The Alchemist: Exploring a recipe for happiness

It’s nearly March and for the first time in my life, I haven’t drafted up the “proverbial” list of goals to achieve this year: increase my business income by 30%, increase my retirement contributions by 20%, lose those extra 10 pounds, commit to working out at the gym, sign up for that sculpting class, etc. The list goes on; you know the drill. I’ve always been goal driven. It gives me a sense of purpose, knowing I’m working towards improving my life on all fronts. But this year is different. I’ve been feeling a subtle and yet profound transition building deep within me, a yearning for… [read more]

The unconscious mind & overcoming self-criticism

If we look into the mirror with honesty, we would all admit to times when we have doubted our decisions, our abilities, perhaps even our character, and allowed that voice of self criticism to set in. I’m sure in their quiet moments, the likes of Richard Branson, Oprah, Warren Buffet, Mother Teresa and Obama have questioned their lives. After all, this is part of the human experience, right? Well it was one of those weeks for me. I looked at my life and questioned, “Did I make the right choices?” “Where would I be today if I would have taken the ‘corporate… [read more]

A New Year’s message to humanity

It’s the last day of 2015. Amidst the celebrations here and around the globe, Eryn and I set aside a few minutes to connect with our board members for a toast and a quick message for the New Year. They shared with us a personal message about what we each should release and embrace in 2016 (more on this to come). But before parting, they asked if they could offer a message to you. We pass this on with the hope you will find the time to be in the silence of your wisdom. With all our gratitude and best wishes for you.        … [read more]

Interviews with Khaled: Boarding the board

Two months have passed since Khaled introduced himself. He had become one of our regular board members by now and always made invaluable contributions to the conversation, whether it be world affairs or personal matters. But today I had a mission. I had several random [but important] questions burning inside and was anxious to get some answers. Who decides to come on the board? Exactly how does the planchette move? Does reincarnation truly exist? It was the eve of Thanksgiving and we were busy preparing for the holiday. But Eryn and I took a brief respite from the flurry of activity… [read more]

Gratitude: An expansive muscle

It’s the day before Thanksgiving and we’ve been busy with the usual prepping, something I enjoy every year. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s doesn’t require lines at the mall to spend money you don’t have on gifts, just because it’s expected. Or two-hour waits at a restaurant for Mother’s Day. No, it’s about spending time with family, good food, and giving thanks for all that we have in our lives. I say this for those of us who are fortunate to live in a country that is not torn apart by war, or faced with widespread famine, or religious persecution. Such is the plight… [read more]

Turning inward as individuals, as a nation

The Syrian refugee crises continues to heighten. Now, more than 11 million people (half of the country’s pre-war population) have either died or been forced from their homes since the war in Syria began in 2011. And while there are many other refugees fleeing from their homes in other parts of the globe—Iraq, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gaza, South Sudan, and Somalia to name a few—our attention to the plight of the Syrians has been center stage. Sadly, it wasn’t until the tragic image of a Syrian boy washed up on the shores of Turkey that many of us began to truly feel… [read more]

Interviews with Khaled: Be a grain of sand

As I mentioned in the first of this series, Khaled walked into our lives one fortuitous Saturday morning. Eryn and I were sitting on the patio with coffee in hand and immersed in conversation. At some point, when our discussion segued into the Middle East and the mass migration of Syrian refugees, I sensed a subtle but distinct presence nearby. I instinctively suggested to Eryn that we try our hand at the board. I say this because—at that time—we had only used the board on several occasions and were novices. So we situated ourselves in the living room with what would become our usual set up: comfortable chairs with loads… [read more]

Interview with Khaled: The white elephant

It was the very first time Eryn and I met him, our dear friend Khaled. He walked into our lives one Saturday morning, when Eryn and I were steeped in discussion about the strife in the Middle East. Unbeknownst to us, it would become the first of many delightful, philosophical conversations with Khaled and other friends. It was the day Khaled planted the seed for this blog and, for me personally, the beginning of what would become a deeper relationship with Khaled through my practice of channeling. And so I want to share several of our early conversations with Khaled in this three-part series. He sprinkles… [read more]