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The Erasure of Islam from the Poetry of RumiThe Erasure of Islam from the Poetry of Rumi

A couple of years ago, when Coldplay’s Chris Martin was going through a divorce from the actress Gwyneth Paltrow and feeling down, a friend gave him a book to lift his spirits. It was a collection of poetry by Jalaluddin Rumi, the thirteenth-century Persian poet, translated by Coleman Barks. “It kind of changed my life,” Martin said later, in an interview. A track from Coldplay’s most recent album features Barks reciting one of the poems: “This being human is a guest house / Every morning a new

Christopher Gomez

November 18


  • Magicians of the Gods: An Interview with Graham Hancock

    Author and theorist Graham Hancock has had a sizeable impact upon the popular understanding of humanity’s ancient past. His global 1995 bestseller Fingerprints of the Gods contended that some previously ancient but highly advanced civilisation existed in prehistory, one which served as the common progenitor civilisation to all subsequent known historical ones. Further books such as Keeper of Genesis (with Robert Bauval), Underworld (studying underwater ruins as evidence of lost civilisations

    Jerome Patton

    June 21

    Magicians of the Gods: An Interview with Graham Hancock
  • When Mindfulness Hurts: Feeling Is the Key to Healing

    “You start watching your breath and all your problems are solved. It is not like that at all. You are working with the heart of your experiences, learning to turn towards them, and that is difficult and can be uncomfortable.” ~Ed HalliwellCan mindfulness be bad for you?I had been expecting it: Once you become a regular at it, mindfulness permeates all aspects of your life.I only sit in meditation for twenty minutes daily (and a full hour on Sundays), but I carry its effects with me the rest of

    Glenda Jacobs

    December 06

    When Mindfulness Hurts: Feeling Is the Key to Healing
  • How to Treat Burns Effectively with Homeopathy

    Learning how to treat burns effectively may save your life one day. Or that of a loved one.First, you need to purchase a homeopathic first aid kit. Next you need to get in some practice of using the medicines in normal, mundane, every day situations, so you get a feel for how they work.When you have learned how to treat minor ailments with homeopathy, you will know how to treat burns.You still may need further professional help, depending on the degree and extent of the burn, but if you can get

    Myra Morris

    November 16

    How to Treat Burns Effectively with Homeopathy
  • Neuroscientists Say: When You Feeling Low — Sing!

    The science is in. Singing is really, really good for you and the most recent research suggests that group singing is the most exhilarating and transformative of all.The good feelings we get from singing in a group are a kind of evolutionary reward for coming together cooperatively.The research suggests that creating music together evolved as a tool of social living. Groups and tribes sang and danced together to build loyalty, transmit vital information and ward off enemies.The neuroscience of

    Timothy Goodman

    November 02

    Neuroscientists Say: When You Feeling Low — Sing!
  • Ethics, Education and the Contemporary Relevance of the Samurai

    In the West and the Near East the game of Chess is regarded as a war game, and its adepts as masters of strategy. In Japan, however, among the Samurai, this game was perceived as vulgar, a diversion for traders and merchants. The Samurai had a very different idea of conflict from that in the West.Victory in chess is obtained by calculation, by trading off your own pieces in exchange for success. Winning is through deception, and always taking advantage of the other’s mistakes. Megalomaniacal in

    Earl Brooks

    September 19

    Ethics, Education and the Contemporary Relevance of the Samurai
  • Book review: Modern Tantra by Donald Michael Kraig

    Donald Michael Kraig (1951-2014) was a highly acclaimed author and teacher – perhaps best known for his 1988 book Modern Magick: Twelve Lessons from the High Magickal Arts (published by Llewellyn Publications). His new book – published posthumously – is Modern Tantra: Living One of the World’s Oldest and Continuously Practiced Forms of Pagan Spirituality in the New Millennium (Llewellyn, 2015). It is available as a paperback, Kindle edition, and via Scribd subscription.As alluded to in the

    Lois Castro

    November 01

    Book review: Modern Tantra by Donald Michael Kraig
  • Best Day of the Year — Manifest It!

    AUGUST 27 Mark this date down. The planet of LOVE & Beauty and the planet of Optimism & Expansion, goodwill, and Luck, Venus and JUPITER meet up at 27+ Virgo. These two planets are the blessings givers, two beneficial planets, and together they pour on the Blessings. In Numerology it is 8/ 9/ 9.Are you Ready to Receive Them?I say YES and YES!PLUS Planet Mercury the communicator at 28 degrees Virgo is amplifying and spreading the word across the universe about this great cosmic

    Stewart Holmes

    February 16

    Best Day of the Year — Manifest It!
  • A Look Inside The Brain In Real Time

    A talk by Christopher DeCharmsThis is an amazing concept to see in action, a form of brain scanning technology which shows brain activity in real time. Emotions, thoughts and pain for example can all be translated into visuals showcasing how we

    Whitney Welch

    July 19

    A Look Inside The Brain In Real Time
  • Contradiction of Terms: Feminist Theory, Philosophy and Transdisciplinarity

    This article addresses the question of the relation between disciplines and transdisciplinary practices and concepts through a discussion of the relationship between philosophy and the emblematically transdisciplinary practice of feminist theory, via a discussion of interdisciplinarity and related terms in gender studies. It argues that the tendency of philosophy to reject feminist theory, as alien to it as a discipline, is in a sense correct, to the extent that the two defining features of

    Enrique Franklin

    April 03

    Contradiction of Terms: Feminist Theory, Philosophy and Transdisciplinarity
  • Native American Zodiac

    The Native American zodiac signs are wholly unique, and you'll not find these totemic birth animals anywhere else but here.When Token Rock invited me to offer Native American insights into astrological birth signs, I was invigorated by the idea. And although I've worked with my Native Compatriots for similar birth signs, I knew this would be an opportunity to provide a fresh perspective in this endless realm of wisdom.Over the course of three days, I worked within a circle of energetic

    Jane Matthews

    April 18

    Native American Zodiac
  • Native Americans Acknowledged 5 Genders before European Colonization

    It wasn’t until Europeans took over North America that natives adopted the ideas of gender roles. For Native Americans, there was no set of rules that men and women had to abide by in order to be considered a “normal” member of their tribe.In fact, people who had both female and male characteristics were viewed as gifted by nature, and therefore, able to see both sides of everything. According to Indian Country Today, all native communities acknowledged the following gender roles: “Female

    Shannon Ballard

    October 28

    Native Americans Acknowledged 5 Genders before European Colonization