Eckhart Tolle talks about the Mastery of Life

Published on Dec 16, 2015

Eckhart Tolle, author of THE POWER OF NOW, exposes the roots of imbalance and suffering, pointing to a life of mastery where we dwell simultaneously in the dimensions of “being” and “becoming.”

10 Hallmarks Of An Authentic Healer Or Teacher by Lia Love

Humanity, as a whole, is evolving faster than any other time in history…

As we evolve, new understandings and new ways of Being come into focus, and those new ways can be confusing and downright frustrating to manage. Sometimes we need a helper in navigating through those frustrations and other imbalances and reach out to a teacher or healer who has been there and done that.

Usually there is a resonating vibe that attracts us to our appropriate helper. We naturally gravitate toward and feel ‘at home’ in their particular field of information. In this scenario, there is no guesswork involved. There is an unmistakable pull and a knowing. But at other times, finding the appropriate helper can be tricky, especially those times when we most feel we need help. If we are in a state of inner chaos or confusion, we can be indecisive and less intuitive in our choices. We may even fall for fake gurus and teachers.

Given the multitude of options for healing and learning that are available today, it can be helpful to understand the hallmarks of an authentic healer or guide, to help you in identifying the best fit for you. Whether we have already selected a helper or still need guidance, a set of guidelines can be a beneficial compass when making choices.

The following is a list of 10 cornerstones to help you in identifying the best fit for you.

10 Hallmarks of an Authentic Healer or Teacher

1. Understands there is a sacred trust between student and teacher.

The teacher will see each one who enters as an innocent who is placing their life in the teacher’s hands for guidance. This is a place of supreme trust and a loving teacher will honor the one that comes to them and be in a place of humble, silent gratitude. The teacher will be harmless and helpful in every interaction.

2. Meets you where you ‘are’.

There will be no ‘holier than thou’ or a ‘know it all’ attitude toward you or your current frame of reference – acceptance will prevail. Even though the teacher may be in an entirely different place, the language the teacher uses will be within your understanding. Patience is a key indicator.

3. Does not make you ‘wrong’.

A seasoned healer fully understands that there are many levels of understandings and that no understanding is ‘wrong’. A wise one will intuit where it is you are seeking to go and gently nurture you there without condemning the choices that have brought you to where you are today. If the teacher feels that their offerings are not a match for you, she/he will not attempt to hold onto you for the sake of having a student.

4. Will not ‘take away’ but will ‘add to’.

There will be no attempt to talk you out of what you believe or take it away. No ideas will be forced on you. Only temperate suggestions of what has worked for the teacher and the teacher’s frame of reference will be given. This will only ‘add to’ current information of the student. The student is then able to determine what, if anything, may fall away from her present orientation and decide what to adopt from the teacher’s offerings. She is given full and complete support in drawing her own conclusions.

5. Empowers you toward self sovereignty.

A true healer understands that a student may be a bit shaky for various reasons in the beginning and may depend on him/her heavily in the beginning. This may require time to subside. However it is always paramount in healer’s mind to begin the empowerment process with the student right away. A healer knows that the student is the leader and not the other way around. A student cannot be forced to learn something before being ready, and the healer will know when to softly nudge forward movement.

And this is very important – a true healer wants only to see you pass thru his world. He knows that he does not hold the keys to everything under the sun and that eventually the student will get what she came for. A natural maturation peak will be felt both by the student and the healer.

The healer will not attempt to develop a co-dependent relationship with you by saying or intimating that you cannot get by without them or their teachings/modalities or that you have to check in with them for every little detail of your life.

TRUTH will want to see you independent and flying free and high.

A student will always outgrow a teacher/healer. Everything evolves. A teacher understands this and is thrilled, deeply satisfied and at the same time a bit saddened when it is time to say goodbye to the one who has shared, with them, that leg of their personal journey.

6. Provides self help/healing tools.

These will be part of the teacher’s immediate offerings for the student’ perusal and continuing journey to sovereignty.

7. Sees you as already healed.

A true teacher recognizes that we are ALL healed NOW because we are Creators Also at our core. We have, as a group, created a game to play here in 3D and merely accumulated dross that requires removal when we choose to move on. If the teacher does not see you as already healed and Creator Also, who will? Who else will have that knowing and project it into your field as they are working with you?

8. Recognizes YOU as being THEIR teacher or healer too.

A true teacher understands that the student is teaching them how to teach and bring in the lessons of true neutrality, patience and other delicious stuff. A teacher is always in the process of learning.

9. Does not say they are a great teacher/healer.

Be aware of those that glorify their position, are excessively proud, suggest that they have all the answers, say their method/teachings are the cure for everything and that other method/teachings are wrong. There is a difference in simply offering useful tools and proclaiming those tools to be above and beyond any other methods.

10. Will not make themselves appear to be perfect.

They will share with you stories of how they also stumbled and fell, how they clawed their way out of their own deep, dark holes. They will gladly admit that their journey is not over either and they still stumble, fall and do stupid stuff.

Teachers/healers are not infallible and are learning just as their students are. We are all students. So please have patience and loving attitudes toward those you look ‘up’ to. When they fall from the pedestal and mess up bad, help them back up, shake off the dust and move on down the road.

p.s. Using the word ‘Healer’ here is for the purpose of clear definition and brevity. In my practice, I prefer to use the term Facilitator Of Healing or just Facilitator. I am very clear that I do not heal anything on or for anyone, so I am not a healer. My function when working with clients is to facilitate their healing with them. I simply facilitate in the resolution of what they allow to be healed. All healing is truly self healing. I also feel the same way about the word ‘Teacher’ and prefer the term ‘Facilitator Of Consciousness’.

Source: Wake-Up World

Adyashanti – Merge and unite with what is

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

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

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

“Adyashanti” means primordial peace.

Eckhart Tolle TV Q&A: Please explain the divine purpose of the universe.

Published on Dec 3, 2013

In this Question and Answer sample, Eckhart explains how we’re here both to be and to become in varying degrees.

Chaos, Creativity, and Cosmic Consciousness By Rupert Sheldrake,Terence McKenna & Ralph Abraham

Three of the most original thinkers of our time explore issues that call into question our current views of reality, morality, and the nature of life.

• A wide-ranging investigation of the ecology of inner and outer space, the role of chaos theory in the dynamics of human creation, and the rediscovery of traditional wisdom.

In this book of “trialogues,” the late psychedelic visionary and shamanologist Terence McKenna, acclaimed biologist and originator of the morphogenetic fields theory Rupert Sheldrake, and mathematician and chaos theory scientist Ralph Abraham explore the relationships between chaos and creativity and their connection to cosmic consciousness. Their observations call into question our current views of reality, morality, and the nature of life in the universe.

Terence McKenna (l), Ralph Abraham (c) Rupert Sheldrake (r)

The authors challenge the reader to the deepest levels of thought with wide-ranging investigations of the ecology of inner and outer space, the role of chaos in the dynamics of human creation, and the resacralization of the world. Among the provocative questions the authors raise are: Is Armageddon a self-fulfilling prophecy? Are we humans the imaginers or the imagined? Are the eternal laws of nature still evolving? What is the connection between physical light and the light of consciousness?

Part ceremony, part old-fashioned intellectual discussion, these trialogues are an invitation to a new understanding of what Jean Houston calls “the dreamscapes of our everyday waking life.”

Table of Contents

Chaos, Creativity, and Cosmic Consciousness

Chapter 1: Creativity and the Imagination

The new evolutionary cosmology. The regularities of nature as evolving habits. The basis of cosmic creativity. The cosmic imagination as a higher-dimensional attractor drawing the evolutionary process toward itself. The Omega Point. Imagination welling up from the womb of chaos. Psychedelic experience and the mind of Gaia. Gaian dreams and human history. Dark matter as the cosmic unconscious.

Chapter 2: Creativity and Chaos

The chaos revolution. Chaotic attractors as eternal mathematical realities. Indeterminism in nature. Chaos and the evolution of order. Form in the cooling process. The organizing fields of nature as related to mathematics and the cosmic imagination. Mathematical models. Attractors, attraction, and motivation. The freezing of information in crystals and in written language. The primacy of spoken language and abstraction.

Chapter 3: Chaos and the Imagination

Chaos in Greek mythology. The myth of the conquest of chaos. Fear of chaos and the suppression of the feminine. The partnership society and the rise of patriarchy. Seasonal festivals of the repression of chaos, and the creation of the unconscious. The inhibition of creativity and its relation to global problems. The Eleusinian mysteries. Creativity and Christology. Plans for the recovery of chaos and the imagination. The significance of the chaos revolution.

Chapter 4: The World Soul and the Mushroom

Randomness in the evolutionary process. The limited nature of models. The computer and chaos revolutions. Coevolution of mathematics and the material world. The mathematical landscape. Sensory qualities in the cosmic imagination. The similarities of souls and fields. The primal unified field and the fields of nature. Rebirth of the world soul. Interplanetary transfer of the human psyche via the psychedelic experience and the spores of magic mushrooms.

Chapter 5: Light and Vision

Physical light and the light of consciousness. Light and vision. The location of visual images. Mind extending from the eyes.The sense of being stared at: a new kind of field or the electromagnetic field? Hierarchy of fields in nature. Coupling between electromagnetic and mental fields. Physical light and self-luminous visions. Tryptamine hallucinogens. The world soul. Fields as the medium of divine omniscience. Gaian mind and the light of the sun.

Chapter 6: Entities

Discarnate intelligences and nonhuman entities: creatures within the human mind or truly Other? Entities and shamans. The use of language by entities. Angelic communication in the birth of modern science. The dream dimension and entities. The effect of science and humanism on entities. Nature magically self-reflecting and aware.

Chapter 7: The Unconscious

The three great bifurcations. Creation of the unconscious, the origin of evil, and the rejection of chaos. Escape from evil by the resurrection of chaos. The suppression of psychedelics, the patriarchy, and the rise of booze. Partnership and dominator drugs; the addiction to addictions. Habits and the formation of the unconscious. Holidays and the reinforcement of awareness. Prayer, magic, and astrology for enlightenment.

Chapter 8: The Resacralization of the World

Ralph’s religious background. The sacred in India. Rediscovering the sacred in the West. The revival of ritual and the resacralization of music. Feminism and the archaic revival. Gothic cathedrals and animistic Christianity. The green movement, saving the Earth, the greening of God. Psychedelic churches. The resacralizing of science.

Chapter 9: Education in the New World Order

Education as initiation. The dominance of rationalism and humanism. Rites of passage. Summer camps. Testing and accreditation. Institutions and administrations. Workshops as a model for a new pluralistic and decentralized system of education. Religious initiations. Reform of existing professions. A possible pilot project.

Chapter 10: The Apocalypse

The apocalyptic tradition: a mythic model motivating religious history or an intuition of the ending of history or time? Modern millenarianism and scientific versions of the apocalypse. The possible end in 2012. The self-fulfilling quality of apocalyptic prophecy. The speeding up of history and the inevitability of planetary metamorphosis. Death and transformation on a cosmic scale. Intensifying conflict and the power of faith.

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Trialogue: Creativity and Chaos

Esalen, Big Sur, California: 1989 – 1990

The chaos revolution, chaotic attractors and indeterminism in nature. The emergence of form from the field of chaos. The formative process in cooling. Is the mathematical realm of the world soul in co-evolution with ordinary reality? The potential of mathematics to aid us in our own evolution by extending our language for dealing with complex systems. Visual intuitions and the Butterfly Effect.

The idea of an attractor for the entire cosmic evolutionary process. The role of the attractor in chaos dynamics. Motivation and attraction. The value of spoken language. Mathematical modelling. The relationship between mathematical models with chaotic behaviour and the chaos in life. Idolatry and models becoming reality. The feminine aspect of creativity.

Included in Chaos, Creativity and Cosmic Consciousness first published as Trialogues at the Edge of the West.

Art: Katsushika Hokusai ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’ c. 1829–32

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Nyaya, the lamp at the door, shining inside and outside – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi [updated Nov 10, 2012]

Nyaya, the lamp at the door, shining inside and outside – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

1. Dr. Hagelin: Last week, Maharishi declared that, in truth, there is no difference between the unmanifest Unified Field and its manifest expressions in the universe: “Between the unmanifest and the manifest, there is nothing; it is the same thing.” Maharishi also said this unified reality of life is explained in the Nyaya Sutras of the Vedic literature: “Nyaya is the lamp at the door; the outside and the inside meet at the door.” My question for Maharishi is this: If there is no difference between the outside and the inside, ultimately, then what is the door that stands between them?

2. Nyaya, the lamp at the door, is the science of investigation about what makes light outside, what makes light inside: What makes silence behave like dynamism, what is the source of dynamism.

3. Investigation into that is called science: vigyan. The vi of vigyan comes from vishesha and vivrita.

4. The reality of the lamp at the door is that there is one light that is seen outside and inside. This is vivrita. It takes the vision round and round. This process does justice to the reality of light, revealing that it’s not two lights. The two appear, in the same way as a snake appears in the string.

5. The same is seen in the field of Vedanta with reference to the word and the gap. The structure of Veda itself is appearance and disappearance.

6. Veda is the supreme authenticity. 7. Science and technology both are the two aspects of self-referral consciousness.

8. For education to be preparation for successful life, affluent, fulfilled life, it has to be Vedic education. Children in this education will rule the world. Their territory will be Brahm–aham brahmasmi. The education of Vedic University will do justice to the total field of knowledge.

9. The total field of knowledge will create a civilization worthy of man. Human existence is purely divine.

10. German people want to create an education which will generate leadership. Our German Rajas are active on that.

11. Peace Government will purify the whole world consciousness.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is widely regarded as one of the foremost scientists in the field of consciousness.

Being and Becoming – A commentary by Lori Tompkins [Updated Oct 21,2012]

I just received an email from Lori Tompkins(below) who commented on the video clip on ” Being and Becoming” View Here given by Andrew Cohen. There are numerous adverse comments on Andrew Cohen’s mannerisms and treatment towards other teachers and as well as his previous staff. Click Here To View

Her viewpoints and critique are poignant and thought-provoking, coming from a different yet resourceful perspective. It would be a refreshingly proposition to host her views in the interest of the viewers and bloggers at large – evolutionarymystic.

Recently I came across a YouTube video of Andrew Cohen’s ‘Being and Becoming’ workshop. He is standing in front of a colorful circular diagram teaching that spirituality based solely on the Being [the Immobile, Static Absolute] are outdated and that ‘God is Being … and God is Becoming.’

The goal Cohen posits is to ‘become God in his or her manifested form. That’s what the authentic self is…. God is the creative impulse … the energy and intelligence that initiated the creative process and also this Ground.’ I was impressed by the way Cohen handled participants whose idea of spiritual enlightenment or progress was to disregard, escape or detach oneself from the ‘Becoming’, i.e. from the evolving, ever-changing material expression of the One Self in Many varied forms and expressions.

He comments that the enlightenment teachings of Adyashanti and Eckhart Tolle are ‘outmoded, a pre-modern interpretation of Enlightenment …. It will help individuals to feel better, it will help you to feel better, help me to feel better. But I don’t really think the point right now is me feeling better or you feeling better.’

I agree with Cohen that Buddhist-flavored teachings which frame the material and temporal realities of our existence (the Becoming) as an illusion to be transcended so that one can rest or dissolve oneself and one’s material burdens or limitations in the Immobile Absolute (Being) are outdated … like a skin that needs to be shed so that human consciousness can progress to higher perspective and experience of material existence.

My first introduction to the Divine as simultaneously Being and Becoming (also ‘One and the Many’) came from the writings of Sri Aurobindo(left). He made it explicitly clear that a realization of the absolute Being, blissfully disconnected from the material, temporal field of Becoming was not the true goal of the spiritual quest.

Further studies of the Supramental Descent, including the teachings of the Mother and Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet (Thea) thoroughly convinced me that Buddhism and Buddhist-flavored teachings of spiritual ‘enlightenment’ were just as outdated, OLD and mis-representative of the Divine Self and the potentialities of material existence and consciousness as all other religions that our modern civilization has inherited from the Age of Pisces (234 B.C.E – 1926 C.E.).
Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet (Thea)

In 2001 Thea discussed this issue, among other topics, with the editor-in-chief of Cohen’s What is Enlightenment? magazine at her cosmological center in India. That interview was never published or referred to by Cohen and was not given to Thea for her own use.

It is still a mystery as to why he chose to bury that interview when the whole flavor of his teachings around that time began to head in the direction of subjects which she had already raised to a whole new level, including the evolution of consciousness, the divinization of the individual, cosmology, and the harmonies of a unified Being and Becoming. [For more information on this issue see “Andrew Cohen’s ‘Evolutionary Enlightenment’ and a Buried Interview with Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet”]

The Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and Thea has been relentlessly aimed at dismantling the negative relationship with and view of our material existence – the negative view and experience of our Becoming within the confining framework or womb of time and space.

Separately and as a triadic consciousness-force and action in the world these mahayogis have reminded humanity that the Vedic Journey or evolution towards a fully divine material existence is a reality, not a superstition or primitive myth conjured up by primitive people at all, but rather the natural and inevitable unfolding (Becoming) of the One Self of All Selves (the Being).

‘The pure existent is then a fact and no mere concept; it is the fundamental reality. But, let us hasten to add, the movement, the energy, the becoming are also a fact, also a reality. The supreme intuition and its corresponding experience may correct the other, may go beyond, may suspend, but do not abolish it.

We have therefore two fundamental facts of pure existence and of world-existence, a fact of Being, a fact of Becoming. To deny one or the other is easy; to recognize the facts of consciousness and find out their relation is the true and fruitful wisdom.’ – Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, p. 86

So Cohen seems to be at least somewhat on the right track in his new teachings, trying to wean people out of a negative relationship with the Becoming; but regrettably nowhere in his talk did he refer to those who have preceded and at least somewhat informed his own conception on the matter.

He has paid little true respect to those who through their difficult yoga have made epic, heroic and fruitful efforts towards restoring in our modern times the Vedic conception and consciousness of a divinely intertwined Being and Becoming. Rather when discussing the question of the relationship between Being and Becoming (the Absolute and the Relative), which many have come to think of as somehow separate, he says:

‘This teaching I have is really the only, in terms of the enlightenment teachings, is the only clear, unambiguous answer to the question, because as I was saying before, God is Being … and God is Becoming.’

Perhaps by saying, ‘in terms of the enlightenment teachings’, Cohen feels that he is not misleading his students. Regardless, he is well-aware that before he even said boo on the matter, the yoga of Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and Thea had already thoroughly addressed and shed much needed light on the unified nature of Being and Becoming and the Divine Harmonies that flow from this arrangement.

But somehow he does not consider, at least in this particular video, that their ‘answers’ and extensive teachings on Being and Becoming to be worth mentioning to his students who it is his mission to guide and enlighten. It is curious to say the least and actually disturbing to people who know that the question of the true relationship between Being and Becoming has been exquisitely addressed by teachers whose consciousness and integrating force far exceeds that of Cohen.

Perhaps elsewhere in his work Cohen gives credit where credit is due with regard to the Vedic foundations of the Being and Becoming teachings and the progress made by Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and Thea towards exposing the incompleteness of the multitude of spiritual paths inherited from an Age gone by which focus on attaining oneness with the Immobile, Absolute Being (a Divine Being or God removed from Earth’s movements and evolution) and ignoring or negating the Divine nature of the spatial and temporal flow of the Earth and Cosmos. If this is the case, I’d love to know about it.

In the ‘Being and Becoming’ workshop, Cohen mentions the need to ‘pull ourselves out of this narcissistic nightmare’ which is our normal state of consciousness. To me his teaching, which discounts and disconnects from the deeper thread of the Being and Becoming as presented in the Vedic texts and in the Supramental Yoga and Cosmology, is in itself a ‘narcissistic nightmare’.

The Supramental dynamics, harmonies, geometries, consciousness-force and sanatana dharma of the unified field of Being and Becoming have been explored and taught with astounding depth, accuracy and precision over the past hundred years or so by Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and Thea.

I have yet to see any work of Cohen’s that is anything but a distant and distorted echo of the tone set by these three Supramental yogis; and if our civilization succeeds in waking up from its narcissistic nightmare I am fairly certain it will not be by listening to and literally buying such underwhelming and superficial approximations of the true logic, consciousness-force and harmonized Being/Becoming of our Transcendent, Cosmic and Individual Divine Self.

One of my friends has had Buddhist leanings for decades. Our discussions would always get a bit heated when talking about Sri Aurobindo’s teachings on the limitations and errors of Buddhism. He had never read anything of Sri Aurobindo’s and would defend his experience that Buddhist teachings and philosophies were helpful to him in terms of dealing with the stresses and struggles of life.

I would try to explain Sri Aurobindo’s higher and wider view of things and usually the conversation went nowhere because my explanations of Sri Aurobindo’s higher and wider view did not transmit the actual experience of Sri Aurobindo’s higher and wider view. Seeing this, all I could do was say that until I began to read Sri Aurobindo’s writings in my mid-twenties, I too thought Buddhist teachings were ‘good food’ for the spiritual quest.

After reading Sri Aurobindo’s writings, Buddhist thought seemed no longer appealing. Just as if I had been use to eating canned or fast food and one day discovered fresh and high quality food and from then on out had no more interest in the canned or fast food. It was like that.

Many years later my friend is now spontaneously and diligently reading his way through his first Sri Aurobindo book, The Synthesis of Yoga. After his readings he is always aglow with inspiration and love of knowledge. ‘It is such good food for the soul’, he has commented. He did not remember my food analogies from years gone by. He simply saw for himself that Sri Aurobindo’s view of the Whole and All-Encompassing Triadic Self (Transcendent, Cosmic and Individual) was better spiritual sustenance for him, for his soul, than the Buddhist teachings with which he was so familiar.

The transmissions he receives from the truth-consciousness and real force present in Sri Aurobindo’s writings occur to him as inherently more true, more positive, more uplifting, more luminous than the Buddhist teachings to which he had previously been so accustomed and attached.

It is always a rare treat for me to witness someone in my circle of friends and acquaintances (outside my ‘inner’ circle of well-initiated yogic compadres that is) who, after all that I have written and communicated about the matter, finally takes the time to explore the Supramental and Integral Yoga and Cosmology. The results are always a widening of perspective beyond pre-existing beliefs and ideas of the Self and a deepening appreciation for the evolutionary journey by which the Divine expresses its full Self in the field of time and space.

I relate this experience because I am convinced that even though the ‘food’ or teachings offered by Andrew Cohen maybe slightly ‘better’ (i.e. closer to the Truth of Self ) than those who continue to disregard the importance of the Becoming (the real evolution and real purpose of the dynamic Cosmos and the Individual), it is still remarkably substandard or ‘canned’ in comparison to what has been presented by Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and Thea on matters of evolutionary spirituality, Being and Becoming, cosmology and the divinization of the Individual.

Perhaps some readers will be offended by my assessment of the quality of their spiritual food. But there is really no use in getting upset. If one likes one’s spiritual food and has no interest in exploring a ‘tip’ or ‘lead’ that there is better food for the soul offered outside their religion, current field or arena of interests, then that is that.

But, if one is, on the other hand, curious as to whether or not Sri Aurobindo’s Supramental Descent and Integral Yoga actually represents a wider, truer, more unifying, more integral, more conscious, more all-embracing, more sustainable and more luminous view of existence than previously and currently offered by the world’s major religions or popular spiritual trends, then one should start reading and see for oneself whether or not one feels illuminated or well-fed.

Spirituality is in its essence an awakening to the inner reality of our being, to a spirit, self, soul which is other than our mind, life and body, an inner aspiration to know, to feel, to be that, to enter into contact with the greater Reality beyond and pervading the universe which inhabits also our own being, to be in communion withIt and union with It, and a turning, a conversion, a transformation of our whole being as a result of the aspiration, the contact, the union, a growth or waking into a new becoming or new being, a new self, a new nature.
– Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine

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Occupy Wall Street, facing the crisis & Sacred Activism – Andrew Harvey

“A spirituality that is only private and self-absorbed, one devoid of an authentic political and social consciousness, does little to halt the suicidal juggernaut of history. On the other hand, an activism that is not purified by profound spiritual and psychological self-awareness and rooted in divine truth, wisdom, and compassion will only perpetuate the problem it is trying to solve, however righteous its intentions. When, however, the deepest and most grounded spiritual vision is married to a practical and pragmatic drive to transform all existing political, economic, and social institutions, a holy force – the power of wisdom and love in action – is born. This force I define as Sacred Activism.” – Andrew Harvey

What is Sacred Activism?
Sacred Activism is a transforming force of compassion-in-action that is born of a fusion of deep spiritual knowledge, courage, love, and passion, with wise radical action in the world. The large-scale practice of Sacred Activism can become an essential force for preserving and healing the planet and its inhabitants. The Institute for Sacred ActivismTM SM (ISATM SM) is an international organization focused on inviting concerned people to take up the challenge of our contemporary crises in order to become inspired, effective, and practical agents of institutional and systemic change, in order to create peace and sustainability.

Why is Sacred Activism crucial for our future?

The economic, political, spiritual world crisis that we currently find ourselves in is a call to action. It is an opportunity for us to understand the realities around us and to rally together to do something different. We now have before us the possibility of using this current crisis to empower ourselves, and others, to actually get the planet to work. Embracing an uncertain future, we need to support leaders, who are inspired, courageous and effective to rise up. We need to renew the energy of people who are burnt out and apathetic in institutions and corporations. If we point individuals to an inner compass that renews their passion, there is hope for real solutions and inspired creativity. All that we need is already there, in the currency of people, and it only needs to be tapped into.

Both contemporary spiritual seekers, and activists have not been connected to a vision of action that is inspiring, hopeful and rooted in deep spiritual wisdom and compassion. Some spiritual seekers, for instance, use spiritual knowledge as a subtle way of dissociating from hands-on realistic social, economic, and political engagement in the world, thereby ensuring that the world and its people will be abandoned in its hour of extreme need.

Activists, on the other hand, are prone to complete exhaustion, burn out, and debilitating and divisive rage and are often cut off from the healing and transforming wisdom of the spiritual traditions and the simple techniques, prayers, and practices that could sustain, inspire, and nourish them in their heroic endeavors.

We have seen that in the very heart of the chaos of the modern crisis, an extraordinary lineage has arisen of ordinary people who have fused deep spiritual knowledge, experience, and practice, with wise, incessant action for justice and peace. Having emerged against all odds, they accomplished the unimaginable.

The vision of Sacred Activism is dedicated to honoring and continuing the tremendous work of extraordinary ordinary people such as Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks and Desmond Tutu. Each of these individuals rose up to meet the challenges of their time with great spiritual grace and integrated inner contemplation with decisive action. The work of Paul Ray and Paul Hawken reveals to us that there is in our contemporary world an arising of different groups of concerned people anxious for change. Sacred Activism provides these people with a system of thought and traditional wisdom practices to help support the kind of transformative change that is necessary for the world to be preserved.

Occupy Wall street, facing the crisis & Sacred Activism – Andrew Harvey

Navigating an Uncertain Future: Guidance for the Unpredictable Road Ahead ~ Alan Seale

It seems that with each passing year, the pace of change is quickening, and there are no signs that it is going to slow down any time soon. Along with rapid change comes unpredictability, and often volatility at every level of society—family, community, business, and government.

2012 is not likely to be any different. Numerologically, 2012 is a “5” year. In a 9-year cycle, it is the “middle” year. Archetypally, the number 5 represents unexpected change, uncertainty, and re-balancing of energies. So in case things haven’t been uncertain enough for you in our world, just hang on—chances are, it’s about to get more intense! So my inquiry is, since it could be a year of unexpected change anyway, what unexpected shift in the mass consciousness and collective action might be possible if we focused our energy and attention?

We can choose to struggle against the uncertainty or to take it as an invitation to discovery, new learning, and growth. We have no guidebook for today and tomorrow because the world has never been where we are now. So how do we navigate our unpredictable future? How do we prepare when we don’t know what we are preparing for? How do we ensure that we will be ok? In this article, I outline nine skills, approaches, and perspectives that could serve us well in navigating our uncertain future.

First, we can look at life as energy and learn more about how life works from an energy point of view. Everything is energy and that energy is always in motion. Life is energy in motion. Relationships are energy in motion. Family, society, business, and government are all about relationships and how the energy is flowing in those relationships. And in order for relationships to be healthy and productive, there cannot be winners and losers. Everyone, on at least some level, has got to win. The energy must be flowing in such a way that serves everyone. Therefore, we must be aware of how our choices, decisions, and actions are impacting others and look for the choices that move everyone forward.

Secondly, we can be willing to let things get messy for awhile. Although some might fear that things have to get worse before they can get better, a bigger-picture view usually helps us understand that the “getting worse” is just a necessary breakdown or unraveling that must happen before a new pattern or creation can form. Therefore, the messiness is actually serving a purpose. There is huge momentum in the evolutionary flow. We are on our way from where we have been to where we are going. If we fight against that flow and try to maintain control and keep things orderly, the ride is going to be even rougher than if we just trust that the messy period is a natural part of the evolutionary process.

Which takes us to number three. In uncertain times it is important to be able to perceive potential before it fully emerges, and then to follow that potential and let it show us the way forward. Focusing on solving problems slows us down and puts us out of sync with the rapid pace of evolution and change. A problem is not something to be solved; it is a message to be listened to and a potential partner with which to co-create. Problems are just symptoms that something is not working. And when something is not working, that is because something else now wants to happen. What may have worked at one time is no longer working because the situation or circumstance has evolved.

Culture and society are evolving at ever increasing rates. If we try to “keep up,” we are doomed to failure because we’re working too hard at trying to figure out how to keep up. However, if we choose to ride the wave and let the powerful flow of rapid evolution carry us and show us the way forward, we discover an enormous energy that can sweep us to the next place. Synergy and synchronicity kick in when we follow “what wants to happen.” Miracles start to become the norm. The problems then seem to disappear, become irrelevant, or solve themselves.

When things are moving fast, our focus must be on what wants to happen and where the wave of evolution is taking us next, not on fixing problems that belong to an old paradigm that no longer serves. Focusing on fixing problems keeps us stuck.

Let me make a point of clarification here. I fully acknowledge that we have crises in our world. And when a crisis occurs, we must, of course, respond in the short term to take care of immediate needs. When people need food and shelter, we must take care of that immediate need. However, as quickly as possible, our bigger focus must be on “what wants to happen here? What is this situation trying to show us? What must be our next big step forward?” One part of our awareness may need to be on taking care of the short-term needs, but some part of us must also be focusing on the bigger picture and what wants to happen.

A fifth skill for navigating uncertain terrain is the ability to step beyond judgments of right or wrong, good or bad. Again, everything that happens has a message—it is trying to tell us something. When we get caught up in labeling something good or bad, right or wrong, we can miss the message that the circumstance is trying to convey. If we step beyond the judgment into a place of listening, observing, and intuiting, there is always a message. The sooner we can hear and respond to the message, the more things will start to flow.

All of this is not to say that just following the energy and paying attention to the message will make everything easy and fine. Sometimes the message feels like it actually just makes things more complicated. Or doing what the message is asking may seem impossible. Our challenge here is to accept not having the answers. All we can do is listen, observe, intuit, and take one step at a time while following the potential as best we can.

The sixth skill that can serve us in uncertain times is knowing how to be both visionary and strategist. The unpredictable road ahead challenges us to live in the intersection between being and doing, between intuition and intellect. In Transformational Presence work, we talk about the vertical and horizontal orientations of awareness (see my latest book, Create A World That Works, chapter 4). Most of us default to one orientation or another. In these volatile times, we need to be equally at home in both.

A seventh helpful skill is knowing when to act and when to press pause. The Hermetic Principle of Gender says that the creative process must always have both masculine and feminine energies. This means that inspiration and creativity must be met with strategy and action. Yet it also tells us that there are times for moving full-speed ahead and other times for pausing, reflecting, and intuiting the next steps. A related principle, the Principle of Gestation, tells us that all things come in their own time. The cake will not be baked until all of the chemical reactions have occurred in the oven. In an evolutionary flow, things take as long as they take, and some things are out of our hands. (For more on the Hermetic Principles, see Create A World That Works, chapter 11.)

Which leads us to the eighth skill: the ability to access greater wisdom. It is one thing to have a lot of knowledge; it is quite another thing to have the wisdom of how to use that knowledge. Or even to know when to admit that our knowledge is based on an old paradigm and therefore we really don’t know anything about where we are now! The invitation in those moments is to trust that there is a new paradigm emerging that requires new knowledge and skill sets, and that our job now is to learn fast.

Wisdom also brings clarity about what is yours to do and what is not yours to do. This is a really important awareness skill in times of uncertainty. You may be tempted to try to take care of everything. You can’t. Use clear discernment to know where you should actually be focusing your energy, and then give it all you’ve got.

Wisdom is not something we learn; it’s something we grow in to. However, we can certainly invite it in! Just the recognition that knowledge isn’t enough and that there is a bigger awareness to tap is already a start. On the unpredictable road ahead, there will not always be time to learn all there is to learn or to carefully craft a plan. When things are moving fast, intuition and inner wisdom, along with the wisdom and support of those we trust, may be all we have. It is important to cultivate that wisdom when things are calm so that it is there to serve us when we are paddling hard in the #10 rapids.

Finally, the ninth skill is presence. If your aim is not just to survive the road ahead, but to truly make a difference in your world, then it is important to develop a personal presence that is inherently transformational. Transformational Presence is a result of living in the partnership between intuition and intellect, soul and ego, being and doing. Transformational Presence is an embodiment of all that I’ve written about here and more. It is about showing up to life in such a way that creates the optimal conditions for transformation to occur. Transformational Presence means closing the gap between what you know and how you live. It means being in touch with a deep and profound inner wisdom and letting that wisdom guide you.

Navigating life is an art. What kind of artist you are becomes evident in uncertain times when all you have to fall back on is your craft and skill in artful living. Know and respect your weaknesses as well as your strengths. Take good care of yourself, because, when things are moving fast, you are the only one who can. And take advantage of the quiet times to continue growing yourself.

2012 will likely bring more uncertainty and challenges on all levels. However, we also can influence how the year unfolds by our thoughts, attitudes, intentions, and actions. As 2011 draws to a close and you prepare for the dawning of a new year, I invite you to spend some time listening to what the evolutionary flow is asking of you in the coming year. What is the vision you feel called to give energy to? What unexpected change could actually serve a greater good? How can you support that unexpected change? Just because something doesn’t appear to be possible today does not mean that it will not be possible tomorrow. Everything is changing quickly. And these unexpected times call us each to step into great wisdom and to learn how life works in a new era.

Listening to that evolutionary flow and partnering with it can take courage. It might mean challenging the conventional wisdom of the day and standing for new perspectives and approaches. Heading into 2012, I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes from poet and activist Audre Lord:

When I dare to be powerful—to use my strength in the service of my vision—then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.

Who might you be in these uncertain times if you forgot to be afraid? What might you accomplish if you used all of your strength and skills on manifesting a vision that serves a greater good?

Much has been written about the Mayan calendar ending in 2012. It doesn’t mean that the world ends in 2012. It means that up until now, in a sense, our story had been written. From 2012 on it’s up to us to write our story. The page is blank. What story will we as a collective write? What is the story that you choose to give energy to? And what is yours to do in order to manifest that story?

Whatever that is, live it now. The world can’t afford for you to wait any longer

Miracle of Being and Becoming By Grace F. Knoche

Mountains Reflected in a dragonfly’s eye. — Issa (1762-1826)

This exquisite Haiku brought to mind the striking words of a Japanese sage that “the very mountains can become Buddha.” If mountains have a buddha-nature, then the host of lives that compose a mountain — boulders, waterfalls, trees, shrubbery, grasses, lichen, and the thousand and one creatures that aerate its soil — must each have a buddha-nature which, in the course of ages, could become Buddha. And the dragonfly? Surely its metamorphosis from larva to the lovely winged thing that swoops low across meadows and ponds is an epitome of being and becoming.

What is the impelling force behind the process of becoming? This is a large theme, and elicited from contributors to our 1995 Special Issue on “Evolution: Miracle of Being and Becoming” a number of articles bearing directly and indirectly on this absorbing topic, each open-ended so as to leave our readers free to weave the varying strands of thought into a harmonious whole by the light of their own intuitive wisdom. Abandoning an either-or approach, they have sought viewpoints which embrace neither the stance of creationists nor that of materialistic evolutionists. The questions are as challenging today as they were 150 or more years ago: Did man ascend gradually from the monkeys to the apes, with mind, spirit, and consciousness as by-products of a series of chance mutations? Or is each of us the handiwork of a Supreme Being, a Personal God who continues today as since the Garden of Eden to create a new soul for every human being born on earth, so that there is no evolutionary history behind each individual soul? Are there other alternatives?

Addressing the scientific view, the article reviewing The Hidden History of the Human Race should be read by the evolutionist only if he seek truth uncluttered by prejudice, while microbiologist Catherine Roberts challenges the California State Board of Education to “recognize the inseparable link that exists between biological considerations and spiritual questions of ultimate cause and purpose.” The theory of “an inherent evolutionary impulse” rings truer today than when Alfred Russel Wallace first proposed it in 1858; a few avant-garde scientists are searching out “the hidden face of consciousness as the motivator” behind all evolution and beginning to perceive our earth as a living, sentient being, whose rhythmic processes move in harmony with solar and galactic cycles.

Along religious lines, the story of Adam and Eve and the Serpent receives fresh and appealing interpretation; instead of blaming Eve, Adam, or the Serpent, the Garden of Eden episode becomes a triumph of self-awakening. Other traditions view this event in terms of higher beings than ourselves lighting the fires of mind in early humans, and depict human sexuality in an evolutionary context where the methods of reproducing our kind have varied from “ethereal nonsexual beings, to more material androgynous ones, to today’s sexual mankind,” with a probable return over millions of years to androgynous and nonsexual forms of human reproduction.

What keys are offered to elevate the human race, a part of our nature still animal-like, another part portraying traits and qualities of soul and spirit that might outshine the angels? “Know Thyself!” said the Oracle at Delphi. Did we have knowledge of ourselves, we would glimpse in broad strokes not only our beginnings when divine beings imparted to us the elements of harmonious and creative living, but also something of our wondrous future as co-workers with the gods. The times are demanding that we view ourselves and every portion of the cosmos from within out. Regardless of outer form, we and every entity, micro and macro, are essentially beings of light, “sparks of eternity,” imbodying on earth as part of an aeons-long journey of self-discovery.

All the articles in this issue, while delineating different approaches to the Evolution theme, have as their basic motif the ultimate attainment of full self-awareness and godhood. Consciousness — whether we call it life, divinity, mind-stuff, or whatever — is viewed as “the ground of all being,” composing a chain of “interrelated consciousness-centered beings,” which undergo the full range of possible evolutionary experiences before ultimately returning home “to unconditioned be-ness consciousness.” Underlying all is the “irresistible urge” within its heart that propels every entity to find its “spiritual identity with the divine Self of the universe.” As the dynamic cause of evolution, consciousness undergoes a “constant ebb and flow of various activities of life, cosmic to human,” with destruction and regeneration of form being vital to progress and the means of releasing our spirit-soul to higher realms. Of great import is our need for “role models with a unified vision, a worldview that allows us to . . . sense the fundamental inner unity of all life.”

In truth, could we perceive the full death-and-birth cycle of every atom in nature we would see enacted before our inner eye the awesome miracle of divinity infusing and suffusing every portion of the universe. All is in motion, urged ever forward and onward by an impelling force that keeps every being, from protozoon to human, seeking to better itself and its environment, as it strives toward humanhood on its way eventually to imbody in full awareness the light, power, and energy of godhood.

(From Sunrise magazine, April/May 1995; copyright © 1995 Theosophical University Press)

Grace F. Knoche

Grace F. Knoche was born in 1909 at the theosophical headquarters, then at Point Loma, California, and attended the Raja-Yoga School and Academy founded by Katherine Tingley. She joined the TS in 1929 shortly before Mrs. Tingley left on her last tour to Europe. Under G. de Purucker as Leader, she worked at the headquarters as a compositor in the Press, in the Secretary General’s office, and on the Leader’s secretarial staff. She assisted Dr. de Purucker in revising the Encyclopedic Glossary, and was on the committees responsible for reorganizing his Esoteric School materials, later published as The Dialogues of G. de Purucker (1948) and Fountain-Source of Occultism (1974). She continued her studies at Theosophical University, receiving a Ph.D. in 1944. At various times from 1933 to 1946 she taught violin, Greek, Sanskrit, Hebrew, Bible translation, and Qabbalah at Theosophical University, and painting and sculpture at the Lomaland school.

During the Cabinet administration after Purucker’s death in 1942, Grace served as private secretary to the Chairman of the Cabinet, continuing as private secretary to the next two Leaders, Colonel Arthur Conger and James A. Long. She worked closely with James A. Long on his new magazine, Sunrise, begun in 1951.

On Mr. Long’s death in 1971, Grace assumed leadership of the TS and became editor of Sunrise. For almost 35 years she encouraged the membership to assume responsibility for directing the course of their lives along universal principles, stressing that the same compassionate life currents that build and shape the evolution of the cosmos also inform the patterns of everyday experience. Always a collaborator at heart, Grace worked to establish a spirit of cooperation among the various theosophical organizations. She died in Altadena, California, on February 18, 2006, at the age of 97.
Books by Grace F. Knoche published by Theosophical University Press:

The Mystery Schools (Full-text online)
To Light a Thousand Lamps (Full-text online)
Theosophy in the Qabbalah (Full-text online in PDF format)

What is the Purpose of Life (!)

From a recent seminar in NYC.

Q&A part V of the Hitchens vs. Turek debate at VCU, VA. Full debate:
and (annotated)

Again ethics, Hitchens reference about Sokrates who would feel shame when making a dishonest or shady argument clearly points at Tureks demagoguery (Hitler=Humanist) from before.

At 3:03 Hitchens is asked about the purpose of life though, enjoy the answer.

Finding the Holy of Holies: Sticky Particles and the Ground of All Being by James O’Dea on September 12, 2010

Finding the Holy of Holies: Sticky Particles and the Ground of All Being

by James O’Dea on September 12, 2010

There was some excitement at the Tevatron collider site in the U.S. recently not because they had found what has been mischievously referred to as the “God particle,” but because they had ruled out a quarter of the energy range where the Higgs particle is said to exist. Meanwhile the contest of the colliders is still on with researchers at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland reasonably confident that they will be in a position to be much more definitive about the all important particle somewhere in 2013.

The Higgs particle is so important because, if found, it would resolve the great mystery that clouds our understanding as to how energy gains mass on the way to becoming matter. It has been described as the molasses that acts as the sticky stuff in the universe serving the formation of matter’s atomic building blocks.

Could it be that materialists are waiting to say that Higgs will now replace God? Or that more people will turn to atheism at the realization that God is not sitting there as an instrumental agent who turns invisible forces into stars and planets? Having declared that the Hand of God is really a sticky particle it will be one more nail in the coffin of the Creator and one more challenge to the idea that consciousness is the first cause, primary field or ground of being out of which everything arises!

‘Well not so fast,’ says Plato. In his own way he saw this coming. In his day, he complained that some of the philosophers were beginning to surmise that the universe was chiefly comprised of rocks and gases. He reminded them that the universe has not only measurable quantities, it has qualities. These qualities were the progenitors of form: truth, beauty, love, justice, harmony — all these qualities combined in different degrees to give birth to ideas and to interfuse and give life to diverse forms.

I was recently at the annual Language of Spirit dialogue instigated 18 years ago by the physicist David Bohm and his Native American counterpart Leroy Little Bear. We are all familiar with the native sense of “all my relations” — and by that they mean the relatedness of every form in existence. What struck me at this last dialogue was how much the native elders stressed being known by place. They quipped that westerners are always on the move…and moving into other people’s territories, because they never stay long enough to know and be known by place. I found it a startling idea that I could enter relationship with place to the degree that it became a field of mutual appreciation: maybe that finch on the tree and I could commune rather than its being simply admired by me; perhaps even the qualities in the tree itself could mentor me, or the rocks, stones and crystals could reflect qualities beyond the spectacular geometry of their formation. Is all life looking at itself and its relatives as a reflection in a mirror we call consciousness?

Bohm was so interested in dialogue because it helped open us up to the deep mirror of consciousness itself. He saw the manifest aspect of the universe in space and time as part of an explicate order but that underlying the substrate of matter is an implicate order, which is generative and holographic. He suggests there is a “proto-intelligence” in matter since it arises out of an implicate order which is a seedbed of consciousness. “The separation of the two, matter and spirit, is an abstraction.” (Bohm)

Meanwhile the colliders are busy searching the energy range, measured in gigaelectronvolts, where the Holy of Holies, in the realm of Physics, may have hidden itself. And even if they manage to nab it, what will it really mean for those of us who believe that as long as spirit is denied science will continue to live its current schizophrenia as both evocateur of human possibilities and enlightenment, and servant of a frighteningly reductionist materialism.

What will it mean? It will mean the difference between whether we see ourselves in a living universe or one designed for machines, for consumption and competition over ever increasingly limited resources. It will mean the difference between continued rebellion against The Holy Order of Nature or the re-emergence of Nature as our greatest teacher. It will mean the difference between biophilia and necrophilia i.e. love of life or love of dead things. Loving your right to a gas-guzzling car over protection of the ecosphere is a form of necrophilia. It goes with a consume, junk and dump approach because anyway it’s all dead stuff. With such necrophilia comes the loss of one-third of earth’s species since 1970 and looming ecological and climate related catastrophes.

But the lovers of Life look for the re-marriage of science and spirituality where we explore the ground of all being, seek to know it better, appreciate the many ways to understand it and come in some humility to feed from a Holy of Holies which resides inside the Great Mystery. Such knowing opens us to profound states of unity and ecstatic awareness, which no sticky little particle, however brilliant, is capable of delivering on its own.

Preview of Interview with James O’Dea

President of Noetic Sciences, James O’Dea gives a moving interview with Regina Meredith on the process for peace and transformation.

James O’Dea is a Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and was until recently its President. The Institute of Noetic Sciences is a non-profit membership organization founded in 1973 by astronaut Edgar Mitchell which explores the frontiers of consciousness and global paradigm change.

James also spent ten years as the Director of the Washington Office of Amnesty International, where he testified before Congress, met with U.S. presidents and numerous foreign heads of state and government leaders, and represented Amnesty International to the State Department, the White House, and the World Conference on Human Rights.

Subsequently, he spent five years as Executive Director of the Seva Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to international health & development issues in Latin America, Asia, and on American Indian reservations. Seva is a Sanskrit word meaning service. Prior to that James lived and worked in Turkey and Lebanon, and witnessed civil conflict, war and massacre, which influenced him deeply.

James founded and co-led with Dr. Judith Thompson an international series of “Compassion and Social Healing” dialogues funded by The Fetzer Institute. The dialogues, spanning a seven year period, brought together leaders and activists in a variety of fields related to human rights, peace, and social reconciliation initiatives. James and Judith are currently involved in a major initiative to expand the theory and practice of social healing funded by the Kalliopeia Foundation.

Since 2008, James has been a member of the Evolutionary Leaders, a group convened by Deepak Chopra and Diane Williams to unify efforts in support of evolutionary changes in political, economic, ecological, scientific and health and healing arenas. He is also a member of the Global Systems Initiatives, an organization bringing a whole-systems approach to complex global issues, founded by Louise Diamond. He regularly participates in the Language of Spirit Dialogues which are convened by the SEED Graduate Institute for Native Americans, Physicists, and thought leaders.

He lectures all over the world, and has essays published in numerous magazines and books including currently the Mystery of 2012 (Sounds True); Consciousness and Healing: An Integral Approach to Mind Body Medicine (Elsevier) and Earthrise: The Dawning of a New Civilization in the 21st Century (Goi). His new book, Creative Stress: A Path for Evolving Souls living through Personal and Planetary Upheaval, was published in March 2010 .

James O’Dea Keynote – Living in the FIre of

A keynote address by James O’Dea from the Living in the FIre of Change conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. A Fierce Light Flash! Made with support from the Ontario Arts Council

Light Of Being (part 1& 2) / Adyashanti

In this inspiring satsang, Adyashanti discusses his first visit to a prison— San Quentin—where he meets with men sentenced for life. Their remarkable stories of finding peace and happiness within are compelling examples of what happens when the ego lets go of hope for a better future. “When you look inside with utmost simplicity and sincerity, what you find is the light of being.” 90 min. DVD recorded on June 28, 2006.

“If you filter my words through any tradition or ‘-ism’, you will miss altogether what I am saying. THE LIBERATING TRUTH IS NOT STATIC; IT IS ALIVE. It cannot be put into concepts and be understood by the mind. The truth lies beyond all forms of conceptual fundamentalism. What you are is the beyond—awake and present, here and now already. I am simply helping you to realize that.” — Adyashanti

Light Of Being (part 2) / Adyashanti

Spiritual Solutions #2: Find Your True Being, A True Way of Living By Deepak Chopra

Find True Self Esteem

True self-esteem is not the same thing as improving your self-image. Self-image results from what other people think of you. The true self lies beyond images. It can be found at a level of existence that is independent of the good and bad opinions of others. It is fearless. It has infinite worth. When you shift your identity from your self-image to your true self, you will find happiness that no one can take away from you.

True being has five qualities, none of which is created by external things, events, or other people.

1. Your true being is connected to all that exists.
2. It has no limitations.
3. It has infinite creativity.
4. It is fearless, and willing to step into the unknown.
5. Intention from the level of being is powerful and can orchestrate synchronicity ( a perfect meshing of outside circumstances to bring your intention).

–Deepak Chopra, from The Ultimate Happiness Prescription (Harmony Books, 2009).

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Find a True Way of Living

Our intuition knows nature is where we belong and who we are. You always know when you are in the presence of the highly vibrant essence of nature. The Cherokee say that there is no name for this energy because it is so beyond our imagination that there aren’t any words in the language to describe it. Bu all of us know it.

We know it when there is a sparkling day by the ocean and we see a whale breach or when a full dozen goldfinches swarm the birdfeeders,, bright yellow against the early spring landscape of bright leaf green. We know it when a hummingbird comes to drink the nectar of bee balm. We know it when meeting our baby for the first time. Or when we see a dazzling moonlight reflected off the winter snow, and we hear the restless animals in the woods.

The contrasts between nature in its full radiance and nature in a polluted state are endless. The ways in which these differences affect our own daily lives are endless as well. The contrasts are so stark that at times, you may wonder why most of the world chooses to live surrounded by pollution and synthetics.

–Annie B. Bond, from Home Enlightenment (Rodale, 2007).

By Deepak Chopra and Annie B. Bond

The Mandala of Being: – Dr. Richard Moss [updated July 18, 2010]

Many people obstruct their innate potential through repeated patterns of emotional struggle and suffering. This practical, hands-on guide explains why and how people habitually fall into this trap and provides a program, easily incorporated into everyday life, that frees them from this destructive behavior.

Using a simple mandala, the book illustrates the four places humans go when they feel threatened, uncomfortable, or aren’t fully centered or grounded in the present moment.

Like a trail of pebbles left behind on a hike, it helps trace the path back to the authentic self. Drawing on his three decades of teaching consciousness, Richard Moss plays the role of wise shepherd, accompanying and encouraging the reader on a journey toward the genius within and away from fear and other limitations.

Most importantly, he offers an always-available compass that directs readers back to the true self, and into the magic of the present moment.
Richard Moss is internationally respected as a visionary thinker, teacher and author of six books on transformation, self-healing, and the art of conscious living. More than 30 years ago, he left the practice of medicine after a life-changing realization to dedicate his life to help others realize their multidimensional nature and achieve self-mastery. His teaching bridges science, psychology, energy medicine, and spiritual/awareness practices. He is most well known for the deep experiential nature of his work where people learn holistically with their mind, body, and feelings.

His philosophy is entirely pragmatic: work on consciousness must alleviate human suffering and address the root causes of why and how we create so much conflict in ourselves and our world.

His books include: The I That is We (1981), How Shall I Live (1985), The Black Butterfly (1986), The Second Miracle (1995), all published by Celestial Arts, Words That Shine Both Ways (self-published in 1997). His newest book is The Mandala of Being: Discovering the Power of Awareness, published by New World Library, 2007. His works have been translated into Spanish, French, German, and Danish and have sold more than 200,000 copies worldwide.

For over thirty years Dr. Moss has taught in North America, South America, Europe and Australia. He has been interviewed in magazines and newspapers worldwide, and has presented at numerous conferences and at such institutions as Harvard University, Stanford University, University of Chicago Medical School, U.C.L.A., U.C. Berkeley, American University, Washington DC, Georgetown University, and John F. Kennedy University.

Richard Moss Seminars organizes and coordinates the conferences, talks, and seminars taught by Dr. Moss, as well as producing all of his audio and video materials. Three Mountain Foundation, a California not-for-profit charity, was founded in 1984 to support Richard’s work by providing scholarships and interest free loans to individuals in financial need who wish to attend his seminars.

Richard lives in Ojai, California, with his wife Ariel. They have three grown children.

The Genius of India -Parts 1 to 4: Video based on essay written by Sri Aurobindo

Thanks aumprakash for sharing this beautiful, educational & poetic imagery, masterfully synchronized with mystical music & the words of Sri Aurobindo. His love of India & her people shines through. India has much wisdom to offer the world. Pursuit of spiritual learning, with the goal of expanding, understanding & awareness of the highest consciousness-God consciousness is the noblest pursuit of humanity. India has explored & developed methods to help us achieve this ultimate awareness.

“The Genius of India” is a video based on an essay written by Sri Aurobindo

Swami Shankarananda: The Great Being Within Us

Swami Shankarananda at 3 Gurus 2006, Nityananda Institute, Portland, OR. Excerpt from the DVD available from Rudra Press.

Awakening NOW – Preview

Awakening NOW is a documentary journey into insights of 6 contemporary spiritual teachers and their experiences on the path to spiritual awakening.

Our World Needs Saints – by Rut Bjõrkman

Raised in a pious Baptist family in Sweden, Rut Bjõrkman praised the mystics in all religions and was an early leader of European ecumenism. Here she writes about the “overriding importance” of those who must eventually become “the Human Norm” — the saints.

Anyone who has attained spiritual consciousness is liberated from the constrictions of our present false existence and participates in the energies and insights of that dimension from which all life derives. He is on the other side of the curtain that still separates us from real life. He has been born again and can see God. That entails being able to perceive the Creator’s presence in everything created.

The human being involved has entered upon oneness of Being, experiencing a vital exchange with all of His manifestations. He experiences both the world and himself from within, and is conscious of his identity with the power that is all in all. He is at peace, redeemed from the unrest of a constant striving for expansion and enrichment of his transient false existence. He has bound the centre out of which he can live and in which he rests, earning only to live in awareness of this power so that he may be illumined by its light and filled with its wisdom, radiating out into the world and thereby fulfilling his creatively purpose.

We call such people saints, mystics, and enlightened ones, knowing that they are of overriding importance for humanity as source of the world’s salvation in accordance with their degree of oneness with what is holy within themselves. Just a few beings who have -— like the Buddha and Jesus of Nazareth — achieved rebirth are sufficient for the upholding across the centuries of hope of man’s redemption from unawareness of what is holy within himself.

These beings’ power to point the way towards the truth of human existence cannot be destroyed or annulled by anything. The redeeming power of the saints cannot even be diminished by the distortions of their teachings, disseminated by men who, ignorant of the mystery of such God-filled existence, found religious institutions and lay claim to power over their fellows. The saints remain the light of the world and the way to the very Source of life for all who awaken to recognition of their union with God, comprehending that they provide an example for us, calling upon us across time to follow them in returning to our lives’ spiritual reality so that we too enter upon. a state of wholeness.

These saints, who have become one with their truth of the Creator Spirit, have been relieved of the transience of time, and that is why their impact extends across the ages. They have discovered eternal life within themselves and draw upon this, and that is why they are bearers of this eternal life, capable of initiating us into it so that we submit to the energies emanating from their living souls.

Loving devotion to the great saints, study of their lives, and subjection of oneself to their constant radiance are the precondition for the awakening of such powers in ourselves. ‘Whosoever loves the saints is brought to holiness by them, and whosoever feels attracted by them already has a living soul since access to the souls of saints is only possible by way of the soul. The saint is not comprehensible to someone who is not yet spiritually awakened. He is viewed as being unworldly and as a person who has not found his way in this world.

And yet the saint is the human being whose existence is closest to the reality of life which is, after all, only to be found in the power of God. Full human development can only get under way after incorporation of this power in our lives. If we fail to do that, we remain stuck in our willful, transient, and false existence, unavoidably harming the entire world. It is only when the saints, when whole men, appear that the hope of redemption from our present state of pseudo-humanity shines forth, which is why we must view the saints as the most necessary of human beings with regard to the salvation of our world.

It is the unholy man, persisting in his willfulness and stubbornness, whom we should view as unworldly and ill-adapted to his creaturely task, as a being we must vanquish if our world is not to be destroyed by him. Our world needs the saint, it needs human beings who submit to God, since only through them can those powers which lead to implementation of God’s Kingdom in this world be released.

`For this is the will of God, even. your sanctification’. ‘Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God. am holy’. ‘Be ye therefore perfect as your Father which. is in heaven is perfect’. These demands make clear that man’s sole task is to become whole within himself, which means that he must seek union with what is holy within himself, striving above all else to become one with his spiritual reality of the Kingdom of Heaven within himself. Only then can full human development as the Creator intended get under way, since what can complete man’s creation except for God’s power from which man derives?

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