Living on the edge emerged as one of the themes at our most recent Awareness School retreat. The edge is a place of transition where one thing changes to another. It is where two different things meet. One cannot diminish the significance of edge when looking at presence and consciousness, but living on the edge is not confined to things of a spiritual nature. Magic happens at the place of yes and no. Holding that place of two things simultaneously brings about a third thing. It is not one or the other, and cannot exist without either of them. The … [read more]
I want to elucidate how small efforts lead to huge presence. We had a great turn out for our last open meeting! I decided to do an exercise that would illustrate what happens to our inner state when we attempt to divide our attention. Many guests were confused when they tried to do this with their thinking mind and “concentration”. Some became overwhelmed with the effort and found it to be too much, even impossible. Here is the big reveal. If you are trying to maintain awareness on several things within yourself, you will soon see that it must be … [read more]
Sometimes life’s common occurrences knock you right back into knowing there is always work to do.
The second force can be understood in terms of opposition, struggle, intentional suffering, and is experienced as a phenomenon that pushes against an affirming or active force. It may be implemented by us in the form of work on oneself or it can come from the outside in the form of conscious shocks. There are always two opposing forces, often unnoticed by most unless the resistance is so strong that to have something come to fruition, one must push beyond normal efforts. To study the effects of these laws within us enables an awareness of a third force which serves … [read more]
The last two mornings have been too powerful to not write about. This is about my dreams and the shape shifting experience. There has been a lot of news about the orcas: the dead baby being carried for over two weeks; the plight of the J-Pod; and the sickness and probable death of J-50. We in our group have had sightings of whales on multiple ferry crossings to San Juan Island, retreat home of The Awareness School. The energy of the orcas is pervasive in the San Juan Islands in general. When all of these things came together in my … [read more]
We have everything to gain from our inner work and it also serves a greater purpose. This may give some of us hope and meaning where there wasn’t any. We know things are off. Things feel frenetic and chaotic in the collective. We all share this but there are few who are willing to admit it. We see rampant war, greed, and soaring anti-depressant, anti-anxiety and opioid use. Seventy percent of the US population is on some kind of prescription drug. We are numbed out, doped out, or pepped up so that we can no longer feel. I welcome any … [read more]