Editor’s Desk: The Healing Quality of Being Truly Heard by Another

Recently I traveled to Toronto, Canada to participate in the World Parliament of Religions conference. The first event I attended was The Alchemy of Women’s Collective Wisdom and Power. One of the opening presenters of this session was Kay Lindhl, founder and director of The Listening Center and author of The Art of Sacred Listening. She opened her presentation with the statement: “The answer to how is Yes!” – a thought that gave me much to ponder. She closed her presentation with a profound question, which I then asked a small circle I was leading: “When was the time when
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Editor’s Desk: Photography as a Creative Art Form for Personal Discovery

The interview I did with photographer David Ulrich, author of several books including Zen Camera, is popular on our website. Listeners are showing their interest in the transformative power available through photography. Ulrich says, “When you pick a camera up, even a cell phone, it’s an invitation to observe the world. It’s an invitation to look inward and to take note of your own responses to the world. We would have to agree there’s two different worlds: the outer and the inner world. When those two worlds converge, an image is made and I believe that we learn many things
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Editor’s Desk: In the Storm of Busyness

I belong to a group of people who are, more or less, “retired.” But I find, in my circle of close friends, that they are more busy than ever. I’ve had the privilege of sharing history with most of them for over 40 years and I notice they show no sign of kicking back and dabbling in the garden or sauntering the golf course at a leisurely pace, although I must admit that most of them do have gardens and tackle them with enormous gusto and commitment. The people in my group can be described as super-active. They seem to
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Editor’s Desk: What Would Love Do?

I recently had the opportunity to sit down once again with spiritual teacher Guy Finley. His newest book is entitled Relationship Magic: Waking Up Together. While reading the book and preparing for the interview, I was reminded that it has been over five years since Michael Toms, my partner for over 40 years, died and I couldn’t help but reminisce about my own marriage with Michael. Guy had some very sage advice about using differences to become more loving and kind with one another and I thought to myself, “Oh, I wish I had known this way back when we
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Editor’s Desk: Dancing at the Traffic Light

During a recent power outage, a traffic light near my apartment complex was temporarily out of commission and could only flash a red stop signal to all lanes. This is an intersection where 6 lanes of traffic flowing north and sound cross 6 lanes of traffic flowing east and west. That means that if all the lead cars in every lane moved there would be 12 cars entering the intersection at one time. You can imagine how dangerous a situation this was, yet, as I observed driving to my errand, the flow of traffic flowed in a most orderly fashion;
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Editor’s Desk: Summer Solstice

Even though I am usually a night-owl, I made the commitment to participate in a Sunrise Solstice walk on June 21st. Not wanting to miss my most unaccustomed 3:30 am wake up call, I slept fitfully and even got myself out of bed before the alarm sounded. Anticipating not wanting to make any early morning decisions before my brain was fully awake, I had pre-set my coffee maker and laid my clothes out before going to bed. I felt a bit like a fireman/woman, ready to jump into them in the pre-dawn hour. This Sunrise Solstice walk was around the
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Editor’s Desk: When a Shock or a Setback is a Gift

Today’s news reporting is relentlessly bombarding us with pictures and stories of shocking events such as school shootings, the repeal of protective regulations that safeguard our common good, incidents of racism, and other reports of discrimination. Our serenity takes a hit as it is tossed hither and yon on the relentless, churning sea of front page news. In preparing for my conversation with Terry Patten, author of A New Republic of the Heart: An Ethos for Revolutionaries, I was struck by a quote he shares from the late George Leonard, a pioneer of the human potential movement, who used the
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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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