Silence :The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise by Thich Nhat Hanh [updated April 30, 2015]

On Sale: 01/27/2015

The Zen master and one of the world’s most beloved teachers returns with a concise, practical guide to understanding and developing our most powerful inner resource—silence—to help us find happiness, purpose, and peace.
Many people embark on a seemingly futile search for happiness, running as if there is somewhere else to get to, when the world they live in is full of wonder. To be alive is a miracle. Beauty calls to us every day, yet we rarely are in the position to listen. To hear the call of beauty and respond to it, we need silence.
Silence shows us how to find and maintain our equanimity amid the barrage of noise. Thich Nhat Hanh guides us on a path to cultivate calm even in the most chaotic places. This gift of silence doesn’t require hours upon hours of silent meditation or an existing practice of any kind. Through careful breathing and mindfulness techniques he teaches us how to become truly present in the moment, to recognize the beauty surrounding us, and to find harmony. With mindfulness comes stillness—and the silence we need to come back to ourselves and discover who we are and what we truly want, the keys to happiness and well-being.

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist Zen Master, poet, scholar, and peace activist who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He is the author of many books, including the classics Peace Is Every Step and The Art of Power. Hanh lives in Plum Village, his meditation center in France, and leads retreats worldwide on the art of mindful living.

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Silence by Thich Nhat Hanh

Published on Apr 13, 2015

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Delusions in Science and Spirituality : The Fall of the Standard Model and the Rise of Knowledge from Unseen Worlds By Susan B. Martinez

Debunks cherished theories of mainstream consensus and reveals the deeper mysteries of the science of the unseen

• Reveals a new “Theory of Everything” to replace the standard model and complete our knowledge of Earth Science, anthropology, psychology, and spirituality

• Explains the failings of the Big Bang, evolution, ice age theory, and global warming

• Shows how the Freudian and Jungian theories of the unconscious have grossly misrepresented the spirit of man and the psyche of humanity

What if science and society’s most darling theories, taught as fact, were 100% wrong? What if the anomalies that disprove these theories were covered up and distorted and any serious challenges brushed off as lunacy, hysteria, junk science, and dissension?

In this primer in deprogramming, Susan B. Martinez reveals the disinformation at the root of mainstream consensus thinking. She punches gaping holes in the cherished theories of the Big Bang, Darwinian evolution, ice ages, and global warming. Drawing on the ancient science of the unseen and revelations from the Oahspe Bible as well as some of the most advanced thinkers in astrophysics, she explains a new “Theory of Everything” to replace the standard model. She explores the concept of vortexya, the cosmic whirlwind of our own geomagnetic field, which explains quite simply the subtle changes that take place on Earth and in the universe over time without the “magical thinking” of the Big Bang, global warming, or ice ages.

Martinez reveals how the instability of society itself has found its way into our theories, positing explosive change and acceleration where there is none. She explains how homo sapiens’ evolution did not suddenly accelerate 40,000 years ago and culture did not accelerate to birth civilization a mere 6,000 years ago. She shows how the theories of the Freudian and Jungian unconscious and of reincarnation have grossly misrepresented the spirit of man and the psyche of humanity.

Resurrecting the majestic order that was once recognized at the basis of reality, Martinez shows that the shift from the Age of Disinformation to the Age of Understanding is well underway.

Susan B. Martinez, Ph.D., is a writer, linguist, teacher, paranormal researcher, and recognized authority on the Oahspe Bible with a doctorate in anthropology from Columbia University. The author of Delusions in Science and Spirituality, Time of the Quickening, The Lost History of the Little People and The Mysterious Origins of Hybrid Man, she lives in Clayton, Georgia.

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Delusions in Science and Spirituality: Debunking Global Warming

Published on Feb 21, 2015

Susan B. Martinez, Ph. D. addresses the myth of global warming and climate change in her new book Delusions in Science and Spirituality.

Eckhart Tolle – On Being

Eckhart Tolle, teacher and author of The Power of Now and A New Earth, on living in the present moment and quieting an over-thinking mind. Krista Tippett hosts “On Being” (“Speaking of Faith”). (2009)…

Full Moon in Libra – May 3, 2015

Published on Apr 30, 2015

Full Moon in Libra
The new cycle of independence that was started two weeks ago will be tested now, with the Full moon in Libra. There could be a high desire to partner now. This may draw you back into a connection, which may have been broken a few weeks ago when Venus, Mars and the Sun all recently went through Aries.

Full Moon in Swati Nakshatra
This full Moon is in Swati Nakshtra, ruled by the God Hanuman, the Hindu monkey God – the King of the monkey mind. Hanuman shows th epower in the mind, once the force of air (prana) becomes gathered and focused.

Hemmed Between Rahu and Saturn
An environment of stress and intensity is still affecting Libra, with Rahu in Virgo (before Libra) and Saturn after Libra (in Scorpio). You may feel the pressure and consequences of your recent relationship life and decisions now.

Consciousness: Explored and Explained

Published on Feb 20, 2015
World Science Festival

Consciousness is a terrible curse. Or so says a character in screenwriter/director Charlie Kaufman’s Being John Malkovich. Part theater of the absurd and part neuroscience fiction, the Oscar-winning filmmaker’s work captures the splintering between what we perceive and what we feel as our brains grapple with multiple layers of reality. Neuroscientist Giulio Tononi, one of the world’s leading sleep researchers, casts new light on the science of the mind, probing where and how consciousness is generated in the brain. Watch this spellbinding conversation between Kaufman, Tononi, and moderator Alan Alda as they explore and explain the art, science, and mystery of consciousness.

Gangaji – Revealing Strategies of the Ego

Ram Dass 2014 Interview

Published on Sep 15, 2014

Ram Dass first went to India in 1967 when he was still Dr. Richard Alpert, an already eminent Harvard psychologist and psychedelic pioneer with Dr. Timothy Leary. In India, he met his guru, Neem Karoli Baba, who gave Ram Dass his name, which means “servant of God.” Everything changed then – his intense dharmic life started, and he became a pivotal influence on a culture that has reverberated with the words “Be Here Now” ever since. Ram Dass’s spirit has been a guiding light for three generations.

Through the auspices of Center for Spiritual Studies, Director Sridhar Silberfein brought Ram Dass over to Maui in 2004 to host a retreat. When recognizing a notable difference in Ram Dass’ well-being, it was decided he would stay on the island to maintain good health. After securing a home, assistants, doctors, therapist, and making sure Ram Dass was well taken care of financially, the Love, Serve Remember Foundation was created to replace Center for Spiritual Studies in 2009. Simultaneously Bhakti Fest was created and founded by Sridhar—from a vision he had on the stage at the Woodstock Festival standing along side Swami Satchidananda. Looking out at the field of humanity of 500,000 wild Americans, Sridhar said to Swamiji, “wouldn’t it be wonderful to be casting our eyes on the same amount of people chanting the Hari-nam (the names of the Divine)?” Forty years later, the stage was set and this envisioning came to fruition through the workings of Bhakti Fest.

Today, you can find one-of-a-kind reunions of these two longtime friends at the special screening of Ram Dass interviews in the Workshop hall of all Bhakti Festivals. Listen in as they discuss current events, life experiences, and all things devotional.

There is Only One ‘Enlightened One’

Published on Apr 28, 2015

A discussion about omniscience.

Bonnie Greenwell – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on Apr 27, 2015

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Bonnie is a non-dual teacher in the lineage of Adyashanti, and a transpersonal therapist who has specialized in working with spiritual emergence issues for 30 years. She has published several books and articles related to kundalini and spiritual awakening, most recently “The Kundalini Guide” and “The Awakening Guide”, available on These are based on assessments and consultations with over 2000 people over the years, and also reflect her own experiences of awakening. She holds a Ph.D. from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and founded a counseling and education center in Ashland, Oregon called Shanti River Center where she offers satsang, study groups, workshops, meditation programs and spiritual guidance. She was a founder and organizer of the Kundalini Research Network, and has trained therapists and offered seminars in Europe, Australia and the U.S, and currently does assessments by phone and skype with people in awakening processes from all over the world. With a broad background in eastern and western mystical teachings, energy work and psychospiritual counseling, she describes her role as being a mentor or a mid-wife for people going through the spiritual awakening process.


The Conscious Activist: Where Activism Meets Mysticism ~ James O’Dea (Author) [updated April 27, 2015]

An extraordinary and rousing manifesto from award-winning author James O’Dea, The Conscious Activist is both a compelling narrative and a deep reflection on the demands of mystical realization and effective activism. Throughout the book, O’Dea poses that an integration of the two has the power to permanently transform the social order and to wake up humanity from its course of rapid self-destruction.

Divided into two parts, Part I offers parallel narratives of author James O’Dea’s training and spiritual development as both a mystic and an activist. The mystic, he explains, must move past petty ego concerns in order to experience oneness with each other and our divine source. The activist, on the other hand, explores the role of passion and conscience in activating social change. In Part II, O’Dea pursues this fascinating concept of a meeting ground between the two worlds, where spirituality and action unite to spark an accelerated transition towards our greater goal: a more evolved civilization. He asks us all to become conscious activists – to learn, collectively, how to move beyond our rigid conformity to beliefs of the past and its archaic structures of power and control.

James O’Dea, is award winning author of Cultivating Peace. He is lead faculty for the Shift Network’s acclaimed global Peace Ambassador Training. He has conducted frontline social healing dialogues around the world for many years. He is former president of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Washington office director of Amnesty International and CEO of the Seva Foundation. He is a member of The Evolutionary Leaders group founded by Deepak Chopra and is on several advisory boards such as The Peace Alliance and Kosmos Journal. He is followed extensively in social media and lectures widely. James grew up in Ireland and England and currently resides in Colorado. The author lives in Crestone, CO.


James O’Dea – The Conscious Activist

Published on Dec 18, 2014 James O’Dea is a renowned figure in international social healing who has conducted healing and reconciliation dialogues for twenty years. He was director of Amnesty International’s Washington, DC, office, past President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and a member of the Evolutionary Leaders Group. His new memoir is called, The Conscious Activist: Where Activism Meets Mysticism.


A reflection on the Human Capacity of overcoming injustice and suffering. Humans as transformative engines from hate to love.
JAMES O’DEA: Former Director of Amnesty International in Washington DC. Former President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences – IONS

Vedic Astrology – Week of April 27, 2015

Published on Apr 26, 2015

Week of April 27, 2015 -Mercury and Mars are important,and in the News!

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The Spirit World, Orbs & Princess Diana with Hazel Courteney

The spirit world, orbs, energy, and the spirit of Princess Diana are discussed with Hazel Courteney. Can negative energy forces be overcome, and are there human connections to reptilians? We explore mystical understanding, awakening, and transcendence in this uncensored Buzzsaw interview hosted by Sean Stone.

A published columnist in the Daily Mail and Sunday Times, Hazel Courtney has written seven books and operates the website,

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The Awakening Guide: A Companion for the Inward Journey by Bonnie Greenwell Ph.D. (Author)

Waking up spiritually is a life-altering event that shifts the world view, and changes the perception of what it means to be human. It is a significant grace in anyone’s life, bringing the potential for profound peace, unconditional love and intuitive wisdom.

However, spiritual “seekers” rarely have a clear understanding of what it means to become Awakened or Self-realized, nor do they recognize the natural tendency to become stuck in various cul-de-sacs along the way, or know how to cope with the challenges that arise in this process. Awakening is both sudden and gradual, often beautiful and ecstatic, but it can also be disorienting as the “seeker” falls away. Few spiritual systems or therapists are able to offer guidance to those in this process, and this can lead to confusion, detours and lengthy periods of darkness before embodiment and freedom are established.

“The Awakening Guide” reveals how the search for love, wisdom and wholeness unfolds for those who meditate, and also those who have sudden awakenings to expanded consciousness, radiant emptiness, Oneness and the realization of Self. This might happen following breathing or energy practices, transmission or diksa, traumatic or near-death events, drug experiments, biofeedback, or spontaneously while walking down the street. Consciousness shifts. Wham! Another reality is opened, and the world you know changes before your eyes. Consciousness is invited to recall itself as Source. An initial awakening is seldom permanent, and many seekers are disappointed to discover that this first flash of insight was only a glimpse, and the subsequent months and years require trust, patience and a commitment to living in Truth if they hope to be stabilized in an awakened state.

This inspirational book, written by a non-dual teacher and therapist who has explored the path of spiritual awakening for more than 40 years, and witnessed the spiritual emergence of over 2000 people, is a companion to support a new perspective as an old identity falls away. It offers some guidelines for awakening, descriptions of the varieties of experiences that have been called awakening, comments by people who have had glimpses of awakening, and a revelation of the primary issues and resolutions an awakened person may need to face. It is a companion to Dr. Greenwell’s book “The Kundalini Guide”.

BONNIE GREENWELL, Ph.D. is a teacher in the lineage of the modern non-dual wisdom teacher Adyashanti, and a transpersonal psychologist who has dedicated her work to the support of people in the spiritual emergence process. She is the author of “Energies of Transformation: A Guide to the Kundalini Process”, and “The Kundalini Guide” the editor of Adyashanti’s book “Emptiness Dancing” and contributor to the anthology “Kundalini Rising”. After years of working as a transpersonal therapist, she established Shanti River Center in Ashland, OR. to provide non-dual and transpersonal education. With a broad background in eastern and western traditions, and a long personal history of awakening moments, she has trained therapists and spiritual teachers internationally to work effectively with the dynamics of awakening and the embodiment of Self-realization.

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Podcast: Interview with Bonnie Greenwell by Tazzan and Paula Show

Aesthetic Rapture ~ Transformative Power of Beauty

”…As an artist, already from an early age, I’ve noticed how every experience has a certain resonance… a certain texture, a certain color, a certain flavor… And even a certain dimension where the experience felt most compelling…

These experiences were the budding impulses of creative outpouring eager to blossom within my being, with the senses as the apertures, both capable of absorbing or allowing the light of my own awareness to illumine reality into an extraordinary event filled with presence, or to rob me of my own Self…

How all these was arising was not always clear, but there was this mixture of intimacy and detachment – I knew this to be an inseparable part of my own self as a passionate but uninvolved spectator.

Wasn’t long before that I’ve realized the terrifying Power of Beauty as the delight incomparable to any as the essence arising deep within my own being.

…I’ve never really considered myself to be a seeker and the quest was not so much in finding the way out, but rather the way in… into that mystery of perception where the sanctity of the senses – as divine agencies – culminate in a state of the Aesthetic Rapture… where the Self beholding its own magnificence as this experience…

Way before the mind could be converted into other possibilities and philosophies where this phenomenal existence is seen and dismissed as an illusion arising in consciousness, I’ve realized, that my own breath is the ebb and flow to measure infinity itself… and my senses are divine instruments eager to be tuned into their finest level of resonance, so as to hear the ‘unheard’ voice of Creation arising within my own Being…

This (teaching) is an invitation to re-evaluate the nature of experience and to reclaim your divine status. The only quest here is in beholding life awakening through you as existence itself… This is the Path of Beauty…

The quality of our experiences are based on the level of our consciousness. The World out there is the way we perceive it in here and that’s not a static affair, for our reality changes with our perception of it. Everything unfolds in that creative tension between the subject and the object and the relationship between them. It is for that reason the refinement of perception is seen as an indispensable part of any spiritual progress… until subject and object, lover and beloved, are drowned in the Sea of Love…

This is not a concept but a revelation upon which the sanity of our lives depends. The sanity of our civilization… This revelation is what connects us to the very ground of existence.

This sanctity is life awakened to Silence steeped in Bliss – it is a stream flowing through you as wakefulness of your own awareness…

That sacred flow – though an inherent part of the river of being – is in need to be invoked through direct partaking, and diving into the depth of that invocation… again and again…”

© Igor Kufayev – Mill Valley, California. November 28, 2014


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The Essence of Enlightenment: An In-depth Interview with Adyashanti Audio, Cassette – 2003 by Bonnie Greenwell Adyashanti (Author)

Adyashanti discusses the essence and impact of enlightenment and describes his own remarkable spiritual journey in this revealing and hear-felt interview with transpersonal therapist Dr. Bonnie Greenwell. This deep and rich dialogue describes what it means to be enlightened, the true essence of emptiness, and the unconditional love that is part of awakening. After 15 years of Zen practice and a series of every-deepening realization, Adyashanti’s Zen teacher asked him to teach. Since the, many spiritual seekers have awakened to their true nature while spending time with Adyashanti. Adyashanti’s unique expression of living truth emerges spontaneously form emptiness, free of any tradition or ideology. His teachings have been compared to early Chan (Zen) masters and the nondual Indian wisdom teachings of Advaia Vendant. Bonnie Greenwell Ph.D. is a transpersonal psychotherapist who specializes in spiritual emergence issues. She has researched, written and lectured internationally about kundalini awakening since 1986, co-founded the Kundalini Research Network.

I’ve enjoyed being a transpersonal psychologist and a non-dual teacher in Adyashanti’s lineage for many years, and through this work have met thousands of fascinating people engaged in a spiritual awakening process. My books are a reflection of all I have learned through my own spiritual journey and by listening to and supporting the spiritual awakening of many others. My intention is to provide guidelines that help people through the challenges of kundalini activation (should it occur through yoga, energy or spiritual practices or spontaneously), and the many other shifts that make adjustments necessary after a genuine realization of your true nature. These are profound transformative events that can strip away every bit of your previous identity, while at the same time bringing joy, bliss and astonishing insight. They change your perspective, your energy field and your life. My work has been to find ways to live with the challenges until they pass into the deeper peace that is available to all hearts that enter this process.

During the years of my own awakening process I finished my doctorate, raised 3 kids, became a grandparent, and managed to stay married. I traveled to Europe and to India, helped to found and then facilitated conferences for the Kundalini Research Network, wrote books and carried a private practice. I have learned it is possible to find joy in everyday life by being present with whatever arises, and that the shifts triggered by awakening open doors within and without once you let go of being the one in charge. My life has been very graced. I hope my writings will lead those who seek Truth and peace into the relaxation of their own unique engagement with life.

Conversation between Bonnie Greenwell and Adyashanti in which they discuss the meeting of two approaches to awakening– the principles of Kundalini and the philosophy of nonduality.

Why God Makes More Sense than Atheism ~ Deepak Chopra

After two centuries of the tug-of-war between science and religion, it’s clear science occupies the dominant position. It has passed the “So what?” test, meaning that science as applied to practical daily life has been immensely more important to modern people than God. This has given atheism, both casual and militant, the upper hand. As much as belief in God has deep human significance, he (or she) doesn’t pass the “So what?” test. If you put a video camera on the shoulders of an atheist and a believer, without knowing which was which, it’s hard to claim that the believer will have a better life because of his belief. Atheism therefore looks like just as good a choice.

I’ve always felt that this lopsided advantage we automatically give to science, and therefore to atheism, is unfair. In a new book, The Future of God View Here I turn the tables, proving as best I can that God isn’t just a humane, comforting, or moral choice but the most practical source of well-being. This will certainly come as surprising news to millions of the faithful who have been leading divided lives. Their practical affairs are secular, taking advantage of technological advances, while in their hearts they leave a privileged space for God. Rarely do we hear that God is actually more rational than science and more practical than technology.

To accomplish this turn-around, first the playing field needs to be leveled. A few basic assumptions need to be cleared up. Let me do that in abbreviated form, since I don’t have space to elaborate at length, as I do in the book.

1. Science isn’t by definition anti-religious.
2. Atheists have a point when they accuse organized religion of a litany of gross failings, including
crusades, jihads, and the Inquisition. But religions are human institutions prone to every human
failing. Religious history is about us, not about whether God exists.
3. God can be approached without resorting to the cultural mythology of a humanized Father and Mother watching over us from Heaven. Atheists largely attack this myth, but smashing a myth doesn’t mean you’ve
smashed reality.
4. There is a rich tradition, both East and West, of an impersonal God. This God is the source of consciousness and all that we associate with consciousness: self-awareness, intelligence, creativity,
evolution, etc.
5. The experience of God is found inside our own consciousness, not “out there” in a supernatural realm.

Conscious Being: Awakening To Your True Nature by Tj Woodward (Author)

Both inspiring and enlightening, Conscious Being is a compelling resource for those seeking self-realization. It serves as a guide for awakened living, which is a state of higher clarity and presence and is a more natural condition than many are aware exists within each of us.

Author and spiritual teacher Tj Woodward creates a powerful philosophy for living by masterfully weaving personal stories, entertaining anecdotes, and deep, mystical truths. The result is a composition that offers practical guidance to show the benefits of spiritual transformation, while encouraging each of us to shift into a deeper awareness of our authentic inner wisdom.

Conscious Being shows us how the circumstances of our lives and what we call reality are created by our level of consciousness. It offers methods for unlearning and releasing self-limiting beliefs and the illusion of ego so we can come into alignment with an existence overflowing with compassion, love, and purpose. This “great remembering,” as Tj Woodward calls it, is available to us at every moment, for it is our true nature and our divine birthright. If you are ready to open your heart to a new way of being and embrace a life filled with profound peace, connection, and happiness, Conscious Being is the book for you!

TJ Woodward is an awakening coach, inspirational speaker, and addiction counselor who helps people profoundly change the way they experience life. He is the founder and minister of the Awakened Living spiritual community in San Francisco and the host of Awakened Living TV and Awakened Living Radio.

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Awakened Living TV- Episode 65 featuring guest TJ Woodward

Published on Feb 20, 2015

Awakened Living TV: Episode 65 “Conscious BEING” Air date 3/1/15. Guest hosted by Carsten Spencer. Spiritual teacher and author, TJ Woodward discusses his book, Conscious BEING.

What in the World Is Going On?: Wisdom Teachings for Our Time by Penny Gill

Do you worry about our planet, with its environmental crises, global warming, widespread violence, and global poverty? Do you feel powerless to change your life and impact your world? What in the World Is Going On reframes these crises as an invitation to open our minds and hearts to a new awareness of our fundamental interdependence with all beings. With breathtaking optimism, it offers courage and hope to all who hold the world in their hearts and grieve. Crises bring opportunities. We are poised to vastly expand our consciousness, allowing us to address our deep fears and create communities which embrace and serve all of us.

The rich conversation between Manjushri, the Tibetan teacher, and the student probes the roots of our fears and challenges our common assumptions about the roles of science and markets in our world. It rejects the inflated claims of our ego-selves and the stifling confines of materialism. The Teacher assures us everything can be changed. We can escape our isolation, celebrate our interdependence with all beings, and heal our communities. The worldwide web allows us to connect with like-minded people around the world. This epochal shift in energy and consciousness is well underway. The Teacher encourages all of us to trust our emerging visions, dissolve the fears shrouding our best selves, and allow our natural compassion to flow out into the world.

Penny Gill, Mary Lyon Professor of Humanities, has taught political science for forty years at Mount Holyoke College, as well as having served as dean. Long interested in comparative spiritualities, she has recently received teachings from Manjushri, a Tibetan master. She divides her time between Granby, Massachusetts, and Madeline Island, Wisconsin.

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Devotion to the Absolute Truth of Our Experience

Published on Apr 24, 2015

The path of knowledge and the path of devotion are united in this teaching.

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