La Danse, Henri Matisse 1909
'La Danse', Henri Matisse, 1909
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A New Glasnost for the Planet

Mikhail Gorbachev, Russia

(Submitted by the author)

It may seem paradoxical, but despite having borne witness to the countless humanitarian and environmental disasters of recent decades, I am an optimist. But being an optimist does not mean simply looking at the world through rose-tinted glasses, like Voltaire’s Candide, and declaring everything to be for the best, despite an endless array of misfortunes.

The hummingbird

Alberto Villoldo, Cuba

(Submitted by The Art of Living Team)

Whether you realize it or not, we are all dreaming the world into being. What we’re engaging in is not the sleeping dream we’re familiar with, but the waking dream we craft with our eyes open.

A New Renaissance

Edgar Morin, France

(Submitted by the author)

A deterioration in quality for the sake of quantity is the hallmark of our civilisation crisis, since we live in a world dominated by a technological, economic and scientific logic. Only that which is quantifiable is perceived as real, everything else is dismissed, from political thinking in particular. Unfortunately, neither love nor suffering, nor pleasure, enthusiasm or poetry are quantifiable.

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Light is God

Harvey Lloyd, USA

(Submitted by the author)

Our eyes do not see, any more than our computer thinks. Our eyes are marvelous tools for recording and transmitting photons of light to our brains in the form of electrical signals. Beginning at the retina, a series of computer-like programs analyze, censor, delete and send certain amounts of information to various parts of the brain. This is not widely understood. Most of us were raised and taught that we ‘see’ with our eyes.

Give, give, give

Isabel Allende, Chile

(Submitted by the author)

Give, give, give - what is the point of having experience, knowledge, or talent if I don’t give it away? Of having stories if I don’t tell them to others? Of having wealth if I don’t share it? I don’t intend to be cremated with any of it! It is in giving that I connect with others, with the world, and with the divine.

Thirty-three happy moments

Chin Shengt'an, China

(Submitted by Oliver Brooks, England)

Whilst stranded in a temple with a friend for ten days on account of rainy weather, Chin Shengt'an, 17th century Chinese playwright, counted the truly happy moments of human life, moments in which the spirit is inextricably tied up with the senses:

Cosmic Symphony - a Deeper Look at Quantum Consciousness

Ervin Laszlo, Hungary

(Submitted by the author)

The rise of quantum consciousness could be the biggest step our species has taken since it came down from the trees. It would bring us to a new stage of species maturity - and could also enable us to surmount the problems that threaten our life and our future.

A Wider Perspective

The Dalai Lama, Tibet

(Submitted by The Office of H.H. The Dalai Lama)

We can cultivate and achieve happiness, remove and eliminate suffering, provided we are able to engage in a practice which is in tune with the law of nature and in tune with how things actually exist. No matter how strong an individual is, we have to live as a human community.


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