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Connect to your same sex ancestors

Here’s a powerful exercise that can help you feel rooted and connected in a time of change. In the modern west, we don’t think of the ancestors but they’re there, real lives lived. They’re often forgotten but they remain powerful in our psyche as you see if turn your attention to them. Ancestors are psychic roots and you can connect to those roots. Play with this exercise to connect to the strengths in the sex […]

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The Warrior’s #1 Quality

Most of the emails and youtube and social media things we see – and certainly the mainstream media too – share an assumption that what’s needed is to understand the world out there in a particular way. They share the assumption that the answer’s out there and that it’s some form of information that once in your head, will make the difference you need. What these share is a trope from our evolutionary past: What’s […]

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Soul Values in Unraveling America

​There are so many threads to pull and each one leads to a world of words. All I can do this morning is name some of them and bring the whole cloth later.There’s a volatile unconscious energy loose in the world. It’s been there for a while, growing. It’s not one thing and it’s not “out there” but is an expression of the collective unconscious. So in a very real sense, it’s not something that […]

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The Warrior Archetype

​Archetypes are psychic structures that ​live in ​team human.They’re part of ​human nature and we see them everywhere in old stories and just below the surface in new stories too. They’re as recognizably human inside as ​our arms and legs are recognizable outside.​​ While Carl Jung popularized the study of archetypal psychology earlier in the last century, a simple and ​practical classification ​for them was developed later on by American Jungian psychoanalyst Robert Moore with […]

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I, Thou and the Tao

There’s a larger Presence that holds us. Everything happens inside it. A larger Presence, a something welcomes us. We forget it. I know I do. I get caught in my own experience, transfixed with the immediacy of my personal experience. I believe and feel that what’s happening and alive and much more important than the virus will be right there the moment we declare the virus gone. So for me this is not about the […]

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A Sense-making challenge so vast

The world’s in a vast transition, a transition so vast it’s holy in its dimensions.  It’s bigger than us, bigger than we can grasp or understand. Like the Tao it can’t be named. It’s like a birth process. A new kind of person is emerging, sometimes crawling, from the wreckage of the old. A new self is possible that’s not based on the isolating assumptions of the past. No one knows how to do this […]

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The Surprising Visitor

What do you need to move through this time well, something more than just getting through it still standing. Could we actually use this time to emerge stronger and more resilient? The question may seem crazy when we’re struggling to keep our head above water, when people close to us and maybe we ourselves are feeling anxious or afraid, gripped by something bigger than themselves and not knowing how to cope. I’ll return to that […]

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Building a Personal Support Network – Part 2

Part 1 is here. Further to the question of personal support network, we might call it a creative support network. Or an everything-everywhere-is changing-so-what’s-important-for-me-today support network. If we think of a Creative Support Network, this means being supported with our creative works, whether that be work as a writer or artist or craftsperson, through things our society have designated as “creative.” But it also can be living artfully through the challenging time we’re in. Navigating […]

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Building a personal support network

​​​An exciting direction that’s just appearing now for me can be to create a personal support network that helps you daily with your creative process. This could look like inviting several people you can check in with by phone or perhaps by video chat. It could be small, just a person or two you invite and make a clear agreement with. Or perhaps you could have four or five, or seven short check-ins with different […]

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