Stillness Speaks is the website portal for Atma Vicara (or Atma Vichara) a non-profit organization. Atma Vicara, through all of its digital assets (or web channels), intends to nurture the community of spiritual seekers pursuing self realization through the direct experience of self inquiry.
In May 2015, Chris and the Manifests (Cherie and Sanjiv) came together to rekindle Stillness Speaks through their shared passion for enhancing the non-profit organization’s ability to aggregate and distribute authentic resources of the many paths of self inquiry across all traditions: be they spiritual, philosophical, or scientific.
The key change from the old Stillness Speaks is to expand the scope to multiple paths vs. be largely focused on the nonduality/advaita path. The former distinctly Indian traditional Advaita Vedanta look&feel has evolved into a new, contemporary multi-path/multi-tradition visual interface, which underscores, and is a direct, tangible reflection of, our core intention:
Our approach is integral, all are welcome.
To ensure the integrity of our new expanded focus we decided to create a two tiered stewardship: 1) an executive operational Board and 2) a Board level advisory council.
The executive operational Board defines the overall strategy, direction for Atma Vicara and oversees the day-to-day operations. Its members are Chris Hebard, and Sanjiv & Cherie Manifest. This team (Chris, Sanjiv, and Cherie) also functions as the co-founders of the new StillnessSpeaks. Chris is the founder of the original Stillness Speaks.
The Board level advisory council is a group of distinguished scholars and leaders in the various fields, disciplines, and traditions being offered on Stillness Speaks. This council will provide guidance on our content, relationships, and presence in the “multi-path space.” The key purpose is to ensure Stillness Speaks integrity. We will add details re the council members as it is developed.
“It is only when we have renounced our preoccupation with “I,” “me,” “mine,” that we can truly possess the world in which we live. Everything, provided that we regard nothing as property. And not only is everything ours; it is also everybody else’s.” ~Aldous Huxley, The Perennial Philosophy
Acknowledgements and Gratitude …
…. to those who have served in the blooming of Stillness Speaks …
“If you light a lamp for someone else it will also brighten your path.” ~ Buddha
Since its inception, Stillness Speaks has been a labor of love and service to others – started by Chris Hebard as part of his personal transformation journey and subsequently fostered by others as the “project” grew. Over the years many contributed in various capacities, e.g., site/business operations (past board members, editor, interviewer/host, social media manager, eCommerce manager, web developer, logistics), guest blogging, and more. The site/business operations staff listed below have moved on to other ventures – we wish them the very best.
We are deeply grateful to these dedicated individuals who offered their time, efforts, skills, expertise, and their passion for self realization. Stillness Speaks is here because of them:
Mahesh & Denise Podar
Pre-2015 Guest Blogging
And, our special thanks to Rick Archer, Zaya & Maurizio Benazzo, Francis Lucille, Iain & Renate McNay, Rupert Spira, and Raj Thakur. Over the last many years they have brought depth, wisdom, and humor to the Stillness Speaks journey.
Some individuals want to remain anonymous for privacy reasons – we honor that but still want to express our heartfelt appreciation for their contributions.
We also express our deep gratitude to Canton Becker for designing this website. He is a stellar website designer/developer and we are very fortunate to have him on our team. And, we are most grateful to Malcolm Brooker for helping create the home page video and the initial logo.
Finally, we may have forgotten some names – there were so many gracious contributors over the years – please forgive us and let us know and we’ll update this Acknowledgements and Gratitude page.
“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore