The Innocence and Spontaneity of Not-Knowing.

Question and Answer Session with Francis Lucille from SAND16

Francis doesn’t deliver a pre-planned presentation. He speaks instead in the spirit of the moment, answering questions from the audience from the innocence and spontaneity of not-knowing.

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How to Manifest Miracles Now ~ Gabrielle Bernstein

Even if you’re more than a dabbler in the art of manifesting, the skill — like any skill — can always be honed and improved. For the unfamiliar, manifesting is the practice of tuning your body and mind’s energetic vibration to a high frequency. That may sound heady, but we’re all beings of energy. When our energy vibrates at a low level we attract low-level circumstances. But when our energy is in a high vibration we attract positive outcomes.

To create powerful manifestations, we must believe in our desires. As Dr. Wayne Dyer says, “I’ll see it when I believe it.” Our faith carries powerful energy that supports the process of turning our dreams into our reality.

If you’re ready to take your manifesting skills to the next level, first cultivate a greater sense of knowing with these three steps.

Step 1: Surrender
Get into the daily practice of surrendering your desires. Set daily intentions to release your attachment to the outcome and to release all expectations. This practice helps you get out of the way to let the Universe do her thing.

Step 2: Imagine
To manifest you must be able to feel the feeling of the experience before it even happens. How do you access this groovy feeling? It’s simple, use your imagination! Sit in stillness and think your way into the experience that you want to create. Let your imagination guide you to tap into the images you want to see and the feelings you want to feel. Your imagination is your greatest resource for creating new experiences in your life. Spend five minutes a day practicing this imagination exercise.

Step 3: Feel like you’re already there
In time, through the imagination process, you’ll feel what it’s like to experience your desires. Write down clearly what that feeling feels like. In your daily life, do whatever it takes to tap into that feeling. For instance, if you’re manifesting more money, focus your attention on everything you already have to cultivate a sense of abundance. Or if you’re manifesting a healthy body, make time to move more and energize yourself.

How to be a miracle worker: Gabrielle Bernstein at TEDxFiDiWomen

Featured in the New York Times Sunday Styles section as “a new role model”, motivational speaker, life coach and author Gabrielle Bernstein is making her mark. Expanding the lexicon for the next generation spiritual seekers, Gabrielle is a #1 bestselling author of the book Add More ~ing to Your Life — A hip guide to happiness. September 2011 Gabrielle launches her second book, Spirit Junkie, A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles. In 2008 she launched her social networking site HerFuture.com for young women to find mentors. HerFuture’s growing community exceeds 12,000 members.

Gabrielle has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times Sunday Styles, ElLE, Oprah Radio, Marie Claire, Health, SELF, Women’s Health, Glamour UK, Sunday Times UK, Forbes List: 20 Best Branded Women, Featured on the Cover Self-Made Magazine (top 50 Women in Business), CNN, Fox & Friends, PBS, Wall Street Journal, AdWeek, Sirius Satellite Radio. Gabrielle is a regular contributor for Metro, The Huffington Post, Beliefnet, Yourtango.com, TheDailyLove.com, PositivelyPositive.com, Intent.com, Crazysexylife.com, Feminist.com among others. She can also be seen riding around the East Village on a unicycle.

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Featured in the New York Times Sunday Styles section as “a new role model”, motivational speaker, life coach and author Gabrielle Bernstein is making her mark. Expanding the lexicon for the next generation spiritual seekers, Gabrielle is a #1 bestselling author of the book Add More ~ing to Your Life — A hip guide to happiness. September 2011 Gabrielle launches her second book, Spirit Junkie, A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles. In 2008 she launched her social networking site HerFuture.com for young women to find mentors. HerFuture’s growing community exceeds 12,000 members.

Gabrielle has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times Sunday Styles, ElLE, Oprah Radio, Marie Claire, Health, SELF, Women’s Health, Glamour UK, Sunday Times UK, Forbes List: 20 Best Branded Women, Featured on the Cover Self-Made Magazine (top 50 Women in Business), CNN, Fox & Friends, PBS, Wall Street Journal, AdWeek, Sirius Satellite Radio. Gabrielle is a regular contributor for Metro, The Huffington Post, Beliefnet, Yourtango.com, TheDailyLove.com, PositivelyPositive.com, Intent.com, Crazysexylife.com, Feminist.com among others. She can also be seen riding around the East Village on a unicycle.

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Interview With Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

By: Philip Goldberg

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is an internationally known spiritual teacher whose Art of Living programs and humanitarian efforts have affected millions of lives. I had the opportunity to interview him during his recent visit to Los Angeles. Here are excerpts from that interview. (The photo was taken on a previous occasion.)

Q: The International Day of Yoga is June 21. Where will you be?

Sri Sri: New York. I’ll be speaking at Lincoln Center. I think it’s very much in the DNA of America to do yoga. It can bring health, sharpness of intellect, creativity, emotional stability and a broad vision, which America has always stood for. The U.S. is a very progressive country, very dynamic, very forward thinking.

Q: What would you like people to know about Yoga?

Sri Sri: Yoga is like a vast ocean. You can just go for a breeze, or you can go with an oil rig and drill for oil … Yoga offers many things to different people at many different levels–whatever they aspire for: union with the cosmic consciousness, or physical health, mental clarity, emotional stability, spiritual ecstasy — all this is part of yoga.

Q: Does it concern you that people think of Yoga only as asana [the familiar physical postures]?

Sri Sri: Not really, because at that moment that’s what they understand. But once they start doing asana they start seeing there is something beyond that. If interest for meditation gets kindled, then they are on the right track. But if it stops at exercise … it’s not bad, but they will not reach the goal.

Q: When people think of the classic eight limbs of Yoga…

Sri Sri: I knew you would ask about that. Unfortunately, people think the eight limbs are eight steps, one after another. You know, when a baby is born it’s not that one limb develops after another. All the limbs develop simultaneously. The eight limbs of Yoga are so interconnected, if you pull one all the others will come along with it.

Q: Some people think you have to master the yamas and niyamas before you can do the others. [The yamas and niyamas — five behaviors to avoid and five to engage — constitute the first two limbs.]

Sri Sri: The limbs are not sequential, they are all together. The practice of the others contributes to the ability to observe the yamas and niyamas. When we teach meditation in prisons, we see that the moment they have a taste of meditation, their whole thought process and behavior pattern changes. They start on the path of non-violence. They become very truthful, and the tendencies to cheat disappear. So the yamas and niyamas start happening in people’s life just when they begin meditation.

Q: How do your Art of Living programs fit into the eight limbs of classical Yoga?

Sri Sri: Yoga would be incomplete if even one limb is absent from it. All the eight limbs coexist. Our program is the same way. We do some asana, and some pranayama-breathing exercises-and meditation that leads to samadhi [the 8th limb; not a practice but a state of consciousness transcending thought].

Q: Dharana and dyana are the sixth and seventh limbs. How do you explain the subtle distinction between the two?

Sri Sri: One leads into the other. Dharana is having the attention on a particular thing, and dyana is how the mind from there dissolves into samadhi.

Q: A lot of people translate dharana as concentration.

Sri Sri: Absolutely not. Concentration is an outcome of meditation. Dharana is attention — not tension; in concentration there is tension [laughs].

Q: Have you run into opposition or resistance in the U.S.?

Sri Sri: In the beginning we had a lot of resistance, and prejudice. But it’s much better now. Yoga is much more accepted. Today, car companies use meditation and yoga postures to sell their products.

Q
: How is the acceptance of India’s spiritual traditions in India itself, as the country modernizes?

Sri Sri: The younger generation is taking to it now. One generation previous was a little skeptical. The media also played a role. Now it’s different. People see the practical benefit.

Q: There is a lot of concern in the press about the protection of religious minorities in India.

Sri Sri: I think the fear is unfounded. Minorities have always been in good favor in India. For centuries they have been protected. The people-to-people connection is very good. There is a certain amount of polarization for sure, but not to the extent that minorities should be afraid of anything.

Q: What about the conversion issue?

Sri Sri: I think conversion should be from head to heart, not from one religion to another religion. I feel people should become more spiritual — rise above the religious differences and come together in the spirit of vasudhaiv kutumbikam: The world is one family.

Source: Huffington Post

1.How has the exploration of consciousness evolved for you? 2. How can we understand consciousness? 3. Consciousness in Different Spiritual Traditions – Deepak Chopra


Published on May 14, 2015

http://www.scienceandnonduality.com/

In this conversation Deepak Chopra shares with us his personal journey in the exploration of consciousness.

How can we understand consciousness? – Deepak Chopra

Consciousness in Different Spiritual Traditions – Deepak Chopra

Published on May 14, 2015

http://www.scienceandnonduality.com/

In this conversation Deepak Chopra discusses consciousness through the lens of different spiritual traditions.

Are There Stages of Realization? – Rupert Spira

Published on May 12, 2015

http://www.scienceandnonduality.com/

A conversation with Rupert Spira about the unfolding of his realization.

From an early age Rupert was deeply interested in the nature of Reality. For twenty years he studied the teachings of Ouspensky, Krishnamurti, Rumi, Shankaracharya, Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta and Robert Adams, until he met his teacher, Francis Lucille, twelve years ago. Francis introduced Rupert to the teaching of Jean Klein, Parmenides, Wei Wu Wei and Atmananda Krishnamenon and, more importantly, directly indicated to him the true nature of experience.

Rupert’s first book is “The Transparency of Things,” subtitled “Contemplating the Nature of Experience”. His second book, “Presence Volume I The Art of Peace and Happiness and Presence Volume II The Intimacy of All Experience” has been currently released by Non-Duality Press. http://non-duality.rupertspira.com/

 

Sipping Tea in the Early Morning: A Little Sojourn with God ~ Richard Moss

Richard speaks spontaneously of his morning contemplative practice and invites you to travel with him to the place where we are all one.

Listen to an audio here

Exploring Non-local Consciousness


Published on Dec 10, 2014

Exploring Non-local Consciousness with Dean Radin (Senior Scientist at IONS), Neil Theise (Professor of Pathology and of Medicine), Julia Mossbridge (Cognitive Neuroscientist), John Hagelin (Quantum Physicist) and Rudolph Tanzi (Professor of Neurology, Harvard University), moderated by Cassandra Vieten (President of IONS)

This superstar interdisciplinary panel will engage some of the very latest thinking and evidence for why it is becoming increasingly impossible to reduce consciousness to brain processes alone. We will ask questions like: How is it possible that we can access information at a distance and into the future? What is the relationship between unconsciousness processing and nonlocal consciousness? If our mind is locked inside of our skull, what accounts for mind-matter interactions? And what are the boundaries of the body anyway? And how can we learn to “use our brain” instead of having “our brain use us?”

On free will, emotions, freedom and more, Q&A with Francis Lucille


Published on Nov 13, 2014

“We are the eyes of the one single seer and this seer is freedom itself.”

This video is the Q&A meeting with Francis Lucille at SAND14, San Jose, CA

Francis Lucille is a spiritual teacher of the tradition of Advaita Vedanta (non-duality). He became a disciple of Jean Klein, a French Advaita teacher whom he met in 1975. This was the beginning of a close association that lasted until the death of his friend and spiritual master in 1998. Jean Klein’s own guru, “Panditji” Rao, whom he met in India in the nineteen-fifties, was a college professor in Bengalore who taught Sanskrit and belonged to a lineage of traditional Advaita Vedanta teachers. For more information about Francis Lucille please visit: http://www.francislucille.com

Resurrecting Jesus: Embodying the Spirit of a Revolutionary Mystic ~ Adyashanti (Author)

The story of Jesus has not waned in its power to change lives. Yet today, even though the majority of us grew up in a culture suffused by the mythos of Jesus, many of us feel disconnected from the essence and vitality of his teachings. With Resurrecting Jesus, Adyashanti invites us to rediscover the life and teachings of Jesus as a direct path to what may be the most radical of transformations: spiritual awakening.

Jesus crossed all of the boundary lines that separated the people of his time because he viewed the world from the perspective of what unites us, not what divides us. In Resurrecting Jesus, Adya asks us to consider the man known as Jesus as a model of enlightened engagement with the world. He examines the story of Jesus from his birth to the Resurrection to reveal how the central events in Jesus’ life parallel the stages of awakening that we may be called to experience ourselves. Adya then illuminates five central archetypes of the Jesus story—Peter, John, Mary Magdalene, Judas, and Pontius Pilate—and the key insights they hold about the way we might relate to the spiritual impulse within. Our journey concludes with an inspiring call to “live the Christ” in a way that is unique to each one of us.

“When the eternal and the human meet,” writes Adya, “that’s where love is born—not through escaping our humanity or trying to disappear into transcendence, but through finding that place where they come into union.” Resurrecting Jesus is a book for realizing this union in your own life, from one moment to the next, with heart and mind wide open to the mystery that lives inside us all.

Adyashanti is an American-born spiritual teacher devoted to serving the awakening of all beings. His teachings are an open invitation to stop, inquire, and recognize what is true and liberating at the core of all existence. His books include Emptiness Dancing, The End of Your World, True Meditation, The Way of Liberation, and Falling into Grace.

Asked to teach in 1996 by his Zen teacher of 14 years, Adyashanti offers teachings that are free of any tradition or ideology. “The Truth I point to is not confined within any religious point of view, belief system, or doctrine, but is open to all and found within all.” For more information, please visit adyashanti.org.

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Adyashanti & Francis Bennett on “Resurrecting Jesus” – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on Oct 31, 2014

Adyashanti, author of The Way of Liberation: A Practical Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, Resurrecting Jesus, True Meditation, and The End of Your World, is an American-born spiritual teacher devoted to serving the awakening of all beings. His teachings are an open invitation to stop, inquire, and recognize what is true and liberating at the core of all existence.

Asked to teach in 1996 by his Zen teacher of 14 years, Adyashanti offers teachings that are free of any tradition or ideology. “The Truth I point to is not confined within any religious point of view, belief system, or doctrine, but is open to all and found within all.”

He teaches throughout North America and Europe, offering satsangs, weekend intensives, silent retreats, and a live internet radio broadcast.

Website: http://adyashanti.org

Francis Bennett was an ordinary, sociable young man who answered the call to a life of spiritual adventure as a contemplative in the monastery of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance, commonly known as Trappists. Thomas Merton, the pioneering Christian mystic of the 20th Century, was Francis’ inspiration and it was Merton’s influence that led Francis to explore the deepest reality of being, within the frameworks of Christianity, Buddhism, Advaita Vedanta and non-duality. Francis has worked with the sick and dying in parishes, hospitals and hospices, since he moved away from the monastic life. In 2010, while in the middle of mass, there came what Francis describes as, “a radical perceptual shift in consciousness”, which made it clear that the pure awareness at the heart of all is no different from the presence of God, which he had been seeking outside himself for so long.

Website: http://findinggraceatthecenter.com

Adyashanti – My heartcore in Christianity?

Great talk from a retreat at Garrison with Adyashanti.

Innocence and Spontaneity of Not-Knowing ~ Francis Lucille

FRANCIS LUCILLE
Advaita Teacher

Francis Lucille is a spiritual teacher of the tradition of Advaita Vedanta (non-duality). He became a disciple of Jean Klein, a French Advaita teacher whom he met in 1975. This was the beginning of a close association that lasted until the death of his friend and spiritual master in 1998. Jean Klein’s own guru, “Panditji” Rao, whom he met in India in the nineteen-fifties, was a college professor in Bengalore who taught Sanskrit and belonged to a lineage of traditional Advaita Vedanta teachers. http://www.francislucille.com

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