The Two Worlds of Science and Spirituality

Something rather stupendous has been happening lately. What is being learned and written about has the possibility to evoke something beautiful to be born from humanity – all of us together!

Science has been operating since the 1600’s totally in a mechanistic void, eschewing anything that has to do with the affective domain. The human domain. which includes the spiritual interests of the world has wanted nothing to do with that. Those two very large entities have been totally at odds with each other for several hundred years now. It seems that science has come to such a refined understanding of how the world works and how it came to be that they – the spiritual and scientific interests – really are only a stone’s throw away from each other, and are, incredibly, sometimes congruent in their understanding and knowledge.

At the same time as this is happening, it seems that everywhere, and in different ways, many people are looking at the disaster of climate change, (and including even the covid pandemic), and saying actually that there is something more BEHIND these overpowering planetary challenges. It is not a matter of us just trying to find solutions within technology and science to fix it so we can get back to our status quo lovely lives! There is a malaise in humanity’s way of living that has caused these unprecedented challenges. Our beliefs, our goals, our values or lack thereof, our drives and actions, make it impossible for us to continue the way we have been. The way we have been going is the very root of the problem. And so, if we look BEHIND the general news, and search behind things, we discover that there is a confluence of new thoughts and perspectives being called forth by the very crisis of the planet.

I will end here for the day. My guidepost is to not write long blogs that no one will read and already it will take more than 3 seconds to read this! More to come on this very subject soon…like what is the outcome?

Postings and Intellectual Property

Or maybe I should say Artistic Property! In the past when I had a book on the go, I posted many illustrations as the book progressed. Although I have a gorgeous book very well on the way, I have avoided posting illustrations because of what the statistics on my website show. The stats show that my site is visited very frequently from a certain country – more visits from this country than all other countries put together! This country does not seem to respect intellectual property, as I have discovered that other artists have had their work stolen and flogged on the net without reference or respect. There’s not much I can do about what is already posted, but at this time I am keeping a lid on more pics. So instead I am resorting to writing about what is behind my impulse to write these books. More soon.

 

The Spiritual Dimension

There is a spiritual dimension, a dimension of profound love and light, immeasurable bliss – qualities and realities that the mind and its words cannot describe.

But how do we access it? How we can know it is completely counterintuitive. We cannot approach it by any of our worldly means. We cannot access that through our body-personality’s will, desire, skills or tools. It is beyond the mind., beyond scientific instruments. This is why the scientists and philosophers are so sure there is no spiritual world because the mind, and especially the well-trained mind – so busy with its grand thoughts – completely obfuscates and blocks the spiritual dimension.

The spiritual dimensions are so unbelievably more than the mind can grasp, and finer than the mind can access. Therefore, it is difficult, because our habit patterns are so entrenched, they work so well in this world, and only in this world does it work to control, to grasp, to attach ourselves.

When I was little wandering around in field and forest in Norway, I was always looking for some spiritual truths, so perhaps I am just writing the kind of books I was looking for. Sometimes it is like miracle when one can get a validation or an insight that hits home.

Below is my attempt to show the personal self, completely still and released from worldly concerns, being touched by Universal Energy. This energy we can call by any name, but for simplicity, and for a child’s understanding, I call it the Mother-of-Us-All.

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Finding My Writing Community

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I started writing in 2011, and for 9 years I have experienced an aloneness in the lack of participating in a writer’s community. Despite much local community support and interest, as far as being part of a writers’ community, I have felt like one small voice speaking into the wind of modern industrial society, the powerful wind that blows the opposite way. This aloneness pertains to many missing elements, the peer group of writers for children, the peer group that is concerned with the more-than-human dimension, and even the technical dilemma of not having an editor (a children’s book editor) and a consistent graphic artist. This slowly has come into place with the generous appearance of Lisa P Allen, my editor, and subsequently Christina Wightman, my graphic designer. I am very grateful for their glowing participation.

Further, to my great joy, through a certain collection of books that I have been immersed in reading this spring, I have found that I DO belong to a writer’s community of thought and soul perceptions. I was first led into this by Bill Plotkin’s Nature and the Human Soul – Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World. Through his writings I was introduced to Thomas Berry’s, Evening Thoughts – Reflecting on Earth as Sacred Community. And further, Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry’s The Universe Story – From the Primordial Flaring Forth to the Ecozoic Era – A Celebration of the Unfolding of the Cosmos (Whew! Long titles, but inspirational and illustrative).

Finding my writer’s community, the stream of thoughts and perceptions held by other writer’s has given me a tremendous boost and confidence, as you can imagine! I feel like I have arrived at the train platform, after walking through a wild and pathless land for 9 years!

I can only say to the Conscious Universe, “Thank you, thank you!” And also thank all my friends and local community for their support and interest all these years!

 

 

My Father

My Father Oct.4, 1923 – Feb. 24, 2020

Two months ago he passed, and every day I am grateful that he was spared the sorrow of the covid19 isolation…and I was spared being anguished about it.He demonstrated so much love and gratitude as he aged. And forgiveness. Transformation worked on him, that is a gift of his deepest essence (otherwise known as soul). He became the father he had never been.

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I now sit and enjoy his creative output – especially his words in his many books – never edited! But so beautiful, despite the warts (as we all are!) He had a good go, and poured forth his life’s essence and artistic talents.

Sharing in his passing has been more beautiful than I could imagine! I feel he has poured the gifts of his ancestral line into me. Thank you for our travel on the road together, Dad.

With my enduring love,

Lila

 

 

 

Third Book

I have been working for the last month and a half to get the website renovated, but meanwhile the third book in the Star Children series has gotten underway. I spent considerable time laying it all out this time so as not to run into problems near the end. Children’s books are quite defined by (usually) 32 pages. It’s a rigorous enterprise.

This is a fun book for me. It tells us about all the happenings Little Star is part of in the ensuing year, after his wonderful heart awakening. The lay-out will be a little different this time, as the two opposing pages will each be a picture, often connected. It is very interesting because I am painting two pictures sort of at the same time. What you see here are the two pictures, but with their first wash – so very pale.

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Seeds

Perhaps this try at posting a poem can be sorted by a little introduction…since my posts also appear on the front page, scrambled. So, how will this appear?…I think some punctuation might help the scramble?

 

Tender, forceful with life,

Seed heads push through the dark soil holding them down,

Up to light and life.

 

So too,

Our good seeds, unnamed, but yearning for

luminous

numinous

fields of eternity

Our good seeds are often held down by our own darkness and dross

 

Would they push through

Would they touch the hidden light, their own self

How radiantly joyful would we be

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Coming Dec. 20, a Book Made New!

I’m really thrilled to announce that Little Star – A Hidden Seed will arrive Dec. 20 in soft cover. This is actually Little Star Lost made new! The same story with simplified language and some new illustrations. Little Star Lost has been so well received by so many somewhat older readers. I felt a new version that spoke to the younger set was needed. This tells the same tender story of the little lost star child that finds his own heart. It is more readable for the younger audience, and more readable in a group setting (the pages will turn more quickly!) Both books are very beautiful, with the same rich, meaningful intention.

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If you are new to this site, here is the summation on the back cover:

Little Star – A Hidden Seed tells the story of a little star child who finds himself lost in the earth world. Through ups and downs he comes to remember where he belongs and ultimately discovers his own heart.

The story holds many lessons contributing to children’s developing emotional and spiritual intelligence. Help with difficult feelings can come to us from nature. Help can also come from our own inner resources; from the dormant love, power and possibilities that lie hidden within us. A feeling of connection and happiness ultimately lives inside the deepest core of our being.