Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Online Talk: Awakening to Action

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People are often confused by the idea of "non-action." Many think that this means we don't take any action at all, but I think it's pretty clear that spiritual people take actions all the time. Acting in this world is a prerequisite of living it.

But initially, the primarily encouragement for people on the spiritual path is to go within and reduce the amount of actions they take. It's an encouragement to simplify and get back to basics as you learn about yourself. If you don't do this first, you don't really understand yourself nor why you want to take many actions. In our ignorance, we think we know why we want to do things, but as many of you who have done inner work have discovered, there are many ways our hidden issues define what we want to do and how we want to do it. When we heal those issues, we often find that some interests evaporate entirely.

Others do not. As we open to the truth of ourselves, some things become clear. Ironically enough, it seems like when people become clear on an issue, they also may not want to take action. When people want to take action, they usually need to sit and be still. When they want to sit and be still, they usually need to take action. But to not take action when we are called to is a form of self-denial. It does not serve anyone, least of all yourself.

So I felt like offering some thoughts on what conscious action is and how we differentiate between a call to take action and the ego's old programming that is telling you to do something. I hope you'll register below and join me for it.

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Date of Talk:

Wednesday, December 14, 2016


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10:30 AM Pacific Time

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Additional Spiritual Reading

If you want additional reading on this topic, here are two blog posts you may enjoy:

Creating a Spiritual Movement

How to Create Conscious Change

Monday, December 5, 2016

How to Create Conscious Change

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We live in an age where there are tons of advancements in technology and many ways that we are actively changing society. But how conscious are those changes?

Before we go any further in this conversation, it's important to clarify what I mean by "conscious." To me, "conscious" is a term for being knowledgeable of the impact of what we do. Being unconscious means we are unaware of things and the impacts of our actions. For example, the unconscious ego is unaware that it is a construct of beliefs and experiences. The conscious ego knows that it is made up. With a conscious ego, you can then actively investigate other parts of your ego self that you are not aware of

I hope that clarifies what I mean by conscious in this context. Any of you who have become more conscious of yourself and life can see more, and you are probably also aware of how much you cannot see. The conscious person is like someone living with a light on in the room. Even with the light on, there are limitations to what you can see, and this requires a certain level of continued exploration as well as humility in understanding that there are always going to be things that you do not know.

Clearly, this implies that conscious change is always going to incorporate some level of unconsciousness. There are going to be things that we don't know about any situation, and there are ramifications of any action that are going to be surprisingly. This doesn't mean that action should be avoided or that we end up in analysis paralysis. Rather, we learn to understand that any change we attempt to implement in life is going to be a process, and understanding the influence and reality of unconsciousness means that we stay engaged with any change we are creating to best guide it towards solutions that are beneficial to all.

Facing the Unconsciousness Within You

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Do We Have Free Will?

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We all want to believe that we have free will. It sure seems like we make choices all the time. But how are we making those choices? How are we unconsciously evaluating what to even consider a choice?

For many of you who have done a lot of inner work, you know how much the unconscious ego inhibits your ability to even see choices. It's like being locked in a jail cell, and you're told you can go anywhere in the jail cell. The more unconscious we are, the more we don't even see the walls and bars. But for those of you who kicked down a wall or two, you really understand how little free will you've actually had. It's been ego programming much like a computer program. If a computer is programmed to only run Microsoft Word documents, then it can't run other programs until it is taught them. It is also taught to run Word in specific ways. It's free will is nil. The programs determine everything, and in many ways, our unconscious ego determines much of how we can live.

Fortunately, we can change many of our programs--our thinking, feeling, and experiential states. So clearly, there has to be some level of choice. Otherwise, we could never change ourselves.

Along with my thoughts, I've got a video from the World Science Festival with several experts talking about free will at the end of this blog post. I hope you enjoy it.

Constrained Free Will

Monday, November 28, 2016

Rising Up to Face Abuses of Power

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The realm of power abuse is far and wide these days. It doesn't take long to find something whether on the news, at your work place, at home, or even walking along the street when you see someone swearing at someone else over something inconsequential like who should go first at the stop sign. Truly, people are in a lot of pain if abuses of power can be so prevalent.

But let's take a step back to talk about what abuse of power is as well as where it comes from. In simplest terms, abuse of power is using your influence or strength in a situation to coerce, intimidate, or harm another. War is one of those penultimate abuses of power, but plenty of abuse of power happens in domestic situations all the time. The woman who is stronger in her emotions manipulates her partner's emotions through shaming. A man who is physically stronger beats his partner. An intellectual defeats another person's argument just to make herself feel good about being right. There are many kinds of abuses of power, and none of them are good.

Where does this all come from? I am sure many of you are thinking "the ego," and you are right. More specifically, abuse of power comes from pain within us. Pain gets visited on one person, so they send it along to another. These cycles of power abuse go round and round. But this is a game of telephone that has to stop, and we have to be the ones to stop it. The stakes are getting too high. The ability to harm others in a myriad of ways is getting easier and easier with advances in technology. And so we turn within to find out where we are holding pain and perhaps to find out how we are abusing others or even ourselves with our power.

Going Within to Face Self-abuse

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Online Talk: How to Let Go of Control

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Many of us are taught that control is a good thing. So we try to control our bodies, finances, living situations, other people, and more. Of course, it's a tricky thing when we start controlling other people, and there are certainly others trying to control us. Pretty soon, there are a lot of hurt feelings and frustrated people in this growing tug-o-war that control creates.

Additionally, as you grow on the spiritual path, you begin to realize how little control you actually possess. If tomorrow you have nerve damage in a specific part of the body, then you can no longer raise your right arm. It doesn't matter how much your ego thinks you can control your body, that ability is gone. This is a reality for so many things. We simply do not have control over most of life, and the places where we do influence things, we often use control like a blunt object with which to bludgeon situations and other people. It's best to just let go of control.

When you let go of control, you allow life to open up in front of you and to get out of the tunnel vision mentality of wanting things to proceed a certain way. It allows you to see more options and do the best you can with whatever situation life gives you. It is not a means to a safe and comfortable life; that kind of life is a fiction. Giving up these illusions in the mind about what a safe, happy, and comfortable life even looks like will further help you to let go of control. In general, facing your fears are where the nose hits the grindstone, and you can start to see all the issues control was attempting to mask.

In having the courage to let go of control, life will change. But it was going to change anyway. You never had control over that, but in letting go of control, you have an opportunity to more fully experience life. You also have the opportunity to more mindfully guide life. Surprisingly enough, letting go of control brings towards a greater power and influence in life than we could have otherwise imaged.

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Date of Talk:

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Time:

6 PM Pacific Time


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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 Spiritual Reading

Here's a blog post about control if you need some reading to whet your appetite for this topic. Enjoy!

The Illusion of Control

Monday, November 21, 2016

How to Rebuild Your Life After Awakening

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For those of you who have really come through the fires of inner change, this topic might not be a question anymore. You may truly and deeply trust the flow and see how rebuilding a life is nothing more than living in the moment. But then again, maybe you do still have some questions, so I felt like writing about rebuilding after a spiritual awakening for you.

However, far more likely is that some of you who have just awakened and just started burning up in the conscious awareness that you are think that you are ready to rebuild. You are not. If your awakening was yesterday or even three months ago, you probably don't even know yourself. You probably had a moment of awakened understanding and from that moment a certain kind of experience with different feelings and realizations came. But that is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. If this is you, come back to this post in four or five years. In the meantime, think about what financial and physical situations you need to take care of yourself while transitioning over the years. I also encourage you to read this blog post:

The Shadow and Dispelling the Darkness Phase

For those of you in the aftermath of three to six years of intense inner change, you probably already have some things growing in your life. Other parts of your life may need active rebuilding. But what does rebuilding even mean in a world so temporary and ephemeral? What difference does it make what you do when everything is equally beautiful to you?

Let me see if I can explain.

Allowing the Awakening Fires to Die Down

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Is There a Multiverse?

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One popular topic for many people on the spiritual path and those who are interested in metaphysical inquiry is the question of whether we live in one universe or many universes. Many people wonder about how many dimensions there actually are as well as what are the essential building blocks of life.

However, I am not going to answer these questions. Generally speaking, my work is focused on helping people be here now in this particular universe. We seem to collectively struggle with harmoniously hanging out together, and so I think we need to master one universe before getting into any other ones that may or may not exist. Additionally, I think this realm of exploration can be an escape for some people to hang out in the fantasies of the mind rather than dealing with the practical realities of their particular here and now.

So, instead of me talking about the multiverse, I felt like sharing this fascinating video from the World Science Festival's YouTube channel. In the following video four cosmologists/astrophysicists talk about different aspects of theories surrounding the multiverse as well as the essential building block of all life (aka string theory). I think this can help ground your understanding in this topic. Plus, multiverse is a phsyics word, and I prefer to allow those in that field to maintain their definition of that term rather than giving it new connotations from my totally non-physics point of view.

With all that said, I hope that you enjoy the following video and that it enriches your understanding of the discussion around the multiverse.

Multiverse: One Universe or Many?




If you haven't seen the World Science Festival's channel before, I highly recommend it. There are videos featuring expert commentary about some enormously important and interesting topics. The videos feature experts in fields such as cosmology, physics, psychology, philosophy, neuroscience, and more. If you want to check it out, click on this link. Enjoy!

World Science Festival YouTube Channel
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