Friday, January 23, 2009


It is a beautiful thing to behold America’s love affair with its forty-forth newly inaugurated President. Barack Obama has captured and captivated the hearts of countless people around the world. As impressive and inspiring as this incredible man is, he has thrown down a gauntlet to those who are perhaps still too enamored by the messenger to perceive the inherent message; the change that so many are longing to see is not the domain of one man, regardless of how impressive he may be. The hope and possibility that we are feeling is a hope that must be courted by the masses, and a possibility that must become practical within each and every one of us. The only way for this or any country to change is by the transcendence of its individual members. As another luminous being once said,” we must become the change we wish to see.”

President Obama is calling for a new era of responsibility, not in just Washington, but in the hearts of all who are ready for a transformation in consciousness, and so in our world. Responsibility is frightening to the ego thought system, and it has an entire empire of avoidance strategies with which to keep this empowering decision at bay. Let me capsulate what a new era of responsibility means to me: it is a state of being in which the interiority is primary, and that inner-state is independent of what is going on outside of ones self. The dominion of the Soul transcends the preferences of the ego, and it is clearly understood that the only empowerment comes through claiming ownership of the internal atmosphere in which one lives. There is no blame where projections are recognized, and the realization of consequence allows for a conscious courting of integrated cause and effect. Compassion for the plight of humanity expands as Presence, and experience is honored in softening and merciful attention. Victimhood pales in the Light of insightfulness, and vigilance replaces the trance of unconsciousness in our moment to moment interactions. We in short take responsibility for our experiences, and for how we choose to show up in each moment of our incarnation.

It is indeed a new era of responsibility, and personal responsibility is the only way the earth realm can continue to sustain itself now and for future generations. We now have a leader who is by example a being of strong integrity and actualized vision. He is, however, a way-shower and not a messiah. It is up to each of us to embody the message of change, hope, and possibility. Responsibility paves the way for moment to moment choice. We are being called not only by President Obama but by the impulse of cosmic emergence to stay awake! We are being called to a level of commitment uncommon in times past. We are being called to walk our talk, and to Be our Truth. The call is Universal and it is individual. It will not be silenced, though it is born of Silence. It is time to move beyond time, and to claim for ourselves a new, a now era of responsibility. Change has come, for it is within our very hearts.


Tuesday, January 6, 2009


As I am choosing to experience the opening days of this new year in a more reflective posture than my be the norm, I am creating an abbreviated edition of RADICAL EXPRESSION as a way of heartfully connecting with those who follow my dharma, and also to let you know that I am holding a space of verdant possibility with each and every one of you. I am currently enjoying the chill and snowiness of the southern Oregon mountains, and I am so appreciative of the impulse this climate provides to tuck in, find the warmth, and nurture myself in an atmosphere of stillness and quiet expectancy. In contrast to the consistent sunshine of south Florida, the grayness of these winter days assists me in keeping my attention inward, and my awareness expanded. I am being renewed in a time not of resolution, planning, or goal-setting, but of reflection, contemplation, and prayerfulness. I very tangibly feel the waves of possibility that the new year brings, and I rest content in opening to how this possibly seeks to manifest in and as me. I am attending to the perceptions that are arising in my awareness for release, and I am doing so wakefully and compassionately. I am following the call to ease and tenderness, and am listening deeply to all that is coming to me in this time of relative inactivity. My devotion for the month of January is INTENTIONAL ATTENTION, and for me, that is only courted by conscious periods of stillness and heartfulness. Deep listening is my constant companion, and deeper connection the over-riding desire.

As many of you know, I have for many years prayerfully invited my Inner Presence to give me a theme for the year, one that may act as a star beacon for my inner guidance and outer expression. I often choose to engage in this in mid-December; this year, he theme didn’t surface until the last day of December, which makes it all the more delicious for me. I share my inspiration, faithful that you will hold this energetic space for me, and also with a welcome that you may adopt it for yourself, if you feel so called. I will be living this calendar year in the container of: THE WAY TO SHINE IN 2009! While the words may suggest the notion of a plan or formula, for me the felt-sense is more a way of being that directs me to an ongoing direct experience of my own Inner Light. That is certainly what I am opening to. I am clear that I am in need of no more information or goal-setting. I am faithful that everything I need to experience more of Who I am is already within my Soulful Self. I whole-heartedly believe that each and every one of us is indeed here to SHINE, and that there is no other time than the present moment that we are in. It does require vigilance, devotion, and choice. The entire Universe is poised and ready to radically respond to our willingness. We need only become still, and say yes.
I am profoundly feeling the waves of transcendence and potentiality that are lapping upon the shore of human consciousness. It is exciting, and sometimes daunting to be a part of these profoundly transformative times. And it is a privilege. One that I embrace with every wakeful moment. One that I know I was born for. I commit to staying open and available for whatever is moving in and through me. Will you join me in that commitment?

I am knowing for you a rich and fulfilling 2009.