Dr. Katya Walter discusses the connection between physics and metaphysics as revealed in Jungian Dream Analysis

This remarkable interview will inform, enliven and amuse you for the breadth and depth of Dr. Walter’s knowledge and her spirit of adventure! The question period is incorporated in this video.

Marcus Borg and 21st Century Christianity

Here is the story of the man we interviewed on April 4, 2014 in Austin, Texas. You will find this highly acclaimed theologian to be real, funny, relaxed and brilliant…….and so did we !

Here is Marcus Borg’s official bio:

Marcus J. Borg is Canon Theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon. Internationally known in both academic and church circles as a biblical and Jesus scholar, he was Hundere Chair of Religion and Culture in the Philosophy Department at Oregon State University until his retirement in 2007.

He is the author of nineteen books, including Jesus: A New Vision (1987) and the best-seller Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time (1994); The God We Never Knew (1997); The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions (1999); Reading the Bible Again for the First Time (2001), and The Heart of Christianity (2003), both best-sellers.

His newest books are Jesus: Uncovering the Life, Teachings and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary (2006), a New York Times Best-Seller; Conversations with Scripture: Mark (2009), and three books co-authored with John Dominic Crossan, The Last Week (2006), The First Christmas (2007), and The First Paul (2009).

His novel, Putting Away Childish Things, was published in April, 2010.

Described by The New York Times as “a leading figure in his generation of Jesus scholars,” he has appeared on NBC’s “Today Show” and “Dateline,” PBS’s “Newshour,” ABC’s “Evening News” and “Prime Time” with Peter Jennings, NPR’s “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross, and several National Geographic programs. A Fellow of the Jesus Seminar, he has been national chair of the Historical Jesus Section of the Society of Biblical Literature and co-chair of its International New Testament Program Committee, and is past president of the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars.

His work has been translated into eleven languages: German, Dutch, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, and French. His doctor’s degree is from Oxford University, and he has lectured widely overseas (England, Scotland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Hungary, Israel and South Africa) and in North America, including the Chautauqua and Smithsonian Institutions.

In addition to the nineteen books he has authored or co-authored, he is the editor or co-editor of: The Lost Gospel Q (1996) Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings (1997) God at 2000, co-edited with Ross Mackenzie (2000).

Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time (1994) is the single best-selling book by a contemporary Jesus scholar.

The God We Never Knew was named “one of the ten best books in religion in 1997″ by Publishers Weekly.

The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions
, co-authored with N. Thomas Wright, a well-known British New Testament scholar from the conservative side of the spectrum. It won the “Best General Interest Book of 1999” award from the Association of Theological Booksellers.
Reading The Bible Again for the First Time (2001) has made Publishers Weekly “ten best selling books in religion.”

The Heart of Christianity (2003) has been a group study book in hundreds of churches.

Jesus: Uncovering the Life, Teachings and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary is a New York Times best-selling book.

A very useful study guide for The Heart of Christianity is published by HarperOne and authored by Tim Scorer. 160 pages long, it teaches “Heart” in twelve sessions, with suggestions for small group formation and activities, a DVD that includes handouts, visuals, and some video. Similar study guides for Reading the Bible Again for the First Time and Jesus are also available from Wood Lake Books.

The Empire Strikes….

20120220-_MG_6032 By Chuck Robison

We normally pledge allegiance to a flag representing a republic which functions as a democracy in a free society! Most of us have been doing that since the first grade. It is so wonderful that we keep doing it at every opportunity! However, the republic to which we pledge allegiance no longer exists.

We now live our lives at the center of history’s largest, most powerful, highest tech, most armed and most dangerous empire. The 21st Century American Empire is run by an oligarchy of global corporations acting, now, as legal individuals, almost tax-free, seeking all the money possible for the “investors” and riding roughshod over 90% of the world.

The American Empire’s leadership has turned what we call the United States Government into The Empire’s Middle Management Team, which now takes its orders directly from the corporate Oligarchs. The American Empire backs up its demands on the world through the world’s largest and most lethal armed force, which today is conducting both open and secret wars in 134 of the world’s 187 countries.

The American Empire has developed a Global Total Information Awareness System and the American Empire can now keep track of at least 90% of the world’s citizens. Soon, new babies will be implanted with computer chips to monitor their entire lives. This is already happening in France. All in the name of security!

In the mean time, you and I are trying to live honorable and satisfying lives, while being informed by the Empire’s propaganda machine, which includes mindless entertainment, the educational systems, mass media, electronic churches, and celebrity spokespersons for how The American Empire expects us to live, dress, eat and behave.

It appears no one here in America or anywhere else in the world will ever prevail against this force. You and I and about six billion other people are the slave work force of this empire, whether we see it or not. No wonder we are so depressed. We used to be the people who worked together to solve problems. Now we cannot even see the damage being done to each other, when the Oligarchs pay the people who deliver our cheap, unhealthy, unnatural, fast chemical food, poverty wages that are then supplemented by Government assistance which is a $280 billion tax break to the corporations thus saving them more money for which they do not have to pay taxes.

But, history tells us that all empires fail and disappear. Like a crumbling skyscraper falling in upon itself when detonated by numerous explosives, empires collapse when corruption explodes in strategic places. The result is the same if the corruptors are individuals or whole societies.

The corruption, now racing at electronic speeds around the world, is caused by our losing sight of the fact that human brain is still in the process of evolution towards a more perfect state in which a still-superior pattern of consciousness is possible. A natural, frugal, healthy life, content only with the basic needs of the body and the mind, free of ego, immoderate ambition, lust and greed for wealth—more ready to serve than to rule, altruistic and compassionate—is the only life aligned with the principles of evolution.

What this means is that as we wake up and realize we are living in a decaying empire, our best and only hope is to stop playing the game. To do this, we need to go back to life’s basics. Simplicity in all things, compassion for the life situations of our neighbors, and a focus on those things that will actually improve the lives of all is the surest way to change the sad course of history in which we find ourselves.

Once upon a time, a small group of young idealists took a successful first step toward ending an unjust war by burning their draft cards. That bonfire of enslavement to the war machine is still smoldering in all of our hearts. It’s time to risk it all and burn the cards that now track and enslave us.

Consider this: if we burned all of our credit cards and decided to live off the credit grid, we would begin a profound global change as powerful as the corruption that now identifies The Evil Empire that has become the 21st century.

Notes From the Masters Class 12/3/2013

Hi, this is Chuck Robison and this is the show, Notes From the Masters Class and today is Tuesday, December 3, 2013. And if you’re anything like I am, you’re going through days right now when you look at out on the world and say “Boy, this is mess that we’re in” and then there are days when you look at the world and say “wait, a minute this is pretty good this is a real possibility, there is reason for hope”.

Now when you’re looking at the things that create despair, there are plenty of them. All you have to do is go as far as genetically modified organisms, which apparently are the seeds that are producing almost all the grains and a lot of other things that we are using. If you’ve ever asked does evolution exist, think about this: in my lifetime, which is a little over 70 years, we have put in at least 500 new chemicals into the environment every year since 1960. And these new chemicals are put in the environment and nobody knows how they are going to affect us, but somehow or another, so far, we had been able to evolve or adapt, adopt or become capable of living in an environment that is polluted by things that we don’t know what it is doing to us, but we are still surviving.

And if you think about the other things that are causing us despair all of us know that it seems like the top corporations and not just the quote, unquote American corporations, but the global corporations want to really run the show of governments and we’re seeing it right here in our own government. And we also see governments, especially our government, that does not seem to work so well. Imagine this is December 3rd and the United States Congress plans, in the next eight days that they’re going to be working, to pass three bills, all of which are massively unimportant.

What’s that about? Well, we don’t know what it’s about, but it begins to make you ask the question: Who exactly is in control here, who’s calling these shots? And from the appearance of just looking at things, nobody is controlling anything.

And because of that, we can have a little bit of hope, because nobody has shown at my door, and they probably haven’t shown up yours, and said, “Oh by the way, we’re in control now you’ll do what we tell you.” But that’s part of the despair because that could actually happen all over the world.

Now on the hope side of the scale, there’s one thing that’s really, really important and I’d like for you to consider that. You’ll remember that six weeks ago or so The President of the United States came on the television said, folks sorry to tell you this but we’re going to have to go to war in Syria because those people killed some kids in and we’ve got to deal with them. Now never mind the fact that there are and were a million child refugees who have left Syria and are living in the desert in tents and they can have hardly any water, there’s no sewage, there’s no electricity and there’s no education.

Here’s 1 million kids that need help, but we were planning on taking our resources and going in and killing some more people. Doesn’t make any sense, and it didn’t then. So, within 36 hours The President came back and says, Well, you know, I think I’m going to take this to the Congress a let them buy into it.

And then shortly after that, the Syrians said, wait a minute. We’ll give up our weapons of mass destruction and our chemical weapons, You guys can have it. And all of a sudden the reason for going to war was blown away. Now that didn’t happen by accident, and it wasn’t one or two people in Washington or Syria or Russia or any place else that made it happen. It was you and I, because without parades without protest without writing articles or anything else, we all just said to ourselves, “You know what? We don’t want that.” It’s like the 1960s when they said “Suppose they gave a war and nobody came.” Well, that happened to us and here’s why that happened.

You and I are connected to a larger consciousness system. You and I are connected to each other and all the other almost 8,000,000,000 people on this world. With de Chardin’s Nous Sphere, or the global mind, or call it whatever you want, but we are connected to each other through a global consciousness. And when we have experiences that remind us of that, and prove that to us, all of a sudden we get this little tiny glimpse, “Wow what if we have that kind of power?” What if we have the ability to change the world and world situations, just by thinking together and saying you know what, we’re not coming to your war. There’s a better way, we know there’s a better way and we’re not going to play.

And we did that, we really did that and it was a lot less difficult than stopping the Vietnam War, which also was a result of us connecting with our consciousness and saying, enough.

Now we have power beyond our wildest dreams and there are lots of people out there who would like for you to not know that. Who would like for you to forget that, who would like for you to think “Gee, that we better let them control things because we don’t know……” Nonsense.

We, every one of us, are in a position of incredible power. Our power is consciousness and our connection to each other. And if you will join me, because I work on this, if you join me in connecting with each other through this global brain, we will be able to drive things in a positive, helpful and healthy direction despite all the other forces arrayed against us who say, “It can’t be done.” It can be done! It is a spiritual experience. It is a God given power and you and I have it. And we have it when we know it, and we don’t know it, when we forget it, when were talked out of it, we don’t. We always have access to it but, if you don’t use it you lose it.

So I like for you to suggest that I’d like to suggest to you, give this some thought give this a chance, and look around and see how you are in communication with people all over the world and what we are doing. This is the age of the mind and the more we’re able to use it, the more power we are going to have. And so I thank you for being with me today. I look forward to doing this again soon and remember, all minds are joined. Thanks.

Notes From the Masters Class 2013-03-07

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Hi and welcome to this next edition of Notes From the Masters Class. Today I’m going to share with you what I’ve learned about the Huna tradition of Hawaii, and I learned this from Serge King when he was in New York, back and forth, in the ’80s.

The Huna tradition is an indigenous outpouring of what the folks in Hawaii, the ancients, learned about life. It’s been boiled down by Serge into seven rules, and the first one is: The world is exactly what you think it is. I’m putting my finger here to remind me and to suggest to you that a way to remember these is just simply to place them someplace on your body as you’re repeating them.

The world is what you think it is, and you have the power to change what the world is just by looking for something different than you’ve been looking for up to now. If you’re looking for fear, there are lots and lots of examples and ample proof, that will come to you, to show that you are right. If you’re looking for love and peace and harmony, those too will come to you, and they will deny the fear that you may have had in the past.

Number two, there are no limits. So you put your finger and say, “There are not limits.” Now, none of us is going to be 10 years older anytime soon, and none of us is likely to be able to go back with our bodies to a different time or forward to a different time. But beyond those, the limits that we experience in life are limits that we’ve placed there ourselves. I’ve done this, and you’ve done this.

Basically, when we’re ready and willing to give up the limits that we think we have because we have created them, we will notice that they were just an illusion. There are no limits.

Next, energy flows where attention goes. What this means is that whatever you put your attention to, your incredible, powerful energy will go there as well and will amplify that. So if you put your attention on the things that you’re afraid of or the bad things that people have done to you, all that does is give more energy to it, and pretty soon it will consume you.

But if you place your attention on the things you want to see, on the love you have in your life, and that includes being grateful, then you will discover that your energy, having been focused in that way, will increase what it is that you are looking for.

Now is the moment of power, and that goes right here. Now is the moment of power. There’s no power that existed yesterday, and there’s no power that exists tomorrow that you’re going to be able to do anything about. All of your power and your considerable power is available to you right now. Don’t wait. Don’t put if off. Don’t regret you don’t have what you had yesterday. You have incredible power today.

Next, to love, and this is a great definition of love, to love is to be happy with. No more complex than that. The things that you’re happy with will turn out, upon investigation, to be the things that you love. The people you love, the events you love, the things you love, the places you love, the weather you love, those things that you are happy with will be the very things that you love. Look around for them. They’re everywhere.

Next, and this is very important, all power comes from within. Nobody can confer upon you any power that you don’t already have. Nobody can make you do anything with your power that you don’t want to do. All power, incredible power comes from within. If you haven’t experienced that yet, take a look for it. Take a look, when you put your hand right there on your stomach, and say, “All my power is right there.”

And the final one is effectiveness is the measure of truth. What that means is, and that’s a great definition, if it works, it’s true. If it doesn’t work, and this is ultra-pragmatism, it ain’t true. So if you’re finding that you’ve got some things that aren’t working, aren’t effective, then that’s not true. Change your mind about that.

Now there’s one final thing that Serge told me, and I used to call him Sage, the final thing that Sage told us about and that’s this. Here’s a rule that really does work like the other seven, all the time, and that’s this: When you enter into a relationship with somebody, decide up front that the things that you don’t like about that person are unimportant.

Now what this does is this creates a dynamic where you’re free then to focus on the things that are important and that you can increase by following the second part of this, which is: Praise and compliment everything you like about the other person. This is not making a joke or being insincere. This is just looking at a person and saying, “You know, I really like that about you.” What happens to the other person is, just like it would happen if somebody did it to you, they will want to get more of that kind of praise. Now try that on yourself, try that on your spouse, try that on your children.

In fact, Sage told the story of his son, who was not doing very well in school and the rest of it. So rather than complain about it or try to discipline him, he said, “You know what? I’m going to focus on the fact that this kid is smarter than he thinks.” He started calling his son “brains.”

All of a sudden, they were building a house together, and the son would find solutions that Sage couldn’t even see. He’d say, “That really took brains.” All of a sudden the child became motivated. So motivated, that not only did he wind up graduating at the top of his class in high school, he went on to college and became a Navy Seal, all because his father found that complimenting and praising everything you like in the other person is a way to get rid of all the things you don’t like and to help that person build on those good things that you can see and maybe they can’t see themselves.

So give some thought to this. This is important stuff. It’s been important to me, and it works for me. Thanks. See you next time.

Notes From the Masters Class (5-20-10)

Chuck in Santa Monica I recorded this three years ago when people were just beginning to discover we were going into the “Crazies”. Even I felt like I did not want to go through this process. Now three years later, we have actually made progress and we can see some light at the end of the tunnel……but there is still a long way to go.

Here is the text of this Note:

“Hi, this is Chuck, and today is Thursday, May the 20th, 2010, and I’m sitting beside the water in Santa Monica, California where I’ve been working all week. I’ve had time to think about some things.

The thing that I thought most about is this change that we know we’re going through. It’s not an elective. It’s a demanded change. It’s part of life. Some of us are approaching it with fear. Some of us are approaching it with excitement, and many of us are approaching it with the knowledge that we are on this planet at this time to be part of this in a special way. Most of those, myself included, don’t know yet what that is.

But something that I’ve learned this week is valid for all of us, and that is this. We’re coming to the end of a culture and a period of time, maybe 5,000 years, that could be called the Warrior Culture, and we’re going into a time that could be called a Cooperation Culture. The Warrior Culture has been dominated by masculinity and a masculine God. The Cooperation Culture is going to be more like feminine divinity and nurture and caring and sharing. We’re seeing the whole concept of borders being challenged. We see the whole concept of how we’re taking care of our world being revealed as not so good. We are seeing the whole concept of understanding how each of us has power beyond what we know at this point.

But there’s one thing that I think I have learned this week, and I believe in it, and that is this. This applies as I understand you as well. I am God in this body, in this world, without limit. We are without limit. There’s not a lot to be afraid of, primarily because each one of us is an entire, complete eternal soul. We’ve been here before. We’ve sat by the ocean before. We’ve walked through the mountains. We’ve been in the deserts. We’ve been in the cities and the poor places and slums. But we’ve been here before, and we’ll be here again. And because of that, we know that whatever comes doesn’t need to be met by fear or anything else other than asking the question, “How can I be of service to others through this time of incredible change?” Join me, won’t you? Just like John Lennon says, “We hope you’ll join us, and we will all live as one.” Thanks.”

Notes From the Masters Class (2-20-13)

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In October of 1983, I had a remarkable opportunity. I got to spend an hour alone with Pandit Gopi Krishna, who was the only person in the last century to write in the English language about his experience from inside the experience of the awakening and the goal of Kundalini.

He was a most remarkable man, and he was 83 at the time I met him, and he was in New York as part of the United Nations’ October celebration. I spent an hour with him in an apartment on 36th Street and 2nd Avenue, and in that time, I was taking his portrait, which turned out to be his last portrait and was used as the only portrait in his book “Living With Kundalini.”

So after I had spent all the time getting the pictures, I finally asked him the typical American, not very bright person question, “Okay, Gopi Krishna, what do I need to do to be enlightened?” And he looked me right in the eye and he said, “Just this. Every day, just think about God and God will take care of everything else.”

So I packed up my cameras and my lights, and I went back to my home and studio and went into the darkroom and started developing the pictures, and I decided that day that I would follow Gopi Krishna’s advice. Every day, as often as I can, I think about God. I think about what’s God doing today? Where is he? What is he thinking? What is he thinking? How can I reach him?

Every question that I can imagine, and sometimes everything that I can say to God, I do. And I have been doing this now for 30 years, and I can tell you from my own experience that regardless of religion or the doctrine or the mandatory beliefs, God has made it simple for us to get to where he wants us to be. All we have to do is think about God. It couldn’t possibly
be more simple.

Now I can tell you from my own experience that, as a result of that, I’ve reached places I never dreamed I would reach. I have hope that doesn’t cease, and I have a sense that I’m making progress far, far, far greater than I could have done by listening to somebody’s dogma or somebody’s religious requirements or beliefs.

It’s very simple. God wants you to get to where he wants you to get, and if you think about him, he’ll reveal to you, step by step, exactly how to get there with nothing else required.

So I thought I’d share this little note from the Masters Class with you. It’s been a critically important issue in my life, and perhaps when you hear this, you’ll think about, gee, it wouldn’t be so hard to think about God every day, and it isn’t, and it won’t be. So thanks. We’ll see you next time.