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  • Animals

    “The Emotional Lives of Animals” by Marc Bekoff

    “Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation in America” by Nathan Winograd

    “Guardians of Being: Spiritual Teachings From Our Dogs and Cats” by Eckhart Tolle and Patrick O’Donnell

    “Angel Dogs: Divine Messengers of Love” by Allen and Linda Anderson

  • Business

    “The Evolution of an Entrepreneur: Featuring My 50 Best Tips for Surviving and Thriving in Business” by Jack Nadel

    “The BEST In Us: People, Profit and the Remaking of Modern Leadership” by Cleve W. Stevens

  • Creativity

    "The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity" by Julia Cameron
  • Diet / Food

    “Diet For A New America: How Your Food Choices Affect Your Health, Happiness and the Future of Life on Earth” by John Robbins
  • Inspiration

    "The Art of Waging Peace" by Paul Chappell

    “Agape Love: A Tradition Found In Eight World Religions” by Sir John Templeton

    “The Measure of a Man” by Martin Luther King Jr.

    “The Global Heart Awakens: Humanity’s Rite of Passage from the Love of Power to the Power of Love” by Anodea Judith

    "The Magic of Believing" by Claude M. Bristol

    "The Vision of Emerson" by Richard Geldard

    “Love Poems” by Pablo Neruda

    "Long Walk To Freedom" - The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

    "Mandela's Way: Lessons on Life, Love and Courage" - by Richard Stengel

    "Conversations with Myself" - by Nelson Mandela and Forward by Barack Obama

    "Mandela: The Authorized Portrait" - by Mac Maharaj, Ahmad Kathrada, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Forward by Bill Clinton

  • Motivation

    “Why Do I Keep Doing That? Breaking The Negative Patterns In Your Life” by Dennis Wholey

    "The Portable Therapist" by Susanna McMahon, Ph.D.

    "Creating Money: Keys to Abundance" by Sanaya Roman & Duana Packer

    "Becoming A Life Change Artist" by Fred Mandell and Kathleen Jordan

  • Science

    “Creative Evolution: A Physicist's Resolution Between Darwinism and Intelligent Design” by Dr. Amit Goswami

    “Awakening Earth” by Duane Elgin

    “The Phenomenon of Man” by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

  • Spirituality

    “Kabbalah for Beginners” by Rav Michael Laitman

    “Care of the Soul” by Thomas Moore

    “Dark Nights of the Soul” by Thomas Moore

    “I And Thou” by Martin Buber

    “The Books of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life” by Deepak Chopra

    “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” by Deepak Chopra

    "The Good Heart" by His Holiness The Dalai Lama

    "Anatomy of the Spirit" by Carolyne Myss, Ph.D.

    "The Healing Secrets of the Ages" by Catherine Ponder

    "The Taoist Inner View of the Universe and The Immortal Realm" by Taoist Master NI, HUA-CHING

    "The Art of Spiritual Healing" by Joel Goldsmith

Will Tuttle’s “World Peace Diet” on Enrichment Hour

On THE ENRICHMENT HOUR on  Sunday, November 16, my guest for the full hour was Dr. Will Tuttle, a visionary educator, who has spoken widely throughout North America and worldwide. A vegan since 1980, Will is the author of the #1 Amazon best-selling book The World Peace Diet and is a recipient of the Courage of Conscience Award and the Empty Cages Award. He is the editor of the newly-released book, Circles of Compassion: Connecting Issues of Justice.

Dr. Tuttle discussed the main ideas in his best-selling book, The World Peace Diet, which has been called one of the most important books of the 21st century. It provides the foundation of a new society based on the truth of the interconnectedness of all life. Dr. Tuttle will make explicit the invisible connections between our culture, our food, and the source of our broad range of problems—and the way to a positive transformation in our individual and collective lives. Anyone wishing to understand the big picture of our culture and why we have the unyielding dilemmas we face, and how we can solve them, will be fascinated by these provocative, challenging, and ultimately inspiring ideas.

To listen to interview at WSRadio archives, go to:  http://wsradio.com/111614-world-peace-diet-truth-interconnectedness-life

Websites:  http://worldpeacediet.orghttp://worldpeacediet.com,www.circleofcompassion.org, and http://willtuttle.com

The Enrichment Hour for Sunday, May 25th

My guests on THE ENRICHMENT HOUR for Sunday, May 25 are, in the first half hour, renowned homeopathist SANFORD LAPEDIS; and in the second half hour, a dear friend, HENRY KAVETT, presently a college advisor helping young people fulfill their dreams – and in the past, someone with a distinguished career in radio and television. The Enrichment Hour airs every Sunday, from 1-2 PM Eastern, 10-11 AM Pacific, 11-12 PM Mountain, and 12 – 1 PM Central. Listen live on www.WSRadio (dot) com, click on STUDIO B/Live.

Sanford Lapedis became dedicated to homeopathy after he himself was cured at the age of 22 by a homeopathic practitioner. He received his MDHS from the International Academy of Homeopathic Science, and holds a degree in Naturopathy, and is a license Naturopath with the Academy of Naturopaths and Naturotherapists.

He specializes in classical constitutional homeopathy and founded the Homeopathy Solutions Clinic, and is committed to implementing his skills and experience to help his patients lead healthier, happier and more productive lives. 

Sanford Lapedis has treated conditions that have been diagnosed as incurable, or life-long conditions, such as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, fatigue, autism and ADHD, etc. He was part of a team of Naturopathic practitioners at the prestigious Integral Health Clinic in downtown Ottawa. He has taught and trained students of homeopathy at the Academy of Health Sciences & the Canadian Institute of Homeopathy in Ottawa. 

Sanford has written a variety of articles on homeopathy and health, and has been a lecturer, guest speaker and attendee at a variety of international forums and venues. Most recently, in 2009 and 2010, he presented on “A Taste of Health” cruise along with various distinguished speakers, such as Dr. Neal Barnard (founder & president of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine), Dr. T. Colin Campbell (researcher & author of the China Study), Dr. Will Tuttle (composer, speaker & author – The World Peace Diet), and Christina Pirello (Emmy award-winning host of Christina Cooks), to name a few. 

He was the director of the department of homeopathy at the charity AMI hospital in India for 13 years, and has successfully treated patients from all over the world, with all types of acute and chronic disorders. 

Of his mission, Sanford Lapedis says: “In order to uplift society and the general well-being of humankind, the focus of our efforts must begin with the physical and mental health of each individual.”

Sanford’s website is at:  homeopathysolutions (dot) com.  He is based in West Palm Beach, Florida.  His toll-free number is: 888-838-1949.

My guest in the second half hour is HENRY KAVETT. 

After many years in the communications industry, Henry Kavett found his passion: helping young people find their direction and voice. He has been an independent college advisor for about 20 years—and now exclusively devotes his time in service to others. This year, 30 of his students will graduate from the world’s leading universities, including MIT, Harvard, Cornell, UPenn and Yale.

It turned out that the same kind of preparation in aiding top executives in communicating their objectives is used in developing winning college essays and applications. So at this point in his life, Kavett has what most strive for: a clear sense of purpose and the opportunity to see the fruits of his labors as his students gain admission and then achieve their goals.

Previously…Henry was involved with WYD Media Management in New York, assisting in generating new revenue streams for shows like THE STPEHANIE MILLER SHOW and DAVID HARTMANN SHOW. Prior to that, he was a Senior Consultant to major communications corporations, including entertainment companies and technology networks.

And before that, Henry has a distinguished communications background that includes: Senior Vice President of Utilicore, the telephone and communications services group; President and founder of The Independent Group of Companies, Inc. (IGC), which created strategic marketing, advertising and public relations programs for clients like GE Capital, Group W Television, John Blair & Company, Showtime/Viacom Networks, NBC-TV, NBC Olympics and CNBC cable network and Weichert Realtors.

Henry and I met when we were both Broadcast Media Specialists at the large public relations agency, Burson-Marsteller, in New York.

Henry was also: Broadcast news editor & writer for DOW JONES/Wall Street Journal Radio Networks; Director, Information & Public Relations, ABC Radio Division (ABC Radio Networks, ABC Owned Stations Group, ABC Radio News); Network News Writer/Producer for NBC News/NBC Radio Networks/NIS, New York; and News anchor/reporter at radio and television stations – such as WBBF (Top40), WBFB/WNWZ (all news format, anchored evenings and weekends, WROC (operations manager, produced AM & PM news blocks, one hour nightly call in talk show on NewsTalk station), Rochester, NY; WUTR-TV, Utica, NY; WTKO, Ithaca, WHLW radio, Lakewood, NJ, WBNG-TV, Binghamton, NY; and news stringer, Associated Press. 

Souls Are Real, Says Author of New Book on “The Enrichment Hour”

ATTENTION:   The Enrichment Hour with host Mike Schwager is returning to Internet Radio, airing every Sunday, from 1-2 PM Eastern, 10-11 AM Pacific, and in corresponding in-between time zones (12 Noon Midwest, 11 AM Rocky Mountain).
Simulcast on two Internet networks:  www.WSRadio.com, and www.SedonaTalkRadio.com.  Mike’s first guest is author William Pillow, whose book “Souls Are Real, Death Is Not” will be discussed at that time.
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Academic Who Bridged Science-Religion Divide Dies

Ian Barbour sparked debates on issues such as the origins of the universe and the ethical implications of technology. He won the prestigious Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion.

Ian BarbourIan Barbour in his office in the chapel at Carleton College in 1999, when he won the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. In the 1950s, when Barbour began to promote discourse between the two fields, scientists had little tolerance for religion, and theologians had little interest in science. His was a lonely voice for rapprochement. (Jean Pieri, St. Paul Pioneer Press)

[EnrichOurWorld Editor’s note:  Ian Barbour, a great scientist and a great theological investigator, was the recipient of The Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion.  The Prize was created by the late great financier, Sir John Templeton, whose foundation was and is dedicated to reconciling science and religion/spirituality.  I represented Sir John in the promotion of his newsletter, Research News In Science and Theology.  The Prize is still in existence and will no doubt continue to become a catalyst to reflect Sir John’s fervent desire to understand the Universe and the Cause behind it.]

By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times

January 1, 2014, 7:17 p.m. 

For Ian Barbour, the deadly possibilities of the Atomic Age raised questions that science couldn’t answer — a perplexing situation for a young physicist after World War II.

He responded to the challenge in an unusual way: After completing his doctorate in physics he enrolled in divinity school and forged a career devoted to bridging the chasm between science and religion.

Barbour, whose work opened a new academic field and brought him the prestigious Templeton Prize for Progress In Religion, died at a hospital in Minneapolis on Christmas Eve, five days after a stroke, said his son, John Barbour. He was 90.

A professor at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., for more than three decades, Barbour wrote 16 books, including “Issues in Science and Religion,” a 1966 volume that helped spark the ongoing debate between scientists and theologians on issues such as the origins of the universe, evolution and the ethical implications of technology.

He “gave birth almost single-handedly to the contemporary dialogue between science and religion,” said Robert John Russell, the founder-director of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, a nonprofit teaching and research institute affiliated with UC Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union. “He made a convincing and lasting case that science and religion are more alike and analogous than unlike and conflictive.”

In the 1950s, when Barbour began to promote discourse between the two fields, scientists had little tolerance for religion, and theologians had little interest in science. His was a lonely voice for rapprochement.

“I always felt we needed to move beyond the hostility,” Barbour told The Times in 1999. “Scientists say they believe in evolution, not God. Religious scholars say they believe in God, but not evolution. Well, I say we don’t have to choose a side. We can meet somewhere in the middle.”

He received the Templeton Prize in 1999 for a lifetime of work that judges said helped expand the field of theology. He gave most of the $1.24-million award to the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences.

His views about the commonalities between religion and science were criticized by such prominent scientists as Stephen J. Gould.  But Barbour’s advocacy made inroads at such leading organizations as the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science, which in the mid-1990s launched a program to improve communication between religious and scientific communities on matters such as environmental stewardship and life beyond Earth.

“Scientists particularly have appreciated the humble and insightful ways he has considered how we imagine and model the unknowns in each realm,” said Jennifer Wiseman, director of the association’s Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion.

Born in Beijing on Oct. 5, 1923, Ian Graeme Barbour was one of three sons of his American Episcopalian mother and his Scottish Presbyterian father, both of whom taught at Yenching University. (His father, George, was a distinguished geologist involved with the group that discovered the early human remains known as Peking Man.) The family left China in 1931 and spent a few years in England before settling in the United States.

Barbour earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Swarthmore College in 1943. Exposed to Quaker thought during college, he became a conscientious objector who spent World War II fighting forest fires in Oregon and working with mental patients in North Carolina.

After obtaining a master’s degree in physics from Duke University in 1946, he went for his doctorate at the University of Chicago, where he was a teaching assistant for Enrico Fermi, the Manhattan Project scientist responsible for the world’s first atomic chain reaction.

He earned his doctorate in 1949 and joined the physics faculty at Kalamazoo College in Michigan, where he found himself increasingly drawn to the ethical and theological implications of scientific discoveries. With a Ford Foundation fellowship, he studied theology, ethics and philosophy at Yale Divinity School and earned a divinity degree in 1956.

Before completing his divinity studies, he accepted an offer from Carleton College to teach physics and religion. In 1960 he founded its religion department and began to write about issues of concern to both scientists and religious thinkers.

“What had started as an attempt to fit together two halves of my own life had become a wider intellectual inquiry in which I found that many other people were interested,” he wrote in an autobiographical essay.

In 1989 and 1990 he gave Scotland’s prestigious Gifford Lectures, an annual series of talks on natural theology whose presenters have included Albert Schweitzer and Reinhold Niebuhr. Barbour’s lectures were turned into two books, “Religion in an Age of Science” (1990) and “Ethics in an Age of Technology” (1993).

In his acceptance speech for the Templeton Prize, Barbour spoke of the urgent need to break down barriers, offering cloning as an example of the ability of science to tell society what is possible and of religion to reflect on what is desirable.

He also challenged people to reconsider the biblical view of death as a punishment for human sin.

“Now we know that death was present long before human beings were around, and that it was a necessary feature of an evolutionary process in which new forms of life could appear,” he said. “We can take the Bible seriously without taking it literally.”

Barbour’s wife of 64 years, Deane Kern, died in 2011. He is survived by four children, a brother, three grandchildren and a great-grandson.

Let There Be Peace on Earth and May You Fulfill Your Dreams

by Mike Schwager

New Year’s Wish for 2014:  Let there be Peace on Earth – and May You Honor and Fulfill your Dreams. Each of us is an individualized creative expression of the Universe, and collectively we ARE evolution becoming aware of itself.  And your dreams?  They are the dreams of the Universe, manifesting through you and as you.  May you reach out to others with love, kindness and understanding. May you own your own power and your own voice. May you be blessed with divinely perfect good health and true abundance – both material abundance and spiritual abundance. May you be sheltered in a beautiful aesthetic environment that gives you peace of mind and comfort. May you remember the less fortunate and know that “here but for the Grace of God go I.” May you honor your mother and your father, if they are still with us; and honor our elders. May you remember the animals and be kind to them – those in the shelters and on the farms. May you know you are worthy of receiving; and may you do and give unto others as you would have them do unto you.  May you stand up for a clean environment, and stand up for a safer planet.  May you — and we — strive to advance dialogue and mutual understanding.  May you encourage and inspire our children to work for a better, kinder world – and to acknowledge them for their innate brilliance and talents and goodness.  And may we all give thanks for our country and our freedom; and pray for the freedom, happiness, fulfillment and well-being of all people everywhere.

DOLPHINS GRANTED PERSONHOOD BY GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

By Mike Adams, Editor, Natural News 

[EnrichOurWorld Editor’s note:  I believe this is an important story, not only because it speaks to the high intelligence of dolphins, but because it calls for a respect and appreciation for this “other” species that has heretofore been reserved for humans.  But beyond this, it raises our awareness that “consciousness” and “intelligence” is a universal phenomenon here on Earth (and likely elsewhere or everywhere within the Universe) and is inherent in varying capacities within all Life.  And the consequence of this extraordinary information?  It raises our own awareness and consciousness…and connectedness.]

Dolphins have been granted “non-human personhood” status by the government of India, making India the first nation in the world to recognize the unique intelligence and self-awareness of the cetacean order (a class of aquatic mammals).

The decision was announced by India’s Minister of the Environment and Forests which also outlawed captive dolphin shows. The ministry added that dolphins “should have their own specific rights.”

Dolphins are extremely intelligent mammals with a highly-developed social structure. Recent research shows that dolphins call each other by name and can remember the unique name whistles from old “friends” heard just one time 20 years ago.

Dolphins choose their own unique name — a series of complex whistles — before they reach one year of age. From that point forward, all the other dolphins in their social group call them by that unique name.

Dolphins use highly-complex grammatical communications

Previous research has shown that dolphins have human-like self awareness and engage in highly complex communications with other dolphins using grammatical sentence structure. Yes, dolphins have their own complete language, much like humans. (more…)

WHY GRATITUDE MAKES US HEALTHIER: THE NEUROSCIENCE

GUEST COMMENTARY

By Ocean Robbins

Our world is pretty messed up. With all the violence, pollution and crazy things people do, it would be easy to turn into a grouchy old man without being either elderly or male. There’s certainly no shortage of justification for disappointment and cynicism.

But consider this: Negative attitudes are bad for you. And gratitude, it turns out, makes you happier and healthier. If you invest in a way of seeing the world that is mean and frustrated, you’re going to get a world that is, well, more mean and frustrating. But if you can find any authentic reason to give thanks, anything that is going right with the world or your life, and put your attention there, then statistics say you’re going to be better off.

Does this mean to live in a state of constant denial and put your head in the sand? Of course not. Gratitude works when you’re grateful for something real. Feeling euphoric and spending money like you just won the lottery when you didn’t is probably going to make you real poor, real quick. But what are you actually grateful for? It’s a question that could change your life. (more…)

“CREATIVE EVOLUTION” – A TALK WITH DR. AMIT GOSWAMI

Mike Schwager Interviews Author, Dr. Amit Goswami

                                                                                                                                                                                                [Editor’s note:  Dr. Amit Goswami is the author of the book, Creative Evolution: A Physicist’s Resolution between Darwinism and Intelligent Design [Quest Books]. Dr. Goswami is a pioneer in using quantum physics to articulate the paradigm shift from a materialist to a consciousness-based worldview. He earned his doctorate from Calcutta University in theoretical nuclear physics. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Oregon, where he taught physics from 1968 to 2003.   

Dr. Goswami first developed the premise of a consciousness vs. materialist view in his highly acclaimed The Self-Aware Universe. Books that followed include The Visionary WindowPhysics of the Soul and The Quantum Doctor. His research on creativity in the 1980s led to his book Quantum Creativity. His text book on Quantum Mechanics has been used in many major universities. Dr. Goswami is the subject of a documentary entitled The Quantum Activist.]

Mike Schwager of EnrichOurWorld recently interviewed Amit Goswami. 

MS: Dr. Amit Goswami, it’s really wonderful to have you here on EnrichOurWorld.  Welcome.

AG: Thank you. 

MS: You are an adherent to the view that it’s neither random evolution as Darwin posited, nor so-called Creationism minus Evolution, but Evolution guided by Consciousness or Intelligent Design. Is that right? (more…)