Monday, September 30, 2013

Developing Conscious Relationships

I know that I haven't talked too much about relationships on this blog. Part of it has to do with the fact that most of us know so little about ourselves that that area must be the focus of our attention before we worry about what type of external relationships we want in our lives. The internal relationship with ourselves--how we live and treat ourselves--must be repaired first if we want to be able to genuinely and sincerely bring consciousness and love into our external relationships. Along the way, I've written about some of the ways that our current relationships can teach us things about ourselves. "Spiritual Growth Through Embracing Karmic Relationships" is a good post about how we can view relationships as mirrors for inner work. However, for this post, I will go into some the details about what it means to develop a conscious relationship and how this is more than any romantic ideal or platonic ideal. It's still a messy, human space, but a conscious relationship just has a lot more room and space to fail and to grow.

It Takes Two Babe

Friday, September 27, 2013

Spiritual Poetry: The Divine Dance

My dancing diva spiritual poet, Rach, shares some of her joy and love of movement. As an individual who loves dance as well, I really enjoy her words here. I think so many people have never really danced before in their lives, and in a way, they do not know the depth of divine intelligence in their body. Dance is more than learning someone else's steps; it's about finding your own steps. In this way, we are also learning to dance in our broader lives because no one can ever really tell us how our lives should unfold. We simply have to find our own ways, one divine step at a time.

The Divine Dance

Monday, September 23, 2013

Misinformed and Over-Informed Spiritual Seekers

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One of the most relieving aspects of the spiritual path for many people is that you don't have to know anything to walk it. You don't have to be smart, remember spiritual principles, or practice for years on end. You simply allow yourself to be. This, of course, is not a passive place of being because life is dynamic. The river allows itself to be, but it is constantly flowing and shifting, which it allows without question.

As many of you have gone on your spiritual journeys, some of you may have gone astray with misinformation or with simply overflowing the mind with ideas and practices. In this spirituality blog, I hope to help you take a few steps back and return to the inherent simplicity of being that is the truth of the spiritual path.

Nothing to Know

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Spirituality Poem: I See You

In today's poem from my student, Rach, we get to go on a lovely journey. It is the essence of the spiritual journey we are all on. It is a journey of knowing, then forgetting, and then remembering. I hope you enjoy her phrases and her wit.

Love to you all!

-- Jim

I See You

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Free Spirituality Webinar: What Is the Ego?

The ego has become the latest villain in the spiritual world. In some ways, I think it's becoming more and more synonymous with the devil and the dark side or something. But the ego is just a tool. When we don't know how to use a tool, we can get into all sorts of trouble. A hammer can help you build a house, or you can hit yourself and others in the head with it. It is still just a hammer, however.

The spiritual path is simply helping us clearly understand all the mental, emotional, physical, psychic, and energetic tools we have at our disposal. That includes the ego, and that's the inspiration for this particular webinar.

Please click below to read the details and to register.

Webinar Title: What Is the Ego and Why Is It a Problem?

Monday, September 16, 2013

Seeing Life Without Projections

Quite some time ago, I wrote about the importance of understanding projections in a blog post called: Understanding Your Projections and How They Block Your Spiritual Growth. In short, projections are our ideas about other people and how the world should act or interact with us. The term creates the idea that something is being projected out from us onto others. However, we also have our own projections about ourselves and how we choose to present ourselves to others and the responses we want to receive based on our identities. This projection ranges from the clothing we choose to create a specific illusion of who we are to the different traits we profess to have, i.e believing we are humble, loving, mean, intellectual, kind, tough, sweet, open, closed, and a whole variety of other things. In essence, our very lives are projections of all kinds of ideas, and when awakening knocks on your door, the whole house sometimes falls down.

And this is a good thing. Because when the ideas you have about yourself and others drop away, you begin to see yourself and life as they are. This is what I mean in the title of this spirituality post. Seeing life without your projections layered on top can be startling, reassuring, upsetting, or a whole number of other feelings depending on how much you're still functioning from the ego self. To your inner self, this is just seeing life as it is, which is neither good nor bad albeit life will still be full of pain and pleasure. The part of you labeling things has pretty much gone away.

Only Useful Labels Remain

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Spiritual Poetry: The Pristine Unseen

I get to share more spiritual poetry from my student, Rach, which I'm always excited about. I occasionally share different voices on this blog to help you get a sense of the many ways that wisdom can be expressed. It's not that you can't go to other blogs and video sites (which I'm sure many of you do, and I encourage this). But rather, I know some of you build up spiritual teachers in your minds, and it's my hope that when you read something from one of my students there's a little less resistance to accepting that the wisdom you read below is also the very same wisdom that you have within.

Enjoy the poem!

The Pristine Unseen

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Healing Session Description

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I often write about healing, and for me spiritual healing and spiritual teaching are almost synonymous. From the space of oneness comes the greatest teaching and the greatest healing possible. Union--that space of oneness--dissolves all separateness and disease. Hence, stepping into the healing space with me is a dissolving of separateness within you. To some degree, it is the dissolving of separateness between us as well, since we are one. In an interesting way because I am whole and resonating from a healthy vibration, your own vibration naturally wants to resonate with that same vibration. You don't go to my exact pitch and frequency, but in seeing someone being as they are, your own spirit naturally is inspired to be as it normally would be without the pain that it is carrying. Hence, healing within you arises. It is this step of igniting the inner healer that is perhaps the most forgotten part of healing, and it is why I start with that to explain what I "do," which isn't exactly a doing.

Igniting the Inner Healer

Monday, September 9, 2013

All the Dark Corners of Your Soul

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There are levels and depths to the spiritual path as much as there are not levels and depths. This is part of the many paradoxes of the spiritual path. In the sense that an ego is trying to achieve a level of perfection or self-awareness, that is illusory. The strive for attainment and goals ultimately brings you back to the truth that there is nothing to perfect or enhance. We are divine perfection. However, as you go inside with humility, vulnerability, and compassionate aspiration, you will touch oneness. From the inner oneness, shifts arise naturally on their own. It's like the seedling sprouting from the ground. It does not think that it's going to grow into a peach tree; it has no aspirations to create the best peaches in the world. It simply grows and follows the process. In that process for us, oneness shines light on all the dark corners of our souls. The more we intentionally focus and go into those unknown parts, the brighter our own light shines.

For those of you already shining brightly, you alone may know what amount of self-discipline and love that's taken, and yet there are some ways that it has also been effortless. Here is yet another paradox of the spiritual path: there is no where to go and no work to be done, but there are great and immense shifts that require a lot of focused energy. If your head starts to turn to mush as I write about this, it's okay. Focus on the energy in these words; they too are made up.

Thus the scouring of all the dark corners of your soul will go through phases, and I felt like writing about some of those phases for those of you plunging into the dark within.

The First Light in the Room

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Student Spiritual Poetry: I Seeing Me

I have the lovely honor of getting to share another poem from one of my students. I hope you enjoy the lilt and twirl of her words of truth on this humble like blog page. The picture to the left is also a gift from her.


I Seeing Me

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Spirituality Webinar: Opening Your Heart

One of the great sicknesses of our time is the disease of the closed heart. The closed heart cannot give. The closed heart cannot receive. From the space of self-love deprivation, we can be convinced to do terrible things to ourselves (anorexia for example) or to others (murder, rape, and war). These may seem like extreme examples, but I simply want to show you why opening your heart is such a vital and urgent practice. In opening our hearts, we naturally connect to our own love and can receive the love of others. It's only when we close our hearts that we truly feel heartbreak, and while pain will not go away in this world, we can do the best we can to mitigate self-inflicted pain.

If this topic is of interest to you, read on and feel free to register for this free spirituality webinar.

Webinar Title: Opening Your Heart

Monday, September 2, 2013

What You Don't Know About Yourself

One of the big parts of the spiritual path is that we find out how much we didn't know about ourselves. The arrogant ego and the victim ego that didn't think we had problems or that we could somehow overlook and avoid them must be dealt with. Until we have the humility to go inwards and to occasionally solicit external help, we are living in places of ignorance.

Ignorance on the spiritual path is much more common than people realize. It's because a lot of people are trying to use spiritual feel-good moments to gloss over the inner dis-ease that we feel. So in this way, this so-called spiritual path is nothing more than a distraction, and because this isn't an uncommon way to approach spirituality, it's probably why a lot of you have a pretty cynical, skeptical, and out right disdainful view of the "spiritual" path. But as many of you already know, I'm not taking you down this blind path. I'm pointing you back to where the path has always been--inside of you.

The Humility to Look Inwards

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