Recording: Releasing Attachments

At the heart of the path to spiritual freedom is releasing attachments. Whatever we are attached to can bring about suffering, including attachments that seem to create good things in our lives.Consider that you really love your most intimate relationship. You’re attached to it. Then, like all things in the human world, it goes away. Now, that attachment makes you upset.Or during the relationship, the attachment puts all kinds of expectations upon your partner. If they act the way you want, you’re happy. If they don’t, then you’re not. You are suffering, and you are… [Read Entire Story]

Recording: Feeling Split from your Ego

The first time someone feels split from the ego can be quite shocking. Since most people aren’t prepared for such an experience, a person can jump to all kinds of conclusions and have all kinds of reactions. If someone doesn’t resist, the person can have a very beautiful experience. If someone does resist, they can freak out and leap to crazy ideas of thinking they’re possessed by a demon or entity!Nope. No possession. You’re just finding out that you’re not your ego.Then, many people go back to their typical identification with their egos, and nothing further happens. However, some people let go just enough that they don’t go back to full identification. Instead, they feel caught in… [Read Entire Story]

Online Talk: How to Be Your New "Spiritual" Self

I regularly get a variety of questions that go something like this:How do I get my friends to understand this new spiritual path I’m on?How do I explain to my partner how to be spiritual?How do I find work that aligns with my spiritual truth?These and other questionss are essentially asking the same underlying question: “How do I be my new spiritual self?”While they sound rational enough… [Read Entire Story]

Online Talk: Misunderstandings That Trap People on the Spiritual Path

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 … [Read Entire Story]

Recording: What Is True Kindness?

We often believe that we know what kindness is, but do we really? How often do things that seem difficult or unkind become doorways to greater growth? Many of you who have awakened have dealt with a lot of difficult issues that have surfaced, but in so doing, you have found greater freedom in yourself. So how could such a difficult experience be considered anything but kind?Additionally, parents know about the need to set boundaries for… [Read Entire Story]

Online Talk: How to Let Go of Control

Many of us are taught that control is a good thing. So we try to control our bodies, finances, living situations, other people, and more. Of course, it’s a tricky thing when we start controlling other people, and there are certainly others trying to control us. Pretty soon, there are a lot of hurt feelings and frustrated people in this growing tug-o-war that control creates.Additionally, as you grow on the spiritual path, you begin to realize how little control you actually … [Read Entire Story]

Online Talk: The Freedom of a Meaningless Life

We spend so much time assigning meaning to things that go on in life. Some of what we assign meaning to is really just a description of phenomena. For instance, you watch a leaf drop from a tree, and you say that means gravity is acting on the leaf to cause it to drop. You may say that is a sign that the leaf is dead. This is a useful way to describe life.However, there are many other meanings that we create that have nothing to do with actual phenomena or are incorrect assignments. A common wrong assignment of meaning is to say that a black cat crossing your path is going to bring you bad luck. This little bit of superstition is laughable to … [Read Entire Story]

Recording: The Bliss of Being Nobody

I often refer to the space of presence as the space where we are “nobody.” But what does this mean to be nobody? How do we make decisions from that space? Isn’t it necessary to be some kind of somebody?Because we live in a culture that idolizes being a somebody, the concept that being a nobody could be okay much less a blissful experience seems absurd. Yet, as we grow on the spiritual path, we realize that being a somebody is too inflexible to be realistic. We get forced into choices and reactions that may be blind to some or many realities of life. That somebody becomes a problem to living in integrity, … [Read Entire Story]

Recording: How to Heal on the Spiritual Path

In this spiritual talk, I delve into the topic of healing on the spiritual path. It is a topic that I am passionate about because humanity is so deeply wounded. Before we can even think about spiritual growth, we need to understand healing.First of all, needing healing doesn’t mean you are… [Read Entire Story]

Recording: How to Grow on the Spiritual Path

In my last online talk, I discussed the importance of healing on the spiritual path. People have so many wounds, and there is simply no way to walk or run until you’ve healed your broken bones. But when that does happen, a whole new world opens. That world is the world of spiritual growth.Most of what we believe is possible for ourselves is determined by our wounds. If we have a broken leg, we don’t believe that sprinting is possible. But once that… [Read Entire Story]

Online Talk: How to Grow on the Spiritual Path

In my last online talk, I discussed the importance of healing on the spiritual path. People have so many wounds, and there is simply no way to walk or run until you’ve healed your broken bones. But when that does happen, a whole new world opens. That world is the world of spiritual growth.Most of what we believe is possible for ourselves is determined by our wounds. If we have a broken leg, we don’t believe that sprinting is possible. But once that wound is healed, suddenly, you have all… [Read Entire Story]