Exploring the Vertical Dimension of Life
In the introduction to this book, I talked about the difference between the horizontal and vertical dimensions of life…
The other day, a longtime colleague, friend, and student posted a question on my Facebook page: Hi Michael, The more I engage with material other than the 3 Principles the more I see the truth of the fact that the Truth is everywhere…
There’s an old joke about a therapist who operated on the theory that all problems could be traced to dreaming about
fish. A patient came to him complaining about his lackluster sexual relations with his wife.
Money, Insecurity, and a Superstitious Pigeon
The other day, I was sitting in the garden outside the home of a very wealthy client, enjoying a few minutes of quiet while they finished up with another meeting. When they came to join me, we sat together for a bit before heading up to the patio for a light lunch and surprisingly heavy conversation about money…..
It’s Sunday morning. The World Cup final is recording so I can watch it on tape delay if I manage to avoid my phone, the internet, and everyone I know wanting to share their joy, grief, outrage, or apathy at the still pending result. And when I’m done writing, I’ll be taking our cat Roscoe to the vet to say goodbye….
How to Be Original
It probably won’t surprise regular readers of these blogs to know that from time to time, I get on a metaphorical high horse and go off on a rant about one thing or another. The fact that the horse always turns out to be made of papier-mâché, breaking apart under the pressure of trying to support…
What Happens After the Lights Come on?
For many years, I’ve been a student of spiritual literature. Some of my favorite writings are from or about people who have had what can be described as “spiritual awakenings”, where the metaphorical light of consciousness came fully on and they discovered there was no-one there. While the awakening experiences themselves are often fascinating, I’m equally fascinated by how life changes after.
For some, nothing much seems to change, although everything may well be different:
What It Takes to Change the World
Back in 2016, I published a blogpost called Love and Creative Disruption where I did my best to describe the two forces that in my decades of experience in the field of transformation make great coaching (and by proxy great leadership) great….
The Hedgehog of Wisdom
There is a line from the Greek poet Archilochus, which is generally translated as:
The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.
While foxes might be cunning and able to devise hundreds of strategies for catching unsuspecting hedgehogs off guard and eating them for dinner, the hedgehog has only one defensive strategy
Picasso and the Nature of Reality
In Creating the Impossible, I share one of my favorite stories about the painter Pablo Picasso, who was reportedly traveling on a train with a wealthy businessman who criticized his art as being ‘unrealistic’. When Picasso asked him to explain…
Years ago, I was on a book tour in the north of England and one of the venues I was speaking at was a 17th century church. While neither my book nor talk were particularly religious in nature…
One Problem, One Solution
Today’s blog is excerpted from The Space Within. When I was 32 years old, I discovered the secret to life. I dropped into a space inside myself that was so deep and beautiful and clear that everything seemed possible..
The Three Languages of the Three Principles
This past weekend, we launched the Czech language edition of the second book in the Inside-Out trilogy, The Space Within. As we did with the release of Uvnitř v sobě, the launch involved an interview with a Czech television station and a public “christening”…
What Happens at “Level 43”?
During a small group coaching intensive I was running in London last week, one of the participants asked me about “levels of consciousness”, as they had read about them in the enlightened author Syd Banks’ books but had heard other teachers of the principles Syd wrote about say that “there are no levels.”….
How the Mind Actually Works
This weekend I went to see my daughter in a school dance concert that was of such a high standard put my high school musical experience into an embarrassing context. Despite having been asked not to, the theatre was lit up with audience members taking out their phones to film. I got up onto my mental high horse…