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The Fearless Heart with Pema Chodron

January 30, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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In this wonderful transcribed exerpt from Pema Chodron's talk on "The Fearless Heart: The Practice of Living with Courage and Compassion", Pema tells us how we may begin to work with fear by not shutting down or running away from it, as is our first inclination, but by going into the fear. This morning I wanted to begin with a short teaching on working with emotions that comes from Chögyam... Read more

 

Chogyam Trungpa's & Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior (part three)

January 28, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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Here is the part two excerpt from Chogyam Trungpa's classic and masterful text Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior.  From the chapter on "Authentic Presence", Trungpa defines for us exactly what authentic presence is -- how it comes to be and how it affects ourselves and the world around us. Achieving the realization of the universal monarch, which we discussed in the last chapter, is the fruition of developing what... Read more

 

Looking Deeply with Thich Nhat Hanh

January 26, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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Beloved Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh offers teachings on mindfulness in a series of lectures titled "Looking Deeply."  The following transcribed lecture from this program gives us a taste of how Thay -- Thich Nhat Hanh's nickname -- approaches the sometimes overwhelming subject of realization with simplicity, making it accessible to all of us. Ladies and gentlemen, during this retreat we will learn to do together some of the things... Read more

 

Men & Women Talking Together

January 23, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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Men's movement pioneer Robert Bly and relationship communication expert Deborah Tannen help us understand how men and women communicate differently and how they can learn to appreciate the other's point of view, as evidenced in this transcribed excerpt from Tannen and Bly's terrific program "Men & Women: Talking Together".  Recorded Live at The New York Open Center. In a way, a conversation is a ritual. And to come home and... Read more

 

A Brief History of Everything with Ken Wilber

January 21, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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We are delighted to offer this excerpt from the recording of A Brief History of Everything by Ken Wilber.  Wilber is one of the most compelling philosophical thinkers of our times and credited with developing a unified field of consciousness synthesizing the world's great spiritual, psychological, and philosophical traditions.  A Brief History of Everything is part of BetterListen's Shambhala Collection.   Question: Now we were discussing the interior transformations that occur... Read more

 

Chogyam Trungpa's & Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior (part two)

January 21, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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This powerful part two excerpt from Chogyam Trungpa's profound work Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior addresses fear -- and our desire to escape from it -- head on.  Trungpa also addresses the true notion of fearlessness, and the importance of seeking a true state of fearlessness in our day to day lives.   In order to experience fearlessness, it is necessary to experience fear. The essence of cowardice is... Read more

 

Chogyam Trungpa's & Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior

January 14, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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The following excerpt is from Chogyam Trungpa's classic and masterful text Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior.  From the chapter on "Authentic Presence", Trungpa defines for us exactly what authentic presence is -- how it comes to be and how it affects ourselves and the world around us. Achieving the realization of the universal monarch, which we discussed in the last chapter, is the fruition of developing what is... Read more

 

Thusness with Alan Watts

January 12, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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Today we bring you an excerpt from "Thusness" by  Alan Watts.  Here he helps us to explore who we really are.  Before you came to be, who were you?    SRAMANA, sramana. This is closely allied to the word shaman, and a shaman is the holy man in a culture that is still hunting, it isn’t settled, it isn’t agrarian. There is a very strong and important difference between a... Read more

 

Reflections on Suffering (part two) with Ram Dass

January 07, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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This brief excerpt from "Reflections on Suffering" with Ram Dass, recorded live in 1987, gives us insight into how Ram Dass uses guided meditation to access our deepest thoughts and feelings.Now let your awareness let arise into your awareness, thoughts that concern some way in which you personally have experienced suffering. Just let the thought arise in your mind. Keep your witness strong. How do I suffer? What suffering has... Read more

 

A Blue Fire Part II with James Hillman

January 05, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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James Hillman -- one of the most creative thinkers in the field of psychology -- talks about the necessity of grieving, and the repercussions when it is sidestepped in this part II transcribed excerpt from his fascinating weekend seminar based on his book A Blue Fire. Now, if that passive aggressive is not… if the aggressive part is not given something valuable -- which is what I think goes on in... Read more

 

Reflections on Suffering with Ram Dass

December 31, 2014 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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Suffering -- the nature of it, how to be with it (ours or someone eles's), what attention we give it in our lives -- can be a major dilemma for most of us.  We often don't know how to be with it, whether to embrace it or shun it, give it space or re-direct it.  In this brief yet profound excerpt from "Reflections on Suffering", a talk given by Ram... Read more

 

A Blue Fire Part II with James Hillman

December 29, 2014 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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We are happy to continue with this excerpt from the late James Hillman -- one of the foremost scholars in Jungian theory and thinking.  Here he discusses the true nature of longing in this part II transcribed excerpt from his weekend seminar based on his book, A Blue Fire.Realizing you are a creature of longing, the romantic said, “Tell me what you long for and I will tell you who... Read more

 

Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life & Exercises and Meditation with Jon Kabat-Zinn

December 26, 2014 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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Want to get a meditation practice going? See how simple it can be to start with this part two transcribed excerpt from Jon Kabat-Zinn's Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life.So why don’t we take a few minutes and just sit. For those of you who are entirely new to this, it is no different from the raisin, only now there is no raisin; it is just your body sitting here. So... Read more

 

A Blue Fire Part I with James Hillman

December 22, 2014 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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The late James Hillman -- considered the father of Archtypal Psychology based on the work of Carl Jung -- gives us a glimpse into his thinking when talking about the relationship between egocentricity, excess and eccentricity in this transcribed part 2 excerpt from a fascinating weekend seminar Hillman offered at the Rowe Camp & Conference Center.That’s metaphysics and philosophy and has to do with a worldview. I prefer to stay... Read more

 

Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life & Exercises and Meditations with Jon Kabat-Zinn

December 19, 2014 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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Jon Kabat-Zinn is one of the foremost instructors of mindfulness meditation in this country.  In this transcribed excerpt from Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life, Kabat-Zinn breaks down the utter simplicity and importance of participating in a meditation practice, whether as a beginner or long-time practitioner.I had it in my mind and it may actually execute if we could figure out some way to do it, to do that little raisin... Read more

 

Teachings of Joy and Oneness with Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

December 17, 2014 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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Today we are pleased to bring you this special program from Rabbi Shlomo Carleback.  The late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach offers profound wisdom in how to love wholly in this beautiful transcribed excerpt from "Carlebach Teachings of Joy and Oneness & Other Stories."  His words are touching and deep, with instruction for us all. We are living in a world which needs healing.  The whole world needs healing.  The whole world... Read more

 

A Blue Fire Part I with James Hillman

December 15, 2014 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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We are happy to bring you part one of this excerpt from A Blue Fire Part I by James Hillman.  He burns through the entire range of his life's work in this lecture.  Recorded during a seminar weekend in Rowe, Massachusetts, this talk is a conflagration of ideas.  The result is Hillman revisions himself, his work, and archetypal psychology.Hillman reads from and reflects on his life's work."Philosophers have tried to keep... Read more

 

Planting Seeds with Thich Nhat Hanh

November 26, 2014 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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Today we bring to you Planting Seeds featuring songs from Thich Nhat Hanh.  A beautiful collection for any adult wishing to plant seeds of peace, relaxation, and awareness in children.  It is full of wisdom on how to simply be with children and nourish their compassion for themselves and others. You will be enchanted with Planting Seeds, Practicing Mindfulness with Children featuring Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village Community.... Read more

 

Transformation of a Man with Ram Dass - Preview Two

November 24, 2014 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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    Ram Dass gets to the heart of the matter in this transcribed excerpt from "Transformation of a Man" -- recorded live in 1968.  He offers different points of view on how attachment occurs -- right from the time of birth. But whatever the point of view, it still takes us away from "being here now."  This program is Part of our ongoing partnership with the Love Serve Remember... Read more

 

Pema Chodron: Smile at Fear Part One

November 22, 2014 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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Today we are pleased to bring to you this excerpt from Smile at Fear: A Retreat with Pema Chodron.  We all have fears, but when we look closely at them, we discover that behind each fear resides a basic fear of ourselves.  Take the journey with Pema Chodron and discover what is inside of your fear.I think it’s really wonderful that so many of us are going to spend this time... Read more

 

Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food

November 20, 2014 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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As we approach the holiday season, we want to help ease your mind a bit and help you learn to free yourself of unhealthy habits when it comes to eating.  This Shambhala title explores the option of mindfulness to free ourselves from unhealthy eating habits.  Jan Chozen Bays, MD explains it all to us in this excerpt from Mindful Eating.Our struggles with food cause tremendous emotional distress, including guilt, shame... Read more

 

Transformation of a Man with Ram Dass - Preview One

November 18, 2014 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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  In this fascinating and delightful transcribed exerpt from "Transformation of a Man", Ram Dass -- author of the seminal work Be Here Now --  describes some of his experiences as he travels around and explores India in the early 1960s, giving us true insight into the life and times of a spiritual seeker. Part of our ongoing partnership with The Love Serve Remember Foundation.   His big feet were... Read more

 

The Heart of Understanding with Thich Nhat Hanh

November 16, 2014 | Posted by: Steve Stein
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In "The Heart of Understanding", world-renowned Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh takes listeners throug the Prajñāpāramitā -- or Heart -- Sutra.  The following transcribed excerpt from this program shows how readily accessible these teachings are when presented by Thich Nhat Hanh. Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to ask you to participate in this meditation. Here is a piece of paper. Usually we don’t pay very much attention to... Read more

 

Real Life Spirituality with Mark Matousek

November 14, 2014 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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Today we have an excerpt from Real Life Spirituality with Mark Matousek.  He will focus on what it means to be a practicing spiritual person in the world, how we bring sacred values into our daily lives and how it challenges us. I came up against this challenge first when I came back from India, after having spent time over there in ashrams and monasteries and my head was, you... Read more

 

The Spiritual Challenge of Our Time with David Steindl-Rast

November 12, 2014 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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We are pleased to bring you another new release from Brother David Steindl-Rast.  In The Spiritual Challenge of Our Time, we explore characterize our time and being spiritual.   "So since we are speaking about the spiritual challenge of our time, we have to ask ourselves at least these three questions. What is our time? What characterizes our time? What characterizes the spiritual challenge of our time or what characterizes a... Read more

 

Easing Into Sleep with Dr. Emmett Miller

November 10, 2014 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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Today we have relaxation and stress reduction title to share with you from Dr. Emmett Miller, Easing into Sleep.  Dr. Miller -- a physician, health educator, author -- is a pioneer in a field that is now on the cutting edge of modern medicine. For over 30 years, Dr. Miller's commitment has been to bring to us a deeper understanding of how the mind and body can work in harmony... Read more

 

Letting Everything Become Your Teacher with Jon Kabat-Zinn

November 08, 2014 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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A meditation practice can be difficult, especially when first starting out. In today's lesson from Jon Kabat-Zinn's Letting Everything Become Your Teacher, the importance of maintaining a positive and hopeful attitude is stressed, otherwise we will too easily give up.Lesson 12: Mind-SetIf you come to the meditation practice thinking to yourself, “This won’t work but I’ll do it anyway,” the chances are it will not be very helpful.The first time... Read more

 

Self Reinvention with Mark Matousek

November 06, 2014 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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Today we are pleased to bring to you an excerpt from "Self Reinvention" with Mark Matousek.  Learn to explore yourself, your truths and your desires. Make the creative choices as you grow and acquire your personal reward.Dostoyevsky called man “the animal that can adapt to anything.” But instead of remembering this, we often make our life choices by default, taking the easy or well-traveled path, obeying the voices of practicality and... Read more

 

New Release: Christianity and Full Humanity with Brother David Steindl-Rast - Preview One

November 03, 2014 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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We are pleased to bring you this new release, Christianity and Full Humanity with Brother David Steindl-Rast.  Let's explore the topic of Christianity, what it means to each of us and how we can actually come full circle.  Our topic for today is Christianity and the Past to Full Humanity.  There are those among us, I’m sure, who have experienced that the Christian tradition is a past to full humanity,... Read more

 

Modern Thoughts in Buddhism with Robert Thurman

October 31, 2014 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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We are pleased to bring you this excerpt from the Classic Course from Robert Thurman which was recorded in the mid 1980's as we neared the end of the second- Christian Millenium, many prophetic voices were being raised to speak of revelation and other apocolyptic visions. Some western mystics even mentioned the future Buddha.  So Buddha is when they incarnated in the world, according to the legend. They had come... Read more

 

The Question of Meaning with Mark Matousek

October 29, 2014 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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We are pleased to bring you this excerpt from "The Question of Meaning" with Mark Matousek.  Where do we find the meaning of life?  The answer is different for everyone.  Mark Matousek takes us on the journey to understand how we can all discover the meaning of life within ourselves.Let's talk about the question of meaning. Why is a strong sense of meaning so crucial? What do we do when our... Read more

 

Basic Buddhism (Sangha) with Robert Thurman

October 24, 2014 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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We are pleased to bring you another excerpt from Basic Buddhism with Robert Thurman.  From this five lecture title he does focus on each part of Buddhism.  Today the topic is Sangha.A Buddha has no desire to do anything in the world, in a way, no wish to do anything on his own. Of course to a Buddha, apparently, by definition the world seems a perfected place. The world seems... Read more

 

Basic Buddhism (Mahayana) with Robert Thurman

October 22, 2014 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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We are pleased to bring you this excerpt from Basic Buddhism with Robert Thurman.  From this five lecture title he will focus on each part of Buddhism.  Today the topic is Mahayana. So the mission of the Buddha Bodhisattva who wants to be Buddha and transform the universe is not a sort of materialistic mission, because all things are empty, all things are transformable. After all, other beings have already... Read more

 

Chanting Breath by Breath with Thich Nhat Hanh

October 08, 2014 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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We are pleased to bring you this new release of Chanting Breath by Breath with Thich Nhat  Hanh and the Monks & Nuns of Plum Village.     In Plum Village, the practice of chanting in English is a flower, slowly blossoming. The chants and music on this CD are some of the first petals to open on this beautiful flower. Chanted by the resident community of Plum Village in 2002,... Read more

 

Eastern Wisdom, Modern Life with Alan Watts

September 29, 2014 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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We are extremely pleased to bring you a piece of the extraordinary collection Eastern Wisdom, Modern Life: Collected Talks 1960–1980 with Alan Watts.  From this collection which was completed in the sixties, he addresses some of the era's most important questions: What is the nature of reality? How does an individual's relationship to society affect this reality? He has continued through the years with his publications and we are proud to... Read more

 

Rune Reading for the week of September 26, 2014

September 26, 2014 | Posted by: Steve Stein
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    Here is this weeks' rune reading with Ralph Blum bestselling author of The Book of Runes. You can purchase The Book of Runes here.   Click play below to watch the video.       Read more

 

Giving Our Best with Pema Chodron Excerpt - Part Two

September 24, 2014 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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We are pleased to bring you part two of the excerpt from Giving Our Best with Pema Chodron.  To continue with this recorded retreat, Pema Chödrön continues to focus on the enlightened heart and mind.  By nurturing a compassionate attitude in our hearts, we can naturally become more open and present to others and free in our lives, even amidst life’s adversities and fears. The Buddha’s don’t need our veneration. They don’t... Read more

 

Excerpt from Giving Our Best with Pema Chodron

September 22, 2014 | Posted by: Steve Stein
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We are pleased to bring you this excerpt from Giving Our Best with Pema Chodron.  Compassion is a skill. You can learn it here and now, and the benefits are vast. In this recorded retreat, Pema Chödrön shows you how—using a text that is very close to her heart: the Buddhist classic known as The Way of the Bodhisattva. Here she focuses on its primary subject, the enlightened heart and mind... Read more

 

Rune Reading for the week of September 19, 2014

September 20, 2014 | Posted by: Steve Stein
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    Here is this weeks' rune reading with Ralph Blum bestselling author of The Book of Runes.   Click play below to watch the video.     Enjoy the video.     Read more

 

Power of Space and Reincarnation with Alan Watts (preview 3)

September 15, 2014 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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We are pleased to present this final excerpt from "The Power of Space and Reincarnation" by Alan Watts.  Do we really understand space and how this universe exists.  Or even how it differs from the other dimension of our physical world.The funny thing about space, is that in a way it doesn’t end where a solid begins.  You can shift a solid around in space without apparently altering it in any... Read more

 

Power of Space and Reincarnation with Alan Watts (preview 2)

September 08, 2014 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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We are pleased to present this excerpt from "The Power of Space and Reincarnation" by Alan Watts.  What is space and can we measure it in the same way we measure our physical world? We are always looking for the answers, can we find them?I began by reviewing two possible concepts of the nature of space.  One that it is simply an abstraction, and projected upon the physical world in rather... Read more

 

Rune Reading for the week of September 5, 2014

September 05, 2014 | Posted by: Steve Stein
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    Here is this weeks' rune reading with Ralph Blum bestselling author of The Book of Runes.   Click play below to watch the video.     Enjoy the video.     Read more

 

Waking from the Trance of Struggle with Mark Matousek

September 03, 2014 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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We are pleased to bring you this excerpt from "Waking from the Trance of Struggle" with Mark Matousek.  Learn more about the struggles many people face and how we seem to let it consume us, but how we can come to understand it and succeed without it.This is a very important topic for many people who feel gripped with a sense that their life is an ongoing struggle, that their in a... Read more

 

Power of Space and Reincarnation with Alan Watts (preview 1)

September 01, 2014 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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We are pleased to present this excerpt from "The Power of Space and Reincarnation" by Alan Watts.  Space and time are always questionable. Come take a look at how life all comes together because of space and how big we really are in this otherwise overwhelming universe.It’s curious how, past the middle of the 20th century, there is very strong evidence of a revival in western philosophy of what used to... Read more

 

Rune Reading for the week of August 29, 2014

August 29, 2014 | Posted by: Steve Stein
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    Here is this weeks' rune reading with Ralph Blum bestselling author of The Book of Runes.   Click play below to watch the video.     Enjoy the video.     Read more

 

What's Your Story with Mark Matousek

August 27, 2014 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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We are pleased to bring you this excerpt from "What's Your Story" with Mark Matousek.  Whose story, exactly, are we living? Who is this character we’ve invented? Those are the questions Mark Matousek forces us to ask ourselves.What’s your story? Discover who you are and what you want through the power of personal writing.  It's about asking questions and understanding who we are and why we are what we are.  Allow yourself... Read more

 

Rune Reading for the week of August 22, 2014

August 22, 2014 | Posted by: Steve Stein
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    Here is this weeks' rune reading with Ralph Blum bestselling author of The Book of Runes.   Click play below to watch the video. Enjoy         Enjoy the video.       Read more

 

Beyond Success: Finding Balance in Business (final preview)

August 18, 2014 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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We are pleased to bring you the final preview of this excerpt from the Ram Dass title "Beyond Success: Finding Balance in Business".  Learn how to gain balance in your life, learn effective strategies for happiness, in order to reach your full potential, both personally and professionally.  I was with a man a few weeks ago in New York City. He was working in Coney Island with one of the rides... Read more

 

Rune Reading for the week of August 15, 2014

August 14, 2014 | Posted by: Steve Stein
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    Here is this weeks' rune reading with Ralph Blum bestselling author of The Book of Runes.   Click play below to watch the video. Enjoy         Enjoy the video. Scroll down for a written interpretation of the Rune from Ralph.       Scroll down for more commentary from Ralph.                             u  ... Read more

 

Beyond Success: Finding Balance in Business (preview 2)

August 13, 2014 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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We are pleased to bring you part two of this excerpt from the Ram Dass title "Beyond Success: Finding Balance in Business".  Learn how to gain balance in your life, learn effective strategies for happiness, in order to reach your full potential, both personally and professionally.  Some people who have been very successful in this culture, who have won in a big way and in their early wins, were part of... Read more