Saturday, February 17, 2018

No greater temple


At times we are asked to enter into the dusty regions of the psyche, where the ground underneath us is taken away. What was once so clear has lost its meaning. Even our deepest realizations have fallen out of reach. We are worn down by the path and left raw and in a state of primordial exhaustion.

We have entered into a liminal place where it is a bit chaotic. The emotions are alive, at times disturbing, and unresolvable. It is a realm of contradictory thoughts and feelings, the abode of Hermes, initiations, transitions, and thresholds. It is uncertain here but also filled with creativity and intelligence.

There are seeds here, emerging out of the stars and into our hearts, calling us into a future that has not yet arrived. As responses to our longing, they are seeds of new vision, but require tending to the darkness in order to find the right soil from which to grow.

The invitation arises from love, but it is not a love that is peaceful and sweet. It is one that is wrathful and fierce, and full-spectrum in its glory: Place your heart on the altar in front of you and enter into communion.

The not-knowing. This broken heart. This ripening body. There is no greater temple.



“Collecting Light” – photo by Guillaume Roche





The next two events are a five-day retreat, The Place the Light Enters, with Jeff Foster, April 4-9 at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland, CO
and

The Path is Everywhere: A Weekend Intensive, June 15-18 at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland, CO


Thursday, February 15, 2018

An extraordinary meeting


While it may appear to be another ordinary day, an extraordinary meeting is being assembled. Inside your body the honored guests begin to arrive: the achy one, the confused one, the vulnerable one, and the one who is uncertain about what is coming next. The unworthy one, the scared one, the one who is falling apart.

At times, it can seem that certain members of the inner family are obstacles on the journey, come to cloud perception and interfere with our longing for connection. But in a moment of clear seeing, it is revealed that the path is everywhere.

Something is being reorganized, but it’s not possible to know who you will be on the other side. It’s just too creative. Too wild. Too unprecedented. The old reference points, the familiar identities, the once nourishing relationships… at time these are swept away so that new vision may arrive.

Love is always appearing in new and ever-creative configurations. It is relentless in its activity and will never give up in its journey to find us. While we may very naturally have a bias for the light, love does not appear to share this bias and will emerge at times as the darkness to remind us of something important we may have forgotten along the way.

Hidden in the sky, disguised in a sunrise, or buried in the muddy earth, love is a shapeshifter and will do what it must to infuse its qualities into form, revealing the inseparability of matter and spirit.

As your lovers, your children, your friends, and your feelings – as the colors, fragrances, and essences of the phenomenal world – even as the water and the deer and the trees and the wind, love will continue its journey, until the luminous purity of all form is unveiled. 




Sunrise nearby in Moraine Park, photo by Alex Burke 




The next two events are a five-day retreat, The Place the Light Enters, with Jeff Foster, April 4-9 at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland, CO
and

The Path is Everywhere: A Weekend Intensive, June 15-18 at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland, CO

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The alchemy of your own life


The sadness, the shame, the rage, the confusion, and the sense of unworthiness. The shit, the piss, the despair, the conflict, the bewilderment, and the darkness. The limiting self-beliefs, the reactive emotions, the painful challenges in our work and relationships. This is the prima materia that we have to work with as alchemists of our own lives.

It can all appear as garbage and waste, clear signs that we’ve done it wrong, that we’ve failed, that there is something fundamentally wrong with us. But things are not always as they appear.

The invitation is to allow all of this material into the vessel, into the container and begin to heat it up with curiosity, awareness, compassion, and warmth. Not to get rid of it – or even to understand, shift, transform, or heal it – at least at first. But to mine the gold buried in the core of the chaos.

There is intelligence and wisdom in the symptom, but it is often hidden and out of ordinary sight. There is meaning in the mess as psyche attempts to reach us, revelations about how we are living our lives and what is ultimately most important. We are being called in some way, pulled into a future that is not yet known, into something new, something creative, something alive.

To provide sanctuary and safe passage for the wisdom to unfold is difficult and demanding, and in many ways goes against the status quo, not only the status quo of the conventional world, but against a more general self-help world that is oriented in the unending project of self-improvement and urgently replacing the darkness with light.

There is a light buried in the core of the mess, the chaos, and the darkness of the unknown. But its revelation and unfolding requires a cleansing of perception and the cultivation of a new sort of kindness toward ourselves and our experience. It is the work of a lifetime and endless in its meaning and depth. The path of the heart is infinite.






The next two events are a five-day retreat, The Place the Light Enters, with Jeff Foster, April 4-9 at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland, CO
and

The Path is Everywhere: A Weekend Intensive, June 15-18 at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland, CO