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Navigating the Collective Dark Night of the Soul

Navigating the Collective Dark Night of the Soul

Our world is experiencing a collective dark night of the soul.   I feel angry. I feel afraid. I feel hurt. Not just for myself, but for all those who are being marginalized, oppressed, discarded, discriminated. For all those who will do without so others can have more than they need. For all those who are blind to the truth that we are not separate, and that the harm we do to others we do to ourselves.   I feel deeply called to action these days.    I also feel the urge to hate, judge, condemn, retaliate. I feel it so strongly sometimes that I act on that impulse, and I revel in the negative pleasure and power and temporary pride I feel as a result. For a moment, I have escaped feeling the pain of what is happening in the world. But my response has added to it.   Then comes the guilt, the shame, the frustration and the self-criticism of not being an effective change agent. What kind of Pathwork Helper am I that I am so reactive? And a voice whispers that I should not answer that call to action, that I should keep quiet unless and until I can only speak from a pure heart. Only when I am perfect should I speak out. Instead, I should retreat and hide so no one will see there still resides a well of negativity in me.   The Pathwork, however, reminds us that it is not our lower self that is the major problem, but our denial of our lower self. When we justify our attempts to defend...
Shining in the Shadows: Mining the Treasure of Your Inner Landscape

Shining in the Shadows: Mining the Treasure of Your Inner Landscape

Love.   Courage.  Wisdom.   This is your divine essence, who you really are beneath all the layers of mask, pretense, and defense.   Easy to say, but can you feel the truth of that? Or somewhere along the bumpy, twisting road of Life have you lost connection with your Real Self?   Instead, does your journey feel filled with dead ends, wrong turns, painful mishaps? Do you long for more purpose and meaning in your days? Would you like to share that most sacred and precious journey with kindred spirits?   I believe we are all continuously being called back home to our original brilliance. We are called to live life aligned with our integrity and our true power. We are here to discover and transform whatever stands in the way, and to offer our gifts to the world.    To do this we must embark on a journey below the surface of our consciousness, into the shadows of our psyche where the treasure that we are lies buried and waiting for re-discovery.   This is the place inside you that has never been wounded, broken, or tainted regardless of your life circumstances.   It’s there, shining in the shadows. Waiting for you to embrace what – on some level – you have known all along.   And for all those adventurous souls who would dare to say “Yes!” to that calling, I’m excited to announce that beginning June 25th, 2017 I am forming an online Pathwork group, together with Sucheta Jain, where we can navigate this inner landscape in the company of kindred spirits.     We’ll create...
Who Ever Said Transformation Had to be Boring?

Who Ever Said Transformation Had to be Boring?

Have you ever had that moment of grace when you received a flash of insight not just in your  mind, but in your heart and soul and every cell of your body? The kind that seemed more like a remembering than a discovering for the first time?   A realization like this often shifts how you perceive life from that moment on. It can move you to the core of your being, and allow you to release stubborn behavior patterns and find peace and forgiveness.   Profound truth, deep insight, and transformative healing are usually revealed in this way, because the mind has limitations that can’t fully grasp what is meant to be experienced. And that is why the great writers and poets have used metaphor and symbolism as a creative way to point to that which cannot be contained in words.   The pictures they evoke bypass the brain and reach a different kind of intelligence, one that emerges from that spark of divinity that lives at the core of your being. The place in you that just knows. And has always known. The mind may have forgotten, but the Real Self never did.   I love the beauty and power of these mystical messages to inform and guide us. And that’s why I’ve created an eight week online course entitled, “Follow the Yellow Brick Road: Your Journey Home to the Real Self” that explores the mystical symbolism in the classic story of The Wizard of Oz as seen through the lens of the Pathwork teachings.   Because who ever said transformation had to be boring?   I’m...
Quench Your Thirst For More

Quench Your Thirst For More

Imagine yourself wandering amidst a wild expanse of unchartered land when you come upon a small trickle of water making its way through a mostly dry river bed. It’s barely enough to wet your whistle, certainly not enough to sustain your life. Feeling dehydrated, you follow the trickle upstream until you come to a great wall. The trickle ends there. Or so it seems.   An imaginative picture perhaps, but not so far off from the truth of most of us wandering the planet today. We see the wall, turn our backs to it, and look for others who might have abundant water to give us.   The trouble is, those others are looking for water from us. And we all are dying of thirst.   We don’t even consider that the wall is a dam, holding back an entire reservoir of life giving water. A small trickle gets through a crack in the wall, but that is all. Even if we knew what was on the other side, how would we release the water?   The truth is, you are not only the wanderer desperately seeking water in an almost dry riverbed. You are the dam. And most importantly, you are the river itself. You have come to believe you are separate from the water, separate from life itself. Your thirst tells you you will die without this water. If only you knew this uncomfortable thirst was really Life calling you back to yourself. Calling you to release the water so that you can delight in a free flowing river, allowing it to carry you to the ocean...
Are You Ready to Live Your Life as Light?

Are You Ready to Live Your Life as Light?

Recently I attended an evening where Arun Gandhi, grandson of the great Mahatma Gandhi, was speaking as part of his “Live Your Life as Light” tour. It was an extremely inspiring evening, and I left reflecting on what it means to live your light.   How can we live our light if we don’t know what our light is?   This is the question that kept coming to me. Certainly before I began my spiritual journey, I was not even conscious of most of my darkness, let alone my light. I did feel the longing to find my purpose, but I hadn’t a clue what it was or how to find it.   As a youth, Arun Gandhi experienced the injustices of apartheid South Africa, and found himself filled with anger. He learned from his grandfather that his anger had much to teach him, and that anger channeled constructively was a powerful force for good. Today Arun Gandhi is one of the most respected figures in the international peace movement.   He had to walk through his darkness to reveal his light. His greatest gift to this world has been his darkness that he transformed.   Why is it necessary to go through the darkness? Why can’t we just ignore it, bypass it, or transcend it on the way to peace and bliss?   When we think we can ignore or deny a part of ourselves that we don’t view as desirable, it will always come out sideways. When we think we have to kill off a part of ourselves, we invite resistance. It’s the survival instinct, and it has...