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Friday, January 19, 2018

"Plato's Cave"––poem by Dorothy 

Plato's Cave

In the movement of time
I feel things going more swiftly now,
with an urgency that is
not felt before.
A clock hurrying
to midnight.

A voice saying
enjoy, this may be the last time,
or else
quickly, you haven't got long
to progress.
A destination beckoning
in the distance.

The dream is more real.
Or perhaps the other way
the real is more
like a dream,
a fantasy you concocted
for your own diversion.
Would you do it
some other way?

Yet there remains
some truth,
some adherence to belief,
a clinging to the notion
that you have been here before,
have done this in a similar way
in some other time,
a realm
that feels  familiar.
And will welcome you
once more.

Dorothy Walters
January 11, 2018

Plato's cave is one of the fundamental myths of Western society.  In this myth, people living in a cave mistake the shadows on the facing wall for real beings, not realizing that the true humans live and move in the world outside the cave.  This narrative reveals how many humans mistake the "dream " of worldly pursuits for the reality of authentic life.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

"My Near Death Experience and Kundalini Awakening" ––Linda Lillian on Youtube 

My Near Death Experience & Kundalini Awakening - YouTube

by Linda Lillian

In this video, Linda Lillian discusses her spiritual awakening through a major NDE followed by Kundalini arousal.

What is especially interesting is her youth.  Her NDE occurred from an overdose at about age 18, when she had decided there was no reason to live.  All this changed when she nearly died and entered the state which seems like heaven.  Through her Kundalini awakening, she underwent certain classic states of universal love for herself and others, a sense of Oneness with all that is, and intense bliss.  At the time of this youtube recording, she is about 26 years old and indeed looks even younger.  Her vocabulary is that of a young person today, with the inclusion of many slang words such as the older generation might not approve of.  Of special interest is her experience of "coming down" from the bliss state, a result familiar to many who first go through the high, only to discover there is a low that follows, when the work gets harder to achieve the original sense of exaltation.

This presentation is one of the most arresting I have found, especially in view of the youth of the speaker and her frank and uncensored account of what happened to her.  Again, I was reminded that Kundalini awakening can occur to anyone at any time in totally surprising circumstances.

I think it is by sharing our personal experiences that we learn the most about what Kundalini is truly like as an intimate spiritual process.

(photo from internet)

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

"Each Day"––poem by Dorothy 

Each Day

Each day
you think you know

Each day you stumble
into new truth.

One truth ever contradicts

Yet you keep on searching.

Perhaps you are not meant
to know these things.

Perhaps you are intended to
feel your way,
always ahead,
going further
toward the light.

Dorothy Walters
January 17 2017

Monday, January 15, 2018

Psalms 15 

Psalms 15

Lord, who can be trusted with power,
and who may act in your place?
Those with a passion for justice,
who speak the truth from their hearts;
who have let go of selfish interests
and grown beyond their own lives;
who see the wretched as their family
and the poor as their flesh and blood.
They alone are impartial
and worthy of the people's trust.
Their compassion lights up the whole earth,
and their kindness endures forever.

(A Book of Psalms, translations by Stephen Mitchell)

Sunday, January 14, 2018

"Who I Was"––poem by Dorothy 

Who I Was

Frankly, it is a bit frightening.
To think that everything
each moment,
each intensity,
 was merely a phantom
passing before a mirror,
and I
the onlooker took them
for real
and became an actor
in the play.

What became of them?
Those beautiful
bodies turned to dust.
Where did those
episodes go,
secret meetings
in darkness,
joy at sunrise.

Music that tore
the soul open.
Earth sending its blissful
into my flesh.
And something major
that came unbidden
and carved a new image
into my blood.

Am I the one
who made them happen?
My calling out,
my desire extending?

My imaginings
already fading
into another twilight,
already becoming
what we must wonder about,
try to grasp the meaning.

Dorothy Walters
January 14, 2018

Saturday, January 13, 2018

"The Arrival"––poem by Dorothy 

The Arrival

Lately I have become
with things.

Utterances they offer
are not new.
are notions
I encountered years ago
and filed away
in my memory book.

What they find exciting
I greet with a ho hum,
what else is new.

Yet there is something
that remains.
It carries no words,
bears no insights.

It is pure feeling
and it infuses me
with its own delight
each time it arrives,
bearing what some call
bliss, some rapture,
the moment of union,
the Beloved beyond belief.

Dorothy Walters
January 11, 2018

(image from internet)

Friday, January 12, 2018

Free meditation with Jeff Carreira 

Hi Dorothy

This Saturday at 11:00am US Eastern Time you are invited to join me in a guided meditation.

Creative Illumination: Exploring the Energies of Possibility
A Guided Meditation with Jeff Carreira
Saturday, January 13
11:00am US Eastern Time (8:00am US Pacific Time and 4:00pm GMT)

All you have to do to join is click on this webpage at the scheduled time.

I’ve been busy preparing materials for the opening of The Mystery School for a new Paradigm and one of the ideas I’ve been expanding on is called creative illumination. In my new eBook I describe it this way:

As our awareness becomes liberated from its habitual patterns we inevitably begin to experience the subtle energies inviting us into deeper spiritual illumination. Once these energies begin to arise we are no longer served best by remaining completely passive. In these moments of revelation we are being invited into a journey of spiritual discovery. Creative illumination means allowing the energies of our deepest insights and revelations to overtake us.

Join me on Saturday at 11:00am Eastern Time and explore the energetic approach to meditation that I’m currently experimenting with.


(picture from internet)

P. S. I fear this reprint will not take you to the meditation, but it does introduce the basic ideas of the Mystery School that Jeff is developing.  Perhaps you can google the name of the Guided Meditation.  Jeff and his wife Amy Edelstein are publishing my forthcoming book entitled "Kundalini Splendor: The Future as Ecstasy."

Thursday, January 11, 2018

William Stafford––"Yes" 


It could happen any time, tornado,
earthquake, Armageddon.  It could happen.
Or sunshine, love, salvation.

It could, you know.  That's why we wake
and look out -- no guarantees
in this life.

But some bonuses, like morning,
like right now, like noon,
like evening.

~ William Stafford ~

(The Way It Is)

(picture from the internet)

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Patricia in Vogue Italia 

Patricia in Vogue Italia

Please read this fabulous review of my dear friend Patricia Lay-Dorsey:


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for many of said collages.

from Vogue Italia:

by Laura Tortora

Patricia Lay-Dorsey is a Detroit-based photographer who likes to tell the inside story of places, people and experiences, especially her own. “The Hole In Between: Collages from the Rauschenberg Residency” features photo collages Patricia creates using bits and pieces of the 7,000 photos she took in March and April 2017 while an artist-in-residence on Captiva Island, Florida.

Although the iconic American artist Robert Rauschenberg died in 2008, his spirit of risk-taking experimentation permeates every facet of the residency program that is set up by the Rauschenberg Foundation on the land where Bob lived and in the studios where he worked for 40 years. It was Bob’s energy and example that inspired Patricia to move beyond her usual documentary way of working and find a more personally creative way of expressing her thoughts and feelings about the place and the ten artists with whom she was sharing the 6-week Rauschenberg Residency.

One afternoon while sitting in what they call Bob’s chair, Patricia heard the words, “Art is play. Art is not work. There are no rules. It’s like sex. Don’t think about it. Just do it!” And so she did.

from Patricia:


For those of us with special needs, all too often we feel unseen and unheard. If we bring up adaptations that need to be made so we can participate in activities that non-disabled persons might take for granted, we can get the feeling the people we are talking to feel we are making too much of a big deal about trivialities.

My experience of working with the Rauschenberg Residency staff was a model of how it should be done.

In my first phone call with the Residency Director Ann Brady, I brought up my concerns that such a residency would be hard for me to manage because of my special needs. Ann responded by asking me to send her an email with a detailed list that spelled out every one of my special needs and the adaptations that would need to be made. She made no promises except to say that they would do everything they could to make it possible for me to attend the residency. I immediately felt seen, heard and valued. For the first time since learning that I had won this award from Photolucida Critical Mass 2015, I felt hope that I actually might be able to attend the residency.

It was over a year that Ann and I worked together with Jessica Todd, the Residency Coordinator, and Matt Hall, the Facilities Supervisor, to address all of my concerns and special needs. As time went on, they would send me photographs of the physical progress being made to make my bedroom, bathroom and art studio wheelchair accessible. When I got there we discovered that the bathroom in the Weeks House where we ate our communal meals was too narrow for me to enter and use. I managed to use the bathroom in my house and studio instead, but was pleased to see that shortly after my residency ended, they did the reconstruction necessary to make that bathroom wheelchair accessible.

During this entire process I was encouraged to give them any feedback that might be helpful. And there were several adaptations that I saw needed to be made to some of the areas we were attempting to make accessible. I was never made to feel that any of my critiques and/or suggestions were anything but helpful.

When I arrived at the residency on March 6, 2017, Jessica and Matt were at the door of my house to greet me and make any final adaptations I needed. During my six weeks as an artist-in-residence, I felt free to contact Matt Hall with any concerns or adaptations that needed to be made. He leaned over backwards to make me feel comfortable contacting him, and always responded positively to my requests. He even did special things like carrying me in and out of the pool so I could swim laps twice a week, and he even got a balloon-tired sand wheelchair for two days so I could go shelling on the beach!

This was not merely about the financial cost of creating a wheelchair accessible environment; it was about responding with openness and respect to a person with special needs. I will be forever grateful to everyone who made this life-changing residency accessible for me and now for other physically disabled artists in the future. It was the highlight of my 74 years of life!

Patricia Lay-Dorsey


Born in Washington, DC in 1942, Detroit-based photographer Patricia Lay-Dorsey brings a masters degree in social work and four decades as a visual artist to her humanistic photography. Lay-Dorsey’s photo projects tell the intimate stories of people’s lives as seen from the inside. She is best known for “Falling Into Place,” a self portrait book published in 2013 by Ffotogallery (Cardiff, Wales) that documents her day-to-day life with a disability. Blue Sky Gallery Books published a monograph in conjunction with Lay-Dorsey’s “Tea For Two” solo exhibit in December 2016.

Lay-Dorsey’s photo essays have been featured by the New York Times Lens Blog, Huffington Post, Feature Shoot, LensWork, BBC World Update, Vogue Italia and Newsweek Japan, among others. She has had solo exhibits in Oregon, Michigan, New York, Massachusetts and China, and received the Photolucida Critical Mass 2015 Rauschenberg Residency Award. Time.com named @patricialaydorsey as the Michigan representative in their August 2015 feature, “Instagram Photographers To Follow In All 50 States” and the January 2016 issue of O, the Oprah Magazine included her in the article, “5 of the Most Inspiring Women on Instagram.”

Patricia Lay-Dorsey has lived in the Detroit area since marrying Edward Dorsey in 1966. Her website is www.patricialaydorsey.com


from Dorothy:

Patricia was recently honored with a gift residency at the former residence of Robert Rauschenberg, a prominent artist of the contemporary world, now deceased.  His island estate is now an artist retreat for creators of various kinds (painters, writers, dancers, media composers).  She took countless photos during her time there and subsequently compiled them into "collages" from her visit.

Patricia has received many honors in her time.  She has exhibited her photos in major galleries, been written up in such outlets as Newsweek (Japan edition), New York Times, and others.  However, she herself has said that this review in Vogue Italia is the greatest honor of all.

As I have mentioned before, Patricia and I have known one another for about 20 years.  She set up this blog and gave it to me as a birthday gift in 2004 and has coached me on its operation often over time.  She herself is one of the most remarkable women I have ever known.  When she contracted M. S. and could no longer walk, she bought herself an outfitted van and a scooter and traveled alone often, sometimes all the way from Gross Pointe (near Detroit) to New York City.  Her photographs have received steadily growing accolades.  Once a marathon runner, she still swims many laps, works out her upper body at the gym, and is famous as "Grandma Techno" at the regular electronic music festivals in Detroit.

Needless to say, I love her dearly, for she has been an important part of my life for many years.

Look her up.  You will meet a remarkable human being, one who inspires and even awes with her talent and insights.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018



Here I am,
a woman almost 90,
and still don't have

You would suppose
by now I would know the essentials,
who we are, where we came from,
what we are supposed to be doing
in our lives.

But I don't know
and don't know anyone
to ask.

When I draw my card
it is always blank.
When I write out my question,
it falls to the bottom
of the pile
and our time runs out.

Yet, today was like spring,
filtered sunlit joy
bathing us to gold
in the middle of winter.

And that music I listened to
this morning.
I hope to hear it again
in heaven.

Who am I
to insist on complete
Why must I know
all about everything?

Blessings fall on me
like rain,
purple blossoms showering down
 from loaded branches.
I know that I will
never think my way
to truth.
Whatever it is
it lives inside me,
speaks without words,
moves without motion.

The holy ones call it rapture.
I call it union,
when the Beloved arrives
and we are one.

Dorothy Walters
January 9, 2017

image from internet

Monday, January 08, 2018

Greg Braden––Breakthrough News 

Evolution by Design, not Accident

Greg Bradon, admired visionary and explorer of the paranormal, has published a new book that challenges our accepted notions of Darwin and his theory of evolution.  Bradon contends that recent discoveries in DNA testing prove that we humans did not "evolve" from other species as the Darwin  proponents insist, but rather we appeared suddenly, without prior indications, about 200,000 years ago, through a process that is still a total mystery.  Greg does not dispute that animals did indeed evolve, but asserts that in terms of DNA, we humans of today are the same as we were hundreds of thousands of years ago.

This breakthrough theory flies in the face of current scientific orthodoxy, which insists the we are the product of millennia of "natural selection" by which we emerged as a species superior to others in most respects.  A corollary notion is that some kind of intervention was involved to allow this sudden transition to occur and thus we are creatures created by design, not chance.

Why is this new evidence not offered in schools or major scientific publications?  Because the texts all include the opposite perspective and contemporary scientists have all been indoctrinated to favor the Darwinian view and science is notoriously reluctant to accept a new paradigm.

To learn more about this iconoclastic view, read his new book (also can be read online) or listen to his riveting presentation on youtube.

Human by Design: From Evolution by Chance to Transformation by Choice
By Gregg Braden

Human By Design | Gregg Braden - YouTube
Video for youtube gregg braden▶ 6:34

The Ether does exist and thus everything is connected

One of the most famous experiments in science was called the Michelson Morley test.  This experiment seemingly proved that "ether"  (a mysterious element that had been accepted as a medium that connected all the physical elements of the universe) did not in fact exist.  This conclusion upended scientific theories that had been accepted for many years.

More recently, the experiment was repeated by the U. S. Airforce with updated instruments.  It disproved the conclusions of the Michelson Morley experiment and thus suggested that the "ether" does in fact exist and therefore all things are indeed connected (just as the mystics have known for millennia).  Again, because this conclusion challenged orthodox notions, it has been ignored by mainstream science.  Indeed, many careers rest on the earlier assumptions and thus no real paradigm shift in scientific thinking has occurred.

Greg is an iconoclast.  He challenges accepted theory from the evidence that is in fact pertinent today.  He is an advanced thinker and we are lucky to have him in our midst. See his presentations on youtube on these and other topics.  They will indeed expand your awareness.

A Hospital Without Medicine

Greg also presents a video from Beijing in which a tumor is apparently dissolved through the combined efforts of three practitioners who simply envision the woman as she should be at the present moment, cured of her tumor.  The point is made that one must envision how things should be now, and not as one might wish in the future.  Thus we should not say "I wish" or I hope" but affirm that the condition we desire already exists. 

Cancer Cured in 3 Minutes Awesome Presentation by Gregg Braden ...
Video for gregg braden youtube cancer▶ 14:39


Sunday, January 07, 2018

Wisdom from Khall Gibran 

Wisdom from Khalil Gibran

Love... it surrounds every being and extends slowly to embrace all that shall be.
Love and doubt have never been on speaking terms.
Many a doctrine is like a window pane. We see truth through it but it divides us from truth.
Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone.

Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.”

~Khalil Gibran (1883-1931) (Lebanese American poet, thinker)

In earlier years, many "intellectuals" and academics scoffed at Khalil Gibran because they felt he was too sentimental or schmaltzy.  Today we can perceive the wisdom of his words.
I particularly like what he says about "many a doctrine" as ''like a window pane.  We see truth through it but it divides us from truth."  When we are given a "lens" through which to view the world we see much that is accurate, but at the same time we no longer are able to see the other and perhaps   higher truths that are not revealed thereby.  If we have a classification of all that we witness, we do not perceive that which lies outside that classification.  Some of us fall for the spiral (useful in its way) but do not see the field that surrounds it. 

"Reality is always
soft clay,
ever shifting and changing
its shape.

Fire it into form, and 
at the very moment
you are hailing it as
final truth
it will break in your hands."

(from "Marrow of Flame" by Dorothy)

(picture from internet)

Saturday, January 06, 2018

"The Agnostic's Prayer"––poem by Dorothy 

The Agnostic's Prayer

They talk of miracles.
Of stables and hay
and virgins giving birth.
A world savior arriving.
A star.

I sit here
thinking of Buddha
beneath the Bodhi Tree.
His mother seeking shelter
from the rain.
The flower he lifted
in front of his disciples.

All bringing
stillness and silence,
not this wild Shiva dancing,
this Krishna and his
hypnotic flute.

All the people I met today,
each one loving
and kind,
giving me assistance,
extending an arm,
how could I refuse
what they offer?

Even that fellow
on the internet
with his stories
of beings
from some other
named planet
and no clear purpose.
Who are they?
Is he mad,
a deceiver,
what should I make
of any of these?

I do not know
who I am,
how I got here,
how to behave.
Some kind of miracle
seems to be at work
that put it all together.
Something I can only guess at,
things I can't explain,
and a voice that keeps repeating
"I love you"
and telling me to attend.

Dorothy Walters
January 6, 2018

(image from internet)

Friday, January 05, 2018

"The Happening"––poem by Dorothy 

The Happening

Frankly, I am getting worried.
Earthquakes to the West,
blizzards attacking the East,
chaos at the top,
violence ripping the world apart

What have we done
to create such circumstance?
Are we now mere victims,
arms bound to our chests and tongues gagged,
waiting silently for what is next,
is there nothing we can do.?

Yet, despite all,
there is a secret.
And it is telling us
that more is involved
than is described in the
or talked about
by the panels of experts.
Something is afoot,
something strange and wonderful
and unseen.
And real.

It is sending out a signal
that many are receiving.
It is calling out in
an unnamed voice
that great numbers are
resonating with.

Call it Spirit.
call it Joy,
call it whatever you like,
it is here,
it is happening,
we are its progeny,
its children of love.

We are here
to proclaim its presence,
to allow its realty to happen
in our cells
and our veins,
to allow it to refashion us
into the next incarnation of who we are.

Dorothy Walters
January 5, 2018

(image from Hubble site)

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Mary Oliver––""Don't Hesitate" 

Don't Hesitate

If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy,
don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty
of lives and whole towns destroyed or about
to be. We are not wise, and not very often
kind. And much can never be redeemed.
Still, life has some possibility left. Perhaps this
is its way of fighting back, that sometimes
something happens better than all the riches
or power in the world. It could be anything,
but very likely you notice it in the instant
when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the
case. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid
of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb.

~ Mary Oliver

(picture from internet)

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Madisyn Taylor––Universal Awakening 

Universal Awakening
Rippling and Tipping

by Madisyn Taylor
(from Daily Om)

Like the ripple on a lake spreading out, humanity is awakening at an ever increasing speed.

A snowball at the top of a mountain has the potential to become huge, just by rolling down the mountain and gathering more snow. In a short time, this tiny snowball can become a force to be reckoned with. We humans are like this when it comes to exchanging energy and vision, and no matter how few people are involved at the beginning, there is the potential for massive change. As consciousness seekers, we are in the midst of this process, and it is amazing to see people we thought might never come around, waking up to their truth. Each time we see this, we can count ourselves blessed to be living at a time when the awareness of humanity seems to be at a tipping point, as more and more individuals open their minds and change their ways.

For some people, this revolves around an awareness of the environment, for others it is a spiritual awakening, and for many it is both. A great change in consciousness is sweeping through us all, as we recognize that things are not what they have seemed to be, that there is more to our lives than meets the eye. Many of us have the awareness and the energy at this time to break through old, outmoded ways of seeing things and to move into a new way of being in the world, and it is essential that we do so. The beauty of living at this time is that even small actions have a powerful ripple effect, and the reverberations of what we do have the power to reach and open many minds.

It is as if a scale is about to tip in favor of higher consciousness, and each one of us has the power to bring humanity closer to that point with the smallest of actions. Each time we move in the direction of our dreams and visions, we can visualize another small pebble dropping into the pond, or another gold weight on the scale, rippling and tipping our way to universal awakening.

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Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Ted Murray––Your Superpower 

Dear Dorothy,

What is your superpower? We all have latent DNA that holds much more potential than we can imagine. This inactivated power has kept human beings in a state of limited capability for millennia. Those who have ben able to activate it are considered geniuses in their field and have inspired many others by their feats. Now the energies are shifting and making it possible for this DNA to become activated in everyone. However, most people will remain limited due to their own paradigm that they have been conditioned to.

If you are ready to activate your superpowers then you must be willing to take the leap of faith. Belief in possibilities is the first step. The second step is to purify your mind and body to be able to handle the additional energy and power. Then it requires practice to develop whatever skill you innately know you possess. Be prepared to look foolish while you practice the skills that may be completely dormant. Watch movies of superheroes that are meant to awaken within us the possibility of abilities beyond our current human capacity. Finally, you need to ensure that your desire for power is based on being of benefit to all of creation and not just for selfish personal gain. We all know the famous quote from Spiderman “With great power comes great responsibility.” Your superpower is needed now to help supercharge the awakening of the planet into the light-filled world we know is on the horizon.

Love and Light,

Although I agree with much of what Ted says here, I also think this is a topic that calls on us to "proceed with caution."  Imagining that we are somehow endowed with a "superpower" can lead to serious and dangerous ego inflation.   We see this clearly right now in certain national leaders who imagine they are "superpowers" who can operate in a way that is damaging to all and to our nation.  The recent film "Wonder Woman" presented a female protagonist who in effect became a violent male, with the ability to kill as one of her main attributes.  I have a friend, a long time feminist, who wept throughout the movie as she saw the values of the true (and strong) woman being presented in such fashion.

I think the Dalai Lama is a prime example of someone who has tapped into his own inner power.  He said "My religion is kindness."  Gandhi is another example.  We all have latent, unused talents and abilities that need to be cultivated, but these should always be used in the service of humanity, not to gain superiority over our fellow humans.  I believe we should all strive to be "better" and cultivate our inner capacities, but not imagine we are somehow "super" or superior.

(Of course, this is a complex topic and would benefit from fuller discussion.  I think the author and others would have much more to say on this subject.)

(Image from internet)

Monday, January 01, 2018

Lawrence Edwards––New Year's Blessings 

from Anam Cara Foundation:This New Year Blessing is offered by Lawrence Edwards:

Happy New Year!

This New Year Blessing is offered by Lawrence Edwards:

May you know the boundless love radiating from the Divine,
the eternal living flame of Love present within your heart.

May you know freedom from pain and suffering
through the wisdom born of directly knowing the truth of who you are.

May you feel the living presence of the Divine within you as you,
and know your senses to be messengers of the Divine presence.

May you live in harmony with yourself and bring peace, compassion,
patience and kindness to all that you do.

May you know the unity of all within the body of the Divine and live with love
for the earth and all her inhabitants.

May you be graced with daily opportunities to selflessly serve the One
by helping to relieve the suffering of others.

May you know the sublime ecstasy of dissolving all illusions in the One.


Sunday, December 31, 2017

Recognizing the Secret Community––Deborah Moldow 

 Recognizing the Secret Community
from the Interfaith Observer
December 15, 2017

Recognizing the Secret Community

by Deborah Moldow

A vast spiritual community is emerging all over the world. It has no name. It has no church or temple and no scripture. No one sees it. And yet it is among the most potent forces for evolutionary change on the planet. You are a member because you are participating in the spiritual renaissance that is underway, whether or not you are aware of it. And it is here to stay.

As we awaken to identify ourselves as planetary citizens, members of a diverse human family deeply rooted in a global web of life, this sense of oneness begins to pervade our worldview. We see our heritage, culture, nationality, and religion as gifts to be enjoyed rather than a source of our tribe’s superiority. This expanded vision has a profound impact on our inner life that is showing up as a new spirituality.

The emerging spirituality is not a new religion, since its members include devout practitioners of a wide range of the world’s beautiful religions along with humanists and atheists. It stands on the shoulders of the interfaith movement of the past century and the explosion of access to scriptures and practices that were once held in secret or confined to groups in the know. In the 1960s and 1970s, Eastern spiritual concepts came into popular Western culture through such modern interpreters as Alan Watts and Ram Dass, while renewed interest in Paramahansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi grew. Popular music sang out messages of peace and the Beatles spread the teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, telling us that “All We Need is Love.” The young Dalai Lama began traveling the world with his infectious smile and emphasis on simple kindness. Eastern health technologies such as acupuncture and yoga gained popular acceptance and, far and wide, people began to meditate. East meets West.

In the meantime, North was meeting South as indigenous cultures began to encounter one another in fulfillment of the legendary Eagle and Condor prophesy, which says that the uniting of the masculine and feminine energies of North and South could bring about a next level of consciousness for humanity. At the same time, respect for indigenous wisdom was growing, especially in the face of looming climate change, runaway pollution poisoning our air, water and soil, and other challenges caused by modern civilization’s disregard for our natural habitat. The recent historic stand at Standing Rock to protect water for future generations increased solidarity among indigenous peoples and those willing to stand with them to honor the Earth.

Our worldview was perhaps destined to change from the moment we saw the first picture of the Earth from the Apollo 8 mission in 1968, dubbed “Earthrise,” showing our stunning blue planet rising from the darkness of space. And the new physics is helping us to peer into the mystery with a radically new sense of consciousness pervading all reality.

From all directions, our eyes are opening to one planet, one people, one life in a universe that teems with purpose.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

"Sudden Insights"––poem by Dorothy 

Sudden Insights

Sudden insights,
bursts of knowing––
where are they from?

Conclusive theories,
whole symphonies
arriving intact,
Einstein, Mozart,
you know the list.

Some say aliens arriving from other
some say from the termas,
texts or objects
hidden in rocks or earth or wood,
else embedded
in the psyche
even before birth,
now brought into the light,

What if such awareness rests
in all of us always,
ready to be discovered,
longing to be known.

What if we too
can access everything,
ready to be retrieved
like a safe of jewels
waiting for the right combination.

What would we do
with this immense revelation?
Would we simply vanish
in a flash?
How would we ever remember
the being who is us?

Dorothy Walters
December 29, 2017

Note: In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, termas are hidden teachings preserved in certain locations in nature or infused into the psyches of future masters (tertons), who will unveil them at the proper moment in history.  The purpose of the terma is to revivify and disseminate the truth of the dharma in ages of confusion or forgetfulness.  The tertons are those given the responsibility of unearthing and then spreading these fundamental principles among humankind.

(Image of Yeshe Tsogal from internet.  She, along with a companion, hid many wisdom teachings (termas) to be discovered later.)

"Reading the Akashic Records"––poem by Dorothy 

Reading the Akashic Records

Recently, I talked
with someone
who is dead.
It was a pleasant conversation
and I was glad to know
that she is doing well.

Now I am being told
that I could read
the Akashic records.

This thought gives me pause.

What if it were true?
What if I checked in
and told them all I saw
and then came across something dreadful,
something better forgotten?
What if there were some old feeling
deep within that soul,
some buried anger ready to explode
like a quiescent volcano
waking up
or a reservoir of grief
preparing to overflow?
What have I done?

I have decided not to go there.
I am happy where I am,
secure in my own comfort zone,
ready to explore certain suspect areas,
but ready to draw the line
if need arises.

Let others dabble
in such unproved realms
that could be true
or else tricks of the

I hold to the Beloved.
I love her and
She loves me in return.
Our rendezvous are delicious
and that is enough for me.
Perhaps in some other state,
another phase of my existence
when I am someone else
free of the body's concerns
I can look at the records
and see what is written there
under my name.

But for now the dishwasher is
finished, and the laundry
is almost dry,
ready to be folded neatly
and put away
in the proper drawer.

Dorothy Walters
December 28, 2017
(image from internet)

Note: I intended to post this yesterday, but somehow that did not happen.  I am putting it up now and will post yet another  poem today.

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