Adyashanti – Intimacy with All of Life


Adyashanti points to the irreducible quality of being that is inherent within all beings. As the wall of separation disintegrates between you and the world, it becomes obvious that the separation was only created in your mind. This realization frees you from any bonds to separation and allows unity to flourish. Adyashanti invites you to open yourself up to an experience of extraordinary intimacy with all of life.

Excerpted from “The Irreducible Quality of Being”:
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Quotes from this video:

“One of the most direct and authentic hallmarks of an authentic spiritual awakening is you experience an extraordinary intimacy with all of life.”

“The irreducible quality of each person’s being is also the irreducible quality of all being.”

“Anybody that comes upon the irreducible quality of being, they’ll experience that the walls of separation that separate them from the world around them will seemingly fall down—which simply means for a moment you will stop producing them, because they’re not actually there. We just create them in our imagination.”

“One of the first jobs of spirituality is to elicit that irreducible quality within us.”

Adyashanti – Discovering the Foundation of Self


Published on Jul 28, 2016

http://adyashanti.org – Adyashanti invites you to look underneath the everyday layers of life and deeply intuit what abides there. What is the foundational place that you can always visit—that is inherently ever-present? What lives beneath the surface of every moment? He invites you to discover who exists before anything is happening. There is this intrinsic, unmoving peace and well-being present and ever-available in every moment. Adyashanti offers up the following questions: What’s the foundation of all of your experience? Who have you been all your life without noticing?

Video excerpted From “Revealing the Unknown Self”
http://tinyurl.com/jexvkt2

Quotes from this video:

“Energy is a name for a dynamic nothing.”

“Who have you been all your life without noticing? Perhaps it has been the one thing you can’t think about or name, but it’s there for all of us.”

“Just by acknowledging that in all the world of the known—the known self, the known world, the seen world, the heard world, the remembered ideas, the beliefs, the emotions, the feelings, that creative dynamic bubbling up of life every second—it’s all arising as your own experience in this moment.”

Empathy Is an Expression of Our Shared Being


Published on Jul 1, 2016

Seeking to lose our separate identity through intimacy.

Aisha Salem – Letting Go Into The Intensity of Being


Aisha Salem – Letting Go Into The Intensity of Being

Extract from the Online Satsang November 2015

Yoga Meditation: ‘Whosoever Knows Their Self Knows Their Lord’


Published on May 6, 2016

Thoughts, sensations and perceptions appear in the infinite space of Awareness; we cannot experience the edge of Awareness; there is one infinite Being refracting itself in all our minds.

As Self Falls Away When Self Falls Away – Richard Miller


Published on Mar 7, 2016

There are distinct phases that arise as our belief of being a separate ego-I-self falls away, and when it has fallen away. As self falls away, three subtle but distinct aspects of identification with being a separate ego-I-self are be revealed, which need to be understood and, in turn, set free. Then, the realization of what lies beyond all sense of self, mind and separation can be recognized, and its fragrance integrated into all aspects of daily life.

Richard Miller Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist Richard Miller is a clinical psychologist, researcher, yogic scholar, and contemporary spiritual teacher in the tradition of non-dual self inquiry and meditation. Richard is founding president of the Integrative Restoration Institute, co-founder of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, past president of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology, and a senior advisor to the Baumann Institute. Richard serves as a consultant researching the secular form of non-dual meditation that he’s developed (Integrative Restoration – iRest). Author of Yoga Nidra: The Meditative Heart of Yoga, iRest Meditation: Restorative Practices for Health, Resiliency and Well-Being, and The iRest Program for Healing PTSD, Richard leads retreats worldwide. irest.us

Yoga Nidra: The Meditative Heart of Yoga by Richard Miller (Author)


One of the most enjoyable parts of a yoga class comes when we rest in savasana the corpse pose and realize deep serenity, a sense of effortless joy, and a glimpse into our true nature as unqualified presence. How is this so Master teacher Richard Miller explains that this experience is a manifestation of yoga nidra, the meditative state of mind-body union at the heart of all yoga practice. A powerful integration of book and CD audio learning, Yoga Nidra is an ancient tantric yoga path that leads to inner freedom. The rough accessible language appropriate for any level of practice, Miller takes us step by step through the traditional techniques of relaxation and meditation to help us move toward the realization of unqualified presence the ultimate aim of yoga a goal unreachable through posture practice alone. Through his expert guidance, students will experience: Deep relaxation for relief from

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How We Become Who We Are Not by Richard Moss, MD

Photo credit: Laughing Goat Studio

We are not born, in essence, American, French, Japanese, Christian, Muslim, or Jew. These labels are attached to us according to where on the planet our births happen to take place, or these labels are imposed upon us because they indicate our families’ belief systems.

We are not born with an innate sense of distrust of others. We do not enter life with the belief that God is external to us, watching us, judging us, loving us, or simply being indifferent to our plight. We do not suckle at the breast with shame about our bodies or with racial prejudice already brewing in our hearts. We do not emerge from our mothers’ wombs believing that competition and domination are essential to survival. Nor are we born believing that somehow we must validate whatever our parents consider to be right and true.

How do children come to believe that they are indispensable to their parents’ well-being, and that they therefore must become the champions of their parents’ unfulfilled dreams, fulfilling them by becoming the good daughter or the responsible son? How many people revolt against their parents’ relationships by condemning themselves to lives of cynicism about the possibility for real love? In how many ways will members of one generation after another efface their own true natures in order to be loved, successful, approved of, powerful, and safe, not because of who they are in essence, but because they have adapted themselves to others? And how many will become part of the detritus of the cultural norm, living in poverty, disenfranchisement, or alienation?

We are not born anxious for our survival. How is it, then, that pure ambition and the accumulation of wealth and power are ideals in our culture, when to live for them is all too often a soulless pursuit that condemns one to a path of unending stress, which fails to address or heal the core, unconscious feeling of insufficiency?

All such internalized attitudes and belief systems have been cultivated in us. Others have modeled them for us and trained us in them. This indoctrination takes place both directly and indirectly. In our homes, schools, and religious institutions, we are explicitly told who we are, what life is about, and how we should perform. Indirect indoctrination occurs as we absorb subconsciously whatever is consistently emphasized or demonstrated by our parents and other caregivers when we are very young.

As children we are like fine crystal glasses that vibrate to a singer’s voice. We resonate with the emotional energy that surrounds us, unable to be sure what part is us — our own true feelings and likes or dislikes — and what part is others. We are keen observers of our parents’ and other adults’ behavior toward us and toward each other. We experience how they communicate through their facial expressions, body language, tone of voice, actions, and so on, and we can recognize — though not consciously when we are young — when their expressions and their feelings are congruent or not. We are immediate barometers for emotional hypocrisy. When our parents are saying or doing one thing, but we perceive that they mean something else, it confuses and distresses us. Over time these emotional “disconnects” continue to threaten our developing sense of self, and we begin to devise our own strategies for psychological security in attempts to protect ourselves.

None of this is accompanied by our conscious understanding of what we are doing, but we quickly deduce what our parents value and what evokes their approval or disapproval. We readily learn which of our own behaviors they respond to in ways that make us feel loved or unloved, worthy or unworthy. We begin to adapt ourselves by acquiescence, rebellion, or withdrawal.

As children we do not initially approach our worlds with our parents’ biases and prejudices about what is good or bad. We express our true selves spontaneously and naturally. But early on, this expression begins to collide with what our parents encourage or discourage in our self-expression. All of us become conscious of our earliest sense of self in the context of their fears, hopes, wounds, beliefs, resentments, and control issues and of their ways of nurturing, whether loving, suffocating, or neglecting. This mostly unconscious socializing process is as old as human history. When we are children and our parents view us through the lens of their own adaptations to life, we as unique individuals remain more or less invisible to them. We learn to become whatever helps make us visible to them, to be whatever brings us the most comfort and least discomfort. We adapt and survive as best we can in this emotional climate.

Our strategic response results in the formation of a survival personality that does not express much of our individual essence. We falsify who we are in order to maintain some level of connection to those whom we require in order to meet our needs for attention, nurturance, approval, and security.

Children are marvels of adaptation. They quickly learn that, if acquiescence produces the best response, then being supportive and agreeable provides the best chance for emotional survival. They grow up to be pleasers, excellent providers for the needs of others, and they see their loyalty as a virtue more important than their own needs. If rebellion seems to be the best path to diminishing discomfort while also gaining attention, then they become combative and build their identities by pushing their parents away. Their fight for autonomy may later make them nonconformists unable to accept the authority of others, or they may require conflict in order to feel alive. If withdrawal works best, then children become more introverted and escape into imaginary worlds. Later in life, this survival adaptation may cause them to live so deeply in their own beliefs that they are unable to make space for others to know them or to emotionally touch them.

Because survival is at the root of the false self, fear is its true god. And because in the Now we cannot be in control of our situations, only in relationship with it, the survival personality is poorly suited to the Now. It tries to create the life it believes it should be living and, in so doing, does not fully experience the life it is living. Our survival personalities have identities to maintain that are rooted in the early childhood escape from threat. This threat comes from the disjunction between how we experience ourselves as children and what we learn to be, in response to our parents’ mirroring and expectations.

Infancy and early childhood are governed by two primary drives: The first is the necessity to bond with our mothers or other important caregivers. The second is the drive to explore, to learn about and discover our worlds.

The physical and emotional bond between mother and baby is necessary not only for the child’s survival but also because the mother is the first cultivator of the baby’s sense of self. She cultivates it by how she holds and caresses her baby; by her tone of voice, her gaze, and her anxiety or calmness; and by how she re inforces or squelches her child’s spontaneity. When the overall quality of her attention is loving, calm, supportive, and respectful, the baby knows that it is safe and all right in itself. As the child gets older, more of his or her true self emerges as the mother continues to express approval and set necessary boundaries without shaming or threatening the child. In this way her positive mirroring cultivates the child’s essence and helps her child to trust itself.

In contrast, when a mother is frequently impatient, hurried, distracted, or even resentful of her child, the bonding process is more tentative and the child feels unsafe. When a mother’s tone of voice is cold or harsh, her touch brusque, insensitive, or uncertain; when she is unresponsive to her child’s needs or cries or cannot set aside her own psychology to make enough space for the child’s unique personality, this is interpreted by the child as meaning that something must be wrong with him or her. Even when neglect is unintentional, as when a mother’s own exhaustion prevents her from nurturing as well as she would like to, this unfortunate situation can still cause a child to feel unloved. As a result of any of these actions, children can begin to internalize a sense of their own insufficiency.

Until recently, when many women have become working mothers, fathers have tended to transmit to us our sense of the world beyond the home. We wondered where Daddy was all day. We noticed whether he returned home tired, angry, and depressed or satisfied and enthusiastic. We absorbed his tone of voice as he spoke about his day; we felt the outside world through his energy, his complaints, worries, anger, or enthusiasm. Slowly we internalized his spoken or other representations of the world into which he so frequently disappeared, and all too often this world appeared to be threatening, unfair, “a jungle.” If this impression of potential danger from the outside world combines with an emerging sense of being wrong and insufficient, then the child’s core identity — his or her earliest relationship to the self — becomes one of fearfulness and distrust. As gender roles are changing, both men and working mothers perform aspects of the fathering function for their children, and some men perform aspects of mothering. We could say that in a psychological sense mothering cultivates our earliest sense of self, and how we mother ourselves throughout life strongly influences how we hold ourselves when faced with emotional pain. Fathering, on the other hand, has to do with our vision of the world and how empowered we believe ourselves to be as we implement our own personal visions in the world.

Day by day throughout childhood, we explore our worlds. As we move out into our environment, our parents’ capacity to support our process of discovery and to mirror our attempts in ways that are neither overprotective nor neglectful depends on their own consciousness. Are they proud of us as we are? Or do they reserve their pride for the things we do that fit their image for us or that make them look like good parents? Do they encourage our own assertiveness, or interpret it as disobedience and quell it? When a parent delivers reprimands in a way that shames the child — as so many generations of generally male authorities have recommended doing — a confused and disturbed inner reality is generated in that child. No child can separate the frightful bodily intensity of shame from his or her own sense of self. So the child feels wrong, unlovable, or deficient. Even when parents have the best intentions, they frequently meet their child’s tentative steps into the world with responses that seem anxious, critical, or punitive. More important, those responses are often perceived by the child as implicitly distrustful of who he or she is.

As children we cannot differentiate our parents’ psychological limitations from the effects they cause in us. We cannot protect ourselves by means of self-reflection so that we can arrive at compassion and understanding for them and ourselves, because we do not yet have the awareness to do so. We cannot know that our frustration, insecurity, anger, shame, neediness, and fear are just feelings, not the totality of our beings. Feelings seem simply good or bad to us, and we want more of the former and less of the latter. So gradually, within the context of our early environment, we wake up to our first conscious sense of self as if materializing out of a void, and without understanding the origins of our own confusion and insecurity about ourselves.

Each of us, in a certain sense, develops our earliest understanding of who we are within the emotional and psychological “fields” of our parents, much as iron filings on a sheet of paper become aligned in a pattern determined by a magnet underneath it. Some of our essence remains intact, but much of it has to be forfeited in order to ensure that, as we express ourselves and venture out to discover our worlds, we don’t antagonize our parents and risk the loss of essential bonding. Our childhoods are like the proverbial Procrustean bed. We “lie down” in our parents’ sense of reality, and if we are too “short” — that is, too fearful, too needy, too weak, not smart enough, and so on, by their standards — they “stretch” us. It can happen in a hundred ways. They might order us to stop crying or shame us by telling us to grow up. Alternatively, they might try to encourage us to stop crying by telling us everything is all right and how wonderful we are, which still indirectly suggests that how we are feeling is wrong. Of course, we also “stretch” ourselves — by trying to meet their standards in order to maintain their love and approval. If, on the other hand, we are too “tall” — that is, too assertive, too involved in our own interests, too curious, too boisterous, and so on — they “shorten” us, using much the same tactics: criticism, scolding, shame, or warnings about problems we will have later in life. Even in the most loving families, in which parents have only the best intentions, a child may lose a significant measure of his or her innate spontaneous and authentic nature without either the parent or the child realizing what has happened.

As a result of these circumstances, an environment of angst is unconsciously born within us, and, at the same time, we begin a lifetime of ambivalence about intimacy with others. This ambivalence is an internalized insecurity that can leave us forever dreading both the loss of intimacy that we fear would surely occur if we somehow dared to be authentic, and the suffocating sense of being dispossessed of our innate character and natural self-expression if we were to allow intimacy.

As children we begin to create a submerged reservoir of unacknowledged, nonintegrated feelings that pollute our earliest sense of who we are, feelings like being insufficient, unlovable, or unworthy. To compensate for these, we build up a coping strategy called, in psychoanalytic theory, the idealized self. It is the self we imagine we should be or can be. We soon start to believe we are this idealized self, and we compulsively continue to attempt to be it, while avoiding anything that brings us face to face with the distressing feelings we have buried.

Sooner or later, however, these buried and rejected feelings resurface, usually in the relationships that seem to promise the intimacy we so desperately crave. But while these close relationships initially offer great promise, eventually they also expose our insecurities and fears. Since we all carry the imprint of childhood wounding to some degree, and therefore bring a false, idealized self into the space of our relationships, we are not starting from our true selves. Inevitably, any close relationship we create will begin to unearth and amplify the very feelings that we, as children, managed to bury and temporarily escape.

Our parents’ ability to support and encourage the expression of our true selves depends on how much of their attention comes to us from a place of authentic presence. When parents unconsciously live from their false and idealized senses of self, they cannot recognize that they are projecting their unexamined expectations for themselves onto their children. As a result, they cannot appreciate the spontaneous and authentic nature of a young child and allow it to remain intact. When parents inevitably become uncomfortable with their children because of the parents’ own limitations, they attempt to change their children instead of themselves. Without recognizing what is happening, they provide a reality for their children that is hospitable to the children’s essence only to the extent that the parents have been able to discover a home in themselves for their own essence.

All of the above may help to explain why so many marriages fail and why much that is written about relationships in popular culture is idealized. As long as we protect our idealized selves, we are going to have to keep imagining ideal relationships. I doubt they exist. But what does exist is the possibility to start from whom we really are and to invite mature connections that bring us closer to psychological healing and true wholeness.

Excerpt: The above is an excerpt from the book The Mandala of Being by Richard Moss, MD, Published by New World Library; January 2007;$15.95 VIEW HERE
US; 978-1-57731-572-8

Copyright © 2007 Richard Moss, MD

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Richard Moss, MD, is an internationally respected teacher, visionary thinker, and author of five seminal books on transformation, self-healing, and the importance of living consciously. For thirty years he has guided people from diverse backgrounds and disciplines in the use of the power of awareness to realize their intrinsic wholeness and reclaim the wisdom of their true selves. He teaches a practical philosophy of consciousness that models how to integrate spiritual practice and psychological self-inquiry into a concrete and fundamental transformation of people’s lives. Richard lives in Ojai , California , with his wife, Ariel.

Source: Of Spirit

The Outrageous Myths of Enlightenment by Stephen Wingate (Author)


What are Self-Realization, Awakening, Liberation, and Enlightenment?

You are the One Self, Awareness Itself. Stop for a moment right now, and notice this presence of awareness that you are – here and now. Notice that you are spacious, open, awake and free. Notice that these words are arising in this spacious openness that you are. Notice that the activities of the mind – thoughts, emotions, sensations and experiences – all arise naturally and spontaneously in you, this spacious, open presence of awareness.

This peaceful, loving, spacious openness is what you are. This spacious openness is the Self, the Liberation, the Awakening, the Enlightenment, the Peace and the Love for which you’ve been seeking. You have always been, and always will be simply THIS.

Stephen Wingate from the Introduction

With Zen-like boldness and clarity, Stephen Wingate points to our Natural State of awareness as the resolution to all spiritual seeking. He communicates the message of non-duality which is the essential revelation of mystics and the ancient spiritual traditions especially Advaita and Zen.

Stephen is the author of the book, Dogs, Cats and Dreams of Spiritual Awakening, which is a series of live dialogues that are vibrant and alive, and cut like a razor to the core of one’s being.

Look Inside

I AM- The Victim-The Observer-The Creator

Full Embrace of Truth, a conversation with Aisha Salem


Zaya Benazzo(SAND co-founder) in conversation with Aisha Salem

The full embrace of Truth carries the invitation for our recognition of and merging with Reality through every aspect of Being; as Emptiness, Divine and Human.

The Ultimate flexibility and potential of consciousness unveils itself through our willingness to not only See Reality, but to Deeply Merge With and thereby Be Born As Reality. As Being.

It entails a massive alteration of our human state – an alteration, which calls for an extensive evolution of our minds expanse as Clarity, our hearts capacity as Love and our human ways of Integrity.

The Awakening as Space, as Love and our education as humans happen through a radical surrender beyond identification; from the vastness of the Primordial Silence over our Universal Heart and all the way into our human flesh by the birth of our unique souls. It is a call to Truly Merge with Reality across all aspects of our human lives in a way, which touches every part of ourselves and what is around us.

The Reality of Totality is far too extensive for us to understand it from the outside. It calls for us to Die through it and become it. Something we cannot do without facing every fear within us; our fear of death, of life and of growing up.

Only Being itself can Know, and so we must lean ourselves towards the surrender to Being within us, to truly come to Know Reality. For Life to realize itSelf at the very core of our human existence. In this way we not only unveil Reality but step into the responsibility that this Knowing requires of us in a way which allows our full potential to reveal itself.

Aisha Salem travels the world giving Satsangs and retreats, offering her facilitation in Self-realization and Awakening. Through one and a half decades, Aisha’s dedication has brought her Being into fullness as pure Love, onwards into the realization of the Absolute and back into matter by the emergence as the True Incarnation. The deep integration with her human being gives Way for her to work across every level of Being with an indefinably transparent yet deeply tantric approach, which has fulfillment and completion – and thereby freedom within existence as beyond it – at its core. http://www.aishasalem.com

The Well of Being: A Children’s Book for Adults by Jean-Pierre Weill

The Well of Being: a children’s book for adults is an illustrated inquiry into the pursuit of happiness, and what it means to be radically alive in our daily moments.

This adult picture book takes its reader on a quest for well‐being and self‐acceptance, following the story of a wondering everyman. The projective tale summons the reader’s inner child as a complimentary vehicle to drive the plot through bold reflection and earnest doubt. Assisted by cosmic perspective, the faceless protagonist sets out to retrieve the deep self-comfort and inner wellness lost along life’s way.


About this author

Born in France in 1954, I was one of four siblings who passed their childhoods steeped in the arts — my mother being a writer and teacher of literature and my father being an actor. Eventually, we moved from Paris to New York and when I finished high school I enrolled at St. John’s College to study the classics. After graduating, I joined Spoken Arts, Inc, a family recording company with the goal of producing an audio library of leading 20th Century writers and poets reciting their own works. In 1983, I married the wonderful Rachel Rotenberg and together we launched our separate art careers. Today, we live in Baltimore, MD and together we have five children.

Read an Excerpt Here

The Well of Being: a children’s book for adults

The Well of Being is an illustrated inquiry into the pursuit of happiness, and what it means to be fully alive in our daily moments.

“The Well of Being is a beautifully rendered reminder of what is important.” -Ram Dass

“Everyone should read this book – it’s a mind changer.” -Daniel Goleman

“[The Well of Being] is a rapturous amazement. I think it is a Psalm.” -Cynthia Ozick

“The Well of Being distills profound principles with artful simplicity.” -Simcha Frischling

“A beautifully crafted, uplifting meditation on the inner, personal dimensions of hope.” -Kirkus Reviews

Bernardo Kastrup & Dr. Deepak Chopra: Waking Up To Our Immortal Being


Published on Oct 19, 2015
At the fundamental level of existence is death an illusion?

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

Yoga Meditation: Starting as Awareness


Published on Sep 25, 2015

The experience of the head and the experience of seeing, hearing.

The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss ~ David Bentley Hart [Updated Aug 30, 2015]

Despite the recent ferocious public debate about belief, the concept most central to the discussion—God—frequently remains vaguely and obscurely described. Are those engaged in these arguments even talking about the same thing? In a wide-ranging response to this confusion, esteemed scholar David Bentley Hart pursues a clarification of how the word “God” functions in the world’s great theistic faiths.

Ranging broadly across Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Vedantic and Bhaktic Hinduism, Sikhism, and Buddhism, Hart explores how these great intellectual traditions treat humanity’s knowledge of the divine mysteries. Constructing his argument around three principal metaphysical “moments”—being, consciousness, and bliss—the author demonstrates an essential continuity between our fundamental experience of reality and the ultimate reality to which that experience inevitably points.

Thoroughly dismissing such blatant misconceptions as the deists’ concept of God, as well as the fundamentalist view of the Bible as an objective historical record, Hart provides a welcome antidote to simplistic manifestos. In doing so, he plumbs the depths of humanity’s experience of the world as powerful evidence for the reality of God and captures the beauty and poetry of traditional reflection upon the divine.

David Bentley Hart is an Eastern Orthodox theologian, philosopher, writer, and cultural commentator, described by George Weigel as “one of America’s sharpest minds.” He has taught at the University of Virginia, the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota), Duke Divinity School, Loyola College in Maryland, and Providence College.

David Bentley Hart: Being, Consciousness, Bliss: Beauty as Knowledge of God – Art Symposium 2013

Violence & Peace in Contemporary Art: Biola Art Symposium 2013. March 2, 2013.

David Bentley Hart, is an Orthodox theologian, philosopher, and cultural commentator, whose specialties include philosophical theology, patristics, and aesthetics. 
Hart has been published in various periodicals including, Pro Ecclesia, The Scottish Journal of Theology, First Things, and The New Criterion.

He has taught at the University of Virginia, the University of St. Thomas, Duke Divinity School, and Loyola College in Baltimore. Hart is the author of seven books including Beauty of the Infinite: The Aesthetics of Christian Truth (Eerdmans, 2004), which has been lauded by The Christian Century as “one of the most brilliant works by an American theologian in the past ten years.” His two most recent books are The Doors of the Sea: Where Was God in the Tsunami? (Eerdmans, 2011), and The Devil and Pierre Gernet: Stories, his first work of fiction (Eerdmans, 2012).

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David Bentley Hart – The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss

David Bentley Hart, author of “The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss,” spoke on his book on Tuesday, March 25 at the Bonhoeffer House at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Hart’s lecture was sponsored by the Project on Lived Theology at the University of Virginia (http://livedtheology.org).

David Bentley Hart is an Eastern Orthodox scholar of religion, philosopher, writer, and cultural commentator.

From the publisher:
Despite the recent ferocious public debate about belief, the concept most central to the discussion—God—frequently remains vaguely and obscurely described. Are those engaged in these arguments even talking about the same thing? In a wide-ranging response to this confusion, esteemed scholar David Bentley Hart pursues a clarification of how the word “God” functions in the world’s great theistic faiths.

Ranging broadly across Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Vedantic and Bhaktic Hinduism, Sikhism, and Buddhism, Hart explores how these great intellectual traditions treat humanity’s knowledge of the divine mysteries. Constructing his argument around three principal metaphysical “moments”—being, consciousness, and bliss—the author demonstrates an essential continuity between our fundamental experience of reality and the ultimate reality to which that experience inevitably points.

Thoroughly dismissing such blatant misconceptions as the deists’ concept of God, as well as the fundamentalist view of the Bible as an objective historical record, Hart provides a welcome antidote to simplistic manifestoes. In doing so, he plumbs the depths of humanity’s experience of the world as powerful evidence for the reality of God and captures the beauty and poetry of traditional reflection upon the divine.

Harmony of Being: Returning to our True Nature by Steve Taylor.

Originally published in Natural Health magazine, 2012.

From time to time, we all have experiences when restlessness and discontent fade away, and we’re filled with a sense of ease, well-being and harmony. We become free of pressure to keep busy and the need for stimulation, and rest at ease within ourselves and within the present moment.

I call these experiences ‘harmony of being.’ They usually occur when we’re quiet and relaxed and there’s stillness around us – for example, when we’re walking through the countryside, working quietly with our hands, listening to or playing music, or after meditation, yoga or sex. The chattering of our minds fades away and we feel a natural flow of connection between ourselves and our surroundings or other people.

Sometimes these experiences seem to come out of nowhere, for no apparent reason. You might experience harmony of being for a brief moment when you wake up in the morning after a good night’s sleep – just for a few seconds, before your thoughts start chattering away about the day ahead, your mind is empty and still, and you’re filled with a sense of well-being and wholeness. Or another morning, when you wake up early, go downstairs and sit at the breakfast table. There’s quietness and stillness around you, and you feel quiet and still inside too, a glow of contentment spreading through you. You look through the window at your garden, just beginning to reveal itself in the dim light, and you’re suddenly you’re struck by how beautiful it is. You feel as if you’re seeing it in a different way to normal, seeing flowers and plants that you don’t normally notice, and the whole garden seems so still and yet at the same time so wild and alive.

Or you might experience harmony of being when you’re watching your children play in the garden in summer. You look around you, at the sunlight splashing through the trees and the perfect blue sky above you, and listen to your children’s laughter – and the scene seems so perfect that time seems to stand still. Or even when you’re driving down the motorway and are suddenly struck by the beauty of the evening sun, shining between the clouds and across the fields – just for a few moments, you feel lit up inside too, and a warm glow of well-being flows through your whole being.

Harmony-Generating Experiences

Spontaneous experiences of harmony like these are quite rare though. Usually harmony of being is linked to certain activities or situations. For example, there are some sports which often give rise to the state. Several joggers and long-distance runners have told me that running has a powerful psychological effect on them, making them feel very calm and alert, and more ‘grounded’. One colleague told me that he goes running every day because ‘It helps clear my mind, helps me get back to myself. It puts me back in tune with the world again, after all the hassles of work. All the work stuff fades from my mind and I just take pleasure from where I am, from the elements around me.’

Swimming can also give rise to harmony. Once, when I was talking to a group of students about meditation, a young woman said to me, ‘That’s what I do when I go swimming!’ She went on to say that

When I’m swimming, I get into the rhythm of my movements and the gliding feeling of going through the water – I get so into it that I forget everything. I just feel the water against my skin and look up at the light shining on the water and the waves moving across the pool and it all looks perfect. When I get out of the water and get changed I feel happy and peaceful.

More dangerous and demanding pursuits can generate harmony too, such as climbing, flying or diving. Activities like these require so much concentration that they help us to forget the niggling concerns of daily life. The demands of the present – to make the next manoeuvre or avoid a potential danger – focus the mind so much that thought-chatter fades away and the future and the past cease to exist. As a result, climbers or pilots sometimes experience a sense of wholeness and contentment, becoming intensely aware of the beauty of their surroundings, and even feeling a sense of oneness with them.

Sex often gives rise to harmony too, for similar reasons. The sensations we experience during sex are usually so pleasurable and powerful that they have a mind-quietening effect; thoughts about the past and future fade away, as we become completely present. Afterwards, you’re filled with a soothing glow of well-being, lying there with your partner in your arms, listening to the sounds of the night and staring into the warm, rich darkness. And then, you might pull back your curtain and look at the scene outside your window and feel that everything is somehow different. The clouds gliding across the sky seem somehow more real, as if an extra dimension has been added to them, and the black spaces between them seem somehow richer and thicker than before. And on the streets everything seems to be in its right place, the cars parked in front of your house and the trees and the streetlights along the side. The light of the lamps seems radiant and somehow benevolent.

Contact with nature is a major source of harmony too, and one of the main reasons why so many of us love the countryside. The beauty and grandeur of nature draws our attention away from thought-chatter, and the stillness and space relax us even further. As a result, our minds become quiet, and our ego-boundaries become softer, so that we transcend separateness and feel connected to our surroundings.

The Sources of Harmony

So what is it about meditation, sex, climbing or running which generates harmony of being?

The most important factor is that all of these activities provide a focus for the mind. There’s a steady stream of attention directed at a particular object, and this has the effect of quietening our thought-chatter. And when the mind is quiet in this way, we become free of both the disturbance and negativity of our normal thought-chatter. We feel a sense of inner stillness because there literally is stillness inside us. Our being becomes calm, like the still surface of a lake. And this also means that the super-critical person inside our heads – who’s always criticising our behaviour and reminding of the things we should feel bad about in the past and worry about in the future – disappears. There’s no one to make us feel guilty, to make us worry about the future, or bitter about the past.

In these moments, we become aware that, although the surface of our being is filled with disturbance and negativity, beneath that there is a deep reservoir of stillness and well-being. The surface of our being is like a rough sea which sweeps you to and fro and makes you feel disoriented and anxious. But if you wear diving equipment and go beneath the surface, you’re suddenly in the midst of endless silence and stillness.

The lack of discord inside us means that we’re free from the compulsion to do, and able to be. In fact, this ability to do nothing is one of the most pleasant aspects of harmony of being. We can sit down at the table or walk around the house and be content just to be here. There’s no impulse to turn on the television or the radio, to reach for a magazine or to check your e-mail or to phone a friend for a chat.

Permanent Harmony and Sanity?

These moments of harmony don’t have to be fleeting. In fact, this is basic aim of all spiritual traditions, and all spiritual practices: to generate a state of permanent inner harmony. This is what we call ‘enlightenment’ – a state in which the discord of the human mind is truly healed. In my new book Back to Sanity, I propose an eight-stage path of self-development leading to a permanent state of harmony, including practices such as ‘transcending negative thought patterns,’ ‘Healing the mind through quietness and stillness’ as well as traditional practices such as service and meditation.

In harmony of being, life becomes a glorious adventure, full of joy and wonder. And one of the most striking things about this state is how natural it feels. That’s because it’s our most natural state, a state in which we come home, to our innermost nature.

How to Generate Harmony of Being

  • Have contact with nature. The stillness and beauty of nature can quieten the chattering of our minds and bring a sense of inner peace.
  • Help other people. Altruistic acts connect us with us and help us to transcend separateness.
  • Mindfulness exercises. When you have a shower, brush your teeth, eat your meals or any other daily activity, give your full attention to the experience rather than to thoughts inside your head.
  • Make friends with quietness and inactivity. Timetable periods for ‘doing nothing’ during the week.
  • Quietness allows our minds to settle into a state of harmony.
  • Go running or swimming. Sports like these can heal the surface discord of our minds puts us in touch the harmony underneath.

Dr Steve Taylor is the author of several best-selling books on psychology and spirituality, and is a senior lecturer in psychology at Leeds Beckett University. For the last four years he has been included (this year at no. 62) in Mind, Body, Spirit magazine’s list of the ‘100 most spiritually influential living people.’ His books include Waking From Sleep, The Fall, Out of the Darkness, Back to Sanity, and his latest book The Calm Center. His books have been published in 19 languages, including Dutch, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Italian, French, Japanese, Polish and Spanish. Eckhart Tolle has described his work as ‘an important contribution to the shift in consciousness which is happening on our planet at present.’ Andrew Harvey has said of his work, ‘Its importance for our menacing times and for the transformation being birthed by them cannot be exaggerated.’

Steve has a PhD in Transpersonal Psychology from Liverpool John Moores University. His articles and essays have been published in over 40 academic journals, magazines and newspapers, including The Journal of Humanistic Psychology, The Journal of Consciousness Studies, The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, Psychologies, Natural Health, Kindred Spirit and Resurgence. His work has been featured widely in the media in the UK, including on BBC Breakfast, BBC World TV, Radio 4 and 5, and in The Guardian, The Independent and The Daily Mail. Steve lives in Manchester, England with his wife and three young children

Immeasurable Reality


In its true sense spirituality is not a plaything or a pastime. It has nothing to do with enhancing you or your status in the dream state. Nor is it about gurus in long flowing robes, secret oral teachings, ancient traditions, or holy books that people claim were written by God. It’s about here and now and you, and whether you are asleep within the dream state or awake within the awakened state.

It is the nature of all dreams that the characters therein are so busy being—well, dream characters—that the bigger reality of what lies outside the dream state eludes them. But then again, dream characters don’t wake up from the dreams they are a part of; the dreamer does. If spirituality is to be meaningful it must address what lies beyond the dream state that most of us create in our minds and humanity lives in day-to-day, for unless we awaken from our personal and collective dreams we will continue to live in a state of unconsciousness on the surface of a life of infinite potential.

Only that which is real and true has the power to liberate us from the mechanical and magnetic draw of the dream state. For ultimately it is ignorance (the belief in things that are untrue) that imprisons us within a trance state, which is induced by taking the conditioned stream of thinking within one’s mind to be true. If we are to awaken from the mind’s hypnotic embrace, we must question all of our beliefs and assumptions down to the very source of our being until that which is true, real, and everlasting reveals itself.

Truth is that which lies beyond the grasp of the dreaming mind. It is not something that can be captured and stated like a fact can. Truth is a timeless reality and therefore sacred in the true sense of the word. Please do not think of truth in mystical terms or even in spiritual terms. Truth refers to the whole of existence and beyond. Truth exists as much in your teacup as it does in your temples and churches. Truth is as present in shopping for your groceries as it is in chanting to God. To think of truth only in spiritual or religious terms is to miss the whole of it, for in doing so you create the boundaries and divisions that are the very antithesis of truth.

Truth is an immeasurable reality not at all separate from your own being. For in the revelation of truth, all beings rest within your being. Put more simply, if you cannot find it now underfoot, I’m afraid that you have missed it entirely.

© Adyashanti 2009

Eckhart Tolle : 1. How To Stop Thinking 2. Nothing Stays Fixed


Published on Jul 26, 2015

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

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

Nothing Stays Fixed

The Book of Doing and Being: Rediscovering Creativity in Life, Love, and Work by Barnet Bain


Overview

With clarity, humor, and insight, award-winning filmmaker Barnet Bain guides readers to unlock the raw power of the creative self. Sharing creativity principles and practices at the leading edge, The Book of Doing and Being offers a life-altering map for stepping beyond what we already know and into a dimension of imagination from which innovation is born.

Known for his inspiring movies and documentaries, as well as his popular creativity workshops, Barnet Bain makes available his teachings for the first time in book form. Discover how will and action come together with imagination and feeling to form the very foundation of creativity by working with this treasury of more than forty transformative exercises. Each one is designed to spark new creative connections by challenging our usual ways of thinking, feeling, and perceiving.

These lessons, tools, and techniques serve to unlock great reservoirs of creativity in every individual, whether it’s jumpstarting or completing a project, launching a new business, creating a work of art, experiencing more fulfilling relationships, or making other dreams come true. Bain’s motivational guidance includes: rewiring your brain to unleash ultra-creativity; finding freedom from self-criticism, perfectionism, and other obstructions to productivity and creative expression; harnessing the two forces of creativity: inspiration and action; discovering your emotions as the doorway to creative aliveness and ingenuity; and heeding the call of your Real Work, regardless of age, education, or experience.

Step by step, you will make the discovery of a lifetime: how to stop being ruled by your past and start consciously creating your present and future. You will be surprised and energized—by your next creative impulse, the next idea that excites you, the next experience that moves you—and you will live a creative life.

Barnet Bain is an award-winning Hollywood producer and director, radio broadcaster, and creativity expert. Select film credits include Oscar Award–winner What Dreams May Come (producer); Emmy Award–nominee for Best Picture, Homeless to Harvard (executive producer); The Celestine Prophecy (writer, producer); The Jesus Film (writer); and The Lost and Found Family (director). Barnet is a member of the Transformational Leadership Council and a founding member of the affiliated Association of Transformational Leaders. He is also a contributing blogger for Huffington Post. Barnet consults and trains business leaders and private clients who are committed to high performance. Through his workshops, telecourses, and training seminars, Barnet guides people of all ages and walks of life to expand their vision of what is possible, step into their purpose, and contribute their gifts and talents with passion.

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The Book of Being and Doing

Published on Jul 21, 2015

Barnet Bain is an award-winning Hollywood producer and director, radio broadcaster, and creativity expert. Select film credits include Oscar Award–winner What Dreams May Come (producer); Emmy Award–nominee for Best Picture, Homeless to Harvard (executive producer); The Celestine Prophecy (writer, producer); The Jesus Film (writer); and The Lost and Found Family (director). Barnet is a member of the Transformational Leadership Council and a founding member of the affiliated Association of Transformational Leaders. He is also a contributing blogger for Huffington Post. Barnet consults and trains business leaders and private clients who are committed to high performance. Through his workshops, telecourses, and training seminars, Barnet guides people of all ages and walks of life to expand their vision of what is possible, step into their purpose, and contribute their gifts and talents with passion. – See more at: thebookofdoingandbeing.com

Not Until You Die by Nukunu (Author)

“When will I ever understand the meaning of life?” This book title, Not Until You Die, is the answer to that question.

Consciously living and confronting life with all its light and dark sides, we come to see what we are not. In seeing what we are not, we may come to realize what we are. If there was no drama of life, we could not see the empty screen upon which it is played.
In this way life offers a perfect mirror: In the changing we may discover the unchanging. As Shido Bunan(a Japanese Zen master) puts it:

Die while alive, and be completely dead,
then do whatever you will, and all is good.


Nukunu was born in Denmark in 1947. He holds a Bachelor in Philosophy and a Master in Psychology. He has worked as a psychotherapist and given lectures on Gestalt, psychodrama, primal therapy, NLP and meditation for 30 years. Over that period of time he was a student of living teachers like Osho Rajneesh, Punjaji and and the teachers in Sacha Lineage tradition.

After a radical awakening experience in March 1995 his work gradually changed and became focused on transmitting the non-dual. This work is the most important in his Satsangs, courses and meditation retreats. Although he doesn’t belong to any religion or particular spiritual path, he uses what he likes in the different spiritual traditions.

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Reflections on spiritual awakening, Nukunu Larsen

Published on Jun 1, 2015

Nukunu Larsen reflects on his experience of spiritual awakening.

This video is an excerpt from SAND Anthology Vol. 5:
http://www.scienceandnonduality.com/p…

Nukunu was born 1947 in Denmark; he holds a Bachelor in Philosophy and a Master in Social Science. He has worked as a psychotherapist and given lectures on Gestalt, Psychodrama, Primal Therapy, N.L.P. and Meditation for 35 years. Over that period of time he was student of living teachers like Osho Rajneesh, Punjaji, Hansraj Maharaji. After a radical awakening experience in March 1995 his work gradually changed and got focused on transmitting the non-dual. This work is the most important in his Satsangs, courses and Meditation Retreats.

http://www.youarethat.dk/

Reflections on the experience of nonduality, Nukunu Larsen

Interview with Nukunu Larsen View Here

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