Charles Benz: Professional Counselor and Coach

Integrative Personal and Spiritual Development Plus Sacred Ceremonies of All Kinds

Restating my Tao

"In merely the lifetime of the Baby Boomers an unparalleled era of global evolution has begun, an entire new epoch or stage of human development.  It is the dynamic evolutionary and historic process of stepping forward into humanity's next tier of growth into diversity, complexity, and pluralism. This species-wide integral stage defines the leading edge of human evolution even while 21st century techno-cyber reality swirls around the age-old existential Read more [...]

What do I share with Trump?

New book I just read, "Trump and a Post-Truth World," by Ken Wilber. Integral insight.   Wilber: it's in a developmental stage of "Boomeritis" that DJT expresses his generation, the 'Me Generation' narcissism merged with a virulent 'don't tell me what to do' insistence on autonomy. Mr. Drumpf IS the worst example and best symbol of Boomer all-demanding ego(ism) "infected" with an extremely childish selfishness. But we {all or most} still Read more [...]

Shooting? What shooting?

@ the occasion of the 11/6/2017 Texas church massacre....   Shooting? What shooting? My perspective on this is through the two main and conflicted views of this deadly event in our homeland in the era of UnTruth.  We are forced to look at the life of a lost soul, a man abandoned unto himself who acted out his desperation.  While we collectively are forced to ask, what's wrong with our society, our legislators, our country's soul? And Read more [...]

New “Religion”? A “How to….”

This is a FB message I posted to a Integral friend who wants to see his religion change in line with the maxims of Integral Theory by Ken Wilber.  Wilber's Jan 2017 book "The Religion of Tomorrow" holds the full explanation of what is religion's challenge to become 21st century, or "post-modern," in spiritual terms, FYI. "My theology to recommend is accessible only through a meditation practice faithfully engaged. Very loosely I'd Read more [...]

Healing: One Year Out

It is one year now since I was first suspected, then biopsied to prove I had HPV cancer.  My healing was accomplished with hospital science and medicine, coaching from a mature energy healer, an RN's advocacy, a bad weekend through the ER, telling the Radiation and Oncology medical staff I  have "other resources," and meditation every step of the way, even while receiving chemo (6x) and radiation (30x). "I just kept walking," is how I tell my Read more [...]

“Religion Tomorrow” and You.

As a professional "mythologizer" and Integral shaman I affirm humans as creatures who tell and resonate deeply to stories.  They usually come written with deep poetic, metaphoric or allegoric meanings out of our heart/body/soul/minds.  Often these myth last for decades or even centuries in one culture or many. They are called "Archetypal" to say that in fact they originate in the Universe , the sentient Kosmos itself as we "know" and experience Read more [...]

Coaching My “Uninvited Guest”

Relating to the serious issue of cancer lately, on a thread I follow on FaceBook, a friend asked the rhetorical question, "When is a tumor just a tumor?"  The answer, "When it is someone else's!"    The question caused me to recall the coaching I'd received lately and the coaching I gave myself over the last 6-8 months as I went through my experience with HPV cancer.  "Yes, news of a tumor is something you may treat casually. Until it's Read more [...]

But What of the Cause?

I'd long contemplated this question abstractly, as it concerned others who entered the journey of "C."  Now it was real for me to contemplate.  Success in overcoming this adversity I sensed from the outset would require more of the therapeutic work I'd engaged in for a long time.  The empathy I practice personally and professionally, as it were, was now to be given a major new twist of meaning and purpose.  Where had this HPV type of "C" come Read more [...]

What’s Important. The “C” Word.

Re "C".   The "C" stands for cancer but I eschew it s=use. I wish not to empower its ability to frighten and disturb people, or myself. Of course it depends on the type of "C" contracted and the medical prognosis that goes with it, but today for most people it is a 'normal' or norm in our society to go to the medical team you want treating your "C."  As I said, I use "C" rather than the full word, not to empower it in my mind, or reinforce Read more [...]

Entrance Upon a Journey

Entrance was obtained through first ignoring a sore throat for several months.  Then when its persistence bothered me I went to an Urgent Care clinic. Strep infection was eliminated quickly.  I was referred to a private oncologist.   She did the biopsy that led her in my follow-up visit to gleefully burst into the patient exam room with her results.  I'd returned after a week's time, and she beamed" Yes; it's malignant," like she'd just discovered Read more [...]