Self-Reliance: Learning to Trust the Voice Within
Seekers Session: Sunday, January 6 @ 5 pm ET/2 pm PT
“Trust thyself,” wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson. ‘Every heart vibrates to that iron string.” As we learn to rely on our own intuition, we take the seat of our own life.
Chant the Beauty of the Good: Optimism Against the Odds
Seekers Session: Sunday, February 10 @ 5 pm ET/2 pm PT
“Don’t waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.” That was Emerson’s advice to a country split in two in pre-Abolition America, and wise counsel in our own polarizing times.
The Angle of Vision: You Are What You Think About All Day
Seekers Session: Sunday, March 10 @ 5 pm ET/2 pm PT
When we recognize that perception is everything, that we paint experience with our minds, we realize that we are not our thoughts. We are the imaginative awareness behind our thoughts.
Imitation is Suicide: Originality, Fear, and Self-Sabotage
Seekers Session: Sunday, April 7 @ 5 pm ET/2 pm PT
The essence of self-reliance is trust of our original nature. That includes the particularities of character and personhood. In attempting to be anyone else, Emerson insisted, we kill the genius in ourselves.
The Earth Laughs in Flowers: Abundance in Spiritual Life
Seekers Session: Sunday, May 5 @ 5 pm ET/2 pm PT
Life is an extravagant affair. Nature Herself is a lover of plenty. This same abundant nature flows through our veins when we remove the obstacles to flourishing.
Pathways to Intimacy: Be Silly, Be Honest, Be Kind
Seekers Session: Sunday, June 2 @ 5 pm ET/2 pm PT
Without the ability to let your hair down with other people, Emerson insisted, and drop the yoke of seriousness, we forget the playful side of existence. We are born to play; it connects and uplifts us.
A Stream of Power Runs Through You: Tapping into Your Creative Source
Seekers Session: Sunday, July 7 @ 5 pm ET/2 pm PT
Hildegarde of Bingen sang of viriditas, the green force pulsating through the universe and animating all of creation. That same effluence runs through our veins. Recognizing this is the essence of self-reliance.
Failure is Everything: How To Live A Creative Life
Seekers Session: Sunday, August 4 @ 5 pm ET/2 pm PT
Innovation does not favor cowards. To be creative, we must be brave as well as humble. Life is an ongoing practice and mistakes can be our greatest allies.
Stand Your Ground: The Secret Power of Stubbornness
Seekers Session: Sunday, September 8 @ 5 pm ET/2 pm PT
It’s easy to underestimate how vital it is to be stubborn sometimes, and hold to what we know to be true. “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment,” Emerson believed. That doesn’t happen till we learn to stand our ground.
Living in Paradox: Contradiction, Inconsistency, and Wholeness
Seekers Session: Sunday, October 6 @ 5 pm ET/2 pm PT
Experience is always hyphenate, never simple or one-dimensional. Every moment is an amalgam of contradictory feelings and inconsistencies. At the interstice between paradox and expectation, messy human life happens, and wholeness comes into view.
In Praise of Self-Help: Wresting Hope From Cynicism
Seekers Session: Sunday, November 3 @ 5 pm ET/2 pm PT
There’s nothing easier than cynicism. It takes no courage to be a cynic, just a willingness to abdicate hope and sneer at the earnest efforts of others. But all of us have an inner cynic. The question is: how much do we listen?
The End is the Beginning: Taking Heart From the Unknown
Seekers Session: Sunday, December 1 @ 5 pm ET/2 pm PT
In this final talk of 2019, we’ll contemplate the cyclical nature of being. Resistance to endings causes untold suffering. Yet when we rest in the still center between endings and beginnings — take refuge in the present moment — conflict comes to an end.