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Awakening and Mending

Here is a passage from my 2005 Bestseller, “The Translucent Revolution.” To surrender to this demand, we must be willing to look at the “broken zones” of our personality with honesty and courage. In the last decades, several new approaches have evolved that address this calling. These are not paths to psychological healing. They are […]

Intimacy has been my Guru

I’ve been greatly blessed in my life by being with with many great teachers.  I was close for many years to H.W.L. Poonja (people called him Papaji), and it was he who initially asked me to be a teacher of awakening.  I had some fantastic visits with Urgyen Tulku Rimpoche who was at that time […]

Express Feeling Free of a Story

    This is a practice from my latest book: “Leap Before You Look.” This practice is chosen from the section “Feeling Practices.” For this practice, You will need to make a compilation Of many different kinds of music. Make a playlist on your iPod or computer. Find some music that is soft and soothing, […]

What makes a movie “spiritual?”

For many years now Chameli and I have enjoyed a special moment in our month, when an envelope arrives containing a single DVD. It generally contains a feature film, a documentary, and occasionally a few shorts, chosen not for their popularity or celebrity status, but for their ability to transform and awaken us. The Spiritual […]

My meeting with Dr Emmett Miller

It often happens in life that you knew something could have gone better. A job interview, a date, a public talk: you walk away down on yourself, convinced that you blew it. And then sometimes it happens that things just flow.  No effort, no preparation, no big deal, and magic takes over.  This was one […]

Liquid Belief

As we deepen our practice of relaxing, waiting, and not knowing, we start to experience our points of view as if they were a variety of costumes. We dress ourselves up for play, like a child putting on a cowboy hat or a nurse’s outfit. And then we take the costume off again. Most translucents […]

My son in Close up

Generally I post stuff that is more interesting to you, at least that is my intention.  But today I’ve decided to post something interesting to me!  My oldest son, Abhi has developed a passion for photography over the last several years, and has emerged as one of the best photographers at his school.  Here is […]

Do You Really Need That Thought?

Here is a passage from my 2005 Bestseller, “The Translucent Revolution.” We hold many of our beliefs to be sacred simply as compensation for this kind of fragmentation. I am a kind and tolerant person. Why would one need that thought? Many people are good, benevolent, and kind without ever needing to define themselves that […]

Awakening in the World

Amidst so much talk about the economy collapsing, global warming and a myriad of other problems, we are having a wonderful summer and hope you are too.  Over the weekend I went down to the Yuba River with my dear friend Brooks Cole.  It’s a magnificent place revered by Native Americans for centuries as a […]

Canceling your Subscription to Enlightenment

Here is a passage from my 2005 Bestseller, “The Translucent Revolution.” Looking Beyond Enlightenment There is an important distinction to be made between translucence and traditional understandings of “enlightenment.” Very few of the people I have talked to would seriously label themselves as “enlightened.”  At the same time, the overwhelming majority said that they were […]

The Real Deal

Chameli and I just got back this week from the Transformational Leadership Council meeting, which this time was in Bermuda.  We attend these meetings twice a year, they are usually in very exotic, beautiful places.  It is a group put together by Jack Canfield a few years ago for writers, teachers, and seminar leaders to […]

Expand Peripheral Vision

This is a practice from my latest book: “Leap Before You Look.” This practice is chosen from the section “Meditation Practices.” In the midst of your busy day, stop. Sit quietly with your eyes open. Look at any object before you. Now take an in-breath and expand your vision To include what is immediately to […]

Stop

This is a practice from my latest book: “Leap Before You Look.” This practice is chosen from the section “Meditation Practices.” In the midst of your busy day, when there seem to be so many things to do, Stop. Stop moving, stop talking, Stop what you are doing, and feel. Hold your body in the […]

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I never thought I’d ask you this…

Many months ago, I was sitting on an airplane reading a book that someone had given me by Carl Callahan about the Mayan prophecies and 2012.  Now, I’m not a big believer in prophecies.  My favorite statement about 2012 came recently from Leonard Cohen who said, “People talk a lot about 2012.  In fact, some […]

The Yoga Class

I’ve written seven books.  My favorite is a novel: The Last Laugh.  Here is an excerpt I love: Wednesday, no evening meeting. Paul and I drank instant coffee and ate Twinkies together. It had come to this. Then things began to get very clear. I was wasting precious time in distraction. All that mattered, and […]

Inspired Certainty

I remember a few years ago I learned how to ski.  I had never learned how to ski as a young man or as a child because I lived in England where there is not a lot of skiing, so I learned this when I moved to the Sierra Nevada Mountains about 10 years ago.  […]

Could You Let it Go?

This is a practice from my latest book: “Leap Before You Look.” This practice is chosen from the section “Insight Practices.” When caught up in a strong belief, Needing to be liked, to be right about something. Or stuck in a strong emotion, ask yourself, “Could I, just could I, let it go?” Could you […]

Exchange Points of View

This is a practice from my latest book: Leap Before You Look.” This practice is chosen from the section “Intimate Relationship Practices.” When you find yourself caught in a disagreement With your partner or a close friend, When you are arguing, Trying to be convincing that your point of view is more correct, Stop and […]

Not Another Flavor of Self-Improvement

A couple of weeks ago we just got done with out latest Awakening Coaching Training.  This was the entry level course: which we call ‘Basic Skills.’  I can’t hold back a moment longer from sharing with you what has been going on. It was jet lag city: we had participants present from seven different times […]