Interviewed by Allysyn Kiplinger
ATH Editor of Cosmology
Here’s a great example of one woman’s artistic expression of the new cosmology. I first met Betty-Ann at a retreat about the new cosmology with Dr. Brian Swimme in California in 1999. Her playful wit and intense curiosity about the nature of the universe are beautifully presented in her new book called “Great Ball of Fire! A Poetic Telling of the Universe Story” (Mearth Press, 2010). I was recently able to speak with her about this newly published epic poem, as well as inquire about her inspiration and her thoughts about cosmology...
by David Pratt, LMT, BA
You know you need to get away.
Work, family, the hectic schedules and constant “to do” lists. You’re ready to trade it all for a temporary “do nothing” list ...
Author's Note: There are several key questions that will help you design the best getaway or retreat possible. This article helps guide you to the perfect experience for you, and reveals the transformative effect of adding massage therapy and yoga to your final decision.
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Editor's note from J. Stewart Dixon: Gangaji was one of my teachers; over the years I watched, read, sat with, went on silent retreats with, cried and laughed. She's truly one of the great teachers of our time. "Call off the search" and "Wake up first" are two very powerful pieces of spiritual advice/suggestions that any spiritual seeker can benefit from. Is this a paradox? You bet. Welcome to the world of spiritual awakening...
Editor's Note by Debbie Allen: Schizophrenia comes unbidden to countless families, striking young people when they are in their teens or as young adults. The slow progression of disturbed thinking and retreat from friends eventually morphs into more acute symptoms such as paranoid delusions and voices which command things inside the mind. This rupture eventually robs the young person of being able to live out their dreams in the way that they once envisioned. While we know a great deal more about mental illness today and how to identify at-risk individuals and how to treat acute symptoms, there is still much about it that remains a mystery...
by Valley Reed
I see an image of an ancient stone gateway, with a stone guardian statue that I recognize as being from a period that Robert Moss would know. It is the body of a lion and the head of a woman and is more in the style of Greek sculptures. I swing through the goddess gateway and find myself at the dream teacher retreat...
Editor's Note from Cynthia Greb: Valley Reed was a former co-editor of this Dream Medicine page. I found her quite "by accident" as I was searching Google for "sacred dreams" and "dreams of power." Valley certainly is a very powerful dreamer, and like all good dreamers, she honors her dreams by acting on them. Here is a beautiful example of a series of dreams which led her to move to her new and beloved home where today she facilitates dream circles and other beautiful events.
by Mary Rivas
Most of us live hectic lives that make it challenging for us to make time for ourselves. Our thoughts race non-stop, day in and day out...
Editor's Note from Melanie Channell: Taking a nature based vacation, or just taking a day to be out in the natural environment does wonders for your body, mind, and spirit. Being outside in the fresh air, viewing the colorful landscapes, and listening to the sounds of the outdoors, slows down your brainwaves, helps you to release anxiety, and facilitates relaxation. If you haven’t taken a “time out” with mother nature recently, isn’t it time you visited her?
by Katrina Kenison Lewers
You know how it is. The dishes need washing, the houseplants are wilting, the emails have piled up, the kids are needy, and the dog is scratching at the door to go out. There is no end to the to-do list, no reward or revelation to be found at the bottom of the laundry hamper, no moment in the day when life feels entirely manageable, tidy, and complete...
Editor’s Note from Eden Kozlowski: As Katrina describes it... working on your soul and your peace isn't about retreating or going to some special place (although, don't get me wrong, that is awesome and times when that is a beautiful thing). However, for long term, it's about being in the middle of the plain and ordinary, about finding happiness in pulling a hair out of your nose, about finding comfort as your kids get in a fight, finding peace as you find moldy apple cores in your minivan, etc, etc, etc...
by Silvia Mordini
And so you might ask, what’s the difference in practicing outside? I remember the first international yoga retreat I attended as a student where we were outside the entire time and the surprises I encountered...
Editor's Note: In this piece, Silvia Mordinin, RYT, first gives some well thought out practical tips about practing yoga outside. For example, think about whether you'll be in the sun and what you'd want to wear to be protected. She also describes the amazing conection and possible different emotions that you may feel when practicing outside.
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