Courage

Dealing with Agnes

Sep 10, 2018 by Luann Robinson Hull
Dear Friends,

These are interesting times—no doubt about it… lots of drama and darkness in high places, and it’s so easy to get all swept up.  Whether it’s Rachel Maddow, Sean Hannity, Blitzer or Colbert, discussions in the media are often about what went wrong on any given day and who is to blame. Much less fashionable are talking points on what actually might work to support the greater good, regardless of political persuasion. And speaking of what might work to support the greater good, I’ve been thinking about that topic for a while now. I even wrote a book about starting a new love story on planet earth. A pretty lofty goal, I know. But, even so, what’s stopping us?

Autumnal Equinox ~ On Balancing Happiness

Oct 13, 2011 by Luann Robinson Hull
It is only mid-October and already the snow has boldly announced itself in Colorado, tumbling through the clouds like flying saucers, these plate sized flakes have been falling for most of the day—in torrents. Tonight, the temperatures are predicted to plummet into the teens. The summer sun has exited the scene. And, once again, same as last year at this time, I am scratching my head. Why is it that I am I living in the upward regions of the Northern Hemisphere?

In Dan Buettner’s interesting book, Thrive, he shares his findings on the location of the world’s happiest regions, suggesting that countries near the Equator enjoying a “sun bonus” tend to be happier, regardless of their status or development. Mexico,...

Heroism and the Heart - A Valentine Message

Feb 14, 2009 by Luann Robinson Hull
Regardless of our political, philosophical or religious beliefs—it would be difficult for any of us to deny that change is upon us. Everywhere we look from the personal to the global climate, we are witnessing unprecedented events and circumstances. And while the current prevailing media’s take on it all seems saturated with gloom and doom, there are many of us who believe this to be a time for inventive optimism and unparalleled opportunity.

In 1980, nearly thirty years ago, Marilyn Ferguson wrote a pivotal book entitled The Aquarian Conspiracy. In the manuscript she demonstrates uncanny foresight as she predicts many of the circumstances in which we are currently living. Having read this material some twenty-five years since its publication, I am...

Transitions, Transformation and Transcendence

Apr 10, 2007 by Luann Robinson Hull
It is fascinating to observe nature during this miraculous time of spring and re-birth. Buds that promise life are emerging from lifeless trees, mother robins nurture the nests that will produce new flight, and flowers are popping up out of nowhere, providing the long awaited color and fragrance of spring. And then there is the birth of a butterfly…

“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls the butterfly.”—Richard Bach, American author

The gestation period for this miraculous event from beginning to end, is approximately two weeks (Kathleen Pearce, Beautiful Painted Ladies). A female butterfly lays her egg, which contains a tiny caterpillar that immediately begins to grow. Following a steady diet of leaves and greens, the caterpillar...

Where to Find True Love

Dec 05, 2006 by Luann Robinson Hull
“It is essential to know what is vital and alive in us and [then] shape our lives in its image.”—David Whyte The Heart Aroused.

In his beautiful book, The Heart Aroused David Whyte, beloved author and poet, offers insight and inspiration on how to seed, feed and water the soul, sparking our inner Life Force. Whyte proclaims that when we nourish ourselves from within, we will naturally connect with others, who join us in the pilgrimage of personal discovery. Together, we are bound to become more expanded versions of ourselves and grow exponentially from the conversations and connections that inevitably accompany the joys of our individual and collective journey.

Whyte shares an ancient Chinese tale to emphasize the point. The hero of...

The Magic and Miracle of Fear

Nov 14, 2006 by Luann Robinson Hull
“The greatest miracle you will ever experience does not lie outside of you. It lies within.”—Paul Ferrini

In our most optimal state we realize the significance of these words. And when we are feeling vulnerable and afraid we are tempted to look elsewhere for comfort and solace in an attempt to feel good about who we are on the inside.

Many of us have searched and found what we thought would provide relief, only to inevitably discover our solution to be false and doomed to fizzle. Ah, not to worry, we can look again. There must be an answer out there. Over and over again, we keep seeking. Sometimes our search is relentless and exhausting. We are definitely tenacious, persistent, and resolute...

Fear and Fate or Power and Choice?

Oct 31, 2006 by Luann Robinson Hull
“As a species, we should never underestimate our low tolerance for discomfort. To be encouraged to stay with our vulnerability is news that we can use.”—Pema Chodron

In last week’s dialogue on Fear and Triumph, we opened a discussion on where we are as a species, particularly related to what scares us and how we respond when we are shocked by an unexpected event. Recent scientific studies have provided empirical evidence to suggest that there are more active pathways carrying messages from the lower regions of our brain (reptilian brain) going toward the cerebral cortex (higher areas of reasoning), than there are leading back to the brain stem.

And so what does this mean? In simple terms, it suggests that when we...

On Fear and Triumph

Oct 24, 2006 by Luann Robinson Hull
Greetings and welcome to this week’s message!

“Fear is a gift of nature for our survival. What is destructive is the spirit of fear, which consumes and immobilizes us even when there is no specific menace. We must overcome the spirit of fear by cultivating the confidence…and courage…which enables us to face and overcome every obstacle.”—Dr. James Forbes, Jr.

Most of us when faced with feelings of fear will often react with some type of avoidance, or attempt at protecting ourselves. This way of responding is a reflection of our conditioning as human beings. For eons, we were trained to expect the catastrophe (ferocious flooding, saber toothed tigers, etc.). And at this stage in our evolutionary development it is possible that the...