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WHO KILLED ROMEO?

“Thus, with a kiss, I die.” The famous last words of Romeo, in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. It’s widely agreed that Shakespeare created the character of Romeo (relying rather heavily on Ovid and Painter). And many actors have donned a costume, and stepped onto a stage, and delivered that line, as if they were Romeo. They’ve done their best to create the belief in the audience that Romeo stands before them, and Romeo dies. The play rolls to its conclusion, the curtain comes down. The actor who plays Romeo leaps to his feet, grasps the hands of his fellow actors

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THE TRUEST FRIEND

The truest friend is the one who holds you to the discomfort when every ounce of you wants to run. The truest friend knows that it’s time to stop running.

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BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS

Everything of this world has a beginning and an end. A birth and a death. There is creation and destruction. A building up and a tearing down. Triumph and disaster.

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THE THING ABOUT METAPHORS

Metaphors are great for disrupting current thinking. For breaking down an old model that doesn’t serve. They are less great for creating a new model, because the chances are, the logic of the metaphor will fail us.

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KEEPING IT SIMPLE

I’ve got the simplest possible message:
– You are not bound by or to a body and mind;
– You are aware, and awareness is unlimited;
– You live in the world that lives in you.

And, if you like simple, you are done for today. That’s it.

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HELPING PEOPLE

You might be inspired to help people feel better. This desire might even have become what you do for a living. And, indeed, there is a role for psychology in stabilising an unstable sense of self. There are non-dual therapists and counsellors that I’d have no qualms about recommending to anyone who was swaying from joy to despair and back again.

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SITTING WITH IT

I received an email recently, titled, “Sitting with Our Sadness.” And it began: ”Sitting with our sadness takes the courage to believe that we can bear the pain and we will come out the other side.” Now, in many spiritual circles, there’d be a nodding of heads at this. Maybe you know what I teach well enough to expect the opposite response here? Indeed, I was shaking my head.

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