Say Hello to My Little Friend

For a while now I have been focused on my clients' struggles with self-sabotage. We seem to present ourselves with more obstacles than every other person, system and institution in our lives combined. When I first mention it to people, they frequently self-identify...

When Heaven Freezes Over

I don't know about you, but I sure do enjoy the annual complaints about Christmas being "under attack." Somehow the institution of Christianity is jeopardized by allowing other seasonal celebrations to ride its coattails, creating the dreaded all inclusive "holiday"...

Agree to Disagree

Meg has a mounting list of grievances against the contractor she hired, but she avoids binging them up because it always just makes it worse. Stan cringes when his wife announces that they "need to talk". Even though he rehearses his side of the argument in his head...

Carnegie Hall

Last time I talked about old stuff showing up to be released, and the power of experiencing yourself facing up to it and not being controlled by it. One thing I see people struggling with, though, is facing something difficult (confrontation, cynicism, the need to be...

Bullies

I've been observing themes like this for years. My marketing department always suggests I share them with the public. See what you think... One of the themes showing up with several clients this week is the specter of "old stuff" popping up during transition. Right in...

Because I Said So, Doug

A friend of mine once asked me, when we are working with our energy or talking about becoming more conscious, why do we always look to raise our vibration or frequency? What's wrong with the lower ones? It's like saying high notes are better in music than low ones. I...

All Or Nothing Gets Me Nowhere

When trying to solve a personal crisis, there are two obvious questions to address: 1.  Why do I have this issue? 2.  How do I deal with it? With many of my clients, I’ve noticed another critical step which often precedes and preempts these questions from ever being...

If Less Is More, Is More Less?

Dr. Jay asks: "Do you think there is some kind of force for good — some kind of Spirit — within, beneath, behind, or in front of the process of spiritual development, somehow guiding or inspiring it? And, if so, do you think that we are controlled by it? Or do you...

Leggo My Ego

After a recent presentation a listener said it had helped her for me to talk them through it, otherwise she wouldn’t have been receptive to the subject matter.  She described how she would have rejected the whole thing as “weird,” and the way she said that word really...

My Old Nemesis. We Meet Again.

[Obstacles part 3 of 4] In a comment on part 1 of this obstacles series, Donna referred to an awareness of an “often-repeated pattern in my life.  Same song, second verse.”  I don’t know if this is exactly what she meant, but it reminded me of an often repeated...

Why I Decided Not To Be All I Can Be

Fear of failure and disempowerment is easy to understand.  Occasionally, though, I will get a question from a client about fear of success and being powerful.  “Who doesn’t want that?” they ask.  “Why would I want to avoid being a bigger, better version of myself?”...

With Great Responsibility Comes Great Power

[Obstacles - Part 2 of 4] In part one I suggested that when obstacles are seen as opportunities, their potential value becomes more apparent and it’s easier to be open to them.  Now I would like to offer some other ways of looking at these blocks and struggles that...

Thank You, God; May I Have Another?

[Obstacles - Part 1 of 4] For many of us, after we’re finished with school, we never want to see another test again.  Then the “real” world hands us one obstacle after another, and we’re told to look at it as a challenge, or that God is testing us. I used to think to...

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