Need a little cosmic perspective? Neil deGrasse Tyson, this year’s winner of the Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication and author of “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry,” shares his views on our place in the universe in this commentary for NOVA.
“If we look around at the chaos in the world, the injustices and the suffering, it feels like we are living in a degraded age or what the yogis called the Kali Yuga, defined by excesses, mechanistic thinking, materialism, greed and a focus on the gross aspects of life. But according to Vedic calculation, as described by mystical teachers like Paramhansa Yogananda, we are actually living in the Dwapara Yuga, an age of refined thinking when we are sensitive to energetic vibrations, bioelectrical rhythms and the power of thought.
“The Kali Yuga is the Old Story and the Dwapara Yuga is the New Story. There are periods between these Yugas which are called Sandhis or transitional cycles. This is where we often feel stuck between stories. But the Yogic Masters say we are truly living in a time of hope. Our capacities have finally, over thousands of years, evolved so that we can unite to live brilliantly in a climate changed world. Collectively, we have developed the capacity to understand the truth about matter. We have cultivated the resources to expand true knowledge and have refined our means of expression. In the Dwapara Yuga, inner consciousness rises above density to perceive the quantum flow of energy. It is when individuals are empowered, transcending the subjugation and passivity of the Kali Yuga and instead, choosing awareness, compassion and inclusion.
“Charles Eisenstein points out in The Most Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible that in order to cross over into the New Story we have to fully know the paradigm that we are leaving behind. This appears to slow us down but actually, it allows us to move forward with confidence.”
Read the full story by Findhorn’s Climate Change and Consciousness conference convener, Stephanie Mines, Ph.D…..
An honest and thoughtful portrait from Swedish Filmmaker Mattais Olsson, founder of Campfire Stories: Inspiring Change Through Film….
“I’ve been thinking a lot about freedom lately. Not the type referred to in American political speech, mind you. Not the “Free to choose whichever health care plan you want” type freedom. And not the freedom you might feel while on vacation. Or even the kind you’d feel when mountain climbing or sky diving. The freedom I’ve been pondering is of a kind that’s almost unimaginable to the people of our time. The kind of freedom a bird has. The kind of freedom people, too, used to have before they settled down and became farmers. Yes, that’s it! I’m talking hunter gatherer level freedom. Wandering between the horizons at day, marvelling at the stars at night type freedom. The kind of freedom that might have existed before the word ‘freedom’ was ever invented.
“And I ask myself, is that kind of freedom possible to achieve today? Or is the automatic failure already built into the word ‘achieve’? Was that kind of freedom lost forever when the first fence was built 10 000 years ago? I certainly don’t know of anybody who gets even close to enjoying that kind of freedom. Or, wait… Come to think of it, there is one person I know who could almost qualify. My friend Randy who, at least from my vantage point, seems to live, for the most part, in freedom. Maybe not when compared to a bird or a pre-agriculture person, but certainly when compared to me. He has checked out from the daily grind of society and lives on a boat just outside Manhattan in New York.”
For more films by Mattias Olsson, visit campfire-stories.org
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In this 8-minute video clip, Charles speaks candidly about his personal relationship to his call to transition to a new story.
In the full talk, Charles Eisenstein and psychiatrist, Dr. Kelly Brogan explore depression, ADHD, and other pathologized conditions as a kind of soul-level rebellion, a meaningful resistance to participation in life as it is offered to us, today.
Recorded at The Alchemist’s Kitchen in NYC on June 10th, 2017.
“Good job today. You did what you had to do. And good job tomorrow, when you do it again. If no one has told you that recently, I want to tell you that. Good job.”
Read the full story by Hanna Brooks Olsen….
For those of us who are passionate, dedicated, full on change makers, self-care can sometimes go amiss. Dr William Bloom, Findhorn Fellow and pioneer of the first fully accredited qualification course of its kind on the Ofqual register, The Diploma in Practical Spirituality and Wellness, reminds us of the importance of investing a little care and attention in our own good health….
“Self-care as preventative medicine is not new. In classical Chinese medicine the art of being in a friendly clinical relationship with your own body is considered the foundation of good health. There is even a clear set of instructions on precisely how to conduct this practice. At its heart is a relaxed and friendly attitude towards your own body.
“Sometimes this self-care practice is translated from Chinese as The Inner Smile, which may sound quirky to a cynical ear. But unpack the Inner Smile and we can see that it meshes extremely well with a modern understanding of the integration of brain, nervous system, endocrine system and gut ecology. The Inner Smile is in fact a good example of mind-body-spirit medicine, psycho-neuro-immunology (PNI), put into practice.
“If our attitude is friendly and affectionate – like a good parent with a loved infant – then the neural signal is reassuring and soothing. This triggers a cocktail of wellbeing hormones: endorphins, oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin. This relaxes tissues and supports an open and flowing system of good health. The long-term benefits for you and those around you are immense.”
Read about the full practice and get those wellbeing hormones flowing….
William will be presenting his Diploma course in Practical Spirituality and Wellbeing at Findhorn College starting in October.
In this 2-minute interview clip, Findhorn Fellow and revolutionary futurist and physicist, Peter Russell, shares his perennial message for humanity – pure and simple…
“focusing on kindness and the golden rule – treat others as you would like to be treated – as the most valuable way we can support each other.”
Excerpted from an interview by Dahr Jamail, in Truthout
Jamail | What is called of us now, from the planet? What are we being called to do at this time?
Macy | To wake up together. That is actually the name of the movement in Sri Lanka that I went over to do field work with. Sarvodaya. Taking the Gandhian term, but using it in a slightly different way, but the same Sanskrit, which is “everybody wakes up together.”
It’s hard to wake up alone now. It’s scary to see even what is going on. But there is almost no limit, I’ve come to believe, to what we can do with the love and support of each other. There is almost no limit to what we can do for the sake of each other. This taps into the Bodhisattva heart. That’s that hero figure of Mahayana Buddhism, “the one with the boundless heart.” The one who realizes there is no private salvation.
If you are going to wake up, you have to wake up together.
Read more in Kosmos Journal….