Monday, June 26, 2017

The Invisibility of Your Own Pain

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One of the most common things people say to me at the end of a good session is basically this, "I had no idea that pain was there."

This is usually said with a certain level of shock and surprise as well as gratitude to have had help drawing out this hidden issue. This common experience illustrates how masterful we can all be at hiding our issues from ourselves. It really is truly amazing how much pain and suffering we can bury within ourselves and completely forget. And we do this all the time.

Yet, our issues are never forgotten. Instead, they become invisible puppet masters controlling our everyday lives, and so we have to learn to find these invisible forces and cut the strings of our own making.

Hidden in Plain Sight

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Online Talk: Opening Up to Deeper Levels of Love

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A lot of people think that you simply open your heart, and then--voila!--you're done. But my experience is that opening our hearts is just the beginning of the whole experience and evolution of love.

In a spiritual opening or spiritual awakening, some people have profound experiences of love. It may be the most love that they have ever felt, and it is truly unconditional. By unconditional, I mean that there are no conditions to it. There is no reason to feel this love; it is simply there.

Yet, this is the beginning. Just like the seed sprouting, there is a lot of evolution and spiritual growth that arises after that. Furthermore, we often don't full open our hearts. We often open part way, but since we'd never been that open before, it feels like a total opening. So, we have to learn how to find blindspots and places where we still have our hearts closed to keep opening further. In opening more, greater levels of spiritual growth and unconditional love become accessible.

The result is that there are a lot of levels of love that human beings can experience as they grow and learn to fall in love with all of life.

If this talk is interest to you and you'd like to learn more about opening your heart and growing into new levels of unconditional love, feel free to sign up below!

Register for This Free Talk Here!


Date:

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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


Donations

Donations are greatly appreciated so that I can continue to freely offer these talks, blogs, email correspondence, social media sharing and comments, and other things I do to help people.

You can donate by using the PayPal button in the upper right hand side of the blog. Thank you for your support!

Additional Helpful Spiritual Blog Posts 

Here are some more blog posts on the expanding nature of unconditional love:

When There's Nothing Left But Love

Understanding the Difference Between Self Love and Ego Love

Resting in the Flow of Awakened Love

Monday, June 19, 2017

Aligning Right and Wrong to the Spiritual Path

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The concept of there being a duality of right and wrong has caused people much frustration, confusion, and pain. Many of you have seen how people use this concept to elevate themselves as doing the "right" things and to condemn others for doing the "wrong" things. Some of you have seen spiritual people do that, and this right-and-wrong thinking is often used as means of control that can even lead to violence and wars.

Clearly this thinking is problematic to say the least.

But it is also problematic for people to jump to the conclusion that there is no right or wrong. While ultimately that is true from the space of oneness, there are such things as accuracy and utility. Accuracy can include being "right" about how to create a car that doesn't blow up when you turn it on. "Wrong" would be constructing the car so that it blows up and hurts you. Utility has to do with effectively engaging with the realities of human life.

Mature spiritual people come to understand that there are useful "right and wrong" beliefs. The basis of those beliefs moves towards how we view suffering. So we start to think in terms such as: Does something bring more suffering (wrong) into the world? Or does an action alleviate suffering (right)? Obviously, this is not necessarily a cut and dry sort of situation, but it gives you an idea of how right-and-wrong thinking transforms into something useful as you mature on the spiritual path.


Returning to the Source

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Importance of Regular One-on-one Sessions

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Today I feel like sharing on a slightly different topic than usual, and that is regular one-on-one sessions.

Amazingly enough, I have been having sessions with people for coming up on 7 years at the time of this posting, and I've seen a thing or four. One of those four things--okay, it's a lot more than four--is how easy it is for people to get stuck in issues. There is just something about the inertia of unconsciousness that it doesn't want to move. Even when one issue has cleared, most people tend to stabilize in some new form of stuckness.

Spiritual Sticking Points and Why People Like Being Stuck

Sometimes those of you who awaken are exceptions. That tends to be particularly true through the first couple of years when the floodgates are open and you are being pushed, pulled, and transformed in every way imaginable. Eventually, you do have to make a choice about going deeper inwards. It seems like spiritual awakening is like a lawnmower that mows down tons of weeds, but it rarely uproots them all. To go deeper means you have to choose to actively do so, and sometimes, it's helpful to have someone who can do that with you.

While I talk a lot about dealing with issues as central to most one-on-one sessions, I would also add that there are whole realms of amazing spiritual growth that can arise when two bright souls sit in a space of connection together. So for those of you where you've completed most of your healing, there is a whole other playground of opportunities out there for you. Sharing space with another being who is open and clear amplifies the growth and joy of that space in ways that you can not imagine.

Regularity and Getting Used to the Cycles of Shared Connection

Monday, June 12, 2017

Spiritual Sweats and the Icky Sticky of Burning Out an Issue

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One funny phenomenon of spiritual shifts can be the arising of sweating as an issue comes to light. As usual, this isn't medical advice, and this kind of sweating tends to be pretty specific to doing something with energy and spiritual work. If you're sweating at other parts of you day, then we're probably not talking about the same thing.

But if you are working with an energy healer, meditating, or doing some kind of non-physical spiritual work and you are perspiring, you're probably experiencing a cleansing spiritual sweat.

There's nothing inherently wrong or bad with this. It's just that spiritual sweats can be surprising. Some of my students can be amazed at how just sitting in a space of connection while physically doing nothing can leave them partially soaked. This certainly doesn't happen to all my students, but it happens on occasion.

So what is this spiritual sweating about? Here are some quick thoughts.

Releasing an Issue

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Recording: Finding Inner Peace

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People go on the spiritual path for many reasons. Some of them seek healing for different pains like the loss of a loved one or a trauma like sexual abuse. Others have always been drawn towards spirituality even though they don't have a specific reason. Some of you are awakened and are thrown face-first into the spiritual world. Like I said, there are many reasons for walking the spiritual path.

However, for some of you, the path is or becomes about finding inner peace, so I felt like offering a talk on this particular interest.

In this talk, I offer some thoughts about spiritual stillness and the human experience of inner peace, and I offer tips to go inwards to find the issues that stand between you and inner peace.

Enjoy!

Finding Inner Peace Recording



Date of Recording:

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Time:

10:30 AM Pacific Time

Place:

All my online talks stream live here:

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

Donations

Donations are greatly appreciated so that I can continue to freely offer these talks, blogs, email correspondence, social media sharing and comments, and other things I do to help people.

You can donate by using the PayPal button in the upper right hand side of the blog. Thank you for your support!

Additional Helpful Spiritual Blog Posts 

Here are some more blog posts on inner peace and stillness:

Deepening Into Stillness and Inner Peace

Moving Into Stillness: The Power of Presence

Monday, June 5, 2017

Surrender, Surrender, and Keep Surrendering

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During those times of deep and powerful inner change, it can be hard to want to stay in that intensity. The ego self will want to fix it, change it, and generally avoid it. To all of that, I can only say, "Surrender."

And surrender some more.

And keep surrendering.

It is through surrendering to inner transformation that the transformation can unfold. When we are busy trying to change things, we are usually depleting our energy. For those of you who already have some level of chronic fatigue, that additional action will simply debilitate you. And so you may find yourself surrendering by virtue of having no energy left at all. Sometimes, I think that kind of fatigue is the wisdom of the divine at work. God knows that sometimes the only way to get a person to surrender is to knock 'em out.

Chronic Fatigue and Spiritual Awakening

To be clear, surrender isn't about an inability to take action. It's the understanding that some actions are already being taken, and most of what we might do would be counter-productive or a duplication of the intelligence that's already hard at work. In essence, surrender is the smartest non-action we can take. :)

So let me offer a few brief thoughts on surrender, especially for those of you going through big spiritual shifts.

Surrender Is Not Laziness

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