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Rainbow Mayanite Quartz- A High Vibration Crystal for 2012 NEW!
by Kellie Jo Conn

Rainbow Mayanite is a new variety of Quartz which has been hidden deep inside Mother Earth waiting for the right time to be discovered. Actually the journey of our Rainbow Mayanite had begun many years ago without us knowing. Being mineral collectors growing up in Okanogan County, Washington State, we had heard rumors of huge Quartz crystals up in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, with a bit of information and an old map we had given to us by an old rock hounder, we started looking for this 'old quartz deposit' spending much time hiking the area where we felt it could be, then in the 1990's with a friend along who knew the area we were lucky and found the original diggings. Great news until we heard that the mine still had a claim owner which means we could not collect any Quartz even if it were sitting on top of the ground. So we went home and waited, each year my husband would call the Bureau of Land Management to see if indeed the claim was still being held. It was, and continued to be held for many years. We eventually gave up checking on the status of the mine, as it was still under claim. 

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Sound Healing: A Therapeutic Tool for the Future!
by Zacciah Blackburn

Sound Healing is the new buzz word in complementary therapy.  Sound healing therapies are being incorporated into traditional and non-traditional healing practices, more and more, from one’s own meditation room, to practitioners utilizing traditional massage, reiki, acupuncture, shamanism, nutrition, psychology, and standard medical practices.  One heart surgeon recently was reported to say, “Any surgeon not using music (therapy) in the operating room is simply being negligent,” because he has found it so significantly effective in his patients recovery.  Some say ‘sound healing is the new yoga’, meaning that it will soon be practiced everywhere.  What is it?  Have you heard of sound healing yet?  If not, you soon will. 

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Herbal Healing: Back to our Roots
by Stephanie D. Harper, MH
 
Herbal healing has been the universal healing science since ancient times found in all cultures. This article will give you a brief overview of the history of herbal healing along with what separated the Science & Nature of Healing. This article is by no means complete, but it will give you an idea and hopefully peak your interests to delve into you’re culture’s roots of natural healing, as well as bring you closer to the earth. 

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Summer Time and the Living is Easy – Feng Shui and the Fire Element
by Susan Tartaglino 

I realize that hot weather isn’t for everybody, but for me summer is the time of year that gives me the most energy and fills me with tons of enthusiasm. All winter long I look forward to being outside where I can connect with nature, eavesdrop on conversations that the birds are having, and absorb the warmth of the sun on my skin as I maintain my garden. The aromatic fragrances that the peonies, honeysuckle and magnolias have to offer only add to my rejuvenation process. I am truly in a sensorial heaven.

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The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success 
by Deepak Chopra

When ancient peoples considered the vastness of the universe, they felt something very surprising, they felt connected, a spiritual connection cannot be seen or touched, yet we have a way to verify invisible things by using a faculty more powerful and reliable than the five senses—consciousness.

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A Journey through the Stones & Bones of the Andes: Sifting Through Personal Terrain
by Sandra Corcoran

The rocks of the Andes, literally the stones along the foot paths and those that make the magnificent ruins of towns and ancient structures, are seen as the ‘bones’ of the Pachamama, Mother Earth. The Natives believe certain stones at these ancient sites can help us heal, by imparting light energy or absorbing dense energies, from the fabric of our energetic light body.

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Can People Really Change?
by Shifra Hendrie

MOST PEOPLE NEVER REALLY CHANGE

Sad, but true.

Some people never even try.

But those of us who do – and I assume that you are in that group – often experience great frustration and disappointment as we encounter the same limitations over and over again.

Life can start to seem downright repetitive.

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What Is A Medicine Bag and How Do I Make Mine? 
by Shaman Elder Maggie Wahls 

A medicine bag is an ancient item that spiritually represents the person who wears it. In 1991 the body of a man who lived over 5,000 years ago was found frozen in a high mountain range and with him was a medicine bag. The medicine bag is known in all cultures and through out all of history. They contain objects such as leaves, feathers, stones, herbs such as sweetgrass, sage, cedar, lavender or pinion, and other objects which have been added by the wearer and considered spiritually significant. 

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Taoism and Sexuality
by Rachel Carlton Abrams, M.D.

Taoism is a spiritual tradition that embraces our sexual desire and uses it within our bodies as a force for healing and spiritual growth. Desire is a rich and potent part of our human experience. The Taoists think of desire, called sexual energy or jing chi, as part of our life energy, or chi. To be passionate is to be full of chi. The English words "desire" or "passion" connote a feeling of yearning and fervor that includes sex, but they also reflect our strongest feelings about life. When we are passionate about anything--our family, our work, our spirituality, an important social cause--we are investing our chi in this experience. Our passion is what moves us to action and ultimately is what gives us joy. We are passionate about the things that matter most to us. 

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What Is A Power Song And Where Do I Get One?
by Shaman Elder Maggie Wahls

Power Songs are oral prayers expressing your true self, your nature, your individuality, your power. All cultures have power songs but you can have your own power song too. We think of the power in a hymn or an African chant, a Shamanic ceremony song or even in the howling of wolf. And there is definite power in sound.

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Field Notes On The Compassionate Life
by Marc Ian Barasch

Life offers up its own daily catechism, even if it's just seeing people in a little better light. Why not just resolve to give everyone the benefit of the doubt? "If we treat people as they ought to be," said Goethe, almost nailing it, "we help them become what they are capable of becoming." Or more to the point: Treat them as they already are, if we but had the Good Eye to see it. 

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African Spirits
by David Angel

For many people the idea of African medicine or traditional healing is shrouded in a haze of mystery and magical heathen rituals. In reality, what is involved is learning the secrets of an enormous variety of natural and medicinal plants and other natural processes that have undergone the test of time. Many generations have experienced the value of African remedies, both for medicinal and spiritual reasons.

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Happiness
by Swami Sunirmalananda 

What is Happiness? 

What is happiness? Happiness is a pleasant feeling in the mind. I eat a sweet. It brings a pleasant sensation to my mind. I hear good music that I like. This brings a pleasant sensation in mind. I call all this happiness. When, again, I eat the same sweet, and hear the same music when a tragedy has occurred in my life, I don’t enjoy it. If my relative has passed away, and if someone plays the same music that I like most, I will say: ‘Stop it! I hate this!’ The same music fails to bring joy and happiness.

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Animal Spirit Guides and Totems
by Lisa H.

Animal spirit totems can be viewed in different ways according to each of us as individual people. The basic principle of an animal totem is an animal spirit who gives us insight into ourselves, a glimpse of the divine powers at work in our world, and can transcend us to a place of healing for ourselves and other people.

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Life Beyond The River: Kabbalistic Guidance for Our Times 
by Rabbi Michael Ozair

While there continues to be enough violence and insanity in our post election world right now to warrant the urgent need for any shift in consciousness that we can gather, there are no hints of this shift in consciousness in the newspapers or political front. 

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Is it Possible? Seeking The Truth
by Swami Sunirmalananda

Can you ride a bicycle and lift it simultaneously? Can you see or know the source of a river while rushing along its current? You may call this silly, and say nobody does that. But we are doing this all the time.

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A Vision of Life in Atlantis
by Juanita Hinds

It is believed that Atlantis did not always exist beneath the ocean's waves. Many believe that, previously, it was a city like any other in that it lay situated above the sea, but unlike any other in its splendor and luxury. At the time, it was the city of cities, rich and incalculable, a feast of the arts, sciences and technology. Travelers came from all the corners of the earth to visit and  left with anecdotes of wonder at all Atlantis had to offer.

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God Disguised As You
by Michael Berg

The guard at the prison gate is utterly ruthless. Brutal treatment of prisoners has proceeded for millennia, so now the prisoners are beaten, hopeless, huddling on their cots, staring out through the bars of their cells. A good day is simply one endured without pain.

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Running Into Magic
by Larry Alboher


The day began with a routine morning jog and ended with my initiation into timeless mystery and mind-bending magic.

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The Steps As Sila
by Kevin Griffith

In Buddhism the initial, purifying stage of spiritual development is called sila, usually translated as morality or virtue -- what one teacher calls "cleaning up your act." This involves living an ethical life; treating others and ourselves with kindness; and letting go of destructive behaviors. In Buddhist teachings, sila is formalized in the Five Lay Precepts -- and number five is "I take the training to abstain from alcohol and drugs which make me heedless." So, guess what? The Buddha didn't think getting loaded was that good an idea either -- the Twelve Steps are, in fact, sila.

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Shamanic Smudging
by Stephanie Yeh

Shamanic smudging—or just smudging—is an age-old tribal tradition which has been used for centuries to create harmony and peace. There are many different shamanic smudging ceremonies, and different tribes use a variety of herbs for smudging.

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Yoga And World Peace
by Megan McDonough

Last week my husband and I went to war with each other. It was nothing as dramatic as a divorce or separation; just a commonplace marital spat with intense emotion behind it. It all started with what should have been a joyous occasion: a trip to the maternity ward to visit a nephew and his wife who had just given birth to their new son.

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Ancient Answers for Modern Problems: The Toltec Tradition–Answers For Today From an Ancient Way
by Dr. Susan Gregg

If any ancient wisdom held ‘the answer’ we would already have ‘the solution’ to our problems. As Basho so eloquently said, “Don't seek to follow the footsteps of the men of old, seek what they sought instead.” The Toltec tradition is incredibly rich in tools that encourage you to develop a profound connection to your inherent wisdom, power, goodness, and divinity. As you transform your life they assist you in finding your answers within yourself. These tools do require effort as well as discipline and dedication but I can guarantee you that if you use them magic will occur, your life will be transformed, and nothing will ever be the same.

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Halloween, It's More Than You Know
by Lynn Kent


There is a great history surrounding the American Halloween custom as we know it today. It is one of the world’s oldest holidays and is celebrated in many countries around the globe.

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Real Spirituality
by Eric Shapiro

My fiancée and I frequent a restaurant in L.A. called Real Food Daily. The concept behind the name is that their food— which is unprocessed, abundantly nutritious, and lovingly prepared— is more authentic, more "real," than most other food. This claim is at once silly and wise. Silly because philosophers have argued about the true nature of "reality" for centuries. Wise because it's an admissible philosophy that the closer something is to its source, the more "real" it is.

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Conquering Epilepsy With Maharishi Vedic Approach To Health
by Alex Kachan

Epilepsy is a tough health disorder. These of you who have it know. I was diagnosed in 1990, during my military service in the Israeli army when I began having sudden seizures, which would make my body shack violently, lose control over my bladder and leave me unconscious for hours. As a result I was dismissed from service but although the fatigue and tension associated with military life have ended, the disease kept on. My EEG, though, was normal. The CT scan revealed nothing unusual and so my doctors could not identify the cause. Seizures have come from time to time with no warning and occurred in many embarrassing locations and circumstances...

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Gaia In Our Hearts
by Susan Meeker-Lowry

As far back as Paleolithic times ancient peoples fashioned clay and stone images of the Great Mother, images with voluptuous breasts and thighs and the protruding belly of a woman who has given birth many times. Her face is often featureless and her head tiny, but her body is full and soft, the essence of fertility and nurturance. Over the course of time the Great Mother was honored and worshipped by virtually every culture. 

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On The Way: Health, Healing And Symptoms On The Shamanic Path
by Alexander Alich

We are all looking for our way. This is universal. For some, our search will take us into the field of Shamanism to find something for ourselves. Unfortunately many will come away with more questions than answers. In this article I will share a little about the Shamanic perspective of healing. I hope you will find some answers, understand more about what Shamanism is and what is possible for your health and growth.

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The Olson Interviews

Laura Scott: The Power Of Meditation To Transform Your Life

Rita Berkowitz: How To Empower Your Life With Spirit

Laura Scott: How Grief Relates To Soul Work

Nancy Canning: On Getting A Life-Between-Lives Regression

Marilyn Halle: Understanding Aura Clearing - Personal, Home & Business

Dr. Trish Whynot: Using Meditation For Spirit Communication

Carole Lynne: Grief From A Psychic Medium's Perspective

Bob Olson: How To Know The Difference Between Normal Depression And Major Depression

 


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The Wheel of Time - The Shamans of Ancient Mexico, Their Thoughts About Life, Death and the Universe by Carlos Castaneda (Paperback - January 2001), Price: $11.16
The Four Agreements - A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom a Toltec Wisdom Book (Ruiz, Miguel, Toltec Wisdom Book.) by Miguel Ruiz, Don Miguel Ruiz (Paperback - November 1997), Price: $7.77
The Toltec Way - A Guide to Personal Transformation by Dr. Susan Gregg, Don Miguel Ruiz (Hardcover) Price: $18.36
Spirit Medicine : Native American Teachings to Awaken the Spirit by Wolf Moondance, et al; (Paperback) Price: $11.16


Recommended Documentary



Short Cut To Nirvana

by Maurizio Benazzo and Nick Day


The documentary: "Shortcut To Nirvana: Kumbh Mela" takes you on a journey that explores the largest and oldest spiritual gathering in history, the Kumbh Mela. In January 2001, 70 million pilgrims including many of India's great spiritual leaders, as well as the Dalai Lama,  gathered at the heart of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers to celebrate the Kumbh Mela,  the oldest and the biggest spiritual festival in the history of this planet!

This historic pilgrimage, a spiritual assembly of
titanic proportions, has taken place every 12 years since time immemorial, yet few people in the west have ever heard of it. 

Two filmmakers, Maurizio Benazzo and Nick Day attended the event and combined their passion for filmmaking with their love of culture, to bring us this amazing documentary, "SHORT CUT TO NIRVANA: a pilgrimage to the Kumbh Mela", which will be opening in our region this month.

The Film is an exhilarating,  insightful, uplifting and often hilarious journey thru this incredible event, exploring an individual and collective consciousness where the viewer encounters a colorful array of personalities, rituals and spiritual beliefs. From this powerful experience comes a beautifully inspiring message of harmony, unity and peace.

"We are not preaching Hinduism" says co-director Nick Day "this movie is designed to give you an experience, the feeling of being present at the event, feel the energy of the place, receive the blessings. Every time we interviewed a Guru we asked them to bless the project, the camera and the audience that will see the movie, and many people tell us they feel it by watching it"

The movie is opening in art houses all around the USA. "Short Cut to Nirvana" is opening in cities nationwide. Check for theatres details on www.ShortCutToNirvana.com to know more about the film and to see the movie trailer.


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The View from Nebo: How Archeology is Rewriting the Bible & Reshaping the Middle East
by Amy Dockser Marcus

The history of the Israelites begins with the story of a family, the personal odyssey of Abraham, his wife Sarah, their son Isaac and his wife Rebecca, their grandson Jacob, and Jacob's twelve sons. Throughout the Bible, but especially in its first five books —Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy — we follow every detail of their increasingly complex lives, sharing their betrayals, deceptions, and multitude of sins. Only much later, after a miraculous escape from slavery in Egypt, a forty—year sojourn in the desert, and their conquest of Canaan, is it clear that somewhere along the way this family has become a dynasty and, finally, a nation.

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What is a Spiritual Gathering?
by Carol Bedrosian 

I would like to share how enjoyable it has been for me to go to various spiritual gatherings over the past few years because Harvest Gathering is just around the corner in September. Since organizing the first Harvest Gathering three years ago, I have attended many other spiritual gatherings in the US and Canada and have been renewed and inspired at each and every one. Some of this inspiration has fueled my own personal transformation in large ways and small, while at the same time it has helped me clarify the purpose and best way to work with bringing the gathering to New England each year.

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Talking Flute: An interview with Rick Roberts, Native American Style Flute Maker and Musician.
by Carol Bedrosian

As with most magical events in life, a series of flirtations with synchronicity brought Rick Roberts to the door of Spirit of Change. Two months ago. Just as I typed in the last word for a classified ad seeking an office manager, the phone rings. It's Linda Roberts, Rick's wife, inquiring about employment. "Does Spirit of Change, by any chance, have any office positions open?" she asks. 

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The Shape of Things To Come: Shapeshifting With John Perkins 
An interview by Carol Bedrosian

For the past two decades John Perkins has visited, lived with and learned about indigenous culture from several tribes in the rainforests of the Amazon and Andes. In his three books detailing his experiences—The World Is As You Dream It, Psychonavigation and most recently, Shapeshifting (Destiny Books)—John has shared much of the wisdom he has learned from tribal people in hopes of creating a "dreamchange" that can move us away from the industrial world's dream of dominating and harnessing nature...

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Some Might Call Me A Shaman
by Trish Casimira

As a shamanic practitioner and a teacher of shamanism, I am often asked how one becomes a shaman and how, indeed, I became one. I was chosen.

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Plant Spirit Healing
by Sage Blue

In our back woods there is an old cedar grove. For many years, I would sit within the grove and talk to the cedars and to pray. One day I asked the cedar trees what they would like from me. The answer was immediate and clear: “Please give us pictures of all the other trees that we hear from, but have never seen”.

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An interview with Jimi Two Feathers /
Co-founder of Earth Drum Council 
by Carol Bedrosian

CAROL: Is there such a thing as non-native people?

JIMI: I don't think so. The question is native from where? Also, where do you think you are from and where do you feel connected to? I can say I am native to Cambridge, Massachusetts, because I've been here all my life. I look around and I see a lot of other people that I do not consider to be native to this area. That's a judgment on my part because I have been here for X amount of years and you have only been here for a fraction of that. 

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The Story of Harvest Gathering
by Carol Bedrosian, founder of Harvest Gathering

Three years ago in August I attended the International Primal Association's annual summer conference in Elmer, New Jersey. During a workshop with Oscar Miro-Quesada, I was introduced to shamanic journeying, visioning and trance techniques in the Inca tradition. The experience of this direct connection with spirit was so powerful and so loving that I felt I had been altered by it permanently. The feelings lasted all day and even into the night as I was preparing to leave.

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Shamanism as a Path of Service
Interview with Morwen Two Feathers
by Carol Bedrosian

CAROL: I understand that your primary interest is in creating a healing space for council around issues of cultural division and the propriety of sacred rites and rituals. My personal feeling is that it is very necessary for a bridge to be built at this time because our white culture is so shut off from our earth-centered roots and this is what has hastened our disregard for the planet and spirituality in general.

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Maitreya - An Extraordinary Being: An Interview with Wayne Peterson  
by Carol Bedrosian

For about seven or eight years, Spirit of Change has received news articles about positive social and political changes happening around the globe from an organization called Share International. I always appreciated receiving this information which checked out to be well-grounded and researched, and I published several articles over the years. 

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Women Returning Home to Mother Earth 
by Florence Gaia, RN, M.Ed.  

Not far from the white topped peaks of the Continental Divide we walked round the bend of a wide grassy trail and stepped into the bright summer light of a Rocky Mountain meadow. My breath caught. The beautiful sight ahead took me to another time 150 years or more ago: grass as high as your hip, four tipis with strips of colored fabric fluttering from pole tops, a large council tipi in the north corner of the meadow, a small moon lodge tipi at the south end, and a big fire pit in the meadow's center. 

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Peace Pagoda Tales 
by Ken Pratt

Many years ago in the mid-80's, it was my good fortune to help create the first peace pagoda in the Western Hemisphere, located in North Leverett, Massachusetts. Following are just a few of the stories from those days. But first, I should explain a little bit about peace pagodas and the monks and nuns who build and maintain them.

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There Once Was A World: A 900-Year Chronicle of the Shtetl of Eishyshok
The Quest For Eishyshok: Restoring A Vanished Past  
by Yaffa Eliach

In August 1979 I was on my way to Russia, in the midst of a fact-finding mission to Eastern Europe. As a member of President Carter's Holocaust Commission, which was charged with making a recommendation for an appropriate United States memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, I had spent several days traveling to the various capitals of the Holocaust Kingdom—Warsaw, Treblinka, Auschwitz-Birkenau, and Plaszow among them. Now, flying south of Vilna (Vilnius), on a plane from Warsaw to Kiev, I became aware that somewhere beneath the clouds lay the town of Eishyshok, home to the early years of my brief, interrupted childhood.

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Seeing The Light Through The Heart Of An Indian: An Interview With Frank DeContie
by Carol Bedrosian

I first met Frank DeContie and his wife Sandra at our very first Harvest Gathering in 1997. Frank is an Algonquin ceremonial medicine keeper from Kitigan Zibi Reserve in Maniwaki, Quebec who received his teachings from elders and speaks his native language. He is also a substance abuse counselor and works in healing circles for people of all races. Frank is the first native person I have come to know who lives in a native community on a reserve, a life experience which has long disappeared from the landscape of many places in America, and from which we have much to learn with regards to the spiritual evolution of humanity and the healing of our planet.

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An Argument For Religious Pluralism
by Audrey Pearson    

When I was a child growing up within the Roman Catholic Church I believed, like those indoctrinating me, that we were utterly, unequivocally, superior human beings. The idea that this land of separatist thinking went against the very platform of Christianity didn't seem to occur to us. I was taught -that in order to be "saved," the non-Catholics would first have to convert to Catholicism! Yet I was taught in Sunday school that I was to "do unto others as I would have them do unto me." The contradictions, although not consciously noted by me, were taking an unconscious toll on my faith in God/myself. 

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Taking the Kids for a Walk on the Wild Side: An Interview With Sharon Anderson
by Carol Bedrosian 

I met Sharon Anderson for the first time at Harvest Gathering in 1997 at Mt. Washington, MA. Living in upstate Vermont near the Canadian border, Sharon had traveled many hours alone by car to attend the gathering and she arrived close to dark with a dozen or so twenty-foot teepee poles attached to the top of her Volvo station wagon. As the coordinator for the gathering, I knew Sharon planned to set up a replication of an authentic nineteenth century encampment, including a wigwam that she would be staying in during the weekend, so I was quite concerned when she arrived so late that darkness was falling, she would need help with setting up the poles and teepee and I could find no volunteers around to help.

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