The Marriage of Spirit : Enlightened Living in Today’s World by Leslie Temple Thurston (Author), Brad Laughlin (Author)

The Marriage of Spirit is a handbook for spiritual awakening for people living and working in the world. It directly addresses how we can experience divine presence in our lives, and offers simple, powerful and fast exercises for creating balance and harmony.

Based in the ancient teachings of the reconciliation of opposites, these revolutionary, unique, and easy journaling techniques help us accelerate the path to unity consciousness by quickly and dramatically moving us beyond egoic limitations and overcoming negativity, anger, pain and fear. Included is the especially powerful “Squares” technique, which creates radical and rapid transformation.

In this groundbreaking book, which has been translated into several languages and has helped thousands worldwide, Leslie Temple-Thurston shares the story of the awakenings that led to her spiritual transformation, and her eclectic, yogic-influenced approach to Western enlightenment. Filtered through spiritual psychology, her insights and principles are based on the truth teachings of ancient mystery schools, traditions and religions, revamped and simplified for the contemporary spiritual seeker.

As the author says, “We have arrived at a new and different time; we are here to enlighten the physical plane, the body, and the personality while living and working in the world…. If we integrate the dualistic and polarized schisms in our personality, we can know directly and palpably the unity which we truly are, beyond the limited personality.”

In a world torn apart by polarization, it offers hope for a third way, the way of unity amidst diversity.


Leslie Temple-Thurston is a teacher of enlightenment, who for twenty-two years has wholeheartedly dedicated her life to inspiring and guiding people towards reaching their spiritual awakening at this most important and pivotal moment in humanity’s evolution.

“The heart is where heaven and earth meet—
it is the place where our human-ness meets and integrates with our divinity. The journey to discover the heart is the journey to find our true humanity—the perfected human being—that which we really are.”

—Leslie Temple-Thurston

Leslie mentors individual seekers worldwide who are committed to their work of transformation and awakening to higher states. She guides people towards becoming fully conscious of and knowledgeable about the luminous core of light within themselves. She encourages her committed students, and many others who come to sit with and study with her, to aspire fully and completely towards the state of mystical enlightenment.

Vision holder and founder of the non-profit organization CoreLight, Leslie and her partner of 18 years Brad Laughlin, developed CoreLight’s school of transformation, which offers online seminars and group meditations, as well as ongoing study courses.

To assist people in their awakening, Leslie also spent many years developing a unique and powerful set of processing techniques that have the capacity to release the patterned behavioral states of the ego that block an individual’s ability to fulfill their spiritual potential. This simple yet potent clearing work is a vital part of the transformation that Leslie offers her students on their journey to achieve higher states of consciousness. She believes that someone can only fully wake up by looking at and releasing their ego patterning.

Leslie was born and raised in South Africa. She graduated from the University of Witswatersrand in Johannesburg with a B.A. in Fine Arts and worked professionally as a painter and art teacher while in her twenties. Art had always been an inspired way for her to express and develop the natural mystical inclination she had had since childhood. In her late twenties and thirties she found the inner pull of the mystic life to be her path, and surrendered her beloved art to give herself completely to the fulltime study of mysticism and transformation. She came to the United States in 1977, where she deepened her studies of ancient wisdom through meditation, yogic teachings and spiritual psychology.

Leslie’s dedication to spirit resulted in a two-year “cave experience”, which culminated in April of 1988 when she experienced the dissolution of her old ego identity and a profound awakening. With this came the gift of being able to share with others a transmission of grace, unconditional love and healing energy, known in the East as Shakti, which has uplifting, enduring, and transformational effects on those who receive it. She shares her transmission and her wisdom with those who attend her events or undertake committed study programs with her.

Leslie is the author of two books: The Marriage of Spirit – Enlightened Living in Today’s World and Returning to Oneness – The Seven Keys of Ascension, which have been translated into several languages. Her extensive teachings are also available through her training courses and on numerous CDs or as mp3 downloads, which are available in English and Portuguese (Brazilian). Her training courses include: Spiritual Warrior Training, a self-paced correspondence course, and Enhanced Self-Discovery Program, a series of advanced teachings offered as eight individual modules. The Enhanced Self-Discovery Program is now available to anyone who has completed both semesters of the Spiritual Warrior Training.

Leslie is the founder of the humanitarian aid organization, Seeds of Light, whose mission is to assist with the awakening of the Global Heart, which she perceives to be the interconnectedness of all life through tolerance, forgiveness, love and compassion. Seeds of Light offers services to South Africa’s AIDS orphans and marginalized communities, and helps preserve endangered species and eco systems worldwide.

Leslie lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and in Limpopo Province, South Africa.

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Eckhart Tolle talks about Dealing with Unconsciousness


Published on Aug 25, 2015

Eckhart Tolle, author of THE POWER OF NOW, offers insight into dealing with unconsciousness. Eckhart Tolle answers the question, “How can we address our ecological situation?

Scientists May Have Isolated The Secret To Staying Healthy Past Age 100

A new study identifies a vital trait to living for (at least) a century.

By Carolyn Gregoire

What’s the secret of people who live vibrant, healthy lives well beyond the age of 100?

Low levels of inflammation — the long-term overactivation of the immune response — may be the answer, suggests a new study of centenarians from researchers in England and Japan. People with lower markers of chronic inflammation also tend to be less likely to develop diseases, meaning suppressing inflammation could be the No. 1 key to not only living longer but to staying healthy longer.

“Centenarians and supercentenarians are different — put simply, they age slower,” Dr. Thomas von Zglinicki, a cellular gerontologist at Newcastle University and the study’s lead author, said in a written statement. “They can ward off diseases for much longer than the general population.”

Dr. Cheri Gostic, a geriatric specialist at Stony Brook University who has studied the effects of physical activity on inflammation, said the findings, which were published online last week in the journal EBioMedicine, weren’t entirely surprising.

“Research has demonstrated that chronic systemic inflammation is a key factor in the development of many common chronic diseases, including … heart attacks, peripheral vascular disease and most strokes,” Gostic told The Huffington Post. “Old age does not cause death; disease does. If one can minimize inflammation in the body and reduce the risk or progression of disease, then it makes sense that individuals have a better chance to live longer.”

In addition to low levels of inflammation, healthy centenarians and supercentenarians (people over 110 years old) also had longer telomeres, which are the caps on the end of DNA strands that protect the chromosomes from aging and poor health.

Telomere length has generally been thought to be the strongest predictor of how healthy someone will be in their old age. However, the researchers found that once a person reaches 100, inflammation levels rather than telomere length better predict successful aging and cognitive ability.

The Inflammation Factor

For the study, the researchers analyzed data from 1,500 adults between the ages of 50 and 115 years old, including 684centenarians or supercentenarians and 167 children of centenarians. They measured for various health markers thought to contribute to aging, including metabolism, blood cell count, telomere length, inflammation, and liver and kidney function.

Here are some of the key findings:

Even when they were well into their 80s and beyond, the children of centenarians (who are likely to become centenarians themselves) maintained telomeres more typical of a 60-year-old.
Centenarians with the lowest levels of markers for chronic inflammation were able to maintain good cognition and independence for the longest periods of time. Those with less inflammation also experienced the greatest longevity.
Inflammation was a stronger predictor of cognitive capacity in semi-supercentenarians (those who lived to be 105) than gender or biological age.

Researchers also found that the children of centenarians tended to have lower markers of chronic inflammation, meaning your chances of living a long, healthy life are to some extent genetic.

“This indicates that someone who will (probably) become a centenarian is able to keep inflammation down for longer,” von Zglinicki told HuffPost.

Scientists have long known that inflammation plays some role in disease and aging, and a study on mice found that inflammation can even accelerate the aging process. The new findings provide further evidence that chronic inflammation may be the most important factor determining how quickly or slowly we age.

Making It To 100

Reaching a better scientific understanding of how centenarians achieve such extreme longevity — and how inflammation factors into the aging process — may help the rest of us to live longer and healthier.

Hoping to join the 100 club? Adopting an anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle is a good place to start. Eating a diet of whole foods, exercising and cultivating positive emotions — not to mention avoiding excessive consumption of sugar and processed foods, stress and sleep deprivation — can keep chronic inflammation at bay.

“Control inflammatory status regularly and keep it down,” von Zglinicki advised. “This should slow down the aging process and thus might postpone onset of multiple age-related diseases, potentially including dementia.”

While current anti-inflammatory drugs are not safe for long-term use because of their side effects, the findings may open up avenues for research devising safer anti-inflammatory drugs to improve quality of life among older people.

Source: Huffington Post

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