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>.
“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” (attributed to St. Francis; it may be a more recent quote, yet full of wisdom)
Some highlights! (a mini-directory)
In the Journal – follow short articles and inspirations from present and past contributions, which are being regularly added to. Click here.
Articles and reports –
Current highlights are on the theme of Education:
Spirituality in Education in the United Kingdom – June 2019
A proposal for strategy development and next steps. This paper arose out of meetings that have taken place over the past year, looking at the issue of religious education in schools and more generally spirituality in education. It is a proposal, guided by Janice Dolley and put together by Anne-Marie Voorhoeve of the Hague Center for Global Convergence, for the direction religious and spiritual education could take in the future, working with potentials within the new Ofsted framework. Click on the heading above for the full text.
‘Waldorf 100’ – Steiner Waldorf Schools celebrate 100 years! In celebration of 100 years of a spiritually based holistic education. This year 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 spearheaded a new approach to education, founded on the physical, soul and spiritual development of the child, nurturing the potentials which the incarnating child carries rather than simply trying to inculcate factual knowledge based largely on desired economic outcomes – a materialistic approach which was taking hold of much of education since Victorian times… See below and click on the header above for the the full article.
OFSTED – enforcing a materialisation of education? – In an Open Letter to Amanda Spielman of Ofsted, published nationally on 1st July this year, over 50 educationists criticise Ofsted for its narrow approach, inconsistencies and the profound negative consequences its approach has had on the whole teaching profession. Signatories include university professors and many notable names, including the former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, and Tim Brighouse, former education commissioner. The Open Letter notes how the ‘gradgrind’ linear thinking championed by Ofsted and the DfE are inconsistent with the needs of our times: for an education nurturing the creativity and the spiritual potentials of our children. Click on the header above for the full Open Letter text! Pass it on, spread the word!
Further articles and reports –
What makes a new year a New Year? Deliberations on deeper meanings in common festivals…
“Churchill and Destiny”
“Music and the arts should be a core part of the educational curriculum” – (link to full article)
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Johannes Kepler and 400 years Harmonices Mundi
In the summer of 1619, exactly 400 years ago, Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) published his significant book, Harmonices Mundi Liberi Quinque, or The Harmony of the World in Five Books. It was an amazing work.
An admirer of Pythagoras for his work on the numerological relationships within music and forms, Kepler was especially keen to focus on the geometry. Since his youth Kepler was on the search for where he could find harmony in the spheres, in the heavenly bodies; for Kepler, this harmony was an expression of God’s creation, and if we could prove able to discover and understand this, we would show ourselves also of heavenly origin, communing with the thoughts of God.
“God wanted us to recognise the harmonies, when creating us in his own image, that we could also take part in His own thinking,” Kepler expressed.
Ptolemy also has looked at the heavenly spheres and their orbits, but Kepler wanted to explore new theorems using the elliptic orbits in the Copernican system. In his fifth book of Harmonices Mundi, Kepler describes astonishing relationships between the orbits of the planets and the relationships of musical tones, discovering harmonies in planetary motions. Different planets exhibited different harmonic proportions – for example, that the difference between the maximum and minimum angular speeds of a planet in its orbit approximates a harmonic proportion…
To only mention this doesn’t do justice to Harmonices Mundi. The first books of Harmonices Mundi explore the geometry of polygons, looking at geometrical relationships between them and where the golden ration comes to expression. Also in the fifth book, Kepler sets out his famous 3rd law of planetary motion. But to go into all of these would require – a book!
Kepler was a genius of his time, not abashed to apply new thinking to world phenomena. Not surprisingly he fell foul of many representing orthodox views, including the church. He spoke out against the 30 years war (1618-1648), warning against religious dogmatism and how this would only lead into the abyss. He was consequently banned from taking communion, and his wife was accused of being a witch – he was only able to defend her from the accusation due to his great standing as a leading European astronomer…
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)
from a recent newsletter of –
The Golden Sufi Centre
July 23, 2019
As much of the US suffers extreme heat, and New York City declares a climate emergency, are we prepared for the possibility of climate catastrophe? And what does this mean for our future and our shared future with the Earth?
In this new article, Radical Resilience: An Inner Shift, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee explores the relationship between the immediacy of climate emergency with the long-term values of Spiritual Ecology. What is the future we are facing? Will carbon reduction, renewable energy, and a green economy allow our consumer culture to adapt and continue, or are we facing the end of an era with the possibility of social collapse and radical change? Will climate catastrophe force us to make the shift to real social and climate justice, finally transitioning to a way of life in harmony with the Earth and Her living systems, a state of interbeing?
Please feel free to share with those who might have interest.
With best wishes,
The Golden Sufi Center
This year 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!
The Heart of Light Attunement –
At 9.00 pm every night, join a community across the world making its attunement with the heart of light. Follow your own practice – a prayer, holding an image of light, speaking a formula, lighting a candle – but above all link with spirit and with all who share in this attunement. For further information, go to https://www.heartoflight.org/.
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