543. Cynthia Jurs

Cynthia JursCynthia Jurs is a Tibetan Buddhist lama and a Dharmacharya in the Order of Interbeing of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh whose source of refuge and spiritual inspiration is Mother Earth; Gaia. In 1990, she made a life-changing pilgrimage to meet the hermit and meditation master, Kushok Mangden Charok Rinpoche, a 106-year-old lama living in a remote cave in Nepal from whom she received the practice of the Earth Treasure Vases when she asked him, “What can we do to bring healing and protection to the Earth?”

For thirty years, Cynthia has been building a global community committed to planetary healing and collective awakening in partnership with elders and activists around the world. Cynthia teaches an innovative blend of engaged Buddhism and sacred activism through the Earth Treasure Vase Global Healing Project, the Open Way Sangha in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the international Gaia Mandala Community. Through her nonprofit, Alliance for the Earth, Cynthia has worked with former combatants and the women who stopped a war in Liberia, West Africa, to build peace, teaching mindfulness and co-founding the Peace Hut Alliance for Conflict Transformation. Cynthia’s book, Summoned by the Earth, is forthcoming.

  • Website: EarthTreasureVase.org – learn more and subscribe to the monthly Earth Treasure Vase Full Moon Newsletter which is the best way to stay in touch
  • New website – GaiaMandala.netcoming soon. Will be the home for our global healing community with many practices, calls, courses and more ways to get involved in our work of global healing and collective awakening.
  • Join the monthly Full Moon Earth Treasure Vase Global Healing Meditation here. This is a free call via Zoom. A recording is automatically sent out to registered participants.
  • Gaia Calling: Being a Holy Vessel for Global Healing & Collective Awakening — a 7-week course co-taught by Cynthia Jurs and David Nicol via Zoom April 20—June 10, 2020. Join our free introductory call on April 11th to learn more.
  • Tara Gaia Teachings; a Vajrayana-style deity practice inspired by Tara with a visualization of Gaia and a recitation of her mantra. Cynthia will be giving the transmission and teaching of this practice during two-weekend retreats via Zoom — July 25-26 and November 7-8, 2020. Having received the teachings, one can join a monthly practice group. Let us know you are interested here.
  • Monday Mindfulness Meditation, a weekly gathering via Zoom at 4 pm Pacific // 5 pm Mountain // 7 pm Eastern. As we shelter at home, we can meet this moment of collective crisis and opportunity with calm and clarity by cultivating a practice of calm abiding in mindfulness.  In this weekly 1.5-hour practice group, we will sit, walk and sit again—entering into the quiet space within and stopping to catch our breath, to center ourselves, to let go of worry and fear and reconnect with our true source of Being. At the end of our practice, there will be an opportunity for mindful sharing around the circle. Click here if you are interested in participating.

Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group.

Interview recorded March 28, 2020

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542. Peter Mt. Shasta

Peter Mt. ShastaPeter journeyed to India in 1970 and spent time with Ram Dass and his guru, Neem Karoli Baba, eventually traveling to the Himalayan foothills to live briefly with Gangotri Baba, a disciple of Babaji. He also had transcendent experiences with Anandamayi Ma and other saints. Later he traveled to Tibet and Egypt but did not find his true path until Sathya Sai Baba instructed him to meditate on the I AM—which leads to the True Self.

Returning from the East, the Ascended Master Saint Germain materialized before him in Muir Woods near San Francisco and told him to go to Mount Shasta, where he would meet the teacher who would prepare him to work with the Masters in their quest to help humanity. This teacher was Pearl Dorris, a former assistant to Godfre Ray King, author of “Unveiled Mysteries”. Vowing to accomplish the training that was offered, he went through years of instruction, initiation, and adventures at the hands of the Masters, who occasionally appeared in physical form. These adventures are described in his best-selling book, “Apprentice to the Masters: Adventures of a Western Mystic, Book II.”

He is working now under the direction of Saint Germain to bring the ancient teachings of Tibetan Buddhism on the nature of mind into the I AM Teachings of mastery.

Books:

Website: i-am-teachings.com

Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group.

Interview recorded March 21, 2020

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541. Houman Emami

Houman EmamiHouman Z. Emami, a native of Iran (ancient Persia), has a bright academic career in Philosophy and Religion, Holism and Consciousness, with earlier careers in Computer Science, Telecommunications, and a number of educational-institute startups. He has completed undergraduate studies in the above fields, within and without standard academic training, and he continues in his graduate and Ph.D. thesis, “On Intuition, the Heart Faculty, and Theophanies”.

Before reaching his eleventh year, Houman had lived through the Iranian revolution of 1979, the Iran and Iraq war of 1981, and the inner-city bombings and atrocities of war. “And that was just the beginning,” he tells us. Miraculous events began as a direct result of these earlier years of awakening and grew in proportion to his yearning. In this way, the dark side of war, and the lesser-known light side of war were made manifest from age five onwards. After several relocations and maturing in both eastern and western cultures before his thirtieth year, Houman had taken part in a relatively successful lifestyle, returned to academia and various spiritual practices thrice, finally taking early retirement in his late twenties, leaving all behind and spending a decade as an independent world-traveler, contemporary monk and spiritual pilgrim. These later awakenings in solitude and on the pilgrim’s walk integrated those of his early childhood.

At last, returning to the worldly life in his late thirties, he continues to impact the world he left behind. Loved ones and relations lovingly refer to him as “scribe”, “pilgrim”, and “scholar”. A “scribe” is one who decodes and deciphers the teachings of the ancient scrolls which are symbolic representations of transcendent realms made immanent within a simple framework of understanding. A “pilgrim” is one who leaves the mind behind (is a passerby), leads from the heart, ‘connects the dots’, is a bridge-builder, and a peace-maker. And a “scholar” from scolere is one who lives at ease as a student of life, truth, and wisdom. In this respect, he has written:

Let the truth of love be & become the love of truth, and the love of truth be & become the truth of love. That means, the soul genuinely desires love and truth, embraced by and swaying this way and that throughout life, in order to teach us that we must love unconditionally but when finding ourselves in the snares of selfish love, we must pursue truth; and we must pursue truth unconditionally but when we find truth become empty tradition and superstition, we must pursue love.

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In practice, Houman’s spiritual invocation consciously began in his early teens, as a result of a near-death experience (NDE) ––taking him back to his early childhood visions, and to his native ancestral teachings of the East, near-East, and the Orient. After his near-death experience and remembering his life’s calling more fully from age five, Houman recalled all that proceeded from that age in the divine plan, walking them out and remembering them step by step.

Years later, these remembrances and awakenings culminated into visionary experiences and embodiments—involving “theophanies”, meaning divine interventions/encounters. Twelve years of practice and integration turned him into an independent spiritual pilgrim in 2003, and he has been traveling the world since. His journey has been one of the most overwhelming stories one might hear.

Houman now fully devotes his life within the education and application of wisdom teachings and transformation, with emphasis on one’s direct connection to Creator, as one interconnected whole, Unified Field, or Great-Holy- Sacred-Spirit-Mystery. His knowledge spans from various spiritual teachings to honoring a particular heritage within a singular body of teaching. After leaving the academic world, and returning to it thrice, his approach has become more experiential, theory in service to practice. “Actions speak louder than words, and the heart’s silence speaks louder than both,” he often remarks, “Silence is the ground upon which love grows.”

Houman often sits in council with people of all walks; known and unknown; healers, teachers, and spiritually endowed parents and children, and assists in the development of new openings and possibilities. Due to his unique upbringing, childhood circumstances, and experiences in awakening, Houman has a deep interest in the development and education of children, educators, and parents, whose awareness of spiritual phenomena began in childhood. One major medium employed as a practice is heart-mind inquiry and prayer in spirit, as one universal language of light, followed by various mediums, artistic expressions, and on occasion, interpersonal inquiry and dialogue.

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He aspires in leading a lifestyle that, as closely as possible, mirrors the lives of a number of mystics and divine philosopher-sage scientists, in the way intended for him, with a strong conviction that all bodies of teaching, and modern society at large, are of a similar ancient origin, ancestry and tribe. He remarks, “We are a global village already. No need to make new ones. Even the immortal beings of legend are accessible. No sects or secrets. Enough with new ideologies. No need for long expositions on gurus and masters, or ‘scientism’ or ‘religionism’ for that matter. It is far more urgent than that, and all already here. God is closer. Realize the self now. And to walk on ground-zero, where change and transformation truly is, be humbled. Our angels, leaders, immortals, masters, and gurus, are in the trenches with us, all the way to the Most High—don’t put them out there somewhere, inaccessible, in order to remain irresponsible, too comfortable, refusing to grow up.”

Houman’s primary focus at this time is in assisting certain generations of adults and children, who are finding their invocation in the current world at large; those with similar challenges of self-acceptance and a unique awareness of how to spiritually navigate the world, given certain earth-shattering divine gifts of grace from early childhood are at play!

All there is, IS Love for Love IS…

Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group.

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