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NOTE TO SELF

NOTE TO SELF

Note to self: There isn’t a single thing I would change about you Even if I could. Everybody talks about unconditional love. And it sounds awesome. It also sounds like nothing we actually know how to do. How to give love unconditionally to others? This is how. When you can sit in the presence of your own darkest shadow And see all the stuff about yourself that you hate, Or fear, All those things you find ugly, Everything you’re secretly…

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THE TERRORIST IS WITHIN

THE TERRORIST IS WITHIN

These days I can’t help but notice the vast number of unconscious agreements we all make with each other throughout our lives. We make them between individuals, between families, between nations. Not all of these agreements are bad things, of course; some of them are meant to keep the world running smoothly. It’s just that these agreements we make are…well…unconscious. Nobody is reading the fine print before signing these contracts. And because we unknowingly sign up for these agreements, we’re…

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Futurepast Lightblossom

Futurepast Lightblossom

As any quantum physicist—or Dr. Who fan—can tell you, linear space-time is a very malleable thing. An inconsistent illusion at best. To a degree, that’s something we all experience: A watched pot takes forever to boil, yet two hours zip by when you’re having fun. Ask anybody. Time is always funny that way. But I’m talking about something else: The firsthand recognition that everything is happening (or, more accurately, has already happened) all at the same time. It only appears…

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A Tree Grows in Dorset

A Tree Grows in Dorset

Actually, lots of trees grow in Dorset—England is a very green and beautiful place. But this particular tree sprouted only a few nights ago, and it may well be the first of its kind. This is a tree of freedom. A tree of safety for all. •• Here’s one way of describing the human condition: Each of us lives in our own little fairytale cottage, and all of these cottages are set in a beautiful forest. We all deeply love…

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A Year without Fear: (IM)PRISONER

A Year without Fear: (IM)PRISONER

I thought I was done with the war between the sexes. For me, that battle was so, like, 1975. I am woman, hear me roar, and all that. I’m not making light of the very serious and ongoing worldwide challenges women face at the hands of men, mind you. I’m just saying that, by and large, it hasn’t been my fight. Over the decades of spiritual practice, my early gender rage and frustration have slowly given way to genuine empathy…

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A Year without Fear: GOING STEADY WITH GOD

A Year without Fear: GOING STEADY WITH GOD

There’s a scene in Private Benjamin where Goldie Hawn enters an army recruitment office and is shown a beautiful, slick brochure on the benefits of modern military life. She’s so impressed, she enlists right on the spot. But when she arrives at bootcamp in Mississippi, she’s confused: Quonset huts. Latrines. What the hell? This is definitely not what she signed up for. “I think there’s been a mistake,” she tells the drill sergeant. “I joined the other army. You know,…

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A Year Without Fear: LOVE IS A THING WITH WINGS, DAMMIT

A Year Without Fear: LOVE IS A THING WITH WINGS, DAMMIT

In my chosen spiritual ocean, I’ve spent many a pruney year dog-paddling in circles around the idea of unconditional love. It’s an authentically healthy love (I’m told), one that offers complete freedom and true healing to all who experience it. And all, apparently, are equally worthy of it. It’s a beautiful theory. And to practice unconditional love feels totally great as an abstract exercise—always performed on my own terms, of course, and only when I’m in the mood for it….

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A Year Without Fear: I AM $600,000. (AND SO ARE YOU.)

A Year Without Fear: I AM $600,000. (AND SO ARE YOU.)

At the end of my previous post, The $600,000 Gatekeeper, I reported that the internal arbiter standing between me and limitless creative expression seemed to have permanently abandoned its mission. Afterward, a friend asked, “So if the gatekeeper is gone, are you now able to feel you deserve $600,000?” I didn’t know. I said I’d get back to him. When I first met the gatekeeper, it showed itself to me as a frightened figure trying singlehandedly to hold back all…

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WHEN IS A BACKLASH NOT A BACKLASH?

WHEN IS A BACKLASH NOT A BACKLASH?

Back in the day – say, 5 or 6 years ago – it seemed that every time I got on a spiritual roll, every time I felt big breakthroughs in wisdom, trust, love or peace, I knew this wonderful sense of expansion would come only as the first half of a 2-part cycle: I could expect an inevitable ego crash shortly afterward. You could set your clocks by it; a dreadfully fuzzed-out period of lethargic contraction that would arrive right…

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ENLIGHTENMENT-AHOLIC

ENLIGHTENMENT-AHOLIC

Funny, isn’t it. You’re positively sure you know some fact or other; you understand it completely from your head down to your toes. And then one day the candle of Knowing spontaneously ignites, and whoosh!  It’s made a liar out of you, just like that. The other night I came to know — really know — there’s no point to the goal of attaining future enlightenment. Mind you, I would have said I already knew that chasing a phantom “future…

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