This week we talk to Ralph White
Ralph White is co-founder of the New York Open Center, America’s leading urban institution of holistic learning where his current role is Creative Director. The Open Center receives almost 60,000 visits annually from participants in its year round programs and has presented the major writers and speakers in the fields of wellness, social/ecological change, inner development, world spiritual traditions, art and creativity for over twenty seven years. He is an international speaker on spirituality, consciousness, the history of the Western Tradition. He is also editor of the award winning Lapis magazine, and taught the first fully accredited course in holistic thinking and learning at New York University.
His new memoir is called: The Jeweled Highway: On The Quest For a Life of Meaning
In This Interview, Ralph White and I Discuss…The One You Feed parable
- His latest book, The Jeweled Highway
- The role of music in his life
- His involvement in building spiritual retreat centers
- How you retain your centeredness in an urban environment
- If there are parts of the world that are more conducive to places of spiritual retreat than others
- The powerful role of retreat centers of bringing together people of like mind
- The importance of contact with nature
- The importance of a spiritual practice
- The importance of cultivating community
- That spiritual centers are a way of experiencing joy in this world
- His plan for creating the Open Center in NYC
- How there can there be a God with all the horrors in the world
- That love is at the very motor center of the cosmos
- His personal experiences that led him to know that there is a God
- What that knowledge subsequently led him to do in his life
- The depth of Rudolph Steiner’s work
Ralph White Links
A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other.
One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred and fear.
The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”
The grandfather quietly replies, the one you feed
The Tale of Two Wolves is often attributed to the Cherokee indians but there seems to be no real proof of this. It has also been attributed to evangelical preacher Billy Graham and Irish Playwright George Bernard Shaw. It appears no one knows for sure but this does not diminish the power of the parable.
This parable goes by many names including:
The Tale of Two Wolves
The Parable of the Two Wolves
Which Wolf Do You Feed
Which Wolf are You Feeding
Which Wolf Will You Feed
It also often features different animals, mainly two dogs.