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Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee Ph.D. is a Sufi teacher and author of a number of books, including Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth ( In recent years the focus of his writing and teaching has been on spiritual responsibility in our present time of transition, and the emerging global consciousness of oneness, and spiritual ecology. He is the founder of the Golden Sufi Center: He has been featured on the PBS series Global Spirit and interviewed by Oprah Winfrey on Super Soul Sunday.
His most recent book is Darkening of the Light: Witnessing the End of an Era.

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Paris: A Spiritual Response to Climate Change

(1) Comments | Posted December 2, 2015 | 2:41 PM

In a city whose soul is bleeding from the acts of terrorists, world leaders are meeting to discuss the fate of an Earth whose soul is also bleeding--bleeding from exploitation, from our civilization's relentless pursuit of materialism. These leaders will discuss carbon emissions and the global rise of temperature, but...

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Der Klimawandel ist ein spirituelles Problem

(9) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 3:29 PM

"Die ökologische Krise ist im Wesentlichen ein spirituelles Problem." Diese Worte, gesprochen von einem orthodoxen Theologen, Metropolitan John Zizioulas, bei der Vatikan-Konferenz über die päpstliche Enzyklika, sind zutiefst bedeutsam. Der Veröffentlichung der Enzyklika folgte bald eine neue Studie, die bestätigte, dass die Erde jetzt in eine neue Phase des Aussterbens...

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Shifting the Climate Debate Onto Sacred Ground

(15) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 12:11 PM

"The ecological crisis is essentially a spiritual problem." These words spoken by an Eastern Orthodox theologian, Metropolitan John Zizioulas, at the Vatican news conference on the papal encyclical are profoundly important. The release of the encyclical was soon followed by a new study that confirmed the Earth has now entered...

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Pope Francis' Encyclical: Hearing the Cry of the Earth

(8) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 2:09 PM

The Earth "now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her." So begins Pope Francis in his powerful and long-awaited encyclical on ecology. "The earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor."

Pope Francis chose...

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For the Love of All Created by Thee

(7) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 3:10 PM

Looking back over almost half a century of spiritual practice, I sometimes ask myself what was the greatest challenge, the most difficult lesson. On the spiritual quest we are faced with our love and longing, our darkest fears, our failings. We are taken into the darkness and then into the...

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Rebirth, Miracles, and Magic

(9) Comments | Posted February 16, 2015 | 10:32 AM

Amidst headlines of terrorists and other news of a global darkness, a quiet miracle is once again taking place. While blizzards batter the North East, spring comes here in Northern California--that magical moment when buds break open, when bulbs become shoots that become flowers, and color and fragrance return to...

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Protecting Seeds and Their Stories: The Sacred in Everyday Life

(10) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 10:55 AM

The recent UN Climate Change Summit, the marches in New York and around the world, once again brought into our collective consciousness the need for real change. As did the shocking news of the global loss of species. The vital need to protect our ecosystems is part of a cry...

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Loneliness and the Sacred Web of Life

(21) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 7:11 PM

Recently Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Sanjay Gupta instigated a "Just Say Hello!" campaign as a way to combat the deep loneliness that pervades so many people today. Dr. Gupta speaks of the heartbreaking sense of isolation, a toxic, brutal, and even physical pain. Our increasingly connected society has a shadow...

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Including the Earth in Our Prayers

(24) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 2:40 PM

Every morning I love to walk early beside the wetlands where I live. It is a time of natural reflection and prayer, a time to be alone with nature and the divine that is present: in the hawk sitting on the telephone lines, the skyline softening and turning golden. And...

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Sustainability and the Sacred

(138) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 1:28 AM

Recent droughts, hurricanes and floods have made us more and more aware of the reality of climate change, and the disastrous environmental effect of our industrialized, materialistic civilization. As our world stumbles to the brink of ecological collapse -- the "tipping point" of irreversible climate change -- sustainability has become...

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Changing the Story

(24) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 5:23 PM

"The only way to change the world is to change the story."

Like a green shoot in early spring, a new story is trying to break through into our collective consciousness. How can we help it to emerge and grow, help it to change our fractured world?

We know only...

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A Prayer at the Winter Solstice

(147) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 7:29 AM

As we come toward the time of the winter solstice and a few days later the celebration of Christmas, we are reminded once again of the primal mystery of darkness and light, and the light being born in the darkness. As the longest night of the northern hemisphere approaches, what...

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The Need for Love: Reflections by a Mystic

(119) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 2:54 PM

In a recent conversation for Super Soul Sunday, when Oprah described to me how so often in her conversations and interviews, people said to her how they just wanted to be happy, I found myself responding, "I think they want to be loved."

All of us want, or need, to...

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A Morning Prayer and the Call of the Earth

(50) Comments | Posted July 21, 2012 | 9:03 AM

The world is charged with the grandeur of God.

There are so many different ways to pray; in Rumi's words, "there are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground." Recently I wrote about being drawn into silent inner prayer, but there is another form of prayer that meets...

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Mystical Prayer: Opening a Door to Silence and Love

(118) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 8:07 AM

"God does not look at your outer forms, but at the love within your love." --Rumi

Amid the noise and increasing demands of our daily life, it is more and more important for many of us to find a way to reach an inner quiet, a place of rest and...

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The Sacred Feminine Today

(23) Comments | Posted March 7, 2012 | 8:00 PM

Today there is a resurgence of interest in the sacred feminine. The immense popularity a few years ago of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code spoke not just to our enjoyment of a good thriller but also to the mystery of the divine feminine in Western culture, which is the...

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Mysticism: Living Love's Oneness

(121) Comments | Posted February 29, 2012 | 11:02 AM

What is mysticism? How is it different to spirituality? And why is mysticism important at this moment in time?

The spiritual journey can be most simply described as a way to access the light of our soul -- the beautiful light with which we came into the world. On...

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Praying for the Earth

(38) Comments | Posted August 9, 2011 | 9:40 AM

Prayer is a way to be with the divine -- from the prayer born from need, where we use words to express our needs, to the deeper prayer that takes us beyond any words into the oneness and silence within the heart. This video is about the simplicity of the...

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How Our Consciousness Affects the Environment

(51) Comments | Posted May 16, 2011 | 7:00 AM

In March this year the science journal Nature announced what many people already knew: that there are clear indications that the world's sixth "mass extinction" is already underway.

The last mass extinction came some 65 million years ago when a comet or asteroid slammed into the Yucatan Peninsula, in...

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Spiritual Ecology: The Solution to Our Climate Change Crisis?

(79) Comments | Posted December 2, 2010 | 8:42 AM

This week's United Nations Climate Change Conference at Cancun, Mexico is a global forum in response to a global crisis. As well as considering cutting carbon emissions, the conference hopes among other issues to advance green technologies and fund safeguards to prevent further deforestation of the Amazon. Already there are...

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