Starting Out

The spiritual journey has different phases, and so we begin like caterpillars.
Welcome to my starting out section.

This section is split into two main parts.

The first is for people who are new to my blog.

The second is for those who are beginners on the spiritual path.

New to My Spiritual Awakening Blog

If you are new to my blog, welcome! I'm Jim Tolles. I'm a spiritual teacher who helps people realize spiritual freedom. You can read more about me and find additional interesting information in the following sections:

About Jim Tolles

You can find answers to your spiritual questions by using the search tool to dig through the 900 plus blog posts I have. On most devices, the search tool is located in the upper right hand side of your screen often at the very top of your browser page.

You can find a subscribe option next to the search function as well. This subscribes you to get email updates when I have posted a new blog post.

I also have a newsletter. In it, I share more thoughts on the path to spiritual freedom as well as announce openings for new students and other events. You can sign up for that below:

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If you feel like you are in a spiritual awakening or aren't sure if you are, please read this post.

Spiritual Awakening Help and Tips Guide

If you can't find an answer to a question, feel free to contact me. Also, you may want to check out my YouTube channel.

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Spiritual Beginners and Those Just Starting the Spiritual Path

I really want to emphasize that all spiritual paths are sacred. We are all different, and we are all journeying towards different things in life. While ultimately we are all one, there is an importance in honoring our unique divine intelligence within us and how it moves us individually. To that end, this section is aimed to help you listen to your intuition/inner knowing as you build your spiritual practice.

A regular spiritual practice is key for most people to break out of unhealthy ego patterns and ignorance. In committing yourself to regular meditation and other spiritual practices, you can enrich your life and deal with adversity better.

Here are some posts to give you a firmer grounding in what the spiritual path even is.

What Is a Spiritual Awakening?

What Is a Spiritual Teacher?

Choosing the Conscious Spiritual Path

Glimpses of Awakening

How to Start Your Spiritual Journey

What Is Intuition? Part 2 
Spiritual Healing

5 Ego Defenses and Traps You Need to Know

What Is Spiritual Inner Work?

7 Signs of a False Spiritual Teacher

How the Ego Protects Its Many Stories (And Why This Is a Big Problem)

The Invisibility of Your Own Pain

How to Let go of Your Ego

How to Grow up Smart and Live Your Dreams

6 Reasons People Succeed Spiritually

No Thoughts, But Plenty of False Beliefs

How to Find Spiritual Freedom

How to Be More Spiritually Conscious

The Spiritual Bypass: The Illusion of Avoiding Your Difficulties

Being Spiritually Ready Versus Prepared

Beware the Spiritual Ego

6 Reasons People Succeed Spiritually


The link above leads to blog posts that offer some basic terminology around spirituality. Even if you are not new to spirituality, they're really helpful posts so that you understand how I'm using the words.

Specifically, here are a few blog posts that I think are really helpful in understanding key definitions.

Attachment Versus Engagement: How We Learn to Be in the World and Not Lost in It

Understanding How to Hold Space

The Number One Ego Issue

How to Face Fear

Helpful Spiritual Techniques

These blog posts offer specific techniques to help you building your spiritual awareness:

Identify, Accept, Embrace, and Let Go

How to Meditate

Stopping the Mental Chatter

6 Tips to Healing Bad Eating Habits

Dissolving Issues With Awareness

How to Resolve Power and Authority Issues

Mapping Out Ego Structure

Adding Breathwork to the Spiritual Toolkit

Staying as Awareness (video)

Developing Your Spiritual Morality

The beautiful thing about spiritual truths is that they lead us towards certain morals. One spiritual truth is that we are all interconnected; we are all one. From such truths, we find ourselves realizing the importance of morals like being kind and honest. The more you develop on the spiritual path, the more it is only natural to discover your own spiritual morality.

In this time of technological advance, however, it is also important to consider the new questions and challenges technology poses to us and how that relates to morality. We need to ask ourselves what is the morality of what we develop technologically and how we use it. In this vein of thinking, I wrote this blog post:

A New Morality in the Age of Technology


This collection of spiritual blog posts offer some perspective on bringing spirituality into each major level of ourselves from our heads to our hearts to our bodies to our spirits.


For many, the only real healing that can address their wounds is spiritual healing. In the above collection of spirituality blog posts, I offer tips and ideas for healing on the different levels within us. In general, we heal all kinds of attachments on the spiritual path. Even if you don't feel like you have a lot of wounding, self-worth issues, scarcity fears, fears of loneliness, and many others cause a lot more suffering than people realize.

Below are particularly important blog posts about healing.

The Process of Releasing Pain from Your Energy Body

The Newness and Uncertainty After Releasing an Issue

Healing Silent Wounds

Healing things like trauma and abuse is critical. The attachments to those types of pain cause people and the people in their lives immense suffering. The first blog post below directly discusses what it can take to achieve true and complete healing of sexual abuse:

Healing Sexual Abuse

Healing Past Trauma, Issues, and Forgotten Memories

7 Steps to Atoning for Pain You've Caused Another


Once you've established a practice, it's helpful to have some guidance in terms of deepening into it. For instance, meditation is meditation, but you can go into all kinds of different depths with it depending on your focus. This and other tools are suggested to help you create space for whatever chooses to arise within you.

Building a Mind Strong Enough for Awakening

Building a Heart Strong Enough for Awakening

Building a Body Strong Enough for Awakening

For more guidance, click on my contact page to reach out to me for a one-on-one 1-hour session

Here are some other useful compilations of spirituality blog posts:

Additional Spirituality Topics of Interest

Maintaining Your Spiritual Practice During Hard Times

Bullied, Beaten, and Abused: The Prevalence of Physical Violence in Western Culture

How to Manifest Your Dreams and When Manifestation Becomes Control

Facing the Abyss of Self-Hatred

Positive Thinking: The Amazing Power and Utter Uselessness of Positivity

Getting Out of the Rat Race and the End of Competition

5 Motivational Tips To Keep You Going Through Tough Issues

The Error of Defending Your Beliefs

How to Take Conscious Action in an Unconscious World

Eventually, our inner work takes us towards engaging with the world. How could it not? Obviously we're always engaged with life somehow, but many of you are going to be called to take on larger roles in helping to shape and shape-shift society towards loving kindness. Here are a few blog posts to help you do just that.

Breaking a Culture of Silence

How to be Spiritually Conscious With Unconscious People

7 Tips for Mindfully Processing the U.S. Presidential Election

Rising Up to Face Abuses of Power

How to Create Conscious Change

How to Consciously Use Money

How to Follow Your Heart

Finding the Right Spiritual Community for You

For those of you looking for some spiritual friends, please check out this page with a set of resources I have about spiritual community.

Spiritual Community Information

The lovely caterpillar picture on this page is a gift from Becky Stiller. You can see more of her work on her Flickr account.

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