Wise and Shine

Robert Stonehill is the author of Wise and Shine: Think Clearly, Live Deeply, Be Someone You Value. Theorist, caregiver, and part-time mystic, Robert writes at the intersection of empathy, empowerment, and creative thinking. He has studied academic and traditional wisdom independently for fifteen years. Additionally, he has studied in all three divisions of modern academia: physical sciences at Harvard, social sciences at Purdue, and humanities at Reed. In early 2014, he began hosting monthly wisdom workshops in Portland, Oregon.

The Toltec I Ching

William Douglas Horden is co-author of The Toltec I Ching: 64 Keys to Inspired Action in the New World, which integrates the wisdom teachings of the indigenous peoples of ancient China and Mesoamerica. He’s also the author of In The Oneness of Time: the Education of A Diviner. William has studied the I Ching for fifty years. Horden’s teachers include I Ching Master Khigh Alx Dhiegh and a traditional shaman of the Tarahumara tribe of the Copper Canyon of Mexico.

Reflections on Life and Art

Kent Nerburn is the author of the new book Dancing with the Gods: Reflections on Life and Art. Kent is a sculptor and award-winning author of sixteen books. He has been writing about Native American history and culture for almost thirty years, and is the founder and director of ‘Project Preserve’, working on the Red Lake Ojibwe reservation helping students collect memories of tribal elders. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Healing From Trauma

Suzanne Scurlock-Durana is the author of the new book, Reclaiming Your Body: Healing From Trauma and Awakening to Your Body’s Wisdom. Her Healing from the Core curriculum combined with CranioSacral therapy and other bodywork modalities creates a complete, body-centered guide to awareness, healing, and joy. She teaches around the world and lives in Reston, Virginia.

The Mastery of Self

The ancient Toltecs believed that life as we perceive it is a dream… that we each live in our own personal dream, and all of our dreams come together to make the Dream of the Planet. Problems arise when we forget that the dream is just a dream and fall victim to believing that we have no control over it. Don Miguel Ruiz Jr. is the author of the new book, The Mastery of Self: A Toltec Guide to Personal Freedom. He is a Nagual, a Toltec Master of Transformation. He is a direct descendant of the Toltecs of the Eagle Knight lineage and is the son of don Miguel Ruiz, who was Pathways a few years ago before his passing. By combining the wisdom of his family’s traditions with the knowledge gained from his own personal journey, don Miguel Jr. now helps others realize their own path to personal freedom.

The Activist’s Tao Te Ching

While Taoism is known for a quiet, enigmatic wisdom, the Tao can also have the cleansing force of a rushing river. William Martin is author of The Activist’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for a Modern Revolution. Bill is the author of several books on Taoist and Zen thought, including: The Parent’s Tao Te Ching, The Couple’s Tao Te Ching, The Sage’s Tao Te Ching … A Path and a Practice, and The Tao of Forgiveness. Along with writing about the Tao, Bill enjoys painting in the Taoist tradition.

The Philosophy of Childing

Mounting evidence shows that we begin our lives with a moral, intellectual, and creative bang, but childhood isn’t merely a state of “becoming.” Maybe if we can find a way to embrace the defining qualities of youth, we can grow into and through an adulthood defined by wonder, curiosity, imagination, playfulness, and compassion. Christopher Phillips is the author of the new book, The Philosophy of Childing: Unlocking Creativity, Curiosity, and Reason through the Wisdom of Our Youngest. His writing and activism inspired the Socrates Café and Democracy Café gatherings—meet-ups in which people of all ages exchange ideas and philosophies while embracing the Socratic Method—and today there are more than six hundred ongoing gatherings around the world.

Don’t Believe Everything You Think

Thubten Chodron is author of the new book, Don’t Believe Everything You Think: Living with Wisdom and Compassion. She is an American-born Buddhist nun, has studied and practiced Buddhism in India and Nepal since 1975. Chodron travels worldwide, teaching and leading meditation retreats, and is known for her clear and practical explanations of the Buddha’s teachings. She is the author of numerous books, including Buddhism for Beginners and Open Heart, Clear Mind. She is the founder of the Sravasti Abbey, in Newport, WA, which fulfills her long-held vision to share the Buddha’s teachings, incorporating the best elements of Western society, including gender equality and using technology to spread the Dharma.

Gilgamesh

Stephen Mitchell is a renowned translator, scholar, and author best known for his ability to glean the wisdom and spiritual themes of sacred texts. Although Gilgamesh is considered one of the masterpieces of world literature, until now there has not been a version that is a superlative literary text in its own right. Stephen Mitchell’s lithe, muscular rendering allows us to enter an ancient masterpiece as if for the first time. Listen to realize how startlingly beautiful, intelligent, and alive this classic can be and what it has to teach us.

Way of Conflict

Deidre Combs discusses her book, The Way of Conflict. She is a mediator and the founder of Combs & Company, a consulting firm that provides conflict and communication skills education, coaching, and team building services.