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Discern the Whisper

I have a certain mode of being that I think of as now-walking. It’s when I’m deeply in the unknown and just stepping through, moment to moment. This phase of being usually kicks in during crisis. “Bad news” unhinges me and my expectations about the world fall apart. I step into the moment because I don’t trust the future—and sometimes not even the past. Lately, though, the now-walking/not-knowing mode … Continue reading Discern the Whisper

Boil Water, Calm Wood

My father tells stories about following his father, Dr. Manuel Antonio Chamorro, around the Colombian countryside teaching people to boil their water. In his spirit, I’m going to write up the tools I teach people to improve their health without having to go to the doctor. The title of this post refers to a famous Zen saying, “Before enlightenment, carry water, chop wood. After enlightenment, … Continue reading Boil Water, Calm Wood

Vaccines as Spiritual Crisis

To me, the vaccine ‘debate’ looks an awful lot like a spiritual crisis. The intensity and passion on both sides have notes of a great, collective existential cry. What we have known is falling apart and we don’t know what is to come. In this case, the world we are transitioning from is the one in which Science is irrefutable; where Corporations had our backs; … Continue reading Vaccines as Spiritual Crisis

A Life-Changing Demonstration

Outside, the New Mexico sky was turning indigo, heading toward night. I longed to be home with my husband and dogs, but I had agreed to watch a demonstration of a healing modality called Ortho-Bionomy. I didn’t know much about it, but I had recently started teaching pathophysiology at a Santa Fe massage school in exchange for classes. My original idea was just to take … Continue reading A Life-Changing Demonstration

Quantum Charlie

There is a chapter in Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (which Cary and I listen to all the time) that perfectly illustrates the key requirements of miracle creation. It’s when Charlie finds the Golden Ticket. First requirement: Giving up. By the time Charlie’s miracle occurs, he has thoroughly given up. His birthday bar of chocolate wasn’t a winner and neither was the bar … Continue reading Quantum Charlie

Now-walking… with Grace

A little while ago, Dr. Peebles gave me a bit of advice. He suggested that, as often as necessary, I repeat this phrase: “Right here, right now, all’s well.” I love that disembodied doctor, but it didn’t really work for me. Too clunky, a bit removed, not active enough. And lately, I’ve really needed something to keep me out of my head and in the … Continue reading Now-walking… with Grace