Consciousness

Our Life As a Work of Art

All of us can be artists, turning the raw materials of our lives into beautiful works of art, every day, every hour. My mother, an accomplished pianist, liked to tell…

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How to Coach a Warrior

You’re a life coach.  Let’s assume that you’ve been at it for a while and feel pretty competent at this point in your career.  You’re making your living at it.…

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“Shit Happens” Is a Bad Explanation

“Shit happens” is a cliche often used to explain that bad things come into our lives.  It means that unwanted realities push into our lives from the outside—shitty, awful, bad…

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Erasing Our Patterns and Waking Up

“…the tasks of erasing my routines, losing my self-importance and dropping my personal history became a sheer delight.”  Carlos Castaneda, The Wheel of Time Like cows going down a well-worn…

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The Totality of Oneself: How to Have a Bigger Life—Way Bigger

“…we are inside a bubble.  It is a bubble into which we are placed at the moment of  our birth. At first that bubble is open, but then it begins…

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Is It Time to Declare a Personal Emergency?

It’s pretty easy to see that some of the people around us need to declare a personal emergency—even if they don’t, which is the case most of the time. Actually,…

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How to Talk about Yourself Without Being a Bore

In a restaurant the other night, I listened to a man talking to his wife at the next table.  He talked at length about the factory orders he was working…

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You Don’t Like Your Job and Other Bad Explanations for Your Unhappiness

The way we’re working isn’t working. Even if you’re lucky enough to have a job, you’re probably not very excited to get to the office in the morning, you don’t…

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Making the Big Turn into the Poised Life

Warriors face the oncoming time.  Normally, we face time as it recedes from us.  Only warriors can change that and face time as it advances on them.   Carlos Castaneda, The…

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To Know or Not to Know: That Is the Question

I think it was Eckhart Tolle who was asked, “What is insanity?” He answered, “The news.” We know what he means: the news reports the latest in human madness, murder,…

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