Welcome to the October issue of Everyday Awakening.
The main article in this issue is a description of
Voice Dialog, one of the most powerful
techniques available for expanding self-awareness.
The Exercise of the Month follows that article – a
process to help you easily identify your own
I’ve packed a lot into this issue: a report from the
Burning Man Festival; a story about an organization
that's transforming schools; three film and video
recommendations; and an invitation to our empowering
Manifestation through the Chakras Workshops.
I hope you find this issue interesting,
entertaining, and enlightening!
A Celebration of Art and Consciousness
I attended Burning Man last month – the annual
festival of art and consciousness held each year in
the Nevada desert. It was one of the most awesome
spectacles of human creativity I have ever witnessed.
This year, 40,000 people arrived from around
the world to celebrate life and possibilities. The
theme was “The Future: Hope or Fear?” and I became
quite hopeful while there. It is amazing to see
individuals and micro-communities function smoothly
in a “no commerce / anything goes / take
responsibility / be generous /
clean-up-after-yourself” environment. It proves
that good intentions, extreme freedom, a high degree
of tolerance, and “just enough” structure can work
together and make organic anarchy really work.
Create Success in our Manifestation Workshop
November in San Rafael or March in Costa Rica!
Anodea and I recently taught our amazing 3½-day
course, From Dream to Reality: The
Spiritual Technology of Manifestation. Every
participant experienced a powerful transformation
and an increase in their ability to create the life
of their dreams.
Using the ancient Chakra model as a map of consciousness
(Anodea’s specialty), and the most powerful
techniques we know for step-by-step manifestation,
we show you how to clarify your dreams and goals,
remove obstacles, permanently change old negative
beliefs (quickly and easily), potently plan
projects, and bring your goals and dreams into
reality. We help you diagnose your own internal
logjams (wherever they occur in your process), and
show you simple techniques to clear them away.
We have taught this powerful course around the
world, and participants report success in fulfilling
their most cherished dreams, from meeting a life
partner to buying a first house.
Join us November 16th through 19th in San Rafael,
California, or March 10th through 17th in the
magical heart of the Costa Rica rainforest. The
Costa Rica workshop is designed especially for
social activists and big
dreamers. For more information, click the link below.
If you have a dream you want to make real, we have
the step-by-step procedures that will ensure your
success. Please join us – we want you to have this
incredible technology to use in your life.
Sustainable Business and the Global Economy
Business has been a great force for good in the
world, and it has also done great damage to many
people and to our planet. Having spent most of my
life as a businessman (attempting to align my
business practices with my spiritual practices), I
am committed to making a difference in this arena.
To transform our world, businesses must be
Last year, I joined the World Business Academy
(www.worldbusiness.org), an educational
organization dedicated to the proposition that
business can be, and must be, a force for positive
change in the world. A group of us have created a
new web-based resource center called
SustainAgility: The Sustainable Business
Resource Network. Our goal is to provide an
easy-to-use resource directory for business leaders
who want to make their companies more sustainable.
It will include links to experts, articles,
consultants, case studies, and financial analyses
that clearly demonstrate that Sustainability Creates
You can visit our early-stage website by clicking
below. If you
know of business leaders or companies interested in
becoming more sustainable, please refer them to me.
Making Schools Safe
An organization worthy of your support
Were you ever teased, bullied, laughed at, or
beaten up in school?
If so, you probably would do anything to
prevent it from happening to others. I've
discovered an organization that has been very
successful in reducing violence and bullying at more
than 500 schools across the country, and I invite
you to join me in supporting them.
Rick Phillips, a former teacher and school
principal, founded the Safe School Ambassadors
program after the Columbine High School killings
eight years ago. Their program brings together the
“natural leaders” in the school, including leaders
of every gang and clique (cheerleaders, nerds,
jocks, etc.) for a two-day program in
self-awareness, personal growth, and non-violent
communication. When kids come together in a
compassionate, open-hearted forum, and are taught
techniques for "de-fusing" bullying and violent
incidents, their new behavior gets quickly adopted
by others in their group, and the school becomes a
safer, friendlier place for everyone.
Please join me in supporting this important
organization. I'm committed to helping them raise
additional funds for expansion of their programs.
If you live in the Bay Area, I invite you to join me
for a fund-
raising luncheon on November 9th. Call me for
415.472.6500. Or simply send them a contribution so
can include more schools. I thank you, and the kids
will thank you.
Film and Video Recommendations
Mystery, Fun, Spirituality and Activism
Don’t miss The Illusionist starring Edward Norton
and Jessica Biel. It’s one of the best movies I’ve
seen in a long time. Set in 1900 and filmed in
Prague, it is a beautiful and sensitive story of
intrigue and magic. A tale about love and
separation, it explores the search for truth and the
creation of illusion. Don’t wait for it to come out
on video. See it on the big screen.
The Science of Sleep
If you like mind-bending fun, see The Science of
Sleep, a French film that reminded me of a cross
between Pee Wee’s Playhouse and some of my own
wildest night dreams. The main character is an
artist whose strange dreams cross over into his
waking reality. This is not a serious exploration
of dreams, but a fun romp through the mind of an
artist, and perhaps your own mind. It is obvious
that the filmmakers had a lot of fun creating their
own dream film! Highly recommended for humor and
A NEW VIDEO on SPIRITUAL ACTIVISM
Andrew Harvey is a brilliant and articulate Oxford
scholar and mystic, a poet, translator of Rumi,
novelist, spiritual teacher, and author of more than
15 books. We recently watched a stunning DVD
entitled Andrew Harvey: Sacred Activism,
produced by Hartley Films (www.hartleyvideo.org).
Sacred Activism is Harvey's fusion of profound
mystical awareness, passion, and the sacred practice
of wise, dedicated, radical action in the world in
order to preserve both nature and our human
A Profound Process for Expanding Self-Awareness
The Exercise of the Month follows this
There are two delusions that cause most of
The first is the delusion of separateness: the
belief that “I” am separate from other people, and “I”
am separate from everything else (Nature/ Universe/
Spirit/ God). This delusion causes deep loneliness,
desperation, and depression, and causes us to
create and use a variety of neurotic strategies in an
attempt to fill ourselves up. One of these strategies
is the attempt to attract an idealized “other” who will
love us perfectly and thus end our essential
All wisdom traditions, depth psychologies, and true
spiritual paths are dedicated to helping us awaken
from this delusion, and awaken instead to the truth
and reality of our oneness and connectedness.
The second delusion is more insidious, and is rarely
discussed. This is the delusion that I am one
person, that is, a single, consistent “Self”
throughout my life.
October brings Halloween, known to the Celts as
Samhain. Costume parties allow us to bring into
public view our hidden sub-personalities, or
Voices. If you were going to a costume party
dressed up as one of your long-buried Voices, which
one would it be? What would it wear? If an outfit
doesn't come to mind immediately, take a minute to
In the next issue, I will write about a very
powerful technique for changing beliefs easily and
permanently: The Belief Closet. This
exercise has had a profound impact on the lives of
my coaching clients and workshop participants.
I send my thanks and appreciation to you, dear
readers and friends. I hope I have entertained and
enlightened you, or at least brightened your day and
given you something to think about. Let me know
whether I have succeeded.
And please pass this newsletter on to others who
might find it interesting. Stay in touch, and let
me know how you are doing in your precious
With Warmth and Joy,