What we've created in this year's School, consistently, for 9 months: the most thoughtful, nuanced, intricate, and extensive conversations about human nature that I'm having anywhere.
This is what so many people I know want more of.
It might not be worth learning a new language to do that, which I totally get.
We learn that language (archetypal astrology) because it allows us to say things, and to say things in certain ways, that are simply not possible in "standard" English.
It allows us to have these conversations in powerful, elegant, precise ways that take us deeper and deeper into the essential paradox of being human.
The language isn't the important part, though.
It's the conversations that it makes possible, and who we become through the alchemy of those conversations.
It's who other people can become when they are in our care, with this language as the facilitator, the territory through which the engagement can move.
I hope that many of you have places that you can be with other good humans in this way - but MANY MANY people I know do not.
The Paradox School is one of those places.
It might or might not be your place, and that's good either way.
But it is, and through the ongoing learning it will ALWAYS be, a place where we delve as deeply as we can, with respect, curiosity, and nuance.
Where we're not trying to "find answers" or "create outcomes."
Where we're being awed at the extraordinary intricacy of human people, and no part of that is a "problem" to be "fixed" - only ways to learn to live better with our own complexity.
Where we always, always seek to be with people more skillfully as they are and as ALL that they are, together, at the same time.
The conversations I continue to have with this year's students are exactly why I'm doing the Paradox School again.
I wasn't sure it would work - that any of what I imagined, what I yearned for, what I wanted to create was actually possible.
These are the conversations I wanted so badly to be having as I was learning, and in the entire first 10 years of my practice - but there was no one I knew who spoke this language, for this purpose, at this depth, with this sense of awe and mystery.
Now there are.
We're engaging in ways that just knock me sideways every single week.
I want more of this (moremoremoremoreMORE) and I want more people to be in it with us; I want more people to experience the pure potency of speaking down into the deepest richness of human nature this way.
If that's you, I hope you'll join us.