A Transitional Time for Alice

mtmadonnasunrise.jpgIts been a while (since the middle of my trip east) since I posted on the blog, and I apologize for leaving it so long, but A LOT has been going on.

Before my amazing trip to Chicago and the East Coast, my job at Stanford came to an end. I have always had a very hard-working, responsible (maybe over-responsible) personality type. There have been a series of things that have happened both on the trip and upon returning home that seem to be clearly steering me away from taking another full time job. Right at the moment it seems clear that I am preparing to do more booktours, and give the book more exposure in this first year of its life.

There is also another thing which is happening and that is the creation of a day-long workshop which seeks to combine a satsang-like talking format with experiential work to communicate this work to people in an embodied way. I am drawing on all the experience of my years of working with groups from Findhorn to the present and am ready to take this on the road with me also. Just yesterday I made the initial contacts for going to the LA area and the Sacramento area, and am thinking that I would also like to do a loop into the southwest in August and September.

I am in new territory with all this, but am feeling very supported by the things that are happening in doing this work. Of course this could all change in a millisecond, but for now, it appears to be how life wants to move in me right now.

Right now I am at home doing all of the preliminary work and am unusually available for working with people in a telephone mentoring capacity if people are interested in that. When I’m actually on the road it will be harder, though not impossible to be there for people in that way.

Another book is also wanting to happen, and so my time is more than full as I rise to meet all of what wants to happen here. I also feel a bit like a genie that has been let out of a bottle, since I have all this time been working full time and doing everything else on the side. To tell the truth I couldn’t make this change until I had fully processed my personal survival stuff. I could say it took me a lifetime to do that, but it would also be valid to say that it has taken me six months of delving deeply into the human striving for survival as I find it in myself, and letting go to the point where now it feels like “whatever life wants of me, that is of course what I want also”. Including all the usual stuff about being a bag lady or being hungry or cold when I’m old. Whatever life wants of me, I’m ready. This is not pie in the sky. We are talking about dealing with major auto and dental bills just this week and how good it feels to let the energy of money flow as it will without fear. And there is also the beautiful gifts that are being given to me at the moment, from a wonderful break in my cost of living to the beauty of a deep meeting with a friend, or an email from someone touched by my writings. I can’t say all this without also noting the beauty of the world around me as an ongoing gift also. I am so very blessed.

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Early Spring in New England

After a very full time of doing several group meetings back to back along with the radio interview, and then doing a LOT of visiting and photography, I think I’m going to just get a rest time now, being with my parents in Exeter New Hampshire. I will share some of the photos below that I have been taking around New England. This time in the spring is so special here, as the earth reappears after being buried all winter under all the snow, and little rivers are trickling everywhere. Today it got up into the 50’s, which was the warmest they have had around here lately, but tomorrow is supposed to reach the 60’s so is cause for great relief and celebration. Spring is here.

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Report from the Road: Vermont Still Waiting for Spring

I thought that I would be able to write more often on this trip but it has been an extremely full time. The Chicago experience was amazing. I arrived a day earlier than I needed to, to attend the Oprah Winfrey show about A New Earth, and what happened in that day (besides resting up) was the filming of two hours of conversation with Richard Miller who has already made 24 of these conversations with others for Chicago Public Television. Richard is creating a wonderful archive of conversations with spiritual teacher types of people and they are available to all if you go to video.google.com and search “Never Not Here”. It is a wonderful resource for all and I will put a link to it on my website when I get home.

The Oprah Show the next morning was an amazing experience, but they didn’t ask me to say anything at all. The entire audience consisted of people who were related to the A New Earth webcast in some way. Many of them were people who had written in asking questions. The show itself was 100% on A New Earth, and was already pre-orchestrated with 8 chosen participants Skyping in who had experienced major shifts recently from reading A New Earth. One was a soldier in Baghdad who was currently experiencing incoming rockets and having to periodically hide underground to protect himself from the enemy fire. His mother was in the live audience. So was Elizabeth Lesser and a woman who was a Catholic lay minister. Each person of the 8 Skypers had a particular story about a recent shift and they all fit together beautifully. My favorite was a woman in Ontario who was in late stages of cancer. She was so inspiring the way she talked about how she had been so negative and angry and now she was living in the awareness of how precious and beautiful every remaining moment of her life was. The show will air on Wednesday April 9th in the regular Oprah Winfrey show time-slot in your area.

As soon as the cameras would shut off, Oprah was so personable and talked to us all as if over a cup of tea in her kitchen. She told us a couple of remarkable things in those commercial breaks and afterwards. She traced the whole trajectory of her career with us and ended up making the point that ALL of it seemed to her to be directly leading to and making possible this work that she is doing with Eckhart Tolle. She says it is the most important thing she has done in her life. She also said that she intends to hold off naming any more books to her book club for at least a year in order to keep the focus on A New Earth and see what the year brings. Isn’t she something? I’ve really got to hand it to Oprah. What an amazing woman. What an opportunity she is giving the world.

Now, a few days later, I am writing from Vermont. I am staying with a dear friend in Guilford Vermont and there is still 3 feet of snow on the ground at her house! Vermonters are still waiting for spring, and looking forward to it very much after one of the longest and snowiest winters in a very long time. There are still 20 foot piles of snow here and there on the north sides of big barns and places where the sun doesn’t often reach.

I have already done two evening book events/groups and both have gone wonderfully with about 25 to 30 people attending. The event in Amherst Mass takes the record for length, having started at 7:00 and the last people not leaving till almost midnight. There was also a radio interview on the local station WKVT with local DJ Steve West who did a wonderful job interviewing me about the book, and has given me the recording on a disc, so I will be able to post it on the website at some point in the near future. There is one more event this afternoon in Westminster West (Vermont, north of Brattleboro) and then a lot of visiting around with old friends. This is the area where I have lived for most of my adult life and raised my family. I lived around here right up until moving to California in 2004. On Monday night I will visit the woman who created the beautiful cover that you see on Life Beyond Belief, and on Tuesday I return to see more of my parents who live in a wonderful Senior Community in Exeter New Hampshire called RiverWoods. Because of the Chicago adventure, I arrived to see them at the beginning of this trip just in time to borrow their car and leave again. So Tuesday through Saturday will be the time to be a better guest than that, and to enjoy and be with them until my return to California on the 12th.

Waiting for the Oprah Show? Or is THIS why I’m here?

Here I am in the windy city, having been deposited here a day early by the twists and turns of plane ticket costs and resting in the wonderful hospitality of a community of spiritually oriented people who gather in Chicago. I am resting as I write this in a most comfortable and quiet guest room, listening to Joan Tollifson talk on a video that a filmaker named Richard Miller has made of her sharing her awakened perspectives on life. I wondered why life wanted me to come to Chicago a day early. Maybe just to rest for a day I thought innocently. I am resting. But I’m off on another adventure this afternoon, riding the trains across the Windy City to find the home of Richard Miller and do a couple hours of filming a conversation about life.

Check out Richard’s work at video.google.com by searching “never not here”.

Then its up early early tomorrow morning to get to Harpo Studios for 7 AM. I’ll let you know what happens with that. Perhaps it will be nothing. Perhaps I really came to Chicago to make a video or to be a part of Richard’s work. Or maybe life wanted me to meet Tom who has opened his home to me. We don’t know, do we? We really don’t know which things we do are the ones that “matter” in some larger way than the everyday. In another way, it all matters and none of it does, but it also seems like in any one life that a few things will be the things that shift things in some way. Tip things in a new way and start a new trajectory. Perhaps for example we just say something to someone at a perfect moment for them, and their life rolls out differently and the course of the world is affected. We never know which of our actions have those kind of ramifications, do we? So we just go along without knowing which moments are like that. Perhaps they all are!

Waiting for the Oprah Show? Or is THIS why I’m here?

Here I am in the windy city, having been deposited here a day early by the twists and turns of plane ticket costs and resting in the wonderful hospitality of a community of spiritually oriented people who gather in Chicago. I am resting as I write this in a most comfortable and quiet guest room, listening to Joan Tollifson talk on a video that a filmaker named Richard Miller has made of her sharing her awakened perspectives on life. I wondered why life wanted me to come to Chicago a day early. Maybe just to rest for a day I thought innocently. I am resting. But I’m off on another adventure this afternoon, riding the trains across the Windy City to find the home of Richard Miller and do a couple hours of filming a conversation about life.

Check out Richard’s work at video.google.com by searching “never not here”.

Then its up early early tomorrow morning to get to Harpo Studios for 7 AM. I’ll let you know what happens with that. Perhaps it will be nothing. Perhaps I really came to Chicago to make a video or to be a part of Richard’s work. Or maybe life wanted me to meet Tom who has opened his home to me. We don’t know, do we? We really don’t know which things we do are the ones that “matter” in some larger way than the everyday. In another way, it all matters and none of it does, but it also seems like in any one life that a few things will be the things that shift things in some way. Tip things in a new way and start a new trajectory. Perhaps for example we just say something to someone at a perfect moment for them, and their life rolls out differently and the course of the world is affected. We never know which of our actions have those kind of ramifications, do we? So we just go along without knowing which moments are like that. Perhaps they all are!