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Fall 2019 New Spirit, Wise Action | Aligning Inner and Outer Purpose

Articles

Interbeing
Fourteen Recommendations When Facing Climate Tragedy
By Jem Bendell

How might interbeing raise you from the threat of depression if you sense the end of everything one can contribute to due to near-term extinction of the human race and the majority of species?

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Stewardship
Restoring the Housatonic River Walk
By Suzanne Fowle

The ongoing creation of River Walk also speaks to the human element. It marks the confluence of ecological renewal, environmental and social justice, the underpinnings of the industrial revolution, and the vitality of a downtown.

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Grass Roots
Shut It Down: Stories From a Fierce, Loving Resistance
By Lisa Fithian

Conscious organizing addresses the most fundamental need we have as humans to belong to a community.

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Mindfulness
Thich Nhat Hanh’s Code of Global Ethics
By Gary Gach

At the turning of the Millennium, the United Nations chose Thich Nhat Hanh's code of global ethics, the Five Mindfulness Trainings, as the foundation for a non-sectarian ethical path for humanity.

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Intention
Every Act a Ceremony
By Charles Eisenstein

The ceremony, which only makes sense if holy beings are watching, draws us into an experiential reality in which holy beings are indeed present.

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Peacebuilding
Inner Work Makes Our Outer Work Massively More Effective
By Scilla Elworthy, PhD

If you are already on the path of your own inner work, you will know how a regular practice of self-reflection can be incredibly useful—not just to you, but to the communities around you, as well as to the wider world. 

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Simulacrum
The Sun of Darkness
By Daniel Pinchbeck

The center and the periphery are changing places. This is part of a larger epochal shift that we can best understand through a mythological and cosmological lens.

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RECONCILIATION
White Men and Native America
By Lev Natan

I feel a personal desire to take responsibility to acknowledge and transform our heritage of systemic racism in the United States because of the deeply personal benefits that I have received from the native cultures of North and South America, Africa and Asia.

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Galleries

Music

Soundscape
Big Lazy | Music for Unsettling Times
By Kari Auerbach

Simultaneously noir and pastoral, gothic and modern, Big Lazy conjures images of everything from big sky country to seedy back rooms.

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Off-Grid
Kendra Smith | The Disappearing Art of Living
By Kari Auerbach

As a reclusive artist, she’s a mysterious figure, revered, mythologized, and missed with a fervor that most artists would marvel at.  

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Essays

Media Literacy
Decoding the Trump Virus
By Christopher Schaefer

He has clearly become a global meme, capturing humanity’s attention and drawing psychic energy from millions of people hanging on his every word and action. What impact does this have on us and what power does it give him?

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Integral
Seven Practices of ‘Holistic Activism’
By Alan Levin

Viewing humanity as a species trying to find its way towards balance gives us a less judgmental and more empathic view of the political struggles that polarize and separate us.

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Thought Forms
Memes, Mantras, and Modern Illusions of the Eternal
By Kit Storjohann

Motivational cats and faux-Einsteinian quotes clog our timelines and manage to give us a short burst of endorphins before they peter out into renewed (and often deepened) frustration.

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Summer 2019 All My Relations | Plants, Animals, and Minerals

Introduction

Keynote
To All My Relations
By Martin Winiecki

Tamera has researched the foundations of a possible post-capitalist society for over 40 years and works on building models for ecosystem restoration, regenerative autonomy and above all, for freeing love from fear and reconnecting society with the “sacred matrix” of life.

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Articles

Reversing Desertification
The Holy Grail of Restoration
By John D. Liu

Over historical time the vegetative cover and evolutionary biodiversity of the Sinai has been in large part lost. Imagine the importance if it were possible to restore the region to ecological health.

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Social Justice
Developing a Mindful Approach to Earth Justice Work
By John Bell

The story one tells oneself about climate change shapes individual feelings and actions. For example, are we on the verge of breakdown or breakthrough?  There is ample evidence for both.

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Causes and Visions
Rhino Conservation
By Heather Smith

There has been lots of press around big cats and elephants. Not as many people know about the plight of the rhinos and, in fact, I did not. I said, "Fantastic. If the rhinos need help, then we are here to help the rhinos."

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Book
Farming While Black
By Leah Penniman

I thought that organic farming was invented by white people and worried that my ancestors who fought and died to break away from the land would roll over in their graves to see me stooping. I struggled with the feeling that a life on land would be a betrayal of my people. I could not have been more wrong.

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Living Earth
The Stones Will Cry Out
By Mark Wallace

Animism locates human beings in an expansive family of kinfolk that includes “bear persons” and “rock persons” along with “tree persons” and “human persons.” This sensibility is both ancient and modern. 

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Conversations

Global Commons
Sacred Headwaters of the Amazon
By Belén Paez and Bill Twist

Bill Twist | What is particularly inspiring about this initiative is that the indigenous groups, although clearly working to protect their territories, also see that this project is for the world and that it is setting a conservation example for the world.

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Mindfulness
Eating as if Life and the Planet Mattered
By Joaquin Carral, Marge Wurgel, Aurora Leon

Marge | I believe that humans have a very vital, beautiful role by being part of this planet- this living community. I think our role is to use our awareness, our great combination of intelligence and heart to create a harmonious environment for all living beings and non-living beings.

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Music

Living Traditions
Sam Lee | Birdsong Hits the Charts
By Sam Lee and Kari Auerbach

Sam Lee is a British singer of traditional folk songs, a collector, an archivist, a conservationist, and a radical re-interpreter of the British folk tradition.  He is the driving force behind the eclectic, award-winning folk club 'The Nest Collective', and an emerging figure in the Extinction Rebellion movement.

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Inter-species Collaboration
Among the Nightingales in Berlin
By David Rothenberg

David’s latest recording projects are focused on collaborations with nightingales. As part of the work, Rothenberg and an international band of musicians perform music in concert with nightingales in Berlin’s public parks.

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Essays

Ceremony
Dancing with Animals
By Dinali Devasagayam

The ceremonial dances at Ringbalin were about the river ecosystem and how the people would have found sustenance from it. Ngarrindjeri elder Uncle Moogy spoke about how the creatures are seen in their culture as Naatchi, meaning their friends...

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Coexistence
Cooperation with Wild Boars in Palestine
By Saad Dagher

The systems which keep all other organisms in check don’t work with us. Why? Why are we overpowering the systems of checks and balances which keep everyone else in check, in harmony with the biosphere. We will eventually be kept in check, of course, but why at such a cost to the entire Earth community?

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Reader's Essay
The Gift of Tears
By Margaret Miller

These writers do not tell us that receiving the gift of tears means we remain in a state of mourning. If we can, we need to keep walking. If we haven’t already done so, we need to articulate what is dear to us, what it is in the natural world that we truly love.

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Galleries

Spring 2019 Rising Earth Awareness | Climate, Consciousness and Community

Introduction

Editorial
The Earth is Doing Her Best
By Rhonda Fabian

This stuff of creation we are made from requires something from us now. Animals of the world, trees and flowers, minerals deep in the earth, already know their true nature, how to be. We have forgotten. The species with the most gifts, the most to give back, has forgotten its place in the order of things, has forgotten about stewardship, awe, and grace.

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Articles

Convening CCC19
Dancing with Gaia
By Stephanie Mines

It may be difficult for organizers and strategists, planners, activists and environmentalists to comprehend how an event as broad in scale and as detailed as the upcoming gathering, 'Climate Change & Consciousness: Our Legacy for the Earth', was delivered completely through spiritual guidance. But it was.

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Great Turning
The Community Awaiting Us
By Joanna Macy

To help us meet the challenge of climate chaos, the biggest challenge humans have ever faced, we have the science now, the telecommunications, and vast amounts of information. What we need more than anything is our natural strength and legacy of being in community.

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Mythos
Turtles Among Us
By Robin Wall Kimmerer, PhD

Shouldn’t we be paying attention when the turtles head for high ground and wander among us with a kind of desperation? When at their most vulnerable, they come to us? There are many ways to ask why and many ways to answer.

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Preparedness
Resilience, the Global Challenge, and the Human Predicament
By Michael Lerner

Global strategies are beyond the ken of most of us living ordinary lives. What is firmly within our ken is to make our lives and our communities and organizations more resilient. What that means will differ depending on circumstance. But the shared intention to make future shocks survivable is something we can all share.

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Abundance
Book | Trees of Power
By Akiva Silver

They have come from the mysteries of the deep past. When I look at the sky, what I see there is not simply blue. There’s a radiance, an energy, a power. It is from this power that trees feed. Literally building their bodies out of the radiant sky, trees of power are strong beings to ally ourselves with. Their wisdom and abilities are very different from our own.

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Global Data
Paradise Lost | The Sequel
By Said E. Dawlabani

Just as we’ve mapped earth’s geography to the last square block, we need to do the same with its ecology. A new breed of global power brokers needs to create this new mapping with the goal of it becoming a planetary vital signs monitor that is easily accessible to us all.

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Vocation
Cultivating Right Livelihood
By Della Duncan and Mark Phillips

When framed as an individual journey, right livelihood is less about what is right or wrong at the moment and more about our own approach to work, on both a daily basis and over the course of a lifetime.

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Nature
Quiet Places Initiative
By Gordon Hempton

Gordon Hempton is a natural born listener. Known as the Sound Tracker®, he is an acoustic ecologist dedicated to capturing and preserving one of Earth’s most precious experiences on the verge of extinction: silence.

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Conversations

Voices | CCC19
Consciousness and the Combustion Engine
By Stephanie Mines and Robert E. Yuhnke

Getting to zero emissions by 2050 as the IPCC Report demands requires a collective detox from our addiction to oil. We are in the midst of a global overdose. We need to enter a universal treatment center with consciousness as the lead therapist. We have to come clean.

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Essays

Awe
Look Up!
By Valerie Brown

Slowly, making my way along the rutted dirt path, I reached the top of the mesa, set down my backpack, leaned against a nearby log, and looked up at the sky and clouds. In that moment, everything changed.

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Anima Mundi
Rejoining the Great Conversation
By Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

[Greta Thunberg's words] brought tears to my eyes, as my soul heard her speak about real care for the Earth—for this living, beautiful being who has given us life, who has nourished us with Her endless generosity, even as we have abused and desecrated Her, raped and pillaged Her body, which our culture regards greedily as just a “resource” for our endless use and abuse.

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Law
Rights of Nature
By Betsey Crawford

There are enormous questions and hurdles to contemplate. Does the mountain have the right to exist without being blasted with dynamite for coal or roads? Does the air have the right to be free of the mercury and sulfur in coal smoke?

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Ecosystem
Council of the Wild Gods
By Geneen Marie Haugen

Many years ago, in a wide-ranging conversation with environmental education students, I asked if the human species might have a particular purpose in the planetary ecosystem. The students puzzled for a few moments before one advised me that human beings have no purpose in the community of life. No purpose. Take a moment here.

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Galleries

Music

Cosmology
Emergent Universe Oratorio
By Kari Auerbach and Sam Guarnaccia

The EUO was deeply inspired by the work Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Thomas Berry, Brian Swimme, and Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim from the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University. These seminal thinkers have endeavored to lead us to a new understanding of the place of humans in the Universe.

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Indigenous
A Conversation with Alanis Obomsawin
By Kari Auerbach and Alanis Obomsawin

Alanis Obomsawin is a member of the Abenaki Nation and one of Canada's foremost activist documentary filmmakers. Obomsawin began her artistic life as a singer-songwriter in the 1960s, as indigenous artists from across North America were rallying in new assertions of cultural identity, consciousness, and political rights, calling for reckonings with oppressive colonial history.

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Winter 2018/19 Global Citizen | Global Spirit

Introduction

Editorial
The Practice of Global Citizenship
By Rhonda Fabian

Global unity is our evolutionary destiny. This is what we believe at Kosmos, and why we continue.

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Keynote
We Are All Global Citizens | Seeing Ourselves in the Advancement of All
By Joni Carley and Daniel Perell

Our Keynote authors represent the Coalition for Global Citizenship (CGC2030). The Coalition, based at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, advocates that governments, public and private sectors, and civil society, all work from a basis of values of just and fair treatment, inclusion and cooperation.

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Articles

Interspirituality
Evolving Toward Cooperation
By Kurt Johnson

Of course, the question was—after a century and a half of “Social Darwinism” claiming that it was all about competition, from the lowest to the highest—could our world now dominated by the shark-tank rubrics of business, economics, and politics adjust to this astounding news? Could it realize that because of this basic blunder about Darwin’s message, we had, in fact, ended up with dystopia instead of utopia?

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Partnership Society
Breaking Out of the Domination Trance
By Riane Eisler

I have been asked to tell you about the findings from my research identifying the core components of a safer, more equitable, and caring world—especially one where women and children are finally safe—a goal that is very close to my heart.

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Music

Young Change Agents
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez | Break Free
By Kari Auerbach

My identity and my life as an activist has a very specific energy that people associate me with. In many parts of my life, I saw it as definitely putting me in a box in the way people saw me and my story. People didn’t understand the complexity and diversity of what I was fighting for or the way I wanted to use my voice to influence change.

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Articles

New Economy
BOOK | Farming for the Long Haul
By Michael Foley

Farmers in urban civilizations have always been subject to powers beyond them. Indeed, there is ample evidence that urban civilizations were invariably built on the conquest and subjection of farming cultures. Our current food industry grew out of the defeat of farmers’ efforts in the late nineteenth century to win fair prices for their production.

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Commons
The Insurgent Power of the Commons in the War Against the Imagination
By David Bollier

I believe the commons paradigm can help us develop a new social and cultural vision, and new strategies for practical change. Paradoxically enough, redirecting our attention away from conventional politics and policy may offer the most promising possibilities for developing a transformational vision.

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Conversations

Consciousness
On Elevating the Human Narrative
By Judy Rodgers, Gayatri Naraine, Rhonda Fabian

Judy Rodgers | ...I think decisions about things like governance or institutions source from our awareness. We can’t build something if it’s outside the scope of our awareness. We can’t design a true commons if we’re in a very limited consciousness.

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Refugee Crisis
FILM | LIFEBOAT, Refugees Adrift at Sea
By Skye Fitzgerald

Kosmos Journal | In 2015, your team produced 50 Feet from Syria, a film focused on the civilian impact of the Syrian conflict. Your new film, Lifeboat, bears witness to refugees desperate enough to risk their lives in rubber boats leaving Libya. What was different for you personally about making those two films?

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Values
For Love of Place | Reflections of an Agrarian Sage
By Wendell Berry and Allen White

How do we cultivate a sense of place in an industrialized, globalizing world? Writer and farmer Wendell Berry discusses the role of agrarian values in nurturing communitarian consciousness with Tellus Senior Fellow Allen White. *** Allen White | You have [...]

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Essays

Systems
Sacred Diplomacy in the Emerging Ecozoic Era
By Merle Lefkoff

International diplomats are worn out from the toxic politics, overriding militarism, and positional bargaining for land, money, and power that define present negotiations.

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New Economy
The Economics of Solidarity, Spirit, and Soul
By Shaun Chamberlin

Economics is a scary word. It has this way of making basic, critical questions of life—How shall we spend our time? Who gets access to which resources?—seem impenetrable, none of our business and, of all things, boring.

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Pedagogy
Global Citizenship | An Emerging Agenda in Education
By Ambassador Choonghee Hahn

Introduced at an early stage of child development, global citizenship education enhances mutual respect and understanding, tolerance, and cultural literacy, while substantially weakening the power of radicalized messages.

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Galleries

Poetry

An Overcast Morning, I Sit Down To Write
By Melanie Green

Inhalation and exhalation, this just happens and I’m in the middle of it.

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The Rebel’s Silhouette
By Faiz Ahmed Faiz

That which then was ours, my love, don’t ask me for that love again.

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Music

World Harmony
Playing for Change
By Kari Auerbach

The idea for this project arose from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. No matter whether people come from different geographic, political, economic, spiritual or ideological backgrounds, music had the universal power to transcend and unite us as one human race. And with this truth firmly fixed in our minds, we set out to share it with the world.

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Documents

Interspirituality
Toward a Global Ethic
By Dr. Hans Küng, et al

Toward a Global Ethic: An Initial Declaration was prepared to establish a shared ethical framework for all peoples across religious lines. It was drafted by Dr. Hans Küng with input from nearly 200 scholars representing many world religions and presented to the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago in September 1993.

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Fall 2018 All Consuming!

Introduction

The Four Nutriments
By Rhonda Fabian

There are four kinds of nutriments which enable living beings to grow and maintain life. What are these four nutriments? The first is edible food, the second is the food of sense impressions, the third is the food of volition, and the fourth is the food of [...]

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Articles

Keynote
un-pick-apart-able
By Nora Bateson

Bringing a morsel of food to your lips or to the lips of another is an act of intimacy. It is a personal contact point with the seasons and the generations...It is in this intimacy that I suggest a possibility for system change lies.

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Living Earth
Tending the Wild
By Charles Eisenstein

What looked to European settlers like untamed wilderness was actually the product of millennia of intentional human influence. Calling it wilderness, or “virgin territory,” gave them license to occupy it, cultivate it, “develop” it, and “improve” it.

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Theology
The Problem with “More”
By Mark Longhurst

Our globalized world lures us to crave more. The culture of “more” is a culture of not enough, accumulation and conquest, and sought but constantly deferred satiety. Every time we text message or update Instagram, researchers tell us that our brains loop in a dopamine cycle of neurological yearning.

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Conversations

Activism
Water and the Rising Feminine 
By Judy Wicks, Pat McCabe, Li An Phoa, Eve Miari

Pat McCabe | As women, I see us as the relational glue, the relational builders, so I need to get it really straight in my own mind and heart from what ethic will I address these pressures and potential conflicts around water.

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Case Study
A Tale of Two Pipelines
By Victoria Price

Malinda | We came together as a community, saying to the corporation, Williams Partners, "We're not going to stand by and let you destroy our land. We will stand between you and the land if we have to."

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Essays

Oneness
Unity and the Power of Love
By Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Oneness is not a metaphysical idea but something essential and ordinary. It is in every breath, in the wing-beat of every butterfly, in every piece of garbage left in on city streets.

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Galleries

Poetry

May Everything Flower
By Liliana Torpey

Que Florezca Todo

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Music

Art Activism
Healing Sound with Jesse Paris Smith
By Kari Auerbach

Sound and music are very powerful, and we as emotional beings are sensitive to what we hear. We do not only hear with our ears but with our whole bodies.

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Meditation
Consumption As The Path
By Jeff Finlin

I had to consume everything. I had to try every possible avenue of filling the God-sized hole from the outside before I could even fathom the possibility that the emptiness and energy swimming through the cosmos was the same emptiness and energy swimming inside of me.

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In Brief

Anthropocene
Climate Reports
By Victoria Price

The power and abundance of our Earth can never be overstated; what is commonly overlooked is humanity's exploitation and neglect of its own life source.

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Summer 2018 Unlearning Together

Unlearning Together
Awake, Awakened, Woke!
By Rhonda Fabian

In our collective dream, we are racing toward a precipice. Earth’s human children have lost their way, propelled by swift currents of mindlessness and greed. The more we struggle against the current and try to cling to passing debris, the more exhaustion[...]

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Articles

Transformation
Unlearning Together
By Martin Winiecki

...We’ve entered the era that the Hopis predicted in their prophecies of the “great purification,” the unstoppable entropy of not only our external political, economic and ecological systems, but above all the unexamined assumptions underlying those systems.

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Social Justice
Change the Worldview, Change the World
By Drew Dellinger

Gender, like race, is a social construction, which is to say, a story. And the stories of sexism and racism that have cast such a pall over our history and our present illustrate the power of worldview and narrative in generating and maintaining systemic oppression.

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Authenticity
Presence at the Edge of Our Practice
By Helen Titchen Beeth

Humanity is in a time of transition, one that we can navigate successfully only with a shift in consciousness. How can we wake up from the collective neuroses that have driven our civilization into decadence and decline?

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Sociocracy
Dynamic Governance
By Pamela Boyce Simms

The 21st century is witnessing hundreds of millions of people caught up in cascading systemic transformation. Global society has crossed a threshold. We’ve entered the time of the Great Transition—a time when we hospice outworn ways of living that no longer serve us and the Earth, and give birth to an emergent, more compassionate, and resilient future.

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First People
Indigenous Worldview Is a Source We Now Urgently Need
By Eva Willmann de Donlea

The Mamos want the world to hear their warning and their deep concerns about the precarious state of all life on Mother Earth: “Our ancestors left us in this space, caring for and harmonizing the Earth and Humanity. We live in harmony with all nature's beings: water, earth, fire, wind, the sun, humans, and also animals and plants, which are essence of the divine.”

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Conversations

Sacred Activism
The Deschooling Dialogues: Grief, Collapse, and Mysticism
By Alnoor Ladha, Martin Kirk, Martin Winiecki, Rhonda Fabian

Alnoor: ...There is no doubt that we are in the midst of unprecedented moment where there is no return to old certainties. Part of this pain that we are facing in the world is a pathway toward transformation. Or will we perish in the horror of the onslaught that we are facing?

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Consciousness
Social Breakdown and Initiation
By Charles Eisenstein and Orland Bishop

Orland: ...A 'right' is not just for me. It's an acknowledgement that the framework that gives me access to my own potential is the same framework that gives access to someone else's potential. So this is the idea of civility. Civility is the framework that allows people to communicate in ways that allows the collective potential to be realized and achieved.

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Essays

Healing
The Migrant Quilt
By Valarie Lee James

Each quilt represents countless lives lost on border ground, a hundred-mile strip of geography spanning two countries. The interstitial border region has morphed into a distinct culture of its own and the quilts, with their binational contributors, fly its flag.

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Encountering
Resilience
By Nathalie Legros

...The car is now standing still. I smell the disaster before I see it. A smell of fuel and burnt steel. Where are the kids? Not in the car. I look for them on the highway. I find their bodies. I take care of them until ambulances arrive. While running from one child to another, I discover strength in me.

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Poetry

Being Human
By Climbing PoeTree

Over the last 15 years, Climbing PoeTree has inspired thousands through their award-winning multimedia performances, soul-stirring spoken, conscious hip hop, world music, visionary artistry, sustainable touring, and community organizing. Co-creators Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman have independently organized more than 30 national and international tours, taking their work from South Africa to Cuba, the Scotland to Mexico, England to India, and throughout the U.S. including 11,000 miles toured on a bus converted to run on recycled vegetable oil.

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Falling
By Larry Robinson

Larry Robinson is a retired ecopsychologist and former Mayor of Sebastopol, California. He is the founder and producer of Rumi’s Caravan, an ensemble of poets and musicians dedicated to restoring the oral tradition of poetry.

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Galleries

Mixed Media

Global Music
Sapient
By Steven Chesne

Composer Steven Chesne spent a year unearthing ancient, precious peace invocations and prayers from all over the world: words of the oneness of mankind, spoken by Buddha, Lao Tzu, Jesus, Mohammed, the Sikhs, the Hindu, the Jews, the Cheyenne, the Kikuyu, and the Baha’i.

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Music

World Music
Yorkston/Thorne/Khan
By Kari Auerbach

"We all have our own subjective beliefs in the band, but the music unifies us regardless. There are certainly moments when we are playing together when I feel genuine elevation, a sense of ecstasy, and a deep feeling of connectivity. That’s magical and it’s a joy to experience. That’s the edge, not found in practice, but always sought in performance. Sometimes it happens, but you can’t force it. You just have to stay open to the possibility."

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