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…

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 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…

Behind the Social Mask (Understanding Social Transactions)

“All the world’s a stage,And all the men and women merely players;They have their exits and their entrances;And one man in his time plays many parts…”-Shakespeare We all wear masks in our social lives and play multiple roles in our social interactions with others. Regardless of our age, we have all played the roles of…

A Love Letter to the Inner Child (Healing through Reparenting)

“Everything seemed possible, when I looked through the eyes of a child.And every once in a while, I remember,I still have the chance to be that wild.”-Nikki Rowe We all have an inner child within us – it is our natural personality with our innate instincts, intuition, emotions and creativity. As we grow older, 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…

The Dark Side of the Light Chasers

“Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light; I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.” -The Old Astronomer to His Pupil (Sarah Williams) I am a soul traveller, journeying through consciousness in search of the truth. I used to be a light chaser, heading…