Topic 9 – Expanding the Playing Field

I’ve been known to say that the course toward freedom requires that we work two ends to the middle. The one end is where we’ve spent the first eight topics: coming to know what we falsely believe to be us. The other end is opening to an awareness of what is actually true about us. Our challenge to finding another way to “be” on this planet earth is not one of lack, but obstruction. We already are that creature we sense in...

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Topic 8 – It’s My Story and I’m Sticking to It

Unknown to many of us is the fact that our lives are the product of a story, one we began creating as soon as we had words. We came into a world that bore no resemblance to our prior existence, and we found ourselves ensconced in a fleshy container called a body. Initially, we were preoccupied with learning how to operate in the silly thing— move our arms and legs, test out facial expressions, then learn to walk and talk. Meanwhile, all around...

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Topic 7- The Tower of Babel

We come into this world without speech, but not without a mode of communication. We are creatures of perception—all life is being communicated to us through various sensing modes. The one we’re most familiar with involves our five senses which are receptive to energy, specific molecules or pressure, and forward their data to our brain for interpretation. But there is another mode of perception, one we leave gathering dust in the back of...

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Topic 6 – Shiver Me Timbers

Fear is not a flaw in our human make-up. It is not a weakness. Rather it is the result of being an inhabitant of planet earth with a worldview that insures a deep and expansive sense of disconnection. Of all the creatures on the face of the earth, we are the ones who can relate to the notion of: a leaf in the wind. We try desperately to understand a world that seemingly attacks us uncalled for, with disease, catastrophe, war, starvation, to name...

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Topic 5 – Squeezing the Infinite into Your Briefcase

Once upon a time there was a squire, who inherited an immense holding complete with a grand manor house and thousands of acres of land, containing forests, fields and gardens. Strangely, with this holding came a requirement that the squire remain in his manor house which had no windows and only a peephole on the huge oak door. Rather than experience his estate first-hand, he’d been told stories about it and permitted to view it only...

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