Hello dear friends,
I am so grateful that I did not visit Africa until I was in my fifties. I don’t think I would have been strong enough and grounded enough for Africa before then.
All I can say of Africa is that to me it is naked God—the beginning always exploding softly—and that to love Africa is to let it reveal the living light of the creation in a final way that wipes away all names, all religions and all systems.
Africa is a teeming no-thing and it is its ultimate paradox that at the core of all of its naked fierce abandon is an absolutely golden peace. The reason I first went to Africa was to see the White Lions. I went straight to the revelation at the heart of the African shamanic tradition. But I had no idea what I was going to experience. How could I?
I could tell you 100 stories of how the White Lions reveal themselves—to those who are open to them—as gorgeous royal ambassadors of the living light in nature. I could describe to you my own...
Devastating fires are raging across the states and the world, the news from climate scientists is alarmingly dire, the chances of America becoming fascist expand with every atrocious lie and dark-hearted destruction of the laws that have kept us safe and continuing to hone our democracy. I could go on, but you get the point.
If you don’t believe that fascism can take over America, please watch this 10-minute video from Tim Snyder, the author of the brilliant On Tyranny. Then take a few minutes and read about the alarming new report from the IPCC (read the actual report here or watch the video) on the growing urgency for the world to deal with climate change.
The apocalypse is here and everyone who is half awake knows it. I have known that this would come for 20 years and I have known too what my job was: to keep telling the truth even when I was derided and marginalized and to keep offering humanity grounded and sane tools to deal with an unprecedented...
Happy Summer, everyone!
I have always believed that as things get wilder and more difficult, the lovers of God should become more focused, creative and joyful. This is of course very hard to put into practice, but at 69 I am doing my damnedest.
The year ahead is going to be the busiest of my life as I will be doing a global mysticism year for the Shift Network with Mirabai Starr offering with her the essence of our mutual lifetime search. I will also be writing a book on Mary Magdalene and 12 additional great women mystics who carried on her ecstatic tradition despite the depraved opposition of the Boys Club.
I will of course also be giving occasional classes and interviews.
This is my way of building a great Yes in the face of the exploding nova of politics in our time. I’m not under any illusion about what is happening, but I focus everything I do to encourage the signs of birth and progress that are also appearing vividly in this great Kali death/rebirth dance we are...
Recently that great and noble sage, Senator Lindsey Graham, who may be my least favorite of the many shabby Trump acolytes, made the pronouncement that America is not a racist country. After laughing convulsively, I realized that he was speaking for far too many people who are still in desperate denial of the obvious facts.
When I came to America at 26, over 40 years ago, I was overwhelmed by the kind of denial I met in every class of the obvious dreadful racism that contaminates every aspect of American life. And one of the things I regret the most in my vocation as a spiritual teacher is how few African Americans I have had the privilege to reach.
In the first decade of my real teaching which began in my forties, I had the grace and good fortune to be invited several times to progressive black churches. I was amazed at the kind of reception my passionate style received. Instead of looking over a sea of frightened white faces, I heard “Say it, say it! Go for it!” And I...
Spring is here and our task is to live this glorious spring as a revelation of the eternal springtime that reigns in the hearts of all true lovers of God.
Rumi said something which I learn from deeply every day and try to embody with everything I’m saying and doing:
The whole world could be choked with thorns
But the lover’s heart stays a rose garden.
What Rumi is saying in such a gorgeous way is that the task of true lovers of God is to keep their consciousness alive in the perpetual spring, the ever fresh wonder and joy and peace and delight in reality that is the gift of the beloved to those who truly surrender in adoration to Him/Her.
There is no other way of negotiating the madness and chaos of our time than going deep within in spiritual practice to discover the ever-flowing springs of this Spring, so that whatever is happening in the outer world, you remain juicy and alive in the eternal, and from that Spring-awoken place, throw yourself joyfully into the...
Now that we have the beginnings of a sane administration and the real triumph of the Covid relief bill, I believe that this is the time to pour yourself out and go for broke in spreading love and passion for justice and creativity.
Obviously we are still in an extremely fragile and dangerous situation and no one should underestimate the depravity and lack of conscience of those who continue to promulgate the Big Lie and pamper the squads of neo-fascists that seem hell bent on destroying democracy.
On the other hand it would be equally foolish to deny the green shoots of hope that are appearing in millions of people waking up to how essential it is to do everything we can to help those in this appalling health crisis, to bring in voter protection acts, to work on the debilitated infrastructure, and to start doing something real about climate collapse.
For myself I have decided to pour out everything I am and know and to work harder than I ever have to give what I have to give in as...
I want to speak to all of you directly from my deepest experience about what I see clearly is happening in America and in our world. But first I want to take a big step back. I want to share with you the deepest wisdom of all the mystical traditions.
This can be summarized very simply. God and reality are a dance of opposites that emanates from an unknowable mystery of love. What this means is that even the worst tragedies contain seeds of astonishing redemption and even the most astounding advances contain seeds of potential sabotage and destruction.
In order to understand this, all the mystical traditions agree that you need to be as aligned as possible with the mysterious void and with peace and subtle joy, out of which the dance of opposites itself emerges to do love’s evolutionary will.
This is of course extremely and constantly demanding, because it challenges us all to do the inner work to purify our mind so it becomes a stainless mirror into which the mystery can shine...
"It draws down the great God into the tiny heart."
~ Mechthild of Magdeburg
This is how the great Christian medieval mystic described the power of prayer. As we begin 2021, this year of great hope and challenge, I invite you to open your heart to the great power and promise of daily and nightly prayer. Nothing is more important than staying aligned with the fundamental joy, peace, passion and energy of compassion that is our essential divine nature.
Throughout my life, it has been my own deepest experience that prayer is how we learn and stay awake to who we truly are. It helps us stay alert to the nonstop grace streaming to us from the Divine.
I chose to present this first journey of the new year aligned with what so many spiritual traditions believe, that 40 days and 40 nights is the timespan that brings about transformation. In that spirit, I have designed what I am calling 40 Days & 40 Nights: A Prayer Journey for the Soul that encompasses that mystical time frame and...
As a Christmas present to each of you, I offer this hour-long, utterly exhilarating and empowering conversation that Carolyn Baker and I had with Paul Levy. Paul is a genius and his books Quantum Revelation and Dispelling Wetiko are two of the most important contributions to humanity of the last thirty years. I hope you will take fire from the extraordinary perspectives his wisdom opens to all of us and use the joy he shares to deepen your own commitment to trust the divine field and its birthing power.
Everything that I’m about to say about Christmas is for everyone, whatever their religion or lack of it, because I describe it as a universal celebration (which I will unpack). Those of you who may have been wounded by your experience of Christianity are invited to step beyond your wounds to the real glorious meaning of what Christmas is and rediscover a Jesus that your heart may always have yearned for but failed to find in the patriarchal fantasies of the Boys Club....
The lethal and obscene promises of Mad King Donald—that Covid would vanish with the election—have, as you may now know, not materialized. What a surprise! And as you also now know, we are in the dark and terrible beginning of what will be a catastrophic second surge of the virus with half a million dead by the Spring.
Even if everything goes smoothly with the vaccines as we all hope and pray it will, America will never be the same. And all our hearts that are already cracking will be shattered by what we will have to witness and endure.
Unfortunately, none of this surprises me. Carolyn Baker and I knew when we rewrote our first draft of Radical Regeneration that Kali had begun to dance in earnest and would not relent, and that given the abject state of our government, the broken and unequal state of our healthcare, the capacity of millions of Americans to be deluded by terminally insane theories and the unscrupulous greed that now pervades our public realm (just...
In The Hope, Andrew Harvey offers not only a guide to discovering your divine purpose but also the blueprint for a better world.
Based on Andrew's concepts of Sacred Activism, a global initiative designed to save the world from its downward spiral of greed, pain, and self-destruction, this audiobook is an enlightening experience that reflects our world today, while in turn, shapes our future.