Personal Statement

robertMy ongoing passion is to fuel and support the living of a deeper life, a life of love, integrity, compassion, and full-blooded awakening, a life of intimacy with all that we are. Providing environments (both inner and outer) in which deep healing and transformation can take place remains — along with my writing — my vocation and privilege.

My way of working — intuitive, integral, psychospiritual, deeply embodied — and my writing both came to me seemingly unbidden in the 1970s, feeling utterly natural right from the start, as if I’d been doing them for a long, long time. They were in my blood, and still are.

Not that I didn’t have to greatly refine my writing and work — for they were diamonds in the proverbial rough — but when they arrived, they felt already whole, needing only my commitment to the growth they asked of me. I didn’t question their emergence, nor their impact on me, nor the directions in which they took me, for I was, right from the start, at home with them, no matter how rough the terrain.

When asked when I’ll retire, I say that I have no ambitions to do so, that I envision myself writing and working for as long as possible, albeit with an increasing time given to naps and doing nothing.

My writing, which emerged as full-blown poetry one day in 1970, has co-evolved with my work. I love to write, and would continue writing even if no one ever again read what I wrote. My writing and work are both highly creative ventures for me, drawing forth the very best from me. And there is so much left for me to write! I am grateful that it continues to come so easily to me.

I am also grateful to be in a deeply loving, remarkably compatible relationship. My wife Diane is not only my ever-deeper beloved and dearest friend, but also worked side-by-side with me for close to 10 years, stopping only when her health demanded it. Being with her has wonderfully softened, stretched, and deepened me. Doing our final chapter together brings us even closer.

I’ve worked in the trenches of human suffering and trauma and breakthrough long enough not only to know such territory intimately, but also to be ready to mentor and train others in my way of working, supporting them in carrying it forward in their own unique manner.

In June 2016, I had a near-fatal heart attack. I had an agonizingly short time to live, and thanks to Diane, an ambulance arrived within 5 minutes. What grace! Since then, my remaining time all feels like bonus time. To this I bow, remembering to remember what truly matters.