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The Field Beyond Right and Wrong

For me this story evokes Rumi’s now-famous lines:
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.
I told it at the NVC Community Camp in Wales, in June 2012. Sheltering from some truly atrocious weather, over one hundred people created something truly amazing – a deep sense of community that Read More…

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Strengthening The Container

I’ve just completed the 12 week strength training program that I wrote about in a previous blog.
What have I gained?
Well, my health and well-being have dramatically improved. For the last few winters (admittedly in draughty houses in two freakishly cold English winters) I’ve had a long succession of bad colds: last year I counted four. Read More…

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The Clown Who Wasn’t Funny

I’ve lived in the Stroud area for over two years now, and while my work, both as a teacher and performer, has taken off overseas, until last Friday I hadn’t yet gotten around to performing my stories for adults in my home town.
There’s an additional level of vulnerability to performing in your own community. You Read More…

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Tami Simon

Here’s another of my heroes: Tami Simon.
I’ve had the feeling of being in the spiritual wilderness much of my life. At some point in my late teens, probably after reading too many Krishnamurti books, I got it into my head that true spirituality was nigh on impossible to achieve. Only truly extraordinary people had what Read More…

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The Tailor With Two Masters

I was really happy with this performance. About forty people squeezed into the basement at Cafe Gaia in Aarhus, Denmark to hear this story. There are a lot of comic touches; at times I’m almost in the realms of stand up comedy, which I’m very pleased about. And there’s a lot of depth to it Read More…

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The Crown’s Regret

I told this story to a group involved in the Findhorn Nonviolent Communcation Intensive, which I lead with my friends Kit Miller and Dominic Barter. This year we tried something new, which was that unlike any other program at Findhorn (and at most such centres) there was no upfront fee for participation in the week. Read More…

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Strength Training

I’ve surprised quite a few people recently by embarking on a strength training program.
About four years ago I was given Ken Wilber’s excellent ten CD set Kosmic Konsciousness. In amongst all kinds of learned and insightful material on a wide range of spiritual topics was something that I wasn’t expecting. Wilber started citing research showing Read More…

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Piercing the Veil

I told this story in a heavy rain storm, in a little summer house near the sea in Denmark. It was warm and we had the windows open and the heavy rain and frequent thunder are clearly audible in the background.
I guess most storytellers learn to use unpredictable intrusions from their environment to their stories’ Read More…

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Hold the Line, Daddy!

This is an awesome story. It takes a while to warm up, but once it got going it kind of blew me away.
I told this on a Deepening Retreat, for people who had already learned the basics of Intuitive Storytelling and were wanting to keep honing their practice with me. In the group was Read More…

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The Nurse’s Secret Pleasure

The theme that I discussed with my audience before telling this story was “Healing our wounds”. It felt quite a relevant theme to explore with this audience, as we were in Oslo, exactly one month after the massacre that happened there in July 2011.
I am very impressed with how the Norwegians dealt with this Read More…

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The Truth-telling Handkerchief

This story has some striking images; I love this scenario of the rich man who asks a seamstress to embroider his wife’s name into a handkerchief, but when she tries, the stitches, seemingly with a life of their own, trace out the name of his former lover! The camel meeting the little man is also Read More…

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The Rock and the Oil Bottle

I told this while attending a retreat with one of my teachers, Robert Gonzales, who has taken Nonviolent Communication to depths that amaze me. I love telling to the group on these retreats. This was our third retreat together, and each time we go deeper with one another, and each time I tell a story, Read More…

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Intuitive Facilitation

This summer I had something of a breakthrough in the way I lead workshops.

If you are familiar with how I tell stories, you will know what I mean by “Intuitive Storytelling”; I let myself be led by the story, by following an inner sense and a flow of images and words inside. Continue reading

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An Old Pair Of Boots

I told this story at the first NVC Community Camp, in Wales, which I had helped to organise, and which I attended with my family. There were about forty of us in the big circus tent, children and adults, and I told them a pretty wild story!
Three things stand out for me about this story. Read More…

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A Fine Wine from the Forest

This story came about in a rather unusual way.
For a while now I’ve been itching to take my storytelling work into a new phase: to offer workshops that explore a theme in depth, using practices from Nonviolent Communication (NVC) that I already teach, and combine this with telling a story. I was pretty sure that Read More…

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A thank you note to Michael J Ferguson

Michael first got in touch with me in 1998, shortly after I’d begun telling my intuitive stories. He said he was bowled over by what he’d heard and wanted to help me share what I had with the world.
Over the following 13 years Michael was the single biggest supporter of my work. He built the Read More…

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Spiritual Growth Follows Pleasure

Almost twenty years ago I was attending a spiritual talk of some sort in London and afterwards, as I wafted around the various leaflets on display by the entrance, I saw a quote that arrested me, attributed to Matthew Fox.
“Spiritual growth follows pleasure.”
I found this such a wildly counter-cultural statement! Surely spiritual growth involves Read More…

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Stories from Within

This May I gave my first ever workshop in Intuitive Storytelling, in Denmark. My friend Mathias Granum had already asked me before to run a workshop, but I had declined: I did not believe that I could teach people what I do, certainly not in a matter of days.
Some intuition had me, to my Read More…

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After The Summer

It’s been a crazy summer. It feels like I haven’t stopped moving since May. That was the month that I gave my first workshop in Intuitive Storytelling, attended my first retreat with Robert Gonzales (a very inspiring NVC teacher from the US) oh, and bought a house.
Since then life has been really unstable. We Read More…

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Facing The Storm

I’ve had a number of experiences recently that have made me ponder the question of how to deal with there being so much bad news in the world.
Maybe “bad news” does not sum it up accurately. Perhaps I mean simply becoming informed of what is going on. There are people who are highly knowledgable Read More…

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