Join David Whyte to look at the ways we can free ourselves from our own inner dictatorial ways; the repressive ways we often try to control the wilder elemental energies that are the source of any living breathing joy or happiness.
The clear heartfelt language of poetry has always stood in the human imagination as one of the best representations of insight, sanity, clarity and courage: words we write ourselves or words we speak or read, can move us in extraordinary ways, through every defensive barrier we might have built against living a more courageous, articulate life. Poetry, like our great contemplative traditions does not see our wilder more elemental energies as being the enemy of clarity and sanity, but as essential elements of our very humanity. These wilder edges of human experience are the very qualities that give us both a sense of freedom and an ability to inhabit it fully. Every dictatorship implicitly understands the need to suppress poets and songwriters who speak on the behalf of the free un-coercible and untrammeled human spirit. These Three Sundays in March look at all the ways we can free ourselves from our own inner dictatorial ways; the repressive ways we often try to control the wilder elemental energies that are the source of any living breathing joy or happiness.
All of us intuit a possible road we might take toward a better life, all of us are equally very familiar with our own deep reluctance to move along that road, and all of us are very familiar with the layers of bad habits and the small ungenerous ways we might have developed over the years as excuses not to step out.
The invitation in all good poetry is for a ‘radical simplification’ to articulate and speak from the very essence of everything we have made complicated in our life, so that it can become fully itself and then move and flow on round every difficulty we have been set, or have set for ourselves. The object of these Three Sundays is in effect, to become a little more creatively dangerous in the world, both to ourselves and others, to risk ourselves in speech, in our art, in our actions and in refusing to participate in things that make us smaller by our very participation. To have a clear mind but a wild irrepressible heart is one of the keys to human happiness.
Three Sundays Testimonials
These beautiful sessions have buoyed me so through the months - now nearly years - of this pandemic. Your words have spoken to me for many years (The House of Belonging is still my favorite, all the pages well worn and the binding frayed). Your choices of theme and poems always seemed divinely timed to what I needed to hear, or to ponder. My creativity has soared, and I have been inspired to let go of old wants and dreams that no longer fit, to be less "hard on myself for wanting what I want," and to really accept that I deserve to have the life I want. Each time, I have been very moved by what you say and how you've said it. Thank you for being a voice of inspiration, kindness, acceptance, and honesty through this strangely beautiful and transformative time.
Tremendous possibilities now in focus, realizing the wisdom behind thinking and living with the theme that no matter what, “ everything is still possible.” Can’t thank you enough. Every session gets better and better.
Since I’ve followed your Sundays series beginning in January this year, I’ve gained perspective I why I’m still here (on the planet.) Because of illness and separation from family, I could not see beyond my own misery. Writing didn’t come easily UNTIL I stopped. Thank you for taking us deep into the inner journey. A new door has opened, actually it’s an old, old garden gate and my job was to untangle the overgrowth that was hiding it. Blessings!
"Each time, I have been very moved by what you say and how you've said it. Thank you for being a voice of inspiration, kindness, acceptance, and honesty through this strangely beautiful and transformative time."
- Participant, Three Sundays Series
Thank you for these Sundays that you have been doing throughout the pandemic. They have held my heart and body and mind in such a gentle and honest embrace.
This is opening up some exciting possibilities!
CLEAR MIND WILD HEART begins Sunday, March 12th, 2023 at 10:00am Pacific Time
How the Series Works
CLEAR MIND WILD HEART is centered around three 75-minute livestream sessions delivered via Zoom webconferencing software.
3 Livestream Sessions
Each session will include an hour long talk followed by a 15-minute Q&A.
You will receive preparatory materials offering food for thought for creating an environment to engage with the series, as well as a detailed resource guide following each session.
Each session will include time for David to respond to questions and themes from listeners, which can be submitted live in the Zoom Q&A box.