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Elisabeth Kubler-Ross - Transcribed Excerpt

This transcribed excerpt from "Healing at the End of the Century" is astounding, enjoy.

It is true, 100% true that you always get what you need, but you have to learn honesty and you have to learn humility. If you are too arrogant to ask for help, this place can be crowded and they will not help you. If you stand on a windowsill to jump down to commit suicide and you do not ask for help, you will actually jump down and drop your physical body because you are not humble enough to ask for help. If you ask, you will be given, and you should experiment with it because I am a scientist --  I was a very skeptical person and I didn’t believe all of that naïve stuff that they teach you. I knew that most of them didn’t believe a word that they were preaching, and so I went out to check it, to simply experiment, and I told my wonderful minister friend at the University of Chicago, I said, “You are always standing in your pulpit and you say ‘Ask and you will be given.’ I am going to ask now.” And I made the mistake like that because God is supposed to sit up there somewhere, and I said, “I am asking God now to help me to do research on death, not on dying. I want to know what happens to all of us at the moment of death.” And he had a nice grin on his face but I knew from his grin that he didn’t believe that this works though he teaches this every Sunday.

 
Within five days, and I swear within five days, we had our first experience of near-death experience, that later when Moody described in his book that most of you probably know --Life After Life. We had a woman who was in and out of the intensive care unit fifteen times. And all of this worked out again. And the nurses felt very uncomfortable around her. There was something kooky about it, and she shared with us the first experience, and we were so naïve in those days that we thought that if we get five cases, we were going to publish it in every scientific journal, and it will totally blow the doctors minds, and they will really look into this. We have 20,000 cases now. We have not published it. What happened after Moody’s book came out, is that I needed to go beyond Moody’s book because those are near-death experiences. It doesn’t prove what happens when you are actually dead. 
 
And so I asked my helpers, I said, “Give me a clue how to do this research.” And within a few days I got the experience of a woman who was hit by a hit and run driver in the Southwest, an Indian woman. And this woman was lying on the side of the road not externally injured but internally very severely injured. Nobody stopped. In America they are afraid of lawsuits. And this woman was lying there God knows how long. One man stopped and said, “Is there anything I can do for you?” and she said, “No, no not really.” And this man did not leave her. He sat at the side of the highway with this woman. And after awhile she leaned up and she said, “Maybe you could do something for me. One day if you ever get near the Indian reservation, give my mother a message. Tell my mother that I was okay. Tell her that I am very happy because I am already with my dad.” And then she died in the arms of this stranger. And this man was so touched that he was at the right time at the right place that he drove 700 miles out of his way to visit the Indian mother who very calmly told him she understands what message the daughter wanted to send her, because her husband, the dad of the accident victim, died of a totally unexpected coronary one hour before the car accident that killed the daughter. 
 
Do you understand that? I don’t have to say anything? It’s silent, thank you. You ask and you will be given. You will not be given everything that you want but I guarantee you that you will be given what you need. If you are not given what you think you need.

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Excerpt 2 from "Reflections on Suffering" with Ram Dass

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 there been in my life? Let yourself into it just a little. It will awaken a lot of thoughts that arouse that are feeling like emotions. Perhaps your suffering is around illness. Perhaps it is around loneliness and separateness. Perhaps it is around addictions, obsessions. Perhaps it is around shame, loathing towards your acts or your fantasies or qualities of your body or personality. Perhaps your suffering has been around the suffering of loved ones or the death of loved ones."

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Dr Emmet Miller Titles Now Available on BetterListen!

DrEmmettMillerWe are delighted to let you know that BetterListen is now distributing a number of high quality audio programs by Dr. Emmett Miller -- one of the forefathers of mind/body medicine.  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 us a deeper understanding of how the mind and body can work in harmony to produce healing, balance and wellness.

Dr. Miller's audio recordings provide every level of support -- from simple relaxation and stress reduction techniques; to guided visulaizations that can help with weight loss, surgery and recovery, and dealing with cancer, depression and anxiety issues; to more fully becoming who you are and the leader you were meant to be. 

We are thrilled to be able to bring Dr. Miller's work to the BetterListen! community.

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Excerpt from Marianne Williamson's Lecture on "MLK Jr. and the Element of Greatness"

MW-MLK-Element-of-Greatness-Cover-BLMarianne Williamson considers what Martin Luther King, Jr. would be challenging us, as spiritual beings, to do regarding our political system  if he were alive today.  A transcribed excerpt from this inspired lecture, recorded live as part of Williamson's L.A. Lecture Series, follows:

I think if Martin Luther King were alive today, he would not only be challenging and holding our feet to the fire about political establishments, but our religious establishments as well. When you read the biographies of Martin Luther King, they talk about what happened one Sunday in January of 1960 when by all accounts and according to all historians it seems that Martin Luther King went from being a preacher with a kind of political conversation as a harmonic to a movement leader who had a spiritual conversation as his harmonic. Let me read to you this quote from Martin Luther King in his book, Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story.
 
He said, “Nonviolence in the truest sense is not a strategy that one uses simply because it is expedient at the moment. Nonviolence is ultimately a way of life that men live by because of the sheer morality of its claim.

It is not a method of stagnant passivity. The phrase passive resistance often gives the false impression that this is a do nothing method in which the resistor quietly and passively accepts evil. But nothing is further from the truth. For while the nonviolent resistor is passive in the sense that he is not physically aggressive toward his opponent, his mind and emotions are always active. Constantly seeking to persuade his opponent that he is wrong. The method is passive physically but strongly active spiritually. It is not passive non-resistance to evil. It is active nonviolent resistance to evil.”
 
I have often talked about the fact that those of us who are involved in a spiritual journey in our own lives, those of us who know anything about personal growth, those who know anything about recovery, those who know anything about the laws of consciousness, those of us who know anything about any of those things because we know whatever we might have gleaned of what it takes to actually change. And remember all that a society is, all that a nation is, is a collective of individuals. So if a law is what changes an individual, that same law is what changes a country, and that is why people who are involved in a spiritual journey are not the ones who should be turned off to politics, turned off to the dominant status “political conversation” in America today, you bet. But turned off to the larger political conversation, we should be the most sober and sobering, responsible, and conscious kick-ass adults in this country.

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