From Jagged Little Pill to Flavors of Entanglement. Â Part 1. Alanis Morissette and Ken Wilber Seven-time Grammy Award winner Alanis Morissette takes us on a tour of her life and career by sharing how the threads of her life have increasingly come together into one integral tapestryâ€”where once there may have been jagged fragments, we can now see conscious and playful entanglement with all of lifeâ€¦.Who:Â Alanis Morissette, seven-time Grammy Award winner and creator of the best-selling debut album of all time (Jagged Little Pill), and Ken Wilber, founder of Integral Institute and author of more than two dozen books (most recently, The Integral Vision). Summary:Â Alanis Morissette is one of those rare souls who has been brave enough to live, learn, and grow in the public eye, over the course of eleven albums, starting with Alanis, when she was just seventeen.Â Now, with her latest albumâ€”Flavors of Entanglementâ€”near completion (no release date yet, sorry!), Alanis and Ken explore how her personal and professional life has increasingly reflected an integral impulse towards embracing as much of the human experience as possible.Â In one of the many light and humorous moments of this dialogue, Alanis shares that she gets bored hanging around with people who have less than a "multi-tentacled" approachâ€”truly one of the most original, and funny, ways we’ve ever heard someone express their understanding an integral life.Â Â One of the fascinating elements of this dialogue is that the discussion of Alanis’s personal and professional life meshes into one unified story.Â Her art is a reflection and expression of who she is, who she has been, and who she’d like to beâ€”truly an astonishing feat, given that most of what the music industry produces is a superficial shimmer of human drama and emotion, not the deep, complex, and passionate narrative that life really is.Â As Ken shares, Alanis recently told him that she thought her purpose was to "connect the human and the divine," a remarkably succinct summary of what art has the power to do, and, indeed, is one of its highest purposes.Â Â Â Alanis, with a laugh, says she’s "always had a little love affair with God," although, she reflects, God is also the first thing to go when she gets stressed.Â Here, Alanis and Ken both share their deep appreciation for the role that shadow work can have in helping one have a clearer connection with ever-present Spirit, and also in just leading a happier, healthier life.Â Ken goes on to mention that, in today’s world, "God has a serious PR problem."Â The mainstream media simply doesn’t know the difference between contemplative, liberating, "experience it for yourself" spirituality, and dogmatic, mythic, "believe the Word or you’re going to hell" spirituality.Â Alanis, needless to say, is a radiant example of a spirituality that transforms, a spirituality that you feel and breathe and touch, where one is connected directly to the center of this conscious and living Kosmos.Â Why Integral?:Â In this dialogue with Alanis, an Integral Approach is particularly useful in understanding the various kinds and functions of shadow work and spiritualityâ€”two things that Alanis clearly considers fundamental to her own growth and development; and, of course, she’s right.Â In an Integral Life Practice, the four core modules considered essential to health and development are body, mind, spirit, and shadow.Â Having had to confront body-image issues as a teenage performer, and obviously possessing an extremely acute intellect, Alanis has intuitively been touching in on all four bases in her own integral life practice.Â Regarding shadow work, building on the crucial insights of therapies such as Gestalt, Ken mentions what he calls the "3-2-1 Process," one truly Integral way to approach one’s shadow elements.Â The process itself is pretty simpleâ€”face it, talk to it, be itâ€”but amazingly effective at getting at those aspects of your own psyche that you may be projecting onto othersâ€”and not just the darkness in you, but also the light.Â To learn more about the 3-2-1 Process, see the Integral Life Practice Starter Kit.Â An Integral Approach perhaps shines most brightly in how it illuminates the perennially thorny issue of spirituality and religionâ€”what it is, what it isn’t, and what it means in today’s world, as an integral part of the human condition.Â One of the simplest and yet most profound concepts in an Integral Spirituality is the difference between pre-rational spirituality (mythic, dogmatic, belief-driven) and trans-rational spirituality (contemplative, liberating, experience-driven)â€”and because both are non-rational, they are often confused and conflated, with disastrous results (this distinction is often called the pre/trans fallacy).Â To explore Integral Spirituality further, check out the essay "What Is Integral Spirituality?," Ken’s book Integral Spirituality, and the CD set The One Two Three of God (exploring not shadow work, but the 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-person dimensions of Spirit).Â
Love your way,Â Â Alan Davidson, founder of www.ThroughYourBody.com and author of Body Brilliance:Mastering Your Five Vital Intelligences (IQs)Â Dedicated to our healthy, happy, and prosperous world through the full enlightenment of every human being.Â Through Your Body 1103 Peveto St. Houston, TX 77019713-942-0923Â
LONDON ANNIE LENNOX is a worrier. She worries about victims of war, about African children with AIDS, about the poor and the homeless. She worries about the state of popular music, about every detail of her album packages and Web site, about her stamina as she gears up for an American tour after her fourth solo album, “Songs of Mass Destruction” (Arista), is released on Tuesday. One thing she doesn’t have to worry about is whether her songs move people. She can see that for herself. It happened, for instance, while she was rehearsing with her band just over a week ago, at a former biscuit factory in the dreary Bermondsey neighborhood of London. “Ah, this is the life of glamour,” she said wryly, with her Scottish burr. In her do-gooder mode, Ms. Lennox was about to headline a sold-out benefit concert at the Royal Albert Hall for Peace One Day. It’s an organization that achieved a United Nations resolution making Sept. 21 an annual day of peace, and it is now working to establish that day as a full-scale, worldwide cease-fire. Other people would do the speechifying at the concert. “At the end of the day, people just want to be entertained,” she said. So she was rehearsing a mini-set that tucked her new single, the hymnlike ballad “Dark Road,” between upbeat (but not necessarily cheerful) oldies dating back to her solo debut album, “Diva,” and her 1980s albums with Eurythmics. Midway through “There Must Be an Angel (Playing With My Heart),” which may well be an elegy masquerading as a love song, one of her backup singers suddenly heard the words anew and burst into tears. “The song just opens up,” Ms. Lennox said afterward. “That’s what you’re aiming for.” Click here to read the rest of this article:
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ITâ€™S been 25 years since the release of â€œBlade Runner,â€Â Ridley Scottâ€™s science fiction cult film turned classic, but only now has his original vision reached the screen. â€œBlade Runner: The Final Cutâ€Â â€” as the definitive directorâ€™s cut is titled â€” was scheduled to play at the New York Film Festival Saturday night, opens at the Ziegfeld in New York and the Landmark in Los Angeles on Friday, and comes out in December in a five-disc set with scads of extra features.Â
The film, based on Philip K. Dickâ€™s novel â€œDo Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?,â€Â takes place in Los Angeles in 2019. It follows a cop named Deckard (played by Harrison Ford) who hunts down androids â€” or, in the filmâ€™s jargon, replicantsâ€” that have escaped from their slave cells on outer-space colonies and are trying to blend in back on Earth. Whatâ€™s hypnotic about the film is its seamless portrait of the future, a sleek retro Deco glossed on neon-laced decay: overcrowded cities roamed by hustlers, strugglers and street gangs mumbling a multicultural argot, the sky lit by giant corporate logos and video billboards hyping exotic getaways on other planets, where most English-speaking white people seem to have fled. Click here to read the rest of this articel: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/30/movies/30kapl.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
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Alan my dear:
Yes, I read your wonderful tribute to Whisper; we made a donation in his name to the greyhound adoption people here in Houston — I didn’t know if they had notified you yet.
Do I have the four questions form for Byron Katie?
I just read the article you wrote about Whisper. I was once again in tears â€“ especially at the end.
Alan, these are your words from your heart.Â I love and support you in communicating your heartâ€™s feelings and message that Whisper was a big part of your life and your teacher.
Girrrllll, I never knew you thought you were a Cat Personâ€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦ HEHEHE
I love you,
Hi Alan.Â Wanted to see how you are doing.Â I am sorry for your loss.Â If there is anything I/we can do for you let us know.Â I’ve been thinking of you and Jim for days since I heard.Â
So sorry to hear about Whisper.Â What a great dog/friend he was.Â I will miss him.Â Â
Alan,Â Good Thursday morning. Rebecca and I just wanted to offer our condolences following the loss of Whisper. Reading your e-newsletter we both could tell how much you loved him. Â We’re thinking about you.Â All the best,Â
So sorry to hear of your loss.Â thank you for sharing it with us.Â CÂ
I just read through your latest newsletter and wanted to tell you how sorry I am to hear that Whisper has passed. I know how much you loved that baby. My thoughts are with you. Love, Gigi ________
Your tribute to Whisper made me cry just when I needed it.Â What a wonderful creature he was â€“ with something to teach all of us.Â Thank you for that, and much love,Â MaryScott _________________
We had our Travis for almost 17 years. I grieved hard for him. In Feb we adopted Travis 2 who I think is really Travis 1 in there back to be with me????? The universe is a mysterious and glorious place. Thanks for sharing!
I am so sorry to hear about Whisper.Â He was such a beautiful dog and we could all see how he was a wonderful friend to you.Â I’m sure Whisper is very thankful for all the love you gave him.Â May he rest in peace…
Oh Sweetie, Â I am so so sorry to hear about Whisper. Your tribute is very moving. My heart is breaking, too. Dogs are so much better people than humans are. I know Whisper appreciates your many years of loving care and he is all the better for having known you, too. You were indeed blessed and lucky to have found each other. My heart goes out to you. Â Love, KristiÂ _____________Â
Sorry to hear about Whisper.Â His obituary was touching.Â We can learn so much when we open our hearts.
All the best to you and Jim.
Lovely essay on Whisper.Â Very well-written.Â Bob
_______________Â Dear Alan,Â I was saddened to hear of Whisper’s passing.Â I remember him well.Â Your eulogy of him was so beautiful and fitting.Â While not a dog owner, I can relate to what you said.Â Heybro, Symbra and Frodo were my Whisper.Â Animals do teach us much if we are willing to learn.Â Thank you for sharing him.Love,JoanieÂ _______________Â
I’m so sad to hear about Whisper moving on to the spirit world. I’m glad I got to see him when I came to see you a month ago. He really was quite regal. There are so many things we can learn from our furry friends.
Although we can never forget such losses, we can only be eternally grateful for the chance to experience such a wonderful love. I’m sure he’s keeping an eye on you as we speak.
Oh, wow, Alan
that was a beautifully touching story about your Whisper.
It was sad to read of his passing, because you made him so real with your eloquent description of him. You made him feel like family to me, too.
It sounds like there won’t be another to take his place, but teachers come in all shapes and sizes, and usually without much fanfare or warning.
I wish joy to be in the majority for you now,
Thank you, Alan and Whisper, for sharing this story of this stage.Â My first, also large dog and I shared 16 years. When the vet came to our homeÂ in the fall of 1999 I had a similar experience. I took the puppy Chouette had accepted into the family to share his last months and my mother’s dog (my doggy brother) and walked on the beach to celebrate continuation and carrying Chouette lightly with us in our continuing Life.Â Rescue remedy may ease the nervous system’s transition.Â Much love and gratitude,Â Paris KielyÂ ________________Â
Alan, bless your heart. I am so sorry to hear about Whisper. He served you well and taugh you many lessons in life. I hope he is enjoying his rabbit chasing?
Alan, so very very sorry to hear about Whisper….I know what a chunk of the heart that leaves with the soul of your loss….I just had a beautiful friend of 16 1/2 years put down…it still hurts but atleast she doesn’t anymore.Â Take care and save another life by adopting…love Jeanie
________________Alan, I cried when I read about Whisper. He sounded so beautiful in body and spirit. I hold you in my heart right now. I know how painful this can be. How incredible are our animal companions – what sacred, precious teachings my cats have graced me with. Warmly, Jodine ___________
Wow… what a beautiful story about Whisper. I have tears in my eyes as I finish reading your email. What gracious joy and love between you and that will always remain. Isn’t life amazing that you found each other and shared such glorious years together.Â
Sending a warm hug your way.
_____________Â Alan;Â Thank you for sharing your journey with whisper. As an animal lover, cats mostly, I was touched and cried with you at the loss of this Buddha spirit. The love that you shared changed the energy in my otherwise hectic day. I love you and I hold whisper and all she represented in my heart.Â
________________Â Hi Alan,Â I just wanted to send my condolences to you and Jim on the passing of Whisper.Â I never met him, but through your beautiful story of his life I feel like Iâ€™ve know him for years.Â I hope one day I find a companion (whether it be dog or man) that loves me unconditionally and teaches me the things Whisper taught you.Â Love,Â David TrulyÂ ________________Â
I will miss that gentle soul, but I know that he was an old soul returning home after a great journey.
There were many times he would be in the massage room helping to create the ideal healing space – even when you were not there!
You gave him the perfect home, companionship & love.Â
So sorry for your loss,