A School for Creativity, Consciousness & Clarity

L E T T E R – What Is Happy?

If you’ve had an upbringing remotely similar to mine, you may have found yourself with an ingrained belief that you ‘should’ be happy, always, that when you’re not happy, it must be because there is something about you that is wrong. The thing is we are all made up of a lifetime of experiences, and…
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L E T T E R – Perfecting The Fundamentals

Continuing on from yesterday’s letter, I wanted to talk further about commitment. I study karate and it’s mind-blowingly frustrating because there are no shortcuts at all. You literally just have to keep practising. I know black belts who have been doing the same kata (karate sequences) for 30 years and are still learning. The thing…
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L E T T E R – There Are No Shortcuts

I first learnt to officially meditate when I was in my late teens. It was a funny little course held by a yoga teacher and I was mystified and hooked at the same time. I found it incredibly challenging and didn’t really know what was going on, but it reminded me of when I was…
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L E T T E R – A Learning Nonetheless

On Sunday evening, I very excitedly went to see one of my favourite teachers Sri M who is out from India in Australia for a 3-hour discourse and ‘presentation’. I know one of the wonderful women helping organise it, who resides near Sri M’s ashram and helps out, and we were both very thrilled at…
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L E T T E R – What Is Compassion Actually

As I referenced the Dalai Lama yesterday, I thought it might be nice to kick off today’s letter with a quote from him and also study one of his key teachings, compassion. I think we are all at times confused about the essence of compassion. These are ideas, and I encourage you to form your…
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L E T T E R – Recovery Time

I had an experience years and years ago, where I went to see a friend of mine who is a healer, and I had been practising Vedic meditation for a few years and before that many different types over many years. I expressed to her my frustration that even though “I was consistently meditating” I…
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L E T T E R – Oh Ego

Chogyam Tungpa Rinpoche was asked by a student, “Why do you think that people are so protective of their egos? Why is it so hard to let go of one’s ego?”. He answered, “People are afraid of the emptiness of space, or the absence of company, the absence of a shadow. It could be a terrifying experience…
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L E T T E R – The Force Within Us

I love this commitment. That we can be changed by what occurs to us, and we can determine not to be reduced by anything. There is a Chapter in the Tao Te Ching; “Speak little Hold onto your own nature A strong wind doesn’t not blow all day The wind and rain are from Heaven…
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L E T T E R – Impeccable Word

Last year, I repeated something that someone else said, and I knew I shouldn’t have.I immediately corrected myself and ask that person not to repeat it, ashamed, and knowing I should have acted better. Phew I thought as I put it to bed. The universe had other plans for me however, and the ensuing experience…
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L E T T E R – The Universe Whispers

Underneath all the noise; our intellect, thinking mind, egos, the exterior machinations of society, other peoples opinions, there is a universal truth. It’s what we access when we sit for our Vedic meditation session, diving into the field of creative intelligence, into pure consciousness. And then after a little dip into this, we bring a…
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L E T T E R – Commitment

Have you ever found your self ‘sitting by the door’ in life, always having one eye on your nearest exit? I’m a big culprit of this, and a few years ago it drove me crazy. Constantly moving from one thing to the next, always having one foot in and one foot out. I felt it…
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L E T T E R – Never Burn

In today’s society, which is riddled with muddled messaging, knowing how to hold oneself is becoming increasingly challenging. Sayings such as ‘tall poppy syndrome’ or ‘crabs in a bucket’ describe when others pull someone else down based on their success, our of fear, or jealousy, or feeling inadequate. It happens so often I feel we…
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L E T T E R – Our 10,000 Teachers

Just for today, imagine that every single person in your life, is there to teach you something. Something small, something sacred, something special; it doesn’t matter.With the same respect, you would give to a favourite teacher, approach your day with curiosity and the openness of mind, to absorb the teachings that every situation and person…
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The Human Condition

Most of us spend a large amount of time questioning our own actions, motives, worrying, fretting and stressing, about the things that inherently make us human. I hear so much, ‘but I’m a meditator, I didn’t think I would feel anger anymore’ and the like. What if we instead we were compassionate and understanding of…
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Wishing Won’t Work

Sometimes the intellect can be so defined, that we forget we must apply it. Like a tool that sits in a shed, it’s nothing with application. In regards to doing things, honestly, there is nothing aside from actually just doing it that works. I am convinced that when we do the things that count, the…
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So Much Opportunity

Such a simple shift in mindset occurs when reading this. I like the word opportunity. It means gift, which sometimes can be hard to stomach when we think ‘reaaaallly, this traffic, this argument, this redundancy, this breakup, this insert all awful things here, is a GIFT’. So I like to use opportunity. Because opportunity is…
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The Real Miracle

I honestly am not sure I can contribute any more to this beautiful quote, except to provide it as a reminder that we live beautiful lives that are a complete gift, and we have no idea when it will all come to an end. So let’s choose our attitudes wisely. Sent with love, Jac x

The 4% Rule

I have had the pleasure of meeting many talented people in my life, as well as many deeply conscious spiritual people, highly creative individuals and very accomplished people. They all have something in common, and it’s a discipline and dedication to their craft and to expanding their intellects, souls and minds beyond that which they…
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It Takes Two To Tango

I was terribly bullied as a little kid and again as a teenager. And now teaching meditation to lots of kids, and having one myself, I see all the time how brutal being a child can be. And I try to teach them it takes two to tango. One person to bully, and another to…
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All The Damn Thoughts

Have you ever listened to all the thoughts going on in your head? I sat in the most beautiful garden last week on my little Retreat, overlooking a huge pond, and felt such peace. For a small moment, there were no thoughts. And what comes after this, is always – thoughts. Slowly, quietly at first,…
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Meditation Or Meditative?

Lately I’ve found there is so much confusion around what meditation is, what makes it different to some other relaxation techniques and why we want to learn a effective style from a qualified teacher. So what is meditation? Meditation is a word that has recently gained huge amounts of popularity and has become shrouded in…
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A Recalibration

Oh, how this quote resonates with me. The accompanying vulnerability, the incapacity to hold it or when an emotion breaches the limits of our understanding. I have been listening, reading and researching a lot into re-calibrating the mind and body for discomfort. The Stoic philosophers wrote about this a lot. It’s a large concept within…
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