Enlightenment Experiences

One of the things that I notice a fair amount of confusion regarding is the nature of enlightenment, and enlightenment experiences. Picture a sky above you. For a moment, the clouds part and you recognize that the true nature of the sky is a clear blue. This is...

Emotional Health and the Collective Shadow

Like many of you, I was deeply impacted by the death of Anthony Bourdain. Such a death always creates an outpouring of memes, of support, of opinions one way or the other on how someone who seemingly had many of the things that we aspire to– a successful, inspiration...

Perfectionism, Control, and Paradoxes

I remember when I was starting my path (well, was consciously doing so) that I had this idea that if I only reached a certain state, that I would be perfected. That this was the end goal– a state of continual health, happiness, joy, peace, bliss, or love. That if I...

Fear, Resistance, and Doing the Thing

It was probably about five or six years ago that I had an irrevocable moment of clarity where I saw a “loop”, or repeated pattern (in this case, a behavioral one) having to do with fear and resistance. If you have read my work (or my blog) I talk about loops quite a...

Sisyphus and the Spiritual Path

One of the more common illusions of the spiritual path is that it will get easier as one progresses on it. The belief that the spiritual path is about transcendence means that people often create subsuquent beliefs that if only they tried hard enough, or were...

Animism and Personhood

Lately I have seen the term “person” or “personhood” being used in an animist context to introduce the concept that we should be considering other intelligences as vitally alive and of having a soul. Anything that supports people picking their heads up and actually...

On an Animist Way of Being

I had a student ask me for a working definition of animism the other day and I realized that we talk a lot about what being a “shaman” is, or what the definition of shamanism is (albeit in a confused, repetitive loop that never finds the healing or clarity that is...