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Alternative Culture Magazine

Celebrating Nature, Culture, and Spirit

Nowick Gray's Travel Blog: On the Way to Buddha's Tooth


Ceremonial drumming in the Temple of the (Buddha's) Tooth, Kandy, Sri Lanka - YouTube videos - plus: Traditional drum and dance performance at the Kandy Cultural Center

Temple of the Tooth

Travel Writing on the Edge - a review of Richard Grant's book God's Little Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre


9/11 All Over Again - by Nowick Gray, with readings of the day

Writing and Editing Help for Your Self-Published Book, eBook or Blog

Embody Bali - A Yogic & Aquatic Retreat - 11-18 March 2015 - Register Now!

A Metaphysical Approach to Addiction Rehabilitation - by Jennifer Southern - also - Could Sobriety be the Path to Creativity?

The Political Art of David Dees - book review by Nowick Gray

New books by Nowick Gray, now available in paperback and Kindle eBook format. Now also on Smashwords (epub format).

nature essays My Country: Essays and Stories From the Edge of Wilderness

Strange Love / Romance Not For Sale: Short Stories

PsyBot: Cyberpunk Science Fiction
- see review at IndieReader

Friday Night Jam - an experiential journey into group music improvisation

Bridging the Worlds of Being and Doing - by Nowick Gray
Spiritual practice and the practice of everyday living

Visit to the Brahmasthan - by William Hathaway
profound revelations at the yogic flying hall of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

How I Became an Activist - by David DeGraw
- inspiring personal journey and overview of today's core problems and solutions, Occupy and beyond...

What Does Latest Dead Afghan 2-Year-Old Have in Common with Paul Robeson, John Wayne, Ernest Hemingway [and Bob Marley]? (Washington's Blog)

Chanting Down Babylon: The CIA & The Death of Bob Marley (High Times)

Rushdie vs. Murdoch: A Review of Midnight's Children (and The Black Prince) - by Nowick Gray

Americans Are Finally Learning About False Flag Terror - Washington's Blog

Manifesto: Why I Write - by Nowick Gray
A sharing of motivation and method for using language and story, in the face of countervailing forces, to model a creative worldview.

Reading Reality, Clearing the Clutter - The Seeker's Manual
A review of some of the sources I read of "world news," which verges on sci-fi when considering "exopolitics" and hidden history. Beyond one's literal beliefs are primary questions about the apparent evils in the world and how we address the situation for truth and freedom.

Corporate Media - poem

First let’s get this straight:
I am not the t-word.

I am alternative means . . .

Reviews of Rendezvous - paranormal wilderness adventure - By Nowick Gray
"A slide show of white-knuckle catastrophe, a virtual sword swallower."
"Exciting and honest writing that awakens us to our humanity and interconnectedness with nature."
"Though the narrative thread twists, loops and even knots, its captivating forward momentum never skips a beat."

global transformation

Building Bridges of Expanded Consciousness and Global Transformation

Long Ago and Far Away

Once upon a time in a far away corner of the universe in the outer reaches of a medium-sized spiral galaxy, there was a beautiful blue-green planet whose inquisitive inhabitants named their world Earth.

Many different peoples inhabited this planet teeming with abundant lifeforms. They had come to learn the many difficult, yet rewarding lessons of exploring in physical bodies what it is like to feel separate and disconnected from their own divine essence and from all around them.

The collective consciousness of all people on Earth greatly affected everything that happened on this revolving planet. Yet because of their explorations into separateness, the vast majority of these people – or humans as they called themselves – were unaware of how their collective will formed their world.

In order to learn the deep wisdom of this Earth school or Univers-city, these humans had chosen to forget how in their deepest essence they were all interconnected and how every individual played an essential role in what happened on their planet and to their people as a whole.


Tri Hita Karana Doctrine

In accordance with Balinese Hindu philosophy, peace and tranquility are obtainable in our lives only when we respect and observe the three harmonious relationships known as the Tri Hita Karana Doctrine:

1. The Gods blessed life and created nature and all of its contents.

2. Nature offers sustenance to support the needs and activities of human beings.

3. Human beings have an obligation to establish a traditional village structure, to build temples in which to worship, to hold various ceremonies, to make daily offering, to preserve nature and to solve problems together.

Message from the Hopi People - People of Peace

We have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour. Now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour and there are things to be considered.

Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in a good relation?
Where is your water?
Have you prepared your family?
Can you live from the Earth?

Know your garden.
It is time to speak your truth.
Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for the leader.
This could be a good time!

There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold onto the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart and they will suffer greatly. Know the river has its destination.

The elders say we must let go of the shore, and push off into the river, keep our eyes open, and our head above the water. See who is in there with you and Celebrate.

At this time in history, take nothing personally. Least of all ourselves. For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt. The time of the lone wolf is over, Gather yourselves!

Banish the word ''struggle" from your attitude and your vocabulary. All that you do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration. "We are the ones we've been waiting for..."

--The Elders, Hopi Nation, Oraibi, Arizona

Update (spring 2006) from Hopi

How to "Corrupt" the World

"The Creator wants us to drum. He wants us to corrupt the world with drum, dance and chants. After all, we have already corrupted the world with power and greed....which hasn't gotten us anywhere - now's the time to corrupt the world with drum, dance and chants."

--Babatunde Olatunji

A New Story

--from Niles Eldredge, Dominion

The People came from the earth and were linked through the recesses of time with all other creatures. They were kin of the bacteria, the microscopic ones, the fungi, the plants, and the other animals. And they were nearest to the Apes: the orangutans, gorillas, and chimpanzees.

The People, though, became self-aware and through time came to devise artifacts and customs to help them live. In time, they left their ancestral home and spread throughout the world. Everywhere they went they lived in and were dependent upon their natural surroundings, which they acknowledged openly.

Then the People came to control their own food supply. Everything changed. No longer at home in the local natural world, the People now lived in inner-directed settlements. They invented gods and declared dominion over all the natural world: the rivers and seas, the forests, the plains, the deserts, and the swamps.

The People prospered and their knowledge grew. But soon their numbers grew so great that they saw they had not, after all, truly left the natural world. They saw a limit to the natural resources, and to the production of their own food. They came to see that poisons of the waters, soils, and air threatened them. And they understood that the other creatures--their kin--were vital to their own survival.

The People acknowledged their true past and their newfound problems. They decided to use the very same tool that had brought them along so far: their cleverness. They saw that all creatures--including the People--face limitations and depend on the natural world.

The People decided to curb their population numbers. They determined to curtail environmental damage and the loss of other species. They decided to conserve the world's remaining ecosystems. And they embraced sustainable development, matching economic growth to the carrying capacities of their surroundings.

The People lived. And it was very good.

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