Name: Julie A Carda

After studying dance in Europe, Julie returned to the United States and graduated from Creighton University. With a desire to expand her knowledge of the arts and spirituality, she graduated from St. John’s University in Collegeville with a Masters in Theology and Liturgical Studies. Over the past twenty years, she has taught high school and college courses, and facilitated workshops on the healing arts while occasionally writing for academic periodicals. Her quest to acknowledge world religions and the desire to expose the similarities of love and peaceful living, led her to travel, live, and study with shaman practitioners, herbal healers, Native American medicine women, Buddhist priests and other earth-based spiritual teachers. Through these experiences and experiences with global metaphysical teachings, she learned to honor the eternal Source of love in all people. Besides writing fiction, Julie is co-creating a Space of Love through advocacy for Kin Domains.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Paradise on Earth: Kin Domains

This quote from one of the many eco-village founders encapsulates the motivation given in the Ringing Cedar Series as to why a Kin Domain. “Our main task-by creating our Kin's Domains, by changing our way of life and way of thinking, by realizing our destiny on Earth-is to restore happiness, consciousness, and love to people, and to restore Paradise on Earth!”

Early in my theological education I was introduced to the written work of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin SJ, 1881 – 1955, Priest and Paleontologist. One thought of his which has cycled back around and plays upon my mind and heart off and on is that humans create their paradise on earth. Naturally Chardin was one of the philosophical thinkers who had been censored by the reigning pope of the time. Viewed through Anastasia’s historical perspective, he had in all likelihood, come too close to the truth and needed to be silenced. I will definitely go back and visit his work to contemplate the gems he gave to humankind. For all of the Ringing Cedar readers, it is interesting to note that he served on the front lines as a stretcher barer during World War I and was located in China during World War II. His philosophical perspective from the front lines is intriguing. The quote below is one of his gems.

“The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides, and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire.’ "(The Evolution of Chastity, in Toward the Future, 1936, XI, 86-87)


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