Good morning everyone! I am happy to welcome some new members, and to greet those who have been with us from the beginning. In Kevin's wonderful introductory post, he articulated so well the reductionist times we live in, which often seems so barren of soul. Corresponds to the "aridity" Teresa and Alma faced in 16th Century Spain. And yet ....this is the challenge for us as conscious beings in our time on this beautiful planet: how do we walk with the divine each day, as she lives in us, and as we bring her forth into the world? For example, we see examples of soul-motivated action all around us: what Bonnie is doing in creating and nurturing the Alliance. Kevin, I happen to know, is on the board of our Seattle Jung Society and has logged in countless hours bringing amazing speakers to our community. I'm sure each of you contribute in so many conscious, and no doubt unconscious ways. And there are jewels in our larger culture as well. I was so moved and completely delighted in the recent visit of Pope Francis. While I still take issue with some of his rigid positions on not allowing women to be priests or to terminate a pregnancy in their own bodies, I so applaud many of his other ideas, and the warmth and generosity of his soul. In his greeting on the balcony of the Congressional building, he asked everyone to pray for him, then added, "Those of you who do not pray, I ask for your best wishes", He includes the non-believers, and those who see the divine in a broader spiritual context rather than in organized religion. I suspect he understands that nothing is pure. There is paradox and shadow in everything. Another bright spirit in our world today is Malala. When Bonnie asked me in the interview posted on our opening page who I saw as a modern day Teresa, I paused, and she said, "What about Malala?" "Of course!" I cried. While Malala is not overtly spiritual in the way Teresa was, her courage and warrior soul in conquering the Taliban's bullet to become a world-wide advocate for girls' education, inspires us all. Yesterday her movie opened across the country. I see Teresa and Alma embodying this warrior woman archetype, as they brought the barefoot Carmelite movement to communities across Spain, fighting oppression and male dominance at every turn. And they needed power and politics to do so, even if it put them at odds with each other. Please, those of you who have the book, read on! Ideally, you will all have completed it when we have the first online book club live video/phone conference next Saturday, Oct 17 at 10am Pacific time. I will post some more questions mid-week. Meantime, jump in with your own ideas. I love reading them, and feel a nourishment of the soul from YOU!!