This article, written by Helen W. Mallon, points toward the need for a broader discussion on the topic of trauma. We hope this stimulates your thoughts and encourages a fresh conversation in the comments below this blog post about trauma within the context of spiritual teaching and guidance: Try telling a goldfish that it’s wet. Assuming you speak its fishy language, it’ll probably say you’re nuts. The water it depends on is so inextricable from its goldfish self that it can’t perceive water as a separate thing. It’s like what the spiritual teacher Adyashanti says about enlightenment. Our consciousness is our arena for awakening, yet consciousness so permeates our being that we can’t feel or grasp it. We can’t experience how obvious enlightenment is until our preconceptions are utterly confounded. The goldfish has to be tossed out of the bowl.
Thank you all for joining us for our online meeting event with our host, Rev. Dr. Kikanza Nuri-Robins. Please scroll down to watch the video replay.
In this ASI online meeting event we discussed our role as spiritual teachers in the context of a divided world.
- Learn the current terms and meanings of acronyms like DIBE and BIPOC
- Understand what it means to acknowledge tribal lands
- Unpack the ramifications of connecting spiritual values with social values
- Share best practices for leading meetings of people with disparate views
Video replay available here. This ASI online meeting featured the hosts of the Conspirituality podcast: Derek Beres, Matthew Remski, and Julian Walker. Their backgrounds are in journalism, cult research and philosophy. Their work together on Conspirituality is an exploration of where science, psychology, and spirituality overlap. Their research explores and explains why our current era of pandemic fears and political disillusionment makes some spiritual teachers and students susceptible to misinformation and cult-like thinking. It was an informative and exciting discussion, helping us be more aware of the contemporary phenomenon of conspiracies within the spiritual landscape.
Video replay is available for viewing here. This meeting was an exploration of our personal connections and responses to worldly and/or global issues. With openness and kindness of humility in action, let’s discuss our relationship with the world. Do we engage in social/political issues? Why and why not? Is your personal response a passive or an active one? Do spiritual leaders have a role to play in worldly issues? What models do we have for how that looks?
Thank you to all who joined us for this wonderful meeting with Swami Sarvapriyananda. Please scroll down to watch the video replay. Topic: Ethical Foundations of Nondual Spirituality Host: Swami Sarvapriyananda Date: September 28, 2020 Description: This conversation explored the …
In the following interview, ASI member Jac O’Keeffe dives deep with Phil Goldberg of Spirit Matters Podcast. They discuss Jac’s own spiritual journey and her role as a teacher in the evolving spiritual landscape. Jac recounts early experiences on the …
Following many hours of work, the ASI Code of Ethics and Good Practice has been considerably revised. We wanted to make the Code more concise and easier to read. This is our first significant revision, which we hope makes it a document that better reflects the culture of our community.
We are ready to offer it to you and our community for feedback and comments. Tell us what we missed or omitted. Tell us what needs expansion so that we can add supporting text where required. The Code will never be etched in stone. It is important to us that it continues to evolve, reflecting the needs and values of our sector.
By Stephen G. Post PhD, Maria E. Pagano PhD, Matthew T. Lee PhD & Byron R. Johnson PhD (2016). Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) offers a live stage to study how humility is worn by thousands for another day of sobriety and more freedom from the bondage of self. It has been the coauthors’ intent to emphasize the significance of humility as a cardinal virtue across the 12-Step program and as essential to all its key elements. The coauthors have placed this emphasis in the context of a wider theological history of thought as this converged on Bill W. and AA. In addition, the coauthors have offered a constructive developmental interpretation of the 12 Steps that relies on a model of four modulations of humility. Finally, the coauthors have reviewed in brief some approaches to the measurement of humility in this context, and suggest several aims for future research.
By Celia McBride. “Oh, I’ve had such a wonderful life,” says Doris, a grand lady in her early nineties whose family was part of the British aristocracy. I am sitting beside her on a pale green, silk couch in her assisted-living apartment, and we are surrounded by sophisticated art and unusual sculpture from around the world. Doris’s eighty-three-year-old boyfriend, Ben, whose family has hired me to accompany him for several hours a week, sits across from us. Often when I arrive to see Ben in his humble apartment on the ground floor of the building, he and Doris are spending time together at her more lavish place upstairs, and I end up accompanying the two of them.
Anastasia and the Ringing Cedars of Russia Books. Almost no one in the world has a clue about the most important things in life—how to live, procreate, eat and breathe at the highest, most divine, pristine levels of functioning, the inception and continuation of the mass control that has made us all slaves to a life-nullifying system, what a true, personal, divine dream for oneself might look like or how to truly make ourselves and our loved ones healthy, in abundance, closer and happy—until they’ve read The Ringing Cedars of Russia books. Because they, alone, spell out what we’ve all been given but has been purposefully buried, obscured and made unavailable within us for thousands of years.