Ready to Change Your Job? Your Life?

Prisoner in my jobI’ve met many people who feel a great split inside of themselves in their work. One part wants to find a career that touches their heart, that fulfills them. But another part is afraid of so many things: failure, won’t make enough money, not good enough, not smart enough, too difficult, not secure enough, too unknown. And, because the second part is filled with fear, there is no ability to support the first part…and the person stays in their present job. This is unfortunate AND unnecessary! There is support! And there are ways to challenge the fears and other obstacles that stand in the way. The feeling “I can’t survive OUT THERE” turns into the reality “I can’t survive IN HERE!” And THAT can be the beginning of movement in the direction of caring for and supporting life so that it can not only survive, but THRIVE! Interested in taking steps in the direction of expansion, rather than contraction? Then go to: and join me for a weekend of adventure and support. Find what makes your heart sing, and build your life around it!

The Best Way to Listen!

About Listening:
I remember the Indian mystic Osho saying that sound cannot hear sound. Only silence can. So there is a part of “me” that is the silence that hears sound! What an amazing revelation!!
I discovered when I was “listening” to someone, the mind would come in almost immediately after the words were spoken with a running commentary – all predicated on judgments and responses to what was being said. Using Osho’s guidance, I began exploring where the silence was – just before the commentary – that actually HEARD what was being said. And in those moments, I could just LISTEN to the person without the mind chewing on the spoken words.
What an amazing difference!
I experienced the place where the heart opened to the other person; and love for them – and for all of life – became a reality, even if only for a moment.
It is these moments that have become a touchstone for remembering why I am here.

What Matters?

Inquiring into “what matters” has been a fascinating and expansive process for me!
What matters? How many times have I experienced that something matters very much, only to discover later on that it really doesn’t matter?! Or that at first it appears not to matter, but it morphs into something that DOES matter!!
I’ve experienced times when there were also at least two extreme gauges – where it seemed that either EVERYTHING matters, or that NOTHING matters. (This could be the subject of a book!).
And perhaps the most significant understanding has come when the mind slows down and even disappears for a short time. In that space, “what matters” is irrelevant. Instead, everything just IS. And it is pure JOY!
So the mind and “what matters” seem to be deeply related!!
If you’re interested in exploring, take a look at what matters – or doesn’t matter – for you!

How can I have more courage?

Just a reminder of something Osho has shared with us. I heard him say that courage is not the absence of fear. It is HAVING the fear, and still doing whatever it is anyway!
And here’s an amazing understanding: Without fear, the word “courage” cannot exist. Without fear, there is nothing to be courageous about! It doesn’t take courage to do all the mundane things that we do daily in our lives. That’s because there is no fear in doing them! It’s only when we start feeling the fear that courage is needed.
So we can use Pema Chödrön’s advice to go to the places that scare us. Have the courage, and you may find what I’ve found: once there, it isn’t nearly as scarey as the mind has convinced me it is! And I learn SO MUCH from going there!
I wish you a life where courage becomes more and more available for you, to balance the fear that the mind creates!
Just start with the smallest fears first so that they don’t overwhelm you. They may sometimes be experienced as resistance to something. When that is felt, STOP. Close your eyes if that feels comfortable. Experience the breath and gently slow it down. And when possible, say yes to what is being resisted.
Bon voyage!


5 Steps to Freedom From the Inner Critic

5 Steps to Freedom from

the Inner Critic

October 12th – 13th

A two-day workshop at

The World of Meditation Center

3412 NE 115th St., Seattle 98125

   (Fri. night: 7pm – 10pm & Saturday: 9am – 5pm)

 We have an inner critic or judge that is constantly defining what is right or wrong, and judging us from standards that were established by our parents, our religion and our society. The critic is suppressive and inexhaustibly active in the harsh and often negative ways it treats us! Unless we can learn to recognize and understand this part of the mind and learn how to deal with it, we will be unable to find self-acceptance, or to discover the peace and nurturing within us that is our birthright.

This workshop will give you effective tools and experiences in 5 steps, for recognizing, understanding and dealing with the inner critic. Facilitated by Subhan Schenker, C.C., J.D., C.M.F.

Cost: $99. Early bird special $89, if paid by September 21st. To register & for more information, contact:; tel.: 206-772-8897;


1. Is there a fourth of July in England?

Yes, every country has a fourth of July!

2. How many birth days does the average man have?

Just one!

3. Some months have 31 days; how many have 28?

12, all of them!

4. In baseball, how many outs are there in an inning?

6 – 3 for each team.

5. Can a California man legally marry his widow’s sister?

No, he can’t have a widow and still be alive!

6. Divide 30 by 1/2 and add 10. What is the answer?

70 – ½ goes into 30, 60 time, + 10 = 70.

7. If there are 3 apples and you take away 2, how many do you have?


8. A doctor gives you three pills telling you to take one every half hour. How many minutes would the pills last?

60. – You take the first one, then one 30 minutes later, then the last one 30 minutes later.

9. A farmer has 17 sheep standing in a field and all but 9 drop down and die. How many sheep are left standing?

9 – because all but 9 drop down!

10. How many members of each animal did Moses take on the ark?

0 – Moses didn’t take any animals on an ark, Noah did!

11. A clerk in the butcher shop is 5′ 10” tall. What does he weigh?


12. How many two cent stamps are there in a dozen?

12 – There are 12 2-cent stamps in a dozen!

The Awareness Intensive: An Exploration to Uncover Your Essential Nature June 8th – 10th

June 8th – 10th
At The World of Meditation Center, 3412 NE 115th St., Seattle, WA 98125

About the Awareness Intensive: Using a unique Zen-style structure, the Awareness Intensive gives us the opportunity to have a direct experience of our essential nature, which is covered by all kinds of ideas, notions and beliefs that are held in in what we call the personality or ego.

We know “about” our being, our essence, our soul, much the way a person who has never tasted a pomegranate knows “about” pomegranates. But it requires a direct experience – of smelling and tasting a pomegranate – to have a true knowing of it.
So the unique process and container of the Awareness Intensive gives us the possibility of stripping away that which hides the inner core, and gives us the opportunity of having an immediate experience of it.

The facilitators: Subhan Schenker & Shanti Schenker-Skye have over thirty-five years experience with this process and will lovingly guide you through it.

This group is residential. Sleeping accommodations will be made at the Center for all participants and five vegetarian meals are included. Participants are strongly encouraged to do the group residentially, but this is not required.

Hours: Begins at 7:00pm on June 8th, and ends at 6:00pm on June 10th.

Cost: $295 ($550 for couples) Early-bird discount: $250 ($485 for couples) if paid by May 25th. Write ( or call (206-772-8897) to register, for directions, or for more information. We accept checks, Visa, Discover and Master Card.