How To Let the Light In

“I never saw a discontented tree.”  –John Muir


Nature Mandala, 2015

There is no solo journey that leads to awakening.

Maybe a few thousand years ago sitting solo under the Bodhi Tree was the way to enlightenment. Now, if we want to fulfill our greatest capacity as human beings, here on planet earth, we cannot do it alone. The trek to the mountain’s summit, the scientific discoveries, personal and global awakenings will all take place in conversation, in circles, in gathering together with others. It will happen only as we participate in the collective dance of life.

“The Buddha, Shakyamuni, our teacher, predicted that the next Buddha would be Maitreya, the Buddha of love…. It is possible that the next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The next Buddha may take the form of a community, a community practicing understanding and loving kindness, a community practicing mindful living. And the practice can be carried out as a group, as a city, as a nation.”

—Thich Nhat Hanh, Spring 1994.

Go it alone and we devolve. In the popular Christian books and movies “Left Behind,” it is the non-believers (all adults) that get left behind here to fend for ourselves. But, we have already been left to our own devices. And the way to save ourselves and our planet is to do so collectively. We need to “come together” as the old Beatle tune suggests. Come Together.

“The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken and in heaps, is because man is disunited with himself.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Writing, spiritual awakening, creative mojo, true love, best selling novels, being born again, financial abundance — only happen in relationship. We may feel isolated in our writer’s life  but if we are a true writer, we engage in soulful company with every written word. Our words are in constant contact and conversation with other words. Stories work because of all that comes together in them; a villain without victims isn’t scary or interesting, and an isolated hero has nothing to do. In Buddhist practice we celebrate adversity because we have these difficulties as the back drop (are dependent upon) possibilities. Light depends on dark. Can’t see the stars until the dark arrives (though they are always there). The light gets in through our brokenness . . .

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.  –Leonard Cohen, the legendary Canadian poet and singer, from “Anthem” (Full poem below)

So, our desire for relationship and community, (hardwired into each of us ) is a good thing, albeit at times painful. Without light, without the other, we would not know where our cracks are, where to let the light in.

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe. –John Muir


Most of my work with others is done in circles. When I work with you one-to-one, I am sure to encourage you to join up in community if you want to move forward with your spiritual, vocational and creative intentions. (High on my list are local 12 Step groups).
So, come together. (It takes a village to reparent an adult). Join up with others to explore, write, heal and awaken.
Gather with me and others in these safe and dynamic circles where we explore together what is possible.
 The heart of a Woman, JTJ, 2017

The heart of a Woman, JTJ, 2017

A One day women’s retreat: Here, Take This Gift. We will be creating an internal place of Receptivity in the morning, and receiving our abundance in the afternoon. Great food from Enos Farms, and in a lovely space. April 29th
The Awakening Series is great for you writers and/or those who want to explore transpersonal states as a way to further vision what is possible.I have room for 4 more in my upcoming Awakening Series ( 2nd Thursday nights starting in May, going through August) Starts May 11th. 
I am offering a one day retreat on CONSULTING THE I CHING: Living with Uncertainty and Change:  (Located at my home). Friday, MAY 12th.
And if you or someone you know might be interested in my next monthly spiritual circle (Here, Take This Gift), we start in July (I will be incorporating more Buddhist teachings & the three R’s):



The birds they sing, at the break of day
Start again, I heard them say.
Don’t dwell on what has passed away
Or what is yet to be.

Yes, the wars, they will be fought again
The holy dove she will be caught again
Bought, and soul, and bought again
The dove is never free.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

We asked for signs. The signs were sent
The birth betrayed. The marriage spent
Yeah, the widowhood of every government
Signs for all to see.

I can’t run no more, with that lawless crowd
While the killers in high places say their prayers out loud
But they’ve summoned, they’ve summoned up a thundercloud
They’re going to hear from me.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

You can add up the parts; you won’t have the sum
You can strike up the march, there is no drum
Every heart, every heart to love will come
But like a refugee.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.  – Leonard Cohen

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