Barbara Emrys

Essays

The Art of Flight

The human dream is structured and restrictive. Our physical bodies are by nature restrictive. Being a part of a social group, with its many rules and accepted standards,  limits us. Thinking and acting the way everyone else thinks and acts…

One Particular Word

The subject of shamanism comes up a lot in Toltec teachings. People are naturally intrigued. They want to know what kind of beings shamans really are. Are they magicians, sorcerers…scientists? Do shamans have superpowers? Are shamans born, or can anyone…

Shadow Puppets

We all know the irresistible pull of self-importance and self-judgment. Although they seem to be two opposing things, they offer clear evidence of only one thing: the self. The self is difficult to define, and yet it’s used to having…

Being All Right

Getting along with other people is a constant challenge, but one that’s worth our time and effort. Relationships are the most important part of being human. We’re happiest when we’re able to share love with another person. We feel safe…

One Truth

Common sense tells us there is only one Truth: life and death. To put it differently, there is only energy and matter. One is the eternal force of creation, and the other cannot survive without that force. It’s not so…

No Comment

You may have noticed how your mind comments on what’s going on, all day long. You think, in other words. We humans think a lot. Thinking seems harmless enough– our thoughts keep us company, after all. When there’s no one…