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It has been almost a year since I wrote anything here! As usual I am in a new place and I find myself writing posts that speak of what I myself have experienced or learned about in my own life.

The last two posts blossomed out of our time in Thailand in January and February. It was a time of both making exciting new contacts and having much time for reflection.  Another blossoming in Thailand was the new experience of playing with words to make them into poems. These poems seemed to reflect both the physical and the spiritual experiences of my time there.

I finally decided to share some of them here because they speak to the themes that I am investigating in my own personal development and to what seems to be trying to evolve generally speaking.


The Beach


I walk briskly down the beach at low tide

Feeling at one with the breeze and the sky

Splashing a wake in the warm lapping waves

Touched by the sight of the light and blue haze.


Suddenly I’m struck with a wild knowing.

Yes- I am a spiritual being

Enjoying physical reality

Not a body seeking spirituality


I find myself wishing desperately

That we multi-colored humans could see

That the truth beyond culture’s tyranny,

Is the jewel of connectivity!


The Dream Maker


The Dream Maker awakens me in Thailand,

Weaving a story of my life each day

Out of my experience, small or grand,

Offering me a mirror where I can play.


Keep your outer boundaries transparent

Open the gates of your mind and heart wide.

Discover the connection inherent

In everything, although masked in disguise.


Is this the mystery we humans must solve?

Learning to read the magic formula,

And understand what’s trying to evolve

From the secrets hidden in trivia?


Cease judging both the familiar and strange

Comparing, excluding and acting proud.

Thinking you belong on a higher plane

When everyone is one and the same crowd.


I wonder what miracle might occur

If we understood this reality

And met with openness even what hurts –

Getting the whole point of duality.



Thai Rain


Thick haze hides the mountains and embraces

The trees with a humid breeze – secret signs

Of weather shifting mood. The sea agrees,

Stirring surf, swelling waves and cresting foam

In early dawn. By breakfast the sky sends

Rain on its way. Tip-toeing in, dripping

through the drain-pipes it takes captive the day.


A bright flash of lightning catches my eye

And rain splashes down with force from on high.

A gasp rises from the crowd as daylight

Becomes gloom. To add to the atmosphere

A thunderbolt booms a warning of charge

Scattering bathers at the pool, tourists

Set adrift with nothing to do. All eyes

On the torrents pounding with a clatter

Then abating, a mild pitter-patter.

And rising again with full force, great sheets

Of water crash down around us like wrath

People huddle staying out of its path.


What a purification and cleansing!

I wish it could melt my limitations,

Banish the old patterns clogging my brain,

Fully liberate myself with Thai rain.






It looks like the process of working on HOPE continues to be a catalyst for my own personal development.  At least the changes that I feel happening in me get reflected on the HOPE pages.  What occurred to me at this time is a sense that his Personal Process page and the main HOPE site seem to be merging into one.  Although I don’t go into the details on the main site, what seems to be changing in my own presence coming more and more into my blogs.  I am feeling closer to myself and to whoever might be reading the postings.  This leads me to pay more attention to what is arising in my life at this time and how it is related to the HOPE initiative.  Sometimes the relationship is obvious and other times it is more subtle.

There is also a subtle shift becoming clear to me around my inner motivations for writing the blog and my relationship to the blog post itself.  It seems to me that when I started this project, I was mostly motivated by wanting to inform others about what is happening on the evolutionary front.  This stemmed from a sense that most news was not reaching the mainstream media or that people don’t have time to hunt for information  and I could provide a service around this.  My deeper drive was a sense of urgency and an underlying fear of the lack of action from the general public.

I am in a slightly different place today.  I still feel the sense of urgency and the other issues but my engagement feels more driven by love than fear.  I have a more relaxed attitude to the project and trust that what and when I write is good enough and will serve whatever it serves.  I have accepted more that it i actually possible that we won’t be able to do what needs to be done in time and if that happens it is serving something greater that we don’t understand from this perspective.  At the same time I am more aware of the massive movement of initiatives and projects that are moving people and the planet in a new direction, despite the fact that this is not always visible because of our current way of perceiving in the main media.  Yet some things are beginning to bleed through and reach us in bits and pieces.  Some stunning articles, some amazing discoveries.  Those who have eyes to see, will see.  And those who don’t won’t notice a transformational aspect beginning to show through.

What is causing my change?  I think my most current blog helps explain it somewhat.  It has to do with allowing and feeling the pain and fear, at times almost despair, the anger at my family and friends who don’t look, and all the negative feeling and reactions this work was bringing into my life.  I have learned with my Diamond Work that the only way through is to go into the pain.  This message is repeated through the Pachamama material and I believe I was able to see the power of it because of my own process.

My own spiritual experiences are also expanding and bringing me a great sense of support and trust.  Through the continual inquiry of what is present at this moment, allowing it to really be there, without pushing it away has helped me to move to another level of commitment and experience.

I continue to study the evolutionary impulse, the evolutionary trends and seek teachers who emphasize these approaches.  These programs support my Diamond Work and align well with my other human development theories that I have studied over the years. The Integral Approach is also coming more and more into my studies and my contacts.  My network of people involved in this work is expanding exponentially.  Right now I am studying with Craig Hamilton whom I found through the Shift Network, although he is in the Integral Movement.  His course is called Awakening to an Evolutionary Relationship to Life. This is an advanced and intensive program that goes over 9 sessions geared to move participants to a deeper relationship with their Essence Self which he calls Evolutionary Self.  What is interesting is that there are over one thousand people attending from I think it was 47 countries— a truly global community of evolutionary seekers.  The entire program is supported by an extensive on-line community with small groups of 16 and many places for sharing and getting to know people in my local area.  Plus I am connecting with other individuals doing Human Emergence work around the world and feel guided and flowing around new connections.

I have just turned 70 and feel like my “real” life is just beginning.  A freedom and a purpose fill my soul. This is amazing to me as I actually dreaded turning 70 – it seemed like the beginning of the end! But instead  I am able to take life in more deeply and feel my heart open wider in compassion for myself and the world.



IMG_2568“Forget safety.
Live where you fear to live.
Destroy your reputation.
Be notorious.”

The last post I wrote, Time for “Swarming” represents a shift in my writing and thinking.  It feels like I have broken through the glass ceiling of my own limitations by saying clearly what is true for me at this moment.  I know that I was inspired by the courage of a young blogger Christopher Baan in his recent post on 2Lead. This led me to allow myself to point to the gravity of the world situation as I see it.  I find it sometimes quite unbearable to see how little most people pay attention to the mess that faces our planet and our way of life.  Each day brings another revelation. I understand how activists burn out.

I know that I have been afraid to pull back the curtain of illusion and allow myself to point to the need for every person to wake up and become part of the solution.  I have been afraid of the reactions from family and friends, worried about being labeled in ways that made me shiver. When I asked one of my sisters what she thought I interpreted her short answer as evasive and assumed she didn’t like it.  But she responded that “the article made her think and that this was a good thing.” That was a relief.  Since I am still on guard for “labels”,  I have been happily surprised by the positive feedback coming my way!

Interestingly, a new blog is already forming in my mind. A stream of material has been catching my eye just in these last few days.  It seems like the next blog will have another tone – it may even point to a Vision or a New-Story for the emerging future. I think my willingness to present something more than small seeds of hope has given me the space to move beyond Hope to “Intention”.

This is a big leap.  It means daring to imagine a new future, even in the face of physical evidence that seems quite awful.  I must make these pictures my own before I can share them with others.  I have seen a New Story on the horizon for some time but haven’t felt compelled to be the Story Teller.  This may be the next step.  We will see how this new seed sprouts in my soul.

What I do feel is a sense of strength and willingness to speak of the signs I see, even in the fog of so much complexity.  I have been afraid to sketch out what I see for fear that something new will appear to negate what I thought I saw.  I have been relying on relating what others see, partly because I haven’t trusted my own eyes and partly to protect myself against criticism.

What I recognize now is that we are all in a mist.  I can be as good a lookout as the next one.  This doesn’t mean that I don’t do research and give credit to sources but that I dare to weave the various sightings together to offer my own perspective as best I can.

I believe that the recent struggle with transition into retirement with times of loneliness and frustration have attuned me to a new level of independence and courage.  If this contributes to being a better instrument in this time of transition, I feel humbly grateful and blessed.

I believe that the inner work is the most important work during this time.  I know that is the only way that I can stand firmly planted in Stream of Source knowing “all is well” despite the crash of waves and the roar of wind.




This year so far has been pretty intense.  January was filled with high energy and new insights.  The last blog I wrote in January felt like a new way of writing where I brought my own opinions more into the open.  I was surprised to get so much feedback on this blog. And I like it myself.  Felt right and clear.  It was easy to writes even in the hectic days before I had to leave for Asia.

The end of January was marked by starting a Wisdom Circle that will be going over 6 months, meeting once a month.  This was another big initiative that required lots of self-reflection and courage to allow me to dive into a new phase in my teaching and own development.  The Circle is an advanced personal /spiritual growth opportunity where the space for deep reflection and inquiry will take us all into the “unknown”.  The first and now the second session of this Circle has left me feeling deeply connected to this work.  And gives me a sense of coming home to my Real Work.  Yet it stirs up lots of insecurities and anxiety revealing to me the areas that need more integrating.  A wonderful gift.

After the start up of the Wisdom Circle I traveled with my husband to Malaysia where I did a leadership development program that I have run twice before.  KL is my favorite place to work because the participants are mostly from Asia and I like working with Asians.  What was special about this program was the fact that I had decided that this would be my last “gig” before “retiring” from corporate work.  This felt easy and I was excited about it.

After the program was completed we traveled to Thailand for a “vacation”.  But I couldn’t settle down.  I wanted to continue on the blog.  But this turned out to be impossible.  Difficult internet connection, no place to work and too many distractions to allow me the mental and spiritual access that was needed to write the blog.  I kept trying hard until I decided I better let it go and be on “vacation”.  That’s when it happened.  A feeling of loss and emptiness overwhelmed me – despite the lovely climate and relaxed atmosphere.  No more “work” and no blog to keep me busy and feeling like I was doing something meaningful.  So another layer of resistance to Life surfaced.

I understand it more now and know that this is an important layer to integrate and understand.  I have been back in Norway for two weeks now and finally was able to send off a new blog.  But once again something has changed around the blogging.  It is difficult to catch the wave of change that I feel is bubbling under the surface.  I am just able to touch a bit on it when I write.  I sense the power of evolution emerging so clearly although daily life looks more or less the same.  It is almost like there are two “worlds” existing at the same time.

One world is the intense expansion and connection happening in social media that I access through blogging and searching on the internet.  Much of the emergence is only visible there and not everyone is looking there!  So daily life and mainstream media only touches a bit on this underlying evolving edge.  How to find and articulate the kernels that are important to understand?  How to help myself and others prepare for the changes that may surprise and shock us when they surface?  Then there is the intense activity on my own inner level as new insights and old beliefs clash and transformation work continues.

I find tremendous support in the deeper levels of Essence and would like to talk more about that but save it for more intimate conversations.  I continue to probe my role and what I can bring to the world at this time.  I wonder about the young people following me on Facebook – with 5000+ followers, the majority under 25 and the most active city being Kuala Lumpur!  I feel them there yet have little response to my posts so don’t really know what they are thinking.

It is hard to work in the dark.  Yet isn’t that what this is all about! We don’t know our impact.  We don’t know where we are going.  We just know that we must follow our inner impulses.  I have come to that conclusion before.  And in the end – the only person who needs to awaken is myself.  So the journey continues.  And I am grateful for the stones in the path- they keep me awake and make my legs strong!

Letting go!

It looks like I have again turned a corner in this process.  From feeling driven to find out what I should write to waiting until the post wants to be written.  When that happens it is very easy to put a piece together.  But I have learned that between postings, I get the feeling that I will never post again – not an idea in my head.  This was very difficult to deal with but I have come to trust that a new post will appear when the time is right. I am learning to rest in the off time when nothing seems to be brewing. It isn’t that I forget about everything, far from it.  I still look at twitter and scan the horizon for what is happening.  I post on Facebook when something strikes me.  But writing on the blog requires something different and I must wait until it appears.

Another shift has been noticing how much my ego can get hooked on watching whether anyone is reading on the site, how many, what posts.  Following that totally unpredictable and intelligible bit of information began to drain my energy.  At first I thought it was all up to me to generate traffic all the the time.  I have also let go of that.  I have let go of competing with the people who get big followers and lots of re-tweets.  I have had to face this aspect that is part of working on the web where so many people are seeking attention.  To deal with this competitive part, it was important for me to re-examine my intention.  Why am I doing this?  Who am I doing it for?

My conclusion finally reached was to accept that I have no choice but to do this.  It is a kind of inner drive that actually nourishes my creative spirit, enlightens me to far reaches of events, pulls me into contact with unheard of experiments and shoots of out-of-the-box thinking.  It is fun when I relax and let go.  It is exciting when I rest in-between.  Just as in my whole consulting career, it is hard to really know if you are making a difference or not. You just have to let go of expectations, let go of wanting to know how individuals are touched.  This was a good realization.  I can live and work with it.

The last piece that I have had to face is that fact that perhaps there may come a time when no inspiration comes to write a piece.  If that time comes, I have accepted that there are many others who are doing similar things.  This is a joint project, even if we don’t see each other.  Many of us are reaching out with good news.  And many of them are done by very savvy media geeks, who know way more than I do.  And so I trust that this is all OK.  And then I can find a balance during this very fascinating time.  And I am grateful for it all.


Working with the HOPE project has intensely expanded my horizon and my understanding.  I find myself connecting everything I see and read to the project.  I ask myself, How could this piece of information fit in? Is this something that people should know?  It is like my eyes and ears are fine-tuned into a particular frequency and I hear more than usual on that wave-length.  Everything I read connects up with something else that I have read.  I don’t have to think about it, it just happens. I intuit the underlying patterns and the larger picture – but this is not easy to put into words.  I try to let things come of themselves otherwise I feel stressed and cramped in my thinking.

I feel led from one thing to the next.  Messages appear magically at times and at other times I struggle to figure out what I want to say.  Sometimes I discover information that feels overwhelmingly, disturbing, tragic, stupid or sad.  I loose track.  I can feel hopeless.  And then I wonder if I am working on HOPE for myself, to force myself to look for what is working, what is good.  And then suddenly a stunning video or something inspiring, engaging, hopeful pops-up.  I see the power of the Good again. And I feel the passion and excitement of wanting to share it!

I know that I must allow both sides in, in order to keep HOPE real and honest. I am not after “positive thinking”, that is superficial.  I am after changing beliefs – my own beliefs and those of others through seeing what is possible.

What about the future, I wonder.  Can’t think about that now.  I just have to take one step at a time, one day at a time. What a strange task I have taken on.  But maybe it is my new spiritual practice.



I haven’t written on Creative Renewal since April 2010.  This morning I got the inspiration to come back to this site and use it to track my own process with my current project HOPE (human, organizational and planetary evolution).

I realized that in order to maintain a commitment to HOPE, I need to make space for my own creative work and to respect my own process of creative renewal.  This brought to mind my love affair with ceramics that I have put on hold in order to do this new project.  My Hidden Queen Vase came to me with its beauty as well as its imperfection as a sculpture.  I choose to honor it here to remind myself that perfection is not the aim of my larger project.  And that beauty is also present even with imperfection.

The Japanese regarded very highly, imperfection, my ceramic teacher told us. They actually looked for the cracks, roughness or mistakes in a ceramic piece.  This is called Wabi-sabi and is based on an understanding of beauty as “imperfect, impermanent and incomplete”, also closely related to Buddhist teachings.  How different from the demands I put on myself and the stress that I sometimes feel around the HOPE project.

As I try to understand this stress, I realize it is part of the creative process and the creative renewal that I am actually birthing by taking on this project.  Like any artistic endeavor there are phases where “Flow” happens and you get lost in the process, know just what to do, forget the outcome and focus in the “now”, taking each step as it is presented to you.  This is when you are most connected – both to your deepest wisdom and to the piece you are working with. There seems to be no separation between the two aspects.  But there is another phases where you become separated from yourself and the piece.  Can’t stay in the “now” but start worrying about the results, the outcome, how it will be received, is it good enough.  This state creates stress and tension.  It is hard to know what to do next because the “inner guidance” seems to have disappeared.

Both aspects must be accepted and recognized.  I work with that acceptance and try to understand what can help me to connect again. The obvious answer is to re-connect!  But that is not always easy and needs a kind of clarity about what is pulling me away in the first place!  If I notice that I am getting caught in the fears about outcomes, I can slow down and recognize this.  I can also find out what keeps me close to myself.

This question led me to this blog!  That is why I am writing about my process here because I believe it will keep me close enough to myself to help me connect back into myself and the project as I go along.

But why not just write for myself.  I am actually doing that by writing in my journal daily and that has been a big help.  But it occurred to me that there might be something to learn for all of us interested in the HOPE project, so I am thinking of trying to transmit some aspects of my process here rather than on the HOPE site because I believe it would interrupt the main purpose of that site.

And I am rather amazed by this first post.  I hadn’t thought about Imperfection or Wabi-sabi when decided to write here.  I just started with the Hidden Queen and then realized that she was imperfect and then remembered what my teacher said and suddenly I was connected to this post and revealing stuff to myself as I wrote.

So a double sharing of my process! And now I call forth my courage and will post this first attempt at sharing my personal process with the world!



Joy of creativity


Shadow Energy

Shadow Energy

Shadow Energy

August 19, 2009

This small sketch was made after a warm-up of creative writing.

Exercise:  Weave these three elements into a one page piece

1)    what do you see, hear, smell – right now

2)    what memories pop up

3)    ask a question

My example:

My mouth tingles with Tom Ka soup that I had for lunch, it’s tangy smell still lingering in the air. Bach’s “Gamba Sonatas” fill the space with repetitive themes. A calmness settles over me. I lift my head and catch the distinctive shapes of the pale yellow orchid with its promising buds on the windowsill across the room.

Our Thailand visit of some years ago jumps into my memory.  Lush palm trees and pink lotus blossoms in the waterways, a  backdrop for the vivid blue, oval swimming pool where we spent the mornings lounging in luxury.  Friendly kindness and spicy food comforting us.  Life serene and free from responsibilities in the bubble of our hotel.

The first time we took the open-air makeshift taxi, spewing fumes and noise, to town we were gay and bubbling in our vacation high.  When we passed through the heavily guarded gate, the scene changed. We had forgotten the crowded shacks and dirty children playing in the dusty road that led to the small  center.

We became silent and wide-eyed.  Some of the people starred at back at us.  Most focused intently on their daily tasks ; hanging colored cloth over poles,  lugging buckets of tiny shrimp and fish back from the near-by town,  preparing meals on open fires.

Toward the end of our stay, we talked about avoiding Thailand because of the constant exposure to poverty so close to the tourist hotels.  Did our stay make any difference in the life of the majority of Thai people?  Or would they be even less fortunate if we stopped coming to Thailand because we can’t tolerate the shadow side of life in our face.

Can I tolerate my own shadow side?  Do I hide from it in the brightness of comfort and routine?

Can I believe that the “shadow” ( the denied sides of my personality)  when fully accepted becomes a source of dynamism and power?  Will it give me the courage to go out the gate of comfort and face the wildness of the unknown?

“You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition.  What you’ll discover is wonderful.  What you discover is yourself.”  Alan Alda