A School for Creativity, Consciousness & Clarity

L E T T E R from Jac – Rewiring Ourselves

A daily meditation practice is like taking a huge tangled ball of wool (our minds) and slowly, piece by piece untangling it. We can then couple this with education, some self understanding and wiring in of new patterns and actions that are aligned with our personal truth, and then begin to live in a higher grade sense. We…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Letting The Storm Pass

I want you to think back to a really bad funk you have been in of late. One where you were gripped with negativity, or rage, or frustration. Mine are usually a combination of both. Which can lead to despair and overwhelm. But it always passes. It always passes, the positive, the negative, always shifting, and moving. For there is…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Being Love

Ram Dass speaks, “You are loved just for being who you are, just for existing. You don’t have to do anything to earn it. Your shortcomings, your lack of self-esteem, physical perfection, or social and economic success – none of that matters. No one can take this love away from you, and it will always…
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L E T T E R from Jac – From The Archives

I am moving through over 1000 Letters and hand choosing which ones make it to the Letters Edition 1 collection that we are soon to self publish. It’s been a behemoth task, one I certainly underestimated. Within them, I found this little gem, and I wanted to share it with you again, in case you…
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L E T T E R from Jac – And A Gold Star For You

Last week felt like a big Letter writing week of motivation and productivity. Which is nice and I hope for some of you helpful. Most of the time I feel like I am writing these Letters to myself, to learn, understand and motivate my own mind.  What’s also excellent is falling apart and putting yourself…
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L E T T E R from Jo – The Magical Power Of Encouragement

In all the hustle and bustle of life and trying to do our best and be our best we sometimes forget that it can be the little things, the simple things that can make an extraordinary difference. We sometimes believe that it is the big statements, the complex experiences, the hard-to-do exercises, the huge effort…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Preparation

What is it that you are working on right now? Is it your meditation practice? Is it healthier eating? Is it a new project? Do you want to begin to spend more time in nature, be more present? Today’s Letter stems from yesterday’s letter and is the next step in achieving what you want. Preparation…
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L E T T E R from Jac – What Do You Want

I was walking through a national park yesterday in the almost dark, for it was so early, breath chilly, with my friend Nina. She’s a full time writer, and I am a novice, so I take her advice on writing seriously. As we trod through broken gum leaves, branches snapping underfoot and navigated slippery rocks…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Navigating Out Of A Rut

Is anyone else in a massive rut right now with their work? Feeling stuck and unmotivated? Welcome to The Rut. It’s a crap place to be in regards to creativity and productivity. I wanted to share the few things I do to launch myself out of ruts.  – GET FOCUSSED. I write lists of what…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Staying Sane

In Zen, the teachings are centered around everything being Zen, nothing more special than anything else. The hierarchy is stripped out from ‘work’ and ‘life’ and equal importance is placed on all tasks. Cooking, preparing a meal, doing ones duties and tasks – with presence. And right now with the state of the world, that…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Prioritising What’s Important

The intellect is a fascinating thing. It only knows everything it has learned to this minute. It’s brilliant for problem solving, and wonderful when paired with creative thinking. It’s busting to be used and sometimes comes out of the gate overriding intuition and heart. I love teaching in our workshops tools that are applicable and…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Priorities Maketh The Boundary

There is nothing like challenging times to bring sharply in to focus the things that are important, truly important to us. It used to irk me that I always seemed to need to experience a crisis to wake myself up to this kind of crystal clarity… Why yes, you are very important to me, what…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Opening Our Windows

Sri M said something beautiful in a lecture I saw in London, and I might well have a few words out here but believe it was, ‘Grace is always available to us, will you open your windows to it? It’s like a breeze that wants to come through’. When we are stressed, grace goes. Intuition…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Middle Way

The Middle Way in Buddhism is a term to describe something not unique to Buddhism,  but is a concept embodied within Vedanta, Zen and more paths. Is not a path of apathy, compassion from a distance and inaction, used as a protective mechanism to keep oneself safe. Buddhism is about releasing the whole, the world,…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Three Months From Now

I was asked to imagine my life three months from now by a healer/therapist I have been working with. I want to invite you to do the same, project forward to mid September and sit with exactly who you wish to be in three months time. In three months time we will be in a…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Spiritual Bypassing

Spiritual Bypassing if you’re unfamiliar with it, is very common. It’s when spirituality is appropriated in order to avoid deeper emotional challenges, true transformation,  and doing the actual work of understanding yourself as a human being. John Welwood created the term decades back, describing ‘Spiritual bypassing is a term I coined to describe a process…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Clarity and Inspiration

It’s easier to shy away. It’s easier to justify inaction with the idea that one is not personally doing anything wrong. It’s easier to look the other way. It’s not why we are here as humans though. I’m not sure when spirituality and self development got co-opted by individualism, the idea that as long as you’re doing the work…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Get Calm and Then Carry On

When we are stressed and succumb to our animal nature we become self-centred. Everything and I mean EVERYTHING is happening at us. We see it all as a threat … to us, it’s personal. When we see a threat, particularly something personal we will react accordingly – defend, attack, withdraw. Automatically, it all comes pouring…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Check Your Self

Right now there is a huge shift happening in the world, and let’s be frank, thank goodness. It can be hard to know within this time, when we are overwhelmed and checking out, when we are in need of rest, or just shying away and putting our heads under the covers out of fear and…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Exploring Contemplative Thinking

I’ve come back across from pottering through some of our boxes The New Farmers Almanac, by Greenhorns, a completely delightful book. It’s a homage to time, to farming, to the seasons, and our connection to nature as a whole. I had forgotten how much I loved it, and promptly ordered the 2019 (2020 still pending…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Opening Intuition

Have you ever noticed that when your intuition speaks to you, it’s a physical feeling. It’s like a channeling, a vibration, that is then followed by thought. We call it ‘gut instinct’ for a reason, for it does not come from our thinking mind. How many times have you said to yourself when something went…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Not Taking Anything For Granted

I think the last few months has taught us not to take as much as we may have previously for granted, but how can we transition so we don’t forget? What are the steps to ensuring this sheer insane roller coaster called our lives seeps into every cell of us, so that we can truly…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Always A Work In Progress

Technically we are all a finite story, we have a beginning, a middle and an end. The paradox is that we will never really be quite finished, we will always be that work in progress. This is where our treasure lies, the continuous unfolding, shifting and changing of ourselves, ultimately building our legacy, the imprint…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Expanding Creativity

What blocks are in the way of your creativity right now? What is stopping you from expressing yourself creatively on a daily basis? Is it self doubt? Is it fatigue? Is it fear? Are you not getting enough sleep? Or eating properly? Are you committing to things you know don’t serve you? Are you not putting enough time aside for creativity?  Identify the…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Complexity of Being Human

Being a human is a very complex thing. We are either moving from our heart, acknowledging our privilege, sharing our emotional, physical and spiritual wealth with those in need, or, we are begrudging, lazy, and resentful. Now I manage to be both, a lot. Yo-yoing from one to the other. I have moments of deep…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Dusting Ourselves Right Off

Anais Nin says, “We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up…
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L E T T E R from Jac – True Compassion

People that have truly encountered the darkness of their own soul, I enjoy a lot. There is a rawness, an honesty, a humility. For I’ve had so many dark nights of the soul, so many encounters with pain, terror and unjustness over my own life, that it has made all the joys, the graces and…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Simplicity of The Heart

Krishnamurti speaks, ‘Simplicity of the heart is of far greater importance and significance than simplicity of possessions. To renounce comfort, or to give up smoking and other habits, does not indicate simplicity of the heart. The put on a loin cloth in a world that is taken up with clothes, comforts and distractions, does not…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Ego

From the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali‘Drg darshana shaktyor ekatma tevasmita’ The ego believes we are our thoughts and compels one to act with the primary motive of self-preservation The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are little nuggets of guidance for us in our paths to self awakening. This ego always sees things as seperate to Self. Its…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Not Running From Pain

Tonglen is a Buddhist practice of working with suffering – ours, and everyone else’s at every opportunity. It is a practice of feeling all the feelings, and amongst them finding compassion for others, and for ourselves on every level. It can sound kind of grim at first, but is a practice to actually soften us…
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L E T T E R from Jac – What We Think

You know the saying, ‘you are what you eat’, well we are also ‘we are what we think’. So today, place your attention on the quality of the thoughts you ENGAGE with. We will of course always have crappy thoughts and bad thoughts and all that, they’re impossible to escape a lot of the time.…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Daily Commitments

We can all talk a LOT about what we want to be doing, big plans, little follow through. Paring it back to this ’this hour is my life’ can be really helpful in living in the present. It’s not that we don’t plan, but when we plan we are fully present to the planning. Then…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Same, Same But Different

I love the fact that I change. Some days may be more obvious than others and some days may seem more regressive than progressive change but it is all still change. I am different. I am not who I was just a few moments ago. How much I change and the direction is very much…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Working with Uncertainty

Sticking with yesterday’s theme, I wanted to touch more on panic. I tend to panic as my standard go to. We laugh, okay fine my family laughs and I try not sulk, at my gasping in a car when Arran drive and I think an accident is happening. My looking for something for 1.2 seconds before claiming…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Need To Know

Our need to know all the time comes from our thinking mind, and robs us of the present moment. It’s not that we can cut off all our thinking – as a massive overthinker trust me, I tried for decades – but it’s that we can get some distance from those thoughts. The need for control. The need…
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L E T T E R from Jac – July Byron Bay Retreat Announcement!!

I am honestly so in awe of how the universe works. Two months back we were to be in Australia in July to launch our book on High Grade Living, and in conjunction host our wonderful Retreat at Atlantic. The book got pushed back to 2021. All The Broad Place Retreats and projects got cancelled.…
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L E T T E R from Jac – On Resistance and Flow – Part 2

So back to this idea of the Reward System. (you can read the previous Letter on Resistance and Flow in our JOURNAL. A lot of the time we think life isn’t going the way I want, so I’ve done something bad now I’m being punished. But also then I did something good. So where’s my reward?…
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L E T T E R from Jac – On Resistance and Flow – Part 1

What I have learnt about myself is that I sort of held on to some old Catholic beliefs that it was actually a punishment system. So ‘karma’ meant ‘you’re being punished’. Studying in India though, I kept being told,  “What, no, karma doesn’t mean that actually, that’s a sliver of its meaning.” Karma means an…
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L E T T E R from Jo – From The Heart

Whenever I experience a moment that connects me to my heart, I want to press pause and bathe in all its magnificence. Wrap myself up in it, around and around softly and gently so I’m cocooned forever. It is that glorious. The purity, the depth, the intensity is truly a beautiful thing, it makes me…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Spirituality

Sri M is one of my favourite teachers, for he combines the richest of spiritual knowledge, with practical modern living. I love this idea of the bookmarking of dawn and dusk with spiritual practice. When my daughter was small, I had to truly come to terms with that no longer meant yoga and meditation at those hours, but simply…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Follow Truth

It’s so tempting to want to look to others to figure out what to do. I have always admired Krishnamurti’s teachings, for he proposes we need to carve out our own path, and learn through experience. “I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion,…
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L E T T E R from Jac – A Micro Sabbatical

When I was in government quarantine, Instagram was a life line for me, to my friends, students and the outer world. Then I lost my account for a day or so when it got hacked. It got me thinking about what life would look like without Instagram. There was a lot of consider given how…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Note To Self

I know that change is happening always, it’s the only constant. I believe this, I feel it to be true deep in my bones and yet when I come up against it, *insert surprise-face emoji here*, it’s as though it’s my first time. What I’m beginning to realise is that my skills at accepting then…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Love Everything

One of my favourite teachers Ram Dass, was taught by his guru above all other teachings to ‘love everything’. It became Ram Dass’s primary teaching also. I’m not sure if you’re noticing this, with the same level of delight that I am, but everyone feels far more loving than in regular life. I am having…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Eliminating the non-essential

‘Misogi’ is a Japanese term meaning ‘eliminating the non essential’. Editing out what’s not important or relevant anymore. In the Great Reset that we are all involuntarily yet nonetheless taking, we have a big juicy opportunity to edit our lives, and continue to. Some questions for you to take on with presence and care. What…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Resistance

On Friday I hosted our live online The DOJO, 90 minute session on Resistance and Surrender, and we explored many verses of the Tao Te Ching to unravel and enrich these two concepts. I am absolutely loving The DOJO, the sessions are spacious enough to really get into the nuts and bolts, and then for our Black Belts we go even deeper in our…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Nature’s Infinite Wisdom

Whenever I feel stuck or wonder what’s the way of things Nature without fail always brings me a level of comfort. Nature shows me by doing, every day Nature presents to me a teachable moment, when I look more closely. My Challenge: Look what everyone else is getting up to, I’m not measuring up. Nature:…
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L E T T E R from Jac – A Planet Sabbatical

Yesterday Arran and I bumped into a friend Dan, who owns a cafe here in Byron with his wife, and we chatted hospitality and pivoting and all the new kinds of conversations that life brings up now. Dan said something really interesting, which Arran and I have been discussing, which was wouldn’t it be amazing…
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L E T T E R from Jac – What’s None Of My Business

In truth, this has been a really vulnerable time for me, I’ve shared more than before, heart of my sleeve, processing as I was going through it. I’m sure a psychologist would recommend resolving everything before you put it on a plate for the public, but something otherworldly felt like it was guiding me to take this approach. It wasn’t…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Sweet Joys

The feeling of getting out of government quarantine was truly something else. I have truly realised how relative time is to our experience. Two weeks can feel like forever, or it can go by in a snap. 7 weeks ago I was back here in Australia, world was our oyster and I had the most…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Learning’s From A Pandemic Part 4

Hands up who wants resilience? Hands up who also would prefer to not do the dirty work to get it? Resilience is like fitness, you have to do the exercise to get it.  I used to study karate, and I was terrible at it, but VERY enthusiastic. My poor Sensei! Karate is incredibly repetitive, it’s through the constant…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Growing Pains

We’ve all seen the illustration, the circle of comfort and the arrow of growth well outside and it’s likely we all know it to be real based on our own experiences. Growth is uncomfortable. However,  this doesn’t make it any easier – I haven’t yet achieved Master status of being excited about discomfort even though…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Learning’s From A Pandemic Part 3

I have found that trusting the universe is an easier task when things are ‘going my way’. I delight in the universe, and the Divine when I can see what’s ahead of me clearly. How right everything is the world, and how right I am to trust it all! Cue it going ’not my way’…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Learning’s From A Pandemic Part 2

We have been through some stuff in our lives, Arran and I. For some it would mount up a life time of challenge, for others, our challenges would be a drop in their pond. The thing is through the last 6 weeks, when it all really hit the fan, it was in essence like ripping…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Learning’s From A Pandemic Part 1

I thought I would share some of the beauty in what I am learning personally, and what I am learning from others, over a mini series of Letters. My favourite question at the moment when talking with people is ‘what is the one thing more valuable than any other that you want to take with…
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L E T T E R from Jac – To Live A Simple Life

Over 4 years ago, Arran and I gave away and sold almost all we owned, including all our furniture, and clothing and all the paraphernalia that adult and family life brings with it, and moved to a little furnished holiday cottage on a national park. It was a little experiment it took a few years…
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L E T T E R from Jac – A Spiritual Hurricane Lamp

Anne Morrow Lindbergh writes in her beautiful book Gift From the Sea, “I want in fact – to borrow from the language of the saints – to live “in grace” as much of the time as possible. I am not using this term in a strictly theological sense. By grace I mean an inner harmony,…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Alright, Let’s Get Curious

It’s interesting, I love to learn. I love the possibilities, the fresh thinking that stretch the boundaries of my mind and help me to see things differently. Expanding my world to make it feel bigger than before. However, I have recently worked out that what I really love is learning on my own terms. I decide…
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L E T T E R from Jac – To Despair Or Not Despair

The Mother, Aurobindo’s teaching partner teaches beautifully on despair and it has been something I have really learnt into. Her thinking is that we only lean into despair if we have lost our faith in nature’s path. “One who has faith even if only in himself can face all difficulties, all circumstances, even the most…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Surrender

In a 1979 lecture by Ram Dass he says, ‘Just look at your life and think how many preferences you have. You prefer pleasure over pain? Life over death? Friends over loneliness? Freedom over imprisonment? Love over hate? Where are your attachments? Where are your clingings? Are you stuck in polarities? That is what the…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Back to Love

When I am feeling any of those uncomfortable emotions – anger, frustration, sadness I can be spiky, hard, tight, stuck (you get the idea) and holding on only intensifies the experience for me and those around me. Letting go can become tricky, there’s a justification to bathe in the righteousness, wallowing seems to satisfy my…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Redefining Luxury

One of our students forwarded this Letter that I wrote back in December of last year and I thought that the timing is perfect to re-published it now. Enjoy! I read a brilliant article in the FT Weekend by Lucia Van Der Post. She says that luxury is shifted so dramatically and that “Today you…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The True Teachers

We all have teachers in our lives, that have helped us, taught us. It’s what I do for my living, yet am always saying to students that I truly am not doing more than pointing in a direction. It’s life that’s the true teacher, shining a light for us on our ability to cope, be…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Can You See The Moon?

Trauma is such an interesting experience, the brain seeming to be sliced into multiple parts. You can go through the motions through one part, then another section is panicking, another part numb and another part watching the whole thing take place with curiosity and intrigue. It’s a true observer based experience, which is in truth…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Getting On With It

I work one on one with a lot of people around the world, usually immensely successful people locked into a framework of their mind and social conditioning that means they see the world only one way. We work together and my job is to help them see myriads of other ways in which things could…
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L E T T E R from Jac – What Will You Honor

A lot of students that I teach and mentor are having the exact same challenge right now, caught between agonising decisions about how to get through this time at the moment. Furloughing, firing staff. Trying to stave off bankruptcy or attempting to pivot their entire business model. Within this there is not a lot of…
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L E T T E R from Jac – All The Dreams

There is a Jewish story, that is also told in many traditions with varying tones. The essence of it is that a poor tailor from the shtetl has a dream that there is a treasure buried beneath a bridge leading to a huge castle. The poor tailor packs a bag and set off to the…
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L E T T E R from Jac – A Heart At Peace

“Empty your mind of all thoughts, let your heart be at peace. Watch the turmoil of beings, but contemplate their return.   Each seperate being in the universe, returns to the common source. Returning to the source is serenity.   If you don’t realise the source, you stumble in confusion and sorrow. When you realise…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Truth of Resilience and Innovation

This situation at the moment is really dismantling a lot isn’t it. Us as people, our friends, our family, our societal rules and conditioning. Our ideas, our insistence on things being a certain way. Our rigidity, our stickiness to things that don’t really count when push comes to shove. I remember recently reading a scientist…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Priorities Are A Deal Breaker

It’s interesting that until I get really bloody clear about what is important to me (and this is usually via a helpful life lesson) I keep continuing to fragment my attention. It can be easy to make the list…  family, friends, other loved ones, health and so on… but how does this play out day…
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L E T T E R from Jac – What Happens Today Is A Choice

At the moment I can feel myself firming up, more grounded every day. Becoming stronger, more resilient, and I can feel it in our students. The storm is still hitting, and we can’t see that far ahead, but we are learning how to sail through it regardlessly. We are unsure where land is, and when…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Choice We Get To Make

We can truly lean into the current situation of the pandemic as a way to discover the truth of ourselves. We might be shocked at what we discover, having told ourselves a string of stories that loosely quilt together a reality we now find filled with holes, threadbare. I’ve been through a lot of crisis in my life, and sadly, people’s ability to divide…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Making A Difference

Every little thing you do makes a difference right now. That phone call. That tiny gesture. That offer. I have cried harder than ever at the generosity of people, as Arran and I lie awake at night wondering what next. Like most of you. So let’s all be as generous as we can manage. Try…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Suffering Is Optional

I do love this quote by Murakami. A man who also wakes at 4.30am every day and writes furiously until midday then runs and swims and takes the rest of the day off. If we embrace this idea fully, the shocks of the world right now are simply a reality and our suffering throughout it…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Panicking

When everyone around us is either panicking, or dismissing heavily everyone that is panicking, it’s hard to stay on solid ground. I remember when the global financial crisis hit in 2008, and I lost everything, including my marriage. It was admittedly a truly shitty time. Everyone was in a blind panic, and I lost 70%…
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L E T T E R from Jac Lewis- Authenticity

So much of the time we edit ourselves for people who don’t really count. A lot of the time we aren’t even aware we are doing it. Catch your thinking around what you post on Instagram for example, understanding if you might be posting as ’this generate more likes’. I’m pretty confident pornographic style yoga…
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L E T T E R from Jac Lewis- Subconscious Beliefs

Understanding subconscious beliefs is something we teach in our Integrated Meditation course as we peel back some of the subconscious beliefs students have about Integrated Meditation – we shouldn’t have thoughts/we can control our minds/it should be uncomfortable and I just work through the pain (the list is long)… Many of us in the modern world…
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L E T T E R from Jo Simpson- Three Things I’m Contemplating This Week…

I was talking with one of my very wise teachers recently about the lost art of contemplation. Mulling things over, being reflective, thoughtful – it’s not the pointy, sharp parts of thinking but the soft gentle almost fuzzy parts. There may not be an answer or a nice and tidy conclusion, just a rumination. I…
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Thought Of The Week – Mind Nutrition

Consider that what you eat is also what you are. Consider this for your mind. What you consume mentally makes up your mind nutrition. So that’s the conversations that take place, what you look at on Instagram, what you read in your email subscriptions, the magazines and newspapers you read. Are you eating mind garbage,…
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L E T T E R from Jo – How We Act is the Most Important Thing

Once upon a time, I was all about collecting knowledge, being smart, knowing things, knowing lots of different things, more knowing and trying to know the most. Slowly, I have recognised that yes, knowledge is great; learning is fun and having answers to questions can be interesting but it’s definitely not everything. What you do,…
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L E T T E R from Jac – The Workings of Consciousness

Moving into higher states of consciousness means that we can have deeper relationships, are calmer and centered, are less involved in emotional drama and are highly intuitive. In Sanskrit, Karma means the spirit in action. It is where our actions have created binds to our past. This also means the impressions and patterns that are…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Thinking Patterns and the Power of Choice

Here are some examples of common low grade thinking patterns that you might recognise; “God, bad things always seem to happen to me”“I’m just so busy and exhausted I don’t even know where to begin!” Any of these sound familiar? That’s fine. The key is not to get frustrated when we find ourselves in low…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Deserve it, Expect it, Claim it!

How easy is it for you to ask for what you really want? How easy is it for you to know what you really want? How easy is it for you to ask for what you deserve? Rather than ask for it, how about how easy would it be for you to demand it? Yikes!…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Our Passport To Freedom and Love

I’m not sure exactly what happened a long time back, it was likely having a small child, being a single parent and being self-employed that crushed me, but I stopped doing ‘things I loved for no reason‘. Everything I was doing had so much purpose, so much doing. Even meditation was done to be less stressed, and…
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L E T T E R from Jo – You Are Always Worth It

Ultimately we all want to feel connected and loved and sometimes in our pursuit of these very things, we get a little lost. Indifference or rejection is like catnip to us. I’m not sure if it’s the perceived challenge or the wanting to prove our worth to others and likely to ourselves that we end…
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L E T T E R from Jo – We Have The Power

We don’t get to choose the emotions we feel but we are in charge of the responses we have to them. Love and compassion are choices that are always available to us to make. A lot of the time remembering they are choices is hard. Staring directly into a difficult and challenging situation and making…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Working With Emptiness

‘We join spokes together in a wheel,but it is the centre holethat makes the wagon move. We shape clay into a pot,but it is the emptiness insidethat holds whatever we want. We hammer wood for a house,but it is the inner spacethat makes it liable. We work with being,but non-being is what we use.’ Verse…
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L E T T E R from Jac – A Honeyed Reinstating Of Ones Soul

Being a big fan of Nick Cave and his immensely creative processes, as well as his raw vulnerability and sharing of his life experiences, I was wrapt when a friend of ours Danny, sent me a link to his Red Hand Files Letter, and to discover Nick meditates in the same lineage as we do,…
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L E T T E R from Jac – BOOM and it’s 2020!!!

Welcome to 2020, what a freaking amazing day it is! Whatever happened until the very moment you read this, is behind you. Unchangeable, so let it go. What we want to place our attention and intention on is the present, with a direction for where we want to be going. This intention needs to be…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Checking In With Your Life

This might be a bit harsh, Seth, but I get the idea. Holidays are great circuit breakers to check in with how you spend the majority of your time. If you’re on holiday and absolutely dread the thought of returning to the “real” world then you have a clue that maybe some things need changing.…
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L E T T E R from Jac – A Happy Day To You From Us

Christmas is a funny time, isn’t it? Sometimes it’s joy-filled and fun. Other years it’s a time to get together with people you may not normally see, sometimes forcefully and awkwardly.  For some it’s religious and for others, it’s simply a holiday. Whatever it means to you, I wish you a beautiful Christmas. Being based…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Getting on with the Living and the Loving

I want us all to ponder, how often has holding onto my resentments paid off? How many moments have I been robbed of because I took something too seriously and just couldn’t get past it? Has any of my brooding or sulking brought me to my higher self, brought me a deeper experience of love?…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Giving Freely That Which Counts

Our daughter had a huge upset of late within her football team (soccer for all the Australians) that was a shockingly handled situation that came out of nowhere like a tornado we didn’t see coming to hit. She had to make the very tough, but ethical decision that she was to leave the team. She…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Change Can Be A Superpower

Over the last few weeks, I have been in the thick of an extraordinary amount of difficult change, not just the normal stuff that Christmas and the year-end usually (and quite expectedly) brings. This goes well beyond that. All change has an impact, even asked-for or desired change can still put us through our paces.…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Just Being Trees

This quote in full by Ram Dass is, “When you go out into the woods and you look at trees, you see all these different trees. And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever. And you look at the…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Choose Fun

When did life get so serious? When did we take ourselves so seriously? One of my core values and something that gives me enormous energy is humour. For as long as I can remember, I love laughing, giggling, jokes, wittiness, fun and with it that lightness of connection. I can always tell if I’m overwhelmed…
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L E T T E R from Jac – Working With An Angry Person

Yesterday I wrote about a very recent incident where I dealt with someone who was incredibly difficult, and very angry, in our Letter, The Braid Of Our Life. It was unsettling, and it’s easy to slip into anger ourselves when we confront someone very angry, as an instinctive reaction. So I wanted to share with you a…
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