Category: Freedom

As We Forgive Yesterday marked the end of Yom Kippur. It’s the holiest day of the year for Jews. I attended one of the services. My wife is Jewish. The theme is repentance and atonement for sin. These folks know how to do repentance. Three hours of singing about how they have hurt others through…

The Lakota chants are a summons to the warrior within. I am being recruited to walk the path of integrity, humility, and compassion. The medicine that is ayahuasca tea first brought me to my knees revealing the posturing of a false self, constructed to survive repeated failures of love in my early years. Now, in…

We do not want what we say we want. This is the sobering conclusion of psychoanalyst, Robert Firestone, (The Fantasy Bond) after decades of private practice and living in a conscious community. This underlies the curious phenomenon of the fear of success. Attaining what we have always wanted—love, success, creative self-expression—signals that we have become…

Once, in ceremonial space, I went to work trying to arrive at a clear articulation of  the fundamental principles of human reality. Drum roll, please. It all came down to two principles: 1. There is an other. 2. I care. Now, this seemed strange to me. First because it was so simple. (Then I remembered that was me…