Pamela Bloom is an interfaith minister and spiritual counselor with a background in Tibetan Buddhism, Judeo-Christian mysticism and the Divine Feminine. She is the award-winning author of 7 books, two of which won national awards for travel journalism. New books are: THE POWER OF COMPASSION: Stories that Open the Heart, Heal the Soul and Change the World (Hampton Roads, 2010); and HEAVEN SPEAKS: Intimate interviews with Illuminated Souls with Carla Flack. Website: www.BooksbyPamelaBloom
On a retreat with Sogyal Rinpoche, i discovered what it meant to enjoy nondualistic delight. By simply giving us a glimpse of his heart, Sogyal Rinpoche was trying to teach us that boundless generosity in which no experience, even the greatest bliss of enlightenment, is held for oneself. In that moment it was easy to see how genuine the feeling was for him, how natural such a human response could be, if we allowed it.
When two conscious mediums opened their doors of perception, Heaven came calling. But to their surprise, so did Hollywood. Pamela Bloom, one of the channels, reveals what it was like to receive transmissions from Walter Cronkite, Michael Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Amelia Earhart, Paul Newman, and Walt Disney, and concludes with a powerful and moving excerpt from John Lennon.
I was on a meditation retreat in the south of France when a visiting master's story about persecution in Tibet totally transformed my understanding of compassion. An audience of over three hundred Western students of Buddhism waited quietly for him to speak. He was about forty years old, quite tall and broad-shouldered for a Tibetan with an enormous presence likea mountain, though he barely smiled.
When I began to study a spiritual form of Japanese flower-arranging called Ikebana-Sangetsu, I discovered I was slowly developing a deeper understanding of the connection between all life.