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Kindred Spirit Awards 2015 MBS Personality of the Year Nominees!

Vote now for the Mind, Body, Spirit individual who has made a difference to you in 2015!


Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 26 Feb  2.00.17 pm Tori Hartman
Born and raised in the free-thinking atmosphere of New York’s Greenwich Village in the 1960s, Tori has been aware of her psychic abilities since the age of eight. After a near-death experience about 25 years ago, Tori began having a series of encounters with angels that revealed the profound fables that were to become the basis of the Chakra Wisdom Oracle Cards. Using the Chakra Wisdom Oracle Cards along with books, classes and seminars, Tori Hartman continues to promote the empowerment of individuals and the acceptance of their intuition to make decisions.

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 26 Feb  2.00.46 pmDr Penny Sartori
Dr Penny Sartori worked as a nurse in a British hospital for 21 years, 17 of those being in Intensive Care. She is highly experienced and skilled in her role as an intensive care staff nurse; and has conducted unique and extensive research into the near-death experiences (NDEs) of her patients. In 2005 she was awarded a PhD for her research into NDEs.
Based on her research and experiences, she wrote, The Wisdom of Near Death Experiences.Her work has received worldwide attention and media coverage. She has spoken at many conferences both nationally and internationally and her work has received the attention of HRH Prince Charles.

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 26 Feb  2.01.12 pmGordon Smith
Hailed as ‘Britain’s most accurate medium’ ,Gordon has been featured in numerous television documentaries including the BBC’s Everyman, Mediums: Talking With the Dead 3-part series as well as appearing as an expert guest on various shows such as This Morning, Richard and Judy and the BBC’s Heaven and Earth. Gordon has also presented one of the nation’s favourite paranormal shows, Living TV’s Most Haunted, as well as his own series on the Biography Channel. He even managed to find the time to squeeze in a cameo in a Jackie Collins movie, Paris Connections!

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 26 Feb  2.01.56 pmMark Ballabon
As a philosopher and acclaimed author, Mark’s writings have for many years been at the leading edge of original insight into personal growth. He connects and empathises with people in a unique way.

His most recent and beautifully illustrated book, Courting the Future received excellent reviews around the world. It covers a range of essential areas in human development, featuring unique essays such as: ‘A vision of the future’, ‘Climate change in the human’ and ‘When nothing satisfies’.

More recently, Mark has been writing successful articles which have been published in a range of popular national magazines, from Kindred Spirit, Natural Health and Cygnus review to Watkins Mind, Body and Spirit.

Robert Holden
Robert Holden, Ph.D., is the Director of The Happiness Project and Success Intelligence. His innovative work has been featured on Oprah, Good Morning America, and in two major BBC-TV documentaries, The Happiness Formula and How to Be Happy, shown in 16 countries to more than 30 million television viewers. Robert is author of the bestselling books: Happiness NOW!, Shift Happens!, Authentic Success (formerly titled Success Intelligence) and Be Happy. He is an official contributor to Robert also hosts a weekly show on Hay House Radio called Shift Happens! His latest project is a co-authored book with Louise Hay entitled Life Loves You: 7 Spiritual Practices to Heal Your Life, published in May. Robert lives in London, with his wife Hollie, daughter Bo, and son Christopher.

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Kindred Spirit Music Award Nominees

Vote for the musician that gave you an audio uplift in 2015!


Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 26 Feb  1.42.01 pm Chinmaya Dunster
Chinmaya was born in 1954 in England and started playing the classical guitar at 15. After taking sannyas in 1982, he took up playing the sarod. He has thirteen CDs released on New Earth Records and a further four (three of them under the band names of Bhakti and Akasha) on Malimba Records. Chinmaya is also involved with environmental / social justice issues in India, which took him around the continent with the Green Ragas Band. He also creates awareness-raising films on these issues. He now concentrates on live performances near his home in Auckland, New Zealand, raising his five year old daughter and growing a vegetable garden.

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 26 Feb  1.42.31 pmMoya Brennan
In her music-making, Moya has never been content to nestle within comfortable boundaries. With her band Clannad, she made an enlightening discovery of the extraordinary wealth of Celtic history and melody on her doorstep. Clannad sent tremors through the world of traditional music. With Harry’s Game they took the Irish language and its melodies to places that it had never been before: Top of the Pops, major record contracts and world tours. The accolades followed – Ivor Novello and BAFTA awards plus, after several nominations, a Grammy award in 1999.
The power of her whispered tones and the beauty of her music touch the soul. Gently, yet persistently, her songs and her music are redefining Irish music.

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 26 Feb  1.43.51 pmWiggzaro
After spending many years out of the music performance scene working as a professional music producer recording and mix engineer, Wiggzaro has re-emerged out of his creative lair with his new album reigniting his artistic career. Having an ingrained passion for live performance and with an eclectic mix of cultural influence, Wiggzaro is equally at home at yoga, ecstatic dance and alternative spiritually-orientated festivals as is he at electronic and psychedelic dance music, world music and mainstream music festivals.

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 26 Feb  1.44.36 pmLoreena McKennitt
Loreena McKennitt is well-known as a composer and singer. In a recording career spanning more than three decades, McKennitt’s ‘eclectic Celtic’ music has received critical acclaim world-wide, and gold, platinum and multi-platinum sales awards in 15 countries across four continents. To date, she has sold over 14 million albums with a catalogue that includes seven studio recordings, three seasonal recordings, a live in-concert DVD and two DVD documentaries. She’s won two Junos, Canada’s premiere music award, and has performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 26 Feb  1.45.29 pmPhamie Gow
Throughout her albums, Phamie Gow’s diverse range of musical talents (multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer, producer, Musical Director) and her collaborations with other world class artists has brought a strong new breadth of undeniable talent to the world. With Gow’s creativity and new ‘sound’ it is safe to say that she has created a new movement in the genre of Celtic/classical/world cross over music through her innovative compositions on the harp and piano.

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Kindred Spirit Award Nominees for Spiritual Writer Award

The Kindred Spirit Awards are a chance for us to thank the inspirational individuals and businesses that have given so much to the Mind, Body, and Spirit Communities in the past year. Vote now until April 17th, 2015 for your favourite MBS role models, pioneers and luminaries!


Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 26 Feb  1.13.24 pmDr Steve Taylor
Dr Steve Taylor is the author of several best-selling books on psychology and spirituality, and is a senior lecturer in psychology at Leeds Metropolitan University. For the last three years he has been included (this year at no. 31) in Watkin’s Mind, Body, Spirit magazine’s list of the ‘100 most spiritually influential living people.’ His books include Waking From Sleep, The Fall, Out of the Darkness, Back to Sanity, and his latest book is The Meaning.
Eckhart Tolle has described his work as ‘an important contribution to the shift in consciousness which is happening on our planet at present.’ Andrew Harvey has said of his work, ‘Its importance for our menacing times and for the transformation being birthed by them cannot be exaggerated.

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 26 Feb  1.14.48 pmDr Russell Razzaque
Dr Russell Razzaque is a London based psychiatrist with twenty years experience in adult mental health. He has worked for a number of major national and international institutions during his career including the University of Cambridge, the UK Home Office and Ministry of Justice, and he currently works as a consultant psychiatrist and associate medical director in the NHS in east London.
He is a published author in human psychology and has written columns for several publications including The Independent, The Guardian and Psychology Today. His latest book, Breaking Down is Waking Up explores startling new insights into the mind and mental distress. His extraordinary conclusion: mental illness, to which every one of us is vulnerable, can also be a form of spiritual awakening.

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 26 Feb  1.15.31 pmGabrielle Bernstein
Gabrielle Bernstein has been named ‘a next-generation thought leader’ by Oprah Winfrey. She appears regularly as an expert on NBC’s Today Show and has been named ‘a new role model’ by The New York Times. She is The New York Time’s bestselling author of Miracles Now, and May Cause Miracles. Her two additional titles include Add More ~ing to Your Life and Spirit Junkie. Gabrielle is also the founder of, a social networking site for women to inspire, empower and connect.

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 26 Feb  1.16.09 pmMaggie La Tourelle
Maggie La Tourelle is a therapist, teacher and writer in the field of wellbeing and holistic healthcare. She is a counsellor, psychotherapist, NLP master practitioner, kinesiologist and energy therapist, and has been integrating these disciplines for thirty years. She maintains a holistic therapy practice in London, has lectured at some of the UK’s leading universities and has been running professional training courses in holistic healthcare for many years.
Her book, The Gift of Alzheimers,   documents her heart and soul journey with her mother who had Alzheimer’s. It deals with the vicissitudes of Alzheimer’s, seeks meaning in the language and demonstrates the healing power of love.

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 26 Feb  1.16.46 pmAnita Moorjani
In August 2006, Anita Moorjani submitted her Near Death Experience description and questionnaire to The Near Death Research Foundation. The owner of the site, Dr. Jeffrey Long, an oncologist, contacted Anita within hours of her submitting it, asking many follow up questions. Shortly after, Anita’s story went viral, spreading to hundreds of thousands of people all over the world via email.
Her book, Dying to be Me, documents her moving near-death experience and how it has tremendously changed her perspective on life. Her life is now ingrained with the depths and insights she gained while in the other realm.


The Work of Michal Levin; Transformation and Everyday Joy!

For over twenty years Michal Levin has quietly but profoundly been transforming people’s lives.

Through seminars, workshops, meditation and writing – as well as private consultations – she has taught and, more than that, ‘transmitted’ a body of work that addresses the issues we all face from the deeply personal to those on a more global level. She is able to articulate and make real subjects that are notoriously difficult to consider such as spirituality, God, love and intuition. Her kindness, her willingness to offer whatever she can at all times and her ability to enable students and clients to truly experience and to feel the material is rare. Now, she has distilled some of her teachings into ‘Step One’, a foundation course that maps the territory/establishes the groundwork for the transformational work she offers. The concept – and it is no mere concept, but a pervasive reality -that she begins with is energy.

Some of the aims of Michal’s work can seem deceptively simple but it is what many of us are, in essence, searching for: ‘Everyday joy’ and the ability to be the best that we can be. It is a lifetime’s work but Michal offers a way to get started and to keep going, wherever you are in life, and this is underpinned by her resoluteness that we take responsibility for ourselves and the form our experience takes. There is no one ‘answer’. Step One is not a ‘quick-fix’ solution to life’s challenges but it is a long-lasting, loving and life-affirming step on the journey to our greatest selves. Michal’s own journey is extraordinary, authentic and deeply touching.

An Interview with Michal Levin

Q: More and more people seem to be searching for greater meaning in their lives, in many different ways, can you say more about your own search; for instance how did it start?

A: As a first year student at London University, I developed a curious symptom. I stopped being able to read- that is to move my eyes from one side of a page to the other. In a psychoanalytically oriented department, my condition was quickly diagnosed as a psychosomatic symptom, perfectly suited to Freudian psychoanalysis. And that’s where it started. (Actually, a tumour pressing on the nerves responsible for controlling movement of my right eye produced my symptoms, but that’s another story. It wasn’t diagnosed until about thirty years later.)

For several years I engaged in an almost classical psychoanalysis, often three times a week. Later, when I had collected a psychology degree, but still hadn’t found the answers I was by then looking for, I tried Jungian analysis, with two different, dear analysts. And for good measure, afterwards, I dipped into psychosynthesis.

Q:  What worked for you? And what happened next?

A: Of course, I decided, therapy is all about the therapist and the relationship. Different theories have different strengths. But it wasn’t until the end of my thirties, when I had embarked on a successful career as a television journalist, written a book, married, divorced, and produced two beloved children, that I really found what I had, unknowingly, been searching for. (Though I still didn’t know that what had taken me into therapy initially, were not psychological problems, but the symptoms of a brain tumour that was only later identified.) The gateway that opened – just opened -the way for me  was meditation.

The extraordinary, definitely unsought journey that followed, taught me to see what I could only call “energy”, and more, to understand the meaning of what I saw. It deepened my insight. It brought my intuition to the place where it blossomed and then flowered. It deepened my compassion, heightened my sense of connection to all others, and brought a profound sense of joy, peace and love. Sounds much too good to be true?  Well it happened, and has continued to mature and develop over all the intervening years.

I wrote about this journey that showed me my life’s work in a book called the “Pool of Memory; The Autobiography of an Unwilling Intuitive”, first published in 1998.

Q: Tell me more about your story.

A: For more than twenty years from the momentous time of my breakthrough, I have worked as a guide, personal development mentor, intuitive, teacher, healer – call it what you will, I have never found a satisfactory name for what I do, with a very wide variety of people. They range from academics to business people, and include creative artists, medics, and psychotherapists and just about everyone else, each of who may see me a little differently. Obviously, I have not worked as a therapist. (Or a clairvoyant.)

Q: So what do you offer your clients and what is unique about this?

A: Intuition is at the core of my work – both the application of my own and the development of my client’s intuition. Morality and ethics also play a central part. I work with those from many spiritual backgrounds – from atheists to believers, Christians to Muslims, Cognitive Behavioural therapists to Jungian analysts. Many of my clients are very successful, professionally in their lives.

A basic emotional awareness is an essential starting point for engaging with my work. Clients may already have explored therapy and come to an understanding of some of their emotional underpinning (which might change, of course).

Q: You seem to have attracted some high level professionals by your work, in particular Americans, and yet, without wishing to be rude you are not in any way as well known as say Deepak Chopra, or even Byron Katie.

A: It would be wrong to say that I have worked with more so called ‘high level’ clients in the USA than in the UK or Europe. But Americans are much less self-conscious about the unusual form of my work and so happy to endorse it publicly. Brits often stay behind the strict confidentiality contracts that I sign with all clients.

Q: But you haven’t pursued a higher profile approach yourself?

A: No. Perhaps I could have taken my intuitive skills and “gone big”, or followed the New Age teacher route that often involves a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. But, I didn’t. I have not followed any career path at all. I have kept my head largely below the parapet.

I have worked quietly for many years; going deeper and deeper into my discipline, concentrating on individual clients and occasional seminars or retreats. For example, I led two series of seminars for medics at Penn State University Hershey Hospital called “Essential Practices for Advanced Medicine”. I have spoken publicly from time to time at venues in the UK and the USA; including, in the UK, at a CONFER Psychotherapists Conference and at Surrey University. In the USA I have spoken in Washington DC, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and elsewhere; but I have not sought professional prominence.

Q: And do you want to reach a broader audience?

A: Over the years I have been lucky and worked with many wonderful people, learnt, and continue to learn a great deal. My work has brought me much joy and fulfilment. My aim has been first real change in the lives of my clients, and second to teach to a receptive audience, an audience who found me, and was “ready”. I have not pursued a wider audience, or growth of my own business, I have aimed simply to do my best, and to be true to the knowledge that I have uncovered. Clients’ responses have surpassed any expectations.

At the same time, I have had a few concerns; most enduring has been my concern that I could reach so few people. Now, a grandmother and in the final third of my life, I think I have at last found a way to address that problem.

I still work with individual clients, but I have also constructed an in depth course, called Step One, that is offered online, in ten modules. Step One lays down the foundations of my work, starting with an understanding of energy and its implications for development, in a form that is intended to reach a wider audience and draw them into the work. Step One provides the beginning of a framework for a wider, deeper worldview that promotes authenticity and integrity, develops intuition and honours spirituality in a deep and satisfying way. Steps Two and Three are in preparation.

Q: So is Step One working and doing what you want it to do?

A: The reactions of the first students testing Step One are amazing. At last it seems that I am offering my work in a way that is accessible to a wider audience. I want Step One to offer participants a new way to find meaning in their lives, to contribute and to be their best selves.

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