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GROUNDED SPIRITUALITY BOOK FORWARD

March, 2019

This is a book we have all been unconsciously waiting for. It is a book written by a man who has truly understood the dereliction of our time. The collapse of any real moral or spiritual reverence, and the bankruptcy

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PRAISES FOR THE TRAUMA SPEAKERS

November, 2017

I can’t possibly know what the most traumatized among us have experienced, nor do I have some simple healing solution that will transform their suffering.We are only just beginning to understand the nature of trauma on this planet.

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APOLOGIES TO THE DIVINE FEMININE

November, 2010

I apologize for my inability to distinguish the benevolent warrior from the heartless warrior, a reflection of my own confusion dealing with the battlefields of yore. When I opened my heart too wide, I was vulnerable to attack

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GROWERS ARE INCHWORMS

February, 2010

Good Morning America

I am often contacted by people who beat themselves up because they have not progressed on their spiritual journeys as quickly as they hoped. They are frustrated by their inability to embody their highest vision for themselves after only a few years

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TRUTH MOUNTAIN

March, 2010

 Good Morning America

In the early years of my Soulshaping journey, I had a constant desire to be “in the moment.” I didn’t quite know what that meant, but I knew that there was some connection between my capacity to be fully present for the moment and my ultimate

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ENREALMENT: A NEW ‘WEASTERN’ CONSCIOUSNESS

July, 2010

 Good Morning America

Throughout my tumultuous early life, I found comfort in blissful and perfectionist imaginings. In an effort to escape the chaos of my family environment, I focused my gaze on visions

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BEFRIENDING CONFUSION

April, 2010

 Good Morning America

Moving forward often demands that we live lost, knowingly surrendering our attachment to who we think we are, voluntarily stumbling around in the dark with little to guide us. Growing is all about leaps into the seeming unknown

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APOLOGIES TO THE SACRED MASCULINE

May, 2010

I apologize for those moments when I couldn’t see beyond my projections to your true nature. With so much relational trauma in the rear view mirror, I couldn’t distinguish the heartless from the benevolent warrior. With my lens blurred

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BOUNDARIES: WITH OR WITHOUT

April, 2011

 Good Morning America

I grew up in a home without boundaries. We had walls between the rooms, and locks on the bathroom doors, but there were no relational boundaries between us. With our consciousness overwhelmed by emotional and economic challenges

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FINDING YOUR SOULPOD

Feb. 12, 2010

 Good Morning America

I am often contacted by people who beat themselves up because they have not progressed on their spiritual journeys as quickly as they hoped. They are frustrated by their inability to embody their highest vision for themselves after only a few years

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THE AWAKENING MAN

September, 2012

Elephant Journal

This awakening man is conscious and heartfully defined. Through his eyes, being conscious is not a cerebral construct, nor an intellectual exercise bereft of feeling. It is a felt experience, an ever-expanding awareness that moves from the heart outward.

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SCHMALTZING MY WAY TO GOD

July, 2011

 Good Morning America

On my spiritual journey, I searched for God everywhere: the yoga studio, the holistic workshop circuit, the shiatsu mat. A well-practiced head tripper, I hunted for God in my thoughts, somehow certain that God would arise in the form

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APOLOGIES TO MY (SWEET) BODY

March, 2017

I apologize for hiding from you in my mind. I was a head-tripper extraordinaire, preferring the seeming safety of my thoughts to the often savage world of feeling. Although I was frequently called ‘absent-minded’

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YOU ARE SACRED PURPOSE

December, 2011

Vividlife Me

You are not your shame, your fears, your addictions, your games, your guilt, the internalized remnants of negative messaging… You are not your resistance to your true path … You are not your self-doubt… You are not your self-distraction patterns.

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LOVE DICTIONARY

April, 2015

Elephant Journal

Traditional language didn’t quite capture the devotional nature of the lover’s journey with each other. I needed to identify and hearticulate new ways of relating, words and concepts that spoke to their wondrous connection. Here are some of those terms
Love Dictionary Excepts

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APOLOGIES TO THE BATTERED CHILD

January, 2018

I apologize for beating you with my fists and feet when you were small and vulnerable. I apologize for wounding your body temple. I apologize for burning your hands, breaking your finger, scarring your flesh. I simply couldn’t see you, laying there

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50 MILLION SHADES OF GOD

May, 2015

Elephant Journal

They had been talking for months, but we had only scratched the surface of our lexicon of soul-speak. Something about the forest always called us deeper.
We moved crisply among the blue spruce and cedar, hiking to the beat of our own unique drummer

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DRINKING FROM AN EMPTY GLASS

July, 2013

Vividlife Me

Yes, I know the government is corrupt. Yes, I know there are people conspiring. Yes, I know people can lack integrity. Yes, I know that western culture is materialistic. Yes, I know that corporations are self-serving. Yes, I know that the media is manipulative. Yes, I know it is hard to trust love.

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APOLOGIES TO THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY

July, 2017

Elephant Journal

The moment someone attacks in God’s name, their actions are no longer sourced in divinity, they are motivated by hate. If only within their own hearts, they have sentenced themselves to a lifetime of perpetual damnation. Any religion that condones such acts is

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10 WAYS TO BYPASS THE REAL

May, 2015

Elephant Journal

In Soulshaping, I defined the spiritual bypass “as the tendency to jump to spirit prematurely, usually in an effort to avoid various aspects of earthly reality.” This way of being was very familiar to me, as I have often displayed a tendency to bypass uncomfortable truths by jumping to divinity

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AYAHUASCA

January, 2018

I received a heartbreaking (and anger-provoking) email this week from a woman who was introduced to my work in the most painful of ways. Her beloved brother committed suicide just before Christmas two years ago, leaving both a suicide note and a copy

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HOW TO PREPARE EMOTIONALLY FOR THE LOSS OF A DIFFICULT PARENT

December, 2015

My Mother passed away this summer. I always imagined that there would be more time for us to heal the rifts. I was wrong. She died at seventy-six, in the same harsh way that she lived

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THE BELOVED MEDITATION

February, 2019

Elephant Journal

This exercise is a valuable tool in discerning the relational form of a loved one in your life. In a relationship, there can be critical junctures where we reach a crossroads: Do we split paths at this juncture, each venturing in a new direction? Or, do we continue together, on one shared trail?

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THE SPIRITUALITY OF HUMANNESS

February, 2018

The healthy shift towards inclusivity — socially, culturally, politically — must also infiltrate our notions of “spirituality” if it is going to bring us together as a humanity. That is, we must get away from the idea that our spirituality and our

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