Books, Music, & Movies

 

Books

 

Cracked Open

— J.C. Amberchele

Cracked_Open_PbkThis book is a collection of reflections and observations about life before and after J. C. Amberchele went to prison, as currently seen from the perspective of the "Awake Emptiness" at his core.  This book is about living and failing to live the awakened life, and how discovering one's Emptiness, one's Divinity, is the difference between the two, which, as it turns out, were never two to begin with.

Amberchele was born in Philadelphia in 1940.  In the 1980’s, after he went to prison, he began meditating and studying the works of Wei Wu Wei and others, until he happened upon an article by Douglas Harding and actually saw who he really is.  Since then, he has been practicing "Seeing," and is the author of three previous books on the subject, all published by Non-Duality Press.  He has been incarcerated for more than 30 years.

 

Bigger than the Sky

— Vicki Woodyard

Bigger Than The SkyBigger_than_the_Sky_pbk is a wake-up call.  Seemingly about sorrow, the sun keeps breaking through.  As you turn the pages, you will meet Vicki and her friend Peter.  Vicki facing her husband’s death and Peter having awakened after a series of strokes.  Peter lived in peace and presence, no matter what occurred.  Peter loved Ramana Maharshi, who embodied that same peace – most of the time he sat in the sun with his cats, life itself having become his teacher.  Bigger Than the Sky is Vicki’s story, Peter’s story and everyone’s story.  A light-filled book of wisdom that will leave you wanting more.
 

Walking Awake

— Steve Ford

Walking_Awake_PbkThe story of Steve Ford’s realization is unusual.  One night in his room in 1999 there was a total falling away of all identification as the personal self.  It was unusual in the sense that Steve had no prior experience of spiritual seeking.  He had neither teacher nor guru, no paradigm which would explain what had happened.  All vestiges of personality were suddenly gone, there was direct and immediate seeing as and from no-thing, from the absolute.

Walking Awake is the story of Steve’s early life, his realization, inquiry and integration in consciousness, and some interactions that have taken place with some of those who have made their way to be with Steve. — from the Foreword by Nathan Gill

 

Short Path to Enlightenment: Instructions for Immediate Awakening

— Paul Brunton

Short_Path_PbkThese accessible teachings distill the essence of Advaita Vedanta, Zen, Sufism, Dzogchen—Brunton calls them “Short Path” teachings.  A simple recognition, a brief moment of grace, can make what seemed like a far-off spiritual goal actual here and now.  But we need reliable pointers for how and where to look.  This compilation of gems distills the essence and effective practices of this path in direct, jargon-free language useful to followers of any or no particular tradition.

“Paul Brunton gives voice to the profound teachings of immediate spiritual awakening that have the power to short circuit the seeker in us and reveal the true nature of reality here and now.” —Adyashanti

 

What's In the Way Is the Way

— Mary O'Malley

What's_in_the_Way_PbkMary O'Malley invites you on a journey back to yourself and to a trust-filled connection with life.  On this journey, you will discover how to bring every part of yourself into your own heart to be healed so that you can know the joy of being fully here for life.  This book is filled with teachings, stories and exercises that will guide you every step of the way.  What's In the Way Is the Way is a book to enjoy, to work with, and to keep by your favorite reading chair for times when you need to be reminded of its timeless truths.  Foreword by Neale Donald Walsch, author of Conversations With God.

 

 

What Wags the World

— Miriam Knight and Julie Clayton

What_Wags_the_World_PbkWhat Wags the World: Tales of Conscious Awakening is a topical and compelling collection of conscious awakening stories from more than 30 authors and filmmakers. Each contributor describes life-changing experiences that resulted in extraordinary transformation within their own life, and realizations of an interconnected and multidimensional universe. Their understanding of the world and how it works has been so profoundly changed that they feel compelled to share their story and pass on the gifts of wisdom, insight, and compassion they have gained.

Contributors: Ervin Laszlo | Allan Hunter | Anita Moorjani | Barbara Berger | Bernie Siegel, MD | Cyndi Dale | David Bennett | Dianne Collins | Eva Herr | Foster Gamble | Frank DeMarco | Gaetano Vivo | Gary Douglas | Geoffrey Hoppe | Georgina Cannon | Gregg Braden | Gyorgyi Szabo | Howard Falco | Irene Kendig | Jack Rourke | Jake Ducey | James Wanless | JD Messinger | Jessica Maxwell | Julia Assante, PhD | Kaya | Kingsley L. Dennis | Larry Dossey, MD | Meg Blackburn Losey | Nina Brown | Paul Chappell | Paul Von Ward | Penney Peirce | Peter Russell | Pim van Lommel, MD | Rajiv Parti, MD | Ruth L. Miller, PhD | Suzanne Giesemann, CDR, USN (Ret.)

 

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Music

 

Beautiful Chorus

— A DIVINE 12-WOMAN GALAXY OF SOUND

Beautiful_ChorusFun, divine, and full of love. They are pure tones and rhythmic waves of peace. Alexandrah (Solillaquists of Sound) had the initial idea to bring a chorus of 12 women together for one show at the Festival of Light and Sound in April 2011. After assembling the core group of Beautiful Chorus, practicing for months, and learning the intricacies of harmonizing beautifully as one voice, it was clear that Beautiful Chorus had always been destined to be together, to share their love, to continue learning, and of course... to continue singing!

Available as a digital download on Yogi Tunes. Check out this extensive online store of spiritually focused music as digital downloads: http://store.yogi-tunes.com/collections/mixes.

 

Aradhna Live in Concert

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Aradhna is a band that fuses traditional Indian devotional music (bhajans) with Christ-centered themes, composed primarily in the Hindi language, in addition to Nepali, Bihari, Bhojpuri and Braj Bhasha languages. Soul-stirring, prayerful music!

This album is in aid of Freedom Firm and 100% of all proceeds go directly to their work of rescue, restoration, and justice for children who have been forced into prostitution in India.

 

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Movies

 

Blindsight

— Winner of the Berlin Film Festival, full length documentary — DVD or digital download

Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Himalayas, Blindsight follows the gripping adventure of six Tibetan teenagers who set out to climb the 23,000 foot Lhakpa Ri on the north side of Mount Everest.  A dangerous journey soon becomes a seemingly impossible challenge made all the more  remarkable by the fact that the teenagers are blind.

Believed by many Tibetans to be possessed by demons, the children are shunned by their parents, scorned by their villages and rejected by society.  Rescued by Sabriye Tenberken — a blind educator and adventurer who established the first school for the blind in Lhasa — the students invite the famous blind mountain climber Erik Weihenmayer to visit their school after learning about his conquest of Everest.  Erik arrives in Lhasa and inspires Sabriye and her students Kyila, Sonam Bhumtso, Tashi, Gyenshen, Dachung, and Tenzin to let him lead them higher than they have ever been before.  The resulting 3-week journey is beyond anything any of them could have predicted.

http://www.blindsightthemovie.com/film.html

 

Art Meets Science and Spirituality in a Changing Economy

— 5-part documentary, 58 min. each

Artists, scientists, spiritual leaders and economists gathered in Amsterdam in 1990 to explore the emerging paradigm of a holistic world view and the implications for a global economy. The five day conference, Art Meets Science and Spirituality in a Changing Economy was inspired by the artists Joseph Beuys and Robert Filliou, and manifested by Louwrien Wijers, who called it a "mental sculpture."

The last film in the series, part five, was released in September, 2014, and  features physicist Fritjof Capra speaking of the paradigm shift towards a systematic worldview; Hindu scholar and Catholic priest Raimon Panikkar discussing socio-economics, art, science, religion, and beauty; and performance artist Marina Abramovic explaining her investigation of physical limits and mental potentials.

Among the topics discussed at this most recent conference are ecological sustainability, the existential fear of change, the role of creativity in a new perception of reality, and the patterns that connect.

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Here is an amazing 13-min excerpt of physicist David Bohm from Part 1, "From Fragmentation to Wholeness."

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