Monday, November 30, 2015

Out of Touch Due to an Apt Complex Fire

I'm posting this quick blog post to let you know that I've lost my home due to an apartment complex fire. You can see part of what happened to my apartment.

Most importantly, I am unhurt, and a good friend is letting me stay in his guest house. But a lot of my possessions have been smoke-damaged or contaminated by whatever may have been burned during the fire. So I'll need to replace them after finding a new home.

Please expect a delay in my communications and responses to your emails. If you want to help out, please donate. My fundraising drive is officially a disaster relief fund now.

Monday, November 23, 2015

2015 Fundraising Update

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I want to start this post by thanking all of you who have donated to me so far for my 2015 fundraiser. At the time of writing this post, 31 people have donated a total of a little over $2,100 to help me cover this year's financial shortfall. Thank you so much! It really warms my heart to have such amazing supporters.

For those who don't know, I'm working on raising $6,500 to cover a financial deficit that I'll have this year. With the current donations being where they are, I still need about $4,400 more in donations.

This money is going to cover my cost of living. That's rent, food, healthcare insurance, and so on. By donating to me, this financial support also gives me the flexibility to continue to work with my suggested donation rate that I use. This rate structure allows students to donate whatever works for them rather than imposing a set fee that all students have to meet. Because I often receive small donations for sessions, this can create a shortfall for me. As I've developed my practice, students who are in a financial position to donate the full amount for a session have filled in the gaps more and more to balance everything out.

I'm just not quite there yet.

Please Donate

If you are moved to donate, please click on the "Donate" button on the right hand side of the blog. I have a mailing address you can use if you'd prefer to send a check, but PayPal is my preferred means of receiving donations. If you have questions or want to send a donation by mail, you can contact me through my contact form.

Thanks once again to all of your for your support. I couldn't offer this work without you!

In love and kindness,


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Webinar: Holiday Giving and Receiving

As the holidays roll around once again in the Western world, the practice of giving and receiving comes to the forefront of everyone's minds. Why we need one season in a year to focus on reciprocity is a little silly though. The entire year is an opportunity to give and receive selflessly and deeply. But cultural practices being what they are, people remember that giving and receiving is something that they should put time and focus into in November and December in Western Culture. So I'll discuss this practice in this next free webinar to help shed some light on ways we can mindfully give and receive as well as offer tips on dealing with feeling obligated to give, not liking what we receive, and so forth.

I'll also discuss how the spiritual path changes our views of holidays. Upon awakening, many of you realize that everything is made up. This most certainly includes holidays. How and if you engage with holidays is now a very different thing, especially if you're still surfing in the bliss stage where all of life and each moment is a gift.

With all that said, please fill out the form below to sign up for free for my last 2015 webinar. I look forward to having you!

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For some additional thoughts about spiritual awakening and the holidays, check out this blog post:

Spiritual Awakening and the Holidays


30 to 40 minute talk. Then a 30 to 20 minute question and answer session.


Wednesday, December 2, 2015


6 PM Pacific Time

Be sure to figure out the time difference if applicable. This time is 2 AM GMT on Thursday, December 3 and 1 PM AET on Thursday, December 3.


25 (that's the limit of the service I'm using)


Free! However, donations are greatly appreciated. You can donate by using the button in the upper right hand side of the blog. Thank you for your support!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Spirituality Snacks: Ego Stories

I occasionally receive extremely long emails from people telling me their whole life stories. While I am honored that people can be so open with me, it can be disappointing for some of them that I am uninterested in those tall tales. Because it is a tall tale. Our ego stories are conglomerations of very few events while we have forgotten numerous other events and situations that have not fit into our overall idea of ourselves. For instance, trauma survivors sometimes forget or don't see kindness because the ego is seeing everything through the lens of trauma. As such, their story about themselves can be a long miserable story that excludes many good and kind things that happened to them along the way. This can seem impossible, but trust me, it happens.

The reverse is true to. People can be overly "positive" and try to construct stories about how great their lives are. But upon investigation some people discover that their lives have not been very happy. Some people--in the midst of their seemingly content ego story--suddenly realize that they are utterly devastated because they have not been following their hearts. At which point, the person has to either ignore and repress their truth or start to give up their ego story.

It is hard for people earlier on their paths to hear that their ego stories are really not that interesting. Most of the time, these personal belief systems greatly limit or painfully constrict us through this self-definition. People say that these past events and stories "make" them who they are, but more often than not, those stories limit them from being so much more.

So any time you feel yourself getting caught up in telling someone your life story, pause and take a breath. Come back to the present moment and see who you really are right now without any story.

More Blog Posts to Help You Illuminate Ego Stories

The Humbling of the Ego

Emptying Out Your Ego

You Will Always Have An Ego

Monday, November 9, 2015

A Short Spiritual Thought: Spiritual Redemption

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Spiritual awakening and spiritual growth remind us that no matter where someone has been or how difficult the path, they can grow and change to be happier, healthier, and kinder people. There is no depth of darkness to which people can sink from which they cannot arise again, and this is very good news. It is the nature of the Divine to never reject any one of us, and ultimately, we are all in this together.

However, sometimes society pigeon-holes people, and people can feel trapped by all their past transgressions. Even after they've done a lot of personal growth or even awakened, past mistakes or gross errors (murder, rape, etc.) can haunt a person. To be sure, people need to atone and repent for mistakes and especially the gross errors. Pains inflicted on others that cannot be undone are heavy weights to bear, but you can redeem yourself. And it is up to society to allow a path to healing and redemption and to re-embrace someone who has truly redeemed him or herself.

Fortunately, the ever-forgiving present moment does not hold us captive to our mistakes. It is always offering us the opportunity to step into integrity, truth, atonement, and love. Because of this, some of the kindest and most loving people on the spiritual path often have come from very dark or troubled paths. They truly know what darkness and pain are, and for them, it makes it so much clearer how important it is to embrace the light.

More Spiritual Posts About Spiritual Awakening and Redemption

Redemption, Salvation, and the Road to Healing on the Spiritual Path

Am I Having a Spiritual Awakening?

Atoning for Power Abuse: Ego and the Path of Penance

Monday, November 2, 2015

Fundraising: Donate to Help Cover my Costs

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I want to send a heartfelt "thank you" to all the people who have donated to me this year. Because of you, I have been able to dedicate my full time to working as a spiritual teacher for most of the year.


All of your donations for meditation recordings, sessions, ebooks, weekend intensives, webinars, and goodwill donations have added up. You've given me the gift to be able to let go of other work I had been doing up until this year.

However, even though this has been my best financial year to date, I need your help to break even for the year. I am projecting that I need about $6,500 to cover all my costs of living.

What are those? Pretty much what you'd expect. A donation will help me to cover rent, food, federal taxes, California taxes, healthcare insurance, car insurance and the usual things. I live a pretty life. Your financial support really is just helping me to take care of myself.

If you are moved to donate, please click on the "Donate" button on the right hand side of the blog. I have a mailing address you can use if you'd prefer to send a check, but PayPal is my preferred means of receiving donations. If you have questions or want to send a donation by mail, you can contact me through my contact form.

The Spiritual Art of Giving and Receiving

One of the practices we learn on the spiritual path is how to give and how to receive. Learning to mindfully give, mindfully ask, and mindfully receive money is important largely because of people's unhealthy interaction with money. People have forgotten that money is just energy. We can move it around into anything, and where we put our energy/money is the world we create. When we put it into weapons and warfare, that's what we're saying is important, and we help propagate more violence in the world. When you donate to myself and other spiritual teachers, you're saying that spiritual helpers and the spiritual path is important. That's really it. Money and how we give and receive are pretty simple in that way.

Since most people are used to having to give up their money out of a sense of obligation or solely as a means to get something, giving from the heart is fundamentally important. If you feel moved to give to me today, then do so. If you do not, then don't. Don't let guilt get in the way. Don't let pride get in the way either. For something so simple as donating money, a whole host of issues can move up inside of someone. If they move up in you, then use this spirituality blog post as an opportunity to do some more inner work.

Finally, whatever amount you feel called to give is fine. Whether it is $30, $300, or $3,000, your financial contribution is greatly appreciated. Your generosity allows me the flexibility to continue to work by my suggested donation rate structure. If you don't already know. I have suggested donation amounts for most of what I do, including my sessions. While I suggested $150 for a one-on-one session, I accept all amounts because everyone is in a different financial position. So when those of you who do have the financial means support me, that ultimately allows me to support some of my other students who don't have much to give.

In short, your donation supports me so that I can support others who are less fortunate.

Thank you for your support. All of you who are supporting me financially or even if it is just "liking" and sharing a post on a social network have made this spiritual teacher vocation a reality for me.

In love and kindness,

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