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
Forgive! It is a shock indeed
Entering souls that in their need
Cling to matter with all their might
And for the spirit have no sight.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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 –
Midsummer and St. John’s festivals
We have just reached and passed the summer solstice, and it is now summer! The summer solstice was on 20th June, and many celebrations were taking place. Summer fairs, except for the Covid restrictions this year, would normally be gathering speed at this time, and some are celebrating the St. John’s Festival on June 24th.
St. John’s is almost a forgotten festival in the calendars. The solstices and the equinoxes are easier to grasp, with their very real relationship to the sun, the earth and the seasons. Is St. John’s day merely a names day and commemoration of John the Baptist? In common with Midsummer solstice festivals, the lighting of fires is an important aspect, in recognition of the sun, the sun-spirit, the source of life for nature and all living things. In earlier centuries the western mystery centres saw deeper meanings in these festival days. In Scandinavia, one ritual was to roll a wheel of fire down a hillside; with others, great fires were lit. What became merely ‘tradition’ was revitalised by Rudolf Steiner in the St. John’s festival, with many communities and Steiner schools celebrating with bonfires and other events, focusing more on St. John’s day on 24th June.
Why a few days after the solstice? What is the significance?
‘The Last Battle’ – a reflection by Janice Dolley
This morning [originally written 31st March 2020] I was drawn to read once again a chapter entitled “Christ and the Adversary Forces” in Sir George Trevelyan’s book “A Vision of the Aquarian Age” (republished in 2012 by White Crow Books). I had read this several times before and it was timely to re-read it again today. The present decision to move us into lock-down reminded me of the declaration of war at the start of WW2 and how we are still poised between two adversary forces which are currently playing out very strongly… Click here for full article.
Kundalini, Awakening of Consciousness & Coronavirus
A highly recommended new video from Catherine Lucas. It 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. She adds, “it’s a wake-up call…” – in many ways. Catherine adds “we really must make sure we don’t go back to business as usual after this crisis.” Because there are things to learn from it – not just outwardly e.g. in the statistics around illnesses, deaths, and the ill-health of many people affected, but socially in the discovery of how essential community and interactions are, and inwardly , spiritually, in how we work with this theme of death. “It’s very much up to us to take this opportunity and make the most of it.”
Do have a listen. It is inspiring. Click here or scroll down to the video below: https://youtu.be/sSF786ALGGs
(Click on the heading above for a compilation of articles on education.)
A new legal challenge to Ofsted has arisen from a group of Steiner School parents, bringing the case of the Wynstones School closure in Gloucestershire (the 5th Steiner school to close so far as a result of Ofsted inspections) to Judicial Review (click on the title above). Contributions and support are needed! The legal case cites irrational and unfounded judgements on the part of Ofsted, extending into inaccuracies and subjective interpretations of laws, especially around safeguarding. The parent group has taken on the services of Michael Mansfield QC, a barrister internationally renowned for his successful challenges in cases of social injustices. For more information, see the parent group website, www.wynsted.org.
Is Ofsted enforcing a materialisation of education? Already in July 2019, in an Open Letter to Amanda Spielman of Ofsted, over 50 educationists criticised Ofsted for its narrow approach (see Open letter to Amanda Spielman) – This letter is now more relevant than ever. The Ofsted methodology is a very materialistic carrot and stick approach reminiscent of long outdated Victorian industrial era ‘punishment & reward’ models, further exemplified in Skinner’s behaviourism of half a century ago. Business and community development models have long since moved on, recognising and encouraging individuals for their inner potential, realising that principles of self-empowerment and trust bring the greatest ‘rewards’ for the future – rather than outcomes oriented and data-based goals which much of industry heralded for more than a century, and Ofsted still mimics, bringing about a demoralisation of teachers and the teaching profession. It is the most draconian school’s inspectorate in the world, with high-stakes accountability methods, and with little meaningful thought (many words expressed don’t match deeds!) towards nurturing of well-being in teacher and pupils through holistic values which consider whole human development of body-soul-spirit.
Sir Michael Wilshaw, previous Ofsted chief, was known for his statement: “If anyone says to you that staff morale is at an all-time low, you know you are doing something right.” Chris Woodhead, one of the first Ofsted chiefs in the 1990s, said, “I want Ofsted to be an instrument of fear and terror for teachers.” It epitomises military style ‘command and control’ thinking, instilling fear as a motivation instead of trust, empowerment and love.
Further information on Ofsted can be found at the INSTED Facebook page: www.facebook.com/InspiringNewStandards
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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.
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
Kundalini, Awakening of Consciousness & Coronavirus
…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.
Thoughts on the ‘Future Generations Commissioner’ in Wales
The recent issue of Positive News (https://www.positive.news/) reports on the Welsh post of ‘Future Generations Commissioner for Wales’. It was created by the Welsh ‘Well-being of Future Generations Act 2015’. How many outside of Wales have even heard of it? That’s probably because it is unique, the only country in the world to have such. As the Positive News article explains: ‘The trailblazing legislation requires all Welsh public bodies to ensure that he decisions they make today ensure that the decisions they make today don’t compromise the Welsh citizens tomorrow.’
There is something very spiritual inherent in this thinking. So much of our thinking and actions nowadays is oriented around the past. We do something because ‘that’s the way it has always been done’, built up over past habits, wishes. Papers are full of politics, and we certainly there see how steeped so many politicians are in maintaining the past. While we need to learn lessons from the past, are we caught in the past? But this question has to really be asked by each of us: If we really press our ourselves, in inner reflection, we might realise that much of our thinking as well as emotional reactions are based on the past, on our personality which we have built up over the years, which in turn forms so much of our quick judgements. Are we truly open minded to something new? We are often hesitant, even fearful, to think and do something that hasn’t been done before. It takes also a quality of selflessness. Yet this is the inner path: learning to let go of the dictates of the past, inwards and outwardly, so that we may live truly into the present and what the future really needs…
Food for our current thoughts, and much strength and success to the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales! May other countries take the example of Wales in building some of this thinking into legislative processes!
“As it is very beneficial for health, I have decided to be happy.” (Voltaire)
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.” (R. Steiner)
The Steiner Waldorf schools over the past century (called simply Waldorf Schools in most countries outside the UK, after the founding school in Stuttgart) have been appreciated by innumerable parents, some who with spiritually minded orientation are looking for an education which acknowledges and nurtures a spiritual core in the child rather than squelching it, others who are simply with a view that childhood is being burdened with too many adult pressures, from repeated mechanistic testing to influences of commercial interests – that childhood was in danger of being lost.
The schools continue to spread and thrive, more so interestingly outside of the UK, and especially in Asian, African and South American countries. They come in many sizes and forms, and its principles have influenced also state education in many countries. In England, they have come under more pressure from a more mechanistic government led educational approach, reinforced by Ofsted, testing and scores (statistics!) playing a major part – that is another story! But it emphasises the need not only to celebrate its achievements but to press all the more in all educational circles for a holistic approach to education, one which nurtures not just a one-sided intellect, but head, heart and hands, as a unified whole. See also (click here for) the Facebook Waldorf 100 site to follow celebrations around the world.
Below is a link to an inspiring video on Waldorf 100 years. Click here to go to our own Waldorf 100 page, which we will be adding to over the months, 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!
Other initiatives which may be of interest to you:
Introducing the school of Intuitive Herbalism ~
for more information see our Places, People and Events page