THE DESCENT OF GRACE: A Story of Illumination
By Robert and Gina Rabbin By Kelly L Parker By Susan Barber By Mellen-Thomas Benedict
By Julie A. Hoyle

"The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder the hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

How many times must we prove these words? Violence does not lead to peace. Violence does not create peace. Violence cannot co-exist with peace. These are self-evident truths. We cannot indulge war and expect peace.

The tides of evolution are much like the tides of the ocean in that they are powerful, inevitable and can move, or go around, obstacles and can sweep away impediments that seek to divert or block their inevitable rhythm.

The course of human development throughout time is guided by evolution. … the inevitable progression of human achievements manifested through a precarious and ever changing blend of spiritual awareness and scientific knowledge.

We live during such times. When the planet comes to the end of an evolutionary era and gets ready to rebirth or take an evolutionary shift, it can look frothy and chaotic...

The early 'seventies was an amazing time for life-transforming books. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance appeared then, as did The Nature of Personal Reality, a Seth book.

And this was the time of two other mind-blowing reading experiences — both concerned with plants — that could have, should have, caused massive, far-reaching changes in the way scientists perceive our world.

My own introduction to plant communication occurred late one afternoon in 1974 when I came into my outer office to find a slender, raw-boned man, with graying hair and a really long beard, waiting for me with a little "black box."

I remember waking up one morning at home about 4:30 a.m., and I just knew that this was it. This was the day I was going to die. So I called a few friends and said goodbye. I woke up my hospice caretaker and told her. I had a private agreement with her that she would leave my dead body alone for six hours, since I had read that all kinds of interesting things happen when you die. I went back to sleep.

The next thing I remember is the beginning of a typical near-death experience. Suddenly I was fully aware and I was standing up, but my body was in the bed. There was this darkness around me. Being out of my body was even more vivid than ordinary experience.

Grace finds us always, even if we don’t realize we are seeking. The practices of diverse spiritual paths, faiths and traditions came to me unbidden, entering my life dramatically in February 1989, through an unexpected awakening of spirit. The source of that awakening was an extraordinary Indian Saint, Bhagawan Nityananda of Ganeshpuri. For a young, western, Catholic woman, this event was so firmly rooted outside the spectrum of my life experiences, it had the imprint of a miracle, yet it also felt completely natural.

At the time, my husband and I were living in Nassau the capital island-city of the Bahamas. Having both been raised in the temperate weather of …

By Alan Laurie
In 1969, I was into my second year as a Fine Arts major at Louisiana State University. The hippie culture on campus (being in the deep south) was a low percentage overall, but significantly larger in the Art Department, myself included. One morning my clock radio woke me to some beautiful music I had never heard before: "The Dawning of the Age of Aquarius" sung by The 5th Dimension.    More

By Rudolph Steiner
(translated by James Elam)
To summer’s radiant heights the sun in shining majesty ascends. He takes my human heart along with him into the boundlessness of space. Deep down and dimly I am made aware that one day I shall know a God did feel you then.  More

At a time when victories for the Earth are few and far between, Earthjustice is fighting for the environment and all creatures great and small. Why? "Because the earth needs a good lawyer," says this non-profit organization.

Earthjustice was born amid the national passion that marked the first Earth Day in 1970 and launched the modern environmental movement. Since then, mostly through legal efforts, this tenacious group has scored hundreds of victories on behalf of the environment. A 10-year Earthjustice campaign preserved much of the cathedral old-growth forests that remain in the Pacific Northwest (see photo above), along with the creatures that depend on these forests for their survival. See other stunning photos and read about this and other Earthjustice victories. These folks will give you hope.
View their Top 40 victory list here:

By Jaqi Medaris
Poised at the very center of life.
Just ahead of our past
Just before our future
What will the next breath bring?
Where will the next step take us?

Creativity with a Conscience
A team of passionate, wildly creative people who spend their days strategizing, branding and designing so the most important social messages get through loud and clear. Free Range is known for being the most successful cause-based viral moviemaker ever. These creative artists envision a world where transformative social messages rise to the top of the media marketplace. They believe their visioning will lead, inevitably, to a more sustainable, just and tolerant society.

Watch The Meatrix and dozens of other animated short films


"Not only is another world possible, she is on her way.
On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing."
Arundhati Roy

"In this world, hate never dispelled hate.
Only love dispels hate.
This is the law, ancient and inexhaustible."

"When you drink in nature through your senses, you deepen your awareness of the great silent intelligence flowing through all things. You nourish your mind, body, and spirit as you connect to the divine love of Being."
Deepak Chopra, author, physician and spiritual leader

"We are not victims of the world we see;
we are victims of the way we see the world."
US Representative Dennis Kucinich
Gandhi Peace Award 2003

"If we are to reach real peace in this world and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children; if they grow in their natural innocence, we won’t have to struggle; we won’t have to pass fruitless idle resolutions; but we shall go from love to love and peace to peace, until at last all the corners of the world are covered with that peace and love for which, consciously or unconsciously, the world is hungering."

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