Spring 2008 Letter by Ralph White
LETTER FROM RALPH WHITE
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 …
The State of the American Soul An Interview with David Spangler
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 aims
An Esoteric Quest in Central Europe
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 …
Speaking with Jerry Wennstrom
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.
LETTER FROM RALPH WHITE
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.
Rudolf Steiner: Neglected Spiritual Genius
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 …
From Hired Guns To Healers The Emerging Movement to Renew Legal Culture
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 …
Findhorn at Forty
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 ...
Welcome to Lapis' new on-line format.
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 …
Inaugural Letter from the Editor
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.
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 …