Fairies (1999), chosen by NEWSWEEK magazine as one of the 10 best picture books of 1999. Suza’s other books include: The Witches and Wizards Of Oberin‚ published in 2001 by Harper Collins and Evidence of Angels, published in 2009 by Harper Collins.

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