Category: Peace



Published on Apr 6, 2017

What is the moment calling forth in you? What kind of response is life calling forth in you? Adyashanti explores the interplay between finding an inner resource of peace within and expecting the world to conform to your ideas of peace. By becoming the manifestation of whatever change you want to see in the world, you are redefining your expectations of the world, taking responsibility for your own life, and engaging with your spirituality in a truly deep and profound way. Adyashanti invites you into the space where this vital question can be a living inquiry in your day-to-day practice.

Video Excerpted From “Being an Expression of Peace” (ID #245):
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Quotes from this Video:

“We are all most powerful and most benevolent when we are actually being whatever we want to see in the world. This is our first responsibility—to be what we want the world to become, or be the way that we would like human beings to be, interact, and engage with each other.”

“If you haven’t found the inner resource of clarity or peace or love or whatever you want to see in the world, then you’ll feel more on edge. Because you won’t be coming from being the change you want to see in the world. You’ll want the world to change so that you can be at peace, so that you can feel safe, secure, and loving.”

“In many respects, finding the right question is more important than an answer. If we think of answers in the sense of something that we are going to receive, that has some sort of final stamp of authority, that we can hold onto for the rest of our lives—that’s to misunderstand something very important about life, which is that life is a movement.”

“We human beings have the tendency to want to hold onto almost everything. If we get a revelatory experience, we tend to want to hold onto that and concretize it into a new system of thought or description of explanation. And as we are doing that, the flow of our lives is continuing on, and the next moment may call for a slightly different response.”

“To really be present for what life is calling forth in each of us is extremely important. Most people that are engaged in one form of spirituality or another, at least at a deep or inner level, part of what they’re valuing is peace, love, and clarity—and often there is a desire to see life as more whole or complete, and to experience your whole being in a clear and more complete way.”

“If we are engaged in a spiritual orientation, that comes with a kind of responsibility. The responsibility is: to be able to find within ourselves what we want to find or would desire to find in the world around us. Because if we can’t find it in ourselves, then we don’t have a whole lot of right demanding that the world conform to the way we want it to be.”

“Part of spirituality is taking that responsibility so that you become the manifestation of whatever change you want to see—you become it in your attitude, in the way you feel, in the way you move in the world, in the actions that you decide to take. This is really the heart of the spiritual life.”

“It’s so important that our spiritual life doesn’t become overly self-centered. It’s one of the dangers of a lot of inner work—that we can become so involved with our self that we are not really breathing out, we’re not engaged with our own lives and with our own existence, in a way that’s really fulfilling.”

“Our lives are the greatest gift we are ever going to give to the world.”

Published on Jan 13, 2017

http://www.amodamaa.com
A short introduction to Amoda’s work.
Music by Kavi Jezzie Hockaday: ‘Rain Song.’

As human beings and especially as spiritual aspirants who search for enlightenment we want peace of mind and deep happiness, but disciple of Ramesh Balsekar and spiritual teacher Roger Castillo explains how seeking or longing for peace of mind creates exactly the opposite: suffering. This happens because we create an idea and an expectation that peace of mind has to happen and expectations are one of the roots of suffering. The solution to this, as Roger Castillo advice us, is to allow everything just as it is, including suffering.

From the Berkeley Open Circle, November 2016.
With questions and answers.

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Interviewing leading experts and scientific researchers, we learn how our inner peace is directly related to peace in the wider world. ‘The Inner Peace Revolution’ reveals a surprising solution to the Global Peace Deficit. Featuring Dean Radin, Cynthia Jurs, David Nicol, Professor Michael Nagler, Richard Miller and many more.

Gangaji – Simply Stop Looking

Gangaji, an American born teacher and author, travels the world speaking with spiritual seekers from all walks of life. Her message: True peace and lasting fulfillment are not only our birthright, they are the essential nature of our being.

A short excerpt from the book

Maybe at first the beautiful experiences enhance our lives and cultivate a sense of joy that we believe is contained within that beauty. And the negative experiences seem to disrupt our lives and pull our attention away into fear. But the truth, behind our experience of fear and joy, is that there is something that is un-contained and never disrupted.

If we allow both the beautiful and the painful to point us back to not knowing, regardless of our circumstances, we come to see that it is the only constant in a world that swings between good and bad, up and down, right and wrong.

And so the pain served as an eraser. It came in and slowly took everything. It’s primary message is to let go. Its gift is silent fullness. It demands brevity and so points without delay to the fundamental fabric, that ground of the unknown.

When we inquire into the hidden value of the unknown, especially in a moment of great pain or great beauty we may not find an answer. We may instead experience an out-of-the-question silence that contains a profound reverence.

For true peace in the face of great pain, and for the resolution of its suffering, it is this unquestionable silence we must reveal within ourselves. It is not a tool to help better ourselves. It is not a pain killer. When the transient lights of our own lives are going out, and we no longer know anything – it is who we truly are, and we are already home.

Chronic pain can be used for spiritual self-inquiry

Sruti is a spiritual teacher who shares her experience with an uncommon and painful illness called Interstitial Cystitis. This ongoing and chronic condition challenged her to stay present with daily pain and to look further inward for answers.

In an extreme moment of pain, in which consciousness began to fade, Sruti experienced the erasure of all that clouds over the earliest source of vision. She asks the question: with whose vision are we seeing when the lights are going out? Has this early vision ever known anything at all?

Sruti finds that we can allow what is painful to become a tool to disrupt the ordinary layers of our experience. Underneath these layers we find the unconditional peace that is our constant being in each moment.

Can we investigate the source of ordinary vision – can we find the place of true seeing that is earlier that who we think we are?

When we inquire into the hidden value of the unknown, especially in a moment of great pain or great beauty we may not find an answer. We may instead experience an out-of-the-question silence that contains a profound reverence. For true peace in the face of great pain, and for the resolution of its suffering, it is this unquestionable silence we must reveal within ourselves. – Sruti

The Human Experience is the Dance of Heaven and Earth is a book about awakening – but it is not your typical book on the subject.

Rather than only tell about the process of awakening it also ‘shows’ the process through the inclusion of many practical daily-life examples. Although the realization of who we are is not a process, the integration of this realization is. Some teachings shy away from the term ‘process’ altogether and other teachings present the process as a self-improvement endeavor – this book does neither. When we glimpse peace or wholeness or whatever term we happen to use there is a process of integrating this understanding that unfolds. But this is not a process of improving who we are. It is a process of seeing through who we are not and more fully relaxing into who we already are. So many people are now in various stages of awakening.

Some have had glimpses of truth but don’t trust them and others have had glimpses they trust but become confused when conditioned habits pull them. The Human Experience does not leave the readers to fend for themselves. We are here not only to realize the truth of who we are but to be free enough to actually live it. As our understanding integrates more fully into what we sense and how we express ourselves, this inner harmony then moves out into the world. And when more and more of us come to know and live this harmony, world peace cannot help but unfold.

Dhyana Stanley, a former Christian missionary, is interested in sharing how the inner affects the outer. She found that attempts to work for outer peace while feeling conflicted inside did not work. When she discovered inner peace, however, she found that that peace could not help but integrate not only into all aspects of the inner but more fully into the outer.

For further information see http://www.peaceistheuniversalsong.com

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The Table of Contents:

1- The Journey Out of All That Seems So Personal

2- The Unfolding of the Discovery

3- Let It Be

4- Allow It Fully

The Realization of Universal Mind : Beyond Time

5- Are We Human Having a Spiritual Experience or Spirit
Having a Human Experience?

6- Life Is On Our Side

7- Honesty Is Foundational to the Realization of Who We
Are

8- Are You Whole Already?

9- Courage is a Necessity

10- A Walk in the Park

11- Everything Wants To Be In Its Natural State – Even
Thoughts

12- Even Feelings Want To Remain In Their Natural State:
Washing Dishes

13- The Gift of the Groundhog’s Death

14- Thought Often Has an Important Function in Awakening

15- Two of the Greatest Obstacles to Awakening

16- Allow Attention to Rest on Actual Experience: Presence

17- Three Levels of Experience in the Waking State

18- Belief Does Not Allow Real Choice

19- What Is Nonresistance?

20 – Fear at the Level of Thoughts and Feelings

21- That Which is Permanent is also Uncaused

22- The Truth Sets Us Free – When We Know The Truth

23- True Intelligence

24- Allow and Sense: Stories of the Rope and Necklace

Realization of Universal Body: Beyond Space

25- Stillness Moving: Deepening Sense of the Whole

26- Bold Movement in Alignment with Truth

27- Fear at the Level of Movement

28- Love’s Embrace

29- The Kingdom of Heaven

30- Can I Be Awake and Still Dye My Hair?

31- Life Without Fear Also Includes Without the Fear of
Imperfection

32- Freedom – Beyond Morality

33- Owning Without Owning

34- Waking Up From the Dream of Lack and Separation

35- Beware of the ‘Awake Me’

36- The Pursuit of Happiness or the Discovery of
Happiness? Conflict or Peace?

37- Why It’s Necessary that the Personal Self Seem So
Convincing

38- The Dance

His Holiness the Dalai Lama provides intimate details on an advanced meditation practice called Dzogchen using a visionary poem by the 19th-century saint Patrul Rinpoche, author of the Buddhist classic Words of My Perfect Teacher.

The Dalai Lama deftly connects how training the mind in compassion for other beings is directly related to—and in fact a prerequisite for—the very pinnacle of Buddhist meditation. He presents his understanding, confirmed again and again over millennia, that the cultivation of both compassion and wisdom is absolutely critical to progress in meditation and goes into great depth on how this can be accomplished.

While accessible to a beginner, he leads the reader in very fine detail on how to identify innermost awareness—who we really are—how to maintain contact with this awareness, and how to release oneself from the endless stream of our thoughts to let this awareness, always present, become consistently apparent.

HIS HOLINESS THE FOURTEENTH DALAI LAMA
is considered the foremost Buddhist leader of our time. The exiled head of the Tibetan people, he is a Nobel Peace Laureate, a Congressional Gold Medal recipient, and a remarkable teacher and scholar who has authored over one hundred books. JEFFREY HOPKINS is Founder and President of the UMA Institute for Tibetan Studies. He is Professor Emeritus of Tibetan Buddhist Studies at the University of Virginia, where he taught Tibetan Buddhist Studies and Tibetan language for thirty-two years from 1973. He served as His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s chief interpreter into English on lecture tours for ten years, 1979-1989, and has translated and edited fifteen books from oral teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He has also published numerous translations of important Buddhist texts that represent the diversity of views found in Tibetan Buddhism.

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Dalai Lama Talk : Awareness of Peace, Mindfulness And Wellbeing

Dalai Lama Talk: Awareness of Peace, Mindfulness and Wellbeing

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Emphasizes his belief that the entire concept of war is based on the “…us and them…” or “…we and they…” way of thinking.
The wars of the last century stem from a “…self-centered attitude…”

His holiness talks frankly about meeting world leaders and discussing the reasons and thinking behind nations going to war. When meeting a world leader for the first time”…not mentioning any names…” the first visit is very stand off-ish, the next time a little closer, the third visit they would talk. And his holiness suggested that this type of gap between people is a contributing factor in the reason nations engage in war.
With emphasis on George Bush and the Iraq – Afghanistan wars. He says he believed the presidents heart was in the right place but his method was wrong. Using force was wrong.

The Dalai Lama also speaks about overcoming tragedy by always trying to see things from different angels. He speaks of losing his country of Tibet and becoming a refugee and how that was “…most fortunate…” because he was able to leave behind a mostly ceremonial life in Tibet and travel, meet new people and speak all over the world. His Holiness say’s that the tragedy of losing Tibet, woke up the Tibetan people.

“..200,000,000 people killed, such immense violence and suffering and including the use of two nuclear bombs once Nagasaki once Hiroshima, I personally visited these areas … men use these things out of strong anger, hatred…” Now the next 100 years will not be free of problems, global warming, population explosion etc. but we have the opportunity for nations to approach these problems with “…peaceful means…” and “…non violence…”.

“…My body speech and mind I dedicate to the wellbeing of others…” – His Holiness the 14Th Dalai Lama.

Meditation is a form of mental exercise with numerous scientifically verified physical and psychological benefits. As meditation teacher Rick Heller shows, meditation’s benefits extend beyond the personal to enrich relationships with others, with one’s community, and with the world. In Secular Meditation, step-by-step instructions, personal stories, and provocative questions teach empathy for others, stress reduction, and the kind of in-the-moment living that fosters appreciation for life and resilience in the face of adversity. Heller simplifies what is often found mysterious, describing and providing detailed instructions for 32 different practices, ensuring that anyone can find the right one.

Heller simplifies what is often found mysterious — “If you have ever loved or even liked another person, you have the prerequisites for learning kindness meditation” — and invites all to partake in “awe and wonder at the rich experience of being alive.”


Freelance journalist and meditation instructor Rick Heller has reported for the Lowell Sun and other New England newspapers and has been published in Buddhadharma, UUWorld, Tikkun, Free Inquiry, Faith Street, The Humanist, and Boston magazines. He has contributed short stories to Fantasy and Science Fiction.

Rick is the facilitator of the Humanist Mindfulness Group and has led meditations sponsored by the Humanist Community at Harvard since 2009. He has also attended workshops and retreats at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and the Insight Meditation Society.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from MIT, a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University, and a master’s degree in journalism from Boston University.

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Secular Meditation – Cultivate Inner Peace, Compassion, & Joy

Published on Mar 7, 2016

Author Rick Heller talks about SECULAR MEDITATION: 32 Practices for Cultivating Inner Peace, Compassion, and Joy. For more info visit http://bit.ly/1LkusgR.

Part memoir, part spiritual exploration, part inspiring stories, Expect the Unexpected provides wisdom, knowledge, insight, and support for communicating with and tapping into spiritual realms we do not fully understand.

Bill Philipps had the kind of childhood that seems too tragic to be true — drug-addicted parents, parental kidnapping, homelessness. At age fourteen, he watched his mother die. Two days later she appeared to him, letting him know she was spiritually alive. From then on, spirits “knocked on his door.” He tried to ignore them. He wanted to be “normal.” But as he pursued his singing gift at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, his psychic gift pressed for a hearing. As Philipps began giving readings as a psychic medium, and witnessed the comfort the spirits offered, he came to accept and honor his abilities.

With testimonies from a breadth of people — everyday men and women, celebrities, business leaders, and one-time skeptics who had attitudes nothing short of cynical — Expect the Unexpected is an honest firsthand account of how spirits communicate with Philipps, why he believes they chose him to do this, and how he works with them to ultimately convey their messages. As Philipps confirms, it is normal to ask questions about what happens to our loved ones after death and to hope to reconnect with them. The inspiring personal stories of those he has helped illustrate what can happen when we seek connection and answers. He offers insight and suggestions to help you ask for and receive signs with or without a medium and shows why he is convinced that readings always contain the possibility for love, peace, healing, and hope.

Bill Philipps is a psychic medium who helps the deceased communicate with their loved ones on earth. He conducts individual readings in person, by phone, or via Skype, as well as small- and large-group readings throughout the United States. He has established a reputation for offering compelling psychic communications and has a way with large audiences. He lives in Orange County, California.

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Psychic Medium Bill Philipps – Expect the Unexpected

Meet Psychic Medium Bill Philipps, author of EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED: Bringing Peace, Healing, and Hope from the Other Side, which will be available everywhere books are sold in October of 2015.


Whether living through life’s daily challenges financially, going through a divorce, wanting to be a more inspiring leader, or on a spiritual quest, this book offers insightful steps for how to live grounded in an unshakeable peace found only in the present moment. Through client success stories, heart-touching humor found in the most unlikely places like a cancer ward, and astute insight into the journey of awakening, Ellzey reveals how to unmask your unlimited nature beyond the past and future ~ found only in the boundless ocean of now.

Among many other insights, the book offers Five Keys for Unlocking Happiness and Success:

  • Be Hungry for The Joy of Living: Find simple things important to your heart.
  • Choose Your Life Team: Surround yourself with people who really see you.
  • Find Stillness Beyond Thinking: Know the quiet and vast nature or your being in which thoughts come and go.
  • Taste the Quantum Soup: A reference in physics to the infinite potential of now and how to live actualizing this potential.
  • Live Beyond War: Find the freedom of who you are without the battles within yourself and with others.

David Ellzey is a gifted teacher and healer, and he makes you laugh! David’s new book helps you to joyfully live in the moment, which is essential for a healthy body, mind, and spirit.” Christiane Northrup, M.D.,

 

Bestselling Author, Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom. The Ocean of Now is the limitless place and time that is the present moment. David Ellzey’s accessible writing style in this extraordinary book will inspire you to see how living from this moment can help you successfully navigate the everyday challenges of your life. You will learn why you are fully equipped, right now, to know success, love and a profound sense of who you truly are. Throughout the book David invites you to pause and guides you to experience the quiet and peace that is right here waiting for you ~ even as you read these words. David has a gift for helping you, the reader, feel that he is right there with you. He uses simple language, humor, and true stories of his clients and students who have powerfully walked through divorce, bankruptcy and more to find an unlimited sense of being. The Ocean of Now is one of those rare books with the magic to open the inner door of the reader to a new life of more peace and happiness.

David Ellzey: Total Health: Wholeness Here and Now.

http://www.davidellzey.com/sedona. Standing in front of live blood cells, hear David share what can help you experience health and wholeness, here and now. This course was co-created with Maarten Klatte. M.D. to reveal the four pillars of radiance in body and being.

David Ellzey: Finding The Ultimate Source of Happiness

Riding his bicycle on the cobblestones of Holland, David navigates the normally imagined sources of happiness, to come upon the ultimate source of happiness. http://www.davidellzey.com/sedona

A World Beyond Thinking – David Ellzey

DAVID ELLZEY
Global Entertainer
After receiving standing ovations at the last few conferences, David is glad to be a part of this important event once more. Often called, “an alchemist of space”, David is a performer, humorist, and #1 best-selling author, who has inspired a quarter of a million people worldwide to laugh and uncover a boundless sense of being. At an early age, he studied how to create universes in space and silence through the ancient art form of pantomime under the teaching of a Kabbalah master. David is known for his side-splittingly funny physical performance skills, humorously enlightened characters, and astute commentary on this human journey of awakening. His new book, The Ocean of Now, focuses on the joy and potential awakening found only in the present moment, even as your eyes rest upon these words. http://www.davidellzey.com/

Discover why all suffering, illness, and unhappiness are cries from your soul and subconscious mind asking you to fulfill your life’s purpose, realize your greatest potential, and ultimately, love, honor, and value yourself in every moment, situation, and relationship.

Born out of Blake D. Bauer’s personal healing and spiritual journey, as well as his professional counseling, coaching, and healing success with thousands of people internationally, You Were Not Born to Suffer offers a unique combination of deep insight and practical guidance that will empower you to transform your suffering in the present and move forward immediately in creating what you want and need most in your life right now.

Written in heart-centered, easy-to-read language, You Were Not Born to Suffer will guide you through the most challenging obstacles and lessons you’ll face in your quest for healing, purpose, success, and overall freedom. Above all else, this book will enable you to relate to yourself with unconditional love, kindness, and compassion so you can transform the core psychological, emotional, and physical blocks that are sabotaging your health, happiness, and overall wellbeing.

You Were Not Born to Suffer offers a refreshing integration of ancient and timeless wisdom, synthesized from various spiritual and medical traditions, that goes straight to the heart of our deepest wounds, needs, desires, and dreams as human beings. Once there, it inspires unconditional love, respect, acceptance, and forgiveness in the places that are universally the most difficult for us to embrace. At the same time, it also clarifies how to effectively direct your thoughts, words, and actions toward creating the “best” in every aspect of your personal and professional life.

If you are serious about healing yourself, fulfilling your life’s purpose, and awakening spiritually, then this book will support you to take your life, your power, and your destiny back into your own hands so you can live your life to the fullest—without regret.

Blake D. Bauer is an internationally recognized author, spiritual teacher, and alternative medicine practitioner. His pioneering work centers on loving yourself unconditionally as the key to healing yourself, fulfilling your life’s purpose, and realizing your full potential both personally and professionally. Based on his training with spiritual teachers, healers, and masters from all over the world, Blake practices and teaches various forms of meditation, qi gong, qi gong energy medicine, and dao yin (a health and longevity yoga). Blake’s formal education also includes traditional Chinese medicine, five-element Chinese medicine, nutritional medicine, herbal healing, psychology, past life regression therapy-hypnosis, and various other forms of traditional healing and alternative medicine. Bringing together the most effective spiritual practices and holistic approaches to health and wellbeing, Blake’s work and teachings have successfully guided thousands of people internationally toward greater psychological, emotional, physical, financial, and spiritual freedom.

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Inner-Views with Dr Leslie and Blake Bauer Author of YOU WERE NOT BORN TO SUFFER
Diane Wilkins


Inner-Views with Dr Leslie and Blake Bauer Author of YOU WERE NOT BORN TO SUFFER

The self-help industry perpetuates the myth that we are limited, damaged, inadequate selves who need to be fixed. Sadly, it keeps millions of us hoping for a better future when we will finally be happy and fulfilled.

But what if it’s possible, at any moment, to be peaceful and free? In The End of Self Help: Discovering Peace and Happiness Right at the Heart of Your Messy, Scary Brilliant Life, psychologist Gail Brenner, Ph.D. reveals that in fact, it is–once we realize that who we are is not defined by our distorted thoughts and painful feelings.

With an infectious spirit, Dr. Brenner describes how personal suffering is a case of mistaken identity. She walks with readers as they expand their attention beyond their well-worn troubles to the very source of happiness and peace: presence itself. Guided audio meditations, included with each chapter, help light the way.

The End of Self-Help makes ancient teachings accessible to the modern mind. It’s a must-read for anyone who has finally realized that self-help doesn’t actually help. You’ll discover the fulfillment you’ve been longing for– the living, breathing possibility of peace now…and now…and now…


Gail Brenner, Ph.D.
is a clinical psychologist, blogger, and speaker who joyfully helps people discover that suffering is optional. Through investigating her own experience, and working with clients for over 25 years, she has discovered how to unravel common problems of everyday life to reveal the deepest acceptance and peace. Gail has authored many published articles on coping with stress and chronic medical illness. She has special expertise working with older adults and their families, bringing clear seeing and compassion to the transitions of aging, death, and dying. Her offerings point to realizing that the happiness you seek is already here. It’s absolutely possible, in your own experience, to fully live this ordinary, extraordinary, precious experience of life.

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Gail Brenner – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Gail is a clinical psychologist and author in Santa Barbara, CA, who joyfully speaks from her own experience about the possibility of moving from common everyday problems to living in the deepest acceptance and peace. Problems are seen as opportunities; the illusion of the separate self as a doorway to enduring happiness. Stories are honored, while fierce and loving investigation invites their dissolution. She has special expertise working with older adults and their families, bringing clear seeing and compassion to the transitions of aging, death, and dying. She meets with people both individually and in groups and blogs at GailBrenner.com, where she invites readers to see through the confusion of separation and discover reality, which is true, alive, and undeniable. Her core offering is to bring non-dual understanding to the moments of suffering in everyday life. She is the author of “The End of Self-Help: Discovering Peace and Happiness Right at the Heart of Your Messy, Scary, Brilliant Life.”

Website: http://GailBrenner.com

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