Five keys for crossing the desert of purpose

In my last article I gave you an overview of the hero’s journey, which is an archetype for finding and living purpose. The aspiring hero receives a call. She accepts it and commits. Eventually, she hits the desert — the long and lonely slog of commitment, hard...

The heart of purpose

I didn’t understand this as a child as my father’s thick, leather belt thrashed my soft backside and crushed my tender heart. I couldn’t conceive of it as I shrank from the rage in his eyes and hands. Had you told me this in high school as I observed jerks mocking and...

Hacking the matrix of personal transformation

7 codes for unlocking your superpowers and reprogramming your life What do you wish you could change most about yourself? Struggling with an addiction and want to break free for good? Keep getting pulled back into reactive and destructive emotional patterns and want...

Climbing the REAL mountain of purpose

Over the past several months I’ve been quietly yet feverishly building something big and exciting behind the scenes. (To learn what it is, click here.) It’s a complex project. There are tons of moving parts, so many little decisions that need to be made along the way....

How to do self-compassion

Let me start from the beginning: Authentic Purpose is who you naturally are and what you naturally do when nothing gets in the way of it. Therefore, the secret to “finding” purpose is to remove all barriers to it. The primary barrier of purpose is fear. People are...

Memento mori

Imagine an existence with no death. You reach adulthood, and then you never grow old, your body never wears out. You never lose anyone you know to the great beyond. You have unlimited time to do and accomplish anything you can imagine. Want to become the CEO of a big...

Welcome the smacks

Andy was kneeling in a meditation posture with his eyes closed in a Japanese Buddhist temple. As an American college student, he had come here to learn more about Japanese religion. He had a hard time thinking of anything other than his knees, which were beginning to...

Steel mill or show biz?

James was born in Ontario, Canada in 1962, the youngest son of Kathleen, a homemaker, and Percy, a musician and accountant. From a young age, James loved comedy, particularly impersonations. He had a dream to go into show business. At the age of ten, he wrote a letter...

The universe is a mirror

You are a human being experiencing the universe. Or are you the universe experiencing a human being? Huh. You think you’re staring out at it. But what if it is staring in at you? Deeper now: What if you and it are one and the same — that separation between you...