Our Illusion of the Separate Ego

I feel so deeply the awful suffering in this world caused by our inability to bring our minds together to solve the true challenges of our time. Man has such potential and it is all being squandered on baubles….

You say, “I came into this world.” You didn’t; you came out of it, as a branch from a tree.

Alan Watts on Money vs. Wealth

howpeopleusemoney17Illustration from ‘How People Earn and Use Money,’ 1968.


Seasons of Our Lives


I am at the same time lost and found. It is the oddest feeling. It’s like I’m wandering through a deep forest, feeling lost and unsure of the many paths that lie ahead. At the exact same moment I am mesmerized by the beauty of it all. I came across these trees while I was hiking yesterday, they called to me.

I am currently 3000 miles away from home having just brought my father home from ICU and wondering how long he will be with me [while begging the Universe to grant him many more healthy years]. In my own life I am preparing for a huge shift. The trees captured my emotions, the one tree entering the Winter of its [his] life and the other just entering the Fall [of hers].

I have found so much beauty listening to my soul in these moments and truly feeling into every emotion…the fear, the pain, the anxiety, and the love and serenity. This new strength is a super power gained on my current path and something that has brought a new fear with it, the fear of losing it [the lifelong human struggle with attachment, aparigraha].

Love and Light To All of You 🙂

This is What My Heart Feels!

The Universe is a mystery, and the very fact that it exists, and that we exist as a part of it, is the only miracle worthy of the name.

No myths need be embraced for us to commune with the profundity of this circumstance.

No personal guide need be worshiped for us to live in awe at the beauty and immensity of creation.

No ancient fictions need be rehearsed for us to realize that we do, in fact, love our neighbors and that we can only solve our global problems together.

The days of our tribalism are clearly numbered.  Whether the days of civilization itself are numbered, depends on how soon we realize this.

–Sam Harris, Waking Up

I don’t believe, in any way, that this limits an individual’s choice to worship, it only highlights that we need to wake up to the realities of the world we are creating.

When did you stop dancing?

“In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions: ‘When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop being comforted by the sweet territory of silence?’

Where we stopped dancing, singing, being enchanted by stories, or finding comfort in silence is where we have experienced the loss of soul. Dancing, singing, storytelling, and silence are the four universal healing salves.” –Gabrielle Roth


“This life is… This life is… This life is a dream. This life is a dream. It’ll be over in the blink of an eye. Remember who you are. Remember what you are. Whose life is this? Whose hands are these? Whose voice is this? What am I? This life is just a dream. It will be over in the blink of an eye. Remember who you are. Remember what you are. Remember who you are. Om Gan Ganapataye Namaha (repeat). This life is beautiful. This life is horrible. This life is wonderful. And this life is just a dream… A dream made of love. Remember who you are. Remember what you are. Remember who you are. Remember… You are before. Before these questions. Before an answer. Remember… You are before. Before everything…”         Remember by Omkara

Turn Back Right Now!

If you want to feel good all the time, please, forget about waking up.

If you want to wake up, forget about feeling good.

If you long for the raw truth of existence, please, prepare for the shattering of your status quos, prepare for heartbreak, the devastation of dreams.

Everything you know about yourself will be smashed into a million pieces.

Prepare to allow an unimaginable sorrow, the sorrow of lonely creatures calling out from distant universes, to move through you, to penetrate to your very core.

And, prepare for joys so unbearable you’ll wonder why your heart hasn’t exploded yet.

Prepare for love to drain your tear ducts, prepare to fall on your knees time and time again, in awe, in horror, in gratitude, in the deepest calm. Prepare to never be prepared again.

If you want to feel good all the time, if you want pleasure without pain, joy without sorrow, light without night, if you want a feel good spirituality, please, I beg you, turn back, turn back right now.


— The Way of Rest: Finding The Courage to Hold Everything in Love, Jeff Foster