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Friday, October 30, 2015

Ryokan––Before Listening to the way--poem 

Before Listening to the Way

Before listening to the way, do not fail to wash your ears.
Otherwise it will be impossible to listen clearly.
What is washing your ears?
Do not hold on to your view.
If you cling to it even a little bit,
you will lose your way.
What is similar to you but wrong, you regard as right.
What is different from you but right, you regard as wrong.
You begin with ideas of right and wrong.
But the way is not so.
Seeking answers with closed ears is
like trying to touch the ocean bottom with a pole.


(image from internet)

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Joseph Campbell--"The Divine Manifestation" 

The divine manifestation is ubiquitous,
   Only our eyes are not open to it.
Awe is what moves us forward.

Live from your own center.
The divine lives within you.
The separateness apparent in the world is secondary.
Beyond the world of opposites is an unseen,
but experienced, unity and identity in us all.

Today the planet is the only proper “in group.”
Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world.
We cannot cure the world of sorrows,
but we can choose to live in joy.

You must return with the bliss and integrate it.
    The return is seeing the radiance is everywhere.
The world is a match for us.
We are a match for the world.
The spirit is the bouquet of nature.

Sanctify the place you are in.
Follow your bliss. . . .

~ Joseph Campbell ~

(Compiled from various writings of Joseph Campbell)

(image from internet)

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Rumi--Sour, Doughy,Raw, and Numb––(poem) 

Sour, Doughy, Raw, and Numb

If we are not together in the heart,
what's the point?

When body and soul are not dancing,
there is no pleasure in colorful clothing.

Why having cooking pans
if there is no food in the house?

In this world full of fresh bread,
amber, and musk, what are they
to someone with no sense of smell?

If you stay away from fire,
you will remain sour,
doughy, raw, and numb.

You may have lovely just-baked loaves
around you, but those friends cannot help.
You have to feel the oven fire yourself.

- Jelalludin Rumi
          (Coleman Barks translation)

(image from internet)

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Jeff Carriera, Craig Hamilton, meditation workshop 

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Dear Dorothy ,

For the past few weeks I’ve been telling people that my dear friend and fellow meditation teacher Craig Hamilton and I will be leading a virtual meditation workshop on Saturday, November 7.

We still are, and it’s free…

AND since I first mentioned it our plans have really expanded.

You see, as soon as we started talking about the content of our workshop we also started talking about how we could really support people to sustain the subtle and delicate consciousness of awakened mind – and let’s face it, one more workshop (no matter how powerful it is) won’t do it.

Many of us have tasted the peace and penetrating clarity of meditative states of consciousness and want our lives to be anchored in that. We also find that in the midst of life’s challenges we often lose equanimity, lucidity and perspective.

What would happen if we didn’t lose our inner balance even under stress?

What if the sacred dimensions of life were always in view?

Regular spiritual practice done on our own helps, but it also isn’t enough.

Over decades of dedicated practice we have made some fundamental discoveries about what it really takes to sustain higher awareness.

First we must gain fluency with essential inner postures and practices of an awakened mind.

Then we need to take time out periodically to spend extended periods of time immersed in meditative consciousness.

And finally, we need to have those profound depths of awareness activated and reactivated in our own being by a teacher who has the power to take us into them.

After a few weeks of conversation, Craig and I have decided that we want to work together to guide a group of people on a year-long adventure into the unchartable waters of awakening.

So in 2016 we will offer a year-long virtual program in which you will…

learn and strengthen the inner postures of awakened mind
have regular and convenient opportunities to immerse in awakened consciousness
experience the building momentum that comes from successive activations of awakening in your own being
work together in shared spiritual pursuit with individuals from around the world
engage deeply with both of us, as your teachers, guides and fellow travelers on a journey into mystery

Our free workshop on November 7 will introduce you to everything we’ve been discussing over the past few weeks and give you an experience of direct activation.
Actually we are not calling this a workshop. It is An Enlightenment Activation Session.

On November 7 you are invited to join us for a two-hour virtual Enlightenment Activation Session called “Essentials of Awakening.”

In this session you will learn about the inner postures of awakened mind and the role that immersion and activation play in maintaining it.

Much more importantly we will all sit together in the deepest part of our being and you will experience the power of activation from both of us.

We will also be sure to tell you about our plans for 2016 so that you can decide if you feel called to join a pioneering group that is dedicated to experiencing and maintaining awakened consciousness.

Our November 7 session is being offered at no cost – you don’t even have to register to attend.

Simply click on the link below at 10am Pacific Time (1pm Eastern) on Saturday November 7 to listen online, or dial-in by phone.

Essentials of Awakening
A Free Enlightenment Activation Session
with Jeff Carreira and Craig Hamilton

Saturday November 7
10am to Noon Pacific Time
(1pm to 3pm Eastern Time)

CLICK HERE to join.

We look forward to working with you,
Jeff Carreira

Our mailing address is:
Emergence Education
HeadHouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Two--poem by Dorothy 


Yes, there is the exalted self.
The one that shines like the sun,
that rides clouds to glory,
converses with saints.

Then there is that other,
the quieter, less obtrusive one,
like a watcher that is always
hanging around,
waiting for the moment
to enter the house,
take over.

This one is filled with regret,
with a sense of repeated folly,
all the scars of the years,
the stumblings,
the blows given and received.

Sometimes they peer at each other
across the distances,
catch glimpses,
remember the presence that is there,
Who I am?

Dorothy Walters
October 26, 2015

(picture by N. M. Rai)

Monday, October 26, 2015

Shivadas––Two Poems 

The heart

Where is love if not in the heart?
But where is the heart if not in the soul?
And where is the soul if not in the Divinity?
But where is the Divinity if not in the heart?

To Maa

If in seeking You, I should find You,
And see All of You,
Then where would be the Mystery?
So continue to hide and run away from me,
And I will pursue You,
Teased on by occasional glimpses of You,
As You dart from hiding place to hiding place,
Laughing and calling to me,
From cave to forest, town to city,
And I shall seek Your eyes in every face I see.


Friday, October 23, 2015

Hafiz––Now is the Time--poem 

Now is the time to know
That all that you do is sacred.
Now, why not consider
A lasting truce with yourself and God.
Now is the time to understand
That all your ideas of right and wrong
Were just a child's training wheels
To be laid aside
When you finally live
With veracity
And love.
Hafiz is a divine envoy
Whom the Beloved
Has written a holy message upon.
My dear, please tell me,
Why do you still
Throw sticks at your heart
And God?
What is it in that sweet voice inside
That incites you to fear?
Now is the time for the world to know
That every thought and action is sacred.
This is the time
For you to compute the impossibility
That there is anything
But Grace.
Now is the season to know
That everything you do
Is sacred.


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Look to this Day––Ancient Sanskrit poem 

Look to this day
for it is life
the very life of life.

In its brief course lie all
the realities and truths of existence
the joy of growth
the splendor of action
the glory of power.

For yesterday is but a memory
And tomorrow is only a vision.
But today well lived
makes every yesterday a memory
of happiness
and every tomorrow a vision of hope.

Look well, therefore, to this day....

~ ancient Sanskrit poem ~

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Andrew Harvey--webinar on Becoming the Divine Human 

With Pioneering Contemporary Spiritual Teacher and
Internationally Renowned Mystic Scholar-Activist
Andrew Harvey
New Program Starts
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Have you hungered for a complete approach to spiritual awakening — one that fuses Heaven and Earth, masculine and feminine, stillness and action, into one
alchemical path?

Are you yearning for the truth and willing to go through whatever changes are necessary to stand as the sacred, powerful being that you are?

Then you’re are ready for mystical scholar Andrew Harvey, who is offering you nothing less than a synthesis of the spiritual gold from the highest teachings of the East and West, North and South.

They all point to a profound destination — the birth of the “Divine Human.” In this new stage of our evolution, we experience a unification of our highest and lowest natures,, alchemized together in our hearts and expressed in sacred action.

This is not an abstract idea, but rather a higher calling for all of us who are awakening and committed to being positive change agents.

To avert planetary calamities, Andrew believes it will take many, many “Divine Humans” to create a new template for sacred action and enlightened service, sourced from a deep divinization of our bodies, minds and souls.

We are ALL co-creators of this new template. Together, we’re forging a path beyond what we’ve known, guided by our great spiritual ancestors and inspired by our pioneering colleagues.

While it is a shared exploration, Andrew Harvey gives voice and vision to this path as perhaps no one else ever has.

That is because he is no armchair teacher — he has steeped himself in the world’s wisdom traditions, writing more than 40 books that harvest and synthesize the gems from Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sufism, Shamanism and divine feminine traditions. And, he has passionately undertaken his own profound, liberating initiation into birthing the Divine Human within himself.

And now, he’s ready to share the full expression of this new synthesis.

Last year, for the first time, Andrew led this unprecedented offering, guiding hundreds of individuals on a journey toward an intimate experience with the Divine. This course was so completely transformative, Andrew is leading it again... and this time, he’s adding even more practices, exercises and opportunities for live mentoring.

I loved this course! I was continually amazed by the breadth of Andrew’s knowledge and the depth of his understanding. I feel my foundation is more integrated, more stable, deeper and more alive. I am excited to
see what the future will bring.
– Donna Campbell, Santa Rosa, CA

In the Living the Divine Human training, he builds upon the realizations of the great mystics of the past and shows how they all point toward the unification of multiple wisdom streams, which together illuminate our way forward to a truly divinized life.

In this powerful course, Andrew will show you exactly how to remove the limitations on your spiritual growth and walk a path that is at once heavenly and humble, enlightened and embodied, passionate and full of life.

This pathway leads into the heart of divinized sexual relationships, transformed relationships with the Earth and with animals, a new relationship with God/Goddess, and a new kind of sacred evolutionary movement for change.

It is both fiery and tender at the same time.

Andrew is an electrifying, heart-opening teacher who understands the transformation into our divine humanity in a unique and liberating way. He draws us into a mature and rigorous relationship with the Divine.

His words can sometimes be bracing or confrontational before they then melt into the tender, ecstatic tones of one who is deeply, passionately in love with God. He does not merely whisper sweet nothings in your ear, but actually shakes you awake into the unconditional love that is your birthright and your destiny.

If you are sincere in your hunger for divine truth, and committed to both your spiritual growth and sacred service, this course was designed for YOU.

It builds on four decades of Andrew’s profound mystical scholarship, as well as his most sublimely shattering spiritual openings, to give you a clearly defined map and a potent set of tools that can — if you truly harness them — propel you through the birth canal into a new way of life.

That new way of life will not be all sweetness and light. It will have its rigors, intensities and challenges. But you will be given practices to meet those challenges with strength and tenderness, fully rooted in the awe and wonder of the universe, riding ever-widening waves of grace.

During the 12 weeks, Andrew will cut through surface truths to liberate the magma at your core and, in its liberation, allow you to discover fresh ground on which you can stand for the next stage of your spiritual journey.

The Importance of Embodying Your
Divine Human

We are blessed to be alive at one of the most amazing moments in history, when all that was once hidden is now being revealed, including the esoteric truths of mystics from around the world.

Humanity is awakening to who we truly are; at once finite and infinite, matter and spirit, human and divine.

And yet, as the veils are slowly lifted, the chasm also widens between those of us who are “waking up” and those of us that choose to continue to remain unconscious. The symptoms of that “sleep” are horrifying: consumerism, waste and war creating carnage in human society and our natural ecosystems.

We are fast approaching the crossroads of our destiny. Many believe that this decade is a crucial, turning-point before we hit systemic breakdown.

If we continue on the trajectory of mindless materialism we’re currently on, we will face the potential destruction of ourselves and Mother Earth.

However, if we can find the courage to live fully as Divine Humans, we will have a precious, rare opportunity to create this world in a wholly new way.

Living the Divine Human offers a foundational, even essential, set of teachings for seeing THIS planet as divine — given to us to steward and cultivate peace, communal prosperity, health and justice.

It is a path based on Oneness and seeing ourselves as a sacred family. It is a path of blessing, wholeness and embodiment.

It is a love-filled antidote to the soul-deadening, destructive greed, which holds enormous sway over our culture, our businesses, our politics and our minds.

Our collective crises are now leading us into an intensely personal and collective rite of passage that requires us to face and heal our shadow in order to reclaim our full divinity and open to this higher octave of possibility.

If you can consciously embrace this transformative journey, you not only transmute your suffering but fulfill the ultimate purpose of evolution — which is to bring Heaven to Earth and birth God in humankind.

That is what awaits you on the other side of becoming a Divine Human.

The Importance of a Sacred Guide

The good news is that Andrew Harvey has dedicated his life to navigating this passage and making the most powerful teachings and practices available to those of you who are ready to receive it.

He is the prolific author of over 40 books and spiritual classics, including The Essential Mystics, The Son of Man and The Heart of Yoga. He has a remarkable gift for opening our eyes and peeling away the falsehoods to reveal the wild, liberating truth at our core.

On a personal level, he’s been through the fires of the inner “Dark Night,” the heart-opening illuminations — and the intense disillusionments that have cracked him open, bringing him to his knees again and again.

Andrew knows the terrain of the birthing of the Divine Human in a way that few others do. Because of his scholarly depth and personal experience, there is perhaps no more articulate, passionate and perceptive teacher to lead others on this journey.

And that is why we are so excited to offer — exclusive to The Shift Network — the groundbreaking course, Living the Divine Human, with him.

It promises to be one of the most exciting, no-holds-barred trainings that Andrew has ever shared in a virtual setting. This sacred offering from his heart to yours is a chance to harvest the bounty of a lifetime of mystical practice and rigorous scholarship to accelerate your experience of incarnating more and more divinity.

Living the Divine Human has been created for heart-centered, open-minded, globally-concerned seekers, like you, to begin on a profound, life-changing odyssey together.

The journey will help you clear away lingering falsehoods that have distorted so many religious (and New Age) traditions. It will lead you instead into profound openings, mind-expanding recognitions, and the next steps on your path to transformation of body, mind and soul.

You’ll have the chance to unlock the innermost, esoteric secrets of divinization and receive the hidden truths, liberating methods and profound blessings of not only Andrew, but of many extraordinary mystics.

The goal is to pioneer and practice a 21st century embodiment of the Divine: grounded in sacred action, steeped in wisdom and illuminated by a sacred fire.

The only requirement to enter this journey is a commitment in your heart to walk the path with real dedication, as the course is for those with a powerful love for this world and a sincere desire to become an emissary of the Divine.

How to Embody the Divine Human in
Your Daily Life

So, if you are one of those rare individuals who has heard your soul’s calling and yearns to make living as a Divine Human a priority in your life, then this is a truly special opportunity for you.

This life-changing experience is being offered with the sincere intention of fueling the sacred fire in your heart and empowering you to make permanent shifts in your awareness — while expanding the collective field of transformation to saturate your life, your community, and eventually our planet.

When you complete the course, you will not only have developed deep friendships and connections with a community of awakening souls, but you will also have integrated more fully the path of divinization into your daily life.

During this journey, you will receive:

Specific teachings from 4 initiatory streams that are essential for becoming a Divine Human (shamanic, tantric, transcendent and sacred activism)
Clarity around the actual stages of the path — drawing from evolutionary traditions like Kabbalah, Shaivism, Sufism and Hinduism
A deeper view of the Divine Evolutionary plan and its unfolding
A clear understanding of the 4 laws of shamanic wisdom and how they apply to your life
Insights on the inner science of transfiguration and how to navigate the “dark night of the soul”
Profound wisdom on marrying spiritual practice and sacred action to heal the world
7 sacred practices that can deepen your journey and allow the alchemy of your heart to work its magic
A powerful activation and integration of passion into the core of your spiritual life
What You’ll Learn in These 12 Weeks

Course sessions are on Wednesdays at 5:00pm Pacific.

In this 12-week transformational intensive, Andrew will guide you through the fundamental spiritual skills and competencies that you’ll need to successfully embody your Divine Human with tools that will make this sacred integration real to you and active in the depths of your life.

Each weekly session will build harmoniously upon the next, so that you’ll develop a complete, holistic understanding of the practices, tools and principles you’ll need to sustain your path as a Divine Human in everyday life.

The main course sessions will air from 5:00pm to 7:00pm Pacific on Wednesdays.

*Just Added – 5 LIVE Integration Sessions*

Andrew has added 5 essential integration sessions to support you in working more deeply with the material from each class. These dynamic sessions will be a great opportunity to unpack Andrew’s rich teachings plus receive additional guidance through LIVE Q&A.

Module 1: The Birth of the Divine Human (November 11)

Drawn from his own experience with major mystical traditions as well as the work of evolutionary mystics such as Sri Aurobindo and Father Bede Griffiths, Andrew Harvey will present his vision of our world crisis as the birthing ground of a new kind of human being — the Divine Human. He will show that this birth springs from both an unflinching look at the extremes of the crisis and a celebration of our essential divine identity.

He will lay out an overview of the four essential streams of divine wisdom that now have to be fused to make this birth possible — the shamanic, the transcendent, the tantric and sacred activism.

In this module, you’ll discover:

A deeper understanding of the Divine Evolutionary plan
A vision of the dance of opposites, through which this plan works
An overview of the evolutionary worldview of the major mystical traditions
The essence of the living experience of divine transformation of Sri Aurobindo and Bede Griffiths and what you can learn from them
An initiatory understanding of the 4 essential streams of evolutionary wisdom and how they work together in your transfiguration
Featured Practice: The “I Am” practice of divine identity from Ramana Maharshi that leads to realization of Self

Module 2 Part 1: The Shamanic Ground (November 18)

Drawing on his own experiences of shamanic initiation — in Ecuador with an Amazonian shaman, with the white Lions of Timbatati in South Africa, and with aboriginal elders in Australia — Andrew will unfold his vision of the necessity of honoring the shamanic vision and its wisdom as the grounds of divine evolution. Special stress will be placed on four laws of this wisdom; the law of interdependence with the creation; the law honoring the rhythms of creation; the law of celebration of creation and of life as sacred, and the law of taking responsibility for honoring these laws. He will go into detail about the Aboriginal vision of Kanyini, and he will also show the shadow of shamanic wisdom — it’s overly strong fusion with nature and lack of complete knowledge of transient origin.

In this module, you will:

Experience a deep awareness of the necessity of shamanic wisdom for our survival.
Develop a clear understanding of the 4 laws that this shamanic wisdom reveals.
Receive insights into the sacred equality of the creation of life.
Gain an expansive vision of the splendor and sanity of aboriginal knowledge.
Receive a profound understanding of the shadow of shamanic wisdom.
Featured Practice: An Australian aboriginal practice to experience directly the sacred life in all things, realizing that all the world is “looking back” at you with eyes of divine compassion

Module 2 Part 2: The Shamanic Ground (November 25)

Building on the teachings in Part 1, Andrew will go deeper with the material through discussion, experiential exercises and LIVE Q&A.

Module 3 Part 1: The Celebration of the Transcendent Revelation (December 2)

Andrew Harvey will celebrate the revolution of the Axial Age; its breakthrough to living knowledge of divine origin. Drawing on the great Axial pioneers — the sages of the Upanishads, the Buddha and Lao Tzu — he will show how this knowledge of transcendent origin gives human beings a radical new level of divine truth and power. He will also explore the shadow of transcendental revelation — a dedication to transience, a devaluation of the creation, body, sexuality and relationship, and an over emphasis on human uniqueness.

In this module, you will:

Receive a deep understanding of the radical breakthrough of the Axial Age.
Open to a vision of how this breakthrough enlightens the shadow of shamanic wisdom.
Deepen your awareness of how the vision of transcendental identity opens up new powers for humanity.
Gain deeper knowledge of the interconnection of Buddhism, Hinduism and Taoism — and its evolutionary meaning.
Become aware of the cost of the shadow of the Axial Age.
Featured Practice: A sacred practice from the Hindu saint Rabia, involving the practice of saying the name of GOD to enter into ecstatic, divine union

Module 3 Part 2: The Celebration of the Transcendent Revelation (December 9)

Building on the teachings in Part 1, Andrew will go deeper with the material through discussion, experiential exercises and LIVE Q&A.

Module 4 Part 1: Tantric Revelation
(December 16)

In this module, Andrew will transmit his vision of how the Tantric Revelation of later Hinduism, Mahayana Buddhism and Christianity corrected the addiction to transcendence inherent in the Axial Age. Special emphasis will be given to Jesus and the revolutionary fusion in his work and life of the shamanic, transient and tantric knowledge of the Divine, and how this fusion opens up a path of transfiguration for all human beings.

In this module, you will:

Learn how the Tantric Revelation depends on a dynamic vision of the motherhood of GOD and reveals the five great passions that must be combined to integrate this completely:
- The passion of GOD as mother
- The passion of creation as the embodied mother
- The passion of compassion for all sentient beings
- The passion of tantric relationships
- The passion for radical action to honor the mother’s laws
Gain clarity about the true main shadow of Tantra — license in the name liberation.
Receive a deeper understanding about the temptation to use the powers that Tantra gives for personal glory, and not the service of humanity.
Featured Practice: The Gazing Practice of Rumi and Shams of Tabriz, which you can practice with your beloved, your companions or even a cherished pet

Module 4 Part 2: Tantric Revelation
(January 6)

Building on the teaching in Part 1, Andrew will go deeper with the material through discussion, experiential exercises and LIVE Q&A.

Module 5 Part 1: The Transfiguration of the Body & the Birth of the Divine Androgyne (January 13)

In this module, we really bring together the streams and plunge deep into the transformation of the body by unifying the masculine and feminine sides of our nature. Many of the great spiritual teachers embodied both masculine and feminine characteristics, and it is in the full embrace that we are born into a new kind of wholeness and open the pathway to a divinized body and divinized sexual relationships.

In this module, you’ll:

Develop an expanded range of understanding of the sacred masculine from Sufism, Mahayana Buddhism, the Cult of Dionysus in Greek Mysticism and the complex vision of Shiva and Shaivism.
Experience deeper mystical practices to connect with the Divine Mother.
Develop an expanded capacity for deep forgiveness of oneself and others
Develop practices to heal the imbalance in the individual and collective psyche.
See how the 5 crucial shadows of our global crisis align, dovetail and collude to keep our world crisis going.
Featured Sacred Practice : The Golden Light Embodiment Practice in which you visualize golden light pouring from the Mother’s outstretched hands to wake up the energy centers known as the chakras, helping the body go through an archetypal transfiguration and blessing — Andrew says this is the most powerful practice he knows!

Module 5 Part 2: The Transfiguration of the Body & the Birth of the Divine Androgyne (January 20)

Building on the teaching in Part 1, Andrew will go deeper with the material through discussion, experiential exercises and LIVE Q&A.

Module 6 Part 1: Sacred Activism
(January 27)

As you fuse the four sacred streams into one and begin to birth the Divine Human in you, it becomes more apparent and imperative to engage in right actions to help our world evolve, heal, and manifest its glory. The Sacred Activist marries the mystic’s passion for God with the activist’s passion for justice and out of the two, a holy “third fire” is born in which you become a living flame of love in action.

In this module, you will:

Learn the art and discipline of sacred activism — awakened love and service in action.
Discover your Buddha heart filled with holy power as an inner form of sacred activism that you can access when dealing with difficult people and explosive energies.
Understand the evolutionary re-engagement necessary to complete the birth of your divine humanity.
Go beyond the pursuit of personal enlightenment to discover how you can co-create an awakened culture and society.
Experience powerful practices to awaken and embody more of your innate divinity through focused prayer and action that flows from your heart.
Featured Sacred Practice : Tonglen Practice for you to face and transform pain, suffering, horror, chaos and even madness by visualizing all the dark pain of a situation as a black smoke that dissolves and transforms in your Christ/Buddha heart, expressing again as love

Module 6 Part 2: Sacred Activism
(February 3)

Building on the teaching in Part 1, Andrew will go deeper with the material through discussion, experiential exercises and LIVE Q&A.

Module 7: The Way Forward
(February 10)

In the 7th module, Andrew will offer the way forward by integrating the four streams of tantric, transcendent, shamanic and sacred activist transmission. He will address the way forward through whatever may now unfold as the potential birth of the Divine Human in you.

In this module, you will:

Understand more deeply how you can walk a pragmatic path of love in action.
Learn how to effectively organize networks of grace and circles of support for those doing this birthing work.
Discover ways to more fully integrate your core practices into your daily life, and embody the Divine Human moment-to-moment.
Recognize and avoid the pitfalls, perils and temptations on the path of illumination.
Experience union by passing through the Dark Night into the New Dawn.
Become a midwife for the birth of divine consciousness into the world.
Featured Sacred Practice : A profound shadow practice that includes a Taoist Laughing Dance — exploding you with laughter and playfulness even as you work with deep shadows

The Living the Divine Human Bonus Collection

In addition to Andrew’s transformative 12-week virtual course, you’ll also receive these powerful training sessions with the world’s leading visionaries and teachers. These bonus sessions are being offered to further complement what you’ll learn in the course — and take your understanding and practice to an even deeper level.

The Sacred Practice of Tonglen Meditation
Guided Video with Andrew Harvey

Tibetan Buddhism has a huge array of sacred practices for embodying the values and virtues of the bodhisattva, a great being whose purpose for living is to relieve the suffering of all sentient beings. In this beautiful video, Andrew Harvey guides you in Tonglen, a central practice for those on the bodhisattva path, where one receives and transmutes the suffering of the world, a group or an individual — placing oneself in the feet of the other and selflessly eradicating their suffering.

The Eternal Wine: Poems of Rumi for Our Time
Audio Download from Andrew Harvey

A selection of Rumi readings specifically selected by Andrew for their relevance to our current crisis. Andrew calls this “Rumi for our time.” These highly thought and emotion invoking readings will assist you in exploring the your spirituality and provide you with a catalyst to look within for your own answers to the questions that currently perplex all of us. This special selection of Rumi readings is set to moving ambient music and read by Andrew himself.

Light the Flame: 365 Days of Prayer
E-book from Andrew Harvey

The act of prayer has been recognized — by sages and skeptics alike — as a powerful way to enact positive physical, spiritual and emotional change. Prayer has the power to take us beyond the rational mind, opening our hearts and engaging our souls. It brings us peace and health. Its aim is to uplift our spirits and bring us closer to the Divine.

In Light the Flame, Andrew has gathered the 365 prayers that have most influenced his life, offering us a daily reminder of the sacred. Drawing insights from around the world, across religions and an array of disciplines, Andrew provides inspiration from great spiritual minds like Rumi and Andrew Merton, activists like César Chávez and Mother Teresa and philosophers like Nietzsche and Voltaire — plus he includes some of his own works. With themes that range from love and loss to unity and transformation, this luminous book will capture your imagination and nourish your soul.

Exploration of a Poet
Video of Dorothy Walters Interviewed by Andrew Harvey

This wonderful DVD of Andrew interviewing Dorothy concerning the process that led her to become a mystical poet continuing the heritage of such writers as Rumi, Hafiz and Mirabai. Andrew reads a few of his favorite poems by Dorothy and discusses her journey into becoming the a renowned poet and author.

Dorothy Walters, PHD, taught college level English and American literature in various Midwestern universities for most of her professional life. In 1981, at age 53, she experienced spontaneous Kundalini awakening with little or no prior knowledge or experience in such things as yoga or meditation. This event was the beginning of a long process, which led her through many subsequent episodes of ecstasy and pain as the energies sought to balance and integrate within. This ongoing process has in fact continued in one form or another up to the present and thus it has been the focus of her attention, in terms of both her own continuing experience and personal research on the Kundalini phenomenon. In 1988, she took an early retirement from teaching and moved to San Francisco, where she lived for the next twenty-one years. While there, she met Andrew Harvey, the renowned spiritual teacher, who encouraged her to write spiritual poetry. She has several volumes of mystical verse in publication as well as a spiritual autobiography.

And when you register TONIGHT, Wednesday, October 21,
by Midnight Pacific, you’ll receive this additional bonus gift:

Yoga as Embodied Prayer
Meditation and Yoga Video with Andrew Harvey

In this 75-minute video, Andrew gracefully and powerfully guides you through a full spectrum yoga, prayer and meditation practice so that you can more fully integrate and embody all aspects of your conscious being. Andrew reclaims the essence of yoga in such a potent, yet joy filled way that this could become your daily sacred practice.

What Graduates of The Divine Human Course are Saying...

I fully recommend this course. The Shift Network are amazing to deal with and Andrew Harvey is a gift from the divine sent to help us navigate these times. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to learn from his wisdom and for the insights and ideas it’s inspired in me. Thank you Andrew, and The Shift Network. Much love and blessings.
– Jemma, Perth, Australia

Andrew Harvey and this course are not only a gift to humanity, also a must for serious self-reflection, deeper commitment, and collaboration for a better world... now. To be true to self and to the content of his call to action, one must humbly accept the power of the Divine within and the power of the shadows. And then choose with "ferocious discipline," as he says, to marry the two in a mystical dance of sacred love in action. This alchemy is true hope. Cheers to this movement!
– Iva Nasr, Indianapolis, IN

This course is a powerful gift to oneself and the world as a whole. Andrew’s sharing of his journey through the many spiritual practices and bringing them together as a way forward in this time is more valuable than words can express. I cannot recommend this course enough.
– Robin Davis, Nunn, CO

The course beautifully melds and transforms the overall feeling of helplessness as a result of the atrocities in our world... with love, power, wisdom and grace inherent in embodying the Beloved and offers usable skill sets to make a difference.
– Terri, Missisippi

Andrew presents a passionate and wonderfully insightful perspective on our global crisis and why we must participate in order to support the necessary changes in the world. He truly makes a case for "sacred activism" and presents many tools for enhancing our ability to participate through raising our own consciousness.
– Doug Stuart, Chicago, IL

The course content is challenging, profound and transformative. I’m so thankful for Andrew Harvey’s wonderful teachings and I always come away with so much new and exciting information. For the serious seeker of Truth, I recommend this course and I also took Andrew’s Christ Path course which I also strongly recommend.
– Jeanne, Brampton, Ontario, Canada

I thought I was an enlightened 78 year old man, that I was in touch with my trusted source, extending Divine Love to others, doing Oneness Blessings for others... But, I have barely begun my Divine Mission. I believe am now Motivated to take Action. One way I am going to start is through Barbara Marx Hubbard’s Pod groups starting here at Unity Spiritual Center. I trust the Divine will continue to guide me as it did to sign up for this course with Andrew.
– Rick Bushroe, Grass Valley, CA

I have found Andrew Harvey’s course on the Divine Human most helpful. He has vast knowledge and experience which he generously and lovingly shares. The practical aspects I found particularly helpful . These are great tools I can take forward with me and I know the more I use them the more benefit I will create within my own life, rippling out. Andrew Harvey is a gifted teacher.
– Lynn Millard, Johannesburg, South Africa

Finally, a no nonsense spiritual account of the world crisis that we have all had a part in creating. Here is an in depth multidimensional experience fully equipped with practices that will ground you in your own divinity so you can take action in your most productive way.This course has helped me chart a new personal course in spite of my fear I’m forever grateful. This course is my new blueprint. Thank you.
– Pamela, Chicago, IL

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Join your fellow students and practitioners from across the world in the interactive conference calls or in our online community to support and learn from each other while you learn to open your mind and expand your paradigm of reality.

This international community is also at the leading edge of a global movement of people who are committed to manifesting a better world for all beings. This emerging planetary movement is rooted in an open heart and stands for the principles of mutual support, cooperation, harmony and reverence for all of life.

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Here’s What You’ll Receive

Seven 90-Minute Class Sessions with Andrew Harvey (Pre-recorded teachings and live Q&A)

Experience a rare opportunity to learn from one of the world’s leading spiritual teachers from the comfort of your own home. Each class session will consist of a broadcast of Andrew’s pre-recorded lecture, helping you create the specific skills and abilities to awaken your spiritual potential, as well as live Q&A. Following the lectures, Andrew will come on live every session for 30 mins or more of Q&A time, so you can then have all your questions answered.

Five LIVE Integration Sessions with Andrew Harvey

These LIVE sessions will Andrew with give you access to his spontaneous exchanges and enlightened teachings. As he engages directly with the your most important explorations, he will help to deepen your learning and embodiment and synthesize it all in a truly powerful and deeply heartfelt manner.

Twelve Interactive Group Practice Sessions

Included in each LIVE Q&A integration session, there will be live interactive practice where you will be placed in an intimate group with several other participants on the conference call to interact, share and do additional practices to help further integrate the weekly lessons.

Twelve PDF Transcripts of
Class Sessions

In addition to the high quality MP3 audios, you’ll also receive the entire class transcription in PDF format after each session is completed. This way you can review, print and highlight the most important insights and practices that you’ll learn.

Exercises and Questions for Each Lesson

After each lesson, you will then have the option to do related exercises, practice new tools and answer questions in order to accelerate your learning and integrate each week’s lesson.

Online Community

Our exclusive Facebook online community is the perfect place to continue your learning after each class. Here, you can ask additional questions, interact with your fellow students and get access to additional resources to take your learning experience to an even deeper level.

The Living the Divine Human
Bonus Collection

The Sacred Practice of Tonglen Meditation
Guided Video with Andrew Harvey
The Eternal Wine: Poems of Rumi for Our Time
Audio Download from Andrew Harvey
Light the Flame: 365 Days of Prayer
E-book from Andrew Harvey
Exploration of a Poet
Video of Dorothy Walters Interviewed by Andrew Harvey
And when you register TONIGHT, Wednesday, October 21,
by Midnight Pacific, you’ll receive this additional bonus gift:

Yoga as Embodied Prayer
Meditation and Yoga Video with Andrew Harvey
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We at The Shift Network feel deeply honored and humbled that Andrew has chosen to partner with us on this online course. As you may know, this is a rare opportunity to learn directly from a renowned mystic and connect with a global community of like minds and hearts who are doing this important and transformative inner and outer work.

Through this powerful online format, you’ll not only save time and money on workshop costs (plus travel, accommodations and meals — which would cost thousands of dollars), you’ll also be able to benefit from Andrew and his guests’ incredible teachings and exercises from the comfort of your home — at your own pace!

If you are serious about embracing a complete approach to spiritual awakening and are ready to stand fully as the sacred, powerful being that you are, then you owe it to yourself, your loved ones — and our world — to take this one-of-a-kind training.

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More Praise For Andrew Harvey...

Every age has its teachers, who keep the eternal truths alive for all of us. And when a generation is very, very lucky, it encounters a teacher so illumined that the words he delivers must be illumined as well. In the case of Andrew Harvey, the light he sheds is like a meteor burst across the inner sky.
– Marianne Williamson, Author of Everyday Grace

Andrew is a genius and an inspired visionary who has the ability to interpret the meaning and significance of the chaos and patterns of change that are redirecting the compass of our contemporary culture. Andrew is a spiritual, intellectual, and cultural mystic whose passion is to awaken people to a new and essential empowerment in this world: sacred activism. He has defined and grounded the route, the means, and the way individuals can and should respond to the chaos and rapid changes that now characterize our contemporary spiritual and cultural life. Andrew’s research reflects his superb academic background as a professor at Oxford and his passion clearly reveals that his soul is on fire with a grace that comes from the Divine.
– Caroline Myss, Author of Anatomy of the Spirit andSacred Contracts

Amid the myriad challenges we face on Earth — the population explosion, environmental degradation, nuclear proliferation, religious fundamentalism, terrorism, war, apocalypse-think, and more — it is easy to be overwhelmed by a sense of futility and hopelessness. Now comes a singularly courageous, charismatic individual — Andrew Harvey — with an answer to all of these challenges: personal transformation and empowerment through an encounter with the divine feminine. This process is not esoteric, but is entirely natural and as near as our own shadow. Harvey’s sacred activism is a corrective to the doomsayers and do-nothings who are part of our problems. He is a modern version of a fiery, Old-Testament prophet, whose words were ignored at great peril. We must attend to Andrew Harvey’s message. Not only will it help us humans regain our sanity, it just might save our skins.
– Larry Dossey, M.D., Author of The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things

Using humor, passion and analysis, Andrew Harvey challenges us to wake up and get up off of our couches to become the spiritual activists we all can be. A powerful, provocative, prophetic appeal to sanity and activism for our apocalyptic times, this film is recommended for anyone who cares about the survival of their grandchildren or planet or both. Is anyone listening?
– Reverend Matthew Fox, Author of Creation Spirituality, and Founder of Wisdom University

Andrew Harvey is one of the world’s irreplaceable resources.
– Lance Morrow, Writer, Time Magazine

Andrew Harvey is an enlightened spirit — a messenger from the Divine.
– Gloria Vanderbilt

Our world is awash with activism, is drowning in activism, but it is the wrong kind. Andrew Harvey’s sacred activism is the only form that is likely to save us from the narrow, destructive preoccupations that seem to mesmerize us humans. Only an attention to the heart — for "sacred" and "heart" reflect a common meaning — can generate the hope, courage, and vision required for our troubled times. It is important to realize that Andrew Harvey’s message is not a matter of philosophy, but of survival.
– Barbara Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN

Amid the gloom-and-doom predictions and total denial so prevalent today, Andrew Harvey’s is a singular voice speaking truth about our current situation. In impassioned yet pragmatic terms, he lays out the grave problems humanity faces, from WMDs and environmental desecration to epidemic levels of attention disorder, outlining the grim fate that awaits us if we fail to mend our ways. But unlike the chorus of modern-day Cassandras, Andrew doesn’t leave us there, mired in despair. Setting out a course of radical and reasoned action, he empowers us to become spiritual activists and reclaim our planet from the suicidal trajectory we’re traveling. We could have no more compelling guide to today’s challenges and their solutions. It’s breathtaking to hear so unsettling a subject articulated with such intelligence and grace.
– Joan Duncan Oliver, Journalist and Author of Happiness: How to Get It and Keep It

At this critical juncture in history, Andrew Harvey’s teachings on sacred activism are sounding a clarion call to all who care deeply about the future of humanity and of the planet. We cannot open to creative solutions to the enormous challenges that confront us without looking truthfully and fearlessly at the horrific things that are taking place in our world and at the same time holding to a powerful vision of what is possible through a radical transformation of our consciousness. The Chinese character for the word crisis contains the characters for danger and opportunity, and in this powerful film, Andrew Harvey clearly outlines both these elements of our current world crisis as he makes the case that the darkness of our time is also the birth canal for the emergence of a divine humanity. He passionately calls us to dedicate ourselves to being midwives of this birth, and describes in very practical terms the five dimensions of service that comprise a commitment to live as Sacred Activists. I cannot imagine a more important teaching for our time.
– Rev. Diane Berke, Spiritual Director, One Spirit Learning Alliance

Harvey is probably the greatest living scholar and practitioner of mysticism. There are others more deeply steeped in individual traditions, but few, if any, have so extensively explored such a variety of mystic paths, not just an academic observer but also as a participant.
– Worcester Magazine

About Andrew Harvey. . .

Andrew Harvey is an author, speaker and founder/director of the Institute of Sacred Activism, an international organization focused on inviting concerned people to take up the challenge of our contemporary global crises by becoming inspired, effective and practical agents of institutional and systemic change, in order to create peace and sustainability.

Andrew Harvey has taught at Oxford University, Cornell University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, The California Institute of Integral Studies and the University of Creation Spirituality as well as at various spiritual centers throughout the U.S. He was the subject of the 1993 BBC film documentary The Making of a Modern Mystic and appears also in Rumi Turning Ecstatic and The Consciousness of the Christ: Reclaiming Jesus for A New Humanity. He is also coauthor of the best-selling The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying and has worked with the great Iranian Sufi dancer, Banafsheh Sayyad, in producing a film, In the Fire of Grace, which marries Sufi inspired dances to the stages of Rumi’s understanding of the path of Divine love.

He has written and edited over 30 books and received many awards, including the Benjamin Franklin Award and the Mind Body Spirit Award.

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– Claudia F., Medford

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Webinar with Amrita Melchizedek 

The ET Quantum Healing Pods of Light of the 12 Star Councils
One and a half hour tele/webinar conference session with Anrita Melchizedek
$33(Approximately €25.00/£21.50/R350)

Sunday October 25th 2015
7pm GMT, 12pm PDT, 1pm MDT, 2pm CDT, 3pm EDT
London/Lisbon 7pm, Johannesburg 9pm, LA 12pm, New York 3pm, Sydney 6am (October 26th)

Join Anrita and the Elders as you experience the ET Quantum Healing Pods of the 12 Star Councils. Traveling in Soul consciousness into the Pyramid of Emotion above Michu Picchu, each Star Councils will come forward and surround us in a beautiful colored ET Quantum Healing Pod of Light. Within each ET Quantum Healing Pod, we will focus on the Emotional Energy Centers of the body as we clear the remnants of old false beliefs and judgments, dis-comforts and dis-ease, while embracing the full range of our emotions and the celebration of ourselves as these sacred transfiguring Flames of Divine Love. We will travel along the Christed Timelines to that Now moment of the source, or origin, of each false belief or physical dis-comfort/dis-ease within the ET Quantum Healing Pods, getting a sense of the energy of each particular Star Council as they guide us ever deeper into the healing of ourselves and others. At each Now moment of origin of these false beliefs, dis-comforts and dis-ease, the ET Quantum Healing Pod activates specific Light frequency spectrums to turn off the gene code of the dis-ease or false belief so it no longer activates or re-activates in this Now moment.

While we are all experiencing the New Earth Templates, each in our own unique way, we are also clearing the remnants of old patterns, dis-eases and areas of dis-comfort for ourselves and others as we create these pathways of Divine Love. As we travel the Christed Timelines into current timelines, past lives/parallel realities and genetically inherited memories, we work with particular tools, affirmations, invocations and the knowing that we are indeed co-creators to the Company of Heaven. As we end this transmission, the Star Councils re-activate the Star Ki Codes through our original Divine Eight-Cell Blueprint.

The Emotional Energy Centers of the Body and Star Councils we work with are as follows:

Throat Center: Self-Expression Issues. Lack of trust. Lack of nurturing.
False belief: I am alone. I cannot trust others. I am unseen and unheard. I have no voice.
The Meldekian Star Council.

Shoulders ~ Burden areas:I carry the weight of the world on my shoulders.
False belief: No one can do what I can. No-one understands me. Life is tough.
The Orion Star Council.

Heart Center: Grief, sorry, sadness, loss.
False belief: I am unloved. I am unappreciated. I am sad. I am helpless. I always feel so much pain. The universe does not support me.
The Venusian Star Council.

Fear Center: Fears and Phobias. Loss of control. Giving our power to others. Relationships.
False belief: I am not in control. I am always been taken advantage off. Other people take my power. I am powerless. Bad things always happen to me.
The Arcturian Star Council.

Anger Center:Anger and Rage. Anger at others. Anger at Self. Jealousy.Resentment.
False belief: Others are always better off than I am. The world is full of people who only care about themselves. I am the idiot others use.
The Vegan Star Council

Guilt/Shame/Unworthiness Center: Unacceptance. Self-Judgment, Self-Criticism.
False beliefs: I am not worthy. I am not good enough. I hate myself. I am such a stupid person. I am ugly. I am fat. No-one will ever love me. I am always going to be alone.
The Niburian Star Council.

Old Stuff Center: Family Sexual Issues. Childhood Conditioning. Violation of Body or Personal Space.
False beliefs: I am not safe. Sex is sinful. All men just want sex. All women want to be seduced. I am going to be hurt. I am always hurt.
The Sirian Star Council.

Support Area: Lack of financial support.
False beliefs: I am never going to be able to make a living in what I love doing. I have no money. Money is the root of all evil.
The Alpha Centaurian Star Council.

Support Area: Lack of emotional support.
False beliefs: I am unsupported. I have no friends. No-one understands me. I am different.
The Pleiadian Star Council.

Survival Center:Trauma, accidents, abuse, rape, violations, impotency/frigidity.
False beliefs: I will not survive this. I will never again be able to be intimate with another. I trust no-one. I must protect myself from others at all costs.
The Brotherhood of the Light High Council.

Rejection Center: Abandonment, Criticism, Judgment by others. Self-rejection.
False beliefs: I am always abandoned by those I love. Others are always judging me. I know I am not good enough. I don't want to be here. I will never be able to fully love myself.
The Antarian Star Council.

Betrayal Center: Betrayed by someone we love. Self-Betrayal.
People always betray me and take advantage of me. I am deserving of being betrayed. I am not a nice person. I deserve all the bad things that happen to me. This is my karma.
The Andromedan Star Council.

In the embrace of our full range of emotions, we accept, appreciate and celebrate all that we are as an aspect of God's creation of Divine Love. We understand how each perceived challenge is an initiation of Light, taking us ever deeper into our blossoming, our magnificence and our Light.

Come join us in the celebration of ourselves as these sacred transfiguring Flames of Divine Love in the creation of the pathways of Divine Love for ourselves and others.

The telewebinar recording will be active so you may download or listen to the online recording any time should you not be able to listen live. A high quality Mp3 will also be sent to you within 24 hours of the telewebinar.

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Suggested Links:
The Elders October Transmission ~ The Pyramid over the Inca Ruins of Machu Pichu
You Tube video https://youtu.be/hHP_T23KUKM
Mp3 download www.pleiadianlight.net/free-downloads
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Pyramids of Creation ~ http://www.crystalinks.com/12pyrthothpreface.html
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Monday, October 19, 2015

Daniela D'Uva--Italian translation of poem 

Dear Daniela, who lives in Rome, frequently does translations of my poems into Italian, mainly for her own pleasure.  Here is one of her latest, the Italian version of a poem I posted a few days ago.  (And the picture is also from Daniela, with St. Peter's Cathedral in the background.)


(for all who have undergone Awakening)

Something will happen.
You will be going along,
managing your life,
even with the occasional migraine,
the stomach upset,
and then the unexpected will

You will name it rapture
and contemplate pictures of
Saint Teresa in ecstasy.

You will think,
"Why me"?

You will give up smoking
and become a vegetarian.

You will feel exquisite waves
of bliss flow through
your body,
every time you do
your version of yoga.

You will try to learn
ta'i chi, and find it is complicated,
but even then
the tiny moves will stir
ripples of delight
in your arms, your legs.

You will see the world
as a panorama of beauty,
everyone you meet
will be another version
of you.

Love will be all you are
interested in,
love for others,
dogs on leashes,
trash at the curb,
lost homeless.

You will have entered

And you will ask again,
"Why me?"

Dorothy Walters
September 26, 2015


(per tutti quelli che hanno attraversato il Risveglio)
Qualcosa accadrà.
Starai andando avanti,
conducendo la tua vita,
magari con occasionali emicranie,
lo stomaco agitato,
e poi l’inaspettato

Lo chiamerai rapimento
e contemplerai i disegni di
Santa Teresa in estasi.

“Perché io?”

Smetterai di fumare
diverrai vegetariano.

Sentirai onde squisite
di beatitudine fluire attraverso
il tuo corpo,
ogni volta che farai
la tua versione di yoga.

Proverai ad imparare
il ta’i chi, e lo troverai complicato,
ma anche allora
i piccoli movimenti  provocheranno
fremiti di piacere
nelle tue braccia, nelle tue gambe.

Vedrai il mondo
come un panorama di bellezza,
chiunque incontrerai
sarà un’altra versione
di te.

L’amore sarà tutto quello a cui
sarai interessata,
amore per gli altri,
cani al guinzaglio,
spazzatura sul marciapiede,
senzatetto perduti.

Sarai entrata in

E ti chiederai ancora,
“Perché io?”

Daniela D'Uva

Friday, October 16, 2015

Dennis--Encounter with Roofer--poem 

Dennis Camire: "Encounter with Roofer"

When he drops his hammer for a noon sandwich
He’s like a Buddha atop a grand stuppa
As bare feet set over the eaves while he reads
Thich Nhat Hanh’s “Peace is Every Step.”

And thinking his earlier noise bad karma
For making my morning writing an uphill rhyme
I sherpa into the sacred space of his lunch break
And discover he’s read the whole of Kornfield

And, like me, practices that walking meditation
Where he imagines the soles of his feet
Massaging the vertebrae of mother earth’s
Tectonic plates. Now, sharing cool aid

And khoans, we’re like Tu fu and Li Po high
Atop some remote mountain peak shading
A river below eroding time and stone.
Later that afternoon, in the silence

Which announces the end of his work day,
I’ll climb a second time with the gift of a Hahn line
Decreeing “rainwater is the master bodhisattva.”
He’ll reply “those who say they know, don’t know;

Those who say they don’t know, know.”
And though we won’t exchange emails
To meet for a tea ceremony
Or to play our Tibetan bowls

As I help him throw the remaining shingles
Into the backed up truck below
Then gladly tie down the sliding ladder,
I know the leak of a future sadness has been sealed

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Hafiz––We Have Not Come to Take Prisoners––poem 


We have not come here to take prisoners,
But to surrender ever more deeply
To freedom and joy.

We have not come into this exquisite world
To hold ourselves hostage from love.

Run my dear,
From anything
That may not strengthen
Your precious budding wings.

Run like hell my dear,
From anyone likely
To put a sharp knife
Into the sacred, tender vision
Of your beautiful heart.

We have a duty to befriend
Those aspects of obedience
That stand outside of our house
And shout to our reason
"O please, O please,
Come out and play."

For we have not come here to take prisoners
Or to confine our wondrous spirits,

But to experience ever and ever more deeply
Our divine courage, freedom and

~ Hafiz ~(1310-1390, Persian Sufi)

(The Gift ~ versions of Hafiz by Daniel Ladinsky)

About Hafiz:  (from the internet):

Longing to be united with his Creator, he began a forty day and night vigil by sitting in a circle that he had drawn himself.

Age 60

On the morn of the fortieth day of his vigil, which was also on the fortieth anniversary of meeting his Master Attar, he went to his Master, and upon drinking a cup of wine that Attar gave him, he attained Cosmic Consciousness or God-Realization.


In this phase, up to the age of 69 when he died, he composed more than half of his ghazals., and continued to teach his small circle of disciples. His poetry at this time, talk with the authority of a Master who is united with God.



Some 500 ghazals, 42 Rubaiyees, and a few Ghaseedeh's, composed over a period of 50 years. Hafiz only composed when he was divinely inspired, and therefore he averaged only about 10 Ghazals per year. His focus was to write poetry worthy of the Beloved.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Andrew Harvey on Becoming the Divine Human (today) 


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Wednesday, October 14, 2015
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Have you hungered for a complete approach to spiritual awakening — one that fuses heaven and Earth, masculine and feminine, stillness and action into one alchemical path?

Then, you are ready for mystical scholar Andrew Harvey, who is offering nothing less than a synthesis of the spiritual gold from the highest teachings of the East and West, North and South.

They all point to a profound destination: the birth of the “divine human,” a new stage of our evolution.

This is not an abstract idea, but rather a sacred calling for all of us who are awake and committed to being positive change agents.

To avert planetary calamities, Andrew believes it will take many “divine humans” to create a new template for awakened action and enlightened service, sourced from a deep divinization of our bodies, minds and souls.

Andrew argues that one tradition is not enough to birth the divine human. We need to integrate and synthesize four spiritual initiations in four major streams of transformative practice: shamanic, tantric, transcendental and activist

Andrew Harvey has steeped himself in the world’s wisdom traditions — writing more than 40 books that harvest gems from Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sufism, Shamanism and Divine Feminine traditions — until this new synthesis was ready to birth in his own life and be shared with the world.

In this free teleseminar event, he’ll remove the “glass ceiling” on your spiritual growth and show you how to walk a path that is at once sublime and humble, transcendently wise and embodied, and passionate and engaged in life.

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Andrew Harvey is an author, speaker and founder/director of the Institute of Sacred Activism, an international organization focused on inviting concerned people to take up the challenge of our contemporary global crises by becoming inspired, effective and practical agents of institutional and systemic change, in order to create peace and sustainability.

Andrew Harvey has taught at Oxford University, Cornell University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, The California Institute of Integral Studies, and the University of Creation Spirituality as well as at various spiritual centers throughout the U.S. He was the subject of the 1993 BBC film documentary The Making of a Modern Mystic and appears also in Rumi Turning Ecstatic and The Consciousness of the Christ: Reclaiming Jesus for A New Humanity. He is also coauthor of the best-selling The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying and has worked with the great Iranian Sufi dancer, Banafsheh Sayyad, in producing a film, In the Fire of Grace, which marries Sufi inspired dances to the stages of Rumi’s understanding of the path of Divine love.

He has written and edited over 30 books and received many awards, including the Benjamin Franklin Award and the Mind Body Spirit Award.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer--Perhaps It Would Eventually Erode, But..."--poem 

 Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer: "Perhaps It Would Eventually Erode, But ... "

That rock that we
have been pushing up
the hill—that one

that keeps rolling back down
and we keep pushing
back up—what if

we stopped? We are not
Sisyphus. This rock
is not a punishment.

It’s something we’ve chosen
to push. Who knows why.
I look at all the names

we once carved into
its sedimentary sides.
How important

I thought they were,
those names. How
I’ve clung to labels,

who’s right, who’s wrong,
how I’ve cared about
who’s pushed harder

and who’s been slack.
Now all I want
is to let the rock

roll back to where it belongs,
which is wherever it lands,
and you and I could,

imagine!, walk unencumbered,
all the way to the top and
walk and walk and never stop

except to discover what
our hands might do
if for once they were no longer


Monday, October 12, 2015

Susan Browne––Buddha's Dogs––poem 

Buddha's Dogs

I'm at a day-long meditation retreat, eight hours of watching
my mind with my mind,
and I already fell asleep twice and nearly fell out of my chair,
and it's not even noon yet.

In the morning session, I learned to count my thoughts, ten in
on minute, and the longest
was to leave and go to San Anselmo and shop, then find an outdoor cafe and order a glass

of Sancerre, smoked trout with roasted potatoes and baby
carrots and a bowl of gazpacho.
But I stayed and learned to name my thoughts, so far they are:
wanting, wanting, wanting,

wanting, wanting, wanting, wanting, wanting, judgment,
sadness.  Don't identify with your
thoughts, the teacher says, you are not your personality, not your

then he bangs the gong for lunch.  Whoever, whatever I am is
given instruction
in the walking meditation and the eating meditation and walks
outside with the other

meditators, and we wobble across the lake like The Night of the
Living Dead.
I meditate slowly, falling over a few times because I kept my
foot in the air too long,

towards a bench, sit slowly down, and slowly eat my sandwich,
noticing the bread,
(sourdough), noticing the taste, (tuna, sourdough), noticing
the smell, (sourdough, tuna),

thanking the sourdough, the tuna, the ocean, the boat, the
fisherman, the field, the grain,
the farmer, the Saran Wrap that kept this food fresh for this
body made of food and desire

and the hope of getting through the rest of this day without
dying of boredom.
Sun then cloud then sun.  I notice a maple leaf on my sandwich.
It seems awfully large.

Slowly brushing it away, I feel so sad I can hardly stand it, so I
name my thoughts; they are:
sadness about my mother, judgment about my father, wanting
the child I never had.

I notice I've been chasing the same thoughts like dogs around
the same park most of my life,
notice the leaf tumbling gold to the grass.  The gong sounds,
and back in the hall.

I decide to try lying down meditation, and let myself sleep.  The
Buddha in my dream is me,
surrounded by dogs wagging their tails, licking my hands.
I wake up

for the forgiveness meditation, the teacher saying, never put
anyone out of your heart,
and the heart opens and knows it won't last and will have to
open again and again,

chasing those dogs around and around in the sun then cloud
then sun.

~ Susan Browne ~

This fun (and well written) poem depicts the experience of someone who is "outside" rather than inside the experience of meditation practice.  Until one is touched by the inner energies or awakens to an expanded state of consciousness, the whole meditation practice can be extremely boring. 


Friday, October 09, 2015

John's Awakening--continued 

“I was becoming infatuated with all things spiritually and culturally Indian.I felt increasingly humble. How could such an exulting experience make me feel humble? It did and it still does. This is why. I concluded that if I was divine then everyone else was equally so. My inner mental architecture is average. Perhaps we are all divine and everything inanimate and living is all divine as well. That is how it felt. I was yet to satisfy myself as to its truth.  Some doubt remained in my mind about the value and reality of my experience and the after affects. Was I insane? Was all religious experience based on such insanity? Was it just all brain juice? I searched the internet and found that those who took drugs, natural and synthetic, had similar experiences. So also did some psychotics.

To be sure that I was not suffering from a late life psychosis, delusion, mania or a brain tumour or poisoning; I visited a senior consultant psychiatrist who is an expert in transcendental states of consciousness. He carefully listened to my account, taking notes. At the conclusion of my account he happily assured me of my sanity. He said the experience was to be celebrated as a rare but healthy part of human experience. One currently neglected by Western society. Unbelievably he also encouraged me to meditate twice daily to deepen and extend my experience and continue to allow the spontaneous changes occurring in my lifestyle. He explained what was happening inside my brain during the various mind states that I was experiencing. He said such experiences could be shown in real time by EEGs.  He said I should allow the process to unfold. He said it was beneficial. Not exactly what I had expected to hear from a senior consultant physician. “Is it a supernatural happening?” I asked. He retorted with, “I am a phenomenologist, not a theologian. I cannot help you with that.” Was there a mischievous twinkle in his eyes? I said, “Are the experiences of drug takers similar?” He replied that this could be the case but such methods were like smashing open a treasure chest rather than opening it with the proper key. The results could be valid but unpredictable and even dangerous. I visited him regularly over some months. Amongst many things I asked was, “Is there good and evil?” I no longer knew. He replied that all so called “good and evil” is relative and not absolute. He recommended I study Kohlberg’s Stages of Moral development. I said, “I have caused others suffering by my past errors of judgement, especially my family.” He said that I had done the best I could under the circumstances and mental stage of development and not to let it sadden me. He said, “Don’t you feel excellent these days?” I said that I did. He said not to conjure up guilt where there was none. I said that without feeling guilt I would make restitution, where it was possible, to those I had disadvantaged.

There were many spontaneous changes taking place within me. Since my experience I was better able to cope with life in the face of things that would normally cause me great anxiety or precipitate anger. At times I felt in love, with everyone. Indian couples appeared as gods and goddesses. I felt immense gratitude to India for preserving information about mystical experiences. At other times, during what I called “blissful states,” sunlight seemed to penetrate my head and cause a further explosion of bliss. Immediately following on from that state, I walked around, in wonder and awe at the material and energetic miracle of this world and its great and detailed beauty. Colours appeared clear and bright, particularly different shades of blue, which appeared to glow. I felt every movement of air across my skin and radiated heat from walls and other objects from a distance. I felt intensely in the moment and bathed in pleasure. I had entered a mind-state of sharp focus and deep tranquillity as I moved through the crystal clear moment where time seemed to stand still. I functioned very well in both states, bliss and the after poise of tranquillity, and it enhanced my work and family life. This “bliss” is not emotion, it is a psycho-physical sensation that calms all emotion and stills all passion, emptying the mind of all chatter. The after-effect lasts for days. I could not understand why people tried so hard to find supernatural explanations for what amounted to a miracle right in front of their eyes; the physical universe! It seemed to me that the dichotomy between the so called “physical” and “spiritual” was false. There is only phenomena, seem or unseen, currently detectable or undetectable, on a spectrum of unity.

Everyday become an adventure and I never knew what energetic experience within my body and brain would manifest next. I could relate many.”

I find myself in a perpetual state of unknowing about anything at all. But I think the mystics have it right and science gets ever closer to explaining why.

Over the following years it gets much, much stranger, and ever more hilarious.  Alas, it seems I can know some of the what but never the why! Perhaps it is indeed hubris to think that humans ever can know the ultimate why. As a child did you ever ask a playmate a burning question only to be told, “ Because!! That’s why!”

I really relate the feeling that this person who writes to you is unreal but my other UNIVERSAL SELF is all there is. Well, I suppose this shining, glorious, eternal and omnipotent SELF got tired of all that Consciousness (alone), Existence (alone), Bliss (alone) and went totally mad and split a tiny portion of its SELF into countless souls just to entertain its SELF. Perhaps it’s all a play, a cosmic joke. But for our temporary human selves, this world is a dangerous, if sometimes interesting, place.

Reincarnation. Probably true.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

John's Awakening––Part 4 

But, yeah, I know the feeling that one has been told that one has won the lottery, only to be contacted later to be informed one must return to work to earn it. At least one now knows that there is a prize waiting. Or it's like being a beggar picked in a limo and told that he or she has been identified as the inheritor of billions, temporality enjoys the life style, only to informed some months down the track that they were misidentified and then promptly thrown back on the street. I believe there have been movies made of exactly this plot. Cinderella with an unhappy ending.

What John does note realize is that this "letdown" is frequently a part of the awakening experience.  Evelyn Underhill, in her great classic called "Mysticism," explains that this falling back or loss of euphoria is the real dark night of the soul.  One has been, in effect, transported to heaven in the initial awakening experience.  Now, suddenly, all rapture, all elevated states have disappeared.  With Christian mystics, the sense is that God, who so embraced them in love earlier, has deserted them and in effect turned "His"
back on them.  Instead of feeling like a favored child, one now feels like an outcast, an abandoned soul.

However, this state is by no means the end of the journey.  Eventually, the joy returns, the rapture repeats.  With Kundalini, it is as if a higher consciousness is directing a process which the aspirant can only receive and endure.  Kundalini has many "ups and downs," times of exaltation alternating with despair, all of which are part of the transformation process as the system adapts to and integrates the new energies.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

John's Awakening--–She is You––Part 3 

You will love my little event of July, afterwhich I became pansexual. I spend third my interior time as female, third as transexual and third as male.

" This experience is beyond my comprehension but is still vivid in my mind.

As I lay in bed I practiced a method of rubbing the area below the navel and above and on the pubic bone, as i saw demonstrated in Tantra lessons. Suddenly it became very hot there and then became a huge wave of sensation. There was no physical male sexual arousal at all. In that moment I could physically feel myself physically as a young woman with hair flowing over my shoulders, a young Indian woman. I was in some sort of whole body orgasm, if it can be called that. It went on for many minutes.

After some time, I rolled over to my right side, at which time this female self separated from me, laying  behind me, and then she placed her arm over my body to my chest, placing her hand over my heart and I could feel her warm breath on my neck.

Then we merged again and all I could do was weep for joy and love of myself and said, ' Devi, Devi Devi, your love is all loves excelling.Never leave me." The orgasmic sensation continued and coursed through my body all night and next morning.

For days after I wept with joy while walking in the streets. I did not care who was looking at me.

Often, when, I talk or think of it and tears of joy flow down my cheeks, and often feel myself as her, inside, and smile.

Truly we are all Shiva and Shakti, all of us, Krishna and Radha.

May you all be blessed to know this, too. "

A poem that came to me,

She in you, loves you, as you, she is you,
He in you, loves you, as you, he is you,
Kisses in the night, petals of starlight,
Entwining  ecstasy, a hand on your heart,
Breath on your neck, tears of joy,
Two within the one, one within the two,
Forever facing, in eternal embrace.

(What John may not realize that the sense of union with or even mating with a god or goddess is very common in myth and legend, as well in human experience.  Think of all the tales of Zeus mating with mortals, or even Mary being impregnated by a god.  The sense of ecstasy is such that one feels intimately connected with deities of various kind.  Even nuns become the "bride of Christ," for this sense of supreme bliss seems as though it arises from other than the human plane.)


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