Suffering is Necessary Until We Realise it is Unnecessary

“Suffering is necessary until you realise it is unnecessary.”-Eckhart Tolle Suffering is a universal condition of human existence. The German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer believed that while all life forms suffer, humans suffer more because we are self-aware and are endowed with the ability to contemplate the past and anticipate the future. This subjects us to…

Everything is a Path to Spiritual Freedom

“Surrender is the path to freedom through our unique authenticity, where we experience the flow of life not through the narrow lens of the mind, but through the vast refuge of the heart.”-Bryant H. McGill Everything in life can be seen as a path to more freedom or more bondage, depending on the perspective we choose to…

A Return to Innocence (Embracing the Unknown Beyond Conceptual Reality)

“To see a world in a grain of sandAnd a heaven in a wild flowerHold infinity in the palm of your handAnd eternity in an hour”– Auguries of Innocence (William Blake) I finally understood why William Blake’s poem was entitled Auguries of Innocence. Innocence is the original nature of creation before it was distorted through…

Tumultuous Transitions (An Enduring Spirit in Times of Change)

“In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” – Eric Hoffer Change is permanent in a world of impermanence. Transitions can be painful and filled with turmoil. In these tumultuous times, the old and the new rise in mutiny…

Co-Creating with Humility

“O chestnut tree, great rooted blossomer,Are you the leaf, the blossom or the bole?O body swayed to music, O brightening glance,How can we know the dancer from the dance?”– William Butler Yeats When I admire a beautiful work of art or music, such as Monet’s Water Lilies and Chopin’s Nocturnes, I cannot help but wonder…

10,000 Joys and 10,000 Sorrows (A Life of Gratitude)

“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” – Charles Dickens A Life of Gratitude It is a true privilege to be a human being, even though it entails 10,000 joys and 10,000 sorrows. Though we have troubles, our blessings are far…

The Conspiracy of Silence (World Mental Health Day)

“Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.” – Elie Wiesel This piece is written for World Mental Health Day (10 October 2019) There is a longstanding conspiracy of silence within the medical profession – doctors are not allowed to…

The Awakening – A Spiritual Odyssey (Night•Dawn•Day)

“This life’s five windows of the soul Distorts the Heavens from pole to pole, And leads you to believe a lie When you see with, not thro’, the eye That was born in a night, to perish in a night, When the soul slept in the beams of light.”– The Everlasting Gospel (William Blake) The…

Mastering Our Emotions (Emotional Intelligence)

“When a man is prey to his emotions, he is not his own master.”-Baruch Spinoza We essentially have two minds – one that thinks and one that feels. Our intelligence quotient (IQ) only makes up about 20% of the factors that determine life success and the rest is dependent on our emotional intelligence (EI). Learning to master our emotions and understand the emotions…

For All Eternity, I Forgive You

“And throughout all EternityI forgive you, you forgive me.As our dear Redeemer said:‘This the Wine, and this the Bread.’”– Broken Love (William Blake) Forgiving a stranger for their trespasses is easy; forgiving a close family member takes all the courage, faith and love I can muster. I have lived under the shadow of my father…