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e-Notebook: July 2013

In this edition of Seven Pillars’ Living Wisdom eNotebook, we begin an exploration of the paths to wisdom, inspired by our recently launched Pathways. We invite you to experience a “snip” of Wendy Jehanara Tremayne’s creative life as “a maker of things;” bear witness to Winona LaDuke’s passionate invocation of the spiritual “presence” within, and ongoing imperialistic threat to, sacred places; and drink in Lee Irwin’s soulful meditation on
heart-centered conversation.

Happy Interdependence Day!
– Laurie and Corin


A Maker of Things
Wendy Jehanara Tremayne

In 2006 I quit my career job, left New York City, and headed to rural New Mexico to discover a life less reliant on money. I wanted to become a maker of things instead of a buyer of things.

As in most escapades, I advanced step-by-step. Curiously I lifted veil after veil, allowing myself to be shape-shifted by the journey’s demands. I became the maker of things I imagined I could be while still living in Brooklyn. In no time I learned to do things like weld, wildcraft, forage, make biodiesel fuel from waste, hack electronics, build structures out of paper, grow food, and make medicine and other things that I needed to live. I also learned about value, which I could not find previously even though I’d searched for it for most of my life.

I learned that the world we share is abundant. There’s enough to go around and quite a bit more than that. And I learned the way to prove it. Give. Gifts are evidence and they’re contagious. By letting my ideal lead me to an adventure, the ideal has been made real. It changed the world and me, too. Read more…

Click here to view a Gallery of Images by Wendy Jehanara Tremayne
A Maker of Things: Hands-On Living in Action


In the Time of the Sacred Places
Winona LaDuke

“It’s not like a church where you have everything in one place. We could describe how sacred sites are the teachers . . . We don’t want the American dream . . . We want our prayer rocks.”
– Calleen Sisk, Winnemum Wintu


In the time of Thunderbeings and Underwater Serpents, the humans, animals, and plants conversed and carried on lives of mischief, wonder, and mundane tasks. The prophets told of times ahead, explained the causes of the deluge of past, and predicted the two paths of the future: one scorched and one green, one of which the Anishinaabeg would have to choose.

In the time of the Thunderbeings and Underwater Serpents, it was understood that there was a constant balance and a universe beyond this material world that needed to be maintained and to whom we would belong always. Read more…

See Winona LaDuke, Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, and others featured in this video introduction to Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee’s new anthology, Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth.


Heartfelt Dialogue
Lee Irwin

The mystery of heartfelt dialogue, of truly heart-centered conversation, is discovered in the inflow of presence and in a willingness to uncover the desires of the heart, as inspired by an atmosphere of loving concern.

As a process of discovery, such dialogue is energized by patience and receptivity to what arises spontaneously and genuinely from the heart. To “feel with the heart” is not an act isolated to the individual; it is a participatory mystery, part of a shared process supported by our intersubjective relations. Insights come to me because I am receptive to the insights of others; if others experience insight based on interactions with me, it is simply an expression of the total field of influences that extend far beyond any one individual. Read more…



A summer evening of poetry and music.
Tuesday July 9th, 7pm
Abode of the Message
New Lebanon, New York

This evening program will feature an artistic rendering of “The Seven Pillars” through music and the spoken word, followed by an open forum for participants to explore The Seven Pillars through our Pathway, heart-centered conversation. This program is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are appreciated. Click here to RSVP and read more.



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