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Standing at the Crossroads of Spirituality and Politics

Standing at the Crossroads of Spirituality and Politics

If you follow me on Facebook or have spoken with me lately, you might have noticed I’ve become somewhat outspoken politically. And yet I have struggled with how and whether to express my views –or not– here on this blog.   Will I alienate or offend someone? Is there a place for politics on a spiritual blog? Am I overreacting to the emotional climate of the current political landscape? How can I offer something inspirational and hopeful when much of the time I feel frightened and hopeless?   Ultimately, when I started this blog I made a commitment to write about the ways the Pathwork teachings are showing up in my life. Because while Pathwork is profound and deep and mystical, it is also incredibly practical and relevant to everyday life. Every situation, every relationship, every interaction can be an opportunity to apply the Pathwork teachings. So why would it be any different with politics?   The truth is, much of my life is caught up in politics these days, in ways I never anticipated nor previously experienced, and the Pathwork is informing me every step of the way. Which is not to say that you have to agree with me to be “doing Pathwork” right, but that wherever life takes you, there are spiritual lessons to be discovered along the way. Even in the political arena. Your experiences may be different from mine, but they are just as valuable.   This much I know: I want to use the experience of this new administration to speak my truth in love and non-violence.  I want to contribute to the...
Are You Lost in the World of Duality?

Are You Lost in the World of Duality?

Recently I assisted Senior Pathwork Helper Jac Conaway in the Sacred Dimensions weekend at Sevenoaks Retreat Center. We examined our beliefs about reality, and how we take for granted what we think we know is true. A simple exercise of putting a plastic bag over our heads demonstrated how we see everything through a certain lens, and assume what we are seeing is what everyone else is seeing, and that it is the final reality and truth of the matter.   Back home, I had a conversation with a friend over an opposing view of life….each of us held a different perspective that was near and dear to our hearts. Each of us deeply believed in the certainty and goodness and rightness of our perspective. Each of us felt the other was somehow well-intentioned but misguided.   Who is right? Who is wrong? Who is good? Who is bad? It was like both of us were talking to each other with bags over our heads, full of pain and hurt and anger and shock at the perceived reality of the other. I left saddened at the apparent impasse.   Both of us had been in emotional reaction. Both of us had moments where we spoke from judgment, anger, and assumption. Of course, I say this from my own limited perspective, and she may have had a different take on our interaction, but I think it would be safe to say we both had bags over our heads. And yet I still believe both of us were doing our best to see the other. We were both trying to listen...