by Terry Loncaric
A sense of urgency crackles in her voice. Caroline Myss is on a tight deadline.
Calling her 15 minutes early is not a good idea. I can hear the nervous distraction in her voice, as she struggles to finish a magazine article, and meet her deadline. But then I should know, all writers are on edge when they are in the middle of a deadline.
So, I promise to call Myss back, when she is finished with her story. When I do call later, she has that sound of relief in her voice that tells me she completed her magazine article, and not a moment too soon.
by Virginia Lee
To those of us who were spiritual seekers in the 60s and 70s, Ram Dass was the American guru for our generation. As kids, we were exposed to everything from political assassinations, race riots and the Vietnam War on the evening news to a revolutionary era of rock n roll and the mind-expanding potential of LSD. In a world where anything was possible and the nature of reality itself was being questioned, we were trying to make sense of the phenomenal social changes happening around us and the moral dilemma before each of us: Sell out to The Establishment or choose the path with a Higher Calling? Not wanting to support what we thought was an unjust war, some of us became flower children, some became war protesters and others were draft dodgers who escaped to Canada. Some even went to war and came home disillusioned. In any case, we were in search of an identity and looking for answers obviously lacking in the society and culture we grew up in. Collectively, we were redefining consciousness itself, and without the likes of Ram Dass, many of us would not be who we are today.
By Anna Lappé
Coming home today through thick New York City heat, I pass a sign tacked to a telephone pole for a new farmers market. A few blocks further, past a community garden tucked between looming brownstones, I pick up my community-supported agriculture share (CSA), and pile my bike with strawberries, carrots, and a bunch of basil that leaves a scent trail all the way home. Tomorrow Ill get the rest of my weeks food from my local Coop and in a few minutes I head out to meet Bryant Terry, founder of a non-profit teaching youth about healthy eating.
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by Ralph White
Over the last quarter century, many of us have clung to the notion that there is some kind of awakening of consciousness happening on the planet. Countless spiritual visionaries have spoken of just such a global paradigm shift, but in todays America can we really see any evidence that this is happening? Skeptics might do well to examine a little known event that again passed virtually unnoticed the annual International Gathering of Holistic Learning Centers that took place earlier this year at Hollyhock, Canadas beautiful island retreat in British Columbia.
Making a Difference: Do Our Prayers Help?
by Elke Siller Macartney
It was the first day of the War in Iraq. The women gathered around the dining room table were eating and conversing in sad, muted tones. A gathering of humanitarians, philanthropists, activists and peacemakers, they couldnt believe the news that war had begun. Some had friends and relatives in the military worry lined their faces. Others personally knew people in Iraq and the Middle East, having visited there time and again for humanitarian reasons. Their friends lives were in jeopardy. All of the women felt hurt, sad, lonely.
The hostess for the gathering lamented: "Leave it to me to plan this for the first day of the war!" And other sad exclamations from around the table: "I feel like a failure." " I didnt do enough to prevent this war."
by James Jarvis
By adding the universal year 2003, (2+0+0+3) = 5, to the 9th month of September, we come up with the vibration of 14/5. The 5-month is a time for synthesizing all of the knowledge and experiences youve acquired over the last four months. Look to see what you have been learning and how this information may fit into a larger system of knowledge that you can then disseminate to others. The 5 month also signifies greater participation and possibilities in any media related business: writing, speaking, teaching or promotion.
September 4-5: Let Go of Judgement. Venus in Virgo is in hard aspect to Pluto in Sagittarius from September 4-5. This is a great opportunity to look at where you are around expressing your opinions, your judgement of others, and your anger.