Amazing Grace—Africa’s Animals

I noticed it first in the elephants. From the safari jeep, we saw them in the near distance, walking through the South African bush. Their movement was steady, serene, focused—moving forward with purpose and utmost clarity, undeterred by distraction. They embodied grace in a way I had never seen before, a grace that filled them and emanated forth from them. They were living their unique beingness on Earth, fully and completely, and with a simple beauty that made my breath catch in my throat and tears fill my eyes when I looked at them. It was God’s grace and presence I was witnessing—it filled them so sweetly and divinely. That is the way we were all meant to walk upon this Earth.
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[Video] The Truth About Factory Farms and Animal Abuse

See what the meat industry doesn’t want you to know in this powerful video …

Factory farms are responsible for the vast majority of the meat, dairy, and eggs sold in the United States. And factory farming is the fastest growing method of animal production worldwide.

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Finding the Holy In a Tradition Not My Own

Today’s post is by guest blogger Bob Sessions. Bob was a participant on our “Maya Temples of Transformation with Freddy Silva and Miguel Angel Vergara” journey – this blog piece is the final instalment in a series about the journey. Earlier posts, written by Lori Erickson, explore the sacred sites of Tikal and Palenque, and the mysteries of Mayan ceremonies

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How Does Something Come Out of Nothing? A Cosmic Tale

The question of where the universe came from isn’t solved by pointing to the big bang, because this begs the question of where it came from. In physics creation is often dubbed “something out of nothing,” meaning that the entire observable cosmos emerged from a pre-created state that is devoid of the familiar landmarks of reality: time, space, matter and energy. The boundary between this “something” all around us and that “nothing” that is also present but undetectable has fascinated physics in recent decades. It’s a fascination we should all share if we want to know where creation came from.


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Time Passing, Time Standing Still

At times, it seems that our lives are moving so fast that we can’t catch our breath. At other times, it can seem that we are stuck, that time is standing still. Yet, past, present, future; birth, life, death; and time itself are all mental concepts, distinctions that we humans invent and superimpose on the world as we try to make sense of it. Beyond the mind’s created parameters is eternity. Occasionally, we touch it with fleeting awareness: In moments of great love or great loss, the mental boundaries fall away, and there is just presence without beginning or end. The deeper we live into life, the more we open to this perception. 

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An Omen From God

The subject line of the email was “An omen from God.”

It was from my brother Bobby, who was in Morocco for a board meeting of the organization ONE and (Red), which he co-founded with Bono. ONE and (Red) both work to save lives. Saving lives has, in fact, been my brother’s life’s work. (It has actually been the life’s work of all of my brothers — Timothy as chairman of the Special Olympics International, Mark as president of the Save the Children Action Network, and Anthony as the founder and chairman of Best Buddies. But today, this story is about Bobby.)

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Now Is the Moment to Make Your Voice Heard

What do speaking up, showing up, standing up for what you believe in, and giving hugs all have in common?

Turns out a lot.

This past week, I joined thousands of other Alzheimer’s advocates in Washington D.C. for the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual Advocacy Forum. These men and women came from all over the country to knock on the doors of their elected officials and let their voices be heard.

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Interrupted BBC Interview - Just roll with it (pun intended)

Did you see the interview on BBC with the professor whose kids came wandering in the door behind him? What a great demonstration of things don't always go as we plan. So how do you handle it? We are trained that things have to be "professional" and perfect. It is true that we don't want distractions, but sometimes life offers us them anyways. So...roll with it (pun intended).

Powerful Affirmations for Manifesting

If you want to amp up and enhance your manifesting powers, I suggest having a daily practice of affirmations. Your thoughts and words are literally declarations of who you think you are and how you perceive the world to be.

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6 Ways to Regain Your Financial Power

Why do we give away our personal power over to money? So many of us in this world are trapped by our lifestyles and the debt we chose to take on. All this does is keep us in a cycle that is never ending, a cycle that completely disempowers us from the greatness that we are and came here to be.

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When Life Throws You a Curveball, Do This

“I am ready to come out of the woods and to shine a light on what’s already happening around kitchen tables.”

That’s what Hillary Clinton said last Friday night at a St. Patrick’s Day gathering in Pennsylvania. Mrs. Clinton said she was ready to come out of the woods after some time away from the spotlight. (A young woman famously posted a photograph of Mrs. Clinton literally walking in the woods days after the election.)

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Easy Feng Shui for Fabulous Spring Manifesting

It’s Spring ….yay!

For all of us who love the longer, sunny days, Spring has finally arrived.

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Put Your Well-being First Because it’s Who You Are

As Abraham Hicks say, “Your happiness is the single most important thing in your life.” This might sound selfish or like an ego-centric statement, but when you look at the meaning that supports it, it makes a lot of sense. If you’re not happy, what’s the point? Typically most are not motivated by sadness, anger or boredom. It’s hard to preserve self-joy and happiness. Certainly we can all agree that the world is a much better place with your smile and your happiness! Because joy is a state we live in and not a spur of the moment feeling, it merits some introspection right? If we’re not feeding our joy center, how can we love others optimally? How can we teach love if we don’t have a full reserve of love for ourselves? What makes you calm? Smile and daydream? What makes your lungs want to breath in deeper? What do your hands long to touch? What is your soul primed for? Clearly I can only answer those questions for myself. However I encourage you to attempt them for yourself. Why? Because your happiness makes the world a better place.

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Here We All Are

A woman came in to see me up in New Hampshire some years ago. She said, “My daughter’s using drugs. I don’t know why I’ve come to see you, but you seem to have an understanding of young people and all that, and the minister said I should come.” It gets very far out. So I said, “Well do come in and sit down. I’m sorry I don’t have a chair, but you can sit on this, I’ll make these cushions higher so you can be more comfortable. I’ll give you this, it’s an interesting tea, it’s made of 17 spices which include…” and I listed them.

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The Topics We’re Too Afraid to Talk About

“This ruling makes us look weak, which, by the way, we no longer are.”

Those were the words of Donald Trump on Wednesday after a federal judge in Hawaii put a hold on his new travel ban. (Just hours later, a second federal judge also blocked his executive order.)

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Reality Is Structured in Consciousness

One of the most surprising survivors in our society, long counted out as either moribund or dead, is philosophy. The "love of truth," as the Greek term describes, was defeated by science and its love of facts. So it was unexpected when the New York Times ran an op-ed piece titled "If We Are Not Just Animals, What Are We?" (March 6, 2017) by the veteran English philosopher Roger Scruton.

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The Mayan Mysteries of Palenque

Striking, isn’t it?

And maybe a bit unsettling?

I came upon this figure at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. Bob and I and our friend Brian spent several days in Mexico City before starting our Maya Temples of Transformation tour with Sacred Earth Journeys. Our time at this museum—one of the world’s greatest—gave us an invaluable background for what we would later see on our Maya trip.

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Feminism and Anarchism 2017: Unity Consciousness

In the 1970s, I was very active in the feminist movement in Boston, Massachusetts, where I participated in various women’s groups, including the editorial collective of Second Wave magazine. During that time, I wrote an article for Second Wave called “Anarchism: The Feminist Connection,” which subsequently was reprinted in booklet form in New York City, London, England, and Milan, Italy, among other places. It was also included in the anthology Reinventing Anarchy and has been read in Feminist Studies classes at the college and university level for many years. A student at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania recently contacted me for an interview because she was writing her senior thesis on anarcha-feminism in the 1970s and 1980s. While I was speaking with her, it struck me how much interest there still is in these ideas. Then, after Trump was elected, a couple of friends of mine suggested that now might be a good time to reprint the article, with an update. So this is the update, and a link to a newly edited version of “Anarchism: The Feminist Connection” appears at the end of this post.
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How To Dynamically Express Yourself

Self-expression is a profound gift you give to both yourself and the world. What you have to say matters, but it can be daunting to speak your truth.

All of your fears of what others will think bubble up and stop you from expressing yourself in a dynamic way. When you break through from your fear of self-expression, you set yourself free and you create an outlet to inspire others.

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It’s Time to Break a Few Rules

This quote has always been one of my favorites. It’s one that has always made me laugh and think. And since March is Women’s History Month, I’ve been thinking about her words a lot more these past few days.

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