What About The Infinite?

By Celia Coates At a conference in 2008 Elmer Green said, “There is only one really important question: What is our relationship to the Infinite?” If you already know about Elmer Green and why someone might want to pay attention to his views, skip this next paragraph – Elmer was born on October 10, 1917…

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…

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…

Elmer Green and Al Sharpton

By Celia Coates Both Elmer Green, a pioneer in clinical biofeedback, and Al Sharpton, “The Rev,” have given the same wonderful advice: “Just keep going.” Elmer gave me that advice years ago when I was puzzled about where I was going with studying subtle energies. He was helpful to many, many people – at first…

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…

About Biofeedback and ADHD

“I know a kid with ADHD – how can we get Jean’s biofeedback light sculpture?” Questions like that came from last week’s post about the life of Jean Millay and her wonderful story about using the device she developed with Timothy Scully to change the life of a boy who had been unable to be…

Elmer Green and Vision Dreams

Elmer Green had what he called “vision dreams” which were dreams, and visions, and views of another level of reality. Many years ago he dreamed about a friend, a guy who worked with him as the foreman of a group at Minneapolis Honeywell that was manufacturing telescopes for the Army. In the vision dream Elmer…

Elmer Green on States of Consciousness

Elmer Green taught that we have “two minds” – a this-side consciousness and an other-side consciousness. On this side we tune in to our material world and with our other-side mind we connect with the non-material realm. The brain and the physical body manufacture a concrete reality and, although it is real, it is only…

Elmer Green – About Subtle Energies

“Subtle energies” can be hard to explain. Elmer Green made a life-long study of them as both a scientist and a mystic. One of my favorite ways to understand them was described by Elmer in, “Biofeedback and Human Potential.” “A problem for many, however, arises with the word ‘spirit.’ Some feel that there is no…

The Art of the Deal

Tony Schwartz wrote THE ART OF THE DEAL for Donald Trump and regrets it. At first it was just a job, one that the thirty-five year old journalist was glad to have. Then it turned into 18 months of trailing Trump in his daily life in order to gain a coherent narrative for the book….