Monday, April 28, 2014

Awakening and the Return of Normality

spiritual awakening, enlightenment, post awakening
This is probably one of the spiritual blog posts many of you have been waiting for me to write. You've been wondering, "When do things go back to normal after awakening?" Well, they don't. Not really. But there can be a leveling off of the intensities. The flow becomes more regular, and it feels more stable. Some of you may almost feel like nothing has changed, but this is not the truth. All of life is change, and depending on how you've embraced or not this profound shift, you may feel more or less stable.

The End of the Upending

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Spiritual Awakening Poem: Being Alive

I don't know that I've ever read a poem that so amazingly explains what it is like to go from unconscious to conscious. I don't know that ever read a poem that so deeply and beautifully encapsulates the arc of the spiritual awakening process until I read this one. Thanks Jackie!

For more of her poetry and poems from another student, you can click on this link:

Spiritual Poetry

Being Alive

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Spiritual Poem: The Gift of Love

Time for some more love on this spiritual blog. Is there ever really enough? Yes, this is a rhetorical question, and no, there is never really enough. But then again, love is everywhere, so how can there be a place where love is not? How can we ever have not enough?

I hope you enjoy this latest gift of love from my student, Jackie. As always, this and many other lovely poems can be found on this link under the Community tab:

Spiritual Poetry

The Gift of Love

Monday, April 21, 2014

Spiritual Healing

spiritual healing, spiritual awakening, enlightenment
I hear the term "spiritual healing" from time to time, but it's not a term I usually use. I usually just say, "healing." That, to me, is enough, especially in a world where everything is spiritual--everything is interconnected. I also see healing as an essential part of everyone's spiritual path. You don't have to be clearing an old trauma to need spiritual healing. Every one of us has some level of dis-ease in the mind, body, heart, or energy field that needs some healing help. Part of why spiritual awakening can be so intense is because it folds in healing the pain inside along with opening to the truth and expanding into your fullness all at once. can be a lot of intense work.

I also don't consider the need for healing to be in anyway because we are sinful, bad, or failures. It is simply part of being human. It's another reason why I made a full third of my ebook about it, and I created all these blog posts:

Spirituality Blogs About Healing

Since spiritual healing is a commonly used term, I'll expand upon it in this post to help people understand the breadth of spiritual healing that is often necessary and central to people being healthy and whole spiritual beings.

What Is Spiritual Healing?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Spiritual Writing: Who Is Guru?

Here are some more spiritual musings from my student, Jackie. I know many of you have been searching for a spiritual teacher, master, or guru to help point the way. In this lovely piece of writing, she helps point your search in the right direction.

For more of her writing and poetry, you can click on this link:

Thoughts from a Student


Who Is Guru?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Free Spirituality Webinar: Improving Your Journaling

I talk a lot about using your journal (a private notebook or document on your computer) to aid in self-inquiry and self-discovery. I thought it would make sense for me to offer a free spiritual webinar with additional tips for improving your journal. In journaling, the intention is that it becomes more than a place you simply complain, wallow in old issues, or daydream. The journal is a powerful tool if we allow it to be that, and to do that, it means we have to be completely honest with ourselves. I often say that if you can't be completely honest with yourself in a journal for your eyes alone, then you're in a world of hurt.

With that said, I hope you click on down to register for this free webinar and join me as we go into this topic.

Webinar Title: Improving Your Journaling

Monday, April 14, 2014

Lost on the Spiritual Path

It's a sad truth that so many people who go looking for themselves on the spiritual path can become quite lost. There are some ways that the overt spiritual path as seen in different spiritual traditions, religions, philosophies, and so forth can become some of the most entrapping. People can get themselves so caught up in ideas, tenets, commandments, astrological sign charts, robes, and more that they cannot see the truth. They are simply mired in another elaborate ego game.

I wrote some time ago a post called "Beware the Spiritual Ego." This is precisely what this spirituality blog post is going to address for those of you who have been ensnared. One way or another, the core ego with all its beliefs and fears found a new set of clothes to wrap around itself, so you simply acted out the same types of patterns again and again. The very minor difference is that you did it in "spiritual" ways. But lying is still lying. Cheating is still cheating. Running away from difficult moments is still running away from difficult moments. And being afraid of the unknown is still being afraid of the unknown. The true spiritual path that I'm always writing about is a turning inwards, and so where you got lost was in turning outwards to find external comforts and spiritual experiences to make you feel good, validate you, love you, or some thing else that you thought you needed. Now, it's time to go inside.

Turning Inside and Coming Out of the Rain

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spiritual Writing: Just Me Inside of Our We

The latest in spiritual musings from my student, Jackie, is more spiritual prose than spiritual poetry. But it is lovely all the same. You can read more from her and some of my other current and past students on this link:

Thoughts from a Student  

Just Me Inside of Our We

Monday, April 7, 2014

Dissolving Issues With Awareness

This will probably sound so fantastical that you won't want to believe it. But it is the truth. We can dissolve fear, pain, anger, sadness, or anything else simply with awareness of it. We look at it, and it evaporates.

It sounds too good to be true. I could tell most of you that you need to do 30 years of penance, 4,000 hail Mary's, and meditate for 10 years to heal, and you'd believe that instead. But letting go is simple and natural. Cultural lies have made us believe that healing is hard, and our own commitment to living in pain makes things doubly hard. As those of you who have awakened and those who have cultivated stronger and stronger consciousness go on your journey of self exploration, you will come to a point where you can simply notice an issue arising. You will have little to no commitment to that issue, which is key. Then with a look, not even half a look, the issue is seen, accepted, embraced, and released.

This is how issues dissolve through awareness.

The Bright Fire of Your Light

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Free Webinar: Phases of Awakening

One of my students requested this topic about the phases of spiritual awakening, and I'd like to add that I am always open to webinar topic requests. I may not always feel guided to use one, but they are always appreciated.

Off the bat, I want to be sure you understand that awakening isn't a linear progression. It doesn't really go from step 1 to 2 to 3 to 4. Some of the "phases" of spiritual awakening are more like flavors. Some people have more of one flavor in the ice cream of their awakening than others. However, there are some common flavors (both bitter and sweet) that many people experience as they melt into their awakened space, so I'll happily discuss those as well as answer other questions people have about awakening at this next webinar.

As always, this webinar is free, but donations are greatly appreciated, especially since I need to renew my webinar service soon. If you feel guided to help support me, please use the PayPal donate button to the right. Thank you!

Webinar Title: Phases of Awakening

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