The Spirit of Ma'at Volume 1 August 2000 Vol 1 August 2000

    We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the distinguished writers who have contributed to this month's Spirit of Ma'at.


Gregg Braden: Biography

Gregg Braden stands at the crossroads where science meets spirituality. A former earth scientist and aerospace computer systems designer (projects included the MX Peacekeeper missile and the Magellan space probe), Braden is now considered a leading authority on the spiritual philosophy of ancient and indigenous traditions throughout the world.

His in-depth knowledge of ancient beliefs, including Egyptian, Essene, Native American, and Tibetan, coupled with his background in the hard sciences, has made him a unique bridge between the two worlds.

Although to Gregg there is no separation between science and spirituality, he easily moves between both worlds to honor the language of both the scientist and the visionary. His travels into remote mountain villages, monasteries, and temples of times past afford him the opportunity to bring their secrets to the forefront of our lives today.

The enthusiastic reception of his books -- Awakening to Zero Point: The Collective Initiation, Walking Between the Worlds: The Science of Compassion, and most recently The Isaiah Effect: The Lost Science of Prayer and Prophecy -- have made him a well-known international figure and a popular guest and keynote speaker for conferences, expos, and media specials worldwide (see Books).

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John Perkins: Biography

John Perkins has lived, worked, and traveled throughout the world since 1968, first as a Peace Corps volunteer, then as an international businessman, and later as a United Nations adviser. He continues to serve as a management consultant to the United Nations, World Bank, and Fortune 500 companies. He has taught at universities on four continents, owns highly successful businesses, serves on many boards, and was formerly president and CEO of a major U.S. energy company that was a leader in producing electricity with environmentally beneficial technologies.

Concurrent with his corporate success, Mr. Perkins has intensively trained for three decades with master Andean, Amazonian and Asian shamans. As an environmentalist, shamanic activist, and internationally acclaimed author, John has written books that provide remarkable narratives on the lives of individuals who integrate spirituality with modern living and science. He is the founder of Dream Change Coalition, a worldwide grassroots movement that forms bridges between cultures, and of the Pollution Offset Lease for Earth (POLE), a program to conserve forests and absorb dangerous greenhouse gases. POLE provides a model to shapeshift the corporate world.

Mr. Perkins facilitates journeys to the Amazon for those who wish to learn and help educate others to change our communal dream to a more Earth-honoring one, and to apply wisdom to bring about environmental and social balance.

John is the author of The Stress-Free Habit: Powerful Techniques for Health and Longevity from the Andes,Yucatan and Far East; Psychonavigation: Techniques for Travel Beyond Time; The World Is As You Dream It: Shamanic Teachings from the Amazon and Andes; and Shapeshifting: Shamanic Techniques for Global and Personal Transformation (see Perkins Books).

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James Twyman: Biography

Several years ago, Jimmy Twyman decided to apply his lifelong gift for music to his spiritual quest. Inspired by St. Francis of Assisi, Jimmy took to the road singing of peace and happiness to whomever would listen. Shortly before leaving on a European tour, Jimmy was given a copy of the peace prayers from 12 major religions. He was inspired as he read them and the music started to flow. By the end of the day, Jimmy had written music for each of the 12 prayers and knew there was something special about them.

While on tour in Europe , Jimmy was led by coincidence after coincidence and ended up in the war-torn countries of Bosnia and Croatia. While he was there, coincidence led him to find a secret society called the Emissaries of Light that had been anchoring peace in this dimension throughout time. He shared in their meditations and teachings, being told that he would be the one to take their teachings to the world. His adventures in Bosnia-Croatia were recounted in his recent book Emissary of Light (see Books).

Jimmy Twyman is still a Peace Troubadour, traveling around the globe, singing the peace prayers and giving workshops on the teachings of the Emissaries of Light. He shares their techniques for transmuting fear from the consciousness and anchoring peace within. He says, "It is when we are peaceful within that the world will reflect this peace outwardly."

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