Category: Personal Growth

Thriving in the Midst of Crisis

December 21, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

The 75 years leading up to 2020 were some of the calmest in human history. What if the craziness of 2020 reflects a return to the average level of chaos on the planet? What if a new administration, or retiring, or moving to Canada isn’t going to be the answer? No doubt we want to prevent crisis when we can, but this year is showing us the limits of our control. What could be possible if you started expecting crisis and viewing it as an opportunity to step into your genius? In this 7-minute video I talk about how to do your pre-crisis leadership work in order to keep learning and growing, and how to use crisis to not just […]

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What’s Getting in the Way of Your Unlived LIfe?

December 8, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

Take about 7+ minutes to watch this video on one of my favorite topics: resistance. Is it my imagination or does anything we do that’s meaningful and worth doing come with resistance? Thoughts, feelings, systems, friends, family, beliefs—all these forms of resistance come from either inside or outside and have to do us or with others. What is your favorite form of resistance these days? I offer 3 things to do that just may get you to the next level.

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Make Yourself Great Again: How to Navigate the Big Transition

October 13, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

There’s no coming to consciousness without pain. ― C.G. Jung 2020 has been an intense year filled with anxiety. We are in the thick of a great cultural and global transition that started about twenty years ago. Digital technology and social media have put the Big Transition into hyper-drive in the last ten years. At the Root of the Issues In addition to all its benefits, technology has preyed on the way our brains operate. The digital age has come with a deepening our brain’s neurological grooves that enables dualistic (e.g., right/wrong, good/bad) thinking. Our beliefs have become more extreme, and we have become more inflexible. Our brains have never been more susceptible to the deceptive messages from those seeking […]

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What are You Changing? Making the Most of the Integration Stage of a Global Initiation

June 11, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

 Sapiens are experiencing a global initiatory process in 2020. With our culture increasingly committed to distraction, addiction, and disconnection, such a process might just save us in the longer run. In two earlier videos, I discuss the Descent and Ordeal stages of initiation. In this nine-minute video, I talk about the Integration stage. I’m not suggesting we are out of the Ordeal stage but rather offering a road map for navigating these challenging times, inviting you to consider what you want to be different in your inner and outer life as you emerge from your cocoon. Declaring what you want to be different is the key to seeing and benefiting from the gifts that I think 2020 can bring.

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Tools for the Journey: A Daily Meditation and a Daily Checklist

May 8, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

Don’t underestimate the cumulative effects of stress caused by uncertainty and loss of connection…this COVID stuff is getting old and unfortunately, we have a long way to go. During stressful periods it’s important to move energy around. Give this 5-minute guided meditation/visualization a try…it will help you free up the clogged spaces in your head, heart and spirit. Maybe you’ll get hooked and do it every day. Not only is this good for overwhelm, anxiety, boredom, and/or low energy, it’s a practical energetic grounding process to use to start and end any day. Notice I don’t mention about open or closed eyes, either work. If meditation is not your thing you or you need another daily practice, you might like […]

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Three Tools and Two Secret Ingredients to Transform Your Relationships

April 28, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

We are never angry because of what others say or do. It is our thinking that makes us angry. – Marshall Rosenberg, Author of Non-Violent Communication “How are things going on the home front?” takes on a new meeting when the “home front” is the only front you have. We’ll soon start spending more time away from home, yet our relationships have been tested in past couple of months. It’s sweet to hear someone say they appreciate that his or her mate is home with the family and not traveling so much or spending so many nights at the office or entertaining clients. Important needs are being met in some couples with a standing “game night” ritual and it didn’t […]

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Embracing the Ordeal: Stage 2 of Our Planetary Initiation

April 14, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

It is largely great love and great suffering that create spiritual listening and larger seeing. –Richard Rohr, Franciscan Contemplative Author and Teacher   The good news is, social distancing is working. The bad news is it may be the only thing that works for a while. Our ordeal continues…  This eight-minute video is the second in a three-part series in which I look at the coronavirus as a planetary initiation with three stages. This video looks at the “Ordeal” stage.  Your personal ordeal may be the result of feeling stuck or bored at home away from friends and colleagues, living with a lot of uncertainty, or maybe you know someone with COVID-19 or feel scared that you or someone you […]

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Never Let a Good Crisis go to Waste

April 3, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

In this 10 min video, I talk about the patterns of initiations as we navigate a planetary initiation.  Specifically, in this video, I focus on the “descent” stage of initiation. Seeing this as a rite of passage provides perspective as you ride the mental and emotional waves. Having a map allows you to know where you are in the process of transformation and to consider what is trying to emerge for us individually and collectively. How will you use this time to create a better version of you, and of us? Note: I’ll cover the other two stages of the initiation (ordeal and integration) in subsequent videos Brian

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4 Tools for Navigating this Rite of Passage

March 25, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

Humanity is experiencing a global rite of passage. Such experiences have a distinct three-stage pattern that is referred to as “the hero’s/heroine’s journey.” I will send you tools and sustenance intended to fit the current stage we are in. The first stage is the descent, when we are separated from our creature comforts and our family and community, we are confused and frustrated, and we lose the ego power of status and reputation. Then comes the ordeal, when we experience the fear of darkness and uncertainty that come with being in the “belly of the beast,” we wrestle with our demons, and we may have to fight for our life while at the same time getting a glimpse of a […]

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Five Timely Questions to Ask When Business is Not as Usual

March 23, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

It’s definitely not “business as usual” these days. Under the circumstances, you may feel disoriented, foggy, overwhelmed, numb, stuck, or just not knowing what to say to someone. And yet your business life continues, you want to connect, you need to do your job, and you care about the people you work with. Before discussing vulnerable or potentially stressful or contentious business topics, strive to make an authentic connection. Ask one or more meaningful questions. These suggested questions are most effective when accompanied by an open, grounded, positive and abundant attitude. Each question is followed by an intent that you can be mindful of without explicitly sharing. How are you feeling? Intent: I want to hear what emotion you are […]

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