• Bacon and Integrity

    A common definition of integrity is to live according to our values, applying them equally to all areas of our lives.  If we value honesty, then we must be honest in both our personal and public spheres.  If we value kindness, then that principle too must be applied across the board. But this is a very limited interpretation of an integral life.  Integrity as action-in-line-with-personal-values may be a good starting point for a basic moral compass but it is a long way from the realms of real psycho-spiritual integration, soul integrity.  People who practice a rule-book kind of integrity tend to carry that whiff of personal fundamentalism, feeding a rigidity…

  • Ways and Ways

    There are many paths and practices which can aid us in our journey of psycho-spiritual integration. We naturally want more joy, peace and authenticity – a lightening of the heart and mind. If you’ve journeyed any distance on your path, you’ll know that real change requires dedication. Thankfully, when suffering is upon us, the dedication seems to come! Choosing the stuff for which you have a strong affinity is very helpful, and a likely necessity for the long road. Broadly speaking, meditation practices are said to be the antidote to emotional and mental suffering. They train the mind away from our multitude of avoidance strategies and give us the chance…

  • Suffering and Dreaming

    When faced with real life suffering, we need presence – The presence to absorb, perceive and comprehend what is happening, and the presence to respond adequately with heart and integrity. Growing in consciousness is the solution, and the intent of dreaming is to bring us into greater consciousness. How is it done? How do we become ‘more conscious’? Dreams are a powerhouse of help in this arena. The dreaming world both reflects the state of our consciousness, helping us discern the true nature of our predicaments, and simultaneously leads us into deeper awareness of ourselves and our situations. Dreams come from a deep and loving intelligence that resides in each…

  • Getting a Clue

    I was one of those people who love dream symbols, and I used to have dreams that were loaded with symbolic content: objects painted with numbers, strange words on walls, weird animals, riddles, puzzles etc…   Symbols got my attention. I loved riddles! I was excited by codes!  And that is precisely the point: These dreams were embellishing themselves with exactly the kind of content that engaged me.  It was a bait of sorts – juicy bait for my analytical mind.   You might have noticed that children don’t dream in riddles. Fanciful stories, yes, but puzzling symbols, not so much.  It’s the rational adult mind that finds meaning in problems to solve… And…

  • Birdman of Religion

    Birdman of Religion. Greedy for spirit, he steals her wings. Yet all he can do is flap. This picture from many years ago, I entitled ‘Birdman’ (before the very cool movie of the same name). I was processing some heavy contempt for certain spiritual/religious types at the time. From misleading approximations of truth to the vile and darker aspects of oppression, nothing sickened me like a pious priestly man, claiming authority of “spirit”. Apparently I’ve had a few run-ins. This picture helped me find my way to some level of compassion. For all the damage done, the Birdman is a most pathetic figure. Deep inside, he knows he is a…

  • Defrag

    Dreams are a source of interest and intrigue for many but what are they for? Every night we are immersed in experiences that upon waking, our conscious minds may label ‘good dreams’ or ‘bad dreams’. We may go further and try to pick apart the symbolic content of our dreams, in a effort to analyse or ‘make sense’ of our dreams. But labeling or analyzing our dreams misses the vital point of dreaming – The psyche wants to heal and dreams are a natural medicine offered up for us to engage in a felt journey toward greater wholeness. The very act of trying to ‘work out’ what our dreams are…

  • Science and Our Nature

    January 18, 2015 Recent dream: I am standing in a type of auditorium. There are doctors of various disciplines nearby in lab coats.  One speaks “There are 3 functions of mind – Science, Intuition (creativity) and Dreams.”  And then to me: “Admit it! Which has made the largest contribution to the development of the world?” His tone is a little aggressive…  “Science, of course” I reply,  “but only because more people have committed their minds and energy to the pursuit of science…. However, the body of science is yet to arrive fully at its destination, that of the knowledge of the divinity of nature, our earth. To do this, it must…

  • Beyond Belief

    Looking back on my 10+ years of practicing dreamwork, I can see that I have been engaged in an ever-deepening process of shedding belief. Up until this point, I had been exploring healing via assorted studies, many of which produced an accumulation of interesting new beliefs, comfortably supplanting the old. But the burden of self remained intact. I’ve discovered that healing is actually found in dissolving beliefs that have been lodged in our bodies/psyches from reactions to our vast past experience. In the face of pain, loss and fear, we unconsciously form beliefs about ourselves and the world in order to find a seemingly safe place from which to navigate…

  • Disentangling in the Dark

    Dreams invite us to disentangle from unhelpful elements in our lives, both inner and outer. They do this by bringing us into a clearer presence and perception of ourselves from which a more natural movement can emerge. Take for example a job that appears to be draining you. It might be difficult to know what to do in the complexity of elements involved – Is the problem to do with money? Difficult co-workers? A lack of confidence? The wrong place? Inner conflict can be paralyzing, and obscure the underlying cause of the problem. These are times when leaning into our dreams can really help. By recognizing and processing our emotional…