Archive for May, 2016


The popular pastor and New York Times bestselling author of Love Wins and What We Talk About When We Talk About God shows us how to pursue and realize our dreams, live in the moment, and joyfully do the things that make us come alive.

Each of us was created for something great—we just need to figure out what it is and find the courage to do it. Whether it’s writing the next great American novel, starting a business, or joining a band, Rob Bell wants to help us make those dreams become reality. Our path is ours and ours alone to pursue, he reminds us, and in doing so, we derive great joy because we are living our passions.

How to Be Here lays out concrete steps we can use to define and follow our dreams, interweaving engaging stories, lessons from biblical figures, insights gleaned from Rob’s personal experience, and practical advice. Rob gives you the support and insight you need to silence your critics, move from idea to action, take the first step, find joy in the work, persevere through hard times, and surrender to the outcome.

Like Stephen Pressfield’s classic The War of Art, How to Be Here will inspire readers to seek the lives they were created to lead.

Rob Bell is a New York Times bestselling author, speaker, and spiritual teacher. His books include Love Wins, How to Be Here, What We Talk About When We Talk About God, Velvet Elvis, The Zimzum of Love, Sex God, Jesus Wants to Save Christians, and Drops Like Stars. He hosts the weekly podcast The Robcast, which was named by iTunes as one of the best of 2015. He was profiled in The New Yorker and in TIME Magazine as one of 2011’s hundred most influential people. He and his wife, Kristen, have three children and live in Los Angeles.

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New Consciousness Radio
HOW TO BE HERE with Rob Bell


Rob Bell – How to be here


Published on May 16, 2016

Rob Bell is The New York Times bestselling author of Love Wins, What We Talk About When We Talk about God, The Zimum of Love and his most recent book How To Be Here. iTunes named his podcast, The RobCast, Best of 2015. He’s been profiled in The New Yorker, he’s toured with Oprah on her Life You Want Tour, and in 2011 Time Magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential People In The World. He has a regular show at Largo, the legendary music and comedy club in West Hollywood and is currently touring his How To Be Here Experience around the world. He and his wife Kristen have three children and live in Los Angeles.

In this episode we spoke to Rob about the human condition, how to find your passion, we demystify success and fame. We rationalize the emotional chaos that comes with finding who we are and what we are meant to do with our lives and so so much more.

This conversation will change the way you see your life.


Published on May 30, 2016

Also see https://batgap.com/sruti/

Sruti writes about her experience with an uncommon and painful illness called Interstitial Cystitis. This ongoing and chronic condition challenged her to stay present with daily pain and to look further inward for answers.

In an extreme moment of pain, in which consciousness began to fade, Sruti experienced the erasure of all that clouds over the earliest source of vision. She asks the question: with whose vision are we seeing when the lights are going out? Has this early vision ever known anything at all?

After these extreme episodes of pain Sruti spent time on retreat with teachers such as Gangaji and Sri Mooji. She found no difference in these nondual pointings and the discoveries made directly in painful circumstances.

Sruti finds that we can allow what is painful to become a tool to disrupt the ordinary layers of our experience. Underneath these layers we find the unconditional peace that is our constant being in each moment.

Can we investigate the source of ordinary vision – can we find the place of true seeing that is earlier that who we think we are? Website: http://srutisangha.org Book: The Hidden Value of Not Knowing

Interview recorded 5/28/2016


Published on May 28, 2016

The New York Times called Robert Lanza “One of the three most important scientists alive today.”
Here is what Lanza – who initiated the idea of a Biocentric Universe, has to say about beliefs in the independent existence of an ‘external world’.

A short excerpt from the book

Maybe at first the beautiful experiences enhance our lives and cultivate a sense of joy that we believe is contained within that beauty. And the negative experiences seem to disrupt our lives and pull our attention away into fear. But the truth, behind our experience of fear and joy, is that there is something that is un-contained and never disrupted.

If we allow both the beautiful and the painful to point us back to not knowing, regardless of our circumstances, we come to see that it is the only constant in a world that swings between good and bad, up and down, right and wrong.

And so the pain served as an eraser. It came in and slowly took everything. It’s primary message is to let go. Its gift is silent fullness. It demands brevity and so points without delay to the fundamental fabric, that ground of the unknown.

When we inquire into the hidden value of the unknown, especially in a moment of great pain or great beauty we may not find an answer. We may instead experience an out-of-the-question silence that contains a profound reverence.

For true peace in the face of great pain, and for the resolution of its suffering, it is this unquestionable silence we must reveal within ourselves. It is not a tool to help better ourselves. It is not a pain killer. When the transient lights of our own lives are going out, and we no longer know anything – it is who we truly are, and we are already home.

Chronic pain can be used for spiritual self-inquiry

Sruti is a spiritual teacher who shares her experience with an uncommon and painful illness called Interstitial Cystitis. This ongoing and chronic condition challenged her to stay present with daily pain and to look further inward for answers.

In an extreme moment of pain, in which consciousness began to fade, Sruti experienced the erasure of all that clouds over the earliest source of vision. She asks the question: with whose vision are we seeing when the lights are going out? Has this early vision ever known anything at all?

Sruti finds that we can allow what is painful to become a tool to disrupt the ordinary layers of our experience. Underneath these layers we find the unconditional peace that is our constant being in each moment.

Can we investigate the source of ordinary vision – can we find the place of true seeing that is earlier that who we think we are?

When we inquire into the hidden value of the unknown, especially in a moment of great pain or great beauty we may not find an answer. We may instead experience an out-of-the-question silence that contains a profound reverence. For true peace in the face of great pain, and for the resolution of its suffering, it is this unquestionable silence we must reveal within ourselves. – Sruti

The initial awakening is just around the corner – the first use of our wings. This awakening is not enlightenment (Real awakening to reality) but to conscious Life – the tool to be used for our liberation. This article portrays the difference between initial awakening and enlightenment (Liberation) – the beginning and the End, and gives us right view on the tool- and its use, which we all stand to receive before long…

For realization to happen, there is a need for the very first step to be taken.

The step of dissolving our identity by our surrender to Life.

The very first dissolving happens through the step of sorting away all of the identification and realizing who “I” am.

The result of the very first step is awakening.

It is the first surrender and death of identification to the realization of All-inclusiveness.

Awakening is the tool which is needed, to lead us towards and to liberation. Enlightenment.

Awakening and the death to realization, of All being One, is the very first- in a row of deaths.

Which by their happening results in the thinning out of our Existence on every level of Existence.

The transformation of our sexual energy. Our want. Our ego.

Awakening is not the end, but the beginning and first step towards Self-realization.

It is where the work actually starts – of clearing our being in every corner possible.

Without the first full cycled death, the following deaths are out of reach. The world is being lead towards and will before long attain this very first step, of awakening within all beings.

Initial awakening is mis-interpreted as enlightenment by people.

What does the bird in the nest know of the birds in the sky?

Our very first death is the attainment of the knowledge of how to fly.

We have realized we have wings, but our wings are weak and we know nothing of the skies.

Once awakening has happened, we know our Self to be Life itself – to be God.

This is what is in store for every One here before long.

Realization of the One Life, through penetration of a spot of clear seeing,

One reach of the highest state of consciousness,

The achievement of our wing’s use.

But realization has not been attained.

The One clear spot of seeing has penetrated our being somewhere – either in Heart, Mind or belly.

The Existence of the sky has become known, but its expanse is not.

From there, that One spot of penetration is to grow.

To claim- and include its Truth in every part of us and our living Lives.

By its own perfection through our deeper, wider and complete surrender to it.

Realizing our Self to be God, Is the initial “travel home”, but the “return” is next.

The transformation of all sexual energy/Life-energy to become the same Space.

It happens by the rise of Life from the bottom of our being,

It looks like want – only this time, the identification happening, is with that of God.

All else follows – Our learning to fly.

If we let it, by going further – by keeping on letting go.

Using the tool of awakening for its intended purpose.

The inherent knowledge of God, allows as our tool,

to let die that identification again and again,

as want rises, grabbing the Life it sees, calling it itself,

it calls us for one more death, and one more,

Through death after death, it is emptied out and loses all power.

The training of our wings, will serve to uncover the mysteries of the sky.

Finding all parts of the sky to be the same Space.

Our dying again and again – is exactly this.

The living of our lives is the discovery of all parts of Life to be the same Space.

What we are, is to be seen in the right light,

The right light can thereby be applied to our Life and living.

We can come to succeed with the shaping of everything according to the reality of Nothing.

Not until all is done, succeeded and resolved, can we call the sky our home and being.

Do not be discouraged by the thought of a thousand deaths,

for it is the first death, which is the hardest.

And it is this cycle of re-rising followed by cessation of Ego, of want (a new death),

Which leads us to enlightenment.

We are birds learning to fly.

The gift of our wings is just around the corner – for everyone.

Learn to use them well,

Train your wings to carry you, 
And get to learn the skies…

The Zen masters facilitated a 1000 deaths, true enlightenment.

And so will you also come to break down your Self again and again, to finally become real and realize Self as no-self.


Aisha Salem – Letting Go Into The Intensity of Being

Extract from the Online Satsang November 2015

In stripping away the flowery language, the sugar coating so to speak, the author is aware that he is presenting Self Enquiry as the challenging Practice it is designed to be, directly, “in the raw”. But then this will take you to an important question: Who or what is being challenged? What is it within you that creates this resistance, doubt and fear? This is your first opportunity to go to the source, to step back from this anxiety and concern and see it for what it is: the many-layered mind with all its attachments continuing its game-playing in an effort to remain in control. In being prepared to swallow what seems to be a bitter pill you are taken directly to what matters: the path to Truth.

Michael Vincent

Born in 1949 I have been a painter and writer throughout my life. Inspired by nature in front of the living, vibrant landscape painting has always been a connection with our precious Earth and an act of deep meditation.I specialise in gouache and oil painting and use my work to illustrate my published articles and books.
In 2004 I was honoured to receive the Sannyasin name Tathagat from the Osho Leela Community, a name I continue to use in my work in Self Enquiry.I am a qualified Reiki Practitioner (2005, Shekinashram, Glastonbury).
A life-long interest in meditation has culminated in a deepening understanding of Self Enquiry with my first book published on this Practice in 2010. I have also published articles on SE in Kindred Spirit and Watkins Mind Body Spirit Magazines.
I live in Bridgwater, Somerset with my daughter Jennifer. From here I pursue a combined programme of creative activity and meditation taught to others through retreats and Satsang.

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Published on May 27, 2016

A discussion as to whether Awareness is self-aware in deep sleep.


Eckhart Tolle is a German-born resident of Canada, best known as the author of The Power of Now and A New Earth. In 2011, he was listed by the Watkins Review as the most spiritually influential person in the world.

The Awakening (Finnish: herännäisyys or körttiläisyys) is a Lutheran religious movement in Finland which has found followers in the provinces of Savo and Ostrobothnia. The origins of the movement are in the 18th century. It has functioned inside the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland throughout its existence. Formerly very pietist, the movement is currently considered within mainstream Finnish Lutheranism.

Theologically, the Awakening emphasized the greatness of God, the sinfulness of man, and the insignificance of human efforts towards salvation (see monergism).

Today, the Awakening movement is widely known in Finland through an annual religious summer festival called Herättäjäjuhlat. The festival, held in July, attracts around 30,000 visitors and remains the second largest annual religious event in Finland.

The Awakening brought with it a form of the conventicle known as the seurat which consists of singing of hymns as prayer interrupted with short speeches as commentary to the prevailing mood.

The movement strictly holds on to the Lutheran theological basis of the church of Finland. However, its mission is to point of the significance of faith in the life of the individual and empower people to follow Christ. The movement strongly emphasized that faith and salvation are acts of God. Man cannot contribute towards his/her salvation. Salvation is the act of God and Holy Spirit alone according to Luther’s principle sola gratia. God is great, the human being is small. Gospel is preached on the low level amongst the people where the movement is also lived.

Religious views have been formulated primarily by the early leaders of the movement. Among them, especially Paavo Ruotsalainen’s views still continue to influence thinking. Today, herännäisyys is a moderate movement accepting the ordination of women as pastors and having a tolerant attitude toward sexual minorities. A study published in 2010 by the Finnish Church Research Centre revealed that supporters of the Awakening differ significantly from the supporters other Finnish Lutheran revival movements in their tolerant views toward e.g. sexual ethics.

The headlines are clear: religion is on the decline in America as many people leave behind traditional religious practices. Diana Butler Bass, leading commentator on religion, politics, and culture, follows up her acclaimed book Christianity After Religion by arguing that what appears to be a decline actually signals a major transformation in how people understand and experience God. The distant God of conventional religion has given way to a more intimate sense of the sacred that is with us in the world. This shift, from a vertical understanding of God to a God found on the horizons of nature and human community, is at the heart of a spiritual revolution that surrounds us – and that is challenging not only religious institutions but political and social ones as well.

Grounded explores this cultural turn as Bass unpacks how people are finding new spiritual ground by discovering and embracing God everywhere in the world around us—in the soil, the water, the sky, in our homes and neighborhoods, and in the global commons. Faith is no longer a matter of mountaintop experience or institutional practice; instead, people are connecting with God through the environment in which we live. Grounded guides readers through our contemporary spiritual habitat as it points out and pays attention to the ways in which people experience a God who animates creation and community.

Bass brings her understanding of the latest research and studies and her deep knowledge of history and theology to Grounded. She cites news, trends, data, and pop culture, weaves in spiritual texts and ancient traditions, and pulls it all together through stories of her own and others’ spiritual journeys. Grounded observes and reports a radical change in the way many people understand God and how they practice faith. In doing so, Bass invites readers to join this emerging spiritual revolution, find a revitalized expression of faith, and change the world.


Diana Butler Bass was born in Baltimore, Maryland and grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona. For as long as she can remember, she’s been interested in spirituality, religion, history, and politics–passions she intertwines in her books and writing. She holds a Ph.D. in American religious history from Duke University. After a dozen years teaching undergraduates, she became a full-time writer, independent researcher, educator, and consultant. Her work has been cited in the national media, including TIME Magazine, USA TODAY, and the Washington Post, and she has appeared on CNN, FOX, PBS, and on NPR. For five years, she wrote a weekly feature on American religion for the New York Times syndicate. She currently writes for Huffington Post and Washington Post and is a contributing editor at Sojourners magazine.

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The Sunday Forum: “Grounded” Finding God in the World – A Spiritual Revolution

Grounded: Finding God in the World – A Spiritual Revolution
Join author and scholar Diana Butler Bass as she discusses her newest book, Grounded: Finding God in the World – A Spiritual Revolution. Recent studies show many people leaving behind traditional religious practices. Diana Butler Bass, a leading commentator on religion, politics, and culture, argues that what appears to be a decline actually signals a major transformation in how people understand and experience God. The distant God of conventional religion has given way to a more intimate sense of the sacred that is with us in the world. This shift, from a vertical understanding of God to a God found on the horizons of nature and human community, is at the heart of a spiritual revolution that surrounds us—and that is challenging not only religious institutions but political and social ones as well.
Diana Butler Bass specializes in American religion and culture. She holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University and is the author of nine books. Bass will be the preacher at the 11:15 am worship service following the Sunday Forum

Published on May 25, 2016

Coming soon Virtual Reality experiences from Deepak Chopra MD.


Published on May 25, 2016

Instead of escaping the messy human condition by going to the monastery, I actually discovered the full human condition. What I discovered was that the divine transcendence I was seeking was not found outside the human, but was found precisely by going more deeply into it and embracing it fully. In this talk I would like to share these insights about integrating our human journey toward emotional maturity into the spiritual journey of awakening to the transcendent dimension. I would like to share a bit about how this process has been working in my own life, giving practical pointers about how to live this out in concrete ways in daily life. Rather than trying to deny and destroy the vulnerable humanity I found in myself and those I lived with in community, I have found that by embracing it, by fearlessly accepting all the dark and painful places within myself and others, I could actually discover that unconditional openness that was at my heart’s deepest center, that place within that never grabs on to the ‘pleasant’, that never pushes away the ‘unpleasant’, but is simply and beautifully and unconditionally present to whatever shows up in experience.

When we practice embracing what seems vulnerable and ‘unacceptable’ within us, this very embracing touches that consciousness which is essential to who we are. It helps point us toward pure being itself, ‘the Ground of being’ within us all at our own heart’s center.

Francis Bennett was a Roman Catholic, Trappist monk for a number of years. He lived in two monasteries of the Trappist Order in the US and was also a member of an urban, contemplative monastic community originally founded in Paris, France in 1975. He has lived in France at several monasteries, and in Canada at a small monastic community in Montreal Quebec. He received a five and a half year monastic/spiritual formation with the Trappists before he made his vows as a monk at Gethsemani Abbey in 1983. He graduated from the Pontifical College Josephinum with a BA in Philosophy and completed a two year residency in Clinical Pastoral Education with Ohio Health Hospital System in Columbus, Ohio. He has worked in ministry in the area of spiritual Care in the hospice movement, as a hospital chaplain and in spiritual care of the sick and dying in parish settings. He has lead retreats in both the Vipassana Buddhist Tradition and in the Christian mystical/contemplative Tradition. In 2010, while in the middle of a Church Service in his monastery in Montreal, Francis suddenly experienced what he has come to call, “a radical perceptual shift in consciousness”, in which he discovered the ever present presence of spacious, pure awareness. He came to see that this awareness is actually the unchanging essence of who he really is and always has been; the Supreme Self, talked about by many sages and saints from many spiritual traditions down through the ages. He also came to see simultaneously, that this vast, infinite sense of presence at the center of his being (and at the center of the being of everyone else on the planet) is actually not at all separate from the presence of God, which he had been looking for during his many years as a monk and spiritual seeker. http://findinggraceatthecenter.com/


Published on May 25, 2016

Tara Talks: How to Practice the RAIN of Self Compassion – Tara Brach

When we bring the clear and kind presence of RAIN to our felt sense of unworthiness, we begin to discover a larger, more whole sense of our being.


Published on May 23, 2016

Rupert Spira is a spiritual writer and teacher in the branch of Non Duality, exploring the nature of experience in his essays and texts. He has published a book (The Transparency of Things, Non Duality Press, 2008), and a few DVDs with interviews. He holds regular meetings and retreats in the UK, Europe and the US. (Source: Wikipedia)

In this talk Rupert Spira emphasizes the importance of focusing one’s attention on the feeling ‘I am aware,’ because it directs us to our true nature. Enjoy!

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