Cancer School Starts Now!
(This is the text I will read from on April 13, 2015 — at the storytelling show produced by Spark Off Rose, in Los Angeles.) I didn't know that I was about to enter a school where ninja teachers would leap from everywhere to challenge everything I had ever been and known. It was November 2011, and by the time I had finished teaching my weeklong retreat in Bali, I was finished: exhausted, weak, sick, and in pain. For six months prior to Bali, I had suffered from muscle spasms in my ... Read more

Speaking Gig at Spark Off Rose
I will be one of six people who will be featured speakers at the April "Spark Off Rose" show in Los Angeles. The theme of the evening is "Teachers," and I will be sharing some of what I have learned ... Read more
Witness of the Mind
Speaking Truthfully website launch
I am happy to announce the launch of the Speaking Truthfully website, and I'd like to invite you and your family, friends, and colleagues to stop by for a visit. Here is a preview of what this new website is all about: Speaking Truthfully is a profound, powerful, and daring style of authentic self-expression, public speaking, and communicating based on self-awareness, honesty, and transparency; integrity, vulnerability, and connection. Its essential philosophy and fundamental tenet is:... Read more
Before We Get Out of Bed, We Create Our World
We wake up in the morning and the world is unshaped, waiting to be molded by us, by you and me. As we wake up, the world, both the inner and outer ones, is for an instant a blank canvas—an emptiness of infinite potential. The unshaped world will take shape according to our state of being, our state of consciousness, our state of awareness. I’m sure we know this intellectually. But have we seen that timeless instant with our own eyes? Are we even aware of this? Are we aware that as our co... Read more
An Audit of My Life at 64
I am 64 years old. I’ve gotten here so fast, I’m almost certain that some of me isn’t here yet, hasn’t caught up to the here and now. Wasn’t I in Magnolia High School last month, radicalizing the student body during the ’68 presidential campaign? Back then, looking forward, I didn’t even know what 64 years old was. I’m sure I never thought about it; I never thought about time. I believed I had forever: time was like an endlessly moving horizon I would never reach. Now, I can h... Read more
Life is a Work of Art
Contributor Myriam Negre writes of her experience with art as a way of life. She is a rare and beautiful being, who births each new artwork from her soul and whose every word comes from her heart. She lives in the hills outside of Barcelona, Spain, with her husband and two daughters. I was introduced to art through photography when I was around seven years old. My father used to take photos of the flowers in our garden and then showed them to me on paper. I was fascinated by the ma... Read more
At First, I Thought Jon Stewart was Kidding. He Wasn't.
On the September 22 edition of The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart begins with a 10 minute report about the People’s Climate March on September 21, attended by more than 400,000 people demanding action in the face of global climate change. At the 2:45 minute mark of the segment, Jon asks, Now, you may be thinking, do we really need a march to raise awareness about global climate change? I mean it’s an accepted scientific phenomenon pretty much everywhere. Here’s why you need the march. I... Read more
Don't Dis the Body: it's the handiwork of a genius
I heard a spiritual teacher tell his flock they were not the body. He said that with a bit of a smile, as if the mere thought of identifying with the body was laughably preposterous. He spoke with such confidence and authority. He announced that everyone was pure awareness and that the body was illusory, not real. I felt sorry for his students, poor things. The teacher is a dickhead. I do know that at the quantum level the body does not exist in the way we experience it through our senses... Read more
The One Booth that is Always Missing on Career Day
I recently read an article describing how, down in Texas (a rogue fourth world country), the people in charge of public education wanted eighth graders to select their career paths. Yes, this is true. As I thought about what I might want to say in response to this insanity, outlining my view of education, I remembered the very first article I had ever published, back in 1991. I found it hiding in my hard drive. I read it. I didn’t change a word. Here it is. I will write another article out... Read more
Meditation Sutras by a Modern Mystic
Meditation is commonly thought to be a practice or method, rooted in some mystical-spiritual-religious tradition or philosophy with the purpose of disabusing us of delusional notions about the nature of self and reality. Meditation is likewise defined as a path to enlightenment or self-realization—a set of steadying training wheels that helps us to ride the bike of our innate essence—to pedal our way towards the inherent clarity, wisdom, and compassion of our true nature. Meditation thus... Read more
A Soulful and Soul-Friendly Workplace
We all want to enhance our experience of work and enrich our work environments with greater meaning, purpose, joy and deep human connection. We want our work to be a place of inspiration, where we can find full creative outlets for our deepest values and highest vision, where we aim for what’s never been done and call out to a bigger, freer self that is just beyond who we are now. If we package all this together, we might just say we want to bring our soul to work in a workplace that is soul... Read more
President Obama's Magic Show: a specious case for war?
In the same way we need to dig for the truth of our own self through self-inquiry and other means, we need to dig for the truth behind political speeches and media headlines through investigative journalism. It is my view that most, nearly but not quite all, politicians and bureaucrats do not tell the truth. I do not believe anything they say. I see them as Penn & Teller wannabees, or better-dressed versions of the street-wise David Blaine, wonderful magicians whose sleight of hand prowess... Read more

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