My trek from Day 1 to Now...
"Henceforth, I seek not good fortune. I am myself good fortune!
― Walt Whitman
I started out as a child, and relatively clear about things.
Thereafter, the vicissitudes of the yet untravelled road, common to all young drivers, led me to some predictably conventional and also other decidedly out-of-the-way places . . .
Northwestern University, B. A. . . .
Guitar teacher & studio musician three years . . .
Overseas rambling and working:
Norway, Europe, Israel . . .
Joined a Gurdjieffian spiritual group at age 26 and plowed those fields for 25 years, navigating the terrain of a consciousness teaching. I would call the journey exalting, strange, confounding, disappointing, uplifting, — and in sum, usefully formative.
Many of the ideas of 'The Work' still inform my day-to-day actions, perspectives and practice. I have let drop the parts that were less salubrious.
Worked as a search consultant for the technology world. Specialized in finding the Uber-creative engineer poets that breathed life into Adobe, Apple, and other nutty, arty companies.
Had my own firm for 11 years, based out of most excellent Sausalito, California, marinating in the rubber-meets-road entrepreneurial/professional leadership worldview.
Made enough $$$ to get relaxed for a while — too relaxed it seems, and ventured back into the doing mindset, when during the mid 90's I rebooted in the then-fledging professional coaching field, getting trained, and then mentoring others.
Like many who entered the field as early-adopters, I discovered that had I always been a coach, — an encourager, prodder, provocateur, and agent of subversive uplift.
The study of planetary influence, aka Astrology, had been one aspect of the Gurdjieff teaching. I went further into it in the form of astrological studies with various teachers during the '90s and during the coach years.
I found it to be a remarkable lens for identifying the gifts and challenges of clients and firms, as well as keeping me radically a-Mused and usefully tormented. Have been at it for over 20 years.
I currently serve as Director of Publications for OPA, the Organization for Professional Astrology, where we put out a rather splendid quarterly journal.
Enter Human Design, a revealed synthesis (credit: Source + Ra Uru Hu) that masterfully integrates astrology, I Ching, DNA, Kaballah, and the Hindu chakra system and which found its way into my cosmic sleuthing mind in 2007. I went at it like a mad dog, given its profound revelations and parallels to the Gurdjieffian ideas.
The evolutionary iteration of Human Design in the Gene Keys (thank you, Richard Rudd) brings a poetic and contemplative sensibility to the sometimes hard mechanics of HD that suits my heart and understanding, which brings us to...
which is incidentally where we started.
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