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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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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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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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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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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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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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Strange Attractors

By Susan Beal I have had a meditation and spiritual practice for almost 40 years. Mostly it’s been a private thing, central to my sense of self and informing my activities in the outer world, but never overt. In many ways, my experiences of the “inner” and “outer” worlds had felt like very different, if Read more…

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Reading Water

Essay and Pastels by Claire Blatchford   Mesmerized by a video about water I saw almost two years ago, I knew I wanted to try meeting water by way of pastels. It wasn’t so much the drawing challenge (water, clouds and faces are, for me, the ultimate challenge when drawing) because water is, as the Read more…

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A Gaian Potpourri

By Mary Reddy Lorian’s first Gaianeering conference ended just over a week ago. The gathering grew into a lovely collaboration among new and old friends—both physically visible and subtly present ones. It was like an exercise in midwifery, offering wisdom, support, and sustenance as we humans labor to give birth to an emerging Gaian awareness. Read more…

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The Art and Craft of Collaborative Fields

By Freya Secrest The subject of “collaborative fields” came up recently in a conversation I had with Mary Inglis, one of our Gaianeering presenters and a facilitator of the Game of Transformation. Mary defined a collaborative field as a particular ecology of relationship in which one consciously takes steps to foster a whole that is Read more…

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Four Faces of Gaia

By David Spangler* In 1979, the British scientist James Lovelock published a book Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth. In it, he presented evidence that through the auto-regulatory systems of the biosphere, the Earth acted as a living organism. On the suggestion of this friend, the author William Golding, he proposed to call Read more…

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“Hey! Tell Me Before You Tear Down My House!”

By Julie Spangler On a lovely spring day in the early days of the Findhorn community in Northern Scotland, sometime around 1970, a visitor handy in the ways of the bulldozer was helping clear the land for the construction of the community’s new building to house their printing endeavors. It was an innocent enough task Read more…

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The Body Realm

Essay and Sketch By Mary Reddy As we prepare for Lorian’s summer conference, many of us are exploring our relationship with Gaia, how to “think like a planet,” and what it means to be a loving and conscious member of the web of life that is our earth. David Spangler describes relating to Gaia as Read more…

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What is Gaineering?

By Jeremy Berg When I used the term Gaineering to describe the upcoming Lorian conference obviously Gaia was on my mind. Ever since James Lovelock used the title The Gaian Hypothesis to describe his theory that the world was indeed a whole, living system, the term has been growing in use. For many the word Read more…

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Seeing Being: The Power of Images to Hold Multiple Levels of Meaning

Image and Essay By Deborah Koff-Chapin   I created this image a couple of weeks ago during a guided practice lead by David Spangler. He offered it as part of a recent Forum that explored the deeper impulses guiding the emergence of the United States of America. In this exercise we were integrating the deeper, Read more…

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First Language

By Freya Secrest A friend and I were talking recently about the many ways we perceive and interpret the world through our subtle senses. She shared a conversation in which someone made the statement, “My ‘first’ language is intuition.” That statement got me thinking about what I would consider as my “first language”. How do Read more…

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Pathways

Essay and Pastels by Claire Blatchford I’m an avid walker and hiker and love the sweet and reassuring familiarity of old pathways and the lure and promise of new, unexplored ones. This winter when the wind was knife-sharp and the earth was snowy and icy, too icy for a brisk stroll or an easy saunter, Read more…

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Working Together To Change the World: An Interview with David Nicol (Part 2)

Interview By Susan Beal SUSAN: What strikes me is that much of what we’ve been taught about the spiritual path is that it’s about personal, individual discipline and study— a solitary climb toward God— and you’re saying no, it’s actually more that we’re all in this ocean of wisdom. Instead of struggling to swim against Read more…

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Working Together to Change the World: An Interview with David Nicol (Part 1)

Interview by Susan Beal David Nicol’s research into group subtle fields and their potential for healing and transformation on both the individual and collective level is an exciting example of the basic principles of Incarnational Spirituality in action. My introduction to Nicol’s work was through his book Subtle Activism: The Inner Dimension of Social and Read more…

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Subtle Activism: An Interview with David Spangler (Part 4)

Interview By Annabel Chiarelli ANNABEL: Can you elaborate on the difference between “spiritual bypassing” and true subtle activism? DAVID: There is no question that people can use ideas like subtle activism, prayer, “sending Light and Love,” and so on as a way to bypass the reality of a situation or to avoid having to take Read more…

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