In this issue we explore what it takes to preserve cultural and spiritual traditions in today’s world. There is a growing recognition that the wealth of wisdom contained in many of humanity's early traditions are in danger of being lost, and many people want to find a way to ensure that this wisdom remains intact and authentic well into the future.
To help us better understand the subtleties of the issues involved, Amy Edelstein spoke with Diane Schenandoah, Faith Keeper of the Wolf Clan of the Oneida nation. Diane spoke openly about the tragedies her people have endured and the generational trauma that resulted. She also shared stories of her spiritual heritage that explain why forgiveness and inner peace became its guiding values.
Jeff Carreira spoke with Pamela Eakins, a sociologist, author, and the creator of a contemporary tarot deck, and learned how modern science shows us that the same principles that govern the evolution of the universe are reflected in the symbolism of the tarot and in religious traditions from around the world.
Robin Beck and Ariela Cohen review the Sharing Spiritual Heritage Report from the Fetzer Institute. And Olivia Wu shares an essay about the negative and positive aspects of tradition from her perspective as a Chinese immigrant in the United States.
You will also find a number of powerful written contributions from members of The Mystery School.
We hope you enjoy the issue.