January 13th 2019 marks the 35th birthday of the New York Open Center. It all began one freezing night at Cooper Union in the mythic year of 1984 when our first event, a Paul Winter premier of his SunSeeker …Read More
I have just returned from the Open Center’s 14th Esoteric Quest, an ongoing exploration of the rediscovery of the lost spiritual traditions of the West. During many Quests in Europe and North Africa, from the Alchemical World of Renaissance Bohemia n 1995 …Read More
Co-organized by Bene Wellness, Beijing, and the Holistic Centers' Network
November 10 to 13, 2018
I will be speaking on the evolution of the holistic movement in the West at a major conference in Beijing in early November. After twenty five years of unrelenting economic growth, China seems to be hungry for a deeper approach to life than mere materialism. I wrote about this at some length in a blog post here in a piece entitled the New, Emerging Holistic China.
Difficult though it may be to grasp, many Chinese people, especially the young, are eager for sense of meaning, holistic approaches to personal growth, and even for the exploration of spiritual paths. There is a sense that China has lost connection to its enormously refined and wise ancient culture and that many deeply human values have fallen away in the rush for prosperity. And the government does not seem to object, as long as this desire for change is channeled into inner transformation rather than political activism.
His upcoming conference is co-organized by Bene Wellness in Beijing, a new holistically oriented center in the heart of the city, and the International Network of Holistic Centers of which I have been part for over thirty years.
My month in China last spring firmly convinced me of the authenticity of this yearning for inner growth and meaning in China. Everything holistic is at the height of interest for many young, educated Chinese people. And when they look at the holistic movement in the West, they see a cultural impulse in which there is nothing imperialistic. There is instead a great respect for the Wisdom of the East, including the profound beauty of the I Ching and the Tao Te Ching. So much of the holistic worldview has been influenced by Asian wisdom that there is a significant element of familiarity in it.
I'll post a link to an English language version of their website when it becomes available.
You could make a case that the awakening in China is one of the great consciousness stories of the present time. I'm happy to be returning there in November and will update readers of my blog on the freshest developments.Read More
Welcome to the first fully multimedia issue of Lapis.
Tuesday, 22 April 2008
The magazine has gone through various incarnations over the last twelve years. First, it was published in a paper format, winning Utne Reader’s Alternative Press Award. Then it migrated online to a format in which individual articles appeared as we acquired them. Now, Lapis returns with streaming video and audio, a beautiful photo essay and high-quality articles that bear its trademark engagement with both the inner world of soul, spirit and esotericism …Read More
Lapis Magazine has gone through a couple of incarnations as both print and on-line publication and is now about to enter a new phase of its work. On April 29th and 30th the brand new Lapis Institute for Society, Ecology and Culture, a fresh branch of The New York Open Center, will present a conference on Examining the Real Agenda of the Religious Far Right. The primary goal of this event is to educate and enlighten the public on the theocratic aimsRead More
March 5, 2005
An Interview with David Spangler, by Ralph White
Ralph White: How do you feel about the state of the soul of America, given our present overall political and economic predicament?
David Spangler: In a sound bite, the soul of America is doing all right, but the personality of the country is going through a crisis. At the moment, it’s a split personality …Read More
December 5, 2006
After a quiet period here at Lapis online, things are starting to quicken in pace. We are delighted to be co-sponsoring with the Open Center a truly unique conference in the Czech Republic and in Weimar, Germany on the western esoteric tradition. Something of a shift in focus after our work on the religious right last year, this event will look at the often forgotten spiritual streams that characterized renaissance Bohemia when alchemy, kabbalah, neo-platonism and hermetic philosophy were the essence of the magical worldview.Read More
Oct 29, 2004
In 1979, Jerry Wennstrom, a rising star in the New York art world, intentionally destroyed his paintings and gave away his possessions and money. He spent well over the next decade wandering, seeking, and listening, relying only on his own intuition and an unconditional trust in the Universe to provide for him. In consciously emptying himself of his identity, Jerry was led on an extraordinary spiritual journey and ultimately, a return to creating art. In his new book, The Inspired Heart: An Artist's Journey of Transformation, Jerry tells the story of his metaphorical death and rebirth as an artist and as a man.Read More
Viewers of Bill Moyers‚ PBS program Now may have seen Kevin Phillips, author of American Dynasty, express his concern that the mainstream media has done so little to probe the links between George W. Bush and the Dominionist Movement …Read More
August 10, 2004
Exactly one hundred years ago something spiritually remarkable was happening in Central Europe. A figure had emerged with the most profound insight into the deepest mysteries of the human experience: death, reincarnation, the existence of higher worlds, and the destiny of human evolution. He was highly educated in Western philosophy and science, widely read in cultural and artistic matters, and possessed a magnetic gift as a public speaker and writer. Over the course of the next twenty five years he gave over six thousand lectures …Read More
June 28, 2004
Today, few people outside the legal profession have any notion that a serious movement is afoot to end the widespread materialism, vindictiveness and cold self-interest of legal practice. The assumption among the general public is that lawyers are ruthless sharks and they love it that way. But a recent study shows that sixty five per cent of practicing lawyers are deeply unhappy with the state of their profession. A sneaking suspicion is starting to emerge that lawyers may be human after all and they have had enough of the seedy and reptilian ethics so widespread in current American jurisprudence ...Read More
July 25, 2003
The story of the Findhorn Community in Northern Scotland has become one of the inspirational legends of the last forty years. It tells the tale of three individuals, a British couple and their Canadian friend, who found themselves unemployed and penniless in 1962. With nowhere else to turn, they towed their green caravan …Read More
May 23, 2003
The Best Holistic Writers on the Great Issues of the Day
Welcome to Lapis' new on-line format. Those of you who were regular readers or subscribers to Lapis in its paper incarnation will find the same high quality articles dealing with the great issues of contemporary life.Read More
March 31st, 2004
The Open Center's award winning magazine has returned in a new incarnation as an on-line publication. Instead of the old paper format in which we produced fifteen articles every four months, we are now publishing a new article every week …Read More
One of the pleasures of programming at the Open Center in the Eighties was the opportunity to bring over celebrated figures from Britain …Read More
An Esoteric Quest for the Lost World of the Incas, and the Living Spirituality of Indigenous Peru and Bolivia in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu and Cusco.Read More
As the world awaits Obama’s accession to power with unlimited hope and enthusiasm, this is certainly a time to celebrate the success of American democracy …Read More
Today, few people outside the legal profession have any notion that a serious movement is afoot to end the widespread materialism, vindictiveness and cold self-interest of legal practice …Read More
Exactly one hundred years ago, something spiritually remarkable was happening in Central Europe. A figure had emerged with the most profound insight into the deepest mysteries of the …Read More
My Story, Their Story, Our Story, at the Siivananda Retreat on Paradise Island in November. It was a delightful experience with fellow memoirists in the Bahamas …Read More