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Readings: Volume 2

05 Jun

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  • Religion, Science, and Spirit: A Sacred Story for Our Time by David Korten – Is it possible that the human future turns on our embrace of a new sacred story that gives us a reason to care and with which a majority of people may already align, yet has neither institutional support nor a place in the public conversation?
  • The Two Worlds of Magic by Betty Roszak – “What is below is above; what is inside is outside.” So goes the Hermetic formula, the origin of which supposedly lies far back in Egyptian antiquity. But it is probably as old as human contemplation of nature itself. This cryptically-compressed magical utterance is a motif running through human thought from the pre-literate nomadic religions to Taoism, Buddhism, and Jewish, Islamic, and Christian mysticism.
  • Beyond Environment: Falling Back in Love with Mother Earth by Thich Nhat Hanh – Thay, as he is known to his many thousands of followers, sees the lack of meaning and connection in peoples’ lives as being the cause of our addiction to consumerism and that it is vital we recognise and respond to the stress we are putting on Earth if civilisation is to survive.
  • Is Death An Illusion? Evidence Suggests Death Isn’t the End by Robert Lanza, M.D. – Consider the famous two-slit experiment. When scientists watch a particle pass through two slits in a barrier, the particle behaves like a bullet and goes through one slit or the other. But if you don’t watch, it acts like a wave and can go through both slits at the same time. So how can a particle change its behavior depending on whether you watch it or not? The answer is simple – reality is a process that involves your consciousness.
  • Ensouled on the Planet by Marion Woodman – We are still accepting a cultural value that annihilates the Earth. If we don’t change, we are going to our own extinction. This is precisely what addicts do.
  • Love is the Connection that Makes a Future Possible by Dr. Susan Murphy Roshi & John Stanley – Perhaps the true depth of affinity with the Earth goes even deeper than an idea or feeling of connection, instead resembling the fully embodied state an ancient Zen Master pointed to when asked a pointed question about love: “I have already become like this,” was his provocative reply. “Like this”—meaning fully congruent with stars, earthworms, and everything in between, with no separation, no picking or choosing, and no possible hesitation in defending it from harm.
  • Persian and Indian Visions of the Living Earth by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan – Spiritual traditions are often the deepest repositories of a culture’s knowledge of the ancient bond between person and planet, soul and soil. This is abundantly illustrated in the traditions of Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, and Islam—traditions that, as we shall see, are sometimes intertwined.

We are all children of the same universe.

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