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Last month, I brought home from my daughter’s Bat Mitzvah reception three plants wrapped in foil. Since our apartment is small, I left them on the balcony. I thought it would be a good way to let Nature take care of the plants and not to have to worry much about them. After a few days, I noticed their leaves were drying out in the summer sun. No amount of water seemed to help. After a few more days, I realized the foil was directing the sun’s rays onto the plants and burning them to death. I brought them in, took the foil off, and saw they were completely drenched in water. I cut off all the scorched leaves and found a place for each little plant around the house. Then it occurred to me that I should give them some healing.

They were really in sorry shape. My youngest daughter wanted a small pot for an art project and texted me at work, “The plants are dead anyway,” she said. I am a healer and philosopher. Energy work has transformed and continues daily to transform my life. But there is something intimidating for me about offering healing to a plant. It is such a clear litmus test of whether loving energy is flowing. Either it thrives, or it dies. It would break my heart to see the plants die.  It wouldn’t just be their lives lost; it would be magic itself.

We see energy with our mind’s eye. We work it with our imagination. We feel it viscerally with our senses. But we rarely intuit it with the same ease and clarity as the material world. It is more like a dream than a physical event. It is more like a painting than a digital photo. It is steeped in the language of subjectivity and context. For those of us who commune with it daily, it is real. It is essence itself. Yet we cannot prove it in quite the same way as facts in our everyday world. And we, too, sometimes call it into doubt. Why should my prayers matter? How could the work of my mind’s eye have any effect on these leaves before me? How could the love that I feel flowing through my heart and my fingertips reach them? Why should it matter at all? And if I myself have so many doubts, how could my love – even if some love is real – be effective and worthy?

I like to harness all of that doubt and transmute it. After all, doubt is just more energy rushing to get the job done. Once we see it and connect with it, we can direct it toward healing. I like to imagine our prayers, the work of our mind’s eye, as opening channels – channels of communication, channels for energy to flow, channels that connect higher sources of love to our lives right here.

Why should it matter? Why should it work? Why should it be like this at all? Imagine you are in a crowded room at a party. You find two friends who’ve never met and decide to introduce them. They go on to have a wonderful conversation. Each has powerful information to share with the other. They may even continue the relationship beyond the party. Their lives are changed forever. Does connection matter?

It matters. But why does mind matter? Why does the connection we make with our minds matter? Why is our intention so powerful? How can it move energy? How can it facilitate the flowing of love? How can work with the clarity of a dream, the precision of impressionist art, the subjectivity of taste, change our lives? How can energy be the essence of our world?

Our best science tells us that matter is but a relation between energy and the speed of light. It tells us that the separateness and location of particles are dependent on the act of being observed. It tells us that time and space are not linear. It tells us that more than 95% of our universe is made up of energy and matter we’ve never been able to observe or describe. In short, it tells us that the world is much more like what the shamans have described for ages than what we expect from our everyday notions of “science” and “reason.”

So, who is crazy? Who is backwards? I look at my plants now growing new leaves, beginning to thrive. I feel them beaming love back at me. I retrace with my mind’s eye those channels of love that bring healing to them and to me. And I listen to my guides. My spirit guides. Those voices of inspiration from beyond. Those who reach us only when we allow the channels of communication to be open. When we make the choice for connection.

And I say, this is the truth I choose to live.

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How do you break up with a narcissist? How do you get rid of that toxic person in your life? Earlier in history, these might have been mere self-help questions, but now they concern the whole country. How do we, as a nation, break up with Donald Trump? How do we let go of our strange attachment with the man? How do we disentangle him from the web of our political alliances, social systems, and

One day in Tai Chi class, my instructor said something that surprised me. When you’re experiencing a lot of Yang energy and everything is going strong, he said, expect Yin to come along. In other words, when you’ve been flying high for some time, expect to come down. When life is easy, expect it to grow hard. Now, if you’ve ever heard of Yin and Yang, you’re probably wondering why this surprised me. I’m a

The other day a reader on Facebook contacted me. He wanted to get a professional philosopher’s take on a question. “What do you think…,” he asked, “of the meaning of existence?” “Well, that’s a big question,” I could hear my own advisor answering in my head.  In academic philosophy, we are trained to be very careful and precise in our thinking. It’s a great skill, but sometimes it gets in the way of really engaging

There are those very dark and gloomy days, the ones where everything seems to fall apart. Absolutely everything. You’d go stick your head in a hole and stay there forever – if only you could find a hole, if only you could bear a minute more of the chaos. What do you do? How do you deal with life’s most disastrous moments? Here is a recipe for healing: Go into the bathroom and close the

Heart

Today I posted a new guided meditation that is part of a series I am developing on how to heal a broken heart. I don’t think there is a more exquisite pain than that of a broken heart. And yet that pain has driven a great deal of my own spiritual work. At times, I think the most powerful way to open your heart – to become a source of light and love – is to

Most people know that meditation calms the mind and relaxes the body; they are also aware of the tremendous health benefits of this practice. The problem is that many people find it hard to sit still long enough to meditate. One of the most commonly taught meditation techniques is to focus on the breath. If the mind wanders, we are instructed simply to notice this and to return the attention gently back to the breath.

This post is for those who feel tortured by a thought. Maybe it is the thought of a person, the memory of an event, or a broken dream. The problem is, you can’t get it off of your mind. The harder you try, the more it haunts you. You’d do anything to be free of it, but you just don’t know how. You feel tired and defeated. Here is an insight that can help: You

Country

Please join us on the soul waves Sunday, December 18 at 6pm PST/9pm EST. We will be sending love and healing to our country on the eve of the Electoral College vote. If you’ve made it through a dark night of the soul, you understand that crisis is nothing but an opening for transformation. We have the power to turn this craziness into the best thing that ever happened to our country. It can open