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NEWSLETTER Nr. 93

NEWSLETTER Nr. 93

February 20, 2021
 

 

Board of Administrators: President Pier Luigi Lattuada, Bernadette Blin, Jure Biechonski, Ingrida Indane, Jaume Mestres, Magda Sole, Lyudmila Scortesca, Vladimir Maykov, Regina U Hess, Marc-Antoine Masri, Lita Melbarde

Newsletter Editor: Lindy McMullin
 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

EDITORIAL
Page 2… Edito Newsletter from the EUROTAS President Pier Luigi Lattuada
 
UPCOMING EVENTS – ANNOUNCEMENTS, TRAINING PROGRAMS & WORKSHOPS
Page 3… EUROTAS 2021 Conference – J. Biechonski
Page 3…The Healing Field – A Training in Transpersonal Psychotherapy – R. Pervöltz, I. B. Jahrsetz
Page 4…Inner Peace and Peace of the World – I. B. Jahrsetz
Page 5…Grof Legacy Training – I. B. Jahrsetz
Page 5…The news from the Estonian Transpersonal Association – J. Biechonski
Page 6…International Virtual Conference on Spirituality, Religion, Irreligion, and Society –
             T. Lindhard
Page 7… Films by Vladimir Maykov – V. Maykov
 
PUBLICATIONS
Page 7… New scholarly journal – Consciousness, Spirituality & Transpersonal Psychology by T. Stumbrys
Page 8… Sacred Science Circle Newsletter #8 by R. Anderson
Page 8… The Divine Feminine Tao Te Ching: A New Translation and Commentary by
             R. Anderson
Page 9… Human Core Identity by V. Rodrigues
 
SHARING ARTICLES
Page 10… Ecological Coaching and Leadership by J. Dangeli
Page 11… Spiritual Emergence Anonymous (SEA) Update by M. Grace
Page 12… ITI & UBIQUITY UNIVERSITY by P.L. Lattuada
Page 13… The Transpersonal Coaching Course (2012-2021) by R. Wilms
Page 14… A new Publishing House in town by V. Rodrigues
Page 14… Letter from Liv Evensen
Page 15… Letter from Australia by Vineta Lagzdina
Page 16… Letter from the Editor – Lindy McMullin

 

EDITO NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 20, 2021

 

All joy wants eternity,
It wants deep, deep eternity.
F.  Nietzsche
The Depths and the Times

An ordinary look at the world sees a pandemic condition that subverts normal habits, limits freedoms, forces people to distance themselves, generates a climate of fear and uncertainty about the future, jeopardizes the economy of nations, sees their elders die. This is the look that seizes the Spirit of the Times as Jung would say, the look of the little man as Reich would say.

We bow down to this condition with respect and compassion, but also, animated by a transpersonal gaze, aware that beyond the veil of appearances the Spirit of the Depths is revealed, the dimension without space and without time of the Self.

Beyond the mirror we can then grasp the joy of deep eternity that is not an illusion, or an escape from reality, as some might think, but an insight of truth that opens up on our human condition of spiritual beings who are living a material experience.

The same insight of truth that orients the transpersonal vision and allows us to affirm with Wilber: “This present moment, since it knows neither past nor future, is itself timeless, and that which is timeless is Eternal. Thus, the eternal life belongs to those who live in the present”.

May each one of us find refuge in this awareness, may we feel that sense of belonging, spiritual sisterhood and brotherhood that induces us to recognize: “I’m sure I could change my life if I were able to say we.” G. Gaber (famous Italian singer)

Be ready, save the date for the next EUROTAS conference in Tallinn (22nd -27th of September 2021) that will offer us the chance to give concreteness and enjoy the Depths of our WE space.

P. L. Lattuada

 
 
 

WARNING:
You may have received an email from the private email address of our president signed Pier asking help in behalf of EUROTAS.
This is a fake please trash it.
 
We apologize any inconvenience
Warm Regards,
Pier-Luigi Lattuada

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

EUROTAS 2021 CONFERENCE

 
The Tallinn EUROTAS conference is approaching.
The dates are:
 

WEDNESDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER 2021 FROM 15:00 UTC+03-22:30 UTC+03 -27 SEPTEMBER 2021

INNER ECOLOGY AND TRANSPERSONAL EDUCATION

We hope to see you in person! We feel that it is so important now to reconnect! In case of further pandemic restrictions, zoom sessions will also be available. I would like to have 2 round table discussions:
1. Transpersonal Education and its Practical Applications.
2. Inner Ecology; Looking Inwards to explore our Vision and Needs for the Post-pandemic World.
 Anybody who has ideas and proposals, please forward them to me.

Jure Biechonski
biechon@msn.com
eurotas2021.com

 

THE HEALING FIELD – A TRAINING IN TRANSPERSONAL PSYCHOTHERAPY
(12 EUROTAS trainers, 9 modules of 10 days)
 

 

We are happy to offer you an option which has been requested frequently: Each module of the “Healing Field” training can be booked individually. Thus, you may register for one or more modules, if you are particularly interested in their themes and contents.
Moreover, you can also still start the entire training with Module 3.
In this sense, have a look, please – perhaps you want to come to Module 3 in Germany in 2021:
 
Trainers: Bernadette Blin, Rainer Pervöltz
Tutors: Magda Solé, Jaume Mestres
Date: March 23 to April 2, 2020
Content: The Old Central – The Mandala of Being; Working with the Dream Body based on Arnold Mindell’s Teachings. Discovering your Essence.
Venue: Seminar center Eulenspiegel (Rottweil/South Germany)

 

 

Rainer Pervöltz, Dr Ingo Benjamin Jahrsetz

 

 

 

INNER PEACE AND PEACE OF THE WORLD
Retreat at Lake Baikal in Siberia with Claude AnShin Thomas as special Guest Teacher
 
 
 
 
Holotropic Breathwork, Shamanic Rituals, Systemic Constellations, Meditation in the Zen Buddhist Tradition, Presentations and Sharing
 
Facilitators: Ingo Benjamin Jahrsetz, Magda Solé, Jaume Mestres
Guest teachers: Claude AnShin Thomas and Shamans
Dates: August 8 to 18, 2022 (Retreat)
August 18 to 24, 2022 (Ethno-therapeutic Journey through Buryatia
Costs: 2320 EUR all-inclusive except flights (Retreat)
790 EUR all-inclusive except flights
 
Information and registration:
https://www.bewusstseinserforschung.de/en/more-offers/workshops-seminars

 

Dr. Ingo Benjamin Jahrsetz

 

 
 
GROF LEGACY TRAINING – TRAINING IN TRANSPERSONAL BREATHWORK
Grof© Breathwork

 
 
 

With the introduction of the Grof® Legacy Training, Stan opened a door for experienced psychotherapists and teachers to facilitate trainings in his name and carry on his wisdom and legacy.
We consider it an honor and we are very pleased that we are authorized by Stan and thank him most sincerely for the confidence.
We offer an ongoing training group which will meet for 10 days twice a year for three years at beautiful locations.
If possible, Stan and Brigitte Grof will be present as guests at one of our meetings.
 
Trainers: Ingo Benjamin Jahrsetz, Viktoria Luchetti
Start:  October 23 to November 2, 2022
Venues: Seminar Center Hollerbuehl (Black Forest / Germany) and Seminar Hotel Trifilli (Kefalonia / Greek island)
Costs: 9000 EUR plus room & board
Language: English with translation if required
 
Information : https://www.bewusstseinserforschung.de/en/trainings

 

Dr Ingo Benjamin Jahrsetz

 

 
 
NEWS FROM THE ESTONIAN TRANSPERSONAL ASSOCIATION
 

 

On March 19/21 we are opening our 12th course in Transpersonal Psychology and Hypnotherapy.
As the course is conducted in English, we have foreign students attending.
For further details please go to teadlikmina.ee/en

Jure Biechonski

 

 
 
 
INTERNATIONAL VIRTUAL CONFERENCE ON SPIRITUALITY, RELIGION, IRRELIGION, AND SOCIETY
 

 
 

CICA International (https://cicainternational.org/) has teamed up to support Dialogo with their next online conference, which involves a dialogue between Science and Theology, including related themes, like Spirituality and Consciousness. Please find more information here:
http://dialogo-conf.com/call-for-papers/#1stevent
 
Date: 21-29 May 2021 
Deadline papers: April 25th, 2021
 
You can either just participate or present a paper. To be considered for publication, besides being peer-reviewed, one also has to be active during the online conference commenting on the other participants’ contributions. The invited keynote speakers will present via zoom. These conferences are a great opportunity to get new well-researched ideas outside of the mainstream into the public eye and then published.
 
For attending (no paper), there is a 45% discount for CICA contacts and a 25% discount for people who present an article; remember to mention CICA to get this reduction.
Kind regards Dr. Tina Lindhard

 

 

FILMS BY VLADIMIR MAYKOV

 
 
All three of my films with English subtitles are here:
 
The Dance of Infinity – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/thedanceofinfinity/
Tools for Evolution – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/toolsforevolution
The Secret of Carlos Castaneda – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/castaneda
 
The Secret of Carlos Castaneda trailer – https://youtu.be/3ZB1huXBMng
Tools for Evolution trailer – https://youtu.be/-OSY17rBcG8
The Dance of Infinity trailer –  https://youtu.be/zHeQu-aJ4DA

 

Vladimir Maykov

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

NEW SCHOLARLY JOURNAL – CONSCIOUSNESS, SPIRITUALITY & TRANSPERSONAL PSYCHOLOGY

 

 

In December, The Alef Trust, a global leader in transformative online education and training in the areas of consciousness, transpersonal and spiritual psychology, launched a new scholarly journal Consciousness, Spirituality & Transpersonal Psychology (ISSN 2634-2553). The journal publishes original empirical articles based on research projects conducted by The Alef Trust graduate students within the MSc programme in Consciousness, Spirituality and Transpersonal Psychology. The journal aspires to make transpersonal scholarship more widely available and help to advance transpersonal research. It is an open-access peer-reviewed journal, published annually.

The inaugural volume of Consciousness, Spirituality & Transpersonal Psychology features an Editorial from the Alef Trust Directors (B. L. Lancaster, J. Bockler & H. L. Friedman) and eight original research articles on diverse topics in transpersonal psychology, including the transformative effects of Nia® practice (C. le Roux), travel and transpersonal development (J. Thompson), healing effects of wild swimming (L. Sam), connection with the Earth (T. Jayne), altered states of psychotherapists (C. Agnew), the phenomenon of open awareness (J. Dängeli), experience of the transpersonal in contemplating retirement (S. Clodd) and the transformation face of loss (J. Farrell). The journal is freely available at www.journal.aleftrust.org.

 

 
Dr. Tadas Stumbrys
Editor, Consciousness, Spirituality & Transpersonal Psychology

 
 
SACRED SCIENCE CIRCLE NEWSLETTER #8
 
 
 
Dear Friends,
Sacred Science Circle Newsletter #8 is now available at http://www.sacredsciencecircle.org/newsletter-8-january-2021/. The newsletter contains articles on “The Ordinariness of Peace in the Tao Te Ching” by Rosemarie
Anderson and COVID 19 – India’s multipronged approach:
A cultural perspective by Kiran Kumar K. Salagame, announcements about the Alef Trust’s new journal Consciousness, Spirituality, and Transpersonal Psychology and the Journal for the Study of Spirituality, and conference and event announcements related to transpersonal psychology.
Warm regards,

Rosemarie Anderson, PhD

 

 
THE DIVINE FEMININE TAO TE CHING: A NEW TRANSLATION AND COMMENTARY

by Rosemarie Anderson, PhD

 

Rosemarie Anderson explains how the Tao is a feminine force, the Dark Womb of Creation, the Immortal Void that renews life again and again in ordinary times and in times of crises. The author restores the chapters’ simplicity and musical undertones, explaining how, in the original Chinese manuscripts, the text is poetic and rhymed because the Tao Te Ching was often recited or sung–yet most English translations are written in scholarly prose with long sentences and complex syntax. She shows how the great Tao’s message of wei wu wei–“act without acting” and “do without doing”—offers a path of peace and well-being for ourselves and for our relationships with others and the earth, a path that arises from spontaneous action that seeks no gain for the self.

Rosemarie Anderson, Ph.D. is an author, artist, Professor Emerita of Psychology, and an Episcopal priest. Her forthcoming book, The Divine Feminine Tao Te Ching, will be published by Inner Traditions in early April 2021.

Preordering is available at:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08KRLGBD1/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i3. Contact her at https://rosemarieanderson.com/.  

 

 

 
 
 
 
HUMAN CORE IDENTITY
 
Dear EUROTAS friends and authors interested in Consciousness Studies,
I am pulling together an edited collection called Human Core Identity: Approaches and Implications, and I would like to invite you to consider submitting one chapter. 

 The abstract/call for the Collection is here:
This collection will include chapters, and/or books, on the most important defining characteristics of the Human being from a scientific and philosophic point of view. Such characteristics include: self-referential consciousness, identity and personality, mind and cognition, ethics, aesthetics, and love. Several volumes are envisioned. 

I am quite enthusiastic about this collection since, to me, the most fundamental defining characteristic of humans is self-referential, or experiential, consciousness – and its main “operational” manifestation, identity.

 About the Editor

Vitor Rodrigues, PhD in Psychology, was a University lecturer for 17 years and a past President of the European Transpersonal Association. He currently works as a psychotherapist and writer, lecturer, trainer in private practice both in Portugal and other countries.
 A chapter should normally be no longer than 6000 words and should be original and previously unpublished. If the work has already been published (as a journal article, or in conference proceedings, for example), the Publisher will require evidence that permission to be re-published has been granted.
To see the Call on the Publisher’s website, please click here: https://www.cambridgescholars.com/pages/guest-edited-collections , where you can download and complete a submission form.

Collection Name: Human Core Identity: Approaches and Implications
Vol 1: Experiential Consciousness and the Nature of Human Identity
Themes:

  1. Defining Human Nature: the Importance of Consciousness
  2. Identity and Identity Development
  3. Mind Pathology, Mind Health, and Consciousness
  4. Layers of Consciousness: Conscious, Unconscious and Superconscious
  5. Transcendence: its meaning and processes
  6. Pathways to Mind and Consciousness Development
Vol 2: Ethics, Aesthetics and Human Identity
Themes:
  1. Love, Consciousness and Ethics
  2. Love, Consciousness and Aesthetics
  3. Human Experience and Existential Meaning
  4. Mystical Experience and Human Identity
  5. The Brain, Consciousness and Identity: Social and Political Views and Consequences
Vol 3: to be defined
 

Vitor Rodrigues
psicosophos6@gmail.com

 

ARTICLES

 

ECOLOGICAL COACHING AND LEADERSHIP
 
by Jevon Dangeli – MSc Transpersonal Psychology, Coach & Trainer
 
Ecological coaching and leadership is a transpersonal guiding principle for coaches and leaders to ensure that the outcomes of any interventions or processes are ecological – beneficial for the client, others, and the environment (win-win-win).

Aiming to generate win-win-win outcomes serves the client and their objectives, while taking measures to ensure that those objectives will in no way cause any form of harm to other people or the environment. The pursuit of an ecological outcome is not only about abstaining from causing harm, but it also includes identifying how a client’s personal objectives can be of mutual benefit to other people that the client engages with, as well as the broader population and the environment in which they co-exist. This approach positions the people in relationship with the client and their shared environment as stakeholders in the process.

Traditional forms of coaching and leadership have been more focused on empowering individuals or teams to excel without much, if any, consideration for the implications of those results in other contexts. It’s not difficult to see how this may in some instances lead to unethical planning, unjust decisions and unfair behaviours, which in turn, might result in overexertion, declining motivation, lowering performance, conflicts, and eventually, burnout. Negative outcomes such as these are the potential consequences of valuing one’s personal success above that of others, taking advantage of people and situations in self-serving ways, and operating in a mode of tunnel awareness in an attempt to accomplish one’s own goals, with little or no regard for how such pursuits might affect others or the world. An ecological approach may be more appropriate for sustaining fulfilling results in the long term.
Fortunately, there is now a booming interest in coaching and leadership styles (e.g. Transpersonal Coaching) where an ecological approach is fundamental in their methodology. From this author’s point of view, a prerequisite for ecological coaching and leadership is Open Awareness, which is a transpersonal perspective with practical applications. Continue reading full article…

https://jevondangeli.com/ecological-coaching-leadership/ 

 

 

SPIRITUAL EMERGENCE ANONYMOUS (SEA) UPDATE
 

Beloved EUROTAS friends,
We are happy to send you an update of our growth since we held our SEA panel presentation at the 2019 EUROTAS conference in Dourdan, France. Thank you for those who participated and have helped to expand the program!

Spiritual Emergence Anonymous (SEA) is a non-profit member-led support program for people who are experiencing spiritual emergence or spiritual emergency to together assist each other in integrating powerful spiritually transformative experiences.

SEA Meetings are expanding globally

Group support weekly meetings have expanded beyond our English-language meetings Europe/Americas Thursdays and Asia/Americas Sunday/Mondays. Now also running weekly are a French-language meeting Sundays, a Slovak/Czech-language meeting Wednesdays, and an additional English-language “Working the Steps” meeting Mondays. Please check our website for exact times. https://spiritualemergenceanonymous.org
 

 
 
Jean-Luc shared this beautiful painting with us. It was created by Vlad Micodin, a Romanian painter, a political refugee in France in the mid-1980s. 
Revision of SEA 12 Steps

Over the years of developing SEA, we have revised the classic 12 Steps to better serve people who have experienced spiritual awakening and are on the journey of spiritual transformation. Our purpose is to together assist each other in further grounding and stabilizing to prosper and serve. The new revision of the SEA 12 Steps emphasizes gratitude as a principle essential to integrating spiritual experience and also emphasizes developing compassion, honesty, humility, and forgiveness. https://spiritualemergenceanonymous.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/TWELVE-STEPS-of-SPIRITUAL-EMERGENCE-ANONYMOUS.pdf

International SEA Party held in July 2020 over Zoom was enjoyed by all featuring stories, creative poetry, art, and song, with participants joining across the globe from Singapore and Western Canada all the way to the Netherlands and Slovakia. On-going social connections through our Facebook Page continue:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/spiritualemergenceanonymous/

With warm regards,
The SEA International Service Board
Luuke – The Netherlands
Jean-Luc – France
Tee – New York, USA
Lea – Slovakia
Teresa – Alberta, Canada
Bradley – New York, USA
Stephanie – Luxembourg
Marie Grace – California, USA

 

ITI & UBIQUITY UNIVERSITY

 
The Integral Transpersonal Institute of Milan, Italy, in partnership with Ubiquity University, presents a ground-breaking degree program in Integral Transpersonal Psychology. By taking an integral, transpersonal approach to psychology, this degree proposes an innovative way of learning and thinking, which goes beyond the basic structures of the rational mind, to include the larger environment. It emphasizes the interconnections between all aspects of reality and focuses on deep empathy that relates to the experiences of all people. Broaden the horizons of your psyche and discover what it really means to be human in an Integral Transpersonal world.

This program is for you if you wish to embody the knowledge of the Integral Transpersonal framework and apply it across all realms of your work and life. This approach will help to facilitate a transformation in individual and collective consciousness.
“Integral” derives from the Latin word integer, which means “whole”. Transpersonal refers to what goes beyond the “personal”. Thus, the aim of this program is to examine our ontology beyond a neuro-scientific and cognitive paradigm and more towards an integral approach, which takes into account the full spectrum of the psycho-spiritual development of human beings.

You are encouraged to explore the range of human experience by combining the recent developments of psychology with other disciplines such as philosophy, the new sciences, environmental studies, psychedelic research, as well as indigenous and perennial wisdoms. To achieve the integration of knowledge with experience, all courses include self-mastery and applied impact practices that aim to transform knowledge into embodied wisdom. Throughout your degree, you will immerse yourself in this integral learning system, which aims to cultivate your various intelligences and unleash your highest potential. You can take single courses or enroll into a BA, MA-degree or a PhD program. For more information, click here or fill in our Get Started Form.
 

Dr Pier Luigi Lattuada

 

 
 
THE TRANSPERSONAL COACHING COURSE (2012-2021)
 
When I started the first training group to become a transpersonal coach in 2012, I was not sure if the offer would meet with any response at all. In the first year, two groups filled up with 8-12 participants each. The program I had put together was challenging. My main intention was to combine meditation techniques from different traditions and body-centered methods of psychotherapy, along with teaching the basics of transpersonal psychology.

In the following years, when the courses filled up regularly with between 20-24 participants, I experienced something like a cosmic resonance. More and more participants joined, who already had meditation or therapeutic experience, but were looking for a larger frame of reference that would allow them to reframe their experience in the larger context of the transpersonal, and at the same time move forward in their personal development. With every new year, the transpersonal coaching course filled up, the stronger my conviction became, that a higher dimension was managing to attract participants fill up.

Now it has been nine years, and with each training course new elements and techniques are added. At the same time, the experience background of the participants also changed. The spectrum now ranges from psychiatrists and psychologists, to yoga teachers and physical therapists, to grief counselors and companions for the dying, to nurses and executives who are looking for a new meaningful work or just for making their next step in their own transformation. The receptivity and hunger of the participants for transpersonal techniques from different cultures is stunning. That is why the training course is also one of my favorite seminars, which I conduct together with my wife.

My personal spiritual journey and that of my wife began with a Sufi teacher 35 years ago, led us through the Himalayan tradition of Kashmir Shivaism to Zen-Buddhism, Advaita Vedanta and further into the mystical European tradition of ancient Greek. The combination of body-centered therapeutic interventions, which especially in the last 10 years brought forward, very effective new methods, I consider today as an integral part of a powerful transformative work.

 
 
Ralph Wilms
Transpersonal Academy – www.transpersonal.ch
eMail: r.wilms@transpersonal.ch

 

 
 

A NEW PUBLISHING HOUSE IN TOWN
 

Robert Frager recently partnered with Roy Carlisle to create a new publishing company, PageMill Press. Roy is quite experienced in the field: he became an editor for Harper & Row in 1976 and was senior editor at Harper San Francisco. He worked with authors such as Maurice Sendak, Johnny Cash, Billy Graham, J. Walker Smith, Carmen Renee Berry and Tamara Traeder (co-authors of girlfriends), and Sue Monk Kidd. Several of his books have sold over a million copies. He is knowledgeable about the tasks associated with all six departments of a publishing house: administrative and financial, editorial, production, marketing, sales, and distribution. On his side, Robert Frager published a very famous personality textbook, Personality and Personal Growth, which has been in print continuously for 44 years. He also wrote or edited over a dozen books in psychology, spirituality and Sufism. They have been translated into many languages.
 PageMill Press has a relationship with the Independent Publishers Group, the second largest book distributor in the US, that provides bookstore distribution and works with 31 online retailers including Amazon, more than 30 ebook retailers, and with all of the book wholesalers. They are the best distributors in the business.
 
PageMill will begin publishing a first series of titles beginning April 2021 and already has books in progress from authors Janet Horvath, Rev. Shanon Sterringer, Robert Frager, J. Walker Smith, James Hagan, Heather Waite, Sayoko Yoshimura, Rev Carries Ives, Katie Teesdale, Mckenna Lloyd. 
 
Vitor Rodrigues
psicosophos6@gmail.com

 

LETTER FROM LIV EVENSEN
 
Dear Colleagues,
 
My sincere apologies for sending you such a poor picture for the last newsletter, which was presented upside down. Thank you so much for offering to take this one, a much clearer one into the news again, right side up, with a discernable meaning.
 
 
 
This painting is by spiritually transformative painter and colleague Sigmund Nyberg, who has won international recognition for his paintings as an “innovative/transformative/poetic painter”. 
 
His background is also from the transpersonal field, where his life paths over centuries, together with Inner Guidance and expression through his paintings too, as he journeys between Heaven and Earth.  As part of his extensive Self transformative transcending transitions, he journeys over “several Earth years”, as I do and several others in the artist community, who met for the exhibition Pilgrimages from The Middle Ages to Cosmos Alchemy When Ancient Walls turn into Treasure Chambers and images become the Light at The End of The Tunnels. As with others, his inner journeys with Spirit Guidance, has also gone through The South Americas (non-drugs).
 
Our artist community has “established itself” as a “travelling one” through already newly planned exhibitions to come, for encouragement in the non-threatening ways paintings do.
 
Will keep you posted.
 

Sincerely yours
Liv E.

 

 
 
LETTER FROM AUSTRALIA

by Vineta Lagzdina
 

“I am looking across a field near a village in an unknown country that feels familiar. A large, wooden cross stands upright and central in the field. Someone nearby tells me the cross represents many local families destined to tragic deaths. These deaths originated generations ago, and still haunt today’s generation.” (Dream: 11 Sept. 2020)

The above is a dream I had in Adelaide, Australia having come through a 3 month lockdown due to Covid19 Pandemic. No contact with family for 3 months, only essential shopping allowed, no work place, no beach walks, no visitors. So, it was a time of stillness, of plans unraveled, and being mindfully aware and grateful for the essential things like food and shelter. Meantime media information and misinformation ruled the airwaves. There was panic buying of toilet paper, so that shortages ensued. During lockdown was a time for reflection, quiet, essential living and an awareness of priorities. The night sky spoke and beamed into infinity reminding us how small we are, and how interconnected with all we are. Heartbeats synchronized with each intake of breath, pulses raced in and out of phase, voices overlapped and became incoherent. Fears rose like towers, to be mocked in hysteria. Who am I, if not a song carrying all past songs, living in the sensuality and sacredness of sound? Listen to the sound of the universe, and of your people.
 

 
Please Call Me by my True Names (poem by Thich Nhat Hanh, 1978)
Don’t say that I will depart tomorrow
even today I am still arriving
I still arrive, in order to laugh and to cry,
to fear and to hope.
The rhythm of my heart is the birth and death
of all that is alive.
My joy is like Spring, so warm
it makes flowers bloom all over the Earth.
My pain is like a river of tears,
So vast it fills the four oceans.
Please call me by my true names,
So I can wake up
and the door of my heart
Could be left open,
the door of compassion.
 
 

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
 

The Greek astronomer-astrologer Hipparchus around 127 BC, discovered that the great immovable mass of what was up to then believed to be ‘fixed stars.’ was slowly moving eastwards due to, what we in modern times have explained to be, the precession of the equinoxes. Jai Paul Dudeja, Professor and Director of the Amity University Haryana in India wrote an article two years ago about the Dawn of the Spiritual Renaissance Facilitated by the Quantumly-Entangled Souls in Transition from the Piscean to the Aquarian Age. I am referencing this in herald of our first 2021 newsletter, which, in my opinion, is a first of its kind since I took over from John Drew as editor. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading and editing the diverse contributions from everyone in this ‘Aquarian flavoured’ newsletter, which is full of new and exciting heart-felt projects, innovative thoughts, and deep inspirations. It is alive, buzzing with transpersonal activity, bringing exciting challenges to light, in preparation for Spring that is in the air, no matter that here in Athens everything is blanketed in white. Everything is as it is because this is the way it is!

Fully present and mindful, I trust that all EUROTAS members will be inspired by this newsletter and see the dawning of a new age in it, bringing above all unity and collaboration in many different areas where change is needed. The pangs of birth are not easy; to some they are exquisite and to others they are indeed very painful. It is encouraging to know that the Transpersonal Community is doing so much to assist in the dawn of this spiritual renaissance! 

                                                                                                                      

Dr L.S. McMullin

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