WHAT IS ENLIGHTENMENT: It seems like every day we learn something new about the universe, with incredible pictures of distant stars, strange nebulae, or colliding galaxies that dazzle astronomers. If we take a bird's-eye view on the subject of cosmology, what is being revealed about the universe we live in...
Here’s a great example of one woman’s artistic expression of the new cosmology. I first met Betty-Ann at a retreat about the new cosmology with Dr. Brian Swimme in California in 1999. Her playful wit and intense curiosity about the nature of the universe are beautifully presented in her new book called “Great Ball of Fire! A Poetic Telling of the Universe Story” (Mearth Press, 2010). I was recently able to speak with her about this newly published epic poem, as well as inquire about her inspiration and her thoughts about cosmology...
"We Are All Connected" was made from sampling Carl Sagan's Cosmos, The History Channel's Universe series, Richard Feynman's 1983 interviews, Neil deGrasse Tyson's cosmic sermon, and Bill Nye's Eyes of Nye Series, plus added visuals from The Elegant Universe (NOVA), Stephen Hawking's Universe, Cosmos, the Powers of 10, and more. It is a tribute to great minds of science, intended to spread scientific knowledge and philosophy through the medium of music.
Editor's Note: Dr. Heather Manley is author of the award winning Human Body Detectives, her children’s educational series of story-telling books, eBooks, and iPhone/iPad apps. In this interview, she explains how this idea originally developed and further describes the collaborative process involved in the making of the audio books and workbooks... a collaboration with her own children, who provide their expertise and narration!
Editor's Note from Sandra Miniere: The first fifteen minutes of this Eckart Tolle interview include a powerful demonstration. Tolle describes how to be aware and allow the moment to be as it is. He also describes how our thoughts take us away from awareness. Life is more sacred when we experience it in moments of not needing to understand anything. This is practical wisdom from Tolle . Enjoy!
Eden: I’m going to give a quick background on you and then go into some questions. From my perspective, Sri Sri’s message is very simple… it is about bridging the gaps. The gaps that are created by our perceived differences stemming from pride, nationalism, religion which create war, famine, poverty and lack. So, these deep holes move us away from the concept that our differences are to be cherished as we are each so unique…. and, oddly enough in that uniqueness, discovering that we are also so much the same and connected. Connected in ways that the human mind has trouble grasping. However, in the quiet of meditation, we can find that calm and that deep understanding that… at the end of the day… we all want the same thing… peace and happiness. In a Huffington Post article titled Food for the Soul, Sri Sri calls it our “original nature...”
Editor’s Note from Eden Kozlowski: In 2009 Forbes ranked Sri Sri Ravi Shankar number five when calculating the seven most powerful people in India. From my perspective... he is simply an amazing person whose mission is to propagate meditation and the happiness that blossoms from the practice. AND, I got to talk to him from my basement while my kids, cat and dog were all upstairs! Isn't life just magical?! AND, apologizing now to Sri Sri for cutting him off several times within the delicate pauses... ugg, but is what it is, right?
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