Archive for March, 2011

The Goddess Barbelo and How The Universe Created Itself

Richard Gott and Li-Xin Li of Princeton University suggest that the “mother universe” somehow gave birth to itself when one of the universes it created looped back in time to produce it. Click the image below to read about “the mother universe” – otherwise known as “The Barbelo” –



Hello Darkness My Old Friend

What is The Shadow Effect? And why is it imperative for us to not be in denial of the shadowy dark side of our nature? Enjoy a preview, below, of Debbie Ford’s film THE SHADOW EFFECT (based on a book of the same title), and learn a bit about why our shadow is not to be feared but rather to be investigated and even embraced…

A Movie Featuring:

Debbie Ford
Marianne Williamson
Deepak Chopra
James Van Praagh
Mark Victor Hansen

Be uplifted by the power that is hidden beneath the surface of your conscious mind. Take this emotionally gripping, visually compelling journey into your mysterious shadow self—the hiding place for your most disliked thoughts, emotions, and impulses—and discover how by embracing your worst fears, you can step into your greatest self. Be transformed by Debbie Ford, the #1 New York Times best-selling author and internationally acclaimed expert on the human shadow, as well as some of the most brilliant and evolutionary thinkers of the 21st century.

Be inspired to uncover the wisdom in your wounds, the blessings in your misfortunes, and the gifts that are waiting to be claimed where you may least expect them . . . in the dark.

If shadows could talk, they would tell you that there is gold to be mined in every experience.

The DVD can be purchased here. The book, here.




The Wise Investigator

Tricycle Magazine is a new discovery of ours – it’s an incredible place to research reincarnationist ideas and Buddhism. In fact, it’s much more than an online magazine, it’s actually what I would consider to be the Huff Post of Buddhism (there also a blog, here).

Below is a recent piece from the site – it was very hard to choose just one article to preview here! I really love the idea of getting to know our dark thoughts so that they won’t get the better of us…

Sayadaw U Tejaniya explains how taking an interest in life as it is can lead to liberation.

Sayadaw U Tejaniya explains how taking an interest in life as it is can lead to liberation.Sayadaw U Tejaniya began his Buddhist training as a young teenager in Burma under the late Shwe Oo Min Sayadaw (1913-2002). After a career in business and life as a householder, he ordained as a monk some ten years ago. He teaches meditation at Shwe Oo Min Dhammasukha Tawya in Rangoon, Burma.

In June, I caught up with U Tejaniya at the Insight Meditation Society’s Forest Refuge, in Barre, Massachusetts, where he was about to lead a three-day retreat at the nearby Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. U Tejaniya’s relaxed demeanor and easy sense of humor belie a commitment to awareness that he encourages his students to apply in every aspect of their daily lives, and his earlier role as a householder gives him a rare insight into the challenges faced by his lay students. U Tejaniya’s delightfully illustrated book, Don’t Look Down on the Defilements, They Will Laugh at You, aptly characterizes his teaching style—accessible and true to the traditional teachings of the Buddha.

—James Shaheen, Editor

© Libby Vigeon

Can you say something about the title of your book, Don’t Look Down on the Defilements, They Will Laugh at You? I never intended to write a book. One of my yogis had taken a lot of notes during interviews and wanted to make them available to others. Those notes were then edited and expanded by me and some other yogis. We picked the title because it is important not to underestimate the power of the defilements. When I teach meditation I emphasize the importance of watching the mind. While doing this you will see a lot of defilements. In their grosser manifestations, the defilements are anger, greed, and delusion. And they have plenty of friends and relatives, who often show up as the five hindrances: desire, aversion, torpor, restlessness, and doubt. I advise yogis to get to know and investigate the defilements, because only through understanding them can we learn to handle them and eventually become free of them. If we ignore them, the joke’s on us: they’ll always get the better of us.

If they cause us so much grief, why do we ignore them?…

For the complete interview at The Wise Investigator, click here.


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