Lorne & Lucia

I’ve been keeping a bit of a secret. One of the teachers I’ve been working with had asked for no publicity. Just word of mouth. I’ve made only occasional references to their retreats or to …

Blessing

In a number of posts here, I talk of the power of gratitude. I even suggest it as one of the key steps in awakening. Gratitude steps us out of the mind and into the …

Being Seen

One of the natural drives of a person is to be seen. ‘Look at me!’ This is more obvious in extroverted personalities, but even for the introvert, there is a push to be seen, to …

What is Lost?

Sometimes we may feel we lose something. A job, a relationship, even a life. The greatest suffering for many people is someones death. But what is death? An ending? Of what? A form. Physics tells …

Heaven’s Bathroom

The discussion group continues to listen to Thich Nhat Hanh speak. Late on the third day he remarks that no one ever asks if you need to eat in heaven. He said “It is my …

Understanding Intuition

In another discussion, the subject of the intuition came up. Someone suggested it was just the sub-conscious. To me, sub-conscious is a poor term as it describes the subjective experience rather than the function. ‘Habit …

An Awakening

Over on Tom Stine’s blog, one of the commenters, Kevin, mentioned a book, The Most Rapid and Direct Means to Eternal Bliss by Vernon Howard. Tom had read it, describing it as odd but very …

How to Listen

Recently, the art of correct listening has come up several times here and elsewhere. As Nirmala observed, a spiritual teachers job is to point the student at what is already present. The student’s job on …

Money Troubles

A friend of mine is struggling with debt and asked for some advice. This was the response, edited for the medium. First, it’s useful to understand a few things. For one, the nature of money. …

The Spiritual Teacher

In a few posts here, I’ve written about finding a teacher. In his latest newsletter, Nirmala quotes an article on how a spiritual teacher’s role is a little different than a regualr teacher: “In general, …

Refinement

In several places over the last couple of days, the subject of refined perception has come up. One fellow described how on a walk, everything seemed to come alive and be brighter, more 3D. Another …

Surrender

When we are in the world, we are in the field of action, of doing. We need to think and plan and act and accomplish. On the spiritual path some of the same attention is …