As without, so within: where we are, is who we are
Many people have inspired me with their valuable ideas. To give them credit for this, below I provide some links to their website – when they have one. Unfortunately the ‘older researchers’, from before the rise of the Internet, have not been able to create one. With a few exceptions, I have not included the websites made indirectly by other people. This means that the list is far from complete in that sense, and I have decided to present the websites in a random order. Although I still prefer to read ‘real’ printed books, on these websites you can usually find interesting information about the central ideas of a specific researcher/author, and often some of his or her shorter articles or blogs as well.
I hereby invite you to explore the ideas on these different websites. For me the exploration of other people’s ideas is a very significant activity. It can take a lot of time and energy, but it helps to remind us that that our thoughts and ideas about life are never uniquely our own, and that we always exist in a web of meaningful, reciprocal relationships with other people. And it makes us aware of the fact that an awful lot in life has been given to us freely – which naturally awakens a sense of being grateful.
Steve Taylor. He has made me aware of the fact that the human ego came to dominate Western civilization 6000 years ago – through a collective ‘ego explosion’ – and that in our time more and more people are awakening from this ego separation.
Riane Eisler. She has shown that once there was a shift from partnership culture to a dominator culture, and in our time culture shifts back to partnership again.
Rupert Sheldrake. He is of course well known for his revolutionary ideas about the morphic fields and morphic resonance, and has done a lot to bridge science and spirituality.
Duane Elgin. He has shown me that our lives are embedded in a living universe, and how this changes the experience of who we actually are.
Charles Eisenstein. He has made me aware of the fact that we are living ‘in between stories’: power of stories: in between the Story of Separation, which has caused a lot of damage, and the ‘new and ancient’ Story of Interbeing which promises a way out. On his website he offers a visitor the full content on his books.
Karen Tate. She has contributed a lot to showing the importance of Goddess spirituality and creating social justice in the world. She spreads her message not only by writing books, but also by interviewing people in her radio show.
Lynne McTaggart. She is well known for her ideas about the importance of the field within the context of the latest science, and of the power of intention.
Sharon Blackie. She connects Celtic mythology with the power of the feminine and shows how this is relevant for our lives today.
Thomas Berry. He showed that ecology and Christianity need not conflict with one another, and has helped to open my mind to the spiritual dimension of our planet.
Ervin Laszlo. He has shown that the ancient concept of the Akashic field has become relevant within the context of science.
Kingley Dennis. He writes very interestingly about the profound changes taking place in our society: the revival of a participatory consciousness and the sacred dimension of life.
Bruce Lipton. He has shown that the brain of the cell is located in the membrane and not in the genes, and that the placebo and nocebo effects are genuine effects.
Genevieve Vaughan. She shows the importance of the Gift Economy and the way it is related to the feminine.
Paul Devereux. He is one of the researchers who has made me aware that ancient civilization has known about the energies residing in the landscape and about its sacred power, which we are rediscovering in our time.
Gregg Braden. He contributed to shaping my ideas about the matrix and its sacred or divine quality.
Dieter Duhm. He also contributed to shaping my ideas about the matrix and its sacred or divine quality.
Leonard Shlain. He made me aware of the difference between the image and the written word: the image related to Goddess culture and the power of the feminine, and the written word to patriarchal culture and to the power of the masculine.
David Korten. He showed me how in our time the power Empire is waning and the power of the Earth Community is rising.
Marija Gimbutas. She has of course become famous for the recognition of the fact that our patriarchal society was preceded by a society in which the Goddess had been central.
Charlene Spretnak. She has shown me, among other things, that the Virgin Mary has ancient cosmic roots in Goddess culture that later has been partly integrated into Christianity.
Thomas Moore. He opened my mind to the importance the soul in our lives and the way it deepens our sense of being fully embedded in life.
Matthew Fox. His ideas about Creation Spirituality and Original Blessing has given me some hope for the future of Christianity.
David Hamilton. He is one of the thinkers who has made me aware of the importance of kindness and empathy, and the power of mind over matter.
William Bloom. He has written very interestingly about ‘the power of modern spirituality’ and other related subjects.
Anita Moorjani. She has written convincingly, from her own experience, about the reality of the near-death experience, how it can transform individual lives for the better and, more generally, how it radically changes our idea of what life is about.
Roman Krznaric. He has written interesting books about empathy and living more fully in the present moment.
Fritjof Capra. A Well-known physicist since the success of ‘The Tao of Physics’ who has continued to research the field where spirituality and newest scientific insights touch each other.
Gary Zukav. Since his success of ‘The Dancing Wi-Lu Masters, he has continued to research to power of the soul and what it means to be authentic, together with his wife Linda Francis.
Jude Currivan. She has written interesting books about connection between the latest scientific insights, consciousness, the ‘cosmic hologram’, and planetary healing.
Claudio Naranjo. He has written about the relationship between psychology and spirituality, about patriarchal nature of Western society and healing civilization.
Anodea Judith. She has written about the feminine and masculine stages in civilization, the awakening of the global heart and the evolutionary process of chakra healing.
Iain McGilchrist. He has made me aware of the profound difference between the left and right hemisphere of our brain, and about the fact that the right hemisphere is the older and more powerful half.
Masuro Emoto. He has shown, by his pictures of frozen water crystals, that water can store memories and emotions.
Martin Shaw. A mythologist and storyteller, living in Devon, who has shown that storytelling and mythology is intimately related to our experience of the landscape and its wild places.
John O’Donohue. A former Irish Catholic priest who popularized Celtic spirituality, and showed how it was closely connected to experiencing the power of the surrounding Irish landscape.
Margaret Starbird. She wrote interesting books about Mary Magdalene, which have contributed to restoring her neglected role within the Christian tradition and even were a important source of inspiration for Dan Brown’s ‘Da Vinci Code’.
Pia Orleane. She has written about the return of the feminine (under her former name Rebecca Orleane) and about the value of natural cycles in our life.
Vandana Shiva. She has written books about themes like ‘earth democracy’, organic food production, biodiversity and eco-feminism; and she is also activist, through her organization Navdanya, to realize change in these fields.
Robert Sardello. He has written books in the field of ‘spiritual psychology’, and he has made me aware of existence and the power of the anima mundi, the soul of the world.
Kiesha Crowther. In the organization The Tribe of Many Colors she is known as Little Grandmother, and she is dedicated to healing Mother Earth and spreading her messages to humankind.
Anne Baring. Together with Jules Cashford she wrote the very interesting and widely acclaimed book The Myth of the Goddess, and more recently she wrote The Dream of the Cosmos.
David Abram. He has written very interestingly about ecology, and is involved in the Alliance for Wild Ethics. He made me aware of the fact that our human lives are completely depending on the life of Mother Earth: that we are actually living in the earth (with its surrounding atmosphere) and not on it.
Brené Brown. According to her courage and vulnerability are inextricably connected to each other. She has inspired many people through her books and talks (which can be watched on YouTube).
Eben Alexander. An American neurosurgeon who experienced a mind-altering near-death experience, which also transformed his idea about human consciousness. He has written some very interesting books about it.
Center for Humans & Nature. Organisation which focuses on ”expanding our natural and civic imagination’. It publishes a journal called Minding Nature, which contains very interesting articles that can be read online and downloaded in pdf format.
Way of the Rose. The organization of Clark Strand and Perdita Finn, which is dedicated to revive the forgotten wisdom of the rosary, whose history according to them is much older than the Catholic tradition. They have written a book about it, entitled The Way of the Rose.
Beyond consulting these interesting thinkers via a rectangular digital screen, there is always the organic ‘worldwide’ web that surrounds us everywhere: the primary reciprocal relationship with the living non-human environment. Of course indoors, in a sitting-room or office, this relationship is never entirely absent. But to experience its transformative power directly, it is necessary to regularly leave your indoor existence, including the screen you are looking at now, behind and become fully part of outdoor life.