March 10, 2020

Q:  I’d be interested in any further thoughts you have about the questions which came up in our conversation, eg What distinguishes 'spirit' from 'consciousness'?

A. Good question. It hinges on what exactly is the ingredient which makes meditation 'spiritual' and differ...

March 9, 2020

Q. You said you had something of a collywobble after the last meditation when your solar plexus got over-activated. I am just emerging out of my own days of descent into migraine pain and my nervous system manifesting intense chaos...maybe in an attempt to regain equil...

March 9, 2020

Q. I always remember the presence in the room the time you took me to G's house after his death, when we meditated in his front room. Like roses, permeating, love, powerful but soft, clear and utterly refreshing. And I also remember noticing this at times in Wales for...

November 19, 2019

I came across a striking analogy by the great Zen master Dogen,  speaking of balance and equilibrium, and the importance of difference, and introduced it at a recent meditation weekend.  A steelyard (stilyard) is an unequal-arm balance, which works  differently from th...

June 23, 2019

Q. After reading your last article I have to ponder the fact that there is something in this kind of work and in your writing and thinking I don't understand. I feel there is so much training and background that I never took part in, and although I can sniff at it, I d...

April 10, 2019

Q.   It’s hard to see loved ones so troubled, and feeling unable to help their mental and emotional suffering, however much love you give them. This in turn troubles me, and I find it difficult to keep perspective.

A. I understand your grief about X’s suffering onl...

January 23, 2019

Q. It seems to me that a lot of the symbols from my meditation can be placed on the Kabbalistic tree...? And now I understand how you say you can have a sense of from what level symbols are operating.

A.  Yes, exactly. Use the Tree to analyse and think about anythi...

September 10, 2018

Q.  I can see that the strands of things I have picked up through the years are articulated by Kabbalah, and it might provide some frame I can understandCan you explain what you mean by the real Kabbalah? 

A.  The principles articulated in the Kabbalah are uniquely ge...

May 28, 2018

Q. I stumbled on this quote by Rilke just after I had written the mail to you, and somehow I thought it said what I couldn't...

“I live my life in growing orbits which move out over this wondrous world, I am circling around God, around ancient towers and i have been cir...

May 28, 2018

Q Here summer is coming and the beach is getting crowded at weekends. Humming birds are humming, and the gardens are exploding with colours. 

After our last session with Symbolic Encounters, I have been feeling very good. it really works! The images from the session sta...

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