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Remembering the Ancestors

Remembering the Ancestors
November 2017
By Aninha Esperanza Livingstone, Ph.D.
Common Ground ~ The 43rd Anniversary Gratitude Issue – November 2017

Remembering the Ancestors:

Widening our Circle of Gratitude

The practice of gratitude is one that changes our state. This shift in attention has the power to rearrange our hearts, broaden our thinking and expand our energy field. As we remember what we are grateful for, we weave ourselves more deeply into the fabric of life, disrupting habitual ways of thinking about ourselves, and the world. […]

A Call to Soul Activism

A Call to Soul Activism
The Role of Creativity and Imagination in Creating Change
By Aninha Esperanza Livingstone, Ph.D.
Common Ground ~ The Creativity Issue ~ May/June 2017

As the political landscape intensifies at home and abroad so to does the question, What can I do? The impulse to act likens to a healthy immune system that protects one’s life and well-being. Within this body politic, we must each navigate what activism means to us. […]

The Ecology of Calling

The Ecology of Calling 
Tracking the Scent of our Soul
By Aninha Esperanza Livingstone, Ph.D.
Common Ground ~ The Green Issue ~ April 2013

Do you believe that you are on Earth for a reason, that you have a unique calling? Do you long to embody your innate gifts and to contribute to the world? Answers to these questions vary, depending upon our relationship with ourselves, the world, and ultimately the great mystery.

The theme of calling is ancient. We find it in myths, fairy tales, and more recently in films and television. Joseph Campbell, well known for the phrase, “Follow your bliss,” taught that to engage one’s calling is to embark upon a heroic journey, which culminates in the ability to share our gifts with the world. During this […]

Women and Ritual

Women and Ritual
Fanning the Flames of Ancient Wisdom
By Aninha Esperanza Livingstone, Ph.D.
Common Ground ~ The Women Issue ~ Oct. 2013
There was time when our ancestors knew how to meet life and death and all of the passages in between. So too, was there was a time when our female ancestors passed on rituals from grandmother to mother to daughter, and felt held by a deep wisdom of which they knew themselves to be a part. Ritual was a way of meeting and creating change, as well as of maintaining balance between the seen and unseen worlds.

The term ritual originated from the Sanskrit word rtu, meaning menses. The origin of rituals specific to women’s creative power and to the fertility of the earth date back to […]

Ancestral Roots

Woman’s Ancestral Roots
Moving Forward by Looking Back
By Aninha Esperanza Livingstone, Ph.D.
Our lives have invisible roots. We are all shaped by the experiences of our ancestors as they run through our blood and settle in our bones, below the level of our thinking mind. We humans carry the inherited wisdom and weight of those who came before, and it is up to each of us to live the story forward for future generations.

We may think of this as a heroic solo journey, but more support is available than meets the eye. The very ancestors whose tragedies and triumphs inform our lives may be closer than we think. Cultures around the world know this and ritually feed the ancestors daily as a way to honor them and […]

Ecology and Imagination

Ecology and Imagination
Awakening the Visionary
By Aninha Esperanza Livingstone, Ph.D.
Common Ground April 2014
Visionaries have always relied on the imagination as a source of inspiration and guidance. In these times of ecological crisis, logic remains the dominant mode of thinking. Imagination has become an underused resource. Reengaging this truncated capacity could catapult us out of the dread of probability and into the spaciousness of possibility.

One of those visionaries was Albert Einstein who claimed, “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” The ecological problems that we currently face arose from thinking such as:

Humans are the apex of evolution.
We are the only species that is truly conscious.
Competition is the natural order.
We are separate and independent.
The instinctual and earthly is […]

A Feminine Approach to Calling

A Feminine Approach to Calling
How the Underworld Can Support Purposeful Living
By Aninha Esperanza Livingstone, Ph.D.
Common Ground Oct. 2014
We are born of mystery, and to the mystery we will return. Our time in this world brings us face to face with the questions Who am I? and Why am I here? Our deeper identity and purpose can sometimes feel like cryptic hieroglyphics scratched into the walls of our life.
The masculine powers of logic, linearity, and productivity are essential to living our calling, yet they cannot decipher the message embedded in our souls. In order to access this level of clarity, we need the power the feminine, of She who oversees the dark mysteries of death and rebirth.
The story of Innana, the Mesopotamian goddess whose tale was discovered on ancient clay tablets, offers this wisdom. Her initiatory descent into the underworld reflects the archetypal journey we must each take in order to live our calling from the depths of our being. […]

Health and Humility: The Hidden Gift of Illness

Health and Humility: The Hidden Gift of Illness
Sometimes it takes a significant life event to open us to new ways of being…

Original post on RainbowLight Blog

By Aninha Livingstone

To be alive is to be vulnerable. Health challenges are just one among a myriad of experiences that can shake up our world, reminding us that ultimately, we are not in control.

Life is always in flux. During certain periods we find ourselves on top of the world and at others, on our proverbial knees. It is during the more difficult times that we are reminded of our true size in the face of the mysterious workings of order and chaos.

The loss of vitality, the presence of symptoms, and the uncertainty that accompanies medical diagnoses and prognoses disrupt our […]

The Ecology of Health: Caring for Ourselves and The World as One

By Aninha Livingstone, Ph.D.
Originally posted on RainbowLight.com Blog
There is a growing recognition that we are dependent upon our precious planet and her on-going generosity and health.

There is a burgeoning awareness that all of humanity is connected, as electronic wizardry breaks the spell of time and space, and we collectively face growing changes in weather patterns that do not discriminate.

 There is an awakening to what earth-based cultures have always known, that what we do to the earth, we do to ourselves, and to all living things.

And yet, our conception of health can remain captive to the old paradigm of separation. Plagued by overwhelm, it is all too easy to close our minds and hearts to our collective well-being and focus solely upon our personal best.

It is an understandable […]

Ecopsychology

Ecopsychology
The Healing Force of Nature
By Aninha Esperanza Livingstone, Ph.D.
Common Ground April 2012
We live during a time in which most Americans spend 90% of their time indoors, people recognize more names of corporate brands than of plants, and parents fear what kind of world their children will inherit. When we let ourselves feel the extent of the global issues at hand, we often feel so overwhelmed and powerless that we turn toward distraction, become numb, or succumb to despair. Clearly, we need help in navigating these turbulent waters.

Perhaps the field of psychology can help. There is a new leaf unfurling on the tree of psychology. It receives its nourishment from deep roots, those of indigenous wisdom traditions. And yet, it is also informed by the winds of […]