Thoughts on Consecration

Consecration is not a single act, although it is most often associated with the pomp and ceremony of initially opening a space.  Consecration is an ongoing process, an act repeated and reiterated through time building layers of dedication and actions like the rings of a tree, which grows in stature and majesty year on year. …Details

Identities and Memories

“Identities and memories are not things we think about, but things we think with.” – John R. Gilles I’ve been thinking a lot about memorials and monuments and public memory and political power through voice because of the new class I’m writing for DailyOm.com on Sacred Space. …Details

It’s How You Say It

Communication is a tricky at the best of times.  We are using symbols, vocalizations, physical gestures, pictures or writing, to represent meaning in such a way as to impress that meaning on others.  It is up to the receiver to interpret those symbols and react to them accordingly. …Details

Totems can be challenging

Most people think of totems or animal guides as a figurine you collect, pictures you post or hang, or designs on t-shirts.  Rarely does anyone actual….gasp…interact with an animal they are attracted to.  I mean, how many people actually go out to be close to an eagle or even out to see where they might fly? …Details

Anything but THAT!

Ever had family or friends or a colleague who had an issue?  Well, a problem?  Yeah, in the corporate world it’s called a challenge, but I’m not feeling PC at the moment so let’s be pragmatic, shall we? Notice that everyone but them knows about the problem? …Details

What’s past is prologue

Just like personal past or history or baggage, however you want to look at it, Past Lives inform our current existence.  We are what we have been and only have what we have created to work with in this life. So to a certain extent remembering where we have been, what we have done, what has happened to us, and what we learned from it is a very good thing. …Details

No…no…really…

We are taught that prayer is about gratitude or asking for what we need.  Gratitude is a great way to be conscious about the wonders that occur in our lives every day and being grounded in the now of what we have and appreciating our lives in a healthy way. …Details

Comparisons

“But they say it should go like this…”  Somewhere there is a healthy balance between what others have experienced or say that things should be and what the individual experiences and needs.  Because in the end, each of us is unique and no one theory or practice or method is going to work for everyone. …Details