The MAGI Process: A Nondual Method for Personal Awakening and the Resolution of Conflict by Jason Shulman
The MAGI Process—a thirty-eight step, dynamic spiritual methodology for the resolution of conflict and awakening—is a way of participating in the creative machinery of the world. Since, from a nondual perspective, we are part of the world, made by the world and simultaneously making the world, to do the Process is to engage fully with reality. It is to drop into the programming language that made and makes the world as we know it. The thirty-eight Steps of the MAGI Process are the actual answers about what is really here and who we are. They describe the essence of what you will find at every step of the journey when personal desires and questions come into contact with the great, impersonal vastness of Reality.
The world is filled with seeds. Dust motes from the skeletons of stars float in the universe, condense and form suns, planets, and new life. The pine cone makes a forest of pines. The apple pip makes an orchard and fruit and a future apple-picking time. Each seed sets in motion a myriad of events, some predictable and some unknowable. But each seed is a lever that can move a mountain, start a family, make a new path, bring new hope, and change a world.
The MAGI Process is a seed and we, when we use it, are the fruit, the life that springs from it. Some of why it works remains mysterious, but we can say this: by using the Process, we become a potent kernel and the world is where we are planted. When you finish doing a MAGI session, there is a kind of quietness that comes over you, but it is the quietness of strenuous activity, of having spent yourself in good effort. You might feel as if you have been tumbled and smoothed like a small river rock; you might just feel emptied of conceptions, pre-conceptions, and thoughts of all types. You might feel ready to listen and to hear—maybe for the first time—the heart cry of others. You may feel fearless, ready to stand your ground and now have the words to explain why your actions are what they are. But after all is said and done, you feel like a potent being, ready to blossom, filled with non-reactive grace, which is to say, open-heartedness for its own sake.
The Magi Process, A Note From Jason Shulman
I'd like to welcome you to the Magi Process, a new way of working with conflict and its resolution. This Process, created in 2003, is a nondual way of working with conflict. While it does not take sides, it understands that any conflict involves sides; while it understands the difference between inner and outer conflict, and knows how inner conflict leads to outer conflict, it does not make a distinction between the two. Instead, it works directly, in a vivid manner, with the fabric of the world itself, a world that contains both inner and outer.
Using the Magi Process is to take an interactive journey behind the appearance of the world into its inner mechanism. This journey however, is not a psychological one, but into and through a place that makes both the observer and the observed; the world and the one who participates in it. It works because on all levels, you and the world are actually one.
Yet, the Magi Process does not bury differences in oneness. Neither is it a disinterested process. It understands the difference between right and wrong, even as it helps us admit that we don't always know the difference, and sometimes can never know the difference. Its aim is to heal and it does this by unifying the world, seeing how disparate pieces, and even pieces in conflict, can remain separate and yet part of the whole simultaneously.
Doing the Magi Process will change you. Although it is not a psychological process it will bring up psychological material in you, allowing you to look at preconceptions and limitations within your own psyche. It will also change the world.
This Process can be used for working with your own, internal conflicts as well and as such is a powerful path to problem-solving from the nondual perspective. Your problems are not different from the world's conflicts of course. They arise together and are indivisible.
By using the Magi Process you are joining a growing community of people who are interested in turning self-change into world-change, but who want to do this with eyes open, seeing the world as it is in its deepest heart: a unified and unifying place for all beings.
With blessings, Jason Jinen Shulman
Quotes & Responses to the Magi Process
"I'm 55 years old, and until I worked the Magi Process this year, I couldn't have cared less for my body. It always seemed to be an obstacle to my quest for God and a way to serve. Engaging with the Magi has changed my relationship with my body, which I now view as a marvelous tool for being with One and of service to the world too. That's all I've really wanted to attain to for the past thirty years. I feel like I've come home."
"I can feel the movement in my own body of the political and social issues I am addressing. This is deeply satisfying not only because of the possible results (which we can’t always know) but because participating in this way leaves one less helpless, less alienated and more available to true movement within and beyond the self. When I start with a personal issue and frame it as a universal one, the result is not only deep and happy movement in my personal relationships but a sense of connection to all others all over the world and through time who have similarly struggled. This touches me deeply."
Provocative Spiritual Teacher
Of the new breed of spiritual teachers active in the public eye today, few are as inclusive ' or as provocative ' as Jason Shulman. His work defies labels and any attempts at simple definition. He is one of the most highly respected serious exponents of Kabbalah today. At the same time, he is a Buddhist teacher and Dharma lineage holder in the Zen tradition. He is dedicated to holding both of these ancient traditions in his work. Shulman's teachings are equally God-inspired and nondual. This uniquely open-hearted and spacious ability to span many positions and perspectives is the hallmark of the new spiritual paradigm he proposes for our world today.
From his long grounding in the traditional spiritual training of Judaism and Buddhism, Shulman offers a fresh interpretation of the ancient paths to enlightenment and God-Realization. The new territory he unfolds with poetic eloquence includes both God and Boundlessness; the personal self and the Transcendent Self.
Rather than speaking about enlightenment or God-realization as some sort of state or thing, he prefers the term 'awakening': a continuous moment by moment process that never ends.
The path that Shulman offers is exceptionally well-suited for our life in the 21st century. He calls for commitment to being awake to Reality and to being fully human. At first glance, these might seem diametrically opposing aims, but in Shulman's map, they are the same destination, where living in the world and being with God are identical things seen from different standpoints.
In Shulman's masterful and seamless integration, what initially seems like contentious spiritual or theological territory unfolds as a panoramic landscape. This level of development or awakening is what draws students from around the world to Shulman. Though many are new to spiritual work, most are long-time practitioners who come to learn how to work with their most profound spiritual questions and deepest longings.
People also come to Shulman with the suffering of their everyday lives ' illness, chronic difficulty in relationships, lack of fulfilment at work, a longing to be of service to the world; sadness, loneliness, anxiety, fear and rage. His work is particularly helpful in this regard. The programs he has developed for A Society of Souls are specifically designed to bring together the spiritual heights of revelation and Ultimate Reality with the small and great trials and tribulations of contemporary human life.
Shulman's work as a spiritual teacher is his primary, but not his only calling. He is dedicated to the process of healing and much of his spiritual work today is centered around teaching the powerful modalities of Integrated Kabbalistic Healing and The Work of Return, both of which he has developed.
Alongside his spiritual and healing career, his earlier passion for music has remained undimmed. He is an accomplished singer and songwriter. Music for Shulman has always been a powerful way of expressing his personal knowledge of human suffering, longing, courage and joy.
Currently, Shulman has two CDs of spiritual music. The first, 'The Great Transparency' was released in 1998 and his second, 'Buddha-Cloud' in 2005. Buddha-Cloud' is available online through omstream.com
A new CD, 'Songs and Chants for Receiving God', will be in the music stores at the end of 2006. Produced by Gary Malkin, these chants and songs composed by Shulman contain in music the essence of his teachings.
The Magi Process
The MAGI Process—a thirty-eight step, dynamic spiritual methodology for the resolution of conflict and awakening—is a way of participating in the creative machinery of the world. Since, from a nondual perspective, we are part of the world, made by the world and simultaneously making the world, to do the Process is to engage fully with reality. It is to drop into the programming language that made and makes the world as we know it. The thirty- eight Steps of the MAGI Process are the actual answers about what is really here and who we are. They describe the essence of what you will find at every step of the journey when personal desires and questions come into contact with the great, impersonal vastness of Reality. The world is filled with seeds. Dust motes from the skeletons of stars float in the universe, condense and form suns, planets, and new life. The pine cone makes a forest of pines. The apple pip makes an orchard and fruit and a future apple-picking time. Each seed sets in motion a myriad of events, some predictable and some unknowable. But each seed is a lever that can move a mountain, start a family, make a new path, bring new hope, and change a world. The MAGI Process is a seed and we, when we use it, are the fruit, the life that springs from it. Some of why it works remains mysterious, but we can say this: by using the Process, we become a potent kernel and the world is where we are planted. When you finish doing a MAGI session, there is a kind of quietness that comes over you, but it is the quietness of strenuous activity, of having spent yourself in good effort. You might feel as if you have been tumbled and smoothed like a small river rock; you might just feel emptied of conceptions, pre-conceptions, and thoughts of all types. You might feel ready to listen and to hear—maybe for the first time—the heart cry of others. You may feel fearless, ready to stand your ground and now have the words to explain why your actions are what they are. But after all is said and done, you feel like a potent being, ready to blossom, filled with non-reactive grace, which is to say, open-heartedness for its own sake.
Nondual Healing and A Society of Souls
Jason Shulman is an American spiritual teacher whose original work springs from his Judaic and Buddhist background. He is the founder of A Society of Souls: The School for Nondual Healing and Awakening, based in the United States and the Netherlands. There he teaches the distinctive body of nondual work he has developed to awaken the human spirit: Nondual Healing, Impersonal Movement and the Work of Return. Jason’s main concern has been to develop paths of healing the mind, body and spirit based on his own understanding of the difficulties inherent in the human condition.
Through his studies and practice, Jason has developed a unique perspective on human consciousness and the nature of existence. His work seeks to translate this perspective into a replicable and clearly-delineated path for other seekers of truth to follow. He has been especially interested in applying personal spiritual work to methods of transforming society at large. To that end, he has created the MAGI Process, a nondual method of working with conflicts between people, institutions and governments. He is the author of numerous monographs and books, and several albums of his work as a singer and songwriter. More about his work can be found at www.societyofsouls.com
The Foundation for Nonduality Library
In 2014, The Foundation for Nonduality, a not-for-profit entity, was created to become the home of the Jason Shulman Library.
The Foundation for Nonduality is dedicated to making the principles of nondual thinking and practice as articulated by Jason Shulman available to the greater public for the purpose of transforming the consciousness of individuals in order to help alleviate suffering in the world.
Our hope is to educate individuals, professionals, families, groups, organizations, businesses, and those working in the area of conflict resolution. These principles and their practical application focus on the unitive connection between personal and transcendent consciousness as the foundational basis for change and healing.
The Jason Jinen Shulman Library
Over the past forty years of teaching, Jason Shulman has worked to reconcile the deistic or relative paths of liberation with the consciousness of Buddhism and other non-theistic paths to create a truly nondual path of healing, one that does not exclude any aspect of reality. His work emphasizes the healing of the personal ego and its rightful place in any path that seeks liberation from ignorance and the awakening of compassion. It also seeks to bring the truly human world, with its imperfections, into alignment with the realization of transcendent awareness. In this way we develop a conscious awakening to the sacredness of every sentient being and every time-bound moment.
One of the central missions of The Foundation for Nonduality is to make these principles of nonduality available to a larger audience.
This new perspective on nonduality is being used not only by seekers of awakening, but as new approaches that enliven a variety of other disciplines, from teaching to parenting, from law to business, to medicine and other health-oriented modalities and concerns.
To deeply embody the nature of the inseparable connection between the personal and universal perspectives has powerful implications for personal as well as organizational healing. Nondual consciousness sees the world and the individuals that comprise it, with both their vast imperfections and their beauty, as a workable basis for healing and change based on reality-as-is, rather than a prescribed set of doctrines and ideas.
Paperback: 152 pages
Publisher: Foundation for Nonduality, The (March 18, 2016)
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Kabbalistic Healing: A Path to an Awakened Soul
A guidebook to using the Kabbalah to transform our consciousness in order to heal the body, mind, and spirit
• Describes a process of unification with God and the healing implications of that process for our daily life
• Introduces four kabbalistic universes that form a topographical map of reality
• Offers a unique perspective on human consciousness and the nature of existence from a leading modern kabbalist
Kabbalistic Healing shows how the Kabbalah--the Jewish mystical path to knowing reality--can kindle the central fire in our being so that we can unite with the divine. It describes the ultimate healing possible for the human soul: an awakening to our true nature that makes our former life seem as if we have been asleep. The Kabbalah is not an advanced study; it is the first study, because it speaks directly to our fundamental desire to know what life is about.
To Shulman, the Kabbalah is the living experience of our real self, the self that is always connected to God, the self that lives in God the way a fish lives in water. Kabbalistic Healing is about the process of unification, of joining with reality, and the implications of that process for daily life. It draws upon the author’s work at A Society of Souls, which promotes the belief that the ultimate form of healing is to create a unitive or nondual state of consciousness, integrating the healthy human ego into its proper relationship with transcendent reality. As we deepen our understanding of our true selves and enhance our ability to hold new states of consciousness, we are able not only to heal ourselves but to help heal others as well.
“This lucid book of deep healing is a brilliant contribution to the spiritual literature bridging Eastern and Western thought. Shulman’s bigger view unifies seeking and being-there, path and goal, transcendence and immanence, with the joy of a true master.”
—Lama Surya Das, founder of the Dzogchen Center and author of Awakening the Buddha Within)
“Jason Shulman brilliantly integrates a deep psychological component with a profound understanding of the non-dual, absolute unity of the Divine Nature in a way that raises the reader’s soul to the highest potential of awareness. While traditional teachings tend to demean the ego-self, Shulman shows us the importance of our gift of self-awareness and how to come to peace with ourselves. Thus he leads readers to evoke a healing from our sense of fractured separation into a wholeness of being that has compassion for who we are and what we are. This is a must-read for anyone who wishes to learn the essence of kabbalistic teachings in the hands of a master of spiritual and psychological development.” —Rabbi David A. Cooper, author of God Is a Verb
“Here is once and future wisdom as we meet the Jewish mystical tradition in its revelatory mapping of the nature of reality. Here too are practices that bring the reader closer to the nondual state of consciousness and awareness of the integral relationship between all things. Taken seriously, this profound work can only charge the spirit as it illumines the mind and heart.”
—Jean Houston, Ph.D., author of Jump Time: Shaping Your Future in a World of Radical Change)
“Jason Shulman is a true adept of the inner teachings. He offers a very sophisticated and dynamic account of what happens between the Kabbalah and the great, luminous transparency. To engage with Jason Shulman’s mind is to enter into the reality where true healing can occur.”
—Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, leader of the Jewish Renewal Movement
“Kabbalistic Healing is a great book about discovering wisdom within each of us. At a time when everyone in contemporary society is experiencing an information glut, what’s missing is a deeper understanding of life. Jason Shulman provides the reader with wisdom and insight for life’s journey.”
—Stephan Rechtschaffen, cofounder and CEO of the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies
“Jason Shulman is a sincere, authentic practitioner of Kabbalah. The fruit of much inner work, the masterful teachings in this book resonate and come alive because he has truly experienced this wisdom from deep inside.”
—Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, author of The Receiving: Reclaiming Jewish Women’s Wisdom and With Roo)
“We can whole-heartedly embrace these pristine teachings of Jason Shulman, in particular Jason’s Massachusetts bagel shop experience, which conveys the true essence of Zen. Thank you, Jason, for your hard work. We all benefit. May we all live and be well.”
—Shaka Kendo Rich Hart, Abbot of Clear Mountain Zen Center)
“Jason Shulman is a living Kabbalist, a master who transcends the narrowness of academic Kabbalah and the superficiality of popular Kabbalah. He lives and breathes new life into the ancient tradition through the profound intuitions of his own awakened soul. This is one of those rare books that inspires you to live higher, deeper and better than you ever thought was possible. Accept Reb Jason’s invitation to your soul’s adventure, and you will have taken a critical step on your own path to healing and transformation.”
—Rabbi Mordechai (Marc) Gafni, spiritual director of Bayit Chadash Community/Retreat Center, Israel,)
"Kabbalistic Healing is especially recommended reading for those who are seeking a deeper and integrated understanding of themselves."
—Margaret Lane, The Midwest Book Review)
"Shulman shows how the Kabbalah...can kindle the central fire in our being so that we can unite with the divine....describes the ultimate healing possible for the human soul..."
—The Arizona Healing Journal, Dec 2004 - Jan 2005)
"...describes the ultimate healing possible for the human soul: an awakening to our true nature..."
—Branches of Light, Spring-Summer-Fall 2005)
"Kabbalistic Healing is about the process of unification, of joining with reality, and the implications of that process for daily life."
—Branches of Light, Spring-Summer-Fall 2005)
"This is a profound expression of how to be fully human and function in the world we live in. It is a kind path of discovering what we all seek, love,happiness,connection is already here within us; there is no where to get to and nothing to get "rid of". I love it!!"
—Alice Forresteron March 7, 2016
"Absolutely fabulous, life changing. one of the most intelligent things I've read on consciousness."
—Linda P. Mattsonon November 5, 2015
"Took me to dimensions not experienced before. Gave me a desire to seek further and answered many of my questions."
—Bernardine Marie Fontanezon June 16, 2015
"Excellent, comprehendible description of Kabbalah healing. Easy to comprehend."
—Patty, January 30, 2015
"I am very excited to say that this book has validated so much of what I have come to realize to be SO on my personal journey but never had the words to express it. It not only helped me identify core beliefs that kept me from receiving the Light it also helped me transend them. Healing is in the Knowing. This book has inspired me to inquire a bit further into Kabbalah and its teachings. If you are seeking answers I suggest you give it a read you may be amazed by how much you are already aware of."
—Tina Mirandaon January 11, 2011
"This book is totally awesome. Sometimes it took a lot of contemplation. I enjoyed the teaching very much."
—Angelfireon August 12, 2009
"Kabbalistic healing: A Path To An Awakened Soul by and modern kabbalist Jason Shulman (a recognized teacher in the Buddhist lineage of Shaka Kendo Rich Art, Abbot of the Clear Mountain Center and a faculty member of The New York Open Center, Esalen Institute, and Omega Institute) describes the ultimate healing possible for the human soul through an awakening of one true nature. Shulman covers the process of unification, of joining with reality, and the implications of that process for daily life. Kabbalistic Healing is especially recommended reading for those who are seeking a deeper and integrated understanding of themselves."
—Midwest Book Review, December 6, 2004
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Inner Traditions (August 24, 2004)
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