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>.
‘Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous’
“All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.”
Saint Francis of Assisi
‘Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.’
‘Live with your century, but do not be its creature.’
‘You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” You must do the think you think you cannot do.’
‘Love seeketh not itself to please, nor for itself hath any care,
but for another gives its ease, and builds a Heaven in Hell’s despair.’
From ‘Songs of experience’
“To be nobody but
yourself in a world
which is doing its best day and night to make you like
everybody else means to fight the hardest battle
which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.”
‘As far as the inner voice is concerned, it is different for every single person, and there are no outward securities to guarantee it, such as reason, science, the church, or any teachings. But anyone whose eyes have been opened has no more need of these securities, than a man with a compass need laboriously to figure out where North or South will be from any future position.’
Mihajlo Mihajlov – ‘The mystical experiences of loss of freedom’
I would have arranged the world in such a way.”
Week 34 (end of November; first week of Advent)
In mystery, the bygone treasure
To feel with newly risen selfhood
Revived within my inner life:
Into my life’s external deeds,
In sparking cosmic forces, it shall pour;
Evolving, grave me in existence.
Week 35 (second week of Advent, early December)
Can I conceive true being
So it may find itself anew
In soul’s creative urge?
I feel that strength is lent to me
To integrate my self as member
of cosmic Self, with modesty.
For a full listing of weekly Soul Calendar verses for the whole year, click here.
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In the Journal – find short articles and inspirations from present and past contributions.
Articles and reports –
‘People look East, the time is near…’ On Advent and Christmas
In the silence of a midwinter dusk, there is a sound so faint that for all you can tell it may be only the sound of the silence itself. You hold your breath to listen. You are aware of the beating of your heart. The extraordinary thing that is about to happen is matched only by the extraordinary moment just before it happens.
Advent is the name of that moment.
We seldom stop to think nowadays about the positions of festivals in the calendar. Are they arbitrary, or does a deeper wisdom play in to the many decisions made in the past on dates for festivals, whether Christian or other?
Christmas in the Christian calendar is preceded by the period of Advent. This is a period of preparation, each of the four Sundays prior to Christmas taking on a particular significance. In traditions there is the advent wreath with four candles for the four Sundays, and children love the ceremony that can be built around lighting the candles, a new one for each new Sunday. It provides an inspiring visual image for the build-up towards Christmas. In some traditions each Advent Sunday celebrated a new element or kingdom: from mineral, to plant, animal and finally human.
The words of a traditional Advent carol come to mind, here the first two lines:
People look east, the time is near,
Of the crowning of the year…
Each verse adds another element:
- first it is preparing the hearth and table for the guest: of looking after the place, the home, the daily bread – making them ready;
- second is of time, seasons and growth: nourishing the seed that the flower, the rose, may flourish;
- the third rises to the animal kingdom: the bird, guarding the nest, with reference to the young fledgling;
- the fourth: stars keep the watch… the star as the sign of the human being, every human being having a star to guide;
- the fifth: ‘Angels announce to man and beast…’ Something greater still, the Christ being.
All five are permeated with love, as expressed in the refrain: love the guest is on the way; love the rose… and so forth. (cont.)
Finding Our Light In the Darkness – An article by Kavita Byrd
by Kavita Byrd, a member of the Unity Community.
With Our Certainties Collapsing All Around Us,
Where Do We Find Our Strength?
Finding Our Light in the Darkness
As dualities collapse, we have no ground to stand on. Whether we cling to our side for dear life, or straddle both sides, no longer knowing which is true and which is lies – or just give up trying to make sense of it all — either way, we go into free fall, into the no-man’s land between certainties, a scary and unnerving place, which goes against our very human craving for security. And yet, if we can take it that way, this same black hole that seems to annihilate all we know, all that we hold onto, can also be the open space where new possibilities can arise — where we can let go the old, melt down and re-invent ourselves, where new realities can blossom…
Being Human in the Now: Conversations with the soul of my sister Ajra
by Ana Pogacnik
ISBN 978-0-9528364-6-9, February 2022, Pb 120 pp, £12.00.
Obviously the greatest strength we humans can develop is the power of the heart – and thus love! There is nothing more beautiful than to sense pure heart-love. This is the driving force and also the power that moves all of us the most. It is true bliss when I can experience the purity of love – in the etheric sphere the most beautiful coloured patterns, like mandalas, unfold out of her waves, which shine incredibly far.
The space which emerges from this is a pure channel, which opens and offers itself to the spirit world so that the spirit world may work through it.
It is very noticeable when a human being experiences this, and it is unspeakably beautiful and strong when several people experience this in a group. The impact, the waves, the light are unbelievable. We eminently underestimate the power of the heart.
The love of the heart is truly the power to open all doors – even if this is not always visible on the physical level. I can assure you that no deed, no work, no intention, no action that originates and happens from out of true heart’s power will remain without an effect – the impulse of the heart is too powerful that its impact could stay invisible.
(In the words of Ajra, who passed over the threshold 10 years ago, through her sister, Ana.
For further information, click here for the InterActions publisher page on the book.
There be no secrets!
It seems part of our time that many things come out in the open that people or groups, for reasons of ego or greed, have tried to keep secret. Especially starting with the Brexit debates and now to a heightened level through the time of the Covid ‘pandemic’, we have the feeling but also direct knowledge from many incidences that truth and falsehood are juggled about as playthings, almost — with seemingly little consideration of ethics or inner conscience as to which of the two to use when: they are used to achieve certain ends, whichever works best! This is especially so with political parties, but it also applies increasingly to multi-national corporations which sometimes seem to have as much power as national governments if not more. Power, greed, selfishness – part of the mix of our times, in the interest of which controls and coercion are used to discourage public debate.
There is, though, a parallel stream to this, one which gains strength the more the untruths are bandied about: the conviction that there is an eternal truth, a light that shines through all, which the darkness and the lies do not comprehend, as the light and truth is so much greater and all-comprehensive. Moreover, the strength of the light means that the darkness, lies and deceits cannot rule in the end… READ MORE
A focus on Love as a task for human beings and the earth evolution ~
Christ and Love
“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
Yet I will show the way which is greater than all others.
If I speak out of the Spirit with the tongues of men and of angels: if I am without love, then my speaking remains as sounding brass or tinkling cymbal. And if i had the gift of prophecy and could speak of all mysteries and could impart all knowledge and, further, had the power of faith which removes mountains; if I am without love, then I am nothing. And if I were to give away everything that is mine, and lastly were to give away even my body for burning, if I am without love, then all is in vain.
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 hope for everything and is all-patient.
If love is truly present, it cannot be lost…
We find permanence which bears all future within it in the exalted triad:
And in love.
But the greatest of these is love.
(1 Corinthians 13:1-8,13 — J Madsen translation, The New Testament, Floris Books
For the complete Hymn to Love, Click here – as part of the full article, Focus on Love)
Buddha and love – a meditative exercise
When your mind is filled with love, send it in one direction, then a second, a third, and a fourth, then above, and then below. Identify with everything, without hatred, resentment, anger, or enmity. This mind of love is very wide. It grows immeasurably and eventually is able to embrace the whole world. Practise the same way with your mind filled with compassion, then joy, then equanimity. (Madhyama Agama, Sutra 86)
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 physical 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.
‘We have found a path’
I have looked into the deepest depths of man,
I know the world to its foundation stones.
Its meaning, I have learned, is Love alone,
And I am here to love and ever love again.
Inspiring short texts on Love
from three of Rudolf Steiner’s lectures
“What love is, is something so complex, that no 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.” (R. Steiner 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…
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.” (R. Steiner in ‘The Gospel of John’, lecture in Hamburg, 1908).
“Love is higher than opinion. If people love one another, the most varied opinions can be reconciled… this is one of the most important tasks for humankind today and in the future: that we learn to live together and understand one another. If this human fellowship is not achieved, all talk of esoteric development is empty.” (R. Steiner)
Further texts on love ~
In the realm of the heart of the sun which is Christ,
each person bears the other person’s burden. True
community is revealed where sin is replaced by forgiveness
and love. Forgiveness is not just getting rid of something,
it is also something positive, a gift. Only those can for-give
who possess inner riches, who can turn evil into good
Egotism erects its center in itself; love places it out of itself in the axis of the universal whole. Love aims at unity, egotism at solitude. Love is the citizen ruler of a flourishing republic, egotism is a despot in a devastated creation. Egotism sows for gratitude, love for the ungrateful. Love gives, egotism lends; and love does this before the throne of judicial truth, indifferent if for the enjoyment of the following moment, or with the view to a martyr’s crown–indifferent whether the reward is in this life or in the next.
Where there is love and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.
Francis of Assisi
Love seeketh not itself to please, nor for itself hath any care,
but for another gives its ease, and builds a Heaven in Hell’s despair.
From ‘Songs of experience’
Click here for this article, Focus on Love, on a separate page, where it will be amended and added to over time.
Corona and the Human Heart:
Illuminating riddles of immunity, conscience and common sense
by Michaela Glöckler, MD, foreword by Branko Furst, MD.
InterActions, September 2021
Dr Glöckler gives new inspiring perspectives on the significant role of the human heart in the development of the immune system, from early embryological growth through to adulthood, and the importance this understanding has for the Covid crisis. The heart is intrinsically involved in the interplay between inner and outer, the dynamic boundary between self and the environment. At the same time it is the centre and life-blood of the human organism, just as the sun is for the living earth. In exploring the wide fields of the heart’s functions, Dr Glöckler sheds light on how immunity is integrally connected with the heart and the inner sense of self. If we disempower the individual through anxieties and fears, or through dependence on outer authority, we reduce the confidence and strength of self; this in turn leads to a significantly reduced ability of the immune system to fend itself against outer influences, such as viruses and other pathogenetic influences.
The author leads us on a path showing how by strengthening our inner spiritual life – our inner sun – we will be strengthening our health and immunity, as well as illuminating riddles of conscience and common sense.
“When people follow their conscience and have the courage to speak the truth, even when it is unpopular, without the fear of stigmatisation or exclusion, not only is the immune system strengthened but also people’s trust in the future.” M. Glöckler
A new updated and enlarged edition of the extremely interesting informative book on the Covid-19 crisis has just been published, April 2022, What Covid-19 Must Teach Us: Meeting viruses with fear or informed common sense? by Dr Thomas Hardtmuth, a German doctor and specialist.
It is often difficult to find articles let alone books on the topic which are taking a holistic evidence-based perspective. This is one of them. It considers the whole human being in body, soul and spirit and how the interplay of all these together contribute to our health or illness. But it also considers health and illness and the Corona virus in the broad consideration of ecology: how modern society in its materialistic paradigm is destroying the health of the environment just as we are destroying our own health, making us prone to both acute and chronic illnesses. Materialistic mainstream medicine searches for ‘enemies’ — here the virus — in much the same way that our material modern society and governments search for enemies; in so doing we create false dichotomies. Viruses have been an integral part of human evolution and life on earth, and from a medical and scientific perspective Hardtmuth delves into how this holistic and comprehensive view needs to be applied to Covid-19.
Hardtmuth’s book contains a wealth of information on many facets of the current crisis, including:
– viruses in evolution and health as well as illness
– the immune system and its resilience
– the PCR tests
– risks and uses of vaccination
– adverse effect of fear and media’s negative publicity on immunity and health
It’s well worth the read!
More information is available at https://interactions360.org. The book is available online or at your local bookshop.
Mistaking the Problems for the Solutions: Reversing the Fatal Flaw Behind Our Proliferating Crises
by Kavita Byrd, 26 May 2021
Have you noticed how, since the beginning of this pandemic, we’ve been told over and over that this measure or that proffered by those mandating the pandemic agendas would save us — lockdowns, masks, social distancing, and now, of course, mass vaccinations — but that in fact, each time, the opposite has been true? It’s gotten progressively worse, with new mutations, the promise of endless “top-up” boosters, censorship of adverse effects as well as of natural solutions, and now, with vaccine passports, ever-tightening control and surveillance over every aspect of our movements and our lives…
The fact is that, unawares, we’ve been ushered, step by step, into a new perpetual pandemic order, not our salvation from it and a return to normal, as we believed we were promised. It’s time to wake up, take stock of where we’re heading, and decide if this is what we really want.
The problem is that we have our analysis of the situation, and therefore the solutions, backwards…
And what we have gotten backwards, in the simplest terms, is this: the relationship of nature to man-made agendas, and which are really on our side. Man-made agendas for the private profit of the few have overridden our natural connections with the Earth that have sustained us for millennia, and if we do not recognize and reverse this, we will not survive…”
Click here for the rest of Kavita’s insightful article, and here for her longer related series: “Disentangling the Web of Illusions That Have Led to Our Present Crises”. Kavita’s website can be found at https://shakticentre.blogspot.com
Kavita Byrd has just published a new book, a compilation of 25 articles she wrote from lockdown in rural India during the first momentous year of the coronavirus pandemic: Chronicle of a Tectonic Year – Point of No Return, Or Returning to Our True Wholeness? Tracing the pivotal arc of events unfolding during this world-changing time, and responding to them in real-time, Kavita brings a spiritual and holistic perspective to how we can meet our crises with grace, wisdom, love and vision, co-creating a new regenerative world of interconnection, justice, thriving, wholeness and communion…
For further information, click here for her entry in the Journal ‘New Book by Kavita Byrd’.
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).
“The Coronation” –
A long read by Charles Eisenstein, full of insights and information on the Corona crisis, woven into an inspiring narrative.
Eisenstein’s wrote this essay March 2020 at the start of the Corona crisis, but his insights are as relevant now as they were then. 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.)
A very relevant quote from Rudolf Steiner about trust and love – and the importance of this in education…
“It is a question of seeking those forces by which man’s evolution can progress; this is necessary if man is to develop ethical individualism, which holds the community together and fills it with real life.
Such a force is trust — trust between one human being and another. Just as in our inner being we must call upon love for an ethical future, so we must call upon trust in relation to men’s intercourse with each other. We must meet the human being so that we feel him to be a world-riddle, a walking world-riddle. Then we shall learn in the presence of every human being to unfold feelings which draw forth trust from the depths of our soul. Trust in an absolutely real sense, individual, unique trust, is hardest to wring from the human soul. But without a system of education, a cultural pedagogy, which is directed towards trust, civilization can progress no further. In future mankind will have to realize this necessity to build up trust in social life; they will also have to experience the tragedy when this trust cannot develop in the proper way in the human soul.”
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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.
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
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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!