Category: spirituality

Start Where You Are

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‘Start where you are. This is very important. Tonglen practice (and all meditation practice) is not about later, when you get it all together and you’re this person you really respect. You may be the most violent person in the world – that’s a fine place to start. That’s a very rich place to start – juicy, smelly. You might be the most depressed person in the world, the most addicted person in the world, the most jealous person in the world. You might think that there are no others on the planet who hate themselves as much as you do. All that is a good place to start.

What you do for yourself, any gesture of kindness, any gesture of gentleness, any gesture of honesty and clear seeing toward yourself, will affect how you experience the world. In fact, it will transform how you experience the world. What you do for yourself, you’re doing for others, and what you do for others, you’re doing for yourself. When you exchange yourself for others in the practice of tonglen, it becomes increasingly uncertain what is out there and what is in here.’

– Pema Chodron, Comfortable With Uncertainty.

Stillness Speaks

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‘The equivalent of external noise is the inner noise of thinking. The equivalent of external silence is inner stillness.

Whenever there is some silence around you – listen to it. That means just notice it. Pay attention to it. Listening to silence awakens the dimension of stillness within yourself, because it is only through stillness that you can be aware of silence.

See that in the moment of noticing the silence around you, you are not thinking. You are aware, but not thinking.’

– Eckhart Tolle, Stillness Speaks.

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Spirit Matters: Occult Beliefs, Alternative …

Spirit Matters: Occult Beliefs, Alternative Religions, and the Crisis of Faith in Victorian Britain Hardcover – March 15, 2018

by J. Jeffrey Franklin (Author)

Spirit Matters explores the heterodox and unorthodox religions and spiritualities that arose in Victorian Britain as a result of the faltering of Christian faith in the face of modernity, the rise of the truth-telling authority of science, and the first full exposure of the West to non-Christian religions. J. Jeffrey Franklin investigates the diversity of ways that spiritual seekers struggled to maintain faith or to create new faiths by reconciling elements of the Judeo-Christian heritage with Spiritualism, Buddhism, occultism, and scientific naturalism. Spirit Matters covers a range of scenarios from the Victorian hearth and the state-Church altar to the frontiers of empire in Buddhist countries and Egyptian crypts. Franklin reveals how this diversity of elements provided the materials for the formation of new hybrid religions and the emergence in the 20th century of New Age spiritualities.

Franklin investigates a broad spectrum of experiences through a series of representative case studies that together trace the development of unorthodox religious and spiritual discourses. The ideas and events discussed by Franklin through these case studies were considered outside the domain of orthodox religion yet still religious or spiritual rather than atheistic or materialistic. Among the works―obscure and canonical―he analyzes are Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s Zanoni and A Strange Story; Forest Life in Ceylon, by William Knighton; Anthony Trollope’s The Vicar of Bullhampton; Anna Leonowens’s The English Governess at the Siamese Court; Literature and Dogma, by Matthew Arnold; and Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

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Exopolitics

Most people I meet think I’m foolish for focusing on spirituality, the paranormal, UFO etc. I get it. There’s so much going on in the world. But the way I see it : it is impossible to divide these subjects from one another. You can’t untangle science from spirituality, or those from politics. You can’t untangle the mysteries of our present world without looking at our past – one we all know has been tampered with.

I know the phenomenology which constitutes UFO and consciousness would completely rewrite history. I know that because both realities have had a steady impact on humanity as far back as we can go. The mysteries and evidence of visitors to our planet, past and present, and the mysteries of the mind … How are they not intrinsically linked with our place on this planet?

This Life, Next Life (Documentary by Dr. Kei…

This Life, Next Life (Documentary by Dr. Keith Parsons~Life After Death)

This documentary by Dr. Keith Parsons offers empirical evidence for the Afterlife. A sequel,  ‘This Life, Past Life’  is now also available on Youtube. You can watch it HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2Aty…

You might also like his racy yet ‘spirituaI’ novel, ‘Lucky James?’ Its on Amazon as a paperback for UK, with a Kindle version for global download.

 There are global Kobo and iPad/ePub versions too. To find it, input both author and title. All proceeds go to Medecins Sans Frontieres. Link at bottom of description:

This video documentary, ‘This Life, Next Life’, covers the Cross Correspondences, the Scole Experiment, drop-in communicators, EVP, the mediumship of Mrs. Leonora Piper, together with a discussion of brain and mind. Are they the same or different? Interviews with Prof. David Fontana & Prof. Archie Roy, (former presidents of the SPR); Victor Zammit, former Australian attorney; Robin Foy, the Scole Group leader; Dr. Anabela Cardoso, Editor of the ITC Journal; Prof. Bruce Greyson of the University of Virginia; and Dr. Peter Fenwick – a consultant neuro-physiologist.

Link to Books on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_nos… 

 Documentaries by Dr. Keith Parsons include:

This Life, This Life

This Life, Next Life

This Life, Past Life

Can Spirits Materialise?

Surgeon from The Other Side

The Medium and The Airship

And DarwinBalls!

How do you let go of attachments to things? Do…

How do you let go of attachments to things? Don’t even try. It’s impossible. Attachment to things drops away by itself when you no longer seek to find yourself in them.

Science and Spiritual Practices: Transformat…

Science and Spiritual Practices: Transformative experiences and their effects on our bodies, brains and health Hardcover 

– November 2, 2017

by Rupert Sheldrake

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/147363007X/theanomalist

The Wisdom of Near Death Experiences

The Wisdom of Near Death Experiences:

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Dr. Penny Sartori started as an emergency room nurse and, after observing some very unusual events surrounding the deaths of some patients, became interested in the near death experience and the afterlife.

This week, she shares her findings with us, taking us deep into the world of the brain and consciousness. Is consciousness dependent on the brain to exist, or is the brain a transceiver? Listen as Whitley explores this and so many other questions with Penny.

Read the original source: http://www.unknowncountry.com/dreamland/wisdom-near-death-experiences#ixzz49muQaNfs

Secret Body: Erotic and Esoteric Currents in the History of…

Secret Body: Erotic and Esoteric Currents in the History of Religions Hardcover – November 14, 2017

by Jeffrey J. Kripal (Author)

Over the course of his twenty-five-year career, Jeffrey J. Kripal’s study of religion has had two major areas of focus: the erotic expression of mystical experience and the rise of the paranormal in American culture. This book brings these two halves together in surprising ways through a blend of memoir, manifesto, and anthology, drawing new connections between these two realms of human experience and revealing Kripal’s body of work to be a dynamic whole that has the potential to renew and reshape the study of religion.
           Kripal tells his story, biographically, historically and politically contextualizing each of the six books of his Chicago corpus, from Kali’s Child to Mutants and Mystics, all the while answering his censors and critics and exploring new implications of his thought. In the process, he begins to sketch out a speculative “new comparativism” in twenty theses. The result is a new vision for the study of religion, one that takes in the best of the past, engages with outside critiques from the sciences and the humanities, and begins to blaze a new positive path forward. A major work decades in the making, Secret Body will become a landmark in the study of religion.