Year: 2008

Sacred Earth: A Global Cosmology for our Time I

This discussion with the cultural historian Thomas Berry about his cosmological and geologian worldview with philosophy professor Ashok Gangadean was originally published in a slightly longer form in Elixir: A Journal of Consciousness and Conscience no. 2 (Spring 2007). For background on Thomas Berry and his contribution to a New Story about the cosmos, see…

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Creating a Spiritual Voice for Transformation

Beatrice Long, Visitor Holy Dance, Ogala Lakota. Photo: Cathleen Falsani Over 150 spiritual leaders and practitioners gathered in Aspen, Colorado from November 6th to 9th to explore ways to develop a collective voice for compassion, inclusion and peace in our nation and in the world. The gathering was organized by the Global Peace Initiative of…

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Pir Zia Introduces Chivalry Theme at Seven Pillars’ Inauguration

Pir Zia Inayat-KhanPir Zia Inayat-Khan introduces the theme of Chivalry during the opening ceremony of Seven Pillars’ inaugural weekend. Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, Seven Pillars’ President, is the spiritual leader of the Sufi Order International, a mystical and ecumenical fellowship rooted in the visionary legacy of his grandfather, Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan. Pir Zia is also…

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A.E./George Russell

George William Russell (1867-1935), who wrote under the pseudonym A.E., was an Irish Nationalist, critic, poet, and painter. He was also a mystical writer, and centre of a group of followers of theosophy in Dublin for many years. Russell

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Sufi Dreamwork

There are many paths in which the dream is regarded as important. Some paths emphasize the practice of studying one’s dreams more intensely. The Naqshbandi Sufi path is among these, and Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee speaks eloquently of some of the benefits that may derive from this type of study. The dream is a little hidden door in…

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A Vision of Holarchy

By the time my first child, John-Michael, was born in 1983, I had already been a spiritual teacher for nearly twenty years. A major perennial topic in my lectures and workshops was love, and I felt I reasonably understood what love was about. But the first time I held my son in my arms, I…

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‘Aziz Miyan

‘Aziz Miyan was born in Bareilly, North India, in 1899. He was a descendent of the great 18th century Chishti saint, Shah Niyaz Ahmad. ‘Aziz Miyan become the lineage-bearer of the Niyaziyya branch of the Chishtiyya. He was adept in the arts of alchemy, gemology, medicine, music, calligraphy, fencing, swordsmanship, marksmanship and the manufacture of…

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Anne Glickman Interviews Interfaith Youth

Anne GlickmanAudiographer Anne Glickman interviews interfaith youth about Seven Pillars’ themes. Anne Glickman currently works as a freelance audio producer in Chicago. Her work has been featured on Weekend America, Radio France International, Studio.360 and Chicago Public Radio. She has also been active within the progressive philanthropic community and was a founding member of the…

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Photos Now on Flickr

Seven Pillars’ event photos are now available on flickr. Check out sevenpillarshouse on flickr, to see photos from Seven Pillars’ Inauguration, Christian Revelation Dialogue, and Alchemy Workshop.

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Ashok Gangadean

Ashok Gangadean is a professor of philosophy at Haverford College, Haverford, PA. He was the first director of Haverford’s Center for the Cross–Cultural Study and is the founder–director of the Global Dialogue Institute. Gangadean

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