Category: Everyday Soul

September 11, 2017

From Hallelujah to Me-elujah: Thoughts on the Devolution of Consciousness

The cybernetic anthropologist Gregory Bateson once told me that the old debate over whether human beings are agents of free will or are subjects of determinism is resolved by the conclusion that one only has choice at the level of context. Once one steps into the chosen context, it determines the choices within. Translated into…

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August 8, 2017

Hunting for Sacred Ecstasy

“In spite of the abundance of our material possessions and spiritual knowledge, we are missing something. Becoming more spiritual or more aware of spiritual ideas, stories, teachings, symbols, amulets, paraphernalia, and sayings may not make us more spirited. What we are looking for is spirit rather than spirituality. By spirit I don’t mean a hypothesized…

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June 24, 2017

An Old Fashioned Antidote to Fear

I’ve really grown to love religion. I know for some the word “religion” connotes judgmental people and cold institutions with too many rules, but for me it is a great, vast synonym for MYSTERY. I can’t get enough religious testimony, poetry, hymns, songs, or prayers – no matter the tradition from which they come. If…

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June 16, 2017

How to Love Bigger, Burn Brighter, and Make More Room

Last week, during our intensive in England, I dreamed that Hillary and I arrived at a large old house. Several other people were there, and it was clear that we were all moving into the house to live as a community. We are pretty much hermits most of the time, so at first I was…

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May 24, 2017

An Uncommon Daily Practice for Finding Your Groove

Has your mind taken over your mindfulness practice? Maybe your meditation has gotten monotonous, your prayers too predictable, or your favorite inspirational quotes and refrigerator affirmations are just no longer doing it for you. If the pulse has vacated your purpose and flat-lined your creative inspiration, you’re ready to try an experiment. Forget thinking different…

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March 21, 2017

Round and Round

I dreamed that Brad and I were in a large vehicle full of mentorship students. Everyone was full of joy, singing and laughing together the way we do after a long day of spiritual cooking. I don’t know where we were headed, but there was another carload of mentorship students on the road behind us….

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February 2, 2017

The Spiritual Call to Protest: Shake Things Up, Shine the Light, and Turn Up the Music

Recently we shared Brad’s account of three consecutive and connected visions he had in the same night. Ultimately the visionary teaching was about our collective capacity to shine bright light in the world, but the beginning vision reflected the fear we personally have been carrying since Donald Trump became president. We shared the whole set…

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November 2, 2016

Bursting into Clown: A Very Short Dialogue

(This took place in our mentorship program online forum) Student: This reminds me of something a clown I met decades ago said, which was that only the most serious people became clowns. I have often thought of this comment and imagine people getting so serious that they finally burst into clown. Because, really, clown is…

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August 24, 2016

Taking Your Spiritual Temperature

  One of the most important conceptual tools of Sacred Ecstatics is what we call a spiritual thermometer. It enables you to gauge the intensity of mystical experience. When you are spiritually on fire you are shaking with ecstasy, shouting in amazement, and singing from the depths of your being. Inside the most extreme heat,…

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February 17, 2016

Don’t Forget Your Special Flashlight

This prescription is an excerpt from our newest book, Sacred Ecstatics: The Recipe for Setting Your Soul on Fire. Don’t forget your special flashlight, the one that has these words written on it: “I am the light of the world.” If you don’t have a small flashlight yet, then immediately go get one and make it ready….

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