Hello everyone and great love and great joy and great encouragement to you all in the middle of these astoundingly difficult and chaotic times.
We here are doing everything to offer you new perspectives and a galvanizing vision of what sacred activism can accomplish in this time. And as you know, my sacred activism series has been launched in a very beautiful and holy way, and we're having a marvelous response.
The March episode is going to be about homelessness, which is something I care very deeply about and see you around me in Chicago and personally do whatever I can to help. And for this episode, we're going to have someone who knows a great deal from personal experience about how to address homelessness, one of my greatest friends and one of our greatest spiritual luminaries, Father Adam Bucko. And if you haven't met Adam, you have missed something. He is truly one of the world's leading sacred activists, a man of great divine inspiration and deep humility....
Although, my dear, dear friends, I cannot begin to describe how overjoyed and honored I feel at the beginning of our adventure together and how absolutely grateful I feel to all of you willing to turn up, to explore in both the most exalted and also the most grounded and pretty way. The mystery of the great force of sacred activism that is attracting us all.
I never feel myself the teacher of sacred activism.
Sacred activism is my teacher. And I try to share whatever I am learning from this great force of birthing with you so that you can feel as joyful and strong and compassionate and filled with sacred energy as possible because that's going to be essential for the future of humanity.
So the adventure that I feel I am on with you is through your grace of willingness to turn up and I know that there are many who belong to my group who are doing wonderful things already with all of their hearts.
The adventure that I feel I'm on with you is an adventure...
Whether we want to admit it or not, like it, resist it or deny it, it is now clear that we are in apocalyptic times. The Dalai Lama has said this and you know he is the most benign and optimistic of human beings, Caroline Myss has been saying this for a few years, and if you know her, you know that she always struggles to tell her truth with relentless integrity; Marianne Williamson is now ready to say this and I, of course, have been saying this all over the world for 20 years.
None of us are speaking out about this as alarmists because all of us know that apocalypse has two meanings: destruction and unveiling or revelation. The Dalai Lama has told me that our terrible situation could be the birth of a new humanity. Caroline has been indefatigable in her call for deeper prayer and wiser action. Marianne put her passionate principles into a brave and very painful bid for the presidency in 2020 and I have stood up amidst mocking and deriding voices to keep summoning people to sacred...
As we begin to close this incredible year of 2021, I want to take this opportunity to thank you with my whole heart for participating in this wild ride we are all sharing.
Our lives are filled with uncertainty and unprecedented events but never forget that there is wisdom that outlasts the most outrageous outcomes and it lives on to guide us still.
Those of you have followed my work know that I have spent my life learning from and sharing the wisdom of many wondrous beings, from my beloved Bede Griffiths and the Dalai Lama to the astounding modern women mystics like Caroline Myss, Mirabai Starr, Linda Tucker and so many other dedicated good souls who have spent their lives sharing their spiritual journeys with others.
Two of my own greatest teachers lived hundreds of years ago and it has been my great honor to translate their works for modern readers: the incomparable mystical poets Rumi and Kabir. Their brilliance is even more astounding given its modern feel, for...
I think you all must be aware that this country and the world are now entering an extremely dangerous phase in Kali’s great dance of destruction and recreation.
My response to this as all who have been following my work know is to align myself ever more deeply with the passion for sacred activism and the great testimony of the evolutionary mystics that an extreme dark night can become the birth canal for a wiser, more embodied divine humanity.
In the spirit of this alignment I am delighted to mention again what I know will be a most inspiring weekend with Linda Tucker, the protector of the White Lions in South Africa and the creator of the Global White Lions Protection Trust.
Her amazing work and example have been an inspiration for me for years and all those who come to the weekend will be fed her vision of LionHearted Leadership™ that springs from the heart of her own practice and that of the ancient but still wonderfully alive African shamanic tradition.
I will be...
Hello dear friends,
I am so grateful that I did not visit Africa until I was in my fifties. I don’t think I would have been strong enough and grounded enough for Africa before then.
All I can say of Africa is that to me it is naked God—the beginning always exploding softly—and that to love Africa is to let it reveal the living light of the creation in a final way that wipes away all names, all religions and all systems.
Africa is a teeming no-thing and it is its ultimate paradox that at the core of all of its naked fierce abandon is an absolutely golden peace. The reason I first went to Africa was to see the White Lions. I went straight to the revelation at the heart of the African shamanic tradition. But I had no idea what I was going to experience. How could I?
I could tell you 100 stories of how the White Lions reveal themselves—to those who are open to them—as gorgeous royal ambassadors of the living light in nature. I could describe to you my own...
Devastating fires are raging across the states and the world, the news from climate scientists is alarmingly dire, the chances of America becoming fascist expand with every atrocious lie and dark-hearted destruction of the laws that have kept us safe and continuing to hone our democracy. I could go on, but you get the point.
If you don’t believe that fascism can take over America, please watch this 10-minute video from Tim Snyder, the author of the brilliant On Tyranny. Then take a few minutes and read about the alarming new report from the IPCC (read the actual report here or watch the video) on the growing urgency for the world to deal with climate change.
The apocalypse is here and everyone who is half awake knows it. I have known that this would come for 20 years and I have known too what my job was: to keep telling the truth even when I was derided and marginalized and to keep offering humanity grounded and sane tools to deal with an unprecedented...
Happy Summer, everyone!
I have always believed that as things get wilder and more difficult, the lovers of God should become more focused, creative and joyful. This is of course very hard to put into practice, but at 69 I am doing my damnedest.
The year ahead is going to be the busiest of my life as I will be doing a global mysticism year for the Shift Network with Mirabai Starr offering with her the essence of our mutual lifetime search. I will also be writing a book on Mary Magdalene and 12 additional great women mystics who carried on her ecstatic tradition despite the depraved opposition of the Boys Club.
I will of course also be giving occasional classes and interviews.
This is my way of building a great Yes in the face of the exploding nova of politics in our time. I’m not under any illusion about what is happening, but I focus everything I do to encourage the signs of birth and progress that are also appearing vividly in this great Kali death/rebirth dance we are...
Recently that great and noble sage, Senator Lindsey Graham, who may be my least favorite of the many shabby Trump acolytes, made the pronouncement that America is not a racist country. After laughing convulsively, I realized that he was speaking for far too many people who are still in desperate denial of the obvious facts.
When I came to America at 26, over 40 years ago, I was overwhelmed by the kind of denial I met in every class of the obvious dreadful racism that contaminates every aspect of American life. And one of the things I regret the most in my vocation as a spiritual teacher is how few African Americans I have had the privilege to reach.
In the first decade of my real teaching which began in my forties, I had the grace and good fortune to be invited several times to progressive black churches. I was amazed at the kind of reception my passionate style received. Instead of looking over a sea of frightened white faces, I heard “Say it, say it! Go for it!” And I...
Spring is here and our task is to live this glorious spring as a revelation of the eternal springtime that reigns in the hearts of all true lovers of God.
Rumi said something which I learn from deeply every day and try to embody with everything I’m saying and doing:
The whole world could be choked with thorns
But the lover’s heart stays a rose garden.
What Rumi is saying in such a gorgeous way is that the task of true lovers of God is to keep their consciousness alive in the perpetual spring, the ever fresh wonder and joy and peace and delight in reality that is the gift of the beloved to those who truly surrender in adoration to Him/Her.
There is no other way of negotiating the madness and chaos of our time than going deep within in spiritual practice to discover the ever-flowing springs of this Spring, so that whatever is happening in the outer world, you remain juicy and alive in the eternal, and from that Spring-awoken place, throw yourself joyfully into the...