Editor’s Desk: Playing Dress-Up and Flowers

Playing dress-up – to luxuriate in colors, the fabrics, the endless choices. Sometimes when I pick out something flowing it reminds me of the late 1950s film with Rosalind Russell playing “Auntie Mame” sweeping down a spiral staircase with gossamer robes swirling about her. Color has actual healing qualities. Sometimes I feel like gray. What does gray mean? Actually, oftentimes I choose gray. Why am I so attracted to gray? Gray the color of mist – The color of low iron clouds in a drizzling rain – The color of roly-poly bugs that live under rocks and when the rock
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Editor’s Desk: 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. As I turned this remark over in my brain, I asked myself, “Is this really true?” If so, then the question that occurred to me is: “What can we truly depend on to hold us up in the gale force winds of mindless distraction and chaos?”   Former New Dimensions guest, Winifred Gallagher, makes the argument that the quality of our life largely depends on what
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Editor’s Desk: Is It Kind — Is It Necessary

Recently I was contemplating having a deep conversation with someone from whom I’m estranged. The truth is that I have my own view of the events that led up to this parting of ways. Thankfully, I paused, took a breath, and called a dear and wise friend in order to run the idea by her. She gave me some sage advice and, knowing me well, cautioned me about how easily I could get triggered and then the entire conversation would spiral into an unproductive emotional place, making it even worse. Seeing her viewpoint, I realized that I was not imagining
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Editor’s Desk: What to Wear to the Bardo Ball

Many years ago, I attended an all-night circle with a dozen women who were friends of my heart. They were and are my chosen sisters. We stayed up through the dark sitting Zen-like and sharing poetry. The format was designed to get us out of our rational, linear left-brain and to tap into our intuitive right-brain. The rule to help us through the night was that we could only use song. There was no speaking, only singing. There were snippets of poems printed out on little sheets of paper. These were stanzas taken from a selection of poems that we
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Editor’s Desk: Good News About the New Dimensions Digitizing Project

For the past several years we’ve been working to bring some of the programming gems that contain both historical value and timeless wisdom from our deep archive. As these programs have been digitized, our New Dimensions team has been commenting among ourselves how brilliant these conversations are and how they stand up with penetrating wisdom for these chaotic times. I’ve had the realization that some of our listeners would be very interested in these profound voices that have been preserved and digitized from this extensive archive of over 8000 hours of recordings. More than ever these perceptive dialogues will inspire
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Editor’s Desk: Optimism: An Antidote to Worry

One of the keys I’ve learned about living with grace in a chaotic world is to be optimistic – optimism is an antidote to worry. I recently came across this excellent quote from Chris Hardwick. It’s quoted in the book Drawing on the Dream: Finding My Way by Art by artist Denise Kester. “Worry is a misuse of your imagination.” That says a lot. We often talk about imagination being a uniquely human capacity. Whether or not this is true, imagination pervades our existence and influences most everything we do. It was Albert Einstein who once said, “Imagination is more
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Editor’s Desk: In the Field of Consciousness

Through the years of producing and hosting New Dimensions, I’ve been able to recognize complementary themes emerging from a range of disciplines. We might have a psychologist talking about how emotions can affect our health. Several months later we’ll hear from a cosmologist revealing how we’re essentially microcosmic co-creators of the realities of our universe, embedded in fields of influence. This idea may be followed by a medical doctor talking about a near death experience. All this adds up to an emerging theme that reality may be far more mysterious than what our five senses are reporting. What is happening
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Editor’s Desk: We’re In the Dissolving Caterpillar Stage

A recent deep dialogue with Margaret Wheatley (known as Meg), whose interview you’ll be hearing in February 2019, brought to my attention the cycles that every civilization goes through. They all start with high ideals, self-sacrifice, duty, honor, and country. Wheatley tells us that because these values (sacrifice, putting service over self) are at the heart of the beginning of every civilization, the civilization becomes stable. But as that society shifts its emphasis to business it becomes materialistic and its focus becomes the motivation for profit, which leads to consumerism, greed, and narcissism. The striking details of this pattern of
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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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