Love Letter to the Milky Way: a book of poems by Drew Dellinger

A small book of very big poems. Drew Dellinger’s poetry reaches out to the far ends of the Milky Way and to the inner depths of the soul. His poetry and performances have captivated thousands across six continents. He is, in the words of Cornell West, “one of the most creative, courageous and prophetic poets of his generation.” This power of his poetry is tied to his passion for ecological survival and social justice movements. The Rev. Osagyefo Sekou calls Dellinger “the poet laureate of the global justice democracy movement.”

it’s 3:23 in the morning
and I’m awake
because my great great grandchildren
won’t let me sleep
my great great grandchildren
ask me in my dreams
what did you do while the planet was plundered?
what did you do when the earth was unraveling?
from the poem “hieroglyphic stairway” read on the floor of Congress during climate change hearings

Drew Dellinger (Ph.D. candidate) is an internationally sought-after speaker, poet, writer, and teacher who has inspired minds and hearts around the world, performing poetry and keynoting on justice, ecology, cosmology, and compassion. He is also a consultant, publisher, and founder of Planetize the Movement.

Dellinger has presented at over 1000 events across the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia. He has spoken and performed at numerous conferences–including Bioneers, the Green Festival, the Dream Reborn, and the Parliament of the World’s Religions–as well as colleges and universities, poetry venues, protests, and places of worship. He has shared podiums and stages with luminaries such as Alice Walker, Cornel West, Thomas Berry, Danny Glover, Julia Butterfly Hill, Brian Swimme, Paul Hawken, Ani Difranco, Chuck D, Eve Ensler, and many others.

Dellinger’s award-winning book of poems, love letter to the milky way–now in its fifth printing–has thousands of devoted readers on six continents. His work has appeared in films, books, anthologies and magazines–from The New York Times magazine to YES!, Tikkun, Kosmos, and others. Dellinger’s poems have been cited and quoted in venues ranging from prison workshops to climate change hearings before the U.S. Congress.

Dellinger co-wrote the documentary film, “The Awakening Universe,” which premiered at the United Nations. As a consultant, Dellinger helped develop and design the Pachamama Alliance’s Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium, now used in 54 countries, in 14 languages. In 1997 Dellinger received Common Boundary magazine’s national Green Dove Award. In 2010 he received a Writer’s Digest Book Award.

Dellinger has taught at Prescott College, Naropa University–Oakland, Esalen Institute, Sophia Center, and John F. Kennedy University, where he was Associate Professor and Director of the Program in Social Ecology. He studied cosmology and ecological thought with Thomas Berry for twenty years, and is currently finishing his doctoral dissertation on the last years of Martin Luther King Jr.

Dellinger has been called “a national treasure,” by Joanna Macy, “a deep and courageous poet,” by Alice Walker and “one of the most creative, courageous and prophetic poets of his generation,” by Cornel West.

Book Trailer / Love Letter To The Milky Way


Love Letter to the Milky Way: A Celebration

Drew Dellinger

Published on Aug 3, 2015

IONS 2015 Conference

The Nature of Consciousness ~ Rupert Spira

Published on Aug 4, 2015

This talk was recorded in May, 2015 at the SAND gathering in Italy.

All experience appears in, is known by and, ultimately, is made of Consciousness. Therefore, our knowledge of anything is only as good as our knowledge of Consciousness. But who or what has knowledge or experience of Consciousness? Only Consciousness itself. Consciousness knows itself as ever-present and without limits, that is, eternal and infinite. It knows itself in itself, as itself, by itself. Everything appears in accordance with our understanding of Consciousness.

Thus, to know the true nature of anything — such as the mind, the body or the world — it is first necessary to know the nature of Consciousness itself. That is why all the great spiritual and philosophical traditions state that in order to know the ultimate reality of the universe, one must first know the nature of oneself. For this reason, the science of Consciousness is the ultimate science, and it is one that humanity can no longer afford to ignore. Once we have realized the eternal, infinite nature of Consciousness, all experience — that is, the mind, the body and the world — is discovered to be a modulation or vibration of Consciousness alone. ~ Rupert Spira

Marianne Williamson

Rupert Spira & Deepak Chopra: Non-dual Reality

Published on Aug 4, 2015

Rupert Spira, a masterful teacher, helps us to understand the nature of fundamental reality through meditation.

Available now on Deepak Chopra’s Curious Minds is a brand new series of intimate dialogues around the science of our universe ..featuring nobel laureates, academics & thought leaders.

5 Questions For Lynne Twist

5 Questions for Lynne Twist
By: Alma Tassi

The venerable Lynne Twist has traversed the world speaking about finances, leadership, and social justice. She has inspired thousands to rethink their relationship with money and will be one of the many brilliant speakers featured at the Success 3.0 Summit this October 31st.

You have talked to over 100,000 people all over the world about creating a healthy relationship around money. What common obstacles do we all share?

People are caught in what I call the lie of scarcity. By that, I mean an unconscious unexamined set of assumptions that come even before beliefs, that there’s not enough to go around and that all resources are scarce. This perception of the world stops people from seeing what I call the radical surprising truth: which is that there is enough, they have enough, and they are enough.

How can we align our values with finances when many of us are struggling to make ends meet?

Aligning our values with finances or aligning our finances with our values, if truly exercised and practiced, leads people to the experience of their own blessing, bounty, and gratitude no matter what the circumstances. To have peace and freedom with money is what everyone wants, including our global billionaires. Having more money does not necessarily lead to peace and freedom. Having more money often leads to distorting our values rather than upholding them. It takes courage, commitment, and depth to truly center yourself in your highest commitments and values in your relationship with spending, earning, saving, investing, and contributing. When you do that, the experience of sufficiency and true prosperity is available and natural.

What does changing our relationship with money have to do with our spirituality?
Most people have no connection with their spiritual self or their soul and their money. This disconnect is part of the culture and condition of scarcity, as well as the commercialized culture of materialism, consumerism, and “more of anything and everything is better.”

Because of this manic relationship with money, that is fostered and driven by our consumer culture, there is a hunger, experience of impoverishment, and almost starvation in our relationship with money, even if we have floods of money in our life. More “stuff” will never fill the hole in the human heart. When we realize that we can use money as the currency or current that it is – just like water flowing through our lives – we can empower and imbue it with the highest commitments of our spirituality and our soul. This is the source of real prosperity and true wealth.

What are the myths around our money that keep us from feeling satisfied?

The primary myth I’ve already referenced is what I call the lie or myth of scarcity. Within the lie of scarcity, there are three “toxic” myths. First, the belief that “there’s not enough.” Second, the myth that “more is better.” And third, “that’s just the way that it is.” These three toxic myths govern, dominate, and brainwash all of us such that we suffer in our relationship with money and are constantly driven to think that we must have more and more and more and more. There is no end to more and it never ultimately produces satisfaction, fulfillment, or prosperity.

One of your talks focuses on “the power of taking a stand.” How can this transform our lives?

The power of taking a stand centers us in something larger than our own life starring us. We start to realize that we have been “given” life and that it’s a gift. When we use our life as an instrument or vehicle to accomplish something greater and more noble than our own wants and needs, we find a place to stand that ennobles every action we take, liberates us from the prison of our identity, and turns our life energy over to service and contribution. For example, a stand for ending world hunger becomes a whole way of living life. A stand for justice and fairness for all gives you a way to see, be, and walk in the world. Your identity, your petty concerns about yourself, move in the background, and the opportunity to have your life make a difference and be used by your highest commitment becomes a source of liberation, joy, productivity, and spiritual power. This is what I call living a “committed life.” It is a privilege to live this way and to be of genuine consequence and service to the world and to future generations.

Alma Tassi is the Web Editor for Spirituality & Health. Over the years she has worked for several magazines, edited books on spirituality, personal growth and women’s issues, and is now happily living in Maui, Hawaii with her family.

Source: Spirituality & Health.

Lynne Twist presents The Power of Taking a Stand

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