Talks: Reflections on the Path

Dissolving Trance with RAIN

Dissolving Trance with RAIN

One of the pervasive expressions of trance is identifying with a limited and separate sense of self.  This talk contrasts the self-trance to our intrinsically open, awake and loving awareness. We then explore how the mindfulness and self-compassion in the RAIN practice can...

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Refuge in Truth, Love and Awareness

Refuge in Truth, Love and Awareness

The three archetypal refuges of truth, love and awareness are interweaving pathways home found in most spiritual traditions. This talk looks at our habitual pursuit of substitutes to feel happy, and reflects on how we awaken through each true refuge. The talk ends with a living...

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Don’t Know Mind – Stepping Out of the Trance of Thinking

Don’t Know Mind – Stepping Out of the Trance of Thinking

Don't Know Mind ~ (a talk from June 10, 2009) Thoughts, and more broadly, conceptual knowledge, cannot lead to the direct realization of truth, of reality. While thoughts are an essential part of surviving and thriving, spiritual awakening only becomes possible when we step out...

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The Revolution of Tenderness – Part 2

The Revolution of Tenderness – Part 2

These two talks explore our capacity to be tender - sensitive and responsive to ourselves and others. This capacity marks a radical evolutionary shift from a self-centered existence shaped by fear, to a life lived from the realization of our collective belonging and the...

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The Revolution of Tenderness – Part I

The Revolution of Tenderness – Part I

The Revolution of Tenderness - Part I ~ A two-talk series explores our capacity to be tender - sensitive and responsive to ourselves and others. This capacity marks a radical evolutionary shift from a self-centered existence shaped by fear, to a life lived from the realization...

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Spiritual Reparenting

Spiritual Reparenting

CC  ~ When we are not sufficiently nurtured in childhood, we are inclined toward anxiety, depression, addiction and other forms of suffering. In a deep way, we do not feel at home with others. We are disconnected from our own body, heart and spirit. This talk explores how...

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Trusting the Gold (retreat talk)

Trusting the Gold (retreat talk)

When we are unaware of the emotions and beliefs that shape our experience, we are in a trance characterized by an identity as a separate, incomplete self. Trance obscures the awareness and love that is our deepest essence. This talk explores the two key pathways of awakening...

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The Wings of Awakening – Self-Honesty & Love (retreat talk)

The Wings of Awakening – Self-Honesty & Love (retreat talk)

We evolve our consciousness by bringing a clear and kind attention to the tangles of suffering. This talk explores how the "second arrow" of self-judgment imprisons us in emotional reactivity, and the pathways of awakening awareness that reconnect us with our full human...

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Awakening Consciousness in Shadowy Times – Part 2

Awakening Consciousness in Shadowy Times – Part 2

Awakening Consciousness in Shadowy Times - Part 2 - The shadow is the unfaced, unlived fears and emotional pain in our individual and collective psyche. When not brought into awareness it expresses as “no” - the anger, aggression, hopelessness and cynicism that is resisting and...

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Awakening Consciousness in Shadowy Times (Part 1)

Awakening Consciousness in Shadowy Times (Part 1)

Awakening Consciousness in Shadowy Times - Part 1 On both individual and societal levels, suffering arises from the unseen, unfelt parts of our psyche. This talk looks at two interrelated ways of practice that help us to awaken from a limiting self-sense characterized by...

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Realizing Our Undefended and Awakened Heart (retreat talk)

Realizing Our Undefended and Awakened Heart (retreat talk)

It is our evolutionary and spiritual potential to release unnecessary habits of violating other tribes, individuals and unwanted parts of our own being. This talk explores three essential facets of the pathway to awakening: Leaving the fortress of aversive judgment, entering...

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Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Working with Attachments and Addictions

Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Working with Attachments and Addictions

In Buddhist cosmology the torment of intense desire that can never really be satisfied is depicted as the realm of Hungry Ghosts. This talk explores the attachments and addictions that so many of us struggle with, and the teachings and practices that can liberate us. Listen to...

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Trusting Our Hearts – Trust in Our Basic Goodness

Trusting Our Hearts – Trust in Our Basic Goodness

Trust in our basic goodness directly effects our capacity for intimacy with others, creativity and living fully.  This talk explores the ways that our caregivers and culture undermine that trust, primarily by giving us messages that we are “not enough” or flawed.  We...

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Letting Go – The Freedom of Awake Awareness

Letting Go – The Freedom of Awake Awareness

We know we need to let go of harmful habits like obsessive worry, blame and over consuming to experience true well-being, yet much of the time we are stuck and judge ourselves for being out of control. This talk explores what's so difficult about letting go and how we can't...

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