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NEW The Loss of the Sacred and a Prayer for the Earth

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, September 2016

First published in Kosmos Journal

The sacred is all around us, woven with stories and starlight, in the rich texture of the soil, and in certain dreams that come on certain nights.  Read more

The Magic of Creation: The Sufi’s Way

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, February 2016

First published in Sutra Journal

One of the central teachings of Sufism is that God is both transcendent and immanent. Our Beloved is “beyond even our idea of the beyond,” and also “nearer to you than yourself to yourself."  Read more

The Journey Towards Oneness: 
A Conversation with a Scientist and a Mystic

Interview with Ravi Ravindra and Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, August 2016

Published in Light of Consciousness Journal

In this interview by Global Spirit, host Phil Cousineau brings together physicist Dr. Ravi Ravindra and Naqshbandi Sufi teacher Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee in an exploration of the concept of Oneness—tracing its evolution and expression through the deep undercurrent of teachings that point in the direction of the indivisible totality of all creation, all beliefs, all religions, and of the universe itself.  Read more

Meaning and the Song of the Soul

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, February 2016

First published in Excellence Reporter

Meaning is what calls from the depths of the soul. It is the song that sings us into life. Whether we have a meaningful life depends upon whether we can hear this song, this primal music of the sacred. Read more

Spiritual Principles in Action: A Story for a Younger Generation

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, December 2015

First published in Dust Magazine

In answer to a question from a 31-year-old person, “What advice do you have for people my age in dealing with a world that tells us we are nothing but material mechanisms, and has almost no concept of the soul?” Read more

Shifting the Climate Debate Onto Sacred Ground

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, July 2015

First published on The Huffington Post

"The ecological crisis is essentially a spiritual problem." These words spoken by an Eastern Orthodox theologian, Metropolitan John Zizioulas, at the Vatican news conference on the papal encyclical are profoundly important.  Read more

Pope Francis’ Encyclical: Hearing the Cry of the Earth

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, June 2015

First published on The Huffington Post

The Earth "now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her." So begins Pope Francis in his powerful and long-awaited encyclical on ecology. "The earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor." Read more

Global Citizens of a Living Earth

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, March 2015

First published on Kosmos Journal

On February 19, 2015, Rhonda Fabian interviewed Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee for Kosmos JournalRead more

Rebirth, Miracles, and Magic

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, February 2015

First published on The Huffington Post

Amidst headlines of terrorists and other news of a global darkness, a quiet miracle is once again taking place.  Read more

Protecting Seeds and Their Stories

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, November 2014

First published on The Huffington Post

The recent UN Climate Change Summit, the marches in New York and around the world, once again brought into our collective consciousness the need for real change. Read more

Darkening: A Four-Point Plan

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, February 2014

One of the first responses I received to my recently published book, Darkening of the Light: Witnessing the End of an Era, was that it was “a tough read,” and “I wish he would have been clearer as to what steps we can do in our complex lives to try the best we can to return the soul of the world to its former strength and beauty.” Read more

Including the Earth in Our Prayers

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, December 2013

First published on The Huffington Post

Every morning I love to walk early beside the wetlands where I live. It is a time of natural reflection and prayer, a time to be alone with nature and the divine that is present: in the hawk sitting on the telephone lines, the skyline softening and turning golden. Read more

Sustainability, Deep Ecology, & the Sacred

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, April 2013

An edited version was first published online on The Huffington Post

As our world stumbles to the brink of ecological collapse, the “tipping point” of irreversible climate change, sustainability has become a vital issue. But in order to consider the question of sustainability, it is important to begin with the question: who or what is being sustained? Read more

Oneness & Spiritual Ecology

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, March 2013

Published in the Interspiritual E-zine: The Coming Interspiritual Age

The Interspiritual Age belongs to our awakening sense of an interconnectedness rooted in the deep awareness of the oneness to which we all belong. Read more

Changing the Story

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, February 2013

Published online on The Huffington Post

"The only way to change the world is to change the story.” We know only too well the story that defines our world today. It is a tale of consumerism and greed, sustained by the empty but enticing promise of an endless stream of “stuff” as the source of our happiness and wellbeing. Read more

On Spiritual Ecology

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, July 2012

Published online at

Ecobuddhism: 'Spiritual Ecology' is a concept you have put forward that we also find very relevant. Could you please expand on what you have written about ‘loss of soul’ in the context of the global ecological crisis: "The inner wasteland is as barren as the Tar Sands in Alberta" and "Like climate change and the extinction of species, the inner wasteland is growing faster than we realize." Read more

2012: Being Awake to a Moment in Cosmic Time

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, February 2012

Published online at Common Ground Magazine

What is the meaning of this approaching moment in time, winter solstice 2012? It is a day in cosmic time when it is said our solar system will be aligned with the center of our galaxy. Read more

Praying for the Earth

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, August 2011

Published online on The Huffington Post

Prayer is a way to be with the Divine—from the prayer born from need, where we tell God our needs, to the deeper prayer which takes us beyond any words into the oneness and silence within the heart. Read more

Opening Our Eyes & Reading the Book of Life

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, August 2010

This short article continues the theme of previous pieces, expanding on the importance of learning to read the book of life and glimpse the real story that life is telling us at this critical moment in time. Read more

An Ecological Disaster: Polluting the Waters of Life

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, June 2010

Published online at The Huffington Post

Earlier in the year I posted a series of articles about the need to regain a symbolic consciousness, the need to see the symbolic meaning of events that happen in our inner and outer lives. Recently we have been witnessing the worst ecological disaster in North America with the oil gushing from the depths of the Gulf.  Read more

A Great Urgency: To All World Religious and Spiritual Leaders

by Avrol Looking Horse, May 2010

19th generation keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle, Published online at The Huffington Post. Read more

Spiritual Ecology

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, August 2009

Published online at Seven Pillars House of Wisdom

How can we speak about sustainability without speaking about the Sustainer?  Read more

Invoking The World Soul

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Transcription of a talk given in Seattle, Washington, May 18, 2007

What I want to talk about this evening is the anima mundi -- the soul of the world. Read more

Creating a Human Web of Light

by Sandra Ingerman

When I was researching different spiritual teachings for Medicine for the Earth I found the underlying principle of esoteric beliefs is that all life is made of light. As human beings with egos we often forget our true nature and we over identify with our personalities and bodies. We are light in bodies.  Read more

Oneness: The Nature of Global Civilization

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Published in Kosmos Journal 2005

Oneness is very simple; everything is included. Every leaf, every laugh, every tear, every child playing, every soldier weary of fighting, is part of the oneness of the world. Nothing can be excluded. Read more

Awakening to Oneness

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

In March 2004, Adyashanti, Zen Buddhist teacher, and Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Sheikh in the Naqshbandi Sufi tradition, came together in San Rafael California for a day-long retreat entitled "Awakening to Oneness." Read more