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by David Spangler
Who am I? Why am I here? The Call presents insights on what inspires, transforms, and sustains us.

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by David Spangler
An introductions to the core message of Incarnational Spirituality.
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DAVID’S DESK #120 – PAPER

PAPER

These days, at least twice daily, I stop whatever I’m doing and take a moment to stand in peace. It’s a simple thing to do. It’s certainly helpful to me, and given that we’re all part of an interconnected, interdependent world, I believe it’s helpful in the larger scheme of things. I would like to invite you to join me in your own way, but more on that in a moment. First, let me describe what “standing in peace” means to me and how I go about it.

As I indicated, I experience that we live in an interconnected world; we are part of a whole planetary system in which every part has an effect on every other part. Increasingly we are learning to appreciate how important understanding this interconnected wholeness is; indeed, our survival may depend on it.

I view peace not simply as an absence of conflict but as a heightening of connections which improves the health of the whole system. It allows for an increase in clear communication, cooperation, and coherency— three qualities important to the well-being of the world. Conflict, on the other hand, frays and severs connections. There are times when this may be necessary; it is possible to form unhealthy connections that need to be broken up, like removing a growing tumor from a body through surgery. But there’s only so much surgery one can perform before the body itself dies. Much better to strengthen the whole system by improving and strengthening the healthy connections that promote harmony and collaboration.  

In my experience, this is what peace does.  

My purpose here in this short essay is not to delve into the metaphysics of peace and conflict; one could write a book about that! I simply want to share a practice with you that I find helpful and that I believe, given a perspective of the interconnectedness of life, is also helpful on a wider scale. When I stand in peace, I am adding to a process that improves connectedness rather than diminishing it. Given what is going on in the world today, every little bit helps!

My practice can be broken down into five steps. These are Pause, Appreciate, Presence, Embrace, and Release. Together they form an acronym that makes them easy to remember: PAPER. Here is the PAPER process:

PAUSE – The first step is to pause whatever you are doing. Be sensible about this, of course. If you are in the middle of an activity that can’t be paused, like doing surgery, then wait until you’re finished.  But all of us have moments during the day when we can stop what we’re doing and just pause, becoming inwardly still.

APPRECIATE – The second step is to look around, see where you are, whom you’re with, what you’ve been doing, and appreciate these things.  I originally called this step Awareness, which is also an “A” word, but I realized that for me, it’s not just being aware of my surroundings but of how I am aware.  This is where appreciation comes in.  If my purpose is to stand in peace, I don’t want to be in conflict with my environment. I may not like where I am in the moment, but I can honor it and honor my being there. I can find something to appreciate, maybe even love, about where I am, and this spirit of appreciation translates into being at peace.

PRESENCE – My third step is to honor and appreciate myself, which gives me a sense of presence in the moment wherever I am. We are each a generative source of positive qualities and actions if we allow ourselves to be. We matter in the world. Who we are is important; for many of us, we are more than we give ourselves credit for being. By standing in Presence, I am affirming that I have something to offer to this environment and that I’m capable of offering it, even if I do so in silence with my spirit blessing to what’s around me. Another way of thinking about this is that through affirming my Presence and its value, I am not in conflict with myself. To stand in peace, I need to go beyond conflict with where I am (the Appreciate step) and conflict with who I am that may arise from negative self-imagery.

EMBRACE – Standing in Presence allows me to open my heart, blessing and embracing where I am, heightening my connections with my environment. Here, too, I originally used another word, Engage, for this step, but as with Awareness and Appreciation, I wanted to emphasize how I engage. Since peace for me is an active process that builds and widens connections, standing in peace means doing just that with my immediate surroundings. Embrace, for me, captures this felt sense of reaching out from my Presence with love to connect with where I am and who I’m with, thus generating peace.

RELEASE – The last step is to release the quality of peace—of heightened and harmonious connection—out into the world. I ask that those spiritual forces that hold humanity and the world in their love receive my peace and let it be wherever it is needed. I trust that what I generate in my small environment can be a seed that can grow to bless and affect much larger environments.

You will note that I don’t try to “send” peace anywhere. Projecting peace to troubled areas can become just a mental exercise; I’m “sending” an idea of peace rather than peace itself. Perhaps this may be helpful in its own way, inspiring others with that idea, but my approach is to create the experience—the felt sense—of peace and to offer the substance of this experience to the Powers That Be. To stand in peace, I want to be peace; I want to be a force for heightening connections and allowing harmony to unfold. For this to happen, I can’t just think about it. I need to do it. This is what the PAPER process is all about. It’s about generating peace into the world by doing peace and being peace in the concreteness of my surroundings.

Being and doing peace doesn’t have to mean resolving a conflict. There may be no conflict in my environment when I do the PAPER practice. But remember, peace in my definition is about fostering, heightening, and strengthening connections. This is what we do when we resolve a conflict; we create new connections that now promote harmony instead of disharmony. But I can heighten connections anytime, anywhere, around me and within me, through pausing, appreciating, being a presence, and embracing. By widening my definition of what peace does, I can see ways of doing peace in my world besides just being a “fire-fighter” putting out the flames of conflicts. I can build peace into my life and into my world that can prevent conflicts from arising in the first place. Where connections are strong, communication is clear, and collaboration can emerge, the whole is benefited and conflict is avoided.

I said that I wish to invite you to PAPER the world with me. Heaven knows we need it. This is not something we have to do at the same time every day. Each of us can PAPER in our own way, in our own time. You need to discover the best way you can do this practice, making it your own. But the more of us that do stand in peace by pausing, appreciating, becoming a presence, and embracing, releasing the results into the world, the more our world will grow the connections it needs to transform the broken conditions that fill the news with stories of suffering, conflict, and danger. Be your peace and let us PAPER the Earth together.


Join David Spangler for A Time For Gaia, a free teleclass on Thursday, June 4, at 5PM PDT. Click here for more information or to register.

A Touch of Love – A Lorian Discovery Class

 

Stepping Up to our Role in a Living Universe

One Week Online Class

June 25 – July 1, 2017

 

 

CLASS CONTENT

One way of describing the ‘essence of love’ is to characterize it as a way of seeing and holding another’s individuality and identity within the life of the Sacred. It unites both giver and receiver with the larger wholeness of creation and sacredness.  It is a gift of freedom; an act that empowers connection.

Journey into Fire by David Spangler

The essence of life, no matter what its consciousness, is love, and therefore life becomes more perfectly itself when surrounded by love.  Humanity’s greatest contribution to life on the planet is consciously to love, and so to bring health, vigor and beauty to life.

The Landscape Angel, To Hear the Angels Sing by Dorothy Maclean

Love is a primal building block of our universe at an energetic level.  It informs life down to the most basic level of cells and atoms and quarks and extends to the most expansive galactic consciousness. In its most basic expression, it is connective. Anything we do to establish a healthy connection at whatever level possible for us in that situation engages us in a spectrum of Love.

This class will draw upon David Spangler’s Spectrum of Love and Dorothy Maclean’s Deva messages to support your ability to recognize, foster and develop deeper and more loving connections with your world.

CLASS FORMAT

A Touch of Love will be held on our online education site, Lorianeducation.com powered by Ruzuku. where participants have access to the online discussion and materials 24/7 for the duration of the class. Course includes:

  • Downloadable written and audio presentation of exercises
  • Daily practice with guided audio recordings
  • Opportunity for online discussion
  • One shared audio teleconference session (recorded) on Saturday, July 1st at 8 am Pacific Time.  

New participants  create user accounts on our education site; further details and instructions for doing so will be emailed the week before the class. 

REGISTRATION

 

FACILITATOR:  Freya Secrest MSD

Freya is a spiritual mentor, priest, administrator and adult educator. Her love of travel took her to the Findhorn Foundation community in the early 1970’s where she discovered a deep fellowship with the inner worlds of nature. Returning to the US, she was a founding member of the Lorian Association and worked closely with Dorothy Maclean, traveling and teaching across the US and Canada on themes of collaboration with the intelligences of nature.  She has worked as a Waldorf School Administrator, developed and taught programs at the Findhorn Foundation, served as Lorian’s Executive Administrator and is currently its Educational Director. Her collaborative work with subtle worlds continues as she develops her home garden and explores Gaian Circle gatherings.

 

Discovery Courses are one or two week-long online classes focused on one key practice or principle of Incarnational Spirituality. They deepen your experience of the practice so that you can work with it more effectively in your life. They develop an approach that engages your physical, mental, emotional and energetic connections with the world through love and reflective perception.

Class materials are available 24/7 in  Lorian education’s online classroom and include written and audio exercises.  Exercises are presented step-by-step, building upon each other.  All teleclass or live webinar sessions are recorded and available to download for your personal use. See each course description for specific dates and activities.

Free June/July Teleclass

Imagination, Shapeshifting and Loving the World

with Rue Hass

June 28, 2017   5pm PT

 

People are suspicious of imagination.  We think of it as “making things up.”  We say, “Oh that is just my imagination…”   We do encourage imaginary play in children, up to a point.  But as adults we are supposed to be hard-headed and realistic, subordinating the imagination to what we think of as objective rationality.  People who use their imagination are dreamy, unrealistic, too sensitive, impractical.  “Get your head out of the clouds and face reality,” we are chided.

But truly, imagination is one of our most vital tools of consciousness.  It is true practical magic. The very essence of our humanity is our capacity to generate and respond to images within us, and then act to creatively give those images form and motion.  This actively shapes our world in new ways. This is our power to partner with the forces of the earth and cosmos. 

Imagination is our creative link with our world.  Through it we can envision potentials and possibilities. Without imagination, the world would come to a standstill.  In fact, the world itself is the product of imagination.  Imagination creates reality!

Join us a free introductory teleclass on June 28 to learn a strategy that you can use right away to ignite the magic of your imagination.  Recording of the event sent to all who register.

Register now

 

And then consider joining in for our Summer Discovery class on Imagination.

Imagination- A Lorian Discovery Class

Imagination, Shapeshifting and Loving the World

 

One-week Online Class

July 8 -15, 2017

 

Join Free Introductory Webinar  – June 28, 2017,  5 pm PT

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

People are suspicious of the imagination.  We think of it as a tool for “making things up”.  We encourage imaginary play in children, up to a point.  But as adults we are supposed to be hard-headed and realistic, subordinating the imagination to what we think of as objective rationality.  People who use their imagination are dreamy, unrealistic, too sensitive, impractical.  “Get your head out of the clouds and face reality,” we are chided.

But truly, imagination is one of our most vital tools of consciousness.  The essence of our humanity is our capacity to generate images within us, and then act to creatively give those images form and motion, actively shaping our world in new ways. This is the power to partner with the forces of the world.  Imagination is our creative link with our world.  Through it we can envision potentials and possibilities. Without imagination, the world would come to a standstill.  In fact, the world itself is the product of imagination.  Imagination creates reality!

In this class we will explore and honor the magic of our own human identity: being a center of activity and creative imagination that can bring newness, beauty and grace into the world.

This will be a practical activity-focused experience that will help you to touch into the deep spiritual gift of your imagination in four areas:

  • Imagination and the creative power of human identity
  • Imagination and hope
  • Imagination and healing
  • Imagination and working with subtle energies

 

CLASS FORMAT

Class will be held on our online education platform Lorian Education powered by Ruzuku. All content and discussion text is available 24/7 for the duration of the course.  A notice for each day’s lesson is emailed to participants and you can keep track of any discussion posts via email as well. Faculty are online daily to respond to discussion.  

Two live and recorded teleconference sessions, July 9th and July 15th at 8 am PT  

Cost $47

 

FACILITATOR: Rue Hass, MA 

Rue is a Spiritual Life Path Coach and Intuitive Mentor and author. Her background includes university teaching, broad, deep training in psycho-spiritual philosophy, NLP, energy psychology, and the graduate school of motherhood. Emerging from the social/political action of the 1960s-70s in Chicago, she lived in the Findhorn spiritual community in Scotland from 1974-1981. She was ordained as a Lorian minister/priest in 2011.  

Rue says, “I have a deep thirst for translating spiritual concepts into practical grounded action in the world through the felt sense of subtle perception.  I love creating opportunities that invite people to be willing, heart-ful practitioners of practical incarnational magic. That is what I have learned over my own life.”

Discovery Classes are one or two week long online classes focused on one key practice or principle of Incarnational Spirituality. They deepen your experience of the practice so that you can work with it more effectively in your life. They develop an approach that engages your physical, mental, emotional and energetic connections with the world through love and reflective perception.

Class materials are available 24/7 in  Lorian education’s online classroom and include written and audio exercises.  Exercises are presented step-by-step, building upon each other.  All teleclass or live webinar sessions are recorded and available to download for your personal use. See each course description for specific dates and activities.

An Introduction to Connective Inquiry – A Lorian Discovery Class

 

Exploring our Incarnation through Engaging our World

 Two Week Online Class

August 19 – 30, 2017

 

 

 

CLASS DESCRIPTION

An inner colleague of David once remarked that “the problem with humanity is that you’re not incarnated enough.”  This being meant that humanity was not connected enough with its world. This lack of connectedness is with ourselves, with each other, with the natural world around us, and with the subtle realms that are the extended ecology of the Earth.  Because of this disconnection, we have difficulty in experiencing or creating wholeness and are instead creating its opposite— division, fragmentation, and incoherency— within the life of the planet.

The work of Incarnational Spirituality is all about creating connections that foster wholeness and presence.  David’s original inner mentor, John, taught him a way of engaging with the subtle worlds (and by extension with the physical world as well) that was based on sovereignty and love, a reaching out to and connecting with the “other,” whatever or whoever that might be, in an appreciative and hospitable way.  David describes this way of engaging and exploring the world, as Connective Inquiry.

This discovery course, Connective Inquiry, introduces a way of engaging the world through love that fosters connection and wholeness, enhancing the incarnation of Gaia. It is a form of action. It is about creating a connectedness from which wholeness can emerge. Forming connections based on love, appreciation, sovereignty, and understanding and allowing the world: the moment, the situation, the “other” to be exactly as it is.  When we can look at the ‘other’ in this compassion and respect, it opens up to us—and it opens up in us a new way of ‘seeing’ based on love.

CLASS FORMAT

The course is comprised of four live video class sessions (interspersed with practice time on your own schedule), downloadable written and audio presentation of exercises, and opportunity for online discussion. The video class sessions are recorded for your convenience.  Deepening with practice, each video class introduces another element of Connective Inquiry

Live video class sessions: Sunday Aug 20th, Wed Aug 23rd, Sunday Aug 27th,  and Wed Aug 30th,  6pm Pacific Time

 

REGISTRATION

 

FACILITATOR: James Tousignant, Ph.D. 

 James is an ordained minister/priest of Incarnational Spirituality and a member of the Lorian Faculty. He is formally trained as an experimental psychologist/research methodologist and worked as a senior statistician within government for over 20 years. During this time, he continued to follow his passion of working with the subtle realms, living into the teachings of Incarnational Spirituality, and teaching energy medicine.  He also awakened to his call to healing through the Integrative Energy Healing program at Langara College, and developed a private healing practice.  Recently, James has taken on managing an organization dedicated to providing front-line services, programming and shelter to individuals with mental health and substance use challenges.  James lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia Canada.

Discovery Classes are one or two week long online classes focused on one key practice or principle of Incarnational Spirituality. They deepen your experience of the practice so that you can work with it more effectively in your life. They develop an approach that engages your physical, mental, emotional and energetic connections with the world through love and reflective perception.

Discovery Classes are held on Lorian’s online education site and include written and audio exercises. Class materials are available 24/7 in the Lorian Education online “classroom” and exercises are presented step-by-step, building upon each other. All teleclass or live webinar sessions are recorded and available to download for your personal use. See each course description for specific dates and activities.

 

Sphere of Blessing – A Lorian Discovery Class

 

One-week Online Class

June 18 – 24, 2017

 

 

 

CLASS DESCRIPTION

The focus of this training is to strengthen our work with Incarnational Spirituality as a service. This is an opportunity for you to deepen your skills in holding healing, blessing and wholeness for the world.  This class will help you establish a step by step practice for building a field of Blessing and deepen your capacity to offer healing and wholeness as a standing activist in the world. 

The six day course includes:

  • 6 downloadable recordings of David Spangler leading you through the steps for shaping a safe and energy-filled subtle sphere of blessing for any blessing or standing activism work.
  • PDFs of these meditation steps formatted for printing
  • Downloadable recording of a guided blessing for the Spirit of America
  • 1 week of Lorian faculty support with your process in our 24/7 online campus.
  • 1 Teleclass to engage our subtle activism practice together as a group on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 7am Pacific Time. Teleclass will be recorded and emailed to all who have signed for the training.

Note: While we will be working with the Soul of America and offering blessing to the United States, this is not a political forum. Our discussion will be centered around our experiences with our practice and work together as subtle activists.

CLASS FORMAT

Class will be held on our online education platform Lorian Education powered by Ruzuku. All content and discussion text is available 24/7 for the duration of the course.  A notice for each day’s lesson is emailed to participants and you can keep track of any discussion posts via email as well. Faculty are online daily to respond to discussion.  

June 24th webinar (7 am PT) is accessed through the site and a link to the recording will be emailed to all participants.  Further details will be sent with registration.

Cost $47 

FACILITATORS: Freya Secrest and Drena Griffith

Freya is a spiritual mentor, priest, administrator and adult educator. Her love of travel took her to the Findhorn Foundation community in the early 1970’s where she discovered a deep fellowship with the inner worlds of nature. Returning to the US, she was a founding member of the Lorian Association and worked closely with Dorothy Maclean, traveling and teaching across the US and Canada on themes of collaboration with the intelligences of nature.  She has worked as a Waldorf School Administrator, developed and taught programs at the Findhorn Foundation, served as Lorian’s Executive Administrator and is currently its Educational Director. Her collaborative work with subtle worlds continues as she develops her home garden and explores Gaian Circle gatherings.

 

Fordrena Griffith

Drena lives in Aurora, Colorado and is the Administrative Coordinator for Lorian Association. She is also a music and creative writing teacher and Lorian Priest. ​Born in Gulfport, MS, she has lived and taught English in Fayetteville, North Carolina and Fukui, Japan. She blogs about Incarnational Spirituality at isinalife.com/.

 

 

Discovery Classes are one or two week-long online classes focused on one key practice or principle of Incarnational Spirituality. They deepen your experience of the practice so that you can work with it more effectively in your life. They develop an approach that engages your physical, mental, emotional and energetic connections with the world through love and reflective perception.

Discovery Classes are held on Lorian’s online education site and include written and audio exercises. Class materials are available 24/7 in the Lorian Education online “classroom” and exercises are presented step-by-step, building upon each other. All teleclass or live webinar sessions are recorded and available to download for your own use. Please read each course description to see dates and activities.

Discovering Presence – A Lorian Discovery Class

One-week online class

June 11 – 17, 2017

 

CLASS DESCRIPTION

There is a well-known saying – The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This week-long discovery explores the understanding that our embodied life is comprised of several elements –  a personal self, a transpersonal self, a human self and a world or nature self.  Each of these elements has its own gift and each is an important part of what helps us to function and thrive in our world. We have the capacity to hold and consciously nurture all these aspects of our incarnational self, and as we do so, our Presence, that wholeness that is greater than the sum of any parts, emerges. 

Each day of this online Discovery class you will access a short exercise focusing on one of these four aspects of yourself at a time convenient to your schedule. The exercise invites you to spend time with a part of yourself, deepening in relationship.  At the end of the week, there will be a live teleclass session (also recorded) to draw together the whole process in one flow of experience.  The intent is to build toward a felt sense of that place within you that draws all your various inner “selves” into a wholeness and gives expression to your Presence in the world. 

CLASS FORMAT

Discovering Presence will be held on our online education site, Lorianeducation.com powered by Ruzuku. where participants have access to the online discussion and materials 24/7 for the duration of the class. Course includes:

  • Downloadable written and audio presentation of exercises
  • Daily practice with guided audio recordings
  • Opportunity for online discussion
  • One shared audio teleconference session (recorded) on Saturday, June 17th at 8 am Pacific Time.  

New participants will create user accounts on our education site; further details and instructions for doing so will be emailed the week before the class. 

REGISTRATION

Cost: $47

 

FACILITATOR: Julia Spangler 

Julie is passionate about music, humor, good science fiction, and the natural beauty of the world and all the beings who inhabit it.  As a Parenting teacher, she delights in seeing parents discover playful ways to redirect their interactions with their children into more successful pathways.  As a Certified Counselor, her focus is on the ways we can, with insight, redirect our behavior more constructively.  She is a founding member of Lorian, beginning her spiritual work at the Findhorn Community by developing the guest program and singing with The New Troubadours. She is ordained as a Lorian minister. She loves human ingenuity, artistic expression and ideas which shake the mind out of unexamined patterns of thinking. 

Discovery Courses are one or two week-long online classes focused on one key practice or principle of Incarnational Spirituality. They deepen your experience of the practice so that you can work with it more effectively in your life. They develop an approach that engages your physical, mental, emotional and energetic connections with the world through love and reflective perception.

Class materials are available 24/7 in  Lorian education’s online classroom and include written and audio exercises.  Exercises are presented step-by-step, building upon each other.  All teleclass or live webinar sessions are recorded and available to download for your personal use. See each course description for specific dates and activities.

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