Multidimensional Evolution Personal Explorations of Consciousness ~ Kim McCaul

In Multidimensional Evolution, author Kim McCaul recounts his journey to Java seeking a technique to help calm the demons that had been troubling him for the previous two years and his subsequent realisation that those demons were not the product of his own mind, but were actually real non-physical people who had been pursuing him from a previous life. It then focuses on three of the teachers that guided the author through insights and experiences on his search for understanding: Pak Sujono, who ran a meditation centre in Indonesia; a housewife in England, who enjoyed remarkable psychic abilities and the capacity to significantly alter the energies of those around her, and Waldo Vieira a Brazilian consciousness researcher and psychic. Multidimensional Evolution encourages readers to experiment for themselves, have their own experiences, come to their own understandings and make the most of this current physical lifetime.
Kim McCaul is an anthropologist with a long-standing interest in consciousness research. For the past 17 years he has explored his own consciousness through meditation, energy work and out-of-body experiences. He studied with diverse teachers in Indonesia, Guatemala, England and Brazil and developed a deep understanding of the multidimensional constitution of human beings and many phenomena including clairvoyance, channeling, out-of-body experiences, life after death and spiritual healing. He is presently an instructor with the International Academy of Consciousness and runs regular workshops in his hometown of Adelaide, South Australia, and in other cities across Australia.

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The Psychic & Spiritual Awareness Manual, A guide to DIY enlightenment by Kevin West

The Psychic & Spiritual Awareness Manual is aimed at people who wish to develop their psychic and spiritual awareness in a very practical way. Although organically linked, each chapter deals with a separate aspect of development and also acts as a diagnostic empowering tool. It is a companion to the teacher and student of these disciplines alike and is based around the Spiritualist and New Age approach to full realisation. It fills the gap left by so many books written by people who are not true, experienced practitioners or adepts in these fields. This book is filled with helpful exercises and hands-on useful techniques designed to empower the reader and awaken within them a sense of who, what, why, where and how they are. The chapters include lessons and writings on healing, meditation, psychic awareness, clairvoyance, psychometry, scrying, psychic and spiritual philosophy, colours, auras and their energies, sitting in circle, and much more. This book is not a narrative – it is a manual.

Kevin West
is a highly respected and experienced psychic and spiritual medium and has demonstrated and been a teacher of these arts since 1983. He is also a multi award-winning and controversial filmmaker. He holds two degrees in martial arts and is an expert in chi and auric energies. He lives in Liverpool, UK.

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When to Practice Pranayama BY Pandit Rajmani Tigunait

by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait: How do I prepare myself to practice pranayama?

How do I prepare myself to practice pranayama? What must I do (or not do) for a safe and successful practice?
The practice of asana is a prerequisite for pranayama. The scriptures clearly state that you must not practice pranayama unless you are fully established in your asana routine. No matter how healthy you are, you should always assume that there are unknown problems hiding in your internal organs: heart, liver, lungs, thymus, thyroid, pancreas, spleen, kidneys, bladder, reproductive organs, endocrine glands, and nervous system. A comprehensive asana routine makes you aware of your body, its problems, and the need for overcoming them. Good hatha yogis eventually develop the capacity for intuitive diagnosis. As a result, they become realistic about the advanced disciplines of yoga, such as pranayama.

The scriptures clearly state that you must not practice pranayama unless you are fully established in your asana routine.

To stay on the safe side, do not overestimate your vitality and stamina. Study and practice yoga as a science, beginning with a basic understanding of the philosophy and the practice of classical asanas. If you are interested in experimenting with the endless nuances of yoga, it’s good to learn as many techniques and styles as you wish. However, it is the systematic practice of the 84 classical postures that opens the door to your pranamaya kosha (the pranic sheath).

These classical asanas have a dual purpose. First, they cleanse and revitalize our limbs and organs, especially the nervous system. Second, they awaken the vital force that, in normal situations, lies dormant in our pranic sheath. If the nervous system and the subtle energy channels in our body have not been purified, then this extraordinary awakening of the life force in the pranic sheath can overwhelm the body. And that is why, in order to truly practice the full range of asana, as taught in the ancient scriptures, we must include the disciplines pertaining to the yogic techniques of cleansing.

It is surprising to me that the modern way of teaching yoga routines, even at advanced stages, rarely touches on the cleansing techniques. Texts such as the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the Vasishtha Samhita, and a host of the Upanishads clearly describe how the full benefit of practicing asana can be gained only when our practice is accompanied by the full range of cleansing techniques: neti, dhauti, basti, nauli, agni sara, and trataka. The ultimate result of practicing the full range of yoga asana is that we begin to truly rest and relax. The space within our body is free from discomfort and is filled with a sense of joy.

Further, the classical asanas help us train our body to sit still and comfortably. Comfort and stability of body and mind are prerequisites to the practice of pranayama. How comfortably you sit indicates how healthy your organs are; how still you remain in your sitting pose indicates how freely your energy channels are flowing.

This doesn’t make sense. Pranayama seems to be less vigorous and demanding than the asanas, especially the full range of 84 classical poses. How can something as advanced as asana be a prerequisite to something as simple as pranayama?

Pranayama is not simple. Let us back up a bit. The most advanced asanas are the sitting poses. You may twist your limbs and turn your body into a pretzel; you may be able to do the splits, go into the peacock and scorpion poses, and stand on your fingertips (a step beyond the headstand), but you may still find it impossible to sit still.

To attain a comfortable, still sitting pose you have to have a healthy, strong, and flexible spine. Your lower back, hips, and thigh joints must also be in good shape. Furthermore, the weight of your body must be equally distributed on your buttocks, with the perineum as the center. Your respiratory and digestive systems must be strong and perfectly balanced. Your sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems must also be perfectly balanced and coordinated. The spine has to be stretched up, the chest expanded, and the shoulders relaxed, giving complete freedom to the diaphragmatic muscles to expand and contract. Further, the curvature of the spine has to be just right. Only when all these conditions have been met can you sit comfortably and steadily. And this steady, comfortable sitting pose is what you accomplish by practicing the physical postures. The physical postures are subservient to the sitting postures, and the sitting postures are a prerequisite to pranayama.

The practice of pranayama takes us beyond our skeletal, circulatory, and muscular systems. It even takes us beyond our endocrine and nervous systems. In its truest sense, the practice of pranayama aims at attaining mastery over the life force itself. And this goal is accomplished by transcending the regular rules and laws of breathing. Normal, healthy breathing requires that you inhale and exhale gently, smoothly, without jerks, and without noise. Healthy breathing also requires that you do not create a pause between your inhalation and exhalation. Your breath should flow in a circular motion.

In its truest sense, the practice of pranayama aims at attaining mastery over the life force itself.

When breath retention takes place by itself and we don’t have control over it, it disrupts all the physical functions, disturbs the serenity of the mind, and damages the field of the life force. In healthy breathing, the pause is a killer. Each time you hold your breath, you are dying slowly. Attaining mastery over the extraordinary ability that lies deep within our body and mind—the goal of yoga—requires that you gain mastery over the pause. You do this by expanding it at will. This is called kumbhaka (breath retention). But when the same breath retention is done with proper preparation, it becomes a source of longevity. All classical pranayamas include kumbhaka. In fact, pranayama and kumbhaka are synonymous in yogic circles. But if you are not sitting in the correct posture, if your internal organs are not healthy, and if your nervous system is not strong and balanced, then the practice of pranayama/khumbhaka will have an adverse effect on both your body and mind. That is why pranayama is an advanced practice and why perfection in asana is the prerequisite.

Source ~ Yoga International

The Teachers of One: Living Advaita: Conversations on the Nature of Non-Duality ~ Paula Marvelly

A delightful book, in which the author travels the world to meet and interview sixteen spiritual teachers, and tells us in her heart-warming style of her own simultaneous inner journey.

Teachers include Tony Parsons, Francis Lucille, Gangaji, Catherine Ingram, John de Ruiter, Isaac Shapiro … and Pamela.

Paula Marvelly read her undergraduate honours degree in English at Royal Holloway College, University of London, and then went on to complete a postgraduate M.Phil research degree in European Studies at Selwyn College, University of Cambridge.

Her books include ‘The Teachers of One: Conversations on the Nature of Nonduality’ and ‘Women of Wisdom: The Journey of the Sacred Feminine through the Ages’.

She has written numerous articles on nonduality and consciousness, as well as interviewed many prominent spiritual teachers and artists around the globe.

She is also an artistic filmmaker;

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bright like a million suns from Paula Marvelly

Flautist Upahar performs the poetry of Saint Kabir, translated by Rabindranath Tagore, in Aum Amma’s Cave,
Mount Arunachala, Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India.

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