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Sustainability: The Five Core Principles

The increasing popularity for "sustainability" has led to growing ambiguity about the concept. The set of five Sustainability Principles proposed here, inspired by the work of Buckminster Fuller, is offered to restore some rigor to our thinking in this vital area.


A Return to Being Human

We follow a reductionist model of human beings as self-seeking, selfish, almost robotic, creatures. We need to value the wholeness of being human and apply this in our relationship with the world.


Pregnant With Meaning

Whether a naked Sheela-na-gig flaunting her enlarged vagina or a Madonna protecting her swollen belly with layers of reticent robes, feminine icons defy our inclination to identify the one "correct" reading of an image. They require us to employ multiple readings, a skill that is vital to feminist inquiry and, perhaps, to our very survival.


Entheogenic Spirituality as a Human Right

U.S. law sees "freedom of religion" as referring primarily to the freedom to believe and secondarily to the freedom to practice. However, something sorely missing from our legal protections is any recognition of the significance of direct spiritual experience itself, including with sacred plants.


Sustainable Love

If we as a species cannot achieve sustainable love, then I don’t want
to be on this planet: trees or no trees, ice-caps or no ice-caps. There’s
a lot of work to do right now. A huge part of that work involves
re-learning how to love each other on romanti…

Avian Flu: The Next Great Pandemic Threat

Since 2003, an avian influenza virus called H5N1 has been killing large
numbers of poultry – and occasionally people. But while public concern over bird flu has faded in recent years, the risk to humans has increased. A look at the history of pandemic flu can help us understand why the H5N1 virus remains a serious threat to mankind.


Jaguar Medicine

During my years traipsing around the Amazon, I had the opportunity to study with shamans and healers. Some were masters who worked with the ayahuasca vine. One of them, don Ramon, during his nighttime healing ceremonies, would load his pipe with jungle tobacco and turn to a patient and "sing his jaguar down from the tree."


Facing Fear: A Conversation with an Ayahuasquero

Deep in the Peruvian jungle, American-born shaman Hamilton Souther leads Westerners through traditional Ayahuasca ceremonies at his Blue Morpho lodge. "Ayahuasca is a divine gift to the world, and it is a gift to be able to share it with others."

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The Roots of Our Gnostalgia

The Gnostics were sophisticated seers who belonged to a millennial pagan tradition that was brutally suppressed at the rise of Christianity. Can looking back at what such mystics thought in a bygone time and setting offer a viable spiritual orientation for our time? Why we are so compelled to delve into what the Gnostics thought?

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