Recording: 7 Ego Tricks to Watch Out For

Firstly, thanks to all my donors who have contributed to support this next online spirituality talk. Your donations are greatly appreciated.For this talk, I felt like offering some insights on a few very common tricks the ego uses any time it runs up against something that challenges its story. It is very common for people to learn things on the spiritual path that expose false beliefs and issues inside of them. This is great and should be expected! However, the ego sees such realizations as threats to your existence. It will then find ways… [Read Entire Story]

Oneness and Giving up More of Yourself to the Divine

We are all one.It's such a simple statement, but it is something people rarely realize within themselves.We are all one.Yet, we live in a world of separation and are taught to create countless kinds of energetic, intellectual, emotional, and physical walls. Look around you now. You probably are seeing walls of some kind nearby unless you happen to be out in nature.But the external walls are not the most interesting boundaries on the spiritual path. It's all the inner boundaries that are at issue, and even after someone has let go of a lot of boundaries they … [Read Entire Story]

Spiritual Self-care and Rest After Processing

A lot of this blog focuses on the inner work aspect of clearing away ego attachments. Despite some of the hyperbole of a lot of spiritual talk, a lot of things don't fall away without some amount of attention to what is being held onto. Any time some thing just drops without some kind of inner work or intentional surrender (which is a kind of very, very light inner work), that's grace. Be grateful if God throws a kind pitch your way like that.However, with inner work, there must be time for rest. If someone is endlessly dredging up … [Read Entire Story]

Online Talk: Building the Right Spiritual Network

I often talk about the importance of spiritual community, although I want you to consider my rungs of the ladder metaphor in understanding this. When you’re on the first rung of the ladder, that’s important. But later on you, you don’t use the first rung of the ladder when you’re on the sixth. While the spiritual path isn’t that linear, I encourage you to appreciate how we develop. Some things are important at one time, and later on, they’re not important at all. Spiritual community is often one of those things.Initially, having the right spiritual network to guide and support someone can be critical to helping them see their ego and get out of old behavior patterns. Since it is very common for someone to seek… [Read Entire Story]

How Can I Connect to my Higher Self

On the path to spiritual freedom, the topic of connecting to a higher self comes up from time to time. By and large, I don't think too much about it. The concept of "connection" is a kind of misunderstanding. The higher self or true self is always here. We are never disconnected from it. What is usually the case is that we are distracted from it… [Read Entire Story]

Donations for May Online Talks

Thanks to everyone who has stepped up and donated to support my online talks. I truly appreciate it.If you already know that you'd like to support the talks coming up in May, you can do so on this link. Please leave a note that this is a donation for the talks.Donate to Support More TalksYou are also welcome to request a topic. You can leave a comment below.For those who… [Read Entire Story]

Is Kundalini Dangerous?

I occasionally get asked if Kundalini is dangerous, and it's an interesting question to answer. Firstly, I have to figure out what assumptions people have about Kundalini and spirituality. I also have to find out what their intentions are. A lot of people come to the spiritual path with a lot of different intentions. Very few actually want spiritual freedom, and Kundalini energy is a doorway towards spiritual freedom.On that note, let me cover a couple basics to best answer this question.What is [Read Entire Story]

What Should I Do After Awakening?

It's pretty common for people to want to know what to do after awakening. But there are a couple of key elements that we need to be clear about to answer this question properly. One of which is, "What is awakening?" The other is around the timeframe. Are we talking about immediately after awakening? Are we talking about three years after awakening?So let me take a moment to answer these different questions so that [Read Entire Story]

Online Talk: An Explosion of Spiritual Discoveries

Sometimes, there are these bursts of spiritual discoveries. Maybe it’s therapy that opens up the mind. Maybe it’s a spiritual awakening. Maybe it’s nothing in particular, and for whatever reason God just hit the download button on the Divine computer. Then, spiritual epiphanies, realizations, and revelations by the gigabyte flow into someone’s noggin. I won’t say why or why not they happen, but when they do happen, it can be quite the experience.To be clear, these spiritual discoveries run the gamut of… [Read Entire Story]

An Explosion of Spiritual Discoveries

Sometimes, there are these bursts of spiritual discoveries. Maybe it’s therapy that opens up the mind. Maybe it’s a spiritual awakening. Maybe it’s nothing in particular, and for whatever reason God just hit the download button on the Divine computer. Then, spiritual epiphanies, realizations, and revelations by the gigabyte flow into someone’s noggin. I won’t say why or why not they happen, but when they do happen, it can be quite the experience.To be clear, these spiritual discoveries run the gamut of enjoyable and unenjoyable. People discover how wrong they are about themselves and about life. People also find confirmation of truths they always knew but never honored or affirmed for themselves. These … [Read Entire Story]

7 Steps to Atoning for Pain You’ve Caused Another

In a time where survivors of abuses are increasingly coming forth, are being appreciated, and are receiving help, there is another side of the healing spectrum that must be addressed: that of the abuser.Healing the abuser is central to healing the whole situation. If they are not healed, they are highly likely to continue to cause the same kinds of pain to… [Read Entire Story]

Recording: Choosing to be a Spiritual Teacher or Leader

For the purposes of this talk, I focused primarily on upper level spiritual teachers and spiritual masters. For an explanation of what “upper levels” means, please check out my blog post at the bottom of the page on what a spiritual teacher is.In general, I feel there are enough resources available to those who want to follow an easier spiritual teaching route. By “easier,” I mean that to be a Catholic priest there is already a whole support network of resources to guide someone to that type of service and to support the teacher. That doesn’t mean that what they’ll do will be easy, but the support… [Read Entire Story]

Finding Out You’re Wrong About Yourself

There are very few egos that like to find out that they're wrong, but a big part of the initial stages of the spiritual path show people just that. Particularly after a spiritual awakening, people find out that their ideas about themselves and about life are wrong in countless ways, and to go further on the spiritual path, they have to accept that. Yet, many people won't.It's surprising how much people prefer their illusions to reality, and even when reality continues to frustrate them and confound them, people will choose to be "right" about their beliefs, their self-concept, their … [Read Entire Story]

5 Energy States and Experiences

There are many ways people experience energy, and after a spiritual awakening, a person may feel any number of energy states. For most people, these energy states are brand new even for the sensitive person, so I felt like offering a few thoughts on some common energy states.Additionally, none of these spiritual energy states and experiences are limited to those who have had a spiritual awakening. Actually, the first one doesn't have anything to do with awakening. It is just serving a baseline for what many people call, … [Read Entire Story]

Online Talk: Choosing to be a Spiritual Teacher or Leader

For the purposes of this talk, I’m going to primarily focus on upper level spiritual teachers and spiritual masters. For an explanation of what “upper levels” means, please check out my blog post below on what a spiritual teacher is.In general, I feel there are enough resources available to those who want to follow an easier spiritual teaching route. By “easier,” I mean that to be a Catholic priest there is already a … [Read Entire Story]

How to Let Go of Your Ego

The topic of "How to Let Go of Your Ego" really is a topic for a book, maybe several. It's either writing a whole book or the answer to it is one word, "surrender."But I'm sure just putting surrender in this blog post would get more than a few frustrated sighs and eye-rolls, so I'll try to give you an outline of four key aspects of letting go of the ego in this post. Along the way, I hope to help you understand that the ego is not bad; it's a tool. But if the tool … [Read Entire Story]

Online Talk: Living and Transforming in Energetic Flow

Many people are interested in the concept of going with the flow, but flowing with energy is not really well understood. What is commonly considered to be flowing is often a kind of rudderless drifting. In general, people see “flow” as something that gets them what they want, which are usually safety, comfort, and pleasure.However, the true flow does not necessarily take us towards an easy life nor away from difficulty. The true divine flow moves us where our soul most wants to go. That may be a difficult life for… [Read Entire Story]

Online Talk: How to Handle the Pain of Ego Death

For my last talk of 2017, I felt like talking about the pain of ego death. Dissolving the unconscious ego can be surprisingly painful. It’s particularly painful if a person doesn’t know that that is what is happening, and they are usually doing a lot of intentional resisting. Even when someone does know they’re releasing their ego, a lot of unconscious resistance goes on. That, by itself, can be quite intense. For some people–particularly those with trauma in their background–this pain can be almost crippling.However, … [Read Entire Story]

Donations for December Vacation Time

Thanks to everyone who has already donated to help me cover the time-off I’ll take at the end of the year. As of this posting, 6 people have donated almost $500 to help cover the loss of not making any money during that time. I really appreciate it!I usually take the last week and a half off of December each year. It’s typically my only vacation time that I take largely because I… [Read Entire Story]

Halloween, the Day of the Dead, and Other Afterlife Celebrations

As of this initial posting, Halloween is tomorrow, and I felt like taking an opportunity to offer some thoughts on the spiritual side of Halloween, the Mexican Day of the Dead, and afterlife celebrations.It's very common in many societies to have beliefs focused on honoring the dead or warding off "bad" spirits, and I'm sure some of my readers have those beliefs or even experiences with other dimensions. In being in the present moment, we learn to be with a lot of different experiences and perceptions, and some people have more access into other worlds and the spirit realm than others.But I am concerned about what Halloween has become. According to History.com, Halloween generates $6 … [Read Entire Story]

Focusing on the Wrong Pain, the Wrong Issues

Everybody has different kinds of comfort zones, and somepeople are already comfortable and able to work through certain types of pain and discomfort. For instance, an ultra-marathoner may know all about physical pain. She can push herself through excruciating segments of a long race and has little to no fear of her body's limits. But then, she runs up against an issue of the heart. Maybe it's a man she's been longing after but can't express it. Maybe it's an inability to speak… [Read Entire Story]

Online Talk: Spiritual Awakening and Hypersensitivity

Spiritual awakening rips the bandages off our wounds, and the subsequent healing process starts a powerful transformation in how we feel about all of life. The more wounds we have, the more upsetting sensations can be. This kind of hypersentivity can lead many people to wrongly think that something is wrong. But really, the loss of numbness now can lead towards true healing.While most people are used to seeking relief, releasing issues is a whole other level of feeling. The intensity of it can be surprising, but of course releasing an issue allows us to be done with it. No further numbing or avoidance is needed to feel okay. We feel okay because we are healed and… [Read Entire Story]

Online Talk: Feeling Alone and Disconnected After Awakening

Spiritual awakening is a powerful shift, and often during the initial moments and days after awakening, a person can feel intensely open and connected. But then that experience fades, and they return–at least partially–to the reality of the ego self they’ve created and the world they live in. That can bring up feelings of loneliness and disconnection.Some of the loneliness comes from the ego’s desire to find others with similar experiences. True spiritual awakenings are rare, so finding others with that commonality–which is one of the ways the ego is habituated to allowing connection–is often difficult… [Read Entire Story]

Taking Your Intuition in for a Tune-up

Intuition is our direct connection to our divine knowing. It's the place where our humanness and oneness merge, and it is a fountain of wisdom.However, most of us aren't really that clear when we start using intuition. Actually, a lot of intuitions are just unconscious mental associations. By that, I meant that our past impressions of people and situations often subtly inform our feelings about them, and then many people assume that feeling is intuition. If you had a bad experience with tall women when you were a child and forgot about that, you may have a "bad" feeling about tall women and assume this is intuition. These… [Read Entire Story]