Galen Pearl

Galen Pearl

No Way Café

There is nobody who can teach the way of no way. It cannot be learned either. Teaching and learning require someone. When there is no longer anybody, then the way of no way is evident and there is neither need for learning nor desire for teaching.

~Todd Jackson

Canceled by Compliments

After a conversation with an acquaintance a few weeks ago, I felt a bit off, sort of drained, unsatisfied. At first I couldn’t figure out why. It was a pleasant conversation and I enjoyed catching up. We didn’t talk about anything upsetting. She didn’t say anything unkind. On the contrary, she interjected numerous compliments into …

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Sacred Dialogue

There are no words in OnenessWords create twoWhen I speakI speak to GodWho else is there? An elegant journal was gifted to me by a friend who didn’t know that I no longer kept a journal, that indeed, all my journals spanning decades had been offered to the fire in a great conflagration of liberation. …

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The Paradox of Language

I was looking online for a new game to play with my grandson. The name of this game caught my eye: Fun Dispels Joy. Umm, I’m not sure that this sobering caution was the intended message when someone translated the name of this child’s game. I can just see a three year old pointing excitedly …

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Doing Some New Things

Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. ~Isaiah 43:18 I love this verse because God seems so excited about doing these new things. It reminds me of a child delighted with herself for …

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I Walk in Surrender

Fear urges Do! Do not! Hello fear I hear you But I will not heed you I walk in surrender To the great What Is

The Art of Allowing

As a person who often advocates “practice,” I’ve been exploring what it means to practice something. We might have lots of practices. I practice martial arts, for example. Some of us practice mindfulness, meditation, yoga, loving-kindness, and more. When we have an intention to cultivate or develop a skill or a habit, we devote time …

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Equanimity Isn’t Always Kumbaya

We all struggle sometimes, even though we know that when we struggle with reality, we will lose. Every time. But sometimes it’s hard to recognize what we are really struggling with. A friend recently revealed that he has been dealing with some challenging and painful circumstances. He most fervently wished the circumstances were different. I …

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I Really Don’t Know

Some of you are familiar with the Zen story of the university professor who went to visit a famous Zen master. While the master quietly served tea, the professor pontificated about Zen, holding himself forth as an expert on the topic. The master poured the visitor’s cup to the brim, and then kept pouring. The …

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The Dance of Synchronicity

I like the word “synchronicity.” Coined by Carl Jung in the 1950s to describe a meaningful relationship or connection between apparent coincidences, it combines the roots of “together” and “time.” However, let’s not get too bogged down in the definition or etymology. I like the sound of it when I say it out loud. It …

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