Announcing a Small Change

WINN posts will not be appearing every week for a couple of months while I work on two new projects – but they will continue to be published!  Look for a new post next week…….  

Spirit Visions

By Celia Coates Once upon a time (that means more than twenty-five years ago) part of my training involved working at a mental health agency that served a great variety of people with a wide range of problems. During my first week there, a young man came in for an appointment he’d scheduled.  As usual…

David Brooks’ SECOND MOUNTAIN

by Celia Coates A man who is searching for wisdom about being good gave me a printout of one of David Brooks’ opinion pieces that he’d found useful. Brooks had written about the “Five Lies Our Culture Tells” in The New York Times and here’s his list: * “Career success is fulfilling. … if you make it, life…

Update – The Great Invocation

Jack Stucki has let me know that the Energy Being appeared again later and suggested some changes beyond the ones found in the version of The Great Invocation published in WINN last week. (Please read that first if you haven’t already.) The other changes suggested by the Energy Being included using the word LOVE instead of…

About The Great Invocation

By Celia Coates  A prayer called The Great Invocation was given to Alice Ann Bailey in three different versions – one in 1935, one in 1940, and one in 1945 – by a spiritual teacher called The Tibetan. Each version was designed to meet the changing needs of the world at those times. The last version…

Tough Hope

By Celia Coates When people think about hope they often remember Emily Dickinson’s lines about  “the thing with feathers.”  Our times demand a kind of hope that is stronger and more active than,“ the little Bird that kept so many warm.” I’d call this more forceful form Tough Hope – like the Tough Love that is called…

Angels and Marie Kondo’s Tidying

By Celia Coates I was surprised to find advice on de-cluttering in a book about angels: “The first and most important step in making a strong connection with the angelic realm is to purify yourself and your environment.”  The author, Hazel Raven, went on to write, “This is because angels live in the world of…

Dark Times and Brave Spirits

By Celia Coates There are more predictions about dark times than suggestions about what to do to get through them. Because I want to know more about what’s called for, I’ve begun collecting some ideas. Margaret Wheatley published a book in 2012 (a year approached with many, many predictions of doom) that includes some useful…

From Abundance to Selfishness

By Celia Coates In 1998 an Ann Landers column mentioned a cycle of rise and fall in history. It really caught my attention and I mentioned it to Elmer Green who thought it was “entertaining.” That’s a word he often used in response to something that he thought was useful, intriguing, and not foolish. I…

Meeting the Lizard

By Frank DiPerna Driving from Zacatecas to San Louis Potosi I did more daydreaming than photographing as miles of cactus fields drifted past. It was about mid-day, the sky slightly overcast, the light bright. The air was a little chilly and the wind light. I was thinking of photographing something I had seen a couple…

Many Grandmothers

By Celia Coates It’s been a while – in a 1997 magazine article Molly Giles asked, “Where are the old ladies now?” She described where they were when she was a child, “They used to be everywhere. One sat on every front porch, park bench and bus stop of the town where I grew up….