Good Lessons

Last week I read this statement by a Shoshone elder: “Do not begrudge the white man his presence on the land. Though he doesn’t know it yet, he has come here to learn from us.”  It’s from a book by Kent Nerburn  – VOICES IN THE STONES: Life Lessons From The Native Way– and it reminded…

Healing and the Practice of Medicine – The Work of Evarts Loomis, M.D.

Evarts Loomis (1910 – 2003) was a pioneering physician. Last year I had the good fortune to read the unpublished manuscript about his practice of holistic medicine. He preferred to be called Evarts rather than Dr. Loomis, and here are a few excerpts from his writing that let us know something about him. Evarts wrote:…

One Story and One Poem

Animals naturally notice and size each other up – is this a friend or an enemy, prey or threat, dominant or insignificant? We’ve kept some of that survival behavior and, although it wise to be aware of strangers, we often load up our noticing others with clouded judgment about what people are worth. Here is…

Remote Viewing Discoveries

First the story, then a few comments: More than twenty years ago, Remote Viewing (RV) was promoted as a new method for discovering and using the psychic ability of clairvoyance, or extrasensory sight. Since I’d been learning about human consciousness and what our minds can do, I was very curious about this kind of ESP….

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…