Jürgen Ziewe ‘The Ten Minute Moment’ Interview by Iain McNay


Published on Apr 12, 2017

Jürgen Ziewe ‘The Ten Minute Moment’ Interview by Iain McNay
Author of ‘The Ten Minute Moment,’ ‘Multi-Dimensional Man,’ and ‘Vistas of Infinity.’ After 40 years of meditation which had gradually taken him to deeper and deeper places Jürgen went on a 7 day personal retreat in as remote cabin in Scotland. He meditated most of the day and experienced a profound awakening….

‘After a meditation I slowly opened my eyes and sized up my surroundings – my body had become part of the furniture. I could still perceive the external world through my eyes but my body had turned into a shell – a cardboard cutout – reality was being stripped away before my eyes. I could no longer be sure of what was happening – it was beyond and outside anything I had come to know. The stillness was too vast in its scope to be grasped. There was no reality as I knew it. The thing is it has always been different but I hadn’t noticed. It was reality stripped of any familiarity. I could almost not bear it. For a moment I wanted to go back. In an instant I recognised that I was just a thought; an imagination without no substance.
This was the death of all deaths. I had arrived at zero point. I was about to be surrendered and reabsorbed into the source. One more step and there would be no return – I was staring into the merciless face of God.’

He also talks us through his life, how he refused to accept that the 5 senses was all there is to reality and how that led to a life long quest to find out who or what this consciousness was conscious of.

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Gabor Harsanyi ‘The Master Of Silence’ [updated March 18, 2017]


Published on Mar 12, 2016

Gabor was born in Communist Hungary but escaped after the failed 1956 uprising. Travelled on foot to Italy and then lived in a refugee camp for a time in Italy before reaching Canada. Became a multi-millionaire very quickly but then found he was miserable and depressed when he realised this outer success didn’t bring him any real happiness.

‘I had achieved outer freedom but was far, far away from inner, real freedom.’
The market crashed and he lost almost everything. Lived in a forest for a time, ‘I wanted to say NO to civilisation.’ Moved to Mexico and then started to experience, real, deep, suicidal depression. Moved in with an Indian tribe in Ecuador, ‘it was there I found that I could not just sit and BE like the Indians.’
‘This suicidal depression became my greatest teacher.’

He discovered the secret to finding real freedom was going inside his body, ‘Whenever I was able to do it I became calm and my mind would stop. I spent much time sitting by the water and experimenting with grounding my body to the beach. There were moments when all of a sudden the sound of the waves became different and the mind was so still that there were hardly any remnants of the depression. I would get up and start walking and the sand and the water on my feet felt unlike it had ever felt before. This marked the beginning of the end of depression’

After a time he was able to surrender to his ultimate love – presence – the silence of nothing where the mind takes a back seat and becomes the servant and the original being is once again on the throne….
He now helps people free themselves from thought addiction.

The Awakening Body: Somatic Meditation for Discovering Our Deepest Life by Reginald Ray (Author)


A senior Buddhist teacher offers six fundamental body-based meditation practices that show the reader that enlightenment is as close to you as your own body.

Many of us experience life through so many conceptual filters that we never recognize the freedom and joy that are inherent in us—and are in fact the essence of who we are. We can grow old not realizing that one of the most powerful tools to escape the painful knots we tie ourselves in is, literally, at our fingertips: our body.

Here, Reggie Ray cracks open the shell of the mind-body dichotomy and presents six fundamental body-based practices that connect us back to who we really are. These practices cut through the mental fabrications through which we experience our world and lead us directly to the richness of living a fully present, embodied human life.

DR. REGINALD “REGGIE” RAY is the co-founder and Spiritual Director of the Dharma Ocean Foundation, dedicated to the evolution and flowering of the somatic teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. He is a lineage holder in the tradition of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Reggie is the author of several books–including Indestructible Truth and Secrets of the Vajra World— as well as and audio programs–including Mahamudra for the Modern World. He makes his residence in Crestone and Boulder, Colorado.

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Reggie Ray ‘Finding Realization In The Body’ Interview by Renate McNay

Reggie Ray ‘Finding Realization In The Body’ Interview by Renate McNay.

The transcript of this interview is available to view here.
http://www.conscious.tv/text/89.htm

The transcript of the somatic meditation is available to view here.
http://www.conscious.tv/text/90.htm

Mary Reed ‘The Journey Of An Unwitting Mystic’ Interview by Iain McNay

Mary Reed ‘The Journey Of An Unwitting Mystic’ Interview by Iain McNay

Published on Dec 3, 2016

Mary Reed ‘The Journey Of An Unwitting MysticInterview by Iain McNay
Mary is author of the book, ‘Unwitting Mystic – Evolution Of The Message Of Love.’ In the Summer of 2000 she heard a voice deep inside her saying ‘You are supposed to be doing something very important.’ It didn’t leave her alone; the more she tried to ignore it the more persistent it became. She then started to have visions of Christ, Buddha, the Dalai Lama and others. She had no religious or spiritual background and tried to find help to understand and integrate them. Everything failed to make sense to her. Her life fell apart and she attempted suicide by taking 97 pills, but woke up 2 days later. She felt remorse and supreme surrender.
Eventually she found help which led her to India where she is now based in a Nunnery.
She tells her fascinating story and she talks about the realisations she has had.

Cynthia Bourgeault ‘Seeing With The Eyes Of The Heart’ Interview by Renate McNay


Published on Nov 19, 2016

Cynthia Bourgeault ‘Seeing With The Eyes Of The Heart’ Interview by Renate McNay
The Reverend Cynthia Bourgeault is a modern day mystic, Episcopal priest and writer. She divides her time between solitude and traveling globally to teach and spread the recovery of the Cristian Contemplative and Wisdom Path.
Author of several books including, “Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening”,“Wisdom Jesus”, “The Meaning of Mary Magdalene”, “Love is Stronger than Death”.
In this Interview Cynthia tells us how her Christian Life began encountering the presence of Jesus when she received her first communion and then how she started searching for the missing message in the Church. Very important teachers were Gurdjieff and Ouspensky. She studied the Sacred Dances and Movements which threw her at times into a Rabbit Hole. She also talks about Freedom and the willingness to bare our suffering, GOD’s Love, Solitude and Silence.

John Butler ‘Discovering Stillness – Part 2’ Interview by Iain McNay.


Published on Sep 17, 2016

John Butler ‘Discovering Stillness – Part 2’ Interview by Iain McNay.
Author of ‘Wonders Of Spiritual Unfoldment’ and Mystic Approaches.’ His loves were farming and meditation. Tells his story of spiritual unfoldment and how he discovered stillness. It was not always an easy path for him and he went through periods of depressions and hopelessness.
‘Realisation is not a personal attainment – it usually comes at times of deep prayer or quietness when the mind is clear of personal me…’

‘I’m just a quiet old man of regular habits going up and down the hill to church each day, sitting on a bench when the weather is warm. I don’t speak much. Adventures are inside.’
‘From worldliness the absolute completion of Pure Being can seem out of touch, more theoretical than real. How can it be relevant to need? Once known however any return to ordinary worldly ways only seem to emphasise its loss.

Total longing brings its own reward but all feelings of achievement disappear. Incomparable gifts of Heavenly Grace instruct, inspire, save us from drowning in the world.’

Wonders of Spiritual Unfoldment by John Butler (Author)

EVEN IF THERE IS A REALM BEYOND MORTALITY, WOULD FINDING IT IMPROVE OUR LIVES ON EARTH? What use is Spirit to a troubled world? Do prayer and meditation work? As a young man in search of love and a purpose to live for, the author could not fit within the world he found. Longing to be useful but unwilling to conform, he went out to South America. It wasn’t so easy. Alone on a mountainside one day, an inner voice said, ‘To make whole, be whole’. This was a turning point. He realised that, before being able to help others, he first had to work on himself. Once back in England, he looked for and found a method of meditation.

Love of nature led him to become one of the first organic farmers but, when asked what he really wanted in life, he answered ‘God’. He’d been schooled in Christian faith but was not, at this time, attracted to the Church. Meditation proved an ideal accompaniment as further adventures took him to Africa and, in particular, the desert. Later, at low ebb in the USA, he ‘met’ Jesus, which brought his practice of meditation and Christianity together. At the age of 51, he re-entered university to study Russian prior to visiting his mother’s homeland for the first time in 1991. This led to several years living in Russia, where he realised the similarity between his own practice and traditional Orthodox ‘prayer of the heart’.

The book is based on notes of the author’s unfolding spiritual experience, which taught him that the wholeness he sought is actually – Spirit. How is it attained? By many encouraging examples he shows how, with patient perseverance, the grip of the ego with all the restrictive unhappiness it brings, can be released. Being then more open to the influence of Grace, we may come to discover the Kingdom of God – our original, spiritual and perfect home.

Biography
WONDERS OF SPIRITUAL UNFOLDMENT / MYSTIC APPROACHES

How dare I use such titles for my books? Because it is my whole life’s dawning realisation. Finally, in old age, I really know it’s true. This morning, after meditation, eyes opened and I wrote:

“No need for anything but this –
Precisely where and what I am
Is life complete – surpassing bliss.
In this alone, all things belong
Where all is right and nothing wrong”.

That’s how it happens. I first read about it as a young man but now I don’t need anyone to tell me. It rises of itself from my own experience. And that’s how I write my books.

The world, the flesh and ego will deny it but, letting go un-natural restriction, naturally opens up the Spirit that I am. Here, now, I sit and realise it. Spirit, being absolute completion, includes all things as aspects of One Self. It is the fulfilment to which we all instinctively aspire.

My story is only one more witness to the same eternal destiny of all who seek and find. Through many trials, errors and layers of limitation, it describes how I gradually come to realise more fully what I am, and how to be of use. Sufficient to say, this greatest of adventures thrills me now as it did when I first started. It has become my life’s work and can only continue after death.

While every journey is unique, it can be described and bring encouragement to others. So, I have published my two books.

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John Butler ‘Discovering Stillness – Part 1’ Interview by Iain McNay.

Published on Sep 17, 2016

John Butler ‘Discovering Stillness – Part 1’ Interview by Iain McNay.
Author of ‘Wonders Of Spiritual Unfoldment’ and Mystic Approaches.’ His loves were farming and meditation. Tells his story of spiritual unfoldment and how he discovered stillness. It was not always an easy path for him and he went through periods of depressions and hopelessness.
‘Realisation is not a personal attainment – it usually comes at times of deep prayer or quietness when the mind is clear of personal me…’
‘I’m just a quiet old man of regular habits going up and down the hill to church each day, sitting on a bench when the weather is warm. I don’t speak much. Adventures are inside.’
‘From worldliness the absolute completion of Pure Being can seem out of touch, more theoretical than real. How can it be relevant to need? Once known however any return to ordinary worldly ways only seem to emphasise its loss.
Total longing brings its own reward but all feelings of achievement disappear. Incomparable gifts of Heavenly Grace instruct, inspire, save us from drowning in the world.’

Ginger Gilmour ~ Bright Side Of The Moon


Published on Sep 3, 2016

Ginger Gilmour ‘ Bright Side Of The Moon’ Interview by Iain McNay
Author of ‘ Bright Side Of The Moon’ Met and married Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour with whom she had 4 children. Started her spiritual journey when she became very ill and discovered meditation. Worked and trained with Irena Tweedie, Cecil Collins, Dr Wenger Engel and Gerhard Adler on her processes over the years.
‘I discovered the answer to the shadow Collective Unconscious including Anima and Animus. I realised I had always placed a shield between myself and my shadow – I only wanted to focus on Love light and Beauty – I discovered the shadow was marked – ‘do not enter broken dreams’ I was a puppet controlled by the darkness.’
In this interview she talks about her life, her passions, her struggles and breakthroughs and her realizations. Ginger now works as a painter and sculptor.

Mick Collins ‘My Crisis And Transformation’ Interview by Iain McNay


Published on Aug 30, 2016

Mick Collins ‘My Crisis And Transformation’ Interview by Iain McNay
Author of ‘The Unselfish Spirit.’ Mick left school at 15, working as a manual labourer before joining the army. Visited a Tibetan Monastery intending to stay 2 days and ended up living there for 3 years.
‘I started contemplating various attachments and aversions in my conventional existence’ and began reflecting on the significance on what a more intimate perspective could mean in the way he lived; began to observe and question how duality was embedded in my thoughts and behaviour.’ He was also fascinated by the interplay between form and emptiness.

But on a long train journey had an extraordinary experience where he had a heightened sense of compassion and profound feelings of love followed two days later by a slide into a diametrically opposed state. Was flooded by intense emotions; felt he was caught in a conflict between good and evil compounded by feelings of fear and terror. Left monastery and slowly started to find balance again with the help of Jungian work. Felt he had taken a journey into the unknown without a map.
Eventually integrated the spiritual crisis and started to learn the interplay between doing and being which is now his passion.
http://www.conscious.tv

Chloe Goodchild ‘The Voice Of Silence’ Interview by Renate McNay


Published on Aug 13, 2016

Chloe Goodchild ‘The Voice Of Silence’ Interview by Renate McNay
Chloe is the founder of The Naked Voice and the heart of her work is the practice of the spoken and sung voice as a Gateway to discover our Non Dual Awareness. Deafness in childhood catalysed Chloe’s discovery of inner sound and silence.

This deep encounter with her inner self, catalysed questions like: “ Who Am I“ “Who is Singing”, “ How can I transform my sadness”. Chloe had many encounters with indigenous wisdom teachers, spiritual and classical Indian music masters, ultimately leading to a transformative ‘no-mind’ experience in Northern India, inspired by the great luminary and saint, Anandamayi Ma. This gave birth to the unique method of sound and voice, which Chloe eventually named, The Naked Voice. Her autobiography, The Naked Voice – Journey to the Spirit of Sound tells the story of these formative early years. In this in-depth interview with Renate she talks about her life and her work.
http://www.thenakedvoice.com

Christopher Titmuss ‘An Awakening Life.’ Interview by Iain McNay

Andrew Rawlinson ‘THE HIT’ Interview by Iain McNay


Published on May 21, 2016

Andrew Rawlinson ‘THE HIT’ Interview by Iain McNay
Author of ‘The Hit – Into The Rock’N’Roll Universe And Beyond’ and ‘The Book Of Enlightened Masters – Western Teachers in Eastern Traditions.’
Andrew Talks about his life and how he was aware that he was continually ‘hit’ by realisations, small and large, that enabled him to see through his conditioning. ‘The HIT is both a grace and a disturbance.
All worlds are a show..
Reality is open
It is constantly transforming itself
It goes beyond itself
It is where illusion begins

All derangements are connected. Like sub atomic particles they just keep reflecting each other jumping between each other and turning into each other. Just like a magic trick where certainty and deception change places.
It’s a jungle, as soon as you find a path you loose it.

Everybody is looking for who they are ——- but they are nobody
Not only is the world stranger than you imagine – it is stranger than you can imagine. And we are all collaborators in creation.
And what is it to collaborate? To know that we are the mirror as well as the face in it, pain and what cures pain. This is the expanse of spirit: rich and dark.
Yes, it’s the Gods who are rocking us, who are looking for someone to receive them.
There is really no reality without identity, and identity is a show.’

Stephen Fulder ‘Awakening Arrives By Itself.’ ~ ConsciousTV


Published on May 1, 2016

‘The spacious groundless sense of being needs to become part of our nature, to be familiar territory and then awakening
arrives by itself. The ultimate cannot belong to anyone nor can there be someone who is awakened.’

Stephen talks us through his spiritual journey and realisations. From realising that there was no fixed reality when he was a child to having his earlier insights confirmed when he took LSD in his 20s. He was drawn to India and the ‘Mother Ganges’ where he discovered the teachings of S.N. Goenka. Spent time on many retreats with Sayama and other Buddhist teachers such as Stephen Batchelor and Christopher Titmuss.
Formed the Israel Insight Society; distanced himself from Buddhism but fully embraced the teachings of the Buddha and still teaches around 15 retreats a year. Also works in the area of Palestinian/Israeli reconciliation….’There is no way to peace, Peace is the way.’

Can describe his lived experience with great precision and clarity; took part on a study which explored 3 stages:
Stage 1 – ordinary sense of self and boundary
Stage 2 – sense of dropping boundary to some extent
Stage 3 – dissolution
In this interview he explains these stages in detail.

Georgi Y Johnson and Bart Ten Berge ‘ Anxiety And Awakening’ Moderated by Renate and Iain McNay


Published on Mar 5, 2016

Georgi Y Johnson and Bart Ten Berge ‘ Anxiety And Awakening’
In this interview Georgi Y Johnson, Author of “I AM HERE” and her Partner Bart Ten Berge, Author of “THE GIFT” 7 STEPS to a Happy and Fulfilled Life”, discuss the meaning of anxiety and depression in the process of Awakening. Fear is a natural part of physical life but we need to unhook our fears as the authority on our thoughts, feelings and choices.
The way to do this is not to repress fear but give it space. Liberated fear is alive and appropriate to the moment. For many, severe Anxiety or Panic attacks can be the turning point in finding themselves. Georgi is telling us her own story of a period of Deep Depression, Panic Attacks and Anxiety; looking for help she met Bart who is a Healer and the co-founder of the International School of Spiritual Psychology (ISSP) based in Holland.

Enlightenment: The Keys To Consciousness by Martyn Wilson (Author)

Based on his own experiences, Martyn tells it as it is. With no special qualifications or education, Martyn’s natural instinct for seeking answers led him down a path to an old discovery. The discovery that we all at some point question and seek. A discovery that we all put just out of reach. A discovery that seems to be impossible to attain. Or is it? This book is a guide, a perspective, his truth, his story. An ordinary guy with a normal life. Family, work and all the usual stresses, until he started to wake up and viewed life from a whole new level. Sharing his story from the everyday existence of 21st century living into 21st century being. In reading this book, Martyn wants you to realise your own truth and to wake up from the mass illusion of this reality. Enlightenment – the keys to consciousness” not only describes how Martyn experienced his awakening, but also gives you tools to enable you to grasp yours too, simple exercises for everyday use.

A Life Coach, NLP Practitioner and Reiki Master, specialising mainly in stress management, performance management and weight loss.

I am also an author of “Enlightenment: the keys to consciousness” and ‘How To Have It All; Playing The Game Of Life’. For many years I have studied human behaviour to discover how to get through life as comfortably and as stress free as possible. I believe that the only way to truly understand how to help others is to have experienced similar challenges yourself. Having been at the lowest ebb of poverty and distress, in serious debt and morbidly obese, I believe I am now qualified to help others.

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Martyn Wilson ‘The State Of No Thought’ Interview by Iain McNay

Published on Feb 27, 2016

Author of ‘Enlightenment – The Keys To Consciousness.’ Martyn only talks from his own experience. He was an ordinary guy with a normal life; family, work and all the usual stresses. He met Maria who was interested in spiritual enlightenment and at first he was very sceptical of her interest. He set out to disprove that such a thing existed and worked hard to find faults in her arguments. But then ‘the impossible happened’ and he actually started to wake up himself. He found a method that stilled his mind, and his thoughts would stop for few seconds.

He persevered and in time those few seconds became a few minutes. He then found he could stop all uncontrolled thoughts and was in control of his mind. What had been his master became his servant. He talks us through his story and shares the method that he found worked for him as a meditation.

Death, the Last God: A Modern Book of the Dead by Anne Geraghty (Author)

Anne Geraghty was a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist when her son, Tim Guest, author of My Life in Orange died suddenly.

Her old life ended. She went on a search for her lost son.

* Where was he? What was he?
* Did he live on in some other realm?
* Or had he fallen into the darkness of oblivion?

Her search for Tim became an exploration into the nature of death itself. We die as we have lived. Our lives are not like those of a C12th Tibetan, a C15th Cardinal or a Zen monk; we cannot, therefore, simply turn to old maps and myths of what happens when we die. We need a new narrative of death that embraces our modern understandings of our humanity and the workings of the universe.

This book is the story of a grieving mother looking for her dead son, an investigation into death in our modern world, and an exploration of our struggles to live well in the ever-present shadow of death. It is not a book with answers; it is an invitation to look at death differently. This book offers fresh and original ideas about death and dying. And it will radically change your understanding of what death is.

Anne worked as a Clinical Psychologist and worked with RD Laing. She went to the first Women’s Liberation conference in Oxford in 1970 and wrote for the original Spare Rib. Many adventures later she began to look beyond the personal and the political for more spiritual understanding and travelled to India. There she met Osho and became his disciple.

She ran workshops and courses all over the world on love, relationships and family dynamics and was director of Medina Rajneesh Healing Centre. She then set up and was director of the Amap Centre in London where, with a team of therapists, she ran Diploma Courses in Counselling, Group Dynamics and Psychodrama. She has written several books on love and the psycho-spiritual journey. All seemed fine and then her son, Tim Guest died suddenly in 2009. He was the author of several best sellers including a memoir of his childhood – My Life In Orange. Her old life died. She now lives with her husband and spiritual comrade of 35 years on a market garden with their bees, hens and dogs and runs courses on love and death.

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Anne Geraghty – ‘Death; The Last God’ – Interview by Iain McNay

Author of ‘In The Dark And Still Moving’. Anne talks about the sudden death of her son Tim Guest and how that started her journey to find out what death means for her
http://www.conscious.tv

THE BLIND LEADING THE BLONDE ON THE ROAD TO FREEDOM: Confessions of a Recovering Spiritual Junkie by Nurit Oren (Author)


This book is the story of my 40 years of intense spiritual seeking in several countries and with many teachers – the mistakes, the pitfalls and the elusive bliss along the way and, finally, spiritual finding when the truth is revealed! I hold nothing back. My entire life is packed into these pages.


Nurit Oren, CPCC, is a Canadian certified professional Co-Active coach, a certified Witz Management/Leadership trainer and certified Art of Transformation guide. She is also a published author and an award winning playwright. Over the past 20 years Nurit has helped countess individuals from all walks of life making life changing decisions from the heart by creating a safe space for inner wisdom and courage to guide them in the right direction and free them from being stuck in unwanted situations.

Having dedicated most of her life to the study of Yoga, meditation, spirituality and metaphysics, Nurit excels as a communication, behavior and spiritual consultant. Her background also includes public speaking, coaching speakers, and conducting self-development courses and seminars throughout the USA, Canada, the UK and Hungary.

Nurit Oren ‘The Blonde On The Rocky Road to Freedom’ Interview by Iain McNay

Published on Feb 20, 2016

Nurit Oren ‘The Blonde On The Rocky Road to Freedom’ Interview by Iain McNay
Author of ‘The Blind Leading The Blonde On The Road To Freedom.’ Nurit was born in Israel, her parents were atheist Jewish pioneers – in a Kibbutz where the kids lived separately – there was no family unit to relate to – was allowed to be wild/play naked. But all changed when family moved to Canada. In her late teens served in the Israeli army for two years where she was stationed in Gaza where it was very dangerous. One day she hitchhiked to the wailing wall in Jerusalem and stuck a piece of paper between the cracks saying ‘ I want to find true love, divine love, the love of God that is pure, unchanging and everlasting.’
Found books by Muktananda and went to live in his ashram in India where she was a dedicated disciple. There she got up at 3am every day – then meditation then chanting then work no breakfast, then chanting then lunch then work then more chanting then work, then dinner. There was no socialising at all. She had a kundalini awakening then decided to stay indefinitely.But Muktananda died.

Moved to Toronto, found a teacher called Dr Mills and stayed with him for 15 years. She had then been on a spiritual path for 40 years and still didn’t feel free.

Met Gabor Harsanyi , ‘It’s very simple. Look at me and feel your hand without looking at it. Notice that your mind will stop.’ When she did this something shifted inside her…she felt a very subtle sensation of wellness and peace. ‘Now I get it’ she realised ‘This is it….this is what I have been searching for.’

In Our Hearts We Know by ShantiMayi (Author), Mark Ferri (Editor)


This book is the 2nd edition to the book titled Secrets of the Heart. In Our Hearts We Know, by ShantiMayi, is an in-depth exploration of the wisdom of the Heart. It is based on transcripts of her public talks in Sacha Dham Ashram, India where thousands of people from across the globe come searching for inner Truth, love and joy in a world that is constantly changing and tends to focus on the superficial and divisive aspects of humanity.

ShantiMayi always directs people back to the wisdom of their hearts. The text provides arrows, practically pointing the reader inwards to the Divine Essence that resides within all. The book transmits through the written word what is beyond words. Excerpt: Truth dwells within us…within everyone and everything…eternally here and now. Everyone comes to this planet illuminated, and everone has a sage within that holds that illumination forever. The fortunate realize this and cherish it as the only true value in our lives. This way of the heart just might, bit-by-bit shift the entire consciousness of the planet. ShantiMayi

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ShantiMayi 1 – ‘In Our Hearts We Know’ – Interview by Iain McNay

ShantiMayi – ‘In Our Hearts We Know’ – Interview by Iain McNay

ShantiMayi is a rare being in that she embodies that living ‘Principle’ that resides within us all. She is the only westerner, as well as the only woman ever to carry the grace of her lineage of exceptional Indian sages around the entire world. This lineage is said to date back to the beginning of this universal cycle and exists solely for the purpose of the enlightenment of all beings. Her talks are forums of inspiration where she and the assembly have an opportunity to address the concerns questions and discoveries that people bring to this precious time.

Central to every meeting is a spiritually stimulating exchange among sincere people. ShantiMayi eclectically draws upon the quintessence of many traditions: Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism, and the Aboriginal Tribes of the Americas and Australia. Though this is so, she speaks from her own direct spirituality and points us back to ourselves. She says she is not religious and is not against religion as such. Whatever awakens us to ‘Truth’ is in fact ‘the way’. It is our own spiritual discovery, from within us and in our lives that brings us to the light of our heart-wisdom. ShantiMayi inspires to enliven the wonderful potential within us all. In this interview she talks about her life and her work.

Hidden Journey: A Spiritual Awakening by Andrew Harvey (Author)

At twenty-five, Andrew Harvey abandoned a career at Oxford to return to his native India. He didn’t know why, except to escape the ‘concentration camps of reason’ and recapture ‘the strange and boundless joy I always felt when I thought of India.’

At first he was cynical, scoffing at devotees and ashramites. Then he met the extraordinary Mother Meera, a 17-year-old girl who appeared to be the incarnation of the Divine Mother. He raised every possible argument against the existence of another reality – and watched each one dissolve in the face of extraordinary mystical experiences.

Although written after his most famous book, A Journey in Ladakh, this is the first part of Andrew Harvey’s autobiographical spiritual journey. In this engaging – and courageous – account, he tries to describe the indescribable, his own spiritual transformation, with a remarkable degree of success. Every encounter Harvey has with the divine Mother is described in vivid language, using beautiful spiritual phrases, full of depth and sincerity, inviting the reader to share his experiences. It is a spiritual autobiography unlike any other. Every page touches the soul and heart.

Destined to become a classic of spiritual autobiography, Hidden Journey is a candid and beautifully written account of a rational atheist’s spiritual transformation in the face of an unexpected encounter with Mother Meera, an 18-year old Indian woman, seen as the embodiment of the Divine Mother.

At 25, Author Andrew Harvey abandoned a brilliant career at Oxford to return to his native India. A rationalist atheist, he raised every possible argument against the existence of another reality and watched each dissolve in the face of extraordinary mystical experiences. Here is the story of his spiritual awakening and transformation.

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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.’

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