Joining the God-Driven Adventure Into Transfiguration

A few years ago when I was living with my cats, Topaz and Jade, in a ramshackle cabin in the forgotten depths of the Arkansas Ozarks, I wrote this prayer:

In this age when history itself is on fire

In this time of the convulsion of the beast

Of the final dance of the enraged demons

May I keep faith, Lord, in Your sublime alchemy

That has ordained the mystery

That from deepest darkness births the Highest Light.

(from Light the Flame: 365 Days of Prayer, 2013.)

As you know, tonight I begin a class that I am honored to teach for the Shift Network, Embrace the Dark Night to Become the Phoenix Rising, which outlines the birth of the Divine Human.

I have known for the last 20 years two interlinked truths that have kept me awake night after night, and wildly and exhaustingly on the road. These truths are that humanity was heading for a terrifying global dark night and that this global dark night was potentially not at all the end but the shattering, amazing and terrible beginning of the...

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The Call to Rise Like a Phoenix

I am thrilled and honored to announce that I will be teaching a 7-part class for Shift Network, Embrace the Dark Night to Become the Phoenix Rising. We are living in terrifying times and I know we are all suffering intensely the horrors and ordeals that are exploding everywhere.

As I write this, fires are burning along the U.S. west coast, Antarctica is melting faster than even the doomsayers predicted, the Coronavirus pandemic is still out of control and millions of people worldwide are facing economic collapse.

Given all we are going through, it’s easy to run into the sordid embrace of magical thinking—as we can see from the idiotic and dangerous proliferation of conspiracy theories—or to fall into exactly the kind of nihilistic despair that increases the danger already afflicting us.

What I want to offer at this moment is a way through that is neither grounded in fantasy or tainted by the pessimism that saps will and robs us of the kind of rugged hope that we...

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Getting Through the Dark Times: Four Foundational Practices

Uncategorized Sep 01, 2020

When the mother of evolution decides that one human race is over and another has to be born urgently for there to be any hope for humanity at large, there is only one thing that we can do. Get with her program through aligning ourselves with clarity, spiritual practice and sacred action.

Other teachers sell popcorn, but I have never been one of those teachers. I have found that true hope is born of the other side of devastating despair, and real purpose arises when all false illusions are burnt away.

These are hard, brutal terrifying times in which the possibilities of the birth of unprecedented fascism and the destruction of democracy are becoming ice clear. There is absolutely no point in turning away from this tragic truth and there is equally no point in allowing it to paralyze you.

So the question poses itself, how do we get through this? How do we respond in a dignified way when the dignity of everything we love including truth itself is being systemically destroyed? We...

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The Great Event: Dark Night and Rebirth

For thirty years now, I have believed three related truths; that the exploding global crisis we are obviously in is, in essence, an evolutionary crisis, on whose outcome depends the future of the human race and a great deal of the natural world; that this evolutionary crisis is a mystical crisis with two phases, that of the dark night process and the potential Birth that it makes possible of an embodied divine humanity; that the birthing force of this new humanity is Sacred Activism, the marriage of profound and universal spiritual stamina, faith, passion, compassion, and urgent inspired wise action in every realm of Earth life.

Everything I have done and written has been dedicated to this vision and I hold passionately and doggedly to it because I know it isn’t my vision but the one I have been entrusted with to live, honor, make available and protect, whatever the difficulty and resistance that inevitably arise in world drunk on scientific fundamentalism, cheap new age...

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