Where have I been all week? I’ve been here mostly. Genpo Rosh’s Big Mind work is an elegant weaving of Zen Buddhism and deep shadow work. He utilizes a technique called Voice Dialogue to access aspects of the self. It enables you connect with aspects that have been mostly rejected by the self and therefore have become shadow elements. The amazing thing is with this work is that you not only access the dualistic voices, but you easily access the non-dual, transcendent ones too. You get to have an experience of the non-dual as easy as shifting in your chair. It turns out that all the “seeking” that we do to access this limitless, peaceful, and clear state of mind is the very thing that has kept us from it. The more you “try” the less you are IN it. I spent much of the week sitting in this space of clear, limitless mind.
And that is why this week has felt like: So Many Days, So Few Fears.
And then came Friday. A few weeks ago, I asked my manager for some help. I knew I needed an editor or agent to help me with my book outline. And he cam through. So Friday I had a conversation with a literary agent. It was a great conversation. She is smart, savvy and gets what I am up to. She was the editor of my dad’s first book Brain Droppings.
Bottom line – during the conversation I claimed something that I know is what I have been avoiding claiming for a long, long time. It is about who I am and what I am really doing through all the work I do – finding a clear and consistent relationship with the sacred.
So, when it came to defining a genre that I thought my memoir would fit into, I knew where it belonged – in the spiritual memoir section. And although that word can be construed in a myriad of ways, most of which I hate, it is where I belong.
AND THIS WAS TERRIFYING. But here it is – I am writing a memoir – a spiritual memoir. I have been avoiding stepping into this label for a long time. I know ultimately it is what ALL of my work is about whether I am writing, performing, teaching or coaching, i am interested in my and the world’s relationship with the sacred, the transcendent, the soul, the True Self, the Authentic Voice. Name it what you want, but it is it.
What a week.
Question for the week: What has your soul been asking you to claim for the last 10 years?