Welcome to the journey of awakening. This path is a journey of discovery – moving towards embodied joy, awakening your true nature and uncovering the truth of experience.
All of my teaching revolves around connecting to more freedom, beauty, truth and love in the full richness of what that means.
Give yourself permission to embrace the mystery and go on a journey of exploration where you can uncover new parts of yourself, of experience and of the cosmos. To stop categorising parts of yourself into ‘good’ and ‘bad’ and start connecting with what’s honest, real, impactful, alive and mysterious in a truly courageous and joyful way.
This involves getting clarity on your experience from a broad social and cosmic context to a refined phenomenological sense.
At its core, my teaching is about choosing connection and inclusion, of your own experience and others, and finding beauty in the full range of human and cosmic experience. It’s an invitation to connect more deeply with every aspect of being.
One of the strongest philosophical threads you will find running throughout everything here is that it is through facing our challenges, vulnerabilities and darkness with a strong and open heart that we create clarity and this capacity for joyful presence in life. Life is hard; there is no final way to escape this but we can live in radically more meaningful and rewarding ways than most people believe is possible.
A lot of my content is about cultivating the self-respect and self-love you need to be able to show up fully in your life and for your experience. Coming from a place of wholeness and moving towards a place of generosity and care for yourself and others.
Creating the capacity within ourselves as individuals and collectives to both build a better world and enjoy life more.
The best way to engage with this website is as an invitation to connect with the full spectrum of your being. To learn to meet experience with courage, compassion, clarity and joy; for the benefit of yourself, the people you love and humanity.
“Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.” Khalil Gibran
Darkness and Sincerity
A lot of my content is centred around being real with challenges we face and overcoming them in meaningful, hopeful and effective ways.
Shadows can be incredibly deeply-rooted and hard to shift. Especially when you are reading content, rather than working with someone one-to-one or face-to-face.
We hold ideas that certain parts of ourselves or experience aren’t welcome and at least some of this is so ingrained that we can’t even see it within ourselves. These beliefs will shape how we interpret everything and it is worth bearing this in mind when you are reading my content.
Know that your darkness is very welcome here. Depression, anger, hatred, pain, disdain, anxiety, stress, fear, violent thoughts and feelings and all the other aspects of ourselves that we often hide away or repress are all parts of the human experience.
“Everyone has some sadness and anger in them, most people have quite a lot, and the one thing I have learned without fail from teaching is that you can’t open to the depths of experience until you’ve opened to grief.”
We can learn to connect with these parts, as well as our more beautiful parts, so that we can be whole and real, with ourselves and each other. Not from a place of self-hatred and blame, but from a place of self-respect and a deep compassion for how hard life is. Acknowledging that all these things are part of how we’ve needed to survive and show up in the world, in order to get along. And that if we can engage with them in a whole-hearted way, a lot of these things have some gold hidden underneath them.
It is through this process of connection to challenge that we are able to unlock deep and lasting states of pleasure, clarity and resilience in life, to become more full, expressive versions of ourselves. To be present with the truth of what life and experience is.
I’m a huge believer in the importance of friendship and working in groups to complement our contemplative practice.
Learning to communicate openly and sincerely with people about the full spectrum of your experience from a place of owning your own projections is one of the most powerful things you can do for coming into presence.
Being welcomed into a more spacious and accepting environment can also create a lot of ease and ability to go much deeper with practice, much faster.
Also, life is inherently collaborative, so bringing this aspect into practice means we are more likely to make lasting and meaningful changes that carry into our daily lives.
Group work can be within a formal practice environment, but it can also just be done with friends. A lot of my content encourages this style of practice.
I’d recommend building your spiritual library as if you are collating a team to support you in your growth.
The content that you read and listen to is like an extension of the people you engage with in the real world. Find people that feel inspiring in a real-life way, the sort of people you would like to be around, rather than some authority figure who is telling you what to do with your life.
Hopefully I can be one of these to you.
Remember to Have Fun
The path can be hard and taking it too seriously can be counter-productive. If you can find some people and practices where you can engage with the path in a sincere manner while also having some fun with it, then you are onto a winner.
Enjoying the process of spiritual growth and finding it rewarding is half the point anyway.
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