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  • Reflections on What's Behind

    Milky Way by Peter Doig, 1990

    The essences I make for people are designed to suggest the messages/truths behind our words and feelings. I have been making essences for people for just this thing for almost 30 years. But listening for the message behind the words is much harder to do on the fly while in conversation, particularly one that evokes strong emotions.

    Why do conversations seem trickier now? And what can we do about it so we can preserve our sanity?!

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  • Winter Solstice Update

    Winter Solstice Update

    A month out from the Winter Solstice, let's revisit the big message we received from the Winter Solstice Essence: Joy. 

    As winter moves on, joy is playing a big part in moving us forward with the rest of life. Joy is wide, deep, and intense—and it doesn't always feel joyful! But it if we can hold the hand that Joy offers us, we will create good things together.

    The trick is to stay in our bodies where we are able to experience the wisdom of joy (our thinking minds aren't great at that).

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  • Friday Thoughts: Mothers & Prayers

    Breton Women in Sacred Grove
    Mothers know their children better than anyone... most of the time. We see their goodness, their purity, and the way we watch them so closely during their early years enriches both of our lives. Attention is prayer... How powerful would it be if we were to pray to those mothers and ask them to remember us—all of humanity—as the good, pure, and whole souls we are. I think this might change the world. I really do.
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  • Friday Thoughts: The Golden Thread

    Friday Thoughts: The Golden Thread

    This week I’ve been struck by the number of conversations I’ve had with people about a pivotal experience that happened to them when they were thirtyish. The questions I asked each of them were the same: After the experience, what did you learn? What questions were you left with? How is it playing out in your life now?

    Read how reconnecting with this thread is a good idea now.

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  • Friday Thoughts: What do you do?

    Therese's desk

    Fuzziness is my business—fuzzy feelings, fuzzy ideas. They take us right to the edge of our knowing and keep us curious about what might be beyond our ability to see. We can never play with fuzziness with our analytical brains. That brain wants answers. Our creative nature brain is built for fuzziness. It operates under the rules of growth and unfolding. It never demands to know how it's going to end.

    Learn more about how fuzziness is your friend.

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  • Friday Thoughts: Men

    Friday Thoughts: Men
    Friday mornings I usually spend time in the chair in my dining room. This morning it dawned on me that sitting in that chair on a Fridays has become an invitation to a weekly wrap-up and a theme. This week's theme was all about men and the masculine in all of us. In particular, I noticed messages about the voice of the sacred masculine in my life and in the lives of people I know. Here is what came to me:
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