This past month was supposed to be my summer sabbatical in Sri Lanka – a chance to rest, reflect, recharge, renew, and work on my tan. While I did get through six novels (including Philip Kerr’s amazing Berlin Noir trilogy) and an equal number of volumes of business development and spiritual philosophy, life intervened in my grand plans and we wound up having to cancel our family vacation. Instead, I spent the majority of my time off adapting to my wife’s newly broken legs, trying to move house, and recovering from gum surgery…read more
My friend and colleague Aaron Turner once described our grounding in the inside-out understanding of life as a measure of how much of our experience looked like it was made of the energy of Thought as opposed to being either “the energy of Thought plus external factors” or even external factors alone. For example, if you get a “Final Demand” bill from a credit card company and feel stressed, is that stress:
a. Simply the feeling of whatever you happen to be thinking in that moment?
b. The feeling of your thinking about a very real problem?
c. The feeling of the credit card bill?
This week’s guest blog was written by my apprentice Mer Monson. It’s a beautiful exploration of lessons learned about empowerment and surrender while dealing with a life-threatening illness. As she says in her article, “A profound gift of love in disguise, cancer shoved me off the ledge of my own sense of control and into the freedom of surrender.”read more
While driving home from the beach a few months back, my daughter asked me a question that took me by surprise.
“Dad,” she began, “do you think we live in a simulation?”
When I asked her what she meant, she said that a number of her friends were discussing something called “the Simulation Hypothesis” and that Elon Musk had expressed that “it’s pretty much a lock we’re living inside some kind of a cosmic hard drive”.read more
Years ago, I was enjoying the book Passionate Presence by Catherine Ingram when to my surprise, I burst into floods of tears when I read the following passage…read more
As regular readers of these blogs will know, I love a good analogy. While facts and figures can be the key to a deeper understanding of some things, I find that in conversations about our deeper spiritual nature, metaphors and analogies seem to be more helpful to more people more of the time.
So when one of the participants on this year’s Advanced Course 4.0 asked a question last week about what she could do to stay more present to this deeper self in daily life, I was delighted with the analogy that came to mind…read more
Here’s a quick thought experiment to get us started:
You are a prisoner in a room with 2 identical doors and 2 identical looking guards.
You know two things going in:
One of the doors leads to freedom; the other door leads to death.
One of the guards always tells the truth; the other guard always lies.
You’re allowed one question to safely navigate your way out of the prison – what question do you ask?
I remember times in my life when I would reach out for self-help books whenever I felt low, anxious, insecure or lost. I remember how I felt in those moments and how I was desperately looking for something so I could change how I felt. And, that’s because at the time I was afraid of what I was feeling. I would freak out every time I felt depressed, or anxious. What I also remember is, whenever I was experiencing those feelings, I thought there was something wrong with me…read more
In 2015, I was wanting to write a book about the Three Principles that came at them from a primarily spiritual angle, as opposed to the more psychological (The Inside-Out Revolution) or practical (Creating the Impossible).
The thing I’ve learned about titling books in the realms of personal, business, and spiritual development is that the best ones tend to answer one of three questions..read more
One of the questions I encourage students to reflect on throughout our Supercoach Academy trainings is this: What’s really on offer? In other words, if somebody really “gets” what it is we’re speaking with them about, what is it that they got?read more
In the midst of a wonderful day of exploring Oneness with Dicken Bettinger last week, he mentioned four things that Syd Banks would remind him before he’d go out to share the heart of the Three Principles understanding with others: “Keep it simple. Go Within. It’s a feeling. Give it away.”read more
This morning I was chatting with one of my daughters over an early morning coffee when she discussed what she had been learning in her religion class at school. “Unfortunately,” she told me, “this year’s class has pretty much convinced me not to believe in God.”read more
There is a story I love about the Scottish mystic Syd Banks that the first time he went to speak at a prison, he began his talk by flinging his arms wide and declaring to the assembled group, “You are all innocent.”..read more
This week’s blog, How Change Really Happens, is excerpted from my coaching apprentice turned colleague Nicola Bird’s first Hay House book, A Little Peace of Mind. It shares a simple metaphor for how profound change can happen without any effort, willpower, and practice through insight and understanding.read more
Almost eight years ago, my son Oliver and I were taking a campus tour of Boston College when I came across an interview with Father Michael Himes, a Catholic priest who was a part of the theology faculty there. In discussing how he came to choose the topic for his weekly message, he said that he long ago determined the futility of trying to direct a particular message at the diverse needs of his listeners. He asks himself instead what he most needs to hear and speaks to that…read more