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From the IONS Peace Colloquium: When Einstein met Gandhi

Originally edited and published in December, 2006, by Matthew Gilbert.

“What do you get when neuroscientists and physicists sit down with psychologists and activists to talk about peace? The potential beginnings of a new field of study. Last September a handful of scientists and academics from diverse disciplines came together on the IONS campus to discuss the growing evidence for a science of peace. This small but potent colloquium was created in collaboration with Integrity Entertainment, which filmed the event along with a series of breakout interviews as part of an upcoming feature documentary titled The Science of Peace (http://thescienceofpeace.com). Please follow this link to find an excerpt — abridged and edited — which gives a sense for the richness of the topic and its importance to a world still searching for the keys to human flourishing and sustainable coexistence.”

Albert Einstein: “I believe that Gandhi’s views were the most enlightened of all the political men in our time. We should strive to do things in his spirit: not to use violence in fighting for our cause, but by non-participation in anything you believe is evil.”

A knock at the door

To stimulate your thoughts and conversations, it’s my pleasure to share this video and its underlying book project from Duirwaigh Studios. Envisioned as is “a portal into Everyday Enchantment,” Duirwaigh Studios is home to the creative talents of husband-and-wife team Angi Sullins and Silas Toball. They, along with their menagerie of artist, writer and film-making friends, produce products and services that inspire creative consciousness.

“We are committed to opening doorways for you, so that by viewing the enchantment in our world, and in yours, you’ll be inspired to create magic in your own back yard. We believe (more…)

Wisdom from Gina Lake for DailyOM

Every weekday, DailyOM will send you inspirational thoughts for a happy, healthy and fulfilling day. It’s completely free – register here.

On April 20, Gina Lake contributed “60 Meditations for Greater Happiness” from her “60 Meditations for Greater Happiness” On-line Course (follow the link for further information).

For your thoughts and further consideration today, I wanted to share two brief excerpts from Gina’s piece.

“Happiness is the natural outcome of being aligned with Essence, our true self, which is experienced when we are fully present in the moment.”

And…

“Whatever you are doing, enjoy it! You have another option, of course, which is to not enjoy it. Notice what keeps you from enjoying whatever you are doing. It’s your thoughts, isn’t it? Even if you are experiencing pain, for instance, or something unpleasant, like going to the dentist, if you don’t listen to any negative thoughts, fears, complaints, and desires related to that, you won’t suffer. You will just have the experience.”

To view and contribute to the discussion on this, please visit here – and feel free to share your thoughts here as well.

Featured Video: How to Connect with Essence

Consciousness

“Thomas Nagel is not crazy,” an Oct. 23, 2012, Prospect Magazine article written by Malcolm Thorndike Nicholson, raises many provocative questions.

…what if science is fundamentally incapable of explaining our own existence as thinking things? What if it proves impossible to fit human beings neatly into the world of subatomic particles and laws of motion that science describes? The philosopher Thomas Nagel thinks the materialist scientific worldview cannot explain consciousness. Is he right?

I invite you to read on here. Your feedback and additional ideas on consciousness are welcome here.

Featured Video: Antonio Damasio: The quest to understand consciousness from TEDtalksDirector on YouTube. “Every morning we wake up and regain consciousness — that is a marvelous fact — but what exactly is it that we regain? Neuroscientist Antonio Damasio uses this simple question to give us a glimpse into how our brains create our sense of self.”

What is life?

With many thanks to New York’s Edge Foundation and its editor and publisher John Brockman, I want to invite you to read this important article on the historic and fascinating lecture: 

“What Is Life? A 21st Century Perspective On the 70th Anniversary of Schrodinger’s Lecture at Trinity College, Dublin,” by J. Craig Venter

A brief excerpt:  All living cells that we know of on this planet are DNA software driven biological machines comprised of hundreds to thousands of protein robots coded for by the DNA software.  The protein robots carry out precise biochemical functions developed by billions of years of evolutionary software changes.

The Girl Effect: The Clock is Ticking

This video is courtesy of the girleffect Channel on YouTube.

The Girl Effect is a solution to poverty, where the hope is that, if we do our part, 600 million girls in the developing world will do the rest. The clock is ticking… maybe a 12-year-old girl is the solution the world needs right now.

Thoughts?

Powerful, healing thoughts


“The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle. “It’s no wonder that The Power of Now has sold over 2 million copies worldwide and has been translated into over 30 foreign languages. Much more than simple principles and platitudes, the book takes readers on an inspiring spiritual journey to find their true and deepest self and reach the ultimate in personal growth and spirituality: the discovery of truth and light….” 

. To alert you that you have allowed yourself to be taken over by psychological time, you can use a simple criterion. Ask yourself: Is there joy, ease, and lightness in what I am doing? If there isn’t, then time is covering up the present moment, and life is perceived as a burden or a struggle.

. But what we are doing here is part of a profound transformation that is taking place in the collective consciousness of the planet and beyond: the awakening of consciousness from the dream of matter, form, and separation. The ending of time. We are breaking mind patterns that have dominated human life for eons. Mind patterns that have created unimaginable suffering on a vast scale. I am not using the word evil. It is more helpful to call it unconsciousness or insanity.

. Most human relationships consist mainly of minds interacting with each other, not of human beings communicating, being in communion. No relationship can thrive in that way, and that is why there is so much conflict in relationships. When the mind is running your life, conflict, strife, and problems are inevitable. Being in touch with your inner body creates a clear space of no-mind within which the relationship can flower.

Copyright 1999 by Eckhart Tolle: all rights reserved.

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