What’s your favorite question?
What are you passionate about? It’s such a telling question. So much about us is defined by what we care enough for to live, fight and die for. And for me? Evolutionary unfolding.
Who would you most like to connect with?
I would love to connect with more people interested in Integral, Zaadz and the things these communities are exploring. I have some wonderful friends, but few who are engaged in evolution to the extent I hope to be, and I do believe we should connect with the people we most want to become like.
Where do you get your ideas?
Ideas are endless. Every day I pour through hundreds of articles on various topics, am inspired by rare people and have experiences that provide a fountain of ideas. Ideas are the easy part, the realization of them is the real adventure.
What is real to you?
Something is real for me if it can be experienced. This doesn’t mean that I have experienced it, just that it has been experienced. So I believe that spiritual, mental and physical truths are real, though interpreted in various ways, some less right than others. The best method we have of showing something to be real is experimentation, and this can be done in every realm.
What would you like to remind others of?
I would like to remind all of us of the incredible responsibility we have to evolve. The unprecidented challenges we face require us to grow and radically change in order to move beyond them. As Einstein said, “The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” This includes technological, personal, cultural and social advances that we must consciously explore and embrace. Too often we are complacent and concerned with trivial matters in our lives when the great challenge lies before us and demands our courage and conviction.
What do you need to be reminded of?
I’m feeling right now that I need to be reminded of my connection with the people I love. I spent time with my family this weekend at my sister Ilea’s wedding, but there are many others I love that I haven’t been in contact with as often as would be best.
How are you going to change the world today?
I’m going to cut down obstacles that are in the way of giving myself in service to the world. I’ll be clearing away tasks and objects cluttering up my life so that I can have the freedom to be more fully engaged in the growth and work I have before me.
If you were famous, what would you want to be known for?
I would want to be known for a comprehensive set of reasons. Too often we elevate people for a small set of traits, but I would rather us truly value many dimenstions of one’s life. Wit, wisdom, charm, compassion, intelligences, aesthetic and skillfulness should all be celebrated and strong in the people we give the tool of fame.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Dean, Nova Scotia, Canada. Dean is a small rural community comprised of forests and farms. It’s a welcoming place, and most of my family lives there still. I was just minutes’ walks from my aunts and uncles as I grew up there. On Lemmon Hill you’ll find my family’s maple camp, which is still one of my favourite places to be. It embodies life in Dean and time with my family with warmth, workmanship and simplicity.
What do you believe about dates like December 21st, 2012?
Dates of prophecy and expectation, and even predictions about singularity always strike me as strange and limiting. If we are waiting passively for the great changes of the future to come to us we are wasting precious time we could use to shape the future in positive ways. We don’t need a finishing date or some vision of a miraculous and mythic event to motivate us to alter our world in profound ways.
What were you like as a child?
I was an introverted, bookwormish, imaginative and bright child. A lot of my time was spent with books, computers and trees. I wrote, built (with lego and other pieces), programmed and otherwise created worlds and adventures that I longed for.
Being in a very loving family, I was blessed to grow up in an environment that has become increasingly rare, so I think of my childhood as extraordinary. I was able to find a balance of being stoic and sensitive because of the strength of my family. I was shown examples of fellowship and kindness that shaped who I was as a child and who I am today.
If you could give anything to someone you loved, what would it be?
Liberation. What could be a greater gift to receive than absolute freedom from suffering, the cessation of attachment, and the knowledge of one’s true Self? I could think of countless lesser things I would happily give to those I love, but everything pales in the face of that ultimate always-already-given gift.
What does patriotism mean to you?
Patriotism isn’t something I feel strongly anymore. Though I am immeasurably thankful to have grown up in Canada and all the many privileges that brings, I can’t be in a merely nationalistic stance because of my love for and responsibility to the entire world and beyond. However, it is an incredibly important stage of development that moves beyond familial and tribal concerns to embrace the good of a nation, and we should never let that leave our awareness, even as we move further to embrace the world and the Kosmos.
What are you grateful for today?
I am grateful for the opportunity I have been offered in the coming change in my life. Returning to school, leaving the job I am currently working and moving into a new home are very exciting events that will all be happening in the course of a week. Stagnation’s out the window.
If you could give a gift to the world, what would it be?
This is the same as what I would give to someone I love; Liberation. But to be more specific this time, I would give of myself as a teacher. Of course I would have to undertake a practice long enough to be capable of it, but I would be deeply honoured to be in the position of a spiritual teacher and offer the freedom that can be found only in recognizing our Original Face.
What was the last thing that made you laugh?
I was just remembering my sister’s wedding and the delight of seeing my young cousins playing. Such simple joy is so surprising and heartwarming.
Do you believe in destiny?
I believe destiny and freewill are involved in a spectacular dance. We are all caught up in karmic rivers, carried by the events of the past toward the future, but we also have the ability to choose a course through these waters and are called to steer toward the open expance that awaits us if we rise to the challenge.
When was the last time you had a genuine conversation?
The last genuine conversation I had was with Gwen, yesterday. What it was about I won’t go into for the sake of her privacy, but it was rather solemn.
Did you enjoy school when you were young?
I always enjoyed learning and the classes I took at school, but I was bullied in my early years in school, so I disliked that aspect of school.
If you had an extra hour today, how would you spend it?
I would call my dear friend Alisha, who is currently waiting for government support in North Carolina, living in a halfway home, away from her family and friends. I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had a chance to call her yet and feel like a terrible friend because of that.
How has travel affected your life?
I was fortunate to travel to numerous spots in this province and to traqvel across Canada and the United States with my parents when I was a child. Seeing such diverse peoples and places created a deep sense of wanderlust in me that has never left. The beauty and richness of the places I have been helped to awaken many interests I have and anchored my expanding care in real experience.