Monday, November 17, 2014

The Many Levels of Ego

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You did it! You let go of something that had plagued you for years. You feel like you've come a long way, and you feel like so much ego crap that has kept you tied up in unhealthy patterns is gone. But no sooner than this release comes does a new perspective and deeper perception arise that thrusts the next level of ego crap right in your face. To the unskillful, this is demoralizing, and there is a sense that you have failed somehow. But quite the contrary, if you can see new levels of ego, this is because you have successfully let go of some old blockages that kept you blind and bound to this old way of thinking and interacting with life.

Yet, I can tell that many of you need a little extra encouragement on this point. Early on the spiritual path, many of you will have heard how you can just drop everything. The ego can be completely let go, and these are all true things. tends to be much more prevalent that we human beings drop things in pieces and in levels. The whole 24-story building doesn't get blown up overnight. We tend to throw some sofas and an armoire out the window first just to see if we can do it before we get anywhere near taking out a wall much less one of the 24 floors.

So in this vein of thinking, I'm writing to you today to talk about the many levels of ego we come to face in ourselves; the continued need for patience, humility and dedication; and the fact that we are growing every time we run into a new level we had not seen before.

The Ego Dies and Then Arises Again

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Webinar: Money on the Spiritual Path

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It's time for my annual money and spirituality webinar. It's a common concern, so I like to loop back to it once a year to help people sort through their issues on this.

For some reason, people have come to view money as evil or bad. But it is just a tool. On the spiritual path, some spiritual practitioners can have this strange aversion towards it or doing anything with money. This can get them into a lot of unnecessary poverty and hardship. They forget that we are all interconnected, and that money is simply one way that energy flows in this large interconnected web. It only becomes a probably when we start hoarding it or reacting to it in some way. These reactions simply provide a mirror to our egos.

Additionally, people have a lot of survival fears hooked into money. Many people become so defensive about their work purely because of this money-survival fear issue. This tends to lead towards a lot of delusions such as a person has to stay in a job because it's the only way that they think can make money. This and much more can extremely limit a person's life as well as leave him or her locked in misery.

But we don't want that, do we? The spiritual path is about spiritual freedom, so please sign up for this free webinar to gain more freedom from money.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

10 Fun Spiritual Things To Do

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I know that this spiritual awakening blog can be pretty serious a lot of the time, but the spiritual path isn't always fraught with constant emotional purging, hours of meditation, and a whole host of difficult and challenging things. Rather, this is usually at the forefront because it's on top of all of your abilities to enjoy life. Your joy and bliss are just bursting to get out of you, but a huge layer of self-judgment, anger, lack of self-worth, old trauma, and whatever else depending on your particular cocktail of pain and issues (and we all have them) are burying that love inside.

And love is easy. It's easy because it's already here. While the high state moments come and go, the depth of our acceptance, peace, and serenity is always here. That is the fullness of love, which embraces all emotions. As such, the more pain you let go of, the more access you will find to that love, which makes finding fun spiritual thing to do not quite so hard to do.

However, I recognize that as you go through this spiritual healing and spiritual rebirth process that you may feel like nothing is fun for awhile. You can't do the old things like partying, drinking, casual sex, and other indulgences. A lot of entertainment is overwhelming, inane, or no longer interesting. All these things no longer feel good and are out of integrity with you. But you may not yet have new stuff to do and aren't abiding in that deep presence where it doesn't matter at all what you do. So, here is my top 10 list of fun spiritual things to do to help you transition into healthier fun.

10 Fun Spiritual Activities

Monday, November 3, 2014

Healing Sexual Abuse

I am sure that you are horrified by the statistic in the picture I've shared from the World Health Organization. While the topic at hand is sexual abuse (and this statistic includes other forms of physical violence), I think we all know that that number is under-reported. In my work as a spiritual teacher and healer, I have had more than a few experiences in helping students heal from sexual violence, and I'm 90% sure that none of them had reported the abuse. As such, we can probably only guess at the truth of the extent of this problem, but it is undoubtedly a huge problem.

And it is not limited to women. According to the Rape Abuse Incest National Network (RAINN), 10% of all sexual assault victims in the U.S. are men. Additional statistics for the U.S. from RAINN include:

"About 3% of American men — or 1 in 33 — have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime."

"1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime." (Click here for more statistics).

So if the U.S. population is 316 million people and we'll split it roughly in half for men and women, then approximately 4.65 million men and 25.83 million women have been sexually abused just in the U.S.

I'm not here to depress you. I'm here to offer a snapshot on just one major issue in the world and offer an opportunity to understand how it can be healed. Keep in mind that healing sexual abuse is no picnic, but it is so necessary. It influences so many factors of our society, and we don't even realize it. As such, it is of the utmost importance that if you or someone else is a victim of sexual abuse that help be sought out. In those interests, let me offer some help through this spirituality blog today.

Recovering From Sexual Assault

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Webinar: Your Body and Awakening

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Most of the long lists of awakening symptoms that you may have seen tend to comprise body ailments, but let's be honest with ourselves: not every sneeze we have is attributable to a spiritual awakening. In this webinar, I hope to debunk some of that as well as help you identify body sensations that are actually attributable to a spiritual awakening or spiritual shift. From there, we can talk about how to make adjustments to your life or spiritual practice in a way that addresses root causes instead of trying to ameliorate superficial symptoms (no matter how upsetting them may feel).

Furthermore, while spiritual awakening can influence anything in our spheres of perception (physical, psychic, emotional, mental, and so on), oftentimes the upset we feel in our bodies is simply part of the unnumbing that is going on. This means that the pain was already there. You were just too numb to experience it before.

There's plenty to talk about here, so I encourage you to sign up. As always, this webinar is free to all.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Between Disbelief and Belief

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As you melt more into your awakened consciousness, the need for beliefs goes away. This seems counterintuitive to everything people have been taught from day one, but beliefs aren't that necessary for our survival. They are tools that are occasionally useful, but then you put them down. You sit on a bench, and you watch the birds swimming around at the lake in the park. You are not believing in the birds or the lake. You are witnessing them. You don't need to believe in lower back pain to naturally make an adjustment to how you are sitting. The experience of being in the moment requires no belief. You are already here.

For people who have spent so much time believing this or that, this phase of clarity that comes to our minds is deeply unsettling. For those without as much attention to the mental sphere, it really isn't much of a surprise. As such, the latter will find more ease melting into this space where you don't have to believe or not believe in things. You simply engage with whatever is coming to you in any given moment.

But like any good tool, the mind takes sharpening from time to time. We can learn and use ideas to create other beliefs that are useful. We can believe in creating clean energy systems and better water management. We can do this for a couple of hours, but then we put it down. During the course of a day, we don't really consciously and constantly believe in these concepts though. We are in meetings, on phone calls, with clients, etc., etc. As such, we stay agile to the changing present moment, and when things don't go the way we would have wanted them to go (which comes from a hidden belief about how they should have gone), then we adjust to the new situation. As always, the awakened space is an extremely agile and dynamic space, which is the truth of life.

The Problems of the Believing and Disbelieving Mind

Monday, October 20, 2014

Assigning Your Pain to Another

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I often talk about projecting our issues as well as our desires and love onto other people and situations. It's like we break ourselves into these little pieces and fling them on to everyone else. Then we go through this elaborate game of trying to recollect all these pieces back (well, at least the good ones).

With the painful ones, we try to avoid the situations and people who seem to be the bringers of pain, and putting aside serious things such as physical assault and abuse, we are actually caught up in a game of trying to avoid our own pain. Our pain is within us. Other than the aforementioned physical injury, we choose the emotional responses that come up inside of us. It is powerful medicine to not choose to be angry, scared, or otherwise upset when someone is yelling at you. It means that you now are the master of your emotional space. Until then, pretty much anyone can manipulate you consciously or unconsciously, and that's a lot of power to give up to other people whether it is your misbehaving dog or a cruel and sadistic lawyer.

But to deal with our pain and our responses to it, we have to take ownership of it. That's why assuming that someone else is in pain is so problematic. Furthermore, our pain is very shifty. Sometimes the ego will assign a perception of pain and darkness on another and then try to heal that person, who may or may not actually have any of that issue. The wounded healer is a very common role people take on to do just that. Furthermore, some people go so far as to look at actual healers and other helpers in their life and project their pain onto those people. In this way, some of the people who could help them the most are now neutralized in this person's mind. They're either not good enough or pure enough to help, or they need to help fix the healer (which of course is simply trying to help heal their own issue).

Yes, it can be a sticky mess, but let's explore it together to unwind this gnarly bit of yarn so that you can see yourself and others more clearly.

Noticing the Mud on Your Windshield

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