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Seeing in the Dark

By Susan Beal I started wearing glasses when I was in fourth grade. At first I was excited—they were something new, and it was fun to see so clearly! But after a while I started to resent how they split the world into things I could see well within a little oval frame, and things Read more…

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Compassionate Conservatism

By Dave Shaw, Guest Contributor Editor’s Note: The Lorian Association, as spiritual community, is nonpartisan, but our writers and readers come from diverse social and political backgrounds. Periodically we publish blog posts from both liberal and conservative perspectives that offer insight into how real people in our nation are working through our socio-political challenges and Read more…

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Dancing with the Shadow

By Julie Spangler As a parent, I recall the very special experience of watching my children learn about their world, often seeing myself in them, remembering how full of wonder the world really is. I saw a video the other day of a toddler seeing her shadow on the ground for the first time, and Read more…

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Shine Through All Time – An Image for the Equinox

By Deborah Koff-Chapin One of the joys of my creative life is to share my Touch Drawings online for the solstice and equinox, and at other moments that I feel call forth an image. Because I have an enormous archive to choose from, it is a somewhat intuitive process to choose an image that feels aligned with Read more…

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Me and My Shadow

By Mary Reddy I once was wildly attracted to a man who was my teacher. But I resisted acting on the longing this man stirred in me. Because he reminded me so much of everything I had loved about my brothers—mind you, I had spent years running from men who carried the same qualities as Read more…

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Conditions of Sun and Shadow

By Freya Secrest Knowing of my interest in trees and nature, a friend gave me a lovely book this Christmas, The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohllenben. In it Wohllenben shares his experience in forestry, and as a manager of an ecologically friendly woodland in Hummel, Germany. His stories illuminate the lives of trees and Read more…

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Ashes

By Drena Griffith March 1 was Ash Wednesday and, for the first time in a long while, I attended Mass. For the past several weeks I have felt a strong stirring to revisit the Catholicism of my childhood, yet as a Lorian Priest representing Incarnational Spirituality and also a member of a local Native community, Read more…

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Your Calling is to be Here

By Julie Spangler “Your calling is to be here. There is no higher mission, for each of us is a gateway that can open to allow the Beloved to step through. To give expression to the Beloved, to be that gateway, is why the universe appeared. It is the ultimate Call.” —David Spangler One day Read more…

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Work as an Act of Love

By Freya Secrest “Work is Love in Action”. . .. This phrase came up during a breakfast conversation when my children were home visiting during the holidays and has been very “alive” for me since then. It is a phrase that comes from my time at Findhorn. It was the principle through which we were Read more…

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Be Still–But Don’t Freeze

By Mary Reddy  I live in the north. It is winter. I wake up hours before dawn and think about what it means to begin anew. The house is especially quiet on winter mornings. No open window means I hear no birds clamoring to announce the sunrise, no soft soughing of wind through the woods. Read more…

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The Knight Of Fiery Hope

By David Spangler A Visitation I was sitting on a sofa in my home reading when a non-physical being abruptly appeared in the air in front of me. While this in itself was not unusual for me, the appearance of this being was. He looked like a knight out of a storybook, clad in shining Read more…

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Dear Dorothy

By Freya Secrest and Friends Our friend Dorothy Maclean is 97 this month and we celebrate a friend whose life and work has highlighted the sacredness within all incarnate life. If the work of Dorothy Maclean is new to you, perhaps the following reflections (from workshop participants and dear friends) will give you some idea Read more…

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9-11 and 11-9

By Annabel Chiarelli Editor’s Note: The Lorian Association, as spiritual community, is nonpartisan, but our writers and readers come from diverse social and political backgrounds. With the nation so divided and the future on nearly everyone’s minds, it’s inevitable that some of our blog posts may reflect certain political leanings. Always our goal is to Read more…

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And There Was Light

By Claire Blatchford, Art by Deborah Koff-Chapin                                              Shortly after the election I felt the need to reconnect with someone I admire, someone whose way of being in the world has always been an inspiration to me. I’ve actually never met this man in person—only through his writings—yet regard him as a close friend. Read more…

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Our Lives Belong to Us

By Mary Reddy with Pat Reddy Editor’s Note: The Lorian Association, as spiritual community, is nonpartisan, but our writers and readers come from diverse social and political backgrounds. With the nation so divided and the future on nearly everyone’s minds, it’s inevitable that some of our blog posts may reflect certain political leanings. Always our Read more…

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Guardians of Balance

  Poem By Bryan Hewitt, Art By Deborah Koff-Chapin So This happened It is terrible But not unexpected If you were really Looking The question Is what do we do now? We sing our own songs Standing by fires Built by many hands We hold those same hands In a circle made by our intentions Read more…

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Hope in the Trump Election

By David Spangler I went out for a walk around my neighborhood Wednesday morning. The sun was still shining brightly above me, and the sky was as blue as ever, dotted with familiar white clouds. The evergreen trees lining the streets were as green as they were yesterday while on their deciduous companions, the leaves Read more…

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Faux Pas in the Deli: From Conflict to Connection

By Julie Spangler Having been blessed with some acute senses, I move through a world brimming with sights, sounds and smells. Given that I share that world with a partner who has no sense of smell and is partly deaf, I am especially aware of how much I depend on these senses. Last week my Read more…

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What is Subtle Activism? An Introduction

By David Spangler Subtle Activism is based on the fact that both the Earth and you have both a physical side and a non-physical or “subtle” side, a personal subtle energy field or “subtle body”. Subtle activism brings these two together in a positive way to give help in a particular situation. It is a Read more…

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Other Sorts of News

By Claire Blatchford “More horrible news,” says Ed as I come into the bathroom to brush my teeth. Ed listens to the radio every morning while shaving. I put my hands over both ears to tell him I’m not ready for it and he switches the radio off. “Sounds like we’re getting our first frost Read more…

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Great Freedom Experiment Called America

By Mary Reddy I was born into a great experiment in individual freedom—the United States—founded on the values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Experiments exist to test what’s possible and this one asked, “What can bring a vast multicultural and multiracial population into a life of shared governance and mutual respect?” One Read more…

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Responding to Road Rage and Other Daily Reactions

By Claire Blatchford About a month ago my husband Ed and I were driving down the main street of Greenfield (a nearby town) around 4:30 pm. I was at the wheel, going about 20 MPH, there were no cars close behind us, we were on our way back from a 9 hour road trip to Read more…

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Inner Campfire

Exercise by David Spangler, Introduction by Susan Beal In response to my blog post last week about the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, a blog reader inquired about the exercise from David Spangler I referred to. I first experienced the inner campfire exercise when David introduced it in the Path of the Chalice program I took Read more…

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Eating Love

By Susan Beal One evening last month, it was clear my mother’s golden retriever, Winston, was dying. I could see in my Mom’s face the same devastation I feel whenever one of my own dogs has died. She was going to have him put to sleep the next morning. Saying goodbye to a beloved animal Read more…

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Rising Together to Meet the Challenge of Our Moment

By Guest Blogger David Nicols, Introduction by David Spangler   I had the pleasure of meeting David Nicol about 7-8 years ago when I was on his Doctoral Committee. To my delight and surprise, his PhD thesis was on subtle activism, its history and its modern application. This was right up my alley!  I had Read more…

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