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Sunset at Aït Ben Haddou, Morocco

The Journey — David Whyte

Above the mountains the geese turn into the light again, painting their black silhouettes on an open sky. Sometimes everything has to be enscribed across the heavens so you can find the one line already written inside you. Sometimes it takes a great sky to find that first, bright and indescribable wedge of freedom in your own heart. Sometimes with the bones of the black sticks left when the fire has gone out someone has written something new in the… Read more

The author. The beach at Little Dip Conservation Park.

Time Left Alone — David Whyte

… tired of ourselves … But tired of land, we open ourselves to oceans, tired of time we give back all that we’ve taken, tired of ourselves we open ourselves to ourselves at last, sensing the waves and great abyss of the sea beyond, the ocean stretching on sand and the long view on the still sea that leads to another life. From Time Left Alone: in ‘River Flow: New and Selected Poems’ David Whyte

Two hands up, fingers spread on a radiant forest background.

The Human Capacity for Greatness Is Immense

Carl Jung was one who saw our collective possibilities. He considered that growth was an innate principle, both of the individual and the universal. He considered the development of individuality as a microcosm of human evolution. He called this immutable process individuation. It’s the big picture. We don’t look forward and imagine it. We don’t look back and long for it. The growth of individuality, with all its stresses and strains, is the process and substance of the lives we… Read more

A silhouette of four people against a star-studded night sky

The Mystical Experience

On TV the other evening I saw interviews with two people who’d had out-of-body experiences. They were both mature adults. One was a neurosurgeon who had, through the course of his work, heard numerous stories of people who had “died” and then returned. He was a complete non-believer until he himself “died” on the operating table. The other person was a genuine, gracious middle-aged Australian lady, telling of her experience in a matter-of-fact way. Interspersed with these accounts were segments… Read more

Colourful block-long graffiti from the 2009 Brooklyn, New York, Art Under the Bridge Festival

The Gift of the Truculent Teenager

As an educator of teachers and counsellors, I never have to wait long to hear the next sentence that contains an expletive alongside the word “teenager.” Having raised three of my own, I’m not unrealistic about the challenges that they can bring. In addition to the expense it takes to keep them in operation, there are numerous aspects to deal with. We have to get used to the weekend nights out without much idea of what’s going on, when even… Read more

Asian woman sounding a white vuvuzela on a blurred crowd background

Leadership and You

For the most part it’s a sad and sorry world in terms of leadership. We look around, whether at work, in our religious and cultural institutions, or in the political sphere, and it seems no one can inspire the masses with vision and hope. Many who might have been able to lead were assassinated, literally or metaphorically. So what do we do? Bitch and moan? Opt for cynicism and despair? Maybe we can look at the situation through a different… Read more