Cathartic Journaling

January 30, 2014

“The habit of writing for my eye is good practice. It loosens the ligaments.”   Virginia Woolf

Recently I wrote a rant that described my frustrations with a Spiritual Community that I “try” at times to organize. It’s a little like herding cats and at times some of the bizarre lunatic responses I get send me into a state of frustrated depression. To my delight I found the pure process of writing about it a joy and an amazing way of releasing the inner tensions and anxiety that had built up during the previous ten weeks.

Those of you who read the reflection Holding The Centre (while all about you are losing theirs may recall some of the challenges I faced around organizing a convention of my spiritual community. Well these frustrations continued post conference as I attempted to create a couple of data bases. As the drama unfolded I found it very cathartic to write about it and began to see the amusing side of the whole affair. Any angst I was feeling began to dissipate.

Finally I wrote to the community sharing my observations. To my surprise and delight I got many positive responses including “OMG this is hilarious” and “please add me to your list of people who absolutely loved, admired and desire to someday execute as eloquently as you did: your “rant.”

It is important to remember that you are writing to air your frustrations as an exercise in catharsis. Rarely will you ever share this with the object of your angst and NEVER before twenty-four hours has elapsed.

So next time you are sitting fuming, flustered and frustrated, take out a pen and some paper and begin to write. It may not change your world but can change your view of it.

The Full Rant

My dear friends, Whoever would have thought the New Year would start with so much fun! Obviously my weak attempt to impose a boundary (DO NOT ADVISE ME) became like a red flag to a bull. Some people obviously had missed the fact that their names were not on previous e-mails and now rushed to let me know they were not on this one. It struck me as kind of weird that there had been four other e-mails sent previously without their names but finally this one got their attention. One person had obviously been judiciously waiting until my patience was exhausted before asking me to add their name and telling me I had closed the list off one day too soon. Well I do apologize for that error; I have only been adding names to this list for the past ten weeks! I am sure no-one except me is counting but this is the NINTH communication since we met in Petaluma. The list is now up to 65 respondents.

As far as the Assisi list goes I am pulling my hair out trying to help people understand there are two separate lists. The addresses below have nothing to do with Assisi, they are people who have asked to be part of the community that attended Petaluma. Those of you who have advised me that you could not find your name on the Assisi list are basically delusional. I HAVE NEVER PUBLISHED A LIST OF PEOPLE SIGNED UP FOR ASSISI. So it is not a surprise you could not find your name. I am also still getting requests to add people to the Assisi list. I DO NOT DO THAT. The list is self subscribed at . Many of you have found out that if you try and register more than once you get a message saying you are already subscribed. Believe it or not this means YOU ARE ON THE LIST. It does not mean to e-mail me to ask if you are on the list because from now on I am not going to respond. 62 of you have successfully added your names. 

Holding The Centre Workshop Vancouver March 16th

January 28, 2014

A client of mine recently said, ‘It’s hard to keep your zen when all about you are losing theirs” He was finding it challenging to keep his center when others were feeling upset or frustrated. One of the gifts that emerged from organizing a retreat for 95 members of my Spiritual Community was the opportunity to prepare a workshop on how I stayed centered and balanced during what turned out to be a challenging eighteen months.

The title was Holding the Center – Exploring the Inner World of Soul and How It Helps Us Stay In Balance. This Session explored the role of dreams, symbols, poetry, oracles and spiritual practices to support us in sustaining our Center when “all about us are losing theirs”. We examined what pulls us off Centre and to experience the gifts that Soulful reflection can bring.

This workshop will include:

  • Exploring what stimuli pull us out of centre.
  • Understanding how we respond to being out of balance.
  • How to find the “gap” that can help us restore balance.
  • The role of meditation and breath work to become fully present.
  • How Don Ruiz Miguel’s Four Agreements help to create balance.
  • The use of dreams, symbols, poetry, oracles and journaling to produce peace of mind

Date: Sunday March 16th 9:30 am to 1:00 pm

Fee $100.00

Details and reservations contact Trevor Simpson 604 739 6977 or

“It is Hard to Keep Your Zen When All Around You Are Losing Theirs”

January 15, 2014

A client of mine recently expressed this sentiment to me at the start of a session. He was finding it challenging to keep his center when others were feeling upset or frustrated. It reminded me of a presentation I gave recently at a conference that I had organized. Anyone who has tried to manage 94 people who are part of a spiritual community will know it is a little like herding cats. At times it is hard to remain balanced during the continual flow of what I have come to refer as “dirty laundry”. I facilitated a morning workshop titled, Holding the Center: Exploring the Inner World of Soul and How It Helps Us Stay In Balance. I have decided to offer this workshop in Vancouver on March 16th.

This session will explore what causes us to be pulled off center and the role of our complexes to cause a reaction based on history rather than the present moment. A complex according to renowned Jungian analyst James Hollis is a charged cluster of history. It will help us understand why some become aggressive while others run for cover. We will assess how our personality traits influence our reactions and why some people struggle to have boundaries.

We will also attempt to find the gap between stimulus and response and how working with the breath can help us stay fully present to the situation. We will review the power of Don Miguel Ruiz’s Four Agreements and how following them can support us in staying in balance. (Don’t take it personally, Be impeccable to your word, Do Your Best and Don’t make Assumptions)

Then we will find ways to achieve temporary respite from the challenges we are encountering though practices including: poetry, symbols, oracles, meditation and music as well as the role of dreams to support us in sustaining our center when “all about us are losing theirs.”

Date: Sunday March 16th 9:30 am to 1:00 pm

Fee $100.00

Location: 1938 West 6th Ave, Vancouver, Bc V6J1R7