Everything is a Doorway to Love – Amoda Maa


An excerpt from the Berkeley Open Circle Meeting, August 2017. Only you have the choice to separate your experience into “love” and “not love”. Only you can hold something in the image of the Beloved and deny everything else as coming from the same source. And only you can choose to see that everything – good, bad and ugly – is the Beloved in disguise. – Amoda Maa

The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything – Ken Robinson 

The Element is the point at which natural talent meets personal passion. When people arrive at the Element, they feel most themselves and most inspired and achieve at their highest levels. With a wry sense of humor, Ken Robinson looks at the conditions that enable us to find ourselves in the Element and those that stifle that possibility. Drawing on the stories of a wide range of people, including Paul McCartney, Matt Groening, Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington, and Bart Conner, he shows that age and occupation are no barrier and that this is the essential strategy for transform­ing education, business, and communities in the twenty-first century.

A breakthrough book about talent, passion, and achievement from one of the world’s leading thinkers on creativity and self-fulfillment.

Ken Robinson on Passion

LECTURE @THE SCHOOL OF LIFE: Sir Ken Robinson believes that everyone is born with extraordinary capability. So what happens to all that talent as we bump through life, getting by, but never realizing our true potential?

Ken Robinson – The Element

Sir Ken Robinson returns to the RSA to share new thinking on ‘The Element’ – the point at which natural talent meets personal passion.

Rupert Spira brings the Experience of Emptiness (Amazing!!)

Published on Aug 29, 2017

Rupert Spira brings the Experience of Emptiness (Amazing)

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ADYASHANTI: How to Reach Enlightenment – 3 Steps to Awaken! | The Way of Liberation” 

Published on Aug 26, 2017

If you’ve ever wanted to wake up from your dream state, then do we have The Way of Liberation show for you.

Today I’ll be talking with the spiritual teacher Adyanshanti, author of two of the most beautiful and important books I’ve ever read, Falling into Grace: Insights on the End of Suffering , and The Way of Liberation: A Practical Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment .
And that’s just what I want to talk with him about today, about a practical guide to spiritual awakening and enlightenment.

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Mooji – 2017 Satsang BE YOURSELF (Beautiful Talk)

Deepak Chopra: Scientists Are Naive Realists

Deepak Chopra: Scientists Are Naive Realists


Published on Aug 27, 2017

You can watch the full interview by becoming a supporter of SAND here: https://www.scienceandnonduality.com

Deepak Chopra is the author of more than 80 books, a quarter of them New York Times bestsellers. His medical training is in internal medicine and endocrinology. In this interview he talks of science’s approach to consciousness, suggests that it is matter, not consciousness, that is the hard problem, and explains why scientists can be described as naive realists.

Becoming Self-Aware And Learning What You Want – Wayne Dyer

Published on Aug 26, 2017

Dr. Wayne Dyer’s incomparable wisdom. It guides us to new levels of self-awareness.
There’s a level of awareness available to you that you are probably unfamiliar with. It extends upward and transcends the ordinary level of consciousness that you’re most accustomed to. At this higher plane of existence, which you and every human being who has ever lived can access at will, the fulfillment of wishes is not only probable—it is guaranteed. By entering into that realm you have much more say over what comes into your life than you might have envisioned.
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The Four Rules Of Living According To Lao Tzu

Published on Aug 23, 2017 

The Four Rules Of Living According To Lao Tzu

Author Matt Caron for Sivanaspirit.com
The original article can be found here: http://blog.sivanaspirit.com/sp-gn-ru…

Music by Incompetech.com
Photos from Upsplash and Pixabay.

Adyashanti – You Are Awareness

Published on Aug 25, 2017

 How do you rest as awareness? Do you have to do anything to rest as awareness? Adyashanti invites you into this exploration of what it means to ‘rest as awareness.’ As you relinquish the mind’s desire to constantly be doing or understanding something, you can step out of the egoic mind state and into all-inclusive awareness.

Video Excerpted from “Rest As Awareness”(DVD #48):

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Quotes from this Video:

“’Resting as awareness’ isn’t a state of doing, it’s a state of being.”

“Awareness isn’t being the watcher and it’s not really being the witness — both of those are things that egos do.”

“If resting as awareness actually happens, then at some point it will dawn on you that you and awareness are not two different things.”

“Awareness is much more what you are than all the ideas that you ever had about yourself in your life.”

This Moment Is the Perfect Teacher, Part 1

Taking Responsibility for Yourself: The Ethics of Awakening ~ Gangaji

Published on Aug 25, 2017

I am a great believer in the necessity of living a moral life, but I am not a believer in the burden of that. I am not a missionary. I am not here to convert you. Whatever your moral life is, you still have the capacity to stop, be still, call of the search. Then live freely. This is not a teaching

The Habit of Attending to Objects ~ Rupert Spira

Published on Aug 25, 2017

A 13-year-old asks why awareness forgets itself.

Leonard Jacobson – A Silent Mind

When you become fully present, thoughts stop and your mind is silent… present with something that is actually here now, you must emerge out of the mind, and the world of thought. It cannot be otherwise. A noticeable shift will occur within you as you transition from the past and future world of the mind, to the world of Now.

You cannot stop thoughts. It is impossible. The very effort to stop thoughts is a reinforcement of the thinking process. All you can do is relax, notice that you are in the mind, and then bring yourself present with that which is already present. If you can see it, hear it, feel it, taste it, touch it or smell it, in this moment, then it is of the present moment.

It is not something you are remembering or imagining with your mind. You are not thinking it into existence. It is actually here now, and so you can be present with it. Thoughts will stop, and you will experience a deep feeling of peace as your mind falls silent.

But there is an even deeper level of peace and silence waiting to emerge as you become more and more present. As your mind becomes more silent, an inner door is opened, allowing an infinite and eternal silence to emerge. This infinite and eternal silence is the very essence of your Being. It is your true nature. It is the essence of all existence. It is the eternal, silent, presence of pure consciousness. It is the “I AM” of you. It is that dimension of you that exists in this moment, and only this moment. It is that dimension of you that exists in Oneness. It is your Buddha nature. It is the Christ of you, which exists in Oneness with God. It is awakened man. It is awakened woman.

About Leonard:
Leonard Jacobson is an author, teacher and mystic, who is deeply committed to helping others break through to the joyous experience of living in the NOW. For more than 35 years, Leonard has been teaching people how to become fundamentally present and arise in mastery of the mind and ego. Find more of Leonard’s work at Leonard Jacobson.com.
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Lasting Happiness – Eckhart Tolle 

Published on Aug 21, 2017

The modalities of awakened doing are acceptance, enjoyment, and enthusiasm. Each one represents a certain vibrational frequency of consciousness. You need to be vigilant to make sure that one of them operates whenever you are engaged in doing anything at all – from the most simple task to the most complex
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Don’t get disturbed by any event! : Eckhart Tolle

Rupert Spira Explaining the NOW Very Clearly

Published on Aug 23, 2017

Rupert Spira Explaining the NOW Very Clearly

Can Spiritual Practice Heal Racism? – Tara Brach

Omega... In recent months there has been significant unrest in various parts of the country as a result of racially charged conflict between civilians and police…
What is the path to healing for a society with such deeply rooted racism, fear, and anger?

Tara: During the Baltimore riots I was reminded of a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr., “But it is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard.”

The first step in responding to strong emotions—our own or others’—is to seek to understand. What is the suffering giving rise to this anger? If we can pause, and instead of reacting or judging, look to see the suffering, our heart’s response will be compassionate and wise.

For those of us in the dominant culture, it’s challenging yet essential that we respond to the hurt and anger that has built up through generations of violence against people of color. The legacy of slavery requires that we in the dominant culture take responsibility for participating in a society that rewards us for our whiteness. Taking responsibility means seeking ways of reparation, ways to address the institutionalized injustice and inequities leading to one out of three African American men being imprisoned in their lifetime, twice as many blacks as whites unemployed, and median income of black households at less than 60% of white ones. And the inequities are widening!

As individuals in the dominant culture we need to start by educating ourselves to white privilege and stay present with our own reactivity to what’s happening—looking at our own fears and confusion, bringing an honest, kind, clear attention to our own experience. This certainly doesn’t mean believing our beliefs, it means bringing mindfulness to our own emotions. If we can be present and kind toward our inner states, we will start seeing how we create separation from others. This will enable us to be more clear and wise in bearing witness to others’ ways of expressing pain.

As communities, the deep, transformative healing can arise from collective dialogue. This means same race groups would look into their own wounds and blind spots with the intention of deepening self-understanding. Small interracial groups would form so that those of us who have locked into ideas of other as “enemy,” or “inferior,” or “wrong” can practice speaking and listening together with mindfulness and compassion and learn to see through each other’s eyes.

For instance, we need circles made up of police and civilian families who have been violated by police. These and other mixed race circles require a safe container, guidelines on communicating, and a commitment to stay, speak truthfully, and listen with as much heart as possible. There are a growing number of models for these processes of reconciliation—dialogue is happening in this country and elsewhere.

This domain of honest dialogue creates the groundwork for healing and awakening from the painful trance of separation. It can reconnect us to our sense of interconnectedness and caring. And importantly, it energizes action to relieve suffering. There will be no healing until those of us in the dominant culture join in solidarity with people of color to end institutionalized racism. This means confronting the ongoing discrimination against people of color—be it in the domain of education, employment, housing, or the judicial system.

Omega: How is your sangha (Buddhist community) addressing the issue of racism?

Tara: Much of our community is white, so we are exploring our own blindness around white privilege. Through a yearlong white awareness group, we’re looking at the ways we create separation, because as long as there is separation none of us is free. Most of our community’s white senior teachers and white board members are involved.

We have equity and inclusivity trainings, and experienced facilitators to help us look honestly at how we’ve gotten caught in certain perspectives and behaviors. We’ve created scholarships for people of color to participate in our activities and retreats. We have several teachers of color and leaders of color in our community and are looking to expand the number. We regularly bring in guest teachers of color. Our organization supports affinity groups within our community, and the People of Color group is flourishing. A small group of us are participating in a diversity sangha (community) dedicated to deepening our understanding and affiliation. And as individuals we’re engaging in solidarity with groups in the larger community that are dedicated to ending racism.

At the upcoming buddhafest.org event in DC on June 14, I’ll be part of a panel with Rev. angel Kyodo williams and others to talk about this work and its challenges.

Omega: Are there resources you would recommend for other groups looking to work with the issues of racism and white privilege?

Tara: A good place to start is with the three-part documentary Race: The Power of An Illusion. Watching this video can be a powerful way to begin to understand how racial dominance has been established and maintained. I also liked the book We Can’t Teach What We Don’t Know by Gary Howard. Even though it focuses on education, it gives a great context for understanding white dominance, and outlines how we can create a positive, socially transformative white identity. You can also find resources and Dharma-based support for developing a racial awareness program at whiteawake.org.

Source: The Huffington Post

Solar Eclipse 

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Gloriji – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Gloria Agrelius, (Gloriji), had been a bartender for more than 25 years and owned a blues biker bar. In 1999 her brother died of an overdose. Upon hearing the news, her mother died of a heart attack the following day. Gloriji closed the bar, went home, and fell apart.

She writes, “It felt like I was dropping through a dark space, feet first — rapidly dropping. I couldn’t find anything to hold onto. It felt like I was being stripped of everything that made me me. It was all gone.”

While on her knees crying out for help, the room she was in filled with radiant light and she recognized herself as that light. An overwhelming sense that all is well filled her being. She told the light that while she didn’t know what this was, she would dedicate the rest of her life to finding out. A thirst for truth filled her heart and gave her strength to step more deeply into the unknown. She spent the next decade deepening and healing.

While on retreat with Adyashanti, after hearing of her awakening experiences, Adya encouraged her to share herself with others. Adya’s encouragement helped her to trust the strange new territory of teacher, mentor, healer… all held lightly in the open hand and heart that knows there is no other than the Supreme Reality… the Mystery she has come to Love.

Website: http://gloriji.com

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