Sweat lodge

I swear I have seen God, seen the answer, the reason I am here. I have heard it on the voices in the dark, through the heat of steam and stone, your voice, speaking to me from across the black nothing, and in your voice, my own, and then yours again. Omniscience, I...

On listening

Listening is like oxygen—you can’t see it, but its presence keeps you from suffocating. Listening to another and being listened to, in turn, is a kind of life-sustaining exchange. Without a steady flow of this exchange, in our private lives and in our society, the...
The Buddha Game

The Buddha Game

Here’s another fun game. Imagine that everyone who comes into your experience is enlightened, a fully realized Buddha. Every one of them understands the ultimate nature of reality, and they all know you, fully and completely. Every thought you think, they hear. Every...
No genie required

No genie required

One day, you stumble across a magic lamp in a back alley—you just had a feeling something special might be under a trash pile back there so you walked into the dark to check it out. You rub its golden side, because that’s what you’re supposed to do with magic lamps,...