Beyond the Bonds of Time

By Bernice H. Hill The first week with Ed in the hospital didn’t seem so bad – a time of innocence. Images of the following weeks play across my mind: the drip of the chemo, the night nurse taking a temperature, the fish tank in the waiting room, doctors clustered and non-committal. By the third…

Wisdom And Oliver Sacks

By Randolph Fiery Neurologist Oliver Sacks’ book, HALLUCINATIONS, was published in 2012. I really enjoyed reading it and I decided to send him an e-mail about my experiences with my grandfather’s hallucinations. Several days later I received a letter from Dr. Sacks – hand written with a fountain pen. He told me that he was…

Guidance Along The Seeker’s Path

By Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D. The first time I noticed the imprint of what appeared to be a mysterious symbol on the palm of my right hand was in the shower as I poured out some shampoo. Over the next seven months, this same symbol appeared several more times. During the last occurrence it appeared…

In A Different Light

A few weeks ago a dear friend told me a story that a friend had told him. Here is an account of what he heard Robert McNamara say: “Robert McNamara described a personal experience that Lyndon Baines Johnson had that taught the President what life can be like for people who are the targets of…

Practicing Compassion

By Craig Hase There are many benefits that come with the practice of mindfulness meditation.  Here is an account of my favorite empirically validated benefit – love. Yes, love. No, not that sappy, sugar coated, fickle, inconstant moon type of pop-song teenage love. Love as a stance. Love as practice. Or, as psychoanalyst Erich Fromm…

Spielberg’s Special Gifts

I enjoy going to the movies. It’s a little old-fashioned but there’s an extra energy that goes along with seeing films on a big screen in the company of other people. This month I wanted to see both A WRINKLE IN TIME (mentioned in last week’s post) and Steven Spielberg’s READY PLAYER ONE. For me Spielberg’s…

Life Is Like A Sonnet

In her book, A WRINKLE IN TIME, Madeleine L’Engle has included one of the best and clearest ways to answer this question – “Do we have free will or are our lives determined by forces outside ourselves? Do we have control over how we live our lives or does Fate run things?” In the West…

Elmer Green On Steadying Your Mind

Fifteen years ago, on February 1, 2003, Elmer began a letter with, “Greetings from Lakewood Hills,” – his neighborhood in Kansas – and then he wrote, “One heavy-duty personal task that we have nowadays is to counter the feeling that we are powerless in world affairs because individually we have only one voice. I learned…

How Things Work Out

Sometimes it seems as though there’s just no way to get what we need – or want. With today’s headlines, it’s certainly hard to see how things will turn out okay for us, our country, and our world. But then there are stories like the one my daughter told me this week. She lives in…

Courage, States of Consciousness, and Edgar Mitchell

The Apollo 14 astronaut and extraordinary researcher of states of consciousness, Edgar Mitchell, was the subject of two posts published on June 9, 2016 that still reflect core ideas for WINN. I hope you will scroll back down and click on “older posts” to find them. It’ll take a long moment to click seven times, but…

Gifts from the Serpent

By Dorothy Walters When I was in my early fifties, something happened to me that changed my life forever. I did not go out of my body and float beneath the ceiling. I did not fly down a tunnel toward a lighted figure waiting at the end. This experience was something other, something almost no…

The Eight Social Sins

Three months before he was assassinated in 1947, Gandhi gave his grandson a list of seven social sins: Wealth without Work Pleasure without Conscience Knowledge without Character Commerce without Morality Science without Humanity Religion without Sacrifice Politics without Principle The list was originally published in 1925 in Gandhi’s newspaper, YOUNG INDIA, and although it is…