Community Voices

Our First Ancestor- Stephen Jenkinson

Our First Ancestor- Stephen Jenkinson

Mutual sustenance is the archetypal relationship of life. So it is possible to say in contemporary English without any confusion of sequence or cause/effect that whatever sustained your first ancestor is your ancestor. You could call that One your original first...

Wanting Memories- A Tribute to Ysaye Barnwell on Her 75th Birthday

Wanting Memories- A Tribute to Ysaye Barnwell on Her 75th Birthday

"Wanting Memories", a song composed by Ysaye Barnwell, has touched millions around the world with its simple, profound beauty. Raise Your Voice Labs organized and produced this music video of "Wanting Memories" to pay tribute to Ysaye Barnwell on her 75th Birthday,...

Source Temple and the Great Reset- Charles Eisenstein

Source Temple and the Great Reset- Charles Eisenstein

I recently visited a spiritual community in Brazil called Source Temple. Drawing primarily on the teachings of Adi Da and A Course in Miracles, it comprises about thirty people from about ten countries, mostly Brazil and South America, ranging in age from 20-something...

The Pulse of the Wild- Mary Reynolds Thompson

The Pulse of the Wild- Mary Reynolds Thompson

We came upon it late in the day, after weeks of downpours. My husband and I were exploring the Loop of the Seven Lakes, north of Bariloche in Argentina, when we turned down a deserted dirt road. Mud pools and potholes transformed our rented Fiat into a cross between a...

The Murmur Massage- Molly Peacock

The Murmur Massage- Molly Peacock

At 5pm almost every day early in the pandemic my husband and I would meet for the Murmur Massage. It took place in bed. But not for sex. We were there for that unguarded talking that usually only happens late at night. Our big bed, almost a square, took up most of the...

Seeing the World As If For the First Time- Mark S. Burrows, Ph.D.

Seeing the World As If For the First Time- Mark S. Burrows, Ph.D.

As children, we did not have to be taught what awe was. We simply experienced it. Recall the first time you found yourself stretched out in a field, on a balmy, late-summer day, watching those soft, billowy clouds drifting across the sky, changing forms with a...

Some People Wake Up: Reflections on Initiation- Francis Weller

Some People Wake Up: Reflections on Initiation- Francis Weller

Again and again Some people wake up. They have no ground in the crowd And they emerge according to broader laws. They carry strange customs with them, And demand room for bold gestures.   The future speaks ruthlessly through them.   -Rainer Maria Rilke No...

Writing to Awaken- Mark Matousek

Writing to Awaken- Mark Matousek

I started to write compulsively when I was in the second grade: journals filled with secret thoughts and shameful truths that I could tell no one. Many writers begin this way, turning inward as children to look for answers they can’t find around them. These notebooks...

How Do You Live?- Mark Matousek

How Do You Live?- Mark Matousek

Mark Matousek, M.A., is a bestselling author and teacher whose work focuses on personal awakening and creative excellence through transformational writing and self-inquiry. He brings over three decades of experience as a memoirist, editor, interviewer, survivor,...

Not Going Back- Taya Mâ Shere

Not Going Back- Taya Mâ Shere

I am in a category of people who will not be going back to “normal”. As those close to me receive or pursue COVID vaccination, and begin to dream of “returning” - to connection, to work as before if possible, to in-person learning, and so much more - I am stymied. My...