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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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)
Reflections on Whitsun ~ a festival for our time?
On Whitsun day and Whitmonday and in Whitsuntide, we can ponder on what it means. That the Holy Spirit descended on humankind as a gift from God have become phrases in the church that few have an inkling what is being talked about. Perhaps in our material time we simply cannot comprehend spirit initiated changes in the course of human evolution which have fundamentally changed the course and character of history. We are reminded of the words: ‘And the light shineth into the darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not.’ (John 1) We are at a critical point, where we have to help the material world comprehend the light again, now as free thinking individuals. The individual tongues of spirit.
Below is an inspiring excerpt on Whitsun from ‘Festivals of the Year‘, by Roger Druitt (Sophia Books), a Christian Community Priest.
“…Whitsun is not the festival of, say, a philosopher or inventor pondering until enlightened, but the enlightenment and enthusiasm that comes when members of a community (at least ‘two or three’, Matt. 18:20) struggle to work together for a common aim – one that goes beyond personal or national interests to the level of humanity as such. This is the festival in which that power can be released that can heal international strife, not by means of outer force but through the union of different peoples by a vision great than all, giving them mutual understanding, cooperative toleration and a common goal for which to strive together…”
From this, it seems that Whitsun is more than ever a festival of our time!
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.
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See our Places, People & Events page for more information , with links to a selection of centres or groups which hold inspiring events.
The Albion Project Website had its launch April 2018 at Chalice Well, Glastonbury, a legacy project of the Wrekin Trust. This site explores the essential ideas contained in British spirituality. It acknowledges the central role played by key forerunners and the emergence of many positive forward thinking organisations. You will find links to these projects plus a wonderful directory of forty one sacred sites from Callanish in the north of Scotland to St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall. You’ll discover stories of legends, myths and histories that combine to illuminate our understanding of the ancient name for Britain, Albion, for when Albion awakes the long sleep will be over. It provides a window into an amazing unfoldment of spiritual wisdom with many links to publications, books, maps and further information.
Click here to visit the new Albion website. Contact them if you would wish to be listed amongst initiatives taking place in the UK.
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!
Founded in 1948 Hawkwood offers courses, retreats, special events and residencies throughout the year. Set in beautiful surroundings it is a vibrant centre for learning, nourishment of body and soul and future thinking.
We are celebrating our 70th anniversary this year and there is so much to be grateful for. First and foremost is our beautiful surroundings – 42 acres of organically managed land with Cotswold views and a lovely Grade II list house and converted stables, craft studios, woodland sanctuary, and new outdoor classroom. Then there is the founding ethos of Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual science that quietly underpins our development into a vibrant centre for learning, nourishment of body and soul and future thinking… more (click here)
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