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I invite you to come alive with me

Here’s how I see it: We can change the world most fully only by living our right lives – by being who we truly are and offering our soul’s gifts through our presence. Moreover, living that gift into the world is how we become whole, happy, and powerful individuals. 

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a story of powerlessness

We live in a crazy time. Things change on a dime, while corrupt social structures continue to take their toll – on our personal well-being, on our communities, and on our ecosystems. In debt to the problem, but uninitiated to the solution, we swim in a sea of distraction, searching for hope and longing for meaning. We say “what difference do I make?” or we place the weight of the world on our shoulders.

We are defeated or overwhelmed in a world that is still beautiful. We feel impotent in a system that is begging for fire. And we are disconnected from what truly matters, from what brings meaning and joy to our lives.

Which is to say, this isn’t working.

Capitalism is successfully stripping us of our relationships with the real stuff of life, separating us from what defines humanness, and demanding that we pick ourselves up by our bootstraps, and become “someone” that it has defined. It is no surprise that our culture shapes people who often feel powerless, victims of the system, detached from meaning, lost or inadequate. Inherent in our social structure is the perpetuation of beliefs that serve it, not the greater good and not our individual soul work.

Our culture makes it difficult for many of us to rise into the full maturity of soul-embodied living, by wrapping us up in stories that keep us small.

We’re being summoned by the world itself to
make many urgent changes to the human project,
but most central is a fundamental re-visioning
and reshaping of ourselves, a shift in consciousness.

- Bill Plotkin

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common lies

It is not true that only the rich and powerful make an impact. It is not true that we must have a reputable career to be happy. It is not true that we must earn lots of money, earn a PhD, garner social media followers, devote 100% of our lives to political activism, give up everything, figure everything out, make it big, work in the private sector, work in the public sector, be entrepreneurs, travel the world, develop a homestead, get married, be single, not have children, have children, or any other “must ” or “should” we’ve been telling ourselves. “I am not enough” is a lie.

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a power story

No matter how difficult and painful it may be,
nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth. 

- Martha Beck

If we want to make change and live fulfilled lives we must drop what our culture needs us to believe for this to continue. We can do that by questioning the thoughts that cause us suffering, we can do that by connecting with our true selves and leading our right lives, we can do that by returning to the basis of life: the earth, sunshine, rivers, and plants, the wilderness of our own souls, the soft animal of our own bodies, and live from the only place we can – the truth at the center of the image we were born with.* 

The earth is still here. Speaking the same language it always has, one that we CAN understand.
Our souls are still here, longing to be lived, singing a quiet song in our hearts.  It is a tune we can all remember. 

That sweet melody is so easily eclipsed by the pounding bass of our fears, by endless opportunities to “become yourself” by buying what is sold, by the chorus of our culture screaming “I am alone”, by beliefs that keep us powerless. In a culture with no techniques for coming of age, without paths to direct revelation, we must seek our initiation. We must say yes to living with purpose. We must learn to listen to our true nature within – it is a voice of meaning, joy, beauty, and a better world.

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who you really are

Anything or anyone that does not bring you alive is too small for you.

-David Whyte

It is no accident that you are alive. It is a miracle, really. As is every breath. Inconsequential, sure, but also indispensable. I believe that the only thing that can save us is the gift we were born with, our soul’s work. And only that can bring us true joy and fulfillment. Our personal thriving builds a thriving future. It isn’t going to be easy, but it is simple. Where we find meaning, passion & play is exactly where we bring light into the world. You do not have to become someone, you only have to uncover who you really are.