SUPERMENSCH: THE LEGEND OF SHEP GORDON opens in theaters this weekend

June 5th, 2014

SUPERMENSCH_Radius_keyartShep Gordon is the consummate Hollywood insider. Though he isn’t a household name, Gordon has become a beacon in the industry, beloved by the countless stars he has encountered throughout his storied career. Shep is known for managing the careers of Alice Cooper as well as stints with Blondie, Luther Vandross and Raquel Welch, among others — a career that began with a chance encounter in 1968 with Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. He even found time to invent the “Celebrity Chef.” Though the chef as star is part of the culture now, it took Shep’s imagination, and his moral outrage at how the chefs were being treated, to monetize the culinary arts into the multi-billion dollar industry it is today. Personal friends with the Dalai Lama through his philanthropic endeavors with the Tibet Fund and the guardian of four children, Gordon’s unlikely story will be told by those who know him best, his pals, including Alice Cooper, Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, Anne Murray, Willie Nelson, Emeril Lagasse and more.

The film opens in theaters in New York and LA tomorrow…You can watch the trailer below…


A Weekend of Illumination Supporting Conscious Cinema

May 30th, 2014

IFF badge photoBy Kate Neligan

As readers of the Spiritual Media Blog, you already know about the power of conscious cinema. You are already a fan and a champion of this important work on the Planet. So it is with great enthusiasm that I get to share with you about the latest advancement in this genre. This weekend the world’s premiere film festival for conscious cinema launches in the magical, healing vortexes of Sedona, AZ.

The Illuminate Film Festival is a four day event at three venues and covers 22 amazing films.

Some of the highlighted films are:

The world premiere of ON MEDITATION, a six-part series of shorts with celebrity meditators like environmentalist Peter Matthiessen, Congressman Tim Ryan, and filmmaker David Lynch.

Deepak Chopra’s new film, DEATH MAKES LIFE POSSIBLE ,covers one of life’s most taboo topics.

AWAKE: THE LIFE OF YOGANANDA an unconventional biography of the famous mystic who introduced yoga and meditation to the West.

SONG OF THE NEW EARTH directed by Ward Serrill and produced by Betsy Chasse from WHAT THE BLEEP about the life and work of country singer turned shaman of sound Tom Kenyon.

There are also encores and retrospectives of films like MONK WITH A CAMERA, MAY I BE FRANK, THE ROCKET, COEXIST COMEDY TOUR, SPECIESISM and FINDING HILLYWOOD.

This Festival is doing something extremely unique called a “Reel Healing Series” which is a “view and do” experience. Films are paired with an experience to extend the learning and inherent theme in each for a deeper integration. For instance ON MEDITATION involved a meditation with the author Sarah McLean who teaches mindfulness practices here in Sedona. MILE, MILE AND HALF is paired with a hike on the Sedona trails.

There is also a healing village with the best local practitioners coming together to offer massage, energy work, and nutrition expertise and there is a conscious marketplace with DVDs and books from the speakers and filmmakers as well.

My favorite part is the Conscious Filmmaker Convergence which is a half day of panels by industry leaders and film experts who will help teach and provide coaching on how to successfully produce, market and distribute conscious films. I will be on the “Get Your Conscious Film Seen: Three Options for Distribution” panel helping my favorite people on the planet, conscious filmmakers, learn the options for distribution based on my expertise from both Lionsgate and my start-up Synergy TV which distributes only mindful media and inspiring stories.

I dreamed of this day but I never knew how it would manifest or when it would come. I just trusted that if I cared so deeply about this genre of entertainment, others did as well and that one day, the time would come and we would gather. Sometimes I have “pinch me moments” of how lucky I am to be playing in this sandbox now and to have left my big studio job where my soul was shriveling.

In fact, hearing the story of the film festival Founder, Danette Wolpert at opening night made me light up. She feels like a long-lost sister on a similar path to me. She was unsure of her place here on Earth and asked her wise Self, what can I do?

I know many of you would love to be here so if you can still make it, join us, we would love to meet you. If you can’t get here now, please track this event so you can attend next year and also reach out to be a part of it as a sponsor, speaker or to show your own film. And most importantly, please follow these films. For this genre of film to grow and for our humanity to have stories that mirror who we truly are, we need a mass following. Together, we can great the tipping point of consciousness so that our society becomes more solution-focused, more connected to a higher power, and more joyful and loving to ourselves and each other.photo(6)

Everything starts with choice so I implore you to choose to be a part of the Illuminate Film Festival in some capacity. So ask yourself – what can I do? Take time to listen to that answer. Your support of this “industry” is of paramount importance and I myself am grateful to play my part in promoting and distributing uplifting, empowering, inspiring, spiritual, and positive stories and messages. Synergy means the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, so together we make a difference by supporting media that opens minds and hearts.

Entertain, Enlighten, Inspire,

Kate Neligan – Founder/CEO of Synergy TV Network

 

 

Q&A with DDNard, author of Compass of Now

May 27th, 2014

DD The Compass of Now tells the inspiring story of the Thai spiritual healer, DDNard, who transformed herself from a penniless widow to a respected teacher and leader. Below is a Q&A with DDNard.

1. Why did you write your book?
When my husband passed away while my son was only eleven-month old and left us with 3 millions not in cash but in debt, I was taken out of grief and fear by just a few words of someone I hardly knew. I know since then that when everything seems so dark, words can lighten up our days. So I wrote the Compass of now book for everyone who know how important it is to have high spirit because our circumstances are the reflection of our inner states.

2. How did you get into $3 million dollars in debt?
My husband was a business man. He was in real estate and hotel businesses. His business was prospering but when he suddenly died of heart attack, the assets were unclear but the debt and liability was very certain, as certain as dead and taxes, I supposed.

3. How did you get out of $3 million dollars in debt?
I had an enlightening moment and it brought me true happiness. I was full of joy even with the debt. At first when I had debt, I felt very small and inferior but then with my happy mind I realize that the bankers did business and made profit from us. So we are their customers and they must take half of the responsibilities. I stopped paying my debt, kept the money to expand my business, seeing only possibilities and focus on enjoying my son, my work and love my life until the day came when all my debt was gone and I had more than enough.

4. How did you deal with the grief of being a widow at age 27?

My son, he showed me strength. I lost my loved one, he lost his father but all he wanted to do was to make me happy. Also I heard a wise man at the funeral said there is no house that never loses their loved ones. Those words were in my eyes and in that moment I was over the grief.

5. How did you balance using mindfulness and increasing the quality of your thoughts, while still giving yourself a chance to express your feelings of possible sadness or grief?

I don’t use mindfulness to stop me from feeling. Mindfulness helps me aware of my feeling even more but I’m just not overwhelm by my thoughts and feelings, so I’m free. I choose what I want to say, do or feel, regardless of the circumstances inside and outside.

6. How do you change thoughts that come from unconscious and ingrained beliefs? book

I become aware of it. I love your questions, it shows that you truly understand human minds. Ingrained beliefs run our lives unconsciously, however, as we are more accustomed to coming back to ourselves, we are more aware of the drive that underlying our behaviors. So we don’t need to neither try to push them away nor be consumed by them,the unconscious beliefs, we just observe and be aware, it loses its strength.

7. How do you change thoughts that come so frequently such as thoughts of fear or anger or sadness that may be based on past experiences that cause legitimate fear, anger or sadness?

I don’t give it fuels neither by thinking more about the incidents or the person that cause it nor I don’t try to push the thoughts and feeling away because by doing that you give those feeling more power over you. Just to be aware like watching the snake crawls pass you without grabbing it, it will not harm you.

8. What sort of responses has your book received?

1.5 million copies sold and the readers said it changes their lives for the better. I feel very honored. I know that I’ m just a messenger passing the message forward through my story and I’m glad I’m the chosen one.

9.  Where can we get a copy of your book?
Amazon.com and book stores near you.

Frank vs. God movie

May 22nd, 2014

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I just heard about a really interesting movie called “Frank vs. God.” According to the film’s website:

David Frank (Henry Ian Cusick) thinks he’s lost everything. Unable to move past the grief of losing his wife, this former lawyer has all but given up. That is, until a tornado not only destroys his house, but takes from him the last real connection to the world, his beloved dog Brutus. When the insurance company deems the loss an “act of God,” David is desperate, and is convinced someone has to pay. He decides to serve God… with a lawsuit.

David’s provocative and clever legal antics turn the courtroom into a riveting spectacle as he cross-examines representatives of the world’s religions. But when he meets his match—charming and intelligent defense lawyer Rachel (Ever Carradine)—sparks fly and his assumptions are challenged. David’s act of desperation just might be his salvation.

Frank vs. God is a comedy that raises questions about faith and religion with a light-hearted tone and an open mind. The film is an uplifting story of one man’s search for answers, by taking them to a higher court.

It is set to screen at the Dances with Films Film Festival, FRIDAY | MAY 30th at 7:15PM at the Chinese 6 Theaters, in Los Angeles.


How art helps us communicate love and forgiveness to the world

May 20th, 2014

pressphoto-3 By Justin St. Vincent

Why does art and music resonate with the human spirit? Who are the artists that are uniting artistic expression with emotional healing? In this guest blog post, we explore these key questions and discover a spirit of artistry, faith, and unity.

Art has served humanity throughout the ages: from ritualistic and symbolic functions to expressions of the personal and mystical, and as a record of culture, community, and creed. Those who create art have discovered a unique path of creative expression that suits their abilities and interests and serves art’s many functions. Through their craft, these artists convey an experience, expression, story, or mood, all to share an idea, sell a product, or simply offer an aesthetic expression of their personal beliefs.

Art often appeals to and connects with our human emotions. It can arouse pleasure, disgust, sadness, or joy as well as elicit complex moral considerations or judgments. When artists convey love and forgiveness and other emotions and values through their medium of choice, they are inviting a deeper consideration of their work, allowing an audience to consider both the emotional and aesthetic. Art has a profound capacity to explore and express the complexity of the human condition and artists who are highly attuned to their craft can do this effortlessly. For artists, their attention to their craft allows them a deep understanding of the symbiotic relationship of artist and audience. They hope that the presentation of their work offers the space and time for an audience to learn or process their emotional responses. They also understand the inherent and ongoing exploration of their own inner life that their artistry offers.ebook_cover_3D_s

Exploring this theme further is LOVE LIVE FORGIVE, a FREE eBook with an exciting collection of exclusive interviews with many of the world’s most visionary artists, authors, and musicians. A unique anthology that explores the transformative power of love, forgiveness, and the creative spirit, sharing insights and reflections on the powerful intersections that exist between artists and creativity. This book embraces contributors from a dynamic spectrum of artistic, cultural, and faith-based backgrounds. Individually they offer their unique perspective on the human experience. Collectively they embrace a shared passion for art and its ability to transform our lives and the world around us.

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Justin St. Vincent, Managing Editor of “LOVE LIVE FORGIVE: Insights from Artists”, says: “I feel that this project can strongly resonate with young artists; teenagers, students, and graduates alike, to help develop their own understanding of love, forgiveness, the creative spirit, and how to practically express these essential values in their world today.” He believes: “artists can become the visionaries of culture and community. They help us interpret our world through their own unique lens of creativity and imagination. Together this can illuminate our understanding of the virtues that bring meaning to life, and significance to our existence.”

ABOUT THE BLOGGER:
JUSTIN ST. VINCENT is the Director and Founder of Xtreme Music: where Music meets Spirituality, based in Auckland, New Zealand. He served on the Fetzer Institute’s Advisory Council for the Arts, and is pioneer of a highly acclaimed website embracing the beauty and diversity of Music and Spirituality. His new book, “LOVE LIVE FORGIVE: Insights from Artists” is available on June 1st 2014 from:
www.LoveLiveForgive.org

Still, In One Peace

May 19th, 2014

author(5)By Ronald William Cadmus

One who would be serene and pure needs but one thing, detachment. ~ Meister Eckhart

This week in New York City a 48-year-old woman was killed by a subway train, after jumping onto the tracks to retrieve her handbag she accidentally dropped. Bystanders screamed as the train approached, while she frantically attempted to climb back onto the platform. Frozen in fear, she was crushed to death. The picture on the front pages of the New York newspapers, showed her handbag, held by transit agents and police officers. The bag contained her gym clothes and CP. She risked her life for clothing and her Blackberry. Riding the subway this morning I read the ad: “Your life is worth more than your belongings – If you drop something onto the tracks summon a booth agent or policeman.” A life lost over two pieces of clothing and a technological gadget. Sometimes grasping onto things makes us lose all sense of rationale.

The soul that is attached to anything, anything, however much good there may be in it, will not arrive at the liberty of divine union.

When attached to any one thing, that obsession becomes our idol. Our god. We cannot be attached to any one entity and expect to arrive at the liberty of divine union. We are made prisoner to that attachment. We might strive for that harmony, but attachment to any one thing, no matter how much good it affords, will make us fall short of complete, spiritual attainment. When we are possessed by things, we are entrapped by them. Imprisoned by them. Controlled and manipulated by them. And in the case of this woman on the New York City subway platform, we are destroyed by them. A strong wire rope hold or a slender delicate thread can attach us to a false sense of security. The attainment of serenity and purity of spirit will elude us. There can only be “the liberty of divine union,” the freedom in that One accord, when we place our lives in the stillness of that One peace. Not in our attachment to things or to that one “cord” from which we receive our false identity.

A story of a Monk and a traveler clearly reveals the hold that “things” have upon us and how “things” prevent us from attaining that divine union, until we realize that the attainment of “things” is no guarantee of inner fulfillment or happiness.

A monk in his travels once found a precious stone and kept it. One day he met a traveler, and when the monk opened his bag to share his provisions with him, the traveler saw the jewel and asked the monk to give it to him. The monk did so readily. The traveler departed, overjoyed with the unexpected gift of the precious stone that was enough to give him wealth and security for the rest of his life. However, a few days later he came back in search of the monk, found him, gave him back the stone, and entreated him, ‘Now give me something much more precious than this stone, valuable as it is. Give me that which enabled you to give it to me.’

The request the traveler makes of the monk, to be given the secure, inner peace, serenity or contentment that the monk possesses, is something the traveler has been searching for, but which he was willing to forfeit for a fleeting sense of security.

Peering into the Monk’s bag he coveted all that sparkles, glitters, all that is gold and costly. In a few short days, he was still wandering around, with a valuable gem in his pocket, but with emptiness in his spirit and soul. He still found himself deprived of serenity. The gem was contaminating his soul, because, the attachment to this precious jewel was in actuality a possession that was adulterating the more desirable quality of his own life, a purer quality that was being impaired by possessions, things, that held him like a wire rope and slender thread.Still, in One Peace.hrcover(2)

We must be freed from anything that adulterates, taints and impairs. The subway rider, who lost her life, was impaired in her thinking. Things can adulterate our lives. No matter if we are wearing Hope Diamonds, driving the most expensive cars, residing in multimillion dollar homes and apartments, sailing our yachts, or fitting ourselves in expensive designer clothes, all these “things and attachments” cannot compare to the value of who we are as human beings. They offer no lasting benefit. We cling to them and permit ourselves to be tainted, adulterated and impaired by their delusion. We contaminate our truer, deeper selves, and like that bird, whether through slender thread, or wire rope, we are suppressed by them and cannot fly until we can free our grasp from them, allowing ourselves to find the serene, pure place of life, where we can be free and Still, in One Peace.

Ronald William Cadmus was ordained a United Methodist Minister in 1975 and is presently a member of the Reformed Church in America. His anthems have appeared at major choir festivals and his writings based on experiences as a Chaplain at Ground Zero 911 appear on the Artists Registry of the 911 Memorial Museum. He lives in Manchester, New Jersey.

Still, In One Peace is published by Circle Books June. ISBN: 978-1-78279-474-5 (Paperback) £9.99 $16.95, 978-1-78279-473-8 (eBook) £6.99 $9.99

Love’s Calling

May 14th, 2014

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Below is a guest post written by Elizabeth Griffin about her new book, Love’s Calling…

On Writing Love’s Calling A Journey to Italy Self, a new book by Elizabeth Griffin, to be released June 27, 2014

I showed the new cover of my book, Love’s Calling to some of my teen students during English class. “Cool! How long did it take you to write it?” I flashed back, not to the past as much as to the rambling path that led me to the book’s completion.

What came to mind first was following my heart. I left my hometown with only the things I had packed in my car and traveled alone for almost 8 years, stopping to work, but still changing domiciles every 6 months. I learned to write down my thoughts, if for no other reason, to keep my family posted on my whereabouts.

Then spiritual inspiration came to the fore. I met others with similar interests who ended up pushing me when I was lost in my own ideas about myself. A Course in Miracles was an important hand to hold, especially while everything fell apart.

Next came grace that led me, with no idea or plans, to Italy. Here the pace of life allowed me to sit quietly and look deeply – and keep writing.

After that came cancer, Ms. Cancer that is – an anthropomorphic  version of my breast tumor who helped me look deeply into what is (and what is not).

And the book? Actually this is a second version – the first was a mistake. I had to start over just when I was turning 50 and thought my good looking breast prosthesis were going to be permanent. That’s when they found more cancer, and I went back to….zero.

“How long did it take me to write the book?” I repeat the question. “Seven-eight years, maybe?” I can’t remember. “What’s important to me,” I said to my students with a smile, “is that I arrived at this point – Here, Present, where time has no meaning.

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Join Elizabeth Griffin in her beautiful new book, Love’s Calling: A Journey to Self, as she jumps into the unknown in search of….Love. Following inspiration she travels and ends up halfway around the world in Italy. A diagnosis of breast cancer changes the panorama of her outlook completely. She discovers the true terrain of her explorations is within. It is this new perspective that leads Elizabeth to realize her journey’s end.

 

Q&A with Simran Singh

May 8th, 2014

md_headshot_2Below is a Q&A with SIMRAN SING, author of Your Journey to Enlightenment: Twelve Guiding Principles to Connect with Love, Courage, and Commitment in the New Dawn

Viewed as a fresh and innovative voice in the realms of inspiration, motivation and spirituality, Simran Singh clearly states she is not here to be a teacher or a guru. Instead, Simran prefers to stand as an example of rebel humanitarian. As an author, visionary speaker and love catalyst, Simran is opening hearts around the globe.

 1. You have spent the last decade devoted to the journey of the soul, first for yourself and then in service; is that selfish?

Simran Singh: Personal Power is ‘personal’. It cannot come from another. Others will inspire you, motivate you… even challenge you as a mirror to who you are. In the end, only YOU can actually choose to walk in your power by saying, ‘No more excuses! No more settling for less than I deserve!’ You will finally say, ‘I give me to me and walk my own unique path’. In doing so, you make life personal; you finally connect to your own being. Your soul is calling you to the heart of the matter, where your unique genius lies.

The only way we can truly serve is by being in service to the self. Then, and only then, do we have everything necessary to truly steward this great world in the most sacred of ways. Our power is in our pain and when we love ourselves enough, realizing there really is nothing out there, we create a new world from the inside and out.

2. What has given you this pure sense of devotion to create so expansively: magazine, radio, videos, one-woman show and books?

Simran Singh: Can you feel it? Close your eyes for a moment… focus in and between your heart and gut. Do you feel that gentle quiver? Tune in; it is a raging river. It is you, ready to run wild and free… a bull in a china shop! You have attempted to keep Spirit in a bottle! But Spirit cannot be contained.

There is passion brewing. This energy of excitement is ready to be on fire, instead of in the fire; or even having your feet to the fire. You are the ember ready to blaze. The You-niverse is calling. Are you ready to respond to the pull of the heart? Some part of you knows it must be… there is no other way to go… The call is loud and strong. And, there can be no more excuses to deny it.

3. In your first book, Conversations With the Universe, you reveal the world speaking to us in many ways; what is it trying to say?

Simran Singh: Life is always inviting us to discover what is missing, show us what has been denied or left unhealed. Life brings the opportunities for our greatest gifts to unfold. Will it be hard? Will it be easy? It will be what we make up about it. In the end, it is an opportunity to see how we create, what we really believe and what that perspective brings into our experience. Look around. What’s going on? What are the challenges? The obstacles? The places of resistance? What appears and why?

Everything in the world is a representation of you, speaking back to you about you. There is nothing random. It all has a place and a part to play in the conversation that the Universe is using to guide you, but in the most playful of ways.

4. If we have created all of this, then who are we really?

Simran Singh:You are not a human being; this is a spacesuit that you wear. It has whistles and whirs, organs and sensory mechanisms, to lead and guide you as conversations. You are not a spiritual being having a human experience. If that were true, then we remain just as separate when we pass over. That does not make sense, does it? So, what is beyond separation? Where does everything unite? It would be Oneness… an energetic space of Love, Radiance, Power, Illumination, Brilliance… What would that Oneness most desire, by expressing as individuations of form? The answer… You are ‘Experience’ experience itself.

You are Light, Sound and Color embodied as a being. Why? You are ‘experience’ experiencing itself. This would mean there is no right/wrong, good/bad, perfection or imperfection… all is simply experience.

In that place of seeing, hearing, feeling, touching and tasting the experience called life, how can any of it be a mistake? We cannot possibly make a wrong turn. Throughout the entire story of your life, you have been experiencing the self and the SELF. Each one of us is a seed of beginning; a lotus bulb in the murky depths of the dark. We each have pushed upward through the muck and mire, through the dark and toward the sunlight. Each, in our own time, we burst into the warmth of the sun. And, we each have the chance to rest upon the calm waters, in the full blossoming of a lotus that has discovered another way of being… another experiencing.

5. How do we step out of conformity and into courage to be something new?

Simran Singh: By unknowing who you are, you begin to see the formation that you have become. This knowledgeable self you have evolved into is whom you live, breathe and walk. This formation, although you perceived it as your truth, has only been a very small version of your full capacity. It has been based completely on what you know. This is less than 5 percent of what IS. Imagine if you tapped into that 95 percent you have not known. Can you consider the possibilities that are available to you and your world? What if the unknown is actually the larger expanse of your Higher Divine Self?

In dismantling what has been created as your persona, you reach the simplest form you can identify with. This could feel like nothingness, the place of “Who am I?” This phase must occur before you consciously choose to walk the true High Way of transformation, where you venture beyond formation. You will journey into the land of unknown, where all discovery and capacity is possible. Instead of “Who am I?” the question becomes “Who will I allow myself to be?” knowing there is no end to expression. The unique distinction between before and after is the level of conscious awareness and innocent wonder in action.

 6. Your second book, Your Journey to Enlightenment is a polarity of serious and lighthearted, binding and free. Describe this path of enlightenment.

Simran Singh: In fully surrendering identity and living as the constant unfolding experience, with no attachment and no need to control or measure, the new human opens to a level of truth that is both intoxicating and liberating. The sense of freedom from completely letting go of identification is the greatest power of all. When engaging in this form of living, there is no going back to any sort of limitation. Those that come across you will be completely awed and inspired at the level of freedom that is exuded.

You will truly view the world as a playground. This enlightened one might be viewed as the drunken fool but to that soul, all others are the ones under the influence and having had lost their minds. These people can see the great cosmic joke. Inside the “humor- Ahs” nature of the Universe is the immortality of us all.

 7. You say we are not free and we have not been brave, yet there is an easy way to get there; how?

Simran Singh: I write about 12 guiding principles of love, courage and commitment in Your Journey to Enlightenment. These are the highest essences of the ‘child’. We are to live life fully from the place of a child. This does not mean being childish; it means being childlike. We all know this, but have forgotten how. The essences reactivate the memory and the memories reawaken the child within. It is truly like being on a playground again, and that is where you will find yourself… your true Self.

8. You are completing an amazing 11-month tour around the country living in the unknown and the void; what about the fear people would have in leaping into the void?

Simran Singh: We are not meant to live without fear. Fear can be a good thing, a protector and a driver. What is important is feeling the fear, not ridding ourselves of it. We have to be willing to be honest with ourselves, with our feelings.

The void, in fact anything new, is just a step into a larger version of you. There is more of you out there than in here, in this physical body. And perhaps, what you are feeling is not really fear but a different end of the spectrum of excitement… we just have called that fear. However, it is all excitement in the end.

9. Much of your sharing is in regard to bridging the dark and light, the fear and love; can you offer an example of facing our fears?

Simran Singh:The tears began and the sensations became stronger. “I think when I complete this Rebel Road, I will no longer exist. I will not have an identity. I will come back, and do not want to come back to the life I currently have. What is rising in me is the realization…” I paused as the revelations flooded, forming waves of words to express what my body had known my whole life. “I have created everything in my life, worked hard and stayed busy…. out of fear… out of the fear of doing nothing, being nothing… having no identity. My whole life has been based in the darkness of fear. And now that I know that, I feel like this year is to strip me of all that I truly know and I will dissolve into the nothingness. This road into the unknown is truly the unknowing of the self… And that will end up in the allness and the nothingness… the fullness and the emptiness. We think we know who we are but we have no idea… no idea.”

We are not here to escape our fears or ignore them; we are here to face them and dive into them and in doing so, we discover we are more than we knew ourselves to be.

10. What will be next for you? What is the plan?

Simran Singh: That is the whole point to both my books and the one I am currently writing; that was the mission of The Rebel Road. There is not supposed to be a plan. There is no ‘next’, only now. What is my experience right now? What brings me joy right now? What fills me up right now? What am I feeling right now? When we live this way, in the present moment as a child does, the Universe shows us where to go. All we are to do is play and follow the dots, the Conversations With the Universe. They will lead into Your Journey to Enlightenment.md_books_sitting

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Author of Your Journey to Enlightenment: Twelve Guiding Principles to Connect with Love, Courage, and Commitment in the New Dawn and IPPY Gold Award Winning Conversations With The Universe, Lead Rebel of The Rebel Road Tour: Connecting the Dots of What Was to What IS illustrates the bridge between dark and Light as a path of radiance and illumination.

Publisher of the Nautilus Award–Winning 11:11 Magazine, and number-one rated, 11:11 Talk Radio show host, and featured speaker at an inaugural TEDx, Simran Singh’s vision is ‘Creating a New World Experience of Aliveness’.

www.Simran-Singh.com

Q&A with Sarah Alexander, author of ‘Spiritual Intelligence in Leadership’

May 2nd, 2014

Sarah Alexander LRBelow is a Q&A  with Sarah Alexander, author of ‘Spiritual Intelligence in Leadership’

1.  What is Spiritual Intelligence?

Our Spiritual Intelligence is the deep inner wisdom, knowledge and insight that is within us all.

We are connected to our Spiritual Intelligence when our thoughts, words and actions are aligned with the loving kindness, wisdom and power that is within us all. This alignment leads us to feel happy, inspired and to experience inner peace. From this place, our Spiritual Intelligence can guide us through our gut feelings, our inner hunches and our creative ideas, in tandem with our highest good and greatest joy.

2.   Why do you think it is important that people tap into their Spiritual Intelligence?

The value of our Spiritual Intelligence is that it is able to see all situations and people with objective awareness. It does not have the personal mental filters and limited perceptions through which we see and evaluate everything and everyone that we meet. This Intelligence can see clearly the way forward for us because it has knowledge of all of the facts in any situation (which in truth, we do not have) and it has the predictive powers that we also lack.

3.   Why did you write the book?

I wanted to write a book demonstrating, from my own personal and often painful life experiences, my understanding of how Spiritual Intelligence operates to benefit our lives.

I also wrote the book to give the readers a clear understanding of the seven foundational principles that I believe underpin effective leadership in the 21st century. With these seven principles in place, we are able to lead in any capacity and be leaders in our own lives.

4.  What are you hoping people will learn?

In my book, ‘Spiritual Intelligence in Leadership: From Manager to Leader in Your Own Life’, I highlight the difference between our True Self, which is the Leader in our lives, gently guiding us forward from within, and the ego, which I refer to as the manager in our lives. The ego is that voice always chattering away in our minds, acting as the one that manages and controls us. The ego does its best to divert us away from the guidance of our inner Intelligence, telling us “it is not rational or logical” and those ideas “won’t work”. Our True Self, in contrast, is that place of stillness, awareness and calm within us that continually and persistently directs us in alignment with our Spiritual Intelligence.

I want people to be able to recognise the distinction between the ego and True Self and bring their life into increasing awareness of the True Self.

5.  How can this help people in their lives / what difference will it make?

This inner Intelligence can guide us both practically, on everyday issues, as well as provide us with wider insights on larger life questions. All we have to do is ask this Intelligence for guidance and listen to receive its answers. These answers may come in the form of new intuitive ideas and thoughts, information that your awareness just seemingly gets drawn to, or a new sense of direction and purpose that naturally arises in your life.

Our Spiritual Intelligence operates in conjunction with our learned intelligence, our emotional intelligence and our body’s innate intelligence.

The more we acknowledge it and use it, the more profoundly it affects our consciousness. This Intelligence guides us also to let go of limited thinking and programming and all the negative beliefs that we hold about ourselves. It nudges us to step into our True, Authentic Self. It guides us to embrace our purpose and use all the talents, skills and gifts that we have for the betterment of the world. For this is how we become Leaders in our own lives.

If people are looking to have a sense of meaning, purpose and fulfilment in their life, as well as greater happiness, then their innate Spiritual Intelligence will provide them with the means to achieve exactly that.

6.  How can people tap into their Spiritual Intelligence?

The key to connecting to your Spiritual Intelligence is the practice of meditation. This includes the focusing and stilling of your mind, even if just by observing your breath for 5 – 10 minutes a day. When we quieten our mind’s chatter, gradually the wisdom and loving kindness of our Spiritual Intelligence can speak to us clearly and guide us forward.

7.  Which leaders in the world today really embody the idea of Spiritual Intelligence?

I am really inspired by people who use their talents and gifts for the betterment of the world, and this is my definition of ‘Leadership’ for the 21st Century. There are many leaders who are demonstrating exactly this.

I am inspired by Karen Armstrong, an English scholar, who has set up ‘The Charter for Compassion’ in 2008 after she won the TED prize. Through this she is determined to make the world a more compassionate place and she currently has much support from around the world for this thinking.

I am also inspired hugely by Oprah Winfrey and all that she does, not only through her TV network to inspire people to greater lives, but also through her South African Leadership Academy for Girls. This Academy is dedicated to creating new leaders for South Africa with the same values that Mandela stood for.

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban for her views on a girl’s right to education, is another person who really inspires me. She has recently won the Sakharov Prize for free speech awarded by the European Parliament and is using it to continue to promote the rights of children in her country.

8.  What do you see as your spiritual purpose in life?

To help people fulfil their potential by aligning with their True Selves and their innate Spiritual Intelligence

9.  What next for you / what are you pans for the future?

To take the message of Spiritual Intelligence out to a wider audience through my book, webinars, speaking events, and 1-2-1 work.Cover_Spiritual-Intelligence LR

10.         How can people buy the book?

The book can be purchased through my web site www.sarah-alexander.co.uk or from Amazon and all good book retailers.

About Sarah Alexander

Sarah is an expert in Spiritual Intelligence. She has worked with 100s of business owners and leaders worldwide, guiding them to use their inner Intelligence to make the most of their life’s work. Sarah has used Spiritual Intelligence successfully to build her first business, which she sold in 2001. She then used it again to build her current business, which helps business executives, international sports competitors and entrepreneurs, become even more successful. ‘Spiritual Intelligence in Leadership’ is Sarah’s second book. Her first is ‘Spiritual Intelligence in Business: the Eight Pillars of 21st Century Business Success’ Both are available from Amazon, all good book retailers and www.sarah-alexander.co.uk

When will you find love?

April 30th, 2014

When Will You Find Love By Orli Lysen

You don’t need to have been cheated, mistreated, lied to or made blue to want some real, honest to goodness love and romance in your life.

If you keep meeting the wrong kind of partner, or no partner at all, and you’re tired of leaving things to chance and want to take control of your love life, you’ve come to the right place.

This book aims to show you not only when you’ll meet your true love, but also where you’re likely to meet him or her, as well as what he or she will be like, so you’ll recognize your partner-to-be as soon as your paths cross.

You might be wondering how can this possibly work as isn’t astrology all down to fate? In fact it’s all down to cycles which repeat over and over again, with slight variations that make things more (or less) favorable to achieving the romantic outcome you want.

For instance Mars, the planet of passion and one that’s very helpful in working out timings for relationships, is in exactly the same place only once every two years for about eight weeks, so miss that and it could potentially mean a two year wait until your next window of opportunity for romance.

But there are in-between times when the quest for true love all works out beautifully.

With a few easy-to-follow guidelines, you can pinpoint these to help put you in the right place at the right time to meet your love match.

There’s the potential for love in everyone’s future, but it can take a while for circumstances to be just right. There’s no point simply sitting at home waiting for love to come knocking on your door. That might just happen, and you might well fall for the TV repair man or the person who delivers your pizza, but it’s much more likely to occur if you pursue some of the options outlined in the chapters for your sign. These will put you in the perfect place and the right mindset for the right person to connect with you when the timing is also spot on.

So in the meantime you need to get in touch with what you love. Dress up, put more effort into your friendships and personal pleasures, and fill your life with beauty and happy experiences each day. Nothing is more attractive than a person who’s already fulfilled. Who would you rather date: Someone who’s waiting for someone else to come along to make them happy, or someone who’s genuinely in love with their life and radiating joy?

Live your life to the fullest. Be interesting, be interested and you’ll be working with the planets to help you meet your ideal partner. Putting your life on hold if your ideal astro love time is months away is letting yourself down and not taking advantage of the planetary energies that want you to develop to be the kind of person your ideal partner is looking for too.

Sometimes this will mean stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something different, or finding yourself in a place you’d never normally consider going to, but that’s how the magic happens. If you always do the same thing, the same way, you’ll always meet the same kind of lover, so you’ll go through the same kinds of situations you’ve always been through, leaving you frustrated, loveless and back where you started.

Now’s your chance to take control of your love life.

And if you think you must be getting a little desperate or crazy to consult the stars to find true love, think again. Back in the day (we’re talking 16th century) astrology was highly regarded and almost exclusively for society’s elite, for royalty and for the important decision-makers of the time. The finest minds in the land would use their knowledge of the movements of the planets to select the most beneficial timings for major events.

Queen Elizabeth the First’s coronation date was specifically chosen by the Royal Astrologer, Dr John Dee, to take place on 15th January 1559, and she went on to become one of the most powerful and revered monarchs of all time. There wasn’t a lot of romance for Good Queen Bess, the virgin queen, however, as her specially chosen day was all about her career. But your special days will be all about your love life.

While the key point here is that each sign of the zodiac has opportunities when love and the chances of meeting that special someone are higher than at other times, it’s worth also realizing that your true romance might not be with the kind of person or Sun sign you’d normally fall for, so keep an open mind.

You may have read that if you’re an Earth sign, pleasure-loving Taurus for example, you’ll get on best with the other Earth signs, meticulous Virgo and sensible Capricorn. The same goes for the Air signs and it’s true there are compatibilities for quick-thinking Gemini, stylish Libra and quirky Aquarius. If you’re a Fire sign you’ll share certain qualities with action-oriented Aries, limelight-loving Leo and adventurous Sagittarius. And if you’re ruled by Water you may have an emotional connection with nurturing Cancer, mysterious Scorpio and intuitive Pisces. Certainly you’ll have something in common with those signs who share your element, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be a match made in the heavens.

There’s so much more to it all than just your Sun sign and your element, and you’re about to see how loving Venus, passionate Mars and lucky planet Jupiter’s influence will improve your chances of finding true love too.

Using this book you’ll be activating your romance zone (or 5th house), which in the world of astrology relates to romance, engagements and taking a risk or a gamble, in this case, on love.

It’s easy and more effective than you can imagine. And you don’t need to be an astrology expert to understand it and make it work.

Think of it as the love equivalent of being on a diet without having to eat less or exercise more!

And don’t worry either if you’ve loved and lost before. You may have thought that he or she was ‘the one’, but at different times in your life a different kind of partner can suit you more than someone you thought was just your type, or even your soulmate. Be open to new experiences and again you’ll increase your chances of finding someone who’s right for you, right now and forever.

So does this really work? I tested the theory on myself and was amazed to find that the most important and long-lasting relationship I’ve had was with a Gemini guy I met while producing a book, working in the offices of a former school. Gemini rules literature (books) and education (school), and my Venus sign is Gemini. The day we met we were both in a strong Venus cycle (an age that’s a multiple of 7) and Venus and Mars were close together (or conjunct) in the skies, which is one of the best times of all for a relationship to start. We were together for 14 years and are still very good friends.

I looked into this further and found that each key relationship in my life started when Venus and Mars were locked in an astrological embrace.

Astrology worked for me and I’m going to show you how it can work for you. So let’s get started, as timing is everything!