Dear Ones,

I woke up at 4am this morning, after a week of contemplating the nature of air and wind. (especially when we were all having trouble breathing in the smoke filled atmosphere. Here is what I was thinking in the early morning darkness before first light. I hope you will join us this Sunday as we explore the Spirt of Air and the untold gifts it offers us.

 

The Air is Alive

Consider the possibility that you are held,

that we are all held by an invisible force which

lives in the air around us, that has an intelligence

that is far superior to our struggling, effortful, willful, mind

driven, stressed out selves, pushing to achieve, to grow, to do, to

be something other than what we are. This force is available to us at every moment.

All we have to do is drop all we think we know about who we are, what we are here for,

and allow this essential, numinous, unseen force that holds us, surrounds us like gravity,

guide us to our most essential Self, to our essence. Everything we need to be happy

and fulfilled is right here, right now!

 

Let it move you, inform you and guide you as

you watch your destiny unfold into your

most beautiful, essential flowering

forth into the fullness of your

splendor, magnificence and

radiant perfection…

 

What does the air want you to know?

How does it want you to move?

What does it want to blow away?

What does it want you to see?

What does it want you to breathe in and accept about yourself?

Merging with air

Please join us this Sunday for

Sweat Your Prayers

Merging with the Spirit of Air

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Invisible, unpredictable, untraceable, playful, soothing, destructive, inspiring and life giving: The Element of Air or Wind is all these things and much more. It is the representation of all that we cannot see: our souls, our spirits, our minds, and our hearts – all that lies, within, beneath or beyond.

Air Dance

 

 

Come dance with the unseen, let it move you, open you to the mystery of your own beautiful soul, the unique dance of your destiny, the purity of your tender heart! Breathe in the ecstasy of this fresh rain washed air… What is it that is unseen, yet moving you in this moment?

 

 Hope you will join us this Sunday…

Can’t wait to get home to the fresh breathable air…
What a blessings!

michael

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Blessings,
michael
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Blessings,
michael

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A wise and inspiring exploration of the connection between money and leading a fulfilling life.

This compelling and fundamentally liberating book shows us that examining our attitudes toward money—earning it, spending it, and giving it away—can offer surprising insight into our lives, our values, and the essence of prosperity. Through personal stories and practical advice, global activist Lynne Twist demonstrates how we can replace feelings of scarcity, guilt, and burden with experiences of sufficiency, freedom, and purpose. Twist takes an honest and critical look at the extraordinary power that money wields over our lives and its profound and often destructive influence on our self-image and relationships. In a consumer society that glorifies the pitch, the sale, and the insatiable appetite for more as a measure of self-worth, The Soul of Money asks us to step back, to examine our relationship with money, to assess our connection with core human values, and to change this relationship and, in so doing, to transform our lives.

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Lynne Twist is a global activist, fundraiser, speaker, consultant, and author. She has dedicated her life to global initiatives that serve the best instincts in all of us. Lynn has raised hundreds of millions of dollars and trained thousands of fundraisers to be more effective in their work. The compelling stories and insights gained from her experiences inspire Lynne’s keynotes and workshops, and are the foundation for her best selling, award winning book The Soul of Money. Lynne founded the Soul of Money Institute to express her commitment to supporting and empowering people in finding peace and sufficiency in their relationship with money and the money culture.

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Today we know what no previous generation knew: the history of the universe and of the unfolding of life on Earth. Through the astonishing combined achievements of natural scientists worldwide, we now have a detailed account of how galaxies and stars, planets and living organisms, human beings and human consciousness came to be. And yet . . . we thirst for answers to questions that have haunted humanity from the very beginning. What is our place in the 14-billion-year history of the universe? What roles do we play in Earth’s history? How do we connect with the intricate web of life on Earth?

In Journey of the Universe Brian Thomas Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker tell the epic story of the universe from an inspired new perspective, weaving the findings of modern science together with enduring wisdom found in the humanistic traditions of the West, China, India, and indigenous peoples. The authors explore cosmic evolution as a profoundly wondrous process based on creativity, connection, and interdependence, and they envision an unprecedented opportunity for the world’s people to address the daunting ecological and social challenges of our times.

Journey of the Universe transforms how we understand our origins and envision our future. Though a little book, it tells a big story—one that inspires hope for a way in which Earth and its human civilizations could flourish together.

This book is part of a larger project that includes a documentary film, an educational DVD series, and a website. The film and the DVD series will be released in 2011. For more information, please consult the website, journeyoftheuniverse.org.

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An author, teacher, and contemporary philosopher, Brian is a mathematical cosmologist on the graduate faculty of the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He brings a unique perspective to the understanding of the 13.7-billion-year trajectory of cosmic genesis, viewing humanity as having evolved out of, and being an integral part of, the universe as a whole.

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We are learning that there is more than one way to organize functional systems, to produce order and balance; that the imperfect and flexible principles of nature lead to greater stability and resilience in natural systems than we have produced in ours-both technological and social-by following the mechanical laws we assumed were natural…On the whole, there seems to be good reason to believe our species’ recklessly egotistical and destructive phase is coming to an end with new knowledge that leads us back to ancient wisdom. We are capable of regaining our reverence for life, of replacing the drive to conquer with the will to cooperate, of remaking our engineered institutions, including our corporations, into living systems.

Elisabet Sahtouris shows human cultural evolution repeating ancient events in biological evolution, including an age of electric motors, nuclear and solar energy and the first WorldWideWeb two billion years ago in a bacterial nanoworld.

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Elisabet Sahtouris, Ph.D– internationally known as a dynamic speaker and media personality– is an evolution biologist, futurist, author and consultant on Living Systems Design. Dr. Sahtouris shows the relevance of biological systems to organizational design in businesses, government and global trade. Her books include A Walk Through Time: from Stardust to Us, Biology Revisioned, co-authored with Willis Harman, and EarthDance: Living Systems in Evolution.

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Our human psyches possess astonishing resources that wait within us, but we might not even know they exist until we discover how to access them and cultivate their powers, their untapped potentials and depths. Wild Mind identifies these resources — which Bill Plotkin calls the four facets of the Self, or the four dimensions of our innate human wholeness — and also the four sets of fragmented or wounded subpersonalities that form during childhood. Rather than proposing ways to eliminate our subpersonalities (which is not possible) or to beat them into submission, Plotkin describes how to cultivate the four facets of the Self and discover the gifts of our subpersonalities. The key to reclaiming our original wholeness is not merely to suppress psychological symptoms, recover from addictions and trauma, or manage stress but rather to fully embody our multifaceted wild minds, commit ourselves to the largest, soul-infused story we’re capable of living, and serve the greater Earth community.

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Bill Plotkin, PhD, is a depth psychologist, wilderness guide, and agent of cultural evolution. As founder of the Animas Valley Institute, he has, since 1980, guided thousands of women and men through nature-based initiatory passages, including a contemporary Western adaptation of the pancultural vision fast. He’s also been a research psychologist (studying non-ordinary states of consciousness), professor of psychology, rock musician, and whitewater river guide. Bill is the author of Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche and Nature and The Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World.

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“The real fault line in American politics is not between liberals and conservatives…It is, rather, in how we orient ourselves to the generations to come who will bear the consequences, for better and for worse, of our actions.”

So writes David Orr in Down to the Wire, a sober and eloquent assessment of climate destabilization and an urgent call to action. Orr describes how political negligence, an economy based on the insatiable consumption of trivial goods, and a disdain for the well-being of future generations have brought us to the tipping point that biologist Edward O. Wilson calls “the bottleneck.” Due to our refusal to live within natural limits, we now face a long emergency of rising temperatures, rising sea-levels, and a host of other related problems that will increasingly undermine human civilization. Climate destabilization to which we are already committed will change everything, and to those betting on quick technological fixes or minor adjustments to the way we live now, Down to the Wire is a major wake-up call. But this is not a doomsday book. Orr offers a wide range of pragmatic, far-reaching proposals–some of which have already been adopted by the Obama administration–for how we might reconnect public policy with rigorous science, bring our economy into alignment with ecological realities, and begin to regard ourselves as planetary trustees for future generations. He offers inspiring real-life examples of people already responding to the major threat to our future. 

An exacting analysis of where we are in terms of climate change, how we got here, and what we must now do, Down to the Wire is essential reading for those wanting to join in the Great Work of our generation.

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David W. Orr is perhaps best known for his pioneering work on environmental literacy in higher education and his recent work in ecological design. He is the author of numerous books and hundreds of articles on ecological and design issues including The Last Refuge: Patriotism, Politics, and the Environment in an Age of Terror. Dr. Orr serves on the Boards of the Rocky Mountain Institute (CO), Second Nature (MA), the Center for Ecoliteracy (CA), and the Center for Respect of Life and Environment.

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