This site is an ongoing project to collect online materials, such as videos, documents, and books from all spiritual traditions, ancient and modern, that can help accelerate people understanding in awakening of new consciousness on this planet. In the near future, we also plan to open online community such as forum to facilitate sharing among people interested in exploring this topic.
Part 1 of 7 - Introduction to the structure of their community and their aspirations to live harmoniously together
Damanhur is a collective dream transformed into reality thanks to
the creative power of positive thought. It is a laboratory for the
future, a seed that has been growing for over thirty years, constantly
transforming and renewing itself so as to bring to life the reality its
citizens together dreamed of and built. From the founders, a mere dozen
people, to the thousand living today in or near the communities, the
history of the Federation is witness to a project that has come to
life, has grown and today is reaching out with a planet-wide
commitment, as a new people bringing innovation and values,
interweaving sociality, spirituality and respect for the environment,
the recovery of ancient traditions and advanced technological research,
with its roots deep in the territory, service and voluntary work
conjoined with attention for everything happening in the world.
Yantra Yoga or the Yoga of Movement is one of the oldest recorded systems of Yoga existing in the world. It is a system of Yoga that has come to us through Tibet, a land full of a vast and rich traditional Buddhist knowledge and wisdom.
Dzogchen Master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu has written an extensive commentary on the root teachings by the great translator Vairocana from the 8th century, Nyida Khajor, the Union of Sun and Moon Yantra, based on his personal training and knowledge of Yantra Yoga received from his uncle and various teachers in Tibet. Chögyal Namkhai Norbu began teaching Yantra Yoga in the beginning of the 70's in Italy.
This uninterrupted lineage of Yantra Yoga is a fundamental method to integrate the profound essence of the Dzogchen Teaching in the three doors (body, voice and mind) of the practitioner. Through positions and movements combined with breathing, one's energy is coordinated and harmonized so as to let the mind relax and find its authentic balance, which is the basis for contemplation.
Spirit Matters Media is the brainchild of long time producer Ed
Conley. Ed is a lifelong learner of various spiritual traditions and
seeker of truth. He recognized long ago that many of the paths he
respects are the victims of misunderstanding, misconceptions, and fear.
My Spirit Matters was conceived to create understanding and unity, and
has been two years in the conceptual stages. Earlier this year, Michael
and Kathy Link met Ed and discovered quickly that we all share a sense
of awe for the variety of spiritual paths in our world. We also share a
sense of sadness at the lack of understanding out there. Around this
time, Ed realized that he cannot accomplish what he has set out to do
alone, so he asked Michael and Kathy to partner with him for My Spirit
Matters Media, LLC.
The purpose of My Spirit Matters Media is to foster and produce media
about the multitude and variety of spiritual and religious practices,
and hopefully bring people to the same conclusion that we have come to
– that we are all so much more alike then we are different, and that
the most important thing that we can do as human beings is to treat
each other with honor, dignity, and respect.
Episode 1 - Kevin Crowner of the St. Francis Contemplative Prayer
Group and Michael Freeman of the Southwest Sangha explore contemplative
Episode 2 - Father Herman of the Orthodox Christian faith discusses his
traditions and faith
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An evening with Joe and Guin Miller at their home (31 December 1987)
Joe Miller was an authentic American mystic who taught in many ways, the most
famous being the Thursday morning walks through Golden Gate Park. Joe never
charged for anything. On the contrary, he treated everyone to ice cream at the
Ocean Safeway near the beach. Working together with his wife, Guin Miller, from
the 1960s to the 1990s, they inspired thousands of people throughout the world.
With their music, walks in the park, evenings at the SFTS and their deeply
compassionate, one-on-one friendship, they touched many lives and offered a
powerful example of the unconditional love and simple awareness that operates at
the heart of all the world's great mystical traditions.
Esalen has always been on the edge.
Famous for its natural hot springs and stunning locale on the face of
the Pacific coastline, the institute has long been a world leader in
alternative and experiential education. Many luminaries have gathered
there to develop their revolutionary ideas, transformative spiritual
practices, and innovative art forms.
In his new book, Jeffrey
Kripal recounts the spectacular history of Esalen and its birth in the
American counterculture. Forged in the literary and mythical leanings
of the Beat Generation, inspired in the lecture halls of Stanford by
radical scholars of comparative religion, the institute was the
remarkable brainchild of Michael Murphy and Richard Price. Set against
the heady backdrop of California during the revolutionary 1960s, Esalen
recounts in fascinating detail how these two maverick thinkers sought
to fuse the spiritual revelations of the East with the scientific
revolutions of the West, or to combine the very best elements of Zen
Buddhism, Western alchemy, and Indian yoga particularly in its Tantric
forms into a decidedly utopian vision that rejected the dogmas of
There was once a man named Mojud. He lived in a town where he had
obtained a post as a small official, and it seemed likely that he would
end his days as inspector of weights and measures.
One day when
he was walking through the gardens of an ancient building near his
home, Khidr, the mysterious guide of the Sufis, appeared to him,
dressed in shimmering green. Khidr said, "Man of bright prospects!
Leave your work and meet me at the riverside in three days' time." Then
he disappeared. Mojud went to his superior in trepidation and said that
he had to leave. Everyone in the town soon heard of this and they said,
"Poor Mojud! He has gone mad." But, as there were many candidates for
his job, they soon forgot him.
On the appointed day, Mojud met
Khidr, who said to him, "Tear your clothes and throw yourself into the
stream. Perhaps someone will save you." Mojud did so, even though he
wondered if he were mad. Since he could swim, he did not drown, but
drifted a long way before a fisherman hauled him into his boat, saying,
"Foolish man! The current is strong. What are you trying to do?" Mojud
said, "I don't really know."
After nearly forty years of weighing humanity's deepest dilemmas -
working in settings ranging from university and high school classrooms
to corporate offices and hospitals - bestselling author, philosopher,
and religious scholar Jacob Needleman presents the most urgent, deeply
felt, and widely accessible work of his career.
Liberation Through Hearing During the Intermediate State or Bardo Thodol, A Tibetan text that describes, and is intended to guide one through, the experiences that the consciousness has after death, during the interval between death and the next rebirth. This interval is known in Tibetan as the bardo. The text also includes chapters on the signs of death, and rituals to undertake when death is closing in, or has taken place.
Tibetan Book of The Dead (A Way of Life / The Great Liberation)
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