Matthew Stelzner In this video I share my general feelings about equinox season, and I specifically discuss my personal relationship to the sign Libra, with its many gifts and blessings. I think equinox points are natural times for turning inwards for self-reflection. These are times of balance between night and day, balance between the extremes of Winter and Summer, and they offer ideal conditions for balanced consideration of anything you are wishing to explore and make important decisions about. To check out more of my work, see my blog, and get information about my intuitive readings, visit my website at: http://stelz.biz/ I have an equinox promotion with discounts on my readings available through this Friday the 1st. In order to be eligible for the promotion you will need to be on my email list. Link below. Sign up for my mailing list here: http://stelz.biz/register-for-my-emai… If you sign up for my mailing list you will also receive my newsletter and special promotions. Check me out on Instagram where you will find unique content that is not shared here: @tarot_and_lola
John Salisbury One of the original Angry Young Men along with luminaries such as John Osbourne (see Thomas Maschler’s book Declaration), Colin Wilson first tasted fame with his book The Outsider, a treatise on outsider genius. As is the way, the mainstream elitist press turned on this working class self taught prodigy and hounded him out of London’s class based literary scene. He fled to the West Country and London’s loss was Cornwall’s and The World’s gain. For over 50 years and 150 books he led us through science fiction (Mind Parasites) and esoteric knowledge (The Occult Trilogy). Truly a man before his time, in the age of The Internet, his philosophy will inform us for centuries to come. Strange is Normal is a late documentary containing interviews from his home in Cornwall with himself and his wife Joy. Note: There is background music to some of the interviews. Anyone handy with a film editor feel free to remove and upload.
THE HEAVENS—Concerned that the prehistoric reptiles’ behavior had gotten out of hand, God, Our Lord And Heavenly Father, told reporters Friday that He was considering moving dinosaurs to a separate part of His Kingdom. “It was fine 200 million years ago when there were only a few of them here and there, but now there are dinosaurs everywhere you look, and they’ve developed a bad habit of grabbing angels by the wings and thrashing them to pieces to feed to their young,” said The Creator of All Things, adding that on most days you could hardly hear the bells of St. Peter over all the roaring and agonized pleas for mercy. “In truth, it’s not really fair to the dinosaurs either—they deserve their own unpopulated section of Heaven to freely roam around in. Otherwise, they’ll just keep trampling our gardens, terrifying the souls of the blessed, and leaving desiccated cherub carcasses lying around everywhere. And nobody wants that.” God went on to say that if He couldn’t find a place for dinosaurs in Heaven, He hadn’t ruled out the possibility of relocating them back to Earth.
SEPTEMBER 24, 2021 (counterpunch.org)
The upcoming PBS documentary Cured begins by compelling us to experience, at a visceral level, just how much Americans hated and feared homosexuality. Not that long ago, there was no public outcry directed at governments that had declared homosexuality a crime, churches that had declared homosexuality a sin, and psychiatry—the focus of Cured—that had declared homosexuality a sickness.
Cured is the story of how gay activists forced the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in 1973 to rescind its declaration that homosexuality is a psychiatric illness and, ultimately, to remove it from their DSM manual of disorders. Cured is a powerful piece of filmmaking, and I suspect that even if one has neither a personal reason to be thankful for the bravery of these gay activists nor a personal reason to be appalled by the arrogance and barbarism of psychiatry, one may still well be touched by filmmakers Bennett Singer and Patrick Sammon’s documentary, scheduled to be broadcast on PBS’s Independent Lens on October 11 (National Coming Out Day).
Barbaric is a strong word, but Cured viewers will not consider it to be an unfair description of psychiatry’s “treatments” for homosexuality, which included talk therapy but did not stop there. Cured graphically details the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), commonly known as electroshock, to “cure” homosexuality,” as filmmakers pull no punches showing just how traumatizing and brain injuring ECT was for its victim patients. Another commonly used “treatment” was “aversion therapy,” in which electric shock to the genitals and/or nausea-inducing drugs were administered simultaneously with the presentation of homoerotic stimuli; and psychiatry also attempted to “cure” homosexuality with castration and lobotomy.
Beyond the emotional experience of disgust and horror that one feels in viewing psychiatry’s homosexuality “treatments,” on an intellectual and political level, Cured is an important film for two reasons. On the surface, Cureddescribes a pivotal event in the movement for LGBTQ equality, rights, and de-stigmatization. Below the surface, Cured will help critical viewers understand why this gay activist victory over the APA remains such a pivotal event for individuals today who may not be LGBTQ but who feel dehumanized by psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.
There have always been normal human variations that have caused fear and rage in the majority of society; and institutions such as government, organized religion, and psychiatry have been charged with reducing such societal tension. What is particularly irrational about society today is that so-called “well-educated” individuals continue to persist in their belief that labeling individuals with such variations as “mentally ill” will eliminate societal stigma for them. Recent history tells us not only does such mental illness labeling maintain and even increase societal stigma, but that for those who accept their sickness branding, what ensues is a crippling belief that their fundamental humanity is defective. This is a truth that gay activists brought to public attention in their battle against psychiatry, as journalist and gay activist Ron Gold famously scolded the APA, “Stop it, you are making me sick!” Gold then offered some common sense to a psychiatry profession lacking any: “The worst thing about your diagnosis is that gay people believed it. Nothing makes you sick like believing you are sick.” Sadly, this is a truth that has been re-buried.
In the battle to liberate homosexuality from a psychiatry profession that claimed it was capable of “curing” it, we see astronomer Frank Kameny, one of the most influential gay activists in U.S. history, declaring psychiatry to be a “shabby, shoddy, sleazy pseudoscience masquerading as science.” As a scientist, Kameny was a powerful figure insisting society recognize that mental illness declarations were the result not of any kind of science but of politics, and as such, could only be abolished by political activism.
Gay activists such as Ron Gold and Frank Kameny are heroes today not only in the LGBTQ community. They are also heroes for other individuals who today feel that they too have been made to feel defective by a non-scientific psychiatric label for their tension-producing normal human variations. I know these individuals well.
When DSM-III was published in 1980, homosexuality was no longer listed because brave and well-organized gay activists—assisted by a changed cultural climate—had enough political clout to intimidate psychiatry into abolishing this insult to their humanity. However, psychiatry quickly turned to an even larger population, one with little potential for organizing and no such political clout—children and teens.
In the 1960s and 1970s, not all that radical was the idea that it is quite normal for many young people—especially critical thinkers and artistic souls—to feel alienated and oppressed by standard schools; but beginning in the 1980s, this commonsense wisdom had begun to be replaced by the psychiatric wisdom that a failure to adapt to one’s schooling is a symptom of mental illness. Today, young people who refuse to pay attention in the classroom are diagnosed with “attention deficit hyperactivity disorder” and put on Adderall or some other such speed; shy school-resistant youngsters are diagnosed with “social anxiety disorder” and put on Paxil or some other such antidepressant; stubborn noncompliant young people are diagnosed with “oppositional defiant disorder” or some other such “disruptive behavioral disorder” and placed on a variety of drugs. And what would have been completely bizarre fifty years ago is the now increasingly popular psychiatric illness of “pediatric bipolar disorder,” in which even five-year olds are placed on antipsychotic drugs based on their failure to “regulate their moods” in a manner that doesn’t put adults out of control.
In my clinical practice, I talk to Gen Xers and Millennials who, when children, were given these mental illness diagnoses and drugs, and they, similar to Ron Gold, tell me that the worst thing about their diagnosis was that they believed it. No psychiatrist told them that it is perfectly normal for many children and teens to feel alienated and oppressed in school and to behave in the manner that they did. As adults, they routinely forgive their parents for being frightened by society into believing that without psychiatric treatment that their lives would be unhappy ones, but they do not forgive psychiatry for exploiting their parents’ fears.
There is today another population who are as angry with psychiatry as those earlier gay activists who defeated the APA; but unlike children and teenagers, this group is increasingly politically organized and utilizing gay activists’ successful model of resistance against psychiatry. This population consists of “voice hearers,” whose voice hearing is deemed by psychiatry as a major symptom of schizophrenia, but deemed by themselves as a meaningful human experience. If you want to get a sense of the damage created by psychiatry’s standard treatment for voice hearers and the meaningfulness of such voices for them, check out the Eleanor Longden TED talk “The Voice in My Head” (which currently has received more than five million views on that site alone).
Dutch psychiatrist Marius Romme, in contrast to the overwhelming majority of his colleagues, has championed the idea that hearing voices is a normal, albeit unusual, human variation, and he has challenged the notion that it is a characteristic of serious mental illness. Romme along with journalist Sandra Escher and ex-psychiatric patients have created the Healing Voices Network. Similar to how gay activists depathologized, normalized, and destigmatized homosexuality with the help of Alfred Kinsey’s studies that showed gay fantasies and experiences are more widespread than previously acknowledged—Kinsey is discussed in Cured—the Healing Voices Network reports there is a great deal of research showing the widespread nature of voice hearing, which is termed by psychiatrists as “auditory verbal hallucinations” (AVH). A major 2013 review of these studies concluded: “Epidemiological studies have estimated the prevalence of AVH to be between 5 and 28% in the general population.” Most importantly, among those who hear voices, the difference between those who are diagnosed as ill and “treated” versus those who never encounter psychiatry is highly related to how positively (e.g., a meaningful experience) or negatively (e.g., a symptom of schizophrenia) voices are experienced.
There are two opposite models of how to destigmatize people whose human variations have caused fear, rage, and extreme tension in the majority of society. There is the model promulgated by the APA and the major institutions of psychiatry—one of viewing these variations as an “illness like any other” with the belief that societal acceptance of “illness” diminishes stigma. In contrast, there is the model asserted by the gay and voice hearer activists—a model that depathologizes and normalizes human variations. History tells us which model works. Specifically, diagnosing homosexual thoughts and behaviors as illnesses to be treated did not reduce stigmatization but instead routinely worsened it. What has majorly reduced stigmatization of homosexuality is society viewing it as a normal human variation.
When I heard that a film was in the works that was fiercely critical of the APA’s treatment of homosexuals, I wondered if it would ever get seen, and when I heard it was to be broadcast on PBS’s Independent Lens, I became curious as to how the filmmakers had pulled this off. After all, in contemporary American culture, critics of the psychiatry-pharmaceutical industrial complex are routinely branded as “pill shamers,” and—in the manner analogous to anti-war activists being red-baited as communists—coupled with goofy Scientology cultists.
So how did Cured filmmakers get their documentary aired? On the Cured website, at the bottom of its homepage is the following: “Outreach and Engagement Sponsorship Provided by the American Psychiatric Association Foundation” (the “Corporate Alliance” of the American Psychiatric Association Foundation lists as its “Grand Patrons” and “Patrons” several pharmaceutical corporations, including those that manufacture psychiatric drugs). From the looks of Cured, its filmmakers received the message that the only way they could show just how unscientific, arrogant, and barbaric psychiatry was in its treatment of homosexuals fifty years ago was to paint a picture of current psychiatry being a completely different institution, one that includes openly gay psychiatrists in leadership positions in the APA.
I have no idea whether Cured filmmakers merely sensed the heavy hand of the APA or if they were in fact slapped into line with it, but I suspect that in at least one instance, it was the latter. Specifically, at film’s end prior to the roll of credits, a disclaimer states: “Electroconvulsive therapy is no longer used to ‘cure’ LGBTQ people in the United States, but it continues to be used as an effective treatment for severe forms of depression.”
The question many film viewers may ask is “Why was that disclaimer inserted?” After all, the film makes it obvious that the APA abolished homosexuality as a mental illness, and thus obvious that electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is no longer used by psychiatry as a “treatment” for homosexuality. Obvious, at least to me, necessary for the APA—which continues to promote ECT—is the phrase in that statement that ECT “continues to be used as an effective treatment for severe forms of depression.”
Given the focus of Cured, I have a difficult time believing that the filmmakers, on their own, felt obliged to proclaim that ECT is an “effective treatment for severe forms of depression.” This claim is, at best, a controversial distraction to the message of their film, and worse, a claim that is disputed by the research. A 2019 review of the research on ECT effectiveness for depression reported that there have been no randomized placebo-controlled studies (ECT versus simulated/sham ECT) since 1985. The reviewers assessed those studies that were done prior to 1985 (five meta-analyses based on 11 studies) are of such poor quality that conclusions about efficacy are not possible. The authors concluded that given ECT’s uncontroversial adverse effect of permanent memory loss (and its smaller risk of mortality) that the “longstanding failure to determine whether or not ECT works means that its use should be immediately suspended until a series of well designed, randomized, placebo-controlled studies have investigated whether there really are any significant benefits against which the proven significant risks can be weighed.”
Psychiatry today parades public testimonials for ECT, but keep in mind that when ECT was used to “cure” homosexuality, some of these “treated” patients privately thanked their psychiatrists. All testimonials, pubic and private, are what genuine scientists call “anecdotal evidence,” which is not considered to be scientific evidence.
Given the amount of gut-wrenching footage in Cured devoted to the traumatizing and brain-damaging ECT “treatment” for homosexuality, it would not surprise me that the APA communicated to the filmmakers, directly or indirectly, the following: either remove that ECT footage in Cured, or put in that disclaimer, or we will diagnose your film as “irresponsible.”
If in fact this is the way it played out—and I have absolutely no idea what actually did transpire—I am glad that the filmmakers chose what I consider the “lesser evil” option of the disclaimer, as Cured with its ECT footage needs to be seen. Had the filmmakers asked me what the hell they should do, I would have suggested inserting a “wink” in the disclaimer that would have made it clearer that a gun had been pointed at their heads, something like this: “Electroconvulsive therapy is no longer used to ‘cure’ LGBTQ people in the United States, but it continues to be used as an effective and lovely treatment for severe forms of depression.”
Bruce E. Levine, a practicing clinical psychologist often at odds with the mainstream of his profession, writes and speaks about how society, culture, politics and psychology intersect. His most recent book is Resisting Illegitimate Authority: A Thinking Person’s Guide to Being an Anti-Authoritarian―Strategies, Tools, and Models (AK Press, September, 2018). His Web site is brucelevine.net
The Secret of the Golden Flower: A Chinese Book of Life
The Secret of the Golden Flower, is a Chinese Taoist book about meditation, was translated by Richard Wilhelm (also translator, in the 1920s, of the Chinese philosophical classic the I Ching). Wilhelm, a friend of Carl Jung, was German, and his translations from Chinese to German were later translated to English by Cary F. Baynes. According to Wilhelm, Lu Dongbin was the main originator of the material presented in the book. More recently (1991), the same work has been translated by Thomas Cleary, a scholar of Eastern studies. The text has also been considered as written by the Quanzhen School founder Wang Chongyang, student of Lu Dongbin.”
The Weekend University Get early access to our latest psychology lectures: http://bit.ly/new-talks5 Jung famously remarked that the majority of people who came to him were not suffering from any neurosis or other psychological disorder, but from a lack of meaning in their life. This, he said, was the central question in the second half of life, after one has already established oneself in the world. Material comfort and a high standard of living did not necessarily lead to happiness; indeed they often got in its way, and it was not unusual for seekers of meaning to put themselves in uncomfortable circumstances, because of an unconscious instinct that comfortable ones would kill them. But the challenge of meaning concerns our inner life, and Jung believed he had hit upon the mechanism through which a “flat, stale and unprofitable” life could be transformed into one of purpose and growth. This required a new alignment of the polarity between our conscious and unconscious minds, which would make things “just right.” Jung called this the Transcendent Function and this talk will focus on its part in Jung’s search for meaning. Gary Lachman is a founding member of the rock group Blondie, and now a full time writer with more than a dozen books to his name, on topics ranging from the evolution of consciousness and the western esoteric tradition, to literature and suicide, and the history of popular culture. Lachman writes frequently for many journals in the US and UK, and lectures on his work in the US, UK, and Europe. Links: Get our latest psychology lectures emailed to your inbox: http://bit.ly/new-talks5 Check out our next event: http://theweekenduniversity.com/events/ Gary’s books: https://amzn.to/2HBtxOH Gary’s website: https://garylachman.co.uk/
Op-Ed by Mike Zonta, BB editor
The root meaning of the word pandemic is “all the people.” But the history of that word pandemic leads us directly to its cousin word pandemonium, meaning “all demonic.”
Another term for pandemonium is “mob rule.” It’s democracy (rule of the people) but democracy of the worst sort.
It’s the demonization of each other on a mass scale.
So which came first? Our mutual demonization or the COVID-19 pandemic?
Jon Stewart jokes that “people owe a great debt of gratitude to science for helping ease the suffering of the pandemic, which was more than likely caused by science.”
So that’s the materialistic viewpoint. What is the ontological perspective? What is the perspective from the point of view of consciousness?
Well, consciousness comes first. That’s the point of view of ontology. That’s the point of view of consciousness.
So it was our mutual demonization of each other, in however that may have manifested, that came first.
Then came the pandemic.
And to get through the pandemic, we will need to get through our demonization of each other.
Rick Belden Rick Belden and Christopher Jamal Wilson talk about the need boys have for heroes (both real and fictional), the process by which they identify their heroes, some of the traps that come with both having a hero and trying to be one, and how understanding your own heroic models, impulses, and motivations can help you move forward more effectively with what matters most to you as a man. You can watch the second part of this conversation at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezFnm…. You can watch the third part of this conversation at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIhrR…. For additional information from Rick on this topic, see: * “My life with Iron Man” at https://bit.ly/36ac6ir * “Personal mythology and its relevance for men” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVXG1… Rick Belden is a poet, author, artist, and life coach who helps men who are feeling stuck get their lives moving again. For more information and to schedule a free discovery session with Rick, visit http://rickbeldencoaching.com. Christopher Jamal Wilson works to greater understand and expand human consciousness through his ventures as a student, coach, and entrepreneur. His content aims to document his journey of truth seeking in a way that adds practical value to the lives of others. To see more, visit https://www.chriswilsonfrequency.com. Follow Rick: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/RickBelden Twitter: https://twitter.com/rickbelden Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rickbeldenpoet Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rickbeldenc… Follow Chris: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6NO… Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chriswilson…
Theories of Everything with Curt Jaimungal And we go even deeper… Sponsors: https://www.projecttranscend.com/ for Transcend. https://brilliant.org/TOE for 20% off. http://algo.com for supply chain AI. Patreon: https://patreon.com/curtjaimungal Crypto: https://tinyurl.com/cryptoTOE PayPal: https://tinyurl.com/paypalTOE Twitter: https://twitter.com/TOEwithCurt Discord Invite: https://discord.com/invite/kBcnfNVwqs iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast… Pandora: https://pdora.co/33b9lfP Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4gL14b9… Subreddit r/TheoriesOfEverything: https://reddit.com/r/theoriesofeveryt… LINKS MENTIONED: -Part 1 with Leo Gura (watch first): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-w8k… -Raymond Smullyan “Is God A Taoist” reading: https://youtu.be/P-jh6tRh3Jw -Chris Langan interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-bRM… -Frank Yang (questions): https://www.youtube.com/post/UgwC63Ol… -Tyler Goldstein’s analysis of Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K52EW… -Fakery’s analysis of Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOJ5c… -Steve Scully’s TOE: https://www.cascadinguniverse.org/ -Unreleased and unlisted Matthew Phillips interview: https://youtu.be/DTC6ZW4_VKk THANK YOU: -Jess Palmer -Sam Thompson TIMESTAMPS: 00:00:00 Introduction 00:04:31 Reflections from Curt and Leo about the previous conversation 00:18:58 In non-dualism, why do some of the differences actually matter? Ex. Poison vs water. 00:26:14 Why can’t we imagine into existence whatever we like? 00:31:39 This life is a precious gift 00:38:55 “Definition of God” is the reverse of the problem 00:42:51 Dream analogy breaks because the congruity of experience of “waking life” is vastly higher 00:52:11 What is “real” vs “imaginary” 00:56:14 How do you convince someone with words when it’s experience we need? 01:06:51 Gödel and allowing contradictions — how does one argue anything? 01:10:36 Fractal nature of reality 01:13:18 Is “science” the problem? A counter view 01:20:42 Santa Claus vs Chapstick (which is real?) 01:29:41 It’s unlikely that the East is entirely correct — what about the West? 01:38:26 Consciousness is “evolving” toward something 01:44:23 Daniel Schmachtenberger 01:48:04 Mind uploading 02:10:59 Curt surmises death is the emergent property, not life 02:12:36 Frank Yang and comparing psychedelics 02:14:24 Belief vs Perception 02:25:27 Being humble and skeptical can be an ego-trap 02:28:41 Connection between fear and truth 02:34:07 Satan is that which doesn’t want to submit 02:50:36 How can God deceive God? 03:12:31 Jungian integration and God realization 03:17:20 Admitting your own lies 03:24:48 Temporality and sin / false 03:43:10 Isolating oneself as self-indulgence 03:49:28 If you truly thought *any* problem through, it would terrify you 03:53:24 Ego death 04:00:00 [Steve Scully] How do I get Leo or Curt (or anyone) to read my theory of everything? 04:11:12 How does Leo keep his head still 04:19:55 Spiritual bypassing 04:22:26 What’s the point of God realization if everything is the way it is 04:25:22 Jesus and Buddha 04:29:30 [ric erfv] Thumbnail choice 04:30:21 How does Leo prepare the talk for his video? Is there an outline? 04:34:41 UFOs, CE5 04:42:08 [Fakery] What is intuition and how does one develop it? 04:44:34 [Fakery] Cultivating beauty and the arts / aesthetic taste 04:50:48 [Pedro Gorilla] Has Leo been in a state of psychedelic-induced psychosis? Advice? 04:54:18 [Sam Thompson] Comments on Gödel and epistemology and Chris Langan 04:58:19 Experiencing without language 05:01:13 [Sam Challis] Meditation vs Psychedelics 05:05:16 [Marian-Alexandru Pisica] Is it possible to bring the relative to the Absolute? 05:18:42 [Michael Wirth] Leo’s thoughts on Ra Material 05:22:24 [Matt Aquino] Problem with Leo’s theory 05:25:09 [MacGuffin] Is Leo “chill” to hang out with? 05:26:52 [leododgewiper] Leo’s family taking psychedelics 05:27:36 [Noah Seip] Ask him what his first person experience of reality is at this moment 05:31:23 [Samuel Boucher] Narcissist trap of looking down on the lower levels of the spiral 05:37:09 Death penalty 05:43:49 [Park Avenue] Leo’s parents and upbringing 05:47:54 [Emir Çökekoğlu] “I can’t find motivation to improve my quality of life at the material / dual level…” 05:56:55 Leo’s role on Bioshock Infinite as a designer 06:05:55 Leo’s greatest “vice” 06:10:29 Veganism and porn 06:18:48 [Wordcounterino Kripperino] What is Leo’s morning routine? 06:22:22 [Carl-Richard Løberg] What attachment is holding Leo back? 06:27:08 Leo’s advice for Curt and Theories of Everything 06:40:56 [The Seer] Why didn’t religious leaders call themselves God if they were God realized? 06:45:10 [Peashooter] “Did Leo say he wasn’t sharing the most dangerous insight publicly?” 06:50:13 [Tim R] Leo addresses the entire human race in a one-minute speech 06:50:49 Final word to the audience and to Curt from Leo 07:00:17 Matthew Phillips of Transcend
Sounds TrueSounds True Pema Chödrön describes a liberating way to become intimate with our fears, instead of trying to get rid of or cast them out. Subscribe to Sounds True for more: http://bit.ly/2EAugMf Listen to From Fear to Fearlessness: http://bit.ly/2jg1nwI Get two free gifts from Sounds True: http://bit.ly/2hNCPur About Pema Chödrön Ani Pema Chödrön was born Deirdre Blomfield-Brown in 1936, in New York City. She attended Miss Porter’s School in Connecticut and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. She taught as an elementary school teacher for many years in both New Mexico and California. Ani Pema has studied with Lama Chime Rinpoche and Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. At the request of the Sixteenth Karmapa, she received the full bikshuni ordination in the Chinese lineage of Buddhism in 1981 in Hong Kong. Ani Pema served as the director of Karma Dzong in Boulder, Colorado and as the director of Gampo Abbey in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She is interested in helping establish Tibetan Buddhist monasticism in the West, as well as continuing her work with western Buddhists of all traditions, sharing ideas and teachings. Her non-profit, The Pema Chödrön Foundation, was set up to assist in this purpose. She continues to teach in the United States and Canada. She has written several books: The Wisdom of No Escape, Start Where You Are, When Things Fall Apart, The Places that Scare You, No Time To Lose, Practicing Peace in Times of War, How to Meditate, and Living Beautifully. All are available from Shambhala Publications and Sounds True. About From Fear to Fearlessness Where will we look when we are afraid? How do we find strength? In what can we place our trust? According to Tibetan Buddhism, there are four noble aspirations, known as the Four Great Catalysts of Awakening, which we can call on to cultivate strength and openness in any situation. From Fear to Fearlessness brings us into the company of beloved teacher Pema Chödrön to discover and cultivate these four immeasurables: maitri (loving-kindness), compassion, joy, and equanimity. They are our greatest antidote to fear, teaches Ani Pema. By practicing them, we begin to experience a supreme steadfastness and peace independent of conditions. Connect with us: Facebook: http://bit.ly/2XFIIeE Instagram: http://bit.ly/2UlEoiH Website: http://bit.ly/2tOl02d From Fear to Fearlessness, Published September 1st, 2003 Listen to the Audio program: Amazon http://amzn.to/2j9ktAe Barnes & Noble http://bit.ly/2jfTAPA Soundstrue.com http://bit.ly/2jg1nwI Audible http://adbl.co/2iGwGj6 iTunes http://apple.co/2hW2P6U FREE Introduction to Pema’s Online Course, “The Freedom to Choose Something Different” http://bit.ly/1EJV1WV