News-in-Transition

13 August 2017

 - Having recently watched the wildly popular film V for Vendetta again after many years, I do admit to having chills when the masses don their masks in courageous defiance of the neo-Fascist State, which has pushed its agenda too far and, consequently, is teetering on the brink of destruction. The rebel in me shares an affinity with that specific scene, as well as the overall message of the film.

However, where one person sees liberation, another is equally horrified at such lawlessness. For a majority of us, anarchy is nothing more than senseless violence meant to destabilize the land, its people and economy. Granted, anarchists don’t exactly have the most glowing track record — think masked thugs who smashed windows, sprayed graffiti and damaged patrol cars during the relatively peaceful Seattle WTO protests in 1999, or the chaotic protests against the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, which ultimately lead to violent clashes with police.

But maybe the idea behind anarchy has been misunderstood — like many ideologies throughout history which have been hijacked and distorted. Maybe the time has come to revisit anarchy — and recognize that it might just be what we need to solve many of the issues we are faced with today.

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30 April 2017

6 January 2017

thich-nhat-hanh-copy - Nobel Peace Prize nominee and Zen Buddhist master, Thich Nhat Hanh (90 years old) has a very different theory about why our ecosystems are dying and our financial systems are crumbling. The Vietnamese monk credited with bringing mindfulness to the West believes that our desperation to succeed at all costs fuels our voracious economic system. An innumerable number of worldly ‘sicknesses’ come from this singular philosophical vice.

On one of Hanh’s Facebook posts he said, “Each one of us has to ask ourselves, What do I really want? Do I really want to be Number One? Or do I want to be happy? If you want success, you may sacrifice your happiness for it. You can become a victim of success, but you can never become a victim of happiness.”

Thay – as his followers call him, is no stranger to the ideology of the movers and shakers in our world economy. He was invited to speak in Silicon Valley by Steve Jobs once, and has met with the World Bank president Jim Yong Kim.  He has also met with senior Google engineers to discuss how they could develop technologies which could be more compassionate and bring about positive change, instead of increasing people’s stress and isolation, taking them away from nature, and one another.

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13 December 2016

 - It is 65 years ago, you’re 10 years old and sitting on an old, half-blind, grey horse. All you have is a saddle blanket and a rope for reins as you watch a pack of dogs rage at the foot of a Ponderosa pine.

High up on a branch, a cougar lies supine, one paw lazily swatting at the air. He knows the dogs will tire. They will slink away and then the cougar will climb down and go on with its life in the Blue Bush country south of Kamloops. It is a hot summer day. There is the smell of pine needles and Oregon grape and dust. It seems to you that the sun carves the dust from the face of the broken rocks, carves and lifts it into the air where it mixes with the sun. Just beyond you are three men on horses.

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21 November 2016

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16 October 2016

Genetic Dark Matter, Return of the Goodess, and the Post-Science Era - In the post-Genomic, post-Science era, a revolution is afoot, but it will be felt first before it is fully known by the intellect.

"One could not pluck a flower without troubling a star." -  Francis Thompson  

A new study published in Medical Hypothesis suggests, among other things, the existence of a plausible molecular mechanism to account for a hitherto inexplicable aspect of the so-called Gaia hypothesis; a theory which proposes that the Earth is self-regulating and controlled by the community of living organisms.

The study identifies transcribable elements within the so-called "dark matter" of the genome (the about 98.5% of the genome that does not code for proteins) known as non-coding RNAs. One kind of non-coding RNA identified in the study known as microRNA is believed capable of acting as a master regulator of gene expression across kingdoms.

If MicroRNAs indeed function as cross-kingdom master regulators of the divers members of the biosphere, every living thing is therefore inseparably connected via interpenetrating webs of genetic and epigenetic relationships. This perspective radically diverges from classical evolutionary theory where organisms are viewed externally related to one another, with self-preservation and survival -- not co-operation -- as primary instinct. 

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Calendar of Events

Group healing events for the remainder of 2017:

22 September - Equinox

21 December - Solstice

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