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David's Desk

By David SpanglerDavid Spangler


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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Lorian’s history includes the overall story describing the flow of events and spirit that has carried it through to its current day, and, of course, it includes individuals who have made the story possible. We include both here—the story and the individuals behind Lorian.

The Story Behind Lorian

Lorian’s story is about the emergence of a new spiritual impulse and how it has made itself known through the work of a group of people responding to its call.  In a way, it began in 1962 when a young David Spangler spontaneously experienced a vision that propelled him toward a life of spiritual research and understanding. Lorian itself has become identified with his thought as the early vision deepened and expanded into a body of work he calls Incarnational Spirituality.

The group of persons who founded Lorian originally met as participants in the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland in 1971. As they helped to create a unique experimental community in Findhorn, they developed a deep bond of spirit and friendship that shaped itself around serving the birth of this emerging planetary spirituality. Upon leaving Findhorn, these founders incorporated Lorian as a Not-for-profit spiritual and  educational organization in 1974.  Several independent projects have grown out of the initial group educational work, each fostering a new and growing awareness of the Sacred in the world.

Since its founding, Lorian has served as a grounding place for a particular facet of this emerging spirituality.  In 2003 the Lorian Center for Incarnational Spirituality was created to define Lorian’s role more specifically. Its purpose is to further the educational focus in Lorian and with it has developed:

  • A long-term program with ordination options
  • Home study education books and materials
  • A worldwide network, using online connections and classes to explore and research Incarnational Spirituality.

Today Lorian remains an organization committed to the definition, grounding, and support of an emerging spirituality that recognizes and engages the Sacred within the heart of all life.

The People Behind Lorian

Although Spangler has carried the impulse most publicly within Lorian, others have contributed to its call through support to Lorian and though their own work. Many people have participated in Lorian, leaving their mark and then going forth into the world to plant new seeds with their own expressions of the impulse.

David and Julia Spangler, currently directors of Lorian, have been the leaders of the community; Myrtle Glines, now deceased, was an important spiritual teacher and pioneer; Dorothy Maclean, one of the three original founders of Findhorn, was also an influential teacher and partner in Lorian’s work; Roger and Katherine Collis, currently working in Santa Barbara, California, also founded the Pacifica Foundation; Freya Secrest is currently a director of Lorian and a faculty member; Kathi and Milenko Matanovic went on to found the Pomegranate Center based in Issaquah, Washington.

In 2000, marking a new century and flow of energy into Lorian, came another group of individuals that contributed significantly to the work of Lorian. David, along with a creative faculty including Jeremy Berg, MCS; Freya Secrest, MSD; Suzanne Fageol, MDiv; Terri O’Fallon, PHD; Elizabeth Fowler, MD; and supportive board members Donna Alvarado; Ruth Chaffee, PhD; Dan Paulson, MS; and Julie Spangler moved to stimulate Lorian’s public outreach and education.  In 2003 this group created the Lorian Center for Incarnational Spirituality (LCIS) and their work has evolved into the current day’s programs and activities.

Today, along with our Board of Directors, Lorian is supported by a growing group of Ordinands who meet yearly offering their experience and insight into developing pathways that facilitate our mission.

We are grateful for the creativity, joy and fellowship of all who have contributed, and who continue to contribute to Lorian’s work.