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Rukmini and the Turning of Time: The Dawn of an Era with Dena Merriam

Night-Light Radio

This book is told through the voice of a dancer in ancient Dwarka, a city on the western coast of India. It was on a pilgrimage to Dwarka a few years ago that Dena experienced her life. But even though this book recounts events in her life and follows her through three incarnations, this story is not truly about her but about Rukmini, the one who was working behind the scenes, as Rukmini and Shri Krishna set the framework for the era that was beginning to unfold. This narrative shows how Rukmini Mata enabled those around her to fulfil samskaras from past births―the karma one has accrued in the cycle of life, death, and rebirth―bringing closure to unfinished relationships and desires. Dena include many stories told by women to other women, recounted by those living in Dwarka in close association with Rukmini, in the hope of showing how an incarnation of the Universal Mother comes to guide an evolving humanity.Dena Merriam began work in the inter-faith movement in 1990s as Vice Chair of the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious Leaders held at the UN in 2000. She is the founder of the Global Peace Initiative of Women (GPIW). For over 40 years, she has been a student of Paramahansa Yogananda and a meditation practitioner. She received her MA from Columbia Univ. In 2014 she received the Niwano Peace Prize for her interfaith peace efforts. She is the author of the book My Journey Through Time - A Spiritual Memoir of Life, Death and Rebirth, The Untold Story of Sita, & When the Bright Moon Rises.https://amzn.to/3X1gMQG

1hr 57mins

10 Jan 2023

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Rukmini and the Turning of Time: The Dawn of an Era with Dena Merriam

NIGHT-LIGHT RADIO

This book is told through the voice of a dancer in ancient Dwarka, a city on the western coast of India. It was on a pilgrimage to Dwarka a few years ago that Dena experienced her life. But even though this book recounts events in her life and follows her through three incarnations, this story is not truly about her but about Rukmini, the one who was working behind the scenes, as Rukmini and Shri Krishna set the framework for the era that was beginning to unfold. This narrative shows how Rukmini Mata enabled those around her to fulfil samskaras from past births―the karma one has accrued in the cycle of life, death, and rebirth―bringing closure to unfinished relationships and desires. Dena include many stories told by women to other women, recounted by those living in Dwarka in close association with Rukmini, in the hope of showing how an incarnation of the Universal Mother comes to guide an evolving humanity.Dena Merriam began work in the inter-faith movement in 1990s as Vice Chair of the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious Leaders held at the UN in 2000. She is the founder of the Global Peace Initiative of Women (GPIW). For over 40 years, she has been a student of Paramahansa Yogananda and a meditation practitioner. She received her MA from Columbia Univ. In 2014 she received the Niwano Peace Prize for her interfaith peace efforts. She is the author of the book My Journey Through Time - A Spiritual Memoir of Life, Death and Rebirth, The Untold Story of Sita, & When the Bright Moon Rises.https://amzn.to/3ZuSNLwSponsored

1hr 58mins

10 Jan 2023

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The Awakening of Ancient Memories with Dena Merriam & Sister Jenna

America Meditating Radio Show w/ Sister Jenna

During her years of meditation, many vivid memories of past births began to emerge for Dena Merriam, revealing an intricate and subtle pattern of cause and effect, the law of karmic unfolding. These memories became the subject of her books. The purpose of sharing these intimate stories was to help people see the long arch of their life, whether they retain memories or not, to help overcome fear and anxiety about death, to understand more fully the workings of cause and effect and to know that each one of us, moment to moment, is creating the blueprint for our future.Dena Merriam is an author, storyteller, and the Founder and Convener of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, bringing spiritual resources to address critical global challenges, such as conflict, social justice, and ecological scarring of the earth. Over the years she has worked to bring greater gender balance and balance between the Abrahamic and Dharma-based religious traditions for a more inclusive interfaith movement.Dena is the author of several books including her new release, "When the Bright Moon Rises: The Awakening of Ancient Memories."Check out Sister Jenna’s new book, Meditation: Intimate Experiences with the Divine through Contemplative Practices. Listen to the Om Shanti album by Sister Jenna on Spotify. Visit www.americameditating.org and if you like this show, please subscribe and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts, so other people can find us.

36mins

10 Mar 2022

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A Journey Through Lifetimes with Dena Merriam

Life, Death and the Space Between

A JOURNEY THROUGH LIFETIMES with DENA MERRIAM “To make steel, you have to go through fire.” – author Dena Merriam, on growth through challenges “The foundation of the Universe is love.” – author Dena Merriam Episode Summary: Today we talk about past lives, past lives, and past lives! Dena Merriam is an author, storyteller and founder of the Global Peace Initiative for Women -- bringing spiritual resources to address critical global challenges, such as conflict, social justice, and ecological scarring of the earth. Her first book “Journey Through Time, a Spiritual Memoir of Life, Death and Rebirth” takes us on a journey back through seven consecutive lives, revealing the intricate patterns that emerge as one life leads into another. Her second book, “The Untold Stories of Sita, an Empowering Tale for Our Time” takes us back to a much earlier age, several thousand years BCE to a pre-patriarchal era when humanity had not fully separated itself from the natural world. Her third book, “When the Bright Moon Rises: The Awakening of Ancient Memories”, is currently out. She has a fourth book in the works. Listen in to hear how Dena came to know all of her previous lives and the tapestry of interconnectedness between them. Topics We Discuss: [3:55]  Dena’s spontaneous recollection of 7 previous and interconnected lives, and her investigation in today’s world to validate her memories. Recalling pre-war Russia and WW2 in Europe while trying to navigate her current life. Being skeptical at first, Dena traveled to those locations to confirm that her memories were valid. [7:18] How patterns, aspirations and desires emerged like a beautiful mandala interweaving lives. [8:10] there's no set timeframe on how long you have to wait to come back into a new incarnation. The flexibility of time in non-[physical dimensions. When the conditions are right, we “take life”. [9:55] How people and places stimulate her ancient memories. [11:20] Visiting a temple in India caused spontaneous recollection of a painful experience of love lost. A time without warfare. A time of simple pleasures and peaceful, joyful life. [14:52] Recalling a life in China, the wisdom of the Tao, and a great spiritual depth. [16:21] Spiritual lessons, knowledge, wisdom, awakenings. How her experiences changed her relationship with death, which she calls the next frontier of science. Along with acknowledging other dimensional beings – beings we don’t see. Understanding consciousness separate from the material form, separate from the body. [18:52] An exercise: take down the highlights of this life – the best and the worst of it. [19:40] The foundation of the universe is love. The mind boggling patience and love that is poured from these other realms. [20:56] The alignment for Dena to found the Global Peace Initiative for Women with lessons from previous lives. Recollections from previous pre-patriarchal times. The contribution to create more gender balance. [27:31] Future life memories, or life blueprints, or likely scenarios, or potentialities. How we can tap into and create our future. [30:50] Exercise: what is left undone for you? [32:06] Most people are creating unconsciously; reacting to circumstances vs consciously creating. [32:38] The two reasons to reincarnate: karma, or service. (Reference “Life, Death and the Space Between” episode #231 “Being Ram Dass”.) [35:46] The complexity of karma. Process of learning, awakening, rectifying imbalances. Our own thought and behavior habits/patterns. Western misunderstanding of the concept of karma. [38:44] Dena’s biggest takeaways... The power of love from the great teachers and the guidance we receive. The overwhelming outpouring of love from beings that we cannot see. [41:01] Dena’s most significant lifetimes. The biggest moments of transformation. [42:33] A fully awakened person remembers all their lifetimes and history. Akashic records. [43:51] Many people have glimpses of past lives. Self-reflection plus meditation is a path toward remembering. We just need ask for help. [44:30] Dena answers Amy’s speed round questions. FOLLOW Dena Merriam You can find Dena Merriam’s writings wherever books are sold. You can find out more about the Global Peace Initiative for Women here: Website SUPPORT DR. AMY ROBBINS: If you’re enjoying the podcast and finding value in guest interviews, ghost stories, and the content I share, please consider supporting the show by becoming a Patreon member for as little as $5 a month at Patreon.com/DrAmyRobbins As a member you’ll get more say in the content we cover and exclusive access to behind-the-scenes goodness! Stay Connected with Dr. Amy Robbins: Instagram YouTube Fireside Website Facebook

48mins

3 Mar 2022

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Dena Merriam's Journey Through Time

Mission Unstoppable

Dena Merriam is a polymath. Not only is she the founder of the Global Peace Initiative of Women and the author of " My Journey Through Time- a spiritual Memoir of Life , Death and Rebirth, but she is also managing  partner and Vice Chairman of Finn Ruder where she works in cultural marketing, creative services and works for religious and non profit organizations.Dena has long been a disciple of eastern spirituality, a devotee of meditation and a woman who loves art, beauty, humanity and LOVE and has served with Interfaith Center of New York City to create the Millennium Peace Summit for Religious and Spiritual Leaders.Dena also serves on a Coexistence Initiative to develop a greater awareness of the need for us to coexist as well as working with Community Literacy Program to organize an anti violence program iDena Merriam is a polymath. Not only is she the founder of the Global Peace Initiative of Women and the author of " My Journey Through Time- a spiritual Memoir of Life , Death and Rebirth, but she is also managing  partner and Vice Chairman of Finn Ruder where she works in cultural marketing, creative services and works for religious and non profit organizations.Dena has long been a disciple of eastern spirituality, a devotee of meditation and a woman who loves art, beauty, humanity and LOVE and has served with Interfaith Center of New York City to create the Millennium Peace Summit for Religious and Spiritual Leaders.Dena also serves on a Coexistence Initiative to develop a greater awareness of the need for us to coexist as well as working with Community Literacy Program to organize an anti violence program in the US. In Japan, Dena works with the Shumei Cultural Foundation to implement a global communications program to foster a greater appreciation for the arts and engage dialogue between the spiritual and cultural worlds.In her book, My Journey Through Time, Dena experiences spontaneous memory's of 7 lifetimes, and is able to see the working of Karma through all her lives, the souls she has traveled with and the relevance of this current life to her past ones.  It's extraordinary.Dena's book is definitely a source of comfort for anyone who fears the one mystery we all share, DEATH. She clearly shows how the soul continues on after this shell of a body expires in each lifetime.The Work that Dena continues to share in each lifetime is one of service to humanity, promoting peace, tolerance and today, raising our collective consciousness so that real change can come to our planet.

57mins

1 Sep 2021

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The Awakening of Ancient Memories- Dena Merriam

Your Superior Self

Dena is a long-time meditation practitioner in the lineage of Kriya Yoga. She came in contact with her guru Paramhansa Yogananda at the age of 20, long after he had left his physical form, and devoted many years to practicing his teachings and studying the texts of the ancient Vedic tradition. During her years of meditation, many vivid memories of past births began to emerge, revealing an intricate and subtle patten of cause and effect, the law of karmic unfolding. These memories became the subject of her books. The purpose of sharing these intimate stories was to help people see the long arch of their life, whether they retain memories or not, to help overcome fear and anxiety about death, to understand more fully the workings of cause and effect and to know that each one of us, moment to moment, is creating the blueprint for our future. Her first book My Journey through Time: A Spiritual Memoir of Life, Death and Rebirth takes Dena on a journey back through seven consecutive lives, revealing the intricate patterns that emerge as one life leads into another, picking up and furthering themes initiated at an earlier time. Her second book The Untold Story of Sita: An Empowering Tale for our Time takes the reader back to a much earlier age, several thousand years b.c.e. to a pre-patriarchal era when humanity had not fully separated itself from the natural world. There are many messages from that time that are particularly relevant today. A third book called When the Bright Moon Rises: Awakening Ancient Memories will be released in the fall of 2020. A fourth book is also in the works: The Seeds of Satya Yuga recounts memories of a life in a far higher age and how events in that life effected subsequent births, carving a path for the soul’s awakening. Dena’s story is the story of each one of us, of course with much variation. The history of each one of us is filled with patterns and interweavings, that unfolding of so many events, the birth and fulfillment of desires and aspirations, loss and gain, all of which have made us who we are today. While on her own spiritual journey of awakening, Dena has been active in the public sphere. Having founded the non-profit organization The Global Peace Initiative of Women in 2002, she has worked to bring spiritual voices to address global challenges. She has spoken in many forums on the need for a shift in consciousness if we are to address successfully ecological decline, economic and gender imbalance, climate instability, violence and other critical issues. Before writing about her own spiritual experiences, Dena wrote about art and spirituality, publishing a number of books on contemporary artists and for some years editing the magazine Sculpture Review. She received her Master’s Degree from Columbia University, has served on numerous boards and in 2014 received the Niwano Peace Prize for her international work.

1hr 5mins

6 Aug 2021

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When The Bright Moon Rises: The Awakening Of Ancient Memories with Dena Merriam

Night-Light Radio

When the Bright Moon Rises is first and foremost a love story: love between the sages and the cosmic forces known as the deities, love of the sages for the people, and love between individuals seeking to express this universal force of love that exist within all of us. It is also a study of karma, the cosmic law of cause and effect. This narrative begins in Vedic India, around the 9th century BCE, with the meeting of two people and the seeding of a love that cannot be fulfilled but which comes to fruition nearly 10,000 years later during the Tang Empire in China, where they are reborn as the renown poet Li Bai and his poet wife. The awakening of her memories of previous births initiates an inner struggle that is only resolved under the guidance of her Daoist Master. This is her story.Dena is an author, storyteller, and the founder and convener of the Global Peace Initiative of Women.  Bringing spiritual resources to address critical global challenges, such as conflict, social justice, and ecological scarring of the earth.  Over the years sshe has worked to bring greater gender balance and balance between the Abrahamic and Dharma- based religious traditions for a more inclusive interfaith movement.

1hr 59mins

28 Jun 2021

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When The Bright Moon Rises: The Awakening Of Ancient Memories with Dena Merriam

NIGHT-LIGHT RADIO

When the Bright Moon Rises is first and foremost a love story: love between the sages and the cosmic forces known as the deities, love of the sages for the people, and love between individuals seeking to express this universal force of love that exist within all of us. It is also a study of karma, the cosmic law of cause and effect. This narrative begins in Vedic India, around the 9th century BCE, with the meeting of two people and the seeding of a love that cannot be fulfilled but which comes to fruition nearly 10,000 years later during the Tang Empire in China, where they are reborn as the renown poet Li Bai and his poet wife. The awakening of her memories of previous births initiates an inner struggle that is only resolved under the guidance of her Daoist Master. This is her story.Dena is an author, storyteller, and the founder and convener of the Global Peace Initiative of Women.  Bringing spiritual resources to address critical global challenges, such as conflict, social justice, and ecological scarring of the earth.  Over the years sshe has worked to bring greater gender balance and balance between the Abrahamic and Dharma- based religious traditions for a more inclusive interfaith movement.https://amzn.to/3VuX8ex

2hr

28 Jun 2021

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Episode 73: Dena Merriam: When the Bright Moon Rises

Sacred Stream Radio

On this episode, Laura Chandler is joined by writer, activist, and Founder of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, Dena Merriam, to talk about her latest book, When the Bright Moon Rises: The Awakening of Ancient Memories. The book spans several periods from Vedic India to the Han and Tang Dynasties of China. It is an eloquent testimony to the evolution of a soul and the lessons learned over lifetimes. Dena and Laura discuss the remarkable awakening that was the impetus for writing the book, as well as the significance of the times we are living in and the part past lives play in understanding our current life. Dena is the author of two other books, The Untold Story of Sita: An Empowering Tale for Our Time and My Journey Through Time. In addition to being the Founder of the Global Peace Initiative of Women (GPIW), Dena was the Vice Chair of the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders held at the United Nations in New York in the year 2000. She is a long time practitioner of Kriya Yoga meditation and a devotee of the spiritual master Yogananda for over 40 years. She received her master’s degree from Columbia University in sacred literature, and has served on the boards of many prestigious organizations, including the Harvard Center for the Study of World Religions and the Interfaith Center of New York. Our featured music is from Rajeev Taranath, one of India’s foremost classical musicians, and a master of the sarod. His career spans over four decades and he was a distinguished disciple of the late legendary maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Rajeev has received many honors including India’s highest government award in the arts, the esteemed Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2000.

58mins

7 Jun 2021

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247. A Journey into One's Past Lives with Dena Merriam

Stellar Life

Join me and my guest, Dena Merriam, for a conversation full of spiritual wisdom on this Stellar Life Podcast. In this episode, Dena talks about the unfolding of karma, past life recollection and her own spiritual journey of awakening. Tune in!

45mins

18 May 2021

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