Allow your senses to be awakened ...embark on a journey of discovery through  the Seven Pillars of Wisdom.

 

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Prologue

Introduction

Invocation

The Journey of Life: Reflecting upon the shared contours of the human experience.

The Living Universe: Exploring the nature of the universe and the Earth, and our vital relation to them.

Our Sacred Heritage: Contemplating the rich record of the human encounter with the divine.

The Great Mystery: Awakening to the numinous nature of reality.

The Cry: Opening to the suffering of the world in all its forms.

What May Be: Responding with mind and heart to the call of the future.

The Pledge: Resolving to take meaningful action on behalf of all.

Theme Song

 

 Prologue

 


The Opening

 

Introduction


The Arc of The Seven Pillars

 

Invocation


The Seven Pillars


Sofia's Song

 

The Journey of Life: As different as our origins and life experiences may be, we all are born into the world, and then pass from this world. We come out of a mystery and return to a mystery. Between these poles, we move through time, we grow and mature, and this constitutes the story of one’s life. If we reflect upon our story, we can see that it has episodes and phases, lessons and mistakes. This pillar is an opportunity to reflect upon the physical, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of our life, and to see it as one among the myriad journeys of the people of Earth.


Evocation


Musical Interpretation

The Living Universe: Shifting to a more vast biography, we survey the whole manifest universe, and the cosmologies that describe our relation with it. From the primal flaring forth and crystallization of the cosmos, spiraling into galaxies beyond number, to the formation of Earth, we enter the biological history of the planet, the layers of embodied life, the waterways, the species of flora and fauna, the features of the landscape—all orienting us to the life of our own body and particular place on the globe.


Evocation


Musical Interpretation

 


Thinking Beyond Language

Our Sacred Heritage: Here we contemplate humanity’s awakening to the divine source of life. Honoring the legacy of the prophets and sages of the world’s great religious and indigenous traditions, and others who embody illuminated aspects of human character, we can glimpse our own potential as bearers of the sacred.


Evocation


Musical Interpretation

 


Paragons to Inspire Us

The Great Mystery: Now we enter the numinous whole of reality. Here there is no separation, no otherness. The heart is unveiled, awe arises, and we discover that everything is interconnected within a sublime and all-pervasive unity.


Evocation


Musical Interpretation


The Sum of All Parts


Opening to Stillness Meditation

 

The Cry: We offer compassionate attention to the pain, fear, loss and degradation that people experience each day. Deep recognition is given to those in need of basic amenities, or who are facing violence, isolation, and alienation. We likewise attend to the distress of other species, and the whole web of life. The Cry invites us to recognize and respond to the suffering in life, and speaks of our hunger for a new way of being.


Evocation


Musical Interpretation

 


Feeling the Heart of Another

 


Trials, Tribulations and Hidden Opportunities 

 


Pain and Suffering

 

What May Be: This pillar opens us to appreciation of new possibilities. In the face of adversity and the breakdown of old systems, our creative response arises. Drawing on both imagination and intellect, we discover innovative ways of living and being. By aligning our vision with the quickening power that moves the universe, we discover authentic grounds for hope.


Evocation


Musical Interpretation

 


Seeing the Answer in the Question

 

The Pledge: Here we make a solemn promise to live in the world with love and dedication. This pledge is not prescribed; it must come from the heart of each one of us. We ask: “What pledge must I make to fulfill my life’s purpose, and through doing so, remember my reason for being here? What actions can I take, with integrity and beauty, to benefit all?”

 


Evocation


Musical Interpretation


Steering One's Course


Establishing a Clear Intention

 

Theme Song


Lay Down Your Vow (Radio Version)


Lay Down Your Vow (Extended Version)