A School for Creativity, Consciousness & Clarity

Staying Afloat

Makes sense doesn’t it? Why do we encourage our ego to engage with that which in our heart of hearts we know is not true? Because we all have egos!! Let me be straight, everyone, even enlightened people, or people of high consciousness have egos. They don’t disappear or dissolve, and we can’t tame them.…
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It’s So Bothersome Being Bothered

In Buddhism, Dukkha, which is originally a Pali word, is translated most frequently as suffering. Specifically the suffering of the mind that we humans experience as we grasp on to that which is constantly changing, which is in fact, absolutely everything. The clinging, wishing, needing. It’s a reluctance to accept what it is, and a…
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Selective Feedback

This is such a huge topic that I might visit it a few times more!!To begin with, ensuring we only take feedback from those who count, is imperative to our growth, our sanity and our creativity. Seeking out the advice of mentors, of friends, of colleagues, who are living examples of the qualities we would…
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Small Grievances

I heard Pema Chödrön, one of my favorite authors/speakers/teachers of all time recently speak of ‘small grievances’ and how we can use little challenges, pains or annoyances to calibrate ourselves for gracefully handling larger sufferings and life’s greater challenges. Being a naturally impatient person, that is also a recovering control freak, I love this concept…
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Our Tuning Forks

I am fascinated by the Mind Body Connection. So much so that within our Integrated Meditation Enhanced Education Program we dedicated an entire module to this very subject. The constant and hyper detailed shimmers that occur throughout our cells with every thought. The thoughts generated by our bodies, frequently not based in reality but simply…
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You The Scriptwriter

I have so many conversations about things falling apart, and yesterday’s letter sparked some of those. I think when we are made redundant in our job, have to close our company, our partner leaves us, our kids don’t speak to us for a bit, we have a horrendous fight with a dear friend and more,…
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What Would Fade If You Let It

I’ve had a few recent experiences that really made me sit up and re-evaluate some relationships. Usually I think most of us potter along with the status quo believing things to be something they are not. Holding onto a vision from months if not years ago, when things may have been rich with purpose and…
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Every Bit Counts

I really am so blown away by all the kind and encouraging messages I have been receiving to these little letters. The kindness that has been expressed, the generosity with words and the inspiring feedback of how some of these concepts have been implemented has lit me up to no end. The questions it has…
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What Other People Think

Dealing with the fear of ‘what other people think’ affects so many of our students, and myself. I hear about why people won’t leave a job/partner/friendship or follow their heart. Arran gives zero cares about this, like at all. And so I’ve pondered for years how to really make it stick. To be caring yet…
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The Danger of The Majority

When it comes to spiritual growth, self development and our actively evolving, it can get tricky at times. Sometimes what we want to believe is so strong, that we can start to ignore reality. We can get caught up in strange little situations, ignore certain parts, because other parts feel so right. We can actually…
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Be Where You Are

‘Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are’. This can be our guiding force in life. When the body is exhausted and mind frayed, we can tell who is in charge. Our bodies are like tuning forks for our consciousness. Additionally, the body will feed signals to the mind. It’s…
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Beginners Mind

Beginners Mind is a Buddhist and Zen concept of approaching everything as if it’s the first time. What would our days look like without all the beliefs, prejudices and biases? How would we respond without all the back story? What kind of justifications and defenses and ego positioning would we let go of if this…
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The Burn

Years back I had to really ask myself why were the unimportant things and people in my life getting so much attention, and the things and people that lit me up like a bonfire getting second place (or later polling). Really, it didn’t make much sense, yet it seemed that which was more punishing was…
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Getting Clear, Oh So Very Clear

So today Arran and I fly to Hong Kong for an evening stop over on our way to London, where we have a week’s exploration just the two of us, before I teach a beautiful course in Integrated Meditation in Notting Hill! Ahhh the good times. I am writing this actually on Wednesday, and it…
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The Connectedness of It All

The other day, I wrote about the concept of letting something go, in order to invite something in. To empty out, in order to experience, or even better, contribute something else. And I feel this quote relates so beautifully. The interrelatedness of everything, the connectivity, the stitching together of every part of our lives. Because…
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True Power

It takes us a long time to find our inner power. I see it in the children I teach meditation to, when they look me dead in the eye and say determinedly ‘I want to be an artist’. I see it in my daughter when she says ‘you can’t teach me to be authentic and…
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Time To Trim

So for today’s tools on how to experience a higher grade life, the key thing is to EDIT. When something is too full, it needs to empty out. Now either we actively do this ourselves, or we stand and watch by as the universe takes care of it for us (usually in shocking or traumatic…
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LAUNCHING INTEGRATED MEDITATION by The Broad Place

Hello, It’s me, Jac! Around a year ago I shared a little seed idea with Arran and Emily. We all got excited, squealed and jumped about. Joking, as if Arran would do such a thing. He responded in a low, even tone, ‘I like it, it could be improved upon, ’ while Em and I…
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Are You Brave Enough To Audit

High Grade Living is about living the best life we can, with the tools and knowledge to grant us access to our inner wisdom, so that we are always accessing the higher part of ourselves. So that our decisions and actions are coming from a high vibrational part of us, not the lower version of…
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Combatting Overwhelm

This time of year is supposed to be all about fresh starts, and new beginnings and a ‘wealth of opportunity’ but it can also be insanely overwhelming! This is the time of year a lot of our students get in touch feeling down and depressed instead of motivated and inspired. And without the right tools,…
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A Daily Commitment

As we begin to dive into into 2018, I wanted to share a mantra, a daily commitment to move beyond our thoughts about the world, what the thoughts of others thinking about us might look like, thoughts dominated by past and future, and get present. A reminder that all I need I have within me.…
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Why Create A Morning Routine in 2018

Mornings for me are sacred. A time to contemplate, to be a human being. To stretch, meditate, exercise, be near the ocean or in nature and to read and absorb knowledge. To facilitate this, we wake up early. When we rise before the sun, the heart is expanded, we are in flow with nature and…
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