Out-of-control Meditation

I was feeling wired up early this evening so I sat down to meditate for a while.  I couldn’t get straight on anything except noticing my “swallow mind” dipping and diving madly. So I asked an inner question I often ask, What am I representing on behalf of the whole? This question has some personal pedigree for me and may not make sense to others. You could also ask, How am I doing in here? […]

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Spiritual work together (the short short version)

 I want to share an update I like for doing spiritual work together, a way of organizing it, that I’ve just “gotten” recently. To me it seems both obvious – and new. It changes how I see being in groups and what’s possible. See what you think. And I’d love it to hear what you think at the bottom of the blog. Here’s a short short summary and a link to a longer article that […]

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On not knowing what to do

Well, there’s a nice image for you! Some of you might recognize it as two cards from the OH deck, a radically improvisational way of generating images. The deck has 88 “frames,” words, and 88 impressionistic images, many of them much less friendly than this one today is. It’s definitely not all sweetness and light. Using a device like this, or a poem, can be a writing prompt or deepener, as it was today for […]

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“What if it’s just for me?”

What if it’s just for me? What if higher consciousness is just for me and not a gift to the world? (Instead of me out there peddling it like a snake-oil salesman.) Just for me! Have I even thought about receiving it? What if the gift of Presence is just for me and all the anxiety about how to get it, or manifesto it, is just so much dandelion fluff drifting in the wind? What […]

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All our efforts are toward Presence

(This post is dedicated to my friend Christel Kraft who I’ve been enjoying walking this road with recently.) All efforts are toward Presence. All our efforts in therapy or self-help, or whatever are part  of a larger effort, our reaching for Presence. But what is Presence? It’s not a description so no words would be it. It’s more like the lived experience of right now, a now that we’re not escaping or wanting to escape, […]

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