Editor’s Desk: Recalling My Mentor Michael Toms

Recently I delivered the keynote address at SpiritFest in Ridgway, Colorado and shared a story of one of my mentors. I’m often asked a question regarding the many extraordinary wisdom leaders that I I’ve met through the years. Who was the most inspiring? I can supply many answers, however, first and foremost is Michael Toms. Those of you who have been listening for a long time are very familiar with his voice and his unique ability to engage in deep dialogues as heard on New Dimensions. The gift that Michael gave me that keeps on giving is that he NEVER
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Editor’s Desk: Life as an Emotional Ticking Time Bomb

The description of a metaphor of a personal, emotional ticking time bomb is a situation that will eventually become problematic if not addressed. I’ve had a few of these go off; one only causing harm to myself; the other causing harm to another. The first time I became aware of my internal time bomb timer is when it exploded after a vision quest. Several decades ago I went on a vision quest led by my friend Sedonia Cahill and her then partner, Barton Stone. It was a moment in my life when I thought it was a good idea to
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Editor’s Desk: Visualizing Lost Objects

Several weeks ago I lost my prescription sunglasses/bifocals. I use them for driving and having bifocals makes it easy to look down and see my dashboard as well as deciphering road signs. They usually reside in my purse. However my purse, like my closets, is so full it’s often open rather than snapped closed. The glasses disappeared between my front door and the car. Because I was late for an appointment and could not stop to look for them, I left without them and Plan A was to look for them when I got home. Alas, they did not show
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Editor’s Desk: What’s Currently On My Mind

The research of Suzanne Simard, Ph.D., professor of forest ecology in the University of British Columbia’s faculty of forestry and author of Finding The Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest, tells us that trees form a robust, complex, interlocking network. They communicate through these networks. Her dogged research has uncovered something otherworldly. She says “[It’s] like intercepting a covert conversation over the airwaves that could change the course of history.” She portrays her discovery of the forest’s network research as “Strings and woodwinds, brass and percussion, exploding as one… Flooding my ears, the movement allegro and intense, concordant,
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Editor’s Desk: Serenade of the Flies

One spring, my friend, the late Sedonia Cahill invited me to join her on a vision quest she would be leading the following summer. It was pretty easy to say yes because I knew that any adventure headed up by Sedonia was bound to be exciting. Besides, spending a couple of days in nature seemed like a good idea—some of my fondest memories are of camping in the mountains with friends and family—so, at the very least, the invitation held the potential of a very pleasant trip.  I got my first inkling that this trip was likely to be more
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Editor’s Desk: In A Storm Of Busyness

I belong to several circles that meet regularly. Many of the group members are, more or less, “retired.” Even those who are fully retired find that they are busier 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
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Editor’s Desk: Ralph Metzner and Light Meditation

There are two special people, Ralph Metzner and Charles Tart, who remain part of the origin story of the work that I have been doing for the past 48 years. It was 1973 when radio station KPFA held a fundraising event at Zellerbach Auditorium in Berkeley on Sunday, March 4. The speakers were Henry Puharich, M.D., Ralph Metzner, Ph.D., Ken Johnson, Charles Tart, Ph.D., Ramamurti S. Mishra, M.D., and Shafica Karagulla, M.D. The event was entitled Parapsychology, Frontiers of Consciousness. At the time the San Francisco Bay area was a consciousness candy store filled with the sweetness of the wisdom
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Editor’s Desk: Liminal Lament

  My dearest friend and circle sister Linda Merryman has set up an altar to make “real” in some way all those who are dying from Covid 19. We all hear the numbers and they pass through our intellect. Linda has put the numbers into form, a ship of souls lost to Covid. This pandemic has taken so much from so many. I deeply appreciate my friend who has so poignantly brought her artistic eye in putting together an altar that responds to the ocean breeze to carry our prayers for those who have died and prayers for those who
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Editor’s Desk: A Little Confession

  The deep dive into my own racism began last summer when my dear black friend, Ronita Johnson challenged a group of us to look, with courage, at our own racism. She invited a collection of black and white women to dive deep in dialogue. When I accepted the invitation, I felt that I was not racist. I arrived with proof of this because in the late 1960s I was one of two white teachers in an all-black school in Alabama during a time when George Wallace (the racist former governor of Alabama) was running for president and Dr. Martin
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Editor’s Desk: 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 of an adult son, this tale became quite significant to me. Robert was about 20 years old when Michael, my husband, and I bought some property in Mendocino County in Northern California. We became landowners with three other couples and were experimenting with living
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