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Christopher Bamford on Seven Pillars and Wisdom

Christopher BamfordMemorial Day Weekend 2010, Seven Pillars gathered it’s Guiding Voices, board members, key funders, staff and primary volunteers to get to know one another better, look for connections between one another’s work, and begin to envision Seven Pillars’ future. The first evening, on Friday, May 29th, we shared stories of Seven Pillars’ founding with…

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Pir Zia on Seven Pillars’ Name and Four Areas

Pir Zia Inayat-KhanMemorial Day Weekend 2010, Seven Pillars gathered it’s Guiding Voices, board members, key funders, staff and primary volunteers to get to know one another better, look for connections between one another’s work, and begin to envision Seven Pillars’ future. This tidbit is from a session held the morning of Sunday, May 30th on…

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William Irwin Thompson Lucifer first indicted God for the crime of Creation; that is what the War in Heaven was really all about, not Christ and Lucifer’s envy of him as Dissenting Milton would have us believe in Paradise Lost. Lucifer claimed that Creation was an ego trip completely without compassion for others, for their…

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New Light on the Art of Islam

The Challenge of Islam: The Prophetic Tradition—Lectures, 1981 by Norman O. BrownH. Talat Halmanhttp://www.sevenpillarshouse.org/assets/images/content/challenge-of-islam.jpg The Challenge of Islam is a recent posthumously-published set of seven transcribed lectures originally delivered at Tufts in 1981, and one essay written as a conference paper. In it, Norman O. Brown (1913-2002) poses three vital and interconnected challenges. Norman O….

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Red Book

by Carl Gustav Jung, edited by Sonu Shamdasani, W.W. Norton & Co, New York, 2009Janet Piedilato Red Book, the dream journal of the great Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, was published in the fall of 2009. It sold out before publication, and is already in its fifth edition. While many knew of its existence through references…

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When Technology Displaces CultureWilliam Irwin Thompson When printed manuscripts were first introduced, they appeared as incunabula and were made to look like medieval hand-illuminated vellum rather than printed paper. When new Victorian hand guns were introduced, they were covered with vines and made to look more like a plant than a weapon. When printed manuscripts…

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Wisdom vs. Knowledge

On Wednesday, October 21, 2009, a group of Seven Pillars Guiding Voices met for one hour via conference call to discuss the topic: What differentiates wisdom from other forms of knowledge?   On Wednesday, October 21, 2009, a group of Seven Pillars Guiding Voices met for one hour via conference call to discuss the topic:…

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Winter Haiku

William Irwin Thompson Gulls fly in snowfall. Snowflakes do not stick to them, sliding off feathers. Planes do not fly well in sleet or clouds holding snow. Metal attracts ice. This short northern day cannot soak up the long night; darkness blots light out. Moonlight in the ice On the gutters of my roof. The…

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The Avatar Film & the Trees’ ReBirthDay

Celebrating Forest and the Lungs of EarthArthur Waskow Several milestones in my life came this past week as I continue climbing into and beyond my post-car-crash ordeal of the last four months. One came Sunday afternoon, when Phyllis and I saw our first movie-movie (in a movie house, not DVD) since August. The film was…

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Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

Dr. Andrew Weil It is a rare human act that is utterly reprehensible. Some glimmer of grace, some hope for redemption shines through nearly all of our efforts. And then, Jonathan Safran Foer reminds us in his new book, Eating Animals there is factory farming of living creatures.   It is a rare human act…

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