They cool + comfort
I want to disrobe...
throw my hands high
in clean surrender.
I want to be like the soil,
and sop up the spilled sky.
Blessed, wet reset.
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Hey, Lovelies! It's been awhile, huh? How are you? Great in every way, I hope. I have been doing a whole lot of integration. Phew!
Better demonstrated, than passively discussed ad nauseum. Demonstration is where I'm headed.
As a result of me living in strong collaboration with my heart and soul, my creative projects got rearranged. So some planned things -- like the relaunch of "It's Beautiful Inside: An Introvert's Right to BE" -- got delayed. (My goodness... talk about a Pandora's Box! That essay is completely overhauled. If you got an original copy, please contact me so I can send you the update... which is progressing beautifully.)
And some unplanned things -- like this Primer for Courageous Creativity -- got created.
Suppression breeds sickness, unhappiness and fragmentation. Expression, on the other hand, is a way to let our life breathe.
So many of us are holding our breath. Uncomfortably. Blue in the face. So programmed and processed, we forgot how to simply GASP for what's needed. Air. Freespaceformovement. Freshness in the day. Zest in the routine. Strong and true beholding in our relations. A life that actually feels alive. This primer was written to help revive that feeling.
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Did you know a certain kind of conversation can help accelerate your dreams and growth-cycles? They can. Certain kinds.
We are wired with a longing to be witnessed. Children say, "Mom, look at me!" We post on social media and say, "Friends/colleagues, look at me!" And there is an actual correlation between virtual "Likes," and released feel-good neurohormones, like oxytocin. Social media and neuroscience has provided a lot of data about this human craving we have to be seen and affirmed.
But our innermost part requires something more than screen-deep. Some souls do, anyway. Are you one? If so, with a trusted listener, try the following three steps to move anything forward:
Confession IS good for the soul. Not necessarily in a religious way, but in a human way. Confession, at its root, is acknowledgment. And in a culture that is so repressed, guarded and inhibited, most of us have been DIScouraged from acknowledging our strong feelings, and our true dreams. This is unhealthy, and it causes real suffering on many levels. Passions are to be expressed, not sanitized and silenced. Do you need a witness? I am here for you. BOOK A DISCRETE, COMPASSIONATE, LAVISH LISTENING SESSION WITH ME.
Cannabis + Flow
I wrote an article that was recently published at medicaljane.com. It's titled, "Flow: A (Desirable) Side Effect of Medical Marijuana."
What are your thoughts... about the article... about lavish listening... about whatever else that feels important to you? I'd love to know. Stay tuned for updates on Sativa Yoga™.
* random acts of explosive violence will we mourn?
* species will we drive to extinction?
* ecosystems will we devastate?
* personal dreams will we abort or deny?
* human rites of passage will we commodify beyond recognition or usefulness?
* years will we, as a nation, continue to lead the world in trash + prisons?
* surface-skimming cursory conversations of zero consequence will we tolerate?
* of our heartfelt stories will we leave untold?
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Prohibition is a pressure-cooker.
It creates eventual rebellion in the person or group being forbade an innate human right. Awareness is the only required ingredient to start the simmer. Awareness that life mirrors the in-flight airplane: Flying at higher altitude gives a smoother ride. Unless your pilot (read: federal law) actually prefers low-sky turbulence... benefits from it, somehow.
A great example of REBELLIOUS FRUIT is capoeira. Capoeira is a stealth martial art, disguised as dance. It was developed in the 16th century by African slaves that the Portuguese colonized in Brazil. These slaves, like all slaves, were denied the most fundamental human right of self-possession. Colonialism strips the colonized of personal sovereignty + customs that threaten exploitive predators. Capoeira evolved as a way for slaves to sustain hope, cultural memory + fighting instinct.
Sativa Yoga is rebellious fruit. It does not promote breaking any law, but it zealously promotes correcting those disastrous laws. It also promotes the PERSONAL LIBERATION of its practitioners. Its meditative technique arouses freedom in your thinking, speaking, moving, being. Soon, I'll freely share HOW TO PRACTICE it. Subscribe to my YouTube channel to get video updates.
Who I'm Built To Serve.
I've gone through a lot of personal + professional transformation in recent years. It's a marketing nightmare, as far as niches + "tribes" go... but marketing + entrepreneurial strategies will always follow my personal growth, not lead it. My "right people" will appreciate -- and recognize -- what it looks like when you cooperate with your evolution. So, to calibrate, if you are:
A Needed Third Space.
I'm grateful for the incremental progress being made regarding marijuana laws, but there is a conversation I'm looking to have -- and willing to host -- that goes beyond the bounds of medical + recreational use. I'm talking about a whole other kind of consciousness + mind-set that encompasses more than industry, business and disease symptoms. And, at the same time, it stays free + clear of any religious or cultural ideology. A conversation that recognizes, or can at least accept the plausibility, that the cannabis plant is here to bless VAST ASPECTS of our being. Limiting our cannabis conversation to medical + recreational use, ironically, keeps us bound to the same narrow, passive consciousness that permitted the prohibition to begin with... and that allows it to stand today:
No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it. (Albert Einstein)
The June 2015 edition of National Geographic accurately heralded cannabis "an embarrassment of riches." Indeed. It is a load-lightener. It has countless molecular gifts to hurl at our endocannabinoid system. It balances our autonomic nervous system. It quickly restores economic, emotional + environmental systems. If we would only get out of our own, confused way, and let this evolutionary plant FULLY do what it's equipped to do, which includes oiling dry consciousness, illuminating dark thinking and gracefully up-leveling our ideas about living together on this planet.
Yep, kumbaya, all day long! My expression is restricted, however, as I do not reside in an enlightened state, so let me now point to someone who brilliantly voices the kind of things we can be exploring in a non-sectarian THIRD SPACE. Below is a potent excerpt from Joan Bello's "The Benefits of Marijuana". Please ponder it:
To ascend the ladder of consciousness, human beings need as much help as they can get. Levels of consciousness above concerns of personal survival and power are neither necessary for human life, nor visible from ordinary states. Because these higher degrees of awareness threaten the power structure, all paths to them are often outlawed. If we are not taught by some older, wiser person that deep and timeless perceptions really exist (or unless we ourselves fortuitously catch a glimpse of these subjective realities), we remain ignorant of their existence and are easily molded into the lower social goals of materialism, competition, and power. This less enlightened state is expressed by a constant gnawing dissatisfaction. It is the dimension of perennial desire. With each fulfillment of a goal /need / want, another void erupts. In Buddhism, it is the realm of nightmarish, insatiable hunger, which cannot be resolved unless or until the being attains to a less self-centered level. Deep within each of us, an essential need for a higher meaning of life waits to be awakened. Because of its ability to unlock this yearning and allow us a glimpse of the deeper reality, marijuana is feared by the establishment and loved by the user.
The spirit of prohibition manifests as misinformed stigma, unwarranted shame + continued, collective silence. Those initiated in cannabis are needed to visibly + vocally work toward creating full vindication of + access to this mega-healing plant. Its illegality is morally, ecologically, civically + fiscally DESPICABLE. Learning about + sharing cannabis' countless benefits is one of the most efficient, high-yield acts of good we can do. And speaking of good acts...
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Cannabis UNIFIES my passion for ecological + emotional well-being. I am now partnered with cannabis to promote its legal + social vindication through Sativa Yoga™. Here are a few quick facts:
Make time + space for it... for the excavation + presentation of the true you. Toss the faker-phernalia in the roaring bonfire, and SEE YOURSELF in truth-telling flames. KNOW YOURSELF, free of anyone's manipulative agenda.
Your essence. Your musk.
Be found by those who are actually attracted to your true self. Your true scent.
Enjoy the symbiosis of musk-made matches, in friendship, romance or business.
Share your thoughts in the comments below. Experience lavish listening for yourself. Go to my website -- empathicwriter.com -- to see a short + powerful video of Terence McKenna, and also to learn more about Sativa Yoga™.
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What's the truest thing you can say?
That was the guiding question I used while writing an essay about introversion, inwardness and the inner life. I kept asking myself that question to keep me from falling into RE-search, and focus instead, on SEARCH.
It was messy.
And worth it.
I realize I have come to sound angry at popular culture, for the way it has socialized us to be consumer-bots. I am angry about that, and the truest things I can say are not, necessarily, likable to mainstream society... so that is antagonistic. I mean no harm, or offense. A personal hero, Terence McKenna, said that dominant culture is not our friend. I agree. It averts the truth about things, and then asks (and sometimes forces) us to participate in a variety of collective illusions that aren't even interesting. Let alone good or wise. Each line drawn in the inherited blueprint of our life -- from school onward -- was for the furtherance of our ability to consume.
Not discover. Cherish. Restore. Plant. Explore. Nurture. Make. Create. Know + grow our own minds.
No, our highest collective pursuit is to consume. As if buying was being.
My truest thing? Cannabis advocacy.
Creating a life that actually feels like yours absolutely requires regular times of unplugging from group consciousness, so that you can come to really know your own consciousness. You might be surprised by how very different your true self is from your presented self. In my opinion, the most courageous + revolutionary thing we can do IS TO PRESENT OUR TRUE SELF. To not accommodate things + people that try to diminish our true self. This is disruptive work... to fling your mask.
Show yourself. When you have a decision to make, listen for your truest thing. Let it count. Let it influence your voice + your actions.