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…

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…

The True “I” Beyond the Ego

“I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I want to be, I am not what I hope to be in another world; but still I am not what I once used to be, and by the grace of God I am what I am”– John Newton Who are we? Are…

The Modern Neurotic

“About a third of my cases are not suffering from any clinically definable neurosis, but from the senselessness and aimlessness of their lives. I should not object if this were called the general neurosis of our age….” – Carl Jung According to Carl Jung, neurosis is a form of “self-division” and “an individual attempt, however…

Silence in a World of White Noise (Shadow Work)

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoingand rightdoing there is a field.I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grassthe world is too full to talk about.”– Rumi In my life, I have experienced the power of both internal and external silence. External silence is a double edged sword; silence is foolish when we…

Power Struggles between Men & Women / Abuser & Victim (Shadow Work)

Shadow work refers to exploring our shadow selves (coined by Carl Jung), which comprises the aspects of ourselves that we have rejected from our conscious identity but remain latent in our unconscious identities. Through shadow work, we can reveal our true light through our darkness. This is a reflection about the power struggles between the…

Dorian Gray & The Shadow Self

“Each of us is like Dorian Gray. We seek to present a beautiful, innocent face to the world; a kind, courteous demeanor; a youthful, intelligent image. And so, unknowingly but inevitably, we push away those qualities that do not fit the image, that do not enhance our self-esteem and make us stand proud but, instead,…