Andrew Harvey – ‘The Death And The Birth’ – Interview by Iain McNay

Andrew Harvey ‘The Death And The Birth’ Interview by Iain McNay
Author of 30 books including ‘Hidden Journey,’ ‘The Hope,’ and his forthcoming book ‘Radical Passion‘ talks about his life, his awakenings, his ‘dark nights’ and his work these days encouraging people to explore and engage in Sacred Activism. Talks about his time with Mother Meera, the importance of shadow work, and how as a human race we are right on edge of death, but also a new birth.
‘Compassion in Action is the marriage of practical action and spiritual wisdom to create a holy force capable of transforming our world crisis and preserving our planet.’

Embracing the Feminine Power Within Us All – Deepak Chopra, M.D.

A genuine social upheaval has begun; its theme is the empowerment of women…
Old attitudes that have resulted in many kinds of unfairness are being challenged. The long-suppressed outrage of sexual harassment has been exposed to the light of day. No one with a heart and a conscience can do anything but respond with encouragement. It’s about time.

Rising from a position of weakness to become stronger, turning old wounds into a source of healing—these are important changes in anyone’s life. The eternal feminine has been a running thread in human culture for thousands of years, but each generation has to reinterpret it, and at the moment, embedded in a secular society where daily demands and distractions are the rule, envisioning the eternal feminine requires going deeper into your self-awareness.

Everyone’s source is pure awareness, which has no gender. When pure awareness manifests into creation, gender isn’t in evidence, either. When you wake up from deep sleep and become aware of your existence, the experience has no labels. The issues of masculine and feminine enter in a social context, defined by your beliefs, attitudes, and mental conditioning. To be a woman is to be a creation of many factors, going far beyond the physiological.

The Eternal Feminine Side
The eternal feminine isn’t found in any kind of belief, attitude, or conditioning, however. It isn’t restricted to women, because in reality the eternal feminine is part of everyone’s wholeness. When you divide women as being from Venus and men from Mars, that wholeness has been lost. In order to truly love women, and for them to love themselves, both sexes must nurture the universal values that belong to the eternal feminine. Every human quality that you cherish has a pure source, and the closer you are to the source, the more intense, personal, and lasting your values will be.

What does the eternal feminine add to everyone’s life? In one way or another, you express the eternal feminine wherever there is motherliness, inner beauty, devotion, nurturing, loving kindness, inspiration, and creativity. The Goddess has always been about these things. When the feminine is ignored, distorted, or wounded, the same values are undermined. Hardness, cruelty, war, ruthless competitiveness—it’s not that these are bad masculine values. They are exaggerated and divorced from wholeness.

On the individual level, the loss of the eternal feminine can be devastating. There is an imbalancetoward the masculine, which no one can sustain without damaging their capacity for loving acceptance, beginning with self-acceptance. I doubt there is anyone, man or woman, who can’t benefit from healing their feminine side. You can regain wholeness in meditation, yet it is in daily life, where you apply self-awareness, those healing steps can be taken.

Healing Your Feminine Side
Take a moment every day and look through the feminine values I’ve listed above. Think of one value you’d like to encourage and enhance, then make a mental note of the action you’ll take that day to implement it. At night before you go to bed, reflect on your day to see if you carried out the action you planned. If so, how did it make you feel?

Here are some suggestions to help you heal the feminine side of wholeness:

Motherliness is warm, caring, accepting, and embracing. You might show someone close to you that you care by listening without judgment. You might include a person who seems like an outsider to your group and make them feel welcome.

Inner beauty is about letting the light of your awareness shine through. The key is to find the courage to show your true self to others and drop the social mask to reveal sympathy, innocence, openness, and your joy in life.

Devotion is about the heart’s need to surrender to something outside yourself, pouring out love and appreciation. Devotion is private and happens in silent communion. It doesn’t have to be showy or even outwardly expressed. But when you feel the impulse to express loving devotion, act upon it.

Nurturing is about all the things a mother does to raise her child, and you often identify it with helping the young. But adults also need support, encouragement, protection from harm, and wise guidance. These are nurturing values too often neglected in relationships. You may often forget that the child within you hasn’t vanished with the passage of time. So acting as a nurturing figure in anyone else’s life is deeply appreciated.

Loving kindness is about compassion, and the values that flow from it, such as empathy, acceptance, and non-judgment. Being easy with yourself and ending your own self-judgment are acts of loving kindness. The same is true when you extend the same attitude to others. As exalted as compassion sounds, it comes down to deciding that you are on the side of acceptance and kindness rather than judgment and harshness.

Inspiration and creativity
are about making life new by living from the source. You can make a mistake by setting creativity apart as the domain of artists. Pure consciousness endlessly creates, and every day can be based on the flow of renewal. The opposite of renewal is habit, routine, mental conditioning, and fixed beliefs. So rather than struggling to be more creative, use your efforts to remove the obstacles that block inspiration and creativity. Once you stop identifying with habit and routine, life’s freshness returns naturally, like water gushing from a spring.
Source: Chopra

Time to Stand Up: An Engaged Buddhist Manifesto for Our Earth — The Buddha’s Life and Message through Feminine Eyes (Sacred Activism) by Thanissara (Author)

Time to Stand Up retells the story of the historical Buddha, one of the greatest sacred activists of all time, as a practical human being whose teachings of freedom from suffering are more relevant than ever in this time of global peril. Evolving onward from the patriarchal template of spiritual warriors and their quests, former nun Thanissara explores awakening from within a feminine view where the archetypes of lover and nurturer are placed as central and essential for a sustainable world.

Vital is an investigation into the pinnacle of Buddhist practice, the realization of the “liberated heart.” Thanissara questions the narrative of “transcendence” and invites us into the lived reality of our deepest heart as it guides our journey of healing, reclamation, and redemption. As the book unfolds, the author examines traditional Buddhism–often fraught with gender discrimination–and asks the important question, “Can Buddhist schools, overly attached to hierarchal power structures, and often divorced from the radical and free inquiry exemplified by the Buddha, truly offer the ground for maturing awakening without undertaking a fundamental review of their own shadows?”

Chapter by chapter, the book relates Siddhartha Gautama’s awakening to the sea-change occurring on Earth in present time as we as a civilization become aware of the ethical bankruptcy of the nuclear and fossil fuel industry and the psychopathic corporate and military abuse of power currently terrorizing our planet. Thanissara relates the Buddha’s story to real-life individuals who are living through these transitional times, such as Iraq war veterans, First Nation People, and the Dalai Lama. Time to Stand Up gives examples of the Buddha’s activism, such as challenging a racist caste system and violence against animals, stopping war, transforming a serial killer, and laying down a nonhierarchical structure of community governance, actions that would seem radical even today.

Thanissara explores ways forward, deepening our understanding of meditation and mindfulness, probing its use to pacify ourselves as the cogs in the corporate world by helping people be more functional in a dysfunctional systems–and shows how these core Buddhist practices can inspire a wake-up call for action for our sick and suffering planet Earth.

About the Sacred Activism series
When the joy of compassionate service is combined with the pragmatic drive to transform all existing economic, social, and political institutions, a radical divine force is born: Sacred Activism. The Sacred Activism Series, published by North Atlantic Books, presents leading voices that embody the tenets of Sacred Activism–compassion, service, and sacred consciousness–while addressing the crucial issues of our time and inspiring radical action.

THANISSARA is Anglo-Irish and originally from London. She trained in the Burmese Vipassana School of Meditation for three years, and was a Buddhist nun in the Thai Forest School of Ajahn Chah for twelve years. She has taught Buddhist meditation internationally for thirty years, and has a Master of Arts in Mindfulness Based Core Process Psychotherapy and a Post-Qualification Master of Arts in Mindfulness Based Psychotherapeutic Practice from the Karuna Institute of Middlesex University in London. She is a cofounder and guiding teacher of Dharmagiri Meditation Centre (South Africa) and Chattanooga Insight (Tennessee), a core teacher at Insight Meditation Society (Massachusetts), and an affiliated teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center (California). She lives between South Africa and the United States. Thanissara and Kittisaro, her husband and teaching partner, coauthored Listening to the Heart: A Contemplative Journey to Engaged Buddhism, and she has written two poetry books, Garden of the Midnight Rosary and The Heart of the Bitter Almond Hedge Sutra, and Time To Stand Up: An Engaged Buddhist Manifesto for the Earth.

♡ Awakening from Separation ♡ A Brilliant Dharma Talk about the Practice of Buddhist Meditation ♡

This talk “Awakening from Separation” given by Thanissara, also known as Linda Mary Peacock, impacted me quite deeply and I’m very happy to be able to share it with you here/now. Having listened to this talk several times, my hearing, learning and understanding of the practice continues to deepen. My desire and intention in posting this talk is simply to help share this Dharma, by getting the word out, and helping as many people as I can by providing links to the teachers, events and organizations that are helping the world to be more kind, compassionate, wise, generous and awake.

This talk was given as part of a free online conference (July 15-17 2016) that was presented by “Embodied Philosophy” and sponsored by the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science. The free online event was called, “Radical Presence: Buddhist Teachings for Modern Life” and the talks featured some of the most respected voices in Buddhism. To find out how to purchase the complete set of talks email Embodied Philosophy at:

There is a lovely meditation instruction for cultivating Samadhi by gathering the body, mind & breath starting at 38:00 ♡ “The activity of wisdom is compassion” ♡

(38:26)“We turn our attention to the breath… following the rhythm of the breath… breathing in and breathing out… feeling the breath energy suffusing the body… breathing in and breathing out and training the attention to follow the breath… the attention goes to a subtle experience of breath… as sensations in the body… as we rest there this gathering starts to happen… directly experiencing the whole body… feeling with the whole body… feeling from the inside of the body… calming the mental body… the felt sense body… the physical body… this working with body and breath within the body is the ground and heart of the practice of Samadhi….

For more information about Thanissara her Website is here:…

Awaken Interviews Rabbi Rami Shapiro Part 2 – The Divine Mother Returns

David Welch: Buddha became enlightened. Jesus obtained Christ Consciousness. Is there some, you know…what might be called, “a more permanent state of being awake” that is obtainable? Or is it always a process that’s ongoing?

Rabbi Rami Shapiro: I think it’s both, in this sense that there…

DAVID: Levels, then maybe?

RABBI RAMI: Yeah, I think right now, we are already, you and I, everybody, is already plugged into that awakened state. But, it’s not where I’m operating at the moment. You know, I’ve got to drive a car. If I’m in that awakened state, you know…spiritual practice should have little warnings on it: DO NOT MEDITATE WHILE DRIVING LARGE MACHINERY. That kind of thing. So, I think that that state is always operative. I’m always plugged into it. But, I’m not always operating on that level. So, in Judaism, we talk about the “Five Levels of Consciousness:” Body, Heart, Mind, Soul and Spirit.

So, you know, Body is the physical; my body is way smarter than I am and knows what it’s doing. If I had to beat my own heart, or grow my own hair, I wouldn’t know how to do that.

DAVID: Nobody has ever committed suicide by stopping their breath. Like, consciously, “I’m not going to breathe anymore.” Your body will just breathe you anyway, even if it is after you pass out.

RABBI RAMI: Yeah. Then the Heart level is fundamental emotions: love and fear, that kind of thing. And I don’t have a lot of control over those, either. Then the third level of Mind: that’s where I operate. That’s the egoic level. That’s where I take those raw emotions and the body sensations and I assign stories to them. Oh, I love this person, I’m afraid of that person, you know? I hate this person…whatever the story is that I’ve been told or bought into.

The fourth level of consciousness is called Kayah. It’s life consciousness. It’s the awareness of the interdependence of everything. So, when Martin Buber would talk about two ways of being in the world, I-It and I-Thou, and the I-It is when my ego looks at everything around it and says, “oh, those things are all there for my benefit! They’re all means to my own ends!” That is an I-It way of being in the world. So, I exploit and use whatever I find, whether it’s people or nature or whatever.

The I-Thou consciousness, level four, is the awareness that we are each, like we said in the very beginning, we’re all manifestations of this reality. Call it “God” if you like…this divine reality. And, therefore, everyone is an end in their own self. And, I can’t use you as an “it” for my own end. I have to engage with you as a unique manifestation of God, equal to myself. But, there’s still, at that level of consciousness, there’s a still a level of you and I. So, while I can see you as a manifestation of God, if you like, I am still seeing you. There’s still a differentiation.

Level five consciousness is called Yekhida, which means non-dual. And, that’s where you and I disappear. And, that’s where that Toltec unknowable would be.

DAVID: Right.

RABBI RAMI: So most of the time, all five of those are operating all the time. Most the time, I’m not aware of my physical one. I mean, if someone steps on my toe, suddenly I’m all body consciousness. Most of the time, I’m not aware of my emotional dimension. Unless someone either arouses strong feelings, positively or negatively, in me, I just float along. I mostly operate, and this is maybe just me, but mostly I operate in a level three, egoic level: living out my stories. But through my—and this is where practice does lift you up—through contemplative practices of one kind or another, you can continually shift from level three to level four. And then you fall back to level three…you go back to level four. So Buber says, any I-Thou experience can become an, I-It and any I-It can become an I-Thou. So, you’re constantly practicing moving from three to four, I-It to I-Thou.

And then there are those moments…I would say, those moments of grace, where the fourth level simply opens up to the fifth, and we’re all gone, there’s just X, whatever that is. And when we come back, we’re more filled again with love and compassion and justice. And those things filter down through level four, which is always really open to them and into level three which is more resistant. So, I would say that all beings are always connected to that awakened consciousness, but most of the time are not paying any attention, or most of the time, operating on a much lower level.

DAVID: I love moving from I-it to I-thou. So simple so clean. Do you feel there needs to be some kind of balance between my individual awakening and then my social responsibilities? Right now, one could be of the opinion that climate change and the challenges that Mother Earth is facing are basically caused by the masculine running amok. In short, the planet is too patriarchal. How do we get society to acknowledge and embrace the divine feminine and bring the planet into balance?

RABBI RAMI: Yeah, so let me not answer that question. Let me back it up a little bit because I have a real passion around this. Before we can talk about how to make the shift—because I’m not sure we know how to do that. But bringing in the divine feminine, talking about that is absolutely crucial because I agree with you that the problem is masculinity run amok. Not necessarily just man, but the whole archetypal energy of the masculine which I…we…always have to be careful how we use these terms because they’re loaded with cultural baggage. So, but, with that said, I see masculine consciousness more as that level three I-It and feminine consciousness more as the level four I-Thou and level five is beyond gender; it’s beyond these terms.

But, my personal experience…let me just stick with that…for the past couple of decades or more, has been of the Divine Mother. I’ve had visions, I’ve had dreams, and I’ve had encounters with her in one way or another in my meditations. And having talked to lots of people like Andrew Harvey and Sister Jose Hobday, who is now deceased…I’ve been told by people I really respect, teachers who I think are really plugged in to that level four, who live out of level four…not like me who lives out of level three…people who are really plugged in, tell me that this is the transformation, that the Mother is coming back into the consciousness of humanity through our dreams, through you know, whatever. But it’s the Kali Yuga, its Kali that’s coming, not my mother, you know? My mother said, “oh you can do no wrong.” Kali is going, “you’ve got all this wrong, and you’ve got to fix it.”

I see the coming of the Divine Mother. I see it happening now and I see it happening in the destruction of, partly the destruction of the planet. Sort of this…letting the habit just unfold, but also, in the destruction of our patriarchal models. I mean, these things are clinging on for dear life and I think a lot of the violence we see in the world…you see it driven by patriarchy, I think. You don’t see it in cultures that are egalitarians the way you see it in the ones that are not. But a lot of that violence is last-ditch, and I’m hoping that’s true, but a last-ditch effort to resist the Divine Mother’s return.

DAVID: To keep in control.

RABBI RAMI: Yes, the idea is to keep the patriarchy intact at any cost because that’s where their power is, but I don’t think you can win. But the question is: How does the transformation happen? Does it happen in a…it’s not going to happen in a gentle way, it’s going to be a disaster. So the question is: Does the old order collapse compassionately or does it collapse apocalyptically? Maybe it’s going to be a…can there be a compassionate apocalypse? I don’t know, maybe that’s what it’s going to be. But that, to me, is the big question. That, I mean…I’ve had neighbors say to me here in Tennessee, that I need to get guns; my family and I need to get guns. And I said, “look, I can’t…if the government is coming after me, there’s no way I can defend myself with a, you know, a rifle, a .45 or something!” And they said, “no…no…not for the government: for us!…because when the collapse happens, you have a big garden and we’re coming for your food!” And I said, “why don’t we just expand the garden and make it a community thing?…and you guys can have it because you don’t have to kill me to get it!”

DAVID: You can help work the ground and everything!

RABBI RAMI: No, no, no, you do the work…I’ll just come and shoot you later! So you know, it can go either way. Either we discover that we can collaborate and there still has to be a collapse but it’ll be a collapse that’s done lovingly if possible or it’s going to be…it’ll make the holocaust look like a blip in the human horror scale. And I tend to think, only because I read today’s newspaper…I tend to think it’s going the bad way.

DAVID: That’s why I avoid reading newspapers or watching regular news.

Rabbi: Yeah, I shouldn’t do it, I’m sort of like a news junky. But I look at what’s going on in Syria and Iraq and all of those places and even though we’re all focused in the news on the politics of these places or the military aspects of it, it may all be driven by climate change.

DAVID: Right.

RABBI RAMI: Syria happened after a four-year drought.

DAVID: Exactly.

Continued in Part III…

Read Awaken Interviews Rabbi Rami Shapiro – Everything Is God…

David Welch: is the founder and CEO of Awaken Global Media and Chief Editor of He is the Producer of the award-winning movie “Peaceful Warrior” and a member of the Directors Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild. David is a master practitioner of Neuro-linguistic programming, a certified Kundalini Yoga instructor and has a continuous, committed and daily yoga, meditation and Qi gong practice.

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Amma: Inspiring Experiences with the Divine Mother by Ted Zeff PH.D. (Author), Amma (Contributor), Dayalu (Contributor)

Amma (Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi) is known throughout the world for her love, compassion and selflessness toward all beings. Over 30 million people have experienced the magnificent healing effect of love that she showers on all through her maternal embrace. Amma has given keynote speeches at the United Nations and received a multitude of awards for her humanitarian activities from governments and distinguished organizations all over the world. Amma: Inspiring Experiences with the Divine Mother is a compilation of hundreds of awe-inspiring and miraculous stories of devotees being transformed through the power of Amma s divine love.”

Ted Zeff (Dayalu) on Amma – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on Oct 30, 2016

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Ted Zeff (Dayalu) met Amma, the “hugging saint” from India, in 1988 and has lived in her ashram in California for 20 years and her ashram in Chicago for one year. Dayalu has written three books about Amma: “Searching for God Part I” in 1996, “Searching for God Part II” in 2002 and “Amma: Inspiring Experiences with the Divine Mother” in 2016. Dayalu has a Ph.D. in integral counseling and psychotherapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and has studied ayurveda and vedic astrology.

Ted Zeff Dayalu has also given talks about the books he has written about Amma throughout the United Sates, Israel, Denmark and Holland.

Amma’s website:

Book: Amma: Inspiring Experiences with the Divine Mother

Interview recorded 10/29/2016

The New Divine Feminine Spiritual Evolution for a Woman’s Soul by Meghan Don

In this book Meghan Don brings forward Gnostic and mystical teachings on the Divine Feminine that have not been previously given in written form. Experience an evolutionary journey and initiation into the deeper mysteries of the Feminine World Soul through reflections, prayers, meditations, and ancient feminine chants.

Learn about the Seven Faces of the Feminine, including the Light and Dark Faces of the Daughter, the Mother, the Crone or Grandmother, and the Pure Virgin or Enlightened Being of one’s true nature. The New Divine Feminine shows you how to access each of the Seven Faces in your everyday life, draw confidence and strength from them, and trust in your own soul voice and vision. No matter your spiritual beliefs, you can access each divine face and gain empowerment from this guide’s exploration of powerful, sacred women, including Mary Magdalene, Lilith, the Black Madonna, and Teresa of Avila.

Meghan Don (Charleston, SC, and Nova Scotia, Canada) is an initiate of the Sophian Lineage and the founder and leading guide of the Gnostic Grace Circle. An award-winning author, spiritual mentor, and retreat presenter, Meghan’s work helps to raise the feminine consciousness and confidence in our world. She is the author of Sacred Companions Sacred Community: Reflections with Clare of Assisi and Meditations with Teresa of Avila: A Journey into the Sacred, which won the Ashton Wylie/New Zealand Book Council Award for best book and author. Visit her online at


Mystical Ireland Pilgrimage

Ireland Pilgrimage with Megan Don

The realization of radiance.

You are the light of awareness
embodied in time and space.

Embodied awareness brings forth
embodied consciousness,
which is radiant light.

Bring your attention to the field of luminous awareness
that illuminates your experience right now.
Without this clear light of awareness
you would be without experience.

You cannot think or imagine your way
to this natural luminosity, although it
illuminates your thoughts and memories
and everything else in your experience,
as it is also illuminating itself.

Light illuminates light.

The primordial Shakti,
the Light of Manifestation,
is this self arising luminosity which permeates:

1~ the object of your awareness
2~ the one who is aware,
3~ and awareness itself.

Becoming aware of awareness
within yourself and others is
Sri Vidya, the realization of radiance.

In your embodiment practice you unclench
the fixation onto the appearances in the mind.

By recognizing and relaxing the automatic
mental and physical and emotional
reactivity towards your experiences,
the energetic knots in your body softens
and more Prana Shakti (breath and life force)
is allowed to flow through.
You open as a translucent and continuously unfolding
embodiment of luminous awareness

Lead me from opacity to clarity.
Lead me from the complicated to the simple.
Lead me from the obscure to the obvious.

Lead me from confrontation to wide openness.
Lead me to the place I never left,
Where there is peace, and peace.

~ The Upanishads

:: Practice ~ the Realization of Radiance

Rest in an open focus of the radiant field of awareness,
hold that which you are experiencing
within the awareness field of light.

Experience the object that the
light of your awareness is illuminating,
and the field of illumination both at the same time.

Thinking and feeling, sensation and memory,
fantasy and desire are all of luminous nature
as is your own awareness.

Art and words by Chameli Ardagh

Chameli Ardagh Founder of Awakening Women Institute

Chameli is a leading pioneer in contemporary feminine spirituality, and she has inspired thousands of women around the world with her breakthrough methods for living and embodying feminine awakening. She is especially appreciated for her love of mythology and storytelling as a method for illuminating our hidden strength and beauty.

As a teen Chameli embarked on her journey as a spiritual explorer, which, at the age of twenty, led her to India, which she has returned to more than fifteen times. She has studied with many remarkable mentors and undergone thousands of hours of intense practice of meditation and spiritual studies. The last 15 years she has been a student of ShantiMayi, a wisdom teacher based in India and France.

TEDxGrassValley – Chameli Ardagh – The Fierce face of the Feminine

In this talk Chameli Ardagh will speak on how to allow for a natural response towards injustice, without creating more hurt, how to embody the power and beauty of feminine rage, why we are called to step up and give voice to the power of the fierce feminine, and how anger is not intrinsically negative, only what we do with. Chameli will also show how an ancient goddess archetype of the fierce aspects of the feminine are highly relevant and illuminating for women and girls today.

Andrew Harvey – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on Jan 31, 2016

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Andrew Harvey is an author, speaker and founder/director of the Institute of Sacred Activism, an international organization focused on inviting concerned people to take up the challenge of our contemporary global crises by becoming inspired, effective and practical agents of institutional and systemic change, in order to create peace and sustainability.

Andrew Harvey has taught at Oxford University, Cornell University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, The California Institute of Integral Studies, and the University of Creation Spirituality as well as at various spiritual centers throughout the U.S. He was the subject of the 1993 BBC film documentary The Making of a Modern Mystic and appears also in Rumi Turning Ecstatic and The Consciousness Of The Christ: Reclaiming Jesus for a New Humanity. He has also worked with the great Iranian Sufi dancer, Banafsheh Sayyad, in producing a film, In the Fire of Grace, which marries Sufi inspired dances to the stages of Rumi’s understanding of the path of Divine love.

He has written and edited over 30 books and received many awards, including the Benjamin Franklin Award and the Mind Body Spirit Award.


Some of Andrew’s many books: The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism Radical Passion: Sacred Love and Wisdom in Action Light the Flame: 365 Days of Prayer

Jane Goodall: Reason for Hope [updated Jan 2016]

Published on Jun 16, 2015

Dr. Jane Goodall: Reasons for Hope
January 20, 2015

One of the most legendary conservationists of our time, Jane Goodall has dedicated her life’s work to the Gombe chimpanzees. In this talk she discusses the future of chimpanzees in the wild and the threats they face from devastating habitat loss, as well as the battle against illegal wildlife trade in ivory and rhino horn. Goodall shares highlights from some of her most unique experiences in the field, her candid thoughts on the future of conservation, and above all, provides heartfelt reasons to maintain hope despite growing threats and often overwhelming odds.

Jane Goodall
DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, UN Messenger of Peace

The Sacred Ego: Making Peace with Ourselves and Our World (Sacred Activism) by Jalaja Bonheim (Author) [updated Oct 20, 2015]

Why have we failed to create the happy, peaceful world that we all want? And what can we do about it? For more than three decades, Jalaja Bonheim has explored these questions in her work with women leaders, activists, and spiritual seekers from around the world.

In The Sacred Ego, she tackles one of the core myths of popular spiritual culture—the myth of the ego, supposedly responsible for our greed, selfishness, and violence. In contrast, Bonheim approaches the ego as a sacred function worthy of honor and gratitude. With riveting stories from her work, she guides us into the depths of our collective psyche to pinpoint the real sources of our problems and illuminate our path to wholeness. Firmly grounded in a lifetime of practical experience, The Sacred Ego is a visionary, uplifting book that explains why our world is in crisis and how we can support the unprecedented transformational process that’s underway.

Jalaja Bonheim, Ph.D.
( is an inspiring teacher, public speaker, counselor, author and circle leader. Fresh, clear, and compassionate, her message is heart-centered and hopeful yet also down-to-earth and practical.

Raised in Austria and Germany, Jalaja studied classical temple dance in India before coming to the United States in1982. She is the author of five books, including Aphrodite’s Daughters: Women’s Sexual Stories and the Journey of the Soul, which has changed the lives of thousands of women

Her new book, The Sacred Ego: Making Peace with Ourselves and Our World,is being heralded as “brilliant and visionary” and “beautiful and vitally important.” Compassionate, clear and filled with riveting stories from her work with people from around the world, it pinpoints the inner obstacles that are undermining our efforts to live in peace and illuminates a viable and practical path towards a better future.

Jalaja’s second great passion is peace. Growing up as a Jew in post-war Germany, the devastating impact of war led her on a life-long inquiry into the causes of human violence and the journey of healing and transformation.

Since 2005, she has traveled regularly to Israel and Palestine, where she empowers Jewish and Palestinian women to serve as agents of peace and healing in their communities.

Jalaja is internationally known for her groundbreaking use of circle gatherings as a tool for empowering women, healing individuals and communities, and cultivating peace. For over 25 years, she has been leading circles, studying the dynamics of the circle, and developing a community of Circlework practitioners.

She is the founder and visionary director of the Institute for Circlework (, which serves as a hub to the growing community of Circlework practitioners around the world.

Jalaja has trained hundreds of Circlework leaders in America, Canada, and the Middle East, including ministers, teachers, social workers, psychotherapists, and corporate executives. She also serves as a consultant to groups and group leaders who want to create greater connection and intimacy between people, or need help in working through conflicts or other challenges.


The Sacred Ego – Jalaja Bonheim (Sacred Activism Series)

Published on Sep 22, 2015
Published on Sep 22, 2015

Jalaja Bonheim explains the premise of her latest publication The Sacred Ego: Making Peace with Ourselves and Our World, published by North Atlantic Books July 28th. Available NOW on Amazon… or from your local book retailer.
Visit to learn more about Jalaja and read reviews and excerpts from her new book!

“Jalaja Bonheim is the voice of the essential feminine wisdom without which we cannot heal ourselves and our planet.”
—Marci Shimoff, #1 NY Times bestselling author of Love for No Reason & Happy for No Reason

Jalaja was raised in Austria and Germany. She completed her Ph.D. in English and German literature at the University of Freiburg and spent two years teaching at the University of Warwick.

Her life took a new turn when she decided to study classical temple dance in South India, where she lived for several years.

Jalaja is now a speaker, workshop leader and author. Founder and director of the Institute for Circlework, she is known both nationally and internationally as a uniquely gifted leader and teacher who uses circle gatherings to heal and empower women.


Jalaja Bonheim, Ph.D., is an author, speaker, workshop leader, Circlework Trainer and the founder and director of the Institute for Circlework.

Jalaja Bonheim & Jack Canfield

Jack Canfield, co-author of the bestselling series Chicken Soup for the Soul, and author of The Success Principles, interviews the essential voice of feminine wisdom, award winning author, inspiring public speaker, and activist Jalaja Bonheim.

5 Questions for Jalaja Bonheim

Circle work facilitator and teacher Jalaja Bonheim offers a fresh perspective on our egos in her new book, Sacred Ego: Making Peace with Ourselves and Our World.

1. What happens in a circle gathering, like the one you facilitated between Palestinian and Jewish women?

In my circles, we cocreate an extremely potent field of love that changes how we perceive ourselves and others—I call it “Seeing with sacred eyes.” We’re still Jews or Palestinians, Christians or Muslims, but more fundamentally, we’re women on a sacred path. Women have always gathered in hard times to heal, support, and comfort each other. So it feels very natural for us to connect in this way that honors each woman’s unique beauty.

2. You describe heart-shame as a “huge obstacle to our collective healing.” What do you mean by this?

Heart-shame is like a straightjacket around the heart that makes us suppress our tenderness and vulnerability in favor of a tough façade. It’s keeping us from enjoying the intimate, authentic relationships we long for, and worse still, it’s got us stuck in a suicidal cycle of violence and warfare.

3. One of your stories is about how a black lawyer created a connection with his racist client. How did he find success?

Much like the space we cocreate in my circles, the space Justin held for his client was completely accepting and nonjudgmental. Some might call him egoless; I would disagree. Over years of spiritual practice he had cultivated a healthy, confident ego. And so, when racism stepped into his counseling office, he didn’t feel threatened in the least.

4. You point to the popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey as indicative of society’s desire for control. How can our “control addiction” hurt us?

Twenty-five hundred years ago, the Chinese sage Lao Tzu wrote: “The universe is sacred. You cannot improve it. If you try to change it, you will ruin it.” What prophetic words! For a while, we actually believed we could control nature. Now, we’re realizing that we may have ruined our planet. At the same time, control addiction is making us exhausted and unhappy because it won’t allow us to stop, rest, and simply be.

5. How can we start looking at our ego as a spiritual teacher?

For centuries, spiritual seekers viewed the ego as a terrible burden that they had to somehow get rid of. Today, this view no longer serves us. As long as we reject our ego, we will remain inwardly fractured. By approaching it with curiosity, respect, and reverence, we can move toward a deeper sense of authenticity, integrity, and wholeness. To know our wholeness, we must know every part of us as sacred, including the ego. And whatever is sacred, whether it’s our heart, a person, an animal, or our ego, can also serve as a spiritual teacher.


Canela Michelle Meyers – 2nd Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on Oct 12, 2015
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Canela Michelle Meyers offers very practical, supportive Satsang events and sessions for people to drop deeply into what is happening in each moment. There is a strong transmission of Self in Satsang with Canela, supporting people to ‘fall in’ with Self consciously. Canela calls this ‘falling in Love’ as all occurrences are rooted in Love – it is only a case of recognition of That (re-cognition). People are waking up to Self in these gatherings.

She loves supporting people in finding how every happening is rooted in Love…what at first might look like tragedy or horrific, transforms itself with in-the-moment exploration. She calls this the Science of Love because it has been tried and tested, explored and tasted, over and over again with thousands of people. When people find this, and experience the Truth of this for themselves, they find it easier to open up to whatever is happening in their lives. She offers this support in Transformational Satsang events for groups and for couples & individuals (in person, on skype, or phone) in sessions and has done so since 1999. She is the author of ‘Right Here, Right Now Meditations Vol. 1 – Satsang Invitations for Expanding Awareness’; has been a speaker at the Paradoxica Conference of Nondual Psychology for the last four years; is speaking at the Science and Nonduality Conference 2015, and travels internationally offering Transformational Satsang wherever she is invited. (for what people have shared about their own experiences with Satang with Canela, see:… )

Interview recorded 9/24/2015

1st Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview
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Devotional Practices – Part 2

Published on Aug 27, 2015
Devotional Practices – Part 2 (07/01/2015)

The sacred feminine expresses the realization of our belonging, our innate interdependence with all of life. These two classes explores inner practices that help us open to our longing to belong, and awaken the power of prayer.

One Spirit Medicine Ancient Ways to Ultimate Wellness by Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D.

Today our minds, our emotions, our relationships, and our bodies are out of kilter. We know it, but we tend to ignore it until something brings us up short—a worrying diagnosis, a broken relationship, or simply an inability to function harmoniously in everyday life. When things are a little off, we read a self-help book. When they’re really bad, we bring in oncologists to address cancer, neurologists to repair the brain, psychologists to help us understand our family of origin. But this fragmented approach to health is merely a stopgap. To truly heal, we need to return to the original recipe for wellness discovered by shamans millennia ago: One Spirit Medicine.

Through One Spirit Medicine, the shamans found that they could grow a new body that allowed them to live in extraordinary health. They learned how to switch off the “death clock” inside every cell, and turn on the “immortality” genes that reside in password-protected regions of our DNA. Cancer, dementia, and heart disease were rare. The shamans of old were truly masters of prevention.

Drawing on more than 25 years of experience as a medical anthropologist—as well as his own journey back from the edge of death—acclaimed shamanic teacher Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D. shows you how to detoxify the brain and gut with superfoods; use techniques for working with our luminous energy fields to heal your body; and follow the ancient path of the medicine wheel to shed disempowering stories from the past and pave the way for rebirth.

Using the principles and practices in this book, you can feel better in a few days, begin to clear your mind and heal your brain in a week, and in six weeks be on your way to a new body—one that heals rapidly, retains its youthful vitality, and keeps you connected to Spirit, to the earth, and to a renewed sense of purpose in your life.

Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., the author of numerous best-selling books, is a psychologist and medical anthropologist who has studied the spiritual practices of the Amazon and the Andes for more than 25 years. While at San Francisco State University, he founded the Biological Self-Regulation Laboratory to study how the mind creates psychosomatic health and disease. Dr. Villoldo directs The Four Winds Society, where he instructs individuals throughout the world in the practice of energy medicine and soul retrieval. He has training centers in New England; California; the U.K.; the Netherlands; and Park City, Utah. An avid skier, hiker, and mountaineer, he leads annual expeditions to the Amazon and the Andes to work with the wisdom teachers of the Americas. Website:

Look Inside

Published on May 20, 2015

Alberto Villoldo comes on Bulletproof Radio today to discuss healing with ayahuasca, hacking your brain, supplementing, and his new book One Spirit Medicine. Enjoy the show!

Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., is a psychologist and medical anthropologist, a best-selling author and founder in the world-renowned Institute of Energy Medicine, The Four Winds Society. He was the youngest clinical professor at San Francisco State University where he directed his own laboratory, the Biological Self-Regulation Lab, investigating how energy medicine and visualization could change brain chemistry. He spent 25 plus years studying the healing practices of the Amazon and Inka shamans, and the producer of a documentary film, Amazonia: Healing With Sacred Plants.

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Amma Sri Karunamayi – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on Apr 19, 2015

Sri Karunamayi is revered in India as an embodiment of Divine Motherly Love, due to the love and affection that she showers liberally on all people, animals, and even plants, the spiritual knowledge and guidance that she gives freely to all of humanity, and the humanitarian works that she has undertaken. “Amma” as she is affectionately called by her followers, is simply the Telugu word for “mother”- Telugu being Amma’s native language.

Born in 1958 in South India, Sri Karunamayi spent a childhood immersed in an atmosphere of prayer and worship created by her deeply spiritual parents. Both of her parents had received visions indicating that Sri Karunamayi was not an ordinary child, and her astrological chart indicated that she would dedicate her life to serving humanity.

Naturally inclined towards charity as a child, Sri Karunamayi, or “Amma,” would often give away food and clothes to whomever needed them.

As she grew into a young woman, Amma felt an inner urge to begin spending more and more time in the family worship room, immersed in prayer and meditation. As she was now a first-year college student, she was forced to make time for meditation by reducing the time she spent sleeping. As her meditations deepened and intensified, she also began reducing her intake of food. These meditation sessions grew in length until one day Amma locked herself inside a room of the house and remained there in meditation for a month.

Though her family members were perplexed, they did not dare to disturb her, having witnessed the profundity of her meditations before. When she finally emerged, she seemed like a different person to her family members. Though she still showed the same sweet affection to which they were accustomed, her demeanor now expressed a more impersonal, universal love. Determined to fulfill the sacred purpose of her life, Amma gently told her mother that it was time for her to go into seclusion in the sacred Penusila Forest, to meditate there in solitude. Always respectful of her daughter’s divine nature, and trusting completely in God, Amma’s mother did not try to stop her from going.

Amma never felt that these meditations were done for her own sake, as she was following the example of India’s ancient Vedic sages, who meditated for hundreds of years in order to discover the best teachings for all of mankind. Through Amma’s austerities, she determined which of the Vedic teachings and practices would be of greatest benefit to people living in this difficult modern age. After performing such intense tapasya for over 10 years, Amma decided that it was time to share her knowledge with all those who thirsted for true spirituality, wherever they may live in the world.

Emerging from her seclusion in the sacred Penusila Forest, Amma began giving public discourses on various aspects of Sanatana Dharma, India’s ancient spirituality, and conducting sacred ceremonies to promote world peace and universal well-being. At this time, Amma also began Her work on serving humanity in the eradication of poverty, providing free medical care & housing for the disadvantaged, stopping child labour through free schooling and mentorship programs, and supplying water treatment facilities to those impoverished communities that have been severely affected from toxic water resources. After performing such intense tapasya for over 10 years, Amma moved to a more urban area to share her knowledge with all those who thirsted for spirituality, wherever they may live in the world.

In 1995, Amma began reaching out to the world, beginning with the US, where She offers yearly public programs. During these programs Amma gives teachings and blessings, holds meditation retreats, and performs sacred fire ceremonies for the benefit of all of humankind & the world. During her visits to each city, countless followers come to express their worries and problems and to request blessings or guidance. And to this end, Amma uses Her own sari to wipe away the tears from Her children’s eyes as She comforts every follower with Divine Motherly Love. Amma often likes to say that Her only work in this world is to remove the suffering from the hearts of Her children. This she does through Her kind, loving words of spiritual guidance and encouragement, Her healing touch, and Her divine knowledge and insight. Today Amma divides Her time between the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and India, fulfilling Her life’s mission of providing comfort, solace, and spiritual guidance to all who come to Her. Website:

Books: Sri Karunamayi a Biography Blessed Souls I the Teachings of Sri Karunamayi (I) Sri Suktam with Samputita Sri Suktam YOGA IS UNION – The Yoga of Amma Sri Karunamayi

Interview recorded 4/13/2015

1. Mary at the Empty Tomb: The Mystical Meaning of Two Scenes from the Christian Story 2. Women and the Mystery of Creation – Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

From the event “For the Love of All Created by Thee” at the Mercy Center in Burlingame, CA. June 2014. DVD available here:

Women and the Mystery of Creation – Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

From the event “For the Love of All Created by Thee” at the Mercy Center in Burlingame, CA. June 2014

Sophia – The Feminine Face of God: Nine Hearts Path to Healing and Abundance by Karen Speerstra (Author)

Sophia—The Feminine Face of God a Nautilus Award Gold Medal Winner is a spiritual memoir/essay about the Divine Feminine (a.k.a. Sophia, Great Mother, Holy Spirit). It brings together the many faces of Sophia — historical, folklored, fairytaled — as well as stories of her mystical presence throughout different times and cultures. It offers timeless wisdom for spiritual growth and the healing of our planet.

Teacher, writer, editor, publisher, Karen Speerstra has twenty-seven years of publishing experience and now assists and coaches other writers through her company, Sophia-Serve ( She also works with and writes for several website initiatives: ( and (

She is the author of Earthshapers, a young adult historical fiction, and the following non-fiction books: Hunab Ku: 77 Sacred Symbols for Balancing Body and Spirit, co-authored with her son, Joel; Divine Sparks: Collected Wisdom of the Heart; Our Day to End Poverty, co-authored; Questions Writers Ask: Wise, Whimsical, and Witty Answers from the Pros; The Green Devotional: Active Prayers for a Healthy Planet.


This 10-part study series, led by author Karen Speerstra, explores her book Sophia — The Feminine Face of God: Nine Heart Paths to Healing and Abundance.


Dorothy Rowe – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on Mar 9, 2015

Dorothy Rowe was clairvoyant as a child, but a rough teenage period caused her abilities to wane. After learning Transcendental Meditation in her mid-teens, the inner vision began to return. She moved to Fairfield, Iowa in 1980 and devoted herself to creating world peace by meditating with a large group of people practicing the TM and TM-Sidhi Program. She became a teacher of Transcendental Meditation in 1986. She taught Transcendental Meditation and raised a family, while also teaching dance and music.

Then in early 2008, she underwent a transformation. The change in awareness happened quite suddenly, but it took months for Dorothy to realize that this opening of awareness was to be used for healing. Quietly, she healed herself and others, without sharing her experiences. In 2012, Dorothy was invited to do some healing work for compensation. By word of mouth only, her practice has grown. She now has clients on four continents.

She currently offers private consultations by phone and Skype and Distance Energy Work sessions through her website, The website also offers free resources on energy healing. You can also find her at her YouTube channel, Distance Energy Work.

Rising in Love: My Wild and Crazy Ride to Here and Now, with Amma, the Hugging Saint by Ram Das Batchelder (Author)

Rising in Love tells the story of the author’s extraordinary spiritual awakening in America (which included meeting an angel), his discovery of Amma (the living Guru known in the West as the Hugging Saint), and the 27 amazing years he has spent in quest of Enlightenment as Amma’s devotee, most of that time in India.

The book is a suspenseful psychological thriller, a page-turner from the outset – yet there so much humor in the narrative that at times it reads like a comedic novel. From another angle, it is a story of profound healing from delusion, drug addiction and despair into a joyous and beautifully fulfilled life, and as such it is a ray of hope for all who suffer from addiction or mental illness. It is also a treasure chest full of gems from Amma’s teachings, and contains 22 photos of Amma. All royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to an orphanage in India.

Ram Das Batchelder was born in the USA in 1961, had a spiritual awakening in his early twenties (which included meeting an angel), and has spent most of the last 25 years in India as a devotee of Amma, the “hugging Saint.” He has written four children’s books for Amma’s ashram, each of which have been translated into four European languages.

He also wrote a novel in rhyming verse (“Sathyaram Discovers the Mother of All”), three full-length plays, and 40 original songs. In 2012, he and his wife, Tarini Ma, wrote and co-taught a university course on Hinduism in Venezuela. His highly acclaimed autobgiography, “Rising in Love: My Wild and Crazy Ride to Here and Now, with Amma, the Hugging Saint” was published in 2014 by O Books, an imprint of John Hunt Publishing.

He has given numerous talks and workshops about various aspects of spirituality in many locations around the world. He and his wife are currently offering luxury tours of the sacred cities of India, to both Spanish and English-speaking groups.


Ram Das Batchelder – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on Jan 22, 2015
Ram Das Batchelder was born in Pennsylvania in 1961, had a spiritual awakening in his early twenties, and has spent most of the last 25 years in India as a devotee of Amma, the “hugging Saint.” He has written four children’s books, which have been translated into several European languages, and also a novel in rhyming verse, three full-length plays, and 40 original songs. In 2012, he and his wife, Tarini Ma, wrote and co-taught a university course on Hinduism in Venezuela. He has given numerous talks and workshops about various aspects of spirituality in many locations around the world. He and his wife are currently offering 5-star tours of the sacred cities of India, to both Spanish and English-speaking groups.

“Rising in Love: My Wild and Crazy Ride to Here and Now, with Amma, the Hugging Saint” tells the story of Ram Das Batchelder’s powerful marijuana-fuelled spiritual awakening in America (which included meeting an angel), his two-year struggle with delusion and addiction, his subsequent renunciation of drugs, and his eventual discovery of Amma (the living Guru known in the West as “the Hugging Saint”).

The narrative then covers the 27 amazing years he has spent in quest of Enlightenment as Amma’s devotee, most of that time in India. It is a story of profound healing from drug addiction and despair into a joyfully fulfilled life, and is therefore a ray of hope for all who suffer from addiction or mental illness of one kind or another.

The book is a suspenseful psychological thriller, “a real page-turner” (as more than one reviewer has said), yet there is so much humor in the narrative that it reads like a comedic novel. It describes his struggles with dysentery and sexual desire during his first several years at Amma’s ashram, and also includes descriptions of numerous miracles he has witnessed, a vision of Krishna, and the steady progression of his meditation, which has culminated recently in states of samadhi.

It also discusses how the author left Amma’s ashram for a six year period, visited numerous other Gurus, and then returned, with a fiancée, and was married by Amma in 2001. One chapter is dedicated to the difficulties he and his wife have faced in their marriage, and the beautiful healing Amma has given them as a couple. There is also a section about the Asian Tsunami, which occurred when they were in Amma’s ashram; hundreds were killed in the surrounding area. “Rising in Love” will appeal to anyone interested in spirituality, Enlightenment, Hinduism, Saints or Gurus, as well as psychology, psychotherapy, angels or Jesus.


Other books: You Are The King- A Parable For Amma’s Children Sathyaram Discovers the Mother of All

Interview recorded 1/17/2015

The Dream of the Cosmos: A Quest for the Soul ~ Anne Baring

The Dream of the Cosmos is the story of a multi-layered quest to understand the causes of human suffering and to reconnect with a deeper reality than the one we inhabit in this physical dimension of experience. It seeks to answer the questions: “Who are we?” and “Why are we here, on this planet?” It is offered to those who are looking for something beyond the superficial values of our culture, who may be disillusioned with religious and secular belief systems as currently presented and who question political values which are deeply mired in the pursuit of power. It is written with two voices: one the voice of a personal quest and the other which explores the historical and psychological causes that have brought into being our present view of reality.

Anne Baring (1931-) is the author and co-author of seven books and has recently published her latest one — “The Dream of the Cosmos: A Quest for the Soul”. She is a Jungian analyst and lives near Winchester, England. She is passionately interested in the fate of the Earth and the survival of our species in this critically important time of evolutionary change. Her work is devoted to the recognition that we live in an ensouled world and to the restoration of the lost sense of communion between us and the invisible dimension of the universe that is the source or ground of all that we call ‘life’. Website:

Trailer ~ The Dream of the Cosmos: An Interview with Anne Baring by Dr. Betty J. Kovacs

Published on Mar 13, 2012… Instead of a game of golf, watch The Dream of the Cosmos.
You will love The Dream of the Cosmos, 2-DVD Set. In the interview Anne Baring presents the crisis of our time with great clarity and offers solutions for individual and planetary healing. Anne Baring’s website Dr. Kovacs’ website

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