Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Fwd:  Walking in a World On Fire – Part 1

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Kosmos Journal Newsletter
MAY 16TH, 2017
Walking in a World On Fire – Part 1

Dear Reader,

These days it can be tempting to withdraw from the world. The challenges seem insurmountable. Yet, never has Life felt more precious than right now. The sense of what is at stake, what might be lost makes the spring flowers especially beautiful. We are called at this moment, unlike any in human memory, not to withdraw, but to use all our experience, collective consciousness and technology to walk an unknown path through the eye of a needle. In a world on fire we are called to be cool water.

In this edition of Kosmos Online we explore ways of walking – as pilgrim, as nomad, as engaged activist. Threaded through these stories is an imperative, a spiritual duty to truly 'see' the world at this moment in time. In Valerie Brown's article, fresh from the new issue of Kosmos Journal, she says:

Pilgrimage, a special kind of travel, is a physical, geographical, and spiritual effort. It is the individual and collective search for the sacred, where spiritual experience and geography converge. The pilgrimage road, the path, the physical journey, is the outward manifestation and, for me, is laden with abundant lessons about life and about activism.

To love the world we must know the world and let the world know us deeply. That's how transformation happens. Also from the newest issue of Kosmos Journal, nomadic sojourners Sesto and Gabriele Castagnoli share:

When I listened to the people we met on our pilgrimage so far, it seems to me that, yes, we have affected some. They are astonished and ask, "Is it possible to live like this?" It may affect them more as they start to think more about it. They may lose fear and gain faith. Definitely, I think the exchanges with the people we met and still meet are very deep and touch their souls.

We would love to hear about your journey in the world, how you walk your truth. In the next edition of Kosmos Online, we'll share some of your words and pictures along with more stories from Kosmos Journal about the intersection of place and purpose. Please walk with us as a Community Member, if you have not yet done so. Also only 10% of you are Kosmos Journal Subscribers, (a very special 10%). Another 10% would make all the difference in the world to Kosmos.

Blessings for your journey,

Rhonda Fabian

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By Gabriele Castagnoli, Sesto Castagnoli
Full Feature, Kosmos Journal SPRING | SUMMER 2017

In February 2016, we started out on a pilgrimage—one with no time limit. Beforehand, we had given away all our possessions except the contents of our two rucksacks. …

We ask strangers in the street, in a café, or in front of their homes if we can stay with them. Some people ask their friends and network if somebody wants to host us for a while. People we hardly know will ask us if we want to live in their house for a few weeks while they are away.

Full Feature, Kosmos Journal SPRING | SUMMER 2017

By Valerie Brown

It was a long day on El Camino, The Way of Saint James, the famed thousand-year old pilgrimage route across the north of Spain. I set out at daybreak and now the sun was setting low on the dusty hills. As I rounded the final bend of the day, my backpack and boots heavy, feeling leaden, a local man walking his dog greeted me from the far side of the field, 'Ultreia!' he said, 'Ultreia!'1

Pilgrimage is a universal phenomenon. It describes a journey to a sacred place in search of meaning and purpose, an inner and outer journey. It is a metaphor for the physical, spiritual, and emotional effort to reach the pilgrim's goal and points to the human spiritual journey of life, full of sacrifice, regrets, joys, and mystery.

By Rhonda Fabian

'Spiritual retreats, yoga and wellness centers, ashrams, many faith communities, and secular places of goodwill everywhere are part of a network of interlinking pathways – a Gaia Circuit that includes intentional communities like ecovillages, community-based farms and gardens, permaculture sites, Transition Towns, certain institutes, arts collectives and sacred spaces all working to remind us of our true nature – to share and live in resilient harmony with each other and the Earth.'

And I do believe this glowing web, this jewel-like network is slowly becoming self-aware.'

By Cynthia Tina

In times of globalisation, community does not only connect people who physically live together.

An ecovillage is nothing new. Throughout history communities of people have lived lightly on the same piece of land, sharing skills and resources, celebrating their culture and values. With the advent of agriculture, these villages have increasingly rooted to a single geographical area. The majority of people are settled, yet there has always been a distinct minority on the move. In various cultures these are the traders, sailors, gypsies, bards, messengers, explorers, philosophers, actors, pilgrims, tourists and doctors – the nomads.

By Vanessa D. Fisher
A look back, from Kosmos Journal FALL | WINTER 2012

I am a young woman currently on a global pilgrimage—a philosophical, cultural, and spiritual inquiry that is deeply intertwined with the engagements of everyday life.

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