NEW Life Amidst the Ruins: Stories for a Living Future

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, April 2022

I would like to tell a story about the end of the world. Not the end of the world as we know it, a world of supermarkets and cars, of airplane travel and pizzas. But the end of a light that has sustained humanity for millennia… Read More

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A Story of Beginnings: Memories of Magic and Wonder

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, November 2021

What are the seeds we need for a new story to come fully alive? Returning to a deep ecology of consciousness we can rediscover the magical awareness that belongs to our essential relationship with the living Earth. Read More

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NEW Watching River Otters

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, February 2022

First published by Kosmos

Walking in the wetlands I encounter a family of river otters playing in the water, then sliding their sleek bodies onto the land, they tumble over each other in the sand, as a blue heron watches nearby. In their primal world there is neither truth nor falsehood, just life present, unfractured. Once, long ago, we walked in this landscape, were part of this ecology of place... Read More

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Fire Season

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, August 2021

First published by Parabola

We waited through the Winter of the pandemic, wearing masks, hiding from our darker fears. And then Spring came—apple blossom pink, pear blossom white. The wisteria falling lavender-blue over the garden shed, and then the jasmine, a wall of bright white, filling the evening air with sweetness. Here was another story, each year returning, and longed for as the garden comes alive with colors and fragrance… Read More

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Blood Moon In Early Summer

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, June 2021

First published by Resilience

Sometimes at night when sleep escapes me I walk along the road beside the bay. The cars are long gone, and there is only the sound of the wind and the egrets squawking in the nearby wetlands. Early this morning I encountered a family of deer watching me in the long grass, before they vanished into the silence. Then I found the blood moon eclipsed through the trees, an elemental mystery that reaches deep into our ancestral memories, before our consciousness was obscured by science and reason. Read More

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A Letter to My Granddaughter

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, March 2021

First published by Dumbo Feather magazine in Australia

What is the world into which you are walking, and what is the landscape you will pass on to your children and grandchildren? Will it be alive with the truth of the Earth or the false promises of technology, the distortions of social media? What are the stories that will guide you, the communities that will support you?  Read More

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The Natural Order Of Things

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, July 2020

First published in Parabola

The present pandemic, which in a few short months has wreaked havoc across our world, is most likely caused by an imbalance in the natural world, as loss of habitat and biodiversity is not only driving animals to extinction but directly causing animal viruses to spread to humans. In response our leaders are using the images of conflict: “We are at war with Covid 19,” we keep hearing; it is an “invisible enemy” we need to “vanquish.” But although this virus is disrupting our lives, causing sickness, death, and economic breakdown, it is itself a completely natural phenomenon, a living thing reproducing itself in the way nature intended. Are these images of conflict and conquest appropriate or even helpful? Do they help us to understand and to respond, to bring our world back into balance?  Read More

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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

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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

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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

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