Monthly Archives: May 2011

Funny pugs: the sky is the limit 🙂 Or the space is the limit we can say… We start with Frank the Pug from the movie Men in Black is an extraterrestrial in disguise. Frank is played in both movies by a trained pug named Mushu with Tim Blaney providing his voice.

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Funny pug: videos with Funny pugs

Funny pug afraid of mini pug

Funny pug video: playing with baby

Batman pug

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Pug doritos

Pugapoo: Pug and Poodle

Funny puppy pug: pug’s identity crisis

The pug is a very small breed of dog. Pug’s signature signs: a wrinkly, short-muzzled face, and curled tail. Pug puppies are loveable and cute.

The breed has a fine, glossy coat that comes in a variety of colors, and a compact square body with well-developed muscle. Known in ancient China as lo-sze, they may have been responsible for both the modern Pekinese and King Charles spaniel. They have Chinese origins, but were popularised in Western Europe by the House of Orange of the Netherlands and the House of Stuart of England, Ireland and Scotland. These are some pug puppies videos and pug puppies pictures:

Teacup pug puppies: newborn pug puppies

Tiny white pug puppy video

Pug puppy pictures

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Advaita Vedanta means, literally, the “end or the goal of the Vedas”. Advaita means, literally, non-duality, and refers to the identity of the Self (Atman) and the Whole (Brahman). The key source texts for all schools of Vedānta are the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita and the Brahma Sutras.

The first person to explicitly consolidate the principles of Advaita Vedanta was Adi Shankara (788 CE – 820 CE), an Indian philosopher from Kerala who consolidated the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta. He travelled across India and other parts of South Asia to propagate his philosophy through debates and discourses.

As mentioned on Wikipedia: his works in Sanskrit concern themselves with establishing the doctrine of Advaita (Nondualism). He also established the importance of monastic life as sanctioned in the Upanishads and Brahma Sutra, in a time when the Mimamsa school established strict ritualism and ridiculed monasticism. Shankara represented his works as elaborating on ideas found in the Upanishads, and he wrote copious commentaries on the Vedic Canon (Brahma Sutra, Principal Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita) in support of his thesis. The main opponent in his work is the Mimamsa school of thought, though he also offers some arguments against the views of some other schools like Samkhya and certain schools of Buddhism that he was partly familiar with.

According to Eliot Deutsch and Rohit Dalvi, Advaita Vedanta has been influenced by Buddhism, specifically the Madhyamaka tradition: “In any event a close relationship between the Mahayana schools and Vedanta did exist with the latter borrowing some dialectical techniques, if not specific doctrines, of the former” and also “Gaudapada rather clearly draws from Buddhist philosophical sources for many of his arguments and distinctions and even for the forms and imagery in which these arguments were cast”.

However Advaita, and other traditions of Vedanta, officially base themselves chiefly on the teachings of the Upanishads, a collection of philosophical texts that include Pre-Buddhist, Buddhist era and Post-Buddhist texts. Radhakrishnan in fact considers the Buddha himself to be a part of the philosophical tradition that began with the earliest Chandogya and Brihadaranyaka Upanishads.

2011 Paradoxica Nondual Psychology Conference: June 16 & 17
Anderson Hall 100, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA

Nondual authors and presenters invited include Jerry Katz, Scott Kiloby and Karen McPhee for 90 minute experiential workshops as well as returnees Will Joel Friedman, Trent Leighton, Brian Theriault, and Gary Nixon. Honore France & Carmen Rodriquez will also be doing a special presentation on First Nations awakening.

Presentation Program (Preliminary)
Thursday — June 16

9:00 a.m. Opening

9:10 a.m. Gary Nixon, Ph.D. University of Lethbridge, Alberta. Embracing the Ongoing Art of Dying: Working through Issues of Mind, Heart, and the Guts after Awakening.

10:10 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. KEYNOTE PRESENTATON: Jerry Katz, Halifax, Nova Scotia. What is Nonduality All About?: A Tour of the Landscape.

Noon Lunch Break

1:00 p.m. Brian Theriault, MEd., Winnipeg, Manitoba. Dancing in a Trembling Universe: Abiding in Nondual Consciousness.

2:00 p.m. Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D. Psychologist, Pleasanton, California. After Awakening: Pointers to Lives Lived in Silent Profound Presence.

3:15 p.m. Break

3:30 p.m KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Honore France, Ph.D. & Carmen Rodriguez, Ph.D., University of Victoria. Within Inidgenous Context: Transpersonal , Circle Work and the Medicine Wheel.

4:30 p.m. Pearl & Aldeene, Calgary, Alberta. The True Trinity.

5:30 p.m. Wrap up for day

Friday — June 17

9:00 a.m. KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Scott Kiloby. Natural Rest: Finding Recovery Through Presence.

10:30a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. Trent Leighton, Ph.D. Beyond The DSMIV TR: A Nondual Approach to Mental Health Issues.

11:45 a.m. Lunch Break

1:00 p.m. Jason Solowoniuk, MEd. & Arron Kardolus-Wilson. Beyond Gender Transition: A Nondual Approach to the Releasement from the Trap of Identity.

2:15 p.m. Break

2:30 to 4:00 p.m. Karen McPhee. DoItYourSelf Realization: Ending the Search by Recognizing True Nature.

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Wine and Cheese Closing Celebration.

Speakers in Order of Appearance:

1) Gary Nixon, Ph.D. is a transpersonal psychologist, and has been on faculty with the Addictions Counselling Program at the University of Lethbridge since 1998. Gary has been influenced by a long line of Eastern and Western nondual teachers such as Osho, Krishnamurti, Trungpa, Adi Da, Papaji, Nisargadatta, Adyashanti and the works of western transpersonal writers such as Wilber, and Almaas. Gary is passionate about the transformatinal opportunity of abiding in nondual being in day to day life, and enjoys putting out the invitation of the realization of the open secret of nondual being to people without old time notions of rarity and exclusivity. He has been facilitating nondual groups over the last ten years.
Title: Embracing the Ongoing Art of Dying: Working Through Issues of the Mind, Heart, and Guts after Awakening

Even after so-called “awakening”, fixated concepts, understandings, knowledge and subtle graspings of self in the mind, dark emotions and stories around the heart, and primal fears around self survival, all need to be continued to let go of, to enjoy the gaze of eternity and the sublime radiant mystery in each moment. The opportunty and invitation after awakening is to emmbrace the ongoing art of dying and lettng go as we see how we continue to grasp and hold on in even subtler and subtler ways.

2) Jerry Katz hails from Halifax, Nova Scotia. As a child, Jerry Katz became fascinated that he was simply aware. Up to age 10, he received spontaneous initiations into his existence as I Am. In 1977 he became stabilized in the knowing of I Am. Some years later that knowing dissolved. In 1997, he envisioned a globally understood and accessible nonduality. At the time, nonduality was a word and teaching associated with academia, ashrams, and certain scriptural works. Katz saw the possibility of a nonduality talked about at kitchen tables and in supermarket line-ups. Toward realizing this vision, in 1998 Katz started the first independent nonduality website ( and email forum (Nonduality Salon). Both are still active. He has written over a hundred book reviews and is editor of The Nonduality Highlights newsletter and the book, One: Essential Writings on Nonduality. Katz’s vision of an accessible nonduality is manifesting into a reality. Along the way, he has shaped a landscape of nonduality characterized by the elaboration of nondual perspectives, and by adding the names of ordinary people to lists of famous sages. In these and other ways he is showing that nonduality is a commonplace teaching intended for everyone. There are now many brands of a people’s nonduality. Katz supports, promotes, and encourages them all.
Title: What Is Nonduality All About?: A Tour of the Landscape

The primary inquiry of this session is, “What is nonduality all about?” The primary activity of this session is to tour of part of the landscape of nonduality. How is nonduality defined?What is the timeline of what may be called the nonduality movement over the last hundred years?What are some nondual perspectives? As these questions open to vast rooms of knowledge, attendees will be encouraged to contribute to the details and development of the main points. All the while, the primary inquiry, “What is nonduality all about?”, will be a constant reminder for one’s consideration. Is nonduality about nondual knowledge? What’s going on in the world of nonduality these days and what part are you playing? This session will orient attendees to the expanding world of nonduality. Whether one is inclined to shout out that there’s no such thing as nonduality, or whether one is inclined to intentionally practice and teach methods of nondual awareness – or both … or neither – this session will leave attendees confident about shaping and re-shaping the landscape of nonduality without losing the sense of what nonduality is all about. (Or with the loss of the sense of what nonduality is all about. Nonduality can be known as a tricky world once one constructs a land within it and tries to reside there.) Join us at the Paradoxica 2011 Conference in the never-never-land of nonduality. An emphasis will be upon the nondual perspectives of literature, music, ecology, and you.

3) Brian Theriault M.Ed. C.C.C. Brian has been on a moment to moment paradoxical journey of awakening where the peaks and valleys of ordinary life do not have to be sought for nor renounced but met with the open clarity of who and what we are as human beings. Brian embraces a nondual-transpersonal approach in his clinical work counselling clients in Stage II and III addiction recovery and trauma resolution work. He resonates with the profound mystical teachings of Osho, Lau Tzu and Zen.
Title: Dancing in a Trembling Universe: Abiding in Nondual Consciousness

There is a saying in the nondual community that if you really want to know how awake somebody is, just go ask their partner. Awakening to the truth of who we are can be a tremendously exhilarating experience but the rubber really hits the road when we begin to abide in this realization in our everyday lives. Dishes need to be done, bills need to be paid and relationships need attending to. Even though we may have had a huge awakening experience the separate self can continue to resurrect itself in many ways. Just when we think we have it all figured out, life has a way of crashing down on us and tossing us right back into the dream state of separation. The next moment is never guaranteed. And so, a “second descent” is called for where we allow the gift of awakening to penetrate every facet of our beings; where we embrace the paradox that the self, which does not exist, strangely, still has to surrender and give itself up in each and every moment. How awake we are right now, this very moment, becomes the question. The teachings of Lao Tzu invite us to consider embracing the wisdom of insecurity, love and humility; whereby we are simultaneously anchored in the absolute nature of who we are and vulnerable to the natural rhythms of ordinary living. This presentation will consist of discussion, sharing and a question period.

4) Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D. is from Pleasanton, California, U.S.A. Will Joel Friedman is a journeyman psychologist, licensed since 1987 and working in the field of Psychology since 1977. He is doing what works in standing in awareness, honoring intuitive wisdom, and moving with the flow of Spirit. He practices Presence-centered therapy with a strong emphasis upon nondual presence, witnessing, inquiry approaches (e.g., belief-role-story-pattern-identity deconstruction), EMDR, building strong internal resources and emotional capacities, taking in the good, and sensory awareness/ experiencing. This one still knows nothing. He welcomes, surrenders and celebrates everything, purely engaging in being and doing what is loved. No one in particular home, only Home. He is on the Editorial Board of Paradoxica: Journal of Nondual Psychology. Will welcomes feedback directly—email: drwilljoel@comcast.netThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and the website:
Title: After Awakening: Pointers to Lives Lived in Silent Profound Presence

This presentation is an experiential, interactive, and conversational approach with openness for questions and answers. Psychiatrist, author and Buddhist meditation teacher Jack Engler (2004) observes qualities that keep us alive, are of the awakened mind and cultivate awakening, specifically joy, generosity, compassion, curiosity, truthfulness, serenity, equanimity, wakefulness, one-pointedness, and impeccability. Muriel Rukeyser declares: The universe is made of stories, not atoms. Dovetailing Engler’s and Rukeyser’s inspirations, in Friedman’s presentation, each quality is evoked and embodied in transpersonal anecdotes and a Zen/ Sufi contemporary universal story. These lived experiences all point to the timeless, awakened Presence that exudes service and contribution, kindness and gratitude while Being, Love and Awareness itself, are effortlessly unveiled in the ever-present, transparent True Nature.

“The energies that keep us alive are joy, generosity, compassion, curiosity, truthfulness, serenity, equanimity, wakefulness, one-pointedness, and impeccability—the qualities of mind that Buddhist teaching sometimes calls paramitas, or perfections, or sometimes bojjhangas, the factors of enlightenment. They are qualities of awakened mind as well as qualities that can be cultivated to aid awakening.” —Jack Engler, “Just As It Is”, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Spring 2004

5) Honoré France and Carmen Rodriguez: Dr. Honoré France (Ani-yun-wiya First Nation), Ph.D. primarily teaches courses in group dynamics, multiculturalism and research methodology. His current research and teaching interests are cross-cultural issues, Islamic identity, ecopsychology, counselling residential school survivors and child development. He has presented over fifty scholarly papers in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia; published over eighty articles and studies; and has written several books on counselling issues and practices. His newest textbook, Nexus: Transpersonal approaches to groups, was published in the spring of 2002 by Temeron Books. He is a tenured professor at the University of Victoria, sits on the editorial board of Guidance & Counselling and works as a facilitator for Inter-Tribal Health Authority.

Dr. María del Carmen Rodríguez de France, Ph.D. has been a visitor on this land for the past 14 years. Of Kickapoo First Nation and Spanish ancestry, Carmen was born and raised in beautiful Monterrey, México. Her career spans twenty-five years with participation in a broad range of educational, community service, and research activities. Carmen holds a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology and a Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies both from the University of Victoria where she now facilitates courses on Indigenous Knowledge in the capacity of Assistant Professor in the Indigenous Education Unit housed in the Faculty of Education. Additional to facilitating courses at the university, Carmen has worked with Aboriginal youth and adults in diverse teaching and clinical contexts, Tsa-kwa-luden Healing Lodge (Cape Mudge Reserve), and has published articles on similar topics.
Title: Within Indigenous Context: Transpersonal, Circle Work and the Medicine Wheel

The Transpersonal psycho-therapeutic approach embraces the holistic philosophy of Indigenous healing, which offers, along with the inclusion of traditional practices a cultural sensitive basis for working with a variety of issues, including addictions, abuse and constructive living in “both worlds.” As Indigenous therapists, we describe our work with Indigenous clients in leading healing circles in which we use art, dreams, drama, nature and storytelling among other strategies to help clients find meaning and a new way of being in the world as an Indigenous person. We will use clinical examples of our work as it applies to issues around addictions, along with other challenges having to do with marginalization and historical trauma. An understanding of Indigenous philosophy and demonstrated strategies is important for helpers working in the Indigenous community.

6) Pearl Yip is a satsang teacher and the author of Journey to the Eternal: Returning Home to God. She also works jointly with her healing partner to facilitate Healing Satsangs with Divine Beings and Ascended Masters. During Healing Satsangs, Pearl uses her gifts of sight and Divine connection to lead the sessions into healing stillness.

Aldeene has been working with the Divine Realm for approximately 8 years. Before she ventured into this healing work, she tuned into the Angelic Realm to help people.
Title: The True Trinity

The True Trinity is between Outer Consciousness, Inner Beingness, and the Physical Body; one needs to be connected to all three to journey to Oneness.

7) Scott Kiloby, Creator of the Natural Rest Presence Method. Scott Kiloby is reaching out to all people who are suffering or seeking or cannot seem to find fulfillment in this life no matter where they go or what they do. He is communicating to them that freedom is available and that it is actually contained in their very presence, yet it is overlooked. The benefits of recognizing presence are living with a mind that is at peace, a heart that is full of love and compassion for others, and an end of looking for happiness outside ourselves. Scott Kiloby is the author of Love’s Quiet Revolution: The End of the Spiritual Search and Reflections of the One Life: Daily Pointers to Enlightenment. He is also the creator of a new addictions recovery method called the Natural Rest Presence Method. His book, by the same name, is scheduled for release in 2011. Scott’s main website is It contains writings, videos, and audio interviews with a wide diversity of teachers, authors, scientists, and psychologists. Scott travels across the U.S. and overseas giving talks in which those attending experience nondual presence. In these meetings, positions and beliefs are challenged, including beliefs about the self, others, and the world, and also our ideas about spirituality. This leaves those attending completely open to allow the present moment to unfold in a new way, free of identification with thought. The point of the meetings is to allow each person attending to go home and uncover for themselves the freedom inherent in presence.
Title: The Natural Rest Presence Method: Finding Recovery Through Presence

After a twenty year battle with addiction, Scott Kiloby began to seek healing in a different way. Instead of turning away from negative thoughts and feelings of the past and looking toward the future for release, he began to face his suffering directly. Scott made a dramatic shift by allowing all negative and positive energies of thought, emotion, and sensation to be as they are. He began to rest and recognize presence as the stable foundation in which these energies temporarily come and go. Through inquiring into the nature of the belief in separation and how it arises, whilst making presence primary in his life, Scott discovered that the key to release from the addictive cycle exists in the one place addicts refuse to look—the present moment.Throughout the years, as Scott began to write and talk on the subject of nonduality in the United States and overseas, he remained silent about what he had discovered regarding freedom from addiction. He couldn’t find the right words. In the Spring of 2010, those words began to flow, culminating in a new book called, The Natural Rest Presence Method. Scott will be speaking at the Paradoxica Nondual Psychology conference on June 16, 17, 2011 on this subject.

8) Trent Leighton PhD. has spent his professional career dedicated to the development of a mental health model based upon the nondual realizations of the World’s enlightened and awakened masters. The evolution of this process has taken him through a wide breadth of spiritual and psychological teachings that have been “lived” in the lab of daily life and translated into effective counseling practices. After years of creating a successful private practice in New York City, Trent just recently finished two years working with indigenous villages in rural Alaska applying the realizations of nonduality to those struggling with active addiction, and now has moved to Lethbridge.
Title: Beyond the DSMIV TR: A Nondual Approach to Mental Health Issues

Originally published in 1952 with 108 diagnoses, the diagnostic statistical manual of mental disorders, or “DSM”, has since ballooned into the bible of western psychology; replete with over 365 official diagnoses and five major revisions. At the heart of this “A-theoretical” tome is the largely unquestioned assumption of a separate personality base, or self, inflicted with everything from depression to body dysmorphia, mania to munchausen’s by proxy. Utilizing the core nondual awareness that a separate identity can’t exist within the unicity of the Absolute, this presentation will reconfigure the “DSM” in light of the absence of a phenomenal personage to have a mental disorder. Tracing the multi-axial system of diagnosis backward, a new horizon of possibility will be opened up that views mental maladies as the inherent consequence of establishing an individualistic identity that is not possible and, in fact, is the very origin of suffering.

9) Jason Solowoniuk MEd., C.C.C. Ten years ago, after a collision with the infinite, Jason went on a journey to understand the ego’s dissolution. Filled with fear, panic, and anxiety, but swept under a current of noumenal energy Jason has learned to relax into being and through perpetual surrender has utilized the teachings of non-being integrating them into his counselling and teaching philosophy. He currently conducts research and teaches in the Addictions program at the University of Lethbride, while practicing Nondual psychotherapy at Lethbridge Family Services, in Lethbridge Alberta, Canada.

Arron Kardolus-Wilson. Following decades of seeking and finding divinity in the world, Arron realized that this same divinity was at the core of her being. Aaron is now on a journey of deconstructing the illusions of separateness and is very grateful for the supportive role played by Jason’s Nondual psychotherapeutic approach. In the hopes of applying her growing wakefulness and not-yet-abiding nondual awareness to both education and vocation, Arron is starting undergraduate studies at the University of Lethbridge this fall.

Title: Beyond Gender Transition: A Nondual Approach to the Releasement from the Trap of Identity

This presentation will illuminate the Nondual psychotherapeutic approach in the transformation and releasement from a gendered identity and embracement of Nondual beingness. Elucidation of the therapeutic process will be presented by both client and therapist highlighting key client insights arising from clinical sessions and transpersonal shifts experienced outside of therapy that continue to shape a context for living a life informed by Nondual awareness.

10) Karen McPhee spent many years on a spiritual path, eventually finding her way to the teachings of Eckhart Tolle. In 1999, Eckhart invited Karen to teach on his behalf. Since that time, she has continued to deepen her understanding of the true nature of existence. Her message is that freedom is here now as one’s abiding nature. Through direct investigation, this nature is recognized. This recognition naturally brings about an end to suffering and seeking.
Title: DoItYourSelf Realization: Ending the Search by Recognizing True Nature

When we cease relying on external authorities (teachers, teachings, etc.) only then can we truly recognize our abiding nature and thereby end seeking and suffering. In this satsang, Karen will invite you into the recognition of your natural state of ever-present, radiant freedom. This is an immediate recognition, not a long, drawn-out process. There is no theory or teaching offered, but rather the direct experience of the non-dual state.

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In today’s society, there is much concern about the dissolution of the conventional core family structure, and the societal values associated with it. The family is seen as the primary, most basic venue for acquiring such life skills as caring, sociability, responsibility, stability and concern for others. The increasing unrest and lack of direction exhibited by many young people today seem to validate these concerns.

At present, it is necessary for both husbands and wives to work. Monetary economics have to a large extent undermined family cohesion. Parents lack adequate time to spend with their children, and they are constantly stressed by ever-rising medical bills, insurance payments, educational expenses, and the high cost of living. It is in this area that one of the most profound benefits of this new civilization could be realized. The proposed shorter workdays would provide more time for family relationships. Free access to goods and services would make the home a much more pleasant place, with the removal of economic stress that causes so much family turmoil.

With the enhanced level of sociability that would naturally come from not having to compete for access to goods and services, we would see a tendency toward extension of the family unit into the community. As may already be observed in other cultures, the rearing and development of children would become the responsibility of both the family and the community at large.

With the elimination of debt, the fear of losing one’s job will no longer be a threat; this assurance, combined with education on how to relate to one another in a much more meaningful way, could considerably reduce conflict and stress both mentally and physically. When education and resources are available to all without a price tag, there would be no limit to the human potential.

The fear of uniform behavior in a cybernated resource-based economy of the future is unfounded. The only uniformity one would find would be a concern for the environment and the importance of extending maximum courtesy to all nations and to one another. All would likewise share an intense curiosity for all that is new and challenging. With a better understanding, people could possess a flexibility of outlook unknown in previous times, free of bigotry and prejudice. In addition, the people of this innovative society would have concern for their fellow human beings, and for the protection, maintenance, and stewardship of the Earth’s natural environment. Additionally, everyone, regardless of race, color, or creed would have equal access to all of the amenities that this highly productive culture could supply.

In more advanced and humane systems of education people would acquire this new type of value system. They would also realize the many advantages of cooperation rather than competition. In a society without vested interest it would be impossible to harness the talents of scientists and technicians to engage in weapons research or any other socially hostile endeavor. We call this approach “functional morality.” This newer, more humane, and more productive approach would advocate finding non-military solutions to international differences. This calls for a global view, which would be a considerable improvement over narrow national and self-interests. We could use knowledge and information as tools that would be surrendered when evidence of more appropriate methods are introduced.

Some people question the morality of seemingly receiving something for nothing. At a recent college lecture one student was opposed to the idea of “getting something for nothing.” I then asked him if he were paying his own way through school, or if his parents were paying for him. He admitted that his parents were. I also pointed out that if he really did believe that people should not receive something for nothing, then in the event of the death of his rich relative he would prefer that their inheritance be left to the heart or cancer fund, rather than being passed on to him. But the student, needless to say, was opposed to this idea.

By merely being born in a developed country, we have access to many things that we put no effort whatsoever towards, such as the telephone, the automobile, electricity, running water, etc. These gifts of human ingenuity and invention do not degrade our lives, but rather they enrich and enhance us. What degrades us is our lack of concern for those unfortunate enough to experience poverty, hunger, and homelessness. The social designs that are proposed in this writing merely provide the opportunity for individuals to develop their fullest potential in whatever endeavor they choose without the fear of loss of individuality or submission to uniformity.

A resource-based economy by definition includes the participation of all people in its benefits. In a monetary system there is an inherent reason for corruption and that is to gain a competitive advantage over someone else. Without vested interests or the use of money, there is no benefit to squelching one’s opinion or falsifying information or taking advantage of anyone. There would be no need for any underlying rigid social barriers that would limit the participation of anyone or restrain the introduction of new ideas. The main objective is the access of information and the availability of goods and services to all people. This would enable people to be prepared to participate in the exciting challenges of this new society A resource-based economy could create an environment that would encourage the widest range of individuality, creativity, constructive endeavor, and cooperation without any kind of elitism, technical or otherwise. Most significantly, a resource-based economy would generate a far different incentive system, one based on human and environmental concern. This would not be a uniform culture but one that is designed to be in a constant process of growth and improvement.

As we enhance the lives of others, protect our environment, and work toward abundance, all our lives can become richer and more secure. If these values were put into practice it would enable all of us to achieve a much higher standard of living within a relatively short period of time–one that would be continuously improved. At a time when commercial institutions no longer exist, the necessity for prisons, lawyers, advertisements, banks and the stock exchange will serve no useful purpose. In the society of the future, in which the monetary system of scarcity has been surpassed by a resource based economy and most physical and creative needs are met, private ownership as we know it would cease to be a necessity to protect one’s access to goods and services. The concept of ownership would be of no advantage whatsoever in a society of abundance. Although this is difficult for many to imagine, even the wealthiest person today would be immensely better off in the highly productive resource-based society. Today in developed countries the middle class live far better than kings and the wealthy of times past. In a resource based economy everyone would live richer lives than the powerful and wealthy of today, not only materially but spiritually as well.

People would be free to pursue whatever constructive field of endeavor they choose without any of the economic pressures, restraints, debts and taxation that are inherent in the monetary system of today. By constructive endeavor, we mean anything that enhances the lives of the individual and others while protecting the global environment. When education and resources are available to all without a price tag, there would be no limit to the human potential. With these major alterations people would be able to eventually live longer, more meaningful, healthier and productive lives. In such a society, the measure of success would be based on the fulfillment of one’s individual pursuits rather than the acquisition of wealth, property, and power.

Published with permission from the author: Jacque Fresco, Founder of The Venus Project,

It is claimed that the so-called free-enterprise system creates incentive. This may be true, but it also perpetuates greed, embezzlement, corruption, crime, stress, economic hardship, and insecurity. In addition, the argument that the monetary system and competition generate incentive does not always hold true. Most of our major developments in science and technology have been the result of the efforts of very few individuals working independently and often against great opposition. Such contributors as Goddard, Galileo, Darwin, Tesla, Edison, and Einstein were individuals who were genuinely concerned with solving problems and improving processes rather than with mere financial gain. Actually, very often there is much mistrust in those whose incentive is entirely motivated by monetary gain, this can be said for lawyers, businessmen, salesman and those in just about any field.

Some may question that if the basic necessities are accessible to all people, what will motivate them? This is tantamount to saying that children reared in affluent environments, in which their parents provide all the necessary food, clothing, shelter, nutrition, and extensive education, will demonstrate a lack of incentive or initiative. There is no evidence to support this fallacious assumption. There is overwhelming evidence to support the facts that malnutrition, lack of employment, low wages, poor health, lack of direction, lack of education, homelessness, little or no reinforcement for one’s efforts, poor role models, poverty, and a bleak prospect for the future do create monumental individual and social problems, and significantly reduce an individual’s drive to achieve. The aim of a resource based economy is to encourage and develop a new incentive system, one no longer directed toward the shallow and self-centered goals of wealth, property, and power. These new incentives would encourage people to pursue different goals, such as self-fulfillment and creativity, the elimination of scarcity, the protection of the environment, and the alleviation of suffering in their fellow human beings.

People, provided with good nutrition in a highly productive and humane society, will evolve a new incentive system unattainable in a monetary system. There would be such a wealth of new wonders to experience, explore, and invent that the notion of boredom and apathy would be absurd. Incentive is often squelched in our present culture, where a person dare not dream of a future that seems unattainable to him or her. The vision of the future that too many see today consists of endless days of mindless toil, and a wasted life, squandered for the sake of merely earning enough money to survive from one day to the next.

Each successive period in time creates it’s own incentive system. In earlier times the incentive to hunt for food was generated by hunger; the incentive to create a javelin or a bow and arrow evolved as a process supportive to the hunt. With the advent of an agrarian society the motivation for hunting was no longer relevant, and incentives shifted toward the cultivation of crops, the domestication of animals, and toward the protection of personal property. In a civilization where people receive food, medical care, education, and housing, incentives would again undergo change and would be redirected: People would be free to explore other possibilities and lifestyles that could not be anticipated in earlier times.

The nature of incentive and motivation is dependent upon many factors. We know, for example, that the physical and mental health of an individual is directly related to that person’s sense of self-worth and well-being. Furthermore, we know that all healthy babies are inquisitive; it is the culture that shapes the particular kind of inquiry and motivation. For example, in India and other areas of great scarcity there are many people who are motivated not to accumulate wealth and material property; they renounce all worldly goods. Under the conditions in which they find themselves, this is not difficult. This would seem to be in direct conflict with other cultures that value the accumulation of material wealth. Yet, which view is more valid? Your answer to this question would depend upon your frame of reference, that is, your culturally influenced value-system.

Many experimental psychologists and sociologist have shown that the effects of environment play a major role in shaping our behavior and values. If constructive behavior is appropriately rewarded during early childhood, the child becomes motivated to repeat the rewarded behavior, provided that the reinforcement meets the individual needs of the child. For example, if a football were given to a child who is interested in botany, this would not be a reward from the child’s point of view. It is very unfortunate that so many individuals in our society today are not appropriately rewarded for their creative efforts. In some instances individuals are seemingly able to overcome the shortcomings of their environment in spite of an apparent lack of positive reinforcements. This is due to their own “self-reinforcement” in which they can see an improvement in whatever activity they are engaged in, and achieve an intrinsic sense of accomplishment; their reinforcement does not depend on the approval of others, nor on monetary reward. Those children who do depend on the approval of a group tend to be afflicted with a sense of low self-esteem, while children who do not depend on group approval usually acquire a sense of self-approval by improving upon their own performance.

Throughout history, there have been many innovators and inventors who have been ruthlessly exploited, ridiculed, and abused while receiving very little financial reward. Yet, they endured such hardship because they were motivated to learn and to discover new ways of doing things. While creative individuals like Leonardo de Vinci, Michelangelo, and Beethoven received the generous sponsorship of wealthy patrons, this did not diminish their incentive in the least. On the contrary, it empowered them to reach new heights of creativity, perseverance and individual accomplishments.

This is a difficult concept to grasp because most of us have been brought up with the value system that has given us a set of notions about the way that we ought to think and behave about money and motivation. These are based upon ancient ideas that are really irrelevant today.

It has been stated that war generates creativity. This deliberately falsified concept has no basis in fact. It is government financing of war industries that helped to develop many new materials and inventions. There is no question that a saner society would be able to create a more constructive incentive system if our knowledge of the conditions that shape human motivation were applied.

In this new social arrangement of a resource-based economy, motivation and incentive will be encouraged through recognition of, and concern for, the needs of the individual. This means providing the necessary environment, educational facilities, nutrition, health care, compassion, love, and security that all people need.

Published with permission from the author: Jacque Fresco, Founder of The Venus Project,

Is consciousness an epiphenomenal happenstance of this particular universe? Or does the very concept of a universe depend upon its presence? Does consciousness merely perceive reality, or does reality depend upon it? Did consciousness simply emerge as an effect of evolution? Or was it, in some sense, always “out there” in the world? These questions and more, will be answered in the current special edition of “Consciousness and the Universe“, edited by Sir Roger Penrose and Stuart Hameroff.

Topics of the journal, which you can read on , include:

I. Cosmology of Consciousness

Consciousness in the Universe: Neuroscience, Quantum Space-Time Geometry & Orch OR Theory Sir Roger Penrose, and S. Hameroff, M.D., Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. In press

II. Brain and Mind

The Neuroanatomy of Free Will: Loss of Will, Against the Will, “Alien Hand” Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. 4441-4460.

The Dissipative Brain and Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics Walter J. Freeman, Ph.D., and Giuseppe Vitiello, Ph.D., Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. 4461-4468.

Conscious States Are a Crosstalk Mechanism for Only a Subset of Brain Processes Ezequiel Morsella, Ph.D., and Tiffany Jantz,, Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. 4469-4471.

Brain, Consciousness, and Causality Andrea Nani, Andrea E. Cavanna, Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. 4472-4483.

Quantum Mind from a Classical Field Theory of the Brain P. Zizzi, Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. In Press.

III. What is Consciousness

Does ‘Consciousness’ Exist? William James, Ph.D, Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. 4484-4495.

The Stream of Consciousness William James, Ph.D, Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. 4496-4508.

What Does Consciousness Do? Howard Shevrin, Ph.D., Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. In Press.

A Mindful Alternative to the Mind/Body Problem Ellen Langer, Ph.D., Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. In press

Consciousness: Solvable and Unsolvable Problems Prof. Dr. Etienne Vermeersch, Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. 4509-4515.

Decoding the Chalmers Hard Problem of Consciousness: Qualia of the Molecular Biology of Creativity and Thought Ernest Lawrence Rossi & Kathryn Lane Rossi, Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. In press

Protophenomena and their Physical Correlates Bruce J. MacLennan, Ph.D, Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. 4516-4525.

The Spread Mind: Seven Steps to Situated Consciousness Riccardo Manzotti, Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. 4526-4535.

What Consciousness Does: A Quantum Cosmology of Mind Chris J. S. Clarke, Ph.D., Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. 4536-4541.

IV. Consciousness and Thought

The Stream of Thought William James, Ph.D, Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. 4542-4576.

Origins of Thought: Consciousness, Language, Egocentric Speech and the Multiplicity of Mind Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. 4577- 4600.

V. The Neuroanatomy of the Unconscious

Freud & Jung Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. In press

The Limbic System & the Unconscious Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. In press

VI. Remote Consciousness

Non-Locality, Cognition, and Cosmic Structures Paul Bernstein, Ph.D., Rudolph Schild, Ph.D., Metod Saniga, RNDr, Petr Pracna RNDr, Luboš Neslušan RNDr, & Kala Perkins, Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. 4601-4615.

Detecting Mass Consciousness: Effects of Globally Shared Attention and Emotion Roger Nelson, Ph.D., Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. 4616-4632.

VII. Self-Consciousness – Dissociated, Shared, Near Death Consciousness

The Consciousness of Self William James, Ph.D, Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. 4633-4683.

Cosmological Implications of Near-Death Experiences Bruce Greyson, Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. 4684-4696.

Consciousness — What Is It? Shared Consciousness, Twin Consciousness, Near Death L. Dossey, B. Greyson, P.A. Sturrock, and J. B. Tucker, Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. 4697-4711.

Consciousness, Dissociation and Self-Consciousness Ellert R.S. Nijenhuis, Ph.D., Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. 4712-4727

Science and the Self-Referentiality of Consciousness Michel Bitbol, Ph.D., and Pier-Luigi Luisi, Ph.D., Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. 4728-4742.

Near Death Experiences and the 5th Dimensional Spatio-Temporal Perspective Jean-Pierre Jourdan, M.D., Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. 4743-4762.

VIII. Dreams, Hallucinations & Altered States of Consciousness

The Dream of Dreaming Chuang Tzu, Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. In press

The Psychoanalysis of Dreams Sigmund Freud, Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. In press

Dreams, Hallucinations & Forgotten Dreams Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. In press

In the Borderlands of Consciousness and Dreams: Spirituality Rising from Consciousness in Crisis Kevin R. Nelson, MD, Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. 4763-4780.

Altered Consciousness Is A Many Splendored Thing Etzel Cardeña, Ph.D., Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. 4781-4791.

Dreams and Hallucinations: Lifting the Veil to Multiple Perceptual Realities, Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. 4800-4830.

IX. Origins & Evolution of Consciousness

Cosmological Foundations of Consciousness Chris King, Ph.D., Journal of Cosmology, Vol 13. 3706-3725.

Consciousness: A Direct Link to Life’s Origins? A. N. Mitra and G. Mitra-Delmotte, Ph.D., Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. 4792-4799.

Evolution of Modern Human Consciousness Ian Tattersall, Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. 4831-4838.

Consciousness: The Evolution of Brain and Mind Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. In press

Evolution’s Gift: Subjectivity and the Phenomenal World Arnold Trehub, Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. 4839-4847.

Intention and Attention in Consciousness Dynamics and Evolution Hans Liljenström, Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. 4848-4858.

The Ecological Cosmology of Consciousness Tom Lombardo, Ph.D., Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. 4859-4868.

X. Paleolithic Consciousness: Neanderthals, Cro-Magnon, Spirituality, Sexuality

Evolution of Paleolithic Cosmology and Spiritual Consciousness Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. 4400-4440.

Do Other Species Experience Spirituality? Kevin R. Nelson, Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14.

Prehistoric Astronomers? Ancient Knowledge Created By Modern Myth Emília Pásztor, Dr Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14.

Evolution or Extinction of Neandertals: A Brief History Milford H. Wolpoff, Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14.

The Evolution of Human Consciousness: Reflections on the Discovery of Mind and the Implications for the Materialist Darwinian Paradigm Martin Lockley, Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. 4869-4875.

Sexual Consciousness: Evolution of Human Sexuality & the Big Brain Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14.

Hunters, Gatherers & the Evolution of Sex Differences in Consciousness Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14.

XI. Animal and Artificial Consciousness

Animals are Machines René Descartes Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. In press

On the Hypothesis that Animals Are Automata, and Its History Thomas H. Huxley, Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. In press

The Quest for Animal Consciousness Andrea Nani, Clare M. Eddy, Andrea E. Cavanna, MD, Ph.D., Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. In press

Consciousness and Intelligence in Mammals: Complexity thresholds David Deamer, Ph.D., Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. In press

Consciousness in Bees Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. In press

Mirror Self-Recognition on Earth Thomas Suddendorf, Ph.D., Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. In press

Cetaceans and Primates: Convergence in Intelligence and Self-Awareness Lori Marino, Ph.D., Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. In press

Consciousness in Cephalopods? Jennifer Mather, Ph.D., Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. In press

Can Machines be Murdered? Alex Miller Tate, Rory Scott, Andrea Eugenio Cavanna, Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. In Press.

XII. Quantum Physics and Consciousness

Consciousness and Quantum Measurement: New Empirical Data York H. Dobyns, Ph.D., Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. In press

Consciousness and Quantum Physics: A Deconstruction of the Topic Gordon Globus, M.D., Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. In press

Logic of Quantum Mechanics and Phenomenon of Consciousness Michael B. Mensky, Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. In press

A Quantum Physical Effect of Consciousness Shan Gao, Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. In press

The Conscious Observer in the Quantum Experiment Fred Kuttner and Bruce Rosenblum, Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. In press

Does Quantum Mechanics Require A Conscious Observer? Michael Nauenberg, Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. In press

Consciousness Vectors Steven Bodovitz, Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. In press

Quantum Physics, Advanced Waves and Consciousness Antonella Vannini Ph.D., and Ulisse Di Corpo, Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. In press

The Macro-Objectification Problem and Conscious Perceptions GianCarlo Ghirardi, Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. In press

Consciousness and the Quantum Don N. Page, Ph.D., Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. In press

Retrocausality and Signal Nonlocality in Consciousness and Cosmology Jack Sarfatti, Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. In press

The Quantum Hologram And the Nature of Consciousness Edgar D. Mitchell and Robert Staretz, Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. In press

XIII. Consciousness and ExtraTerrestrials

SETI by Entanglement Michael Ibison and George Hathaway, Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. In press

The Evolution of Consciousness in the Ancient Corners of the Cosmos Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. In press

XIV. Consciousness and the Universe

Does the Universe have Cosmological Memory? Does This Imply Cosmic Consciousness? Walter J. Christensen Jr., Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. In press

Classical Anthropic Everett Model: Indeterminacy in a Preordained Multiverse Brandon Carter, Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. In press

Gaia Universalis Samanta Pino, Ph.D., and Ernesto Di Mauro, Ph.D., Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. In press

Electromagnetic Bases of the Universality of the Characteristics of Consciousness Michael A. Persinger, Ph.D., Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. In press

Consciousness: The Fifth Influence Michel Cabanac, Rémi Cabanac, the late Harold T. Hammel, Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. In press

How Consciousness Becomes the Physical Universe Menas Kafatos, Ph.D., Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D., and Deepak Chopra, M.D., Journal of Cosmology, Vol 14. In press

Dieci giorni di incontri, confronti, spettacoli, riguardo a una tematica su cui tutto il mondo sta discutendo: l’opportunità di sostituire il concetto di PIL con un indice che meglio rappresenti lo stato di Benessere di una Nazione. Anche in Italia intellettuali, economisti, filosofi, opinion leader, si stanno confrontando su questo e dal 27 maggio al 5 giugno si sono dati appuntamento nella Provincia di Pesaro e Urbino, promotrice del Festival della Felicità.

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OECD Better Life Index is calculated using an approach familiar to utilitarianism: grades and weights.

Quoting from

The web application that builds the Index requires some default weights at the start. For simplicity, these weights have been set equal to the grade of 1 for all topics. These default weights do not represent the OECD’s view on the relative importance of each topic.

Weights are assigned by the users, who build and customise their own Index. To do so, users have to rate each topic from 0 (“not important”) to 5 (“very important”). The score given to each topic is converted into a weight, by dividing the grade given to each topic by the sum of the grades given to all topics. For example, if a user assigns of a score of 5 to Health and Education and 3 to all the other topics, their Index will weigh health and education by a factor of 5/37 (i.e. around 13.5%) and all the other topics by a factor of 3/37 (i.e. around 8.1%). The sum of all weights is 100%.

This may also sound familiar if you have been using AmAre Index. Quoting from our book “A course in happiness“:

To assess your current situation, in terms of what facilitates happiness, meaning and fulfilment, please assign in the chart above a weight and a grade to each variable If there are additional aspects you want to assess, just add as many columns as necessary. As a rule of thumb: too few variables lead to a superficial assessment, too many variables lead to a confused assessment, so try to stay within the ten variables provided plus a few of your own if necessary.

For each variable, please specify:
w: weight, importance given to each aspect (sum of all weights should be 100)
g: grade, rating given to each aspect (each grade is a value between 0 and 1)

and then use this formula to calculate your AmAre Index:
(AwareW * AwareG) + (AcceptingW * AcceptingG) + (MeaningfulW * MeaningfulG) + (MotivatedW * MotivatedG) + (ActiveW * ActiveG) + (AttentiveW * AttentiveG) + (ResilientW * ResilientG) + (RespectfulW * RespectfulG) + (EatingW * EatingG) + (ExercisingW * ExercisingG)

If you want to use a spreadsheet, where you can insert the values and see them automatically calculated, you can use:

You can download the Compendium of OECD well-being indicators from

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