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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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Subtle Outreach

By David Spangler My neighborhood has been alive lately with roaming groups of children—and no few adults either—walking the street, smartphones in hand, hunting invisible entities called Pokémon. They are playing Pokémon Go, a game that uses your smartphone’s GPS tracking capability and its camera to create the illusion of cute “pocket monsters” appearing in Read more…

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From the Archives: A Vision of Holarchy (Part 2 of 2)

By David Spangler (Click here to read Part One of this essay.) Holarchy is not necessarily the opposite of hierarchy. They are two different perspectives, each capturing a truth. Hierarchy often describes structural and functional relationships: how a system operates and how responsibility, power, and energy are distributed and dispersed throughout that system. For example, Read more…

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From the Archives: A Vision of Holarchy (Part 1 of 2)

By David Spangler By the time my first child, John-Michael, was born in 1983, I had already been a spiritual teacher for nearly twenty years. A major perennial topic in my lectures and workshops was love, and I felt I reasonably understood what love was about. But the first time I held my son in Read more…

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Souls Who Want to Be Here

By Claire Blatchford Ed and I were pretty excited when we first became grandparents nine years ago. And the excitement hasn’t lessened as three more grandchildren have joined our family. Though each arrival has been a story in itself, there seems to be a common tune. All arrived early, up to two weeks before their Read more…

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The Scent of Sacredness

By Freya Secrest Moving to the Midwest, as I shared with you last month, has me looking around my garden with fresh eyes. Just identifying the plants in my new Michigan backyard has brought a number of delightful surprises. One recently was a large shrub I could not recognize. It was mature, tall, and lanky – having Read more…

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Stars Within Worlds

By Susan Sherman It is mid-summer in northern Michigan where the population in the cities and towns are smaller, and the stars have the opportunity to shine brightly. Nearby is one of several designated International Dark Sky Park areas which possess “an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and a nocturnal environment.” Recently, in Read more…

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Blog Updates – August 2016

July Recap During the month of July, Views from the Lorian Community writers explored a variety of topics: the power of standing and inner connections; Finding My Stance by Claire Blatchford When I’ve been confused or in distress Incarnational Spirituality has, many times, offered me a helpful and steadying stance. Not a creed, dogma, or Read more…

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The Magical Harp

By Susan Beal I just returned from a folk harp festival, a sort of Brigadoon for harp players, who come from all around the country and several other parts of the world to learn, teach, talk and play folk harp. Not many people play folk harp, and none at all play it where I live. Read more…

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