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In Memoriam


Lawrence Ferlinghetti - In Memoriam

Lawrence Ferlinghetti was an American poet, painter, social activist, and the co-founder of City Lights Booksellers & Publishers. He was the author of poetry, translations, fiction, theatre, art criticism, and film narration. Ferlinghetti was best known for his first collection of poems, A Coney Island of the Mind (1958), which has been translated into nine languages, with sales of more than one million copies. When Ferlinghetti turned 100 in March 2019, the city of San Francisco proclaimed his birthday, March 24, “Lawrence Ferlinghetti Day”.

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Hank Wesselman - In Memoriam

Henry Barnard Wesselman was an American anthropologist and shamanic teacher known primarily for his Spiritwalker trilogy of spiritual memoirs.  These books describe an ongoing series of spontaneous dream-like visions in which he encounters a Hawaiian shaman from the distant future.  The trilogy explores Wesselman’s struggles with what to make of these experiences, and records the extraordinary story of an anthropologist who is drawn into the shaman’s world of mystery and magic.

A true walker between worlds, Wesselman managed to straddle both the shamanic realms as well as those of traditional scholarship. Early in life he served as a Peace Corps volunteer among the Yoruba of Nigeria, and he also participated in paleoanthropology research in East Africa’s Great Rift Valley.

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In Memoriam - Dorothy Maclean

Dorothy Maclean was one of the founders of the Findhorn Community, which is now the largest ecovillage in the UK.  A writer and educator on spirituality, she was best known for her descriptions of contacts with consciousnesses of nature which she called ‘devas’.

Born in Guelph, Ontario, she explored the Sufi teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan and the work of mystic Sheena Govan before meeting Peter and Eileen Caddy, with whom she would found Findhorn.  In 1954 Dorothy had her first experience of the God within, which she called a “vast unity.”  She began a regular practice of meditation to connect with this voice, which led her to the belief that love must be practical.

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Krishna Das' Tribute to Ram Dass

Today my Beloved Elder Guru Brother, Ram Dass, has left his physical body and merged with our guru, Neem Karoli Baba.

He has been my friend and teacher and fellow traveler on the Spiritual Path since 1968. I spent the last few days with him and had incredible merging of mind and heart. He was deeply immersed in Maharaj-ji’s presence, and during the many years since his stroke, his courage and patience and inner strength was a shining example of how to live in this world, with an ever-opening heart, despite much physical pain and hardship.

His mantra was “I am Loving Awareness, I am Loving Awareness.” Now, that is where he is to be found… in the loving presence that lives within us.

Sri Ram
Jai Ram
Jai Jai Ram!!!

~ Krishna Das

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In Memoriam - Ram Dass

Ram Dass
April 6, 1931 – December 22, 2019

Ram Dass, born Richard Alpert, was an American spiritual teacher, academic, clinical psychologist, and author of many books, including the seminal 1971 book, Be Here Now.  In 1961 he joined Timothy Leary in researching and experimenting with the potentially therapeutic effects of hallucinogenic drugs such as psilocybin and LSD-25. He also assisted in the 1962 “Good Friday Experiment” with theology students, the first controlled, double-blind study of drugs and the mystical experience. Alpert and Leary co-founded the International Federation for Internal Freedom in 1962 in order to carry out studies in the religious use of psychedelic drugs. In 1963 Leary and Alpert were formally dismissed from Harvard.

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In Memoriam - Claudio Naranjo

Claudio Naranjo
November 24, 1932 – July 12, 2019

Claudio Benjamín Naranjo Cohen was a Chilean psychiatrist and pioneer in the integration of psychotherapy, spirituality, and psychedelic experiences. He was a developer of the Enneagram of Personality, founder of the Seekers After Truth (SAT) Institute, and author of numerous books on psychotherapy, consciousness, personality, and education, including The Healing Journey.

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In Memoriam - Jean Vanier

Jean Vanier
September 10, 1928 – May 7, 2019

Jean Vanier, CC, GOQ, was a Canadian Catholic philosopher, theologian, and humanitarian. In 1964 he founded L’Arche, an international federation of communities for people with developmental disabilities and those who assist them; and he co-founded Faith and Light with Marie-Hélène Mathieu, a Christian charity for people with learning disabilities. Today L’Arche (“the ark”) has 150 communities in 38 countries, supporting 3,500 people with learning disabilities with day services as well as residential homes. Most of the communities are small and residents often stay for decades.

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In Memoriam - Barbara Marx Hubbard

Barbara Marx Hubbard
December 22, 1929 – April 10, 2019

"It’s strange to use the words ‘untimely death’ about someone who would have been 90 in December, but there was nothing old about Barbara. She was one of the most youthfully optimistic people I’ve ever known.

In one sense, she was born at the wrong time, and came of age when the role of women was relegated to being homemaker and caregiver.

In the midst of Barbara’s adolescence, the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.  She maintained that that event was perhaps the defining moment of her life. She realized that the enormous destructive human potential that had produced the atomic bomb could be turned on its head and mined for our greatest creative potential.

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In Memoriam - Ralph Metzner

Ralph Metzner
May 18, 1936 – March 14, 2019

Ralph Metzner was a psychotherapist who began his career working with Timothy Leary on controversial studies at Harvard involving LSD and other drugs, and then spent a lifetime exploring and writing about expanded consciousness in all sorts of cultures and settings.

Dr. Metzner was a graduate student at Harvard when he began working with Dr. Leary and Richard Alpert (who later took the name Ram Dass), who were clinical psychology professors and had begun exploring therapeutic and other uses for LSD, psilocybin and similar hallucinogens. The three later collaborated on The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead (1964), one of the core texts of the emerging psychedelic movement.

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In Memoriam - Raven Grimassi

Raven Grimassi
April 12, 1951 – March 10, 2019

Gary Charles Erbe, known as Raven Grimassi, was an American scholar of paganism and author of over 20 books on the subjects of Wicca, Stregheria, and neo-paganism. Descended from Italian witches on his mother’s side, he popularized Stregheria, the religious practice of witchcraft with roots in Italy. Grimassi was a practitioner of witchcraft for over 45 years.

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