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.

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