Engaging with Our Own Process: Finding Our True Home

Engaging with Our Own Process: Finding Our True Home

Each of us has our own personal unique way of practicing and engaging in our internal process.  We all have our own style of discovering our entryway into truly experiencing reality.  In this blog post I am attempting to shed light and give permission to anyone feeling a bit lost in his/her internal world.  It is for the overly busy mom who can’t seem to slow down.  Or the young person full of energy in the middle of a volatile energetic transformation.  Or the dad trying to figure out how to begin a much needed meditation practice. To empower all of us to keep deeply investigating.  And to find a true joy in oneness.

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Everything is Relating

Everything is Relating

What does it mean to relate?  When we are with someone, what is actually going on?  How can we really connect?  What does this look like, feel?  Why is it that we feel good with some people and bad with others?  Why do we feel awful in certain situations?  Other times we feel liberated?  What is true intimacy?  Not necessarily sexual intimacy, but to be truly close with someone or some thing, on a cellular level? To find a language, to thread the needle, to read the grid, to truly connect?  And how can we live this way all the time and make it our own?  In our own creative constant discovery?

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Practical Tips: Does It Have a Direction?

Practical Tips: Does It Have a Direction?

So, just simply, does this traffic jam of electricity and emotion have a direction it is trying to go?  If we take a look at it, is it trying to do something that we are missing?  Maybe it is so intense or so unconscious for us that we can’t even let go of it enough to see what it is trying to do.  But if we can get really curious about it, with all of its power and confusion, if we can try to honestly face what is happening, we might find that if we take our foot off of the accelerator a bit trying to get rid of it, it might begin to reveal a way to sort itself out.  It might have a direction.

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Bob Dylan, Folk Songs, Koans, and the Transmission of Art

Bob Dylan, Folk Songs, Koans, and the Transmission of Art

I pray that all of the Zen folks will find a beautiful way to express themselves as they integrate their Zen artless art into everyday life.  Bob Dylan learned from those old master folk singers, and then he took it and created something beautiful and relevant for his generation and today.  Let us use this beautiful practice to find our expression, marrying the grit of the West with the sublime essence of Zen.  And we’ll create a new culture to heal and save all beings.

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The Second Breath

The Second Breath

We all have our normal breath.  We walk around and there it is, anxious or relaxed, deep or shallow.  In and out.  I am trying to communicate about something like a second breath.  The process of allowing reality to come to us is like having a second breath.  This second breath, this light,  creates our form in space.  Our body.  The more we align with it, the more we meld with the universe.  It is there, filling us up.  It is there all the time, without fail.  It is not a technique.  I found this, and it has never left me.

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A Great Love Affair Just Standing Around

A Great Love Affair Just Standing Around

I first discovered this practice one night in college in Missoula, Montana.  Aside from climbing rock and mountains, I was attempting to live a life which would overflow into the next On the Road.  We were having a great time pushing ourselves in the outdoors and bars and streets of that beautiful rugged irreverently reverent Montana energy, and being really full of ourselves! 

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Tips for wild energy

Tips for wild energy

I have been in lots of workshops lately involving energy work, and in every workshop there are a couple of people going through some intense energetic issues. There are many forms that these issues take.  From shaking, to headaches, ears ringing, incredible anxiousness, or spontaneous uncontrollable movements.  I usually try to assure them that things can get better, and that these experiences are usually completely normal.  As a side note, I have experienced all of the above sensations in my process.  Many people in these workshops are there to learn a healing modality which will help them work through their stuff.  And to hang out with people who are similarly tuned into energy.  And these people often become exceptional healers themselves.  Very gift

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Breaking Through: Sublime and Natural

Breaking Through: Sublime and Natural

Lately, quite a few zen practitioners have asked me about breakthrough.  Is it real?  Is it possible? Does anyone really break through?  What does it mean?  I am writing this post to inspire those who have heard about breakthrough and find it mysterious and seemingly impossible.  I am here to put my two cents in.  To state that it is possible. It happens.  I went through it, and If I could do it, then anyone with enough drive and honesty can do it too.

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Receiving

Receiving

Long retreats, sitting from morning till night and sometimes through the night, in order to survive I had to begin to function in a new way.  Instead if imposing my will onto my body which was in such pain, instead of moving from a place of going after enlightenment, energetic flow, huge states of mind, trying to make my suffering stop!, I began to allow something greater to come to me, to shift from doing to receiving.  And it was so much better than anything my small brain could have created.

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Musings on Sourcepoint: Birth of the Heart Sutra

Musings on Sourcepoint: Birth of the Heart Sutra

Where does energy end and form begin?  What are these bodies?  Why do they emerge?  From where did they manifest?  What is healing?  What is medicine?  The body is just an energy field.  This is nothing new.  I am asking that we look again, with fresh eyes, and attempt to explore it in a new way.  This post is about the dialogue between form and emptiness, and I’d like to playfully explore how we might integrate them.  For the past few years I’ve been studying a form of healing called Sourcepoint Therapy® and some of the concepts in it have inspired me to make some fascinating connections. 

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