Illuminating the Shadow

Let’s talk about fear. Fear drives our impulses to forcibly control others, and to try and make the whole world behave as we want. Fear stimulates our mistrust of one another. It fosters close-mindedness, terror, judgment, bullying, frustration, and the awful destruction of human-on-human violence. Fear explains why we fight endlessly for our “cut” of turf, resources, money, power, status, position, etc. But why does fear rise within us today in such ever-increasing waves, and how can we encourage our fear to abate? I invite you to notice that fear arises because we all...

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Transcending Hypocrisy

Hypocrisy appears to be running rampant in the human race at this point in time. I’m not interested in calling out the hypocrisy I observe in specific individuals so much as I am in discussing why it appears so common today. My thoughts? Hypocrisy emerges in our behaviors because we have not yet successfully discovered how to “collapse” our competing frameworks for reality into a single, unified approach to the whole of life. Instead, from childhood on we absorb, mostly without question, any number of ways to frame reality. We get handed these frames—all of which have been...

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Our Energy Quality Determines Our Output Quality

At some point, humanity’s fear of the unknown becomes eclipsed by its horrible realization of what is known, because the evidence can no longer be denied, suppressed, or ignored. Such moments historically mark the occasions when human beings coalesce to bring about change. Unfortunately, when we wait to initiate change until we absolutely hate what is present, real and true for us all, we then usually resort to desperate measures. These include warfare, bullying, suppression of competing ideas and beliefs, torture, mass murder, wholesale destruction of social institutions, etc. These...

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Choosing Destiny

Sometimes, it’s useful to ask yourself: What do I gain by continuing the course of action I am taking, and what might I gain by choosing an alternative course of action? So often we find ourselves on a course of action that demands we argue with another until one of us goes away shamed or chastened and the other party can declare itself the proud winner. But how do we get to the point of committing such violence in our conversations? I would suggest we arrive at that point for one reason: in the heat of a given high-energy moment, we’ve failed to maintain a sense of mindfulness...

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Becoming The Tree Of Life

I believe that the invitation to truly live requires us to be rooted in a deep trust of life. This rooting is grounded in openness, watered with courage, fertilized by compassion, expressed with kindness, blossoms through patience, and–when fully mature—embodies peace. A fully flowering life can only emerge after we dissolve our own hard shell of expectation that surrounds the boundless life force that we are, but that mainly lies dormant in most of us, because it remains confined inside an unfulfilled “story of me.” Our natural curiosity can set us on a path to...

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Musings on Truth

It seems to me that many of the battles within humanity today arise because most of us have no idea how to differentiate what we believe from what is true. We don’t know how to separate our opinions from bare facts. We have not been consistently encouraged to critically think, and in fact have too often been chastised for even trying. The human species today appears to be remarkably long on beliefs and opinions, and relatively short on facts and knowledge. What we each imagine we know seems far, far greater than what we genuinely know. These are my observations; they are experientially...

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