The Well of Light July 2011

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In This Issue

Since we only send out one newsletter a month we pack a lot in each issue. Please take your time and read the articles that appeal to you and listen to the podcasts that are of interest. We welcome your comments, suggestions and input. Thank you for your part in co-creating a world that works for all life... Blessings, ms

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Letter from Michael
• Reflections on Love and Awareness

• Sandra Ingerman: How to Be Harmonious in a Changing World
• Alan Watts: On Separation and Interdependence
• Love Your Enemy: A Campaign to reclaim Human Dignity Through Nonviolence

Upcoming Events
• Men, Women & Trust: Next Gender Reconciliation Circle is July 30
• November 17th and 19th: Carolyn Baker Lecture and workshop

Moving Meditation News
• HIGH INTENSITY COSMIC FRIDAY
NIGHT 5 RHYTHMS BLOW OUT DANCE
• Presence: October 1st Sacramento with Michael and Bella
• Refuge: A Soul Motion Workshop in the Foothills with Michael Z., September 10
• Special Moving-Meditation Wave Offer

Book of the Month
Blood on the Tracks: Life And Times of S. Brian Wilson

Articles
• Divided We Fall: How the Left and Right Can Unite
• Slow Living Summit: Slow Living to a Rooted New Economy
• World's Reef Fishes Tussling With Human Overpopulation
• World's Wealthiest People Now Richer than Before the Credit Crunch
• Critics Find Gaps in State Laws to Disclose Hydrofracking Chemicals
• Prospect of limiting the global increase in temperature to 2ºC is getting bleaker
• World's oceans in 'shocking' decline

Podcasts

Upcoming Shows On Conversations

Live Streaming Tuesdays at 1pm PST at www.kvmr.org

Videos
• Jimmy Cliff Sings for Peace in Afghanistan
• Master Oboist Russel Walder Live in New Zealand
• This kid went through many great challenges to get to where he's at today
• US Congress Agrees to Extend Patriot Act
• The Collapse of Journalism and How to Fix It
• Adam Hochschild: To End All Wars
• Rest and Be Taken (audio & poetry)

Hot Site of the Month
• The Association for Global New Thought

A Call To Action
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Seva Team

Poetry Corner
Sweet Darkness – David Whyte
In the Beginning – David Whyte

Listen to Podcasts from this issue's newsletter:

Will Keepin, Ph.D., & Cynthia Brix, M.Div, MA., Divine Duality: The Power of Reconciliation between Women & Men

Kathy Lemay: Financing Social Change

Lisa Schrader: Awakening Shakti

Matthew Stein: Emergency Preparation and Crisis Survival

Sark: Transforming Loss & Change into Gift & Opportunity



Reflections on Love and Awareness

Love is a grave mental disease.
– Plato

When I interviewed Ram Dass a few month’s ago he talked about being loving awareness. What does it mean to be aware and what is love? These are questions that have consumed the minds of thinking and feeling people since we invented language and symbols. Webster’s dictionary defines love as a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person. Unfortunately this kind of love “for” generates a sense of separation between the lover and the object of love. This often leads to a conditional love, which becomes dependent on changing circumstances and the responses and actions of the other.

Awareness on the other hand is defined as having knowledge of, understanding of, appreciation for, attention to, or perception of... The operative words here are having, for and of which again separates the observer (lover) from what is being observed (loved). In a world of continuous change this kind of love can leave us clinging to what happened in the past or removes us from the present by living in hope or fear of what the future might bring or not bring. The purpose of this article is to examine the neurosis of doing love and explore the possibility of being loving awareness.

"The most important aspect of love is not in the giving or the receiving: it's in the being. When I need love from others, or need to give love to others, I'm caught in an unstable situation. Being in love, rather than giving or taking love, is the only thing that provides stability. Being in love means seeing the Beloved all around me.
– Ram Dass

Read the entire letter from Michael here.



How to Be Harmonious in a Changing World

Sandra Ingerman
The Huffington Post

As we continue to experience change to the Earth due to climate changes, it is important for us to shift our perspective about what is happening. We are also witnessing deterioration on political and economic levels.

Today many people talk about the change in consciousness and evolution that humans are going through. And at the same time all of life -- all species and the Earth herself are going through a change. The landscape of the earth is evolving and changing as it has done throughout time. Land masses have changed over time and will continue to do so.

The destruction that we experience is hard on the people and animals who suffer loss of home and lives. And at the same time we must recognize that the Earth is evolving and changing into new landscapes just like human consciousness is evolving into a new landscape.

One way we can work is to look at how we can work on a physical, mental and spiritual level -- body, mind and spirit.

To read the full article, click here.


On Separation and Interdependence

By Alan Watts
from "The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are"

"It is said that humanity has evolved one-sidedly, growing in technical power without any comparable growth in moral integrity, or, as some would prefer to say, without comparable progress in education and rational thinking. Yet the problem is more basic. The root of the matter is the way in which we feel and conceive ourselves as human beings, our sensation of being alive, of individual existence and identity. We suffer from a hallucination, from a false and distorted sensation of our own existence as living organisms- Most of us have the sensation that "I myself" is a separate center of feeling and action, living inside and bounded by the physical body--a center which "confronts an "external" world of people and things, making contact through the senses with a universe both alien and strange. Everyday figures of speech reflect this illusion. "I came into this world." "You must face reality." "The conquest of nature."

This feeling of being lonely and very temporary visitors in the universe is in flat contradiction to everything known about man (and all other living organisms) in the sciences. We do not "come into" this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree. As the ocean "waves," the universe "peoples." Every individual is an expression of the whole realm of nature, a unique action of the total universe. This fact is rarely, if ever, experienced by most individuals. Even those who know it to be true in theory do not sense or feel it, but continue to be aware of themselves as isolated "egos" inside bags of skin.

The first result of this illusion is that our attitude to the world "outside" us is largely hostile. We are forever "conquering" nature, space, mountains, deserts, bacteria, and insects instead of learning to cooperate with them in a harmonious order. In America the great symbols of this conquest are the bulldozer and the rocket--the instrument that batters the hills into flat tracts for little boxes made of ticky-tacky and the great phallic projectile that blasts the sky. (Nonetheless, we have fine architects who know how to fit houses into hills without ruining the landscape, and astronomers who know that the earth is already way out in space, and that our first need for exploring other worlds is sensitive electronic instruments which, like our eyes, will bring the most distant objects into our own brains.)

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events--that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies--and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends."


Love Your Enemy: A Campaign to reclaim Human Dignity Through Nonviolence.

Dear friend,

You may have heard that The Metta Center for Nonviolence is launching an ambitious campaign to counteract the hostile attitudes that may be stirred up by the anniversary of 9/11 — and much more. It’s called

Love Your Enemy: A Campaign to reclaim Human Dignity Through Nonviolence.

This campaign will take advantage of the attention focused by the coming tenth anniversary of 9/11; but it begins much sooner — as soon as you get this letter — and continues until we or our descendants have put the search for security on a new basis and foreign policy on a new track. Our hope is to a) empower individuals to use nonviolence in their daily lives, b) empower both individuals and organizations to use nonviolence as a template for a new security policy, and c) to bring together a community of actors who can collectively build the universal yearning for peace into a vital force.

The campaign is unfolding in three phases:

1. From now until September 10th - 12th, 2011,
2. September 10-12th : a nationwide Satyagraha,
3. After the Satyagraha: ‘constructive programme’.
Continue reading here...



Upcoming Events

Men, Women & Trust:
Next Gender Reconciliation Circle is July 30

This event is almost full already. If you are interested contact Lisa or Michael right away.

The future of humanity will be decided not by relations between nations, but by relations between men and women.
– DH Lawrence

The wounds that weʼve received, and those that weʼve inflicted, in our most important male/female relationships keep our hearts armored, making it challenging to open in trust and love. Join us for our next sacred circle gathering of men and women as we explore ways to create greater trust and dissolve the distances between us. Whether youʼre single or coupled, let us practice relating as men & women, brothers & sisters.

• Explore your own relationship with trust in a safe, heart-centered dialogue and exercises with the opposite gender
• Learn ways to create trust in relationship instead of hoping for it
• Better understand what men and women want from each other
• Integrate the learning in your body through sacred movement & ritual

WHEN: Saturday, July 30, 2:00-5:30 pm followed by potluck feast
WHERE: Grass Valley, CA
COST: $20 suggested donation
RSVP: Space is limited to 15 men and women each so please contact us ASAP to reserve your spot: lisa@awakeningshakti.com

Brought to you with love
by Lisa Schrader (www.AwakeningShakti.com) and Michael Stone (www.AreWeListening.net).



November 17th and 19th
Carolyn Baker Lecture and workshop.

Stay tuned for more information...

As institutions crumble and the world as we have known it becomes increasingly unfamiliar and uncertain, how do we align with the deeper story that we came here to live? What fibers of our being must we strengthen in order to navigate the collapse of the old paradigm and co-create the one waiting to emerge? It is possible to forsake our denial and face what is so if we are inspired by a host of ancestors from the past who have shown us how to navigate monumental changes in other times and places. Amid the threads of unraveling in our world, we can pluck the threads of ancient wisdom in order to live resiliently. In this public talk, and in the workshop to follow on Saturday, we will draw upon the timeless truths of our ancestors through song, story, poetry, and embodied community building in order to reclaim our truth and power amid chaos.


Moving Meditation News

(Note: starting next month Moving Meditation news will be separate from the Well of Light and Conversations Newsletter)

HIGH INTENSITY COSMIC FRIDAY NIGHT 5 RHYTHMS BLOW OUT DANCE
OK! For those of you who wanted to go back to a Friday Evening High Intensity Waves we are going to try it. If this is really what you want I will know by your attendance. I am willing to shift the class to Wednesdays, but first I need to know that this is really what you want and need. Join us for this High Intensity Cosmic Blow Out Dance (otherwise know as HICBOD)


Presence: October 1st Sacramento with Michael and Bella

(Atten-dance at Module 1 or 2 not required)



To enroll online, or for more information, click here.

This module will focus on discovering your own unique vibrant heartbeat & and connecting deeply with others. You do not have to have completed session one to attend this day-long intensive. Each module works with a different aspect of deepening presence. To find out more or to register go to www.bodyjoy.net

Refuge: A Soul Motion Workshop in the Foothills
with Michael Z.
Saturday, September 10, 2011

Held in the embrace of Moonbear’s 30' yurt on gorgeous land in the Sierra foothills, we’ll travel the spiral pathway to our most intimate dance, then expand to include our fellow travelers in dialogue, discourse and divine prayer. We’ll also have the opportunity to walk the labyrinth adjacent to our dance space. Please bring water, lunch and whatever else you need to support you through this day of refuge and rejuvenation. Bask in supple guidance and spacious music. And we will dance. Oh, yes, we will dance.

Workshop Details:
Noon-6:00pm, 9/10/11, MoonBear Sanctuary, Nevada City
Cost: $75 (if registered by August 19)
$95 thereafter (space permitting)
Inquiries: lucid.ocean@gmail.com
Registration: click here

A long-time student of Vinn Marti and Zuza Engler, Michael Zipkin brings compassion, curiosity and humility to this dynamic movement practice of presence and awareness. He was certified to teach Soul Motion in 2010.

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This month: Indigenous movement wave – with $25 donation to Conversations – Monthly wave program.

Free Personalized 5R type music wave or book — For $25 a month contribution to KVMR's Conversations you will receive a new dance cd or book each month you contribute... Or book and cd for $40 for both. Keep Conversations going and support the Well of Light. Thank you for your ongoing support. We need it now more than ever... May it come back to you a hundred fold.



New Podcasts

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Cynthia Brix & Will KeepinWill Keepin, Ph.D., & Cynthia Brix, M.Div, MA., Divine Duality: The Power of Reconciliation between Women & Men
click here to listen

Will Keepin, Ph.D., President and Executive Director.  Will co-founded the Satyana Institute in 1996, and founded its Power of Reconciliation project (formerly Gender Reconciliation), which has organized more than fifty intensive gatherings in six countries for healing and reconciliation between women and men. A mathematical physicist with thirty scientific publications on sustainable energy and global warming, he presented testimony to European and Australian parliaments and the US House of Representatives. Will is author of Divine Duality: The Power of Reconciliation Between Women and Men. www.satyana.org

Cynthia Brix, M.Div, MA., Program Director.  Cynthia is an interfaith minister specializing in international peacemaking, and spiritual direction for young adults.  She is co-founder of the Women’s Spiritual Mastery project, and she co-directs the Power of Reconciliation project.  A long-time student of Eknath Easwaran's Passage Meditation, Cynthia leads retreats on interfaith spirituality, and she is adjunct faculty at Holy Names University.  Cynthia is contributing author of Divine Duality: The Power of Reconciliation between Women and Men, and co-author of Women Healing Women. www.satyana.org

Kathy LemayKathy Lemay: Financing Social Change
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Kathy LeMay is the founder, president, and CEO of Raising Change, which helps organizations raise capital to advance social change agendas and individuals create Generosity Plans to help change the world. LeMay, who began her global activism in war-torn Yugoslavia where she worked with women survivors of the siege and rape-genocide camps, has been a social change fundraiser for 15 years, raising more than $150 million dollars in the fields of women's human rights, hunger and poverty relief, and movement building. In addition she has directed an additional $100 million in philanthropic dollars to organizations working to make a difference. www.raisingchange.com

Lisa SchraderLisa Schrader: Awakening Shakti
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Lisa Schrader, the Founder of Awakening Shakti, has impacted the lives of thousands of women over the past 10 years as a workshop leader, author, speaker and coach. Her work has been featured on Oprah, Oxygen and VH1. She is the author of "Kama Sutra 52: A Year's Worth of the Best Positions for Passion and Pleasure" from Quiver Books. She has a private coaching practice supporting clients worldwide and is certified through the International Coach Federation.  www.awakeningshakti.com

Matthew SteinMatthew Stein: Emergency Preparation and Crisis Survival
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Matthew Stein is an author, engineer, inventor and specializing in hurricane resistant, energy efficient and environmentally friendly homes. He is the author of When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency. www.whentechfails.com

Sark (Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy)Sark: Transforming Loss & Change into Gift & Opportunity
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Sark (Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy) is a best selling author and artist who has empowered millions to live their creative dreams, manage their businesses, and savor personal connections... Her books have sold over two million copies. She is the founder and creative fountain of Planet SARK, A thriving business that creates fabulous products and services to support empowered living. www.planetsark.com


Book of the Month

Blood on the Tracks: Life And Times of S. Brian Wilson

"We are not worth more, they are not worth less." This is the mantra of S. Brian Willson and the theme that runs throughout his compelling psycho-historical memoir. Willson's story begins in small-town, rural America, where he grew up as a "Commie-hating, baseball-loving Baptist," moves through life-changing experiences in Viet Nam, Nicaragua and elsewhere, and culminates with his commitment to a localized, sustainable lifestyle.

In telling his story, Willson provides numerous examples of the types of personal, risk-taking, nonviolent actions he and others have taken in attempts to educate and effect political change: tax refusal—which requires simplification of one's lifestyle; fasting—done publicly in strategic political and/or therapeutic spiritual contexts; and obstruction tactics—strategically placing one's body in the way of "business as usual." It was such actions that thrust Brian Willson into the public eye in the mid-’80s, first as a participant in a high-profile, water-only "Veterans Fast for Life" against the Contra war being waged by his government in Nicaragua. Then, on a fateful day in September 1987, the world watched in horror as Willson was run over by a U.S. government munitions train during a nonviolent blocking action in which he expected to be removed from the tracks and arrested.

Losing his legs only strengthened Willson's identity with millions of unnamed victims of U.S. policy around the world. He provides details of his travels to countries in Latin America and the Middle East and bears witness to the harm done to poor people as well as to the environment by the steamroller of U.S. imperialism. These heart-rending accounts are offered side by side with inspirational stories of nonviolent struggle and the survival of resilient communities.

Praise:

"I was busted with Brian, but I never gave the ultimate as he gave. This book is about a patriot, the kind of patriot you don't find anymore, the kind of patriot who loves and believes in his country so much he surrendered his legs in telling his country it's wrong. Read this book." —Edward Asner, actor

"Brian Willson's courage, compassion, and commitment to fighting for freedom, and justice, and human rights is an inspiration to the rest of us and a lesson in how to handle Adjustments in our Plans." —Kris Kristofferson, actor, songwriter

"Brian Willson's courage, integrity, and dedication to peace and justice and to a sustainable society have been an inspiration to all of those who seek to change the course on which we are lurching towards destruction. His memoir should be read and pondered, and its lessons should be taken to heart by those who hope to create a more decent world." —Noam Chomsky



Articles

Divided We Fall: How the Left and Right Can Unite

David Korten
Yes! Magazine

From the beginning of history, Empire’s rulers have maintained their power by sowing fear, mutual suspicion, and division to prevent those who bear the burdens of their rule from uniting against them. Currently, on the political right, anger is directed against government. On the political left, it is directed against Wall Street corporations. Each blames the other for America’s decline and the economic distress of working families, thus diverting attention from the deeper truth. Corporate money, perks, and the revolving door between Congress and lobbying firms have corrupted the political process. As a consequence, Wall Street and Washington are both running out of control and united in the pursuit of agendas that grow the power and privilege of the few at the expense of the many.

To read the full article, click here.

Slow Living Summit: Slow Living to a Rooted New Economy

John Cavanagh, Robin Broad
Yes! Magazine

Many of you are aware that every summer, in various cities across Spain, there is the traditional “running of the bulls,” a risky, testosterone-filled spectacle that could be seen as a metaphor for our crumbling growth-at-all-costs economy.

Well, in Vermont, for three days each summer, there is a festival that is equally engaging, but is diametrically opposed. It is called the “Strolling of the Heifers,” where up to 100 heifer calves, led by young future farmers, stroll down the streets of Brattleboro as thousands cheer from the sidelines. To celebrate sustainable family farming, the parade is accompanied by three days of a “live green expo,” a film festival, and a street party with musicians, street vendors, and clowns. This event could be viewed as a metaphor for the rooted and green Main Street economy that hundreds of communities across this country have started to build.

To read the full article, click here.


World's Reef Fishes Tussling With Human Overpopulation

ScienceDaily

Coral reefs provide a range of critical goods and services to humanity -- everything from nutrient cycling to food production to coast protection to economic revenues through tourism," says Camilo Mora at Dalhousie University and lead researcher of the study. "Yet the complex nature and large-scale distribution of coral reefs is challenging scientists to understand if this natural ecosystem will continue working to deliver goods and services given the ongoing loss of biodiversity in coral reefs.

To read the full article, click here.


World's Wealthiest People Now Richer than Before the Credit Crunch

Jill Treanor
CommonDreams.org

We are not all in this together. The UK economy is flat, the US is weak and the Greek debt crisis, according to some commentators, is threatening another Lehman Brothers-style meltdown. But a new report shows the world's wealthiest people are getting more prosperous – and more numerous – by the day.

The globe's richest have now recouped the losses they suffered after the 2008 banking crisis. They are richer than ever, and there are more of them – nearly 11 million – than before the recession struck.

To read the full article, click here.


Critics Find Gaps in State Laws to Disclose Hydrofracking Chemicals

Nicholas Kusnetz
CommonDreams.org

Over the past year, five states have begun requiring energy companies to disclose some of the chemicals they pump into the ground to extract oil and gas using the process of hydraulic fracturing. While state regulators and the drilling industry say the rules should help resolve concerns about the safety of drilling, critics and some toxicologists say the requirements fall short of what’s needed to fully understand the risks to public health and the environment.

To read the full article, click here.

Prospect of limiting the global increase in temperature to 2ºC is getting bleaker

International Energy Agency

Energy-related carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2010 were the highest in history, according to the latest estimates by the International Energy Agency (IEA). After a dip in 2009 caused by the global financial crisis, emissions are estimated to have climbed to a record 30.6 Gigatonnes (Gt), a 5% jump from the previous record year in 2008, when levels reached 29.3 Gt. In addition, the IEA has estimated that 80% of projected emissions from the power sector in 2020 are already locked in, as they will come from power plants that are currently in place or under construction today.

To read the full article, click here.

World's oceans in 'shocking' decline

Richard Black
BBC News

The oceans are in a worse state than previously suspected, according to an expert panel of scientists. In a new report, they warn that ocean life is "at high risk of entering a phase of extinction of marine species unprecedented in human history". They conclude that issues such as over-fishing, pollution and climate change are acting together in ways that have not previously been recognised.

To read the full article, click here.


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July 26th
Ed Tich: War and the Soul
Dr. Edward Tich, author of the groundbreaking book “War and the Soul” and founder of Soldier’s Heart, is a practicing psychotherapist specializing in veterans with PTSD. He has been in private psychotherapy practice since 1975 and began focusing on veteran’s issues in 1979. A practicing psychotherapist for more than 25 years, he is a nationally recognized authority on the psychological, spiritual, historical, and cultural aspects of war in the healing of PTSD. For more go to soldiersheart.net

August 2nd
Contemporary Slavery and Farmageddon: Two special shows
Nicholas Sensley, Chief of Police, Truckee, CA: Contemporary Slavery and human trafficking in your backyard.

Nicholas Sensley, Truckee Police Chief shares about the human trafficking in Nevada County. Contrary to popular opinion, trafficking isn’t just limited to the sex trade. It also appears in the form of domestic servitude, sweatshop factories and migrant agricultural work. Traffickers use violence, fraud and coercion to compel women, men and children into slavery. Many of these victims do not speak or understand English and are unable to communicate with anyone who might be able to help them.”

Farmaggedon
Farmageddon is a powerful film documenting the U.S. government’s constant attacks on innocent farmers and consumers in an attempt to protect massive corporate interests. When the government controls the food you eat and the healthcare you receive, sickness is pervasive – this is exactly what has happened in the U.S.”

Kristin Canty
Kristin Canty is the Director/Producer of Farmageddon; The Unseen War on American Family Farms. When Kristin learned that farmers and co-ops all over the country were increasingly getting raided by the government, she set out to make a film about it. She hopes that when people see it, it can change the tide of public pressure so that our government stops harassing and adding costly burdens to our small, organic farmers.

Cathe' Fish
Cathe’ Fish is the Leader of the local Gold Country chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Director of Practical Permaculture Research Institute, a Permaculture Designer, Consultant and Teacher as well as a Local Food Activist in Nevada County.

Mark McAfee, CEO, Managing Member
Founder of Organic Pastures Dairy, Mark is internationally recognized as an expert in raw milk production, and has spoken in over fifteen states and three countries on the subject. He invented the first -dietary supplements- made from fresh raw colostrum, and secured their certification from the FDA and DHS. Mark created and published the first international raw milk safety standards at www.rawusa.org

August 9th
Ram Dass
Ram Dass is one of America’s most beloved spiritual figures. He has made his mark on the world giving teachings and promoting loving service, harmonious business practices, and conscious care for the dying. His spirit has been a guiding light for four generations, carrying millions along on the journey, helping free them from their bonds as he has worked his way through his own. His latest book is Be Love Now www.ramdass.org

August 16th
John Gray: Venus on Fire, Mars on Ice – How men and women cope with stress.

(2 hour special edition starts at noon)
John Gray Ph.D., is the bestselling relationship author of all time. He is the author of 16 best-selling books, including Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, and the number one best-selling book of the last decade. An expert in the field of communication, Dr. Gray’s focus is to help men and women understand, respect and appreciate their differences in both personal and professional relationships. John Gray’s latest book, Venus on fire, Mars on ice, reveals how men and women can improve relationships by understanding how they cope differently with stress. www.johngray.com

August 23rd
Brian Swimme and Ivone Gebara: The Universe Story - The unification of science and religion
Brian Swimme, PhD, is a cosmologist, and the author of the Hidden Heart of the Cosmos, The Universe Story (with Thomas Berry), The Universe is a Green Dragon and the video series The Canticle of the Cosmos and Earth’s Imagination. He co-authored the new book Journey of the Universe with Mary Evelyn Tucker and the storyteller in the new film by the same name.

Ivone Gebara, PhD, is a Brazilian Sister of Our Lady (Canoneses of St. Augustine) and one of Latin America’s leading theologians, writing from the perspective of ecofeminism and liberation theology. Gebara claims that ecofeminism is born of “daily life” and thus considers garbage in the street, inadequate health care, and other daily survival crises faced by poor women to be central issues in ecofeminist liberation theology.

August 30th
S. Brian Wilson: Blood on the Tracks, A nonviolent patriot
S. Brian Wilson is a Vietnam veteran whose wartime experiences transformed him into a revolutionary nonviolent pacifist. On September 1, 1987, he was thrust into the public eye when he was run over and nearly killed by a U.S. navy Munitions train while engaging in a nonviolent blockade in protest of weapons shipments to El Salvador. Since the 1980’s he has continued efforts to educate the public about the diabolical nature of U.S. imperialism while striving to “walk his talk” (on two prosthetic legs and a three-wheeled hand cycle) by creating a model of right livelihood including a simpler lifestyle.

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Videos

Jimmy Cliff Sings for Peace in Afghanistan

Master Oboist Russel Walder Live in New Zealand

This kid went through many great challenges to get to where he's at today

US Congress Agrees to Extend Patriot Act

The Collapse of Journalism and How to Fix It

Adam Hochschild: To End All Wars

Rest and Be Taken (audio & poetry)



Hot Site of the Month

The Association for Global New Thought

The Association for Global New Thought’s vision of planetary transformation is based on the conviction that there are universal spiritual truths which represent the emerging spiritual paradigm for the new millennium. The principles of universal spirituality are a statement of this paradigm and the essence of New thought. They reflect the core teaching of the world’s great spiritual traditions. www.agnt.org



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The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
— Mohandas K. Gandhi

Seva is selfless service to a cause you believe will benefit others. It is the willingness to perform any task for a greater cause without prospect of recognition or reward.

Well of Light has many opportunities to serve our community. If you would like to participate on the Well of Light Seva Team please call Michael Stone @ 530.477.7757 or email michael@welloflight.com

"I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve."
- Albert Schweitzer



Poetry Corner

Sweet Darkness

When your eyes are tired
the world is tired also.

When your vision has gone
no part of the world can find you.

Time to go into the dark
where the night has eyes
to recognize its own.

There you can be sure
you are not beyond love.

The dark will be your womb
tonight.

The night will give you a horizon
further than you can see.

You must learn one thing:
the world was made to be free in.

Give up all the other worlds
except the one to which you belong.

Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
confinement of your aloneness
to learn

anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive

is too small for you.

- David Whyte


In the Beginning

Sometimes simplicity rises
like a blossom of fire
from the white silk of your own skin.
You were there in the beginning
you heard the story, you heard the
   merciless
and tender words telling you where you
   had to go.
Exile is never easy and the journey
itself leaves a bitter taste. But then,
when you heard that voice, you had to go.
You couldn't sit by the fire, you
    couldn't live
so close to the live flame of that
    compassion
you had to go out in the world and
    make it your own
so you could come back with
that flame in your voice, saying listen...
this warmth, this unbearable light,
    this fearful love...
It is all here, it is all here.

– David Whyte


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