A Healthy Dose of Doubt

Doubt can be an enriching and favorable state of mind. The old myth around doubt and curiosity – that it killed the cat, and that it will get you in a heap of trouble, is not only outdated but a myth that intends to control the congregation. Keep naughty kids in line. Make you uncomfortable and unwilling to challenge what you are told. In his commentary on Aryadeva’s Yogic Deeds of the Bodhisattvas Chandrakirti tells the story of a ship’s captain whom an ogress captures. (It could just as well been the other way around – the captain captured an … Continue reading

Pivotal Moments: Use Them or Lose Them

An active life is strewn with them – pivotal moments that are crucial to the forward movement of life. These moments don’t make life meaningful on there own, ­––we make life more meaningful with them. Perhaps the best story that demonstrates a pivotal moment is my encounter with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1995. I enjoy viewing my life in reflection of such moments especially when I am discouraged or feeling reluctant to stick with my spiritual and creative path. It is one moment that helped me to keep moving forward and to trust the efforts I put into … Continue reading

Unveiling The Story

This next series of my blogs will be on Spiritual Journaling and Creative Writing to accompany my class–  Spiritual Journaling: Writing Your Way to Enlightenment. The practice of journal writing for me has always strengthened my spiritual practice and improved my writing practice. For me the two paths are synonymous, hence, Spiritual Journaling. “Writing above all, is seeing clearly.”  Peter Mathiessen, Letters from the Wild You are welcome to join me and take your own pilgrimage using your journaling as a means to travel. Let’s begin with searching for a story. How willing are you to pay attention until the plot of the … Continue reading

The Impossible Task

“In our era, the road to holiness necessarily passes through the world of action.” –Dag Hammarskjold   I feel quite blessed and content in my life but know that through inevitable difficulty (loss of loved ones, or simply through the process of aging for examples), I will experience the pain involved in living. What I have also discovered is that life, when truly lived is full of impossible tasks. I make sure to walk the labyrinth-spiral in our prairie every day at sunrise the week up to my birthday. My fifty-fourth birthday was this past August 16th. I take the time … Continue reading

Tornado Warnings, Shinyata and the Blue Heron

“It feels real to me Julie.” “I know. But it’s not. If it were real it would be true for everyone all the time,” I said. “I do get a peek at what’s on the other side,” he reminded himself. “What’s there?,” I asked. “Love, . . . Is that real?” “As real as you and I sitting here.”                                     ­­–A conversation with a client, he was referring to the obstructions of fear and depression that surround him. One of my intentions for attending the teachings this month at Deer Park was to expose myself to the wisdom of … Continue reading

The Blessing of The Guru

  “Just look along the road, and tell me if you can see either of them.” “I see nobody on the road,” said Alice. “I only wish I had such eyes,” said the King remarked in a fretful tone. “To be able to see Nobody! And at that distance too! Why, it’s as much as I can do to see real people, by this light!” ­Lewis Carol, Alice in Wonderland Something happened to me on my way to enlightenment . . . I had already written 3 ½ pages in response to my second week at Deer Park (too much probably for … Continue reading

Prostrations to the Three Jewels

The three jewels of Buddhism are the Buddha, the Dharma (truth/wisdom) and the Sangha (spiritual community). So where is the Buddha? Where is the dharma? Where can we find enlightenment, freedom, and truth? Where is our spiritual community? That which you seek, whatever it is, will be found in giving up the search and simply focus on the practice itself. If it is the Buddha we seek, all we have to do is practice.  It is also through the practice of our spiritual principles that we are protected. For example, when difficulty happens to me instead of getting angry, afraid, or … Continue reading

Not Getting All Caught Up

  It is so important that we learn to trust our experiences while at the same time not get caught up in them. We do get to have this human experience with all the emotional, physical and psychological phenomena. It is when we get caught up in our experiences and come to believe, “This is me,” or “This is it,” that we become attached to certain experiences and emotional states and then consequently we suffer. Through the cultivation of attention and other mindfulness practices we come to be more the witness of our life, — when we witness sadness or … Continue reading

The Causes of Suffering and its Remedy

  We began this session with a Chakra Breath Meditation. This is breathing into and out of each Chakra. Breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth, without any gap between the in breath and the out breath. As you breathe in, you breathe in any energy lost to issues related that particular Chakra (see below); as you breathe out you release all that no longer serves you. When you breathe in you are retrieving lost energy. You are recapitulating your energy lost to negative interactions and agreements. This is cleansing and waking up the potentialities within these … Continue reading

The Gift You Were Born With

A Spiritual Journaling Process for Writer’s, Artists and Spiritual Travelers. The Gift You Were Born With – – Spiritual Journaling and Living the Fully Engaged and Intuitive Life. “Every human being is born with some sort of gift, an inclination or an instinct that can become a full-blown mastery.”  Parker Palmer,  from The Active Life. For the next six months my BLOG will be on Spiritual Journaling and intuitive development where you will engage the active life through the power of your intuition to create and manifest what is inherently yours. Join me as we open up more to our … Continue reading