Thursday, April 2, 2015

Total Lunar Eclipse for Easter, and a "Blood Moon" too!

From Lynda Hill:  April's Libran full Moon is a total lunar eclipse. It is a "blood moon;" when the Earth casts its shadow on a full Moon and eclipses it, the Moon may get a red glow. Total lunar eclipses are rare — only about one in three lunar eclipses are total. About four to five total eclipses can be seen at any place on Earth in a decade. Once in a while, four total lunar eclipses happen in a row. This is called a lunar tetradClick here for more information. 

This is yet another powerful full Moon, and, it is the last full Moon that is involved so closely with the Uranus/Pluto square. We are seeing the winding up of that particularly huge social movement that we've been experiencing. Other things, of course, will take its place, but, at least, we are seeing the end of the Uranus/Pluto squares that have been so incredibly intense and meaningful over the last 3 or so years. 
So, this powerful full Moon is opposite Uranus and square Pluto; it is yet another transformational lunation. This, then, is a major time of letting go — of purging those things that no longer work for you. Saying goodbye to things that are holding you back is key. Jupiter in Leo is sextile the Moon and trining the Sun, providing a way out — it can bring instances of good luck, serendipity and breakthroughs. 
The action begins at 3:16 am PDT/6:16 am EDT on the morning of April 4 when the edge of the moon first enters the amber core of Earth’s shadow. For the next hour and 45 minutes, Earth’s shadow will move across the lunar disk, ultimately covering the entire moon at 4:58 am PDT/7:58 am EDT. The moon’s red tint is caused by the Earth covering the sun. This red light from the rim of the Earth then beams onto moon, transforming it into a giant red orb.
The total phase of the lunar eclipse will only last about 5 minutes, making it the shortest lunar eclipse of the century on the morning of Easter Vigil, traditionally observed as the period between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. The eclipse also falls within the first night of Passover, observed by Jews worldwide beginning Friday at sunset.
Some total eclipses last for more than an hour, in this case, totality spans just 4 minutes and 43 seconds since the moon will be skimming the outskirts of the Earth’s shadow, rather than passing centrally through it.
This Saturday will be the third of four total eclipses in the 18-month long tetrad series. Previous eclipses occurred on April 15, 2014 and Oct. 8, 2014. After Saturday, the next one is expected on Sept. 28, 2015. Such a closely-spaced succession of eclipses is a fairly rare occurrence.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Mindfulness in Education Conference in NYC

For anyone interested, here's the link for The Mindfulness in Education conference, sponsored by Omega Institute, in NYC, March 13-14. It's for K-12 grades.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Penney Peirce's eNewsletter for Jan 28, 2015 Is Available

If you're not on my mailing list, you can view the latest newsletter at:

You can also read Penney's 2015 Oracle Letter—just download the pdf from the righthand margin of her homepage:

Painting by Peter Esdaile

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Listen to Penney Peirce and Christine Upchurch. . .

You can listen to an lively and interesting interview with Penney Peirce and Christine Upchurch (or download the file) at

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Make space for something better that isn't based on unfairness and self-sacrifice.

We are in a period where the intensification of the last wave of high-frequency energy has ebbed slightly, letting us make sense of things, get caught up, and integrate new insights so we can use them creatively when the next surge occurs. Now it's time to feel your core self, practice smiling, and experience your perfect, harmonious energy body vibrating inside and around your physical one.

Gather yourself. Enjoy yourself and the pure simple pleasures of being. Yes, some places are flooding, some are too hot and dry, and the earth is rumbling. A rebalancing of emotion and feeling habits is underway. Perhaps you're finally ready to change something about yourself? See what it is. Can you sense what's brewing as your next step? Because you're close! Opportunities are getting ready to materialize that may not fit your old "pictures."

Are you hanging onto any old sadness, grief, resentments, remorse, feuds, or vengefulness? Let it all go now and sweeten up. Make space for something better that isn't based on unfairness and self-sacrifice.

Center and quiet yourself, then call to mind the problem you want solved and the way your mind thinks it should be solved. Then use your intuition to feel through this outer level into what's underneath. What does the soul really want to experience? What really wants to materialize here, independently of your will power? Are there conditions in the energy world or thought world that might be softened, shifted, released, or smoothed to allow a better flow? 

As you track through a naturally flowing process in your imagination, are there places it bogs down that you might pay closer attention to? Listen and allow more nonlinear, magical synchronicities to occur in your imagination, then let the correct strategy emerge from the soul's true intent.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Penney Peirce on The Dr. Pat Show; listen at the Archives

You can listen to the latest interview with Penney at

Monday, January 12, 2015

Penney Will be in Seattle for the Women of Wisdom Conference, Feb 2015

Please join me, Jean Shinoda Bolen, Patti Conklin, and others for the 23rd annual, 2015 Women of Wisdom (WOW!) conference, Feb 12-16. The theme is: "I Am We: Hearts Connecting Communities."

I am presenting an evening introductory workshop (open to men) on Thurs 2/12, and an all- day workshop on Fri 2/13 (only women). The topic of both will be The Power of Personal Vibration: Change Your Frequency and Change Your Life!

I will be available for a limited number of private sessions at my hotel. Contact me via my website if you're interested.

Find out more at:  and

Friday, January 9, 2015

Mindful Living Book Club & Study Group Is Doing FREQUENCY Next!

My good friend Diane Fleck has begun a wonderful, active book club. You might like to participate, as she's chosen FREQUENCY as the next book. Here's the announcement:

The Mindful Living Book Club and Study Group kicks off the New Year with a truly amazing book that will change your life. The book I’m referring to is Frequency: The Power of Personal Vibration, by Penney Peirce.

The message to the reader, written by Penney says, “ We’re becoming increasingly aware of internal and external energy, its qualities and the principles by which it functions—frequency, vibration, resonance, waves, oscillations, cycles, octaves, and spectrums. We’re discovering that these concepts are at the heart of the newest techniques for knowing, doing and having everything. In other words, your personal vibration—the frequency of energy you hold moment by moment in your body, emotions and mind—is the most important tool you have for creating and living your ideal life. If your energy frequency is high, fast, and clear, life unfolds effortlessly and in alignment with your destiny, while a lower, slower, more distorted frequency begets a life of snags and disappointments.”

Through the book club study group, you will be able to experience and actualize Penney’s information and processes while integrating them into your life. Diane Fleck, soul reader, coach and astrologer will be your facilitator throughout this adventure.  As a group, sharing your real world experiences and wisdom helps everyone move into a higher vibration faster and more easily. 

This is a 6-week program, meeting via teleconference call. Group size is limited, and offered in 2 or 3 group settings to accommodate attendees' schedules. If you’re unable to attend one of the sessions, the conference calls are recorded for everyone. If you can’t find a schedule to suit your needs, please email and we can see how to accommodate a day and time that works for you.

The first study group will begin Wed January 21st at 10-11:00am PT/1-2pm ET.  
To register for the Wed group, click over to

The second study group will begin Mon January 26, 6-7pm PT/9-10pm ET.
To register for the Mon group, click over to

The Study Group fee for the 6 weeks is $72. Space is limited. If you have further questions, call 925-586-6060 or email or

Thursday, January 8, 2015

For Anyone Interested in Copyright Protection

As a member of The Authors Guild, I like to follow the lawsuits they have been diligently pursuing, fighting for authors' rights. Here's the latest news:

Court papers filed yesterday evening brought to an end the Guild’s copyright infringement lawsuit against the group of research libraries known as the HathiTrust. The Guild claimed the library group infringed by reproducing copyright-protected books for inclusion in its HathiTrust Digital Library, a searchable database.

The case arose in June 2011 when the HathiTrust announced its “Orphan Works Project,” which would begin freely distributing digital copies of “orphan works”—books that are still under copyright, but whose rightsholders cannot be found. HaithiTrust abandoned the Orphan Works Project shortly after the lawsuit was filed. The Guild had demonstrated that the copyright owners of most of the books were easily found, forcing HaithiTrust to acknowledge that its search methodology was flawed.

The resolution of the case follows a June 2014 decision by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, which approved two limited uses of the HathiTrust Digital Library—full-text search and display to the print-disabled—but sent down to the district court the question of whether the copies made by HathiTrust for “preservation” or “replacement” purposes were done in accordance with the copyright law’s exceptions governing libraries, which require that libraries determine that the original was either damaged or lost and not obtainable at a reasonable price before making a copy to replace the original.

The agreement filed in the lower court should resolve that question. In it, the libraries represent that their copying complies with these requirements and will continue to do so unless and until they provide written notice to the Authors Guild. If the libraries change their copying practices, or if they unilaterally decide to distribute so-called orphan works under a new iteration of the abandoned Orphan Works Project, the Guild will have the right to bring a new lawsuit.

“Our pursuit of this claim was ultimately a success,” said Authors Guild Executive Director Mary Rasenberger. “It led directly to HathiTrust’s 2011 abandonment of the Orphan Works Project. Moreover, the stipulation filed today resolves one of our biggest concerns with the HathiTrust Digital Library—namely, that its copying wasn’t done in accordance with the rules for library copying laid out in the Copyright Act.”

A related case—Authors Guild v. Google—is currently under consideration by the Second Circuit, which heard oral argument from both parties on December 3.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Link to Listen to CCC Dec 4 Teleconference Call Recording with Penney Peirce

For those of you who have asked, here's the link you wanted for the Co-Creators Convergence call:

Saturday, December 6, 2014

8 Current Trends in Photography and Why They May Be Occurring Now

Here are 8 interesting current trends in photography and why they may be occurring now:

dynamic women, original, quirky, surprising, not just gorgeous models posing
What I think: We are coming into a greater emphasis on feminine consciousness, the divine feminine, the right brain, the need for women leaders who have more open intuition. And, we’re getting away from men’s idea of what the perfect, “sexy” woman must be like.

letterbox look: wide narrow formats like the new tvs
What I think: we’re widening our horizons, moving beyond the little box, thinking more globally, though still focusing in the horizontal, physical world.

all kinds of people; humankind’s giant mixing bowl, kids and seniors, all races, cool hipsters in traditional settings, being real not different
What I think: We’re becoming aware of collective consciousness and how interconnected we all are; learning to be less judgmental and separate.

monochromatic color, high contrast, black and white or light duotones, brings a feel for nostalgia and the richness of the old “film” look
What I think: We want to simplify and be more centered, pay closer attention to real, core things.

our own point of view; not just selfies but cameras on surfboards, helmets, up close, unexpected perspectives
What I think: We’re starting to legitimize our own experience and way of seeing the world, and to appreciate other people’s ways of seeing. We are using our attention more consciously to notice what we’re noticing.

sensory immersion with pixels that elicit all sorts of sense experiences; vivid macro images that heighten awareness, create a sensory wonderland
What I think: We’re learning to be more centered in our body, to feel into things, to get out of the left brain and appreciate pure experience.

super still life; inanimate objects cause us to pause, we explore the artistry of still life in the moment; interesting angles and arrangements, big dynamic images
What I think: We’re over-stimulated and need to slow down. We’re learning to be more mindful, to engage with the moment, to penetrate into what we’re noticing and focus on beauty.

complex photos with type overlays in boxes and layers
What I think: We’re multi-tasking to keep up with the acceleration, challenging our brains to work with both left and right hemispheres simultaneously, make intuitive connections, integrate faster.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Co-Creators Convergence Teleconference Call - Dec 4th

Anyone is invited to be in on the call I'm doing with Nina Patrick of the Co-Creators Convergence group, Thursday Dec 4. 

CoCreators Convergence Teleconference Call with Penney PeirceHosted by Nina Patrick with Noel & Bob Warner

Dial: 559-726-1300; PIN: 158352#Time: 5:30 PM PT; 8:30 PM ET

What is the perception of the future? And how do we get there now? Attention skills have never been more important!

Join Penney Peirce and Nina Patrick for a discussion of some of the following ideas from Penney’s newest book, Leap of Perception: The Transforming Power of Your Attention, which won 2014 Book of the Year from the COVR Visionary Awards.

We are in the midst of a global transformation of consciousness; the Information Age is speeding toward a “leap” into the Intuition Age. The resulting new reality will operate by different rules and we will know ourselves as a new kind of human being. We’ll live in a world that’s functioning entirely in the present moment, close to the speed of light.

In this time of shallow, fragmented attention, distraction, and “attention deficit,” it is only through new, conscious “attention skills” that we will enter and live successfully in the Intuition Age. These skills include: direct knowing, undivided attention, flow attention, unified field attention, collective-self attention, and working purposefully with the imaginal realm to materialize new realities.

“To transform, you must make a profound shift in the way you know things. How you make your world real to yourself must undergo deep revision. You can’t just keep processing data the way we’re doing it now—with an almost desperate need for speed. You need a new methodology that lets you naturally and effortlessly jump into expanded perception.”

“As the world increases in vibration, processes become more instantaneous. Cause-and effect ceases to be the primary rule for materializing results. What you want to create happens effortlessly, miraculously, with no logical explanation, in a twinkling. Everything is faster and easier.”

“Think of Intuition Age attention as something that fills the present moment fully, encompassing the entirety of your sphere. It allows you to perceive any amount of time and space, any frequency or dimension, and any depth of understanding you need. Your attention matches the scope of your sphere and brings you the understanding of a complex, holistic pattern of information all at once via direct knowing.”

“These days, with the world’s acceleration, expanded abilities are likely to develop without trauma, just by keeping your vibration at the level of your home frequency, working to become more transparent, and settling into the realization that you are much more than you’ve ever thought. You’ll find, too, that as one ability opens, it’s tied closely to other abilities, and several may occur in rapid sequence.”

“Attention is valuable because it’s not just an act of focusing your mind on a single point, it is the bringing of your very essence, your soul—the most valuable thing you have—fully into the moment, to perceive with clarity. When used properly, attention is life promoting and soul revealing, and it leads to conscious evolution.”

All quotes are from Penney's book, Leap of Perception.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Moving Beyond Suffering

If you believe in suffering, you feed it with your attention and keep it in existence. If you resist suffering, try to avoid it, or overcome it and save people from the experience of it, it means you believe in it, and you are keeping it alive with your attention. If you agree with suffering, thinking it is the normal human condition, and resign yourself to it, or even decide to create more of it for yourself (becoming a victim) or for others (becoming a monster), it means you believe in it, and you are keeping it alive with your attention. To move beyond suffering you must not participate in its reality. Instead, eclipse that polarity and move into the realm of spirit, of the soul, of unity, where suffering is unknown. To do that, you must focus on the experience of Love.

It's deceptive when people advise you to "just love yourself" and everything will be fine. Our predominant model of living is linear, that is, we visualize projecting or sending love to one another across time or space. So we naturally use that image when thinking about loving our self. But how can we get outside our self to project love back to our self? You cannot be separate from yourself in order to see yourself, or love yourself. If you can love something, that means you already contain love and the ability to experience it and exercise it. It is fundamental to your identity—in fact the experience of love is your core identity. You can only be yourself and that means if you are love, the only thing you can do is love. 

Love is who you are and love is what you do. So, don't love yourself, just love. Just love, just love, just love. "I am Love, I am Loving." Don't try to receive love: Be love. The only time we move into suffering is when we try to receive love, when we try to love other people so they will love us, or when we try to love ourselves by looking at our image through other people's eyes. Then we lose the connection with the experience of being love and how all we really want is to radiate it, share it, experience it, and feel it in motion. Not being able to do that causes pain.

If you knew who you truly were, you would never stop yourself from doing that! You need to remember this core experience. You need to go into a deep state and feel—sense—the truth about who you really are, then from that place say, "Everything in my world springs from my huge, divine consciousness. There's nothing else in this world except me, and I am Love, so my whole world is Love. And I will not allow anything that is not this, that does not have this quality of oneness and compassion, to exist in my world, in any of my dimensions. So—the alternative to suffering: the statement "I AM." And the deep experience of what that entails. 

First have the experience of yourself, and second, bring that experience into the body, into the here and now. It must become a full-on feeling state. How do you do that? Center! Bring your awareness inside your skin: Here. What does "here" denote? It denotes the body in space. Then come into the now. Now denotes the body in time. Time and space—put yourself squarely in the intersection of time and space where your physical body exists; bring your attention into alignment with that. As you do, say, "I am Love; and I am Here, and I am Now. 100%. There's not one part of me that isn't Love, not one part of me that isn't Light. I—the Big Self—am everything." This is the warrior's stance—total presence, total conviction, total knowledge, no doubt. So, you are Love, you are Here, you are Now, you are in the body, you have BECOME the body AS the higher superconsciousness. 

Next, expand the bubble of your present moment, in terms of space and time. So from the awareness of being the body, next become the aura; "I am everything around me for 3 feet, 5 feet, 10 feet, above and below. I am the luminous egg. I have no skin; my body is open. I am light permeating everywhere. I am a collection of particles of light floating in space; a ball of light." If the light seems cloudy or foggy, let it clear until it becomes transparent and glossy, and you simply feel its presence in everything. Continue expanding yourself, gradually including everything in your consciousness until you reach a point where nothing in this world exists outside you. "I am the world; the earth exists inside my consciousness; the peoples of the world live inside me. The solar system lives inside my awareness." You can go as far as you want, making the universe personal—then you can come back again to your individual, physical self. 

Realize that as you increase your awareness of size, which is space—you have also increased the amount of time you have. You have empowered yourself for action, because you have unlimited time and space. And, if you have included other people inside your consciousness, they are being created by the Big You, the Loving You, and are therefore an aspect of you. And they must be embodying a certain thought or facet of your identity. So there is a learning here—that as you look at others and say, "This is me. How is this me? What is the message they bring?” then you know more about your own inner dynamics and the ingenuity of your creativity. 

The skin is no boundary. What occurs inside your mind, the thoughts that are seeded to you from the inner self, are also happening in the outer mind, that which we often refer to as the "environment" or your world, your reality. The environment is your outer self. The inner and outer selves always act in unison because they aren’t separate at all. If you start matching up or aligning the occurrences in the "world" with the same thoughts inside your mind, you will feel bigger, more confident and at peace, and more of your Loving Self will be available to the conscious you.

So, to summarize a bit, the key to ending suffering is to be fully present, here and now, as your true Self, including others within you as your Self. If your Self is Love, they are Love. If you are in harmony, they are in harmony. If you are Love, your whole world is Love, if you have merged with your world. If you are loving, the world is loving, the people in your world are loving, loving anything in their world, and if you come near them, they love you. You are "in love" together.

If you are your Self, there is no suffering. And yet there will be people who occur within you who still suffer. Just be with them. Don't believe them. Think, "I hear you, and I know you are not hearing your Self. I am going to be with you, fully, for even just one moment." Let them feel your presence, let them merge into it as much as they wish, let them become you, as you become them. Let the experience of being equalize, and your certainty will transfer to them and they will KNOW. 

And it won't be you, the little personality who's done it; it will be you, the Big Loving Self who has done it, combined the same Self in them. It's your alignment with and affirmation of what is already so, being communicated to the part of them that knows this is true as well, to that little spark inside them which has never been blown out. That little spark perks up, says, "You are right! That's what I've been waiting for, and now I can come into activation. And I will displace through my own presence all that is not true in this personality." As this occurs there is the possibility of instantaneous healing, sudden positive personality changes, and personal transformation. Suffering is forgotten, as though a distant memory, as though the pain may have belonged to someone else.

Copyright by Penney Peirce 2014

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Starseed Beings

I have dreamed about highly evolved intergalactic beings for many years. And, though I resonate to these frequencies, I also feel a huge love for the earth and all its manifestations. It’s a fine-line balancing act to maintain connection to the home place in spirit while also making the earth the home place. After moving to Florida last year, I began to have a greater incidence of “noticings” concerning ancient aliens, vortices off the coast, and attunements to large esoteric evolutionary patterns of knowledge. I had let this particular sort of consciousness vibration slide, in favor or writing popular books that would translate higher concepts into ordinary life. But now, something is asking for attention; something old wants to be remembered and activated.

So, poking around online, I found this piece on a site about intergalactic beings: ( I have edited it a bit to make it simpler, less “out there,” and with not so much tendency for ego distortion. I’m thinking about the word “activation” and how it may be a way of saying that Memory is coming into the conscious mind, in the present moment. Are we now in need of remembering who we really are and why we’re here? Time to really, really wake up?

Many Starseed Beings Are Nonphysical

Most starseed beings operate within a group consciousness. This means that their shared identity with their species or group is more important than any sense of personal identity or personality. This is natural for a group of higher consciousness beings. They experience a collective awareness, identity, intelligence, and communication system. They are part of the group because they want to be and not because they are forced to be part of it. To be part of a group consciousness, a being needs to have transcended any strong tendencies to identify with personal ego and personality. 

It can be blissful to be merged in a group consciousness where the individual is intimately connected to a large vibrant energy field and consciousness that is “the self.” Within this there is very little pain and suffering that is typical of what beings experience when they operate from the deep sense of separation that comes with an ego/personality identity. We have to remember that Source/God is a group consciousness and all beings through the process of evolution are ultimately returning to this state. 

It is the destiny of humanity to construct its own particular group consciousness. It is important to note that when we attune to starseed beings, we connect to the group consciousness as well as to the individuals, simultaneously. We cannot have a human-style relationship with a group consciousness—it may feel detached, as if it is lacking personality. If we can get over the normal human tendency to want personal relationships with starseed beings, we can begin to appreciate these wonderful group consciousness experiences.

Some Starseed Beings Are Incarnate; Perhaps You Are One

Most starseeds have difficulty being in the sort of dense physical body that we have on earth. Those who incarnate need to fall in love with physicality and know how to connect to the goddess (divine feminine), which is the creative source for this physical universe. This is important for all starseeds (and all humans) as it helps them feel that they belong on earth and are a vital part of what is HERE.

All starseeds must find harmonious and positive ways to interact with humanity. It is easy to see the negativity and dysfunctional states that plague human beings on earth, but starseeds must see beyond this and express compassion and unconditional love to humanity. If starseeds personally have problems in these areas, then it is their responsibility to seek help so they can transcend the tendencies.

Starseed beings are portal beings—their actual spiritual energies take people from one point to another in energy and consciousness. Portal beings are like walking doorways through which humans are attracted to other dimensions of existence. 

Mary Magdalene was/is such a being. She is a portal to other realms and dimensions, which others access simply by being in her presence. She teaches about universal truth and the divine feminine in a humble fashion, free of ego. Her communication is not so much verbal as it is directly through her presence and energies. 

Starseed Beings Have Particular Abilities

Starseed beings who are now incarnate have particular abilities. They can:

• raise their vibration to be more aware of the unseen spiritual realities of guides, energies, and other dimensions of experience 

• receive communication from the Star Masters and all guides through intuition, telepathy, psychic abilities, and pure knowing 

• be sensitive to spiritual energies and “read” them 

• hold and flow spiritual energies for self and for others to perform healing and activation work 

• act as a portal so others can enter spiritual realms and dimensions 

• function at higher levels of group consciousness when necessary. Higher consciousness means to be aware of more and adopt the perspectives and plans of galactic and universal beings 

• awaken self and others at the right times to implement life missions 

• activate self or ask for activation in energetic terms when changes in life are needed and the starseed is leading this process by transforming their own consciousness

I wonder whether starseed beings are simply those who have remembered more of their true origins as spiritual entities. That “humans” are those who have dived the most deeply into the physical world. We who are physical all know pain, suffering, shame, ego, and that sort of extreme “bi-polar” shifting between oppositional realities and states of consciousness. We all have the same potential which is really another word for destiny.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Leap of Perception Excerpt Part 2: Creations Magazine

Read another nice excerpt from Penney's enlightening book,
Leap of Perception: The Transforming Power of Your Attention

Leap of Perception Excerpt Part 1: Creations Magazine

Read a nice excerpt from Penney's enlightening book, 
Leap of Perception: The Transforming Power of Your Attention

More Description of the Intuition Age

Ervin Laszlo has written a book that is very similar to my book, Leap of Perception: The Transforming Power of Your Attention. It's called The Akasha Paradigm. If you've read Leap, you know I describe many aspects of the new consciousness that will be hallmarks of the Intuition Age, and how these changes are occurring. I think it's valuable to have different people's angles on how the new reality is going to function, so here are the points he emphasizes in identifying what I've been calling "the new perception":

I am part of the world. The world is not outside of me, and I am not outside of the world. The world is in me, and I am in the world.

I am part of nature, and nature is part of me. I am what I am in my communication and communion with all living things. I am an irreducible and coherent whole with the web of life on the planet.

I am part of society, and society is part of me. I am what I am in my communication and communion with my fellow humans. I am an irreducible and coherent whole with the community of humans on the planet.

I am more than a skin-and-bone material organism: my body, and its cells and organs are manifestations of what is truly me: a self-sustaining, self-evolving dynamic system arising, persisting and evolving in interaction with everything around me.

I am one of the highest, most evolved manifestations of the drive toward coherence and wholeness in the universe. All systems drive toward coherence and wholeness in interaction with all other systems, and my essence is this cosmic drive. It is the same essence, the same spirit that is inherent in all the things that arise and evolve in nature, whether on this planet or elsewhere in the infinite reaches of space and time.

There are no absolute boundaries and divisions in this world, only transition points where one set of relations yields prevalence to another. In me, in this self-maintaining and self-evolving coherence-and wholeness-oriented system, the relations that integrate the cells and organs of my body are prevalent. Beyond my body other relations gain prevalence: those that drive toward coherence and wholeness in society and in nature.

The separate identity I attach to other humans and other things is but a convenient convention that facilitates my interaction with them. My family and my community are just as much "me" as the organs of my body. My body and mind, my family and my community, are interacting and interpenetrating, variously prevalent elements in the network of relations that encompasses all things in nature and the human world.

The whole gamut of concepts and ideas that separates my identity, or the identity of any person or community, from the identity of other persons and communities are manifestations of this convenient but arbitrary convention. There are only gradients distinguishing individuals from each other and from their environment and no real divisions and boundaries. There are no "others" in the world: We are all living systems and we are all part of each other.

Attempting to maintain the system I know as "me" through ruthless competition with the system I know as "you" is a grave mistake: It could damage the integrity of the embracing whole that frames both your life and mine. I cannot preserve my own life and wholeness by damaging that whole, even if damaging a part of it seems to bring me short-term advantage. When I harm you, or anyone else around me, I harm myself.

Collaboration, not competition, is the royal road to the wholeness that hallmarks healthy systems in the world. Collaboration calls for empathy and solidarity, and ultimately for love. I do not and cannot love myself if I do not love you and others around me: We are part of the same whole and so are part of each other.

The idea of "self-defense," even of "national defense," needs to be rethought. Patriotism if it aims to eliminate adversaries by force, and heroism even in the well-meaning execution of that aim, are mistaken aspirations. A patriot and a hero who brandishes a sword or a gun is an enemy also to himself. Every weapon intended to hurt or kill is a danger to all. Comprehension, conciliation and forgiveness are not signs of weakness; they are signs of courage.

"The good" for me and for every person in the world is not the possession and accumulation of personal wealth. Wealth, in money or in any material resource, is but a means for maintaining myself in my environment. As exclusively mine, it commandeers part of the resources that all things need to share if they are to live and to thrive. Exclusive wealth is a threat to all people in the human community. And because I am a part of this community, in the final count it is a threat also to me, and to all who hold it.

Beyond the sacred whole we recognize as the world in its totality, only life and its development have what philosophers call intrinsic value; all other things have merely instrumental value: value insofar as they add to or enhance intrinsic value. Material things in the world, and the energies and substances they harbor or generate, have value only if and insofar they contribute to life and wellbeing in the web of life on this Earth.

The true measure of my accomplishment and excellence is my readiness to give. Not the amount of what I give is the measure of my accomplishment and excellence, but the relation between what I give, and what my family and I need to live and to thrive.

Every healthy person has pleasure in giving: It is a higher pleasure than having. I am healthy and whole when I value giving over having. A community that values giving over having is a community of healthy people, oriented toward thriving through empathy, solidarity, and love among its members. Sharing enhances the community of life, while possessing and accumulating creates demarcation, invites competition, and fuels envy. The share-society is the norm for all the communities of life on the planet; the have-society is typical only of modern-day humanity, and it is an aberration.

I recognize the aberration of modern-day humanity from the universal norm of coherence in the world, acknowledge my role in having perpetrated it, and pledge my commitment to restoring wholeness and coherence by becoming whole myself: whole in my thinking and acting — in my consciousness.