Stroke of insight

In the 18 minute clip on the below link, Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor talks at the TED conference about her personal experience of a stroke. She had a blood vessel burst in her left brain causing her to gradually lose functions. Because of her background, she was able to monitor the shift and explore the consequences as a scientist. The experience also gave her a spiritual epiphany. She describes the experience and her discoveries. A remarkable story. http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/229 In the clip, she describes (and shows) the 2 hemispheres of the brain. She goes over how the hemispheres differ, that the … Continue Reading…

Perspective

In the recent issue of the Bleeping Herald , one of the filmmakers of What the Bleep, Will Arntz, talks about Connectedness. http://www.bleepingherald.com/mar2008/filmmakers My response: Dear Will Thanks for the great article in the latest Herald. I wanted to suggest something. The concept of perspective. If you define the process by perspective and how they shift, it makes the process even clearer. If we study human development and the awakening process, we can define a series of stages or states of consciousness people will pass though in their growth cycle. For example, when a baby is born, they feel one … Continue Reading…

4 Agreements

Recently, I saw Don Miguel Ruiz speak in the film Living Luminaries. I was also given his book “The 4 Agreements” for my birthday. I’d seen and heard about it a number of times. But it was still a nice surprise. Miguel is bringing a sample of the Toltec wisdom to light here and its a fresh perspective on the dynamics of the ego and belief. In this case, the agreements are the beliefs we have made with ourselves, based on false information. Yet we live and interpret our lives by them, and suffer as a result. The 4 agreements … Continue Reading…

Dreamhealing

A couple of times on this site, I have mentioned Adam, the Dreamhealer. (on Biology and Whats Up) When I first met him, he was still a teenager, just starting university. I was attending a conference up at SFU and when he came up on the schedule as a ‘healer’, I expected some sort of frail sensitive. I was most surprised to see a fit, handsome young man, a jock even. He was limping slightly, due to an injury he had just sustained kick-boxing. Hadn’t had time to heal himself. My preconceptions about healers were destroyed that evening. He made … Continue Reading…

Eckhart on Oprah

As you have undoubtedly heard, Oprah has created a little history. Breaking out of her book club mold of recommending fiction and memoirs, she recommended a self-help book, Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth. Then she decided to develop a free 10 part online course, reviewing each chapter with Tolle. Tolle doesn’t usually do TV as its too short a format to explain it properly. Over 700,000 people registered. “Monday night’s webcast was one of the largest single online events in the history of the Internet. More than 500,000 people simultaneously logged on to watch Oprah Winfrey and Eckhart Tolle live, … Continue Reading…

Busting Loose

Every so often, a gem shows up. Last year, 3 friends (2 of them awake) recommended the book “Busting Loose from the Money Game” by Robert Scheinfeld. Finally got a chance to finish it recently. It covers so much more than just the ‘money game’. In fact, he talks about transcending the ‘human game’. The subtitle says it nicely: “Mind-blowing strategies for changing the rules of the game you can’t win” The book is based on current thought around consciousness, the Field, and overcoming our illusions. He talks about how to bust your illusion “eggs” that suck up your power. … Continue Reading…

the Waking

“David Hawkins, in his book, Power vs. Force outlines precisely what level of consciousness, measured in energy, is required to  counterbalance the lower levels of consciousness. When enough of us become enlightened (allegedly calculated to the square root of 1% of the world’s population which is just over 8,000 people), the level of consciousness of the entire universe will shift. Hawkins even states the numbers and claims that we have, in fact, already reached ‘critical mass’. ACIM states that when this level of consciousness reaches this point the manifestation of our thought energy will be the disappearance of the entire … Continue Reading…

Whats up?

From a discussion on Adam, the Dreamhealer and unexplained phenomenon. As Adam has observed, in our culture we focus on the physical, the surface values of our experience. Less physical things like electricity and magnetism are somewhat mysterious. Many people are only vaguely aware that they have thoughts, and feelings are often these apparently random events that wash over us. We have no context for subtler values of anything. Physics however tells us there is a whole host of subtler values, many with different laws of nature operating. If we do a systematic study on the subjective side of the … Continue Reading…

Maharishi Passes

As the following article states, we have reached the end of an era. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a person who brought meditation and its scientific study to the west in a big way, has passed on at about 91. Funeral rites made major headlines in India and were televised live. The government showered him with rose petals from a helicopter. He was given a silent form of a 21 gun salute. The Shankaracharya blessed the proceedings and many sages were present. I was lucky enough to have had a conversation with him in the mid ’70s, shortly before his popularity caused … Continue Reading…

The 17th Principle

You’ve probably heard of Napoleon Hill. In the early part of the last century he spent 20 years, at Andrew Carnegie’s request, researching how the very successful achieve their success. He wrote a best seller, Think and Grow Rich, back in the late ’30’s. In the book he wrote of 16 principles of success, the foundation of wealth and achievement. He gave detailed instructions for making them part of your life. Many people of both my parents and my own generation have read the book. Many people achieved great success as a result. But many also did not. So he … Continue Reading…

The Universe is Dreaming Itself Awake

A friend of mine sent me an excellent article by Paul Levy. “When you begin to spiritually awaken, it is like waking up inside of a dream and recognizing that everything you are experiencing is nothing other than a very convincing projection, or display of your mind. The boundary between inner and outer, between dreaming and waking starts to dissolve, and you begin to realize that the same dreaming mind that is dreaming your dreams at night is dreaming your life. You realize that there is a Deeper Dreaming Self that is having a dream and we are it! This … Continue Reading…