Marja de Vries studied biology and ecology and worked more than 10 years as fabric artist. Looking for answers to the question “How can we, human beings, live in harmony with nature?” she visited several indigenous people and developed intuitive communication with nature.
Since 2003 she is fully dedicated to contribute to a worldwide tranformation and the creation of a world in which everything and everyone can live in harmony with all and everything. Because the way we teach and educate – together with the way we raise our children – plays a key role here, her focus was first mainly on the tranformation of learning and educations, so it will be more in line with who we and our children in essence are. Since the publication of her book The Whole Elephant Revealed in Dutch in 2007, of which already 10.000 copies are sold, she is an often asked for speaker and is invited by many different organisations to give a presentation. Most often she is asked to talk about the universal laws, but recently also about ‘Societies in Balance’ the subject of her second book she is still working on.
Marja speaks with Joanna about the principles of order, harmony and dynamic balance in Nature; restoring the dymanic balance between the masculine and the feminine; human being and Nature in a holistic worldview; “the original instructions;” wisdom traditions and the universal laws; epigenetics and quantum entanglement; different levels of reality; conscious evolution…
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Jeffrey John Kripal, Ph.D., is the J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Philosophy and Religious Thought (and Chairman of the Department of Religious Studies) at Rice University in Houston, Texas. His work includes the study of comparative erotics and ethics in mystical literature, American countercultural translations of Asian religions, and the history of Western esotericism from gnosticism to New Age religions. He is also one of the leading scholars at the Esalen Institute’s Center for Theory and Research. He is the author – among other books – of: “The Serpent’s Gift: Gnostic Reflections on the Study of Religion”; “Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion”; “Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred”; and his latest book “Mutants and Mystics: Science Fiction, Superhero Comics, and the Paranormal” (2011).
Jeffrey speaks with Joanna about the relationship between sexuality and mystical states – a western taboo, the “paranormal” as symbolic of emerging realities, “authorization:” taking responsibility for our cultural stories; his transpersonal life-changing experience in Calcutta; the essence of the Gnostic message; and mystics and superheroes…
Never Fall Down, a novel by Patricia McCormick based on the true story of Arn Chorn-Pond’s life, will be released May 8, 2012, by HarperCollins. Arn Chorn-Pond, founder of Cambodian Living Arts, is a Khmer Rouge genocide survivor and Human Rights spokesperson. The story begins when soldiers arrive in Arn’s hometown and he is just an eleven year old kid dancing to rock’n’roll and selling ice cream. The powerful narrative of Patricia McCormick, award-winning author, captures Arn’s voice perfectly as he figures out how to survive, play the Khim, and eventually how to adjust to life in America. The ALA Booklist review calls Never Fall Down “Powerfully, hauntingly unforgettable.” And Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu said, “Never Fall Down can teach us all about finding the courage to speak our truth and change the world.”
For more information about this book, read the interview of the author Patricia McCormick, or watch the short video introduction of the novel.
Dr. Robert K.C. Forman is a professor of comparative religions, (CUNY), and founder of the Forge Institute. He routinely gives lectures, trainings and workshops around the world. He was the co-founder and is executive editor of The Journal of Consciousness Studies, which has become the principle journal in the field. He is also the author of ten scholarly books on spirituality, mysticism, consciousness and world religions. His latest book is Enlightenment Ain’t What It’s Cracked Up To Be: A Journey of Discovery, Snow and Jazz in the Soul.
Robert speaks with Joanna about the soulful simplicity and beauty of everyday Enlightenment, the challenge and blessing of truth-telling, the relationship between psychology and spirituality, “spacious honesty”…
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