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Intermezzo 14: Coming into the present – with emotions – a dialogue

Intermezzo 14: Coming into the present – with emotions – a dialogue

Mike: One of the problems with this idea of being present is that you don’t actually know what you are going to say until you are actually saying it; it is what is there in the moment, and it comes from all other moments. In that sense it’s quite magical, because suddenly out of your mouth comes the end result of everything that has ever happened to you. Petra: I have always made this effort to study and to get…

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Intermezzo 13: On being a specialist

Intermezzo 13: On being a specialist

Question: I would like some amplification on something. There was a point in my professional life where I was the practitioner and that was very clear to me. When I heard the title ‘practitioner’ I imagined that meant something, I didn’t quite know what it was; there were some ideas but I never knew exactly what the meaning was. There comes a moment when people tell you you are a practitioner, but the simple fact is that all the doubts…

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Intermezzo 12: Sharing and fragility

Intermezzo 12: Sharing and fragility

Sophia: I don’t really want to speak to because I know my head is going to go round trying to find the way to express what I have to say, and I don’t know what to say . . .  [begins to gently cry] What I feel in this moment is like a leaf and it seems that I cannot say any more. I feel very fragile; it’s not a bad feeling but it is a new situation and strange…

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Intermezzo 11: Concepts are not facts

Intermezzo 11: Concepts are not facts

Mike: As people who were born into a culture which is basically Cartesian, we adopt concepts and we use those concepts in conversations or in our work as though they were facts. They are not facts; they are concepts, until we embody them. Does that make sense? Kieran has suddenly woken up, what has struck you Kieran? Kieran: In the morning I went for a walk and we were talking about exactly this. Mike: There you are you see ……

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Intermezzo 10: As it is

Intermezzo 10: As it is

Here is my Intermezzo 10; As it is! Do also read the comments after Intermezzo 1; What’s it all about? “Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is a beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it….

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Intermezzo: 1 What’s it all about?

Intermezzo: 1 What’s it all about?

Intelligence and intellect: a heightening of universal awareness The embodiment of spirit – there are two important words in that phrase one of which is embodiment and other word is spirit. In many cultures, those two words are kept apart; body is one thing and spirit is another thing and you get the impression that spirit is somehow out there – certainly further away than Madrid!  And that body is in here and in order to find one you have…

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Intermezzo 9: Attachment

Intermezzo 9: Attachment

He who binds to himself a joy Does the winged life destroy; But he who kisses the joy as it flies Lives in Eternity’s sunrise. William Blake Attachment is a critical, fundamental cause of the suffering, or unsatisfactoriness that is often referred to in Buddhism. It takes many forms: we are attached to our nation, our lineage, our religion, our education, our choice of diet and particularly our illnesses. Most of all, we are attached to the notion that there…

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Intermezzo: 8 Awakening

Intermezzo: 8 Awakening

The old year has finished. This is my little contribution to start the New Year, by reflecting on what I have learned recently and the several expansions of awareness that I have experienced in company with a substantial number of people  that I like to look on as being the Sangha. Awakening I cannot doubt that from time to time one or more members of these groups, working in unknowing, as they do, with the revelations that arise in the…

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Intermezzo: 7 WAKE UP (The scream I can not hear)

Intermezzo: 7 WAKE UP (The scream I can not hear)

“WAKE UP (The scream I can not hear)” From time immemorial, I am trying to wake you up but you don’t. Not complaining, for such is not my nature; mine is to wake you up. Not frustrated for I can’t be, just know that I have to wake you up. I put melody in bird’s chirping, coolness in the summer breeze, Burning heat in midday sun and deafening noise in monsoon thunder To just do one thing, wake you up….

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Intermezzo: 6 Entering the Circle – the Great Womb Space

Intermezzo: 6 Entering the Circle – the Great Womb Space

This is a beautiful companion piece to Intermezzo 5. It is written by Jo Feat. We have done very substantial work together and Jo has meaningfully assisted me on several occasions. Both Liz the author of Intermezzo 5 and Jo have the comment that what is often described as sexual energy, is not examined in schools. This seems a pity as we would not have taken form without it. There is room for much more immersion in the Masculine and…

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Intermezzo: 5 The Serpent and The Tide

Intermezzo: 5 The Serpent and The Tide

Awareness takes an infinite number of forms. The following is the offering if Liz Borodkin, a student, friend and teacher in her own right. She is currently doing great work in bringing the practice, in the conventional form, to appreciative students in the heart of the Middle East. We shall meet together again soon. This article immediately brought up a companion piece in Intermezzo 6:  Entering the Circle – the Great Womb Space from Jo Feat.  It will be interesting…

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Intermezzo 3: Enlightenment

Intermezzo 3: Enlightenment

Enlightenment The popular view is that in order to become enlightened we have to become something other than what we already are. Somehow what or how we are is inferior and gross. To become enlightened we have to get rid of all our imperfections and change ourselves through some sort of alchemical process into a kind of super-being. The first and perhaps most interesting angle on this point of view is that it involves a judgement by someone who, in…

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Intermezzo 2: Potatoes

Intermezzo 2: Potatoes

An offering to all therapists. Spring is coming, believe me, it always does, in whatever form it chooses to take and I look forward to a period of enormous activity in my vegetable plot. Traditionally early potatoes go in on Easter Monday. That is of course, if it is not raining or snowing or if the ground is not too hard or too soft or indeed, if I am not in bed with some sort of flu! It seemed like…

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