Published on Oct 10, 2017

Tara Talks: Not Enough Time – with Tara Brach

The more stressed we are, the more likely it is that we’ll mistake the needs of someone we care about for “an interruption.”

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Published on Sep 28, 2017

Kabir Helminski holds a Sufi teaching “friendly conversation with a purpose”. In answering questions, Kabir outlines the Seven States of
“I-ness” and many other Sufi principles.

Published on Jul 14, 2017

A woman confronts the dissolving of her identity as a black woman now that she understands what she truly is.
From the seven day retreat at Garrison Institute, June 2017. For access to the full recording see link: http://non-duality.rupertspira.com/wa…

David Welch: First of all, I’m a big fan of yours. If you’ve been on the Awaken site, I’ve tried to gather together the teachers…

Rabbi Rami Shapiro: Yeah, I saw that. Thank you for including me.

DAVID: The teachers that can help awaken not only myself but all of humanity. I wanted to have a resource for those in the process of awakening.

RABBI RAMI: Yeah, yeah.

DAVID: To offer positive, uplifting, useful information.

RABBI RAMI: Yeah.

DAVID: I was very impressed with how you described God. So, if you wouldn’t mind, my first question is, if you were going to attempt to describe God, what would you say?

RABBI RAMI: Well, I mean for me, God is reality. So, everything is God. There isn’t anything that isn’t. So, you and I, and the recorder, and the table it’s sitting on, and the chai that we’re drinking…its all a manifestation of the same, you know…reality, and that’s what I call God. So, it’s not esoteric, its not mystical, it’s just the only thing that exists. In Hebrew, we have a saying in the Bible: I don’t know…Deuteronomy 4:34/35 it says, ein od milvado: “there’s nothing else but that…but the divine.” Hindus…Tat Tvama Asi: “you are that.” I mean, it’s all the same. I think when they talk on the mystical level, they’re all saying the same thing and what they’re saying is, whether you call it God or something else, everything is a manifestation of a single reality.

DAVID: So, with that in mind then, what does it mean to awaken? Is there a process?

RABBI RAMI: Yeah, good question. I don’t have a good answer. Let’s talk about process first. If there is a process, then time is involved. And, you know, I go from being, I guess…from not awake, to less not awake, to a little awake, to a little more awake. Or, is it just, Bam!…you’re either awake or you’re not? And, I tend to think it’s the second. It’s more sudden, as opposed to, you know…in Zen, they have the sudden school of awakening and the gradual school of awakening and I’m more inclined toward the sudden school. It’s just…you’re living in delusion where you think that you and I are really not simply diverse manifestations of a singular reality but actually separate realities. You just awaken from that illusion to the realization of the non-duality and that just happens instantaneously.

So, the question is, if there’s no process, are there practices for doing that? And, I would say, no. I would say, practices are for getting you to a place where it can happen, and then it happens by grace. I don’t think you can practice your way to awakening. I think you can, you know…work with your breath and work with your mindfulness practice. And, there are so many different meditation practices. You can work with practices that continually challenge the assumption that I am apart from this non-dual reality. But, I think the actual awakening to being a part of it is not under my control. So, I’m leery of someone saying, “yeah do this meditation for 20 minutes a day, twice a day, or 20 hours a day and you’re going to wake up.” No, I don’t think so.

DAVID: Having said that, do you have any daily practices or rituals? Do you pray? Are there things that you do every day that you feel helps you to be closer to God or helps you….

RABBI RAMI: Yes, but not for that reason. So, I don’t do anything to get closer to God. There’s no way to get closer than to being it yourself, so…you’re already it.

DAVID: Right.

RABBI RAMI: So, I practice. I have a lot of things that I do every day. I have a list of mantras that I do every day with Amala beads. I do them in Hebrew. I do them in Sanskrit. I’ve gotten them from different gurus, different times in my life and I just kept them. I like the repetition of sacred phrases, so I do that regularly, you know, on a daily basis. I have a…I guess it’s a kind of mantra practice, though I guess there’s a different word for it. Maybe because it’s Japa. But, the repetition of a divine name or phrase constantly, as opposed to my more formal, like…this morning, 4 o’clock in the morning, I’m up and I’m doing the repetition of the formal mantra, but, throughout the day, I’ll I have a less formal thing that I repeat over and over again. And then I do silent sitting. Just observing the mind. Nothing more than that. It’s just watching the madness of my mind.

After all these years of practice and going, yeah, nothing really changes. And just watching that, and just resting as much as one can. Having now just turned the eternal subject into an object but resting in that observer consciousness. But, as soon as I say that, I’ve made an object out of what can only be, you know, the singular eternal subject. So, I’m just BS’ing, you know what I mean? I mean, you can’t…anything I say about it isn’t really it, so…

DAVID: Right.

RABBI RAMI: I have a lot of practices that I do, but I do them because I love doing them. I only do it for the joy of doing it.

DAVID: Not to get somewhere.

RABBI RAMI: Yeah, not to get somewhere. And I’ve given up on that idea. And that’s either because there’s nowhere to get to, which is what I tell myself…but that may simply be what I tell myself because I’m too lazy to get where they’re supposed to take me. So I could be wrong. But I do it now just because I love doing it.

DAVID: How would you describe the present moment? And, what is presence?

RABBI RAMI: Yeah, well, I can’t describe the present moment. As soon as, you know…as soon as I can objectify the present moment, it’s already…the moment has just passed. So, I think that there’s an experience of the present, which is just beyond my normal waking-state consciousness to grasp. And I can’t describe it because I’m not there. There’s just that arising or that happening of, you know, me…you…table…oxygen…you know, of the universe happening in that sphere of awareness that I may have. But, I’m not there as an egoic person to say, “Oh yeah! This is the present moment!” I mean…you know…Eckhart Tolle…I admire his work, but, I’ve never been in the now, you know?

DAVID: Right.

RABBI RAMI: Because in that now, if I’m there, I’m fairly certain that if I’m there, the now isn’t. Then I’m always one step behind.

DAVID: If there’s an observer and observed then you’re already in the duality of now.

RABBI RAMI: That’s what I think. Thank you for saying that, I should interview you, you’re much more articulate. Yeah, but that’s what I’m saying. Yeah, that division is a functional necessity so I can get through my day and do whatever I was doing. But, it’s not the absolute reality. And I think you do experience…well, the language betrays us. But, there’s a happening there, but I can’t experience it as “other,” so, I can’t describe it. I’m always leery about people who say, “I had an amazing mystical experience” or “spiritual experience.”

DAVID: In the past.

RABBI RAMI: Well, it’s in the past, that’s fine. But I mean…when I was in India last week, we had this big discussion and, you know, people were saying, well if you’ve…everyone can describe a spiritual experience any way they want and no one can judge it. And, you know, being crotchety and old, I basically said “no, I can judge it.” If you’re having it, it’s not it! You know, if you’re there saying to yourself in meditation, “Oh this is fantastic! I’m having this great experience!” Then, yeah, you are having a great experience, but I don’t imagine that’s awakening or enlightenment or…because if you’re there, it’s not that. That’s my assumption.

DAVID: To the Toltec, there is the known, the unknown and the unknowable. So, my ego immediately went, “oh yeah, the unknowable…that’s where all the real truth is! I’ve got to get to the unknowable!”…right? So, as I got deeper and deeper into presence, what I discovered was that the unknowable was when there is no knower to know.

RABBI RAMI: Yeah, we have this great word in Hebrew for that experience. Reb Nachman of Breslov in the 18…late 17…early 1800’s called what we’re talking about, Rashimu. Rashimu means, “like fragrance.” I think the analogy is, if you buy…you know, expensive perfume oil and you take the stopper out of the bottle, eventually the oil evaporates and there’s nothing in the bottle, but the fragrance remains and the fragrance is the Rashimu. And, that’s what I think we pick up. So, that’s happening without my egoic self—”I.” But, afterwards, when I come back, I have some remnant, something has changed. Iit shifted. I know something I didn’t know, or I felt something and the vibration of that, the residue of that, the Rashimu, the fragrance of that, is still with me, even though I’m there as an observer again.

And, so I don’t think it’s…I think if someone has an experience like, you know, of presence or awakening or whatever it is, while they’re not there at the moment…when they come back—if it was an authentic experience—there is a Rashimu, a fragrance. And the fragrance is always one of justice and compassion. You know your practice…I hate to say, “your practice is working,” I mean…oh, the language is horrible! But, you know something positive is going on, if you are continually in the egoic self…become more open, more just, more loving, kinder, more compassionate. Then you know, “ok, this is worth doing, even if I don’t know that unknowable.”

Read Awaken Interviews Rabbi Rami Shapiro Part II– The Divine Mother Returns Here…

David Welch: is the founder and CEO of Awaken Global Media and Chief Editor of AWAKEN.com. 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.

Source: AWAKEN

How holographic patterns of information underlie our physical reality

• Includes myriad evidence from a wide range of cutting-edge scientific discoveries showing our Universe is an interconnected hologram of information
• Explains how consciousness is a major component of the cosmic hologram of information, making us both manifestations and co-creators of our reality
• Reconciles Quantum Mechanics and Einstein’s Theory of Relativity by showing that energy-matter and space-time are complementary expressions of information
Our understanding of the Universe is about to transform at all levels, from the tiniest Planck scale to the vast reaches of space. Recent scientific discoveries show that the information that upholds all of our modern technologies is exactly the same as the universal in-formation that underpins, pervades, and is all we call physical reality.
Exploring how information is more fundamental than energy, matter, space, or time, Jude Currivan, Ph.D., examines the latest research across many fields of study and many scales of existence to show how our Universe is in-formed and holographically manifested. She explains how the fractal in-formational patterns that guide behavior at the atomic level also guide the structure of galactic clusters in space. She demonstrates how the in-formational relationships that underlie earthquakes are the same as those that play out during human conflicts. She shows how cities grow in the same in-formational ways that galaxies evolve and how the dynamic in-formational forms that pervade ecosystems are identical to the informational structures of the Internet and our social behaviors. Demonstrating how information is physically real, the author explores how consciousness connects us to the many interconnected layers of universal in-formation, making us both manifestations and co-creators of the cosmic hologram of reality. She explains how Quantum Mechanics and Einstein’s Theory of Relativity can at last be reconciled if we consider energy-matter and space-time as complementary expressions of information, and she explores how the cosmic hologram underlies the true origin of species and our own evolution.
Concurring too with ancient spiritual wisdom, the author offers solid evidence that consciousness is not something we “have” but the fundamental nature of what we and the entire Universe are. With this understanding, we can each transform our own lives and help co-create and in-form the world around us.

Dr Jude Currivan is a cosmologist, planetary healer, futurist, author and previously one of the most senior business women in the UK. Having grown up as the daughter of a coal miner in the north of England, she has since journeyed to nearly seventy countries around the world and for the last nearly twenty years has lived in the sacred landscape of Avebury. She has experienced multidimensional realities since early childhood and worked with the wisdom keepers both incarnate and discarnate of many traditions.

Jude integrates leading edge science, research into consciousness and universal wisdom teachings into a wholistic wholeworld-view. This underpins her work aimed at enabling transformational and emergent resolutions to our collective planetary issues, raising awareness and empowering fundamental change and sustainable solutions to global problems.

She holds a PhD in Archaeology from the University of Reading in the UK researching ancient cosmologies and a Masters Degree in Physics from Oxford University specialising in cosmology and quantum physics. She is the author of five non-fiction books currently available in 15 languages and 25 countries including CosMos – a co-creator’s guide to the whole-world co-authored with Dr Ervin Laszlo. Her first fictionalised e-book Legacy is recently available at amazon.

Her international corporate career culminated in her being the Group Finance Director of two major international businesses. She has extensive experience and knowledge of world events, international politics and global economic and financial systems and has spoken on transformational reforms in the UK, US, Europe, Japan and South Korea.

For the last seventeen years she has also travelled around the world in service to planetary and collective healing, some of which is described in her books The 8th Chakra, The 13th Step and most recently HOPE – Healing Our People & Earth.

Dr Jude Currivan – ‘Cosmos’ – Interview by Iain McNay

Published on Jun 4, 2017Henry Shukman (a Sanbo Zen teacher) shares his thoughts on Shakyamuni Buddha’s pre-awakening journey as he finally resolved, his burning question: “Who is it that lives?”

This short-video clip is from an upcoming full length feature film on a conversation between Henry Shukman and Chris Hebard about Zen and more.

This clip and the upcoming film is a Stillness Speaks production (https://www.stillnessspeaks.com) in association with Mountain Cloud Zen Center. It is produced by Chris Hebard (Pruett Media : http://www.pruettmedia.com/) and Henry Shukman (Mountain Cloud Zen Center : https://www.mountaincloud.org/). Filmographer (including video editing) is Jonathan Mugford (jonathan.mugford@gmail.com).

Video clip copyright holder is Stillness Speaks & Pruett Media LLC, and it is freely made available to Mountain Cloud Zen Center.

Knowing is the way of the ‘EGO’ we all aim to prove ourselves through not knowing.

Not knowing is not the art of not knowing but instead the mindset of being the student. Embrace the truth the best minds in life have always known.


Published on Dec 21, 2016

Presentation given in Nov 2016 at Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City, Utah at the World Parliament on Spirituality 2016.

In this meeting Rupert explores the perennial non-dual understanding that lies at the heart of all the great religious and spiritual traditions such as Advaita Vedanta, Mahayana and Dzogchen Buddhism, Mystical Christianity, Sufism, Zen etc., as well as the western philosophical tradition of Parmenides, Plotinus and many others, and which is also the direct, ever-present reality of our own intimate experience. This is a contemporary, experiential approach involving silent meditation, guided meditation and dialogue, and requires no affiliation to any particular religious or spiritual tradition. All that is required is an interest in the essential nature of experience and in the longing for love, peace and happiness around which most of our lives revolve.

Part 1 – Talk and questions – 116 minutes Listen to talk Here

Part 2 – More questions – 88 minutes Listen Talk Here

Doctor Carl Jung, a Swedish psychiatrist who lived between 1875 and 1961, was the founder of Analytic Psychiatry.  This school of thought within the field of psychology, was the major contributor to a better, more integral understanding of human beings, the mechanics of our destiny, and  the interactions we have with our different dimensions of reality.

For Jung, our psyche is formed by the aggregation of patterns and human experiences inherited by our ancestors through the line of time.  While time seems linear, these inherited patterns are non-linear, and Jung gave them the name of  ”archetypes”.  Our central archetype contains all the symbols and experiences of reality that enable us to practice and interact with our immediate world.  These symbols are sensorial complements that connect thoughts to emotions and memories.  Together, they compose what we call Psychic Determinism.

Mankind, through its evolutionary process, has lost its natural contact with nature, which is the biggest symbol of connection with this planet.  Despite this present state of reality, there is nothing that can detach an incarnated human soul from the scope of experiences and lessons to be learned on this plane of existence.  The reason for this atavic link is an intrinsic relationship between all elements of nature, on a greater grid of life.  Once these sacred links were honored through ancient rites of passage, and ceremonies that celebrated the seasons of change and transformations.  These also resembled the rhythms and cycles of nature.

Nevertheless, we still feel the need to become whole again, and intrinsically connected with our origins and with the Oneness of Earth – to finally renew our true essence through reintegration.  According to Jung, the compelling feeling that drives us to the common human intention of reintegration with Nature patterns, and intimacy with its elements and beings, comes from an identity crisis that generally starts in the second half of life.  He called this life passage, or phase, the Individuation Process.  To represent this process, Joseph Campbell (1) developed the Myth of the Hero Journey, which is based upon the un-conscientious movement of our psyche that impels us toward self-development and self-realization, which ultimately is the liberation of our higher and central archetype, the SELF. The SELF intimately understands all possible scopes of experiences that induce us to abandon all the social facets of world interaction, and enter the introspective universe of inner realities.  According to Jungian analysis, the development of a human personality is both prospective and teleological, which means that it is the result of our expectations for the future, complemented by the experiences we developed from our past.  This development is accompanied by countless passages and elements, since we are constantly invited by our essence to change the gears in our lives, and even in our personal personas, because the roles we play in life are in a perpetual state of renewal and transformation.  To change means to let go of certain certainties, and enter the unknown territory of internal alchemical transformation.
In the Hero Journey, the traveler is a solitary being, because he has the control in his life and gets used to making hard decisions. He suffers, learns and renews himself many times – it is necessary for him to realize his path of reintegration with grace and serenity.  He is certain that the journey will be rewarded with the reaching of his personal goals, and with the ultimate reality of what it is, for the traveler, his Paradise.

The reality is that no one can grow while still attached to one’s comfort zone.  Without this shift, a soul cannot grow, cannot mature, and cannot travel through the dimensions of the inner world.  They will eventually enter a psychic stagnation, get sick, and disappear without even the slightest dawning of the first steps of self-realization.  The necessity for growth is inherent in human nature, and it demands internal and spiritual work.  We are called to constantly re-evaluate ourselves within the perspective of life, our interactions with others, the actualization of our internal timing, and our progress in practicing mindfulness and non-attachment.

What is important is that the path of self-realization allows us to live in a richer reality, with more joy and self-awareness.  The Hero Journey is the ultimate reality for the soul that is working to reintegrate and ascend.

(1) Joseph Campbell (1904 – 1987) American scholar versed in Mythology and Religion. He dedicated his life to a deep analyzes of Carl Jung’s theories about the Human Mind and Spirit.

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How do we recognize error in our thinking? How can we enjoy the spiritual benefits of practicing our religion while not condemning the religion of others? These questions, and so much more, are addressed in the eighty-one commentaries included in this book. These commentaries refer to, but are independent of, the illuminating and compelling essay collection about Lao-tzu’s Tao Te Ching, as voiced in Change Your Thoughts—Change Your Life by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer.

Living “right,” according to the Tao, anticipates that we have both the understanding needed to make right choices and the knowledge to recognize the types of behavior that are important for us to change. However, of equal or greater significance to these skills are the feelings that drive our internal motivation at our center. Many of us need to learn the life lessons that keep popping up as issues in our lives. They keep resurfacing again and again until we finally recognize the lessons and actually learn them. We know we have really been learning our lessons when we notice that our intentions are genuinely beginning to change. Not learning them holds us hostage and keeps us repeating the same dumb behavior.

Each commentary has at least one labeled graphic that represents one or more aspect of the main idea of each section. The purpose of these graphics is to provide visualization for what otherwise might remain more abstract . We have absolutely no concept of how the connections we feel and know to be real actually come about, between ourselves and others, between us and the happenings of life, or between us and God. We often describe these feelings or experiences as resulting from some type of energy, but what might that really mean? Reflecting this unexplainable, invisible, but vital connection on the written page through symbolism provides our minds with a crutch to assist understanding and recall.

Although the illustrations as drawn may have little or no basis in the facts, as they are accepted today, or even as new discoveries may reveal, the understanding of the concepts that develop through their use helps us apply the “gems” that Lao-tzu speaks of in the Tao, to our lives.

With a modest upbringing and supportive parents, Daniel Frank completed his teacher training at the age of eighteen and started his nonstop forty-two-year teaching career the following year. He acquired his BA and BEd while working full time. In January of 1978, his interests led him to a course offered at the local secondary school based on the book How Should We Then Live? by Francis A. Schaeffer, a “theologian and philosopher . . . [with] forty years of intensive study of humanism and Christian truths” It stirred something within him to search for more answers to the question asked by the title of Schaeffer’s book. Although many of the authors he has read to date have contributed to the view of God he holds today, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer tops the list.

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