An old Chinese curse says, “May you live in interesting times.” Well, we are certainly living in “interesting” times – challenging, messy, and unsettling. Yet it’s also been said that one should never waste a good crisis, because within every crisis are hidden opportunities just waiting for us to notice and follow them in a new direction.

Transformational Presence book coverSo I invite you to make the most of these “interesting” times. In my new book, Transformational Presence: How To Make a Difference in a Rapidly Changing World, I refer to what is happening now as the “Great Breaking Open.” While many people would say that everything is breaking down or falling apart, I find it more helpful to view this as a time of “breaking open.” Every day, more of what has been hidden or simmering under the surface is being revealed. It’s up to us to pay attention, to sense the messages that are trying to get our attention, and to respond.

The “Great Breaking Open” is the theme of the second free webinar introducing my new book on Wednesday, October 18th (2 pm EDT / 20h CET). In this week’s session, Trace Hobson and I will open with a brief dialogue about the energies that are driving the Great Breaking Open on all levels of our society. We will also talk about the breaking open of the human spirit and the great divide that now exists between heart and intellect in the mass consciousness. We will then shift to a more interactive and experiential exploration of how the Great Breaking Open is showing up in our own experience – in our personal lives and our families, in communities and societies, in businesses and organizations, in politics and government, and in international relations and global environmental issues.

Together, we will listen to the Great Breaking Open from deep within the heart of being and be present with whatever comes up. Within that context, we will sense what feels most important to pay attention to right now, both from an individual and collective perspective. I trust that we will each gain further insights and awareness that will help us continue to navigate these uncertain times and bring our particular gifts to the world.

Join us on the next two Wednesdays for the remaining webinars in this Transformational Presence book introduction series. The webinars will be recorded, so even if you are not able to join us for the live sessions, you will be able to watch them later at your convenience. You will find both the webinar registration and the video recordings at

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