Editor’s Desk: Nature Renews the Spirit

I’ve had the enormous privilege to spend time for rest and recuperation at Yosemite National Park. In these turbulent and threshold times I find such a noble and awesome landscape a balm to my soul. Stately as ever, El Capitan’s granite rock face ceaselessly continues in its watchful stillness, guarding the entrance to the valley. Half-Dome perseveres across the ages as its mirror smooth face shines like a beacon in the reflection of the full moon. Happy Isles without fail continues to gurgle and burble joyfully on its way to the sea. Serenity prevails…no cares, no hustle-bustle, no computers, very
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Editor’s Desk: PRAYERS FOR UKRAINE

As I write this, I’m sitting warm and well fed in the safety and comfort of my apartment as I watch Alexander Prokhorenko, an incredibly courageous and articulate restaurant owner, speaking live from Kyiv on the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC on Feb 25, 2022. His is only one of the many thousands of lives affected by this horror and devastation as he huddles, with a few of his neighbors (most have fled already), in the basement garage of his apartment building as a kind of bunker to protect them from the explosions and gunfire that can be heard even
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Editor’s Desk: Being an Ally to Eradicate Racism

  As many of you know, for the last two years I have participated in two anti-racism groups that come together once a month. We are a group of women sharing our experience and learnings regarding social justice. It has been a process for gaining insight and moving into trust of one another as we share with candid honesty. These monthly gatherings on zoom have expanded my lens beyond my silo of privilege and as a white woman growing up in the U.S.A. The facilitation moves around the circle and recently we were assigned to: Check-in: Select one Black person
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Editor’s Desk: Everyday Miracles

  My dear sister of my heart, Linda Merryman, with whom I’ve been in circle for more than 25 years sent out the following piece that she was inspired to write. I love it so much and I received her permission to share with all of you. I hope you relish it as much as I do. During the storms of life, it’s such a fine reminder that there is much to be grateful for. Enjoy! -Justine After many hours somewhere dreaming this and dreaming that and forgetting and resting and replenishing, oh miracle of miracles, I awake. I am still here.
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Editor’s Desk: Tribute to Tom Greenaway

  Our friend and associate Tom Greenaway died on December 13, 2021. He was 86 years old. His landlady, Lorie Leaf, called to give me the news. She said he apparently died peacefully and quickly in his sleep from a blood clot. He was a teammate in New Dimension for many decades. I’ve known Tommy for over 45 years and he’s been my right hand person in my work in New Dimensions for many of those years, most recently on the Board of Directors. I could say much more about him but the way I would describe him is that
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Editor’s Desk: FINDING NEW DIMENSIONS ONCE MORE

  I recently received this note from a listener in Australia. I know she represents my own experience of New Dimensions. I’m often saying that I do this work as much for me as for listeners as I continue my own quest to evolve my own awareness and consciousness. — Justine   I was moved to write to you because of a conversation I had with a neighbour last week. She’s a devout Christian currently completing her Doctorate in Divinity. She was interested in finding out the way in which I worship. In describing my journey I went to my
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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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