279. Aisha Salem

Aisha SalemAisha is a Woman in Truth. For more than 12 years, she has been cultivating and realizing in deep surrender, the Truth of Being across its different dimensions. Her dedication has brought her into realization of her Self as Universal Consciousness, beyond Existence into the Absolute and back into existence as the True Incarnation – as the Black Light of Being/the Black Mother.

Aisha (born March, 1979) was born and raised in a non religious family in Denmark.

At the age of 24 the question “Who am I?” rose in her mind with the demand for Truth. Due to complete surrender in Love of her Self as All, Life broke loose knocking down every illusion of individual existence through one and a half years of extreme spiritual unfoldment.

Her massively expanding consciousness sent her through daily trances, bodily burning, periods of bodily paralyzation etc. as Life demanded her to swallow the pill of purification – becoming pure Life itself. In the realization as Universal consciousness, the answer became clear. God is Love is Life is Me.

The return to living invited for integration through the solving of every puzzle Aisha had regarding human life and living. Being a single mother in service as a spiritual teacher, she touched upon every aspect of living; including man/woman, parenting, family, friends and nature – all was embedded in/as the One reality of Life, of Love itself.

After years of being in service as a spiritual teacher and by the fulfillment of all desired aspects of her human life and living, Aisha was (8 years after the initial rise of demand for Truth) called into solitude of retreat – out of every context. The calling into Silence invited for the passing beyond the final belief in Self – to realize Absolute Truth by emergence of- and solidification as Reality beyond consciousness; basic Space/pure Awareness.

For two years she was out of reach – merging only with the Void beyond existence. A deep cultivation which flipped the entirety of her Life/God-realization into Nothing/Truth-realization, by the implosion of Self into Space – from Love into Clarity by recognition of what is prior to God. It was a deep integration with and beyond the Head-space, which revealed pure Mind.

The reappearance of Life started happening as the emerging of the balance-point between the Light and the Darkness – Love and Clarity as One and the Same. Aisha once again started accepting invitations from abroad, once again traveling, sharing Truth with the planet.

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Despite Aisha being a realized Being, her cultivation never Ends. The deeper cultivation of her three bodies of Being; her Action body, Truth body and Enjoyment body is in ever ongoing evolution.

The recent stages of Aisha’s evolution, has been revolving around the total integration into the human form with its deep cultivation of the True Human Qualities in a coming together of her Heart’s realization as pure Light and Mind’s realization as the Void, into the thick substance as Black Light, now incarnating deeply into the intimacy of the Earth, with integral individuality – as Truth in form.

Interview recorded 2/21/2015

Website: aishasalem.com

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278. Bernie Prior

Bernie PriorBernie Prior, known as B, is an awakened contemporary teacher whose life is utterly devoted to the awakening of humanity.

Born in 1954 in England, his childhood and teenage years were marked by profound mystical experiences.   At age nineteen he awakened in the realisation of One-ness and at thirty-three he awoke in the Absolute. Within this unfolding he was graced with the rare and profound realisation of the Bhagavati, the Divine Feminine Principle. During the period of these realisations B led the life of a successful display artist in London. After enlightenment his known life up to that point was entirely shattered.

B’s teaching crosses the range of human and universal experience. With deep compassion, humour and uncompromising truth B points the way to awakening to one’s real nature and destiny; to evolve from the mis-identification with a separate-sensed self to fully embodying Life AS Living Awareness.

He speaks powerfully, uniquely and very practically of the divine nature of the Masculine and Feminine and of the potential for that Divinity to be known and lived directly between man and woman. True partnership is revealed as a sacred evolutionary path to Self- Realization; that is a profound calling to bring the Divine Union from which the dance of Duality springs into the very sphere of our relating to each other and to all of Life. It is the direct and immediate participation as Awareness in the ongoing evolution of Consciousness and its forms.

B is the Originator of The Form – Reality Practice™, a movement practice for the evolution of consciousness to manifest Great Love on Earth. The movement awakens the practitioner to the truth of the formless nature of all forms and integrates that as an ever-growing, conscious way of deepening Being. The very movement of one’s life becomes an expression of Source through Greater Reality landing in the heart, the body and the self.

The Form is practiced and taught world-wide by B and Accredited Teachers as a pure and powerful Way of Belonging, transformation and self-mastery. B is based in New Zealand and travels extensively holding talks and residential retreats around the globe.

Website: bernieprior.org

Interview recorded 2/14/2015

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277. Craig Pearson

Craig PearsonCraig Pearson is Executive Vice-President of Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, and a leader in Consciousness-Based education. He has spoken around the United States on this unique approach to education as well as on Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s programs to create world peace.

He has held a number of positions at Maharishi University of Management, including Dean of Faculty, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dean of Students, Director of Freshman Composition, and Director of Maharishi University of Management Press.

Dr. Pearson holds a PhD in Maharishi Vedic Science from Maharishi University of Management. He is the author of two books, The Supreme Awakening: Experiences of Enlightenment Throughout Time – And How You Can Cultivate Them, available through MUM Press (free chapter available for download) or Amazon. and The Complete Book of Yogic Flying.

He is also the coauthor, with Brad Moses, of Peace on Earth, a collection of songs about enlightenment and world peace (available on iTunes). He lives on the Maharishi University of Management campus with his wife Melissa and son Soren.

Interview conducted January 31, 2015.

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276. Stephan Bodian

Stephan BodianStephan Bodian offers satsangs, intensives, and retreats in the tradition of his teachers, Jean Klein and Adyashanti. His gatherings are noted for their humor, warmth, spontaneity, and intimacy and combine direct pointers, lively dialogues, silent sitting, and guided self-inquiry. He’s the author of several books, including Wake Up Now: A Guide to the Journey of Spiritual Awakening and Beyond Mindfulness: The Direct Approach to Lasting Peace, Happiness, and Love.

Stephan spent a decade practicing Zen intensively as a monk but left the monastery because he sensed that the rigorous practice of meditation was obscuring the truth he was seeking. After studying Dzogchen for several years, he met his guru, Jean Klein, a European teacher of Advaita Vedanta, who told him to stop meditating and instead discover the meditator. Shortly after meeting Jean, he had a profound awakening to his true identity as timeless presence. After Jean’s death, Stephan met Adyashanti, and in 2001 Adya gave him Dharma transmission and invited him to teach.

Stephan is the founder and director of the School for Awakening, an annual eight-month awakening intensive, and he leads regular retreats and shorter intensives In Tucson, Arizona, and at the Garrison Institute in New York.

Trained and licensed as a psychotherapist, Stephan also offers individual spiritual counseling and mentoring sessions to people throughout the world. His approach blends direct, experiential, nondual wisdom with the insights of Western psychology to support students in realizing who they really are while inquiring into the stories and patterns of thinking and behaving that continue to cause suffering.

Website: stephanbodian.org

Other books:

Interview recorded 1/24/2015

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275. Kenneth Folk

Kenneth FolkKenneth Folk is a personal meditation trainer known worldwide for his innovative approach to secular Buddhist meditation. After twenty years of training in the Burmese Theravada Buddhist tradition of Mahasi Sayadaw, including three years of intensive silent retreat in monasteries in Asia and the U.S., Kenneth began to spread his own findings, successfully stripping away religious dogma to make meditation accessible to modern practitioners.

Kenneth has been recognized by Wired Magazine as an influential voice in Silicon Valley’s tech culture, a “power player of the mindfulness movement.”

Website: kennethfolkdharma.com

YouTube Channel

Interview recorded 1/17/2015

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