Being Aware with Lisa Garr: Get Conscious Now!

Published on Oct 25, 2015
TV and Radio Host Lisa Garr joins Patricia and Stu to discuss how awareness can change our lives individually and collectively. We also explore the power of the media to accelerate human evolution. This program is dedicated to a trailblazer in conscious media and Lisa’s personal mentor, Wayne Dyer.

Die to Love ~ Unmani Liza Hyde

This is book is for those who have been genuinely searching and longing for ‘awakening’ or ‘the truth’. Die to Love directly points the reader to the end of the spiritual search once and for all. ‘I am not trying to help you. If you read this book I will simply destroy you. And who am I? I am you. I am Life itself.’ Die to Love explores the desperate longing for love and surrender that so many people feel. But are we willing to lose everything that is familiar and safe in order to know that love that we long for? Are we willing to die for love? This is the death, not of the body, but of the identity called ‘me’. Unmani looks at what it is to fall in love and how in moments of intimacy there is no separation. Two merge and become one. Two separate individuals know that they can never be separate. There are also chapters on relationships and the madness of love as well as unconditional and conditional love, and what compassion really is.

Unmani is originally from the UK, but has lived a nomadic life in many countries around the world from the age of 18. Unlike most people, since she was a child, Unmani never identified with being a ‘person’ in the world, but she felt very lost and alone in a world that everyone else seemed to take so seriously. She spent years traveling around the world trying on different roles and identities to see if any of them fit. Disappointed with each role, she continued searching to find a way out of the pain she felt. She spent some time in the Osho centre in Pune, India, and there discovered meditation, free expression, and other insightful wisdom. But although this brought her more relaxation, it did not seem to get to the root of her search. Some years later she met the German Zen master, Dolano. With her, Unmani recognized that what she had been searching for had always been right here. She woke up to the dream, time stopped and the search ended. She no longer needed to try to fit in or be someone, because Unmani had finally acknowledged the truth of who she really is. Unmani began holding meetings and retreats 3 years later. She is now the author of two books ‘I am Life itself’ and ‘Die to Love’ and is now writing a third book.

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Unmani: Die to Love

Streamed live on May 4, 2014

This conversation is part of a series of free, live, online conversations on the theme of Living from Love.
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~ Grace Bubeck

Don’t Get Stuck in the Absolute by Unmani

Photo by Elena Bovo

Knowing that you are the Absolute, is not about denying this human-animal. This denial seems to be a phase that many people go through when they start to explore their true nature. In fact it seems to be almost a necessary phase in order to truly acknowledge the Absolute nature of who you are. You go from believing that who you are is limited to this body, to seeing that you are not what you thought you were. You are the Absolute unlimited Emptiness of Life itself. Then the thinking creeps back in to start to call this new state of being something. It starts to limit it without even realising that it has created a subtle new limited identity. This is the superior and very special spiritual identity that denies the ordinary personal human stuff by saying that there is only the Absolute. Only certain peaceful relaxing experiences are considered ‘how it should be’, and any other experiences are considered ‘not it’.

Don’t get stuck in the Absolute. Don’t get stuck in this one-sided view. Don’t start to get comfortable in thinking that you know how it is and who you really are. This is only a new trick of the mind. Lose all ideas of even the Absolute, and whatever you have experienced in recognising that. Lose it all and keep losing it all. There is no need to keep chasing experiences of the Absolute, or reciting nondual concepts about the Absolute. If you really know yourself to be the Absolute, then you don’t need to keep reminding yourself of that. You can let it go and relax, knowing that it will never let you go.

Then it seems that you come full circle back to the relative. Back to the human-animal thing and all its foibles. Knowing that you are the Absolute is the freedom to fully explore, feel and experience this human-animal experience just as it is. Nothing is denied. Everything is included in who you are. There is no one special experience that is better than any other. Even experiences of recognising that you are unlimited, are sweet gifts, but are essentially just limited temporary experiences. The Absolute nature of who you are includes every single human experience as it is, without exception. This recognition does not fit into our ideas of how it should look like or feel like. It is rebellious, radical unlimited freedom despite experiences of feeling limited.

Source: Science & Non-Duality

Unmani – ‘I feel stuck in the Emptiness. How to realise the Fullness?’

Published on Jul 8, 2014

Unmani answers a question about how recognising your true nature can be hijacked by thought and turned into a very empty position.

It’s Time to Tell the Truth ~ Gangaji

Over the years of traveling around and speaking with people, I have seen that there is clearly a deep, strong, and true desire to wake up, whatever that means to any particular individual. There is a true desire to realize God, to realize truth, to stop the violence, to stop the hatred, to stop the suffering, and to wake up to what is possible in this lifetime. If you want to awaken one hundred percent, if that has priority over everything else, then immediately you are awake. That’s the truth. I stake my life on it. My life is a guarantee that if you want to awaken to your true nature, if you want that totally, you will awaken to your true nature.

The biggest obstacle to awakening I’ve seen so far is that awakening is actually wanted for something else. Awakening is wanted for feeling better, or so that you don’t have to be the same person you think you are now, or to get some recognition, or to forget all the bad things that you have done or that have been done to you. Awakening is wanted as a vehicle or a tool, and there is frustration that this tool is not given to you. This doesn’t work. Truth must be desired for itself, regardless of any consequences that might follow. This is a shocking truth. We are so used to wanting something to make our personal lives better, and God knows, we have tried. Luckily, most of us have become deeply disillusioned with the possibility of getting rescued, of getting something else that will fulfill this true desire to awaken.

I am asking you to look inside, to be ruthlessly, relentlessly honest and truthful with yourself, to see why you want to awaken. What will awakening give you? If your answer is something beautiful or grandiose or altruistic, such as peace on Earth or harmony among all people, put that aside for just a moment and see if truth, this unknown state of awakening, is desired for itself, regardless of consequences. I am asking you to tell the truth. We spend most of our lives lying in both gross and subtle ways. The lying gets very intricate, and the web gets tighter, and you know this.

There is an opportunity now, in this moment, to discover what is it you want for its own sake, without getting any comfort from it, without it taking care of anything. I can feel the fear that this evokes. This is not a usual consideration. It’s very easy to play in the drama of awakening, saying, “Oh, I’ll get it someday,” or “He has it,” or “She has it and I will just be in the aura of it, then I can keep my lies and my web.”

You are an adult. It is time to tell the truth. I am asking you to tell me what it is you want truly for its own sake, and if you still imagine somehow you don’t have that, let me know what you imagine keeps you from it. Let’s examine it and see, is that obstruction to truth real or is it part of the webbing, part of the fabric of your imagination.

From Freedom & Resolve: Finding Your True Home in the Universe, Hampton Roads, 2014

After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age by Stephen Batchelor (Author)

Some twenty-five centuries after the Buddha started teaching, his message continues to inspire people across the globe, including those living in predominantly secular societies. What does it mean to adapt religious practices to secular contexts?

Stephen Batchelor, an internationally known author and teacher, is committed to a secularized version of the Buddha’s teachings. The time has come, he feels, to articulate a coherent ethical, contemplative, and philosophical vision of Buddhism for our age. After Buddhism, the culmination of four decades of study and practice in the Tibetan, Zen, and Theravada traditions, is his attempt to set the record straight about who the Buddha was and what he was trying to teach. Combining critical readings of the earliest canonical texts with narrative accounts of five members of the Buddha’s inner circle, Batchelor depicts the Buddha as a pragmatic ethicist rather than a dogmatic metaphysician. He envisions Buddhism as a constantly evolving culture of awakening whose long survival is due to its capacity to reinvent itself and interact creatively with each society it encounters.

This original and provocative book presents a new framework for understanding the remarkable spread of Buddhism in today’s globalized world. It also reminds us of what was so startling about the Buddha’s vision of human flourishing.

Stephen Batchelor is a former monk in the Tibetan and Zen traditions. He has translated Shantideva’s A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life and is the author of Alone with Others, The Faith to Doubt, The Tibet Guide, The Awakening of the West, Buddhism without Beliefs, and Verses from the Center. He is a contributing editor of Tricycle magazine, a guiding teacher at Gaia House Retreat Centre, and cofounder of Sharpham College for Buddhist Studies and Contemporary Inquiry in Devon, England. He lives in southwest France and lectures and conducts meditation retreats worldwide.

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Stephen Batchelor – Interview at the retreat in Hamburg 2015

Published on Aug 9, 2015

Stephen Batchelor is a British author, teacher, and scholar, writing books and articles on Buddhist topics and leading meditation retreats throughout the world. He is a noted proponent of agnostic or secular Buddhism.

The first part of the interview is about why to ” reinvent ” Buddhism new in modernity ?
Second part : are psychedelic drugs useful?
I love his teachings and his fresh and its critical way to teach.

Questions :
what means reinventing?
do you like Ken Wilber?
are psychedelic drugs useful?
What is your next book project?

Stephen Batchelor – Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age

Published on Jun 10, 2015
A talk by dharma scholar and author Stephen Batchelor, in Cambridge (UK), June 2015, as part of Cambridge Day Retreats

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