Jack Canfield Jack Canfield author. speaker. motivator.

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Arianna Huffington Arianna Huffington political powerhouse. media mogul. author.

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Seth Godin Seth Godin author. speaker. linchpin.

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Krishna Kaur Krishna Kaur yogi. philanthropist. dynamic teacher.

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Norman Lear Norman Lear producer. philanthropist. tv legend.

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Leilani Münter Leilani Münter race car driver. activist. carbon free girl.

Leilani Münter is a professional race car driver and an environmental activist who uses her voice in the number one spectator sport in America as a catalyst for change. [www.leilanimunter.com]

 
Kevin Bales Kevin Bales Freedom Fighter. Philanthropist. Game Changer.

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Mastin Kipp Mastin Kipp Writer. Entrepreneur. Daily Lover.

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Liz Phair Liz Phair singer. musician. crier.

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Desmond Tutu Desmond Tutu archbishop. author. peaceful leader.

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Zainab Salbi Zainab Salbi author. ceo. humanitarian.

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Sean Stephenson Sean Stephenson speaker. psychotherapist. life embracer.

Despite his physical challenges, Sean Stephenson has taken a stand for a quality of life that has inspired millions of people around the world. He's a professional speaker, psychotherapist, and author. [www.timetostand.com]

 
Kia Miller Kia Miller yogi. meditator. teacher.

Kia Miller teaches Yoga at Yoga Works in Los Angeles, leads teacher trainings, and runs retreats and workshops on meditation, chakras, pranayam, and mantras, and other practices. [www.kiamiller.com]

 
Simon Mainwaring Simon Mainwaring creator. writer. idea geek.

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Shannon Bindler Shannon Bindler Strategist. Writer. Life Coach.

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Mathieu Bitton Mathieu Bitton Designer. Art Director. Passionate Creator.

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Jorge Perez Jorge Perez Agent. Producer. Photography Enthusiast.

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consciousness

Nova Spivack Nova Spivack digital guru. buddhist. wonder seeker.

Nova Spivack is a technology futurist, serial Internet entrepreneur, and one of the leading voices on the next generation of searching, social media, and the Web. [www.novaspivack.com]

All things come from something – except for consciousness. Of all possible things in the universe, it’s the only thing with this particular quality. Consciousness is divine. It’s a mystery, but it doesn’t unravel, we don’t solve it, and there are no answers. It will always remain a mystery, but it’s a mystery we know because we are the mystery. That’s the beauty of it. The significance of life is much vaster, more amazing, and more mysterious than we normally think.

Most people are sleepwalking, unconsciously dreaming through life. We have somewhere between 50 and 100 years on Earth and, strangely, most people will not stop even for a minute to really explore the question of consciousness. If they did, they could get to a deep realization very quickly. Through careful observation, we can separate essence from all the things that obscure it. This is a skill that can be learned in various ways. The Buddha taught many different paths to enlightenment because he observed that different people had different tendencies, minds, and histories.

When we begin to understand and realize consciousness, its qualities start to reveal themselves. The nature of the mind becomes alive and awake. The illusion of self loses some of its whole and has less influence over how we act. We become less anxious about ego-related problems. We display more humility and gain a deeper appreciation for ourselves and others. A second layer of consciousness starts to unfold and we become better people. From this comes the compassion and kindness to do good things, help others, and try to make the world better.

We still live here in the challenges and conditions of this world, but when we realize the path, there’s a little voice inside that won’t let us give up. It’s like a flame has been lit. That flame was always there, it can never go out, but now we’re seeing it. We have a new level of faith. Even in the worst situations, when we just can’t take any more setbacks, we know our essence is that pure light. It becomes our permanent guide. Nothing, not even death, can extinguish it.

Our light gives us a new level of commitment and peace with regard to this whole affair of life and death. All of a sudden, a little crack has been made in our crystallized view of reality. We remember when we were kids and felt a sense of wonder that was lost as we became more cynical. We realize that we were wrong about being cynical. That sense of wonder is correct. The magic is real.

– Nova Spivack

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