Spirituality

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Love of Humanity Made Manifest

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Sometimes we live with a word for decades and consider that we know exactly what it means, what it refers to and how best to use it. I did not title this article "Philanthropy" because I imagined that readers might turn the page to avoid this conversation. I wonder how many of us know the real meaning of this word.

Building the Cloud: Hearing Gaia

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The coupling of electricity with our nervous system over a century and a half ago started the process of what the prescient media sage Marshall LcLuhan called 'the outering of our nervous system.' From the one-to-one communications technologies of the telegraph and telephone, to the one-to-many forms of broadcast radio and television, and the all-to-all global grids of the Internet and social media, we continue to grow more connected, more accessible and more stimulated.

Collective Presencing – Part Four | The Circle of Creation: Building Capacity for Generative Collective Action in Service of Life

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This is Part Four of our Collective Presencing series. The earlier three articles in this series describe the new human capacity we are calling Collective Presencing. This article describes the journey to becoming a Circle of Creation--at least as far as the authors have travelled thus far, knowing that the horizon moves ever ahead as we take the next step.

Conscious Evolution: Leaping Into Possibility

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It’s 2013. You have probably noticed. We survived the end of days, so what now? What is humanity’s future?

Journey of a Global Nomad: Breaking Down and Breaking Through (Spanish Translation)

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Spanish Translation of Vanessa D. Fisher's article from Kosmos Journal Fall | Winter 2012 issue. Translation by Paulina Alanis

Collective Presencing: Embracing a New Paradigm

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In the first two articles in this series, we introduced collective presencing as a new human capacity emerging at this time. The first article described a journey of individual and collective deepening and widening through a set of practices that can, over time, allow us first to achieve collective wisdom and later to become generative of more life. The second article took a more detailed look at the first phase in the process: what it takes to become a Circle of Presence. We promised that the next article would treat the next phase, the Circle of Creation. On deeper reflection we came to see that the transition to the Circle of Creation represents such a paradigm shift that some wider context is needed before we broach that subject. This article offers that.

New Monasticism: An Interspiritual Manifesto for Contemplative Life in the 21st Century

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As we look out at the world today, we take inspiration from what is happening around the globe, from young people participating in movements like the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street; to the new monastic movement among evangelical Christians dedicated to prayer and radical service to the poor; to the conversation among Protestants of an ‘Emerging Church’ (“. . . not a new religion, but a new way of being religious”); to small groups of Muslims who are gathering together, allowing women to lead worship, and reinventing what it means to answer God’s call; to ‘engaged Buddhism,’ blending the sublime practices and compassion of the Buddhist path with social activism; to the ‘spiritual but not religious’ youth who are beginning to take responsibility for their own spiritual lives outside the walls of our traditional religious institutions.

Globalization: Reconciling Economics and Spirituality

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The general public embraces two extreme notions of globalization. One, that right now it is an inevitable phenomenon - an uncontrolled process that no one can influence, the other that we indeed can change the direction of globalization. There are many possibilities in between.

Embodied Spirituality, Now and Then

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Embodied spirituality regards the body as subject, as the home of the complete human being, as a source of spiritual insight, as a microcosm of the universe and the Mystery, and as pivotal for enduring spiritual transformation.

The Future of Religion: Four Scenarios, One Dream

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Religious globalization, new religious movements, transnational religions, global proselytism, multiple religious identities, ecumenical services, religious syncretism, secular and postsecular spiritualities—all these are among the many remarkable trends that shape the religious landscape of the beginning of the twenty-first century.