Frogs Into Princes

  The Vulnerable Man Who? Who is to turn this frog into a prince? Who is to wake the one asleep inside the virescent, damp skin? I see him glimpse out into this cast spelling world . . . Who? Who is to release the Divine, hidden in the heart of the exiled Beast? Beauty me? Beauty you? Beauty before, behind, below? Who? Who cast the spell? drove the beast into exhile? made thorns on roses? Who? Not me! Have the Maker kiss the emerald frog, break the wet skin that holds the inner man Have the Maker and Caster … Continue reading

Voice of The World

Poets voice the world. (Artists vision the world). I would not have made it through my teenage years without such favored poets as Carl Sandburg, Leonard Cohen, or Bob Dylan. I have relied on both known and unknown poets my entire life. My free writing retreat days at my home are in remembrance of William Stafford, poet and activist. In recent years many local poets have graced my life, helped me to hear the soul of the world. Everyone of my books features poets because they help me share my message with you, my readers. Today’s blog is written by one of … Continue reading

Use Your SUPERPOWERS

“Mom, you won’t like the movie, there’s no story,” my daughter said to me when I wanted to go to one of the latest superhero movies. I love superhero stories. Believable ones. And the believable ones always have a great narrative. I use to tease my daughter that I was a superhero by day donning my cape while she was in school. But she too was the superhero navigating those hallways and dealing with certain unhappy teachers. In  Ruth Ozeki’s book, A Tale For The Time Being,  Zazen practice is referred to as a superpower. The ability to practice Zazen … Continue reading

Here It Is

Welcome to the launch of ALL WRITE WEDNESDAY: “WORLD INTO WORD” BLOG Writing is a big part of my life. I began writing in a journal at the age of sixteen and my first book, Hidden Victims/Hidden Healers, was published in 1989 (and self-published subsequent to 1995). I went on to write three award-winning books for teens, including my first spiritual book for young adults, The Thundering Years, which contained a message from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. That book also launched the genesis of a new imprint, Bindu Books, at Inner Traditions International, the publishing company that publishes many of … Continue reading

How To Be Properly Outraged (And, Thank You Pete Seeger)

I advocate for tolerance but have found too many women and men whose tolerance of abuse leaves them beaten down. I am tolerant, but I have my limits of what I will tolerate. Some argue that karma will take care of it. Wrong! This is using such concepts as karmic justice to help keep you passive and uninvolved. Life is for the living, so participate. “Participation – that’s what’s gonna save the human race.”― Pete Seeger With the staggering number of people on the planet and with less and less privacy, we are often fooled into assuming someone else is … Continue reading

The Simplicity of Happiness

Keeping things simple makes us happy. The centipede was happy, quite! Until a toad in fun asked, “Pray which leg goes after which?” This worked his mind to such a pitch He lay distracted in a ditch, Considering how to run.             (Zen poem memorized from childhood)   All these are proven methods to generating happiness by keeping it simple:       In a big project, focus on the next step close in. (We tend to put our attention on 3 to 4 steps out.)  In a difficult situation, practice an ethical or spiritual principle. … Continue reading

Listen to Your Life

Want to experience success? Are you butting up against some resistance in your creative pursuits? Do you want to transform your difficulties? Start by taking a conscious look around you. Do a conscious (compassionate) inventory of your life. How and where are you stuck? Where do you feel the most fulfillment and joy? What brings up the most resistance? Where does the difficulty arise? What do you want (in comparison to what you are getting)? Your life is your mirror. When we live the questions and consciously take a look at our life, solutions appear within the context of our … Continue reading

Dreaming Awake by Laurel Reinhardt, Ph.D.

“Dreaming Awake,” is written by my friend, and dream partner Laurel Reinhardt.  First a few words from me. I have been behind on my weekly Blog busy finishing up my manuscript on spiritual initiation. Mostly, it has been bliss. I so love the writer’s life. As I write this book I notice that throughout one’s personal initiation process dreams play a prominent part.  Dreams also show us ways to tap into our intuitive nature and live a more symbolically enriched life. Laurel visited us a few weeks back and invited us to interact more consciously and purposefully with our dreams … Continue reading

A Little Freedom Can Go A Long Way

“ . . . Re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul and your very flesh shall be a great poem.” –Walt Whitman, taken from his Preface to Leaves of Grass Too often we live from our pain stories, while thinking and acting habitually. As a result, we carry more weight on our bodies than is healthy, are not active, cycle in and out of difficulty, find ourselves confronted with the same old problems (may be different faces but the same issue) and repeat and see the past. … Continue reading