I spent Wednesday, April 6, 2016 with Michael Langford, author of The Direct Means to Eternal Bliss, The Seven Steps to Awakening and several other books that are extremely useful for awakening. Much of our meeting was recorded. In this post, you will find two audios that were recorded that day along with an article I wrote about my experience. The article also includes photographs. I will post a third audio from that day soon. Also, the article and audios will be added to my new Recommended Teachers page under the Classics menu on reginadawnakers.com.
Note: Michael’s autobiography, Manonasa, is not yet published.
It is anticipated to be available on amazon.com in May 2016.
It is anticipated to be available on amazon.com in May 2016.
Note: There are a couple of small technical glitches in this audio
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This month’s Satsang guest was Bob Fergeson. Bob is the author of ‘The Listening Attention‘ and a new novel about awakening called, “Dark Zen – A Guru on the Bayou.”
Bob’s spiritual teacher was Richard Rose. Bob says:
“I took his advice to heart, put what little I could into practice, and it gives results. I lost the fear of living I had carried in years past, … This journey culminated in a dramatic realization, the experience of my true nature as pure awareness, love in action. This was a traumatic loss of the personal man, which was replaced by the knowledge of myself as the universal awareness in every man, in everything. The question of ‘who am I’ was answered. This was replaced by a drive to communicate the ways and means of this realization to others who ask the same question.”
Scott Kiloby is an author and international speaker on the subject of freedom through non-dual realization, a Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor/Registered Addiction Specialist, Director of the Kiloby Center for Recovery, Inc. and Founder of the Living Inquiries Community.
Scott’s message is simple: Rest. Inquire. Enjoy Life.
“Rest” refers to the invitation to relax into the present moment and let all thoughts, emotions, and sensations come and go freely. “Inquire” refers to Scott’s body of work called the Living Inquiries, which are designed to help people see through the belief in separation and deficiency. “Enjoy Life” is self-explanatory. Through taking Scott’s work deeply into your life and discovering freedom for yourself, life is simpler and therefore more enjoyable. People and things take on a lighter, more illusory-like appearance. The sense of separation is seen through.
You don’t have to suffer anymore within a personal story that leaves you feeling “not there yet,” “not good enough,” or some other deficiency story. You no longer have to chase the future for a happiness that always seems out of reach. We have been falsely conditioned to believe that we are separate, deficient people and that our stories are who we are. In this conditioning, we have learned to avoid uncomfortable feelings and sensations. Scott’s sites and books are the various ways he speaks to seeing through these stories and conditioning, so that we can feel emotions and sensations directly (instead of trying to escape what is), and live in the present moment without identifying with thought.
Liz Cronkite has been a student of A Course in Miracles since 1984, and a trained life-coach since 2000. She began one-on-one mentoring of Course students from around the world in 2006.
She is the author of 4 Habits for Inner Peace & The Message of A Course in Miracles: A Translation of the Text in Plain Language.
Miranda Macphearson is a teacher, counselor and author of Boundless Love and The Journey Home. Known for her depth of presence and refined capacity as a guide into direct experience of the sacred, Miranda teaches and transmits a powerful synthesis of self-inquiry, depth psychology, devotion and meditation. Inspired by Ramana Maharshi, A Course in Miracles, and extensive study into the world’s wisdom traditions, Miranda has over twenty years teaching experience internationally. In 1996 she founded the ground breaking ‘Interfaith Foundation’ in London, and during her 10 years as spiritual director she trained and ordained over 600 ministers and spiritual counselors. Miranda’s clarity and love offers a deep holding in which to rest undefended in the present, taste deeper levels of consciousness and discover how to embody wisdom in daily life.
John Mark Stroud experienced a shift into enlightenment after spending a month at Oneness University in India. He was a Course student prior to that and he returned to the Course after his awakening. He describes his post-awakening experience with the Course this way:
“I continued my work with A Course in Miracles, but instead of study, it served to further illuminate the deepest truths of what I had so recently experienced.”
John Mark is clear and fun. Enjoy the following audio from the September 20 online Satsang.
I interviewed Ram Das Batchelder for Awakening Together’s August 2015 Satsang. In this interview, Ram Das shares enthusiastically about his early spiritual path and the ego-delusions that accompanied his first experiences of God. He also shares how he found his Satguru, Amma, “the hugging saint.” In the final 30 minutes of the interview, Ram Das discusses his realization of truth through Self-inquiry including how through truth, he sees that everything he believed in before, including his own spiritual path, does not exist … Supreme Truth alone exists.
Ram Das was born in Pennsylvania in 1961, had a spiritual awakening in his early twenties, and has spent most of the last 25 years in India as a devotee of Amma, the “hugging Saint.” He has written four children’s books, which have been translated into several European languages, and also a novel in rhyming verse, three full-length plays, and 40 original songs. In 2012, he and his wife, Tarini Ma, wrote and co-taught a university course on Hinduism in Venezuela. He has given numerous talks and workshops about various aspects of spirituality in many locations around the world. He and his wife are currently offering 5-star tours of the sacred cities of India, to both Spanish and English-speaking groups.
“Rising in Love: My Wild and Crazy Ride to Here and Now, with Amma, the Hugging Saint” tells the story of Ram Das Batchelder’s powerful marijuana-fuelled spiritual awakening in America (which included meeting an angel), his two-year struggle with delusion and addiction, his subsequent renunciation of drugs, and his eventual discovery of Amma (the living Guru known in the West as “the Hugging Saint”). The narrative then covers the 27 amazing years he has spent in quest of Enlightenment as Amma’s devotee, most of that time in India. It is a story of profound healing from drug addiction and despair into a joyfully fulfilled life, and is therefore a ray of hope for all who suffer from addiction or mental illness of one kind or another.
(Rising in Love’s publication was directly approved by Amma, and contains 22 photos of her. All royalties from the sale of Rising in Love are being donated to Amma’s orphanage in Kerala, India, which houses 500 children and consistently turns out some of the most successful high school graduates in the state, one-third of whom go on to earn college degrees.)