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Jennifer Alia Wittman

Climate Change in Copenhagen: Spiritual Leaders Gather

Posted by Jennifer Alia Wittman on December 17, 2009

Our friends at the Global Peace Initiative of Women have gathered spiritual and religious leaders to meet throughout the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen this past week.

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Tuesday Guests

Posted by Jennifer Alia Wittman on May 27, 2009

Yesterday, Seven Pillars' board member, Dena Merriam, founder of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, and Sraddhalu Ranade of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, came to visit Pir Zia. The discussion focused on plans for world events on climate change, issues in Pakistan, Afganistan and India, and youth spirituality.

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A Quick Preview of Guiding Voices for Labor Day

Posted by Jennifer Alia Wittman on May 20, 2009

Here is a preview of the voices to guide Seven Pillars' Labor Day gathering, September 4-7, 2009. Fuller details about the gathering will be made available by June 1st.

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Slow Down London

Posted by Jennifer Alia Wittman on April 27, 2009

Seven Pillars' co-founding board member, Deepa Patel, has just launched Slow Down London in the United Kingdom. Read on to learn more, and to view video from NBC Nightly News.

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Personal Experiences of Prophecy

Posted by Jennifer Alia Wittman on April 21, 2009

Our most recent program, Revelation, Dreams and Prophecy, featured Seven Pillars’ Guiding Voice Lee Irwin, along with thirty-four other good friends, for an afternoon on the “seven degrees of prophecy.”

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A Visit With Orland Bishop

Posted by Jennifer Alia Wittman on April 1, 2009

How do I need to be for you to be free? – Orland Bishop

As we further investigate the areas of Cosmology, Revelation, Mysticism and Chivalry, people come to mind, or are recommended, to come visit us and inform our work.

Last year we hosted an impromptu visit with Dorothy Maclean, in the middle of February, while the Abode (our home) was covered in ice. Dorothy is in her 80’s, and fearlessly toured the property, walking right on the ice—no avoidance. She is one with the natural world.

This past month we happily received Orland Bishop, founder of the Shade Tree Multi-cultural Foundation in Los Angeles. As with Dorothy, Orland toured the place, met privately with Seven Pillars’ founder, Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, and then offered a public talk and tea in the Abode’s library. He was also kind enough to continue with ten of us after dinner, holding a group dialogue revisiting topics from the afternoon. Dialogue is key to Orland’s work, as it is to the work of Seven Pillars.

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Vegetarian or Omnivore?

Posted by Jennifer Alia Wittman on March 4, 2009

The week Pir Zia was contemplating his blog on why he adopted a vegetarian diet, I recognized, after ten years as an omnivore, my love of living, breathing animals, and how incongruous it is for an animal lover to eat their animal friends for dinner.

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The Homesteader Lifestyle: Growing a Nature-Minded Consciousness

Posted by Jennifer Alia Wittman on February 16, 2009

Recently I have been studying up on shower curtain liners -- those large pieces of plastic that we buy at grocery and drug stores, usually for under $10. I’ve been learning about how they emit toxins, how they hold mold and allergins, and how they live in landfills f–o–r–e–v–e–r.

For years I have been living with old curtain liners, ones that close friends and brave house guests complain about, all because I cannot bring myself to buy new ones in fear of environmental disaster. Now I’m seriously thinking about redoing my bathroom, and am making a sincere study of non-toxic possibilities.

And my only question is, “How did I get here?”

How did I become someone who cannot make a purchase without questioning its origin, ingredients, and future life in a landfill?

Well, I’m an obvious product of my environment, and over the past few years have been heavily influenced by the thoughtful acts of my friends and neighbors, much more so than by the now environmentally-friendly media.

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Beginning a Dialogue: The Economic Crisis

Posted by Jennifer Alia Wittman on January 8, 2009

Recently a group of Seven Pillars’ Guiding Voices met via conference call to dialogue about the current economic climate, with Deepa Patel, a member of Seven Pillars’ board, as facilitator.

The conversation was a lively, two-hour exchange. Rather than post the entire transcript, we share below excerpts compiled to present the core thinking of each of the participants.

We would like to invite you to join the conversation. What is your “core thinking” as it relates to the economic crisis? Is there a larger viewpoint to be taken during trying economic times, one that comes from a perspective of oneness, holism and sacredness?

Now, on to the dialogue…

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Advancing the Emerging Planetary Culture

Posted by Jennifer Alia Wittman on January 5, 2009

Welcome to our new Director’s Blog!

Over the next months this space will be used to introduce the thoughts and work of leading thinkers within Seven Pillars’ network, all of whom are dedicated to advancing the "emerging planetary culture" that recognizes and values beauty, oneness, depth, and sacredness, both within individuals and the collective.

Personal reflections on Seven Pillars' efforts to advance this new planetary culture will also be featured here.

Please join me as a contributor through your comments to these and other posts throughout our web site. Share with us your vision, values and hope for the world and the community of species living together on our fragile yet resilient planet, Earth.

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