Published on Feb 26, 2015
Karen Henson Jones was on the conventional path to success in the corporate world when a sudden cardiac event at the age of 30 took her to the brink of death. During an otherworldly experience, she was presented with a choice to leave her body or to return to Earth. When her request to live was granted, Karen was forced to come to terms with the life she had been living.
With warmth, wonder, and wit, Heart of Miracles takes us with her on an inspirational journey through India, Italy, Bhutan, and the Holy Land of Israel in search of a more meaningful life. Exploring the power of meditation, Western medical science, the transformative doctrines of reincarnation, and the teachings of Jesus, Karen encourages us to embrace the full possibilities of our spiritual selves.
Karen Henson Jones is a co-founder of Malibu Beach Yoga in Malibu, California. She also works as an assistant to Khen Rinpoche, the founder of the Siddhartha School and head abbot of the Tashi Lhunpho monastery in India. Karen is a graduate of Cornell University and London Business School.
Heart of Miracles Book Trailer (Hay House)
ublished on Dec 18, 2014
Heart of Miracles is a new book by Karen Henson Jones. Published by Hay House Inc., it’s available all over the world.website: http://www.karenhensonjones.com.
Description: Karen Henson Jones was on the conventional path to success in the corporate world when a sudden cardiac event at the age of 30 took her to the brink of death. During an otherworldly experience, she was presented with a choice to leave her body or to return to Earth. When her request to live was granted, Karen was forced to come to terms with the life she had been living. With warmth, wonder, and wit, Heart of Miracles takes us with her on an inspirational journey through India, Italy, Bhutan, and the Holy Land of Israel in search of a more meaningful life. Exploring the power of meditation, Western medical science, the transformative doctrines of reincarnation, and the teachings of Jesus, Karen encourages us to embrace the full possibilities of our spiritual selves.
“There is a part of the soul that stirs at night, in the dark and soundless times of day, when our defenses are down and our daylight distractions no longer serve to protect us from ourselves,” writes beloved author, Joan Chittister. “It’s then, in the still of life, when we least expect it, that questions emerge from the damp murkiness of our inner underworld…These questions do not call for the discovery of data; they call for the contemplation of possibility.”
In words as wise as they are inspiring, Between the Dark and the Daylight explores the concerns of modern life, of the overworked mind and hurting heart. These are the paradoxical—and often frustrating—moments when our lives feel at odds with everything around us.
Only by embracing the contradictions, Chittister contends, may we live well amid stress, withstand emotional storms, and satisfy our yearnings for something transcendent and real. By delving into the chaos, this book guides us through the questions that seemed easier to avoid and enlightens what has been out of focus.
With her signature elegance, wit, and spirit, the bestselling author of The Gift of Years and Following the Path opens our eyes and hearts in these times of confusion. With simple and poignant meditations, Between the Dark and the Daylight reveals how we can better understand ourselves, one another, and God.
JOAN CHITTISTER is an internationally known author and lecturer, and the executive director of Benetvision, a resource and research center for contemporary spirituality. She is past president of the Conference of American Benedictine Prioresses and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Her books include The Gift of Years, The Breath of the Soul, Called to Question, and Following the Path. She is a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pennsylvania.
Joan Chittister, “The Inner Journey to Peace”
Internationally celebrated author and lecturer, Joan Chittister, speaks about cultivating solitude and silence as a way to live peacefully in the world and as a model for the next generation.
Sr. Joan Chittister – God Speaks in Many Tongues
Published on Feb 25, 2014
Internationally renowned author and lecturer, Sr. Joan Chittister, explores the central gifts of each of the major world religions. She says all the great religious traditions strive for the same holiness, with the hope of eternal peace, universal justice, inclusive community, human wholeness, and divine fulfillment.
Published on Feb 2, 2015
This inspirational talk explores the power of purpose in our life. The reason that purpose is crucial to our lives is because it brings us motivation, orientation, resilience and positivity. Without purpose, it’s easy for us to feel adrift and disoriented in our lives. We become more vulnerable to boredom, anxiety and depression. But a strong sense of purpose has a powerful positive effect. We feel part of something bigger than ourselves, more energetic and optimistic, and there’s a background reason for everything we do. This sense is essential for our psychological health. Whether your purpose of life is for personal accumulative, altruistic or self-development, only when you possess deep authentic sense of purpose, will you own the most productive and meaningful life!
Steve is a senior lecturer in psychology at Leeds Beckett University, and author of several best-selling books on psychology and spirituality, including Waking From Sleep View Here and Back to Sanity View Here
He’s a researcher in Transpersonal Psychology and Positive Psychology.
Published on Feb 27, 2015 This meditation is an exploration of the nature of the ‘I’ that runs throughout all experience.
A study of the new scientific understanding of consciousness and the mind as a fifth dimension of reality
• Introduces the existence of a fifth dimension–one of mind–an inner- or hyperspace where time is transcended
• Shows how the barrier of the speed of light is actually a gateway demarking the fifth dimension
Since the introduction of Descartes’ dualism in the seventeenth century, the mind and the physical world have been viewed as disconnected entities. Yet qualities of mind such as awareness, purposeful action, organization, design, and even decision-making are present within the structure of matter and within the dimensions of space and time.
The space-time continuum of scientists generally ignores the realm of the mind, though phenomena such as imaginary numbers, used by Einstein to combine space with time, are concepts that only exist in the mind.
Marc Seifer contends that the inadequacy of four-dimensional models to account for our experience of mental phenomena points to the consciousness of the mind as a higher organizing principle, a fifth dimension where thoughts are as real and quantifiable as our familiar physical world.
He shows that because thought enables us to move backward and forward through time–reflecting on the past and making plans for the future–this fifth dimension of mind breaks the laws of relativity, thereby transcending the speed of light. His extensive study of this fifth dimension ranges from relativity and ether theory to precognition, telepathy, and synchronicity, all from the perspective of the conscious universe.
Marc J. Seifer, PhD has been a handwriting expert for more than 35 years and was editor-in-chief of The Journal of the American Society of Professional Graphologists for more than a decade. He has worked for the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office and Crime Laboratory, the Department of Defense, Undersea Warfare, United Parcel Service, and numerous banks, insurance agencies, and lawyers.
He was featured on the History Channel discussing the Howard Hughes Mormon Will and on Associated Press International TV on the handwriting of bin Laden. He has lectured at Oxford University, Cambridge University, Brandeis, Cranbrook Retreat, and numerous conferences around the world. Dr. Seifer teaches psychology and forensic graphology at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island.
Published on Feb 25, 2015
Excerpt from the Vivekachudamani South Africa 2014 Seminar.
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A Guide to Unity
If reality is unified, then we must also accept that everything is essentially equal.
Spirituality is a very personal affair regardless of the various pathways that one may take or disciplines that one may adhere to. Yet even though there is an abundance of different belief systems and avenues for spiritual endeavour, there is one universal agreement between them – the principle of unity.
Transcending the illusion of disconnection is a personal path.
There are many ways that one may be introduced to this philosophy. We may have been brought up around it via our family. We might have had a profound revelation in a one-off experience. Some are initiated through paranormal activity. Others just intuitively feel it. Altered mind states could have been the catalyst. A revolution could have occurred, through synchronicity deposing coincidence, or the lessons of assorted texts and teachings which all infer this similar conclusion. Or through a combination of channels.
The personal awakening is synonymous to the collective awakening.
Regardless of the series of events, teachings and resources that led to our personal awakening, together we have a responsibility to heal and grow our internal and external worlds. This is because the collective mental and physical landscapes that we inhabit are transcending their states of suffering, like we are. In unity, irrespective of how peaceful we have made our internal environment, our external environment is still a reflection of our collective fundamental nature – including what is in harmony and what isn’t.
A Global Metaphysical View
The nature of reality is unity.
Unity can be used as a universal term to describe the outcomes of various fields of thought. Examples include: Energy; Mind; Consciousness; Hologram; Light; Love; Spirit; the Source; the Field; the Akashic Field; the Zero-point Energy Field; Quantum Field of Possibilities; the Collective Unconscious; Undivided Wholeness; Nirvana; One; God etc. If these are all equal to each other in terms of their agreement that a unifying principle exists, then we have arrived at an agreed global metaphysical position which incorporates both our rational and intuitive hemispheres.
Earth’s global culture needs to heal.
Regardless of what reality is literally made of, whether its essence is of a material or immaterial nature, it’s irrelevant to our goals. As long as we agree that a property of reality is unity, and that unity inherently implies that everything is fundamentally equal, one, then together we can get on with making this earthly experience fair and peaceful for all.
In unity, the suffering of others is a reflection of our own suffering.
That is why an agreed metaphysical view for our global society has significant implications for our future. From both a personal and societal standpoint, as well as a rational and intuitive standpoint, we know to treat everyone and everything equally. The way we care for ourselves should be equivalent to the way that we care for others. Our philosophical and practical systems should also ensure that each person has access to the resources they need to adequately survive and thrive.
Suffering is pandemic across both (so-called) developing and developed nations.
No matter how far we may be personally removed from it, the reality is the majority of our fellow man is distressed from a lack of external and/or internal resources. The former is strongly influenced from an unequal distribution of food, water, shelter, infrastructure, education, medicine and political representation, whilst the latter from a lack of knowledge and skills in emotional regulation and psychological balancing, as well as a limited capacity to face and overcome the external challenges that can inhibit one’s inner peace.
Translating It Into Practice
There are infinite expressions of unity.
When we individually undertake a process of spiritual introspection, we all arrive at the exact same place; unity. Yet when we translate that wisdom into practice, the result is a plethora of personal, philosophical and cultural differences. The spectrum of spiritual interpretation is why so many distinct religions exist; the expression of how the original perspective of unity manifested into religious practice was subject to social and human influences at inception and over time.
Regardless of the personal path we choose to take, spirituality is a journey of enlightenment for both the inner and outer realms.
Today, many people undertake this process of conscious introspection away from the pre-established context of religious models, so it is no wonder that there are so many individualised methodologies and interpretations of ‘spirituality’. And there’s nothing wrong with that either; there is no one strict way to live, and anyone who thinks they have all the answers probably doesn’t. As long as your path reflects the primary agreed principle of unity, and its inherent implications, then it should be embraced.
The Health and Growth of the Self
Therapeutic and developmental practices which harmonise all of our life vitalities ensures that we raise our vibration and align ourselves closer to our spiritual path.
We are all subject to suffering of the self and it is our personal role to transcend it. But our health is much more than is usually defined; it’s not just our physical and mental well-being. The reality is we have many layers of our life to take care of including our physical, psychological, emotional, philosophical, sexual, behavioural, creative, social and spiritual vitalities. With this in mind, we should be continually asking ourselves what areas need more attention and what strategies can we implement to heal and grow. We also need to find a true love for ourselves.
To be truly free, we must empower ourselves to lead our thoughts and emotions.
Even though we literally make the free choice on how we think, feel, act and live, we are still strongly influenced by our environment, such as parents, peers, culture, society, government and the age we live in. Therefore, as an adult we are both independent and conditioned agents. But we can transcend our conditioning. The time we become truly free is the time that we take full responsibility of ourselves and ensure that we, not anyone or anything else, are the most influential factor for how we evolve for the rest of our lives. That of course means taking full responsibility for how we think and feel.
If people act unjust, then justice will inevitably be served.
It’s the basics. Excuses which blame something or someone for our thoughts and feelings just don’t cut it on the spiritual path. Spiritually, we have experiences for growth; we are co-creators of our experience. Now this doesn’t mean that there aren’t consequences for the actions of others which hurt us, the response we provide is incorporated into the overall context of the negative and positive vibrations that they’ve attracted into their life.
Not only should we accept our experiences, but also respond to them accordingly.
The new age mantra that “everything happens for a reason” may be true in the sense that experiences have innate information that we can capitalise on to progress us on our path of enlightenment, but it is equally true that proportional actions need to transpire in response. Just like we should respond to the injustice we serve ourselves, we should also respond to that which surrounds us. The tricky part is determining what that response should be which is why we draw on both our rational and intuitive capacities to guide us.
If we process each experience as an opportunity to learn, regardless of how undesirable that experience is, we always get exactly what we need: growth.
It is true that we make so-called ‘mistakes’ which deliver us to our destiny; however that doesn’t mean we should make that same choice again. We should learn from it. There are innumerable times that we have had an undesirable experience which resulted in our growth, regardless if it was influenced from the actions of ourselves or others. And that’s what we need; to learn, to heal, and to grow. We need to harmonious our energies and become our new, more developed selves in every moment. When we conceive of our experience this way – where our wants are the healthy and unhealthy desires of our ego and our needs are the experiences we require for sustained growth – then we always have something to offer ourselves.
When we embrace our experience, we must develop a healthy balance between awareness, acceptance and action.
Every moment is therefore an opportunity to progress our health and well-being. When we treat ourselves and others disappointingly, we should process it in the context of our learning and then make amends. The same applies when somebody treats us poorly; when we are exposed to underdeveloped actions by others, we should embrace it as a part of us, as well as give a calculated response in return. After all, we have accepted that we are fundamentally united. For example, what information and energy can we embrace from it? Is there some action we can do to encourage the health and growth of both the internal and external worlds?
The Health and Growth of Society
Maximising the impact we have as co-creators amplifies the awakening of our collective consciousness.
Mindful living is an integral aspect of spirituality. Allowing ourselves and others to make poor choices without negative judgement is vital, as is reasonable and realistic judgement in general. Radiating positive and loving vibrations is too. We should understand ourselves as a pulsing and energetic vibration – an instrument of sound adding to the orchestra of reality which encompasses us. We should lead from our heart and consciously influence the collective vibration of our shared reality.
It is as much our responsibility to undertake appropriate responses to our outside world as it is to our inside world.
This means being loving, patient, compassionate, empathetic and understanding. But as described above, it also means taking action to influence the health and growth of our society. It’s a misconception to think that just because everything is meant to be, that it will naturally balance itself out without our intervention.
The earth and our species needs help to come back into balance.
Just like there are some justified ramifications within our social models of law and ethics, there are also measures that we must apply in response to our external environment. This does not necessarily mean that the law should be taken into one’s own hands, but more so that as an individual within a global culture, actions need to be taken to rectify the injustices of our world which violate the philosophical principle of unity.
Caring for the external world really is as important as doing it for our own internal health and growth.
For example, our leading philosophical and pragmatic compasses are contributing to some major ecological, social and individual injustices – systems that need to be addressed through calculated measures. If we just sit back and allow it to continue, it will. That’s why collective action needs to balance these injustices out, so we need to decide how we will personally contribute to our shared goals.
It is a shared responsibility that we transform our world.
There are many injustices and social dysfunctions that currently plague our cultures. To heal that situation, we need to ensure that the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual vitality of every living being is cared for as our future develops.
Together we must act, united.
It is by having a true sense of the healing and growth that is required for both the inside and outside of us which reflect a holistic approach to spirituality. Once we have that awareness, we should aim for acceptance of why and how it needs to change, as well as the application of strategies to facilitate the therapeutic and developmental process that we and our society so desperately need to work through.
Together we are one.
Exploring the edges of life, Phil is an ‘experience veteran’. His mantra is “Have a crack at life”.
Living in Sydney, Australia, Phil is best described as a ‘self-help guide’. He focuses on his own physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and aims to share that with his clients. His written articles generally focus on ideology, society, adventure and self-help.
Working in the therapeutic sector, Phil assists families and children as a mentor, relationship mediator and health & life teacher. He also provides tailored programs for personal growth which are facilitated face-to-face, via email and over the phone. He also has a degree in Social Science & Philosophy and has been trained extensively in health services.
Connect with Phil on Facebook or visit his website Vitality Guidance where you can reach him for a personal appointment.
Published on Feb 24, 2015
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Aisha is a Woman in Truth. For more than 12 years, she has been cultivating and realizing in deep surrender, the Truth of Being across its different dimensions. Her dedication has brought her into realization of her Self as Universal Consciousness, beyond Existence into the Absolute and back into existence as the True Incarnation – as the Black Light of Being/the Black Mother.
Aisha (born March, 1979) was born and raised in a non religious family in Denmark.
At the age of 24 the question “Who am I?” rose in her mind with the demand for Truth. Due to complete surrender in Love of her Self as All, Life broke loose knocking down every illusion of individual existence through one and a half years of extreme spiritual unfoldment.
Her massively expanding consciousness sent her through daily trances, bodily burning, periods of bodily paralyzation etc. as Life demanded her to swallow the pill of purification – becoming pure Life itself. In the realization as Universal consciousness, the answer became clear. God is Love is Life is Me.
The return to living invited for integration through the solving of every puzzle Aisha had regarding human life and living. Being a single mother in service as a spiritual teacher, she touched upon every aspect of living; including man/woman, parenting, family, friends and nature – all was embedded in/as the One reality of Life, of Love itself.
After years of being in service as a spiritual teacher and by the fulfillment of all desired aspects of her human life and living, Aisha was (8 years after the initial rise of demand for Truth) called into solitude of retreat – out of every context. The calling into Silence invited for the passing beyond the final belief in Self – to realize Absolute Truth by emergence of- and solidification as Reality beyond consciousness; basic Space/pure Awareness.
For two years she was out of reach – merging only with the Void beyond existence. A deep cultivation which flipped the entirety of her Life/God-realization into Nothing/Truth-realization, by the implosion of Self into Space – from Love into Clarity by recognition of what is prior to God. It was a deep integration with and beyond the Head-space, which revealed pure Mind.
The reappearance of Life started happening as the emerging of the balance-point between the Light and the Darkness – Love and Clarity as One and the Same. Aisha once again started accepting invitations from abroad, once again traveling, sharing Truth with the planet.
Despite Aisha being a realized Being, her cultivation never Ends. The deeper cultivation of her three bodies of Being; her Action body, Truth body and Enjoyment body is in ever ongoing evolution.
The recent stages of Aisha’s evolution, has been revolving around the total integration into the human form with its deep cultivation of the True Human Qualities in a coming together of her Heart’s realization as pure Light and Mind’s realization as the Void, into the thick substance as Black Light, now incarnating deeply into the intimacy of the Earth, with integral individuality – as Truth in form.
Interview recorded 2/21/2015
This book is full of helpful tips from the author’s decades of gardening experience, plus the Zen of gardening—the sense of place and purpose, what tending the land means to us. A wonderful gift for the gardener seeking the simplicity and spirit of the land.
Nollman shares his observations on “plant personalities” and discusses unorthodox types of gardens in a way that is entertaining as well as instructive. His biocentric approach is about a fundamental connection with nature that transforms the act of gardening into an adventure filled with lessons great and small. He advocates for gardens as spaces for a genuine healing relationship between person and place.
Jim Nollman was born in Boston in 1947 and graduated from Tufts University in 1969. He has been a composer of music for theater, an internationally distinguished conceptual artist, and an environmental activist. In 1973, he was commissioned to compose a Thanksgiving Day radio piece for a US national network, and recorded himself singing children’s songs with 300 turkeys. He has recorded interspecies music with wolves, desert rats, deer, elk, whales, and dolphins. He directed one of Greenpeace’s first overseas projects, at Iki Island, Japan, where fishermen were slaughtering dolphins to compensate for human overfishing. His efforts eventually resulted in the Japanese government issuing a ban on this killing practice.
He is the founder of Interspecies Inc., which sponsors research for communicating with animals through music and art. IC’s best-known field project is a 25-year communication study using live music to interact with the wild orcas who inhabit the west coast of Canada. Nollman is currently directing a project in Arctic Russia to protect the last beluga whales in Europe, and is learning how to communicate with these whales.
He is the author of several books, including the most recent, The Charged Border: Where Whales and Humans Meet. His essays are anthologized in several collections of nature writing. He is contributing editor of the largest whale site on the Internet, with 10,000 visitors a day. Jim Nollman lives on San Juan Island in the northwest corner of the USA with his wife Katy, and daughters Claire and Sasha.
Published on Feb 23, 2015
The aim of this presentation is to derive the fundamental principles of special relativity and quantum mechanics from postulates that assume the existence of consciousness. This derivation is based on the fundamental existence of a uni ed reality. In this uni ed reality, the entanglement of systems in the physical world is a very natural and ubiquitous consequence.
We begin with the following postulate: there is one unifed entity in existence (Self), which perceives the world (itSelf) through localized perspectives, individually, one at a time. After restating that postulate in more physical terms, we arrive at both of the initial postulates for special relativity (relativity of physical law, constancy of the speed of light), as well as a fundamental property of quantum mechanics known as the single-framework rule.
From this model, we discover that light exists in a timeless and spaceless state. This result fits very nicely with the phenomenon of entanglement. Far more than an abstract concept applied only to experiments in a physicist’s lab, entanglement is a property of the universe providing connection across time and space that may have implications for everyday life. One such suggested implication is the phenomenon of synchronicity.