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Exploring the liminal spaces of the spiritual awakening process.

The last stop on the Karma Express

The last stop on the Karma Express

The death waves grow shorter and shorter, until they crash together into the eerie silence of zero point. Here, nothing is prescribed; we are tabla rasa in physical form for the first time.

The Tower of Babel: The finale

The Tower of Babel: The finale

In the old spiritual paradigm, we attempted to surrender to a larger will. In the new spiritual paradigm, we participate in a larger will.  Not “Thy will be done” but Thy will be One.

Disclosure

Disclosure

When is revelation a form of intimacy, when is disclosure oversharing, and when is a personal story an invitation to collusion?

Knot

Knot

Knot asks us not to try and break self-defeating patterns with reason or effort.    the descriptionThe Knot cardThe Knot represents a longstanding issue resistant to unraveling. The threads are bound tight. It seems to have dark magic and power, a perverse...

Hope and the Wounded Healer

Hope and the Wounded Healer

This is the first of my exploration of individual cards from the 78-card divination deck I created to assist people in the spiritual awakening process and to facilitate the integration of plant-spirit experiences, such as with ayahuasca or iboga. The first card is...

Finding beauty in the dark night of the soul

Finding beauty in the dark night of the soul

The medieval Spanish mystic John of the Cross could never have guessed that, over 400 years after he coined the phrase Dark Night of the Soul, it would come to represent an awakening rite of passage in a modern world scarcely recognisable from his own.  The medieval...

Black ayahuasca, Job and the mountains

Black ayahuasca, Job and the mountains

  "Can black ayahuasca be healing? I would suggest it’s for the things most profoundly rooted, covered over by layers and layers of wild growth; where what is most dense, humid and cloying can outlast time, or at least a parent’s bones. Black ayahuasca is...

Francis: The radical renunciate

Francis: The radical renunciate

Francis of Assisi is often depicted as a lover of animals and nature, an innocent figure of child-like enthusiasms at stark odds with the credos of a spiritual revolutionary. He became the model for first card I created, signifying, above all else, the renunciation of...

Transition, crisis and surrender

Transition, crisis and surrender

It can be hard to appreciate the silver lining of opportunity when the foundations are moving under our feet. Crisis is not for the faint-hearted, no matter how it’s dressed. Yet – like death – it seems to come for us all sooner or later, ready or not.

Prisoner of hope

Prisoner of hope

I have been a prisoner of hope for too long. Hope as the promise of redemption. Hope as the last virtue standing. The stringy vestige of hope, apparently made of unbreakable sinew, that wouldn’t let me give up on my life and my dreams.

Dark side of the moon

Dark side of the moon

I have to confess a certain discomfort with the word healing, and frankly it’s steeped in cultural bias. Compared to the hard science of allopathic medicine, compared to the heft of practice and discipline, it always felt soft and enfeebled.

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