Editor’s Desk: Expanding the Landscape

Seth Godin is an American author, entrepreneur, marketer, and public speaker. He’s primarily a consultant for business, and I subscribe to his blog, where he posts several times a month. He offers usually short and often pithy and inspiring reminders to pay attention and practice deep noticing. Reading a recent blog, I was reminded of a time, soon after Michael Toms and I met, when I was so certain of my position on spiritual matters that I was not able to be swayed by any amount of information to the contrary. I steeled myself from doubt by setting up my tent
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Early Signs Of A New Society with Sarah van Gelder

A dear friend posed a question to Sarah van Gelder that launched her on her quest to understand what is animating the grassroots these days. Her friend asked, “If the universe could deploy the one small person that is you, what would it have you do?” This led Sarah to launch a 12,000 mile trip across America in order to explore the many dynamic movements taking root around the country. For example, she learned from the ranchers and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe members about a place in Southeast Montana called Otter Creek Valley, which was scheduled to be the largest coal strip
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Spotlight: The Bible – The Most Influential Book in Western Culture

Whether or not you read the Bible, whether or not you consider yourself religious, you are affected by the Bible’s influence on society. For this reason, it may be very interesting to discover just what the Bible says and what it doesn’t say. The Spotlight programs this week highlight the stories that have been influencing Western culture through millennia. These dialogues feature scholars who have studied the texts and are presenting cogent, relevant, and inspiring views of this “word of God.” Increasingly, theological positions are at the heart of contemporary American political debate. It behooves us to have a broad
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Despair Is Not An Option

New Dimensions is committed now, more than ever, to bring deep dialogues for these most challenging times. In the ‘70s we thought the changing of an age would be easy. We were wrong. It is chaotic and full of surprises and we have learned that despair is not an option. New Dimensions continues to be faithful in producing relevant programming that includes voices and visions of inspiration, practical wisdom, and grounded actions that will aid both our spiritual practice and inner work and our activism in our communities and the world. Bill Moyers, American broadcast journalist, political commentator, and guest
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Wandering And Wondering In Our Native Landscape with Kate Marianchild

For many years Marianchild has been deeply involved in observing and studying the flora and fauna of her local landscape. She’s trained herself as an amateur naturalist watching wildlife, leading nature walks, and giving slide presentations. Here she shares the delight that comes from walking slowly or sitting quietly in nature, and describes how we can each become a citizen scientist. When asked how we might go about discovering our local eco-system she says, “If there’s something that you already love and enjoy about [the land where you live] but don’t know anything about it, ask yourself some questions and
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Imagining A Sustainable And Regenerative Society with Daniel Pinchbeck

Change is going to come no matter what, so it behooves us to engage our imagination toward the kind of future we want. We need to go deep into what truly makes us happy. Pinchbeck is advocating nothing less than the need to embrace our responsibility for understanding what’s happening and play an active part in caring for the world. Even though the ecological data are frightening, he looks at the situation as an opportunity, as a kind of potential for global awakening, and an initiation that could shift humanity from its present self-involved, ego-based state to something more inclusive
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Spotlight: Father Bede Griffiths – A Mystical Bridge of East and West

Father Bede Griffiths 1906 – 1993. In all the many interviews we’ve done over the years, rarely have we met a truly “holy one” in the full sense of what that means. Fr. Bede lived in a rarified energetic. In the mid-1950s Fr. Bede went to live in India as a Christian monastic and eventually became the most famous exemplar of Christian sannyasa—a life of utter poverty and abandonment to the Spirit of which St. Francis of Assisi is the prime Western example. Father Bede is considered to be one of the great spiritual prophets of the 20th century. East
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The Creative Path Is A Life Path with Cathy Wild

Creativity is a journey with lots of ups and downs, twists and turns. To be creative, one cannot watch from the sidelines. Cathy Wild suggests that there is no set formula for the creative process; there are no steps 1, 2, 3, or A, B, C that guarantee a successful outcome. Each of us is unique, and Wild believes that creativity is our natural state, our birthright. Here she talks about the need to deeply understand ourselves as more than a mental activity. She describes her own process: “Doodling. I do a lot of doodling. [I do] anything that is
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Moving From “Datastan” to “The Republic of Story”

A former guest, Arlene Goldbard, talked about how we are moving from a culture of “Datastan,” where everything is quantified and the population is confined to the role of consumer, to “The Republic of Story” in which, as she puts it, “[E]very story matters to the common good.” New Dimensions beams out these “new stories” of our future. We depend on good friends like you to keep the momentum going by supporting this work with a generous gift. Our financial support comes from dedicated listeners like you. Any donation, no matter the size, is of help. For those who send
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Feel First/Think Later: Finding Your Way To Emotional Freedom with Raphael Cushnir

Are there places in your life where you feel blocked? Is your career or your relationship not what you thought it would be? Are you still struggling with an addiction to smoking or food? Raphael Cushnir believes that whenever we struggle, or whenever we feel unable to accomplish the things that matter to us, there’s an emotion waiting to be noticed, a feeling that our limbic brain sees as so threatening that we resist acknowledging the emotion exists. He says, “Most of us are in resistance to one thing or another all the time. It could be something that happened
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