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Finding Our Own Authenticity

BY: justine toms
September 10, 2023
Read Time: 3 minutes
General
One of my circles keeps in touch by email and a monthly conference call. We rotate leadership and each leader suggests a topic for our check-in. This month a circle sister from Canada suggested we focus on the word authenticity and what it means to each of us. The sharing…

Music: Celebration of the Soul

BY: justine toms
September 10, 2023
Read Time: 4 minutes
Choir Flyer
General
This is a warning; I’m getting up on my soapbox in advocating the arts, especially music, in our schools. Music has been a thread woven into the fabric of my soul. In early childhood, on Saturday mornings I eagerly opened my album of Prokovief’s picturesque score of Peter and the…

What Is The Holy Grail Of Your Life?

BY: justine toms
September 10, 2023
Read Time: 2 minutes
General
As I cope with Michael’s passing, I know that I would not be as strong as I am right now if it weren’t for his belief in me. He didn’t care much for material gain; his heart and mind were intensely focused on seeking wisdom and expressing his highest potential. …

Prayer For Michael

BY: justine toms
September 10, 2023
Read Time: 2 minutes
Justine with Drum
General
  As most of you know, my dear partner of 41 years, Michael, passed away on Jan 24th peacefully in his sleep.  He had been experiencing a slow but steady decline in his health for some time due to diabetes. On Wednesday January 30th I, along with some close friends…

Michael Toms

BY: justine toms
September 10, 2023
Read Time: 2 minutes
Michael Toms
General
Michael Toms, co-founder of New Dimensions, passed at 5:45 AM Thursday, January 24th. Michael was 72 years old. A Tibetan nun Ane Dorje and a Buddhist practitioner Annie Eichenholz (also a hospice worker) came to be with Justine and Michael in the skilled nursing center to do the Buddhist Phowa…

Questing for New Dimensions

BY: justine toms
September 10, 2023
Read Time: 3 minutes
General
  Like a German shepherd playing with a ragdoll, an insight grabbed my heart and mind and powerfully shook me from side to side. Over the Christmas holidays I realized I’m holding New Dimensions in trust for all who may be served by the wisdom, inspiration, and hope in these weekly…

Running The Rapids Of Difficulties

BY: justine toms
September 10, 2023
Read Time: 3 minutes
General
On the Monday before Halloween, I set off on a road trip with my truck and trailer and little doggie Layla. As we were crossing the Navajo Nation, I hit a very rough spot on the road. The trailer began bouncing, fish-tailing, and at times jack-knifing.   I fought very hard…

Living In The Landscape Of Enthusiasm

BY: justine toms
September 10, 2023
Read Time: 2 minutes
General
In a recent newsletter from Clarity International by Gary and Cathy Hawk a comment grabbed by attention, “When does anxiety seem to have more power over enthusiasm?” I pondered that question because my friends describe me as a normally enthusiastic person, easily excited by life. And, for the most part,…

Looking At Our Habits Of Mind

BY: justine toms
September 10, 2023
Read Time: 3 minutes
Tulku Thondup Rinpoche
General
Recently I was struck by the words of Tulku Thondup Rinpoche in an interview from the New Dimensions’ archive. He said that the only thing we take with us when we die are our habits of mind. I’ve heard this before, in fact I’ve heard it from various masters for…

What Is The Color Of Your Palette

BY: justine toms
September 10, 2023
Read Time: 2 minutes
Alan Clements
General
Alan Clements speaking with Michael Toms about the quote from St. Frances of Assisi, “There are beautiful and wild forms within us.” Heard on program #3433 “The World Dharma of Freedom and Non-Violence.” Clements: It is interesting you bring that quote up. I learned meditation by seeing the beauty in…
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