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The Courage of Imagination

Deepa Gulrukh Patel

As I write this blog, I am on my way to Dachau to be part of an honoring ceremony for Noor-un-Nisa Inayat Khan. Noor was a Special Operations agent during the Second World… read more »

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Wisdom’s Cry

Deepa Gulrukh Patel

High in the Swiss Alps, I have felt protected from the constant stream of information about the state of the world by the beauty of the alpine meadows. The grandeur and stillness of the mountains… read more »

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What Happens When You Fall?

Deepa Gulrukh Patel

To live in the Great Mystery is for me the greatest adventure of my life. When we were developing The Seven Pillars e-book, we came up with a series of questions as an entryway into… read more »

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My Sacred Garden

Deepa Gulrukh Patel

“To feel the intimacy of brothers is a marvelous thing in life. To feel the love of people whom we love is a fire that feeds our life. But to feel the affection that… read more »

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Que suis-je?

Deepa Gulrukh Patel

What am I?As a young child growing up in Kenya, I was magnetically drawn to the rich, red soil. My love for its sandy softness was a bane to my mother who constantly… read more »

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Crossroads

Deepa Gulrukh Patel

I’m once again at that place in the journey of life where I think I need to make a choice about which direction to take. My mind is buzzing with the usual questions: What if… read more »

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Does the Universe have an Inner Life?

W.H.S. Gebel

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Happy Holidays & Your FREE Gift

Corin Girard

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Spiritual Inquiry, Part Two

Sirr al-Basir/Lee Irwin

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What is Possible When People of Faith Work Together?

Deborah Rabia Povich

 

Happy Holidays & Your FREE Gift


Like you, we at Seven Pillars House of Wisdom share a deep concern for the future of humanity and the life forms of this planet. As we approach the end of 2015, we see signs of progress in the agreement in Paris on climate change. Yet acts of terrorism, racism, fear and calls for exclusion continue, challenging us to act from wisdom. Our hearts are moved. The issues that speak to us most deeply invite us to respond, to take one step toward new possibilities. read more »

Spiritual Inquiry, Part Two

Sirr al-Basir/Lee Irwin


In my first reflections on this subject, I explored the aspects of spiritual inquiry that are most immediately of concern, primarily in our relationship with others in the context of our developing global world. Now I want to explore those aspects of inquiry that are perhaps less obvious but equally important. In our encounters with others, we discover our differences and learn to negotiate those differences in mutually respectful ways. However, self-inquiry requires us to turn inward toward unexplored depths where certainty is less clear, and at times, painfully absent. There is a very profound reason for this absence, which will be revealed if we are courageous enough to fully acknowledge our own lack of insight or understanding, and to recognize our own limits. read more »

Parliament of the World’s Religions 2015

Reclaiming the Heart of Our Humanity


Almost 10,000 people of different faiths gathered for five days in Salt Lake City, Utah to join in the spirit of fellowship and service. Three of Seven Pillars’ board members, Darakshan Farber, Halima Lefkovitz and Rabia Povich, were among the attendees.

"The range of offerings was huge—almost 1,800 people gave presentations. More than 15 faith services were offered each morning, plenary sessions with keynote speakers occurred two times a day, and over 40 workshops were offered at any given time. Participants prayed, danced, sang, chanted, meditated, dialogued, walked in silence, or just listened." ~Rabia Povich see the gallery »

What is Possible When People of Faith Work Together?

Deborah Rabia Povich


Three Seven Pillars board members will journey to the Parliament of the World’s Religions taking place in Salt Lake City from October 15-19. We will join 10,000 people from 80 nations and 50 faiths to celebrate the ways our faith traditions can build bridges across divides of enmity, and to collaborate on actions that promote peace and heal and sustain the planet. The theme of the gathering is “Reclaiming the Heart of Humanity, Working Together for a World of Compassion, Peace, Justice and Sustainability.” read more »

From Vision to Action: How We Can Fulfill Our Call to Higher Service

Christina Sophia Stellarum


"God: Please Use Me. Let me be an Instrument. Let my Life be for Something. Reveal my purpose to me!" I found myself down on my knees, uttering one of the deepest, most treasured prayers of the human soul. And I refused to get up until I had an answer. You see, I was on a quest... read more »

The Gift of the Call

Christopher Bamford


The call comes gradually, or so it seems. We must be called over and over until we hear its whisperings. Then we begin to notice, we begin to respond. Unconsciously, hesitantly, we start to listen. Incrementally, our response deepens. Finally, we realize that call and caller are one in life lived in obedience to the gift of the call; that we ourselves are the call. We come to recognize that we were called from the beginning, "from the foundation of the world," as St. Paul says. Yet, looking back, we cannot remember a "first" call. read more »

The Source of Beauty

As told by Netanel Miles-Yépez


Long ago, in a forgotten sultanate of the east, there was a group of young men who used to hang out in the "suq," the open market near the gates of the palace. These were young men who hadn’t yet found their way—some of them not even sure that they wanted to find a way—so they hung out in the "suq," gambling and joking with each other, and when necessary, getting an odd job to earn enough to buy a little food and gamble with later that night. One day, as they were sitting near the gates of the palace, a little bored with the usual fare and with each other, one of them who was most bored noticed a sedan chair—the kind used for carrying the women of the court through the marketplace—approaching the gates. read more »

Discover Living Wisdom…Inquire Within

Wendy Jehanara Tremayne

"The Seven Pillars: Journey Toward Wisdom" e-book is Now Available on iTunes, Kindle and More


When the Seven Pillars House of Wisdom team asked me to help promote a contemplative toolkit for the social and ecological needs of our time, I realized that nothing matters more than people having a way to consider the world. Throughout the ages, the wise have left clues about wisdom telling us that if properly considered, contemplative questions could produce realizations that transform the world. read more »

Becoming What You Gaze Upon

Naomi Rose


I have heard the phrase said in spiritual circles, “God is not our parents.” This I have understood as meaning that the full, nothing-withheld devotion and trust we give to our parents when we are born not only gives to them the power of God (when in reality they are “only human”), but also sees in them the God they cannot at that time see, or remember, in themselves. And also that God is much, much more than this. read more »

Supplication


Pir Zia Inayat-Khan


"As a form of prayer, supplication involves sifting through variegated impulses to find our true desires. The intensity of focused feeling that is the mark of meaningful prayer endows desire with a powerful magnetism. Thoughts take wing and fly toward their destination. The desires that are discovered, articulated and empowered in prayer become extensions of God's own desire. When we bear our heart in supplication, we know that we are heard, and that a response will reach us—though it may not be the response we expect." – from "The Prayers of Hazrat Inayat Khan" by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan. Within this offering, you will find a prayer of supplication created by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan. read more »

For the Love of All Created by Thee

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee


Within, you will find a short video from Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee telling the story of a miraculous gift of a prayer found in the foothills of the Himalayas. read more »

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