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Brian Donohue

"writing and blogging to transcend the Bush era of failure"

Brooklyn, NY, USA
male, age 61
divorced, 1 child
Speaks: English/American
Joined Jan 23, 2007

Entering Hogwarts

From the Introduction to my book, The Way of Natural Magic: Transformative Themes and Practices From the World of Harry Potter:

Imagine, for a moment, that you are walking into the Great Hall of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry; that, with the open heart and silver-dollar eyes of a child, you are entering a place that is thought only to live in the realms of fiction and fantasy. See if you can feel the glow of candlelight hovering above your head; see if you can sense the seemingly universal vastness of this immense hall and its boundless firmament of ceiling, as you shuffle forward in a clot of classmates, nearly overcome with a mixture of humility, gratitude, awe, a little dread, and above all, open wonder at thereality of it all. Now hold your awareness there, in that moment, and remain. Continue walking through this spacious, starry hall for a minute or so, and then turn slowly, to look back through the door that had stood, a little time before, between this reality and that dream, and ask yourself the question that an old Chinese philosopher once asked:

Once upon a time, I, Chuang Tsu, dreamed I was a butterfly flying happily here and there, enjoying life without knowing who I was. Suddenly I woke up and I was indeed Chuang Tsu. Did Chuang Tsu dream he was a butterfly, or did the butterfly dream he was Chuang Tsu? There must be some distinction between Chuang Tsu and the butterfly. This is a case of transformation.  
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Groups Amnesty International, Greenpeace, Mother Jones, Oxfam
Hometown Brooklyn, NY 
Birthday Feb 23, 1957  
Languages English/American  
About Me I'm a lot like my hat size: 7 and three-quarters. A capacious cranial vault that is crowded by a "Large" but a wobbly fit in an "Extra Large". That is, a quarter size short of being an impact player in the intellectual circus.

Thus, I teach, write, and blog about the symbiosis of brain and heart, where feeling guides and intellect follows. I have written four books (, write a blog (, and teach the Tao in an alternative psychotherapy/counseling practice based in New York City (
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Pets Night the Cat  
Activist Aspirations Enthusiastic
Political Leaning Very Liberal
Religions taoism  
Eating Habits Vegetarian Wannabe (I Try!)  
Wild Fact About Me I am not wild.
My Philosophy Be guided by your uniqueness, and the unity of humankind will take care of itself.
What Gives Me Hope The helping energies of the universe.
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by Renounce the hierarchy on which my position is based, and then resign.
What/who changed my life and why I Ching: Oracle of the Cosmic Way, by Carol Anthony and Hanna Moog.
What Bugs Me cheney, Bush  
Passions women, taoism, our planet, cats, children, art, animals  
Inspirations tao, women, our planet, children  
What Scares Me cheney, bush  
Role Models the Tao, the Sage, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., My cat, my daughter, Albert Einstein  
Quotation The corporate model fails not because it asks people to do too much, but because it allows them to do so little.
Interests psychology, Mind/Body/Spirit, meditation, internet, gardening, environment, computers, children, Spirituality/Philosophy  
Books Drinking From the Darkness, Poems of the Universe, Life Lessons in a Time of War, The Way of Natural Magic  
Music John Williams (composer), Keith Jarrett, Mozart, bach, Neil Young, Pink Floyd, beatles, classical, alternative  
Movies Kurosawa, Bergman, Kubrick, Harry Potter  
TV Shows MST3K, Colbert Report, the Daily Show  
Favorite Foods Soy Products, veggies, apples, bread, broccoli, coffee  
Favorite Places New Hampshire, vermont, Hudson River Valley, New York City  
Can't Live Without air, water, food, my daughter, my cat  
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