A School for Creativity, Consciousness & Clarity

L E T T E R – Choices

When we were in Los Angeles we went to a small, lesser-known private art gallery, and the gentleman working there enhanced our experience ten fold, by enthusiastically showing us through the show, describing the artists, their concepts, history, and purpose. I thoroughly enjoyed it and he seriously indulged my every question. We clearly had no…
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L E T T E R – The Disturbing Truth

This took me a LONG time to get my head around when it came to spirituality and creativity. I enjoyed the sweeter parts, the ‘oh that’s so lovely’ feeling, the gentle ‘well that makes sense’ realisations that never shocked, but felt warm and fuzzy. I sought out teachers who would not deliver the challenging truths…
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L E T T E R – A Fractured Dance

When I was teaching meditation in Silverlake, we spoke collectively about the current frenzy and uptake of spiritual practices and self development. We are on one hand in a wonderful time as wisdom, education and techniques for higher grade living are more readily accessible with with technology, from pretty much anywhere. There is a danger…
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L E T T E R – Y O U R H E L P

As a school, we are here for our students. Everything we do, is about helping you live your highest grade life. Currently we are in the thick of creating so many new things for you, and refining so many that we have already in play, that I have gotten into the habit of ‘wondering what…
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L E T T E R – R E C O V E R Y

We are all recovering from something, whether it be grief, the ego’s grip, addiction, perfectionism, heartbreak. There’s deep recovery, and there’s daily shallow recovery, from our attachment to our prejudices, biases, and ideas that have been formed through the ego.    Recovery takes time, patience, grace. It’s hot, sweaty work that means we have to…
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L E T T E R – An Exploration

I love this quote by Bruce Lee. He was profound, inspiring, motivated and disciplined.    Today have a look into what every day would look like if you adopted all of these points. Even if you took a single one and brought the principle into every day, explored it fully, and with curiosity.    Sent…
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L E T T E R – The Journey

Sometimes the most frequently referenced quotes and lines that are by now cheesy, are the most true, such as the journey being the destination. When we become so focused on our goal, we can lose sight of what’s happening on the path to get there. And with meditation, there is no goal, so that can…
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L E T T E R – To Tread Lightly

I like to think of this not just as treading the earth lightly, but whilst treading, being ultra aware of everything. The cracks in the pavement, the trees, the sun blocked by cloud creating a lukewarm glow over all the buildings. The sounds surrounding us, the breeze on our skin. Every walk being an opportunity…
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L E T T E R – Continuous Growth

There’s nowhere to ‘get to’ in our spiritual, physical and mental endeavours. Just continual growth. It’s a hard pill to swallow sometimes in modern Western society as we are so goal orientated. Awhile back I was in the dojo with my karate Sensei and I was anguished as I felt like I was ‘falling behind’.…
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L E T T E R – Squeamish

When I am traveling, I really dislike airports. I wish I was more cool and Zen and what not, and didn’t have these kinds of things bother me, but, the reality is, they do. And so I distract myself, and get slightly anxious and usually eat my emotions. This trip though I decided to take…
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L E T T E R – Soul Search

Not often are we encouraged in the West to renew our spirit and our spiritual thinking. I’m writing this from New York, where it is jam-packed with hundreds of flavours of humanity, densely packed onto the top of one another. I’ve been searching for karate dojo’s in the Shorin-Ryu style that I practice, as well…
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L E T T E R – The Power Of Water

Water, the incredibly dynamic and flexible qualities that can shift it from ice to fluid, to steam. Imagine if we could also be that flexible? Our physical bodies may not be able to, but our consciousness and our minds and thinking can be. Our strategies on how to live our highest grade life definitely can…
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L E T T E R – Our Last Act

What if today was the very last day of our lives? If tomorrow we never woke up. I like entertaining this line of thought, as it brings me completely into the present. This tea; last cup ever. This shower; the very last one. This kiss; our final kiss. This breeze; the last time it will skim our…
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L E T T E R – Inside Out

It’s tempting to think that all the answers lie outside of us. It allows us to hold others responsible. To blame others if life doesn’t go to plan if we don’t feel spiritual enough, grateful enough if the work isn’t going our way, the ‘path’ not quite right, the manifestation isn’t quite to the depth…
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L E T T E R – Empathy

We get mean when we feel scared. It’s pretty simple yet we forget this all the time. The difference in someone when they are falling in love with someone and how they behave in the world, and someone who is undergoing a traumatic breakup is profoundly different. When we are feeling great, we are usually…
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L E T T E R – Just Now

Future Projecting is something I teach and talk about a lot, as it’s a huge rut we get stuck in. It’s when we delay our own happiness as something isn’t quite right now. It’s when we say once we move/get the house/renovate the house/get the promotion/once the kids are older/once I am single/with someone on…
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L E T T E R – Oneness

In Vedanta, an ancient body of knowledge from where our meditation practice originates, there is the concept that duality, separateness must be overcome, and then enlightenment is present once the embrace of oneness is fully embraced. The idea that there is just one thing is a hell of a trip. One consciousness, energy binding us…
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L E T T E R – Present Moment Awareness

Have you ever been driving your car and thought to yourself, I can’t remember driving through the last 2 suburbs? Or have you been eating something and reached down for another piece and it’s all gone? This occurs when we fall out of awareness and go into autopilot mode. We have 80-90,000 thoughts a day…
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L E T T E R – Defining Success

I loved reading the bravery, anguish, creative processes and determination of Bill Strickland in his autobiographical book Making The Impossible Possible. He truly redefines what success could mean, and continues to go after it with innovation and resilience.  Our own version of success is something we need to question, define and ponder, as all too…
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L E T T E R – F*#k The Fear

Rest is undervalued in today’s frenetic society. I know it for myself. I burnt the candles at both ends for too long, and about 2 years ago with our move to Palm Beach decided no more. However we have to constantly be vigilant, or old patterns and behaviours just creep on in. We all operate…
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L E T T E R – A Cat On A Leash

I hear too often nonsense about ‘taming the mind’ and references to a monkey and wild horses. The mind isn’t an animal that can be tamed into submission. It can’t be beaten and bullied, and then all of a sudden will do as you wish. It’s wild, and we need to let it be. With…
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