Editor’s Desk: Trim Tab Factor: Tiny changes that make the world a better place

  We live in a complex, adaptive system that is intricately interconnected. It’s a multidimensional web of life. A small change in this seemingly chaotic soup can and does affect the whole when it’s focused on key points. The late anticipatory design scientist R. Buckminster Fuller often talked about the trim tab factor. To understand this phenomenon, imagine a large ocean-going ship. In order to turn this vessel in a new direction one must first adjust the trim tab, which is a miniscule rudder on the larger rudder. Only when this smaller rudder, which runs the length of the main
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Editor’s Desk: You Are Deputized To Make A Difference

Busyness, info overload, squeezing too much into too little time, we’re all stressed and bowed down by the oversized burdens we’re being asked to carry in these chaotic and challenging times. I can’t blame anyone for wanting to just tag out of the fight because it is easy to feel insignificant in the face of the enormity of the stakes we face. Let me tell you what helps me keep from curling up in a fetal position and pulling the covers over my head. I get to invite the most effective, enlightened, and wise warriors of the possible to a
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Editor’s Desk: My First Act of Power

  During an interview with Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D. about the Greek Goddess Artemis, “Mistress of Animals”, I related a story to her that demonstrated how this goddess spontaneously rose up in me. Jean tells us that Artemis was a “daddy’s girl.” I too was the light of my father’s eye. I grew up with three other siblings and we were so close in age that three of the four of us were in high school at the same time. My older sister was the scholar and the beauty, my older brother was the wild one with a protector spirit,
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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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