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...

Playing hide-and-seek with the universe

The universe is always playing hide-and-seek with us. It twists and turns, bounces and bends in an eternal dance of awakening. It hides because it loves to be found. It loves the awakening moments, the epiphanies, the “ah-ha’s.” It lives for the moments that make us...

The puzzle of humanity

A small group of travelers awoke one day out of the blue in a new world. They had no idea how they had gotten there or what they were doing there. They knew nothing about their new world. It was dangerous and scary, but also hospitable, fascinating, and breathtakingly...

The strange starting point of purpose

We take the whole damn thing too seriously. Life, I mean. I invite you to consider a possibility: What if the whole thing was just a game? What if… Culturally, we believe the universe, the plan, the framework of existence to be a serious endeavor. Screw it up...

The “x factor” of life purpose

A team of scientists had been working for years to develop a life purpose machine. Their idea was this: You step inside a chamber. A technician plays with the settings to give you exactly what you need in order to find and live your purpose to the fullest. When you...

Practically Crazy: How to turn your crazy into a career

We’re all crazy. Every one of us. But it’s a good crazy. We all have our own strangle little quirks, our particular way of looking at the world, our special gifts, our unique desires and dreams. We’re all passionate about different things. We all notice and are...