David Buckland – 2nd Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

David grew up on the SW coast of Canada. He began witnessing full time during a 6-month retreat in the mid-’70s then the lights came on and celestial perception began. It soon became clear that Self was awake within but had not woken up to Itself through this form yet. Self co-existed with an identified ego. Subtle perception continued to unfold in a myriad of ways.

With a more outward stroke into career, marriage, and family, inner development continued but took a back seat to life’s responsibilities.

Then in 2005, much of the old life fell away and spirituality moved back to the foreground. After some feedback and darshan with Lorne Hoff, Self at last woke up to Itself here. Probably because of the long witnessing, this was quickly followed by a series of profound shifts in Being. (see my first BatGap interview) And then transcending Being into Brahman. In 2011, David was awarded a graduate degree in Vedic Science.

In this interview, we had an extended preamble to touch on the earlier shifts, then we discussed the ParaBrahman shift, pure Divinity, and how embodied Divinity is waking up laws of nature. This process will help raise the presence of Divinity in consciousness.

In the second part of the interview, we touched on the book Our Natural Potential describing the 7 stages of enlightenment, then explored some related topics.

For over a decade, David has been blogging on a wide range of subjects related to unfolding enlightenment. Under the nickname Davidya, he has posted close to 2,000 articles. During the Science and Nonduality Conference in 2017, David gave a talk on the stages described in this interview.

Website: http://davidya.ca

Book: Our Natural Potential: Beyond Personal Development, The Stages of Enlightenment (Rick Archer wrote the Foreword.)

Part 1:
Stages of Witnessing

The Three Parts of Awakening

Experience vs Being

Stages of Development in Consciousness

3-way Dynamics of Consciousness

Understanding Unity

The Appearance of the Doers (Devata)

The Koshas or sheathes

The Levels talk @ SAND18

Free Will and Determinism

Unity into Brahman or Beyond Consciousness

Subtle Perception

The 16 Kalas

ParaBrahman

Pure Divinity

Laws of Nature Waking Up (from dormancy)

Being Cosmic (body)

Awakening the Body (laws becoming enlightened)

Inherent Intelligence

Devata and Geometry

Samyama

Part 2: (about 53 minutes in)
Our Natural Potential book that explores the stages in more detail.
What is Nonduality?

The Gunas in Awakening

Knowing God

Gradations of Awakening and 5 subjective styles

Kaivalya, the Enlightenment of Yoga

Cognition, forms of

The Chakras

Understanding Your Energy System, Part 1

Mahamarmas

The Awakening Intellect (Resolute )

Styles of Teachers

Styles of Enlightenment

Atman and Sattva (Bhavas)

Karma and the Awake

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Eckhart Tolle – Through the Eyes of Krishnamurti

J. Krishnamurti – What Is Common Among All of Us?

Published on Dec 7, 2017

J. Krishnamurti – What Is Common Among All of Us?

Eckhart Tolle – Awakening of Intelligence!

On Awareness and the Awakening of Intelligence | J. Krishnamurti

Does the capacity of awareness develop, getting stronger and stronger in endurance? Is this what you mean by the awakening of intelligence? If so does this not imply a process?’

Adyashanti – The Infinite Intelligence of Reality”

Published on Jun 29,2017

http://adyashanti.org – Adyashanti explores the infinite intelligence of the fundamental reality that often escapes our acknowledgement until we return to the absolute. As certain aspects of yourself fall away, a creative intelligence emerges, and a new level of being becomes available to you. Adyashanti invites you into this space of infinite intelligence, creativity, and love—that was there all along.

Video Excerpted From “Returning to the Absolute Source” (DVD#58):

http://bit.ly/2rHFFCp

Quotes from this video:

“When you come upon this infinite, pregnant void, it’s a non-experience. It’s the ultimate and final return to the absolute.”

“Once you’ve taken this journey to nowhere—because it doesn’t actually go anywhere—it’s a journey from here to here. From kind of here to really here.”

“This chair and this microphone are nowhere near as solid as the beliefs in your head. Most of you aren’t going to die for a chair, but we human beings have a way of being willing to die and kill for our ideas.”

“The whole idea in this spiritual awakening is not to eliminate anything—we spend way too much time trying to eliminate certain things. Certain things fall away and eliminate themselves, mostly attachments.”

“The fundamental reality has an unimaginable infinite intelligence, and an infinite creativity, and an infinite love. They naturally pour forth from this

Brilliant Green: The Surprising History and Science of Plant Intelligence- by Stefano Mancuso (Author), Alessandra Viola (Author),

Are plants intelligent? Can they solve problems, communicate, and navigate their surroundings? Or are they passive, incapable of independent action or social behavior? Philosophers and scientists have pondered these questions since ancient Greece, most often concluding that plants are unthinking and inert: they are too silent, too sedentary — just too different from us. Yet discoveries over the past fifty years have challenged these ideas, shedding new light on the extraordinary capabilities and complex interior lives of plants.

In Brilliant Green, Stefano Mancuso, a leading scientist and founder of the field of plant neurobiology, presents a new paradigm in our understanding of the vegetal world. Combining a historical perspective with the latest in plant science, Mancuso argues that, due to cultural prejudices and human arrogance, we continue to underestimate plants. In fact, they process information, sleep, remember, and signal to one another — showing that, far from passive machines, plants are intelligent and aware. Through a survey of plant capabilities from sight and touch to communication, Mancuso challenges our notion of intelligence, presenting a vision of plant life that is more sophisticated than most imagine.

Plants have much to teach us, from network building to innovations in robotics and man-made materials — but only if we understand more about how they live. Part botany lesson, part manifesto, Brilliant Green is an engaging and passionate examination of the inner workings of the plant kingdom.

Financial support for the translation of this book has been provided by SEPS: Segretariato Europeo Per Le Pubblicazioni Scientifiche.

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Stefano Mancuso is a founder of the study of plant neurobiology, which explores signaling and communication at all levels of biological organization, from genetics to molecules, cells and ecological communities.

The roots of plant intelligence

Plants behave in some oddly intelligent ways: fighting predators, maximizing food opportunities … But can we think of them as actually having a form of intelligence of their own? Italian botanist Stefano Mancuso presents intriguing evidence.

Are plants intelligent? New book says yes
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Bernardo Kastrup – 2nd Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview


Bernardo Kastrup has a Ph.D. in computer engineering with specializations in artificial intelligence and reconfigurable computing. He has worked as a scientist in some of the world’s foremost research laboratories, including the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the Philips Research Laboratories (where the “Casimir Effect” of Quantum Field Theory was discovered). Bernardo has authored many scientific papers and philosophy books.

His three most recent books are: More Than Allegory, Brief Peeks Beyond and Why Materialism Is Baloney. He has also been an entrepreneur and founder of a successful high-tech start-up. Next to a managerial position in the high-tech industry, Bernardo maintains a philosophy blog, a video interview series, and continues to develop his ideas about the nature of reality. He has lived and worked in four different countries across continents, currently residing in the Netherlands. For a rigorous, analytical summary of his philosophical ideas, see this short, freely available pre-print paper.

Books: Why Materialism Is Baloney: How True Skeptics Know There Is No Death and Fathom Answers to life, the Universe, and Everything Meaning in Absurdity: What bizarre phenomena can tell us about the nature of reality Dreamed Up Reality: Diving into the Mind to Uncover the Astonishing Hidden Tale of Nature Rationalist Spirituality: An exploration of the meaning of life and existence informed by logic and science More Than Allegory: On Religious Myth, Truth And Belief Website: http://bernardokastrup.com

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Why Am I Here?


Published on Apr 18, 2016

Guy Finley explains that when you remember your true purpose in life, the part of you that is always present and connected to conscience and a higher intelligence is able to go before you to give you a constant context for your existence. http://www.guyfinley.org/kit

Why Humanity is Violent – Sadhguru and Arianna Huffington


Published on Oct 2, 2014

Domestic violence is rooted in human instability. Human evolution has brought us to a state of higher intelligence of which we need to learn to control. Cultural influence needs to produce more stable human beings early on to control intelligence and reduce violence.

The Heart’s Intuitive Intelligence: A path to personal, social and global coherence


The Spiritual Heart — is in a way a little like a smart phone, invisibly connecting us to a large network of information. It is through an unseen energy that the heart emits that humans are profoundly connected to all living things. The energy of the heart literally links us to each other. Every person’s heart contributes to a ‘collective field environment.’ This short video explains the importance of this connection and how we each add to this collective energy field. The energetic field of the heart even connects us with the earth itself.

The HeartMath Institute (http://www.heartmath.org) is helping provide a more comprehensive picture of this connection between all living things through a special science-based project called the Global Coherence Initiative (http:///www.heartmath.org/gci.) They hope to help explain the mysteries of this connection between people and the earth…and even the sun.

Scientists at the HeartMath Institute (HMI) have already conducted extensive research on the power of heart, the heart/brain connection, heart intelligence and practical intuition.

Whether personal relationships, social connections, or even the global community – we are all connected through a field of electromagnetic energy. Increasing individual awareness of what we bring to this field environment could be the key to creating a sustainable future, a future that we can be proud to have helped create. To learn more about this research please visit https://www.heartmath.org/about-us/vi….

A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama’s Vision for Our World by Daniel Goleman (Author), Dalai Lama (Introduction)

For more than half a century, in such books as The Art of Happiness and The Dalai Lama’s Little Book of Inner Peace, the Dalai Lama has guided us along the path to compassion and taught us how to improve our inner lives. In A Force for Good, with the help of his longtime friend Daniel Goleman, the New York Times bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence, the Dalai Lama explains how to turn our compassionate energy outward. This revelatory and inspiring work provides a singular vision for transforming the world in practical and positive ways.

Much more than just the most prominent exponent of Tibetan Buddhism, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama is also a futurist who possesses a profound understanding of current events and a remarkable canniness for modern social issues. When he takes the stage worldwide, people listen. A Force for Good combines the central concepts of the Dalai Lama, empirical evidence that supports them, and true stories of people who are putting his ideas into action—showing how harnessing positive energies and directing them outward has lasting and meaningful effects. Goleman details the science of compassion and how this singular guiding motivation has the power to

• break such destructive social forces as corruption, collusion, and bias
• heal the planet by refocusing our concerns toward our impact on the systems that support all life
• reverse the tendency toward systemic inequity through transparency and accountability
• replace violence with dialogue
• counter us-and-them thinking by recognizing human oneness
• create new economic systems that work for everyone, not just the powerful and rich
• design schooling that teaches empathy, self-mastery, and ethics

Millions of people have turned to the Dalai Lama for his unparalleled insight into living happier, more purposeful lives. Now, when the world needs his guidance more than ever, he shows how every compassion-driven human act—no matter how small—is integral for a more peaceful, harmonious world, building a force for a better future.

Revelatory, motivating, and highly persuasive, A Force for Good is arguably the most important work from one of the world’s most influential spiritual and political figures.

DANIEL GOLEMAN is the author of the international bestsellers Emotional Intelligence, Working with Emotional Intelligence, and Social Intelligence, and the co-author of the acclaimed business bestseller Primal Leadership. His latest books are What Makes a Leader: Why Emotional Intelligence Matters and The Triple Focus: A New Approach to Education. He was a science reporter for the New York Times, was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and received the American Psychological Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his media writing. He lives in Massachusetts.

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Daniel Goleman on the Dalai Lama’s Vision for Our World: Compassion

Published on Jun 9, 2015

http://www.joinaforce4good.org/

Daniel Goleman, New York Times bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence and A Force for Good, talks about compassion as it relates to the Dalai Lama’s vision for our world.

The Scientific Basis for Compassion, Part 1

Published on Jul 15, 2014

A “Day of Science and Learning” with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and part of the Seeds of Compassion tour on Friday April 11 from 9:00 — 11:00 a.m. The Dalai Lama joined a panel of leading researchers to discuss the quantitative benefits of compassion. Held on the University of Washington campus, the event included Daniel Goleman, author of “Emotional Intelligence,” who moderated a panel including Andrew Meltzoff, co-director, University of Washington Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences; Richard Davidson, director, Laboratory of AffectiThe Scientific Basis for Compassion, Part 2ve Neuroscience; Alicia Lieberman, president, Board of Directors, Zero to Three; and Daniel Siegel, author of “The Mindful Brain” and “Parenting from the Inside Out.”

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“Carolina” by Tingstad & Rumbel (iTunes)

The Scientific Basis for Compassion, Part 2

Ayurveda and the Mind: The Healing of Consciousness by David Dr. Frawley (Author)

Ayurveda and the Mind is perhaps the first book published in the West that explores specifically the psychological aspect of this great system. The book deals with the ways Ayurveda can heal our minds – from the subconscious states to the super-conscious states of mind. This includes many practices to be followed in diet, meditation, yoga, mantra, impressions, and several other methods that culminate in creating wholeness. The author shares with us his comprehensive understanding of the Vedic wisdom of healing the mind, body and the soul alike. A must read for those who wish to know the astounding power of Ayurveda.


Dr. David Frawley (or Pandit Vāmadeva Śāstrī वामदेव शास्त्री) is a Vedic teacher and educator who is the author of over thirty books in several Vedic and Yogic fields published worldwide over the past thirty years. He is the founder and director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies (www.vedanet.com), which offers on-line courses and publications on Ayurvedic medicine, Yoga, mantra and meditation, and Vedic astrology.

He is involved in important research into ancient Vedic texts and is a well known modern exponent of Hinduism and Sanatana Dharma. He has a rare D.Litt in Yoga and is a recipient of the prestigious Padma Bhushan award, one of India’s highest civilian awards for “distinguished service of a higher order.” His work is highly respected in traditional circles in India, as well as influential in the West, where he is involved in many Vedic and Yogic schools, ashrams and associations.

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David Frawley – Ayurveda and Yoga

David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) discusses the connection between Ayurveda and Yoga as ways to work with the healing powers of nature. In this interview with Swami Sitaramananda he introduces the Ayurveda and Yoga Wellness Counselor Certification course as a foundational course for therapeutically applying Ayurveda and Yoga.

Nothing Can Interfere with the Experience of Being Aware

Published on May 19, 2015

A discussion with a physician who has regrets about decisions in his life which adversely impacted his patients.

i-matter: A Clear Path to Living a Balanced Life Between the Material & Spiritual Worlds ~ Tracy Sohl (Author), Keanan Ahern (Editor)

This book is part philosophy, part self-help, and part spirituality.

It explains why the universe works as it does, how we fit in the universe, and how we can live a balanced life.

This book is for those who want to be spiritual, but in a practical way.

After years of studying many philosophies on life, science, and spirituality, I came across a quote by Thomas Edison. He said, “Atoms have intelligence, and the intelligence of man is the sum of the intelligence of the atoms that compose his body.” A light bulb went off (excuse the pun).

Atoms are matter. Atoms have intelligence. Matter is intelligent. We are matter. We are Intelligent Matter.

I took this thought and looked into it deeper. I discovered what it really means to be intelligent. I discovered how we as humans are meant to be intelligent matter of the Universe and how history shows in general that is how we live. Our desires and needs are just sensors that are trying to guide us in being Intelligent Matter.

As you read this book, you will discover what it means to be intelligent and the features of man that make him intelligent.
This book doesn’t create anything new. It takes what is already out there and explains it in “plain terms”. You don’t have to be a spiritual guru to live an intelligent life. This book is for everyday people with everyday lives. There is no certification program that has to be completed to become intelligent. We are born intelligent. We just need to live as Intelligent Matter.

Take the information in this book, mix it with your own common sense, and you will understand how the Universe works and how simple it is to be i-matter: Intelligent Matter.

The information you are about to read will show how life works on a daily, yearly, and life-time basis. After reading this book, knowing life’s purpose will no longer be an issue. You will be focused on living as you were meant to live.

The sooner you start reading, the sooner you will start living.

About the Author
Q & A for Tracy Sohl

What books have influenced your life the most?

All books influence my life. But I would have to say that my favorite book is “The Harvest of a Quiet Eye” by Odell Shepard. It was written in 1927. He was dismayed by how the automobile was changing the way life was lived. He wanted to remember a time when people walked to get where they wanted to go. So he took one last adventure and walked across Connecticut, starting in New York. The book is filled with stories, poems and sketches. It reminds me that life has always been changing and always will.

What was the hardest part of writing i-matter?

The hardest part of writing my book was letting it go out into the world. i-matter is filled with my personal thoughts and beliefs. Letting it out into the world is to trust the world with myself.

What did you learn while writing i-matter?

Chapter 9 was my “ah-ha” moment. I learned that the Material World is the world of order and the Spiritual World is the world of chaos. If you want more possibilities in your life, you need to embrace chaos. Order reduces possibilities and chaos creates them.

What draws you to this topic?

My unending desire to learn keeps me drawn to this topic. I want to embrace life and to embrace life is to learn as much as you can about it and use that information to make life fulfilling.


Short Bio:
Tracy Sohl grew up on a farm in South Dakota. She married at the age of 20 and became a single mom before she was 30. A few years later, she remarried. She went back to school and earned an associate degree in applied science. In her free time she studied physics, philosophy, and modern spirituality. She was also a certified personal trainer and aspiring life coach.
She would like to share her philosophy with the world and help others make the most out of life.

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3. Nature Is Speaking – Penélope Cruz is Water 4. Nature Is Speaking – Kevin Spacey is The Rainforest 5.Nature Is Speaking – Lupita Nyong’o is Flower

Nature Is Speaking – Penélope Cruz is Water

Nature Is Speaking – Kevin Spacey is The Rainforest

Nature Is Speaking – Lupita Nyong’o is Flower | Conservation International (CI)

Coming Home to Calm: Awakening to Divine Intelligence by Donna Strong

In these troubling and turbulent times, we all need a message that the grit of experience can be transformed into peaceful pearls of wisdom. With a voice that uniquely addresses both human existence and the life of the spirit, Donna Strong delivers an inspiring message of redemption in this poignant personal memoir.

While the storms blow and life seems to fall apart again and again, at a crucial point a shift begins from reaction to response. Through letting go and embracing what life brings, the author shows how we receive the true gifts of spirit. Coming Home to Calm reveals a path of peace available to us all; to reclaim our heart and find a deeper form of belonging through communion with nature and the living intelligence that is in and around us. As we stay present and remain authentic, the doorway opens to the divine.

Donna Strong began writing for magazines in 1986. Today, she continues writing feature articles on accomplished figures in the arts, business and emerging consciousness. An editorial contributor to Awareness Magazine in Southern California, Strong has written extensively for a diverse range of magazines. She is currently working on her second book, titled The Legacy of Love, focusing on death as a spiritual catalyst. Originally sparked by independent study, Strong began studying creativity and human consciousness in college. The impulse to understand these subjects has become a lifelong passion.

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First Intelligence: Using the Science and Spirit of Intuition by Simone Wright (Author)

New World Library, June 15, 2014

Practical Ways to Tap into and Use Your Highest Wisdom

Each day, we are bombarded with data and opinions, and each day we must make choices that steer us toward our own best approach to life. And, according to Simone Wright, we often forget or don’t understand how to use the best tool available: our intuition, which is our “first intelligence” that can cut through the chatter to inherent wisdom. She explains that intuition is an innate and universal biological and energetic function that can be used like a human GPS system to guide us toward effective action and peak performance. Riveting examples and powerful exercises demonstrate how we can use this “sixth sense” as naturally as any, in all areas of our lives.

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As a respected authority on Intuitive Intelligence, Peak Performance, Innovation and Creativity, Simone Wright is an internationally valued expert on the power of the human mind and its massive potential for evolutionary intelligence and groundbreaking ingenuity. She is a highly respected Intuitive consultant, an award winning entrepreneur, a globally collected artist who has become the highest selling artist of her kind in the world; she is also an author and sought after speaker who is quickly gaining a reputation as the ‘Evolutionary Mind Coach for Elite Performers and Visionary Leaders.’

Simone’s client list includes the top achievers and emerging talents in a broad field of specialties that cover a spectrum of private and public enterprises. From police and law enforcement personnel to elite athletes, from health care providers to Hollywood entertainers, and from leading corporate CEO’s to groundbreaking Entrepreneurs – all have benefited from Simones’ precise Intuitive vision, open hearted direction and keen sense of mission.

Combining almost 25 years of focus and study of the development and fine tuning of the Intuitive and Creative mind, and with her life long practical experiences as a Gold Medal athlete, entrepreneur, artist, teacher and inspired visionary, Simone is able to guide people from all walks of life to discover the power of their innate highest intelligence, activating clear wisdom and removing old self imposed obstacles, to create the life of their dreams.

Professionally, Simone has successfully used her dynamic Intuitive skills to assist in police investigations, missing children’s cases and corporate business strategies. She works on a consultative basis empowering individuals to navigate the challenges of change and uncertainty by activating their own Integrated Intelligence to gain access to their deepest personal wisdom. On an intimate level, Simone has helped people navigate through the huge financial and emotional changes associated with success or fame, for others she has helped heal chronic or debilitating illnesses, assisted individuals in moving through the psychological trauma of the death or loss of loved ones and brought empowered clarity and understanding to personal and professional relationships.

Simone’s work and unique perspective provides a fascinating, accessible framework for people to hear their own intuitive intelligence and recognize their highest potential. Her approach has given organizations, companies and individuals the ability to hone and precisely develop their skills to create profound changes in their lives, which has led to greater success, clarity of focus, and heightened awareness of purpose and power.

Simone has written articles for several magazines, appeared on radio and television programming across North America, presented keynote speeches at numerous conferences on empowerment and has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

The Four Levels of Intuition

Acclaimed Intuition expert, Simone Wright explains the four levels of Intuition and how we can use them in our everyday lives.

Shifting The Mind for Intuitive Intelligence

Acclaimed Intuition expert, Simone Wright guides us through the process of ‘shifting the mind’ to access and allow the power of our Intuitive intelligence to speak to us.

Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm: Beyond the Doors of Perception into the Dreaming of Earth by Stephen Harrod Buhner

A manual for opening the doors of perception and directly engaging the intelligence of the Natural World

• Provides exercises to directly perceive and interact with the complex, living, self-organizing being that is Gaia

• Reveals that every life form on Earth is highly intelligent and communicative

• Examines the ecological function of invasive plants, bacterial resistance to antibiotics, psychotropic plants and fungi, and the human species

In Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm, Stephen Harrod Buhner reveals that all life forms on Earth possess intelligence, language, a sense of I and not I, and the capacity to dream. He shows that by consciously opening the doors of perception, we can reconnect with the living intelligences in Nature as kindred beings, become again wild scientists, non-domesticated explorers of a Gaian world just as Goethe, Barbara McClintock, James Lovelock, and others have done. For as Einstein commented, “We cannot solve the problems facing us by using the same kind of thinking that created them.”

Buhner explains how to use analogical thinking and imaginal perception to directly experience the inherent meanings that flow through the world, that are expressed from each living form that surrounds us, and to directly initiate communication in return. He delves deeply into the ecological function of invasive plants, bacterial resistance to antibiotics, psychotropic plants and fungi, and, most importantly, the human species itself. He shows that human beings are not a plague on the planet, they have a specific ecological function as important to Gaia as that of plants and bacteria.

Buhner shows that the capacity for depth connection and meaning-filled communication with the living world is inherent in every human being. It is as natural as breathing, as the beating of our own hearts, as our own desire for intimacy and love. We can change how we think and in so doing begin to address the difficulties of our times.

Stephen Harrod Buhner is the senior researcher for the Foundation for Gaian Studies. Described as both an Earth Poet and a Bardic Naturalist, he is the award-winning author of 19 books, including The Lost Language of Plants, The Secret Teachings of Plants, and Sacred Plant Medicine. Before retiring from the road in 2013, he taught for over 30 years throughout North America and Europe.He lives in Silver City, New Mexico.

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Prelude
The Soft Flutter of Butterflies

I never was a good student in school—though first grade was fun. We made handprints in wet plaster and walked in the woods looking for butterflies and learned the Spanish words for chocolate and hello.

That first summer after school was wonderful. I got bright new shoes and ran and played with my friends and we flew kites whose tails fluttered in the wind and the days were as long as forever. But next year, school was different.

Our teacher stood ramrod stiff at the head of the class and she was tall and thin and the mole on her chin quivered with indignation. Her face disapproved of itself and she wrinkled her nose when she talked as if she were smelling something polite people didn’t mention. . . .

I didn’t like her very much and I began to think that school was something I would rather not do.

But when I told my mother I was informed that I didn’t have a choice in the matter and that school was good for little children and that go I would. So, the years went by, as years do, and some teachers were better and some were not and I became as unconscious as unconscious could be.

I went to university and the teacher in my first class looked like Santa Claus. . . . He told us his name was Ben Sweet (Sweet by birth, sweet by disposition) and the name of his class was “On the challenge of being human.” My other teachers did not seem to care about the challenge of being human and instead they taught us to think about mathematics and analyze different chemicals, and as the months went by I felt farther from myself. And the only thing that seemed to make sense was Ben Sweet and the way he talked to us and urged something in the deeps of us to come out. . . .

And one day, I found myself thinking that I wanted all my teachers to be like that. . . . So, I made a list of every person I had heard of that had moved me in the way Ben Sweet did and I decided I wanted to meet and learn from every one of them. . . .

Buckminster Fuller, Robert Bly, Jacques Cousteau, Robert Heinlein, Joan Halifax, Stephanie Simonton, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, William Stafford, Jane Goodall, Gregory Bateson, Eric Fromm, Frank Herbert, Ashley Montagu, Margaret Mead.

I was so young then and the world was so new and my whole life was before me.

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross was plain and tall and thin. . . . Her eyes penetrated everything they touched and they were the deepest blue and looking into them was like peering into some deep mountain pool that’s so clear you can’t tell how deep it is. Down in those deeps were things I couldn’t quite make out, things I didn’t understand . . . I could feel whatever it was deep inside, touching parts of me that I did not know I possessed. And those parts of me . . . I could feel them begin to stir under its touch.

“How did you come to your work?” someone asked.

“I was a young doctor and it was just after the war. I had heard stories of the terrible things that had happened in the concentration camps and I wanted to see for myself. So, I went to Majdanek in Poland. . . .

“By the gates there was a table and a young woman with dark, raven hair. She had to ask me several times for my name. She carefully wrote it down in the book where they kept a list of all the visitors. Then she looked up and smiled a sad, quiet smile, and waved me in. . . .

“Soon, I found myself in front of a wooden barracks. . . . I walked down the long passageways that ran between the tiers of bunks, looking around me. Then I saw—on the walls, roughly scratched, sometimes carved, into the wooden planks—hundreds of initials, and names—the last desperate messages to the living. And among those messages—I couldn’t believe it—were hundreds and hundreds of butterflies. Butterflies, everywhere. In the midst of that horror, the children had scratched butterflies into the walls!”

. . . Elisabeth looked at all of us in the room. None of us were moving. We were still, hardly breathing, caught spellbound. “I had never experienced such cruelty,” Elisabeth said, “and my heart was being crushed. But the young woman seemed oddly unaffected by it, so I said to her, ‘But you look so peaceful. How can you be peaceful when your whole family was killed here?’

“Golda looked back at me—those peaceful eyes!—and said in the most penetrating voice I had ever heard, ‘Because the Nazis taught me this: There is a Hitler inside each of us and if we do not heal the Hitler inside of ourselves, then the violence, it will never stop.’”

. . . There was something in Elisabeth’s voice that day, some invisible thing that my younger self did not consciously understand but could only feel. And it went into the depths of me and there it remains still. . . .

There is a difference I learned, long ago, between schooling and education. Do you feel it now, in the room with you?

I was never able to find it in any of my schools. But sometimes I find it in the soft flutter of butterflies, in the wildness of plants growing undomesticated in a forest clearing, in the laughter and running of young children, their hair flowing in the wind, and sometimes, sometimes I find it in the words of teachers who come among us from time to time—out there, far outside these walls, in the wildness of the world.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

~ First Movement ~
Touching the Foundations of the World

Prelude The Soft Flutter of Butterflies

1 Reclaiming the Invisible
2 “The Doors of Perception”
3 “And the Doorkeeper Obeys When Spoken To”
4 “Everything Is Intelligent”
5 We Want Braaaaains
6 Gaia and “the Pattern That Connects”
7 “Molecular Veriditas”
8 The Function of Psychotropics in the Ecosystem
9 Inextricable Intertangling

~ Second Movement ~
Gaia’s Mind and the Dreaming of Earth

10 “A Certain Adjustment of Consciousness”
11 The Sea of Meaning
12 Following Golden Threads
13 The Naturalist’s Approach The Beginnings of Deep Earth Perception
14 The Imaginal World
15 The Dreaming of Earth
16 Reemergence into Classical Newtonian Space

~ Bridge ~
Bifurcation

17 The Ecological Function of the Human Species
18 “The Road Not Taken”
19 Becoming Barbarian

~ Coda ~
A Different Kind of Thinking

Epilogue To See the Shimmer of Infinity in the Face of the Other

Diminuendo
Al Niente The Movement of Great Things
Appendix 1 Sensory Overload and Self-Caretaking
Appendix 2 On the Healing of Schizophrenia

Notes

Bibliography

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