Alan’s letter about The Art of Being Summer Festival 2016

My friends,

The 2016 Art of Being Summer Festival is just 2 weeks away. Through this springtime that now turns into summer, it has grown and blossomed, as you can see by visiting The Festival Programme  website. There are fresh and updated descriptions of what the main event teachers are offering, and you will also find information about the rich variety of accompanying guides, teachers, musicians and Tantric practitioners who are bringing still more magic to this 5-day celebration of life, [...]

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True Understanding Comes from Experience

 
If you, as well as many others, impatiently await the publishing of Alan’s book, you may enjoy at least this little gem about the importance of experience. It’s one of the inserts (each transcribed from Alan talking in his Art of Being workshops) that every now and then intersect the extraordinary narrative of his life.

 

“Never mind your theory, your philosophy, not even your understanding! As I have known it for myself and witnessed in thousands of people, transformation happens through [...]

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YOU AND YOUR PERSONALITY: Who serves whom?

It can really sweeten your life to be able to distinguish your natural, healthy personality attributes – your ways of celebrating your existence – from those that you have cultivated as a shield against whatever you have grown up to fear, reject and mistrust in yourself and others, or that you wear as costumes and masks so that you can appear to be who you think you are supposed to be. Far more significant is to realize that YOUR PERSONALITY [...]

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THE ONE BEFORE GOD

In the past couple of days I have become unexpectedly engaged in a Facebook discussion about the Israel-Palestinian Gaza tragedy. I find myself moved to say something about my personal guiding perspective. Go back about 13.8 billion years and you arrive at the infinitesimally tiny something coming out of nothing – an explosion of light that was the beginning of everything and has never been less than the entire universe. The explosion itself apparently lasted almost a million years. No [...]

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MUST THE SHOW REALLY GO ON?

Two years ago, on a camping trip in Hawaii, my god-daughter Inanna obliged me each evening to entertain our little circle with a few pages from my book (still awaiting publication under its new title, Dying Naked). Inanna was about to begin her 3rd undergrad year at Harvard. That is significant.

Dying Naked is my deeply personal story, interspersed with things I have said to people in my workshops these past years that have a connection with the [...]

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GOT TO GET ME INTO MY LIFE! Personality and Being, Pt 2

(inspired by a recent conversation with a very nice guy)

The personality games that people play are all rooted in fear and mistrust of being real. Take, for example, the child who learns, “If I’m not a good boy, people don’t like me. When I am a good boy, I get what I want.” The stage is set for Mr. Nice Guy to run the show when he grows up.  Behind the scenes is his fear – of rejection, of not [...]

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Personality and Being: Part 1 – Fear and Love

In 2002 I was the recipient of the UK’s Kindred Spirit award for my work in the field of personal transformation. It happened at a personally challenging period of my life that brought home to me how important it is to never draw a line under our own journey of awakening and healing.  This is some of what I wrote after the award ceremony in the spring of 2003:  it is about the gap between personality and being. Yesterday, 11 years [...]

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WHERE IN THE WORLD AM I?

How time flies and the world flies with it! A month ago I was on Maui, on the other side of the planet from this Prague apartment where I’m now preparing for my first workshop of the 8-month European season that lies ahead. These past weeks Martina and I have been in Brazil, first blissfully off the radar in a wonderfully old-world village where river meets sea in Bahia, then at Ciranda, Carioca’s Amazonian-like community outside Rio de Janeiro for [...]

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Ride your wave!

I imagine you know these moments when it really matters to express what is going on in you. I call it riding the wave. You feel the wave coming and you know in your soul that you have to surf it, and be willing to let it take you where it takes you. And you never know! Sometimes it takes you to a beautiful place; you carve a beautiful ride on the wave. And sometimes it trashes you and you [...]

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THE TROUBLE WITH THINKING ABOUT IT!

(edited from a talk to participants in the Love, Sex and Shadows workshop for couples in Czech Republic last month)

Most of our schooling – what we call education – can be summed up as “think about it”. Never mind learning to be present in your whole being, never mind really experiencing what is going on; just think about it and be able to talk about it, and have apparently intelligent things to say about it. Then you are considered educated. [...]

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