283. Vasant Swaha

Vasant SwahaVasant Swaha was always a naturally free spirit, aware from an early age that life was not about accepting boundaries, but rather going beyond them. As a child, he sailed from his native Norway, exploring the world with his father and family. His visits to many foreign countries at an early age gave him a broad perspective on life.

He always liked to challenge himself, ever since he was very young. As a teenager, he left his home and continued traveling on his own. After journeying through Europe and North Africa, he eventually arrived in India. Here, he at once felt at home. An alive spiritual fragrance was in the air, that was missing in the West. He lived in the Himalayas and then in Goa, where he came into contact with disciples of the Master Osho. Out of this encounter, he knew what his next step was: to follow the call of his heart to go meet the Master.

Osho SwahaHis connection with Osho was instant and deep – like coming home. Swaha got immersed in the life of the commune around his Master, which became the biggest growth center in the world. Here, he could explore himself further in many levels. Becoming one of Osho’s bodyguards, Swaha had an intimate connection with his Master. Later, as a therapist, his openness to new ideas and therapies gave him a great opportunity to experiment and go through many different growth processes and meditations. This gave him a wide experience and insight into the psychology and heart of the modern man.

Shortly after Osho left his body, Swaha experienced awakening to his true Self.

I was no longer the one I was the day before. I had no identification with any personality or ego. The “I” was gone, and so was the whole past. I was drowned in a profound peace, in a deep spaciousness and blissful silence. It was a new birth. I became very fragile, I had to learn how to function in the world again.”

In the years that followed, this new way of being became more integrated. During his travels through India, he met Papaji in a blissful encounter.

My beloved Papa, Poonjaji, was a tremendous gift. He was really a lion of Truth. No words can express my gratitude to him.”

Papaji-and-SwahaPapaji recognized the alive Presence in Swaha and encouraged him to share This. But at this time Swaha was just living in a constant state of inner contentment. It would take him another 5 years before he started giving Satsangs.

After meeting Papaji he went traveling around India, and lived for long periods of time in the Himalayas. During this time he had beautiful meetings with his enlightened friend, Giridhar, and together they had adventures in the far regions of the Himalayas.

More and more, existence moved Swaha to share himself with others. In India he was invited to take part in the No-Mind Ängsbacka Summer Festival in Sweden. It was his first public sharing and resulted in a queue of people wanting to learn more. He gave in to the inevitable and began sharing his Presence.

In tune with Swaha’s love of nature, he has created beautiful retreat places in the mountains of Norway and by the ocean in Brazil. Here, seekers and lovers from around the world come to meditate and experience the beauty, love and silence of his presence. In this precious meeting, hearts and minds can awaken, transform and flower.

Website: vasantswaha.net

Interview recorded 3/21/2015

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282. Hameed Ali (A. H. Almaas) – 2nd Interview

A. H. AlmaasA. Hameed Ali was born in Kuwait in 1944. At the age of eighteen, he moved to the USA to study at the University of California in Berkeley. Hameed was working on his Ph.D. in physics when he reached a turning point in his life and destiny that led him more and more into inquiring into the psychological and spiritual aspects of human nature.

Hameed’s interest in the truth of human nature and the true nature of reality resulted in the creation and unfoldment of the Diamond Approach®:

“The Diamond Approach is a path of wisdom, an approach to the investigation of Reality and work on oneself that leads to human maturity and liberation. Because of our particular vision of Reality it is not completely accurate to think of this approach as spiritual work, for this work does not separate the spiritual from the psychological, neither does it see these two as separate from the physical everyday life and scientific investigation of the content of perception. However, because we live in a society where the prevailing thought is that of the separated facets of Reality, the closest category recognized in this mentality, to our approach, is that of a spiritual path or exploration.”

Some of Hameed’s many books:

Website: ahalmaas.com

Interview recorded 3/15/2015

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281. Dorothy Rowe

Dorothy RoweDorothy Rowe was clairvoyant as a child, but a rough teenage period caused her abilities to wane. After learning Transcendental Meditation in her mid-teens, the inner vision began to return. She moved to Fairfield, Iowa in 1980 and devoted herself to creating world peace by meditating with a large group of people practicing the TM and TM-Sidhi Program. She became a teacher of Transcendental Meditation in 1986. She taught Transcendental Meditation and raised a family, while also teaching dance and music. Then in early 2008, she underwent a transformation. The change in awareness happened quite suddenly, but it took months for Dorothy to realize that this opening of awareness was to be used for healing. Quietly, she healed herself and others, without sharing her experiences. In 2012, Dorothy was invited to do some healing work for compensation. By word of mouth only, her practice has grown. She now has clients on four continents. She currently offers private consultations by phone and Skype and Distance Energy Work sessions through her website, distanceenergywork.com. The website also offers free resources on energy healing. You can also find her at her YouTube channel, Distance Energy Work.

Interview recorded 3/8/2015.

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280. Jim Dreaver

Jim DreaverJim Dreaver, originally from New Zealand, began his search for freedom in the mid-Seventies with the teachings of yoga, Zen, and J. Krishnamurti, and then met European Advaita Vedanta (the nondual or direct path) master Jean Klein in 1984, who guided him to seeing the truth in 1995. His mission now is to guide others to the realization that awakening is centered in the heart, and is ever and only here, now. He has taught at Esalen Institute and elsewhere.

Books:

Website: jimdreaver.com

Interview recorded 2/28/2015

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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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