Gifts from Elizabeth Rauscher – 1937-2019

By Celia Coates Last week a message from Elizabeth Rauscher’s son, Brent Alan Rauscher, let many of us know that she had died on July 3rd. Elizabeth was an engaging, delightful, and brilliant woman, a highly educated physicist who also became a skilled psychic. She explored the nature of reality from both perspectives – the…

Science, God and the Afterlife

By Celia Coates The weekly British magazine NEW SCIENTIST is one of my favorites. I enjoy the variety of subjects, the extent of the knowledge, and the quirky humor found in its pages. But it has an editorial bias of impenetrable ignorance about some of the subjects most important to WINN. Here’s an example from this…

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…

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…

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….

Consciousness and Healing

By Celia Coates In medical school Rajiv Parti was taught that, “If you can’t touch it, hear it, or see it on a monitor, send it to psych.”  It was a maxim that made sense to him until he died and came back to life. Near Death Experiences (NDEs) such as the one he had,…

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…

Words’ Worth

By Celia Coates The computer problem that kept me from publishing all of last week’s post may have been another example of “just the right wrong thing” – one of my favorite ideas.  This was to have been the first line: I wish I could write this post without sounding preachy or crabby but I…