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…

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…

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…

Nature Teaches

By Judith Dreyer Virtually all native cultures that have survived without fouling their nests have acknowledged that nature knows best, and have had the humility to ask the bears and wolves and ravens and redwoods for guidance. Janine Benyus, Biomimicry Institute I wanted to know “the woods” more: to be in the forest and know…

The “Don’t Mess With Me” Chakra

By Celia Coates If you’ve read WINN before, you know that “kindness” has been the subject of many posts. It is very important and of great value, but there are ways we can have too much of a good thing. We can end up living distorted lives if we try to be kind without a…

Finding Unity Consciousness

By Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D. “You may say I’m a dreamer, But I’m not the only one I hope some day you’ll join us And the world will be as one.”                               – John Lennon I have to admit, when I…

Revelation / Realization

By Sally Hilton-Chalfen When I was in college I had a transcendent experience which I want to share because it changed my perspective on life. I most deeply hope that writing about what I was shown can help the reader feel more joyful and confident about the meaningful course of life. In October 1974 I…

What’s Real and What’s Not

By Celia Coates Perhaps the most famous reported case of bilocation occurred in 1774, when Saint Alphonsus de’ Liguori, then a bishop in southern Italy, celebrated Mass in the small village of Arienzo. After the liturgy, he fell into a prolonged spiritual trance, and his vicar-general told people not to disturb him. When he finally…

Our 12 Senses

By Celia Coates This is a small post about a huge subject – our senses. We’ve been taught (in the West) that there are five senses, five ways in which humans can perceive our surroundings: Seeing Hearing Touching Tasting Smelling. We take in information through neurological systems connected to specific parts of the body: eyes,…

More Than Rest and Recreation

By Celia Coates With extra time to spend before boarding a flight, I was turning the display rack of books meant for business travellers. Not my usual reading material. But I was glad  I’d looked through one of them – ON MENTAL TOUGHNESS – that contained a selection of articles from the Harvard Business Review. Its…