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Coming in October Airing October 7 – 13, 2015 The Practice Of Settlement, Finding A Sense Of Place with John Lane (repeat) Program 3254 Lane drew a circle on a map that represented a one-mile radius from his home, and explored every facet of the place including the topography, history, ancient and current citizenry, and industry. This exploration […]

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September Broadcast Schedule

September Broadcast Schedule Airing September 2 – 8, 2015 What Really Matters with Robert Augustus Masters, Ph.D. (repeat) Program 3392 Masters illustrates what he means by spiritual bypassing and the addiction to being positive. He describes how our resistance to pain makes the pain worse and suggests we soften around the pain, which can begin to remove […]

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August Broadcast Schedule

Watch our Home page for a new hour of Free Listening every Wednesday! Airing August 5 – 11, 2015 Mysterious Sightings In The Sky with Jacques Vallee, Ph.D. Program 3384 Dr. Vallee does not come to conclusions about UFOs or what they may be. However, what his research shows is that reports of such phenomenon […]

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A Message from Justine Willis Toms

You Are a Powerful Partner I want to thank you in advance for being such a powerful partner and supporter of the New Dimensions broadcasts. Your most generous contributions are a MAJOR help in New Dimensions overall financial health. I’m asking you to consider a substantial donation at this time. If you are like me, […]

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Let’s Be Like Kindergarteners

In preparing for the interview with Gregg Levoy on this month’s program schedule, I ran across this from his book, Vital Signs. “Through the rapped knuckles of our upbringings most of us learned early on that the full throated expression of who we are isn’t necessarily welcome, and we end up with internalized scolds telling […]

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June 2015 Music Playlist

Airing the Week of June 3 – 9, 2015 Sacred Knowledge From The Indigenous Wisdom of Hawaii with Hank Wesselman, Ph.D. Program #3400 From Album: Punahele Artist: Ray Káne 1994 Dancing Cat Records #08022 38001-2 Opening Essay: Track 01 Wai’anae Slack Key Hula Music Break 1: Track 07 Nanea Kou Maka I Ka Le’ale’a Music Break […]

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May 2015 Music Playlist

Airing the Week of May 6 – 12, 2015 Listening To Your Wise And Beautiful Heart with Judith Orloff, M.D. Program #3324 From Album: Origins Artist: Radhika Miller, David Darling, W.A. Mathieu 1989 Radhika Miller Music #RMM 1108 Opening Essay: Track 03 Net of Gems Music Break 1: Track 01 Origins Music Break 2: Track 03 […]

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A Lifeline of Support

This month we’ll be hearing from Linda Graham author of Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being. She reminds us that “resources generate the strength, energy, steadiness, and balance we need for adaptive coping.” Resources are the safety net of resilience and we all know that seeking support brings surprising and much […]

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Attention: Use It or Lose It

Spiritual teacher Guy Finley makes a provocative observation in his book The Secret of Your Immortal Self. He points out that the only things that are truly ours to use are: attention and time. I turned this remark over in my mind, asking myself, “Is this true?” As I scanned my life I pondered the […]

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Howard Thurman

What Makes You Come Alive?

Howard Thurman (1899-1981), the great thinker, educator, and peace-activist, often taught that attitude contributes to the wellbeing of our world and our self. In one of his most famous quotes he says: “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world […]

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Highway 101

The Seeker Highway

Some people can tell the history of their lives as a single story that unfolds like a highway that is well marked and is never encumbered with “under construction” detours. Others might say their path was littered with lots of surprises and choices, interruptions and disappointments, and arrivals at some unanticipated places. My life has […]

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Down in a hole

There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk

At my recommendation, some friends accompanied me to hear one of my favorite musical groups at a small local club. Rising Appalachia is a sister group from New Orleans. The last time I saw them was at a small gathering in someone’s living room. Pleased as punch to be able to share this group with […]

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Curious bears

Being Curious in the Face of Uncertain Times

In a recent talk I gave this past summer in San Francisco, I spoke on the Four Keys for Thriving in Chaotic Times. You may hear the talk in its entirety on our free broadcast airing the week of December 10-16, 2014. After checking into the mid-term election results I’m especially having to practice the […]

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Artemis

Artemis: Defender of Wildlife

During my recent interview with Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen about the Greek Goddess Artemis, “Mistress of Animals,” I related a story demonstrating how this goddess spontaneously rose up in me. Jean tells us that Artemis was a “daddy’s girl.” I too was the light of my father’s eye. I grew up with three other siblings, […]

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Asking Good Questions Is the Key

I’m always amazed when I’m with someone who knows how to ask truly great questions—the kind of questions that can be of true service. We’ve all had moments of being with friends who are going through a bad patch and we want to be of help, but we don’t know how. Or, maybe we jump […]

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couch potato

Confessions of a Couch Potato

Basically I have a low threshold for boredom and this is especially true when it comes to exercising. I know I should exercise thus I keep making plans to do it. However, almost all my strategies stay in the realm of “it’s a good idea.” To this end I’ve made some fantastic playlists to accompany […]

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Believe in yourself

Believing In Yourself

My dear friend, role model, and New Dimensions guest Robyn Posin says, “When others are interpreting, analyzing, advising or directing you – they are really only communicating what they believe would be appropriate for themselves were they in your situation. Remember this if you choose to hear their views… Remember, too, that in the deep knowing […]

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Jack and the Beanstock by Jean-Daniel Picard

Hard Grace: What Jack In the Beanstalk Taught Me

Most of us can recall the tale of Jack in the Beanstalk and can remember how we thrilled at the rhythmic chant of the giant ogre, “Fee-fi-fo-fum! I smell the blood of an Englishman. Be he alive, or be he dead, I’ll grind his bones to make my bread.” As an adult and the mother […]

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love

What’s It All About?

Several years ago I gave myself the gift of a detox retreat at the Optimum Health Institute in San Diego, California. This is a place where you can give your digestive process a break using a cleansing diet along with freshly juiced wheat grass. During my stay there were about one hundred other participants and, […]

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Skipping Rope

We do most of our New Dimensions interviews in a private home in a quiet middle-class neighborhood. The spacious yards are nicely groomed. There are sidewalks and an impressive variety of architecture. As I get out of my car, I notice a young man on the sidewalk next to my car. He’s wearing an electric […]

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Moving: An Impossible Task

Several years ago my partner Michael and I moved from Ukiah to Santa Rosa, California. We’d been living in Mendocino County for more than twenty years. The house had a surprising amount of space where “stuff” could be stuffed—out of sight, out of mind so to speak. For over twenty years we didn’t have to […]

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Thomas Moore

Reimagining A Religion That Feeds Your Soul with Thomas Moore, Ph.D.

Church attendance continues to decline as many of us abandon the religious institutions of our youth. However, in today’s culture the search for the sacred has never been more active. Thomas Moore suggests that nature, art, and accessing the wealth of traditional spiritual wisdom can be of enormous help in revivifying our relationship to religion. […]

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What Color Is Your Palette

Recently I attended the Wisdom 2.0 conference and pushed my edge by sitting in on the Wisdom and Technology day-long Intensive. I found myself in a room full of tech-savvy developers, tech entrepreneurs, and Silicon Valley workers, etc. It definitely pushed my edge. Just keeping up with the language was a challenge. I debated with […]

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Thank You

Back Stage Pass

I’m coming up to the one year anniversary since Michael, my dear friend, husband, and partner in New Dimensions for 40 years, passed and I’m pondering that great mystery beyond this physical reality. Some years ago Michael’s Mother Dee arranged her life so that Michael could be there for her great transition. She made a […]

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Joyous New Year!

Angels in My Closet

“The sun is peeking through the misty rain as its light brightens the Ukiah valley for the first time on the first day of the new year.” I wrote these words as I was sorting through belongings Michael and I had accumulated for over two decades. We were preparing to move fifty miles south. The following is […]

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Happy Isles

Happy Isles

As I’m preparing for an upcoming interview with Rick Hanson, Ph.D., I’m feeling excited by his many good ideas for how to rewire our brains to cultivate joy and happiness rather than fear and negativity. His research shows that, even in the most hectic day, if we take 10 seconds several times a day to acknowledge […]

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Creatine Phosphate

Good, Good Vibes from Sondra Barrett, Ph.D.

A recent guest, biologist Sondra Barrett, Ph.D., and author of Secrets of Your Cells: Discovering Your Body’s Inner Intelligence had this to say about New Dimensions: “What is essential about New Dimensions is the broad range of subjects and that you can trust the caliber of guests. For decades it has been a most respected place to listen.” […]

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Anat Baniel

Creating Enthusiasm

Join me for a simple, yet profound, practice of creating enthusiasm, inspired by New Dimensions guest, Anat Baniel, who works with children and adults with special needs, and is the author of Kids Beyond Limits: Breakthrough Results for Children with Autism, Asperger’s, Brain Damage, ADHD, and Undiagnosed Developmental Delays. She says, “Enthusiasm is a profound […]

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William McDonough

Principled Design Based On The Laws Of Nature with William McDonough

McDonough is committed to helping humankind remake how we make things so as to not pollute the environment and therefore ourselves. He’s convinced that we can live a healthy and sustainable life on the planet if we start asking ourselves the right questions. He speaks about how we need to look closely at nature where […]

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Siblings

My Sister Is My Mentor and My Dearest Friend

For the past twenty years my sister, Juliette, has been my dearest friend and mentor. Our relationship was not always this easy or loving. We grew up in a household with very little adult supervision, so much of my relationship with my older sister, with whom I shared a room, was filled with strife, stemming […]

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Terry Tempest Williams

Finding Voice For Authentic Conversation with Terry Tempest Williams

Terry takes us on a whirlwind tour of what it means to give voice to our own authenticity. It requires deep listening and fertile silences. She encourages us to speak “Mother Tongue.” That is speaking from the belly rather than the mind. She laments that in Western culture “the language of economics has power, the […]

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Deidre Combs, Ph.D.

The Four Seasons Of Moving Through Tough Times with Deidre Combs, Ph.D.

There are four phases that show up again and again in order to thrive in challenging times and Combs equates them to the seasons. We get a medical report, we’re facing a divorce, or coping with the death of a loved one. It’s in the autumn when things are falling apart. Combs describes the other […]

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spirit house

A Spirit House

As I’m leaning back in my chair, taking a break from the narrow confines of my computer screen, my eyes wander over to a brightly painted and bejeweled birdhouse that sits on top of the bookcase in my office. Actually, I call it my spirit house. It is about 7 inches tall, 7 inches wide […]

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Mark Matousek

Crossing The Murky Moral Terrain Of Ethics with Mark Matousek

Are there universal human ethics? Are we moving toward a more ethical future? Mark Matousek has interviewed and researched the subject of ethical wisdom with social scientists, spiritual leaders, ex-cons, altruists and philosophers. He’s examined morality from all angles and suggests that ethics just may be a minefield of opposing ideologies, special interests, and temperamental proclivities. […]

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Joe McHugh

Two Cultural Cycles: Logos And Mythos with Joe McHugh

Using the Greek myth of Perseus and Medusa, McHugh describes how we are turned to stone by the very technologies we’ve invented. Throughout time human culture has been dominated by these technologies and sometimes they play into our mythos knowing and at other times they play into our logos knowing. When he refers to mythos knowing, he is talking about sensory knowing. […]

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John Backman

Dialogue: A Habit Of The Heart with John Backman

What often passes for dialogue these days is negotiation or debate. However, Backman feels the true aim of dialogue isn’t about convincing another to see things the way you see them, “Dialogue is aimed at mutual understanding …to nudge [toward the] reality of the situation as it is.  [I]t’s about understanding one another much more deeply […]

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David Hanscom, M.D.

Dealing With Chronic Pain with David Hanscom, M.D.

Having had had two spinal surgeries, ending up with kidney failure, ulcers and post-operative infection, Hanscom has first-hand knowledge of chronic pain. This has left him with extreme empathy for patients who come to him. Since medical school he’s educated himself on mind/body syndromes. Discovering he had a lot of anger issues he says, “I wrote […]

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Sharing

Noticing Kindness

Do affirmations work? What if you’ve been looking for a job for months with no results? What if your home is being threatened by foreclosure? These are no small things and there are too many of us in this very place. Saying over and over, “I’m attracting more and more abundance in my life” when […]

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Terry Laszlo Gopadze

The Power Of Stories To Heal with Terry Laszlo-Gopadze

For Terry Laszlo-Gopadze the idea of sharing stories of spiritual power was born out of a struggle with her own health problems, grief for her desperately ill father, and sadness over her mother’s placement in a nursing home. She found mentors who guided her on a path of healing and growth by the stories they […]

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Susan Sachs Goldman

The Quakers, Forging America’s Identity with Susan Sachs Goldman

Quakers, also known as “the Society of Friends”, have been part of American history for over 300 years and America’s whole national character and moral fabric has been affected by their commitment to peace and social equality. They arrived in the mid-1600s and from the start worked for responsible relations with Native Americans. They denounced […]

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