Monday, July 25, 2016

Life After Spiritual Death and Truly Living

spiritual death, spiritual rebirth, spiritual awakening, redwood trees, truly living, natural livingMost of this spiritual awakening blog is devoted to death--spiritual death. By this, I mean I help
people learn how to die to their old unconscious egos. I help people to prepare for this death for those who haven't had an awakening, and those who awaken, I help them complete their spiritual death so that they can be reborn. Because it is only in dying this spiritual death do we become free and able to truly live.

Contrary to popular belief, a lot of people don't know how to live at all. Much of human living in the Western World is an attempt to feel good or feel safe because people don't feel good or safe in their own skin. They are numbing, running, avoiding, suppressing, repressing, over-working, thrill-seeking, drugging, and drinking their way to zombie-hood, and when they shuffle home at the end of the day, a gnawing feeling that something is missing eats away at many people--if they can even feel that much.

But after awakening and the sometimes prolonged spiritual death some of us go through, now there is space. Now there is the opportunity to truly live. But what does that even mean if you don't need a vacation, a romantic partner, job, or anything else? What does truly living feel like and are there still issues that get confronted?

These are some of the questions I feel like exploring today.

The End of Spiritual Dying

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Online Talk: How to Grow on the Spiritual Path

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In my last online talk, I discussed the importance of healing on the spiritual path. People have so many wounds, and there is simply no way to walk or run until you've healed your broken bones. But when that does happen, a whole new world opens. That world is the world of spiritual growth.

Most of what we believe is possible for ourselves is determined by our wounds. If we have a broken leg, we don't believe that sprinting is possible. But once that wound is healed, suddenly, you have all this space to move through. Or rather, the space was already there; you didn't give yourself access to it. This leads people to take on tasks they wouldn't have done before, engage in new types of relationships that would have been otherwise uncomfortable, and generally grow in new ways.

This growth, however, exposes other wounds and limitations. Some people and situations will not support you when you are healthy--many people are committed to your woundedness for one reason or another. So new challenges arise as you grow and expand past the limited world you'd inhabited. This too can bring in new and amazing supporters and friends, so the space of spiritual growth is extremely dynamic.

I'll talk about spiritual growth and these many dynamics in my next free talk on YouTube. I'm also happy to answer your questions.

You can register below. I look forward to hosting you!

Register for the Free Spiritual Growth Talk!

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Date:

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Time:

6 PM Pacific Time


Place:

It's online. You can join me at this link at the aforementioned day and time:

https://www.youtube.com/user/jimtolles/live

Cost:

Free! However, donations are greatly appreciated. You can donate by using the button in the upper right hand side of the blog. Thank you for your support!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Near Death Experiences and Spiritual Awakening

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I happened to read an article about near death experiences while sipping tea in my favorite local tea shop, and I realized that this was a topic that I'd not really discussed before. The topic of the article was more about why they happen and the ambiguous line between life and death. But I'm not so interested in whether these experiences are proof of an afterlife or a whole lot of brain hypoxia (a brain starving for oxygen). I'm interested in what happens afterwards because many people who have near death experiences come to dramatic and life-transforming realizations. Many of them consider their near death experience (NDE--for the rest of this post) to be a spiritual awakening.

So let's take a look at this amazing experience and how it propels many people to live a renewed life if not a totally reborn life.

Let the Afterlife Be for Now

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Online Talk: How to Heal on the Spiritual Path

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My next spiritual talk will delve into the topic of healing on the spiritual path. It is a topic that I am passionate about because humanity is so deeply wounded. Before we can even think about spiritual growth, we need to understand healing.

First of all, needing healing doesn't mean you are broken. Most people are far more wounded than they understand. The label and the feeling of being "broken" are part of a victim identity, and the victim ego will always be broken because it separates itself from other parts of your experience. It cuts you off from you. However, the true you is not broken. The true you is divine and never separate from the beauty of oneness.

So the ego it has to go for true healing to be possible. The unconscious ego is a very limited thing that creates separation between you and your truth, and dropping the victim identity/ego is one of the ways where we lose separation. In losing separation, healing can begin because true healing arises from unity within. It is such a beautiful thing that when we need no longer feel broken and don't need to fix ourselves, true healing can then arise.

I also want to expand people's frames of reference around healing. We are not just talking about healing abuse or trauma. We are also talking about healing illusions and misconceptions. Core illusions wound us the most deeply. Here's one of them:

"I am not good enough."

These five words destroy probably billions of people's whole lives. Many seemingly "successful" people are tormented by this belief, which is why they have to try so hard at whatever vocation or pursuit they choose. There are many more deep seated beliefs and fears that also need to be found and healed. They include; "I am not safe," "I am not lovable," "I am a terrible person," and so on. The list is quite long, and I encourage you to do some honest journaling to see what core beliefs sit at the center of your being. Consequently, it's these lies that I think are the most important to heal and some of the ones we as a society are poorest at healing.

So in this talk, I'll discuss healing, the different types of healing, the different levels of healing (it's different to heal the heart than the mind, for example), and so on.

If this topic is interesting to you, please register below. I look forward to hosting you!

Register for the Free Spiritual Healing Talk Here!

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Date:

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


Time:

10:30 AM Pacific Time

Place:

It's online. You can join me at this link at the aforementioned day and time:

https://www.youtube.com/user/jimtolles/live

Cost:

Free! However, donations are greatly appreciated. You can donate by using the button in the upper right hand side of the blog. Thank you for your support!

For More Thoughts on Spiritual Healing


Spiritual Healing

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Recording: What Maturing After Awakening Is Like

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The rock and roll of the initial years of a spiritual awakening tend to lead us towards greater maturity if we engage with our work. Unlike most people's perceptions of maturity, this inner maturity is timeless. You don't actually need work to achieve it. The spiritual work we do is a revealing of this innate maturity, and in that revealing, a human maturation process emerges. In this way, we go inwards to oneness before growing outwards into the ever-changing and evolving human world. In so doing, we tend to take on certain characteristics of patience and acceptance, and a lot of our more juvenile desires tend to fall away.

Additionally, some traits like resilience and confidence are different than how other people experience them. These traits arise in the absence of doubts and fears, whereas for most people they arise through taught behaviors and overcoming obstacles. As such, resilience from the awakened space is far more powerful because the individual no longer has to compete with fear and doubt that is often still stuck in other people who have developed a more human resilience.

There are plenty of other traits that are revealed within us, and from this deep, innate maturity, we grow into wise, caring human beings. You can listen to the whole talk below. Enjoy!

Recording:



Date of Recording:
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Time:
6 PM Pacific Time

Cost:
Free! However, donations are greatly appreciated. You can donate by using the button in the upper right hand side of the blog. Thank you for your support!

For More Thoughts

Here are some more thoughts on spiritual maturity:

Signs of a Maturing Soul

Monday, June 20, 2016

How to Grow up Smart and Live Your Dreams

I have the honor to work with a lot of young people. Late teenagers and early twenty-somethings often find their way to my spirituality blog, and I am always happy to get a chance to influence them. There are so many ways that as we do not mature as we grow up in this culture. We do not grow wise. In general, we grow up dumb.

What is growing up dumb? It is not knowing ourselves. It is not questioning the structures and beliefs around us and within us. It is accepting that our lives have to look a certain way to live in "the real world" rather than following what we know is true for us.

And because society has a powerful influence over us, many people by their late twenties and early thirties have given up their dreams. They've believed what others have told them. Those things are statements like: "Your dreams aren't practical;" You should just get a job;" "You should get married, settle down, and have kids;" and so on. The people saying these things were taught these beliefs, and they blindly accepted them. Now, they pass on these infectious illusions to you without even realizing what they are passing on. These ideas are the plague of beliefs, and they have and continue to decimate the lives, loves, hopes, and dreams of millions.

So, it is my hope that if you are in your late teens or early twenties (or if you are ready for a fresh start, and you can start over at any time of your life) that this spiritual blog post can help you step into a life you love.

1. Start a Spiritual Practice

Monday, June 13, 2016

Spiritual Sticking Points and Why People Like Being Stuck

I get a lot of questions and concerns from people when they feel stuck. In these instances, feeling stuck feels bad to the individual. But there are times when people like being stuck. They like it because they have gotten something in life that they really want, and they want to hold onto that. When this happens, the spiritual path can be viewed as a threat to this thing, relationship, or situation that has come into their life. At which point, the individual may stop their spiritual practice and otherwise halt any kind of inner inquiry.

Given what society teaches and the depths of those unconscious teachings, a lot of ego ideas ensnare people, and that goes on for a long time on the spiritual path. A person has to connect with a lot of freedom and transcend a lot of inner issues before they see just how trapped they are. Thus, it is very easy for most spiritual seekers to find a reason to stop especially if growth is appearing to be harder and asking them to give up more things.

For those who have awakened, they may be exhausted. Because spiritual awakening tends to choose you instead of the other way around, many people feel forced onto the spiritual path, and as such, many who awaken have just been waiting for an exit to appear on this spiritual freeway. When they see it, they accelerate for the off-ramp as soon as they can.

Clearly, I am interested in people being completely free. But don't assume that I hold it against anyone for liking a sticking point. Especially for those who awaken and slog through intense inner trauma, it is completely human to want to stop dealing with so much pain. It's hard. That's just how inner healing and growth tend to be even if there isn't trauma. So today, I wanted to offer some compassion for those who prefer to be stuck as well as encouragement--and you knew this was coming--for continuing in your spiritual work.


Finally, a Pause in the Spiritual Storm

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