Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Webinar: Spiritual Tips for Facing Fear

Fear is a fundamental human emotion. It's been built into our survival system to excite our bodies to fight or flee danger. But for most of us, it has gone haywire. We become easily afraid of a host of insignificant things, and when a significant event does come up, our fear generally causes us to react poorly, which often leads to greater problems.

As such, the spiritual path must embrace and face fear to help us find liberation. But spiritual freedom isn't about never feeling fear. Rather it is about being able to be at peace with it so that it comes and goes. With it's passing, we work on maintaining mindfulness and consciously choosing our actions rather that being driven to an unconscious reaction.

With that in mind, I'll be offering some spiritual tips for facing fear and offer my perspective on how deep the roots of fear run in us.

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Spiritual Tips for Facing Fear Webinar Full Description

No one enjoys fear, but if it's arising inside us, then we put it there. This is all part of taking ownership of our emotions. However, emotions are quite powerful, and each level of us deals with fear in different ways. As such, I'll discuss dealing with fear in the mind, heart, body, and subtle energy fields.

In no way is this webinar about never feeling fear again. We are human beings, and the awakened space embraces every element of our expression. But by deepening our abilities to be with fear, it does get easier to feel it and release it. I'll share some tips that can help you to do just that.

Format:

30 to 40 minute talk. Then a 30 to 20 minute question and answer session.

Date:

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Time:

6 PM Pacific Time

(Be sure to figure out the time difference if applicable)

Attendees:

25 (that's the limit of the service I'm using)

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, March 30, 2015

The Embittering Process

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The embittering process is the path on which people become more hard-hearted, cold, cynical, and closed. It is the path that most people are on.

But they don't know it. It starts simply by having a difficult experience that you can't handle or don't want to handle. That pain gets stuck in you. As a result, you tend to avoid, hide, or attack situations that bring up that pain, and you create a variety of behavior patterns to maintain your distance from anything that might bring back this inner upset. Over time, other difficult situations arise, and a person continues to try and avoid their own fear, anger, shame, sadness, and other uncomfortable feelings. You keep shutting down. Life gets narrower and narrower. Possibilities for joy and inspiration disappear. Life gets hard. You may feel increasingly trapped. More shit happens, but since that's your attitude already, your cynical mind accepts it in stride. To your mind, this is simply how life is.

But that is not the case. It is only the viewpoint of the embittered person. Most people not on the spiritual path travel this road because it seems the safest. It seems to be safer to hide from, avoid, run away, and attack uncomfortable situations rather than experiencing old pain, facing fear, and challenging one's edges. To be sure, not everyone follows this path. Plenty of people attempt to wear rose-colored glasses and see all of life as beautiful. But that is not seeing the truth. And it can also avoid a lot of painful things inside through aversion to seeing them. Plus, the embittered state of Western Society tends to view such people as irrational (and that's not all wrong).

But the spiritual path teaches us to see things as they are and to stay open-hearted to life even when it is difficult so that we can truly live. As such, I'll write a little bit about the embittering process and how to step out of it in preference to a fuller and more loving life.

The First Wound

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

5 Types of Spiritual Awakening Sleep Problems and Insomnia

Spiritual awakening shifts around a lot of stuff in our inner worlds, and having all the inner furniture moving can certainly cause a lot of ruckus in other rooms in our inner home. One notable room is how we sleep. Because sleep is one of the fundamental elements of being a human being, not getting enough or not getting the right kind of sleep directly impacts how you feel and experience life. Sleep issues often underlie the chronic fatigue issue that also can show up for a lot of people during an awakening.

Chronic Fatigue and Spiritual Awakening

Today, I wanted to offer some thoughts and some potential solutions to help you cope with the challenges of not sleeping well enough, not enough, or too much. As always, I want to emphasize that this is not medical advice, and it's always a good idea to check in with the Western MD. We have them for a reason, and they are as much a part of the spiritual path as any healer out there.

But when we are otherwise perfectly healthy and our sleeping patterns change after awakening, there can be a couple of reasons for this. Also, it tends to be the case that several of these issues are going on at once. What I am doing here is attempting to parse out something that may feel overwhelming and completely intertwined into something easier to look at.

Without further ado, let's talk about 5 types of spiritual awakening sleep problems, changes, and insomnia.

#1 Intense Energy Shifts

Monday, March 23, 2015

How to Manifest Your Dreams and When Manifestation Becomes Control

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I'm sure that more than a few of you have heard the term "manifestation." People love to toss this term around, and it simply means getting what you want. That's basically it. All spiritual mumbo jumbo aside, people want to believe they can get what they want.

But how many people really know what they want? Certainly, lots of people know what they've been taught to want. People have been taught to want a soulmate, lots of money and financial security, a family, a well-kept home, notoriety among friends and society, and a host of other things. But what are these things really?

They're feelings. People want feelings. They want to feel good mainly. They want to feel safe, loved, seen, and other things. And this is where we get into murky territory for a lot of people. Because I have to ask, why do we want that? If so much of our life will still feel uncomfortable regardless of these wants, what does striving for them do for us? If we are always striving to feel good, we also tend to make our present moments miserable either trying to manifest an old moment long past or striving to get to a future one that will be better. All of this is to say that most of the manifestation people are trying to do on their spiritual path is a not-even-remotely-subtle version of control.

Thus, if we want to talk about how to manifest your dreams, we have to find out what you are running from first. And we have to find out who you really are.


Who Are You?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Webinar Recording: Spiritual Awakening and Powerful Relationships

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The spiritual path brings many interesting lessons and situations into our lives, and of course, all of those are dependent on the people who are part of our experiences. Especially after a spiritual awakening, there often are a lot of powerful relationships that arrive for people. For some people, those relationships were already here, but when you are open to receive, those relationships can finally expand to offer greater depths than before. For others, it really does seem like the universe can send a wave of amazing, unsettling, and even terrifyingly powerful relationships your way.

The types of powerful spiritual relationships are actually quite varied. They can include one or many spiritual teachers or healers. They obviously can include soulmates, twin flames, and other romantic relationships. They can include many deep re-alignments with current friends, co-workers, employers, business partners, and family as you come into a deeper harmony, and some transitional relationships will be vital in helping you leave some of your more unconscious relationships, easing the transition from unconscious behaviors to healthier relating.

Truly, there are many, many kinds of powerful relationships that can show up, and in this webinar, I talked about a few of them as well as understanding the power of your relationship with yourself.

Spiritual Awakening and Powerful Relationships Full Webinar Recording



Date:

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Time:

10:30 AM Pacific Time

Monday, March 16, 2015

Positive Thinking: The Amazing Power and Utter Uselessness of Positivity

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Positive thinking is one of those spiritual tools that has a time and a place. Typically that time and place is early on in someone's spiritual journey. The further down this road someone comes, the more the concept of labeling some things as positive and the necessity to label others as negative becomes an absurdity. As such, this is one of those spiritual tools that I consider to be scaffolding. It can be really useful to have scaffolding when you are building a house. But you certainly don't keep it around after the house is built.

From the outset in this spiritual blog post, I want you to understand that labeling something as positive immediately creates a shadow--it's negative. This thing is good makes that other thing bad. It keeps us locked in duality and the thinking of the judgmental ego. It can become a terrible trap, and it's one that some of my spiritual students have discovered as they go deeper in their journeys.

However...

Positive thinking can have its usefulness, and for those struggling with depression, it can be the right crutch to work their way out and broaden their perspective on life. Because as your perspective on life grows, you see that things simply are as they are and that life is simply too vast to be defined by human ideas of what is positive and what is negative.

The Purpose of Temporary Spiritual Tools

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Getting Out of the Rat Race and the End of Competition

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One of the hallmarks of Western Society has been an emphasis on competition. The idea is that competition brings out the best in us. That has hardly been the case. The reality is that competition is immensely wasteful. It triggers people's survival fears to keep them agitated enough to work long hours and attempt to "get ahead" because people don't want to fail, which is associated with being poor, not having enough, and so forth. Ultimately at the root of this is the fear of death.

The enormity of energy that people exert from this fear-based thinking exhausts people and leads to further issues as people try to keep going as hard and fast as society appears to be telling them. This leads to all kinds of substance abuse and addictions for many people. Additionally, this competition causes us to waste resources competing against each other rather than combining resources towards a common goal. Every day, duplicated efforts are performed as businesses, governments, and people compete against each other for some goal--a goal that often isn't very clear.

At other times, the goal is all too clear; it's money. But why people really want and need money is often forgotten or obscured. Furthermore, people get so lost in this rat race that they keep running 'round and 'round the circuit constantly trying to get more of whatever it is they think they should get. But it never ends. They can never feel at rest and are, in truth, quite lost.

And perhaps you may not be in the business world which is what the rat race uses means. Perhaps you are a stay-at-home mom, student, or something else. But you probably are still competing to get ahead in some way. Women are often competing against each other in subtle or not-so-subtle ways to be the prettiest because society tells them that being pretty is important. Or maybe they want to have the "best" kids. Families tries to keep up with the "Joneses," which means if the Joneses get an inground pool then you have to get an inground pool. So, so wasteful, and why? Why are you doing this?

But the rat race and competing against others and yourself will not get you what you want, and today, I'll talk about getting out and finding what it is you are really after.

Realizing the Hamster Wheel You're On

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