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  • Calendar

    Upcoming Talks, Retreats, Events and Trainings

    Coming Home Retreat - May 14-18, 2020, Ecology Retreat Centre near Orangeville, Ontario

    Deep Calling - Finding Your Life Purpose  TBA

    Inner Sovereignty - TBA

    Coming Home Retreat - November 11-15, 2020, Ecology Retreat Centre near Orangeville, Ontario

    ClearMind-PureHeart New Year's Meditation Retreat - January 3-5, 2020 at the Ecology Retreat Centre

  • How Belief Traps You on the Spiritual Path.

    Last week I had a long conversation with an individual in a religious movement. When he suggested that I was a fool for not accepting his beliefs that were embraced by millions of followers for thousands of years, I ended the conversation. This often happens with people in a fundamentalist path. When they cannot convince others of the veracity of their religion they resort to insult.

    But this did bring up an important question. Is a religion true because of its popularity for thousands of years?

    Are the words of God true in a religious book because millions of people believe in it even though it’s been translated and altered by men over a 100 times? Am I more spiritual because of the way I dress because the founder of my age-old tradition says so? Will I go to heaven if I kill the infidels because thousands of people believe this is true?

  • How Can You Have More Energy and Motivation?

    Ever notice what happens when you ask a child to do something they don’t want to do? Their energy just suddenly seems to vanish and they drop to the floor and whine:

    “I don’t want to do the dishes. I’m too tired”.

    But when you say:
    “Okay how about after you do the dishes, we go on the internet and download that Harry Potter movie you wanted to see again?”

    Notice how suddenly the energy is back.

    Where did it vanish? How did it come back?

    The secret…
    Its always been there.


    It comes and goes depending on our interest.

    It’s the same with us.

    When we are doing something in life we don’t want to do, the energy fades.
    We have to push ourselves to do it.


    If we push over and over again, we have to find external ways to get that energy back…

    5 cups of coffee, double cream, double sugar.
    Lots of vitamins
    Protein powder
    The whatever-hour energy drink
     

    Then we have to take something to relieve some of the despair.
    Maybe alcohol
    Extra sleep
    Lots of TV
    Junk food
    Too many healthy dark chocolate bars (I speak from experience here)

    The body can start to breakdown forcing it to do what is deflating the soul.

    We get stuck in believing life is just a "dirty ritz a-frats" meaningless game.

    But out of this pain comes a turning point. 

    We start to search.


    We  decide to find to out what our lives are really all about, what really turns us on, what we should be really doing i.e. the BIG QUESTION:

    Why am I here?

    We find when we get clear on our life purpose, something really funky happens... our energy comes back. It’s what's called inherent motivation i.e. the impulse to create our life arises from the inside.

    Not the outside.

    Its magic.

    Where there wasn't energy...now there is.

    Hope returns.

    Having a purpose is just naturally satisfying because we are magnetically drawn to want to accomplish it. It excites and energies us.

    We become more engaged. Life has meaning as we see that we consistently accomplish the steps toward our purpose. The best parts of ourselves emerge to face and overcome the barriers that have defeated us in the past. 

    We become more of who we truly are.

    “He who has a why to live for can bear any how.” Frederick Nietzsche

    I don’t know about you but to me one of the biggest regrets is to live not knowing why we are really alive. Imagine a person realizing this on their deathbed?

    When we know our purpose, life can become a project worthy of our passion not a huge problem to avoid, 

    Hey and we can save a lot on those energy drinks!

    If this in some way relates to you check out the Deep Calling retreat:

    DEEP CALLING

  • THE ENLIFENMENT PROGRAM

     Let Go of Stagnation

    and Embrace Who You Really Are

     

     

    Its no secret the pandemic has been hard on us. The lack of contact with loved ones and the absence of joyful gatherings with fellow workers, entertainment venues and spiritual events, has taken its toll. And for some, the loss of income and business is even more of a tragedy.

    In talking with friends, some have said they are experiencing a deep pit of emptiness and lack of motivation and purpose.  Others have related they feel like their souls are starving for authentic contact with others. 

    Some have lamented that in their confusion and hopelessness, they have lost their spirit in the dark oppressiveness of this time.

    Are you feeling a bit or maybe a lot like this?

    What if you could let go of the sense of stagnation and embrace the lightness and magnificence of your being once again?

    This can happen in a significant way in this upcoming series:

    The Enlifenment Program

     

    It is a 10 week series of Zoom evenings, once every two weeks from 7 until 9:30 pm in which you will discover and strengthen the beautiful attributes of your spiritual nature such as: Presence, Pure Potential, Inner strength, Love, Kindness, Consciousness, Truth and Creative Power so that you can embody these with grace, confidence and steadiness.

    Its an opportunity to: 

    • Connect to and bring forth the many sacred aspects of your true self, into everyday life  
    • Re-ignite the fulfillment of transformational insight and discovery  
    • Let go of the immobility of self-depreciation and  embrace the inherent goodness in yourself  
    • Show-up and shine in the radiance of your true self 
    • Establish an on-going personal development practice suitable to your lifestyle
    • Learn important empathetic listening and effective communication skills

    Will we do this with:

    • Agreements that facilitate safe, mutual understanding
    • Short talks on assumptions, concepts and considerations
    • Structured small groups to contemplate and share to verify the truth of these  for yourself
    • Paired self-inquiry to develop deeper insights and connect in a meaningful supportive way with others
    • Larger group sharing of personal realizations and experiences to solidify your new understandings
    • Spiritual exercises between the sessions to establish your new awareness and uplift your everyday life.

     

    You will most likely come away every week feeling lighter, more connected to your deepest soul attributes and be at peace. You will make wonderful friendships that can continue on after the program.  

    What the program is not:

    • Psychotherapy - Instead of digging up painful experiences, you will focus on reinforcing the positive blessings of your essential nature
    • Dogmatic - You will not be asked to believe anything, only to experience what is true in your own estimation
    • Religious - The program does not follow a particular religious narrative but leads you “read the sacred text in yourself.”
    • Heady Intellectual - There are brief talks but these are designed to direct you into acknowledging and invigorating your latent personal attributes.

    The Program is for anyone who:

    • Wants to let go of their inner critic and enhance their self-estimation
    • Has had some prior spiritual experiences, have lost touch with them and wants to expand the connection to them 
    • Misses real connection with others and wants to improve their communication skills
    • Would like to feel freer to be who they really are, around others
    • Is yearning to explore and be connected to more of their spiritual nature
    • Really get turned on by the natural fulfillment in becoming self-wise and insightful.

     

    There is a saying “There is a sovereign in all of us and when it is noticed it will emerge”. In essence this is what the Enlifenment Program is about.

    As you are guided in this program to become more aware of the attributes of your true self, such as love, kindness, consciousness, the ability to create your life, openness, etc the more you will be able to access and live from these in your life.

    In addition, as a delightful side effect, deep awakening experiences can occur.

    Dates

    Wednesdays: October 20, November 3, 17, December 1, 15, 29, January 12,26, February 9, and 23, from 7 to 9:30 pm (approx)  

    Cost

    To have this program be accessible to everyone  there is a sliding scale from $75.00 to $300.00 plus hst and Eventbrite fees. Please choose the amount that is supportive of yourself and supportive of me.

    When you enroll, you will be e-mailed material on how you can best take advantage of the program by Zoom.

    At the moment there is a limit on enrollment of 20 people due to the uncertainty of how many assistants I will have to run the series. If you have any questions about the program please contact me at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call me at: 519-829-4149.

    Click on the text below to enroll:

    ENROLL NOW

  • The Return of the Hippies

    hippieWhen I was in my late teens I was a hippie (or at least I tried to be one.) I thought I was rebelling and I put on a good act but underneath the act, I really did believe in Truth, Love and Peace and I was intensely examining the basis of our culture and society.

    Now as a parent I have gone through three 3 teenagers. I've concluded that the adolescent rebellion that many parents experience is not really seen for what it is...it's much deeper...

    It's really a search for self.

    You see them trying on different ways of being: the preppie, the jock, the rapper, the punk-rocker, the nerd, the whigger, the emo, the hippie, etc. They become part of a little tribe of individuals trying on different "clothes". They really don't know who they are, so they look outside themselves trying on a way of acting to see if it fits. They become part of a little hub of kids with a certain protocol of acting. What socks in the pattern, is one thing: acceptance. They get love and acceptance from their group.

    Unfortunately they get stuck thinking that the way to be themselves is to be a reasonable facsimile of someone else, the first step in their socialization. They learn that their happiness is outside themselves in adopting an act, a persona or a mask, even if that mask is the rebel.

    After that, the next steps are logical, continue to get socialized

  • What I learned from a Little Mexican Boy about Being Present.

    a mexican boyAbout 20 years ago when I was on ClearingPractitioner training course in California, I went out for a meal with some of the students. There was a Mexican couple waiting at their table for lunch with their little son. While they were waiting for their meal I observed their little boy get up and wander around the restaurant.

    He would stand in front of some tables silently watching people talk. When no-one noticed him he would go and do the same thing in front of other tables. But no-one paid attention to him. Perhaps they imagined he would interrupt their conversations.

    He came and stood in front of our table and I decided to pay attention to him.

    When I looked at this 5 year old boy I could see that he was so inquisitive and so excited about his life. He had the deepest brown eyes and was so amazingly open, innocent and loving. He reminded me of the way I used to be when I was his age and the state of being I was in then. I was trying in my spiritual growth to get back to that state but only with more self-consciousness.

    I playfully looked in his eyes and said "I see you".

  • What is it to be Truly Religious?

    "To be religious is to be sensitive to reality. Your total being - body, mind and heart - is sensitive to beauty and to ugliness, to the donkey tied to the post, to the poverty and filth in this town, to laughter and tears, to everyting about you.

    KrishnamurtiFrom this sensitivity for the whole of existence, springs goodness, love; and without this sensitivity there is no beauty, though you may have talent, be very well dressed, ride an expensive car and be scrupulously clean...there is an immediate response to that which is lovely and also that which is ugly, the response of pleasure or pain, and we put that feeling into words saying: "this is beautiful" or "that is ugly".

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"A renewal of my vow to live life has occurred...to live my life in co-creation with the universe with gratitude and purpose!"

—Lise Gillies, Employment Counsellor, Kingston, Ontario

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