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Gordon Smith, the internationally respected Medium and author of the bestselling autobiography Spirit Messenger, astounds people with the accurate messages he brings from the ‘other side’.

In his down-to-earth style Gordon explains:

– How Mediums and psychics get their information
– Why spirits choose to communicate with us
– The truth about ghosts, poltergeists and hauntings
– Out-of-body experiences and altered states of awareness
– Re-incarnation and memories of past lives.

Gordon’s experiences and research have inspired him with a passion to reveal the truth, and this fascinating book deals with these insider topics.

Gordon Smith, the author of Spirit Messenger and The Unbelievable Truth, is an astoundingly accurate medium who’s renowned for his ability to give exact names of people, places, and even streets. Gordon travels all around the world demonstrating his abilities, offering healing and comfort to thousands of people. His extraordinary skills have attracted the attention of university scientists researching psychic phenomena, as well as countless numbers of journalists and documentary producers.

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The Unbelievable Truth by Gordon Smith

While Gordon is the first person to acknowledge that people’s imagination, grief or distress can affect their perceptions, and that charlatans and frauds only add to the confusion, his incredible experiences and research have inspired him with a passion to reveal what really happens in the Spirit World. In The Unbelievable Truth, he lifts the lid on these ‘insider’ topics with wit, insight and great knowledge.

What if the mind or brain makes empty awareness? What if the knowing presence is just the brain “being mellow?” Like the brain has a blank screen on at all times. Awareness is present no matter what. It is what I refer to as myself. How can I test to see if awareness isn’t just some white noise or something manufactured by the brain?

There is no experiential evidence that Awareness or Knowing Presence is located either in a brain or a mind. The brain and the mind appear to Awareness. Awareness does not appear to or in them.

Knowing Presence is not just the mind ‘being mellow’ because it is present equally when the mind is both agitated and peaceful. Therefore it is not dependent on the state of the mind.

As you quite rightly say, Awareness is present no matter what. Test this out in your experience. Establish for yourself as a fact of experience that you, Awareness, are present throughout all appearances of the mind, body and world, irrespective of how peaceful or agitated those appearances may be.

Awareness is like a TV screen…it is the entire substance of every image and at the same time it is completely unaffected by whatever appears on it.

This understanding is peace because it is seen clearly that Awareness cannot be disturbed.

It is freedom because it is seen clearly that Awareness can take any shape from moment to moment.

It is happiness because it is seen clearly that Awareness is always full of itself, needing or wanting nothing.

It is love because it is seen clearly that Awareness is intimately one with every appearance.

See that Awareness is the only element that is present in all experience irrespective of the particular character of each experience and that it is the only thing that remains over when individual appearances of the body, mind and world disappear.

~ Rupert Spira

What is a soul? Are miracles real? When the soul is healed, how does the body respond?

Throughout history, there have been countless cases of “miracle” healings, unexplainable by modern science. Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha has personally healed thousands of patients, usually in front of dozens of witnesses. Hundreds of videos of these healings can be seen on YouTube. But how can these healings be explained?

Soul Mind Body Science System is the first book to explore the scientific explanations for why soul healing miracles are genuine. Written with Dr. Rulin Xiu, an expert on string theory and quantum physics who trained at The University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Sha shares, for the first time, the scientific theories that explain why all actions on Earth are guided by the reality of the soul.

In Soul Mind Body Science System, the complex and fascinating relationships present between matter, density, information, soul, and consciousness are thoroughly examined. Written for armchair and professional scientists alike, this book makes a significant contribution to the ongoing debate about the true nature of reality.

As the lines between “science” and “spirit” blur, this investigation becomes ever more important. The groundbreaking Soul Mind Body Science System is for all readers who have contemplated the fundamental scientific laws of the universe and sought answers beyond those offered by popular science and mainstream faith.

Dr. & Master Zhi Gang Sha is a soul leader, a world-renowned master healer, and a divine servant. He is the founder of Soul Mind Body Medicine. He was trained as a conventional medical doctor in China and a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine in Canada and China. The founder of the Institute of Soul Healing and Enlightenment(TM) and the Love Peace Harmony Movement(TM), Master Sha is a grandmaster of many ancient disciplines, including tai chi, qigong, kung fu, feng shui, and the “I Ching.” Master Sha is also an expert in the most advanced cellular healing science now occurring in China. In the West, he is involved in breakthrough research on the effects of spirit on the human system.

Dr. Sha was named Qigong Master of the Year at the Fifth World Congress on Qigong. In 2006, he was honored with the prestigious Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission Award for his humanitarian efforts. A theoretical physicist working on string theory and grand unification theory, Dr. Rulin Xiu was inspired and guided by Dr. and Master Sha to mathematically formulate soul, mind, heart, and consciousness using physics and to create a grand unification theory to unify soul, spirit, mind, heart, and consciousness with physical existence. Born and grown up in China, Dr. Rulin Xiu received her doctorate degree from UC, Berkeley in 1994 for her research on string theory and grand unification theory (GUT). She is also an entrepreneur, herbalist, singer, healer, and author. Her work includes the book “Divine Love,” and she hopes to inspire readers around the world. As dedicated student of Master Sha, Dr. Xiu devotes her life to seek the ultimate truth.

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Soul Healing Miracles with Master Sha

#1 New York Times Best-selling Author, Dr. & Master Zhi Gang Sha, shares his wisdom in healing mental, emotional, physical and spiritual bodies. And he offers a healing to all viewers! So you want to watch this episode. And Stu’s Views and Quantum Quotes segments complete this miraculous program!!!


Enza Vita is the publisher of InnerSelf Newspaper, Woman Spirit Magazine and Baraka Publishing and is the founder and director of the MahaShanti Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to assist others to recognize their true nature as that which is always already free.

“While it’s true that we are always the Self”, says Enza Vita, “if this hasn’t been truly and directly realized, this knowledge won’t do us any good. Just knowing that there is no gate to pass through doesn’t mean that we are at the end of the search, not if we are still standing outside that gateless gate. Realization is not about you, the wave, realizing it is ocean. The ocean realizes itself in you and reveals itself to have never been just a wave.”

Enza Vita has spent 40 years of her life, searching and studying some of the great spiritual traditions of our age from Nada Yoga, Sufism and Zen to Advaita, Buddhism and Dzogchen. As a result she was able to discover the universal teaching underlining all of them and to distil and present a modern practical authentic spirituality that reaches beyond all religions, yet allows for them all to remain, as they are. “The truth I talk about is not limited to any tradition” – says Enza Vita, “but is found in, and open to, all true traditions”.

Culminating in a profound spiritual realization in 2007, all her life’s work came into a clear, sharp focus, as she began to write and answer questions for those who came to her … which eventually became her book “Always already free – recognizing the natural wakefulness we were born with”.

Based on Enza’s own experience, Always already free, demystifies ancient spiritual teachings and practices from east and west and reveals that spiritual enlightenment is not a faraway dream, but the ever-present reality always available here and now. The first three chapters of Always Already Free are available for free download from http://www.enzavita.com.


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Spaciousness is like a vitamin we need for good health. We know spaciousness inside of ourselves when the struggling voices in our heads take a vacation and we are filled with ease and joy. This spaciousness can arise, too, when we let go of the have-tos, deadlines, and expectations of our daily life. And while we try to cultivate it through getting back to nature or a weekend with nothing scheduled or even a vacation, a good question to ask is, “How can we discover spaciousness right in the middle of our busy lives?”

The key is to cultivate a shift of perception about life, and one of the most powerful ways I have discovered for doing this is to go sit on the moon in my imagination. I have an arm chair up there, and whenever I find myself getting tight about life, I go sit and look at myself and life from a broader perspective. So, let’s go sit on the moon together right now and really enjoy the view. There is Mars off to your left and Venus to your right. And you can even see Saturn and its rings in the distance. This is our neighborhood and these are our neighbors! And there, right in front of us, is our home, the beautiful blue green jewel of the Earth. As you look at her from our vantage point on the moon, see the beauty of this living river of creativity that is our planet. This tiny spaceship Earth is moving through vast oceans of space – so vast that it would take 4.5 million light years just to travel to the closest star. And that star is just one in this vast universe that contains more stars than we can count.

As you look back at the Earth, you see all the people who right now are walking, driving, working, dancing, swimming, birthing, and dying. Recognize that most of them are so lost in trying to do life that they are not really here for life. In my latest book, What’s In the Way IS the Way, I call it “the cloud bank of struggle” and most people walk around all day with this cloud bank surrounding their heads. They have lost the experience of spaciousness and the story of struggle in their heads cuts them off from the experience of being fully alive. Life is much bigger than what is going on in their heads.

You too have some version of that cloud bank that separates you from life – the cloud of the 65,000 thoughts a day that move through your head. If you were able to watch this stream of thought, you would see that its main pastime is trying to make yourself and your life different than what they are. But this web of thought that resides in your head is such a small part of who you really are. It may seem like your struggling self is as big as the universe, but I assure you, it is as tiny as a speck of dust. Yes, when you are lost in it, it can seem like it is limitless, especially when it moves out of the ordinary everyday low grade struggle mode to the mega struggles of fiery anger, heart pounding anxiety, or soul crushing despair. But whether you know it or not, that story of struggle in your head is always moving through a vast spaciousness that is with you right now.

To get a glimpse of this, imagine yourself standing on the Earth, experiencing its immensity. Now imagine yourself sitting on the moon, seeing how tiny the Earth is relative to the rest of the universe, and see that it is floating in space. The same is true for your struggling self. As you step back and begin to explore it – as you get space around it by being curious about what your struggling self is doing rather than being lost in it – you discover that this story of struggle in your head is such a small part of who you really are.

Whenever you find yourself struggling with life, I invite you to sit on the moon, take a deep breath, and bring compassion to the struggling self so it can let go and you can reconnect again with the joy and ease that comes from remembering the spaciousness that is always with you, right here, right now.

Mary O’Malley is an author, counselor and awakening mentor in Kirkland, Washington. In the early 1970’s, a powerful image awakening led Mary to begin changing her relationship with her challenges, freeing her from a lifelong struggle with darkness. Mary’s latest book, What’s In the Way IS the Way, provides a revolutionary approach for healing our fears, anxieties, shame, and confusion, so we can live from a place of ease and well-being. http://www.maryomalley.com

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By Hitendra Wadhwa
Founder, Institute for Personal Leadership

The story of the spiritual teacher who was a silent force in the life of the most important entrepreneur of our times…

Steve Jobs planned every detail of his own memorial service, held at Stanford University in October 2011, including the brown box each attendee received as a farewell gift. One of those attendees was Mark Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com, and two years later at a TechCrunch Disrupt conference he recounted his feelings at the moment when he opened the box: “This is going to be good,” he recalled. “I knew that this was a decision [Steve] made, and whatever it was, it was the last thing he wanted us all to think about.”

The box contained the book Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda. Benioff continued: “Yogananda…had this book on self-realization…. [Steve’s] last message to us was that here is Yogananda’s book…. Actualize yourself.

“I look at Steve as a very spiritual person,” he added. “[Steve] had this incredible realization–that his intuition was his greatest gift and he needed to look at the world from the inside out.”

This inner-oriented perspective may be getting lost not only to entrepreneurs, but to modern practitioners of physical yoga too. As the world celebrates the first International Yoga Day today, it is valuable for entrepreneurs and yogis alike to step back from the unending pursuit of outer results to explore Jobs’s and Yogananda’s message of self-realization. What possibilities might freshly emerge in your search for success–in work and in life–if you too look at the world from the inside out?

Yoga, a discipline from India that is so ancient in its roots that you can credit it only to unknown truth-seekers from some glorious past era, has an outer form that has seized our collective imagination: For 30 minutes every day, disconnect from the world, take your body through an array of yoga poses, breathe deeply, keep the mind focused, and presto! You will emerge relaxed, rejuvenated, and ready again to re-engage with the relentless pace of life.

By all accounts, yoga is one of modern civilization’s great movements. In the U.S. alone, more than 20 million people today are pursuing yoga–one of every 10 adults. This yoga revival is in direct response to an increased hunger for physical and mental well-being, and a growing suspicion that there’s more to the pursuit of happiness than the material accoutrements of modern civilization. A panoply of yoga instructors have arrived to offer their own twists to ancient poses. Western inventiveness has flourished in the bountiful soil of yoga; today, some instructors are even offering doga–yoga for your dog.

Yoga’s deeper purpose: Inner transformation.

But Jobs was on a quest for something altogether more powerful than stress-reduction, toning, and fitness. He was seeking the kind of inner transformation that many practitioners sense yoga is inviting them to embark on, but don’t know where it will take them or how to get there.

For this deeper dive, you can turn to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, one of the authoritative and few-surviving ancient texts on yoga. Patanjali teaches that “yoga” means “union”–the dissolving of one’s individual self in the larger ocean of consciousness that pervades the universe–and that to help us achieve this union is yoga’s real purpose. Now you might think: “What is this ‘universal consciousness’ that Patanjali is talking about? And how can I ever get there?”

And that may be why Jobs, in his own quest for higher consciousness, turned to Yogananda.

Yogananda’s story is an inspiring lesson in spiritual entrepreneurship. Born in 1893 in Gorakhpur, India, he alighted on American soil at the young age of 27 with little money in his pocket but with a firm resolve to reawaken humanity to the power of yoga for inner transformation. Over the next few years he brought this message to packed audiences of thousands in all major U.S. cities, at Carnegie Hall in New York City, for example, dressing this ancient teaching in a practical modern form he called self-realization–a journey he characterized as transcending your individual self (ego) and realizing and reclaiming your true universal self (soul). As the American people were being buffeted by the thunderous wrath of two world wars and a major depression, he exhorted them to practice yoga so they could discover that the spiritual anchorage they were seeking was already with them–in fact, it was withinthem. The successful yogi, he stated, “can stand unshaken amidst the crash of breaking worlds.”

It is no wonder that many accomplished men and women of Yogananda’s era took to his teaching, including the entrepreneur George Eastman, founder of Kodak; the acclaimed opera singer Amelita Galli-Curci; the tenor Vladimir Rosing; and the plant scientist Luther Burbank. Even U.S. president Calvin Coolidge invited Yogananda to the White House for a personal audience. Today he is recognized among yoga experts as the father of yoga in the West.

Great teachers look into the vast beyond and then craft their message to speak not just to their immediate audience but to future generations as well. As early as 1920, Yogananda recognized that yoga would be a boundless fountain to quench people’s growing thirst for meaning, authenticity, and a personal experience of truth. So, with an entrepreneurial flair not typical among spiritual teachers, he laid the foundation of an institution, Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF), to ignite the inner flame of yoga in communities worldwide. He once said, “I don’t use religion for business but I use business principles in religion.” Today, there are hundreds of SRF meditation groups and centers around the world that serve tens of thousands of members. He also worked to develop living exemplars of his teachings by setting up a monastic order within SRF that now includes more than 250 monks and nuns dedicated to their own pursuit of soul-unfoldment and to serving his organization’s mission.

The journey to self-realization: Yogananda’s practical techniques.

Yogananda’s teachings don’t simply stop at the idea of universal consciousness. He correctly anticipated the growing hunger among spiritual seekers for direct personal experience of the universal consciousness that the masters of yoga, and indeed mystics of every religious tradition, describe. He therefore synthesized a set of powerful but practical techniques to guide truth-seekers on the spiritual path all the way to the ultimate union, drawing on the eight steps laid out by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras.

The modern conception of yoga–with its emphasis on outer transformation–is based on the third of Patanjali’s eight steps, “asana.” Asana emphasizes physical fitness for the purpose of getting the body ready for the stillness that is required for the inner journey taken in the subsequent steps. But prior even to asana are Patanjali’s first two steps of “yama” and “niyama”–principles to guide one’s everyday conduct and to prepare oneself for inner realization. Yoga emphasizes the importance of self-discipline as a foundation for harmonious physical, mental, and spiritual development.

Yogananda’s particular genius was showing the modern applicability of these ancient principles, attuning himself to an audience who aspired as much to outer success as inner growth by delivering talks on topics like “The Science of Healing” and “The Art of Getting What You Want.” In that regard, he was a forerunner to 21st-century psychologists, physicians, psychotherapists, and neuroscientists who are generating powerful scientific findings on human nature and well-being–all aligned with Yogananda’s teachings on consciousness, thoughts, emotions, habits, and brain wiring.

Patanjali’s final five steps beyond asana relate to a progressive deepening of the seeker’s journey toward realization of the universal self, with meditation providing the pathway. However, Patanjali’s text on these final five steps is agonizingly cryptic, with no guidance on how to execute them. To fill this void, Yogananda, ever the spiritual innovator, introduced the West to an advanced but long-lost ancient technique of meditation, Kriya Yoga. Kriya, he said, offered the ultimate journey of inner transformation, helping practitioners tap into an ever-expanding love and ever-deepening joy that would spring from within. That, he asserted, was man’s true nature–a perfection that represents our permanent state of self within, even as it is so elusive to capture without.

Kriya “works like mathematics,” he stated, emphasizing the empirical, scientific nature of this technique. Through regular practice, he claimed, Kriya will change the neural pathways in the brain. Really, you might wonder? Can the act of mindful focusing and of interiorizing our consciousness actually bring about physical changes in the brain? Very few scientists at Yogananda’s time were comfortable with his claims. Yet today revolutionary new findings in neuroscience are showing that meditation does in fact bring favorable changes in the neural pathways of the brain. Scientific laboratories are now stumbling into truths experienced by yogis across the ages in, as Yogananda would say, the inner laboratories of their personal experience.

And what would be the markers that people could look for to assess their inner progress? Lower stress? Greater peace? He had begun his own quest for self-realization very early in life, a story vibrantly captured in the critically acclaimed 2014 documentary Awake: The Life of Yogananda. His youthful search culminated in his master Sri Yukteswar giving him the monastic name “Yogananda,” which means “bliss through yoga.” True to his name, he exhorted truth-seekers to savor the early rewards of peace and well-being, but to then seek out the ultimate prize: eternal bliss, universal consciousness. “When by constant practice of Kriya, the consciousness of [the] blissful state of the spiritual self becomes real, we find ourselves always in the holy presence of the blissful God in us.” God, to Yogananda, was thus not an external force to be idolized and appropriated by any particular religion, but an inner force to be awakened to and realized.

To some, the yogic pursuit of inner perfection may appear a little selfish. What about solving the world’s most vexing problems, rather than withdrawing in blissful inner communion? In fact, one time, when Yogananda sat still, absorbed in a particularly blissful state of consciousness, his spiritual master admonished him: “You must not get overdrunk with ecstasy. Much work yet remains for you in the world.” So Yogananda learned that this choice between outer service and inner joy represents a false dichotomy. The yoga he taught emphasizes balancing service with meditation, and highlights the expansion of consciousness that comes when we are able to go beyond our human self and open ourselves up, through inner realization, to a deeper connection with every living being–in fact, with every atom in the universe. “When the ‘I’ shall die, then shall I know who am I,” he stated.

How Steve Jobs approached success from the inside out.

Yogananda’s teaching of universal consciousness strongly appealed to Steve Jobs, who had a self-professed hunger to “make a dent in the universe.” At the TechCrunch conference in September 2013, Mark Benioff said: “[Yogananda’s book] gives tremendous insight into not just who [Jobs] was but also why he was successful, which is that he was not afraid to take that key journey [toward self-realization]. It is for entrepreneurs and for people who want to be successful in our industry a message that we need to embrace and vest ourselves in.”

Since Yogananda’s passing in 1952, many teachers have followed his trailblazing path to bring yoga to our world, helping make it a fixture in popular culture as it continues to take hold with young and old, the elite and the ordinary, the spiritualists and the atheists. What distinguishes Yogananda from these subsequent emissaries is not simply that he paved the way for the modern yoga movement, but that from the outset he focused far beyond physical exercises and shone a powerful and practical torchlight on the path to yoga’s true purpose: actualizing the infinite potentials within us all. Perhaps that is why his Autobiography of a Yogi was the only book Jobs downloaded on his iPad–and, after first encountering the book as a teenager, went back and reread once every year.

On this first International Yoga Day, let’s tip our hats to the teacher who first introduced the modern world to the transformative power of yoga as a timeless inner discipline, and who was such a silent force in the life of the greatest entrepreneur of our times. As you roll out your yoga mat, get into your favorite yoga pose, and feel a gentle zephyr of peace sweep over you, perhaps you can take pause to wonder at what experiences in consciousness may lie just beyond your present reach if you also embark on yoga’s fuller, inner journey toward self-realization. Yogananda would have called those experiences “undreamed of possibilities.”

And as you get closer to realizing your true self within, you may find that you, too, are ready to make a dent in the universe.

Source: http://www.inc.com/

Marc Benioff on the Invisible Hand of Steve Jobs

Salesforce.com’s Marc Benioff shares his story of opening the brown box that was given to every guest at Steve Job’s memorial service. Watch the video to find out what was inside and how it’s lasting message should impact today’s entrepreneurs.

Counter to what many believe, accolades are not really what success is about. To be rich is to have money and status, but to be wealthy is to have physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellness plus financial abundance. Exceptional people are those who seemingly have it all. They have monetary success along with a deeply felt happiness and satisfaction in life.The truly exceptional focus on cultivating their inner worlds and the more soft-spoken qualities of their character because they know to be wholly successful, it takes being a really good human being.

1. Grace.

Grace is that dignified elegance about a person’s appearance, movement, personal style or behavior. To be graceful is to be strong and assured in who one is and to move gently within that energy.

Exceptional people live with a sense of inner elegance and are graceful even amidst a challenge. They are able to handle themselves in a noble and ethical manner. They hold good posture, their energy has a mystery, softness, strength and cleverness to it. They are vulnerable yet self-assured.

Grace is the undeniable quality of the depth of their personal wisdom.

2. Kindness.

Kindness comes naturally to exceptional people. It is consistent in how they treat, think about, and speak to others. They are genuine and come from a sensitive place. Although being kind may be perceived as weakness or vulnerability by others ,exceptional people understand that kindness is one of their strongest influences.

Exceptional people are kind, even to those whom they do not care for. They are aware they can love someone even if they do not like them. If they can’t say something nice, they have the control to remain quiet.

They believe there is no other human quality that will get them further in life than that of kindness.

3. Composure.

Composure is the beauty of self-control. Exceptional people accept that life is always going to bring its challenges and are aware that without a sense of composure it is too easy to allow conflict in situations and relationships to unnerve them. They embrace the concept of less equals more.

Exceptional people understand the less they react, defend, explain, become fearful or controlling, the more command they have over a situation. Having composure allows them to stand tall with resilience in the face of loss and challenge. They are also mindful to not be boastful about their success.

Composure allows them to maintain a certain stillness in the face of life’s changes.

4. Fearless.

Exceptional people are willing to dare greatly in life. They know it takes courage to love fully, to change themselves when necessary, to feel deeply, to take risks even when it’s scary and to chase their dreams with passion and an unwavering tenacity.

They are aware that to become courageous they must do courageous things. The exceptional understand it is not the loudness of their words but the depth of their character, to keep going no matter their circumstances, which makes them thrive.

5. Poise

Because exceptional people are self-loving they naturally possess a quiet confidence. Their self-awareness, dedication to self-development and personal growth provide them the knowledge to succeed at nearly anything they seek.

Because of their life experiences and inner depth, they can be certain positive things will happen in their lives because they depend upon themselves to have the information and willingness to do the work necessary to get to their result.

6. Deliberate.

Exceptional people are clear and persistent in who they are, where they are headed and what they want from their life and relationships to be happy. In being deliberate other people know where they stand with them. The exceptional get what they want in life because they are clear in saying what they want.

Exceptional people use each challenge life brings to positively refine themselves. This refinement keeps their lives clear of negativity. Being deliberate keeps them pointed in the direction of their dreams, connected to their true loves and to living genuinely as who they are.

7. Intelligent.

For exceptional people, intelligence is about knowledge but even more so about emotions. In being aware of their own emotional patterns they are endowed with the flexibility to handle challenge and change, allowing them to unlock smart solutions to their problems.

With a well-rounded intelligence the exceptional carry themselves in a stately and unafraid manner. They live with a sense of security knowing there are a multitude of choices available in life, so there is no need to be reactive. In being emotionally grounded they have the ability to keep their eyes on the bigger picture turning obstacles into opportunities.

8. Unassuming.

Exceptional people do not see life as being all about them, in fact, they prefer to celebrate the accomplishments of others as much as their own. They are proud of who they are but have no need to add histrionics to their success. Most of the time they prefer being in the background, working hard and allowing their success speak for itself.

The exceptional are sensitive and want the best for everyone. They do not see themselves as above others as they are secure enough in themselves that the trap of comparison doesn’t interest them. They enjoy their lives and do not feel entitled to more without the commensurate work to back it up.

9. Truthful.

People gravitate towards what is real. Exceptional people are simple, upfront, gentle, but direct in the “being” of who they are. They are content to live life patiently, and know how to wait well. For them life is about being authentic and following their heart and nothing else.

The truly exceptional are people others can depend upon as they have no ulterior motives. They are relationship oriented not agenda oriented and believe that the truth is the only path to success and deep intimacy. Because they are truthful their personalities are not set up on pretenses. Who they are does not change from person to person or situation to situation. They are who they are and their priority in life is to be forthcoming.

10. Loving.

There is nothing more appealing to others than to be in the presence of a loving person. The truly exceptional know they must love themselves in order to have endless love to give. For them love is a verb and it is expresses itself through loving kindness, touch, their smile and sense of inner joy and vitality.

Exceptional people are warm towards others and kind to themselves. There is nothing they wouldn’t do to help and this loving approach is taken into every area of their life from career to parenting. Further, they apply love as a form of discipline and set boundaries when necessary. They are clear there will be times when the only way another person can learn and grow is for them to either have to withdraw their love, or to set boundaries around it to protect their generous nature. They know that for them to remain loving they must protect their heart and put themselves first in negative situations.

Through life’s experiences exceptional people have come to accept that some people can stay in their heart, but not in their life.

To be truly successful in life it is the understated qualities of success which are sustaining. To possess any one of them will increase the experience of a person’s success exponentially. The truly exceptional know that who they are internally is the most powerful marker of their influence on the world.

Sherrie Campbell
Psychologist, Author, Speaker
Sherrie Campbell is a psychologist in Yorba Linda, Calif., with two decades of clinical training and experience in providing counseling and psychotherapy services. She is the author of Loving Yourself: The Mastery of Being Your Own Person.

Source: Entrepreneur


Joining us is Dr. Sherry Campbell to talk about her new book ‘Loving Yourself- The Mastery of Being Your Own Person.’

Published on Nov 18, 2014
In this conversation A.H. Almaas and Rupert Spira explore the nature and dynamic of experience, and their two distinct approaches to that inquiry.

Hameed Ali (A. H. Almaas)
, Founder of the Diamond Approach, was born in the Middle East, but at age 18 he moved to the USA to study at the University of California in Berkeley. Hameed was working on his Ph.D. in physics, where he was studying Einsteirn’s theory of general relativity and nuclear 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 is the founder of the Diamond Approach® – a spiritual teaching that utilizes a unique kind of inquiry into realization, where the practice is the expression of realization. Freedom is living our realization, a dynamic enlightenment where our transcendent nondual truth lives personally in the world. This inquiry opens up the infinite creativity of our Being, transforming our lives into a runaway realization, moving from realization to further realization. Almaas’ books include: The Inner Journey Home, Essence , The Pearl Beyond Price, Luminous Night’s Journey, The Unfolding Now and his latest book Runaway Realization. http://www.ahalmaas.com

From an early age Rupert was deeply interested in the nature of Reality. For twenty years he studied the teachings of Ouspensky, Krishnamurti, Rumi, Shankaracharya, Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta and Robert Adams, until he met his teacher, Francis Lucille, twelve years ago. Francis introduced Rupert to the teaching of Jean Klein, Parmenides, Wei Wu Wei and Atmananda Krishnamenon and, more importantly, directly indicated to him the true nature of experience.

Rupert’s first book is “The Transparency of Things”, subtitled “Contemplating the Nature of Experience”. His second book, Presence Volume I The Art of Peace and Happiness and Presence Volume II The Intimacy of All Experience has been currently released by Non-Duality Press.
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Eckhart Tolle TV: What part does willpower play in awakening?

Published on May 27, 2015

Little to no part; instead, surrender to the moment.

A LOT OF KARMA, IS LIBERATION POSSIBLE

Be careful with the stories the mind creates

Eckhart Tolle – Be careful with the stories the mind creates
Eckhart Tolle’s profound yet simple teachings have already helped countless people throughout the world find inner peace and greater fulfillment in their lives. At the core of the teachings lies the transformation of consciousness, a spiritual awakening that he sees as the next step in human evolution. An essential aspect of this awakening consists in transcending our ego-based state of consciousness. This is a prerequisite not only for personal happiness but also for the ending of violence on our planet. .
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Q: Why is it that speakers of non-duality use arguments which employ duality to make their point?
It has always struck me as a little strange that the man in the street, who has never heard of non-duality, talks in terms of “I am my body and I am my mind” (he talks with with a sense of oneness) whereas the man who is well versed in non-duality talks in terms of “I am not my body and I am not my mind” (and talks with a sense of separation or duality). Why is it that speakers of non-duality use arguments which employ duality to make their point?

A: When the man in the street, who has never heard of non-duality, talks in terms of “I am my body and I am my mind,” he does not talk with a sense of oneness. This is a position that I sometimes call Conventional Duality – sometimes referred to as ‘ignorance’ – in which experience is considered to be divided into two essential ingredients: one, ‘I’, the body/mind – the subject – and two, things, others and the world – the object.

As a first step towards the true nature of experience, the teaching points out that the mind and body are not the subject of experience but are rather objects of our attention. As such, the teaching reformulates experience in this way: it is not ‘I’ the body/mind that is aware of the world, it is ‘I’, Awareness, that is aware of the body/mind/world. In this halfway stage there is still duality: a subject and an object. Hence, I sometimes call it Enlightened Duality.

This step is a pedagogical step – I am not this, not this, not this – which relieves us of our exclusive identification with the body and mind. It is a path of exclusion.

In the next step, which is a path of inclusion – I am this, I am this, I am this – the apparent distinction between Awareness and the objects of the body, mind and world is collapsed or, more accurately, seen never to have existed. I sometimes call this Embodied Enlightenment – in which there is no longer an apparent subject or object of experience – to distinguish it from Enlightened Duality in which the apparent subject and object has not yet been seen through.

In other words, in the Path of Exclusion we move from the belief ‘I am something’ to the understanding ‘I am nothing’; in the Path of Inclusion we move from the understanding ‘I am nothing’, to the feeling-understanding ‘I am everything’.

We find these stages in most spiritual traditions: in the Buddhist tradition first there is Samsara, then Nirvana, then the distinction between the two is realised to be non-existent. First form, then emptiness, and then no distinction.

From ignorance to understanding; from understanding to love.

~ Rupert Spira

Published on Jun 26, 2015

A discussion exploring the nature and purpose of the mind.

Publication Date: July 14, 2015

Does the universe embody beautiful ideas?

Artists as well as scientists throughout human history have pondered this “beautiful question.” With Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek as your guide, embark on a voyage of related discoveries, from Plato and Pythagoras up to the present. Wilczek’s groundbreaking work in quantum physics was inspired by his intuition to look for a deeper order of beauty in nature. In fact, every major advance in his career came from this intuition: to assume that the universe embodies beautiful forms, forms whose hallmarks are symmetry—harmony, balance, proportion—and economy. There are other meanings of “beauty,” but this is the deep logic of the universe—and it is no accident that it is also at the heart of what we find aesthetically pleasing and inspiring.

Wilczek is hardly alone among great scientists in charting his course using beauty as his compass. As he reveals in A Beautiful Question, this has been the heart of scientific pursuit from Pythagoras, the ancient Greek who was the first to argue that “all things are number,” to Galileo, Newton, Maxwell, Einstein, and into the deep waters of twentieth century physics. Though the ancients weren’t right about everything, their ardent belief in the music of the spheres has proved true down to the quantum level. Indeed, Wilczek explores just how intertwined our ideas about beauty and art are with our scientific understanding of the cosmos.

Wilczek brings us right to the edge of knowledge today, where the core insights of even the craziest quantum ideas apply principles we all understand. The equations for atoms and light are almost literally the same equations that govern musical instruments and sound; the subatomic particles that are responsible for most of our mass are determined by simple geometric symmetries. The universe itself, suggests Wilczek, seems to want to embody beautiful and elegant forms. Perhaps this force is the pure elegance of numbers, perhaps the work of a higher being, or somewhere between. Either way, we don’t depart from the infinite and infinitesimal after all; we’re profoundly connected to them, and we connect them. When we find that our sense of beauty is realized in the physical world, we are discovering something about the world, but also something about ourselves.

Gorgeously illustrated, A Beautiful Question is a mind-shifting book that braids the age-old quest for beauty and the age-old quest for truth into a thrilling synthesis. It is a dazzling and important work from one of our best thinkers, whose humor and infectious sense of wonder animate every page. Yes: The world is a work of art, and its deepest truths are ones we already feel, as if they were somehow written in our souls.

Frank Wilczek won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2004 for work he did as a graduate student. His 1989 book, Longing for the Harmonies, was a New York Times notable book of the year. Wilczek is a regular contributor to Nature and Physics Today and his work has also been anthologized in Best American Science Writing and the Norton Anthology of Light Verse. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he is the Herman Feshbach Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Quantum Beauty | Frank Wilczek

Does the world embody beautiful ideas? This is a question that people have thought about for a long time. Pythagoras and Plato intuited that the world should embody beautiful ideas; Newton and Maxwell demonstrated how the world could embody beautiful ideas, in specific impressive cases. Finally in the twentieth century in modern physics, and especially in quantum physics, we find a definitive answer: Yes! The world does embody beautiful ideas.

In this special lecture hosted by the Institute’s School of Mathematics, Frank Wilczek presents the intellectual history of this question and discusses how esthetic considerations continue to guide our search for ultimate physical laws.

by: Teresa Long

Enlightenment is generally considered to be an out-of-reach goal, attainable by only a few of the most evolved yogis, monks, and sages. What many people do not realize is that if we find the right path, this seemingly unreachable goal can become a reality for every one of us. As Deepak Chopra notes in his book Super Brain View Here , we are now on our way toward enlightenment: “One clue that enlightenment is real − and accessible − is staring at us already. We use common phrases all the time that edge right up to it: Wake up, See the light, Face reality. These are all pointers to a higher state of awareness. . . . Once the mind wakes up, sees the light, and faces reality, the brain undergoes its own physical changes.”

Any kind of shift in perception must involve a change in how our brain functions. The difference between the vast majority of people and an enlightened person is that the latter has gone further in transforming his or her mind into a vibrant, alert tool that can see the ultimate reality. The good news is that we can look for breadcrumbs along the way, such as aha! moments and experiences of awakening that will show us we are progressing on the path to enlightenment. The following feeling experiences are part of this evolutionary process and gradual shift we will undergo as our mind opens to higher states of consciousness:

Seven Degrees of Enlightenment

 

  • Inner calm and detachment increase – you can be centered in the midst of outer activity.
  • Feelings of connection grow – you feel less alone, more bonded with others.
  • Empathy deepens – you can sense what others are feeling, and you care about them.
  • Clarity dawns – you are less confused and conflicted.
  • Awareness becomes more acute – you get better at knowing what’s real and who is genuine.
  • Truth reveals itself – you no longer buy into conventional beliefs and prejudices. You are less swayed by outside opinions.
  • Bliss grows in your life – you love more deeply.

When you begin to notice that the above degrees of enlightenment are already aspects of your awareness in this very moment, enlightenment becomes more palpable. The only thing you need to do is expand your awareness and realize that enlightenment is no longer out of reach.
Meditation as a Path Towards Enlightenment

Developing a meditation practice is one of the ways to start cultivating connection with the true nature of reality, with the real us, and with higher states of consciousness. As we dive into the vastness of our being, we begin to get a taste of our essential nature and a deeper connection with the universe. This new expanded awareness of ourselves allows the seven degrees of enlightenment to unfold naturally and effortlessly.

Source:chopra.com

Albert Einstein said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

In this TEDx Talk, Marianne Williamson discusses how the ways we perceive the world we’re experiencing have tremendous influence on what we will then experience. She dives into some of the world’s greatest challenges and the concept of how our global society is experiencing a global mutation. The points she makes will motivate you to think of what we can do—and think—as a collective unit, to overcome society’s challenges, heal our spiritual malignancies, and thrive through this global shift.

After you watch this video, you’ll be inspired to step up to heal the planet and those who share it, and tune into your natural and spiritual intelligence.

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