One Single Dreamer

Schopenhauer, in his splendid essay called “On an Apparent Intention in the Fate of the Individual,” points out that when you reach an advanced age and look back over your lifetime, it can seem to have had a consistent order and plan, as though composed by some novelist. Events that when they occurred had seemed accidental and of little moment turn out to have been indispensable factors in the composition of a consistent plot. So who composed that plot? Schopenhauer suggests that just as your dreams are composed by an aspect of yourself of which your consciousness is unaware, so, too, your whole life is composed by the will within you. And just as people whom you will have met apparently by mere chance became leading agents in the structuring of your life, so, too, will you have served unknowingly as an agent, giving meaning to the lives of others, The whole thing gears together like one big symphony, with everything unconsciously structuring everything else. And Schopenhauer concludes that it is as though our lives were the features of the one great dream of a single dreamer in which all the dream characters dream, too; so that everything links to everything else, moved by the one will to life which is the universal will in nature.

-Joseph Campbell on Schopenauer

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Tribute to a mentor

Tribute to a mentor

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do, there are 1000 ways to kneel and kiss the earth-Rumi. The other day, I learned one of my mentors has passed away: Dr. Richard Kopp, a teacher who introduced Adlerian therapy to me and was one of the most genuine, creative, grounded psychologists I ever knew. He created metaphor therapy, and my metaphor for him was Kermit the frog. True to his authentic self. I recall him singing songs to us on guitar during our last day of class. When someone can truly share the gifts with the world in the most authentic way, this is spirituality. Spirituality at it’s essence is serving others freely in a passionate manner, and hopefully in a way that is following your bliss. May he rest in loving peace.

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as you wait…

as you wait...

a gentle reminder as you wait in line at a grocery store, for a cup of coffee, or in traffic others are waiting too.

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paying attention

paying attention

As I parked my car yesterday, I had to notice the license plate of the car in front of me. Sometimes always we have to do is be present to witness and experience love.

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Guru

Guru

I was reminded yesterday that the simplistic definition of guru is that which brings light to the dark. Allow that guru in whatever form to manifest into your life, be it a mentor, role model, family member, or friend. A guru represents the highest aspects we hold within ourselves. Release into that authentic nature that resides within…

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“be the change you wish to see in the world”-gandhi

I stumbled upon this when walking today to work. what a nice surprising way to impact others.

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