Monday, May 29, 2017

Deepening Into Stillness and Inner Peace

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So many spiritual seekers are hoping to find inner peace and stillness on their journeys. It's a beautiful motivation, and many of them touch that inner peace in their spiritual practices. But then, the minute someone has an experience, the experience is soon gone.

Where did it go?

And what is stillness? What is inner peace?

Let's look at stillness and inner peace like this. Let's say that stillness is oneness. It is that space of witnessing that many of you use in your spiritual practices to watch all the stuff the mind, body, heart, and energy are doing. It's a space that is not restricted to time, and ultimately, true stillness is not separate from anything. It is always there regardless of the experience you have.

Now for the sake of this blog post, let's say inner peace is your body, heart, mind, and energy's collective response to stillness. Stillness is kind of like a role model for our human selves, and the more we pay attention to it, the more our bodies, hearts, and minds tend to relax deeper and longer into inner peace.

But while we all have access to inner peace, we tend to not stay there. We tend to let our attention get distracted and move away from stillness. When that happens, the inner peace goes away as we react to whatever the external world is doing, which is very rarely peaceful. The key is that you continue to place your attention back to stillness. The more you do this, the more inner peace becomes your natural mode of engaging with life, and in this way, you learn to how to live and act from the space of inner peace.

A Spiritual Awakening and Your First Touch of Inner Peace

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Recording: 7 Common Misunderstandings That Trap People on the Spiritual Path

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With an over-abundance of spiritual information and spiritual practices now available online, never have spiritual seekers had so much access to spiritual support. In one day on the Internet, you can learn how to do kundalini yoga and meditate. Then you can listen to a half a dozen spiritual teachers from any spiritual tradition from anywhere in the world. After that, you could sign up for a number of spiritual retreats in any corner of the globe you like. This really is pretty awesome!

Yet, despite this access, so many misunderstandings about the spiritual path abound. Those misunderstandings cloud people's understandings and can trap them in their healing and spiritual growth.

The results of being trapped on your spiritual path can include:
  • clinging to and defending beliefs, 
  • having the same issues arise over and over, 
  • feeling like you always have to do more spiritual work,
  • having to keep finding new spiritual teachers or communities to feel connected, and other things.
In this free recording on YouTube, I offered some ideas on 7 common misunderstandings people have to help you identify them so that you don't get stuck in your spiritual growth.  I hope in this recording I can help you dissolve any misunderstandings you have so that you can flow and grow.

7 Common Misunderstandings That Trap People on the Spiritual Path Recording




Date of Recording:

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Time:

6 PM Pacific Time

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Here is some more information on the topic of getting stuck that often arises from misunderstandings:

Getting off the Spiritual Plateau

Getting Stuck and Incomplete Spiritual Awakening Integrations

Spiritual Sticking Points and Why People Like Being Stuck

Monday, May 22, 2017

5 Practical Spiritual Awakening Strategies

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There's a lot of naivete around the spiritual path and especially around spiritual awakening. Many people--mostly those who haven't awakened--think that a spiritual awakening immediately erases all problems and pain in life, and then you can go on living la-di-da throughout all of life. I have not yet seen that happen for anyone, although I don't doubt the possibility of it. However, for most everyone else, a whole lot of work ensues as the seed sprouts and starts pushing up through dirt and debris into the sunlight. And then more work ensues as the person gets out of the pain and dirt of their own suffering and starts maturing and actually living in the real world.

And there is a maturing process in all this awakened stuff. It's something that I'm beginning to touch on in blogs like: How to Guide Your Awakened Energy. However, the topic of today is really about getting through those initial years--yes, I said years--to a stable mature level of ongoing growth where you understand yourself and the process of maturing as a spiritual human being.

Finally, before I launch into this subject, I want to address faith. Real faith is trusting the flow and the divine. False faith is expecting God to give you hand-outs without you doing your part. The divine river of life will keep pulling you along, but you have to paddle. And there are no guarantees in life. There is just life. So even as you have faith in the changes that arise after a spiritual awakening, I encourage you towards ongoing humility. Because if things are easy for you in life in regards to having food and safe shelter, you are lucky. Not everyone is so lucky even in rich countries. And if you don't have those things, find humility and appreciation that you are even alive. It took trillions of events just to bring you into existence.

We all are given a different number of support systems in this life, and it is not fairly dealt out. It will not continue to be fairly dealt either. But we can have faith in ourselves and in this beautiful inner transformation to help us best engage with the challenges and opportunities life presents us.

With all that said, let's talk about some practical strategies for engaging with your transformation after a spiritual awakening.

Practical Strategy #1: Plan Your Finances for 3 to 5 Years

Monday, May 15, 2017

Simplicity and Spirituality: The Loss of Ego Complication

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For the Westerner and for many of those who are adopting a lot of Western ways around the world, life has become exceedingly complicated. There are pressures of all kinds to succeed in relationships, jobs, endeavors of all sorts, and more. The tools and means that a person needs to achieve all of these goals seem to get more and more complicated every year too, and the amount of energy needed to get everything and hold onto it can feel astronomical.

It's all very, very exhausting.

In some ways, this is why I think many of you find yourself exhausted at the outset of a spiritual awakening. It's not a sign of inner work yet; it's a sign of how tired you already are from doing all this.

But then you get on the spiritual path. Maybe you have an awakening. Maybe you are just called to it. And the true spiritual path starts taking things from you instead of giving you things. This aspect of the spiritual path can be distressing at first, but then as you get used to giving away clothes you don't wear, emptying out closets of junk, releasing false beliefs, and so forth, you feel lighter and free. You realize how few clothes, beliefs, and other things you actually need to survive in the world, and you begin to divorce yourself from the concept that external things, people, and situations bring you happiness. Happiness is already within you.

As you realize that, you start to willingly simplify.

So let's talk about this path towards simplicity and what it means to everyday life.

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What Is Spiritual Simplicity?

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Recording: Spiritual Awakening and Dealing With Disorientation

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One very common experience for people who have had a spiritual awakening is disorientation. Awakening dissolves false beliefs and other ideas to help you see the truth. But of course initially, we don't realize what our false beliefs are nor how they affect how we see and understand the world. We're usually quite surprised when we lose these beliefs. In losing those beliefs, we lose our habitual way of understanding and interacting with everyday life. Suddenly, we don't understand what we are doing, how to interact in life, or even how to think!

That can be very disorienting, and for some people, this is very distressing.

However, anyone who goes through any kind of spiritual shift can have some level of disorientation. So you don't need a big spiritual awakening to be disoriented at times on your spiritual journey. This disorientation and then a re-orientation are normal parts of a shift in perspective and in moving towards your natural awareness. You simply need to let go of these different issues and beliefs that have skewed your understanding of what is real. As your "eyes" adjust to see what is real, then you can engage with reality from a place of clarity, which is a powerful way to interact with life.

The real problem tends to be when people try to hang onto their beliefs instead of accepting reality. That's when someone can get in a tailspin and end up in that troubling dark night of the soul. The person can be so committed to wanting to believe whatever it is they have been taught to believe and down they go. It doesn't matter that the Earth isn't flat and the sun doesn't revolve around the Earth; the person just wants to keep believing that it is flat and the Earth is the center of the galaxy. This is the nature of our false beliefs. As you learn to let them go, you realize the absurdity of believing in something for the sake of believing in something, and you become much clearer about life and how to interact with it.

I hope you enjoy this free recording of the talk.

Spiritual Awakening and Dealing With Disorientation Recording




Date of Recording:

Wednesday, May 17, 2016

Time:

10:30 AM Pacific Time

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Energy-caused Involuntary Muscle Spasms or Kriyas

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I can't believe I haven't written about this topic of energy-caused involuntary muscle spasms yet, but there's so much to talk about on the spiritual path. It's hard to address it all!

For some people, they have involuntary muscle movements as they experience energy more deeply and go deeper inwards. One word that I have heard for them is called, "Kriyas." I am not going to use this word because I don't like to tread on other tradition's terminology, and many of those traditions have specific connotations. According to Wikipedia, one "meaning of Kriya is an outward physical manifestation of awakened kundalini, such as a spontaneous body movement related to Kundalini energy flow."

That definition is too narrow for me. I've found that plenty of people who haven't awakened can have these spontaneous body movements, and Kundalini tends to be a very specific term regarding spiritual awakening. I can't say that many people who have awakened feel their energy in some of the ways that a Kundalini awakening is described. Hence, you don't hear me use that term much at all either.

Kundalini Awakening and Kundalini Experiences

Instead, I simply say energy because energy can be anywhere in the body, and your energetic experiences can arise anywhere in your body, not just one specific region. So, for the sake of this blog post, I'm going to use a made-up acronym for Kriyas. Let's shorten energy-caused involuntary muscle spasm to ECIMS.

With all that said, let's get into this topic of muscle reactions in relationship to energy to talk about what is going on.

When in Doubt, See a Doctor

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Using the Search Tool

Thanks to all of you who responded to my recent blog survey. I appreciate it.

One thing from the feedback that became clear is that it's not particularly obvious where the search tools are on this blog.

If you look in the upper left-hand side just below your browser's toolbar, there should be a search box there (At least that's where it appears on my laptop).

The other search tool is located on the right-hand side between the "Receive Notifications" and "Featured Post" widgets. I've put a picture of what it looks like here in this post.

Down below, I've pasted a link that you can use to search this blog through Google's interface. Essentially, if you type in site:www.spiritualawakeningprocess.com into the Google prompt, you can create the same type of search set up. Then you type your specific keywords words after the above words. So for instance, if you wanted to find information about sleeps issues, you'd write:

site:www.spiritualawakeningprocess.com sleep issues

I hope this helps you to find answers more easily on this spiritual awakening blog. Please let me know if you need additional help.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Spiritual Truth and Paradoxes: Expanding Your Mind Beyond Simplistic Ideas

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The spiritual path is simple, but not simplistic.

I suppose for a spiritual blog post about paradoxes that I might as well start with a statement that seems a little at odds with itself, but let me explain.

The simplicity of the spiritual path draws our attention to the present moment. It draws our attention to the breath. It draws our attention to the space of awareness within us. These are enormously simple steps, and yet there is a great power in them. But in seeing the truth of any present moment, we do not over-simplify. There are certain elements of life that have complication or challenge to them, and residing in the present moment allows us to see those realities. When people get too simplistic on the spiritual path, there is a tendency to denigrate or ignore things that are too complicated. You may hear people say something like, "That's not real."

And the question of what is reality is an interesting one. I'll add it to my list of about ten topics that I want to write about next.

But while hunger is ultimately illusory, it's a very real sensation in the body, and disregarding it as "ultimately" not real will cause a lot of suffering to someone. What some people have to do to get food may also not be easy, and so they may have to expend a lot of time and energy to eat. For something so basic as eating, the process to feeding oneself and a family can get complicated or impossible in areas of extreme poverty or famine. If you are so lucky as to not have to do a lot to keep a full belly, be grateful.

With simplistic thinking, there is a narrowing of understanding. There is a tunnel vision that does not allow someone to see life fully, and in American English and thinking, simplistic thinking tends to lead to overly black-and-white distinctions such as right and wrong, good and evil, winners and losers, and so forth.

As you open your mind, you'll find that narrow, simplistic thinking is not ultimately very useful. Some of it causes people to act inappropriately or hurt themselves or others. Furthermore, the more you open to spiritual truth, you will find certain aspects of reality that are seemingly opposite to each other and yet are equally true. On this topic, I hope to shed a little light as to why understanding spiritual truth means embracing paradoxes--things that seem to be mutually exclusive, but are equally true.

The Ever-Present Marriage of Oneness and Separation

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