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December 2018 Letter From Publisher

Understanding the new science that points to consciousness as all-pervasive and the fundamental building block of reality can change what it means to be human, as well as possibly make violence and economic, social and political crises things of the past.”
- Zaya Benazzo, founder, Science and Nonduality Conference 

The golden thread shared among the world’s major religions and faiths is that we are all one, and there is no real separation between us. That means we are each here to raise the consciousness of our communities—friends, families and strangers alike—by accepting the gifts of knowledge we are offered every day. Whether it’s making conscious choices about the foods we eat, how we live from an environmental perspective or following a spiritual path, we have opportunities each day to raise our vibration. When we understand that all we truly need is being provided, we realize there’s no need to sit in judgment of any experience or anyone else; all is as it’s supposed to be. Each of us has the ability and responsibility—should we choose to accept it—to identify and share the experiences that resonate most within us. Speaking our inner truth is going to help find and awaken our chosen community while helping us thrive during the inevitable (possibly painful?) growth. 

This month’s features focus on consciousness and community, from a broad global perspective as well as a look at what’s going on right outside our doors. The national feature story about global awakening is likely to interest many of you, no matter what your personal interpretation or philosophy regarding what consciousness really is. The article includes insights from some of the world’s leaders in the consciousness movement, who affirm that we are perhaps on the verge of or even in the midst of a mass awakening. I know I’ve been feeling the effects of that. How about you? 

Our local features focus on individuals and organizations who offer spirited leadership to the community in different ways, inspiring and collaborating with like-minded others along the way. Our area is blessed with so much talent and strength of purpose; you all are truly awesome! We included Natural Awakenings as a subject in this issue to acknowledge the role the magazine has played in the community for the past14 years; we hope you enjoy the peek into our approach and inner workings.

My wish for all—as we close out this year and prepare to begin again—is that you will find encouragement and hope in our pages. No matter what you are going through or how it may feel sometimes, you are never actually alone. None of us are. We’re all in this together. 

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Feliz Navidad and Happy Holidays to you and yours,

With love and light,

Nicole

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