Initiation

In the midst of this remarkable transitional phase of my life, as I slowly and carefully unwrap the layers of meaning that encapsulate the end of the most significant love relationship of my adult life, I find a vast panoply of thoughts, feelings and emotions which in some sense have been held static for a … Continue reading Initiation

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The line separating good and evil

The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either – but right through every human heart – and through all human hearts. This line shifts. Inside us, it oscillates with the years. And even within hearts overwhelmed by evil, one small bridgehead of good is retained. … Continue reading The line separating good and evil

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The Children’s Fire

According to Mac Macartney – elder, storyteller and founder of Embercombe – The Children’s Fire was a small fire which was placed in the centre of the Native American council of Peace Chiefs to remind them of their pledge that any decision they made should not cause harm, directly or indirectly, to their children or the children … Continue reading The Children’s Fire

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A Band of Brothers

The purpose of my vision quest last September was to perform a ceremony whereby I would initiate myself into full adulthood. Rites of passage is a familiar concept for most people in our culture, but nonetheless we tend to underplay the importance of ceremonially marking life’s big transitions. We take for granted that at various … Continue reading A Band of Brothers

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All Souls Pass Into The West

On the rare occasions I have a conversation with someone about my vision quest last year I invariably begin by explaining that it’s not over, that in some sense I’m still in the ceremony. I experience strong, mixed feelings of excitement, fear and confusion whenever I think about this. During the two days I spent … Continue reading All Souls Pass Into The West

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The Crossroads

I’ve blogged before about my belief that a key aspect of my healing journey is the incorporation of an aspect of myself which is childlike. Sometimes it seems as though this journey has required me to go back and re-experience and renegotiate all of the natural development stages of childhood and adolescence, where parts of … Continue reading The Crossroads

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Fanfare for the Common Man

Deep in your heart you know whether or not you want to experience a Wilderness Quest. Already you feel the ancient stirrings within you. The time has come. You must go into the wilderness, to the breast of Mother Earth, and seek vision, understanding and strength for yourself and for your people.

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The Wisdom of Paradox

When I recently shared this quote on the More than Human Facebook page someone commented that the author’s suggestion that we must “embrace the troubling wisdom of paradox” could do with “a bit of unpacking”. I wholeheartedly agree. The paradoxical dimensions of our experience as humans are not easy to embrace. As I hope to explain in … Continue reading The Wisdom of Paradox

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Anxiety, Kettle Chips and the Givens of Existence

Nothing feels more alive to me right now than the visceral awareness that I hold existential anxiety at bay by immersing myself in work or keeping myself distracted with activity. It’s beginning to seem like if I don’t have something practical and productive to focus on or something work-related to feel anxious about then a deep gnawing feeling begins to … Continue reading Anxiety, Kettle Chips and the Givens of Existence

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Lean into it, she says

This poem was inspired by Brene Brown’s book “Daring Greatly” which I talk more about here. In the book she talks about “leaning in” to difficult feelings rather than pushing them away or pulling away from them. Easier said than done, but this notion of leaning into difficult feelings in an almost physical or embodied way … Continue reading Lean into it, she says

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Notes from a journey towards ecological consciousness