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Alternative Culture Magazine

Celebrating Nature, Culture, and Spirit

Crimes Against Nature (and humanity) - by Nowick Gray

from the writer's journal: Simple and Free - by Nowick Gray

Review of JFK to 9/11: Everything is a Rich Man’s Trick


Free Kindle ebooks, Nov-Dec: Writings from the Edge...
Ordinary characters facing extraordinary challenges on the margins of society; navigating illusions to find core survival, identity, purpose, meaning. Edgy narratives exploring the boundaries of imagination and reality, possibility and manifestation, freedom and structure, nature and civilization, desire and limitation.


10 Ways for Authors to Promote Books

The big big picture: problems and solutions, empowerment and responsibility

Wolf Country, by William T. Hathaway

House of Cards (TV series) review, by Nowick Gray

A serious wakeup call: review of Elana Freeland's Chemtrails, HAARP, and the Full Spectrum Dominance of Planet Earth

6 Things that Summer Teaches Us - Nowick Gray on Medium

Hacking Consciousness: Stanford University Video Series, review by William Hathaway
Healing Power of Meditation - by William Hathaway

Fiction and reality, branding and rebranding in geopolitics - Anthony Cartalucci, "The 'Catacylsmic Confict' Yet to Come"

mystery of the Arctic

Hunter's Daughter
- a mystery of the far North

Nilliq flees the hunting camp of her father, overland with a mysterious shaman. Mountie Jack sets out in cold pursuit of a killer, and justice—HQ be damned.

Nowick Gray's latest novel, published by Five Rivers, March 2015.

Meeting Lila - excerpt from a new novel by William Hathaway

What's the way out of this? How can we overthrow this murderous system? Then a phrase from the Bible in the came to me: "A little child shall lead them."

The idea of a child leading a revolution was so farfetched that I knew there must be something to it. After all, we adults haven't managed it so well. But I wondered, What kind of a child could lead a revolution? A little girl popped into my mind and said, "Me!"

lila, the revolutionary

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

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

Building Bridges of Expanded Consciousness
and Global Transformation

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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