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Healing does not always equal cure

Healing does not always equal cure

“Healing requires letting go what is familiar and stepping into the unknown. Healing may mean challenging belief systems and daring to break taboos.” – Rudolph Ballentine, Radical Healing (pg.15) Healing is not equivalent to a cure. We might not recover from a physical condition but healing may still take place. I, for example, have something that Western medicine calls tinnitus – a continual ringing/hissing noise, resulting from over­exposure to very loud music. For some reason, human bodies do not regenerate the…

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Milarepa and the Demons

Milarepa and the Demons

Once upon a time there lived a great sage and yogi. His name was Milarepa. He had spent many years studying meditation with great teachers. Now he split his time between traveling the lands, helping people develop awareness and compassion, and meditating in his cave in the mountains. One day, after a long period of teaching, he returned to his cave. Entering in, Milarepa was surprised to find the place filled with demons. Most people would have turned and fled…

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At the Edge of the Unknown

At the Edge of the Unknown

The ability to tolerate high levels of ambiguity and uncertainty has been noted as a trait common to creative people. If we are able to remain open in the midst of chaos, ambiguity and at the edge of the unknown, creative breakthroughs can emerge.  Take for example, the practice of mindfulness meditation. Meditators learn to make space for all manner of inner experiences, pleasant, neutral and unpleasant. Through cultivating equanimity, openness and experiential curiosity, the mind becomes progressively uncluttered by…

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Being a Guesthouse

Being a Guesthouse

“This being human is a guesthouse….” – Rumi The space of awareness is very big. It has the capacity to accommodate anything and everything. Like the mirror, it is not stained by whatever comes and goes. Awareness just is. It reveals. It is clarity; it is hospitality. Accommodating, however, doesn’t mean giving all your attention to something, neither does it mean believing in a story that accompanies an experience. Accommodating simply means making space for; allowing; letting it pass through; letting…

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