Bigger Than the Sky by Vicki Woodyard (Author)

Bigger Than The Sky is a wake-up call. Seemingly about sorrow, the sun keeps breaking through. As you turn the pages, you will meet Vicki and her friend Peter.

Vicki facing her husband’s death and Peter having awakened after a series of strokes. Peter lived in peace and presence, no matter what occurred. Peter loved Ramana Maharshi, who embodied that same peace – most of the time he sat in the sun with his cats, life itself having become his teacher. Bigger Than the Sky is Vicki’s story, Peter’s story and everyone’s story. A light-filled book of wisdom that will leave you wanting more.


Vicki Woodyard is a spiritual writer living in Atlanta, Georgia. Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, she graduated from The University of Memphis, magna cum laude, with a B.S. in English and Psychology. She is a meditator, a webmaster and has a lifelong interest in the spiritual path.

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The Nature Of Man According To The Vedanta by John Levy

John Levy was a mystic, teacher, and artist who died in 1976. An Englishman, Levy spent many years in India with his guru, Krishna Menon, and brought his knowledge of Advaita Vedanta to the west in an accessible form.

In The Nature of Man According to the Vedanta, John Levy makes the classic argument against subject-object duality and concludes that the true Self cannot be known—as to know it would be to objectify it. Oddly enough, this is a liberating discovery; we see that our essence cannot be altered by anything we do or anything that happens to us. This consideration frees us to tackle anything—to jump into the stream of life and enjoy the experience—because there is an untouchable reality at the core of our existence. This book is one of the finest expressions of non-dualist philosophy. A must-have for those seeking deeper insight into the essential nature of the human being.
John Levy was a wealthy English mystic, teacher, musician, and artist who was an expert in Asian folk music. He had his own radio program about this subject on the BBC. At one point in his life Levy decided to give away his entire fortune and go to live for a time in India with only a loincloth. Levy spent many years there with his guru, Krishna Menon, assisting him with the English translations of his guru’s books Atma Darshan and Atma Niviriti.
He then brought his knowledge of Advaita Vedanta to the West in an accessible form through his teaching work and the publication of his two books. John Levy died in London in 1976.

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Atma Vichara And Contemplative Prayer In The Christian Mystical Tradition ~ Francis Bennett

Published on Feb 15, 2015
I want to explore the parallels and individual contributions of the practice of Atma Vichara or Self-Investigation as taught by Sri Ramana Maharshi and the practice of contemplative prayer as taught in the 14th century Christian mystical treatise known as, “The Cloud of Unknowing”. Both practices are essentially quite similar in that they are both encouraging the practitioner to rest and abide in a felt sense of presence here and now. The touching into this sense of presence is the “practice”. The dawning experiential seeing or direct understanding of the fact that this presence has always been present is the “realization” that is possible. This could be called either “God-realization” or “Self-realization”, but I feel both terms are pointing to essentially the same realization of the absolute.

Even though essentially quite similar, the two practices can often have a somewhat different “tone” to them. The Atma Vichara practice is imbued with a sharp and precise spirit of deep investigation while the contemplative prayer approach has a decidedly devotional or bhakti aspect, which I feel adds a dimension of power to the basic idea of looking at pure consciousness itself, which is really the essence of both practices. Contemplative prayer, rather than simply understood as object-less or non-conceptual awareness, aware of itself, is awareness LOVINGINGLY aware of itself. The author of “The Cloud” calls this a resting in the “blind (non-conceptual) stirring of love”. I think a kind of blending of these two practices could possibly provide a creative synergy that has the potential to accelerate the
possible effects of the practices by taking the discriminating spirit of profound investigation as found in the Traditional practice of Atma Vichara and combining it with the predominant devotional aspect found in the traditional practice of contemplative prayer.

Francis Bennett was a Roman Catholic, Trappist monk for a number of years. He lived in two monasteries of the Trappist Order in the US and was also a member of an urban, contemplative monastic community originally founded in Paris, France in 1975. He has lived in France at several monasteries, and in Canada at a small monastic community in Montreal Quebec. He received a five and a half year monastic/spiritual formation with the Trappists before he made his vows as a monk at Gethsemani Abbey in 1983. He graduated from the Pontifical College Josephinum with a BA in Philosophy and completed a two year residency in Clinical Pastoral Education with Ohio Health Hospital System in Columbus, Ohio.

He has worked in ministry in the area of spiritual Care in the hospice movement, as a hospital chaplain and in spiritual care of the sick and dying in parish settings. He has lead retreats in both the Vipassana Buddhist Tradition and in the Christian mystical/contemplative Tradition. In 2010, while in the middle of a Church Service in his monastery in Montreal, Francis suddenly experienced what he has come to call, “a radical perceptual shift in consciousness”, in which he discovered the ever present presence of spacious, pure awareness.

He came to see that this awareness is actually the unchanging essence of who he really is and always has been; the Supreme Self, talked about by many sages and saints from many spiritual traditions down through the ages. He also came to see simultaneously, that this vast, infinite sense of presence at the center of his being (and at the center of the being of everyone else on the planet) is actually not at all separate from the presence of God, which he had been looking for during his many years as a monk and spiritual seeker.

VIEW HERE FRANCIS’S BOOK ” I AM THAT I AM” and THE INTERVIEW

The Tender Real Shift ~ Bernie Prior

In recent years there has been a growing focus within the media about a potential shift within human consciousness. What is this shift? How will it appear in our lives? In this booklet ‘The Real Shift’, Bernie Prior shines light on the simplicity of a real shift of consciousness that will utterly transform life as we know it.

Awaken All The Way Home

Bernie Prior is a passionate and utterly engaging teacher, who challenges the deepest myths of our humanness with uncompromising truth. With compassion, great humour and profound honesty, Bernie invites every individual to their highest vision and deepest knowing, and the actualisation of that in their life now.

Through his embodiment of Realised Consciousness and his realisation of the Masculine and Feminine Principles, Bernie brings an Integral Evolutionary context to the experience of all human life.

A Revolutionary Evolutionary Pure Being

Bernie Prior is a passionate and utterly engaging teacher, who challenges the deepest myths of our humanness with uncompromising truth. With compassion, great humour and profound honesty, Bernie invites every individual to their highest vision and deepest knowing, and the actualisation of that in their life now.

Through his embodiment of Realised Consciousness and his realisation of the Masculine and Feminine Principles, Bernie brings an Integral Evolutionary context to the experience of all human life.

Bernie Prior – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on Feb 15, 2015
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Bernie Prior, known as B, is an awakened contemporary teacher whose life is utterly devoted to the awakening of humanity.

Born in 1954 in England, his childhood and teenage years were marked by profound mystical experiences. At age nineteen he awakened in the realisation of One-ness and at thirty-three he awoke in the Absolute. Within this unfolding he was graced with the rare and profound realisation of the Bhagavati, the Divine Feminine Principle. During the period of these realisations B led the life of a successful display artist in London. After enlightenment his known life up to that point was entirely shattered.

B’s teaching crosses the range of human and universal experience. With deep compassion, humour and uncompromising truth B points the way to awakening to one’s real nature and destiny; to evolve from the mis-identification with a separate-sensed self to fully embodying Life AS Living Awareness.

He speaks powerfully, uniquely and very practically of the divine nature of the Masculine and Feminine and of the potential for that Divinity to be known and lived directly between man and woman. True partnership is revealed as a sacred evolutionary path to Self- Realization; that is a profound calling to bring the Divine Union from which the dance of Duality springs into the very sphere of our relating to each other and to all of Life. It is the direct and immediate participation as Awareness in the ongoing evolution of Consciousness and its forms.

B is the Originator of The Form – Reality Practice™, a movement practice for the evolution of consciousness to manifest Great Love on Earth. The movement awakens the practitioner to the truth of the formless nature of all forms and integrates that as an ever-growing, conscious way of deepening Being. The very movement of one’s life becomes an expression of Source through Greater Reality landing in the heart, the body and the self.

The Form is practiced and taught world-wide by B and Accredited Teachers as a pure and powerful Way of Belonging, transformation and self-mastery. B is based in New Zealand and travels extensively holding talks and residential retreats around the globe.

Website: http://bernieprior.org Satsang Library of MP3s DVD – Commitment to Love Booklet: Authentic Attraction is Authentic Tantra

Interview recorded 2/14/2015

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