Jean Houston – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Dr. Jean Houston, Ph.D., is a scholar, philosopher, educator and a recognized pioneer of the Human Potential Movement. Widely recognized as a visionary leader and multi-cultural expert, Houston is the author of over 30 books exploring human possibilities and positive action in the world. Houston served as an advisor in human and cultural development for UNICEF, and to national and international heads of state.

Houston has devoted her life to developing processes to activate the latent abilities in individuals, groups, organizations, and societies. Over the last 60 years, Dr. Houston has worked in over 109 countries as an international speaker and teacher. Dr. Houston is the Chancellor of Meridian University and a dedicated champion of the human spirit.

Website: jeanhouston.com

Awaken Interviews Caroline Myss – We Are Missing the Maximum Habits of the Heart

Posted on August 5, 2018
Donna Quesada: I guess I have two questions. Why isn’t this stuff taught in our curriculum? Why is it so antiquated?

And then, number two, I would really like to talk more about language. I think that it is overlooked how important it is.

Awaken Interviews Caroline Myss – We Are Missing the Maximum Habits of the Heart
Posted on August 5, 2018

Donna Quesada: I guess I have two questions. Why isn’t this stuff taught in our curriculum? Why is it so antiquated?

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And then, number two, I would really like to talk more about language. I think that it is overlooked how important it is.

Caroline Myss: Yeah, 90 percent of what needs to be taught, is not taught, including, civics…including, teaching kids what their civil rights are. Basic civics. What our basic rights as citizens are. So, they have taken from us our curriculum, morality. They don’t teach anything about what their consciousness is about. When was the last time you saw the word “conscious” in a curriculum?

DONNA: You don’t see it.

CAROLINE: So, what does that tell you? You want to know why we have nothing but liars in Washington? And a president that lies for a living? And they don’t even have the wherewithal to say, “this person has no business representing The United States of America.”

DONNA: Seems like schools are afraid that things like morals are too wrapped up in religion and there is some fear there.

CAROLINE: And now ask me if we are awake? That, right there, is your proof.

DONNA: So, what will it take to break through that?

CAROLINE: There’s no throwing recycling in my face, when this is happening. Because that is ground zero for me.

DONNA: Point taken. But, to be fair…for twenty years, I’ve taught animal rights issues at a junior college and I’m like you…I could never see myself teaching kids. So, I get them when they are a little bit older. And in these twenty years, truthfully, Caroline, I’ve seen things change. When I first started, nobody heard of a thing like animal welfare. Or, even the option of going vegetarian. It was considered strange or hippie-like. And now, everybody has a vegetarian sister or a mother or a best friend. There are vegetarian restaurants on every corner. And it’s not that you have to be a vegetarian. I’ve just seen how the consciousness has moved a little bit in that direction. We are starting to see the interconnectedness of life. And seeing other creatures in a different light than before. And it tells me, maybe we are waking up a little bit.

CAROLINE: In very convenient ways. In very comfortable, convenient ways.

DONNA: So, when it comes right down to it…

CAROLINE: The way we eat. Do you see a rise in honesty?

DONNA: Well.

CAROLINE: Do you?

DONNA: No.

CAROLINE: There. So, there you go. In integrity? No. Do you see the laws change on behalf of humanitarian rights? No.

DONNA: So, what will it take to break through the fears that stop us, at the level of curriculum, including things like that?

CAROLINE: That’s when you bang into the school and you say, “I want this back on the curriculum. I want classes on moral consciousness back on the curriculum. Ethics. Where is Plato? I want something back that has to do with moral reasoning. The humanities. And by the way, put civics back. I want consciousness back.” It’s like the habitus maximus…we are missing the maximum habits of the heart, that are learned early in life. The maximus habits of the heart that need to be taught to the children early through ritual. Through repetition. Through witness. You don’t teach someone at age seventeen to be honest. They are, by that time, or they are not. And they have learned it, not by words, but by what they have witnessed, by what they’ve experienced and what they were taught, early on. By the time they are seventeen, they are out the door. They know at that age whether keeping something that is not theirs is okay. Maybe they wouldn’t take a car, but maybe a wallet. And I see stories in the news where a kid that returns a wallet gets a reward. When, if fact, it should have gone unnoticed. It should just be the thing that they do.

DONNA: So, this brings me back to what I was saying a minute ago…the language…

CAROLINE: Yes.

DONNA: The importance of language. And it reminded me of something else you said about this notion of being entitled because I think it goes hand in hand. This sense of being entitled to a reward, for instance. And I also see it at the junior college level. This idea that we are entitled to things that they don’t deserve. This is the biggest toxicity in our culture. This idea of being entitled or being deserving. Could you speak more about that and how this language has poisoned us?

CAROLINE: It’s language…the idea that you are special…that you are special just because you are born. And that being special…I know I was born for something special. If I had a nickel for every time someone has said that to me, I would be retired. I know I was born for something special. I’ll say, “what is that, exactly?” But, they sit there in wonderment. That the specialness is going to be delivered to their door and they always think it’s a glamorous career. And it’s always tied consciously or unconsciously to something to do with protecting them from being humiliated. That’s what’s special. So, I won’t be humiliated again and I will go back to the people who humiliated me when I was a child and say, “see, I really am special!”

So, it’s got this little twinge of bitterness to it. But when you believe that you are special or tell your kids that they were born for something special, you have this as a life path and what happens is extraordinary. Other than ordinary. And what you do is live in this bubble where ordinary things are not supposed to happen to me. I’m not supposed to get sick; you are, but I’m not. And you’ll be one of those people that says, “I can’t believe this happened to me.” But the other thing that is really treacherous is that you will give yourself permission to live outside the law because extraordinary means “I don’t follow laws. I don’t have to because I am extraordinary. Laws are for ordinary people. And I’m extraordinary. So, I am going to get privilege. Laws are for ordinary…extraordinary means, I’m privileged. I get special favors…I don’t have to wait as long in lines. I get to cut to the front. I get this. I get that.” And that is how people measure their self-worth, by being exceptions to the rules, rather than having to follow them. And as a result, we have a lawless society. That’s how society becomes lawless.

DONNA: And then when things don’t go that way, we fall into victim consciousness.

CAROLINE: Totally. Total victim. Or litigious. We go one way or the other. We become both victim and litigious. Sue everybody because it didn’t work out. I was entitled to this outcome. Nobody is entitled to an outcome. Outcomes are crap shoots. You never know how anything is going to turn out. From marriage to a dinner. You have no idea, I’ve blown a lot of dinners that I could have sworn were going to turn out great.

DONNA: Is that what really makes us sick, Caroline. Falling into victim consciousness? And how do we turn the key to let that baggage go?

CAROLINE: This is what Buddha and Jesus taught…again and again and again. It’s an illusion that you can control the outcome. It’s an illusion. That’s what you have to give up; this idea that believing you are entitled can determine and create outcomes. That the more money you have, the more arrogant you are… special you think you are…somehow casts a spell on life and commands life…that we can command nature. That we can control weather. That we are entitled enough that we can control seeds, like Monsanto. We can do all of this because that is who we think we are…and that we are entitled to do this. We are not entitled to do anything. And when you finally get that in your head and you really think, I really don’t have control of anything, except myself and my responses to myself. I need to follow my guidance and trust that if I follow my guidance, always, in how I speak to people, what I do with my work…If I’m integral, If I do a good job and my intention is not to harm anybody…It doesn’t mean harm will not come to you. That’s not how life is. You can’t believe in that child’s God: if I’m a good person than nothing bad will happen to me. And at the same time, have a belief in Karma and in past lives and everything else because that is a child’s belief. If you believe in that whole universe, that there is reincarnation and Karma and all of that, then stuff is going to filter in. And maybe a death from who knows where, is going to come in and it doesn’t matter how good you are. Who knows how the system plays out or sometimes something from a life yet to be lived comes in. We just have to trust that we go about our life being the best person that we are. And you don’t tell yourself that you are entitled…that you’ll have a life free of accidents…free of any bad things because it’s not…you can’t live that way. That’s not the way the laws work.

DONNA: Is all sickness emotional?

CAROLINE: No. You can have bad DNA. And sometimes an illness is part of a person’s journey. Part of what their whole contract is. I’m not emotional about that. You’re asking me, “is it because they are just toxic?” No. Not at all. Helen Keller wasn’t toxic. That was what she needed to have, so I don’t buy any of that nonsense.

DONNA: What about the idea that we are supposed to go through it to learn a lesson from it. Is that just a story, too?

CAROLINE: Yeah. We go through everything to learn a lesson. What are we not learning from? Health? We go through health to learn lessons. Our every day is learning. And if it was true that negativity would cause us illness, everybody in congress would be vomiting every day. But they are not. And Donald Trump would be on a respirator.

DONNA: So, if someone were to come to you and I’m sure they have…if they were to say to you, “This happened to me. How can I heal myself?” What is the most important thing I can do right now, to change the situation that I have found myself in?” Whether it is emotional or physical…

CAROLINE: Well, it’s a good closing question. So, we’ll close on that. You know, everybody can always do something every day. Everything. Everybody can do something every day to help their wellbeing along. Every single day. What I would say to them is “take a look at your life and assess it. What do you know that you haven’t done?” Or, are you not doing as well as you can? What are you holding on to that is just dead weight, that you have to get rid of? What is it that you are postponing? What attitudes need to be changed that are not serving you?” These are the things that you can change right away. And everyone can do something, beginning with that.

DONNA: For example, forgiveness?

CAROLINE: Forgiveness. Or, even to agree to stop using negative words in their head. To stop self-pity. It’s lethal. And expectation and entitlements. Clean them out. I’ll end with this story. I was walking on the Camino last week, in Spain. And I had this experience where I had been walking and it had been raining and raining and raining and I was walking up this long path…crawling up this hill. I finally stopped. I needed a break. And just as I stopped, it also stopped raining. I put my head up and all that time, I was watching the ground because I was on a rocky path and because of the rain, you could slip on the rocks and I had to watch where I was going. I didn’t see anything that I was walking parallel to. So, I didn’t notice that I had begun a steep climb next to a valley…that below, there was this stunning, huge, Spanish valley. So, when I stopped I was almost to the peak and I pushed back my hood. It had been pouring rain. And now, the sun was beginning to peek out. And so, everything was shimmering because of the sunlight on the water…the dew drops. And I look and I see this panoramic view.

The Spanish valley was stunning. And I see all these little hamlets and some snow on top of the mountains. And I thought, my god is this beautiful! And I just stood there and smelled the air, that wonderful way that air smells with water in it. I just filled up my lungs and stood there and thought, this is so beautiful…I’ve never seen this before and I want to remember every single glimmer. I want to make this great, big, huge memory for the rest of my life. I want to remember this moment, standing on this mountain, standing here right now, this day. Then it occurred to me…that I couldn’t remember most of my life. Faced with desire to make a great, big, huge memory. I was confronted with the reality that I had very little memory of all the ordinary days of my life.

DONNA: Like dreams…

CAROLINE: And it took my breath away. And then I stood there and then the second tsunami hit. And I thought, I could die in this moment. Right now, in this moment. So much life is happening on the planet in this moment. People are being born, people are dying. People are making agreements. People are getting married. People are getting divorced. Souls are coming in. Souls are leaving. Businesses are being born. All these things are happening right now, in this moment, that I am standing here. Friends are meeting. Friends are saying goodbye. Strangers are sitting next to each other. New conversations are starting. And I’m imagining all the things taking place in the moment that could be my last moment. And I am looking at this valley and thinking, this could be the last thing I see. And I thought…and I hardly remember this life that I have lived.I remember so much about it, of course, but if you said to me, where were you on October 4th, 1967? I have no idea. In high school, somewhere. The truth is, I thought, what a humble experience. And who would even glance backwards, once I leave the planet and life would go on and that would be that. And then tsunami three. I didn’t remember hardly any of the things that I was once fretting about. Or, what made me so angry, or whatever, and that delighted me. And so, when you say, “what can people do?”Humble up! Get over yourself. There is nothing about your life that is that big a deal. Nothing. Absolutely nothing. You are not that important to anybody, at all. There is nothing that we are doing that someone else cannot do. Humble up! You want a practice? That’s it.

DONNA: Let that be the take away. That beautiful story.

CAROLINE: You got it.

DONNA: Thank you, Caroline. Thank you, very, very much.

CAROLINE: You got it. My pleasure.

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Awaken Interviews Carolin Myss – The Real Heart of a Spiritual Journey Is the Pursuit of ‘What Is Truth?’

And I just want to thank you personally, for sharing your time with us. I’ve been influenced by your books and your teachings for many, many years. And I want to thank you on behalf of our Awaken readers and viewers.

Caroline Myss: My pleasure.

DONNA: They will be thrilled to hear what you have to say. And for those of you who may not know, Caroline Myss is the author of Anatomy of the Spirit, Entering the Castle…one of my favorites, Defy Gravity, Why People Don’t Heal and How They Can, and a roster of others. You have been so prolific over the years and you started as a medical intuitive…

CAROLINE: I did.

DONNA: And with that, I just want to jump in and ask you, do you still consider yourself a medical intuitive or a spiritual teacher?

CAROLINE: Both. One’s not mutually exclusive but my work as a medical intuitive brought me… It was a natural path, which kind of unfolded because I never knew there was anything like a medical intuitive. That wasn’t my intention to do that. I was headed into the world of publishing and hopefully I wanted to be a fiction author. That was my big dream. I mean, fortunately, heaven put me together and it gave me a genius for something I had never even heard of and no talent for something I wanted to do.

DONNA: I have to jump in and share this with you. I thought, don’t share that with her, it will be silly…but you said it before I did. I heard you say that in an interview before…that you wanted to be a novelist. I never knew that about you, until recently. I thought, isn’t that fascinating?…because I grew up wanting to be a singer and I wasn’t given a gift to sing. And I ended up a teacher just like you did. And so, I related on a personal level, so much, when you told that story.

CAROLINE: It’s so true. And my father would say to me when I was growing up…which was a typical piece of guidance from the era that I grew up in…when most women who went to college became teachers or nurses… And so, he would say, “I don’t care what you do when you go to college, as long you become a teacher or a nurse.” Because he was looking after my wellbeing. And I remember thinking, I can’t do either of those things. Either one, for me, was the kiss of death. Because I associated teaching with being with kindergarten kids or five-year-olds or six-year-olds, and the idea of being in a classroom with children all my life… UGH! I have never changed a diaper. I am not kid friendly. And then the idea of being a nurse and sticking needles in people… And I admire these people. I do, but when I thought about it, those were my associations. So, to end up being a teacher…and I’m good at it…it’s funny how that works. The skill of being a medical intuitive…I was always very intuitive. I always flew in the intuitive world as my natural habitat. And I always looked at people as How can you function without being intuitive? Even as a child, I would think, ‘How can you function?’ How can you function in the world, not seeing the world this clearly?

DONNA: Is it enough to be good at something? Do you also have to be passionate?

CAROLINE: Well, I’m not sure. That’s kind of a luxury item. Passion is a luxury item if you really think about it. It’s kind of a high-end grace. And if you look at the world, do you think everybody is passionate? Really? Do you?

Donna: No.

CAROLINE: And do you think it’s really realistic to say, “Hey, everybody!… Follow your passion!” Do you think that is really advice that goes down easy for all of humanity?

DONNA: I’ve been wondering this for many years. And so, the next question is, where does enthusiasm come from, in the absence of passion, for those that don’t have the luxury of following their passion?

CAROLINE: Well, the operative word you use here is “following.” Why do you assume it’s a journey? What do you associate with passion that you would say “following?”

DONNA: I suppose I think of it as some kind of calling.

CAROLINE: How is passion a calling?

DONNA: Or, it’s kind of an internal being lit up on fire.

CAROLINE: About what? You associate it with a career. You are career driven. For you, passion is a career.

DONNA: So, it might be directed toward something else like serving and we can channel that in many different ways?

CAROLINE: It could be experiences or it could be perceptual. But white people are practical. White Western people… They come from that kind of God. They come from a practical, Western, Christian God. It’s very practical. So that association with passion is that it has to be a practical, career-oriented thing. It comes right out of the middle class.

DONNA: So, can we be practical and passionate at the same time, or can we cultivate that sense of “being on fire” in a practical world?

CAROLINE: You know, like mystical passion is not career. It’s experiential. It’s internal…experiential. It doesn’t convert to occupational. That’s the mystical passion. It’s a relationship with truth. As Buddha would say, “Breaking through illusions.”

DONNA: If we have that, it doesn’t much matter what we do with our career.

CAROLINE: (Laughing) Get your head out of the career, will you! The mystical understanding of passion as a mystic would understand it…the passionate grace is about the pursuit, the experience of revelation. The truth of shedding the scales of one’s interior. I’ll give you an example. Francis of Assisi hears a voice and it says “Francis…rebuild my church.” He hears this voice and eventually it becomes clear that this voice, that is speaking to him, is Jesus. And he becomes impassioned to communicate that reality is real. That it is not an imagined being. This communication between that world and this world is real. That becomes his passion. The truth behind the story of Jesus is that it’s real. He becomes impassioned with a mystical truth. That becomes his passion.

DONNA: And would you say this finding of truth is behind every spiritual mission or journey?

CAROLINE: The real heart of a spiritual journey is the pursuit of what is truth? And letting truth reshape you. Like, in a very small way, the journey in my life, from realizing Catholicism wasn’t the only God. Ok, so I let that fall away. And eventually the larger truth…a long way down the road, was that all religions are costume parties. That the universe doesn’t have a religion. And eventually, that there is no God that looks like a human being. Eventually, that there is no earth-centric God. That is the reason that all religions are falling apart now. That moment has come. We have to release the myth that God looks like us, walks like us, operated the world of earth politics like us. That it’s the end of the road now. Leaving behind those myths in ourselves and the cosmos. That’s the pursuit of truth. If this isn’t true, then what is?

DONNA: And so, what is God, once we leave that fictional sense of God behind?

CAROLINE: What is God? Well from my point of view, to the best of what I can see from where I am perched right now… This is where my own inner journey as a mystic has intersected with what I have learned as a medical intuitive. My journey as a medical intuitive started out…I didn’t even know we had chakras. I came right out of a school system where I never even took science. Much less, eastern religions and chakras and all that. So, when I started to do readings and sensed the human energy system, this was virgin territory for me. And I began to realize that we breathe into something. We connect. We interact with our health in a very intimate way. The first chunk of my years was concerned with figuring out, how is that we have an intimate relationship with our health and with our illness? And, do certain stresses create illnesses?

What I realized, is how incredibly specific the design of our thoughts is. But I didn’t have an interest in healing, as such. I didn’t have an interest in illness. Then I developed an interest in not healing, but why we don’t heal and why we we’re afraid of healing. And that brought me into a different vocabulary. I needed a different vocabulary and I didn’t even realize it…to begin to access human nature. And the critical word was “power.” I began to research our relationship to power. And that changed my understanding of human nature and everything about us. And eventually, that led to the study of archetypes and our archetypal patterns. Our patterns of power.

DONNA: So, you’ve brought up a few things I want to talk about. In your book, Why People Don’t Heal and How They Can, it seems to all come down to…why we’re losing energy…power. You mention eastern philosophy and I think of Buddha’s big question, “Why do people suffer?” Why do we suffer? Why don’t we heal? Does the same thing answer both questions? And in other words, are we miserable for the same reasons we are sick?

CAROLINE: That’s a good question! Are we miserable for the same reasons we are sick? In some cases, yes. In Buddhist language, Buddha said…and I fully agree with this…I couldn’t agree more that suffering happens because we want things to be other than the way they are. And we don’t accept things for the way they are. Change is constant. So, you say, “what is God?” Now, this is where the question began and we are still in the…think of that one question…of which, this is a sub-question. Why do people suffer? What is the nature of God? The nature of God…then if you say, “What is God?”… You look at the nature of all that is, to identify God. The nature of all that is…is change. So, there we put on the table one characteristic of God is change.

How do we know what God is? God has to apply to all things. All things in the universe. All things in the universe change. All things in the universe have a pattern. All things in the universe are consistent. They are what they are without deviation from pattern. They are impersonal. Regardless of who you are…what you are. Gravity is gravity. You and I will both fall off a bridge if we jump, regardless of how many candles you lit and how many I did not. We will fall. So, the laws of the universe are governing rulers of all life. What is God? God is law. The nature of God is law. How does your body work? Your body works on laws. The laws of science, the laws of biology, the laws of reproduction, aging… How does disease work? It works on law.

DONNA: And yet we can defy that with the miraculous.

CAROLINE: Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah. You don’t defy anything! Even that is subject to law. If you understand mysticism, you are simply working at laws in a higher realm.

DONNA: For example, when we talk about grace and jumping out of that predictable time pattern and what society tells us is normal for healing?

CAROLINE: What you tell yourself is normal for healing. But what is a miracle? A miracle is when heaven alters a law and puts it into mystical time just for you. It takes it out of chronos and puts it into…time for you.

DONNA: So, it’s not that we’ve defied law, it’s that we’ve jumped into another realm, where different laws apply. Would that be correct to say?

CAROLINE: You haven’t jumped anywhere. It’s that your soul, your consciousness, has become receptive to the experience of timelessness. And because of faith…and it’s not just faith…this is a really important thing to understand…it’s not just faith, but a part of your self-esteem. The manner in which you esteem your psychic self, your consciousness, has become strong enough to sustain an experience that is an out-lier…that stands apart from the experience familiar with the collective. That is what a miracle is. Miracles don’t happen to most people. Not because they are not holy enough or good enough, but because they are unable to sustain the consequences of having a miracle.

DONNA: Could you explain that? Are they afraid of the consequences? Meaning, they might say they want to heal, but is there something in us that actually doesn’t?

CAROLINE: That’s one reason. Another reason, of course…we are still along the river of do we make our own suffering? This is one of the reasons that we make our own suffering. In the stages of our growth…people start us in that fragile stage of looking for identity by looking at how others see them. I don’t know, I’ll wait for someone else to notice if I look okay.

DONNA: That’s the first place we lose power…

CAROLINE: No, we’ve never had any power. We have to amass…we don’t lose power. You don’t lose it. We start out as collective beings within our tribe. And then as we mature, we begin to… We start out like eau de toilette, then cologne and then hopefully, perfume. So, nobody starts out perfume. So, our sense of self in a tribe is like toilet water. We’re a collective. We are a “we.” And when people are at that stage, their sense of self esteem is a collective sense. We’re like young chicks trying to learn how to walk in the world. So, we dress like everybody and we look like everybody. We cut our hair like everybody. Because we are trying to find out what our identity is. Then we begin to break free of that and go through that painful stage of trying to develop a sense of self. And become cologne from toilet water. We’re trying to develop our own stronger fragrance.

DONNA: So, would it be truer to put it this way…it’s not that we are losing power by investing in other people’s opinions; it’s that we are prolonging our own growth…

CAROLINE: We are sensing…we are developing a sense of self, but at some point, we have to start deciding this is who I am. And this is my boundary between what I seek from other people and what I’ll allow from other people. This is where many people don’t have that boundary. And what they do is…they need so much affirmation from others that even when they have an idea…I have an idea…do you think it’s a good idea? Do you think it’s okay? They still need to take everything that goes on in them and run to the collective for opinion. So now you have an experience, like a miracle…like a feeling. That happens out of time and space and nobody else can validate it. And not only that, it’s an experience that falls into the category of enviable. It suggests that there is something special about you. That for the collective, hits the wrong button. What’s special about you? So, you come over and you say to them, I’ve been healed of this. The scientific community doesn’t approve of that. A lot of people will say “maybe you weren’t sick in the first place…maybe you really weren’t that sick.”

DONNA: So, there is something in the collective that doesn’t want to acknowledge…

CAROLINE: That you had something given to you that was not given to them. And in many cases, what will happen is, the person who was healed…if they cannot sustain the feeling…knowing that they did have that experience and I don’t need your validation…I know what I went through…most…there are so many times that it would make that person angrier. Because you didn’t validate it. That, in fact, you are not strong enough to sustain an experience by themselves…keep it to themselves, regardless of what people think.

DONNA: And so, what would you say is the biggest thing that holds us back from having that kind of experience or allowing that in?

CAROLINE: We still need to experience things collectively.

Continued in Part II…

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Carolyn Myss with Alan Steinfeld on her book “Entering the Castle”


Published on Mar 22, 2018

From the New Realities archives, Alan Steinfeld interviews Carolyn Myss about her visions and her medical intuitive abilities.

Entering the Castle is based on St. Teresa’s seven interior mansions, which are explained and elaborated here…so beautifully, clearly, compassionately, lightheartedly, wondrously…[as] seven steps…to your own deepest self or soul. Teresa became not only a spiritual woman who had written a brilliant practice manual, but a saint who saved Caroline’s life, showed her her soul, awakened her heart, and set her on the never-ending…timelessly fulfilled road of practice. I just know that Teresa would say ‘amen’ to this luminous book as the fruit of her calling to you, a calling to all of us to be mystics without monasteries in a world sorely in need of a touch of the divine…the true self in each and every one of us.” — From the foreword by Ken Wilber, author of A Brief History of Everything and Integral Spirituality

A description of Spiritual Direction ~ Caroline Myss


Many people have written asking me to provide a description of Spiritual Direction. There are many ways to describe the art of Spiritual Direction. One way that I think offers some clarity is to realize that we engage in the world through both our physical senses and our spiritual senses.

Our physical senses allow us to see, touch, feel, hear and taste the contents of our environment and through those senses, we derive facts, information, and details. We draw certain conclusions and we often refer to those conclusions as “what is true”.

Our spiritual senses, on the other hand, perceive the world around us, absorbing all that cannot be heard or seen, touched or tasted. These subtle, delicate psychic receptors pick up the words we do not speak but feel, the thoughts we transmit through our vibrations and receive from another person. Our spirit reads the air around us and other people, transferring that to our intuitive system.

Which data do we actually rely upon the most, then? What we see and what is said or what we do not see but what is felt? Spiritual direction is a way of validating the unseen world that communicates to you, the realm you actually rely on the most for navigating the path that is your life.

This is the domain of truth that provides you with more direction of your spirit than perhaps you realize and through Spiritual Direction, you finally acknowledge this dialogue. This explanation is one window into why I am so passionate about teaching Spiritual Direction – it validates your spiritual and intuitive instincts.

Twelve Greatest Spiritual Truths – Caroline Myss


All good things must come to an end, as they say, and writing my Salon is no exception to that. I’ve been writing this monthly Salon for more than ten years now and it has been a pleasure to share ideas and guidance with all of you. Now I find that my time and energy is drawn more to developing my online courses, most especially in Spiritual Direction. I will write Newsletters instead of Salons, although they may not come out on a monthly basis.

That said, I’ve given a great deal of thought to what I should say in my last Salon. I decided to end by offering you a list of my “greatest spiritual truths” – how’s that? These are the teachings I hold most dear to my heart and I hope they will serve you as much as they do me:

1. Miracles are real.
However, don’t expect a miracle to do something you can or should do for yourself. Miracles are not for cowards but for brave and courageous people who are filled with an unrelenting faith in the Divinely possible. Anything and everything is possible with God. Lazy, complaining people never experience miracles. People filled with hope who never give up trying or believing no matter the odds are prime candidates for Divine intervention.

2. Kindness and patience matter at all times.

3. Believing you are extraordinary – or that your kids are – is an unnecessary suffering in life.
Of course your children are special to you – but they aren’t to the rest of the world. You were not born to be extraordinary. No one was. Just step up to the challenges that life presents to you and do your best. Doing something extraordinary for others – now that’s a worthy goal.

4. Stop searching for God, for purpose and for meaning.
If you haven’t found it by now, you should ask yourself, “What the heck am I looking for? Is it attention? Is it success?” God is in the small details of your life, not in how others see you or in big opportunities. The Divine works behind the scenes, not in front of the camera. At the same time, every function of nature is a testimony to the order of the Divine: The laws of Nature mirror the nature of God. Learn the Tao. Learn to live according to the laws of balance. God is balance. God is cosmic law and order. You are the engine of meaning and purpose. Those forces will never show up at your door. Either you generate them or you don’t. You can make anything meaningful. Meaning comes from how you value something. Nothing has meaning or purpose until you are able to generate those graces from within.

5. Look for something special in each day – something new.
Don’t assume that this something new is going to change your life or do something for you. That something new could be that you notice how much a flower has opened up since the day before; yet, in noticing something so ordinary, you realize the elegance with which life carries on. Life is constantly growing, moving – alive. Life is everywhere. This planet is a huge, alive Being. We are walking and living and sleeping on a huge living creature that provides food and water and shelter for us. That is wildest of thoughts – and it’s the truth.

6. Put your life force into something useful.
Don’t waste a second of your life on things that are useless – like painful memories or grudges or resentments. What good does that do you? Every day is one less day of your life. In fact, today could be the last day of your life for all you know. Make it a good last day.

7. Dedicate your life to a good cause along the way.
Make a difference in this world in some way. Leave a positive footprint, not just a small carbon one. Make a difference. Your life should count for something.

8. Take time to pray in your own way.
Prayer is power – pure mystical power. It’s not rational power and it’s definitely not intellectual. You can’t see it. There is no proof that prayer is “working”. But it does and it is. And praying is not a hobby; it’s devotion. Figure out a way to weave prayer time into your daily life.

9. Feed your inner life. Do things that enrich your soul.
I believe people need spiritual direction. I believe that many psychological disorders are unrecognized spiritual sufferings. Professionals are still intimidated by the reality of spiritual crises. They don’t know how to treat a spiritual crisis or what to say to someone or how to respond to questions about the reality of the unseen outer – and inner – world. You need to know your soul and you need to know when to reach for spiritual guidance. Drugs will never solve a spiritual crisis – never. Drugs cannot combat darkness or evil.

10. Evil is real. Sin is real.
A basic definition of sin is this: Knowingly doing or saying something that you know will damage another person’s life OR knowingly/deliberately allowing another person to pay the price/take the consequences for a negative action of yours. The conscious act of knowing that what you are doing is wrong – and that what you are doing is harming another in any way – and yet you do it anyway – is Sin. Done. No getting around it. A conscious negative act against another human being is not just a boo-boo or a bummer. It is a Sin because it is CONSCIOUS and thus an act of CHOICE. It is a conscious misuse of your power of creation – and we are held accountable for these choices. That is why we cannot shake free of such choices. That is why the guilt from these choices sticks to us like gum on our shoes. That gum is our soul connected to the soul of the person we harmed. Never tell yourself that evil does not exist. It does. Every time you easily play with the truth, ask yourself, “How come it’s so easy to lie? What’s wrong with me? Why is telling the truth so difficult? Shouldn’t this be the other way around?” The spiritual path is a path of becoming One with Truth, which means confronting our relationship with the shadow in ourselves. It’s not easy and that shadow meets us around every corner in our life. My counsel to everyone – and the one I practice is to repeat a simple prayer whenever you feel that fragile edge of weakness or compromise-of-self coming on, “Hover over me, God – right now.” Surround yourself with grace. Live in grace.

11. Practice joy, love, charity, compassion, understanding, and healing.
Share your graces. Be ridiculously generous with your gifts. Don’t listen to people who tell you not to spread yourself too thin. Spread yourself so thin with your graces that you become invisible. Be as loving as you can – you’ll find that you recharge instantly. (Loving by the way is not the same as behaving foolishly. It means holding lovingness in your way of being, in the tone of your voice, in how you approach people, in giving someone that extra second before you get feisty with impatience.) No one should ever say, “I’ve got so much to give and no one to give it to.” That’s just being selfish. All that means is, “All I want to do is love one person who loves me back.”

12. Finally, live a bold life.
Don’t retire. Die exhausted from creativity, loving, adventure, service, sharing and wonder. It doesn’t take money to make a difference in this world; it takes choice, courage, and your willingness to get off the couch and make a commitment to show up and do the work. Pray for others. Send grace to the places in this world that are on fire with pain – the suffering people of Aleppo comes to mind. Channel grace wherever you go. So long as you are alive, remember that every choice you make is either one that releases grace or withholds it. Simple as that. At the end of the day, reflect on your choices. In those circumstances in which you have withheld grace, figure out why you made that choice and then think about others withholding grace in their choices when it comes to you. It’s an uncomfortable thought, to say the least. But it’s the perfect motivator to make us aware of the power of every choice we make in life.

Thank you again for all the support through the years in being a part of the Salon family and all my work. My gratitude to you is more than I can express. Expect to see me via Newsletters.

I wish all of you a blessed holiday season and a holy and wondrous 2017 – wow, look at that number – 2017. Whew. See you next year, I hope, at a workshop or at an online class – or in my prayers.

Source: Caroline Myss

The 4 Happiness Archetypes and How to Get Out of the Rat Race By Sara Fabian


“When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.” ~Wayne Dyer

One day, I was complaining about not having enough days off to escape work and treat myself to a vacation. I was feeling stressed and tired. I can recall my stepfather looking into my eyes with a deep sense of peace and compassion.

“I hear you,” he said. “I know you work hard. Sometimes, I imagine myself jumping out of bed and going for a walk, whenever I want to.”

His words came like thunder. It was a wake-up call to remind me how blessed I was and how much I was taking it for granted, as if nothing was ever enough. And there he was, my stepfather, trapped in a wheelchair by a severe form of multiple sclerosis, dreaming of a nice walk in nature. That day, he was my teacher.

For too many years, I spent a lot of my precious time complaining. I thought I never had enough time, money, or love.

Many of us get stuck in the habit of projecting our happiness into an imaginary future instead of living in the only reality that is, the present moment. We often think thoughts like:

The day I get married, I will be happy.

The day I can afford a bigger house, I will be happy.

The day I make x amount of money, I will be happy.

Looking back on my life, I came to realize that I didn’t know how to be happy. I continuously kept myself busy, always running somewhere so I could achieve more or better. Turning my happiness into a project and waiting for “the big things” to happen so I could finally feel joyful and satisfied.

I didn’t know it at the time, but I was a rat racer. Here’s what I mean by that:

In his book Happier, Tal Ben-Shahar (a Harvard professor, leading researcher, and author) defines four different happiness archetypes:

Nihilism

Nihilists have lost their joy in life, both present and future. They find no pleasure in their work or private life and expect no future benefits or rewards. They’ve given up and resigned to their fate.

Hedonism

Hedonists live for the moment and give little or no thought to future consequences and plans. Because they feel unchallenged by future goals or a purpose, they are often unfulfilled.

Rat Racing

The rat race archetype often sacrifices current pleasures and benefits in anticipation of some future rewards. This is likely the most familiar archetype to many of us (continuously setting new goals, never pleased, always busy).

It doesn’t mean that setting clear goals for the future is a bad practice. We all need a purpose and a clear vision. If we don’t even know what we want, how could we ever get that? The problem occurs when we attach our happiness to future outcomes without being able to see and appreciate what’s already good in our lives.

Rat racing is all about hunting for happiness, chasing an illusion, and never feeling content. The more we achieve, the more we want: another house, another car, another job, or more money.

Happiness

True happiness comes from keeping a healthy balance between the present and the future. It’s when we are capable of enjoying both the journey and the destination, focusing on today’s gifts, as well as our dreams, goals, and desires.

“Happiness is not about making it to the peak of the mountain nor is it about climbing aimlessly around the mountain; happiness is the experience of climbing toward the peak.” ~Tal Ben-Shahar

The day I shifted my perception from stressed to blessed, everything changed. Here’s what I have learned and what worked well for me:

1. Happiness is a verb.

Research has shown that happiness is 50 percent connected to our genes, only 10 percent attributed to life circumstances, and 40 perfect correlated with our thoughts and behaviors. That’s why happiness is not a noun; it’s a verb. For those of us who are mentally healthy, it’s an attitude, a continuous inside job.

Many people are afraid to be happy, since they could lose it one day, and they let their worries ruin their joy.

I cultivate optimism and trust the flow of life. I shift my focus from what could go wrong to what could go right. Whatever I fear, it hasn’t happened yet. I embrace my future with the genuine curiosity of a child, and I choose to believe that something wonderful is waiting around the corner—that we live in a supportive Universe where everything unfolds perfectly, and things happen for my highest good.

If I see life with negativity, fearing that bad things could happen to me, my actions will likely attract the very things I’m trying to avoid. I’ve stopped letting my mind play with me and stress me with unnecessary fears, worries, and concerns about things that haven’t happen yet.

I nourish my mind with healthy thoughts, like this one:

“Life loves me. All is well in my world, and I am safe.” ~Louise Hay

2. I sweeten my life, every day.

I have seen that many beautiful moments and small pleasures come at a low cost or even for free.

If I don’t have time for my hobbies, I make it. I read a good book or watch a fun movie that brings me the joy and laughter.

I gather with non-judgmental people who love me just the way I am. The mere act of having a good conversation over a cup of coffee charges me with a high dose of positive energy.

I go for nice walks in the park and connect with nature.

I play with my dog.

I sometimes light a candle or some nice smelling incense. (Jasmine is my favorite.) It stimulates my creativity and makes me feel good.

I’ve stopped waiting for the VIP moments of the year (like my birthday) to embellish my house with fresh flowers.

I have created the habit of drinking water from a wine glass with a slice of lemon in it.

I enjoy my morning coffee from a beautiful cup with a red heart on it, to remind myself that love is all around.

I use the beautiful bed sheets and the nice towels instead of saving them for the guests, just because I’m worth it.

“Yesterday is history; tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift; that’s why we call it present.” ~Unknown

3. I grow dreams, not regrets.

The need for stability and security (including on a financial level) is a basic human need. No wonder we start rat racing if we don’t have enough money! But what is “enough”? Isn’t that a subjective qualifier, based on our individual needs and expectations?

I have met many wealthy people who were unhappy because their ego always wanted to get more or better. It’s like when we think, “Okay, I’ve got this house now, but when I can move my family into a bigger one, I will finally be happy.”

Another reason we project happiness into the future pertains to limiting (often culturally inherited) beliefs around money that keep us stuck in a survival mode.

Take my example: Years ago, I used to work in China. I lived in a beautiful compound in downtown Shanghai, all paid for by my company, and I was single, with no loans, debt, or financial commitments. It all looked wonderful, but deep inside, I was so unhappy!

I knew I always wanted to travel the world and meet people from different cultures. I had enough money to afford that, and still, I was so afraid of spending! Even today I am thankful to the good friend who insisted on me following her on a trip, because that’s how I finally managed to break that wall.

You see, I was raised in an Eastern-European middle-class family. As a child, I often saw my parents saving money for the “black days” of their pension years (the time when one would not earn a salary and could potentially “start starving.”) As a result, I followed the same behavior once I started to make my own money.

So here’s what I’ve learned: I won’t spend my precious younger years saving everything for my retirement. Saving money is a form of self-care, and something I currently do. However, I know I won’t die with my savings account, and I won’t look back on my life with regrets once I’m older. I invest in myself and in my learning, and I spend part of my money on experiences, making sure I gather more precious memories than material things.

“You will never regret what you do in life. You will only regret what you don’t do.” ~Wayne Dyer

4. I do what I love and love what I do.

We spend the majority of our lives at work. So if we’re not happy with our jobs, we’re not happy with most of life—another reason some of us start rat racing and hoping for something different.

Too many people live their precious lives in survival mode, like robots. Frustrated or drained on Monday mornings and looking forward to the weekends so that they can feel alive. When we’re happy with our work, there’s nothing wrong with Monday mornings.

If you find yourself stuck in a job you don’t like, know that you always have a choice to step outside your comfort zone and work toward something new. It may not be easy to change careers, especially if you have limited education and people depending on you. But it’s possible to do something you believe in, something that brings you genuine joy and fulfillment.

The key is to work toward that something new while also cultivating joy in your daily life so you don’t fall into the trap of waiting for the future to be happy; and also, to remind yourself that no matter what happens, even if your circumstances are never ideal, you can still be happy.

“The most important two days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.” ~Mark Twain

5. I stay away from perfection.

To me, being a rat racer felt exhausting. I didn’t know how to have fun and relax. I was too busy trying to be perfect and do everything perfectly. It was tiring, and it made me feel like I was never good enough or worthy of the best things life had to offer.

Even when I transitioned into the job of my dreams, I was still unhappy. I kept thinking:

“The day I get to make that much money a month, I will be happy.”

“The day I know everything about this job, I will be happy.”

You see, even people who love what they do can be rat racers, if they are struggling with the need for perfection.

Today, I aim for progress instead of perfection, and I enjoy each step of my professional journey, celebrating every new lesson and every kind of achievement, no matter how big or small.

“If you look for perfection, you’ll never feel content.” ~Lev Tolstoi

6. I mind my own journey.

Another thing that keeps us trapped in rat racing is the behavior of comparing ourselves to others—the money we’re making, the status at work, the house we live in, and so on.

I now know everyone is on their own journey, and each time I dedicate moments of my life comparing, I find myself in someone else’s territory, not mine. It’s like trying to live in their story and life experience instead of my own.

I’ve come to understand that when I shift my focus and attention from other people to myself, I suddenly have more time and energy to create good things in my own life. So many people complain about not having enough time for themselves. If you want more time for yourself, mind your own business and see what happens.

“Comparing yourself to others is an act of violence against your authentic self.” ~ Iyanla Vanzant

7. I am grateful.

In the past, I rarely said thank you or counted my blessings. Today, I practice gratitude as a morning ritual. I focus on what I have, rather than on what’s missing.

I make sure I start every day being thankful for my health; for having a loving family, a wonderful life partner, and a great job I love; for the creativity flow that helps me write such posts and the opportunity to share my insights and experiences with the world; and for the air I breathe and the sun that caresses my face.

“If the only prayer you ever say is Thank you, that will be enough.” ~Eckhart Tolle

I might not always get what I want, but I know I always get what I need. I see every day as a fresh start, a new opportunity for me to taste more of this juicy experience called living. Life is a precious gift and I intend to spend as much of it happy as possible.

And now, I would like to hear from you. What is your happiness archetype? What makes you truly happy?

About Sara Fabian
Sara Fabian is a women’s empowerment coach and inspirational speaker, on a mission to help professional women to discover their unique strengths, gifts and talents, boost their confidence, find their calling and live a meaningful life of purpose. For weekly inspiration, subscribe to her free newsletter at sarafabiancoaching.com or follow her on Facebook.

The Fifth Mystical Law: Maintain Spiritual Congruency by Caroline Myss

Whether you strike out on the path of consciousness in order to heal yourself or to engage more profoundly in matters of the spirit, one way of describing your goal is to say that you want to become a congruent human being…
Congruency can take many forms, but in essence you are congruent when your beliefs match up with your everyday actions and your spiritual practice. Say what you believe and believe what you say; act on your belief and follow through on guidance that comes from inner reflection. In this way, body, mind, and soul finally come into an alignment that allows for the harmony of the graces to flow through you as naturally as your breath. You maintain congruence by honoring the spiritual truths that you have consciously made a part of your interior life.

Truth is its own monitoring device; that is, you can never lie to yourself about compromising a truth. Your biology itself will show signs of the stress when you become incongruent with a truth. Part of us realizes that acknowledgment of a belief – whether private or public – stands as an official commitment to it, if only before our own conscience.

A consciousness left in a fog is incapable of creating any clear path in life, much less of healing anything. There is nothing easy about living a conscious life, but it’s even more treacherous to live an unconscious one.

Simply being as conscious as you can be at each moment is a full-time job, because becoming a conscious person is all about realizing the full potential of the power of choice. Of all the choices that you can make, none is as empowering as the decision to live in a spiritually congruent way.

What you can do:

  • Practice spiritual congruence by living these truths:
  • You should say only what you believe and believe what you say.
  • Power originates behind your eyes, not in front of your eyes. Once power becomes visible, it evaporates. True power is invisible.
  • Thought precedes the creation of matter. Therefore, your thoughts are instruments of creation as much as your words, deeds, and finances. Become conscious about the quality of your thoughts, because each one sets patterns of cause and effect into motion. Every thought is a tool. Every thought is a prayer.
  • Judgement anchors you to the person or thing you judge, making you its servant. Judge others too harshly and you become their prisoner.

Source: Caroline Myss

The Five Dharma Types: Vedic Wisdom for Discovering Your Purpose and Destiny By Simon Chokoisky [Updated Oct 17, 2016]


Estimated release date: 4/15/2014

A handbook for unlocking the soul’s purpose and manifesting a fulfilling life

• Reinterprets the traditional Dharma system of ancient India as a map for revealing one’s true purpose

• Provides tests for determining one’s Dharma type

• Explains the benefits, challenges, and social, interpersonal, and health dynamics associated with each of the 5 Dharma types

Have you ever wondered why, despite great obstacles, some people achieve success, while others, though given everything, seem to squander it away? Or why some people, despite having very little, radiate joy, while others appear miserable though surrounded by opulence? The answer is Dharma: knowing your soul’s purpose and living it is the key to creating a fulfilling life.

Built on a deep body of Vedic knowledge, the ancient system of social structure and spiritual duty known as Dharma has modern applications for people seeking their life’s purpose. Author Simon Chokoisky explains the five Dharma archetypes–Warrior, Educator, Merchant, Laborer, and Outsider–and how your life’s purpose goes hand-in-hand with your Dharma type. Providing tests to determine your type, he outlines the benefits, challenges, emotional and learning styles, and social, interpersonal, and health dynamics associated with each type.

Chokoisky reveals how the Dharma types function as an operating system for your identity, helping you map your life and play to your innate strengths, whether in choosing a prosperous career or field of study or in facing health challenges and meeting fitness goals. By accepting and understanding the nature of your type, you begin to align with your true purpose and, regardless of fate, find joy and meaning in life.

Simon Chokoisky teaches Sanskrit and Medical Astrology at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He also runs a private consulting business based on his trainings in Vedic life mapping and Vedic astrology. The creator of the Decoding Your Life Map with Vedic Astrology DVD series, he travels widely giving seminars. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


In this talk Simon reveals the five levels of dharma, and why they are crucial to feeling at one with your body, your environment, your purpose, the cosmos, and with your divine source. The five levels are:
1. The Physical
2. The Environmental
3. The Social
4. The Cosmic
5. The Spiritual
The key to getting the most from these is understanding the technology of how they work together. In this talk, Simon focuses on the first two

The 5 Dharma Types – Simon Chokoisky

This is an extended explanation of the origin of the book The 5 Dharma Types, by Simon Chokoisky

Synchronicity Means Seeing A Heart-Shaped World

“Where love rules there is no will to power.”– C. G. Jung

You notice a funny thing when you look at the evidence for the extension of consciousness–the mind operating beyond the body: the presence of feeling. Throughout the results of scientific experiments with people and animals looking at telepathy or other similar phenomenon, emotion is a discernible quality.

The Evidence highlights Emotion

Biologist Rupert Sheldrake (who loves designing scientific experiments to challenge the skeptical prejudices of his colleagues) has shown: that some dogs do know when their owners are coming home and demonstrate it on video; that people can feel when being stared at 60% of the time (watch the discussion with Morgan Freeman here); that telephone telepathy, knowing who’s calling, happens more often with people we’re emotionally close to (here); that family members demonstrate above average ability at card-guessing with each other, and that twins are best at it–and ironically those who don’t believe it’s possible score below average [here]!

Throughout each of these, emotion plays a role: dogs are emotionally connected to their owners and excited for their return, we feel creeped out by being stared at, and people that are close emotionally are far more likely to have an experience of consciousness as a shared field.

Feelings in Synchronicity

Both Sheldrake and the pioneering Swiss psychologist C. G. Jung noticed the statistical reality of ‘beginner’s luck’ and that with the loss of emotion came a change of luck: “a certain affective condition seems to be indispensable.” And as with beginner’s luck, feeling (whether it is conscious or unconscious) also seems to be an indispensable condition for synchronicity. Synchronicities are moments where outer events and inner states come together in meaningful parallels that are too explicit to explain away: we were just talking about someone and they call us; we break up with someone and we run into them all over town; we feel it in our heart when someone we love needs us, or is in danger; and visions of a relative who just has passed away are surprisingly common. So often at the center of those experiences is a big wad of authentic bodily–experienced feelings: love, hate, care, yearning, longing, wanting, wanting to protect. Our heartstrings seem to be the pathways that draw these experiences into our lives.

How can we understand the presence of emotion in the mystery of the extension of consciousness? To do so means radically reconsidering the way we understand our world; it might mean having to give up what you think you know. Our culture teaches us to pride ourselves on always having the right answers and leaves us ill-prepared for handling something that challenges us entirely. But previous cultures were able to consciously recognize this quality of the world and they designed whole systems of living around them.

Ancient Chinese Secret

To the culture in ancient China that produced the I Ching and the philosophy of Taoism, the world was a field in which our sincerity and inner state was tied in with the flow of events in the outer world. Taoism means “the way,” “the way of Nature,” and to this culture, synchronicity was an obviously present reality. They knew for themselves that by reflecting and working with our inner emotional truth, we became better able to move with the Nature’s flow.

“The art of life is more like navigation than warfare, for what is important is to understand the winds, the tides, the currents, the seasons, and the principles of growth and decay, so that one’s actions may use them and not fight them.”

– Alan Watts

Today our culture can consciously recognize this force. But it requires breaking through the overly-Masculine bias in us that has us reflexively seeing the world as a collection of objects, rather than as a “communion of subjects” (Thomas Berry). Synchronicity means that sometimes the world is the subject and we are the object. The Chinese saw this inter-subjectivity as living in Nature and the world as a balance of Yin and Yang, Feminine and Masculine and the metaphor of the sacred marriage is an especially appropriate one for our time. Today our dried-out, over-rational and too-linear Masculine consciousness is being winked at by something mysterious, curving and purposive–a force responding to our feeling connections with each other and breathing new meaning into our leaves. This archetypally Feminine energy is a mystery to us because we’re used to seeing the world through a Masculine lens of over-simplifications:

“As a rule the specialist’s is a purely masculine mind, an intellect to which fecundity is an alien and unnatural process; it is therefore an especially ill-adapted tool for giving rebirth to a foreign spirit. But a larger mind bears the stamp of the feminine; it is endowed with a receptive and fruitful womb which can reshape what is strange and give it a familiar form.”

C. G. Jung, Introduction to The Secret of the Golden Flower

Synchronicity calls us to exercise the “fruitful womb” inside ourselves: to hold such experiences in our mind is one thing, to hold them in our heart is something else. In this way, it falls to us to bring this wedding into being in our time, to birth the new energy, to come to embody the archetypal Feminine in the world and know in our hearts that “where love rules there is no will to power.”

When we come together to explore this new view and the questions that it brings, I invite you to consider that many of the answers may lie somewhere that you don’t expect. It is beautiful and satisfying, and even world-changing, to realize that Nature responds to the feeling connections we make with each other; we are living in a heart-shaped world! However it is something even more to be that heart! Peace.


Gary S. Bobroff is an author, workshop leader and a Jungian and archetypal coach. He presents the depth of Jungian approaches in an engaging, accessible and visual-oriented form. He is the developer and facilitator of Archetypal Nature and the founder of JungianOnline.com connecting clients with Jungian-oriented therapists worldwide (via phone or Skype). He is the co-facilitator of the Synchronicity & the Archetypal Feminine video series. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of British Columbia, Canada and Master’s degree in Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Andrew Harvey called his book, Crop Circles, Jung & the Reemergence of the Archetypal Feminine “an original masterpiece.“ – GSBobroff.com

Jung, Sheldrake, and Synchronicity—Gary Bobroff with BonnieBright for Depth Insights

Gary Bobroff, M.A. in conversation with Bonnie Bright, Ph.D. for Depth Insights as they discuss C. G. Jung, Rupert Sheldrake, and Synchronicity. Gary offers insights into where these two great thinkers intersect and shares stories and insights on synchronicity. Gary is hosting a webinar series on the topic starting September 2015.
Visit http://www.DepthInsights.com or the free online community, http://www.DepthPsychologyAlliance.com for more depth psychology-related news and content.

Find Gary’s work at http://www.ArchetypalNature.com

Spiritual Direction: Learning to Listen to Your Soul ~ Caroline Myss

One of the most beautiful ways to understand the essence of Spiritual Direction is that you enter into a dialogue with the intent of letting your spirit reveal to you the story your are living that is your life. No one is born knowing who they are or what they are meant to do in every moment of their lives. What we are meant to do is search. We must each find our way and along the way, discover who we are, what we believe, what we value, what holds meaning for us and what does not, how to love and who to love. We are our own mystery.

Every single experience in life, indeed every moment, is filled with some way to learn even one more thing about ourselves, to see who we are and how we act or react to the world around us just a bit more clearly. But one of the richest ways we truly come to understand who we are and all that we are – from the darkness of our struggles to the fullness of our gifts – is through sharing our inner self with another person whose personal calling in life is to serve in the trusted position of a Spiritual Director. A Spiritual Director knows what it means to be a Sacred Witness to another person’s life story and to ask the right questions that inspire self-reflection. And a Spiritual Director knows how to assist you in illuminating the dark night passages that visit everyone’s life somewhere along the line.

I have been with my Spiritual Director every week for fifteen years. It is my sacred time, my holy time. I rely upon this time for my own inner work, my own time of soul-searching. I share this with you because in this workshop I will introduce the refined art of Spiritual Direction to you. It is my intention to create an atmosphere of trust and intimacy in which you can participate in a quality of sharing and spiritual exploration that often results in redirecting how you understand the journey of your life. Perhaps you will come to realize that your challenges are not so overwhelming or that you have more inner resources than your ever realized. Or you may find the beginning threads to a quality of faith and prayer you have been seeking for years. Or, as so often happens, you may come to the workshop for reasons you know nothing about and leave feeling full of grace and renewed with optimism and hope.

And speaking of hope, I hope you will consider coming to this very special CMED Workshop. I know that it will be one that holds purpose and meaning for every participant.

Caroline Myss – Going Deep: Using Archetypes to Explore Personal and Global Change

The MindBody Code: How to Change the Beliefs that Limit Your Health, Longevity, and Success by Mario Martinez PsyD (Author)

Why is it so difficult to change our beliefs and behaviors even when we know they no longer serve us? How can certain individuals reverse incurable disease while others suffer the effects of childhood wounds despite years of therapy? These are the questions readers will explore in the much-anticipated new book from clinical neuropsychologist and biocognitive science founder Dr. Mario Martinez.

In The MindBody Code, Dr. Martinez challenges us to embrace a radically new paradigm for health and well-being. Readers will not only learn the basics of this fascinating cutting-edge science, but they will also learn to communicate with the body in its own biosymbolic language for results that until this point may have been elusive at best. Martinez reveals the way our cultural beliefs impact our immune system, the pathway to healing the archetypal wounds of shame, abandonment, and betrayal, and much more.

Dr. Martinez is a licensed clinical psychologist and bestselling author of “The MindBody Code: How to Change the Beliefs that Limit Your Health, Longevity, and Success” and the psychological novel “The Man from Autumn“.

He specializes in how cultural and transcendental beliefs affect health and longevity. He lectures worldwide on his theory of Biocognition and on investigations he has conducted of alleged cases of stigmata for the Catholic Church, the BBC, Discovery, and National Geographic. Also, based on how the immune system makes decisions under conditions of uncertainty, he developed a unique model of organizational science he calls “The Empowerment Code”, to teach executives of global companies how to maximize productivity while enhancing wellness.

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How Our Cultural Beliefs Affect Health & Longevity: Interview with Tami Simon

Tami Simon speaks with Mario Martinez, a clinical neuropsychologist whose breakthrough research examines how cultural beliefs affect our health and longevity. Mario is the founder of biocognitive science, a new paradigm that examines the dynamic relationship between thoughts, culture, and the body. In this episode, Tami speaks with Mario about the idea that culture creates biology; how we can access the antidote to shame, abandonment, and betrayal through healing fields in the body; and the concept of “the drift”—how we can navigate chaos with uncertainty as our guide.

Dr. Mario Martinez & Dr Deepak Chopra: The Mind Body Code

Published on Aug 25, 2015
How culture, context and interpretation shape our biology.

Jung the Mystic: The Esoteric Dimensions of Carl Jung’s Life and Teachings by Gary Lachman [updated June 23, 2015]

This bold, compact new biography of Carl Jung fills a gap in our understanding of the pioneering psychiatrist by focusing on the occult and mystical dimension of Jung’s life and work, a critical but frequently misunderstood facet of his career.

Although he is often called the “founding father of the New Age,” Carl Jung, the legendary Swiss psychiatrist best known for his groundbreaking concepts like the collective unconscious, archetype theory, and synchronicity, often took pains to avoid any explicit association with mysticism or the occult. Yet Jung lived a life rich in paranormal experiences-arguing for the existence of poltergeists in a debate with Sigmund Freud, participating in séances, incorporating astrology into his therapeutic work, reporting a near death experience, and collaborating with the pioneering ESP researcher J. B. Rhine.

It is these critical experiences-often fleetingly touched on in other biographies or critical studies, and just as frequently used to make a case against Jung and his philosophies-that form the core of this exciting new biography, Jung the Mystic.

While Jung’s ghostwritten memoirs, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, touch on the role his mystical and occult experiences played in his life, Gary Lachman’s Jung the Mystic completes the circle: Lachman assesses Jung’s life and work from the viewpoint of Western esoteric tradition and helpfully places Jung in the context of other major esoteric thinkers, such as Rudolf Steiner, G. I. Gurdjieff, and Emanuel Swedenborg. In that respect, this new biography appeals directly to the sensibility of spiritual readers who rightly see Jung as a pioneer of today’s contemporary metaphysical culture.


Gary Lachman (1955- ) was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, but has lived in London, England since 1996. A founding member of the rock group Blondie, he is now a full time writer with more than a dozen books to his name, on topics ranging from the evolution of consciousness and the western esoteric tradition, to literature and suicide, and the history of popular culture. Lachman writes frequently for many journals in the US and UK, and lectures on his work in the US, UK, and Europe.His work has been translated into several languages. His website is http://garylachman.co.uk/

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Gary Lachman – ‘My Journey – From Blondie to Jung’ – Interview by Iain McNay

Gary Lachman – ‘My Journey – From Blondie to Jung’ – Interview by Iain McNay

Former Blondie bass player (then known as Gary Valentine) and author of several books including “New York Rocker”, “A Secret History Of Consciousness”, “Turn Off Your Mind” and “Jung The Mystic”.

Carl Jung – Legacy and Influence

Philosopher and author Robert Rowland Smith, philosopher Mark Vernon, and Jung biographer Gary Lachman reflect on Carl Jung’s legacy, 50 years after his death.

Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman by Jean Shinoda Bolen (Author)

In Jean Shinoda Bolen’s best-selling, game-changing Goddesses in Everywoman, myths came to life in a whole new way that resonated with our own lives. Even fictional character Bridget Jones was reading that book.Now comes Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman, a groundbreaking new book that explores the archetype of the activist.

Indomitable means untamed, unsubdued. It is the one-in-herself quality in girls and women who will not be victims, no matter what. To bring the Artemis archetype to life, Dr. Bolen delves deeply into the myth of Atalanta, the famous hunter and runner in ancient Greek mythology, a mortal woman who is identified with Artemis the Greek Goddess of the Hunt and Moon. Atalanta began life abandoned and left to die because she was born a girl. She faced the Calydon Boar and drew first blood; she was the runner who would demand to be beaten in a footrace by the man who could claim her as his bride. Atalanta exemplifies the indomitable spirit in competent, courageous girls and in the women they become. This is grit, the passion and persistence to go the distance, to survive, and to succeed.

Dr. Bolen paints a vivid picture of Artemis women in current media, including Princess Merida from the animated film Brave and Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. In all these examples and those of real-life women who grow into their Artemis spirit, she provides the means through which readers can navigate their own personal exploration to become their authentic selves. Bolen dedicates this book to women and girls who embody the archetype of Artemis, who discover her uncrushable spirit in themselves or others.

Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD, is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, and an internationally known author and speaker. She is the author of The Tao of Psychology, Goddesses in Everywoman, Gods in Everyman, Ring of Power, Crossing to Avalon, Close to the Bone, The Millionth Circle, Goddesses in Older Women, Crones Don’t Whine, Urgent Message from Mother, Like a Tree, and Moving Toward the Millionth Circle.

She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a former clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco, a past board member of the Ms. Foundation for Women and the International Transpersonal Association. She was a recipient of the Institute for Health and Healing’s “Pioneers in Art, Science, and the Soul of Healing Award.” She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She was in three acclaimed documentaries: the Academy-Award winning anti-nuclear proliferation film Women–For America, For the World, the Canadian Film Board’s Goddess Remembered, and FEMME: Women Healing the World. The Millionth Circle Initiative http://www.millionthcircle.org was inspired by her book and led to her advocacy for a UN 5th World Conference on Women http://5wcw.org. Her website is http://www.jeanbolen.com.

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Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman

Jean Bolen discussing her latest book, Artemis.

The Tao of Psychology: Synchronicity and the Self by Jean Shinoda, M.D. Bolen (Author)

Understanding the Moments That Touch and Transform Our Lives

Who hasn’t experienced that eerie coincidence, that sudden, baffling insight, that occasional flash of extrasensory perception that astonishes? Can these events be dismissed as mere chance, or do they have some deeper significance for us?

The twenty-fifth anniversary edition of this classic explores the inter-relationship between these meaningful coincidences and our intuitive sense that we are part of some deep oneness with the universe — a oneness called Tao in Eastern philosophy and synchronicity in Jungian psychology. By relating the concepts of Tao and synchronicity, Dr. Bolen reveals important links between psychology and mysticism, right brain and left, the individual and the external world. The Tao of Psychology provides the key for each individual to interpret the synchronistic events in his or her life and gives fresh insight into the relationships, dreams, and flashes of perception that transform our existence.

Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD, is a psychiatrist, a Jungian analyst, and an internationally known author and speaker. Her books include Goddesses in Everywoman, Gods in Everyman, and many others. She is a distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and was a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco. She lives in Marin County, California.

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Jean Shinoda Bolen: Archetypal Psychology (excerpt) – A Thinking Allowed w/ Dr. Jeffrey Mishlove

NOTE: This is an excerpt from the full 90-minute DVD.
http://www.thinkingallowed.com/2jbole…

Carl Jung’s concept of synchronicity, an acausal principle, connects the ego to the larger archetypal self. This connection is like the ancient Chinese concept of the Tao in that it cannot be rationally understood. Jean Shinoda Bolen suggests that the images of the ancient dieties represent powerful projections of the psyche.

From a psychological perspective, all of the gods can be viewed as suffering from dysfunctional relationships and character disorders. By studying the myths of the gods, we can learn much about ourselves. It is by facing the truth of our lives that we can die to our past ways and enter into a new order of being.

The Sacred History: How Angels, Mystics and Higher Intelligence Made Our World by By Jonathon Black (AKA Mark Booth)

Written by the New York Times bestselling author of The Secret History of the World, The Sacred History takes you on a captivating journey through the great myths of ancient civilizations to the astounding discoveries of the modern era.

The Sacred History is the epic story of human interaction with angels and other forms of higher intelligence, starting from Creation all the way through to the operations of the supernatural in the modern world.

What emerges is an alternative history of great men and women, guided by angels or demons, and the connection between modern-day mystics and their ancient counterparts. This spellbinding historical narrative brings together great figures— such as Krishna, Moses, Buddha, Elijah, Mary and Jesus and Mohammed—and stories from African, Native American and Celtic traditions.

Woven into this is an amazing array of mystical connections, including the surprising roots not only of astrology and alternative medicine but also of important literary and artistic movements, aspects of mainstream science and religion and a wide range of cultural references that takes in modern cinema, music and literature.

This is a book of true stories, but it is also a book about stories. It shows how they can tell us things about the deep structure of the human experience that are sometimes forgotten, revealing mysterious and mystic patterns, and helping us to see the operation of the supernatural in our own lives.

Jonathan Black is the nom de plume of Mark Booth. He was educated at Ipswich School and Oriel College, Oxford, where he studied Philosophy and Theology. He has worked in publishing for over twenty years. He is the author of The Secret History of the World, the exclusive ebook The Secret History of Dante: Unearthing the Mysteries of the Inferno and the forthcoming The Sacred History of the World: How Angels, Mystics and Higher Intelligence Made our World.

His books are the result of a lifetime spent reading literature in this area, publishing many of the leading authors in the field and hanging round antiquarian bookshops.

Visit my website: http://www.thesacredhistory.co.uk
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Jonathan Black – The Sacred History: How Angels, Mystics and Higher Intelligence Made our World

The Sacred History is an account of the workings of the supernatural in history. It tells the epic story of angels, from Creation, to Evolution through to the operations of the supernatural in the modern world.

This tale of how people and peoples have been helped by angels and other angelic beings is woven into a spellbinding narrative that brings together Krishna, Moses, Buddha, Elijah, Mary and Jesus, Mohammed, Joan of Arc, the angels who helped Hungarian Jews persecuted by the Nazis, and stories from African, Native American and Celtic traditions.

Told from the spiritual point of view, The Sacred History relates every betrayal, every change of heart, every twist and turn, everything that looks like a coincidence, every portent, every clue, every defeat, every rescue moments before the prison door clangs shut. This is the angelic version of events.

Jonathan Black on Mysticism in The Sacred History

Animal Omens by Victoria Hunt

As fellow creatures who are uniquely attuned to the earth’s energies, animals provide us with hidden messages every day—we just need to learn how to read them.

This personal and engaging book shows you how each animal carries a particular omen—a personal and significant message helping to guide you on your life path. Twenty-nine true animal encounter stories are followed by insightful explanations of each animal’s corresponding omen, and how their messages can help you make important life decisions. Not sure whether it’s the right time to switch jobs or relocate? An unexpected visit from a lingering butterfly can signal a period of imminent change and transformation in your life.

Organized alphabetically by animal and compact enough to carry, this inspirational reference guide can be taken along on introspective nature walks. Foster a closer connection with nature and learn about yourself—with a little bit of animal wisdom.

Victoria Hunt (California) has studied metaphysics and earth spirituality for over twelve years. A third level Reiki master and member of the British Druid Order, she teaches Celtic-based Earth-Centered Spirituality out of her studio Grove of the Red Hawk, and has organized and led Celtic celebrations and rituals.

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Animal Omens: The Butterfly

The butterfly is a symbol of the soul in flight from the body after death, beautiful in its true nature, unhampered by its earthly form. The butterfly has also been seen as a shape-shifter, able to transform itself into something other than its present form as it goes from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly.

Butterfly can teach us about transformation. About change and how we can change in beauty and joy, for change doesn’t need to be a negative experience—there is beauty in change.
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If Butterfly has flown into your life, ask yourself if you need to undergo a change of some sort. Maybe in your relationships with others, your living arrangements, or in your thinking? Whichever it might be, a change is at hand. Stay open for renewal and be prepared for this change to make itself known, for you are forewarned, and so forewarned you can be ready and willing to go where change leads.

Every change can be viewed as a growing, expanding, learning experience. All life is change; nothing remains the same. But Butterfly can help you with the transformation that is coming. Just look for the beauty that it holds, and embrace it willingly.

From Animal Omens, by Victoria Hunt.
Written by Llewellyn Journal

GODDESS CALLING: Inspirational Messages and Meditations of Sacred Feminine Liberation Thealogy

“In ever-increasing numbers women and men are seeking spirituality beyond traditional religious institutions and more and more their new normal includes the deities, ideals and archetypes of the Sacred Feminine. They have a desire to get beyond the patriarchal dogma that often perpetuates sexism, homophobia and the domination of Gaia and all her inhabitants, including the body of Mother Earth. Women in particular are hearing and heeding their calling, stepping forth to take on their mantle of leadership as rabbis, ministers, priestesses, Nuns on the Bus and Womanpriests. They are exercising their spiritual authority in circles at their kitchen tables, in their living rooms and classrooms, in brick and mortar churches and temples, in political arenas and groves. They are flexing their spiritual wings and allowing themselves to be guided by their intuition, innate female wisdom and inner-knowing and they encourage their congregations to know and feel the essence of Goddess and understand what that new knowledge might mean for themselves personally and the world.

Often their shared message is one of female empowerment, social justice and environmental responsibility sometimes referred to as eco-feminist spirituality. The liturgy may contain social, cultural and political messages of liberation thealogy using Goddess mythology, archetypes and metaphors as benchmarks and templates for a more just and sustainable future. Gone altogether or tempered is the message of the strict authoritarian Father whose mythology gives license for a male-dominated society with women in a subordinate role. Nothing less than peace, partnership, justice, equality and care for the planet are at the heart of this Sacred Feminine wisdom.

In answer to this collective call to restore and re-write our values and find a new spiritual path women and men are blazing a trail using their pink handled machetes to find their way. It might manifest in progressive churches using gender neutral names for God in prayer and song. Others include liturgy embracing the Divine Mother in equal partnership alongside the Father. Altars might not be dominated only by male images. Still others give themselves permission to conduct women-only services and exhibit only female images of deity at their gatherings. Congregants worship together in circles rather than in heirarchal configurations with a male intermediary between them and deity. In fact, these groups and gatherings might be leaderless, egalitarian or organizers might share leadership. In case it’s not obvious, there is no one way and no absolute right way to facilitate these gatherings or to worship or interpret deity. These are just some of the new guidelines being tried across the globe as spiritual people come forward to see what works for themselves or their communities.

Yes, there has been a plethora of academic writings restoring knowledge of Goddess and women’s history that has been swept beneath the rug. Some, myself included, have used this knowledge to occasionally re-construct or adapt ancient rituals for a modern context. We have gleaned inspiration from inscriptions and ancient knowledge and turned it into the seasonal ritual. Psychologists have explored the significance of Goddess archetypes. Theologians have examined why Goddess disappeared and patriarchy began to dominate. Some statistics show that when all earth-based or goddess-oriented groups are combined, Pagan, or non-Abrahamic religions is one of the fastest growing groups in the country and books have come out in equal measure to support that growing interest.

What has been missing, however, is an abundance of inspirational writings that pulls all of these aforementioned areas of focus together between two covers and puts it into an easy-to-understand and user-friendly book of sacred feminine liberation thealogy. Yes, thealogy, not theology. The meaning of Goddess, as deity, archetype and ideal and her relationship to humanity, the planet and its species. Going beyond the wheel of the year, examining Goddess mythology and ideals of the Sacred Feminine that would reshape values, society and culture, from cradle to grave, and in pre-school to the voting booth. Goddess ideals actually do provide a template for a more just and sustainable future and with this book, I hope I’ve managed to directly connect the dots between the Great She and liberation from the oppression of our patriarchal world.

This book is designed to give individuals or those desiring to serve their communities a springboard to offer what I remember were called “sermons from the pulpit” in my early days as a Catholic, with ideas to create a format for a regular gathering or service. Easy to digest and sometimes gently following the seasons of the year and holidays already on most people’s calendars, these messages and meditations use Goddess archetypes, ideals and mythology to provide content for education, inspiration and contemplation for anyone seeking to incorporate a feminine face of god within their spirituality, no matter their faith – and the messages and meditations have been field-tested

Following one of the messages within this book, Trust in the Journey, these collective words of inspiration and guidance accumulated over time as I was called on as an ordained minister to speak about the Sacred Feminine. Yes, these messages and meditations have already been successfully shared and embraced by congregations where I have been invited to present papers, guest minister or lead salons or services for Goddess temples, Unitarian Universalist congregations, the American Academy of Religion or at Sacred Sundays, the latter being inter-faith services offered in the Los Angeles community for several years, which lends this book it’s title. Those experiences have provided the framework for this book and the suggestions herein for readers to find personal inspiration or ready-made material to facilitate your community circles. ”

An independent scholar, speaker, radio show host, published author, and and social justice activist, Karen’s body of work blends her experiences of women-centered multiculturalism evident in archaeology, anthropology and mythology with her unique academic and literary talents and travel experience throughout the world.

Her first book, Sacred Places of Goddess: 108 Destinations has garnered prestigious endorsements, while her second book, Walking an Ancient Path, Rebirthing Goddess on Planet Earth, was a finalist in the National Best Books of 2008 Awards. Tate’s work has been highlighted in the Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times and other major newspapers.

Her new book, Goddess Calling, Inspirational Messages and Meditations of Sacred Feminine LIberation Thealogy is due out in early 2014. She is interviewed regularly in print, on television and on national public radio and hosts her own radio show, Voices of the Sacred Feminine considered a treasure trove of insight and wisdom for our time. Her work has segued into writing, producing and consulting on projects which bring the ideals and awareness of the Sacred Feminine into the mainstream world through television and film. She can be seen in the new documentary, Femme, Women Healing the World, produced by Wonderland Entertainment.

Karen spends much of her time giving interviews, teaching, and lecturing at private and public educational and spiritual institutions, temples and churches; such as Joseph Campbell Roundtables, The Gaia Festival, Loyola Marymont College and the American Academy of Religion. She guest ministers at Unitarian Universalist Churches, The Goddess Center of So. California and Sacred Sundays. She has received acclaim for reviving the Cakes for the Queen of Heaven curriculum as well as the Rise UP and Call Her Name course.

Her published articles have appeared in both domestic and international publications since 1995. She is on the Editorial Board of the journal, Goddess Theology and a founding Board of Directors member of the Institute for Theology and Theosophy. She is currently a contributing writer to Sacred History Magazine, Mystic Pop, Circle News, the Beltane Papers, and other domestic and international print and online magazines. Karen is a contributing writer to the follwing books: Heart of a Woman in Business, Waters of Life, Goddess Guide to Business Bliss and Jesus Through Pagan Eyes.

An independent scholar of the Sacred Feminine for over twenty-five years, an ordained minister, and graduate of The Women’s Theological Institute, specializing in Goddess and Women’s Spirituality, Karen’s particular emphasis is on the roles of women and the study of comparative religions and ancient cultures in a modern or reconstructed context. For her significant contributions in bringing the Sacred Feminine to both academia and the lived experiences of women and men through active ministry, sacred tours, books and radio, Ocean Seminary College proudly conferred upon Rev. Karen Tate a Doctorate of Ministry in Thealogy. It is no surprise then that she is the Founder of the educational, art, and cultural organization, The Isis Ancient Cultures Society, which organized public events around the Los Angeles area for more than ten years. She is also a Founder of Sacred Sundays and Wisdom Circles.

As the Los Angeles Women’s and Goddess Spirituality columnist for The Examiner she regularly covers events in Southern California related to spirituality, women’s issues, political activism and arts and culture. As a spiritual tour leader, sacred journeys she has led and organized have itineraries that circle the globe and she continues bringing the like-minded to sacred sites to experience the joy of purposeful travel.

With this deep well of experience and rich tapestry of scholarship fueling her passions, Karen has segued to the next level in her career as a writer/producer/creative consultant on projects introducing ideals and awareness of the Sacred Feminine to the mainstream world. Recognizing the importance of the vital and vibrant vehicle that is television and film, Karen uses this new canvas to responsibly influence contemporary thought geared toward life-affirming mythology that encourages discussion and raises awareness, the goal of mythologists of the new millennium.

Tate’s insatiable curiosity, scholastic achievements and special interests help define her focus of building bridges between cultural and spiritual communities and promoting ideals of partnership, inclusivity, compassion and continuing education.

An Adepta within the International Fellowship of Isis, Karen was ordained by one of the founders, Lady Olivia Robertson, at Clonegal Castle in Ireland. More than a decade ago, Karen began the Iseum of Isis Navigatum, a hearth of the Goddess within the FOI, which continues to fulfill her calling to help mid-wife the rebirth of the Divine Feminine in contemporary society.

Karen and her husband, Roy, her life partner for more than twenty-eight years, are the creators, artists, and caretakers of the Isis Temple of Thanksgiving and Sekhmet’s Mountain Grotto.

Karen was nominated for the Pagan Pride

Karen Tate Interview on the Sacred Feminine & Goddess!.wmv

Laura Carrillo interviews Karen Tate, an expert on the history of Goddess who has written “Sacred Places of Goddess” and “Walking an Ancient Path”. We discuss Goddess Culture and it’s historical Arc…

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