Tools & Resources

The purpose of this page is to summarize for you all tools and resources that I have used in my awakening process and have discussed on the pages and posts of Seeing The Light.  I have presented them in alphabetic order for ease of use. This listing may be used like a menu; if something sounds interesting – check it out further.  If not, just move on. Where appropriate, I reference where you may find more information about each resource within this site and beyond. Noted  at the end of each tool is the date of the article or the page on this site where this tool is discussed.   (Abbreviations are HTB = Healing the Body page; CTM = Calming The Mind page; CTS = Connecting To Spirit page; KY = Knowing Yourself page)   If you need some assistance with any of these tools, feel free to contact me.

ABRAHAM-HICKS:  In her many workshops, Cd’s and books, Esther Hicks translates for a group of non-physical beings who call themselves Abraham.  Here you will find accurate clarification of the basics of the Law of Attraction and practical applications as well as up-to-the-moment information regarding the Law of Attraction. (Also known as “The Teachings of Abraham”) I started listening to Abraham-Hicks in 2001 and continue to do so today. Click here to see Esther and Abraham in action. (CTS, 2/15/11)

ACUPUNCTURE:  Unfortunately, there is not a centralized place that I can refer you to that will help you find a high-quality acupuncturist. There is a referral service at www.acufinder.com where practitioners pay to be listed. This might be a place to start; but when I put in my zip code my acupuncturist did not appear on the list.  Clearly, she doesn’t need to pay a fee to get referrals.  Probably that is the case with most truly experienced and talented acupuncturists. So, either word of mouth referrals or trial and error seems to be the best approach in located the right acupuncturist. Certainly if you are in or near Charlotte, I highly recommend my acupuncturist, Denise Hoffecker. She may be reached at 704-548-8818. Her practice integrates acupuncture, Chinese herbs and non-invasive chiropractic.   For the rest of you, one tip I can give, try to find a practitioner that has studied with Jeffrey Yuen.  Jeffrey is the lineage holder and master teacher of alchemical acupuncture. (HTB, 8/31/10, 5/3/11, 5/13/11)

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ALCHEMICAL DIVINATION:  Divination is practiced in many traditions and is generally recognized as a process of obtaining intuitive spiritual insight. In essence, it involves a structured inquiry into questions that can provide healing of past issues or vision and guidance for the future. Alchemy is the ancient art and science of transformation, the most well-known example being the wizards who turned lead into gold. In modern times, alchemy was reinterpreted by Carl Jung as our psycho-spiritual transformation and all that entails. Combining these two ancient traditions with a unique blend of contemporary psychology and shamanic spirituality provides a program to help an individual obtain a deeper experiential understanding of Self and his or her life path in its interpersonal, professional, creative and spiritual dimensions. (9/7/10, 12/3/10, 12/7/10, 12/10/10, 1/25/10)

MARGOT ANAND: Margot Anand is an internationally acclaimed authority on sexual tantra as well as a best-selling author, and much-beloved teacher and founder of SkyDancing Tantra®. Margot’s books, videos, CDs and DVDs are widely regarded as the seminal teachings for integrating spirituality and sexuality and for cultivating the art of ecstatic living. Her popular books are available in numerous languages, and include The Art of Everyday Ecstasy, The Art of Sexual Ecstasy, The Art of Sexual Magic, Sexual Ecstasy: The Art of Orgasm, and her latest release The Sexual Ecstasy Workbook: The Path Of SkyDancing Tantra. Here is Margot explaining tantra and how it can be expressed in the bedroom and in the boardroom. (9/14/10)

ANIMAL SPEAK:  Beautifully written by Ted Andrews, Animal Speak will open your heart and mind to wisdom of the animal world. There you will find that the natural world and the animals within it speak to us every day – by their appearances, behaviors, movements and characteristics patterns.  When we know what to look for, we can use them as omens – not in a superstitious sense, but in the development of true prophecy and higher perception.  Through this book we can realize how intricately every aspect of nature is woven seamlessly into our lives. (10/8/10)

ANGELES ARRIENAngeles Arrien is a cultural anthropologist, award-winning author, educator, and consultant to many organizations and businesses. She lectures and conducts workshops worldwide, bridging cultural anthropology, psychology, and comparative religions. She is a brilliant woman, a loving soul and a fascinating story teller.  I have attended several of her workshops and have done an in-depth study of her Second Half of Life work.  (CTM, 2/25/113/15/11) Angeles Arrien

THE ARTIST’S WAY:  This journaling process is explained under Mind Dumping on my Calming The Mind page.  It is one of the most mentally freeing processes that I have gone through. You may learn more at www.theartistsway.com  (CTM, 9/17/10, 1/14/11)

ASTROLOGY:  Having your natal chart read by a master astrologer is one of the quickest ways to know yourself at a very deep and profound level. I highly recommend Steven Forrest, one of our country’s leading astrologers. You can see a video clip of him as he teaches astrology to his students on my Knowing Yourself page under Astrology. (KY, 8/17/10, 8/27/10)

THE BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO MEDITATION:  On this CD program, world-renowned author and lecturer Joan Borysenko leads you through the specifics of three distinct forms of meditation (concentration, mindfulness, and a centering prayer) and discusses the common pitfalls that sabotage these practices. With depth and humor, Joan shows you which form of meditation is best for you, and points out that by making it a daily part of your life, better health and peace of mind are just a few breaths away. (6/8/10)

JOAN BORYSENKO, Ph.D.:  Know as a pioneer in integrative medicine, Harvard trained Joan Borysenko is a world-renowned expert in the mind/body connection. Her work has been foundational in an international health-care revolution that recognizes the role of meaning, and the spiritual dimensions of life, as an integral part of health and healing. Eloquent and inspiring in settings that range from hospitals to hospices, from theaters to conference venues, and from boardrooms to houses of worship, she is a credible bridge between faith and reason. (6/8/10)

BYRON KATIE:  Thought deconstruction through Byron Katie’s process called “The Work” was instrumental in helping me create a calm and peaceful mind.  I continue to use this technique anytime I become judgmental or reactionary.  This allows me to keep a calm and peaceful mind and move through life with grace. (CTM, 9/28/10, 4/12/11, 4/22/11, 5/3/11, 5/13/11)

 PEMA CHODRON:  Pema Chodron is one of the world’s leading teachers of meditation and how it applies to everyday life.  She is widely known for her charming and down-to-earth interpretation of Tibetan Buddhism for Western audiences. Her How To Meditate CD is a great place to begin your meditation practice.   (CTM)

COLLABORATIVE LAW:  Separation or divorce is never easy. Usually, it is one of the most difficult and traumatic events that can happen in our lives. When facing the end of a marital relationship, you can choose to battle in court or you can structure your future with dignity and respect. Collaborative law offers couples and their advocates a less adversarial approach that keeps these proceedings out of the court system and saves legal fees. In the collaborative process, husbands, wives, their attorneys, and any other collaborative professionals working with the family, agree to resolve all issues of their case without contentious court proceedings. They plan together to craft an agreement. They make thoughtful decisions that are consensus-based which can actually work for the entire family. If you are facing this in your life, I strongly suggest you consider talking with an attorney who has been trained in and committed to this more humanistic and respectful form of marital law. (1/11/11)

THE COLOR CODE:  Although some would call The Color Code just a pop psychology test, I found it to be very insightful as I explain on my Knowing Yourself page.  Check it out for yourself.  (KY, 3/25/11)

A COURSE IN MIRACLES:  Words cannot express how important I feel this document is to humanity.  A Course In Miracles is a self-study one on one metamorphosis into The Light at the level of mind.  Its purpose is to be an agent of inner healing and methodically teaches us to rewire the way we think about everything.  It is a course in mind training that instructs us how to make the choices that will heal our inner conflict and bring instead inner peace. Once we have achieved inner peace, then we can begin to spread that peace throughout the world.  But our peace MUST come first.  The Course teaches us how!   (CTS, 1/28/11, 3/15/11, 3/22/11, 5/13/11)

DISAPPEARANCE OF THE UNIVERSE:  Through this book, Gary Renard, in his own unique style, has provided us with a clear understanding of the teachings of  A Course In Miracles.  It is a very enjoyable read and provides us with a mind altering way of approaching life, relationships, death and the ever-after.  If you are called to become a student of A Course In Miracles, I strongly recommend that you read this book first. (CTS, 1/21/11, 1/28/11, 3/15/11, 5/3/11)

DRAMA TRIANGLE:  The drama triangle is a model of dysfunctional social interaction, created by psychotherapist Stephen Karpman. Each point on the triangle represents a common and ineffective response to conflict, one more likely to prolong disharmony than to end it. Participants in a drama triangle create misery for themselves and others. Each player in this particular mind game begins by assuming one of three archetypical roles: Victim, Rescuer, or Persecutor. Victims are helpless and hopeless. They deny responsibility for their negative circumstances, and deny possession of the power to change them. Rescuers are constantly applying short-term repairs to a Victim’s problems, while neglecting their own needs. Persecutors blame the Victims and criticize the enabling behavior of Rescuers, without providing guidance, assistance or a solution to the underlying problem. Each corner of the drama triangle supports and moderates the other two. Victims depend on a savior, Rescuers yearn for a basket case and Persecutors need a scapegoat. (10/8/10)

THE EIGHTFOLD PATH:  The Noble Eightfold Path describes the way to the end of suffering, as it was laid out by the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama. It is a practical guideline to ethical and mental development with the goal of freeing the individual from attachments and delusions; and it finally leads to understanding the truth about all things. Together with the Four Noble Truths it constitutes the gist of Buddhism.

EMDR: Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing is a form of psychotherapy that was developed to resolve symptoms resulting from disturbing and unresolved life experiences. It uses a structured approach to address past, present, and future aspects of disturbing memories. The approach was developed by Francine Shapiro to resolve the development of trauma-related disorders as resulting from exposure to a traumatic or distressing event, such as rape, sexual abuse or military combat. Clinical trials have been conducted to assess EMDR’s efficacy in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Although some clinicians may use EMDR for other problems, its research support is primarily for disorders stemming from distressing life experience. (3/4/11, 3/8/11)

EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE:  EFT frees us from the emotional traumas and blocks that keeps us locked inside ourselves. You can read about my use of EFT on the Calming The Mind page.  Jan Luther is an EFT Master that I have used extensively and I recommend highly.  (CTM, 4/5/11, 4/22/11, 5/3/11, 5/13/11)

ENERGETIC CORDS: When we consistently direct our thoughts and energy to a particular person, we begin to establish an energetic cord connecting us to them. The more we send our energy there, the thicker and bigger the cord becomes. In this way, our energy gets attached to that other person, and as it flows away from our own being, where it is needed, we lose energy. Not only do we lose energy, we also allow our energy to become entangled in the energy of the other. When we come from a place of need, when we “need” something from another, we attach a cord to them, not from the heart, but from other, less clear places. This pulls and sucks at the energy of another and can cause consequences which do not work for the Highest Good, for any concerned. That is why true Love is called unconditional. We do not place conditions or expectations on it. It is freely given. (9/14/10)

THE ENERGETICS OF HEALING:  On the DVD lecture series The Energetics of Healing, Caroline Myss presented her groundbreaking views on the human energy system and the unseen obstacles to total wellness.  Dr. Myss gives us a fascinating tour of this hidden dimension of our bodies, guiding us through all seven chakra centers and correlates them with daily practices for learning the physical language of the spirit. (6/22/10, 6/25/10, 6/29/10, 7/10/10)

FAITH:  The Buddha says “Faith is the beginning of all good things.”  And so begins Sharon Salzberg’s 2002 book, Faith.  In this book she encourages us to take a new look at the concept of faith.  Not as a concept that is necessarily connected with a deity or God, but rather as one that uncovers our connection to others and emphasizes a love and respect for ourselves. Here, she teaches us that no matter what we encounter in life, it is faith that enables us to try again, to trust again and, most importantly, to love again.  (9/7/10)

DANNA FAULDS:    Danna Faulds of one of the world’s foremost yoga poets and a dear, dear friend.  I am thrilled to be able to present some of her beautiful works in my audio recordings.  She has written five books of yoga poetry including Go In and In, One Soul, Prayers to theInfinite, From Root to Bloom and Limitless.  Her books may be purchased through Amazon and you may listen to many of her poems on my Audio Recordings. (4/26/11)

RICHARD FAULDS:Shobhan Richard Faulds, MA, JD has practice yoga and meditation in close association with Kripalu Center for nearly 30 years. He is recognized as one of North America’s most skilled yoga teachers, workshop leaders and authors.  He served for over 10 years as Kripalu’s legal counsel and as Kripalu Center’s president from 1998 to 2001. Currently, he chairs Kripalu’s Board of Trustees. His book, Kripalu Yoga – A Guide to Practice On and Off the Mat is considered among the best contemporary yoga primers on the market today. (6/1/10, 4/26/11)

THE FIVE HINDRANCES:  The major obstacles to successful meditation and liberating insight take the form of one or more of the Five Hindrances. The whole practice leading to Enlightenment can be well expressed as the effort to overcome the Five Hindrances, at first suppressing them temporarily in order to experience Insight, and then overcoming them permanently through the full development of the Buddhist Eightfold Path. So, what are these Five Hindrances? They are craving, aversion, boredom, restlessness and doubt. (6/8/10)

GEMATRIA:  Gematria is a system by which hidden truths and meanings are discovered within words. Each letter of an alphabet corresponds to a number. Numerical values of words are totaled up and then these words are said to correspond with other words sharing the same numerical value. The assumption behind this technique is that numerical equivalence is not coincidental. Since the world was created through God’s “speech,” each letter represents a different creative force. Thus, the numerical equivalence of two words reveals an internal connection between the creative potentials of each one. (11/2/10)

ANDREW HARVEYAndrew Harvey is an internationally acclaimed poet, novelist, translator, mystical scholar, spiritual teacher and the father of Sacred Activism.  He defines Sacred Activism as a force of compassion in action destined to midwife the birth of a new humanity able to co-create with the Divine a new world. He feels this great birth will have to come about as a result of a massive grassroots mobilization of the hearts and committed will of millions of people. (CTS, 11/2/10)

DR. DAVID HAWKINS:  Dr. Hawkins is an internationally renowned psychiatrist, physician, researcher, and pioneer in the fields of consciousness research and spirituality. He writes and teaches from the unique perspective of an experienced clinician, scientist, and mystic and is devoted to the spiritual evolution of mankind. (11/23/10)

INTENTION EXPERIMENT:  The Intention Experiment, created by Lynne McTaggart, is a series of scientifically controlled, web-based experiments testing the power of intention to change the physical world. Thousands of volunteers from 30 countries around the world have participated in Intention Experiments thus far. To join this research project click here to participate in on-going intention research studies. (CTS, 2/15/11)

INSIGHT MEDITATION SOCIETY:  IMS was founded in 1975 as a spiritual refuge for all who seek freedom of mind and heart. It offers meditation retreats  rooted in Buddhist teachings of ethics, concentration and wisdom. These practices help develop awareness and compassion in ourselves, giving rise to greater peace and happiness in the world. Over its 35 year history, IMS has become a spiritual home to thousands of practitioners, and is now regarded as one of the Western world’s most respected centers for learning and deepening meditation practice. (7/13/10)

INSTITUTE OF NOETIC SCIENCES:  The vision for creating the Institute of Noetic Sciences came in 1971 when founder Edgar Mitchell landed on the moon as one of the Apollo 14 astronauts. On the trip home, Mitchell saw planet Earth floating freely in the vastness of space and was engulfed by a profound sense of universal connectedness and inner-knowing. Based on that experience, he created IONS, a nonprofit membership organization that conducts and sponsors leading-edge research into the potentials and powers of consciousness—including perceptions, beliefs, attention, intention, and intuition. The Institute maintains a commitment to scientific rigor while exploring phenomena that have been largely overlooked by mainstream science.  I have been a member of IONS since 2006.  Through this membership, I am kept updated on the most current material available on the quickly evolving consciousness of our species. (CTS, 1/25/11)

JUNGIAN ARCHETYPES:  Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung believed that archetypes are models of people, behaviors or personalities.  Jung suggested that the psyche is composed of three components, the ego, the personal unconscious and the collective unconscious.  According to Jung, the ego represents the conscious mind while the personal unconscious contains memories, including those that have been suppressed.  The collective unconscious is a unique component in that Jung believed that this part of the psyche served as a form of psychological inheritance.  It contains all of the knowledge and experiences we share as a species.  The collective unconscious Jung believed these archetypes exist.  He suggested that these models are innate, universal and hereditary. Archetypes act to organize how we experience certain things.

The archetypes most prevalent in my life have been the Shadow Warrior and Shadow Rescuer.  In Jim, it has been the Shadow Victim.  Definitions of these archetypes follow.  The Shadow is an archetype that exists as part of the unconscious mind and is composed of repressed ideas, weaknesses, desires, instincts and shortcomings. This archetype typically works in concert with others and is often described as the darker side of the psyche, representing wildness, chaos and the unknown. These latent dispositions are present in all of us, Jung believed, although people sometimes deny this element of their own psyche and instead project it onto others.  The Warrior, in its shadow form, is a defense mechanism, that protects the “I AM.” It sets boundaries in relationships and in the self and aggressively guards the Ego.  The shadow Rescuer does not trust others to take care of themselves and believes that they know the better way. When operating from its shadow, the Rescuer prevents herself and the one being rescued from growing into maturity and learning their individual life’s lessons. They expect the rescued party to be grateful and will often try to keep that person needy to fulfill their own need for power.  In its shadow manifestation, The Victim convinces themselves that they are always taken advantage of and it is never their fault. The Victim is used at times because of the positive feedback that is given in the form of care taking, sympathy or pity. Typically it is a survival strategy for getting what one wants.  It prevents us from recognizing and learning how to handle life’s challenges and keeps our fears deeply buried inside. (5/4/10, 5/11/10, 5/21/10, 8/13/10, 8/17/10, 8/20/10, 10/8/10)

KRIPALU CENTER:  Kripalu Center is a nonprofit organization promoting the art and science of yoga as a foundation for a revitalized society. Located near Lenox, Massachusetts in the beautiful Berkshires, Kirpalu is the largest retreat center for yoga and holistic living in North America.  For more information about Kripalu Center and its national network of more than 2,000 yoga teachers, please visit the Kripalu website. (6/1/10, 8/10/10)

KRISHNA DAS:  Krishna das, better know as just KD, was born Jeffrey Kagel in Long Island, NY.  He traveled to India in the 1960s where, along with Ram Dass, he studied with a Hindu guru named Neem Karoli Baba (Maharaj-ji). Krishna Das has studied ancient Indian meditation practices, Bhakti Yoga – in Hinduism this is the yoga of devotion, and is now devoted to singing and teaching. KD is best known for his performances of Indian devotional music called kirtan (chanting the names of god) and has released eight albums since 1996. Here is a short clip of KD in talking about his music.  (9/3/10, 9/7/10, 4/26/11)

LIFE AFTER LIFE:  Life After Life is a 1975 book written by psychiatrist Raymond Moody. It is a report on a qualitative study in which Moody interviewed 150 people who had undergone near-death experiences (NDEs). The book presents the author’s composite account of what it is like to die. On the basis of his collection of cases, Moody identified a common set of elements in NDEs. Life After Life sold more than 13 million copies, was translated into a dozen foreign languages and became an international best seller, which made the subject of NDEs popular and opened the way for many other studies.(2/4/11)

HELANE LIPSON:  A highly skilled and gifted advisor and clairvoyant, Helane Lipson, L.M.S.W., has been offering intuitive guidance for over 20 years. Using an eclectic assortment of tools for her readings, including astrology, numerology, crystal energy and tarot, Helane’s accuracy for detail astounds her clients as her gift for clarity uplifts all who come to see her. Helane is by training, temperament and substantial experience, an empathic and deeply caring person who has assisted many, as she did me through troubles times in their lives. (2/18/11) 

MAGDELANE’S LOST LEGACY:  Magdalene’s Lost Legacy, by Margaret Starbird,  decodes the symbolic numbers embedded in the original Greek phrases of the New Testament – revealing the powerful presence of the Divine Feminine – and the union between Jesus and his bridge, Mary Magdalene. This union formed a sacred partnership that was the cornerstone of the earliest Christian community.  (11/2/10)

METTA:  Metta, or the practice of lovingkindness, is the form of meditation that resonates with me the most.  I first learned about Metta from Sharon Salzburg one of the primary teachers of metta in the world via her audio series Lovingkindness Meditation.  Meditation on lovingkindness is considered a good way to calm down a distraught mind and an antidote to anger. Someone who has cultivated lovingkindness will not be easily angered and can quickly subdue anger that arises, being more caring, more loving, and more likely to love unconditionally. Click here to follow a guided metta meditation with Sharon. (CTM, 7/13/10, 9/7/10)

RALPH METZNER:  Ralph Metzner is A Harvard-trained psychologist, writer and researcher, who participated in psychedelic research at Harvard University in the early 1960s with Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert (later named Ram Dass). Dr. Metzner is a psychotherapist, and Professor Emeritus of psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where he was formerly the Academic Dean and Academic Vice-president. He has been involved in consciousness research, including psychedelics, Yoga, meditation and Shamanism for over 45 years. He is a co-founder and President of the Green Earth Foundation, a non-profit educational organization devoted to healing and harmonizing the relationship between humans and the Earth. He is a prolific author and conducts numerous workshops on consciousness transformation and alchemical divination, both nationally and internationally. (9/3/10, 9/7/10, 12/3/10, 12/7/10, 12/10/10, 1/25/11)

CAROLINE MYSS:   Caroline Myss is a five-time New York Times bestselling author and internationally renowned speaker in the fields of human consciousness, health, energy medicine and the science of medical intuition. Caroline, with the assistance of C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D., a Harvard-trained neurosurgeon, developed the field of Energy Anatomy, a science that correlates specific emotional, psychological, physical and spiritual stress patterns with diseases.  Caroline’s work has earned her an international reputation as a renowned medical intuitive.  She is regarded as the leading pioneer in medical intuition and as a result of her work in opening this field, more than ten thousand practitioners are now active in this health arena. I have studied many of Caroline’s works and participated directly in several of her extensive seminars.  I think it is safe to say that once you have worked with Caroline, nothing will ever be the same. (6/22/10, 6/25/10, 6/29/10, 7/10/10, 7/23/10, 8/13/10, 8/17/10)

NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE: An NDE refers to a broad range of personal experiences associated with impending death, encompassing multiple possible sensations including detachment from the body; feelings of levitation; extreme fear; total serenity, security, or warmth; the experience of absolute dissolution; and the presence of a light. These phenomena are usually reported after an individual has been pronounced clinically dead or otherwise very close to death, hence the term near-death experience. With recent developments in cardiac resuscitation techniques, the number of reported NDEs has increased. Much of  the scientific community still regard such experiences as hallucinatory, while paranormal specialists and some mainstream scientists claim them to be evidence of an afterlife. (2/1/11, 2/4/11, 2/8/11)

NUMEROLOGY:  I have provided a short explanation of numerology on my Knowing Yourself page. There are many website and books that you can use to learn more about this ancient science.  www.aboutnumerology.com   is a place to start.  I primarily used two books in my study.  They are Numerology and the Divine Triangle by Faith Javane and Dusty Bunker and Glynis Has Your Number by Glynis McCants.   (KY, 11/5/10)

OMEGA INSTITUTE:  Founded in 1977, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies is the nation’s most trusted source for wellness and personal growth. As a nonprofit organization, Omega offers diverse and innovative educational experiences that inspire an integrated approach to personal and social change. Located on 195 acres in the beautiful Hudson Valley, Omega welcomes more than 23,000 people to its workshops, conferences, and retreats in Rhinebeck, New York and at exceptional locations around the world. Omega has been a pioneer in exploring, teaching, and embracing new ideas, focusing on health and wellness, personal spiritual growth, and self-awareness. The main campus in Rhinebeck, New York is designed to be a healing center, a peaceful oasis in a hurried world. You can relax, rejuvenate, and feel at home in the midst of nature’s bounty and a community of warm, caring people. (8/27/10, 12/3/10)

ORIAH MOUNTAIN DREAMER: Oriah Mountain Dreamer is first and foremost a story-teller, a lover of words and symbols and the stories that lift our spirits, open our hearts and offer us ways to see patterns and create meaning in our lives. The focus of her life and work has been an on-going inquiry into the Sacred Mystery. Her writing, teaching and personal journey all explore how we can each become the individual we are at the deepest level of being and how we can co-create meaning together in the world. She is the author of several best-selling books: The Invitation (now translated into more than fifteen languages), The Dance, and The Call: Discovering Why You Are Here. Her book, What We Ache For: Creativity and the Unfolding of Your Soul, explores the challenges, rewards, and necessity of doing our creative work. (2/18/11)

POWER VS. FORCE: The book, Power vs. Force, by Dr. David Hawkins is an eye-opening account of the levels of human consciousness, defining the very sources of pain, suffering and failure in the world, and assisting the evolution in each of us to rise to the level of joy that should be the essence of human experience. I highly recommend this book as it was a key resource for me to more fully understand what is required of us to truly awaken. (11/30/10, 3/1/11)

PURA VIDA:  Pura Vida Retreat and Spa is considered to be one of the most prized yoga retreat centers in the world. Located near San Jose, Costa Rica, the center offers a perfect balance for the mind, body and spirit in an oasis of beauty, tranquility and home like intimacy. One can pamper their body and soul while exploring the delights of Costa Rica, a country which is renowned for its beauty. I highly recommend it, particularly if you go there on one of Debbie’s yearly yoga retreats. (9/14/10, 9/17/10, 9/21/10)

RAM DASSRam Dass, beloved by many in the East and West, was born Richard Alpert, educated at Oxford and Harvard and, along with Timothy Leary, conducted the controversial LSD clinical trials at Harvard in the 1960’s. After the project was defunded, he traveled to India where in met, Neem Karoli Baba, or as he is better known in the West, Maharaj-ji. Maharaj-ji soon became Alpert’s guru and gave him the name “Ram Dass,” which means “servant of God.”  He returned to the West in the ‘70s and became one of the most influential spiritual teachers of modern times. He is the author of many books the most noted being his best-selling first book,  Be Here Now, which quickly became one of the top three best-selling books in the English language. In February 1997, Dass suffered a stroke which he feels was an act of grace. He no longer travels but continues to give lectures, as his health permits. The 2002 film Fierce Grace tells the story of Dr. Richard Alpert’s transformation from Harvard Psychology Professor to spiritual student/devotee and back again to teacher in spite of his debilitating stroke. It was named by Newsweek as one of the Top Five Non-fiction Films of 2002.  Here is a video clip from that movie. (9/3/10, 9/7/10)

ROLFING: Named after its founder, Dr. Ida Rolf, Rolfing Structural Integration is a form of bodywork that reorganizes the connective tissues, called fascia, that permeate the entire body.  More than sixty years ago, Dr. Rolf recognized that the body is inherently a system of seamless networks of tissues rather than a collection of separate parts. These connective tissues surround, support and penetrate all of the muscles, bones, nerves and organs. Rolfing works on this web-like complex of connective tissues to release realign and balance the whole body. Essentially, the Rolfing process enables the body to regain the natural integrity of its form, thus enhancing postural efficiency and your freedom of movement. (10/18/10)

GABRIELLE ROTH:  Gabrielle Roth, known as the “urban shaman,” is music director of the Mirrors. Her primal trance-dance music grew from her involvement with ballet, drama, movement therapy, ritual, and shamanic principles. The cultural melting pot of New York City and the emerging consciousness scene at California’s Esalen Institute also helped shape Roth’s style. As Roth encouraged her dance students to move and emote, she noticed a natural rhythmic progression, which she calls The Wave or the 5 Rhythms. She saw that many of life’s events, such as childbirth and lovemaking, moved from flowing to staccato to chaos to lyrical and then to stillness. Dancing to these natural rhythms, she teaches, can move us beyond the ego’s personality and help catalyze and release the emotions of fear, anger, grief, joy, and peace — ending with the state of ecstasy. (9/7/10)

RUMI:  Rumi is one of the great spiritual masters and poetical geniuses of mankind.  The name Rumi stands for Love and ecstatic flight into the infinite. He was born in 1207 to a Persian family of learned theologians. Escaping the Mongol invasion and destruction, Rumi and his family traveled extensively in the Muslim lands, performed pilgrimage to Mecca and finally settled in Konya, Anatolia, then part of Seljuk Empire. He was introduced into the mystical path by a wandering dervish, Shamsuddin of Tabriz. His love and his bereavement for the death of Shams found their expression in a surge of music, dance and lyric poems.  If there is any general idea underlying Rumi’s poetry, it is the absolute love of God. His influence on thought, literature and all forms of aesthetic expression in the world cannot be overrated. (8/10/10)

SHARON SALZBURG:  One of America’s leading spiritual teachers and authors, Sharon Salzburg is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts.  She has played a crucial role in bringing Eastern meditation practices to the West. The ancient Buddhist practices of vipassana (mindfulness) and metta (lovingkindness) are the foundations of her work. (7/13/10, 9/3/10, 9/7/10)

SEAT OF THE SOUL:  As the initial catalyst to my spiritual awakening, I highly recommend Seat of the Soul.  It is about the birth of a new human species. This new species longs for harmony, cooperation, sharing, and reverence for Life. It uses higher orders of logic and justice — those of the heart. The number of people who are becoming aware of this birth is growing very fast, because the new species is being born inside all of us. This book is a midwife to that birth.  (CTS, 6/4/10, 7/2/10)

THE SECRET:  The Secret is the highly popular movie that attempts to explain the basics of The Law of Attraction.  I found its pseudo-documentary style to be entertaining and educational.  Although, some of the dubious claims made and its focus on materialism were turn-offs to me, it is a great way to get a basic exposure to The Law of Attraction which itself is VERY real. You may go to the Connecting to Spirit page for a brief explanation of this law.  (CTS, 2/15/11)

THE SHAMAN’S HEART:  By Byron Metcalf, The Shaman’s Heart CD is a continuous 73 minute musical journey using varying rhythmic subdivisions of the classic 220 beats per minute journey tempo. The uninterrupted experience is created from a collection of buffalo drums, frame drums and rattles. This time and space altering ceremony is supported with an evolving, breathing atmosphere of subtle contrasting harmonic embraces. Adding to the experience is the sense that it is all occurring in a grounded, environmental space through the use of sounds from the natural world. This potent offering of “music as medicine” can guide and support even the most intrepid of inner travelers. And, is an invitation to journey into the infinite regions of the heart-space dimension…and beyond. (12/10/10)

SNATAM KAUR:  Snatam Kaur is a rising young devotional singer/songwriter, has been enchanting audiences since 2002 with her signature vocals and uplifting presence, performing to sold-out audiences worldwide. She was introduced to music and spiritual practice at an early age, was schooled in kirtan and studied with the accomplished ragi (master of Sikh-style kirtan) Bhai Hari Singh in Amritsar, India. Snatam presently tours the world on the Celebrate Peace Tour, where she performs her music to sold out audiences as well as teaches Naad Yoga Workshops. She inspires her audience with her innocence, her sincere love and dedication to peace. (2/8/11)

SPINNING WORDS INTO GOLD:  Maureen Ryan Griffin, award-winning author of the writer’s how-to manual Spinning Words Into Gold, has loved words since her “Cat in the Hat” days. She considers sharing her knowledge of and passion for writing both a joy and a privilege, believing, as author Julia Cameron says, that “we are meant to midwife dreams for one another.” She has “midwifed” dreams for many people, including this budding writer, for more than 15 years. Her mission is to bring people’s writing goals and dreams to life through the magic of combining the power of play with the power of commitment, and to provide opportunities for her clients to create and/or polish writing in a variety of genres to achieve these outcomes. (2/22/11)

SOUL COLLAGE:  SoulCollage, designed by Seena Frost, is a creative and self-revealing collage process. Participants make their own deck of cards – each card representing a different aspect of their personality or Soul. Once made, the collage cards can be used to intuitively answer life’s questions and provide an avenue for self-discovery. I found this process to be very joyfully creative and deepened my understanding of the relationship between the various parts of my personality. The how-to book Soul Collage Evolving instructs how to make and use the SoulCollage cards individually and in groups. (3/1/11)

THE SOUL OF MONEY:  Lynne Twist, a global activist, fundraiser, speaker, consultant, and author expressed her commitment to support and empower people in finding peace and sufficiency in their relationship with money by writing the best-selling book, The Soul of Money. This compelling and fundamentally liberating book shows us that examining our attitudes toward money – how we earn it, spend it, invest it, and give it away – can offer surprising insight into our lives, our values and the essence of prosperity. Through moving stories and practical principles, Lynne demonstrates how we can replace feelings of scarcity and guilt with experiences of sufficiency and freedom. I consider this a must read for everyone! (2/11/11)

SOUNDS TRUE:  Sounds True was founded in 1985 with a clear mission: to disseminate spiritual wisdom. It has grown over its 25 year history into a multimedia publishing company with a library of more than 600 titles of DVDs, CDs and books featuring the leading teachers and visionaries of our time. The company has maintained its focus on it overriding purpose by staying true to its following Vision Statement: Sounds True exists to inspire, support and serve continuous spiritual awakening and it expression in the world. (7/13/10)

MARGARET STARBIRD:  Margaret Starbird holds BA and MA degrees from the University of Maryland where she concentrated in comparative literature, medieval studies, and German language, studies she pursued on a Fulbright Student Grant at the Christian Albrechts Universidad in Kiel, Germany. She  is the author of eight books on the sacred feminine and has lived and traveled widely in Europe including pilgrimages to Black Madonna and Mary Magdalene shrines and Cathar citadels in Provençe. (11/2/10)

JANET SUSSMAN: For over twenty years, Janet Sussman has been developing unique systems of intuitional counseling, transformational music and spiritual narrative sourced from higher mental and super-conscious processes. Janet is able to cognize the inner mechanics of awareness, viewing the human energy system through “layers” which unfold the stature of the soul to its full glory. The areas she emphasizes include life purpose, creative development, physical and emotional well-being, and personal relationships. In addition to her full-time counseling practice, Janet facilitates ongoing classes, weekend seminars, and in-depth personal training sessions in which she shares her original methodologies.  (5/16/11)

ECKHART TOLLE  Spiritual teacher and author, Eckhart Tolle, was born in Germany and educated at the Universities of London and Cambridge. At the age of twenty-nine a profound inner transformation radically changed the course of his life. The next few years were devoted to understanding, integrating and deepening that transformation, which marked the beginning of an intense inward journey. Eckhart Tolle is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Power of Now and the highly acclaimed follow-up A New Earth, which are widely regarded as two of the most influential spiritual books of our time. Eckhart’s profound yet simple teachings have already helped countless people throughout the world find inner peace and greater fulfillment in their lives. At the core of the teachings lies the transformation of consciousness, a spiritual awakening that he sees as the next step in human evolution. An essential aspect of this awakening consists in transcending our ego-based state of consciousness. This is a prerequisite not only for personal happiness but also for the ending of violent conflict endemic on our planet. (9/28/10)

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UNIVERA:   Deep nutritional supplementation has made a huge difference in my physical and mental health as well as my overall sense of well-being.  Univera products make it easy to get this deep nutrition without buying hundreds of bottles of supplements and herbs. You can learn more about Univera on my Healing The Body page and at www.univera.com.  At the very least, particularly if you are over 40 you should try their benchmark product Ageless Xtra.   (HTB)

THE UNTETHERED SOUL:  The Untethered Soul explains how we can take ourselves from a place where our consciousness is tethered to our ego to a blissful state of inner freedom and liberation.  I found it profoundly useful and consider it a must read for anyone interested in understanding and accessing who they really are.  (CTS, 4/15/11)

GREGG WARD:   Gregg Ward, truly a masterful healer, strives to empower his clients to clear their emotions, body, mind and spirit to reestablish a clear connection to the source of their being. Knowing that all dis-ease has an emotional/mental root cause, he helps us explore those possibilities so that we may let go of the physical encumbrances and negative thought patterns that prevent us from experiencing a free and full life.  To do this, Gregg uses a variety of cutting edge techniques to make a more inclusive treatment including –  Massage Therapy, Rolfing, Myofacial Unwinding, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Chi Nea Tsang, and Energy Work including Reiki and Chi Kung. (2/8/11)

WHAT THE BLEEP DO WE KNOW!?  What the Bleep, as it is frequently called, is a 2004 independent film that suggests a spiritual connection between quantum physics and consciousness.  Although the film has been criticized for misrepresenting current, verifiable science, as it certainly does, it helped me formulate and ask deep questions about the role each of us plays in creating our own reality.  As I experimented with this idea within my own life, I began to see the Law of Attraction at work.  At the very least, you will be entertained by the movie and it may spark some questions within you as well.  (CTS, 2/15/11)

MARIANNE WILLIAMSON:      Marianne Williamson is in internationally acclaimed teacher of A COURSE IN MIRACLES. Six of her ten books have been New York Times best sellers. She is most noted for her book A Return To Love and the quote “Our deepest fear is that we are not inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” (5/16/11)

YAMAS & NIYAMAS: The Yamas and Niyamas are the ethical principles for living an honorable life set forth in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras as the first and second of the eight limbs of yoga. They are the foundation of a yoga practice without which no spiritual progress along the path of yoga can be made. Yamas are typically defined as principles for social behavior while niyamas are centered around the principals of individual behavior. (10/15/10)

YOGA:  Below is an explanation of the 4 types of yoga that I practice.  After exploring many types of yoga, I have found these four to be the perfect body-mind-spirit practice for me.  I go to one class of each type per week. More information on yoga can be found on my Healing the Body page and yoga tag.  (HTB, 5/13/11)

 Bikram Yoga:    I use this practice primarily for body detoxification and aerobic training.  Although not for the faint of heart, it is a fabulous workout for both body and mind.  It is designed to work your entire body and requires full mental concentration.  The room is heated to 105 degrees and 40% humidity.  The 90 minute class consists of 55 minutes of standing postures and 35 minutes of floor postures. Each of the 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises is done twice to allow your body to fully open to the experience.  Don’t confuse “hot yoga” with Bikram yoga.  If you are interested in exploring this practice, make sure that you go to a Bikram class not just a yoga class that is hot. (9/17/10, 10/29/10)

 Kripalu Yoga:   Kripalu yoga is where I began my yoga exploration almost 12 years ago and it remains the foundation of my practice.  The primary objective of Kripalu is to awaken the flow of prana, our natural life force, that allows us to expand our sense of self and live deeply from who we truly are.  As Kripalu Board Chair Richard Faulds says, “Kripalu Yoga is a practice that revitalizes the body, calms the mind and deepens self-awareness.”  Through the physical postures (asana), breathing exercises (pranayama), meditation and relaxation, we learn to observe or witness the sensations in our bodies and our minds.  We can then take these lessons off the mat and into our lives.  Kripalu Yoga is a wonderful place to start or expand a yoga practice. (6/1/10, 8/10/10, 9/21/10, 10/26/10)

 Kundalini Yoga:  Kundalini yoga is considered to be the oldest form of yoga and is referred to as the Yoga of Awareness.  The primary goal of this practice is to awaken the kundalini energy that sits at the base of the spine. This psycho-energetic force, once accessed, can lead to spiritual elevation and kick-start the process of transformation and awakening to the light within.  All types of yoga can help you do this, but a regular practice of Kundalini will get you there quicker.  Trust me, it is the real deal!! Each class is composed of chanting and vigorous breathing and movement-oriented postures, often sustained for one to seven minutes which can push you to your limit – and beyond. (10/26/10, 10/29/10)

 Yin Yoga:  Yin yoga emerged when thousands of years ago yoga moved from India into China and met with Taoism, or the ancient Chinese philosophy of awakening. Yin is a physically passive practice of seated or prone postures held usually for three to five minutes.   The purpose of these passive holds is to maintain mobility in the connective tissue and to free energetic blocks along the energy meridians of our bodies.  In that way, it is the yoga of acupuncture since the basic goals of each are the same.  Yin yoga is the perfect compliment to an active lifestyle.  It asks us to stop, relax and just be with what is.  In yin class, my teacher Elaine often shares this quote from the Tao-te-Ching, “Nature does not hurry and yet everything is accomplished.”

YOGA JOURNAL:  Yoga Journal is an American based media company that publishes a magazine, website, DVDs and put on conferences all devoted to yoga, nutrition and wellness. It was founded in 1975 with a goal of creating a magazine that would unite the growing yoga community and provide “material that combines the essence of classical yoga with the latest understanding of modern science.” With the explosion of yoga in the West, Yoga Journal’s circulation has now grown to well over 1,000,000. (10/12/10)

GARY ZUKAV:  Gary Zukav was born in Texas and grew up in Kansas. He graduated from Harvard before joining the Special Forces (Green Beret), stationed in Vietnam. He is the author of The Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics, winner of The American Book Award for Science in 1979, and The Seat of the Soul, a New York Times, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, and Publishers Weekly number-one bestseller. His books have sold millions of copies and are published in sixteen languages. He lives in northern California with his spiritual partner, Linda Francis.  (CTS, 6/4/10, 7/2/10)