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Listening to Extinction: Rachmaninoff, science, and a moral call to action

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Iguazu butterfly photo courtesy of Kim Heacox

It is impossible to hear the silence of vanished birdsong. We can’t see the absence of rainbow fish in bleached coral reefs. The bodies of extinct frogs don’t pile up around our knees. So we have to engage our imaginations every way we can, to understand that human activities are driving the Earth into a Sixth Mass Extinction, bringing the Cenozoic Era to a close. Sixty-five million years ago, the violent impact of an asteroid killed perhaps eighty percent of the species then alive, including most dinosaurs and many creatures of the seas. And now, the planet reels from human violence: since 1970, 39 percent of terrestrial wildlife –gone, 39 percent of marine wildlife –gone, 76 percent of freshwater wildlife –gone.

“Words alone cannot express the enormity of the losses and the moral urgency of action,” says Kathleen Dean Moore, “and so we turned to music.”

 

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Why I Find Feathers Alluring

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Chris Maynard Jay Spray, 2016, blue & gold macaw secondary feather, 12x15 inches © Chris Maynard

Growing up, three bothersome younger sisters drove me to seek beauty, knowledge, solace, fun, and wonder in the big woods surrounding our home. This was in a rapidly suburbanizing area just east of Seattle. I remember, at 14, crouching by an overgrown ditch along a busy road, watching a foot-long trout, motionless in the clear water, occasionally flicking out to catch an insect. Even during those early explorations, I remember feeling the enormity of life and my small place in it.

Then came the bulldozers and construction. The ditch disappeared. I doubt if anyone else had a clue about the community of creatures that was destroyed. Most called it “development” but I saw it as a kind of un-development. I felt tremendously sad and have continued to feel this sadness the last 30 years as this sort of thing happens again and again. The feeling keeps following me as it follows many of us as we sift through the losses.

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The River by Coco Love Alcorn

Here's Coco Love Alcorn's original song "The River" performed live off the floor, layering her voice with a 5 track looper (RC505). Since originally posting this video, choirs all around the world have been performing "The River" and also other songs from the new album, Wonderland. You can find the wonderland album here: https://cocolovealcorn.com/music


Goddess Chakra Series - Red Root

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A series of paintings that depicts each one of the 7 chakras in the form of the Feminine. Focusing on the aspect of the chakra color, each painting incorporates a combination of paper, fabric, glitter, stones, beads, flowers and feathers – further illustrating and delineating subtle hues and tones within each color and its vibration.

The Butterfly symbolizes transformation for me, my own transformation, but also my messenger of spirit….it is my totem. Sometimes I use it at the chakra point and at other times I use it where I intuitively feel it should be. At the bottom of each painting is the gemstone or crystal associated with that particular chakra and color energy. I have placed this gemstone next to my signature. I hope that this small gesture completes the story of each color and its healing messages.

Red Root

Red governs the Root or 1st chakra, situated at the base of the spine. It represents vitality, courage, relationship to the material world and stability. It is where the Kundalini energy resides. The Kundalini is symbolized by a coiled serpent that slowly makes its way up the spine towards the crown chakra, symbolizing the unlimited and unmanifested potential. “Red Root” is the expression of the ‘essence’ of the color RED in particular its association with this chakra. It speaks of the manifestation of the spirit into matter and of the passion, physical intensity and energy that this evokes. ‘Red Root’ connects us to our roots into Mother Earth. Red is an energy that vibrates earthiness, animal essence and physical passion.

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One Song

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ONE SONG
By Ron Friedman
 
Only one song
And instruments endless,
So don't be fooled
By diversity's enchantment
An endless orchestra
Sounding its chord.
At morning's sunrise
Stand still with all creation,
Listen, then hear
The pitch for this day,
And as you join 
This paean universal,
Know the Creator joys
In your singing along.

 

 

unaccustomed looking is an extraordinary poetic journey as seen through the eyes of the spirit. It offers the reader the opportunity to share the author’s insights and deep experience of life’s mysteries…Truly an inspiration to all poetic hearts.

 

“This is a book to hold in your hands and caress. It is a tome that expects frayed pages and worn covers from the joy of constant use. It is a gift both to have and to give. It is a volume of verbal songs for the poet, the writer, the reader, the voyeur, the curious and the mystic.”   ~ Rolland G. Smith, broadcaster, journalist, poet and author

”Ron Friedman is a divine craftsman. His poems not only eloquently reflect deep heart and consciousness, but the activist energy that is emerging now in spiritual communities worldwide to effect real global change.”  ~ Kurt Johnson, author of The Coming Interspiritual Age, and Nabokov’s Blues: The Scientific Odyssey of a Literary Genius

 


 

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Ron Friedman, MD, and Victoria Friedman are visionaries, pioneers and teachers in the field of Collective Evolutionary Consciousness and Co-Founders of Vistar Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to exploring the Power and Potential of Collective Intelligence. Ron, a Pathologist, and Victoria, a Ceramic Artist, developed the evolutionary Vistar Method ™, a structured meeting format for collective awakening, co-creativity and conscious communication.  They have 30 years experience with intensive spiritual group work and train Vistar Circle Leaders. They provide Vistar Method Trainings in teleconferences on-line and in person and lead Collective Awakening Circles. Victoria and Ron produce large and small-scale events that inspire and involve people in new creative forms of spiritual expression, with a focus on connectivity and conscious culture.  Victoria and Ron studied with teachers of “The Work” of G.I. Gurdjieff, Rudolph Steiner, and the Non-Dual traditions. The synthesis of the experience with these teachings led to the founding of Vistar Foundation. Ron’s new poetry book, “unaccustomed looking: insight on the path” launched in June 2014.   www.vistarfoundation.org.


Time Traveler by Lyla June

In this music video, spoken-word artist Lyla June offers a poetic reflection on time and the wisdom needed to care for future generations. To learn more, check out the video on https://emergencemagazine.org/

Lyla June - Writer and Musician

Desirae Harp - Additional Vocals

Adam Loften - Director and Editor

Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee - Producer

Judah Kerr - Beat Producer

Jason Joseffer - Director of Photography

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LIVE Painting 2: Katherine Skaggs

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"Reconnecting with Other... I think is a work in progress.

We shall see."

 ~Katherine Skaggs



Love Lives Here by Victoria Freedman

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For an article and more information on Spirit Doodling CLICK HERE

Victoria Friedman isa Co-Founder of Vistar Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to exploring the Power and Potential of Collective Consciousness. Victoria, with co-founder Dr. Ron Friedman, developed the evolutionary Vistar Method ™, a spiritual meeting technology for collective awakening, co-creativity and enlightened meetings.  They have 30 years experience with intensive spiritual group work. They provide Vistar Method Trainings in teleconferences on-line and in person. Victoria and Ron produce large and small-scale events that inspire and involve people in new creative forms of spiritual expression, with a focus on connectivity and conscious culture.  Victoria is also an artist and author of  “SPIRIT DOODLING: The Effortless Expression of No-Mind”.   www.vistarfoundation.org.

 



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