Humanity’s Creative Spirit

Taking a break from the relentless torrent of political news, I recently tuned in to an interview that Christiane Amanpour conducted on PBS with historians David Olusoga and Simon Schama, the principal contributors to an extraordinary and far ranging TV series Civilizations, a PBS/BBC collaboration that examines the formative role of art and the creative imagination in the forging of humanity itself. Schama made the following comment: “We’re all so busy building fences around ourselves . . . .Mono mania exists. . . There are all sorts of ways in which you can shut down openness, which is the lifeblood,
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Editor’s Desk: Earth Circle — Visualize Well-Being for All

Recently, a listener reached out to us and asked if Earth Circle was continuing to happen. It has been quite a while since we’ve reminded our listeners about this virtual coming together to focus on unity, positive change, peace, and the well-being of all life and for all peoples on the planet. On the first day of every month we sit at the same moment for five minutes with thousands of others in the worldwide meditation and visualization. Many of us have already experienced the deep nourishment that comes with sitting in circle. Imagine hundreds, thousands, even millions of people
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The Secrets of the Universe Appearing in the Mirror of Our Perception

My late partner, Michael Toms, and I met with Dorothy and Jim Fadiman for over 40 years. For the most part these were intimate gatherings for deep conversations that just happened to be in the presence of microphones so that thousands of others could “listen in.”  A brief rundown of the subjects we covered over the years gives a sense of the depth and breadth of their combined knowledge and wisdom: Sufi tales, listening to our inner voice, intuitive wisdom, exploring inner freedom, creativity, the invisible world, the evolutionary leap, vision into form, relationship, humor and spirit, goddesses, social change,
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Editor’s Desk: A View from India

In January we aired an interview with Sam Daley-Harris, founder of Results, an international grassroots citizen’s lobby committed to healing the break between people and government and creating a political win. Our dialogue included such subjects as how we might move beyond feelings of helplessness and resignation regarding the deep polarization manifesting in the current political climate. A woman from India, Emily Curtis, heard this program and was inspired to write to Sam and he forwarded her letter to me. Because Emily shared in her email to Sam thoughts about dignity, empowerment, and making value-based decisions, I felt compelled to
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Editor’s Desk: Something to Feel Good About

I closely followed the recent Alabama senatorial race and outcome. Alabama is my ancestral home and I’m a proud graduate of Auburn University (War Eagle!). As many of you know, while living in Alabama in my 20s I was teaching in an all-black school in Sylacauga, Alabama when Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated and George Wallace was running for president. I felt enormous pride in this recent voter turn-out as well as the dialogue around the election. Even so, I believe we must press on together to heal the divisiveness that exists in politics and our communities today. I
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Editor’s Desk: Talking it Through

This essay is a reprint that first published in a World Cafe blog http://www.theworldcafe.com. It is more relevant today than when first published. – Justine Willis Toms (essay reprinted with permission)   “We must tend communicative space, design our Cafés, search for the deepest questions that open gateways to the future, harvest and make visible our new collective thoughts as they emerge: together we will discover creative ways of living and being together in these uncertain times.” – Anne Dosher   We often refer to our beloved Anne Dosher as the Elder and the Guardian of the Soul of the World
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Firestorm in Santa Rosa

A week before a fire stormed through my hometown of Santa Rosa, CA and the surrounding area destroying 7000 homes and businesses, I attended a prescient event offered by social services. It was a disaster preparedness meeting that supplied advice on how to be prepared for an emergency. Lists of items were handed out as suggestions of what to have at the ready – a go-bag so to speak: important papers, passport, check book, insurance papers, bottled water for 5 days, a first aid kit, a wind-up solar powered radio, and more. Following that meeting, I began collecting these items and
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Editor’s Desk: The Trim Tab Factor

Our attention is most often captivated by what comes straight at us in our life: those big changes that come rumbling down the highway like a Mac truck pulling a full load. I’m more attracted to those smaller events that, when strung together like holiday lights, light up my life. I’m reminded of the words of a dear friend, author, and superb storyteller, Phil Cousineau, who quotes the Irish novelist William Trevor, reminding us to pay attention to what we see “out of the corner of our eye.” These are the kinds of moments that awaken my curiosity and deepen
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Finding Grace from the Corner of Our Eye

In a recent interview with Ron Pevny, which will be airing in September, we talked about the recognition of moments of grace. I pointed out that these precious moments are unpredictable and it is difficult to notice them when our lives are in a frenzy of busy-ness. When focusing straight on at the world, we may not register the illusive moments of grace, which fly by so fast and with such stealth that they may only be caught out of the corner of our eye. Pevny suggests that being in nature can help us to recognize more easily the wealth
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Editor’s Desk: Wisdom Requires Community

Almost every day I hear from a friend who’s feeling overwhelmed by the pace at which life is coming at them. So many of us are struggling to find ways to avoid becoming disheartened by the immensity of what is required to keep our emotional and physical bodies above water. My saving grace is to remember to circulate, not isolate. It’s essential to get out of the house and rub shoulders with life – even as we are being seduced with the perfume of the mainstream media that bewitches us into becoming paranoid and paralyzed with its continuous loop of
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