This has been a momentous year for Seven Pillars. In addition to hosting two wisdom salons and other gatherings, on December 1st we culminated two years of work involving a stellar group of artists, activists and contemplatives with the release of our multimedia e-book, The Seven Pillars: Journey Toward Wisdom.
If you have already received a copy of this "contemporary illuminated manuscript” through your donation to our Indiegogo campaign or by purchasing it from the iTunes store, thank you! We hope you have had the opportunity to explore it and have found it of value. If you would like to obtain a copy or learn more about it, please see below for more information.
Over the past seven years, we held many gatherings and events, built a rich community of friends and colleagues, and developed the transformational Pillar process and the Pathways, our tools for inner change. Now we have released the fruits of our collaboration into the culture, with faith that some of the seeds will germinate. Our e-book is a litmus test of this paradigm, as it is designed to stimulate deep reflection and heart-centered conversation.
As we enter a new stage, given a conjunction of financial uncertainty and reduced staff, Seven Pillars is shifting from a centralized organizational format to a more flexible, grassroots model, with a greater focus on locally-inspired wisdom explorations that build a community of wisdom seekers, and to harvest and disseminate what is learned at the grassroots. We are asking for your financial gift to support local activities that use the Seven Pillars process to deepen self-awareness and activate our collective capacity to build a more harmonious, just and thriving world.
Some of our collaborators have already committed to local engagement with Seven Pillars:
* One inspiring leader in London will work with a group of young adults through a series of online classes to explore the Pillar themes. Each online gathering will use a different Pathway as the method of exploration, and will include a facilitator with expertise in that process. If successful, we will use this model as a prototype for other online gatherings.
* Another creative organizer in New Mexico will facilitate local conversations where participants can delve more deeply into the themes in the e-book. The gatherings will include moderated talking sessions as well as simple contemplative practices.
* A third partner in Virginia will hold a group retreat using the Pillars as the framework, where participants share their perspectives in dyads and in the full group, using the Pathways and time in nature as tools for inner discovery. One past participant said, “I am amazed at the depth and scope of the inward then outward journey I experienced in just those few hours. The music and the structure of the seven-stage process all came together to create a rich day.”
Our longer-term vision is to continue to host explorations of the Pillars and Pathways in salons, online conversations, retreats, and artistic festivals. In the fall of 2015, we hope to hold a gathering to further develop our Seven Pillars Pathways and to share and celebrate the grassroots activities that have germinated in the months since the release of The Seven Pillars: Journey Toward Wisdom.
We are an association of seekers from different disciplines and backgrounds united by friendship and shared values. We welcome you into this conversation of how Seven Pillars will unfold in this transitional period. If you would like to talk about any of this, please feel free to contact me at: email@example.com.
Our efforts will be as successful as our community is committed. Please show your support by sending a contribution today to help continue this journey toward wisdom. Send your tax-deductible donation to Seven Pillars, P.O. Box 82, New Lebanon, NY 12125, or donate online at www.sevenpillarshouse.org.
With deep appreciation for your support,
Rabia Deborah Povich, Chair
for the Seven Pillars Board of Trustees
Introducing a groundbreaking multimedia e-Book that includes inspiring illustrations, conversations, original music, video and audio recordings. The Seven Pillars: Journey Toward Wisdom elucidates a process of inner exploration to deepen insight into our life journey and help us discover new ways to respond to the urgent social and ecological issues of our time.
The Journey Toward Wisdom is currently only available through the iBooks app on Apple Mac computers and iPads. To view this book, you must have an iPad with iBooks 3 or later and iOS 5.1 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 (a.k.a. Mavericks) or later.
You can order it by clicking the link below. You can also buy it through the iBook app or (on an Apple Mac) the iTunes Store -- search for “Seven Pillars Journey Toward Wisdom.” You will find the iBook as well as an audio album and individual songs. If you order the book on iTunes, after purchasing the book, open the iBooks app. The Journey Toward Wisdom should appear on your bookshelf.
If you don't have a Mac or iPad, we encourage you to find a friend who does and explore together! Find a quiet space and take your time to absorb the variety of multimedia offerings that comprise this contemplative experience.
Then take your questions and comments to the dinner table, and share your findings with us online by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seven Pillars House of Wisdom brings together a diverse community of people devoted to cultivating a living wisdom for our time. We draw on the intelligence of the natural world, humanity's sacred heritage, and contemplative insight to inform and inspire this pursuit. Through gatherings, media and the arts, we explore ways to respond with integrity and beauty to the needs of the world. For additional information please visit www.sevenpillarshouse.org.