Essays

Our Essays are long form pieces exploring Kindling founder Peter Schulte’s experience and reflections.

Power. It was intoxicating and somehow deeply familiar, as if it had been waiting dormant inside of me.

Incan terraces

It was back in college when I first heard about ayahuasca from a housemate of mine. She told me about a psychedelic medicine from the Amazon capable of incredible personal transformation and healing. People taking the medicine often reported recovery from deep depression, addiction, and anxiety. They reported incredible experiences of traveling through the galaxy and different dimensions. […]

San Sebastian Bay

Ever since, in moments of anxiety, stress, or intense negativity – if I can find a moment of presence – I go back to San Sebastian.

man in a tunnel, personal responsibility

“Personal responsibility” forms the backbone of polarization in our country today. We all agree we need it. But we can’t actually agree on what it means.

sprout coming up out of white sand

Beyond the job titles, beyond the outfit – what has your life been preparing you perfectly for? That’s the core question of the Right Livelihood Quest.

Cupcakes

In truth, there is about half as much crime in the United States as there was 25 years ago. Both violent and property crimes have dropped dramatically. We are safer than we were 30 years ago.

Business man and woman talking

Can you imagine if we created a movement that both treated others with love and sensitivity AND thrived off creative tension?

clouds with sun behind them

Americans don’t think much of atheists. According to a 2015 Gallup poll, 74% of Americans would vote for a qualified gay or lesbian for president. Only 58% would vote for an atheist. Forty percent would refuse to vote for an atheist.

Profit and purpose diagram

How can we expect to drive real change when we are constantly underfunded and in the pockets of corporate donors?

Money

In a now-famous video, comedian Russel Brand passionately pleads:

[British Prime Minister] David Cameron says profit isn’t a dirty word, well I say profit is a filthy word… I think the very concept of profit should be very much reduced because wherever there is profit there is also deficit.

But is profit really a dirty word?

Incan terraces
San Sebastian Bay
man in a tunnel, personal responsibility
sprout coming up out of white sand
Cupcakes
Business man and woman talking
clouds with sun behind them
Profit and purpose diagram
Money