Thursday, July 23, 2009

Spiritual being

“You are not a human being in search of a spiritual experience. You are a spiritual being immersed in a human experience.”

Monday, June 1, 2009

Thomas Berry Tribute

The universe is a communion of subjects, not a collection of objects.

Death of Thomas Berry
by Thomas C. Fox on Jun. 01, 2009 NCR Today

Passionist priest and acclaimed cultural historian Thomas Berry died in Well-Spring Retirement Community, Greensboro NC, at 6:25 am, Monday, June 1, 2009.
Funeral services have been annouced:
Greensboro NC's St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, with Salesian Oblate Father Bill J. Ruhl or his delegate presiding, primarily but not exclusively for Thomas's family and the local community. Wednesday, June 3, 2009.
A Passionist Order monastery or church, as directed by Father Provincial Very Reverend Joseph Jones, probably in Jamaica, Long Island, New York, primarily but not exclusively for members of the Order.
Green Mountain Monastery, Greensboro, Vermont, open to all, details to be provided by Sisters Gail Worcelo and Bernadette Bostwick, co-founders with Thomas of the new religious Order.
A more general and public memorial service at St. John the Divine Cathedral in New York City, where Thomas was honorary canon, details to be arranged by the Thomas Berry Foundation and directed by officers Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, currently of Yale University.
Greensboro NC funeral events will begin with open-casket visitation 11 am - 1:20 pm in the Narthex [entrance] of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church (not in the funeral home) Wednesday, June 3, 2009, followed by the memorial service at 2 pm.
Since Thomas's remains will be sent to the Passionist Province of St. Paul of the Cross for the Eucharistic liturgy and afterwards to Green Mountain Monastery for final interment, the Greensboro NC memorial will conclude with a reception, 4 pm – 5:30 pm, hosted by the Passionists in Well-Spring Retirement Community Auditorium, 4100 Well-Spring Drive, a short distance from St. Paul the Apostle Church. [Take Horse Pen Creek Road northwest a couple of miles; at Drawbridge Parkway turn right; watch for the Well-Spring entrance on the left a mile or so down the road.]
Donations honoring Thomas's memory may be made to the Thomas Berry Foundation, % Mary Evelyn Tucker, 29 Spoke Drive, Woodridge, CT 06525. Inquiries and greetings may be made by email to Dr. Margaret Berry ( rather than by telephone.

Friday, May 22, 2009


Satish Kumar speaks about Gandhi

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Matthew Fox on Meditation

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Earth Alert- Raising Environmental Consciousness

Earth Alert- Raising Environmental Consciousness
Friday, April 17th 6:30-8:30pm, MultiFaith Centre, 569 Spadina Avenue
Interactive Discussions, Mantra Meditation & Vegan Feast - FREE FOR STUDENTS

Climate change is with us. Now, more than ever, Mother Earth needs us to tread lightly on her. But, how do we change deeply embedded lifestyles and habits? Join us to explore the timeless art of genuine sustainable living from the ancient teachings of the east with our special guest Devamrita Swami - a traveling monk, Yale graduate, an author and researcher who has been instrumental in raising environment awareness around the world through his workshops. Also featuring guided mantra meditation session & our all famous vegan feast!

More Info @

Meet Devamrita Swami : An Urban Monk
Explore ancient eastern perspective to Holistic education. We invite you meet Devamrita Swami a monk, yale graduate, author & researcher, who travels around the world presenting at different universities introducing people to the ancient wisdom of east and its practical application to the modern life. Through his in-depth research in eco-sustainability, spiritual accounting, spiritual economics and similar topics he encourages people to explore beyond the routine and embrace holistic lifestyles.

To arrange for a meeting please get in touch with Aarti or call 647.261.7499

Saturday, March 21, 2009

on Meditation

Friday, March 20, 2009

inspiring call to conscious evolution

An inspiring call to conscious evolution, a clear articulation of what is needed in these times.
pass it on...

The Obama Administration has asked the "Evolutionary Leaders" to communicate about what is transpiring on the planet, and how we can change the course of the unprecedented events that are challenging this planet. This is a window of opportunity for this information to be conveyed to the Obama Administration.

The Evolutionary Leaders like Deepak Chopra, Gregg Braden, Michael
Beckwith and many, many others, gathered together to write up the
information to present to the Obama Administration. They are also asking us to sign a petition to show the Administration how many people are in favor for these changes to occur. They need 10,000 signatures. We need your help to reach that number and beyond! Below is the information presented to the New Administration.

The petition link can be found here:

By the Evolutionary Leaders
The human family is in the midst of the most significant transformation of consciousness since its emergence in Africa over one hundred thousand years ago. Consciousness has been evolving for billions of years from the first cell to us. We are becoming aware that through our own consciousness the universe can know itself. This awareness reveals incredible new potential for our individual and collective humanity.

Simultaneously, we are the first species on this Earth aware that we can destroy ourselves by our own action. This may be the greatest wake-up call to the evolution of consciousness since the origin of Homo Sapiens. We now realize that we are affecting our own evolution by everything we do. This knowledge awakens in us the aspiration to become more conscious through subjective practices including meditation, reflection, prayer, intuition, creativity, and conscious choice making that accelerate our evolution in the direction of unity consciousness and inspire us to deeply align our collective vision.

At this juncture in human history, urgent global crises challenge us to learn to live sustainably, in harmony and gratitude with one another and with the living universe. The changes required of humanity are broad, deep, and far reaching. Only by acting swiftly and creatively can we birth a planetary culture that will bring well-being to every form of life in the Earth community. The good news is that a compelling new story of our potential as a whole human species is emerging-a story of collaboration, citizenaction, dialogue and new understandings propelled by unprecedented levels of democratic freedom, multicultural exchange, and access tocommunication technologies. It is nothing less than the story of our
collective evolution.

We recognize that the inner and outer aspects of life evolve together. A dramatic awakening in consciousness will involve an equally dramaticshift in outward aspects of our lives. In particular, we see the following as vital opportunities for our conscious evolution, both personally and collectively:

Cultivating a Paradigm of Aliveness:We regard the universe as deeply alive and conscious by nature. In a living universe, our sense of subtleconnection and participation with life around us is the basis for a compassionate and cooperative approach to living.

Educating for an Evolving Consciousness:Awakening consciousness is the foundation for all the change we seek to see in the world. We can work to elevate our capacity for conscious reflection and creative action in our personal lives as well as our collective lives as communities. We must support research and educational strategies that optimize human capacities and explore the nature of consciousness.

Restoring Ecological Balance:The balance of planetary ecosystems isfundamental to our survival. We must reverse the pollution of our global commons-the water, air and soil that nourish all life. We must encourage the proliferation of clean, renewable energy sources and expend all necessary resources toward mitigating the effects of climate change.

Encouraging Conscious Media:We must find innovative ways to use thenew electronic media as the mirror of our positive evolutionary story,investing in their capacity to reach across differences of generation,culture, religion, wealth, and gender to build a working consensus about our collective future.

Engaging in Social and Political Transformation:More sustainable waysof living will require the support of a more conscious democracy andvibrant civil society from which more enlightened leaders will emerge.All individuals should be encouraged to use their gifts to createparticipatory, responsible and compassionate models of governance.

Working for Integrity in Commerce:Conscious businesses that are awareof the scope, depth, and long-range impacts of their actions are key to achieving sustainability.. Business must become an ethical steward of the Earth's ecology and consciously establish an economic basis for a future of equitably shared abundance.

Promoting Health and Healing:The science of mind-body-spirit healthhas demonstrated the profound connection between the health of a wholeperson and the health of the system in which he or she lives. Wholesystems healing, respecting both traditional knowledge and modernsciences, must be supported in physical, social, and spiritual domains.

Building Global Community:The new story is about all of us who sharethis planet. Together, we can create a culture of peace that eliminates the need for armed conflict, respecting and appreciating the glorious diversity of our human family.

Our group has done its best to articulate possibilities for the evolution of consciousness at this crucial moment in time. Please reflect on this document, feel what resonates in your being and calls forth a response on your part. We invite you to discuss it with others, continuing this global conversation by adding to it the wisdom that is uniquely your own..Together, let us co-create a new narrative of conscious evolution that is a call to individual and collective action, birthing the most significant transformation of consciousness in history. Join in the Call to Conscious Evolution by signing the pledge now.

The petition link can be found here:

Chopra Center , Carlsbad , California , July 26, 2008
Michael Beckwith, Joan Borysenko, Gregg Braden, Rinaldo Brutoco, Thomas Callanan, Deepak Chopra, Mallika Chopra, Dale Colton, Gordon, Dveirin, Duane Elgin, Leslie Elkus, Barbara Fields, Debbie Ford, Ashok Gangadean, Kathleen Gardarian, Tom Gegax, Charles Gibbs, Kathy Hearn, Jean Houston, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Bruce Lipton, Judy Martin, Rod McGrew, Steve McIntosh, Lynne McTaggart, Deborah Moldow, James O'Dea, Carter Phipps, Wendy Craig-Purcell, Carolyn Rangel, Rustum Roy, Peter Russell, Gerard Senehi, Emily Squires, Brian Swimme, Diane Williams, Marianne Williamson, Tom Zender.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

FLOW: An Example of Evolutionary Guidance Media

Flow is a 2008 documentary film directed by Irena Salina. It examines the global water crisis and presents a case against the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply.

The documentary was an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008, won the International Jury Prize at the Mumbai International Film Festival, the award for Best Human Interest Film at the 2008 Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival, and the award for Best Documentary at the 2008 Vail International Film Festival.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Stand By Me

Make A difference in the World

I want to share this video with you today. It expresses the concept of TRANSCEPTION (Wholeness with compassion).

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Evolutionary Dialogue

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Creativity and Wellness workshop February 28

Please join us Saturday, February 28 from 10am - noon for the Creativity and Wellness workshop led by Solveiga Miezitis. All are invited to attend. The meeting room number (5-280) will be posted in the lobby.

The Creativity and Wellness workshop will involve self-reflective activities to promote personal growth and wellness. Participants will have a chance to co-create by drawing, mind-mapping, journalling, and sharing stories. The workshop will be interactive and fun!

Solveiga Miezitis is professor Emeritus at OISE. She has taught in the School Psychology Program in Applied Psychology and more recently in Adult Education and Counseling Psychology at OISE, as well as in the Psychology Dept at the University of Latvia. Her main research work is in the area of Prevention of Depression published in Creating Alternatives to Depression in the Schools.Her current interest is in promoting wellness. During the past decade she has conducted longitudinal studies on risk and resiliency factors in first-year student adaptation at the University of Latvia focusing on factors related to Positive Psychology.

The Holistic Educator’s Group meets Saturday mornings from 10 am to 12 noon approximately every two months from September through April. The meetings are open to all who may be interested in holistic teaching and learning and are not exclusively for those who are associated with studies at OISE/UT. We have a number of captivating speakers each year who join us to lead workshop sessions which tend to be interactive, and participatory. Meetings are also an opportunity to network with those who have common interests.

Our meetings are at OISE/UT, 252 Bloor Street West between St. George and Bedford on the north side of the street. There is a notice board in the lobby where the Room Number (5-280) will be posted. The main floor coffee concession is sometimes open on Saturdays or there's a Tim Horton's just east of the building on Bloor. Parking on Saturday under the OISE building is fairly reasonable. Of course TTC is always a good option (St. George Station on the Bloor line). If you are planning to attend, please RSVP.

The information page on the web for the Saturday Group is

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A Spiritual Revolution!!!

Not evolution, but revolution!

Return to Spirit.
A Spiritual Revolution.

There is enough in this world.
Rise Up! Rise Up!

Now sing it!...
A blues song...
We are all in a dark night of the soul ... the whole planet...
To get through this dark night... we must all revolutionize our hearts towards the vision and reality of ONE EARTH PEOPLE.

Be well, happy, and peaceful.
Bela Ray


Friday, January 2, 2009

Bela Ray wins first prize in Song Festival