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...

May 23, 2018

A good Koan, as in the collection of gnomic phrases popularized by Zen,  is an inexhaustible fountain of symbolic resonances. The mind can ponder, play, ruminate and allow unexpected meanings to emerge. Not all koans are passed down by tradition; sometimes the world ca...

May 19, 2018

Intensive meditation retreats offer a chance to collect together energy, the energy needed to let the mind settle and therefore take understanding deeper. There is also an opportunity to examine direction, which links with your motivation. I have suggested that letting...

April 14, 2018

Q. At end of all retreats everyone shares the highlights/meaning of their experience. It's always been interesting to me that 80-90% of the comments are directed to unresolved psychological issues, not existential issues. I was especially interested in the issues some...

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