Tag Archives: Translucent Revolution

Rotate the Boss

Every Saturday morning we clean the house. We start by sitting down together and listing all the jobs that need to be done. Then everyone gets to be the boss for half an hour. We always start with Shuba, our youngest. While he is boss, everyone must do what he says. He is the king. He will check if […]


Who Is Here? A practice

Right now, sitting where you are, reading these words, take a few moments to close your eyes and feel your body. Settle yourself . . . relax . . . come fully into this moment. Can you see the print on this page? It is seen, right? But seen by whom? In this very moment, […]


How We Define Ourselves

“Trailing clouds of glory do we come, from God who is our home,” wrote William Wordsworth. As preverbal babies, we experience ourselves as limitlessness. At one with what we see and feel, we have no need to define ourselves. We are both nothing and everything. Then Iago imposes a sense of limitation, of something missing, […]


What is a Translucent Business?

Companies become translucent when they are influenced by translucent people. The influence may come from the CEO or top management, but it may just as easily come from an outside consultant, the shareholders, or the collective wisdom of the employees. It requires only a very few instrumental translucent people to begin to transform an entire […]


The Ultimate Upgrade Neurosis

Between 2002 and 2004 I did more than 170 interviews to prepare for the book The Translucent Revolution. One of the things I asked everybody in those interviews was about enlightenment. Almost no-one I talked to would say ‘I am enlightened,’ nor would they say ‘I am trying to become enlightened.’ Instead most would say, […]


Holistic Education

Translucent schools emphasize the development of the whole person more than the acquisition of specific skills. The curriculum often includes activities that activate the connection between the deeper spirit of the child, the brain, and the body. Knitting, crocheting, and specific physical exercises all integrate the left and right sides of the body, which research […]

Our Natural Vision

Vision is vital. It is the fuel that motivates action. It gives meaning to our lives, the aspiration to reach beyond our limits. Vision tells us where to put our energy, allows us to push through unforeseen obstacles, and, when a group of people work together, it is the cohesive force that keeps them motivated […]

Spontaneous Forgiveness

Here’s a passage from my book The Translucent Revolution.   With the willingness to be less defined comes a loosening of our grip on the past. The past is of little use when you have no case to defend. If the trial is dismissed as boring and irrelevant, you can send the witnesses home to […]

Did You Think I Was Dead?

Just as you might have given up hope of ever hearing from me again, just as you’re on the way to buy flowers for the funeral, we’re back. Did you miss me? As you might have noticed, I’ve been keeping an extremely low profile the last months. Hardly a blog post or a tweet or […]