“Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto”
“I am a human being, nothing human can be alien to me.”
Ask yourself “What do I desire?”
No… stop and really ask yourself “what do you desire?”
This excerpt from A Pale Blue Dot was inspired by an image taken, at Carl Sagan’s suggestion, by Voyager 1 on February 14, 1990.
As the spacecraft left our planetary neighborhood for the fringes of the solar system, engineers turned it around for one last look at its home planet.
Voyager 1 was about 6.4 billion kilometres (4 billion miles) away, and approximately 32 degrees above the ecliptic plane, when it captured this portrait of our world.
“Dance Tribe Offers Prayer in Motion” an article written by Elizabeth Schwyzer from the Santa Barbara Independent offers a glimpse into the modern rituals of tribal dance.
An experience which participants describe as transformational and ecstatic. Perhaps other communities will feel inspired to make tribal dance a part of their tradition.
It’s 11 o’clock on a bright Sunday morning, but the building is dimly lit.
Down the hallway are giant double doors leading to what I’m told is a sacred space. Inside is a shrine, where candlelight flickers over the figures of deities, and nasturtium blossoms float in a bowl of water.
As my eyes adjust to the darkness, I take in the rest of the cavernous room, where flecks of green light smatter the floor like stars.
The warm notes of a Native American flute morph into the hypnotic pulse of electronic trance music.
I am here for Dance Tribe, the weekly gathering that many participants describe as a form of prayer.
Continue reading the story at the independent.com news
Humans are part of the natural order.
We’re risen apes that acquired language and learned to use tools.
Skyscrapers and spacecraft may seem unnatural, but they’re just as much a part of the natural order as beaver dams and bird nests.
Boring electrical lines hint at the energy solution of a mammalian species.
Open your eyes to the world you’ve grown accustomed to, and rejoice in the fact that you can participate in the human project.
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