Monday, July 28, 2014

Limiting Beliefs and Core Beliefs

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Beliefs and belief systems offer us a broad way to interpret a lot of life experiences, feelings, and sensations and to generally make sense of things. They aren't inherently troublesome things. But by and large, beliefs aren't being used to help us to open and flourish. We use our beliefs to protect and defend ourselves, which typically has the outcome of limiting the way we experience our lives. In general, core fears around death and pain tend to underpin a lot of beliefs and belief systems. Whenever this happens, beliefs become limiting beliefs, and the more powerful the fear or underlying issue is, the more limiting the belief tends to become.

In general, my thinking is that words, ideas, and beliefs should help us to free ourselves. This too is a belief, but you can probably sense the openness to it. Holding beliefs lightly allows us to stay agile with each evolving moment so that we don't get trapped trying to make life conform to an idea. Holding onto a belief is part of what defines limiting and core beliefs. Essentially, we try to make ourselves, other people, and our environment conform to these beliefs. This brings nothing but aggravation even when our beliefs are seemingly positive and meant to benefit others because life is bigger than our beliefs. And so are we. Thus to continue your journey deeper into yourself and into the awakened awareness that simply Is, you will have to confront many limiting and core beliefs.

What Are Limiting and Core Beliefs?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Webinar: Breaking Triggers Part 2

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I know I recently had a spiritual webinar about breaking emotional, mental, and physical triggers, but people had lots of questions. I don't feel like we had enough time to get them all answered in the spirituality webinar we had a couple weeks ago. So I'm doing this topic again with a little more time for questions and less of my initial talk.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Having a Problem With Having No Problems

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The unconscious ego is an amazing thing. It will continue to reveal itself over and over again. Right when life is going well, it may suddenly run in shouting, "Stop the presses!" Everyone in the metaphorical room will pause and turn around, asking, "What? What's the problem?" And that unconscious part of us may say with great concern and distress, "We have no problems!"

It seems absurd. For some of you without the problem-solver ego, you will probably not have to do this dance. But for many of you, you've gotten good at resolving issues. Even if you aren't good at it, many of you also will be constantly seeing places to fix your life or are trying to get somewhere. One of the big illusions for many people is that safety and happiness are "over there somewhere." But they're not. They're always right here. And yet sometimes as we are becoming more right here and right now, we are so deeply trained to look elsewhere and to be unsettled within ourselves that we keep looking elsewhere and keep looking for things to resolve to get to that mythical "there" point where we can have happiness. Relax. You are already here.

The Problem-Solver Ego

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Top 10 Spiritual Cities

It's time for some fun, so I felt like doing something completely different than usual. This list comes from my Google Analytics, which tells me from where people come. As such, these are the top 10 spiritual cities for this little spiritual awakening blog over the past 4 years. Some of it might surprise some of my regular readers, and here's a quick little teaser: the top city isn't in the U.S.

Now, I can't say that any of these cities are more spiritual than any other city. As many of you know, I see spirituality in everything. But if you happen to live in one of these cities, you might be reassured to know that more than a few people near you are interested in spirituality.

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Top 10 Spiritual Cities

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Inability to Ask for What You Want

A common core issue that people struggle with is the inability to ask for what they want. If you can't ask for what you want, generally speaking, you won't get it. Now, of course, I spend a lot of time helping people understand why they want what they want, but for this post, I'll assume you've done your work. You've drilled down past the outer defenses and socially trained responses to get the core of things. Maybe you've even touched the Truth (a spiritual opening or glimpse of awakening) or that Truth is now abiding within you (spiritual awakening).

Regardless, this is a post for the more advanced practitioner. This isn't about "manifesting" or "attracting" whatever you think you need to be happy. This is the superficial level that many spiritual seekers are caught at. They don't really know why they want what they want, so they keep looping around trying to manipulate themselves and the universe to give them stuff: six-figure jobs, soulmates, exotic trips, etc., etc. But the mature spiritual adult knows what is truly meaningful to them, and depending on where you are in your path, you may find that you have an incredible inability to ask for what truly matters to you.

Finding Out What Matters

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Webinar: Making Conscious Decisions

This webinar was requested by one of my students. She has learned as many of us have learned that for most of our lives we have not made conscious decisions. We might not even have made one.

To the unconscious ego (which of course thinks it's making all kinds of great decisions and that this webinar doesn't apply to you), this is a very humbling realization. It's only as we start to know ourselves do we see the profound influence of social programming, family upbringing, life karma, and instinctual patterning. As we gain more and more perspective, we see how our choices for friends, lovers, jobs, living situations, and so forth has been heavily dictated to us by this programming. As such, we realize we haven't been making decisions; we've just been acting out a program.

So for this webinar, I'll talk about what it's like to make conscious decisions as well as the ongoing uncovering of deeper programs and unconscious motives.

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Feeling Like You're Not Enough

One of the core programs of the unconscious ego goes something like this: "I am never good enough." It's a simple little idea that infects and destroys countless lives. It can take an easy, wonderful life and destroy it because a person is simply never satisfied. I can think of one relative who was never satisfied with his artwork. Amidst a bountiful and wonderful life, he could never really embrace the breadth of wonderful things that were there because an aspect of his life never really fit his idea of what good enough would be. As a result, he was never good enough. This didn't lead to any spectacularly horrible fallout that I know of, but it is such a common theme for many people that it must be addressed.

Not every unconscious ego has the same core issues, although they all lead towards different levels of illusion that cut us off from each other, from our own love, and from the divine consciousness. But this issue of not feeling like we're enough is prevalent. It's so epidemic that we don't even consider it a problem. For instance, you'll hear people talk about not being faster enough, trying to learn more to be smarter, and so forth. There's quite a list that I can come up with, but I do encourage you to write down where you don't feel like you're enough (pretty enough, rich enough, etc.). Because this is a sure sign that you've been infected by this feeling that you're not enough.

Assessing the Damage

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