The Pursuit of Clarity Levels of Awareness and the Evolution of Consciousness on the Path of Mastery By Jeremy Albertsen

In The Pursuit of Clarity, author Jeremy Albertsen seeks to reveal the different levels of awareness and illuminates the different ways people view the world. He explores how these factors affect the way people interact with each other and our environment.

In order to gain clarity, Albertsen made the choice to pursue a new way of life to walk away from the things and events that were affecting his life and find a new path. He gave up the distractions, intoxicants, and numbing habits that Western culture uses addictively and sought to find a simpler, more enriching life.

As part of this journey, he began writing a journal that he called The Pursuit of Clarity, and with every step, he chronicled the wisdom he gained. Following his own inner guidance, over the next years he found his balance and came to love life lived in concert with nature. He felt at peace in his body and began to feel good not about what he cut out of his life, but what he had put into his life.

As we achieve higher levels of awareness we become empowered to raise our consciousness and activate dormant potentials to evolution. We can achieve perfect health, longevity and the magic of our quantum potential with the understanding of who we are and why we are here. Whether you want to participate or just be, The Pursuit of Clarity places you on the crest of the wave of human evolution as it reveals wisdom gathered on this journey.

Jeremy Albertsen is close to nature. He regularly gives talks on his style of connecting to nature while organic gardening, and he works with people showing them how to live and eat more sustainably and enhance their symbiotic relationship with the earth. He lives in Australia.

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Freedom and Happiness in Daily Life

Published on Jun 28, 2014

Freedom and Happiness in Daily Life (06/11/2014)- How you live today is how you live your life. This talk explores different meditative practices and teachings that help us reconnect with and nurture presence in the midst of the array of daily stressors.

Adventures of the Soul Journeys Through the Physical and Spiritual Dimensions James Van Praagh

Pub Date: Sept 8, 2014

Adventures of the Soul is a manual for anyone who has ever questioned where they come from, why they are here, and where they go after they die. Sharing his intuitive experiences of communicating with the Spirit World for the past 30 years, internationally renowned medium James Van Praagh takes you on a spiritual sojourn to discover the unique design of your very own soul and explore its various adventures as it travels between worlds. You’ll learn to open up your mind to your soul’s unbounded wisdom and gain a bigger perspective of life and a better grasp of your significant part in it.

This book will further assist you in understanding and recognising various soul lessons you came back to Earth to learn, such as sorrow, forgiveness, grief, love and joy. By utilising this knowledge, you will come to identify your soul’s intricacies and start to live a life that truly fulfils your soul’s destiny: following the path to love. This is one journey that will force you to look at life and death in a completely different light!

James Van Praagh is the internationally renowned #1 New York Times best-selling author who has worked as the voice of the Spirit World for the past 30 years. He has appeared on Oprah, Larry King Live, Dr. Phil, Coast to Coast, and many other programs. He is also the successful creator and producer of CBS’s long-running series The Ghost Whisperer, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt. …

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New Moon in Gemini – June 27 ~ Sam Geppi

The moon will be new in Gemini in the early morning hours of June 27, 2014. The new moon is a time when Sun and Moon come together, initiating that new 30 day cycle.

New Moon in Gemini – VIDEO

The sun and moon come together in Gemini, the sign of communication, flexibility, humor and adjusting to the information that comes back to us, based on what we’ve done. Gemini is ruled by Mercury, the planet of intelligence, or what is called the “Buddhi” in Vedic thinking. It is this intelligence which allows us to adjust our thinking and therefore our approach to life circumstances, based on the results we’re getting. Mercury is a neutral planet, not driven by bias of any sort – at least that is the hope. It is this unbiased view which allows us to adjust and accommodate life circumstances.

Mercury retrograde

Currently Mercury is retrograde in Gemini, showing a time of reflection on the details and what is being communicated to us. Mercury retrograde cycles are great for listening, which is often the most overlooked component of communication. This includes not only listening to what people say, but as described, listening and paying attention to the feedback and results in our life. Being a good listener allows us to make the proper adjustments.

Four planets in very high dignity

This new Moon in Gemini happens at a time when Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn are all either exalted or in their own signs. When planets are in this condition they are said to be intelligent or “awake”. Please read the full report on this current state of planetary affairs. But in sum, having four planets powerful, especially the ruling planet of the new moon, shows this is a time of enormous intelligence unfolding.

Ardra Nakshatra

This New Moon takes place in the Nakshatra of Ardra, ruled by Lord Shiva in his fierce/transformational form. Now is the time to bust through old paradigms with intelligence, flexibility and humor. A large part of Gemini energy also relates to forgiveness and flexibility, because we understand the nature of life is change, healthy change. Life is about transformation, and one third of the time we are in flux. Astrologically this is shown by the four dual signs, one of them being Gemini. Many times (especially in the Western astrological tradition) the whole process of “change and transformation” is relegated to 8th house/Scorpio stuff. But it’s important to understand that 8th house/Scorpio refers to “painful transformation”. In other words, 8th house/Scorpio energy is often the transformation we resist, that leads us to pain, suffering, stress, jealousy etc.

Yet, there is another kind of transformation that is natural, which is shown by the dual signs of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces. Anytime we have the new moon in a dual sign, it is a great opportunity for transformation, healthy, natural transformation. Now is such a time.

For the next 30 days focus on:

Being a better listener
Being more flexible
Questioning your “sacred cows”
Authentically forgiving others by truly honoring your differences
Embracing childlike enthusiasm and “beginner’s mind”.

Venus Mercury Jupiter and Saturn in Their Own Signs

Venus, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn will all be either exalted or in their own signs between now and July 12.

It is Unusual to have four planets either exalted or in their own signs at the same time. When planets are in this condition they are called “awake”. When planets are in a wakeful state (Jagraad) there is a high potential to be awake to the mistakes we make with their energies, And also translate that wakefulness into creative action.

Mercury – communication and flexibility
Venus – happiness and connection.
Jupiter – optimism and hope.
Saturn – commitment and realism.

If those planets are powerful in your natal chart, you should experience a quite a renaissance of creativity now. If they are weak in your natal chart, expect this to be a time where some of your communication/creative/inspired/commitment issues will be revealed, and hopefully better understood.

Blessings of Saraswati
In Vedic astrology, when Mercury, Venus and Jupiter are all in angles, they form a Saraswati Yoga, a placement that evokes the blessings of Goddess Saraswati, the Sattwic Goddess, the Goddess of higher wisdom. This current placement shows all three of those planets at the apex of their expression, and thus refers to many of those qualities. –

It is Saraswati who has the discrimination to separate truth from fiction, then create something beautiful as a result. You often see her pictured with a swan, with sacred Scriptures in our hand or close by, as well as holding a musical instrument. A swan has the discrimination to separate milk from water. Like all Hindu goddesses, she is paired with a masculine archetype. But in the case of Saraswati, her masculine pair is actually Lord Brahma, her father. Whereas the other Hindu goddesses are paired with a husband (there is confusion about whether Saraswati is also the wife, but she is always at least his daughter).

Of course, a father/daughter relationship is much more pure in nature. It is not mixed with desire and complexity. There’s a strong connection through goddess Saraswati to the goddess Lalita “The one who plays”. In this model of the universe, everything is just a game, or a divine sport of the goddess.

It is said that the divine mother is most present and noticeable in young (premenstrual to be specific) girls, As they are naturally connected to both nature and the purity of love pulsing throughout all of existence. Saraswati is evocative of that image as well.

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We are the Light of Pure Knowing in All Experience ~ Rupert Spira

Published on Jun 27, 2014

In this video clip, Rupert suggests to experiment and notice that we are always the light of pure Knowing no matter the circumstances.

Seeing Who You Really Are by Richard Lister Lang

This book is a step-by-step guide to the treasure of Who We Really Are, the one Self in all beings. It enables us to see this One. It is a modern Western method that uses practical experiments to test a hypothesis about you – you are not what you look like. From a distance you are a ‘something’ – at two metres, for example, you are a person. But at zero distance you are No-thing-full-of-Everything, the timeless Aware Space in which all things exist. You are not required to believe this.

Through seeing (and the other senses) you test this claim about Who You Really Are. It is this straightforward. You will also be exploring the implications of Seeing Who You Really Are – how it revolutionizes your life. This method, though modern and Western, guides us to the truth celebrated by all great mystics, no matter what their religion, or where and when they lived.

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Published on Jun 25, 2014
Richard Lang first saw who he really was in a workshop in 1970 with the English philosopher Douglas Harding, author of ‘On Having No Head’. Since then he has devoted his life to Seeing, and to sharing the simple, accessible Headless Way. He has published two books, several videos and a CD, and travels widely giving workshops.

Books by Richard Lang: Seeing Who You Really Are Open to the Source: Selected Teachings of Douglas E. Harding Website: YouTube Channel

Other books by Douglas Harding: Religions of the World (Liberal Studies) Look for Yourself: The Science and Art of Self-Realization The Hierarchy of Heaven and Earth Head Off Stress The Little Book of Life and Death The Science of the 1st Person The Trial Of The Man Who Said He Was God The Spectre in the Lake Visible Gods Face to No-Face: Rediscovering Our Original Nature To Be And Not To Be, That Is The Answer

Skepticism and a Million Dollar Challenge ~ Deepak Chopra

When public perception is skewed and distorted, it’s important to push back. I’ve found myself doing this in the arena of skepticism. Without a doubt we live in a skeptical age, and it affects everyone. To doubt is a tool for finding truth, but like every positive value, there are pitfalls. Skepticism, of the kind advanced by characters as diverse as James “The Amazing” Randi, Richard Dawkins, Laurence Krauss, and Jerry Coyne, does far more harm than good.

We’re confronted with a strange mixture of bedfellows: an aging stage magician, an Oxford professor on the rampage against “the God delusion,” view here an astrophysicist, and a biology professor at the University of Chicago who sees himself as a gadfly against pseudoscience. Behind them marches a ragged band of atheists, scientists, blogosphere pests, mischievous troublemakers, and sincere doubters.

What makes this movement particularly strange is that there is no real need for it to exist. Secularism and science won the day long ago. Does anyone seriously believe that our current problems arise from too much reliance on faith in God? Church attendance has been in decline in the U.S. and every other developed country since the 1950s. Other than serving as an outlet for malcontents, the skeptical movement’s posture of holding back the tide of ignorance has little basis or utility. They aren’t converting the believers to atheism. In the face of actual harm done by religion (e.g., the rise of jihadist Islam, the pressure against stem-cell research, the prejudice against gay marriage on the religious right), skepticism has a very small, even insignificant role to play.

Solving these problems requires rational people acting out of conscience in a concerted effort to bring a solution. Skepticism, as a gadfly movement, consists of angry people who play “gotcha,” adopt an air of smug superiority, and generally alienate anyone who comes close to them. So why confront them in the first place?

As one of the major confronters, I’d say that my primary goal is to defend the truth of spirituality. The world’s wisdom traditions are just as precious as science. To lump them together as arrant charlatanism (as if Buddha and Jesus stand on the same level as a stage magician or con man) is grossly misleading. To dress up this hostile attitude as scientific and rational only deepens the deception. In the familiar metaphor of Elmer Gantry, the fire and brimstone preacher who was a greater sinner than those he preached to, the skeptical movement is much more close-minded and blindly irrational than anyone they expose.

In that light, I recently put out a video called “One Million Dollar Challenge to the Skeptics.” The title plays on Randi’s offer of a million dollars to anyone who can demonstrate the reality of any paranormal, supernatural, or occult power. My offer was the opposite, offering the same amount to any skeptic who could prove how electrochemical activity in the brain produces the appearance of a three-dimensional world, the point being that debunkers of the paranormal can’t come close to explaining the normal. The mystery of everyday reality is confronted by all of us, skeptics and believers alike, and the cumulative efforts of physics, biology, psychology, and neuroscience has only begun to unravel it.

Within twenty-four hours, my challenge met with the predictable reaction. My skeptic fans decried the video as silly, ridiculous, a publicity stunt. But in what way was my offer any different from Randi’s? He won a prestigious “genius” grant from the MacArthur Foundation in 1986, which placed an intellectual seal of approval on his campaign against the paranormal. It began as a challenge to another magician, Uri Geller, but spread out to unseat televangelist faith healers and other merchants of superstition.

Since Randi’s reward has never been handed out, the overall effect seems unquestionable: Nothing beyond the grasp of the scientific, rational mind is real. The toxic side effect, however, has been to tar spirituality and hoaxes with the same brush. The educated public buys into this conclusion, and as a result, being on the side of the truth means that you dismiss faith, healing, alternative medicine, unexplained phenomena, and ancient wisdom while priding yourself that none of it needs examining, since science is the one true way. As a society for the suppression of curiosity, the skeptic movement has no qualms about attacking anyone they please with contempt and ridicule.

Sane people stay away from dogfights, and for years I stayed away. But it turns out that a positive good can be achieved by going after the skeptics. Let’s leave aside the whole question of God, faith, miracles, and the so-called supernatural. These things have been incendiary for a long time and arouse stubborn resistance on both sides. The real issue is exactly what my offer focuses on: What is consciousness, how does it create reality, and how far does this reality extend?

Compared to this issue, what the skeptics do, for good or ill, is not very significant. Who opposes the exposure of hoaxes? It’s sad that thousands of dedicated researchers and farseeing thinkers earn almost no public attention while noisy skeptics grab the limelight. When all is said and done, the people outside the glare of publicity will do far more good than even the best-intentioned skeptic. The reasoning behind my million-dollar challenge, which is really a challenge against materialism, will be explained in the next post.

(To be cont.)

Deepak Chopra, MD is the author of more than 80 books with twenty-two New York Times bestsellers including Super Brain View Here
He serves as the founder of The Chopra Foundation and co-founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing. Join him at The Chopra Foundation Sages and Scientists Symposium 2014.

Source: HuffPost ~ Religion.

Cut Cords of Attachment: Heal Yourself and Others with Energy Spirituality by Rose Rosetree

Ever hear someone say, I cut my cords every day?

So unnecessary, when a person has skill at cutting cords of attachment.

This book can teach you how to cut one cord of attachment one time… and have the healing be so permanent that you will never have a cord of attachment to that person again for the rest of your life. Benefits go far, far beyond merely cleansing your aura or aligning your chakras.

Also, this book can educate you as a consumer. Or, if you wish, you can use Cut Cords of Attachment to develop professional quality skills.

The first edition was a first in American publishing. Cut Cords of Attachment, Second Edition, offers instructions, a sound theory base, and all the other components required to master a life-changing skill set.

Besides pioneering techniques to cut cords, Rosetree’s book is the first in English to describe chakra databanks, a very practical development within the field of energetic literacy (a.k.a. aura reading).

Rosetree’s 12 Steps to Cut Cords of Attachment® are explained here in a highly readable way, filled with real-life examples, laugh-out-loud humor, and practical techniques. Rosetree’s goal was to write a definitive how-to that helps you to cut cords of attachment for yourself and also family members and friends.

This second edition contains refinements that include a full section on making contact with Divine Beings in order to co-create healing.

A pioneer in energetic literacy, Rose Rosetree has developed a variety of skill sets that improve quality of life in very human ways.

EMPATH EMPOWERMENT(R) is a practical system that uses consciousness to turn empath gifts OFF or ON, by choice.
* “Become the Most Important Person in the Room” is recommended as the more practical title in this growing field. Informing this quick program for empath skills, Rose Rosetree’s workshops for empaths on three continents and 10 years of personal healing sessions for empaths on six continents.
* “Empowered by Empathy” is available in paperback and audiobook editions. It was the first book in English for empaths and offers powerful concepts, useful skills, and the largest collection in print of techniques for Skilled Empath Merge.

12 Steps to CUT CORDS OF ATTACHMENT(R) is the first (and, so far, only) book in English about this healing specialty.


Rose Rosetree – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

During her 42nd year as a teacher and healer in mind-body-spirit, Rose Rosetree added one new job title, Enlightenment Coach.

Rose’s ongoing body of work so far has opened up several innovative systems:

In Energetic Literacy, Rose makes available: Aura Reading Through All Your Senses The NEW Power of Face Reading

For healing with Energy Spirituality, resources include: Cut Cords of Attachment: Heal Yourself and Others with Energy Spirituality Use Your Power of Command for Spiritual Cleansing and Protection Opening the Field of Empath Empowerment(R)

Rose offers: Become The Most Important Person in the Room Empowered by Empathy: 25 Ways to Fly in Spirit

Rose Rosetree doing Skilled Empath Merge

Rose Rosetree doing Skilled Empath Merge in 2005

Additional resources for you, Seekers of Buddha at the Gas Pump, include Workshops Personal sessions for healing The Energy Spirituality Mentoring Program A blog about “Deeper Perception Made Practical” And this interview with Rick Archer.

If You’re Curious, Relevant Stats for Rose include: Number of Rose’s clients who moved into Enlightenment by Nov. 2012: 6 Number of participants on Rose’s Personal Enlightenment Life List by Nov. 26, 2012: 158 Comments at blog “Deeper Perception Made Practical”: 12,101 Books by Rose Rosetree selected by One Spirit Book Club: 2 Copies of Rose’s books in print worldwide: 300,000 Number of media interviews, including this one for Buddha at the Gas Pump: 996

Rose previews this interview: Listing my personal highlights from this time-flew-by interview with Rick Archer: Answering questions like, –

“What makes you think you can tell if people are Enlightened or not?”

and “Could a person be Enlightened without knowing it?”

Describing the three unique scriptures that can be created by each human being. Aura reading research of someone Enlightened who needed to resort to a bit of light fibbing. (This pull-out of an energetic hologram was a first in Rose’s experience of Energetic Literacy.) Finally, finally, an interviewer asked me to explain how energetic literacy can be taught in a manner that doesn’t involve psychic development but, rather, helps a person to “Capture the fort.” Three cheers for Rick Archer!

Free: Why Science Hasn’t Disproved Free Will by Alfred R. Mele

Pub Date Oct 1 2014

Does free will exist? The question has fueled heated debates spanning from philosophy to psychology and religion. The answer has major implications, and the stakes are high. To put it in the simple terms that have come to dominate these debates, if we are free to make our own decisions, we are accountable for what we do, and if we aren’t free, we’re off the hook.

There are neuroscientists who claim that our decisions are made unconsciously and are therefore outside of our control and social psychologists who argue that myriad imperceptible factors influence even our minor decisions to the extent that there is no room for free will. According to philosopher Alfred R. Mele, what they point to as hard and fast evidence that free will cannot exist actually leaves much room for doubt. If we look more closely at the major experiments that free will deniers cite, we can see large gaps where the light of possibility shines through.

In Free: Why Science Hasn’t Disproved Free Will, Mele lays out his opponents’ experiments simply and clearly, and proceeds to debunk their supposed findings, one by one, explaining how the experiments don’t provide the solid evidence for which they have been touted. There is powerful evidence that conscious decisions play an important role in our lives, and knowledge about situational influences can allow people to respond to those influences rationally rather than with blind obedience.

Mele also explores the meaning and ramifications of free will. What, exactly, does it mean to have free will — is it a state of our soul, or an undefinable openness to alternative decisions? Is it something natural and practical that is closely tied to moral responsibility? Since evidence suggests that denying the existence of free will actually encourages bad behavior, we have a duty to give it a fair chance.

Alfred R. Mele is a professor of philosophy at Florida State University. He is the director of Big Questions in Free Will, an investigation of the science, philosophy, and theology of free will, supported by a $4.4-million grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

“Ecology Is the New Theology” – Michael Dowd 2013 sermon

Published on Feb 25, 2013

“Ecology is the new theology; big history is the new Genesis,” declares Rev. Michael Dowd in a sermon urging religions to catch up with the “evidential reformation” pioneered by science.

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00:10 – biblical scripture reading
00:53 – science scripture reading: Carl Sagan
01:20 – literature scripture reading: philosopher Loyal Rue

02:11 – core theme: “Ecology is the new theology; big history is the new genesis. Those who fail to understand that evidence is modern-day scripture, and that the world we live in is an honorable world, betray God and humanity in the most egregious of ways.”

03:21 – modern-day prophets, speaking on behalf of evidence

04:57 – God is a personification, not a person

07:14 – birth of science’s “clockwork universe” and religion’s response

09:01 – “Ecology is the new theology” for living in right relationship with reality

09:48 – the naturalizing of God, guidance, and good news

11:13 – out-of-date religion holds back response to climate change

12:35 – the “twin idolatries”: idolatry of the written word, idolatry of the otherworldly

15:59 – Michael’s un-naturalism rap: “Supernatural is unnatural is uninspiring”

18:19 – Idolatry of the otherworldly trivializes God, guidance, and good news

19:08 – “We’re not separate from nature; we are the Universe becoming conscious of itself”

20:39 – “the REAL-izing of God, guidance and good news” via science

21:12 – “scientific evidence, historic evidence, and cross-cultural evidence” = public revelation

23:42 – “Religions have been autistic for the last 500 years.”

24:29 – “We are committed to a just, healthy, and sustainably life-giving future.”

25:07 – intergenerational evil

25:22 – Climate change as fact, and action an ethical imperative

26:19 – “I believe that the baby boom generation will go down in history. . .”

26:59 – the need to internalize the costs of carbon through a carbon fee / tax

28:02 – how we approach death; the need to say “no” to costly interventions

29:21 – death, climate change, and the legacy of the baby boom generation

29:40 – Closing words: Carl Sagan, “Science is, at least in part, informed worship.”

Note: Dowd’s guest sermon was delivered 10 February 2013 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Fe, New Mexico (USA). The original, full-length sermon appears on the congregation’s Youtube channel:

The exact url for Dowd’s sermon on that channel is…

The 30-minute version posted here was edited by Connie Barlow (aka ghostsofevolution).

Michael Dowd’s VIDEO and PUBLICATIONS page:….

Thank God for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World by Michael Dowd

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“Evolutionize Your Life” pt 1 of 2 with Michael Dowd

This first half of a 2-part series narrated by “evolutionary evangelist” Michael Dowd entails a thoroughly naturalistic overview of the first of three themes in this deep-time presentation: a practical and inspiring understanding of our evolved human nature. The four components of our quadrune brain, roughly in order of their evolutionary ancestry, are the centerpiece: Reptilian (Lizard Legacy), Paleomammalian (Furry Li’l Mammal), Neomammalian (Monkey Mind), and Advanced (prefrontal cortex, or Higher Porpoise).

Challenges (including addictions) ensue from the fact that we moderns are endowed with instincts that served our ancestors but are now mismatched in these times — especially in light of all the “supernormal stimuli” (drugs, alcohol, nicotine, slots gambling, video gaming, internet porn, romance novels, sitcoms, soap operas, reality tv) that our ancestors never faced and that (not surprisingly) can so easily seduce us now. Even those of us without recognized “addictions” too easily become overweight, owing to the abundance and instinctively alluring combinations of food items that our ancestors accessed only rarely in the wild: sugar, salts, and fats.

The deep-time insights of evolutionist David Sloan Wilson are highlighted, as is the work of evolutionary psychologist Deirdre Barrett.

“Evolutionize Your Life” pt 2 of 2, with Michael Dowd

Part 2 (final) of a 2-part series narrated by “evolutionary evangelist” Michael Dowd.

Here the two primary topics explored are (1) an evolutionary understanding of DEATH as “natural and generative at every level of reality — and no less sacred than life, and (2) the trajectory of BIG HISTORY, focusing on innovations that enable cooperation at ever greater scales — and thereby the growth of complexity.

Dowd also celebrates the great popularizers of an inspirational view of mainstream evolution, including cosmic evolution. Examples are shown of the great work of Neil de Grasse Tyson (his extemporaneous and powerful “sermon” at the Beyond Belief conference) and a collage of other science celebrants (incl Carl Sagan) autotuned and set to music by John Boswell (aka Symphony of Science).

Rupert Spira – Investigating Our True Nature

Nonduality author and teacher Rupert Spira points beyond our usual ideas about ourselves to who we truly are: ‘aware presence’. Rupert says that when we look towards our self, the first things we find are thoughts, ideas, feelings and sensations. We have thoughts, for example about our gender, age, job title and history, and we also have feelings and bodily sensations. Rupert calls this the ‘first layer’ of experience that comes to us when we look for our self. But it’s quite obvious that none of these things qualify for being who we truly are. This is because thoughts, ideas, feelings and sensations come and go all the time. But what you are is always present, always here, always aware. This clip is an extract of audio dialogue with Nic Higham entitled ‘Love Beckons Always’. The full-length version is available from

Vedantic Meditation: Lighting the Flame of Awareness by David Frawley

As yoga gains popularity across the U.S., many people are becoming interested in its traditional Vedic roots. While Buddhist meditation is well represented on bookshelves, there has been little Vedantic philosophy written in lay terms until now. Author David Frawley guides readers through the challenges of cultivating awareness, calming the mind, and practicing meditation according to Vedanta and Hinduism.

He examines how cultural knowledge systems in the West lead individuals to disillusionment, and speaks about how meditation can aid in understanding the true nature of one’s thoughts, emotions, and perceptions. Frawley explores meditation support practices such as yoga, mantras, kundalini, and pranayama, as well as the role of gurus, and concludes with a short, more technical essay on self-inquiry.
David Frawley (or Pandit Vāmadeva Śāstrī वामदेव शास्त्री) is a Vedic teacher and educator with numerous books in several Vedic and Yogic fields published worldwide over the past thirty years. He is the founder and director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies in Santa Fe, New Mexico (, which offers courses and publications on Ayurvedic medicine, Yoga and meditation, and Vedic astrology. He is also involved in important research into ancient Vedic texts and is a well known modern exponent of Hinduism and Sanatana Dharma. His work is high respected in traditional circles in India, where he has received many awards, as well as influential in the West, where he is involved in many Vedic and Yogic schools, ashrams and associations.

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Vedic Knowledge Integration with David Frawley

The Third Covenant: The Transmission of Consciousness in the Work of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Thomas Berry, and Albert J. LaChance by Albert J. LaChance (Author), Rebecca LaChance Goodwin (Author)

Pub Date July 8, 2014

The Third Covenant explores the work of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Thomas Berry, and Albert LaChance, revealing through the lens of spirituality, science, and ecology, their understanding of human origin and evolution. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, an early twentieth century geologist and priest, devoted his life as a scientist, clergyman, and mystic, to reuniting the artificial fracture between science and religion. Thomas Berry, a follower of Teilhard de Chardin and a highly respected cultural historian, furthered this reunification by repositioning the human in the unfolding of an evolving universe, integrated and interdependent with the rest of the life systems of the planet. Albert LaChance, himself a six-year, face-to-face student of Berry, brought this new paradigm into his work as a poet, psychologist, addiction recovery professional, and most importantly, as a mystic and scholar of religion. Along with his daughter, Rebecca LaChance Goodwin, LaChance explores the development of this crucial shift in human understanding and its implications for the future.

Parts I and II explore the elements of polarized thinking that makes us believe that we are separate from each other and the life systems of the planet. Thomas Berry’s list of twelve principles for understanding the universe and the role of the human in the universe process describes the creative unfolding of our place in the universe. Part III introduces practical steps for achieving personal, familial, and cultural change. LaChance outlines his Twelve Steps of Ecological Spirituality to help us move from powerlessness and isolation to a state of reawakening to self, to humanity, to all species, to the planet, and to the universe.

About the Author
The author of several books on spirituality, psychology, ecology, and religion, ALBERT J. LACHANCE, PhD, spent six years in a one-on-one relationship with Thomas Berry at his Riverdale Center for Religious Research. For seventeen years he owned and operated Greenspirit: The Center for Counseling and Consciousness in Manchester, New Hampshire. He has counseled individuals, families, and groups, and has consulted with organizations regarding interpersonal dynamics.

A graduate of Harvard Divinity School with a Master’s Degree in theological studies, REBECCA LACHANCE GOODWIN has taught and lectured on comparative religions at the high school and college levels. She has worked with Dr. LaChance for six years as a student of his work and as an editor and coauthor. She contributed the foreword to his most recent book The Way of Christ. The author lives in New Boston, New Hampshire.

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Meister Eckhart: A Mystic-Warrior for Our Times by Matthew Fox

Pub Date July 08, 2014

Though he lived in the thirteenth century, Meister Eckhart’s deeply ecumenical teachings were in many ways modern. He taught about what we call ecology, championed artistic creativity, and advocated for social, economic, and gender justice. All these elements have inspired spiritual maverick Matthew Fox and influenced his Creation Spirituality. Here, Fox creates metaphorical meetings between Eckhart and Teilhard de Chardin, Thich Nhat Hanh, Carl Jung, Black Elk, Rumi, Adrienne Rich, and other radical thinkers. The result is profoundly insightful, substantive, and inspiring.

The author of thirty books, Matthew Fox has been an instrumental teacher and scholar in the revival of Western mysticism, particularly the work of Hildegard of Bingen, Meister Eckhart, and Thomas Aquinas. Fox teaches and speaks widely and lives in Oakland, California.

Meister Eckhart: A Mystic Warrior for Our Times

Best selling author Matthew Fox explains how the the teachings of the 13th century religious maverick, Meister Eckhart offers insights into how we can heal today’s most pressing issues.

Matthew Fox & Meister Eckhart – Mystic Warriors for Our Time

Awareness Never Falls Asleep ~ Rupert Spira

Published on Jun 20, 2014
In this video clip, Rupert discusses how deep sleep is not a blank nothing but full to the brim with Awareness.

Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever’s Search for the Truth about Everything by Barbara Ehrenreich (Author)

View the updated version HERE

The Sacred Year Mapping the Soulscape of Spiritual Practice — How Contemplating Apples, Living in a Cave and Befriending a Dying Woman Revived My Life ~ Michael Yankoski

Pub Date Sept 16 2014

One searcher’s honest and fascinating journey to encounter God, love others, and discover his true self through a year of spiritual practices.

Frustrated and disillusioned with his life as a Christian motivational speaker, Michael Yankoski was determined to stop merely talking about living a life of faith and start experiencing it. The result was a year dedicated to engaging in spiritual practices, both ancient and modern, in a life-altering process that continues to this day. Whether contemplating an apple for an hour before tasting it (attentiveness), eating on $2.00 a day (simplicity) or writing simple letters of thanks (gratitude), Michael discovered a whole new depth through the intentional life.
Stirred on by the guiding voice of Father Solomon, a local monk, Yankoski’s life is slowly transformed. Both entertaining and heart-wrenching, Yankoski’s story will resonate with those who wish to deepen their own committed faith as well as those who are searching – perhaps for the first time – for their own authentic encounter with the Divine.

Michael Yankoski is a writer, itinerate speaker and urban homesteader who dreams of one day becoming a competent woodworker, musician, potter and sailor.

After studying Computer Science at Westmont College, Michael earned his MA in Theological Studies at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Currently living in Indiana, Michael has served on the Board of Directors at World Vision US, is a (novitiate) Oblate of Saint Benedict, and is the author of four books.

DNA: Our Karmic Thumbprint? An Interview with Peter Van Houten, M.D.

I think Paramhansa Yogananda or Swami Kriyananda would say that our DNA is the physical manifestation of our karma. In other words, we have the genetic material that best fits the karma we need to work out in this particular lifetime.

Q: Peter, this interview covers genetics, karma, and the physical and mental health implications of recent genetic research. Before I ask a few questions, is there anything you’d like to say as an introduction to our discussion of genetics?

PVH: Yes. With science’s latest understanding of genetics, we are experiencing a phenomenon similar to the change in our understanding of how the brain functions. In the early 1980s most neuroscientists thought that by age 22, our brain stopped changing. Now we know the brain is very changeable, and that there are specific things we can do to change it in positive ways.

Our understanding of genetics is headed in a similar direction. Up until the early 1990s, we thought we couldn’t change our genetic make-up. We knew we could damage it, for example, by excessive exposure to x-rays, but the prevailing viewpoint was that we could not bring about positive changes in our genes.

We now understand there’s wide changeability in how genes function, and new hope for people with genetically-based diseases like diabetes, certain cancers, cardiovascular ailments, and mental health disorders.

DNA and the Human Genome Project

Q: I understand that in the field of genetics, the most important project in recent years was the Human Genome Project. Can you tell us a little about this project and what it accomplished?

PVH: Yes. The Human Genome Project, sponsored by the National Institute of Health and completed in 2002, was a 12-year herculean effort, involving more than 2000 scientists, to identify and “map” all the genes in a human being. The project identified each and every one of the millions of molecules that make up the human “genome” – all the chromosomes, genes, and related molecules.

Q: Can you explain exactly what the human “genome” is and how it differs, if at all, from our DNA?

PVH: Taken together, all our chromosomes, genes, and related molecules are known as our “genome,” but they are commonly referred to as our “DNA.”

Q: Are you saying, then, that “DNA” and “genome” are synonymous terms?

PVH: Yes. Scientifically it would be clearer if we said “genome,” but most people usually say “DNA” when referring to the genome.

Q: Is it true there are around 20,500 genes in the human genome?

PVH: Yes, and from those 20,500 genes, we end up with a 100 trillion body cells! Interestingly, only a portion of those 20,500 genes actually do any work that we have verified. We have a lot of genetic material that is fallow and, as yet, we don’t know why it’s there.

Karma: “the DNA of our soul?”

Q: An issue important to most devotees is the relationship between our genetic make-up and our karma. David Frawley, a leading Vedic astrologer, suggests that we think of our karma as “the DNA of our soul.”

PVH: Comparing karma to DNA is useful, but I think Paramhansa Yogananda or Swami Kriyananda would have put it differently and said that our DNA is the physical manifestation of our karma. In other words, we have the genetic material that best fits the karma we need to work out in this particular lifetime.

What is especially interesting is that the same behavior and methods that help us to mitigate difficult karma can also bring about helpful changes in the functioning of our genes. These kinds of behavior-induced genetic changes are the subject of a developing new field known as “epigenetics.”

Q: This is very encouraging. I will be asking you a number of questions about epigenetics later in this interview.

Important medical advances

Q: I understand that one of the main achievements of the Human Genome Project was the identification of genes that reflect predispositions to certain diseases. Is that correct?

PVH: Yes. As an example, we can now identify the gene which indicates a predisposition to certain female cancers, particularly ovarian and breast cancer. It’s known as the BRCA gene (pronounced “Bricka”). Science has also identified the single gene that causes hemochromatosis, a disease of the liver, commonly known as “iron overload.” We can also now directly test for the “genetic signature” for other diseases, although the tests are expensive.

Our new understanding of genetics has also enabled us to identify the most effective medications for various psychiatric disorders. Based on the patient’s genetics, we can now create a panel of medications that are most likely to work, and also identify those it would be best to avoid. In my medical practice we are now ordering these panels for our patients whenever they don’t respond well to standard medications.

Genetic information documenting a person’s risk of other diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and Alzheimer’s are also readily available, but the protocols are not routinely used because multiple genes can be involved, which would make the protocols very expensive. The cost will undoubtedly go down in time, and eventually a person will be able to carry his or her entire genetic history on a little flash drive. I don’t think we’re many years away from realizing that possibility.

Epigenetics: the overlap of karma and genetics

Q: What is the science of epigenetics?

PVH: Epigenetics is the study of why, in the course of an individual’s lifetime, certain genes are activated or turned on, while others are repressed or turned off. Diseases like asthma, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s can run in families, because the genes are heritable. But just because someone has a genetic predisposition to a certain illness doesn’t mean that those genes will necessarily be activated in his or her lifetime. All the siblings in a family may have inherited a gene for asthma, but it may well be that only one person in the family actually develops asthma.

We’ve already mentioned the BRCA gene which indicates a predisposition to certain kinds of female cancers. In one widely studied situation, 35 members of a family all inherited the gene, but not every family member developed cancer. So one of the questions explored in the field of epigenetics is this: why do certain genes get activated in some family members but not in others?

Q: What have we learned to date?

PVH: Research has shown that certain external influences such as diet, hormones, social environment, heavy metals, pesticides and other toxins can exert a permanent effect on whether a specific gene is activated or not. Similarly, maintaining a positive attitude, exercising regularly and meditating have all been shown to have beneficial effects on our genetic material.

Q: Are you saying that right living and a positive, healthful environment can influence whether a potentially harmful gene gets turned on, or possibly even turned off?

PVH: Yes. And, amazingly, the turned-off gene gets passed on to our offspring in that new more helpful state!

Q: Would you say, then, that our ability to bring about genetic changes depends on some, if not most, of the same factors that enable us to modify our karma?

PVH: Yes. Just as our karma is changeable, depending on our attitudes and environment, so also are our genetics. A person might have a genetic predisposition for asthma, but if he or she exercises regularly, does not smoke, and avoids potent allergens – he or she may not end up with asthma.

Similarly, those who fear they may carry genetic predispositions for illnesses such as heart disease or Alzheimer’s should take seriously the need for lifestyle changes, such as managing stress levels and avoiding high-risk factors like smoking and excessive drinking. Those lifestyle changes would also include positive practices such as exercising regularly and meditating, which have been shown to have a positive effect on our genetic material.

Q: What you are saying, then, is that by right living and positive environment we can turn a harmful gene off?

PVH: Yes. We are now able to turn off some of these unhelpful genes simply by changing lifestyle.

Q: I understand that there’s a great deal of epigenetic research on how lifestyle affects the genes that cause Type 2 diabetes?

PVH: Yes. Science is showing that epigenetics is of major significance for Type 2 diabetes. The research is helping people understand how they developed this condition, and includes anything new in how lifestyle affects it.

The dilemma is that at least 100 genes are probably involved in causing diabetes. What medical science is now able to do, however, is lower the risk of those genes expressing. Through lifestyle changes we can now make some of these genes turn off permanently, thus lowering someone’s risk for the disease.

NR: That’s a very important advance.

PVH: Yes, it is.

Behavioral traits: can we turn these genes off?
Q: We’ve learned through genetic research that not only are physical diseases heritable but so also are human behavioral traits such as alcoholism, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. Is there any research into how to lower the risk of these genes turning on and expressing?

PVH: Dr. Francis Collins, the head of the Human Genome Project, has actually written about this question. He said that although many human behavioral traits are heritable, because multiple genes are involved, no single gene is strongly predictive. Moreover, not only are multiple genes involved, but many non-genetic factors – environment, especially, childhood experiences, and individual free will – can have a major effect on whether the behavioral trait manifests in a person.

Thus, if one of our parents is bipolar, and we inherit those genes, there is an increased likelihood of us being bipolar. However, our childhood environment and experiences will have an important effect on whether or not those “bipolar” genes actually get turned on.

Another possible scenario is that as an adult, we may suddenly manifest a behavioral trait that our parents didn’t have. Our parents may have had the same genetic risks, but because of our upbringing and other factors, those genes were turned on in us.

Looking to the future

Q: What do you see as likely future developments in the area of genetics?

PVH: I think there will be better targeted treatments based on our improved understanding of how the genome actually functions. For example, we know that the ability of our genome to accurately reproduce itself every time our cells divide to make new cells has an impact on our quality and quantity of life.

As we age, our genetic material’s ability to replicate perfectly becomes increasingly impaired. This is one reason people tend to develop more physical and mental health problems as they grow older. If we’re living a very healthy lifestyle, there is a better chance that our genetic material will accurately reproduce itself as we make new cells.

Two, as discussed, there’s the growing new field of epigenetics, which is helping us understand how genes turn on and off, and how a good lifestyle can effect positive change in a gene’s function.

Three, we actually have some free will, some choice, in how we’re going to turn out as human beings. Our inherited DNA at birth is just our starting point. We know now that there are many genes that are reactive to our life experience. If we have unhelpful genes, we shouldn’t always consider ourselves permanently handicapped. It would be more accurate to see ourselves and our DNA patterns as a “work in progress.”

What we’ve learned from the Human Genome Project and subsequent discoveries is that we shouldn’t feel limited by our DNA, our genetic material. Here is yet another example that we have control over our destiny.


Peter Van Houten lives at Ananda Village and is the founder and Medical Director of Sierra Family Medical Clinic near Ananda Village. He frequently lectures and writes on the brain and other “yoga and science” topics.

Source: © 2014 Clarity Magazine

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