Development in the Ecological Age

Posted on May 28, 2014
Development in the Ecological Age

Republished from Kosmos Journal   Do you live in a developed nation or a developing nation? If your nation has an extensive system of roads, rail and airports, if it is fully electrified, if it is mostly urban and suburban, if modern medicine is widespread, if literacy and education are near-universal, if most people are […]

Gift Circles and the Monetization of Everything

Posted on Aug 21, 2013
Gift Circles and the Monetization of Everything

One aspect of the monetization of life that is proceeding nearly to totality in our time is that someone finds a way to commoditize nearly any movement or concept, even those that were explicitly anti-commercial in their conception. This was the fate of “cool”: what was once an emblem of African-American and Beatnik rejection of […]

Why the Age of the Guru is Over

Posted on Jul 7, 2011
Why the Age of the Guru is Over

For a few decades now, it seems, humanity has been on the verge of a breakthrough in collective consciousness. Perhaps it was the Hippies in the 60s who saw it first. To them, it was crystal clear that the consciousness revolution would sweep all before it, that within a few years’ time such institutions as […]

A Circle of Gifts

Posted on Nov 1, 2010
A Circle of Gifts

  This essay is also available in French Wherever I go and ask people what is missing from their lives, the most common answer (if they are not impoverished or seriously ill) is “community.” What happened to community, and why don’t we have it any more? There are many reasons – the layout of suburbia, […]

All Hallows’ Eve

Posted on Oct 30, 2006
All Hallows’ Eve

Once upon our time, our distant ancestors were animists who believed in the innate divinity of all things. Spirit was a property of matter, and all things possessed it: not just plants and animals  but also rocks, clouds, lakes, wind, places, and every natural thing and process. I said all things  possessed spirit, but that […]

Soul Families

Posted on Dec 7, 2005
Soul Families

A main theme of The Ascent of Humanity is an Age of Reunion that is to follow the Age of Separation whose end we are witnessing today. In this transition, the converging crises of the planet are the birth pangs. Like a newborn coming to the breast, our species will experience a Reunion with each […]