Just over a year ago an intense wildfire named Thomas swept through and past Meditation Mount’s property. And while the fire itself is long gone, its effects are still present — much like a boat whose wake continues to impact the surface of the water long after it has passed.
It would be difficult to refute the assertion that this has been a particularly challenging year aboard spaceship Earth. In terms of social upheaval, political tension, factional strife and natural disasters, 2018 ranks high on an all-time Top Ten list. Here in southern California we have faced prolonged drought, devastating wildfires and now, drenching rains threaten to destabilize scorched and …
The Mount has a team of two to maintain her 31.2 acres of land, 5 buildings and the International Garden of Peace. Although Tim Hall and Miguel Contreras are sometimes viewed as superhuman in all that they accomplish, the devastating scene after December 2017 was absolutely daunting, even for them.
On January 8th our beloved friend and co-worker Joe Mixer passed away. He graced our fair planet for 94 years through a life committed to serving others. Joe was the nephew of Meditation Mount founder Florence Garrigue and became intimately involved in the early days of establishing the Mount as a Center of Light. We remember Joe for his qualities …
In the early 1960s Dr. Roberto Assagioli (the Founder of Psychosynthesis and Creative Meditation) asked Florence Garrigue to help inaugurate a project in the USA. On April 11th, 1971 Florence opened the doors of Meditation Mount in Ojai to the public and we have been here ever since as a place of inspiration and service.
Those who lived through the recent Thomas Fire at Meditation Mount and the ensuing deluge and mudslides visited upon Montecito in Santa Barbara County here in southern California describe the experience as apocalyptic in nature. It felt like the end times. In one respect, we could declare that these are both the end times and the beginning times. It all depends on which way you are facing.
We hold the vision in our hearts that Meditation Mount, like the Phoenix, will rise from the ashes to become an even brighter Beacon of Light, Love and Fiery Hope in a darkening world.
To dream and imagine is to create. Throughout the ages, indigenous peoples around the world have been the custodians of their respective Creation Stories that keep the dream alive and tell of a time before anything existed.
At 5:00 PM each day thousands of people in their respective time zones around the world sound this affirmation – strengthening their inner link with the Source of Life and weaving closer connections among the global network of those who seek to serve the Common Good.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. – Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Letter from a Birmingham Jail