Rich Kids

Rich Kids

I once went to a seminar for wealthy parents on how not to spoil their children. Not that I have kids but I did have a free ticket. And I’d long been curious as to why people who become “successful” through struggle and striving so often breed underdeveloped loafers. The […]

Cerebro is Real

Cerebro is Real

I mused last week on the concept of synchronicity after an interesting experience I had. Analytics show the piece was not widely read. But the following day I was contacted (which takes strangers some doing) by two curious fellows, one a psychoanalyst and the other a writer, both who investigate […]

This Morning’s Fire

This Morning’s Fire

Synchronicity – A phenomenon where an event in the outside world coincides meaningfully with a psychological state of mind. I awoke this morning to a loud fire alarm, coming from a new apartment complex nearby still under construction. I wasn’t surprised; this alarm had gone off dozens of times over […]

The Gratitude Experiment

The Gratitude Experiment

Update: About two weeks into this, I was stopped in my tracks with the sudden realization that I’d lately been happier (more content, peaceful, fulfilled, etc.) than usual. More significantly, I realized that I’d been so for days. Unlike my typical experience of reality (general dissatisfaction punctuated by momentary highs), […]

Consciousness Is a Room

Consciousness Is a Room

I recently came to terms with the fact that I was unhappy and had been for days. Ignoring it was becoming too difficult and I was tired of feeling this way. I thought, “This is no way to live! What am I doing wrong?” Next morning I broke from the […]

Heart Rhythm: Meditating vs. Writing

Heart Rhythm: Meditating vs. Writing

This is a graph of my heart rate while meditating over the course of about 90 seconds. During this time I feel a sense of well-being, calm, and peace. What’s curious is that during this time my heart rate is not constant, as might be expected but oscillating from somewhere […]

The Unconscious at Work

The Unconscious at Work

People often ask me why I say the unconscious is intelligent and autonomous. Here’s an example. The other day my girlfriend, who will arrive later that day after a long road trip, calls to say hello. She tells me how the trip is going and when she thinks she’ll get […]

Be kind to the old man

Be kind to the old man

I walked out of my office building into the courtyard of the sterile office park. The company was in its first year and I was working nearly constantly. I needed to clear my head. A woman nearby was admiring berries on a decorative tree. “That’s nice,” I thought. She plucked […]

How I started reading Jung

How I started reading Jung

The story of how I started reading Jung is strange — at least till you start hanging out with other people who read Jung. Then this kind of thing is commonplace. My story starts with a lingering headache. I’ve had it for weeks. Not a constant pain but an uncomfortable […]

Writing, Intuition, Personality Type

Writing, Intuition, Personality Type

I’m beginning to understand how personality type affects the writing life. First, motivation. Some write to convey a sensation, or to evoke emotion, or to create a work of literary art. I get the urge to write following a flash of insight. Which makes sense. We each have a dominant […]