We wish everyone a joy-filled spring, full of inspiration and initiatives. May the new life sprouting everywhere and the strengthening sun help bring renewed strength.
The One Spirit Alliance works to promote and provide a forum for spiritually-minded people, organisations and networks to foster connection and collaboration between them.
The One Spirit Alliance is founded on a recognition of the One Spirit that underpins all life. This One Spirit inspires a shared consciousness that takes us beyond all established boundaries. It is underpinned by values and principles that ignite our love for each other and foster care and appreciation of our planetary home and its place in the cosmos. This awareness has grown out of meditation, individual and collective spiritual experience and new approaches to science which have lead to a realisation of the greater whole.
The vision of One Spirit Alliance is to facilitate the coming together of the diverse spiritual paths which draw on a variety of faith, ethical and ecological traditions as well as new explorations. By engaging in conscious conversations and shared silence we can discover the unity that lies at the heart of all paths that seek a harmonious way of life. We believe in the principle of one global family. For more on the background of OSA, click on <About OSA>.
I know now that the world is not filled with strangers.
It is full of other people – waiting only to be spoken to.
Yes! I know from whence I came!
Ever hungry like the flame,
Glowing I consume myself.
Light shines forth from all I seize.
Coal remains of all I leave.
Flame, I am indeed!
Ecce Homo – Friedrich Nietzsche
“We do not become free by refusing to
acknowledge something above us, but by
respecting something above us.”
The force of thinking loses its own impress;
The worlds of Spirit find
Once more the human offspring,
Whose seed must be in them,
But then whose fruit of soul
In self must find.
A Happy Easter to all!
An inspiration for our inner work in current times… a ray of hope
“As I have often said – excuse me for repeating myself – the consistent psychical-spiritual work of an individual, or of a few individuals, can have an enormous influence on the spiritual and physical conditions of the world! The emphasis on numbers is not as relevant in the spiritual world as it is on the earth. When someone asks: What can I as one person do to influence world events? – the answer is: everything!
“If people could only see with physical eyes the effect on the macrocosmic context that the decision and its implementation to consistently practise only one meditation by a single person, then probably no one would hesitate to undertake such an exercise themselves. For the possibilities are enormous! Allow me to give you this as the greatest consolation, is the strongest ray of hope in the present situation. The individual person holds the worlds fate in his hands. This is the gift of Christ, who sees the individual ‘I’ as a deity, who treats it as a deity.”
Judith van Halle, from her book, The Coronavirus Pandemic, Temple Lodge Press 2020 (- see further details below)
…And a little but big word of wisdom from two children: a small – true – anecdote
Two children at the breakfast table, one seven the other six…
“Dad, how do you know there are angels?” asked the older child.
Before dad could answer, the youngest replied:
“Well if a blind man walks down the garden path and doesn’t see any worms, it doesn’t mean there are no worms.”
We should pay attention to children!
Some highlights! (a mini-directory)
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In the Journal – find short articles and inspirations from present and past contributions.
Articles and reports –
It seems that a great shift of the ages is underway and I’m hoping that some of us who have been sensing this and working towards it in different ways can share our insights on both what is happening and what might be ahead.
Here are some of mine. They come from several sources such as my own inner knowing and meditative awareness, several teachings from higher sources through certain people who act as channels and which reach me on the Internet and extra-terrestrial sources passed on by centres of receptivity. So I make no claim that anyone of them are ‘the truth’ but as they all share many similar messages this resumé might assist your own insights. We aren’t passive observers or recipients of what is underway but are conscious co-creators of a much needed transition to a new world. Some of us follow one particular teaching or other and some of us are more eclectic and gather from different sources. My own are underpinned by my Christian background which, interpreted in a new way, could be perceiving this as the long awaited birth of ‘Christ Conscious’ within humanity. However there are several possible perceptions and interpretations.
The significance of festivals in the yearly cycle –
Spring Solstice – the Easter Date – ‘Easter Bells’ – Osterglocken – daffodils, and the Easter egg hunt! ~
The Holy Week has begun. Lent, which began on 17th February this year, draws to an end. It marked the 40 days of fasting before Easter (Sundays excluded) reflecting Christ’s 40 days of fasting in the wilderness. Fasting, a time of inner purification, is part of many religious festivals, and much could be written just on this. Other cultures have religious or other cultural festive celebrations during this period of spring and Easter time.
In many cultures earlier, not just in Rome, the time of spring and the spring solstice marked the beginning of the New Year: the sun had overtaken darkness, and new life and new impulses could take place. Nature and human impulses were in closer alignment. Calendars themselves were much more varied over different cultures, with current differences for instance between Chinese, Judaic, Islam and Christian calendars being a reflection.
Generally, calendars were based on Lunar periods (the moon), Solar periods (the sun) or natural or nature rhythms (the earth). Sun, moon and earth. There is a deeper significance in this. And indeed, the setting of the date for Easter itself combines all three elements: it is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox (an earth cycle). (Eastern Orthodox churches use the Julian rather than the Gregorian calendar for this calculation, with some additional rules applying). There was thus a deeper significance is this movable date, and current attempts by churches and states to fix the Easter date are ignoring this.
The important thing is to be open to exploring the deeper meanings behind customs around religious festivals ~ is there more to them than just a ‘tradition’ in that particular religion? In exploring the deeper meanings, we can discover a deeper meaning within the flow and course of the year itself. Many adults are rediscovering this, for some even helped by the lockdown times of the pandemic. But it has especial meaning for children and their connection with both the cycles of the seasons as well as a for developing a sense and reverence for a deeper meaning for human festivals. Not that it has to be explicitly ‘explained’ to children: they will know and sense if the caring adults surrounding them feel and cultivate a deeper understanding, not just for festivals but, well, for life itself, with sensitivity for the spiritual foundations.
Take the Easter egg hunt – perhaps you are planning one for this Easter! What is that? Why an egg? A reflection: the egg hunt has a deeper level to it, that goes beyond a religious tradition. What is the egg? It is a very real bringer of new life. From this, it has been a symbol down the ages for creation, or birth, or new-birth. In Ancient Indian mythology, out of a shining golden egg arose heaven and earth. The Persians pictured the world before evil as a huge light-egg. In one Egyptian myth, the first god arose from an egg. In Greek myths of creation, the great Goddess Nyx laid a silver egg, from which came a god with golden wings: Eros, the god of love. In Christian symbolism, the egg is a symbol for the resurrection: new life from an inner golden sun breaks through the hard outer shell, overcoming the confines of the hardened mineral world.
And the egg hunt? A hunt is a journey, an inner journey. Christ’s words “seek and ye shall find” have a deep universal wisdom in them. We are seeking for new life, a new inner birth…
It is a reminder to us: We need to think a little out of the box when it comes to religious customs and festivals – many have deeper meanings that transcend borders of faiths, relating to the spirit that weaves and works in all.
A focus on Love ~
Love and Christ’s impulse for the earth and human beings
“Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.” (First letter of Paul, 1 Corinthians 13:13)
“A new task and aim I give you: Love one another! As I have loved you, so you should love one another.”(Words of Christ, John 13:34)
“Let us love one another, for love is of God, and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love has not recognised God, for God is love.”(1 John 4: 7-8)
THE HYMN TO LOVE
Love makes the soul great
Love fills the soul with healing goodness
Love does not know envy,
It knows no boasting,
It does not allow a falseness,
Love does not harm that which is decent,
It drives out self-seeking,
Love does not allow the inner balance to be lost,
It does not bear a grudge,
It does not rejoice over injustice,
It rejoices only in the truth.
Love bears all things,
Is always prepared to have faithful trust,
It may help for everything and is all patient.
If love is truly present, it cannot be lost.
(1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
The Greek words for love
The ancient Greek language and the philosophers of ancient Greece recognised eight words for love, reflecting different forms in which it may express itself.
Plato’s dialogue, has love as its topic; Platonic love is a familiar concept, where love is no longer love of the body and its beauty but love of the spirit, of the divine, in other human beings. In the speech of Socrates, he speaks of the “ladder of love“: ‘The Ladder of Love is a metaphor that relates each step toward Being as consecutive rungs of a ladder. Each step closer to the truth further distances love from beauty of the body toward love that is more focused on wisdom and the essence of beauty.’ (Wikipedia) Each step of the ladder uses a different word to define it.
Inspiring short texts on Love
from two of Rudolf Steiner’s lectures
“What love is, is something so complex, that so human being should have the pride or audacity to ‘define’ love or to claim to see through it without further ado. Love is complicated. We perceive it, but no definition can possibly express love. There is one picture, a simple sense picture: imagine a glass of water that, the more you pour out from it, the fuller it becomes – that gives us an impression of one of love’s qualities.” (in ‘Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the Kingdoms of Nature‘, lecture in Helsingfors, 5 April 1912)
“What then is essential for love? What is essential in order that one person love another? It is this – that he be in possession of his full self-consciousness, that he be wholly independent. No one can love another in the full sense of the word if this love be not a free gift of one person to another…
Thus Christ is the bringer of the impulse of freedom from the law, that good may be done, not because of the compulsion of any law, but as an indwelling impulse of love within the soul. this impulse will still need the remainder of the Earth evolution for its full development.” (in ‘The Gospel of John’, lecture in Hamburg, 1908).
The Coronavirus Pandemic
by Judith von Halle
What lies at the root of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the worldwide pandemic it has caused, affecting the health and livelihoods of untold millions of people? What are the deeper, spiritual realities behind COVID-19 and the global turmoil it has left in its trail? In an effort to answer these queries and many others put to her at the start of the pandemic, Judith von Halle composed two letters in March 2020, based on her own spiritual-scientific research, published in this book together with an additional essay.
Published by and available from Temple Lodge, www.templelodge.com, or Amazon.
ISBN 978 1 912230 54 9
Alternative medical paths – also for Covid?
Many who explore spiritual paths are also interested in ‘alternative’ paths for health and healing, with the primary emphasis on how to maintain health in a holistic way, taking into consideration body, soul and spirit. This rather than the predominant focus of current mainstream allopathic medicine on illnesses, microbes, etc and how we can ‘fight’ them with medicine, usually from pharmaceuticals. The first approach is broadly termed ‘salutogenesis’, the second is ‘pathogenesis’.
In the current Covid-19 pandemic, one can be excused for thinking from the mass media publicity that the only approach to fighting and overcoming it is through mass inoculation with vaccines, produced at breakneck speed by many pharmaceuticals – the second approach of pathogenesis. There are alternatives, though, based on more holistic approaches to health and healing. There is, as a for instance, a wonderfully encouraging report from a clinic in Germany about the success of homeopathic prophylaxis as well as treatment of Covid world-wide. Click here to view the PDF article from the Haus am Stalten Klinik, translated. The trials have been not just with scores or thousands but with millions of people, from India to Hong Kong to Cuba and more. But to accept this requires an entirely different thinking, one that accepts that there are life-forces at work for keeping us healthy, for growth, for preservation of life.
Little is spoken anymore (in that mass media) about how, from a position of health and holistic views one can protect oneself. Boris Johnson admitted, when he contracted the virus, that it was largely due to his being overweight. Over 60% of the UK population are classed as overweight, including 1 in 4 as obese… click here for more (article by Richard Brinton)
The Coronation –
A long read by Charles Eisenstein, full of insights and information, woven into an inspiring narrative. The Corona pandemic raises many question for the individual and for humanity, including the ‘threat’ of death seen from a materialistic side, which can be transformed through inner work to see death as part of life and greater spiritual processes. A needed step which the pandemic has prodded us to realise in creative ways in order to combat the otherwise isolation of ‘lockdowns’ and social distancing is the human being’s intrinsic need for community and the transforming effect it can have for our inner soul life. Woven into the narrative is consideration of the physical and scientific details surrounding the pandemic, and how through these alone, with often conflicting elements, it is impossible to arrive at a true understanding of the pandemic’s significance. We are called upon to take broader perspectives. Click here for the website link on Charles Eisenstein’s website, which includes translations in other languages and download possibilities. Or Click here for directly viewing a PDF version in English, which you can download.
(Click on the heading above for a compilation of articles on education, including a video on celebrating 100 years Waldorf Education.)
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The Calendar of the Soul verses, written by Rudolf Steiner for each week of the year, reflect the soul experiences we can feel and through which we can inwardly grow in relationship to the time of the year. They help to nurture and inspire a deeper connection and feeling for the rhythms of nature and our relationship to them.
Drawing Stability and Nourishment from Within
In a world where very little can be truly relied on, it’s hard to know where to turn for a sense of solid ground beneath our feet. Perhaps the ‘new normal’ is to accept that the ground we stand on constantly shifts as we learn new ways to keep our balance. With practice, we can learn to draw on stability from within ourselves, and through inner strength become our own still point in a turning world, finding the nourishment needed to ensure we have the stamina to keep moving towards our goals.
This session will feature an interactive panel of Raja Yoga Meditation practitioners who will discuss how to find inner strength and stability balancing your personal and professional lives and lead a short meditation at the end of the event.
In 2021 Weleda celebrates 100 years —
Weleda has been producing medicines and health care products for 100 years – in harmony with the environment, based on a holistic philosophy of health and healing. Click on the video below or visit their webpage celebrating their centennial.
Awakening to a New Reality –
Conscious Conversations across the Horizon of Death
by Janice Dolley, with Ursula Burton
Awakening to a New Reality: Conscious Conversations across the Horizon of Death is the title of a newly published book by OSA co-worker , Janice Dolley. These conversations are a personal example of what researchers are now calling ‘After Death Communication’ (ADC). Janice’s best friend and previous co-author Ursula, Lady Burton, passed on in 1993. To Janice’s surprise their new connection began only three hours after her death. read further…
The book is available through Sleepy Lion Publishing (click here).
Kundalini, Awakening of Consciousness & Coronavirus
a video with Catherine Lucas
This inspiring video considers the theme of death and rebirth, and the process of ‘inner resurrection’. But it is also a theme for the whole Corona Virus fear around death, and the need to find the inner strength for a new inner rebirth…
…from the Nature Spirits – and the need for humans to act!
WW (the interviewer): Can you describe what the most urgent tasks for humans in the immediate future will be?
The High One (an elemental): Act!
WW: There are lots of things one can do. Can you be a bit more specific?
The High One: Do what your heart tells you!
WW: That says something different to each human.
The High One: Humans have to begin to perceive the elemental beings and the spirit beings and act with them in the same direction. Otherwise the earth will disintegrate… Humans have to learn what beauty is. They have to learn not to just simply act and produce any kind of objects, but that everything has to be beautifully formed.
WW: What’s most important for the personal development of humans in the immediate future?
The High One: Raise your children in beauty and they’ll find their way in life
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
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Launch of The Divided Brain film (trailer below) –
Psychiatrist Dr. lain McGilchrist tests a radical theory with the potential to explain the problems of Western society: that the left brain hemisphere is taking power, and we’re feeding it. The left hemisphere is proficient at technologies and systems but cannot understand larger implications. Has the left hemisphere hijacked humanity?This film, launched early this year, follows on from McGilchrist’s book, The Master and His Emissary, published several years ago, in which he sets out his theory of how the right side of the brain, carrier of imagination, innovation and creative thoughts and emotions, and which should be the master, has been hijacked by the left side of the brain. This has brought about the many ills we are witnessing in western society.
An interview with Dr. lain McGilchrist on the occasion of the Scottish Premiere of The Divided Brain can be watched at this link:
This book, first published in 2017 in hardback edition, is now out in softback! Well known for his book, The Science Delusion, Sheldrake takes the topic further in this new book, Science and Spiritual Practices, exploring how spiritual practices are now being investigated scientifically by many.
Rupert Sheldrake summarizes the latest scientific research on what happens when we take part in spiritual practices, and suggests ways that readers can explore these fields for themselves. For those who are religious, Science and Spiritual Practices will illuminate the evolutionary origins of their own traditions and give a new appreciation of their power. For the non-religious, this book will show how the core practices of spirituality are accessible to all, even if they do not subscribe to a religious belief system.
For a YouTube video interview with Sheldrake about his book, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBhpfETrRuw
The Biology of Belief
Some 10 years ago, Bruce Lipton came out with his groundbreaking book, The Biology of Belief. As with Rupert Sheldrake’s books (see above) or Eben Alexander’s book, Proof of Heaven, it especially shook scientists, as here were scientists themselves, not just some spiritually minded mystics, challenging materialistic views of the prevailing science of today and showing how we can apply scientific thoughts and methods to spiritual matters.
New clips keep appearing of Bruce Lipton on the themes of his book, delightful and provocative on various themes. This clipping here appeared on YouTube recently. Enjoy!