Drunvalo Melchizedek ( born as Bernard Perona in 1941 ) is an author and spiritual teacher, who lives in Sedona, Arizona. Drunvalo completed most of a Basic degree in Physics and Mathematics before switching to a fine arts degree which he was awarded in 1970. His fine arts degree was from the University of California at Berkeley, obtained without finishing the course due to clerical errors by the university.
He has written four books and issued a video:
- The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life Volume I, ISBN 1891824171
- The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life Volume II, ISBN 189182421X
- Living in the Heart, ISBN 1891824430
- Serpent of Light – Beyond 2012, ISBN 1578634016
- 2012 Prophecies From the Heart (video from Clear Sighted Media)
Many areas of Drunvalo’s work in his books are more experiential, and extend beyond the experience of most of the population and may require suspension of judgment until the reader has sought to test what Drunvalo teaches through practice in their own life. For example:
- While Merkaba meditation is based in the ancient Hebrew concept of Merkabah which has some documented history, Drunvalo teaches Merkaba Meditation is a breathing and meditation technique which he tells allows the individual to soul travel to other dimensions and communicate with angels and other beings.
Drunvalo writes that his life of spirituality began when he learned meditation, and after around four to five months alleges that he had two angels appear to him, who have been accessible to him by meditation ever since. Since Drunvalo first claimed that the angels appeared to him, he says that they guided him to meet with more than seventy different teachers and mentors around the world, who have shared their knowledge of different areas of spirituality with him.
Eckhart Tolle (German pronunciation: [ˈɛk.haʁt ˈtɔlə], born Ulrich Tolle, 1948) is a German-born writer, public speaker, and spiritual teacher. He is the author of the bestsellers, The Power of Now and A New Earth. In 2008, an article in the New York Times referred to him as “the most popular spiritual author in the [United States]”. He lives in Vancouver, Canada.
Tolle had an unhappy childhood in Germany and Spain, and was depressed as an adult in England until he underwent what he calls an “inner transformation”. He then spent several years as a vagrant, “in a state of deep bliss”, before becoming a spiritual teacher. Later, he moved to North America where he began writing his first book, The Power of Now, which was published in 1997, and reached the New York Times Best Seller lists in 2000.
The Power of Now and A New Earth sold an estimated three million and five million copies respectively in North America by 2009. In 2008, Tolle appeared in a series of 10 webinars along with television talk-show personality Oprah Winfrey to discuss A New Earth and the live appearances attracted a total of approximately 35 million viewers. Tolle’s books and teachings have stimulated much commentary from theologians and journalists. Tolle is not identified with any particular religion, but his work has been influenced by a wide range of spiritual teachings.