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A few changes around here

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After nearly a decade of going ever-deeper with tools like karmic astrology and Tarot, I am more surprised than anyone to find myself now feeling the need to take a step away from them—or, at the very least, a step back from how they are typically used (and abused.) While I absolutely believe there is real utility in these beautiful tools, and I will continue to use them to some degree, I am no longer making them central to my work—in my own journey or that of my clients. I have found, in most cases, there is an addictive cycle…

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Radical Honesty

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“What is the source of our first suffering? It lies in the fact that we hesitated to speak. It was born in the moment when we accumulated silent things within us.” —Gaston Bachelard Our lives are lies. We tell the truth—the real, capital-T Truth—so rarely that we don’t even recognize it when it stares us in the face. The last time most of us tried to tell the Real Truth, we were probably very small, and somebody probably withheld love and projected judgment at us when we did it. Someone got upset that we spilled family secrets at school, or…

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Just be true.

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There are no shortcuts here. No magical thinking that gets you through the hard work you need to do. No external entity or belief system or benevolent alien species can do this for you. There is only one path. Embody what you are feeling. Don’t deny it, censor it, adjust it, soften it, refuse it, or redirect it. Just FEEL it, and embody it. Scream, cry, hit things (inanimate things), rage, laugh, jump and down, flail around, and for the love of all that is sweet and holy: SPEAK. To the extent you are able to do this, more and…

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The three-step path

The three-step path

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“It’s not your negative emotions that affect other people. It’s choosing not to feel your emotions that affects other people.” I’ve been doing the woo-woo thing for quite a while, and I have heard the above expressed in about a gajillion different ways across every wisdom tradition that exists. But last night, hearing one of my teachers phrase it just that particular way—for whatever reason, it was life-changing. Here are a few other ways I’ve seen the same idea phrased, in case any of these more well-known phrases resonates more with you: “You will not be punished for your anger….

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New Moon and Eclipse in Pisces: Invitation into Integration

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How we show up for any part of our life is how we show up for all of it. We cannot wear a mask in one realm and imagine we are authentically ourselves in another. We cannot wish for our friends to do well but not our enemies. For this particular being to be free from suffering but not that other being. How we show up to our work, our voice, ourselves, our relationships: it is all the same. We cannot compartmentalize any of it. You get all of me or none of me. Compartmentalizing ourselves, packaging ourselves just so…

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Saturn in Sagittarius and Trump’s “Perestroika” Moment

Saturn in Sagittarius and Trump’s “Perestroika” Moment

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Since early 2015, Saturn has been transiting the sign of Sagittarius. Saturn takes around 2.5 years to travel through each sign and about 29 or 30 years to go through all twelve. When astrologers talk about a “Saturn return” they are talking about Saturn making a full loop through the zodiac and returning to the point it was when you were born. The last time Saturn was in Sagittarius was roughly 1985 through 1988. The location (sign and house) of Saturn in your own chart is your Achilles’ heel. The weakest link in our armor. It’s where we feel most…

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“You’re the Puppet”: Some Thoughts on Personal and Institutional Shadow Work

“You’re the Puppet”: Some Thoughts on Personal and Institutional Shadow Work

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Something is Happening. And it is more than the sum of its parts. It’s more than just the implosion of Emperor Babyfists’ house of self-delusion. This is much bigger than Babyfists, or even a massive constitutional crisis, although it is that too. It’s an awakening, a quickening. Politically, spiritually, collectively, we are truly waking up. The phrase “We are all connected” used to drive me totally bananas. It didn’t make any sense to me. It was something dumb hippies said, like “namasté” and “love and light,” so they could feel smug and self-righteous before going home and kicking their dogs….

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Escape from Gaslight Nation

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Today’s installment of “the personal is f*cking political” is brought to you by the letter “G,” for “gaslighting.” For most of my adult life, my “dharma,” as they say—the primary realm of my central life-lessoning—has revolved around issues of owning my shame and holding on to self-worth despite that shame. And I do not think I am alone on that particular road. Far from it. This is the dharma of most of us hanging out on this planet right now. And I think we need to address it directly if we have any hope of surviving the Mango Mussolini and…

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What *DOES* Democracy Look Like?

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Strongmen/bullies/baby emperors who see democratic institutions as simply barriers to expanding their business interests like our so-called president are a dime a dozen. They are absolutely the the norm in politics around the world (and, unfortunately, in Congress.) What is different here is I can’t think of a single example in history where we have been able to watch the erosion of those institutions and elevation of those interests in more or less real time. Both because petty tyrants don’t normally emerge in democracies that are quite as “consolidated” as ours is, although ours is also very sick. But also…

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Institutional legitimacy is dead. Now what?

Institutional legitimacy is dead. Now what?

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So our so-called president tweets the following, shortly before directing his subjects to go watch the Superbowl. “Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. If something happens blame him and court system. People pouring in. Bad!” Many hearts. Many retweets. This is happening. Ooookay. Let’s just think for a moment about how Emperor Babyfists’ predecessors throughout history have spoken about the role of the courts. Let’s think about Stalin, Castro, Mao, Franco, Milosevic, Mugabe, Idi Amin, Franco, Fujimori. Let’s consider for a moment how those bad hombres responded to independent or even semi-independent courts and…

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