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The Sermon On The Mount

This a very curious and useful book. Written over 80 years ago, this book is the most concise and clear presentation of the widely misunderstood teachings of Jesus of Nazareth that I have come across. Turns out that the 8 Beatitudes Jesus offered in The Sermon on The Mount are a comprehensive, simple to understand, exceedingly user-friendly recipe for self-healing, realizing internal peace and creating a Happy life. Take into account the context in which the author was writing (1930’s Christian, white, male, American), enjoy the curious turns of phrase and feast upon this simple, powerful, humble teachings of Jesus of Nazareth - master teacher of the path of love.

The Sermon On The Mount

The Seven Principles For Making Marriage Work

 

Through over 30 years of extensive research at the University of Washington and at the Gottman “Love Lab” in Seattle, John Gottman and his wife Nan Silver have clearly identified what behavior are common in relationships that succeed and what behaviors choices are present in most relationships that fail. 7 Principles… is the relationship handbook we all should have been issued when we first embarked on our relationship life. Gottman offers invaluable videnced-based principles & practices that you can begin using today to improve your relationship.

PRINCIPLES

The Spirituality Of Imperfection

This book explores the spiritual path of addiction and recovery as it relates to the teachings of the world’s great Eastern and Western religious traditions. Once we see our addictive patterns of thoughts and behavior in the context of our search for truth / spiritual connection, we begin to see what is commonly seen as the curse of addiction in a new light. Those of us who are predisposed toward addictive behavior patterns are also blessed with what turns out to be a built-in path to spiritual connection, healing and Happiness. Very well written, well researched, meticulously referenced treatment of the healing potential of the humble path of the addict in recovery.

IMPERFECTION

Man's Search For Meaning

Here is a simple and powerful truth: Our life’s circumstances, whether self-created or visited upon us through no fault of our own, are NOT determinative of our experience of life. Circumstances are value neutral. They are the raw material of the life we choose to create. In the first half of “Man’s Search For Meaning,” Victor Frankl describes how he learned this truth through his personal experience as a Nazi death camp survivor. And as a psychiatrist observing which of his fellow inmates survived. Why did some survive where others perished? How did some successfully integrate their death camp experience to go on to live successful lives after their liberation, while others remaine haunted and damaged? Frankl identifies the traits, behaviors and character attributes successful survivors shared…and those exhibited by those who perished. The vast majority of us will never be called to endure the levels of degradation and suffering that Frankl describes in this book, but all of us can benefit from the experience of those who successfully endured unspeakable horror to live to embrace and flourish in their aftermath. As we seek to successfully navigate the challenging and confounding circumstances of our own lives, we can draw upon the valuable experiences and observations that Victor Frankl so generously offers in this powerful volume.

MANSSEARCH

Lincoln's Greatest Speech

Lincoln’s 2nd Inaugural Address is one of the most inspired pieces of political, social and spiritual writing ever put to paper. In it, we see an example of inspired humility, leadership, and strength as expressed at the highest level of human expression and practice. We are at our best as human beings when we aspire to live our lives with the simple clarity, generosity of experience, enduring faith and strength of love that Lincoln calls upon us to embody in this inspired and humble plea to the better angels of our character.

LINCOLN

A Course In Miracles: Combined Volume 3rd Edition from The Foundation For Inner Peace.

A clear, concise and simple 365 Day path to spiritual transformation and deep Happiness.

COURSE

The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People

The fundamental principles of authenticity, faith and love translated for the benefit those of us who are familiar with and accustomed to the systems and structures of contemporary corporate culture and the self-help paradigm of healing that arose out of the Human Potential Movement of the latter half of 20th century. Brilliant, useful, actionable tools for effective leadership and personal and professional development.

HABITS

Black Elk Speaks

The inspired wisdom of generations of indigenous people are captured in Neihardt’s account of the teachings of the great Lakota leader & Medicine Man, Black Elk. A great place to learn about the Red Road (the path of the human beings over the arc of their lifetime) and a simple way to enjoy a good life well-lived.

BLACKELK

The Sacred Pipe

Lakota leader & Medicine Man Black Elk discusses the 7 Sacred Ceremonies of the Lakota people and how the healing instrument of the Sacred Pipe (Canunpa Wakan) was received by the people for their healing and for the healing of their ancestors and descendents. Excellent instruction on how to walk this life in a good way.

TheSacredPipe

Strength To Love

“What is needed is a realization that power w/out love is reckless and abusive and that love w/out power is sentimental and anemic. Power, at its best is love implementing the demands of justice and justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.”

– MLK, Jr.

In this one teaching MLK offers us a place to land our feet as we endeavor to embark upon the path of love for our own self-healing and for the healing of all our relations. A deeply impactful expression of the abiding love that lies at the heart of our American culture and challenges us to heal our world by healing our own relationship with truth, power and love.

MLK

Passionate Marriage

Excellent tools for developing, nurturing and deepening the intimacy in committed relationships. Practical and effective tools to help committed lovers navigate the path of connection through physical, emotional, spiritual and relational vulnerability. Good for igniting, reigniting and tending the fire of love in relationship.

PASSIONATE

A remarkable story of one man’s search for truth over the arc of a lifetime. From his youth in abject poverty, to life on the streets of Harlem, to prison house religious awakening, his rise to national prominence as a leader of the nation of Islam, to his re-awakening and nascent maturation as a religious leader, Malcolm X’s life is a study in the transformative power of the quest for truth, humility and service. The Autobiography of Malcolm X is many things to many people. To me it is a real-life testament to the power and possibility contained in a life dedicated to the path of spiritual transformation.

MALCOLMX

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PHILOSOPHY

Oftentimes, it takes a fresh perspective to help us rise to the occasion of bringing a product, service, or creative offering to the next level. As a designer, I am committed to nurturing your awareness of the unique magic and importance of your work, and bringing it to life in vivid color. I love creating elegant design that exceeds my clients expectations and translating my vision into print and web media interfaces that are highly functional, engaging, easy to navigate, and stunning for the viewer. I also love empowering my clients through teaching the basics of updating and managing their own website, thereby putting the keys to the digital kingdom in their hands.

MISSION

My mission as a designer is to turn my clients attention towards seeing their strengths and brilliance, and exemplifying these qualities through a digital presence that gives them full permission to shine. We work in a way that fleshes out your needs and vision, so that we accurately create a look and user interface that is modern, powerful, professional and creatively alive in it’s presentation.

Designer Writer Musician Novice Wolf TamerFont Geek

Wingspan: New York, Hawai’i, California and Colorado

Childhood Fear: Nun with the giant chin mole in Sunday School

Favorite Fonts: Ostrich Sans, Lovelo Black

Favorite Colors: Red and Black

Favorite Words: Dapper & Daft

 

WISDOM

People who do The Work as an ongoing practice commonly report:

  • Alleviation of depression: Find resolution, even happiness, in situations that were once debilitating.
  • Decreased stress: Learn how to live with less anxiety or fear.
  • Improved relationships: Experience deeper connection and intimacy with your partner, your parents, your children, your friends, and yourself.
  • Reduced anger: Understand what makes you angry and resentful, and become less reactive, less often, with less intensity.
  • Increased mental clarity: Live and work more intelligently and effectively, with integrity.
  • More energy: Experience a new sense of ongoing vigor and well-being.
  • More peace: Discover how to become “a lover of what is.”

“Life is simple. Everything happens for you, not to you. Everything happens at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late. You don’t have to like it… it’s just easier if you do.” ― Byron Katie
Medicine Path Native American church is a non-profit religious organization located in Berkeley, California.  We offer Sacred Ceremonies on a regular and ongoing basis to all who come in a good way.
Medicine Path, Native American Church is dedicated to Honoring Sacred Traditions.
Medicine Path N.A.C.’s Ceremonies unite the Medicine of North America (the Eagle) and South America (the Condor), to create the Hummingbird Medicine – the Medicine of pure joy and limitless happiness.
Medicine Path N.A.C. offers continuous ongoing support to all who come in a good way seeking help and healing, lasting community, and a deepening connection to spirit.
Medicine Path N.A.C. seeks to foster healing among All Our Relations. Our teaching is non-oppositional and embodies universal principles of love, patience, tolerance, and personal responsibility. Medicine Path N.A.C. holds no position on any public or private controversy.
Through our actions, keeping a Good Mind, A Good Heart, and a Good Economy, we seek to help to mend the Sacred Hoop.
Medicine Path N.A.C is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that relies on donations to support its intention to offer sacred ceremonies and continuous ongoing support to all who come in a good way. These donations also enable Medicine Path N.A.C. to offer material support to our friends who share this intention.
No one will be turned away from any Medicine Path N.A.C. Ceremony for lack of funds.

“There can never be peace between nations until there is first known that true peace which is within the souls of men.”- Black Elk
 
 The Mission of Pacifica Graduate Institute is to foster creative learning and research in the fields of psychology and mythological studies, framed in the traditions of depth psychology.By creating an educational environment with a spirit of free and open inquiry, consistent with the recognized values of academic freedom, Pacifica is dedicated to cultivating and harvesting the gifts of the human imagination. So that these insights may influence the personal, cultural, and planetary concerns of our era, this dedication is contained in the motto: animae mundi colendae gratia – for the sake of tending soul in and of the world.

Pacifica traces many of its central ideas to the heritage of ancient story tellers, dramatists, and philosophers from all lands who recorded the workings of the imagination. The legacies of these early men and women have evolved in multiple cultural contexts including the systematic explorations of the unconscious by Freud, Jung, and other theorists of the psychologies of this century.
The concepts of depth psychology result from this long development and are at the core of Pacifica’s orientation. These ideas – such as the importance of symbol and metaphor in personal and cultural imagery or the recognition of the dynamic interplay between the natural world and the world of the human psyche – are articulated in all of the Institute’s programs. Pacifica students and faculty contribute further to this rich body of knowledge through the intricacies of the human imagination.
Extending the concepts of psychology and mythological studies beyond the personal, beyond the consulting room, and beyond the classroom, we see psychological life as an evolutionary development within nature, alive in all the phenomena and systems of our world. In studying and working with these multidimensional exchanges, we facilitate contributions to the contemporary concerns of our world through dialogues between the psyche of the individual, the mythologies of the culture, the collective human imagination, and the living planet.

Pacifica Graduate Institute

Pacifica is a Mission with an Institute. The mission, “anima mundi collende gratia,” (tending the soul of and in the world) has inspired a literal host of others far and wide-those who now carry the fire of the vision itself.

Our Organization

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

Our Mission: Spread ideas

TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. On TED.com, we’re building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world’s most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other, both online and at TED and TEDx events around the world, all year long.

Everything we do — from our TED Talks videos to the projects sparked by the TED Prize, from the global TEDx community to the TED-Ed lesson series — is driven by this goal: How can we best spread great ideas? TED is owned by a nonprofit, nonpartisan foundation. Our agenda is to make great ideas accessible and spark conversation.

About UNIFY | Global Synchronized Meditations

Unify creates Globally Synchronized Events on Solstices and Equinoxes with a focus on celebrating our shared humanity around the world. At these times, we invite all people to meditate, host local ceremonies, pray and align with Source in their own way. It is our conviction that we are One Human Family, transcendent of race, religion, or nation. By unifying at these times we create a living demonstration of our underlying unity and an Emerging Planetary Culture which embraces the interdependence and well-being of all.

LOVE WATER

Water Unifies us All. During 2014, Unify is engaged in a year long campaign to promote the love, awareness, and respect of water in all its forms. This began on March 22nd – World Water Day – when 306 cities joined together around the world for a Synchronized Water Ceremony with Unify.

This year there is an unprecedented wave of activity emerging as hundreds of organizations are hosting marches, musical celebrations, meditations and other events. If there isn’t something happening in your region already, create an event and be a part of the Global Unified Field of Peace!

KAIA RA  has activated the divine purpose of innumerable organizations, communities, families, and individuals with her transmission of humanity’s sovereign connection to the One SOURCE. Her oracular gifts of channeling, ascension teaching, writing, psychic counseling, shamanic healing, live performance, and ceremonial leadership has guided the spiritual awakening of countless individuals across the globe.

Kaia Ra is an alchemist of spiritual lineages, metaphysical training, and direct revelation. She is a Sekhem & Usui Reiki Master Teacher, a Rising Star Healing Practitioner, a certified Angel Therapy Practitioner®, a ThetaHealing Practitioner®, a certified Remote Viewer, an ordained Priestess of Isis, an ordained minister in Medicine Path NAC Berkeley CA, initiated into a Quero Apache prophetic lineage, and is the founder of the multidimensional SpiritWalking® healing modality. Although highly trained in the oracular arts of mediumship and trance channeling, KAIA RA chooses to broadcast her Live Transmissions of THE SOPHIA DRAGON TRIBE from within the Oversouls of the Ascended Masters by merging her Higher Self consciousness with theirs.

Activate the DNA of your sovereign divinity with KAIA RA’s upcoming book series THE SOPHIA CODE. Welcome to THE SOPHIA DRAGON TRIBE, your personal support team of Ascended Master mentors who know, first-hand, the heroic human journey you are on to remember your divinity.