Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Recording: How to Correctly Interpret Energy

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I have a lot of discussions with people about energy, and I am still amazed at how wrong many people often are in their interpretations. It's not really anyone's fault. Most people have no training in this stuff, and so we usually engage with these things from the most simplistic side of our feelings--does something feel good or does something feel bad?

Unfortunately, we have a lot of beliefs and pain that filter energy and determine how we view something and how we should feel about it. For example, a person may see a man and then have a bad feeling about that person. Then they won't interact with them or are defensive around this man. But where does this bad feeling come from? What does it really mean? Sometimes, strong energetic connections pull out pain inside of us, and if we misinterpret the pain as coming from another person, then we miss the chance for an amazing and healing connection.

The reverse is true too. People can have good feelings about others and different situations, but really it's just the ego and a host of unconscious associations that tell you to feel good based off of a lot of unconscious observations that you don't realize you're making. That's not energetic interpretation; that's just unconsciousness and mental associations at work. In this instance, those associations that are giving you good feelings will have you connecting with others who potentially are toxic to you, and that can create further confusion. How could you have a good feeling about something and now things are going so poorly?

The ego can certainly make a muddle of things, so here is the recording of a talk about energy to help you untangle things. Enjoy and please feel free to share this link with others.


How to Correctly Interpret Energy Recording




Date of Recording:

Wednesday, May 3, 2016

Time:

6 PM Pacific Time

Past Recordings:

All my old recordings can be found on these links:

https://www.youtube.com/user/jimtolles

http://www.spiritualawakeningprocess.com/search/label/Recordings

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Additional Spiritual About Energy

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Finding Your Calling as a Spiritual Teacher

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Finding your calling as a spiritual teacher is a big deal. You are placing yourself in a position where you will help people face some of their darkest issues and learn what it means to melt into their truest light. It is no small thing to take up this mantle, although for many of you it may feel like this calling picks you.

Today, I want to discuss what it means to find your calling as a spiritual teacher and why it is a choice that should not be made quickly or lightly. A lot can go on in the work of a spiritual teacher, and that can demand far more of you than you realize.

There are a lot of naive ideas out there about spiritual teaching, and there are plenty of people who are simply trying to make themselves feel good through helping others. The latter is the path to becoming a wounded healer and does not truly serve anyone, including yourself.

7 Signs that You're a Wounded Healer

So let's talk about how you make this choice to work as a spiritual teacher and how to know when it is time to pick up the keys to this amazing car.

Learning How to Work on Yourself

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Blog Survey

As technology continues to evolve, sometimes my blog will have to evolve too.

My main concern is that the blog is loading quickly and looking good on phones and tablets. I am also concerned about how search engines may be ranking my blog in regards to that functionality and other coding things. The second one is always difficult to figure out, but with the first, I am reaching out to all of you to get your input.

So I'd really appreciate it if you could take a moment to fill out the survey below.  You can click the link or use the embedded form. It's the same survey either way. It's only 10 questions long, so it shouldn't require much of your time.

If you have input on the content that I post here, you can email me directly. The point of this survey is about the functionality of the site, not the writing and topics.

Thanks for your feedback! I really appreciate it.

In love and kindness,

Jim

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Shattering Core Issues With Spiritual Awareness

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Today's blog post continues along the lines of many of my past blog posts. Two of the more notably similar spiritual blog posts are as follows:

Dissolving Issues With Awareness

Releasing Issues Intentionally

The difference in today's post is really about the intensity that grows within us as we have learned how to shed top-level and mid-level issues. The more we understand through experience how much we benefit from releasing issues, the more we want to do it. Additionally, we grow more and more confident and trusting of ourselves as we see that facing issues continually brings peace, joy, and clarity. Above all else, we lose attachments to the issues we find because realize that despite old toxic beliefs, those attachments and issues emphatically do not give us what we want. In releasing attachments, we derive a huge amount of power in dissolving issues.

Always remember that whatever the issue--whether a top-level issue like having debt or a core issue like hating yourself--what gives it power is our attachment to it. The more attachments we have to the issue, the more ways we energize it and re-create it every day. The longer we do this in our lives, the more unconscious we are about all the issues we are creating. It's like building a whole factory inside, and all the conveyor belts and assembly people keep chugging away even if you aren't paying attention. That's why paying attention is the first step to getting anywhere on the spiritual path.

However, it is not the last step. As you grow and take ownership of your own space, you become powerful. You can choose what goes on in your inner space, and that inherently leads you smack dab in the middle of your most powerful issues--your core issues. These are the ones the basically define your whole ego, and they are happy to re-grow themselves if we do not go deep enough in facing our issues. But as you continue to become more aware, you develop the capacity to shatter your core issues simply by bringing your spiritual awareness to them. You notice them. They break apart. It gets that simple.

If this sounds too fantastical, please read the blog posts I linked to above before continuing. If you've done enough inner work to sense how true this is, please continue.

A Short Hit-list of Core Issues

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Recording: How to Stop Spiritual Bypassing

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A lot of people are just looking for an exit to easy-town on the spiritual path.
Spiritual bypassing has become a popular term of late. It seems people have found another way to avoid themselves or at least attempt to avoid themselves. That's really what a spiritual bypass is--it's just a term for self-avoidance.

Specifically, a spiritual bypass is trying to do something "spiritual" to avoid doing something uncomfortable or otherwise believed by the person to be undesirable. Sometimes the things we need to do in life aren't actually hard, so from time to time, a spiritual bypass will cause the person to avoid some really wonderful things. This is just another aspect of the ignorance of our unconscious ego selves.

Because we are good at being sneaky and fooling ourselves, I thought it'd be useful to dedicate a talk to this subject to help people better identify when they are spiritual bypassing an issue. Through identification, you can then adjust your behavior to stop doing it and face what you have been avoiding.

Enjoy the recording! You can find more recordings on the right-hand side of the blog under "Categories" or click on this link:

Past Recordings

How to Stop Spiritual Bypassing Recording




Date of Recording

Wednesday, April 19

Time

10:30 AM Pacific Time

Place

All my talks are streamed here:

https://www.youtube.com/user/jimtolles/live

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You can donate by using the PayPal button in the upper right hand side of the blog. Thank you for your support!

Additional Spiritual Info

Here is some more information on the topic of spiritual bypassing:

The Spiritual Bypass: The Illusion of Avoiding Your Difficulties

Avoiding Parts of Your Spiritual Work

Monday, April 10, 2017

A Second Spiritual Awakening and Finally Finding Guidance

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Life is full of interesting phenomena, isn't it? One interesting phenomenon that I've heard about on and off for the last several years is the occurrence of a second spiritual awakening. It's quite extraordinary for someone to have even one spiritual awakening, much less a second. But in this universe of infinite possibilities who is to say you can't have a third or a fourth or more?

However, I do want to distinguish between a spiritual awakening and a spiritual opening. A spiritual awakening is like a plant sprouting from its seed. A spiritual opening is more like hearing echoes of springtime outside your shell. Those echoes remind us that there are other things beyond what we currently know. They remind us that the universe is far more vast than our conception, far more expansive than our little seed shell, and far bigger than our conception of ourselves, aka the ego. Spiritual openings can inspire us to heal and prepare to sprout. A lot of good things can come from a spiritual opening, but they are not the opening of the seed and the destruction of your old world. That comes with awakening.

What Is a Spiritual Awakening?

For those who have had more than one awakening, for whatever reason, they fought the first one, avoided it, and suppressed it. From what I've heard this makes for a miserable couple of years. It also sounds like the individual sort of knows that things aren't right, so it sounds like you don't really go back to sleep. But who is to say, right? I'm speaking more from what I've been told, but the main theme is that the person doesn't get on this bus. And there are many reasons why they don't. One of which is lack of guidance.

This leads me to the main topic of today's blog post, which is the importance of spiritual guidance after a spiritual awakening. For many people, proper guidance is crucial otherwise the person may miss the proverbial bus despite all the intense pressure to get on, and you never really can count on a second awakening to jump start the whole thing again.

After Avoiding the First Awakening, the Misery

Monday, April 3, 2017

How to Guide Your Awakened Energy

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Surrender.

This one little term seems to endless perplex people, and yet it is so integral to today's topic and most spiritual healing and growth. In surrender, we let go of holding on to our ideas about how life should go. In surrender, we let go of being in control or out of control. Strangely enough, we can be holding on even when we seem to be doing the opposite. It just depends on the person's ego. If the person wants to hold on to being out of control and/or victimized by life, it'll find ways to actively avoid decisions and doing things s/he needs to do. And so even that is a strange kind of control, and it makes surrender just as crucial.

But surrender is not the end of human development.

You see, most of humanity is too lost in their ego stories to really understand what life is doing or how it is flowing. We are in this massive ocean of consciousness, but we are all Hell-bent on doing whatever it is we think we should be doing to get whatever it is we think we want. So we are rowing onto reefs, beaching ourselves, and capsizing our proverbial boats. Some of us are just paddling around in circles. So we all have to learn to surrender as basically step one on our spiritual journeys. Then we can start to listen, and in listening, we can begin--just begin--to understand how the ocean of consciousness is moving.

In a spiritual awakening, it can feel like a captain comes up on deck, wonders what in God's name we've been doing, and then grabs the helm and redirects us. Depending on our beliefs, we can feel more or less like we've lost "control" of our lives and no longer know anything. This is a good thing. In time and as you heal, you can discover a lot about how the ocean actually moves. Then one day--about the time you no longer think you need to do it--the captain decides you are ready to direct the boat again.

It's this part of the development of a human soul that I am interested in today. Despite what is said about surrender in most traditions, it is not the only big lesson. There are ways we can guide and should guide ourselves. We have an enormous amount of freedom to live as we so choose and to follow our soul's bliss. But it really tends to be much later on in our spiritual journey that we are actually ready and intelligent enough to do so. So allow me to talk about how this intelligence actually works and how to guide your awakened energy.

It's Not About What You Want

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