Communication

Seventh key to conscious communication: Committing to impeccable integrity

What ideas pop up for you when you read the words impeccable integrity? Here are my thoughts: Integrity: Remember integers? This is about wholeness. All as one. All come into alignment: Thoughts, feelings, words, actions. Impeccable: The dictionary definition of “impeccable” has to do with flawlessness and perfection, but in this work of consciousness, it’s […]

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Sixth key to conscious communication: Solving from creative brain

Remember a time you were in a conflict with someone. Can you recall how your body felt? It’s universal: When we feel threatened by conflict we shift into Reactive Brain, where we automatically go into a fight, flight, or freeze response. Immediately our pulse quickens, our blood pressure rises, stress chemicals pour through our bodies,

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Fifth key to conscious communication: Noticing your state

As David Hawkins says, human consciousness is innocent. In other words, no matter what emotional state we’re in, we believe ourselves, and have difficulty accessing other states. If we’re afraid, we see everything there is to be afraid of, and can pull up memories of what has frightened us in the past. If we’re angry,

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Fourth key to conscious communication: Taking responsibility

If blame feels so good, why don’t I feel better? It’s driving me out of my mind. If blame feels so good, why don’t I feel better? Not misery and pain all the time. –Julia Colwell In my foray into writing Country Western songs (I wrote three for our briefly formed band, “Everything in the

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Third key to conscious communication: Speaking the truth

People have reasons for not telling the truth. Good ones, even. Reasons like: It’s not that big of a deal. It’s not a good time. It’s inconvenient. White lies keep relationships oiled and running smoothly. You won’t like it. It will hurt your feelings. It’s good to keep some things to yourself; it helps the

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Second key to conscious communication: Connection to self

Have you ever uttered (or heard) these words? “I don’t feel connected to you.” Behind this declaration is an idea that connection is like a delicate thread spun by some mysterious process, one that gets easily cut by an unseen hand. However, if you understand what “connection” is actually made of, you can create intimate

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Beyond fair fighting: Keys to conscious communication

I remember when I first discovered the idea of “fair fighting.” Growing up in a family where the siblings fought quite a lot, this idea made sense to me. Even as kids, there were rules: No pinching. No spitting. No hitting in the face. (Unfortunately, as the youngest, there wasn’t a rule about “fight with

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