Ah…if birds were neurotic!

We’re like the weather, we just keep on happening. I remember many years ago I was leading a workshop in England and there was an old lady there – she was in her 80′s. Everything was really quiet and suddenly she says, “I love weather!” Just that: “I love weather!” It’s what you’ve been learning here – to love your weather, to be friendly with however you are right now. And have you noticed, the weather is always happening RIGHT [...]

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The Heart and Soul of Gun Control

Gun control? If you are heart-and-soul-connected with yourself, you care about other people’s hearts and souls. This is where the intention comes from… It is the rational and heartfelt position of anybody who is fully in touch with their whole being. And if, by the way, they are not, then what right could they possibly have to be governing other people?… So here is what I said to one of my workshop participants about caring:

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A few words to a friend about the dark night of the soul

The protection was the wall that kept you safe, but it kept you safe from your heart. Now the wall is falling down, leaving your heart and all your feelings open. It is what mystics call, “the dark night of the soul”. And everyone who really means to awaken to their whole being has to come to, and dare to pass through, this night.

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Homage to my friend and soul-brother, Amitabh Robert Birnbaum

My beloved friend Amitabh,

This morning, waking up in Switzerland to begin guiding people on a 3-day encounter with death, came the news of your final breath in California just a few hours earlier. I have travelled with you, heart-to-heart and soul-to-soul these past days, knowing you were on your way. It is night time now, and throughout the day your spirit has silently wafted like an occasional light breeze stroking my imagination with your warm love [...]

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The soul of longing!

No matter how much we may try to shut it down – and life sometimes pushes us that way! – our soul yearns to play its full and mystical part in our daily life. Deep down, we know this! I think this is the dearest longing in all beings. If we respond, the longing takes us on our personal journey of opening and awakening. It is our Odyssey. Some of our friends and acquaintances may not understand. Still, [...]

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“What happens in your sexuality workshops?”

Everything! I create an environment in which participants can truly and authentically explore being sensual, being sexual, reconciling with their bodies and their male or female nature. And above all – the most significant element – where they can connect their sexual feelings with all their other emotions, like sadness, joy, excitement, even anger -  yes, all those feelings that tend to be disowned or shut off because we have judgements about them.

There are many people – I tend to [...]

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Reality and Fantasy

(Responding yesterday to an email question from one of my training participants)

Fantasy, imagination, creativity: they all enrich our reality when we allow them to serve our presence. I would find leading my workshops a dull routine were it not for these qualities; and of course they bring gifts, sometimes quite magical, to those I am working with.

And balancing between your wild fantasies and your need to be well grounded in your daily life is a beautiful dance to learn.

Thank you, [...]

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If you can’t let go, you can’t be happy

You need to be good in your aloneness so that you can live happily; and too so that you can leave happily when your dance in this world is over! My wish for you is that you can remember this all the way to the last breath of your life.

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The Paradox of Surrender

edited from a talk in June 2012, with members of Alan’s current Body, Heart & Soul Training               

Yes, the paradox again! This is why in the wild phase of the Art of Being meditation I try to give you this one guiding line – to keep your hands, mouth and pelvis moving passionately all the time, and to let that wild expression be your meditation. You’ve heard me say it so many times, meditation [...]

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Jealousy! What to do?

There is only one way to handle your jealousy with integrity, and it is not easy. But then, what people do with their jealousy is not easy either – so much nastiness, and about as merciless as war!… When you finally choose to encounter your jealousy… you learn some really life-transforming lessons that boil down to being whole and happy in yourself.

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