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The Babemba Tirbe, Spiritual IQ, The Power of Love, and Forgiveness

Babemba Tribe~ Spiritual IQ, the Power of Love, and Forgiveness

Babemba Tribe~ Spiritual IQ, the Power of Love, and Forgiveness

In the Babemba tribe in Africa, when a person acts irresponsibly or unjustly, he/she is placed in the center of the village, alone and unfettered. All work ceases, and every man, woman and child in the village gathers in a large circle around the “accused” individual. Then each person in the tribe speaks to the accused, one at a time, about all the good things the person in the center of the circle has done in his lifetime. Every incident, every experience that can be recalled with any detail and accuracy is recounted. All his/her positive attributes, good deeds, strengths and kindnesses are recited carefully and at length. The tribal ceremony often lasts several days.

The tribe recognizes that the correction for non-integrous behavior is not punishment, but love and the remembrance of identity. They believe a friend, coach, or teacher, is someone who knows your song and sings it to you when you have forgotten it. They are not fooled by the mistakes you have made or the dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly; your wholeness when you are broken; your innocence when you feel guilty; and your purpose when you are confused.

One of the most important lessons we can learn from evolution is that we are related to all that lives. Consider the fact that your personal DNA is 99.99 % identical to the DNA of every other human being, and to all that has ever lived. Once we begin to include ourselves in the story that we are no longer on an individual journey, we have joined the grand caravan of “endless forms -most beautiful and wonderful”. This is cooperation and collaboration at its core essence.

So, I encourage all to offer some time to BE with your fellow travelers (friends and “strangers” alike) this week, reminding each other that we are one beautiful family on an unprecedented journey back home. – ~Sheryl Sever

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The 12 Fabulous Gays of Christmas

Love your way… you are Brilliant!

Alan Davidson


Alan Davidson is the author of the Free report

“Body Breakthroughs for Life Breakthroughs: How to Peak Your
Physical, Emotional, Mental, Moral, and Spiritual IQs for a
Sensational Life” available at www.throughyourbody.com

Alan is also the author of Body Brilliance:
Mastering Your Five Vital Intelligences (IQs)


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Barefoot Doctor’s~ Magnetic Personal Power: Eight Principles to Transform Your Life

Barefoot Doctor’s~ Magnetic Personal Power: Eight Principles to Transform Your Life

Join us for a Webinar on December 7

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Barefoot Doctor shows you how to transform your life with eight simple principles with  some simple sound and movement exercises. These eight principles are the pillars for The School for Warriors. Combined with the Five Element exercises, the Eight Principles and their exercises create a powerful map for your personal transformation.


Barefoot Doctor’s~ Magnetic Personal Power: Eight Principles to Transform Your Life


Monday, December 7, 2009


7:00 PM – 8:30 PM GMT

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Big Mind/Big Heart Meditation: Genpo Roshi and Bill Harris Come to Houston October 2009

Genpo Roshi and Bill Harris in Houston, TX

Genpo Roshi and Bill Harris in Houston, TX

by Bill Harris

I’ve been telling you about the Big Mind / Big Heart
program I’ve been doing with Zen Master Genpo
Roshi for some time now.

Well, if you’ve ever wanted to attend, but were stopped by
cost, I’ve got some amazing news for you…

We’ve negotiated some really incredible deals in Houston
for our next Big Mind event. Between that and Genpo and
I slashing our own expenses to the bone, we can offer you
the experience of a lifetime for…

ONLY $397! (After $100 early registration discount.)

That’s right. You can participate in the most amazing and
transformative experience of your life for a mere $397.

You know, I’ve been doing these Big Mind programs with
Genpo Roshi for quite a while now. And the results people
get from the Big Mind process are so utterly amazing, I
wish everyone I know could experience it.

Honestly, wouldn’t you love to enjoy that certain level
of peace of mind, oneness with the universe, and
increased success that comes with a more complete
understanding of who you are and your place in this

That (and a whole lot more) is what you’ll get from
participating in Genpo’s Big Mind, Big Heart program.

Frankly, I can’t think of anything I’ve done in the
last 30 years that rivals the experience Genpo Roshi
and I have created for you in this two-day event.

Oh, it’s not just me blowing my own horn (although
I’m not opposed to that). Check out a few comments
from past Big Mind attendees…

“Hi Bill, I was one of the 220 participants in the two
day workshop of Big Mind/Big Heart. I can attest that
all you say is true. It is a mind blowing experience, and
like the gift that keeps on giving – days after I am still
basking in the glow.” –April

“I have been in the audience of many wonderful teachers,
but nothing in my experience compares with this last
weekend. I had no expectations really (except my usual
nagging feelings of self doubt i.e. I won’t be able to get
this,). I must admit that my mind is still trying to figure
out what took place.

Its still hard for me to put into words, but I can say the
experience and clarity is beyond any doubt. I must truly
say that this is THE most extraordinary experience of my
life so far.” –Richard

“For someone who lives in their emotions, this may
seem phony at first. But actually, it is quite liberating.
It freed up a lot of stuff for me, just to see that it
was possible to live in a different way.

Would we attend another conference? Absolutely.
Why? Because it’s a great thing to participate in:
the group dynamic, Genpo Roshi, Bill Harris. Did
anyone mention that Bill and Genpo are funny
together? They can almost go on the road with
a standup routine.” –Sandy

“I knew very little about Zen or Genpo Roshi; signed
up intuitively. I’ve been meditating, attending
growth seminars, workshops, studying, seeking, for
40+ years and most recently Holosync-ing, which I
Love! AND I was completely amazed to be in Big
Mind, experiencing the Transcendent State, feeling
Bliss and One With Everything completely out of
ego state within the first 5 or 10 minutes of Genpo’s

Exhillerating! Such an elegant, simple process,
masterfully facilitated by Genpo Roshi and also
Bill,at the end of the 1st day I realized a lifetime
of shame and accompanying shallow breathing had
been released. My body still feels very light and fully
“breathed,” effortlessly, with an added measure of
Happiness, Joy; Far less “grasping” at what I thought
was ‘Reality.’ –Jani

As you can see, these workshops provide an amazing,
life-changing experience.

I’d love to add your glowing comments to the
rapidly expanding list of people blown away by
this experience.

If you’re at all interested in spiritual awakening and
spiritual growth, I urge you to attend this incredible

Due to the bad economy, I’ve quite literally slashed
the cost for you to come to our next Big Mind/Big Heart
weekend workshop in Houston, TX. on October 24th
and 25th, 2009.

In fact, you can come to one of THE most beautiful cities
in the world and have a life-changing experience…

….for less than half of what others have paid.

Look. Even if you’re just a little bit curious, go to:
http://www.centerpointe.com/bigmind/houston to find out
more, or, better yet, go ahead and reserve your seat.

As I said, to help you out in these uncertain financial
times, the tuition for this event (if you register soon) is
the lowest we’ve ever offered. It’s a full $600 off the
$997 others have paid.

Finally, you can still bring a spouse or partner for less than
half the already discounted tuition of $497. If you split the
cost, two of you can come for only $322 each. See more
details at: http://www.centerpointe.com/bigmind/houston.

Please keep this in mind… at this outrageously discounted
price, a sell-out is quite likely (prior Big Mind events sold
out without the extra discount). So please don’t wait too
long to enroll.

Also, if you register right away, you’ll receive a copy
of Genpo Roshi’s amazing book, Big Mind, Big Heart
plus a collection of my articles about spiritual growth,
Oneness Isn’t Metaphysical.

So, if you’re interested, please register right away.

I know what an amazing effect Genpo Roshi has had
on my life and my own growth. Now I want to share
him with you. Please do whatever it takes to be with
us in Houston, TX on October 24th and 25th.

To reserve your seat, go to:
right now, while you’re thinking about it. If you have
questions, please call Kelli at 503-906-6026.

Genpo and I look forward to helping you take your
life to a whole new level.

Be well.


P.S. Remember, you must register now in order to
guarantee your seat. Bring your spouse and they can
come for less than half the regular tuition. Don’t miss
the opportunity to spend two incredible days with Zen
master Genpo Roshi and me in a relatively small and
intimate setting.

So go to: http://www.centerpointe.com/bigmind/houston
and register right now.

Rough Guide to Transformation

When Martin Amis gave a central character in his scabrous, compulsive novel “Money” the name John Self, he was showing (or showing off) the impenitence and outsize ambitions of his satire on materialism and the ego. When Geoff Dyer, in his profoundly haunting and fearless new novel, gives his protagonist the name Jeff Atman — invoking the Hindu word for the true and universal self — he’s doing something much more subtle and original.

Dyer’s trademark wit and uniqueness, in fact, surround you before you’ve even turned to the first page: the first half of his title, “Jeff in Venice,” at once offers a quippy come-on and announces he’s going to subvert and update the classic novella by Thomas Mann (putting the self, or anti-­self, in place of death); the second half, “Death in Varanasi,” alerts you that he will extend his hyper-­contemporary search all the way to classical India, playing off one Old World city of palaces against another and propelling his story into the domain of Allen Ginsberg and all those other loose-limbed seekers who have turned that holy city of Hinduism into a backpacker’s Vatican.

To bring Mann and Ginsberg into the same sentence, to summon and advance European high culture with a slacker casualness, to mix a with-it, slangy, trans-Atlantic prose with the concerns of classic fiction (about self and morality and God): such are the novel fusions that Geoff Dyer has made defiantly his own. Ever since his book “But Beautiful” (1991), a set of audacious riffs on some of the great American jazz musicians, he has been unapologetically deploying his wry, often hilarious Englishman’s sensibility in the service of a distinctly New World sense of spiritual yearning and possibility.

Not all his efforts succeed — sometimes, as in “The Ongoing Moment,” his recent book on photography, he lapses into sub-­Sontagian critical prose, and occasionally his take on tuning in and dropping out feels like a roach smoked once too often. But the joy of his writing at its best lies in not knowing what’s coming next, and in the fluent way it throws irreverence and transport together with a confessional ease that reflects the spirit of the age. His new book, which is Dyer at his very best, allows Jeff Atman to turn himself inside out and remind us that “it’s possible to be a hundred percent sincere and a hundred percent ironic at the same time.”

“Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi” could as easily be called “Samsara and Nirvana” and stripped of its “novel” label (if you forget that Philip Roth, V. S. Naipaul and W. G. Sebald, among distinguished others, have all made fiction out of slightly displaced counterlives and protagonists who sound like themselves). Jeff, in other words, feels a lot like Geoff: an all-purpose writer for the high-end British papers and a determined idler whose love of freeloading can never quite conceal his hunger for something deeper and more transcendent.

In the first half of the novel, he goes to Venice to cover the Biennale art exhibition on a journalist’s boondoggle that quickly turns into a quest to score as much sex, drugs and other low-end fun as possible. Along the way, in a style that’s reminiscent of Colson Whitehead’s “John Henry Days,” the narrative has fun with the meta-ness of contemporary pseudo-events: everybody is planning a dinner for the artist Ed ­Ruscha, and hustlers selling fake handbags on the street turn out to be an “installation.”

Venice, in this scheme of things, is the last word in worldliness, allowing Jeff to stumble from extended sex scenes with a beautiful American (of course) stranger to cocaine revels on a yacht to a shared joint with a laid-back Englishwoman of an earlier generation. Like every Dyer alter ego, Jeff lets us in on his neuroses and fecklessness with a tricky candor that never quite disguises his alertness to the sense that “even the fake holy men” in a certain kind of place “were genuine.” One kind of reader will happily follow the scenes of getting wasted to their inevitable dead end, while another will notice the sly delicacy with which Jeff — dyeing his hair before he sets out; wondering if he’s too old, at 45, to be ogling teenagers; and standing transported before Tintoretto’s painting of the Crucifixion — is paying quiet homage to the Mann story that marks a small climax, perhaps an elegy, to a certain type of 20th-century culture.

Then, out of nowhere, the scene changes to a mirror-city of dilapidation and drifting Charons, where people go to die, Varanasi; and Jeff, in another incarnation, is being sent by a London paper to write a travel piece on the ancient anarchy where breakdown and breakthrough are hard to tell apart.

As he falls into the Lonely Planet rhythm of bhang lassis, trance-y concerts and visions of computer games called “Varanasi Death Trip,” Jeff as we know him begins to give out altogether. One reader will notice how, in place of Mann’s beautiful boy, Dyer gives us a dreadlocked and nose-studded guesthouse druggie. Another will register that the real death being described here is, exhilaratingly, the death of craving, of intention, even of self. In unmaking his ego, Atman earns his name.

As it happens, I’ve spent quite a bit of time recently in both cities of Dyer’s title, and it’s common in Varanasi to hear travelers compare its labyrinths of narrow alleyways, its fading facades along the water, its ferryboats and its air of having been crumbling forever to Venice. (In Venice, alas, hardly anybody talks of Varanasi.) If you read the cult figures of the Ganges, like the English poet Lewis Thompson or the obsessive photographer-­essayist Richard Lannoy, you’ll see that the dissolution of self is almost the standard fear (or hope) of Varanasi, and sinking into the mud is, as Lannoy puts it, “an indispensable rite de passage.

But in this rough guide to transformation, Dyer marks all the distance between decaying and mere decadence. Besides, his originality has always lain less in his perceptions than in the quirky, homemade forms he finds for them, and the grown-up eye and sympathy he brings to the youthful urge for something better.

Six years ago, Dyer took the first step toward his latest book with “Yoga for People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It,” in which he seasoned antic accounts of travels in Libya and Detroit with a surreptitiously visionary essay about his pilgrimages to the Burning Man festival in Nevada. Here, he has taken that sensual and allusive mix and turned it into art, by giving it a single flowing narrative, a deep and uncensored sense of engagement and a complex structure that replays the stories of Somerset Maugham and Henry James among today’s global nomads without trying to make too big a deal of it.

Until “Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi” — or “Burning Man on the Ganges,” as it could also have been called — I never dreamed that a kind of Dantean comedy could be made out of fights in A.T.M. lines and monkeys filching sunglasses. But it can. In the weeks since I devoured “Jeff in Venice,” I don’t think a day has passed without my thinking back to it.

Click here to purchase Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi by Geoff Dyer

Pico Iyer’s most recent book, “The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama,” has just been released in paperback.

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