How I turned Trump Trauma into Daily Dharma ~ Jonathan Robinson

I’ve only met Trump once, but it made a lasting impression.
After I uttered a mere eight words to him, he told me to “F*ck off!”

Here’s what happened: About 20 years ago, I was going to be on the television show Geraldo for a book I had written.

Trump was on the show too, and he was having his makeup done as I waited nearby. With everything the makeup artist did, Trump had a complaint. He was relentless in his criticism.

Finally, when he was finished, he saw I was waiting next to get my makeup done and said to me, “Don’t even bother with her. She’s terrible.” Taken aback by his harshness, I reacted by saying eight words to our future president, “You didn’t give her much to work with.”

That’s when Mr. Trump told me to “f*ck off” and he briskly walked away.

I got all self-righteous, but I figured at least I would never have to see this jerk again.

Things didn’t quite work out that way. Now he’s the President of United States, and he’s going to be in my life for at least the next four years. Therefore, I’ve had to create a plan for dealing with his lunacy without succumbing to constant upset.

After some reflection, I thought about the usefulness of having agitators in my life. Normally, I hide my shadow side from myself and others. Having Trump become our president brought up so much negative “stuff” in me I couldn’t push it away anymore. I have used this new epiphany to my spiritual advantage.

Most of my friends are going through this “Trump trauma.” For some, Trump brings up a lot of fear in them—even paranoia. For others, it makes them sad, overwhelmed or angry.

For me, he mostly brings up feelings of self-righteousness. All those feelings were always lurking beneath the surface, but now they’re visible and obvious. Thanks to our “agitator-in-chief,” my friends and I are increasingly growing our awareness of our shadow side.

I’ll illustrate exactly how this is useful with a personal example.

As I’ve mentioned, I have a long history of being self-righteous. In my daily life, I don’t usually see this as a problem (although my wife certainly doesn’t enjoy it). Yet, Trump’s every utterance is like rocket fuel for my self-righteous tendencies.

I can now see that I am a self-righteous addict.

I “enjoy” feeling self-righteous. It makes me feel that I’m right and others are wrong; that I’m dominant and that I’m better than others. Of course, it also keeps me from feeling peaceful—and loving others.

Thanks to President Trump, I am now confronted with my shadow side a dozen times per day.

Over the years, I’ve learned that the first step to overcoming a problem is admitting you have one. I now know my self-righteousness is clearly in the way of being a more peaceful and loving person. In fact, I’m learning humility.

Every time he “triggers” me with his latest lunacy, I think to myself, “That’s just like me.”

When he is self-righteous, I think, “That just like me.”

When he exaggerates or lies to look good, I reflect, “That’s just like me. I exaggerate all the time to look good.”

Thanks to President Trump, I feel humble nowadays, which is a good thing if you’re trying to grow spiritually.

So that’s how I’ve turned my Trump trauma into my daily dharma.

Of course, I still rise up in resistance and call my congressman to protest what’s happening. It is in my soul to honor my truth and connect with like-minded people. At the same time, I do my daily practice of noticing what Trump triggers in me.

I take this information as a telltale sign of my greatest obstacles to inner peace. In a way, our president is like my personal therapist. His words and actions help reveal my shadow side with exquisite accuracy. And like a good therapist, as Trump helps reveal my inner obstacles, they gradually dissolve as I become more aware of them. Best of all, Trump provides this service consistently––and for free!

There’s a saying, “The Lord works in mysterious ways.”

I never thought the man that told me to “f*ck off” many years ago would become my personal therapist and spiritual motivator. Yet, anything can happen in this world.

If Trump can become president, then perhaps with his “help” I can finally become free of what has kept me from lasting inner peace.

Jonathan Robinson, M.A., M.F.T. is a psychotherapist, best-selling author of 12 books, and a professional speaker from Northern California. Mr. Robinson has made numerous appearances on the Oprah show, as well as many other national TV talk shows, and articles about him have appeared in USA Today, Newsweek and The Los Angeles Times. For the past 30 years he has spoken to dozens of Fortune 500 companies including Google, Microsoft, Dell Computer, Coca-Cola, and Fed-Ex.

Jonathan has written several bestseller books including, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Awakening Your Spirituality;” “The Experience of God,” “The Little Book of Big Questions;” and “Communication Miracles for Couples.” His latest book is called, “More Love, Less Conflict.” Jonathan also co-hosts the podcast “Awareness Explorers” with author Brian Tom O’Connor. This podcast focuses on revealing the easiest and most powerful practices for directly awakening to one’s true nature.

Through TV, live lectures and radio, Mr. Robinson has reached over 100 million people around the world. He is known for providing his audiences with immediately useful information presented in a fun and entertaining manner.

Source:Elephant Journal

Entering the Castle: Finding the Inner Path to God and Your Soul’s Purpose By Caroline Myss

Internationally renowned motivational teacher and popular theologian Caroline Myss has created a transcendent work of unique insight and revelation in Entering the Castle. A highly original inner path to self-knowledge, the Castle is also the r oad to spiritual knowledge of God and your own soul. In fact the soul is your spiritual castle and doing interior soul work helps you find your path in the world.

Teresa of Ávila’s vision of the soul as a beautiful crystal castle with many mansions, and many rooms within those mansions, is the template for this modern spiritual journey on which you meet different aspects of your self and spirit and prepare for the ultimate encounter with God and your own divinity. Seven stages of intense practices and methods of spiritual inquiry develop your personal powers of prayer, contemplation, and intuition, which in turn reinforce your interior castle and build a soul of strength and stamina.With stories and inspiration from mystics of all traditions, Entering the Castle is a comprehensive guide for the journey of your life — a journey into the center of your soul. There, peace, God, and a fearless joy wait for you to discover them…and claim them for your own.

Caroline Myss is the author of the New York Times bestselling books Invisible Acts of Power, Sacred Contracts, Why People Don’t Heal and How They Can, and Anatomy of the Spirit, and is a pioneer and international lecturer in human consciousness. In 2003, she founded the CMED Institute, an educational program that specializes in intensive classes on archetypes, personal power, and mysticism. Her audiotapes include Entering the Castle (Hay House) and Why People Don’t Heal and How They Can; Spiritual Madness; and Spiritual Power, Spiritual Practice (Sounds True). Her work is featured on her popular website http://www.myss.com. She lives in Oak Park, Illinois.

About this video, and I know this is hard to understand, but after watching the videos you will understand.

To work with yourself, you need to recognize the reptiles in your life, you need to recognizing your own soul´s voice. You have to find your soul´s qualities, that means you need to find the deeper path , you need self-examination and contemplation. You have to unveil God in you through the four veils of God.

You have to cross the drawbridge, make spiritual detachment. You have to fight your own reptiles, that are living in you. And they live especially outside this drawbridge, keeping you from God. You have to make a transitioning between worlds. You need to chose to wanna cross the drawbridge, to start the work with your self ( soul )

The power of prayer and humility, is what gets you through this.
The chaos must be stopped, and Divine seduction is needed, to continue.
You will go through many rooms in this castle you are entering, this castle is your soul.
you have to recognize the pull of the two worlds: divine guidance and Divine chaos. You have to explore the chaos in your soul
In this work you will find inner vision and soul companions, through the practice of illumination of inner vision and purification of soul companions.
through this exploring the chaos in your soul, you will find divine seduction.
The need of practice of illumination, you will find rooms of inner vision and a commitment to the divine.

You have to see the difference of the defeat of reason / the presence of God.
You need to defeat reason, and find the archetypal desert in the soul.
the contemplation in the desert, will open up the mystical heart, and you will go into the heart of the sacred, where you need to receive God, you need to prepare to receive God´s love.
This is the power of your cosmic soul.
The prayer of recollection, is also called the soul fight.
We need to dissolve into holiness, from silk worm to butterfly. In this living in a higher state, we are dissolving into our soul.
this is the characteristics of a mystical experience.
we are having a mystical marriage to ourself.
We are getting essential wisdom and the final fire will burn inside us.
Be mindfull of evil, doubts and fears qualify as the workings of evil. The force of evil finds weakness in your psyche and takes advantage of it at every possible opportunity.
We get into rooms with divine communications, the experience of holy rapture. This is a authentic contemplation.
We need this divine marriage, healing and reentering the world and the mystical trinity will be revealed. The tranquil soul.
Here are all 7 videos, put in one video on youtube below.

Love, light and understanding to all.
Ani hu Love

From the book Entering the castle, Caroline Myss, here in video form.

Discover what it means to be of service to this world
as a person who has the soul of a mystic while leading an ordinary life.

Music at the end of the song is : “Awake My Soul” – Mumford & Sons

Entering the castle – Caroline Myss – All 7 meditations in 1 video -By Jean Riget

The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains by Robert H. Lustig (Author)

While researching the toxic and addictive properties of sugar for his New York Times bestseller Fat Chance, Robert Lustig made an alarming discovery—our pursuit of happiness is being subverted by a culture of addiction and depression from which we may never recover.

Dopamine is the “reward” neurotransmitter that tells our brains we want more; yet every substance or behavior that releases dopamine in the extreme leads to addiction. Serotonin is the “contentment” neurotransmitter that tells our brains we don’t need any more; yet its deficiency leads to depression. Ideally, both are in optimal supply. Yet dopamine evolved to overwhelm serotonin—because our ancestors were more likely to survive if they were constantly motivated—with the result that constant desire can chemically destroy our ability to feel happiness, while sending us down the slippery slope to addiction. In the last forty years, government legislation and subsidies have promoted ever-available temptation (sugar, drugs, social media, porn) combined with constant stress (work, home, money, Internet), with the end result of an unprecedented epidemic of addiction, anxiety, depression, and chronic disease. And with the advent of neuromarketing, corporate America has successfully imprisoned us in an endless loop of desire and consumption from which there is no obvious escape.

With his customary wit and incisiveness, Lustig not only reveals the science that drives these states of mind, he points his finger directly at the corporations that helped create this mess, and the government actors who facilitated it, and he offers solutions we can all use in the pursuit of happiness, even in the face of overwhelming opposition. Always fearless and provocative, Lustig marshals a call to action, with seminal implications for our health, our well-being, and our culture.


Biography
Robert H. Lustig, M.D., MSL, is professor of pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology and a member of the Institute for Health Policy Studies at University of California, San Francisco. He has authored 120 peer-reviewed articles and 70 reviews. He has mentored 30 pediatric endocrine fellows and trained numerous other allied health professionals. He is the former chairman of the Obesity Task Force of the Pediatric Endocrine Society, a member of the Obesity Task Force of the Endocrine Society, and a member of the Pediatric Obesity Devices Committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He is also the president of the nonprofit Institute for Responsible Nutrition, dedicated to reversing childhood obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. He consults for several childhood obesity advocacy groups and government agencies.

Enlightenment Now: Liberation Is Your True Nature By Jason Gregory

A guide to uncovering the enlightenment already within us

• Builds on Buddhist, Hindu, and Taoist wisdom to express the timeless and ever-present nature of enlightenment

• Reveals the negative impact of social and cultural conditioning on our psyche and how to counteract this through meditation and reframing our understanding of time

• Shows how to uncover the original spontaneous awareness we were born with

In this philosophical, psychological, and spiritual exploration of enlightenment, Jason Gregory addresses how to access the original spontaneous awareness we all came into this world with. He exposes the illusion that we must strive to reach enlightenment, uncovering how our yearning for future accomplishments, attachment to the past, and reliance on authority outside the self are social constructs that distract us from the reality of the now. The author explains how our original enlightened nature has been obscured by social, cultural, religious, and egotistical conditioning of the mind caught in time.

Building on knowledge from spiritual traditions including Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taoism, Gregory expresses the timeless and ever-present nature of enlightenment. He illustrates how rigid practices and initiations can become a form of spiritual postponement, continually putting off our enlightenment because we feel we are doing something good and noble. To chase enlightenment through spiritual practice is to assume it is a quality bound to time. The author helps us see that we are already what we are seeking–once we understand that existing in this world is itself a miracle beyond words, then the magic and beauty of our world will unfold. In the same way we remember someone’s name without thinking about it, we also remember that we are enlightened when we stop searching for the experience.

Emerging from the Middle Way of the Buddha, Lao-tzu’s Way of the Tao, Yoga, the Great Work of Gnosticism, the Hermetic Art of Alchemy, and quantum physics, Gregory presents a way to the state of consciousness–enlightenment, nirvana, or samadhi–in which eternity and time are one. He shows us how to counteract the negative impact of social and cultural conditioning on our psyche through meditation and reframing our understanding of time. The author explains how meditation in its truest form takes our awareness of nowness from theory to practice. Guiding us away from a time-bound understanding of enlightenment, Gregory shows us how to find ourselves in the stillness of now where the peace you are is the peace you give to the world.



Jason Gregory
is a spiritual philosopher, independent scholar, writer, and teacher specializing in the fields of Eastern philosophy, Western esotericism, comparative religion, psychology, culture, and ancient civilizations. He is an ardent traveler who has searched ashrams, monasteries, and temples in some of the most remote places in the world. As a result of his travels, Jason has lived in Asia for several years studying the philosophy and culture of the East and how it can benefit civilization in the modern day. Originally trained in the meditation practices and philosophies of Vedanta in Hinduism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Zen Buddhism, Jason’s curiosity with the perennial thread throughout the world’s spiritual traditions expanded his work into the exploration of the Western esoteric traditions of Gnosticism and Hermeticism and their underlying relationship to the East.

Jason is the author of two books and the creator of one documentary. He is the author of the highly acclaimed The Science and Practice of Humility and the cult classic Way of the Weirdo, and the writer and director of the documentary The Sacred Sound of Creation. He continually writes articles for popular magazines and websites around the world. His work has been featured on hundreds of radio shows with his numerous guest appearances.

Jason Gregory spends his time traveling, writing, and teaching around the world through his lectures and workshops centered on his work. His lectures and workshops are said to be one of the most insightful and inspirational events one can attend, as he reveals through his work that enlightenment is not an end goal that we are searching for, but instead a way of life which is an art of living. This understanding leads to the essence of his work that enlightenment evokes a humility which is a universal science. http://jasongregory.org/

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How to Write a Book | Jason Gregory’s Approach to Research, Editing, and Writing

Published on Oct 26, 2016

This is an inside view of how I write a book. I explain the research, editing, and writing methods that allow me to write more consistently. I use my new book Enlightenment Now to explain the process and also how it came together to be a published book.

Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living by Krista Tippett (Author)

From the bestselling author and host of NPR’s On Being comes a master class in living drawn from the inspiring stories of extraordinary individuals who possess what she calls “spiritual genius”

Over the fifteen years that Krista Tippett has hosted her award-winning and nationally beloved radio program on NPR, first under the title Speaking of Faith and then as On Being, the heart of her work has been to shine a light on the most extraordinary people at work on the big issues and questions of the day, people whose missions kindle in us a sense of wonder. Scientists in a variety of fields; theologians from a number of faiths; poets, activists, and many others have all opened themselves up to Tippett’s compassionate but searching conversation.

In Becoming Wise, Tippett distills the insights she has gleaned from these luminous characters about the meaning of life in its many dimensions into a coherent narrative journey, over time and from mind to mind, that explores what it means to be human. The book is a master class in living, curated by Tippett but presided over by a delightfully ecumenical dream team of a teaching faculty. The art of living can mean many things to many different people. The questions most of us are asking ourselves today are intimate and civilizational all at once–definitions of when life begins and when death happens; the meaning of marriage and family; the human relationship to the natural world; our relationships to technology and through technology: how then shall we live? Tippett’s great gift, in her work and in Becoming Wise, is to avoid reductive simplifications but still find the golden threads that weave people and ideas together into a shimmering braid.

One powerful common denominator of the lessons imparted to Tippett is the gift of presence, of the exhilaration of engagement with life for its own sake, not as a means to an end. Called enlightenment, called transcendence, often called nothing because it is beyond language, it is a state whose gifts can be described in many ways–nourishing, edifying, redemptive–as can its celebrants: courageous, tender, adventurous, curious. But presence does not mean passivity or acceptance of the status quo. Indeed Tippett’s teachers are people whose work meets, and often drives, some of the most powerful forces of change alive in the world today. In the end, perhaps the greatest blessing conveyed by the lessons of spiritual genius Tippett harvests in Becoming Wise is the strength to meet the world where it really is, and then to make it even better.

Krista Tippett is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and New York Times bestselling author. In 2014, she received the National Humanities Medal at the White House for “thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence.” She is the host of NPR’s On Being.

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Krista Tippett: On Being

Krista Tippett hosts her popular radio show “On Being” live from the PopTech stage with regular contributors Parker Palmer and Courtney Martin as they discuss the human aspect of rebellion.

Be Your Own Guru: Authoritarianism and the Problem of the Guru in Conscious Evolution

ABSTRACT
This paper is an exploration of the problematic nature of the guru/disciple relationship,specifically,in Western Society. It begins with a discussion of the nature of spirituality and the spiritual quest. To contextualize the process, I also discuss my own spiritual path based in Roman Catholicism, Taoism, Buddhism and my thoughts on the philosophy of Krishnamurti. ~ Charles E. McAuley IV, Ph.D.1
California Institute of Integral Studies

http://cejournal.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Be-Your-Own-Guru1.pdf

Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body – by Jo Marchant (Author)

January 19, 2016
Description
A rigorous, skeptical, deeply reported look at the new science behind the mind’s extraordinary ability to heal the body

Have you ever felt a surge of adrenaline after narrowly avoiding an accident? Salivated at the sight (or thought) of a sour lemon? Felt turned on just from hearing your partner’s voice? If so, then you’ve experienced how dramatically the workings of your mind can affect your body.

Yet while we accept that stress or anxiety can damage our health, the idea of “healing thoughts” was long ago hijacked by New Age gurus and spiritual healers. Recently, however, serious scientists from a range of fields have been uncovering evidence that our thoughts, emotions, and beliefs can ease pain, heal wounds, fend off infection and heart disease, even slow the progression of AIDS and some cancers.

In Cure, award-winning science writer Jo Marchant travels the world to meet the physicians, patients, and researchers on the cutting edge of this new world of medicine. We learn how meditation protects against depression and dementia, how social connections increase life expectancy, and how patients who feel cared for recover from surgery faster. We meet Iraq war veterans who are using a virtual arctic world to treat their burns and children whose ADHD is kept under control with half the normal dose of medication. We watch as a transplant patient uses the smell of lavender to calm his hostile immune system and an Olympic runner shaves vital seconds off his time through mind-power alone.

Drawing on the very latest research, Marchant explores the vast potential of the mind’s ability to heal, acknowledges its limitations, and explains how we can make use of the findings in our own lives.

Jo Marchant is an award-winning science journalist and author. She has a PhD in genetics and medical microbiology from St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College, London, and an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College London. She has worked as an editor at New Scientist and at Nature, and has written on topics from the future of genetic engineering to underwater archaeology. She has lectured around the world and is author of Decoding the Heavens: solving the mystery of the world’s first computer (shortlisted for the 2009 Royal Society Prize for Science Books) and The Shadow King: the bizarre afterlife of King Tut’s mummy (2013).

BBC Interview – Meet the Author – Jo Marchant – The Shadow King

Spirit Journaling – A Way Inward By John Holland

When you acknowledge, work with and follow your soul, whether it through meditation, or simply just taking time to get quiet, you’ll begin to embark on a journey to a special place deep inside, where you’ll discover many of the tools you require to start thinking and feeling from within. It’s a place where you’ll not only feel safe to talk to your soul, but you’ll be able to listen and follow its wisdom.

Over time, you’ll begin to view your life, the world, and everything around you through spiritual eyes. You’ll become aware of and develop an extraordinary new understanding, one of increased compassion, forgiveness, acceptance, and healing. In this quiet place, you’ll establish your own unique relationship with the Divine Source and how it molds itself to the patterns of your life. During these times, you’ll experience and receive many insights, so I recommend that you keep a journal, or one of my Spiritual Reflections Journals, close by to capture your spiritual progress, and record the patterns weaving within and around your life.

For many years, I’ve kept my own journals and from time to time, for no apparent reason, I look back with a sense of pride and joy at the progress in my life, as well as laughing at some of the mistakes I’ve made. I can see how I’ve grown and I appreciate the significance of some of the important lessons that I needed to encounter along my own journey. My journal has helped me learn from past experiences, and it’s become an invaluable resource to help me navigate through the complex maze of life. So, if you’ve not already started, I suggest your keep your own Soul Journal and commit your thoughts and feelings to paper, as you record your own spiritual journey. Please don’t worry if you’re not a competent writer or if your grammar is a bit hit and miss! Just remember, this is your journal, it’s totally private and you’ve no one to impress, so you can be completely honest and free.

As you grow as a soul, you’ll learn new lessons, have new memories, and become inspired as you hear and tell stories. Your prayers will be answered, and people will enter your life as you raise your consciousness and vibration. New goals and affirmations will be added as your aspirations grow, meditations will reveal incredible insights, intuitive flashes and impressions will show up with increasing clarity and regularity, and events will guide and change your life. All these things remind you of who you are, and better yet, they’ll show you the potential of how far you can go.

The spiritual discipline of journaling is meant to be so much more than just a record of events. It’s a way to relish and devote time to yourself, and it will help you to connect with your soul on a deeper and more profound level. Try to look at it as a form of meditative conversation with your inner-self. It’s your time to ask your soul questions, and then through all the synchronicities, intuitive flashes, insights, and impressions see how the answers appear.

John’s Lesson – Spiritual Journaling Tips

ONE – It’s best to try to write your journal around the same time every day and preferably in the same area. I find the early hours of dawn quite inspiring, but write when it suits you best.

TWO – Take it on your travels, so you can record information about the people, places, and the experiences you encounter.

THREE – You don’t have to show your writing to anyone if you don’t want to. This is for you and your soul, a safe place to share yourself with the Divine Source.

FOUR – There is nothing too small or too insignificant for your Soul Journal, it all counts.

FIVE – Record as many happy memories as you can, that way when you’re feeling low or need inspiration, you’ll have your happy memories to look at.

Finally, you may be asking what else you can record in your Soul Journal. Here are just a few more ideas of some of the things I’ve recorded over time:

How your day went. Did you learn or discover something new about yourself, or someone else? Any new insights you want to share about yourself from today?

Begin to record your personal goals and desires.

Write down affirmations that really inspire you or make up your own.

Your nightly dreams.

Meditative insights.

Begin to list what you’re grateful for in your life.

Any symbols, drawing or images that you feel are coming through inspiration.

Synchronicities along with psychic and intuitive impressions.

Journaling is not meant to be a chore, but it’s really just a vehicle to cultivate a good working relationship with your soul. As you complete your journal, you’ll feel spirit moving within you and guiding you. You’ll notice how you and your soul start integrating as you become one. Throughout this process, the real you will begin to emerge. Your thoughts take on greater clarity and you gain accessibility to some of those unanswered questions as you reach deeper within yourself. Try not to over analyze everything, just get out of your own way and most importantly – be honest with the Divine Source as well as yourself.

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