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Friday, October 03, 2014

Ancient Child: Evolution

About twenty-five years ago I adapted
Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey
to the process of designing your life.

 And called it “Lifewriting.”   Since
that time I’ve taught Lifewriting to
thousands of people in person and
through audio and video courses,
lectured on it at the Smithsonian, at
Mensa, on radio and television, at
universities and workshops, and
have been blessed to receive countless
letters and emails and hugs and
tearful thanks that the technologies
I grouped into that very special
pattern have changed and saved

But there was a limitation to “Lifewriting”,
something I always saw but wasn’t
wise enough to improve.  You see,
the limitation (I won’t call it a “problem”)
was that it was a mental technique,
a strategic syntax for organizing
resources into an optimal pattern.
It works, no doubt about it.

But...the greatest path in human
life is that of evolution, of awakening,
of becoming an “awakened adult”,
and my great spiritual teacher Sri
Chinmoy taught that that path can
be approached by opening your
heart OR awakening your body…
but never by creating mental models.

That was what I’d done, created
a wonderful mental model. That
meant that it was great for navigating
“the dream”, but not so much for
going beyond. What I needed was
something that did both.   Having
a great time in consensus reality
is no mean feat.   I may consider
that just the beginning, but it’s
nice to pay the bills, be popular,
win athletic awards and all that
good stuff.’s just the beginning.

What I needed was something
that rooted there but went way
beyond.   That healed but also
supported growth. That was
simple, very simple--or rather
that was “complex” rather than

In essence, something that was
smarter than I was.  And I couldn’t
“create” such a thing.  But began
opening myself to the possibility.
 Going more deeply into my
own process, listening to what
every teacher or  student taught me.    
And spent time every day for over
a decade going “into the silence”
to find something deeper and truer.

And the seed came.  I was the
beginning of the “Ancient Child”.
 Yesterday, I created the overview
audio explaining exactly how it
grew, and how to use it.  
Tomorrow, I create the visualization
that will root this in healing your
heart, and move from THERE to
loving self and others...and then
re-discovering your deepest
dreams and values...tapping
into your intuition on a level you’ve
never experienced...and using
all of this to support your daily
actions so that they have a power
and clarity that will carry you
as far as you are capable, in
alignment with everything good
and true within you.

It is my very best work, applicable
to every core aspect of human
life.  Generative, rather than
specific.   I did not “create it”,
I merely let my teachers,
experiences and meditations
point me toward greater truth.

And it is almost available.

I can’t wait to share it.



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