The Awakening Of Society Is Just As Important As The Awakening Of Our Self ~ By Phillip J. Watt

Spirituality is a very personal affair regardless of the various pathways or disciplines that one may follow. Yet even though there is an abundance of avenues for spiritual endeavor, there is generally a universal agreement on the principle of unity.

“If reality is unified, then we must also accept that everything is essentially equal.”

There are many ways that one may be introduced to this philosophy. We may have been brought up around it via our family. We might have had a profound revelation in a one-off experience. Some are initiated through ongoing paranormal activity. Others just intuitively feel it. Altered mind states could have been the catalyst. A gradual or instant revolution could have occurred in our mind where synchronicity deposed coincidence. There could have also been an influence by assorted texts and teachings which infer this similar conclusion. For most of us, uncovering the wisdom of unity most likely occurred via a combination of channels.

“Transcending the illusion of disconnection is a personal path.”

Regardless of our beliefs, and the series of events or informational resources that led to our personal awakening, our fundamental understanding is unity. We are each a part of a complex integrated whole, and our external environment is a reflection of our fundamental nature, including what is in harmony with us and what isn’t. So, irrespective of how peaceful we have set up our internal environment, if we truly want to experience peace, we need to transform the outer world – the collective mental and physical landscapes that we inhabit. If we are all truly unified, we have a responsibility as part of this awakening to continually heal and grow our internal and external worlds.

“The personal awakening is synonymous to the collective awakening.”

A Global Metaphysical View

Unity can be used as a universal term to describe the outcomes of various fields of thought. Examples include: Energy; Mind; Consciousness; Holographic universe; Light; Love; Spirit; the Source; the Field; the Akashic Field; the Zero-point Energy Field; Quantum Field of Possibilities; the Collective Unconscious; Undivided Wholeness; Nirvana; One; God etc. If these are all equal to each other in terms of their agreement that a unifying principle exists, then we have arrived at an agreed global metaphysical position which incorporates both our rational and intuitive hemispheres.

“The primary nature of reality is unified.”

Irrespective of what reality is literally made of, whether its essence is of a material or immaterial nature, it’s irrelevant to our goals. As long as we agree that a property of reality is unity, and that unity inherently implies that everything is fundamentally equal, then together we can get on with making this earthly experience fair and peaceful for all.

“Earth’s global culture needs to heal and grow as one.”

That is why an agreed metaphysical view for our global society has significant implications for our future. From both a personal and societal standpoint, as well as a rational and intuitive standpoint, we know to treat everyone and everything uniformly. The way we care for ourselves should be equivalent to the way that we care for others. Our philosophical and practical social systems should also ensure that each person has access to the resources they need to adequately survive and thrive.

“Because we are unified, the suffering of others is a reflection of our own suffering.”

No matter how far we may be personally removed from it, the reality is the majority of our fellow man is distressed from a lack of external and/or internal resources. The former is strongly influenced from an unequal distribution of food, water, shelter, infrastructure, education, medicine and political representation, whilst the latter from a lack of knowledge and skills in emotional regulation and psychological balancing, as well as a poor conceptual capacity to face and overcome the challenges to establishing and maintaining one’s inner peace.

“Suffering is pandemic across the so-called developing and developed nations.”

Translating a Global Metaphysical View Into Practice

When we individually undertake a process of spiritual introspection, we all arrive at the exact same place; unity. Yet when we translate that wisdom into practice, the result is a plethora of personal, philosophical and cultural differences. That is why so many distinct religions exist, especially because the expression of how we should operationalize this perspective is subject to the environmental influences present during its inception and development.

“There are infinite expressions of how to live in unity.”

Now that many people undertake this process outside the context of pre-established models, it is no wonder that there are so many individualized methodologies to spirituality. And there’s nothing wrong with that either; there is no one strict way to live, so as long as it doesn’t conflict with the primary principle of unity and its inherent implications, then it should be encouraged and embraced.

“Regardless of the personal path we choose to take, spirituality is a journey of enlightenment for both the inner and outer realms.”

The Health and Growth of The Self

We are all subject to the suffering of the self and it is our personal role to transcend it. But our health is much more than is usually defined; it’s not just our physical and mental well-being. The reality is we have many layers of our life to take care of including our physical, psychological, emotional, philosophical, sexual, behavioral, creative, social and spiritual vitalities. With this in mind, we should be continually asking ourselves what areas need more attention and what strategies can we implement to heal and grow. We also need to find a true love for ourselves.

“Therapeutic and developmental practices which harmonize all of our life vitalities ensures that we raise our vibration and align ourselves closer to our spiritual path.”

Even though we literally make the free choice on how we think, feel, act and live, we are still strongly influenced by our environment, such as parents, peers, culture, society, government and the age we live in. Therefore, as an adult we are both independent and conditioned agents. But we can transcend our conditioning and align ourselves to the fundamental wisdom and knowledge of the universe. Therefore, the time we become truly free is the time that we take full responsibility of ourselves and ensure that we, not anyone or anything else, are the most influential factor for how we evolve for the rest of our lives. That of course means taking full responsibility for how we think and feel.

“To be truly free, we must empower ourselves to guide our thoughts and emotions.”

It’s the basics. Excuses which blame something or someone for our thoughts and feelings just don’t cut it on the spiritual path. Spiritually, we have experiences for our growth; we are co-creators of our experience. Now this doesn’t mean that there aren’t consequences for the actions of others which hurt us, the response we provide is incorporated into the overall context of the negative and positive vibrations that they’ve attracted into their life.

“If people act unjust, then justice will inevitably be served.”

The new age mantra that “everything happens for a reason” may be true in the sense that experiences have innate information that we can capitalize on to progress us on our path of enlightenment, but it is equally true that proportional actions need to transpire in response. Just like we should respond to the injustice we serve ourselves, we should also respond to that which surrounds us. The tricky part is determining what that response should be which is why we draw on both our rational and intuitive capacities to guide us.

“Not only should we accept our experiences, but also respond to them accordingly.”

It is true that we make so-called ‘mistakes’ which deliver us to our destiny; however that doesn’t mean we should make that same choice again. We should learn from it. There are innumerable times that we have had an undesirable experience which resulted in our growth, regardless if it was influenced from the actions of ourselves or others. And that’s what we need; to learn, to heal, and to grow. We need to harmonious our energies and become our new, more developed selves in every moment. When we conceive of our experience this way – where our wants are the healthy and unhealthy desires of our ego and our needs are the experiences we require for sustained growth – then we always have something to offer ourselves.

“If we process each experience as an opportunity to learn, regardless of how undesirable that experience is, we always get exactly what we need: growth.”

Every moment is therefore an opportunity to progress our health and well-being. When we treat ourselves and others disappointingly, we should process it in the context of our learning and then make amends. The same applies when somebody treats us poorly; when we are exposed to underdeveloped actions by others, we should embrace it as a part of us, as well as give a calculated response in return. After all, we have accepted that we are fundamentally united. For example, what information and energy can we embrace from it? Is there some action we can do to encourage the health and growth of both the internal and external worlds?

“When we embrace our experience, we must develop a healthy balance between awareness, acceptance and action.”

The Health and Growth of Society

Mindful living is an integral aspect of spirituality. Allowing ourselves and others to make poor choices without negative judgement or condemnation is vital. Our judgement should be reasonable and realistic and we should always radiate positive and loving vibrations too. We should understand ourselves as a pulsing and energetic vibration – an instrument of sound adding to the orchestra of reality which encompasses us. We should lead from our heart and consciously influence the collective vibration of our shared reality.

“Maximizing the impact we have as co-creators amplifies the awakening of our collective consciousness.”

This means being loving, patient, compassionate, empathetic and understanding. But as described above, it also means taking action to influence the health and growth of our society. It’s a misconception to think that just because everything is meant to be, that it will naturally balance itself out without our intervention.

“It is as much our responsibility to undertake appropriate responses to our outside world as it is to our inside world.”

Just like there are some justified ramifications within our social models of law and ethics, there are also measures that we must apply in response to our external environment. This does not necessarily mean that the law should be taken into one’s own hands, but more so that as an individual within a global culture, actions need to be taken to rectify the injustices of our world which violate the philosophical principle of unity.

“The earth and our species needs help to come back into balance.”

For example, our leading philosophical and pragmatic compasses are contributing to some major ecological, social and individual injustices – systems that need to be addressed through calculated measures. If we just sit back and allow it to continue, it will. That’s why collective action needs to balance these injustices out, so we need to decide how we will personally contribute to our shared goals.

“Caring for the external world really is as important as doing it for our own internal health and growth.”

There are many injustices that currently plague our planet. Some serious research via alternative media will uncover a robust reflection of these social dysfunctions and the potential solutions, as well as the social movements which aim to ensure that the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual vitality of every human being is cared for and developed in our future.

“It is a shared responsibility that we transform our world.”

It is by having a true sense of the healing and growth that is required for both the inside and outside of us which reflect a holistic approach to a spiritual awakening. Once we have that awareness, we should aim for acceptance of why and how it needs to change, as well as the application of strategies to facilitate the therapeutic and developmental process that we and our society so desperately need to work through.

“Together we must unite because together we are one.”

Phillip J. Watt
has served the community for over a decade fulfilling a myriad of roles. With a love for spreading empowering messages, he also writes for several websites dedicated to mindful, informed and adventurous living.

He is a columnist at Elephant Journal and a writer for Wake Up World, The Mind Unleashed and Expanded Consciousness. His articles have also appeared through the social media of Earth We Are 1, Collective Evolution, Conscious Life News, Waking Times, among many others.

This website is designed to capture his written work in the one place. To speak to Phil, please visit the contact page.


Canela Michelle Meyers – 2nd Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on Oct 12, 2015
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Canela Michelle Meyers offers very practical, supportive Satsang events and sessions for people to drop deeply into what is happening in each moment. There is a strong transmission of Self in Satsang with Canela, supporting people to ‘fall in’ with Self consciously. Canela calls this ‘falling in Love’ as all occurrences are rooted in Love – it is only a case of recognition of That (re-cognition). People are waking up to Self in these gatherings.

She loves supporting people in finding how every happening is rooted in Love…what at first might look like tragedy or horrific, transforms itself with in-the-moment exploration. She calls this the Science of Love because it has been tried and tested, explored and tasted, over and over again with thousands of people. When people find this, and experience the Truth of this for themselves, they find it easier to open up to whatever is happening in their lives. She offers this support in Transformational Satsang events for groups and for couples & individuals (in person, on skype, or phone) in sessions and has done so since 1999. She is the author of ‘Right Here, Right Now Meditations Vol. 1 – Satsang Invitations for Expanding Awareness’; has been a speaker at the Paradoxica Conference of Nondual Psychology for the last four years; is speaking at the Science and Nonduality Conference 2015, and travels internationally offering Transformational Satsang wherever she is invited. (for what people have shared about their own experiences with Satang with Canela, see:… )

Interview recorded 9/24/2015

1st Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview
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Gratitude: The Litmus Test for Self-Realization ~ Byron Katie

As the mind realizes itself it stops identifying with its own thoughts. This leaves a lot of open space. A mature mind can entertain any idea; it is never threatened by opposition or conflict because it knows that it can’t be hindered. When it has no position to defend or identity to protect, it can go anywhere. There’s never anything to lose because there’s no thing that exists in the first place. Laughter pours out of it and tears of gratitude from the experience of its own nature.

Everything appears to come into me. I watch and witness what comes out of me. I’m the center of everything. I hear opinions and concepts, and because there’s no I to identify as, I take it all in. When you realize that you’re no one, you’re comfortable with everyone, no matter how desperate or depraved they may seem. There’s no suffering I can’t enter, knowing that it’s already resolved, knowing that it’s always myself I’m meeting.

As we question what we believe we come to see that we’re not who we thought we were. The transformation comes out of the infinite polarity of mind which we’ve rarely experienced, because the I-know mind has been so much in control. And as we inquire, our world changes, because we’re working with the projector–mind–and not with what is projected. We lose our entire world, the world as we understood it. And each time we inquire, reality becomes kinder.

The part that is doing the questioning is the neutral part of the mind, the center, which can take one polarity of mind to the other. This neutral part offers the confused, stuck, I-know polarity the option to open itself to the polarity of mind that holds the sane, clear, loving answers that make sense to it. The neutral part doesn’t have a motive or desire, a should or a shouldn’t; it’s a bridge for this polarity to cross over. And as the I-know mind is educated, it dissolves into the polarity of wisdom. What’s left is absolutely sane, undivided, and free. Of course, all this is just a metaphor, since there is only one mind. The bottom line is that when the mind is closed, the heart is closed; when the mind is open, the heart is open. So if you want to open your heart, question your thinking.

Inquiry always leaves you with less of a story. Who would you be without your story? You never know until you inquire. There is no story that is you or that leads to you. Every story leads away from you. You are what exists before all stories. You are what remains when the story is understood.

Life on the other side of inquiry is so simple and obvious that it can’t be imagined beforehand. Everything is seen to be perfect, just the way it is. Hope and faith aren’t needed in this place. Earth turned out to be the heaven I was longing for. There’s such abundance here, now, always. There’s a table. There’s a floor. There’s a rug on the floor. There’s a window. There’s a sky. A sky! I could go on and on celebrating the world I live in. It would take a lifetime to describe this moment, this now, which doesn’t even exist except as my story. And isn’t it fine? The wonderful thing about knowing who you are is that you’re always in a state of grace, a state of gratitude for the abundance of the apparent world. I overflow with the splendor, the generosity of it all. And I didn’t do anything for it but notice.

The litmus test for self-realization is a constant state of gratitude. This gratitude is not something you can look for or find. It comes from another direction, and it takes you over completely. It’s so vast that it can’t be dimmed or overlaid. The short version would be “mind in love with itself.” It’s the total acceptance and consumption of itself reflected back at the same moment in the central place that is like fusion. When you live your life from that place of gratitude, you’ve come home.


Byron Katie – The Enlightened Mind

BYRON KATIE on: The Enlightened Mind.
If you love everything you think, you love everything EVERYONE thinks and you love everything everyone says about you…..
Byron Katie is the founder of The Work. Katie (as everyone calls her) not only shows us that all the problems in the world originate in our thinking but gives us the tool to open our minds and set ourselves free.
The Work is based on FOUR QUESTIONS which can be done on your own or with another person, ending with a process called a “Turnaround”: The four questions are:
1. Is it true?
2. Can you absolutely know that it’s true?
3. How do you react when you believe that thought?
4. Who would you be without the thought?

Into the Stillness: Dialogues on Awakening Beyond Thought by Gary Weber (Author), Rich Doyle (Author)

This is an important book. Don’t be misled by the casually graceful repartee and lightness of touch. Without dogma, without heavy shoulds and should nots, Gary and Rich point towards something eternal, framed in our 21st century understanding of neuroscience, spirituality and … something that arises from, and returns to, the Stillness and the Silence.

They offer practical investigation and guidance towards “the sweetest, fullest, most loving, caring, and manifesting experience that anyone could ever wish for.” These chapter headings include: “Using dialogue for awakening,” “Can you “do nothing” and awaken?”, “Why do we fear emptiness, silence and stillness?”, “Functioning without thoughts: sex, psychedelics and non-duality.”

Gary Weber has a Ph.D. in physical sciences and worked in national labs, industry, and academia in R&D and management. Simultaneously, he has done over 30,000 hrs of self-inquiry and Zen meditation and yoga, and experienced the falling away of the “I” and the loss of self-referential thoughts, desires and fears.

Professor Richard Doyle is Liberal Arts Research Professor at Penn State University where he has taught since 1994. Ever since reading the work of futurist Alvin Toffler at age 12, Doyle has been on a scholarly and personal quest to understand the effects of information technologies on the evolution of human culture and consciousness

Look Inside

Living in Nonduality – The Hard Questions

Gary Weber’s comments on the panel discussion, “Filling in the Details” at the Science and NonDuality Conference in Doorn, the Netherlands, May 28 – June 2, 2013. Moderator – Jeff Warren, other panelists, Lisa Cairns and Tim Freke.

Topics covered included what happens w/nondual awakening as far as compassion, functioning, changes in personal relationships, sexual desire, synchronicity, fears, surprises, attachments, emotions, surrender, intimacy, control, free will, thoughts, helping others, etc.

letting go into the bliss and joy of stillness

Dialogue between Gary Weber and Rich Doyle on the approaches, and processes of letting go into the deep bliss of stillness. Byron Katie’s “The Work” and the Sedona Method are explained as well as Ramana Maharshi’s “unchanging vs changing” approach to accessing the “peace that passeth understanding”. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Michele Foucault, Robert Adams and Miles Davis also make appearances.

A Voice as Old as Time: Contemplations for Spiritual Transformation by David Bennett (Author)

In his second book, Energy Healer and Transformational Coach David Bennett uses contemplations to develop a center of focus in meditation and during daily life. The contemplations in this book provide a subject for serious thought or consideration into the reader’s divine nature. Unlike other meditation techniques that look to empty the mind, contemplations intently focus on an idea about something while in a state of stillness or when being mindful. Reflective meditation involves repeatedly turning your attention to a theme but being open to whatever arises from the experience. Deep and lasting wisdom comes from experience so A Voice as Old as Time gives contemplations that allow the reader to calmly plant the seeds of transformation that works to expand their consciousness. The wisdom of contemplations is a voice as old as time thus the title of this book. Contemplations like these have been spoken by our ancestors before and still hold the wisdom today for those ready to listen.

A Voice as Old as Time
evolved from the daily contemplations that David posts on his Facebook page DharmaTalks and the work he does helping others on a path of spiritual transformation. Many times while posting reflections and while writing this book, David found that the contemplations and life crisscrossed in unexpected ways. Many people that follow his daily contemplations online reported similar experiences. The book can be used in daily practice and/or as a divination tool to see what reflective energy is needed in life at any particular moment for the user. Working with reflections helps the reader make empowered choices that imbue their lives and relationships with real substance and depth.

In A Voice as Old as Time, the contemplations are arranged into forty-four brief chapters in a natural progression toward spiritual maturity and awakening—from finding and knowing yourself, to living in love and eventually finding purpose. Throughout there are woven-in common themes like connecting to your divine essence, using loving intentions, and gratitude while on the journey we call life. David writes from a common premise of everything is alive with spiritual energy of love, the eternal flame that is found everywhere and in everything. Anyone can access the wisdom of their true nature so they can face life’s many decisions with empowerment, clear vision, right action, and a sense of purpose. A Voice as Old as Time is a tool of focused meditations and mindfulness that can be used during anyone’s journey toward spiritual transformation, a tool that can assist in living more purposefully, more authentically, and more joyfully. The purpose of this work is not to express any special philosophy or doctrine, but rather to give bits of truth that resonate with any belief system and assist the reader with their passage.

A public speaker and teacher, David Bennett has lectured twice at the International Conference of IANDS (International Association for Near-Death Studies) and shared his inspirational message at numerous groups across the country including Lillydale. David’s passion includes working with experiencers and cancer survivors to integrate their Spiritually Transformative Experiences as a Transformational Coach and an Energy Healer. He has consulted for both radio and television, including Oprah and Dr. Oz as an NDE resource, appearances including being filmed for Dr. Oz, TLC Angels Among Us, NBC national news, PBS, and appearing on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory and many radio shows. David’s articles appear in various magazines, blogs and papers: you can find David’s daily contemplations of living an empowered life on Twitter and Facebook.

David is currently the leader of Upstate New York IANDS, where he runs a monthly spiritually transformative experiencer support group and bi-monthly public meetings. He serves on the planning committee for, helping coordinate the 2006 through 2015 Near-Death Experiencer Spiritual Retreats in St. Louis, MO. David serves as an advisor to the Board of Directors of the American Center for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences (ACISTE) in Alpine, CA, where he has become a Certified Spiritual Transformation guidance counselor. David has a private practice as a Transformational Coach and Energy Healer. He offers workshops on using Contemplations for Spiritual Awakening.

Experiences in the Light & Visions of the Future

David Bennett — web site
Book “Voyage of Purpose: Spiritual Wisdom from Near-Death back to Life” —

Presented at the IANDS 2012 Conference, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, in Scottsdale, AZ

Abstract: I had two near-death experiences (NDEs) that showed me my future and during the integration of those experiences I was able to see the potentials of what lies ahead for our world and humanity. I will briefly share the portions of my veridical experiences that dealt with the future and then relate the communication I received about potential struggles and possible solutions. I would like to challenge the audience to look at the bigger picture of the world we live in today, realizing that only a few environmental disasters could push our already stressed social, political and economic structures into a very serious condition. The governments of the world could not support their citizens and communities in the ways we have come to rely on. Yet, the spiritual community embodies the qualities to overcome these challenges. Also, through my connection in social media I have found there is hope in the message that spiritually transformative experiencers (STErs) around the world are conveying. I will share the ways given to me to circumvent these dire conditions and begin to deliver support that will reduce the stressors before a crisis occur.

Enlightenment Made Simple: A Practical Guide to what Psychologists, Scientists, and Spiritual Masters say about the Nature of Reality by David Bognar (Author)

Enlightenment Made Simple is a concise and slightly irreverent synthesis of the basics of ancient spiritual wisdom and modern psycho-spirituality. An expert researcher has summarized the prominent literature pertaining to the “big questions of life,” revealing the “secret” of enlightenment. Enlightenment Made Simple provides people with an understanding of their true nature, their power to create, and how, ultimately, there is nothing to fear.

Enlightenment Made Simple is the culmination of a lifelong research project into the “big questions” of life. Greek philosophers called this knowledge “theosophia” or “divine wisdom.” It has been referred to as “the perennial philosophy”, “the great tradition’, and “the wisdom of the ages.” Enlightenment Made Simple, explains this ancient wisdom, and the mechanics of emotions essential to spiritual and emotional well being. It includes critical psychological information missing from books like The Power of Now and The Secret needed to make those techniques work. Most importantly, Enlightenment Made Simple reveals the “secret” of enlightenment capable of providing release from fear, pain and suffering.

David Bognar is a researcher/writer who researched, wrote and produced the award winning documentary Cancer: Increasing Your Odds for Survival hosted by Walter Cronkite where he first presented leading edge research on mind/body medicine and spirituality. Enlightenment reports on the culmination of his life long quest and 40 years of research into the big questions of life, death and the nature of reality.

|Chapter One
Life is funny.
Quirky funny.

All this talk about reality being an illusion never made sense to me, until lately.

There’s a Buddhist version of the story of Adam and Eve about a man in an empty room—empty, except for an incredibly beautiful piece of sculpture. He spends all his free time in the room because the sculpture gives him profound pleasure and joy. One day, he thinks maybe if he had another sculpture he’d be even happier. So he buys another beautiful piece of sculpture and puts it in the room and it does make him happier…for awhile. So, he gets another one, thinking it will make him at least as happy as he was before. That worked too—for awhile. To make a long parable short, the room eventually became so crowded with exquisite and beautiful art that the man couldn’t experience the beauty of any one piece due to the distraction and clutter of the others. Eventually, he throws out all but the original and lives happily ever after.

This is a story about the universe and the creation of physical reality. Supposedly, once upon a time, before time, we were all one blissed-out energy field when some wise guy got the idea that maybe there’s something better and bingo: poverty, pollution, and politicians. It’s kind of like the human race got caught up in a bad dream and forgot it was dreaming. We keep coming back, lifetime after lifetime, trying to figure it out. We seem to know there’s something or someplace else and some of us are trying to get back there, or here, or wherever it is.
When I was a kid, everything was love. I mean everything. It was as if there was no boundary between the love in me and around me. Life was a wonderful flow of love, curiosity, playing, and learning. Then something happened. I’m not sure what, but that experience of profound love faded with time and eventually disappeared.

I wanted that experience of love again. It seemed natural, the way it was supposed to be. Somehow it was clear to me that the love I had felt was always there even if I couldn’t feel it. I couldn’t explain it, but I knew that the experience was somewhere inside me and available to all of us. Somehow I knew, without a doubt, that love was the only thing that really mattered. I decided I was going to have that love in my life. I decided I would find out how, and when I did I would share it with everyone who was willing to listen.

I studied psychology mostly. I started noticing remarkable correlations between science, eastern religions, physics, and parapsychology. After decades of reading, studying, workshops, seminars, psychics, mediums, egomaniacs, quacks, worse than quacks (quacks with followings), diets, vitamins, pyramids, ghosts, garlic, juices, ginseng, ions, isolation tanks, running, jumping, hanging upside down, breathing in strange and unusual ways, innumerable meditations, psychotherapies and spiritual schools, I finally reached my goal. I understood what the hell was going on. The basics, anyway. No big deal really. Turns out wiser guys then me had figured it out long ago. Anyone can if they want to. All the information is there. It may not all be in one place, but it’s there.

Crazy? Maybe, but I don’t think so. In fact, I think I’m going sane.

I want to share with you the essence of what I’ve learned. It’s pretty simple, really. The truth usually is. The only problem is that a lot of people have a hard time accepting the truth. Our brains like to complicate things, and sometimes things are not as they appear to be. That’s why most spiritual masters seldomly come right out and tell you the plain truth. No one would believe them. We’d laugh in their faces. “What do you mean physical reality is an illusion? I asked you about the nature of reality and you tell me it’s a holographic dream? Are you trying to be funny?”

It’s not hard to imagine why gurus became cryptic with their, “You figure it out” kind of answers.

The concept of god as a suped-up Santa with a white beard who knows when you’ve been bad and good never made sense to me. Logic, plus my unpleasant catholic associations with god as a cosmic-thought policeman ready to pulverize me for every adolescent male fantasy, created a negative knee-jerk reaction to the word “god.” The idea of hell—a place where you fry like bacon for eternity for a few measly sins (some of which were about as natural as breathing) didn’t appeal to me either. It didn’t fit the idea of an all-loving all-forgiving, omnipotent type guy.

Having decided god did not exist, I was determined to find out what did, if anything. Evolving from fish and monkeys seemed plausible. But what of all these inexplicable phenomenon: the Bermuda triangle, ESP, PSI, pyramids, precognitive dreams, astral projection, near death experiences, Edgar Cayce, and tofu hotdogs? What had caused those? Some seemed to have reasonable explanations while others did not. I hadn’t believed all of what I had read but some evidence was hard to deny. There were too many inexplicable events reported by rational people, including reputable scientists and researchers. There was so much evidence that a rational person couldn’t deny that something extraordinary was going on, something that traditional science cannot explain.

Like I said, life is funny.


Enlightenment Made Simple – Intro

Enlightenment Made Simple is a revolutionary and useful understanding of our true nature and the worlds we live in. It combines quantum mechanics with a fundamental missing ingredient — the psychology of spirituality. It reveals how to make popular spiritual techniques work and provides relief from fear and suffering. Enlightenment Made Simple is a truly remarkable field guide to emotional well-being and spiritual enlightenment.

Big Questions Part 1

Big Questions Part 2

Eckhart Tolle : Do Not Suffer

Published on Jul 28, 2015

Eckhart Tolle is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Power of Now (translated into 33 languages) and A New Earth, which are widely regarded as two of the most influential spiritual books of our time. In 2008, A New Earth became the first spiritual book to be selected for Oprah’s Book Club as well as the subject of a ten-week online workshop co-taught by Eckhart and Oprah.

Eckhart’s profound yet simple teachings have helped countless people throughout the world find inner peace and greater fulfillment in their lives. At the core of the teachings lies the transformation of consciousness, a spiritual awakening that he sees as the next step in human evolution. An essential aspect of this awakening consists in transcending our ego-based state of consciousness. This is a prerequisite not only for personal happiness but also for the ending of violent conflict endemic on our planet.

‘How do I identify with who I really am?’ Meeting with Unmani

Published on Jun 23, 2015

Unmani speaks about how when we identify with thought there will always be problems. Meeting filmed in Amsterdam June 2015. For more information about Unmani’s meetings and intensives see

The Object of the Dance ~ Ram Dass

Published on Jun 6, 2015

The goal is not to realize God and forget humanity, but to fully embrace both by coming to the understanding that form and formlessness are two different faces of God

“If you want perfection in your spiritual journey you must honor your incarnation and become totally free of it”

How To Ignite Your Happiness and End Suffering

How To Ignite Your Happiness and End Suffering
by Pragito Dove:

Happiness is your essential nature. So why are so many people suffering?

Is it because they have learned that suffering will bring them love and attention? Some people believe they are here to suffer, and that when they die, the more they have suffered, the more likely they are to go to heaven. Heaven and hell only exist in the mind. You either create your heaven or create your own hell here right now on this earth. Suffering is optional.

Where does the idea that we are here to suffer come from? It comes from generational suffering – we learned that was the normal way to be. The truth is you are here to live your greatest creative expression, to love and be loved, and to be happy.

Of course, when the body is hurt or ill, you have pain, but you can decide not to suffer. You can manage the pain if your focus is to enjoy life. Focus your attention on everything that makes you happy.

Most people want to be happy, don’t they? Nobody wants to be miserable. So what is the problem?

Here are 5 essential keys to understand how to free yourself from suffering and ignite happiness in your life.

1. Understand how the human mind functions.

The more you seek happiness, the more unhappy you will be. Now this seems absurd, but this is the root cause of the problem. If you want to get out of misery, you have to get out of your desire for happiness.

The moment you desire happiness you move away from the present.
You have moved away from your present moment reality, into the future, which has not come yet. You have moved into a dream and a dream can never be fulfilling. The desire for happiness shows you are not happy right at this moment. You are unhappy today, and your projection comes out of whatever you are today, which is unhappy.

Don’t dream and yearn for something in the future. BE HERE NOW. You can be happy right this very moment – this throbbing, beating, real moment – without any past memories “My boss upset me yesterday” or future worries “My retirement money won’t be enough” to interfere.

Happiness is where you are. Wherever you are, happiness is there, available.
Joy is the very stuff the universe is made of. It is always there, in your present moment. You have to look straight-on. Happiness does not have to be created – it just has to be seen. It is already here now.

Happiness has nothing to do with what you have or don’t have. Happiness is already within you.

The absence of desire brings happiness. It also brings freedom and liberation, because whenever something is lacking there are both limits and dependency. Only when nothing at all is lacking is there the possibility of freedom. Freedom brings happiness.

2. Happiness is your choice

The birds, flowers, trees, stars are happy. They don’t know how to be unhappy. These birds chirping in the trees, they are happy! Not because they have chosen to be happy, they are simply happy because they don’t know any other way to be. Their happiness is unconscious. It is simply natural.

You can be happy because you have something which no tree, bird, or star has. You have consciousness. But when you have consciousness two alternatives are possible: either you can be unhappy or you can be happy. It is your choice! Trees are happy because they cannot be unhappy. Their happiness is not their freedom. They have to be happy. They don’t know how to be unhappy; there is no alternative. You are free to choose. This freedom is where the problem lies because your happiness is your responsibility.

3. Accept Yourself the Way You Are

A main cause of suffering is not accepting yourself the way you are. You judge yourself that you should be more this or more that. “I should lose weight and then I’ll attract a wonderful man/woman to love me”. “I’m so stupid-I should have put the trash out before the dog got to it.”

Acceptance is the opposite of judgment. You can say to yourself for example: “I love you ..insert your name.., just the way you are.” “My mistakes help me become more aware about myself.” “I love myself no matter what.”

You are born perfect, and you will die perfect. But we have to distinguish between two types of perfect. When you are young, you want to be perfect because your parents want you to be perfect and the teachers at school want you to be perfect. You search for an image of perfection that isn’t real. It’s not truth. It’s the biggest lie. You will never be perfect from that point of view because that image is just an image—it is not real. You search for everything you believe you don’t have, not knowing that everything you are looking for is already inside you. You are born with it. You are already enough. You are already perfect just the way you naturally are.

4. Happiness is being at complete rest

You run here and there in search of happiness, but the more you run, the more unhappy you will be. Happiness is that moment of rest when there is no more running, when you are just at rest, when you are simply there where you are, when you do not move even an inch. And then, in that moment of rest, there is happiness.

You can find these moments in meditation, walking in nature, playing with your children, chatting with your best friend, enjoying moments of laughter with your spouse. These moments of inner rest, when you are utterly content, happiness is there. You do not have to go to a mountain top retreat, read spiritual books, or take yoga classes (although all of these activities offer opportunities for happiness). You don’t have to strive to be happy, nor is it something you have to work at. Relax, cultivate presence. And when you forget and “lose it”,(because you will!) relax, accept yourself, and move on to the next moment. Happiness is always available, 24/7.

The universe is on your side. The universe wants you to be happy. All you have to do is relax into the moment, and beware the ego trying to make it complicated. It is not.

5. Seek Truth and Happiness is automatic
Happiness is a shadow of truth. Always seek to live in truth, rather than illusion. This means seeing the reality of situations as they are, rather than the way you might want them to be. Sometimes the truth is hard: your spouse has been having an affair; you’ve just lost your job; your teenager didn’t get into the college they wanted. Life is not always “happy”.

When you come into the present moment, and allow yourself to experience and feel the impact of an unpleasant situation, you will find, underneath your hurt feelings, that happiness is there. It is always there, no matter the state of your life. Now allow the happiness to be there, alongside your sadness, frustration, guilt – whatever your feelings are. Include ALL of these feelings, in an open-hearted attention. You will start to feel more balanced and calm, and your creativity will return. You will feel more courage to continue to the next moment.

You can start to experience the nature of joy, and happiness, from a radically different perspective. Joy is the essence of life. Accept joy by being grateful to be alive and for the challenges and opportunities in life, and by finding the good in all that you have – rather than setting conditions or demands for happiness. By embracing joy, including when life is hard, you come closer to a true, peaceful, and balanced state.

Using the principles she teaches, Pragito Dove transformed her pain and fear into joy and inner peace. Now she shares these secrets with others.

Pragito Dove is founder of the “Laughing Buddhas Network” and president of “Discover Meditation Training Inc.,” a cutting-edge meditation training company. She is the leading authority on Expressive Meditation in North America and a thought leader on visionary thinking. A master trainer, international speaker, and meditation expert, Pragito teaches people how to transform pain and fear into joy and inner peace in order to achieve business and personal success. A best-selling author in seven languages, Pragito is dedicated to re-igniting passion and vision in the business world and in individual’s lives.

An experienced trainer and facilitator, she has provided meditation and productivity training to organizations including the University of California San Francisco Cancer Resource Center, Hill Physicians Medical Group, the San Francisco Chronicle, NASA, Peak Potentials Training Inc., the John C. Lincoln Hospital, United Health Care, World Laughter Tour Inc., the Association of Applied Therapeutic Humor, Autodesk and the National Association of Women Business Owners.

“I am a master at transforming suffering through laughter and other forms of meditation. I have been a hypnotherapist and meditation master for over 25 years. In that time I have gained considerable insight, real-life knowledge, and a deeper understanding of how to help people get the changes they want in their lives easily and quickly. My own personal journey of healing has given me a wealth of experience, compassion and wisdom. I consider all of your needs by getting to know your business and relevant personal details. I then develop programs that are ideal for you by providing expertise with a personal touch.

My work supports you to live, be and manifest all you are meant to be. I love working with people who want to bring about a change in their lives, whether it’s in business, health and fitness, relationships or spiritually and emotionally. If there are self-sabotaging beliefs in the subconscious we can together bring deeper insight, understanding and healing to transform them so that you have the life you want and deserve. I help my clients find meaning in their lives, connect to their inner wisdom and open to spiritual blessing.”

Introduction to Pragito Dove’s worK

Published on Jul 22, 2014 Pragito Dove lives in beautiful San Francisco Bay Area.
I empower you to gain a deeper awareness of how Law of Attraction works. With my guidance, you can increase your ability to attract greater prosperity, enhance all your relationships and improve your health and vitality. Awareness is the key. The meditation techniques in my latest book “Laughter, Tears, Silence: Expressive Meditations to Calm Your Mind and Open Your Heart” were instrumental in helping me transform my negative emotions into love, compassion, and gratitude. The result is I transmit higher positive vibrations and attract good things into my life.

True Acceptance ~ Rupert Spira

Published on Nov 27, 2014

A discussion about acceptance.

Awakening to the Infinite: Essential Answers for Every Spiritual Seeker by Swami Muktananda of Rishikesh (Author)

Pub Date Feb 10, 2015

Raised as a Catholic and educated in the West, then trained as a monk in India since the 1980s, Canadian author Swami Muktananda of Rishikesh is uniquely positioned to bring the Eastern tradition of Vedanta to Western spiritual seekers. In Awakening to the Infinite, he answers the eternal question posed by philosophical seekers, “Who am I?” with straightforward simplicity.

Based on the ancient teachings of advaita or nonduality—the understanding that, at a fundamental level, there is no division between ourselves and others—the answers in the book are drawn from the many conversations Swami has had throughout the years with individuals from different backgrounds, cultures, and walks of life. Covering a range of subjects from the spiritual path to everyday problems at work and in relationships, sexuality, parenting, physical illness, and social injustice, Muktananda communicates directly and compassionately, from the standpoint of someone who is anchored in the infinite but fully in touch with the world.

was raised in Quebec, Canada, in a Catholic family. Drawn to the monastic life from an early age, he met his teacher, modern-day Indian saint Swami Chidananda, when he was only nine years old. After this meeting, the young Muktananda decided to dedicate his life to God.

In 2000, after studying engineering and agroeconomics and running his own company for several years, he took vows and became a monk at the Divine Life Society, founded by Swami Sivananda in 1936. He now lives at the Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh, northern India, at the foothills of the Himalayas, where he teaches meditation and yoga philosophy, as well as establishing a retreat center in Canada. He also travels extensively and holds retreats in which he shares the Hindu message of nonduality that transcends all religions.

Radical Self-Honesty: The Joy of Getting Real ~ Tara Brach

Published on Nov 7, 2014
Radical Self-Honesty: The Joy of Getting Real (11/05/2014)

Our suffering arises from the unseen, unfelt, resisted parts of our psyche. This talk explores ways we can deepen self-honesty and reconnect to a wholeness of being that enables us to live with spontaneity, confidence, wisdom and love.

A quote by Elizabeth Lessor from the talk: “My prayer to god every day: Remove the veils so I might see what is really happening here and not be intoxicated by my stories and my fears.”

Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life by Byron Katie (Author), Stephen Mitchell (Author)

Out of nowhere, like a breeze in a marketplace crowded with advice, comes Byron Katie and “The Work.” In the midst of a normal life, Katie became increasingly depressed, and over a ten-year period sank further into rage, despair, and thoughts of suicide. Then one morning, she woke up in a state of absolute joy, filled with the realization of how her own suffering had ended. The freedom of that realization has never left her, and now in Loving What Is you can discover the same freedom through The Work.

The Work is simply four questions that, when applied to a specific problem, enable you to see what is troubling you in an entirely different light. As Katie says, “It’s not the problem that causes our suffering; it’s our thinking about the problem.” Contrary to popular belief, trying to let go of a painful thought never works; instead, once we have done The Work, the thought lets go of us. At that point, we can truly love what is, just as it is.

Loving What Is will show you step-by-step, through clear and vivid examples, exactly how to use this revolutionary process for yourself. You’ll see people do The Work with Katie on a broad range of human problems, from a wife ready to leave her husband because he wants more sex, to a Manhattan worker paralyzed by fear of terrorism, to a woman suffering over a death in her family. Many people have discovered The Work’s power to solve problems; in addition, they say that through The Work they experience a sense of lasting peace and find the clarity and energy to act, even in situations that had previously seemed impossible.

If you continue to do The Work, you may discover, as many people have, that the questioning flows into every aspect of your life, effortlessly undoing the stressful thoughts that keep you from experiencing peace. Loving What Is offers everything you need to learn and live this remarkable process, and to find happiness as what Katie calls “a lover of reality.”

From the Hardcover edition.


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Eckhart Tolle -1. Krishnamurti’s Secret 2. How to “Be” while Doing

Eckhart Tolle – How to “Be” while Doing

Eckhart explains how to live in the world of ‘doing’ while infusing ‘being’ into your daily activities (eckharttolletv 2013, excerpt).

Adyashanti – Merge and unite with what is

Great talk that broadens our perspective about why it really means to allow everything to be as it is, loving what is, non-seperation and becoming the situation that you’re in. To Unite and merge with what is.
The talk is from Boulder Intensive, August 2010.

Adyashanti, author of Falling into Grace, True Meditation, and The End of Your World, is an American-born spiritual teacher devoted to serving the awakening of all beings. His teachings are an open invitation to stop, inquire, and recognize what is true and liberating at the core of all existence.

Asked to teach in 1996 by his Zen teacher of 14 years, Adyashanti offers teachings that are free of any tradition or ideology. “The Truth I point to is not confined within any religious point of view, belief system, or doctrine, but is open to all and found within all.” Based in California, Adyashanti lives with his wife, Mukti, Associate Teacher of Open Gate Sangha. He teaches throughout North America and Europe, offering satsangs, weekend intensives, silent retreats, and a live internet radio broadcast.

“Adyashanti” means primordial peace.

God is Not Dead What Quantum Physics Tells Us about Our Origins and How We Should Live by Amit Goswami [updated July 29, 2014]

The iconoclastic physicist Amit Goswami has never shied away from acknowledging a divine intelligence in his study of the quantum world, and here he makes his case. While he harbors little patience for the neo-Darwinist position (“they are dead wrong when they say there is no meaning and purpose to evolution”), he is also quick to criticize intelligent design theorists when they argue against the scientific validity of evolution. His solution? Quantum activism—aligning oneself with evolutionary imperatives to change the world for the better.


Amit Goswami, Ph.D. talks about quantum physics and God.

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Physicist Amit Goswami talks about the struggle between spirituality and science, and introduces the quantum view of reincarnation.

Yin, Yang, Yogini A Woman’s Quest for Balance, Strength and Inner Peace ~ Kathryn E. Livingston

Yin Yang Yogini is a memoir about transformation, with yoga as the backdrop for change—a story of how one can evolve in midlife and in midstride, of how one can learn to let go of the past, let go of fear, and live with trust in the present moment.

This is a memoir about a transformational two years of Kathryn E. Livingston’s life, a time in which she learned to trust herself and the universe, even while facing such issues as the death of her parents, her children leaving home for college, panic and anxiety issues, and breast cancer. Livingston’s story is heartfelt, humorous, and timely, and about finding courage, strength, and happiness within.

Kathryn E. Livingston has been writing about parenting issues for more than 25 years; recently, she’s turned her pen to yoga.

Kathryn’s articles have appeared in Parenting (she was among the magazine’s first columnists), Publishers Weekly, American Photographer, Edutopia, Country Living, Redbook, Working Mother, and other magazines. She is the co-author of two parenting books with Robert Frank, PhD: Parenting Partners (St. Martin’s), and The Secret Life of the Dyslexic Child (Rodale), as well as the author of a number of photography books, including Special Effects Photography, Secrets of Still Life Photography, Fashion Photography: Patrick Demarchelier, and as co-author, The Joy of Photographing Your Baby.

Kathryn blogs for Huffington Post on seasoned motherhood and empty nest issues, for the Kundalini yoga music website Spirit Voyage, and her work appears on the popular online yoga magazine Elephant Journal. She is a supporting blogger for Dr. Susan Love’s Army of Women, an online effort to research and eradicate breast cancer.

The mother of three grown sons, Kathryn lives with her husband, a classical musician, in Bergen County, NJ and is soon to engage in a Kundalini yoga teacher training. A seven-year breast cancer survivor, Kathryn will donate a portion of her earnings from this book to breast cancer research.


From Fight-Flight-Freeze to Attend-Befriend ~ Tara Brach

Part 2: Conflict – From Fight-Flight-Freeze to Attend-Befriend

How do we reconcile conflict when caught in reactivity sourced in trauma or deep wounding? This talk looks at the need for a larger field of belonging—a trusted other person or safe group—to engender the presence and compassion that enables us to relax and reconnect

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