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William Horden
William Douglas Horden has researched spiritual traditions of East and West, North and South, for the past 40 years. He has traveled extensively and lived in various shamanic communities, steeping himself in the timeless world view of the ancient cultures.

The Toltec I Ching
Larson Publications

Along with his collaborator, Martha Ramirez-Oropeza, he is the author of "The Toltec I Ching: 64 Keys To Inspired Action In The New World," which recasts the ancient Oracle of China in the symbology of the Native Americans of Mesoamerica. William was initially trained in the I Ching by Master Khigh Alx Dhiegh and has since developed a fresh new approach to the ancient art.

William is the author of two companion books to The Toltec I Ching entitled "The Five Emanations" and "The Spiritual Basis of Good Fortune".

He is also a professional photographer and digital artist, whose work can be viewed at 13th Sky Fine Art Photography website. He currently lives in Southern Oregon in the United States and Veracruz, Mexico.

Entries by William Horden

Change and the Spiritual Left

(1) Comments | Posted February 22, 2016 | 1:52 PM


At the opposing pole of contemporary worldviews held by the Religious Right stands the Spiritual Left. Its relationship to the Political Left is analogous to, but more poorly defined than, that between the Religious Right and Political Right. The principle difference between those two poles lies in the way...

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In The Oneness Of Time: The Education Of A Diviner

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 5:01 PM

The following is an excerpt of a new book recently released by Larson Publications.

Someone had broken the ceremonial gourd.

"It has many years," Don Alfredo explained, turning it over and over, inspecting the crack that ran halfway down one side of the weathered gourd. "It belongs to...

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The I Ching of Magic and Enlightenment

(1) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 1:01 PM

"The I Ching is the shortest path to two of the deepest of human desires."

It was one of those monsoons that infrequently strike Southern California and the rain was torrential and unrelenting. It pounded on the roof comfortingly. The courtyard outside was filled with dancing fairies, as my grandmother...

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The World Government-In-Exile

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 8:42 AM

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren and to do good is my religion.

-- Thomas Paine

Not every generation faces such an historic turning point of civilization. But the future looms before us like never before, a clear vision of a world threatened by...

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The Inner Vow of Silence

(1) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 5:38 PM

Not many of us live in monasteries today and modern life seldom permits us to suddenly stop speaking to those around us. But that doesn't mean we can't avail ourselves of the time-honored benefit of the vow of silence.

Monastic traditions of both the East and West have used the...

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Elysium Is the New V for Vendetta

(19) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 4:39 PM

Unquestionably the most subversive big-budget film in years, Elysium takes its rightful place among the small number of major productions that dare to hold a mirror up to the rising tide of inequality, injustice and authoritarianism facing us all.

Although cast as a science fiction film, Elysium cannot...

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5 Values That Celebrate Our Interdependence

(9) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 2:50 PM

A new lifeway of enlightened coexistence is spreading among people of every culture and every generation. We are no longer confined to borders nor defined by the past -- we occupy a shared present in constant flux that is constantly being recreated in a global vision of possibilities. Old discords...

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Three Zen Stories for Peace of Heart

(4) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 2:36 PM

Zen stories and koans have a reputation for being difficult to understand. While this is certainly true of some, there are others more transparent that seem to impart their primary lesson much more readily.

Here are three such stories, each of which uses a different strategy to address the issue...

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It's Time for a World Savings Initiative

(10) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 5:37 PM

If we want things to stay the same, everything is going to have to change.--Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

It seems inevitable that a time comes when people across the globe create a mechanism by which to exert their collective self-governance.

After all, governments have given up the...

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Reaching for the Heart of Spring

(10) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 7:20 AM

"Spring has returned.
The Earth is like a child that knows poems."

-- Rainer Maria Rilke

Every change of season evokes emotions, but spring, charging out of winter's cold dark with renewed life and brighter days, seems our most beloved. New hopes bloom like flowers springing back from...

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The Two-Minute Defining Moment

(22) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 10:00 AM

Watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post.

The longer people live, the more confused they become,
because their anxiety to avoid unavoidable death becomes more and more acute.
So much sorrow! People live for what is always out of reach!
Their thirst for...

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The Well in the Garden of the Soul

(9) Comments | Posted July 5, 2012 | 8:20 AM

Visualizing the soul as a garden helps us really feel an inner space that is both sacred and filled with life. Here, we can sow the seeds of all our most cherished experiences and weed out the self-defeating doubts we have acquired from the time in which we live. In...

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The Mirror's Echo

(6) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 3:40 PM

After all the elephant words have slipped back into the deep forest and all the whale thoughts have sailed back into the dark abyss, there is just this pair of hands and feet, this pair of eyes and ears, this heart. What am I making with these hands? Where are...

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5 Soul-Thoughts for a Radiant Life

(30) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 7:30 AM

What are the moment-to-moment thoughts we are projecting every day?

From the soul's perspective, there is no more practical question than this, since the way we are thinking and feeling all the time forms our spiritual relationship with the world.

The more superficial sense of "I" that we experience...

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The Inner Compass of Being

(8) Comments | Posted May 3, 2012 | 6:28 PM

"Ten thousand flowers in Spring,
The moon in Autumn,
A cool breeze in Summer,
Snow in Winter.
If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things,
This is the best season of your life."
-- Wu-men

It's not as if you haven't been working on...

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2012 and the Spirit of the Age

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 11:06 AM

Whether the ancient Mayans intended it or not, the end of their calendar coincides with a profound turning point in human civilization.

This comprises what Carl Jung called a synchronicity, a meaningful coincidence.

Synchronicities are, by their very nature, impossible to ignore. They are unexpected coincidences that seem to hint...

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The Tao of Green: Love of Humanity and Nature

(100) Comments | Posted November 18, 2011 | 11:32 AM

When the world is governed according to Tao,
Horses are used to work the land.
When the world is not governed according to Tao,
Warhorses and weapons are sent to the frontier.
There is no greater calamity than lavish desires.
There is no greater guilt...

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The Tao of Green

(8) Comments | Posted October 24, 2011 | 3:51 PM

The wise do not accumulate.
The more they work for other people, the more they gain.
The more they share with other people, the more they receive.
The Tao followed by heaven is to do good and not to harm.
The Tao followed by the wise...

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The Short Path of Sudden Enlightenment

(38) Comments | Posted May 25, 2011 | 11:20 AM

A white pelican sails south across the darkening sky, heading deeper into the high desert marshlands. We follow in the hope it's leading us to a flock we can photograph before the afternoon rain sets in. The first warning drops splash dust on the washboard road as a flock of...

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The Tao of Enlightenment

(210) Comments | Posted April 4, 2011 | 10:00 PM

"Within the mind there is yet another mind." --Nei-yeh, trans. Harold D. Roth

The concept of the Tao (the Way) has profoundly impacted world culture, most notably through the many translations of the Tao Te Ching and the Chuang Tzu. Its impact on ancient China was foundational, in the sense...

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