Rupert Spira ~ The Discoveries To Be Made About Ourselves

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Love’s Garden: A Guide to Mindful Relationships by Peggy Rowe-Ward (Author), Larry Ward (Author)

A collection of real-life Buddhist love stories, with commentary and guided exercises for couples developed by Peggy Rowe-Ward and Larry Ward, senior students and ordained Dharma teachers in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. These personal stories, from couples of a range of different ages and experiences, illustrate how Buddhist principles can help couples navigate any stage of their relationship.

It took the authors some good living and good loving before they realized that the love that they were seeking was already present and available in the depths of their hearts and mind. Love does not depend on anything that is happening “Out There” and is not dependent on anything “he” or “she” might do. It depends on our own willingness to look within and to act. This insight is a result of practicing the teachings of the Buddha on right diligence and right effort. The authors have been studying and practicing with Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and they are happy to report that the practices work.

In Love’s Garden the authors offer key practices such as “The Three Keyes” (see excerpt) for the transformation of suffering and the establishment of happiness. These practices have helped them see each other’s happiness as their own. They share stories and illustrations from their own life and also and those of their friends and students.

“The practice is not difficult. We simply need to get in touch with and nourish the practices that are helping us to experience peace. And then we need to stop doing the things that keep us from experiencing peace.” Larry Ward

Foreword by Thich Nhat Hanh

Peggy Rowe Ward received Dharma teacher Transmission form Thich Nhat Hanh in 2000 at Plum Village, France. She has a Doctorate in adult education and a Master’s degree in counseling psychology. She has published in professional adult education journals on women’s stories of coming into voice, Her doctoral publications are connected to community centered dreamwork. She has had short essays published in In Our Own Voice (1992) and in The Mindfulness Bell. She co-authored Making Friends with Time (2000) with Tracy Sarriugarte.

Larry Ward has celebrated over 30 years as a Christian minister. He received Dharma teacher transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh in 2000 in Plum Village, France. Larry was an executive director in an international organization engaged in human development programs in 52 countries. He has lived for extended periods in Hong Kong, India, and the Caribbean. He has published articles and poems for Emerging Lifestyles, Edges, and The Mindfulness Bell magazines. In 2006 he was commissioned by the United Nations to write a paper on mindfulness and leadership.

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http://www.MyMommyManual.com Interview with author Peggy Rowe Ward on her book Love’s Garden: A Guide to Mindful Relationships. Introduction by Zen Master, Thich Naht Hanh

JC Tefft – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview


Published on Mar 30, 2016

Also see https://batgap.com/jc-tefft/

A former athlete, teacher, and business entrepreneur, JC is now an author, producer, and teacher who corresponds with students worldwide. A student himself, first of his enlightened father, and later of world-renowned teachers J.Krishnamurti and Eckhart Tolle, JC’s own investigation into the nature of Life and the universe led to realizations in Pure Consciousness that eventually led to the writing of his critically acclaimed book, The Christ is Not a Person: The Evolution of Consciousness and the Destiny of Man. He has written and produced a three-episode video series entitled, Pure Consciousness: The Last Frontier. It can be viewed online at jctefft.com. Non-duality teachings focused on the nature of Awakening unto Pure Conscious Awareness posted in the form of video shorts will be made available for viewing on line in the coming years.

Interview recorded 3/26/2016.

Catherine Ingram: Heart to Heart

Cape Healing Arts publisher Beth Draper interviewed Catherine Ingram via email recently.

CHA: What do you love the most about being a human being?

CI: I would have to say it is love itself, although love is also what has most broken my heart. Still, better to have loved�and all that. I find as I grow older that it truly doesn’t matter what stuff one has, what one has accomplished, who knows your name, where you have traveled. It really is, as the great ones always said, all about the quality of the love you share with your loved ones. And if one is lucky and is willing to take chances with one’s heart, that is, to let it break as needed, the circle of those one loves widens enormously. This is really the main treasure of life, as far as I can tell.

CHA: When your heart breaks, how do you mend it?

CI: My heart never seems to actually get mended. It keeps breaking wider open and holding more of the sorrow, but, coincidentally, it is also open to more joy and tenderness. Of course, that is how things work. I often say that there is a spectrum of feelings and that the more one is willing to feel on one end, the sorrow, let’s say, the more one is able to feel on the other end, the joy. It is perhaps safe to close off and try not to feel too much suffering, but it is not a rich way to live. It cuts off all passion and beauty as well.

CHA: In a society that barely acknowledges grief and grieving-in fact, often squelches it-how do you allow yourself to experience deep sorrow?

CI: I live among the brokenhearted. They allow it.

CHA: Of the seven qualities of awakened awareness that you discuss in your book, which one is the trickiest for you to remember-and why?

CI: There are several that I seem to skip over or remember last on the list-discernment, embodiment, genuineness. The ones I seem to remember most easily are silence, tenderness, wonder, and delight. Maybe because those are the most fun.

CHA: In your book, you describe discernment as a clarity of perception. The ability to clearly see what is instead of what or how we would like things to be. How do you reconcile “passion, focus, and intensity” with your excellent advice to “have a light relationship with your preferences?”

CI: It is a sense that things are blowing very quickly through one’s soul, if you will. Feelings, emotions, passion, pain-all profoundly felt and released as quickly as possible. It is the experience of life in present awareness without resistance but also without clutching to a particular form or experience. Naturally, we have preferences. It is all a matter of how much we suffer when we don’t get what we want or when something or someone that we wanted leaves us. It is good to imagine one’s awareness as an open sky through which all passes and to “kiss the joy as it flies” as Blake said.

CHA: I see that your passion and focus lie with this process of being in present awareness.

CI: Yes, it is another way of saying that one lives in reality-for in actuality, the present is the only time in which we exist, which is what makes it feel so much more alive than the trance-like dreams of past and future taking place in imagination.

CHA: How do you allow feelings of anger and jealousy to blow through you? Many of us were taught that these are “negative” feelings, especially when we feel them in regard to people we love.

CI: We have to learn to admit that negative feelings are a common experience, no matter how good we are trying to be or what spiritual practices we have engaged in. Jealousy, anger, annoyance, irritation, pettiness-they all visit with unfortunate regularity. But the trick is not to take them personally or to be shocked by them. And then they have no power over you. The thought of jealousy that arises and fades in a few moments is not a problem. The jealous thought that Is denied and twisted into some kind of justification due to one’s own discomfort can often turn into unkind words and actions directed at the object of one’s jealousy. In these ways, the refusal to admit to negative thoughts can create all kinds of problems, as we so often see in spiritual leaders and masters who insinuate or even say that they are enlightened but whose behavior belies petty and desperate motivations involving sex, money, or power. I prefer to hang out with what Alan Watts called “divine rascals”-those who know both their divinity and their rascality.

CHA: Fabulous! What would you like to share most right now with our readers?

CI: The thing I seem to most emphasize in Dharma Dialogues-and would say to your readers-is to not postpone living your life. There is a subtle way that we have of waiting for something to come or waiting to get rid of something we have (even in the case of extra body weight, for instance) and thinking that our real life will begin then. Your real life is happening now, and there is no guarantee for any of us how long that life will be. As we let ourselves live fully in present awareness, it is as though we are experiencing life at last. We are no longer waiting.

Since 1992, Catherine Ingram has led Dharma Dialogues, public events of inquiry into the nature of awareness and the possibility of living in awakened intelligence. She is the president of Living Dharma, an educational nonprofit organization dedicated to inquiry and service with offices in Portland, Oregon, and Los Angeles, CA. Catherine also leads numerous silent retreats each year and is coming to Cape Cod this June.
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Passionate Presence: Seven Qualities of Awakened Awareness by Catherine Ingram [updated Mar 2016]

Learn the seven ways to tap into a state of pure joy, at any time, with the spiritual teacher Catherine Ingram. When we deeply relax, free from the stories the past, present and future, a great passion for life emerges, along with an awakened intelligence. This passionate presence is innate; it is a universal intelligence that transcends biological abilities and educational backgrounds.

In this book, spiritual teacher and writer Catherine Ingram offers seven ways to awaken the passionate presence that is in all of us. Each chapter describes one of the seven primary qualities of awakened intelligence. These qualities are based on her observations over years of working with thousands of people in silent retreats and public interactive events called Dharma Dialogues. The seven aspects – tenderness, discernment, authenticity, embodiment, delight, wonder and silence – naturally and consistently emerge as a result of deep relaxation and lead us easily to our passionate presence.

Catherine Ingram is a renowned dharma teacher with communities serving several thousand students in the U.S., Europe, and Australia. Since 1992, she has led Dharma Dialogues (www.dharmadialogues.org), which are public events of inquiry into the nature of awakened awareness and its benefits in life. She is the founder and president of Living Dharma, an educational nonprofit organization dedicated to inquiry and service.

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Catherine Ingram – ‘Practical Wisdom In Precarious Times’ – Interview by Renate McNay

Catherine Ingram – ‘Practical Wisdom In Precarious Times’ – Interview by Renate McNay

Catherine Ingram is an International Dharma teacher and Author of three books: “Passionate Presence”, “A Crack in Everything” and “In the Footsteps of Gandhi”. Catherine says, “Our sanctuary is not in finding security in this world. Security in the things and circumstances of the world is an illusion. Our sanctuary is in our ability to relax into ‘Present Awareness’ and passionately celebrate beauty, to show up in love for our friends and families, to live lightly on this earth, and to experience wonder.”

Catherine Ingram – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Catherine Ingram is an international dharma teacher with communities in the U.S., Europe, and Australia. Since 1992 she has led Dharma Dialogues, which are public events that focus on directing awareness toward greater wellbeing in an ethical and happy life. Catherine also leads numerous silent retreats each year in conjunction with Dharma Dialogues. She is president of Living Dharma, an educational non-profit organization founded in 1995.

Catherine has been the subject of numerous print, television, and radio interviews and is included in several anthologies about teachers in the west.

A former journalist specializing in issues of consciousness and activism, Catherine Ingram is the author of two books of nonfiction, which are published in numerous languages: In the Footsteps of Gandhi: Conversations with Spiritual Social Activists (Parallax Press, 1990) and Passionate Presence: Seven Qualities of Awakened Awareness (Penguin Putnam, 2003); and one novel, A Crack in Everything (Diamond Books, 2006). Over a fifteen-year period beginning in 1982, Catherine published approximately 100 articles on issues of consciousness and activism and served on the editorial staffs of New Age Journal, East West Journal, and Yoga Journal. For four years she wrote the Life Advice column for Alternatives Magazine based in Oregon.

For the past thirty five years, Catherine has helped organize and direct institutions dedicated to meditation and self-inquiry and, more recently, human and animal rights. She is a co-founder of Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts (1976). She also co-founded the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) in The Hague, Netherlands (1991) and is a member of the Committee of 100 for Tibet. For six years (1988-1994), Catherine also served as a board director for The Burma Project, dedicated to raising international awareness about the struggle for democracy in Burma. She is currently serving on the board of Global Animal Foundation, which works on behalf of the world’s animals.

Her work provides a context in which to consider life experiences—work, romance, creativity, loss, and death—through the calm and simple quiet of the heart.

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Interview Recorded 9/7/2013

The Secret of the Yoga Sutra: Samadhi Pada by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait Ph.D. (Author), Kim Krans (Illustrator)

The Yoga Sutra is the living source wisdom of the yoga tradition. Using it as a guide, we can unlock the hidden power of yoga, and experience the promise of yoga in our life. The Yoga Sutra is as fresh today as it was 2200 years ago when it was discovered by the sage Patanjali. It is the first practitioner-oriented commentary which is fully grounded in a living tradition. By applying its living wisdom in our practice, we can achieve the purpose of life: lasting fulfillment and ultimate freedom.

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD, is a modern-day master and living link to the unbroken Himalayan Tradition. He embodies the yogic and tantric wisdom which the Himalayan Tradition has safeguarded for thousands of years. Pandit Tigunait is the successor of Sri Swami Rama of the Himalayas and the spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA. As a young man he committed himself to arduous spiritual practice and studied with renowned adepts of India, before being initiated into the lineage of the Himalayan Tradition by his master, Sri Swami Rama, in 1976.

Q: So what exactly is the Yoga Sutra?
PRT: The Yoga Sutra is a book of yoga philosophy. It is a book of practice. And it is a book of self-realization. It was written 2,200 years ago, when a great master named Patanjali gathered the best aspects of yoga and delineated, in a step-by-step fashion, exactly what yoga is and how to practice it.

Q: What can modern students learn from the Yoga Sutra?
PRT: When you practice the kind of yoga described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, you will experience what it’s like to be healthy, happy, peaceful, confident, and energetic. The literal meaning of “yoga” is “union,” “integration,” “reconnection.” But in the context of practice, yoga is a way of gaining access to your own inner luminosity and becoming established in your essential self.
By studying the Yoga Sutra, you will learn how to cultivate a clear, calm, and tranquil mind; how to expand the immense power of your mind; and how to begin unveiling, layer after layer, the mysteries of the universe within you and outside you.
Q: Why are its teachings so crucial today?
PRT: Because the human mind is scattered. We have become negligent about our distractions, inertia, confusion, doubt, fear, and anger. But humans have been riding a roller coaster of ups and downs for thousands of years. The yoga tradition, which started at least 5,000 years ago and has continued without interruption, has recorded all of the problems that humans face, and the methods and techniques to overcome those problems. The Yoga Sutra contains the solutions.
Q: What role does asana play in yoga practice?
PRT: Asana is a very important part of life. It keeps you healthy, strong, and energetic. And it enables you to discover and reclaim the innate wisdom of your body. But it is only after you rediscover the self-luminous nature of your own mind that you will begin to experience the true power of asana. That discovery comes from the meditative aspect of yoga.
Q: What inspired you to publish a commentary on the Yoga Sutra after 35 years of teaching in the West?
PRT: The Yoga Sutra is a compendium of a vast field of knowledge and wisdom, techniques and methodologies for discovering our multi-dimensional life. It is the source wisdom for all schools and traditions of yoga. We need to bring the spiritual dimension back into yoga and encourage students to look for teachings and practices that will take them to the next level. That’s why I have realized that I should share whatever I have learned in the last 35 years through this commentary, The Secret of the Yoga Sutra, and by teaching and interacting with students.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish through your Secret of The Yoga Sutra book tour and courses?
PRT: My wish is that the Yoga Sutra brings the same level of transformation to other people as it did to me. In order to make that wish become a reality, my vision is to bring the Yoga Sutra to people’s doorsteps, making this knowledge available to them on many levels and from many perspectives [through a summer lecture & book tour, online study groups, and a four-part master course on the Yoga Sutra that students can take in person or online].

My vision is that the yoga community, the scientific community, the medical community, and the health community take from the Yoga Sutra what is useful for them, conduct more research, assimilate the knowledge into their existing practice, and take their own field of knowledge to the next level. My interest is to demonstrate and support how you can embrace the teachings of the Yoga Sutra in your own personal practice for self-improvement and self-empowerment; how you can accelerate your quest for total well-being and spiritual unfoldment.

Source: http://sedonayogafestival.com/

In the Silence: 365 Days of Inspiration from Spirit by Suzanne Giesemann (Author)

“This book is a must for a personal library. It is filled with pages of infinite wisdom and advice that can be used by anyone of any age, any religion.”

“This is one of the most inspiring books I have read, and I have read most of them.”

“This amazing book has changed my life.”

“Reading this beautiful, expressive book will change the world.”

These words of praise were given from reades of Suzanne’s first volume of inspiration from Spirit, Love Beyond Words. And now, from the silence of communion with Sanaya comes In the Silence, a second full year of universal messages of love and hope. Who is Sanaya? Suzanne Giesemann answers: “She is a collective consciousness that comes from a higher dimension than our own. Sanaya takes us outside the confines of being human to a dimension where we come face to face with our higher selves. To hear the words of Sanaya as they come through—to sit in the presence of that energy—is a palpable experience of higher vibration … of love. To read Sanaya’s words can have the same result when you tune in to that finer energy as you read.”
In the material world with its ups and downs, a daily dose of Sanaya’s loving energy is like a multi-vitamin for the soul. Whether you read the messages in order or choose a selection at random makes no difference. You will feel as if you’re being consoled and counseled by a concerned and loving friend, connected with the essence of your true self. In this new collection of spiritual wisdom, Sanaya shares how to find peace in the midst of chaos and live a life of love and compassion.
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Suzanne Giesemann
is the author of eleven books, a spiritual teacher, and an evidential medium. She captivates audiences as she brings hope, healing, and comfort through her work. Suzanne’s gift of communication with those on the other side provides stunning evidence of life after death. Touted as “a breath of fresh air” with “a quality that is so different from others that it is difficult to describe,” she brings messages of hope and love that go straight to the heart. Suzanne addresses questions about the purpose of life, the nature of reality, and attuning to higher consciousness. Her work has been recognized as highly credible by afterlife researcher Dr. Gary Schwartz, Ph.D., and best-selling author Dr. Wayne Dyer. She serves on the executive council of Eternea, where she is the chairman of the Spirituality Leadership Council and also on the Advisory Board of the Academy of Spiritual and Studies. For more information about Suzanne, visit http://www.SuzanneGiesemann.com.

Suzanne Giesemann speaks about unconditional love

A lesson in unconditional love. For more of this type, try Suzanne Giesemann’s online course from DailyOM … see http://www.SuzanneGiesemann.com.

Eckhart Tolle talks about Karma’s Role in Liberation [updated Mar 27, 2016]

Published on Jul 21, 2015

Eckhart Tolle discusses karma’s role in liberation on this video sample from Eckhart Tolle TV. Get a free trial for Eckhart Tolle TV at http://www.EckhartTolleTV.com. For more information about THE POWER OF NOW visit http://www.newworldlibrary.com.

NEW Dalai Lama Awakening (narrated by Harrison Ford) – Official Trailer #1& #2


http://www.DalaiLamaFilm.com – Your Transformation is NOW… NEW ‘Dalai Lama Awakening’ Film (narrated by Harrison Ford).

Critics say: “Brilliant” – “Transformational” – “a Stunning Tour-de-Force” – “a Powerful Cinematic Documentary”

Available on DVD NOW, and iTunes in June 2016: http://www.DalaiLamaFilm.com

The film also features: Thom Hartmann, Amit Goswami, Fred Alan Wolf, Jean Houston, Vicki Robin, Elisabet Sahtouris, Vandana Shiva, and others

NEW Dalai Lama Awakening (narrated by Harrison Ford) – Official Trailer #2

http://www.DalaiLamaFilm.com – Your transformation is NOW. Experience this film in a cinema in your area soon. ‘Dalai Lama Awakening’ and Director Khashyar Darvich are touring the U.S.-Canada from Sept 2014 – Feb 2015. For the full tour schedule, please visit: http://www.DalaiLamaFilm.com. This is the first trailer for the new transformational documentary film ‘Dalai Lama Awakening,’ which features the Dalai Lama and is narrated by Harrison Ford. This is the Director’s Cut and New Poetic ReVision of the Award-winning ‘Dalai Lama Renaissance’ film. Others featured in the film include: Quantum Physicists Fred Alan Wolf and Amit Goswami, radio host Thom Hartmann, Revolutionary Social Scientist Jean Houston, Michael Beckwith.

The Christ is Not a Person: The Evolution Of Consciousness And The Destiny Of Man by J.C. Tefft (Author)

Why are we born? For what purpose are we here?

The longer we are unaware of what is taking place within us – of what drives us and what can liberate us from the bonds of egocentric behavior – the longer we allow what the Buddha called the sorrow of life to hold sway. The sorrow of life is the sum and consequence of our total identification with the world of self.

The word Consciousness means something more than what the mind of self thinks, imagines, or conceives. Awareness in Pure Consciousness is an awareness that is beyond self. Contrary to traditional thinking, the so-called unseen, unknown world is nothing more than Consciousness of which we are unaware. Unawareness in Consciousness has been evolving into Awareness in Consciousness since before time began.

The author of this work comprehensively sets forth a meaning of ancient scripture that likely has not been advanced to you before. He demystifies ancient legends and myths so that the essential truth of ancient teachings shines through. Using ancient scripture as a guide, he insightfully explores a growing conscious awareness that has emerged within mankind over the last few thousand years.

A must read for anyone looking to discover the deeper meaning of ancient scripture beyond a literal interpretation of the words.


A former athlete, teacher, and entrepreneur, JC is a critically acclaimed author, video producer, and spiritual teacher who corresponds with students worldwide. A student, himself, first of his enlightened father, and later of world-renowned teachers Jiddu Krishnamurti and Eckhart Tolle, JC’s investigation into the nature of Life and the universe led to realizations in Pure Conscious Awareness that ultimately led to the writing of “The Christ is NOT a Person: The Evolution of Consciousness and the Destiny of Man.” He is currently writing and producing a series of video presentations entitled, “Pure Consciousness: The Last Frontier” that can be viewed online at http://www.jctefft.com.

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Pure Consciousness: The Last Frontier

Episode One: Consciousness Manifesting as Space & Time

Is There an Outside World?


Published on Mar 24, 2016

A discussion about the evidence of a separate, outside world.

Dear Human: A Manifesto of Love, Invitation and Invocation to Humanity by Courtney A. Walsh (Author)


A manifesto of love, invitation and invocation to humanity

Refreshingly candid, hilarious and insightful, Dear Human is the key necessary to unlock a whole new way of thinking…it is progressive and expansive. It provides insight to the soul that many of us have either: A) never seen or B) overlooked in our travels on this earthly plane.

Dear Human asks the reader to embrace our glorious messiness, to love to the best of our ability, to continue to learn and grow, to be willing to show up and get out of the way. It blows up old programs and conditioned ways of thinking and expands the reader into new ways of thinking about timeless themes. It asks us to merge and honor our divinity and humanity equally.

These chapters resonate what it means to be whole, real, authentic and loved while simultaneously showing the pathway to the freedom of enlightened empowerment. Be open to all your feelings and look to laugh and love with each and every breath. The spectrum from compassion to ego/emotional triggers is unabashedly discussed and honored within these pages. Words such as judgment, cooperation, feelings, growth, ease, resilience and harmony all have a place here. This creation strives to have the population rethink their inner workings, conditioned responses and self-imposed limitations. Dear Human elevates the spirit to an accomplished, soul-filling and revered place—a place of light.

Courtney A. Walsh has been a professional writer/editor/author/inspirational speaker for fifteen years. With an extensive background in marketing, advertising, creative writing, film, cultural studies, and languages, Courtney has worked with the United States National Park Service to review, research and co-write a technical report on the origins of the Statue of Liberty. Other accomplishments include a project for MTV (Music Television) and publishing several feature op-ed articles as a contributing writer for The Portsmouth Herald. She has created a successful career as a blogger, social media figure and professional speaker.

Social media rockstar and metaphysical humor author, internationally renowned speaker and writer of the “Dear Human” viral media meme that has now been shared with over 20 million people including on Deepak Chopra’s and Elizabeth Gilbert’s pages as well as retweeted by Khloe Kardashian and radio personality Delilah.

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The “Dear Human” quote, by Courtney A. Walsh (CAW) has become the seed of an emotional awareness movement. It liberates and unifies.

Join the Dear Human movement at:

https://www.facebook.com/dearhumancaw

Follow Courtney A. Walsh at:

https://www.facebook.com/loonybus
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The Merging of Christianity and Nonduality. Adam Bucko, Matthew Wright and Francis Bennett


Published on Mar 22, 2016

The merging of Christianity and Nonduality. A conversation with Adam Bucko, Matthew Wright and Francis Bennett moderated by Cameron McColl. A fascinating dialogue on Christianity, Nonduality and the role of Christian mysticism in our day to day life, both as a spiritual practice and a way to approach life.

Slow Down, Wake Up, and Become Watchful


Published on Mar 22, 2016

When unwanted things happen, fearful imagination kicks into gear, we resist our own projected outcomes, and then we look for rescue outside of us. Guy Finley tells us why the right answer in these moments is always to slow down, wake up, and become watchful. http://www.guyfinley.org/kit

Dana Sawyer on Huston Smith – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview


Published on Mar 21, 2016

Also see https://batgap.com/dana-sawyer-huston…

Why are we here? Is there a God? Can there be authentic mystical experience? Are Hindus and Buddhists correct that we can attain a state of enlightenment? Can psychedelic drugs give us a glimpse of it? Does religion have a viable place in the modern world? Is there a common core of values and insights among the world’s religions?

Huston Smith spent his career in a search for answers to these and other questions. Born in China in 1919, the son of Methodist missionaries, Smith followed a life-long spiritual quest that led him around the world many times. He studied the world’s religions and mystical traditions directly with Aldous Huxley, D.T. Suzuki, J. Krishnamurti, Alan Watts, Paul Tillich, Reinhold Niebuhr, the Dalai Lama, Joseph Campbell, Ram Dass, and a host of others. Huston, as a renowned philosopher of religion, helped shape the contemporary face of comparative religion, interfaith dialogue, and religious tolerance. As a seeker, he became a citizen of the world, plunging into its various spiritual traditions.

Website: http://hustonsmith.net

Some of Huston Smith’s books: The World’s Religions (Plus) Tales of Wonder: Adventures Chasing the Divine, an Autobiography Forgotten Truth: The Common Vision of the World’s Religions Why Religion Matters: The Fate of the Human Spirit in an Age of Disbelief The Soul of Christianity: Restoring the Great Tradition (Plus) Buddhism: A Concise Introduction And Live Rejoicing: Chapters from a Charmed Life — Personal Encounters with Spiritual Mavericks, Remarkable Seekers, and the World’s Great Religious Leaders The Huston Smith Reader

Dana Sawyer is the author of Huston Smith: Wisdomkeeper: Living The World’s Religions: The Authorized Biography of a 21st Century Spiritual Giant. He is also the author of an acclaimed biography of Aldous Huxley. He is professor of religion and philosophy at the Maine College of Art and a popular lecturer at venues such as Esalen Institute and Kripalu. An expert in Asian religions and theories related to the perennial philosophy, he has written for Tricycle, Parabola and other magazines. His website is http://dana-sawyer.com

Interview conducted 3/19/2016

Self Remembering: The Path to Non-Judgmental Love (An Owner’s Manual) by Red Hawk (Author)

With hundreds of books on the market today urging readers to develop mindfulness, pointing to the condition of “awakening” that most religious/philosophical traditions aim toward, this new addition by Red Hawk stands head and shoulders above the crowd. It offers detailed practical guidelines that allow one to know with certainty—not from imagination, theory, thought, or lying—when one is Present and Awake; it details the objective feedback mechanisms available to everyone for attaining this certainty: Am I awake now? How do I know?

Sincere readers will find that help in answering these two questions is invaluable and life-changing. Written from the perspective of a practitioner of more than thirty years—one who has studied the significant work of his predecessors, received instruction from two spiritual masters (Osho Rajneesh and Mister Lee Lozowick), and trained rigorously within daily life. This book is the first detailed examination of the Practice-of-Presence (called “self remembering” in the Gurdjieff tradition). The author’s aim is to give general guidelines in this practice, discuss its implications, and then offer specific instruction.

Self Remembering: The Path to Non-Judgmental Love is meant to be a companion piece, volume ii, to the author’s previous book Self Observation: The Awakening of Conscience, which is fast becoming a classic. Taken together, they present the most detailed examination of the practice available in English. He clearly points out that self remembering is only one half of a foundational spiritual practice called “self observation/self remembering.”

Where other authors/teachers have gone wrong in the past is to take only one half of this practice and consider it the whole, entire unto itself. Mister Gurdjieff’s student, A.R. Orage (1873-1934), made this mistake with self observation; contemporary teacher Robert Burton made a similar error with his book, also titled Self Remembering.

While P.D. Ouspensky speaks of the practice of self remembering in his seminal book In Search of the Miraculous, and Rodney Collin in The Theory of Celestial Influence, there has not been a book-length study on self remembering that examines the practice from the many angles that Red Hawk’s does. His chapters cover such diverse yet integrated topics as The Removal of Self Importance; Kaya Sadhana or the wisdom of the body; and Separation Grief, i.e., addressing the terror of our current situation without denial or dramatics.

Red Hawk was the Hodder Fellow at Princeton University (1992-93) and currently a full professor at U. of Arkansas, Monticello. Author of 5 collections of poetry, he has been published in The Atlantic, Poetry, and Kenyon Review, and others journals. Red Hawk has given readings with Allen Ginsberg, Rita Dove, Miller Williams, Tess Gallagher, and Coleman Barks, and more than 70 solo-readings in the U.S. He has practiced self-remembering and self-observation for thirty-four years, in Gurdjieff Society Arkansas, meditation master Osho Rajneesh & spiritual teacher L Lozowick

The Afterlife is Real by Theresa Cheung

The Afterlife is Real is the latest book from much-loved paranormal expert, Theresa Cheung, and is a captivating collection of true stories from people who have glimpsed the next life. Using as evidence first-hand accounts from ordinary people whose lives have been transformed by near death experiences and/or contact with the other side, Theresa will answer the big questions that everyone asks at some point in their lives whether or not they are religious/spiritual:

* What happens when we die?
* Will we ever see our loved ones again?
* Is there an afterlife?
* Is there a heaven?

Its aim is to empower readers with the knowledge that there are answers, hope and life in the midst of confusion, uncertainty and death. Theresa instructs readers in how to look for signs of spirit communication and how near death experiences can inspire and transform lives. It is a powerful and comforting reminder that there is more waiting for us than we see in the here and now.

Theresa Cheung was born into a family of spiritualists and has been involved in the research of psychic phenomena for over twenty-five years. She has a master’s degree from King’s College, Cambridge, and has written a variety of books about the paranormal including the Sunday Times bestsellers An Angel Called My Name and An Angel Healed Me. She lives with her husband and two children in Oxford.

Theresa Cheung on Finding Heaven

Theresa Cheung was born into a family of psychics and spiritualists. She has been involved in the research of psychic phenomena for over twenty-five years. A professional writer and journalist, she is the author of a number of bestselling books including An Angel Called My Name and An Angel Healed Me. She considers herself to be an ordinary person who has had extraordinary experiences.

How to Find Heaven brings the age-old search for the meaning of life right up to date with advice on how to recognise the presence of spirits in everyday life and unlock the divine messages they are constantly sending us. The book takes the theme of a journey, presenting the search for heaven like the search for a hidden treasure – easier to discover if you have the right map.It can be used for strength, guidance and encouragement whenever you feel the need of comfort, hope and love; whenever you need reminding that heaven exists and you can find it anytime you want, right here and right now.

Soul Breathing Spiritual Light and the Art of Self-Mastery by Carrie L’Esperance

An exploration of the multidimensional interplay between body, mind, and spirit

• Identifies the frequencies that support life and the dissonant frequencies incompatible with life, such as the imbalances of EMFs

• Explains how to cultivate higher consciousness by building a strong light body

• Includes techniques and exercises for psychic cleansing, physical and emotional detox, chakra and aura strengthening, and oracular dreaming

Civilization has reached a critical threshold in time unlike any other. Whether life continues to evolve or devolve depends upon our ability to reach higher states of consciousness en masse. This requires calling upon the transformative power of the soul–a power not handed to us, but earned. We are living proof that the physical and spiritual realms of existence work together in unity. Yet for many of us our natural soul light and inner spiritual intuition are suppressed due to the distractions of day-to-day living and the electromagnetic pollution of our screen-filled technological world.

In this exploration of the multidimensional interplay between the body, mind, and spirit, Carrie L’Esperance reveals how we can restore the flow of spiritual light in everyday living through the art of self-mastery. She explains how technology has severely reduced humanity’s natural abilities and spiritual power. She shows how EMFs and wi-fi toast our energetic bodily systems and suppress our immune systems, blocking the ethereal frequencies of light and suppressing our creative intuition and higher powers. Detailing the spiritual bio-geometry of light and the holographic principle, she explores how the cells of our bodies receive light’s deeper vibratory frequencies to support conscious evolution and soul development as well as explaining near-death and out-of-body experiences. She identifies the dissonant energies that endanger mind/body health and reveals new advances in brain science that allow us to transcend the malign influences that hamper human evolution. She provides exercises and techniques for spiritual alignment and receptivity, including psychic cleansing, physical and emotional detox, chakra and aura strengthening, and oracular dreaming.

Preparing us for the new cosmology and the greater community of worlds that is being revealed, L’Esperance shows that when we are properly connected with our soul’s intelligence and cultivate the reception of higher frequencies of consciousness, then we are able to soul breathe, to absorb more pranic energy, the electromagnetic force and cosmic radiation that is the sustaining element of all life and consciousness.

Carrie L’Esperance has spent more than 25 years studying the healing systems of the world’s cultures. A certified iridologist and former gourmet food professional, the author now specializes in helping clients discover the individual nutritional requirements that will allow them to feel and function at their best. She lives in San Francisco.

EXCERPT

Chapter 5

The Alchemy of Destiny

One definition of Alchemy is the knowledge of how to keep all things in life in creative balance through transmutation. That which we aspire toward must be undertaken with a quiet passion day by day. Willpower and ardent desire to align with Spirit combined with persistence is the starting point of self-mastery. It is important to establish that all things do not contain Spirit. Some things are void of Spirit. No experience that influences us through higher spiritual forces can be harmful.

There is a silent and supportive power that aligns with those who do not lose hope in the face of discouragement. Conversely, the presence of destructive emotions will generate a dissonant frequency that destroys one’s sense of justice and fairness if not controlled through the chemistry of the mind. Thought backed by a strong desire tends to transmute itself into its physical equivalent.

ADDICTION TO DISTRACTION

Distraction is a pre-eminent condition of the age that many people struggle with. It is reasonable to enjoy a certain amount of distraction in one’s life. However, addiction to distraction creates an obstruction to the deeper self. It is a form of self-avoidance and a denial of how one is really feeling about life. It is difficult to enjoy a moment of peaceful insight when there is a defending and impenetrable wall of distraction driven by an erratic state of mind. If we cultivate the courage to simply be with the experience, however unpleasant . . . it enhances the clarity and deeper understanding of life’s lessons in a constructive manner.

Some people are so accustomed to noise and distraction that the subtle path of the Soul goes unnoticed. It is possible to become addicted to stress and the need to fill each day with methodical busyness and empty moments. Regular peaceful interludes sharpen and balance the mind as well as maintain flexibility in one’s perceptions, so it is imperative to avoid the things that hold you back and waste your life energy. The power of spiritual insight is what gives people strength in challenging times, and even though our thoughts and emotions may become contaminated, we can heal ourselves. Time, energy, and attention are necessary for learning greater things if we are to escape the shadow of these times and mend our world.

When people feel afraid to be alone, they are not connected to their Soul–to who they really are, which is an extraordinary spiritual being creatively expressing in a temporal world. Taking the time to be with the deeper awareness of who we really are and what we are feeling is a form of self-realization. Self-realization establishes what action we must take. Is there something in our awareness that is recurring and attempting to get our attention in the silence beyond the distraction? Without this deeper connection, life tilts toward becoming more chaotic and self-destructive.

When people are afraid to feel, it is because the personal mind is not engaged with the Spiritual Mind. Honoring and implementing our spirituality assists us in surmounting the difficulties and challenges of life. In a material world we can become disillusioned by the overwhelming array of things to do, places to go, and people to see. The hand held digital devices that people are obsessed with, also attempt to capture minds and sway attentions away from the deeper processes of thought.

Amidst our distractions can we rescue a world in decline? If our obsession with distraction and technology surpasses our quest for spiritual evolution, the demand for materialistic possessions will be all consuming. How will we balance busyness with quietness and sustained concentration? Will productivity prove to be constructive or destructive? Do our activities propel us toward spiritual advancement or do they hinder our progress?

In an increasingly technological society, people are becoming less aware of the interior energies that move them from Light to dark and dark to Light, and so deciphering these energies is an exercise in selfawareness. It is you who is in command of your own thought processes. No one else can do this for you.

PSYCHIC CLEANSING

When we are aware of weak areas in our thoughts, words, and deeds, it is necessary to conquer all adverse frequencies through strengthening Spiritual Power. The ability to bring forth Divine Principle pays great dividends. Daily deep reflection will help pinpoint adverse emotions and in turn will assist the process of reversing the negative effects. Centering conscious awareness upon one’s deeper spiritual union, thanksgiving, gratitude, and constructive thoughts will support the greater purpose, talents, and journey of the accomplished individual.

It takes patience and perseverance to clear the field of consciousness of useless weeds that are difficult to uproot. Yet, when the field of consciousness is reseeded, the indestructible Soul, hidden within the perishable Earthly body sprouts forth, yielding the fruits of more meaningful activities, fulfillment, and the sensation of being profoundly touched deep inside. It is liberation through harmonization of the mental processes with the power of Spirit. The essence of this harmonization is produced electromagnetically.

Thoughts that generate a pulsed electromagnetic field producing electricity or vitality create a magnetic resonance of Light. When the brain’s pulsed frequency matches the tissues and organs of the body, and when they are in resonance, there is an enhancement of molecular action, which is a catalyst for health and wellbeing. Spiritual guidance reveals itself when the individual is open and ready to align with the higher purpose of connecting with it, and the natural flow of communication that manifests through the inner being is enhanced.

Conversely, the downward spiral of sickness and disease is also greatly affected by one’s vibratory level. Centering conscious awareness helps to illustrate how the spiral is a living thread that can lead us to different levels of vision and energy. Spiritual attainment has purpose when it is grounded in matter, in who we are, and what we work toward, or away from, in a conscious manner.

Eckhart Tolle Interviews Awaken About Awakening

This interview took place in front of 650 people at a retreat with Eckhart Tolle and Kim Eng in Norway in September 2015.

David Welch: Thank you Eckhart.

Eckhart Tolle: Yes.

David
: How would you describe the process of Awakening and would you share a few personal stories about the ups and downs of your own Awakening?

Eckhart: In the case with me, the suffering became so intense I couldn’t stand it any more. I couldn’t stand myself any more. On some level it must have been a realization that I was generating the suffering. I didn’t really consciously know that but I could not live with myself any more.

People who have gone through a lot, who have a lot of internal suffering, are often the people who most desperately need to awaken. And, if you most desperately need to awaken that’s a wonderful motivation. You can’t stand the pain any more.

The Awakening itself was a thing that happened and unlike for most people it happened and then was never completely lost after that.

However, the integration, because there is a personality here, there is the Awakening and then for a while the personality continues almost as before, it has the same goals as before. There was no understanding, what so ever, about what Awakening meant. I didn’t even call it Awakening. I didn’t have a name on it. So it took years to understand what had happened and it took years for it to fully take hold of my life. So it was no longer engaged in activities that were not compatible with awakening for example.

I just started doing a PHD before when the Awakening happened. A few months later I started graduate work. Not knowing that was no longer my path. There was a momentum in my life that carried me onwards to the next thing. And the novelty of being at this university that everyone wants to get into and… it was nice. I enjoyed the experience of it. It was peaceful. After a year or two, I noticed a dissonance between the world I found myself in and my inner being. And that dissonance grew and grew. And another year past and suddenly I could no longer be there. The place that everybody says you should get there. And one day I had to walk out.

But that took three years for this to fully come into my life… So after that comes the period of being seemingly lost. The world… nothing to hang on to anymore, and then the period of sitting on park benches and being in a state of bliss and peace. But I was not very effective anymore as a person. Temporarily losing the ability to pursue goals. There was no goal. What for? There was no ambition or goal. And then the next step was the beginning of the teaching period.

First… The first time someone sat on a bench next to me and asked me a question about life. Problems. And I gave an answer and what I said I didn’t know I knew. It came out of presence. Then they asked me, ‘can I see you again’. And then I became a spiritual teacher. I didn’t know it at the time but that is how it happened. That is the story, a gradual integration, an understanding that took years. And the understanding of it is inseparable from being asked questions from people. Because only by asking questions did the answers get pulled out of me. If I hadn’t had questions asked I wouldn’t have known anything.

Eckhart Tolle: And what about you, David? Your Awakening?

David:
First, I’m fundamentally committed to living in the present moment.

Eckhart: Yes.

David: I live in the here and now. I am the individual conscious awareness that is present in this moment. I am the individual wave of consciousness on the ocean of Infinite Eternal pure consciousness. At the deepest level, I, as the individual wave and the ocean are one, I am Presence, I am the entire ocean, I am Oneness.

Eckhart: Yes.

David: The breathing body is one of the keys to awakening. The body is the Temple that I temporarily live in. I spend an hour and half every morning doing Kundalini Yoga, meditation and Qigong which is a process that by focusing on my breathing body, by controlling the breath, stretching into and strengthening my body I deepen into the present moment.

Eckhart
: Yes.

David: The postures are designed to be difficult and the body, mind and ego all try and pull me out of the present moment and presence. The body hurts, the mind tries to drag me into the past or future, the ego whines about how difficult it is and why don’t I take a break. And I as pure desire, will and awareness arise in silence and stillness and because I am pure awareness I never give in and I have developed a certainty about who and what I am. I am the consciousness in this present moment. When I am awake I am no longer lost in the mind, lost in the remembered and imagined past and or the imagined future.

My breathing body is standing here. I am aware of you on the stage. I feel the vastness of this room, the stillness, the quite, and the collective consciousness and presence of us all.

Thank You Eckhart.

Eckhart: Thank you David.

David Welch is the founder and CEO of Awaken Global Media and Chief Editor of AWAKEN.com. He is the Producer of the award winning movie “Peaceful Warrior.” David is a master practitioner of Neuro-linguistic programming, a certified Kundalini yoga instructor and has a continuous, committed and daily yoga, meditation and Qigong practice.
Source: AWAKEN

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