As I enter my later years, I find that I am in a time of summing up the disparate elements of my life into a coherent whole. From this perspective I see my work as taking on a more focused form and sharpening into a purpose that is illuminating my remaining time.
I have worn many semi-accurate labels through my life: Scientist, Clergyman, Counselor, Taoist/Zen Teacher, and Author. Am I still any of these? Certainly not in any rigid understanding of them. These roles have integrated within me and evolved into the person I am now and the work I now see myself doing.
Life is a mysterious Whole. It is One Thing Happening of which we are each a part. There is no more important work in these chaotic and divisive times than remembering our True Nature and reintegrating ourselves into the Oneness of our existence. The illusion of separation will destroy us if we do not individually recover our Wholeness, our unity with God/Tao/Spirit/The Eternal.
If I had to chose a new label, I suppose it would be that of a companion, or guide – a facilitator of spiritual integration. In my life I have explored and internalized elements of mystical Christianity, Zen Buddhism, and Taoist Thought. I have practiced Qigong for many decades and use energy work as a fundamental part of my practice. I feel that my whole life has been a preparation for the life I now experience.
I primarily use web-based applications like Zoom with individuals and small groups. My work with individuals in Zoom sessions can be one-time, occasional, or scheduled on a regular basis, depending on the desired intentions.
For group work, also on Zoom, I welcome groups of 5 – 10 individuals who want to explore a theme or topic of interest. It may be a study of one of my books; an exploration of spiritual practices; the relationship between contemplation and action – any of a number of ways to take a deeper spiritual journey. If you have a group or would like to form a group, I would be delighted to facilitate. Group work can take the form of a set number of sessions, ongoing meetings, or a one-time seminar.
I do individual work and group work on a donation basis. I have experimented with various ways of establishing a reciprocal exchange between myself and students, and I have come to believe that asking people to use their own honest intuitive understanding of the value of our work together is the most appropriate and authentic way of establishing a sacred reciprocity.
As individuals and as a culture, we are facing the choice of either continued fragmentation or a new spiritual integration. If you sense a resonance with this work, I invite you to contact me as individuals and/or groups and we’ll explore it together.