David Spangler, spiritual teacher and long-time friend and mentor of Findhorn, addresses the need for a new story of the subtle worlds and also for story itself. David has been communicating with the subtle worlds for nearly 70 years and sees the collaborative partnership between humans and the denizens of the subtle worlds as an integral part of both the planetary story and the new story for which we search. He refers to the subtle worlds as Earth’s Second Ecology and sees this realm as a natural, organic, and ordinary part of life with which we are in a symbiotic relationship. He reminds us that we are ourselves, in fact, subtle beings as well as physical ones. Learning to be conscious of both and able to creatively engage with both opens the door to restoring wholeness to our world. David highlights that Findhorn was founded on this partnership and began as a result of this co-operation with nature.
We see the need for a new story because the old stories are failing us and destroying our world. However, David cautions that life is not a story, and that every story limits as much as it illumines and defines. He encourages us to be sensitive to the meta-story – the nature of story itself. Life itself comes to us in all its messiness and presence, and we organise it through the narratives we tell ourselves and each other. We need to really see life as it is, commune with it fully. In addition to the need for new ways of thinking about the subtle worlds, we need to think in new ways about story itself so we can move beyond familiar patterns of conflict and the limitation of imagination. We do need new stories that can heal our planet and ourselves and create a world of wholeness; however, life is more than a story…. and so are we!
David was filmed at the New Story Summit: Inspiring Pathways for our Planetary Future, which took place at the Findhorn Foundation and Community in Scotland in September 2014.