We wish everyone a wonderful Advent, Winter Solstice, Christmas and New Year, full of inspiration and initiatives. May it bring renewed and strengthened inner spiritual commitment!
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>.
“Who seeks for heaven alone to save his soul
May keep the path, but will not reach the goal;
While he who walks in love may wander far,
Yet God will bring him where the blessed are.”
Henry Van Dyke
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters
compared to what lies within us.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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 Coronapandemic, Temple Lodge Press 2020
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.
Traditions and wisdom around the dates for Advent, Christmas and New Year festivals
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.
Much more could be said about this tradition, but let’s proceed:
The festivals around the Winter Solstice, Christmas and the New Year carry particular significance in many cultures. .. (click here for full article)
The December new moon, solstice and the great conjunction – what they offer as challenges and potentials
Margaret Koolman, astrologer, offers insights and inspirations for the eventful period ahead.
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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
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, which includes translations in other languages and download possibility as PDF.
(Click on the heading above for a compilation of articles on 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.
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.
This school year, 2019-2020, marks the 100th anniversary of the Steiner Waldorf Schools – a school movement with well over a thousand schools in over 60 countries world-wide, on all continents. Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), a pioneer in bringing spiritual insights into all areas of learning, whether sciences, humanities or arts, held that a new holistic education with a foundation in the physical, soul and spiritual development of the child, rather than on what adults wanted for economic outcomes (which was already strongly in place since Victorian times) was essential for fostering creative and free-thinking individuals. This, he saw, was in turn essential for the challenges that humankind would face on in to the future. And the greatest challenges he foresaw would be at the turn of the century ahead, that is, NOW!
“Receive the children in reverence, educate them in love, and send them forth in freedom.”
See also the Facebook Waldorf 100 site.
Below is a link to an inspiring video on Waldorf 100 years. Click here to go to our own Waldorf 100 page, where you will find further video links and information.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
See our Places, People & Events page for more information , with links to a selection of centres or groups which hold inspiring events.
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!