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Prioritizing your core values

At times we are at the crossroads of having to change jobs, undertaking an important business venture or going deeper in a relationship. We mull over the decision-making process for days but it all becomes a lot easier when you pass the “yes” or “no” through the filter of your core values.

When the lie becomes the truth

When a collective totalitarian psychosis starts taking root the individual is being coerced by the professional deceiver and demagogue into lying to himself. There is inevitably a separation between soul purpose, integrity and authenticity. The individual is swept away by a type of totalitarian mass hypnosis.

Beware the false prophets

“The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions, divinations, idolatries and the delusions of their own minds.” Jeremiah 14:14 Organized religion arguably provides...

Lets talk about money

It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor. –Seneca— There is hardly a topic loaded with such emotion as money, seemingly at the root of all trouble including family fallouts, divorces and the end of longtime friendships. Dave...

Humility and the lessons of adversity

Humility and adversity teach us that we always have another mountain to climb during life’s up-and-down cycles. Climbing those mountains makes us more resilient. As long as we are alive we are never done as human beings

Have you found your calling?

A calling can change many times over during a lifetime. What you are doing now may only set the stage in preparing and giving you the skillset for the next chapter in your life. You need only to take a step back to have a conversation with your 16-year-old self in realizing how much life has sculptured you into who you are today.

Are we living in a religious society?

“I have come to the conclusion that whether or not a person is a religious believer does not matter. Far more important is that they be a good human being. ” – Dalai Lama – The other day I took a walk up a mountain in the northwestern part of the island of Majorca...

God, nature and the Duke

The disconnect from the spiritual self, the loss of meaning and purpose are responsible for much of our mental health crisis. Healing our planet starts with healing the self.

From brokenness into transformation

The key message of Easter is one of hope, rebirth, and resurrection after experiencing brokenness, hurt, and suffering. Suffering, pain, and brokenness is that part of life that sculptures us into the human beings we are destined to become.

Lessons for today from a dark age

The wise teachings of the 13th-century Mystics are timeless and more topical than ever during these pandemic times. They were the eco-warriors and holistic healers of their time, addressing issues of personal health, nutrition, and the environment.

Surrendering to the pain of the past

Staying in faith and trust is possibly one of the hardest trainings in patience but Meister Eckart also describes it as the highest schooling in spiritual training and elevation of consciousness.

From loneliness into solitude

As you start befriending your inner solitude, the contrast between the chatter of external thoughts and the authenticity of the deeper self becomes clearer. At times you need to withdraw from the world to get a clearer picture of who you really are and for what purpose you were born.

The happiness illusion

Our culture has been indoctrinated with the happiness illusion with the self-help industry promoting the image of the perfect human being, successful in all areas of life and beaming a happy smile on social media outlets. The “happiness” and “positive thinking”...

A year to remember or forget?

Reflecting on the past year a scene that remains particularly poignant is the Saturday morning in May when children were allowed out onto the Spanish streets for the first time after six weeks during one of the strictest Corona lockdowns in Europe. It was that dazed,...

Christmas: A message of Hope

People are crowding the streets, buying foods and other goodies at the elaborately decorated stalls of the Christmas markets. There is a hurried frenzy in the shops with choirs and musicians performing carols in the town square. That was Christmas last year and most...

Walking through the pain

But nothing is solid and permanent. Our lives are raised on the shakiest foundations. You don't need to read history books to know that. You only have to know the history of your own life.” ― Ron Rash  One of the misconceptions of the booming self-development industry...

Have we lost the ability to communicate?

The current wave of protests against lockdown regulations is indicative of how deeply divided our societies have become. There is a dangerous groundswell of anger easily manipulated by professional deceivers and political demagogues. With a presidential election...

Can you forgive yourself and others?

Forgiving does not mean that you are approving of wrongdoing, of abuse, and all the terrible things that humans do to each other. It is making peace with the past in the knowledge that you are the person today because of all of that which you have experienced

Tales from a pilgrims’ hostel

This guy is not letting the old man in.

Lessons from the Camino: Winding down

Many a pilgrim doing a walk for the first time on the Camino in northwestern Spain underestimates the physical and emotional challenges. Most hikers start on the French Route, or Camino Frances, from Saint Jean Pied Le Port, the small French town straddling the...

Finding truth and beauty within

Living according to the Dao means living without attachment. Life itself is the objective and the motivation. Behind a seemingly chaotic exterior lies a natural order of things. Nature has its seasons and cycles. We need to accept the impermanence of all things. There is always change, growth, death, and rebirth.

Breathing into health and wellbeing

Rituals performed by ancient peoples and the old religions have always understood the power of breathing and that certain breathing techniques are essential in experiential spirituality and elevation of consciousness.

Prioritizing your core values

At times we are at the crossroads of having to change jobs, undertaking an important business venture or going deeper in a relationship. We mull over the decision-making process for days but it all becomes a lot easier when you pass the “yes” or “no” through the filter of your core values.

When the lie becomes the truth

When a collective totalitarian psychosis starts taking root the individual is being coerced by the professional deceiver and demagogue into lying to himself. There is inevitably a separation between soul purpose, integrity and authenticity. The individual is swept away by a type of totalitarian mass hypnosis.

Beware the false prophets

“The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions, divinations, idolatries and the delusions of their own minds.” Jeremiah 14:14 Organized religion arguably provides...

A tribute to Father’s Day

Society needs to reframe the role of the father and the father needs to explore role models beyond the dysfunctional family unit. Expression of vulnerability is not a sign of weakness but of strength and creates real space for intimate relationships. Humility is a powerful antidote to a false image of pride.

Lets talk about money

It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor. –Seneca— There is hardly a topic loaded with such emotion as money, seemingly at the root of all trouble including family fallouts, divorces and the end of longtime friendships. Dave...

Humility and the lessons of adversity

Humility and adversity teach us that we always have another mountain to climb during life’s up-and-down cycles. Climbing those mountains makes us more resilient. As long as we are alive we are never done as human beings

Have you found your calling?

A calling can change many times over during a lifetime. What you are doing now may only set the stage in preparing and giving you the skillset for the next chapter in your life. You need only to take a step back to have a conversation with your 16-year-old self in realizing how much life has sculptured you into who you are today.

Are we living in a religious society?

“I have come to the conclusion that whether or not a person is a religious believer does not matter. Far more important is that they be a good human being. ” – Dalai Lama – The other day I took a walk up a mountain in the northwestern part of the island of Majorca...

Facing your biggest fear

Most fear is an illusion of the mind. It distorts, perverts, and falsifies the reality of the moment. Fear often breeds anger and anger turns to hate. It is the fuel of professional deceivers whose messaging is amplified to millions on social media.

God, nature and the Duke

The disconnect from the spiritual self, the loss of meaning and purpose are responsible for much of our mental health crisis. Healing our planet starts with healing the self.

The broken modern workplace

The more a job inherently resembles a game – with variety, appropriate and flexible challenges, clear goals, and immediate feedback – the more enjoyable it will be regardless of the worker’s level of development. – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi – Roughly two-thirds of...

From brokenness into transformation

The key message of Easter is one of hope, rebirth, and resurrection after experiencing brokenness, hurt, and suffering. Suffering, pain, and brokenness is that part of life that sculptures us into the human beings we are destined to become.

Lessons for today from a dark age

The wise teachings of the 13th-century Mystics are timeless and more topical than ever during these pandemic times. They were the eco-warriors and holistic healers of their time, addressing issues of personal health, nutrition, and the environment.

Surrendering to the pain of the past

Staying in faith and trust is possibly one of the hardest trainings in patience but Meister Eckart also describes it as the highest schooling in spiritual training and elevation of consciousness.

From loneliness into solitude

As you start befriending your inner solitude, the contrast between the chatter of external thoughts and the authenticity of the deeper self becomes clearer. At times you need to withdraw from the world to get a clearer picture of who you really are and for what purpose you were born.

Happiness and the power of choice

It appears that by far the major part of our happiness is determined by the way we process the external world and the way we program ourselves with our thought and belief systems. A large body of researchers from the school of positive psychology concludes that it is possible to completely transform a life for the better by changing one’s attitude to whatever you have experienced.

The happiness illusion

Our culture has been indoctrinated with the happiness illusion with the self-help industry promoting the image of the perfect human being, successful in all areas of life and beaming a happy smile on social media outlets. The “happiness” and “positive thinking”...

The herd-madness of the crowd

“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”― C.G. Jung There is a famous picture of a single individual with his arms crossed in defiance amid a sea of German dockworkers giving a...

Prioritizing your core values

At times we are at the crossroads of having to change jobs, undertaking an important business venture or going deeper in a relationship. We mull over the decision-making process for days but it all becomes a lot easier when you pass the “yes” or “no” through the filter of your core values.

When the lie becomes the truth

When a collective totalitarian psychosis starts taking root the individual is being coerced by the professional deceiver and demagogue into lying to himself. There is inevitably a separation between soul purpose, integrity and authenticity. The individual is swept away by a type of totalitarian mass hypnosis.

Beware the false prophets

“The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions, divinations, idolatries and the delusions of their own minds.” Jeremiah 14:14 Organized religion arguably provides...

Lets talk about money

It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor. –Seneca— There is hardly a topic loaded with such emotion as money, seemingly at the root of all trouble including family fallouts, divorces and the end of longtime friendships. Dave...

Humility and the lessons of adversity

Humility and adversity teach us that we always have another mountain to climb during life’s up-and-down cycles. Climbing those mountains makes us more resilient. As long as we are alive we are never done as human beings

Have you found your calling?

A calling can change many times over during a lifetime. What you are doing now may only set the stage in preparing and giving you the skillset for the next chapter in your life. You need only to take a step back to have a conversation with your 16-year-old self in realizing how much life has sculptured you into who you are today.

Are we living in a religious society?

“I have come to the conclusion that whether or not a person is a religious believer does not matter. Far more important is that they be a good human being. ” – Dalai Lama – The other day I took a walk up a mountain in the northwestern part of the island of Majorca...

God, nature and the Duke

The disconnect from the spiritual self, the loss of meaning and purpose are responsible for much of our mental health crisis. Healing our planet starts with healing the self.

From brokenness into transformation

The key message of Easter is one of hope, rebirth, and resurrection after experiencing brokenness, hurt, and suffering. Suffering, pain, and brokenness is that part of life that sculptures us into the human beings we are destined to become.

Lessons for today from a dark age

The wise teachings of the 13th-century Mystics are timeless and more topical than ever during these pandemic times. They were the eco-warriors and holistic healers of their time, addressing issues of personal health, nutrition, and the environment.

Surrendering to the pain of the past

Staying in faith and trust is possibly one of the hardest trainings in patience but Meister Eckart also describes it as the highest schooling in spiritual training and elevation of consciousness.

From loneliness into solitude

As you start befriending your inner solitude, the contrast between the chatter of external thoughts and the authenticity of the deeper self becomes clearer. At times you need to withdraw from the world to get a clearer picture of who you really are and for what purpose you were born.

The happiness illusion

Our culture has been indoctrinated with the happiness illusion with the self-help industry promoting the image of the perfect human being, successful in all areas of life and beaming a happy smile on social media outlets. The “happiness” and “positive thinking”...

A year to remember or forget?

Reflecting on the past year a scene that remains particularly poignant is the Saturday morning in May when children were allowed out onto the Spanish streets for the first time after six weeks during one of the strictest Corona lockdowns in Europe. It was that dazed,...

Christmas: A message of Hope

People are crowding the streets, buying foods and other goodies at the elaborately decorated stalls of the Christmas markets. There is a hurried frenzy in the shops with choirs and musicians performing carols in the town square. That was Christmas last year and most...

Walking through the pain

But nothing is solid and permanent. Our lives are raised on the shakiest foundations. You don't need to read history books to know that. You only have to know the history of your own life.” ― Ron Rash  One of the misconceptions of the booming self-development industry...

Have we lost the ability to communicate?

The current wave of protests against lockdown regulations is indicative of how deeply divided our societies have become. There is a dangerous groundswell of anger easily manipulated by professional deceivers and political demagogues. With a presidential election...

Can you forgive yourself and others?

Forgiving does not mean that you are approving of wrongdoing, of abuse, and all the terrible things that humans do to each other. It is making peace with the past in the knowledge that you are the person today because of all of that which you have experienced

Nature and the Respect of the Sacred

Respect for that which is holy and sacred is closely aligned to respect for the self and self-love. It is telling for humanity that the sacred house in which we live is being treated with such lack of mindfulness. When you hike for hours along a country road you soon...

Hate or Love: The language we speak

Much of social media has become a global ghetto-blaster of hate speech and vile language. We should not be surprised that deranged minds run amok with assault weapons in mosques, synagogues, churches and schools. The language we speak can either unite or divide. A...