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Questions

By Freya Secrest When I was in high school I didn’t like questions. Asking a question felt like showing my ignorance and that made me uncomfortable. My home environment had put more emphasis on finding answers. A good question was one with a specific and defined response that I could produce quickly. That changed in Read more…

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Reconciling India

By Susan Beal My husband, David, and I, went to India for two weeks in December. Siddhant, a beloved exchange student we hosted many years ago, was getting married. His family arranged for us to spend a week with them for the wedding festivities. We decided to spend a second week at a spiritual community Read more…

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From the Archives: The Fires of Joy

By David Spangler Editor’s Note: From the Archives features reflections by David Spangler that are out of print or not readily available to members of our community. This essay was first published by Yes! Magazine in May of 2004. You may read the original post here. Part of my spiritual practice is to “stoke the Read more…

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Love Song

By Goeff Oelsner What is precious is distilled at dawn as sun peeps over the transom of morning as newborn light burnishes your body GAIA with your migrant cloud-herds vagrant tribes of upper air with your azurite necklace of lakes tangled skein of rivers with gushing knots of ice melt drip of thin rivulets over Read more…

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An Encounter with Stones

Essay and Photos by Akiko Mizutani “Wow… I know this.” It was a breathtaking moment, looking at the “Howe”, the first card that came out of the box of “Card Deck of the Sidhe”. And each time I placed a new stone card in front of me, I felt unique energy flowing. Holding the “Altar” Read more…

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The Evolution of Incarnational Spirituality

By David Spangler Editor’s Note: The Lorian Blog is currently featuring posts on the topic, “Lorian: Who We Are, What We Stand For.” Blog contributors are regular writers and also newer voices who have been exploring Incarnational Spirituality in their own unique ways.  The development of Incarnational Spirituality has been in every respect a collaborative Read more…

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Finding Sanctuary in the Subtle World

By Karen Johannsen Editor’s Note: The Lorian Blog is currently featuring posts on the topic, “Lorian: Who We Are, What We Stand For.” Blog contributors are regular writers and also newer voices who have been exploring Incarnational Spirituality in their own unique ways. Today’s blog writer, Karen Johannsen, is a Lorian colleague and author of Read more…

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DAVID’S DESK #130 – HEARTLAND SECURITY

David’s Desk is my opportunity to share thoughts and tools for the spiritual journey. These letters are my personal insights and opinions and do not necessarily reflect the sentiments or thoughts of any other person in Lorian or of Lorian as a whole. If you wish to share this letter with others, please feel free Read more…

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What is Lorian to Me?

By Greg Dinunzi Editor’s Note: For the next several weeks the Lorian Blog will feature posts on the topic, “Lorian: Who We Are, What We Stand For.” Blogs will be written by regular contributors and also newer voices who have been exploring Incarnational Spirituality in their own unique ways. If you have a story you’d Read more…

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I Am Only Human

By Freya Secrest Editor’s Note: For the next several weeks the Lorian Blog will feature posts on the topic, “Lorian: Who We Are, What We Stand For.” Blogs will be written by regular contributors and also newer voices who have been exploring Incarnational Spirituality in their own unique ways. If you have a story you’d Read more…

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The Gift of Darkness

Essay and Watercolor by Mary Reddy Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift.” –Mary Oliver “Darkness rises and Light to meet it,” says Snoke, the Supreme Leader and super villain in The Last Jedi. This Star Wars tale and Read more…

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DAVID’S DESK #129 – LIFE EXPECTANCY

David’s Desk is my opportunity to share thoughts and tools for the spiritual journey. These letters are my personal insights and opinions and do not necessarily reflect the sentiments or thoughts of any other person in Lorian or of Lorian as a whole. If you wish to share this letter with others, please feel free Read more…

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The Purpose of Light

By Drena Griffith “People are absolutely worthless,” the young man said with fierce eyes. “Total f–ng scum. Nearly everyone in this world if given the choice would willfully inflict pain upon others for their own selfish gain.” Surprised by this high school senior’s opinion of humanity? He is the best friend of a student I Read more…

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Journey Into Fire

By Julie Spangler I was recently asked about my spiritual journey: where did it start and what led me into the work I now do with Lorian?  I don’t usually like to talk about myself… my journey into fire.  These things are so personal and internal, and to me, seem pretty ordinary. Unlike many I Read more…

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DAVID’S DESK #128 – THE B’S

David’s Desk is my opportunity to share thoughts and tools for the spiritual journey. These letters are my personal insights and opinions and do not necessarily reflect the sentiments or thoughts of any other person in Lorian or of Lorian as a whole. If you wish to share this letter with others, please feel free Read more…

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Imagining the Future

By Freya Secrest This sign appeared in my neighborhood recently. It immediately struck and resonated for me and I notice that whenever I go out riding now I turn my bike in the sign’s direction just to pass by it again. In considering why, I see that I find the sign strengthening and uplifting; it Read more…

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DAVID’S DESK #126 – WATERBEDS

Back in the early Seventies, two married friends of mine decided to be early adopters of the latest thing in bedroom furniture: the flotation mattress, or waterbed. I happened to visit them not long after the bed was delivered, and they delightedly invited me to lie on it. I gingerly made my way to the Read more…

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Thinking Like a Planet

By Freya Secrest “Think like a planet.” What does it mean to think like a planet? David Spangler has used this idea to introduce a way to access the stance of partnership and participation that will help us create a more whole future.  But I can be so immersed in my own daily events that Read more…

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Readers Respond to Rock Talk

Several weeks ago The Lorian Blog published a post by Mary Reddy entitled “Rock Talk.” (Click here to read it.) We received a number of responses from readers and would like to share some of their delightful experiences with rocks: “Mary Reddy’s “Rock Talk” essay struck a chord with me. I came to an appreciation Read more…

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DAVID’S DESK #125 – INFRASTRUCTURE

David’s Desk is my opportunity to share thoughts and tools for the spiritual journey. These letters are my personal insights and opinions and do not necessarily reflect the sentiments or thoughts of any other person in Lorian or of Lorian as a whole. If you wish to share this letter with others, please feel free Read more…

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Rock Talk

By Mary Reddy During my apprenticeship to a shaman, I learned how to journey into the non-ordinary reality of the lower, middle, and upper worlds where I met with power animals, nature spirits, deities, and all manner of beings for which I had no name. My first attempts were tentative yet soon enough I was Read more…

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Excess Baggage

By Susan Beal A sense of urgency always overtakes me when I get to an airport, even when I am in plenty of time. It’s the overall vibe, I suppose, of a seeming non-place—everyone there is rushing off to somewhere else or working to get people from here to there. The muffled, sub-sonic vibration of Read more…

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DAVIDS DESK #124 – “You Shall Not Pass”

DAVID’S DESK #124 David’s Desk is my opportunity to share thoughts and tools for the spiritual journey. These letters are my personal insights and opinions and do not necessarily reflect the sentiments or thoughts of any other person in Lorian or of Lorian as a whole. If you wish to share this letter with others, Read more…

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Formative Forces

Essay and Photos By Freya Secrest I spent a day in the northern section of Yellowstone National Park this past summer. It was a brief visit, but nonetheless powerful in connecting me with the formative forces building our world.  There were geysers spewing out hot bubbling minerals not safe to be touched by human hands, Read more…

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The Shadow of the Moon

By Julie Spangler We Americans have just passed through “The Great American Eclipse”. It was a dramatic name for a dramatic event. Like most of the country, I waited eagerly for 10:20 AM to arrive in Seattle. It was awe-inspiring. Seeing them all lined up, the three celestial bodies which makes life possible on our Read more…

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