Pearls of Consciousness: An Invitation to Meet Remarkable Beings ~ Dominica

The intensity of Dominica’s photography reminds us of what the Chinese painter Hsieh Ho wrote in 500 A.D.: ” If a work of art has Ch’i, it inevitably reflects a vitality of spirit that is the essence of life itself.”

Manhattan Arts International, 1995

Newly released at Aluna Editions : Pearls of Consciousness, a beautiful collection of black and white portraits of spiritual friends which I have taken over the years with my Leica. The texts accompanying each portrait are bilingual English-French.None of the portraits has been reframed at the printing stage.

As a former filmmaker myself, I am sensitive to photographic art and I have been a long-time admirer of Dominica’s portraits. The austerity of black-and-white, without any of the distraction of colours, reveals the depth expressed by the surface.
With rigour and also keeping her heart and her spirit wide open, Dominica brought together in this volume the oh so many different faces of men and women who are the witnesses of equally different forms of Spiritual Life. We know that « the Spirit blows where it likes ». Therefore the first virtue is to be open and welcoming to others – even if the form of their commitment differs from ours.
The faces which Dominica’s perseverance brought together in a book are there to remind us of that.
May at least some of them find an echo in you and orient you not towards their wisdom, but towards your own.
Concerning those I have met in person, what touched me most on discovering them, is their love of others, their essential kindness – even if the latter sometimes takes an unexpected «face».

Some excerpts :

You will understand the secret of bliss if you meditate on the nature of the Self. It is all there, contained in you alone. The joy we get through contact with worldly things is only an infinitesimal fraction of the bliss we will find within.
Mata Amritanandamayi

Where are you when the bird sings ?
Albert Low

Your spiritual practice consists only in saying yes to the now.
Eckart Tolle

…, the Sufi tradition preaches the middle path between the temporal and the spiritual, between the law, Share’a, and the truth, Al Haqeqa. While the first is a means of worship, some sort of help and a safeguard allowing us to conquer our passions, attenuate the ego, and open the heart to generosity and the respect of others, the second allows us to live the intimate experience of the divine presence.
Cheikh Khaled Bentounès

Who would you be without your story ?
Byron Katie

My thinking creates time and time creates my thinking. Within time-thinking, I maintain the illusory sense of self-identity and separation… I think therefore I continue.
Tony Parsons

There is only awareness, there is no ‘‘one’’ being aware.

Dominica: Portraits of Remarkable Beings

Published on Feb 25, 2015

Dominica’s work, Pearls of Consciousness: An Invitation to Meet Remarkable Beings, (Aluna, 2013), is a remarkable collection of black and white portraits of 52 sages and spiritual teachers she took over the years from 1992 to 2012, together with powerful quotations and a short biography and bibliography of each.

Dominica was born near Paris in 1962 as Dominique Herbin. After studying Literature in Paris and Law at King’s College in London and later at the Sorbonne in Paris, she passed the Paris and New York Bars and worked as an associate in large law firms in Boston and New York. She soon gave up this work which left her essential questions unanswered in order to follow her bliss.

She began exploring her creativity through life drawing, painting and eventually black and white photography. At the same time, she dedicated herself to the approach of the body through the regular practice of aikido (2nd dan, B.F.) and tai-chi-chuan. In the process, she discovered the teachings of the great sages and in particular the perennial philosophy of Advaita Vedanta.

Pivotal in her spiritual journey and towards the making of her book were her encounter with the French film maker Arnaud Desjardins who encouraged her in her work as a portrait photographer, her yearly prilgrimages to the sacred mountain Arunachala in South India and finally her meeting with her yoga teacher Eric Baret who initiated her to the practice of yoga according to the non-dual tradition of Kashmir Shivaism. Today Dominica lives in France where she teaches yoga and tai chi chuan and offers week end workshops around Pearls of Consciousness and her yoga practice. For more information visit her website :

The Awakening: 9 Principals for Finding the Courage to Change Your Life by Sidra Jafri (Author)

This title will be released on May 19, 2015.

Foreword by Anne Jirsch, Author of Create Your Perfect Future

Sidra Jafri is a fresh voice who lovingly opens the conversation about releasing our past and stepping into our future.’Tori Hartman, bestselling author of the Chakra Wisdom Oracle Cards

Wake up to your new life! It’s no accident you’ve picked up this book. It’s time for a change!Sidra Jafri is here to guide you through an incredible nine-step journey – The Awakening. She will empower you to let go of the past and your pre-programmed beliefs, and build the happy and fulfilling life of your dreams. Offering practical exercises and real-life case studies, each step is based on one of Sidra’s principles:

Ask Quality Questions
Work On You
Awareness Is The Key
Knowing Versus Owning
Energy Is Everything
No Judgment
It Takes One To See One
Nothing Is Missing
Growth Is Inevitable

The Principles of Awakening have already helped thousands of people from all walks of life create the life they want – now you can do it, too! Sidra Jafri is a highly successful intuitive healer. The personal trauma of leaving her arranged marriage inspired her to develop the Principles of Awakening. She now runs live events around the world to help people shift the issues holding them back in areas such as wealth, relationships and

Sidra Jafri is an intuitive healer. Her gifts go beyond the five senses with which she helps people to shift the issues that create an undercurrent in their lives. Sidra transforms self-belief symptoms that hold people back in areas such as wealth, relationships and wellbeing. Sidra grew up in Pakistan and came to the UK as a young woman in an arranged marriage. She left the marriage after reaching rock bottom and began to nurture the intuition that she always felt even as a small child. This has led to her developing the Principles of Awakening, steps that encourage healing and connection to our authentic self and potential. Sidra’s live event, ‘The Awakening – Activating the truth of who you are,’ has moved thousands of people to create more of what they want in their lives. She loves to engage with audiences and her own transparency often allows others to take steps themselves to embrace what life can offer. @sidrajafrilive The author lives in UK.

The Awakening with Sidra Jafri

In this Video, Sidra shares details of her Live event held in frequently in London called “The Awakening: Activating the Truth of Who You Are”.

Using her unique techniques of Accessing Body Conscoiusness, Sidra specializes in releasing trauma around wealth, money, finances, relationships, wellbeing, health and love. Anything that adversely affects peoples decision making due to past trauma’s in their lifes.

From Religion to Spirituality : Interview with Miceal Ledwith

From Religion to Spirituality

Interview with Miceal Ledwith

Author: Danielle Graham
Photographer: Miceal Ledwith


Giving Attention to the ‘I’

Published on Mar 31, 2015

A discussion of ‘I’ as a portal.

The One in the Mirror by Ramesh Balsekar (Author)

Ramesh Balsekar’s teaching is simple to grasp. He shows us the way to peace and harmony in daily living, while facing life from moment to moment. Accepting the words of the Buddha that ”Events happen, deeds are done, but there is no individual doer of any deed,” is a gateway to this peace. All actions are happenings which could not have happened unless they were ordained by the Source, which some identify as God.

In this book, Balsekar gives the essence of his teaching in short, simple passages that everyone can understand. Subjects covered range from ‘Free Will’ to ‘Meditation’. The book is a collection of individual quotes, some just a single sentence and others a few paragraphs long. Each quote, a sparkling jewel through which the teaching shines forth, is complete in itself.

Ramesh Balsekar’s focus is on the `practical` aspect of spirituality. Something to be lived each day of our lives, and not pursued as a lofty ideal. He draws the essence of his teaching from the Indian philosophy of Advaita (non-duality) which affirms that there is only ‘One Source’. This book reflects the core concepts of the Advaita philosophy, placed in today’s context by Balsekar, for the benefit of the reader.

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Ramesh Balsekar : The Final Understanding

Reclaiming the Self: Is your sense of self an illusion? No, it isn’t! by Steve Taylor

If there is one concept which has been under constant attack by psychologists and philosophers over the last few decades, it is the idea of ‘you’ – that you are a real entity or ‘self’. Many modern philosophers and scientists suggest that this sense of being ‘someone’ is illusory, or just a simple product of brain activity. Somehow the billions of neurons in your brain work together to produce it, and all of the thoughts and feelings which it incorporates. This view was expressed very graphically by the scientist Francis Crick, who wrote that:

‘You, your joys and your sorrows, your memories and your ambitions, your sense of personal identity and free will, are in fact no more than the behavior of a vast assembly of nerve cells and their associated molecules.’

From a less biological perspective, the philosopher Daniel Dennett speaks of the illusion of the ‘Cartesian Theatre’, the sense that there is ‘someone’ in our heads looking out at a world ‘out there’, and also watching our own thoughts pass by. In reality, says Dennett, there are only mental processes. There are streams of thoughts, sensations and perceptions passing through our brains, but there is no central place where all of these phenomena are organised.

Similarly, the psychologist Susan Blackmore has suggested that the self is just a collection of what she calls ‘memes’ – units of cultural information such as ideas, beliefs and habits. We are born without a self, but slowly, as we are exposed to environmental influences, the self is ‘constructed’ out of the memes we absorb.

Modern neuroscience seems to reinforce such views. Neuroscientists claim to be able to ‘locate’ the parts of the brain responsible for mental phenomena such as aesthetic appreciation, religious experience, love, depression and so on, but they haven’t found a part of the brain associated with our underlying sense of self. Therefore, they feel justified in concluding that this doesn’t exist.

Ghosts don’t Exist’, says the Ghost

There are many problems with the attempt to ‘reduce’ our sense of self to brain activity. This is related to ‘hard problem’ of explaining the origins of conscious experience – so-called to distinguish it from the ‘easy problems’ of mental abilities and functions such as memory, concentration and attention. Whilst we might be able to understand these phenomena, the problem of how the brain might produce consciousness is on a completely different level. The brain is just a soggy clump of grey matter – how could that soggy mass possibly give rise to the richness and depth of consciousness? To think that it could is a ‘category error’ – the brain and consciousness are entirely distinct phenomena, which can’t be explained in terms of each other.

And on a more practical basis, after decades of intensive theorising and research, no-one has yet put forward any feasible explanation of how the brain might produce consciousness. The ‘hard problem’ seems completely insurmountable. There is a basic absurdity in these attempts to show that the ‘self’ is illusory. They always feature a self trying to prove that it doesn’t exist. They are caught in a loop. If the self is an illusion to begin with, how can we trust its judgements? It’s a bit like a ghost trying to prove that ghosts don’t exist. Perhaps it may be right, but its illusory nature doesn’t inspire confidence. Dennett and Blackmore are presuming that there is a kind of reliable, objective observer inside them which is able to pass judgement on consciousness – and that presumption contradicts their own arguments. That is the very thing whose existence they are trying to disprove.

Related to this, there is a problem of subject/object confusion. All of these theories attempt to examine consciousness from the outside. They treat it like a botanist examining a flower, as an object to scrutinize and categorize. But of course, with consciousness there is no subject and no object. The subject is the object. You are consciousness. So it is fallacious to examine it as if it is something ‘other.’ Again, you are caught in a loop. You can’t get outside consciousness. And so any ‘objective’ pronouncements you make about are fallacious from the start.

An interesting question to ponder is: why do human beings invest so much energy into trying to prove that they don’t exist? Why do scientists and philosophers seem so intent on proving that they themselves are illusions? Perhaps there is a kind of repressed suicidal impulse at work here. Perhaps the individuals in question experience a deep-rooted self-hatred and an impulse for self-destruction which, at conscious level, has been translated into an impulse to negate their own identity and existence. More likely, though, these views are symptom of the general nihilism of our culture, the collapse of values which has followed from materialistic science. The fact that these theories have become prevalent, despite being fallacious, shows how well they fit to the present ‘zeitgeist’.

Subjective Investigation

So does the self exist? Is there really anybody there inside your own mental space?

I think the best way to answer the question is to take a different approach. Rather than attempting to analyse consciousness from the outside as if it is an object, the best approach is to embrace subjectivity, and delve into your own consciousness. Try meditation, for example. In deep meditation, you might find yourself in a state of complete mental quietness and emptiness, with no thoughts, no perceptions, no information processing, no concentration. In fact, this state can be seen as the ‘goal’ of meditation (at least according to some traditions). The philosopher Robert Forman has called it the ‘pure consciousness event’ – a state in which consciousness exists without content, and rests easefully within itself. I have experienced this state myself, and am familiar with its qualities. Paradoxically, although consciousness is empty, it has a quality of fullness too. It appears to be full of energy – a powerful energy which has a quality of well-being, or even bliss. (This is what Indian Vedanta philosophy describes as satchitananda – being-consciousness-bliss.) There is also a quality of spaciousness – somehow my own consciousness seems to become wider and larger, to spread beyond my own brain or body. This can lead to a sense of connection or even oneness – a feeling that my consciousness is merging with a force or energy which somehow seems fundamental to the world, or the cosmos.

But most importantly in terms of my argument in this article, in these moments, one of the qualities of consciousness is a sense of ‘I’. There is still a sense of identity, even if this sense may be different to the identity of a normal state of consciousness. This identity does not feel separate or boundaried. It feels part of a greater unity, but still has a sense of I-ness. You could compare it to a wave having a sense of its own existence of a wave but at the same time being aware of itself as a part of the sea. There is still an ‘I’ which has awareness of itself and of its situation. From this point of view, it appears that consciousness or identity is not an illusion. In this state, there are no ‘memes’ and no streams of mental processes, but consciousness still appears to exist. I would therefore say that the sense of self is fundamental to us, from the deepest levels of our being. Of course, this fundamental sense of ‘I’ is acted on by all kinds environmental, social and psychological influences, and becomes ‘constructed’ to a large degree. You could compare it to how a Roman fort is built upon and expanded over centuries until eventually develops into a modern city. But there is a fundamental kernel of ‘I-ness’ which is always there, underlying all of the activity and all the construction.

Of course, this is just my own subjective experience. I shouldn’t make any universal claims for it – although, as Robert Forman has pointed out, the ‘pure consciousness event’ seems to be universal in the sense that human beings from culture to culture have independently described experiences of it throughout history. Ultimately, however, the only real way to substantiate this is for you to try it out yourself – to reach a deep state of meditation, and see if your own experience accords with mine.

Prayer for the Earth – Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Published on Mar 27, 2015
Recorded December 3, 2011 at the Mercy Center, Burlingame, California

Prayer is a response to a need. Our need. The Beloved’s need. And at this time, most pressingly, the need of the Earth.

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True Awakening, Part 1 & 2 ~ Leonard Jacobson

The enlightenment teachings of Leonard Jacobson

True Awakening, Part 2

Advaita On Zen And Tao by Ramesh S. Balsekar (Author)

Insights On Huang Po & Lao Tzu

We are at a unique moment in the evolution of spirituality. For centuries, sages of various traditions around the world have been expressing the Truth of non-duality; and their disciples have been faithfully preserving the teachings and passing them on. But it is only now, in this era of advances in mass communication, that it has become possible for a living sage of one tradition, to produce commentaries inspired by the mystical traditions of another.

Imagine if Chuang Tzu had written a commentary on the Bhagavad Gita, or if the sage Jnaneshwar had produced reflections on the Heart Sutra! Within these pages a similar dream has been realised – commentaries on the teachings of the revered Zen Master Huang Po, and a modern Book of the Way inspired by Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching, both written by Advaita Master Ramesh S. Balsekar.

The repetition of tradition cannot be termed as wrong, but when the teaching is embodied the teacher is at liberty to put it in his own words instead – because he is It. Ramesh’s words bridge the apparent gap of centuries and geographical boundaries, revealing the hidden Truth behind the illusion of time and space: Advaita, Zen, and Tao.

Ramesh Balsekar, author of over 20 books, discusses the Indian philosophy of Advaita daily at his residence in Mumbai, with visitors from around the world. The basic concept is that “all there is, is Consciousness;” all actions are happenings, the functioning of the Primal Energy, and not the doing by anyone. He has a unique focus on what we all have to deal with in our daily living. His teaching has

Ramesh S. Balsekar, married to Sharda and a father of three, is known and loved by seekers from around the world as an eloquent Master of Advaita, or Non-duality. After retiring as President of the Bank of India, Ramesh translated many of the daily talks given in Marathi by his Guru, Nisargadatta Maharaj. The teaching began in 1982 after Maharaj had twice directed him to talk, and since then he has written over twenty books on Advaita as well. Ramesh is widely regarded as undeniably unique and uncompromising in his presentation of the concepts, in keeping with an early premonitory remark by Maharaj that as a teacher Ramesh would not be “parroting” the words of his Guru. In response to the appreciation frequently shared by visitors at his talks for the singular clarity and `purity` of the teaching, Ramesh himself has perhaps best expressed it with his view of the Master-disciple relationship: “The purity of the teaching lies in the absence of an individual teacher and an individual learner – that is to say, in the absence of a subject-object relationship. The purity lies in the spontaneity of the happening.”

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Runaway Realization: Living a Life of Ceaseless Discovery by A. H. Almaas [updated Mar 29, 2015 ]

For the first time in print, well-known spiritual teacher A. H. Almaas presents the highest level and most profound teachings of the Diamond Approach on the true nature of reality and the path to enlightenment.

The teaching in this book is off the map—because reality itself cannot be captured in a map. In fact, reality is far more alive, far more mysterious than anything we can conceive of. It is always revealing itself by knowing itself; and knowing reality and living it becomes the fulfillment of our life. A. H. Almaas, the originator of the Diamond Approach, here presents a new paradigm for understanding reality: the view of totality. He reveals that our life can become an endless revelation of reality, an adventure with neither beginning nor end.

A. H. Almaas has been developing and teaching the Diamond Approach, a spiritual path of self-realization and maturity based on an original synthesis of modern discoveries in the field of psychology and a new paradigm about spiritual nature, for more than thirty years. If we can say the Diamond Approach has a goal it is to realize the truth at progressively deeper levels until one reaches the ultimate Truth, the Absolute, and to become integrated into that truth so that we are a living presence and embodiment of that truth. The teachings of this path have been unfolding over time, and Runaway Realization presents—for the first time in print—the highest level of teachings in the Diamond Approach in the most profound work by Almaas so far. In this book, Almaas offers a detailed look at the true nature of reality and the nature of enlightenment. He also talks about practice—what it is and what it isn’t, and how practice relates to the process of realization. He looks at what it is to be a human being and what our role is in the totality of the universe. The material includes a discussion of the nature of space and time, as well as a view of more and more subtle levels of realization.

A. H. ALMAAS is the pen name of Hameed Ali, the Kuwaiti-born originator of the Diamond Approach, who has been guiding individuals and groups in Colorado, California, and Europe since 1976. He is the author of many books, including The Power of Divine Eros and The Unfolding Now.


Hameed Ali (A. H. Almaas) – 2nd Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on Mar 17, 2015

A. Hameed Ali was born in Kuwait in 1944. At the age of eighteen, he moved to the USA to study at the University of California in Berkeley. Hameed was working on his Ph.D. in physics when he reached a turning point in his life and destiny that led him more and more into inquiring into the psychological and spiritual aspects of human nature.

Hameed’s interest in the truth of human nature and the true nature of reality resulted in the creation and unfoldment of the Diamond Approach®:

“The Diamond Approach is a path of wisdom, an approach to the investigation of Reality and work on oneself that leads to human maturity and liberation. Because of our particular vision of Reality it is not completely accurate to think of this approach as spiritual work, for this work does not separate the spiritual from the psychological, neither does it see these two as separate from the physical everyday life and scientific investigation of the content of perception. However, because we live in a society where the prevailing thought is that of the separated facets of Reality, the closest category recognized in this mentality, to our approach, is that of a spiritual path or exploration.”

Some of Hameed’s many books: Runaway Realization: Living a Life of Ceaseless Discovery The Power of Divine Eros: The Illuminating Force of Love in Everyday Life The Unfolding Now: Realizing Your True Nature through the Practice of Presence Brilliancy: The Essence of Intelligence (Diamond Body Series) Essence With the Elixir of Enlightenment: The Diamond Approach to Inner Realization


Interview recorded 3/15/2015

Perception And Reality – Hameed Ali (A. H. Almaas)

Does perception in nondual or other kinds of spiritual realization reveal what reality actually is? Many teachings emphasize that enlightenment is seeing how things actually are. However, the vision of reality given by the various teachings vary in significant ways. Does this mean one of them is the right one or are all correct? What are the implications about reality in either case? I will present a vision of perception in spiritual realization that parallels the view in quantum theory of the relation between the observer and reality. Since in spiritual realization reality is more fundamental than the observer, actually manifesting the observer, the vision brings in the subtleties of realization and why there are many kinds. Reality becomes a much more mysterious truth than the view of any kind of realization, which requires encompassing the various views of enlightenment.

Entangled Life and Kabbalistic Biology, Michael Kosoy

Published on Mar 27, 2015

Recorded at Science and Nonduality Conference

Biology is the science of life by definition and explores forms and manifestations of living organisms. Kabbalistic methods apply specific approaches for analyzing and interpreting a wide range of meaningful information, and in this presentation these approaches will be demonstrated for a description of biological systems. Although the word ‘life’ is a noun, something is very fundamental in description of life through processes that distinguish living systems from non-living systems.

The properties specific for living systems such as an ability to grow, to reproduce, to die, to metabolize, to maintain internal balance, to adapt to external environment, and to develop hierarchical organization are inseparably linked and interrelated. Kabbalistic approach is not limited to perceiving organisms in terms of isolated elements, but rather is applied to their integrated relationship in the context of connection and meaning. Connection of elements of biological systems can be described in terms of non-locality measuring closeness as a similarity. Two organisms, which resemble each other, are close; in contrast, biological objects that differ are distant.

Generation and maintenance of biological diversity is a crucial characteristic of life, but multiplicity of forms can be studied in the way that visible manifestations indicate underlying unity behind the diversity produced by adaptation to local environment. Life manifests itself as pulsation; the principle of “run and return” is one of the life’s secrets. Biological systems behave as a whole having numerous elements with their own temporal scales.

Time in biology is measured through transformation of life forces. Kabbalistic approach is based on personal experience of the biologist and the task selected for a point of view: on what level you investigate the biological process; from which side you look at the biological object; what system of measurements is appropriate; what is a value of your observation?

Michael Kosoy PhD is a Research Biologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow by Elizabeth Lesser (Author)

In the more than twenty-five years since she co-founded Omega Institute – now the world’s largest center for spiritual retreat and personal growth –Elizabeth Lesser has been an intimate witness to the ways in which people weather change and transition.

In a beautifully crafted blend of moving stories, humorous insights, practical guidance, and personal memoir, she offers tools to help us make the choice we all face in times of challenge: Will we be broken down and defeated, or broken open and transformed? Lesser shares tales of ordinary people who have risen from the ashes of illness, divorce, loss of a job or a loved one – stronger, wiser, and more in touch with their purpose and passion. And she draws on the world’s great spiritual and psychological traditions to support us as we too learn to break open and blossom into who we were meant to be.

Elizabeth Lesser is the cofounder and senior adviser of Omega Institute (Rhinebeck, New York), recognized internationally for its workshops and professional training in holistic health, psychology, and cross-cultural arts and religion. Since 1977, when Omega was founded, she has helped direct the institute’s organization, research and develop its programs, and train its staff. She has also been privileged to study and teach with leading thinkers and practitioners in the fields of human development and spiritual growth. Prior to her work at Omega, she was a midwife and childbirth educator. She attended Barnard College and San Francisco State University. She lives in the Hudson River Valley with her family.

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What It Means to Be Broken Open | Super Soul Sunday | Oprah Winfrey Network

Sometimes, difficult times can help you realize the true potential of your life. Watch as Omega Institute co|founder Elizabeth Lesser talks about the meaning of her book Broken Open, which shares how Elizabeth grew on her spiritual path. Plus, Elizabeth and Oprah discuss what spirituality means to them.

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Elizabeth Lesser: Broken Open

Published on Apr 20, 2013

During times of transition or when we face adversity, life offers us a choice: to turn away from change or to embrace it. To shut down or to be broken open and transformed. Elizabeth Lesser povides tools to help us turn difficult times into times of growth and empowerment.

Elizabeth is the co-founder of Omega Institute, a learning center that focuses on health, wellness, spirituality, creativity, and social change. She is the New York Times best-selling author of Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow and The Seeker’s Guide: Making Your Life a Spiritual Adventure. For more than 30 years Elizabeth has worked with leading figures in the fields of healing—healing self and healing society.

In 2008 she helped Oprah Winfrey produce a 10-week online seminar based on the book, A New Earth. Since then, she has appeared several times on the Oprah Winfrey television show and webcasts, and is an ongoing host on Oprah’s Soul Series, a weekly radio show on Sirius/XM. Her newest book, Broken Open, is a guide for anyone going through a difficult time.

Elizabeth Lesser: Believe in Change

“Spirituality is following the deep internal desire for something grand, big and wonderful.”

‘All Things Seem but Cannot Be’

Published on Mar 27, 2015
A discussion about Existence

The Healing Power of Presence ~ Leonard Jacobson

In this video, Leonard speaks about who we are when we are fully present. He reveals the way into the deepest levels of Presence, and describes the mysterious healing effect that Presence has upon our past.

Allowing Is What We Are, Not What We Do

Published on Mar 20, 2015
A discussion about dealing with uncomfortable feelings.

Bridging Heaven & Earth A Return to the One ~ Leonard Jacobson

In this simple, yet powerful and challenging book, the author takes us on a mystical tour of human consciousness, covering such diverse topics as the multi-dimensional nature of our existence, the eternal dilemma of God, the soul’s journey, the souls lessons, healing the soul, liberation from the ego, the keys to spiritual awakening, the universal laws of life, God Consciousness, the truth about Jesus … and so much more.

Leonard Jacobson
is an Australian spiritual teacher, author and mystic who is deeply committed to guiding and supporting others in their journey towards wholeness. Formerly a lawyer, his life transformed completely, when in 1981 he experienced the first of a series of spontaneous spiritual and mystical awakenings which opened him to a higher level of consciousness. His teachings and his presence are a powerful reminder that the source of love and truth is within each one of us. He offers seminars and retreats regularly thoughout the USA.

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Heaven revealed on Earth

The enlightenment teachings of Leonard Jacobson, awakened spiritual teacher

Vasant Swaha – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on Mar 24, 2015
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Vasant Swaha was always a naturally free spirit, aware from an early age that life was not about accepting boundaries, but rather going beyond them. As a child, he sailed from his native Norway, exploring the world with his father and family. His visits to many foreign countries at an early age gave him a broad perspective on life.

He always liked to challenge himself, ever since he was very young. As a teenager, he left his home and continued traveling on his own. After journeying through Europe and North Africa, he eventually arrived in India. Here, he at once felt at home. An alive spiritual fragrance was in the air, that was missing in the West. He lived in the Himalayas and then in Goa, where he came into contact with disciples of the Master Osho. Out of this encounter, he knew what his next step was: to follow the call of his heart to go meet the Master.

His connection with Osho was instant and deep – like coming home. Swaha got immersed in the life of the commune around his Master, which became the biggest growth center in the world. Here, he could explore himself further in many levels. Becoming one of Osho’s bodyguards, Swaha had an intimate connection with his Master. Later, as a therapist, his openness to new ideas and therapies gave him a great opportunity to experiment and go through many different growth processes and meditations. This gave him a wide experience and insight into the psychology and heart of the modern man.

Shortly after Osho left his body, Swaha experienced awakening to his true Self.

I was no longer the one I was the day before. I had no identification with any personality or ego. The “I” was gone, and so was the whole past. I was drowned in a profound peace, in a deep spaciousness and blissful silence. It was a new birth. I became very fragile, I had to learn how to function in the world again.”

In the years that followed, this new way of being became more integrated. During his travels through India, he met Papaji in a blissful encounter.

My beloved Papa, Poonjaji, was a tremendous gift. He was really a lion of Truth. No words can express my gratitude to him.”

Papaji recognized the alive Presence in Swaha and encouraged him to share This. But at this time Swaha was just living in a constant state of inner contentment. It would take him another 5 years before he started giving Satsangs.

After meeting Papaji he went traveling around India, and lived for long periods of time in the Himalayas. During this time he had beautiful meetings with his enlightened friend, Giridhar, and together they had adventures in the far regions of the Himalayas.

More and more, existence moved Swaha to share himself with others. In India he was invited to take part in the No-Mind Ängsbacka Summer Festival in Sweden. It was his first public sharing and resulted in a queue of people wanting to learn more. He gave in to the inevitable and began sharing his Presence.

In tune with Swaha’s love of nature, he has created beautiful retreat places in the mountains of Norway and by the ocean in Brazil. Here, seekers and lovers from around the world come to meditate and experience the beauty, love and silence of his presence. In this precious meeting, hearts and minds can awaken, transform and flower.


Nurturing the Seed of Presence ~ Leonard Jacobson

Being present is immensely worthwhile. It opens you into the truth of life. It opens you into peace, love, truth and Oneness. It releases you from the pain of the past and anxiety about the future. It empowers you to be yourself and express yourself fully. It enables you to come into right relationship with your ego and with your feelings. It enables you to transcend judgment, which is one of the keys to awakening.

To be present is your natural state. The only way you can leave the present moment is to think your way out of here. And where will you go? There is only one possibility. You think your way out of the present moment into the world of the mind. It is a world of past memory and future imagining.

The problem is that we are all addicted to thinking. The thoughts never stop and because thoughts are always about the past or future, we become absorbed into the past and future world of the mind. In this way, we disconnect from the present moment. This is what has happened to humanity. It is as if we are all lost in an unimaginably complex maze, an intricate network of thought, memory, imagination, concept, idea, opinion and belief.

When we caught within the mind, we are affected by all the limiting beliefs which formed in early childhood. We live with all the repressed emotions from the past. We live with anxiety about the future. We judge ourselves and others.

The only way to come out of the mind and return to Presence is to bring yourself present with something that is here in the moment with you. If you can see it, hear it, feel it, taste it, touch it, or smell it in this moment, then you can be present with it.

Look around the room. Be present with something you see right now. It could be a flower, or leaf, a chair, or anything else you see in the room. Or you could be present with the sound you hear. Everything that is in the present moment is inviting you to be present with it. You can be present in the movement of your body.

The moment you are truly present, thoughts stop and your mind falls silent. The past drops away, revealing the present moment as it is, free of your ideas, opinions, beliefs and projections. Now you are awake in the truth of life, and this will continue for as long as you remain present.

Each moment you have a choice. Do you choose to be present, or do you allow yourself to wander off into endless unconscious thought. This choice is at the very heart of free will, and your life will be radically affected depending on which choice you make. The more you choose to be present, the more Presence flowers within you.

The flowering of Presence from within is like the mustard seed that Jesus spoke of.

“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, smaller than all other seeds.”

At first, Presence is delicate and it will be difficult to remain present. But each moment that you are present nurtures the seed of Presence. There are so many opportunities to be present each day. Whenever there is no need to be thinking, bring yourself present. Be present as you wash the dishes. Be present as you have a shower or go for a walk. It is that simple. Gradually the seed of Presence will flower within you and you will find yourself becoming more and more established in Presence.

The Way of Beauty ~ Rupert Spira

Published on Mar 24, 2015
Elaboration of The Yoga of Sensing and Perceiving

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