One Mind Arising

“At present, people create barriers between each other by their fragmentary thought. Each one operates separately. When these barriers have dissolved, then there arises one mind, where they are all one unit, but each person also retains his or her own individual awareness.

That one mind will still exist even when they separate, and when they come together, it will be as if they hadn’t separated. It’s actually a single intelligence that works with people who are moving in relationship with one another. . . .

If you had a number of people who really pulled together and worked together in this way, it would be remarkable. They would stand out so much that everyone would know they were different.“

~David Bohm (physicist, philosopher, & mystic)


Recent Learnings on Stress — Thank you David Hawkins

My busy and sometimes extremely stressful job has been taking overly much of my attention in 2014.  I’m learning to look at this as a generous teaching on the part of life instead of only just something I need to fix.  I am being taught about the nature of stress and anxiety (its more subtle but equally dangerous cousin) including how I create it, where it comes from, and so on.

This quote from David Hawkins’ book Surrender says it so well.

Thank you David.

“The real source of “stress” is actually internal; it is not external, as people would like to believe. The readiness to react with fear, for instance, depends on how much fear is already present within to be triggered by a stimulus. The more fear we have on the inside, the more our perception of the world is changed to a fearful, guarded expectancy. To the fearful person, this world is a terrifying place. To the angry person, this world is a chaos of frustration and vexation. To the guilty person, it is a world of temptation and sin, which they see everywhere.

“What we are holding inside colors our world. If we let go of guilt, we will see innocence; however, a guilt-ridden person will see only evil. The basic rule is that we focus on what we have repressed. Stress results from the accumulated pressure of our repressed and suppressed feelings. The pressure seeks relief, and so external events only trigger what we have been holding down, both consciously and unconsciously. The energy of our blocked-off feelings re-emerges through our autonomic nervous system and causes pathological changes leading to disease processes. A negative feeling instantly causes a loss of 50% of the body’s muscle strength and also narrows our vision both physically and mentally. Stress is our emotional reaction to a precipitating factor or stimulus.

“Stress is determined by our belief systems and their associated emotional pressures. It is not the external stimulus, then, that is the cause of stress, but our degree of reactivity. The more surrendered we are, the less prone we are to stress. The damage caused by stress is merely the result of our own emotions.”


Finding Our Way Forward

I am excited to announce that my book is out on Amazon.

We stand at a significant evolutionary transition-point!

Can you imagine that the current world situation could be inspiring a significant transformation – a promising leap forward towards a new earth and a new awakening of human nature?

Do you feel that you would like to change the world for the better, help establish world peace, etc., but you don’t know how?

In this book, learn immediate and powerful ways to make a difference during this transitional time. Ways to change the world and bring a new awareness and peace to all that you are involved in. Learn to broaden your perspectives, revealing expanded possibilities for addressing the monumental world issues. This breakthrough information allows you to immediately become a part of the solution!

Awaken to find yourself taking a creative part in this unparalleled breakthrough in human development.

In Finding Our Way Forward, Alice Gardner proposes an inspiring view of transformation coming directly from our troublesome world situation. She then engages the reader in an introspective journey to the core of who we are and back again to all of the world’s intractable issues. We are then led to find the unique part each of us has to play in humanity’s grand maturation process. This is as significant an evolutionary transition-point as was the beginnings of our logical/analytical thinking. Now, again, our old ways of thinking are becoming obsolete, and we need to move forward.
We can and do make a difference, no matter how small a part we play!
This is how we can be a part of leaving behind a world which we are proud to let the children of the future inherit. This is how we can know what peace is; know how our consciousness affects everything, and how love can today begin to direct all the actions we take.

This is the link to it on Kindle

It will be free for two days on July 4th and 5th!

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Martin Luther King Day



Martin Luther King has given me a day of rest from my busy job today – a chance for quiet reflection instead of busy productivity.  Though this neglects to say what his greater legacy to us all has been, it does at least allow us a moment to consider it.

Martin Luther King’s voice spoke out at a time when his message was unwelcome to many.  This fact alone serves as an example of courage still very much needed today:  Courage to speak what needs to be spoken no matter what others may think, no matter what the personal price may be for having spoken out.

Each of us may never know what the effects of our own lives may be on society as a whole. The smallest word or action that we might make could possibly have the most effect. How our lives affect others and affect the whole always remains a mystery to be unraveled only in hindsight or perhaps not at all.

Thank you Martin Luther King for my day of rest today, and this moment’s reflection on the value of one life.  Nelson Mandela’s life stands out now too, through the fact of so recently having come to an end, and can be seen in such a similar light.  These men’s examples of what one life can do, can inspire us to use every moment of the life that we have been given as fully as we possibly can.  My life may not stand out to others as theirs do, but in another way it is no less significant in terms of the possibilities that it offers each one of us to serve as an example, an inspiration to the lives that intersect our own.

Knowing this to be true for each one of us sheds light on the power that we all hold and so often ignore.

Thank you Martin Luther King

For showing us what is possible,

For each one of us

Every day,

For each moment

We are here,

Full of life

And ready to take up

Our part in the great dance

Whatever it may be.

May – The World Awakens

In the high country the frozen snow begins to flow with the warmth of spring!TheHighCountry
Trickles turn to torrents.
Mist rises from the snowfields and the waterfalls, causing even the air to enrich the earth with new life.

In Yosemite (the photo to the right) only the highest places still hold frozen snowfields from winter now.
Their cold stillness has birthed action, and fed the flow of the waterfalls.
Even the waterfalls that aren’t usually there, spring to life, dancing with the joy of movement, of falling, of flow.

In the valleys below, as in the second photo, the frozen places have burst into color and delight with a profusion of flowers – explosions of color turning the formerly grey flood plains along the river into decorations beyond belief, and the hillsides into upliftments of spirit as well as body.

The natural world, each year without fail, gives us this metaphor for our own movement, for our own evolving way of being here in our lives, of letting ourselves come alive. We can get so caught in the little stuff and forget to look to the metaphor of spring, playing out its inspiration in front of our eyes every year.

Even beyond that, the natural world also constantly offers a look behind the changing scenes, the details of our lives, even the flow of change of our living and dying, as we look to what doesn’t change.

Below is a piece from “Finding Our Way Forward“. It is from a longer poem “The Bedrock” (also coming from the grandeur of Yosemite) which is seeing in the rock beneath the flowing water and the ebb and flow of the seasons a larger movement, requiring more quiet to discern, but definite and palpable:

The bedrock lets me know my place
in the larger scheme of things.
My human life is a flash
in a broad interplay of life and time,
insignificant when seen separately
yet held now inseparably
within the greater life
animating the whole.
The bedrock speaks
in a language without words
that feels familiar,
that beckons, no, welcomes me
back to the sanity
of something longer, quieter and more steady
that I had nearly forgotten.
It is an open invitation
to relax into an expanded perspective
that includes me in something grand,
beyond the breadth of galaxies.
Something vibrantly alive, and close,
Something right here,
in the center of this human life.

Looking at Current Events

The world situation being presented to us in the 21st century is a natural outcome of the state of consciousness that created it. People navigating through life guided by thought processes that are based on a view of themselves as separate and insecure individuals, naturally would create a world full of conflict and fear. But consider that this may also be part of a perfect unfolding.

This may be how life works: that each level or stage of development along the way brings with it, as it approaches obsolescence, its own crisis. Each time of crisis forces individuals to question their current reality system, and to try to find a new stability by stretching into new versions of themselves with more advanced capabilities. We are also pushed by crisis into outgrowing any old habits that no longer help us survive successfully. As our old paradigms and models begin to fail us and we can’t find answers on the same level that we find the problems, we are forced to let go of our old ways of constructing reality and look again to see what we might have missed.

The world seems to have a habit of presenting us with problems for which we have no solutions within our existing mental frameworks. Take overpopulation as an example. There seems to be such limited responses we can make as individuals to overpopulation. An alternative way to live with something like overpopulation without frustration or without avoiding thinking about it, would be to develop new ways of perceiving, understanding and responding to what is happening. The ability to change our perceptions, understandings and responses is not a capability humans have when totally immersed in current thought processes and can’t see beyond them. This is a relatively new development; a new option. People are currently evolving the capacity to observe their thinking from a vantage point that is slightly outside of the limitations of that thinking – to see their own thought processes at work. The ability to find adequate solutions to something as difficult as overpopulation may seem out of reach at first, but the possibilities are far beyond what could be seen when we looked through old mental filters and obsolete ideas about what is possible.

© 2011 Alice Gardner

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Not Above Life, But In It

All that was empty
Has inexplicably been filled.
All that was separate and alone
Swims now, in the warm, sweet waters
Of the one life, living itself in awe,
Animated by vitality and love,
Moving forever towards
Who knows what…

Far beyond our power
To imagine the new land
We travel
On wings built of
All that has troubled us.
Not above life
But firmly and
Solidly in it.

Alice Gardner, 2011
Author of “Life Beyond Belief, Everyday Living As Spiritual Practice”

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Life in Motion


This photograph is from a recent trip to Yosemite.  There is a deep snow-pack in the mountains at this time of year, but the weather during our trip was warm and water was running in little waterfalls from every rocky crevice, except in the deep woods where the forest floor was still buried deep under heavy snow.

This is such a wonderful metaphor for what is happening in the larger cycles of our world.  Egypt is in turmoil as I write this.  Its young people are no longer willing to live without freedoms that we Americans take for granted.  Both snow-melt and current events are about (sometimes tumultuous) change and about how life is never frozen in place for long, but needs eventually to break into motion.Our human ability to change and what stops us from fundamental change that is needed (as opposed to surface-level improvements) has everything to do with our overall human condition. It is about our ability to adapt, evolve and be creative in a fast-changing world that requires us to let go of the things that worked for us previously and move forward into new habits of mind that work better for us now, just as the winter’s snow is transformed by warmth into waterfalls.

We are at a significant and exciting evolutionary transition-point in our human development!Life is giving us the opportunity to notice the limitations and blind spots of our current ways of making meaning in our lives, and to stand free of what no longer serves us. Our essential identity, our beingness, does not change at all, and does not need to.  But of all the things that do shift in our lives, the deepest kind of learning and change seems to be exactly what is required of us to fully meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Meanwhile the bedrock of who we truly are rests like a foundation, below all the changes, supporting and steadying our creative movements in response to whatever is happening.In the heat of the drama, the frozen places in us change form and move on into something new, like the waters from the mountains running with tumult and beauty on a warm day.

Christmas Eve Letter, 1513

— by Fra Giovanni Giocondo

Fra Giovanni Giocondo (c.1435–1515) was a Renaissance pioneer, accomplished as an architect, engineer, antiquary, archaeologist, classical scholar, and Franciscan friar.  Today we remember him most for his reassuring letter to Countess Allagia Aldobrandeschi on Christmas Eve, 1513.

I salute you. I am your friend, and my love for you goes deep.  There is nothing I can give you which you have not. But there is much, very much, that, while I cannot give it, you can take. No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in it today. Take heaven!

No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present little instant.Take peace!

The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within our reach, is joy. There is radiance and glory in darkness, could we but see.  And to see, we have only to look. I beseech you to look!Life is so generous a giver. But we, judging its gifts by their covering, cast them away as ugly or heavy or hard. Remove the covering, and you will find beneath it a living splendor, woven of love by wisdom, with power. Welcome it, grasp it, and you touch the angel’s hand that brings it to you.

Everything we call a trial, a sorrow or a duty, believe me, that angel’s hand is there. The gift is there and the wonder of an overshadowing presence. Your joys, too, be not content with them as joys. They, too, conceal diviner gifts.

Life is so full of meaning and purpose, so full of beauty beneath its covering, that you will find earth but cloaks your heaven. Courage then to claim it; that is all! But courage you have, and the knowledge that we are pilgrims together, wending through unknown country home.

With grateful thanks to

Thankfulness as an Invitation


Many of us have spent the last few days doing the traditional American Thanksgiving holiday with families and friends and are already in the mood for appreciating what is wonderful about our lives.

The holiday is a good reminder to be thankful, but one that we can too quickly leave behind.

Gratitude can go deeper than counting our worldly blessings and giving thanks for our health and loved ones, yes? The more we stay in the mood of giving thanks and keep our eyes open, the more we can begin to notice something different about our surroundings.

Maybe giving thanks isn’t just something that we do in our minds or hearts! Maybe there is an invitation here into a whole way of living that we are being reminded about in this yearly ritual – an invitation to begin to deepen our experience and satisfaction with life.

Perhaps at one moment we might take a sunbeam on the table for granted, but with thankful eyes we might see the blessedness of simply existing in a world where the sun penetrates our home, highlighting the simple objects we enjoy.

Perhaps the motion of a breeze flitting through a tree as we go for a walk can now capture our attention with its dance-like motion and lift us in ecstacy, when we would have otherwise ignored it because we were thinking of other (more important?) things.

These are windows of the mind giving glimpses into new awareness of what has been with us all along. Nothing new. Just openings into what is already here.

Sometimes it can take the feeling of the closeness of hunger and suffering in the world to get us to be grateful by comparison to other’s misfortune. When someone dies we are renewed for a moment in our awareness of the preciousness of life. But, again, are not these all just small partings of a veil that our minds are making over the reality that at each moment life is already incredibly and unbelievably precious, just the way it has always been, even when we were ignoring the fact by paying overmuch attention to the mind’s habit of judging what is relevant and what is not?

Thankfulness has the power to open us to what is already here.

What is here is a dance beyond all imaginings, this dance we do as we wake up in the morning and go through our days, one after another.

It is beyond magic, beyond belief; just in the fact that we are here at all!

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