Reading your truth backwards

Some things are true and obvious. Others, equally true yet shrouded. Who decides which gets to be which? I have zero idea. I just know that’s how it works. Let’s think about this, though. That truth that’s harder to decipher, it’s there, isn’t it? Right in front of us. Like an antique printer’s plate, with […]

Strike your note

In a quietly lit room, with candles flickering… Owen O’ Suilleabhain was there. So were the rest of us. If you were of “the rest of us” then you know what took place. If you weren’t, you will never, sadly. But I will give a glimpse into the moment that Owen created for the Messengers […]

Does your story serve you?

We all have them, stories. Mountainous tales about mighty moments that shape who we believe we are. The kind that transform us and there’s no mistaking the impact. These stories can also be sneaky, emerging from almost invisible encounters that pass through us like muted lightning. Very real, but very underestimated. They happen and we […]

Try to be you

Hubbard dares, “Try it for a day!” It’s harder than you think. It’s easy to spot. When I’m not. Maybe not to you. Unless you’ve actually seen me. But I know. And the me that is more me than not knows most. So I’ll try to be me just a little bit more. With respect […]

The Price of Silence

“The opposite of courage is not cowardice. It is conformity.” Rollo May, existential psychologist, claimed this. I think Mr. May knew what he was talking about. I’ve experienced this to be true. Some of the very hardest things for me have been to trust my instinct and act on a worthy-but-absolutely-not-guaranteed-to-succeed urge. The amount of […]

Purpose vs Message

What does it mean to have a Message? How is that different than having a purpose? Your Message is the truth that you uniquely know. The thing that is yours to share that would bring a goodness to our world that could otherwise not be experienced. Because you are the only you, and even if […]

Willie is a Messenger

Do you know David Whyte? He’s a scientist, poet, philosopher, and author with a lot to say about what it means to be human and how to be the version you were meant to be. In his book, Crossing the Unknown Sea, he says, “It seems to me that each of us must identify in […]

Messengers: Achievement vs Accomplishment

(This address was given at the second gathering of The Messengers in the Power House of the historic Roycroft Campus on the evening of June 15th, 2023.) If you were with us on May 11th, you have a splish of an idea of what I’m talking about when I say “carry your Message.” If you’re […]

You have a Message

(This address was given to a small-ish group of kindred spirits gathered in the Power House at the Roycroft Campus in East Aurora on the evening of May 11, 2023 for the inaugural meeting of The Messengers.) You might be wondering, “What’s this all about, Erik?”  “Please tell us you didn’t bring us here to […]