Spreading the Light: A Job Description for Life

When you work for the common good, one of the blessings is the network you enter; the people you meet who work from the deepest place in their hearts, inspiring others to be their best selves; to reach to the depths of their own gifts and creativity. Deena Metzger is one of those, the physical expression of the Wise Woman archetype. It is a pleasure to be able to present a conversation with her in this newsletter – to share it with you. Deena Metzger with Elephant Angus | Photo by Patricia Langer A poet, novelist, essayist, storyteller, teacher, healer and medicine woman who has taught and counseled for over fifty years, Deena has spent a lifetime investigating Story as a form of...


Understanding Animal Voices with Penelope Smith, Part II

This second half of an interview with Penelope Smith begins by exploring the question,  “Do animals grow spiritually as they age?”

Through Wolves’ Eyes: Insights from Wildlife Artist Anne London, Part I

Expressing the soul of an animal through art: Susan Eirich sits down for a heartfelt conversation with wildlife artist Anne London. “I remember being a child riding in the back of my parents’ car and looking up at birds hanging on the telephone wires and thinking to myself, “I can feel the wires in my hands.” That’s the same feeling I get when I’m drawing a wolf who’s looking at me. I can almost feel what I must look like through that wolf’s eyes. I can feel the cold under my paws, I can feel the wind behind my ears.

Andrew Harvey On-Air— “Don’t Curse the Darkness, Light a Candle”*: Part I

In a passionate, lyrical, fascinating conversation, Andrew Harvey shares his thoughts about Nature as embodied God; that creation is sacred in all of its elements and that animals are ambassadors of qualities of God so we can be informed by their wisdom. By falling deeply in love with them we can enter into their consciousness and receive messages which can change our own consciousness. The fantasy that we have an omnipotent right to do as we please and a superior consciousness is causing us to head towards total destruction and the key to our survival and to a blessed life is remembering that we are animals and have a deep kinship with them. Understanding our profound kinship with all life...

Andrew Harvey’s Savage Grace: The Beauty of Sacred Activism, Part II

In a fascinating, passionate wide-ranging podcast, Andrew and Susan explore the nature of the human/animal/nature relationship; what it can give us, and the beautiful nature of the reciprocal universe — a universe that responds to our love. Andrew clarifies the essence of his recent book, Savage Grace, which is what he feels is needed at this time, and the vital importance and joy of coming from a spiritual place as we practice activism. The second episode in a four-part series....

Understanding Animal Voices with Penelope Smith, Part I

Behind our words are thoughts and feelings - we are not oriented to the fact that animals are thinking and feeling too even though they don't have words. When we listen to an animal's perspective we listen to a different kind of life. It is like going to a whole encyclopedia of knowledge......

Tales of Transformation | A Cougar Named Windwalker

The spiritual evolution of a cougar. Jon Schwartz interviews Susan Eirich about the story of Windwalker as he changed from a normal, somewhat aggressive cougar to aging gracefully and beautifully into a loving being whom many experienced as a profound spiritual teacher.

Tales of Transformation | A Grizzly Bear named Teton Totem

How did a paralyzed grizzly bear begin to walk again? Jon Schwartz interviews Susan Eirich about Teton Totem. He became progressively crippled and Western medicine didn't help. A story of mysterious healing through long distance energy work and its implications for the nature of reality.

Tales of Transformation | A Grizzly Bear Named Humble Bumble

Does a disability mean a bear shouldn't live? Jon Schwartz interviews Susan Eirich about Humble Bumble, a learning disabled grizzly bear who couldn’t function in the wild and the special gifts a “specially-abled” bear can bring.

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