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Fishing For Bliss

Fishing For Bliss

Sometimes, Life is a little like a fishing trip. We find ourselves hungry for something we are missing that will fill us, we get a craving for that one meal that will finally silence the longing in our belly and leave us satisfied, content, and fulfilled.    And we decide that we are going to make it happen. We pack up our fishing pole and tackle box and head down to the river.    We often have a favorite fishing hole, that place we return to again and again in search of the fulfillment of our endless hunger.  We may never have found it there, but this time will be different.   After we bait the hook and set the line, we sit back and tend to the distractions we have brought with us, like our favorite consciousness altering beverage, or the cell phone that will serve up an endless supply of empty data, devoid of true connection. And so we pass the time, sitting and waiting for the big one to finally bite the hook.   When we become frustrated that nothing is appearing on the other end of the line, we get restless, abandon that strategy, jump in and begin swimming upstream in search of our dinner.   If patient waiting around doesn’t produce results, expend more effort! Will it harder! Find that fish and capture it with your bare hands!     I know, it doesn’t sound like the smartest way to catch a fish, but have you ever found yourself engaged in this strategy in your life? Struggling frantically to catch the only thing you believe...
My Secret to Happiness: Unhappiness

My Secret to Happiness: Unhappiness

I recently went to see a woman speak on the Science of Happiness. She was an engaging, informative, entertaining speaker and I really enjoyed myself. I even patted myself on the back because I do so many of the things she recommended to be happy:   Eat right Get plenty of rest Choose work you love Create meaningful, supportive relationships Spend your money on experiences not things Put away your cell phone when you are with others And meditate.   Guess what? I woke up the next morning feeling very depressed.   And for a moment I was mad at that speaker, because I had done all the right things and I didn’t have the prize. You see, my long term intimate relationship ended not so long ago, so I am in a period of loss and grief. Which is appropriate, and healthy even. But it highlighted for me the frantic search in this culture to be happy.   We spend so much energy in search of the right relationship, the right job, the right body, the right friends, the right therapist, the right answer, the right moral code, all so that we will  finally win the prize of being happy. Like Happy is that Garden of Eden we are enroute to, and once we reach our destination, we will reside there forever.   Then one day we meander through the valley of the shadow of death and we think we have lost our way. Failed. Lost the prize. Or maybe we have been in that valley much of our lives, and we wonder what is inherently wrong with...
Welcoming New Life

Welcoming New Life

Hello my friends, While it is just the beginning of March, Spring feels like it’s right around the corner and I couldn’t be more ready to welcome in new Life! The Mid-Atlantic Pathwork Helper Community recently gathered for our quarterly retreat at Sevenoaks Retreat Center, where Louise Del Maestro shared her “Rest” work based on the Living Inquiry work of Scott Kiloby, and we spent the afternoon exploring how our commitment to the Pathwork is manifesting in our lives. Thank you, Louise, for introducing us to this beautiful teaching!   Old and new friends alike gathered this past weekend for an engaging variety of workshops at the Pathwork Community Weekend — a  celebration of our shared longing to deepen personally and spiritually. We will be offering another Pathwork Community Weekend at Sevenoaks July 29-30th, so stay tuned to hear the details on another exciting opportunity to come together to share the beauty of the land at Sevenoaks and the transformative power of Pathwork.   Tuesday night I launched the first meeting of my new Pathwork Group, “Bridging the Divide,” and it was an beautifully intimate beginning as these students each took steps to deepen in their individual soul’s journey.  We’ll be meeting every other week through the beginning of June, and I’m really excited to witness how Spirit will be moving in their lives.   Growth, transformation, and change is all around us at this time of year. The big question is, how will we meet it, how will we support Spirit’s longing to manifest in our lives and on our planet?    How about you, are you ready...
Maximize Your Creative Power: Reconnect to the Source

Maximize Your Creative Power: Reconnect to the Source

January is now in full swing…have you written your New Years resolutions, set your goals, made your to-do lists? Are you determined that THIS year will be the year you finally achieve those goals? Maybe they have already fallen by the wayside, or you did not even bother to make them in the first place, thereby avoiding disappointment?   In my last blog post, I spoke of the Roman God Janus, who this month is named after, and how he is depicted with two heads, one looking backward in reflection and the other looking forward in anticipation. I invited you to indulge in a Sacred Pause, reflecting on the meaningful moments you created in the past year. And now it’s time to look forward to the coming year, and consider what you would like to manifest, as well as how to be effective in your efforts.   We are frequently bombarded with a variety of fail-proof strategies designed to achieve the goals and resolutions we set for ourselves. And yet often we still fall short…either we seem to lack the discipline, or we work like crazy but don’t seem to attract the abundance we desire. Too little willpower, tons of willpower that is ineffective, or possibly willpower that lasts awhile, and then disappears like snow in sunshine.   Have you ever wondered why others seem to manifest with ease, while you stumble time and time again?   Part of the trouble lies in our misunderstanding of and misuse of our will. The Pathwork teaches we have an inner will and an outer will, and that both, in their healthy...