Barbara Emrys

Essays

Safe Harbors

Heat and drought. Fire and flood. Melting polar caps. Rising seas. Pollution and pandemics.…sounds like business as usual in the ongoing evolution of a planet. Transformations like these have been going on since Earth began. When things get way out…

A Gentle Revolution

Independence Day is being celebrated this month in the U.S. Other countries do the same thing for the same reasons. They pay tribute to past revolutions and celebrate the end of hostile occupations. Surviving generations honor the day their ancestors…

The Shining Example

Parents sometimes ask me how they can impart this teaching to their children. Don Miguel has often been asked the same question. Every spiritual teacher has been asked something like it, many, many times. How soon can I teach this…

Particles

A friend once spoke to me about constantly having to push a certain memory away, because it caused him so much emotional pain. He wanted to run from the memory, or deny it. Pushing it away was a full time…

Happy Holidays

by Barbara Emrys We’ve come to the end-of-year holidays again. You could say, “Oh, boy, but this year is different…how do we meet social obligations?…travel is so challenging…the fun is already ruined.” You could say those things, and maybe you’d…

The Name Game

by Barbara Emrys This morning, while I was sitting at an outdoor café, I heard a baby saying “blah-blah-blah!” loudly and clearly. “Blah-blah-blah!” Just like that. Her dad was talking to another dad, and “blah-blah-blah!” was what she heard them…