Year: 2009

Self and Daimon

William Irwin Thompson Self: Now that the angel has shifted from me to you, what use is there for me in your alaya store? Why did you advance my time and take death over? Why should you wait until I’m some senile duffer, or is there something you still can be hoping for? Daimon: Even…

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Sarmad and Aurangzeb

William Irwin Thompson Am I Christian, Hindu, Muslim, or Jew? Is water river, sea, snow, rain, or dew? Is life for the living and for the dead? I’ll know, not you, when you cut off my head!

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A Fearless Woman

I first met Sakena Yacoobi at a gathering hosted by the Global Peace Initiative of Women in Aspen Colorado in 2008. Both of us knew few people in attendance, so we had dinner together as we discovered each other and shared interests. I was struck by Sakena’s quiet yet confident manner, her modesty despite significant…

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Reclaiming the Feminine Mystery of Creation

The feminine is the matrix of creation. This truth is something profound and elemental, and every woman knows it in the cells of her body, in her instinctual depths. Out of the substance of her very being life comes forth. “Then creation recognized its Creator in its own forms and appearances. For in the beginning,…

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Why Hatha Yoga Is The Friend of the Mystic

Sufism, Buddhism and Yoga are three great rivers that carry many people toward the light. Yoga in particular is surging across the globe. A February 2005 Harris poll commissioned by Yoga Journal, the leading American Yoga magazine, found that 7.5 percent of U.S. adults, or 16.5 million people, now practice Hatha Yoga. Sufism, Buddhism and…

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The Iron Rules, Number Five

I have two small children and I take great delight in watching them grow and change. In children one can see the simplest impulses of the human personality before it has been socially conditioned. For example, when two children are playing together with an assortment of toys, a toy will often lie utterly neglected until…

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Spiritual Ecology

Finally we are waking up to our ecological imbalance, to the realities of global warming and its catastrophic consequences. It is also beginning to dawn upon us that these environmental changes are accelerating, that time is running out more quickly than we may realize. How can we speak about sustainability without speaking about the Sustainer?…

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Orland Bishop

http://www.sevenpillarshouse.org/assets/images/content/bio_orland.jpg Orland Bishop is the founder and director of ShadeTree Multicultural Foundation in Los Angeles, where he has pioneered approaches to urban truces and mentoring at-risk youth that combine new ideas with traditional ways of knowledge. ShadeTree serves as an intentional community of mentors, elders, teachers, artists, healers and advocates for the healthy development of…

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Max Strom

http://www.sevenpillarshouse.org/assets/images/content/people/max-strom.jpg Max Strom is a teacher, speaker, and author known for inspiring and impacting the lives of his students and has become one of the most respected teachers of personal transformation and yoga worldwide. Due to an ever-increasing demand for his teachings, Max travels extensively teaching methods and lecturing on personal transformation, spirituality, and yoga….

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Anna Less

http://www.sevenpillarshouse.org/assets/images/content/people/anna-less.jpg Anna Less is a senior teacher in the Sufi Order, and co-director of Rising Tide International. She is one of the few Westerners to hold a Ph.D. in Traditional Chinese Medicine, which she was granted by Zhejiang College of Medicine in Hangzhou, China. Anna brings a deep understanding of the mystical underpinnings of physical…

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