Integral to your spiritual journey is the inner work you do with yourself to understand where you are, who you are, and what you can become. Spiritual practice is the tool of this inner work. Spiritual practice can be a formal exercise though it need not be because the essence of spiritual practice [...]
East of Portland, where I live, beyond the conifer and deciduous forests which bestow their presence on both sides of the Columbia Gorge of Oregon and Washington are the buttes and cliffs and hills adorned simply in grass and wildflower and oak at creek side. No majestic fir or ever-present salal. A solitary beauty [...]
For me, as a teacher, I have accepted a responsibility to guide my student on his or her journey of learning.? As teacher I am also student, open to learning, open to new ideas, new feelings.In our journey together, the student learns as much from my words as from my actions.? Together we expand our [...]
What do you fear?What makes you worry?How are you stuck in the past?How are you stuck in the future?Blame is of the past.Fear of tomorrow anchors you in a future that can never happen.What are you ready to let go?Or would you rather see only fear so that you are distracted from trying for your [...]
As I look around me, I see nothing but wide open ocean.? An ocean of possibility.? I am in and of the boundlessness.In the very first moment of viewing, I gasp with a bit of dismay.? And then I realize I am here with intention.? I am here because this is me.? I am connected, [...]
When I learned to read at 6 years old, my proud grandparents celebrated my newly acquired skill by giving me my very own red leather Bible. A Christmas gift offered with a reverence and a respect that I had already learned from both of them. They were so delighted with me and their offering brought me into a circle of knowledge and spiritual connection that they had both known their entire lives. I treasured this gift, willingly shared from the depths of their hearts.
This is the energy of disbelief: you standing on the edge of concern, worry or fear. Disbelief wants to convince you that your worry, fear, concern will come true eventually. Disbelief reaches in and hooks your heart, pushing you to let go of self, of center, of balance. Disbelief wants you to dash your own hopes, your own dreams so that it can guide your life away from your heart.
First, think of yourself as a balance between who you are physically and who you are spiritually.Your balance exists within a dynamic continuum called Universal Life Force (ULF).?ULF is the motion in the universe that animates and flows within the wholeness of you.You balanced between physical and spiritual with ULF creates a center point called [...]
As the soul enters into individual awareness there is an immediate attentiveness to the existence of divine source, of All That Is. Through this individual awareness the soul takes on an urge to participate within the wonderful expansiveness which is sensed within All That Is. The soul does not want to hold back for any [...]
In this moment is all.In this moment is the One.In this moment is Soul entwined with the fluid motion of One.In this moment awareness flows across the continuum of all knowing.Follow that which flows to you.Worry not about motion elsewhere.Turn focus and concentration to your own flow, to your center of awareness.Allow in this Now.Let [...]
I can be one of those folks who, with awesome intention, makes New Year resolutions which fall by the way side by January 20th or so.? Then I spend some time beating up on myself for failure and a lack of self-discipline.? I want this new year to be different.?With this desire in mind, a [...]
I keep thinking that at some point everything that's been furiously bubbling in my life will simmer down and thicken with deep, mind-blowing meaning.? And maybe it will at some point.? And then I can write some erudite treatise on the meaning of life.In the mean time, I have life in all its messy glory!Contradiction.This [...]
We all have stories we tell ourselves. ?We have an experience and we try to make sense of it.?Whatever story is created is not done in a vacuum but within all the previous experiences and stories of life.?These stories are fundamental. ?They help us grapple with the unexplained and the inexplicable. ?They help us provide [...]
As you might know, I lived in Japan for a while and learned to speak Japanese. There is a word that I have always been intrigued by which comes to mind right now.Nigiyakana means lively, bustling, noisy, like the busy office or crowded party. There is motion and lots of it in all directions. Voices [...]
My special tree stands at the crest of a hill surrounded by beautiful green grass and many other rise and falls of other rolling hills.? The grass is alive with wonder and the world around my tree glimmers with hope, and dreams, and the joy of life lived. I see my tree from afar and [...]
As Trust builds, what no longer serves melts away. I see that I no longer need to worry what I see because when the time is Now, my vision comes clear and I view the horizon of my truth. ?
Your life purpose doesn't exist in some magical world accessible only by the elite and the gifted. Your life purpose unfolds right before you each time you consider possibilities and feel within the truth of your next step.
Most often external conflict is about identifying within that which no longer serves you and is ready to be released. Conflict seen in this light can be embraced as a powerful avenue for change and seeking balance, actually two sides of the same coin of the inner healing balance.