Why Conspiracy Theories Are a Losing Game

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In Why Conspiracy Theories Are a Losing Game, I explain my reasoning for disregarding the theories themselves while being empathic to people who harbor the theories because they are usually experiencing pain and fear.

Conspiracy theories flourish during periods of mass fear and uncertainty, so they have heightened relevance now. I also wish to contrast conspiracy theories with my practice of assessing and mitigating risks. Let’s start with definitions. Continue reading “Why Conspiracy Theories Are a Losing Game”

How Valentine’s Day Ends up Killing Love

The way commercial cultures “celebrate” Valentine’s day ends up killing love, sweetly and surely. The good news is, we can prevent this by learning how the killing works and how we can disrupt it.

We begin by examining love—because love is quite different from what we grow up thinking it is. Read on for your guide to disrupting the 21st century Valentine’s day massacre that occurs every year. Continue reading “How Valentine’s Day Ends up Killing Love”

Joy and Ecstasy

I have a client who is in a very intense relationship, so I’m doing a composite chart to help her figure it out. Her relationship has her feeling the whole spectrum of emotions, and it reminds me of one of my own experiences. I am reflecting on joy and ecstasy, and I notice some things that surprise me—and may surprise you. Continue reading “Joy and Ecstasy”

[ White Space ]

In innovation circles, “white space” refers to an open and safe place in which people can create and explore creative and disruptive ideas. There are myriad frameworks and methodologies for creating and maintaining white space. Last week, I had a surprising discovery, that some of the most intelligent people in business need to learn how to create white space for themselves as individuals as well as professionally. Here’s what happened. Continue reading “[ White Space ]”

Arnica, A Huge Healing Health Hack

I was pedaling back from a meeting in the neighborhood today in heavy snow, the kind with luscious large fluffy flakes. It was really coming down, so I took residential streets and went slowly. However, about a mile from home, I happened on one of those famous Chicago road deformations—it was upon me before I knew it due to its white blanket camouflage—a large dip and curl in the pavement that was slick under the snow, and I went down on my left knee and ankle. There wasn’t a car in sight, so I got up, examined myself and found my knee sore but okay, my bike okay, so I pedaled home. Continue reading “Arnica, A Huge Healing Health Hack”

Freedom from the Known/Jiddu Krishnamurti

freedomknownHave you ever read a book that feels so clear and familiar that its thoughts felt like your own? This is my experience of Freedom from the Known, which expresses thoughts and practices I have been developing for some time, but in a much more elegant, powerful and simple way than I could ever do. The small book is truly revolutionary, and I think you can use many of its suggestions to make profound change in your life.

Krishnamurti communicates so simply and cleanly that I think the book is accessible to anyone who is interested in confronting his/her ideas. At various points in the book, I felt myself objecting and creating mental friction, but that is about my reaction, not the book. Its ideas and observations are very clear to an open mind. If you are used to reading philosophy, it will probably be easy for you to grasp (although perhaps not easy to practice, at least it isn’t for me). Here, I’ll summarize each chapter before attaching my reflections at the end. I will also share how I am practicing some of the book’s suggestions.

If you are curious and feel mental resistance to the chapter summaries, try skipping to my interpretation and reflections where I’ll discuss how I think this works from a practical perspective and how I have been using the concepts. Continue reading “Freedom from the Known/Jiddu Krishnamurti”

Did You Know That You Are an Artist?

It is dawn, and I am starting to create my experience of this day. Did you know that we all do this, every day, although most of us are not aware of it? In this post, I’ll share how I create “a day,” and how you can use some of the ideas to create your day more mindfully, so you can experience more joy, harmony, or whatever you want.

How was your day?

We all ask each other this all the time, and in it is nested an interesting truth. First, isn’t it idiotic to suggest that you or I “have” a day? It isn’t when we consider that we don’t have the day, but we do have our experience of the day. I have little control over external events and interactions that happen during my day, but I have absolute control over how I experience what happens to me and around me. Continue reading “Did You Know That You Are an Artist?”

On Working and Money-Making

IMG_E9963One of the most perilous parts of my Dark Night process this year has been transforming my whole approach to work and money-making, and I’m excited to share it with you in case it helps you with the issue of money-making while you pursue your spirit-focused life mission. I have made many discoveries about work in the context of living my spiritual mission and some new possibilities that might help you, too. Continue reading “On Working and Money-Making”

Ego and Spirit in Relationship: The Four Agreements

4agreementsThis post offers some insights and practices for how ego and spirit can work together to empower you in relationship to your self and, by extension, to other people and the universe. These practices have helped me to create immense freedom for myself, and I give this freedom to other people, which creates joy and more harmony in the world. This series extends Don Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements, which I’ll summarize here and build on.

The Four Agreements is a kind of handbook of ancient Toltec wisdom, and I highly recommend it. If you haven’t read it, Toltec Spirit has an excellent summary. I find that the book offers a rare approach to relating to oneself and other people through the four agreements, which are practices that help readers live with more spirit. Ruiz doesn’t refer to ego and spirit, but his stated goal is to help readers live with spirit, to take back what they lost during “domestication.” The four agreements are: Continue reading “Ego and Spirit in Relationship: The Four Agreements”

Reframing the “Good” and “Bad” of Daily Life

This Spirit/Body series on living earthly and spirit channels while incarnated has been pretty abstract thus far, and today I’m pleased to get down to some day-to-day practicality! You may appreciate this post more if you check out its progenitors, The Body as Avatar and On Being Incarnate. The big idea in this series is that one can live more fully by experiencing one’s incarnated life on two levels, the body and the spirit. I am learning how to do this, and I’m sharing my insights in case they give you some ideas to create your life with more purpose. Continue reading “Reframing the “Good” and “Bad” of Daily Life”