From Nonviolence to Service

Posted on Dec 2, 2015
From Nonviolence to Service

Leadership in Miki Kashtan’s Reweaving our Human Fabric I have never been comfortable with leadership. Nonetheless, there I was leading a five-day retreat with twenty-something seasoned leaders, activists, counselors, and other people more qualified than I was to lead it. On day four it cracked. Diverse expressions of a seething dissatisfaction rose to the surface […]

A Neat Inversion

Posted on Nov 23, 2014
A Neat Inversion

As an American visiting South Africa I was struck by the near ubiquity of domestic servants among white South Africans. Households that are in all other ways decidedly middle class have at least one and often two or three domestic servants. This bespeaks the enormous inequality of wealth that prevails in that country, one of […]

The Waters of Heterodoxy: A Review of Gerald Pollack’s “The Fourth Phase of Water”

Posted on Nov 1, 2014
The Waters of Heterodoxy: A Review of Gerald Pollack’s “The Fourth Phase of Water”

A translation of this essay into Chinese can be found here.   In The Fourth Phase of Water, Gerald Pollack offers an elegant new theory of water chemistry that has profound implications not only for chemistry and biology, but for the metaphoric foundation of our understanding of reality and our treatment of nature. Let me […]

Fear of a Living Planet

Posted on Nov 7, 2013
Fear of a Living Planet

Does the concept of a living planet uplift and inspire you, or is it a disturbing example of woo-woo nonsense that distracts us from practical, science-based policies? The scientifically-oriented nuts-and-bolts environmental or social activist will roll her eyes upon hearing phrases like “The planet is a living being.” From there it is a short step […]

The Cycle of Terror

Posted on Apr 17, 2013
The Cycle of Terror

There is a Dutch translation of this essay.  You can also read this article auf Deutsch.   In the wake of terror attacks, politicians are fond of proclaiming, “We will not be intimidated.” By this they seem to mean that we won’t cower in fear, but will boldly root out the terrorists, visit upon them […]

2013: The Space between Stories

Posted on Dec 28, 2012
2013: The Space between Stories

A German translation, a Dutch translation, as well as a Portuguese translation of this essay are also available.   Every culture has a Story of the People to give meaning to the world. Part conscious and part unconscious, it consists of a matrix of agreements, narratives, and symbols that tell us why we are here, […]

We Are Unlimited Potential: A Talk with Joseph Chilton Pearce

Posted on Dec 10, 2012
We Are Unlimited Potential: A Talk with Joseph Chilton Pearce

Last week I sat down for a telephone conversation with Joseph Chilton Pearce, an author who has had a big influence not only on my work, but on the way I have raised my children. He alerted me early on to the damage that hospital birthing, day care, television, and modern schooling do to the […]

An Alien at the Tech Conference

Posted on Sep 16, 2012
An Alien at the Tech Conference

The other day I spoke at an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) conference in Istanbul, Turkey. It was a very mainstream conference. Surely, I thought, there must be some mistake? Why would they invite someone like me? “I like to shake things up a little bit,” replied Ali, a consultant to the organizer in charge […]

The Way up is Down

Posted on Feb 29, 2012
The Way up is Down

Something is happening to us. Trying to make sense of their awakening experiences, people troll the Internet and discover the idea of “ascension” – the doctrine that humanity is on the verge of a process of spiritualization, a transition to a higher, and less material, dimension. Implicit in the term is the concept of rising […]

The Lost Marble

Posted on Dec 10, 2011
The Lost Marble

Chuang Chou dreamt he was a butterfly, fluttering about happily, completely forgetting he was Chou. Soon he awoke, and was very much Chou again. Was Chou dreaming he was a butterfly, or was a butterfly dreaming he was Chou? –Chuang-tse   When I was a child, before video games were invented, I spent hours and […]

To Bear Witness and to Speak the Truth

Posted on Nov 28, 2011

(11/28/11) One of the recurrent debates within the Occupy movement is whether it should adhere strictly to non-violent methods, or rather embrace a “diversity of tactics” (including, presumably, violent ones). This debate is futile unless it considers a deeper question: “Tactics to achieve what?” Without clarity here, the question of non-violence becomes a debate about […]

The Three Seeds

Posted on May 7, 2010
The Three Seeds

Once upon a time, the tribe of humanity embarked upon a long journey called Separation. It was not a blunder as some – seeing its ravages upon the planet – might think. Nor was it a fall, nor an expression of some innate evil peculiar to the human species. It was a journey with a […]

Truth and Magic in the Third Dimension

Posted on Dec 10, 2009
Truth and Magic in the Third Dimension

In a past life, you were a Midwestern farmer and I was an Indian woman. I had the ability to make seeds sprout and grow in my hand. I taught you ways of growing grain in harsh weather, which you shared with the other settlers in the area.” A psychic intuitive told me this at […]

A Gathering of the Tribe

Posted on Dec 7, 2009
A Gathering of the Tribe

Once upon a time a great tribe of people lived in a world far away from ours. Whether far away in space, or in time, or even outside of time, we do not know. They lived in a state of enchantment and joy that few of us today dare to believe could exist, except in […]

A World-Creating Matrix of Truth

Posted on May 10, 2009
A World-Creating Matrix of Truth

 God said, “Let there be light!” And there was light. — Genesis 1:1 It was an old story that was no longer true. Truth can go out of stories you know. What was true  becomes meaningless, even a lie, because the truth has gone into another story. The water of the spring rises in another […]

Waiting on the Big One

Posted on Apr 10, 2009
Waiting on the Big One

When I was 14 years old I embarked upon a reading program that included The Gulag Archipelago, A People’s History of the United States, 1984, Silent Spring, and a volume of much lesser stature entitled The Population Bomb, by Paul Ehrlich. The latter was a Malthusian work predicting mass starvation in the 1980s unless impossibly […]

Reuniting the Self: Autoimmunity, Obesity, and the Ecology of Health

Posted on Dec 10, 2008
Reuniting the Self: Autoimmunity, Obesity, and the Ecology of Health

This article is Part 1 of a two-part series. Read Part 2 here. Medical diseases have a cultural dimension: the ill health of the individual reveals the ways in which the surrounding culture is not whole. The twin epidemics of our time, obesity and autoimmunity, are symptoms of a deep infirmity in our civilization. They have […]

The Original Religion

Posted on Jul 10, 2008
The Original Religion

Within all religions today there is a common core, an inner spiritual transmission going back to the dawn of human consciousness, to a time when religion was not necessary. The original purpose of religion was to bring sacredness to life. Imagine a time (whether prehistorical or transhistorical) when human beings lived moment-to-moment in the presence […]

The Ascent of Humanity

Posted on Feb 10, 2007
The Ascent of Humanity

More than any other species, human beings are gifted with the power to manipulate their environment and the ability to accumulate and transmit knowledge across generations. The first of these gifts we call technology; the other we call culture. They are central to our humanity. Accumulating over thousands of years, culture and technology have brought […]

From Opinion to Belief to Knowing

Posted on Dec 8, 2005
From Opinion to Belief to Knowing

It all started when I was living in Taiwan, 21 years old, having just graduated from Yale with a degree in mathematics and philosophy. Of course I did what most people do with such a degree—I got a job in a bar. One day on my way to work I attempted to kick-start my motorcycle. […]