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NEW When The Source Ran Free: A Story For The Present Time

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, May 2020

First published in Parabola

Watching the sun rise over the wetlands, the mist fading, even here in the midst of nature there is the strange stillness of a world in lockdown—waiting, wondering, anxiety, and fear its companions. I am writing these words in the time of the great pandemic, when for a few brief months our world slowed down and almost stopped; when as the stillness grew around us there was a moment to hear another song, not one of cars and commerce, but belonging to the seed of a future our hearts need to hear.  Read more

Living the Moment of Love

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee February 2019

First published in Parabola

“With an open heart we can see and sense the sacred nature of all of life.”

A simple and essential spiritual truth teaches that only being awake in the moment is real. Only then can the strawberry be tasted in its full sweetness, the plum blossom be seen in its fragile beauty, without memory or preconception. This is the Zen moment of satori, when we are fully present in the experience, in life, as it is. It is a moment “in and out of time,” which we usually glimpse only for an instant before the thoughts and the patterns of our consciousness cloud over our eyes.  Read more

NEW Including the Earth in Our Prayers: Spiritual Practice as a Catalyst for Change

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, October 2019

First published in Kosmos Journal

We are living in a time of fundamental change, a period of increasing divisiveness, tribalism, isolationism, even as a global consciousness of oneness struggles to be born. Surrounded by accelerating ecological devastation, climate change, loss of species, many of us—and especially young people—are awakening to the need to respond, to care for climate justice and the living Earth—to embrace life’s interdependent unity, the web of life that supports us all.  Read more

A Time for Silence

By Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, November 2017

Published in Garrison Institute

For our ancestors the rhythms of the seasons were their calendar, the rising and setting of the sun their only clock. Today our clocks seem to spin much faster and it is easy to ignore—or even forget—these more primal seasons and their meaning. And yet as our world appears to spin more and more out of balance—temperatures and sea levels rising, species depleted—there is a pressing need to return to a deeper rhythm, to the cycles that belong to healing and transformation, to the seasons of the Earth and the seasons of the soul. Read more

Unity and the Power of Love

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee September 2018

First published in Kosmos Journal

Unity holds the essential vision that we are one living, interconnected ecosystem—a living Earth that supports and nourishes all of its inhabitants. If we acknowledge and honor this simple reality, we can begin to participate in the vital work of healing our fractured and divisive world and embrace a consciousness of oneness that is our human heritage. This is the opportunity that is being offered to us, even as its dark twin is constellating the dynamics of nationalism, tribalism, isolationism, and all the other regressive forces that express ‘me’ rather than ‘we.’ Read more

Changing the Story

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, August 2018

Published online on Garrison Institute

"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

Walking

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee and Hilary Hart, April 2018

First published in Heartfulness Magazine

In the busy-ness of our contemporary life, we are drawn into ceaseless activity that often separates us from the deeper dimension of ourselves. With our smartphones and computer screens, we often remain caught on the surface of our lives amidst the noise and chatter that continually distract us, that stops us from being rooted in our true nature. Unaware we are drowned deeper and deeper in a culture of soulless materialism.  Read more

A Lover’s Journey: A Story of the Sacred Feminine

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, March 2018

First published in the blog the feminine and the seeds of the future

When I was nineteen I met my teacher, a Russian-born woman in her mid-sixties, recently returned from India where she had been trained by a Sufi master. Four years later, sitting in her small meditation group, I met and fell in love with a young woman recently arrived to London from Israel, who was to become my wife. As an intense young man, focused on meditation and aspiring to realize a formless Truth, the Sufi path unexpectedly opened me to the mystery of the feminine, and to the wonder of love both human and divine, formless and tangible.  Read more

Returning to a Place of Belonging: An Interview with Sufi mystic Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

By Sam Mowe, May 2017

Published in Garrison Institute

When you pay attention to what’s happening to the world—the destruction of our air, soil, and water—it is common to want to do something to help the situation. But what if part of the reason that we’re in this perilous ecological situation is our tendency to treat the world as if it’s a problem to be solved? 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

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

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

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

Ecobuddhism Interview with Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee on Spiritual Ecology

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, July 2012

Originally published by Ecobuddhism.org

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

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