Consciousness vs Matter – A talk by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Consciousness vs Matter – A talk by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar founded The Art of Living as an international, non-profit, educational and humanitarian organization in 1982. Its educational and self-development programs offer powerful tools to eliminate stress and foster a sense of well-being through powerful breathing techniques such as Sudarshan Kriya and Yoga. Appealing not only to a specific population, these practices have proven effective globally at all levels of society.

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What is the Awakening of the Divine Feminine? ~ Nikki Starr Noce, M.D.

Many of you may be feeling the energetic shift that has been happening on the planet that is affecting humanity on a large scale. Many people talk about the awakening of humanity into greater consciousness. Some describe this as a “spiritual awakening.” What this means is being mindful and aware about the life we are creating. It’s about giving greater meaning to things and knowing that our actions affect others and create our future.

Part of this awakening of consciousness includes the awakening of the divine feminine (and the divine masculine too). I’d like to highlight the awakening of the divine feminine, because for so long the feminine has been suppressed in all of existence on this Earth, and in some cultures it still is today.

If you look at the common religions of the world today, there has been no place for women other than as nuns or as mother figures of the great men who were born to do great things. Women have rarely held leadership positions, and even today women do much less so compared to men. But this is changing.

Feminine doesn’t only have to do with females, nor does masculine only with males. Within each one of us lives feminine and masculine. Certain traits and ways of being can be categorized as masculine versus feminine. Focus, for example is masculine, while multitasking is feminine, and these are traits that serve both men and women, though typically women embody more feminine traits and men more masculine.

Long ago existed matriarchal societies where women led and made much of the decisions. During the most recent millennia, our society has been driven by males with very masculine force. The use of war and destruction to create was, and still is, a big problem that doesn’t allow for harmony and peace to prevail on the planet. There is great strength in gentleness too, but the ideas of compassion and kindness seem foreign to most people when it comes to business and politics.

There has been so much doing and busyness (both masculine approaches) to creating the modern day world we see today, which was built on top of Nature instead of in harmony with her. Many have forgotten their connection with the Earth and have forgotten how to simply be. The focus on money as the end result, instead of more love, has led to much dis-ease and suffering on the planet.

Subconscious to many women, there is an undercurrent of anger at the masculine, for what has happened on the planet over the last thousands of years, which took the form of feminism. From genocide to the pornography industry driving human trafficking, to the lack of women’s rights, slavery, war, the destruction of Nature, the list goes on. It’s more challenging for women to do such things compared to men because we women are naturally more in touch with our feminine side and the Earth. However, even for us, much of our feminine has been dormant because there has been no space for it during these overly masculine times.

Thankfully, the awakening of the feminine divine is happening. It’s about awakening even more compassion, softness, gentleness, surrender, flowing, creativity, beingness, empathy, vulnerability, understanding, patience, beauty, thoughtfulness and nurturing. It’s about connecting back to the Earth, each other and all beings and things, healing our wounds, forgiving what has happened while making conscious choices about how we wish to create our future–together.

It’s about honoring and being in devotion to both the divine feminine and the divine masculine in its balanced, healthy, complementary forms. Men and the masculine are equally as important as women and the feminine for the evolution and continuation of our planet. When this happens, balance blossoms–flow with direction, discipline with compassion, unconditional love, presence with multitasking, strength with gentleness, graceful will, etc.

Source: Nikki Starr Noce, M.D.

Stephen Snyder ‘The Transformative and The Transcendent’ Interview by Iain McNay

Published on Apr 18, 2018

Stephen Snyder ‘The Transformative and The Transcendent’ Interview by Iain McNay
Stephen is the co-author of ‘Practicing the Jhanas: Traditional Concentration Meditation as Presented by the Venerable PA Auk Sayadaw.’ 

 He has been a Buddhist practitioner for over 40 years. In the 70’s he read ‘Three Pillars Of Zen’ which started him on his path of meditation and then a few years later he had a significant awakening experience which showed him the nature of reality. He discovered the Jhana path of meditation and found he strongly connected with that. 

He now works with Tina Rasmussen teaching meditation and is also a practicing lawyer. He has found that it is really important to work on the Transformative and The Transcendent and talks in detail about this in the interview. http://www.awakeningdharma.com

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