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Xi Jinping, Citizen of the World, and the Making of a Global Policyby Rene Wadlow2017-03-05 10:39:01 A recent issue of Newsweek hailed the President of China Xi Jinping as a citizen of the world a…

Xi Jinping, Citizen of the World, and the Making of a Global Policy

by Rene Wadlow

2017-03-05 10:39:01

A recent issue of Newsweek hailed the President of China Xi Jinping as a citizen of the world and highlighted his 17 January 2017 speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland as setting forth a new global policy.  At a time when the President of…

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Added by Rene Waflow on March 6, 2017 at 10:25am — No Comments

Saudia Arabia: Lost in the Sands of War

Added by Rene Waflow on April 29, 2015 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Revolutionaies of the Soul

Gary Lachman

Revolutionaries of the Soul:

Reflections on Magicians, Philosophers, and Occultists

(Wheaton, IL: Quest Books, 2013, 304pp.)

The development of a deeper or higher consciousness has often been compared to a journey toward an ultimate goal with steps along the way and with entries into an inner dimension of the person, called by some 'the Spirit', by others 'the Soul.' Plato uses the image of the passage from the shadows of a cave to the sunlight of…

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Added by Rene Waflow on October 5, 2014 at 8:48am — No Comments

Nonviolent action: The Force of the Soul

Nonviolent Action: The Force of the Soul

Rene Wadlow

2 October is the UN General Assembly-designated Day of Nonviolence chosen as 2 October is the birth…

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Added by Rene Waflow on October 4, 2014 at 7:01am — 2 Comments

Red Shambhala (A Review)

Andrei Znamenski

Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia

(Wheaton, IL: Quest Books, 2011, 257pp.)

 

         Red Shambhala is a lively historical account of Soviet geopolitics in Central Asia in the first decade of the Communist government.  Znamenski tells the story through portraits of key protagonists, drawing on newly opened archives in Russia and new Russian publications. Znamenski, who now teaches in the USA,…

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Added by Rene Waflow on October 7, 2013 at 9:43am — No Comments

Syria reconciliation proposal

 
 
Dear Colleague,
 
    The recent use of chemical weapons in Syria (by whatever faction - government or armed opposition) has increased tensions within Syria and its wider region.  There are real possibilities of an escalation of armed conflict unless creative steps for conflict resolution are taken both by governments and civil society as structured in Non-governmental…
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Added by Rene Waflow on September 8, 2013 at 8:39pm — 4 Comments

The Pathless Land

Robert Epstein

The Quotable Krishnamurti

(Wheaton, IL : Quest Books, 2011, 176pp.)

 

         There is the true story of the Westerner who goes to India and is asked to give a short talk at a conference. “How long?” he asks. “Not more than two hours” was the reply.  Thus J. Krishnamurti’s short talks were nearly all two hours in length. I used to attend them at Saanen in the Swiss mountains.  Usually one got the point that was to be made in the first 15…

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Added by Rene Waflow on August 5, 2013 at 9:39am — No Comments

Arnaud Desjardins

Arnaud Desjardins: Cultural Bridge-builder Toward the East

Rene Wadlow

 

            Arnaud Desjardins (1925-2011) was a leading figure in introducing the broader French public to the philosophies and religious practices of Asia.  His films devoted to Tibetan Buddhist leaders, Indian religious teachers, Japanese Zen philosophers, and Afghan Sufis were widely shown on French television in the 1960s and early 1970s when such…

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Added by Rene Waflow on July 23, 2013 at 10:39am — 3 Comments

Indra's Net (A Review)

Robin Robertson

Indra’s Net : Alchemy and Chaos Theory as Models for Transformation

(Wheaton, IL: Quest Books, 2009, 182pp.)

 

            The most important lesson

            but one that’s seldom adequately learned

            is that, like sub-atomic particles,

            everything with life exists

            within a field of force

            in which all affect and are…

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Added by Rene Waflow on July 19, 2013 at 2:36pm — No Comments

Non-violence; In Tune with The Infinite

Non-violence : In Tune With The Infinite

 

Rene Wadlow

 

 

            I do not believe that the spiritual law works in a field of its own.  On the contrary, it expresses itself only through the ordinary activities of life.  It thus affects the economic, the social and the political fields.       Mohandas K. Gandhi

 

             For Mahatma Gandhi, non-violence…

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Added by Rene Waflow on July 9, 2013 at 4:52pm — 1 Comment

The Inner Light and the Focused Mind (A Review)

The Inner Light and the Focused Mind

Rene Wadlow

 

Mitch Horowitz

Occult America

(New York: Bantam Books, 2010, 290pp)

 

            Mitch Horowitz tells in a lively way the American path to the New Age.  As he writes “Most people, thought schools, or movements identified as New Age from the 1970s through the early twenty-first century shared these traits:

1)      Belief in the…

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Added by Rene Waflow on July 2, 2013 at 2:59pm — 2 Comments

Integral Christianity (A Review)

Paul R. Smith

Integral Christianity : The Spirit’s Call to Evolve

(St Paul, MN: Paragon House, 2011, 381pp)

 

         Paul R. Smith has written a lively reminder that in all religious traditions “there are many mansions” and that the role of faith is to unite and enlarge rather than to divide and build wall of defense.  Paul Smith has been a pastor of a Southern Baptist church in Kansas City, Missouri as well as teaching in Protestant seminaries elsewhere…

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Added by Rene Waflow on June 26, 2013 at 7:55am — No Comments

The Faiths of the Past

The Faiths of the Past and the Challenges of the Future: The Start of Interfaith Efforts

 

Rene Wadlow

 

         There has always been interaction and borrowing of ideas among spiritual and religious groups.  Early Christianity took ideas and rituals from the Jewish milieu of its early members including its founder, Jesus.  However, ideas from the mystical traditions of the Middle East and Greece were…

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Added by Rene Waflow on June 16, 2013 at 9:20am — 2 Comments

The Hero and the Goddess (A review)

Jean Houston

The Hero and the Goddess

(Wheaton, IL: Quest Books, 2009, 470pp)

 

            Homer’s Odyssey is a journey through personal transformation to wholeness.  During this journey, there is an interplay between the masculine and feminine principles.  Masculine and feminine principles are part of the psyche shared by both sexes.  In fact, as the masculine principle dominates in many societies, the masculine dominates in many women as well as men, and…

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Added by Rene Waflow on June 13, 2013 at 10:45am — 1 Comment

Freedom From Fear

                                   Freedom From Fear : For All The Citizens of The World

                                                                       René Wadlow *

 

 

            When President Franklin Delano  Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States (1933-1945) in his January 6, 1941 State of the Union address  to Congress presented the “Four Freedoms”, much of the world was at war: German troops were advancing  in Europe as were…

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Added by Rene Waflow on June 6, 2013 at 10:45am — 3 Comments

Sufi Talks (A review)

Robert Frager

Sufi Talks:Teachings of an American Sufi Sheikh

(Wheaton, IL:  Quest Books, 2012 )

 

         “Sufism focuses on the inner effects of our practice.  The Sufi path, or tariqa, means in Arabic, an unmarked path, through the desert, where the sands shift, and there are no clear markers.  Following the tariqa requires judgement and sophistication.  It also requires a guide who knows the way…Sufism is practice.  It is not theory or…

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Added by Rene Waflow on May 24, 2013 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Inner Christianity (A Review)

        

         Richard Smoley

         Inner Christianity: A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition

         (Boston: Shambhala, 2002, 292pp.)  

 

         At this time of transition from the Piscean Period to the Age of Aquarius, there is an evaluation going on within all systems of belief to sort out those aspects of value for the New Age and to let dry up those thought forms and processes which were appropriate only for the passing period. …

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Added by Rene Waflow on May 17, 2013 at 3:27pm — No Comments

Conflict Mediation (A Review)

 

 

 

            David W. Augsburger

            Conflict Mediation Across Cultures : Pathways and Patterns

            (Louisville KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1992, 310pp)

 

                                                           Rene Wadlow

 

            John Paul Lederach tells the story of one of his intercultural mediation workshops in Panama where “someone said that mediators were like guides leading…

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Added by Rene Waflow on May 12, 2013 at 7:05pm — No Comments

Politics and the Occult (Book Review)

Gary Lachman

Politics and the occult : the left, the right and the radically unseen

(Wheaton, IL: Quest Books, 2008, 261pp.)

 

            Gary Lachman has written a very useful and sober book on esoteric current in modern political thought — modern meaning here from the Protestant Reformation to the present.  A sober book is necessary as the internet is filled with wild speculation about the role of the Illuminati on the political and financial system. The…

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Added by Rene Waflow on May 7, 2013 at 12:43pm — 1 Comment

Creativity and World Citizenship

            Creativity and World Citizenship: Insights from J. Krishnamurti

 

The function of education is to give the student abundant knowledge in the various fields of human endeavour and at the same time to free his mind from all tradition so that he is able to investigate, to find out, to discover.  Otherwise the mind becomes mechanical, burdened with the machinery of knowledge.  Unless it is constantly freeing itself from the accumulations of tradition, the mind…

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Added by Rene Waflow on May 2, 2013 at 7:33am — No Comments

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"PEACE
NOT WAR
GENEROSITY
NOT GREED
EMPATHY
NOT HATE
CREATIVITY
NOT DESTRUCTION
EVERYBODY
NOT JUST US"

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