David Spangler

A Quote by David Spangler on gaia, idea, hypothesis, spiritual, and environment

Gaia is an important idea, both as a scientific hypothesis and as a spiritual image. However, I see it as a transitional idea. It is not so much a revelation in itself as a precursor to revelation or to new insights that can come when that idea is examined and lived with and given a chance to settle into our bones. Its meaning now lies in what it can inspire us to discover about ourselves and the nature of life, in rallying our energies to meet the needs of our environment, and through these processes of discovery and healing, to become a truly planetary species, blessed in ways we can now only imagine.

David Spangler

Source: Earth & Spirit (IC#24) Late Winter 1990, Page 44 http://www.context.org/ICLIB/IC24/Spangler.htm

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A Quote by David Spangler on gaia, spirituality, and earth

We cannot assume the sacredness nor spiritual livingness of the earth or accept it as a new ideology or as a sentimentally pleasing idea. We must experience that life and sacredness, if it is there, in relationship to our own and to that ultimate mystery we call God. We must experience it in our lives, in our practice, in the flesh of our cultural creativity. We must allow it to shape us, as great spiritual ideas have always shaped those who entertain them, and not expect that we can simply use the image of Gaia to meet emotional, religious, political, or even commercial needs without allowing it to transform us in unexpected and radical ways. The spirituality of the earth is more than a slogan. It is an invitation to initiation, to the death of what we have been and the birth of something new.

David Spangler

Source: Earth & Spirit (IC#24) Late Winter 1990, Page 44

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A Quote by David Spangler on god, generativity, mystery, grace, caring, creativity, and love

Godfulness is simply recognizing the primacy of a presence of love, spaciousness, grace, generativity, caring, and creativity in the world and in myself.  How can a mere financial crisis compare to that?  The Generative Mystery cannot go bankrupt.  It is not subject to scarcity. We never run out of God.

David Spangler

Source: David's Desk #18, Surviving in Hard Times

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A Quote by David Spangler on positive thinking, positivity, awareness, energy, transformation, healing, health, and wellness

While holding positive thoughts and emotions is advantageous, positive thinking itself is not "Hallmark Card thinking."  It's really an ongoing awareness that all truly is well with the world, with life, and with oneself. It's also a commitment not to mindlessly pass on fears but to bring positive energy, images, ideas, and feelings into the lives of others, to help them attune to the wellness at the heart of the world.

David Spangler

Source: David's Desk #18, Surviving in Hard Times

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A Quote by David Spangler on gratitude, appreciation, change, transformation, terrorism, wars, energy, peace, and survival

It may seem hard to extend our gratefulness and appreciation to the time in which we live and the challenges it presents-to financial crisis, global climate change, terrorism, wars, energy depletion, and any other disasters looming on the horizon.  It would be much easier to appreciate an era of good feeling, peace and calm stability!  But difficult times are also times of growth, of new insights and opportunities, of creativity, and of emergence.

David Spangler

Source: David's Desk #18, Surviving Hard Times

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A Quote by David Spangler on love, loving, energy, life, self love, manifestation, and freedom

Love really is the answer to human problems:  love of oneself, love of others, love of where one is, love of what one is doing, love of nature, love of life, love of the world, love of spirit in all its wonder and splendor. Love sets our energy free. It opens us and puts us in a flow with spirit and life on many levels.  Love is the true secret behind manifestation.

David Spangler

Source: David's Desk #18, Surviving in Hard Times

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A Quote by David Spangler on soul, world, vision, future, god, caring, love, environment, children, and beauty

Where are you making for?  This is the question of our time. What is our vision?  What kind of world do we want, for ourselves, for our children, for our children's children?  What kind of world do we want for the fish and the birds, the beasts and the insects, the forests and the meadows, the crops that feed us and the flowers that bring us beauty?  I believe we want to create a world large enough to be a soul home for us and for all beings, loving and large enough to give expression to the soul of the world itself, spacious and whole enough to express the lengths of God.  And I believe we can.  The capacity to do so is innate in us.  If affairs are soul size, we can meet them because we are soul size, too.

David Spangler

Source: David's Desk #21, Soul Size

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A Quote by David Spangler on community organizer, gardener, heros journey, community, understanding, future, task, and purpose

To embody a new paradigm of civilization - to learn to think like a planet in order to heal and nurture a planet - is not a typical hero's task.  It is more the task of a gardener.  The planet does not offer us challenges to be overcome to prove our worth or individuality; it presents us with a community to understand, a community with disparate needs and identities that are nonetheless intertwined in mutual dependencies.

David Spangler

Source: David's Desk #19, Community Organizer

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A Quote by David Spangler on community organizer, community, honor, heros, understanding, planet, environment, home, and earth

The earth community, the Life Community, is not the property of any one religion or group or part of the world; it is the Commons that embraces us all, our planetary home.  And it needs us as never before.  It calls to us to become, not heroes but community builders, builders of home, gatherers and embracers, bearers of hospitality, keepers of the shared space that nurtures us all.  It calls us not to go forth and come back laden with honors but to honor where we are, who we are, and from that place to reach out to connect to and honor each other in the community of life.

David Spangler

Source: David's Desk #19, Community Organizer

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A Quote by David Spangler on world, time, heart, history, individuality, creativity, and love

At the heart of world time is the momentum of history. At the heart of personal time is the mystery and wonder of individuality. At the heart of deep, new time is the creative spirit. But at the heart of our time is love.

David Spangler

Source: David's Desk #25, Living the Times

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