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Transcending Fundamentalism

Recently I had the opportunity to sit in a workshop titled Transforming Fundamentalism. It was facilitated by Renae Cobb who is a licensed professional counselor and a Jungian Analyst. In a nutshell, the workshop helped me to clearly identify the belief system in which I grew up as one that is highly steeped in Christian Fundamentalism.

A few of the identifying marks of fundamentalism from Renae’s presentation notes jumped out at me. I found that I could easily relate to the belief system experience of:
A complex and rigid structure of religious rules.An environment where the rules apply to everyone, everywhere and other belief systems are wrong and evil.Men holding the roles of leadership and authority while women serve in subservient roles. A distinction between insiders who are nurtured and cared for and outsiders are cast off, shunned or fought against.The willingness to fight back against outside groups perceived to be a threat to their way of life, to fight for a set of beliefs …

The State of Being. Part I

“Your unstoppable nature is becoming and blooming — you simply, are. Go easy.”  ― Bryant McGill

It’s not writer's block. It’s not a creative slump.  It’s something else. 

We spend so much time running, moving, and doing. If you have a goal, you are constantly working to make that dream or that focus come to fruition. I know I was there. Around this time last year, I was sitting on the phone about to take that step into life coaching training, when I stopped. Dead! It suddenly seemed like too much effort, just too much pushing. So I stepped back.

A lot of stuff happened in the springtime. The shamans (pacos) showed up. I learned new processes and cleared the heck out of my energy. I opened up to a lot of Reiki training. I felt clearer and brighter than I ever had before! Then it felt like the universe sent me on vacation. And I took the time off. It was in that space I noticed that my soul was consistently at peace. Nothing exterior was disturbing my inner space. 

I languished in that. …

Be The Change!

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
-Mahatma Gandhi

I want to see a kinder, more compassionate world. A world where people truly respect, value and care about each other. Where we hold each other up with acts of dignity; where we encourage others to always reach for their highest self. Where people are quick to forgive and are slow to anger and judgment. I envision a world where people really listen to each other and know that they are heard.  This is a place where people go to great lengths to understand each other.
A place of collaboration, free from baseless competition. A world where we look out for each other, make sure we let people know that they matter and always feel that they are loved.
And because I want to see this world, then I must be all these things.
What changes would you like to see?

The Promise Of A Shaman

The Promise Of A Shaman
If you come to me as a victim I will not support you. But I will have the courage to walk with you through the pain that you are suffering. I will put you in the fire, I will undress you, and I will sit you on the earth. I will bathe you with herbs, I will purge you, and you will vomit the rage and the darkness inside you. I'll bang your body with good herbs, and I'll put you to lay in the grass, face up to the sky. Then I will blow your crown to clean the old memories that make you repeat the same behavior. I will blow your forehead to scare away the thoughts that cloud your vision. I will blow your throat to release the knot that won't let you talk. I will blow your heart to scare fear, so that it goes far away where it cannot find you. I will blow your solar plexus to extinguish the fire of the hell you carry inside, and you will know peace. I will blow with fire your belly to burn the attachments, and the love that was not. I will blow away …

Speak The Truth.

Over the last few years, I have developed a serious geek crush on astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson. While most of what he discusses with his audiences is strictly coming from the scientific point of view, I appreciate his candor and openness about the questions that scientists are still attempting to answer. Usually, these are topics dealing with metaphysical matters. I have listened to him try to explain everything from what he believes happens when people have a near death experience, to multiple dimensions and the high possibility that our world is part of a vast multiverse. If you have not listened to him being interviewed or giving a lecture, you owe it to yourself. You will learn something amazing and profound and be left with nothing short of having your thoughts thoroughly provoked.

As much as I have a huge respect for the scientific community, I have always felt in my soul that science was a macro step behind the spiritual world. Science leans toward data. Scien…

True Love Heals.

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” ― Rumi
Love, at its purest at the Source does not hurt. The pain we feel in the lessons of loving others happens when we bump up against the barriers to love. These are usually fear-based issues such as the fear of being abandoned, control, manipulation, attachment, need, desire, feelings of unworthiness, insecurity, etc.

The more barriers we have within ourselves the more pain we experience. As we hold more barriers within ourelves, we will attract relationship experiences to bring these to our attention to help clear the barriers and the pain. This is what makes love feel like a devastating process.

If we are feeling pain when dealing with others and love is on the table, we could consider taking a moment to stop, analyze what that feeling is and seek the root of it. Once we come into that knowledge, we can then take the steps to break down that barrier …

The Egg.

The Egg is a 2009 short story by American writer Andy Weir. It is Weir's most popular short story and has been translated into over 30 languages. In 2012, it was adapted into a short film by Sam Meacock, starring Harrison Lee and Philip Hope.

Be nice, and have fun.