The Listening Hermit: Listening makes Sense

  • The Radical Christ 1 – Gnowing NOT Believing

    The Radical Christ 1 – Gnowing NOT Believing

    In a joint venture with Dharmagiri Sacred Mountain Retreat and in the face of rabid fundamentalism and tired Christian ritual, Peter is launching a series titled “The Radical Christ”. Just under a year ago whist on a visit to Dharmagiri, Thanissara “downloaded” an insight during her morning practice which she wrote on a notelet and […]

  • Psychological Landmines

    Ever noticed how certain situations bring out the worst in you? It may be a place, a set of circumstances or simply something someone says or does. Without any warning you find yourself irrationally attacking or shutting down. You feel completely out of control and out of character. The people around you are confused and […]

  • Behavioural Change?-You need a Protractor, Aircraft and Earthworms.

    Recidivism means literally “a falling back” and usually implies “into bad habits.” It comes from the Latin word recidivus, which means “recurring.” Recidivism is the reason only about 5% of diet programs are successful, and also why New Year’s resolutions fail to make it into February. In this video Peter contemplates how Protractors, Aircraft and […]

  • The Five Gates of Grief – Gate 5

    The Five Gates of Grief – Gate 5

    Along with the ancient grief in our bones, there may also be our experiences of the grief and loss of our immediate parents and grandparents which we are required to mourn. The Swiss Psychiatrist, Carl Jung wrote, “The greatest burden a child can bear is the unlived life of its parents.” Perhaps our own lives were stunted because our parents projected onto us their unfulfilled agendas and could not allow us to become who we were born to be. These deep ancestral memories invite us to create rituals of mourning from a past that is asking to be redeemed. To mourn these ancient griefs is sacred work.

  • The Five Gates of Grief – Gate 4

    The Five Gates of Grief – Gate 4

    When we arrive into our lives we bring in our bodies the DNA and unconscious memories of tribal people. Humans are tribal and therefore social – constantly longing for connection. Yet despite our media and connectivity we are more isolated from each other than ever.

  • The Five Gates of Grief – Gate 3

    Episode 3 in the Five Gates of grief series. St Paul wrote,”We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labour pains until now..” Romans 8:22What he didn’t know was how much additional pain we humans would cause to this planet since he penned that line! In this video we explore our grieving, “The […]

  • The Five Gates of Grief – Gate 2

    Following the outline of Francis Weller’s “Five Gates of Grief” this video invites us to locate and mourn the parts of our lives that never knew love. This is sacred and soulful work. As we examine the deficits and voids in our selves, as we see where our lives were Bonzai-ed by circumstances or the […]

  • The Five Gates of Grief – Gate 1

    Using the headings of Francis Weller as an outline, Peter explores the first of what Weller describes as the “Gates of Grief“. Gate 1:Everything you love you will lose. Gate 2:The places that have not known love Gate 3:The Sorrows of the World Gate 4:What we expected but didn’t receive Gate 5:Integrating our Ancestral Grief […]

  • Winning isn’t everything… or is it?

    Being a South African on the weekend that the Springboks win the Rugby World Cup makes the other challenges of living on the southern tip of Africa a lot more bearable! You don’t have to be South African or even to follow Rugby to know that winning is a great human experience. We love to […]

  • Lost Soul?

    I sometimes fear we have lost our souls. I look around and see the departure of soul from so many sectors of life. Can Soul still be found and if so, where?

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