Stephanie Dowrick on choice and freedom

Most of us talk a great deal about freedom. And regard it as an ideal. Living that ideal though – and the sense of choice and inner authority that it implies – is something else altogether. In my own life I struggle not to use the “slave” words: “have to”, “must”, “can’t”. And I try […]

Universal Heart Easter Greeting

Dear friends A very special wish to you for a peace-filled Easter. I am away as usual to lead the Easter Retreat at beautiful Mana Retreat Centre in New Zealand (and will see some of you there). This is such a deep time for many, and often an opportunity for a renewal of hope and […]

A whole life

Thomas Merton: “If you want a spiritual life, you must unify your life. A life is either all spiritual or not at all. No man [or woman] can serve two masters. Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire.” Desiring,seeking: this means giving […]

Stephanie Dowrick on YouTube: Gaining simplicity

Stephanie Dowrick writes: “To open and inspire this talk on simplicity, I used a teaching from the Upanishads: “There is a light that shines beyond all things on earth, beyond the highest, the very highest heavens. That is the light that shines in your heart.”  Later in the talk I reflect on how unconsciously we sometimes […]

Universal Heart Newsletter March 2012

Dear Universal Heart Networkers “Well and happy”  *  “Time?”  *  Sydney service, 18 March 2012  *  Forthcoming events, including 31 March, Sydney; 5-9 April, Easter Retreat; 12-13 May, Byron Bay  *  How to meditate: ideas & guided CDs * Books on-line * “May peace prevail” I hope this finds you well? And that you are […]

Love’s unconditional welcome (part 2)

Please do watch the 2nd half of Dr Stephanie Dowrick‘s exceptional talk on love’s unconditional welcome where she continues to speak about our need to offer authentic hospitality not only to one another, but also to those parts of ourselves that we may sometimes wish to discard to disown, rather than reclaiming and transforming through […]

Stephanie Dowrick on YouTube: Our power to help and heal

In this uplifting talk Dr Stephanie Dowrick reminds us that we can respond to daily life and meet even the most difficult situations with hope. And with a deep sense of connection to our inner resources. Paying attention to our strengths – to what’s needed – is literally empowering in the most authentic way. This […]

Easter Retreat with Dr Stephanie Dowrick 2012

Easter Retreat, Thursday 5 April – Monday 9 April, 2012. Stephanie Dowrick writes: “The Easter retreat at Mana Retreat Centre, Coromandel, New Zealand, is a highlight of my teaching year and has been for more than a decade. This year our theme is “The Grace of Kindness” which will open all kinds of doors to […]

Stephanie Dowrick reflects on perfectionism

In our breathtakingly competitive society, children as young as 6 or 7 are increasingly refusing to learn something that could be rewarding or even tremendous fun because they can’t do it instantly or be the immediate “best”. And some adults – who should know better – behave similarly. Perfectionism has its compelling side, of course, […]

Interfaith service with Dr Stephanie Dowrick

In need of spiritual nourishment? Or simply curious to discover whether spirituality has something to offer you? You are so welcome to join us today, Sunday 19 February, at 3pm for the monthly interfaith, spiritually inclusive service at Pitt Street (264) Uniting Church. A block from Town Hall Station. Cross St: Park. Glorious music from […]