Has the Servant Become the Master?

In Dr. Iain McGilchrist’s book, The Master and the Emissary, The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World, he tells a story of a wise spiritual master that looked after a community so well it kept growing and flourished.

As the community became larger he realized he couldn’t continue being so involved in the day-to-day affairs, that in fact, he would lose his wise perspective if he remained too close.


Expecting Our Old Habits to Persist and Accepting Them is Part of the Spiritual Path

I remember the first time I heard a spiritual teacher say I didn’t really exist – I thought he was nuts. Of course I exist, I’m right here!

And it is true – we exist – just not the way we think we do.

Because who we think we are, who we identify with is this needy, worrying, fretful and complaining little self. The little “me” inside that feels separate from everything else. 


How to Deal With Difficult People

Almost 30 years ago, for about an eight-month period of time, I lived in a subtropical rainforest in Australia. 

A friend of my boyfriend’s had property outside of Murwillumbah, New South Wales, and he and his family were going to travel around Australia for a year, so they offered it to us while they were gone.