Monday, March 31, 2014

Confusing Healing Work With Life Work

One of the interesting things about awakening or having a profound spiritual opening is that we are often moved to make more than a few changes in our lives to facilitate inner healing. It's very rare that a shift so radical arises that all is dropped at once and no external world changes are required. Oftentimes, we make changes in the external world because we have so out of alignment with what is true for us, and with that, there come many changes in work, social circles, and more as inner core beliefs and old pains are dissolved.

Thus, often the first things that people gravitate towards in a shift are aimed at helping them learn their life lessons and heal old wounds. One example that is fairly common is quitting the "evil" corporate job to become a yoga teacher. Since teaching yoga also offers a clear path in terms of doing and achieving something and it is culturally accepted, it can feel like a safe choice. But many times, that initial falling in love with something like yoga is simply about falling in love with you. You may have been out of tune with your body, so yoga can offer a lot of wonderful ways to access yourself and to heal your body in a variety of ways. It doesn't mean that it should be your life work. It may only be one brief stop on your spiritual ride.

Appreciating the Importance of Healing

Friday, March 28, 2014

Spiritual Poem: Your Melody

Today's spirituality poem from my student, Jackie, continues to take us back to the amazing song and musician that Love is. I hope you enjoy these words and are inspired to let Love turn you into her latest beautiful melody.

For more spirituality poems, you can check out this link:

Spiritual Poetry

You can also find other spiritual blog posts from my students on this link:

Thoughts from a Student

Enjoy!

Your Melody

Monday, March 24, 2014

Glimpses of Awakening

Many, many people have glimpses of awakening. More than a few of you probably can instantly recall these moments where suddenly you felt filled with love, peace, or silence. It's like a window opened up inside you, and you were bathed in light. Then, for whatever reason, that window shut. For some of you, that little glimpse into the truth became the basis for your spiritual journey, and this can be a very beautiful thing when the journey doesn't become an endless quest. For others, it wasn't enough, or you didn't like what else the light showed you.

Because the light simply reveals what is. If the light that comes in through the window shows a beautiful inner space, it's easier to want to follow that light. If it shows all kinds of garbage and emotional debris, many people try to blame the light, and then they want that spiritual opening to close. And it usually does.

Since these spiritual glimpses or spiritual openings are so common, it's important to appreciate them and the opportunity for revelation and conscious change that they offer. It can also be important to not confuse them with a spiritual awakening or assume that we've achieved something. The awareness that is revealed in a spiritual opening is simply helping us to learn how to start to see life and ourselves. With that seeing, change naturally wants to arise. But you will most likely have to make space for it.

The Difference Between an Opening and Awakening

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Volunteering

This spiritual work that I do only grows so much as we all want it to. It's truly a co-creation between you--my students, readers, and well-wishing supporters--and me. I can say that I'm happy doing my part as a spiritual teacher, but I need your help to allow this work to continue to grow.

Some of you have already joined my social media team to help share my blogs and videos around the Internet, and this is helping to build up visibility for my blog. If you're interested in doing that specifically, please click the link below.

Learn about the Social Media Team

However, there's much more that I'd like to do, which means I need even more support. Thus, I've set up a volunteer program. I've created a couple categories for areas where I know I'll need help, including setting up events in different parts of the U.S. and world. Obviously, things will grow and change from here. If you are willing to grow with me, we'll figure things out together.

Email After Filling Out the Form

After filling out the below volunteer form, please email me directly using my contact form. Especially if we've never connected previously, please let me know the following:

  • why you want to volunteer, 
  • what has drawn you to me, and 
  • how long you have been reading my blog/watching my videos. 


Typically, I'm going to engage with someone who has been engaging with me already, such as those who are students or who have been coming to my free webinars. In general, I highly recommend coming to my webinars if you aren't a student. That will help you to get to know me.

Thank you so much for your support.

In love and kindness,

Jim


Click here to volunteer!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

2014 Spiritual Awakening Process Blog Survey

Thanks to everyone who has filled out my blog survey thus far. For those of you who receive my newsletter, you'll recognize this as the same survey. If you haven't filled out this survey already, I'd love to get your feedback. I created this survey to see how I'm doing in offering you relevant topics, and I wanted to see if you were able to find what you are searching for.

There are only 10 questions, so it shouldn't take too long. Your input is greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

Jim



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If you can't see the survey for any reason, you can click on this link to fill it out.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XSPN26Q

This picture is a gift from my student, Tingting. Thanks so much, dear one!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Spiritual Awakening and the Sharpness of Your Brightness

The light cuts through the dark.

Sit with that thought a moment.

Let's not go too fast.


A lot of you have been feasting and gorging yourself on words and ideas, but I am not playing a conceptual game. I can meet you on the level of the mind, but this the beginning of the spiritual path, not the end. If you feel you have gained a few more useful ideas by the end of the post, then we have actually regressed. It's not that ideas are bad, but the mind has become an intellectual pack rat. You need to start learning to see through it's games and machinations to start to see the truth.

With the light, things are seen. Belief systems. Emotional distress. Physical ailments and disease. It is all seen. Everything that was lingering in the dark is brought to light in a spiritual awakening. That's part of why it feels so intense. You have come alive, and every sense in your field of experience is now operating when maybe only a few senses were working if at all. You have come out of numbness, and in that thawing, you are probably noticing that there is pain.

But the pain was already here, and the sharpness of your clarity may bring additional intensity and directness like the setting of a broken bone. In that sharp intensity, true healing can begin. The divine is direct in its work like that. This isn't a hand-holding path even though we are held throughout it. We have some powerful lies and darkness within us, so the light that has come must be equal to the task. So as we journey together through this spiritual blog post, I encourage you to see it as a whetting stone to help you sharpen your inner light to cut through the lies, attachments, and karmas that you find yourself entwined with.

The Spiritual Chopping Block

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Spiritual Poem: Love's Wings

I love the part of how we must choose the "Romance" again and again in this poem. I hope that this spiritual poem by my student, Jackie, offers you yet more courage and inspiration to choose the depths and profundity of the spiritual path. The picture is also hers.

For more of her poems and other poetry, you can click this link:

Spiritual Poetry

Enjoy!











Love's Wings

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Webinar: Expanding Your Intuition

I talk about intuition a lot, and I've done webinars on this topic in the past. At the heart of all of us is a knowing. We know what we need to do in our life. We know what really matters to us, and we know what our truth is. But on top of that knowing tends to be a huge pile of emotional and psychological debris that makes it impossible for us to clearly hear this quiet inner voice. To expand our intuition means that we need to do a lot of clean-up work.

Thus, since intuition is such an important topic and one of my students requested it, I'm doing another webinar about intuition and what it means to expand our trust in this intrinsic and natural aspect of ourselves.





Webinar Title: Expanding Your Intuition

Monday, March 10, 2014

Love and the Search for Validation

Early in life we get taught to seek love outside of ourselves. It is probably inevitable because our initial phases of being in this human body involve us being completely dependent on others for several years. It gets hard-coded into us to get things from others just to survive. And it is always going to be true that for sustenance and shelter we need to rely on the external world to a large degree. That's why the search for independence (which is a whole other topic) is ultimately futile. There is so little that we ever do on our own. We truly are interdependent beings. Even within our own bodies, we live in a huge, complex set of systems, most of which we have zero control over. If our endocrine system shuts down for whatever reason, we are in a world of hurt. Sometimes, I hear people discussing the spiritual path as if it holds the key to eternal physical health, but that is not the case. The spiritual path embraces all levels of physical ease and dis-ease, and so many of us find ourselves quite humbled to know that we have no control over our bodies and a limited amount of "independence" in terms of what we can physically do.

But in the space of love, we all have that. We don't actually have to depend on anyone else for that. In this way, we have this one shining moment where we can have a kind of "love" independence, which is ultimately a profound realization of interdependence. When everything within and around us is love, what is there left to search for?

With that in mind, I'll talk about how love gets watered-down and polluted into the murky waters of validation as well as discuss how to come back to the purity you already are.

The Lie of Needing Love

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Spiritual Poem: Meeting Sun

Here's the latest poem from my student, Jackie. If you'd like to check out more of her poems as well as all the spiritual poetry on this blog, you can click on this link:

Spiritual Poetry

Enjoy Jackie's latest creation. I know I did.









Meeting Sun

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Spirituality Poem: Unspoken

It's my pleasure once again to share another poem from my student, Jackie (The picture comes from her as well). I love this poem much like her others because of the truth of the awakened state she is sharing. After the bliss comes this abiding awareness that does not celebrate as loudly as that initial bliss state did. Rather it celebrates continually and creates a lovely sense of normalcy that you almost don't realize is there.

Okay. Enough from me! You can read her poem "Unspoken" below, and if you'd like to read more poetry from Jackie and one of my past students, you can click on the spiritual poetry link:

More Spiritual Poetry Here








Unspoken

Monday, March 3, 2014

Love and Power

Love and power aren't commonly combined, or if so, it's usually in only the most misunderstood and juvenile of ways. Love is power, and power is love the deeper you drop into the truth. But it's not about giving everyone hugs and kisses. The truth is--and those of you who regularly read this blog already know--that love can hurt. Love can be a tough taskmaster because sometimes we need a heavy hammer to break through our outer ego shells. This isn't done out of cruelty, however. The pressure and intensity of our own love is simply trying to free us, and if we've put tons and tons of energy into creating walls and defenses, then love will come with an equal or greater measure of intensity and energy to break us out. Ultimately, the cruelty is our own. It is in our ignorance, our avoidance, our fears, and our illusions. These are the things that cause us to suffer, and these are the things that have corrupted our ideas of power and what it means to be powerful.

To become a powerful person has nothing to do with bombs, money, or what you can get others to do for you. It has to do with being fully in your own love. In this place, you are an uncontrollable force. You transcend the normal limitations of the human being who is trapped by their own fears, and everything becomes possible for you.

Is This Too Good to Be True?

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