Monday, September 29, 2014

Emotional Eating and Eating to Regulate Emotions

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The topic of emotional eating probably won't seem particularly spiritual, but I will simply remind you that all of life is spiritual. This aspect of unhealthy coping shows us how out of alignment we are with our natural healthy bodies.

If you've been reading this spiritual awakening blog for awhile, you'll have noticed that I'm using the term "natural body" more and more. I want to encourage you to think about coming into your natural body type and shape and not into an idea of what your body should look like. Most people's ideas around their bodies are completely polluted by cultural nonsense. Which often leads to upset feelings and emotional eating (you see how we've come full circle).

But dealing with our emotions by eating is not healthy. It's not the function of food to make us feel good. It is important that as we become more mature on the spiritual path and become heart strong that we face upset emotions instead of burying them. But it is an all too common thing to try to make ourselves feel better through food and to regulate our inner emotional environment with food. So let's take some time to identify what this looks like, the fallout from doing so, and the importance of getting healthy emotionally and physically.

The Inability to Process Emotions

Monday, September 22, 2014

Spiritual Awakening Clearing and Processing

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As far as I can think, I really haven't given too much time to what clearing is like. I've given a general sense of the over-arching process of expansion and contraction, healing and growing, and those types of paradigms. But I don't think I've really said too much about clearing and processing after a realization or release. This is actually a very interesting topic because much like the spiritual awakening (which is the beginning not an ending), a realization and release can lead to a lot of clearing and processing on internal and external levels. A realization around food arising within you can be one example. If you suddenly realize that dairy has been making you sick your whole life, you aren't done here, right? Now you have to change your eating habits, and your taste buds are probably still trained to "like" dairy. Because you're so accustomed to it, you probably even get some cravings, although some deep healing releases will get rid of those. But not all issues release completely.  As such, the realization has now lead to a lot of dietary shifts will likely make your body feel even more unsettled as you clear  internal residual junk built up over the years from eating a food that makes you sick.

Yes, it is a muddy gray world sometimes. Just like when you hoist some junk up off the bottom of the lake, the whole lake gets muddier for awhile even though the junk is now out of that "system."

So let's take some time looking at what happens after a release and why the clearing and processing that leads to deeper integration can be just as challenging as the build up beforehand.

Light Ignites, Realization Is Illuminated

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Webinar: Spiritual Breathing Tips

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While I'm not sure that there's any real need to call this "spiritual breathing," perhaps it gets across the point that we're bringing more presence to our breath. I know that many of my students have really gotten an ear-full from me about breathing. It is the simplest and most present spiritual tool that I can think of beyond the Truth that we already ARE. And there is nothing to be done to be here now because we are already here and now.

But we have done a good job of getting ourselves caught up and lost in illusion, and the breath is a constant reminder to be here now. You can't wait to breathe. It's not like, "Well, I only have time in my busy schedule for breathing at Tuesdays at 7 pm." No. You'd be dead.

So in this spiritual webinar, I'll talk a little bit about what spiritual breathing is, how it is always with us, how it can help us be more mindful and present in all situations (easy and difficult), and ways to go more deeply into it.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

A Spiritual Belief System Vacuum and Filling the Void

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Let's start with the most important part: you're not going to fill the void where your old spiritual belief system once was. You're going to get used to the space. You're going to find the enormity of your potential and life's vastness by sitting in this void, not trying to make useless human meaning out of infinite consciousness. Clear? I want to make sure that we're starting with what matters. This is where this spiritual blog post will end, so there's no confusion from step one even though you may not understand it now or at the end of this post. It's okay. Some things you return to later. Some of the truths I share with my students lie dormant inside them for weeks, months, and even years. Then they bloom forth, and I get an email saying, "I finally get what you said."

So don't be upset if the very concept of having no belief system and no need to make meaning is too much or sounds too ridiculous. It's probably the first time you've ever heard someone propose it. And while this may sound like a belief that I'm proposing, see what the truth is for you. See what happens when you rest in this here and now. Do you need to believe in anything while you are resting in this moment to be here? Does finding the next step after this moment require all that much thinking and believing, or do things naturally seem to arise when you are fully here and now?

Find out. Test drive the Truth before you close your mind to the concept that you don't need any beliefs or a spiritual belief system to tell you how to live your life.

The Imploding of Your Belief System

Monday, September 8, 2014

Letting Go of Beliefs

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Letting go of beliefs is a natural part of the spiritual path. As you've come to identify and accept a lot of core and limiting beliefs, letting go is what eventually must follow. Early on, this can be a big thing because people are so identified with the unconscious ego. There's a lot of fear because people feel like they wouldn't know who they are or what to do without the belief system. As people let go of a lot of the littler beliefs--although at the time they tend to feel really big--they discover how much space is let into their lives. For some, that extra space is very confronting. They feel like they don't know what to do with it and may immediately try to fill the space. But wiser souls let this space consume them and open them further. In that openness a great deal more love, light, and truth become evident and accessible. This further illuminates other beliefs.

People may start to wonder what is there to believe in at all, and truly, living our lives is much simpler when we aren't caught up in an intricate web of beliefs. So many beliefs are fear-based that everything must be seen first to see if any beliefs are really necessary at all. In many ways, a belief is like clinging onto an idea and trying to apply to other things in life. But you don't really need to believe in gravity for it to be there, do you? It simply is, and the more you let go of beliefs, the clearer your perception gets of what is and what is made up.

After the Identification

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Webinar: Spiritual Awakening and Different Relationships

For this spiritual awakening webinar, I'm not talking about different relationships such as romantic relationships, friends, co-workers, and so forth. I'm going to talk about a deeper quality of relationships in regards to how they structurally function. I know. It sounds pretty sciency serious. Don't worry. Like everything I do, I'll try to make it accessible.

Right now (and this will change as I grow on my path), I really see five types of relationships:

Static relationships
Karmic relationships
Transitional relationships
Evolving relationships
Conscious relationships (which can include some of the above ones)

In this webinar, I hope to help you identify the types of relationships that you're in and to better understand how they're functioning for you in your spiritual growth. The point is not to find the perfect relationship, but to better understand yourself and what you are co-creating with others.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Pausing the Awakening

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It may sound absurd to some of you in awakening, but you can pause it. You can hit the brakes. But I wouldn't recommend it.

So why write about it? It's because in some instances, I think a few of you may need to know where to find the pause button so you can catch your breath. The wash, clean, rinse, and repeat cycles can be intense, and while they may seem completely involuntary, they are us. This energy is us. Us has been coming out of seclusion and suppression and reshaping us into our natural form. It is a beautiful process, and it is a rare one. Most of the time people who are talking about "awakening" are talking about the conscious path. The conscious path is where we learn more about ourselves and grow over time. It is the path we all must walk--awakened or not.

The awakened path is the one that knows that we are perfect as we are, and yet it pushes us persistently towards the total understanding of this truth in every aspect of ourselves. This knowing isn't an idea. It can only partially be talked about because otherwise it becomes just a concept. And I am not actually much interested in concepts here.

As such, pausing is in and of itself a kind of concept. So we mustn't hold onto it to tightly. Otherwise, we can get caught up into ideas about control, which comes from hidden fears.

Nonetheless, I'll talk a little bit about why, when, and how you pause in awakening to get a momentary gulp of fresh air before letting the next wave take you back down.

The Waves of Awakening

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